TO-DO LIST: 14 January and February events in and around New Braunfels

The fifth annual MLK Day March will take place Jan. 20. (Courtesy  New Braunfels MLK Association)
The fifth annual MLK Day March will take place Jan. 20. (Courtesy New Braunfels MLK Association)

The fifth annual MLK Day March will take place Jan. 20. (Courtesy New Braunfels MLK Association)

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Admiral William McRaven wrote "Sea Stories, My Life in Special Operations." (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
An evening with Admiral William McRaven

Jan. 16

Four-star Admiral William H. McRaven, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, will present his new book, "Sea Stories, My Life in Special Operations," at the McKenna Event Center from 6-9:30 p.m. $45-$125. 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-606-9595.

Rising Stars of New Braunfels Gala

Jan. 17

Celebrate the 20 rising stars of New Braunfels at this year’s gala. The event will include a social hour, served dinner, presentation of awards and the announcement of the 2019 Distinguished Young Leader Award. 6-9 p.m. $100-$125. The Milestone, 1723 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels. 830-625-2385.

5th annual MLK Day march

Jan. 20

Hosted by the New Braunfels MLK Association, the fifth annual MLK Day March will begin at the NB Civic Center and proceed down South Seguin Avenue to the Plaza before returning to the civic center. The University of Texas San Antonio Gospel Choir will sing, and the Herblock exhibit "The Long March" will be on display. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 375 S Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-708-6065.

2nd annual Girls Night Out

Jan. 23

Join the 2nd annual Girls Night Out at the Village Venue benefiting the Crisis Center of Comal County. The event will feature women-owned businesses and businesses marketed toward women. 5:30-10 p.m. $20-$50. 2032 Central Plaza, New Braunfels. 830-460-3500.

NBPAA presents 'Frozen Jr.'

Jan. 24-26

The New Braunfels Performing Arts Academy presents "Frozen Jr." at the Brauntex Theater. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Fri.), 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $15. 290 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-627-0808.

Hill Country Wedding Show

Jan. 26

Meet 60 vendors from the Hill Country at the Village Venue and see vendor showcases, live hair and makeup demos, a bridal fashion show and other entertainment. 1-5 p.m. Free. 2032 Central Plaza, New Braunfels. 830-460-3500.

Monthly Night Dive

Jan. 29

Hosted by Stone Oak Scuba each month, the night dive offers divers an opportunity to see nightlife in the Comal River at Hinman Island Park. Gear not provided. 7-9 p.m. Free. Hinman Island Drive, New Braunfels. 210-267-2027.

Money 101

Jan. 30

Learn how to manage money, plan for the future and build wealth with Five Rings Financial’s Money 101 event hosted by Dos Rios Mexican Bar & Grill. RSVP via email to 6-8 p.m. Free. 1281 N. Academy Ave., New Braunfels. 830-832-2682.


Feb. 7

Hosted by the Braunfels Foundation Trust, funds raised at Tablescapes will help to award 100 Career Tech Scholarships of $1,500 per recipient to graduating seniors. Attendees can view uniquely decorated tables created by local sponsors and volunteers. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $50. 561 Oasis St., New Braunfels. 830-837-5480.

Blingo Bingo

Feb. 7

Join Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels for a night of bingo benefiting local families experiencing homelessness. Prizes include jewelry donated by local businesses, such as Ernesto’s, San Anthony and others. 7-10 p.m. $50; for tickets visit 631 Lakeview Blvd., New Braunfels. 830-214-0024.

The Rugged Ranch Run

Feb. 8

Challenge your strength and endurance in an obstacle course 5K at Texas Ski Ranch with over 20 obstacles. 6:30-11 a.m. $25 (participating juniors 17 and under), $35 (participating adults 18), $35 (competing juniors 17 and under), $45 (competing adults 18 and up). 6700 N. I-35, New Braunfels.


Love the Run You’re With 5K

Feb. 8

Hosted by Comal Fit, the Love the Run You’re With 5K encourages runners to dress as a famous duo with their loved ones. 9-10:15 a.m. $10 (Comal ISD staff through Feb. 1), $15 (early registration through Feb. 1), $25 (Feb. 2-7), $30 (day of) 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels. 830-608-2160.

Beauty and wellness show

Feb. 8-9

The second annual New Braunfels Beauty & Wellness Show at the New Braunfels civic/convention center will feature presentations, fashion, shopping, and demonstrations about beauty and health from over 100 local organizations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). $5. 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-488-7814.

Duty to God Interfaith Hike

Feb. 9

On Scout Sunday, take part in the annual Interfaith Hike, which will include faith stops throughout the downtown area beginning at the McKenna Children’s Museum. Registration ends Feb. 2. 2-5 p.m. $5. 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 210-262-1449.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren Canterberry began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development and breaking news. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017.


Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

Three more Comal County residents have died, and 103 more COVID-19 cases were reported. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County reports three COVID-19 deaths, 103 new cases

Comal County confirmed July 10 the coronavirus-related deaths of three area residents, all of whom were residents of area long-term care facilities.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

More than 19,000 jobs were retained in New Braunfels due to the first round of federal PPP loans. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: More than 19,000 jobs retained in New Braunfels due to federal PPP loans

Small Business Administration data shows 1,806 New Braunfels businesses received federal assistance through PPP loans.

Comal and Guadalupe County registered voters can cast ballots July 14 at one of 40 combined polling sites. (Courtesy Pexels)
Election day voting for July 14 primary runoffs to be held at 12 polling locations

Election day voting for the July 14 primary runoffs will take place in Comal and Guadalupe Counties from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 40 combined polling locations.

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.

Comal County has reported a total of 18 coronavirus-related deaths as of July 9. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County reports three COVID-19 deaths, 50 new cases

Of the new cases, 33 are New Braunfels-area residents, and the county has reported a total of 1,142 confirmed and probable cases.

Person buring paper with a match
Burn ban to take effect in Comal County

The burn ban will go into effect at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 10 and will last for 90 days or until the fire danger recedes.

In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

New Braunfels Utilities previously announced that the aquifer was nearing Stage 1 drought conditions in May and June. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels to enter Stage 1 drought restrictions July 13

During a Stage 1 water restriction, sprinkler or irrigation system schedules are organized by address and are not permitted to be used on weekends. The areas serviced by the aquifer have not been in a drought stage since October 2018.

Council Member Harry Bowers will discuss pedestrian safety on Fredericksburg Road and more at the District 3 virtual forum. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels City Council member to host District 3 citizen forum

Council Member Harry Bowers will discuss pedestrian safety on Fredericksburg Road and more at the District 3 virtual forum.