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November 2013
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Several members of the AAHA Board and friends took part in the 2013 Bud Light Coffins on Parade event benefiting the Paseo del Rio Association. We donned our best pirate garb and represented AAHA, waving and smiling to the onlookers on the Riverwalk on Saturday, October 26.


Keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities to get involved with AAHA and serve our community. 


Tomorrow is Halloween, please have a safe and happy evening with your family and friends. 


-The AAHA Board Members


October Luncheon Recap

Thanks to Tara Valdez with Barriba Cantina for hosting the October luncheon. We had a great time at your venue and the food was delicious. Thanks to you and your staff for doing an amazing job!

Also, thanks to Lara Smedley and Jackson Leuschen with the Valero Alamo Bowl for speaking to our lunch guests about the exciting events coming up in December at the Alamo Bowl. Lara talked about how restaurants, bars, attractions and hotels can get involved in the Downtown Partners program. It's an exciting way to get involved in one of the most popular and most-watched bowls in the country!

(L-R): Tara Valdez, Barriba Cantina; Lara Smedley, Valero Alamo Bowl and Jo Cox,  Traders Village holding sample signs for the "recreating college gameday " event that was held on the Riverwalk on October 23.

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Thank You Fishbowl Donors!
Thank you to the following AAHA Members and friends that donated to our fishbowl drawing in October. Thanks for your support!  

CSI: The Experience

Can you crack the case? The Witte Museum will feature this experience based on the hit TV crime drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." CSI: The Experience is an immersive, interactive forensic science exhibit that challenges visitors to use real science to solve hypothetical crimes in an exciting multi-media environment. Imagine entering a crime scene and being the one responsible for investigating and collecting every trace of evidence. The pressure is on: you know the analysis of your evidence must be scientifically sound to crack the case.

From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology, visitors will be immersed in hands-on science in an exciting multi-media environment with dazzling special effects direct from the CSI TV series.
Rock 'N' Roll Marathon San Antonio 

Okay kids, you've been gearing up for this since the beginning of the year. It's time for the San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon!!

It takes place on Sunday, November 17 and runs past many of the city's historic sites and parks, while featuring live bands and cheerleaders along the way. With ideal fall weather, San Antonio offers the perfect destination for a running vacation that combines athletic conquests with a weekend getaway in Texas' cultural hot spot. There is also a two-person relay, mini-marathon, kids runs, bike tours, spectator events and more. 
A Wonderland Christmas


"A Wonderland Christmas" will cap a successful 2013 season, the fourth for Morgan's Wonderland, the world's first ultra-accessible, family-fun theme park specifically designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind but built for everyone to enjoy.


On Friday, Nov. 29, the unique park will begin its second year of hosting "A Wonderland Christmas," special holiday entertainment for the entire family from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. 


In addition to the park's regular rides and attractions, A Wonderland Christmas will feature a new twinkling lights-and-music show at Sanctuary Garden, plus Santa Claus visits, musical entertainment, a petting zoo and Christmas decorations galore.  Pictures with Santa will be taken from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a nominal charge.

For information on operating days, hours of operation and admissions, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.
Holiday River Parade

"The Holiday River Parade is a floating parade of approximately 25 professionally decorated and lighted River Barges. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the parade, produced by the Paseo del Rio Association. 
The Holiday River Parade ALWAYS falls on the day after Thanksgiving which happens to be November 29 of this year. The parade is preceded by the Lighting Ceremony, during which 1.4 Million Christmas lights are turned on along the River Walk."
Many Riverwalk restaurants and hotels are offering River Parade packages, including Paesano's, Charlie Wants a Burger, Hard Rock Cafe, and Hilton Palacio del Rio. For more information click on the link. 
Tango of the Vines

Join our wonderful Board Member, Michelle Moon, for a bon vivant festival celebrating the senses.  Showcasing Texas Hill Country winemakers and diverse local San Antonio cuisine to raise money for the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation.

Wineries and restaurants include:


Pedernales Cellars    

Fiesta Winery     

Fresh Horizons     

Singing Water Vineyards     


Urban Taco    

Bright Shawl    

The County Line          

Hacienda de los Barrios     

Boiler House   

Page Barteau  

E.&J. Gallo Winery          

Pedernales Brewery   

Brindles Awesome Ice Creams  

Barriba Cantina 


Abandonado Tequila  

Liberty Bar 

CBQ Eatery

Move and groove to the cultural music stylings of El Tule Band.  Be sure to catch the exclusive limited edition "Grape Stomp Smash" and bid on silent auction treasures!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209


$50/on-line or $60/at the door
$75 for VIP Admission


(VIP tickets include: Access to VIP Guest Lounge with Exclusive Restaurant Selection, Sparkling Wine, Signature Cocktail and VIP Swag.


Hunger Games in IMAX

The Alamo IMAX Theatre at Rivercenter will open "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on November 21. 


"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will show in true IMAX film print on the biggest screen in San Antonio. Reserved seats are available online and 3-hours complimentary parking is available at the Rivercenter Mall Crockett and Commerce street parking garages. Click here for tickets and showtime information. 

Texican Gifts
The giveaway at the October luncheon, Texican coffee mug, instant Starbucks coffee and biscotti...so cute!


Looking for a fun and unique gift item to give this holiday season? Consider a gift basket or swag bag from Texican Gifts! Stephanie Farias can whip up the perfect gift item for your favorite client, co-worker or even your child's teacher. 


For more information or to place your order today, email Stephanie Farias or visit the Texican Gifts Facebook page for inspiration.  


Stephanie Farias


(210) 381-0096

November Luncheon

The 2013 November AAHA luncheon will be held at the Witte Museum. Please join us for a delicious meal, fish bowl raffle and fun with friends on Thursday, November 21st. 


Dr. Brian Bayles, Curator of Anthropology at the Witte will be the featured speaker. He will discuss the upcoming transformation of the HEB Science Treehouse into the HEB Body Adventure opening May 2014. You won't want to miss this adventure!


The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209


Invitations will be sent in the next week or two. If you do not receive an invitation via email, please contact Ashley Williams at ashwilliams@sftp.com

  • October Luncheon Recap
  • Thanks Fishbowl Donors
  • CSI: The Experience
  • San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Marathon
  • A Wonderland Christmas
  • Holiday River Lighting Ceremony
  • Tango of the Vines
  • Hunger Games in IMAX
  • Texican Gifts
  • November Luncheon

Member Spotlight

Naomi Leissner

Sales & Marketing Manager

Alamo IMAX Theatre Rivercenter

(210) 247-4600


How long have you been in your position?:
Almost 2 years

What do you like to do in your free time?:
Walk my dog, garden, watch movies and spend time with my family and friends.

Marital Status:

Do you have kids?
Imaginary and they are not well behaved. :)

What's your all-time favorite movie?:
So many. Just one? "To Kill a Mockinbird"

What is your favorite San Antonio restaurant?:
So many...Mon Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

What's your favorite thing to do in San Antonio?:
Enjoy South town and the River walk

Where did you go on your last vacation?:
Llano River cabin-swim, hike, fish& relaxed.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?:
Machu Picchu, Peru- because a friend has a B&B there and I would love to see the pyramids, landscape and soak up the culture.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Chocolate with chocolate syrup swirls

How long have you been a member of AAHA?:
Almost 2 years

What has been the most helpful about your association with AAHA?:
Meeting other professionals in a setting of comradery.

What can AAHA improve upon?: 
Sometimes the meeting space is small and it is not as easy to mingle.

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