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Photo by Cindy Foreman

 

Left, Beverly Herring and Cindy Foreman of the Interactive Genealogy Group are hosting the informative and interesting program, Unearthing Ancestors, on July 16 from 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library. In this photo, they are dressed in mourning clothes that reflect the time period they will be talking about during the program.

 

Unearthing Ancestors: Interactive Genealogy Group offers July 16 program

LORI STEINDORF

Features Editor

 

Interactive Genealogy Group representatives will be at the library next Saturday to present their informative and interesting program, Unearthing Ancestors.

The free program, from 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on July 16, will concentrate on the traditional practices of our ancestors after their loved ones died.

Dressed in long, modest, black dresses reflective of the Victorian era, IGG co-founders Cindy Foreman and Beverly Herring, with solemn faces, will lead the discussion on the mourning process.

Life's Journey with Brother Jim: Owners of Royal Cleaners share their life verse

On my journey, I like to ask people to share their life verse with me.  

A life verse is a passage from the Bible that provides personal comfort, peace and direction to life.  

For example, several columns ago I shared my life verse, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19) 

Let me introduce the owners of the Royal Cleaners – Martha (Marty) Salas and Gilbert Gomez.  

Their God-fearing parents, Jessie and Martina Gomez, established the business in 1958.   

 

A bird sits on its nest outside a window. Attacks by cats and birds crashing into windows are two major causes of deaths for them. (www.creativeoutlet.com)

 

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Cats, windows often claim the lives of birds

 Two major causes of death for birds are windows and cats.

 It’s estimated that in North America, fatalities from striking reflective windows might reach one million birds annually.  And even more birds die when attacked by domestic and feral cats.

What to do?  

To avoid incidents with windows, keep curtains or blinds partially closed to break up the reflection.  Or hang something that moves in front of the window.  

To stop a bird from attacking its “rival,” cover the outside of the window with newspaper or a semi-opaque drop cloth.  

In “Venomous Snakes of Texas,” Andrew H. Price discusses different kinds of snakes. (www.creativeoutlet.com)

Answers To Go with Susan Smith: Understanding cottonmouth snakes

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. We saw a snake swimming in Canyon Lake. How can you tell if a snake in the water is a cottonmouth? How aggressive are they?

Photo by Gigi Mederos

San Marcos artist Gigi Mederos of Rio Claro Studio created this Mandala. She will instruct the Silk Mandala Painting Workshop on July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Price Center.

 

Silk Mandala Painting Workshop: Led by esteemed artists, event will get underway next Monday at The Price Center

Artists Ruby Dale Austin and Gigi Mederos are pleased to announce a new Silk Mandala Painting Workshop.

 They will offer the workshop at the Price Center on Monday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

The workshop will be a day centered on drawing and painting as participants create a mandala on silk.  

Mederos, an experienced silk painter, will lead the group as each participant will first sketch, then draw, and finally paint their own silk painting.  

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