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LEARN TO MAKE FIESTA DRINKS
During Fiesta, take a break with a Fiesta martini. Marco Guerrero over at Gustology has the cure for celebration overload — he will offer special Fiesta Week classes featuring a Fiesta martini, a rey cocktail, a confetti fashioned and a champagne parade. Promo code: 78209Magazine. Gustology is located in Carousel Court. Go to Gustologist.com for your own special Fiesta party planning.

SPECIAL HAPPENINGS AT THE MCNAY
Art After Dark, exclusively for high school students, is a free museum night at the McNay offering art-making activities, special tours, music provided by local high school bands, food and fun! It’s Friday, April 10, 7-10 p.m. Register by calling 210-805-1768. Leave Mom and Dad at home and let your imagination take over. And one of my favorite movies is Billy Elliot, showing Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the McNay during the Ballet on the Big Screen Film Series. Don’t miss the heartwarming film that will have you laughing one moment and tearing up the next as Billy Elliot reaches for his dream. Fun for the entire family and sure to please all.

SVELTE VELDT OPENS
Svelte Veldt Home is an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, bamboo and midcentury furnishings and accessories. The owner, Bonnie Chumbley, has been designing for 25 years in San Antonio, California, Colorado and Rhode Island. Her newest venture is located at 5009 Broadway, next to Cappy’s Restaurant. “San Antonio has been in need of a new and exciting spot where one can pick up a $25 birthday gift or a custom sofa all in one place,” according to owner Chumbley.

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BRAVE A RAIN FOREST ADVENTURE AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
A rain forest adventure awaits those that dare! Plan a trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden to check out the maze exhibit leading guests inside the rain forest, from the soaring canopies all the way to the forest floor with lessons on ecology, biodiversity, adaptability and conservation. Now through September. And don’t miss Viva Botanica and Plant Sale, April 18, a favorite spring event, plant sale and garden celebration. There will also be a plant sale on May 2. And if you are a society member, mark your calendar for Flowers and Fireworks the following day for a night of explosive fun for the entire family. Visit www.sabot.org to be in the know.

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Jorge Herrero, Jose Ramon Campos and Ethel Kruse, ‘09ers and partners, have opened CommonWealth Coffee House & Bakery at 118 Davis Court. According to Herrero, “We have many factors that I believe make us unique compared to any other coffeehouse and bakery, in that we imported our espresso machine directly from Italy, have locally roasted coffee beans, the best baristas, and I brought back two French bakers from France. We thus have traditional French pastries.” The inviting brand-new cafe situated within easy walking distance of the University of the Incarnate Word is wowing fans and students with breakfast tacos, salads, French pastries, paninis and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Now that the weather is nice and spring is in the air, meet your friends on the outdoor patio to sip select wines, craft beers or that afternoon cup of coffee. Stop “procaffeinating” and head over for your cup of happiness; you will thank yourself later! www.commonwealthcoffeehouse.com.

BOOT SCOOT AND 5K FOR THE WITTE
Grab your tennis shoes and boots for a Boot Scoot and 5K Run on April 11. This fourth annual kickin’ run/walk event begins and ends at the Witte Museum. After running and walking, ditch the tennis shoes and grab your Western boots and scoot to tunes played along the front drive of the Witte. This event is fun for all ages and benefits the Witte’s educational programs by underwriting admissions, program and exhibition fees and bus transportation for students.

THEORY COFFEE COMPANY SERVES DRINKS FROM A TRAILER
If you’re more into drinking your coffee on the run, then look no further than Theory Coffee Company for your next cup of pick-me-up. Grab your coffee boost from this trailer serving up lattes, espressos and cappuccinos. The Theory Coffee Company trailer is located at 2347 Nacogdoches Road, Monday through Friday 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays they are booked at the Castle Hills Farm to Market 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wherever you find them, they are providing quick cups of specialty coffee drinks. According to owner Mark Vollmer, “We are teaming up with C’est la Vie in Castle Hills and will offer their baked goods at the trailer. We are also planning on rolling out hot tea along with an iced tea that we will source locally.” Next up: roaming the road — stay tuned! www.theorycoffeeco.com.

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FIBER ARTISTS STYLE SHOW COMING UP
The Fiber Artists of San Antonio will present In Harmony with Nature, their 19th annual fashion show, on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center. The night before, fashions will be previewed along with accessories, and everything will be for sale. I have seen some very cool outfits and accessories from these talented artists. It’s a not-to-miss event full of creativity and lots of imagination. Artists from ’09 include Robin Early, B.K. Peterson, Kate Martin and Ida Spence. Tickets are available at www.finberartistsofsanantonio.org.

BY LESLIE FOLEY

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