25th Annual Marfa Lights Festival
Sep. 2-4
Marfa, TX

Fiorella Friday
Friday, Sep. 2
6:00 pm

Fiorella, Lafayette and Paris Streets
Castroville, TX

First Saturday at the Alamo
Saturday, Sep. 3
10:00 am

300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX

Labor Day
Monday, Sep. 5

Night in "Monte Carlos"
Saturday, Sep. 10
Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Antonio, TX
Purchase Tickets

PRCA Southwestern Rodeo
Sep. 15-18
Cohen Stadium
El Paso, TX

Mission Trail Art Market
Sunday, Sep. 18
9:00 am

1500 Main St.
San Elizario, TX

Heaven to Hell Motorcycle Ride
Saturday, Sep. 24
Alpine, TX

Championship Bull Riding
Saturday, Sep. 24
Pecos County Coliseum
Fort Stockton, TX

Sands Art Festival
Friday, Sep. 30
Ward County Convention Center
Monahans, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
September 2011 - Message from Carlos
With the help of the San Antonio Food Bank, generous corporate sponsors and some dedicated volunteers, my 3rd Annual Back to School Event at Palo Alto College was a tremendous success last month. And the payoff was huge — lots and lots of smiles.

Some 4,500 people turned out for the event, and thanks to the Food Bank, no one left hungry. Volunteers served lunch to almost 2,500 people, and before the day was over, more than 13,000 pounds of food staples were distributed to almost 500 families and more than 2,300 individuals.

We also gave away 2,000 backpacks with school supplies, provided kids with immunizations and dental screenings, and informed parents about a wide range of community resources that are available to make life a little easier. There was also plenty of entertainment, and everyone seemed to abide my only rule: to have fun!

There were many moving parts in all this, and just one word is needed to describe how it came together — partnership. Corporate sponsors such as AT&T, H-E-B, NuStar, Port San Antonio, Silver Eagle, Toyota, and USAA partnered with the Food Bank, United Way, government agencies, non-profits, education groups, child advocates, Navy volunteers and others to help me make this a memorable day.

This annual event is designed to get kids excited about returning to school and make their parents better informed about the range of resources and programs that are available to them. The idea is to make families healthier and help them feel more hopeful and secure about their future.

I am very proud of all the partners who helped me accomplish that goal. They are special people, and they helped create a special day.

Semper Fi!

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Uresti Receives CASA Award

For the second time in just two years, Sen. Uresti has been given CASA's "Big Voice for Little Texans" award. The group cited his ongoing battle against child abuse and his passage of a Foster Children's Bill of Rights in the last session of the Legislature.

Uresti accepted the award during a graduation ceremony for 35 new CASA volunteers at the group's San Antonio headquarters.

CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — screens and trains volunteers who represent a foster child's best interests in court. Each volunteer gets to know the child in their charge and communicate with people in the child's life, including their family, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and others.

According to CASA, last year 345 volunteers served 1,329 abused and neglected children in Bexar County. That was only about one-third of the children who needed an advocate, but fortunately, other caring people are stepping forward. Sen. Uresti helped Judge Peter Sakai swear in the newest class of volunteers, who will soon be on the job.

The “Big Voice For Little Texans” award is reserved for legislators who exhibited leadership during the legislative session in making foster children a priority. In the 82nd session earlier this year, Senator Uresti passed a Foster Children's Bill of Rights, which will help ensure that children in the foster care system are informed of their rights to appropriate food, clothing and shelter and to be treated fairly and humanely.

Armed Services Scholarship Program

The 82nd Legislature approved funding to make new awards for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program, which encourages students to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine, or commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States.

The program authorizes the governor and the lieutenant governor to appoint two students each, and each state senator and state representative to appoint one student to receive a Texas Armed Services Scholarship. Students must meet specific requirements in order to be eligible for nomination. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Micah Rodriguez in Sen. Uresti's Capitol Office, 512-463-0119.

City South Management Authority Board Openings

Residents or property owners interested in serving on the City South Management Authority have until Friday, Sept. 30, to submit an application for the open seats. For a full list of qualifications, please reference the authority's website at www.sanantonio.gov/citysouth. For questions or other information contact 210-207-7028. The San Antonio City Council and Bexar County Commissioners Court will each appoint four members to the authority, which was created to promote and foster sustainable development and economic growth within the authority's boundaries in South Bexar County. Applications are available at www.sanantonio.gov/clerk or www.bexar.org/BCApplication.pdf

Fire disaster counties get extension on filing RPAs

The Department of Emergency Management has obtained an extension of the deadline for the 45 original disaster-declared counties to submit their Request for Public Assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency complied with the agency's extension request, and affected counties now have until Sept. 15 to submit the RPA, the first major step in receiving federal assistance under the wildfire declaration. Jeff Davis County has until Sept. 15.

After this date, RPAs may be submitted but will require specific justification demonstrating circumstances and will be reviewed by FEMA on a case by case basis.

District 19 Attraction of the Month — Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose, long known as the queen of San Antonio's missions, has reopened following an extensive 10-month restoration. Several hundred people turned out on Aug. 19 for the official opening and mass conducted by San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

The $2.2 million renovation included new wiring, the installation of air conditioning, and a new retablo, made of Mexican red cedar with a Latino-inspired crucifix in the center. The mission's interior walls were also painted to recapture its original 18th-century colors.

Father David Garcia, who led a $5.5 million campaign to restore all four of San Antonio's historic missions, said the project is designed to preserve the history of the missions' founding and fortify their legacy.

“There was an intention way back in the 1700s for this to be a place of worship that I think we can and should follow,” he told the San Antonio Express-News. “They did not want it to turn into a pile of rubble and stone. To history, we owe it. And we do it as an act of faith because the missions are living, not only old buildings.”

The public is invited to visit the mission, which is operated by the National Park Service.

Click the links below to learn more about Senator Carlos Uresti and how the community has rewarded his hard work.

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