Photo of the Week       Last weekend was a busy one, and by Saturday night I was really glad to get some sleep. This weekend may be even busier, but it should be the last REALLY busy weekend until sometime in March. I think I’m going to survive, and I expect that (if I do survive), I’ll have a whole lot of good memories from these past few weeks.
       Most of the events I expect to attend are listed in my “Upcoming Events” article, but some deserve extra mention here. And some things aren’t in that article, which I finished a few hours ago.
John Hallowell, Editor       Guitarist Paul Finley is coming to Llano this Friday evening for a concert from 7 to 9 at Fuel Coffee House, and this time he’ll have two friends with him: vocalist Sharon Grant and singer/songwriter Daniel Makins. This trio will be a special treat for Llano.
       The Llano Country Opry this Saturday will feature two shows (2:30 and 7:30 p.m.) with the world-famous Bellamy Brothers. If you don’t have tickets yet, call ahead quickly at 325-247-5354; there may be some left!
       The Austin-based Irish traditional band “The Here & Now” will bring their festive Celtic Christmas show, Nollaig, Marble Falls this Saturday. They will be joined by the Louisianan Cajun/Irish quartet, Celjun, and the Nollaig Irish Dancers for a family-friendly holiday variety show at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Uptown Theatre. A portion of the ticket sales benefit the Phoenix Center, a Marble Falls nonprofit committed to meeting the need for high-quality, affordable mental health care for children and families in need.

       The Sunday service at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church will feature choruses from Handel’s Messiah this week, and a special bell choir on Sunday the 17. They will also have a mobile food bank this month Call 325-388-4187 for more details.
       The Lakeshore Library has a busy schedule this month. They’ll be holding a Holiday Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 11. It’s an informal, come-and-go event; refreshments will be provided by Library staff as a “thank-you” to the community. A beautiful quilt, made and donated by the Tow Quilters Club, will be displayed and tickets will be available for a December 20 drawing. On Wednesday, December 13 (at 2:00 p.m.) guests can create a “glass-on-glass” project that will make a great gift or a lovely addition to their home. All the necessary supplies will be provided. Call 325-379-1174 for more information.
       Commissioner (Llano County Pct. #3) Mike Sandoval’s Town Hall Meeting will be held next Tuesday, December 12, at the Kingsland Library. The meeting starts at 6, but if you get there early, you can take advantage of the free cookies and hot chocolate.
       The Kingsland Chamber’s Breakfast Club will meet at the Vineyard B&B at Lost Creek Ranch, on RR 2233 near Sunrise Beach, at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13. The Girl Scouts in Kingsland invite the public to a meeting at the Windchime Assisted Living Center at 2 p.m. that day to discuss options for a curbside recycling program.
       Author Cinda Adams Brooks will be the featured speaker at the Herman Brown Free Library’s Coffee Talks, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 14. She will share the story of her family's journey from Texas to life in rural east Africa as medical missionaries.
       That evening (4-7 p.m.), Protea Salon & Spa will hold its monthly charity fundraiser; the Kingsland School will be the beneficiary this time around. There will be door prizes and raffles, and 20 % of boutique and vendor sales will be donated to the school.
       The Llano Library invites the public to a special showing of the movie, “The Muppet Christmas Carol” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 21. Snacks and crafts will be provided, and Santa will visit after the movie. The following Friday, December 29, there will be a Kids Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Blast from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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