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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Even though Labor Day and the summer are behind us, there's still a lot to do in our corner of San Antonio. Before I tell you about what's going on, let me mention a few things...

First, notice that in the left sidebar of the newsletter, under the Happy Hour Details, I've included links to some local community web sites that I thought you might find useful. Also in the left sidebar...  there are now links to all of the previously posted "Do you Know?" profiles.  If you missed any, you can catch up!

Next, let me remind you that our next Happy Hour get-together is on Thursday, at La Frite (details in the sidebar on the left).

And last, be sure to check out the new "Do you know?" profile at the end of the newsletter!

Now, for what's going on in the upcoming week...

Lavaca House Crawl

Join your neighbors for an evening stroll from house to house! We will visit two Devine Street houses for 45 minutes each and enjoy light deserts and beverages at both.

6:30 - 7:15 p.m.: Home of Gail and Dwight Mulcahy, 202 Devine
7:15 - 7:30 p.m.: Crawl time to second house
7:30 - 8:15 p.m.: Home of Janyce Sisson, 432 Devine (Sadie Street access to the house will also be open)

RSVP: If you plan to participate, please contact Syeira Budd at or 210 827 9931 by Friday, September 9 so she can let our hosts know many guests to expect.

When: Sunday, September 11, 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Where: Devine Street addresses listed above

Note: Future crawl hosts wanted! Hosts are asked to open their homes and serve light refreshments to a friendly group of neighbors for 35 to 45 minutes. If you'd like to be a host for an upcoming crawl, please contact Syeira Budd at or at 210 827 9931.

Lavaca Neighborhood Association General Meeting

The Lavaca Neighborhood Association will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at the Central Baptist Church (located at the corner of Labor and Florida).


The big topic this month will be gardening and landscaping. Mark Toppel -- the South Presa Community Garden Coordinator -- will be on hand to tell us about the community garden and the Green Space Alliance, and Mary Rogers -- Master Gardener from the Bexar County Master Gardeners -- will talk to us about gardening with xeric plants (plants that require little moisture -- ideal for San Antonio!).

When: Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Central Baptist Church (at Labor and Florida)

Greater Connections Mixer

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Greater Connections Mixer at the Hotel Contessa. "Mingle with prospective business clients and reconnect with fellow members amidst the Mediterranean décor and Spanish architecture that define this River Walk mainstay".

There's no charge for Chamber members; $10 for non-members.  Click here for more information.

When: Thursday, Septermber 8, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hotel Contessa, 306 W Market

Main Plaza "Cool-Down" After Work

"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..."

The upcoming line-up is:

September 7: The MVV Group (Conjunto Mexican)
September 8: Les Flemmes de Rouge (Blues Tex/Mex)
September 13: Europa Duo (Smooth Contemp Jazz)
September 14: Ben Tavera King (Rumba Guitar)

Click here for more information.

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

Twilight Tales on Main Plaza

This is a new Main Plaza event series for kids and adults on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.: storytelling by Mary Grace Ketner.

This week features:

Legends of the Land
     The Marquez de Aguayo's Revenge
     The Ghost of John McMullen
     The Virgin of Guadalupe
     La Llorona

Click here for more information.

When: Sunday, September 11, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Main Plaza, 115 N Main Street

Lorita Drive plays at Joe Blue's

Local brother/sister acoustic duo Lorita Drive will be performing this Thursday at Joe Blue's, a "Contemporary Cocktail Lounge".  There's no cover charge for this event.

When: September 8, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Joe Blues, in the Blue Star Arts Complex, Suite 142

Southtown Lions Club Charter Night

"The recently Chartered SouthTown Lions Club will hold its Charter Night at the Cadillac Bar & Grill September 8, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Event will take place in the back room and is expected to be fun... Please join us for an evening of fun, and fundraising for the newly chartered SouthTown Lions".

Click here for more information on this event and on the newly formed Southtown Lions Club.

I'm sorry for the late notice on this, but I just found out about it. Although the web site asks that you RSVP by August 31, I've been told that you are still welcome to participate.  If you are interested, please contact Hugh at 210 426 7774.

When: September 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Cadillac Bar Restaurant, 212 South Flores Street

Let's go to the movies...

Here are a couple of free movies playing this week:

Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St). This week's show (September 7) is "The Princess Bride". Next week's show (on the 14th) is "Footloose".

Sci-Fi September at Main Plaza: "Slab Cinema and The Main Plaza Conservancy are teaming up to present CineMundo, a monthly film series at Main Plaza. Films screen at dusk".  This week's show (September 8) is "The Black Hole".  (115 N. Main St).

September 11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

"The entire world changed 10 years ago when terrorists attacked our nation, and we lost thousands of American lives in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. To honor the lives that were lost and to honor those who continue to serve us by protecting our freedoms around the globe, everyone is invited to a special commemoration on the 10th Anniversary of what we all now know as 9/11.

"The observance will be held at Alamo Plaza, on the morning of Sunday, September 11, from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The morning ceremony allows us to pay tribute at the exact moments when, 10 years ago, so many were lost. We will not only remember those who have given their lives, but we will celebrate the healing that has come to our nation as we drew closer and united to rebuild and strengthen our resolve facing this new and constant threat.

"At the ceremony, you will hear remarks from some of our top local military leaders, from the highest ranks in our police and fire departments, and from Mayor Julián Castro..."

This event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome.  For more information, contact or click here and submit an online question.

When: Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Where: Alamo Plaza

Mark your calendars...

There are a couple of future events I wanted to mention now, so you can pencil them in on your calendars.  I'll get more information to you when the dates are closer:

National Night Out Lavaca Block Party:  Tuesday, October 4 on Callaghan Avenue.  This will be a ton of fun!

Victoria Commons Master Planning Public Meeting:  The evening of Wednesday, September 28th, location to be determined.  At this meeting, you'll meet SAHA's planning team and have an opportunity to provide input for the further development of the Victoria Commons section of Lavaca.

Do you Know Joan?


Joan Carabin

There is no one more committed to Lavaca than Joan Carabin. She has been living in the neighborhood with her husband Bob since 1993, first on Lavaca Street and now on Callaghan Avenue.

Joan grew up in Rochester, New York and joined the Victory Noll Missionary Sisters in 1955. She did her training in Huntington, Indiana, and served in numerous cities across the United States, including Detroit, Los Angeles, Montclair, San Antonio, Eagle Pass, and Brownsville. She served as a Catechist, teacher, Campus Minister, and with the Texas Department of Public Welfare. In January of 1974 -- after almost 20 years of service -- Joan requested and received an honorable discharge from her vows. In December of that year, she and Bob were married.

She has kept busy since! She received a Master's Degree from The University of the Incarnate Word and a Doctoral Degree from Texas A&M. She administered programs in adult education for UTSA and Alamo Community Colleges. She earned a Social Work license and worked as the Executive Director of the Victoria Hospice of South Texas and in a nursing home. She taught literature and writing at Palo Alto College and San Antonio College, and English as a second language at the Defense Language Institute at Lackland AFB.

Joan has also focused on the well-being and nurturing of children. After retiring from the Alamo colleges, she became a Court Appointed Child Advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children. She is currently writing a book dedicated to these children: "Honorable Hippo: One of a Kind Judge".*

Joan is also actively involved with St. Paul's Episcopal Church and serves on the New Comers Committee. She participated in Habitat for Humanity on the diocesan level for 10 years. The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas was the first diocese in the world to enter a covenant agreement with Habitat for Humanity, and Joan was a signatory to that agreement.

Even with her busy career, church activities and volunteer work, Joan has always found time for Lavaca. She served as Secretary of the Lavaca Neighborhood Association from 2004 to 2006, as President from 2006 to 2008, and as President Emeritus from 2008 to 2010. She coordinated the Lavaca section of the annual King William yard sale from 2004 to 2010.

Joan spends relaxation time with Bob, tending to the lovely gardens surrounding their home, traveling (in recent years they've visited California, Oregon, Washington, Florida and Oklahoma), and spending time with neighbors. She is a 'regular' at the weekly happy hour at La Frite, and she is always ready to welcome friends -- both new and old -- with open arms and an open heart.

*If you knew Judge Hippo Garcia, Joan would love to speak with you! She can be reached at (210) 387-6427 or (210) 212-7936.

That's all the news I have for this week! I hope to see you at La Frite on Thursday!

-- Jane

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