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Contents

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FEATURES 18 Business Profile

Offering the benefits of exercise and wellness, Hotworx unique fitness approach uses infrared saunas allowing clients to work out and recover at the same time.

DEPARTMENTS 10 Trending 14 In the Loop Editor SUSAN THORNTON

22 On the Market Contributors

24 Holiday Gift Guide 26 Neighborhood News

20 Meet Your Neighbors

More than twenty years ago, Veronica Prida and Omar Rodriguez fell in love and discovered their mutual love of creativity and have been creating beautiful things in San Antonio ever since.

30 School News 36 Ask Roxie

CHRISTIE CUTHBERT RON AARON EISENBERG MEREDITH KAY BERIT MASON AL RENDON Graphic Design FRAN SHERMAN

38 Calendar Online Media TUESDAY SHAW

41 Church Directory 42 ‘09 Eats

46 Dining

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48 Police Blotter

Advertising Sales CINDY JENNINGS Administration & Customer Service NANCY A. GAFFNEY

50 Vintage View

Located in a century old building, Josephine Street has provided home style comfort food to patrons who have been coming back for forty years.

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Editor’s Letter

November Although 2020 has been a year like no other, there is still so much we have to be thankful for. Sometimes it may be difficult in the midst of a mess like COVID to find something to be thankful for, but then we realize that we don’t have to look very far to see our loved ones, the roof over our head, the food on our table and all of the other things that God has blessed us with. I can’t stop looking at this month’s cover. Isn’t it stunning? The vivid colors in the cornucopia are breathtaking! The provisions in it make me think about what the first Thanksgiving must’ve been like. This month’s Neighbors are some very gifted artists. Upon moving here, Veronica Prida fully embraced the traditions and culture in San Antonio and found herself in a very unique position and now she’s hooked. Her husband, Omar Rodriguez started out in the healthcare field, but his artistic passion took over. The two of them have embraced their extra time during the pandemic and have used it to create more beautiful pieces of art. Have you heard about the new fitness/wellness studio in the neighborhood? Hotworx offers a unique fitness approach that not only helps clients get into shape but also has a variety of other health benefits. Some people go to exercise, some to relax, and some do a little of both. If you’ve lived in 78209 for any length of time, you’ve probably eaten at the iconic Josephine Street. When you walk in and see the worn wooden planks on the uneven floor you’ll find a rustic kind of charm. Opening more than forty years ago, one thing has remained the same-the food. It tastes the same today as it did back then. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and that you will be surrounded by people you love. Until next month,

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Berit Mason was born in Greenwich Village, New York, the daughter of a Random House author. Her mother was an artist from Norway. She grew up abroad, before her family settled in San Antonio, where she attended St. Mary’s Hall, and Alamo Heights schools. She attended Mary Baldwin College, graduating from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas, with a B.A. in Political Science. She interned at CNN Washington, covering the US Supreme Court, and was a TV anchor and reporter in Waco, and in San Angelo. Berit was a radio reporter for Texas Public Radio and WOAI 1200 AM, and she was a select RIAS Berlin Commission German American Exchange Journalist. Berit is a freelance journalist, working for NPR, has written for the San Antonio Business Journal, “SA Scene”, now writing for “78209” and “SA Woman”.

Al Rendon photographs the homes seen in 78209 Magazine. “A room is four walls until someone moves in the first object. People choose their environment and the decor in a room to express their personality. The room expresses the family’s taste, and the unique homes of 78209 are very tastefully detailed. My photographs use light to bring a home’s personality to life. When I raise the camera and focus on a room’s view, I am composing to express its owners’ personality in the best light.” He has had more than a dozen major solo exhibits, and his work is in such permanent collections as the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

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In the Loop San Antonio Zoo Included in American Humane’s Conservation Documentary “Escape From Extinction.” BY RON AARON EISENBERG

The zoo explained in a prepared statement: Its included in American Humane’s inaugural feature-length documentary, “Escape From Extinction,” opening in cities nationwide through Concert Films, LLC. The film, narrated by Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, showcases the critical efforts certified and accredited zoos and aquariums are undertaking to preserve millions of species threatened with mass extinction. “We are excited to share ‘Escape From Extinction’ with theatrical audiences across the country,” said Executive Producer Dr. Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., President, and CEO of American Humane. “We hope this incredible film will inspire them to take action to protect and preserve critical species on the brink of disappearing forever.” Since the year 1500, more than 680 species have gone extinct, and today, one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. “Escape From Extinction” documents the work of the major zoological organizations that truly are nature’s last arks of hope in preserving the rich legacy of life on our planet. Without this help – and the global engagement of the public – the 14 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com

biological treasures we hoped to share with our children and our grandchildren may vanish within a generation. “Regardless of the challenges San Antonio Zoo has faced during COVID, we have remained steadfastly dedicated to our vision of securing a future for wildlife,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO San Antonio Zoo. “Among other incredible conservation projects that San Antonio Zoo is known for, it is our role in saving the Whooping Crane from extinction that is featured in this film. I am grateful that this documentary will help tell the true and real stories of the amazing conservation work done by staff at the world’s leading zoos and aquariums.” “Escape from Extinction” opened in theatres across the country on October 16, including (select Santikos Theatres, Alamo Drafthouse locations, Flix Brewhouse, and City Base Cinema). Proceeds from the 90-minute documentary will go back to American Humane, helping to further its vital work to protect animals worldwide, including saving, sheltering, and improving the lives of some one billion animals each year. “


New Shake Shop on Broadway Partners with Herbalife Several people contacted me about the new Shake Shop at 5308 Broadway St. It turns out it is the second location for Alamo Heights Nutrition (AHN) and Herbalife. Melissa Maldonado told me, “Our sister location is in Castle Hills, Castle Hills Nutrition. The company offers a variety of self-described nutritious shakes in a multitude of flavors. It’s located at 5308 Broadway. Herbalife is a self-described diet/shake company. It has been criticized over the years as a network marketing scheme. But customers rave about the shakes on the Alamo Heights Nutrition Facebook page.

Weissman Adds New Mr. Juicy

That abandoned Jack in the Box, at 3315 San Pedro at McCullough is alive once more, this time as a Mr. Juicy. Acclaimed San Antonio restauranteur Andrew Weissman conceived the enormously successful hamburger restaurant. The first Mr. Juicy at 3910 McCullough was an instant success. The new location is just a half-mile away from the original site. Weissman told local media he’d see whether the new store drains business from Mr. Juicy’s on McCullough. If it does, he’ll consider closing the original site as a restaurant and using it as a production facility as he adds more locations throughout San Antonio.

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In the Loop French Comfort Food Coming to The Pearl A new restaurant, Mon Chou Chou, opening in November, will feature quintessential French comfort food that showcases simple, earthy, flavorful dishes from regions throughout France. As opposed to upscale French restaurants, brasseries are more informal, serving full dinner options but also allowing for a more casual atmosphere of just wine, oysters, cheese plates, and more. “Mon Chou Chou” is a French term of endearment that roughly translates to “sweetie” or “darling.” True to its name, the Brasserie will exemplify a laid back and comfortable atmosphere that serves as a welcome environment for guests at the Pearl. The new restaurant will offer a selection of French classics but will place emphasis on simple dishes that will appeal to everyone. The menu will feature French classics such as Steak Frites, Lyonnaise Salad, Escargot, Fresh Oysters, Domestic & Imported Cheese Plateau, Raclette & Baguette, Braised Texas Rabbit in Dijon Mustard Sauce with Tagliatelle pasta, Coq Au Vin, and much

Luby’s on Loop 410 Still Open Despite an announcement that Luby’s is closing its restaurants, the grim reaper has not arrived at the Luby’s on Loop 410 (8511 Tesoro), according to an announcement on the store’s Facebook Page. So, if you are jonesing for a LuAnn special, you still have time to enjoy one, at least as of this writing.

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more. The bar program will offer handcrafted cocktails, including the ‘Pink French Fairy’ featuring Citadelle gin, egg white, fresh lemon, and wild strawberry liquor, as well as a selection of Absinthes. Brasserie Mon Chou Chou will be led by French-born Executive Chef Laurent Réa, who formerly served as the Executive Chef at Andrew Weismann’s Signature. Mon Chou Chou is located near the entrance to Hotel Emma in the 4,600 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by The Culinary Institute of America’s NAO. An official opening date will be announced at a later time. Chef Réa started his career in culinary school in Strasbourg, France. With positions in worldclass restaurants such as The Lygon Arm Hotel in Broadway, England, and Ca’Savio in Venice, Italy, Réa had an opportunity to join Paul Bocuse and Roger Vergé’s restaurant Chef de France, in Orlando, FL. Chef Réa then moved to San Antonio and worked at several restaurants before joining Southerleigh Hospitality Group as the Executive Chef of Brasserie Mon Chou Chou.


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Business Profile

Hotworx Offers Total Wellness Package BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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n the world of health and wellness, 2020 is an amazing time to be alive. Around every corner, health enthusiasts can find gyms offering a wide variety of workouts, places to have vitamin infusions, get stretched out, hot and cold treatments for aches, pains, energy, and more.

You figure you burn ten calories a minute just from sitting inside the sauna, so if you factor in the 30-minute workout, you’re actually doubling your calorie burn.

One could piecemeal a program with multiple places, requiring several memberships, drive time, and costs. Or they could visit a unique studio in Alamo Heights that offers the benefits of both exercise and wellness all in one – and for an incredible value. Hotworx is recreating self-care with its unique fitness approach. For a monthly membership fee of $59, members have 24-hour access to infrared sauna studios where virtual workouts are provided on screens. While in the saunas, which can range in temperature from 120 to 130 degrees, members can participate in yoga, barre, cycling, high-intensity interval training, and more, all while burning double the calories of a typical workout. “You figure you burn ten calories a minute just from sitting inside the sauna, so if you factor in the 30-minute workout, you’re actually doubling your calorie burn,” said Julia Grossman, one of the managing partners of the studio. “Unlike regular hot yoga, which works with hot air, the infrared sauna is penetrating the body at a cellular level, reducing inflammation, speeding up metabolism, and more. You’re burning calories, but also detoxing the body and so much more.” Along with aiding in weight loss, infrared saunas provide multiple health benefits, including building collagen, reducing cellulite, decreasing fibromyalgia symptoms, lowering blood pressure, stress reduction, relief for muscle and joint pain, and more.

“There’s never been a place where you can work out and recover at the same time,” Grossman said. “You’ll see a lot of athletes who work out then seek places where they can have infrared therapies, but here you get both in one session. There’s nothing like it.” Grossman said the body adjusts quickly to the sauna for those who are worried about exercising in the heat. “The first time I went, I really felt the heat, but after a few visits, I became used to it, and after a week of going, my muscle and joint pains were gone,” she said. “I was blown away how quickly I felt results. I feel ten years younger.” Grossman and her business partner, Nerea Claiborne, often hear from members that they enjoy the flexibility of the schedule at Hotworx since it’s open 24/7, and the classes are on a virtual loop. “The world, and life in general, is very stressful these days, and Hotworx has done a beautiful job of offering people access to both wellness and health,” Grossman said. “If you look around, you’ll see lots of wellness facilities offering treatments to improve your health, but they’re often very expensive. This makes health accessible for all.” For those who may be coming off a tough day of work or just need to reduce stress, working out is not required at the studio. “Many come just to relax, meditate and take in the benefits of the infrared,” Grossman said. “ 78209magazine.com | NOVEMBER 2020 19


Meet Your Neighbors

Artistic Couple Brings Beauty to All of San Antonio BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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eronica Prida was young, full of ambition and dreams when she arrived at University of Incarnate Word from Mexico City in 1981. An artist with an eye for design, she majored in fashion design and went on to open retail shops.

In 1997, a friend who lived at the same condominium complex set her up on a blind date with Omar Rodriguez, a health care executive who was also an artist. They married in 1998, and throughout the next two decades, the couple would share in their love of creativity, opening studios, and working with a collective of other artists. Prida, who specializes in custom, couture bridal wear, and accessories, found herself thrown into San Antonio traditions and culture when a friend asked her to create her daughter’s coronation dress. “I agreed to make one; then, I got completely hooked,” she said. “They’re all high fashion handwork which I love. It was such a great progression of the work I was already doing, and the girls wearing these dresses are my friends’ daughters and neighbors, and it’s wonderful to be a part of this beautiful tradition.” Specializing in custom bridal accessories has been Prida’s main business in recent years, creating unique veils and more inspired by nature. But when the pandemic began in March, she found herself with a huge purpose and desire to help others struggling. “When it all started, I was watching the news, and I saw that this young designer in New York City was making masks because they were in such need,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can do this for San Antonio. I have the studio, the infrastructure, and manpower to do this. It gave me to help my community.” At first, the masks were being donated to hospitals and others in need. Then Prida began selling them, and each one that was

While Veronica works on her custom bridal accessories in Olmos Terrace at her studio, Da’Viro, Omar also has a studio in the same location where he works on large abstract pieces. sold meant another was donated to worthy organizations, like the San Antonio Food Bank. The shutdown has given both Veronica and Omar a chance to work on the art they’ve always been too busy to explore. While Veronica works on her custom bridal accessories in Olmos Terrace at her studio, Da’Viro, Omar also has a studio in the same location where he works on large abstract pieces. His inspiration comes in a more mathematical format, with beautiful geometric patterns. Many pieces are currently on display at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “Seven months of no travel for work has been interesting,” Rodriguez said. “It’s given us a chance to recalibrate ourselves.” The couple’s son, Jacob, was raised in San Antonio but now lives in North Carolina, working as a musician with Grammy Award Winning Artist Michael Buble. When they’re not busy with their businesses and creating beauty, they enjoy bike riding the mission trails and spending time at their ranch just outside Mexico City. “We’re very close to one of the largest Monarch migrations,” Omar said. “It’s just beautiful there.” Being in quarantine has meant filling every space they have with new pieces of art, and they’re anxiously waiting for the day when they’re able to share with others again. 78209magazine.com | NOVEMBER 2020 21


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78209 Home Sales The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for February. Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS®

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September Home Sales Total Sales- 29 The following are $549,841   home sales for Alamo Heights Average PriceISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for September. Median Price- $399,987 Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS DOM- 122 The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in 78209 78209: in Alamo Heights ISD: ZIP 78209 Totalcode Sales54 18 for February. Total SalesSource: San REALTORS® Average Price- $506,117 | Board Median of Price$392,000 Average Price-Antonio $675,888 Median Price- $595,000 DOM113 78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales29 29 Total SalesAverage Price$624,800 Median Price- $567,500 AverageinPrice$549,841   78209 North East |ISD: DOM- 88 Median PriceTotal Sales8 $399,987 DOM122 Average Price-East $313,625 78209 in North ISD: Total Sales20 Median Price-  $310,000 Average Price$398,305 | Median 78209 in Alamo Heights ISD:Price- $368,500 DOM129 DOM- 72 Total Sales- 18 Average Price- $675,888 Median Price- $595,000 DOM- 113 DOM- 78

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Neighborhood News City of Alamo Heights Stage 1 Water Restrictions in effect as of October 19 BY RON EISENBERG

Watering (using automatic or manual irrigation systems) is permitted only once a week before 10:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. The last number of your address determines what day you can water. You may use drip irrigation, soaker hose, or hand-held hose during any day at any time. 1. Wasting water is prohibited at all times. Do not allow water to run off into the street, drain, or ditch. Repair all leaks. 2. Do not use water to wash an impervious outdoor ground covering such as a parking lot, driveway, street, or sidewalk, unless for health or safety reasons. 3. Restaurants and other eating establishments are prohibited from serving water to customers except upon request of the customer. 4. At least 25% of all non-public swimming pools’ surface

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area must be covered with evaporation screens when not being utilized. Inflatable pool toys or floating devices may be used. 5. Washing of vehicles or other equipment at a residence is only allowed during their designated watering day. Water is not allowed to run into the street. 6. Charity car washes are prohibited except at commercial car wash that recycles at least 75% of the water it uses or is certified as a conservation car wash. 7. Ornamental outdoor fountains are not to be utilized unless the water is recycled, and the only additional water used is to compensate for the loss due to evaporation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the AH Public Works Department.


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The Good Things That Have Come From COVID-19 When I read Berit Mason’s October column in 78209 Magazine about how COVID-19 has dramatically increased business for local veterinarians, I wondered who else might be benefiting from the pandemic. The answer is many local businesses are seeing a dramatic increase in sales and related work. Here are just a few: Residential Swimming Pools Designers at the three top local pool sales firms told me their business is booming. “People who may have been thinking about how nice it would be to have an in-ground swimming pool at their homes are now pulling the trigger and building new pools. IT Help Joe Trevino, Information Technology Support expert, said he’s experiencing an increase of approximately 35% in business due to customers needing to work from home. Many are seeking help installing telework systems for online education, telehealth, and more. Some are upgrading home Wi-Fi systems. More are purchasing laptops for home use. Trevino said he is busy setting up smartphones for zoom

conference calls. “And we are installing a growing number of home security systems including external and internal cameras and monitoring equipment.” Home Remodel James Ivy from Ivy Enterprise told 78209 Magazine, “We’ve never been as busy as we are now with home remodeling projects, especially additions to and expansions of home offices. We’re also seeing great demand for upgrades to master bedrooms and especially master baths.” Ivy said as more and more people spend more time at home, they identify projects that will improve their quality of life, and “we are happy to help do that for them.” Weight Loss Products and Home Exercise Centers Many of us remember the “Freshman 10,” the weight first-year college students often gained. Now, many are talking about the COVID-19 twenty; the pounds home-bound folks are adding as the pandemic continues. The result is the demand for weight loss products and home exercise equipment. Check out how many TV commercials are currently pitching lose-weight-fast diets and exercise equipment to viewers. 78209magazine.com | NOVEMBER 2020 27


Neighborhood News The Mystery of Missing Postal Drop Box Solved

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The day I went to mail my absentee ballot, I discovered what I assumed was part of the national conspiracy story over missing postal drop boxes. I’ve been a regular at the Post Office Branch at 9211 Broadway. They had – emphasis on had – a large outdoor drop box that was easy the drive-by to mail whatever. But the day I went there to mail my absentee ballot for the presidential election, the mailbox was gone. Fresh cement covered the ground where it used to live. I assumed we were facing the alleged assault on easy access to mailing absentee ballots. I’d been curious about why the new Alamo Heights Post Office on Austin Highway had no outdoor, drive-by dropbox. Part of the same assault on rights to have easy access to mail important stuff? I contacted the postal service’s public information officer. And she got me the answer to my questions. “The security and sanctity of the mail are of paramount importance to the U.S. Postal Service. This includes ensuring 28 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com

mail receptacles are secured and in good condition at all times. We apologize for any inconvenience that may have been experienced by customers in the Alamo Heights area. The letter collection box at 9211 Broadway was recently damaged, and we are in the process of replacing it as soon as possible. “At the branch at 1107 Austin Hwy, the layout of the parking lot did not allow for a drive-up collection box; however, one was installed near the building entrance for our customers’ convenience. Customers are reminded that they can securely deposit any outgoing mail inside the Post Office in our lobby dropbox, as well. Customers who need assistance can reach us in a variety of ways, including by contacting their local Post Office, calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777), or visit us on our website at www.usps.com/help for assistance.” And, good to their word, there’s a new outdoor drop box at 9211 Broadway. It was installed two days after I contacted the Postal Service. Coincidence? Or the power of the press?


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School News THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ‘09

RITTIMANN, MULES ADJUSTING TO WORLD’S CHALLENGES

If there’s anything we’ve come to expect over the past few months is to forever expect the unexpected. It’s also applicable for taking a new job. Throw in all the extenuating circumstances the world has seen since March, the natural learning curve of starting a new gig now takes an endless number of twists and turns. Classify new athletic director and head football coach Ron Rittimann in that category. Less than a month on the job when COVID-19 began mass shutdowns in mid-March, the veteran of the business encountered his most unique challenge yet. “I’m still trying to meet most people on campus, I’m barely moved into my office, and all of a sudden, everything is put on pause. I can’t see most of my guys, and I’m kinda starting from scratch again,” Rittimann said. An even more unique aspect is that his obligations to Johnson, where he served in the same role for the previous 12 years, did not end until the end of the month. “At that point, it’s trying to make sure everything is squared away at a good point [at Johnson], and you can’t necessarily get off going here,” Rittimann said, “I’ve never seen anything like that.” Thankfully, normalcy is slowly starting to settle in for him, 30 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com

his staff, and his Mules as they adjust to the times. “It was just so great to get back to work and see a lot of these guys for basically the first time. Months of Zooms and FaceTimes don’t do it justice.” Most importantly, their reunion is being put together safely. Each player has to pass a screening on their phones before even being allowed onto the field to practice. Once they get there, it’s followed by subsequent temperature checks, and consistent cleaning and sanitizing from the second practice starts when they sound the day’s final whistle. “I’m proud of everyone for doing their part. This isn’t easy for anyone involved with the program, even beyond the players and coaches. We’re accommodating, we’re adjusting, and we’re getting there.” More importantly, as he continues to transition to the new phase of his career, he’s glad he and his team can focus on the fun part and reprieve of this all: being able to finally play. “This community has been great. Just so many great, helpful and understanding people have helped us get to this point,” Rittimann said. “There is no other place I’d rather be than Alamo Heights.”


KINDNESS ON CAMPUS The Alamo Heights High School Investment Club, led by students James Schnoebelen, James Schupbach, and Patrick Maloney, sponsored by teachers Cathy Klumpp and Patrice Bartlett, raised $8,000 for the AHHS Angel Program. The Angel Program, facilitated by Dawn Hedgepeth and Stephanie Hughes, helps students and families dealing with financial hardships. These students exemplify the district Profile of a Learner, engaging socially and globally, adding value to the world through their service and kindness.

CELEBRATING ACADEMIC SUCCESS Our district is committed to continual improvement to best meet the unique and individual needs of our students. Through careful analysis of multiple data sources, authentic assessment opportunities, observations, and feedback from stakeholders, we monitor our curriculum’s academic standards and the academic achievement of our students.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Congratulations to the following students from the Class of 2021 who are receiving recognition through the NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. The 2021 Semifinalist Scholars are Daniel Halff, James Schnoebelen, and Theodore Yun.

The 2021 Commended Scholars John Brysacz, Ethan Coleman, Caroline Delmer, Daniel Halff, Robert Hunt, Brayden Jaeckle, James Schnoebelen, Theodore Yun.

The 2021 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars Claudia Olson, Sofia Lloyd, Luz Rojo Name, Olivia Rojas, Nicolas Esteva, Madeline Shults, Ayden Trevino, Jack Lopez, Jacqueline Davis, Bella Chase. High School students who meet published program entry and participation requirements enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at the specified time in the high school program, usually as juniors. Registration for the test is by high school rather than individual students. Interested students should see their counselor at the beginning of the school year to plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT at the school in the fall.

We are proud of our students’ exemplary academic achievement, and we recognize that high scholastic and academic achievement needs to be pursued with a renewed focus and drive. We are proud to recognize our National Merit Commended Students, National Merit Hispanic Students, and DUKE Talent Identification Program Students.

ALAMO HEIGHTS JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED BY DUKE TIP Nine students at Alamo Heights Junior School have been distinguished with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (DUKE TIP) recognition. DUKE TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Elijah Yun earned Grand Recognition. Students earning State Recognition include Emiliano Aguilar,Quentin Elder, Andrew Lindner, Vincent Mahar, Carter Mayfield, Phifer Olsen, James Saunders, Elijah Yun, and Leo Zhang. We are very proud of the academic highlights of our students.

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School News BELOVED SMH FACULTY MEMBER HONORED WITH OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD

Former Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) Upper School Social Studies Teacher Paul Gage, beloved by many students, alumni, and colleagues, has been selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Students accepted into the University of Chicago Class of 2024 were asked to nominate an educator who has positively impacted their lives and whose guidance has helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Responses were received from thousands of students in recognition of these educators. Mr. Gage joined the Saint Mary’s Hall faculty in 2003 and retired after 17 years. He received SMH’s Master Teacher Award in 2009 and 2015. Mr. Gage has impacted generations of SMH families over the years and has attended many basketball games, acted as an extra in numerous school productions, and actively keeps in touch with many alumni. Today he serves as a substitute teacher. The University of Chicago’s distinguished award, which has existed for more than 30 years, honors educators such as Mr. Gage, who are exceptional in their field and are role models for their students. Award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate, and letter that includes details from the student who nominated them. A virtual event celebrating this year’s winners was held on October 21. “Receiving the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago was a wonderful retirement gift and such a positive way to end a 50-plus-year career in education. I have been especially impressed with how the university has personalized the experience,” said Mr. Gage. “They shared Sam Eckert’s ‘20 very touching and thoughtful nominating statement. It is an award I value and treasure.” Saint Mary’s Hall teachers often serve as mentors for life to many of our students. The school will never exceed the quality and impact of its faculty, leaving an indelible mark on students as they continue their journey beyond the halls of SMH. 32 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com

ART, MUSIC, YOGA, AND GARDENING AS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ACADEMIC CORE SUBJECTS

Circle school founder Isabeth Hardy saw Specials classes like art, music, yoga, and gardening as just as important as academic core subjects. In her thesis -- which has shaped the path of our school since we opened in 1965 -- Hardy writes, “Increasingly in this society, life is disjointed, segmental, privatized and isolated, specific and unshared. The divisions among individuals, groups, and the earth is profound. Human memory is lost. Human vision is short. The human mission is personal and momentary.” Integration is the practice our founder offers as a counterbalance: to integrate is to weave parts into a greater whole, to generate a curriculum that is “an education for life.” Integration connects us with the wheel of life as a whole and connects each individual into our community and culture. At The Circle School, “Integration is both the process and the goal.” Specials have always been an integral part of the whole child curriculum at The Circle School, but this year has highlighted the importance of gardening, P.E./Yoga, music, and art as key elements integrating our education of the whole child: body, mind, heart, and spirit. Reforming our circle on campus, time outside in nature, moving our bodies, using our hands and voices to create art, and bonding over the joy of the world around us take on new value after months of distance learning. This year, connecting and integrating our cooperative community also looks different. We can’t hold our usual community events due to COVID-19, but that won’t stop us from hosting a unique, Circle School-style, online silent auction. We will be offering the skills and talents of our co-op members to the public in an online silent auction, inviting everyone to connect with The Circle School community.


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Mule spirit starts at an early age in Alamo Heights ISD and lasts a lifetime. The phrase, “Once a Mule, Always a Mule” is a mantra that is shared by many. Throwing your Mules Up and bringing the Blue and Gold is a way of life for the Alamo Heights community and one that is honored over a lifetime. Homecoming is just one of the celebrations that unite both current and former Mules as they reflect and honor the rich traditions of their school. While the celebrations looked a little different this year, the meaning behind the traditions held strong, as Mules found new ways to honor the Blue & Gold. 78209magazine.com | NOVEMBER 2020 33


OLMOS PARK YOUTH COMMISSION EXPANDS YOUTH BOARD AS FALL PROGRAMMING GETS UNDERWAY Since its launch in 2018, Olmos Park Youth Commission (OPYC) members have engaged in more than 40 programs and donated nearly 1,000 hours of community service. Members participate in programs and events they create as well as meeting quarterly with industry and local leaders. Youth members gain practical skills like organizing, planning, public service, exchanging and debating ideas and team building. Olmos Park Youth Commission expanded its youth board from four members (since its launch in 2018) to ten members as it embarks on its fall slate of activities. The board, like OPYC’s programming, is organized along the youth commission’s learning pillars of leadership & citizenship, community building, service and enterprise — each pillar supported by marketing and communications.

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FALL CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Topping the calendar of OPYC programs includes an election awareness campaign, a mentoring initiative, a job opportunities initiative for teens as well as a collection drive. Election Awareness Campaign For some OYPC members, this fall marked their first election to vote. OPYC implemented a Learn About Elections awareness campaign chaired by Bryce Mazloum and Henry Satel. The campaign spread the word about how elections are organized in our area, how to register to vote, a listing of candidates, San Antonio’s voting deadlines and options for where to vote. The campaign also featured ways young people could work at a poll as a student election clerk or volunteer for a candidate or political party.

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Mentoring Initiative Co-chairs Lila Kelley and Cati Tamez, oversee Tutoring Teens, a mentoring initiative with the goal of matching OPYC teens who are skilled in various academics, fine arts and/or sport with those in the Olmos Park community who seek assistance in any of these areas. Participating teens may choose to either be compensated or earn community service hours. Enterprising Teens Precautions due to COVID-19 caused many teens’ jobs or internships to be disrupted or outright eliminated this past summer. In response, OPYC’s youth board launched a teen work initiative titled Jobs for Teens. As a result, some OPYC teens were able to gain work experience with local businesses. The second phase of that initiative will be co-chaired by Brittin McBirnie and Eli Greenberg, with the goal of identifying opportunities with local businesses that plan to offer internships and/or paid opportunities occurring this holiday season and next summer. Jeans for Teens Samuel Spezia-Lindner and Daniel Robelo, co-chair a collection drive, Jeans for Teens benefiting older youth at Child Protective Services. The goal of the drive is to collect gently used jeans and pants of any color for teens who have sought shelter with CPS due to their unsafe home situations and other issues. This initiative may expand to include other apparel categories and coincide with OPYC’s 2nd annual toy & gift drive that is scheduled during the holidays. Community Building OPYC’s fall programming would not be complete without some fun fall-timed community building activities. Following a pumpkin carving event that benefited nonprofit Kids 4 Kids with Cancer, OPYC will host its 3rd annual Thanksgiving potluck on Monday, Nov. 23 serving Olmos Park police and fire departments as well as Olmos Park city staff working during the holiday. Community building initiatives like these will be co-chaired by Ava Satel and Francie Sullivan. To learn more about these programs and Olmos Park Youth Commission, visit www.OlmosParkYC.com.


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their phone. We just have a conversation!” Bella and Bonnie are a volunteer team with Pups n' Planes, where “comfort” dogs and their owners offer distressed travelers a little sugar. “People are waiting, their flight has been canceled, or they may have a four-hour wait, and they are upset.” “One time, two little girls stopped to pet the dog, and I looked up, and the mother was crying. Her husband was being deployed. I spent probably a half-hour with them, and the dad thanked me so many times because it got them thinking about other things,” Bonnie says. Airport staffers implemented the idea after learning how well it worked at the Los Angeles International Airport. Pups n' Planes has been reducing blood pressure and turning frowns upside down for six years. “In the car, she knows that we are almost at the airport. She gets so excited! Her job is to make people smile. She does that job.” And if you saw Bella, you would smile, too. The girl team also spends time at the airport USO, softening the loneliness and longing of our troops, so familiar to military life. While Bella offers kisses, Canine Explosive Detection Supervisor Sgt. Andres Lopez, and his police dog Keyno, provide safety and security. “We are there to make sure that the traveling public is safe, the dog makes that any threats associated with aviation there aren’t real threats,” says the airport K9 police officer. Lopez and Keyno “nose around," sniffing out threats that could come from a parked car, a suitcase, or a person. “Dogs are about as mobile as you can get,” says Lopez. He means the nose is mobile.

Bella is a volunteer with Pups n' Planes, the airport greeting committee. She wears her little pink coat, cheering up tired travelers at the  San Antonio International Airport.

Workin' for a Living! Dogs with Jobs BY BERIT MASON

The San Antonio International Airport is HUGE! It recently broke a record, flying some 15,000 people A DAY, for a total of 10.36 million passengers in 2019. Passengers most certainly frequent the airport, but pups do too. Meet Bella. Bella is a petite dog with light, wavy hair, offering everyone she meets the sweetest smile. Several hours a week, Bella and owner Bonnie Gioiello roam the airport, searching out the tired, the weary, and the bored. “If they look up and smile, they are a dog lover. If they don't,

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I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. 2020 has been a rough ride, but hey, I like rides! In this season, a friend says that she heard about a run on the stores—not grocery stores, but the yarn and knitting stores. It seems like people are sitting in to remain safe and to relax. A contentious election, and a pandemic, makes a body want to do just that. South Texas winters are only a few months long. Nonetheless, frigid days, dry air, and freezes affect us animals, too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the ASPCA, has suggestions on the “winterizing” of your pet. You winterize your car, don’t you? Underneath our fur is skin. But, taking Fido out into the cold, then back into a heated house, then out into the cold for another walk, and in again, the swift changes in temperature aggravates the skin. “Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells,” advises the ASPCA. “Washing too often can remove essential oils,” Savee Dalgo is Communications Coordinator for the ASPCA. He suggests using moisturizing shampoos and rinses to comfort winter skin. And while you’re at it, pick up a home humidifier. These inexpensive steam-spouters will help the whole family to be more comfortable. Summers are blistering here, and some people shave pups. But don’t do it! Our coats keep us warm. If you insist, give your dog a trim. For the Chihuahuas or Dachshunds out there, ASPCA highly recommends doggy outerwear and sweaters, especially ones with high collars or turtlenecks. This gear should cover from the base of the tail to the belly. Like people, dogs and cats are more peckish when it’s cold. Why? Because bodies burn more energy to keep us warm. Turkey leftovers? Sautéed vegetables? A roll? Throw them in our bowl! The extra food will have us licking our chops, offers a calorie-dense boost, and may earn you an extra snuggle. Fresh water is just as important when it’s cold, as proper hydration moistens our skin. You like a soft, cozy bed on a cold winter’s night—and we do too. “Make sure that your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect,” says Dalgo. Some people think that animals should not be in the house. But: “If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.” Pups hate being separated from their “pack.” If you think it’s ok to isolate a dog from the family, please, don’t get a dog. Neighbors have the legal right to call the authorities if they feel a dog lacks proper care. “If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed,” warns the ASPCA. There are laws against such treatment. It is natural to bring Fido on errands in the winter because it is so much cooler. But it can get too cold. “Cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold, and cause animals to freeze to death.” Yikes! If you want Fido to have a ride, throw a big blanket in the back. Until next month! Woof, woof! Roxie

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EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PEARL FARMERS MARKET 9:00am-1:00pm, 10:00am-2:00pm The Farmers Market serves as an open-air grocery store and has a wide variety of seasonal fresh produce, pasta, pastries, beef, soaps, pet food and more. atpearl.com/farmers-market

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 FAMILY FLASHLIGHT NIGHT Botanical Gardens 6:00pm-9:00pm Bring your flashlight and experience the nocturnal side of the garden with the family. Explore the Botanical garden by moonlight, find your way through a light maze, as well as enjoy hands on activities and fun tours. Cash bar and food prepared by Jason Dady and DIY s’mores kits available for purchase. sabot.org

NOVEMBER 7, 2020 VIVA BOTANICA Botanical Gardens 10:00am-2:00pm Viva Fiesta! Bring the whole family to Viva Botanica at the Botanical Garden. Explore 38 acres of nature play fun during this family-friendly, Fiesta event that includes hands-on activities, culinary tastings, and performances. Visitors are welcomed to bring lawn chairs and blankets. sabot.org

NOVEMBER 10, 2020 TOUCH-FREE ART CRAWL: THE WONDER OF NATURE San Antonio Museum of Art 4:00pm -6:00pm Includes a self-guided gallery activity with a single-use, multi-sensory, interactive baby swag to be picked up at the Museum on the day of OR the Tuesday prior to Art Crawl . Museum experiences for 0–24 months and caregivers with art selections that enhance caregiver-child interactions. samuseum.org

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 SUSHI & SAKI PARTY Central Market Cooking School 6:30pm-8:30pm They’ll introduce you to the basic techniques and offer guidance as you produce, and enjoy, several styles of sushi. Discover how to make the proper rice; learn a little about the varieties of sushi and the condiments that enhance them; and have fun making your own. They will pair two sakes with your selections. For ages 21 and up. centralmarket.com NOVEMBER 15, 2020 RISE & RECHARGE Witte Museum 10:30am-11:30am Stretch, rise and renew with half-moon Yoga at the Witte Museum. Enjoy a mindful experience in the garden amongst 300-year-old Bald Cypress trees. Yoga session will be a sequence of balancing postures, syncing breath and movement. Bring a friend to relax and recharge for the week. Bring your own yoga mat. RSVP required and limited spots available. wittemuseum.org

Editor’s Pick NOVEMBER 20-JANUARY 3 Zoo Lights 2020 San Antonio Zoo When the animals tuck in for the evening, San Antonio Zoo transforms into a wild, winter wonderland filled with a jawdropping array of twinkling lights. Bigger and brighter than before, Zoo Lights is a must-see for families that is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guests can see life-sized animals from the savanna, including a 15-foot tall illuminated giraffe in Starry Safari. While sipping hot cocoa, guests can stroll under a unique display of lights, roast s’mores, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and visit Santa. Then, dance to the new Latin-inspired Lakeside Light Show! Featuring pixel technology combined with a custom soundtrack that is composed of Latin Music, this high-energy show will get guests dancing to their favorite Christmas tunes! For zoo hours, go to sazoo.org 38 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com


NOVEMBER 19, 2020 MAKE & TAKE: FILLED PASTAS Central Market Cooking School 6:30pm-8:30pm You’ll sample all three pastas while they show you how easy it is to make homemade dough. Then, you’ll practice filling and forming three traditional pastas and they’ll suggest sauces to complement each one. centralmarket.com

NOVEMBER 20, 2020 TURKMAN JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW-BY APPOINTMENT San Antonio Museum of Art 10:00am-7:00pm Book your appointment with invited vendor, Wahab Kamal of Bachtrian Village. Wahab sources antique and contemporary jewelry and textiles from the Turkmen ethnic groups. Pro tip: Arrive a bit ahead of your appointment to tour Exquisite Adornment and feel properly inspired! samuseum.org

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NOVEMBER 20, 2020 MAKE & TAKE: ASIAN DUMPLINGS Central Market Cooking School 6:30pm-8:30pm You’ll sample a variety of dumplings as their instructors offer tips on steaming, frying and boiling these bite-sized morsels. The fillings and wrappers will be ready and waiting. As the Instructors guide you, your nimble fingers will fill and fold and create several dipping sauces. For ages 16 and up (children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). centralmarket.com NOVEMBER 25 FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION San Antonio Museum of Art 10:00am-5:00pm The San Antonio Museum of Art is offering a day of free admission for everyone! If Thanksgiving wore you out with the cooking, or if you are hoping to avoid the black Friday crowd, head over to the museum where you’re sure to find plenty of exhibits to keep you busy and entertained! Take advantage of the free admission and get there early for a fun day of learning. samuseum.org

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Church Directory ALAMO HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 11:00am, Wednesday 6:30pm Praise and Prayer ALAMO HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 alamoheightscc.org Services: Sunday: 10:50am

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ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 alamoheightspres.com Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am 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 EPISCOPAL CHURCH 510 Belknap Place San Antonio, TX 78212 210-736-3132 cecsa.org Services: Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 11:00 am, 6:00pm CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 clcah.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am

MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 mtcsa.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am NORTHWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7238 Services: Sunday mornings at 11am NORTHROCK CHURCHALAMO HEIGHTS 1540 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209 northrocksa.com Services: Sunday mornings at 10am and 11:30am PEARL STREET CHURCH 400 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-504-8897 Services: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm 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, 12pm Daily Mass 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND SCHOOL 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8am & 10:30am

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: Saturday Mass 5:30pm Sunday 9am, 11am, and 5:30pm Tuesday and Thursday 7am Wednesday 5:30pm Friday 8:00am ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH 3303 Urban Crest Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0139 stpiusxsa.org Services: Tuesday - 7:00 am Wednesday - 5:30 pm Thursday - 7:00 am Friday - 8:00 am Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:30 pm TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 319 E. Mulberry San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-6201 trinitybaptist.org Services: Bible Study 9am Blended Worship 10:15am UNITY CHURCH 8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am

Most churches are meeting together again, but there may be some who are still live-streaming only. It would be best to call the church office or check the websites for updated schedules.

Praying the Psalms We feel the mental toll that comes from living in this COVID-19 season of life. You feel it. I feel it. We are helped by praying the Psalms. Probably some of your favorite verses come from the Psalms. That’s because the psalmists dealt with life by a faith that was built for all seasons. Remember, God is always with you. By reading through the Psalms you find yourself in the company of struggling people whose lives were built on a faith that got them through their difficulties. Daily we can be renewed: as hope breaks through despair; a sorrow that is healed; an anger that is softened. Praying through the Psalms can make us wiser than we were before. I am remembering you as I pray. If you would like to send us a prayer request, please call our 24-hour prayer line at (210) 738-PRAY. Our Trinity family is here to connect and share God’s Love with you! Les Hollon, PhD Senior Pastor

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Join us in-person or watch our services streamed live at 10:30am facebook /tbcsanantonio www.trinitybaptist.org

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319 E. Mulberry Ave | (210) 733-6201 24-hr Prayer line: (210) 738-PRAY info@trinitybaptist.org /leshollon /tbcsanantonio @trinitybaptist_sa

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

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

BROADWAY 50/50 Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway | 210-826-0069 www.broadway5050.com $

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

CAPPY’S 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 | 210-828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com $$$ (BR)

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EZ’s Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and awardwinning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels | 210-828-1111 ezrestaurants.com $ GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway | 210-828-5392 gtcsatx.com $ HEARTHSTONE BAKERY CAFE Hearthstone blends the experience of a coffeehouse, bakery and full-service restaurant into one serving gourmet sandwiches, panini, wraps, soups, salad, coffee, espresso and dessert. 3920 Harry Wurzbach | 210-920-2600 www.hearthstonebakerycafe.com $ (P)

Eggs Benedict Brunch at Cappy’s does not disappoint. The CLASSIC Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise on top of an English muffin is served with hash browns and fresh seasonal fruit. The CLASSIC lives up to its name, it always tastes the same....DELICIOUS! 42 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com

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

J. ALEXANDER’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 | 210-824-0275 jalexanders.com $$ -$$$ JIM’S RESTAURANT 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, that includes all the standards — salads, sandwiches and burgers plus nostalgic favorites like patty melts and liver and onions. 4108 Broadway | 210-828-5120 8427 Broadway | 210-826-7001 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 | 210-828-1470 magictimemachine.com $ MAX’S WINE DIVE Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse | 210-444-9547 maxswinedive.com $ NOSH Nosh offers great wines, craft brews and small plates that are big on taste. A place to relax and indulge in some really great food. 1133 Austin Highway | 210-826-6674 noshsa.com $ LUBY’S Cafeteria-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer several entrees daily that often include salmon, talapia, fried chicken, chickenfried steak, grilled liver and onions, roast turkey breast, roast chicken and rib-eye steaks. The entrees are accompanied by hearty Southern side dishes like fried okra, mac and cheese, black - eyed peas and mashed potatoes. 8511 Tesoro Drive | 210-930-3227 lubys.com $


SALATA 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 | 210-462-1466 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 | 210-824-8686 siloelevatedcuisine.com $$ STONE WERKS Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of bigscreen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. 999 E. Basse | 210-823-3508 stonewerks.com $-$$ (P) TIGER WINGS A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for take-out or you can dine in - and they deliver. They also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway | 210-829-5000 tigerwings.com $

HANZO An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 | 210-826-1488 hanzobar.com $$ KOI KAWA A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway | 210-805-8111 facebook.com/pages/koikawa $-$$ MON THAI BISTRO Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway | 210-822-3253 monsthai.com $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway | 210-822-0300 osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (R) PIRANHA IZAKAYA Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 | 210-822-1088 piranhakillersushi.com $$ P. F. CHANG’S Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 | 210-507-1000 pfchangs.com $$ SUSHI ZUSHI Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse | 210-826-8500 sushizushi.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 | 210-822-0761 tsbandc.com $ (LV)

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

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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 | 210-598-0068 brewsleetea.com $

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

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

L&L HAWAIIAN BBQ Delicious, authentic Pacific Island BBQ with Asian influence. They offer Hawaiian Ramen, Sushi (Musubi) and their take on Pulled Pork (Kalua). They are the home of the Ramen Burger and monthly AlohaFriday entertainment events. 1302 Austin Hwy | 210-474-6699 http://www.llhawaiianbbqsa.com $

Find a New Favorite!

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

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‘09 Eats THE PIGPEN A family-friendly neighborhood joint serving authentic Texas-style Barbecue. Try the Brisket nachos, brisket grilled cheese or the famous Bloody Mary. A great place to relax and listen to live music on the patio while the kids play on their playground. Also, don’t miss their SOUL FULL Sunday brunch which runs from 10am - 2pm. 106 Pershing | 210-267-9136 thepigpensa.com $ THE SMOKE SHACK Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway | 210-957-1430 smokeshacksa.com $

EUROPEAN BISTR09 Classic French Brasserie by Chef Damien Watel and Chef Lisa Astorga Watel. Extensive wine list and beautifully executed classic French dishes including Duck Breast Al’Orange, grilled quail, duck confit, dover sole, lobster risotto, foie gras, escargot and more. 6106 Broadway | 210-245-8156 bistr09.com $$$ (BR) COMMONWEALTH COFFEEHOUSE AND BAKERY Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court | 210-560-2955 commonwealthcoffeehouse.com $ (P) FREDERICK’S French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway | 210-828-9050 www.frederickssa.com $$ - $$$

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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 | 210-290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com $ LA MADELEINE 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, housemade pastries, French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway | 210-829-7291 lamadeleine.com $-$$ THE WINCHESTER PUB An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen TVs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway | 210-721-7762 thewinchesterpub.com $-$$

HAMBURGERS BURGER FI Gourmet burgers and hot dogs made from all natural, never-frozen meat. Vegetarian burgers are available too, plus sides like hand-cut fresh fries, crispy onion rings and frozen custard. 1907 Nacogdoches Road | 210-858-4052 burgerfi.com $ CHEESY JANE’S Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway | 210-826-0800 cheesyjanes.com $ CHESTER’S HAMBURGERS Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-805-8600 chestershamburgers.com $ FRONTIER BURGER A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakeryfresh buns. They are also known for their ever- popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. 838 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-932-8040 frontierburger.com $ ORDER UP A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse | 210-824-9600 orderup-sa.com $

ITALIAN CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC Homemade soups, fresh salads, handtossed pizzas and Stromboli’s along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway | 210-822-2300 ceronispurplegarlic.com $$ PAESANOS An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse | 210-828-5191 paesanositalianrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ PESTO RISTORANTE Soul satisfying traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. Build your own pasta. 5221 McCullough | 210-314-1072 pesto-ristorante.com $$ SORRENTO’S Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway | 210-824-0055 sorrentopizzeria.com $$

MEXICAN ADELANTE Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. | 210-822-7681 adelanterestaurant.com $ BETO’S A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway | 210-930-9393 betosaltmex.com $


CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road | 210-824-0175 taqueriacazadoressa.com $ CHELA’S TACOS Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway, #117 | 210-753-1040 chelas-tacos.com $ LA FONDA Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. | 210-824-4231 lafondaah.com $$ (P) PALOMA BLANCA Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway, #300 | 210-822-6151 palomablanca.net $$ (P) SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway, #204 | 210-930-8070 Solunasa.com $$-$$$ (P) TACO GARAGE Rustic indoor-outdoor concept with several different bars and patios. They serve TexMex breakfast to dinner to a local crowd of regulars and frequently have live music. 8403 Broadway | 210-826-4405 tacogarage.net $ (P), (LV) TOMATILLO’S CANTINA Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway | 210-824-3005 tomatillos.com $$ TORCHY’S TACOS Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse, #183 | 210-824-1603 torchystacos.com $

PIZZA BRAZA BRAVA Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a woodfired brick oven. 7959 Broadway | 210-320-2100 brazabravapizzeria.com $$ CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse | 210-424-2014 cpk.com $$ FLORIO’S PIZZA Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway | 210-805-8646 floriospizza.com $ - $$

JULIAN’S PIZZERIA A warm, family-friendly environment serving pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels | 210-595-3405 julianspizzeria.com $$ VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway | 210-828-3354 volarepizza.com $ - $$

STEAKS THE BARN DOOR Family-owned steakhouse with Westernstyle decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeye’s, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels | 210-824-0116 thebarndoorrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ (LV) FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 | 210-824-9463 flemingssteakhouse.com $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye,New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crab cakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger | 210-821-5051 ruthschris.com $$$

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 cookiecab.com $ LA PANADERíA Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway | 210-375-6746 lapanaderia.com $ MENCHIE’S Non-fat/low-fat yogurts with fun toppings you add yourself. 999 E. Basse, Suite 177 | 210-824-1104 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 | 210-233-8430 nothingbundtcakes.com $$

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

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Iconic Comfort Food BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 46 NOVEMBER 2020 | 78209magazine.com


T

he Alamo. The Missions. The Riverwalk. These are San Antonio’s most beloved icons. We live in a city steeped in history and culture, and there are many places that define our roots and make us proud to live here. The world is moving pretty fast these days, even as we’ve been forced to slow down and rethink the way we do things during this pandemic. However, several local businesses have withstood the world’s changes to become iconic, and Josephine Street restaurant has definitely earned its place on that list as a heritage restaurant.

Josephine Street opened its doors in 1979 in a unique building that had been vacant for many years as the giant oak tree growing through the middle of the building continued to reach for the heavens. Originally built in 1909, the building was home to Finck’s Meat Market for decades. When Pat Molak and Mary Jane Malley decided to open their Josephine Street eatery, they wanted to preserve the history and the integrity of the tree. However, the tree eventually succumbed to nature, and although it’s no longer alive, the owners have reinforced it and kept it as the centerpiece of the restaurant. Inside, the restaurant is cozy and intimate. The wood floors have seen better days, and they aren’t as level as they once were, but the rustic charm is warm and inviting, just like the friendly staff that will greet you as if you were family. The enticing aroma of homemade cooking will immediately strike you, and the menus on the wall announce the specials of the day and their Josephine Street favorites. Jake Molak, the Manager of Quality, describes Josephine Street as a “bluecollar steakhouse,” serving affordable home-cooked meals that keep you coming back for more. Their Black Angus Prime New York Strip, one of their most popular dishes, is simply cooked to order on a flat top grill and topped with their signature lemon butter. Jake states, “We keep it simple and let the beef speak for itself. Our goal is consistency. It’s what keeps customers coming back.” Another favorite is their Chicken Fried Steak. It’s as big

as your face and smothered in a delicious cream gravy that would make your grandma proud. Many restaurants overlook the breading, and it comes out if the gravy isn’t seasoned just right, but at Josephine Street, no culinary detail is overlooked. Even the thick-cut onion rings are seasoned to perfection. Other menu standouts include their Cheeseburgers, the Country Club, and their delicious Blackened Gulf Coast Redfish. All of the entrées come with your choice of side, one of which is their outstanding homemade pinto beans. The menu features something for everyone but focuses on those tried and true favorites that appeal to our blended Texican culture here in South Texas. From the 16 oz. Texas T-Bone to the Pollo Verde, you’re sure to find something to please even the pickiest eaters. Start with a San Antonio Fiesta favorite, the Beef Anticuchos, or the Sausage & Queso Platter, and don’t you dare miss out on dessert and the Josephine Street Jack Daniels Pecan Pie. There’s a reason that Josephine Street has been a San Antonio favorite for over 40 years, and their goal is to be around for another 40 years. The menu stays true to its roots, serving great home-style comfort food at affordable prices in a comfortable and eclectic atmosphere. Just like that old oak tree will forever be a part of that old building, Josephine Street restaurant will continue to be an integral member of the San Antonio heritage restaurant family for many generations to come.

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Police Blotter AHPD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111

THEFT Video surveillance recorded a male subject steal three ceramic planters during overnight hours from outside a closed business 10/17/20 5200 blk Broadway DWI The diver of a vehicle stopped for speeding was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. 10/16/20 5100 blk Broadway VEHICLE BURGLARY An unlocked vehicle parked in a residential driveway was unlawfully entered during overnight hours and miscellaneous property was stolen. 10/16/20 100 blk W. Oakview PUBLIC INTOXICATION Officers responded to a report of a male subject kicking the glass doors of a closed business; investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; subject transported to detox facility for treatment. 10/14/20 5100 blk Broadway

EVADING ARREST, HIT & RUN MV Officers responding to a report of a vehicle driven by a male subject checking backyards in an alleyway; officers located the subject and vehicle at a near-by convenience store; upon contact by officers the subject accelerated away striking a marked police unit causing damage. 10/09/20 500 blk Austin Hwy WANTED PERSON Officers investigating a male subject sleeping in bushes discovered the subject had an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for indecent exposure to a child. 10/08/20 5000 Blk Broadway WANTED PERSON Officers contacted a male subject reported as suspicious by store employees; investigation revealed the subject had a felony probation revocation warrant issued out of Florida. 10/08/20 500 blk Austin Hwy

WANTED PERSON A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to have an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County. 10/14/20 5900 blk Broadway THEFT, WANTED PERSON Officers detained a male subject reported to have stolen a bottle of water; investigation discovered the subject had an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for prostitution 10/12/20 500 blk Austin Hwy THEFT Bicycle stolen from a driveway sometime over the weekend 10/12/20 100 blk Inslee THEFT Bicycles stolen from back yard of residence sometime over the weekend. 10/12/20 600 blk Corona THEFT Miscellaneous tools stolen from a construction site 10/12/20 500 blk Castano

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Well child visits (18 and older) Men’s and women’s health School and camp physicals Routine adult immunizations Physicals and blood work Medicare annual wellness visits Acute care, including same-day sick visits Chronic disease management

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Geriatric care Diabetes care Hypertension care High cholesterol management Dermatology procedures Joint injections Minor office procedures Osteopathic manipulations Skin biopsies

San Antonio Medical Associates Alamo Quarry Center 250 East Basse Road, Suite 107 San Antonio, TX 78209 210.224.4811

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 210.224.4811 or visit MethodistPhysicianPractices.com/sama


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1973 Texas Military Institute ( Now TMI) , was located at the end of College Blvd in Alamo Heights, and opened enrollment to girls for the first time in 80 years.

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