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Answers To Go with Susan Smith: Book suggestions for youth

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.  You recommended “Hatchet” for my reluctant reader. My kid zipped right through it. Can you recommend something similar?

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Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: The Marabou stork: Compared to other birds, this one’s ugly

 Most birds are quite attractive, even beautiful, thanks to their unique and colorful feathers.  The peacock stands out with its splendid fan-like tail and the cock-of-the-rock has a bright orange helmet not unlike an ancient Roman soldier. 

 But one bird stands out in its non-beauty.  To me, the marabou stork is probably the ugliest of them all.  Also known as “whale head” or “shoe-billed” stork, this bird is found in tropical east Africa in large swamps.  It stands about five feet tall and weighs some 15 pounds.  

Photos by Jeannie Lewis


From left to right in the photo above are SMUUF Sewing Guild members at work: Jeanne Garthwaite, Barbara Jacobson, Betty Watkins, Laurel Schuelke and Ann Allen. Judy Telford, Betty Dewsnap and Kate Clayton are not shown.

Colorful handmade quilts for refugee mothers and children hang in the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) sanctuary at the United Campus Ministries (UCM) at 510 N. Guadalupe St. in San Marcos.


'Sewing' love and kindness: SMUUF Sewing Guild creates quilts to comfort others

Several women from the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) began weekly meetings in 2012 to sew together and contribute their handiwork to local community projects.  At first, they named themselves the “Do Gooders.”  And they were!  They contributed approximately 60 hand-made baby quilts to Central Texas Medical Center and made simple backpacks to give away.  

Photos by Art Squared


Adrienne Balkany of Grrl Boheme Designs is the featured artist for august’s Art Squared Arts Market. The polymer clay artist created the mixed-media wall piece of Frida Kahlo, left.

Adrienne Balkany of Grrl Boheme Designs is the featured artist for august’s Art Squared Arts Market. 

Art Squared Arts Market returns Aug. 13

The summer may be hot, but so is the August Art Squared Arts Market. 

Artisan vendors from across the region will be exhibiting and selling their work on Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hays County Courthouse lawn in downtown San Marcos. 

The event also features musical performances from 1 to 4 p.m. This month you can enjoy two talented songwriters and performers, Moira Thomas and Bandreu. Admission is always free. 

Shown here at the Root Cellar Bakery are, left to right, Gigi Mederos, Kayli Head and Stevie Black. They are instrumental in designing and promoting next month’s Mermaid Society Art Ball that ushers in Mermaid Week 2016 festivities.


Mermaid Society Ball: Artists designing enchanting evening for Sept. 16


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The enthusiasm of the artists associated with orchestrating the upcoming Mermaid Society Art Ball is palpable and contagious.

This set of world-class artists are unswerving in pledging their ardent support for the the ball that takes place Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

They are making sizable artistic contributions to ensure the success and continuation of the ball and other important events of Mermaid Week, slated for Sept. 10 through 17.



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