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    Jurassic Quest

    Jurassic Quest provides roaring fun for dino enthusiasts with life-size dinosaur models, fossil digs, and rideable dinosaurs. Leave the summer heat of Austin and enter the Jurassic era.
    Fri.-Sun., July 7-9
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    RTX Austin

    The world's greatest internet, animation, comedy, gaming, and podcasting convention returns with three action-packed days of panels, live gaming experiences, meet & greets with special guests, parties, and lots more.
    Fri.-Sun., July 7-9. $55-1,500.  
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    Adult Skate Night

    Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
    Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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    Austin Flea

    Refuel with coffee and peruse the vendor market.
    Sat., July 8, 9am-1pm
    Mañana Dos, 111 Sandra Muraida Way
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    Black Austin History Tours at the Oakwood Chapel

    Angela Thornton will lead tours to talk about the Historic Colored Grounds and the burials that were segregated by race and class in the 1800s. There are many individuals buried in this section that represent Black excellence and are inspirations today. Thornton can also offer history about the chapel and online resources to learn more.
    Through Dec. 16. Saturdays, 12:30pm. Free.  
    Oakwood Chapel, 1601 Navasota
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    Blue Star Museums

    The Bullock Museum is part of a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, which means active duty military members and their families get free exhibit admission all summer, from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day.
    May 20-Sept. 4  
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    Buddhist Art Experience

    Drop in anytime to hear about the Buddhist shrine and artwork happening every half-hour, and come early for traditional chanted prayers to Arya Tara (noon-1pm).
    Sat., July 8, 1:30-3:30pm. Free.
    Kadampa Meditation Center Austin, 1918 Bissel
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Taco

    We Are Blood teams up with Rudy's BBQ to offer blood and platelet donors a voucher for a free breakfast taco.
    July 1-15. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Fall Registration Open

    Austin Community College is now registering for the fall semester, offering more than 100 programs including associate degrees, workforce certificates, and more. ACC offers free support and resources to students like tutoring, advising, and financial guidance. Classes start Aug. 21.
    Ongoing  
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    Free Meditation Classes

    Get a brief intro and experience Sahaja Yoga, a method of meditation that takes you beyond mental, emotional, and physical activity and allows you to experience the true self which lies within.
    Tuesdays, 7:15pm; Saturdays, 10:30am. Free.
    Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 8711 Burnet Rd. Suite A-12
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    Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

    This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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    Geeks Who Drink Trivia

    The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
    Ongoing
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    Habitat for Humanity ReStore Volunteers Welcome

    Home improvement donation and resale shop Habitat ReStore is a cool place to find treasure and make friends. Volunteers enjoy setting up displays, arranging merch, receiving donations, and keeping everything organized.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Locations in South & North Austin and San Marcos
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    How to Overcome Negativity: A Buddhist Perspective

    A three-week series to share Buddha’s wisdom on how we can develop and maintain inner peace, how we can reduce and stop our experience of problems, and how we can bring about positive changes in our lives that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness.
    July 8-22. Sat., 5:15-6:30pm. $12.  
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    Love Where You Live Day

    Keep Austin Beautiful developed this event to invite Austinites to beautify the areas around their homes and neighborhoods. Pick up some litter, weed a garden bed, or rake some leaves; it’s up to you! Check out the website for details on cleanup kit registration and social media giveaways.
    Second Saturdays, 9-11am  
    Citywide
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    O. Henry Museum: Lone Star Limericks

    The O. Henry Museum presents an open call to writers to submit original limericks that pertain to Austin or Texas – your fave (or least favorite) person, city, animal, allergen, etc. – via the online form as a video, image, or text through July 22, to be judged by the public through July 31.
    Through July 22; winners notified Aug. 1. Free.  
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    Put a Bird on It: International Owl Day Tattoo Contest

    In celebration of International Owl Day (Aug. 4), Blue Owl Brewing has partnered up with the Travis Audubon Society for a contest that could win you a free tattoo at Austin Tattoo Company. Submit photos of your owl ink through July 28 to be entered in a slideshow for Owl Day, where the winner will be announced.
    Contest runs through July 28; event is Fri., Aug. 4, 7pm. Free.  
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    Second Saturdays at the Blanton Museum of Art

    Hang on the new Moody Patio at the museum and enjoy live DJ sets, picnics, immersive artworks, gallery tours, and more.
    Second Saturdays, 3-8pm. $10-20; free for Blanton members.
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    Sugar & Spice: Learning Asian American Kitchen Staples

    The Asian American Resource Center offers a series covering Filipino, Vietnamese, and Korean ingredients. Classes are full, but you may join the waitlist.
    Sat., July 8, 11am  
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    Texas State Parks Photo Contest

    Capture your adventures at Texas State Parks. Explore a new trail, discover a cool critter, or catch an awesome sunset, then submit your pics or tag them on social media (#TexasStateParks and #TexasParks100) to win parks passes or H-E-B gift cards.
    Deadline: Nov. 27  
    Submit online

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