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Inside Austin (Jun 18th, 2019)

Wednesday expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 99/78. Thursday expect another day of partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 100/78. 

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Hi there, 

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Thank you. Now, here’s the latest:

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1. As cities across the world celebrate Pride month, Austinites are wondering why Austin's biggest LGBTQ festival and parade is held annually in August. Micah Andress, president of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation, recently explained that part of the group's reason to hold the local Pride events later in the summer are for financial and logistical reasons. The event costs $100,000, which comes from sponsors, fundraising and ticket sales. Typically, the event can draw more popular performers in August, which means more ticket sales. August is also the driest month of the year, so it’s less-likely to be rained out. Finally, the event needs 400 volunteers, 96 percent of them usually are students who are out-of-town in June. This year’s parade is Aug. 10 at Fiesta Gardens. — KUT

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2. Make way for two new food trucks and a restaurant in town, each offering fare from different parts around the world. Lahleena is a Honduran food truck at 2207 Cesar Chavez offering tapado, a rice and meat bowl with plantain and mango, and desserts. At 11301 Lakeline, dine at Roba Katsu & Teriyaki, featuring Japanese and Korean, including kimchi breakfast tacos and chicken gyoza dumplings. Pepitos 512 — a Venezuelan food truck has rolled onto 1211 East Sixth Street offering Latin-American-style sandwiches (called “pepitos”) including the Classic Pepito: French bread filled with steak, chicken or chorizo, bacon and Parmesan. — YAHOO NEWS

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3. By the Numbers: The City of Austin has a goal to have 75 percent of its trash out of the landfill, but six month into 2019, we’re not quite halfway there. The city’s ultimate goal is to be zero waste by 2040, which means 90 percent of trash gets reused, recycled or composted. This idea has been on the record since 2005, with a plan crafted in 2009, when the city discovered the value of materials sent to the landfill and lost to the economy was $40 million per year.

The city only controls 15 percent of waste management (usually street pickup), while the other 85 percent is controlled by private companies covering commercial and family properties. In Austin, each person tosses approximately 26.25 pounds of trash per week, equaling a little more than 1 billion pounds of trash per year, which includes general municipal garbage, construction scraps and... “sludge." In 2017, Texas tossed 35 million tons of trash; Austin contributed approximately 649,000 tons of that. — TEXAS GOV

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4. Stay Cool, Austin: Take a dip in the Deep Eddy pool — 401 Deep Eddy Drive — which is open all year for swimmers of all kinds. The Deep Eddy pool is a 600,000 gallon freshwater swimming pool, with water from the Colorado River. It’s also the oldest swimming pool in Texas, established in 1915 and listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. 

During the summer months, Austin residents pay $5 to enter, and can bring snacks. Keep an eye out for events and parties at the pool, such their popular dive-in movies. They will show “Jaws” on Aug. 9. — DEEP EDDY

Each week we are featuring a new spot to cool off this summer around Austin. Know of a pool we could highlight? Tap reply or send me an email at holly@inside.com.

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5. Author Kristy Owen published “100 Things to do in Austin Before You Die” and launched a corresponding podcast called “365 Things Austin." — KVUE

6. Every day should be a doughnut day and Austin has plenty of options, including the rainbow of colors at Gourdough’s and the cuties at Little Lucy’s. — AUSTIN MONTHLY

7. “A Texas Mermaid Movie” is having an open casting call and is looking for female and male lead roles; must love mermaids. — BACKSTAGE

8. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer is selling his 6,792 square foot home overlooking Lake Travis for $2.75 million, complete with an elevator. — EAST BAY TIMES

9. Google is expanding its Austin presence and has leased an entire 29-story building downtown at Block 185, which is expected to be completed in 2022. — KXAN

10. Two Austinites competing on “American Ninja Warrior” — Damir Okanovic and Rick Hinnant — competed in the Oklahoma City qualifiers, which aired Monday night. Both ended their runs on the "coconut climb" challenge, but still qualified for the Oklahoma City Finals. — AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR 

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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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Holly’s Austin Adventures: Movies in the Park 

Thursday night, I ventured to Palm Park to watch “Clueless” as a part of Movies in the Park. It was no surprise that the park was packed for this 90’s Classic that I’d totally forgotten was full of funny one-liners — not to mention Cher’s fully-digitized closet. 

Food trucks were on site, so I got tacos from Rosarito (one fish taco, one Chile relleno taco) and a tiger’s blood snowball from Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs. 

I had been to one previous movie in the park, “The Mighty Ducks” two summers ago and didn’t pack enough blankets and pillows for comfort, but I basically brought my entire bed this time and it was pretty fantastic. The weather was perfect and it felt great to stick my toes in the grass after a long week. 

The next movie is “Angels in the Outfield” June 20, and moviegoers will be in an actual outfield at Parque Zaragoza. Other movies this summer include “Space Jam”, “Caddyshack” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. 

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