Check out these five “egg-cellent” events over the next two weekends for some family-friendly Easter-themed fun.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
This Saturday, March 24th at 11 am, the Alley on Bitters welcomes children of all ages to their epic Easter egg hunt. Hundreds of eggs filled with treats will be hidden on their back lawn, just waiting to be gathered in baskets and taken home. Dress the kiddos up in their Sunday best for pics with the Easter Bunny afterwards.
Click here for more information at the Alley on Bitters website.
Also this Saturday, March 24th, Traders Village hosts an egg hunt (and more) from 10 am to 1 pm—rain or shine. There will be four egg hunts, by age groups: 0–3 years, 4–6 years, 7–9 years, and 10–12 years, totaling 30,000 eggs. Plus, there will be door prizes, and pictures with the Easter Bunny at the train depot from 12:00–1:30 P.M. The event is free, although parking is $4.
Click here for more information at the Traders Village website.
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
Annual spring event with fun activities for kids in and out of the pool, including mini golf and giant Jenga and Connect Four. Egg hunts will take place every 30 minutes for different age groups. $2 per child. Click here for more information on the San Antonio Parks And Rec website.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The City of Boerne hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Boerne City Lake Park, Saturday, March 24 at 10:30 am. Festivities include pictures with the Easter Bunny, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and kids crafts, along with the egg hunt at 11:15 am SHARP! “Hunters” will be divided into 4 different age groups (ages 3 & under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10+) with over 15,000 stuffed eggs to find! Mobil food vendors will be available at this event, and parking fees at the lake will be waived until noon.
More information by clicking here for the City of Boerne’s website.
Eggfest at University Bowl
Easter Sunday, April 1, from noon until 5 pm, enjoy unlimited bowling, face painting, egg hunts, Easter piñata break, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny at University Bowl! $15.99 per person. Call 210-699-6235 for more information.
Ever had one of those moments where you wanted to eat out, but couldn’t face the prospect of getting back in the car after fighting traffic on your commute home? Did you think it would sure be nice if someone would go pick up the food you wanted and deliver it right to your door, while you surfed Facebook in your pajamas? And wouldn’t it be great if they could pick up your dry cleaning or grab a prescription from the pharmacy on the way? Well, now there is an app for that!
Favor delivery service allows you to get just about anything you want delivered right to your door in under an hour. After you download the app and save your info, just enter the items you would like from any restaurant or store in the San Antonio delivery zone, and Favor will send one of their “runners” to complete the pickup and delivery. Payment is secure and cashless and takes place right in the app.
The average delivery time is 35 minutes, but can vary depending on demand, traffic, and restaurant wait times—Favor keeps you posted on the status of your order via push notifications and texts from your runner.
So what will all this convenience cost you? Favor charges a $6 delivery fee in San Antonio and a 5% – 9% processing fee based on the cost of the items you’ve ordered. Tipping runners is highly encouraged, and the runners keep 100% of anything you decide to give.
If you are heading to ACL this weekend or next, Favor also operates in Austin and will bring almost anything you might need to your hotel or Airbnb place. They’ll even deliver Fest merchandise.
But be sure to BYOB—Favor doesn’t deliver alcohol in any of its cities. For more information, check out Favor’s website.
You did your part, San Antonio, and voted for our next mayor and city councilmen on May 6, 2017. But your job’s not done yet! Since no mayoral candidate received over 50% of the total vote, a runoff election between Ivy Taylor and Ron Nirenberg is currently being held. Council seats in Districts 1, 2, 6 8, 9, and 10 will also be decided. Make sure your voice is heard by getting to any convenient polling place during early voting, or, if you enjoy the excitement of standing in line with fellow interested voters, head to your designated polling place on Election Day, Saturday, June 10. For more information on polling sites, to check if you are registered, or to view early voting totals, go to the Bexar County Elections Department informational page.
Condo sales in Texas’ major metro areas are up, as baby boomers, retirees and millennials discover revived downtown areas where workplaces, restaurants, shopping opportunities and entertainment spots have re-staked their claims, according to the Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report released by the Texas Association of REALTORS® last year. “Many young urban professionals and newly retired baby boomers are buying condos, as they provide an affordable alternative to single-family homes and townhomes,” said Leslie Rouda Smith, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. “These millennials and retirees don’t want the upkeep of a traditional, single-family home and want to be close to nightlife and amenities.”
San Antonio is certainly seeing an uptick in condo sales, in part driven by a surge in the infill condo concept, where builders purchase tracts in urban areas and develop new upscale condominium communities. I recently took a look at David Weekley Homes’ development at The Gardens at Urban Crest. This 43-acre parcel at Oakwell Farms inside Loop 410 was purchased by David Weekley from the Tobin Endowment, and was the last undeveloped tract in the area. Detached 2 and 3-story plans with attached 2-car garages will ring the development, with 1442 – 2326 sq. ft. homes ranging in price from a base of $327,990 to around $425,000 fully loaded.
The interior of the model features a gorgeous gourmet kitchen and a luxurious master bathroom and owner’s retreat with finishes seen in far more expensive homes in neighboring ’09. When a member of my team wondered aloud if the 3-story condo would appeal to couples in their golden years, we were quickly shown where an optional elevator could be included. The proximity to Fort Sam Houston, the Tobin Branch Library at Oakwell and scenic hiking and biking trails at Robert L.B. Tobin Park makes it a great development to consider for buyers wanting close-in new construction. Weekley is building several other condo developments around the city, including one near the Medical Center, and one just down the street from Brackenridge Golf Course. For more information on these developments, click on David Weekley Homes. And contact me through my home page if you are interested in downsizing or making the move to the “Lock and Leave” lifestyle.
Starting in October, you may be dialing area code 726 to reach out and touch someone in San Antonio. But don’t worry—residents and businesses won’t have to change their current 210 numbers. The new 726 area code will overlay the area, meaning it will be assigned only for new telephone numbers within the region. The change is needed to handle regional growth combined with added demand for wireless phone numbers and business landlines, according to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
There will be a major change to the way calls will be dialed here, however. Ten digit dialing—area code 726 or 210, plus the seven digit telephone number—will be necessary for local and expanded local calls to be completed. Rates will not be affected by the change, and emergency and other three digit numbers (like 311 for city services) will also remain the same.
Beginning March 25, 2017, you will be able to use either the seven or ten digit number, so there will be plenty of time to practice before the change is instituted on September 23, 2017. The 726 area code numbers will begin rolling out in mid-October. For more information, click on Public Utility Commission of Texas.