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Check Out These Mini-Golf and Disc Golf Courses Near Kyle

Big news for Kyle. Texas! They will have not one, not two, but three opportunities for golfing! And each one has a unique theme. Meet the disc golf and two mini-golf establishments that are open or coming soon to Hays County.

Memorial Mini-Golf and WWII Museum

You get two cool things in one place at Memorial Mini-Golf and Museum in Buda (1710 Farm to Market 1626, Buda, TX 78610), which is fewer than 10 miles away from Kyle. The museum wants to educate people about the Greatest Generation. They believe that no other war in history affected the entire world like World War II did as the website says:

“It was people who knew the difference between right and wrong/good vs. evil uniting and not backing down. When the USA joined in the fight, our military was ranked #18 in the world…behind Romania.”

The museum wants to honor ordinary people who did the extraordinary. And at the same time, they want to give families a place to go to have fun. And that place is on their mini-golf course. The mini-golf course blends history with each hole dedicated to a veteran of WWII, Korean War, or Vietnam. See photos of the course on Memorial Mini-Golf and WWII Museum’s Facebook page.

The Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Course

Now for a mini-golf of a different kind. The Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Course (3115 Hilliard Rd., San Marcos, Texas) offers disc golf, which combines mini-golf with flying discs. Instead of relying on golf clubs, you trade them for a more powerful tool: your arm. You’ll throw frisbees across four acres of land trying to get them into the basket instead of a hole.

The Flying Armadillo has two 18-hole courses and practice baskets. They also have a family-friendly mini-course that’s a par 2. If throwing discs isn’t your thing, you can try your hand at shuffleboard, foosball, bocce ball, cornhole, or pool (the billiards kind). You can cheer for your companions by catching the action from an observation tower. For the latest news, visit the Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club Facebook page.

Putt Pub

Also in San Marcos within walking distance from Texas State University is the Putt Pub (307 S LBJ Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666). This one features an 18-hole mini-golf course filled with obstacles, games, and good vibes. The venue has two bars, indoor and outdoor seating, and food trucks.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to play mini-golf is 16 with a guardian. To join the 21+ crowd, come after 6 pm. Check out the videos of the mini-golf course on Putt Pub’s Facebook page.

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Keep It Kyle: Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club

Looking to try something new and different in Kyle, Texas? How about disc golf? It only takes 20 minutes to get to Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club in San Marcos. This is a full-service disc golf venue and pro shop. You don’t have to be an athlete or have experience to enjoy disc golf.

What Can You Do at Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club?

The club offers more than disc golf. You can play Bocce ball, shuffleboard, foosball, cornhole, and pool. You can watch the action from a four-level observation tower. It’s also a great spot to take photos. A playscape, cooking grills, outdoor showers, and camping are available. Bring your pets as the facility is pet-friendly.

Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club has two 18-hole courses and practice baskets. One is a family-friendly par 2 Mini Course. Udisc ranks it as No. 34 in the world. Think of it as mini golf for disc golf. On average, the holes are 100-feet long. It’s perfect for beginners and kids. Like mini golf, they have themed holes like the pond, tank, and Alamo holes.

The other is a 6,000-foot Big Course. Ranked 84th in the world by UDisc, the big course is a great way to explore the Texas Hill Country terrain. You’ll see giant oak trees and creek beds while traipsing across ever-changing elevations. All the baskets contain solar lights for night rounds.

Snacks and drinks are available. Beware it’s BYOB. Occasionally, they have onsite food such as BBQ.

What Is Disc Golf?

Like its name, disc golf resembles the golf everyone knows. Except, instead of a set of clubs and golf balls, players use a flying disc better known as Frisbee. In golf, the goal is to get the ball to the hole in the fewest strokes possible. The same goes for disc golf. Instead of hitting the ball with a club, you throw the disc.

Of course, a disc golf course will feature obstacles. Instead of sand traps and water, discs can end up in shrubs and trees. The player must make the next throw from the position where the previous throw landed. Elevated metal baskets are the “holes” in disc golf.

Go on and give it a try. They’re open seven days a week. Get some fresh air. For the latest news, visit the Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club’s Facebook page. The address is 3115 Hilliard Rd., San Marcos, Texas 78666.

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A Tuna Christmas: The Comedy You Didn’t Know You Needed

“A Tuna Christmas” is not a can of tuna with a Christmas-themed label. Not even close. It’s what you get when you add a heaping dose of season’s greetings with Greater Tuna. Jaston Williams and Joe Sears are the people behind all the Tuna productions.

What Is Greater Tuna?

And they’re back with another hilarious show. The two actors take on the roles of all citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. Apparently, Tuna is the place where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline lives on forever.

“A Tuna Christmas” takes place 24 hours before Christmas. Clearly, it’s Christmas Eve. The eccentric characters are trying to cope with the traumas of the season. Apparently, their little theater production of “A Christmas Carol” was a disaster. And a mysterious Christmas phantom sabotaged their yard-decorating contest.

What to Expect When Attending the Show

Nothing normal ever happens where Greater Tuna is involved. So, masks are required even while sitting in your seat. And no concessions will be available. Fill up before you go to the show. There will be empty seats to separate groups and empty rows every other row. What did we say? Nothing is normal when it comes to Greater Tuna.

There will be temperature checks at the door. The theater has hand sanitizer for every attendee. Employees frequently sanitize surfaces. The show is less than an hour from Kyle in Georgetown at The Georgetown Palace Theater (810 South Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626).

The show runs through December 20. If you’re craving another live show, check out Tidings and Tinsel: Holiday Hits from Broadway at the same theater. Information and tickets for both shows are available at the Georgetown Palace Theater ticketing page.

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Central Texas Food Bank and Volunteering

It’s a challenge these days to volunteer. Fortunately, nonprofits like Central Texas Food Bank have found ways to allow people to volunteer safely. In working with the food bank, you’ll be helping Texans affected by COVID-19.

Established in 1982, the Central Texas Food Bank’s mission is to help those in the community in need of food. While Central Texas is among the fastest-growing regions in the U.S., many members of the community are struggling. They have to make difficult choices due to the increasing costs of housing, transportation, healthcare, and utilities.

About the Central Texas Food Bank

Two-thirds of the people the food bank serves have to decide between food and paying for housing. And 80 percent have to choose between food and medicine. Hunger affects working families, retirees on fixed incomes, non-traditional guardians of children, people with disabilities, and the chronically ill. Almost 25 percent of children in Central Texas live with food insecurity.

Working with Partner Agencies in 21 counties in Central Texas, the food bank has delivered almost 40 million pounds of food to a family in need in the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year. This is an average of 200,000 individuals every month!

They have a 4,200-square-foot kitchen to prepare meals from scratch for multiple programs, offer culinary job training, and create volunteering opportunities. The kitchen combines meal preparation and job training to improve people’s employment options and reduce the problems that lead to hunger.

They also have a garden with 36 different crops. Adults can sign up for gardening classes and learn how to grow and harvest their own food. The nonprofit also does advocacy and supports other programs such as Fresh Food for Families, Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE), Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and more.

How to Volunteer

One of the easiest and safest ways to help the food bank is to donate. Every $1 provides eight meals! Some companies can match your donation. So, check with yours to see if they’ll do it. You can also shop to give. Here, a percentage of your purchases will go to the food bank. It’s possible you may already shop at some of these businesses.

When you volunteer with Central Texas Food Bank, you have a few options. Be aware that the minimum age to participate varies based on activity. All minors must be accompanied by an adult from their household who is at least 21 years old. The first thing to do is to register with the system. Every volunteer, including minors, needs an account.

You can volunteer at a Mobile Food Pantry. This involves distributing food and providing service to clients. Volunteers assist with setup and teardown at the distribution site. Warehouse volunteers inspect, sort, clean, box, and prepare donations for distribution.

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Access City Services with the New City of Kyle Mobile App

When you’re not at your laptop or desktop, where do you get your City of Kyle information? Go to the website on your mobile phone? Great news! There’s an easier way to do it. Now you can do a lot of things from your iOS or Android phone with the City of Kyle App!

Kyle Chief of Staff Jerry Hendrix says the growing preference for accessing information on smart phones compelled the City to create the mobile app.

The app features include the following:

  • News & Information: Obtain the latest City of Kyle news and updates.
  • COVID-19 Information: Review the latest COVID-19 statistics for Kyle and Hays County as well as updated information on State and County Orders, City Operations, and COVID-19 resources.
  • Bill Pay: Pay City Utility bills, tickets, court fines and for City permits and inspections.
  • Calendar & Meetings: Stay on top of important City meetings and events.
  • City Directory: Look up contact information for City Departments and Leaders.
  • Voting Information: Remain current on upcoming elections, important deadlines as well as propositions and seats that are on the ballot.
  • Kyle Public Library: Browse the Kyle Public Library’s catalog, hold and renew books, and borrow e-books.
  • Kyle10 Live Stream: Watch the City of Kyle channel 10 live stream.
  • Parks & Facilities: Find information on City Parks, Trails and Facilities.
  • Join TeamKYLE: Check out current City job postings.

The City of Kyle and Uber rideshare platform have a formed partnership called Uber Kyle. It provides transportation options to residents and visitors with transportation. They partnership currently has a promo in the app’s recently added Uber Kyle feature.

Sold on the app? Download the City of Kyle App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Keep It Kyle: Pizza Classics Kyle

Many things make small-town living a wonderful lifestyle, especially with the locally-owned businesses. Pizza Classics Kyle is one of them. The restaurant is located at 118 S. Front St Kyle, TX 78640. Owners Billy and Mariah Bonham share their story on the website.

Pizza Classics Kyle Story

Billy Bonham moved to Kyle, Texas, in the 1990s. At the time, the population stood at 3,000! Now, it’s up to more than 40,000. After high school, Bonham started at Pizza Classics as a driver. Eventually, he took over ownership of the business.

The business does things old-school, the hard way. The owners believe it ensures they produce a better product. Every day, they make fresh dough and cut the vegetables by hand. The mozzarella uses 100 percent whole milk and it’s shredded in-house. They also make the sauce from scratch using EVOO and bake it on a stone in an old-school hearth oven.

The owners support recycling. Pizza Classics Kyle recycles all the cardboard, tin, aluminum cans, plastic, and paper that contain their ingredients. They do it because it’s easy and the right thing to do.

What’s on the Menu at Pizza Classics Kyle?

The restaurant offers limited-time menu items. And the latest is pumpkin cheesecake! Of course, pizza is the dominant item on the menu with many options. You can pick your toppings or try the many options they have available. You’ll find vegetarian, chicken BBQ, Frito pie, and Pizza Zen that’s made with local Texas honey.

Appetizers include breadsticks, pepperoni rolls, and wings. For times when you want something other than pizza, they have a whole page of subs and calzones from which to choose. Salads are on hand. And now for the cherry on top: desserts! Count us in for Strawberry Banana Nutella Pie! Cinnamon sticks and cheesecakes are also available.

For the latest news and special, visit the Pizza Classics Kyle Facebook page. Is it dinner time yet?

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Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing

Have you heard of the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing (CAF)? Not many people know about this cool place that’s 15 minutes from Kyle in San Marcos. The CAF has a long and illustrious history that you can read about on the CAF Central Texas Wing website.

What Is the CAF Central Texas Wing?

It’s the home of six CAF aircraft including a C-47 “That’s All Brother,” P-39 “Big D”, and C-45 “Lone Star Lady.” Their B-25 “Yellow Rose” is a replica of Kate #310 from the movies “Tora! Tora! Tora” and “Pearl Harbor.”  The Central Texas Wing takes responsibility for the maintenance and restoration of these aircraft. It also has several helicopters in its hangar.

What started as a hobby turned into a mission to preserve history. Its four objectives are as follows:

  1. Restore and preserve combat aircraft.
  2. Provide a home for a permanent display of the aircraft.
  3. Remind Americans about these great planes that flew to defend our nation.
  4. Create an organization dedicated to preserve these aircraft.

A great way to appreciate the historical aircraft is to book a ride for a flight to remember. You can view the rates and reserve a flight.

Where to Find CAF Updates

The CAF Central Texas Wing Facebook page occasionally broadcasts live events such as aircraft departures and flyovers. Watch that page for the next one or check out the recordings of past events. To stay updated on CAF Central Texas Wing activities, you can subscribe to its official High Flight newsletter.

They also have #TriviaTuesday. Here’s one. True or false: During the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the B-25s’ machine guns were removed to save weight, but so they would not look totally defenseless, broomstick handles were painted black and installed to look like machine gun barrels. Get the answer here.

Take a trip to the past by checking out photos of these mesmerizing planes on their website and Facebook page. They also have a gift shop filled with awesome gift ideas.

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City of Kyle Founders Day Parade

The first lots in Kyle sold around October 15, 1880. It inspired the city and its residents to start a tradition of holding parades through downtown in mid-October. That parade became known as the Founders Day Parade. This tradition recognizes this great town’s founders.

The City of Kyle is still holding the Founders Day Parade in 2020! They won’t let this unusual year stop them!

About the 2020 Founders Day Parade

This won’t be a typical Founders Day Parade. But then again nothing in 2020 has been typical. This year’s parade is going virtual and its theme is “Life in Kyle.”

The way it will work is that groups and organizations will submit a photo and a description. The photo and description will be placed in a video that will air on the City Live Feed and the City Facebook page. Watch the City of Kyle website for the link. This web page also has photos from past Founders Day Parades.

You can also check the City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page for updates.

A Little Kyle History

Settlers from nearby Blanco and Mountain City founded the town of Kyle in 1880. Sometime between 1870 and 1880, the International and Great Northern Railroad planned to build a line between Austin and San Antonio. The planners saw there were no towns on the route between Austin and San Marcus. They decided to establish a station on that route.

Captain Fergus Kyle and David Moore’s family donated 200 acres for this site. The Texas Land Company deeded the land to develop the town. Within a week, someone surveyed the town and filed it with the county clerk. Officially designated as Kyle, Texas, in honor of one of the people who donated the land.

The town held an auction in October of 1880 beneath Kyle’s famed Oak tree. This is where all the business and residential lots were auctioned off. To encourage more bids, the railroad offered free train rides to those who participated in the sale. The railroad donated the land surrounding this tree. And it became the home of Kyle’s first school, Kyle Seminary.

Want to explore more? Check out these Kyle historical markers.

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What’s Happening in Kyle

Residents of Kyle’s Crosswinds community love living here because the city has much to offer. Kyle Library offers regularly scheduled events in the City of Kyle calendar. It’s a great way to meet fellow residents who share the same interest as you do.

Note that some events in the calendar are temporarily suspended. For example, Lego Club meets in the library monthly. Currently, the library isn’t holding events. They’re still open as they provide curbside pickup. You can still enjoy your books!

Some groups have adapted by going online. Be sure to follow up with the group you’re interested in to find out the current status.

Younger Ages

Kyle Library has many options for the little ones who aren’t yet elementary school age. Here are the activities they might enjoy.

Baby Lapsit (ages 0 to 18 months): Baby Lapsit storytime features short stories, simple concepts, and fun songs introduced with fingerplays that emphasize specific motor skills. It closes with a sensory experience.

Toddler Time (18 to 36 months): This is the time for toddlers to enjoy interactive stories, songs, and activities that encourage their emerging language skills.

!Los Cuentos¡ (ages 0-5): This is dual-language storytime for the younger set.

Sensory Fun Storytime (ages 2-5): This is designed to engage children through movement, music, preschool stories, and sensory activity play. It’s ideal for kids with special needs including sensory challenges, social integration, and developmental delays.

Little Yogis (ages 3-6): This is yoga storytime that focuses on early literacy and physical activity through yoga-like poses and movement.

Preschool Express Storytime (ages 2-5): This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to introduce children to reading and language in a fun, creative way. There will be activities that promote the development and learning through stories, music, fingerplays, and activities.

Older Children

These activities tend to occur after school hours or on weekends making it possible for school-aged children to attend.

Art Hour (ages 8-12): Budding artists meet to do a short studio experience covering a variety of media.

Magic: The Gathering (ages 10+): Trading card game. This is currently held online.

Pajama Storytime: Children can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft.

Lego Club (all ages): Brick-by-brick, attendees build something with Lego in accordance with the monthly theme. The library provides the Lego.

Teen Chat and Chill (ages 12-17): Teens have a safe place to gather and chat.

Teen Anime (ages 12-17): Teens who are fans of anime gather to talk about Japanese and various animation.

Teen Gamers (ages 12-17): This is the time for gamers to gather and talk gaming.

Adults

Love to read? Write? Play games? Or need help to find a job? You have great options here.

Dungeons and Dragons: Dungeons and Dragons still goes strong after many decades of entertainment. It’s so popular that Kyle Library has two online biweekly D&D groups available. D&D Group 1 meets on the first and third Wednesdays. Group 2 meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays. To ask questions and sign up, please contact mlynch@cityofkyle.com.

Page Turners Book Club: The book club meets online on the third Thursday at 6 pm. Visit the book club page to see the current year’s lineup of books. Jesus Hernandez, KPL’s Adult Services Librarian, leads the book club.

Kyle Writers Group: The group meets monthly on the first and third Wednesdays from 6 to 7:45 pm. They welcome everyone including latecomers. Visit the group page to learn more about the group.

Job Search Help: Kyle Public Library cardholders can request personalized job searches, industry information, and job skills training and video. To get started, fill out this form.

There’s truly something for everyone and every interest. Learn more about Kyle Library Offerings.

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Doc’s Drive-in Theatre in Kyle

Miss going to the movies? Now you can go to the movies in a different way that’s reminiscent of 1950s. Check out Doc’s Drive-In Theatre on 1540 Satterwhite Rd. in Buda. It’s more than a drive-in theater.

The Doc’s Drive-In Theatre Experience

Doc’s contains two large screens playing modern and classic movies from every genre. It’s your chance to see your favorites in a unique setting and discover new ones. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to join the fun.

To enhance your experience, bring chairs, blankets, pillows, and any necessities such as medicine and emergency items. Order traditional and no-so-traditional movie food from Doc’s Patio Diner. They even have vegan chicken wings and s’mores. You can order beer and wine options from Mama Merlot’s, their on-site bar. Because they have a restaurant on-site, they ask no one bring outside food and drinks.

You can even make a weekend of it by staying in a themed tiny home.

Take a Hollywood-Style Vacation

Located behind Doc’s Drive-In is Weewok Village. There, you can enjoy a stay in one of three themed tiny homes: magical, classical, or galactical.

Fan of Harry Potter’s? Want a magical getaway? Head to the Wizarding World Theme tiny house. The room has a queen bed, TV with a DVD player, and contains all the Harry Potter books and films. A bathroom and shower stocked with homemade soaps and lotions await. The living room has a couch that turns into a small bed. And the kitchen is stocked with appliances and movie snacks.

Drawn to the classics? Experience Breakfast at Tiffany’s in real-life in the Breakfast at Audrey’s theme filled with sass and class that sleeps five. Featuring two loft bedrooms, the mini home has a king and queen bed. Watch all your favorite Audrey Hepburn films and discover a couple you haven’t seen. Relax in your private deck and yard while taking in the sights and sounds of Buda.

Does the name Weewok make you think of Ewoks? Perhaps, you’d like to go on a space adventure in the Galaxy, Far, Far Away theme. With space for four, the mini home has a king-sized bed in the loft, a couch that turns into a small bed, and a twin blow up bed. The kitchen has all the appliances you could want and movie snacks. You can watch all the Star Wars films, read, and play games.

Everyone from Kyle needs to experience Doc’s Drive-In Theatre at least once!

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