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Keeping Up with Medina Matters

by Bev Barr

Top-notch programs for top notch youth
The 81st Bandera County Junior Livestock Show will be from Wednesday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Jan. 14, at Mansfield Park. Medina youth are well represented at the annual event because of their involvement in school FFA programs and the county extension youth development program, 4-H. Look to this column to learn more about individual participants during the next couple of weeks.
A few weeks ago Medina Junior High School students competed in University Interscholastic League. Medina students competed in extracurricular activities that support their interest in academic subjects. Several students competed in science, math, calculators, and visual representations, such as maps, graphs and charts. Other students competed in listening skills, oral reading, social studies and art. I look forward to learning more about these young people’s budding expertise and congratulating them personally. And you can count on me to keep you informed. Stay tuned!
One of my favorite pieces of advice I ever received is directly applicable to making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. The best way to break a habit is to cultivate a new one. For example, if eating while watching TV or biting your nails are habits you want to break, try cultivating a new and different habit instead. Happy New Year everyone!
The Bandera County Commissioners Court will convene for a special meeting at 10 am, 500 Main St., Bandera. The meetings are open to the public.
The Medina Genealogical and Historical Society meets at 10:15 am, in the Texana room at the Medina Community Library.
The Medina Community Library Book Club will meet at 2:30 pm for refreshments; and at 3 pm to discuss the autobiographical book about the unlikely friendship that evolved from a chance meeting between a disadvantaged 11-year-old boy and a busy sales executive. "An Invisible Thread" by Laura Schrod and Alex Tresniowski is a story that inspires good discussions among people of any age. Feel free to drop in and join the discussion — even if you haven’t read the book.
Next month, the group will discuss the best selling crime mystery "A Great Reckoning" by Canadian author Louise Penny.
MCL Board of Directors’ Meeting
The board of directors meeting for the Medina Community Library will be from 5:15 to 6:15 pm, and is open to the public.
Guest speaker Patrick Klein will discuss screech owls at the Rose Garden Club at 2 pm, Wednesday, at Medina Community Center. Klein is the ranch manager at Mills Springs Ranch in Vanderpool.
Play with the popular construction toy at 3:30 pm at the library. An adult must accompany children younger than 8 years old.
Story Time at the library
Spend quality time with your little ones from 10:30 to 11 am at the library.
Alcoholics Anonymous
7 pm, Thursdays, 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.