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The New Fountain Methodist Church will hold a service entirely devoted to music, both congregational and by various soloists and groups, Sunday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Refreshments are served afterward, bringing a tray of finger food or dessert to share is encouraged.

Hondo 4-H Clubs

The first organizational meeting of the Hondo 4-H Clubs will be Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Activity Center of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Ave. M. All students who are at least nine years old and in the third grade are eligible to join. Call Sandy at 931-5327 for info.

Sabinal Civic Club

The Sabinal Civic Club meets Thursday Sept. 4 in the Sabinal Public Library. Guest speaker will be Karyn Jones, chairman of the Cypress Planning committee. Refreshments will be served by Sara Martinez, Alma Martinez and Patty Rodriguez. Please come and bring a friend.

Hondo Hermann Sons

Annual family BBQ for members and families, Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Hermann Sons Lodge Hall, Hondo. Register 6 p.m., meeting and meal 7 p.m.

Genealogy Room

A program explaining the addition of a genealogy room will be presented by Dorothy Schorp, librarian of the Hondo Public Library. The program is sponsored by St. John’s Historical Association. and will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at St. John’s Parrish Hall. This new area has computers designated for study and research on genealogy, allowing patrons to work on or update personal family history. The meeting is open to the public.

Castro Colonies Heritage Assoc.

In order to not conflict with the Medina County Fair, the date of the quarterly meeting has been changed to Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. in the Moye Center in Castroville.

Area Resources

Area Museums

• Medina County Museum 2202 18th St., Hondo, Wed.-Sat. 10-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m., 830-426-2755.

• Shooting Star Museum

Free admission. 6 mi. south of Castroville off FM 1343. Antique aircraft, cars, farm equipment, vintage clothing.

Cancer support

American Cancer Society’s local resource room at Hondo Church of Christ provides information and services to cancer patients and their families: including wigs, hats, prostheses and more. Open Fri., 10 a.m.-noon. To arrange another time, call 830-741-2228 or 830-931-4766.

Caregiver resources

Hondo Public Library. Supplies, literature & resources provided. 830-426-5333.

Community services

Community Council of South Central Texas Inc., 375 CR 5214, D’Hanis, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 830-363-3119.

Darkness to Light mtg.

Classes to identify perpetrators and symptoms of child abuse at Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center, 1901 Ave I., 830-426-5554.

Driver’s license office

702 Harper, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 830-426-8975.

Emergency notification

Sign up now to receive text or email messages regarding emergencies at r.i-info.com/rc/arc. A link is also located on medinacountytexas.org.

Free clothing

Blessed Threads, Jesus Church, 2035 Hwy. 90, Castroville, 3rd Saturday monthly, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 830-931-3085 or 210-772-0720.

Free counseling

K’STAR Youth and Family Services, 1210 18th St., 830-426-2878. Individual and family counseling.

Free GED classes

South Texas Regional Training Ctr., 402 Carter St., Hondo, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-noon and Mon.-Fri., 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., 830-591-7235.

Garden club thrift store

1903 19th St., Hondo, Thur., 1-5 p.m.

Hondo Public Library

1011 19th St., Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 830-426-5333.

Book club: 2nd Mon, 2 p.m.

Story time: Wed., 10-11 a.m., ages 2-5, Sept.-May.

Tutoring: K-5 reading and math at Hondo First Baptist Church.

Medina Co. Food Pantry

502 Arnold St., Hondo, Mon., Wed., Fri., 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Texas Ramp Project

Anyone in need of a ramp for use with a walker or wheelchair may apply for area assistance by calling 830-426-0624. Volunteers to assist in installing the ramps also needed.

Veterans Service Office

Hondo: 709 Ave. Y, Mon. & Tues., 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. Devine: 317 N. Hwy. 132, 1st & 3rd Wed., 9 a.m.–noon.

Castroville: 1312 Geneva, 3rd Wed., 830-741-6135 by appt. only.


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Writers’ group

The Medina Co. Writer’s Guild meets 3rd Mon. monthly, 4:30-6 p.m., at Hondo Public Library. For info, call Jarvis, 210-296-8171.

Clubs and Regular Meetings

4-H programs

For 4-H club info., contact Medina County Extension Ofc. 830-741-6180 or medina-TX@tamu.edu.

Addiction support

Addiction Education Recovery Support group, Community/Senior Center, Hondo, 1014 18th St., Mondays, 7 p.m. Contact David Cuellar 210-275-8345.

Al-Anon meeting

Heart of the Matter Al-Anon family support group meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at the Braden Keller Center in Castroville.

Amateur radio club

Medina Co. Amateur Radio Club, Hondo Community/Senior Center, 1014 18th St., 2nd Saturday, monthly, 9 a.m. 830-741-2474.

American Legion

•Hal Jones Post #128, 804-B Harper St., Hondo; 3rd Mon. monthly, 7 p.m. 830-426-2847.

•Aguinaldo Pruneda Post #524, US 90 W, Hondo; last Thurs. of the month, 7 p.m. 210-219-8613.

Bereavement group

Meets at Cowboy Church, 374 CR 341 Hondo, first, third, and fourth Thursdays monthly at 7 p.m. Open to anyone having difficulty coping with the loss of a loved one.

Boy/Cub Scouts

For troop info. in Hondo, call 210-274-9975 or nicole78861us@yahoo.com.

Fire companies

• Hondo Vol. Fire Co.

Station #1, 1905 Ave. K. ,1st Thurs. monthly, 7 p.m., Open to all.

• Mico VFD

Fire house, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tues. and 3rd Sat. monthly. 210-376-7832.

Free exercise classes

First United Methodist Church of Hondo Fellowship Hall. Walk Aerobics, Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. Sit and Be Fit, Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. 830-426-2073.

Friendship Art Club

Lytle Church of Christ, Main St. Informal painting, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Monthly business meeting, program/outing and potluck lunch on 2nd Tues. All level painters welcome. 210-415-2546.

Girl Scouts

For troop info. in Medina County, call 210-349-2404.

Grief support meetings

First United Methodist Church of Hondo Fellowship Hall, 2nd Wed. monthly, 3 p.m. 830-426-9414.

Hermann Sons meetings

Men’s lodge 236-1,1st Tues. monthly at 7 p.m.; Women’s lodge 161-3, 2nd Tues. monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the lodge hall, 255 Hwy. 173N.

Hondo Art League

Corner of Harper and Vandenberg on the Hondo airbase, 4th Thurs., monthly, 10 a.m. All level classes and workshops. Come and go studio, Thurs., 9-4. 830-931-5565.

Hondo-D’Hanis Rotary

Meets at Hermann Sons Steak House, US 90 E, Hondo, Thurs., 11:45 a.m. Visit for more info: hondodhanisrotaryclub.org.

Hondo Garden Club

Hondo Community/Senior Center, 1014 18th St., 2nd Friday monthly, 1 p.m., Sept.–May. 830-741-2411.

Hondo Hootenanny

Musicians gathering, Hondo Community/Senior Center, 1014 18th St., 1st Fri. monthly, 11 a.m., Bring covered dish & instruments. 830-426-2831.

Hondo Line Dancers

Medina Co. Nutrition Center, 808 Harper St., Wednesdays, 10 a.m., 830-741‑6160.

Hondo Lions Club

Hondo Community/Senior Center, 1014 18th St., Wed., noon.

Hondo Masonic Lodge

Ave. Q, 2nd Monday monthly, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 210-416-2124.

Medina Co. Writer’s Guild

Monthly meetings held 3rd Mon. monthly, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Medina Democrats

“Coffee ‘n’ Conversation” El Charro Restaurant, Hondo, Fridays, 10 a.m. 210-548-6585.

Navy officer wives club

Monthly luncheons, 1st Thursdays, 210-695-3146.

NF HANK Stitchers

New Fountain United Methodist Church, admin. building, 1st Fri. monthly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Quilting, embroidering, knitting and crocheting. 830-426-4219.

Order of the Eastern Star

Hondo Chapter #404, Masonic Lodge, 2607 Ave. Q, 3rd Mon. monthly, 7:30 p.m.

Red Hat Society

All ladies are welcome to join The Red Hat Society. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at different locations. Please join us for a fun luncheon. For more information, call Anna, 830-931-5426.

Reformers Unanimous

National, Christ-centered, adult addictions program, Country Baptist Church, Lytle, Fridays, 7-9 p.m., 830-709-4265 or 210-789-4230.

Republican club

Medina County Republican Club, Sammy’s Restaurant, Castroville, last Tuesday monthly, 7:30 p.m., 830-931-0431 or 210-415-5957.

Sisters, Inc.

Hondo Art League bldg., Harper Rd., 3rd Wed. monthly, 10 a.m. Email s-kunkel@tamu.edu or call 830-741-6180.

South Texas Area Farm and Ranch Club

Agriculture/agribusiness club meets monthly at Aggie Park, 6205 West Ave., San Antonio. 210-473-4936. stafarc.org.

Square dancers

Rock-n-Cedars, Braden Keller Community Center, Castroville, Monday, 7–9 p.m., 830-931-1399. Lessons start Sept. 29.

Tex. Hill Wing CAF

Tex. Hill Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, 1st Sat. monthly, 10 a.m., Hondo airport terminal, public welcome. Contact Larry Stacy, 210-218-7358 or lstacy456 @sbcglobal.net; texhillwing.org

VFW Post 3891

804-A Harper St., Hondo airbase, 2nd Tues., monthly, 7 p.m. 210-287-4707.

Weight loss support

TOPS Chapter, Hondo Community/Senior Center, 1014 18th St., Thursdays weigh-in at 4-4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. meeting.

Castroville Blurbs

Scheduling Events

When deciding when to schedule an event, check with the Chamber of Commerce at 830-538-3142 to find out what is already scheduled. This way you can avoid scheduling an event that will be competing with another event for participants.

Gentilz Art Exhibit

Daily except Sunday through Sept.6 at Castroville State Bank, 502 Paris Street, exhibit of Theodore Gentilz paintings of San Antonio missions. (See article, Anvil, August 14.)

World War I Memorial Show

Every Sunday through August 31, 1 – 5 p.m. Shooting Star Museum Library. Military memorabilia of WWI on display to commemorate 100th Anniversary of the beginning of WWI.

Alsatian Dinner

Friday, Sept. 5, 5 – 7 p.m., American Legion Hell, corner of Fiorella and Paris Streets. Dinner to benefit American Scholarship Fund. Eat in or take out.

Castroville’s Birthday Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 6, beginning in September Square at 9:30 a.m.


Free Programs

Castroville Public Library has free programs for all ages. Call 830-931-4095, visit library or www.castrovillelibrary.org.

Book Clubs

Library Book Clubs: Daybreak, first Mon. of the month, 10:30 a.m. to noon; and Nightfall, first Wed. of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.

Friends of Castroville Library meeting

meet the fourth Tues. each month at 6:30 p.m.

Junior Friends

Meets monthly, dates and times vary. Call library or Debbie, 210-414-4257 for info.


Meets Wed. 10:30-11:15 a.m. It includes Handwriting without Tears and Signing Time.

Music Makers

Meets Thursdays at 10 a.m., beginning in September.

Great courses

DVD presentations and discussions, led by Cindy and Don Jacox meets every Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 830-538-9498 for info. The new DVD presentations focused on Great Events will begin January 7.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Meets on third Saturday of the month from 10:30 - noon.


Alsatian Dancers

practice in the Parish Hall at Zion Lutheran Church Sundays, 5 p.m.

Free Yoga

Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. Medina River West Community Center, 114 CR 573, Castroville.


Monday and Wednesday, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Braden Keller Community Center, 1410 Amelia, Castroville. Call 210-632-6649 for info.

Senior Lunches

Monday-Thursday (potluck on Thursdays) 12-1 p.m. at the Fuos House at Zion Lutheran Church. Lunches for seniors (60 and over) with Bingo after lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays.Open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for jigsaw puzzles, games and socializing.

Children’s Choir

Tuesdays, Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Practice at 4:30 p.m. Call Alexandra, 830-931-1265.

Lion’s Club

Meets first and third Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m. at Sammy’s. Come, find out about us and join.

“The Morning Word”

Thursdays, 7 a.m. Sammy’s back room. Men’s ecumenical Bible study and breakfast (Dutch treat). Come, join us and bring your Bible. Study led by Rene Maciel, 830-931-1958, or rsmac1984@gmail.com.


Meet Sundays at the Shooting Star Museum in their new Textile Room. Come and watch, or join in and quilt. Call 210-386-6038 for info.

Free Movie

Second Sunday of the month, 6 p.m. at the Shooting Star Museum. Family movies for all ages, ice cream and popcorn. Call 210-386-6038 for info.

Castroville Vol. Fire Company meetings

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at the fire house. Call 830-931-4751 for info.

Mico Vol. Fire Dept. meetings

Tuesdays at the Fire House (7127 CR 271 in Mico), 7-10 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays; trainings at 8 a.m. on 3rd Saturdays. Business meeting is 2nd Tuesday 7:30-8:30 p.m. Call Chief Suwienski, 210-268-7575 for info.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. at Braden Keller Center.

Narcotics Anonymous

meetings Fridays, 7 p.m. at Braden Keller Center.

Line dancing

Tuesdays at Braden Keller Center. Beginners-1 p.m., intermediate, 2 p.m. Everyone welcome. Call Ken for info, 830-931-3459.

Square dancing

Rock-N-Cedars Square Dance Club is looking for square dancers. Join the fun Mondays 7-9 p.m. at the Braden Keller Center in Castroville. For info, call Christina, 830-931-1399.

Open Door Social

Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 12-3 p.m., MV United Methodist Church on Country Lane. Enjoy Dominoes and potluck.

Castroville Garden Club meeting

Third Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30, various locations. Call Priscilla, 830-931-2262, for info.

Event Coordinating Team Meeting

Third Thursday of every month, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Landmark Inn. Call Brenda at 830-931-3142 for info.

Senior Citizens Day Out

Meets the third Thursday each month at Medina Valley VFW Post 8134 in LaCoste. Lunch is 1 - 2 p.m. Games, companionship 1-5 p.m. Bingo, Pitch and dominos. Light refreshments.

Free GED classes

South Texas Regional Training Center, 402 Carter St., Hondo, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-noon and Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., 830-591-7235.


Fire Explorer’s Post 702

Meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at the fire house on Paris Street in Castroville.

New Explorer’s Group

Meets every other Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Castroville Municipal Airport. Call 830-931-2222 for info.

Castroville 4-H

Meets the second Monday each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Castroville Elementary Cafeteria. Contact Scott, 830-538-3706.

Rio Medina 4-H

Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month at Mumme’s Inc. in Rio Medina. Contact Betty, 210-835-5632.

LaCoste 4-H

Meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday each month, LaCoste Elementary Cafeteria.

Boy Scouts

Troop 310: call 210-394-8051; Troop 831: call 830-538-6402; and Troop 471: call 830-931-3655.

Girl Scouts

Call Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, 210-349-2404, ext. 230, for info.











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