Best bets: March 15, 2017

Hill Country Writing Symposium

This gathering of Texas authors and writers held March 16-18 at the Wimberley Village Library offers insight into writing for fiction, nonfiction and poetry as well as sessions on publishing. The seminar is presented by the Texas Authors Institute of History, a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to Texas Authors. Topics include comedic writing, writing for a young audience, record keeping and more. See Writing.TexasAuthors.Institute for a list of sessions and schedule.

National Corndog Day

This annual celebration of America’s favorite food on a stick will be held on the downtown square in San Marcos on March 18 from noon to 3 p.m.  Celebrate corndogs with free treats and family-friendly fun.

Texas Night Sky Festival

Celebrate the Hill Country’s night skies at this annual festival March 18 at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Bring your whole family and your friends to a free celebration of the Texas Night Sky. Two-thirds of the U.S. population can’t see the Milky Way at night, and the fault lies not in our stars, but in our lighting. Join in fun citizen science activities, see the exhibits of good lighting you can have at your home or business, learn from the pros how to take pictures of the stars and explore the night sky. The event is free and open to the public. See www.texasnightskyfestival.org for more information.

Live on the Lawn

Live on the Lawn, formerly the Spring Concert Series, at San Marcos Plaza Park, will begin March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.. Each week will feature a different  sustainability theme and vendors, plus performances by awesome local musicians. The event is free and family-friendly.

Hooked On Fishing Spring Fishing Tournament

On Saturday, March 25, the city of Kyle will hold its annual spring fishing tournament  at Lake Kyle for all adults with a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License. This unique tournament will test your strategic ability to catch qualifying species of fish in Lake Kyle: Large-mouth bass, sunfish/perch and channel catfish. See www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/fishing-tournaments to register and for a schedule.

Considering Matthew Shepard

Texas  State University’s leading Choral ensemble  will  be performing “Considering  Matthew Shepard” on March 30 in Texas  State’s Evans Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  “Considering  Matthew Shepard” is a musical response to the tragic death of a young American boy, Matthew Shepard. Shepard was a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who was mercilessly attacked and tied to a fence in 1998. After being found the next morning by a biker who mistook him for a scarecrow,  Matthew was taken to the hospital in Laramie, Wyoming, where he succumbed to his wounds a few days later. Investigations into the murder strongly suggest that Matthew was murdered for his homosexuality, prompting communities all around the world to mourn.

Kyle Field Day

Kyle Field Day takes it back to the schoolyard for a high-energy weekend of throwback fun and friendly competition  at Gregg-Clarke Park March 31-April 1. Spend a weekend playing tug-of-war, dodgeball, capture the flag, human foosball and more. In between activities, teams can take a break in the beer garden, grab a bite to eat and browse vendor booths. Participants must be 21+ and teams must be co-ed.

Spring Fest 5K

Ring in the spring season with the  Manchaca United Methodist Church’s second annual Spring Fest 5K and Kids Dash. This fun race starts bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on April 1 at Menchaca Elementary School at Manchaca Road and FM 1626.  Rain or shine, bring out the whole family for this celebration and help raise money to create opportunities for students in area schools. Register at tinyurl.com/MUMCSpringFeAt.

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