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Siclovia: Spring 2013

Siclovia experienced a great turnout of families, dogs, adults and teens. The City closed Broadway to motorized vehicles from Alamo Plaza to Mulberry Street for five hours on Sunday, April 7. Participants at the free event were able to move freely in the street and participate in fun exercise activities in parks and parking lots along the route. Participants used many different types of wheeled transportation including a variety of bicycles, skateboards, unicycles, tricycles, scooters and a few contraptions that were new to me. Reclovia stops along Broadway included a yoga class, an aerobics dance class, bands, information booths and children’s activities. The next Siclovia is September 29, 2013.

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B.I.S.H. Foundation 2nd annual Santa Antonio 5K run/walk

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From left: Darlene Gonzalez, Founder and President of the Foundation; my friend Pattie McGlinchey, 1st in her age group; and Adrian Gonzalez, Vice-President of the Foundation

San Antonio hosts a lot of 5K run/walks to raise money for good causes.  One such run/walk was organized by some friends and held this last weekend.  The B.I.S.H. (Belivers Inspiring Survivors for Hope) Foundation held its 2nd annual Santa Antonio 5K run/walk on December 1.  Over 500 people ran (or walked) to raise $17,000 to benefit cancer research.   Each runner was given a Santa suit to wear during the run. Prior to the race DJ Peter Ray energized us with funky Christmas music.   After the run numerous food and beverage tables were dispensed complimentary coffee, tamales, pizza, pasta, fruit and beer.  The Rick Cavendar Band  entertained participants following announcements of results and door prizes.  The race started at Sunset Station and meandered through the east side and north downtown.  The event was a lot of fun and raised money for a good cause.  I can’t wait to participate again next year.

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The Smokehouse and a Missions baseball game

Saturday evening I took in a San Antonio Missions baseball game with my husband and another couple.  We stopped for dinner before the game at The Smokehouse.  The Smokehouse is located near IH-10 east at the intersection of Roland and Rigsby.  Our BBQ plates were inexpensive and the service was fast.  By the time we finished paying around $20 for two plates and two teas our food was ready at the next window.  In addition to plates they sell sandwiches and meat by the pound.  I enjoyed the ribs, beans and potato salad.  They will give you a small container of extra sauce but you need to ask for it.

Ordering area

Rib plate

After dinner we got back on the highway for a short trip to the Missions stadium.  They cheerfully processed my Groupon which included four lower-level tickets, parking and a photo with Ballapeno.  We sat near first base which saw a lot of action during the close game.  The Mission games are very family-friendly with lots of children enjoying pictures with the mascots, games, inflatables, playing in the grassy area and, of course, trying to catch foul balls.  After the Missions’ victory we watched the fireworks show over the scoreboard.

Henry the Puffy Taco mascot

Tricycle races

Pictures

Saturday fireworks show

Ceremonial first pitch

UTSA Football Vs. McMurry

Following are some photos from the September 10th UTSA football game at the Alamodome.  I got a new camera and couldn’t resist taking lots of pictures.

RockerDogz at Sunset Station

Football players enter the field

Band's half-time show

Mariachi performers

Giant flag unfurled at half-time

Hamster ball game

UTSA Kicks Off First Football Season

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) kicked off their first football season last Saturday afternoon with a bang at the Alamodome.  Everything that makes football fun  for me was there – a marching band, cheerleaders, mascot, flags, fireworks and 56,743 fans.  Enthusiastic fans began arriving early in the morning to set up tailgating tents with grills and coolers. Around 10:30 am the football players got off their bus at the corner of Hoefgen and Gonzales streets  and were met by fans, cheerleaders and the band.

Football players exiting bus before the game

On the football field a pre-game show featuring the band, flags and fireworks got the crowd roaring. The cheering continued as UTSA won the coin toss. The marching band came back onto the field at half-time for a rousing performance and then the fans practiced a cheer.  The football game wasn’t very close (UTSA won easily) but I had a lot of fun watching the band, cheerleaders and the fans.

Pre-game festivities in Sunset Station

UTSA’s next home football game is this Saturday, September 10, at 1 pm against McMurry University.  Come out and join the fun!

Tailgating before the game

St. Paul’s Square

When I first moved to San Antonio in 1987 I worked for a city development agency located in St. Paul’s Square.  Now 20+ years later I’m back, living nearby.  The area is much quieter now that the trains no longer blow their horns as they pass through.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Prime Bar

The historical district seems to be on the verge of becoming a popular destination for tourists and locals.  Hopefully the influx of UTSA football fans beginning this Saturday will increase the visibility of the area.

Sunset Depot (built 1902)

Entertainment options in St. Paul Square includes shows at the Cameo Theatre and live music at Sunset Station. Restaurants in the district include Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Aldaco’s Sunset Station. Prime Bar and Alibis’ Sports & Spirits provide drink specials and outside patios.  VIA’s yellow trolley line and the Hop On Hop Off tour bus make regular trips from downtown to St. Paul Square.  Amtrak passenger trains depart from the station located between Sunset Station and the Alamodome.

Texas Born Musicians Mural

It would be great to have more restaurants open in St. Paul Square.  I would love to patronize a small pizza place or a homey bookstore/cafe in the neighborhood.

Cameo Theatre

San Antonio B-cycle

On top the Hayes Street bridge

I tried out the new San Antonio B-cycle program on Sunday afternoon.  Under the “early adopter” program you can join for $25 per year and then check out a bike from 14 stations downtown.  The first 30 minutes is free and then it is $2 for each additional 30 minutes. 

View of the Ellis Alley kiosk from the 13th floor of the Vidorra

Sunday I checked out a bike in front of the Vidorra condominiums near St. Paul Square (Ellis Alley on the B-cycle map).   I took one 30-minute ride to the San Antonio Art Museum with a side trip up to the top of the Hayes Street pedestrian bridge.  After walking through the museum and getting a drink of water I checked out a bike and rode to the Alamo.  Then realizing my 30 minutes was almost up I hurried back to the Vidorra station. 

Pumped up bike rider ready to hit the road

The bikes are very sturdy and easy to ride.  The front basket was the perfect size for my camera bag.  The 30 minute time period suits my biking attention span.  It helps if you can ride and talk since all along my route people asked me how the bike share program worked.  Several people expressed amazement that San Antonio was on the cutting edge of something involving bicycles. 

You can log onto your B-cycle account on the website and see how many miles you have ridden.  My two 30-minute rides totaled eight mile and 324 calories which was exciting.  I’m sure I will fall off the “leaderboard” quickly but for now I rank #6 in the city for most miles ridden.  And yes, there’s an app for that:  If you have an iPhone, there’s a b-share app that allows you to see where the kiosks are are in town, and how many bikes are available right now at any given station.  This my friends is the future of urban commuting, and we are the first city in Texas to get the program!

B-share bikes in front of that famous downtown landmark