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"The Play That Goes Wrong" is a play in a play. It's the opening night of "The Murder at Haversham Manor," where students of the Cornley University Drama Society are attempting to stage this 1920s production. However, everything that can go wrong is, and the opening night quickly goes from bad to disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead and actors who trip over everything, "The Play That Goes Wrong" goes quite right. Photos by Jeremy Daniel

'The Play That Goes Wrong' gets it right

These days, everything has a message, a double meaning, a sneaky twist at the climax designed to make you think. This is important because it keeps us sharp and ready

Several plants bear the common name of marigold, but only the common red and gold native Mexican marigold or the calendula (marigold) is considered the October birth flower. Free use photos

Growth in gardening:

The most popular October birth flower is the marigold. It’s not hard to see why either, few other flowers encapsulate fall quite like the marigold’s voluptuous orange, red and yellow

Black oil seeds are meatier and have a higher oil content, giving birds more nutrition and calories in every bite. They also have thinner shells, making it easier for small birds to crack. Free use photo

Exploring Nature: Bird Seed

If you provide feed for wild birds, you are in good company – an estimated 55 million Americans do so. Winter is an especially critical season for feeding birds since

Film crews shoot a scene on the Texas State University campus for Richard Linklater's 2016 film "Everybody Wants Some!!." Photo by Van Redin

Making San Marcos Film Friendly

San Marcos has been a film-friendly city for some years now, with movies like “Boyhood” and “Everybody Wants Some!!,” shot here in recent years and movies like “The Getaway,” shot here in 1972. 

Freebirds World Burrito will offer double Fanatic loyalty points for all purchases of Beyond Meat, their  gluten-free, soy-free, plant-based protein mixed with potatoes and spices, every Monday in October and a  “buy three get the fourth free” promotion on Beyond Meat entrees in November. Photo courtesy of Bread & Butter Public Relations.

Go Meatless on Mondays at Freebirds World Burrito

Freebirds World Burrito, the funky fast-casual brand known for its fully customizable, larger-than-life burritos, is launching an eight-week campaign with Meatless Monday.

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors partnered up with the San Marcos High School Culinary Department for this week's Cottage Kitchen luncheon on Friday. Photo courtesy of Marianne Moore

Chamber Ambassadors host Cottage Kitchen Luncheon

The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host lunch at the Charles S. Cock House Museum, located at 400 W. Hopkins Street, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Oct. 12. 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announced the launch of their Halloween doughnut collection, which features the new candy-covered Trick-or-Treat Doughnut, the new Monster Batter Doughnut, the Jack-o-Lantern Doughnut and the Chocolate Iced with Halloween Sprinkles Doughnut. All are available today through Oct. 31 at the San Marcos Krispy Kreme, 121 North Interstate 35. Photo courtesy of Business Wire

Krispy Kreme serving spooky treats

Doughnut and candy lovers need to look no further than Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the ultimate treats this Halloween season.

Texercise instructor Kiara Jordan leads a group in exercises at the San Marcos Activity Center. Texercise is a free 10-week evidence-based wellness program for adults 50 years and plus offered by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Photo by Nick Riali

Texercise: New wellness program for 50 plus

San Marcos Parks and Recreation is bringing Texercise to San Marcos for those aged 50 and above throughout October. 

Dr. Diana Escamilla's home on Smith Lane in Blanco Gardens was flooded in 2015, but she rebuilt her home and yard using recycled materials, regrowing her garden beds from cuttings of plants to create her colorful and sustainable lawn. Photos courtesy of the Spring Lake Garden Club

'Reduce, reuse & regrow?'

Renovating a house and yard at the same time is too much for most homeowners, but Dr. Diana Escamilla took on both tasks when in March 2015 she settled in

An Antelope Horn milkweed near Wimberly with three Gray Hairstreak and five Juniper Hairstreak butterflies feeding on it. Daily Record file photo

Exploring Nature: Butterflies

My hummingbirds are gone. Flown south, not to be seen again until next March. They are joined, this time of year, by a lovely butterfly also headed south – the

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