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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Thursday, Jan. 16 The Madrona Garden Club will host a presentation about best practices for repotting plants at its monthly meeting at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church’s meeting room in Bandera beginning at noon. It is a free event open to the public. The church is located at 395 Highway 173 North.

The Hill Country Preppers will hear Kerrville Police Sgt. Scott Gaige talk about CRASE – or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events – training when it meets at 6 p.m. at Buzzie’s BBQ in Kerrville, 213 Schreiner St. More information is available by calling 830-739-5990.

The Third Thursday Cowboy Camp featuring cowboy, Texas and Western Swing music performed by area singers and songwriters will be held in the Legends Room at the Flying L Ranch Resort beginning at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to the free event. Call 830-328-0321 for more information. The Flying L is located at 675 Flying L Dr. outside of Bandera.

Friday, Jan. 17 The Helping Hand Crisis Center will start a series of fitness classes at 9 a.m. at the center, 1116 12th St. in Bandera. The series of classes, called “Total Body Workout by Rayla,” will be held every Wednesday and Friday after that through Feb. 14. The series costs $80 for all 10 sessions or can be paid for by the class for $10 apiece. Saturday, Jan. 18 The Medina Community Library will hold a book signing and meet-the-author session for Dennis Blocker, a dog trainer and veteran who has written the book “The Dogs I’ve Known in 2 Wars – Book 1: Iraq” at 10:30 a.m. Blocker trained and worked with bomb-sniffing dogs in war zones. The library is located at 13948 Highway 16 North in Medina.

The Baubles and Boots fund-raiser for the Bandera Independent School District Education Foundation will be held at the Antler Oaks Lodge in Bandera beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event includes a silent auction beginning at 4:30 p.m., food and drink served throughout the evening and a live auction of a variety of artwork, gift packages and other items at 6 p.m. It is a key fundraiser for the education foundation, which supplies grants to teachers in the Bandera school district to enhance learning. Tickets for the event cost $45 and are available by contacting Patricia “Hooter” McMullan at 830-796-5862. The lodge is located at 3862 Highway 16 North.

Saturday, Sunday, Jan. 18-19 The Fredericksburg Rock-hounds 51st annual Hill Country Gem & Mineral Show will be held at the Lady Bird Johnson Park Pioneer Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Minerals, fossils, jewelry, geodes and other stones will be available at the free show. The park is located on Highway 16 South about three miles from Fredericksburg. Call 325-248-1067 for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 The Silver Sage center in Bandera will host a meeting about the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program for people with hearing problems or other issues that interfere with their use of the phone at 12:45 p.m. in the Great Room. Those seeking aid from the program must live in Texas and need to present one form of identification. The center is located at 803 Buck Creek Dr.

The Hill Country Cattle Women’s first meeting of the year will take place at 10 a.m. in the home of Teri Hartmann, 187 Dally Road in Fredericksburg. Kaleb McLaurin, executive director of Government and Public Affairs for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, will talk about current legislation of interest to cattle women. The event will begin with a social session, move to a business meeting at 10:30 a.m. and to lunch at noon.

The Kerrville Art Club will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m. at the Forum Room of the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 208 Earl Garrett St. in Kerrville. The club’s guest artist for January is cloud artist and sculptor Phil Bob Borman. The public is invited to attend.