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Thursday, Jan. 23

The first of four Safe Driver Classes sponsored by the AARP this year will be held at the Silver Sage center in Bandera from noon to 4 p.m. AARP Safe Driving Instructor Alan F. Cone will lead the class, which is designed to give participants tips on how they can become better drivers. It costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The Silver Sage is at 803 Buck Creek Dr.

Saturday, Jan. 25

The Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center will present Kevin Pillow with Wildbirds Unlimited at a workshop examining bluebirds and their housing needs when it meets at 10 a.m. at the Tatsch House in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg, 432 Lady Bird Drive. No more than 25 will be able to attend the presentation, which comes with a suggested donation of $10 per person. To pre-register, contact Nancy Person at or at 830-992-8411.

The Lakehills Area Library will host a Women’s Self-Defense Class that once had been held at the American Legion hall in Lakehills from noon to 2 p.m. The class is free and open to women ages 16 and older. The library is at 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills.

Happy Tails Entertainment will bring its live animal, interactive show back to the Bandera Natural History Museum at 1 p.m. The show comes with the price of admission to the muse um, which is $10 for adults, $6 for those 4-12 and free for anyone 3 and younger. The museum is at 267 Old San Antonio Highway in Bandera.

Venison, bear meat and other foodstuff from wild game will be the featured attractions at the 33rd annual wild Game Dinner held by Grace Lutheran Church in Bandera from 4-7 p.m. A silent auction also will be held as will a raffle for a variety of guns. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are available for a donation of $15 apiece, $5 for those ages 3-11 and are free for anyone under the age of 3. Tickets for the dinner and raffle are available from church members, at the church, which is at 451 Highway 173 North, at the door of the event or by calling 830-796-3091. Proceeds benefit the activities of the church, including scholarships it gives to two Bandera County high school seniors.

Saturday, Sunday, Jan. 25-26

The Kerrville Renaissance Festival returns to the River Star Arts and Events Park for its fourth year, featuring musicians, archers, belly dancers, jugglers, fortune tellers and other performers in period garb who will turn the park into an entertaining, medieval celebration. Unique wares made by 50 craftsmen also will be for sale in a marketplace at the festival. It runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be repeated the next weekend, Feb. 1,2. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for those ages 5-12 and free for anyone 4 and younger. The events park is located at 4000 Riverside Drive in Kerrville.

Sunday, Jan. 26

The 4th Sunday Frontier Times Jamboree will return to the Frontier Times Museum from 1-4 p.m. Local musician Lee Haile will host the event, which brings together area cowboy singers to entertain music lovers. It is free and held on the fourth Sunday of every month but July and December. The museum is at 510 13th St. in Bandera.

Monday, Jan. 27

Peggy Sechrist, a professional certified educator in holistic management, will speak to the Texas Master Naturalists Hill Country Chapter about sustainable natural resource management initiatives, including how landowners can increase the water-holding capacity of soils, at 7 p.m. at the lecture hall at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority building at 125 N. Lehmann Drive near Kerrville. The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will include a social session beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

The Texas Hill Country Compassionate Friends Bereaved Parents Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Ryan Hall at Kerrville’s First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson St. The start of a new year can be particularly challenging for parents and grandparents who have lost a child or grandchild, and the support group will be there to aid bereaving family members as they move forward.