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Posted: August 16, 2016

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134th Annual Saint Louis Day Castroville Texas

Join us for the Greatest Little BB-Q Picnic in Texas on the weekend of August 19-20th in Beautiful Castroville, TX for 134th Annual Saint Louis Day Celebration. FESTIVITIES BEGIN SATURDAY EVENING! SATURDAY 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm: MUSIC, FOOD AND ICE COLD BEER! Get a jump on the fun Saturday evening! For the past 6 years the Biergarten Party has opened Saturday evening with frosty cold beer on tap, hot dogs and live bands to keep you toe-tappin' and singin' along. The phrase "homecoming" certainly applies to this evening as extended family and friends meet to eat, drink and catch up. Even if your roots aren't Castrovillian, you are truly “family" at St. Louis Day! Tip #1: If you want to speak like a Castroville native, remember the surname Tschirhart is pronounced "Sheer-hart." The tasty Sarge’s St. Louie Red Hots (all-beef hot dogs with all the trimmings) are grilled to perfection by Sarge's descendents, Josh Keller & brothers, and go great with icy cold beverages. Tip #2: You'll want ALL the trimmings on yours! This is not a weekend to count calories. Later in the evening you'll want to take part in the annual Lighting of the Sacred Fire, when a mountain of cured mesquite wood will be touched off to provide red hot coals for the famous slow-roasted BBQ Brisket. Smoking and seasoning will be under the careful watch of Todd Haby & Travis Holzhaus, along with their veteran crew. SUNDAY - HOLY MASS at St. Louis Catholic Church • 9:30 am Start your day in the majestic St. Louis Catholic Church for Holy Mass at 9:30 am. Bishop Michael Boulette will preside. The famous Liederkranz Choir of San Antonio will once again be the choir for this beautiful Mass. Stay parked and hop on a shuttle to Koenig Park for the day. The air-conditioned buses will drop off and pick up all day long. Tip #3: this is the best way to get there even if not attending Mass. THE FAMOUS MEAL: For just $8 diners get a “piled high” 2-meat BBQ PLATE featuring smoked brisket and homemade Alsatian Sausage. Cured mesquite wood from area land is used to slow cook thousands of pounds of barbecued brisket each year. Enjoy homemade potato salad, cole slaw, bacon-flavored pinto beans, Haby’s Alsatian bread, pickles, onions and the savory St. Louis Day BBQ sauce. There’s plenty of ice cold tea to wash it all down. St. Louis Day Boardwalk will also be open Saturday evening as well as Sunday with games & fun for the kids. Free admission and parking and shuttle ride from the church to the festival. For Details: or like us on Facebook.

St. Mary Magdalen School’s 75th Anniversary 

St. Mary Magdalen School is elated to celebrate our 75th Anniversary this October. We would like to invite each of you to our Gala Festivities. Please take a moment to visit our website and RSVP. If you have ever attended St. Mary Magdalen or are one of our Alumni, please contact to update your contact information so that we can continue to share your achievements, joys, and milestones through life. You have been a part of our history, now be a part of our Future.   

Alamo Kiwanis Club Charites Presents Fiesta Noche del Rio  

Fiesta Noche del Rio is a summer outdoor performance on the River Walk featuring the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. The show happens every Friday & Saturday through August 13th. Since 1957, the show has been seen by more than one million visitors from around the world and raised more than $2.75 million for local children’s charities. Tickets are also available at all HEB stores in the customer service department. They will also be available from 12 noon – 8:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the River level of the Arneson Theater and at the gate prior to the show, beginning at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact us at or 

END OF SUMMER SPECIAL – San Antonio Zoo offers membership swap with Splashtown allowing visitors entrance to both parks 

During the month of August, San Antonio Zooâ and Splashtown San Antonio are offering a double dose of summer fun with a membership swap that allows members of one attraction the opportunity to enjoy the other attraction absolutely free! It’s an ideal opportunity to close out the last of summer vacation with thrilling experiences at two of the city’s top attractions. There’s much to explore at San Antonio Zoo, which is home to a wide variety of animals, up-close encounters, and attractions. Nearby, Splashtown offers 20-acres of cool, clean, water excitement that is fun for all ages. San Antonio Zoo members interested in purchasing a 2018 Splashtown Season Pass will get $10 off and the rest of 2017 free. This brings the passes to $44.99 and are available at the Splashtown ticket booths or by calling (210) 227-1400. Memberships to the San Antonio Zoo provide a full year of fun and educational experiences for as little as $25. For more details, visit


Eva’s Heroes is encouraging brothers and sisters, who are 18 and older and who have a sibling with special needs, to register now for the organization’s free SA Sibs program that begins August 19 with a meet-and-greet at Paramour. SA Sibs offers monthly sessions that include discussion activities, social outings, games and opportunities to make new friends. Saturday, August 19: Paramour Mixer 7-9 p.m. Celebrate with us and relish in the San Antonio skyline at Paramour as we begin this new series of fun and exciting SA Sibs events! Meet and greet new siblings, or run into old friends. Either way, we would love to see you there! Our new schedule is filled with a variety of events to accommodate siblings of all ages. *Must be 21 and older to attend this event. Saturday, September 2: Football Tailgate 4-6 p.m. Get Rowdy with SA Sibs! Put your Birds Up and join us to kick off the UTSA Roadrunners’ season opener against the Houston Cougars with 50-yard line seats for you to enjoy the game. Tailgate with some sibs and enjoy the game after. You do not have to be an alumni or student to join. Saturday, September 16: Coffee @ Rosella 9-11 a.m. Savor a delicious cup of coffee from local coffee shop, Rosella, while you connect with other sibs. All ages are welcome. Thursday, October 5: Beer, Bacon & Bingo! 6-9 p.m. Alamo Beer Company Come join us to play some bingo, win some swag, and enjoy hot, fresh bacon. Sprinkle a little sibling trivia in the mix for some family-fun entertainment. Saturday, October 21: Coffee @ Rosella 9-11 a.m. Savor a delicious cup of coffee from local coffee shop, Rosella, while you connect with other sibs. All ages are welcome. Saturday, November 18: Coffee @ Rosella 9-11 a.m. Savor a delicious cup of coffee from local coffee shop, Rosella, while you connect with other sibs. All ages are welcome. Friday, November 24: Ford Holiday River Parade 6-9 p.m. Happy Holidays from Eva’s Heroes. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to participate in San Antonio’s Riverwalk Lighting Ceremony and Parade. Join us on our Elf movie themed float to take us along the parade route. All you have to do is show up and remember: “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” - Buddy the Elf *Limited number of spaces available. December 2: Christmas Caroling: Location TBD. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. “It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeaaaarrr!” Let’s go Christmas caroling! La Fleur Transportation will take us to four to five different locations around San Antonio to spread some Christmas cheer. Music and lyrics will be provided for your convenience. Bring your brother and sister and have a jolly good time. December 16: Coffee @ Rosella 9-11 a.m. Savor a delicious cup of coffee from local coffee shop, Rosella, while you connect with other sibs. All ages are welcome. To register, visit and look for SA Sibs under the Programs section or call (210) 694-9090.

Edgewood High School Red Raiders Hawaiian Luau Dance 

Come and enjoy a night of fun and dance with friends, on Saturday August 19th, 8pm -12am at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall 1114 Willow Street. Dress Attire is Hawaiian with Chanclas! Tickets are $15.00 per person, B.Y.O.B. For details: Ruben Garcia 210.288.7600, sponsored by the E.H.S. Class of 73 

The Woodlawn Theater presents: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying  

August 25 - September 17. A satire of big business in the 1960’s, this story follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. To purchase tickets, Visit or call the box office at 210-267-8388. Box office hours Tues-Fri 10 AM-5PM. Sat 11 AM- 2 PM Showtimes: Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM Ticket prices: $29 for Adults, $24 for Senior/Military, $18 Children Students. Plus $3.00 Ticketing Fee. 1920 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201

The Young Marines Annual BBQ Fundraiser 

Join us Saturday August 26th, 9am at Caliente Harley Davidson 7230 NW Loop 410 for The Young Marines Annual BBQ Fundraiser. The Young Marines are a 501c (3) organization, and as such, we conduct annual fundraising events to keep our unit functioning. Funds received from events go toward unit upkeep and community service projects, such as Ramps for Warriors. Venders are welcome to set up booths, contact our Unit Commander for details. Contact: Alberto Salas (Unit Commander) 210-617-3043 or Melodee Andujar (Unit Adjutant) 619-665-3463  

San Antonio Walk for PKD – 2017 

Join us Saturday, September 9th @ 7:30 am OP Schnabel Park, Graff Pavilion to raise awareness and funds for research and education in PKD and organ donation. The Start-Line Ceremony is at 8:45 am with Sarah Forgany and Barry Davis, Morning Co-Anchors, KENS-5), There will be a Post Walk to be avle to Network with others living with PKD. Food donated by Starbucks, HEB, Chick-Fil-A, and Freddy’s Steakburgers and Custard. For more information and to register, go to If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patti O’Grady Ruffin, volunteer, San Antonio Walk for PKD Coordinator, or 210-414-6614.


The LiftFund Women’s Business Center is seeking participants for the Women’s Business Accelerator (WBA) program. This comprehensive accelerator is designed for women entrepreneurs in San Antonio looking to take their business to the next level. The Women’s Business Accelerator Program runs from September 12 - October 31, 2017. The eight-week program will include expert-led workshops, one-on-one meetings with mentors and peer to peer networking. The application is available at, and will remain open until August 7, 2017. For more information about the Women’s Business Accelerator program, call 888-587-9575 or email Margot Slosson at

2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk 

Joins us Sunday, September 17th at 8:00 a.m. at Mission County Park Pavilion 6030 Padre Drive. The 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - San Antonio features a 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids' Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly after dash bash. Participants will receive tech shirts, free food, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology San Antonio and Los Padres to end prostate cancer. The funds raised from 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - San Antonio are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. Race Day Parking Information: There will be free parking the day of the race. Volunteers will be onsite to direct participants to the designated parking fields next to the park entrance. 

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Littlegrass Ranch to host first Texas ChuteOut in Boerne  

Littlegrass Ranch to host first Texas ChuteOut in Boerne will hosts the First Annual Texas ChuteOut, a Western style rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Wild Horse Racing Association on Saturday, Sept 30, 2017–1 pm and 7 pm. Sunday, Oct 1, 2017–2 pm. It will take place at the Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Rd., Boerne, TX. MAIN EVENTS: Wild Horse Racing, Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Mutton Bustin',Steer Dressing & Calf Dressing (yes, in clothing).World Famous Trick Roper Kevin Fitzpatrick will be on hand along with Vendors, Cowboy Church, & Military Appreciation. Hosted by & benefitting Littlegrass Ranch, Inc., whose mission is to create a transitional sanctuary where victims of domestic abuse–with their children, horses, livestock, and pets–can develop a plan to rebuild their lives? For detailed schedule, vendor applications, and volunteer opportunities, visit CONTACT: Christie Kitchens,, 888-547-9393

My Princess & Me St. PJ’s Benefit Event 

Terry Folawn, creator of My Princess and Me, has spent the last 10 years refining her vision to strengthen the mother-daughter bond while teaching our children empathy and compassion for others. She has now entrusted My Princess and Me to St PJ’s and we are privileged to have the opportunity to continue Terry’s magical vision. In order to ensure St. PJ’s can continue to provide a safe home for the most vulnerable children in our community, we ask for your support of this year’s My Princess & Me event being held Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Tobin.For more information about My Princess and Me check out our website and our Facebook page for up to date information. Tickets are $40 and sponsorships are available. Please contact Angie Hernandez for more information 

27th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Fair

The 27th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 16245 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX 78247. Admission is free. All craft items are handmade. Approximately 60 vendors will be present. The fair is sponsored by the Women of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church. The proceeds from this fair will fund mission projects locally, nationally, and around the world. Vendor applications are available on the church website: For information, please contact: Sheila Clark, Holly Days Arts & Crafts Fair Coordinator 210-653-5331 home 

9th Annual “Fore” the Blind Charity Scramble 

Sign-up today for the 9th Annual “Fore” the Blind Charity Scramble: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., Republic Golf Club, 4226 SE Military Dr., this event sells out every year!! Join us for the most unique golfing experience with championship blind golfers who come to San Antonio from all over the USA, Canada, Scotland and England to play in the American Blind Golf National Championship Tournament. It is then followed with the “Fore” the Blind Charity Scramble where sighted golfers are paired with blind golfers. Put together a team – or sign up individually – be prepared to be awe-inspired and have the best golfing experience you have ever had!!!! All proceeds benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired- blind children’s programs. Boxed lunch at noon – shotgun at 12:45. For information, visit

9th Annual Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk 

Sign up today for the 9th Annual Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8:00 – 10:30 a.m., McAllister Park- Pavilion 2, 13102 Jones-Maltsberger Rd., and join twelve-year-old Weston Wright, and his Lighthouse friends in this wonderful annual event –Check-in begins at 7:00 A.M. race starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. at McAllister Park – Pavilion 2 and proceeds through the newly-paved trails. All proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired - blind children’s programs. The event is chip-timed and managed by iRun – food, drinks, face painting, prizes and medals. Don’t miss the opportunity to support the San Antonio Lighthouse while spending quality-time with friends and family as you participate together. Strollers and pets welcome!!!! For information and registration, visit

 2017 Air Show and Open House 

The 2017 Joint Base San Antonio Air Show and Open House is free and open to the public Nov. 4-5 at JBSA-Lackland Kelly Field Annex. 10 a.m. Airshow Gates Open5 p.m. Gates Close. During the rehearsal day Nov. 3, Gold Star families and Wounded Warrior families will have air show access. D.o.D. cardholders are also invited to the rehearsal Nov. 3. No coolers or pets. Lawn chairs are welcomed.WEBSITE: 

Project HOPE  

The most dangerous day for a baby is the first day of life. In those first 24 hours – babies born in poverty zones are dying from infections…pneumonia…malnutrition. But they don’t have to die. For nearly 60 years, Project HOPE has been working around the world to save the lives of mothers and babies at risk. Training local healthcare workers. Delivering medicines and medical supplies. Giving newborns the healthy start they need to survive and thrive. Make sure her first day of life is not her last.To volunteer or learn more about Project HOPE's efforts to save newborns now, visit 

Americans with Disabilities back into the workplace 

Are you on disability and looking to get back to work? We can help. Since 1995, the non-profit organization, NTI has been helping Americans with Disabilities back into the workplace. Offering training and mentoring, NTI has successfully guided thousands of individuals with disabilities in work at home roles with Fortune 500 organizations nationwide. Be a part. Call 877-248-8912, that’s 877-248-8912 to learn more or Visit N-T-I-Central-dot-org-slash-apply for a work at home position today. 

Foundation Fighting Blindness  

Imagine what it’s like to be active your whole life and then find out you’re going blind, and you have age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. Sight is precious, but there are treatments for some forms of AMD are available, and research for additional treatments is underway. Call the FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS TODAY AT 1-800-BLINDNESS (1 800 254-6363) for a free packet on reversing or managing AMD. Or, go to the website, where I found so much helpful information, or again, call 1-800-BLINDNESS today! 

 The ABCs of Sun Protection 

Most of us like to be out in the sun. That’s why sunscreen and other safety measures are key to protecting your skin from aging and cancer. The FDA recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Also look for broad spectrum on the label. That means both harmful ultraviolet A and B rays are blocked. Remember: SPF plus broad spectrum equal healthy fun in the sun. Visit www dot FDA dot Gov slash sunscreen ( for more information. A message from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

American Humane  

Building a better, more humane world begins with the next generation. For more than 100 years, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has been working to teach children the value of being kind to animals. Their humane education campaigns, including the “Be Kind to Animals Week®” have been the most successful in history. Now, American Humane has developed a new campaign called “Kindness100” to give kids (and their parents) four simple ways they can help improve the lives of billions of animals – from disappearing and endangered animals to farm animals to animals used in entertainment and the 6-8 million animals relinquished to U.S. shelters each year. The website provides little tips that can make a big difference in the lives of the world’s animals. It also provides appealing and professionally prepared pre-K to Grade 5 humane education curricula for parents and teachers. Together we CAN build a more humane world. 

 U.S. Air Force Offers More  

The U.S. Air Force offers more than 140 exciting career specialties. We can match you to a career and train you in a high-tech skill. We’ll pay you a great salary, and if your Air Force job requires certification or licensure, we’ll help you earn that, too. You may even qualify for an enlistment bonus. When you join the Air Force, you don’t lose your personal identity. In fact, your personal and financial independence will continue to grow, and you’ll gain a sense of pride knowing you’re serving your country. To get a jump-start on an exciting career, Call TSgt Meagan Roberts at 210-573-1380 or email details at: 

Be a part of America's Defense The Air Force Reserve  

The Air Force Reserve is a critical part of America's defense and offers a variety of part-time jobs with full-time benefits, including low-cost health insurance, a non-contributory retirement plan, Tuition Assistance and other educational programs. There are many exciting part-time Air Force Reserve jobs which allow Citizen Airmen to advance their civilian careers, or continue their educations, while serving close to home. Signing bonuses up to $20,000 are available for specific jobs. Go to or call 800-257-1212 for more information on how you can Start Your Adventure with the Air Force Reserve. 

Native American Rights Fund  

Since 1970, NARF has stood firm for justice in Indian Country on critical issues like treaty enforcement, hunting & fishing rights, Indian child welfare, religious freedom and more. You too can become a modern day warrior – stand firm with NARF. Learn more at N-A-R-F dot org, and join the fight for Native rights. Support for this program is provided by the Native American Rights Fund, reminding you that Sovereignty is not free. Human trafficking is modern day slavery Human trafficking is modern day slavery. And it happens in our own communities. Victims can be any gender, age, or race. Join the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to learn how to recognize and report this heinous crime. Visit our website at

National Desert Storm War Memorial Association 

The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association is a federally recognized 501 (C) 3 whose sole mission is to construct the Desert Storm Memorial in Washington, D.C. to remember the almost 400 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice and honor the over 600,000 who served. To find out more or to donate, please visit us at Reuniting lost pets just celebrated 10 years of helping the lost, found, pound, and adoptable pets of San Antonio. If your pet is lost then come to and view the home page which lists current pets at the San Antonio ACS. Also while at upload a photo and description of your lost pet and then click over to the Found page to see if someone has already found your pet. also lists adoptable pets from several San Antonio pet rescue organizations. A new feature to is the listing of the ACS pets that are at the Brooks kennel including maps of how to get to that kennel. Donations to are welcome in order to help with the fees such as the annual ACS fee. is a software database project designed and maintained by Jay Pennington which just celebrated 11 years of helping San Antonio's lost pets get back home resulting in fewer pets being put down in the shelters. For Details log-on to or e-mail 

Sarcoma Foundation of America “Sarcoma is Cancer”  

Odds are you’ve never heard that word before. For the 40 people diagnosed with sarcoma every day, it is a life changing word because (short pause) sarcoma is cancer. Through awareness, advocacy, and research, the Sarcoma Foundation of America is bringing hope to families whose lives have been turned upside-down by a cancer they had never heard of until the diagnosis. Please join us in the fight to find the cure for sarcoma. For more information on the work of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, go to cure sarcoma (dot) org.     

The National Meningitis Association 

The National Meningitis Association: Bacterial meningitis is a disease that strikes mainly young people, killing at least one in ten that contract it or causing brain damage or other disabilities. The good news is it can be prevented through vaccination. But many preteens and teens have not been immunized against the two types of meningitis. More at the association’s website, N-M-A U-S dot org. That’s W-W-W dot N-M-A U-S dot O-R-G.

YouthBuild program 

Are you under age 25 without a job or high school diploma? If so, SA Youth can help. Our YouthBuild program seeks young adults ages 16 to 24 who have quit school or need workforce training to get a good job. Don't give up. Opportunity awaits, and it's free! Call us at 223-3131 ext. 205 to sign up and experience lifelong success today. Call 223-3131 ext. 205


Did you know, there are nearly 30,000 children in Texas’ foster care system? For more than 70 years, BCFS Health and Human Services has built loving families through foster care and adoption. As a foster parent through BCFS-San Antonio, you can make a REAL DIFFERENCE in the life of a child who needs your love and compassion .Foster parents receive a monthly stipend to care for each child, AND foster parents receive 24/7 support from BCFS. Visit – that’s – to see how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child TODAY! 

Save Newborns Now 

The most dangerous day for a baby is the first day of life. Babies born in poverty zones are dying from infections…pneumonia…malnutrition. But they don’t have to die. For nearly 60 years, Project HOPE has been working around the world. Training local healthcare workers. Delivering medicines and medical supplies. Giving newborns the healthy start they need to survive and thrive. Make sure her first day of life is not her last. To volunteer or learn more about Project HOPE, visit










































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