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    Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

    The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
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      #GivingTuesday

      Today is a global day of giving that takes place every year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. As the Central Texas #GivingTuesday Community Leader, I Live Here I Give Here encourages Austinites to take action for good: anything from hosting a food or clothing drive to fostering a pet to volunteering (virtually!). See website for ways to get involved.
      Tue., Dec. 1, all day  
      Citywide
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      AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

      African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome.
      Through Dec. 18  
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      Armadillo Art Concierge

      Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
      Ongoing  
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      Austin Trail of Lights

      Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
      Nov. 28-Jan. 3 (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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      Be a Santa to a Senior

      Fulfilling a senior's Christmas wish couldn't be easier. Simply visit Home Instead Senior Care's virtual tree, choose a recipient, and purchase their wish list item from Amazon. It'll be safely delivered and will make someone's day. You can also visit one of Home Instead's three Austin-area locations to participate.
      Through Dec. 15  
      Virtual
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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      Downtown Holiday Stroll

      This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
      Through Dec. 31  
      Downtown Austin
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      Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

      In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
      Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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      Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

      See the beautiful light show by the lake by reservation only. It's expected to sell out quickly, so plan ahead!
      Hourly 6pm-midnight, Nov. 11-Jan. 6, except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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      Personalized Video Message From Santa

      COVID has taken away our Santa Claus visits this year, but don't worry! The Volunteer Services Council has you covered with a personalized video message from Santa. Support mental health programs at Austin State Hospital with this unique fundraiser: For only $20, get a video your kids will love with a personal message including facts only Santa Claus would know. Order online or call 512/419-2323 for more details.
      Nov. 19-Dec. 13. $20.  
      Virtual
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      Succulent Native Holiday Specials

      Support small biz and beautify your home with Succulent Native, now offering a Plant Love Club subscription box that brings a new pot, plant, and local goodie to your door each month. For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (and Sunday), shop in-store for 20% off plants, cacti, and succulents, and get a free December Plant Love box when you spend $250 or free planting with $100 purchase. On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) they're knocking 20% off online purchases. Their beautiful wares make excellent gifts for plant people, and they host virtual and in-person plant parties if you're looking for a fun, unique activity for the holidays.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 1  
      Online and in-store at 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 101-A
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      Tomlinson's Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive Presented by KXAN

      Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Central Texas’ largest pet food drive in support of 30+ local animal rescues and shelters. When you gift a bag of food in-store or online, your donation will be doubled (pound for pound) by healthy pet food makers. In 2019, the drive raised 163,584 pounds of high-quality, donated pet food, and this year's goal is to raise 175,000.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 24  
      Online or at any Tomlinson's Feed location
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      #TsoGiving Holiday Initiative

      Tso Chinese Delivery has partnered with seven local organizations with the goal to provide $100,000 in meals to Austinites in need. Make a direct donation online, or add a donation to any food order placed at Tso Chinese Delivery. For every $1 raised, #TsoGiving can donate $3 worth of meals.
      Through Dec. 31  
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      A Very Happy Holiday Blue Star Lite Show

      Blue Starlite has created a winter wonderland in their space, with movie-themed decorative scenes and sparkling lights for perfect photo ops. Each night there'll be a surprise short film and holiday pre-show so you can get out to the drive-in for a short and sweet outing with the fam.
      Various dates Dec. 1-23  
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      A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

      Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      AISD Teacher and Staff Mental Health Support Groups

      Austin ISD's school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, offers group conversations weekly. Email for more info.
      Dec. 1-22. Tuesdays, 5-6pm  
      Online
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      AJC General Body Meeting

      Learn about what’s going on with Austin Justice Coalition and hear from other community organizations. They'll discuss current projects, how to get involved, what’s left for 2020, and what’s coming up in the new year, as well as ongoing matters.
      Tue., Dec. 1, 6:30pm  
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      APA! Holiday Store Now Open

      When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
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      ATXelerator 2021 Application

      The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually.
      Deadline: Dec. 7. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195.  
      Online
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      Austin Angels Give-a-Thon

      Austin Angels is a foster care nonprofit with a mission to reach and serve every child, youth, and family in the U.S. foster care system. With 22 chapters across the country, National Angels relies heavily on donations from the community to change children’s lives. Please consider making a donation during the Give-a-Thon to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in the foster care system.
      Tue.-Thu., Dec. 1-3  
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      Austin Creative Reuse

      ACR is such a neat place, filled to the brim with donations of reusable items, but you don't even have to be there to take advantage of their Earth-friendly stock. Shop online for gifts, holiday wrapping, craft supplies and notions, and even fun mystery packs. Their fall fundraiser offers unique art pieces through the Reuse Gallery through Nov. 30.
      Ongoing  
      Online or in-store at 2005 Wheless
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      Auto Tours and Hiking Trails Open

      The whooping cranes have left their winter home in Texas, but the wildlife refuge still has lots to see and a new elevated boardwalk to see it from. Entrance fees to all national wildlife refuges (there are 19 in Texas) have temporarily been suspended, but all visitor services are closed.
      Wed.-Sun., 9am-4pm. Free.  
      Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
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      Ballet Austin Online Dance & Fitness Classes

      Since you can't go to the studio, Ballet Austin brings the studio to you! Choose from several levels of ballet or hip-hop, CardioFunk Dance Fitness, Arms & Abs, contemporary, tap, Pilates workouts, barre workouts, Pink Pilates, Active Aging, and more. Purchase classes individually or by the bundle, and complete the course on your own time.
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      Blood Bazaar

      Blood Over Texas' online holiday market is the spot to find all kinds of evil wares for fans of goth and horror. All the vendors are local, and include many of the sellers from past Horror for the Holidays events.
      Nov. 21-Dec. 24  
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      Breath & Body Yoga Online

      Austin's Breath & Body Yoga owner and director Desirae Pierce is available via phone or Skype to provide tips and guidance to Austinites looking to stay physically active and strengthen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breath & Body is also offering live remote Zoom classes daily that are available to the public.
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      Buy Lunch for a Health Care Worker

      Donate online to purchase meals from local food trucks and restaurants like Chi'Lantro, Torchy's Tacos, and more that will be provided to health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers. Efforts to coordinate food and food donations throughout the region are brought by friends of Keep Austin Eatin', Trucklandia, and ATX Hospital Meals.
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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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      Central Texas Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed

      Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for their services and one of their major fundraising events has been canceled, leaving them in dire need of funding to bridge the gap. You can help by donating online; a $25 donation provides 100 meals for families in need. Get your friends and neighbors involved by hosting a virtual food drive or Facebook fundraiser. If everyone pitches in, the food bank can keep up with the demand caused by the pandemic and ensure no family in the community goes hungry.
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      Central Texas Pig Rescue Needs Donations

      CTPR is still accepting donations. They're aware that most of you are spending extra on your own families, but if you have an extra $16, you’ll cover the cost of one extra bag of feed. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make sure the pigs don't go hungry.
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      Circular Meet-Ups: Let's Close the Loop

      Circular Meet-Ups is a virtual networking series with Austin's circular economy business community.
      Tue., Dec. 1, noon-1pm. Free (registration required).  
      Online
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      City Council Work Session

      Council will be briefed on COVID-19-related matters
      Tue., Dec. 1, 9am  
      Online
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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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      Coats for Kids

      The Junior League of Austin will distribute over 30,000 coats at the annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day event. To receive a coat, AISD students who qualify for free and reduced lunch services can register by filling out this form. If you've got a coat to donate, you can drop it off at any Jack Brown Dry Cleaners. Monetary donations can be made online at www.jlaustin.org. See website for volunteer registration.
      Request a coat deadline: Nov. 20; coat distribution: Dec. 1-12  
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      Coming of Age Online Holiday Fundraiser

      Double your holiday gifting by supporting a local nonprofit as you shop. Visit this unique online estate sale for electronics, collectibles, kitchenware, and lots more, and all proceeds benefit Travis County's Coming of Age program, which supports individuals age 50 and up. Shipping and local delivery are available.
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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.
       
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      Creative Action Online Learning Hub

      In lieu of in-person summer programming, Creative Action has published a bunch of new content at their online learning hub. Get crafty with tie-dye, learn to apologize, experience music & movement, and so much more.
       
      Online
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      Creative Action Online Resources

      Creative Action's afterschool programs are suspended for the time being, so they've collected tons of resources for families to use at home. Check out their list of virtual learning activities, best TED Talks for kids, family-friendly documentaries, and more on their website.
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      Crux Climbing Center Online Classes

      Austin’s local climbing gym and fitness center is now offering online classes including training for climbing, yoga, HIIT, and circuit training to keep Austinites mentally and physically healthy. Classes are free and open to the public, with Venmo tips encouraged for trainers. Check out Crux’s Instagram stories to see how members are actually climbing the walls while their favorite neighborhood gym is closed. Ever seen someone climb a door frame?
       
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      December in the District

      Help support local businesses by making 2nd Street District your one-stop-shop. Enjoy seasonal sips, holiday creations, and the 10th annual Holiday Window Walk. Plus, check out their new passport activation in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance, wherein you collect stamps and earn prizes as you explore.
      Dec. 1-30. Free.  
      Second Street downtown
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      Dollar General Hiring

      With the increasing need for household supplies, Dollar General anticipates a need for double the employees and is actively hiring. Apply online.
      Various locations
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      Domino's Hiring Now

      Domino's is still offering carryout and delivery, and who doesn't love making people happy via pizza? Additional staff members are needed throughout the area, so apply now if you're interested in CSR, delivery, or management positions.
      Austin-area locations
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      Donate to PEAS Resiliency Gardens Program

      Donations to PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability) will go to support outdoor learning and edible education programming in the community. Choose your level of funding, from seeds to an entire garden for an Austin family.
      Online
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      Dougherty Arts Center Virtual Programming

      Dougherty Arts Center offers more than 20 virtual youth art lessons, from origami to pet portraits to creating a tune in Song Maker. Check out the full slate online.
       
      Online via DAC
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      Downtown Circulator Study Survey

      The Downtown Austin Alliance seeks community feedback on two conceptual circulator routes through Downtown. Conceptual Route A would run between the Market District to Rainey and would primarily operate along Fourth Street, while conceptual Route B would run between S. Congress to Plaza Saltillo along Congress and E. Sixth and Seventh streets. For more information on the Downtown Circulator Study, visit here.
      Through Dec. 11  
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      Eagle Nest Webcam

      The eagle cam is back after being dark for nearly two years, and the pair of eagles are building their nest in preparation of the eggs sometime in December or January. Watch their progress from home.
      Through early spring. Free.  
      Online via JBS Wetland Center, Seagoville
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      EcoRise Educational Resources

      If you'd like to keep kids engaged with STEM and sustainability lessons while you're quarantined, EcoRise has at-home lessons and eco-audits on their website. Try an eco-art lesson called Seed Guardians, make solar boxes for an outdoor learning activity, and dozens more.
      Free.  
      Online
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      ESB-MACC Online Programs

      The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, offers free digital programs from lesson plans to online art galleries. Kids can learn about lucha libre, the borderlands, music history, and more. Visit the website to find the activities, a virtual museum tour, and downloads.
       
      Online
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      Food Access Resources From SFC

      The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they are accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
       
      Citywide
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      Foundation Communities

      Foundation Communities has suspended volunteer operations, but you can donate to their Emergency Assistance Fund to help their residents who are experiencing health concerns and lost wages. The Emergency Assistance Fund will help affected residents afford rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more.
      Online
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      Foundation Communities Open Enrollment Assistance

      The deadline to access coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace for a 2021 plan is Dec. 15. Complete Foundation Communities' intake form online, or call or email to schedule an intake appointment for help with enrollment.
      Deadline: Dec. 15. Free.  
      Remote
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      Free Bilingual Coloring Book From ESB-MACC

      The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center presents An Empowered Village and Its Citizens, a bilingual coloring and activity book that tells of the history of the ESB-MACC and encourages children to envision what they would like to see take place at the Center. Download it for free from their digital programming website, and while you're there, check out the other cool things they've got on offer.
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      Free Curbside Clothing & Housewares Collection

      Austin Resource Recovery has partnered with Goodwill Central Texas to provide a new curbside pickup service for household goods and clothing items suitable for reuse or recycling. ARR customers can either call or schedule online, and they'll mail bags for you to fill. See the website for details.
       
      Citywide
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      Free Exercise Classes With Stronger Austin

      Stronger Austin has a full slate of free exercise classes available via Zoom, ranging from boot camp to Zumba, chair yoga to yoga en español, taking place in the morning, afternoon, or evening, so there's bound to be something that fits your schedule. And did we mention they're all free?
      Mon.-Sat., times vary  
      Online
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      Frio Bat Flight

      Tour spaces are limited because of coronavirus precautions as the second-largest population of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world emerge from the cave.
      Daily, 7:30-9:30pm. $10-12.  
      Concan
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      Generation Serve: Helping While Home

      Local nonprofit youth service organization Generation Serve has suspended volunteer activities through April, but published a thoughtful list of activities and ways to help the community from home. Create cards and wallets, become a translator, start online fundraisers, learn and serve in nature, and more. Check out their post for all the details.
       
      At home and online
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      Get Involved With Austin Justice Coalition

      Austin Justice Coalition "serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, overpolicing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin." Get involved by donating, volunteering, or attending an event, and subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed.
       
      Citywide
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      Girlstart STEM at Home

      Nonprofit Girlstart has been empowering girls in science, technology, engineering, and math for decades, and they've made some of their programming available for use at home. Kids can learn about plate tectonics, light refraction, and so much more via fun, hands-on activities with household items. They aim to add new activities daily for livestreaming via their social media channels, so keep an eye out for that.
       
      Online
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      Goddard at Home

      Welcome to your family’s go-to resource for fun and educational content, where you can find new age-appropriate activity plans each week. The activities and simple routines support playful learning across developmental areas including language, math, science, social-emotional development, engineering, and more. Enjoy watching your child continue to learn and grow as you play together. Follow on Facebook for online events and activities as well.
       
      Online
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      Greenbook ATX

      First published in 1936, the Green Book was created by Victor Hugo Green, who developed the guide to help Black Americans indulge in travel without fear during the Jim Crow era. Greenbook ATX’s mission is to create an effective resource to connect the Austin community to Black-owned businesses, not just as a directory, but as a guide to promoting economic unity.
       
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      H-E-B Seeks New Hires

      The pandemic crisis has put all kinds of people out of work temporarily, and local grocery hero H-E-B has short-term positions open because of the crisis. If you're looking for work, apply here.
       
      Various locations
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      Half Marathon Race Seeks Volunteers

      The Austin Runners Club is looking for volunteers for a classic Austin race, the Decker Challenge. Sign up online to help with packet pickup, race setup, and more duties.
      Race date: Sun., Dec. 20  
      Race held at COTA; sign up online
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      Help Feed the Animals at Pioneer Farms

      Moondog, Henry, Big Red, and their friends need your help. They're all part of Pioneer Farms' four-legged team of 13 horses, donkeys, and longhorns, who, along with 50 chickens, help tell the story of 19th-century Texas at Pioneer Farms. A donation of $10 gets them 60 pounds of hay, $15 buys 50 pounds of food, and $25 keeps the animals fed for almost three days. Check out their website to learn more about the animals you're keeping fed, and you'll get a shout-out in the newsletter when you donate.
      Online
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      Holiday Lights in Georgetown’s Historic Town Square

      The Square will be lit through Jan. 2 so everyone can enjoy the lights and local flavor throughout the holiday season.
      Nov. 23-Jan. 2, 6-9pm. Free.  
      Historic Town Square, East Seventh Street, Georgetown
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      Imperfect Foods Is Hiring

      Want to help reduce food waste, build a better food system, and feed your community in this time of need? Imperfect Foods is hiring seasonal and full-time warehouse associates, delivery drivers, and customer care associates. Apply online.
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      Keep Austin Roofed

      In honor of their 50th year in business and as a "thank you" for Austin's support, Ja-Mar Roofing is donating a free roofing system to at least one needy family. Nominate yourself, a neighbor, family, or friends by submitting a story and a photo of the roof in need of replacement. Get all the rules and submission details online.
      Deadline: Fri., Dec 4, 9pm; winner announced Dec. 5  
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      Keep Austin Rooted

      Since 1989, Austin urban forestry nonprofit TreeFolks has worked to replenish and protect urban and rural forests throughout Central Texas via community tree planting, tree adoptions, urban-wildland reforestation efforts, and education. Their Keep Austin Rooted campaign goal of planting 1 million trees needs your donations, and for every $3 contribution, they'll plant one Texas-native tree.
      Ongoing  
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      LegalLine

      Call in for free legal advice the first Tuesday of every month.
      First Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Free.
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      LegalLine

      On the first Tuesday of every month, obtaining good, simple legal advice is easy. Just call 512/472-8303 for LegalLine, the free legal advice hotline sponsored by Austin Lawyer Referral Service. Attorney volunteers can answer questions and give brief legal advice concerning many areas of law.
      First Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm. Free.  
      Citywide
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      Lend a Hand ATX

      Lend a Hand ATX, created by Austin Tech Alliance, is a platform to help skilled tech volunteers and those in need make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis. Create an account, make an offer or request, and find a match!
       
      Online
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      Limited Cave Tours

      Concerts in the Throne Room have been discontinued for the time being, but small tours are happening in the cave too pretty for a name, and reservations are encouraged.
      Daily, 9am-5pm  
      Cave Without a Name, Boerne
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      Little Hummingbird Society

      Austin Parks Foundation's Little Hummingbird Society aims to keep kiddos healthy and busy with fun, educational activities. Their digital activity booklets, printable drawing and coloring sheets, and word searches are available online, and your little hummingbird will love learning how to make seed balls and playing the "Cleanup Game."
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Live! ... From the Basilrosa

      A family-friendly music-based Facebook livestream featuring Basil McJagger, piano/organ player from the Derailers, and Gina Lee, leader of Gina Lee and the Brisket Boys. They and their 12-year old twins Eldon and Rosemary all play music, and sometimes there are guests, comedy bits, and a guest character known as the Spirit of Bejing Bistro who visits to read poetry from Shel Silverstein books.
      Tuesdays & Saturdays, 8pm. Free.  
      Online via Facebook Live
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      Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

      The holiday season kicks off with Christmas in the Park in Natchitoches and continues through the fireworks on New Year’s Eve around eastern Louisiana.
      Nov. 21-Dec. 31  
      Alexandria-Pineville, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches & Shreveport-Bossier
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      Machu Picchu

      Take a 360-degree tour of the ancient mountain-top Inca citadel in Peru.
       
      Online
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      National Museum of the Pacific War

      The museum will offer tours for groups of up to nine persons through the exhibits including the George H.W. Bush Gallery and recently renovated Admiral Nimitz Gallery. Reservations required.
      Wed.-Sun., beginning Fri., May 15. $8-18.  
      Fredericksburg
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      Natural Bridge Caverns Drive-Thru Wildlife Ranch

      The ranch is back open after a hiatus due to COVID-19. Drive through 450 acres of scenic landscape and see more than 500 animals from the safety of your personal vehicle.
      Daily, 9am-5pm  
      Between New Braunfels and San Antonio
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      Nauti Side Lake Austin Boat Rentals

      Lake Austin boat rentals include a captain free of charge, a Bluetooth stereo, a tank of gas, safety equipment, an ice chest, and a Lily Pad. No need to find an experienced boater, just make a reservation, show up with your family or friends, and they will handle the rest.
       
      Lake Austin
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      Online Art Workshops With the Cathedral

      Help support local artists and learn a new skill with virtual art workshops from the Cathedral, which include kits with all materials needed for the class. Kits are available for curbside pickup at 2403 E. 16th, or they can be shipped straight to you. Sign up early to get your supplies and get those creative juices flowing!
      At home; register online
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      Online Classes With Esquina Tango

      Nonprofit Esquina Tango has taken their programming online via Zoom and Facebook Live. There's something going on every day, so check out the full list of donation-based classes and choose from conversational Spanish or Portuguese, salsa aerobics, and, of course, tango.
      Daily; times vary  
      Online
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      PEAS Distance Learning

      Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability have a bunch of resources to keep kids engaged in outdoor and edible education. Learn to make oobleck, play dough, and slime; develop little green thumbs with their gardening tips; gather recipes for healthy DIY kids' snacks, and more. Check the site regularly for updates and new content.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Peppermint Parkway

      Join Pepper and Mint on their journey down COTA’s Tunnel Road with this drive-through holiday experience. They are on a mission: to deliver letters to Santa for gifts under the tree! On their way they will meet dancing elves and strolling entertainers as they are transported from Candy Cane Lane to an Enchanted Forest. Additional activities include COTA Karting, Peppermint Plaza with amusements and games, and COTA Zipline.
      Various dates, Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2021. $35-90.  
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      Pioneer Farms Artisan Classes Booking Now

      Do you want to learn to blacksmith? How about grow your own food, raise chickens, spin, sew, weave, cook, preserve food, create your own knife, or make cheese? In Pioneer Farms' artisan classes, you can learn how to do all these things from talented and experienced teachers in online or safe in-person classes.
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      PJ Storytime

      Stories, songs, and rhymes are presented to children in Spanish to enrich the early literacy skills needed to be successful at school. To register or get more information, email comunidadesatn@sre.gob.mx or call 512/382-2833.
      Tue., Dec. 1, 6pm  
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      Prekindergarten Partnerships Public Meeting

      The Austin ISD Early Childhood Department invites those interested in prekindergarten partnerships to attend.
      Tue., Dec. 1, 6-7pm. Free.  
      Online
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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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      Queer Creatives Holiday Market

      Support underrepresented small business owners this holiday at this inclusive, intentionally intersectional, digital space that celebrates creative entrepreneurs and empowers the diverse creator community.
      Nov. 28-Dec. 12  
      Virtual
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      Seasonal Jobs

      Randalls Stores Hiring Immediately

      Apply online or stop by your nearest Randalls location to be considered for immediate hire.
       
      Various locations
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      RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

      This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
      Application period open Aug. 19-Jan. 2021 or until funds expended  
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      Rise and Run South Austin Online

      Rise and Run South Austin's community runs are suspended until further notice, but in the time being you can join their Strava club to log your miles, and connect on Facebook or Instagram to meet and cheer on other runners.
      Ongoing. Free.  
      online
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      Robinson Film Center Online Programming

      Located in downtown Shreveport, the Robinson Film Center is temporarily closed, but has created a virtual program that educates, enriches, and entertains viewers through the power of film. Programs include recommended films that can be streamed through a subscription or rental service, as well as interactive activities, such as open discussion forums, simple recipes, and more. The programs are updated weekly.
      Online
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      Rock & Roll Playhouse Presents Live From the Playroom

      Rock & Roll Playhouse brings their family-friendly concerts to your own playhouse.
      Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2pm. Free.  
      Online
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      Santa's Wonderland

      Visit Santa in a colorful candy wonderland and get a photo taken near him (he's touchless this year). Appointments are recommended, and only one family will be inside at a time. Be sure to bring a letter for Santa's mailbox!
      Select dates, Nov. 27-Dec. 24  
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      Scholz Jingle Jam and Toys for Tots

      Scholz Garten will be giving guests a $5 gift card to the restaurant in exchange for new and unwrapped toys for their Toys for Tots bin, now through Dec. 12. And on Dec. 11, get dressed up in your ugliest holiday sweater, enjoy live music from the Jingleberries, sip warm drinks, and indulge in a turkey dinner at Jingle Jam, 5-8pm.
      Through Dec. 12. Free.  
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      SculptFest

      Originally planned for the town square in Round Rock, the show of Texas-made art goes on at the Texas Society of Sculptors website.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Soul Studio Holiday Pop-Up

      Soul Studio, a natural dye house and sustainable fashion label specializing in plant-dyed silks, is making shopping easier this season by featuring local, handcrafted, and ethical gifts meant to inspire and delight. Shop fashion, accessories, art and home goods in this one-stop, experiential market where you'll find something for every femme on your list.
      Through Dec. 23. Tue.-Sun., noon-7pm  
      Soul Studio, 2511-A E. Sixth
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      Storm on the Strand Ghost Tours

      The island city is one of the most haunted cities in the country and the guides take visitors on a casual socially distanced stroll through many of the spooky sites.
      Nightly by online reservation  
      Galveston
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      Studio Satya Online Yoga Classes

      Local yoga studio Satya has live and recorded classes available online so you can get the exercise and meditation we all so desperately need right now. Donate any amount to get access, and keep your eyes peeled for short free classes coming soon via Instagram.
      $12 suggested donation.  
      Online
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      Suffrage Now: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

      Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
      Aug. 6-Jan. 31  
      Online
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      Summer Reopening: Dance & Fitness Classes at Ballet Austin

      Ballet Austin has carefully reopened with safety precautions after two and a half months of providing online instruction. Check out the daily schedule of Pilates, dance, and fitness classes and get back to your routine.
      $5-26.  
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      Summer Wonders

      Summer Wonders is a full- or half-day program for students entering pre-K-8th grade. Content areas include STEM, art, science, global community, economics, drama, culinary creations, literature, film, athletics, music, math, and many more, taught by ACE Academy faculty who are experts in their respective fields and committed to creative, fun-filled curriculum.
      Register now for summer  
      Online
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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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      Terra Toys Staff-Curated Bundles

      Multiple "Best of Austin" award winners Terra Toys has expert personal shoppers at the ready to help you select the perfect item. They've also put together bundles with themes like the Deep Sea, Hogwarts, Frida Favorites, and tons more ready for same-day pickup, so you can support a local favorite and beat the summer doldrums.
       
      Online
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      Texas Furniture Makers Show

      Handcrafted furniture pieces become works of art at the annual showing of local and regional woodworkers.
      Tue.-Sat., 10am-4pm, through Dec. 18. Free.  
      Kerrville
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      Texas History at Home

      All state historic sites and their grounds have closed to the public, but you can explore the historic site atlas, watch videos, dive into historic stories and maps, and more from the comfort of your home.
       
      Online from Texas Historical Commission
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      Texas History Tuesdays: Texas History and the Civil War

      A Bullock Museum educator will lead an exploration of artifacts and paintings, and a special guest from the past, Major General Granger, will tell his story about how his reading of the Emancipation Proclamation brought about the end of slavery in Texas.
      Tue., Dec. 1, 10am & 1pm. Free.  
      Online via the Bullock Museum
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      Texas Story Project

      Every Texan has a story, and you can share yours with the Bullock Museum's Texas Story Project. For inspiration, visit the interactive Texas map, then add your own story using their prompts, such as "How has your Texas community changed since you moved there?" or "What object, heirloom, or work of art reminds you most of Texas?" You can even add photos, videos, or audio files to your story.
       
      Online via Bullock Museum
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      The Contemporary From Home

      The Contemporary Austin museum can now be enjoyed from home, with online activities for kids and art classes for all ages. Check in each week for a supply list and then work on projects like bug hotels, recycled robots, and tape art along with an instructional video. See the website for more offerings for the whole family.
       
      Online
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      The Escape Game Remote Adventures

      Play the Escape Game’s newest game, "Ruins: Forbidden Treasure," from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. An expert game guide will be there to help along the way, just like the typical escape room. Assemble a team of friends, family, or co-workers, and see if you can escape within an hour!
      $25/person.  
      Online
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      Thinkery at Home

      Kids' museum Thinkery has put together a collection of STEAM activity videos and guides to projects like making your own applesauce and growing sprouts, all available online. Plus, storytimes in English and español are on Facebook Live throughout the week, and kids can take part in design challenges like designing a board game or creating things that fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There's so much to do! Check out their website and FB page for all the details, and become a Thinkery member to get early access to new activities.
       
      Online
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      Seasonal Jobs

      Tomlinson's Feed & Pets Hiring

      Tomlinson’s Feed & Pets, Central Texas’ favorite pet supply store for 73 years and counting, is currently hiring for part-time and full-time positions at several locations around Austin. Apply online.
      All Austin-area Tomlinson's locations
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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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      Toxins Detected in Lady Bird Lake

      Lady Bird Lake experienced a harmful algae bloom in 2019, which sickened and killed several dogs. On July 20, the city reported that toxins have again been detected in algae at Festival Beach and Red Bud Isle, and it is recommended that you do not allow dogs to swim in or drink from Lady Bird Lake. The city continues to monitor algae in the water; keep tabs on the status via their online dashboard.
      Ongoing  
      Lady Bird Lake
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      Travis County Commissioners Court Voting Session

      Check here for agenda posting.
      Tue., Dec. 1, 9am  
      Online
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      Venardos Circus

      A Broadway-style, animal-free circus production with aerialists, acrobats, juggling, balancing, comedy, magic, and music, viewed in socially distanced pods of up to four guests each. There are also two chances to livestream the event on Thanksgiving Day, at 11am and 6pm.
      Nov. 25-Dec. 6. $100+ per pod; livestream tickets start at $19.50.  
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      VentureLab Entrepreneurial Curriculum

      Austin-based nonprofit VentureLab has entrepreneurial skills training available online for kids from elementary to high school age, aimed toward developing STEAM, design, creative, and collaborative skill sets. Their mission is to help create the next generation of innovators and encourage the type of thinking we need to overcome the crisis we face today, so now is a great time to spark your child's interest in problem-solving and build their skills.
       
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Virtual Museum Tours

      Trying to avoid crowds? Visit 11 of Texas’ most interesting museums from the comfort of your home, including the Sixth Floor Museum, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the National Cowgirl Museum.
      Free.  
      Online via Texas State Historical Association
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      Out of Town

      Virtual Tour of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids

      Step inside the Gerald R. Ford Museum and take a virtual tour with museum curator Don Holloway. Walk through the Core Exhibits and learn about Gerald Ford’s childhood and early years in Grand Rapids.
       
      online
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      Out of Town

      Virtual Trip to Marble Falls

      Take a day trip without leaving the farm (or your living room) with new videos from Marble Falls. Take a 14-minute sunset ride on a paddleboard on Lake Marble Falls or admire the bluebonnets.
      Online
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      Virtual YMCA

      YMCA of Austin's homepage has been reconfigured to serve as a one-stop resource with streaming exercise classes, information and classes tailored for seniors, activities for kids and families, kids’ educational resources, spiritual and emotional support, nutrition resources and tips, links to community information, as well as ways people can volunteer and give back. You can also follow them on social media for even more activities.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Volunteer From Home for Ronald McDonald House

      The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas is to keep families with sick children together by providing lodging near hospitals, and they have needs that you can help meet from your own home. Donate online or choose from the helpful list of projects they've put together: Crafty volunteers can crochet beanies for NICU babies or create greeting cards, or you can put together activity packets or toiletry kits, order something from their Amazon wish list or have a meal delivered, and more. The full list is here.
       
      At home
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      Out of Town

      Walkway of Lights

      The 30-year tradition continues with thousands of lights and more than 350 sculptures illuminating Lakeside Park.
      Nov. 20-Jan. 2, 6-10pm. free.  
      Marble Falls
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      Winter Holiday Mystic Market

      An event that partners local, women-owned health and wellness shops with local cosmic practitioners, hosted by Rituals Rising and Joy Organics.
      Dec. 1-Jan. 15. Mon.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm  
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      Out of Town

      Witte Where You Are

      The art, history, and science museum is working to reopen in the new normal, but until then it has a digital series of virtual visits that cover everything from cooking classes to science lessons.
       
      Online via Witte Museum, San Antonio
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      Kids

      Women & Their Work Educational Resources

      Women & Their Work has a huge online selection of art activities, games, and educational resources, including projects you can do at home that relate to recent exhibits.
      Online
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      YMCA Child Care for Essential Workers

      YMCA of Austin is offering child care for children of health care workers, first responders, and all other essential workers. Care is available for children ages 3-12, and children are required to bring a sack lunch. During the day, kids will enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, games, movies, snacks, and supervision from experienced, expert Y staff. Children will be divided into small groups throughout the Y facilities, and proper social spacing will be maintained at all times. Register online.
      $40-50.  
      Austin-area YMCAs
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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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      Yoga With Adriene

      Local YouTuber and multiple "Best of Austin" winner Adriene Mishler has enough online classes to keep you busy through an extensive quarantine. There are videos specifically for kids and teens, and targeted sessions for any ailment you might be experiencing (anxiety, anyone?).
      Online
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      Civic Events

      [Re]Verse Pitch Competition: Material Supplier Applications

      Businesses are invited to pitch their surplus material to competing innovators and entrepreneurs, who will then create a new product or business venture using the material.
      Deadline: Dec. 9, 5pm  
      Online
    Ongoing
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      Sports

      Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

      Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
      Ongoing. $50.  

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