Weekly Report

Summer Youth Program – Registration
The registration for Summer Youth Program at Community Center locations began on Saturday, March 28. The Summer Youth program runs from June 15 through August 7, 2015. The program offers a variety of age appropriate activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and includes a free lunch and snack as part of the summer food service program. Registration will continue until all spaces are full. The program registration fee is based on income and family size.

National Travel & Tourism Week
The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is gearing up for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2 – 10, 2015. This year’s theme, “Travel Is…” aligns with the current national industry-wide campaign to reflect the wide-ranging and robust ways that the travel industry contributes to the U.S. The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is focusing on educating our community, business leaders, legislators, media and hospitality partners on the importance of travel and tourism to San Antonio’s economy. Currently, one in eight San Antonians is employed by the hospitality, which also contributes $13.4 billion annually into our local economy. The official declaration for San Antonio’s National Travel and Tourism Week celebrations will be held on Wednesday, May 6 at City Council Ceremonials

Wheatley Courts
Demolition and crushing is complete. To date, 17,000 cubic yards of crushed materials have been reused as backfill and all onsite utilities have been removed. Building pads are ready and construction is scheduled to begin May 1, 2015.

Pre K 4 SA Student Enrollment
As of Friday, March 27, over 2,000 students have applied for the 2015-2016 school year. The lottery to select students to attend the four education centers will take place on Wednesday, April 8. Pre K 4 SA extended invitations to all participating district superintendents to attend the lottery.

Center City & Downtown Operations – OPEN Program
The OPEN program activates vacant storefronts with temporary retail “pop up” shops. Two events were held in December 2013 and 2014 on Houston Street. The third event will be held in May at St. Paul Square and will feature 20 vendors. A new website promoting the program launched this week at www.opensanantonio.com . The site features vendors, pop up locations, and an event calendar.

Green Fit Friendly Fiesta
Center City & Downtown Operations (CCDO), in partnership with Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD), Metro Health, Office of Sustainability, Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI), Communications and Public Affairs and the Fiesta Commission, held a press conference on March 24 to announce the Fiesta Green Fit Friendly Initiative which promotes recycling, smoke free events, healthy food choices and alternative transportation for Fiesta events. Out of the Fiesta events that qualify for Green Events certification, over 40 events (90%) have agreed to 1:1 recycling and will be smoke free. City staff continues to work with remaining organizations on certification.

Library Celebrates Teen Tech Week
Teen Services at the San Antonio Public Library participated in the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week. This year, 20 library locations presented over 30 programs for approximately 300 teens (13 – 18 years of age). Programs ranged from Lego robotics to computer programming.

For the second year in a row, San Antonio Public Library’s Teen Services was selected to host a special Teen Tech Week event sponsored by Best Buy and the Young Adult Services Association. San Antonio joins libraries in ten other US cities including Washington, DC, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Seattle, St. Paul, and New York.

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