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What’s Inside . . . . . . . On The Cover

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20 Ways to Teach Your Kids Good Deeds

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Tom Green County Library News

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10 San Angelo Art Club Workshops & Exhibitions 12 Community Calendar photo by Carolyn Miller Anson Jude LaCombe wishes you a Happy Valentine’s and hopes your whole month of February is full of fun and love. Anson is 15 months old and is such a handsome little man. His parents are Andrew & Jordan LaCombe. His proud grandparents are Jeff & Lois Power and Larry & Raphaele LaCombe. He loves playing outside, giving hugs, eating, dogs, kids, and hats. So of course he had to have on a red cap for Valentine’s!! Thank you to Eggemeyer’s for letting us have some fun on their adorable white rocking chairs! Send us your SNAPSHOTS! Its a great way to see your kids in the magazine and share the joy of all they do!

15 Watoto African Children’s Choir from Uganda 16 The People/Plant Connection Updates 17

18 A Guide to Teach Your Children Independence 19 Around San Angelo 20 Meetings Around San Angelo 21 Elks Lodge Scholarships 22 Heartfelt Thanks

San Angelo Family is published monthly by Ink Publications, LLC. We welcome letters, articles, artwork, and photographs from our readers and the community. We reserve the right to edit, reject, or comment editorially on all material contributed. Enclose a selfaddressed, stamped envelope for any items to be returned. We cannot be responsible for the return of any unsolicited material. You may email us anytime at family@wcc.net. All rights reserved. Any reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission. ©san angelo family 2024

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Good Deeds: 20 Ways Your Kids Can Make The Community A Better Place For Everyone Tanni Haas, Ph.D. February 14-20 is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a great occasion to teach your kids the value of caring for the community in which they live, especially those community members who can’t care as well for themselves. Here are 20 practical suggestions on what they can do: Visit sick kids at the hospital. This is a wonderful gesture during the holidays or school breaks where everyone else is having fun. Donate clothing and food to a homeless shelter. That will teach your kids the value of giving to those much less fortunate than themselves. Help senior citizens learn to use technology, like how to search the internet, send emails, and navigate their smartphones Offer to paint a less well-maintained house in the neighborhood. There’s always that one house that could use some sprucing up. Help coach a sports team with younger kids. This can be any sport they are good at or just like playing. Assist senior citizens by helping them with their groceries or running errands around town. Ask the library if they need tutors for younger kids in reading, writing, and basic math. Volunteer for a clean-up day at a park. It’s needed in many places and a lot of fun to do, too. Help out at charity shops. These shops rely on volunteers and can always use another helping hand. Visit the residents at a nursing home or assisted living facility. Many residents get less visits from family and friends than most people realize. Organize a back-to-school supplies drive for kids whose families have fallen on hard times. Contact a school to see if they need a homework tutor for its after-school program. Kids might be more relatable to other kids. Help care for the animals at the animal shelter. There’s nothing like giving a little love to an abandoned dog or cat. Organize a community get-together at the community center. This could be a movie screening, a dance, or a group activity that encourages collaboration and bonding. Donate books such as textbooks and test prep manuals to local schools. Walk the dogs for neighbors who are injured, sick or otherwise unable to exercise their pets with daily outdoor walks. Help out at a community garden planting flowers, vegetables, weeding, watering or just helping with upkeep and maintenance. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Many people do this at Thanksgiving or during the holidays, but the need is there all year round. Read books or newspapers to the visually impaired. Help senior citizens with seasonal tasks like raking leaves in the fall, shoveling snow in the winter, or mowing the grass in the summer.

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West Texas Tabletop Convention Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sugg Community Room, Stephens Central Join the fun Saturday and Sunday for tabletop gaming, tournaments, demos, workshops, vendors and more! Our STEAM Central Makerspace will supply the dice, cards, and table top library for all things gaming! Be on the lookout for prizes, too! We'll have local vendors available with the latest gaming accessories, amongst other special items for purchase. We can't wait to game with you, your friends, and family. Fun for all ages! Free, as always.

Explore Your World Camp What: Explore Your World, STEAM Spring Break Family Engineering Camp When: March 11-15, 9:30 AM - noon Where: TGCL Stephen's Central Library Sugg Community Room For: 4th - 6th graders and their adults. How: Registration opens February 15, 2024, at 9 AM on the TGCL website. Space limited to 25 participants. Details: Want to learn how to safely use tools and build some cool toys using simple machines and basic craft supplies and household items? This camp might be just the ticket!

Music in Literature at North Branch A melodious Story time with local musician Ellen Myer 2/27/24 4:30pm

Children’s Author Visit: Tammi Sauer Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Children's book author Tammi Sauer will be joining us at North Angelo Branch Library, at 3001 N. Chadbourne Street for two free presentations. The first is at 11:00 AM and geared for ages K/1. The second is at 2:00 PM and geared for ages 2/3. Both are open to the public! Crafts available too! Stop by North Angelo Branch Library anytime after 11 AM to get a free hardcover book, while supplies last!

Get Crafty! 2/24/24 9am-9pm

Stephens Children’s Dept Tots & Blocks: 10-11 am Monday’s Lil' Socrates Club: 12-2pm Monday’s Art Cart: 4-5pm Tuesday’s Stories Songs and Surprises: Wednesday and Thursdays at 10:30am

YA, Teen Republic Movie + Craft: Cinderella (2015, PG) Friday, February 16, 2024 at 2-4 PM This event is in-person and for Teen Republic patrons (grades 6-12), free of charge. The Teen Scene Social: 4-6pm Tuesdays Draw Together: 2-4pm Saturday’s

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How to Miss a Childhood Sometimes getting caught up in technology can cause problems that are long term. We all need to slow down and enjoy the time we get to spend with our kids. Take the time being spent on the phone and put it towards the kids. Don’t wake up tomorrow and regret that your kid’s childhood was missed. - Keep your phone turned on at all times of the day. Allow the rings, beeps, and buzzes to interrupt your child midsentence; always let the caller take priority. - Carry your phone around so much that when you happen to leave it in one room your child will come running with it proudly in hand, treating it more like a much needed breathing apparatus than a communication device. - Decide the app you’re playing is more important than throwing the ball in the yard with your kids. Even better, yell at them to leave you alone while you play your game. - Take your children to the zoo and spend so much time on your phone that your child looks longingly at the mother who is engaged with her children and wishes she/he was with her instead. - While you wait for the server to bring your food or the movie to start, get out your phone and stare at it despite the fact your child sits inches away longing for you talk to him/her. - Go to your child’s sporting event and look up periodically from your phone thinking he/she won’t notice that you are not fully focused on his/her game. - Check your phone first thing in the morning … even before you kiss, hug, or greet the people in your family. - Neglect daily rituals like tucking your child into bed or nightly dinner conversation because you are too busy with your online activity. - Don’t look up from your phone when your child speaks to you or just reply with an “uh huh” so she thinks you were listening. - Lose your temper with your child when he/she “bothers” you while you are interacting with your hand-held electronic device. - Give an exasperated sigh when your child asks you to push her on the swing. Can’t he/she see you’re busy? - Use drive time to call other people regardless of the fact you could be talking to your kids about their day—or about their worries, their fears, or their dreams. - Read email and text messages at stoplights. Then tell yourself that when your kids are old enough to drive they won’t remember you did this all the time. - Have the phone to your ear when he/she gets in or out of the car. Convince yourself a loving hello or goodbye is highly overrated. By doing those things, you will end up with: - Missed opportunities for human connection - Fewer chances to create beautiful memories - Lack of connection to the people most precious to you - Inability to really know your children and them unable to know you - Overwhelming regret If you find this difficult to read - if you find that you have tears in your eyes, maybe it is time to make some changes. It is not easy to consider the possibility that the distractions of the modern age have taken an undeserved priority over the people who matter in your life. Yes, it is the 21st century. Yes, the whole world is online. Yes, the communications for your job are important. Yes, at times you must be readily available. But despite all those factors, you do not have to sacrifice your child’s childhood; nor do you have to sacrifice your life. May I suggest this instead: - Look into his/her eyes when he/she speaks to you … Your uninterrupted gaze is love to your child. - Take time to be with him/her—really be with him/her by giving your full attention … The gift of your total presence is love to your child. - Hold /his/her hand, rub his/her back, listen to his/her heart beat, and smooth his/her hair … Your gentle touch is love to your child. - Greet him/her like you missed him/her when she was not in your presence … Seeing your face light up when you see him/her is love to your child. - Play with him/her … Your involvement in his/her activities is love to your child. - Set an example of being distraction-free while driving … Positive role modeling behind the wheel is love (and safety) to your child. - Create a distraction-free daily ritual … Consistently making him a priority each day is love to your child. - Focus and smile at him/her from the stands, sidelines, or the audience … Seeing the joy on your face as you watch is love to your child. - Whether it is for ten minutes, two hours, or an entire Saturday, beautiful human connection, memory making, and parent-child bonding can occur every single time you let go of distraction to grasp what really matters. 8

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Snapshots is a perfect way to share your best photos. We are looking for cute home snapshots (no professional photos, or school pics). Think of an original caption and email to family@wcc.net. Please be certain to use the word snapshots in the subject and include the information below on this page. *Photo publication cannot be guaranteed due to the large volume of photos received.

Adeline says “let me taste this!”

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Building a playhouse for my sister!!

Hendrix, Saegun, Daxtyn, Mavrik and Brody just a little cousin time at Disney World

You're never too old to play in the snow

Ice cream makes everything better!!

Want to see your kids in San Angelo Family Magazine? Send your snapshot photos to us for the monthly SNAPSHOTS section. No professional photos, school pictures or sports pictures taken by a professional. We want simple snapshots of your kids. The email must have all the required information including permission to print your child’s photo and name. Email to: family@wcc.net by February 15, 2024 to be considered for the March issue. Include: Child’s name, Parent’s name, Contact phone number or email, Permission to print child’s photo/name, Your favorite caption One photo per entry, please. Submitted photos and info will serve as a “photo release,” allowing Ink Publications, LLC the rights to use the photo in any publications. San Angelo Family Magazine

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Spring will bring exhibitions and workshops for the San Angelo Art Club The San Angelo Art Club has a busy year of exhibitions and workshops planned for 2024. They offer about four major exhibitions each year. Some of these exhibitions are juried and winners are awarded cash prizes. SAAC enjoys showing the talents of their members and other artists in Texas. For information and details about the current exhibitions, refer to their website: sanangeloartclub.org. The next major exhibition will be in March. It will feature the work of all members of the San Angelo Art Club-SAAC. This is a yearly show for the club to showcase the excellent work of its members, active and associate. Entries will include all media and any subject matter. The exhibitions are held at the Kendall Art Gallery, home of the San Angelo Art Club. The Kendall is located at 119 W. First Street, San Angelo. For details about the exhibit and gallery openings and times, check out their website: sanangeloartclub.org. Other exhibitions planned will be the Myers “Fietsta in Realism” in June. The “West Texas Regional” Exhibition will be in September. They will end their year with the annual “Active Members Show”. As you can see there is an exciting year planned for artists to display their works and the opportunity to win cash prizes. Last year, SAAC hosted two workshops for artists, new and seasoned, to learn new techniques and media. Their plans for this year, is to add two more workshops. At this time there will be a colored pencil workshop in the summer. They are planning a workshop in oils and one in acrylics. Watch for upcoming workshops on their website. If you would like to join SAAC, for only $35 per year, you will get discounts for entry fees at the major exhibitions. Members get the opportunity to welcome visitors to the gallery during exhibitions showings, as well. SAAC members meet monthly on the first Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. and have a program at 7 p.m. It’s a time to meet other local artists and enjoy talking about their favorite media. To join SAAC, see their membership page on their website. You’ll see all the benefits of being a member. The San Angelo Art Club was formed in 1928 and is the oldest art club in Texas. They pride themselves on the quality of art they display in their exhibitions. Artists from all over Texas enter their art shows. Artists can sell their pieces with a small commission going to SAAC for care and maintenance of the Kendall Art Gallery. During an exhibition, the gallery is open: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The Kendall is open every Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members of the club host the openings and there is no fee to visit the Kendall. For more information about the San Angelo Art Club, visit their website: sanangeloartclub.org. or follow them on Facebook.

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Lego Robotics, Private Music Lessons, Art Classes, Band, Choir Orchestra and much more! see page 5 for more information

Stephens Central Library Inbetweeners Club, Tuesdays 2pm Age 9-12 only, Pre-registration required at tgclibrary.com

What is your CAUSE? If Literacy is important to you, please consider giving to the Adult Literacy Council nld.org/adult-literacy-councilconcho-valley

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Spring Theatre classes at Broadway Academy

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Stephens Central Library The teen scene social Tuesdays 4-6pm Young Adult grades 6-12 only Teen Republic Room

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Do you need help paying for housing or utilities? Concho Valley Community Action Agency might help. www.cvcaa.org 325-653-2411

JBF going on February 7-10. see page 15 FMI

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February 29th Christian House of Prayer - Free Concert WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR see page 14

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On Thursday, February 29th, 2024, the Christian House of Prayer San Angelo in cooperation with several community organizations will once again welcome the Watoto African Children Choir from Uganda. The choir travels around the country to raise awareness about the work of their Watoto orphanage through education and community responsibility in their village. They share their faith in Christ as the answer to sexual abuse, domestic violence HIV, and poverty. They work alongside the most vulnerable in their society to rescue individuals and raise each one as a leader in their sphere of life so that, in turn, they will rebuild the nation. In a time of civil war, the Watoto Church was planted in Kampala, Uganda to speak hope and life to the nation. Since then, Watoto has placed thousands of orphans in families, empowered vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children’s choirs across six continents. The Watoto (Swahili for children) Children’s Choir has performed before royalty and world leaders at Buckingham Palace, at the White House and at many national parliaments across the globe. Wherever they go, audiences are inspired as the children sing, dance and celebrate their stories of hope. For over 30 years, the challenges facing their nation have changed, but the vision remains the same. Their key needs include housing, healthcare support, employment and education for their children. The concert will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., doors will open at 5:15 to the public. The church address is 333 West Avenue C. All attendees can expect to be blessed by the energy and passion the children express during the concert. For more information please visit their website www.chop-sa.org

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Winter has arrived and gardeners are surely looking forward to spring. However, there are activities gardeners can do during the few warm days scattered throughout the cold ones. The gardening class sponsored by The People/Plant Connection will educate beginner and experienced gardeners how to take care of their roses and what roses are best for the Concho Valley. Reservations are being taken for the new class coming in March. A new class is coming in March. The “Hands-on Gardening Class” will kick off March 28 with Allison Schwarz, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Horticulturist, talking about “Spring Vegetable Gardening”. Allison will talk about the techniques for preparing the soil in your new or established vegetable garden. She will also discuss the best varieties that grow well in the Concho Valley. A special activity will follow the class. Attendees will go to the outdoor classroom and prepare a planting tray of vegetable seeds to take home. You’ll leave with the start of a great vegetable garden. The class is on Thursday, March 28 from 1-2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Angelo West Branch Library, 2013 Vista del Arroyo in San Angelo. The cost is $20 per person including supplies for the seed starting tray. Reservations are requested by Monday, March 18 to assure supplies for the special activity. Space is limited so call 325-656-3104 or go to the website: www.peopleplantconnection.org in the contact section to reserve your seat. While in the outdoor classroom attendees will get to visit the new garden site. The February Lunch ‘n’ Learn class will be February 23 from Noon until 1 p.m. The speaker for these classes is Allison Schwartz, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Horticulturist. The subject for the February class will be “Roses 101”. Allison will show attendees how to plant and take care of their new roses and the techniques for roses to keep them producing their beautiful blooms. While we don’t serve lunch, people on their lunch hour are encouraged to bring their lunch. Cost of the class is $10 and it is held at the Agrilife Extension office on the first floor of the Edd B. Keys Building, 113 W. Beauregard in San Angelo. Reservations are requested by calling 325656-3104 or go to the website: www.peopleplantconnection.org in the contact section. The Winter-Spring Session of the adult art classes are in full swing. There are seats available in both classes. The classes are held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The classes are held at the Kendall Art Gallery, 119 W. 1st Street in San Angelo. The Winter-Spring session will cover watercolors, acrylics and water-base oils. The session runs through May. The cost of each class is $12 plus supplies. To save on supplies, we share paints whenever possible and there is a $10 supply fee for each project. This class is for beginners as well as intermediate painters. Must be 18 or older. For questions or to register, call 325-656-3104. Funds raised in the art classes go toward the PPC programs and garden project. The PPC is looking for new members with their annual Membership Drive, which continues through March each year. They are looking for new members who would like to help support their mission of bringing the joy of gardening to people of all ages and abilities. This year, the funds raised from the 2024 Membership Drive will go towards planting perennial plants in their new garden located at the Angelo West Branch Library. Annual memberships are $30. The PPC is totally run by volunteers so all of the funds will go to the garden project. Members get discounts from the Industry Sponsors. They also receive discounts on the gardening classes and adult art classes. Members will be kept up-to-date with a quarterly newsletter with the class schedule and gardening tips. They will also receive a monthly Newsbrief as a reminder of the upcoming classes and events. If a membership isn’t for you, they accept donations, as well. To pay by mail, send a check to: PPC, 3226 Briargrove Lane, San Angelo, TX 76904. To pay by credit card, go to: www.peopleplantconnection.org. Join or donate and your money will go to their education garden. Watch for Youth Gardening Classes Spring Session to start in March or April. The program is for children ages 4 yr-to 5th grades. For information or to register your child, call 325-656-3104 or go to the website: www.peopleplantconnection.org.

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If we want our children to be happy and healthy individuals, we have to wake up and get back to basics. It is still possible! Many families see immediate improvements after weeks of implementing the following recommendations: • Set limits and remember that you are the captain of the ship. Your children will feel more confident knowing that you have control of the helm. • Offer children a balanced lifestyle full of what children NEED, not just what they WANT. Don't be afraid to say "no" to your children if what they want is not what they need. • Provide nutritious food and limit junk food. • Spend at least one hour a day outdoors doing activities such as: cycling, walking, fishing, bird / insect watching • Enjoy a daily family dinner without smartphones or distracting technology. • Play board games as a family or if children are very small for board games, get carried away by their interests and allow them to rule in the game • Involve your children in some homework or household chores according to their age (folding clothes, ordering toys, hanging clothes, unpacking food, setting the table, feeding the dog etc.) • Implement a consistent sleep routine to ensure your child gets enough sleep. The schedules will be even more important for school-age children.

HELP!!! Meals For The Elderly relies on our volunteers to help us deliver meals to over 600 recipients daily. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the volunteer opportunities available, please visit www.mealsfortheelderly.org or contact Kelly Usry, Volunteer Director, at (325) 655-9200 or email her at volunteer@mealsfortheelderly.org They could REALLY use your help right now!!

• Teach responsibility and independence. Do not overprotect them against all frustration or mistakes. Misunderstanding will help them build resilience and learn to overcome life's challenges, • Do not carry your children's backpack, do not carry the homework they forgot, do not peel bananas or peel oranges if they can do it on their own (4-5 years). Instead of giving them the fish, teach them to fish. • Teach them to wait and delay gratification. • Provide opportunities for "boredom", since boredom is the moment when creativity awakens. Do not feel responsible for always keeping children entertained. • Do not use technology as a cure for boredom, nor offer it at the first second of inactivity. • Avoid using technology during meals, in cars, restaurants, shopping centers. Use these moments as opportunities to socialize by training the brains to know how to work when they are in mode: "boredom" • Help them create a "bottle of boredom" with activity ideas for when they are bored. • Be emotionally available to connect with children and teach them self-regulation and social skills: • Turn off the phones at night when children have to go to bed to avoid digital distraction. • Become a regulator or emotional trainer for your children. Teach them to recognize and manage their own frustrations and anger. • Teach them to greet, to take turns, to share without arguing, to say thank you and please, to acknowledge the error and apologize (do not force them), be a model of all those values you instill. • Connect emotionally - smile, hug, kiss, tickle, read, dance, jump, play or crawl with them. San Angelo Family Magazine

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A Guide for Teaching Children to be Independent Sometimes we as parents want to expect our children to do something, but aren’t sure what they are capable of doing. These are by no means complete, but are just some ideas to help get started. Every child will be different, and each parent will expect different things. Give your child a chance to be independent and guide them with some of these recommendations. Parents are responsible for their children’s actions and should only use this as a guideline for suggestions. Age 3 Dress Self Toilet Trained Brush Teeth Pick up Toys Say Prayers Pick up dishes Understand simple tasks Personal Vitals (B-day, Age) Yes Ma’am/Sir Age 4 Make Bed Make Sandwiches Beginning Room Cleaning Simple House Cleaning Learn Manners Possible Allowance Floss Teeth Age 5 Straighten Rooms Vacuum Empty Garbage Set Table Clear Table Make Own Lunch Simple Food Warming Outfit Matching Memorize Phone/Address Accompany Parent to Vote Age 6 Take Shower Dusting Load/Unload Dishwasher Water Plants Call & Answer Phones Laundry Care Begin Personal Planning Age 7 Wash Dishes Learn Nutrition & Body Care 18

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Clean Toilets Pull Weeds Savings Account Read with Comprehension Get up by Self with Alarm Clock Learn Proper Table Manners Money Management Learn Proper Etiquette Age 8 Grooming Hair and Nails Personal Talent Development Clean Mirrors Care for Pet Learn how to build a Fire Set Personal Goals Bake a Cake with a Mix Set Table Properly Maintain Journal Assist with Clothing Purchasing Keep Personal Planner Age 9 Mop Floors Bake Cookies from Scratch Emergency Prep First Aid Fill Car with Gas Wash Car Clean interior of Car Hammer Nails Saw Wood Cook Vegetables Write Letters Use Email Age 10 Exercise Program Clean Oven/Stove Make Salads Use Leaf Blower Wrap Presents Sew Buttons Wilderness Survival

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Age 11 Arrange for Own Haircut Clean Refrigerator Clean Cupboards Straighten Drawers Straighten Closets Bake Pies Bake Bread Beginning Meal Planning Cook Several Meals Ironing Mow Lawn Use Weed Wacker Garden Maintenance Babysitting Classes Use Camera Age 12 Read Newspaper Online Current Events & Politics Public Speaking Make Dentist Appt Order something by Phone Order Something by Mail Order Something by Internet Shopping and Sales Check Fluids in Car Babysitting Clean Windows Use Filtered Internet Age 13 Party Planning More Advanced Cooking Grocery Shopping Own Budget Book Use ATM Certify CPR Attend Movies with Friends Take Medications Properly Memorize S.S.# Public Transportation How to Personal Defense Keep Their Own Schedule

Age 14 Manager Bank Account Food Storage Basics Debit Card Internet/Debt/Securities Identify Business Skills Begin Understanding Politics/Law Change Flat Tire Basic Mechanics Structural House Repairs Clean Garage Age 15 Career/College Prep Interviewing Resume Prep Driver’s Permit/Practice Follow Assembly Instructions Plan & Build something Volunteer in the Community Age 16 Get License College/Career Prep Arrange for Car Insurance Cell Phone & Pay for It Checking Account Get a Job Help with Grocery Shopping Be Capable of Making Flights Learn how to Change Planes Age 17 &18 Focus on School, College prep, Job, etc. Take a Road Trip Understand Bill Paying Basically At This Point Your Child Should Be Capable Of Making Almost All Their Own Decisions


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These are just a few of the many monthly activities. More listed throughout the magazine and on our community calendar. Send your events to: family@wcc.net

Around San Angelo

February 8 Downtown Strong heART Walk The Downtown Stroll event showcases some of the best art, food, and fun that Downtown San Angelo has to offer. Stop by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and view their current exhibits, or visit one of the many art galleries for a sampling of West Texas art. Take a break and grab a bite to eat while you enjoy a cup of coffee, mug of beer, of a glass of wine at some of the best restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in West Texas. Top off the evening with a little shopping at Downtown’s unique boutiques. Route begins at 5:15 pm at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love Street. February 8 Angelo State University Planetarium 2333 Vanderventer Ave, 7:00PM Birth of Planet Earth “Birth of Planet Earth” is a planetarium full dome show that tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematicquality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? February 9 The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts continues its Grand Re-Opening celebration with a series of Love to Learn classes, featuring special, hands-on, skills taught by prominent instructors. Love to Learn: The Art of Cooking with Chef Nicole Rousselot McDuffie, owner of the Plated Dish in San Angelo, will take place on February 9 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Meeting Room.

Day dinner for your sweetheart! The menu for this cooking demonstration and tasting will include: Assorted Bruschetta, Simple Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing, Seared Steak with Mushroom Spinach Sauce, Parsnip Puree, and Oreo Trifle. Register online today at www.samfa.org. Seating is limited! $25 per person. February 10 Hustle with Your Honey The Martial Pint: 19 E Concho Ave 9:00 am - 10:00 am Join us as we bring back this classic 5k or one mile race for the second year! We will start the Hustle With Your Honey at Martial Pint and run/walk through some cool spots in San Angelo such as Old Ft Concho, the Pop Art Museum, and Paintbrush Alley! Run individually or with someone you love (spouse, friend, partner, parent, or child). Registration at http://runsignup.com/Race/TX/SanAngelo/HustleWith YourHoney February 22 Tour of Tables 1609 Country Club Rd office@sanangelosymphony.org Reservations & Tickets 11:00 am Entering its sixth year, the San Angelo Symphony’s Tour of Tables will showcase imaginative table settings displayed in a variety of beautiful designs. The theme for this year is Tour of Tables Goes Wild! In keeping with the spirit of this unique luncheon, table hosts are encouraged to decorate their space creatively and have fun with it. Make plans to join us as we celebrate another Tour of Tables luncheon! February 23 WTRC San Angelo Songwriter Showcase The Stables at Fort Concho: 210 Henry O. Flipper St 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join us for our third annual Songwriter Showcase! Behind every hit song is a songwriter, and behind every songwriter is a story. Join us for a lively night of dinner, drinks, and an acoustic show on Friday, February 23rd at The Stables at Fort Concho. This event, popular in cities like Nashville and Austin, showcases the talent and creativity behind the lyrics of top charting country music! We hope you will join us for this fantastic evening full of great music and storytelling. For sponsorship information please call 325223-6364 or email bdaniels@wtrc.com February 23 Cookies, Cocktails & Confections 36 W Twohig donnab@gsctx.org 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Join us on February 23, 2024, as mixologists and bakers from San Angelo create one-of-a-kind sweet or savory signature drinks and baked goods inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. The celebration will be held at the Historic Cactus Hotel from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. with VIP Reception from 6-6:30. Attendees will sample treats and vote for their favorites as mixologists and bakers vie for top reviews from our celebrity judges. Buy your ticket or sponsorship today and support girls in building their confidence, creativity, and leadership skills through Girl Scouting. March 2 Brews, Ewes, & BBQ 11:00 AM Come join us on Saturday, March 2, 2024 starting at 11:00am for the Downtown San Angelo Brews, Ewes, & BBQ festival. The festival will consist of a BBQ cookoff featuring brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and the World Championship Lamb Cook-off. We will also be featuring a Kids-Que cooking competition for children age 6-18. All ages are welcome at the event so bring the whole family! The location for this year’s event is 325 S Oakes St. along the Concho river. All proceeds go to the revitalization of Downtown.

Learn how to make a beautiful, delicious Valentine’s Date Night tickets are on sale online at cosatx.us/civicrec or at the Recreation office, 702 S Chadbourne St. This year's theme is

"A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS."

Schedule + Daddy-daughter night: Monday, Feb. 26 & Wednesday, Feb. 28. + Mother-son night: Tuesday, Feb. 27. + Family night: Thursday, Feb. 29, includes a catered dinner. Daddy-daughter/Mother-son tickets are $12. Family night tickets are $20. Each night will be hosted in the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. by the City of San Angelo Recreation Division. The event includes music from a deejay, dancing, snacks and door prizes, plus the opportunity to purchase photos and mementos. For more information, call the Recreation office at 325-657-4450. San Angelo Family Magazine

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MEETINGS AROUND SAN ANGELO Email meeting information to family@wcc.net. 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 lesliehines@shannonhealth.org 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: SanAngeloAA.org Al-Anon - 1917 W. Avenue N, help for those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. FMI 800-259-1972 or info@sanangelo-al-anon.org or www.sanangelo-al-anon.org 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 amlegpost572@gmail.com 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: https://www.aaawtexas.org/ 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 N Brag Decorative Painters 3rd Sat., 9am, St. Marks Presbyterian Church, 2506 Johnson St (Fellowship Hall): FMI call Sherrill Dooley 325 340-0762 sherrill222@yahoo.com 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, 5575 Stewart Lane, 6:20p-8:30pm, age 12 & up with interest in aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. sanangelocap.org 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 Peggym@wtcg.us 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 Homeless Planning Coalition, every 2nd Wednesday from 10-11 a the Stephens Central Library. FMI 325-653-2411 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., Open to the public. For FMI and RSVP go to www.CVRW.org. 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, cvtpmail@gmail.com, www.cvtp.org. Hope, Believe & Achieve Here! Disability Connections Center - monthly peer support groups, computer classes, cooking classes and arts & crafts classes, FMI call 325-227-6624 or 325-227-6625, dcciltx.org/ 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 rhoridgetx@yahoo.com 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 Group Connections - free family gatherings and educational activities for parents and children. Monthly. FMI call (325)653-HOPE or visit https://cacgreaterwtx.org/ 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 sanangelomg@gmail.com or call 806-252-2158 NAACP - 1st Sat, 2-3:30p, Ministerial Alliance Campus, 1100 MLK Blvd., FMI sanangelonaacp.org Overeaters Anonymous (HOW) - call hotline for locations and times. 325-482-8899 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 www.w5qx.org San Angelo Art Club-1st Mon, 7p, Kendall Gallery, 119 W 1st St, sanangeloartclub@gmail.com, facebook.com/sanangelo.artclub, or sanangeloartclub.org San Angelo Astronomy Assoc - 1st Mon, 7p, ASU Planetarium. FMI 325-277-6139 or angeloastronomy.com/ 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. sanangelochess@gmail.com. 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, info@saghs-tx.org, or facebook.com/pg/SAGHS/events 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: sanangelorepublicanwomen@gmail.com 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, hilguff@yahoo.com San Angelo Writers' Club 2nd Tues, 6:30pm, TGC Stephens downtown library lobby, FMI Sanangelowritersclub@gmail.com Space To Be Me (Youth Support Group, ages 12-18), Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Open Arms office (113 N. Harrison), FMI openarmscv.com or contact Cassandra Ynojosa Email address: cynojosa@openarmscv.org 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 Veterans Society, every 3rd Thursday at 5:30 pm. 125 S. Browning St. For more information, email us at WomenVeteransSociety@gmail.com Young Professionals of San Angelo, 3rd Thurs, Visitor Center's Riverview Room, 12-1pm. FMI: facebook.com/YPSanAngelo or ypsanangelo.org

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Texas Elks State Association Scholarships Supporting our Youth and Celebrating Academic Achievement. TESA Four-Year Scholarship TESA Teenager of the Year Scholarship TESA Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship TESA Eagle Scout Scholarship TESA Essay Contest TESA Vocational Grant ENF Legacy Awards ENF Emergency Education Grants

Deadline March 8th, 2024 Deadline March 8th, 2024 Deadline March 8th, 2024 Deadline March 8th, 2024 Deadline March 8th, 2024 Deadline March 8th, 2024 Deadline February 5th 2024 Deadline December1st, 2024

TESA Four-Year Scholarship The TESA Four-Year Scholarship Program awards scholarships to three male and three female students from the 2024 graduating classes of Texas high schools. Applicants must be United States citizens and residents of Texas. Each award will be in the amount of $1,250.00 per year for the 2024-2028 academic years, for a total of $5,000.00 per award. Applicants will be judged on financial need, scholarship, leadership and extra-curricular activities, and strength of character, and must be seeking a four-year Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited college/university in the United States. Deadline for submission is March 8, 2024.

TESA Teenager of the Year Scholarship The Teenager of the Year Scholarship Contest is open to 2024 graduating High School Seniors who are citizens of the United States and residents of Texas. Applicants will compete for one-year scholarships based on scholastic achievement, leadership and extra-curricular activities, and character. Recipients must be seeking a 4-year degree at an accredited college/university in the United States. Male and female applicants will compete separately for three scholarships ranging from $1000.00 to $2500.00 each.

TESA Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship The Texas Elks State Association will award a one-year $2,500 scholarship to one 2024 Texas graduating senior who is a US citizen, a resident of Texas, and has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Application must be received by a Texas Elks Lodge by March 8, 2024. To be eligible, the applicant must be a 2024 graduating senior Girl Scout who needs financial assistance for post-secondary education expenses, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and provide proof of final approval of project by May 1, 2024, and plan to attend an accredited junior college, college, university, or trade school in the United States.

TESA Eagle Scout Scholarship Eagle Scouts who are 2024 graduating seniors, citizens of the United States, residents of Texas, and currently enrolled in an accredited Texas high school may apply for the one-year Eagle Scout Scholarship worth $2500.00. Applicants must include a copy of their Eagle Scout Certificate and a description of their project along with personal recommendations. The recipient must plan to attend an accredited junior college, college university, or trade school in the United States. The application may be downloaded here, and must be submitted to a Texas Elks Lodge by March 8, 2024.

TESA Essay Contest The TESA Essay contest is open to any Texas high school student who is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Texas. Access the application and essay topic here, and then submit your application and completed essay to a Texas Elks Lodge by March 8, 2024. Oneyear scholarships of $1000.00, $800.00, and $500.00 will be awarded for the top three essays, and recipients must plan to attend an accredited junior college, college, university, or trade school in the United States.

TESA Vocational Grant The TESA Vocational Grant Program is open to any prospective student, 18 years of age or older, planning to pursue a vocational/technical (VOC/TECH) course within the State of Texas. Each applicant must be a citizen of the USA and a resident of Texas on the date the application is submitted. While graduating high school seniors may apply, the program is not limited to high school students. A high school diploma or equivalent GED is not required. Applications must be submitted to a Texas Elks Lodge by March 8, 2024.

ENF Legacy Awards The Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards are four-year scholarships worth $4,000 for Texas high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of Elks members. For complete eligibility requirements or to complete the online application, click here. Application deadline is February 5, 2024.

ENF Emergency Education Grants Emergency Education Grants are awarded by the Elks National Foundation for financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education. For complete eligibility requirements and application instructions, click here. Applications must be filed no later than December 1, 2024

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Heartfelt Thanks! How to say “Be My Valentine” to people you wouldn’t dream of kissing... The note you meant to write, the thank you call you forgot to make, the birthday present you might have sent if you had known the date, the Christmas present that somehow fell off your list...You would have, could have, should have---but the moment got away and regret lingers on. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. It’s for friends, neighbors, and those wonderful people that sometimes save the day. This February 14th shoot some unexpected arrows and watch the glow warm the winter. To jump start your heart here are a few suggestions: ...for the teacher who agreed to give you a seven a.m. slot on conference day - and even provided a cup of hot coffee. ...for the piano tuner who retrieved each potato chip, pencil stub and barrette wedged behind the keyboard. ...for the child care staff who never make you feel guilty when you pick up your daughter 10 minutes late. ...for the school nurse who can call to report a scraped knee without giving you a heart attack. ...for the colleague who agreed to take the 10-day business trip because she didn’t have three kids, a puppy, a guppy and a husband. ...for the boss who let you leave two hours early so you wouldn’t miss your kindergartner’s Christmas concert. ...for the computer technician who rescued the quarterly report your little girl nearly committed to oblivion. ...for your sister who unearthed your son’s left behind report on Lewis and Clark and got it to school before history class began. ...for the neighbor who delivered your middle-schooler to karate class. ...for the babysitter who helped your daughter bake the best-ever brownies - and cleaned the splatters off the ceiling. ...for the pediatrician’s spouse whose sleep you interrupted all too often. ...for the soccer coach who reminded your son (gently) that he was running the wrong direction. ...for the neighbor that picks up your newspaper, feeds the cats, and gets the mail while you are on vacation. ...for the person that left soup on your porch when you were sick. ...for the sweet delivery person that doesn’t ring your doorbell when they know you have a baby.

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