Livestock Show winners
La Vernia seniors Zoe Carter (left) and KJ Crisp show off their ribbons after excelling at the 2015 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show. More Featured Photos »

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Kidney Smart

10:00 a.m. / Floresville United Methodist Church-Fellowship Hall

DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, has available kidney disease education classes, known as Kidney Smart, at no cost to the community. These instructor-led kidney health education classes will provide an opportunity for participants to learn how kidneys function, the effects of kidney disease and the various treatment options available to patients as well as the role medications, diet and nutrition play in disease management and prevention. The classes are open to the community and are designed for those diagnosed with kidney disease or high-risk individuals, along with their caregivers, family and friends. To enroll in a class, call 830-393-4010. DaVita also provides online kidney disease education tool at KidneySmart.org for those interested in learning at home. More than 20 million adults over the age of 20 have kidney disease, which can progress to end stage renal disease. Most are unaware of their condition, as the disease is often symptomless until its late stages. Individuals at high risk for kidney disease include those with diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as adults age 65 and older, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. Please call 830-393-4010 or visit KidneySmart.org for more details.

For more information call 830-393-4010 or or visit www.kidneysmart.org.
Contact Person: Jennifer Dominguez
THE GATHERING (COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW/DANCE)

7-10 PM. Great VFW kitchen at 5:30 PM / Geronimo VFW, 6808 N Hwy 123, 78115

The Gathering's Country Music Show/Dance will be at Geronimo VFW, 6808 N Highway 123, Geronimo, on Tuesday, February 3, from 7-10 PM. Great VFW kitchen at 5:30 PM. Adults $7--12 & under $3. This month featuring Billy Mata, Sally Carlson and Chuck Tschoepe along with a great house and band. Adults $7--12 & under $3. Reservations call Dorothy at 512-825-2180, www.thegateringmusicshow.com

For more information call 830-305-5478 or .
Contact Person: Barbara Owen
Trinkets and Treasures Resale Shop Sale

9:30am-3:30pm / San Antonio State Hospital - Logan Hall

The Volunteer Services Council of the San Antonio State Hospital is opening their "Trinkets & Treasures Resale Shop” on February 3, 2015 between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Many gently used items are available at a very favorable price. •Women's, Men's ,and Children's Clothing •Accessories / Shoes / Handbags •Bedroom and Kitchen Linens •Home Decor •Kitchen Items All proceeds benefit the patients at the San Antonio State Hospital (SASH).

For more information call 210-531-8004 or .
Contact Person: Stephanie Weimer
Floresville Opry

5:00 to 9:30 P.M. / 600 State Hwy 97 West

Make plans to attend the Floresville Opry, Thursday, February 5th at the Floresville Event Center, 600 State Hwy 97 West, next to the River Park. 6:00-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Come early for an $8.00 stuffed pork loin dinner. General admission $10.00 or $120.00 for a reserved table that seats 10. It’s family-friendly entertainment that will have you tapping your toes and dancing to live classic country music provided by the “Playin’ To Win Country Band”; members Pat Fox-Bass, Kenny Penny-Lead Guitar, Rodney Smith-Fiddle, Diane Farley-Rhythm Guitar, Randy Reinhard-Steel Guitar, Eleanor Shore-Keyboard and Doug Mortenson-Drums. Featured singers for the February Opry are Clifton Jansky, Bobby Reed, Gary West, Conrad Gonzales, Rich Orr, Marilyn Ebrom, Krista Morgan, Jim Helmke and Jerry King. Also, the 2014 Peanut Festival Royal Court will be honored with a Grand March. The Floresville Opry is held the first Thursday in February, May, August and November for a community benefit through the Wilson County Historical Society. For information about the Opry or if you would like to be a sponsor contact Viola Henke #830-393-6512. Thank you for helping to keep the Floresville Opry and Classic Country Music alive.

For more information call 830-393-6512 or .
Contact Person: Viola Henke
H.S.C Support Group Leader Training

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. / Heidi Search Center, 4115 Naco Perrin Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78217

5-week interactive training TRAINING INCLUDES: Wk. 1 Do’s & Don’ts of Mentoring / Ideas for you & your mentee Wk. 2 Spiritual Gifts / Mentoring Techniques / Discernment Wk. 3 Walk thru on Lessons 1 & 2 (Trauma -- Shame/Rejection) *May include LIVE DEMO Wk. 4 Walk thru on Lessons 3 & 4 (Fear -- Anger/Unforgiveness) *May include LIVE DEMO Wk. 5 Walk thru on Lessons 5 & 6 (HOPE -- New Names) *May include LIVE DEMO To sign up call the Heidi Search Center @ 210-650-0428 by January 26, 2015

For more information call 210-650-0428 or or visit www.heidisearchcenter.com.
Contact Person: Crystal Calloway
In-Depth Bible Study

7:00-8:00pm / Verdi Community Center

In-Depth Bible study on The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

For more information call 830-200-6678 or .
Contact Person: Armand & Gina Huizar
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“My dog, Levi, knows how to live ... soaking up the sun waiting on dinner,” says owner Darla Elenbaas. Levi is a 7-year-old Min Pin.
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