The details
Thursday 5 - 7PM

Most folks show up between 5:15 and 5:30.

La Frite Belgian Bistro
728 S. Alamo

The sign on the door may say "Closed", but the door will be unlocked. La Frite doesn't open for dinner until 6PM, hence the sign. Just come in and around to the bar.


This started as a get-together for Lavaca neighbors, but now it's expanded to include regular attendees from King William, Downtown and elsewhere in the city. We also get folks who are in town visiting friends or attending business events. Everyone is warmly welcomed.

Select wines and beers are available for $3 to $4.

(A note from Jane and Jim: As a courtesy, we suggest that if you order appetizers, you do so by 6:30 or 6:45, before the restaurant gets busy).

Neighborhood resources

Here are some web sites you may find helpful:

Lavaca Neighborhood Association

Subscribe to the Lavaca Neighborhood Association Newsletter

King William Association

SA Housing Authority

SA Chamber of Commerce

Southtown Chamber of Commerce

Southtown Lions Club

Scott's Historic Home Improvement Contractors List

SAHA Victoria Commons Master Plan

"Do you know?"

Bob Carabin

Terry & Gerry Schaefer

The Bowers

Brian Rountree & Hugh Donagher

Johanna Sawalha

Paula Haley

Lloyd & Elsa Mathews

Jim Feuerstein

Janyce Sisson

Joan Carabin

Syeira Budd

Stephen Warner

Dwight & Gail Mulcahy

Barb Machado

Michelle Stress


<<First Name>>,

The dog days of summer are truly here. I -- for one -- will welcome cooler temperatures in a couple of months! In the mean time, what better way to cool down than enjoying a cold drink with good friends and neighbors at our weekly Happy Hour event? Our next one is on Thursday, at La Frite. See the sidebar on the left for details. I hope to see you there!

Here are some events going on about town this week, followed by a new "Do you know?" profile...

Cool-Down After Work

The Main Plaza after-work music series continues. Here's what's coming up:

August 3rd:  Hot Sauce (Gypsy Kings meet Austin Powers)
August 4:  Roger Velasquez (Boleros / R&B)
August 9:  Glenn Allen & Kim MacEnzie (Acoustic / American Folk)
August 10:  James Ovalle (Blues / Ballads)
August 11:  Mark & Sarah Ames (Tex Mex Classical Guitar)

Click here for more information on events at Main Plaza.

: Each evening listed above, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main Street

"Evening under the Stars"

I've mentioned this before, but it's such a cool event that I wanted to remind you about it. On Friday, August 12th, Terry & Gerry Schaefer are throwing their second annual "Evening under the Stars" art party. Come to relax, meet new friends, and have fun!

There will be lots of art on display from local artists, and the artists will be in attendance. Also enjoy good food, drink and music.

Artist: Virginia Bethke

Click here to download more information, including information about the artists.

When: Friday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Schaefer's home, 211 Barrera Street

Help Keep the Hood Clean!

"Join us here at the Friendly Spot this Saturday 9 a.m. for a neighborhood clean up. Hang out, grab some coffee and do some service for your community. Supplies will be provided. Brought to you by your Friends at Ped-ads and The Friendly Spot Ice House."

When:  Saturday, August 6th, 9:00 a.m.
Where:  The Friendly Spot, 943 S Alamo St.

Let's go to the movies!

Here are some free movie showings for your enjoyment:

Movies by Moonlight:  HemisFair Park, August 4th, at 8:30 p.m. This week's film is "A League of their Own".  Click here for more information on Movies by Moonlight:

Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St), August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. showing "Rushmore".

PeliKoola en el Parque:  "Kool-Aid and Univision Radio present 'PeliKoola en el Parque', a FREE screening of 'SPY KIDS' and special 20-minute sneak preview of the soon to premiere 'SPY KIDS: All the Time in the World 4D' at an open-air theater at HemisFair Park (200 South Alamo) on Saturday, August 6th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ". There will be entertainment, giveaways, and Kool-Aid, starting at 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Chess anyone?

Try your hand at chess against San Antonio resident and chess master Eduardo Loyola!

He'll be at the Central Library this Sunday (August 7th) for an exhibition from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. He will play 40 matches at once, and you can be one of the players! To participate, you can just show up, or register online. If more than 40 show up, they can take available spots as others are defeated.

Click here for more information, and click here to register.

When:  Sunday, August 7th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad

Play at Museo Alameda:  Frida Un Canto de Dolor

"A play that highlights the life and art of Frida Kahlo!... The play has a unique way of developing through the use of actors, a slideshow, live music, singers and two narrators who will narrate the story of Frida in both English and Spanish".

$10 per person, children 12 & under are free. Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Museo Alameda, 101 South Santa Rosa, at the corner of Commerce and Santa Rosa.

And some Odds & Ends...

Here are a few more events that may be of interest.  Click on links below for more information:

Main Plaza Farmer's Market

San Japan Anime Convention

Fiesta Noche del Rio at the Arneson River Theater

Primer Sabado in Market Square

Overtime Theater:  "Life, Or a Reasonable Approximation Thereof"

Villa Finale: Music for Your Eyes

And...  This Friday, August 5th is First Friday.  Neighborhood galleries, shops, restaurants and bars open their doors to celebrate art, music, food, drink and fun!

Do you know Paula?


Paula Haley

Paula is a native Texan and was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle. Paula graduated from Texas Tech University and received her Masters Degree from Northeastern State College in Oklahoma. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, Paula worked for the Red Cross in Vietnam. After spending one year in Vietnam, she came back to the states and was commissioned in the Air Force. She also served in the Pentagon and her last assignment was at the National Security Agency. Paula lived in Annapolis Maryland prior to moving to San Antonio.

Upon retirement from the military, Paula was the assistant director at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. She left San Antonio to become the director of the Los Angeles National Cemetery. She retired for a second time and moved back to San Antonio. 

Paula lived on the Riverwalk for several years before buying her house on Barrera Street. She has lived in Lavaca for two years.

Paula is presently on the board of directors for the San Antonio State Hospital. She is also very involved with the American Red Cross. If you see the Red Cross Truck in front of her house, you'll know she is the "Disaster Captain" for that week. During the week that she serves as the disaster captain, she's called out for fire and other disasters within the San Antonio area.

Paula has two grown children. Her son lives in Annapolis Maryland and her daughter is in the Air Force and is presently stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. She is assigned to the Air Force Thunderbirds and travels throughout the world with them.  

Paula is often at the La Frite Happy Hour on Thursdays, so be sure to say hello to her!

I hope you enjoyed this week's newsletter.  If you'd like to take a look back at prior "Do you know?" profiles, they have been posted on the Lavaca Neighborhood Association web site.  A big thanks to Hugh Donagher for creating and maintaining such a great web site!

I'd love to do a profile on you, so let me know if you are interested!  I hope to see you at La Frite on Thursday.

-- Jane

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