Coming to San Antonio Book Festival: Chris Barton (author) and Don Tate (illustrator) of "The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch"

In the back matter of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, illustrator Don Tate charmingly confesses: I’m ashamed to admit that before illustrating The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, I wasn’t very knowledgeable about Reconstruction. Reconstruction is the era… Continue Reading

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

There’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… Continue Reading

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

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… Continue Reading

Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

[gallery] Monte Vista Historical Association 4th of July parade and picnic for 2014

My kids and I marched in the Monte Vista Historical Association 4th of July parade and picnic again this year. It’s a family tradition—here’s an earlier post. Here is a photo gallery with some highlights from the 2014 parade and picnic. For the… Continue Reading

Summer escape: Fairytale Fiesta exhibit at the Witte Museum

How will you escape the heat this summer? Two of my favorite ways are swimming in the pool and going to air-conditioned museums. The Witte Museum has plenty of air conditioning, as well as free covered parking in the shady Brackenridge Park garage. And, to… Continue Reading

[Events] Landa Gardens Month: free family events Saturday mornings in May 2014

My kids and I love to hang out at the Landa Library in Monte Vista. The library used to be a stately home, and now the grounds are beautifully landscaped with a playground and a community garden. I love our city parks, and… Continue Reading

Celebrating reading at the 2014 San Antonio Book Festival

On Saturday, my kids and I had a great time at the San Antonio Book Festival at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. For our family, the highlight of festival was during the presentation by Joe Cepeda, a children’s book illustrator, when my… Continue Reading

[Interview] Joe Cepeda, iIllustrator of "Cub's Big World" and guest at the San Antonio Book Festival

Artist Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of many children’s books, including Cub’s Big World, and will be a guest at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 5, 2014. From 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Cepeda will be in the Children’s Reading Tent on the… Continue Reading

Rocketship Education parent information session on March 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Rocketship Education is hosting a parent information session on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Branch Library, 2803 Hunter Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78224 (map). RSVP at www.rsed.org/texas. Rocketship Education is a network of public, open-enrollment charter schools… Continue Reading