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Posted: August 16, 2016

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San Antonio Walk for PKD 


We encourage you to “step out” to help us fight Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the San Antonio Walk for PKD” at the Graff Pavilion, OP Schnabel Park (registration at 7:30 am, Start-Line Ceremony at 8:45 am with Sarah Forgany, Morning Co-Anchor, and Cristina Blackwell, Co-Host, Great Day SA, KENS-5), and walk at 9:15 am –with fun-filled activities in between!). Enjoy our live DJ, great food, door prizes for registered attendees, and a penny dash for children. Playground is available for children. Visits from mascots will be present to cheer on walkers/runners (1 mile and 3 mile routes). This event is an excellent opportunity for networking and education for patients and family members. No registration fee. Participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive an official San Antonio Walk for PKD event t-shirt! The PKD Foundation has been leading the fight against PKD for over 30 years through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. The website for PKD is The Walk for PKD is the signature fundraiser event for the PKD Foundation. For more information and to register, go to For more information, please contact Patti O’Grady Ruffin, volunteer, San Antonio Walk for PKD Coordinator, or 210-414-6614. The PKD Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), 509 (a)(1) public charity. Federal Tax ID# is 43-1266906

7th Annual PWC Septemberfest

Supporting FFA and 4-H students in East Central ISD

BBQ Cook-off

September 21st & 22nd 

American Legion Hall in St. Hedwig (14290 FM 1346; St. Hedwig, TX 78152

Fun for the whole family

IBCA Sanctioned Cook-off

Bake-off, Craft Vendors, Live & Silent Auction

Dance on Saturday (8pm-midnight, Ranch Rock is the band) 




WHAT: Business and community leaders along with members of the law enforcement community, will gather at the landmark Tip Top Café to KICKOFF Texas Chicken Fried Steak Celebration – now in its 3rd year – at the original 2814 Fredericksburg Road (78201) location on behalf of the 100 Club of San Antonio. 

 WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018

WHERE: Tip Top Café, 2814 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas (78201)

Since 1973, when their service brings our local, state and federal Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters across Bexar County into harm’s way and they pay the ultimate sacrifice with their life, The 100 Club of San Antonio is there. Funds are available to the family within 24 hours for immediate needs. All dependent children are served by The 100 Club Survivors Fund which places a strong emphasis on higher education funding for those children of our fallen heroes. The 100 Club is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, citizen-based organization and is not affiliated with any police, fire or governmental agency. The historic Tip Top Café has been featured on the Food Network. The original at 2814 Fredericksburg Road (78201) is open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday –Saturday; 11-8 p.m. Sunday. Like us on Facebook. The official Texas holiday for Chicken Fried Steak is on October 26th each year, and has been observed since legislated in 2011 by the Texas Legislature.


40th Anniversary of Live Oak First Baptist Church


You are invited to our 40th anniversary of Live Oak First Baptist Church on September 16. Our theme is “Continuing the Good Work”. Enjoy fellowship with one another and celebrate being part of God’s family. Our celebration begins at 9:30 am with our regular Bible Study Classes At 10:50 am we will sing and share in worship. Our guest speakers are former pastor Rob Phillips, guests from San Antonio Baptist Association, Baptist General Convention of Texas and Live Oak City. We will have a covered dish lunch served in the fellowship hall with the church providing the meat. Free childcare will be provided. For more information, call 656-8200 or email: Church Web site: Church is located at 11560 Toepperwein Road, Live Oak, Texas.


2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk 


Joins us Sunday, September 17th at 8:00 a.m. at Mission County Park Pavilion 6030 Padre Drive. The 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - San Antonio features a 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids' Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly after dash bash. Participants will receive tech shirts, free food, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology San Antonio and Los Padres to end prostate cancer. The funds raised from 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - San Antonio are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. Race Day Parking Information: There will be free parking the day of the race. Volunteers will be onsite to direct participants to the designated parking fields next to the park entrance. Direct: 202-303-3103 | Cell: 609-923-2638 Email: | 



Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church’s 28th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Fair


The 28th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Fair is October 6, 2018 at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 16245 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX. The fair begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Come shop for beautiful handmade arts and crafts items offered by 60 different vendors. Two handmade quilts will be raffled off during the fair. There is a Silent Auction inside the church all day. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is free. This is the annual fundraiser for the Holy Trinity Presbyterian Women. The church is located on Nacogdoches Road one-half mile south of Loop 1604.


3RD Annual SAPS Dare to Be a Superhero for Kids Fun Run/Walk 5K


We are excited to be hosting our third annual SAPS Dare to Be a Superhero for Kids Fun

Run/Walk 5K. This event will be held at OP Schnabel Park on Oct 6TH beginning at

9am.There will be plenty of booths/games/fun for families with special activities for kids, including face painting, arts and crafts, and our 1 mile fun run. We are encouraging families to come dressed up as their favorite superhero. All kids will receive superhero capes! This is our 8th year of fundraising and we have raised over $100,000 of which 100% has gone back to the community for children. These include over 20 Children’s organizations including Kinetic Kids, Morgan’s Wonderland, Downs Syndrome Association, Children’s Bereavement Center, and Rise Recovery. This year, our theme is healthy eating and nutrition: “Eat strong, Be Strong”. We will be providing healthy snacks, water bottles, and recipes to name a few things. We would love to have your support! Any donation you would like to provide is greatly appreciated. SAPS is a 501c6 group and our Tax-ID is 70-6083226. Any donation you provide may be written as a tax deductible contributed towards advertising. If you have any questions, comments, and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at




October 13 – Saturday, Historic Johnson Park Amphitheater 230 Ave. J, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Marble Falls Music Festival has renamed, rebranded, and is ready to reestablish itself as the best event you'll attend this year. We're taking center stage with an inclusive variety of music genres plus food truck competition and local beer & wine. All set in picturesque Marble Falls' Johnson Park with gates opening at 12:00 pm. MFMF is sure to turn Johnson Park's amphitheater into a grand showcase when Mark Chesnutt hits the stage at 9:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds benefit organizations for youth music education! ARTISTS: Mark Chesnutt, Two Tons of Steel, John Arthur Martinez, Pauline Reese, Mike Blakely and Sarah Peacock, and Kale Stephens. TICKETS: $25.00 Advance - $35.00 at Gate. 2 years and under free Gates: 12:00 PM Inclement Weather: Rain or Shine


Upcoming Events from the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce


Rustic Roots Farmer’s Market 

Every Wednesday evening 3p – 7p 1116 Angelo St. Fresh fruit, vegetables, canned jellies, hand lotions, candles, jewelry, honey, baked goods

Market Trail Days

Saturday, September 8th 9am – 4pm Houston Square in Castroville (in front of St. Louis Catholic Church) Handcrafted items, woodwork, baby items, blankets & quilts, Scentsy, jewelry and more

Kaffe Klatsch

Friday, September 21st 7:30am – 9:00am. Shannon Beasley Realty at 808 London St. in Castroville. Free coffee, pastries and networking opportunities for local business owners

Old Fashion Christmas

Friday, November 30th from 6pm – 10pm Saturday, December 1st from 9am – 4pm Houston Square (in front of St. Louis Catholic Church). Still looking for new vendors, Applications available online at 200 vendors featuring everything from Christmas crafts, wood work, handmade jewelry, candles, crocheted items, food and so much more. Visit with Santa and enjoy the live entertainment, shopping and children’s area.



9th Annual Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk 


Sign up today for the 9th Annual Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8:00 – 10:30 a.m., McAllister Park- Pavilion 2, 13102 Jones-Maltsberger Rd., and join twelve-year-old Weston Wright, and his Lighthouse friends in this wonderful annual event –Check-in begins at 7:00 A.M. race starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. at McAllister Park – Pavilion 2 and proceeds through the newly-paved trails. All proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired - blind children’s programs. The event is chip-timed and managed by iRun – food, drinks, face painting, prizes and medals. Don’t miss the opportunity to support the San Antonio Lighthouse while spending quality-time with friends and family as you participate together. Strollers and pets welcome!!!! For information and registration, visit


Holiday Boat Caroling Presented by The South Texas Ford Dealers 


Sing in the holidays by caroling from a boat on the River Walk! Celebrate the timeless tradition of spreading joy with a San Antonio twist. Charter a private caroling boat and bask in the glow of 100,000 Christmas lights. Caroling begins November 30th and runs through December 21st. Beginning at eight dollars a person, this is an affordable holiday tradition! River caroling is great fun for friends and family, coworkers, church groups, neighbors, and clients. Register for your private caroling boat today at The-San-Antonio-River-Walk-dot-com.



A report of child abuse happens every 10 seconds. How can we heal the children who are hurt? How can we prevent abuse from happening? Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services has the answers. Call 800.888.1904 or visit [pee see h, ay ess dot org]. You can stop child abuse. 



Growing up in foster care can have lifelong effects. Almost half of girls in foster care become pregnant by 19, and more than half of our prison population has spent time in foster care. Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services is improving the odds for kids who have been neglected or abused. Call 800.888.1904 or visit [pee see h, ay ess dot org].



If your family is struggling with stress, you are not alone. Help is available at no cost from Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services. Our counselors are compassionate and professional. They help parents and children set goals, learn healthy habits, and stay together. Call 800.888.1904 or visit [pee see h, ay ess dot org] to learn about family counseling with Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services. That's 800.888.1904 or [pee see h, ay ess dot org].


Americans with Disabilities back into the workplace 


Are you on disability and looking to get back to work? We can help. Since 1995, the non-profit organization, NTI has been helping Americans with Disabilities back into the workplace. Offering training and mentoring, NTI has successfully guided thousands of individuals with disabilities in work at home roles with Fortune 500 organizations nationwide. Be a part. Call 877-248-8912, that’s 877-248-8912 to learn more or Visit N-T-I-Central-dot-org-slash-apply for a work at home position today. 



Foundation Fighting Blindness 

Imagine what it’s like to be active your whole life and then find out you’re going blind, and you have age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. Sight is precious, but there are treatments for some forms of AMD are available, and research for additional treatments is underway. Call the FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS TODAY AT 1-800-BLINDNESS (1 800 254-6363) for a free packet on reversing or managing AMD. Or, go to the website, where I found so much helpful information, or again, call 1-800-BLINDNESS today!


The ABCs of Sun Protection 

Most of us like to be out in the sun. That’s why sunscreen and other safety measures are key to protecting your skin from aging and cancer. The FDA recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Also look for broad spectrum on the label. That means both harmful ultraviolet A and B rays are blocked. Remember: SPF plus broad spectrum equal healthy fun in the sun. Visit www dot FDA dot Gov slash sunscreen ( for more information. A message from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


American Humane 


Building a better, more humane world begins with the next generation. For more than 100 years, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has been working to teach children the value of being kind to animals. Their humane education campaigns, including the “Be Kind to Animals Week®” have been the most successful in history. Now, American Humane has developed a new campaign called “Kindness100” to give kids (and their parents) four simple ways they can help improve the lives of billions of animals – from disappearing and endangered animals to farm animals to animals used in entertainment and the 6-8 million animals relinquished to U.S. shelters each year. The website provides little tips that can make a big difference in the lives of the world’s animals. It also provides appealing and professionally prepared pre-K to Grade 5 humane education curricula for parents and teachers. Together we CAN build a more humane world. 


U.S. Air Force Offers More 


The U.S. Air Force offers more than 140 exciting career specialties. We can match you to a job of your choice and train you in a high-tech skill. We’ll pay you a great salary, and if your Air Force job requires certification or licensure, we’ll help you earn that, too. You may even qualify for an enlistment bonus. When you join the Air Force, you don’t lose your personal identity. In fact, your personal and financial independence will continue to grow, and you’ll gain a sense of pride knowing you’re serving your country. To get a jump-start on an exciting career, Call SSgt Meagan Roberts at 210-573-1380 or email details at: 


Be a part of America's Defense The Air Force Reserve 


The Air Force Reserve is a critical part of America's defense and offers a variety of part-time jobs with full-time benefits, including low-cost health insurance, a non-contributory retirement plan, Tuition Assistance and other educational programs. There are many exciting part-time Air Force Reserve jobs which allow Citizen Airmen to advance their civilian careers, or continue their educations, while serving close to home. Signing bonuses up to $20,000 are available for specific jobs. Go to or call 800-257-1212 for more information on how you can Start Your Adventure with the Air Force Reserve. 


Native American Rights Fund 


Since 1970, NARF has stood firm for justice in Indian Country on critical issues like treaty enforcement, hunting & fishing rights, Indian child welfare, religious freedom and more. You too can become a modern day warrior – stand firm with NARF. Learn more at N-A-R-F dot org, and join the fight for Native rights. Support for this program is provided by the Native American Rights Fund, reminding you that Sovereignty is not free. Human trafficking is modern day slavery Human trafficking is modern day slavery. And it happens in our own communities. Victims can be any gender, age, or race. Join the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to learn how to recognize and report this heinous crime. Visit our website at 


National Desert Storm War Memorial Association 


The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association is a federally recognized 501 (C) 3 whose sole mission is to construct the Desert Storm Memorial in Washington, D.C. to remember the almost 400 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice and honor the over 600,000 who served. To find out more or to donate, please visit us at Reuniting lost pets just celebrated 10 years of helping the lost, found, pound, and adoptable pets of San Antonio. If your pet is lost then come to and view the home page which lists current pets at the San Antonio ACS. Also while at upload a photo and description of your lost pet and then click over to the Found page to see if someone has already found your pet. also lists adoptable pets from several San Antonio pet rescue organizations. A new feature to is the listing of the ACS pets that are at the Brooks kennel including maps of how to get to that kennel. Donations to are welcome in order to help with the fees such as the annual ACS fee. is a software database project designed and maintained by Jay Pennington which just celebrated 11 years of helping San Antonio's lost pets get back home resulting in fewer pets being put down in the shelters. For Details log-on to or e-mail 


Sarcoma Foundation of America “Sarcoma is Cancer” 


Odds are you’ve never heard that word before. For the 40 people diagnosed with sarcoma every day, it is a life changing word because (short pause) sarcoma is cancer. Through awareness, advocacy, and research, the Sarcoma Foundation of America is bringing hope to families whose lives have been turned upside-down by a cancer they had never heard of until the diagnosis. Please join us in the fight to find the cure for sarcoma. For more information on the work of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, go to cure sarcoma (dot) org.


The National Meningitis Association 


The National Meningitis Association: Bacterial meningitis is a disease that strikes mainly young people, killing at least one in ten that contract it or causing brain damage or other disabilities. The good news is it can be prevented through vaccination. But many preteens and teens have not been immunized against the two types of meningitis. More at the association’s website, N-M-A U-S dot org. That’s W-W-W dot N-M-A U-S dot O-R-G.


YouthBuild program 


Are you under age 25 without a job or high school diploma? If so, SA Youth can help. Our YouthBuild program seeks young adults ages 16 to 24 who have quit school or need workforce training to get a good job. Don't give up. Opportunity awaits, and it's free! Call us at 223-3131 ext. 205 to sign up and experience lifelong success today. Call 223-3131 ext. 205CHANGE A 




Did you know, there are nearly 30,000 children in Texas’ foster care system? For more than 70 years, BCFS Health and Human Services has built loving families through foster care and adoption. As a foster parent through BCFS-San Antonio, you can make a REAL DIFFERENCE in the life of a child who needs your love and compassion .Foster parents receive a monthly stipend to care for each child, AND foster parents receive 24/7 support from BCFS. Visit – that’s – to see how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child TODAY! 




Save Newborns Now 


The most dangerous day for a baby is the first day of life. Babies born in poverty zones are dying from infections…pneumonia…malnutrition. But they don’t have to die. For nearly 60 years, Project HOPE has been working around the world. Training local healthcare workers. Delivering medicines and medical supplies. Giving newborns the healthy start they need to survive and thrive. Make sure her first day of life is not her last. To volunteer or learn more about Project HOPE, visit


Holiday Boat Caroling Presented by The South Texas Ford Dealers 


Sing in the holidays by caroling from a boat on the River Walk! Celebrate the timeless tradition of spreading joy with a San Antonio twist. Charter a private caroling boat and bask in the glow of 100,000 Christmas lights. Caroling begins November 30th and runs through December 21st. Beginning at eight dollars a person, this is an affordable holiday tradition! River caroling is great fun for friends and family, coworkers, church groups, neighbors, and clients. Register for your private caroling boat today at The-San-Antonio-River-Walk-dot-com.

























































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