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Keeping Up with Medina Matters

by Bev Barr

Cows, pigs, goats & chickens - The Bandera County Junior Livestock Show begins today at Mansfield Park. Local youth participate and compete in agricultural-related activities through school FFA programs and the county extension youth development program, 4-H.
"My 4-Hers show pigs, goats, rabbits, angora and chickens," said Kathryn Johnson. Johnson serves as secretary and all-around leader for the local 4-H youth group. "All of my 4-Hers will be participating," she said. "They have put time in every day ... taking care of their animals and working hard to do their very best!"
As many as 20 residents of the Arms of Hope Medina campus are competing at this year's county stock show, as are students from Medina Independent School District and local homeschoolers.
"For some, this is just the beginning of their show season," Johnson said, "while others will only show at county."
The winners at the county level will progress to district level competition which will be from Jan. 17 through Jan. 23. A Cowboy Breakfast - the official kick-off for the 72nd Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show -- will be from 6 to 8 am Friday, Jan. 15, on the grounds of the Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St., in Kerrville. Breakfast is free and the early-hour events include goat-milking and cow-chip tossing contests. Call 830-896-1155 for more information.
Garden Club - The Rose Garden Club of Medina meets at 2 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 13. Interested in seed germination? Fernanda Avalos, owner of RA Nursery of Comfort, will be guest speaker at the gardeners' meeting at the Medina Community Center.
Lunch time friends, old & new - In the spirit of fellowship, the Agape Thrift Store invites local senior and near-senior citizens to lunch the first Tuesday of every month. Noon, in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church, 263 Reed Street. Free.
Gospel Jam Session - 6 pm, the First Baptist Church, at 255 Patterson St. Join in the jam, share some snacks. Listen to good music and have some fun. Free.
Board of Directors Meeting - 5 pm, The Medina Community Library usually meets the second Tuesday of the month, but this meeting was not posted on the website at the time of this publication.
At the November 2015 meeting, board members announced that they would determine the new library board president and other new board members at the January 2016 meeting.
Library director Mary Ellen Lindstrom said the procedure for persons interested in participating on the board or on the advisory committee is to notify her. She will inform the board of a person's interest prior to the board meeting, she said.
Bandera County Commis-sioners' Court 10 am, Bandera County Courthouse, 500 Main St. Open to the public.
Alcoholics Anonymous 7 pm, Thursdays; noon, Mondays at the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue. AA's Twelve-step altruistic and self-supporting programs offer fellowship and support to anyone who wants to change their drinking behavior.