Weekly Report

Downtown Tuesday & “The E”
Downtown Tuesday celebrated its three year anniversary with a press conference on Tuesday, March 10. The event included an announcement from VIA regarding a downtown entertainment shuttle, “The E”, that will provide free transportation Tuesday – Saturday evenings. The route includes Market, Commerce, St. Mary’s and Navarro streets from the Tobin Center to Rivercenter Mall. The entertainment shuttle begins operating March 28.

Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) Girls’ Basketball Tournament was held on Thursday, March 5 at the Alamodome; the first time in over 80 years the tournament has not played in Austin. For the nine sessions held over three days, the girl’s tournament sold over 31,000 tickets. The UIL Boys’ Basketball tournament is scheduled for this weekend. Over 51,000 have been sold. This is also the first time the event has been held outside of Austin, Texas.

Fort Sam Houston “Listening Session”
The Army is holding “listening sessions” at 30 installations throughout the United States to solicit feedback from communities concerning future reductions that are likely to impact their respective installations. The listening sessions are designed to enable community members to voice support for their installation.

The potential force reduction at Fort Sam Houston (FSH) is 4,000 soldiers and 2,000 civilians, exactly half of the current workforce. Representatives from the Pentagon and the Department of the Army will hold the listening session for Fort Sam Houston on March 31, 2015 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum Exhibit Hall. The senior Army commander at Fort Sam Houston, Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins, has asked the San Antonio Chamber in coordination with the Office of Military Affairs, to take the community lead in orchestrating the event. An initial planning meeting was held with representatives from the Chamber, Fort Sam Houston, and the Office of Military Affairs. Lt. General Wiggins’ staff is reviewing draft agenda.

East Point Paint-A-Thon
As part of the East Point Shine Initiative, a Paint-a-Thon will be held Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A total of 15 houses have been selected for painting, targeting the elderly, disabled and veterans. All homes will be prepped by the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) contractors prior to the event. Habitat for Humanity is supplying the paint and equipment. The City Volunteer program has coordinated over 200 volunteers to paint the homes.

Global Youth Service & Earth Day
The City’s Volunteer Services is participating in the United Way’s annual Global Youth Service Day by recruiting up to 150 volunteers for creekway clean-up at Olmos Basin Park on April 18. The event is open to the public and also supports the City’s recognition of National Volunteer Week.

Parks & Recreation
Parks and Recreation staff is continuing to coordinate with Coca Cola representatives on hosting a Family Fun Day event in recognition of a grant award by the organization to provide new amenities at Labor Street Park. Parks and Recreation staff has been working to prepare the park for this event and overseeing the completion of new features. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Central Library Celebrates 20 years
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the San Antonio Public Library is planning a day filled with family friendly activities at Central Library to celebrate Central Library’s 20th Anniversary, including:

  • Programs and activities on every floor for the public
  • Scheduled tours of the art and architecture of the building
  • A “concierge” on each floor to tell the public about the features of the building on that floor, services offered and programs scheduled
  • Opening and terraces for photographers and artists and others to enjoy
  • Music, food, dancing will also be available

National League of Cities Grade Level Reading Pacesetter Designation
The Department of Human Services (DHS) received notification of designation as a 2014 Pacesetter for the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The 2014 award represents the second consecutive designation for San Antonio as a pacesetter community and was awarded based on Department of Human Services, Library and Pre K 4 SA efforts as well as community partner initiatives that made measurable progress on student readiness outcomes for the 2014 school year.

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