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    COTFG New Media Art & Sound Summit 2023

    COTFG NMASS is back with 12 performances over three days at Ground Floor Theatre, with music, improvisation, free jazz, and multi-genre styles bringing diversity to the Austin underground music community.
    July 27-29. Thu.-Fri., 7-10pm; Sat., 4-10pm. $10-15.
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    Small Black Museum Residency Project Closing Reception

    The Small Black Museum Residency Project supports Central Texas' ecosystem of Black artists and cultivates early careers. Celebrate the closing of this year's exhibit with residency artists Elizabeth Hudson, Alexis Hunter, and Elisha Luckett.
    Sat., July 29, 7-10pm  
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    Violet Crown Trail-North Community Celebration

    Join the city of Austin, city of Sunset Valley, and Hill Country Conservancy to celebrate the completion of the Violet Crown Trail-North project, a one-mile extension of the VCT system that connects Home Depot Boulevard to MoPac just north of William Cannon Drive. With this segment, the VCT is now contiguous from Zilker Park to Slaughter Creek. The celebration includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performances from the Crockett Cougar Band, frozen treats, a family-friendly bike ride led by Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, an interactive nature walk led by Hill Country Conservancy, and projects and activities for kids from the Home Depot.
    Sat., July 29, 9-10:30am. Free.  
    Home Depot Blvd., Sunset Valley
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    AARC Open Call for Artists

    The Asian American Resource Center Exhibits Program aims to foster and promote artists and curators whose work embodies the AARC's mission, vision, and values and to create spaces of belonging and healing for Asian American communities in Austin and beyond. An independent panel will review all submissions and the top applicants will be chosen for exhibitions at the AARC.
    Deadline: Fri., Aug. 4  
    Apply online
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    Acid Trip

    Jeff Young, co-owner and executive brewer at Blue Owl, takes guests on an educational trip about acids used in brewing, complemented by samplings of tasty beers and a free pint.
    Sat., July 29, 1-2pm. $28.
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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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    Beat the Heat

    With Central Texas experiencing extremely high temperatures, city leaders issued a reminder to be aware of Excessive Heat Watch and Excessive Heat Warning alerts from the National Weather Service. A warning means action should be taken immediately to avoid heat-related illness. The city began a pilot program in July at Republic Square with misting tents and cold bottled water, and always offers facilities like rec centers and libraries as cooling centers. In addition, city pool fees are waived Aug. 9-Sept. 30, except for Barton Springs. Visit the city's website for more information, and always check before you head to an outdoor event: For safety, organizers may cancel events that put people at risk due to the heat.
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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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    Body Mind Spirit Celebration

    It doesn’t take a psychic to know that everyone could benefit by bringing a little more wellness into their life. This celebration brings psychics, mediums, and other wellness experts together for a weekend full of exhibitions and presentations to get you more in tune with yourself.
    Sat.-Sun., July 29-30
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    Country Club Creek Trail Clean Day

    Join the Buzz Mill, Squatch Frontier Fitness, and the Lumber Society to remove some invasive ligustrum and clean up some trash. Tools and gloves provided, as well as a free drink if you meet at Buzz Mill between 9 and 9:30am.
    Sat., July 29, 9am-noon. Free.  
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Alamo Drafthouse Tickets

    Get a voucher for Alamo Drafthouse when you donate blood or platelets this month.
    Through July 31. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Empire Presents: Gimme Gimme Disco

    A disco dance party inspired by ABBA.
    Sat., July 29, 9pm. $15.  
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    F*ck Cancer: An 80s Dance Party Fundraiser

    At a 420-friendly, Eighties-themed party to raise awareness of cancer, find a vape bar, infused cannabis mocktails, a rolling station, swag bags, and more, with proceeds and good vibes benefiting two inspiring individuals from the community who are battling cancer.
    Sat., July 29, 6-9pm. $20, early bird; $30 at the door.
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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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    FrankenBike Austin # 203

    A swap meet for buyers and sellers of bicycles, parts, and accessories.
    Sat., July 29, 10am-4pm. Free.  
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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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    Free Vaccine Clinic

    Over a dozen vaccines will be available with no insurance or proof of citizenship required: hepatitis A & B, COVID-19, polio, HPV, MMR, and many more.
    Sat., July 29, 9am-noon  
    Wheless Lane Church of Christ, 2702 Wheless
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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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    MoveOutATX Donation Stations

    MoveOutATX works with reuse groups to keep gently used items out of the landfill during the West Campus move-out season. Eight pop-up stations will accept items like gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, clothing, arts & crafts supplies, nonperishable food items, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Get more details and find the full list online.
    Fri.-Mon., July 28-31, 11am-6pm
    Various West Campus locations
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    MoveOutATX Free Furniture Market

    Due to a partner program between the city of Austin, UT Office of Sustainability, UT Off-Campus Initiative, local reuse organizations, and local properties, residents can pick up free items collected from West Campus donation stations. The market runs on volunteers, so sign up for a shift if you'd like to help out and you'll get a cooling towel, snacks, cold water, and discounts at 10 local businesses.
    Fri.-Mon., July 28-31, 6:30-8:15pm. If items remain, also open Tue., Aug. 1, 10-11am. Free.
    UT Intramural Fields, 287 W. 51st
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    Nintendo Summer of Play

    To celebrate summertime gaming, Nintendo gives guests of all ages the chance to discover their favorite Nintendo characters and learn more about the worlds they come from. There'll be plenty of activities, goodies, and games to play.
    July 28-31. Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm; Mon., 10am-8pm. Free.
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    North Loop Pop Up Market

    Shop dozens of Austin’s best small businesses for vintage clothing and decor, art, jewelry, plants, records, and more, plus a DJ set from Tropicana Joe.
    Sat., July 29. Free.
    Beardbrand Campus, 1000 E. 51st
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    Path Wellness Workshop: Grounding in Times of Transition

    Whether it’s a new marriage, a shift in the workplace, having a child, or going through a breakup, change can feel incredibly overwhelming. This workshop will focus on techniques to help us find our way back to center during life’s inevitable transitions.
    Sat., July 29, 1-3pm. $125.  
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    Plant Propagation Workshop

    Ever wanted to know the science and art of making more plants from your plants? Learn the facts then practice techniques on demo plants, and go home with propagation materials to try at home.
    Sat., July 29, 10:30am. Free with admission ($6-8).  
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    Sherwood Forest Zine Library Open Shift

    The free, volunteer-run zine library of over 2500 zines on many topics invites you to come by, relax, read, and meet library cat Twister. Membership is free and members can check out zines for two weeks.
    Sat., July 29, 2-6pm  
    Sherwood Forest Zine Library, 5215-A Joe Sayers Ave.
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    Shoal Creek Shopping Cart Corral

    In 2022, the Watershed Protection Department’s "Trash in Creeks" field study found over 500 shopping carts throughout Austin’s creeks. This corral aims to round 'em up with the help of community orgs and volunteers.
    Sat., July 29, 8-10am. Free; registration required.  
    Various locations
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    Sun Radiothon Live Broadcast Fundraiser

    Local, independent radio station 100.1 Sun Radio broadcasts an amazing three-day live fundraiser concert series from the Austin Eastciders Collaboratory taproom.
    Thu.-Sat., July 27-29, 6am-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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    Tropical Beach DJ Dance Party

    Experience a tropical paradise with palm trees, beach balls, and reggae beats.
    Sat., July 29, 7pm. $20.  

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