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78209 M A G A Z I N E

Sharing a Love of Animals The Wilson Family

Bringing Mixed-Use Properties to ‘09 Embrey Partners



Business Profile

Embrey Partners is developing a mixed-use property in 78209 to give residents convenience of everything in close proximity.


Meet Your Neighbors

Dr. Rebecca Wilson and her two children have experienced first-hand the warmth, friendliness and support of the people in ’09 and are proud to call it home.



Danna and Jim Halff’s mid-century ranch-style home has proven that with some remodeling, a home with “good bones” can be functional and fabulous.


10 Trending in ‘09

14 Happenings in ‘09 28 Good Living

30 Realtor Spotlight On The Market

32 Neighborhood News 36 School News

42 Pets - Ask Roxie 44 Society

48 Community Spotlight

51 Community Calendar 52 Eat in ‘09 56 ‘09 Eats

58 Church Directory



60 Outside ‘09 62 Calendar

64 Police Blotter 66 Vintage View



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Editor’s Letter

January Happy New Year!

2020 sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, it’s here and to those who have lived in 78209 for a while the changing face is probably looking a little strange too! Change can be a good thing though. Embrey Partners is a big part of the changes in Alamo Heights with their new mixed-use development on Broadway across from Lincoln Heights. This development is not only changing the look of the area, but is also providing new living spaces with the convenience of being able to walk to restaurants, shops and the grocery store. It is a wonderful alternative for people who are tired of commuting.

The neighbors that you’ll meet this month are Dr. Rebecca Wilson, a local dentist, and her two children. Dr. Wilson had a dental practice in 78209 for 12 ½ years before starting a new practice in Timberwood Park. Though her practice has moved, she and her children opted to stay in Alamo Heights mainly because of the warmth and support of the people here.

As we begin our new year, I want to recommend a very healthy and delicious Greek restaurant in the Quarry. Papouli’s is one of my personal favorites. Their Pan-Mediterranean cuisine is all fresh and made in house. Aside from the delicious food, I appreciate the fact that the owner, Nick Anthony, gives so much back to this community where he grew up. I hope your new year started out with a bang and that it proves to be your best year yet! Cheers!

Until next month,


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Fresh Flowers

Make someone’s day with a bouquet of fresh flowers. It’s an easy, inexpensive and thoughtful way to celebrate the new year.

Healthy Eating

Trying to eat healthy and save some cash this year? There are plenty of awesome cookbooks out there to make delicious healthy meals right at home.


Cheers! From sparkling apple cider to Champagne, January is the month of bubbles!

Denim with flair!

We absolutely love these jackets with chic designer decals and custom options! Feeling crafty? Design your own with an old jacket, beads, patches and more!

Compliment Cards

Compliment cards are the sweet random act of kindness of the season! Each card has a special compliment for everyone.

Paris, Notre-Dame & Beyond

So many new and exciting exhibits coming to 09 this year! We love the Paris exhibit going on now at the McNay.

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With over 30 years of journalistic experience, John G. Bloodsworth has covered the gamut of lifestyle stories from interviews with leading regional architects, urban planners and cutting-edge designers to stories about homeowners revealing fascinating features on modern living. With a journalism degree from Texas State University and a concentration in public relations, he began his career with the Pitluk Group, overseeing public relations and advertising activities for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. He has written for national, regional and local publications and is currently a contributing writer for magazines covering architecture, design and cultural trends. Bloodsworth also has a design firm, Little Cabin, that sources heirlooms and unique finds for ranches, coastal getaways and urban environments for retail and residential clients.


Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian who keeps discovering new things about his hometown every day. He studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University. His local journalism career started in the mid-1990s, and most recently he served in both editing and reporting positions with Prime Time Newspapers, a former group of community weeklies, and the San Antonio Express-News. He has been with organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. An animal lover and a sports fan, Edmond enjoys being with family and friends, hiking and watching the newest sci-fi TV show.


ON THE COVER Photographer, Jason Roberts caught this family making giant bubbles in the Bubble Pavilion at the DoSeum.


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Happenings In‘09

La Panadería Remodels Broadway Store

Regulars who buy their Mexican breads, other pastries, baked treats, and coffee at La Panadería at 8305 Broadway found the business closed for remodeling in early December. According to one of the managers, “We thought it was time to upgrade. We doubled the size of the kitchen and added 1,000

square feet to the dining area. We also purchased all new dining tables and chairs from Italy. “And,” he said, we hope to do something with our patio early next year.” The newly refurbished bakery re-opened on December 12.

Wash Tub To Open on W. Sunset

Real Estate developer Ed Beck has leased over an acre of land at 323 W. Sunset to the Wash Tub. The property, which previously housed a daycare center, will be reimagined into a full-service car wash and specialty shop. Wash Tub VPGary Stinnett, told 78209 Magazine, “We’re very familiar with that area. We’ve been at Broadway and Hildebrand for almost 30 years. We have a long-term lease on the property.” He added, “The new location gives us a great triangle of coverage for all of Alamo Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.” Stinnett said he expects the W. Sunset location to open in three or four months. The Wash Tub is a family operated business. It started operations in San Antonio in 1986. The Bexar County Appraisal District appraises the W. Sunset property at over $1 million. 14

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New Location Finalized for Alamo Heights Post Office

The Post Office is moving from 78209 to 78218. While not scheduled until July 2020, the postal service has confirmed the Alamo Heights Post Office Branch at 4801 Broadway St., adjacent to the H-E-B Central Market, will move to the Austin Highway Event Center at 1948 Austin Highway. The post office branch in Alamo Heights has been open since the 1970s. The current lease expires in January 2020 and will not be renewed. The move was announced in April 2018, but at the time, no new location had been secured.

Each of the nine Scouts led a service project at an organization within the community

Nine Boys Advance to Eagle Scouts

Troop 809 of the Alamo Area Council advanced 9 Boy Scouts on to Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. Only 4% of all Boy Scouts are granted this rank. Scoutmaster Tim Corley recognized each of them at their Court of Honor Ceremony on November 17, 2019, congratulating them on a job well done. The nine scouts completed over 868 service hours during their service projects. All but one of the scouts attends Alamo Heights High School. Each Scout individually led a service project at an organization in the community. The groups served were:

•Alamo Heights Community Garden •Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio •Alamo Heights Little League •Messiah Lutheran Preschool •Hondondo Creek Trails •SAMMinistries •San Antonio Library Foundation •Alamo Heights High School

The new Eagle Scouts are: Cecil Armstrong, The American School in San Salvador, Sophomore; Marshall Brown, AHHS Junior; Charles Gottsacker, AHHS Senior; Parker Klumpp, AHHS Junior; Robert Marshall III, AHHS Sophomore; Benjamin Padilla, AHHS Junior; Joseph Satel, Jr., AHHS Sophomore; Henry Tyng, AHHS Senior; and Benjamin Wolle, AHHS Junior. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020


Business Profile


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Embrey Partners Bringing Quality Living Experiences to ‘09 BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT |


For 45 years, Embrey Partners has been developing properties in San Antonio and beyond, and they're particularly proud of the mixed-use projects they’re currently designing. Their business, which has resided in 78209 for four decades, approaches building in a three-tiered strategy, handling the development, construction, and management of the properties they choose to take on. “We set a vision very early on about what we believe is important, then we go out and execute it and bring it full circle, making sure we are selling to the market what we anticipated,” President Trey Embrey said. Throughout the past two decades, there's been a huge push for urbanization in the development industry in San Antonio and nationwide. Embrey said it’s due to an entire generation of people who have spent years sitting in their cars commuting. That, combined with a transient job market where people don't want to be tied down to a mortgage, has turned many potential homeowners into renters by choice. Through mixed-use properties, Embrey Partners is providing the rentable living space as well as walkability to shops, restaurants, and more. "People want to live closer to work, and when they get home, they don't want to have to go far to grocery shop or grab dinner or a drink," said John Kirk, executive vice president of development. “San Antonio is doing a big push to get more housing downtown, making it more 24/7 versus just a tourism destination. We’re also seeing the urbanization in the suburbs, with properties like La Cantera. People like the convenience of everything in close proximity.” Embrey Partners is currently in the process of developing a new mixed-use property right here in ‘09, at the corner of Nacogdoches and Broadway, directly across from the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. There, renters will have the convenience of a central location, as well as the grocery and shops just across the street. “As a business, we approach building with three wow factors,” Kirk said. “First, as the resident arrives at the project, what are they seeing, and are they impressed with it? Second, how are they greeted when they arrive and how are the amenities. And third, how are they going to feel living in it. How do they like the finishes and the feeling of the property. We want an aesthetic experience.” Embrey agrees.

“What makes us unique in this business is we believe in support through the entire life cycle of the project,” he said. Having just celebrated its 45th year, Embrey is proud of the company’s ability to withstand several recessions and downturns overtime. The hope is to continue to expand over the next four decades, building even more great projects. "It's a big milestone for any business, but particularly for one in a volatile industry like we are," Embrey said. "We're super excited about the growth experience." Along with projects here in Texas, Embrey Partners is also re-entering the Florida market and is breaking ground in North Carolina, expanding their business to markets in six total states. And while they think nationally from a business standpoint, Kirk and Embrey love having their business and home life here in ‘09. "I've lived here eight years, and I grew up in a small town, so that really appealed to me about this community," Kirk said. “We like being a part of the community, and to live, work and play all in this area is important to the Embrey company.

“As a business, we approach building

with three wow factors, First, as the resident arrives at the project, what are they seeing, and are they impressed with it? Second, how are they greeted when they arrive and how are the amenities. And third, how are they going to feel living in it.”

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Meet Your Neighbors


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The Wilson Family Shared Love of Animals and Strong Spirituality Bonds Family



"From every negative, there is always a positive," is a mantra Dr. Rebecca Wilson repeatedly tells her children, 17-year-old Madeline, and 15-year-old Sam. Wilson’s strong belief in God has guided her and her children through tough times, and spirituality is one of the ties of their family’s tight bond. “My children grew up going to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church here in Alamo Heights, and that experience really instilled in them the power of prayer and that anything that is thrown at us, God can handle,” she said. Born and raised in Iowa, Wilson, a pediatric dentist, jokes that the stork dropped her off in the wrong state because she was always meant to be a Texan. Raised on a farm, her mother was a nurse, and her father managed the crops. Through her upbringing, she found three passions – children, medicine, and animals. “From a young age I wanted to go to veterinary school, so I applied. But God had a different plan for me because when I applied to dental school, all the doors opened. I found dentistry and working with kids wound up fulfilling one of my other passions.” Her older brother was a pediatric dentist and a huge mentor in helping her pave her career. For many years she ran Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry, but now has started a new practice in Timberwood Park. While no longer seeing patients in '09, she and her children have grown roots here and are proud to call this community their home. Wilson is thrilled that so many of her ‘09 patients have followed her to Timberwood Park. "We love walking around the neighborhood with our dogs, or hitting the dog park," she said. "I think what originally drew me to Alamo Heights is the small-town feel here. It was reminiscent of growing up in a small town in Iowa. The friendliness of the people." While her love of medicine and children has been fulfilled

Dr. Wilson’s three passions are children, medicine and animals. Here she is pictured at her private dental practice in Timberwood Park.

in her professional life, her passion for animals plays a huge role at home. The Wilsons own six dogs, three cats, and love every single minute of it. "My kids have taken on my love of animals," she said with a laugh. "Animals to us are comfort. My son is even considering becoming a vet one day. He's really helpful with brushing the dogs and trimming their hair." Madeline and Sam attend Alamo Heights High School, and Rebecca says they share her combined love of science and art. "In my profession it's really a combination of art and science, and they both have the synthesis of the two," she said. "I can see them going into professions that encompass both. Each of my kids is so warm and compassionate. They have such huge hearts." Throughout their time in Alamo Heights, Wilson says her family has faced good and trying times. One of the beautiful things about the community is regardless of what side of the pendulum life is swinging; people have always shown support.

“"We love walking around the neighborhood with our dogs, or hitting the dog park." I think what originally drew me to Alamo Heights is the small-town feel here. It was reminiscent of growing up in a small town in Iowa. The friendliness of the people."

"I'm so thankful that people here in Alamo Heights have reached out and supported us during challenging times," she said. "Whether I'm in the grocery store, going downtown or near the school, I run into people, and they ask about us and have warmth and genuine concern about my family. It's nice to be able to run into people and have that connection." 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020



RANCH LIFE Midcentury Ranch Style Home Bodes Well for Modern Life


Built in 1949, purportedly for a prominent restaurateur and his family, Danna and Jim Halff’s midcentury ranch-style home may be reminiscent of another era, but its “good bones” function well in the 21st century with details found in many contemporary homes.


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Living Room

A bank of hand cranked windows bring natural light and fresh air into the living and dining rooms that are anchored with a floor to ceiling stacked rock, two sided fireplace. In the living room, a sectional sofa in orange tweed, a cerulean blue leather club chair and an Ekornes recliner and ottoman in black leather provide ample seating

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Updating the 1950s kitchen for modern living with stainless steel appliances, the midcentury integrity of the space was maintained with linoleum flooring punctuated with pops of hand cut linoleum circles, cherry wood custom cabinetry and glass tiles set in a vintage pattern.

Between a Rock and A Fireplace

Transitioning from the living room to the dining room, a plein-air landscape painting hangs above an Amethyst geode rock that Jim found in South America when he was traveling with a friend who is a geologist. He shipped it home in a barrel.

Breakfast Room

A Danish modern table and chairs were a neighborhood find for Danna, who has a passion for the classical furniture with clean lines and minimal ornamentation. By extending the original breakfast room out toward the front of the property, additional windows were added creating a light-filled space for casual dining.

Good design – and some remodeling when the couple moved in 14-years ago, give the home a vitality that provides a backdrop for active lifestyles where home is key to both social and civic activities. A small, formal entry that has remained much the same as it did when first designed features a built-in credenza of cherry wood with custom-designed, fitted wooden pulls, a white travertine marble top, and burlap wallpaper dating back to 1950. Stepping from this time capsule of 50s chic, guests enter an immense entertaining/living space that is as bright and airy as any open concept home of today. The living room opens to an enclosed sunroom that runs almost the length of the home. Floor to ceiling wooden doors fitted with glass slide back into the walls to combine the two spaces. Cork flooring pulls the two rooms together. 22

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The Halff's sixteen-year-old son, Daniel, makes good use of the space where a host of friends often converge after school - Alamo Heights High School is just a few blocks away. “It’s a gathering spot for the pack,” said Danna. “Most of his friends have siblings, and our house is a great place to get away.” With games of chess, banana grams, super smash video, and a full-size ping-pong table in the sunroom, it’s easy to see why there is always teen activity here. A passionate activist that includes Jewish causes (an immediate past president of the Barshop Jewish Community Center) and a veteran member of the local chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, Danna hosts community groups and planning meetings in the space that can accommodate large groups. “We work in our community with concerned parents and business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership,” Danna emphasized. “We know that unintentional shootings are 100% preventable.” With a very large and extended family, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is often for 50 guests. Tables are set up in the living room and sunroom. “We fold up the ping pong table and roll it out, taking round tables out of storage for the family gatherings.” Danna quipped. “And it is wonderful that the space is all on one level for the older relatives.” The dining room also opens up to the space with a two-sided, wood-burning fireplace connecting the living and dining areas. A wall of stacked limestone bricks of varying lengths makes up the fireplace surround adding visual interest and spatial connection. Large plate-glass windows in the breakfast room bring light filtered through the branches of massive oak trees. Open to the kitchen, the Halff’s made some necessary additions to the space, yet kept the integrity of the area intact. Danna designed the kitchen with floor utilizing hypoallergenic linoleum with round disks of color that pop with fifties vibe. They opened the kitchen to the breakfast room by removing a wall and bank of cabinets while pushing the window wall out for additional space. A peninsula counter of polished granite complements the granite countertops and backsplash of glass tiles, another Danna design. With a penchant for Danish modern furnishings, the breakfast room table was a neighborhood find at an estate sale. The leaves of the table can be dropped and, by pushing the table to the wall, 24

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Formal Dining

A family piece, the dining table has two additional leaves that expand for large family gatherings. A white artichoke lamp was a gift from Jim to Danna. Art glass disks on wall above vintage sideboard belonged to one of Danna’s family members.


A collection of western bronzes and oil paintings are displayed throughout the Halff home, including the formal entry where a custom, built-in cabinet and burlap wall coverings are original to the home.

it serves as a buffet for family gatherings. Another Danish modern piece opens up to form a game table where mahjong games and book club meetings hold court. An accomplished seamstress, Danna volunteers, altering and fitting prom dresses for young women in Bexar County Foster Services. Formal dresses are donated, and the girls get to select the dress that they will wear to prom. With all of the political, social, and family activity that abounds in the Halff household, Danna has a small space where her proficiency at sewing is quietly demonstrated. In addition to making many costumes for her two sons over the years– the older son Josh is now in college – she sews blankets to relax. “It is very therapeutic,” Danna insists. And the blankets are part of her gift of giving; surely a mitzvah if ever there was one.


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Glorifying God and sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ, we build a community of hope and wholeness through worship, education, service and fellowship.

Celebrating 102 years in Alamo Heights

ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 Senior Pastor: Rev Dr. Richard Knott. Jr. (210) 824-0271 www.alamoheightspres.com

Come Worship with Us Two worship services at 8:30am and 11:00am

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Good Living

This closet features antique white cabinetry with drawers that replace the need for bulky bedroom bureaus and armoires.

Custom Closets Organization, Storage and Luxury A well-designed custom closet is a worthwhile investment because you’ll use it everyday and it will substantially add to the value of your home. In fact, most home buyers put large closets on their must-have list when searching for their next home. Many empty-nesters are even converting extra bedrooms into additional closet space. We’ve put together this list of current closet trends.

BUILT-IN WITH DRAWERS: Todays homeowners prefer to eliminate bulky bureaus and armoires from bedrooms for a sleeker modern or minamalist design. Closets with built-in cabinetry containing ample drawers eliminate the need for other furniture. Not only does this free up space in the bedroom, but it also enables you to get dressed entirely in the closet, with everything you need right at your fingertips.

LIGHTING AND FURNITURE: Beautiful lighting and fine furniture are some of the biggest trends in current closet design. Homeowners want their closets to mimic the look and feel of a high-end stylish clothing boutique.


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Built in drawers with locking mechanisms cleverly conceal valuable jewelry.

BUILT-IN HAMPERS: Hampers that look like part of the built-in cabinetry cleverly conceal dirty laundry.

ADDITIONAL SHOE STORAGE: Ample shoe shelves are a highly desired feature for many homeowners who report that they have extraordinarily large shoe collections.

ISLANDS: Closet Islands are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners find the counter-like surface convenient for many tasks. Plus, the islands provide additional opportunities for storage. JEWERY AND WATCH STORAGE: Built in drawers that can be securely locked to protect valuable jewelry and watches and even hidden wall-safes are being incorporated into contemporary closet designs.

GLASS DOORS: Glass doors protect shoes, handbags, and clothing from dust and conceal them for a neater look.


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Realtor Spotlight ®

On The Market


Embrey Realty is a premier residential real estate firm serving the most desirable neighborhoods in San Antonio. Founded by Jennie Embrey and Jessica Embrey, the team is well-versed in the San Antonio real estate community with 20 years of experience. With strong local community ties to central San Antonio, Embrey Realty will focus its business in the Tri-Cities of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, and Terrell Hills. “We use cutting edge technology and interactive media platforms that help clients seamlessly navigate buying and selling of real estate. In a world with virtual reality at its fingertips, we provide interactive marketing with aerial photography and video capabilities,” Jennie Embrey said. Embrey Realty will use its strong social media presence and relationship with lenders, title companies, and other brokerage firms to meet the needs and deliver the best results for its clients. “Our expertise, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail will allow us to guide clients through the process of buying and selling a home,” Jessica Embrey said. “We understand that there is often an emotional significance that comes along with loving where you live, and we intend to support our clients through every step of the way.”

JENNIE & JESSICA EMBREY 7801 Broadway, Ste.210 San Antonio, Texas 78209 210.999.0797 www.embreyrealty.com 30

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The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for November. Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Total Sales- 25 Average Price- $392,344   Median Price- $372,000 DOM- 153

78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales- 12 Average Price- $458,092 Median Price- $445,000 DOM- 222 78209 in North East ISD: Total Sales- 11 Average Price- $317,500 Median Price- $329,500 DOM- 80

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Neighborhood News

Tim Blonkvist of Overland Partners designed this monument, now on Broadway and Ogden, containing an image of President Kennedy’s motorcade passing by Cambridge Elementary School on November 21, 1963.

JFK Monument Dedicated in Alamo Heights BY EDMOND ORTIZ

Current students at Cambridge Elementary School gathered outside the school November 21 to witness the public unveiling of a monument, which includes a panoramic photo that captures President Kennedy’s passage in front of the campus 56 years ago. Kennedy’s motorcade traveled down Broadway during a short visit to San Antonio on November 21, 1963, the day before his assassination in Dallas. Kennedy was in town to dedicate the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base. U.S. Army Major W.M. Kardegg, father of one of the Cambridge students back then, took the photo. 32

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Photo by Edmond Ortiz

City Updates from Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills

While a copy of the picture hangs on a wall inside Alamo Heights City Hall, local resident Jim Berg launched an effort to provide the community with a public monument to pay tribute to Kennedy’s visit. Berg and project partners raised about $25,000 in private dollars to commission the bronze monument. Tim Blonkvist of area architecture firm Overland Partners designed the monument, which contains the photo of Kennedy and his motorcade. The monument also is meant to reflect a contrasts of emotions of a nation that would change within 24 hours. The picture of joy and pride is separated by one foot, which symbolizes 24 hours, from an explanatory plaque. Nearby is a black vase with symbolic flowers. One flower at one end is white, depicting hope and life. Another flower at the end is black, meaning sadness and death. In between lie 10 colored flowers, all meaning a complete life. “Taking the U.S.A. and mankind into the space, he truly lived an accomplished, complete life,” Berg said of Kennedy.

Neighborhood News Pictured Left: The Alamo Heights swimming pool that has cooled generations during San Antonio’s sweltering summers is about to undergo major renovations.

The University of the Incarnate Word Receives Transformational Gift

The University of the Incarnate Word received a $950,000 gift from the estate of Robert and Hildegard Moore that will benefit scholarships for UIW students. This gift moves the University forward in its quest to “double the endowment” over the next 10 years to better support students through graduation.

Heights Awards Pool Repair Contract

Alamo Heights City Council voted November 25 to award a $1.19 million contract to Guido Construction for renovation of the city swimming pool. Rosin Group, a structural engineering firm, recommended that the city award the contract to the lowest of three bidding companies. The project will include installation of a new high-rate filter system, demolition and rehabilitation of the existing filter structure, resurfacing of all pools in the facility, installation of new hand rails, new LED wall lighting, and two new lifeguard chairs. The project will also involve improvements around the facility to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city’s public works department will upgrade sidewalk accessibility from the swimming complex to the parking lot after Guido completes its work. Bids and quotes for renovations to the bathrooms will be forthcoming.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital Receives Guardian of Excellence Award

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital of Alamo Heights is being recognized with a 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. The award spotlights top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in patient experience, engagement and/or clinical quality performance. The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year. This is the fifth straight year that CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-Alamo Heights has been recognized with this award by reaching the 95th percentile for each reporting period for the award year for Patient Experience in HCAHPS.

Bubble Bath Car Wash Exhibit Opens at Doseum

The Bubble Bath Car Wash has made a donation in an effort to support The DoSeum’s mission to provide San Antonio families with an environment of learning through exploration, open-ended discovery and role-play. The Bubble Bath and The DoSeum in November unveiled a new carwash play area installed in Little Town, one of the institution’s most popular exhibits. The car wash allow the museum’s young guests to learn through role-play as customers and car wash employees by making connections with the real world and strengthening relationships and interactions. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020



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January is School Board Recognition Month

Alamo Heights Independent School District will join 1,025 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. “It’s more important than ever before that communities support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated,” Dr. Dana Bashara, Alamo Heights Independent School District Superintendent of Schools said. The Board members serving Alamo Heights ISD are pictured above. In the front row are Brian Hamilton, Trustee; Dr. Dana Bashara, Superintendent; Lisa Krenger, President; Bonnie Giddens, Trustee; and Ryan Anderson, Assistant Secretary. In the back row are Perry Shankle, Vice President; Margaret Judson, Trustee; and David Hornberger, Secretary. We are grateful to these dedicated volunteers for their efforts for our students. 36

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Lady Mules Tennis Take Silver at State

The Alamo Heights girls tennis team earned the title of 275A District Champs, they advanced to the regional semifinals and completed the Team Tennis season by earning the Silver Medal at the State competition.

This year Spring Break for Alamo Heights students takes place March 9 -13.

Alamo Heights 2020 Calendar of Events NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY/WINTER BREAK: No school for students. Schools and offices closed. January 1-3

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR HOLIDAY: No school for students. Schools and offices closed. January 20

AHISD BOARD MEETING: AHISD Board Room, 7101 Broadway, 6 p.m. January 23

PRESIDENTS’ DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Students will not have school as staff attends professional development. February 17

AHISD BOARD MEETING: AHISD Board Room, 7101 Broadway, 6 p.m. February 20

EARLY RELEASE: Early Release at Elementary Campuses for Parent Conferences March 3-5

EARLY RELEASE: Early Release at All Campuses for Staff Development March 5

SPRING BREAK: No school for students. Schools and offices closed. March 9-13

AHISD BOARD MEETING: AHISD Board Room, 7101 Broadway, 6 p.m. March 26

AHISD CAREER FAIR: AHHS, 8:30 -10:30 a.m. March 28

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School News

Preschoolers Learning About Gardening at the Circle School

During chilly weather the gardening classes have spent some time inside. The 3 and 4 year olds in The Moon Room explored a worm bin full of lovely garden dirt and its earthworm inhabitants. Even when the weather keeps them inside, the exploration and learning doesn’t stop at The Circle School.  Founded in 1965, this unconventional private school is a PreK-8th grade family cooperative. They combine academic excellence with a distinctive curriculum oriented around storytelling, nature-based education teaching gardening and sustainability, bridging the arts and sciences, respectful conflict resolution encouraging compassion and empathy. If you would like to learn about joining The Circle School community there is an information session on Tuesday, February 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. You can RSVP on their website, thecircleschool.org.

Beverly Lindberg

St. Luke’s Episcopal Selected by Duke Talent Identification Program

Over forty percent of St. Luke's Episcopal School's 4th-8thgrade students were selected this year to participate in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in 4th grade and above. Beverly Lindberg received state recognition  on both the English and reading subtests of the ACT.  She took the ACT as part of her involvement with the Duke TIP program for 7th graders. 38

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Mules Invited to Play in All Star Game

More than 110 players have been chosen to showcase the area’s top football talent in the Alamodome for an all-star football game. Players are nominated through their varsity coaches, and selected by an all-star selection committee. Congratulations to AHHS Mules, Aaron Proctor, WR, Curtis Gunn, DT, and Josh Galindo, DB, for being selected for the team. Watch them play January 4, in the Alamodome!

Soccer Teams Prepare for Season

BY ALAMO HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM STUDENT MARK SECHLER After a great year making it all the way to the state playoffs the soccer season is back for both boys and girls. “Luckily we didn’t lose many seniors and have a ton of returning lettermen from last season.” junior and Captain Center Midfielder Morgan Musgrove said. “Hopefully, we can do what we did last year and maybe even win it all this year.” The girls’ season begins with a tournament at Highland Park in Dallas on January 2 and the boys began their season in midDecember. With a ton of senior leadership, look for this year’s boys’ team to exceed expectations and, hopefully, make a long run into the playoffs. “Last year’s team was made up of really good individuals but this year we are better as a team,” senior Center Attacking Midfielder Tyler Thronson said. “Hopefully, our hard work over the offseason will pay off and take us to a great run in the playoffs.” The soccer teams will not be able to play in Harry B. Orem Stadium since it will be torn down and the stands will be rebuilt, so the team will not have a real “home-field advantage” this season. “I feel like it’s partially unfair to the seniors this year since they won’t be able to play their last season in the stadium” junior Center Midfielder Kennedy Massey said. “It would be a lot better for them if they got to play at their home field one last time.” Be on the lookout for the soccer teams this season as they hopefully can “take state” and have a strong year. “Hopefully, all the hard work and practice we put in as a unit will translate to more wins on the field this year,” senior Goalie Manuel Pazcual said. “I really hope this season turns out to be our best yet!”

Altar Server Commissioning at St. Peter’s

Almost half of the middle school students at St. Peter's chose to participate in training to become altar servers for the school and parish. Fr. Agustin Estrada, Parochial Vicar and 7th and 8th grade religion teacher, held two training sessions during which students learned about the purpose, function, and roles of altar servers within the Mass. Students who completed the training were then commissioned and sent by Fr. Agustin, who encouraged students and their families by telling them their "service was just beginning."

AHISD’s Profile of a Learner in Action

Howard’s Stephanie Gomez wants her Kindergarteners’ to think critically and creatively. Gomez accomplishes this goal of the district profile of a learner by engaging students in work that encourages them to be curious, investigate and explore. See Gomez and the Profile of a Learner in action on the latest edition of Powering the Profile available on the district’s YouTube Channel: Alamo Heights Mules. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020


Posing with the Region IV Championship trophy, members of the varsity volleyball team celebrate their win against Dripping Springs, and the opportunity to advance to the state tournament in Garland.

Photo by Gabi Rodriguez of AHHS Journalism

School News

Historic Season for Mules Volleyball

The Mules Varsity Volleyball team finished district play undefeated and followed up with perfect playoff performance that led the team to the school’s first ever trip to the state tournament. The team accomplished all of this without an on-campus home facility due to construction of a new multi-purpose facility at Alamo Heights High School. Through a partnership with San Antonio ISD, the team played “home” games at Lanier High School and the Lanier Alumni Center. The team earned the right to play in the state finals by defeating Dripping Springs to earn the Region IV Championship. The team traveled to Garland to compete in the state 5A semifinals against Canyon Randall. Despite a strong start in each set, the Mules were defeated by Canyon Randall, finishing their historic season with a 35-10 overall record. (Special thanks to Alamo Heights High School Journalism for contributing to this story.)

St. Peter’s Spanish Spelling Bee

St. Peter School students competed in a schoolwide Spanish Spelling Bee under the direction of Spanish teacher, Mrs. Patricia DeMotte. Winners in two divisions have earned the right to represent the school at the Region 20 regional event. Congratulations to Alexandro Martinez and Lisa Rodriguez. 40

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Campus Teacher of the Year honoree, Erica Melle, and her leadership team

AHISD Names Campus Teachers of the Year

Alamo Heights Independent School District announced the Campus Teachers of the Year for each of the district’s five campuses. Honorees were selected by their peers and will represent the campus throughout 2020. Honorees included: Valerie Alvarez, Alamo Heights High School; Erica Melle, Alamo Heights Junior School; Mary Ellen Cook, Howard Early Childhood Center; Suzanne Arevalo, Cambridge Elementary; and, Lisa Barry, Woodridge Elementary. The candidates will complete for the title of District Teacher of the Year, which will be awarded in January. The district honoree will move on to compete for the Trinity Prize and Region 20 ESC Teacher of the Year.

Head of School Jonathan Eades and SMH Board of Trustees Chair Curtis Vaughan present The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award with senior Elizabeth Adams.

Saint Mary’s Hall Senior Receives Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) senior, Elizabeth Adams, has earned the Silver Standard of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. SMH is one of only three schools in Texas, as well as the first Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the first San Antonio school, currently offering the award. This self-development program, available to young people aged 14-24, focuses on creating global citizens ready for success in college and their careers. The award empowers young people on a journey of personal discovery and development of life skills through four or five main sections, depending on the level chosen. All participants complete a section of physical recreation, skill development, service, and an adventurous journey, consisting of a group camping experience created by the students. Each award is individualized and based upon participants’ interests and schedules. Participants are empowered to create their award program with any combination of clubs, sports teams, community service, or lessons based within their school programs, after-school programs, and in the community. Founded by HRH Prince Philip in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award ("the Award") is the world's leading youth development program, with more than 1.1 million young people currently earning the award in more than 140 countries and territories. Service to the school and the community is a critical area of education that intertwines all of the core values at Saint Mary's Hall. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is indicative of the school’s commitment to community service and development opportunities for our students.

Diving Team Makes Splash

BY ALAMO HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM STUDENT WENDELL SNOW The Mules Diving Team has begun their season strong. At their first meet, out of 40 girls, senior Jayne Burrhus placed second. The rest of the team followed close behind placing eighth -12. The team has several upcoming meets and hopes to make it to regionals and then state. Varsity Cheer Coach Ashley Johnson is also the diving coach. She takes her job very seriously, with practices lasting from 5-9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Theis years team is led by seniors Bernstein, Burrhus and juniors Sophia Ursone, Lexi Ramirez, Carli Bordano and sophomore Caroline Crosley, the team will soon face opponents East Central and Madison who have renowned diving programs. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020


Ask Roxie

A Hippotherapy rider is helped along by therapists, to achieve mental and physical goals. Photo Courtesy of Saddle Light Center

Saddle Up! Special Needs Kids Thrive with Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)


People with cerebral palsy may suffer from rigid muscles. People in a wheelchair may suffer a lack of coordination. Those with autism may be easily frightened or withdrawn. You know who can help with that? A big, old, lazy, hay-munching horse. His gentle nature and slow-moving ways bring hope and healing to those with special needs. Equine Assisted Therapy uses horses and riding as therapy for these children and adults. There are two categories: “therapeutic riding," and “Hippotherapy," “hippo," being Greek for “horse." 42

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“Therapeutic riding is taught by certified riding instructors. They teach horsemanship,” says Karen Fergason, PT, HPCS, who operates RISE Therapeutic Equestrian Center, in far northeast San Antonio. Learning to ride gets people outside, into fresh air, and sunshine. They forget about things, with all that “horsin' around." Their body relaxes and learns to let go. “Hippotherapy is physical, occupational, or speech therapy— but we use a horse to help with therapy goals. Therapeutic riding does not involve a therapist, but Hippotherapy does.” Fergason says that the lesson is adapted, to the disability. “And, we use the horse's movement … to mobilize the pelvis, to get new neural feedback, to help someone get stronger.” The Saddle Light Center in Selma was among the first in our area to offer equine therapy in 1991. “The comments that I received were, 'Oh, how cute! Giving pony rides to handicapped kids',” says Saddle Light Executive Director Kerstin Fosdick. “It started out being anecdotal, with the parents seeing the improvements that the kids made. Then, pediatricians saw the gains in the children and started to acknowledge the value of this type of therapy. It has become more acceptable that the

A therapeutic riding client gaining strength, coordination, and good posture. Photo courtesy of Saddle Light Center

horse has a great influence on the rider, both physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.” Equine Assisted Therapy dates back to antiquity, surging to popularity in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s. As the client and the animal walk as one, the patient's muscles and nervous system are stimulated, absorbing the movement of the big beast beneath them. In riding, posture is essential. No slouching! So, clients attain better posture. Smell, vision, and hearing get a work-out, as clients groom horses, clean stalls, and learn about tack. “I have been involved with EAAT since 2007, starting my own PATH International Center in Boerne in 2012,” says Kate Vasquez, who offers both styles. “Children who were non-verbal, said their first words up on their equine partner, beaming with pride as finally someone could hear and validate their voice. Imagine never being in control of your life because you cannot communicate, and how incredibly empowering that moment would be,” she says. People who need equipment to walk can forget about it for an hour or two. “To those needing mobility assistance from wheelchairs or walkers, being free of their assistive device, while on the back of a 1,000 lb. animal, helps them take their first independent steps … strengthening their muscles, and core, by riding their equine partner.” Thanks to the power of my brother, the horse! “We have had children, teens, and adults who have been affected by the trauma of foster care, abuse or neglect form a bond with our equines, allowing them to feel safe, and allowing their hearts to know that they are loved, and have value,” says Vasquez. Equine Assisted Therapy can help a range of patients, from those with autism to those with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, blind or deaf people, children with learning disabilities, dyslexic clients, and those with PTSD and depression. It helps all ages, from children to people in their 70s, and is very affordable. It is also a very popular form of therapy. Saddle Light has some 60 clients a week, and a waiting list. Until next month! Woof, woof! Roxie

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Catrina Ball

The Third Annual Catrina Ball celebrated Día de Muertos in support of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF). Guests of honor La Catrina and Andi Rodriguez led a night of festivities and offerings including a Neiman Marcus VIP lounge, Mexican street food, libations, a community altar to honor those souls that have passed, Urban 15 dancers, Catrina dolls, photo ops, face painting, and the famous Todas Las Almas after-party around Dale Chihuly’s Fiesta Tower. El Catrin, Guillermo Nocolás was also a guest of honor but was unable to attend. As usual, the costumes were over the top, and often you wouldn't have recognized your friends, which happened to me twice that night-Tawana Timberlake and Maria Antoniette Joeris. Catrina Ball chairs, Ruth Agather, Magdalena Gaona, and Mari Tamez, succeeded in hosting the coolest party in October. Guests spent hours perfecting their makeup and costumes, adding lights to their masks and clothing, donning extravagant headpieces with lush flower crowns, and matching it all with perfect accessories. A few attendees included Ana Montoya, Cari Hill, Diana Barrios Trevino, Carole and Scudder Miller, Heather and Jeff de Rojas, and Melissa and Thomas Aguillon, Becky Reina, Arturo Infante Almeida, Espitacio Resendez, Jimmy Tawil, Erika Prosper, Kerry and Chris Quinn, and Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark.





1.Wall of Flowers 2. Sitting - Lisa Dawson and Kye Fox, back row - Carol Black, Carol Lavender, Lourdes Rhodes and Sandy East 3. Amy Bartos and Tawana Timberlake 4. Emcee Michael Quintanilla 5. Ball chairs Magdalena Gaona, Ruth Agather and Mari Tamez



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Above: The twenty-six debutantes at the San Antonio Opening German at the Villita at La Villita. Pictured Left: The escorts at the San Antonio Opening German

Opening German

Twenty-six beautiful debutantes dressed in flowing white ball gowns made their debut at the San Antonio Opening German at Venue Villita at La Villita in early November. Chair David Aycock and president Blake Stouffer supervised the soirée, which included catering by Rosemary and the RK Group, flowers and décor by Danny Cuellar, Trinity Flowers & Events, and Illusions Rentals & Designs. Ramiro Cervera and His Orchestra, Al Gomez – trumpeter and The Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra provided the evening entertainment. Following the presentation, the debs and their fathers danced the first dance, followed by a reception and celebrating into the wee hours. Debs included (in alphabetical order) Margaret Moody Archer, Nancy Lee Archer, Ian Parker Brusenhan, Emily Alice Carrington, Alice Wheeler Cochran, Elizabeth Lee Curren, Kathryn Wynter Dehlinger, Kathryn Kerr Ellwood, Griffin Beall Foultz, Jenna Belle Fuhrmann, Caroline Hollis Herbold, Sophie Aliece Falvey Garland Hollis, Camilla Ann Kampmann, Elizabeth Parker Long, Patricia Steele Long, Martha Cecilia Newsom, Virginia Augusta Noble, Christian Renate Olson, Isabel Alicia Rosser, McKenzie Elizabeth Schultz, Mary Hannah Shaeffer, Marguerite Holton Stewart, Molly Clara Strange, Melanie Marie Vaughan, Kelsey Bates Wallace and Christine Alexandra Young.

Cheryl Greehey with co-chairs Elizabeth Marceau and Katie Loftin

The DoSeum CEO, Daniel J. Menelly and guest keynote speaker Dr. Devorah Heitner

Raising Digital Natives

The DoSeum’s annual Outside of the Lunchbox Luncheon featured special guest keynote speaker Dr. Devorah Heitner, a leading expert on youth's relationship with digital media and technology and the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in their Digital World. She is also the founder of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. Dr. Heitner shared insight and what it's like to grow up in the digital age. She addressed common feats and concerns with research-based, realistic approaches, and a developmentally focused, tech-positive mindset. Now in its tenth year, The DoSeum’s Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon series brings distinguished authors and leaders in the field of education to San Antonio to discuss today’s most relevant topics in the field of education, parenting, and issues affecting families. A few attendees included: Emilie and Chris Petty, Stacy Hoyt, Emily Catalani, Carla Brozovich, Jolie Berndt, Clint DuBose, Sara Pfeifer, Suzanne Goudge, board chair Frank Almaraz, Chris Cho, Katie Cigarroa, Elise Boyan, and Kendall Mazurek. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020




Legacy Luncheon

For 72 years, Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children has been teaching deaf children to listen and talk. Dela and John White, Sr. dared to dream their daughter  Tuleta, born with a profound hearing loss, would live successfully in a hearing world.  Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children honored The Texas Cavaliers and the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation at the eighth annual Legacy Award Luncheon. Proceeds from The Legacy Luncheon support diagnostic hearing tests for babies when a hearing loss is suspected, programs for children who have hearing impairment, therapy programs for babies who are birth to three years old and their parents, audiology services, speech-language therapy and the educational program. 1. King Roger Hill, Shannon Nisbet, and Bart Simpson 2. Board vice-chair Elizabeth Bright and board chair Emily Jones   3. Pre Ball, Julie Ball and executive director Belinda Pustka 4. Rick Cavender and Claire McNab



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Save the Date January 18

Let’s Rodeo Ball

FREEMAN COLISEUM 6:30 – 11:30 PM This 21 and up celebration is a significant fundraising event that supports the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund. There will be plenty of entertainment with performances by Gary Allen and David Lee Murphy. Enjoy dancing and delicious food. The attire for the evening is Western Glitz. sarodeo.com January 15 – 19

San Antonio Cocktail Conference

VARIOUS VENUES Houston Street Charities hosts this one-of-a-kind conference and donates 100% of the profits to local children’s charities. This unique conference offers educational seminars, guided tastings, paired dinners, and cocktail parties that bring together top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts. sanantoniococktailconference.com January 25

Love Run 5k

Witte Game Dinner

Branded by time - this year’s theme for the 49th Annual Witte Game Dinner, presented by Naylor Ranch, was once again a huge success due to Game Dinner co-chairs Kathy and Jeff Bolner and Anna and Robert Sigman. Texas Heritage Award chair Susan Naylor recognized Mary West and Richard Traylor along with Valero, as the Texas Heritage Award honorees. Wild game cuisine and auctions took center stage at this years event. A few auction prizes included a trip to Napa Valley, a trip of a lifetime to the Big Easy, and an opportunity to name the baby Agujaceratops, and dinosaur programs for a year. Auctioneer Joey Tomlinson and master of ceremonies Rick Cavender made sure that the night raised a million dollars to continue inspiring people to shape the future of Texas through transformative and relevant experiences in nature, science, and culture. A big Texas size thanks went to Susan Naylor and Naylor Ranch for being a presenting sponsor of the Game Dinner and Bolner’s Fiesta Products as the first culinary sponsor. And what would the Game Dinner be without the great foods sponsored by Bolner’s Fiesta Products and The RK Group? A bit of south Texas cuisine included gorditas, paella, sliders, quail, Kahlúa milkshakes, bread pudding and a few other favs. Musical performances by Matt Caldwell, and the Josh Abbott Band rounded out the shindig. Make plans for next year's 50th Game Dinner, Monday, October 19, 2020.

CITY CHURCH BANDERA ROAD 8 – 11 AM This family-friendly walk/run helps bring together the community to support the Social Action Fund. All of the profits from this event aid in poverty relief efforts and create long-term solutions for communities in San Antonio, Mexico, and Liberia. This community event will have a pre-race stretch, special performances, and food trucks. loverun5.com February 27

Menagerie of Marvels Gala

THE ARGYLE CLUB 7 PM The theme for this year’s annual gala by Mind Science is Menagerie of Marvels: Carnival of Wonders. Experience an evening of carnival foods and games, a “Tom Slick Treasure Hunt”, and much more. All proceeds from the evening support the programs of the Mind Science Foundation. mindscience.org February 29

Reunite at Heights

ALAMO HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL 11 – 2 PM Alamo Heights School Foundation is inviting guests to celebrate all alumni and volunteers in the community. ahschoolfoundation.org 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020


Community Spotlight

“ My mom could never figure out how

I got into athletics from IBM and my other corporate work. But I told her athletics is a business. That business is business. And what I learned at IBM and elsewhere in the corporate world is all a part of the business of running an athletic department.

Mark Papich Alamo Heights Rotary President BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Alamo Heights Rotary president, Mark Papich, is one of those folks you immediately know has never met a stranger. His welcoming smile and firm, yet warm, handshake is almost all you need to know about the man. He exudes confidence. At well over six-feet, he could be intimidating, but he’s not. Papich has done it all, including working as an engineering professional at IBM and serving as an independent corporate consultant. He’s been a roofer, and he has done a myriad of construction jobs, including exterior and interior finish out. He was a volleyball coach and athletic director (AD) at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). And now, he’s head of strategic planning, alumni relations, and an assistant volleyball coach at Antonio College Preparatory High School. He likes staying busy. Papich was born on August 16, 1958, in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh. After graduating in 1976, from Pennsylvania’s Springdale High School, he attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his undergraduate degree in industrial design in 1981. From there, he entered the corporate world. His transition into athletics began when he volunteered as 48

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an assistant volleyball coach some 35 years ago. He’d never really played the sport. Baseball was his thing in high school, third base. And he loved it. His freshman year in college, he tried to walk-on at the University of Cincinnati to play baseball. “The coach told me there was a junior and a senior ahead of me at third base. The next year I was too busy with classwork to try out again.” And so, his life went in a different direction. But he was intrigued by indoor volleyball. “I first played volleyball on an intramural team during my senior year in college. I loved it. It was fast-paced. Aggressive. Fun. I wasn’t very good at it, at first. But I am one of those guys who hates to be average. So, I got focused, and I played every day after work. When he moved to San Antonio, he discovered he could play volleyball seven nights a week. And so he did until his knees began to give out and work took up way too much of his time. Volleyball took Papich to UIW in 1995, first as a coach, and then, through a series of promotions, he climbed the UIW professional ladder. He oversaw the construction of the university’s new natatorium and wellness center. And before long he was named UIW athletic director, at a time when the university was aggressively expanding its sports programming. When asked about the move from the corporate world to athletics, Papich laughs, and says, “My mom could never figure out how I got into athletics from IBM and my other corporate work. She thought I was crazy leaving IBM. But I told her athletics is a business. That business is business. And what I learned at IBM and elsewhere in the corporate world is all a part of the business of running an athletic department.” In May 2018, Papich left UIW. That’s when Samantha McLure, Antonian’s volleyball coach, called and asked him if he’d be interested in helping out with her team. He’d known her as a top college volleyball player. And they’d remained friends for years. He said yes. And that brought him to Antonian. McLure told 78209 Magazine, “Mark is such a special person. You know there’s not a whole lot of people you will come across who are like him. He wants always to make things better, to find a better way to do something, to find a solution to a problem. He always puts the kids first. I've known him for a long time, and he never wanted to limit a kid regardless of their situation. “When I needed help to cover the team for part of a season, he was available. He was the only person I would have trusted to do the job.” By the end of the summer, the school offered him a job as director of alumni relations. He took it. And shortly after that, he

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became Antonian's Director of Strategic Development, Alumni Relations, and Assistant Volleyball Coach. Papich started the school’s first Rotary Interact Club – best understood as junior Rotary for high school kids. He serves as faculty advisor to the club, which is sponsored by the Alamo Heights Rotary. Papich got involved in the Alamo Heights Rotary Club while he was the athletic director at UIW. That's when the club moved “Alamo Heights Night” to the UIW campus, from the Alamo Heights pool. Papich was named liaison to the annual event, which features a wide selection of food from area restaurants, plus bands and more. It is the club’s major fundraiser to support its scholarships and other programs that help the community. Club member Richard Berchin had approached Papich about joining Rotary. He hesitated at first, because of work demands. But he soon joined and became increasingly active in the club. After several years in Rotary, he agreed to become club president. Berchin recalls, “While joining Rotary only a few years ago, it was very apparent that Mark was interested in serving the community and our club. He demonstrated pro-active leadership skills and volunteered to work on and lead numerous projects. Our Club members quickly recognized this as he was elected to lead our Club as President this year. He leads by example, participates in service projects, and is always

developing and encouraging other members to accomplish our Club's service missions." McLure echoes Berchin’s comments. “Mark has always told me, do the right thing, and good things will happen.” Most notably, McLure says, “I’ve known Mark for over 20 years, and I don't think I ever heard a player talk negatively about him.” That’s truly amazing. And it tells us all we need to know about Mark Papich.


The Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce is working to create a successful future for our businesses. We provide unique opportunities for growing your business and building meaningful connections. Join us as we host our monthly luncheon on the first Wednesday of every month at Paesano’s in Lincoln Heights at 11:30am.


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Community Calendar January 1 ALAMO HEIGHTS BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING 5:30-8 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 alamoheightstx.gov

January 6 ALAMO HEIGHTS PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING 5:30-9 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 alamoheightstx.gov

January 7 ALAMO HEIGHTS ROTARY MEETING 12 PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 ahrotary.org January 8 ALAMO HEIGHTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON 11:30 AM Meet & Greet 12 PM Guest Speaker Paesano’s Lincoln Heights 555 E. Basse Rd. San Antonio. TX 78209 alamoheightschamber.org January 13 TERRELL HILLS CITY COUNCIL MEETING 5-6 PM 5100 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 terrell-hills.com Meeting is open to the public.

January 13 ALAMO HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL MEETING 5:30-9 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 alamoheightstx.gov Meeting is open to the public.

January 14 ALAMO HEIGHTS ROTARY MEETING 12 PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 ahrotary.org January 14 ALAMO HEIGHTS LIONS CLUB MEETING 7 PM Longhorn Café 1003 Rittiman Rd. San Antonio, TX 78218

January 21 ALAMO HEIGHTS ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING 5:30-8 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 alamoheightstx.gov Meeting is open to the public. January 27 ALAMO HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL MEETING 5:30-9 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 alamoheightstx.gov Meeting is open to the public.

January 28 ALAMO HEIGHTS ROTARY MEETING 12 PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 ahrotary.org January 28 ALAMO HEIGHTS LIONS CLUB MEETING 7 PM Longhorn Café 1003 Rittiman Rd. San Antonio, TX 78218


Fire/EMS (Non-Emergency) 210-824-1281 Police (Non-Emergency) 210-822-3321 Police Administration Office 210-822-6433 Taxes 210-882-1503 Water 210-882-1507 Court Clerk 210-882-1501 Public Works (includes solid waste, brush, recycling, streets, etc.) 210-882-1518 Planning and Development Services (permits and inspections) 210-826-0516


City Administration Offices 210-824-7401 Non-Emergency Dispatch (Police/EMS/Fire) 210-824-1009 Public Works (includes trash pickup, brush, recycling, streets, etc.) 210-824-7401

January 21 ALAMO HEIGHTS ROTARY MEETING 12 PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 ahrotary.org

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Eat In ‘09 78209

Guide KEY


$ Most Entrees under $10 $$ Most entrees $10 - $20 $$$ Most entrees over $20

Brunch (BR) Reservations Suggested (R) Patio (P) Live Venue (LV)

American 410 DINER

A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway 210-822-6246 www.410diner.com $


A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway 210-804-2473 www.birdbakery.com $

Casual dining in a bistro setting. High-quality hamburgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads are offered for lunch and dinner. 5003 Broadway 210-828-6860 www.cappyccinos.com $

Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway 210-826-0069 www.broadway5050.com $

Hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and desserts, baby bundt cakes, pies and cakes. 255 E. Basse, #100 210-441-4553 wwwcornerbakerycafe.com $



Lunch, dinner and brunch - Cappy’s is fine dining in the heart of ‘09, serving prime steaks, prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood. 5011 Broadway 210828-9669 www.cappysrestaurant.com $$$ (BR)

BEST BET Eggs with Hollandaise

The Bella! Bella! eggs benedict, smashed avocado eggs benedict and house hash browns at Snooze in the Quarry Market are perfect on a cold January morning.



Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and award-winning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels 210-828-1111 $ www.ezrestaurants.com $


Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway 210-828-5392 www.gtcsatx.com $


Hearthstone blends the experience of a coffeehouse, bakery and full-service restaurant into one serving gourmet sandwiches, panini, wraps, soups, salad, coffee, espresso and dessert. 3920 Harry Wurzbach 210-920-2600 www.hearthstonebakerycafe.com $ (P)


A southern inspired destination for relaxing suppers, weekend brunches, business lunches and happy hours. They serve southern classics like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese dip, biscuits, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, steelhead trout and Ida’s seasonal pies. 7300 Jones Maltsberger Road 210-667-2145 www.ida-claire.com $$ (P) (BR)


A contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. The menu features a wide selection of classics including prime rib, steak, seafood and rotating specials like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. 255 E. Basse, #1300 210-824-0275 www.jalexanders.com $$ -$$$


A quaint cafe serving a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches in addition to a wide range of bakery items including cookies, cakes, pies and more 555 E. Basse, Suite113 475-3375-0275 $


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24-hour diner serving all-day breakfast. They offer hearty choices like steak and eggs, omelets and Tex-Mex huevos rancheros. A comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, too, that includes all the standards — salads, sandwiches and burgers plus nostalgic favorites like patty melts and liver and onions. 4108 Broadway 210-828-5120 8427 Broadway 210-826-7001 www.jimsrestaurants.com $


San Antonio themed restaurant where staff dresses up as cartoon characters, super heroes, movie stars and pop heroes. 902 N.E. Loop 410 210-828-1470 www.magictimemachine.com $


Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse Rd 210-444-9547 www.maxswinedive.com $


Nosh offers great wines, craft brews and small plates that are big on taste. A place to relax and indulge in some really great food. 1133 Austin Highway 210-826-6674 www.noshsa.com $


Cafeteria-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer several entrees daily that often include salmon, talapia, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, grilled liver and onions, roast turkey breast, roast chicken and rib-eye steaks. The entrees are accompanied by hearty Southern side dishes like fried okra, mac and cheese, black -eyed peas and mashed potatoes. 8511 Tesoro Drive 210-930-3227 www.lubys.com $


A new concept in soups, salads and wraps. You create your own by choosing from dozens of fresh ingredients including several types of lettuces, chopped onions, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, black and red beans, bean sprouts, peas, broccoli and more. There are over 50 different toppings. Then choose from one of their 10 house dressings made with all-natural ingredients. Add fresh lean protein, including baked chicken, salmon or shrimp. 250 E. Basse Rd 210-462-1466 www.salata.com $


Silo is listed as one of Open Table’s Top American Restaurants and rated as one of Zagat’s Top Local Picks. They offer New American fare in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. They offer a small plate menu, and there is also a prix fixe dinner option available. Signature dishes include Chilean Sea Bass, Honey Soy Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Mussels and Linguine and Chicken-Fried Oysters. 1133 Austin Highway 210-824-8686 www.siloelevatedcuisine.com $$


Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of big-screen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. Broadway at Basse 210-823-3508 www.stonewerks.com $-$$ (P)


A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper , curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for take-out or you can dine in - and they deliver. They also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway 210-829-5000 www.tigerwings.com $


Healthy food using local ingredients. Coffees and espressos; quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Live music on Friday nights. 6322 N. New Braunfels 210-822-0761 www.twinsistersbakeryandcafe.com $ (LV)


Located in a quaint two story house on Broadway, WD Deli serves lunch only, specializing in scratch-made deli standards. They make several soups daily and have Jersey-style deli sandwhiches including pastrami, liverwurst, Italian panini, egg salad, tuna salad, roast beef and Reubens. They also have a large selection of entrée salads. Be sure to save some room for dessert as they have some really innovative ones, including lemon ooey gooey bars, butterscotch and black salt cookies and an orange dreamsicle cake. 3123 Broadway 210-828-2322 www.wddeli.com $ (P)


Chef-prepared healthy pre-packaged meals to go. Meals are low-calorie and can be low-carb, Paleo or gluten-free. 5231 Broadway 210-824-6000 www.zedrics.com $



Vegan and vegetarian Pan-Asian food. Delicious appetizers include fried rice, spring rolls and cheese rangoons. Entrees include vibrantly flavored favorites like Hunan Beef, General Tso’s Chik-n, Beef and Broccoli, and steaming bowls of pho. 5130 Broadway 210-437-2200 www.eatbokchoy.com $ (P)


An assortment of teas from Taiwan including Matcha, Oolong, Coconut, Milk and Glowing varieties.They also offer rice and noodle bowls, mini pork buns and Taiyaki. 4009 Broadway 210-598-0068 www.brewsleetea.com $


Tranquil atmosphere, serving sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A Japanese hibachi-style grill experience is available Wednesday through Sunday during dinner, offering certified Black Angus beef. Reservations are preferred for the hibachi, but walk-ins are still welcomed. 1011 NE Loop 410 210-828-9988 www.formosasa.com $ $ (P)


An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 210-826-1488 www.hanzobar.com $$


A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway 210-805-8111 www.facebook.com/pages/koikawa $-$$


Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway 210-822-3253 www.monsthai.com $-$$


Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway 210-822-0300 www.osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (R)


Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 210-822-1088 www.piranhakillersushi.com $$


Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 210-507-1000 www.pfchangs.com $$


Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse 210-826-8500 www.sushizushi.com $$


Vietnamese cuisine with light soups and spring rolls and phenomenal steaming bowls of pho. 3244 Broadway 210-892-7461 $$


Beautiful Thai restaurant with tranquil outdoor patio with koi pond. Traditional Thai food, along with Chinese dishes and sushi. 1146 Austin Highway 210-829-7345 www.tongsthai.com $$ (P)



1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway 210-828-2829 www.bunnbarrel.com $


Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 210-824-9191 www.barbecuestation.com $ - $$


A family-friendly neighborhood joint serving authentic Texas-style Barbecue. Try the Brisket nachos, brisket grilled cheese or the famous Bloody Mary. A great place to relax and listen to live music on the patio while the kids play on their playground. Also, don’t miss their SOUL FULL Sunday brunch which runs from 10am - 2pm. 106 Pershing 210-267-9136 www.thepigpensa.com $


Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway 210-829-8448 www.smokeshacksa.com $

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European BISTR09

Classic French Brasserie by Chef Damien Watel and Chef Lisa Astorga Watel. Extensive wine list and beautifully executed classic french dishes including duck breast Al’orange, grilled quail, duck confit, dover sole, lobster risotto, foie gras, escargot and more. 6106 Broadway 210-245-8156 www.bistr09.com $$$ (BR)


Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court 210-560-2955 www.commonwealthcoffeehouse.com $ (P)


French fusion cuisine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway 210-828-9050 www.frederickssa.com $$ - $$$


A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger 210-290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com $


A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, house-made pastries, French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway 210-829-7291 www.lamadeleine.com $-$$


An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen tvs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway 210-721-7762 www.thewinchesterpub.com $-$$



Authentic Greek food with gyros, plus so much more. They have an extensive array of delicious tapas including hummus, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafel patties, kalamata olives and fried calamari. They have large and satisfying salads including a traditional Greek, the Greco Roman, the Mediterranean and Caprese. Additionally, they offer fresh fish and shrimp dishes, grilled rosemary lemon chicken, vegetarian moussaka, pastichio (Greek lasagna) and their signature Papouli’s Feast that includes a choice of 4 meats, pita bread, Greek salad, puff pastries and more. 255 E. Basse, #384 210-804-1118 www.papoulis.com $

Hamburgers BURGER FI

Gourmet burgers and hot dogs made from all natural, never-frozen meat. Vegetarian burgers are available too, plus sides like hand-cut fresh fries, crispy onion rings and frozen custard. 1907 Nacogdoches Road 210-858-4052 www.burgerfi.com $


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Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway 210-826-0800 www.cheesyjanes.com $


Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 210-805-8600 $


A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakery-fresh buns. They are also known for their ever-popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. 838 N.E. Loop 410 210-932-8040 $


Casual, family-friendly, burger joint with wood picnic tables, a playground for the kids, great appetizers, salads and sides. 1003 Rittiman at Harry Wurzbach 210-822-7272 www.thelonghorncafe.com $ (P)


A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse 210-824-9600 www.orderup-sa.com $ (P)



Homemade soups, fresh salads, hand-tossed pizzas and strombolis along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway 822-2300 www.ceronispurplegarlic.com $$ (P)


An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse 210-828-5191 www.paesanositalianrestaurant.com $$ - $$$


Market-inspired, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. 255 E. Basse, #500 210-832-0300 www.piatti.com $$ (P)


Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway 824-0055 www.sorrentopizzeria.com $$


Mexican/Latin ADELANTE

Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. 210-822-7681 www.adelanterestaurant.com $


A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway 210-930-9393 www.betosaltmex.com $


Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road 210-824-0175 www.taqueriacazadoressa.com $


Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway 210-218-5466 www.chelas-tacos.com $


Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. 210-824-4231 www.lafondaah.com $$ (P)


Tex-Mex favorites including soft and crispy tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, carne guisada and burritos. They also offer street tacos including brisket smoke pork and their bad-ass barbacoa. They have a happy hour, Monday thru Friday from 4 -7 pm. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1208 Austin Highway 210-267-2516 www.lataqueriaaustinhwy.com $


Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway 210-822-6151 www.palomablanca.net $$ (P)


Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway 210-930-8070 www.calvillosmexicanfood.com $$-$$$ (P)


Rustic indoor-outdoor concept with several different bars and patios. They serve Tex-Mex breakfast to dinner to a local crowd of regulars and frequently have live music. 8403 Broadway 210-826-4405 www.tacogarage.com $$ (P) (LV)


Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway 210-824-3005 www.tomatillos.com $$


Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse 210-824-1603 www.torchystacos.com $ (P)



Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a wood -fired brick oven. 7959 Broadway 210-320-2100 www.brazabravapizzeria.com $$ (P)


Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse 210-424-2014 www.cpk.com $$


Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway 210-805-8646 www.floriospizza.com $ - $$


Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 210-832-8288 www.grimaldispizzeria.com $$


A warm, family-friendly environment serving pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels 210-595-3405 www.julianspizzeria.com $$ (P)


An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway 210-828-3354 www.volarepizza.com $ - $$

Southwestern CANYON CAFE

Creative dishes influenced by the American Southwest. Bison meatloaf, grilled lemon salmon, baja shrimp pasta and fajitas 255 E. Basse, #600 210-821-3738 www.canyoncafe.com $$ (P)



Family-owned steakhouse with Western-style decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeyes, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels 210-824-0116 www.thebarndoorrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ (LV)


High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 210-824-9463 www.flemingssteakhouse.com $$$


Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crabcakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger 210-821-5051 www.ruthschris.com $$$

Coffee/Desserts LA PANADERíA

Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway 210-375-6746 www.lapanaderia.com $


Coffee shop and eatery at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with outdoor and indoor dining, fresh roasted brews, and lunch fare. Garden members enjoy 10% off. Sunday Brunch 555 Funston Pl, 78209 210-605-3222 www.rosellacoffee.com $$ (P) (BR)

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‘09 Eats


We all leave a legacy of some sort. We live our lives hoping that somebody will remember us when we’re gone. For some, it is the family that we come from, how we got here and who worked hard to raise that family. For others, it may be a career, or a business, that has touched others in a positive way, paving the way for others to follow in our footsteps. However, for one San Antonio restaurateur, both of these components shaped his life, and he is carrying on a family tradition influenced by one very hard-working grandfather. Nick Anthony grew up in a large Greek family where food was a way of life. Papouli means grandfather in Greek, and it was Nick’s grandfather, Tom, that began the legacy of the Anthony family when he opened the Manhattan Café in downtown 56

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San Antonio in 1912 on Houston Street. A third-generation restaurateur, Nick spent his younger years handpicking fresh produce with his mom and dad at the farmer’s markets, cooking with his grandmother in the family kitchen and watching his papouli, Tom, run his restaurant with Greek pride. Nick was destined to be in the restaurant business, and in 2004, he opened Papouli’s Greek Grill out at The Forum. It took off successfully, and he opened his second location in 2005 at Huebner and I-10. In 2010, he continued to expand the Papouli brand and opened in The Quarry, just behind the smokestacks. The restaurant is as warm and inviting as the Greek sun, and you’ll find truly authentic PanMediterranean cuisine made with fresh


Fresh hand carved gyro, grilled chicken, shrimp and sirloin kabobs, falafel, crisp salads, hummus, grape leaves and more.


Clean and brightly lit with ample seating at wooden tables and oversized booths.


Appetizers - $5 - $11 Entrees and salads - $10 - $17 Desserts - $3

Nick spent his younger years handpicking fresh produce at the farmer’s markets, cooking with his grandmother in the family kitchen and watching his papouli, Tom, run his restaurant with Greek pride.

ingredients reflecting one of the healthiest diets in the world. Anthony states, “The Mediterranean diet, and Greek food in particular, utilize the least amount of processed foods.” The menu offers a wide range of Greek inspired options to suit any taste or dietary restriction, including their popular hand-carved gyros and perfectly grilled kabobs. Each come in several different sizes to suit your appetite, and are served on fresh, warm pita bread, and one of Papouli’s GreekTown sides, like their hand-cut fries. Another favorite is the Grilled Rosemary Lemoni Chicken, a flamegrilled chicken breast seasoned with rosemary and sea salt, and topped with a zesty lemon herb sauce, served over Moroccan couscous. Almost everything at Papouli’s is made fresh, in-house and the preparations are kept simple to highlight the flavors that have made Greek food a beloved favorite. Don’t miss the Lamb

Burger, with seasoned 100% ground lamb. It is topped with Papouli’s signature basil-infused feta and served on a sweet sourdough bun. It is one of the favorites at the restaurant, and a great choice when you want that Greek flavor, but you are looking to branch out from the traditional gyro plate. No great Greek meal would be complete without a little baklava, and Papouli’s stacks and bakes theirs inhouse with scratch made phyllo pastry, sweet butter, walnuts and cinnamon, and

drenched in honey syrup. For the chocoholics, Papouli’s is proud of their house-made Nutella brownies, made with Hershey’s chocolate and walnuts. From appetizers to dessert, Papouli’s celebrates Greek culture and cuisine with traditional flavors and a modern flair. Nick Anthony loves his city, and it is reflected in his business. He has created a warm and inviting restaurant with outstanding food and value. He states, “Create the value and the guests will come.” The restaurant is also very active in the communities that they serve, donating to Alpha Home, The Alzheimer’s Foundation, and offering scholarships to 8th grade students at middle schools near the restaurants. Giving back to the community is a strong Greek principle and Anthony is passionate about continuing the legacy of his Greek family and their heritage at Papouli’s. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020




6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 10:45am and Wednesday 6:15pm Praise and Prayer

308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 mtcsa.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am


518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7238 Services: Sunday mornings at 11 am

6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 alamoheightscc.org Services: Sunday: 10:50am-12pm


6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 alamoheightspres.com Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am


825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 ahumc.org Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am


6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 clcah.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am


5927 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-8870 Services: Wednesday 12-1pm and Sunday 10:30-11:30am



1540 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209 northrocksa.com Services: Sunday mornings at 10am and 11:30am


102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-1743 stanthonydepadua.org Services: Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 7:30am, 9am; 10:30am, 12 noon Daily Mass 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8 & 10:30 am Tuesdays at 7:30 am


11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 slecsa.org Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. 6pm Wednesday Eucharist at 8am during the school year


111 Barilla Place San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3367 stpeterprinceoftheapostles.org Services: Mass Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 9am, 11am and 5:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday 7am; Wednesday 5:30pm; Friday 8:15am


3303 Urban Crest Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0139 stpiusxsa.org Services: Saturday 8am, 5pm; Sunday 8am, 10:15am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm Monday-Friday at various times


319 E. Mulberry San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-6201 trinitybaptist.org Services: Bible Study 9am Blended Worship 10:15am


8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am

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Cocktail Conference

Photo courtesy of Josh Huskin

Get ready; it's almost time for the annual Cocktail Conference, which takes place January 15 - 19. Mark Bohanan, chef and owner of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood and Peggy's on the Green founded the San Antonio Cocktail Conference. The conference is Bohanan’s labor of love, created to help leave a lasting legacy for the city and raise funds for children's charities. Now, nine years later, the festival takes place all over the city, spans five days, and is recognized as one of the best cocktail festivals in the country.

David Robinson at the piano

Gurwitz International Piano Competition

Parade of Lanterns

For two weeks, January 25 through February 8, the River Walk will be illuminated each night by ten river floats carrying enormous Asian inspired lanterns. The floats will apear from 6 - 9pm and will be visible from anywhere along the downtown portion of the River Walk. Asian-inspired music will softly play from each float. 60

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Twelve of the world’s best emerging piano talents will compete for the Gold Medal  and $25,000 during the Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition from January 26 through February 2 in San Antonio. Members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble will perform with competitors in the semifinal round; and three remaining finalists will perform with the San Antonio Symphony. The events honorary chair is former San Antonio Spurs and NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, who has appreciated and played music since childhood, including playing the piano.

New Business Openings

Salmon Tostada at Julia’s Bistro and Bar

Julia’s Bistro and Bar

Top: CAM board chair Grace Labatt and Robert Swartz with event co-chair Susan Kerr Above: Molly and Michael Amini and Tricia and Patrick Tobin

Feast to Feed

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) hosted its annual Feast to Feed Gala on October 10 at the historic Pearl Stable. This event raised money to help those in need. Over 400 people supported the gala along with honorary chairs Nancy and Louis Scantland. CAM also recognized Mr. Harvey Najim for his recent gift to update CAM buildings.  This year's theme was the Children of CAM, and of the 50,000 served annually, 14,000 are children. Marlise Kercheville and Susan Kerr chaired the gala along with an outstanding committee contributing to a successful fundraiser. CAM is a 42-year-old non-profit that provides food, clothing, and financial assistance for people in crisis. CAM acts as an emergency room of social services and connects clients to long term support and specialists in the community.

1725 Blanco Road Beacon Hill Julia’s, named in honor of the legendary Julia Child, opened in the Beacon Hill neighborhood November 7th. The restaurant is owned by San Antonio restauranteer Jean-Francis Poujol. The menu is decidedly French, but with a little San Antonio twist. On the menu you’ll find French onion soup, escargot toast, crepes, lamb and duck confit, cassoulet, and classic Coq Au Vin. While the food may sound fancy, the space was purposefully designed to be casual, cozy and loft-like with wooden tables, comfortable chairs, an exposed industrial ceiling and lots of ambient Edison lights.

Pollos Asada

Above Left: Stan Tebbe and Loretta Patterson Above Right: Marlise Kercheville Co-Chair of the Feast to Feed Gala with friend Wanda Schaufel

5525 Blanco Road Looking for some delicious grab and go take-out. Pollos Asaada in Castle Hills is slow roasting whole chickens with grilled onions, jalapenos and limes and serving them with delicious beans and rice sides. San Antonio comfort food for chilly January nights. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2020




Power to the Parent at the DoSeum

Texas Native Trails Working Workshop January 8


The Alamo Heights Farmers Market Every Thursday

Every Sunday

January 10


Alamo Heights Farmers Market

225 E BASSE RD. 9AM – 1PM

This event is free and open to the public. Alamo Heights Farmers Market features vendors with farm fresh selections, fresh produce, locally ranchedgrass fed/grass-finished beef, lamb, goat and wild hog meats, chicken, eggs, kombucha, pecans, honey, gourmet coffee, lemonade, pet treats, organic cleaning supplies, seasonal delights like pies and gifts, and much more.

THE DOSEUM 10:30 -11:30AM

Many parents find that mornings and bedtime are particularly challenging for little ones and their families. In this conversation-based workshop, they will discuss ways to more effectively manage your mornings and peaceful evenings by establishing routines. Share and receive practical tips from other parents that will help your family experience happier mornings and evenings.

Free Admission to the Museum Explore the beautiful artwork inside and outside the McNay Art Museum on Thursdays. The museum offers free admission from 4 - 9pm. Tour the galleries and the grounds and see the current installations which include Mary Casatt’s Women, What You See is What You see, Artist Looking At Art: Thomas StokesIII , Aaron Curry: HEADROOM, Robert L. Tobin: Collector, Curator, Visionary and Paris: Notre Dame and beyond.



Power to the Parent: Ready, Set, Routines!


Learn about Texas native plants while working in the garden. Enjoy a lecture about native plants, and learn how to identify them while working, removing invasive plants, repairing trails, and planting new natives. Wear comfortable clothing; tools, snacks, and hydration will be provided. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.


Teen Chef! January 11


Teens aged 13-17 will get the chance to learn how to make three tasty dishes based on seasonal produce found in the



Watch as visiting and local chefs engage in a worthy battle of the grills. Attendees will enjoy samples of delicious food prepared by every chef, premium wine and craft brews, classic tailgating games, and more in the beautiful Japanese Sunken Garden. General admission is $75 for adults and $25 for Children (6 & under are free).



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Culinary Garden. They will also learn kitchen safety cooking basics.


Tree Buds Citizen Forester Training January 11


Learn about tree pruning from professional arborists and support the City of San Antonio’s tree planting initiatives. As a trainee you will be asked to volunteer a total of 12 hours each year to help the city care for recently planted young trees in parks and public spaces. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.


Paloma Blanca, and Silo.


Great British Baking January 18


Join in on the British bake-off craze cooking up some classic British treats includung millionaires shortbread, a bakewell tart, parkin, English trifle, and sticky toffee pudding.

Teen Chef at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Visual Thinking Beginner Practicum January 16-17


This two day workshop focuses on Visual Thinking Strategies. There will be a presentation on the basic tenets of VTS, opportunities to practice and group coaching. Those new to VTS or with minimal experience are welcome. The practicum will be led by Mirka Jablonski and Kabir Singh. The cost is $435. Register at vtshome.org/events


January 20 thru February 1

San Antonio Restaurant Weeks VARIOUS VENUES

Dine out at participating restaurants during this bi-annual extravaganza. Choose from three course menus for brunch, lunch or dinner. Some participating in or around ‘09 this year include Bistro 09, Boiler House, Cookhouse, Botika, Braza Brava Pizza, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Frederick’s Bistro, La Frite Belgian Bistro, Maverick Whiskey, Max’s Wine Dive, Mo’s Irish Pub,


Dining with the Masters: Fashion Masters January 24


From gowns to grunge, classics to cutting edge, The Fashion Nirvana exhibit at the McNay celebrates nineties models, designers, photographers, and video artists. Celebrate nineties fashion and music at this memorable evening chaired by Corinna and JB Richter. Guests get to dine among masterpieces from the exhibition Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday.



San Antonio Restaurant Weeks

Celebrate The Chinese New Year January 24


Ring in the Chinese New Year while making a festive meal. Learn to prepare egg drop soup, vegetarian pot stickers, Chinese Lion’s head meatballs, mandarin fried rice, and beef and broccoli lo mein.


Bokashi Composting January 24


Learn the method of Bokashi composting, where you convert food waste, including meat and dairy, into nutritious soil. This technique can be used in every living space, house or apartment.


Friends of Hospice Luncheon February 8


A fun-filled luncheon, style show and silent auction benefitting uninsured and underinsured patients through the CHRISTUS Health Foundation.


Demo & Dine: The Best of Boston January 30


Take a culinary journey to New England. In this 1 ½ hour class, you'll learn to make these traditional dishes: New England clam chowder, warm lobster rolls with fries and arugula salad, Boston baked beans and Boston cream pie.


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6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111 11/14/19 5000 blk BROADWAYPUBLIC INTOXICATION, ASSAULT A male subject was detained for reportedly assaulting an employee at a bar; further investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; the subject was released to a responsible person when the victim decided not to prosecute for the assault.

11/17/19 5700 blk Broadway DWI (ENHANCED) An officer on patrol was nearly struck head-on by a vehicle that had crossed into the officer's lane of travel; further investigation revealed the driver of the other vehicle was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; enhanced DWI charges were filed due to the driver having a bllod alcohol level of over 0.15. 11/17/19 100 blk Routt VEHICLE BURGLARY A purse left in open view was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

was necessary before collecting the prize could be collected and instructed the resident to deposit money or give a credit card number; this scam has been around for awhile; the resident did not comply and did not incur any loss. 11/27/19 100 blk Alamo Heights Blvd. VEHICLE BURGLARY A vehicle was forcibly entered to steal a purse left on the front seat; credit cards in the purse were used before the incident was reported.

11/30/19 500 blk Ogden VEHICLE BURGLARY Three vehicles were unlawfully entered during the overnight hours and property was stolen from each; no signs of forced entry were found on any of the vehicles.

12/01/19 100 blk Fenimore WANTED PERSON A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to have an active arrest warrant for a probation violation.

11/25/19 5200 blk Broadway THEFT A wallet was reported stolen from a purse in the back office of a business.

11/26/19 200 blk E. Oakview THEFT Video surveillance captured the image of a male subject stealing packages off the front porch.

11/26/19 100 blk Abiso ASSAULT, MOTOR VEHICLE Officers were dispatched to a rolling disturbance with one vehicle repeatedly striking the rear of a second vehicle; further investigation revealed this was a family violence incident between a husband, wife and third party; the wife was arrested and transported to jail for using the vehicle as a weapon. 11/27/19 SCAM ALERT A caller identified himself as a representative of Publisher's Clearing House and notified the resident they were a winner; the caller informed the resident that a payment of fees


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Just a Reminder: Please Don’t Drink and Drive. Download these apps for your local ride sharing services at the App Store or Google Play.

Or call a cab at 210-222-2222 www.yellowcabsa.com

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Vintage View


For over thirty years, Betsy O’Connell’s Violet Talk Gifts in Sunset Ridge was the place to go for that special gift, greeting card and especially homemade fudge.


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78209 Magazine  

January 2020 Issue of 78209 Magazine for the 78209 zip code of Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, San Antonio communities.

78209 Magazine  

January 2020 Issue of 78209 Magazine for the 78209 zip code of Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, San Antonio communities.