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Alamo Heights Community Garden Breast Cancer Awareness Month Area Churches
What's Cookin' In Alamo Heights Meet Your Neighbors Coming Up at the Witte!
McNay Events & Exhibits SA Botanical Gardens AH High School Presents, "Alice"
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Alamo Heights Community Garden Chock Full of Fall Fruits and Veggies
“It’s designed to be a communal-style garden where people can come and work By K AT I E N I C K A S and share in the produce,” she said. “We have more than 100 people on our e-mail list, Volunteers at the Alamo Heights Community Garden enjoyed but we invite people to come cooler temperatures one recent September morning as they and help whenever they can.” pulled weeds, planted cabbage, radishes, carrots, beets and broccoli and collected compost from the raised beds in preparation The Community Gardeners for fall planting. alert volunteers through e-mail to upcoming group grower days, calling out for needed seeds and supplies. Situated in the Olmos Basin and floodplain near the Hondondo Not surprisingly, many of the frequent volunteers to the commuCreek Trails, the garden saw its share of stress this season. nity garden are gardeners. The southern half of the garden was inundated with water following the flooding in June, receiving as much as 12 inches of rain in “It’s just great to get your hands into the soil,” said Mona Kandeler as she pulled up clods of Bermuda grass. “This is my first one morning, said regular volunteer Karla Toye. day volunteering here. Just getting all the volunteers and the beds The garden is thriving with Brussels sprouts, hot peppers, jica- made is such progress, and then getting the dirt, too, is something ma and other bountiful crops despite the challenging weather, really special.” and gardeners are anticipating a variety of fun fall events, in- Charlotte Wenger, a resident of Alamo Heights who tended to the cluding a possible scarecrow contest, said gardener and coordi- butterfly garden, said it is very satisfying to see things grow. nator Linda Hallstead. Striving to make the garden a center for urban ecology and conser“Everything here is done by volunteers,” Toye added, noting that vation, the gardeners added a rain barrel to catch the runoff water the Boy Scouts helped build the raised and the from the gutters and flow into the drip irrigation system. halfpage_fullcolor.pdf 5/4/13beds 1:17:24 PM shed and planted fruit and ornamental olive trees. continued on page 4
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April 2013 “This is my garden in my mind, so I like to contribute to the compost and the garden,” said volunteer Steve Hinshaw. Anyone who volunteers to plant and help with the garden is invited to share in the harvest, Toye said. The Alamo Heights garden recently joined the network of more than 30 gardens facilitated by the Green Spaces Alliance, formerly the Bexar Land Trust, to use resources including gardening advice, seeds, gator bags and designs for the entryway. The Alliance offers funding for startup projects and continuous support for the life of the gardens, explained Alliance community gardens assistant program manager Michelle Gorham. continued from page 3
She said the organization has worked with the gardeners in a variety of activities, including a composting workshop last spring and a recent Art for Water fundraising event in which artists decorated rain bales.
The compost heap is another essential part of the garden’s symbiosis, and the gardeners fertilize the crops with Landscape Essentials fertilizer with each planting.
“They’ve helped us as an active and vibrant garden — the garden coordinators are very connected and helped make the events we held there very successful,” Gorham said. “I think there’s a lot of room for community gardens to grow in San Antonio. The gardens are serving as very good models of urban agriculture for may other urban agriculture projects that may come up.”
They have experimented with different crop combinations, including the Three Sisters — corn, beans and squash planted together. The volunteers also bring the necessary tools and equipment to tend to the garden.
The Alamo Heights gardeners are looking forward to planting spinach, onions and garlic in October and November and are discussing plans to install a Little Free Library, an opportunity for residents to engage in a book exchange. Though the garden cannot solve all the world’s problems, it can help solve one big one — the disconnection that people feel with the soil and with their food, said first-time volunteer Cynthia Marmolejo.
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“This is a good way to help the community, plus you learn so much about gardening and as a volunteer you get to take home wonderful fruits and vegetables,” Marmolejo said. “A lot of city kids have not been out to a farm, so it is a great opportunity for them to come out and get their hands dirty and learn to appreciate nature and see where their food comes from.”
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Toye said that students from Cambridge Elementary school had visited the garden recently and had really gotten a kick out of seeing the root vegetables. “It’s really important that we keep our kids interested and involved in their community, and this garden is a great way to do it,” she added.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!
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CHURCHES Alamo Heights Baptist Church 6501 Broadway (210) 824-9539 www.ahbaptist.com
First Church of Christ Scientist 5927 Broadway St. (210) 822-8870
St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church 111 Barilla Place (210) 822-3367 www.stpeterprinceoftheapostles.org
Alamo Heights Christian Church 6435 N New Braunfels Ave. (210) 828-5728 www.alamoworship.org
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church 308 Mt. Calvary Drive (210) 824-8748 www.mtcsa.org
Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church 6201 Broadway (210) 824-0271 www.alamoheightspres.com
Northwood Presbyterian Church 518 Pike Place (210) 824-7238 www.npsca.org
Alamo Heights United Methodist Church 825 E. Basse Road (210) 826-3215 www.ahumc.org Christ Lutheran Church 6720 Broadway (210) 822-3394 www.clcah.org
Sunset Ridge Church of Christ 95 Brees Boulevard (210) 824-4568 www.sunsetridgechurch.org St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 11 Saint Luke’s Lane (210) 828.6425 www.stlukes-sa.net
St. Anthony De Padua Catholic Church 102 Lorenz (210) 824-1743 www.stanthonydepadua.org
St. Pius X Catholic Church 3303 Urban Crest Dr. (210) 824-0139 www.stpiusxsa.org
St. David’s Episcopal Church 1300 Wilshire Ave. (210) 824-2481 www.saintdavids.net
Unity Church of SA 1723 Lawndale (210) 824-7351 www.Unityofsa.org
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Meet Your Neighbor Maggie Houston By Susan Schopp Responders who had to work on major holidays. She made sure that these men and women who were such an integral part of the Alamo Heights community and its safety were able to enjoy a good meal.
One of the most beautiful things in life is the unexpected. We’ve all had those unexpected gifts, right? For example, when someone in line at the grocery store says, “You only have a couple of items, go before me” or, when you are fully expecting to pay 1000 bucks for a car repair and the mechanic calls you and says, “It was just an adjustment… it’s only going to be $400.” Or even, when you’ve been feeling really bad, you’re kind of worried and you go to the doctor and he says, “Just take this once a day for a few days and you’ll feel better in no time.” You know, those run of the mill “presents” that make every day better?
Maggie, who grew up in Alamo Heights and attended Alamo Heights schools from first through 12th grade knew just about everybody. She happened to be in Central Market in early 2004 right before Christmas. She noticed a couple of Alamo Heights police officers in regular clothing. “I didn’t need to see them in a uniform to know that they were our officers.” She greeted them and wished them a happy holiday and asked about their plans. They told her that they would be working but would be visiting family in the days after the holiday.
But let’s be honest. How much do we really appreciate these little things? Is it kindness, coincidence, fate? It is what it is. Isn’t it?
It occurred to her that while she would be home enjoying the wonderful dinner she had just purchased and intended to cook and share with her family, they would be working to protect the city of Alamo Heights. “The plan to serve a meal to our First Responders on major holidays was born. The response from the community was incredible.”
This month I had the pleasure of visiting with Margaret “Maggie” Houston, a well known Alamo Heights native. Our visit started with a story about a time she was at a restaurant and saw a man in a wheelchair who was trying to reach the spigot to get a soda but he couldn’t quite reach. It was a busy restaurant, people all around, but he was struggling. Of all the people walking by, most ignored him, some were annoyed by his wheelchair as they tried to get around him to get a soda. Maggie recognized that he just wanted a soda and she could help him. So she did. How simple was that?
Then, in September of 2010, Maggie was diagnosed with double breast cancer. As much as she tried to continue with the meals for the First Responders, it became difficult. Her good friend, Barbie O’Connor, gave her a call and offered to help her out.
Why did other people not notice him? Why were some annoyed by him? Why did others not come to his aid? Maybe the better question is why did Maggie Houston understand his plight and immediately jump right in?
Maggie remembered well those first days after the diagnosis. The call from the doctor that said that there was a spot he was concerned about, and could she come in and talk about it. The fear and anxiety that gripped her on the way to his office where he suggested she have a biopsy. And then, after the diagnosis was confirmed and she was told the steps that would have to be taken to hopefully rid her of this disease.
She understood what was important. She’d had an experience that had taken all those little weird thoughts out of her head, opened her eyes and drilled it down to the reality of the situation. Who was this man? Who cares? Why help him? Why not? She simply understood that he was having difficulty and gave him a hand.
“It’s funny the things that go through your head. The people you think you would call may be the last ones you actually call. My first thought was that this is MY business. I can handle this on my own. I’m not telling anyone.”
Although a serious life event may have opened her eyes to even the tiniest of opportunities to help others, Maggie already had a long history of helping people right here in Alamo Heights. She started the drive to ensure that the Alamo Heights First Responders made a good living. “We have been able to attract and keep some of the best police and fire fighters around,” she mentioned, “It is so important to our city.” Another of her many contributions to the city personnel was the creation of a dinner for the First
However, the seriousness of the disease made her realize that not sharing her situation was not an option. “You would think that the first people I would call would have been my sons. But as a mother, my instinct was to protect them. I didn’t want them to worry or hurt.” continued on page 9
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As it turned out the first person she confided in was former councilwoman, Jill Souter, aka “The Director”. Soon, Jill had put together a group of women (and sometimes their husbands) who became known as Maggie’s Bosom Buddies on Wheels (MBBOW). “Over a period of about a year they drove me back and forth to Houston for chemo treatments. They fed me when I didn’t want to eat, encouraged me when I felt hopeless, told me I was beautiful as my hair was coming out in clumps. They never let go until I could do this on my own.” MBBOW’s help ranged from a light in the window from a neighbor so that she’d know that help was available in the dark of night, to full and healthy meals, to travel to where ever she needed to go for doctors’ appointments. “I learned that friends are our chosen family.” She also recognized during this experience that her sons where no longer boys, they were grown men. “They set my affairs in order. They handled all the things that make an experience like this even scarier. They talked to my doctors, organized my medical affairs. If I go into the hospital now all I have to do is hand them a folder that has everything any doctor needs to know about my medical history. I’m so proud of them. It’s truly a freeing experience to recognize that your children have grown up. I was able to think about myself. That was such a gift.” She said, “There are three things about cancer that I have learned.” 1. No one ever expects to get cancer. Somehow we think we are exempt. 2. Every single person, knows someone who has a cancer story. 3. Cancer can be a positive experience. Uh what? Cancer can be a positive experience?
“All phoniness goes away. You no longer say, let’s do lunch. You plan a date to have lunch. You no longer hide the fact that you are worried, scared, happy, sad or whatever. You let people know how you feel. The things that used to go by in a typical day become much more important.” She said, “Your eyes become open to the merely magnificent to the truly grand in a single day!” The last story she told me was my favorite. “I was at Excel, a local salon and Robert was doing my hair. I needed to have what was left of my hair shaved off so that the wig that I bought would fit. The stylist could have so easily taken it all with one fell swoop, but he instead took many long cuts as if I had thick hair.” “Then, it seemed as if the other ladies and stylists there understood what was going on. Before I knew it there was a crowd around us. Some were holding my hands, my shoulders, or crying. “He shaved that last bit and then swiped the wig on so fast that it was almost as if I had never been without hair.” Maggie’s list of people who helped her through is long. “The funny thing is no one knows what they did. They were quiet helpers. They just went about their business and did what they did. And I’m not the only one. They just care about people and understand what is important in life. They appreciate the gifts that life holds.” For me, that day, the pleasure of having lunch with such a remarkable and inspirational woman was a gift. However, I soon began to recognize the many other gifts that were around us as Maggie mentioned them here and there. One of the gifts we enjoyed was the wonderful new Greek Salad that Twin Sisters has on their menu. Another was Joe, the waiter, who found us the most perfect booth by the window with the most perfect view of the most perfect day. Today.
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The Alamo Heights High School Theater Department is having a huge tea party and everyone is invited! The program kicks off it's 2013-2014 season with a fun and creative interpretation of the children's classic, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll. Students are performing Dennis M. Maganza's adaption entitled, "Alice," October 19, at 7 p.m., October 20, at 2 p.m. and October 21, at 7 p.m. The show shares the story of Alice with an ensemble cast playing a variety of roles. The script is written to allow imagination on the part of both the audience and actors, providing a wonderful opportunity for student creativity and interpretation! Tickets are only $5 for General Admission and AHISD students get in free with their student ID! All performances will take place in the Alamo Heights High School Auditorium, 6900 Broadway. Students have been rehearsing for the show since the start of the school year. It has been a great way for students to jump in and get to know their new theater teacher, Charlcy Nichols, who recently joined the Fine Arts team! Nichols brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the theater program, hailing from Smithson Valley High School in Comal ISD and Timber Creek High School in Keller ISD. Nichols promises some fun elements that will add to the "Alice!" experience. She is excited to share the talents of the technical team and those on stage with the community! Every detail of the experience has been created by students, including the promotional poster (pictured), developed by Oscar Escamilla! The show is sure to be a colorful journey for all ages!
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