This Weekend @ SAPL

Always free and always fun, take a look at some of the exciting things coming up this weekend ( Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27) at YOUR San Antonio Public Library- Qi Gong, Meditation, Dinosaur Day and more! *All Library Locations Closed on Friday, April 25 in observance of Fiesta San Jacinto

ESL Classes
Cortez Branch Library (2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224)
Saturday, April 26
10am – 1pm
Project Learn to Read of San Antonio offers ESL (English as a Second Language) classes free of charge at the Cortez Branch Library every Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Qi Gong Class
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Saturday, April 26
10:30am – 11:30am
Qi Gong is a meditative movement practice with roots in ancient Chinese culture. It involves deep breathing, slow movement, and meditation for gentle exercise and energy. Natalie Enevold, a Certified Qi Gong instructor, leads the class.

Mind and Meditation Workshop
Parman Branch Library (20735 Wilderness Oak, 78258)
Saturday, April 26
1pm – 3pm
Learn how meditation can help you relieve stress and improve your physical and mental health through these free workshops. Registration required. Visit the events calendar at mysapl.org to sign up.

Dinosaur Day
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Saturday, April 26
2pm – 4pm
Join in the fun as we play and learn about dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Designed for children five and under but all ages are welcome.

Tutoring for Young Children
Landa Branch Library (233 Bushnell Ave., 78212)
Sunday, April 27
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Landa Library Teen Leadership Council offers a free, weekly tutoring session for young children (5-11 years) in the following subjects: English/ Grammar/ Vocabulary Building/ Writing, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, World/ U.S. Geography, TAKS/ STAAR Preparation and introduction to Tutor.com. Reservations strongly recommended. Please email Beatrice Canales at beatrice.canales@sanantonio.gov for any questions or to reserve your seat!

American Sign Language Class
Brook Hollow Branch Library (530 Heimer Rd., 78232)
Sunday, April 27
3pm – 4pm
Free weekly classes on Sunday afternoons, taught by MacArthur HS honor students- learn the basics of American Sign Language.

April 24 in San Antonio history…

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The first Battle of Flowers parade is held (right).

1942
Although the Fiesta San Jacinto festivities have been cancelled due to the war, the annual pilgrimage from Municipal Auditorium to the Alamo takes place tonight. The procession, carrying flowers, will march to the Alamo where the flowers will be placed in memory of the fallen heroes.

1948
The first Fiesta Flambeau parade is held in San Antonio.

April 23 in San Antonio history…

1883
The Alamo church building is bought by the State under an Act of April 23, for $20,000, from the Catholic church authorities.

1917>April 23 in San Antonio history...
Dorian Leigh (right), arguably the world’s first supermodel, was born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker in San Antonio.

1957
For the first time, “Night in Old San Antonio” moves from a one-day event to a three-day event, beginning tonight in La Villita.

Watch Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero LIVE 6:30pm!

It’s National Poetry Month and we’ve invited newly-named Poet Laureate of San Antonio Laurie Ann Guerrero to read from her book, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, TONIGHT at 6:30pm at the Central Library Auditorium. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

 

For anyone who is unable to attend, our friends at NOWCast SA will stream the program live tonight.

Click here to watch: http://www.livestream.com/nowcastsa

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April 22 in San Antonio history…

1951
The Rowles Sales Company at 535 Delaware is displaying the new DuMont Royal Sovereign – the largest TV currently made.  It has a gigantic 30″ screen.  The cabinet is 47  inches high, 49 inches wide and 27 inches deep and also contains an FM radio and an attachment for a phonograph.  The TV sells for $1800.00.  (This is $15,374.16 in today’s money.)

1978
Severe thunderstorms form west and northwest of the city, then march eastward.  High winds with 74 mph gusts and damaging hail hit right before the Fiesta Flambeau night parade.

1982
RepublicBank receives a permit from city council to demolish the Texas Theater.  The Conservation Society receives a federal court order to delay the demolition for 60 days.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

1889
Juan N. Seguin, in a letter to General Bee of this city, positively asserts that the charred bones and ashes of the Alamo defenders, burned by Santa Ann’s orders, were collected in an urn and deposited in a grave which the writer had dug inside of the cathedral of San Fernando, in front of the altar close to the railing.(from the April 21, 1889 San Antonio Light newspaper)

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The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown.  Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.

1993
The new grocery store from Austin-based Whole Foods Market in the Colonies North Shopping Center holds its grand opening.

April 20 in San Antonio history…

1891
President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

1948
A Night in Old San Antonio will be presented by the Conservation society [for the first time] this evening at La Villita and along Villita St. The public is invited. At 6 p. m. a street market will be opened with booths and strolling musicians. Supper will be served at chili stands and chuck wagons at 6:30. At the same hour there will an exhibition of Spanish dancing.

A mock bull fight will be staged at 6:45, a puppet show at 7 p. m. and at 7:15 the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist church choir
will sing spirituals at Villita Street church. This program will be repeated throughout the evening.
From 7:30 to 11:30 there will be dancing in Juarez plaza, with a cowboy orchestra, and pioneer dancing in Bolivar hall to oldtime music. An exhibition of Texas pioneer dancing will be given from 8:30 to 9:30. At 9 p. m., prizes will be awarded for Texas Republic, Mexican and Western costumes.

1986
Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver, Drew Pearson, turns in his resignation as weekend sportscaster on KENS-TV.  “He felt he couldn’t devote the time necessary to become a top-flight sports anchor,” Gary DeLaune explained after substituting for Pearson on the 5 p.m. news.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

1906
Bids will be opened in the mayor’s office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

1957
San Antonio oilman Tom Slick was quoted from Katamandu, Nepal, as saying his exploring party had found three sets of mysterious tracks which he is convinced were made by the fabled “Abominable Snowman” of the Himalayas.

1988
Longtime San Antonio clothiers, Frost Brothers, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

April 18 in San Antonio history…

1927
Archbishop Robert J. Drossaerts rededicated San Jose Mission as a sacred edifice. Restored to its original lines of 160 years ago, the mission will be reblessed to compensate for the time it lay in ruins.

1947
Mission Stadium and Ballpark opened and the first Texas league game was played there.

1999
Mario Elie hits a 3-point shot with 0.9 left on the clock to complete a 23-point comeback and seal the win over the Houston Rockets.  The Spurs would go on to win their first NBA Championship that season, defeating the New York Knicks.

April 17 in San Antonio history…

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J.C. Penney opens their first San Antonio store at 305 W. Commerce Street downtown (right).

1985
Clarissa Davis of John Jay High School, one of the most sought-after high school basketball recruits in city history, ends months of suspense and signs a letter of intent to play for the University of Texas Longhorns.

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