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    Blacksmith Meetup

    Austin-area blacksmiths will gather at the historic Village Smithy to compete in a nail-making contest, just like in the 1800s, as they swap stories and wares. Open to blacksmiths and fans of pioneer culture who just want to watch sparks fly.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 10am-1pm. Free.  
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Sub

    We Are Blood partners with ThunderCloud Subs to reward blood and platelet donors with a voucher for a free small sub sandwich while supplies last. Schedule an appointment online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Jan. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    "Les Diners de Gala" by Salvador Dalí

    The Spanish surrealist painter illustrated the cookbook Gala’s Dinners in 1973 that included 136 recipes by French chefs. This traveling exhibit features 12 lithographs that were released in conjunction with the book and are some of his most unique experimental prints.
    Jan. 15-March 27. Free.  
    Noël Art Museum, San Angelo
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    #BlackLivesMatter Survivor Peer Support Group

    Led by the SAFE Alliance, one of Austin's nonprofits working to end sexual violence, abuse, and harassment. Email for details.
    Last Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm  
    Email for info
    Online
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    Austin ISD Repurposing Community Conversation

    Share your thoughts and ideas on how Austin ISD should repurpose the former Pease Elementary School.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 6-7pm  
    Online
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Blacksmithing at Pioneer Farms

    Pioneer Farms offers several blacksmithing classes in the coming weeks, including Fundamentals 1.0 and 2.0 as well as a couple's class that will make sparks fly. Check out the schedule and sign up if you'd like to learn a "hot" new skill!
    Various dates in January  
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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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    Energy Awake

    Clear away old suppressed emotion and pain and embrace the joy of life with clarity and freshness using a blend of meditation, gestalt, bioenergetics, and Reichian modalities.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 7pm. $22.  
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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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    Every Dog Is Lovable

    Local pet photogs Dog Days host a campaign to raise funds for nonprofit Hound Rescue, wherein pet parents submit a pic and story of their doggos, and the public votes for their faves. Qualifying dogs get a professional photo shoot and are featured in an upcoming coffeetable book, and prizes are given out biweekly to dogs with the most points.
    Voting open through March 19. $10 donation to enter, $1 per vote.  
    Online
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    Foster Care & Adoption Info Session

    Curious about how fostering and adoption work, and wondering if you're ready to take the next step? Join an online info session with Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services.
    Jan. 31; Feb. 8, 17, 22, and 27. Free.  
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    Grant Program for Music Industry

    The city of Austin Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Grant. The fund provides one-time, unrestricted $2,000 grants to local professional musicians, independent promoters, music composers, and music industry workers facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Applications due Jan. 28, 5pm  
    Apply online
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Modern Calligraphy Workshop

    Calligrapher Jesilyn Kay will show you how to dip your pen into ink and create beautiful script. Supplies included.
    Wed., Jan. 26, 6pm. $75.  
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    No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology

    Ben McReynolds has donated his extensive and unique collection to the museum. It will be on view for a year along with the permanent collection that includes artifacts from La Belle, the French ship discovered in Matagorda Bay; the story of ranching on the coast; and more than 13,000 years of Texas history.
    April 23, 2021-April 30, 2022. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm  
    Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria
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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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    Pub Quiz at Baker Street

    Triviaficionados are welcome to join this COVID-cautious quiz to compete for prizes.
    Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    SIN Night at the Collaboratory

    Austin Eastciders rewards service industry professionals for their hard work with karaoke, $3 pints, and select sixers for only $5.
    Wednesdays, 3-10pm  
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    Out of Town

    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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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Virtual Book Clubs

    With Austin being in Stage 5 of the COVID-19 guidelines, it's a great time to hit the books and connect online. Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs and storytimes covering all ages and interests, and a library card provides access to electronic and hard copies of all kinds of materials.
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    Virtual Fitness Classes

    Stronger Austin has a full slate of free virtual classes all week long, from cardio & strength to Zumba, so you can always fit some fitness in your schedule.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Online
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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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    Voter Registration for March Primary

    If you plan on voting in the March 1 primary, be sure you're registered by the deadline. Check your status online or call 512/463-5650.
    Deadline: Jan. 31  
    Online
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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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