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CVF Homes Bringing the Latest Technology to 78209
Legendary Artist Gone Local
Ranching Heritage Shines in Contemporary Home
Fun, Funky and Fresh: An ‘09 Favorite
Contents 78209 MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2018
14 Business Profile
CVF Homes brings the newest technology in homes to Alamo Heights.
Ben Carter brings his nationally recognized talent to our own backyard.
Julie and Justin Peeler’s deep roots in Texas ranching are reflected in the beauty of their ‘09 home.
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Pets - Ask Roxie In the Loop
Wine & Dine
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Restaurant Guide Church Directory Outside ‘09
Arts & Entertainment Calendar Police Blotter
On The Market Vintage View
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Dear Readers, September is here, and everyone’s schedules are about to get crazy again. It’s so easy in the midst of extracurricular activities, work and family time to fall into the trap of busyness. Just remember that busy doesn’t have to equal bad. Have you ever stopped and thought that maybe the busy seasons of your life are also abundantly full of good things? Whether it’s with your home, your family, your pets, your social life, work, or a combination of it all, sometimes the busiest times can be the most fulfilling, exciting and productive. When you read this month’s business profile on CVF Homes, I think you’ll be surprised to learn about the neighborhoods that they are developing off Sunset with their energy efficient homes. One of the best things about living in ’09 is how the neighborhood continually finds a way to both progress with the times, as well as stay true to its traditional roots. You’ll also read about a very talented artist named Ben Carter in this issue. Ben won numerous awards all over the country before deciding to make his home in 78209 in 1988. He was commissioned to produce 20 paintings for the Witte Museum that he titled Thundering Hooves. He is equally talented using a variety of mediums and has even illustrated some children’s books. Finally, we’re featuring an old favorite in Alamo Heights in this issue. Cappycinno’s has been around since 1996 and is a favorite for people in and out of 78209. The food is delectable, the drinks are delicious, and the atmosphere is funky, fresh and fun. Check out Wine & Dine to see what dishes we recommend you try on your next visit! September can be a crazy time, but it’s also a good month to stop, take a breath and really enjoy this season of life, busy as it may be. I hope you’re settling into your routines and that in the midst of your busyness, you’ll take some time to be thankful - and peruse this issue of 78209! Until next month, SUSAN THORNTON Editor
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JOHN BLOODSWORTH Writer
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 Writer
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 mid1990s, 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.
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Check out stories about the extraordinary community of ‘09. In every issue we profile a notable ‘09er, a local business, and feature a dining review and the inspired decor and design of a beautiful home. Check out happenings in Neighborhood News, School and Sports News, Inside the Loop, and Outside ‘09.
Photographer Eber Guerrero captured this photo of an Alamo Heights High School football player during an afternoon practice.
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The Scoop 78209 MAGAZINE
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY IN ‘09
BY RON AARON EISENBERG
San Antonio Icon, Community Leader, Tom C. Frost Has Died
Tom C. Frost, Jr., who passed away at age 90 on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, was a true San Antonio icon and an amazing banker and philanthropist. He was also all San Antonio. Born in 1927 at Santa Rosa Hospital, he attended San Antonio Academy and graduated from Texas Military Institute (TMI) in 1945. Back then, TMI was located in Alamo Heights. He and Patricia, his wife of 67 years, lived in 78209 and also spent time on their ranch in Boerne. After serving in the U.S. Army, Frost graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He was the fourth generation of Frosts to lead Frost Bank. The bank was founded 150 years ago by his great-grandfather Thomas C. Frost. Even after he retired from his leadership post at the bank in 1997, Frost stayed active at the bank and in the community. He was a cheerleader for San Antonio, serving on numerous boards and helping to attract major events and business to the city. Frost played an influential role in making Hemisfair '68 a success. His support also helped bring about the South Texas Medical Center and the AT&T Center. He actively participated in and chaired countless boards through his extensive community involvement, including the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition – the Rodeo. Frost was friends with corporate and political leaders, but he was never above connecting with people no matter where they were in life. Just ask Rudy Alvarado, manager of the parking facility inside Frost Bank at 145 N. Main. “I knew Mr. Frost for nearly fifty years,” Alvarado said. “He was always the same. In fact, his demeanor never changed. He always stopped to talk with me. We’d talk about the Spurs, the city, anything and everything,” Alvarado recalled. “I’m sad he’s gone.”
Witte Museum Wins TripAdvisor Award
The Witte Museum was recognized with the 2018 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. The award is based on the quality and consistency of reviews and opinions earned by guests on TripAdvisor over the past year. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this recognition. Marise McDermott, president and CEO of the Witte, said 12 | September 2018
The Witte Museum won a Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor based reviews from visitors.
in a news release, “We are thrilled that visitors are responding with such excitement to the Witte Museum, where nature, science and culture meet, especially since the $100 million transformation that opened in 2017. Receiving the 2018 Certificate of Excellence Award shows our commitment has not gone unnoticed.” McDermott added, “We want to thank our visitors from around the world, as well as local San Antonians, who took the time to write a review about the Witte Museum.” The Witte sits on a 10-acre campus at 3810 Broadway in 78209. For more on the Witte visit www.wittemuseum.org.
Hearthstone BakeryCafe™ Buys Crumpets on Harry Wurzbach Rd.
When Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery owner and chef Francois Maeder announced he was closing his restaurant, local restauranteur Jason VandeBerg took notice. “We used to eat at Crumpets when I was a little boy,” said VandeBerg, whose company founded and operates two Hearthstone BakeryCafe™ locations in San Antonio. “I always loved the setting and the restaurant.” VandeBerg said his company has thought for the past few years about acquiring their own property, rather than leasing. With Crumpet’s going on the market, he said it was the right time and right place to open their concept there. “The facility is also large enough to launch our plan to expand our event and catering business,” VandeBerg said. “The new location will give us the space and capability to grow our catering business.” VandeBerg plans to spruce up the interior and exterior, as well as bring in a professional arborist to examine the grounds. Some of the plants and trees are very stressed and may need to be removed to encourage healthier growth for other vegetation, he explained. VandeBerg is planning to open the new restaurant at 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road in mid-January.
Dozens of neighbors volunteered to repair fences and clean up debris caused by the February tornado so that Horsepuppy could return home to his Oak Park Northwood neighborhood
Horsepuppy on the Mend as Neighbors Send Love and Worry
When several tornadoes slammed into the Oak ParkNorthwood neighborhood on Feb 20, 2017, Horsepuppy was literally lifted out of his yard on Forest Hill Drive and dropped into the street. Horsepuppy’s “mommy,” Julia McLernon said, “Horsepuppy's laminitis is a result of the tornado. We took a direct hit, and the tornado lifted him out of the yard. All our fences were down, so I walked him into the house and started calling friends who might keep him overnight.” McLernon called a lifelong friend, Stuart Seal, who lives not far from her house. “Horsepuppy had been to visit before and run around in our back yard, so he was familiar with it”, Seal said. Julia called at midnight with a plea for help, asking if our fences were in tact. They were, so she walked Horsepuppy over. He made himself at home.” Horsepuppy stayed with Seal for three days, before McLernon moved him to a friend’s acreage in Seguin, where he stayed for three months. Meanwhile, McLernon and dozens of neighborhood volunteers repaired her fences and cleaned up the yard. “It's overwhelming how much people care about Horsepuppy,” McLernon said. “A whole herd of neighbors showed up after the storm to help clear our yard.” As word has spread about Horsepuppy’s laminitis, McLernon said, she gets posts on NextDoor, plus calls and texts, with people sending well wishes and love. “I knew when I brought Horsepuppy home that he was going to make me very happy,” she said. “I had no idea how many other people would feel the same. He really has become our neighborhood mascot.” www.78209magazine.com | 13
‘09 ENTREPRENEURS AND PROFESSIONALS
GREEN HEIGHTS A Residential Community Melding
Modern Technology with Traditional Appeal BY ERNIE ALTGELT PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN WADDY
Are you looking for a community that not only embraces everything about living in our beloved, long-established ZIP but has also gone an important step farther by incorporating the very latest in life-enhancing innovations? If so, situated one block north of Sunset Road just off East Sandalwood Street, you’ll find two acres of exciting new residential developments dedicated to melding the best in traditional neighborhood appeal with the latest in modern, state-of-the-art amenities. When completed, the site will be limited to 12 distinctive, free-standing family homes, all of exceptional quality and designed to enhance the high-tech lifestyles ‘09ers are so enthralled by. Appropriately named Green Heights, due to its deep commitment to environmental responsibility, this suburban enclave’s offerings really will satisfy all aspects
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(aesthetic, practical, technological and communal) essential to today’s enlightened homebuyer. The project was conceived by the local real estate development company CVF Homes, in close partnership with MSG Management, a like-minded investment entity. CVF was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Juan Fernandez, and, since inception, he and CVF have distinguished themselves repeatedly by restoring and remodeling historic homes, as well as specializing in sustainable residential infill development in transitional neighborhoods. “Our efforts have been successful because of our commitment to superior design that is not only reflected visually, but also impacts each building’s overall efficiency, greatly adding value, initially and throughout the entire life of each construc-
Green Heights homes meld traditional neighborhood appeal with modern state-of-the-art amenities
tion,” Fernandez said. His company has been recognized numerous times within the industry, including garnering a prestigious 2018 award for the “Best Infill Development Project” from the Build San Antonio Green organization – which, not surprisingly, was for the current Green Heights endeavor. The project broke ground two years ago, CVF Homes was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Juan Fernandez and after a lot of hard work, two of Green Heights’ homes are now move-in ready and on the market. buyer’s request, additional upgrades are available as well, Later this month, two more will be completed and available. including exterior cedar decks and custom landscaping. Lastly, Three different but very adaptable architectural plans are being if a home is pre-sold before the finish-out, the buyer can also used exclusively, but through the use of varying exterior color, dictate interior color schemes. interior decor and landscaping, all homes are envisioned, as As for the high-tech side? In this regard, CVF doesn’t Fernandez stated, “to be more unique than alike.” disappoint. Each home in Green Heights is amazingly equipped Each stand-alone home is priced in the $500,000 range and with the latest in wi-fi connectivity. New owners will be able varies in size from 1,900 square feet to 2,300 square feet in in- to control their irrigation, garage door and thermostat with their terior space. The lots they occupy differ in size, from 5,000 to smart phones. Also, video outlets (to accommodate cable or 7,500 square feet. All have two stories, three bedrooms, two satellite) have been placed throughout the homes. In the large and a half baths (tub and shower included) with more than garage, there’s even an outlet-ready connection to recharge a ample living and closet space upstairs and down. The kitchens Tesla. However, it doesn’t stop there. are open and beautifully detailed with quartz counter tops. The The HVAC system is top-of-the-line with energy-efficient, installed stove and oven are Italian Bertazzoni. All of the lower two-stage heat pumps and an incredible filtration system. Each floors, including those in the two-car garages, are sealed house is also pre-wired for solar panels, too. The uber-efficient concrete. On the second level, the floors are an elegant Euro- tankless, gas water heater with a recirculation pump is remotely pean oak. All of the Marvin windows are constructed in solid programmable, as well. wood. Visually-speaking, however, it’s the soaring 20-foot Lastly, to qualify for the “green” rating, these houses are ceilings that especially impress. Also, while these homes heavily insulated, from top to bottom, and in between. All of come “standard” with many wonderful treatments, at the the doors are solid core, and the window glass is all Low-E, ensuring not only incredibly low utility bills, but a nice, quiet environment to come home to everyday. To cap it off, all of the homes are arranged around the perimeter of the acreage, and each one fronts a grassy, park like area that Fido – not to mention the homeowners – will just love. If you’re looking for a new residence in ’09 and think Green Heights may be for you, the Phyllis Browning Company holds the exclusive listing information. “There’s nothing not to like about our new development,” Fernandez attested. “It’s a traditional, yet high-tech approach to affordably, and comfortably, live right here in 78209. And, it’s in the Alamo Heights School District to boot.” Each of the homes on Green Heights overlooks a charming grassy park www.78209magazine.com | 15
THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE ‘09 SPECIAL
‘09’s Notably Exceptional Artist
BY ERNIE ALTGELT PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN WADDY
When considering noted Alamo Heights artist Ben Carter, the word “exceptional” immediately comes to mind. Exceptional for the extraordinary intellectual, emotional and physical abilities he possesses to continually create, in multiple media, exquisite beauty. Exceptional in the resulting diverse range and scope of his ever-expanding, world-class portfolio; and, perhaps most uniquely, exceptional in that, despite enjoying a long career marked with an enviable amount of success, recognition and professional achievement, this gifted longterm ‘09er steadfastly remains refreshingly unaffected, humble and appreciative. In the oftentimes heady, ego-driven world of high art, such a distinctive combination of attributes is rare indeed, making Carter to his many loyal patrons more of a wonderful “exception” rather than the rule. Born in Houston, raised in Fort Worth, and, for the past four decades, residing in this neighborhood, Carter’s life has always
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Alamo Heights artist Ben Carter as resided in Alamo Heights for the past four decades. His career has always centered around art. He devoted many years to working at prestigious design studios and advertising agencies, but a portion of his time has always been spent on his paintings.
been oriented towards his art. With a natural talent, nurtured extensively while attending public school, the observant youngster began capturing his world first in pencil and, later, with paint. Favorite subjects often related to his paternal heritage – Carter’s father was a full-blooded Native American – and included Western scenes and, of course to anyone who knows Carter, horses. Today, at a robust 82, the still-active artist is even more respected for his ever popular, rough-and tumble “Texas icons” (most rendered ironically in delicate watercolor), including dusty herds of driven longhorns, authentically represented Native American culture from the past and present, and realistic (you can feel the heat), prickly pearfilled South Texas landscapes – but, upon request, Carter modestly admitted, “I’m okay with just about any subject.” As a young adult, Carter gained a more formal education thanks to a full art scholarship from Texas Wesleyan College
in Fort Worth and later with enrollments at both the prestigious Chicago Art Institute and the Chicago Art Academy. It was at these three institutions where the burgeoning artist further developed and honed the skills that helped launch him on a professional course that included lucrative stints at some of the nation’s foremost design studios and advertising agencies, as well as preparing him to head his own 30-employee company for 12 years. As a commercial designer and creative director working within the “big leagues” of advertising, Carter was involved in a number of national campaigns, winning just about every award (often, more than once) that the business had to give, including “Cleos” for TV work, category “bests” at numerous New York and Houston Art Directors’ Shows, and regular accolades in the industry’s premier trade publication “CA” magazine. During all of Carter’s “ad man” years however, a portion of his time always remained devoted to the creation of fine art, as evidenced by the production of many of his best-known works, which currently grace a myriad of private homes and corporate offices across this ZIP and the entire country. With a desire to opt out of the corporate grind and devote additional time to his personal artistic pursuits, Carter decided in 1988 to relocate to the more laidback Alamo City, first to Terrell Hills and then, more permanently, to Alamo Heights. He set up his ‘09 studio and allowed his considerable reputation to help generate commissions, as well as the sales of existing work. While he still enjoys occasional “institutional” asBen enjoys painting “Texas Icons” like these Longhorn cattle
Favorite subjects for his works are South Texas landscapes and Native American culture.
signments, such as being commissioned to produce more than 20 breathtaking paintings used extensively in the San Antonio Witte Museum’s acclaimed “Thundering Hooves: The History of the Horse in North America” touring exhibition, Carter’s current and most favored focus remains creating art for private individuals and galleries. Carter still prefers painting what he calls “The Light of Texas”, utilizing large formats (up to 60 inches square) and featuring the ubiquitous horses, cowboys, cattle and cacti that he loves. However, he does vary his output occasionally and has produced several “non-Texas” series, including some charming, smaller studies of flowers, multiple old-world style still-lifes, portraits of people and their pets, and, on commission from Ducks Unlimited®, a collection of beautifully-rendered hunting decoys. He’s even illustrated several popular children’s books. His preferred medium remains traditional and dry-brush watercolor, but he is equally competent with oil paint, pastels, and pen and ink. Stylistically, it’s difficult to categorize his paintings – they range from exacting realism to possessing an almost otherworldly impressionistic feel. Because of this versatility, many art critics say it is “hard to put him in a particular category.” When asked about this, Carter smiled. “Each painting requires its own approach, and I’m always looking for a new one, a better one – and I’ll keep searching,” he said, paraphrasing one of his favorite artists, Georgia O’Keefe, “‘as long as I can see the end of my brush.’” www.78209magazine.com | 17
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Contemporary Home Pays Homage to Coupleâ€™s Ranching Heritage BY JOHN BLOODSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON
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POOL Galvanized metal pergola keeps the poolside pleasant for outdoor living
The old adage “you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy” rings true with Alamo Heights residents Julie and Justin Peeler, whose Texas ranching heritage goes back five generations. When the couple found a large-acre site in the neighborhood, they began to work with designer Carla Royder of Carla Royder Designs & Company to create a contemporary home fit for a growing family with elements that pay homage to rustic ranching life. With deep roots in native soil, their contemporary dwelling evokes the spirit of Texas. Constructed of durable, rugged
materials appropriate for ranch life, the home features poured and polished concrete floors throughout, scored and polished gray cement walls and fireplace surround, exposed wooden beams, quarried limestone and an outdoor galvanized metal pergola that wraps around the exterior of the U-shaped structure, offering a respite for outdoor entertaining by the pool, as well as an outdoor kitchen with seating for a Texassized barbecue supper. The exterior palette of natural colors also adds warmth and creates a smooth transition between inside and outside. Central www.78209magazine.com | 19
Home GREAT ROOM Cathedral height ceiling and exposed beams add rustic elegance in the great room where prized trophy mounts reside
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to the open floor plan, the great room is anchored with a floorto-ceiling fireplace of poured and scored dark gray cement with firewood storage built into the raised hearth. Floor-toceiling windows bring the outside into the light-filled space. A patchwork Kilim rug brings color to the seating area, where a barrel chair is upholstered in light gray cowhide and peacock blue velvet. A distressed charcoal leather sofa and large wooden coffee table complete the setting. That authentically distressed persona? “The dogs have chewed on it,” explained Julie with a smile. Concealed behind a pair of rustic, custom-made barn doors is a fully stocked bar ready for entertaining. The wood was salvaged from an old barn on the Peeler Ranch in Christine, Texas. Julie bagged the caribou mounted above the bar on a hunting trip to Yukon territory with her father and brother led by Tlingit native hunters. A bronze sculpture that was in her father’s office and created by family friend and artist Clay Stubbs now takes a place of pride in the great room. However, the home’s heart is the well-designed kitchen and family room, where an island of polished brown, black and beige granite featuring a double stainless-steel sink brings family and friends together. A backsplash of vertical travertine and limestone tiles are juxtaposed against stainless steel Thermador range and appliances. “We had pieces from our first house, and Carla is really good about working with what you have,” said Julie. Comfortable pieces are placed in the family room with a plethora of pillows added for pure creature comfort. Friends always comment on the Mr. T pillow. Found in an Austin shop, Julie added, “We watched The ‘A Team’ all the time as kids.”
ENTRY Three-tired, stainless steel beaded chandelier illuminates the entry with black and white cowhide under foot
DINING ROOM A wrought iron and vintage blue glass bottle chandelier with a blown glass orb adds industrial flair for dining
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Home KITCHEN Granite clad island brings family together in the open concept kitchen
Taking prominence in the family room is a colorized photograph of a longhorn herd with cowboys on horseback, featuring the Peeler herd as well as several generations of family members. Justin’s great, great uncle, Graves Peeler, was approached by J. Frank Dobie and Sid Richardson in 1932 to help them find authentic Texas Longhorn cattle to reestablish the breed before it could become extinct. Creating herds on state park land and on his ranch, he bred Texas Longhorns until his death at the age of 90. He is credited with bringing the Texas Longhorn back from the brink of extinction. Taking ownership and control of the herd in 1994, Justin’s Peeler Texas Longhorn foundation herd has remained the original, true, naturally-selected longhorns, living in sync with nature. In an alcove just off of the family room is a group of handcolored photographs featuring oil rigs and workers in the oilfields of southeast Texas that speak to Julie’s kinship with the land. Growing up in the oil fields of Montgomery County, Julie’s family on both her father’s and mother’s side raised Brangus cattle. Her family’s brand – Seven Bar – was registered in 1870. Naturally, the fruit does not fall very far from the tree. The
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MASTER BEDROOM Master retreat offers a respite for adult relaxation with sitting area and enclosed outdoor patio
Peeler children – Sadie, a sophomore at Alamo Heights High School, Alonzo, 12, and Boone, 10 are beginning to embrace a way of life that has been instilled for generations. As vice president of the San Antonio 4H Shooting Sports, Sadie also has raised pen steers with her younger brothers. “I really like the program,” said Julie. “The kids have to take a test on the cattle raising industry and speak about their projects in front of their peers.” The family’s vegetable and herb garden in the corner of the expansive manicured back yard even bows to ranching tradition. The raised beds are placed in four-foot by eightfoot rectangular cement cattle troughs that were brought to the house by trailer. An in-ground “cement pond” adjacent to the garden echoes with sounds reminiscent of falls on a trickling creek where pet goldfish have grown to the size of small perch. The children’s rooms are in one wing of the horseshoeshaped home, with the master suite occupying the other side. A wrought iron bed clothed in vintage linens and plump pillows offer a retreat with a sitting area and enclosed sitting porch beckoning adult relaxation at day’s end. A vintage iron and painted glass exit sign hangs above the front door, adding whimsy to a home filled with Texas tradition and plenty of personality. 24 | September 2018
DAUGHTER’S BEDROOM Pastel hues and a flower-clad chandelier of sea shells add feminine charm to Sadie’s bedroom
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Neighborhood News NEWS FOR THE 78209 AREA INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF ALAMO HEIGHTS, TERRELL HILLS, LINCOLN HEIGHTS, TERRELL HEIGHTS, NORTHWOOD ESTATES AND OAK PARK. BY EDMOND ORTIZ
The city of Alamo Heights is taking steps to renovate the Jack Judson Nature Trails building, a 1960s structure in need of repairs and modernization. The City Council unanimously agreed on Aug. 13 to pay $18,500 to local firm John Grable Architects for drawings of proposed improvements to the building, which is located off Viesca near the city swimming pool. Approved for construction by the Alamo Heights council in 1965, the structure was developed on San Antonio-owned land, but is leased by Alamo Heights. Alamo Heights is responsible for maintaining the building, which serves as an informational stop for visitors to the Judson nature trails. City officials said repairs are needed to the roof, interior, wiring, bathrooms and plumbing. Upgrades could include replacing the existing metal roof, and all rotted tongue, groove timber and sheathing. Window frames and doors could be repainted, as well.
Heights to Fix Up Nature Trails Building
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The Jack Judson Nature Trails building, constructed in the 1960s, is eyed for repairs and modernization
City Manager Mark Browne said the improvements project would be an opportunity to bring the structure up to current local building codes and to make the bathroom area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Grable’s architectural services fee covers the project and schematic designs, master planning and design development phases, and construction documents. Developing architectural drawings would lead to a competitive bidding process on the actual construction work. Browne said renovation costs could range from $75,000 to $85,000. “The building itself is made of brick, so it’s solid,” he said. “It’s just other things that need work.” Council members expressed confidence the renovation will positively affect the community. “It’s a good use of city funds for our beautification concept,” Alamo Heights Mayor Bobby Rosenthal said.
Damage to the ceiling of the Jack Judson Nature Trails building
“This is a pretty unique building,” added Councilman Lawson Jessee. “It looks bad now, but if you put some tender loving care, it’s going to become a little beacon in the area.” The Alamo Heights City Council on July 23 repealed action it took the month prior, opting not to proceed with a new stop sign installation at Primrose and Buttercup. In June, the council approved placing a sign at that intersection for westbound traffic on Primrose. Primrose, which already has a few other stop signs, has seen its share of busy traffic, neighbors say. However, one homeowner on Primrose did not like how the new stop sign could look or handle traffic in front of their house, which is right at the intersection. Plus, work crews could not find a viable spot for the new stop sign on the other side of Primrose. The council directed city staff to see if it could instead come up with alternative options. On July 23, the council did approve revising its sign regulations code that affects mainly businesses. The council also approved a one-year contract between the city and 4DogSakes Rescue, for sheltering of local stray and lost dogs.
Alamo Heights Council Address Sign Issues
Waste Management, the company responsible for garbage and recycling collection in several cities, has been notifying cities such as Terrell Hills about a fee change. Waste Management officials have said large-scale and commercial recycling customers could be assessed a contamination charge of up to $175 per ton and/or higher processing fees for excess contamination found in their recycling loads. According to a letter from Waste Management, contamination in the form of non-recycling items have potential to turn the entire load of recyclable items into trash, resulting in higher processing costs. Waste Management offered some tips for all recycling participants, including residents. Those tips include: • Don’t bag recyclables. Plastic bags and film get tangled in machinery. • Don’t include food-soiled items. • Don’t add sharp objects, such as needles, or electronics in a normal recycling load. • Don’t include rubber hoses, wires, or other “anglers” that could shut down a whole recycling operation.
Recycling Collector Notifies Terrell Hills Residents
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Neighborhood News Residents of Alamo Heights and the San Antonio neighborhoods of Oak Park/Northwood, Terrell Heights and Lincoln Heights are urged to touch base this month with their local elected leaders as those cities finalize their budgets for fiscal year 2019. The new fiscal year starts Oct 1. Alamo Heights City Council holds a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 on the proposed budget and property tax rate, which the city proposes keeping at 38.6 cents per $100 valuation. Budget and tax rate adoption are set for Sept. 24. Alamo Heights and North East independent school districts have approved their budgets for the 2018-2019 school year. Terrell Hills City Council will have public hearings at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 13 on the proposal to stay with the current property tax rate of 36.5 cents per $100 valuation. The council will adopt the tax rate at 5 p.m. Sept. 17.
Budget Time is Here
The San Antonio Zoning Commission on Aug. 7 approved rezoning a vacant lot on Broadway to accommodate Stream Realty Partners’ 11-story, mixed-use building. Only a tiny house once owned by District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño sits on the lot across from The Bakery Building on Broadway. Overland Partners, a local architecture firm, is responsible for the building’s design. The project was expected to go before the City Council for consideration in late August or early September.
Since 2015, Imperfect Produce has been on a mission to eliminate food waste, help farmers benefit from a full harvest, and make healthy fruits and vegetables more accessible and affordable, according to a news release. For the initial launch, San Antonio-area residents can use code SAT50 to receive 50 percent off their first shipment. Visit www.imperfectproduce.com for details.
Broadway Project Gets Approval
Jordan & Peterson Nontoxic Skincare Opens in the Collection on Broadway
Andrea Jordan and Susie Petersen, a duo with a combined 40 years of skincare expertise, created Jordan & Petersen Skincare with a passion to combine the philosophy that health and beauty are inextricably linked. The question was: “Why isn’t there a clean skincare option free of animal-based ingredients, that’s non-toxic, irritant free and that would deliver results?” In search of that answer, and with a drive to create a plant sourced “anti-aging” skincare line, the hunt was on. “We understand there are an overwhelming amount of skincare products in the marketplace today,” the women said, but we wanted to help consumers understand what they are using and what is being absorbed into their skin.” They said they believe that the clean beauty revolution is here to stay and that healthy skin has long-term, anti-aging benefits.
The Alamo Heights High School Class of 1978 will be celebrating their 40th reunion the weekend of Sept 28-29. There will be a kick-off party Friday night at Stonewerks Restaurant and Bar . The celebration continues on Saturday night with dinner, dancing and live entertainment at the Petroleum Club located at 8620 N. New Braunfels Avenue, Suite 700. This event begins at 6:00pm and is open to class of ‘78 graduates only. For more information or to purchase tickets go to ahhsclassof78reunion.com.
Alamo Heights High School Reunion
Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills and Olmos Park are among the first parts of the San Antonio area to receive service from Imperfect Produce. Imperfect Produce is a produce subscription service that sources “ugly” fruits and vegetables from farms and delivers them directly to consumers’ doors. San Antonio is the first Texas city to receive Imperfect Produce service.
Imperfect Produce Comes to Town
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g n i t a g l i a T l l a F THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO OUR FAVORITE FINDS
Tailgating is a uniquely American event, and nobody does game day better than ‘09ers. For those pre-game rituals, you’ll find everything you need right in the ZIP!
CORNHOLE Order these customized cornhole boards for your next tailgate. VICTORY TAILGATE www.victorytailgate.com
COLLEGIATE APPAREL Show your school spirit with game day T-shirts and sweatshirts. THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL STORE The Quarry Market
BEER! Find a large selection of “Texas” craft beers, along with the old standards. HARGROVE’S FINE WINE & SPIRITS 4007 Broadway
A GRILL Fire up one of these gourmet grills and get the party started. SUNSET RIDGE HARDWARE 6438 N. New Braunfels
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YETI COOLER Get this high quality cooler built tough for the outdoor enthusiast. COOPERâ€™S MEAT MARKET 6002 Broadway
MEAT!! Smoked beef and pork sausages, ground beef, brisket, ribs and more. THE SMOKE SHACK MEAT MARKET 3710 Broadway
A BLUETOOTH OUTDOOR SPEAKER Pump up the jams or listen to the pre-game show with this portable and practical speaker. TARGET 1223 Austin Highway
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Schools THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ‘09
78209 FROM ACADEMICS TO ATHLETICS, SCHOOL SPIRIT TO AWARDS OF MERIT, WE HAVE IT COVERED
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St. Luke’s Episcopal School Alum Excels
SLES loves it when alumni come back to the hilltop campus for a visit. This summer, Susannah Wright (Class of 2010) returned to St. Luke’s to see her beloved school and to share her educational journey. “From my many years at St. Luke’s, I learned lessons that have proven indispensable in every subsequent phase of my life,” she saidI learned to cling to my moral compass because every action I take is a reflection of me and my values. Through Ms. Berdecio’s daily reminders to ‘make it a great day—the choice is yours,’ I learned that, no matter what events may swirl around me, I am the only one responsible for how I choose to respond. Additionally, St. Luke’s instilled in me a love for the pursuit of knowledge and a dedication to lifelong learning that is fundamental to the way I approach each day and opportunity.” Wright graduated from Rice University in 2018, and she will attend Harvard University in the fall to begin the PhD program in classical philology (Latin and Greek literature). Wright fondly remembers her study of Greek mythology in the 3rd grade and her study of Latin at St. Luke’s. SLES is proud of all of their alumni who continue to excel and pursue their dreams.
Our excellent staff brings fun, creative, and challenging activities into each classroom. As a Christian based school, we strive to give your child exceptional care, and an excellent education, with a Christian foundation.
(210) 822-3213 www.ahpcds.com
The Alamo Heights School Foundation’s Greater Heights Night takes place Wednesday, Nov 14 at 6:00pm at the Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum. Greater Heights Night started in 2011 and has rapidly evolved into a premiere community gathering that allows the Alamo Heights School Foundation to signifigantly contribute to the district year after year. Last year’s event chair Becky Gulley and co-chair Meredith Brewer led a volunteer committee of 28 parents to create an unforgettable evening titled “Investing in the Future of Our Children.” More that 675 guests attended and they raised more than $462,000 to enhance educational resources for teachers and students.
Greater Heights Night Returns
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ALAMO HEIGHTS - MULES SEPT. 7 ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. LAREDO - 7:30 PM Harry B. Orem Stadium
SEPT. 14 ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. EAST CENTRAL 7:30 PM Harry B. Orem Stadium 9/22/2018 SEPT. 21
ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. KENNEDY 7:30 PM Edgewood Memorial Stadium
ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. UVALDE 7:30 PM HOMECOMING Harry B. Orem Stadium
OCT 12 ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. MEMORIAL 7:300 PM Edgewood Memorial Stadium OCT 19 ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. LOCKHART 7:30 PM Lockhart High School
OCT 26 ALMO HEIGHTS VS. KERRVILLE TIVY 7:30 Harry B. Orem Stadium
NOV 2 ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. MEDINA VALLEY 7:30 PM Medina Valley High School
NOV 8 ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. BOERNE CHAMPION 7:30 PM Harry B. Orem Stadium
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MACCARTHUR - BRAHMAS SEPT. 7
MACARTHUR VS.CLEMENS - 7:30 PM Lehnhoff Stadium
SEPT. 14 MACARTHUR VS. CHAMPION 7:00 PM Boerne ISD Complex
SEPT. 22 MACARTHUR VS. ROOSEVELT 7:00 PM Roosevelt High School SEPT. 29 MACARTHUR VS. SOUTH SAN Comalander Stadium
OCT 13 MACARTHUR VS. JOHNSON 7:00 PM Comalander Stadium
OCT 19 MACARTHUR VS. CHURCHILL 7:30 PM Heroes Stadium OCT 26 MACARTHUR VS. MADISON 7:30 Heroes Stadium
NOV 2 MACARTHUR VS. REAGAN 7:30 PM Comalander Stadium NOV 8 MACARTHUR VS. LEE 7:00 PM Comalander Stadium
The Howdy Night Parade is the annual kick-off to Alamo Heights High School’s Howdy Night. This year Howdy night is Sept. 26
Alamo Heights Back-to-School Calendar
Here is a look at what’s on the agenda as we begin the new school year. Need more information? The links to the calendar, school supply lists, Mule Markets and more can be found on the district website, www.ahisd.net, under the Students & Parents tab. September 4
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Alamo Heights Junior School, 7th - 8th Grades, 6:00pm September 5
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Cambridge Elementary, 1st - 2nd Grades, 5:45pm Woodridge Elementary , 1st - 2nd Grades, 6:00pm September 6
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Cambridge Elementary, 3rd - 5th Grades, 5:45pm Woodridge Elementary, 3rd - 5th Grades, 6:00pm September 10
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Alamo Heights High School, 9th - 12th Grades, 6:00 - 8:00pm September 13
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Howard Elementary, Pre-K/PPCD/ABC/BELLS, 4:00pm Kindergarten, 6:00pm September 26
HOWDY PARADE: Broadway, 4:30pm
HOWDY NIGHT: Alamo Heights High School, 5:00pm September 28
HOMECOMING: Harry B. Orem Stadium at Alamo Heights High School, 7:30pm
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Howdy! It’s Homecoming 2018!
AHISD is set to host a huge “Howdy!” An annual tradition at Alamo Heights ISD, it symbolizes the start of a new school year and kicks off the much-loved Homecoming celebration. From the first “Howdy” of the Howdy Parade and Howdy Night Carnival to the pep rally and bonfire, the celebration continues with the football game and homecoming dance. Current and former Mules love the tradition of a Mule homecoming. Get your blue and gold on and throw your #MulesUp! Homecoming Week starts September 22!
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All-Sports Pass Offers Mule Fans Seats for Season
As our Mules showcase their talents on the field, our fans will have an opportunity to secure seats for a season of support! AHISD will be offering an all-sports pass for adults and students. The all-sports pass is good for all AHISD home games at both the high school and junior school, with the exception of tournaments, playoff games and varsity football games. The all-sports passes will also be available for purchase in the athletic office during regular office hours. The all-sports passes offer an option for fans to attend multiple sporting events at an annual cost savings. These passes will be available for $75/adults and $40/students. With new district alignments, and in coordination with UIL regulations, all patrons and students will need to pay admission to attend all games, home and away. Individual tickets will still be sold at each game â€“ district admission prices for each of the UIL districts are posted on the district athletic website.
AHISD Partner in National Programs
Alamo Heights ISD is pleased to be a part of the National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs once again. As a part of the programs, AHISD is able to offer nutritious and delicious meals to all enrolled students. All students are entitled to eat breakfast and lunch every school day in their school cafĂŠ. Pricing information is available on the AHISD Child Nutrition website at www.ahisd.net/departments/nutrition/nutrition.html. You will also be able to link to the online Free and Reduced application process, which may provide your student with a free or reduced-price meal program depending on income qualifications. Paper applications are also available in Spanish and English for download, or can be picked up in the front office of your school. www.78209magazine.com | 37
Alamo Heights ISD Educator Named Finalist for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year
Jeff Wheatcraft, an eighth grade science teacher and STEM coordinator at Alamo Heights Junior School in Alamo Heights ISD, has been named one of six finalists for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year, according to the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the awards program. A teacher for the past 12 years, he created the STEM program at Alamo Heights Junior School, where he has taught since 2012. “Over the past four years, I have worked collaboratively with other teachers and the administration to craft a program that has enhanced the learning opportunities of our students while changing the school’s culture, especially regarding young women in STEM fields,” Wheatcraft said. “Originally, we designed the course to feed into our high school rocketry program. But in three years, the STEM class has grown both figuratively and literally beyond the confines of the classroom we occupy. The majority of lessons are real-world problems with no definitive solution. I want students to know that there are still problems we are facing that need to be solved, and they have the skills to find solutions.” Wheatcraft is also the 2018 recipient of the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching and has twice been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. As Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year this year, Wheatcraft was among 40 outstanding Texas educators eligible for consideration for Texas Teacher of the Year. Earlier this month, a panel of judges composed of representatives of Texas 38 | September 2018
Teacher Jeff Wheatcraft has been named one of six finalists for the 2019 Teacher of the Year.
teacher associations and the 2018 Texas Teacher of the Year finalists chose him and five other Regional Teachers of the Year — three elementary and three secondary — as finalists. In September, Wheatcraft and the other finalists will be invited to Austin for interviews before a panel of judges composed of representatives of educational leadership associations, community and business leaders, a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and prior Texas Teachers of the Year. The panel will select two state-level winners — Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year — and designate one to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Sept. 14 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. The Texas Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969. The program, facilitated by TASA since 2011, annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. In 2015, Texas Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD became the second Texas teacher to be named the National Teacher of the Year. TASA is the professional association for Texas school administrators, providing professional learning and networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, and targeted communications to support the work of superintendents and other school leaders. TASA’s mission is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.
Emily Watsonwon in gold in javelin.
Dane Huggins won the triple jump.
Three Saint Mary’s Hall track & field Barons received historic nominations to the 2018 Great American Track & Field Classic. These student-athletes included senior standouts Natalie Scheifele (javelin, shot put and discus) and Emily Wilson (javelin), as well as sophomore sensation Dane Huggins (triple jump). The GATFC is an elite, “by-invitation-only,” high school event for outstanding track & field athletes and is officially sanctioned by U.S.A. Track & Field. Held June 7-9 in Lancaster, Texas, the Barons competed against the nation’s best at the meet. Emily Wilson (class of 2018), who won the gold in javelin, will attend Princeton University this fall and will compete at the collegiate level. Dane Huggins captured silver in the triple jump and has shown he has what it takes to earn some major accolades during his junior year at SMH. He’s sure to become a top contender. Although Natalie Scheifele (Class of 2018) did not compete at the GATFC, she was recently named to the San Antonio Express-News All-Area Track and Field team. Natalie will attend Texas A&M University in the fall and compete collegiately as part of its track & field program. Athletics plays a vital role in the development of SMH students with more than 80 percent of upper and middle School students playing at least one of the 14 sports offered. To learn more about the robust and completive athletic opportunitiesat SMH, visit www.smhall.org.
Saint Mary’s Hall Track & Field Award
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ADVICE FOR PET OWNERS FROM AN ‘09 PET
People and Pets Learning To Communicate By BERIT MASON
An irritated pup snaps and bites, and who gets the blame? The dog! Even though they were most likely provoked into bad behavior. “People tend to do all the wrong things, which causes pets to become worried and sometimes snap. Most people only recognize the final warning signs that dogs will give,” said Robyn Slusky, MS, a professional dog trainer and behavioral coach who educates children and adults in dog communications. “Dogs will try and communicate when they feel scared, stressed or uncomfortable. It's when these warning signs aren't adhered to that you get a growl, snarl, snap and bite,” she said. “Bites rarely come out of nowhere. The only time this happens is when the dog's warning system has been punished.” When pooches warn you with a “grrrrrrr,” it means: “Quit pestering me!” or “Stay back.” Ignoring them starts trouble. “People should never punish a growl!” said Slusky. “That is their final warning they give when they aren't comfortable. If it gets punished, the dog learns that there is no point trying to communicate that he isn't comfortable, and they end up 40 | September 2018
Children practicing the gentle handling of a pet
learning to go straight to bite.” For example, I hate it when some clown comes up and vigorously pats me on my head. If he wants to stroke me, he should introduce himself. First, he should offer me the palm of his hand. I'll sniff him with my superior olfactory senses, gathering information. After I am comfortable, then he may proceed to gently pat me. The website www.stopthe77.com illustrates what dogs feel and sense during play time, car rides, roughhousing or on walks. It teaches children to honor a dog's signaling for safe interactions. The “77” is because 77 percent of dog bites are from family pets or a friend's pet when someone failed to defer to the dog. “Dogs — and animals in general — should never be forced to do anything that they are not comfortable with,” said Slusky. “I do a lot of 'force-free' handling techniques with dogs and their owners to teach them how to be active participants in their handling and care. Consent is such an important aspect of our human lives, and it should be for our pets as well.” Slusky’s education focuses on creating a curriculum to
Robyn and Deuce together, while working a doggie communications training seminar
teach children “dog” body language. Today, she teaches those lessons at “Camp Humane”, hosted by the San Antonio Humane Society. Children, she pointed out, learn about wild animals, zoo animals and ocean animals, but little about the animal at home — the family pup. Through pet education, she aims to lower the number of yearly reported dog bites, and to reduce the number of surrendered pets, dropped off at shelters because they bit someone. This lovely “dog whisperer” is in high demand with '09 clients. “Most of my clients have dogs with some sort of fear, anxiety and/or aggression issues, but we get dogs from all walks of life,” she said. “I do a lot of work with local rescue groups. I love working on preventative training, especially with puppies, to prepare them for what they will be experiencing in the rest of their lives.” This lady speaks my language! “Just like we vaccinate animals to inoculate against diseases, I see training and early socialization as a way of inoculating our dogs against future behavior issues,” she said. “Behavior kills more dogs than health issues do, so it's up to us humans to help dogs learn how to feel safe and comfortable in the world we have created for them. Training and learning in general should always be fun, never stressful or painful.” Respect! Roxie www.78209magazine.com | 41
In The Loop 78209 MAGAZINE
‘09 SOCIETY AND EVENTS
BY LESLIE FOLEY
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Alamo Heights Taste of the Heights. This years the event moves to a new venue, the San Antonio Zoo. The event will take place Oct 18 from 7:00-10:00pm and will feature foods from some of San Antonio’s finest restaurants. There will be live entertainment, cocktails, incredible food and a silent auction. The event benefits Asperger’s 101. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit the website at: www.tasteoftheheights.com
The 25th Annual Taste of The Heights
Luncheon committee members Jay and Ashley Korbell with Denae and Alex Schenker
Library Foundation Festivities
The San Antonio Library Foundation hosted special guest speaker, David DiBenedetto, senior vice president and editor in chief of the award winning Southern lifestyle magazine “Garden & Gun” for the Father's Day Literary Luncheon honoring honorary chair George C. “Tim” Hixon, and the father of libraries, Andrew Carnegie. The afternoon was fun and full of Southern charm. A few attendees included Tim’s wife Ashley Hixon and her children, special events manager for the SAPLF, Brianna Kirk, president of SAPLF, Tracey Bennett, co-chairs Timo Hixon and Alex Schenker and luncheon committee: Brooke and Matthew Bell, Lindsay and Greg Bolner, Sara McCamish and Edward Briggs, Kelly and Bingo Carter, Lori and Richard Coiner, Heather and Jeff De Rojas, Caroleene and Bobby Dobson, Tracee and JJ Feik, Kelly and Steven Fry, Amy and Mark Garcia, Linsday and Jack Guenther, Ashley Hixon, Ashley and Jay Korbell, Rosa and Roby Latimer, Jody and Howard Lutz, Nicole and Rob McClane, Whitney and Joe Miller, Jim Foster & Guillermo Nicolás, Courtney and Steven Ogle, Cameron Redding, Denae Schenker. 42 | September 2018
The 2nd Annual Catrina Ball
On Saturday, Oct 27, co-chairs Heather de Rojas, Amy Garcia and Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar invite you to join guests of honor La Catrina, AnaPaula Watson y El Catrín and Rick Liberto in support of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the Latino Collection and Resource Center at the Central Library. Get your tickets early for this sure-to-be-sold-out event.
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In the Loop
Above: Artist Brook Rosser with two of her paintings: Tower of America and Japanese Tea Garden Left: Painting of ‘09’s Broadway 5050 restaurant.
Artist Brook Rosser’s opening exhibit was held at Ana Montoya’s AnArte Gallery in the Collection. Rosser decided to honor San Antonio’s 300th birthday with a series of paintings depicting a few of her favorite landmarks, from the Japanese Tea Gardens to iconic signs such as The Ranch Motel and Hung Fong Chinese Restaurant (fans are still mourning the closing of this famous restaurant). Other pieces included paintings of Missions Concepcion and Espada, North Star Mall, The Alamo, Casa Rio, Tower of Life and Tower of America, Rollercade, and Broadway 5050. Every single art piece sold and a percentage of the proceeds were donated to Conrad Smiles. Art patrons included: Gobie Walsdorf, Anne Krause, Mary Whitten, Tracy Paz, Susan Lynn, Karlos Anzoategui, Phyllis Morris, Christopher Sanchez, Sherie Lené Johnson, Terry Gay Puckett, Linda Walsdorf, Tim Lavender, Michelle Lozano, Luz Ortiz, BeBe Rosser and Natalee Newel. AnArte Gallery is delighted to be hosting Patricia Ortiz’s mesmerizing opening reception of “An Enchanted City” on Thursday, Sept 13 from 6:00-8:00pm. There will be a Margaritas & Dos Equis reception, music by Louis Davila, art talk at 6:45 and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hunger Fund. Exhibit on view through Sept 30. 44 | September 2018
Brews and Blooms
Visit the San Antonio Botanical Gardens for a casual evening of craft brew samplings, food booths, lawn games and music Saturday, Sept 22 at 7:00 p.m. Working closely with San Antonio Cerveceros, Brews and Blooms provides a venue for new and seasoned local craft brewmasters to showcase their suds. Choose from a selection of 30-40 craft beers from ales to lagers, including some great seasonal releases from local and regional breweries, and make sure you take home your souvenir glass!
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Over at the Botanical Gardens
Attention Lego Lovers: Nature Connects is an award-winning sculpture exhibit by Brooklyn-based artist Sean Kenney. Created with nearly half a million LEGO bricks, the thirteen nature-inspired displays include a larger-than-life Monarch butterfly and a six-foot hummingbird on a trumpet flower.
Join Les Dames d’Escoffier San Antonio Chapter for a delicious and enlightening journey celebrating Influential Women. The event takes place September 21 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter from 11:00 am til 2:00 pm. The Luncheon will be led by president and luncheon co-chair Blanca Aldaco and co-chair Debbie Gonzalez. A few Dames supporting the luncheon include Grand Dame Rosemary Kowalski, Di-Anna R. Arias, Leslie Komet Ausburn, Nichole Bendele, Lainey Berkus, JoAnn Boone, Crystal Kay Dady, Cynthia Guido, Mary Martini, Rashin Mazaheri, Anne Ng, Diana Barrios Trevino, Maureen Weissman, and Lisa Wong. Participants will learn about flavors and tastemakers of the past, present and future. Ingredients and dishes that contributed to San Antonio’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy will be showcased, from the Chili Queens who graced Plaza de Armas in the late 1800s to the innovators that make San Antonio the epicenter of culinary arts in Texas today. www.sanantonio300.org/event/plate-changer-luncheon/
The Plate Changer Luncheon
Whataburger Presents the DoSeum with $100,000 Gift
Whataburger has made a $100,000 donation to the DoSeum to support the organization’s efforts to promote learning through exploration, open-ended discovery and role-play. In recognition of Whataburger’s generous gift, the DoSeum gave its Little Town Food Truck an orange makeover and transformed it into a Whataburger Food Truck. The Food Truck inside Little Town is one of The DoSeum’s most popular exhibits, allowing little learners to learn through role-play as servers, cooks or customers. The DoSeum unveiled the newly outfitted Whataburger Food Truck on Monday, Aug. 6. Guests who visited the museum wearing orange on that day received a specialWhataburger surprise.
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Save The Date! SOCIETY AND CHARITABLE EVENT CALENDAR September 13
The 2018 Ranch Chic Fashion Show
THE ROSENBERG SKY ROOM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD 6:30PM
Enjoy a show filled with great western attire that can be worn to the 40th Annual Cattle Baron’s Gala and are inspired by the stories of their cancer survivor models. www.cattlebaronsgala.org September 14
The 34th Annual Zoo Run Relay
THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO 3903 NORTH ST. MARY’S STREET 6:00PM
Alamo Heights Club members Lion Norm Fulkerson and Past District Governor John Kimbrough with President Gudrun
San Antonio Lions Club Hosts International President
The Lions Club of San Antonio recently held a reception for newly elected Lions International President Gudrun Yngvadottir of Garedabagr, Iceland. President Gudrun made history by being the first female to be elected International President, as well as being the first from Iceland. The reception was a luncheon held at the Menger Hotel.
Gather a team of four runners and help raise funds for the zoo by running this eight mile relay race. Your registration fee gets you to the starting line, but your fundraising gets you to the finish line! www.sazoo.org September 18
Legacy of Hope Luncheon THE SAN ANTONIO COUNTRY CLUB 11:30AM
Grammy award winner, artist and songwriter Judy Collins will be recognized at the Ecumenical Center’s Legacy of Hope Luncheon. Luncheon chairs Caroline and Tony Canales, co-chairs Tenchita and Alfredo Flores and foundation board chairs Yolanda and Chuck Anderson welcome her to share her stories of life in the spotlight. www.ecrh.org September 20
Gallery of Hope
THE ST. ANTHONY HOTEL 6:00PM
Briscoe Museum Screening of HBO Documetary
In August, the Briscoe Museum hosted a special screening of the new HBO documentary 15: A Quinceanera Story that featured two members of local escaramuza team Las Coronelas de San Antonio. Escaramuza, an event within the larger rodeo-like sport known as charrería, is comprised of teams of women performing a series of choreographed routines on horseback. The film followed best friends Jackie and Nina as they prepared for their joint quinceañera, while pursuing their love of escaramuza. 46 | September 2018
Join the Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) for a night of fine cuisine, auctions, dancing to the sounds of the Finding Friday Band, and the unveiling of the photo gallery. This event hosted by CASA to celebrate and showcase their impact on the community. If you are interested in becoming an advocate, or to learn more, visit www.casa-satx.org for details. September 21
San Antonio Pets Alive - Seas the Day
DISCOVERY POINT SEAWORLD 6:00PM
Join San Antonio Pets Alive for a celebration of the love that saves animals lives. The evening includes ex-
clusive access to Discovery Point at Sea World, interactions with the animals, cocktails, dinner and silent auction. www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/seastheday October 6
The 40th Annual Cattle Baron’s Gala ESTANCIA AT THUNDER VALLEY - BOERNE, TEXAS 6:30PM - MIDNIGHT
Double Down for the cure for cancer! Round up your guests and join them for an evening of gourmet Texas cuisine, live and silent auctions, and great entertainment. This year, the gala will feature the country sounds of recording artist Easton Corbin. www.cattlebaronsgala.com October 27
The 2018 Red & White Ball
SAN ANTONIO MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER 6:30PM
The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation cordially invites you to their annual signature event, The Red and White Ball. The theme for this year's ball is An Evening in Oz, There's No Place Like Home, with dinner, dancing, entertainment, raffle and a silent auction to be held at the Marriott Rivercenter. www.redandwhiteballsa.org October 27
The 2nd Annual Catrina Ball THE CENTRAL LIBRARY 6:30 - 11:30PM
This year, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation will celebrate Día de Los Muertos and the Tricentennial of San Antonio. The Catrina Ball will feature gourmet Mexican street food, musical performances, libations, a community Altar to honor those souls that have passed, and a DiscGlowTeca Dance after-party around Chihuly’s Fiesta Tower sculpture. www.saplf.org Saturday, November 10
The 8th Annual Chair-ity Event
PEDROTTI’S NORTH WIND RANCH 7:00-11:00PM
The 8th Annual Chair-ity event will feature food, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and unique chairs designed by local artists, celebrities and supporters. www.rmhcsanantonio.org Thursday, November 8
The Zoobilation Ball 2018 THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO 6:00PM
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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
Community Calendar MEETINGS FOR 78209 COMMUNITIES
September 4 ALAMO HEIGHTS LIONS CLUB MEETING 7pm La Fonda of Alamo Heights 8633 Crownhill San Antonio, TX 78209
September 24 ALAMO HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL MEETING 5:30–9pm 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public.
September 4 ALAMO HEIGHTS ROTARY MEETING 12pm The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217
September 25 ALAMO HEIGHTS ROTARY MEETING 12pm The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217
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Community Leader DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE
ROBERT GALINDO Thanks for Asking, Coach By RON AARON EISENBERG
There’s no telling what Robert Galindo would have done with his life if his Wheatley High School line coach hadn’t inquired about his plans. However, Coach Charlie Peña did. He asked Galindo about college. “I hadn’t considered college until the day Coach Peña asked me about my plans,” Galindo said. “In fact, it wasn’t something I had thought about.” However, Peña and Wheatley’s head coach, Joe Rendon, made it clear that Galindo needed to go to college. Rendon talked with Galindo about what classes
he liked in high school. The answer was numbers and math. So, Rendon urged him to pursue a degree in accounting and finance. Galindo took the advice. He went to St. Mary’s University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1984. Later, he earned a master’s degree in finance from Our Lady of the Lake University. In 1991, Galindo was certified as a CPA. Clearly, the suggestion to attend college paid off. Today, Galindo is finance director for the City of Alamo Heights, a job he said he loves. How-
ever, it’s a job he’d never have qualified for without his education and college degrees. After graduation, he joined the City of San Antonio’s Public Works Department, where he stayed for seventeen years. He also worked for New York Life and then USAA. He left USAA for a position in finance with the city of Schertz. That’s where he discovered an affinity for local government and finance. Galindo spent seven years in Schertz. In 2015, he had an opportunity to become finance director for Alamo Heights, where he’s worked for the past three years. Galindo enjoys the job and appreciates the opportunity to work with Alamo Heights city manager Mark Browne. “We work closely together, especially on budget questions,” he said. “Mark www.78209magazine.com | 49
and I and the other department heads build a budget each year for City Council to review.” Some of his responsibilities also include keeping a close eye on spending. “In some ways,” he laughed, “I’m like OMB, the federal Office of Management and Budget, but on a much smaller scale.” Galindo explained why he likes numbers: “I enjoy working with people who want to make a difference for the folks who live in Alamo Heights. It takes a special kind of person to work in the government sector. We’re here to serve and to do the best we can for our residents. And budgets – numbers – let us help people throughout our community.” He noted: “When I get up in the morning, I am happy to go to work. We’re a team.” What many may not know about Galindo is that he was a caregiver for his mother for nine years. His mom had been living with his sister, who was also caring for an uncle. One day, his mom told him that she thought it was too much for his sister. He asked if she’d like to move in with him, and she said yes. So,
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he made the arrangements. “The most important thing I’ve ever done was caring for my mom,” Galindo said. “It let me get closer to her. It was tough, because balancing your career and caring for a loved one is hard, challenging. But, there was nothing more that I wanted to do than care for her.” He recalled an employer who was not willing to accommodate his need to have flexible hours so he could take his mom to doctor appointments and elsewhere, which is a very common problem working caregivers face on the job. “They were not willing to give me the flexibility I needed,” Galindo explained. “Taking time off to help my mom was so important.” Before he accepted the offer from the City of Schertz, Galindo told them he was his mother’s primary caregiver. “I talked with them about my need to have some flexibility in my work schedule so I could help her,” he said. “They were
very accommodating and respectful of my caregiving responsibilities.” Galindo said he and his mother discussed her end-of-life wishes. “She did not want to undergo extraordinary measures to keep her alive, and I honored her wishes,” he said. His mother passed away in 2015. Although caregiving was a lot of work, Galindo said it was very gratifying. “Family has always been important to me,” he said. “I come from a small, close-knit family. Caring for Mom was something I really wanted to do. It was one of the best things I have ever done.”
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Where To Dine In ‘09
THE RESTAURANT GUIDE
$ Most Entrees under $10 $$ Most entrees $10 - $20 $$$ Most entrees over $20
Brunch Reservations Suggested Patio Live Entertainment
Executive chef Jerry Toomey prepares eclectic wine country cuisine and suggests flavorful wine pairings. The menu selections include duck, salmon, pork and steak. 255 E. Basse, #940 798-9463 www.20ninewine.com $$
A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway 822-6246 www.410diner.com $
A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway 804-2473 www.birdbakery.com $
Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway 826-0069 www.broadway5050.com $
SHRIMP TACOS AT J. ALEXANDERS
J. Alexander’s shrimp tacos are corn tortillas filled with perfectly seasoned crispy fried shrimp and crunchy cabbage - absolutely delicious!
Lunch, dinner and brunch - Cappy’s is fine dining in the heart of ‘09, serving prime steaks, prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood. 5011 Broadway 828-9669 www.cappysrestaurant.com $$$ Brunch
Casual dining in a bistro setting. High-quality hamburgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads are offered for lunch and dinner. 5003 Broadway 828-6860 www.cappyccinos.com $
Hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and desserts, baby bundt cakes, pies and cakes. 255 E. Basse, #100 441-4553 wwwcornerbakerycafe.com $
A friendly, family run restaurant featuring Lebanese and Italian specialties like souvlaki skewers of pork tenderloin served with warm pita bread, lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs. Plus, they offer plenty of American standards like Philly cheesesteak, meatloaf and chicken-fried steak. A delightful combination of ethnic and American comfort food. 555 Basse Road 210-600-3001 www.matineecafe.net.com $
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 828-1111 $
Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse Rd 444-9547 www.maxswinedive.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 828-5392 www.gtcsatx.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 826-6674 www.noshsa.com $
CORNER BAKERY CAFE
GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S
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 824-0275 www.jalexanders.com $$ -$$$
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 828-5120 8427 Broadway 826-7001 www.jimsrestaurants.com $
MAGIC TIME MACHINE
San Antonio themed restaurant where staff dresses up as cartoon characters, super heroes, movie stars and pop heroes. 902 N.E. Loop 410 828-1470 www.magictimemachine.com $
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A family-friendly atmosphere with burgers, shakes and root beer floats. For adults they serve creative cocktails and large-portioned dinners that include baby-back ribs, fried shrimp, meat loaf and chicken-fried steak. 2442 Nacogdoches 826-8303 www.mamasrestaurants.com $
MAX’S WINE DIVE
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 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 462-1466 www.salata.com $
SILO ELEVATED CUISINE
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 824-8686 www.siloelevatedcuisine.com $$
Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of big-screen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. Broadway at Basse 823-3508 www.stonewerks.com $-$$ Patio
A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway 805-8111 www.facebook.com/pages/koikawa $-$$
A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper , curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for take-out or you can dine in - and they deliver. They also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway 829-5000 www.tigerwings.com $
Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway 822-3253 www.monsthai.com $-$$
TWIN SISTERS BAKERY AND CAFE
Healthy food using local ingredients. Coffees and espressos; quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Live music on Friday nights. 6322 N. New Braunfels 822-0761 www.twinsistersbakeryandcafe.com $ Live Entertainment
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 828-2322 www.wddeli.com $ patio
Chef-prepared healthy pre-packaged meals to go. Meals are low-calorie and can be low-carb, Paleo or gluten-free. 5231 Broadway 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 437-2200 www.eatbokchoy.com $ Patio
BREWS LEES TEA
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 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 410 828-9988 www.formosasa.com $ $ Patio
An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 210-826-1488 www.hanzobar.com $$
MON THAI BISTRO
New Oriental eatery in the same location as an old favorite. Offering traditional menu with some new specials. 8338 Broadway St. 210-973-7798 $$
OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI
Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway 822-0300 www.osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ Reservations suggested
PIRANHA KILLER SUSHI
Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 822-1088 www.piranhakillersushi.com $$
P. F. CHANG’S
Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 507-1000 www.pfchangs.com $$
Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse 826-8500 www.sushizushi.com $$
Vietnamese cuisine with light soups and spring rolls and phenomenal steaming bowls of pho. 3244 Broadway 892-7461 $$
Beautiful Thai restaurant with tranquil outdoor patio with koi pond. Traditional Thai food, along with Chinese dishes and sushi. 1146 Austin Highway 829-7345 www.tongsthai.com $$ Patio
BUN ‘N’ BARREL
1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway 828-2829 www.bunnbarrel.com $
L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE
Authentic Hawaiian-style barbecue. A fusion of Asian and American cuisine that includes fresh seafood, Lau Lau (pork steamed in taro leaves), savory Kalua pork, chicken and beef, all served the Aloha way with rice. 1302 Austin Hwy 474-6699 www.hawaiianbarbecue.com $
THE BARBECUE STATION
Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 824-9191 www.barbecuestation.com $ - $$
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THE SMOKE SHACK
Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway 829-8448 www.smokeshacksa.com $
COMMONWEALTH COFFEEHOUSE AND BAKERY
Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court 560-2955 www.commonwealthcoffeehouse.com $ patio
French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway 828-9050 www.frederickssa.com $$ - $$$
HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN
A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger 290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com $
A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, house-made pastries,French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway 829-7291 www.lamadeleine.com $-$$
THE WINCHESTER PUB
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 $-$$
Authentic Greek food with gyros, plus so much more. They have an extensive array of delicious tapas including hummus, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafel patties, kalamata olives and fried calamari. They have large and satisfying salads including a traditional Greek, the Greco Roman, the Mediterranean and Caprese. Additionally, they offer fresh fish and shrimp dishes, grilled rosemary lemon chicken, vegetarian moussaka, pastichio (Greek lasagna) and their signature Papouli’s Feast that includes a choice of 4 meats, pita bread, Greek salad, puff pastries and more. 255 E. Basse, #384 804-1118 www.papoulis.com $
A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakery-fresh buns. They are also known for their ever-popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. In addition, they offer crispy and charcoal broiled chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps and a kid’s menu. 838 N.E. Loop 410 932-8040 $
Casual, family-friendly burger joint with wood picnic tables, a playground for the kids, great appetizers, salads and sides. 1003 Rittiman at Harry Wurzbach 822-7272 www.thelonghorncafe.com $ Patio
A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse 824-9600 www.orderup-sa.com $
CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC
Homemade soups, fresh salads, hand-tossed pizzas and strombolis along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway 822-2300 www.ceronispurplegarlic.com $$
An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse 828-5191 www.paesanositalianrestaurant.com $$ - $$$
Market-inspired, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. 255 E. Basse, #500 832-0300 www.piatti.com $$
Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway 824-0055 www.sorrentopizzeria.com $$
Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. 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 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 $
HAMBURGERS 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 858-4052 www.burgerfi.com $ Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway 826-0800 www.cheesyjanes.com $
Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on
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tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 805-8600 $
CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway 218-5466
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. 824-4231 www.lafondaah.com $$ Sun Brunch
Tex-Mex favorites including soft and crispy tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, carne guisada and burritos. They also offer street tacos including brisket smoke pork and their bad-ass barbacoa. They have a happy hour, Monday thru Friday from 4 -7 pm. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1208 Austin Highway 210-267-2516 www.lataqueriaaustinhwy.com $
Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway 822-6151 www.palomablanca.net $$
SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA
Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway 930-8070 www.calvillosmexicanfood.com patio $$-$$$
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 826-4405 www.tacogarage.com Patio Live Entertainment $$
Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway 824-3005 www.tomatillos.com $$
Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse 824-1603 www.torchystacos.com $
Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a wood -fired brick oven. 7959 Broadway 320-2100 www.brazabravapizzeria.com $$
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse 424-2014 www.cpk.com $$
Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway 805-8646 www.floriospizza.com $ - $$
Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 832-8288 www.grimaldispizzeria.com $$
A warm, family-friendly environment serving
pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels www.julianspizzeria.com $$
VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA
An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway 828-3354 www.volarepizza.com $ - $$
SOUTHWESTERN CANYON CAFE
Creative dishes influenced by the American Southwest. Bison meatloaf, grilled lemon salmon, baja shrimp pasta and fajitas 255 E. Basse, #600 821-3738 www.canyoncafe.com $$
THE BARN DOOR
Family-owned steakhouse with Western-style decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeyes, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels 824-0116 www.thebarndoorrestaurant.com Live Entertainment $$ - $$$
High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 824-9463 www.flemingssteakhouse.com $$$
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 821-5051 www.ruthschris.com $$$
COFFEE & DESSERTS COOKIE CAB
Fresh baked warm cookies delivered to your door. Choose from favorites like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, and snickerdoodle. 1832 Nacogdoches Road 210.848.9920 www.cookiecab.com $
Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway 375-6746 www.lapanaderia.com $
Non-fat/low-fat yogurts with fun toppings you add yourself. 999 E. Basse, Suite 177 824-1104 www.menchies.com $
NOTHING BUNDT CAKES
Delicious bundt cakes in flavors like lemon, carrot and white chocolate raspberry adorned with thick cream cheese frosting and decorated for any occasion. 5164 Broadway 233-8430 www.nothingbundtcakes.com $$
ROSELLA AT THE GARDEN
A new 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 sabot.org/plan-your-visit/rosella $$
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Wine & Dine 78209 MAGAZINE
AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO DINING & DRINKING IN ‘09
CAPPYCINO’S Fun, Funky and Fresh: An ‘09 Favorite By HAYLEE UPTERGROVE
Nestled in the shade of the gorgeous trees lining Broadway in Alamo Heights sits Cappycinno’s. What began as attempt to maximize space by owners Cappy Lawton and his wife, Suzy, Cappycinno’s has become its own vibrant entity for locals and visitors alike. If you’re from the Heights, however, then you’re probably very familiar with this unique, bohemian hang-out. “Cappycinno’s has been a labor of love,” said Suzy on a sunny afternoon in August. Her bright smile and friendly handshake embodied the vibe Cappycinno’s puts forward. The sign on the door reads “neighborhood bar and baby bistro”, a perfect description of the funky off-shoot of the Lawton’s original restaurant, Cappy’s. “One of the name ideas that Cappy played with was actually Cappy’s Before and After,” said Trevor Lawton, the son of Cappy and Suzy, who also serves as their partner and general manager. “He wanted it to be a place where you could go and have a cocktail before eating at Cappy’s, or maybe a nice dessert after. That was kind of an original idea.” However, over the years, Cappycinno’s has developed its own identity. Walking into the colorful restaurant feels a bit like leaving San Antonio and stepping into a funky bar in New Orleans, or maybe a dive in the Caribbean. From the bright coral of the liquor wall to the beautiful longleaf pine bar, all 56 | September 2018
illuminated by the glow of sunshine from the restaurant’s sky lights, Cappycinno’s has a vibe all its own. Add in the classic soul and funk music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s always playing throughout the restaurant, and it truly is an experience that’s hard to beat. Trevor has worked, in some capacity, for his parents since he was 10 years old. Save for a brief stint in architecture and construction, he has grown up in the family business. In many ways, especially for loyal customers, dining at any of the Lawton’s locations can feel a lot like visiting family. “We have La Fonda on Main, we have Cappy’s, and then we have Cappycinno’s,” Trevor said. “I see a lot of times, very regular guests at each of the restaurants. Tonight, somebody will be at La Fonda. Tomorrow, that same person will be over at Cappycinno’s, and then the next day, I’ll see them at Cappy’s.” He smiled. “I think that we work really hard in this business, and we’re really proud of what we do, and that can be interpreted by seeing the guests who come in.” What’s special about Cappycinno’s is the way it lends itself to both regulars and newcomers in the same inviting manner. Whether looking for lunch or dinner, or a creative cocktail to wash away the stress of a work week, this colorful little bar and bistro stands open and ready to receive anyone. The staff is warm and friendly, the chefs are masterful, the food is fresh and the drinks are generous. From the creative mind of Gabriel Ibarra, the executive chef for more than 14 years, Cappycinno’s offers a glorious selection of creative dishes that satisfy both dinner and lunch desires, as well as plenty of died-and-gone-to-heaven desserts. While Trevor listed the house chips as his favorite food item
on the menu – “I’m usually here in the morning when we’re making them, and they are amazing just out of the fryer,” he said – an absolute delight to munch on is the basil pesto and grilled chicken pizza. With enough pico de gallo and parmesan cheese to bless even the pickiest of taste buds, this flavorful flatbread has a soft, warm crust that feels just like comfort food. It’s trendy without being too fancy, but still feels more upscale than a standard slice of pepperoni. Another yummy addition to the menu is the fish tacos. It’s easy to be wary when it comes to seafood. Either it tastes too much like it just left the ocean, or it’s weirdly crunchy. Either way, fish can be hard to get right. However, Cappycinno’s nails it. The fish tacos are comprised of crispy drum, avocadotomatillo salsa and chipotle aioli slaw. First of all, these tacos are gorgeous. They’re bright and colorful, drizzled with a gorgeous green sauce and sprinkled with queso fresco. Biting into them takes you to the beach, in a very good way. They’re tangy, citrusy, and have just enough of a spicy kick to honor tacos de pescado’s heritage. Now, let’s take a minute and talk about dessert. The postdinner sweets often get overlooked in restaurants due to the heavyweights on main course menus. Either that, or they’re an afterthought, a dry slice of chocolate cake or some halfmelted ice cream served on a teeny, tiny platter. The desserts at Cappycinno’s, however, stand on their own. Honestly, they might even be worth skipping the main dish and indulging just the sweet tooth. Cappycinno’s is well-known for their decadent crepes, offered in a variety of creative flavors that put all other crepes to shame. While all of the offerings are standouts, it’s hard to beat their Nutella crepe drizzled in the chocolatey sauce, dusted with powdered sugar and peppered with perfectly
toasted hazelnuts. There’s something sinfully rich about this warm creation, like it’s so wrong it feels right – which is more than perfectly fine. A dessert new to the menu is the oven roasted banana Sunday. Biting into this will be – no exaggeration – one of the greatest culinary experiences of your life. To anyone out there with a sweet tooth: this dessert is something you need to try before you die. The ice cream is sweet, smooth and covered in a fine dusting of cinnamon-y sugar. There’s a beautiful caramel drizzle over the whole thing, and the oven-roasted bananas shine like stars in a sky of vanilla and caramel cream. Finally, the drinks at Cappycinno’s are unique creations that offer fun twists on original drinks, local beverages, and sips from faraway bartenders. Some are bright and colorful, others tangy and fruity, and others still unfussy and smooth. They also offer red and white wine, as well as a broad selection of draft beers. A flavorful drink from the talented bartenders is the perfect way to finish out the Cappycinno’s experience. One beverage you shouldn’t skip comes straight from the mind of Trevor himself. “I’m a big iced tea fan, and so I made up this Elderflower tea,” he said, smiling proudly. “It has St. Germain, a little bit of agave syrup, a little bit of lemon juice, mint and tea, and then we just shake it. It’s probably like five percent alcohol, so it’s something you can drink a lot of,” he added. Duly noted. So many times, it seems that truly good food gets lost in the pursuit of trendiness. Thankfully, Cappycinno’s doesn’t make sacrifices on the quality of their food or the pleasant uniqueness of their atmosphere. The Frank Sinatra song that often plays in Cappycinno’s exclaims, “There will never be another you!” That statement is very much true for this fun neighborhood bar and baby bistro. www.78209magazine.com | 57
Church Directory PLACES OF WORSHIP
ALAMO HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 10:45am and Wednesday 6:15pm praise and prayer
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST 5927 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-8870 (no website) Services: Wednesday 12-1pm and Sunday 10:30-11:30am
ALAMO HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 alamoheightscc.org Services: Sunday: 10:50am-12pm
MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 mtcsa.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am
ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 alamoheightspres.com Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am
NORTHWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 Services: Sunday mornings at 11 am
ALAMO HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 ahumc.org Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 clcah.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am
ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH 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 SAINT DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND SCHOOL 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net Services: Sundays at 8& 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.
ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 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 ST. PETER PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES CHURCH 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 ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH 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 UNITY CHURCH 8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am
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Mary Sue Koontz Nelson, Bart Koontz and Lynn Wyatt
Andy and Me: Cocktails and Conversation with Lynn Wyatt
News ( By LESLIE FOLEY )
Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt and moderator Michael Quintanilla participated in a Q&A chitchat about art, philanthropy, her best friend, the late Princess Grace of Monaco, hosting dignitaries and celebrities such as Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, Elton John, her steadfast friendship with Andy Warhol, and, of course, fashion, all part of the Briscoe’s newly acquired Andy Warhol collection on exhibit with Billy Schenck’s. Lynn Wyatt, the grande dame of Houston society and one of Texas’s premier philanthropists, is the subject of four now-famed portraits by Andy Warhol. Guests included: Valerie and Jack Guenther, Karen Pirinelli, Emily Petty, Tawana Timberlake, Gio DiZurita, Lindsey Bolner, Nicole McLane, Xitlalt Herrera Salazar and Ramiro Salazar.
Flamenco Tablao: Luis Gallo and Chef Johnny Hernandez
Arts E Platters
Honorary co-chairs Lionel and Kathy Sosa welcomed guests to Arts E Platters at SAY Sí fundraiser and art show featuring unique, one-of-a kind decorative, collectible platters created by San Antonio artists. The evening event also recognized Louis Barrios as the 2018 Art of Humanity Award winner. The event benefitted the Autism Treatment Center. Attendees and artists included Rita Feik, Mary Whitten, Ana Montoya, Lucy Peveto, Fabian Lainez, Cristina Sosa Noriega, Russell Stephenson, Sharon McCarty, Ana Hernandez, Franco Mondini Ruiz, Abril Viola, Adam Lucero, Dee Murff, Liz Chiego, Diana Barrios Trevino, Ron Botello, Maureen “Momo” Brown, Amanda Furr, David Zamora Casas, David Anthony Garcia, Sharon Kotzue, Jeff Hull, Ann Salas, Cody Vance, Cindy and Paul Morawski, and David Anthony Garcia. 60 | September 2018
Olé San Antonio, the summer-long program celebrating San Antonio's connection to Spain and the city's Tricentennial is ending, but don’t miss this last experience. This monumental initiative is built around three key pillars: Gastronomy, Music & Dance, and Art & Architecture. The final Ole experience on September 14 will be held at the Stables at the Pearl, which will be transformed into a Spanish-inspired “Tablao” to showcase dynamic entertainment and great culinary fare by Chef Johnny Hernandez. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. with entertainer Luis Gallo, one of the most acclaimed guitarists in the flamenco scene who hails from Madrid, Spain. Chef Hernandez will create a dinner worthy of the occasion—complete with a Paella cooking demonstration. The evening begins with passed Spanish tapas—Manchego con membrillo, Gazpacho shooters, and Croquettas de Jamón—and dinner is served family-style. The menu features a tomato and caper salad, Paella Valenciana (Spanish rice with mussels, Spanish chorizo, tender chicken and pork belly), Spanish Green Beans, Champinones al Ajillo (Spanish brown button mushrooms), Grilled Baguette with Olive Oil and Sea Salt, and Flan de Naranja. Full bar service to include Spanish wines, Gin and Tonics, and Sangria. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at: https://ole2018.ticketbud.com/tablao-luis-gallo. Online ticket sales will end September 13.
The Arts Residences at the Thompson
San Antonio Food Trails
Culinaria is unveiling a new, delicious and exciting concept: the San Antonio Food Trails. The trails will be a categorized journey to restaurants that offer some of the region’s best local cuisine, as decided by a committee of leading local restaurateurs, foodies and culinary ambassadors. Celebrity Chef Johnny Hernandez is helping lead development of the San Antonio Food Trails. San Antonio Food Trails is designed to be a convenient way for the savvy travel planner to get the most out of their culinary adventure to the Alamo City, while also providing locals with a new way to explore the tastes of their community. The list of restaurants that make up the inaugural San Antonio Food Trails will be unveiled this fall. Trails will be divided into four categories: margaritas, BBQ, tacos and a non-judged “Where the Local Chefs Eat” section. Ten to 12 stops will be identified for each of the Food Trails. Restaurants will have to have been open at least one year, be a contributing member of the culinary community, have an online presence and provide some of the city’s most unique dining (or drinking) experiences. The committee is looking to create an eclectic mix of chef-driven restaurants and locally owned eateries acclaimed by critics and the public alike. To be considered for a designation on one of the recognized San Antonio Food Trails, the eatery must meet the following requirements: • They must be locally owned and operated and located within Bexar County. • They must make efforts to source their food locally, within 150 miles. • They must participate in city efforts to promote culinary events in San Antonio. • They must be established as a business by designated city, county or state entities. • They must have an active website and/or social media site viewable to the public.
DC Partners landmark San Antonio project, The Arts Residences at the Thompson San Antonio, has sold an unprecedented 60 percent of its luxury condominiums since the sales gallery opening a little over one year ago. San Antonio’s premier River Walk address, The Arts attracts individuals seeking to trade suburban living for the excitement of downtown. Located in the epicenter of San Antonio’s vibrant performing arts district, the 337,000 square-foot mixed-use development encompasses luxury condominiums atop San Antonio’s first Thompson Hotel and a leadingrestaurant with a world-class chef, private entrance, concierge service and security. Currently, The Arts ground level slab will be completed by the end of September and the retaining wall at the River Walk has been installed. The project is on-track to meet all construction milestones and scheduled completion for first quarter 2020.
North Star Mall will host the 13th annual Canstruction® competition as one of the San Antonio Food Bank’s events to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. Canstruction® is a non-profit organization in which teams of architects, engineers, construction firms and students compete to create giant structures made entirely out of canned food. After the event all food is donated to the local food bank. Ten teams representing the San Antonio chapters of The American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration have registered to participate. Their work begins on Sunday, Sept 9 when they are given 12 hours to defy expectations, logic and gravity as they assemble giant sculptures using approximately 30,000 cans of food. The sculptures will remain on display at North Star Mall through Saturday, Sept 22. www.78209magazine.com | 61
Calendar DON’T MISS THESE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS
Portraits of Courage - The Witte Museum
September 7 Taste of Louisiana - Central Market Cooking School
Portraits of Courage Thru September 30th
THE WITTE 7 - 10PM President George W. Bush’s Portraits of Courage is 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11. Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush.
Fotoseptiembre USA Thru September 30
Explore exhibits featuring photography at exhibition spaces throughout San Antonio, including The University of Incarnate Word
and galleries in Alamo Heights.
Maker Workshops Every Friday
THE DOSEUM 3 – 4PM Located in Innovation Station at the DoSeum, Maker Workshops are special drop-in programs for children ages 6-11. They learn to explore science through hands-on experiments and activities.
Free Knowledge Tuesdays Every Tuesday
WITTE MUSEUM 3 – 8PM Every Tuesday, admission to the museum is free. Tour the exhibits, learn
about Texas history, and see historical artifacts.
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, including fresh produce, grass fed/grass-finished beef, lamb, goat and wild hog meats, chicken, eggs, kombucha, pecans, honey, gourmet coffee, lemonade, healthy pet treats, organic cleaning supplies, and many more exciting products.
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THE MCNAY 7 - 10PM Approximately 100 regional and national artists display nearly 300 unique artworks on vinyl— painted, sculpted, collaged, and more—and all are available for purchase. Each work of art is priced at $100 and the creator is anonymous—you won't
know who created it until you have made your purchase. Enjoy signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a DJ spinning your favorite music.
Taste of Louisiana September 8
CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL 6:30 - 9PM Celebrate the rich flavors
Zoo Run Relay - The San Antonio Zoo
( EDITOR’S PICK ) Gallery Talk: Mel Casas September 27
THE MCNAY 6PM Dr. Ruben Cordova, renowned Chicano scholar, discusses work by the late San Antoniobased artist Mel Casas, who is best known for his pointed visual statements that explore identity and the bicultural experience. General admission is free at this time courtesy of H-E-B.
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and culinary influences that make Louisiana’s traditional food uniquely delicious. Learn how to make a roux, boil shrimp to perfection and sauté your way to dessert. Participants will prepare fried green tomatoes with Shrimp rémoulade, crawfish bisque, Brennan’s chicken pontalba, Maque Choux and classic bananas foster.
The DoSeum’s PD Series 1: Designing Submersibles September 8
THE TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM CORPUS CHRISTI 9AM - 4PM Study the ocean like scientists and engineers do by using submersibles (small, remote-controlled underwater vessels). Students learn about sounding poles and sonar as they map a section of the ocean floor. Then, they apply their knowledge of density,
floating and sinking to design their own submersible, equip it with research instruments, and retrieve packages from a model ocean floor.
Sunday Jazz at the Witte September 9
THE WITTE 3 - 5PM Sunday Jazz is back for its 14th season. Relax under the pecan trees in the Will Smith Amphitheater and enjoy the sounds of the Westside Horns.
ZooBoo! at the San Antonio Zoo
The 34th Annual Zoo Run Relay September 14
THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO 6PM Grab your friends and head to the zoo for this truly unique relay race. This eight-mile run allows you to create a four member team with each person running two miles.
SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN 7PM – 10PM Brews and Blooms is a fun, casual evening for adults 21 and older. Craft brew sampling, food trucks, live music, DJ music by Two Ten Entertainment, and adult activities, all set in the gorgeous, flowering Botanical Garden.
Brews and Blooms
The DoSeum’s PD Series 2: Water, Water Everywhere September 22
THE DOSEUM 9AM - 4PM Introduce students to water pollution and solutions to combat it. Connections are made between scientific study of water, the water cycle and human needs.
Sept 22 – Oct 28 SAN ANTONIO ZOO 9AM – 6PM The zoo will be decked out for Halloween fun with trick-or-treat stations, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, dance parties and plenty of games. Families can even enjoy
a ride on the Zoo Boo! Express. Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best costume for a chance to be in a costume contest.
ReDo - Fall Fest October 26
THE DOSEUM 7 - 9:30PM Don your favorite scarf and cozy up for a nostalgic evening of classic carnival games, fall-themed food, drinks and activities. Stroll through hay bales, dance around the cakewalk, bob for apples and more. ReDo events are created for adults 21 and over, and include complimentary drinks, music and access to the DoSeum’s children’s exhibits.
SEAFOOD 101 - BRITISH BOUNTY September 27
CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL 6:30 -9:00PM Take a tour of the seafood market, learn how to select fresh fish and how to steam, bake, roast and sear them. Participants will prepare langoustines and warm potatoes with homemade mayonnaise, foil-baked scottish salmon with English parsley sauce, creamy fish pie with a crisp breadcrumb topping,with cherry tomatoes.
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Police Blotter ALAMO HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111
07/19/18 4800 blk Broadway SHOPLIFTING, EVADING ARREST A reported male shoplifter was located in the UIW parking lot; the subject fled on foot from officers but was captured a short distance away; the subject had multiple previous convictions for theft, so the charge was enhanced. 07/19/18 4800 blk Broadway NARCOTICS VIOLATION Driver stopped for displaying a ficticious registration plate was found to have a suspended/expired driver's liscense. 07/20/18 7200 blk Broadway THEFT A store manager reported an ex-employee stole money in 2017. 07/20/18 6400 blk Broadway SHOPLIFTING, NARCOTICS VIOLATION A reported male shoplifter got on a VIA bus prior to a police officers arrival; the bus was located and stopped in the 3800 block of Broadway where the subject was taken into custody; the subject was found to be in possession of methamphetamines. 07/21/18 100 blk Canyon WANTED PERSON, NARCOTICS VIOLATION A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found in possession of methamphetamines and related paraphernalia; a passenger in the vehicle was found to have an active arrest warrant for a parole violation. 07/21/18 200 blk Austin Hwy DWI W/PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS Officers investigating a vehicle stopped in the roadway with the engine running found the driver of the vehicle asleep with her foot on the brake; further investigation determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; the driver was also found to have two previous DWI convictions. 07/22/18 5000 blk Broadway NARCOTICS VIOLATION A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to have never had a driver's license issued; a pre-impoundment inventory of the vehicle discovered a large quantity of marijuana and related paraphernalia.
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07/23/18 300 blk Rosemary DWI, 2ND A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. 07/23/18 5200 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON A passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation provided false information regarding his identity; further investigation determined the passenger's true name and that he had an active fugitive arrest warrant issued by the US Marshall's Office. 07/25/18 500 blk Ogden THEFT Packages and mail delivered to the front porch were stolen. 07/26/18 700 blk College BURGLARY Unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment through an unlocked window and stole miscellaneous property. 07/26/18 100 blk Elizabeth BURGLARY A resident returned home to find a vehicle blocking her driveway; the vehicle left the location with a male subject running behind; the resident discovered the backdoor to her residence had been forced open but nothing had been taken. 07/27/18 THEFT - SHOPLIFTING Two female subjects were observed leaving the store without paying for merchandise in their possession. 07/27/18 4800 blk Broadway VEHICLE BURGLARY A vehicle was forcibly entered during the overnight hours; property left in open view within the vehicle was stolen. 07/27/18 100 blk Imlay THEFT A package delivered to the front porch of a house was stolen.
On The Market
78209 HOME SALES
The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for July 2018. Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Total Sales- 56 Average Price- $555,998 Median Price- $433,426 Days On The Market- 75
78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales- 39 Average Price- $652,914 Median Price- $580,000 Days On The Market- 85
78209 in North East ISD: Total Sales- 14 Average Price- $334,313 Median Price- $309,000 Days On The Market- 48
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Vintage View 78209 MAGAZINE
A LOOK BACK
Remember when you could actually drive over the original Olmos Dam?
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