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KUTX radio producer and host Laurie Gallardo (left) joins “Statesman Shots” co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga and Tolly Moseley (right) on this week’s episode.

Happy Fourth!

Are you enjoying a long holiday weekend? We’ve got ideas for where to celebrate July Fourth on pages 16 and 17. And in Saturday’s Austin360, staff writer Dale Roe has the details on Austin’s celebration (which returns to the downtown banks of Lady Bird Lake this year) along with some other Fourth of July and fireworks-related facts.

Get physical

This weekend, even gladiators will be slurping ice pops.

This year’s Plum Creek Popsicle Run comes with optional Camp Gladiator Functional Challenges. Participants in the 4-mile race Saturday can choose to tackle the six physical challenges built into the course, or just walk or run the distance. Either way they’ll get frozen treats at the finish line.

Rather not run that far? A 3K and 1K option are also offered.

All three races start and finish at Negley Elementary, 5940 McNaughton, in the Plum Creek neighborhood of Kyle.

Check-in opens at 6 a.m. The 4-miler begins at 7 a.m.; the 3K and 1K start at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $15 for the 1K or 3K; $25 for the 4-miler ($15 for 18 and younger.)

For more information and registration, go to athleteguild.com.

— Pam LeBlanc

Beatlemania continues

John Lennon’s long-missing Gibson guitar has moved on, but the “Ladies and Gentlemen … The Beatles!” exhibit continues at the LBJ Presidential Library (2313 Red River Street) through Jan. 10, 2016. The traveling display, curated by the Grammy Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, looks at how the band influenced American pop culture from early 1964 through mid-1966. It includes more than 400 pieces of memorabilia, photos, video and more.

More info on hours and admission at lbjlibrary.org/exhibit/beatles.

Coming next week in Austin360: Matthew Odam visits Counter 357, a downtown restaurant offering a fixed-menu experience that is unique in Austin.

On this week’s “Statesman Shots” podcast, KUTX radio producer and host Laurie Gallardo brings her talented voice to the show to discuss her love of the Austin music scene, how Austin can help musicians make a living and what it’s been like to be part of KUTX since it launched in early 2013. In a video segment, she also helps co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga and Tolly Moseley debunk myths about musicians. Joe Gross shares why fans of the Channing Tatum movie “Magic Mike” have a lot of bumping and grinding to look forward to with the sequel “Magic Mike XXL.” The crew discusses why voice talent is so important in animation and who our favorite voice actors are. And in “A Toast,” we recommend AMC’s new TV show “Humans,” Good Music Club and Marc Maron’s recent podcast interviews with President Barack Obama and “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross.