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

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A new month, another First Friday, and a lot of events to choose from... As you plan your week, don't forget that our next Happy Hour get-together is on Thursday at La Frite (see details in the sidebar on the left). I hope you'll be there!

Here's what's going on in Southtown and downtown between August 2nd and 8th:

"Over 90 canoe teams compete in the Canoe Challenge... local celebrities, city officials, corporate teams and Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts compete in timed heats. The race begins at the Chamber of Commerce, heads east through and around the Convention Center Lagoon, through the Rivercenter Mall Lagoon and ends back at the Chamber of Commerce..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, August 4 (7 - 11am)
Where:  The Riverwalk, starting at the Chamber of Commerce

Councilman Diego Bernal's next Coffee with the Councilman event will be right here at Tito's on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to meet with the Councilman and discuss the neighborhood -- issues, concerns, events, and plans.

When:  Saturday, August 4 (10am)
Where:  Tito's, 955 S Alamo

Artpace After Hours

"Artpace After Hours takes adult audiences behind the scenes for casual art encounters and meaningful conversation. Come get acquainted with Artpace and our newest exhibitions. Bring a friend. Or just make some new ones here. Happy hour kicks off at 5pm, and drinks are on us..." (read more and make reservations).

When:  Thursday, August 2 (5 - 7pm)
Where:  Artpace, 445 N Main

Act Right Online - Networking Mixer

"Join Downtown Alliance Young Professionals and a stellar panel of social media gurus to talk do's and don'ts on best practices for managing your personal and professional image using social media..." (read more).

Everyone is welcome to attend this free panel discussion and to enjoy Crowne Plaza happy hour specials. The Downtown Young Professionals folks say that "Young = As young as you feel" and "Professional = As professional as you want to be". Registration is required -- you can sign up here.

When:  Tuesday, August 7 (panel discussion at 4:30; networking mixer at 5:15)
Where:  Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk, 111 E Pecan

First Friday

There will be plenty to do Friday evening all along South Alamo and neighboring streets as Southtown celebrates First Friday. Here are a few of the many events that may be of interest:

Artists That Teach: Show and Reception at La Vida Gallery

First Friday at Beethoven Maennerchor

La Villita First Friday Art Walk

Natalie Rose & A Beautiful Mess at Blue Star

Art, music and more at Bubblehead

Music, dancing, barbecue plates, BYOB at Mr. Tim's

First Friday Open Mic Night at Gemini Ink

Big Band Jazz at Blue Star

The Crimson Jazz Orchestra -- led by George Briscoe -- will perform next Tuesday, and The Loud Jazz Band -- featuring Ed Sherry -- will perform on Wednesday.  

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

When:  Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8 (8 - 10pm)
Where:  Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

Live Music at Southtown 101

Nicolette Good will perform at Southtown 101 on Saturday.

"As a songwriter, Nicolette leans heavily on the subtle twists of a story that keep listeners on tilt. 41Entertainment said it best, 'Nicolette writes like butter melts'..." (read more about Nicolette here).

When:  Saturday, August 4 (11pm)
Where:  Southtown 101, 101 Pereida

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 Hogg SheddClick here for more information.

When:  Friday, August 3 (7 - 11pm)
Where:  Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park

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 7 (8pm)
Where:  The Arneson River Theatre in La Villita

Live Music at Joe Blue's

The Arturo "Sauce" Gonzalez Quintet  will perform this Thursday at Joe Blue's -- a 'Contemporary Cocktail Lounge'.

There's no cover charge for this performance.

When:  Thursday, August 2 (8 - 11pm)
Where:  Joe Blue's in the Blue Star Art Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

Primer Sabado: Back to School

This free two-day celebration of First Saturday features local entertainment, arts & crafts, children's activities, food and much more. Click here for more information.

When:   Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 (12 - 8pm)
Where:   Market Square, W Commerce and Santa Rosa

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:

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

When:  August 2, 7 & 8 (6 - 9pm)
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main

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 8 (8pm), showing Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

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

Mostly MGM Musicals: Summer Sundays Movie Series: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), Sunday August 5 (2 - 4pm), showing In the Good Old Summertime.

Cinema Soledad: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), Tuesday August 7 (6:30 - 8:30pm), showing Back to the Future.

HemisView Farmers' Market

This open air farmers' market offers produce, meats, artisan breads, free-range eggs, and more. It's open the first Friday of every month (weather permitting). Click here for more information.

When:  Friday, August 3, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where:  800 E César Chávez Blvd, between HemisView Apartments and Labor St.

Villa Finale is hosting a reception at its Museum Shop on Thursday. The reception kicks off a month-long clearance sale on Museum Shop items (with the largest discounts offered during the reception). Light refreshments will be served.

If you haven't visited Villa Finale yet, this is a great opportunity to become acquainted with this neighborhood gem!

When:  Thursday, August 2 (5 - 8pm)
Where:  Villa Finale Museum Shop, 122 Madison

The First Annual Frank W. Jennings San Antonio: An Enchanted City Educator's Workshop:  This workshop -- sponsored by the San Antonio Founders Day Alliance -- will include presentations on:

  • San Pedro Springs / Native People of Texas
  • The Missions of San Antonio
  • El Camino Real de los Tejas
  • The Early Days of the Alamo

You'll also enjoy a field trip to Mission San Jose / Aqueduct / San Pedro Springs. Click here for details and registration information.

When:  Friday, August 3 (9am - 5pm)
Where:  Alamo Hall, 300 Alamo Plaza
First Saturday at The Alamo:  This is an "inter-active living history event that is designed to give visitors a glimpse of life at the time of early Texas. This event will focus on politics in the Republic of Texas..." (read more).

When:  Saturday, August 4 (11am)
Where:  300 Alamo Plaza

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.

Friday Night Films in the Park at Pearl

Memory as Medicine Film: Mo'Better Blues at the McNay

San Antonio Pet Expo at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall

Proxy Theatre Company's Bent at the Overtime Theater

Fiesta Noche del Rio at the Arneson Theatre

Mozart Festival Texas at the University of the Incarnate Word

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival at the outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Amercas

Su Majestad El Bolero II at Our Lady of the Lake University

Hairspray at the Cameo Theatre

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

Focus Talk: Deconstructing Picasso's Guitar and Wine Glass at the McNay

Meditation in SAMA's Japanese Gallery at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Amazing Skies at the Witte

Wolf: San Antonio Premiere at the Santikos Palladium Theatre

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

First Sundays for Families: A Cool Summer Garden at the San Antonio Museum of Art

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Gilda at the Bijou Cinema Bistro

Dinner & Ghost Tour at the Menger

Dog Days at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Jazz and Flamenco at Carmens de la Calle

The Fantasticks at The Josephine Theatre

Joan Rivieras Open Mic Wednesdays at the Bonham Exchange

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

Do you know Karen?

Karen Evans

Karen is a 'San Antonio Girl', through and through. Aside from a couple of short stints in New Braunfels and Seguin, she's lived in San Antonio her entire life. She shares her home in Baja King William with her daughter, Megan, and enjoys spending time with her mother, two brothers and sister, all of whom live in San Antonio.

While attending college in San Marcos, Karen met a white water outfitter who eventually became her boss, and she began a career as a professional oarsman -- both on white water rafts and kayaks. That career lasted beyond college. She rode the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon in a 13 foot boat, and also practiced her oarsman trade on rivers throughout the United States and in Mexico. While no longer an oarsman by trade, she occasionally enjoys rides on rivers throughout Texas. In addition to manning the oars, she served as a river cook on most of her expeditions... catching fish, building fires, and preparing meals. She'll be picking up the oars again this weekend -- on calm waters -- to compete in the Ford Canoe Challenge. She'll be piloting the Mud Queen canoe.

Since her days as an oarsman, Karen has worked at a number of jobs. She ran her own business -- a 24-hour answering service for local businesses -- for several years. She worked for the North Chamber of Commerce and then for 15 years for the SA Greater Chamber of Commerce. And during that time she worked a second job as a bartender and waitress at Waldo's. 

Today Karen works for SA Scene -- the largest locally owned, locally grown city magazine in San Antonio -- as the Director of Sales. She also works part time for Gallery Vetro on Houston Street and for La Villita as its "invite the tourists to come over" girl.

Karen has always kept busy with charity, spiritual and civic work. She chaired the Make a Wish Foundation's San Antonio Gala for two years. She has been a member of the Paseo del Rio Association for 15 years. In 2005 she was the Association's "Mud Queen" (she raised the most money -- of a number of competitors --  to support the Association). She is very involved with the Blessed Sacrament Academy and was on the committee that started the Sticky Wickets annual Fiesta fund-raiser, which helps families and youth to become self-sufficient. She is very active in the two churches she attends -- the Trinity Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church.

Currently, Karen serves food every Friday at the 4th Street Café, operated by the First Baptist Church. Everyone who works in the front of the restaurant is a volunteer, and all their tips go to Haven for Hope. Karen reports that last year they turned in $92,000! The café is located at 207 4th Street and is open from 11am to 2pm every weekday.

Next week Karen will start as a volunteer with Elder Care (a Christian Senior Services program), providing companionship to senior citizens.

Karen has a number of interests and talents. First and foremost, she is a "foodie" and a cook. She loves to have dinner parties and has at least two a month (she hopes at some point to have one a week). She collects cookbooks and "anything/everything kitchen". She recently started writing her own cookbook and she will also illustrate it -- which touches on two other talents... she is an artist and a writer. Karen is also a dancer and performed with Urban 15 for two years. 

Karen loves sailing, reading and movies. She loves dogs -- and plans to have a poodle someday. His name will be "Mr. Fabulous" and he will probably be a red-head from a poodle rescue organization. Karen loves being around people. For a short time she worked out of her home, but didn't enjoy that because she loves and needs to be around people. 

Karen sums up her purpose in life as "faith, family, friends and philanthropy". She stops in at the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour when she can, and you'll often find her out and about at various San Antonio events and establishments. Say hello the next time you see her, and stop by the 4th Street Café on a Friday for lunch!

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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