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What qualifies as an essential service or activity in Texas?

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Essential Businesses, Services and Activities Allowed During COVID-19 Quarantine in Texas

With Governor Abbott recently extending and expanding his stay-at-home order, it’s been reinforced to Texas residents that they must suspend all but essential activities, while all but non-essential services are put on hold and non-essential businesses are forced to close. This still-recent but now omnipresent terminology has many Texans wondering: what constitutes an essential service, business or activity in the Lone Star state?

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What is Texas doing to combat the coronavirus?

Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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Government Orders in Texas to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

By now, nearly everyone has been made aware of COVID-19; it’s pretty much impossible to ignore. The novel coronavirus has impacted the daily lives of the majority of people not only in America, but in the world as a whole.

As citizens and governments alike have finally come to realize the virus is not going away any time soon, they have implemented various measures to slow its spread. What is Texas doing to combat the coronavirus?

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How many cases of the coronavirus are in Austin, TX?

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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Travis Country Coronavirus Infection Rates

The coronavirus has hit the US hard, with currently more (reported and confirmed) cases here than anywhere else in the world. But the intensity currently varies quite a bit from place to place, with New York and NYC being the unfortunate first epicenter.

How many cases (and deaths) have there been so far in the Austin and Travis Country area?

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What are the weirdest places in Austin, TX?

Friday, March 27th, 2020
A variety of elements symbolize the weirdness of Austin, TX

Weirdest Places in Austin, TX

As a city known for its weirdness, many come to Austin eager to find some truly weird locales to check out. Whether you’re one of those curious visitors, or a longtime resident looking to get a new dose of the bizarre, we hope you’ll find some assistance with our list here compiled. Read on below to check out some of the strangest spots in our city of oddness.

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Is flat-towing illegal in Texas?

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
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Texas Flat-Towing Laws and Requirements

Flat-towing, also known as dinghy towing, is a popular way to take an extra vehicle along on a journey. The method is often performed with an RV by individuals who want to bring their own ride along on their camping journey.

However, each state has different regulations regarding flat-towing, and they should all be followed when one drives through that state. What are the flat-towing laws in Texas? Is the practice even legal?

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What’s there to do for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in Austin?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
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Unique Saint Patrick’s Day 2020 Activities in Austin, TX

The famed Irish holiday of leprechauns, clovers, and all things green is fast approaching for 2020. As always, Austin has a lot going on. In particular, a heaping helping of bar crawls will be competing for your crawling pleasure.

Since the bar-crawl zone is so feisty, we decided to stay away from it entirely and give you some unique event suggestions; Austin is city of weirdness, after all. So check out our special St. Patrick’s Day 2020 event selections below!

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How should I spend a memorable Valentine’s Day 2020 in Austin, TX?

Friday, February 7th, 2020
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Unique Valentine’s Day 2020 Activities in Austin, TX

It can be hard to think of unique ways to spend Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’ve compiled a few local Austin events that stood out to us here. We’re not going to explain what the events are, but if something below catches your eye, click the link to learn more!

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Does it snow in Austin, TX?

Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Yearly Snow Levels in Austin

A quick Google search will reveal that Austin, TX receives an average of zero inches of snow per year. It’s easy, then, to conclude that Austin does not receive any snow at all, which seems in keeping with its southern location. But is this true? Does it ever snow in Austin, TX?

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Ways to Give Back to Austin Community in the 2019 Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Places to Donate Food, Clothes and Toys in Austin, TX

The holiday season is a great time to give back to the community. While many people focus on buying and giving gifts, others struggle to provide food, clothes and shelter. Luckily, there are plenty of methods to give back to the community in Austin, TX! Check out the list of places to volunteer, donate food, clothes and toys in the Austin area below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Giving your time to serve others is a fantastic way to give back and help the community. There are plenty of places to volunteer in Austin, TX. A few options are listed below!

  • At Austin Pets Alive!, volunteers can choose between a wide range of tasks to help animals in the Austin, TX area. There are separate cat and dog programs that need volunteers to interact with the animals, but there are also ways to volunteer at home, at events and more. Check out their website to learn more.
  • Volunteers are always needed at the Trinity Center in Austin. Volunteers help answer phones, prepare food and assist with shopping and showering programs, help with administrative work and more. Learn more at their website.

Read more: Are car dealerships closed on Sundays in Texas?

Food Pantries

  • The Central Texas Food Bank provides holiday meals for those who can’t afford one. They accept volunteers, as well as food and monetary donations. To learn more, visit their website.
  • H-E-B Feast of Sharing is a holiday dinner for families around Texas, which consists of more than 250,000 meals and 33 dinners in Texas and Mexico. They accept volunteers to help make the holiday dinners go smoothly. Learn more at their website.

Clothing Drives

  • Coats for Kids distributes more the 30,000 winter jackets to children in need in central Texas. You can help the cause by volunteering and making a monetary donation.

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  • Blue Santa is a program put on by the Austin Police Department that provides Christmas presents for low-income families in the Austin area. They accept volunteers, toys and have many other ways to get involved. Learn more here.
  • Brown Santa is a program run by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and aids underprivileged children and their families in Travis County. They accept volunteers and donations.

Thank you for reading! Hopefully, we’ve helped you find a place to give back to the community this holiday season! Comment below where you volunteer.

What’s going on in Austin in November 2019?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
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November Festivals in Austin, TX

Austin, TX, is a very lively city with events and festivals for people with a variety of interests. Austin has plenty of festivals that will immerse your taste buds and keep you occupied. So, what’s going on in Austin this month? Let’s dive into the festivals in the great city of Austin this November! (more…)