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  • 40th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German fest, gearing up its big 40th year in the Polka Capital of Texas. Enjoy five stages of Oompah at its Best!, artisans, family lederhosen and dirndl contest, 42 tournament contest, waltz contest, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, the popular Chicken Dance(s), and more!
    Oct. 1-3  
    Fredericksburg
  • Shape Austin's Future

    Help draw the City of Austin's City Council District map and shape our future for the next 10 years. Citizen participation opportunities begin now and extend through mid-October. Equitable and accurate representation affects neighborhood funding and ensures improved efficacy of your elected officials. This helps underserved communities and all Austinites.
    Through Mid-October  
    Austin, Texas
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    Art Free-for-All

    Get to know all the Contemporary has to offer at this family-friendly open house. Explore the sculpture park and the art on view, grab a kit at the front desk to create some art of your own, and see amazing online art demonstrations from anywhere you like, featuring Contemporary Art School instructors.
    March 13-19  
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    Austin Humane Society Adventure Week

    Spring break is going to the dogs (and cats) at the Austin Humane Society! Young participants will spend the week exploring how animals and the humans who love them can get outside and stay active. The week kicks off with a "funniest pet" photo contest, and continues with hands-on, educational sessions including storytime, Backyard Bingo with Austin Wildlife Rescue, leash and pet bed craft tutorials, live walks with adoptable dogs, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter. On Saturday, activities will be offered in Spanish.
    March 15-20. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Bark for the Arc

    The Arc of the Capital Area is once again joining forces with its dog therapy partner, Divine Canines, to host this virtual art auction featuring original pet-inspired art created by local artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Artwork sales will benefit the student artists, as well as virtual programs provided by The Arc of the Capital Area to Central Texans with disabilities. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Divine Canines to help them continue free dog therapy services. You can browse the artwork and merchandise and start bidding now.
    Thu., March 25, 7pm  
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    Discovery Green Spring Break

    Celebrate Spring Break with Girlstart and Discovery Green with five fun-packed days for the whole family. Materials lists are online, and a new hands-on STEM activity is posted each day.
    March 15-19  
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    El's Mirror: Celebrating the Black Family

    A special program with the Bullock Museum and the George Washington Carver Museum. Follow along with El's Mirror by Austin-based authors Ellison and Bavu Blakes, then create your own inspirational mirror.
    Tue., March 16, 10am. Free.  
    The Bullock Museum online
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    Lunch & Learn

    Multitask in a fun, enriching way by learning about nature, science, and natural history during your lunch break with the city of Austin's Nature & Science Center.
    Select Tuesdays through May 18, noon. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Rugby and Live Music: AG & AMF

    Austin Music Foundation has announced a partnership with Major League Rugby's Austin Gilgronis to provide live music and entertainment at the matches all season. In addition to an initial donation, the Gilgronis will contribute 100% of the proceeds from opening night to AMF. The season opener features the legendary Paul Oakenfold, and future matches will include some of Austin's best entertainers.
    Season opens March 20, vs. Utah Warriors  
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    SXSW Online 2021

    South by Southwest is virtual this year, with global music festival experiences and sets from iconic comedy clubs around America, sessions from speakers ranging from astronauts to entrepreneurs, and some of the best and brightest talents in film brought to you wherever you are.
    March 16-20. $399.  
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    Texas Science Festival: Science for a Changing World

    UT-Austin's fest offers a series of virtual events, most of them live. Hear from world-changing researchers, COVID-19 vaccine innovators, and more; join virtual star parties with astronomers; and get step-by-step guidance for fun at-home experiments.
    Feb. 16-March 26. Free.  
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    A Neighbor in Need A/C Giveaway

    Do you know of a homeowner in your area whose heating and air system no longer works? Someone that needs a new system but can’t afford it? Tell Del's Heating & Air Conditioning their story, and Del’s will provide one winner with a new HVAC system.
    Through April 15; winner chosen April 30  
    www.delsacservice.com
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    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
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    AISD Spring Break Free Meals

    AISD will close campuses Mon.-Fri., March 15-19, for spring break; AISD families may pick up free seven-day meal packs at this Central Texas Food Bank mass distribution event.
    Tue., March 16, 9am-noon. Free.  
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    Austin Gilgronis Memberships

    Join AG Nation by purchasing a 2021 season membership for Major League Rugby's Austin Gilgronis. Matches will be held at Bold Stadium at Circuit of the Americas, and a season pass gets you access to eight home matches and all kinds of perks. Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold will perform after the opening game March 20.
    Ongoing; season begins March 20. $120 and up.  
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    Barnyard Buddies

    Meet animal friends at a special hands-on farm tour where a handler will introduce youngsters to chickens, horses, and donkeys.
    Saturdays, 10am  
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    Beautify Texas Awards

    The Beautify Texas Awards, formerly the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards, recognize the efforts of those working to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State. Anyone is welcome to nominate an exceptional environmental leader; get all the details on the website.
    Nominations accepted through March 25. Free.  
    Online
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    Best of Legally Blonde: Spring Break Musical Theatre Camp

    Elle Woods fans will love spending spring break singing, dancing, and crafting with the best songs and scenes from the smash hit musical.
    March 15-19. Full day, $365; half day, $265.  
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    Bike Night at COTA

    Cyclists can clip in and navigate the Circuit at Bike Night powered by Ascension Seton. The weekly event lets riders cruise COTA’s famed stars and stripes in a stress-free environment without the worry of city traffic while offering fantastic sunset views of the COTA’s signature Observation Deck and Austin skyline. After the ride concludes, cyclists can replenish and recharge with an ice-cold drink, mouth-watering refreshments and great conversations and camaraderie with fellow riders.
    Tue., Sept. 21, 6pm  
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    Breast Cancer Wellness Group

    Whether you’re newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor of breast cancer, join in to learn about healthy lifestyle choices and symptom management in an emotionally supportive environment. To register and get the Zoom link, call 512/509-2142.
    Third Tuesdays. Free.
    Held via Zoom until in-person meetings are appropriate
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    Camacho Activity Center Virtual Programs

    Visit the Camacho Activity Center virtually for bike tutorials, a Blunn Creek Nature Preserve hiking guide, and activity guides for homemade ice cream, nature bingo, leaf art, and more.
     
    Online
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    Carnival at Pinballz

    Crabtree Amusements is bringing all kinds of family-friendly outdoor attractions for spring break.
    Through March 27  
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    Carnival of Games

    Pinballz will place golden cards in select ticketed games, and all you have to do is find them! With every Gold Card captured, you get the opportunity to redeem for specialty prizes.
    Through March 28  
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    Central Texas Food Bank Mass Food Distribution

    Although this is primarily designed as a drive-through event, no one in need of food will be turned away. Recipients without vehicles are recommended to bring containers to help carry food.
    Tue., March 16, 9am-noon. Free.  
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
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    City of Austin Recovery Resources

    Looking for info on water distribution, code complaints, or anything related to fallout from the winter storm? Check the city's site for the most up-to-date information.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Club Latinitas

    Enrollment is open and ongoing for this free bilingual afterschool club for all girls age 9-14, which includes fun, educational activities with technology and media.
    Through May 21, 4-6pm  
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    Coffee & Conversation

    Start the day with a lively drop-in virtual networking meeting with games and breakout sessions. Hosted by Central Texas Network in Action.
    Tuesdays, 8:30-9:15am. Free.  
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    Community Resilience Trust

    CRT is working with multiple groups and departments to address the crisis of care facing our unhoused community members. Surplus funds will be allocated to efforts focused on long-term care.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Concordia Volleyball

    No spectators allowed; watch online.
    Vs. Howard Payne: Sat., March 13, 1 & 3pm. Vs. Sul Ross State: Tue., March 16, 4 & 6pm  
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    Connect2Texas

    The Bullock Museum has an excellent selection of educational programming that can be incorporated into distance learning or experienced just for fun. There are recordings and worksheets on a range of topics as wide as Texas: blues music, extreme mammals, cattle drives, and more. Plus, check out the very cool interactive tools like the Texas history timeline and "Campfire Stories," an interactive version of Amarillo artist Robert T. Ritter's mosaic that leads you to discover the people who wrote the stories of Texas.
     
    Online
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    Dallas Blooms

    The largest floral festival in the Southwest celebrates “America the Beautiful” with an explosion of: color over 66 acres on the shores of White Rock Lake.
    Feb. 20-April 11. $12-17.  
    Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas
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    Dance Break: Spring Break Musical Theatre Dance Intensive

    A weeklong dive into classic and contemporary musical theatre dance, with each day focusing on a different show.
    March 15-19. $350.  
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Car Wash

    Kick off spring cleaning with We Are Blood and Arbor Car Wash. Donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma and get a voucher for a free "Lucy's Special Express" car wash at Arbor.
    March 15-31. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Donate Blood, Get a Thunderbird Food Bar

    We Are Blood is partnering with local company Thunderbird Food Bars to give all donors a healthy and tasty snack. Appointments are mandatory; call or schedule online.
    Through March 31. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Federal Disaster Assistance

    Homeowners and renters who suffered damage due to the winter storm may apply for assistance from FEMA. If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible; if insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.: Take photos and keep receipts for related expenses, and apply online or call 800/621-3362.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Foundation Communities Emergency Assistance Fund

    It will take some time to fully recover from the recent storm. You can help by contributing to Foundation Communities' fund providing direct relief for food, water, rent, medical assistance, and more.
    Feb. 25-April 5  
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    Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen

    Six hand-painted soundstage backdrops are on exhibit alongside artwork from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The backdrops, on loan from Texas Performing Arts at UT-Austin, were created for MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn. These six replicas of Renaissance masterpieces in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel were nearly discarded before being rescued in 2017.
    Through April 4. $10-20; free on Thursdays, 4-6pm, and first Sundays, noon-5pm.  
    McNay Museum, San Antonio
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    Host Families Needed for Exchange Program

    International Student Exchange is seeking local volunteers to host exchange students during the 2021-22 school year. Contact regional adviser Keisha Burgess at keishab.ise@gmail.com or 512/955-4340 for more information.
    Ongoing  
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    I-35 Virtual Public Scoping Meeting

    Review design materials for the Texas Department of Transportation's proposed I-35 Capital Express Central Project and provide feedback to TxDOT by April 9. The project proposes to add two non-tolled lanes in each direction along I-35 from U.S. 290 E. to Hwy. 71/Ben White Blvd.
    March-11-April 9  
    Online
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    Jump Into Spring Break

    Altitude Trampoline Park offers expanded hours of fun and is introducing mini golf starting this spring break. They follow the Certified Clean program to ensure a clean and safe environment for the family, and social distancing and current COVID-19 restrictions will be followed.
    March 15-21, 10am-9pm. $9-20.  
    Altitude Trampoline Park, 2800 S. I-35, Round Rock
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    Noah Marion New Store Opening

    Noah Marion announced the opening of a second location of his shop specializing in untreated, natural-vegetable-tanned leather pieces, from wallets and belts to home goods and apothecary items. Marion, a native Austinite, is a self-taught maker of leather goods who started his brand in his mother’s garage in Barton Hills in 2006.
    Open daily, noon-6pm  
    Noah Marion, 1606 S. Congress
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    Oyster Season

    It was a brave soul who ate the first oyster, and now the bivalve mollusks are on the dinner table. This is the time to get the freshest oysters as fishermen come into the Rockport/Fulton Harbor around 4-5pm. The annual Fulton Oyster Festival has been canceled for this year, but there are still plenty of oysters available at local markets and restaurants.
    Through April 30  
    Rockport/Fulton
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
    Online
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    Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center Appointments

    The center reopens Tuesday, March 9, by appointment only. Accepted items include household hazardous waste, electronics, tires, plastic bags, Styrofoam, and clothing and housewares. Schedule an appointment here.
    Effective: Tue., March 9  
    Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center, 2514 Business Center Dr.
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    Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations

    The winter storm put a damper on blood drives, and now supplies need to be replenished. Donors, especially type O, are encouraged to find a Red Cross drive to visit in the coming days and weeks.
    Feb. 23-April 5  
    Citywide
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    RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    The RENT Assistance Program application portal is now open, and provides $25 million of direct support for income-eligible Austin renters who are financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the eligibility details and apply online, or call 512/488-1397.
     
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    Rock-About Climbing Camp

    A weeklong climbing camp for young adventurers to explore the Greenbelt, Reimers Ranch, and Enchanted Rock.
    March 15-19  
    Meet at MoPac & 360
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    Southwestern University Baseball

    Vs. Concordia. No spectators allowed; watch online.
    Tue., March 16, 6:30pm  
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    Spanish Circle Time

    Enjoy Spanish class free with admission to Indigo Play, which features a huge educational playscape, dedicated baby area, imagination play space, and sensory room. Kids will practice Spanish through songs, stories, and games.
    Tuesdays, 10am. $8.  
    Indigo Play, 13530 Research #102
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    Spring Break at High 5

    High 5 has made spring break fun a breeze with an all-access pass for $32.99, including unlimited bowling, bowling shoes, unlimited laser tag, and a 40-point game card. Come before 2pm to get half off.
    March 15-19  
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    Spring Break Live Music Series

    Hear local artists in Natural Bridge Caverns' Discovery Village as you play yard games and enjoy sweets and treats. Plus check out the maze, zipline, and other outdoor adventures.
    Through March 21; live music noon-3pm  
    Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., San Antonio
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    Take a (Virtual) Day Trip Around the World

    Learn something new, visit museums around the world, and explore the hidden mysteries of life at the website with enough cool stuff to outlast any pandemic.
    Any day, anytime  
    Online
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    Texas Stars

    Vs. Colorado Eagles.
    Fri.-Sat., March 12-13 & Tue.-Wed, March 16-17, 7pm  
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    Texas State Women's Volleyball

    Vs. Texas: Tue., March 16, 6pm  
    Strahan Arena, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    Tiny Bakery Spring Break Camp

    This collab between Austin Tinkering School and Bake Austin will have kids build a real tiny bakery and stock it with real tiny treats.
    March 15-19. $300.  
    Online
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    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Travis Audubon Golden-Cheek Week

    Travis Audubon celebrates its birthday week with programming dedicated to its favorite songbird, the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Check here for the complete schedule.
    Mon.-Fri., March 15-19. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    University of Texas Baseball

    Vs. South Carolina: Fri.-Sat., March 12-13, 6:30pm; Sun., March 14, 11am. Vs. UT-RGV: Tue., March 16, 6:30pm  
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    Vehicle Registration Deadline Approaches

    The grace period for vehicle registration renewal and title applications will soon end, and missing the deadline can result in costly fines. If you've postponed these activities due to the pandemic, now is the time to act: Get your vehicle inspected and renew online at Texas.gov, or bring your DMV renewal form, passing inspection, insurance card, and payment to H-E-B, Fiesta Mart, or AAA. Title applications require appointments to be made at the Travis County Tax Office, and they fill up fast, so don't wait!
    Deadline: April 15  
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    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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    Virtual Pediatrician Meet & Greet

    Choosing a pediatrician for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. Meet your child’s new pediatrician at one of Baylor Scott & White's virtual meet-and-greet events.
    Tue., March 16, 5:30pm. Free.  
    Baylor Scott & White Clinic Round Rock, via Zoom
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    Virtual Spring Break

    Join the Bullock virtually to take a peek at select museum artifacts and exhibitions and connect history with the current day, and enjoy storytimes and demonstrations of hands-on activities for kids of all ages. A limited number of activity kits are available for pickup, and materials lists are posted online.
    March 16-19; kits available March 10-12. Free; $5-10 for kits.  
    The Bullock Museum online
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    Virtual Tween Fantasy Book Club

    Kids age 8-12 will discuss Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1.
    Tue., March 16, 4:30pm
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    Wilco Free Tax Prep

    United Way of Williamson County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is offering free drop-off/pickup tax preparation service by appointment only. IRS-certified tax preparers will provide assistance to households earning $57,000 or less annually and to older adults of all income levels, and services are available in English and Spanish.
    Feb. 10-April 15  
    1205 Round Rock Ave. #106, Round Rock
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    Women's History Month Youth Craft Kits

    Celebrate women's history with a suffragist rosette and sash craft and writing activity. Available while supplies last.
    Through Friday, March 19  
    Austin Public Library curbside branches
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    Woohoo Let's Stitch! Tween Embroidery

    Local artist Niku Arbabi leads a virtual hand stitch, embroidery, and craft workshop for kids age 9-12.
    Tue. & Wed., March 16 & 17. Free, but RSVP.  
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    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
    Online
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    YWCA Warmline

    Call the YWCA of Greater Austin's "Warmline" to get support amidst the isolation of COVID-19.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-8pm; Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., noon-4pm  
    Via phone: 512/548-9922
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