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

The Cannoli Fund

"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

Adam Michalski

Mike Moran

Jimmy Perkins

Bennie & Sue Blansett

Shane Broussard

S.T. Shimi

Miranda Fermin

Lyle Rosdahl

Karen Evans

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Here we are in the midst of the dog days of summer. I will certainly welcome cooler temperatures in a couple of months! Until then, there's no better way to cool down than by enjoying a cold drink with friends and neighbors at our weekly Happy Hour event. Our next one is on Thursday at La Frite (see the left sidebar for details). I hope to see you there!

Here's what's going on in downtown and Southtown between Thursday, August 9th and Wednesday, August 15th:

Join the King William Association on the second Sunday of each month for its River Concerts on the San Antonio River Authority lawn. The Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats will perform this Sunday. The concert is free. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the show!

When:  Sunday, August 12 (6:30 - 7:30pm)
Where:  San Antonio River Authority lawn, 100 E Guenther

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Classic Theatre of San Antonio presents this "farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious characters in order to escape social obligations. The culmination of Oscar Wilde's artistic career, its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play..." (read more).

When:  August 10  through 26 (click here for schedule)
Where:  Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star in the Blue Star Art Complex

Don't miss your last opportunity to see these shows:

Fiesta Noche del Rio:  This seasonal outdoor show features the music and dance of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. "Since 1957, the show has been seen by more than one million visitors from around the world and raised more than $5 million for local children's charities..." (read more). 

When:  Last performances are August 10  and 11 (8:30pm) 
Where:  Arneson River Theatre in La Villita
Hairspray: "It's 1962 in Baltimore... there's a change in the air, the 50's are out and the 60's are in. Hairspray's high energy cast will fill your heart with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs..." (read more).

When:  Last performances are August 10 and 11 (8pm) & August 12 (3:30pm)
Where:  Cameo Theatre, 1123 E Commerce

The Sound of San Antonio on the River "is a concert series hosted by James Martin and Medianoche at the Arneson Theatre. The series will feature local musicians, artists and educators." This is a free performance and everyone is invited! Click here for information

When:  Tuesday, August 14 (8pm)
Where:  The Arneson River Theatre in La Villita
22nd Annual Ballet Folklorico de Navarro Dance Recital: This performance features Mexican Folklorico dancing, mariachis and various special guests. Click here for more information.

When:  Sunday, August 12 (7:30 - 9pm)
Where:  The Arneson River Theater in La Villita

"The second Student Art in the Chamber of the summer will showcase an exhibit called Winning the Money Game featuring pieces by elementary school students who won the PlainsCapital Bank financial literacy art competition."

When:  Thursday, August 9 (6 - 8pm)
Where:  Chamber Lobby, 602 E Commerce

Big Band Jazz at Blue Star

The 210 Jazz Orchestra -- led by Wayne Alvarez and James Miculka -- will perform on Monday, and the River City Big Band -- led by Murph Davis -- will perform on Tuesday.

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

When:  Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 (8 - 10pm)
Where:  Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

Café Tacvba -- one of Mexico's most popular rock bands -- will perform next week at The Pavilion in Sunset Station. The group "went from being a garage band to a concert act in 1989... Their musical style covers a wide variety of genres, though it is most commonly labeled as Rock en Español..." Tickets are $40.

When:  Wednesday, August 15 (7 - 11pm)
Where:  The Pavilion at Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce

Party on the Plaza -- Free Concert Series

Enjoy music, food and fun for the whole family on Friday evenings this summer. This week's featured local artist is LushClick here for more information.

When:  Friday, August 10 (7 - 11pm)
Where:  Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park

Here are some free movies you may enjoy: 

Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St), Wednesday, August 15 (8pm) showing Back to the Future.

Movies by Moonlight: At HemisFair Park (near the S Alamo St entrance), Tuesday, August 14 (pre-show entertainment at 7:30, feature film at 8:30pm), showing Alice in WonderlandClick here for a full Movies by Moonlight schedule.

Mostly MGM Musicals! Summer Sundays Movie Series: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), Sunday, August 12 (12pm), showing The Wizard of Oz.  The movie repeats at 2:30pm with simulcast audio provided by the 1973 Pink Floyd release, The Dark Side of the Moon.

Here are a few events that the kids might enjoy:

"Vanilla Finale" at Villa Finale: "In honor of preservationist Walter Mathis's Birthday, Villa Finale will be hosting "Vanilla Finale", an ice cream social for kids! Children can enjoy ice cream, cake and activities on the grounds of historic Villa Finale..." (read more). This is a free event, but space is limited so please make a reservation.

When:  Saturday, August 11 (10:30am - 12pm)
Where:  Villa Finale, 401 King William Street

Family Saturday at Blue Star:  This is Blue Star's last Family Saturday event this summer! "Family Saturday is an education program uniquely constructed for kids and their families to experience contemporary art in a gallery setting. This event will feature a special "felt taco" art activity led by local artist Kimberly Aubuchon..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, August 11 (9am - 12pm)
Where:  Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star

Family Saturday at Blue Star:  This is Blue Star's last Family Saturday event this summer! "Family Saturday is an education program uniquely constructed for kids and their families to experience contemporary art in a gallery setting. This event will feature a special 'felt taco' art activity led by local artist Kimberly Aubuchon..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, August 11 (9am - 12pm)
Where:  Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star
Disney's Aladdin (Dual Language Edition):  This performance incorporates both the English and Spanish languages and is completely understandable whether you speak only one of the languages, or both. This touching musical adventure has an Academy Award-winning score, including A Whole New World and Friend Like Me. Click here for more information and a synopsis of the show.

When:  Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, August 15 - September 22
Where:  The Magik Theatre, 420 S Alamo
LET'S READ! Kids Back to School Fest: "This back to school fair will feature Make-and-Take arts and crafts, a color me pretty airbrush painting station, storytelling, book giveaways, and an instrument petting zoo provided by Alamo Music... Food concessions from Blue Star Icehouse and El Oasis Cafe will be available... Free school materials will be available while supplies last..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, August 11 (11am - 3pm)
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main

Cool-Down After Work

Enjoy live music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer at Main Plaza's Cool-Down After Work performances.

Here are some upcoming shows:

  • Thursday, August 9: Laura Marie (Contemporary / Pop / Folk / Jazz)
  • Tuesday, August 14: Ben King (Rumba Guitar)
  • Wednesday, August 15: E3 (Smooth Contemporary Jazz and R&B)
Food and beverages are available at the El Oasis Café and the Blue Star Icehouse on Main Plaza during these free performances.

When:  August 9, 14 and 15 (6 - 9pm)
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main

BYOB (Build Your Own Beverage) Workshop

"At our BYOB (Build Your Own Beverage) Workshop, expert mixologists from Hotel Havana's chic River Walk bar will share mixers made from scratch and reinvented old-school recipes to help you craft your own refreshing cocktails. But wait... that's not all! We've invited DJs JJ Lopez and Leonard Trujillo so you can dance the night away..." (read more). The workshop is free for FRESH ART FIRST members and $10 for non-members -- or you can buy a membership and get in free with a guest.

When:  Friday, August 10 (8:30 - 11pm)
Where:  Artpace, 445 North Main Avenue

Visits to the Past: These "programs are presented monthly in the middle of the city-owned national landmark of the Alamo mission compound that is today's Alamo Plaza. These 'Visits' feature the sights, sounds, skills, clothing, and lifestyles of early San Antonio and interpret details of Alamo Plaza History..." (read more about this free event).

When:  Saturday, August 11 (8am - 4pm)
Where:  Alamo Plaza

San Japan: Mach 5 Anime Convention

Join Anime fans from around the country at this annual event at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. Enjoy panel discussions, karaoke, game shows, concerts, art shows, a charity auction, a masquerade dance, and even an Anime Murder Mystery. Click here for more information on this three-day event.

When:  August  10 - 12 (click link above for schedule information)
Where:  Henry B. Gonzalez convention Center

Live Music at Southtown 101

Rebecca Butler will perform at Southtown 101 on Saturday. There's no cover charge for this performance.

"Rebecca Butler's voice is a genuine treat, full of a warmth that compliments her pop-rock lyrics -- capturing the mind of a quirky 20-something year old woman." -- Annar Verold, Red River Noise.

When:  Saturday, August 11 (8pm)
Where:  Southtown 101, 101 Pereida

Live Centro Downtown Residential Open House

This month's Live Centro Downtown Residential Open House is here in King William at Saint Benedict's Lofts. If you've been curious, here's your opportunity to tour this great urban residential space.

When:  Tuesday, August 15 (5:30 - 7:30pm)
Where:  Saint Benedict's Lofts, 1115 S Alamo

Live Music at Joe Blue's

Grammy award winner Joe Reyes will perform this Thursday at Joe Blue's -- a 'Contemporary Cocktail Lounge'.

There's no cover charge for this performance.

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

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.

Restaurant Week:  San Antonio's annual Restaurant Week is August 18 - August 25. Dozens of restaurants around San Antonio (including several in the downtown area) will be offering three course lunches (at $15) and dinners (at $35). Click here for a list of participating restaurants and make reservations at some places you've been wanting to try!

32nd Annual Tejano Music Awards: This annual awards show is on August 18 at the Alamodome. Enjoy "a spectacular show that promises several surprises, exciting musical collaborations, and of course, recognition of Tejano's best and brightest stars." Click here for information on the show and the performers, and to purchase tickets.

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.

Sunday Jazz: Graham Reynolds and Golden Art Trio at the Witte

PuroSlam Poetry on Tuesdays at On the Half-Shell Bar

Hello, Dolly! and The Little Dog Laughed at the San Pedro Playhouse

Live Music at Café des Artistes at the San Antonio Museum of Art

pARTy at SAMA at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Kill Me Tender at Earl Abel's

Dinner & Ghost Tour at the Menger Hotel

Artists Looking at Art: Ana Fernandez at the McNay

Friday Night Films in the Park at Pearl

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Miss Bala at the Bijou Cinema Bistro

Joan Rivieras Open Mic Wednesdays at the Bonham Exchange

Tres Museos: Museum Day for Educators at the McNay

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Woodlawn Theatre

Second Friday 'Scene at SAMA' Happy Hour at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Under One Wing at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade

The Fantasticks at the Josephine Theatre

Rambling Rosé at Becker Vineyards, Stonewall TX

Jazz and Flamenco at Carmens de la Calle

BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance at the Guadalupe Theatre

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Attic Theater

Do you know Richard and Lynda Ramirez?

Lynda & Richard

Lavaca residents Richard and Lynda Ramirez are newlyweds, married on July 14th, 2012. Both are from San Antonio -- born and raised here.

After graduating from high school, Lynda went to San Antonio College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and finally Our Lady of the Lake University (where she got her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Pathology). She has been a speech therapist for 18 years and has worked for both the Northside School District and the San Antonio Independent School District. In addition to her school district position, Lynda works with the National Nursing and Special Kids Care organizations, helping children with speech and language disorders by working with them at their homes or in day care.

Lynda has a passion for helping animals and has been involved as a volunteer with various rescue organizations for years. She has served as a volunteer at the Animal Defense League and at Animal Care Services. She has fostered dozens of homeless animals and worked to help people with pet adoptions. Today she and Richard share their home with five dogs (Rocko, Daisy, CJ, Chip and Heidi), all rescued from one situation or another. One of the most successful rescues in which Lynda was involved saved over one hundred dogs (it came to be called "Resuce 100"). A San Antonio woman had 115 dogs, and Lynda worked with others to successfully find homes for every single one of them. Lynda, however, describes herself as a "rescue failure" because she ends up keeping too many of her foster pets! 

In addition to her rewarding career and rescue work, Lynda loves to work out and to travel.

Richard's family home growing up was a few miles north of downtown, which at the time was mostly farmland. He spent a lot of time, however, at his grandparents' home in King William near the river. As a child, he swam and fished in the river, and jumped off the Arsenal Bridge. He graduated from Holmes High School and went to San Antonio College and then graduated from Southwest Texas (which today is Texas State University) with a degree in Urban Development. 

Richard worked in construction during college and for a while afterwards. He started working for the City of San Antonio in 2002. He worked for the Zoning department until 2006 and was then promoted to a position in Inner City Redevelopment, where he focused on locating and acquiring properties for affordable homes. He also oversaw the infrastructure development of those properties and worked with and oversaw the activities of builders engaged by the city. Today he's part of the city's Capitol Improvement Management Services group and he audits work done on roads and bridges, ensuring that projects are in compliance with TX DOT requirements. Richard loves urban development and is fortunate to have found a career that has given him a myriad of opportunities to watch San Antonio evolve.

Richard enjoys swimming, running, and being outside. Since he met Lynda, he has also developed a love for dogs!

Lynda and Richard met on election day in November of 2010 at an election results party for a candidate whom they mutually supported. That candidate introduced them to each other and did a little "matchmaking". Their first date was a couple of weeks later at Monterey and they have been together ever since. They recently returned from a week-long honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas.

Lynda and Richard love living in Lavaca and they frequently come to the Lavaca and Friends Happy Hour. The next time you see them, say hello and congratulations!

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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