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by Bev Barr

Stargazing in winter, tonight!
Now that it’s getting dark early, the astronomy club will spend some time outdoors, stargazing during its Thursday night meeting. Bring a warm jacket and by all means, feel welcome to attend —even if you haven't been to a meeting before. George Angelos will spend about half of the meeting leading a "Sky Safari tour" in the library and then for the second part of the meeting, the group will go outside around the library looking for targets talked about during the first half. George Angelos and Scott Hopkins will help orient stargazers to the winter night sky. Bring binoculars if you have them.
The Astronomy Club meets at 7 p.m., the last Thursday of most months at the Medina Community Library.
UMW’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
Expect to find a wide variety of specialty booths at the Medina United Methodist Women’s Annual Christmas Bazaar, including homemade craft items, jams, jellies and quilted items. You will also find Christmas decorations, greeting cards, books and white elephants. Booth space is still available for rent.
A continental breakfast will be served from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and Mexican food will be served for lunch from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Frozen tamales will be on sale, too. The Bazaar will end at 2 p.m.
Agape Christmas baskets, sign up through Dec. 3
The Agape Thrift shop is accepting sign-up requests for Christmas baskets through Dec. 3, and will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Agape Thrift Store. To sign up, stop in at the Agape Thrift Store on Saturdays; send an email to; or call 830-589-3228 or cellphone 619-504-7750. Please provide name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the family. Also, please provide the names and ages of children in the family and a “Christmas wish list” for young children. Children older than 10 years old will receive a Walmart gift card.
SUNDAY, DEC. 10, Xmas Celebration
Kick off a day of community-wide Christmas festivities at the 3rd Annual Hot Cakes & Holly Breakfast from 7 to 11 am, at the Masonic Lodge. The cost is $10 a plate and benefits the MISD Junior Class.
At 4 pm in the library, the Medina Community Choir will sing one song from their current repertoire (a teaser for their upcoming concerts on Dec. 12 and 16), which will be followed by a short choral concert presented by local elementary school children. Santa will definitely be dropping in, so bring your cameras. Rounding out the library events will be the annual baking contest. Afterwards and across the street, the festivities will continue at an open house at the Bandera County Veterinary Clinic hosted by several local merchants. At dark, gather around the Christmas tree next to The Apple Store for a tree lighting ceremony, to see the new nativity and to sing Christmas carols.
Community choir performs cantata
The Medina Community Choir will perform two concerts this year. The first performance will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at The Core. The second performance will begin at 7 pm, Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Hill Country Event Center, 17740 State Highway 16 North, Medina.
This year, the choir will sing “And it Came to Pass- Emmanuel" by J. Rouse & R. Aspinall. (Free)

Alcoholics Anonymous
Anyone who wants to change their drinking behavior is welcome to attend the Alcoholics Anonymous support group that meets at 7 pm every Thursday in the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue.