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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Wednesday, Feb. 12

The Rose Garden Club of Medina will hear from gardeners Marcia Kaufman and Dwayne Bell when it holds its monthly meeting at the Medina Community Center at 2 p.m. The public is invited to take part. The community center is on Highway 16 in downtown Medina.

Grace Noah’s Ark Learning Center at 473 Highway 173 North next to Grace Lutheran Church will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Spaghetti dinners with a salad and garlic bread will be sold at the dinner for donations only. Take-out dinners will be available. The event will include desserts sold separately and a silent auction.

Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 12-15

The 15th annual Cowboy Mardi Gras will be held at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St. in Bandera, on 11th Street in front of the bar and at different locations around Bandera. The popular event features a mix of Cajun and cowboy entertainment, Louisiana-style food, a gumbo cookoff, a Cowboy Mardi Gras parade in downtown Bandera on Saturday, Feb. 15 and a variety of bands and activities at the bar. For a schedule of activities and a listing of cover charges, see the bar’s website at https//11thstreetcowboybar.com.

Thursday, Feb. 13

The Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hear a presentation by Paula Perry of Rio Frio concerning her husband’s third great-grandmother, Eliza Kinbrough Perry, titled “A Confederate Mother” when it meets in the McNelly Room at the First State Bank in Uvalde beginning at 10:30 a.m. It’s a Brown Bag event calling on members to bring their own lunches. The meeting is open to the public. The bank is at 200 E. Nopal St.

The Kerrville affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hear from Tracy Laratta, the pharmacy director at the Kerrville State Hospital, when it holds its monthly meeting at the Wells Fargo Bank Building, at the intersection of the Junction Highway and Water Street in Kerrville. A support-and-share time will start at 6 p.m. with the program starting a half-hour later. The public is welcome to attend the free session.

A fundraiser called the Heart 2 Heart Dinner Dance will be held at the event center at Bandera’s Village of Hope to benefit the Helping Hand Crisis Center, which also is located in the Village of Hope at 1116 12th St. It includes a dinner catered by Kirby Jones of the Bandera Meat Market, a silent and live auction and entertainment by David Wayne and Doc Williams. Tickets cost $45 each and are available at Helping Hand, at the meat market, 313 11th St., and at the Bandera General Store at 306 Main St. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Diamond O Bucking Bulls will put on the Cowboy Mardi Gras Bull Riding and Mini Bull Riding event at the Mansfield Park arena beginning at 3 p.m. Junior Mini Bulls competition will be held for those ages 12 and younger, and Senior Mini Bulls competition will be held for those ages 12-14. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for those 6-12 and free for anyone younger than 6. The park is located at 2886 Highway 16 North outside of Bandera.

Sunday, Feb. 16

The Bandera Cowgirls will host a fundraiser for the Cottages of Silver Sage at the Silver Sage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silver Sage center in Bandera, 803 Buck Creek Dr. It will consist of a lunch featuring Polish and German cuisine, performances by Doc & David, Curtis Kosub and Mickey Burleson and the Talk of the Town, a silent auction, a raffle and craft beer or drinks from a Bloody Mary Bar. The cost is $25 a person. Tickets can be obtained from members of the cowgirls or at the silver sage. The Cottages of Silver Sage is a project under development by the Silver Sage that will build 46 tiny homes and cottages for active senior citizens to rent at affordable prices close to the Silver Sage center so seniors can take advantage of the programs there.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

The Kerrville Art Club will hold its next meeting in the Forum Room at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center beginning at 1 p.m. The guest artist of the month will be Paula Lay of Boerne. The public is invited to take part in the meeting, which will be at 228 Earl Garrett.