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    AEDP Session

    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 the second of three info sessions; the third will be Sept. 20.
    Wed., Aug. 9, 10-11:30am  
    Virtual
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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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    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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    City of Austin Budget Town Hall: District 5

    Learn about the city's upcoming budget approval process and provide input.
    Wed., Aug. 9, 6pm. Free.
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Blue Bell

    Just in time for Texas' hottest month, We Are Blood offers a tasty and cool treat as a reward for donating blood or platelets: a pint of Blue Bell ice cream.
    Aug. 1-14  
    We Are Blood donation centers & 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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    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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    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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    Trust Your WILD Side Premiere & Concert

    Take in a night of film and live music with a screening from the Primitive Planet documentary series Trust Your WILD Side featuring Oscar Stembridge, followed by a performance from the young singer/songwriter and environmentalist from Sweden including special guests from the School of Rock.
    Wed., Aug. 9, 7pm  

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