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Inside Austin (Jul 11th, 2019)

Friday expect partly sunny skies with a high/low of 98/75. Saturday expect a sunny day with a high/low of 98/78. 

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Hey there, 

Thanks so much for checking out Inside Austin! I am always on the lookout for cool things to do in Austin to share here, so if you have ideas, please forward them along at Holly@inside.com.

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1. The University of Texas at Austin will cover the cost of in-state tuition and fees for thousands of students beginning fall 2020. The endowment is $160 million, which includes oil and gas royalties from state-owned land in West Texas. Families earning up to $65,000 annually with financial need are considered eligible, while families earning up to $125,000 per year with financial need will be considered for support. — US NEWS

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2. By the Numbers: The number of residents carrying an Austin library card has reached a new record. Since the Central Library (710 W Cesar Chavez St.) opened in October 2017, there’s been an 11 percent increase — 68,000 people — in cardholders. Before it’s opening, the library system issued approximately 2,300 cards each month. After it’s opening, there’s about 3,600 cards issued each month. Monthly library attendance has also increased system-wide, going from 261,500 to 290,660. — KVUE

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3. Throwback Thursday: Self-made Texas billionaire Ross Perot died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, and many locals are remembering the work he did — particularly with the Treaty Oak. The Treaty Oak (1111 W 6th St.) is the last surviving tree in the Council Oaks, which witnessed meetings between the Comanche and Tonkawa tribes. 

In 1989, Paul Cullen poisoned the tree with a herbicide called Velpar, and the 600-year-old tree wasn’t expected to survive. Locals flocked to the tree to say good bye, while people across the country offered different ways to memorialize it. Perot called an arborist and footed the bill to save the tree, along with a reward for information on the poisoning. In 1997, the tree produced acorns, which many locals celebrated as a testament to history and survivorship. Cullen was sentenced to nine years in prison. — KEYE 

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4. Stay cool, Austin: Enjoy a refreshing swim and a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline at the South Congress Hotel’s rooftop pool (1603 South Congress). Non-hotel guests can get a day pass for $30 Monday to Thursday, which includes access to the pool and bar, along with towels. Dine on poolside snacks from Café No Sé while you lounge. — SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL

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5. Austin-based sparkling water brand Big Swig has released a collection of new flavors for summer, including Party Pickle — said to be refreshing and a parade to beverage for your next plate of barbecue. Other new flavors include chile mango, prickly pear cucumber, watermelon mint and jalapeño pineapple. — AUSTIN 360

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6. If you’re looking for things to do this weekend, consider a Prince tribute show, the Oita Japan Festival or the Bastille Day Lawn Party. There’s also a Summer Art Party at TOMS on South Congress with cocktails, music and pieces from local artists. — CULTURE MAP

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7. Chef Tatsu Aikawa brings Austin a new dining experience at DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya (7301 Burnet Road), which recently opened. Diners enjoy shabu-shabu — a Japanese hot pot method of cooking raw food in a pot of simmering broth. — CHRONICLE

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8. Boss Babes ATX is hosting Work, a pop-up conference for creatives and entrepreneurs July 20. Attendees can participate in panels, workshops and speaker sessions focused on marketing, networking and expanding. — BOSS BABES

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9. Kim Eboreime is the only female African-American 7-Eleven franchisee in the Austin-Round Rock area and is celebrating five years of business. While all 7-Eleven stores are giving away small Slurpees July 11, Eboreime’s store at South Hays Street and Gattis School Road will have raffles and prizes. — KVUE

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10. Branding agency T3 got noticed for their parking garage on North Lamar, as it’s listed as one of the coolest parking spots in the country. The garage features a planted green roof with a rainwater collection system and plenty of room for local wildlife to live. — CURBED

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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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