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    CelebrASIA

    The Asian American Resource Center hosts its annual signature event virtually in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme is "Uniting Cultures," to celebrate and honor diverse and multifaceted APA identities, histories, and cultures.: Join in on FB Live or YouTube for games, music, dance, and fashion.
    Sat., May 1, 11am-1pm. Free.  
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      Advocacy Day: Decarcerate Texas

      Join Texas Advocates for Justice and Grassroots Leadership to learn more about this year's legislative session and some of the bills ally orgs support.
      Sat., May 1, 10:30am  
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      Austin Flea

      Tacos, 512 Tequila, and lots of local vendors to shop from.
      Sat., May 1, noon-5pm  
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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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      Coach DJ’s Memorial Bench-a-Thon

      This virtual event will honor the memory of beloved Coach DJ Cedent, who passed in 2019. Proceeds will benefit Austin Simply Fit’s scholarship fund, to be given to select AISD student athletes entering college in the fall. Participants will film themselves completing their best one rep max bench press and submit via email or social media.
      April 25-May 1. $20 recommended donation.  
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      Derby Day at BSL

      Stop by for a mint julep and place your bets on who will win via a QR code ballot. Free to play, and you could win a prize!
      Sat., May 1, 5:30pm  
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      Derby Day at Eureka!

      The party lasts all day with $7 Buffalo Trace mint juleps.
      Sat., May 1  
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      Derby Day at Haymaker

      Stop by to watch with Maker's Mark mint juleps. They'll have racing forms available through a QR code and prizes will be given out for win, place, and show.
      Sat., May 1, 5:30pm  
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      Derby Day at Roosevelt Room

      The classy Downtown spot is screening the race on the bar's big-screen projector and offering $7 bourbon mint juleps all night.
      Sat., May 1  
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      Derby Day at TRACE

      Celebrate the big race with appetizer specials and mint juleps.
      Sat., May 1
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      Derby Watch Party With Texas Advocacy Project

      Don your springtime fashion and support survivors with TAP. Watch on the big screen on the lawn and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, whiskey tastings, mint juleps, live music, a raffle, best-dressed contest, and more!
      Sat., May 1, 3:30-6:30pm  
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      Escape the Box

      Travel through time to solve cyphers and explore the hidden clues of East Austin in this tour/escape room/scavenger hunt adventure. Each box entertains groups of 2-6. Get 15% off by booking before Saturday and using promo code EARLY.
      Sat., May 1, noon-3pm. $75.  
      Near Rosewood & 11th
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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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      Kentucky Derby Fancy-Shmancy Party

      Get fancy, watch the race, and enjoy julep specials.
      Sat., May 1, 3-6pm  
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      Lost Pines Knife Show

      A family-friendly, custom knife show featuring dozens of Texas knifemakers. See live forging demos, watch a cut competition, or try your hand at tomahawk throwing. Stick around for the live music and food trucks. Help support Central Texas Food Bank by bringing two canned goods for $2 off an adult ticket.
      Sat., May 1, 9am-5pm; Sun., May 2, 9am-4pm. $10, adults; $5, kids 5-12; under 5, free.
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      Metastatic Breast Cancer Virtual Workshop

      This workshop offers tips and tools to help you cope with your diagnosis and common side effects, build confidence, and empower you to take charge of your health. Preregister via phone or email to get support materials and the Zoom link.
      Sat., May 1, 10am-noon. Free.
      Zoom
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      Open Workday at Circle C Ranch Park

      Volunteer with Austin Parks Foundation to mulch recently planted trees. Registration required.
      Sat., May 1, 9am-noon  
      6301 W. Slaughter
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      Outdoor Reuse Market: Call for Vendors

      Are you a vendor who uses at least 50% reused or reclaimed materials in your handmade goods? Austin Creative Reuse is taking applications for their June 26-27 outdoor market.
      Deadline: May 15. $10.  
      Apply online
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      Outdoor Silent Disco Party

      Dance to the beat of one of three DJs spinning different genres as you take in the skyline from a beautiful courtyard. Ticket includes headset rental and glow gear.
      Sat., May 1, 10pm. $10-20.  
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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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      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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      Repeat Platelet Donors Get Special Gift

      Platelet donors at We Are Blood will receive a limited-edition "Donate Platelets Y'all" T-shirt when they donate twice in May. Appointments required; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
      May 1-31. Free.  
      We Are Blood donor centers
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      Sherwood Forest Faire

      After shifting to a virtual faire last year, the Renaissance faire is back, live and in person, with over 170 artisans and 150 performances each day. Special add-ons include a Hawk Walk with a falconer and a "dream weaving" journey and drinks with King Ddrwg. Each day offers an abundance of medieval treats and activities for the whole family, and camping is available as well. Get all the details and buy tickets online.
      Open weekends through May 23 and Fri., April 23, 10am-dusk  
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      Somebunny to Love

      Hop all over Domain NORTHSIDE to find Austin-inspired spring topiary bunnies, snap a pic, and share your photos on Instagram using #domainNORTHSIDE and geotagging Domain NORTHSIDE for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the store of your choice.
      Through May 3  
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      Toast to Life Venetian Carnival

      Resource Center presents a free virtual event with streamed fun, entertainment and auction, benefiting its services and programs supporting the LGBTQ community.
      Sat., May 1, 7pm. Free.
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      Webinar: Women Maquiladora Workers

      Join Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera for a webinar on International Workers' Day to learn how COVID-19 and the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) have impacted labor rights and working conditions in Mexico. Simultaneous interpretation provided.
      Sat., May 1, noon. Free.  
      Online via Zoom
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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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