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adies, I apologize in advance for bringing up such an ugly and vile subject, however, I would be remiss if I did not touch on a problem that has been chipping away at the very heart of marriage! Yes, I speak of the dreaded F-word: Football. The season is almost here! We must bring up this painful subject NOW before it’s too late! For too long this parasitic pastime has been rendering the males of our species round, deaf and blind, (though, unfortunately, not mute). Young wives, at the cusp of trying to please and “understand” their mates, foolishly fall for lines such as, “Honey, you are so wonderful. Listen, in order to finish this love poem I started for you, I really need to run it by the guys. We’re meeting over at Lou’s for a few hours, ok?” as she giggles and naively pushes him out the door, wondering why he needs 3 bags of chips and a case of beer to write poetry. The excuses become ever more clever. In fact, you can tell how long a couple has been married by the football excuse. 5 yrs: “Baby, Lou and Sara are having some struggles and he needs to talk.” 10 yrs: “Sweetie, Lou got laid off from his job and needs some support.” 20 yrs: “Honey, Lou had a heart attack. I really should go see him.” 30 yrs: “Darling, Lou’s dead. I really should go to the funeral.” (Fritos and Funyuns at a funeral? She may get suspicious. Better pick them up on the way!) It’s a conspiracy. At the grocery store a giant STOMPERS VS. CRUSHERS! is
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Taking A Chance Special To Welcome Home t was pure serendipity three young ladies from differing northeast high schools came to meet and become the best of friends. The coming together happened because Heather Stolle, a former kindergarten teacher in the northeast school district, took a leap of faith by deciding to do what her passion was. In 1998 Stolle opened Heather Stolle’s School of Dance on Blanco Road, drawn by her passion of teaching and her love of dance. It was there Addison Banazek, Emily Hersh, and Courtney Kiolbassa, developed a bond that would go to extend far beyond dance. The three would spend hours taking class, attending conventions and performing with their middle school performance team, XLR8. Stolle not only taught them how to dance during these classes but made sure they all
understood what a privilege and a gift it was to be a dancer. And while the classes led by Heather and her staff placed and importance on technique and movement quality, the girls were also affected by its emphasis on being polite, kind and confident dancers. “It’s one thing to be able to point your toes and do splits and that’s important, but to truly stand out in the dance world and in life, you have to be a good person as well,” said Courtney. Addison said Heather’s studio has nurtured “both her dance skill, and leadership qualities.” Stolle has made it her mission to provide a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment for her students. “She has taught us by example the importance of achieving success with selflessness,” said Emily. Today, all three dancers are now leading their varsity dance teams at Johnson,
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By Amanda Burris s the hot summer months begin to diminish and the cool breezes of fall begin to slowly trickle in (hopefully!), many get wrapped up in school, work and sports. While watching football, or looking through newsletters at work or even dropping the kids off at school, many may notice the abundance of the color pink this month. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, established by a collaboration of organizations and agencies that work together to promote breast cancer awareness to the public, and a pink ribbon
has been established as the symbol for awareness. Many can say that they have heard of the disease either through passing or because someone they know has had it. While this is the case, many still fail to establish a plan for themselves that could detect the disease in its early stages of development. Research, studies and funding have come a long way over the years, but there is still a ways to go. One in Eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and the disease is the second leading cause of death among women —but this doesn’t mean
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small pillow on the chair before sitting. This person had an advanced form of cancer, which limited their ability to sit. I spoke to him/her (I am being careful to not embarrass anyone) for an hour. The patient had been frightened by too much information delivered too fast (I think) and possibly not a very empathetic doctor. Using all my persuasive skill and promise to help as needed, I convinced the patient to see a very sweetly tempered expert for definitive care. Another patient came to me with a few
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By Monica Allison, O.D. Stone Oak Vision Source (210) 495-9020 r Allison supports Optometry Giving Sight and will be participating in the World Sight Day Challenge this year by donating the proceeds from October 10, World Sight Day, to Optometry Giving Sight. We invite our community members to drop in that day and make a donation or purchase that will go to the worthy cause. Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative specifically targeting the elimination of blindness and impaired vision due to “uncorrected refractive error”
— that is, nearsightedness or farsightedness that is uncorrected simply because individuals don’t have access to vision care and glasses. Consider the following: While uncorrected vision is one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness, it is also the most treatable. 670 million people are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they lack access to the glasses or eye care they need. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that blindness prevention and vision correction rank with immunizations among the most cost effective of all health
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interventions. Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity. By enabling someone to see clearly for the first time, their chances of living a less isolated and more fulfilling life are vastly increased. Children who can see the writing on a school board now have the opportunity to get a proper education. Adults can find jobs that allow them to provide not only for themselves, but also their families. Through programs funded by Optometry Giving Sight, it can cost as little as $5 to provide an individual in the developing world with an eye examination and a pair of glasses. In many of these locales, there is simply no existing infrastructure to provide eye exams and eyeglasses. Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85% of every dollar donated by eye care professionals and the public go directly to support projects that provide vision care,
local training and infrastructure support for people in underserved communities. It would be challenging to find another cause where your charitable dollar can be so impactful. Giving Sight to Millions Optometry Giving Sight supports programs that not only offer eye exams and glasses, but also establish vision centers and train local eye care professionals in communities with little or no access to eye care services. Funds donated to Optometry Giving Sight have helped to provide ongoing funding to eight vision centers and train 683 eye care professionals across 16 countries. We are located at Stone Oak Vision Source at 19202 Stone Oak Parkway, Ste 106 and our phone # is 210-495-9020. We’d love to see you in on October 10 and support this worthy cause.
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Fresh And Flavorful Food At River City Seafood & Grill By Amanda Burris
n November in 2012, Charlie Coleman opened a unique family owned and operated restaurant called River City Seafood & Grill in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio where he could feature his knowledge of seafood and Cajun inspired dishes. “I’ve been in the restaurant business all my life,” Charlie explained. After owning a few restaurants in Louisiana and following his passion, he decided to satisfy the need for a great seafood restaurant on the Northside that features reasonably priced yet high quality food. Each dish that is served up at River City Seafood & Grill has its own special flare and is made with fresh ingredients. While some dishes are Cajun inspired, not all of the dishes are spicy but instead, they all feature full, mouthwatering flavors. Guests also have the option to work with their orders and request a meal to be more or less spicy. With dishes that range from Charlie’s favorite, his fried catfish that is cut an eighth of an inch thick and made thin and crispy, to their “best in town” grilled tilapia that features a light lemon cream sauce, to their homemade bread pudding dessert, there is something for the whole family to enjoy for lunch, dinner and dessert. While the regular lunch and dinner menu feature an array of delicious meals, River City Seafood & Grill also features a gluten free section that has a variety of
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their top dishes to choose from. With a fun selection to pick from on the kids menu, along with an impressive drink menu featuring an abundance of wines and specialty drinks, this is an excellent restaurant for all types of occasions. Parties, families, business associates and more can enjoy this exceptional restaurant either inside, outside on their spacious patio where they feature live jazz music every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. or in their inviting party room which features two 60 inch big screens. The party room allows guests to arrange their seating, control audio and video from a laptop or use a projector. River City Seafood & Grill is a restaurant with the community in mind. Charlie and his family have lived in the Stone Oak area for six years where they have not only built great friendships, but also long lasting connections and loyal guests. “I love the community and I love the regular customers that we have managed to receive,” Charlie said. He continued to explain how he has high expectations for the restaurant and how things seem to just get better with time. Happy Hour is from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. where a great selection of drinks and full appetizers are available at great prices. Reservations are accepted and can also be done online through the Open Table app.
River City Seafood & Grill has already become a neighborhood favorite with its excellent food and service. Let this fresh, Louisiana seafood inspired restaurant take your taste buds for a trip! River City Seafood & Grill is located at 115 N. Loop 1604 E, Ste. 1108 in the La Arcata retail center at 1604 and Tuscany Stone, just east of Stone Oak Parkway. For more information, call 210-233-6790 or visit www.rivercityseafoodgrill.com.
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Special To Welcome Home espite some often held beliefs, beauty pageants are a lot more than just tiaras and glamour. Title holders learn to combine their beauty, brains and time for worthy causes. Paige Dausin on August 3 was crowned Beauties of America Texas Teen. Since then, she has been spending her summer utilizing her new title to bring awareness to causes and charities in and around San Antonio. “Being a pageant title holder is a brand
new experience for me,” Dausin said. “I’m still learning where and how I can help the most to make a difference.” Paige spent the first month of her reign making appearances and doing fundraising for major organizations alongside the Miss San Antonio Texas Teen, Alayah Benavidez, and Miss San Antonio Texas, Alexandra Ahmadi. “We collected and raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s donation, Lock Up. We acted as judges who
Reagan Against Drugs Submitted By Colleen Douglas he Ronald Reagan Winners’ Circle is excited for another great year. The purpose of the organization is to identify, support and reward students who are willing to commit to a chemical-free lifestyle. Throughout the year they organize
events both in and outside of school that provide an opportunity for the members to gather in a safe environment and have fun while doing so. Some events that they participate in are ‘Walk like Mothers’ Against Dunk Driving (MADD) and Red Ribbon Week.
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set the bail – with bail being any donations made by corporations, individuals, etc. It was so much fun!” This summer, Dausin also got to stand shoulder to shoulder with service men and women to help the USO at their largest fundraiser/telethon of the year. “To be able to have fun and help a worthy organization is very gratifying,” she said. As for what’s next for Paige only time will tell. “I look forward to bringing awareness to the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation,” she said. “They have their annual 5k in October so that is something I’d like to pursue, helping them to fundraise. My oldest sister Kayla has been living with Type 1 diabetes since she was 3 so it is something that has impacted my family directly and profoundly.” Welcome Home would like to congratulate Paige and wish her continued success in her efforts in the coming year.
Red Ribbon Week is the largest campaign against drugs. This year it will be hosted from October 28 to November 1. During this week, members raise awareness to the student body as they follow through with their pledge. Students at Reagan can sign up and pledge to be drug and alcohol free
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FOOD FOR TODAY, FOOD FOR TOMORROW, FOOD FOR LIFE By Amanda Burris
f you are familiar with some of the non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area, you have probably heard of the San Antonio Food Bank. Their amazing impact on not just this city, but 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas has provided more than 48 million pounds of food in hopes to fight hunger through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy. Because their compassion and dedication seems endless, many remain unaware of just how many programs and extraordinary things they have become involved in. Through the generosity and support of local businesses, churches, foundations, corporations, government, civic group and individuals, the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) is able to partner with 530 different agencies to distribute food to more than 58,000 individuals every month. The SAFB warehouse, which is currently about to expand to store even more, holds all of the food and grocery products donated, including produce. Through the help of donations, onsite community gardens and many volunteers, the SAFB is able to gather food and keep all of it organized through an inventory that shelters can even access online. Many may be familiar with this portion of the Food Bank and may have even seen one of their three mobile pantries that make trips each day for distribution. But, it is in the way that they have used their resources to impact others in the long run that is truly impressive. While around 49 million Americans are food insecure and will take what they can, the SAFB has seen the need for nutrition education and for providing a way to end what seems like an ongoing cycle of hunger and unemployment. The SAFB has nutrition educators who focus on teaching those in need how to shop efficiently to buy products that are not just quick and easy, but rather, healthy items that they can prepare to make meal that have a more long-term difference to their nutritional health. Ultimately, the goal of the SAFB is to aid as many as they can in the fight against hunger. One of the most common reasons that individuals are forced to rely on food pantries is the lack of job training and inability to find sustainable employment. Through the Community Kitchen program, the SAFB established an exciting way to train the unemployed while continuing to feed the hungry. The students enrolled in the Community Kitchen program get trained in everything from basic food safety to general food prep, all skills needed to qualify them for a culinary career. This 20-week course allows students to prepare food for others in need, while establishing a trade for themselves that they can use to become successful members of society. The hope for this program was that the Food Bank could establish a way to help diminish hunger through education, and so far it has been incredibly successful. The kitchens at the SAFB are always abuzz with students and trained chiefs making and preparing food. It was around four years ago when a new idea for further growth came to light, as community members who toured the Food Bank continued to be impressed with the delicious food prepared and served to them. After getting various requests to host lunches or serve food for business events, there was no question to use this as an opportunity for the SAFB to grow and do more. “The first and ultimate goal is to have a social enterprise program,” said Michael Guerra, the SAFB Chief Development Officer, as he explained what the Catalyst Catering program was all about. This program, lead by a team of catering professionals and high quality chiefs, generates funding by providing a catering service (using purchased products and not donated food) to Southwest Texas. While most know the SAFB for their service to those in need, they have also quickly established themselves as impressive chiefs, even winning best Mac and Cheese and best chili in culinary competitions. Their large menu features an array of choices for all types of events.
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“From the mayor’s office to top culprit companies to high end quinceañeras and weddings, this catering group does it all,” Guerra explained. While the program only uses fully trained Chiefs for their catering events, they do occasionally use student graduates from their Community Kitchen program to get more experience and training. Current students can also act as extra help in the kitchen when necessary to prepare for events. “The most rewarding part about the Catalyst program, 100 percent, is seeing the students participating in the program out in front and getting jobs,” said Guerra. By using Catalyst Catering for your next event, you are not only booking exquisite food, but are taking part in this new concept of catering for a cause. With the holidays just around the corner, many parties are being planned and organized and need caterers. To book Catalyst Catering, a decision you wont regret, call 210-431-8401 or email catalyst@ safoodbank.org. Through new and diverse ways, the SAFB has found opportunities to reach out and not only aid the communities of Southwest Texas, but to enhance them through education as well. With many partnerships with other organizations and various life-altering programs offered, the Food Bank is looking to make a difference in the lives of many not just today, but for tomorrow and for life. As always, the San Antonio Food Bank welcomes the community to donate food, their time through volunteering and money. While the SAFB may be a far drive for most, there are food barrels at every Goodwill where individuals can make drop-offs. For more information on the San Antonio Food Bank and how you, your company or your organization can aid and give back in some way, visit safoodbank.org.
The Flu: What Is It and How Can You Protect Yourself? By Lee Adams, PA FP Walk-In Clinic (210) 402-0090 s the flu season approaches, we begin to hear stories about the flu and how it can cause us to feel horrible, be hospitalized and even cause death. It’s important to know what the flu is, what to do if you think you have it and how to minimize your risk of contracting this illness. The flu is caused by a virus and is often confused with the common cold, but the flu tends to be more severe. In addition to getting plenty of rest and
pushing fluids, many over-the-counter medications are available to help relieve your symptoms, but there is no cure for the flu. There are prescription antiviral medications that may help to reduce the severity of the symptoms and/or decrease the length of the illness. It’s recommended that these medications be started within the first 48 hours of the illness. It’s best to avoid getting the flu in the first place. Proper and frequent hand washing helps to reduce the transmission rates of flu
We Keep You Rolling
By Rusty Belden, V.P. Belden’s Automotive & Tires (210) 494-0017
oday’s modern vehicles are popular on our roads, and it’s no wonder. They can be sleek and stylish and energy efficient. Unfortunately, people think that finding a repair facility to fix today’s modern cars can be difficult. Because modern vehicles require specific knowledge, parts, and equipment, people often feel that taking it to a dealership is their only choice. The good news is that Belden’s Automotive &
Tires is a domestic and foreign specialist! Belden’s has made a concerted effort to bring in factory-trained technicians that specialize in all makes and models like Volvo, Acura, BMW, Ford, Chevrolet and more. These technicians have extensive knowledge of a broad range of vehicles, and we provide them with the latest diagnostic equipment as well as continuous vehicle training. Additionally, we are proud to be
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over 65 years of age who are at high risk of developing pneumonia if they were to catch the flu. People who care for or live with members of the high-risk groups should also receive the vaccine. Flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May so it’s important to get your shot as soon as possible. People allergic to eggs, people who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine before and people who are battling an illness with a fever should not receive the vaccine. If, you get sick and think you may have the flu, remember to contact your medical provider quickly. Visit FP Walk-In Clinic today at 115 Gallery Circle, Suite 102 (next to Stone Oak MRI) and let PA Adams and the friendly staff help you manage your chronic medical diagnoses or find relief for your acute concern.
an AC Delco Service Center along with a Bosch Service Center, which aides us in providing our customers with complete care. Customer satisfaction is a top priority for all our technicians. A benefit of utilizing Belden’s for your domestic or foreign vehicle repair is that all of our extensively trained technicians are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified. This means, according to the National Institute for ASE website, that by taking “one or more of ASE’s 40 plus exams,” technicians “have proven themselves to be knowledgeable professionals.” These difficult tests “stress knowledge of job-related skills.” This certification is imperative for technicians to keep up with the ever-changing computer systems and diagnostic tools on all vehicles. An additional benefit of using Belden’s is that we have invested in state-of-the-art equipment in our facilities in an effort to better service our customers’ vehicles. The automotive industry continues to rapidly
advance in technology; if we don’t stay up-to-date with training and equipment we won’t be able to offer our customers quality auto repair and customer service. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Call any of our four locations for FREE advice on any auto questions you may have! Don’t forget to check us out on the web for coupons and specials at www. beldensautomotive.com. Buckle up, Drive Save and Remember at Belden’s Automotive & Tires “We Keep You Rolling!” Belden’s Automotive & Tires has four locations: 13811 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78232, phone number (210) 4940017; 29137 IH-10 W., Bourne, TX 78006, phone number (830) 981-9700; 8825 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240, phone number (210) 481-3330; 22000 Bulverde Rd., San Antonio, TX 78259, phone number (210) 690-1100. For more information, call one of the locations or visit www.beldensautomotive. com.
Making Your Deck Last By Barry Hagendorf Deck & Patio Care (210) 822-9147 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. 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.
and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “An annual flu vaccine is the best way you can reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others.” The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (contains killed virus). While some people may experience a reaction to the injection itself or the body’s response while antibodies are being made to protect the body from future infection, people do not get sick from the actual flu virus in the vaccine. The flu vaccine contains three or four strains of the virus that are predicted to be the most problematic for the season. While it’s possible to contract the flu despite getting the vaccine, many of the flu-related complications can be avoided or reduced. The flu vaccine is especially important for those with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung diseases, pregnant women and people
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 & chipping? A: The answer is in the chemistry. When the temperature of Flagstone & rock move toward 32 degrees or freezing it contracts or becomes smaller. When water temperature moves toward 30 degrees it expands or gets bigger. Daily as temperature changes and Flagstone gets wet, the water and stone move against each other causing flaking. The Solution is to seal the stone with Solexene sealer which will keep the stone dry. If you have a salt water pool this problem is greatly multiplied. As a Welcome Home reader, you are entitled to a $55 discount on any scheduled deck or patio service offered by Barry Hagendorf’s Deck and Patio Care. Call 822-9147 for free estimate.
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Ancira treme Jeeps For A Cause
X By Amanda Burris
hen a project came about that featured a couple of jeeps receiving a makeover by Xtreem Outfitters for Motorhead Garage, a show on the velocity channel, an unexpected opportunity presented itself to help a local non-profit organization. Motorhead Garage is a television show that features industry innovators while covering all types of rides that can range from off road vehicles to racecars. Xtreem Outfitters specializes in customizing vehicles in unbelievable ways. For this show, two 10th anniversary Rubicons were made over with various alterations to the vehicles, including gun mounts. While it was exciting to see these jeeps made over in edgy and exciting ways for the TV show, what came from the end result was the beginning of something much more. “When the show was done and we had a jeep on the floor, we looked at selling it,” explained Jarrod Ashley, an Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Sales Manager. “Then David Tullo, my General Sales Manager, thought it would be a good idea to auction it off and let the net proceeds go to a charity.” After talking it over with owner Roy Ward, the decision was made to have the Wounded Warriors Project as their non-profit charity they would support though the auction. Wounded Warriors aims to raise awareness and aid for the well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. Due to living in a military city with friends and family who have been in service, they felt it was appropriate to give back to those who have already given so much. “I wanted to take it a step further,” said Ashley, “and host an event to support our troops and show off some jeeps and have a little fun!” The excitement continued as Ancira began planning and preparing for this event that had so much potential to continue giving back. A theme and concept were established and shirts that they could sell were soon made. The event became known as the Ancira Xtreme Jeep Bash. With a live band, food vendors and opportunities for attendees to get their jeeps detailed and displayed, the event was exciting for all who attended. The event was particularly fun for the members of Jeep Nation, a club that ran and organized the jeep show at the Bash.
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“Jeep Nation is a family club for jeep enthusiasts who enjoy their jeeps, who want to learn about wheeling their jeeps off-road and for those who just want to hang out and talk about jeeps,” said Lory Lahtinen, Vice President of Jeep Nation. “Jeep Nation had 44 jeepers and their families show up and participate in this event. We were asked by Ancira and Xtreme Outfitters to be involved and we offered to help with selling the raffle tickets with all proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior project.” The involvement and the support for the Ancira Xtreme Jeep Bash was outstanding. While a passion for Jeeps drew many there, it was the cause that kept them inspired. The original jeep that sparked the entire idea for the event was sold and the net was $10,025, which was given to the Wounded Warriors Project. At the event, with shirts sold and interactive opportunities, such as buying tickets for a chance to run over a 1987 Bonneville, an additional $5,511 was raised. In total, $15,536 was raised and given to the Wounded Warriors Project. “Our soldiers have given so much to their country and many have paid the ultimate
price for our freedom,” explained Ashley. “I am just honored that we as a dealership and as a community with our customers and car clubs (Alamo-City LX and Jeep Nation) came together and made this a success.” It has already been decided that this event will continue to make an appearance each year in hopes of continuing to grow and raise awareness for such a great cause in an exciting way. T-shirts are still available for the public and can be purchased through the parts department at Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge. For jeep enthusiasts looking to become more involved in the community and events such as these, Jeep Nation hosts events throughout the year including beginner classes, hill country drives, monthly meet ups and various wheeling trips to off-road parks in the state. To find out more, visit www.jeep-nation.com.
The Good Ol’ Days Are Here And Now!
magician, singing and dancing, it was like a night hosted by Bob Hope, honoring our troops. To add to the feeling of the night, the Independence Hill team dressed in period attire, playing the part of Rosie the Riveter, the girl with the sailor right off the pages of Life Magazine, Marilyn Monroe and a variety of military personnel. The girls’ hair was pinned in tight curls, with bright red lips and white gloves to finish off the look. Many of the residents proudly wore their military uniforms, in which they looked most handsome. With the stage set for an evening of entertainment and dancing, the memories that night brought were overflowing. “The night was definitely a walk down memory lane,” Independence Hill resident Lorena, recounts. “The music, attire and decorations fit the era perfectly and took us back.” The buzz about this event carried on
for weeks because it was not only enjoyable, but also meant a lot to many. During every stage in life, you should continue to have the type of fun you have always seeked for yourself, and be open to learning and trying new things. Providing a balance of activities while surrounded by good friends with like interests is of utmost importance at Independence Hill. The Good Ol’ Days are here and now! Be sure to call one of our Lifestyle Specialists at (210) 209-8956 for a personal tour and to see how this is all possible. Life is full of amazing moments and memories… let us help you find them! Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community is located at 20450 Huebner Rd., San Antonio, TX 78258. For more information, call (210) 209-8956 or visit www.independencehill.com.
Preconception Testing Misconceptions
it. When two people who are carriers for the same genetic disease conceive a child, there is a 1 in 4 chance that the baby will have the active disease. Preconception testing informs you of your carrier status before you start your family. True or False? Preconception testing is only for people from at-risk ethic backgrounds. False. It’s true that ethnicities and certain genetic diseases are linked. For example, African Americans most commonly carry a gene for sickle cell disease, and Ashkenazi Jewish women most commonly carry the gene for Tay-Sachs disease. However, some genetic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X Syndrome and muscular dystrophies are commonly carried by all ethnic backgrounds. True or False? Learning that I am a
genetic disease carrier will leave me with only one option—remain childless. False. On the heels of preconception testing, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) gives your fertility specialist a tool to act on if your carrier status is positive. With PGD, we can transfer a healthy, unaffected embryo during a cycle of IVF.
By Michelle Houriet, Executive Director Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community (210) 209-8956 hen you hear someone say the that gives them a connection to the piece. “Good old days,” they are usually At Independence Hill Retirement remembering nostalgic memories Community, we keep this in mind as we plan of the past. Seeing things that remind you of a activities and events. We find it important special time in your life is always enjoyable, to create moments that take people back in for example, walking into an old country time, to reminisce about wonderful times in store or old movie theatre that takes you their lives. We’ve held a small town parade, back to a memory with your grandparent. outdoor Country Fairs and big band dances Do you wonder why people love to peruse that residents truly enjoy. Most recently, antique stores, for instance? There is a sense we put on an USO themed dance and of comfort people get as they create a story show. With acts that included a comedian,
Dr. Summer L. James Texas Fertility Center (210) 370-3800
ou don’t have to be pregnant to rule out genetic disease, or protect your baby. Genetic testing has come a long way since prenatal amniocentesis. At Texas Fertility Center, we recommend preconception testing even when you don’t expect to have trouble getting pregnant. Also called preconception carrier screening, this blood or saliva test can provide potentially life-saving information
for potential parents. True or False? Preconception testing is only for people with a known family history of genetic disease. False. Anyone can be a carrier of a genetic disease. In fact, most of us are carriers for something. For example, more than 10 million Americans have the defective Cystic Fibrosis gene, but most do not know
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends preconception testing. Contact us to learn more about carrier status, and actions you can take if results turn up a genetic marker for genetic disease. Dr. James is Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Obstetrics. Call 210-370-3800 to make an appointment or receive more info on fertility testing.
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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month By Leslie Jernigan, M.A. Learning Foundations Diagnostic and Learning Center 210-495-2626 ost people know about October Why didn’t my child’s pediatrician tell me being the month for Breast anything? How can a dyslexic child learn Cancer Awareness. Although I to read and spell? What are schools doing wholeheartedly support this cause, today about tailoring to the dyslexic learning style? I want to talk about another, less visible, All of these are addressed in “Embracing condition that is hurting 1 in 5 families in the Dyslexia.” U.S. I’m talking about dyslexia, and October On Monday, October 28th, Learning being National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Foundations will present a screening Dyslexia is known as an “invisible of “Embracing Dyslexia” at the Alamo disability” because people with dyslexia Drafthouse in Stone Oak. Following the do not look or act any differently than documentary, Director Luis Macias and local anyone else in the classroom. People with dyslexia experts and activists will join us for dyslexia tend to also be quite intelligent, an open panel discussion and Q&A session. and may be able to mask their difficulties by This will be an excellent opportunity to get compensating with their strengths. For these your questions answered and network with reasons, so many dyslexic kids fall through other parents of kids and teens with dyslexia the cracks and spend their entire school and professionals in the field. career thinking they are dumb, slow or lazy. For this event, we have partnered with Over the summer, I had the pleasure of Standing Strong for Dyslexia, and Marin’s participating as an Executive Producer for Mission for Dyslexia; two local non-profits, a new documentary film called “Embracing whose mission is to raise awareness about Dyslexia.” This film sheds light on this dyslexia and provide resources to families commonly misunderstood condition, and affected by dyslexia. Tickets are by donation invites teachers and parents to take action and all proceeds will go towards these two and educate themselves about how people wonderful organizations. with dyslexia can overcome their difficulties. Although dyslexia is a life-long issue, We were invited to participate in a Q&A there are many things that can be done to session at the world premiere in Chicago teach a dyslexic student to read, write and be last month, and I can tell that parents in successful in school and in life. Educating Illinois share the same concerns as parents yourself and others is the first step. in Texas, and anywhere else in the U.S. Why If you would like to get advanced tickets, don’t enough teachers know about this? please visit www.LearningFoundations.
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Allergy and Immunology Southwest Allergy & Asthma Martin • Rodriguez Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology 155 Sonterra Blvd., Suite 101 494-0690 • swallergyasthma.com
Smile Source® Dr. Cheryl E. Hubble & Dr. Kaci L. Tibbetts 2950 Thousand Oaks Dr., Suite. 16 496-5422 • see map pg. 19 64 www.cherylhubbledds.com
Anti-Aging Enhancement of Life Dr. Donna Becker, D.O. 14603 Huebner Rd., Suite 2601 545-5224 • www.antiagingsa.com Expert Hormone Replacement for Women & Men
Reshmey Medical Clinic David K. Tharakan, M.D. 57 Family Practice • see map pg. 19 1202 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 301 828-2311 • www.reshmeymedclinic.com
Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center Vernon F. Williams, M.D., 495-8559 19016 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 240 www.twaamc.com, www.measureage.com www.edinstituteoftx.com • see map pg. 19
Stone Oak Family Doctors, P.A. John N. Phillips, M.D. and Medical Staff 225 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 100 32 496-7999 • see map pg. 19 www.sofdpa.com
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
San Antonio Dermatology Board Certified in Dermatology 19222 Stone Hue, Suite 103 497-1475 • see map pg. 19 www.lindacoffeymd.com
Texas Fertility Center Summer L. James, M.D. 502 Madison Oak Dr., Suite 230 370-3800 www.fertilitysanantonio.com
Diabetes Specialist Diabetes America Dr. Charles A. Reasner 20330 Huebner Rd., Suite 104 37 866-MY-DIABETES www.DiabetesAmerica.com • 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 www.sertichmd.com Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic of SA Talley•Spears•Desai•Gleinser•Henderson, M.Ds 150 E Sonterra Blvd., Suite 200 XX 499-4589 • see map pg. 19 www.entclinicsofsa.com
Ear Institute of Texas Lance E. Jackson, MD, FACS 525 Oak Centre, Suite 100 696-HEAR (4327) www.EarInstituteofTexas.com
Facial Plastic Surgery William R. Thornton, M.D., F.A.C.S. Ophthalmic/Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Cosmetic Eye Lid & Facial Surgery 15316 Huebner Rd., Suite 101 576-5150 (by appt.)
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 www.sagastro.com Theda Oaks Gastroenterology Endoscopy and Pain Management Center J. Theard, MD, M. Naeem, MD, U. Dar, MD S. Dar, MD, S. Vasireddy MD 19284 Stone Oak Pkwy. 268-0129 • www.thedaoaks.com
North Central Baptist Hospital Baptist Regional Children’s Center 520 Madison Oak Dr. 297-4000 • see map pg. 19 Baptisthealthsystem.com
Neurosurgery 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 • www.neurosurgerysa.com
Serrano OB/GYN Christopher Serrano, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. 20726 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 545-7700 www.serrano-obgyn.com
Ophthalmologist Lynnell C. Lowry, M.D. Alamo Eye Institute Board Certified Ophthalmologist 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 119 697-3821 • see map pg. 19
Dr. Monica Allison, O.D. 12 Dr. Jeffrey Capelle, O.D. 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite. 106, see map pg. 19 495-9020 • www.visionsource-stoneoak.com Stone Oak Vision Source
Kelly J. Smith, MD 19260 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 615-3700 www.pedipulm.com
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”
Stone Oak Pharmacy Specialty Compounding & Delivery Retail Pharmacy Services & DME 18866 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 101 494-4272 • see map pg. 19
Texas State Optical Renee Dunlap, O.D. 21019 U.S. Hwy. 281 N., Ste. 832 490-EYES (3937) • see map pg. 19 www.stoneoak.tso.com 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
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 www.hillcountrypain.com
Huebner Pediatrics Dr. Michelle Storandt • Dr. Adelnery Gonzalez 15714 Huebner Rd., Bldg. 3 447-3000 www.huebnerpediatrics.com Tejas Pediatrics Dr Bauer, Dr Beatty, Dr. Henigan 20642 Stone Oak Pkwy. 479-3000 www.tejaspediatricssa.com
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 www.podlink.com
South Texas Radiology Imaging Centers North Central Imaging Center 155 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 100 31 617-9000 • see map pg. 19 www.stric.com
Surgery - General Stone Oak General Surgery George Tuchsen M.D. 540 Madison Oak, Suite 220 494-7979 www.stoneoakgs.com
Fossil Creek Urgent Care Clinic 22250 Bulverde Rd. (Corner of Evans Rd.) 401-8185 • www.fossilcreekurgentcare.com Open Late and Weekends Family and Pediatric Medicine Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice 115 Gallery Circle, Suite 102 481-6060 • www.soucfp.com Family Practice, Open 7 Days
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Little Teeth of Texas Shawna Gerling, D.D.S. 21714 Hardy Oak Blvd., Suite 102 497-8787 • see map pg. 19 www.littleteethoftexas.com
Healthlink Outpatient Rehab Center 525 Oak Centre, Suite 450 297-4525 • see map pg. 19 www.healthlinksa.com
Physical Rehabilitation Institute Dr. Bussey • D. Harrington S. Fontenot • S. Bussey 19260 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 107 545-9355 (well) • see map pg. 19 www.myPRI.net
Schatz Orthodontics Eric Schatz, DDS 22610 U.S. Highway 281, Suite 201 272-7129 • www.alohasmiles.net
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Mothers And Sons Helping Community Submitted By Sarah Porter group of local mothers and sons are donating their time and energy to help out in their local community. The North San Antonio chapter of the Young Men’s Service League has participated recently with 18 different San Antonio philanthropies – including Habitat for Humanity, SA Food Bank, the Special Olympics and Kinetic Kid donating over 3,000 hours of community service. Those with YMSL make a four-year commitment that begins when boys enter 9th grade and teaches them leadership while strengthening mother-son relationships. Presently the North San Antonio chapter has 75 moms and 75 sons, many of whom are freshman, sophomores and juniors from local high schools in the area, such as Clark, Churchill, Reagan and Health Careers High School. YMSL boys are required to attend a series of meetings each year that include learning topics such as leadership, civic responsibility, social and practical skills and life choices. Moms are required to attend 3 ‘moms meetings’ each year. All mothers and sons (by grade level) serve YMSL through leadership positions (president, vice president, etc.) or committee
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assignments. Each YMSL chapter is managed completely by their members. The Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) was founded by Pam and Julie Rosener. Together, they envisioned an organization that would allow mothers and their high school aged sons to work together in support of those in need within the community. They recruited other interested mothers who shared their vision and turned that dream into the reality. The initial YMSL chapter started in Plano, Texas, where Pam and Julie worked with
Dear Reagan Families By Brenda Shelton Principal Reagan High School 210-491-8300
he beginning of each school year always brings about excitement, change and new challenges. It is such an honor to be working with you and your children. New beginnings for students, changes in teachers and having a new principal can bring about anxiety. I trust that
over time Reagan students will see that my interest is in their continued success. I have a strict approach, but it is surrounded with a heart that strives to find the best in each and every student. It is such an honor to work with Reagan and be in the presence of such supportive parents. To work with students that continue to show respect and have the desire to excel is such a privilege. As we continue
other empowered mothers and sons to create a highly successful philanthropic and developmental organization for young men and their mothers. Nationally, the YMSL serves over 300 different philanthropies. Established in 2001, there are 32 chapters in 5 states. Their goal is to reach 100 chapters in 5 years. The YMSL is looking for moms with 7th and 8th grade boys who want to start a new chapter. Learn more at ymslnational.org or call 1-866-602-YMSL. to work on safety protocol, dress code and academic success, we feel secure in our work environment. Our students are very cooperative and while they may believe their new principal has an aggressive approach, they will soon see that I am one of their number one fans. My door is open to you and I welcome communication from students, parents and community. Thank you for the warm welcome. As we move forward together we will use the terms responsibility, results and relationships as our platform. Reagan High School will continue to lead the way and aggressively do all we can for each and every student.
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Wine, Women and Shoes, Teams Up With The Food Bank Special To Welcome Home t seems almost impossible to most women that anything could be better than an event filled with wine tasting, shoes, a silent auction and a boutique marketplace. But it can. The Wine, Women and Shoes event has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to fight hunger and feed hope. So while women have the opportunity to indulge in some of their favorite pleasures, they are doing so for a great cause. This unique event, driven by women for women, is a national fundraising event platform that offers sponsors a unique opportunity to place their businesses in front of successful, savvy and community minded women. The event will include marketplace shopping from designer and local boutique vendors who sell the latest styles in the marketplace. Wineries from all over the globe will offer tastings of their most chic wines as guests also have the opportunity to have a bite from the Food Bank’s Catalyst Catering. The San Antonio Food Bank will receive 20 percent of all vendor proceeds. Guests will also get a chance to bid on trips, and other one of a kind items in the live and silent auction. Ladies can kick back for the glamorous fashion show with community
and sponsor models that will be displaying the latest looks. While all these events and opportunities are available, the “Shoe Guys” will mingle around the room while serving up the season’s hottest shoes on silver platters. For once, indulging in a shopping spree is encouraged. The San Antonio Food Bank provides food and groceries to more than 58,000 individuals each week in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. With a mission to fight hunger and feed hope, the Wine, Women and Shoes event is a way to help make a difference. Every dollar spent and donated will enable the San Antonio Food Bank to provide meals to individuals in need.
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A Laugh Can Make You Cry (By Wetting Your Pants) An Urogynecologist’s Approach To Stress Urinary Incontinence
By Alejandro Treszezamsky, MD. ou might have heard about “stress” urine incontinence (SUI) and wondered “is this in my head?” No, it’s not in your head. If anything, it’s in your bladder and more specifically, in the urethra (“bladder tube”). The “stress” is not mental. It’s stress on the bladder, a sudden increase in pressure. This usually happens with coughing, sneezing, laughing, bending or lifting. So what my typical patient with SUI tells me is “Doctor Treszezamsky, whenever I laugh or cough I leak urine.” Urine incontinence is very common (more than diabetes or high cholesterol). Its prevalence ranges from as “low” as 10 percent (in young women) to about 60 percent in women over 70 living in nursing homes (incontinence is one of the main
reasons women are admitted there). If there is no more public conversation, it’s probably because many women feel embarrassed to talk about it and because sometimes they hear “it’s part of aging,” implying they have to put up with it. Fortunately, an Urogynecologist – a gynecologist with formal specialized training in treating a wide gamut of bladder, vaginal and rectal conditions – can offer several ways to improve SUI. The options are: 1. Kegel exercises 2. Pelvic floor muscle training/biofeedback 3. Pessaries 4. Bulking agents Surgeries
Reagan Grad Receives Scholarship Submitted By Brenna Juhnke exas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business awarded Gerald Bryson Juhnke a $1,000 scholarship and entrance into the Rawls Business Leadership (RBL) program. The 2013 Ronald Reagan High School alumnus is one of only 15 incoming freshman selected to the leadership program’s inaugural class. The RBL program was established to identify and develop “complete” business leaders with high academic ability, demonstrated campus and community leadership and proven work
ethics. The focus of the RBL program is to graduate students who not only excel in the classroom, but who also excel in business and in life. Juhnke is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. He is a former Texas Boys State Award and former Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient. He participated in the National Honors Society at Reagan High School, was a member of the All District Academic Athletic Team, and was the recipient of the 2013 Ronald Reagan High School Principal’s Award.
It’s always good to do Kegel exercises, strengthening the muscles around the bladder, vagina and rectum. I always take the time to check that my new patients do them correctly because a lot of them use their abdomen or legs, which are not the muscles Dr. Kegel had in mind. An excellent addition is strengthening the muscles with the aide of a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist. They will give you instant feedback on how those muscles are doing, increasing the chances of improvement. Antiincontinence pessaries are rubber/ latex devices that can be placed in the vagina, under the urethra providing the necessary support to prevent urine squirts. Pessaries are fitted in the office and can be a good non-invasive option for some. Bulking
As a RBL program member, Juhnke will be paired with upper class and business professional mentors. He will also have opportunities to learn outside the traditional college classroom by participating in extracurricular programming, experiential learning, and ethical awareness experiences. The RBL program’s capstone experience is to participate in an international study experience. Gerald Bryson Juhnke accepts a scholarship for a business leadership program.
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By Amanda Burris n 2005 two girls found themselves signing up to be members of the Ronald Reagan High School Pep Squad team, in hopes of kindling a new passion for dance. Now, years later both of them have not only found a love for dance but have worked hard to successfully accomplish their dream of becoming part of the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers. Natalie Diaz and Judi Parker, both 2009 Reagan graduates, grew to be strong dancers as they made their way from the Charmers Pep Squad, Silver Star Drill Team to the Diamond Dancer Dance Team. Their excitement for dancing and their natural talent and skills led them to a continuation of success and accomplishments. “Judi Parker and Natalie Diaz were one of the most dedicated and hard working individuals I have had the pleasure of teaching,” said the Reagan High School dance instructor, Valeria Sisson. “Both are still a very big part of the history of Reagan high school because they started dancing as freshmen at Reagan and have accomplished so much regardless. Their accomplishments goes to show that as long as you work hard, have a positive attitude and push yourself without making excuses, you can accomplish anything. I’m proud to have had both of these young ladies on my team and wish them the best.” Natalie Diaz, who had her goals set high, continued her dance career with the 2012-13 Rampage Ice Girls for the American Hockey League. In 2013 she tried out and made the team for the Silver Star Squad for the Women’s National Basketball Association. Judi, who graduated from Texas Tech University, majored in dance and education while also being a member of the Tech Pom Squad. In the Spring of 2013, she got to come back home to intern at Johnson High School, under the direction of Stephanie Trevinio-Felan, their dance instructor. “What I learned during that time will serve me well for the rest of my career,” Parker explained. “My semester of student teaching further validated my career choice. I love dance and I LOVE to teach dance.” As both girls continued to dance, they found themselves reunited at the Silver Dancer tryouts.
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Submitted By Cindy Wasaff omecoming is just around the corner, and the list of items needed for the football game and dance may seem endless. You can save yourself the time and hassle this year by ordering your customized mum from the Reagan Choir Booster Club. The individualized mums can be ordered with single, double and even triple mum flowers, and armband or garter mums can be ordered for boys. The Choir Booster Club is the only organization authorized by Reagan to sell mums. Proceeds from mum sales go towards the Choir Booster Club’s Scholarship Fund. Each special mum is made-to-order with decorations showcasing the child’s name, activities and interests. The Choir Booster Club’s mums will also be the only mums available for sale with Reagan’s homecoming dance theme in mind. Don’t wait until the last minute, special order your one of a kind mum today.
Judi Parker and Natalie Diaz reunited at the Spurs Silver Dancer tryouts.
“This was my second time auditioning for the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers, and although I was not selected last year, I was not discouraged,” said Diaz. Both girls pushed themselves in new ways during this year’s tryouts. The first day consisted of learning and performing two dance routines. Once cuts were made, 41 dancers remained and were interviewed that day. As both girls had a nerve-wracking waiting period, they were finally called in for an individual “interview” where they were instead told that their dreams had come true. “My first reaction was, ‘I cannot believe it.’ I was expecting an interview,” said Parker. “I remember asking if they were serious and they assured me they were. Finally I had a sense of relief and happiness. I was then taken to another room where I found my former Diamond Dancer teammate and friend, Natalie Diaz.” Now as members of the team, the girls get the opportunity to not only cheer and perform at Spurs games, but also become part of a family that stays involved with the community. “I love the Spurs not just as a team, but as an organization,” said Diaz. “What I admire most is their involvement in the community. They are great role models who inspire the people around them to never give up and to keep reaching for their goals. Dancing is my passion and to be able to represent this organization is my dream come true.” For both girls, they found that all it took was a single interest in high school, partnered with hard work and dedication, to set the path to their successful future. From Rattlers to Spurs Silver Dancers, both Natalie and Judi have successfully followed their dreams until they came true.
Mum order forms may be picked up from the Reagan front office, school store, or choir office. Order forms may be turned into the Reagan front office or choir room. Anyone Reagan High School Mum Display wishing to showcases variety. order a mum outside of the school can contact one of the “mum moms” to place an order. This year’s mum moms are Cindy Wasaff (210849-9577) and Ruth McGaughey (916-8379925). The moms look forward to making many extra special mums this year, and hope to see you all sporting homecoming themed mums!
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A Spin Of Spirit
By Amanda Burris and Ben Spicer s the bands perform their elaborate performances out on the football field during halftime, you may notice the girls in the sparkly outfits that can charm and amazing the crowd with their extraordinary ability to twirl. For the High School senior Feature Twirlers Margo Dausin of Reagan, Morgan Leach of Johnson, Michaelah Reynolds of Smithson Valley and Allyson Padron of Madison, this is their last year to continue to amaze crowds at high school football games and judges at competitions while also continuing to create their legacies for the twirlers that will follow in their footsteps. Although from a distance these dazzling girls seem to not even break a sweat as they maneuver batons in various ways, they spend countless hours at practice and lessons each week. “Baton twirling requires a lot of effort and dedication,” Allyson Padron said. “You have to build up your hand-eye coordination and your grace and flexibility. You HAVE to practice in order to get better.” The talented twirlers must practice and perfect their skills so that they can successfully represent their high schools and bands. Because the schools do not have an actual school sponsor or school coach for twirling, the girls, and sometimes their families, must put in a lot of their own time in order to make their program successful.
Many of the girls are also involved in the school colorguard or play an instrument in the band on top of their twirl duties. While they are all very skilled and diverse, they are without doubt, talented performers. “Like a lot of areas in fine arts, there’s performing for a judge and then there is performing for spectators,” explained Margo Dausin. “Each one is so different and each has its own reward…hopefully! When I perform for a judge, I am always focused and constantly perfecting and the reward comes in the form of 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. When I am performing for spectators, I am very engaged with the audience and striving for both mine and their enjoyment.” The twirlers found their passion for the sport through family, friends or by seeing previous twirlers from their school perform. Although each of them has their own story of how they got into the art, they have all developed a passion for twirling and continue to inspire others. By being both an upperclassman and a Feature twirler, they must take on duties such as choreography, scheduling, teaching and mentoring the younger twirlers and more. Because twirling can be both a team and an individual sport, there is never truly an off-season for these girls. “In the fall, the focus in primarily performing at football games and parades,” Michaelah Renolds said. “I will compete, after the season is over, in November in
(l-r) Ally Padron, Margo Dausin, Michaelah Reynolds and Morgan Leach, the 2013-3014 senior feature twirlers.
our first twirling competition. My spring is filled with traveling at least once a month to twirling competitions all over the state of Texas.” Michaelah, as well as the three other twirlers, plan to do a lot of traveling for the various competitions that they will attend both in Texas and out of state. “Twirling can be nerve-wracking when a competition or audition is involved,” Morgan Leach added. “Otherwise, it is exhilarating especially in a rhinestone covered costume.”
All four girls have college set as a goal. Many of them are already anticipating their college tryouts to become a twirler at their preferred university. This final year in high school will no doubt be one that they will cherish for years to come. As they impress others with every performance, competition and audition, they hope to leave behind their legacies with the younger girls they twirl with or the ones that will step up to fill their shoes in years to come.
Rebekah Gonzales Johnson High School 10th Grade
Camryn Shows Smithson Valley High School 9th Grade
Shae Willingham Reagan High School 11th Grade
Rebekah Gonzales, a Johnson High School sophomore, works hard to find time for all her responsibilities. Even as a member of both the colorguard and band, Gonzales still managed to find a way to become an expert twirler. “I feel successful when I learn new tricks and improve my skills,” Gonzales said. “I like to push myself daily and hope that my hard work will speak for itself.” Gonzales has been twirling for 5 years. “I always get a little nervous and very excited before a performance,” Gonzales said. “I enjoy being able to show off all those hours of hard work and training.” Gonzales’s older brother graduated from Reagan, and back when she was a fifth grader she’d go to the high school football games and watch the twirlers. Eventually, Stephanie Lampman, the current Arkansas Twirler and 2011 Reagan High School graduate, became one of her mentors on how to twirl. “She worked with me during practices and was always very encouraging. I looked up to her and wanted
Camryn Shows, a freshman at Smithson Valley High School, remembers the exact moment she wanted to try and be a twirler. “It was when I watched the Smithson Valley twirlers for the first time, I just remember thinking how graceful they looked out on the field and how hard it must be for them to be able to twirl 2 and 3 batons,” Shows said. Shows has been twirling for just 2 years. Despite the short amount of time, Shows has progressed a long way. This past summer Shows competed in the National Baton Twirling Association State Competition in Boerne, and placed first in the 13-15 year-old novice category for basic skills. Shows said learning to twirl takes long hours of practice and lots of hard work. To help do so, Shows has attended twirling camps to improve her skills. “I am going to continue to work hard and do the best that I can,” she said. “I hope to continue twirling throughout my four years in high school, and move up in my twirling division this year.” Shows presently is one of just two twirlers at Smithson
“I know this sounds silly, but one of the reasons I started twirling is because of the costumes… I mean, what girl doesn’t like to sparkle?” That’s what Ronald Reagan High School junior Shae Willingham said, explaining why she became a twirler. Willingham, as a twirler performs at the football games and pep rallies for Reagan. She learns baton routines constantly, and ensures that each of her routines is in step with the band’s music. Willingham has been taking lessons and competing in competitions for twirling for just over two years. She said she does it because of the initial rush she gets, and for the look on the faces of the children that watch her. “I get to see their eyes light up and that huge smile come across their face, which is just priceless to me,” Willingham said. One of Willingham’s goals this year is to place at the University Interscholastic League competition coming up later this year. She hasn’t ever competed before, and is a step up for her.
to be an amazing performer just like her.” Presently Gonzales works with private coach Pat Montgomery of Alamo City Strutters, outside of school to improve her skills. Those skills will come in handy with the big year she has coming up. The Johnson band was selected to march in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s day. “It will be exciting to march in the historic parade with our band,” she said. “I also compete outside of school in NBTA (National Baton Twirling Association) competitions. We have our regional competition in March, and our state competition in June.”
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Valley. “As a freshman, I feel very fortunate to be a twirler,” she said. “I am really grateful that I have the opportunity to twirl with Michaelah Reynolds, who is a senior. She’s an incredibly talented twirler. I am trying to learn as much as I can from her.” Shows has performed at both San Antonio Spurs and Silver Stars halftime shows, in addition to performing for her school. “It is so much fun to perform for the crowd and be able to twirl while the band plays, it is really exciting,” Shows said. “I love that the twirlers are considered members of the band. We all get to work together as a group. We all work very hard, but we have a lot of fun too.”
“The type of training (to be a twirler) depends on the individual,” she said. “But if you want to be successful in twirling it means that you are going have to love what you do. Train, Take lessons, get advice from peers, and practice, practice, practice.” Prior to every performance, Willingham takes the time to check everything from wind patterns to weather conditions and footing to make sure each and every one of her performances is top notch. “Every time I perform I always push myself to make it better than the last one,” Willingham said. “That way, I can always progress as a twirler.”
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chef. I was so impressed with how great and fresh everything tasted. My Top Dish is the incredibly tender Filet Mignon and Shrimp served with Onion Soup, Salad, Shrimp Appetizer and seasoning blends of delicious Sauces. Other fabulous dishes include Lobster, Scallops, Hibachi Chicken and Teriyaki Salmon. Sumo’s special dessert is the Tempare Fried Ice Cream. If you just want Sushi, the Sushi Bar is terrific with great exotic drinks to enjoy. Happy Hour is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with half off selected appetizers and drinks and draft beer for $2.25.
At Sumo there is a Family Friendly Side to the Restaurant where you will find a children’s menu and a 21 and over side where you get a free shot of sake for each guest Sumo is open seven nights a week and for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Come to Sumo for the food and stay for the show or come for the show and stay for the food. Tell them you came for Phil Yamin’s Top Dish, Filet and Shrimp. See Sumo on Great Restaurants San Antonio on KSAT 12 Saturdays at 1 PM or visit, www. greatrestaurantssanantonio.com.
Reagan’s “The Crucible” Opens Season Submitted By Catherine Stier he Reagan High School Theatre proudly unveiled their upcoming season lineup – and introduced something else for the coming year: a new online ticket purchasing system. The season opens with a production of the Tony Award winning “The Crucible,” directed by Theatre Director Gloria Robinson and Technical Director James Kaiser. The performances will run October 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Reagan auditorium. In this iconic American play, individuals are tested as a town is engulfed in hysteria fueled by superstition and sinister accusations. Playwright Arthur Miller based some of his classic work on events that occurred during the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials in 1692. Miller wrote the play in the early 1950s “as an allegory to then Senator Joe McCarthy’s own ‘witch hunt’ to root
out accused communists,” explained Technical Director James Kaiser. Miller himself was later questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on UnAmerican Activities. “The Reagan High School production will be performed on what seems to be a simple set,” said Kaiser. “It will be up to the audience to take in the story and the symbolism of what they are seeing.” The cast of more than 25 students includes Chase Bradshaw as John Proctor, Julia Stier as Abigail Williams, Olivia Sorenson as Elizabeth Proctor, Michele Yamin as Mary Warren, and Mason Wilhite as Rev. John Hale. Reagan Theatre will for the first time accept credit card and debit card payments for pre-sales of tickets through their new ticket purchasing system. To gain access, log on to the Reagan Theatre Department’s website at www.rrhstheatre.com and click “GET TICKETS.” Tickets will also be
John Proctor, played by Reagan senior Chase Bradshaw, confronts Abigail Williams, played by senior Julia Stier, in a rehearsal scene from Reagan High School’s upcoming production of “The Crucible.”
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Exciting Events At Canyon Ridge Special To Welcome Home or those unaware, quite a bit has gone on at Canyon Ridge Elementary since the end of the previous school term. Back in June, Canyon Ridge Elementary hosted their first ever talent show. Third, fourth and fifth grade students demonstrated their talents by performing in a myriad of ways: students did poem reads, performed and sung music, did gymnastic stunts and even live skits. It was exciting to see the students showcase their many skills. They were enthusiastic and impressed the entire school. It looks to be a wonderful tradition for many years to come. Canyon Ridge Elementary, on Sept. 9, welcomed grandparents to their annual celebration of Grandparents Day. Grandparents had the opportunity to visit their grandchild’s classroom, listen to a story read by our very own Canyon Ridge “Nana,” be interviewed by students, do an art project with their grandchild and take a tour of the school. The grandparents also enjoyed a lovely breakfast. The San Antonio Spurs Coyote appeared at Canyon Ridge Elementary to kick-off the new school year. It’s an annual tradition at Canyon Ridge to have the Spurs Coyote host a “Kick-Off To A Great School Year” Pep Rally for the little Coyotes. On Sept. 6 the Spurs Coyote made his grand appearance. This year the Spurs Coyote gave a Texas size hug to the principal, Mrs. Huggins and our new assistant principal, Mr. Brown. Almost 700 Canyon Ridge Coyotes cheered the San Antonio Spurs Coyote as he performed and pranked many in the audience. The
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Buckner Fanning Christian Enriches Programs Submitted By Sharon Newman he Buckner Fanning Christian School is excited to launch new 21st Century learning tools with the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Providing a global learning community is essential to the education of the students at BFCS. The school integrated iPads into the curriculum as well as introducing the 6th through 8th grade to the new University of Incarnate Word’s blended math program. “We are thrilled about the enrichments
to our curriculum and instruction. The addition of Stemscopes, Reading A-Z, book clubs, iPads and blended math instruction in middle school are designed to increase student engagement and achievement.” said Mrs. Newman, Head of School. Students are involved in their learning through the UIW new math approach, and can work at their own personal skill level, building upon that foundation. Innovative teaching approaches are encouraged in middle school using current technology and project-based instruction while following
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the Common Core curriculum. Students who attend BFCS are supported in their leadership development through Christian education classes, mentoring to younger grades and participating in service projects. This month the BFCS faculty, staff, students and volunteers will be hosting its annual community Fall Festival on October 18th. For more information about The Buckner Fanning Christian School and its educational programs, call 210-402-6905.
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News From City Council District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan District 9 (210) 207-0955 was disappointed that on Thursday, Sept. 5 most of my colleagues chose not to listen to the people of San Antonio and passed a poorly written NonDiscrimination Ordinance that will become the law of the land for the city. Sadly, the ordinance language is not concise and can be interpreted in many ways and provides loop holes that allow for people with ill intentions to take advantage of our citizens. It also has the unintentional consequence of future lawsuits and stifling freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and freedom of behavior. It is unfortunate that the power of political correctness has prevailed over freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I am concerned as to who will determine what comments are discriminatory (or biased) and what comments are personal opinions. One can have very different opinion on sexual orientation and gender identity because of one’s religious belief and family values. At what point would one violate the ordinance? The NDO offers no clarity on this issue, and without it, boards and commissions members have no guidelines for how to conduct themselves in their official capacity while in public positions. Rather than offer solutions, this ordinance is restrictive and offers only punishment to speech and thought. According to the City Attorney, business owners can deny services based on disagreement of messages, but cannot deny services based on religious and personal objection. However, for many small businesses, a message is not part of the product/service delivered. In the service industries, it would be deemed in violation of this ordinance if they refused to serve members of the LGBT community for religious or personal reasons. A single and only council meeting discussion was hardly the necessary public process one would expect from an ordinance that has divided the community emotionally and that has turned out a record number of citizens to share concerns with the council. It’s irresponsible for this council to overlook the due diligence, the public process, and voted on an ordinance that could open up San Antonio to future lawsuits funded at taxpayers’ expense. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you ever need any assistance.
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Parman Library News Corner By Tim Johnson, MLS Librarian II Parman Library at Stone Oak San Antonio Public Library (210) 207-2703 ctober is one of the nicest months of the year in San Antonio. There’s finally a little break in the heat as fall gets under way. That’s why, incidentally, San Antonio is the one city to have a National Night Out (NNO) Celebration in October. It is just too hot to do it in July. NNO is October 1st and Parman will have yard games,
Autumn Leaves groundbreaking on August 20th in Stone Oak.
By Amanda Burris he Residents of the Stone Oak community may have noticed a few new buildings and some construction in the area. Off Stone Oak (at 20272 Stone Oak Parkway), the LaSalle Group is building the company’s first memory care community in San Antonio –Autumn Leaves of Stone Oak. This 30,000 square foot, $10.7 million memory care community will exclusively care for around 50 residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory impairment. This facility will provide a home-like environment that includes a family approach and expert care form dedicated staff with highly specialized training. “As the only stand-alone memory care community in Stone Oak area, we know there is a tremendous need for our services,” said Jason Glover, regional director of development – Texas for the LaSalle Group. Residents of this facility will have access to the entire building along with the outdoor courtyards. The design team is using the latest research to prepare everything from the type of furniture to the spacing of the lights to the layout of the building in order to ensure the community fits the needs of the residents. The ground breaking for this development kicked off on Tuesday, August 20th and construction has flourished as they move forward with their project. Another new business that will be coming into the Stone Oak Community is Salata – The Next Generation Salad Bar. This fresh new salad bar is a toss-to-order salad bar where you can create your own healthy salads and salad
performances from the School of Rock House Band and more. The last week in October will of course bring on a rush of trick or treaters. That means it’s time again for Parman’s annual Spooky Walk. Last year’s walk was just a warm-up as we plan to fill our walking trails with more Halloween sights and sounds than ever before. Parman now has three book clubs: Escape the Earth (Science Fiction), Jane Austen (works inspired by Jane Austen) and Parman’s Picks (Literary). We offer board games such as Pandemic or Forbidden Island every Thursday and Saturday. There are also plenty of story times and learning activities for all ages, with more to come as we march toward the holidays. If you need help with your e-reader, don’t hesitate to bring it by; we’re happy to walk you through accessing our downloadable resources. Of
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wraps. Salata offers a variety of fresh lettuces, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheeses and proteins to create a salad with, as well as signature dressings. As they expand their franchise, they plan to open 5 locations in the San Antonio area. At the moment, a location in Huebner Oaks is scheduled to open in mid October. The stone oak location, located off Sonterra next to Nothing Bunt Cakes, is predicted to open by the end of the year. Northern San Antonio is an ever-expanding area, welcoming hundreds of new families and businesses to the community each year. Know of a new business or development going up near you? Email articles@ welcomehomesa.com to let Welcome Home know.
A little one participates in Parman’s annual Spooky Walk during the month of October.
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Submitted By Janice Hampey, Spirit Board Historian on’t have your little ones miss out on the chance to join the dancers from Reagan High School for the 20132014 Dance Clinic on October 5. Both the Silver Stars Drill Team and Diamond Dancer Dance Team will help prepare age-appropriate routines for kinder through ninth grades. Your dancer will learn routines they will
perform at a showoff that afternoon and then again at the 7 p.m. Reagan vs. Lee football game at Comalander Stadium. Please contact Kelly Watts (rkrbwatts@gmail. com) for more information. Young aspiring cheerleaders may join the Reagan Cheerleaders on October 12 to learn cheers and choreography that they will perform at a showoff and again at the 7 p.m. Reagan vs. Madison football game at Heroes Stadium. Contact rhscheerclinic@
yahoo.com or call 210-632-2531 for more information. The Reagan spirit groups are also collecting donations and selling footballs at all Reagan football games and during lunches to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. All funds raised will support research and help the MDA send children and adults to an MDA summer camp. These footballs will be displayed in the Reagan cafeteria throughout football season.
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Submitted By Kimberly Neville hea Kamat, a former 8th grade student at Lopez Middle School, was one of the 30 Middle School Finalists in the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Competition for her project titled “Broccoli Power: Effect of Sulforaphane on Tadpole Development.” Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 1,695 applicants in 43 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rhea is one of only two students from Texas selected for this leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Rhea participated in the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair and was nominated by the Fair Director to apply for the Broadcom MASTERS. She is currently a Reagan High School student and has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for more than
Rhea Kamat, 2013 Science Fair Finalist.
$60,000 in awards. Broadcom MASTERS also recognizes her middle school teacher Mrs. Neville who has inspired and mentored her. Congratulations Rhea!
Submitted By Andy Post, Lopez Director of Bands he Lopez Middle School 7th and 8th grade band members got a jump-start on the 2013-2014 school year by attending Summer Band Camp at Lopez. Over 100 7th and 8th grade band members attended rehearsals, a master class with local professional coaching and had the opportunity to give a concert at the end of the week. For fun activities, the band officers planned “themes” for each day of camp. For example, one day was “Throwback Thursday” where students (and staff) wore things from past decades for some team spirit and friendly competitions. Campers also celebrated a successful week with an ice cream sundae making social with all the toppings and had a final party at Main Event Entertainment. The Lopez Band is under the direction of Andy Post and Kim Garza. Post said,
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By Amanda Burris s winter approaches, excitement settles into the hearts of both adults and children alike as the season for holidays, cheer and giving become more prevalent. Although December may seem far away, preparations for an exciting event have already been in the making since the beginning of summer. Welcome Home Community Newspaper and the new non-profit organization, Living Through Giving, will be putting on the 10th annual Winter Celebration. This event will bring the community together for food, fellowship, and most importantly, to contribute toys to benefit children throughout San Antonio. In 2012, Winter Celebration collected 85 percent of the toys for the Toys for Tots program, collecting over 7,000 toys for local children. Toys for Tots is a nationwide organization headed by the United States Marine Corps that is aimed to change the lives of local children by keeping their spirits intact. This year, Living Through Giving has made the goal to raise enough
toys so that no child goes without one. Welcome Home and Living Through Giving would like to invite families from across the city to join in on this celebration that embodies the spirit of the season while establishing a true sense of community. Winter Celebration will feature AirLIFE Santa and performances from local bands, spirit groups, choirs and much more. Businesses will also have booths set up where they will offer everything from delicious food and drinks to face painting, giveaways and other fun activities for families. Winter Celebration provides an opportunity for families and individuals to have fun and connect with the community while also giving back to those in need. This FREE event will take place on December 14th at the Legacy Shopping Center at 1803 East Sonterra Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on Winter Celebration (including how to become a vendor), Living Through Giving or Welcome Home Community Newspaper, please visit www.welcomehomesa.com or call 210-348-8233.
Family Fun With Treehouse Music Submitted By Mindy Benjamin t was wall-to-wall smiles during the fourth annual Family Jam Sing-Along at the Parman Library Stone Oak on August 24. More than 120 people took part in the joyful morning making music with Treehouse Music Together. Mindy Benjamin, Director of Treehouse Music Together, led the family sing-along that got everyone moving, grooving and singing. “Parents are often self-conscious about singing and dancing with their kids in public, and this event lets parents feel comfortable sharing music with their children in a larger community setting,” said Benjamin. Child-friendly instruments and props, along with some engaging tunes, kept the party hopping. Some families even won prizes supplied by Treehouse Music Together and LittleDailyPlanner.com. Children went home with their own creations from tables of musical crafts, like jingle necklaces and egg shakers, so the music-making could continue long after the event. Parents got to see and experience how to take a song and make it their own with improvised lyrics or by taking words out and adding silly sounds to a familiar melody. All of the activities and songs were designed to encourage families to make music a part of their everyday lives. “I came to Music Together® as a parent, and after making music with my kids in class I knew I wanted to share the experience with other families,” said Benjamin. Benjamin has been leading Music
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The Stone Oak Business Association welcomed Loving It Yogurt to the community on Friday, Sept. 6. Loving It Yogurt is a family owned and operated shop presently open six days a week. Loving It Yogurt offers exquisite non-fat, gluten free desserts made with high quality ingredients. By offering a variety of flavors that change every season, there is an infinite amount of options to create a healthy dessert. Loving It Yogurt makes a premium yogurt made with high-quality ingredients and sweetened with pure crystalline fructose. The yogurt allows customers to have numerous advantages when consuming it as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Loving It Yogurt offers three different types of smooth and creamy yogurt: fat free, lactose free, and a 100 percent non-dairy yogurt. Loving It Yogurt offers a probiotic option offering all the benefits of good bacteria. The consumption of probiotics offers a wide variety of health benefits such as aiding in regulation of metabolism, lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing the risk of high blood pressure. The store is located at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy in the Stone Oak Crossing Shopping Center. For more information, call 210-4786112.
Stone Oak Psychiatry The Stone Oak Business Association is excited to welcome Stone Oak Psychiatry, Dr. Mrudula Rao’s private practice, to our business community. Stone Oak Psychiatry specializes in child, adolescent
and adult psychiatry, which can include failing grades, school issues, mood and sleep disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety and panic disorders, eating disorders and depression. Dr. Rao, who earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, is a clinical adjunct professor in the division of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Rao takes a conservative approach to medicine while working and collaborating with other therapists. While her practice is her passion, she also feels strongly in staying active in the community with her support of several non-profit organizations both nationally and internationally. Let Stone Oak Psychiatry (115 Gallery Circle, Ste 300) help your family. Visit www. stoneoakpsychiatry.com, or call 210-4032074 for more information.
The Stone Oak Business Association is excited to welcome Unlimited Styles to the community. Unlimited Styles, owned by local stylist and colorist Jay Ridgway, is a full service salon with no appointment necessary. She and her staff specialize in color, cuts and highlights. Haircuts are offered to all women, men and children. The salon chose to use Organic Salon Systems hair coloring products directly from the UK. These products are 100% ammonia free, and have certified organic materials with no harmful fumes. In addition, their chosen products create no scalp discomfort or staining, while offering longer lasting color, and provide excellent grey coverage. Each of their products is rich with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. This is done to provide a greater shine, and healthier hair overall. Unlimited Styles for a limited time is
One Team, One Tuscany Submitted By Michelle Kaiman uscany Heights Elementary School kicked off the year with another great start. Students met their “coach” for the year during their meet the teacher nights, August 21 and 22. Students visited classrooms, organized their school supplies, and learned all about their new team. Parents attended grade level orientations, learned more about parent teacher association programs, and purchased Tiger spirit items. After a successful first week of school, Tuscany Heights celebrated on September 3 with their second annual Family Fun Night that included the first PTA meeting and the Watch D.O.G.S, Kick Off. Staff and families enjoyed dinner from
one of our seven food trucks parked in the back parking lot of campus. From hot dogs to sushi, everyone ate delicious food and stayed cool with snow cones and ice cream. Kids enjoyed jumping rope, hula hooping and playing with friends while parents learned about the successful Watchdogs program. The school was thrilled to have so many dads and father-figures signed up to be a hero of the hallway at Tuscany Heights this year. On September 4, Tuscany families were again enjoying yummy food at the HEB Primo Picks Premiere at HEB Plus on Evans Road and 281. When families and staff arrived each received a “food passport” and visited six stations to sample tasty HEB products. After completing their passport, the participants received a reusable HEB
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offering a grand opening special: $20 off color during October. Unlimited Styles is located at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy. in the Stone Oak Crossing Shopping Center. Call 210-545-3522 for more information.
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The Stone Oak Business Association (SOBA) is happy to welcome Walker Myers Insurance & Risk Management to the association. Walker Myers was recently founded in 2011 and is now one of the fasted growing Insurance Agencies in Texas with new offices in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Waco, Odessa and Houston. The Team at Walker Myers is a specialist in providing Employee Benefits, Personal Insurance, Life Insurance, Estate Planning and Corporate Risk Management Services to clients locally and around the country. When asked about the success of the firm founder and managing director Todd Thomas commented, “our success is a absolute reflection in the talent of our great San Antonio Based Team. With strong leaders like Cristina Vasquez, Kim Abbott, and Rod Tootle there is no limit to the potential of what we can offer to our clients. The Future is always bright at Walker Myers.”
On September 12, Stone Oak Business Association welcomed FP Walk in Clinic to the Stone Oak community. Located at 115 Gallery Circle (Suite 102), the clinic aims to assist local residents with their acute and chronic medical needs. Lee Adams, a Physician Assistant with FP Walk In Clinic, explained that many Primary Care clinics are so busy it may take several weeks to get an appointment but by seeing patients on a walk-in basis, they can shorten the time a patient waits for relief. FP Walk In Clinic accepts most major insurances and has reasonable prices for self-pay patients as well. The clinic is open Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is able to manage chronic diagnoses such as Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and Diabetes and provide relief from acute illness or injuries. Call the newest clinic in Stone Oak at 210-402-0090 and let their friendly staff help you, “Walk Into Better Health.”
For more information on how to become a member of SOBA and have your article here call 210-348-8233. grocery bag filled with delicious food. HEB donated $1000 to Tuscany for the first 100 customers who completed the event and gave each Tuscany organization or club a $100 gift card. A big thank you goes to HEB for supporting Tuscany Heights and for the 350 Tuscany staff and family members who participated. Tuscany Heights ended the week celebrating grandparents on Friday, September 6. Each class incorporated fun and memorable activities for the grandparents – for both those who visited and for those not able to attend. And to top it all off, at the end of September the Drum Café visited the campus to energize and motivate students to work together as a team. The interactive program gave each student a drum and together they
Maddie Blackler, Elle Waters, Alex Easley, Dylan Easley, and Ethan Waters smile at HEB Primo Picks Premiere.
made amazing sounds and music. If this start is any indication, Tuscany Heights is gearing up for a fun, enriching, and educational school year.
Hardy Oak Hosts Fall Festival Submitted By Katherine Hawk he Hardy Oak Elementary Parent Teacher Association is proud to announce their upcoming 2013 Fall Festival and Silent Auction. The event will be held on Friday, October 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 22900 Hardy Oak Blvd. The PTA would like to welcome the community and their families to come join in on this fun filled night. The night will be jam-packed with food vendors featuring funnel cakes, sausage wraps, hot dogs, shaved ice, kettle corn, tacos and chicken strips. Entertainment for the children includes a mechanical bull, rock wall, trackless train, carnival rides, blown up obstacles as well as a blown up double lane slide. There will also be face and hair painting, silly string and glow necklaces. One of the highlights of the night will be the silent auction. There will be some great items to bid; you do not want to miss it. Admission is free, but wristbands and/ or tickets are required to purchase food
Rides and attractions will be available on October 18th at the Hardy Oak Fall Festival.
The Hardy Oak 2013 Fall Festival will be filled with fun for all ages.
and enjoy the rides and games. Tickets and wristbands may be purchased at the event or
preordered through Hardy Oak Elementary. The money raised will be used to benefit the Hardy Oak student programs funded by the PTA including Red Ribbon Drug Free Week, Arts in Education, Visiting Authors and Field Day. This is a great night to come
out and enjoy the fun. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Fall Festival and Silent Auction, please contact the Fall Festival Co-Coordinator, Katherine Hawk at email@example.com.
Alamo City Dancers Prepare For Production Submitted By Angela Rodriguez he 2013-2014 Alamo City Dance Company is preparing for their 21st annual production of “The Nutcracker”. This season’s performances will be Saturday, December 21, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday December 22, at 2 p.m. at the McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College located at 1300 San Pedro Ave. This holiday classic tells the story of a young girl named Clara who is given a nutcracker as a gift and later that evening dreams of encounters with mice and soldiers in battle. Her nutcracker turns into a prince to save the day.
The Alamo City Dance Company’s The Nutcracker premiered in 1993 with a cast of 35. This season’s production boasts 105 dancers in over 200 roles danced by San Antonians, with the exception of guest artist, Mauro Villanueva of the Joffrey Ballet, who will be featured as Cavalier. The production also features ballerina Roxanna Pena of the Alamo City Dance Company. The Alamo City Dance Company, founded by Nancy Grossenbacher and Scott Conway, is in residence at the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of Mr. Conway, ACDC performs ballet classics, contemporary jazz, and modern expressionism. ACDC is an all-encompassing dance company,
exploring tap and ethnic dances. The Alamo City Performing Arts Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting dance and the arts in the San Antonio community. An annually changing production of costumes, scenic elements, and choreography, “The Nutcracker” is a ballet for the entire family. Tickets are reserved Seating, $30 Orchestra, and $25 for Balcony with a 25 percent discount for Groups of 20 or more. Student prices are available. Call the ACPAA Box Office at (210) 4950129 to reserve your tickets. or visit the box office at 12915 Jones-Maltsberger Road, Suite 200, San Antonio. The Box Office is open Monday 6 – 8 p.m., Tues - Fri 5:30 – 8
Celebrate the Holidays with Alamo City Dance Company’s, “The Nutcracker”.
p.m. or send an email to acpaa1992@yahoo. com. For further information on the Alamo City Dance Company or the Alamo City Performing Arts Association, visit www. sanantonioschoolfortheperformingarts.com.
Reagan Band Gearing Up For Competition
Submitted By Tori Boyd ctober marks the beginning of the competitive season for the Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band. The Reagan band will make their 2013 competitive debut at the Bands of America Regional Championship Saturday Oct. 5 in Conroe, Texas. They will perform in preliminary competition that afternoon, and depending on scores, again that evening for finals. This performance will not only be the competitive debut of the Reagan Band’s new show, “Epinicion,” but will also debut the band’s brand new uniforms. Saturday, Oct. 12 the band competes in
Austin at the Texas Marching Classic at Kelly Reeves Stadium. It is a prelims then finals competition. The following weekend Oct. 19 is the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region Marching Contest at Judson stadium. The band performs at 5:30 p.m. Lastly, the weekend of October 26 is Reagan High School’s homecoming. The band will perform at the football game and then rest for their final competition of the season the following weekend. Come support the band at their competitions this October. Event information is always available on the band calendar which can be viewed at reaganband.com.
The Reagan Band performs at Jerry Comalander Stadium during a football game.
Lopez Pantherama Festival Coming Soon
Submitted By Jeanette Shoaf ttention Lopez Middle School staff, students and parents – the Lopez parent teacher association will be holding their sixth annual Pantherama Festival on Friday, October 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. Many Stone Oak businesses and
vendors will be hosting booths in support of Pantherama, as well as the Lopez clubs raising funds for their organization. You can expect various food booths at the event. Pizza, popcorn, funnel cakes, corn dogs and much more will be offered. There will also be face and hair painting, carnival games and rides, a variety of relay games, a hamster ball, a bungee trampoline and
the all-time favorite dunking booth. Will it be your student’s teacher in the booth? Or perhaps the school’s principal? Who will they be? Proceeds from Pantherama will benefit school programs organized by the Lopez PTA. Please remember all food items, games and rides are cash only. But wait…there’s more!
After the Pantherama Festival, Lopez Middle School will be holding their Sixth Annual Fall Dance in the Cafeteria, where the fun is sure to continue. So Panthers be ready to show your awesome dance moves and enjoy some great music from the live disc jockey.
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Retired Teachers Association
Reagan Orchestra Fits On Stage
Submitted By Michele Bibb etired teachers are invited to join the North San Antonio Retired Teachers Association at their next meeting Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at the San Pedro Presbyterian Church located at 14900 San Pedro Ave., just north of Brook Hollow. NSARTA’s goal is to be of service to the community. Yes, it’s only October but it’s time to think about what can be done to help the children in San Antonio have a better Christmas. The guest speaker will be Jerry Ferguson from Elf Louise. NSARTA is asking members to help by bringing a small donation. The donation can be something as simple as a book, a toy or money. NSARTA meets the third Wednesday of each month. The monthly meetings are 10 a.m. to noon with a short “Meet and Greet,” complete with snacks and beverages to start each session. For more information, call 210-4948197.
Reagan Harpists performing on stage for Orchestra Reagan Orchestra packs the stage for concert practice. Extravaganza practice.
Submitted By Katherine Johnston s the lights dimmed for the first preview orchestra concert at Reagan High School on September 5, many parents and friends wondered how over 130 students, instruments, chairs and music stands were going to fit onto the auditorium stage. But much like the intricate inner workings of a clock – the orchestra, even with two large beautiful harps, answered the question with precision while the brisk highland sounds of the Disney movie, “Brave,” resonated from the floor.
Reagan PTA Notice Submitted By Colleen Douglass he Reagan High School parent teacher association works hard to help make Reagan High School the best it can be. One of their first programs of the year, Reflections, is already under way. Parents interested should look at the deadline for entry so your child may participate. The theme for Reflections this year is, “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”
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In addition, the Winners Circle Club has begun recruiting members for the annual fight against drugs on campus. The club will also be planting flowers this fall to help beautify the courtyard. Reagan’s sister school drive was also very successful. Garner Middle School received two large bins full of pencils, backpacks and binders in addition to so much more. Brenda Shelton, Reagan’s new principal, has been busy getting to know the Rattler
students, parents and staff. Her focus on academic success, discipline and dress code will make the environment on campus conducive to learning. The PTA welcomes Mrs. Shelton with open arms to the Reagan family. Her three daughters all graduated from Reagan, so she has always been a Rattler at heart. Membership in the Reagan PTA keeps you connected to all the offered programs. The PTA gives away scholarships to
The Rattler Orchestra welcomes area elementary and middle school students to the Reagan Auditorium on October 18 for its annual Young People’s Concert series. The full Symphony Orchestra will present a program designed to educate and inspire younger students as they grow in appreciation for music. The general public is welcome Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Reagan auditorium as the orchestra presents its fall concert. There will be works by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Bernstein and many more. For more information, interested parties can call 210-356-1865.
graduating seniors each year. Several times a year refreshments are offered to the hard working teachers and staff. The PTA also supports many student groups. Please go to their website, www. ronaldreaganpta.org to join the Reagan PTA and to see the calendar of events for the year.
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In past years Winter Celebration Scavenger Hunt has been held during the month of November leading up to Winter Celebration in December. This year we are challenging you! Scavenger Hunt will be held at Winter Celebration at the Legacy Shopping Center. How it Works—Starting at 10 a.m. on December 14, 2013, the Welcome Home checkin booth will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots and handing out the Scavenger Hunt list. Participants will have from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to visit all the vendors on the list and get your Scavenger Hunt card stamped. For every stamp you receive, you will get one "General Prize" drawing ticket. For every 15 stamps you receive, you will get one "Grand Prize" drawing ticket. From 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., a Winter Celebration volunteer at the Scavenger Hunt check-in booth will count your stamps and give you your prize drawing tickets. Stay tuned for what we are drumming up in Grand Prizes this year! Drawings will begin at 3 p.m. You must be present to win. Come out to Winter Celebration, play Scavenger Hunt, build a snowman and Win prizes! *All toys are donated to US Marine Corps Toys for Tots-San Antonio
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