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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Wednesday, Jan. 8 The Bandera County Public Library board of directors will host a reception at the library to say goodbye to the facility’s current director, Mike Garr, who will retire later in the week, and to say hello to the new director, Mauri Fagan. The event, featuring cookies, cake and refreshments, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 515 Main St. in Bandera.

Thursday, Jan. 9 The Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hear chapter member Pat Burrier of Leakey make a presentation titled “My Union Ancestor” when it meets in the McNally Room of the First State Bank of Uvalde beginning at 10:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The bank is located at 200 E. Nopal St. in Uvalde.

Alamo Area Council of Governments representatives will lead a presentation at the Lake-hills Area Library on the health, financial, transportation and housing services it has available for seniors in Bandera County and across the area. The free event will run from noon to 2 p.m. at the library, which is located at 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills.

The Boerne Area Democrats will hear League of Women Voters of the Hill Country leadership team member Bunny Bond talk about “The Suffrage Movement and the League of Women Voters in Texas” when it meets at noon at the Longhorn Café in Boerne, 369 S. Esser St.

Thursday – Saturday, Jan. 9 – 11 The Bandera County Junior Livestock Show will be held at the Mansfield Park show barn, 2886 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera. Youngsters in 4-H Clubs and FFAs show the animals they have raised for the last year, their animal handling skills and the ag mechanics projects they have constructed. The projects go to auction on the last day of the show and win money the students can use for scholarships or to put into other agricultural projects. It’s a key event supporting agriculture in Bandera County.

Friday, Jan. 10 The Bandera County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Breakfast Taco Sale to raise funds for the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Association. The sale will run from 7 – 10 a.m. on the Bandera County Courthouse lawn, at 500 Main St. in Bandera. Customers also can call 830-796-3280 to place an order for breakfast tacos and to get them delivered.

Friday, Saturday, Jan. 10, 11 The Cowboy Capital Trailriders, celebrating its 50th year as an association the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo has sanctioned, will host a warmup ride, with registration Friday at Mansfield Park, where the riders will camp Friday and Saturday. The ride will start Saturday at 9 a.m. and will follow a traditional route along Schmidtke Road into Bandera, will stop for lunch in downtown Bandera and will return to Mansfield Park, which is at 2886 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera. Riders must show proof of a negative Cog-gins test for their horses.

Saturday, Jan. 11 The Bandera Democratic Club will host its monthly meeting at the Bandera Electric Cooperative Community Room with a covered dish lunch starting at 11 a.m. and the business session starting at noon. No speaker is scheduled. The BEC office is at 3172 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera.

The Symphony of he Hills annual POPS concert titled “Out of This World: Music of the Cosmos” will be held at the Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.in Kerrville, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Moving orchestral music including “Thus Spake Zarathustra” and “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Suite” will be performed. A wine reception will begin an hour before the show. Individual tickets are available for this concert and for remaining symphony concerts. Call 830-792-7469, email info@symphonyofthehills.org or go online to www.symphonyofthehills.org for more information.

Sunday, Jan. 12 Country music legend Bill Anderson, a longtime member and host of the Grand Ole Opry and star of his own television show, will sing in concert at 3 p.m. at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville, 910 Main St. Tickets are $20-$45 and may be reserved in advance at the Cailloux box office, by calling 830-896-9393 or by going online to www.caillouxtheater.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 The Native Plant Society of Texas – Kerrville Chapter will hear Sandra Magee talk about the free books on native plants she and her husband Scott have developed for electronic devices when it meets at the Riverside Nature Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. A social session will begin a half hour earlier at the nature center, 150 Francisco Lemos St. in Kerrville. The meeting is free.