What’s Up? Weekly: June 26-30, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

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Alamo Kids Camp Movies: Zathura: A Space Adventure, Matilda, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Monday, June 26 – Friday June 30; each movie has various days and showtimes. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtimes and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse, various locations.

Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Angry Birds – Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Shrek the Third (Round Rock) – Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Under the Sea! – Monday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Take the plunge and explore the world—underwater! Investigate plants, animals, and more. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Early Literacy Playgroup – Monday, June 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Escape the Texas summer heat and stop by the Carver Branch Library to engage in a variety of early literacy based activities. Toys, board books, music, and a weekly craft will be provided. This is a come-and-go program recommended for ages 0-5 with their caregiver. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

ASL Storytime – Monday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Storytime in American Sign Language for children 18 months – 6 years and their parents. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin, TX 78704.

Dog Storytime – Monday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancellations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Hey Lollies Present: Iris Saves the Land of Black and White – Monday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, brings the colors back to the land. Children will learn about the colors of the rainbow and participate in the music. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

You Are the Artist: Watercolor and Scratch Art – Monday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. Explore the medium of watercolor with a variety of crafts and scratch the black paper to find a rainbow of possibilities. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Magician John O’Bryant – Monday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m. The Reading Magic Show encourages children to read and help them realize that whatever they want to learn can be found in a book all while using magic, music, illusion, and audience participation. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Craft Night: Patriotic Wooden Frame (Pflugerville) – Monday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. Children ages 5 and up and adults will work together on a fun craft project. Materials available while supplies last. Space is limited. First come, first served. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Guests to this pajama-friendly reading activity will enjoy a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and sometimes a short film or app for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Wanderlust Summer at the Springs – Monday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Wanderlust is proud to present the 3rd Annual Summer at the Springs. Through July 24th, drop by Zilker every Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a FREE vinyasa class followed by FREE snacks and a FREE swim at the springs at 9:00 p.m. Bring your friends and celebrate summer together. All ages welcome. FREE! Zilker Hillside (on North side of the main Barton Springs entrance parking lot), 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club – Tuesday, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Summer Kids Camp: Secret Life of Pets – Tuesday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. The movie itself will start at 10:00 a.m. in one of the dine-in theaters. FREE! Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N FM 620, Bldg B, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Rio 2 and The Boxtrolls – Tuesday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, June 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Modern First Library Storytime – Tuesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. The Modern First Library honors books that reflect the diverse society of the 21st century. Celebrate this wonderful initiative with a reading of Austin author Divya Srinivasan’s Little Owl’s Night and other great titles that build a thoughtful library. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, June 27 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Elizabeth Kahura Presents: Folktales from Africa – Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Ignite the imagination and the love of the oral storytelling tradition through African storytelling. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Stop Motion Animation – Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. The library will supply the cameras, software, and materials for you to create a digital storytelling movie masterpiece. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: Zootopia (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. You may bring a blanket and a pillow. Seating is limited. First come, first served. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Trailer Food Tuesdays – Tuesday, June 27 from 5-9:00 p.m. Sample delicious fare from Austin’s wide variety of food trucks and enjoy live music in one convenient location featuring the best view in town. The downtown skyline is the backdrop as 14 -16 of the city’s finest food trailers roll on to the Long Center terrace. Plus, enjoy live music by Cilantro Boombox. Admission is FREE! Food and beverages available to purchase.The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Family Board Game Night for ages 2-102. Bring your friends and family for a weekly night of all things board games. Play one of the library’s 30+ games or bring your own. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and enjoy the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and snacks are complimentary. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park: Laura Freeman & The Hey Lollies – Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. This exciting summer program features local musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes, and crafts people. Youngsters can visit the Instrument Zoo (where they can see, touch, and try to play the instruments), talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments, sing and clap along with the star of the show, and try their hands at different art projects under the Art Tent. This year, Austin favorite Bernadette Nason will act as Emcee and Storyteller. Admission is 50¢ per child; adults are FREE. Symphony Square Amphitheater, 1101 Red River St, Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Rio 2 and The Boxtrolls– Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back for a musical storytime. She’ll read a few of her favorite stories and play some tunes, so don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Percussion and Music with Percussion Things – Wednesday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. Percussion Things presents Stories Grandma Told Me: Tales and Fun for Families, a fast-paced, high-energy show that combines stories and sketch comedy with traditional percussion, designed to delight all ages. Featuring storyteller Catherine Whiteman and Percussionist Len Barnett, the program showcases dramatic, animated storytelling seamlessly joined with energetic percussion to create a dynamic experience for the whole family. Recommended for ages 3 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. Literature Live! puppet shows are performed at various Library locations throughout Austin. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Movie: Pete’s Dragon (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, June 28 at 2:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park – Wednesday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Participants will create a carnival theme ride using littleBits gizmos and gadgets, recyclables, and more. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Family Flicks: Sing – Wednesday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Rated G. FREE! Lake Travis Community Libray, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Captain Underpants and the Underwear Fair – Wednesday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Captain Underpants and his crew with games and activities all about underwear. Toss the underwear into the toilet, make a superhero cape, and much, much more. FREE! North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, June 28 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear performances from Amy Goloby and Christina Cavasos. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Sound & Cinema: Raising Arizona + The Quaker City Night Hawks – Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. Sound & Cinema features unique pairings of classic movies with a diverse array of local musical guests. Each band plays a musical tribute to the night’s movie, followed by a screening of the film on the Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen – all against the backdrop of the Austin skyline. This week, watch Raising Arizona with music by The Quaker City Night Hawks. Rated PG-13. Food trailers will open by 6:00 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase. The sunset concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie will immediately follow (around 9:00 p.m., or right after sunset). FREE! Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

101X Summer Cinema: The Big Lebowski – Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. 101X Summer Cinema has a new home at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphiteather. Movie starts at dark, but get there early to stake out a spot! Bring blankets, folding chairs, and your party pants. Please, no outside food or drinks, alcohol, or pets. Street parking is free after 6:00 p.m. Please note this movie is Rated R. FREE! Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission to the Museum every Thursday. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This program focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy, which help develop gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, June 29 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, June 29 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from the Butler Opera Center Young Artist’s Program. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Power Rangers Glow Party – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Illuminate your inner Power Ranger at this glow-in-the-dark dance party. You can dance, play with glow sticks, make crafts, and rock out to Power Ranger music. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: Rapunzel – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. A shadow puppet retelling of the classic story, set in contemporary times. The heroine is locked away in an abandoned high-rise building and lives at the mercy of a twisted, grafting landlady posing as her grandmother. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Stop Motion Animation – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m.Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. The Library will supply the cameras, software, and materials for you to create a digital storytelling movie masterpiece. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. Literature Live! puppet shows are performed at various Library locations throughout Austin. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Bonzo Crunch – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Get ready for magic, juggling, comedy, and a whole barrel of festive family fun. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Movie Matinee: The Secret Life of Pets – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera – Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Musicians will perform music from the classic opera repertoire and share fun facts and information to engage children and their families through this unique art form that has something for everyone. If you love music, art, dance, theatre, literature and/or technology, this event is for you. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Mariachi Amor – Thursday, June 29 at 3:00 p.m. Fun and festive traditional Mexican folk music played acoustically with violin, trumpet, guitarrón, vihuela, and voice. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Nature Nights: Water, Rocks & Mud – Thursday, June 29 from 6-9:00 p.m. Nature Nights are free, fun explorations of native plants, animals and Central Texas ecology. Looking for a reason to play in the dirt? Get down to earth to celebrate International Mud Day and learn about the ground beneath your feet! Admission is FREE from 6-9:00 p.m.; regular admission prices apply during the day. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

Barreloke with Girls Girls Girls – Thursday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. Barreloke is back and this time hosted by Girls Girls Girls, Austin’s all-female musical improv troupe. So, you’re guaranteed to have all the back-up singers you need. All ages until 8:00 p.m. FREE! Barrel O’Fun, 1911 Aldrich St, Ste 120, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Darden Smith – Thursday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. Experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: Rapunzel – Friday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. A shadow puppet retelling of the classic story, set in contemporary times. The heroine is locked away in an abandoned high-rise building and lives at the mercy of a twisted, grafting landlady posing as her grandmother. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Friday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time. The first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera – Friday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Musicians will perform music from the classic opera repertoire and share fun facts and information to engage children and their families through this unique art form that has something for everyone. If you love music, art, dance, theatre, literature, and/or technology, this event is for you. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Graphic Novel/Comic Book Drawing Workshop for Teens – Friday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Comic book artist Ben Snakepit will show you how to create characters, action drawing techniques, inking, coloring, and more to help you create your own comics. All supplies will be provided to participants. Participation will be strictly limited to those age 13 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Little Helpers – Friday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4-8 are invited to meet community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers, dentists, energy workers, and learn how they can be helpers in their community. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Frost Bank Summer Sweet Treat – Friday, June 30 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Frost invites families to visit participating Austin-area financial centers for a FREE sweet summer treat as it puts a smile on people’s faces through the summertime heat. This Friday, guests can enjoy Odd Pop popsicles at Frost Bank’s Lake Travis Financial Center, 12532 RM-2244, Austin.

Bluegrass with Matt Bradshaw – Friday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. Live music at the library with bluegrass musician Matt Bradshaw. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Art After Six: Symbolism – Friday, June 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. This Art after Six event will explore why and how artists incorporate symbolism into their work and how viewers can navigate it with artists Terri St. Arnauld & Frank Yezer, JoAnna Johnson, and John Sager. FREE! Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.

Friday Night Flix: The Great Outdoors – Friday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and meet in the courtyard to watch this hilarious movie on a huge outdoor screen. Start things off at 6:00 pm with a Poptail Party – the signature Popsicles™ infused with mouth-watering adult beverages! RSVP for FREE for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Happy Hour all night and a classic burger with fries and a soft drink for just $5 in the Water Trough Bar. The Marshall Hood Band will be performing live in the Water Trough at 10:30 p.m. after the movie. Rated PG. The movie and live music are FREE! Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr, Austin.

Music in the Park: Jimmy T and The Teardrops (Pflugerville) – Friday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. The annual Music In The Park outdoor concert series showcases a variety of live bands and one movie night on selected Friday nights. This week, enjoy music from Jimmy T and The Teardrops. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a FREE evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. Food will be available to purchase. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7:30 p.m. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.

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Jaelyn Penner
Jaelyn was born and raised in Kansas, but she got to Texas as soon as she could! After a few years of youthful fun in Dallas, Jaelyn decided to make her passion her career and headed to west Texas to make it happen. There, she honed her musical chops while studying Commercial Music, and then headed straight for Austin to help keep it weird. Once here, she unexpectedly found her soul mate, and loves that her husband and two boys are now her biggest fans! Besides being a musician, Jaelyn also works as a corporate event planner, is a self-proclaimed “celebratory expert” and a long-time foodie. She doesn’t feel complete unless she is keeping up with all the cool stuff Austin has to offer.
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