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Eddie Sandoval

Homeward Bound “a true story”

Homeward Bound     “a true story”

A little over two months ago my neighbor Elaine who likes to feed the homeless animal’s, mainly cats mentioned to us that someone was not only eating all of the cat food that she normally puts out in her front yard but also taking away the bowls!  We all came to the conclusion that it was probably a loose dog that has been wandering around the area recently. My wife Yvonne then noticed that dog at our back fence once it was feeding time for our dogs, so she decided to start going around our house to see if she could start feeding him also.  As she called out for him  he would come running around to the front of the house with hesitation.  He would wait for the food tray to be placed on the ground and he cautiously would start eating.  She tried to get closer to him and he would retreat, he had  a collar with tags and we hoped it had the  owners phone number. Tried to get close enough to read them but to no avail, this routine continued for weeks. Two weeks ago we formally met our neighbor Angela from the end of our cul-de-sac and the subject of this lost dog came up and as it turns out , Angela had been feeding him breakfast every morning before she headed off to work.  Our homes back up to an area of beautiful woods and trees and that is where “Rudy” alias, would go back to after his meals and running around this was  his home and shelter.  We would worry about him on those super cold nights but thanks to caring neighbors he did not lack food or water.   On Tuesday, Christmas Eve as Yvonne was handing out her homemade Christmas Cheesecakes to our neighbors we came across Angela’s neighbor Ernest and his family. He too was familiar with Rudy and said whenever he was griiling  steaks he would share with Rudy!  Wow did we feel cheap. Moments later Rudy came out to play, Yvonne would lay on the ground to make Rudy feel more comfortable and as I watched Yvonne get a hold of him and was able to release his collar and YES there was a phone number. As Rudy ran back to the woods Yvonne made the phone call and left a message. A man called back after about an hour and said he would call back when he was done with his deliveries as he was working for UPS.    Later around 6:15 that evening “Jeremy”s wife called and asked for our address as they were both on the way to pick up Rudy!   Yea, when they arrived Rudy was no where to be found so  “our adopted son” who thinks he’s a UPS driver with all the miles he racks up, went into the woods to attempt to flush out Rudy and lo and behold Rudy came out. I think all the animals RUN for their life when they hear or see him. When the owners called out to Huckleberry aka as Rudy he was still in a resistance mode.” Come to mama Huckleberry”  and the dog would sit and listen, get up nervously , sit and stare.  After 20 minutes Yvonne ran to the front yard and the dog pursued her it took another 10 minutes to get close to him so we bribed him with ham and Carrie’s fresh chili…… What happened next would have been a winner for America’s funniest video’s as Yvonne was on the ground wrestling Huckleberry as she tried to capture Rudy,  along with our son and the dogs owner.  SUCCESS came when Josue wrapped his arms around him and carried Huckleberry to the car.   Once in, the dog gave a big lick to his owner on the cheek…… Huckleberry was rescued again, he knew he was HOME.…

Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio Festival



 Conservancy (MPC) welcomes you to Main Plaza, the “heart of the city”, on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from noon to 10:00pm for a day of fun, music and competition ft. MS. VIKKI CARR!This 2nd annual celebration will showcase a mariachi competition between area schools competing for the cash prize of $1,500 and the designation Best High School Level Mariachi in the San Antonio Area.  MPC’s added component to this festival is the opportunity for a select group of students to continue past this event to become a member of the All-Star, Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio ensemble.  This group of “the best of the best” will be groomed to be ambassadors for MPC, the City of San Antonio, and Bexar County.

How better to bring an awareness of family and community combined with history and heritage than by showcasing San Antonio’s finest resources, its youth and great Mariachi tradition!

Students selected for the Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio All-Star ensemble will study under the direction of Dr. Rachel Yvonne Cruz, who with an award-winning history in mariachi as well as academe, being a founder in the creation of the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Specialization in Mariachi performance and pedagogy, will team with Main Plaza Conservancy to facilitate a smooth transition for these individuals into colleges and universities as well as receiving an earned scholarship from MPC.  Judging will be by a panel of five (5) professional musicians with a vested interest in mariachi education to ensure integrity of scoring in regard to musicianship, technique and style.

This event will showcase area talent to include school mariachi groups throughout the day followed by the evening competition and recognition.  Additionally, the 1st year graduating Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio students will be presented with their scholarship recognition announcing to the world, that 100% of those graduating from this ensemble have transitioned into a college or university.

And finally, MPC will present its second “Lifetime Achievement Award” to an individual deserving of special recognition for their dedication to music and in preserving the mariachi tradition through its music and education.
Winner of the 2012 high school competition:   Brackenridge High School


Main Plaza Conservancy is pleased to announce the winners of the All-Star competition and now featured members of the “official” MPC Mariachi, “Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio”:

Nizhoni Begay             Incarnate Word High School

Oscar Garza               Brackenridge High School

Armando Herrara         Brackenridge High School

Roberto R. Guardiola   Fox Tech High School

Alejandro Cerrillo         Southwest High School

Marissa Arevalo          Jefferson High School

Ruby Chapa               Fox Tech High School

Alejandra Pena           Fox Tech High School

Medardo Garcia          Fox Tech High School

Francisco Yebra, Jr.   Holmes High School

Juan A. Lopez            Lanier High School

John Nieto, Jr.            Brackenridge High School

Chris Herrera              South San High School

Madison Garcia          Holmes High School

Salvador Sandoval       Southwest High Scho

Ricardo Valdez           Southwest High School

Raul Palomar              Fox Tech High School


Below: Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio

Below: Alfredo Flores, Gini Garcia, Jane Pauley-Flores, John Nieto, Dr. Rachel Cruz



For more information call 210-225-9800, visit
MISSION:  Main Plaza Conservancy, a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing San Antonio and its visitors with the cultural and historical “heart of the city”, bringing an awareness of family and community combined with history and heritage.

33rd Annual Tejano Music Awards Winners

Saturday 10-19-2013 @ 11:45 P.M.

Congratulations to the WINNERS of the 33rd Annual Tejano Music Awards

Song of Year/Artist/Group

Mi Mundo Se Acabo – Siggno


Male Vocalist of the Year

Ricky Valenz


Female Vocalist of the Year

Elida Reyna


Entertainer of the Year

Jesse Turner


Album of the Year – Tejano

Contigo Descubri – Elida Reyna y Avante


Album of the Year – Conjunto

Back on Track – Los Hermanos Farias


Album of the Year – Norteño

People En Espanol

Festival People en Espanol

Festival People en Espanol

The most trusted voice in Hispanic entertainment presents the hottest weekend of stars and music in its 2nd annual Festival People en Español presented by Target. The non-stop fun and excitement takes place over Labor Day Weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Two-days and two-nights of festivities that center around Hispanic passion points – beauty, fashion, food, entertainment and music. Interactive, family-friendly activities during the day at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and two nights of ticketed concert performances at the Alamodome by such world-renowned recording artists as Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Fernandez, Bobby Pulido, Jencarlos Canela, Demi Lovato, Chris Perez Project, Frankie J and Wisin Y Yandel.

River City Rockfest coming

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© River City Rockfest 2013

 SUNDAY, MAY 26TH 2013




“Las Tesoros de San Antonio” A WestSide Story”

 Las Tesoros de San Antonio”

 “A Westside Story”

Jorge Sandoval is a local actor, filmaker, photographer and technican. He returns to filmaking with the exiting documentary “Las Tesoros de San Antonio”/A WestSide Story.”Experience the sights and sounds.

Saturday, 6th Oct, 2-3:00PM  

Central Library Auditorium

800  Soledad                                                                                                                                                                                               




Sunday, 7th Oct ,2-3:30 PM

Bazan Branch Library

2200 W.Commerce


7th BW returns from largest B-1 deployment in last decade

Posted 7/31/2012 Updated 7/31/2012 Email story

by Senior Airman Robert Hicks
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

7/31/2012 – DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — More than 400 Airmen returned from Southwest Asia July 25 and 26 to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, after being deployed six months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

This is what makes me MAD as

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96 Year-Old Latino Former Arizona Governor Detained By Border Patrol In 100 Degree Heat

By Ian Millhiser  on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This man is Raúl Héctor Castro. He is 96 years old, a former Arizona governor, and a former United States Ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia and Argentina. He was born in Mexico, and is a United States citizen.

J.R. Martinez & Karina win Dancing with the Stars

Congrats go out to J.R. Martinez and Karina , just when we all thought the fix was in after the results showed Rikki Lake came in third ” I thought I was gonna die” However , the best finally won. Then after getting ready to write something about his victory I could not find anything on the net or on the news! Had that other (2nd place person had won, I feel the media would be shoving it down our throats for a week. So I write this in honor of J.R. and his military service and for all in our military. And for those of you who are not to familiar with J.R. here is a little bio on him I found on Dancing with the stars website from ABC. His real name is Jose Rene..DOB June 14,1984.What is not included below is that he is not married. Has a girlfriend “Diana Jones” who is an executive assistant for ABCs hit sop opera “All My Children” He was in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky when he was deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is originally from Shreveport, LA via El Salvador where his mothers family is from. I salute you J.R. for giving all of us with a handicapp, the inspiration and motivation to keep pushing forward in life and work. You are an example of making all the hard work and re-hab well worth it………………