City facilities will remain closed to the public through the end of February but the City will offer the following virtual, drive thru, and socially distanced special events for residents.
February Extended Events
Book Reading Contest – Virtual. Free. Calling all book lovers! Join us for a reading contest during the month of February for adults 18+. Readers will track their reading on the Reader Zone app. The top reader, determined by the person who logs the most pages, will win a San Marcos Public Library tote bag! All other participants will be entered in a drawing, where one lucky reader will also win a library tote! *Anyone (18+) is welcome to participate, but you must be a San Marcos Public Library card holder to win prizes.* Learn more at www.sanmarcostx.gov/library.
Tales on the Trails – Socially distanced. Free. Styx Trail at Upper Purgatory Creek Natural Area, 1753 Valencia Way. Family-friendly storybook trail walk featuring Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds. City partnership with Community Action, Inc. The story will be set up through February 28. Learn more at www.sanmarcostx.gov/youth.
Wander Through Winter – Virtual. Free. Five-week challenge. A weekly challenge will be shared on the SMTX Community Services Facebook page Monday mornings through February 22. Those who complete at least three of the five challenges and submit photos to the Google form will have a chance to win a prize. Learn more at www.sanmarcostx.gov/youth.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
50+ Parking Lot Bingo - Valentine Edition – In car, socially distanced. Free. 1 p.m. San Marcos Activity Center, 401 E. Hopkins. Snacks, prizes, and bingo cards provided. Bring your own bingo marker. Sponsored by WellMed. Pre-registration is required. Call 512-393-8275 or email Nick Riali at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Hot Spot Street Sweep – Socially distanced. Free. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Victory Gardens Neighborhood; Meet at 300 Roosevelt (Victory Gardens Park). Litter clean up. For more information, contact Amy Thomaides at email@example.com or 512-393-8419.
February 7 – 13, 2021
Baby Day – Virtual. Free. Statewide celebration of babies and toddlers featuring various early child development activities, including: infant and toddler yoga, music classes, dancing, curated art, story time, and more. Presented by First3Years. Learn more at www.sanmarcostx.gov/youth.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Emancipet Regional Low-Cost Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic – Socially distanced. 8 a.m. to noon. Services are low-cost, but not free. San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, 750 River Road. All surgeries require an appointment. Please call Emancipet at 512-587-7729 to schedule your appointment and tell them you're coming to the San Marcos Mobile Clinic. Services are for animals receiving spay/neuter surgery only. Learn more at www.emancipet.org.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Your Library Loves You! – Drive thru. Free. 10 a.m. to noon. San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins. Valentine’s celebration for children and families. Pick up your books on hold, a special Valentine craft kit, and enjoy bubbles, decorations, music, and costumed library staff from the comfort of your car! Learn more at www.facebook.com/events/120852059903666/.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
50+ Cupid's Curbside Treats for Seniors – Drive thru. Free. 1 p.m. San Marcos Activity Center, 401 E. Hopkins. Treat pick up for adults ages 50 or better. Registration ends on Friday, February 5, 2021. Sponsored by Brookdale San Marcos North and Heart to Heart Hospice. Pre-registration required: www.sanmarcostx.gov/activesmtx.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Brush Drop-Off – Drive thru, socially distanced. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free and open to San Marcos Utility customers; must bring a copy of utility bill and drivers’ license to prove residency. 750 River Road. Materials accepted are leaves, tree limbs and tree trucks; no trash or litter. For more information, contact Resource Recovery at 512-393-8407 or RecyclingInfo@sanmarcostx.gov.
Facilities remaining closed to the public through Feb. 28, 2021 include all buildings in the City Hall complex, the Activity Center, the Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, the Public Library, the Grant Harris Building, the San Marcos Tourist Information Center, the Discovery Center, and Utility Billing counters at the Municipal Building and the San Marcos Electric Utility Office. Facilities are tentatively scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday, March 1, 2021. This timeline will be reevaluated later in February.
City staff will continue to be available to assist residents by phone, email, curbside services, and utility billing drive-thrus during regular business hours. City offices will be closed for all services on Feb. 15, 2021, President’s Day. City parks and natural areas will remain open to the public and patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a mask when around others not in their household.
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