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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Wednesday, Jan. 1 Cowgirls are invited to take part in the annual Cowgirl Round-Up photo session at the Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena beginning at noon. Horses are welcome to be in the picture as long as their Coggins test accompanies them, but cowgirl hats and Western attire are a must. The park is at 2886 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera.

Thursday, Jan. 2 Bandera County Commissioner Jack Moseley is calling on volunteers to turn out again on Thursday to help him take down the Christmas lights and other decorations that volunteers put up outside the Bandera County Courthouse on Nov. 23. The commissioner called on volunteers to put up the lights after funding problems kept a community organization from undertaking the project this year. Volunteers are asked to show up at 9 a.m. outside the courthouse in the 500 block of Main Street in Bandera to start boxing up the decorations.

Republican candidates in contested races for two Bandera County commissioners’ seats and the Precinct 2 Constable’s post have been invited to address the public about their candidacies at a meeting of the Bandera County Republican Women in the Community Room at the Bandera Electric Cooperative headquarters at 3172 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera. Each candidate will be given five minutes to talk. The group will hold a social session at 5:30 p.m., and presentations will begin at 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3 A classic car, motorcycle and refurbished vehicle show called Cruise In will be held in the parking lot outside FatBoyz Sandwich Shop beginning at about 5 p.m. It’s a free event that includes food inside FatBoyz, which is located at 610 Highway 16 South in Bandera.

The monthly Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held in St. Joseph’s Hall on the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church grounds beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the efforts of the Knights of Columbus at the church. The hall is at Cedar and 7th street in Bandera.

Saturday, Jan. 4 The Friends of the Library in Bandera will hold its monthly book sale at the Bandera County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will not be as large as normal since so many of the friends’ group are traveling for the holidays, but new books and other materials will be available for donations. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library, which is located at 515 Main St. in Bandera.

The Lakehills Area Library will put on both a book sale fund-raiser and a book discussion and signing by local author Kat Kelly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kelly has written the book “Shadows Over Texas.” The library is located at 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills.

Sunday, Jan. 5 St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will hold a Community Ministry Fair in the church’s Parish Hall to spread the word about the programs that nonprofit organizations in the community provide, to recruit support for those organizations and to let people who need assistance know where they can go to find help. It is free and open to anyone wanting to attend. The fair will run from 1-3 p.m. at the church, 395 Highway 173 North in Bandera.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar County Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will present a 2020 Beef Cattle Short Course examining range and pasture herbicide products, animal traceability issues, federal programs available to producers and other topics. Registration will begin at the Ozuna Library on the Palo Alto College campus at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Another short course will be held at the library on Jan. 14 covering different topics. The college is at 1400 Villaret Boulevard in San Antonio. Call 210-631-0400 to reserve a place.

The Cowboy Capital Opry fundraiser will be held at the Silver Sage center featuring Grand Old Opry-styled entertainment hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Admissions is $5, and reserved seats cost another $5. Refreshments will be available, and door prizes will be given away. The event raises funds for the county’s Meals on Wheels program. The Silver Sage is at 803 Buck Creek Dr. in Bandera.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 The Rose Garden Club of Medina will hold its January meeting at the Medina Community Center, at 13857 Highway 16 in Medina, beginning at 2 p.m. The public is invited to participate.