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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:01 pm

The Medina Lake VFD Barbecue and Fundraiser held on April 26 was quite a success. The highlight of the event was the new Quint 1 truck. The Quint 1 has a 75-foot ladder with a nozzle and it is also a pumper and rescue vehicle. This is a recent acquisition made with funds from Bandera Electric Coop and the LCRA. 

They also had the old 1929 pumper truck that they had displayed last year. This was an original truck of the MLVFD, which has now been fully restored. 



The Medina Lake AARP Annual Style Show held on April 28 was sponsored by Shoe Biz of Bandera. Owner Peggy Ashmore served as MC and several local ladies modeled the wonderful clothing and accessories provided by Shoe Biz. Members and visitors enjoyed the show and the models had a lot of fun. 




Cathy Locke of Cathy’s Fine Chocolate, formally Cathy’s Sweets, will host her monthly Wine and Chocolate Pairing Party on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at her commercial location, 11,768 PR 37 in Lakehills. Space is limited so you need to call for reservations. Price is $20 per person and includes six wines to pair, a six-pack of her delicious truffles, and a wine goblet to keep. While you are at it, chocolates would make a wonderful Mothers’ Day gift. Call 210-383-2923. 

Locke is also pleased to announce that she has opened a retail shop in Boerne, which will be open Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Her Grand Opening will be held at the new location, 233 S.Main St., Ste. K, Boerne, on Thursday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. She invites all her chocolate fans to attend the ribbon cutting.

Her Lakehills location will continue to serve as her commercial kitchen, in which she will make her wonderful truffles Monday-Wednesday each week. If you see her red car there, feel free to stop by. 




The Mico Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their 50th Annual Barbecue and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 10 at their location in Mico. Food will be served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Barbecue plates are $8 for adults and include brisket or chicken, the usual accompaniments, and tea. Beer and desserts will be available. You can eat there or take it home. 

They will have a raffle with several nice prizes and you do not need to be present to win. There will be a silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lloyd’s Auction will conduct the live auction. 



The fourth annual Celebrate a Texas Legend will take place on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 10 a.m. The event will be held at Polly’s Chapel, located on Privilege Creek Rd., off Hwy. 16 between Pipe Creek and Bandera. The funds raised will go to the preservation and maintenance of the Chapel, which is a historic landmark. The celebration will include special ceremonies, lunch, music and a live auction. Tickets are $10 for adults with kids under 10 years attending free. 

For more information, call 210-683-1917 or go to



The Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual brisket and sausage barbecue fundraiser on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at the fire station on FM 1283 in Pipe Creek. They will have a silent auction and bake sale. They will also conduct a raffle with several nice prizes, including a barbecue pit with fire box smoker. 



The children’s reading time is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. 

The Genealogy Club meets every second Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

The Evening Book Club meets every last Monday, 6 p.m. 

The Daytime Book Club meets every last Tuesday, 1 p.m. 

The book lists are posted at the library and on the website

The Arts and Technology Club for adults meets every first Monday, 5:30-7 p.m. 

The Arts and Technology Club for all ages meets every first Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m. 

The library will start their summer reading program for kids 10 years and younger on June 11. This year the theme is “Fizz, Bang, Read!” They will also have a program for young people older than 10 years with the theme, “Spark a Reaction.” Youngsters need to sign up for these programs by May 15. 

For more information, call 830-510-2777 or email



Yoga classes are held Mondays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. Bring a mat and blocks, dress comfortably, and do not eat a large meal beforehand. 

Aerobic Walking for Health offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 

Health Screening provided every second Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. 

For information on yoga, walking, and health screening, call Wesley Nurse Kathy Bates, RN, 830-688-6204. 

Sew Happy Quilters meet every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Call Jane Malone, 830-612-2117. 

Meals on Wheels gather every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Meals are served at 11:30. Call 830-751-9904. 

Smooth Sailing Square Dancers do-si-do every Friday, 7-9 p.m. To book them for events, call 210-521-4044 or 210-269-2445. 

Karate, for all ages, is taught every Wednesday, 7 p.m. 

Inter-denominational Prayer Blanket group meets every third Thursday, 9 a.m. Call Joyce Painter, 830-751-3188. 

MS Support Group meets every first Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is provided. Call 830-796-7996. 

MLBA meets every second Thursday, 7 p.m. 

For Civic Center information, call Ray White, 210-379-4142. 



Faith Tabernacle

Faith Tabernacle, 7789 FM 1283, feeds the hungry every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. 

St. Victor Chapel

St. Vincent de Paul ministry distributes food to those in need at the Chapel, 10,514 PR 37, every Wednesday, 9-11:30 a.m. 

Lakehills United Methodist Church 

LUMC hosts Bread of Life Ministry every Monday, 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 8th St. and Ave. J, Lakehills. Everyone is welcome for a hot meal. Meals can be delivered to shut-ins. There is no charge but donations are welcome. 

LUMC sponsors a Community Garden. Gardeners meet monthly for workdays and educational programs. For more information, call Kathy Bates at 830-688-6204. 

Pipe Creek Presbyterian Church

Little Rock Cafe, in the church at 8589 Hwy. 16 South, is open every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bible study follows, childcare is provided for preschoolers. 

Quilt Circle meets every Monday at the church, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Quilters need to bring their lunches. All are welcome. 

Call Ashley Weller, 830-522-0546.

Western Heritage Cowboy Church 

The WHCC will celebrate 10 years on Sunday, May 11, with an extended service. The guest pastor, Bob Miller, will preach.  



Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department

PCVFD hosts bingo at the fire station, FM 1283, every Friday. Doors open 6 p.m., games begin 7 p.m. For bingo information, call Joan Harper, 210-896-0484. 

American Legion Post 410

The Legion hosts bingo every first and third Tuesday at the Hall, 26th St., Lakehills. Doors open 5 p.m. with refreshments. Early bird games, 6:45, and regular bingo, 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Call Everett McCarley, 210-286-7001. 

Additionally, the Legion will host bingo the second and fourth Sundays of May at the Hall. Kitchen and bar opens at noon, food will be available for sale. Early bird games, 1:15, and regular games, 2 p.m. The public is welcome. Call Art Nicholl, 830-751-3258. 





The MLPS is working to open up the dam to foot traffic again and to construct a small memorial park adjacent to the dam, where they could display the historical markers for public viewing. They wish to remember those who built the dam and honor those who died in the construction effort. 

The MLPS asks the public for their support by answering a brief survey. To take the survey, go to Click on “Projects,” then click on “Dam Memorial,” then click on the link to the survey. 



On April 29, our lake level was 973.15 feet. That is 91.05 feet down, which is only 2.9 per cent capacity. The Medina River had a flow of 5.1 cfs in Bandera. 


Please send your 78063-neighborhood news to me by email at or call me at 210-563-1186. 

Until next week, “Vaya con Dios!” 


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