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    Third Thursdays: Mélat

    A night of art and music to connect more deeply with exhibit "The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper." Hear music from Mélat at 6pm, create a Linocut Gelli printing with Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, learn to write ekphrastic poetry at the Badgerdog Creative Writing Station, and snap a photo at the Wildly Flowered photo booth.
    Thu., Aug. 17, 5-8pm. $9-13; free for museum members.  
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      AMO Soundsystem

      Go back to the era of indie euphoria as Daft Hunks present all that's hot from the music of the Aughties.
      Third Thursdays, 5-8pm. Free.  
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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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      Central Health Community Conversations

      Travis County’s hospital district is building a better health care system for people with low income. Join them for lunch or dinner and a conversation on Central Health’s proposed 2024 budget and the Healthcare Equity Plan: Thu., Aug. 17, 5:30–7:30pm, Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron; Tue., Aug. 22, 5:30-7:30pm, Pflugerville Community Center, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop; Mon., Aug. 28, 10am-noon, Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis.
      Aug. 17, 22 & 28  
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      City Council Budget & Tax Rate Adoption

      After hearing feedback from citizens and discussing adjustments at several work sessions, City Council will hammer out all the details and adopt the Fiscal Year 2024 budget and tax rate. Follow along on ATXN and get more details online.
      Wed.-Fri., Aug. 16-18. Free.
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      Donate Blood, Get Free Chicken Wings

      We Are Blood partners with Pluckers Wing Bar to offer donors a voucher for five free wings.
      Aug. 15-31  
      We Are Blood donation centers & 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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      Forté MBA Forum

      A forum for anyone considering an MBA, whether you’re a high achiever looking to change careers, a college student planning for the future, or a professional ready to take your career to the next level.
      Thu., Aug. 17, 5:15pm. Free.
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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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      Travis County Commissioners Court Budget Hearings

      Travis County officials meet to discuss the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. Residents may view documents and provide feedback at traviscountytx.gov/planning-budget/budget-development.
      Wed.-Fri. & Mon., Aug. 16-18 & 21, 9am  
      Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca
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      Volunteer Days at ACR

      Organized types will have fun volunteering to help Austin Creative Reuse sort through donated items, roll fabric, and detangle yarn. Registration required.
      Tuesdays & Thursdays  
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      Young Meditators Group

      Youngsters ages 18-39 who'd like to cultivate mindfulness are welcome to gather and reflect on and discuss topics about everyday life.
      First Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Free.

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