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Great Kiskadees, eye-catching with mix of black, white, yellow and reddish-brown, are one of the many birds that can be observed at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Free use photo

Exploring Nature: Birding Festivals

It’s hard to beat a good birding festival when it comes to organized tours, equipment displays and interesting speakers. One of the best, Galveston’s FeatherFest, held earlier this month. Another

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Above, Travis Elementary fourth-grade Baile Folklorica dancers practice at school, but this Saturday they will be performing in front of an audience at the Price Center's San Mercado Market. Daily Record file photo by Denise Cathey

San Mercado returns Saturday

From celebrating World Tai Chi and Qigong Day to Mariachi and Folklorico performances in honor of Cinco De Mayo, to a unique variety of vendor booths and art displays, the April installment of San

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The Randy Rogers Band will be closing down Cheatham Street Warehouse with a CD release party for the newly released album "Hellbent" on Saturday. Joining the Randy Rogers Band will be Shane Smith & The Saints, Read Southall and Grant Gilbert. Doors open at 5 p.m. and all ages are welcome – minors will be charged $5 at the door. For more information go to Cheatham Street Warehouse's website. Photo courtesy of Marushka Media

Randy Rogers Band releases 'Hellbent'

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Lion Denisa Burnham is hard at work airing inner tubes for the float. Each tube has a mesh bag attached to prevent littering. Daily Record photos by Stephanie Calvino

Lions get ready for tubing season

Each summer, thousands of visitors from all over Texas come out to enjoy the spring-fed San Marcos River, and the San Marcos Lions Club is expecting another busy summer this year.

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Chimney Swifts are small with slender bodies and very long, narrow wings. They have round heads, short necks, and short, tapered tails. Photo by Melissa McMasters/Flickr

Exploring Nature: Chimney Swifts

Chimney swifts are birds that enjoy close contact with humans, often nesting in chimneys just above the fireplace. If you are lucky, you’ll hear their soft, chittering calls as they

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Texas State University student and United Campus Ministry (UCM) member Evan Perez reads with an elementary student during a UCM mission trip to the border last Spring Break. UCM made another trip to Eagle Pass Friday to drop off collected donations for their Easter Mission Donation Drive. Photos courtesy of United Campus Ministry

Putting faith in practice

Holy Week – beginning with Palm Sunday – is generally a time for Christian believers to devote themselves to their faith, but this year United Campus Ministry (UCM) Pastor Todd


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