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On The Cover Meet the most delightful family! Our cover for May features Gabriel Lara & Santiago Lara, both 3 years old. The Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities program at Reagan Elementary (SAISD) has been a blessing for the boys! The parents are Christopher Lara and Jennifer Moreno. The boys love being in the water, swinging, and being outdoors. The twins were born severely premature at 26 weeks gestation. Due to the prematurity and trauma of birth, both suffered brain bleeds. Gabriel’s was not able to resolve as quickly and this has caused his cerebral palsy and seizures. The parents explained, ‘Even though sometimes it’s harder and takes a little more effort and planning, it’s worth it because staying home makes them miss out.” San Angelo Family is published monthly by Ink Publications, LLC. We welcome letters, articles, artwork, and photographs from its 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.

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San Angelo Gives

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Are You Trying to Co-Parent

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Do Private Music Lessons Make a Difference?

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Let’s Go Paint and Sketch Outdoors

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SNAPSHOTS

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Graduation Gift Ideas

12 Community Calendar 15 Concho Valley PAWS 16 Ideas on Spending Quality Time with your Mom 17

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18 Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week 19 Around San Angelo 20 Meetings Around San Angelo 21 Feeding Your Hummers Staff Co-Owners/Publishers Carolyn Miller Kyla Bassett Editor Sarita Fawn Dunham Layout/Design & Advertising Carolyn Miller Kyla Bassett

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To my readers, I have personally traveled to Brazil four times with this organization to photo document their efforts. Your dollars are going directly to the people and families that need help - not to administrative costs. Peoples lives are changing. I have watched an elderly man cry because he was able to read his Bible for the first time in years because we fitted him with glasses. I witnessed a roof being repaired so rain didn’t pour into a family’s living room. I watched a little girl be fitted for a leg brace so she could run for the first time. We have helped people learn to plant, care for and harvest vegetables in a garden in their backyard so they are eating healthier. I watched the joy in a mother’s face in seeing her unborn baby on a sonogram and learn it was healthy. CURA Brasil is changing lives!!!! There are so many more stories...stories that will bring tears to your eyes. Please consider giving to CURA Brasil on May 3 during San Angelo Gives. This is our primary fundraiser for the year and it will truly make a difference directly to people that desperately need help. Designate your donation to CURA Brasil at sagives.org and follow our facebook page for updates!! If you have questions, you may reach Carolyn Nored Miller out to me personally if you like...family@wcc.net or 325-656-7438. San Angelo Family Magazine

Be part of the giving movement on Tuesday, May ˢNj_ Doesn’t it feel good to give back to others? You can make the most impact with your generosity by donating to your favorite causes during San Angelo Gives. This 24-hour online fundraising event provides critical funding to nonprofits across the Concho Valley. Your generosity also can help your favorite causes win cash prizes awarded throughout the day, making San Angelo Gives a fun way to raise money for your community.

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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

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.

FamCal 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.

OurFamilyWizard 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 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. Its 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 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 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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For music educators across the state, springtime in Texas means hitting the road to compete in UIL (University Interscholastic League) events for solo and small ensemble as well as organizational competitions in concert and sightreading. These contests begin in middle school and continue through graduation for any student participating in Marching Band, Concert Band, Mariachi, Orchestra, and Choir- YES! Your voice is an instrument!. Many students seek out private instruction to prepare for these events and with good reason. Here are just some of the ways private instruction can enrich your student’s musical education: • Individualized attention: Large class sizes in the public school system offer little to no individual attention. Underperformance is easily overlooked in large programs. In contrast, a private teacher quickly recognizes areas with room for improvement and adjusts their instruction for the skills and technique your student needs. • Learning style specific instruction: Every student learns a different way, for example verbal, visual, or hands-on. Private lessons help each student progress efficiently by catering to their learning style. • Greater accountability: In a private lesson there is no way to escape accountability. Students might fly under the radar in the classroom, but in a private lesson— either you practiced or you didn’t and it shows! Private instruction encourages personal discipline and cultivates a strong work ethic. • Appropriate instructional pacing: Private instruction works at the pace of the student. A gifted student with natural ability might quickly move to more advanced material whereas other students may need additional time to tackle the same material. No one is rushed nor are they bored and disengaged while waiting for the group to catch up. • Pursue individual interests: Private lessons afford the student greater opportunity to pursue his or her own musical tastes. Students who enjoy his/her music will naturally be more motivated to practice and continue playing for years to come. At Emmanuel School of Fine Arts we believe that all students should have access to the benefits of private instruction with professional educators regardless of their socioeconomic situation. Scholarships are available for students with demonstrable need.

Do Private Music Lessons Really Make a Difference By Karyn Kuniyuki Director, Emmanuel School of Fine Arts If you have any questions or would like to know more about the programming offered at the Emmanuel School of Fine Arts please call (325) 653-2446, or send us

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Let’s Go Sketch & Paint Outdoors!! How many of us happily painted as a child? And how many of us put those paints away when we were told we should pursue something else rather than paint, or we got busy with life and children and work? As an artist, and someone who answered that desire inside of me, I took my first watercolor lesson in my 40’s and know first-hand how art can fill your life with happiness and color (no pun intended)! And I’ve witnessed it happen to many of my friends, as they retire, or simply decide to take the plunge and try painting. Opening yourself up to that new adventure and getting started can be much simpler than you think. You don’t need a ‘studio’ and fancy equipment. In fact, a small sketchbook, pen or pencil, and maybe a travel set of watercolors is all you’ll need! How to Begin: - A small 5 x 8 sketchbook can easily go where you go! I recommend one with heavy enough paper to paint with watercolors if that’s your plan. Strathmore Visual Watercolor Journal or Canson Mixed Media are two excellent choices. - A pencil or extra-fine Sharpie in black or brown is fun to sketch with. - Small travel set of watercolors or watercolor pencils. Pencils will be less colorful, and you may find the unpredictability of watercolor makes things exciting! - A basic brush. Purchase the best you can afford – a #8 round brush and a ‘rigger’ for detail – or use your Sharpie for detail. - Quality paper, brush, and professional-grade watercolors will improve the quality of your experience. Tips to start having fun ~ - Grab your sketchbook and begin in your own backyard! Paint some flowers in a pot, your pet, or even your coffee cup and breakfast! - Take your sketchbook & paints on vacations. Use it as a trip journal with notes of favorite places, quick sketches of things that catch your eye, and include postcards, ticket stubs, business cards from a great restaurant that you can glue and then add notes or paint around them. - Buy TWO sketchbooks – one for a friend, your child or grandchild. How much fun to share the joy of sketching and the thrill of colorful paint splatters with someone you love! The BEST Part ~ No one has to see your sketchbook but you! I promise if you sketch outdoors and on trips, your sketching will improve. And as you look back, you’ll feel much more connection to that moment of sketching than if you had just taken a photograph. And, if your studio is the great outdoors, you’ll gain a better knowledge of colors and shadows much quicker than by painting from photographs. If you have more questions about how to get started, feel free to email me at pleinairsanangelo@gmail.com.

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SNAPSHOTS

Conner - Champion in the San Angelo Rodeo calf scramble!

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.

He's here - Jayce Robert Alvarado joins his Family

Liam was born ready to see the world!

After school treat to beat the heat! Liam and Bolt!

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Sterling in her Easter best!

To Submit a photo, email: family@wcc.net 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.

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Wednesday y, June 1 at 7PM THE MURPHEY PERFORMANCE HALL

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- 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

Ideas for a Friend

Ideas for a Child

Graduation Gifts for that Special Person this May

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May

Upcoming Events June June June June June

Clay and Play Movie Nights - SAMFA (see page 3) 1 Live Performance: Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold, Murphy Hall 4 SA Road Lizards 49th Annual Run in the Sun 4 Prep Academy: Peace, Love, & Dance, Murphy Performance Hall 16 Madagascar presented by SAPAC FMI 325-284-3825

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See page 16 on ways to spend quality time with your mom!!

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Emmanuel School of Fine Arts EVERY TUESDAY Toddler/Preschool Art Class, FREE drop-in class for ages 2-5 and their adult, 9-10am. see pg 7

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Do private music lessons really make a difference? Learn more from Emmanuel School of Fine Arts!! see pg 7

18 SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR TENNIS CAMP!!

Graduation Gift Ideas!! see page 11

Preschool Stor Stephens Center Every Wednesday 325-655-73

See page 14 FMI Drivers NEEDED!! Meals for the Elderly see page 6

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Angel Academy Mother’s Day Out!!

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

SUMMER CAMPS at SAMFA!!!! http://samfa.org/

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Memorial Day Service, Johnson's Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens SA Rec Summer Camp see page 18

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First Saturday at The Chicken Farm Art Center

Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 06 - May 07, 2022 El Paseo de Santa Angela - 325-653-9577

Mariachi Spring Concert, Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial Riverstage, 6:30 PM

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BSA-Children's Ballet: Snow White Brooks & Bates Theatre May 06 - May 07 Presented by Ballet San Angelo

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Presented by SABA - May 13, 14, 15 see page 14

2nd Saturday at the Railway

Cactus Market Days 10:00 to 4:00, 17 East Twohig

Save A Life Donate Blood Now

BSA Spring Showcase 2022 Brooks & Bates Theatre Presented by Ballet SA

The Veterans and First Responders Breakfast VFW, 125 S. Browning. Free breakfast is from 7:30-9:30am

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13th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival

Food Drive

EVERY THURSDAY Emmanuel School of Fine Arts MusikGarten, a FREE group class for ages 2-5 and their adult, 99:45am see page 7 FMI

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Boots, Buckles and Pearls Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM First Community Credit Union Spur Arena

Remember those VBS memories? Or if not, be sure your kids do!! Many opportunities throughout the magazine!

Armed Forces Day Fort Concho

Memorial Day Exercises May 28, 2022 Fort Concho - 325-481-2646 PROJECT GRADUATION 2022 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena

Submit your SNAPSHOTS to SA Family Magazine by May 15th (see page 9 for details) Take a minute to read this - pg 17

LIVE PERFORMANCE June 1 brought to you by SAPAC See page 10 FMI

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May 3rd is San Angelo Gives and Concho Valley PAWS humbly asks for your support. Every day we meet new companion animals in need, and we simply can't help them without you. Concho Valley PAWS is fortunate to have paid staff that ensures continuity of services and program growth to meet the need s of the community we serve. However, PAWS staff is paid from a fund specifically for that purpose so that 100% of the donations made go directly to animal care. Here are just a some of the things we do to help our community's pets and the people who love them. • Over 14,000 shelter pets saved and placed in loving homes via adoption and transport programs* (all spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped) • Over 12,000 owned pets spayed and neutered with our low-cost spay and neuter program* • Over 2,500 free roaming cats sterilized and supported by community cat programs * • Over 1,000 owners were assisted financially for emergency veterinary care through our Compassion Fund* • Over a dozen continual, specialized, and comprehensive programs to help pets and their people including programs for seniors, low-income households, and outreach to pets in homeless communities. In 2021, Concho Valley PAWS and the City of San Angelo made history with 90% save rate for 12 consecutive months earning our community an official no kill designation. This means 90% of the animals that entered the shelter were released via progressive return to owner programs, adoption and transport. Animals are no longer killed for space, treatable illness or injury. This is a stark contrast from just seven years ago when San Angelo operated a high-kill shelter that killed more than 80% of the animals processed. No Kill is not a destination. It a daily commitment we make to fight to save every life and we can't do it without you! Please give as you are able. cvpaws.org/give * cumulative data from 2017 when our partnership with COSA began through 2021 San Angelo Family Magazine

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Quality Time With Your Mom

The “go-to” for Mother’s Day is... Gifts. This isn’t a bad thing, but let’s make it different this year. Let’s focus on quality time! It is an excellent way to show your Mom how much you care and will make her feel extra special.

1. Fix some popcorn and have a movie marathon There's something about a movie and popcorn that just never loses its’ charm. Find movies that you'd both enjoy and just forget about the rest of the world for a couple of hours. 2. Make her lunch Taking an hour out from your busy schedule to make lunch for your mom will allow her to take some time to herself. 3. Go on an online shopping spree together Hands down, this will shock your mother in a good way. Be her personal shopper for a day. 4. Raid her wardrobe and try on her old favorites with her There is nothing like going through a closet and being amazed at the different tastes from years ago. You will both get some laughs and maybe even a new outfit. 5. Give her a pampering session at home Let's face it, anyone could use a good massage right about now. Take this opportunity to help your mom de-stress and unwind. She’s worth it. 6. Make dinner together, just the two of you Get together in the kitchen and prepare an elaborate meal - just for yourselves. Light some candles and have a mother, son/daughter date night. 7. Relive the old times with the household favorite games Every family has a favorite game. Be it Monopoly, Candyland, Gin, Cribbage or Crazy 8’s - if you enjoyed it as a child, chances are you'll have even more fun as grown ups. 8. Pull out the dusty old family albums and take a trip down memory lane Old really is gold. Now that you're grown up enough to understand your family better, you'll be amazed at how much you'd missed when you'd looked at these photographs earlier! 9. Share anecdotes and harmless little secrets you'd kept from her as a child 16

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While as a child you had to watch your step around the rules that adults set for you, as a grown up, some of the things that you hid from your parents turn out to be quite hilarious. Spill the beans on your silly little secrets! She might surprise you with a few of her own. 10. Download and listen to the music you grew up with Music is such a good way to pull from old memories. This will bring a smile to her face. 11. Read each other's favorite books What better way to get a peek into each other's worlds? You will both gain better insights and form deeper bonds. Adding another author to your favorites list is just a bonus! 12. Get creative and make something together You and your mom make a great team. Why not try your hands at making something new? For most of us, the last time we did that together was while working on our school projects. It's time to use your artistic skills for something way, way cooler! 13. Give your mom a style update and experiment with new looks Push her out of her comfort zone and encourage her to try on new outfits. Maybe she'll finally crack a new look! 14. Help her out with something she's not all that good at Everyone has their own set of weaknesses, and your mother was a pillar of strength when you faced a dead end. Help her sort some of her problems out. It could be anything - from figuring out her Facebook privacy settings to baking the perfect cheesecake. You owe it to her! 15. Take a step towards a healthier lifestyle together Download or buy a healthy cookbook, it might not sound like the most fun thing to do, but these small changes can make a big difference in the long run.

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16. Have a dance/singing party Whether you include the entire family or make it just the two of you, it is bound to be a fun experience. 17. Help her plant a garden Let her nurturing soul be your guide in the process. After all, when it comes to handling another life, who knows better than her? 18. Host an online party for all her friends Have her friends do a virtual party for her. Knowing that you got all her friends together will surely warm her heart. 19. Have a picnic Pack a small meal and head out to the backyard. Make the most of the pleasant weather. 20. Give her a makeover You can try different looks and let her pick her favorite, then teach her how to do it. 21. Recreate an old photograph Relive your fond memories by recreating a favorite old photograph. 22. Help her with tasks around the house that haven’t been finished or even started Maybe she is unable to do some things around the house or needs a helping hand. She will be forever grateful. 23. Go for an impromptu long drive Let your instincts do the talking as you hit the road and head out for a totally random long drive. Who knows where the roads might lead you? 24. Learn something new together It's always a good time to pick up a new hobby or a skill, and doing it with the one person who can push your limits makes it better still! 25. Tell her you appreciate her She has been there your whole life, let her know all the things she has done that made you who you are. 26. Take a bunch of selfies together Try out every crazy pose in the book, and then make up some of your own.


Al-Anon is an organization offering support and healing for those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. The Al-Anon program follows the same Twelve Steps of Recovery followed in Alcoholics Anonymous. Also, those impacted by the behavior of loved-ones plagued by other addictions often find help in Al-Anon. The San Angelo Al-Anon Family Group, part of the international Al-Anon community, offers eight Al-Anon meetings per week, both in person and virtually. Information on the address, meeting days and times, and Zoom access information is available on the website, https://www.sanangelo-al-anon.org/. If you’re unsure whether or not Al-Anon could help, ask yourself the following: * Do I worry about how much someone else drinks or pursues another addiction? * Are there money problems because of someone else’s drinking or addictive behavior? * Do I lie to cover up someone else’s drinking or using? * Are plans often upset or cancelled because of the drinker/addict? * Do I make threats, such as, “If you don’t stop it, I’ll leave you?” * Am I afraid to upset someone for fear that it may set off a binge? * Do I feel that if the drinker/addict cared about me, he/she would stop drinking or using? * Have I been hurt or embarrassed by the drinker’s/addict’s behavior? * Do I try to limit how much the drinker drinks, or search for hidden alcohol or drugs? * Do I sometimes refuse social events because of fear and anxiety? * Do I feel like a failure because I can’t control someone else’s drinking or using? * Do I feel that, if the drinker stopped drinking, or the user stopped using, many of my other problems would be solved? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, Al-Anon may help. Please know that anonymity is a major principle of the Al-Anon program. That means you are “anonymous” in a meeting, referred to by first name only. The reminder is always given in meetings, “Who you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.” You may also read a little more at al-anon.org.

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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 2 - 6, 2022

Begin a "Teacher Feature"—Place it on a bulletin board near the school office. Each week or month, 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 PTA 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. 18

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

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May 1 Play It Again Concert 3:30pm - 5:30pm in the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Meeting Room. PLAY IT AGAIN concerts sparkle with the big band music of the West Texas Jazz Orchestra, led by band director James Bode. The West Texas Jazz Orchestra is made up of area high school and junior high band directors, Angelo State University music professors and other musicians.

Light refreshments will be provided. Masks and social distancing will be required. Those attending have a chance to dance to their favorite tunes or just listen and enjoy the music. Refreshments are served. Due to COVID protocols, we are limiting the number of tickets available, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. May 03 SAGHS (San Angelo Geneology and Historical Society Presents "Getting Ready for the 1950 Census" 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual event http://www.saghs-tx.org The digitized images of the 1950 census were released by the National Archives on April 1. Although an experimental computer-generated index has been developed, it is estimated that an accurate index of the names on the images will not be available until four to six months after the census's release. Lacking an index, how can you find your relatives? In this presentation, Bernard explains how you can determine the Enumeration District in which your relatives were living on the day of the census, and how to use that information to focus your search. FMI Susan Ball, SAGHS.Inc@gmail.com (325) 262-3269 through May 05 ASU Spring Planetarium Shows For more information, call the Planetarium between 8 am - 5pm Monday-Friday at 325-942-2136 "First & Farthest"! Admission Prices: Adults: $3, Children, active military, and senior citizens: $2, ASU students, faculty, and staff: Free Details about the content of shows can be found at angelo.edu/planetarium and on Facebook at facebook.com/AngeloStatePlanetarium

May 5, 12, 19, 26 Art Thursdays TO GO SAMFA is happy to Introduce Art Thursday...TO-GO! Safely drive through the museum’s parking lot and pick up Art Thursday Packets To-Go. Two, printable activities and additional supplies will be included for FREE each Thursday* this summer from 3 – 6 pm, or until supplies run out. SAMFA staff will safely and hygienically hand packets to you from the safety of your car window. SAMFA Staff will also be wearing masks and gloves at all times, as well as follow social distancing guidelines in order to optimize the safety of Participants and Museum Staff. May 5 Mariachi Spring Concert 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 16 E Avenue A San Angelo, TX 76903 FREE EVENT The Lincoln and Lake View Mariachi will be hosting a Spring Concert at the Bill Aylor Memorial River Stage 401 S. Orient Street on Thursday, May 5, 2022 (also known as Cinco De Mayo) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Mariachi Program instituted by the San Angelo Independent School District. Parents and vendors will be selling hotdogs, tshirts and decals. Funds collected are to assist off-set cost for travel to UIL competitions. For additional information contact Del Velasquez, President San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at (325) 277-1474. May 6 Freedom Fiesta 424 S Oakes St 4:30 PM Hosted by the MHMR of the Concho Valley: games, prizes, hot dogs, candy, DJ music, dancing, bounce houses, face painting Event Hours: 4:30pm-6:30pm May 6 and 7 Cinco de Mayo by Southside Lions Club 34 W Ave D San Angelo, TX 76903 - 563-650-1029 Southside Lions Club invites you to celebrate 5 de Mayo at El Paseo de Santa Angela Pavilions. FREE. Live music, food trucks, vendors, car show, folkloric dancing, mariachis! Fun for the whole familia!

May 14 Railway Days Festival 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Railway Museum of San Angelo - 325-486-2140 Family fun @ The Railway Museum of San Angelo! Living History Tours Train Rides Live Music Vendors Food Trucks Art Activities & So Much More!! May 14 Simply Texas Blues Festival Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial Riverstage: 16 E Ave A 11:00 AM The San Angelo Blues Society and Foster Communications present The 13 Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival, Dedicated to the American Soldiers and their Families. Car & Motorcycle Show, Rib Cook-Off, Blues Competition, Food Vendors, Kid’s Play Area and More! Aermotor Windmill's Simply Texas Rib Cook-off May 14, 2022 Aermotor Simply Texas Rib Cook-off! 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bart DeWitt Park, 330 S. Irving, San Angelo The 13th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival presents this cookoff!! Come on down and compete with the best BBQ Masters in West Texas. Sponsored by Aermotor Windmills Go to www.sabluessociety.com/forms to get your entry in! May 21 Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk - San Angelo 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Tiered Plaza 18 E Ave A. San Angelo, TX 76903 http://t2t.org email: sheboygan@t2t.org for more info May 21 Cactus Market Days Armed Forces Celebration Time: 10:00 to 4 :00 17 East Twohig downtown across from the Cactus Hotel Local Art and Craft FMI: Judy Fowler Event Coordinator 2716 Sherwood Way (325) 949-6200

San Angelo Gives, a powerful 24-hour online fundraising event, hopes to inspire giving in the Concho Valley on May 3, 2022. Powered by the San Angelo Area Foundation, San Angelo Gives allows all individuals in our community (and beyond) to make a philanthropic impact by collectively supporting our local charities whose missions align with their passions. 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 www.sanangelogives.org to support their favorite causes. For more information on how to donate visit www.sanangelogives.org or call our office at 325-947-7071. 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 many are postponing meetings. 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 & Brag Decorative Painter's, 3rd Sat., 9am, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2506 Johnson Street (Fellowship Hall) FMI Kathleen Daniel 227-6833, kathleendaniel@suddenlink.net 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: sanangelocap.org or gocivilairpatrol.com 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 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 Lost Chords Club---3rd Wed, noon; Reeves Speech Therapy clinic; 133 W. Concho, #106, Laryngectomees and family support. FMI call 325-340-4020 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 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! 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, www.deskderricksa.com 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 Diabetes Support Group - 1st Monday each month, Holy Angels Adult Faith Center at 6:30 pm. FMI David Bolin at 325-650-8289 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) Foster/Adopt Info Mtg/Child Protective Services, 2nd Tues. each month, 6pm, Southland Baptist Church/use office/guest entrance, 4300 Meadow Creek Trail, FMI call 657-8944 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 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 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 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 Retired Teachers & Associates-2nd Tues., Sept-May, 1st Christian Church, 29 N. Oakes, 9:30 AM. Open to all retired educational personnel. FMI localunits.org/SanAngelo San Angelo TEA Party 2nd Tues. 6:30pm, West Texas Training Center. 3501 No. Hwy. 67. FMI sanangeloteaparty.org San Angelo Toastmasters Thursdays, Zoom Meetings at 5:30-6:30, FMI Hilda Guffey, 325-450-7044, hilguff@yahoo.com 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 openarmscv.com 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 Inmate Family Association (TIFA) 2nd Thurs, Immanuel Baptist Church, 90 E. 14th. Email tifa.sanangelo@gmail.com 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. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) each Tues. (9:30-11:00am., non profit weight loss support group. St Paul Presbyterian, 11 N. Park St, San Angelo. FMI 325-716-7751. 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 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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Those pesky mosquitoes As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. Here are four of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: 1. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. The distinctive citronella aroma is a strong smell which masks other attractants to mosquitoes, making it harder for them to find you. Citronella is a perennial ‘clumping’ grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. 2. Also known as Beebalm, Horsemint is an adaptable perennial plant which repels mosquitoes much the same as citronella. It gives off a strong incense-like odor which confuses mosquitoes by masking the smell of its usual hosts. Horsemint is a fast growing, shade-tolerant and droughtresistant plant which reaches a height and width of 2 – 3 feet. 3. Commonly grown as ornamental border plants, marigolds are hardy annual plants which have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes, and some gardeners, find particularly offensive. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents. Marigolds prefer full sunlight and reasonably fertile soil. 4. Also known as Flossflowers, Ageratum emits a smell which mosquitos find particularly offensive. Ageratum secretes coumarin, which is widely used in commercial mosquito repellents. Ageratum is a low-lying annual ornamental plant which reaches heights of 8 – 18”, and is easily recognized by its blue flowers, although there are varieties with pink, white and violet blooms. This plant will thrive in full or partial sun and does not require rich soil.

Feeding your hummers Hummingbirds get the energy they need to maintain their astonishing metabolism primarily from flower nectar and the sugar water they find at feeders You will normally use a solution of 4 parts water to 1 part white granualated sugar; however, there are occasions when a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part sugar is acceptable. This ratio provides a bit more energy content with each sip and can be used as a start-up solution for initially attracting birds or (more commonly) as a winter ratio. Keep in mind that during hot weather a 4 to 1 ratio will become more concentrated due to evaporation. Using a concentration greater than 3 to 1 is not recommended. Please remember, do not use food coloring! Also, there is no reason whatsoever to add artificial additives, of any kind, to the simple sugar-water solution. Boiling the solution won’t hurt, but isn’t necessary; simply stir the mixture until the sugar is totally dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved pour the solution into the feeder reservoir carefully. Do not let the solution get on the outside of the feeder where bees, wasps and ants can find it. If you spill some, it would be best to pour the solution back into the container you had it in, rinse off the feeder thoroughly, dry it and start over. Store any unused solution in the refrigerator up to two weeks; however, the longer it stays in the refrigerator the quicker it will sour once put in a feeder outside. Be sure and clean your feeder thoroughly at least once a month. This is VERY important! It is extra dry this year so they are really depending on you to help keep them nourished!!

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Happy Hospital Week and Nurses Week to our talented and amazing staff! Making a difference is what we do!

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