Coming Attractions December 11, 2009

December 11, 2009

Dec. 12 (Sat) — Brunch with the Clauses
11 a.m. at Mission Academy, 9210 S. Presa St.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be treated to breakfast tacos, juice and cookies, and pose for photos with their devoted fans.

Dec. 12 (Sat) — Annual ‘Miracle on Durango Street’
9 a.m. at the John H. Wood Jr. United States Courthouse, 655 East Durango Blvd.

Will a man who claims to be Kriss Kringle caught red-handed dolling out gifts to Bonham Academy students be forced to spend Christmas in the slammer? Or will he once again beat the rap for violating the separation of church and state? This will be the 16th consecutive year SAISD 4th- and 5th-graders will decide Mr. Kringle’s competency in a mock trial presided by U.S. District Court Judge Ed Prado. The annual event inspired by the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” is a community service project of the San Antonio Bar Association in conjunction with the Boy Scouts Troop 285 and Girl Scouts Troop 37.

Dec. 12 (Sat) — Eighth annual ‘Visit with Santa’
9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the SAISD Police Department, 1702 N. Alamo St.

St. Nick will make an early Alamo City appearance especially for approximately 300 pre-selected SAISD kinder to 5th-graders. Youngsters will arrive throughout the day to meet and be photographed with the jolly old elf, receive gifts and enjoy refreshments. The majority of Santa’s stash for his annual special guest appearance was provided by toy drives at the District’s middle and high school campuses facilitated by event sponsor, the SAISD Police Department.

Dec. 15 (Tue) — The 15th-annual La Tamalada
8:45 to 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at De Zavala Elementary School, 2311 San Luis St.

Each year the making and eating of tamales provides bilingual program kinder through 5th-graders and their parents a tasty culmination to lessons on how mathematics and science are important in cooking. Corn husks will be filled with masa and meat that morning for cooking, and the finished product enjoyed during an afternoon party.

Dec. 15 (Tue) – ‘A Night Under the Stars’
6 p.m. at Herff School Elementary, 996 S. Hackberry St

Entertainment for this nocturnal feast will be provided by some of the brightest stars in the universe. The stargazing - held in conjunction with the school’s Family Dinner Night – is sponsored by the Presa Community Center and the San Antonio Astronomical Society.

Dec. 16 (Wed) — Navarro Academy Annual Holiday Family Night
5:30 p.m. at Navarro Academy, 623 S. Pecos St.

A feast of tamales and all the fixings will be served to students and their families, and children also can enjoy a visit with Santa. Family Night Dinner is a regularly-scheduled event at this non-traditional high school of choice.

Dec. 16-17 — ‘E. Scrooge’ presentation
6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Mission Academy, 9210 S. Presa St.

This Southeast Side campus will be transformed into mid-1800s London, England, for the 7th-grade’s production of this play based upon Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol.” In the spirit of the season of giving, price of admission will be three cans of food, an unwrapped non-violent toy or a laundered blanket or coat to be given to a local homeless shelter. The audience is invited to a cast party following the production.

Dec.17 (Thurs)—‘Christmas Time in Texas,’ and ‘Scrooge’ productions
6 p.m. at Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave.

Presenting a tribute to the Lone Star State, along with a Merry Olde England holiday classic, will be the Austin Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts. “Christmas Time in Texas” will feature the 4th- through 8th-grade fiddle chorus.

Dec. 17 (Thurs) — Production of Handel’s Messiah
7 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.

Performers comprising five SAISD high school choirs will present this traditional holiday choral masterpiece. Conductor will be Jefferson Fine Arts Magnet Academy choir director Ronnie Sanders. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dec. 18 (Fri) — Annual Shakespearean production
10 a.m. at Hawthorne Academy, 115 W. Josephine St.

This year 8th-graders will perform “Hamlet.” The annual December production of a William Shakespeare play is a holiday tradition at this school specializing in the National Core Knowledge curriculum and the visual arts.

Dec. 18 (Fri) — Mayoral visit
2 p.m. at Rhodes Middle School, 3000 Tampico St

Julián Castro will speak to students about the importance of education.

Dec.19 (Sat) — The Met: HD Live in Schools program
Noon at the Regal Fiesta 16 Stadium Theatre, 12631 Vance Jackson Ave.

Jacques Offenbach’ “Les contes d'Hoffmann,” based on three short stories by German horror and fantasy author E. T. A. Hoffmann, will be the second of two live opera broadcasts that select District middle school choir students and their directors will see this semester. Again this year SAISD has been chosen among school districts nationwide for this program providing opportunities to experience New York’s Metropolitan Opera performances beamed directly from the Lincoln Center. Participation is part of a comprehensive fine arts lesson including vocals, music, history, set design, costuming and theater.



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