F.T. and G.N. review Marvel Universe Live at the Alamodome

Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Alamodome | San Antonio Charter Moms

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

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[Giveaway] Take a step closer to your dreams at the Alamo Star Ball

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.

Giveaway: Pairs of spectator tickets to Alamo Star Ball, January 25, 2015 | San Antonio Charter Moms

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 postThis 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

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[Giveaway] Family pack of tickets to DISCOVER Till Eulenspiegel with the San Antonio Symphony

 

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

DISCOVER Till Eulenspiegel with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

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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F.T. reviews “Spare Parts” movie: Arizona teenagers take on underwater robotics challenge

 

"Spare Parts" movie review | San Antonio Charter Moms

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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Catch a ride to the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015

Texas School Choice Week Rally 2015 | San Antonio Charter Moms

Show your support at the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015. Families Empowered is coordinating free transportation, meals, and activities at the Texas State Capitol as part of National School Choice Week (January 25-31, 2015).

In 2014, my kids and I celebrated National School Choice week at a whistle-stop event at Sunset Station. I was impressed by the prestigious guest speakers, and my kids enjoyed the DJ, the dancing, and the flurry of bright yellow fleece scarves. National School Choice Week is a great organization because it’s inclusive: they welcome students from charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, and public schools, as well as homeschoolers.

Texas School Choice Week Rally - January 30, 2015 | San Antonio Charter Moms

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Civic engagement: Getting re-connected with state and local politics

Civic engagement: getting re-connected with  state and local politics | San Antonio Mom BlogsThere’s an election going on now in San Antonio. Yes, really! Early voting happened last week, and election day is tomorrow, January 6, 2015. Voter turnout is likely to be in the single digits. Sigh.

Elections matter. What will it take to get voters re-connected with state and local politics?

The January 6 election will choose a new state senator in District 26 and a new state representative in District 123. In November, voters elected Leticia Van de Putte and Mike Villarreal, respectively, to fill those seats; then, both resigned to run for mayor of San Antonio. Continue reading

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[Giveaway] G.N. and F.T. review Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony at the Tobin Center

GN and FT review Holiday Pops 2014 with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

UPDATE: Leave a comment by Sunday, December 28 to enter to win a pair of tickets to New Year’s Eve at the Tobin Center—more information below.

Over the weekend, I went to Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony at the Tobin Center (earlier post) with my kids, G.N., my little girl who just turned five years old, and big brother F.T., who’s seven. Classical music is a holiday tradition for us. Earlier this season, we went to Ballet San Antonio‘s “The Nutcracker”; read more at “Our family tradition: Ballet San Antonio’s The Nutcracker”, Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog, November 20, 2014, and F.T. and G.N.’s review of Nutcracker.

For the Nutcracker review, F.T. got top billing; this time, G.N.’s name is first because she had more to say.  Before the show, I had learned from Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto that this year’s program would feature an orchestral medley of songs from Frozen. G.N. was so excited to hear these songs that she chose to wear the Elsa dress that she got for her birthday.

GN wore her Elsa dress to hear music from Frozen at Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

The Frozen medley included “Frozen Heart,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “In Summer,” “Let It Go,” and “For the First Time in Forever.” Concertmaster Eric Gratz played the “Forever” melody on violin in such a heartbreakingly wistful way that it almost brought me to tears. During the medley, G.N. was on the edge of her seat, intensely focused on the music. She was swept away by the familiar melodies, but intrigued by the power of the live orchestra. Continue reading

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