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WEATHERING THE STORM

INITIAL COST ESTIMATES

New Braunfels Utilities ocials estimated the cost of the severe weather event last month to amount to nearly the entirety of its 2020-21 scal year budget with regard to power generation.

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or $82M of NBU’s budget spent in the month of February. 92.66%

NBU scal year 2020-21 budget: $88.5 M

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Beginning early Feb. 15, severe winter weather blanketed New Braunfels with ice and snow. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Areavaccine rollout gains steam a year after COVID19’s arrival

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One year after the rst coronavirus cases were detected in Texas, thousands of health care workers and vulnerable Texans have been inoculated with a vaccine for COVID-19 that was devel- oped in record time. As the local eort to vaccinate as many residents as possible continues, health ocials and city and county leaders have been working together to improve the process. “Partnerships are a big deal. We couldn’t do what we do without our city partners,” said Gentrea Hendrickson, the pub- lic health emergency preparedness coordinator for the Comal County Public Health Department. “The more partnerships you build, the easier and the quicker it is to start moving towards that mass-vaccination model.” In that spirit, the last several months have served as a guide for how to improve the process, according to many area health care CONTINUED ON 24

In Comal and Guadalupe counties, allocations of rst doses of COVID-19 vaccines have increased steadily since they were made available in December. Comal County Guadalupe County

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6 In April, Ron Snider, the owner of Krause’s Cafe, and his business partners, Frederick Heimer and Michael Meyer, plan to open the Farmers Public Market on the grounds of the existing Producers Co-op, located at 210 S. Castell Ave. According to Snider, the outdoor market will be registered with the Department of Agriculture as a Certied Texas Market and will be a member of the Go Texan program. Snider and his partners plan to expand the market into the existing co-op building in the coming months. 830-625-2381. www.producerstx.com 7 A new 7-Eleven location is under construction at 2505 I-35 at the corner of I-35 and Schmidt Avenue in New Braunfels and is expected to open in June. The new convenience store will include a taqueria and gas pumps and will be the sixth franchise location in the city. 800-255-0711. www.7-eleven.com 8 Pearl-E-White Haus , a teeth- whitening bar, will open at 176 E. Faust St., New Braunfels, in March. Hygienists at the establishment will provide teeth- whitening services in the oce, and the business will also oer at-home whitening options. 830-542-9577. www.pearlewhitehaus.com RELOCATIONS 9 Elliott Electric Supply is moving from its current location at 212 Lucinda Drive to an address not yet established near the Deer Crest subdivision o Hwy. 46 in New Braunfels. A representative of the electrical supply shop said the new loca- tion should be completely built within 12 months and will have more square foot- age. Elliott Electric Supply sells a range

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NOWOPEN 1 The Austin-based martial arts studio Academy of Western Martial Arts expanded into New Braunfels in February and now occupies a space inside the tness facility known as Sporthalle NB, located at 1153 N. Academy Ave., New Braunfels. The AWMA New Braunfels location is now oering classes in mixed weaponry, including swords in one hand and two hands. 703-634-3271. www.academyofwma.com 2 A second New Braunfels QuikTrip located at 3116 W. San Antonio St. opened in January. The gas station and convenience store chain has more than 800 locations

throughout the United States and opened its rst New Braunfels location in August 2020. 210-332-4025. www.quiktrip.com 3 On The Grind Coee opened its fourth New Braunfels location at 602 S. Walnut Ave. on Jan. 29. The coee shop operates six drive-thru coee stands in Central Texas and specializes in espresso drinks, pastries, Italian sodas and avored energy drinks. 830-310-1776. www.otgcoee.com COMING SOON 4 A new Starbucks location is slated to open in New Braunfels in fall 2021 and will be the city’s rst drive-thru location of the franchise.

The shop will be located at 2720 Loop 337, New Braunfels, within the New Braunfels Crossing shopping center that is under construction. Once open, the coee shop will seek to employ 35-49 employees, according to the spokesperson. www.starbucks.com 5 Two Rivers Running , a retail store centered on running that serves New Braunfels, is planning to open sometime in April. The store will be located at 564 Comal Ave., New Braunfels, and will pro- vide footwear, apparel, and accessories for runners and walkers. Information from the company states it will also oer training and coaching programs. 830-660-6820. www.tworiversrunning.com

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of products, from fuses to distribution equipment to lighting. 830-626-6880. www.elliottelectric.com EXPANSIONS 10 Casa Decor , located at 1671 S. I-35, Ste. 302, New Braunfels, expanded into another space in the same shopping center decoration store, which has locations in El Paso and New Braunfels, has been in business for more than 30 years and specializes in handmade rustic, Southwest, and Hill Country furniture and home accessories. 830-837-5648. www.casadecortex.com 11 The Guadalupe Brewing Co., locat- ed at 1586 Wald Road, New Braunfels, is planning to expand its operation by opening the Guadalupe Pizza Kitchen on the premises. A representative for the brewery said a soft opening for the pizza kitchen has been postponed to mid-March due to the mid-February winter storm. The initial focus for the pizza kitchen is going to be on lunches and pizza to go during the week, and the owners could add a delivery service in late spring. 830-837-9205. www.guadalupebrew.com Local nonprot Room Redux transforms the rooms of children in more than 20 cities around the world who have experienced abuse or trauma. Now, volunteers with the organization are transforming its headquarters by in the beginning of February at 1671 S. I-35, Ste. 308. The home constructing a new storage building and oce space o Schwab Road in New Braunfels. Through grant funding and volunteer time, the organization began

construction in fall 2020 on the two structures that will make up the new headquarters, according to Room Redux CEO and founder Susie Vybiral. 830-743-8320. www.roomredux.org ANNIVERSARIES 12 Connections Individual and Family Services , a private nonprot organization located at 1414 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, celebrated its 40th anniversary in January. The organization was founded in 1981 in New Braunfels, and its mission is to provide a safe and secure alternative to the streets for homeless, abused or at-risk youth. Though it was founded in New Braunfels, Connections now oers services in 17 rural counties. 830-629-6571. www.connectionsifs.org 13 New Braunfels Christian Church , located at 734 N. Loop 337, New Braunfels, celebrated its 50th anniversary in January. The church held its rst worship service Jan. 17, 1971, with 38 people in attendance and has since grown its ministry. New Braunfels Christian Church holds events that include Sunday School and worship services. 830-629-2202. www.newbraunfelschristianchurch.org 14 New Braunfels Training Center , located at 1398 Industrial Drive, Ste. A, New Braunfels, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in April. The training facility specializes in teaching its clients Brazilian jiujitsu and caters to both the recreational and professional athlete. The facility oers its customers a structured curriculum that allows for newcomers or returning practitioners to feel welcome. 210-488-3869. www.nbtcbjj.com

The grocery store expansion is slated to conclude at the end of 2021.

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FEATURED IMPACT EXPANSION The expansion of H-E-B on Walnut Avenue in New Braunfels is underway, set for a late 2021 completion. After being utilized by the New Braunfels Fire Department for training exercises Jan. 30, the shopping center connected to the H-E-B on Walnut has been reduced to rubble. Originally opened in 1994, the store is located at 651 S. Walnut Ave. and is one of three H-E-B locations in New Braunfels. In late 2020, tenants of the adjoining shopping center, such as T-Mobile and Sally Beauty, moved to a newly constructed building located at 665 S. Walnut Ave. and other locations throughout the city. On Jan. 29, the New Braunfels Fire Department announced that it would be conducting training activities in the empty retail space. After the training exercises concluded, the structure and a gas station that was located on the same property were demolished to begin an expansion project for the store. The roughly 76,000-square-foot grocery store will be enlarged to 110,000 square feet, according to Julie

Bedingeld, a representative of H-E-B. According to a ling with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the project is anticipated to cost $17.5 million, with an additional $1.6 million allocated for the construction of a new fuel station. The ling states work on the store is expected to be completed in late 2021, while construction of the fuel station is slated to begin in summer 2022. Bedingeld declined to comment regarding whether the store would close at any point during construction, and H-E-B has yet to announce if the location will become an H-E-B Plus. 651 S. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels Mon.-Sun. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. 830-608-0017

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When complete, the project on FM 306 will include a displaced left-turn lane and wider lanes to improve trac ow.

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the portion of FM 306 between Town Center Drive and I-35 is now expected to be completed in February 2022. Previously, a representative of the Texas Department of Transpor- tation informed Community Impact Newspaper that the work would be completed in March of this year before correcting the completion date to early 2022. The work is currently more than 50 percent complete and is part of the northern portion of the TxDOT I-35 Improvement Project. The proj- ect is estimated to cost $18 million. Crews recongured the north- bound exit ramp to FM 306 and the northbound entrance ramp south of South Kowald Lane before begin- ning work on the intersection. Once completed, the intersection will be converted into a displaced

River Road bridge construction Work on a bridge and overpass that will raise Loop 337 over the River Road intersection has begun with the con- tractor mobilizing equipment, setting barricades and setting some low-pro- le barriers. The overpass, which is included in the Loop 337 expansion project, will begin west of the Rock Street exit and end west of the River Road intersection. Timeline: February 2021-23 Cost: $14.2 million Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation, New Braunfels

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left-turn lane, which will allow westbound left-turn trac to cross opposing trac before entering the intersection, according to TxDOT. The project will also include trac signal upgrades and the construction of sidewalks and curb lanes along the roadway.

Frontage road improvements, entrance and exit ramp upgrades, and trac shifts are ongoing near the FM 306 and I-35 intersection. Timeline: October 2019-February 2022 Cost: $18 million Funding source: TxDOT

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reconstruct FM 1101, installation of the turn lanes was delayed. Drivers can anticipate delays during construction and should use caution when traveling. Contracting rm Yantis is heading up construction on the turn lanes, and the project is anticipated to be

Boulevard and Rainy Creek, accord- ing to David Ferguson, media and communications coordinator for the city of New Braunfels. Right-turn lanes are being added to the roadway as part of the West Village at Creekside subdivision work, Ferguson said. Because construction began on the subdivision during a Texas Depart- ment of Transportation project to

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189 E. San Antonio St. is built as a home. 207 E. San Antonio St. is built.

173 E. San Antonio St. is built as an oce building. Modern Beauty Salon opens at 173 E. San Antonio St.

Once in A Blue Moon is at 207 E. San Antonio St. until its 2019 closing. Construction is anticipated to begin on the new development.

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and partial demolition of the other two properties. Structural engineers who inspected the properties determined all three to be dangerous and in need of safety updates, Schumann said, adding the design group determined that moving any of the buildings would be too costly to consider. “There was no way to occupy those buildings safely,” Schumann said. “What we’re trying to do is nd that happy medium between new con- struction and old construction.” At a New Braunfels City Council meeting in February 2020, the com- pany received the approval to raze all three structures to make way for the development and a rear parking lot. After news of the planned demoli- tion was announced, New Braunfels resident David Hartman approached the rmwith an oer to purchase and relocate the building located at 173 E. San Antonio St. Hartman, whose family has worked in the pharmacy industry in the city since 1850, plans to restore the building to house his collection of items from New Braunfels’ original pharmacies. After it has been renovated, the building will become the Historic Richter’s Pharmacy Collection and

On Dec. 15, the building that once sat at 173 E. San Antonio St. in down- town New Braunfels was relocated to its new home on the corner of East Coll Street and South Seguin Avenue. The property was originally built in the late 1920s and was used as an oce building for Landa Industries, according to Amy McWhorter, the city’s historic preservation ocer and downtown development coordinator. The rst public library in New Braunfels was also briey housed there, and in the 1960s it became Modern Beauty Salon until its closure in early 2020. Local development rmWoolsey Design Build purchased the property, along with two adjacent properties located at 189 and 207 E. San Antonio St. in 2019 before proposing new commercial and retail spaces with the goal of revitalizing the area. “I would say that [East] San Antonio Street is really the last street down- town that has not been brought up to speed,” said Matt Schumann, vice president of Woolsey Design Build. During a January 2020 meeting, the New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commission recommended a partial permit of demolition, including full demolition of 207 E. San Antonio St.

From left, 173, 189 and 207 E. San Antonio St. were built between 1850 and 1930. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

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On Dec. 15, 173 E. San Antonio St. was moved to East Coll St. before the remaining buildings were demolished. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The new development is expected to be constructed by the end of 2021. (Courtesy Woolsey Design Build)

will be open for tours by appointment. “I’m using my own private funds to restore the building,” Hartman said. “My project is to leave all of this to the citizens of New Braunfels.” The remaining two buildings were dismantled at the end of 2020, Schumann said, and added his team

is expected to submit their nal plans for review within two months. He hopes to begin construction in early spring and nish by the end of 2021. “We’re going to kind of capture what was there. We’ve learned a lot from going through all of the historic meetings,” Schumann said.

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News from Comal & New Braunfels ISDs

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Comal ISD installs new air- filtration units COMAL ISD New air-purication units have been installed at eight Comal ISD campuses in an eort to protect sta and students from the spread of COVID-19 and other highly transmissible airborne viruses. The units, which are manu- factured by the Houston-based company Integrated Viral Protec- tion, claim to be 99.9% eective at ltering and purifying air in high-trac areas such as hallways and cafeterias as well as smaller spaces such as classrooms. Each device costs $7,000, is mobile and can be moved during the day to areas of high concentra- tions of students and sta. “We have been using these units since last fall,” school board President David Drastata said in a statement. “This technology is

NewBraunfels ISDadds busesequippedwithAC NEWBRAUNFELS ISD During a Feb. 8 school board meeting, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees elected to purchase four new buses equipped with air conditioning to replace aging vehicles. With 35-40 buses transporting students and sta daily, only some are equipped with AC units. The district will pay $441,816 for four buses with AC already installed compared to $401,896 for four buses without the system. The buses will be primarily used for longer routes and trips, according to the district. Installing units on older buses would cost the district between $420,000- $480,000, and board members expressed concern that the cost would not be benecial as more buses will need to be replaced in coming years. During the meeting, the board discussed a plan to gradually replace older vehicles with new models that have AC units already installed as a way to avoid major upfront costs.

CLEARING THE AIR Integrated Viral Protection’s air- ltration units claim to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus and other airborne viruses in schools.

Air is absorbed into the unit. STEP 1

The air is sent through heated air lters. STEP 2

One of the air-purication units is shown at a CISD campus. (Courtesy Comal ISD)

a unique but valuable tool that improves the safety of our students and teachers during the pandemic.” Currently, more than 80% of the district’s students are participating in on-campus learning. Coronavirus-related policies that were established at the beginning of the school year remain in place as students and sta must continue mask wearing, physical distancing, and frequent cleaning of class- rooms and other spaces.

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The machine recirculates the clean air without changing the temperature in the area. The machines are equipped with a “boost circulation mode” for large, high-trac areas and a “quiet circulation mode” for smaller areas such as classrooms and libraries.

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All roads lead to Kissing Tree.

The Andersons came from San Antonio. The Matas moved from Austin. The Wills transplanted all the way from the East Coast. None of our residents were born at Kissing Tree, but they all came home to our 55+ active adult community as soon as they could. Now, they enjoy staying as busy as they want to be with pickleball, golf, and lots of fun at The Mix, our 20-acre amenity campus with a resort-style pool, an indoor lap pool, a biergarten, a club-style fitness center, cafés, and more. “We have made more friends in the last year at Kissing Tree than we’ve made in a lifetime,” Kathy A. said. “Everyone seems to want to get to know each other, and Kissing Tree has given us the amenities to be able to do that.”

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Comal & New Braunfels ISDs

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

Comal ISD Meets March 25 and April 29 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Office, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels 830-221-2000 • www.comalisd.org New Braunfels ISD Meets March 8 and April 12 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels 830-643-5705 • www.nbisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER NEWBRAUNFELS ISD The New Braunfels High School baseball stadium reopened in February for teams after major renovations were completed. The $1.1 million upgrades were funded by the district’s 2018 bond and included new bleachers and new concession and ticket buildings. DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS COMAL ISD During its March 2 meeting, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2021-22 school year. District staff utilized a survey to gather teacher and parent feedback to schedule Spring Break for March 14-18 and the last day of classes for May 27.

ISDs prepare forMay elections as NBISD begins search for newsuperintendent

CAST YOUR VOTE

Several school board and city council positions will be on the ballot during the May election. Here is how to be sure you can vote in Comal County. last day to register to vote APRIL 1

COMAL ISD, NEWBRAUNFELS ISD Five school board member posi- tions in New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD will be up for election May 2. Comal ISD Positions 1, 2 and 5—all single-member districts—will be up for election; those seats are currently held by Tim Hennessee, David Dra- stata and Michelle Ross, respectively. In District 1, Brittany Soto and Jerry Sauceda will face incumbent Hennes- see while Courtney Biasatti will run against Drastata in District 2. District 5 incumbent Ross will run unopposed in her re-election campaign. NBISD Positions 3 and 5—both single-member districts—will be included on the ballot; those seats are currently held by Eric Bergquist and board President Sherry Harrison, respectively. Bergquist has filed for re-election for Position 3 and will run against challenger John Porter. Harrison has not filed for re-election, and

newcomers Steve Minus, Brian Grenier and Betty Niven will run for the position. NBISD is searching for a new superintendent to replace Randy Moczygemba, who announced his retirement in January after more than 35 years in education, including 13 with NBISD. In February, the board of trust- ees selected JG Consulting to head up the district’s search for a superintendent. JG Consulting is an Austin-based firm that has conducted searches for more than 100 national and local school districts, including Austin ISD, Houston ISD and San Marcos CISD. According to the district, the firm was chosen in part because of the team’s experience conducting searches through primarily virtual formats during the coronavirus pandemic and their connections to national education communities.

APRIL 19-27 APRIL 20

in-person early voting period

last day to apply for ballot by mail

election day and last day to receive ballot by mail

MAY 1

SOURCE: COMAL COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

On Feb. 24, the district hosted a virtual town hall meeting in which residents had the opportunity to voice the characteristics and quali- fications they would like to see in a replacement superintendent.

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Comal County & New Braunfels

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

New Braunfels City Council Meets second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m. 830-221-4000 • www.nbtexas.org Comal County Meets Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. 830-221-1100 • www.co.comal.tx.us Guadalupe County Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. 830-303-8869 www.co.guadalupe.us MEETINGSWE COVER COUNTY HIGHLIGHT COMAL COUNTY After 40 years of service, the Community Resource & Recreation Center of Canyon Lake was recognized for outstanding service by members of the Comal County Commissioners Court on Feb. 25. NUMBER TOKNOW Separate tree-preservation ordinances—one downtown and the other within the Veramendi subdivision—could receive an amendment to include residential properties within historic districts during the March 8 New Braunfels City Council meeting. 2

Cellular coverage plan OK’d for Landa Park NEWBRAUNFELS Visitors to Landa Park will soon have better cellular coverage throughout the park and on the Wurstfest grounds. During a Feb. 22 meeting, New Braunfels City Council members approved a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless for the company to install and operate small cell equip- ment within the park. The equipment will be located on a new light pole that will be installed during the Elizabeth Avenue realign- ment project. Verizon will also be able to bring in its underground telecommunica- tions infrastructure from Landa Park Drive. The lease termwill last for five years, with the option of two five-year extensions. Annually, Verizon will pay the city $1,800 for the initial term and $3,000 for the extension terms. The city will also be compensated $360 annually for the use of electric- ity used to power the equipment.

SUBMITTING A PERMIT

with the weather event. Residents applying for plumbing permits or permits for work associ- ated with water or weather damage are asked to identify the project as “Severe Weather-Related Repair” on applications to have fees waived. Additionally, the city will pri- oritize and expedite the review of plumbing permits, inspections and plumbing contractor registrations for storm repairs. For additional information about the fee waivers and permitting, contact the New Braunfels Plan- ning and Development Services Department at 830-221-4050, or visit the department’s website. Access the city permit portal at www.nbtexas.org. Log in to the portal or create an account. Fill out your information, description of the work and identify the project as “Severe Weather-Related Repair.” Select the type of permit. Submit

Many households and businesses suffered damage during the winter storm in February. Here is how to access and apply for permits in the city.

SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

NewBraunfels to expedite permit and inspection process NEWBRAUNFELS Frigid tem- peratures and significant snowfall that impacted most of the state in February strained local utility capacities and damaged residential and commercial water systems. In an effort to minimize the financial impact of repairs res- idents will be undertaking as a result of the storm, the city of New Braunfels has announced plans to waive fees for permits associated

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SPRING BREAK CAMPS 1 Fischer Park Spring Break Nature Camp Campers will discover the great outdoors and catch spring fever. Camp- ers should bring a sack lunch, water bottle, change of clothes and sunscreen each day. Snacks will be provided. Sta are available for participant arrival at 7:30 a.m. and afternoon pick-up until 6 p.m. Preregistration is required. DAY Dates: March 15-19 Cost: $120 Ages: 6-10 Fischer Park Nature Education Center 1946 Monarch Way 830-221-4378 https://parksonline.nbtexas.org/wbwsc/ webtrac.wsc/splash 2 Healthy Kids Running Series Healthy Kids Running Series is a ve-week run- ning program hosted by Resolute Health Hospital. Each series takes place once a week and oers a variety of races. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points, and the boys and girls who accu- mulate the most points in their respec- tive distances will be awarded trophies at the end of the series. Registration fees for the running camp cover the entire ve weeks of the series. DAY SP Dates: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 and 9 Cost: $35 (before March 21),

3 Junior Golf Camp Participants will learn the history of golf, short game and full swing fundamentals, rules and etiquette. Campers are encouraged to bring their own golf clubs if possible but are not required to have their own set. DAY SP Date: March 17-19 Cost: $85 Ages: 7-12 Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs 180 Golf Course Road 830-221-4340 www.landaparkgolfcourse.com 4 Slumber Falls Spring Work Camp Campers can volunteer for a weekend of service projects around the camp such as carpentry, grounds keeping, painting and renishing oors. DAY Dates: March 12-14 Cost: free Ages: open to all ages Slumber Falls Camp 3610 River Road 830-625-2212 www.slumberfalls.org SUMMER CAMPS 5 All About the Bass Intermediate and advanced bass guitar players can spend ve days learning to be the glue of a band with this immersive camp focused on playing bass.

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Camp Rewind and more, Camp Minne- haha provides campers the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, sports, games, special events and more. Each participant must bring a lunch, water bottle, swim suit, sunscreen and a towel, and sessions will be limited capacity. DAY Dates: June 1-Aug. 20 Cost: $120 (per resident of New Braunfels per session), $130 (per nonresident per session) Ages: 5-12 Landa Recreation Center 164 Landa Park Drive 830-608-2167 www.nbtexas.org/parks themed summer theater camps that will focus on building performance skills, condence and teamwork. Each camp will conclude with a performance for family and friends. In-person campers will ad- here to health and safety protocols, and virtual camps will be available. ART DAY Dates: June 21-July 30 Cost: $125-$225, discounts available 8 Christian Youth Theater Camp Young thespians can join one of CYT’s ve

ART DAY Dates: Aug. 2-6

Cost: $300 Ages: 12-17 School of Rock New Braunfels 940 W. San Antonio St. 830-358-1110 www.schoolofrock.com

6 Calvary Camps Half-day, week-long camps from Calvary Baptist Church and Academy will be oered throughout the summer for children ages 3 to rising seniors in high school. Campers can participate in topical camps that focus on athletics, education, coding, survival skills, art and more. A+ ART DAY SP Dates: June 7-July 30 Cost: $150 (per camper per week, some camps will include additional fees for supplies) Ages: 3-5 years, rising 1st-12th grades Calvary Baptist Church and Academy 177 W. Klein Road 830-542-2424 www.cbatexas.org/camps 7 Camp Minnehaha Oering several themed sessions of day camp through- out summer, including Down on the Farm, Back in Time, Marvelous Magic,

$40 (after March 21) or $10 (for a single race) Ages: pre-K through 8th grade Resolute Health Hospital

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15 Lego Expert Instructors will lead young builders through projects and activities that incorporate physical sci- ence, math, engineering and creativity. Campers will work individually and as a team to construct robots, compete in tournaments and race against the clock to be the best Lego expert. Camp will be held from 2-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. A+ DAY Dates: July 26-30

830-221-4301 www.newbraunfels.libguides.com

for those facing nancial hardship (email md@cytsanantonio.org) Ages: 4-18 Christian Youth Theater 1389 Industrial St., Ste. C 830-302-2298 www.cytsanantonio.org/camps

12 Fictitious Foods Aspiring chefs will work to recreate recipes from well-known works of ction. Each day, campers will explore a dierent book, movie or game’s food and bring them to life to enjoy. DAY Dates: Aug. 2-6 Cost: $65 Ages: 9-12 Westside Community Center 2932 S. I-35 830-221-4301 www.newbraunfels.libguides.com 13 Fischer Park Nature Camp Campers will discover nature through ve days of fun-lled activities and citizen science in a safe setting. Each session will have dierent activities to introduce campers to the great outdoors and will include kayaking and shing. Campers must bring a sack lunch, water bottle, change of clothes and sunscreen each day. DAY Dates: June 1-Aug. 20 (each session of camp is Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) Cost $120 (per week) Ages: 6-10 Fischer Park Nature Education Center 1946 Monarch Way 830-221-4378 https://parksonline.nbtexas.org/wbwsc/ webtrac.wsc/splash 14 Landa Park Adventurers Explore all that Landa Park has to oer with visits to the Landa Park Aquatic Center, Panther Canyon, Landa Lake and the miniature golf course. Campers will play water games, have a paint ght and more. DAY Dates: July 19-23, Aug. 9-13 Cost: $55 Ages: 6-8 and 9-12

9 Cooks with Books Campers can put on their cooking hats and learn to make recipes from author Laura Numero’s “If You Give…” book series. DAY Dates: June 21-25, Aug. 2-6

Cost: $88 Ages: 9-13 Westside Community Center 2932 S. I-35 830-221-4301 www.newbraunfels.libguides.com

Cost: $55 Ages: 3-5 Westside Community Center 2932 S. I-35 830-221-4301

16 New Braunfels Christian Ministries Kids Club Students who have completed rst through fth grade can attend this summer camp hosted at New Braunfels ISD’s Memorial Elementary School. Pro- gramming will focus on adventure, spiritu- al growth and academic development and will be provided with breakfast, lunch and snacks. Registration will begin April 1. DAY Dates: June 7-July 30 Cost: $100 (per week per student) Ages: completed rst through fth grade Memorial Elementary School 1911 S. Walnut Ave. 830-626-7762 www.nbcm.org/summer 17 Pretty Princess Young campers will learn to make tiaras, what it means to be a princess, basic etiquette and even have a visit from a real princess. This four-day camp will be from 9-11 a.m. daily. DAY Dates: July 12-16

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www.newbraunfels.libguides.com 10 Das Rec Futsal Camp Campers will learn to play futsal, a fast paced, small-sided soccer game. Activities will include foot skill training, technical drills, small games and scrimmages. DAY SP Dates: June 14-18, July 12-16 Cost: $100 (per child ages 3-5 per week), $170 (per child ages 6-15 per week) Ages: 3-15 Das Rec 11 Fashion Designer-Talented Expressions Campers will learn design principles, sketching, color and pattern coordination, costume design and fashion history. Participants will be grouped into design teams for a variety of activities and create designs with patterned paper, ribbons, colorful sequins and more. ART DAY Dates: July 26-30 345 Landa St. 469-713-2737 www.challengersports.com

FEATURED CAMP Alla Prima Art Camps Young artists can participate in a variety of ve- day camps that each focus on a theme or art style such as: • painting camp • clay camp • dollhouse camp • drawing bootcamp • color camp • animal lover’s art camp • tropical paradise camp Camps are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.- noon or 2-5 p.m. and include supplies, snacks and instruction. Campers will take their creations home at the end of every week. ART DAY Dates: May 31-July 23 Cost: $225-$260 Ages: 5-13 1386 Industrial Drive, Ste. 100,

Cost: $65 Ages: 3-5 Westside Community Center 2932 S. I-35 830-221-4301 www.newbraunfels.libguides.com Continued on 20

New Braunfels 830-609-9292 www.allaprimaartstudio.com/ summercamps

Cost: $88 Ages: 8-12 Westside Community Center 2932 S. I-35

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