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Blanca Castillo hand sews the square scarlet skirt together that matachines wear as part of their regalia before dance practice at her home in San Marcos.​

Denise Cathey- Daily Record Staff Seated under a covered patio at her house, Blanca Castillo and her friends Irma Gaitan and Yolanda Zuniga are sewing dance costumes on a windy Sunday afternoon in San Marcos— but not just any dance regalia. They are... more

A procession of musical groups from San Marcos and beyond graced the stage on night one of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. For a full schedule of performers tonight and Saturday, visit sights-n-sounds.org. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter Sights & Sounds of Christmas opened Wednesday with temperatures in the 60s, but by the time the park closed for the night the thermometer registered in the upper 30s. Rain is forecasted for tonight and into the... more

Sophie Barnett and Ava Sepaugh program a 2D fabricator to print a 2D kirigami Christmas tree at the library's Maker Play event. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF SAN MARCOS.

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to the library for "Maker Play." This reoccurring children's activity from the Texas State University MAKE Lab is focused on exploring technology and bringing imagination to life with hands-on projects. Participants... more

Tis the season for visits with Santa Claus, and Annabel Gust got hers last weekend when the Jolly Old Elf’s stand-in made a stop at the Hays County Courthouse during the annual lighting ceremony. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Holding some of the food items are Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary Student Council members Bryan Martinez-Otero, Jewlysa Guerrero, Margarita Eufemia de Leon, Ellie Hurtado, Simon Gonzales, Misty Veltkamp, Kaitlynn Cadena, Lucas Gonzales, Alazeah Cavazos and Jessica DeLeon.

The De Zavala Elementary Student Council collected over 820 cans of food for the Food Bank’s Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign this year.

David Case, treasurer of Sights & Sounds of Christmas, faced a daunting task as he began to wrap a strand of lights inside the Wells Fargo-sponsored Tree Farm area of the festival, which in all will feature more than 900,000 LED lights.  DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Blanca Castillo hand sews the square scarlet skirt together that matachines wear as part of their regalia before dance practice at her home in San Marcos.​

A procession of musical groups from San Marcos and beyond graced the stage on night one of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. For a full schedule of performers tonight and Saturday, visit sights-n-sounds.org. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND

Sophie Barnett and Ava Sepaugh program a 2D fabricator to print a 2D kirigami Christmas tree at the library's Maker Play event. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF SAN MARCOS.

Tis the season for visits with Santa Claus, and Annabel Gust got hers last weekend when the Jolly Old Elf’s stand-in made a stop at the Hays County Courthouse during the annual lighting ceremony. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Holding some of the food items are Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary Student Council members Bryan Martinez-Otero, Jewlysa Guerrero, Margarita Eufemia de Leon, Ellie Hurtado, Simon Gonzales, Misty Veltkamp, Kaitlynn Cadena, Lucas Gonzales, Alazeah Cavazos and Jessica DeLeon.

David Case, treasurer of Sights & Sounds of Christmas, faced a daunting task as he began to wrap a strand of lights inside the Wells Fargo-sponsored Tree Farm area of the festival, which in all will feature more than 900,000 LED lights.  DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Get ready to build! Hands-on toys that teach are hot

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.

Play is how kids learn about the world around them, whether it’s a toddler throwing a ball or teens playing video games. It’s about seeing how things work and what happens when they do something. And over the years, toys have gotten more high tech to keep screen-obsessed children engaged with such play.

Last year’s Santa was Gary Campbell and sitting in his lap was Addison Aultman of Martindale. PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA COKER

Courthouse lighting ceremony is Saturday

The Hays County Courthouse lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in conjunction with downtown San Marcos “Shop Small” festivities that will feature unique, small business offerings for holiday giving. 

Downtown San Marcos will serve as the hub for Shop Small activities from noon to 5 p.m. Included in the day’s festivities will be free pictures with Santa, free giftwrapping for small business purchases made that day, giveaways, contests and more at the Hays County Historic Courthouse on the Square. 

The historic Hays County Courthouse provided the backdrop for the recent third annual Wine and Wassail Walk through downtown San Marcos. 

Music was provided by the Bar Ditch Hippies, who performed in romantic Kissing Alley, often with couples dancing nearby. The event featured 15 downtown stops where wines curated by Patio Dolcetto, homemade wassail and paired hors d’oeuvres were served. It was a great event to kick off the holiday season. On Saturday, downtown will be busy again with Shop Small activities from noon to 5 p.m. AT 5:30 p.m., the Courthouse lighting ceremony will take place. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Former city council candidate Lisa Marie Coppoletta with her signature sign. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY COLTON ASHABRANNER

Race over, Shark Rider remains

Colton Ashabranner- Daily Record Staff

Even though her campaign has ended, its artwork lives on.

Yard signs and buttons for Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who ran unsuccessfully for San Marcos City Council Place 2, show her standing on a giant prehistoric shark known as a megalodon.

The design was created by Lauren Hoffman, a local artist not specific to one medium. Hoffman has an extensive background in art she gained while attending Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She has also created logos for her radio show on KZSM (104.1 FM).

Why you should shop small this Saturday

Since its founding in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday has emerged as a major event for holiday shoppers who want to support their community.

In fact, a survey showed that customers spent a whopping $14.3 billion with small, independent businesses on the day in 2014, a strong indication of how the day is growing into a major American shopping tradition.

City gearing up for Black Friday traffic

Staff Reports

As popular as San Marcos’ outlet malls are all year long, they are much busier on Black Friday, and the city has taken steps to make sure visitors and residents are able to navigate their shopping easier.               

San Marcos first responders will step up their presence and traffic control by the outlet malls not just on Black Friday but over the course of the whole weekend.

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