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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Thursday, Sept. 26 The Medina Astronomy Club will meet at the Medina Community Library at 7 p.m. to hear a discussion about the contributions amateurs make to astronomy. Organizers said a special surprise also is planned. The public is invited. The library is at 13948 Highway 16 North in Medina.

Saturday, Sept. 28 Poet Naomi Shihab Nye and author Donna M. Johnson will lead presentations at a writing workshop put on at the Lake-hills Area Library beginning at 10 a.m. The free event is sponsored by Texas Writes, a program of the Writers’ League of Texas. The writers will make presentations about their craft and then be available for questions. The library is located at 7200 FM 1283.

The 39th annual Medina Lake Cajun Festival will bring a slice of Louisiana Cajun culture to Lakehills from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Lakehills Civic Center, at 11225 Park Road 37 in Lakehills. Visitors will enjoy a variety of Cajun dishes, check out the arts and crafts show and vendors who set up on the grounds, dance to the Cajun, Zydeco and Country and Western sounds of five bands and sample gumbo cooked up by those competing in the Great Gumbo Cook-Off. Tickets cost $12 for adults. Anyone age 10 and under will get in for free. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit, civic center.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 The Bandera County Sheriff’s Department and Warriors Heart in Bandera will celebrate National Night Out with a special event featuring, food, music, fun and a chance to meet representatives of first responder organizations at the Warriors Heart campus, 756 Purple Sage Road in Bandera. The event will last from 5:30 p.m. until sundown and will include hamburgers, hot dogs, bounce houses, pool activities and music by Rebel Roxie, along with a DJ. The event is held to improve the ties between communities and law enforcement agencies.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2 Two events will be held at the Silver Sage center, the Cowboy Capital Opry, a monthly country music performance that raises money to aid the Silver Sage, on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a workshop for seniors with disabilities related to hearing, seeing, speaking, moving or remembering that limit their use of the telephone on Wednesday at 1 p.m. A representative of the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program of Texas will lead the presentation. The opry, featuring guest performers Vicki Gillespie and Lanette Pennell, costs $5 for admission and $5 for a reserved seat. The center is located at 803 Buck Creek Dr. in Bandera.