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

photo by Carolyn Miller On the cover... Maverick James Bassett is one year old and is a part of San Angleo Family Magazine every month! He helps mom by hiding her computer mouse, using her keyboard to make music, and spinning mom’s office chair until she’s dizzy. Such a great help!! (Mom is co-owner and has worked for the magazine since she was 16 years old.) Maverick’s parents are Jeff and Kyla Bassett. His proud grandparents are Jeff & Shelly Bassett, Sr. of Ogallala, Nebraska and Jim & Carolyn Miller of Fort Davis, Texas. His greatgrandparents are Norma Bassett of Ogallala, Nebraska and Alvin Nored of Burnet, Texas. His favorite things are doing anything that involves being outside, loving on animals (he has a real connection with horses and dogs) and being in the water. And he especially loves going on new adventures with his family. San Angelo Family Magazine wishes you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. And please remember the service men and women that can’t be home this year for the holidays.

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Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

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50 Good Deeds to do for the Elderly

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month at CV PAWS

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Change up Thanksgiving a Little

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A Thanksgivng Prayer for the Military

12 Community Calendar 14 Rediscover the Performing Arts with SAPAC 16 National Park Bucket Journal 17

Around San Angelo

18 A Personal Story for Natl. Adoption Day 19 Peaceful Thanksgiving Conversation Ideas 20 Meetings Around San Angelo 21 SNAPSHOTS San Angelo Family is published monthly by Ink Publications, LLC.

Staff Co-Owners/Publishers Carolyn Miller Kyla Bassett Editor Sarita Fawn Dunham Layout/Design & Advertising Carolyn Miller Kyla Bassett

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San Angelo ISD is hosting an informational week on College Financial Aid Applications for FAFSA and TASFA. Access to the application for federal college student aid for the 2022-2023 school year is now open at Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through the FAFSA link, SAISD students planning to attend college next year and their families can apply for their share of $150 billion in aid. This year it is anticipated that it will be more important than ever to complete FAFSA applications as soon as possible to improve the likelihood of receiving aid.

The following sessions are being offered: Central High School - for Central students ONLY Monday, November 15, 2021 - Friday, November 19, 2021 8:00 am - 4:00 pm By appointment only by emailing Maria Ashworth at maria.ashworth@saisd.org

To learn more about FAFSA and other financial aid options, SAISD and the Education Service Center Region 15 are hosting FAFSA and TASFA informational weeks here in San Angelo. The purpose of these free sessions is to guide parents and students through the application process for both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). These applications, which are vital for students planning to attend college, help families find financial aid (including grants, loans and work-study) that matches their needs. Families are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA/TASFA even if they are unsure at this time of their student’s educational plans for next year as funds from FAFSA/TASFA are on a first come, first served basis.

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Financial Aid professionals or SAISD Counselors will be available at each session to help with the application process and answer your questions. Please bring the following documentation to your selected session: • Social Security/DACA Number • Student's Driver's License • Student’s Federal Income Tax Returns for 2020 • Parent’s Federal Income Tax Returns for 2020 • Parent and Student Alien registration card (if not a US Citizen) • FSA ID/Username and Password for student and parent - please visit www.FAFSA.ed.gov to request a username and password For questions or more information, please call the SAISD Guidance and Counseling Department at (325) 9473838 or visit the SAISD FAFSA information webpage. To stay up-to-date on San Angelo ISD, please visit the SAISD website at www.saisd.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Lake View High School - for Lake View students ONLY Monday, November 15, 2021 - Friday, November 19, 2021 8:00 am - 4:00 pm By appointment only by completing the FAFSA Appointment Sign-Up Form located in your counselor’s office or online at saisd.org.

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Submitted by Molly Johnson Turk, Director of Community Relations at San Angelo Independent School District. SAISD is committed to helping parents and their college bound students stay as informed as possible on the complicated process of requesting financial aid as they look toward their bright futures! Watch for local scholarship listings here in the magazine in the Spring.


If you asked your child what they are thankful for you might get the ‘I don’t know’ answer. Teach your kids how to be thankful! Sometimes they just need a little jump start to get their hearts focused on gratitude. Thankfulness is an attitude we model and teach, day in and day out. But it’s time to be an intentional parent! I think you (and your kids) will discover they are thankful for so much!! Carolyn Miller, San Angelo Family Magazine

Thanksgiving Conversation Starters!!

Thanksgiving Questions to Ask Your Kids

- Who is the funniest person at this table? What’s a funny story about them? - If you could invite someone famous (living or dead) to Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be? - If you could completely change up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu, what would you serve instead? - If you could only have one thing on this Thanksgiving table today, which thing would it be? Can you guess what other people here would pick? - Do you know the story of any of the foods at this table? Do you think your parents ate them when they were growing up? - What are you thankful for that your teacher has done? Can you think of a way to say thank you? - Who has been kind to you in your life? What did that person do to show kindness? - What is something fun you do with your parents that makes you really happy? - What do you love doing as a family? Would you like to do more of it this year? - When do you feel most loved?

- What is the tallest thing you’re thankful for?.. the smallest…etc. - How many ways can you think of to act out your thankful heart? - Can you name everything you’re thankful for that’s the color red?.. blue…etc. - What would you imagine your parents would be most thankful for? - When is your favorite time to give thanks? (It might be a great time to teach them to be thankful during the day - not just a meals or bedtime) Some questions provoke deeper thought, add to kids’ Thanksgiving vocabulary, or simply lead to great story sharing. - What would you tell your great-grandchildren about life this year? - The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and make maple syrup. What is something you’re glad you learned this year? - What is the first Thanksgiving you remember? - There’s a Thanksgiving saying by Maya Angelou: “Be present in all things and thankful for all things." What do you think this means? - If you could thank your parents for something, what would it be?

Thanksgiving Questions to Ask Kids Over the Phone or Zoom - Sometimes, you can’t be with your friends and family over Thanksgiving. Connecting with kids over Zoom or on the phone can be challenging, but these questions - can help with your virtual Thanksgiving. - If you think about all the electronic devices you use in your life, which one are you most thankful for? Why? - What are three things you couldn’t live without? - If you had $100 to give someone who needed help, who would you help? - What is something in the room with you that you are thankful for? Tell me about it. - Think about the ways we connect with each other. Which ways are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving Questions for Kids to Ask Their Grandparents or Older Relatives - How did you celebrate Thanksgiving when you were my age? - What was your favorite thing about where you grew up? - What about my mom/dad drove you crazy when she/he was a kid? - If you could live in any decade of your life again, which would it be? - If you had an extra hour in every day, how would you spend it? - Which is your favorite month, and why?

Thanksgiving Questions to Ask Kids You Don’t Know Well If you’re a guest at another family’s Thanksgiving dinner or you want to try to make conversation with your great niece or nephew during the meal, these open-ended questions can help. - What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? - Can you remember the last time something really funny happened? What was it? - If you had to pick only one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? - What has made you happiest in your life so far? - What is your favorite book? Why are you thankful for it? How will you be intentional about thankfulness this season? At its heart, Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude. Asking the right questions can bring this theme to the forefront of kids’ minds and teach them how to show appreciation in words. All of us at San Angelo Family Magazine wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving. (And remember to invite someone to your table that might be alone with holiday - they will add to the fun!!! And will make memories that will last a lifetime!) San Angelo Family Magazine

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50 Good Deeds I’m sure you know someone unable to entirely care for themselves - or maybe just someone that seems overwhelmed with many routine chores. You, your spouse and your children can make their life less stressful if you choose even one of these fifty good deeds for someone you feel needs help. 1. Plant some flowers or a tree. 2. Pick them up for church or help them learn to watch online. 3. Rearrange kitchen cabinets and other storage spaces for easier reaching. 4. Put new batteries in smoke detectors. 5. Cook a meal and take it to them. 6. Teach them how to order groceries online. 7. Clean high places and hard-to-reach spaces. 8. Order a great meal to be delivered. 9. Help them learn how to use Zoom or Facetime. 10. Install deadbolt locks on doors. 11. Drive them around San Angelo to see pretty sites just to get them out. 12. Encourage computer-savvy kids to help an older friend set up a computer and show them some simple tasks...search engine, email, photos. 13. Wash the curtains, blinds or drapes; 14. Bake some cookies for them. 15. Help clear out a closet or storage room 16. Run errands to the post office or the store. 17. Give the dog a bath. 18. Make certain they have good masks to wear for appointments, etc. 19. Make sure the house has a sturdy stepstool preferably one with handrails. 20. Help choose the best emergency response system for a friend or family member in case they fall. 21. Buy them a new pair of tennis shoes. 22. Shop for groceries for them. 23. Offer help with high-tech appliance questions, such as how to set the dvd or program the coffee maker. 24. Install at least two grab bars in the bath. 25. Sing songs to them from the front yard. 26. Put a rubber bath mat or rubber strips in the bath or shower. 27. Introduce a neighbor to "Talking Books," the free federally funded program to help visually impaired people. Call 1-202-707-5100 or look up www.loc.gov/nls 28. Have your kids offer to help out with some chores on the weekend. 29. Install inexpensive night lights in bathrooms. 30. Help them print and frame family photos. 31. Inspect the house for fire hazards. 32. Install raised toilet seats and/or handrails. 33. Secure doormats to the floor surface. 34. Make sure all exits/hallways are clear and easy to navigate. 35. Take them to have their vision or hearing checked. 36. Go for a walk with them. 37. Take their pet to see the vet. 38. Make sure the fireplace/furnace have been cleaned and inspected recently. 39. Help with minor auto repairs. 40. Help get a simple cell phone with larger buttons 41. Weatherize the house for winter with insulation and weather-stripping on doors and windows. 42. Mobilize a team of handy-persons (maybe from work or church) to help make a house wheelchair-friendly. Install ramps; reposition counters and sinks to lower levels; adjust doorways. 43. Help select a scooter, cane, or walker. 44. Clean/inspect the gutters or help locate a gutter service. 45. Take trash or recycling to the curb. 46. Make an emergency survival kit for bad weather. 47. Put out a bird feeder and fill it with seed. Make additional ziplock bags full of seed that they could put out later. 48. Buy a digital picture frame that you can send photos to often. 49. Install a porch light or reflective house numbers to make it easy for emergency personnel to find the house. 50. Help find a reliable cleaning person or handman to help with chores around the house. 6

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month which means Concho Valley PAWS will offer all pets 6 years and older for FREE during the month of November. Free adoption includes spay or neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and a leash and collar with ID tag. November helps us bring attention to our four-legged senior friends. Older pets have the hardest time finding homes. It’s a heartbreaking reality to all of us working with homeless, shelter pets. There is a myriad of reasons older pets find themselves without a home. Some of them have been displaced due to a family death or an owner no longer able to live alone. Others have been abandoned in place of a shiny new puppy. Whatever the reason, older pets in need of homes are often overlooked by prospective adopters. What many adopters don’t realize is that older pets are an excellent option for families. Older pets are calm and content with a less active day to day routine. Puppies and kittens are cute and entertaining, but they require a lot of work and energy. Older pets are happy to just to be by your side whether it’s a leisurely stroll or just sitting next to you as you read or watch television. Older pets just want to be with you. Older pets are also a great fit for homes with children. Senior pets often come from some sort of family life which makes it easy for them to adjust and acclimate to your environment. Senior pets are less jumpy and rambunctious, so children aren’t frightened or annoyed by them. Senior pets also have established personalities which means you can generally tell if they are a good fit. They’re full grown, so you don’t have to guess how big they will be at adulthood, they’re passed the chewing phase so your shoes will be safe. Seniors love play time and walks, but they aren’t busting with uncontrolled energy. There are many perks to adopting an older pet. Please visit us at cvpaws.org to view adoptable pets. Concho Valley PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is dedicated to the missions of saving homeless animals from euthanasia, finding loving homes for adoptable pets, and encouraging public awareness of spay and neuter to control the unwanted pet population. PAWS makes it possible to save even more pets and reach out to even more people in the community. We can do more together than we can do alone. Please consider joining our efforts by donating your time or money to save an animal’s life today. Concho Valley PAWS is the area’s largest non profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to pets. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable animals. We feature pet adoption services, a low cost spay and neuter voucher program, training classes, activities for kids and teens, and opportunities for fosters and volunteers. We rely on the generous support of the community to continue and enhance our efforts to make life better for pets and people. We are located at the City of San Angelo Animal Shelter at 3142 N US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX, 76905.

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their courtship, how they decided to marry and if they remember their first Thanksgiving as a married couple can spur memorable discussions. If your grandparents are no longer living, ask your parents if they know the answers. This may inspire empathy and compassion for your older relatives and generate a sense of thankfulness.

Perform one random act of kindness Wash your partner’s car, rake a neighbor’s leaves, or pick up the tab for the person behind you in the drivethru.

Sure, the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie might be the stars of the show, but we all know it's really our loved ones who make Thanksgiving special. Embrace the spirit of the holiday this year by adopting new traditions that highlight gratitude, giving and community (and have fun doing it). Try some of these fresh ideas this turkey day -- and perhaps for many more years to come.

Bake for your friends Baking can relieve stress because it’s a creative endeavor that forces you to focus on the here and now, all while showing others that you love them.

Turn Off the Wi-Fi Hide the password, turn off the router. Once everyone has arrived, try to disconnect this Thanksgiving. If it's really too controversial, say you'll turn it back on after dessert. Finding true connection is difficult when our faces are in screens. No Phones If you're hardcore and think you can get away with it, put out a phone basket and ask your guests to drop theirs in.

Interview your grandparents At your dinner, use the time to ask older family members meaningful questions about their lives. Asking grandparents questions about how they met, what they remember from

Send gratitude notes to friends and family far away. Sending gratitude notes for Thanksgiving would be such a welcome surprise for loved ones who can't be at the table with you. Of course, this being the digital age, you could also send an e-card, call them on Skype or use whatever method works for you. The point is to connect.

Showcase the year in photos If you’re gathering with family or a specific group of friends, make a collection of your favorite photos from the past year and display them on your computer or tv screen.

Set up a gratitude list for your guests At your Thanksgiving feast, lay out a roll of butcher paper with pens and a sign instructing visitors to document what they’re thankful for to make a giant gratitude list. Have those who are willing to share tell everyone the top three things they're most grateful for this year.

Share the bounty Before the holiday comes, take stock of your own good fortune and see if you can afford to donate a few bags of much-needed food to your local food bank or soup kitchen. Or maybe choose to volunteer serving food or washing dishes at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. If you chose to make a donation, do it collectively as a family for a charity you all love. Invite friends into the kitchen to help cook If you are one of those cooks who takes on the entire Thanksgiving feast on your own, reconsider this year -- even if only a little. Assign family and friends

kitchen duties you know they can handle, and everyone will feel more useful and have more fun.And that goes for all the other meals you are eating together!!

Invite someone who doesn't have a place to go Whether it's a work colleague or a friend of a friend, if you hear of someone who won't be able to go home this Thanksgiving, invite him or her to your home to share this special meal. It can really make a difference for the person you invite; besides, the more people are squished around the table, the more fun the dinner usually is.

Share your family's treasured recipes If you always make a favorite dish that's been passed down through your family, this year take the time to copy it out on cards to give guests, along with the story behind it.

Share the feast with the birds Try making a classic DIY bird feeder from an apple rolled in peanut butter and birdseed. This is a great activity to keep kids busy while the grown-ups are cooking -- then you can send them outside to place their treats around the yard for birds or squirrels to find.

End the day outside Take a walk, play football or sit around an outdoor fire and share some laughter. After all of that cooking and eating indoors, it feels lovely to step out into the crisp air. Play games Games can be multi-generational. It helps everyone connect to matter what their age or interests are. Maybe someone that is typically shy will enjoy being included!

Praise Table After going around the table saying what you're all thankful for, or sharing what's on your gratitude list, take another lap around the table with praise. Have each guest praise something iabout someone else at the table. Or draw names from a hat. Start with the oldest person and go from there.

Take a compliment Instead of reflexively dismissing praise for your perfect turkey as pure luck or resorting to your self-effacing humor when someone expresses their gratitude toward you, try pausing for a second to really take in the words and feelings behind them. Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!!

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER FOR OUR SOLDIERS Today we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. But for many families, whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year's Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete. A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because, they have someone far from home serving our country. Today also, members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coastguard (men and women, Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard alike) will gather in mess halls or in tents across the globe as friends and comrades to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal. So, as those of us who are blessed to be with our families celebrate and give thanks, let us remember in our prayers the homes that have an empty chair at the table and also offer a special prayer of thanksgiving and ask God’s Blessings for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, whose service and sacrifice will, we further pray, make the world a better and safer place. And a very special prayer, dear God, for those homes that have an empty chair that will forever remain vacant and for those servicemen and women who have come back to us, may their sacrifice not have been in vain. San Angelo Family Magazine

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Upcoming Events December 3-5 December 4 December 4 December 5 December 9, 11, 16 December 17-19

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Christmas at Old Fort Concho A Yuletide Celebration, San Angelo Symphony, see page 23 GSA Crafts Guild Holiday Market Ballet San Angelo’s Sugarplum Tea Party, see page 23 Miracle on Oaks Street by SAMFA The Nutcracker - Ballet San Angelo

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The Arts @ ASU ARE BACK!!!! Art Exhibits, Music Concerts & Live Theatre

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Concho Valley PAWS Adopt a Senior Pet Month Free for Senior Dogs and Cats see page 8 FMI

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Good Deeds to help the elderly this holiday season see page 6

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Thanksgiving Veterans Dinner The All Veterans Council of Tom Green County will host the annual Thanksgiving Veteran's Dinner at the VFW, located at 125 South Browning Street. See page 17

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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

COVID Mental Health Support Line 24/7. 325-653-5933

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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 6 no classes week of Thanksviving

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Let’s make ROCKETS Grades 6th - 12th ASU Rocketry & Building every 3rd Thursday see page 17 FMI

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Million Dollar Quartet 7:00 Murphy Performance Hall San Angelo Performance Arts Center see page 14 FMI

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Women in Art & Music, SA Symphony, see pg 17 2021 Tracks Foodie Festival 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Railway Museum of San Angelo - see pg 17

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EVERY THURSDAY Emmanuel School of Fine Arts MusikGarten, a FREE group class for ages 2-5 and their adult, 9-10am see page 6 FMI no classes week of Thanksgiving

“A Murder at Fort Concho’, 7:00-9:00pm, Fort Concho, FMI see page 17

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Change up your Thanksgiving this year. See page 9 for ideas

Annual SA Rec. Dept. Turkey Shoot Family fun! Free - see pg 22

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Youth Basketball Officials NEEDED!! San Angelo Rec. Dept. see pg 22

The Veterans and First Responders Breakfast is held on the third Saturday of every month at the VFW, 125 S. Browning. The free breakfast is from

Second Annual Christmas in San Angelo, Coliseum, 10:00am - 4:00 pm

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San Angelo Family Magazine wishes you a very Happy thanksgiving

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November 19-21, A Christmas Story...The Musical, San

Aid Applications for FAFSA and TASFA. See page 4 for more information

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2021 Annual Marine Corps Toys For Tots Motorcycle Reindeer Run Fuzzy’s Taco Shop see pg 17

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Virtual Family Day Enjoy FREE art kits & themed virtual content on our social media platforms every 2nd Saturday of the month! FREE Art Kits are also available for pick up via drive through (10am-12pm on the day of) or in the Gift Shop while supplies last. FMI: www.samfa.org

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Santa Fe Christmas 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Railway Museum of San Angelo see pg 17 FMI

This could be a crucial EASY cell phone tip to save your life. see pg 16

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To be or not to be… why not rediscover the performing arts this year? By Yukio Kuniyuki Managing Director, San Angelo Performing Arts Center (SAPAC) For folks who are new to our great city, San Angelo not only has a vibrant visual arts scene, it also has a dynamic performing arts community. Whether you are interested in comedy, music, dance, or theatre, there is something for everyone—young or old. There is no better time than now to explore the many wonderful opportunities offered in San Angelo for aspiring actors, singers, dancers, artists, and technicians. The San Angelo Performing Arts Center has had a great start to the new season having presented STOMP and Forever Young recently. Now we have ARTRAGEOUS and Million Dollar Quartet coming up this month. While it may feel daunting to get involved in theatre, I recommend going for it, anyway. Every show depends on an army of volunteers to assist with ushering, stage management, and technical support. The theatre is nothing without the many hands that it takes to design sets, fine tune the sound, and illuminate the stage with color. Additionally, if you are creative, there is always a need in costuming and set design to transport the actors and the audiences to different eras and locations. Most importantly, the performing arts is nothing without you, our patrons, who attend shows or support in other ways through sponsorships, memberships, or donations. Please keep every venue and company in your heart as we all regain our footing and adapt to changes brought on by the recent pandemic. Being part of the performing arts community is truly a rewarding experience and I invite everyone to explore what we have to offer. Whether you find your way into the arts as a volunteer, a participant, or if you prefer to just enjoy the show as a guest, come out and share these priceless moments with us. SAPAC has many exciting performances coming in the next few months. Stay up to date by watching future issues of San Angelo Family Magazine or by going to their website at www.sanangelopac.org About San Angelo Performing Arts Center (SAPAC) SAPAC continues to be an exciting space for the performing arts in San Angelo. Ballet San Angelo is both a founding partner and current resident of SAPAC, housing 7 studios used to further dance education, fitness program, outreach and Joy of Movement classes. Be Theatre, also a resident company at SAPAC, continues to produce live theatre, with a strong outreach and education platform. Our goal is to nurture and encourage growth in the performing arts in San Angelo. Many other performing arts groups in San Angelo are consistently performing a the center including (but not limited to) The San Angelo Symphony, National Broadway Tours, guest speakers, comedians, San Angelo Broadway Academy, Dance Academy, Prep Academy, ASU, CHS and in 2021, the addition of graduations and UIL competitions were added to the docket.

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This National Park Bucket Journal is one part trip planner, one part bucket list, and one part diary. We encourage you to use it as a place to record your trips and then look back at the adventures you experienced with family and friends. National Parks have been a part of our heritage since the first park was dedicated by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. There are currently 62 parks covering 52.2 million acres of beautiful land to enjoy. The completely updated 2021 National Park Bucket Journal is organized into 7 regions (Pacific NW & Alaska, Western, Southwest, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, North & Mid Atlantic, and Southeast) and then alphabetically by state. This grouping allows you to choose an area where you live, or will soon visit, and see the National Parks that are around you without flipping through the whole book.

National Park Bucket Journal EACH OF THE 63 NATIONAL PARKS HAS ITS OWN 2-PAGE SPREAD. ON PAGE ONE, YOU'LL FIND... Use the left side page to learn more about the park and plan the attractions you want to see. We’ve given you a few ideas, but each park has more to discover. This page also has the address, phone number, and GPS coordinates for each park. Our fun, “by the numbers” section gives you an idea about the number of visitors each year (as of 2019), the number of entrances, and the number of visitor centers for each park. THE SECOND PAGE GIVES YOU A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP PERSONAL... Use the journal prompts to document your memories of the trip. Record who you were with, how you got there, and the views and vistas you loved the most. There is a dedicated space on this page to add a park stamp. Get creative as you personalize your journal. Is there a new park since publication? We’ve included blank pages for 5 more parks, so your journal won’t become outdated. Throughout the book, you’ll find additional pages with information to make your trip a success. We want you to experience every inch of your national parks! Journal Size: 8.5x11 inches Paper Quality: 60# paper Pages: 154 Delivered as: Spiral-bound journal with a thick cover This would make for a great gift for anyone interested in visiting the many parks in the United States! The journal may be found at mybucketjournals.com or Amazon.

If you are ever lost while hiking, get stranded with a broken down car, etc and you notice your cell phone is either low on juice or has no signal, here is a tip that very well may save your life. Change the voicemail on your phone to a message that gives your approximate location, the time, the date, your situation (lost, out of gas, car broken down, injured, etc) and any special instructions such as you are staying with the car, you are walking toward a town, etc.... The best part of this is that even if your cell phone dies or stops working, voicemail still works, so anyone calling your phone looking for you will hear the message and know where to find you or where to send help. Stay safe and try to keep your phone charged!!!

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

Around San Angelo

November 1 - November 28 SAMFA Exhibition: Handstitch 2021/Works by Texas Artists Hand Stitch 2021 / Works by Texas Artists This exhibit is a survey of ten women working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery (and textile art in general) is experiencing increased international recognition as a medium of choice for serious artists. Free to the public. Every 3rd Thursday of the month ASU ROCKETRY AND BUILDING November - March, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Join other students at the Library Makerspace in making your own model rocket. Kits and instructional guidance are provided to those who appear, with the model kits being launched at a later date as a community event. Get ready to blast off! Grades 6th-12th, including recent graduates Library Makerspace and community room 33 W Beauregard Ave, Tom Green County Library November 1 - November 20 Forbidden Broadway 82 Gillis St. San Angelo, TX 76903 Forbidden Broadway is a hysterical revue parodying musical theatre, particularly Broadway musicals. Join us for musical parodies of shows like Wicked, Les Mis, Cats, Mamma Mia!, Rent, and many more as we poke, prode, and totally rake Broadway's best musicals right over the roasting coals! Be Theatre produced this hilarious musical to sold out audiences in 2014 and is ready to assemble your favorite Be Theatre actors to dazzle and delight you once again! FMI 325-284-3825 November 1 2021 Myers Memorial Exhibition Kendall Art Gallery: 119 W. 1st Street, 7pm Join us for the opening of the 2021 Myers Memorial Exhibition as it will be on view at the Kendall Art Gallery. Monday, November 1st will commence the opening for the exhibition with the Awards Reception at 7pm. The gallery will be open and free to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as on Wednesdays starting November 6th until December 4th.

November 6 2021 Tracks Foodie Festival 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Railway Museum of San Angelo - 325-486-2140 Food trucks, train rides, museum tours, live music, free admission, family fun for all! Come on out and have some fun! November 6 Veteran's Day Parade Historic Downtown, 11:00 AM Never Forget 9/11 Honoring our Veterans and First Responders. At this years Veteran’s Day Parade, we will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm. Follow San Angelo Veterans on Facebook for veteran community updates. November 6 Women in Art & Music Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W College Ave, 7pm Join the San Angelo Symphony for the season opening concert showcasing female composers, musicians and artists in a celebration mixing orchestral music, history, and art! Listen to the works of several diverse and talented women composers while the talented young pianist, Daniela Liebman, performs and local artist, Julie Raymond Pains live. November 9 Artrageous 7:00 PM, 82 Gillis St. Join us to watch as stunning visual art pieces come to life on stage with music, dance, and audience participation. ARTRAGEOUS is a troupe of world-class and multi-talented dancers, singers, recording artists, actors, and musicians hailing from the high desert of New Mexico. Their high-energy, interactive performances are a combination of ALL ARTS on ONE STAGE into one electrifying, energizing, get-up-anddance, ARTRAGEOUS experience. Stunning visual art pieces are created making lines and shaped on giant canvases while the audience is intrigued to guess what each painting will become! With over 3000 performances worldwide Artrageous is the best place for your

family and friends to come together for some pure, joyful, fun, and create lasting memories together! FMI 325-284-3825 November 13 2021 Annual Marine Corps Toys For Tots Motorcycle Reindeer Run Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 4333 Sherwood Way Charity event to benefit the Toys for Tots of the Concho Valley. Event kicks off with our Annual Reindeer Run registration at 10am for a local ride. Additional events begin at NOON with live music, DJ, biker games, door prizes, and more. Entry for event is a new/unwrapped toy or $10 donation. Reindeer Run registration is $20 per rider. This is a family friendly event and all are welcome. (325) 277-1569 or san.angelo.tx@toysfortots.org November 14 Thanksgiving Veterans Dinner The All Veterans Council of Tom Green County will host the annual Thanksgiving Veteran's Dinner at the VFW, located at 125 South Browning Street in San Angelo on November 14, 2021. You can dine in or carry out. For more information you can contact Patricia Murdoch at pmsstyles@gmail.com or call (325) 263-2370. November 27 Santa Fe Christmas 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Railway Museum of San Angelo - 325-486-2140 Meet Santa, shop local vendors, & more! Santa arrives by train at 10 am & the event lasts until 4 pm. FMI: info.railwaymuseum@gmail.com or 325-486-2140 November 27 2nd 2021 MARINE CORPS TOYS FOR TOTS 10hr Fund/Toy Donation Drive US MARINES will be posted at Best Buy at Sunset and Sherwood Way accepting cash, check, & scanned monetary donations and/or donations of new/unwrapped toys for children throughout the

Who killed Captain C.A.Daver? Friday, November 5, 7:00-9:00pm. Modeled after the board game "Clue", A Murder at Fort Concho gives you the opportunity to play detective for a night. Listen to the suspects' alibis, search for clues, and help Miss Terri Salva solve the whodunit. Come alone or come as a group! This year we are giving you 2 nights to play along! And both nights will be different results! Do you think you can solve it? Much like last year, to provide a safer environment for our detectives, we will be using current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, tickets will be sold for specific start times. The first available time slot will be at 7:00 pm with additional start times scheduled every 15 minutes until 9:00 pm. All detectives will have until 10:30 pm to solve the mystery. Detectives can purchase their tickets in the Visitor Center at Barracks 1, or by calling (325) 481-2646, in November. Since capacity for each time slot is limited, tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for Fort Concho Members. (Want to become a member? Ask me how!) The program will begin in the Visitor Center at Barracks 1. Parking will be available across Oakes street. Masks are recommended and sanitizing stations will be provided. “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact...” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle San Angelo Family Magazine

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Our story is complex, complicated, messy and beautiful. It may not have been our plan to adopt children, but we believe it was God’s. I don’t mean to imply that I have some magical insight into God’s will. However, having experienced this journey firsthand, I have no doubt that three precious children were meant to be a part of my and my husband’s lives. We have seen God at work in our lives in ways that have brought tears to our eyes. My husband, Michael and I briefly talked about adoption, but thought it would be impossible because of cost. Like most couples, we thought about adoption in terms of bringing an infant into our lives with the help of an agency. We had never given much thought to adopting a young child with memories and experiences. Having worked in non-profit animal rescue, I knew how cruel people could be and was unsure if I could be a successful parent to a child with a past filled with hurt, abandonment or abuse. On January 27, 2014, I received the call that changed our lives and instantly made us parents. A fellow animal rescuer called me and told me about a boy she knew. A three-year-old boy named Landon that would turn 4 in just a few days. I won’t go into details about his past because that is his story to tell. What I will tell you is he was a boy needing a home. We were strangely calm and confident when we met him. It may sound cliché, but it was love at first sight. This precious boy with short brown hair had expressive brown eyes that were bright with life and curiosity. He was quiet at first, but a scoop of ice cream helped break the ice. I remember listening to him so intently trying to catch every word because I hadn’t yet developed mom ears that could decipher the language of a three-year-old. I was instantly connected to him and he to us. He called us Mom and Dad on that very first day. It’s as if God had prepared all three of us for this day without us consciously aware of it. The next few days were a whirlwind. Landon came to live with us on January 29th. Just two days after I received the call, we were a family. We had to set up a bedroom, plan a birthday and find a lawyer. And we did, with remarkable ease. Our adoption was finalized just 69 days later. Parenting isn’t easy. Any parent, biological or not, will tell you that. But is there anything better? Is there anything more beautiful than watching a child learn, grow and blossom? Oh, but the challenges. Landon is a smart and loving child. He’s also strong willed and opinionated. But we thank God every day for this child. We love being his parents, so much so that when Landon started talking about wanting a sibling, we were open to the idea of adopting again. He didn’t want just any sibling, he was specific. Landon felt God wanted him to have a baby sister to take care of. When we questioned him on this, he said “I just feel like a sister needs me more.” We decided it was time. Our second time around was intentional. There was no pre-destined phone call, although I prayed and prayed for that because private adoption is so much easier. We reached out to an agency that placed children currently in Child 18

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Protective Services but legally available for adoption. This means parental rights had already been terminated. We went through the process – the home visits, the classes and the interviews. We were approved and told it could take up to a year to find a match. We were looking for a single child to adopt, but God had other plans because just a few days later, we learned about two sisters. One was 11 and the other 5. We were concerned how Landon would manage not getting to be the “big” brother, as he was just 9 at the time. Adopting the girls would make Landon a middle child and the only boy. We sat down with Landon and told him about Hailey and Isabelle. We explained their ages and how sometimes it’s harder to place two children, but it was so important to keep siblings together. Without hesitation, he said, “Okay, let’s go get them.” I remember we smiled big and told him that’s not how it works, and he really needed to think about it because adoption is forever. With the wisdom of a man, he said to us, “They need a home, what is to think about it.” I told Landon that he wouldn’t be the oldest and sometimes it might be two against one. I wanted him to understand that this would change our entire family dynamic. Again, his response was simple, selfless and certain, “Mom, they need a family. Two is better than one.” The next morning, we told our adoption counselor to move forward. The agency selects three families and those “finalists”, for lack of a better term, are then reviewed by a team consisting of the child’s CPS representative, CASA volunteer and the child’s attorney. One of the three families are selected. We were to wait. While we only had a 33% chance of being selected; we again had peace and certainty that those were OUR girls. So much so, that we began shopping and planning. Crazy, right? My husband and I are logical people, but it’s what we felt we needed to do! And it is a good thing we did because just a two days later the phone call came. Our family was selected. We would become the Wilson Party of Five. Landon was ecstatic. The first thing he said when we told him was “Lets Go!” We met the girls the next week and they came to live with us on October 10th. It moved amazingly fast – even the adoption counselor was surprised. Here we are in 2021 celebrating our third National Adoption Day as a family of five. It has been two of the most challenging years of my life. 2019 was filled with such joy and excitement but 2020 brought uncerwww.safmtx.com

I am amazed, humbled and inspired by these three children. Adoption made us a family, but God designed our journey. I have discovered in these last 18 months that I needed them more than they needed me. They give me purpose. They make me see the world in a different light and they make me want to be a better person. They have shown me that life’s hurts may leave scars, but those scars help us see the beauty and potential that God allows with each new day. I am humbled and honored that God has allowed me to be a part of these children’s lives and to have a chapter in their stories. While I am in no hurry for them to grow up, I am excited to discover who they become and how they will impact this world. I have no doubt they have the inner strength, intelligence, and resilience to do something extraordinary. Like a beautiful, complicated puzzle, God took all our pieces, even the ones that were a little battered and worn and put together a completed masterpiece. Adoption is a uniquely beautiful thing! Not just for children, but for the parents whose world will be forever changed and made beautiful by the love of an adopted child. Happy National Adoption Day to all the families who have found one another on this amazing journey. Submitted by Jenie Wilson in honor of National Adoption Day celebrated this year on November 20! first family photo - all smiles!


Are you dreading a Thanksgiving gatherine because it can easily lead to differences of opinion? Here are some ideas!! Peaceful Thanksgiving Conversation 1. If you know someone is political in your family, politely remind them before inviting or right before everyone arrives to not discuss politics or religion. or maybe send a text or email to everyone, confirming the time and say something like, “I think we’ve all had enough politics in recent months, so tomorrow will be a politics-free day.” If you see the topic come up, change the subject. Have a list of topics ready in your head. Perhaps you could discuss how countries around the world celebrate Thanksgiving. 2. Your opinions do not change people’s minds, your actions do. If you can do it without being pretentious, either you or your kids can talk about what volunteer or charity work you are doing. 90% of conversations with politics, religion or personal family matters will go downhill at a holiday function. Remind yourself that there is absolutely nothing to be gained by discussing this at this holiday meal. 3. Do you want to be right, or do you want to have peace? That is a quote from Maya Angelou and I think of it often. Even if someone brings it up, change the topic. Let go of the need to be right. If they persist, you can say, “You know, I would love to discuss this with you further, just not on Thanksgiving/Christmas. How about we meet next week for coffee/brunch/round of golf?” 4. Don’t bring up these topics yourself. Remind your kids to do the same. Have something else prepared to gather everyone’s attention. Let the kids put on a play or read a poem or short story. Use the conversation starts listed in this magazine. Let the kids start it to get things going. 5. There is always going to be “that one person.” You ask everyone what they are thankful for, and someone has to say something rude and obnoxious. Be polite, be firm and move on. “Oh, come on Dad, we promised that we weren’t going to discuss politics today. Mom, what are you thankful for this year?” 6. Politics and alcohol do not mix. If you are serving drinks, keep the politics out of sight. Turn off the TV or keep it on football. Make sure there are no newspapers or magazines around that would spark political conversations. Have board games available and out and ready to go. If you have space, set one up ahead of time. This will encourage people to do other things. Play Football Bingo, which can include everyone. Have a project for everyone to work on, whether it be planning to adopt a family or sending Christmas cards to soldiers. Have something positive for people to focus on. Hopefully these tips help things stay a little calmer at Thanksgiving - Carolyn Miller, SAFM

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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 texas-al-anon.org/meetings/sanangelo 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, 68 pm,,lobby of downtown library, 33 W. Beauregard. Sets provided. Casual and USCF-rated games. 325-853-2324. brendahardesty@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 Monday each month, except June/July at WT Rehab Ctr, 1925 S University Dr, 6-7:30 pm, free and open to the public, Boots on the Ground! 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 2nd Tues, 6:30pm, 14 East Harris at “First Place”, FMI 949-6239. Space To Be Me (Youth Support Group, ages 13-17), Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Open Arms office (113 N. Harrison), FMI openarmscv.com or contact Lanie - 325-655-2000 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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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.

Caspen Greenwood (age 2 weeks in photo). Welcome to the world

Adaleena with Cinch and Dixie

Sage Greenwood age 4

Falon Diane Martinez 1 year old

Tobin and Kellen enjoying the last bit of summer!

Grandson Ezra Ryan Scott

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