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    ABC Kite Fest

    One of our most iconic traditions returns for its 92nd year as a citywide celebration of Austin’s parks in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation, benefiting Communities in Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. Sponsored in part by KXAN and Texas Mutual, this year’s ABC Kite Fest encourages Austinites to get outside and fly a kite at their neighborhood park while observing COVID precautions, then share photos and videos on social media. Highlights include the Exchange Club Community Kite Contest; a virtual MossFest concert featuring Tiarra Girls, Terri Hendrix, Barton Hills Choir, Mr. Will, and others; and the H-E-B Pet Zone, an off-leash pet playground pop-up at Zilker Park. Sponsor Capital Metro recommends using their app and services to get around to the parks. Want to stay updated on all the deets? There's an app for that too: Search ABC Kite Fest on your app store.
    March 27-28. Free.  
    Austin parks citywide
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      The Mike & Sherry Project: Fundraising Auction

      The Mike & Sherry Project is launching an online auction with items and experiences from some of Austin’s best bars, restaurants, and events. Note: An official partner of the Austin Marathon, the Project qualifies for up to $10,000 in matched donations from the Moody Foundation; proceeds from the auction will go toward the matching campaign, increasing access to affordable mental healthcare for Austin’s bar and restaurant workers.
      Through March 28  
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      2021 Bowl for Kids

      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is bringing glitz and glamour to their annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise funds to put 80 kids into a caring match with an adult mentor, and you can participate from home by donating, forming or joining a fundraising team, and via online activities including a "Golden Age of Hollywood" costume contest.
      Through April 23  
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      Black History Month Kids' Day & HBCU Day

      Join the Carver Museum and Creative Action for a family-friendly day of activities inspired by this year’s BHM theme, "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity." Features include Zoom sessions with reps from HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) and with Ellison and Bavu Blakes, authors of El's Mirror. Note: Rescheduled from Feb. 27.
      Sat., March 27, 11am-3pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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      High 5 Anderson Lanes: Crawfish Boil

      Those bowling fanatics at High 5 and your equally pin-happy Austin Chronicle present mudbugs, music, and cold beer on the patio in true Louisiana boil-it-up fashion, with crawdads priced by the pound and Celis Brewery pouring pints and slinging swag for this proper second annual celebration.
      Sat., March 27, 2-8pm. $10.99/pound; $15.99/pound and a half.  
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      Jurassic Quest

      From adorable baby dinos to a fierce T. rex, guests embark on the adventure of a lifetime led by an audio tour as they view 70 photorealistic dinosaurs that move and make sounds, all from the comfort of their own vehicles. Optional Quest Packs include dino surprises and activities to do at home.
      Through March 28. $49 and up per vehicle.  
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      Live Music and Sidewalk Sale

      Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, the 2nd Street District will be hosting an all-day sidewalk sale. They've partnered with local nonprofit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians to sponsor live music in front of Austin Rocks (301 W. Second) so you can support your favorite local businesses while enjoying music from local musicians. Participating tenants include Austin Rocks, Bonobos, Royal Blue Grocery, Jo’s Coffee, TRACE, Luxe Apothetique, Yummi Joy, Toy Joy, UAL, milk + honey, and more. Stay tuned for specific promos and tenant updates on Facebook.
      Sat., March 27, noon-5pm  
      2nd Street District
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      A Digital Escape to Paradise

      The goal of this conference is to support leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, and parents to reclaim their mind, body, and spirit during these challenging times. Experience sound healings, fitness and improv classes, and a variety of experts in the fields of professional and personal development.
      March 26-29. Free.  
      Zoom
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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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      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.
       
      Online
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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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      Music Production Workshop With Lisa Kacos

      In this workshop, participants will analyze a song together, figure out how the musical building blocks fit together to make the song special, and then apply discoveries to create an original piece of music together using MIDI and recorded audio. Workshop will be presented in Logic Pro X and attendees are welcome to follow along using any DAW of choice.
      Sat., March 27, 1pm. $25.  
      Online via Zoom
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      Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

      Have you wanted to learn blacksmithing, crochet, leatherwork, sewing, candlemaking, or cheesemaking? 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.
       
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      Roamli's Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

      Outdoor exploration app Roamli hosts a socially distanced scavenger hunt with a grand prize of up to $4,000, benefiting nonprofit CASA of Travis County. Hunt down amazing statues, murals, buildings, monuments, and other hidden gems around the city as you compete for the big prize.
      Sat., March 27, 11am. $29.95.  
      Citywide
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      Shop Small Saturdaze

      A family- and dog-friendly handcrafted and vintage market spread out over 3 acres, with live music, food trucks, and fundraising for Urban Roots.
      Sat., March 27, noon-5pm. Free.  
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      Sunset Valley Farmers' Market Moves Downtown

      Sustainable Food Center's Sunset Valley farmers' market is temporarily relocating to Downtown Austin to allow for a new vaccination site. Stay tuned for details on a possible new Sunset Valley location, but in the meantime, find all the vendors at the Downtown market.
      Saturdays, 9-1pm  
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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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      Women Appreciation at Vera Bradley

      Celebrate Women's History Month with a company that was developed by women, for women. Mention this event to get 15% off.
      March 20-27  
      Vera Bradley, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.
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      YWCA Warmline

      Call the YWCA of Greater Austin's "Warmline" to get support amidst the isolation of COVID-19.
      Mon.-Thu., 9am-8pm; Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., noon-4pm  
      Via phone: 512/548-9922

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