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The San Marcos High School Orchestra performed for their fundraising event the Nightmare Before Christmas Ball at AquaBrew. The orchestra is raising traveling funds for a trip to compete in nationwide orchestra competition in New York in March. Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

Representing San Marcos arts in the Big Apple

The students of the San Marcos High School Orchestra are raising money to travel to New York City and compete at a national level on a major arts platform –

The cedar waxwing, known for their yellow-dipped tail feathers, have a penchant for berries – even the fermented ones. Free use photo

Exploring Nature: Cedar Waxwing

After an initial visit from one lonely American robin, I recently was delighted with a big, boisterous flock that moved through my property. There must have been 30 or 40

The Walkers' Gallery is holding their first public art exhibition of 2019 today at the San Marcos Activity Center. Above is "Blue Portal" by artist Carolyn Whiteside. Photos courtesy of Linda Kelsey-Jones

'The Extra-ordinary Beauty of What Is…'

The Walkers’ Gallery invites the public to its first art exhibit reception of 2019, “The Extra-ordinary Beauty of What Is…” The reception will take place today from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club will be serving lunch at the Cottage Kitchen this week. From left to right are Jerry Kimmel, Linda Pennington, Liz Weatherspoon, Letha Allen, Elaine Wilbanks, Adelaide McAninch, Eleanor Pulver, Ellie Stewart, Lil Hageman, Beverly Owen, Gina Eben, Brenda Kyle and Vicki Barber. Submitted photo

Cottage Kitchen Luncheon

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club will host lunch at the Charles S. Cock House Museum, located at 400 E. Hopkins Street, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. 

During the Mistick Krewe of Okeanos's Epiphany Ball at the Price Center, debutante Cendra Rodriguez, her escort Caleb Guenther, debutante Camille Garcia, her escort Joseph Ballou, page Mcleod Wingert, King of Carnival Harry Douglas Stewart, Oueen of Carnival Cathy Dillon, page Betsy Wingert, debutante Taylor Frugoni, her escort Kyle Frugoni, debutante Lindsey Fields and her escort Denson Hull (not pictured) receive the ball guests approaching the main stage who come to pay tribute to the court.  Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

12th Night celebration kicks off Mardi Gras

Local nonprofit and hosts of San Marcos’ Mardi Gras celebrations, the Mistick Krewe of Okeanos, officially kicked off Mardi Gras season on Jan. 5 with an Epiphany Ball that ushered

The American robin is a very familiar bird over most of North America, running and hopping on lawns with upright stance. Freeuse photo

Exploring Nature: Robins

I recently spotted my first robin of the year – a sure sign winter has arrived. Oddly enough, it was a solitary bird, scratching in my front yard. This is