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

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

 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.  

Music Games inside the library: Music educator to acquaint children with instruments, sounds

On Monday, July 11, Joshua Lowe, music educator at Hernandez Elementary School, will host Music Games at the San Marcos Public Library. Lowe is shown here with his son, Mehai. Presenting Music Games at 11 a.m. Lowe, will bring a variety of instruments with him for children ages 5 to 9 to explore melody and rhythm. Call 512-393-8200 to register. (Photo by Ashley Schimelman/San Marcos Public Library)


Celebrated for helping keep Austin weird, legendary musicians Beto and the Fairlanes have performed in various venues, including the famed Armadillo World Headquarters, for decades. Bandmates are playing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in San Marcos Plaza Park as part of the Summer in the Park concert series. (photo by Beto and the Fairlanes)



Rex is a 2-year-old male Briard-Giant Schnauzer mix who loves to run and play. He is available to adopt until Friday, July 8 at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, located at 750 River Road. (photo by the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter)


San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter's Pet of the Week: Affectionate and playful, 2-year-old Rex gets along well with people and other dogs

This week’s pet of the week is Rex. 

He is a 2-year-old male Briard-Giant Schnauzer Mix who loves to run and play. 

He is very good with other dogs, and has a ton of fun wrestling and playing chase. Rex is also very gentle with people, doesn’t try to knock them over and gingerly takes treats from your hand. He loves to be petted and will smile when rubbed behind his ears.

He is a long-haired dog so he will need regular grooming, but looks handsome when his hair is trimmed.

Rex is available for adoption and until July 8, his adoption fee is only $50.


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