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    Axe Me Anything Series

    An exciting and informative event with Lin Chicha, a brown belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion and instructor. This is a great opportunity to learn how to defend yourself and your family while on the trails and in public spaces, whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner.
    Wed., July 12, 6-7:30pm. Free with RSVP.  
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    Summer Wellness

    Get your body and mind aligned with wellness activities for the whole family: yoga with ATX Yoga Girl Cynthia Bernard on the newly opened Capitol Mall (10:30-11:15am); interacting with puppies from Austin Pets Alive! (11am-1pm); aromatherapy with Integral Care; a mindfulness activity with Texas Health & Human Services; and mental health education with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Texas.
    Wed., July 12, 10am-2pm. $9-13.  
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    AEDP Sessions

    You may have heard that Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is expanding. AUS Expansion & Development Program projects seek small, local, or diverse businesses to help the airport grow. Learn more at one of three upcoming sessions; this is the first.
    Wed., July 12, 10-11:30am  
    Virtual
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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 Meditation

    Asenath Avinash, who has over a decade of experience practicing both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, leads an hourlong meditation session. Drop-ins welcome; no registration required.
    Wednesdays, noon. Donations appreciated.  
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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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    Epilepsy Support Group

    Listen to the experiences of other people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Tuesdays are for family group, and Wednesday is for adults.
    Second Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 7pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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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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    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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    Frost Celebrates Summer With Complimentary Treats

    Frost Bank offers frosty treats from Noam's Gelato & Bean.
    Wed., July 12, 1-3pm. Free.  
    Frost Bank 26 Doors Financial Center, 1206 W. 38th
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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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    Learn to Meditate

    Join a two-part series as Noreen Flack, resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Austin, shares advice on meditation and creating inner peace and clarity.
    Wed., July 12 & 19, noon-1pm. Free.  
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    Microgreen Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to grow veggies and herbs, but didn’t have the space? Microgreens are your solution! Get all the instructions plus a take-home kit at this workshop. Register by July 12.
    Sat., July 22, 10:30am-noon. $20-25.  
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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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    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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