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    Austin Empty Bowl Summer Concert

    The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by Austin area potters to fight hunger, raising funds for Kids Cafe, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Suzanna Choffel, Hardened & Tempered, and Libby Koch will perform, and there'll be a silent auction and ceramic bowls available for purchase. Stay tuned for more details about the Thanksgiving-time Empty Bowl event.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 1:30-4pm
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    Clear the Shelters!

    A staggering 602 cats and dogs are currently in foster homes through Austin Pets Alive! as they eagerly await the arrival of adoptive families. APA! has lowered adoption fees to $23 to make it easier to bring a new fur friend into your family, and they'll host a Clear the Shelters event Saturday with vendors on-site and a scavenger hunt for families (10am-2pm). Adoption fees will be waived during the event for all on-site animals; a $100 spay/neuter deposit still applies.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 10am-5pm
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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 Fencers Club Open House

    Get acquainted with fencing and the Austin Fencers Club, see a live demonstration from nationally competitive fencers, and learn the basics.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 11am-1pm  
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    Austin Fit Fest

    Fitness gurus will find plenty of action here, from meeting fitness icons to discovering wellness products to viewing demos and competitions.
    Sat., Aug. 19. $30-75.  
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    ¡Cumbia Night!

    Get a free dance lesson from Cumbia Austin, then practice your moves to music from Grupo Bambinoz, El Tule, DJ Guira King.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 9pm. $10 cash at the door.  
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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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    Candidate Training With TCDP

    Planning to run for office? Join Travis County Democratic Party to learn more about the issues and dynamics impacting Travis County, featuring D.A. José Garza, Austin City Council members José Velásquez and Zo Qadri, and stakeholders.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 1-4pm  
    Register to get address
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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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    Empowering Artists for Success Workshop

    Join art professional and bestselling author Halima Taha for an interactive workshop to learn new strategies and gain tools to help you manage the business side of your art career.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 9am-noon. $25-35; free for Big Medium members.  
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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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    Half as Bad CD Release Show

    Release party for What You Hear Is What You Get (on CD and cassette), with prizes, a photo booth and face painting to give the night a little extra twist.
    Sat., Aug. 19. $10.
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    HD 49 Town Hall

    State Rep. Gina Hinojosa will give an overview of major legislation passed this past session and during the two special sessions, as well as take audience questions. Guests get tacos and coffee.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 9:30-10:30am  
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    Help Stock Your School Library

    Austin Books and Comics has a neat deal for back to school: Get 15% off “all ages” graphic novels for a limited time, and use your coupon to vote for your school to receive a $250 gift card to stock the school library with graphic novels.
    Through Sept. 17  
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    Live Band Karaoke With the Screamalongs

    Sing your favorite punk, rock, metal, emo, and grunge songs with a live band and live your rockstar dreams. Plan ahead with the song list online.
    Sat., Aug. 19 & Sept. 16, 9pm-12mid (signups at 8:30). Free.
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    Pioneer Ghost Tour

    Explore one of the most haunted sites around at the historic farm with Austin Ghost Tours. If you're a fan of history and haunts, this one's for you!
    Third Saturdays, 7pm  
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    Red Line Trail Feedback Session

    The city is designing a new 1.7-mile urban trail to connect the Northern Walnut Creek Trail to Braker Lane. The Red Line Trail will also connect to CapMetro's future McKalla and Broadmoor stations. Find a virtual open house and submit feedback online through Thu., Aug. 31, or meet the project team, ask questions, and provide feedback at this in-person session.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 8:30-10:30am  
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    Saturday Drawing Salon

    Sketch Elisabet Ney's realistic sculptures in her own Formosa studio at sessions for all skill levels hosted by museum educators with all materials provided.
    Saturdays in August, 10am-noon. Free.  
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    Tapefest 23

    A hands-on celebration of music and video recorded on cassette. Collectors can gather to swap their recordings and participate in activities like making a mix tape, copying between formats, and creating art with analog video signals.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 1-5pm. 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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    Town Lake Shore Cleanup Day

    Join the Buzz Mill and Lumber Society to clean up some trash along the shore on foot and via canoe. Tools and gloves provided, as well as lunch and a drink at Buzz Mill afterward.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 10am-1pm. Free.  
    Peace Point at Lady Bird Lake Metropolitan Park, 2200 S. Lakeshore

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