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    Bark for the Arc

    The Arc of the Capital Area is once again joining forces with its dog therapy partner, Divine Canines, to host this virtual art auction featuring original pet-inspired art created by local artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Artwork sales will benefit the student artists, as well as virtual programs provided by The Arc of the Capital Area to Central Texans with disabilities. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Divine Canines to help them continue free dog therapy services. You can browse the artwork and merchandise and start bidding now.
    Thu., March 25, 7pm  
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    Texas Science Festival: Science for a Changing World

    UT-Austin's fest offers a series of virtual events, most of them live. Hear from world-changing researchers, COVID-19 vaccine innovators, and more; join virtual star parties with astronomers; and get step-by-step guidance for fun at-home experiments.
    Feb. 16-March 26. Free.  
    Virtual
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    A Neighbor in Need A/C Giveaway

    Do you know of a homeowner in your area whose heating and air system no longer works? Someone that needs a new system but can’t afford it? Tell Del's Heating & Air Conditioning their story, and Del’s will provide one winner with a new HVAC system.
    Through April 15; winner chosen April 30  
    www.delsacservice.com
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    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Beautify Texas Awards

    The Beautify Texas Awards, formerly the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards, recognize the efforts of those working to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State. Anyone is welcome to nominate an exceptional environmental leader; get all the details on the website.
    Nominations accepted through March 25. Free.  
    Online
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    Carnival at Pinballz

    Crabtree Amusements is bringing all kinds of family-friendly outdoor attractions for spring break.
    Through March 27  
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
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    City of Austin Recovery Resources

    Looking for info on water distribution, code complaints, or anything related to fallout from the winter storm? Check the city's site for the most up-to-date information.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Community Resilience Trust

    CRT is working with multiple groups and departments to address the crisis of care facing our unhoused community members. Surplus funds will be allocated to efforts focused on long-term care.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Car Wash

    Kick off spring cleaning with We Are Blood and Arbor Car Wash. Donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma and get a voucher for a free "Lucy's Special Express" car wash at Arbor.
    March 15-31. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Donate Blood, Get a Thunderbird Food Bar

    We Are Blood is partnering with local company Thunderbird Food Bars to give all donors a healthy and tasty snack. Appointments are mandatory; call or schedule online.
    Through March 31. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Federal Disaster Assistance

    Homeowners and renters who suffered damage due to the winter storm may apply for assistance from FEMA. If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible; if insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.: Take photos and keep receipts for related expenses, and apply online or call 800/621-3362.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Foundation Communities Emergency Assistance Fund

    It will take some time to fully recover from the recent storm. You can help by contributing to Foundation Communities' fund providing direct relief for food, water, rent, medical assistance, and more.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Host Families Needed for Exchange Program

    International Student Exchange is seeking local volunteers to host exchange students during the 2021-22 school year. Contact regional adviser Keisha Burgess at keishab.ise@gmail.com or 512/955-4340 for more information.
    Ongoing  
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Noah Marion New Store Opening

    Noah Marion announced the opening of a second location of his shop specializing in untreated, natural-vegetable-tanned leather pieces, from wallets and belts to home goods and apothecary items. Marion, a native Austinite, is a self-taught maker of leather goods who started his brand in his mother’s garage in Barton Hills in 2006.
    Open daily, noon-6pm  
    Noah Marion, 1606 S. Congress
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations

    The winter storm put a damper on blood drives, and now supplies need to be replenished. Donors, especially type O, are encouraged to find a Red Cross drive to visit in the coming days and weeks.
    Feb. 23-April 5  
    Citywide
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    RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    The RENT Assistance Program application portal is now open, and provides $25 million of direct support for income-eligible Austin renters who are financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the eligibility details and apply online, or call 512/488-1397.
    March 15-June 18  
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    Vehicle Registration Deadline Approaches

    The grace period for vehicle registration renewal and title applications will soon end, and missing the deadline can result in costly fines. If you've postponed these activities due to the pandemic, now is the time to act: Get your vehicle inspected and renew online at Texas.gov, or bring your DMV renewal form, passing inspection, insurance card, and payment to H-E-B, Fiesta Mart, or AAA. Title applications require appointments to be made at the Travis County Tax Office, and they fill up fast, so don't wait!
    Deadline: April 15  
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    Wilco Free Tax Prep

    United Way of Williamson County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is offering free drop-off/pickup tax preparation service by appointment only. IRS-certified tax preparers will provide assistance to households earning $57,000 or less annually and to older adults of all income levels, and services are available in English and Spanish.
    Feb. 10-April 15  
    1205 Round Rock Ave. #106, Round Rock

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