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>>,

Finally, we got some rain!  I think that's reason to celebrate, so let's do so at our regular Happy Hour event at La Frite on Thursday (see details in the sidebar on the left).

There's a new "Do you know?" profile at the end of the newsletter, so be sure to check it out.

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


"Whether you're a seasoned jazz aficionado, or someone who just wants to witness a solid jazz performance, Jazz'SAlive is the place to be... Jazz'SAlive is a free two-day festival featuring national, regional and local musicians.  Children's activities will be featured both days from noon to 6 p.m."


This is a free event.  Click here and here for more information.

When: Saturday, September 24, noon - 11 p.m., Sunday, September 25, noon - 10 p.m.
Where: Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St


"Film Lovers in San Antonio can unite with an audience of over 100,000 Film Buffs in over 250 cities across 6 continents during this week, when MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the URBAN-15 Sutdio...Ten short films selected from 598 entries around the world will screen across the world during the week... Audiences at each venue are handed a voting card and asked to vote for the one film they think is best..."


What a great opportunity for film lovers! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets ($8 general admission, $5 for military, artists, students and seniors)

When: September 23 & 24, 8:00 p.m.
Where: URBAN-15 Studios, 2500 S. Presa

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 21: Mark & Sarah Ames (Tex/Mex Classical Guitar)
September 22: (TBA)
September 27: Randy Cordero (Flamenco Guitar)
September 28: The Rhythm Kings (Blues)

Click here for more information.

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

"Collective Views" Photography Exhibit

Enjoy photographs by artists Scotti G, Mandy Hayes and Denise Barron.

When: The exhibit continues through September 30, Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Artistic Endeavors Gallery, in Historic La Villita, Bldg 25

Julian Gill plays at Joe Blue's

"Julian Gill combines the guitar, the harmonica, and the occasional foot-stomp for a musical style reminiscent of the great folk artists of the 50's and 60's, but with a contemporary acoustic sound..."

He'll be performing this Thursday at Joe Blue's, a "Contemporary Cocktail Lounge".  There's no cover charge for this performance.

When: Thursday, September 22, 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Joe Blue's, in the Blue Star Arts Complex, Suite 142

Diez y Seis 2011: Mariachi Concert and Festival

This is a free concert featuring Conjunto Heritage Taller and high school mariachi groups from local schools.


Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, September 24, 1:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Arneson River Theatre, 418 La Villita

13th Floor Haunted House

"The 13th Floor features two haunted attractions, spanning 30,000 square feet, each housing some of the country's most intense special effects, jaw-dropping animatronics, mind-blowing illusions, and hordes of monsters that rival big budget Hollywood productions in costume and makeup detail".  

Enjoy Halloween entertainment and thrills early this year! Click here for more information.

When: September 23 - October 9, November 4 - 5 weekends; October 13 - 31 everyday; 7 - 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday
Where: 13th Floor Haunted House, 1203 E. Commerce St.

Roadrunner Station

"Get in the middle of UTSA Football Game Day at historic Sunset Station for pregame festivities for all home games. We have so much Roadrunner Spirit planned, we have renamed it Roadrunner Station for every Game Day!"

Featuring live music, activities, give-aways and concessions. The next pregame party is this Saturday!  Click here for more information

When: Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce

Villa Finale Events

Villa Finale is the first National Trust Historic Site in Texas, located right here in King William. It "showcases a wonderful variety of public programs related to historic preservation and how to put it into practice in your own life!"


Click here for information and to register for upcoming events.  There are two in the coming week:

Collections Care Workshop:  Wednesday, September 21, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Workshop participants meet at the front gate, 401 King William Street

Napoleon Bonaparte: A Connoisseur Tour: Saturday, September 24, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tour guests meet at the Villa Finale Visitor Center, 122 Madison Street

Victoria Commons Master Plan: Open House & Listening Session

On Wednesday, September 28, SAHA and Goody Clancy invite you to participate in an open house and group discussions on the master plan for Victoria Commons.  This is an opportunity for you to share ideas on the development of residential and mixed-use space.  Click here for more information on what's planned for the session, how you can participate, and for a map of the Victoria Commons area.

When: Wednesday, September 28; Open House from 4 - 6 p.m.; Listenting Session/Small Group Discussion from 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: San Antonio Housing Authority, 818 South Flores

Twilight Tales on Main Plaza

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

One Arabian Night
     The frame story of 1001 Arabian Nights & Sheherazade
     Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

Click here for more information.

When: September 25, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Main Plaza, 115 N Main Street

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 21 at 7:30 p.m.) is "Stripes". Next week's show is "Risky Business".

Sci-Fi September at Main Plaza: This week's show (on September 22, at dusk) is "Brazil" (Main Plaza, 115 N Main St)

Calling all Dachshunds!

The Beethoven Maennerchor will continue its Oktoberfest celebratory tradition this year on October 7, 8, 14 & 15.  I'll give you more information on that when the dates get closer.  This year -- together with WOAI San Antonio Living -- they are organizing a "mighty dachshund race" as part of the festivities!

All dachshunds (purebred or mixed) of any age are welcome. If you have a dachshund, or know of someone with a dachshund who might be interested in joining the race, please contact Tobias Klingelhoefer at

Southtown Chamber of Commerce Event

"The Art of Fashion serves as a fundraiser for the Southtown Chamber of Commerce. It will combine the artistry of local fashion designers, as they showcase the best of the best! The runway will come to life with great fashion, great beats, and fabulous models..."

This event isn't until November 3rd, but the registration deadline is October 1st.  Click here for more information and to make reservations.

When: November 3, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Bonham Exchange

And some odds and ends...

Several events at artpace

Southwest School of Art Exhibits

Race for the Rescues (to benefit abandoned and homeless animals in our community)

Navarro, A Children's Opera, at the Buena Vista Theatre

Two events for seniors at the Central Library (Road Scholar event and Sage-ing Circle event)

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul's Walk for the Poor

Nightmare on Grayson Haunted House

Taste of the Heights at the Witte Museum

Swan Lake at the McNay

San Antonio Museum of Art Free Public Tour: Musuem Highlights

Alejandro Escovedo at Ocho Lounge & Restaurant

"What comes Out of Chittlins" at the Jump-Start Theater

A Special Discount Offer for Lavaca & Friends Newsletter Subscribers

The Bike Waiter has opened its doors for business (or technically, I should say "website").  They offer meal deliveries from several local restaurants to residents and businesses in the downtown area.  Use the coupon code LNA to get a 10% discount on your first order, if placed by September 30.  Click here to learn more about the service, see a list of restaurant partners, and to place an order.

Do you know Stephen?

Stephen Warner

Anyone who has been to our La Frite Happy Hour event knows Stephen... our server "extraordinaire".  Stephen initiated La Frite's daily Happy Hour a few years ago, and was instrumental in starting the Lavaca & Friends weekly Happy Hour event with Jim and Jane.

Stephen was born in Lakenheath England.  His father was in the military -- stationed mostly overseas -- so Stephen spent most of his youth living in England, Germany and Italy.  His family moved to the states when he was 18, and he finished high school in Ohio.  He completed his education at Miami University in Oxford Ohio.

His first career -- in retail -- began immediately after college at a family-owned department store in California, where he worked his way up to management. He then became manager of the first Disney Store -- also located in California --  and was later relocated to Las Vegas to manage Disney's store in the Fashion Mall on the Las Vegas strip.  

In the early 1990's, Stephen moved to San Antonio, and continued his retail career here, first working at Foley's, then as General Manager of the Pottery Barn in the Quarry, and eventually as a manager at the Container Store.

In 2002, a friend who worked at the Liberty Bar asked him to help out as the restaurant's Sunday morning manager, and that was his first position in the restaurant business.  And that's when Stephen discovered what he really enjoyed doing.  He took on additional work at the Liberty Bar, as a waiter, and then as a bartender.  His shift into a career in the restaurant business was well underway.  Since working at Liberty Bar, he has worked at Casbeers, and took a position at La Frite in July of 2008.

Stephen genuinely loves working in the restaurant business.  It's his "profession" -- not just a job.  He enjoys working so closely with people, and he especially enjoys working with the Donnelly's, who he says foster a comfortable and friendly environment at La Frite.  You'll rarely see Stephen with a pen and order pad in his hands -- he is just about flawless in taking and delivering orders by memory, and believes that the extra effort involved in working with patrons that way fosters a little bit more of a connection.

Stephen lives in Olmos Park, but spends most of his time -- both at work and play -- in Southtown.  He regularly enjoys The Friendly Spot, Monterrey, Blue Star and MadHatters.  You'll also occasionally see him at neighborhood events, like a crawl.  He plans on moving to Southtown early next year, when the lease on his current home expires.  He says that what he enjoys most about Lavaca is "It's a true neighborhood...  just blocks from downtown. If I'm walking the streets, I know people, and I like that. I know them by name and I can say hello. It's a real neighborhhood."

Stephen, we look forward to your move to our part of town!

I hope you enjoyed this week's newsletter.  Please forward it to friends who might like it.  We love spreading the word about all the great things to do in our part of town!  

I hope to see you at La Frite on Thursday.

-- Jane

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