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by Bev Barr

Stock show - The biggest event of the week - the 80th annual Bandera County Junior Livestock Show - involved scores of dedicated children and young adults from Medina. Hats off to the parents and grandparents and family and friends who support this generation of future leaders. Raising livestock and competing in other agricultural-related endeavors, such as mechanical designs for tools and farm implements, is a demanding and expensive commitment: But the educational experience is priceless. Ag teacher Hannah Chambers and 4-H leader Kathryn Johnson are leaders in promoting achievement in this field, which requires long hours, dedication, intelligence and lots of practice. On behalf of any and everyone in the world who wants to be able to eat (food) in the future - we thank you.
Something new under the Sun - A new astronomy club is the brainchild of George Angeles and Scott Hopkins. Angeles, new to the community of Medina, is an astral-photographer. The informal astronomical society will provide the opportunity for people to get together and discuss interesting topics related to the cosmos. Scott Hopkins and other amateur astronomers will bring their "know-how" to share with those who "don't know how." So dust off that telescope you never learned to use and bring your questions and curiosity to the first meeting. The first get-together will be from 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Medina Community Library.
Local quilter writes for national magazine - Medina resident Tammy Harrison was awarded a writing contract for 2016 by the publishing company of the nationally recognized American Quilter magazine. "A Year of Giving" is a series of articles in which Harrison describes and explores the philanthropic behavior of quilters whose efforts support lesser-known charities. Harrison's publishes under the pen name TK Harrison.
American Quilter can be purchased at or at participating Barnes & Nobles stores.
Rubble with a cause - The sounds of demolition resumed Saturday morning as an enormous Caterpillar backhoe ripped through the remains of the Highway 16 Café. Clearing the property began in earnest last summer with the intent of finishing site preparation before the beginning of the 2015-1016 school year.
• 6:30 pm, The Medina Quilters are an informal group of people who enjoy quilting and fabric arts, meeting in community room of the library. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
• 6 - 7 pm, Increase your financial intelligence with entrepreneur Mandy Barton, founder of Barton Logistics. Barton will lead a free 8-week workshop outlining her personal strategies and philosophy for establishing and meeting financial goals in the community room at the library. Enrollment is limited. Call 830-589-2825 to sign up.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 pm, Thursdays; noon - 2 pm, Mondays at the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue. AA's Twelve Step programs offer fellowship and support to anyone who wants to change their drinking behavior.