Wednesday, December 9, 2015

District 10 Update 12-07-15

Upcoming Important Meetings

District 10 Community Meeting and Holiday Gathering

Monday, December 7th, 6:30 PM

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December 7th, 2015

Dear Neighbors,

Tonight is our annual District 10 Holiday Gathering and last Community Meeting of 2015. It will be held at the Northern Hills Golf Course and will include hors d'oeuvres and potluck desserts. We will be sponsoring a toy drive during this time, and are accepting new, unwrapped toys to benefit A World for Children, a 501c3 nonprofit benefiting foster families in the San Antonio area. If you are not able to attend the Holiday Gathering but would like to donate toys, we will accept all toy donations at our field office every day this week. Please be sure to call our office to coordinate drop offs.

As the holiday season continues, let's remember to be safe when traveling so everyone comes back to San Antonio in one piece. If you haven't seen it already, check out our PSA on the City of San Antonio's YouTube page. 

Our offices will be closed to celebrate the Christmas and New Year's holidays from December 23rd to January 3rd. We advise our residents to contact 311 with any city service requests during this time. We will be sharing various city services and office holiday closure schedules as they become available on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to watch for those. 

Thank you for staying actively involved in our community and for allowing me to represent the best district in San Antonio. Together, we have accomplished a lot for our fine city, and I look forward to what we can do in 2016.


Mike Gallagher
City Councilman District 10

For a complete list of press releases and other city news postings, visit the Department of Communications and Public Affairs website.

Holiday Schedule
  • If your collection falls on Thursday, Dec. 24,  your collection moves to Wednesday, Dec. 23.
  • If your collection falls on Friday, Dec. 25, your collection moves to Thursday, Dec. 24.
  • If your collection falls on Thursday, Dec. 31, your collection moves to Wednesday, Dec. 30.
  • If your collection falls on Friday, Jan. 1, your collection moves to Thursday, Dec. 31.
  • CLOSED: All bulky waste collection centers, brush centers and the household hazardous waste facilities will be closed Dec.25-27 & Jan. 1.
  • City offices will be closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 3.

22nd Annual Basura Bash Waterways Cleanup

February 21, 2016, 8AM-12PM

Last year's Basura Bash cleanup of Salado Creek at the Robert L. B. Tobin Trailhead was an incredibly success. We are once again spearheading this event for the Robert L. B. Tobin Trailhead and will be needing approximately 200 volunteers to sign up. We will be posting more information as it becomes available, but we encourage you to spread the word to high schools, community groups, troop leaders and neighborhood associations to save the date!

About the Basura Bash Planning Organization: 

The Basura Bash Planning Organization is a volunteer organization with a mission to increase stewardship of the San Antonio Area Waterways through the mobilization of volunteers, community education and building public/private partnerships for the betterment of our community's environment. Basura Bash is the largest single-day waterway cleanup in Texas. This event has seen continued growth over the past 22 years in both the number of volunteers and waterways cleaned. 

NEC Business Development Breakfast

The Northeast Corridor Improvement Partnership held their December breakfast in the Perrin Oaks Plaza on December 4th. Members of the business community, current and former District 10 Council Members and city staff attended and heard presentations on revitalizing the Naco-Perrin commercial corridor and NEC improvement grants available. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Rául Sánchez-Azuara, owner of the almost-completed Tomaté Cafe. 

If you currently own or operate a business along the Naco-Perrin commercial corridor, join us for the NEC Ambassador Meeting on December 18th, 8AM, at Hill Electric. 


District 10 Toy Drive
We will be accepting toy donations between now and December 11th to benefit foster children through the non-profit program, A World for Children. Toys must be new and unwrapped to be accepted for donation. All donations after our Holiday Gathering on December 7th can be dropped off at our field office at 1635 NE Loop 410, Ste. 510. 

We are sponsoring a total of 22 children, both boys and girls, with ages ranging from 1 years old to 17. Please join our office in making a child's holiday season one to remember.

District 10 Library Events
Tobin Branch Library
4134 Harry Wurzbach

December 8th @ 6-8PM - DIY Holiday Crafts for Adults
Join us for a DIY holiday craft for the grown-ups. Make and decorate your own snowman. We will provide all supplies, as well as refreshments.

December 19th @10:30AM - Tobin Writer's Group
Come join our writer's group for an opportunity to share, discuss and critique your work with fellow writers. All skill levels and ages welcome.

December 21st @ 2-3PM - Winter Story Reading
Sometimes we all just need a break to wind down, relax and listen. Stop by the Tobin Library at Oakwell to listen to some classic winter stories in our Children's Area. Appropriate for school aged children and up.

Semmes Branch Library
15060 Judson Road

December 8th @7-8PM - Friends of Comanche Lookout Park
The Friends of Comanche Lookout Park meet on the second Tuesday of each month. They are a citizens' group in Northeastern San Antonio concerned with maintaining and improving the Comanche Lookout City Park.

December 12th @10-11AM - Semmes Classic Literature Group
Please join us for a discussion of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

December 19th @ 10-11AM - Semmes Classic Literature Group
Join us for a lively discussion of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

December 20th @ 3-6PM - Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling
Join the fun and come duel with your fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! enthusiasts!

Thousand Oaks Branch Library
4618 Thousand Oaks

December 12th @ 11-1PM - Veterans History Project
The Veteran's History Project is your chance to record and share your service experiences with future generations. We will record your story and send it to the Library of Congress to be cataloged and placed in their Veteran's History Digital Library. We will provide all of the necessary paperwork and media, all you need to provide is your story. Contact the Thousand Oaks Library to reserve your spot. Limited space is available.

December 21-23 @ 2-4PM - Family Movie Marathon
Spend time with your family watching fun movies at one of the best places in town...your public library. You provide the family, we'll do the rest.

For more information on all library events and more, visit the events calendar at

We are proud to be partnering with IT'S TIME TEXAS on the 2016 Community Challenge! San Antonio is excited to participate in this statewide healthy competition. The Challenge is an exciting opportunity for all of us to join together, celebrate, and showcase all we can do to strengthen our health as individuals and as a community. Not to mention prove that our city has what it takes to win the title!

Here's how you can get involved:
  • Log onto the Challenge website:
  • Register - it just takes a minute and earns our community 50 points!
  • Start uploading your healthy activities as a community member, as a member of a business, school, community organization, or faith-based organization.
It's easy to start uploading and here are some ideas to get you started:
  • 200 points » Take a Healthy Selfie.
    Snap a picture making a healthy choice! Tag it on social media with the hashtag #communitychallenge
  • 200 points » Organize a Workplace Walk or other healthy group activity.
    How about a healthy office potluck, dropping for 10 pushups every hour with your coworkers, or creating makeshift standing desks with books or boxes?
  • 250-10,000 points » Sign a Pledge. There are pledges on the Challenge website for mayors, employers, school districts, principals, PTA members, and faith-based leaders.
  • 1,000 points » Download the Teach Healthier App. All educators can earn points by incorporating the app's easy-to-implement curriculum. This Teach Healthier tutorial will help you get started! 
This page has additional Challenge information, resources, and promotional materials. We look forward to seeing your participation in this one-of-a-kind competition! 

Swim with the Elves

Event date: 12/12/2015
Event time: 1-3PM
Event location: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez

Snow ball fights and sleigh races aren't something people see much of in San Antonio. All the more reason to attend the Parks and Recreation Department's Swim with the Elves event. That's just the tip of the iceberg for fun. 

Games include a water sleigh race, Santa's reindeer roundup and a reindeer ring toss. It's a perfect time to get a photo taken with Santa, a gingerbread house and Santa's sleigh. The free event for youth 12 and under and their families - it also includes swimming in the Natatorium's heated pool. Children 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to bring a swim suit for the water fun.

Information on hiring for lifeguards and other staff positions will be available, as well as information on water safety, swim lessons, the Take the Plunge prescription swim program and upcoming events. 

For more information call 210-207-3299, or visit the event page.

Walking in a (San Antonio) Wonderland

Below are a list of walking events and fun runs in and around the San Antonio area for the next few weeks. Don't let the holidays get in the way of your fitness goals and health, and get a head start on those New Year's Resolutions. 

December 12th 

Event Name
Event Type
Event Location
Event Website/Phone Number
Jingle Paws
5K (with pets)
San Antonio
OP Schnabel
(210) 695-6430
Junior Achievement Fiscally Fit
San Antonio
Selma-Blue Bonnet Palace
(210) 490-2007 x116
Churchill HS Jingle Bell
San Antonio
Walker Ranch Park
Real Ale
Real Ale Brewing Company
AVA Boerne
Boerne (Tentative)
Jingle Bell
San Antonio
Valero HQ
(210) 380-8171
Run for CRIT
10K, 5K, 1K
San Antonio
Heroes Stadium
Milk & Cookies 
San Antonio
St. Thomas Episcopal
Damsel Trail
5K (light trail)
Johnson City
AHA Heart Walk
San Antonio
Wolff Stadium
Special Olympics Frozen Flippers
San Antonio
Sea World

December 19th

Event Name
Event Type
Event Location
Event Website/Phone Number
Jingle Trails
Any Baby Can
5K, 1K
San Antonio
Eisenhower Park
(210) 479-7200
Illuminations Half
Half Marathon
San Antonio
JW Marriott Resort
Buffalo Hump Run
5M & 10M
San Antonio
Comanche Park
(210) 232-2217
Walk for Diabetes
Community Walk
Arthur Nagel Clinic
(830) 796-3448

December 21-31

Event Name
Event Type
Event Location
Event Website/Phone Number
IRAN Marathon Series

(occurs every morning from 12/21-12/31)
5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50K
San Antonio
Valero Trail Head
(832) 338-6095
New Year's Eve
5K for DoD members
San Antonio
Fort Sam Houston - Jimmy Brought

The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB)

To be eligible, individuals must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of a selected service area with an interest in serving individuals and families living in poverty. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to represent low-income individuals and families for the service area for which they are applying.

The Department of Human Services, as the official Community Action Agency for San Antonio and Bexar County, administers the Community Action Program. The CAAB advises the Department of Human Services and San Antonio City Council on needs, concerns and goals of low-income persons; recommends policies; and advises on the allocation of federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.

The Board is composed of 15 members: five elected public officials (four City Council Members and one County Commissioner), five representatives of the community's low-income residents and five representatives from private groups and organizations with an interest in serving individuals and families living in poverty.

Applications will be accepted for representative(s) of low income individuals and families in the following areas:
  • Area I- City Council Districts 1 & 2 and Adjacent Bexar County area
  • Area II - City Council District 5
  • Area III - City Council Districts 3 & 4 and Adjacent Bexar County area
  • Area IV - City Council Districts 6 & 7 and Adjacent Bexar County area
  • Area V - City Council Districts 8, 9 &10 and Adjacent Bexar County area
Applications can be picked up from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Administrative Office located on the 7th floor of One Alamo Center, 106 S. St. Mary's. 

Interested applicants can also contact Minerva Hernandez at 210-207-5917 or to obtain an application.

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