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April 2015 Issue



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Note From The Publisher

Fiesta and Giving!


pring has arrived! It’s the time of year when we begin spring-cleaning, sprucing up our yards, firing those grills up and planning for our summer. This is when we all start to find time to get outside and enjoy the perfect temperatures in our wonderful city. April is the month when we celebrate Fiesta festivities all over San Antonio. At Welcome Home, we are especially excited for the highly anticipated event, A Taste of the Northside, which we are honored to sponsor once again. The proceeds from this event benefit the Brighton Center, one of our community’s greatest foundations benefiting our local children. We have children from Brighton Center featured on our cover, along with this year’s Queen of the Vine, Janine Sauer. Brighton Center’s, A Taste of the Northside will be held at The Club At Sonterra again this year. Welcome Home will have our newspapers on all the shuttles so be sure to pick one up and read about the businesses and children in this area. For more about A Taste of the Northside continue reading on page 9. Living Through Giving is sponsoring its annual We Got Your Back drive to collect backpacks for children in San Antonio that have been displaced by abuse, neglect or family disruption and are currently in the care of Child Protective Services. The goal this year is to make sure all of these children will be able to start school with a new backpack and school supplies. Living through Giving is also excited to be taking part in The Big Give SA on May 5th. This is an opportunity to everyone in San Antonio to donate to the charity of their choice. Please visit our website at livingthroughgivingsa.

org and help us support children with all of their needs this year. As avid Spurs fans, we are so proud of how our team is doing as they approach the end of the regular season. If you have never been to a game (or it’s been a while) this is a great opportunity to share that exciting experience with your extended San Antonio family. GO SPURS GO!! The end of the school year is quickly approaching and we are busy processing all of our SOBA scholarship applications. Thank you to all of the talented students who submitted! This is one of our most treasured moments of the year, when we are able to give back to those young people in our community who have worked so hard to achieve greatness in their academic endeavors. We will be announcing our five scholarship winners in May at our Speed Networking event. Also during the month of May, we will be having our Mother’s Day Tribute, celebrating all the wonderful moms in our community. Please have your written submissions sent to us by April 10th. Look for our email notifications for details. On behalf of myself and the staff at Welcome Home, thank you for your continued readership and support! Remember, if you have good news to share, we want to give you a place in our pages to do so. Welcome Home continues its legacy thanks to all of our readers who support the businesses who make this paper possible. Let them know you saw them in Welcome Home, YOUR community newspaper.

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Staff Writers Debby Seguin Sales Representatives Patrice Long Katrina Cunningham Heather Jemente Sierra Hernandez Contributing Photographer Karen Little Contributing Writers Laura Aplin Nadine Barrientos Denise Bennett Michele Bibb Laura Breeden Colleen Churn Deborah Deel

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By Stefanie Young and Kristine Garza righton Center’s Queen of the Vine Campaign offered a new and more personal way for San Antonio’s leading women to help raise funds for children with developmental delays and disabilities. The campaigns feature women who have dedicated their time to a vision where children have the support they need through difficult times. This year’s 2015 Queen of the Vine candidates were Janine Sauer, Kosha Vriseno and Colleen Douglas. From August to February, these dynamic and passionate women committed to give their time, talent and resources by engaging in a spirited competition to raise funds for Brighton Center. This year, the candidates collectively rose over $225,000 in support of Brighton Center! Featured on the cover is Janine Sauer, the 2015 Queen of the Vine. Her inspiration for running came from her beautiful 10 year old daughter Kaitlin. Kaitlin entered the world with a rare condition, Amniotic Band Syndrome, and has touched many hearts with her bravery, determination and ability to be “just like everyone else”. Congratulations to Janine for committing to her passion and working to make a difference in the lives that need it most.


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Does This Facebook Make Me Look Fat? By Debby Seguin

n my (reluctant) pursuit of technology, I am proud to say I have come a long way since “Hey, how do I turn this thing on?” After mastering the “power” button, I moved on to loftier goals such as “saving” and “creating files,” activities I have yet to do in my actual office. It does get a bit discouraging, however, when just as I finish (barely) learning a new skill, my neighbors (kindergarten) daughter informs me that it is actually an old skill and would I like to learn the right way to do it? Humbling to say the least, but the price is right; a couple of chocolate chip cookies later and I am in the know once again!

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My own kids want to keep me ignorant of course. My teen son tries to get away with “virtually” taking out the trash. Wouldn’t that be nice? Just push a button and Whhooosh! It’s gone! I could really use a virtual “clean the toilet” button or better yet, a “fold the laundry” button. Now THAT is technology I can really get excited about. So I’m feeling all “hey, I’m good, I’m ready for something else but what?” Some of my friends would ask, “Do you facebook?” and I am thinking, “Uh, I’m a teacher. My face is in a book most of the time.” But now of course it means something totally different. Now Facebook is a VERB and anyone who doesn’t DO IT has a cool factor of -3. I am still digging myself out of my -5 rating (when I had to dance in front of my son and 750 of his friends at a pep rally) so I can’t afford NOT to facebook. The results: My picture is sideways. I have 3 friends. I am being stalked. I have (according to my page, which I don’t know how to add to) no skills, no career, no goals, no bffs, no address, no email, no favorite songs, food, bands, purses, peppers, hair products or Bath and Bodyworks fragrances. I don’t “like” anything or anyone. Nobody is “friending” (also a verb) me. I guess I will head over to my neighbor’s so she can help me (after her Dora the Explorer is over). In the meantime, please friend me so my kids will stop laughing… Debby (who used to hand deliver her articles!) can be reached at Deborah.

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Lopez Choir Earns Sweepstakes Trophies In UIL

Lopez 8th grade Girls Choir.

Submitted By Jeanette Shoaf onday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd, the Lopez 7th and 8th grade Choral Department participated in a UIL competition held at Judson High School, in San Antonio for all NEISD middle schools and surrounding school districts. The UIL Concert/Sight reading contest is Lopez Choir’s version of the “Super Bowl”. It is their one chance out of the year to show everyone what they have learned from August until the present time. There are two sections to the contest with the first being the “concert” and the second being “sightreading”. Concert- Each competing choir is required to perform three pieces, one of which must be sung a cappella (without accompaniment). Three concert judges will each give the choir a rating which


Lopez 7th grade Girls Choir.

ranges from 1-5 with a 1st division being the highest. The judges listen for accuracy of pitch, rhythm and interpretation of the piece. The three scores from the judges are averaged together for a final score. Choirs are judged against a standard and do not directly compete against other choirs. Sight-reading- This is a skill that all of their choirs work on every day. Sightreading is the ability to sing a piece of music without hearing it prior to the performance. Neither the director nor the students have viewed the sight-reading piece before receiving it in the contest room. Students and their directors are given 6 minutes to talk, chant, and work through the rhythms for the piece. Neither the students nor the director can sing, hum or create any sounds that can be mistaken for actual pitches during the study time. After the 6 minutes of study time, the choir must perform the piece

Lopez Boys Choir.

as written. Following the first performance, two additional minutes are given to fix any mistakes made during the first reading. A final score (rating) is based on the director’s instructions, the use of study time and ultimately the final reading of the piece. Three sight-reading judges will each give the choir a rating which ranges from 1-5 with a 1st division being the highest. The judges listen for accuracy of pitch, rhythm and the ability to sing the piece the choir has been given. The three scores from the judges are averaged together for a final score. Judges for this UIL event are T.M.A.A certified and are hired from outside our immediate area. All choirs compete against a standard, and therefore, more than one choir may receive a 1st division rating. Choirs who receive an average rating of a “1” in concert or in sight-reading receive a plaque. Choirs receiving an average rating

of a “1” in both concert and sight-reading receive a “Sweepstakes” trophy. The school is very proud to announce their 8th grade Girls Choir, Boys Choir, and 7th grade Girls Choir each received a Sweepstakes Trophy! All three Choirs received all 1’s in every category! Fantastic job choir students, your hard work and dedication have paid off. Also, Lopez Middle would like to thank Ms. Kelley, Choral Director, for being an awesome person, choir director, role model and teacher to their students.


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pring time is here and for the majority of us it couldn’t have come sooner! At the start of Spring, typically people are pulling out cleaning supplies and tidying up houses; and it shouldn’t be any different for our vehicles. Now is a great time to have your vehicle “spring cleaned” after all your winter driving. One of the best ways to spring clean your vehicle is to have your A/C Evaporator Core serviced. Most of our customers have

never even heard of this component to your vehicle. Your A/C Evaporator Core is located underneath your vehicles dash and works hard to make sure your air condition is blowing cold. One of the drawbacks of the A/C Evaporator Core is that it is located in a dark, damp space beneath your dash and becomes a premium environment for collecting dust and allergens. In order to accomplish making your vehicle cold on demand, the evaporator

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arry Hagendorf, the leading authority on deck and patio care in South Texas, has been cleaning and sealing decks for more than 20 years. Q: Why does my wooden deck look so bad? A: According to Architectural Digest, unprotected wood only lasts for 9-14 years.

I recommend that you clean the wood on your deck and seal it with an oil-based penetrating sealer. Q: What sealer would you recommend? A: My preference, after years of trial and error research, is Barry Premium Blend oilbased penetrating sealer that is designed to look for dry cell structure in the wood. It will penetrate first to the bottom of the cracks, nail holes and knots. Barry’s Premium Blend will protect from the surface down, stabilizing the cell structure of the wood.

core must sweat, this in turn allows the allergens and dust to grow into mold, spores, fungi and algae. Over time your airflow becomes reduced within your vehicle, the A/C does not blow as cold, and allergens become a common norm inside the cabin of your vehicle. Belden’s offers a BG A/C Evaporator Core Service that will chemically clean your potentially clogged up evaporator core. The service injects scrubbing bubbles inside your evaporator core, thus prolonging your A/C and providing colder air flow as well as better quality air inside your vehicle. Belden’s highly recommends using BG Products because of their high quality of product and their dedication to making vehicles last longer and perform better. Make some time to keep your car clean – from the inside out, it might be worth the time! Come by Belden’s Automotive & Tires and let our

certified technicians perform a MultiPoint Inspection on your vehicle and get it ready for the changing seasons ahead. Keep in mind, Belden’s is Your Dealer Alternative and your Diesel Specialists! Visit us at any of our 6 locations – including our newest location located at Babcock and Prue Rd. Check us out on the web for coupons and specials at Buckle up, Drive Safe and Remember at Belden’s Automotive & Tires “We Keep You Rolling!” Belden’s Automotive & Tires has Five Locations: San Pedro: 210-494-0017; Medical Center: 210-690-1100; Alamo Garage: 210-366-1122; Boerne: 830981-9700; Bulverde Rd.: 210-481-3330. For more information, call one of the locations or visit www.beldensautomotive. com

Q: What care should I give to my Pebblestone? A: On new and older pebblestone, first acid wash the film of concrete off the rocks. Then, oxidize the surface to kill mold and mildew. Last, seal the stone to its natural wet look. Q: Why are the rocks from my pebblestone pool surround sticking to my feet? A: Moisture penetrates around the stones and changing temperatures expand the moisture and wedge the rocks out. To repair, acid wash the surface. Then, oxidize it to kill mold and mildew. Finally, lock the stones in with a clear acrylic sealer. You will also lock in the beautiful natural wet look. Q: Why is my Flagstone flaking &

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The Royal Gatsby Ball and a new Queen of the Vine!


righton Center’s Queen of the Vine Campaign has been a great way for San Antonio’s leading women to help raise funds for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Every year, the campaign features strong and dedicated women who come together with a shared passion for supporting the children of Brighton Center. This year’s 2015 Queen of the Vine candidates were Janine Sauer, Kosha Vriseno and Colleen Douglas. From August to February, these dynamic and passionate women committed to give their time, talent and resources by engaging in a spirited competition to raise funds for Brighton Center. This year, the candidates collectively rose over $225,000 in support of Brighton Center! The candidates were crowned at this year’s Coronation event - The Royal Gatsby Ball – which was held on Friday, February 27th at the regal St. Anthony Hotel. The champagne flowed, guests dressed the part in flapper dresses and the sounds of Johnny P and The Wiseguys filled the air as the candidates anxiously waited for the final tallies to find out who would be crowned the Queen. Ultimately, Janine Sauer was crowned as the 13th Queen of the Vine after raising $86,719 through tireless fundraising, special events, donation collections and the Queen’s Ball Live and Silent Auction. Special congratulations to the 2015 Princess of the Vine, Kosha Vriseno who raised $55,650 and to the 2015 Brighton Ambassador Colleen Douglas who raised $29,374. 2015 Queen of the Vine Janine Sauer, featured on this month’s cover, is a remarkable woman indeed. Her inspiration for running came from her beautiful 10 year old daughter Kaitlin. Kaitlin entered the world with a rare condition, Amniotic Band Syndrome, and has touched many hearts with her bravery, determination and ability to be “just like everyone else.” Janine and her family moved to San Antonio in 2006 and Brighton Center quickly became an important part of helping them get settled by helping them find the right school, pediatrician and many other services important to Kaitlin’s care. Janine’s experience illustrates the impact of Brighton Center in helping the children of San Antonio who are born with developmental delays or disabilities become confident, accomplished and included with their peers just as they deserve. Brighton Center offers a holistic approach for families like Janine’s and has several programs to help children reach their full potential. Brighton’s Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI) provides home based therapy services and case management for children ages 0-3 who have a developmental delay or disability and qualify for services. The Precious Minds, New Connections Program (PMNC) is a nurturing curriculum that provides parents with the tools and strategies to create a nurturing environment

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that enhances their child’s development. Brighton Center’s Special Education and Support Services Program (SESS) provides families of children with disabilities the tools and knowledge to successfully advocate for their children in the public school system, and as their children grow into young adults, SESS assists them in setting goals and developing plans for their own futures. Brighton also has a NAEYC accredited Child Development Center and recently opened a Preschool Academy to better meet the needs of the community. Both learning centers are inclusive and serve children with and without disabilities. Brighton Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, A Taste of The Northside, will be held April 22nd at the Club at Sonterra and 2015 Queen of the Vine Janine Sauer will have the honor of being Fiesta Royalty as a representative of the agency she passionately supports. This year’s event will feature a Stella Artois Beer Garden, elevated wine and spirits including Chateau St. Michele Brands and Herradura tequila, 5 live bands including Grooveline, Decibel Band, and THE MAX. Plus, the evening will end with a “BANG” courtesy of a special Fireworks Finale! All proceeds from A Taste of the Northside benefit Brighton Center. General admission tickets are $65 in advance, $70 at the door, and include 8 Food tastings from over 50 of San Antonio’s best restaurants and 5 beer or wine tastings courtesy of Silver Eagle and Republic National Distributing. Tickets are available at all HEB locations or at and all ticket prices include Free Parking & Shuttle. Guests can also upgrade to the Queen of the Vine V.I.P. Lounge presented by M2 Technology featuring Fiesta® Foodie and GoodtastewithTanji founder Tanji Patton. This lounge is an exclusive, indoor area featuring samplings from upscale San Antonio restaurants including Kirby’s Steakhouse, Bob’s Steak and Chophouse, Boudro’s, FROST 321, Piatti, Wildfish, and Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille. The upscale experience will also feature additional food and drink tastings, along with entertainment by the Joe Caruso Trio and Blue Finger Disco. All V.I.P. guests will also receive a wine glass and butler tray, as well as special reserved shuttle parking. Limited tickets are $200 and are available by visiting Over the past 15 years, Brighton Center has raised over $5 million through their signature event, A Taste of the Northside, which had been named the Best Fiesta® event for 3 years by News4 WOAI. Brighton Center serves over 2,500 children each year and continues to fulfill its vision equip children and empower parents to achieve their individual potential to be successful in every community. Visit Brighton’s website for more information on their

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not estrogen, in the largest study done to date, the Women’s Health Initiative Study. #2 Testosterone is only for men No. Women make 10% of the level in men, but testosterone is abundantly found in young women. Testosterone declines in menopause. Some of the general effects of lower testosterone in older women are less sex drive and a general lack of well-being. Truth: Replacement of testosterone to women after a total hysterectomy restored sexual desire, muscle mass and physical function. (From Science Daily, 11/27/13) #3 Testosterone is approved for women, because the FDA wants to promote our health and well-being. No,

Save The Date For Our Open House Celebration By Monica Allison, O.D. Stone Oak Vision Source (210) 495-9020


e are so excited to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as the owners at Stone Oak Vision Source! With 2 doctors every day, we have more appointments available to see our patients. We are extending an invitation to everyone in the community to join us for our open house- save the date- April 21, all day long

from 9 am to 6 pm. We are located at 19202 Stone Oak Parkway Ste. 106, at the NE corner of Stone Oak Parkway and Huebner. We are going to have vendors here with their latest frame designs and we will have food and drink all day long. The new lines we will be showcasing include Michael Kors and Giorgio Armani. There will be door prizes throughout the day and special deals on eyewear as well. With summer fast approaching we will be show casing all of our sunwear lines as

no, and no. Testosterone is not approved for women. Yet, the FDA promotes the treatment of normal menopause with various pharmaceutical drugs. Drugs with terrible side effects, including suicide, ARE approved for treatment of menopause. Truth: Menopause is normal part of life and not a mental disorder. “The Change” should not be treated with anti-depressants, anti-anxiolytics, or anything other than the same hormones found in young healthy 18 y/o. The FDA wants to promote and protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. (“Drug & Medical Device Companies Have Outsized Influence on FDA”, from Union of Concerned Scientists) #4 Progesterone causes blood clots and cancer. No. Many gynecologists don’t understand that oral, micronized progesterone from the compounding pharmacy is not progestin. (See #1) Progesterone is so safe that it is commonly prescribed for the most

vulnerable of patients--the pregnant woman at risk for miscarriage. Truth: progesterone promotes rest, relaxation, and calmness. #5 I don’t have a uterus, therefore I don’t need progesterone. Not true. All women need progesterone to balance estrogen. Women have progesterone receptors on the breast, bones, & brain. Progesterone helps regulate mood, cognition, inflammation, and neurogenesis in the brain. (“Progesterone receptors: form & function in the brain” FRONT NEUROENDOCRINOL, 2008 May, 29 (2):313-39). Get your life back with bio-identical hormone therapy tailored precisely for you based on blood results. Donna Becker, D.O., Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Enhancement of Life is located at 14603 Huebner Rd., Suite 2601, San Antonio, TX 78231. For more information, call (210) 545-5224 or visit

well. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for summer in San Antonio and we will have some great deals and we never charge sales tax. Besides for routine eye care, we love fitting specialty contact lenses. If you’ve ever wanted to try contacts and were told you weren’t a candidate, come in and let us evaluate your eyes. There are many new designs on the market for astigmatism, keratoconus, and even bifocal contact lenses! Another specialty that we are passionate about is corneal molding. This is a process where you can wear a specially designed contact lens only at night and have good vision during the day with nothing on. It reshapes your eyes while you sleep and you remove the lenses in the morning and can see clearly

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Musical Dreams Come True At Independence Hill By Michelle Houriet, Executive Director Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community (210) 209-8956 ack in 2010, Bob Olsen dreamed Music opens up the heart and soul, of organizing a Men’s Barber bringing such joy and happiness that Shop Quartet at Independence Hill before they all knew it they were forming Retirement Community. Mr. Olsen was a Chorus, the “Hill Toppers.” Immediately always singing and playing rag time tunes they recruited Aurora Boliak to be the on the piano. In fact his home movies were pianist, with a music degree and a lifetime full of family sing-a-longs. As a resident, of playing. Dr. Glenn, one of the original he had many friends and figured at least 3 members, was busy promoting the Chorus of them could probably sing. He gathered membership and performances. The a group of gentlemen together and they leadership team was now complete. started singing every Friday. At some point, Next came the task of finding members. they reached out to Virginia Brys, a resident Ms. Leyndecker said she was just humming that had experience as a Choir Director, for in the lobby shortly after moving in to some help refining the tenor’s voice. Once Independence Hill when Ms. Brys over a woman was seen working with the men, heard her and asked her to join the Chorus. many of the ladies wanted to join in as Mrs. Brys explains, “I’m noisy. I look at the singers. Virginia and Bob began working on new resident board and if I see anyone with putting together a group; thinking it might musical interest I call them and invite them just be for sing-a-longs. to join. As someone who has always loved


to sing, Mrs. Bloom was thrilled to find out there was a chorus and states “If you are feeling blue singing will lift you up!” Ms. Boliak, the pianist, explains what goes on the behind the scenes, “The music tells a story. I must research the music first, understand the words, the tone and meaning of the song. It is like writing a story, is it sad, happy, etc.? It must be interpreted to ensure the music is setting the right tone. The Director and I have to agree on the interpretation before rehearsals can even start. If I Iose my concentration I can destroy the performance. Summing it up, Mrs. Brys reflects, “I firmly believe that God placed me at Independence Hill to share my gift. I had no other reason to come here. It was not the closest community to my family but it put Bob Olsen in my life and opened up the world of music for me again.” She is very proud of the members and believes their dedication and commitment have made it a success. “What is most special about our Chorus are our ages. Many are in their 80’s, 3 are in their 90’s and I will also turn 90 come June. Being able to sing in the Chorus at this time in our life, when they never

Chile Abuse Prevention Month With CASA

Submitted By Elisabeth Reise pril is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month in Texas – an important time to become aware of how our community is affected by child abuse. Child Protective Services just released its statistics for 2013-2014 and reported that there were roughly 5400 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in Bexar County. These numbers demonstrate that our community needs to work together to address this issue. In Bexar County, every 30 days an average of 154 children enter state protective custody because of abuse or neglect. Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) advocates on behalf of these children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by the courts to advocate for the best interest of the child to make sure that their needs do not “fall through the cracks.” CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge


by gathering first-hand facts about the well-being of the child and providing that information to the judge. This allows the judge to have the necessary information to make the best decision regarding the future of that child. April should not only be a time that the community reflects upon child abuse, but also a time to act. The CASA program provides the community with an opportunity to fight for child abuse victims and to make a difference. A child with a CASA volunteer finds a permanent safe home 8 months faster than a child who does not have a CASA volunteer. Children are also 50% less likely to re-enter state custody. CASA volunteers have made such a positive impact on the lives of these children that the courts have requested that CASA provide every child abuse victim in state custody with a CASA volunteer. Every child deserves to have the hope a CASA volunteer can give. At the moment

we are only able to serve about half of children in state custody. This volunteer experience does not require any specific skill or education and only requires a few hours a month. We are looking for people that want to make a difference in a child’s life. We would love for you to join us in this mission! If you would like to learn more about

expected to sing again, gives us a new lease on life, proving that you are never too old to enjoy the adventures of life”, Mrs. Brys adds. However not everyone has sung before, as in the case of Mrs. Duffle, who now, 3 ½ years later she is singing up a storm and making so many friends. One of which was someone who was in the same boot camp at the same time she was in the Navy. What a small world! The 35 members of the Independence Hill Toppers Chorus, do approximately 4 performances per year centered around holiday themes where members do solos, duets, German carols, whatever moves them. The campus comes alive as everyone joins in on many of the familiar tunes. If you would like to experience a performance or just learn more about the other adventures offered at Independence Hill contact one of the Lifestyle Specialists at (210) 209-8956. Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community is located in Stone Oak at 20450 Huebner Rd., San Antonio, TX 78258. For more information, call (210) 209-8956 or visit www.independencehill. com

CASA, please visit We offer monthly information sessions. Not interested in volunteering but would like to help us spread the word? We love coming out to organizations to help spread awareness about how you can help. Contact James Douglas (Diversity Recruitment Coordinator) at 210-225-7070 or jdouglas@

We are proud to announce Dr. Jeffrey Crowder has joined our MCOA team of doctors! He is now on most insurance plans and accepting new patients. Specializing in your eyes…Focusing on your needs.

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Submitted By Michele Bibb ou are invited to join the North San Antonio Retired Teachers Association at our April meeting on Wednesday, April 15. They meet monthly at San Pedro Presbyterian Church located at 14900 San Pedro. Refreshments will be served at 9:45 a.m. with the meeting called to order at 10:00 a.m. Their guest speaker for April is Betty Wells with her pet therapy dog. Betty and her dog visit many people in hospitals all over San Antonio. If you have never seen one of these precious animals work, you are in for a real treat. The Teacher Association will also have Jake Yetterberg, Yetterberg Retirement Solutions, and a representative from Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community speaking for them. Come and hear about all the services they offer retirees.


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ave you put off seeing the dentist lately? In my experience many patients have put off seeing the dentist regularly for one or several of the following reasons: money, time and fear. Sometimes we put off seeing the dentist until something hurts, but by then it may be too late to save the tooth and may cost you a lot more time and money to fix the problem. Regular visits have some great benefits that

help your oral and overall health. Many of us are walking around with gum disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to more serious problems like bone loss, loose teeth, and tooth pain. If your gums bleed when you floss or brush you probably have gingivitis. Proper x-rays can help diagnose if the gum disease has led to more serious problems. In addition, a professional cleaning is recommended because your hygienist has special instruments to remove tartar (calcified plaque) that we are unable to clean even with proper brushing and flossing.

Disc Herniation Effects By Steven Tham MS, DC, PhD Legend Physical Therapy (210) 375-4191 isc herniation is our biggest concern a disc herniation and what should we do if with severe, debilitating back pain, we have a disc herniation? To answer our questions, let’s examine but did you know disc herniation on MRI is more common than you think? A what a disc herniation is. Typically, disc study by the European Journal of Radiology herniation occurs when there is weakening found 73% of symptom free volunteers have of the disc wall resulting in a bulging, some form of disc herniation. Why then do delamination (where layers of the disc some with herniation have debilitating pain separates) or fissure where the nuclear while others have no problems? Also, what material pushes out. A herniation can occur can we do to protect ourselves from getting in any direction, so a herniation to one side



If you are embarrassed or feel nervous about visiting the dentist because you haven’t been in a long time, we can help take care of you. It is better to take care of problems when they are small. At Sonterra Dental we schedule enough time for your cleaning, exam and time to give you tips and tricks how you can better care for your teeth. For those that are afraid of the dentist we do offer sedation for dental procedures. Regular check-ups will help you save Money and Time because larger problems can be avoided. Give us a call; we would love to meet you! Sonterra Dental is located at 155 East causes pain to that side whereas a central herniation affects both sides. Disc herniation can be painless for different reasons. One is a small herniation may not be large enough to irritate nerve roots. Also, a disc herniation pushing forward may be painless due to no nerves in the area to irritate. Herniation commonly occurs because of over-activity or trauma. To protect yourself, safe lifting rules are followed such as bending the knees to lift. Also, holding items close to the body reduces disc compression as does not lifting more than you can handle. Herniations can also occur without strenuous activity or heavy lifting and in these situations repetitive motion is the culprit. Finally, bending forward and twisting is not recommended because it puts uneven pressure on the discs. The Mayo clinic says 9 of 10 patients

Sonttera Blvd Suite 205. Woolwine was a clinical instructor at WhiteCap Institute and had a practice focusing on dental implants and full mouth rehabilitation. respond to conservative treatment including medication, injections, ice, heat, and traction. In some cases spinal adjustments are helpful. Patients typically improve with heat and rest however treatment when symptoms persist or worsen is recommended. Legend physical therapy is well equipped to deal with disc herniation problems. Our staff includes a physical therapist and a chiropractor along with very specialized traction equipment allowing multi-direction traction. If you have a disc herniation and your physician recommends conservative treatment, come and see us first. Legend Physical Therapy offers free consultations and diagnostic reviews, back, neck, and joint surgery prevention programs. You can find more information at or call (210) 375-4191.

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ave you ever experienced a series of migraines, the long term pain of a car accident, or the inability to move without the influence of a work injury that occurred months ago? If so, you understand acute and chronic pain. Living with chronic pain can be a life altering experience. Research shows that when someone lives in a constant state of pain it changes their disposition, personality and can cause serve mental instability. Pain brings with it not only physical damage, but anxiety and depression as well. The pain can be an invisible disability that is masked by shorter steps, limps or clenched teeth as it consumes one’s ability to do everyday tasks. Chronic and acute pain can take a toll on you and your body, but you don’t have to allow it to take over your life. Pain management offers you the opportunity to live pain free. Treatments tailored to your specific needs can restore your quality of life; giving you the chance to live a normal pain free life. Tricity Pain Management and its founder Dr. Urfan Dar, is a firm believer in taking back that control. Dr. Dar started out as an Anesthesiologist who saw the benefits of nerve blocks and medical interventions when it came to relieving pain but rarely had the opportunity to interact with the patients before the procedure. Seeing that he could make more of a difference in a patient’s life if he had the chance to discuss their case felt the need for a change. “There is something so gratifying about relieving someone’s pain,” explained Dr. Dar. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and still, to this day, that gratification drives me to keep learning and testing the limits of the pain management practice.” As Tricity Pain Management grew Dr. Dar made the switch to full time pain management and pain medicine allowing himself to interact with patients while still remaining hands on while treating their pain. Dr. Dar has been in private practice since 1994 in San Antonio and holds strong ties with North Central Baptist Hospital, Spine Hospital and Stone Oak Methodist Hospital. Dar and the Tricity team specialize in advanced techniques that treat all types of chronic and cancer pain with the latest, high tech pain control procedures. “The most common occurrence that we see within our clinic is back pain and spine issues within the neck and lower back,” Said Dr. Dar. “We see a lot of people with migraine headaches and those with joint issues and our clinic recognizes these issues across all ages, young and old.

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If you’ve been experiencing pain for prolonged period of time, you have every reason to give us a call.” Urfan Dar and his team of board certified doctors and fellowship trained physicians will dedicate their time to creating an individualized plan for your treatment. They will also take the time to educate you on the causes of your pain, the procedures that will best suit you and your options. Tricity Pain Managements goal is to make sure that their patients know and understand what is happing to their body. By taking the time to create a treatment plan the doctor is also relieving anxiety and letting the patient know there is an end in sight. “Many people think that they need to see their family doctor before visiting a Tricity Pain Management Clinic, but that’s not true,” explained Dr. Dar. “Many of our clients have had referrals from their friends, family, or another physician but many of them are self-referred as well. We’re seeing this more and more of this trend and it makes sense. It’s simply more cost effective.” Tricity understands that medical expenses can pile on causing the level of stress to increase while treatment is taking place. They work their hardest to avoid taking any unnecessary steps on the path to rehabilitation not only to avoid the increased cost but to get results as quickly as possible. “We work to keep people out of the hospital and use surgery as a last resort to fixing an issue,” said Dr. Dar. “We have technology that allows us to be 100% accurate when delivering medication to a specific area. We handle the majority of our imaging needs and can administer sedation when needed. Our goal is the rehabilitation of the patient in the most cost effective manner possible without surgical intervention.” We all experience pain in different ways and at different levels. If you feel your pain has been affecting your mobility, movements, or interactions with everyday tasks, give Tricity a call at one of the listed locations. If you think you need a chiropractor or a simple adjustment to ease your pain, let Tricity refer you to one of their choice physicians in town after assuring you do not need. “As specialists in pain management, we can prescribe and administer medications, where chiropractors cannot,” said Dr. Dar. “We can let you know what’s recommended for your specific situation and if you can meet your goal without medications or intrusive procedures.”

Tricity believes in the effort of a team and an open line of communication between their staff, the other physicians involved in your care and most importantly you. You can rest assured that they will be using the latest technologies and making it their passion to alleviate your pain through the best care they have to offer. Tricity Pain Associates has offices available at 8 locations in and around San Antonio, New Braunfels and Seguin to provide convenience to all. They also accept all major medical insurances along with Medicare Tricare, workers compensation as well and handle Motor vehicle accident cases with attorney representation.

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Educator Of The Month Announced From Cradle to College We Support By Steve Johnson, Owner of College Nannies + Tutors t is our pleasure to highlight and recognize a local teacher as Educator of the Month for April. This award, made with input from the school administration once again, recognizes educators in our area high schools that personify the three core values of College Nannies and Tutors: Can Do Attitudes, Growth and Results Driven and Leave It Better. This month’s award winner from Ronald Reagan High School is Michelle Tanner. She is a counselor at Reagan. She has worked


diligently at both the AP ceremony AP a direct reflection of their daily efforts as testing program. Her patience with students role models for our students. For more and her kindness is a constant reminder of information on this award, or to submit a why she is such an asset to Reagan High nomination, please contact College Nannies + Full Service Childcare Solutions School and its students. She has a willing + Tutors at 210-202-0303 or stoneoaktx@ Full-time | Part-time | Summer | After School | Babysitting | Back Up Care spirit and always has a way of putting a smile on others’ faces. + Customized Tutoring for College Bound Students The owners of College Nannies + Tutors Homework Help – All Subjects | ACT/SAT Prep | AP Support | Study Skills | Stone Oak established this recognition with the support of Welcome Home Community Newspaper to recognize and honor the educators in our schools for their efforts with our local students. The quality of This month’s award winner from Ronald Reagan High education in our community is primarily School is Michelle Tanner. She is a counselor at Reagan.

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You and Lincoln saved her! Her final was an even 70 passing grade-you helped her jump from high 50’s and low 60’s up to passingthat’s a huge turnaround. The quality of your tutoring services would’ve produced A’s and B’s had we met you all long ago. The most important takeaway was that she got a solid B on her final exam which was staggeringly wonderful! That helped average out her score to a passing C and we are so thankful!” – Dan N., Boerne High School Parent April 2015 • Welcome Home • 78258

Working for college nannies and tutors has been an amazing opportunity. Every family I have cared for has been amazing. The kids make the job so easy and always fun! This company really does a great job pairing the nannies and families.” – Kelly Rose, After School Nanny & UTSA Student College Nannies and Tutors has made our lives much easier, knowing that when we need a nanny or sitter, we will have someone we can trust. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of the sitters—all smart, conscientious, and hard-working! College Nannies and Tutors made it really easy, because they interview us first, then screen candidates until they find the right match. We’re really spoiled now—I don’t know what I would do without them!” – Mary Doggett, Part-Time Nanny Customer feel for their needs and jointly develop a job description for the nanny or a goal statement for tutoring. As their name suggests, most of their employees are college students. “One of the really rewarding aspects of this business is the recruiting of sharp young people and helping them pursue their goals and dreams,” Steve said. Unlike a typical nanny placement agency or tutor agency, their nannies and tutors are all employees of the company. What that means for a family is that the role models have passed a thorough recruiting and hiring process including a complete background check. All role models complete basic training before they provide services for their families. The company takes care of paying the employees and managing the scheduling coordination. The employees benefit too. They are covered with worker’s compensation insurance, their employer taxes are paid, they receive ongoing training and they have a “legitimate” resume building W2 job. “For anyone that has hired a nanny on their own and gone through the recruiting, negotiation, scheduling and payroll process, they see the value in what we provide,” Steve explained. “One other significant advantage in our model is the ability for us to backfill our placement nannies with our on-call bench if the family’s nanny needs time off. When a family hires and manages their own nanny, that option is not on the table.” They opened their Stone Oak Learning center in September 2014 and have seen demand for their customized

one-on-one tutoring increase each month. “We are in a great location to serve the Stone Oak area and north central San Antonio,” Steve said. “We will be opening a Learning Center in the northwest San Antonio area later this year as well.” Their approach of using role model tutors that are subject matter experts creates a rapport with the student that aids in their subject matter comprehension. The role models relate to the students on a level that is different than the teacher or parent. This allows for a more open relational dialog and reinforces the concept of the student working with a role model tutor that they want to emulate on their own college journey someday. Since launching the business a year ago, the owners have given back to the educational community. This includes participating in area school organization’s silent auctions and school fairs. They committed in a significant way this school year by sponsoring an Educator of the Month recognition at Ronald Reagan and Claudia Bird Johnson High Schools which includes a monthly public citation in the newspaper that recognizes educators that exemplify the College Nannies and Tutors core values. The company also sponsored several Free SAT and ACT practice test sessions for area high school students. Steve sums it up, “As members of the local business community, we feel compelled to recognize the efforts of our area educators, they have a tough, important job and rarely get the recognition they deserve.” Both owners credit their growth to the hard work and dedication of their role model nannies and tutors. “At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the quality of the customer experience,” Steve emphasized. “The feedback from our follow up communications on our care and tutoring continues to provide us with the best indicator of their satisfaction with our services. That satisfaction, quite simply, is why we continue to grow.”

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Amazing Angie By Erin Kirwan e are never prepared to learn someone we care about has cancer. A few months ago I was standing in line at Dunkin Donuts thinking about the pumpkin latte I’d soon be sipping, when I saw this big smile beckoning me. She must think I’m someone else, I thought. So I glanced over my shoulder but no one was there but me. As I looked again it hit me, it was my friend Angie whom I last saw about a year ago while shopping at Steinmart. Our sons and daughters had attended preschool together. This couldn’t be Angie. This woman was wearing a scarf on her head. But the woman’s big infectious smile told me otherwise. That sense of unpreparedness rushed in. Tears filled me eyes. I didn’t know. I hadn’t heard. “It’s okay,” she said. “I have cancer.” My 37-year-old friend was fighting breast cancer. Angie went on to tell me about her diagnosis. Despite having a mom who fought breast cancer, she had been cleared not to get a mammogram until she was 40. But something deep inside Angie told her to go sooner. The mammogram found stage two breast cancer. While I wanted to sulk and say I’m sorry over and over, Angie wanted no part. The pity party was long over and she was in the business of kicking some cancer butt. Angie was to be a model in an upcoming Girls Night Out Fashion Show & Fundraiser. She had also volunteered to model for a unique Savvy Media project with a local boutique, encouraging women to not just be beautiful, but to do beautiful things. Life had handed Angie some pretty sour lemons and she was making lemonade. But that’s not to say Angie wasn’t feeling bad or didn’t have her moments. As I helped her pick out outfits to model, Angie talked more about how she was feeling. She was midway through chemotherapy. She was tired. The chemo and stress made her bloated. Her clothes weren’t fitting well. I probably should have kept my mouth shut but that’s difficult for me when I am attached to someone or something. So I told Angie about Pilates and how it had helped me not only look how I wanted to look, but get through a period of anxiety in my own life. I suggested, if she was up for it and the doctor thought it was safe, she could give it a try. Angie didn’t laugh. She didn’t run away. She said, “okay”. Angie texted me the following day and said she had discussed Pilates with her wellness nurse and team of doctors and been given the okay to begin. Angie signed up at Papillon Pilates. Papillon, in French, means butterfly. Climbing on a bed with springs and straps and all kinds of hooks to “exercise” would have scared my friend a year ago, but I guess when you are fighting for your life, you no longer spend a long time contemplating things or being afraid. So Angie jumped right in, feet first into resistance straps placed overhead. If she hadn’t been wearing a scarf on her head (which she always matches so beautifully with her outfits, including workout clothing), you would never know this woman curling her body up was in the midst


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of fighting cancer. Angie’s movements were strong. Her mindset was even stronger. Though the exercises weren’t easy at first, Angie forged forward. Like a race horse with blinders who can only focus on the finish, Angie continued to come to class determined. After one month, the exercises became more routine. Her body, growing longer and leaner, began to stretch in ways it hadn’t before. Angie was beginning to not only see but feel results. When I asked her how she felt, a tiny smile. That one that Angie never seems to lose even among trying times, formed again in the corner of her mouth. “My joint pain has disappeared, my muscles no longer ache and I feel like I have more energy,” Angie said. Energy Angie needed to fight cancer. Today, almost two months postradiation, a stronger, leaner, more confident, happier, and cancer-free Angie can still be found legs raised and core engaged … on a reformer. Many days I am honored to land in a class next to my friend. I watch her move through exercises beautifully, gracefully, like a butterfly, transformed by an uncertain journey. That fear and sadness I unexpectedly came face to face with when running into Angie those months before, has been replaced by pride, admiration, and thankfulness. When life handed Angie cancer she chose to fight it … fiercely.

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Stone Oak Allergy & Asthma Amanda Trott-Gregorio, MD Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology 155 Sonterra Blvd., Suite 101 494-0690 •

Stone Oak Family Doctors, P.A. John N. Phillips, M.D. and Medical Staff 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 202 33 496-7999 • see map pg. 19


Anti-Aging Enhancement of Life Dr. Donna Becker, D.O. 14603 Huebner Rd., Suite 2601 545-5224 • Expert Hormone Replacement for Women & Men Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center Vernon F. Williams, M.D., 495-8558 19016 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 240, • see map pg. 19


Dr. Golab’s Chiropractic Wellness, P.A. Michael R. Golab, D.C. 1205 N. FM 1604 W., Suite 211 4 764-8888 • see map pg. 19



Ear, Nose & Throat Adult/Ped. Advanced Sinus Clinic Anthony P. Sertich, II, M.D., F.A.C.S. 502 Madison Oak, Suite 346 37 614-8625 • see map pg. 19 Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic of SA Talley•Spears•Desai•Gleinser•Henderson, M.Ds 150 E Sonterra Blvd., Suite 200 36 499-4589 • see map pg. 19

Ear Specialist Ear Institute of Texas Lance E. Jackson, MD, FACS 525 Oak Centre, Suite 100 696-HEAR (4327)

Family Dentistry Dental Care SA: Dr. David Seguin & Associates 115 N Loop 1604 E. Ste. 1104, SAT 78232 La Arcata Center 496-2533 • see map pg. 19 45

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Serrano OB/GYN Christopher Serrano, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. 20726 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 545-7700

Tejas Pediatrics Dr Bauer, Dr Beatty, Dr. Henigan 20642 Stone Oak Pkwy. 479-3000


Lynnell C. Lowry, M.D. Alamo Eye Institute Board Certified Ophthalmologist 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 119 697-3821 • see map pg. 19

Stone Oak Pediatric Dentistry “Susie” S. Hayden, DDS, P.A. 20322 Huebner Rd., Suite 103 491-4141 • see map pg. 19


Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio M. Guirl, MD, J. Jackson, MD., D. McMyler, MD P. Mehta, M.D., R. Shaffer, MD 855 Proton Rd. 40 614-1234 • see map pg. 19 San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates J. Johnson, MD, Eddie Flores, MD. M Lindner, M.D., J. Bullock, MD 150 East Sonterra Blvd., Suite 100 36 545-2555 • see map pg. 19 Texas Institute of Gastroenterology S. Dar, MD, J. Theard, MD, M. Naeem, MD, D. Sharma 19226 Stone Hue 268-0100 •

Internal Medicine

Marcos Mecidal Care Yolanda Marcos MD Amita Kumar MD, Audrey Rodriguez PA-C 510 Med Court, Suite 210 494-4290 •


North Central Baptist Hospital Baptist Regional Children’s Center 520 Madison Oak Dr. 297-4000 • see map pg. 19

San Antonio Eye Center Abrams, Erdmancyzk, Hahn, Harris, Nicolau, Ming-Zhao, Stephenson, Roberts 14807 San Pedro 226-6169 •


12 Dr. Monica Allison, O.D. 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite. 106, see map pg. 19 495-9020 • Stone Oak Vision Source

Stone Oak Pharmacy Specialty Compounding & Delivery Retail Pharmacy Services & DME 18866 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 494-4272 • see map pg. 19

Dr. John M. Nevelow, O.D., F.A.A.O. Erin M. Nevelow, O.D. 19190 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 120 349-2437 “Discoveries Thru Vision” Texas State Optical Renee Dunlap, O.D. 21019 U.S. Hwy. 281 N., Ste. 832 490-EYES (3937) • see map pg. 19


Orthodontics For Adults/Children Britton and Ferris Orthodontics Bloyce H. Britton III., DDS, • MS Tyler W. Ferris, DDS, • MS 1130 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 100 497-6688 • see map pg. 19

Medical Billing COR Medical Billing Services We concentrate on you, While you concetrate on your patients Phone: 210-477-1956, Fax: 210-468-2355


Neurosurgical Associates of S. A., P.A. Donald L. Hilton MD., Arnold B. Vardiman MD. Donald P. Atkins MD. 18626 Hardy Oak Blvd., Suite 240 477-1956 •


Schatz Orthodontics Eric Schatz, DDS 22610 U.S. Highway 281, Suite 201 272-7129 •

Podiatry Alamo Family Foot & Ankle Care D.M. Chaney • W. Strash • R. Perez, DPM’s 57 1314 E. Sonterra Blvd., Bldg. 3, Suite 302 829-8770 (by Clock Tower) • see map pg. 19

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Texas Physical Therapy Dr. J. Sams, PT • Dr. S. Stratton, PT • Dr. J. Clark, PT Dr. A. Fong, PT • Dr. J. Morello, PT, • Dr. D. Clark, PT Dr. L. Magalong, PT • Dr. B. Guarriello, PT 300 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 210 494-4500 •

Tricity Pain Associates P.A. U. Dar, MD, S. Vasireddy MD, K. Monis MD. 110 Stone Oak Loop 268-0129, Huebner Pediatrics Dr. Michelle Storandt • Dr. Adelnery Gonzalez 15714 Huebner Rd., Bldg. 3 447-3000


Physical Rehabilitation Institute Dr. Bussey • D. Harrington G. Molina • S. Bussey 19260 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 107 545-9355 (well) • see map pg. 19




Physical Therapy

Hill Country Pain C. William (Bill) Murphy, M.D., Justin J. Vigil, M.D. J. Kaleb Shaw, M.D., Nancy Burgher, PA-C. 14800 San Pedro, Suite 202 582-6600

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Kelly J. Smith, MD 19260 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 615-3700

Healthlink Outpatient Rehab Center 525 Oak Centre, Suite 450 297-4525 • see map pg. 19

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San Antonio Dermatology Board Certified in Dermatology 19222 Stone Hue, Suite 103 497-1475 • see map pg. 19

Texas Fertility Center Summer L. James, M.D. 502 Madison Oak Dr., Suite 230 370-3800

Obstetrics Gynecology

South Texas Radiology Imaging Centers North Central Imaging Center 155 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 100 31 617-9000 • see map pg. 19 Fossil Creek Urgent Care Clinic 22250 Bulverde Rd. (Corner of Evans Rd.) 401-8185 • Open Late and Weekends Family and Pediatric Medicine Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice 115 Gallery Circle, Suite 102 481-6060 • Family Practice, Open 7 Days


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Lopez Drama UIL One Act Contest Play Submitted By Christi Eanes ongratulations to Lopez Middle School for winning second place at the NEISD UIL One Act Play contest held at Nimitz MS on Saturday, February 28. Lopez competed in Zone II/Large School Division at the district contest. Individual acting awards went to Erica Martinez and Kylee Nichols for All Star cast, Alex Castro and Bella Campos for Honorable Mention All Star cast and Assistant Director Regina Aguirre were chosen by Lopez for the Outstanding Technical Crew award. The play was The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere, a French neo-classic comedy set in Paris in 1674. The famous hypochondriac Monsier Argan (Kylee Nichols) in this


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classic farce not only complains of a million imaginary ills, but also of his astronomical medical bills. If he marries his daughter (Erica Martinez) to a doctor, he reasons, he will have free medical care. He chooses a double-Latin talking numbskull (Lexie Wilder) without consulting the daughter who is already smitten by another (Ryan Kapp). The inventive maid (Alex Castro) exposes the doctor and his father (Kersee Robbins) as charlatans and demonstrates to the master that his second wife (Bella Campos) loves his money, not him. Thus are truth and love triumphant and all troubles, real and imaginary, relieved by laughter. Many thanks to all the Lopez Drama parents who helped make this production a success and to the Lopez MS administration, faculty, staff and custodians for their support! Lopez Drama will compete at Harris MS

on April 18 at the NEISD Spring Speech & Theatre contest and the spring play will be performed on May 14 at 4 & 6:30 in the Lopez cafetorium. Tickets ($3) for the play will be sold during all lunches the week of the play and at the door the day of the performances!

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Submitted By Denise Bennett veryone benefits from doing volunteer work, and seniors find it especially fulfilling. Volunteering contributes positively to your life in a variety of ways. It’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends and volunteering contributes to an active, healthy lifestyle. Research shows that volunteering increased mental health while lowering mortality rates; it decreases depression and increases strength and energy. It is a productive way to spend some free time and seniors have a lifetime of life experience to share. Older volunteers are finding ways to use their lifetime of skills and experience to make an impact on issues they care about. Whether you serve every day or a few times a year, older volunteers contribute to the vitality of their communities. Are you motivated to volunteer? Locally, Project MEND ( sponsors monthly Warehouse Volunteer Days, generally on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Volunteers are needed to clean, sanitize, and inventory the medical


equipment donations we take in for reuse and distribution to persons living with disabilities or illness that would otherwise be unable to afford the medical equipment they need to remain mobile and independent. Additional volunteer opportunities are available during our normal working hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. These volunteer opportunities include working at our administrative offices assisting our intake specialists schedule appointments for clients to meet with case managers. To volunteer, please contact Denise Bennett at denise.bennett@projectmend. org or Joe Talamantez at joe.talamantez@ or you can call us at 210223-6363.

Kids’ Involvement Network Submitted By Laura Breeden he students in the NEISD Kids’ Involvement Network (KIN) after school program will show off their inventions in the second annual Robotics Invention/Challenges Showcase. The KIN Robotics clubs in twelve selected Title I elementary schools will compete in two different divisions: The Challenge Competition and the Invention Showcase. The EV3 Lego teams will program their robots to go through a series of challenges designed by each school team. The NXT Lego teams will showcase their inventions



and research presentations focusing on the theme “Robotics, a great adventure into the future.” KIN students are applying what they have learned in their science, math and technology after school classes to program robots for competition. The competition is made possible by a grant from the City of San Antonio. This event also gives students an opportunity to practice communicating and working together to accomplish their goals. KIN is an after school program that focuses on enriching student education and social abilities.

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Internal Medicine of Stone Oak 19272 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 105 210-490-3800 Allergy, Asthma, Immunology & Rheumatology Inst. 19260 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 101 210-495-4335 GREEN FIELDS MARKET 19239 Stone Oak Pkwy. 210-495-4644 21714 HARDY OAK Little Teeth of Texas (Shawna Gerling, DDS) 21714 Hardy Oak Blvd., Ste. 102 210-497-8787 PREMIER PAIN CONSULTANTS 18626 Hardy Oak Blvd., Ste. 215 210-298-4900 21702 HARDY OAK HOPE CHURCH HAS MOVED 17903 Corp. Woods Drive 210-545-4673 (10:15 a.m. Sundays) NORTH CENTRAL URGENT CARE 19223 Stone Hue 210-490-5911 FAMILY ALLERGY & ASTHMA 20650 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 106 210-342-6200 STONE OAK MEDICAL OFFICE BLDG. Center For Cosmetic Surgery 540 Madison Oak, Ste. 400 210-545-4848 Urology Of Stone Oak 540 Madison Oak, Ste. 400 210-490-3040 NORTH CENTRAL BAPTIST HOSPITAL 210-297-4000 Healthlink 525 Oak Centre, Ste. 450 210-297-4525 THE ATRIUM BUILDING Dr. Sertich 502 Madison Oak, Ste. 346 210-614-8625 Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center 502 Madison Oak, Ste. 140 210-647-3838 STONE OAK PHYSICIANS PLAZA II STONE OAK PHYSICIANS PLAZA I Lan Anh Ngo, M.D., P.A. 19016 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 140 210-494-9109 The Wellness & Aesthetics 19016 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 240 210-495-8558 METHODIST AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER SONTERRA MEDICAL PARK South Texas Radiology Imaging Centers 155 Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 100 210-617-9000


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STONE OAK PLAZA Alamo Eye Institute, PA (Lynnell C. Lowry, MD) 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 119 210-697-3821 K Charles and Co. Full Service Salon 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy. Ste. 123 210-403-0955 Stone Oak Orthodontics (Tito Norris, DDS, P.A.) 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 207 210-402-3322 CORNERSTONE CHURCH THE BLANCO MARKET CENTER Great Clips For Hair 18630 Blanco Rd, Ste. 114 210-404-0994 THE VINEYARD SHOPPING CENTER Dr. Golab’s Chiropractic and Wellness PC 1205 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 211 210-764-8888 STONE OAK VILLAGE Slater White Cleaners 19190 Stone Oak Pkwy. Ste. 101 210-494-4126 State Farm Insurance, Betsy Dippo 19190 Stone Oak Pkwy. Ste. 112 210-496-3276 Stone Oak Florist 19190 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 104 210-495-7442 STONE OAK SQUARE Vision Source 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 106 210-495-9020 STONE HUE CENTER Pizza Hut 20323 Huebner Rd, Ste. 103 210-497-1123 ERA COLONIAL REAL ESTATE 19230 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 260 210-477-9400 STONE HUE PROFESSIONAL PLAZA North Hills Family Medicine 19222 Stone Hue, Ste. 104 210-481-6800 San Antonio Dermatology 19222 Stone Hue, Ste. 103 210-497-1475 THE MEDICAL PARK AT STONE OAK Romes Pizza 19298 Stone Oak Pkwy. 210-490-0700 Good Night Pediatrics 19272 Stone Oak Pkwy, 210-545-7581 Physical Rehabilitation Institute 19260 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 107 210-545-9355

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32 SONTERRA MEDICAL PARK South Texas Chiropractic 225 E. Sonterra, Ste. 113 210-493-9119 33 325 E. SONTERRA BLVD. Stone Oak Family Doctors, P.A. 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 202 210-496-7999 34 325 E. SONTERRA BLVD. Dr. Kevin J. Whritenour Au.D. 18838 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 210-316-7856 35 SPINE HOSPITAL OF SOUTH TEXAS 36 STONETERRA MEDICAL PLAZA S.A.G.A. 150 E. Sonterra Blvd, Suite 100 210-545-2555 CVS Pharmacy 120 E. Sonterra Blvd. 210-404-9006 stoneterra retail Center Prescott’s Orthotics & Prosthetics 158 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 106 210-496-0800 Stone Oak Pharmacy 18866 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 101 210-494-4272 37 THE CREEK AT STONE OAK Diabetes America 20330 Huebner Rd., Ste. 104 866-693-4223 Stone Oak Pediatric Dentistry (Susie Hayden, DDS) 20322 Huebner Rd., Ste. 103 210-491-4141 40 GASTROENTEROLOGY CONSULTANTS OF S.A. 855 Proton Road 210-614-1234 42 DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES 18540 Sigma Road 210-490-4661 43 THE CLUB AT SONTERRA 901 Sonterra Boulevard 210-496-1560 45 LA ARCATA CENTER Dr. Phillips Chiropractic Nutrition & Wellness 115 N. Loop 1604, Suite. 1207 210-545-1144 Dental Care SA: Dr. David Seguin & Associates 115 N. Loop 1604 E., Suite. 1104 210-496-2533 46 19310 STONE OAK PARKWAY 47 MCDONALDS 20750 US. Hwy. 281 N. 210-403-9066 48 BEST WESTERN HOTEL 18555 US. Hwy. 281 N. 210-490-9191

49 INTERNATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE 18750 Stone Oak Parkway, Ste. 100 210-496-6111 50 STONE RIDGE MARKET International Bank of Commerce HEB at Hwy. 281 and Evans Rd. 210-369-2914 210-283-6500 Texas State Optical 21019 U.S. Hwy. 281 N., Ste. 832 210-490-3937 (EYES) 52 SONTERRA OFFICE PARK 53 SA DENTAL SPECIALISTS Britton and Ferris Orthodontics 1130 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 100 210-497-6688 54 115 GALLERY CIRCLE Dr. Webb’s Chiropractic & Wellness 115 Gallery Circle, Ste. 209 210-798-9322 55 STONE OAK CROSSING CENTER 56 LANE K. WALSH, DDS 1162 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 200 210-499-1110 57 CLOCK TOWER Alamo Family Foot & Ankle Care 1314 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 302 210-828-8770 A Thru Z Pediatrics 1314 E. Sonterra Blvd, Suite 102 210-490-8888 Reshmey Medical Clinic 1202 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 301 210-828-2311 58 METHODIST STONE OAK HOSPITAL Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Assoc., PA 1139 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 505 210-402-3550 59 SAN ANTONIO FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 1717 N. Loop 1604 E 210-258-1604 60 WELLS FARGO BANK 18488 Blanco Rd. 210-856-1141 61 WELLS FARGO BANK 20826 Hwy. 281 N. 210-856-8408 62 HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH/BANQUET HALL 20523 Huebner Road 210-497-4200 / 0700 63 THE FELLOWSHIP OF SAN ANTONIO 23755 Canyon Golf Road 210-402-3672


Queen Of The International Black And White Ball Submitted By Nadine Barrientos ongratulations to Alaya Barrientos Daoud on being crowned the 2015 Queen of the International Back and White Ball (IBWB). Founded in 1933 by Maria R. Magnon, the IBWB is dedicated to the promotion of goodwill, friendship and understanding between Mexico and the United States, particularly Texas. Prior to being crowned Queen, Alaya served on the royal court as a Junior Princess and assistant to the director for the previous 5 years. During that time she was honored to sing the National Anthem at the annual IBWB formal Christmas Gala and the Spring luncheon held in March. As Queen, Alaya will represent the IBWB at several local events, including San Antonio’s 2015 Fiesta celebration the coming April. Highlighting Fiesta will be her entrance into the Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades. Her reign will also include attending other civic events and several Black and White Balls throughout Mexico. Alaya is currently a freshman at Reagan High School, where she is a proud member of the Charmers Dance Team. She is also heavily involved in the local entertainment industry. She can be seen at difference venues and events around town singing current and classic songs. She represented District 9 in Our Part of Town Talent Competition, has performed at the Stone Oak Winterfestival and various political events for Leticia Van de Putte, Cris Medina and Tommy Adkisson. She has also had the privilege of being asked to sing the National Anthem for the Houston Astros and the San Antonio Scorpions. Although having sung at

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As Queen, Alaya will represent the IBWB at several local events, including San Antonio’s 2015 Fiesta celebration the coming April.

numerous public and private events, she considers performing at the Ford Holiday River Parade and the League of Latin American Citizen’s (LULAS) national conference in Florida as pivotal to her career. In addition to singing, she plays the piano violin and is currently writing her own original songs for her upcoming album. Alaya not only believes in the goodwill that the IBWB promotes, but she strongly believes in family. She is the loving daughter of Nadine Barrientos-Daoud and Riyad Daoud and the doting older sister of Joseph. When not in school or performing, she can often be found spending time with her grandmother and other family members and friends. Her family is very proud of her accomplishments, but most of all, the wonderful young woman she has become.

Hardy Oak Family Movie Night Submitted By Jennifer Haag hat is a kid to do on a cold and rainy Friday evening? That’s easy; attend Family Movie Night at Hardy Oak Elementary! Hardy Oak students and their families were invited to come and watch Big Hero 6 on the BIG screen, February 27th. So while it was chilly outside, our families were warm and toasty curled up on sleeping bags, blankets and bean bag chairs as they watched the movie. Over 300 students, parents and siblings were treated to pizza, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, candy and drinks while they enjoyed some quality family time. Not only did our families spend time together, but the students were able to hang out with their classmates and meet new friends


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throughout the evening. The kids thought it was extra special that the Principal and Assistant Principal were there pouring drinks and just spending time with them. The night was sponsored by the Hardy Oak PTA and was a HUGE success! We can’t wait to do it again next year.


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Submitted By Laura Breeden he North East ISD Career and Technical Advisory Council will host the 17th annual Career Expo for middle and high school students. The event will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blossom Athletic Center, located at 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road. The purpose of Career Expo is to inform students of training, educational programs


and career opportunities in many different fields. This event may be the first step students have in choosing their career pathway.

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8th Annual Lopez Multicultural Fair

The school also thanked Lopez families that shared their Musical performances were held as a reminder of the culture found in music. culinary traditions.

Submitted By PTA Community Relations he Lopez Middle School 8th Annual Multicultural Fair and PTA Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. This successful Multicultural Fair consisted of parents, students, teachers, relatives, many dance, voice and musical performers and of course a wonderful variety of world cuisine food samples. A very nice evening for the Lopez Community was had by the many guests. The program was full of joy and colors from folkloric Mexican dances, classic and contemporary music at the piano, pop rock and a wonderful German song concluded the evening. The atmosphere was filled with constant music and wonderful food aromas. Lopez Middle School would like to extend a grateful appreciation to all those


that took the time to help make this event a memorable one, they are the following: San Antonio Dance Academy, the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio represented by Rhiannon Bishop at the piano, Eldora’s World Music and her Gasoline Alley Band, James Morin, 7th grade Lopez student with his International Melody at the piano and all the talented Lopez 6th grade Choir. Also students of NHJS, Lighthouse Committee, PALS, the Theater Department, the Hospitality Group, the Copy Center at Hardy Oak Blvd and to HEB, located on Wilderness Oak for their donations. Lastly, a big heartfelt appreciation went out to the many Stone Oak area restaurants that donated amazing food samplings that help emphasize and round out the Multicultural Fair, they include: LI’s Sushi

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Dance performances took place by many of the students The program was full of joy and colors from folkloric Mexican dances. and the San Antonio Dance Academy.

and Bar, Milano Grill, Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse, Vida Mia, Indian Taj Palace, Wahkee Chinese, Palenque Grill and Blanco Yogurt Zone. The school also thanked Lopez families that shared their culinary traditions like charro beans, tamales, arepas from Venezuela and Mediterranean food. We all know the food is a huge attraction for such events and everything was delicious! The diversity of cultures at the Fair was greatly enjoyed. Mrs. Diadra Williams, Assistant Principal, shared with the parents and the community the LEADER IN ME Program that is implemented at all NEISD schools to improve talents and skills of each student, helping them individually and as a team to work together in a leadership capacity.

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Spring Salads To Celebrate The Season

By Tanji Patton GoodTaste (210) 273-3155 pring is finally here, so why not saddleup to some sizable salads! We’ve put some of our favorites together that will definitely put you in the mood for sunny skies. Up first, a beautiful Salade Niçoise with the traditional trimmings – beautiful organic lettuce, crisp green beans, fingerlings, niçoise olives and the star— yellow fin tuna. All tossed with a delicious Dijon vinaigrette. Check out this recipe and the others listed at One of the most beautiful salads I’ve seen comes from a special place in my heart, the scenic Napa Valley. The chef at Simi Winery prepared a lovely lunch for us that included a delightful roasted beet salad that I’ll never forget. It’s not difficult to duplicate and


makes a stunning presentation. When a kale salad is on the menu, it’s usually my first choice. This kale and pancetta salad is a nice balance of flavors. It’s served warm…ever so slightly wilted with bits of pancetta and anchovy, all tossed in a delicious kalamata vinaigrette. Have you noticed that parsnips are all the buzz right now? Actually akin to the carrot and to parsley, parsnips are quite versatile, easy to work with and are a fun alternative to beets. We discovered a delicious German Roasted Parsnip Salad in New German Cooking that’s on the shelves now. This hearty parsnip salad is full of flavor with its hazelnuts, blue cheese and tasty wheat beer vinaigrette—a meal on a plate!

See Country’s Best Lacrosse Players Submitted By Meaghan Williams ission Lacrosse Club’s summer teams will be attending the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game to be played June 13 in Houston. In a lacrossefilled weekend, MLC teams will attend the game, play in the Casey Powell Shootout tournament and are invited to attend a clinic put on by MLL All Stars. Lacrosse is considered the fastestgrowing sport in America, and Texas is


making its mark. Upon declaring Houston the site of this year’s All-Star Game, MLL Commissioner David Gross noted, “We’ve been watching the growth of the sport in Texas and want to give the great fans in the region a taste of the MLL.” Mission Lacrosse Club, a non-profit organization, is focused on the growth of lacrosse in San Antonio. MLC’s programs, offered in the summer

When pairing wines with salads, I like to keep it simple. Crisp salads with garden fresh veggies call for bright acidic wines like un-oaked Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc is often a perfect match. Another ‘can’t miss marriage’ is a sparkling. Sparklings pair beautifully with almost everything. Check out the inexpensive and very tasty Enza Prosecco— easy to pair and great all by itself. For more recipes and wine information, head to While you’re there,

and fall, allow players of all levels to develop their skills and experience. This summer, in addition to Houston, MLC teams will also travel to tournaments in Dallas, Delaware and Louisiana. MLC teams are led by some of the best coaches in the area and comprised of players from throughout the city. Summer practices are held two to three times weekly and joining entails tournament participation. Whether you’re new to lacrosse or an All

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State high school player, MLC has a team that can provide a fun and competitive environment to help you improve. Registration for summer is open now for boys currently in grades 3 through 11. The summer program runs from mid-May through June. Space is limited, so to learn more about the program and to register, visit

RUN FOR REAGAN BAND!!! 6th Annual 5K Run / Walk

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$30–Students 18 & Under • $35–Adults 19 & Up

7:30 am Registration & Packet Pick-Up 9:00 am 5K Starts 10:00 am Award Ceremony Ronald Reagan High School 19000 Ronald Reagan Dr. San Antonio, TX 78258

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Reagan Wins Sixth Annual 2015 Fincke Cup

Reagan and Johnson went head to head during the Fincke Cup soccer match up!

Submitted By Stephanie Fincke The 6th Annual Fincke Cup soccer match was held on Tuesday, March 3rd at Blossom Athletic Center. This annual intense double header opened with the girls’ varsity match between Johnson and Reagan High School, in which the Reagan girls defeated the Johnson girls 6-2. Later that evening the Reagan boys bested the Johnson boys by a score of 2-0. With the aggregate score for the night ending with RHS 8 and JHS 2 the Reagan Rattlers took home the coveted Fincke Cup trophy and bragging rights for the year. The Fincke Cup is an annual soccer match played in memory of Ian Fincke who played soccer at Reagan before transferring to Johnson in 2008. Ian’s love for both schools and his passion for the game of soccer is the inspiration behind the event. A sportsmanship scholarship is awarded every year to a member of each

participating team as voted on by their coaches/teammates. This year’s scholarship awards were presented to Addie Bachle and Kyle Reynoso from Johnson High School and Derek Burris and Sarah Grace Freeman from Reagan High School. Ian’s Foundation was created to advance the safety and welfare of San Antonio’s youth through educational and recreational activities in memory of Ian. Ian›s Foundation has raised over $30,000 to give back to graduating seniors from local high schools pursuing higher education as well as to local organizations supporting underprivileged youth. Ian’s foundation continues to promote helmet safety to local schools and was the inspiration behind bringing wheelchair soccer to San Antonio to allow kids of all ages the opportunity to play soccer regardless of their disability. Please visit to read more about the foundation and its causes.

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New Methodist ER Mobile App Submitted By Shirley Willis hether you ate too much at A Taste of the Northside and your tummy is rumbling or you got too much sun at the Fiesta Arts Fair or you wore the wrong shoes to Fiesta Oyster Bake, Methodist Healthcare is making it easier for Fiesta-goers to get help with a new mobile app. “As a sponsor of A Taste of the Northside, we want everyone to have a good time, but we also want to be there to help with medical emergencies.” said Marc Strode, CEO of the hospital. “Our new app will help the public get the help they need quickly and conveniently.” The Methodist ER app lists the Methodist Healthcare hospitals and emergency centers throughout the city with addresses, emergency room wait times for most Methodist facilities, and distance in miles from the app user. Detailed information is included on the services for each hospital. Call-A-Nurse for Children services are also listed for parents who need to reach specially trained pediatric nurses for immediate medical advice on an ill child. The ER app will be included as part of the Fiesta San Antonio app or, it can accessed by clicking on the App Store icon on your iPhone and searching for “Methodist ER.” Methodist Healthcare offers these tips for a having a fun, safe Fiesta: Stay hydrated. Drink water continuously even if you don’t feel thirsty. Remember that alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the body.


Dress for the heat. For many of us, Fiesta activities will be the first time we are out in the heat of the day. Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in light colors. Wearing a hat helps, too. Feast on Fiesta foods with care. Fiesta is a great time to sample new foods. If you are unaccustomed to eating spicy foods, choose your Fiesta foods with care. Also, be mindful of food allergies. Show us your shoes. This popular Fiesta greeting reminds all Fiesta goers that the right shoes are important for walking long distances over terrain that can be rocky and uneven or the hot asphalt of the streets. Don’t let a sprain or fall end your Fiesta fun. Bring your sunscreen. Re-apply frequently to avoid your first sunburn of the season. Remember bugs and plants. Many Fiesta activities are in beautiful outdoor settings with flowering plants and trees. Take action quickly if you are allergic to bee or wasp bites. Also watch for fire ants. Spring allergy season usually is in full bloom for Fiesta, so if a severe allergic reaction occurs, seek help. Listen to your body. If you start experiencing headache, muscle spasm, nausea, fatigue, dizziness or fever, seek help quickly. For more information the Methodist ER app, visit App Available on Fiesta San Antonio App or through the App Store on iPhone.

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t’s past bed time. You are tired, frustrated, and your child is not even close to being finished with homework. It often feels like YOU are the one going to school all over again. If we’re struggling this much now, what will happen when he has to do all this by himself, and be accountable to 5 or more teachers next year? Will he be able to make it? For children: changing schools, changing teachers and their own changing bodies can create instability, moodiness and uncertainty. Academic struggles can add to the uncertainty and whittle away at self-esteem. For parents: schedules, book reports, projects and the fears of misguided decisions by their teens can make middle school years traumatic. It’s hard not to worry about the decisions that could endanger the child’s future. Some families seem to just breeze through those adolescent years. These are the families whose children are equipped with the skills required of students entering the sixth grades.

The following are 5 critical skills that your child will need in order to be successful in middle school: Study skills – Creating strategies to understand and retain course material, so that you don’t have to fumble through the internet looking for a tutor the day before the test. Writing skills – Being able to organize thoughts and putting them on paper clearly and concisely, so that you don’t have to pull an all-nighter re-writing her essay the night before it’s due. Note taking skills – Identifying relevant information and organizing it in ways that make sense. This will eliminate their dependence on you or on Google to review the material from class. Organization skills – Managing and keeping schedules, planning ahead, organizing materials will keep you from having to drive back to school in the morning because he forgot his completed homework. Social skills – Monitoring emotions and making smart choices while managing peer

pressure can be THE defining factor when dealing as a teen. You might notice that intelligence isn’t on the list. Your child could be the smartest girl in school (and by middle school, she may ACT like she is), but if she doesn’t have these requisite skills, she may feel as if the ground is falling under her. These 5 skills make up your child’s executive function. As executive function develops throughout adolescence, young people are given more responsibilities and control in their own decision making. The good news is that executive function skills can be trained. Building a strong foundation in these skills over the summer can be the difference between being the parent of a middle-schooler and being the one who has returned to middle school yourself. If you would like to find out how to empower your child with strong executive function skills, please visit free-parent-seminar to attend a free training session for parents. Leslie Jernigan, M.A. is Director of Assessment at Learning Foundations. Email questions or concerns about your child’s learning struggles to Leslie@ or call (210) 495-2626.

Reagan Orchestras Take Sweepstakes

Submitted By Katherine Johnston ractice makes perfect, and four groups of orchestra students from the Reagan Orchestra program showed off their best musical playing skills leading to all Superior ratings last month at UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest held at Reagan and Madison High Schools. The Ronald Reagan Symphony Orchestra started the winning streak off with their excellent performance of movements from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Over


the following week, the Philharmonia, Sinfonia and Sinfonietta Orchestras gave their Sweepstakes-earning performances of classical and contemporary pieces. In the sight reading room, the students were able to look at a previously unseen pieces of music and perform them expertly after director Sixto Elizondo IV gave a 9-minute musical walk-through, complete with players “shadow bowing,” (moving the bow silently on the forearm to the rhythmic aspects of the music) and light touches on the

fingerboards of the stringed instruments to feel the notes. Congratulations to students and their teacher for a job well-done! Now it’s back to daily rehearsal for two more upcoming concerts: the annual Evening With Strings at the Blossom Athletic Center in April where music of The Beatles will feature prominently, and the final Spring Concert in May. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Reagan Hosts Shattered Dreams Drunk Driving Program Submitted By Laura Breeden eagan High School students witnessed a mock drunk driving crash scene and emergency responders in action on campus Friday, March 6. The Reagan Student Council spent 10 months planning and organizing the dramatic Shattered Dreams program in hopes of educating classmates about the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving. During the one-day presentation, junior and senior students witnessed the mock accident and memorial service for the victim complete with emergency personnel protocols, field sobriety test, AirLife, and eulogy for the “departed” student. The Shattered Dreams program is an

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education experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and driving distracted. The leading cause of death and serious injury to teenagers ages 15 to 19 is traffic crashes. These teenage fatalities are a result of from teen drinking and driving, speeding, and teens driving distracted. “The statistics are staggering,” said Councilman Joe Krier, District 9, who addressed the students attending the memorial service for the student victim, Katie Labat. “I hope you will all have a safe Spring Break.” Krista Labat, the victim’s mother, also spoke at the mock memorial for her daughter. A slideshow featured pictures of her daughter as a young child and a teenager. She urged the

Emergency crews rescue a student “victim” from the crashed vehicle.

students not to get behind the wheel if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She told them to call a parent or family member to pick them up.

Reagan Dance Shares With Methodist Hospital Nursing Staff By Carey Thomas, Reagan Spirit Board Historian n Saturday, February 28 the Reagan Diamond Dancers and Silver Stars were ready to perform at their final regional competition of the year in Northwest Austin. Due to inclement weather the competition was cancelled and the Rattlers stayed in town. The girls made the best out of it and spent the day together having fun and


contributing to the Stone Oak community! Before competition the dancers are often treated to breakfast tacos. Since the competition was cancelled, the dance teams found themselves with lots of extra tacos. How could they make the most of the situation? They choose to bring the breakfast goodies to the happily surprised nurses at Methodist Hospital. It was a win-win for everyone involved. Way to play it forward

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Friday Movie Night At Stone Oak Elementary Submitted By Deborah Deel tone Oak Elementary School recently held another Friday Movie Night for students and parents. The movie this time was Lady and the Tramp. To add to the fun Stone Oak declared that Friday as 50’s Day at school. Students and staff were encouraged to don leather jackets, bobby sox, and poodle skirts for the school day and on into the evening. That night students had the opportunity to learn the twist and take pictures in front of 50’s themed backdrops. Pizza, soda, and popcorn were sold by the Stone Oak PTA for the movie goers to enjoy. The Stone Oak Elementary Book Fair also took place at the same time as Movie Night. Librarians and parent volunteers joined in on the 50’s fun, dressing the part and keeping the Book Fair open for “late” night shopping until the movie began. The Book Fair theme “For the Love of Books” extended the Valentine’s Day holiday a little longer for Stone Oak students. Pink and red hearts and streamers adorned the ceiling and doors into the library. The Book Fair also coincided with early release days giving parents the opportunity to shop with their children before heading off to their student-led conferences. As what would hopefully be the last cold front of the season blew in, Stone Oak Elementary students were participating in the NEISD 2015 Stellar Showcase. Joining students from other district elementary schools, Stone oak students converged on the gym floor at Blossom Athletic


There were the 50s, Fun and More at Stone Oak Elementary School.

Center. There they showed off their skill at step routines, hula hoop dances, and jump rope routines. The Showcase allows parents a chance to see what skills their students have been learning this year in Physical Education applied to creative and entertaining routines. Students then headed off for an early Spring Break with lots of March left after their return. Still ahead for students in March after Spring Break were the Reflections Award Ceremony, Young Masters, 1st Grade Field Trip, and the 2nd Grade Fairy Tale Bowl. April events will include the 3rd Grade Animal Café, Kinder Round Up, 5th Grade Field Trip, 1st Grade Fiesta Parade, and the Bike Rodeo.

Rifle Team Takes Alamo City Championship

Congratulations to Douglas McClure, Connor O’Ryan, Alan Izquierdo, and Jessica Hird for their First Place finish!!

Submitted By John Tijerina chools came together in competition at the Alamo City JROTC Air Rifle Classic Marksmanship Meet which was held on Friday, 27 February. The event was hosted by NEISD and took place at the district’s rifle range and warehouse located on Broadway Street and included schools from the San Antonio area as well Lehman High School from Lehman, Texas. The JROTC Air Rifle program is broken


down into two categories; Precision and Sporter. Each category fires from three different positions; standing, kneeling, and the prone position. Reagan’s Rattler Battalion entered one Precision team and two Sporter teams to the competition and walked out as the Alamo City Air Rifle Champions in the Sporter category. Congratulations to Douglas McClure, Connor O’Ryan, Alan Izquierdo, and Jessica Hird for their First Place finish!!

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News From City Council District 9


By Councilman Joe Krier District 9 (210) 207-7325

ear Friends and Residents: Last month, Council reviews recommendations from the Charter Review Commission. As the first elected official to call for an election regarding Streetcar and Light Rail, I was delighted to vote “Yes” to put this on the May 9th ballot.

So, on May 9th you will have a chance to vote on Proposition 1 regarding Streetcar and Light Rail. The next proposal was an amendment that would provide the newly elected Mayor earn $61,725/year and City Council $45,722/year. I voted “No” on Council pay

because I believe the number one issue Council should be working on this spring is resolving our police and fire union contracts. As long as we are in union negotiations, our number one priority should be to get a fair and equitable contract that is good for our police and fire personnel and good for the City’s long term finances. I’m glad the city’s current offer met my longstanding requirements. First, a contact that provides better health care benefits for our uniformed personnel and second keeps our total expenses within the 66% cap we agreed on last year. That leaves 34% of the General Budget for streets and drainage, parks and libraries. We do not yet have a handshake deal,

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much less a contact to vote on. I think a campaign over Council pay in the middle of our own campaigns would be a significant distraction from the effort to get the police and fire union negotiations resolved in a way that is fair and equitable to both sides. That is why I voted “No” to placing council pay on the May ballot. I am always interested in what you have to say. I have a number of poll questions at the District 9 website. I hope you’ll consider participating! As always, if there are items you would like to see in future newsletters, please let me know via email at district9@sanantonio. gov. Working together, we can make Distict9 and our City a better place for everyone.

Fight Night: Men vs. Women

By Stefanie Young n Saturday, February 28 the Stone Oak Business Association joined forces with Denise Castano Wirth and her group of networkers for a night of Men vs. Women Trivia. The group gathered at Vortex Bar for the faceoff with door prizes galore and the upbeat yet casual atmosphere the Battle of the Sexes insured. While the weather was cold and wet the networkers could not be kept at bay. As each guest walked in they were given a networking bingo card and had a name pinned to their back. The bingo had you asking questions like, “How many siblings do you have?” “I think the bingo was a great way to get to know one another and made it easy to start up a conversation,” raved Brittany Oliver, an admin for SOBA. “I was thrilled with the turn out of the event, considering the weather and the fact that the event was on a Saturday, I don’t think we could have drawn a better crowd,” stated Russell Groomer, the founder and director of the business association. “Denise and the Sassy Moms are an amazing networking


Kelle Bradford Hays of Sassy Moms of Stone Oak and Russell Groomer of SOBA have some friendly fun and the event.

group and we really enjoyed partnering with them for this event. SOBA is looking forward to working with them again.” The event began at 6:30 pm with the trivia running right up to the end. The atmosphere of the group was fun with an edge of competitiveness. Members of SOBA had a fantastic time shouting out their answers and winning prizes from generous businesses all over Stone Oak. As the evening wound down, everyone turned their attention the numerous televisions for the real fight: Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano.

The festivities of the evening allowed participants to mingle and get to know each other.

Vortex Bar and its owner Michael Culver generously opened the UFC Fight for attendees of the “Battle of the Sexes Trivia Night”. While the fight may have only lasted 14 seconds it was definitely a great way to finish of the evening. The Stone Oak Business Association would like to give a special thanks to Vortex Bar for hosting the event and to J.J. Rodriguez for donating his sound equipment. They would also like to thank

Denise Castano Wirth, the attendees of the event and all of the businesses who donated door prizes and incentives for the trivia. “Our members are always up for a challenge and make these events a success every time.” Groomer said at the end of the night. Keep a close watch on SOBA’s Facebook page and website for upcoming events or join our mailing list at www.stoneoakbusiness. com.

SOBA: Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due By Stefanie Young f you’ve attended a Stone Oak Business Association (SOBA) ribbon cutting ceremony, business expo, or Living Through Giving event, you’ve probably ran into J.J. Rodriguez of J.J. Rodriguez Professional Real Estate. He has volunteered his time, expertise, personal sound equipment and much more to the association. It is professionals like J.J. that help make SOBA what it is today. J.J. originally joined SOBA over 10 years ago to help promote his real estate business. His business was already firmly based in the Stone Oak, Encino Park and North Central areas, but he thought it was necessary to meet business owners and people who lived and worked in the area in order to expand his business and network. As a SOBA member he jumped in whole heartedly to the idea of community building and working as a team to achieve better businesses. He’s always enjoyed meeting



people and finding out about what they do. J.J. believes that SOBA is about businesses helping other businesses and when he has the chance to recommend someone, he does it with confidence. Knowing the business owners of SOBA and being confident is what the association is all about J.J. can attest to the benefits of the friendships you build as a member. If there is one person you can count on being at your ribbon cutting, it’s J.J. As a statesman of SOBA he has assisted in opening hundreds of businesses in the Stone Oak and surrounding areas. “Even though I have been to literally hundreds of ribbon cuttings, they are always special. I attempt to put myself in the place of the business that is opening and imagine how excited and proud I would be if that was happening at my place of business,” Said Rodriguez. “Ribbon cuttings never get old, they just keep getting better.” Ribbon cuttings are not the only event you can catch J.J at. He has attended every

Winter Celebration for over 10 years and volunteered at nearly every booth and attraction! “The winter celebrations are just that, a celebration of the community. It really is a family event with carnival rides, snow, & Santa himself. The vendors who participate get to meet a ton of people and hopefully make important business contacts,” explained J.J. “This is also where thousands of toys are collected to be distributed later to needy San Antonio children.” Volunteer work is not always easy or fun, but J.J. has managed to keep a smile on his face and the faces around him. “As far as memories, they have all been pretty good. One year though was so cold and wet that I couldn’t feel my feet,” he recalled. “Thankfully after the event was over and I was home, I checked and my feet were still there!” If you would like to get to know J.J. better, he’s in the business of helping

people realize the American dream of home ownership. J.J. has been the proud owner of J.J. Professional Real Estate for 5 years. He represents buyers, sellers and commercial clients providing them with pertinent information so they can realize their real estate goals. He’ll do his best to put anyone on the right path during their purchasing or selling experience. So here’s to you J.J. Thank you for all you’ve done for the community and for all that you plan on doing. Your outlook and spirit is one of a kind! Stone Oak and SOBA are more than lucky to have you.

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Hardy Oak’s 100th Day

Hardy Oak Sells Healing Hearts Submitted By Heather Kelley he Student Council Lighthouse Team at Hardy Oak Elementary sold hearts for quarters for the Ronald McDonald House Charity February 2nd-13th. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. RMHC believes that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community and, ultimately, the world. As pioneers of providing family-centered care, RMHC strives to be part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families, providing programs that strengthen families during difficult times. Hardy Oak Elementary sold 5,952 hearts totaling $1597.00. They are so thankful for everyone who participated! Way to go Hardy Oak!


The students were also very surprised when “Zero The Hero” showed up to count with them!!

Submitted By Colleen Churn he Kindergarten students and teachers at Hardy Oak Elementary School were celebrating the 100th day of school. Mrs. Churn’s kinder class had an exciting day filled with fun activities. Every student created a unique t-shirt with a “100” of their own design and were allowed to wear them all day. The students created masks shaped into the number 100 that they were happy to wear around the classroom. The kindergarten class was treated with delicious and healthy snacks from their own making. The students choose from a variety of food choices (10 of


10 different items) to create a bag of 100 treats to eat later in the day for their snack. Mrs. Churn’s class showed off their ability to count to 100 throughout the day with number songs, chants, and games. The students were also very surprised when “Zero The Hero” showed up to count with them!! The hilarious super hero quizzed the class over different ways to count to 100, for example by; 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. To finish the celebration the kindergarteners had a 100th day parade around the school to show off all of their wonderful and artistic shirts! What a wonderful and fun day the kids had!

2015 Junior Olympics Championships

Some of the best fencers in the nation are found at the Olympian Fencing Club.

Submitted By Velizar Iliev n February 13, Saint Mary’s Hall’s student Robin Cheong won Bronze medal in the Cadet Men’s Epee fencing event and 7th place Finalist medal in the Junior Men’s Epee fencing event at the 2015 Junior Olympics Championships in Richmond, VA. With his performance, Robin is one of not many fencers winning two out of two medals in one competition in US Junior Olympics history. Robin competed against 246 top male epee fencers in the US age 20 and under in Junior’s event and 245 top male epee fencers in the US age 17 and under in


Cadet’s event. Currently, Robin is ranked 4th in Cadet Men’s Epee national points list for ages 17 and under. At the same time Farrah Lee-Elabd unfortunately did not placed at the 2015 Junior Olympics but she had enough points in her portfolio which kept her 2nd in Cadet Women’s epee fencers in the US age 17 and under which qualifies her to represent US at 2015 Cadet & Junior World Championships during April in Uzbekistan. Farrah & Robin train at Olympian Fencing Club in San Antonio, TX with some of the best fencers in the nation. They are coached by Velizar Iliev, US Olympian and 3 times World Champion.

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2nd grade classroom door- ‘Share Your Hearts’ on the door

5th Annual Run For The Heights Braves The Winter Weather Submitted By Leigh Ellis he 5th Annual Run for the Heights, 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Run, & Health Fair, held at Tuscany Heights Elementary, on Saturday, February 28, 2015 proved to be the most challenging event to date. Runners and walkers from all over San Antonio came out to brave the hilly course in the 30 degrees cold, wet, and windy weather. Despite the weather challenges, the community participated in a fun and exciting morning of health and wellness! Overall, the event included over 850 registrations, 40+ business and community partners and 150+ volunteers. Returning emcee, Vinnie Vinzetta, KENS5 Sports Anchor, kicked off the event with the Opening Ceremony performed by the Johnson High School JROTC and Tuscany Heights Tiger Beat Choir singing the National Anthem. First up was the Fun Run as kids of all ages sprinted their way through the ¾ mile course. All Fun Run participants earned a spirit stick for their accomplishment. The chiptimed 5K was next with runners and walkers weaving their way through the challenging and hilly course. Using the latest timing technology, runners were able to view their race results on big screen monitors within minutes of crossing the finish line. The top finishers were Jenny Breuer with a time of 19:50 and Eric Salinas, who finished with a time of 18:26. The top 3 overall males/females received medals and gift certificates. Additional medals and awards went to the top 3 males/females in each 5 year age category, ranging from 10 and under to 70+. Finally, there were special awards for the top girl and boy in grades K-5, which included medals and gift certificates. Congratulations to all the Fun Run and 5K Finishers! After the races, participants warmed up inside by visiting the Sponsor Expo & Health Fair to receive valuable health information, get health screenings, and sample nutritional products. Post-race food


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and drinks were provided for all participants. Free health screenings included: BP, Glucose, Cholesterol and BMI. There were plenty of kid friendly activities provided by event sponsors, including Lego activities, creative arts, face painting, plus hula hoops and jump roping. Finally, various types of fitness including Martial Arts and sports training were demonstrated for the crowds throughout the event. One of the event participants commented, “To all who coordinated today’s event – GREAT JOB!!! So glad we made it this year and we will be back!!! Well done.” Run for the Heights not only raised funds for the Tuscany Heights Elementary PTA, a 501(c) 3, but helped promote health and wellness in the community. Volunteers included community partners plus several local school groups from Tejeda MS, Johnson HS, Reagan HS, and MacArthur HS. These volunteers, students and many other student leaders from Tuscany Heights Elementary helped to create a spirit of pride and community. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the 5th Annual Run for the Heights! See their website for event photos, race results, and a list of their generous sponsors at http://runfortheheights.


5 Ideas For Packing Healthier Lunches By Steve Johnson, Owner of College Nannies + Tutors t College Nannies and Tutors, we advocate a continuous improvement approach to bettering your family’s daily habits, including packing healthier lunches! Here are five tips to help with process. Plan Ahead: Planning ahead will give you time to plan out each portion of your child’s school lunches, instead of grabbing whatever you can find on a rushed morning. You never know what might happen in the mornings before school, so planning out lunches the night before, or even having the


entire week planned on Sunday, will take away some morning-rush stress. Take Requests: Do your kids have foods that they particularly enjoy? Give them a chance to choose some options for their fun and healthy lunch. If their choices are not as beneficial as you’d like, find a way to add it in small portion sizes, or look for recipes to increase the health benefits. Make it fun: Whoever says you shouldn’t play with your food, clearly doesn’t know how to pack a fun school lunch! Cutting the fruits and veggies portions into fun shapes will encourage your kids to eat them up. Invest in smaller cookie cutters to cut things

like cantaloupe, watermelon, and bananas into fun shapes. Does your child not like the crust? Cut their sandwich into a fun shape, or decorate it with cheese or veggies on top. Roll up sandwich meat and cheese for a different take on a sandwich. Do Your Research: Be sure to spend some time researching any processed foods you may be adding in to your child’s lunchbox! There may be hidden ingredients that deceive the buyer into believing a food product is healthy, when it really may not be. Look for healthier options when grocery shopping, and try to use fruits and veggies straight out of the fresh produce aisle.

Be Creative: The opportunities are endless when it comes to preparing fun food for your kids. Try making sandwich kabobs on a stick, or using cupcake cups to separate different foods. Make each lunch full of color to make the healthy foods more appealing for your kids. There are many ways to spice up a healthy lunch, for all of those picky eaters out there! Preparing lunches ahead of time, making sure to pay attention to the foods you buy when grocery shopping, and adding in your own creativity to each lunchbox will make healthy eating more fun for your kids!

GoodTaste With Tanji Girls Night San Antonio Symphony Springs Into Musical Action Submitted By Laura Aplin ollowing the acclaimed Strauss Festival that wrapped up its winter season, the San Antonio Symphony is closing out its year with a stellar series of musical performances ranging from the always popular Pops series featuring ARRIVAL from Sweden performing The Music of ABBA, a musical tribute the John Williams to an exploration of Baroque, with Handel’s Messiah. “Coming off of the Strauss Festival and the winter series, concert goers should expect an exciting array of musical styles and performances, from the more serious pieces to the downright fun,” said David Gross, president of the San Antonio Symphony. “Whether your musical tastes run from the 17th century symphonic to 21st century pop, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We would love for every San Antonio resident experience the musical joy that is your San Antonio Symphony.” Spring highlights: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes. Marvel at the magnificent scores behind your favorite cartoon characters as Bugs, Daffy, Sylvester and all of your beloved favorites are projected on the big screen. Bugs Bunny comes to life April 3-4, at the Majestic Theatre, with George Daugherty conducting. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez Known for his exquisite expressiveness, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas performs Rodrigo’s most popular work, Concierto de Aranjuez, a work the composer described as reminiscent of “the hidden breeze that stirs


Submitted By Kristine Garza loha! Come join our ‘ohana at the Club at Sonterra for Good Taste with Tanji Girls Night Out! Come get lei’d on May 13th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and enjoy amazing local artisans, incredible giveaways plus great wine and delicious bites! Hele me hoohiwahiwa (Come Celebrate!), and don’t forget your grass skirt! GoodTaste with Tanji teamed up with Outside the Box Productions for Girls’ Night Out which is an event held about four times a year to bring women together to Sip, Shop and Talk! Each event has a new theme and entertainment plus great food and wine, lots of great shopping from local artisans and tons of fabulous giveaways and swag! Our retail artisans for this event include Mainstream Boutique, Stella & Dot, Silpada Jewelry and Make Woo just to name a few! “We have so much fun bringing great food, wine and new women’s products to our guests. We’ve got amazing partners that make every Girls Night Out a fun



experience,” said Patton. “Plus, we are so excited about our new venue - we have teamed up with the folks at the beautiful Club At Sonterra and look forward to hosting our events there this year!” A portion of the proceeds from Girls Night Out always goes to a select charity and this event will feature City Year San Antonio! Using near-peer mentors in San Antonio’s most under-served schools to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out, City Year helps close the gap, between what students need to succeed and what schools are designed to provide. The event will be taking place at The Club At Sonterra (901 Sonterra Blvd.). Get your tickets before they sell out for only $30 at www.! Or get your girlfriends together and reserve a table for ten with extra benefits! All inclusive tickets include appetizers, 2 drink tickets, entry to free giveaways, and Girls Night Out swag! Tickets can be purchased at or by calling Outside the Box at (210)4811200.

Bugs Bunny comes to life April 3-4, at the Majestic Theatre, with George Daugherty conducting.

the treetops” on April 10-12 at the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center. Fiesta Pops A concert featuring the music, dance and culture of San Antonio and South Texas. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Campanas de America and a colorful corps of dancers with the Guadalupe Dance Company. And delight in the singing of Sebastien De La Cruz as he delivers beloved songs with his whole heart and soul, all taking place April 17 and 18. Beethoven Evelyn Glennie, percussion virtuosa, plays Corigliano’s 2014 Grammyaward-winning Conjurer, which is paired with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, whose slow movement provided a magnificent backdrop for King George’s radio delivery in The King’s Speech. Indulge in the musical movements May 1 and 2.

Encino Park Fiesta Festival Submitted By Sylvia Farber ncino Park Elementary PTA invites all community members to the 1st Encino Park Fiesta Festival and Silent Auction on April 10 from 4:308:30pm. This carnival coincides with Encino Park Elementary’s 25th anniversary. Wristbands will be on sale and available at Encino Park Elementary March 16-April 3, $15 for unlimited carnival games or $20 for unlimited carnival games and BBQ plate from Smokey Mo’s. Wristbands will be on sale the day of the carnival for $20 for unlimited carnival games or $25 for unlimited carnival games and BBQ plate. There will be a few ticketed booths with


each ticket being $.50. A few of the unlimited games will include: ring toss, washer toss, duck pond, Plinko, Operation, bean bag toss, Angry Birds, gaga ball, and Just Dance. Some of the ticketed booths will include: dunking booth, jail, cake walk, and silly string war. There are business sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100$1500. Please contact Tenille Eubanks at for more information. Hope to see you at the Encino Park Fiesta Festival!

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