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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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    The Mike & Sherry Project: Fundraising Auction

    The Mike & Sherry Project is launching an online auction with items and experiences from some of Austin’s best bars, restaurants, and events. Note: An official partner of the Austin Marathon, the Project qualifies for up to $10,000 in matched donations from the Moody Foundation; proceeds from the auction will go toward the matching campaign, increasing access to affordable mental healthcare for Austin’s bar and restaurant workers.
    Through March 28  
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    2021 Bowl for Kids

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is bringing glitz and glamour to their annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise funds to put 80 kids into a caring match with an adult mentor, and you can participate from home by donating, forming or joining a fundraising team, and via online activities including a "Golden Age of Hollywood" costume contest.
    Through April 23  
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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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    Jurassic Quest

    From adorable baby dinos to a fierce T. rex, guests embark on the adventure of a lifetime led by an audio tour as they view 70 photorealistic dinosaurs that move and make sounds, all from the comfort of their own vehicles. Optional Quest Packs include dino surprises and activities to do at home.
    Through March 28. $49 and up per vehicle.  
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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.  
    Virtual
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    Travis County Voter Registration

    The deadline to register to vote in the May 1 special election is Thursday, April 1. If you're not yet registered to vote (find out at www.votetravis.com), you may download a voter registration form at www.votetexas.gov/register, print it, and then either mail it to the county voter registrar (Travis County Voter Registration, PO Box 149327, Austin, Texas 78714-9327) or drop it off at the Travis County Tax Office (5501 Airport Blvd.). You can register to vote in person at the Travis County Tax Office, too. Applications must be postmarked or received by April 1.: If you’ve moved within Travis County or changed your name since the last time you registered to vote, update your voter registration online here.
    Deadline: Thu., April 1  
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    #TXBookChat: How to Participate in Read Across Texas

    Join the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the inside scoop on how to participate in this year’s statewide community read on the theme of recovery.
    Thu., March 25, 11am. free.  
    Online via Zoom
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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 Board of Trustees Regular Voting Meeting

    Agendas are posted at least 72 hours before meetings, which usually falls on Monday evenings.
    Thu., March 25, 5:30pm  
    AISD.TV; AISD FB page
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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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    BSC Reopening Business Safely Global Forum

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 16. Free.  
    Online
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    BSC's Rebuilding Business Nationwide Online Forum

    With Business Success Center's weekly forum, create strategic alliances and learn from other business owners in order to relaunch and rebuild carefully and successfully.
    Thursdays, noon-1pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Bullet Journal Social

    Bullet journals are all the rage. Join in to share ideas with other fans at this virtual meeting.
    Thu., March 25, 7pm  
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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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    City Council Meeting

    Council tackles a 110-Item agenda, including resolutions relating to a “reimagined“ cadet training academy for APD, mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and an audit of the city’s emergency response to Winter Storm Uri, among other initiatives. See agenda for details.
    Thu., March 25, 10am  
    Videoconference
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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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    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 Men's Soccer

    Vs. Hardin Simmons.
    Vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor: Fri., March 19, 7:30pm. Vs. Howard Payne: Thu., March 25, 2:30pm  
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    Concordia Women's Soccer

    Vs. Hardin Simmons.
    Vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor: Fri., March 19, 5pm. Vs. Howard Payne: Thu., March 25, noon  
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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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    Dogwood Festival

    Nothing says spring like the blooming of the dogwood trees in East Texas, and the season kicks off with a weekend of music, arts, and food in downtown.
    Sat., March 20-Sun., April 4  
    Palestine
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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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    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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    Introduction to QuickBooks Desktop Webinar

    This class covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation, and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. (Registration for webinar automatically registers you for both days.)
    Tue., March 23 & Thu., March 25, 2-5pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    MassChallenge Alum Discussion

    Alumni and program leadership will discuss the pros and cons of a virtual accelerator and provide insights and tips around prioritizing all the access and benefits to strategically advance business growth. This year, the MassChallenge 2021 virtual early stage accelerator program will provide more than 200+ startups access to funding opportunities, mentorship, bespoke deals and discounts, and more.
    Thu., March 25, 11am. Free.  
    Online
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    Meet Your New AYD Board

    Welcome the new Austin Young Democrats executive board.
    Thu., March 25, 7-9pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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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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    Support the George Floyd Act Rally

    A coalition of 70 justice and civil rights groups from across the state rally in support of House Bill 88 (George Floyd Act) and House Bill 830 (a part stripped from 2017’s Sandra Bland Act), ahead of both bills being heard at the Lege that same day.
    Thu., March 25, 8:30-9:45am  
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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 Relays

    Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays were canceled for the first time since 1935. After careful consideration, the plan for this year's event will be an abbreviated schedule, and due to a combination of challenges, not include high school teams or individual student-athletes. Events will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network; get the full schedule online.
    Wed.-Sat., March 24-27  
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    Texas State Women's Volleyball

    Vs. Baylor.
    Vs. TCU: Thu., March 18, 1pm. Vs. North Texas: Thu., March 25, 6pm  
    Strahan Arena, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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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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    UT Brainstorms

    As part of the Texas Science Festival, UT-Austin's neuroscience department presents a seminar called "The Sensing Brain: A Conversation About Animals, and Humans, with Extraordinary Sensory Systems" with Dr. Harold Zakon.
    Thu., March 25, 7pm  
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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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    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 Appreciation at Vera Bradley

    Celebrate Women's History Month with a company that was developed by women, for women. Mention this event to get 15% off.
    March 20-27  
    Vera Bradley, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.
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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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