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    Blacksmith Meetup

    Austin-area blacksmiths will gather at the historic Village Smithy to compete in a nail-making contest, just like in the 1800s, as they swap stories and wares. Open to blacksmiths and fans of pioneer culture who just want to watch sparks fly.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 10am-1pm. Free.  
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Sub

    We Are Blood partners with ThunderCloud Subs to reward blood and platelet donors with a voucher for a free small sub sandwich while supplies last. Schedule an appointment online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Jan. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    #BlackLivesMatter Survivor Peer Support Group

    Led by the SAFE Alliance, one of Austin's nonprofits working to end sexual violence, abuse, and harassment. Email for details.
    Last Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm  
    Email for info
    Online
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    Blacksmithing at Pioneer Farms

    Pioneer Farms offers several blacksmithing classes in the coming weeks, including Fundamentals 1.0 and 2.0 as well as a couple's class that will make sparks fly. Check out the schedule and sign up if you'd like to learn a "hot" new skill!
    Various dates in February  
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    Chess Club

    Learn to play the mentally stimulating and ancient game of chess. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Sat., July 2 & 16, 12:30pm. Free.  
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    Energy Awake

    Clear away old suppressed emotion and pain and embrace the joy of life with clarity and freshness using a blend of meditation, gestalt, bioenergetics, and Reichian modalities.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 7pm. $22.  
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    Every Dog Is Lovable

    Local pet photogs Dog Days host a campaign to raise funds for nonprofit Hound Rescue, wherein pet parents submit a pic and story of their doggos, and the public votes for their faves. Qualifying dogs get a professional photo shoot and are featured in an upcoming coffeetable book, and prizes are given out biweekly to dogs with the most points.
    Voting open through March 19. $10 donation to enter, $1 per vote.  
    Online
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    Foster Care & Adoption Info Session

    Curious about how fostering and adoption work, and wondering if you're ready to take the next step? Join an online info session with Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services.
    Feb. 8, 17, 22, and 27. Free.  
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    Grant Program for Music Industry

    The city of Austin Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Grant. The fund provides one-time, unrestricted $2,000 grants to local professional musicians, independent promoters, music composers, and music industry workers facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Applications due Jan. 28, 5pm  
    Apply online
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    Modern Calligraphy Workshop

    Calligrapher Jesilyn Kay will show you how to dip your pen into ink and create beautiful script. Supplies included.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 6pm. $75.  
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    Pub Quiz at Baker Street

    Get a team together to compete for prizes, and be sure to check the FB on Tuesday to get a preview of the categories you'll need to brush up on.
    Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    SIN Night at the Collaboratory

    Austin Eastciders rewards service industry professionals for their hard work with karaoke, $3 pints, and select sixers for only $5.
    Wednesdays, 3-10pm  
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Voter Registration for March Primary

    If you plan on voting in the March 1 primary, be sure you're registered by the deadline. Check your status online or call 512/463-5650.
    Deadline: Jan. 31  
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