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Inside Austin (Jun 27th, 2019)

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Friday expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 93/70. Saturday expect sunny skies with a high/low of 94/71. 

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1. A CommUnityCare Health Centers 40-foot bus funded by Central Health has rolled into East Travis County, offering most healthcare services available from a primary care physician in three different locations. The bus operates Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has two exam rooms and a waiting area. The bus can see 16 patients per day, but organizers hope to increase that in the future. Patients can get preventative care, vaccines, lab tests, manage chronic diseases and enroll in the Medical Access Program, if eligible. — STATESMAN

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2. Fact: Austin loves the Women’s World Cup. Austin led the country in viewership for the USA vs. Spain match June 24. June 28 is the next round with USA playing France in the win-or-go-home quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Visit your favorite soccer pub to catch the game, or venture to Haymaker, Native Hostel or Easy Tiger for watch parties, raffles and drink specials. — KXAN

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3. Throwback Thursday: Earlier this week, developers presented renderings to the Historic Landmark Commission, which outlined plans to add a 30-foot tower to the historic Masonic Lodge. The Royal Arch Masonic Lodge at 311 West Seventh St. was built in 1926, listed as a historic landmark in 2000 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. 

Masonry or freemasonry has held a place in Austin since 1914, when these fraternal organizations gathered near UT. Today, the Masons have a 99-year lease on the building and use two floors for meetings and events. While the Masons are in support of the building redesign, the plans were rejected by commissioners for lack of clarity and the overall look of the new addition. — TOWERS

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4. Stay cool, Austin: Visit one of the newest hotel pools in town at East Austin Hotel (1108 E. Sixth St). Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you can get a day pass to take a dip Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and enjoy drink service, WiFi and parking all for $25. 

If you’re in the mood to dial it up, go for the Sunday Summer Swell Pass for $30, giving you access to their weekly retro pool party, reminiscent of the '60s and '70s (think: old school Palm Springs) with festive decor, drink specials and $5 appetizers from 2 to 6 p.m. All passes must be booked in advance. — EAST AUSTIN HOTEL

Visited East Austin Hotel's pool parties or know of another hot spot to stay cool? Hit reply to let me know. And be sure to share this week's pool on Facebook and Twitter — what's a pool party without friends?

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5. Fans of the late chef and author Anthony Bourdain can follow in his footsteps by enjoying some of his favorite local meals at Barley Swine and Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, among other spots. While at Barley Swine, it should come as no shock that Bourdain dined on foie gras, fried shrimp heads and grilled chicken testicles.— SPECTRUM

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6. Take a look Inside Arrive East Austin — a new hotel taking over a revamped 100-year-old warehouse — with its industrial elements and “mod-rustic chic” decor. The hotel opens next month with introductory rates until Labor Day. Consider visiting just for the food and drink from Vixen’s Wedding Restaurant, Cartel Coffee Lab cafe and Gin Bar. — CURBED AUSTIN

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7. Enjoy Asian cocktails from local bartenders such as the Tom Kha Collins at the Daijoubu pop-up (cash only) at Nickel City on East Eleventh this weekend. Get a sneak peek of the menu and festive decor (including Sanrio gems) on Instagram @daijoubu.popup. — AUSTIN 360

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8. July 4 is next week, so get ready for lots of festive events.  Among them are Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, a nautical gourmet chocolate tasting and the Austin Symphony 4th of July Concert and Fireworks. There are still tickets available for Willie Nelson’s Picnic, which has been a local tradition since 1973. — AUSTIN MONTHLY 

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9. Local Omar L. Gallaga put together an extensive guide to Austin for the Washington Post, which details the best food spots and sights to see, down to when to go and what to order. His advice for ordering at Ramen Tatsu-Ya: order the sweet and sour yodas and go for the chile bomb atop any ramen. — WASHINGTON POST

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10. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."

Our Inside Los Angeles writer Kayleigh Roberts discusses summer activities in Los Angeles, California: 

Thanks to LA’s near perfect weather, it can feel like summer here all year round. But, since summer means vacations which, in turn, means an influx of tourists (and friends and relatives of locals) looking for fun things to do, here’s a list of five must-do LA activities you can try this summer: 

LACMA: Not only is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a cultural must-see, home to exhibits of work from world-famous and up-and-coming artists, it’s also a great source of special programming. The museum hosts discussions and events that locals should keep and eye on and offers visitors a chance at a classic LA Instagram pic—posing with the lamps at the museum’s “Urban Lights” exhibit. 

Upright Citizens Brigade: LA is home to a collection of some of the funniest and most creative up and coming actors, writers, and comedians in the world and many of them work their way through the ranks at improv studios like UCB to perfect their respective crafts. With two venues, each with full calendars of cheap (and sometimes free) shows, UCB is a great place to get a lot of entertainment bang for your buck—and maybe see some future famous people in the process. 

Griffith Observatory: In LA, many of the landmarks are famous themselves, having appeared prominently in films. The iconic Griffith Observatory is one of the best examples of this phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s a world-class planetarium that will please any science lovers in your group and on the other, it’s an iconic filming location (its most famous appearance is as the setting for the climactic scene in Rebel Without a Cause) that will please the more starstruck members of your group. 

Disneyland: While it’s technically in Anaheim and not in LA proper, Disneyland has rocketed above Universal Studios (which is actually in LA) as the must-visit theme park in the area this year thanks to the opening of the immensely immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land in the park, which is a pilgrimage destination for geeks and still a genuinely fun time for non-geeks.

Pink’s Hotdogs: If you want to eat somewhere that’s iconically LA, you can’t get much more classic (or touristy) than Pink’s. Yes, you’ll have to wait in a long line for your meal, but you might just run into a celebrity while you’re there, so there’s that. 

When it comes to getting around in LA, if you’re not local, you should seriously consider renting a car, since navigating on public transit, while doable, can be complicated and time consuming and suck up a lot of your valuable experiencing LA time (not that riding the bus for three hours isn’t a kind of LA experience all in its own). If you don’t want to rent a car, download Uber or Lyft or make sure you have the Metro transit time and maps bookmarked on your phone.

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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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