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A Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held for San Marcos School Fuel on Thursday, Oct. 8. School Fuel is an organization that gathers healthy snacks for school children to eat during the weekend. Seventy-five percent of children in the San Marcos CISD are on free or reduced-lunch fees. Many of these children go home on the weekends to little or no food available for them to eat. They return to school hungry the following Monday. (photo by San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors)

Jenny Mangrum, president of the board for School Fuel, explains the volunteer program to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The community-wide project depends on volunteers representing different organizations, denominations and societal groups. They are all united by the love for the community’s children and their educations. Children are more able to focus on learning if their stomachs are full. (photo by San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors)

Lina Robertson enjoys a story with her children, Luciana and Santiago, in the Babies Need Books program at the San Marcos Public Library. Children’s librarian Ashley Schimelman shares her love of reading with babies, toddlers and caregivers. (Photo by San Marcos Public Library)

Reading to children benefits their growth

We all know that reading to our chidlren is a good thing, but are you aware of all the benefits of making books an important part of your children’s lives?
As a parent, you have the power to enhance your child’s imagination, communication, literacy skills, critical thinking, concentration and discipline just by enjoying reading and storytime activities with your little one.

Master stone carver Cat Quintanilla will give headstone-carving demonstrations on Saturday, Oct. 17 during the Fourth Annual City Cemetery Tales and Tours hosted by The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery and the Heritage Association of San Marcos. (photo by the Heritage Association of San Marcos, Inc.)

City Cemetery Tales and Tours to feature stone carver’s artistry

Integral to the Fourth Annual City Cemetery Tales and Tours on Oct. 17 are the compelling stories of former citizens along with headstone-carving demonstrations.
Hosted by The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery and the Heritage Association of San Marcos, the fascinating event will feature the artistry of world-renowned master stone carver Cat Quintanilla.

Answers to go with Susan Smith: True crime books are popular

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information.  “Answers To Go” highlights recently received questions. Please visit the library at 625 East Hopkins, call (512) 393-8200 for information over the phone, or email the library through its website at
Q. I just saw the movie, “Black Mass.”  I think it was based on a book.  Do you have the book?

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Birding festival set for Nov. 4

Looking at recent bird reports from around the state, I was impressed with sightings from the Rio Grande Valley area, including a golden-winged warbler in Port Aransas, a collared plover near Mission and a northern beardless tyrannulet at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.
If you’d like to search for these neat birds, and many others, you’ll have a golden opportunity at the 22nd Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival scheduled for Nov. 4 through Nov. 8 in Harlingen.


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