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Cottage Kitchen Luncheon: St. Mark's Episcopal Church will serve lunch on Friday

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host the Cottage Kitchen luncheon this Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles S. Cock House Museum. The menu will consist of beef burgundy, rice pilaf, green bean salad, croissants and homemade desserts. The Cottage Kitchen is open to the community. The cost of the meal is $8 and includes beverage and dessert. From left to right are Donnelle Gooch, Linda Nichols, Adelaide McAninch, Peggy Knight, June Tidwell, Emily Pruitt, Julie Bradshaw, Eleanor Pulver, Mary Jo Saunders and John Saunders. (photo by Ellie Stewart)

The Rotary Club of San Marcos is hosting its signature Casino Night and Wine Tasting Fundraiser this Friday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Dick's Classic Car Garage. Tickets cost $35 each. To order tickets over the phone or for more information, call 512-392-3300. (www.creativeoutlet.com)

Artist Jade Walker's Four Cornered exhibition runs from Feb. 4 through March 10 in Gallery 2 with an opening reception on Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Artist's Talk on Feb. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in JCM 2121. In her exhibition, Walker explores the nature of the human body to contort to and intersect with itself and foreign objects; the basic nature of the body to absorb and ingest, as well as be engulfed simultaneously is the exhibition’s focus. Walker’s work consists of her personal struggle with spectatorship, binaries within gender, abstraction, narrative, found objects, desire and human anatomy as temporal. Her work focuses on the ideology of American society in respect to the image of the figure and its translation into a tangible object. The Austin-based sculptor received her BFA from the University of Florida and her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. She had her first solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin in 2010 followed by Lawndale Art Center in 2012. Walker is the director of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas.  She curates annual exhibitions at the Courtyard Gallery in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and W Austin, as well as sits on the Art in Public Places Committee for the City of Austin. For  more information, visit the website, www.txstgalleries.org (photos by The University Galleries at Texas State University)

Artist Jaye Rhee's Shaping The Presence, Forming The Absence exhibition runs from Feb. 4 through March 10 in Gallery 1 with an opening reception on Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Artist's Talk on Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in JCM 2121. She shows her four-channel video installation, The Flesh and the Book, which addresses the intersections between performance, video and sound. Casting dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rhee renders the human body as minimalist shapes that convey an improvisational selection of ‘notes’ within a musical composition co-created with Elliott Sharp. At the heart of The Flesh and the Book lies an irreconcilable tension; here it exists between physical dance and musical notes. The dancers perform within a "musical staff” made of rubber bands. A visual loss occurs when the two-dimensional music notes transition into the three-dimensional dance, and vice versa. As more notes are gained, more dancers are lost; the two must maintain a balanced yet opposed existence. Rhee was born in Seoul, Korea. She received her MFA and BFA from School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has completed Skowhegan School of Painting and has had numerous exhibitions in Korea, Japan, and the U.S.

Answers to go with Susan Smith: Books enrich children's lives

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information. "Answers To Go" highlights recently received questions.  Please visit the library at 625 E. Hopkins St., call 512-393-8200 for information over the phone or email us through our webpage at www.sanmarcostx.gov/library.
Q. My son’s teacher suggested that he try the “Redwall” series.  Do you have it?  What is the reading level?
A. Series fiction is popular with both children and adults.  

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Interesting facts about blue jays

I recently saw three blue jays eating sunflower seeds on my back deck, most handsome birds with a blue body and white chest.  
What can I tell you about blue jays that you don’t already know?
Well, let’s start with their size, some 12 inches long and weighing about three ounces.
They can make soft, warbling chirps but also screech out a distinctive hawk call that sounds quite authentic.
Usually seen in pairs and flocks, blue jays are very protective of their nests and will even dive bomb humans, much like a mockingbird, when threatened.  

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