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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Wednesday, March 11

Area historian Ray Carter will present a talk about research he has done on exploration, military and mining trails used by the Spanish in Bandera County as part of the celebration the Bandera County Public Library is holding this month during Texas History Month. The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. at the library, 515 Main St. in Bandera. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday - Saturday, March 11-14

The second annual Bandera Fiber & Arts Festival will demonstrate a variety of skills and exhibit a variety of products associated with the fiber arts industry on Wednesday at the Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St. in Bandera, at Suzoo’s Wool Works, 584 Highway 16 South in Bandera, on Thursday, and at the Shindig, 3641 Highway 16 South outside of Bandera, on Friday and Saturday. Classes on knitting, weaving, crocheting and other skills will be provided, vendors will be on hand the last two days, music will be performed and other activities will be held. For more details, go online to www.hillcountryfiberfest.com.

Thursday March 12

The Lakehills Civic Center will hold its annual Membership Drive and Dinner at the civic center, 11225 Park Road 37 in Lakehills, beginning at 6 p.m. with a 30-minute, meet-and-greet session. The association will provide brisket and beverages for the dinner, but participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Everyone is welcome to attend, but only members of the organization that owns and operates the civic center can vote on five board members up for election this year. The price to become a member is $15 a person.

Friday, March 13

The public is invited to take part in the weekly Lenten Fish Fry that the Knights of Columbus at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church will put on in St. Joseph’s Hall each Friday through April 3. Fish plates with hush puppies, cole slaw, French fries and a drink cost $9 apiece. It begins at 5 p.m. in the building at the corner of Cedar and 7th streets in Bandera.

Friday, Saturday, March 13-14

The Bandera Ham Rodeo, a fundraising event that has been held in Bandera under three different names, returns to Mansfield Park for two days of activities, including a music festival the first day featuring artists like country star Tracy Byrd, a barbecue cookoff sponsored by Lone Star BBQ and a day’s worth of wild hog-chasing action for contestants of all ages. Originally known as the Wild Hog Explosion, the event has drawn criticism from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals but has broad support locally, and organizers believe big crowds will return again this year. Tickets are $40 for the music festival the first night, which gets the holder into the second day’s festivities, or $10 for adults and $5 for those ages 5-12 on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bandera County and the Bandera Wranglers, a community organization that is putting the show on for the second year. The park is at 2886 Highway 16 North near Bandera.

Tuesday, March 17

The Kerrville Art Club will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. in the Forum Room of the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. in Kerrville. Guest artist during March is Chuck Mauldin of Fredericksburg. The public is invited to take part.

The Tap Pack, a high-energy, tap comedy show featuring five of Australia’s finest tap dancers, will perform at the Boerne Champion Auditorium as part of the Boerne Performing Arts series of performances. Tickets cost from $20-$60 and are available at the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, by calling 830-331-9079 or online at www.boerneperformingarts. com. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The auditorium is in Boerne at 201 Charger Blvd.

Wednesday, March 18

Bandera Independent School District officials will hold informational meetings at both Alkek and Hill Country Elementary schools about changes in the pre-K programming that is provided to 4-year-olds. It had been provided for half days in recent years, but legislative changes require that pre-K instruction be converted to full-day programs. The informational meetings will run from 6-7 p.m. at Alkek, 1798 Highway 173 near Bandera, and Hill Country, 6346 FM 1283 near Lakehills.