TO-DO LIST: 9 January and February events in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

The 2020 San Marcos STEAM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
The 2020 San Marcos STEAM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

The 2020 San Marcos STEAM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

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Join Adria Garcia for one of the new, hands-on Saute and Sip classes held in downtown Buda. (Courtesy Adria Garcia)
Jan 14

Lunch with other seniors in Kyle


Join one of the weekly lunches put on by the Kyle Area Senior Zone—which offers a variety of exercise classes, game nights and other social events—where seniors can have a nutritious meal, dessert and entertainment such as group games, sing-alongs, birthday celebrations, new member introductions and more. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. $3. Krug Activity Center, 101 S. Burleson St., Kyle. 512-618-3536. www.kasz.org


Jan 15

Learn about stormwater management



Put on by the Central Texas Stormwater Coalition, a group comprising stormwater managers from Kyle, San Marcos, New Braunfels and Texas State University, the third annual Texas Regional Stormwater Conference will allow attendees to learn about managing stormwater for construction projects, municipal operations, systems maintenance and other topics. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $50. Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle. www.txphase2ms4.com

Jan. 19

Learn the basics at a plant-based cooking class



Bring your own beverages and join Adria Garcia, who turned to plant-based cooking to heal her autoimmune condition, for one of the new, hands-on Saute and Sip classes held in downtown Buda. Attendees will learn basic knife skills and cooking techniques in addition to the health benefits of the ingredients. 11 a.m. $40. 100 Houston St., Buda. 512-910-5802. www.sauteandsip-buda.com



Jan 20

Celebrate MLK Day



The theme this year of the annual San Marcos celebration of Martin Luther King Day, hosted by the Dunbar Heritage Association, is “2020 Vision: Without a Vision the People Perish,” taken from Proverbs 29:18, according to the organization. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. LBJ MLK Crossroads Memorial Intersection at Martin Luther King Drive and South LBJ Drive, San Marcos. 737-999-0403. www.facebook.com/dunbarheritage

Jan. 24

Make the most of your drone


DHI Aerial Photography Academy’s Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington are on tour and stopping in San Marcos later this month for a day to help drone owners learn the rules of using drones and how to take better photos for personal or professional endeavors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $179. 808-264-0054. www.djiphotoacademy.com

Jan 30

Find out what seniors need to know


The San Marcos Senior Citizen Advisory Board and the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the ninth Senior Citizen Expo, where seniors can connect to goods, services, organizations, discounts, clubs and other resources in the area. The event will also have door prizes, vendor booths and a light lunch. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-393-8275. www.active.com/san-marcos-tx/classes/senior-expo-2020

Feb. 8

Let off some STEAM



The 2020 San Marcos STEAM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics with more than 70 exhibits and interactive activities in addition to performances and live music. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos. 512-393-5900. www.smtxsteam.com




Feb. 8

Run for a cause


Students, parents and community members will gather for the Science Hall Elementary Sun Run, a 5K and 1K that will raise money for Camp Champions. Top finishers in each age group will receive a medal. 6:45 a.m. (registration opens), 8 a.m. (5K), 9 a.m. (1K). $10 (1K, 5K for students 17 and younger), $20 (5K). www.athleteguild.com/running/kyle-tx/2020-science-hall-elementary-sun-run

Feb. 9

Get in touch with Celtic culture


The annual San Marcos Celtic Festival is a family-friendly, Celtic-themed event with music, dancing, shopping and activities. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. www.facebook.com/San-Marcos-Celtic-Festival-395210374244041


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