GUIDE: 9 September and October events in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

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SEPT. 17

LEARN HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE SAN MARCOS RIVER

San Marcos residents who would like to learn how to improve water quality can take part in the Texas Watershed Steward Workshop, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is also helping organize the workshop. 1-5 p.m. Free. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 979-862-4457. www.tws.tamu.edu

SEPT. 21

COOL OFF AT THE POOL WITH CANINE PALS IN KYLE

The city of Kyle’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Doggy Dive Inn at the city of Kyle pool. All pets must be people- and pet-friendly, and owners will be required to clean up after their pets. Shaggy Dog Market, along with Pups and Mutts—sponsors for the event—will be hosting raffle drawings. All proceeds will go toward the Ash Pavilion Project. 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $10 for up to 200 people. 1100 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-3939. www.cityofkyle.com/recreation

SEPT. 27 OKTOBERFEST

Growler Express is hosting its second-ever Oktoberfest Party in September. The taproom, which opened in Buda in May 2018, has 24 different craft beers on tap and will allow people to fi ll up on their growlers. Growler Express also serves a variety of wines. 4 p.m.-midnight. Growler Express, 1567 Main St., Ste. 800, Buda. 512-361-0911. growlerexpresstx.com

SEPT. 28

SUPPORT 4TH GRADERS AT FUENTES ELEMENTARY

To help send its fourth grade students on a trip to Camp Champions, Susie Fuentes Elementary School is hosting the Race for the Stars 5K and 1 Mile. The school will also collect donations for the Kyle Law Enforcement Association during registration. There will also be T shirts on sale for those who are not running. 7:30 a.m. (5K race), 8:30 a.m. (1-mile race). $10 (5K students 18 and under, 1 mile), $20 (5K adults). 901 Philomena Drive, Kyle. 512-268-7827. www.hayscisd.net/fes

OCT. 12

WALK AND RAISE AWARENESS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Alzheimer’s Texas is hosting the 12th annual Hays County Walk to educate the community about the organization’s mission to aid those who are affected by the disease. The walk is also a fundraiser in which participants can raise money for various prizes, such as shirts and medals. All funds raised stay in Texas. 8:30-11 a.m. Free (registration). San Marcos City Park Recreation Hall, 170 Charles Austin Drive, San Marcos. 512-241-0420. www.txalz.org/walk

OCT. 19

2019 PET FEST

Pet Prevent a Litter of Central Texas will hold a day of live music and pet-themed events, such as the PetFest 5K and silent auction. PALS is asking for donations of money and dry pet food. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-754-7257. www.preventalitter.com

OCT. 19

JOIN THE EFFORT TO BETTER FACILITATE POLLINATORS

The San Marcos Discovery Center is hosting its second-ever Monarch Fest and Native Plant Sale, where people can hear from conservation organizations about the importance of pollinators. Participants can also purchase native plants to build their own butterfly garden. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 430 Riverside Drive, San Marcos. 512-393-8327. www.sanmarcostx.gov

OCT. 19

COMMEMORATE KYLE’S FOUNDERS DAY WITH CAKE

The city of Kyle will be celebrating the city’s birthday with the Kyle Founders’ Parade, which will proceed through downtown Kyle and end at Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park. Each year, the city gathers to sing happy birthday and gives out birthday cake to attendees. This year’s theme is “A Slice of Kyle.” 10 a.m. Free. Parade-watchers should gather along Center Street between Gregg-Clarke Park and City Square Park. 512-262-3939. www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/
kyle-founders-parade

OCT. 19-20

SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW

Indigenous Cultures Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to Coahuiltecan history and culture, is hosting its Sacred Springs Powwow, a festival of Native American music, dancing and art. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Oct. 19), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 20). Tickets prices vary. 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos. 512-393-3310. www.sspowwow.com

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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 publications in New York City before she moved to Texas, and has a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Texas-Austin.
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