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


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Several new folks subscribed to the Lavaca & Friends newsletter this past week, so a big welcome!  I hope you'll also join us at La Frite on Thursday for our next Happy Hour event.  See the details in the sidebar on the left.

Let me tell you about what's going on in the upcoming week, and be sure to check out "Do you know?" at the end of the newsletter.

Cooking with Aldaco's

"Learn about culinary artistry, tips and tricks of the trade while enjoying lunch and margaritas. Guests are treated to a traditional cooking class --Enchilada 101 -- while enjoying hand-shaken margaritas with a little help from our charming and entertaining Executive Chef and our Professional Bartender.  Bring your friends and reserve a whole table!"


Click here for more information and to make a reservation.

When:  Saturday, July 30th at noon
Where:  Aldaco's at Sunset Station, 100 E Hoefgen

Art in the Chamber

Enjoy "Fresh Emerging Artists" from the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center's MOSAIC Program (Mosaic of Student Artists in Community). MOSAIC is a free program for high school youth. The Mosaic Studio experience exposes students to drawing, painting and other fundamental visual techniques and it culminates in the creation of mosaic tile art.  In addition...

"Imagination Presentation" Nature Photographer Laura Singletary, and guitarist/singer Deborah Scheibler.


Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this free event.  Click here for more information, or contact Karen Evans at 210 229 2127 or at

When:  Thursday, July 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where:  The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, 602 East Commerce

Neighborhood Film Project at Main Plaza

"We will be showing approximately 12 to 15 short films, some local award winners, all locally done. Take this opportunity to see the incredible talent San Antonio has to offer".  All films created by local students and filmmakers!

Beer, wine and beverages will be available to purchase at the Blue Star Icehouse, and hamburgers, hotdogs and funnel cake at El Oasis Cafe...  all on Main Plaza. Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m.
Where:  East Promenade of Main Plaza, 115 N. Main Street

Dallas Cowboys Training Camp

Once again, San Antonio is hosting the Dallas Cowboys training camp!

Watch the Cowboys practice sessions in pre-season training. Admission is free (parking is $10 in Alamodome Lots B & C).  Doors open one hour prior to each practice. Click here for more information.

When:  July 28th through August 10th, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

"Cool-Down" after Work Break

Main Plaza continues its after work music series.  Enjoy the great sounds of San Antonio's own incredible bands.  Beverages available from the Blue Star Icehouse.

Upcoming performances:

August 2:  Armando Martinez (Flamenco/Latin Rhythm)
August 3:  Hot Sauce (Gypsy Kings meet Austin Powers)
August 4:  Roger Velasquez (Boeros / R&B)

Click here for more information.

When:  August 2, 3, and 4, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
:  East Promenade of Main Plaza, 115 N. Main Street

Psychic Happy Hour Birthday Celebration

"Clairvoyant powers aren't necessary to foresee that San Antonio sightseers will enjoy the first birthday celebration of Psychic Happy Hour at the Emily Morgan Hotel's ORO Restaurant and Bar. A boutique retreat with a haunted history, the Emily Morgan Hotel in the heart of the Alamo City holds a spirited soiree every Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m., complete with complimentary palm readings, chair massages, a drink special and live music.  On July 28, 2011 customers can commune with each other as they enjoy Psychic Happy Hour's usual happenings, plus prizes, free appetizers and slices of a birthday cake."

Click here for more information.

When:  July 28 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:  The Emily Morgan Hotel's ORO Restaurant and Bar, 705 East Houston Street


"Come enjoy your favorite vodka cocktails at the San Antonio Current's 6th annual VERY VODKA on Friday, July 29th! "

Enjoy an evening at Historic Sunset Station for vodka cocktails, food and live music.  Ticket's range from $30 to $50. Click here for more information.

When:  Friday, July 29th
Where:  Historic Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce

Let's go to the movies!

Here are some free movie showings for your enjoyment:

Movies by Moonlight:  HemisFair Park, July 28th, at 8:30 p.m. This week's film is "Good Boy". 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), July 27th at 7:00 p.m. showing "Hoosiers".

"Three Caballeros" Screening and Activity

"In 1944, Walt Disney's classic "The Three Caballeros" was created. The film premiered in Mexico City and was produced as part of Walt Disney studio's good-will message for South America...  Join the Museo Alameda and the Three Caballeros as part of the Summer Family Days Series, as we take a colorful journey through Latin America! Watch the antics of Donald Duck, his Brazilian counterpart José Carioca, and their friend from Mexico, Panchito Pistoles on their wild adventure in the Southern Hemisphere.  Coloring materials and a fun movie scavenger hunt will also be provided. There will be prizes!"

Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, July 30th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Museo Alameda, 101 S Santa Rosa


Back to School Drive

Make a difference in a child's life. The Refugio Place Apartments Resident Council is sponsoring a Back To School Drive. Can you help out and donate new backpacks, school supplies or school uniforms?

Donated items will go directly to inner city and downtown area students.

Donations will be collected at the Refugio Place Apartments Community Wide Yard Sale:

When:  July 30th - 31st, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where:  400 Labor Street (behind the old SAHA Administrative building)

And some Odds & Ends...

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

Artist Logan Blanco lecture at Muse Alameda

Four Seasons Native American Arts and Crafts Market

Box Lunch with artist Julia Barbosa Landois

Villa Finale Music for Your Eyes:  A Special Tour of the Musical Instruments at Villa Finale!

Do you know Johanna?

Johanna Sawalha and her adorable son Sami

Born in Sweden, Johanna came to the United States a little over 20 years ago. She lived in New York up until last year. But San Antonio beckoned, and she moved here in June 2010 with her husband Ziad and their son Sami.

They bought their home at 140 Lavaca and quickly fell in love with San Antonio through Southtown, which -- according to Johanna -- is the best part or our city.

Johanna keeps busy! In addition to spending time with her family and building her career, she "loves to move". She plays squash with Ziad, weight trains, runs, loves to dance, and practices yoga (she has a Jivamukti yoga certification).

Johanna belongs to a food group that meets and tries all the great fares of San Antonio, and a playgroup that gets the kids together. Her son Sami is almost two, and is a unique blend: half Swedish, a quarter French and a quarter Jordanian.

Johanna has a well-established career as a private and executive coach. In addition to over 15 years of coaching experience, she has founded and headed several companies. As a speaker and writer, she has led courses at the Learning Annex in New York City and worked as a columnist for Modern Economy. For the last seven years (and since the company's inception), she has been both a Senior Vice President and Senior Executive Coach for the Handel Group (a New York based coaching firm that has an impressive "Who's Who" list of clients such as MIT, AOL, Sony and the New York Times).

Johanna moved her coaching practice with her to San Antonio and is currently establishing it here and doing speaking engagements. In the past year, she has already established a steady client base of both private individuals as well as corporate accounts. Take a look at her web site to learn more about her practice, and check out her blog (it's chock full of good advice!).

Johanna, Ziad and Sami occasionally come to the weekly La Frite Hapy Hour, so look for them there and say hello!

That's all the news for this week.  Hope you can make it to Happy Hour on Thursday!

-- Jane

P.S.  I'd love to feature you in "Do you know?".  Let me know if you're interested.

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