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.


OMG Seafood opened for business on Dec. 13. (Courtesy OMG Seafood)
OMG Seafood now open on Moore Street in San Marcos

The Seafood restaurant features boiled crawfish, shrimp, crabs, corn, potatoes, sausage, fried catfish, fried shrimp and seafood gumbo.

Above are two projects that were flagged in a May 2016 internal audit of contracts the city of San Marcos awarded to The Fence Lady from Oct. 13, 2014, to Feb. 19, 2016. (Graphic by Rachal Russell/Community Impact Newspaper)
SPECIAL REPORT: City of San Marcos makes changes to purchasing policy after staff concerns

For multiple years, San Marcos employees have raised concerns about how the city does business with a local construction company, which has been paid more than $4 million for work since 2013.

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is one of many volunteer opportunities in the area. (Courtesy Jennifer Hayes/San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter)
2019 VOLUNTEER GUIDE: How to give back to the community in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from feeding the hungry to helping protect the environment.

Austin Regional Clinic has administered more than 84,000 flu vaccinations to date in 2019.
DATA: Austin Regional Clinic gave thousands of flu tests after Thanksgiving; second spike possible during holidays

Austin Regional Clinic gave more than 4,500 flu tests leading up to Thanksgiving.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opened at The Lyndon in San Marcos on Dec. 12 (Courtesy Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt)
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt now open at The Lyndon in San Marcos

The frozen yogurt shop will feature more than 50 flavors including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and personalized fro-yo cakes.

The project failed for resolution with 2-4 votes, with Council Member Ed Mihalkanin and Mayor Jane Hughson voting to support. (Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council votes against supporting tax credit for housing project

The developer of the Lantana project, Mission DG, was seeking a resolution of no objection.

Karen Chisum, head coach of Texas State University's volleyball team for 40 years, announced she will be retiring. (Courtesy Stephanie Schulz)
Texas State’s head volleyball coach of 40 years announces retirement

Karen Chisum, head coach of the volleyball team, is the longest tenured Texas State head coach.

Traci Anderson started her role as Buda's new EDC executive director Oct. 28. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Getting to know Traci Anderson, Buda's new Economic Development Corp. executive director

Anderson describes her role in the city as one moving piece that is part of a bigger puzzle.

This is the Estancia property that was purchased by Texas Children's on Dec. 10. (Courtesy Texas Children's Hospital)
Texas Children’s Hospital eyes further expansion in Austin with purchases of land

Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital has closed on the purchase of two plots of land in the Austin area.

Common winter allergies in Texas are caused by pollen from the Ashe juniper—also known as a mountain cedar. The tree is native to the area. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
As pollen counts rise in Central Texas, learn about cedar fever and allergy prevention

As temperatures cool heading into the winter season in Central Texas, pollen counts from Ashe juniper trees begin to climb, causing seasonal allergies referred to locally by residents as “cedar fever.”

Double Dave's Pizzaworks opened its first San Marcos location on Dec. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Double Dave's Pizzaworks now open on N. LBJ in San Marcos

The pizza joint offers delivery services and it also features sandwiches, wings, salads and desserts.

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