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VOLUME 117 | December 19, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Here it is: the last email newsletter of the decade.

If I didn’t have the privilege of seeing you at one of our Holiday Tree Lightings last week, I want to wish you the happiest of holidays with your friends and family and wish each of you the best for 2020. And for District 7, I wish for strong communities and prosperity for all residents.

It is an honor and pleasure to serve you. Thank you for your trust and commitment to strengthening our neighborhoods by working together. 

Before I sign off for the year, a couple of notes:

The District 7 Office will be closed from December 23 to January 6 in observance of the holidays. We will reopen on January 7, 2020. You can find the complete schedule of City services available here

The Fire Department will open a Fireworks Hotline for residents to report fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The number is 210-207-0202.

Please be safe in your holiday celebrations and take extra care while driving on New Year’s Eve.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed District 7's wisest for a holiday luncheon. The Young Women's Leadership Academy Choir and Baskin Elementary School Choir performed all the most festive hits. A big thank you to Liz and her staff at Liz's Event Center. It was an excellent time thanks to your hard work!
The District 7 Tree Lighting at Nani Falcone Park was a huge success thanks to a strong showing from the community. Santa Claus, Sparky the Fire Dog, and the Braun Station Bobcats led us in festive tunes before we moved to the Maverick Library for cookies, coffee, and conversation. Thank you to State Representatives Trey Martinez Fischer and Ray Lopez, County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, and H-E-B for their contributions to the event.
City Council recognized the City and community partners who responded to the June 6 storm which severely affected District 7 for their service and quick response. In the end: 311 took 1,183 calls for service; the Solid Waste Management Dept. collected over 2,200 tons of brush, tree limbs, and debris from the storm and made 703 residential pick-ups; and the Development Services Dept. coordinated 135 clean ups. Thank you to Senator Menendez for presenting the City departments and partners with a certificate of appreciation. And a special thank you to the all of the partner organizations who assisted residents, including CPS Energy, the San Antonio Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Luke Catholic Church, and St. Paul Catholic Church.
The Oaks of French Creek HOA brought in the holidays with a new pocket park located in the center of their community. The pocket park will serve as a gathering place for neighbors and you may even see Santa Claus from time to time! Thank you Philip Beekley and Kathy Mackin for inviting us to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Neighbors met last week at the Leon Valley Conference Center where the City of San Antonio's Planning department provided updates on the Bandera Rd. Corridor as well as updates about traffic data that has been compiled by TxDOT throughout the past year. For more information about Bandera Rd. Plan visit the Planning Department's website here. If you missed the meeting, you can still participate in the virtual meeting here.
Councilwoman Sandoval addresses the public at the Monticello Park Bond Project meeting.
Councilwoman Sandoval speaks to the Hillcrest Neighborhood Association during their monthly meeting at Baskin Elementary School. Special thanks to Mary Lou Reyna, President of the St. Vincent De Paul Chapter at St. Paul's, who received recognition at City Council this week for her assistance in providing food to the community after the storms
This week, the District 7 team attended the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio awards ceremony to honor organizations that received $6,388,203 in grants for their commitment to improving the health of our communities and city.

Congratulations to the organizations in District 7 who were awarded the grants: St. Mary's University, Bihl Haus Arts, Jefferson Outreach, San Antonio Clubhouse, The Children's Shelter, and Meals on Wheels.
D7 in the News
“Sandoval told the Rivard Report on Tuesday that traffic congestion and safety are the chief worries for many residents in her council district, which covers much of Bandera. The lack of continuous sidewalks and the absence of bicycle lanes, specifically, are troublesome, she added.”

"Texas PACE Authority's "Property Assessed Clean Energy" program enables businesses to get low-cost loans to install solar panels, as well as water conservation, energy-efficient and renewable energy projects on their properties. "

Announcements
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed Dec. 24, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2019 in observance of the holiday season. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. See the full schedule of City services and municipal offices here.
CPS Energy will never call you demanding payment. Don't be fooled. Learn more about how to avoid scams and protect yourself here.
The holidays can be merry and bright for our four legged friends by following some simple tips.
With the forecast calling for freezing conditions overnight, Animal Care Services will have ZERO TOLERANCE for violations when there is a declared weather emergency. Learn more here.
Enjoy the winter holiday break with your Parks and Recreation Department. Our camps run 7:30am -5:30pm and includes a lunch and snack! Each of our community centers will have sports, fitness, active games, and holiday themed crafts. Camp is only $3 per child / per day!

Eat, Read & be Merry this Holiday Season at
San Antonio Public Library
The Holiday season is in full swing and San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) wants to help you celebrate the season right. With the temperatures dropping and days getting shorter, this is the perfect time to utilize the Library’s tree-mendous Digital Collection for all your eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. Not only does the digital collection include a variety of books for recipes, party planning, and decorating, but also an assortment of children’s books to keep the kids entertained during the holiday break.

But wait, there’s myrrh! Hold on for “deer” life because San Antonio Public Libraries will also be hosting a variety of free holiday activities throughout the month of December for all ages. With holiday-themed crafting, gift wrapping parties, family hat making, Holi-DIY card making, film screening and more, “yule” be sorry if you miss this lineup of FREE events! For a complete list of Library events, visit www.mysapl.org.

Sketchbook Club – Holiday and New Year’s Cards
Friday, December 20 | 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Pan American Branch Library | 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221
Let’s hang out and draw. Bring your favorite drawing supplies or use ours.
For Teens and Adults
Theme- Holiday and New Year’s Cards
 
Movie Screening: Elf
Sunday, December 22 | 3PM – 4:30PM
Memorial Branch Library, 3222 Culebra, 78228
Join us for a classic Christmas flick!
Summary: A young orphan named Buddy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag and is transported back to the North Pole to be raised as an elf. Years later, Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York to find his true identity.
Starring Will Ferrell. Rated PG.
 
Anime Holiday Party
Sunday, December 22 | 3PM – 5PM
Pan American Branch Library | 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221
Join us for anime themed holiday fun! There will be a Japanese music playlist, crafts, coloring, and treats. Feel free to cosplay and/or wear cute holiday accessories. All ages are welcome.
 
Family Holiday Hat Making
Monday, December 23 | 2PM – 4PM
Sunday, December 29 | 3PM – 5PM
Thursday, January 2 | 3PM – 5PM
Friday, January 3 | 2PM 4PM
Pruitt Branch Library, 5110 Walzem Rd., 78218
Have fun over the holidays making your own cool, winter hat while learning the basics of loom knitting. All supplies are provided; or you are welcome to bring your own. Registration starts Dec 7 either in person or by telephone. In order to complete the hat, you must attend a minimum of 3 sessions. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. Registrants may not bring guests, including children 9 years and younger.
 
Clay Christmas Ornaments
Monday, December 23 | 10AM – 12PM
Cortez Branch Library, 2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224
Personalize your own clay Christmas ornament! You'll receive a blank ornament to decorate with a variety of paint, beads and glitter and then you can take home your creation to put on your tree.
 
Holiday Film Screening: The Polar Express
Monday, December 23 | 4PM – 5PM
Johnston Branch Library, 6307 Sun Valley, 78227
The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
 
Tweens Create – Holiday Snacks
Monday, December 23 | 4PM – 5PM
Encino Branch Library, 2515 E. Evans, 78259
Bring your friends and hang out for some interactive fun at the library. No desks. No tests. Just fun! Tweens will create a different craft at each session. This program is for nine to twelve year olds.
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