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Exploring Nature: Local sightings

Jerry Hall- Daily Record Columnist

I have seen very few new birds at my backyard feeders lately, mostly just the regular Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice. But other folks have been reporting some most interesting sightings.

A common merganser was seen at Camp Tejas in Williamson County and a ferruginous hawk at Hornsby Bend near Austin. Two whooping cranes were photographed on private property in Bastrop County east of Buescher State Park and two black phoebes were identified at Palmetto State Park in Gonzales County.

Blanca Castillo hand sews the square scarlet skirt together that matachines wear as part of their regalia before dance practice at her home in San Marcos.​

Dance Coordinator Quetta Amaya demonstrates new dance steps as dancers Amy Castillo and Angela Chagolla watch during matachines practice at Blanca Castillo’s house.

Maestra Blanca Castillo, wearing a penacho, demonstrates to the dancers how to perform the reverence at the altar for their Dec.12 performance during matachines practice at Yolanda Zuniga's house.

Dancers shake their maracas and tambourines as they practice their processional dance to the altar during matachines practice at Yolanda Zuniga's house. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS COURTESY OF DENISE CATHEY.

Matachines: Where two cultures meet in devotion

Denise Cathey- Daily Record Staff

Seated under a covered patio at her house, Blanca Castillo and her friends Irma Gaitan and Yolanda Zuniga are sewing dance costumes on a windy Sunday afternoon in San Marcos— but not just any dance regalia. They are making clothes for a “matachine” dance company.

Live Music Listings for Dec. 1-4

Thursday, Dec. 1

• Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, 6 p.m., Gruene Hall

• Bob Cheevers, 8 p.m., Cypress Creek Cafe

• Micky & The Motorcars, 9:00 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse

Friday, Dec. 2

• Friday Afternoon Club, 4 p.m., Gruene Hall

• The Wood Brothers, 8 p.m., Gruene Hall

• Big John Mills, 9:00 p.m., Riley's Tavern

• Marco Lozano, 9:00 p.m., Aquabrew

• Aaron Stephens, 8:00 p.m., Cypress Creek Cafe

• Kevin Welch, 9:00 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse

Sophie Barnett and Ava Sepaugh program a 2D fabricator to print a 2D kirigami Christmas tree at the library's Maker Play event. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF SAN MARCOS.

Kids take on 3D printing

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to the library for "Maker Play." This reoccurring children's activity from the Texas State University MAKE Lab is focused on exploring technology and bringing imagination to life with hands-on projects. Participants will learn about 3D printing and 2D computer fabrication, and try their hands at 3D computer-aided modeling, coding and simple electronics. The event is free, but registration is required. You can register by phone at 512-393-8200 or online at sanmarcostx.gov/library registration.

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