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Dear Abby 1/19/16

Student who wants to study abroad needs time to mature

 

DEAR ABBY: Our granddaughter, “Kim,” is a senior in high school. She wants to study in Europe next year to improve her skills in a second language. Neither she nor her parents can afford the $20,000 or more this will cost. She is also “boy crazy.” Another worry is the threat of terrorism and her safety.

Jeannie Lewis of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship said there will be plenty of free pie, cake, coffee and ice water offered to the community during Monday's Peace Pie Social at Dunbar Park. The social, hosted by Unitarian Universalists, will follow the MLK March. (photo by Jeannie Lewis)

Peace Pie Social set for MLK Day

As on MLK Day in 2013 and in 2014, the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) is once again hosting the Peace Pie Social.
The event will take place at Dunbar Park located at 801 West Martin Luther King Drive following the MLK March to Dunbar on MLK Day, Jan. 18.
“There will be plenty of free pie, cake, coffee and ice water for all who attend," said Pie Social organizer Jeannie Lewis.
The MLK Day events will begin with a ceremony on the courthouse steps in downtown San Marcos as people gather at 9:45 a.m.  

Answers to go with Susan Smith: Internet weather sources

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.Can you recommend an Internet weather source? When I head out for a walk, I’d like to be able to find out if it’s likely to rain in the next hour.

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Orange, black equal poisonous

Colors of orange and black are a classic “warning” coloration in nature. The warning being that poison is to be found here.
Certainly this proves true in monarch butterflies, as they are colored orange and black and poisonous to many birds. And one bird with those colors is very toxic. The pitohuis, a group of songbirds found in New Guinea, possess a poison known as homobatrchotoxin, which is also found in poison-arrow frogs.
The hooded pitohui and the variable pitohui are both poisonous. Scientists think these birds develop this poison by eating certain beetles.

Celebrated musician Chris Knight, who has created eight albums, will be in San Marcos on Jan. 29 to perform songs off his new album, "Little Victories." Critics say the album's 11 songs purely rank among Knight's finest. The singer-songwriter, compared to Johnny Cash, John Prine, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen over the years, stands alone as an artist who has carved out his own style. Knight will perform at 10 p.m. at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Tickets cost $15. His website is www.chrisknight.net or find him on Facebook. (publicity photo)

Chris Knight in town Jan. 29: Admired singer-songwriter will perform at Cheatham Street Warehouse

Chris Knight doesn’t like to say much. Won’t chat about his worldview or engage in conversations on his creative approach.
For 15 years, seven acclaimed albums and a hard-nosed career that’s been hailed as, “Where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road," Knight has always let his music do most of the talking.
And on record – as well everywhere across America, from roadhouse taverns to major-city concert halls – his songs have had plenty to say.
But with his latest album Little Victories (September 2012), Chris Knight has taken the discussion to a whole new level.

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