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Tobias Elementary receives Kindness Certified School recognition

The world can use some extra joy right now and the students at Tobias Elementary are doing their part to uplift their community with kindness, compassion, unity and respect. To recognize Tobias Elementary School’s ongoing commitment to kindness and its participation in the 10th annual Great Kindness Challenge, it has been designated as a “Kindness Certified School” by Kids for Peace.

The Journey Continues: What’s in my billfold?

The Journey Continues: What’s in my billfold?

My journey this week starts with “cleaning out” my billfold. One item that I have carried for the last 55 years is my original copy of the Military Code of Conduct issued to me when I entered the service. Veterans would recognize this 2-inch x3-inch card, although my copy is so worn it is almost unreadable. The card is distributed to all active-duty personnel. It is especially applicable at times of war or imprisonment. Wikipedia described the “Code of the United States Fighting Force as an ethics guide and a United States Department of Defense directive consisting of the six articles. It is considered an important part of tradition and US military doctrine but is not ‘formal military law’ in the manner of the Uniform Code of Military Justice or of international law, such as the Geneva Conventions.” This Military Code of Conduct is as follows:

Price Center offers up close view of San Marcos Mardi Gras Krewe

Photo submitted by the Price Center

Price Center offers up close view of San Marcos Mardi Gras Krewe

A two-week pop-up display at the Price Center in downtown San Marcos features a visual display of gowns and costumes, printed matter and photos of annual royalty that helps tell the story of San Marcos’ Mistick Krewe of Okeanos, the creators of the annual Mardi Gras parade and celebrations in San Marcos.

Private Park, San Marcos

Laura Benavides stands beneath the treehouse in her Private Park, which features accommodations for everything from children’s birthday parties to packages for a Valentine’s Day date night. Photo by Jason Cook

Private Park: Benavides opens event space for socially-distanced holidays

Imagine a Valentine’s date night under the stars in a socially-distanced private park. In San Marcos, all it takes is an acre of land, a dreamer, and a plan.

February’s Yard of the Month features Rio Vista riverside home

Entry walk at Riviera Street home leads through shady alcove to blue front door flanked by cast iron planters and more garden art amid a variety of plants. Photo by Sharon Lockett

February’s Yard of the Month features Rio Vista riverside home

Yuccas and mondo grass thrive in filtered shade and mulch from leaves of live oak tree.

February’s Yard of the Month features Rio Vista riverside home

The front yard includes a shady outdoor sitting area complete with tile “carpet” overlooking more garden art plus aloes, yuccas, mondo grass, and tall Mexican petunias. Photos by Sharon Lockett

February’s Yard of the Month features Rio Vista riverside home

The San Marcos River dominates many of our city’s public recreation areas, but it also defines the boundary of some private backyards near the city’s core. Riverside homes on Riviera Street in the Rio Vista subdivision, just upriver from Rio Vista Falls, share this unique river access as their property slopes down to the river’s edge. February’s yard of the month, chosen by Spring Lake Garden Club, features the home of Beverly Pairett and Brian Archer, who have enjoyed their riverside property since 1999, just after the 1998 flood, and have weathered more recent floods as well.

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