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Inside Austin (Jun 11th, 2019)

Wednesday expect sunny skies with a high/low of 91/71. Thursday expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 91/72.

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1. 400 properties along Lake Austin — many priced at more than $10 million — haven’t paid city property taxes in 33 years, after getting a tax break from the City Council in 1986. Then, Lake Austin homeowners said they weren’t receiving enough services from the city — fire, EMS, police, library, parks — to justify taxes. After estimating a $3 million loss in revenue in 2018 from these properties, the City Council is hoping to repeal the break June 20. If repealed, there’d be no retroactive collection, but collection could start in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. — COMMUNITY IMPACT

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2. Austin Bold FC and Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas have partnered to offer the first-ever soccer camp for kids with Down syndrome and their siblings. Offering soccer helps the kids play a team sport in a safe environment and teaches them how to lead a healthy lifestyle. The camp is being held on the fields at the Circuit of the Americas and it sold out in less than 24 hours with 40 kids enrolled. Camp participants and their families will watch the Bold play June 15 on Down Syndrome Awareness Night. — KVUE

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3. By the Numbers: E-cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc. continues to expand in Austin and has signed a lease for 62,749 square feet of office space at 2010 S. Lamar Blvd. This comes in addition to the 165,000 square foot Bouldin Creek office building, which expected to be completed in summer 2020. The new spaces will make room for 1,300 employees, while Juul currently has 26 Austin positions listed on its website. The company expanded from Silicon Valley and added a headquarters in Austin with 48 employees in April of this year. Juul is worth more than $16 billion, selling 16.2 million devices in 2017, but is expected to earn $3.4 billion in revenue this year, which is triple from 2018 earnings. With 19 U.S. locations and additional offices around the world, including London, Juul is expanding in all directions. — STATESMAN

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4. The City of Austin is hosting two Town Hall meetings to discuss Veteran community needs in hopes of making a City of Austin Veteran Resource Center a reality. The city decided to move forward with the idea in 2017, but has been looking for funding options and office space. For the Town Halls, they are seeking community input and feedback on the proposed services offered, possible locations and organizations that may be included. The first Town Hall is June 11 at 5:30 pm at Zilker Botanical Garden and the second Town Hall is June 12 at 6 pm at the Northwest Recreation Center. — CORRIDOR 

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Holly's Austin Adventures: The clouds finally parted and made way for a pool day

It feels like we’ve had rain every day for the last month, but this weekend, we finally had a clear, sunny day and I was quick to get to the pool. I stayed so long I reapplied my sunscreen at least four times. 

My friend and I also packed a few six-packs of local beer we had yet to try: Austin Eastciders Ruby Red Grapefruit Cider and Austin Beerworks Bloodwork Orange. 

I had the cider first — I love Eastciders’ Blood Orange Cider, especially while watching a movie at the Drafthouse. The Grapefruit Cider was a tad sweeter than I prefer, but it has a dry finish, so it’s crisp. I still have yet to try their Pear Rosemary Cider and their Rosé Cider, which both sound so good! 

Next, I had the Bloodwork Orange, which is a blood orange IPA. This might be my new favorite beer. It’s got just enough of a fruit taste, but still tastes like beer, and it’s perfect for summer. 

What beer are you drinking this summer? 

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5. Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup at Haymaker with drink specials and raffles benefiting the Austin Soccer Foundation; match one is June 11, match two is June 16, match three is June 20. — DO 512

6. ACL one-day wristbands are on sale now, after festival organizers announced additional performers including The Score, Bones UK and Taella, among others. — ACL

7. Make a reservation at Ciclo Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel for a game of Champong — champagne pong — Monday-Friday, 5-7 pm. — KXAN 

8. Zilker Brewing is ready for wedding season with their new wheat beer, Bachelorette Party, made with passion fruit purée; available in their taproom on Sixth Street. — AUSTIN 360

9. Comedy group Crashing Nashville published a video PSA telling everyone “Don’t let your friends move to Nashville” because it’s full — instead, they suggest moving to Austin, because “Austin is super rad.” — TENNESSEAN

10. Sports Illustrated published a round table discussion on their website covering cities in-need of an NFL team. The talk proposed a joined Austin-San Antonio team named the Austin Coyotes (pronounced KY-oats). Do you think Austin should have an NFL team? Shoot me an email: Holly@inside.com — CBS

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Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog Thebitterlemon.com or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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