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CONNECTING WITH NATURE

Saturday is Earth Day, and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment will be hosting an event at Spring Lake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the 11th annual Earth Day San Marcos Festival, and they’re doing it big.There will be music facilitated by Chief and The Doomsday Device. He did the music for the Native Plant Sale, and his selections were amazing. He had me cruising through the Discovery Center with my wagon bopping my head while I picked up plants. But back to Earth Day, this is a family friendly event that is a chance to celebrate the local natural resources and connect with nature. You might also be connecting with some raindrops if you forget your umbrella as there is a 35% chance of rain for that day. Tiny Tails Small Animal Encounters will be on site. There will be a community clothing swap as well as food vendors. There will be free glass bottom boat tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a philosophy dialogue series from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A little birdie told me there will also be chances to do mindfulness activities around the lake to connect with Mother Earth. Happy 4/20 to my local San Martians.

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TAKE PRIDE

This weekend, y’all means all with OUTLaw Pride Fest bringing its fabulous second rodeo to San Marcos. Festivities kick off (yeehaw) on Friday at Middleton Brewing with Montana Sands playing from 5 to 7 p.m. From there, mosey over to Tantra where the Rock Bottom String Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Grab a drink at the Root Cellar with Julie Bouchard while waiting for the late night main event: KAIROS, a drag show hosted by San Marcos’ own Malibu Imported, starts at 10:30 p.m. at the Porch.

Festivities continue Saturday with Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund’s 14th Birthday Bash at Roughhouse Brewing from 1 to 5 p.m. The annual BPSF fundraiser will feature live music with Los Gatos 512, as well as a silent auction with all proceeds going to help emergent LGBTQ+ adults in the San Marcos area.

On Sunday, the Davenport will host a Country Drag Brunch plus a vendor market with vintage clothing and plants. OUTLaw Pride will wrap up Sunday night at Zelick’s with a songwriter showcase and after party. It’s going to be a fun, wild ride all weekend long.

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

The San Marcos Daily Record staff gives recommendations on what to do in our community

Call Her Wonder Woman

Texas State University student Bella Sera on the drums with her band Tough on Fridays.
Photos submitted by April Dawn Shinske

Call Her Wonder Woman

Percussionist Bella Sera.

Call Her Wonder Woman

When Bella Sera was growing up in Houston, Texas, she was tired of other kids calling her derogatory names due to her Marfan-syndrome-related tall stature, so she told them to call her “an Amazon” instead.

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PLANTS AND DANCE

If you missed the city of San Marcos’ Native Plant Sale and Sustainability Fair last weekend, there will be another chance to buy native plants at the Discovery Center, located at 430 Riverside Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Plants are priced by pot size: four inch pots are $3, one gallon pots are $8 and five gallon pots are $26. You don’t want to miss out because prices like these are literally unheard of, and it’s the perfect time to plant them in your yard; they tend to root and thrive better when planted in the springtime. Last weekend, I got a five gallon pot with a Mountain Laurel, which I cannot wait to watch develop into a beautiful tree. I also planted some Sage Red Salvia that smells so lovely. If you feel like getting your groove on, the local favorite one man band and winner of three different awards at the San Marcos Music Awards, Henry Invisible, will be playing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at Tantra. He will be playing there every Saturday this April as a matter of fact. If you haven’t seen Henry Invisible live, you definitely need to. He’s lively and fun and has a keen sense of how to make your body move!

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A SELF-CARE RESET WITH ANTONIO VIVALDI

Because of Monday’sexciting eclipse, this week has felt somewhat discombobulated. Everything I was supposed to do on Monday afternoon got shifted to Tuesday and so on, creating a kind of domino effect from which I still haven’t recovered. Therefore, this weekend might call for a reset with extra self care in the form of gardening, a hike in Lower Purgatory and a good, long run Sunday morning. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the recharge will continue with the inaugural performance of the Purgatory Creek Chorale Masterwork Chorus, an event held in partnership with the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and the Hays County Foodbank. PCC — a professional choir — will present “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. According to the event page, this Baroque masterpiece will transport listeners to 18th century Venice. An auditory vacation to Italy? Yes, please! Tickets are offered on a pay-what-you-can donation model; suggested donation is $10. Since the concert is also an official food drive for the Hays County Foodbank, non-perishable food items are welcome. The concert will be held at the Texas State University Performing Arts Center, 430 Moon St.

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

The San Marcos Daily Record staff gives recommendations on what to do in our community

VFW Auxiliary recognizes contributions of American women during WWII by celebrating Rosie the Riveter Day

VFW Auxiliary member Lorette Eiben dresses up as the iconic American role model, Rosie the Riveter, to commemorate Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21.
Photo by Bernadette Adams

VFW Auxiliary recognizes contributions of American women during WWII by celebrating Rosie the Riveter Day

Rosie the Riveter stands for the millions of women who left their homes for factories to keep the country’s manufacturing processes going during World War II. After decades of sustained activism, U.S. Congress heeded calls to dedicate March 21 to this cultural icon.

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