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>>,

Let me start with a big welcome to several new neighbors and friends who have recently joined us at Happy Hour or signed up to receive the newsletter. Our next Happy Hour get-together is on Thursday at La Frite (details in the sidebar on the left). I hope to see you there! 

Here's what's going on in the upcoming week...

Lavaca National Night Out Block Party

Tuesday, October 4th, is National Night out in Texas and several other states. Neighbors will be getting together at outdoor events to mingle, meet new friends, and spend time together. National Night Out was started in 1983 by the National Association of Town Watch -- a nonprofit crime-prevention organization. Our National Night Out event provides an opportunity to get to know our neighbors and develop camaraderie that contributes to minimizing crime in our neighborhood.


Join us on October 4th for Lavaca's first National Night Out Block Party. We'll be getting together on Callaghan Avenue at Eager Street. The street will be closed to vehicles and there will be:

  • Live music performed by San Antonio band A.L.E.
  • Beverages and good old-fashioned street-fair food including hot dogs, nachos, snow cones, and popcorn
  • Kids activities -- face-painting, chalk art, a hula hoop contest, and dance lessons (dancing lessons start at 6:30!).
  • Beer tasting:  have some beer brewed especially for the event by award-winning home brewer Dwight Mulcahy.

There's no admission charge and the activities are free! There will be nominal charges for food and some beverages.

Everyone is welcome! We encourage Lavaca residents AND "friends of Lavacans" to attend.

When: Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Callaghan Avenue at Eager Street

Classic Car & Vintage Fashion Show

The October Primer Sabado at Market Square will feature a Classic Car Show, with over 100 cars and vintage bikes on the streets surrounding the Square (San Saba Street and Santa Rosa Avenue).  

At 7:00 p.m., there will be a vintage fashion show that will showcase the trends of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

There will be three outdoor entertainment areas with live oldies music and a DJ, food booths, an arts and crafts market, and two arts and crafts workshops for the kids. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, October 1st, noon to 8:00 p.m. (Fashion Show at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Market Square, 514 W Commerce (Fashion Show at Museo Alameda)

Cool Down After Work at Main Plaza

"Enjoy the great sounds of San Antonio's own incredible bands... Let Blue Star's waitstaff serve you up a great after work drink in an "Air Conditioned" outdoors..."

This week's shows are:

September 28: The Rhythm Kings (Blues)
September 29: Stephen Doctor (Smooth Jazz)

Click here for more information.

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

8th Annual Bling Bling Fling

The Martinez Street Women's Center is hosting its 8th Annual Bling Bling Fling -- Bollywood, the Glamour of India.  

"Please join us in a tribute to Hindi cinema with live dance performances, a bustling market of Indian craft vendors, Mehndi/Henna tattoo arts, delectable Indian food cuisine, & show-stopping glamour on the red carpet".

Performers include:

     ST Shimi (a Lavaca resident!)
     Movimiento Cihuatl
     Alayna Marquez & the Bollywood Drag Queens
     Bollywood group dance volunteers

Tickets are $20 at the door. Proceeds from the event support the programs of the Martinez Street Women's Center (a resource center providing woman-led community health programs and girls empowerment programs). Click here for more information on the Martinez Street Women's Center, and here for more information on the event.

When: September 29, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: The Bonham Exchange, 411 Bonham


Pajama Pancake Run

"Throw on your favorite pajamas and join us for the 2nd Annual Pajama Pancake Run, this year benefitting Boys Town Texas... A delicious pancake breakfast awaits you at the finish-line, provided by Magnolia Pancake Haus."


Click here for more information and to register.

When: October 1, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Starts at the Blue Star, 1414 S Alamo St

Thursday at Joe Blue's

Joe Blue's is featuring Michael Martin and Jonathan Raveneau this week in its Live Music Every Thursday series. There's no cover charge for this performance.

When: September 29, 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Joe Blue's in the Blue Star Arts Complex, Suite 142

Twilight Tales on Main Plaza

Storytelling for kids and adults, by Mary Grace Ketner. This week features:

Chaucer on the Go
     Chaucer, his times, and the Canterbury Tales
     The Nun's Priest's Tale

Click here for more information.

When: October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Main Plaza, 115 N Main Street

San Antonio Fall 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 the Biggest Home and Garden Extravaganza in Texas! From the front door to the backyard, you'll find it all at the San Antonio Fall Home & Garden Show".

Click here for more information.

When: September 30, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.; October 1, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; October 2, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Alamodome

Let's go to the movies!

Here are some free movies for your enjoyment:

Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St). This week's show (on September 28 at 7:30 p.m.) is "Risky Business". Next week's show is "Big".

Sci-Fi September at Main Plaza: This week's show (on September 29, at dusk) is "Flash Gordon" (Main Plaza, 115 N Main St)

"D.O.A. a Noir Musical" at the Overtime Theater

"D.O.A. is a classic, 1950 film noir about a man, Frank Bigelow, who is poisoned and has 48 hours to live. Bigelow races to find his killer, confronting many different suspects... 'D.O.A. a Noir Musical' takes the original public domain movie and turns it into a live comic thriller, featuring original jazz and blues compositions...".

When: Running between September 30 and October 29. Click here for show dates and times
Where: The Overtime Theater in The Blue Star Art Complex, 1414 S Alamo St, Suite 103

Lavaca Garage Sale

Save the date! On October 15th, Lavaca will hold it's 1st Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale.


I'll give you more details about the event in a couple of weeks, but I wanted to give you a heads-up so you can mark your calendar. If you have items that are "ready for a new home" and you'd like to participate, please contact Margie Rodriguez for details. She can be reached at 210 482 0088.


I told you about this in last week's newsletter... it's continuing this weekend. "Ten short films selected from 598 entries around the world will screen across the world during the week... Audiences at each venue are handed voting cards and asked to vote..."

This is a great opportunity for film lovers to get involved in honoring film-makers around the world. Click here for more information.

When: September 30 and October 1, 8:00 p.m.
Where: URBAN-15 Studios, 2500 S. Presa

14th Annual Huevos Rancheros Gala & Silent Auction

"The Huevos Rancheros Gala is a breakfast gala and SACA's (San Anto Cultural Arts) largest annual fundraising event, and is expected to draw over 500 individuals into the Westside. The day includes a huevos rancheros breakfast, the crowning of King and Queen Huevo, a juried auction of art provided by some of San Antonio's most accomplished up-and-coming artists, live music and more."

Click here for more information on this event.

When: October 1, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Where: Guadalupe Plaza, 1327 Guadalupe Street

And some "Odds & Ends"...

Here are links to some other events that may be of interest. Some of them are on-going events or events that have been announced in previous newsletters. Others are events that aren't in the immediate area, but close by.

SAHA Victoria Commons Master Plan Meeting

Artistic Endeavors Gallery "Collective Views" Exhibit

Cocktails & Culture: The Witte Uncorked!

Echale Latino Music Estyles at Pearl

artpace events: Community Potluck Dinner, and Taco Friday

"What Comes out of Chittlins" at the Jump-Start Theater

3rd Annual Weston Wright "Lighting the Way" 5K/10K & Fall Festival at Brackenridge Park

Southwest School of Art Exhibits

Taipei Folk Dance at the Magic Theatre

Romeo and Juliet, presented by the San Antonio Opera at the Lila Cockrell Theatre

13th Floor Haunted House

Nightmare on Grayson

Alejandro Escovedo at Havana Hotel's Ocho Lounge


First Saturday at the Alamo

Do you know Dwight & Gail?

Gail & Dwight Mulcahy

Dwight and Gail moved to Lavaca after a four year stay in the San Francisco Bay area. This is their second time living in San Antonio, and they are very happy to be back. They previously owned a home in the northwest suburbs of the city, but decided that a more urban, walk-able neighborhood was a better fit for their lifestyle.

Gail was born in Chicago -- where most of her family still lives -- but grew up in Glasgow, Kentucky. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, she moved to Dallas where she met Dwight in 1993. She has a masters degree in educational psychology and has worked as a teacher and an educational consultant for gifted programs for 25 years. She was recently rehired at NEISD, where she is a gifted & talented teacher for three elementary schools.

Dwight is a native Texan, born in Killeen, but spent the first 18 years of his life moving around different Army bases in Germany. Dwight went to 13 different schools before graduating from Ansbach American High School. He came back to the US when he was 19 and his father retired from the Army at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Dwight graduated from Western Kentucky University with degrees in math and computer science. He works from home for Cloudshield Technologies, based in Silicon Valley.

Dwight and Gail were married in 2004, on a breathtaking beach in Hawaii. It was a surprise to family and friends... they dropped wedding announcements in the mail -- from the airport on their way to Hawaii! Upon their return, they hosted a party to celebrate the memorable day with family and friends.

Dwight's hobby has recently turned into a business venture. He's an award-winning home brewer with over 100 awards in California and Texas. He's teaming up with Jon and Stacie Rowe, owners of The Station Cafe in King William, to turn the building into a micro-brewery by early next year. It will be called The Filling Station Brewing Co, and will be located in the former Filling Station Cafe. You can try some of Dwight's award-winning brews at next week's Lavaca National Night Out Block Party. He'll be brewing a selection of his beer especially for the event!

Dwight and Gail lived in Dallas, Chicago, San Antonio, and Sunnyvale California before moving back to San Antonio. They love their house in Lavaca and stay busy with home improvement projects. They have both competed in 10K runs and half-marathons. Although the Texas summer heat has put the kibosh on running, they still enjoy walks along the Riverwalk and attending classes at Southtown Yoga Loft. They are frequent attendees at the neighborhood's weekly Happy Hour at La Frite, and enjoy the eclectic variety of people and businesses in our neighborhood.

Gail and Dwight, we are so happy that you moved back home to San Antonio, and we love having you here in Lavaca!

That's all the news I have for this week, folks! I hope to see you on Thursday at La Frite and at next Tuesday's Lavaca National Night Out Block Party!

-- Jane


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