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  • 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
  • 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
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    ABC Kite Fest

    One of our most iconic traditions returns for its 92nd year as a citywide celebration of Austin’s parks in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation, benefiting Communities in Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. Sponsored in part by KXAN and Texas Mutual, this year’s ABC Kite Fest encourages Austinites to get outside and fly a kite at their neighborhood park while observing COVID precautions, then share photos and videos on social media. Highlights include the Exchange Club Community Kite Contest; a virtual MossFest concert featuring Tiarra Girls, Terri Hendrix, Barton Hills Choir, Mr. Will, and others; and the H-E-B Pet Zone, an off-leash pet playground pop-up at Zilker Park. Sponsor Capital Metro recommends using their app and services to get around to the parks. Want to stay updated on all the deets? There's an app for that too: Search ABC Kite Fest on your app store.
    March 27-28. Free.  
    Austin parks citywide
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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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      Black History Month Kids' Day & HBCU Day

      Join the Carver Museum and Creative Action for a family-friendly day of activities inspired by this year’s BHM theme, "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity." Features include Zoom sessions with reps from HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) and with Ellison and Bavu Blakes, authors of El's Mirror. Note: Rescheduled from Feb. 27.
      Sat., March 27, 11am-3pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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      High 5 Anderson Lanes: Crawfish Boil

      Those bowling fanatics at High 5 and your equally pin-happy Austin Chronicle present mudbugs, music, and cold beer on the patio in true Louisiana boil-it-up fashion, with crawdads priced by the pound and Celis Brewery pouring pints and slinging swag for this proper second annual celebration.
      Sat., March 27, 2-8pm. $10.99/pound; $15.99/pound and a half.  
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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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      Live Music and Sidewalk Sale

      Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, the 2nd Street District will be hosting an all-day sidewalk sale. They've partnered with local nonprofit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians to sponsor live music in front of Austin Rocks (301 W. Second) so you can support your favorite local businesses while enjoying music from local musicians. Participating tenants include Austin Rocks, Bonobos, Royal Blue Grocery, Jo’s Coffee, TRACE, Luxe Apothetique, Yummi Joy, Toy Joy, UAL, milk + honey, and more. Stay tuned for specific promos and tenant updates on Facebook.
      Sat., March 27, noon-5pm  
      2nd Street District
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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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      A Digital Escape to Paradise

      The goal of this conference is to support leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, and parents to reclaim their mind, body, and spirit during these challenging times. Experience sound healings, fitness and improv classes, and a variety of experts in the fields of professional and personal development.
      March 26-29. Free.  
      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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      All About Prop B

      Austin Muslim Democrats invites Chris Harris, director of Texas Appleseed’s Criminal Justice Project, to talk about Proposition B on the May 1 ballot, the citizen initiative that, if passed, would reinstate criminal penalties for public camping, panhandling, and sitting or lying down on sidewalks in Downtown and around UT-Austin. Want the lowdown on what’s on the rest of your May 1 ballot? Check out our election page here.
      Sat., March 27, 1pm. Free.  
      Facebook Live
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      Anti-Asian Hate Crime Panel

      Asian Democrats Central Texas moderates a conversation with community leaders about the impacts of violence and anti-Asian racism against Asian Americans and how to best support the AAPI community. Panelists include local defense attorney Margaret Chen Kercher, Travis County D.A. José Garza, and Asian Family Support Services of Austin Director Zahra Shakur Jamal.
      Sat., March 27, 4pm. Free (registration required).  
      Online
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      Black History River Cruise

      Take a one-hour cruise on the San Antonio River to explore the rich history of Blacks as it relates to center of the city.
      Sun, March 14 & Sat., March 27. $20.  
      San Antonio
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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.
      Sat., March 27, 9am-noon. Free.  
      KIPP School-South Campus, 5107 I-35
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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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      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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      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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      Free PPE Distribution

      The distributions will provide hand sanitizer, masks, and educational materials.
      Sat., March 27, 10am-noon. Free.  
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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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      Mighty Texas Dog Walk

      A one-mile walk with all proceeds going to Service Dog Inc., an organization that trains rescues to be service animals for abused children, wounded veterans, and first responders.
      Sat., March 27, 9am. Free.  
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      Music Production Workshop With Lisa Kacos

      In this workshop, participants will analyze a song together, figure out how the musical building blocks fit together to make the song special, and then apply discoveries to create an original piece of music together using MIDI and recorded audio. Workshop will be presented in Logic Pro X and attendees are welcome to follow along using any DAW of choice.
      Sat., March 27, 1pm. $25.  
      Online via Zoom
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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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      PPE Distribution Event: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex

      Pick up free hand sanitizer, masks, and COVID-19 educational materials.
      Sat., March 27, 10am-2pm. Free.  
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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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      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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      Roamli's Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

      Outdoor exploration app Roamli hosts a socially distanced scavenger hunt with a grand prize of up to $4,000, benefiting nonprofit CASA of Travis County. Hunt down amazing statues, murals, buildings, monuments, and other hidden gems around the city as you compete for the big prize.
      Sat., March 27, 11am. $29.95.  
      Citywide
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      Rock Stacking Championship

      The Llano Earth Art Festival, one of the coolest festivals in Texas, goes entirely online and international this year because of the pandemic. Watch rock stacking artists around the world compete for awards and audience adulation from their backyards, see films on art and the environment, and join the conversation.
      Sat., March 27. Free.  
      Virtual from Llano
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      Shop Small Saturdaze

      A family- and dog-friendly handcrafted and vintage market spread out over 3 acres, with live music, food trucks, and fundraising for Urban Roots.
      Sat., March 27, noon-5pm. Free.  
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      Spring Fling At-Home Egg Hunt Kits

      Don’t forget to wave at the Easter Bunny while picking up eggs and prizes for your at-home Easter egg hunt at the following locations: Givens Rec Center (3811 E. 12th); Dittmar Rec Center (1009 W. Dittmar); Gus Garcia Rec Center (1201 E. Rundberg); Montopolis Rec Center (1200 Montopolis Dr.); Turner-Roberts Rec Center (7210 Colony Loop Dr.); and Mendez Middle School (5106 Village Square Dr.).
      Sat., March 27, 10:30am-noon. Free.  
      Multiple locations
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      Spring Transplant Sale

      Get a head start on your spring garden with organic starter plants, bring a picnic, and explore the 200 acres of vegetables. Plants can also be ordered online and picked up at a farmers’ market near you.
      Saturdays through April 24, 9am-1pm  
      Garfield Farm & Greenhouses, Garfield
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      Sunset Valley Farmers' Market Moves Downtown

      Sustainable Food Center's Sunset Valley farmers' market is temporarily relocating to Downtown Austin to allow for a new vaccination site. Stay tuned for details on a possible new Sunset Valley location, but in the meantime, find all the vendors at the Downtown market.
      Saturdays, 9-1pm  
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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 Ranger Day

      Spend the afternoon watching historical demonstrations, sampling the food, touring the depot and cotton gin, and going for a buggy ride.
      Sat., March 27, noon-5pm  
      Burton
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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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      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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      Tulipalooza

      The beauty of tulips from Holland in a you-pick-'em field along with music and food trucks raises funds for 12 North Texas charities.
      Fri.-Sun., March 19-28, 10am-7pm. $15-20.  
      Waxahachie
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      University of Texas Baseball

      Vs. Oklahoma.
      Fri., March 26, 7pm; Sat., March 27, 5:30pm; Sun., March 28, 1pm  
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      University of Texas Men's Tennis

      Vs. South Florida: Sat., March 27, noon. Vs. Texas A&M: Wed., March 31, 6pm  
      Texas Tennis Center, 2100 Comal
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      University of Texas Women's Tennis

      Vs. Rice: Sat., March 27, noon. Vs. Baylor: Sun., March 28, noon. Vs. Texas State: Tue., March 30, 2pm  
      Texas Tennis Center, 2100 Comal
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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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      What's on Your Spring Ballot?

      League of Women Voters Austin Area and Common Ground for Texans take an in-depth look at Propositions A, B, C, and G on the May 1 ballot. Want the lowdown on what each proposition entails? Check out our election page here.
      Sat., March 27, 2-4pm. Free (registration required).  
      Online
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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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      Wild Hog Festival and Craft Fair

      Cheer on the teams as they try to catch and bag a hog for bragging rights, and then head over to the arts & crafts show to browse the work of local artisans.
      Sat.-Sun., March 27-28. $5.  
      Sabinal
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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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      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
    Ongoing

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