Out and About



Atascosa Running Club meets Wed. at 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are an advanced runner, or a beginner, you are invited to take part in the Atascosa Running Club Social Fun Run every Wednesday. The next run is Sept. 18.

They now meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Office Bar and Grill and running starts at 6:35 p.m.

They run to the Pleasanton River Park, around town and back to The Office. They will be running three to four miles and no one is left behind. They will run at a slow pace. All ages and abilities are welcome to join!

Stay afterwards for refreshments and get to know each other. Follow the group on Facebook at Atascosa Running Club.

The Office Bar and Grill is located at 205 E. Hunt St. in Pleasanton.

Fun at Pleasanton Library & Recipe Swap

Summer may be over, but there are many activities still going on at the Pleasanton Library. Stop by this September for Library Card Sign-Up Month and get a library card. Make a bookmark to celebrate with them.

Then on Thursday, Sept. 19, join them at 1 p.m. for a Recipe Swap Potluck. Please bring your favorite dish (appetizer, entree or dessert) and a copy of the recipe to share.

They also have Toddler Time every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.

The library will also have activities for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check out their Facebook page for updates. For details, call the library at 830-569-5901.

HeartStrings for Hope ticket deadline Sept. 20

Join CASA of South Texas and Safer Path Family Violence Shelter for a night of dinner and dancing under the pines! HeartStrings for Hope is a joint fundraiser being held Saturday, Oct. 5 at the beautiful Strawberry Pines in Poteet.

This year’s entertainment will be local favorite Brian Anderson and his talented band. The night will also include live and silent auctions, raffles, and dinner provided by Heavenly Gourmet catering.

Tickets are available online at heartstringstx. eventbrite.com and the ticket deadline has been extended

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A benefit plate sale for Stephen Rios is set for this Saturday, Sept. 21, at The Cactus Garden. Plates can be purchased from 11 a.m. until sold out and will include three gorditas, rice and beans. The Cactus Garden is located at 206 S. Main St. in Pleasanton.

Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, as Rios was diagnosed with cancer that came back after two years. He has an extremely aggressive, rare type of sarcoma and is being referred to MD Anderson.

Please contact Joeyann Rios at Jorios68@yahoo.com if you would like to donate an item for the raffle prize drawing, or help with the benefit in any way.

CPS ‘Protected and Connected’ Recruitment Fair

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will hold a “Protected and Connected Fair” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Cowboy Fellowship Church in Jourdanton. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fun, food, prizes, vendors and games.

The fair is designed to reach out to the community to try and recruit individuals interested in fostering and/or adopting children in foster care from Atascosa County.

There will be free foodhot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones! Stop by for free activities such as fingerprinting, cupcake walk, story time, jump rope, basketball throw, bean bag toss, duck pond and more!

Meet your favorite mascots: H-E-Buddy, CPS Risk Ranger and McGruff the Crime Dog.

St. Matthew Picnic- fun for the whole family!

St. Matthew Catholic Church in Jourdanton will hold its annual picnic this Sunday, Sept. 22.

Festivities begin with a hearty barbecue brisket, fried chicken, and sausage meal being served starting at 11 a.m. in the parish hall. Cost is $10 per plate. Besides ample portions of the brisket, chicken, and sausage, the meal is served with beans, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert, and tea.

If you’re looking to buy some quality items for yourself or get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping, you can enjoy the action of a best bid live auction inside the hall beginning at 12:30 p.m.

We will have door prizes to keep the auction interesting and lively! Prize bingo games will be played in the afternoon beginning at noon at the covered pavilion adjacent to the hall until all prizes are gone! This year, we have the return of our Country Market where you can find some homebaked goods – such as our always popular kolaches – as well as home décor.

To keep the kids entertained, there will be a variety of fun games for children of all ages and a petting zoo located on the lawn area between the hall and the city park.

Our prize raffle will take place following the auction. All 26 of our raffle prizes this year are gift certificates including a $50 gift certificate to Joe’s Place, five H-E-B gift cards valued between $75 and $100, and 20 VISA gift cards valued between $100 and $599.

Skip the Sunday cooking, and come on over for great food, fun, and fellowship!

Senior Days Sept. 23

The next Senior Fun Day is slated for Monday, Sept. 23 at the Pleasanton Civic Center at 10 a.m. The theme will be Pick Your Game with UNO, 31, Phase 10 and Yahtzee.

Senior Days are free and sponsored by the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Department and the Pleasanton Express. The events are hosted by Dana Selby.

Local senior citizens (50 or older) are invited to the weekly Senior Days at the Pleasanton Civic Center each Monday. Events are free.

FBC Poteet Pantry

The First Baptist Church in Poteet Food Pantry will be open on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall building. It is open the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Hosanna Baptist Food Pantry in Poteet

Hosanna Baptist Church has a food pantry on every first Wednesday of the month and a food truck starting at 8 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The church is located at 237 School Dr. in Poteet.

“An Evening with Author Jeff S. Bray” Sept. 26

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Charlotte Public Library will present “An Evening with Author Jeff S. Bray.” Join him from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Bray has done it again! On the tail of his successful children’s series “Elissa the Curious Snail,” he’s back with a book for adults, “The Five Barred Gate.”

Everyone is invited to come meet Bray, enjoy some light refreshments, purchase his books and walk away with a signed copy for your own personal book shelf. He has five hardbound and 10 paperback for the adult book and five-seven paperback for the kiddos. He suggests going to Amazon (Prime)

Pleasantonto get them


Housing Assistance Workshop

The City of Pleasanton will hold its third USDA Housing Assistance Program Workshop on Sept. 26, at the Pleasanton Civic Center, at 10 a.m.

USDA Area Housing Specialist Jimmy Kolodziej will lead the workshop and will share important information about the USDA’s Housing Assistance Program, which includes: Home Ownership, Home Repair, Self Help Program, and Multi-Family Housing.

Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to apply for assistance immediately after the workshop. Applicants may qualify for up to $15,000 1% interest loans on 20-year terms for home repairs.

Local realtors are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops.

For more information contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210-960-4340, ext. 102.

Pleasanton commZoom® Business Workshop

The City of Pleasanton and commZoom will hold a Business Communications Workshop on Sept. 26, at the Pleasanton Civic Center, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CommZoom is a San Antonio based communications company that was launched in 2014. Since launching, commZoom has invested millions of dollars deploying communications infrastructure to service its 15 South Texas business markets, all within 100 miles of San Antonio.

CommZoom currently provides telecommunications services, such as; internet, cable TV, Internet telephone via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). It services the cities of La Vernia, Hondo, Castroville, Three Rivers, Bandera, Comfort, Devine, Lytle, Natalia, Pleasanton, Kenedy, Karnes City, Goliad, Jourdanton, and Poteet with plans for further expansion.

CommZoom offers competitive telecommunications services to support businesses of all sizes.

Bob Cohen has over 40 years of professional experience in the media and communications industry. Cohen spent 23 years with San Antonio based Clear Channel Communications (now iHeart Media) including nine years as CEO of the company’s International Radio Division.

For more information contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210-960-4340, ext. 102.

Rock-N-At the River Gospel Festival on Sept. 28

Bring your entire family to the 8th annual Rock-NAt The River Gospel Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28. The free event will take place from 1-5 p.m. at the Pleasanton Civic Center, located at 115 N. Main St. in Pleasanton (corner of Highway 281 and Goodwin Street).

Enjoy music, fellowship and Texas Pride BBQ. Enter to win many, many door prizes. The grand prize will be a flat screen TV.

This year will feature Cleto Rodriguez of FOX 29/News 4 as the Master of Ceremonies, along with entertainers Johnny Castro, Javier Galvan, Patsy Torres and Joshua Voices of Worship Praise Team.

For further details on this event, contact Tom Menchaca at 210-573-3749.

National Night Out Oct. 1

Police departments nationwide will observe National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The annual campaign promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make them safer, more caring places to live and work.

In Atascosa County, each police department will hold a National Night Out event.

The Pleasanton Police Department National Night Out event will take place at the Pleasanton River Park, from 6-8 p.m. Stop by for free food, games, prizes, inflatable games, dunking booth, visit with law enforcement agencies, businesses and more. They are still in need of businesses or organizations who wish to participate. Their theme this year is Fiesta. If you would like to donate, set up at the event, or if you have a talent to share, please contact Emika, Sam or Amie at 830-569-3869.

The Jourdanton Police Department will celebrate National Night Out from 6-9 p.m. at the Jourdanton Sports Complex on Champion Drive. Last year’s inaugural event was packed and this year it’s going to be bigger and better. If your business would like to participate in the festivities, contact Sgt. Mari Kaufman at mkaufman@jourdantonpd.net

National Night Out sponsored by the Poteet Police Department will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Poteet Municipal Park, at 575 W. Ave C. Bring the kids for free family fun and games like face painting, popcorn and more. For details call 830-742- 8123.

The City of Charlotte is preparing for its first National Night Out at the park. Those attending can enjoy a bounce castle and snow cones. The city will provide hotdogs, chips and a drink. Other participants so far include the fire department, Municipal Court and library, TXDOT and Safer Path. The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office, Atascosa EMS, Pct. 3 Constable’s Office and Atascosa County Animal Control will also be in attendance.

Job Fair on Oct. 2

The City of Pleasanton will hold the 2019 Collaborative Career/Job Fair, in partnership with Coastal Bend College and Workforce Solutions Alamo, on Oct. 2, at the Pleasanton Civic Center.

The career/job fair will include several local, state, and federal government agencies, private sector companies, and several departments from Coastal Bend College. Coastal Bend College will assist in conducting outreach to surrounding school districts and target high school juniors and seniors.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in this free career/job fair and bring several copies of their updated resumes to present to potential employers.

The fair will include two sessions: High School Student Session (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) for 11th and 12th grade students.

General Public Session (12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.).

For more information contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210-960-4340, ext. 102.

edicare presentation at Pleasanton Library

Come learn about your health care options. There will be a presentation on Medicare on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Pleasanton Library. The event will be 10-11 a.m.

Come hear from a doctor about how they help keep patients healthy by providing more attention, spending more time with patients and practicing prevention.

Refreshments will be provided. Join in on the activities. Bring a Medicare eligible friend. Call 830-569-5901 for more information.

St. Luke’s Fall Festival

Everyone is cordially invited to the 14th Annual Fall Festival/50th Golden Jubilee Year Celebration at St. Luke/Loire Catholic Church on Sunday, Oct. 6, located at 3930 FM 536, exit #117 off IH-37.

Grounds open at 10 a.m., mass celebration at 10:30. The delicious famous BBQ plate for $10 includes brisket, sausage, pinto beans, country potatoes, coleslaw, dessert and iced tea, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free admission and parking with activities for all ages. Activities include Super Prize Drawing with 20 prizes totaling $11,325, both silent and live auctions, country store, horse and pony rides, arts and crafts vendors, games for children, photo booth and much more. Plan to come spend the day in the beautiful country area for a fun-filled day. For more information or to volunteer, please contact church office at 830-393-6021 or email at stlukeloire@gmail.com.

Harvest Hustle 5K Oct. 12

The TRI-City Road Warriors and Poteet Rotary Club invite the public to join them for the Harvest Hustle 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 12. The start and finish will be at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds. This event is being held in conjunction with the Poteet Farmers’ Market.

The event will go on rain or shine. However, in the event of lightning, it will be cancelled.

Finishers medal (must complete 5K), T-shirts guaranteed to the first 100 registrants and more.

The late registration fee is $30 per participant. Deadline has been extended to Sept. 20. Please note there will not be registration on the day of the run.

Arrive by 6:30 a.m. for packet pick-up. The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8 a.m. Awards ceremony for 5K only to follow afterwards.

For further information, please contact Diana Leal at 830-399-9151 or email: lealdg@yahoo.com

Medicare Enrollment Period Oct. 15-Dec. 7

Whether you have original Medicare, a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D prescription drug plan, you have one opportunity each year to make changes. This opportunity is Medicare’s annual enrollment period. Annual Enrollment begins Tuesday, Oct. 15 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 7. Changes made during this time will become effective January 1, 2020.

You can compare plans in your area or enroll in a new plan by visiting the www.medicare.gov website or by calling 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227).

You can also receive help locally by contacting the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to speak to a certified benefits counselor by dialing (210)477-3275. By calling a SHIP counselor you will receive a FREE and IMPARTIAL counseling to help you make your decision.

Helpful numbers to call are: Alamo Service Connection at 210-477-3275, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or Texas Certified Benefits Counselor at 1-800- 252-9240 or Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.

Oct. 24 Shine a Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter is to create awareness that lasts far beyond October.

Safer Path welcomes you to a candlelight vigil to Shine a Light on Domestic Violence, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Join them, along with community leaders, law enforcement, business owners, organizations and members of the community. Domestic violence is not only a crime within a family- it is also a crime against our community. They hope you will join them to bring domestic violence out of the shadows.

TO FEATURE an event in Out and About, email Lifestyles Editor Lisa Luna at lluna@pleasantonexpress.com or call our office at 830-569- 6130 or 830-569-4967.

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