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    November 2021 General and Special Elections Early Voting

    Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Learn about the local propositions on the ballot on the Chronicle’s elections page.
    Anywhere you see a "Vote Here/Aquí" sign
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      2021 Texas Book Festival

      A bibliophile's dream come true, the Texas Book Festival is now a hybrid nine-day event, with plenty of virtual programming and two days of in-person activities. Oct. 23-24 includes children's programming and the Texas Teen Book Festival; Oct. 25-31 features adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cooking. Visit Symphony Square Oct. 30 for Lit Crawl and children's picture book authors, and find adult programming Oct. 31 at Central Library. Get more details online, and go wild – it's all free!
      Oct. 23-31. Free.  
      Online and at Symphony Square (1111 Red River) and Central Library (710 W. Cesar Chavez)
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      Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

      Austin Chronicle Costume & Yard Art Contest

      Participants can enter their most creatively spooky getups or home displays by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize is a pair of tickets to Austin FC's last home game on Nov. 3 and the winner will be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle, on stands Oct. 29. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes.
      Through Oct. 25  
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      Food for Thought: What Is Critical Race Theory?

      UT-Austin professor Kevin Foster will speak on what CRT is and take questions to clear up misconceptions.
      Mon., Oct. 25, 7pm. Free.  
      Trinity Church, 4001 Speedway
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      House of Torment

      The longstanding and beloved Halloween attraction is back after a year off due to the pandemic, and it's better than ever. A variety of fun activities await beyond haunted house tours: a mini escape game, the Torment Tavern, and axe-throwing complement the scary thrills.
      Daily through Oct. 31; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 5-13. $19.99 and up.  
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      Jo's Coffee Fourth Annual Ugly Dog Contest

      Things are about to get ugly in an adorable way. Submit pics online of your adorabugly doggo, and voting takes place all week at Jo's Coffee Downtown and on Red River. See the finalists strut their stuff on Sunday at 12:30, and winners will be announced at 1pm. Submission and voting fees go to the Austin Humane Society.
      Voting: Oct. 24-30; finalist face-off: Oct. 31, 12:30pm. $10.  
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      Viva la Vida Fest

      Check out a multitude of online offerings to celebrate Day of the Dead, including recipes, virtual exhibits, activity guides, and more. In-person events include parade art displays, an augmented ofrenda mural, a store, free papel picado art kits for kids, and free pan de muerto while supplies last.
      Virtual launch: Oct. 22; in-person event: Oct. 30, 10am-5pm  
      Virtual and at Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress
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      "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

      Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
      Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
      Museum Fine Arts, Houston
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      AHS Paws and Pours

      Grab a passport and find your purr-fect pour as you taste your way around town at participating venues offering wine, free flights, and other paw-some specials with proceeds going to Austin Humane Society.
      Oct. 1-31. $40.  
      Multiple locations
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      Austin FC Pub Club

      If you can't be at the game, the next best thing is watching it at one of Austin FC's bar partners. Check out the list to find one near you.
      Ongoing  
      Various locations
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      Austin Public Health Town Hall: Moving Forward Against COVID-19

      Join APH to learn about the work that still needs to be done to address COVID-19 in Austin and how you can help shape those efforts.
      Mon., Oct. 25, 6:30-8pm  
      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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      Austin Veteran Arts Festival

      A completely virtual event this year on their ROKU channel: Veteran’s Arts & Wellness Network. The two-hour opening special (Oct. 16, 6pm) will preview this year's featured veteran art, and daily exhibitions include bands, comedians, plays, fine arts, and much more, running through Nov. 14.
      Oct. 16-Nov. 14. Free.  
      Virtual
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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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      Day of the Dead at MACC

      The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is the hub for Austin's Day of the Dead. Pick up a free sugar skull kit on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, starting Oct. 8 (while supplies last). Create an altar or submit photos/mementos for MACC's altar by Oct. 25. Displays will be on view through Nov. 7.
      Oct.8-Nov. 7  
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      Escape the Box

      Take a journey through time exploring the hidden clues of Austin with Escape the Box, an outdoor guided tour, scavenger hunt, and escape game all in one! It entertains groups of 2-6 at $75 per group. The box features a number of puzzles and clues that can all be found in wonderful Austin neighborhoods along with discounts to participating businesses.
      Ongoing; see website for scheduled pickup times. $75.  
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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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      Halloween by Design Online Challenge

      Submit photos of your best Halloween decor for the chance to win prizes and raise funds for HBD’s beneficiaries, the Shade Project and To Cure a Rose Foundation.
      Oct. 1-31. $10 donation to enter; $1 to vote.  
      Virtual
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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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      Kundalini & Meditation

      A traditional kundalini class, including powerful breath work, asanas, mudras (hand gestures), mantras (chanting), and meditation to bring forth transformation, full physical body and emotional body awareness, and purification.
      Mondays, 10am. $22.  
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      Phantom Fest

      Austin's first Halloween fest celebrates all things spooky with a goal of raising $10,000 for Austin Pets Alive! Get all the details on costume contests, movie parties, and more on their website or Facebook page.
      Oct. 15-31  
      Various locations
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      Pilates Mat Workout: A Weekly Wellness Class

      Pilates is a great workout, and mat exercises are adaptable to any fitness level. Start anytime and drop in for a class when you can to unwind after work.
      Mondays, Aug. 30-Oct. 25, 5:15-6pm  
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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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      Pumpkin Nights

      A half-mile walking trail lined with displays dedicated to the glorious gourd, including giant jack-o'-lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar, a flying 40-foot handmade dragon, a life-size pumpkin pirate ship, and more fantastic surprises built by artists using over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
      Through Oct. 31; closed Tuesdays  
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      Pumpkin Patch

      Pumpkins? Pickle ball? Putt-putt? Dreamland offers all things Halloween, all things fun. Buy a pumpkin and get 50% off mini golf. Stay tuned for news about more spooky games, food, and drinks.
      Oct. 1-31  
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      Riverbat Paddle Battle

      This kayak race on Lady Bird Lake supports the Austin Community College Foundation, and due to COVID-19 has shifted to a virtual format for everyone's health and safety. This means you can paddle at your own pace and time it yourself, then submit your time by Oct. 25 for a chance to win a prize pack. There are three course options: 1-mile novice, 2-mile intermediate, and a 500-yard for kids. Registration for the race gets you a rowing pass valid for six months, a T-shirt, and a swag bag, and it benefits ACC.
      Sept. 25-Oct. 25. $25-45.  
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      Rock 'n’ Restock

      Pure Gold Realty presents a free concert with music from Grateful Dead tribute DeadEye, food trucks, kids' entertainment, and more.
      Mon., Oct. 25. Donations encouraged.  
      Circle C Community Center, 7817 LaCrosse
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      Roots & Wings Festival

      Celebrate Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation day with a week of fun nature-based activities.
      Oct. 24-Nov. 6  
      Citywide
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      Somatic Release Yoga

      These trauma-sensitive, inclusive classes provide you with alternative tools to release stress, heal trauma, reconnect to your life, and improve nervous system resilience.
      Mondays, 6:30-8pm. $22.  
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      Stronger Austin Virtual Classes

      Stronger Austin offers a wide variety of free virtual fitness classes, from cardio to Zumba, and you're bound to find one that fits your schedule amongst their daily offerings.
      Ongoing. Free.  
      Online via Zoom
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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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      UT Architecture Lecture

      UT's School of Architecture presents a talk with Chris Precht titled "Wandering & Wondering."
      Mon., Oct. 25, 12:30pm. Free.  
      Online
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      Virtual APL Book Clubs

      Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs covering all ages and interests, like a mother/daughter club, tween fantasy, true crime, classics, and more. Check out their website or Eventbrite for details and crack those books!
      Ongoing  
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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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      YBP Volunteer Workshop

      Volunteer to work on refurbishing bikes for Yellow Bike Project's donation stream and learn bike mechanic skills for your knowledge base or for your “Earn-a-Bike” checklist. Check the reservation schedule for available times.
      Second & fourth Tuesdays and every other Monday, 6-9pm  
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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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      Zilker Park Vision Plan Pop-up: Zilker Park

      Speak with the project team behind the restoration and future development of Austin’s beloved park and learn more about potential design scenarios.
      Mon., Oct. 25, 4-6pm  
      Barton Springs Pool (north entrance), 2201 William Barton Dr.
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