On Saturday, my kids and I drove to Johnson City for the grand opening of the Hill Country Science Mill, a new regional science center. We spent all day, and my kids were totally absorbed with playing and learning. We’ll definitely be back soon. I recommend that you plan a trip to the Science Mill soon, too. Continue reading
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On January 23, 2015, on the campus of IDEA Monterrey Park, County Judge Nelson Wolff administered the oath of office to Marisa B. Perez as she began her second term representing District 3 on the State Board of Education. Continue reading
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On Friday, January 30, 2015, my family and I went to Austin and back for the Texas School Choice Week Rally (earlier post), part of National School Choice Week (January 25-31, 2015). It was fun and meaningful to be part of such a big group for a cause that we care a lot about. Here are some notes from the experience. Continue reading
That was double awesome.
My son, F.T., loved seeing Marvel Universe Live, and now my daughter, G.N., sees female superheroes in a new light. As an Alamo City Moms Blog contributor, I received a set of free tickets to Friday night’s performance at the Alamodome. I hope you and your family have time to see the show this weekend: it repeats Saturday, January 24 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Buy tickets online or walk up to the box office. Continue reading
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
When you watch ballroom dancing, what thoughts go through your mind? Maybe something like: “That looks beautiful, but I could never do that.”
Maybe it’s time to take a step closer to your dreams. The Alamo Star Ball, on Saturday, January 24, 2015, is a ballroom dance competition with a variety of events. The organizers of the Alamo Star Ball gave me a pair of daytime tickets and a pair of evening tickets to give away. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post no later than Wednesday, January 21. Please let me know if you have a preference between daytime or evening tickets. I’ll randomly choose the winners on Thursday, January 22 and send notice by email. Spectator tickets are also available for purchase.
Learning to dance has been on my bucket list for a long time, but I had never made it a priority. More recently, it occurred to me that dancing is something that my kids and I could learn together. At Great Hearts high schools in Arizona, the school dances feature live music, and all the students learn ballroom dance; learn more in this earlier post. This inspired visions in my head of F.T. and G.N. learning to ballroom dance. I hope that Great Hearts Monte Vista will adopt the ballroom dance tradition as the campus grows Continue reading
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
My kids and I have been listening to “Mama’s songs” in the van again. I’ve been playing a CD of tone poems by Richard Strauss, including Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. We are looking forward the upcoming San Antonio Symphony concert, DISCOVER Till Eulenspiegel, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Tobin Center. The Symphony gave me four tickets for my family to use and another four tickets for me to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment, no later than Wednesday, January 21, sharing your favorite way to learn about classical music. I will randomly choose a winner and send an email notice on January 22. Continue reading
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Back in April 2005, my future brother-in-law passed me a copy of WIRED magazine with a cover story, La Vida Robot, about an unlikely set of underwater robotics engineers—Latino teenagers from a low-income high school in Phoenix—competing against elite universities in a NASA-sponsored contest. I read the article immediately and was blown away.
The story inspired a documentary, Underwater Dreams. The WIRED article, by Joshua Davis, became a book, and now a movie, Spare Parts (from Pantelion Films) that will open in theaters on January 16. My kids and I had the opportunity to attend a free preview screening, and we wanted to share our thoughts with you and encourage you to see the movie this weekend. Continue reading
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