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San Marcos' Annual Celtic Festival is around the corner. Dee Ann Prince and Merlin the Wise entertain children of all ages with magic, music and puppetry. Photos courtesy of  Linda Kelsey-Jones

4th Annual Celtic festival

Lift your spirits, liven up your January and  “warm the cockles of your heart" – the public is invited to the 4th annual San Marcos Celtic Festival, Sunday, Jan. 20 from  noon to 6 p.m.

The Greater San Marcos Partnership recently made some changes to its staff in preparation for an ambitious 2019 agenda.  Jason J. Giulietti (left) is the new vice president of Economic Development, John E. Ellis (center) was hired as the director of Marketing and Communications and Christian Duran (right) was promoted to manager of Existing Business and Workforce Development. Photos courtesy of  GSMP

Greater San Marcos Partnership makes staff changes

The region’s economic development organization, the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), has undergone significant staff changes in preparation for an aggressive 2019 agenda.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that has taken the health community by storm in recent years. Photo courtesy of StatePoint

Tips to embrace a keto-friendly diet

(StatePoint) It seems that everyone these days has a friend following a “keto-friendly” diet – a low-carb eating plan designed to make the body burn fat more efficiently.

The Whitus' house on Spring Hollow Cove is the Spring Lake Garden Club's Yard of the Month. Their yard boasts of a large variety of native plants and shady groves of oaks, making it a cozy little urban retreat. Photos courtesy of the Spring Lake Garden Club

Creating an Urban Retreat

Spring Lake Garden Club’s yard of the month for January 2019 is a mix of native plants and adaptive species on an uphill lot with no lawn – exactly what

Piano students of Dr. Karen Munson Sabrina Zheng, Ceilidh Welsh, Macrina Anitei and Theodora Anitei after the studio held its annual Christmas recital. Two awards were announced during the recital; Ceilidh Welsh won an excellent rating and ribbon for her performance of carols at the Hymn Festival sponsored by Austin District Music Teachers Association and Sabrina Zheng earned a score of 99 on a 12th grade statewide music theory test given by the Texas Music Teachers Association. Photo courtesy of Dr. Karen Munson

Local piano students win accolades

Piano students of Dr. Karen Munson Sabrina Zheng, Ceilidh Welsh, Macrina Anitei and Theodora Anitei after the studio held its annual Christmas recital. Two awards were announced during the recital;

Rain gardens allow rain water runoff to be collected and eventually soak into the ground. Plants in rain gardens are most often native plants that are adapted to wet areas but can also handle dry spurts – a must in Central Texas. Photo courtesy of Joe Urbach

Growth in gardening: One garden at a time

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it,” a quote from Robert Swan, the first person in history to walk to both the

"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is a 1948 American dramatic adventurous neo-Western written and directed by John Huston. The film centers around Fred C. Dobbs, played by Humphrey Bogart, Bob Curtin, played by Tim Holt and a grizzled prospector named Howard, played by John Huston's father Walter Huston. Photo by Insomnia Cured Here/ Flcikr

A Retrospect on the Silver Screen

A short while ago, I had an attack of nostalgia and was smacked in the face with the memory of old movies. My memory is that they were outstanding old movies.

Maximiliano Morales, Chilean agricultural engineer and founder of, has been working to restore abandoned and failing Chilean vineyards growing rare grapes and now he's looking for Texas investors. Photo courtesy of AgroWine Lab

Chilean vine restoration looks for Texas investors

Maximiliano Morales, agricultural engineer and founder of, presented 17 years of research of the vineyards in Patagonia onboard a National Geographic Explorer Expedition Ship in the Chilean Fjords last