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Top 10 “Hangouts” with Grandchildren

Dan Naranjo is a mediator, arbitrator and the doting grandfather of Dylan and Daniel Corso.


Botanical Center—especially the East Texas Lake and “duckies”


Riverwalk and Rio San Antonio Cruises— especially the Art Corridor and locks


Mission Trail—biking and hiking


Japanese Tea Garden’s Koi pond and 60-foot waterfall


Witte Museum—dinosaurs and HEB Science Treehouse


The Alamo—especially the solemnity of the shrine


Tower of the Americas theatre rides and city views


Institute of Texas Cultures


San Antonio Zoo


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Scene In S.A.

October 27, 2010

SCENE & HEARD continued from page 43

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has the edge. Stay tuned.

8 Dia de Carlos Civil rights activist, columnist, commentator, gadfly, gourmet… Carlos Guerra has worn a lot of hats. But “Javelina Legend” is a new one. The description was part of the “Carlos Guerra Day in S.A.” dinner put on Sept. 24 by admirers at Guerra’s alma mater, Texas A&M University –Kingsville (TAMUK, home of the Fighting Javelinas) to celebrate his life and raise funds for a scholarship he recently established for first generation students in the Carlos Guerra South Texas school’s department of communications/theater arts. The occasion, the brainchild of Guerra’s long-time compadre Manuel Flores, now the communications department chair at TAMUK, involved much more than the “roast” for Guerra. First, S.A.’s City Council officially proclaimed Sept. 24 “Carlos Guerra Day.” Then came “Carlos Guerra Day” proclamations in the Texas House and Senate, and even the U.S. Congress. Still, the biggest surprise of all came when Kingsville’s Mayor Sam Fugate stepped up to the podium to proclaim Carlos Guerra Day in Kingsville, and presented a big framed gold Key to the City to Guerra, who got his start there in the 60s as a fiery campus political activist, working with the Mexican American Youth Organization and La Raza Unida. “It’s kind of ironic that the man who fought so hard for open housing in Kingsville years ago now has the key to the city,” Flores quipped. José Ángel Gutiérrez, Guerra’s old friend and founder of the La Raza Unida Party in the Crystal City student walkout days, was on hand to remind Guerra of their first meeting on campus (then Texas A&I) in the ’60s. “He was this scrawny long-haired kid,” he recalled, who wanted to know how to join Gutierrez’s fraternity because “he saw a few of us Mexicans wearing these cool camel-hair blazers and wanted to know how to get in. “I asked if he was ever a Boy Scout, and he said ‘Who wants to know?’” Gutierrez José Ángel Gutiérrez said. The fraternity, Alphi Phi Omega, was a Boy Scout-related service group, and the only campus fraternity that admitted Mexican-Americans at the time. As a matter of fact, Guerra, like Gutierrez, had not only been a Boy Scout, but an Eagle Scout. So Guerra joined, and a revolutionary friendship began. KENS-TV’s Natalie Tejeda and Guerra’s former Express-News colleagues and columnists Victor Landa and Cary Clack also roasted and praised Guerra. TAMUK president Steven Tallant, former U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, UTSA political science guru Richard Gambitta with his wife Sherry, St. Mary’s U. grad school dean Henry Flores, Gus Gonzalez and Guerra’s daughter Alexa were among the crowd enjoying their kudos and quips. Guerra wound the evening up with a rousing call for everyone to get involved in “populist philanthropy”—collecting small gifts from large numbers of people, as Barack Obama did in his successful presidential campaign. “If I can make a difference,” he added, “so can you.” Cheers! Visit our website at:

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