North Central Community Calendar — Sept. 26-Oct. 2 - San Antonio Express-News
Send your North Central public event notices (including recreational sports) for free to Edmond Ortiz at email@example.com; by fax at 250-3350; or by mail to him in c/o North Central News, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171. A program for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia offers stress management techniques, relaxation and coping strategies, and class materials 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays at Autumn Grove Cottages, 1418 Walkers Way. MCCI Medical Group of Legacy Place senior activity center opened Aug. 1 in the northeast corner of The Legacy retail center, U.S. 281 and Loop 1604. The facility is for the area seniors, ages 55 and over, to gather for educational and recreational activities. Weekly activities and classes range from healthy cooking, Zumba, Wii bowling, walking, Bingo, personal safety and personal health. San Antonio Lymphedema Support Group meets 7 p.m. first Wednesdays at The Dominion Country Club, 1 Dominion Drive. Nydia's Yoga Therapy Studio, 4680 Lockhill-Selma Road, is hosting a variety of daily and semi-daily classes, such as yoga in Spanish, gentle yoga and yoga for children. Oak Meadow United Methodist Church, 2740 Hunters Green, begins a faith and sports program for boys and girls, ages 6-11, interested in playing soccer. North Central Baptist Hospital, 520 Madison Oak, hosts support groups and free educational programs: couples dealing with fertility issues meet 6 to 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday within the atrium (call 297-4483); cancer patients and their loved ones meet at 10 a.m. fourth Saturdays (297-7005); pediatric asthma education classes 9:30 a.m. each third Saturday (297-7005); gestational diabetes program starts at 9 a.m. every second and fourth Monday in the second floor education room (297-7005); expectant mothers and their families can tour the hospital's women's service area at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. each first Monday; Gamblers Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays (260-2616). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has formed iConnect, a new networking group for cancer survivors. Myasthenia Gravis Alamo Support Group of South Texas meets 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each second Saturday (except July and August) at Baptist Health System Health Link Fitness Center, 288 Bitters Road. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disorder that causes varying degrees of weakness involving the voluntary muscles of the body. First class is free, $8 afterward or less if you purchase a pass. San Antonio Heart Failure Group hosts support groups and free educational programs for individuals who have questions about living with heart failure or are interested in meeting others with heart failure. Mary Martha McNeel and visiting teachers lead various classes in qigong, universal yoga, tai chi and other wellness classes Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at different sites such as TriPoint, 3233 N. St. Mary's St., and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1018 E. Grayson St. Call: 226-0345. Alamo KidSports is a sport development company teaching soccer, baseball and basketball to children 18 months to 6 years in a non-competitive, fun environment. Alamo KidSports offers weekly 50-minute classes at Northwoods Ice and Golf Center, Spectrum Athletic Clubs at Rogers Ranch and at Alamo Heights, and Velocity Sports Performance. Alamo Heights community members have launched an Al-Anon parents-only support group, which meets 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 11 St. Luke's Lane. Alzheimer's Association offers local support group meetings (patients, family members and caregivers invited): 1:30 p.m. third Mondays at Franklin Park Stone Oak, 21802 Encino Commons (www.franklinpark.org or 483-9999); 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at Forum at Lincoln Heights, 311 Nottingham; 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays at The Haven, 511 Knights Cross; 6:30 p.m. first Wednesdays at Arden Courts, 15290 Huebner Road; 6 p.m. fourth Tuesdays at CEDRA Clinical Research, 2455 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 150. Northside Performing Arts Center, 21518 Blanco Road, hosts a variety of acting and dance classes and workshops for children and teenagers. Clarity Child Guidance Center hosts a wide variety of parenting classes at its main campus, 8535 Tom Slick Drive, and its outpatient campus, 2135 Babcock Road. Family topics include creating a healthy family, communication, establishing authority and effective discipline techniques, dealing with anger and conflict, children's self-esteem, and raising modern-day children. Source of Light (SoL) Center at University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell, is offering a variety of community courses, covering topics such as race, yogaia peace yoga, interfaith issues, social justice, writing, ecology and environmentalism. Top national and regional speakers will provide attendees with tools to take back to the workplace. Continuing education credits will be offered for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, community health education specialists and community health workers. San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition holds a public, free workshop 2-4 p.m. Oct. 6 at San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredricksburg Road, on how to properly trap, neuter and release feral cats. Performing Arts San Antonio, 15705 San Pedro Ave., offers an array of acting classes and workshops for adults and youths, as well as special live productions. Land of Virtuosity youth performing arts academy, Scottish Rite Auditorium, 305 Avenue E, offers a variety of classes and special seasonal camps related to all aspects of live theater, film and dance. The Circle School, 218 Pershing, a non-profit school, offers fall and spring enrichment classes that allow children and their parents to experience the campus without having to be enrolled. Families and their young children (age 3 and under) can sing songs, play instruments, read stories, and make music together. Paint Palooza, 1846 N.W. Loop 1604, Suite 104, offers painting events and camps for adults and children. Young Chefs Academy in Stone Oak, 20330 Huebner Road, Suite 110, hosts various weekly classes Mondays-Thursdays and Saturday mornings as well as special workshops. Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area, 3350 Park Road 31 in Spring Branch, offer various activities and educational programs. Ballet San Antonio, 903 Proton Road, hosts classes for children and adults, as well as a professional training in ballet and jazz. Treat the “princess” to a special lunch and dessert, dancing, music, hands-on activities, and a chance to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming. The Twig Book Shop at Pearl, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, offers children's storytimes and other ongoing activities and special events. Pinot's Palette-Alamo Heights, 7959 Broadway, Suite 402, hosts painting classes and special events. Texas Wildlife Association and Texas AgriLife Extension will host a series of webinars covering a wide array of wildlife and land management topics. Texas AgriLife Extension Service provides an opportunity for children ages 8-13 to learn about gardening by growing their own vegetables through the mentoring of Bexar County Master Gardener volunteers. Bravo Ballet School, 2147 N.W. Military Highway, offers various classes for ages 3 and up, including a summer program. Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, 5200 Broadway, hosts various classes, including its popular “Budding Ballerina” program tailored for dancers ages 3-7. Bookstore at Viva Galleria, 8407 Broadway, hosts classes, workshops and special events, ranging from exercise and meditation to writing and art. Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are held 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Oak Meadow United Methodist Church, 2740 Hunters Green St. Students may be asked later to purchase a text book ($22), including a CD for home study and review. Associated Builders and Contractors, South Texas Chapter, offers weekly and special workforce development events. Regular activities include new construction industry employee orientation sessions and the basics of building construction. Unlimited Thought Life Enrichment Center, 5525 Blanco Road, hosts Hatha yoga classes 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. North East Independent School District Community Education offers a variety of classes, ranging from butterfly gardening and hiking to air painting and web page publishing. Youth classes include electric guitar, sewing, video game design and more. Classes will be offered at many locations including several district schools and the North East Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Drive. School of Rock-Stone Oak, 109 Gallery Circle, Suite 101, hosts various music classes. Brilliant lighting, sound effects and video are featured in the Dinosaur Quest animatronic exhibit of life-sized dinosaur skeletons 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays at Rivercenter Mall (near AMC Theater), 849 E. Commerce St. Visit: www.dinosaur-quest.com. Conjunto Heritage Taller, 725 S. Presa St., offers classes in button accordion to students of all ages 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with accordion instructor Bene Medina, and 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays with accordion instructor Lorenzo Martinez. San Antonio Dance Academy, 15714 Huebner Road, offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, Mexican folkloric, ballroom, prep for dance team, adult tap/flamenco and Mommy-n-Me for ages 2-up. Performing Arts Conservatory of Texas, 22610 U.S. 281 North, Suite 221, hosts various classes in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz and hip-hop. Ballroom Dance Annex, 8123 Broadway, hosts ballroom dance classes for children and teenagers in performance and competitive categories. Jazz Poets of San Antonio offers a weekly writing session and live poetry - with accompaniment by the Jazz Poetry Band - at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Espresso Gallery, 529 San Pedro Ave. Donations are appreciated. ComedySportz improv offers fast-paced comedy shows for the family, schools, business conferences, parties and special events. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs from audience suggestions, similar to Who's Line Is It Anyway? ComedySportz also provides remote shows, corporate training and improv classes. Come unwind on the new outdoor patio of The Quarry Golf Course and Restaurant, 444 E. Basse Road, and enjoy free, public concerts 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays. Today, Piranha offers active and retired military personnel a 15 percent discount on all food items, and all military receive a complimentary beverage. Join the Alamo Metro Chorus' Sweet Adelines, the world's largest women's singing group, for voice lessons and high-energy performance techniques at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Beitel Memorial Lutheran Church, 2515 Austin Highway. Friendship Force of San Antonio regular monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at Northeast Methodist Hospital (Community Health Center meeting room), 12412 Judson Road in Live Oak. Friendship Force of San Antonio regular monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at Northeast Methodist Hospital (Community Health Center meeting room), 12412 Judson Road in Live Oak. The group sponsors social events (monthly luncheons each first Thursday, and monthly morning coffees each third Thursday), interest groups (games, book club, evening groups and local day trips), and opportunities for community involvement. Sunrise, 7 a.m. first through third Fridays at Pericos restaurant, 1439 E. Sonterra Blvd. (www.sasunriserotary.org): Alamo Heights, noon Tuesdays at The Petroleum Club, 8620 N. New Braunfels Ave. (www.ahrotary.org); Stone Oak, noon Thursdays at The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra (www.stoneoaksarotary.org); San Antonio Airport, noon Wednesdays at Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara.; San Antonio North Central, 6 p.m. Mondays at Little Italy, 824 Afterglow; San Antonio Oak Hills, noon Fridays, MJ China Bistro, 10103 Huebner Road; Northwest, noon Thursdays at Sushihana Japanese Restaurant; 1810 N.W. Military Highway (www.rotarynorthwest.com). Cerveceros, group of people interested in beer and home brew beer (craft beer), holds a meeting and social at noon each third Sunday at 500 Carolina St. Membership is up to the individual. Toastmasters Clubs (learn how to get ahead by improving your communication and leadership skills): Alamo Heights, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at University of the Incarnate Word - administrative building Room 265 (www.alamo.freetoasthost.org); North San Antonio, 7 a.m. Wednesdays, The Egg & I, 830 N.W. Loop 410 (Anna, 896-6141, toastmasters@NShukayr.com or http://www.nshukayr.com/toastmasters130424.pdf) -- open house and free breakfast offered 7-8 a.m. this Wednesday; San Antonio, noon Fridays, Taste of China Super Buffet (sanantonio.toastmastersclubs.org); San Antonio Discussion and Debate, 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, IHOP, 14424 San Pedro Ave. (sadd.toastmastersclubs.org); San Antonio Sociable, 7 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 16320 Huebner Road (sanantonio.freetoasthost.com); Stone Oak, noon Wednesdays, The Egg & I, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd. (http://stoneoaktoastmasters.org). Tilted Kilt of San Antonio will sponsor a hole at the 2013 Freedom Cup, which has a 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday at The Republic Golf Club, 4226 S.E. Military Drive. Proceeds benefit homeless and abandoned animals in the area needing medical care, as well as spay/neuter services. San Antonio Chapter-National Ovarian Cancer Coalition benefits from the sixth annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer at 8 a.m. Saturday at Eisenhower Park (Harris Pavilion), 19300 N.W. Military Highway. ALS Association-Texas Chapter announces San Antonio's 15th annual Walk to Defeat ALS, the organization's largest yearly fundraiser that raises money for patients living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Participants are urged to sign advocacy petitions while on-site as part of the organization's work to bring the importance of ALS research to the attention of officials at all levels of government. Valero raises awareness of multiple sclerosis and funds to support research, as well as programs and services that directly impact those living with MS. Registration continues until Oct. 11 at $50. Tejas Rodeo Co., 401 Obst Road in Bulverde, hosts live professional rodeos Saturday nights starting at 7:30 p.m. Live music and dancing follow. San Antonio Table Tennis Club has meetings and activities at Alamo Fitness Center, 16675 Huebner Road. Geeks Who Drink presents trivia games at local Lion and Rose Pub locations — 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., and at 5148 Broadway; 8 p.m. Wednesdays at 842 N.W. Loop 410 (Park North Plaza). Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St., holds First Thursdays 5-8 p.m., featuring special deals from Pearl shops along with pop-up sidewalk sales, music and refreshments. Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, hosts Wonderland Market Days 10 a.m.-5 p.m. first Saturdays and Sundays with arts and crafts, clothes, jewelry and more. Friends of Landa Library seek books of all shapes and sizes, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and cassettes for its fall book sale at 233 Bushnell. Johnson High School band members and supporters are raising funds to help support their trip to take part in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. San Antonio Public Library Foundation presents a benefit 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St. The lunch, book signing and public discussion is with interior decoration legend Mario Buatta. Abramoff will receive the “Ima” (mother) award at Hadassah's tea fundraiser, which begins at 2 p.m. According to a news release, Abramoff, born in Israel, exemplifies the Hadassah values of Zionism and education, and describes herself as “Israeli in my soul.” Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), 406 San Pedro Ave., is a nonprofit that recruits and trains volunteers who are appointed by courts to advocate for the “best interest” of abused and neglected children. Volunteers visit with the children and gather information to help a court make informed decisions and ensure that children are placed in safe, permanent homes. Pet owners in need can obtain pet food with proof of government assistance, a current driver's license or picture ID and proof of their pet's sterilization status and current rabies vaccination. San Antonio Pets Alive! seeks volunteers to work with shelter dogs and cats, as well as qualified individuals willing to foster animals awaiting permanent homes. Needed items include paper towels, bleach, trash bags, laundry detergent, collars, leashes, metal crates, cat carriers, copy paper, and gift cards to Office Max or Office Depot. Seguin-based SARA Sanctuary seeks donations of flea treatment and protection, as well as monetary donations to help provide food for the sheltered animals and to pay electricity bills. Gallery Nord, 2009 N.W. Military Highway, hosts “Romo, Gribou, Agrawl,” an exhibit of works by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Dean of the Engineering College Mauli Agrawl and Executive Vice Provost Julius Gribou through Monday. University of the Incarnate Word hosts “Flourish,” an exhibit of art works by Elizabeth Elequin, through Oct. 4 at the campus Semmes Gallery, Dougherty Fine Arts Center, 4301 Broadway. High Wire Arts Gallery, 326 W. Josephine St., hosts “The Third Language Continues: A Tribute to Albert Mijangos,” an exhibit created by several local artists, through Oct. 4. Watersaver Walks conservation programs at 10 a.m. first Fridays and third Saturdays; tree care courses; beginner bird walks at 9 a.m. third Saturdays; monthly Earth-Kind Landscape classes and workshops on eco-friendly horticulture; as well as gardening and nature workshops, and Tai Chi courses. A whole month of activities, including book signings, art openings, meditation groups, a retreat, labyrinth walk and workshops will allow the community to sample some of the contemplative practices that bring peace, comfort and relieve stress. [...] activities are also designed to raise visibility of ABODE, which is raising money to build a new permanent facility on Northeast Loop 410. The campaign encourages donors to help the San Antonio Food Bank by dropping off donations with guest services in the mall's Saks Fifth Avenue wing. Trinity University's Stieren Arts Enrichment Series presents a free, public lecture by director, screen writer, and film editor Kelly Reichardt, who discusses "Landscape, Light, and Motion" at 7:30 p.m. at the campus Chapman Center Auditorium. The benefit includes a variety of gourmet food from several food trucks, live music and dancing, and a drawing that offers opportunities such as an evening on The Bushnell rooftop and a gourmet catered garden dinner at a private Monte Vista residence. Jim Fay, author of “Parenting with Love and Logic,” leads a free, public presentation 7-9 p.m. at St. George Episcopal School, 6900 West Ave. He'll speak to parents, grandparents and foster parents about setting and enforcing behavior limits without screaming, threatening or negotiating with their child. Inception Theater presents the local premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's play, “Other Desert Cities,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Performing Arts San Antonio, 15705 San Pedro Ave. The play is about a prominent family rocked by the pending publication of a memoir about them. Alamo Heights residents are invited to a health fair, including screenings, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the temporary city offices, 1248 Austin Highway. Alamo Heights High School Spurs dance team presents the “Spur for a Day” dance clinic for pre-kindergarteners through ninth-graders 8:30 a.m.-noon at the campus dance studio, 6900 Broadway. Donations of household appliances, electronics, furniture, sporting equipment, bicycles, jewelry, toys and kitchenware are sought. San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization invite residents to review and provide input on Mobility 2040, its long-range transportation plan for the greater San Antonio area that must be completed and approved by December 2014. A variety of items, ranging from clothes, shoes and games to maternity wear, baby material and books, will be available from more than 40 vendors at “garage sale” prices. YMCA of San Antonio's second Siclovia of 2013 turns Broadway from Mahncke Park into downtown, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., a safe place for the whole family, available to bicyclists, walkers, runners, pets, skateboarders, scooters and more. The free, public event will include live entertainment, children's activities, refreshments and exercise demonstrations all along Broadway. Dr. John Canales, interventional cardiologist, leads a free, public program, “Peripheral Artery Disease - Are You at Risk?” at 11:30 a.m. at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital (Classroom No. 1), 1139 Sonterra Blvd. Castle Hills residents are invited to public meetings about the city's proposed $13 million bond issue, for the first phase of select road and drainage improvements. San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Ave., hosts “SACtacular,” a public block party, 5-8:30 p.m. The event showcases SAC students, programs and departments, as well as live music, a low rider car show, children's activities, food and games. Latino Music Estyles, presents a free, public concert by Mexican singer/songwriter Carla Morrison, and Austin singer/songwriter David Garza at 7 p.m. at Pearl, 200 E. Grayson St. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. To celebrate the opening of the city's newest Goodwill store, at 3730 N.E. Loop 1604, local bloggers will gather 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to present a series of do-it-yourself workshops on making the most of Goodwill finds, including craft projects, Halloween costume ideas and fashion tips. Trinity University faculty violinist, Craig Sorgi, and faculty pianist, Faith DeBow, will perform a varied concert of "Romantic" music for violin and piano composed over the last 150 years at 3 p.m. at the campus Dicke/Smith Building. The 2013 Watersaver Landscape Tour takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The free, self-guided tour enables participants to visit nine unique, exemplary yards that are filled with low-water, low-maintenance design ideas, most of them created by the innovative homeowner. The Wish Connection is a non-profit organization, originally established by AT&T employees, grantes wishes to children with either chronically-debilitating or life-threatening conditions. San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble performs a free, public concert of traditional Southern songs and early Latin American music at 4 p.m. at Source of Light Center, University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 DeZavala Road, hosts its annual fall festival 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with music, food, live entertainment, a petting zoo, live and silent auctions, and a drawing.