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

Adam Michalski

Mike Moran

Jimmy Perkins

Bennie & Sue Blansett

Shane Broussard

S.T. Shimi

<<First Name>>,

Several new folks have joined us at Happy Hour and subscribed to the newsletter in recent weeks. A big welcome, and I hope to see you at Happy Hour again soon! Our next get-together is on Thursday at La Frite (see details in the sidebar on the left).

Here are some events you might enjoy in the coming week...

RiverTini Pour-Off

"The RiverTini Pour-Off is an annual competition featuring some of the city's top bars and restaurants mixing specialty martinis that reflect the fresh and lively spirit of the San Antonio River..."

"The event raises funds for the San Antonio River Foundation and celebrates the on-going efforts to bring recreation, public art and educational opportunities along the San Antonio River expansions."

Enjoy martini samplings and appetizers. Tickets are $50. Click here for more information.

When:  Tuesday, June 19 (5:30 - 7:30pm)
Where:  Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya

SAHA Father's Day Celebration

The San Antonio Housing Authority invites you to celebrate fathers who have made raising their children a priority. You are invited to join SAHA for a day of food, fun, games, giveaways and information.

When:  Saturday, June 16 (11am - 2pm)
Where:  SAHA Park, 818 S Flores

Now in it's 18th year, the San Antonio Film Festival "showcases films from around the world while nurturing, fostering and developing filmmakers of all ages..." (read more).

There will be film screenings at several venues throughout the city during this six day festival. One of those venues is right here in HemisFair Park -- the Instituto Cultural de México. On Tuesday, there will be 2 feature films and several shorts at that location. Click here for a complete festival schedule.

When:  Tuesday, June 19 (5 - 11pm)
Where:  Instituto Cultural de México, 600 HemisFair Park

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 E7. Click here for more information.

When:  Friday, June 15 (7 - 11pm)
Where:  Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park

Treat Dad to a pre-Father's Day spaghetti dinner and help the Lion's Club provide eyeglasses to kids who need them in local schools. $6 for spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, June 16 (noon - 5pm)
Where:  Jimmy's Family Pizza, 226 East Fest

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang Performance

"Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy and guitar virtuoso Jonny Lang bring the blues to the Majestic Theatre!" Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50. Click here for more information.

When:  Tuesday, June 19 (8pm)
Where:  Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston

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:

  • June 14: Stephen Doctor (Smooth Jazz)
  • June 19: Ben King (Rumba Guitar)
  • June 20: Randy Cordero (Flamenco Guitar)

Food and beverages are available at the El Oasis Café and the Blue Star Icehouse on Main Plaza during these free performances.

When:  June 14, 19 & 20 (6 - 9pm)
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main

Gartenfest at Beethoven Halle und Garten

The Beethoven Maennerchor invites you to an evening of German entertainment and food. Suggested donation is $5.

When:  Friday, June 15 (5pm - midnight)
Where:  Beethoven Halle und Garten, 422 Perieda

Here are some free movies you may enjoy: 

Cinema Soledad: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), June 19 (6:30pm), showing Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Movies by Moonlight: At HemisFair Park (near the S Alamo St entrance), June 19 (pre-show entertainment at 7:30pm, feature film at 8:30pm), showing Puss in BootsClick here for a full Movies by Moonlight schedule.

100 Years of Pedro Armendariz: At the Instituto Cultural de México (600 HemisFair Park), June 16 (5pm), showing four of Pedro Armendariz' greatest movies. Click here for more information.

Artpace After Hours

Go behind the scenes at Artpace After Hours for 'casual art encounters and meaningful conversation'. Enjoy complimentary drinks. Click here for more information and to make reservations.

When:  Thursday, June 14 (5 - 7pm)
Where:  Artpace, 445 North Main

Big Band Jazz

The San Antonio Jazz Orchestra-- led by Rick Horn and Dale Schultz-- will perform 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, June 19, 8 - 10 pm
Where:  Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

Jim Cullum Jazz Band Performances

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band will perform at several nearby venues in the coming week. Here's a schedule of their shows:

  • Bohanan's (219 E Houston): June 14 & 19 (7 - 10:30pm)
  • Tucker's (1338 E Houston): June 18 (7 - 10pm)
  • Soho (214 E Crockett): June 18 (10:30pm - 2am)
  • Liberty Bar at the Convent (1111 S Alamo): June 16 (8:30 - 11:30pm)

Micky has a suggestion for his four-legged friends and their families....

Licks & Wags: An Ice Cream Social & Pet Adoption: Tails invites you to a "Saturday filled with fun". Treat your pooch to Yoghund -- a new, healthy frozen yogurt treat. Animal Care Services will bring lots of dogs and cats that are looking for new homes and ready for adoption. There will also be refreshments, face painting and more. Bring your kids... bring your dog... and tell your friends! Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, June 16 (10am - 3pm)
Where:  Tails Natural Pet Market, 642 S Presa, #3

Madero Walking Tour: "Join the Museo Alameda for a walking tour through the streets of old San Antonio. This exciting step into the events that occurred in the winter of 1910 reveals old sites, buildings and homes through the eyes of Francisco Madero... Glimpse into the private past of the makers of the Mexican Revolution and and see the historic artifacts and landmarks..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, June 16 (6 - 8pm)
Where:  Downtown, starting at the Museo Alameda, 101 S Santa Rosa


Join the folks at The Friendly Spot for Beerducation. "Author Travis Polling will cover everything you need to know about beer..." Enjoy samples and round out the night with a pint of one of your favorites..." $20.

When:  Thursday, June 14 (7pm)
Where:  The Friendly Spot, 943 S Alamo

Blue Star's Family Saturday education program: This event for kids and their families is free, but be sure to RSVP to Alison Goetz at to reserve your spot! Local art instructor Monica Alexander will be leading a mask-making project, and there will be other fun gallery activities to do too!

When:  Saturday, June 16 (9am - 12pm)
Where:  The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in the Blue Star Complex

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.

*Time Travel Saturdays* On the Trail at the Witte

Fiesta Noche del Rio at the Arneson River Theatre

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! at the Cameo Theatre

Silver Oak Wine Tower Tour & Dinner at Sunset Station and Ruth's Chris Steak House

The Texas Nature Challenge at the Witte

Boerne Berges Fest on Main Street, Boerne

Henry Brun and the International Trio at the McNay

Rick James Original Stone City Band at Comanche Park

The Drowsy Chaperone at the San Pedro Playhouse

Exhibition Talk: A Century of Collage at the McNay

Perfection at the Overtime Theater

Documentary Film: Out of the Shadows at the McNay

Concert Under the Stars at the Botanical Garden

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Citizen Kane at the Bijou Cinema Bistro

Joan Riviera's Open Comedy Night at the Bonham Exchange

Flamenco and Jazz at Carmens de la Calle

Farmers' Market at Main Plaza

Farmers' Market at Pearl


Do you know Miranda?

Miranda Fermin with her Scholastic Art & Writing
Gold Medal Award

Miranda was born on June 29 in Wilford Hall, San Antonio, and will be sixteen in a a couple of weeks. Other than two years in California and three in Louisiana -- courtesy of her father's military career -- she has lived in San Antonio. 

Miranda will start her junior year at Brackenridge High School in August. She is also a student in SAY Sí's Visual Arts Program, which she attends after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturdays. Students in the Visual Arts Program work on a project each month that gets presented at SAY Si on First Friday. Currently she's working with her fellow students on Stories Seldom Told, which will be presented on First Friday in July.

Every year students in the Visual Arts Program are assigned a self portrait project. Last year the assignment was to create a self portrait based on the style of Rembrandt or Renoir. Miranda's instructor entered her self portrait in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition (schools across the southern states submitted the best works of select students). Miranda won a "Gold Key Award" in that competition, which made her portrait eligible for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. There were over 200,000 works of art and writing submitted from students around the world. Miranda was one of under 2,000 students to win a "Gold Medal Award" in the national competition, and  she was invited to the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City!

Escorted by her father -- Armand -- Miranda attended the ceremony on June 1st. The ceremony showcased some of the submissions, and Miranda's portrait was one of the works selected for display on the stage of Carnegie Hall!  Guest speakers at this prestigious event included Meryl Streep, Edward Sorel (renowned cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine), and other alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Award.

Currently, Miranda's portrait -- along with the other submissions -- is on display at the Parsons New School for Design gallery in Soho, NYC:

In addition to school and her art work, Miranda keeps busy. She works part time at Justin's Ice Cream Company on the Riverwalk. With earnings from that job, she recently purchased a bicycle, which you'll see her riding frequently in Southtown. She studies Russian and is working towards fluency. Currently she is a proficient reader of the Russian language and she can carry on a casual conversation. She enjoys vacationing with her father and in recent years they have visited southern California, Germany and New York City. True to her artistic spirit, Miranda frequently changes her hair color, so she may look different every time you see her!

Miranda loves New York City and is considering going to art school there. She is looking to get a degree in Art Education and plans to teach art.

Miranda has a brother -- Miles -- who currently attends the Kansas City Art Institute and is studying print making. He is a SAY Sí alumni. 

Her father -- Armand -- purchased a house in Lavaca last year. After renovations, they settled in their new home in January of this year. Miranda loves living in Southtown. You'll often see her cycling around or out walking with her father and their beloved dog, Bella.

Miranda, you and your dad are a great addition to the neighborhood and we are thrilled to have such a talented rising star in our midst!

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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