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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Friday, Dec. 27 The Hill Country State Natural Area will put on a nature photography scavenger hunt called Trails, Cameras, Action! along the park’s Merrick Mile. Photos of wildlife tracks, natural vistas and other objects will be part of the photo-based hunt, which will be led by a park ranger and will take up to an hour to complete. Participants are asked to meet outside the headquarters at 11 a.m. Admission to the park will get you into the scavenger hunt. Admission is $6 for those 13 and older. It’s free for anyone under the age of 13. The natural area is located at 32111 Highway 173.

Saturday, Dec. 28 Dinosaur George will return to the Bandera Natural History Museum to entertain young and old alike with his knowledge of dinosaurs and the artifacts he has collected about those animals. Presentations will be held at 1 and 2 p.m. at the museum, 267 Old San Antonio Highway in Bandera. Regular admission applies. That is $10 for adults, $6 for those under the age of 13 and older than 3. Anyone younger than that will get in for free.

Gli Unici, an operatic trio in the tradition of the Three Tenors, will make its first appearance in Boerne at a concert in The Cave Without A Name beginning at 7 p.m. Performed will be a variety of musical pieces, including show tunes and jazz standards. Tickets cost $30 until 5 p.m. on the day of the show and $35 at the door. Tickets and information are available at www.cavewithoutaname.com or by calling 830-537-4212. Cave Without A Name is located about 9 miles north of Boerne at 325 Kreutzberg Road.

Tuesday, Dec. 31 The Lakehills Civic Center will host a New Year’s Eve Party with a “Roaring Twenties” theme as the 2020s begin. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. at the center, 1225 PR 37 in Lakehills. Admission is $15 a person, or $25 a couple. Party goers are encouraged to dress in the Roaring Twenties style. The dance will include music, hors, d’oeuvres and black-eyed peas, cornbread and champagne at midnight. It’s a bring-your-own-bottle affair with snacks and set-ups available. Pre-sale tickets are available at the center and at the Cutaway Salon in Lakehills, 9650 FM 1283.

Wednesday, Jan. 1 A First Day Hike will be held at Lost Maples State Natural Area to enjoy the beauty of the hills north of Vanderpool. Actually, two hikes are scheduled, one a more-moderate hike of two miles and the other a more demanding hike of 4.9 miles, each allowing participants to take a Polar Plunge in a pond if they choose. Participants in the longer hike must be at least 8 years old. Those wanting to take part in either hike are asked to meet at 1 p.m. in the overflow parking lot at Murphy House in the park, which is at 37221 FM 187 near Vanderpool. The cost is the cost of admission to the natural area - $6 for anyone 13 and older, free for anyone 12 and younger.