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April 24th, 2009
Doggett to speak at Earth Day celebration


U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), along with San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley), Texas State President Denise Trauth and River Systems Institute Executive Director Andrew Sansom, will be at Texas State’s 3rd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration, on April 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Doggett will deliver the keynote address. The event will feature a bilingual and Native American blessing of the river, and the unveiling of a solar powered glass bottom boat and solar powered vehicle, donated by BP.

Thirty informational boots will be set up on the shores of Spring Lake, and 20 vendors will be present selling handmade crafts and goods.

A lineup of local and Native American musical entertainment has been planned, as well as performances by a youth dance group and Aztec dancers. The Indigenous Cultures Institute will also provide a Native American musical experience called “Songs of the Seven Directions.”

Snacks and drinks will be available from San Marcos restaurants. The free event is made possible by the support of the following sponsors:

Gold level sponsors: Hays County Commissioners Court, City of San Marcos, Texas State Department of Geography, the Environmental Services Committee, University Seminar, Indigenous Cultures Institute and Tanger Outlets.

Silver level sponsors: National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Timberland, Half-Price Books and the Native American Student Association.

Also, large groups of volunteers from NAEP, Timberland and The Texas State Recreation Department will help make the event run smoothly.

Other recreational activities include Glass Bottom Kayak tours of Spring Lake and $2 off coupons for Glass Bottom Boat tours in exchange for 10 aluminum cans. A master naturalist guided hike in Spring Lake Preserve, just up the hill from the lake, will expose visitors to the newly acquired greenspace.

The celebration will be followed by the Department of Geography alumni reunion and a celebration of Dr. Byron “Doc” Augustin’s career.

For more information, or to register for kayak tours, go to this website.

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  1. Come on over to Aquarena for the festivities today! Even if you only have a short amount of time, it is well worth stopping by to check things out. Hope to see you there!

  2. Thanks to all who worked hard on the Earth Day Celebration.

    The indigenous cultures put together a great show and blessing of the river. I really enjoyed the “fry bread” and buffalo soup.

    Steve Harvey is doing some wonderful work with recycling in San Marcos. I applaud his vision of including multi-family housing in the recycling process.

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