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Hondo Public Library

Summer Reading Program Registration is May 18-29. Programs for ages 4-9 begin Tues., June 9, and ages 9+ will begin Wed., June 10, both at 2 p.m. in the library. For more info call the library at 426-5333.

Memorial Day Ceremony

American Legion Post 371 and the City of Natalia will host the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Mon., May 25, 11 a.m. in front of the Veteran’s Memorial Monument in Natalia. For more info call Ruby Vera, 830-663-2926.

Memorial Day Services

Mon., May 25, 9 a.m. Memorial Park, Hondo and 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, D’Hanis. All are welcome.


New Fountain UMC is hosting Singspiration on Sun., May 31, 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society will meet on Tues., May 26, at Sammy’s Restaurant, Hwy 90 in Castroville. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. For info, call Anna, 830-931-5426.

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., 1204 17th St., 830-584-2100.

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.

Free Tutoring: K-5 reading and math, Tues. 3:30-5 p.m.

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 apt. only.

Wesley Nurse

Free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, exercise classes, and health education. Help with CHIPS, Medicaid and SNAP applications, emergency food and other resources. 830-426-5532.


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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 7 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 Boy Scouts Troop 370, contact Chris Young, 830-931-1092, c007young@yahoo.com. For Cub Scouts Pack 370, contact Jennifer Sanchez, 210-838-6887, jenleasan1972@yahoo.com.

Crafty Angels

Meet every Wednesday at Hondo First United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.

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

Meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the Lytle Church of Christ. Business meeting, program, and luncheon on 2nd Tues. Other Tuesdays devoted to individual art production. Everyone with an interest in art is welcome. Call Jane Brown, 210-415-2546 or Shirley Friesenhahn, 210-622-3791.

Girl Scouts

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

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.

Home Schoolers Park Day

First Thursday of the every month from noon with a picnic lunch until about 4 p.m. at the Garden Club Park across from the Medina County Fair Grounds. For more information contact Jenny Kusch, 210-965-6835, oiloutloud@gmail.com.

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

Meet at Hermann Sons Steak House, US 90 E, Hondo, Thurs., 11:45 a.m. 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. Democrats

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

Medina Greys

Camp #2254, Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the 2nd Tues. monthly, 7 p.m., at the Senior and Community Center, 1014 18th St.

Navy officer wives club

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

NF HANK Stitchers

New Fountain United Methodist Church, admin. building, 1st Thurs. 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 info 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.

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

City-wide yard sale

Sat., June 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Castroville. Call Melissa Smity 830-931-5013. (See ad.)

Growing up Wild

Explore nature with young children the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month through May 26. The free event is 10-11 a.m. at Castroville Regional Park and is aimed at children ages 3-7. Register at Castroville Public Library.


Free Programs

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

Free G/PG Movie

Tuesday afternoons, 4 p.m.

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 830-931-4095 for info.


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

Great courses

DVD presentations and discussions on “Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour Through American History,” led by Cindy and Don Jacox meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 830-538-9498.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Meets the third Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - noon.


Alsatian Dancers

Practice in the Parish Hall at Zion Lutheran Church Saturday, 10 a.m.

Free Yoga

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


Monday, 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 (age 60+) with Bingo after lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for jigsaw puzzles, games and socializing.

Lion’s Club

Meets 12-1 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, 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). 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 the 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 VFC mtgs.

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

Castroville Junior Firefighters

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., meet at the Castroville Fire House. Mico VFD meetings

Tuesdays at the Fire House (7127 CR 271 in Mico), 7-10 p.m., 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, 210-376-7832 for info.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. at Braden Keller Center starting April 28.

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 August then every other month, 6:30-7:30, various locations. Call Priscilla, 830-931-2262, for info.

Seniors Day Out

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


Castroville 4-H

Meets the second Monday each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Castroville Elementary Cafeteria. Call 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, La Coste 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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