GUIDE: 7 things to do in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle in November and December

The Buda Turkey Trot raises money for the Hays County Food Bank. (Courtesy Buda Turkey Trot)
The Buda Turkey Trot raises money for the Hays County Food Bank. (Courtesy Buda Turkey Trot)

The Buda Turkey Trot raises money for the Hays County Food Bank. (Courtesy Buda Turkey Trot)

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The Arts Squared Market takes place every second Saturday of the month from March through December. (Courtesy Arts Squared Arts Market)
Through Dec. 1

See a big collection of tiny art

The artist-owned 218 Coop Gallery hosts a celebration of small-format art in its latest exhibition, "Tiny Art of Texas." Through this juried art show, judged by guest artist Catherine Lee, the gallery will treat its winning artist to a monthlong solo show in 2020. Work is on display during the gallery’s normal business hours. 3-7 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.). Free. 218 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos. 512-214-8004.

Nov. 23

Run for your Thanksgiving dinner

Hosted by the Bluebonnet Lions Club, the top three finishers in each division of the Thankful Turkey 5K will receive a turkey, ham and pie, all while raising money for local charities and youth programs. 9 a.m. (5K), 9:45 a.m. (kids run). Free (kids run), $30 (5K). First Baptist Church, 325 W. McCarty Lane, San Marcos.

Nov. 28

Try a turkey trot

The third annual Buda Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk that runs through the middle of the city on Thanksgiving morning and benefits the Hays County Food Bank. In addition to the 5K, presenter Hat Creek Burger Co. puts on a free kids sprint. 8 a.m. (5K check-in begins), 8:40 a.m. (kids sprint), 9 a.m. (opening ceremonies). $19.99 (ages over 64 and under 18), $34.99 (before Nov. 22), $40 (Nov. 28 on-site). Cabela's, 15570 S. I-35, Buda. 512-797-2523.

Dec. 3

See the symphony

Texas State Symphony Orchestra Evans Auditorium Part of the Texas State Ensemble Series, the Texas State University Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of award-winning professor and conductor Jacob Harrison. 7:30 p.m. $7 (Texas State students), $10 (children, seniors, military), $12 (adult). Evans Auditorium, 627 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-6500.

Dec. 3

Learn from the lake on World Soil Day

Part of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment’s Spring Lake Outdoor Academy, the World Soil Day event is meant to demonstrate the interconnections of the natural world and why we need soil tSo thrive. It will include a guided glass-bottom boat ride and interactive activities for students in grades K-12. 9:45 am. Free (children under 2), $8 (adults and children over age 2),. Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-9200.

Dec. 14

Taste the best of local chili and menudo

Papa Jack’s hosts the second of two Chili & Menudo Cook Offs benefitting the Texas Firewalkers, a nonprofit that assists families displaced by residential fires, first responder line-of-duty deaths and natural disasters. The one-day event is limited to 20 teams and will have both a judging panel and people’s choice awards n addition to a prize for best decorated booth. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (spectators), $15 (tasting wristband), $60 (entree fee for competition). Papa Jack’s, 108 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-7522.

Dec. 14

Attend the Arts Squared Arts Market

The San Marcos Art League hosts a day of culture and fun at the Arts Squared Arts Market, held every second Saturday of the month from March through December. Handmade, original artwork is on display by the artists along with live music, free yoga and tai chi, free arts and crafts for kids, and a farmers market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free to attend. Hays County Courthouse, 150 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-679-5059.
By Katharine Jose

Katharine Jose has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters and other subjects for The New York Observer, Capital New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was an editor for several publicat


Nellie's provides one-on-one appointments for dogs who may have special needs. (Courtesy Nellie's Dog Grooming)
Nellie’s Dog Grooming now open on Old RR 12 in San Marcos

The grooming shop offers all-natural and hypoallergenic products.

San Marcos City Council voted to buy 102 acres not far from Windemere Farms, also along Sink Creek, in 2017. (Marie Albiges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Windemere Farms partners with Colorado River Land Trust to preserve property

The land borders Sink Creek, which flows into Spring Lake.

The project will bring water from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer to San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and other consumers in the region. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Alliance Regional Water Authority begins construction on Buda-Kyle segment of regional water supply pipeline

The $213 million project will eventually supply water for San Marcos, Buda and Kyle.

Complete Autoworks opened Jan. 6 in Kyle. (Courtesy Complete Autoworks)
Complete Autoworks now open in downtown Kyle

The new shop opened on Front Street on Jan. 6.

Texas Disposal Systems presented a symbolic check for $1.5 million to the city of Kyle. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Disposal Systems renews contract with city of Kyle, donates $1.5 million to veterans memorial

Kyle City Council renewed its contract with Texas Disposal Systems and accepted a $1.5 million donation from the company at its Jan. 21 meeting.

The second opportunity for the community to give input in the transit plan will be Jan. 28. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of San Marcos seeks input from the community as it advances transit plan

Residents attending the meeting will have the opportunity to address the proposed transit redesigns routes and other concepts based on feedback from a previous community meeting back in Oct. 2

Residents of Hays County gathered Jan. 17 to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Permian Highway Pipeline opponents gather in downtown Kyle

Organizer Purly Gates said she hopes to make locals more aware of the potential impact of the project.

The new position will return Moreno to where she started her career in 1991. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Hays CISD hires Patty Moreno as first-ever fine arts director

Moreno began her career at Kyle and Tom Green Elementary schools.

Shipley Do-Nuts opened Jan. 22 in Buda. (Courtesy Shipley Do-Nuts)
Shipley Do-Nuts opens Jan. 22 in Buda

The doughnut and kolache shop opened on Main Street.

Melissa McCollum was hired as the new director of planning for Buda. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Buda hires Melissa McCollum as director of planning

McCollum has worked for the cities of Cedar Park, Georgetown, Bastrop and San Marcos.

The property has also been home to a minihorse named Shorty and a minidonkey named Spot. (Katharine Jose/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cross Plants and Produce closes Kyle shop and nursery

The owners have sold the property after receiving an offer on the land.

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