Lauren Friesenhahn

U.S. Marine band to perform on campus

A group of 50 multitalented musicians will line the Evans Auditorium stage Sept. 25 to perform patriotic selections for the crowd.

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, hailing from San Diego, will visit San Marcos as a part of their college tour across Texas.

Robert Marroquin, gunnery sergeant and musician placement director for the Eighth Marine Corps District, said the tour will make stops at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran University and The University of Texas at Austin in the coming days.

Andres Navarro, chief warrant officer 2 and band conductor, said the group is made up of a wind ensemble and concert, ceremonial and party bands.

Wimberley glass studio delights customers

Tucked away between the rolling hills of the Wimberley countryside lies a unique studio specializing in custom glass creations.

Tim DeJong, owner of Wimberley Glassworks, discovered the art of glassblowing while studying pottery at Alfred University in New York.

DeJong visited Wimberley on vacation after graduating from Tyler’s School of Art at Temple University and decided it was the perfect place to set up shop.

In 1992, he moved to the Hill Country and started Wimberley Glassworks.

Eight great date places in San Marcos

San Marcos offers a plethora of cuisine and outdoor adventure options for couples looking to escape their daily routine.

Below is a list of fun ideas for a date with that special person.

  1. Palmer’s Restaurant, Bar and Grill

Palmer’s features a decorative outdoor courtyard surrounded by trees for those wishing to take advantage of the fall weather. Students searching for a more intimate setting can reserve a table inside.

Kyle Easterling, Palmer’s manager, said the restaurant’s quiet atmosphere makes it the perfect date destination.

SACA events to watch out for

The Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) is responsible for supplying students with some of Texas State’s largest events of the year.

Shannon Hetland, student operations coordinator, said SACA is best known for hosting a week’s worth of events during homecoming in the fall and Riverfest in the spring.

“The biggest event that we have coming up is actually going to be homecoming, and that’s going to be at the end of October and beginning of November,” Hetland said. “That whole week we have things going on.”

Hetland said a portion of homecoming events include a spirit rally, a three-on-three basketball tournament, the PowderPuff Football competition, a box car derby and a homecoming court featuring members from each student classification

Community event draws in creative crowd

Students and San Marcos residents gathered at Zelicks Icehouse Aug. 30 for a night of art, shopping and music.

Martian Culture, inspired by ‘San Martian,’ a term used to describe locals, is a social gathering held on the last Sunday of every month in an effort to immerse attendees in local culture.

Daniel Currey, Zelicks manager and co-creator of the event, said he and Jody Cross, Martian Culture manager, came up with the idea last year.

“It started up based on a few other art events we had been seeing around and we just really wanted to create something for the community here in San Marcos,” Currey said.

Currey said he wasn’t sure how the event would be received when it first started.

Recreation center offers free class event

Students looking to get fit and learn more about exercising resources on campus can head to the Student Recreation Center on Sept. 2 for the largest free fitness camp of the semester.

Jenevieve Struk, Campus Recreation fitness coordinator, said Texas State hosts the Fall Fitness Frenzy event every year to spread awareness about what services they offer. She said the event usually sees about 150-200 students each year. This year, the event will start at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m. and will be on court two of the rec center.

Struk said the class will feature a variety of workout options.

New murals help keep San Marcos beautiful

A new program is bringing artists from around the city together in an effort to reduce graffiti and inspire creativity.

Lisa Morris, San Marcos recreation manager, said the San Marcos Mural Arts program has been hiring artists for the past year to paint murals on private property around the city. She said the program was designed to help eliminate graffiti while also encouraging creative expression.

Morris said the city has allocated $30,000 for the program.

Amy Kirwin, solid waste coordinator, said applicants were asked to sketch out their ideas and present them to the programs committee for a final vote.

Two artists have painted murals so far, and Kirwin said a third is currently in progress.

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