San Antonio Food Bank at Il Forno

I wanted to reach out and invite you to a pet food drive and benefit for the San Antonio Food Bank at Il Forno! At the event, attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs and a bag of dog food to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank. There will be cartoons playing a fresh pizza cookin’! Also during the event, 20% of the day’s proceeds go to San Antonio Food Bank to help the elderly service their pets.

Help the San Antonio Food Bank by and enjoying great food and drinks with your favorite furry friends. We would love for you to attend and share this fun event with your followers! Please let me know if you plan to attend. I am attaching more information below. Thanks!

The deets:

Who: Il Forno + You + Your Pup!

What: Pet food drive and 20% of day’s proceeds go to San Antonio Food Bank to help elderly pet owners

When:  Saturday, 2/24 from 12pm – 6pm

Where: Il Forno, 122 Nogalitos, San Antonio, Texas 78204

Parking: Street and church lot across the street

Price: Menu item prices vary, all under $20

Requests: We would love for you to highlight the event on your social media channels, posting photos of the event, drinks, food, your pup, etc. Most importantly we would like you to enjoy the event!

Il Forno:

122 Nogalitos

San Antonio, Texas 78204

www.ilfornosa.com

210-616-2198

Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Happy Hour:

Tuesday – Friday: 3:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m

Social:

Facebook: facebook.com/Il-Forno

Instagram: @ilfornosa

ABOUT IL FORNO:

Presented by chef-owner Michael Sohocki, Il Forno is San Antonio’s newest brick oven pizza restaurant that is already being called the best place to get pizza in the city.  With housemade coppa, prosciutto, pepperoni among other meats, along with housemade cheeses and sauces and vegetables purchased from local farmers, a pizza fresh from the fire at Il Forno will change the way you think about the humble pie. Come for the pizza, but save room for the antipasto and local beer and wine. With a casual and warm ambiance and food this good, this new hotspot will quickly make you a regular.

Getaway 5K/10K Promo Code

Getaway 5K/10K Promo Code

Register now!  Get 15% off with the promocode: GetawayAgent06

Register the Family and Race!

  • Who:  Anyone can register! No matter what your age, you’re sure to have a good time. The event will feature a timed 10K and 5K, and a fun run designed especially for the kids. You can run, walk or skip the course.
  • What: 5k or 10k Getaway Race for the Family
  • Where:  Mission County Park 1, San Antonio, TX | 6030 Padre Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214
  • When:  Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sun, Fun, Run! Escape to the Getaway 5K/10K. This experience is designed for the entire family. No matter what your age, you’re sure to have a good time. The event will feature a timed 10K and 5K, and a fun run designed especially for the kids. You can run, walk or skip the course. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re moving! The fun begins before the race, continues on the course and culminates in our beach-themed post-race celebration which will include vendors, music, food & beverage and a play area for kids. 10K participants will receive a quarter zip jacket, while 5K and Kids Fun Run participants will receive an event shirt. 10K and 5K finishers will received a specially designed finisher’s medal. The Getaway 5K/10K will be fun for everyone!

Race supporters:

There will be post-race snacks for runners including water, Gatorade, fruit, chips, bars, etc. For non-participants and spectators there will be some food for purchase. There will be fun and interactive games for kids, entertainment including an inflatable bounce house, a face painter, live music and plenty of prizes and giveaways for participants!

Swag Life

In addition to receiving the opportunity of running a 5k or 10k in beautiful San Antonio, each participant will receive the following with their registration:

  • 10k 1/4 zip jacket or 5k cotton t-shirt
    • 1/4 zip will feature an embroidered  logo, thumbholes, mock neck to protect against elements, and a back zipper pocket to hold items while you run.
    • All other race levels (5K and Kids Fun Run) will receive a race t-shirt as their premium.
  • Race-specific medal (kids fun run received 5k medals) featuring our eye-catching logo and doubling as a bottle opener and magnet
  • 2 free beers (21+ only)
  • 2 free tacos
  • Free 8oz shaved ice in Getaway 5k/10k color-changing cup

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2018 Texas Primary Election

2018 Texas Primary Election

The primary elections are held across the country, most started in May through the end of the Summer.  Texas and Illinois are the only states who have primary elections in March! These elections are used by political parties to select candidates who will run for partisan offices on the general election ballot (November 6, 2018.)

Timeline to Primary Elections on March, 6, 2018

2018_Texas_Primary_Elections_Infographic

 

Who’s on the ballot?

The legislative seats include US senators and representatives, State senators and representatives, governor, and statewide officials.  There might also be people running for city positions in your local elections.

See who’s on the ballot here.  You can filter by Party (Democratic and Republican) and County.

Office Term

United States Senator

  • Ted Cruz
6 yr. term
All 36 United States Representatives 2 yr. term
Governor 4 yr. term
Lieutenant Governor 4 yr. term
Attorney General 4 yr. term
Comptroller of Public Accounts 4 yr. term
Commissioner of General Land Office 4 yr. term
Commissioner of Agriculture 4 yr. term

Railroad Commissioners

  • Christi Craddick
6 yr. term

3 members of the Supreme Court

  • Don Willett, Place 2
  • John Devine, Place 4
  • Jeff Brown, Place 6
6 yr. term

3 members of the Court of Criminal Appeals

  • Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge, Place 1
  • Barbara Parker Hervey, Place 7
  • Elsa Alcala, Place 8
6 yr. term

7 Members, State Board of Education

  • Ruben Cortez Jr., District 2
  • Marisa Perez, District 3
  • Lawrence A. Allen Jr., District 4
  • David Bradley, District 7
  • Patricia “Pat” Hardy, District 11
  • Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, District 12
  • Erika Beltran, District 13
4 yr. term

15 State Senators

  • Bob Hall, District 2
  • Robert Nichols, District 3
  • Charles Schwertner, District 5
  • Paul Bettencourt, District 7
  • Van Taylor, District 8
  • Kelly Hancock, District 9
  • Konni Burton, District 10
  • Kirk Watson, District 14
  • John Whitmire, District 15
  • Don Huffines, District 16
  • Joan Huffman, District 17
  • Royce West, District 23
  • Donna Campbell, District 25
  • Craig Estes, District 30
  • Kel Seliger, District 31
4 yr. term
All 150 State Representatives 2 yr. term

5 Chief Justice of Courts of Appeals

  • Terrie Livingston, 2nd Court of Appeals
  • Carolyn Wright, 5th Court of Appeals
  • Tom Gray, 10th Court of Appeals
  • Jim R. Wright, 11th Court of Appeals
  • Roy Valdez, 13th Court of Appeals
6 yr. term
Various Court of Appeals Justices 6 yr. term
Various District Judges 4 yr. term
Various Criminal District Judges 4 yr. term
Various Family District Judges 4 yr. term
District Attorneys 4 yr. term
Criminal District Attorney 4 yr. term
County Judge 4 yr. term
County Court at Law 4 yr. term
Judge, County Court-at-Law 4 yr. term
Judge, County Criminal Ct. 4 yr. term
Judge, County Probate Ct. 4 yr. term
District Clerk 4 yr. term
District & County Clerk 4 yr. term
County Clerk 4 yr. term
County Treasurer 4 yr. term
County Surveyor 4 yr. term
County Commissioners 4 yr. term
Justices of the Peace 4 yr. term
Constable 4 yr. term

Are you registered to vote?

Note the dates below, the last day to register to vote is February 5, 2018 (which is coming up pretty quickly!) . You can either print and mail in a voter registration application OR request online a voter registration postage-paid application from your voter registrar.

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Check if you’re already registered to vote.

Military

If you’re in the military, registered to vote in Texas and currently stationed outside of the county, find out how to vote here.

Harvey Evacuees

If you were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and are displaced, lost your voters registration card, IDs, or need more information, please check out details that are being updated here.

Bexar County Residents

Learn all about voting in Bexar County here.

Bexar county residents will be asked to vote on the following positions and candidates:

  1. U. S. Senator
  2. U. S. Representative District 20
  3. U. S. Representative District 21
  4. U. S. Representative District 23
  5. U. S. Representative District 28
  6. U. S. Representative District 35
  7. Governor
  8. Lieutenant Governor
  9. Attorney General
  10. Comptroller of Public Accounts
  11. Commissioner of the General Land Office
  12. Commissioner of Agriculture
  13. Railroad Commissioner
  14. Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2
  15. Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4
  16. Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6
  17. Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
  18. Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7
  19. Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8
  20. Member, State Board of Education, District 3
  21. State Senator, District 25
  22. State Representative District 116
  23. State Representative District 117
  24. State Representative District 118
  25. State Representative District 119
  26. State Representative District 120
  27. State Representative District 121
  28. State Representative District 122
  29. State Representative District 123
  30. State Representative District 124
  31. State Representative District 125
  32. Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 2
  33. Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 3
  34. Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 4
  35. Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 5
  36. Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 7
  37. District Judge, 45th Judicial District
  38. District Judge, 144th Judicial District
  39. District Judge, 150th Judicial District
  40. District Judge, 186th Judicial District
  41. District Judge, 187th Judicial District
  42. District Judge, 224th Judicial District
  43. District Judge, 225th Judicial District
  44. District Judge, 226th Judicial District
  45. District Judge, 227th Judicial District
  46. District Judge, 285th Judicial District
  47. District Judge, 288th Judicial District
  48. District Judge, 289th Judicial District
  49. District Judge, 290th Judicial District
  50. District Judge, 436th Judicial District
  51. District Judge, 437th Judicial District
  52. Criminal District Attorney Bexar County
  53. County Judge
  54. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.1
  55. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.10
  56. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.11
  57. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.12
  58. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.13
  59. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.14
  60. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.15
  61. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.2
  62. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.3
  63. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.4
  64. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.5
  65. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.6
  66. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.7
  67. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.8
  68. Judge, County Court-at-Law No.9
  69. Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.1
  70. Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.2
  71. District Clerk
  72. County Clerk
  73. County Commissioner Pct.2
  74. County Commissioner Pct.4
  75. Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.1
  76. Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.2
  77. Justice of the Peace Pct.3 Place.1
  78. Justice of the Peace Pct.4 Place.1
Office Sought Ballot Name Party Mailing Address Filing Status Email
U. S. Senator Beto O’Rourke DEM 500 West Overland, Ste. 250-M El Paso, TX 79901 Filed
U. S. Senator Bruce Jacobson, Jr. REP P.O. Box 820531 North Richland Hills, TX 76182 Filed brucefortexas@gmail.com
U. S. Senator Edward Kimbrough DEM P.O. Box 1833 Houston, TX 77251 Filed ewkimbro@ari201.com
U. S. Senator Geraldine Sam REP P.O. Box 1800 LaMarque, TX 77568 Filed
U. S. Senator Mary Miller REP 8802 Point West Dr. Austin, TX 78759 Filed marysenate2018@gmail.com
U. S. Senator Sema Hernandez DEM 609 Heron Lane Pasadena, TX 77502 Filed semafortexas@gmail.com
U. S. Senator Stefano de Stefano REP Filed
U. S. Senator Ted Cruz REP PO Box 25376 Houston, TX 77265 Filed ted@tedcruz.org
U. S. Representative District 20 Joaquin Castro DEM P.O. Box 544 San Antonio, TX 78292 Filed Joaquin@CastroforCongress.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Al M. Poteet REP PO Box 2213 Johnson City, TX 78636 Filed Poteet4Congress@outlook.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Anthony J. White REP 136 Cool Rock Boerne, TX 78006 Filed anthonyjwhiteforcongress@gmail.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Autry J. Pruitt REP 6800 Westgate Blvd. 132-274 Austin, TX 78745 Filed autry@autryfortexas.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Chip Roy REP 6705 W. Highway 290 Suite 50295 Austin, TX 78735 Filed chip@chiproy.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Derrick Crowe DEM P.O. Box 908 Manchaca, TX 78652 Filed dc@electcrowe.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Elliott McFadden DEM P.O. Box 40547 Austin, TX 78704 Filed info@mcfaddenfortx21.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Eric Burkhart REP 237 Legacy Ridge Canyon Lake, TX 78133 Filed mainzac1@gmail.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Foster Hagen REP P.O. Box 673 Austin, TX 78761 Filed
U. S. Representative District 21 Francisco “Quico” Canseco REP 19 Jackson Court San Antonio, TX 78230 Filed fquico@yahoo.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Ivan Andarza REP 611 South Congress, Suite 210 Austin, TX 78704 Filed
U. S. Representative District 21 Jason Isaac REP 4301 W William Cannon Dr. Suite B-150 PMB274 Austin, TX 78749 Filed Team@IsaacForTexas.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Jenifer Sarver REP 3005 S. Lamar Boulevard, Suite D-109 #134 Austin, TX 78704 Filed jenifer@sarverfortexas.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Joseph Kopser DEM P.O. Box 701711 San Antonio, TX 78232 Filed joseph@josephkopser.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Mary Street Wilson DEM 606 West Lynn #24 Austin, TX 78703 Filed electmarywilson@gmail.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Matt McCall REP Filed
U. S. Representative District 21 Mauro Garza REP P.O. Box 461229 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed maurogarza@maurogarzaforcongress.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Peggy Wardlaw REP 19910 Park Ranch San Antonio, TX 78259 Filed peggy@votepeggy.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Robert Stovall REP PO Box 460185 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed campaign@robertstovall.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Ryan Krause REP 755 Loop 337, Suite E New Braunfels, TX 78130 Filed ryan@krause4u.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Samuel Temple REP 2715 Woodley San Antonio, TX 78232 Filed samuelrtemple@gmail.com
U. S. Representative District 21 Susan Narvaiz REP 1308 East Common Street Suite 205-54 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Filed info@susanforcongress.com
U. S. Representative District 21 William Negley REP P.O. Box 90118 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed wwnegley21@gmail.com
U. S. Representative District 23 Alma Arredondo-Lynch REP PO Box 156 Concan, TX 78838 Filed dralma2018@gmail.com
U. S. Representative District 23 Angela “Angie” Villescaz DEM 243 Mulberry St. Uvalde, TX 78801 Filed
U. S. Representative District 23 Gina Ortiz Jones DEM P.O. Box 769186 San Antonio, TX 782454 Filed info@ginaortizjones.com
U. S. Representative District 23 Jay Hulings DEM 1150 N. Loop 1604 W, Ste. 108-230 San Antonio, TX 78248 Filed jay@jayhulings.com
U. S. Representative District 23 Judy Canales DEM 4007 McCullough Ave. #298 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed Judy@JudyCanales.org
U. S. Representative District 23 Rick Treviño DEM P.O. Box 5362 San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed rick@rickfor23.com
U. S. Representative District 23 Will Hurd REP P.O. Box 761029 San Antonio, TX 78245 Filed will@hurdforcongress.com
U. S. Representative District 28 Henry Cuellar DEM P O Box 6147 Laredo, TX 78045 Filed
U. S. Representative District 35 David Smalling REP P.O. Box 357 Maxwell, TX 78656 Filed david@davidsmallingforcongress.com
U. S. Representative District 35 Lloyd Doggett DEM P.O. Box 5843 Austin, TX 78763 Filed
U. S. Representative District 35 Sherrill Kenneth (SK) Alexander REP 2110 West Slaughter Ste 107-516 Austin, TX 78748 Filed campaign@skforcongress.com
Governor Adrian Ocegueda DEM P.O. Box 814022 Dallas, TX 75381 Filed info@texasreason.com
Governor Andrew White DEM P.O. Box 22043 Houston, TX 77227 Filed andrew@andrewwhite.com
Governor Barbara Krueger REP 3837 Wintergreen Dr. Plano, TX 75074 Filed barbkrueger@yahoo.com
Governor Cedric Davis, Sr. DEM P.O. Box 800581 BalchSprings, TX 75180 Filed bluecollarworker4txgov@gmail.com
Governor Demetria Smith DEM 2727 Synott, Apt. 2210 Houston, TX 77082 Rejected dsmith9550@yahoo.com
Governor Grady Yarbrough DEM 14937 FM 2661 Flint, TX 75762 Filed grady.yarbrough@yahoo.com
Governor Greg Abbott REP P.O. Box 308 Austin, TX 78767 Filed info@gregabbott.com
Governor James Jolly Clark DEM 5836 Terravista Austin, TX 78735 Filed
Governor Jeffrey Payne DEM P.O. Box 820038 Dallas, TX 75382 Filed J.Payne@Jeffrey4Texas.com
Governor Joe Mumbach DEM P.O. Box 36724 Houston, TX 77236 Filed joe@joefortexas.us
Governor Lupe Valdez DEM P.O. Box 227501 Dallas, TX 75222 Filed info@lupevaldez.com
Governor SECEDE Kilgore REP 330 Las Colinas Blvd E #352 Irving, TX 75039 Filed secede@secedekilgore.com
Governor Tom Wakely DEM P.O. Box 701663 San Antonio, TX 78270 Filed tom@texansfortom.com
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick REP 1 E Greenway Plz Ste 225 Houston, TX 77046 Filed
Lieutenant Governor Michael Cooper DEM P.O. Box 33041 Fort Worth, TX 76162 Filed michael@vote4coopertexas.com
Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier DEM P.O. Box 14648 Humble, TX 77347 Filed mikec@collierfortexas.com
Lieutenant Governor Scott Milder REP P.O. Box 1252 Rockwall, TX 75087 Filed scott@scottmilder4txlg.com
Attorney General Justin Nelson DEM PO, Box 301926 Austin, TX 78703 Filed info@nelsonfortexas.com
Attorney General Ken Paxton REP 5613 South Woodcreek Circle McKinney, TX 75071 Filed
Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar REP P.O. Box 1008 Katy, TX 77492 Filed glennhegar@yahoo.com
Comptroller of Public Accounts Joi Chevalier DEM P.O. Box 10226 Austin, TX 78766 Filed info@joifortexas.com
Comptroller of Public Accounts Tim Mahoney DEM P.O. Box 2360 Austin, TX 78768 Filed Tim@Tim4Comptroller.com
Commissioner of the General Land Office Davey Edwards REP PO Box 1533 Decatur, TX 76234 Filed davey4texas@gmail.com
Commissioner of the General Land Office George P. Bush REP P.O. Box 26677 Austin, TX 78755 Filed teamp@georgepfortexas.com
Commissioner of the General Land Office Jerry Patterson REP 10210 Pinehurst Drive Austin, TX 78747 Filed jerrypattersonfortexas@gmail.com
Commissioner of the General Land Office Miguel Suazo DEM P.O. Box 341527 Austin, TX 78734 Filed info@miguelsuazo.org
Commissioner of the General Land Office Rick Range REP PO Box 364 Sherman, TX 75091 Filed rickrange702@yahoo.com
Commissioner of the General Land Office Tex Morgan DEM 110 E. Houston St., 7th Floor San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed votetexmorgan@gmail.com
Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Hogan REP 2917 Co. Rd 423 Cleburne, TX 76031 Filed jim.hogan51@yahoo.com
Commissioner of Agriculture Kim Olson DEM P.O. Box 615 Mineral Wells, TX 76068 Filed info@kimolson4txag.com
Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller REP 6407 Hwy 377 Stephenville, TX 76401 Filed millerfortexas@gmail.com
Commissioner of Agriculture Trey Blocker REP 1405 E. Main St. # 200274 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Filed trey@treyblocker.com
Railroad Commissioner Chris Spellmon DEM 10414 Royal Oaks Houston, TX 77016 Filed ccspas@msn.com
Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick REP 3112 Windsor, A-505 Austin, TX 78703 Filed info@christicraddick.com
Railroad Commissioner Roman McAllen DEM 2102 Kayewood Dr. Denton, TX 76209 Filed romanmcallen@gmail.com
Railroad Commissioner Weston Martinez REP 14427 Brook Hollow, Suite 312 San Antonio, TX 78232 Filed info@westonfortexas.com
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 Jimmy Blacklock REP P.O. Box 1588 Austin, TX 78767 Filed
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 Steven Kirkland DEM P.O. Box 2752 Houston, TX 77252 Filed info@judgestevenkirkland.com
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 John Devine REP PO Box 342215 Austin, TX 78738 Filed johndevine1@mac.com
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 R.K. Sandill DEM P.O. Box 56386 Houston, TX 77256 Filed rksandill@judgesandill.com
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Jeff Brown REP P.O. Box 300550 Austin, TX 78703 Filed info@justicejeffbrown.com
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Kathy Cheng DEM 2425 West Loop South, Ste. 200 Houston, TX 77027 Filed info@chengforjustice.com
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals David Bridges REP P.O. Box 553 Fate, TX 75132 Filed judgeDLB@msn.com
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Maria T. (Terri) Jackson DEM P.O. Box 627 Houston, TX 77001 Filed maria.jcksn@gmail.com
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller REP P.O. Box 5873 Austin, TX 78763 Filed
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Barbara Parker Hervey REP 217 Ardengrove San Antonio, TX 78215 Filed
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Ramona Franklin DEM 1814 Usher Court Katy, TX 77449 Filed judgeramonafranklin@gmail.com
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Dib Waldrip REP 1659 State Hwy. 46 West Suite 115 #515 New Braunfels, TX 78132 Filed dibwaldrip@att.net
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Jay Brandon REP P.O. Box 6764 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed jaybrandonlawyer@gmail.com
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Michelle Slaughter REP P.O. Box 3384 Galveston, TX 77552 Filed 405thjudge@gmail.com
Member, State Board of Education, District 3 Dan Arellano DEM 3550 South Gevers #714 San Antonio, TX 78210 Filed danarellano47@att.net
Member, State Board of Education, District 3 Marisa B. Perez DEM P.O. Box 1055 Converse, TX 78109 Filed marisa@marisabperez.com
State Senator, District 25 Donna Campbell REP PO Box 171002 San Antonio, TX 78217 Filed
State Senator, District 25 Jack Guerra DEM P.O. Box 90715 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed jackguerra4txsenatedist25@yahoo.com
State Senator, District 25 Shannon K. McClendon REP 1302 Overland Stage Road, Suite 200 Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Filed shannon@shannon4senate.com
State Senator, District 25 Steven Kling DEM P.O. Box 1541 Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Filed steve@klingtx25.org
State Representative District 116 Diana Arévalo DEM P.O. Box 100431 San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed diana@dianaarevalo.com
State Representative District 116 Fernando Padron REP 5055 Von Scheele Dr. 128 San Antonio, TX 78229 Filed fjpadron35@gmail.com
State Representative District 116 Trey Martinez Fischer DEM 104 Babcock San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed tmf116@gmail.com
State Representative District 117 Carlos Antonio Raymond REP 8054 Silver Grove San Antonio, TX 78254 Filed survivor0253@aol.com
State Representative District 117 Michael Berlanga REP 4110 Greensboro San Antonio, TX 78229 Filed michael@re-now.net
State Representative District 117 Philip Cortez DEM 7919 Liberty Island San Antonio, TX 78227 Filed
State Representative District 117 Terisha DeDeaux DEM 12710 Point Crest San Antonio, TX 78253 Filed terishadedeaux@gmail.com
State Representative District 118 John Lujan REP 20003 FM 1937 San Antonio, TX 78221 Filed john.lujan@ylconsulting.com
State Representative District 118 Leo Pacheco DEM 639 Kopplow San Antonio, TX 78221 Filed leo78221@sbcglobal.net
State Representative District 118 Tomas Uresti DEM 243 Creath Place San Antonio, TX 78221 Filed tomasuresti@gmail.com
State Representative District 119 Roland Gutierrez DEM 1426 Napier San Antonio, TX 78214 Filed info@rolandgutierrez.com
State Representative District 120 Barbara Gervin-Hawkins DEM P.O. Box 39602 San Antonio, TX 78218 Filed bhawkins@2fastmail.com
State Representative District 120 Ronald Payne REP 5922 Linda Vista San Antonio, TX 78218 Filed
State Representative District 121 Adrian Spears REP 2834 Sierra Salinas San Antonio, TX 78259 Filed adrian@sierraspears.com
State Representative District 121 Carlton Soules REP P.O. Box 34750 San Antonio, TX 78265 Filed
State Representative District 121 Celina D. Montoya DEM P.O. Box 6048 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed celina@celinamontoya.org
State Representative District 121 Charlotte Williamson REP 5150 Broadway #293 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed charlottew198@yahoo.com
State Representative District 121 Marc K. Whyte REP 1045 Cheever Blvd, Suite 103 San Antonio, TX 78217 Filed mwhyte@whytepllc.com
State Representative District 121 Matt Beebe REP 70 NE Loop 410 #755 San Antonio, TX 78216 Filed matt@votebeebe.com
State Representative District 121 Steve Allison REP 200 Morningside Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed sallison@jeffersoncano.com
State Representative District 122 Chris Fails REP 237 Mecca Drive Hollywood Park, TX 78232 Filed chrisfails@aol.com
State Representative District 122 Claire Barnett DEM 2922 Meadow Thrush St. San Antonio, TX 78231 Filed voteclairebarnett@gmail.com
State Representative District 122 Lyle Larson REP P.O. Box 171148 San Antonio, TX 78217 Filed lyle@lylelarson.org
State Representative District 123 Diego Bernanl DEM P.O. Box 15677 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed Diego.Bernal@house.texas.gov
State Representative District 123 Robert C. Escobedo DEM 458 Cumberland Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78204 Withdrew
State Representative District 124 Ina Minjarez DEM P.O. Box 769413 San Antonio, TX 78245 Filed vote4ina@gmail.com
State Representative District 124 Johnny S. Arredondo REP 7518 Stagecoach San Antonio, TX 78227 Filed
State Representative District 124 Sergio Contreras DEM 843 SW 40th San Antonio, TX 78237 Filed Serg84340@yahoo.com
State Representative District 125 Justin Rodriguez DEM 1423 Hillcrest Drive San Antonio, TX 78228 Filed
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 2 Beth Watkins DEM 926 Chulie Dr. San Antonio, TX 78216 Filed Beth@Beth4Justice.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 2 Marialyn Barnard REP P.O. Box 90746 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed marialyn.barnard@gmail.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 Jason Pulliam REP P.O. Box 460564 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed jpull1@aol.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 Patricia O’Connell Alvarez DEM P.O. Box 830001 San Antonio, TX 78283 Filed patricia@justicalvarez.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 4 Luz Elena Chapa DEM P.O. Box 460053 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed luzelenachapa@gmail.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 4 Patrick Ballantyne REP PO Box 90345 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed justiceballantyne@gmail.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 5 Liza Rodriguez DEM 1923 Culebra Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 5 Rebecca Simmons REP P.O. Box 12408 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed rs@simmonsforjustice.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 7 Rebeca Martinez DEM P.O. Box 831726 San Antonio, TX 78283 Filed rebeca@rebeca4judge.com
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 7 Shane Stolarczyk REP 234 West Bandera Rd., No. 120 Boerne, TX 78006 Filed shane@shane4justice.com
District Judge, 45th Judicial District Mary Lou Alvarez DEM 206 Locust San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed maryloualvarezforjudge@gmail.com
District Judge, 45th Judicial District Stephani Walsh REP 411 So Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed
District Judge, 144th Judicial District Lorina Rummel REP 306 Branch Oak Way Shavano Park, TX 78230 Filed JLRummel@sbcglobal.net
District Judge, 144th Judicial District Ray J. Olivarri DEM 107 Waydele Circle San Antonio, TX 78213 Filed olivarrilaw@Aol.com
District Judge, 150th Judicial District Monique Diaz DEM P.O. Box 90883 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed monique@moniquediazforjudge.com
District Judge, 150th Judicial District Renee Yanta REP P.O. Box 15438 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed renee.yanta@gmail.com
District Judge, 186th Judicial District Jefferson Moore REP 300 Dolorosa, Suite 3097 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed campaign@electjeffersonmoore.com
District Judge, 187th Judicial District Jan Ischy-Prins REP 5150 Broadway #413 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed Jan4Judge@gmail.com
District Judge, 187th Judicial District Joey Contreras REP PO Box 782272 San Antonio, TX 78278 Filed joeycntrrs@yahoo.com
District Judge, 187th Judicial District Karl Alexander REP 25531 Painted Rock San Antonio, TX 78255 Filed
District Judge, 187th Judicial District Stephanie R. Boyd DEM 405 N. St. Mary’s St., Suite 1030 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed srboyd@sbcglobal.net
District Judge, 187th Judicial District Veronica I. Legarreta REP P. O. Box 12157 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed vilegarreta@yahoo.com
District Judge, 187th Judicial District Virginia E. Maurer REP 1515 N. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78215 Filed maurerlaw@live.com
District Judge, 224th Judicial District Cathleen “Cathy” Stryker REP P.O. Box 782063 San Antonio, TX 78230 Filed Cathystryker@yahoo.com
District Judge, 225th Judicial District Lynette Boggs-Perez REP P. O. Box 729 Converse, TX 78109 Rejected
District Judge, 225th Judicial District Peter Sakai DEM P.O. Box 15395 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed judgepetersakai@gmail.com
District Judge, 226th Judicial District David P. Martin REP P. O. Box 831256 San Antonio, TX 78283 Filed dmartinforjudge@yahoo.com
District Judge, 226th Judicial District Joel Perez DEM 111 Soledad St. #300 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed joel@joelperezlaw.com
District Judge, 226th Judicial District Kristen Mulliner REP 628 S. St Mary’s St., Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed kristen@mulliner.com
District Judge, 226th Judicial District Libby Wiedermann REP 206 E. Locust St San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed libby@libbyforjudge.com
District Judge, 226th Judicial District Todd McCray REP P. O. Box 830804 San Antonio, TX 78283 Filed htmcc@msn.com
District Judge, 226th Judicial District Velia J. Meza DEM 506 Jackson Keller Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 Filed velia@veliameza.com
District Judge, 227th Judicial District Kevin M. O’Connell REP 12811 Kings Forest San Antonio, TX 78230 Filed koconnell92@yahoo.com
District Judge, 285th Judicial District Aaron Haas DEM 1202 Hallmark Drive, Suite 306 San Antonio, TX 78216 Filed aaronshaas@yahoo.com
District Judge, 285th Judicial District Richard Price REP P.O.Box 461346 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed Judgerichardprice@yahoo.com
District Judge, 288th Judicial District Aida Rojas DEM 19218 Bartlett Bay San Antonio, TX 78258 Filed aidarojas@aidarojaslaw.com
District Judge, 288th Judicial District Clint Lawson REP 755 E.Mulberry, Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed clint@clintlawson.com
District Judge, 288th Judicial District Cynthia Marie Chapa DEM 5149 Wurzbach San Antonio, TX 78238 Filed info@chapafor288.com
District Judge, 288th Judicial District Joseph P. Appelt REP 5825 Callaghan #104 San Antonio, TX 78228 Filed jpappelt@gmail.com
District Judge, 288th Judicial District Milton Fagin DEM P.O. Box 591429 San Antonio, TX 78259 Filed miltonfaginattorney@gmail.com
District Judge, 289th Judicial District Carlos Quezada DEM 322 E. Mayfield San Antonio, TX 78214 Filed
District Judge, 289th Judicial District Daphne Previti Austin REP P.O. Box 461021 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed dp@daphnepreviti.com
District Judge, 290th Judicial District Jennifer Peña DEM 110 W. Nueva San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed
District Judge, 290th Judicial District Melisa Skinner REP 1467 Blue Crest Ln San Antonio, TX 78232 Filed skinner.melisa@gmail.com
District Judge, 290th Judicial District Stephanie R. Brown DEM 3030 Rigsby San Antonio, TX 78222 Filed Reniselaw@gmail.com
District Judge, 436th Judicial District Lisa K. Jarrett REP P.O. Box 12746 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed lisajarrett436@aol.com
District Judge, 437th Judicial District Lori I. Valenzuela REP P. O. Box 702043 San Antonio, TX 78270 Filed lori@votevalenzuela.com
District Judge, 437th Judicial District Paul E. Vasquez DEM 25715 Clyde Rock Boerne, TX 78006 Withdrew Paulvasquez@hotmail.com
Criminal District Attorney Bexar County Joe Gonzales DEM 111 Soledad St., #300 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed gonzales4DA@gmail.com
Criminal District Attorney Bexar County Nicholas “Nico” LaHood DEM P.O. Box 12616 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed
Criminal District Attorney Bexar County Tylden Shaeffer REP 106 S. St Marys St. Suite 260 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed tylden@sbcglobal.net
County Judge Nelson W. Wolff DEM P.O. Box 830986 San Antonio, TX 78283 Filed nwolff@bexar.org
County Judge Tom Rickhoff REP 525 Moss Mount San Antonio, TX 78260 Filed
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.1 Helen Petry Stowe DEM 423 W. Mariposa San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed helenpetry@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.1 Jerry Kagan DEM 1600 Culebra San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed Hermunc@yahoo.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.1 John D. Fleming II REP P. O. Box 582918 San Antonio, TX 78259 Filed johnflem13@msn.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.1 Tony Jimenez, III. DEM 319 W. Huisache San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed Tonyjimenez3rd@yahoo.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.10 J. Frank Davis DEM 319 Rockhill Dr. San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed jfrankdavislaw@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.10 Karen Crouch REP 108 Lochaven Lane San Antonio, TX 78213 Filed
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.11 Christopher Cavazos DEM 27302 Dana Creek Boerne, TX 78015 Rejected c.cavazos@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.11 Tommy Stolhandske REP 1004 S. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.12 Scott Roberts REP 14911 Eminence San Antonio, TX 78248 Filed scott.roberts@bexar.org
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.12 Yolanda Huff DEM 1515 N.St. Mary’s Street San Antonio, TX 78215 Filed Yhuff@hotmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.13 Crystal Chandler REP P. O. Box 791004 San Antonio, TX 78279 Filed crystal@judgecrystalchandler.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.13 Rosie Gonzalez DEM 214 Dwyer Ave., Ste. 302 San Antonio, TX 78204 Filed rosie@rosiegonzalezattorney.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.14 Carlo Key DEM 315 Dwyer Ave. San Antonio, TX 78204 Filed Carlokey@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.14 Joseph Strickland REP 500 East Ashby Place San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed strickland4judge@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.14 Susan Skinner REP P.O. Box 12862 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed susanskinnerlawyer@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.15 Bob Behrens REP P.O. Box 830141 San Antoinio, TX 78283-0141 Filed bobforjudge15@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.15 Cesar Garcia DEM P.O. Box 692227 San Antonio, TX 78269 Filed cesargarciacampaign@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.15 Jessica Gonzalez REP 5150 Broadway St., Ste 247 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed jessicagonzalezforjudge@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.15 Melissa Vara DEM 1507 Frederricksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201 Filed votemelissavara@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.2 Grace M. Uzomba DEM 10004 Wurzbach Rd., #132 San Antonio, TX 78230 Filed grace4judge@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.2 Jason Wolff REP 8019 Cooper Mill San Antonio, TX 78255 Filed keepjudgewolff@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.3 Ashley Foster REP 2511 N. Loop 1604 W Suite 301 San Antonio, TX 78258 Filed ashley@fosterlawcenter.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.3 David J. Rodriguez DEM P.O. Box 460966 San Antonio, TX 78246 Filed JudgeDavidRodriguez@hotmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.3 Leslie Sachanowicz REP 508 Canterbury Hill San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed les.law@hotmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.4 Alfredo Ximenez DEM 604 E. Lachapelle St. San Antonio, TX 78204 Filed aximenezb@aol.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.4 Jason R. Garrahan REP 1210 Wooded Knoll San Antonio, TX 78258 Filed jason.garrahan@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.5 John Amos Longoria DEM 1807 Peterson San Antonio, TX 78224 Filed john@longoria.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.5 Julie Bray Patterson REP P.O. Box 6851 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed julieforjudge5@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.5 Linda Molina REP 111 Soledad Suite 300 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.6 Rochelle Acevedo DEM 1422 Buena Vista San Antonio, TX 78207 Rejected acevedolaw@yahoo.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.6 Wayne Christian REP 7750 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed judgewchristian@aol.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.7 Eugenia “Genie” Wright REP 142 Kennedy Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed geniejwright@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.7 Michael De Leon DEM 8111 Mainland, Suite 104197 San Antonio, TX 78240 Filed michael@deleonfprjudge.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.8 Celeste Brown REP 102 Prinz Drive San Antonio, TX 78213 Filed celeste@reelectjudgecelestebrown.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.8 Mary Roman DEM Not applicable Not applicable, TX 11111 Filed
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.9 Gloria Saldaña DEM P.O. Box 6047 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed judgesaldana@gmail.com
Judge, County Court-at-Law No.9 Walden Shelton REP 24165 IH10 W., # 217-124 San Antonio, TX 78527 Filed walden@wslaw.org
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.1 Anna Gordon Torres REP 14603 Huebner Road, Bldg 23 San Antonio, TX 78230 Filed anna@annatorreslaw.com
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.1 Kelly M. Cross REP P.O. Box 120024 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed reelectjudgekellycross@gmail.com
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.1 Oscar Kazen DEM 111 Soledad St. Ste.300 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed ojk.okay@gmail.com
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.2 Art Rossi REP P.O. Box 90106 750 Rittiman Rd San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed ajrossi@gmail.com
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.2 David G. Balmer REP 10107 McAllister Fwy San Antonio, TX 78216 Filed
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.2 Julie Hardaway REP 212 E. Nottingham San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed j.hardaway@att.net
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.2 Laura D. Heard REP 14607 San Pedro #205 San Antonio, TX 78232 Filed lauraheard4judge@gmail.com
Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No.2 Veronica Vasquez DEM 112 E. Pecan Street, Ste. 1450 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed veronica4probate2@gmail.com
District Clerk Donna Kay McKinney REP P.O. Box 460134 San Antonio, TX 78240 Filed dkmck4dc@gmail.com
District Clerk Larry Romo DEM 4811 Isaac Ryan San Antonio, TX 78253 Filed LLROMO@sbcglobal.net
District Clerk Mary Angie Garcia DEM P.O.Box 23718 San Antonio, TX 78223 Filed votemaryangie@gmail.com
County Clerk Gerard C. “Gerry” Rickhoff REP 4831 Oakway Dr. San Antonio, TX 78228 Filed grickhoff@bexar.org
County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark DEM 21096 Priest Rd. Elmendorf, TX 78112 Filed lucyadameclark@gmail.com
County Clerk Tim Ybarra DEM 11902 Palacio San Antonio, TX 78233 Filed timforbexarcountyclerk@aol.com
County Commissioner Pct.2 Ismael Garcia REP PO Box 680712 San Antonio, TX 78268 Filed igarciasatx1109@gmail.com
County Commissioner Pct.2 Mario Bravo DEM 1222 Donaldson Ave. San Antonio, TX 78288 Filed
County Commissioner Pct.2 Paul Elizondo DEM P.O. Box 8490 San Antonio, TX 78208 Filed pelizondo@bexar.org
County Commissioner Pct.2 Queta Rodriguez DEM P.O. Box 37040 San Antonio, TX 78237 Filed itstime@votequeta.com
County Commissioner Pct.2 Theresa Connolly REP PO Box 12735 San Antonio, TX 78212 Filed
County Commissioner Pct.4 Tommy Calvert, Jr. DEM 101 W. Nueva, Ste.1029 San Antonio, TX 78205 Filed tc@bexar.org
Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.1 Jacinto “Chinto” Martinez DEM 1230 Duke Rd. San Antonio, TX 78264 Withdrew Jmtz6302@gmail.com
Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.1 Robert “Bobby” Tejeda DEM 7131 Symphony Lane San Antonio, TX 78214 Filed
Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.2 Ciro D. Rodriguez DEM 9549 U.S. Highway 181 South San Antonio, TX 78223 Filed
Justice of the Peace Pct.3 Place.1 Jeff Wentworth REP P.O. Box 6274 San Antonio, TX 78209 Filed ejeffrey@swbell.net
Justice of the Peace Pct.3 Place.1 Russ Latham REP 21227 Villa Valencia San Antonio, TX 78228 Rejected russlatham4jp3@gmail.com
Justice of the Peace Pct.4 Place.1 Rogelio “Roger” Lopez, Jr. DEM P.O. Box 93 San Antonio, TX 78101 Filed judgelopez@keepjudgelopez.com

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2018 January Culinaria Restaurant Week | San Antonio

Prepare your taste buds for a wild ride because San Antonio’s Winter Restaurant Week is back! Culinaria, San Antonio’s premier food and wine non-profit organization, asks that you save the date for Restaurant Week, which will begin on Monday, January 15 and last through Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Not only does this event highlight some of the best local chefs and restaurants in town, but also provides the opportunity to support Culinaria’s mission and continued outreach initiatives, including their work within the community on the importance of conservation and sustainable farming practices through The Farm. With each meal ordered, all participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds — $1 from each lunch menu and $2 from each dinner menu ordered. So, get ready to celebrate another fun culinary event in the newly named city of gastronomy!

WHEN
Monday, January 15, 2018 – Saturday, January 27, 2018

WHO
San Antonio Restaurant Week highlights a wide array of dining establishments. To view the growing list of participating restaurants, visit www.culinariasa.org. Reservations are encouraged, and each establishment can be contacted directly.

THE MENUS
Participating restaurants will offer an array of prix-fixe menus – encompassing three-course lunch and/or dinner menus within two different pricing tiers:

Tier 1 establishments will offer a three-course menu and will cost $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner
Tier 2 establishments will offer a three-course menu and will cost $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner

GET CONNECTED
Website – www.culinariasa.org
Facebook – facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio
Twitter – @CulinariaSA
Instagram – @CulinariaSA

ABOUT CULINARIA
Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization, committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination, while fostering community growth and enrichment within the city we call home. Culinaria cultivates many events each year, including San Antonio Restaurant Weeks (January and August), the 5K Wine & Beer Run (March), the Wine and Food Festival (May) and other appetizing affairs throughout the year.

Your Restaurant Week planning is a bit easier now thanks to our friends at Yelp! They’ve created a map that outlines all of the fabulous restaurants that are participating. The link can be found here: http://bit.ly/sarw18

**New This January, Boerne and New Braunfels Restaurant Weeks**

2017 Grace Hopper Conference: Career Fair

2017 Grace Hopper Conference: Career Fair

Another great year of the Grace Hopper Conference, including the Career Fair.  GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests.

Top Companies for Women Technologists evaluated 63 companies this year, accounting for more than 574,000 technologists across a variety of fields. Within the participating companies, women held 22.95% of technical roles. This 1.2% increase from 2016 represents a relatively small change, but corresponds to thousands of new jobs for women technologists.

2017 Leadership Index

The Leadership Index lists the companies whose representation of women technologists is above the mean. The winner will then be announced on the main stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration  in Orlando October 4, 2017. Companies are listed alphabetically; this list is not a ranking.

Accenture
ADP
Allstate Insurance Company
American Express
athenahealth
Avanade
Bank of America
BNY Mellon
Capital One
Experian
GEICO
Google
HBO Inc.
IBM
iCIMS
Intel Corporation
Intuit
Macy’s, Inc.
Nationwide
Northwestern Mutual
SAP
Target
The New York Times
Thomson Reuters
ThoughtWorks
USAA
Vanguard
Visa Inc.

Career Fair Expo

Over 200 companies participated and they all brought their A game, starting with their booths, swag, and of course recruiters.

Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.

Dates Hours
Wednesday 10/4 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10/5 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday 10/6 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What booth were you most impressed with?  What would you have liked to see?

Hurricane Harvey in San Antonio Help

Hurricane Harvey in San Antonio Help

Get Help

As I write this blog post, I can hear the winds starting to pick up outside my house.  We are very grateful to be in our warm home, with electricity and wifi, eating, and surrounded by the comfort of our own “stuff.”  Hurricane Harvey is having a devastating impact already on South Texas and the storms and rain will continue throughout the weekend.  We are not out of the woods, please take the warnings from the weather and City seriously.

City of San Antonio Government

Evacuees:

Evacuees should head directly to: 200 Gembler Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219

Here they will be registered and transported to the appropriate facility to stay at.  This protects the location of those vulnerable and left open by the storm.

  • An ACS tent at that location can assist displaced residents with checking pets into the emergency pet shelter. Evacuated pets received to-date:
    42 dogs, 29 cats

Turn Around Don’t Drown and Have a Plan

Seriously.  Get the latest low water crossing reports here.

find out all the flooding and low water crossing from bexar flood

  • Ready South Texas App – Download the app to receive instant access to evacuation maps, safe routes, shelter information, create a personalized emergency plan and receive official alerts
    • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
    • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification.
    • Locate Bexar County’s emergency shelters.
    • Display up-to-date evacuation route maps.
    • Get the latest news and weather for the South Texas area.
    • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions.

Offered from San Antonio’s Office of Emergency Management

download the ready south Texas app for emergency preparedness and planning

Engaged through Social

Always a powerful tool during natural disaster and city emergencies, here are some ways to get the details you want to know about, the fastest, directly from the city!

Power of the Community

The city needs your help!  Report the following so that crews can be deployed to help resolve issues:

  • To report any low water crossings without barricades or warning signals, residents are asked to contact the City’s non-emergency number, 207-SAPD.
  • To report any outages and non-emergency requests like traffic light malfunction and debris in the road, dial 3-1-1 or download the 311 mobile app.
  • CPS Energy power outages reported or viewed here (I know outages are frustrating, we experienced them yesterday! but CPS is working very hard to restore power and is responsive to the submitted outage requests…can even sign up for status updates.)
    • Nearly 250 electric and gas employees from five locations around the city have been mobilized to restore service and keep the community safe.
  • SAWS Residents can report sewer overflow or water concerns to 210-704-7297.
    • No water outages are expected, but if customers want to take precautions, they can fill pitchers on-hand with faucet water ahead of time.

Food Warning during Power Outages

Metropolitan Health has recommended the following:

Prepare their households for heavy rain and flooding by having enough water and food for at least three days, any necessary medications and an evacuation plan. Metro Health asks residents to keep food safety in mind in case of a power outage:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed.
  • A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place frozen meat and poultry on a tray so that if they begin thawing, their juices will not drip on other foods. When power comes back on:
  • Check the temperature inside your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or leftovers) that has been above 40 °F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture, or feels warm to the touch. • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe. When in doubt, throw it out.

Give Help

As I write this blog post, I can hear the winds starting to pick up outside my house.  We are very grateful to be in our warm home, with electricity and wifi, eating, and surrounded by the comfort of our own “stuff.”  There are at least 1,000 refugees that have been displaced from their homes that they evacuated from coastal cities like Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, and even as far inland as Victoria.

American Red Cross San Antonio

Volunteer Intake Center, August 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Volunteer Intake Center will be located at 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX, 78219. New and first-time volunteers are encouraged to visit the Volunteer Intake Center to register, train and receive volunteer assignments. Shelter training will take place every hour beginning at 8:30 a.m. You can register to volunteer at redcross.org/volunte

hurricane Harvey disaster relief - volunteer through San Antonio Red Cross

Right now San Antonio Food Bank is looking for

They are working around the clock to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The American Red Cross San Antonio Area Chapter serves 2.4 million people in 22 counties across South Central Texas from our headquarters in San Antonio

hurricane Harvey disaster relief - volunteer through San Antonio food bank packing meals

Donations

The San Antonio Food Bank sent 2,000 meals to 2 shelters yesterday, Friday, August 25, 2017. They are preparing 4,000 meals today for 4 shelters and getting emergency food boxes to displaced families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Drop Off Location: (Do NOT take these directly to shelters, SA Food Bank is coordinating the ingestion of all the wonderful donations received.)

  • ADDRESS:  5200 Enrique M Barrera Parkway, San Antonio TX 78227
    • (Between Hwy 151 & Old Hwy 90)
  • HOURS:  8am-5pm Saturday, August 25, 2017

Most needed items: continue to be food (peanut butter, rice, canned and boxed foods), clothing (new and/or packaged only)

  • Nonperishable food:
    • Diapers
    • Baby formula
    • Hygiene products
  • Clothing
  • Pet food and supplies

More info at safoodbank.org

hurricane Harvey disaster relief - volunteer through San Antonio food bank

helping hurricane Harvey infographic bexar county

2017 August San Antonio Zoo and Splashtown

During the month of August, San Antonio Zoo and Splashtown San Antonio are offering a double dose of summer fun with a membership swap that allows members of one attraction the opportunity to enjoy the other attraction absolutely free!

Splashtown members receive unlimited free admission to San Antonio Zoo any day of the week, while San Antonio Zoo members enjoy a free one-time Splashtown admission on weekdays. Visitors must show their Splashtown or San Antonio Zoo membership card as well as an ID. Memberships are specific to individual guests and non-transferable. San Antonio Zoo members can also purchase a 2018 Splashtown Season Pass will get $10 off.

San Antonio Zoo: Bug Mania

San Antonio Zoo: Bug Mania

Get ready to bug out! Bug Mania! is taking over the zoo through September 3rd. These huge replicas of bugs will be scattered throughout the entire zoo, inspiring our guests to appreciate the roles these creatures play in a diverse animal world. Plus, educators will give you the chance to meet some real bugs!

Bug Mania San Antonio Zoo

Catch All the Bug Action

These huge replicas of bugs will be scattered throughout the entire zoo, inspiring our guests to appreciate the roles these creatures play in a diverse animal world. Plus, educators will give you the chance to meet some real bugs!

Lots of photo opportunities to show what you’ve learned!!

 

#BugChallenge

Think you have what it takes to eat a roasted cricket? Take the #BugChallenge located outside Nanyuki gift shop at La Insecteria. Be sure to video your experience and post it to social media with the tag #BugChallenge and @sanantoniozoo.

Check out the posts from the other fabulous San Antonio Zoo Bloggers (each link is to their specific posts with lots of fun pictures and tips!):

Culinaria Burgers, BBQ, and Beer Tips

Burgers, BBQ & Beer
La Cantera Resort & Spa

Price: $35 (General Admission) / $50 (At the Door) (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)

1:00 PM

PURCHASE TICKETS!!

This is my families favorite event and it’s a wonderful way to end Festival Week. It’s outside, you’re walking around, and eating some of the best foods our chefs have to offer. They’re all a little competitive and Texas prides itself on what it can do to meet (both burger and bbq-wise!) Enjoy refreshing drinks and find a shady spot (or bring an umbrella!) there are tables and chairs but feel free to bring your own, tailgate style. (In the past we have bumped elbows with some pro-athletes too!) dress is casual but people will wear bright colors and cool clothes. I normally bring some Tupperware or ziplock baggies! The food is fabulous but filling. Whatever I can’t eat at the festival I bring home to enjoy later!

Rarely has the statement, “I don’t like burgers,” been made in Texas. So, Burger & BBQ lovers you need to be here! Whether you are a traditionalist, love food adventure, or prefer the slower cooking of barbecue – Burgers, BBQ & Beer has something for your taste buds. Leave the fancy duds at home and prepare to dig in to some of the juiciest cuts of meat. It might seem as though you’re at a backyard barbecue, but, this is way more than your typical smoky affair with some of San Antonio’s best chefs manning the grills. It also includes additional perks such as plenty of ice cold beverages. Beer is in the event name after all. Wear your boots and cowboy hats, it’s a Texas extravaganza.

Parking: Parking is available at the North Parking Lot of The Shops at La Cantera with shuttle transportation to the event.

Culinaria’s Grand Tasting

Grand Tasting
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Price: $100 (General Admission) / $125 (At the Door)  (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)
7:00 PM

PURCHASE TICKETS!!

It’s the mouthwatering, jaw dropping gourmet event of the week. The sights, sounds, and tastes of the Grand Tasting show it’s more than just in the name. Varieties of cuisines paired with equally varied beverage choices will enamor even the most veteran of food lovers. There is live entertainment, music, a silent auction, and all you can eat to make it the best Saturday night you’ve had since last year’s festival.

New this year – the VIP Chefs’ Tables – a limited-seating VIP Dining Experience within the Grand Tasting! ($150 per seat; includes entrance into the Grand Tasting) More details at CulinariaSA.org.

Parking: Self-Parking at The Shops at La Cantera (North Lot) only, and Valet parking on a first come first served basis for $20 per car. The Valet stand will be set up in the Grille Lot, as this is the closest spot to the Ballroom event. Once Valet is full, all parking will be Self and at The Shops at La Cantera (North Lot).

Learn more about the festival week: http://culinariasa.org/san-antonio/events/

Silent Auction

So much of Culinaria is the support they bring to local chefs, culinary scholarships, and elevating San Antonio as a culinary destination.

Pants for the School Dance

Pants for the School Dance

This past Friday, Jaden had a school dance at her middle school.  If you have met Jaden (in-person or on the internet) you’ll know that she has her own style and she expresses herself through what she wears. She has one of the unofficially largest collections of Star Wars and science themed shirts that she wears based on the events of the day.

Her school announced a couple weeks ago that the 8th grade “Formal Dance” was coming up and her friends started to talk about if they would go and what they would wear.  Although they decided pretty quickly they all wanted to go together…they had mixed opinions on what they should wear. Many friends planned on dresses and expected Jaden to wear one as well.

Stereotypes for Girls and Boys

We interrupt this blog post to remind people that gender stereotypes are sometimes embedded very early in life.  Even before the baby is born, we are having gender reveal parties (cute idea!) with blue for boy/pink for girl colors (which makes sense because you want everyone to realize what your baby’s gender is at the same time.)  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always give girls and boys a chance to figure out what colors, style, personalities they’ll develop and like on their own.  If your daughter loves pink and dresses that twirl, more power to them!  It’s important though that along with teaching them to be confident in their own skin…to allow others to be confident too.  It can be very confusing and self-doubt inducing when everyone around you tells you you’re only supposed to wear dresses to dances.  It’s humbling to realize how much influence we have on the words our kids mimic and speak.

Fashion Forward

After being chastised at her decision to not wear a dress to the dance, Jaden went back and forth a lot about wanting to go to the dance.  She wanted to go and hang out with her friends but she did not feel like compromising and wearing a dress.  She did not want her friends to comment the entire evening and she wasn’t sure what she’d wear instead.  I know I do a lot of things well but style, fashion, and pattern matching has never been my strongest talents.  Outfits and pieces that I thought I was mimicking well did not actually translate.  I turned to my fashion expert friends on Facebook.  I posted the question, giving context of the dance, Jaden, and implored my tribe for help picking an outfit Jaden felt confident in.  I wouldn’t have even known where to start (besides Pinterest) and I wasn’t even sure what to “Google.”  My friends came through (of course!) and pulled outfits, pictures, and an arsenal of support that helped Jaden feel even better in her decision.  She started to get excited about the outfits she could wear and I realized how much practice I needed in order to find these things on my own.  Never putting too much time into my clothing ensembles, I was humbled to realize this was another thing I could learn more about, not only for myself but for Jaden too.

Pants for the School Dance Middle school outfits for girls dance

Where to Buy

  • Fitted blue, Linen-blended blazer from H&M
  • Blue Viscose shirt from H&M
  • Martie pant in bi-stretch cotton in “warm cerise” form J Crew
  • Original Penguin cloth flower lapel pin from Nordstrom Rack (Men’s Tie Accessories section – lapel pins sold individually too!)
  • Speckle jersey Authentic Lo Pro from Vans
  • Blue skinny tie (should be same width as your lapel) with white polka dots from Zara

Pants for the School Dance Middle school outfits for girls dance

Suit Tips and Tricks

Check out these infographics for tips and tricks on styling suits.  Mostly called out for Men’s Wear but the suggestions transcend gender and were quite helpful!

Although my sister and friend Gita were my direct fashion consultants, these charts helped me better understand matching patterns and colors in outfits, styles/trends that I didn’t know about, and more.

Gita, of Mimi and Chichi Fashion Blog, also created a Pinterest board, Tomboy Prom just for Jaden here that you can follow.  You can ask her questions and check out her great style on her very popular Instagram, @mimiandchichi, channel too!

Facebook Friends Recommendations

Thank you so much to all the people who took the time to answer my clueless questions. I think as parents we want to prevent our children all the pain in the world and embolden them with confidence.  Sometimes though, especially on topics you don’t feel strong giving an opinion on, it is great to have some extra help.  Thank you for just immediately jumping in and making us both feel ok.

  • “Janelle Monae inspired funky suit/tux”
  • “Emma Watson always wears pants in a cute and fancy way.”
  • “I would not go with a blazer bc that would be hot but I love the stuff Victoria Beckham is doing for Target…simple, stylish & definitely way less than $150.”
  • Jumpsuits are a great trend right now and very cute for girls. She could use a blazer over it with cute hills or sandal.
  • This great article, “Seven Tips for Wearing Pants to Prom
  • “Maybe breaking a little out of her comfort zone…What about something like a peplum or tunic with slacks?”
    • “Peplum is that extra piece of fabric resting on the hips”
  • Esther Quek – Check out this blogger. Love her style: http://citizencouture.com/citizen/esther-quek/
  • “If she decides she doesn’t necessarily want to go traditional dressy, what about cosplay? Could draw ideas from steam punk, historical references or fictional characters she admires.”
  • Tons of pinup inspired/reproduction- from “casual” to more formal  http://unique-vintage.com
  • “I was going to suggest a jumper, romper, or a blazer with skinny jeans/pants with heels. Sequin leggings or tuxedo pants could be a fun alternative.”
  • “Pantsuit or even dressier pants would work. Heels are ? for us tall girls. Would she do a statement necklace???? You have a ton!!!
    ALSO, I feel obligated to mention that it is called, “dress up,” for a reason. It is a chance to add on to your normal style, to step it up a notch, to go above and beyond your daily wear. Confidence comes from knowing who you are no matter what you look like or what you wear. Getting dolled up doesn’t mean you are looking for attention or unintelligent. Lastly,
    make up is for fun!!! It’s supposed to enhance beauty. It is a creative outlet. It is AMAZING. It should make you HAPPY. If not, don’t sweat it! “
  • “Other than Janelle, One of the other things that came to mind is actually one of my favorite fashion muses, Yasmin Sewell. A lot of her style co-opts menswear influence into an edgy recasting of unmistakably women’s fashion.”
  • As for hair- to me, no question Dutch braids. They work for everything. They’re fashion forward, can be edgy and tough like boxer braids, but still adorable. And her hair! Just perfect. (Not French braids- def Dutch)
  • H&M usually has some for reasonable prices! Maybe get a bigger size and have it tailored to fit her perfectly
  • Prom trends from 2016 – we can draw inspiration from everywhere!

How Did it End?

Jaden went to the dance, walking up to the school surrounded by girls in dresses, some short and fun, others long and formal, and still more a mix between both.  Apprehensive only at first, as the night went on her friends would exclaim how great she looked! Her confidence continued to build the entire night and she felt like she stepped out of a modern fashion catalog.

P.S. We didn’t get into her hair but as you can see she rocked a double crown braid.  Look for a post to come out soon on that as well!

Books about Women

Books about Women

One of the most important things we can do for creating equality between men and women is to share the stories of women from our past and present.  History hides the fearless journeys many women have embarked on, so we need everyone to be curious.  Wonder outloud (and with your friends and family) what happened.  Dig deeper into the stories and ask why things happened and who really did them.  Here are some books to get started.  Read for yourself and for our future.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

·  Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
·  Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
·  Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power—and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that’s pefect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

 

Bad Girls Throughout History

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.

After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

Blood Pressure and Heart Health

Blood Pressure and Heart Health

February is the month America is supposed to focus on their heart health. In honor of this month (and the importance) I am going to be updating this blog posts with more information about how your blood pressure relates to the healthiness of your heart.    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women and men, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age.

Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association.

This TED Talk really helps break it down, in English!

  • Systolic blood pressure (the upper number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats.
    • “How much it takes to pump blood around your body through your arteries”
  • Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.
    • “Heart at rest between beats”
Blood Pressure
Category
Systolic
mm Hg (upper #)
Diastolic
mm Hg (lower #)
Normal less than 120 and less than 80
Prehypertension 120139 or 8089
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
140159 or 9099
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
160 or higher or 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
(Emergency care needed)
Higher than 180
or Higher than 110

Health Risk Calculator here.

There are a lot of interactive animations you can play with to learn more from here, even specific to blood pressures.

Taking Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure on the inside of the artery walls, generated during the contraction and relaxation of the ventricles. When the ventricles contract to force blood out into the arteries, systolic pressure (the top number) is recorded. Diastolic pressure is the bottom number, recorded when the ventricles are relaxed and filling with blood from the atria.

The sphygmomanometer is the gauge which records the numbers that become your blood pressure. This module explains in step-by-step fashion how the traditional blood pressure test works (MOST ACCURATE). Follow the steps to see and hear how your blood pressure score is generated.

http://watchlearnlive.heart.org/CVML_Player.php?moduleSelect=bptest

   

Blood Pressure Best Practices

  • Put your feet on the floor and straighten your back with arms supported at heart level
  • Take twice a day (don’t let it consume your life, but two readings a day can give your doctor a lot of clues)
  • Validate accuracy – compare the results of your electronic monitor with that of a manual (more accurate reading). Simply bring in the monitor you brought to your doctor’s office and see how their results compare.
  • DABL Educational  Trust and the British Hypertension Society also frequently test home blood pressure monitors for accuracy <= buy from the list here
  • Make sure you’re doing it correctly!
  • A full bladder can increase blood pressure slightly
  • Avoid food, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol for 30 minutes
  • Sit quietly with your feet on the floor, legs not crossed
  • Use the same arm each time
  • Arm cuffs are more accurate than wrist or finger cuffs. DID NOT CONSIDER but studies about hypertension are focused on the main arteries in your arms…measuring arm cuffs keep it relevant.

Monitoring Your Blood Pressure

The first thing your doctor is going to do is ask you what your blood pressure has been, over time.  There are lots of different more automated and manual ways to record your blood pressure over time.  You won’t regret it either.  No matter how inconvenient you might view it, nothing but numbers can really help create a good game plan.

Blood Pressure Options

  • Google Sheets template – a quick Google search returned this only spreadsheet template that you can easily add in your own dates and blood pressure readings over time. It will automatically color numbers that are warning and graph out over time. It will automatically average all of your Systolic, Diastolic, and Pulse readings as well.  Mobile phone users can access from their device or desktop computer, making it easier to access from home.

  • Withings – is an incredible suite of health monitoring apps and products that are beautifully surfaced and integrated.  There are a lot of recommendations around taking your blood pressure with an arm cuff (versus a wrist band that might not be as accurate, especially if people don’t take readings as precisely) you can still use this app to import or monitor your blood pressure.
Import readings into app.

Learn More Socially

I think it is also important to remember that there are a lot of people ready to support you. Medical professionals who want to answer your questions, people who have already gone through heart health, and those supporting their families and friends.

Heart Attacks

  • A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is cut off. Cells in the heart muscle that do not receive enough oxygen-carrying blood begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.
  • Every year about 750,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 550,000 are a first heart attack and 200,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.1
  • About 15% of people who have a heart attack will die from it.1
  • Almost half of sudden cardiac deaths happen outside a hospital.2
  • Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, smoking, having had a previous heart attack or stroke, or having diabetes can increase your chance of developing heart disease and having a heart attack.

The National Heart Attack Alert Program notes these major signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms. May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 911 immediately.

San Antonio Downtown Happy Hours

San Antonio Downtown Happy Hours

People always ask me about my favorite happy hour places and of course places to eat.  Check out some that I put together.  Click on the images to be taken directly to their websites.

Bite

1012S Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78210

210.532.2551

Happy hours: TuesdayFriday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Happy hour specials: Waited all day to get lucky? Patience pays off! Bite’s Happy Hour menu has seven delicious dishes for only $7 each, including octopus carpaccio, goat cheese ravioli and lobster spring rolls. There also are half-price cocktails!

Il Forno

122 Nogalitos St, San Antonio, TX 78204

210.616.2198

Happy hours: MondaySaturday 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Happy hour specials: Pizza is always a good idea, especially when you can find a brick oven margarita one for only $6. Not only is the basil fresh and local, but the mozzarella is made fresh daily. Il Forno also offers $2 Lone Star beers, perfect to accompany any wood-fired pie.

Kimura 

152 E Pecan St #102, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.444.0702

Happy hours: MondayFriday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Happy hour specials: Besides specialty cocktails for $6, house wines for $5, and draft beer for $4, you can also find a variety of delicious half-off appetizers. Whether you enjoy grilled chicken skewers, a plate of pork dumplings or charred Shishito peppers, Kimura has anything you need to satisfy a post-work craving.

Sukeban

1420 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78204

210.562.3231

Happy hours:  TuesdayFriday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Happy hour Specials: Sukeban’s happy hour is going to make you want to order the whole menu. With its great cocktail options priced at only $6, and $1 – 2 off any select sushi, you will make this your go-to happy hour ASAP.

Zinc Bistro & Bar

207 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.224.2900

Happy hours: MondayFriday: 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Happy hour specials: Nothing sounds better than a half-off prickly pear frozen margarita after work. Well, Zinc Bistro and Bar has that and much more during its happy hour. Whether you’re feeling romantic with Zinc’s $5 house red or white wine, or hungry for its famous 2-alarm hummus with crispy garlic salted pita bread, you can definitely find everything delicious in this hidden gem.

The German Christmas Pickle

Starting who knows when, by who knows who (the facts have been lost over the years…3 variations of the story can be found here), the Christmas pickle is a beloved Germany tradition that my family has celebrated each year during the holidays.  As the last ornament to ordain the tree, the parents hide the glass decoration in the shape of a green, whole pickle on Christmas Eve.  Once given the go-ahead, the children search the tree for the hidden pickle…whichever child finds the lucky pickle receives an extra gift to open!


Start this Christmas tradition in your family!  Buy one from Amazon today!  Its a fun annual tradition AND a fun story to tell.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

Last Christmas, my husband Jonathan, Jaden, and I enjoyed getting in the holiday spirit at Christmas Light Fest (check my post from 2015 to see the spectacular lights and attractions.)  We brought our own camera and used the backdrops to create some amazing holiday cards too! ranchland. Open nightly, the light spectacular features tunnels of twinkling lights and holiday displays along a 2-mile path and Santa’s Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday flavors, fun, gifts, crafts and of course, Santa.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

Tickets

  • Tickets are $27 per vehicle. Members of the military (active duty, reserves and retired) and firstresponders and their families receive a $5 discount throughout the holiday season.
  • Tickets maybe purchased in advance online and are good for any night.www.sanantoniochristmaslightfest.com.
  • Hayrides are $15 per person. Hayride reservations must be made in advance online throughwww.sanantoniochristmaslightfest.com
  • Season passes are $60 per vehicle and allow purchasers to enjoy the holiday fun of ChristmasLight Fest all season long. Season passes are available online at www.sanantoniochristmaslightfest.com.
  • Buses and large groups are welcome to enjoy Christmas Light Fest. Tickets are $27 per vehicleand $1 per person over 10 people, making Christmas Light Fest the perfect setting to celebratethe holiday season with youth groups, high school clubs or play groups.

Dates/Hours

  • Open Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24) through New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)
  • Sundays through Thursdays, Christmas Light Fest is open 6-9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday nights, as well as holidays, feature an extra hour, 6-10 p.m.

Location

  • Christmas Light Fest is located at the Don Strange Ranch just 20 minutes west of San Antonio’s  La Cantera.
  • IH-10 West, exit 533, at 103 Waring Welfare Road in Boerne—just follow the signs  until you see the lights!

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch food

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Add extra sparkle to your holiday season with the magical glow of two million lights, food, drinks and family fun.

Christmas Light Fest features all of that and more, making it a holiday must for everyone. Drive-thru or enjoy a hayride under the stars as two miles of holiday lights dazzle and entertain you, then enjoy a stop at Santa’s Village for your fill of holiday flavors and fun.

Located on a scenic, historic ranch just 20 minutes outside of San Antonio off of IH-10 West, Christmas Light Fest is sure to delight your entire family.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

Ways to Enter and Win

You could be randomly selected to win SINGLE CAR VEHICLE PASS for Christmas LightFest 2016 in multiple ways!

Hey @GeeketteBits, I want to win a carload pass to @SALightFest #ChristmasLightFest! http://bit.ly/2hh2Tum RT to Win!

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch