Lavaca and Friends Thursday Happy Hour
The details
Thursday 5 - 7PM

Most folks show up around 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 (LNA) 

Subscribe to LNA 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

King William Cultural Arts District

SA District 1

"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

Rebecca Kary

José & Tiffany Cruz

Jane Gennarelli
Lily & Roland Lopez

<<First Name>>,

After two+ years, our weekly neighborhood Happy Hour is still going strong. It has been a really nice way for neighbors to meet, mingle and keep in touch with one another. Our next get-together is on Thursday at La Frite (details in the sidebar on the left). Please try to join us!

Here are some upcoming events you might enjoy...

Learn to Tango and Salsa!

The Friends of Bonham invite you to an Evening of Latin Dance.

"Beginners, you have been putting it off too long... now is your opportunity to learn your favorite Latin dances from expert instructors in the beautiful Southtown Yoga Loft. For you advanced dancers, come show-off your dips and glides while contributing to the future of the children of Bonham Academy. Light refreshments will be served. Wear your dancing shoes and bring your rhythm."

Admission is $15 per person / $20 per couple.

When:  Saturday, February 25, 7 - 9:30pm
Where:  Southtown Yoga Loft, 724 S Alamo

Jim Cullum Jazz Band at Liberty Bar

"The Jim Cullum Jazz Band (JCJB) plays jazz in the classic manner, that is, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII. The band's repertoire covers a lot of ground -- from 19th-century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles..."

JCJB will be playing this Friday at Liberty Bar. There's no cover charge. Go early (7 - 8pm) for free Swing dance lessons provided by the Swing Dance Society Group!  Click here for details.

When: Friday, February 24, 8:30 - 11:30pm
Where: Liberty Bar at the Convent, 1111 S Alamo

32nd Annual Home & Garden Show

"Don't miss your opportunity to turn your home and garden dreams into reality!"

"The entire Alamodome will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a Home and Garden Extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard you'll find it all at the 32nd Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show." Click here for more information including admission fees and hours of operation.

When:  February 24 - 26
Where:  Alamodome, 100 Montana St

The Chieftains 50th Anniversary Tour

"Six-time Grammy winners and the world's most popular Irish traditional music group, the Chieftains, will visit San Antonio for their 50th Anniversary Tour concert, doing what they do best: delivering a concert experience filled with grace, humor, exceptional musicianship and the pageantry of visiting dancers and pipe bands." Click here for details, including ticket information.

When:  Wednesday, February 29, 7:30pm
Where:  Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E Market St

Sleepers Wake at the Overtime Theater

"What if a terrorist changed his mind?"

"Samir al-Hamza, a former member of the the Mujahedeen, has come to the U.S. to conduct terrorist attacks in the San Antonio area. He lives undercover in Hondo, where he runs a restaurant. As he develops relationships with the locals, he begins to question his loyalties..." (read more and get schedule and ticket information).

When:  February 24 - March 24
Where:  The Overtime Theater in the Blue Star Art Complex, 1414 S Alamo, Suite 103

Noche de Tango

"Pianist Rene Casarsa -- accompanied by Pablo Donnatti, violin, and Pablo V Fernandez, bandoneon, will perform tango, milonga and waltz from Argentina in this evening concert presentation." Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm
Where:  Instituto Cultural de México, 600 HemisFair Park

Big Band Jazz

The Primetime Jazz Orchestra -- led by saxophonist John Magaldi -- will be performing next week at the Blue Star Brewing company.

Click here for more information on the Blue Star Brewing Company's Big Band Jazz events.

When:  Tuesday, February 28, 8 - 10pm
Where:  Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

Casa Navarro Grand Re-Opening & José Antonio Navarro Birthday Celebration

"The Texas Historical Commission invites the public to celebrate José Antonio Navarro's Birthday Celebration and the Grand Re-opening of Casa Navarro State Historic Site... The site is newly renovated with updates to the historic property, a new visitor center/store and brand new exhibits highlighting José Antonio Navarro's contributions to Texas history... This is a free family event with a ceremony and ribbon cutting beginning at 10 am. Festivities, exhibits, food vendors throughout the day..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, February 25, 10am - 4pm
Where:  Casa Navarro State Historic Site, 228 S Laredo

Gemini Ink Open Writing Workshop

"Join this peer-driven workshop facilitated by longtime Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez, Jim Dawes and Roland Huff."

"Share your writing and get feedback on works-in-progress in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere." The workshop is free and all writers are invited. Bring 10 copies of your work to share with other participants.

When:  Monday, February 27, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where:  Gemini Ink, 513 S Presa

Glory at The Alamo

"San Antonio Living History Association interpreters portray the events leading up to the famous 1836 Battle of the Alamo... at the 176th Anniversary reenactment of The Beginning of the Alamo Siege... Visitors will also enjoy period music and dancing, and engage in interactive living history exhibits and demonstrations..." (read more). This is free event.

When:  Saturday, February 25, 10am - 5pm
Where:  Alamo Plaza

Greater Connections Mixer

Join the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for a social evening and opportunity to network.

This event is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members.

When:  Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 - 7pm
Where:  The Plaza Club in the Frost Bank Tower, 21st Floor, 100 W Houston

Artpace Teacher Workshop: Drawn to Technology

"Artpace's Teacher Workshop is designed to present tools to engage students with a variety of learning styles in an assortment of disciplines, including art, English language arts, science, and history. Educators will be introduced to the work of 12.1 Window Works artist Judith Cotrell, who will focus on the incorporation of drawing processes in the classroom..." (read more). The fee for the workshop is $30.

When:  Saturday, February 25, 10am - 2pm
Where:  Artpace, 445 North Main Avenue

27th Annual Tower Climb & Run

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Tower Climb and Run raises funds to support life-saving cystic fibrosis research.

Click here for more information.  It's not too late to participate -- you can register on the day of the event!

When:  Saturday, February 25, check-in at 6:30am, climb at 7:30am
Where:  Tower of the Americas, 601 Tower of the Americas Way

Museo Alameda Free Events

El Ateneo de San Antonio Lecture Series: "Join El Ateneo de San Antonio every Tuesday ... for weekly Spanish language conversations on art, culture and history" (read more). Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm.

Children of the Revolución Film Series: "San Antonio and South Texas Latinos... share family stories of their ancestors' lives in Mexico, their escape to Texas and their final decision to remain here..." (read more). Every Thursday through April 5, 6:30pm.

Where:  These events are at Museo Alameda, 101 S Santa Rosa


Don't miss your last opportunity to see these shows -- the final performances are within the next week: 

Six Degrees of Separation: The Classic Theatre presents Six Degrees of Separation, which "explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances... The plot of the play was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier..." Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Last show is February 26 at the Sterling Houston Theatre at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star.

Same Time, Next Year: "One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway... It remains one of the world's most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, married to others, who rendezvous once a year..." (read more and get ticket information). Last show is February 26 at the Cameo Theatre, 1123 E Commerce.

Live Music at Joe Blue's

Joe Reyes will be performing this Thursday at Joe Blue's -- a 'Contemporary Cocktail Lounge'. There's no cover charge for this performance.

When:  Thursday, February 23, 9:30 - 11:30 pm
Where:  Joe Blue's in the Blue Star Art Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

Here are some free movies you may enjoy: 

Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St), February 22, 7pm showing Billy Madison; Next week's show is Mr. Deeds.

Events listed here are a little ways off yet, but I thought you might want advance notice. Some may require ticket purchases, reservations, or registration. I'll give you more details as the dates get closer.

Music for Your Eyes at Villa Finale: "Enjoy an evening tour of Villa Finale featuring historic information and demonstrations of Mr. Mathis's music machines" (more info). Thursday, March 1, 6:30 - 7:30pm at Villa Finale.

CAM Kick-Off Party at Blue Star: This is the official Contemporary Art Month (CAM) kick-off party and opening receptions for new exhibits. Thursday, March 1, 6 - 9pm at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center.

Here are a few other events that may be of interest.  Many of these aren't in the immediate area, are events I've announced before, or are on-going events.

34th Annual CineFestival at the Guadalupe Theater

Superior Donuts at the Cellar Theater

UTSA Alumni Association Diploma Dash at UTSA Main Campus

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at the AT&T Center

Southwest Winds, USAF Band of the West at the Parman Library

Gateway Brass, USAF Band of the West at the Witte

Project Sing! Children's Chorus of San Antonio at Our Lady of the Lake University

Swan Lake Ballet Tea Party at Tripoint YMCA

The Adventures of the Daring Dr. Dolittle at Land of Virtuosity

Family Performance: Silly Short Stories at the McNay

The Tempest at University of the Incarnate Word

Get Reel Film: Beauty No. 2 at the McNay

Youth Photography Workshop at Government Canyon State Natural Area

Timeless Texas Toys at Institute of Texan Cultures

Cocktails and Culture: The Witte Uncorked! Darwin After Dark at the Witte Museum

Build-it! Science Family Day at the Witte Museum

Gallery Talk: African American Artists in San Antonio Collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Lecture: The Goddess and King: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Mexico at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Lecture: Darwin in Depth at the Witte Museum

Battle of Flowers Oratorical Contest at the Witte Museum

Joan Rivera's Open Mic Comedy Show at the Bonham Exchange 

Farmers Market at Pearl

Mama Mia, That'sa Murder! at Spaghetti Warehouse

UTSA's Great Conversation! at Institute of Texan Cultures

Do you know Adam?

Adam Michalski

Adam is a 'northern mid-west boy', but has been living in San Antonio since 2009. He was born and raised in Milwaukee WI, and lived in Minneapolis MN, Ames IA, and St Louis MO before landing here in Texas.

Adam earned a B.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004, and a M.A. in History from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis in 2009. During graduate school, he served as co-founder and co-president of the UMSL Graduate Student Association. He also served in other leadership positions at the University with the Student Government Association, Phi Alpha Theta, and The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. In addition, he was appointed to the UMSL Graduate Council by the Graduate School Dean.

During and since school, he has had varied jobs in varied fields... transportation planning, law, logistics, the airline industry, archiving / library work, and museum work. Adam currently holds two jobs right here in the neighborhood, at the Steves Homestead Museum and at the Institute of Texan Cultures. He'll be taking a break from that this summer however. He'll be working for the Denali Education Center (in Alaska) as a program coordinator from May until September. He'll be arranging Elderhostal "Road Scholar" tours of Denali National Park. His plans are to return to San Antonio in October.

Adam has many, diverse interests:

  • He enjoys traveling and has recently visited Denver, San Francisco, and Alaska. He has traveled out of the country to the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Mexico, and Canada, and he has visited 45 states.
  • Adam also enjoys history -- he wrote his master's thesis on electrification in the railroad industry between 1880 and 1930. 
  • He loves trying new foods and posting photos of his meals on Facebook. 
  • He also enjoys learning about city issues such as transportation and urban planning.
One of Adam's fondest and most memorable experiences happened right after he finished high school. He went to school in Ormand Beach, FL to become a Major League Baseball umpire. He completed the five week course (and received a Golden Mask Award), but didn't pursue it as a profession. The experience provided him with a new appreciation for the game of baseball, its rules, and the umpires. He finds it fun to watch "a game within a game" as the umpires position themselves on the diamond or use hand signals that might not always be familiar to the crowd (or the announcers for that matter)). And, he learned from Jerry Lane -- a Major League umpire -- that a coat hanger and a plate brush can be used to pry open the window of a Plymouth Neon when you lock your keys in the car.

Adam is frequently at the weekly neighborhood Happy Hour at La Frite. Be sure to say hello the next time you see him there. And Adam, we look forward to seeing pictures from your upcoming summer visit to Alaska!

That's all the news I have for this week. I hope you can make it to La Frite on Thursday!

-- Jane

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