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AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY

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Thursday, Oct. 31 The Nightmare on Maple Street, a fun, community event combining the spooky, silliness of Halloween and the networking goals of National Night Out, will be held from 5:30 p.m. until about 10 p.m., weather permitting, in Bandera City Park and outside the Bandera County Boys & Girls Clubs’ Teen Center at 715 Maple St. in Bandera. Free food, a DJ, a haunted hayride, trunk or treat activities, bouncy houses and the chance to visit with representatives of first-responder organizations will be included in the free festivities. Participants are sure to wear colorful costumes that are part of Halloween.

The Lakehills Area Library will put on its annual Trick or Treat celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with free candy for youngsters and games. The library is located at 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills.

Friday, Nov. 1 The 57th annual Buck-Fest, sponsored by and benefitting the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Mansfield Park beginning at 6 p.m. It will feature a dinner, gun raffles, a silent and a live auction and music by the band the Derailers. Tickets cost $50 apiece for an event that celebrates the return of hunters to Bandera County for deer season. The park is at 2886 Highway 16 North.

Saturday, Nov. 2 The Friends of the Library at the Bandera County Public Library will hold its monthly Book Sale inside the library at 515 Maple St. in Bandera from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books, DVDs, albums and other items will be sold for whatever the buyer wants to donate to the friends. Proceeds benefit the library.

The annual Turkey Shoot Raffle and Silent Auction benefitting the Castle Lake Ranch Volunteer Fire Department will be held at the department’s fire station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shooters shooting shotguns will compete to win frozen turkeys. A silent auction, raffles, dollar drawings and Turkey Plop Bingo will be the other activities taking place at the fundraiser, which has been put on for close to 40 years. A food truck also will be at the station at 3801 Bear Creek Road selling food and drinks.

The Medina High School Homecoming Week celebrations will come to a close with a homecoming parade through Medina beginning at 10 a.m. and an Alumni Reunion at noon at the Medina school cafeteria at 1 Bobcat Lane. Classes that graduated in years ending in “0s” will be honored at the reunion.

The Medina Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Hunter’s Game Dinner fundraiser at the Farm Country Club event center, 347 Pue Road southeast of Medina, beginning at 4:30 p.m. A barbecue dinner will be available for $10, gun raffles and raffles of other prizes donated by area merchants and music provided by both the Caliche Hill band and the Ricky Adams Band will be part of the event, which is a byob affair. An additional $10 fee will be charged to dance to the music of the Ricky Adams Band beginning about 7:30 p.m. Funds raised at the event benefit the fire department.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 The Cowboy Capital Opry featuring Grand Old Opry styled entertainment, refreshments and door prizes will be held at the Silver Sage Center in Bandera beginning at 7 p.m. It costs $5 to attend, and reserved seats are $5 more. Money raised at the opry benefit programs at the center, which is located at 803 Buck Creek Dr.