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Dog of the Week

Rhoda is a gorgeous 1-year-old Australian shepherd mix who nearly always has a smile on her face. Sweet and gentle, she has a beautiful calm presence about her. She loves everyone she meets, and loves to stretch her legs in our yard. She recently did great at our Pictures with Santa event. Although she was a little overwhelmed at the activity, she sat and posed for her picture with patience and good humor. Rhoda would make a great fit for any family.

Cat of the Week

Carol is a 5-year-old patch tabby who loves people. This sweetheart has a little extra heft on her, but that certainly doesn’t make her any less adorable. Carol is incredibly social and will reach through her kennel door to grab people’s attention. Once out of her kennel, she’s all about you. She has the sweetest temperament, and will happily let you pet and cuddle her. Carol would be a great match for a lower energy family who is okay with a companion that has settled down.

San Marcos Pets of the Week

Both pets are available at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, located at 750 River Road. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Until Jan. 3 all pets are adoptable for only $20 as part of our #Home4theHolidays special. To learn more, visit us online at

Arts Commission accepting applications for new projects

The city of San Marcos Arts Commission is accepting funding applications for art projects in the coming year. 

Art projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

Promote the arts, which may include instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, execution and exhibition of these major art forms. 

Leadership San Marcos (LSM) visited the Gary Job Corps Center as part of the educational section of the Leadership syllabus. For more than 10 years, the Gary Job Corps students and staff have assisted with LSM community projects starting with the fence constructed between the Playscape and railroad tracks, followed by mosaic wall on the San Marcos River, electronic sign at San Marcos Activity Center and the foundation base for Chief Placido at San Marcos Plaza renovations at the San Marcos swimming pool are among the many that the students assisted in. Pictured above are from Leadership Class: Bryan Major, Jennifer Rogers, Derek Head, Kayli Head, Ernie Valdez, Bonnie Hughson, Caitlin McGinty, Amanda Hinojosa and Lance Kruse. Also pictured are Jacob Campbell from Gary Job Corps, Susanne Ritter and Randolph Goodman (LSM Alumni- 2003). PHOTO COURTESY OF RANDOLPH GOODMAN.

Answers to Go with Susan Smith: Mince meat pies

Susan Smith- Columnist

Q: We will be having a British visitor for Christmas dinner.  My niece says her friend mentioned his grandmother’s “mince pies.”  I usually make pecan and pumpkin pies at this time of year.  What is a mince pie?  

A: We get lots of recipe questions during the holidays so we always put out a big cookbook display.  I found information on this topic five feet from our reference desk.

Let’s start with some history on this Christmas treat.  I started with a British reference book, “The Oxford Companion to Food” by Alan Davidson.

Life’s Journey: Spending Christmas in Vietnam

"Brother" Jim Lanning- Columnist

This week as Christmas approached, I remembered my journey in Vietnam. Fortunately, I kept a journal/log and the following is a verbatim extract of what I recorded 50 years ago while assigned as a platoon leader in a rifle company in combat. 

It reads as follows:

25 December, Christmas Day, 1966

Went to church

Saw General Westmoreland. He had John Steinbeck with him. I shook hands with each. Steinbeck was using a cane, had on an old fatigue cap with 1st Cav. Insignia.


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