San Angelo Family Magazine - May '23

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ImprovingyourQualityofLifesince1995 May 2023 Celebrating 28 years!
photo by Carolyn Nored Miller
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On The Cover

Helping us celebrate 28 years in publication are three very active girls! Ashlyn Scott (age 16), Abigail Grace Scott “Abby” (age 10) and Riley Brianne Scott (age 14), Their parents are Adam and Kristy Scott. Their grandparents are Connie Scott of San Angelo and Loren & Kathy Ahnberg of San Antonio.

Ashlyn attends Central High School. She been competitively dancing for 9 years and dances with The Dance Academy. She is currently a Jr Lieutenant Officer with the Tex Anns and ranked in the Top 20 in her class at Central. She is a member of the Science UIL team, First Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, A Honor roll, Ambassador Symphony Belle, participates as an assistant minister at her church and is an Ambassador Girl Scout currently working on her Gold Award. She hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin after she graduates.

Riley is a Freshman attending Central on Oakes. She is an active dancer with The Dance Academy and danced competitively for 5 years. She is currently a Freshman at Central High School where she competes in Track as a Hurdler. She is currently academically ranked in the top 5% of her graduating class. Riley is an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church and is a Senior in the Girl Scouts of America. Riley is a member of the Symphony Belles Program currently in the process to become an Ambassador. Riley continues to commit to being a focused young lady with a desire to excel academically, athletically, and spiritually.

Abby is a 4th grader at Trinity Lutheran School. She is an active dancer with The Dance Academy and has been dancing competitively for 4 years. She is currently a member of the Poise competitive dance team. Abby is a 4th grader at Trinity Lutheran School and is an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church. Abby attends Concho Valley Gymnastics (CVG), where she has been a gymnast for 5 years. Abby is a Junior in the Girl Scouts of America, where she is actively seeking the Bronze Award. Abby enjoys riding horses and competes in regional horse shows with Flying CA Performance Horses. Abby is a free spirited child with a kind heart and love for all animals.

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4 May 2023 San Angelo Family Magazine May 2023 Volume 29 issue 1 What’s Inside . . . . . . . 5Letter to the Readers 6Senior Center Activities 7May Around San Angelo 8“Just Mom” 9Celebrating Local Plein Air Artists 10Graduation Gift Ideas 11Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late 12Community Calendar 14Smithsonian’s Outdoor Maker Lab 15A Tribute to Mom 16Recycle Beyond the Bag 17Are You Trying to Co-Parent? 18Teacher Appreciation Week 19SNAPSHOTS 20Meetings Around San Angelo 21 Happenings in May
Staff Co-Owners/Publishers
Bassett Editor
Fawn Dunham
Bassett San Angelo Family Magazine P.O. Box 910 Fort Davis, TX 79734 325-656-7438
Layout/Design & Advertising Carolyn
photo by Carolyn Miller

Dear Readers,

San Angelo Family Magazine has been in publication 28 years!!!! When I started the magazine my kids were little, I had worked at a large corporation for many years, but I wanted to do something to make a difference in our community and spend more time with my family! We had meetings on my antique dining table with my lab and cat joining in periodically. I had no receptionist. We didn’t spend much on our ‘entertainment’ budget for our advertisers, but chose instead to keep our rates reasonable. Not much has changed because I still have been blessed to make this about family. I was there for my kids and their friends. And I hope I have also fulfilled my hope to make a difference in our community. Our mission is to improve quality of life - no matter your age.

We continue to encourage the younger generation to include our older generation in their activites because they need our love and assistance. We want you to use the magazine to discover ideas on spending quality time with your family and friends!

Do you own a business or a non-profit? This is exactly how you can connect with families, retirees and people that really care about your business. We care!! And want you to succeed whether it is a business, an event or just trying to get the word out about what you are doing in life..Please contact us to request a rate sheet! And we offer non-profit rates. My number is 325-656-7438 or email me at

I started San Angelo Family Magazine in 1995 with the dream of improving the quality of life for Concho Valley families. I truly love my job and have discovered while I bring you the positives in our community each month at the same time it has enriched my life as well. My family, especially my sweet husband (Jim) and two daughters, hav helped make this dream continue for 28 years. I hope my passion for what I do shows through in every single issue of the magazine.

Sarita Fawn Dunham’s first role with the magazine was serving on our Advisory Board. She began as editor in February 2000 and over the years has become an integral part of producing this publication every month. Her creativity and attention to detail help us publish a high quality magazine full of info! She and her husband, Greg Dunham, have three children and three grandchildren. She truly cares about family and how we can help. And she is a great friend to me!

Kyla Bassett started working for the magazine when she was 16 years old in 2004 while she was still in high school. She graduated from college, branched out on her own, got married in 2018 to Jeff Bassett, has two children and still continues to be a part of the magazine. I feel blessed to have the opportunity of working with my daughter and she inspires me with her enthusiasm and fresh outlook, especially now that she is a mom. Having two boys has given her a totally different perspective!

Cathy and Dayton Box have overseen the distribution of the magazine since 1997! They have made this a family affair and manage to get the magazines delivered to over 300 locations each month. They have hearts of gold and really believe in family and the good qualities of life. They are a big part of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Their loyalty and dedication have never waivered and I feel very fortunate to have them on our team and as friends for 26 years!

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May 2, 2023 to May 18, 2023

The Play That Goes Wrong – Presented by Angelo Civic Theatre

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Play That Goes Wrong features an utterly terrible fictitious script executed utterly terribly by a group of fictitious actors… all of whom are brilliantly portrayed. Welcome to the production of Murder at Haversham Manor put on by the very sincere but totally inept company of actors of the Cornley Drama Society. An avalanche of disasters befalls the cast, including a ramshackle set, a leading lady with a concussion, and a corpse that can’t play dead. As the night wears on, this haphazard group of misfit actors struggles against a series of seemingly endless pitfalls to hilarious ends. Get your tickets now by calling the ACT box office at 949-4400 or by going to our website:

May 3

Gunhild Carling Sweden's Queen of Swing Brooks and Bates Theather

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SAPAC Strives to bring a variety of musicians, this ONE WOMAN wonder plays ELEVEN Instruments!!

�� Coming to San Angelo on MAY 3, 2023!

Swedish musical sensation Gunhild Carling is an internationally acclaimed superstar whose show is a can’tmiss event! Whether she’s singing favorite swinging jazz standards, playing one of many 11 instruments (trumpet, trombone, harmonica, oboe, harp, flute, recorder, or jazz bagpipe!) or juggling and tap dancing, Gunhild’s sublime showmanship shines. And just wait for the finale – spoiler alert – she plays three trumpets at once! Tickets are available online

May 6

Roger Creager at Belts, Buckles and Pearls

Join us on May 6th at the San Angelo Spur Arena for our 7th Annual Boots, Buckles & Pearls presented by Sonora Bank! We promise to bring a toe-tapping, kneeslapping, good time as you kick up your heels to celebrate over 40 years of Sonrisas Trails! This cowboy chic affair will feature a cocktail reception, games, silent and live auction, and rip-roaring entertainment from Roger Creager!

If you have any questions about the event please contact Mary Payton Willey at 830-237-2854 or by email at

May 07

San Angelo Chorus | City of Stars

Brooks and Bates Theater: 82 Gillis St, San Angelo, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Inaugural Season: Ardent Light

The season finale will showcase our San Angelo Chorus members as: Soloists, duos, and ensemble members performing their favorite Broadway, Disney, and popular tunes.

May 11

Mother's Day Mosey, Downtown San Angelo

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

These are just a few of the many monthly activities. More listed throughout the magazine and on our community calendar.

May Around San Angelo

May 23

Electric Light Orchestra Experience

Murphey Performance Hall: 72 W College Ave

Mother’s Day Mosey will be an evening dedicated to all the derserving Mom’s out there, who need a day to relax and enjoy special treatment. Mother’s can experience a evening with their friends shopping, eating, drinking, and so much more. Many partcicpating business will have discounts and freebies available plus a BINGO card hosted by Old Central Firehouse and DTSA to win free shirts and prizes while supplies last. Bingo Card will be distributed and collected at OCF. To win a prize you will need to visit 5 or more partcipating businesses and get a sticker on their square, once you’ve had 5 or more stickers you can bring it back to OCF to receive a prize. Leave your kids to your family and enjoy your special day at Downtown San Angelo! Discounts and Freebies.

May 13

Moebius Fun Run & Walk

315 E. Twohig Ave.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moebius syndrome is a rare neurological condition that affects 1 in 500,000 births in the United States each year. Moebius syndrome primarily affects the muscles that control facial expression and eye movement which leaves childern with Moebius syndrome unable to have any facial expression including a smile. Kara Smiles Fund was created to help offset medical expenses for those needing the “Smile Surgey.”

Pre register by May 7th : 5k - $30.00 \ 1 Mile - $20.00 (T-shirt included with pre-registration)

Raceday Registration begins at 5:15 : 5k - $35.00 / 1 Mile - $25.00

For more information please visit

May 19, 2023 to May 20, 2023

Contemporary Works: Everybody Moves presented by Ballet San Angelo


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Brooks & Bates Theatre

Contemporary Works: Everybody Moves is a celebration of dance that finds beauty in the many different ways we MOVE! In this mixed repertory performance, audiences will enjoy styles ranging from contemporary dance to ballet, to tap! Contemporary Works features upper level BSA students in works created by an array of professional choreographers. Don’t miss your chance to see new, original dance works coming out of the creative laboratory that is Ballet San Angelo!


May 20

14th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival

Rib Cook‑Off, Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Kids Area Craft and Business Vendors BYOB ‑ No Glass Bottles

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“The Electric Light Orchestra Experience” is a multimedia concert celebration of the music of ELO, featuring EVIL WOMAN who are renowned for their brilliant arrangements, the flawless musicianship of their 12 musicians and vocalists, and for their appearances at America’s leading PAC’s, Casinos and Outdoor Festivals including The Broward Center (Ft. Lauderdale), Capitol Theatre (Clearwater), Florida Theatre (Jacksonville), The Tilles Center (Greenvale, NY); The Marcus Center (Milwaukee), Agua Caliente Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino Arena, Resorts Casino Hotel, River City Casino (St. Louis) and outdoor appearances at Cape Cod Melody Tent, Fraze Pavilion (Kettering, OH) and The Great Waters Music Festival among others.

May 29

Memorial Day Service


This event will be on May 29, 2023, starting at 8:00 am, we will have the Ntune quartet and the Icehouse Band, we will also have some speakers and prayers and flag raising ceremony, and the Goodfellow AFB Honor Guard, at the end of the service we will also have sausage wraps and hotdogs. The public is invited to attend this commemorative service in honor of all 1700+ veterans buried in this cemetery.


June 2

Thistle Affair fundraiser for San Angelo Performing Arts Center

8926 Hangar Rd

The Thistle Affair is the premier, annual fundraising event for the San Angelo Performing Arts Center. Established in 2019, the Thistle Affair is centered around providing exceptional, unique, and fun experiences while promoting awareness of the vibrant performing arts ecosystem in San Angelo and the Concho Valley.

This year for the Thistle Affair we invite you to step into a 1940s USO-style Hangar Dance, complete with the Swing Cats Dancers and the Big Band sound of the West Texas Jazz Orchestra.

We will have a vintage warplane at Skyline Aviation flying in from the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force!

1943 T-6 SNJ Texan will serve as a backdrop for the evening just outside of Skyline Aviation.

We invite you to hit the dance floor, enjoy great food, delight in amazing music, and celebrate everything wonderful about the performing arts in the Concho Valley.

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A woman renewing her driver’s license at the County Clerk’s office was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

“What I mean is,” explained the recorder, “do you have a job or are you just a…?”

“Of course, I have a job,” snapped the woman, “I’m a Mom.” “We don’t list ‘Mom’ as an occupation, ‘housewife’ covers it,” said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient and possessed of a high-sounding title like, “Official Interrogator” or “Town Registrar”. “What is your occupation?” she probed. What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out.

“I’m a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.” The Clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared, with wonder, as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire. “Might I ask,” said the clerk with new interest, “just what you do in your field?”

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, “I’ve a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn’t) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors & out). I’m working for my Masters, (the whole darned family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.”

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she completed the form and ushered me to the door. As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants - - ages 13, 7, and

3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a six-month-old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a new beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than “just another Mom”.

Motherhood! What a glorious career! Especially when there’s a title on the door. Does this make grandmothers “Senior Research Associated in the field of Child Development and Human Relations” and great grandmothers “Executive Senior Research Associates”? I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts “Associate Research Assistants.”

May your troubles be less, your blessing be more and nothing, but happiness come through your door!

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Celebrating Local Plein Air Artists!

Watching San Angelo grow into a nationally known arts destination has been very exciting. Our designation as the Visual Arts Capital of Texas is not only something to be quite proud of, but it can also fill our calendars with an amazing variety of arts and cultural events!

On June 6th, join The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts as they celebrate the expanding Artistic Spirit in our community with ‘Fiesta on the Concho’ at “The Envelope Please” event. The evening culminates in an ‘Oscars’ Style announcement on the ‘big screen’ of the 2023 EnPleinAirTEXAS Competition Artists.

One of the premier plein air competitions in the country, EnPleinAirTEXAS (EPAT) brings artists from across the country to paint in San Angelo and on area ranches this October. ‘En plein air’ is the French term for painting on location, out in the open air.

The June 6th event will highlight the 9 past EnPleinAirTEXAS (EPAT) local Competition Artists who have painted in the event, as well as the 2022 ASU Ambassador EPAT Artist. An exhibit and sale of their artwork is complemented by a fiesta-themed evening with music and artistic dishes by local San Angelo chefs.

Step behind the easel of Christoval artist Debbie Carroll, 2020 local EPAT Ambassador Artist to hear how a move to Texas changed the course of her life as an artist – an interesting back story on career choices and good advice for anyone!

Local artists will have lots of opportunities to participate in EnPleinAirTEXAS! First, any artist has until May 31st to apply to be one of the 31 artists who will be selected by juror Kathryn Mapes Turner of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The top four award-winners from 2022 are automatically juried into this year’s event to make a total of 35 participating artists.

Local artists may also volunteer to help during the event, or paint in the open Morning Paint-out at the Chicken Farm on October 28th. Information on all events and opportunities may be found at

Celebrating 10 years this October, EPAT has succeeded because of the generosity of more than 450 volunteers, sponsors, and patrons locally and nationally. Over 1500 paintings by 150 different artists from 36 states and 4 countries now grace homes in our San Angelo area. Those beautiful paintings help us see our city through the eyes of visiting painters who say this is one of their most favorite plein air competitions!

Participation in any of the EnPleinAirTEXAS events directly supports SAMFA’s educational programming that serves 33,000 students annually. Your $50 ticket to ‘Fiesta on the Concho’ will give 5 students a genuine fine art experience.

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Graduation Gifts for that Special Person this May

- Personalized Stationery and Note Cards

- T-SHIRT quilt

- Mobile charger

- Overnight Bag

- Beautiful Piece of Jewelry

- Backpack/Book Bag

- Bicycle

- Small Tool Kit

- Blanket/Throw

- Small Coffee Maker

- Memory Foam Topper

- Gift Cards to Local Restaurants

- Prepaid Visa Card

- Towel (Monogrammed)

- Book Collection

- Cork Board (Personalized)

- Laundry Bag

- Travel Mug

- Papasan Moon Chair

- Shower Shoes

- Shower Container/Holder

- Gas Card

- Gift Card to their College Store

- Stock Shares

- Luggage

- Car Kit

- Experiences, not things (tickets to shows or concert)

- Scentsy warmer and scent packs

- Laundry gift basket with quarters

- Photo Book

- Digital Picture Frame

- Letters from Friends & Family

- Headphones

- Coffee Mug

- Memory Foam Pillow

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For Engraving or Calligraphy, Contact SaritaFawn @ 325-651-2631
Ideas for a Friend Make Their Graduation Day Extra Exciting Ideas for a Child

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!!!

Having a license and insured HVAC contractor’s phone number saved for quick access and trying to avoid a central-air break down during the hot summer months with a unit inspection is so important!!!

Although the central air conditioner does not need to be inspected every year, it is full of low and high voltage wiring, electronics and mechanical components that loosen and wear and should not be ignored until a failure happens. If it has not been looked at in three or more years then scheduling an inspection should be considered to potentially catch loose wires (loose wires cause fires), failing capacitors that are out of manufacture allowable tolerance (capacitors are a common failure in the summer), wearing condensors that will eventually fail, and to check for possible cooling deficiency. Don’t wait until your unit goes out in this heat!!

Info provided by Sarabia Heating and Cooling, 325-757-1270.

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Upcoming Events

June 2Thissle Affair Fundraiser for SAPAC (see page 7) June 7Madagascar, the Musical brought to you by San Angelo Performing Arts Ctr. (see page 3) June 18Paintbrush Alley Market Days After Dark, Pop Art Museum: 125 W Twohig Ave, 7-10 pm


Appreciation Week

May 7-13

see page 18

YMCA Summer Day Camp - see page 8

see page 21

Mariachi Los Pastores Concert

7:00pm FREE

Elta Joyce Murphey Auditorium

Concho Valley Writer’s Club, Tom Green Co. Library, 6:30pm

Carling Sweden Swing Brooks and Bates Th 3:00 pm - 5:00 p see page 7

San Angelo Chorus | City of Stars Brooks and Bates Theater: 82 Gillis St, San Angelo, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Inaugural Season: Ardent Light see page 7

Celebrating local Plein Air Artists see page 9

see page 16

Angel Academy see page 8

Memorial Day Service 8:00am see page 7

Electric Light Orchestra Experience Murphey Performance Hall: 72 W College Ave

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm see page 7

Graduation Gift Ideas - se

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 2 may Save A Life Donate Blood Now Submit your SNAPSHOTS to SA Family Magazine by May 15th (see page 19 for details) 7 8 14 3 Tom Green C Stories, Songs, & Surpri Tail-wagg 1 15 16 17 What is your CAUSE? If Literacy is important to you, please consider giving to the Adult Literacy Council see page 6 Email your calendar events to family 21 22 23 24 Send your events to: see more details about San Angelo events on Around San Angelo pg 7 28 Emmanuel School of Fine Arts FREE Preschool ART Tuesdays, 9:00 am see page 5 (ends on May 23) Emmanuel School of Fine Arts FREE MusikGarten (ages 15mo - 3yrs) Tuesdays, 9:00 am see page 5 (ends on May 25) Emmanuel School FREE MultiGenerational Wednesdays (must registe see page 5 9 10 30 29 Gunhild
26-30Art of Nature: Camp Catfish (Ages 10 - 12) at SAMFA
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ASU Chorale/Chamber Singers Concert FREE 7pm First United Methodist Church, 37 E. Beauregard

Enjoy the angelic voices of this performance titled, “Hope Waits”

Art Thursdays: Every Week 3pm-6pm Enjoy an afternoon of art making in the Education Studio!

Mother's Day Mosey, Downtown San Angelo 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm see page 7

Phantom of the Opera presented by Broadway Academy see page 15

Need help co-parenting? see page 17

Household Hazardous Waste Collection see page 22

May Flower Power Pottery Date Night Make clay flower vases for spring! Contact SAMFA

Roger Creager at Belts, Buckles and Pearls see page 7

Moebius Fun Run & Walk 315 E. Twohig Ave. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm see page 7

14th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival see page 7

Contemporary Works: Everybody Moves presented by Ballet San Angelo FREE 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm The Brooks & Bates Theatre see page 7

All Summer!!!! see page 14 FMI

May 2023 san angelo family 13 y Thursday Friday Saturday Please verify date and location on any events before you go! Some info may change. Visit us on Facebook or go to 26 19 20 ‘23 5 6 4 11 12 Do you need help paying for housing or utilities? Concho Valley Community Action Agency might help. 325-653-2411 The Veterans and First Responders Breakfast VFW, San Angelo Elks Lodge # 1880 at 2121 S. Chadbourne. Free breakfast is from 7:30-9:30am ounty Library Wednesdays ises 10 & 10:30 gin' Tutors 3:30 325-655-7321 18 and add us on Facebook 25 27
Emmanuel School of Fine Arts FREE Preschool MusikGarten (ages 2- 5 yrs) Thursdays, 9:00 am see page 5 (ends on May 25) of Fine Arts Guitar Circle s, 12-1 er) Emmanuel School of Fine Arts FREE Youth Choir grades 2 - 5, Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:15 pm see page 5 (must register)
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Emmanuel School of Fine Arts FREE Youth Choir grades 6 - 12, Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm see page 5 (must register) Drivers NEEDED!! Meals
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The child asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

A Tribute to “Mom”...

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name." God said, “You will simply call her "Mom."

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Ella Saves the Oceans is proud to partner with Trex Company on their



They will be collecting plastic bags and plastic film to be recycled with Trex. She needs to collect 500 lbs between May 1 and Oct 31. With your help, she can reach her goal.

Trex will donate a community bench in her honor. The bench is made of 95% recycled plastic materials. Check out the items that she will be collecting and take them to one of her Drop-Off Location Partners:

San Angelo Chamber Of Commerce

BRI - Butts Recycling and Concho Valley Regional Food Bank

For more info, check out her website: #ellasavestheoceansproject #seaturtles #saveoceanlife #saveseaturtles #recycle #reuse @trexcompany @conchovalleyfoodbank @angelochamber Keep San Angelo Beautiful Keep Texas Beautiful

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Are you having a tough time co-parenting. Maybe an app to help coordinate children might be the answer. The best app for co-parenting depends on your family's needs and wants. Perhaps you want a shared tool to improve communication and keep all important information in one place. Or maybe your relationship with the other parent is still on shaky ground and you need something that allows you to stay in touch while keeping disagreements and negativity to a minimum.

Here are a few co-parenting app options so you could find the best one for your situation. Bonus: Many of them offer free basic versions or free trial periods so you can try a few of them to figure out what works for you both.


Are you Trying to Co-Parent???

Cozi wasn't specifically created with co-parents in mind, but its simple design and cool features make it one of the best free co-parenting apps. You can set up shared calendars, create to-do lists and share photos and recipes — with minimal stress. The basic version is free, making it a good first family calendar app if you want to try something out before making a financial commitment, and anyone — kids, grandparents, sitters, etc. — can access the shared calendar, get reminders, and see lists.

Cost: Free from any computer or mobile device (Android and iOS), with in-app upgrades available.


Although it's not exclusively for co-parents, FamCal has tons of features that can improve family connection, such as a shared calendar for important dates, events, tasks, and notes. It can be color-coded for family members, which makes it ideal for families with lots of kids with different schedules, activities, and commitments. It's a great way to keep those lines of communication open without having to talk on the phone or use text or email, which can often be difficult for co-parents, particularly in the early stages of separation or divorce.

Cost: The basic version of the app is free on both Android and iOS, with options to upgrade.


A divorced couple created the OurFamilyWizard platform to help keep communication between co-parents as harmonious as possible. Each parent has their own account, and can then add as many third-party, child, and professional accounts as they require at no extra cost, for example for grandparents, mediators and therapists. The optional extra ToneMeter works a little like a spellchecker, picking up on negative tones in a message and giving you an alternative that's less likely to start an argument. It also logs communication, giving you easy access to accurate records for use in court proceedings.

Cost: Flexible subscriptions to the online platform start at $99 for one year, with a 30-day money-back guarantee. ToneMeter costs an additional $10 per year, and the mobile app is free on Android and iOS.


Coparently provides a set of digital communication tools to make scheduling, communicating, tracking expenses, and sharing and updating contact details and important information easier for co-parents. It’s easy to use, and you can add your kids to the account to let them contribute to scheduling, make requests, etc., which makes it a good choice for families with teenagers who want to have a say in the decision-making process.

Cost: Coparently costs $99 per year or $9.99 per month per parent, but you can try it for free for 30 days to see if it works for you.

Custody Connection

If agreeing — and sticking to — a custody schedule is a constant headache, Custody Connection could make it easier. It's based on a central calendar with a synchronized custody schedule, and parents can make "trade requests" via the app if they need to switch custody dates. The app automatically records whether requests are accepted or denied and updates both parents' calendars to reflect the change, which helps keep misunderstandings to a minimum.

Cost: Free to download on iOS, with in-app upgrades available. It's not yet available on Android.


Parentship has everything you need to commit to organized co-parenting: a customized dashboard to show upcoming events, reminders to ensure you never forget those events, coordinated calendars, a "smart" profile for each child, and a digital document center for things like insurance providers, birth certificates, social security numbers, and passport. You can also integrate your Google Calendar with Parentship to add already scheduled events.

Cost: Free for the first month, then $39.99 per year or $3.99 per month.


2Houses makes it easy to organize a custody schedule, manage kids' expenses, upload photos and notes, and exchange all necessary information, such as medical notes and school details. It also comes with a messaging service and mediator access via the web and mobile devices. The pricing is per family, not per parent, making it more affordable than other similar co-parenting apps.

Cost: $9.99 per family per month, but you can try it for free for 14 days to decide if you want to sign up. The app is free on both iOS and Android, with in-app purchases available.

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Beyond An Apple For The Teacher...

An apple for the teacher? Banners in the sky? How will you celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7 - 13, 2023

Begin a "Teacher Feature"—Place it on a bulletin board near the school office. Each day, display a teacher's picture and profile of him or her: hobbies, background, quotes, and philosophy of education.

Make an Award—Develop a certificate of appreciation with your school logo on it. Make enough copies to distribute to all teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, and other support staff in the school.

Provide Help— If you hold a special event for teachers, provide them with volunteers who can manage their classrooms while the teachers attend the event.

Host a breakfast or lunch for the teachers, teachers' aides, and other school support staff. Invite the superintendent, district personnel, school board members, and prominent community leaders to participate with PTA members in demonstrating appreciation for teachers.

Give Gift Certificates—Present each teacher with a gift certificate to help purchase all those little extras needed in their classrooms.

Say Thanks—Send a notice home with all students to request that their parents take time to write a personal note to their children's teachers, thanking them for the special time and effort they have provided throughout the year.

Give Small Gifts—Each morning of Teacher Appreciation Week, place a small gift on each teacher's desk. Examples: apples, balloons, pencils, coupons for ice cream cones, flowers, plants, stickers, bookmarks, keychains, notepads, and such.

Send Flowers—Send a flower arrangement or plant to the teacher's lounge in your school.

Plant a Reminder—Plant a tree, flowers, or a vegetable garden on the school property in honor of the teachers.

"Adopt" a Teacher—Ask local businesses to help show appreciation to the teachers by "adopting" a teacher for the week. Display students' drawings, cards, and stories about this teacher in the store window.

Guess a Favorite Book—Ask the teachers to name their favorite book from their childhood. List the books and let the students try to match the book with the teacher.

Develop a Scholarship—Have your high school PTO honor teaching as a career by presenting a scholarship to a student planning a career in teaching.

Make a List—Work with students to develop a list of five nice things to do for their teacher. Have each student pledge to do one each day during Teacher Appreciation Week. Be sure to help them identify realistic activities that they can do.

Make a Donation—Honor retiring teachers by making a donation to a teacher education scholarship in their name.

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Reagan having fun at the fair!! Mila enjoying Easter with her family Easton is styling!! Leighton giving a horse some love!!! Kreed, Gatlin and Hudson - Aces and moo cows wild!! Kovyn Kainoa and Broyce - brotherly love Brazos deep in conversation with her great grandfather


Email meeting information to Please include contact information. SAFM reserves the right to determine if the meeting will be included. PLEASE verify any meeting dates and times as changes could be made after our print date.

Adult Diabetes Support Group -2nd Thurs. 6:30pm. Trinity Lutheran Fellowship hall. Leslie Hines 323-657-8249

Aglow International, San Angelo Lighthouse - every 1st Thurs, 6:30pm, Ministerial Alliance, 1100 Martin Luther King Dr., pot luck supper, all are welcome. FMI 325-653-9975

Alcoholics Anonymous, 3711 Chadbourne, San Angelo, TX 76901. A phone number for all AA groups in San Angelo is (325) 939-8939. New website-Meetings listing:

Al-Anon - 1917 W. Avenue N, help for those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. FMI 800-259-1972 or or

Alzheimer’s Assoc. Support Groups - 438 E. Houston Harte Expy or for full list & FMI 1-800-272-3900

American Legion Post 32 - 2nd Mon, 7p, 165 E 43rd Street. FMI Post Adjutant 325-653-1958..

American Legion Post 572 - 3rd Saturday, 9 am breakfast, 10 am meeting, Elks Lodge, 2121 S. Chadbourne, FMI 325-655-7648 (Carl Frentz) or

Assn of Asian-American Women- 2nd of the month in person or via zoom. For more information call Mimi Clark at 563.650.1029 or visit:

Breastfeeding Community Gathering, Every Thurs.(excluding holiday), 11:00am, FREE, Shannon Women’s & Children’s Hospital Family Room, FMI: Amanda John 325-481-6326

Brush & Brag Decorative Painter's, 3rd Sat., 9am, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2506 Johnson Street (Fellowship Hall) FMI Kathleen Daniel 227-6833,

Canyon Creek Cloggers - Mon. & Thurs., 5:30-7:00, 320 W. Ave N (Sam Houston Elem. cafeteria).FMI Karen-949-4204/374-6289.

Civil Air Patrol – every Thur, Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at San Angelo Airport, 6:30p-9p, age 12 & up with interest in aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Contact: or

Compassionate Friends Support Group - Thursdays, 6:30 pm, Harmony room at First United Methodist Church (corner of Twohig and Chadbourne). Park on the second floor of parking garage of Cactus Hotel. Come through double glass doors. Contact Peggy Mathias

Concho Porcelain Art Club, 2nd Monday at 9:30 p.m. Sept-May of each year at Artful Musings Art Studio located at 416 W. Ave. D – Contact Lola Squyres 325-763-9900

Concho Valley Archeological Society, Non Profit Organization, Meetings 4th Thursday each month except July & December, 7:00 pm, Classroom at the Fort Concho Living History Stables, 236 Henry O. Flipper St. San Angelo, FMI Larry Riemenschneider 325-653-8216

Concho Valley CARES Coalition - 1st Wed., 12:00-1:00pm, SAISD Admin Building, 1621 University Ave, FMI Jennifer Flores, (325)224-3481 or Sarah Adame, (325)224-3481

Concho Valley Quilters Guild - Wed., 28 N Chadbourne, parking in the back, 9:30-2:30 pm. We hand-quilt for the public & members. Visitors/New members welcome! FMI 325-227-8713.

Concho Valley Photography Club- 2nd Saturday ea. month, 9:30 am, online Zoom meetings, open to all levels of photographers.

Concho Valley Republican Women 4th Thursday luncheon (January-October), 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Riverview Restaurant, 880 W Ave D, San Angelo, TX 76903. Open to the public. For FMI and RSVP go to

Concho Valley Retired Teachers and Associates (CVRTA) Second Tuesday of the month (Sep-May), 9:30 am, at First Christian Church, 29 S Chadbourne, San Angelo.

Concho Valley Telephone Pioneer Club - 3rd Friday, Rio Concho Manor Rec. Rm 12 noon, lunch 11:30. Different speaker each month. FMI Rhonda Nichols @ (325) 656-5301

Concho Valley Turning Point: (Faith-Based 12 Step) Tues 7pm, (Anger Mgmt.) Thurs 7pm, (Bible Study) Mon & Fri 7pm, (Transitional Housing for Men), meet @528 E. Highland Blvd. FMI: 325-658-1389,, Hope, Believe & Achieve Here!

Desk and Derrick, 2nd Wed., 11:30am, SA Country Club, 1609 Country Club Road. Reservations: Kelly Clifton, 325-942-2237 or kelly.clifton@angelo.edugo,

Disability Connections Center - monthly peer support groups, computer classes, cooking classes and arts & crafts classes, FMI call 325-227-6624 or 325-227-6625,

Disabled American Veterans' Auxiliary - 1st Thurs, 5:30 p.m., 1909 Pulliam, FMI: Maria Torres, 653-9059

Down Syndrome Support Group - 2nd Thur, even numbered months, 6:00pm, Region 15, Open to individuals with Down Syndrome/families/friends. Child Care and light meal provided. FMI Karyn at 227-3716 or Kathy at 325-651-9593

Embroidery Guild of America 3rd Tues 7PM, St.Paul Presbyterian Church, 11 Park St., FMI Leslie Wisdom

Fleet Reserve Assn (FRA) Branch 295 - 3rd Sat, 11a, Elks Lodge, 2121 S. Chadbourne, FMI 325-942-8036 (Terry Cook, Branch Secretary)

Greater San Angelo Crafts Guild 3rd Sun, 2:30p, St. Paul Presbyterian, 11 N Park, Visitors welcome. FMI 949.8206

Hanging By A Thread Quilt Club - 2nd Mon, 7p, Suez Shrine Temple, FMI Louise Lathram, 325-703-4664.

Le Coterie Society Club of San Angelo - 2nd Saturday each month, St Mark Presbyterian Church, 11am-12pm, FMI: Helen 325-262-8563 or Ronetta 325-653-7574

Lone Star Cloggers every Mon. & Wed. 5:30-8pm V.F.W. Hall/125 S. Browning Street. We welcome former cloggers and anyone interested in learning. FMI: Beverly Grenda 653-6448

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, Sat. Feb. 29, 10 - 11 am, Downtown Branch of Tom Green County Library, 2nd floor, FMI or call 806-252-2158

NAACP - 1st Sat, 2-3:30p, Ministerial Alliance Campus, 1100 MLK Blvd., FMI

Overeaters Anonymous (HOW) - call hotline for locations and times. 325-482-8899

Parents Anonymous - Every Thurs, 6p-7:30p, 317 Koberlin, free childcare, FMI 653-4673.

Parents Helping Parents - 3rd Tues. WTRC Admin. bldg, 12-1:00pm. Light meal provided, RSVP. FMI Barby Nobles, 223-6473.Open to all children, families, friends with special needs.

Parkinson’s Support Group, 4th Monday, 5:30, Glen Meadows Baptist Church Rm 104, 6002 Knickerbocker RD., FMI 325 949-0970

San Angelo Amateur Radio Club (SAARC) - 2nd Thurs,, 7:00pm, the clubhouse, 5513 Stewart Lane, Mathis Field Airport. Open to any Amateur Radio operators FMI

San Angelo Art Club-1st Mon, 7p, Kendall Gallery, 119 W 1st St,,, or

San Angelo Astronomy Assoc - 1st Mon, 7p, ASU Planetarium. FMI 325-277-6139 or

San Angelo Chess Club Mondays except holidays, 6-8 pm, downtown library, 33 W. Beauregard, Suggs Community Room (3rd floor) or occasionally in library lobby. Sets provided. Casual and USCF-rated games. 325-853-2324. Free.

San Angelo Dream Center, Mons., 6-8pm, 1928 MLK Blvd. Christ Powered Recovery, 12 Step Faith based recovery group. Probation/Parole approved. FMI Jeff Matheny 325-234-9958.

San Angelo Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) 1st Tue, Sept -May, 7p, Trinity Lutheran, Fellowship Hall, 3536 Lutheran Way. Free & open to the public. Refreshments provided. FMI (325) 268-0973,, or

San Angelo Republican Women - 1st Mon, San Angelo VFW, 125 S. Browning, 6:00 p.m. Free/open to the public. "Boots on the Ground!" FMI:

San Angelo TEA Party 2nd Tues., 507 N. Chadbourne St. annex building next to Transit/Bus Station, 6 to 7:30 p.m. contact 325-227-8982

San Angelo Toastmasters Thursdays, Zoom Meetings at 5:30-6:30, FMI Hilda Guffey, 325-450-7044,

San Angelo Writers' Club 3rd Tues, 6:30pm, TGC Stephens downtown library lobby, FMI 374-0638.

Space To Be Me (Youth Support Group, ages 12-18), Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Open Arms office (113 N. Harrison), FMI or contact Jon Zachariah - 325-655-2000 (LGBT+ Support Group)

SMART Recovery - free group support for people experiencing addictions. Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at 133 W Concho Ave #110, San Angelo, TX 76903. FMI call (325)-944-2561. Texas Veterans for Veterans - Tuesdays, 7:15am-9:30am, 1905 Pulliam, designed to help local needy veterans and their families. FMI 325-656-9562

The Survivor Sisters 1st Thurs., 5:30pm, Cancer Empowerment & Resource Center/Shannon Clinic, 102 N. Magdalen St. Female cancer survivors & friends/caregivers welcome. FMI  Katie Hill, at 325-481-2065.

TOPS TX 0136 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) - Weight Loss Group, Thurs, 7-8pm, Calvary Baptist Fellowship Center, 2401 Armstrong, San Angelo. FMI – 325-653-1045 or 325-656-8167.

Veteran SMART Recovery - free support for people experiencing addictions. Weds, 6-7pm, Cactus Hotel (36 E Twohig Ave. #110, San Angelo). FMI Steven Keihl 325-944-2561.

VFW POST 1815 - 10:00am, 3rd Sat., 125 S. Browning. FMI John Muckleroy, 655-6550

Vietnam Veterans of America -1st Thurs, 6:30p, 119 N. Chadbourne, FMI 949-3059

Women’s Veterans Society, every 3rd Thursday at 5:30 pm. 125 S. Browning St. For more information, email us at

Young Professionals of San Angelo, 3rd Thurs, Visitor Center's Riverview Room, 12-1pm. FMI: or

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San Angelo ISD is excited and proud to announce our Class of 2023 graduation ceremonies

celebrating Central High School, Lake View High School and PAYS students are scheduled to be held in-person at the following dates, times and locations:

● Central High School – Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 9:00 am at the Angelo State University Junell Center/Stephens Arena,

● Lake View High School – Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 11:30 am at Foster Communications Coliseum, and

● PAYS – Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 6:00 pm at Angelo State University CJ Davidson Conference Center.

All ceremonies will be live-streamed from the District website at

Additionally, the ceremonies will be recorded and uploaded to the SAISD YouTube channel and broadcast on SAISDtv, Optimum Channel 4 in San Angelo. Further details will be provided by the respective campus closer to the event. Great effort and planning are being invested into making this a special occasion for all of our students and their families. We look forward to recognizing our future-ready graduates in their caps and gowns at this important milestone and stepping off point for their future. Follow the San Angelo ISD Facebook, Twitter, and website,, for related updates, to see how we celebrate our Class of 2023 graduates, and to stay up-to-date on San Angelo ISD.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Event

San Angelo’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Event is on May 6th at the Coliseum from 8:00am (Event Check-in is 7:30am). WE NEED YOU to assist us with the Hazardous Waste Event. It takes over 100 volunteers to make this go smoothly and we are hoping you can register a team today. There will be about 10 stations requiring 4-6-8 per station. This event also provides teambuilding and service hours, along with am snack and afternoon BBQ lunch. Please join us and register a team today! (325) 486-3771.

SAVE THE DATE: San Angelo Gives is on May 2, 2023.

San Angelo Gives is a powerful 24-hour, online giving event that connects the Concho Valley with community nonprofits to reinforce the value of both local philanthropic giving and community engagement. LOCAL nonprofits' involvement in the event will give members of our community the chance to find and support an organization whose mission aligns with their passion.

Throughout the day, individuals may view online profiles of participating organizations who serve San Angelo and the Concho Valley and can make charitable gifts on to support their favorite causes. For more information on how to donate visit or call our office at 325-947-7071.

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