If you are looking for ways to keep your kids engaged during the last days of summer, then come on down to Blue Star Contemporary for H-E-B Family Saturday on August 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Family Saturday, sponsored by H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions, is a day of hands-on art activities in the galleries for kids of all ages.  The art-making activities for this day are inspired by Blue Star Contemporary’s current exhibitions: Augmented Reality, Insurrection and Echo and Narcissus. 

These exhibitions-related programs are intended to encourage kids to draw connections between themes, methods and materials present in BSC’s current shows and their own art through fun, hands-on projects.  There will also be a screening of the film WALL-E in BSC’s Art Education Learning Lab, home to the monthly Film Friday screenings and artist talks, as well as activities to promote engagement with contemporary art.  Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please call (210) 227-6960 to register or visit for more information. 

Starting in August, Blue Star Contemporary is extending its hours and will now be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  

First Friday falls on August 4 this month.  On this day, BSC will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and admission is free.  This is a great opportunity to come out and see the summer exhibitions before they close on September 3. 

Please visit for information on all upcoming events.

- Katy Tuck, BSC Visitor Ambassador


Winter Highlights Well, the election is over and the matter of the next occupant of the nation’s White House has been determined. And finally, after six long years, the Bonham White House has moved to Pereida St. If you look back through my articles over the past four years, you may see several references to it. It has been p r o m - ised to be moved s e v e r a l times. As a historical building, it was important to keep the house i n t a c t , but our children need room to play and grow. The solution: move it down the block to the intersection of Cedar and Pereida. As many have noticed, the old Children’s Shelter building is gone and a townhome center is under construction in its place.

Bonham Academy Winter Festival

Bonham Academy is gointo host its Winter Festival on December 9. Over 200 Bonham students, family members and staff are expected to take part in the festivities. Money collected from the sale of food and drinks will be used to...

Read more: Garden St. School News: December 2016

Blue Star Contemporary is thrilled to celebrate our Grand Re-Opening Weekend with our neighbors in King William. We invite you to join in the party and visit our newly-renovated space on November 4 during extended First Friday hours. On Saturday, we’ll host family-friendly activities during the day. We’ll also have a 30-year timeline of Blue Star Contemporary’s history, and we invite our KW neighbors to contribute.

These events are free and open to the public, but those who purchase our VIP All-Access Passes or Sponsorships receive additional perks, including a private tour of the building and our four new exhibitions on Saturday night, free valet parking, and a dance party in a secret spot in the Complex (plus delicious eats and drinks). Details are available on, by calling 227-6960 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The renovations wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the King William Association. We are most thankful for your ongoing investment in our mission to inspire, nurture and innovate through contemporary art, and we look forward to continuing our KWA Members Tours. - Elaine Leahy Development Manager Blue Star Contemporary

Fall Highlights-Parents, students and teachers shared an evening of discussion about curriculum and instruction during our Open House events in September (K-2) and October (3rd – 8th). Information for the Gifted and Talented Program was presented and the School, Parent and Student Compacts were shared. It takes a community to support every child.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) Over 60 fathers attended the first event to form the Bonham Academy chapter of the Watch D.O.G.S. Program on October 13.

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father-figures volunteer at least one full day during the school year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. These men work right alongside the educators, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with students.

The two primary goals of the program are to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important, and to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Fall Festival Bonham Academy will once again host its annual Fall Festival on November 4. We anticipate...

Read more: Garden St. School News: November 2016

The Alamo Hot Club Band

Bringing the Sounds of Gypsy Jazz to King William Park Saturday, November 12

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars now for another free concert at King William Park. As part of Southtown The Arts District (STAD) Second Saturday events, KWA is sponsoring a concert featuring The Alamo Hot Club Band. They play acoustic jazz in the style of 1930’s jazz giants such as Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. Bring the whole family, neighbors, chairs or a blanket, libations and snacks.

SAY Sí will present its 10th annual Muertitos Fest, a three-day Día de los Muertos festival that celebrates the tradition that ties our city to Mexico and commemorates the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio, on November 3 – 5. With this year’s theme, “Fronteras de la Tierra y Cielos (Borders of the Earth & Heavens),” artwork, installations, altars and performances will focus on the connections between the living and those who have passed.

Muertitos Fest, one of San Antonio’s most comprehensive Día de los Muertos celebrations, provides an educational context to this important holiday, with three days of unique cultural happenings including: an exhibition of student Día de los Muertos art, notable folk art exhibits, altars to honor...

Read more: Say Si's 10th Annual Muertitos Fest

KWA Concert in the Park is a FREE concert series.


The Court Jesters

Sunday, October 9

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

King William Park


Bring the whole family, chairs, blankets, bug spray, snacks and beverages.

Free cupcakes and coffee courtesy of Dulce Coffee & Bakery Shop for the first 100 attendees!

An opening reception for local artist Jesus Toro Martinez was held on September 1 at the KWA office, 122 Madison Street, San Antonio, TX 78204.

Titled “Westi Lost in the Park” this series of paintings , described by the artist as "Whimsical notes of the dogs that carried on in the park" was recently shown at the Latino Art Museum in Los Angeles.

The paintings will be on display through November 30. 

King William Cultural Arts District Member Spotlight– An occasional feature highlighting some of the organizations and artists in our neighborhood.

The sounds of accordion and the traditional conjunto guitar, the bajo sexto, meet the visitor walking up to the front door of the offices. Opening the door one sees a group of players in a circle – older men, young children – sitting and practicing riffs and...

Read more: Tradition Continues at Conjunto Heritage Taller

SAISD has called for a $450 million bond and a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to raise the school district’s tax rate by 13 cents. Voters residing within the district’s boundaries will be asked to consider the two separate ballot propositions in November to provide funding toward extensive school building renovations,upgrades for 21st-century classrooms and programs for expanded learning opportunities outside the normal school day.

The bond would fund renovations at 13 schools, replacing aging infrastructure systems that in most cases are more than 40 years old, upgrading science labs and expanding other classroom spaces to the recommended state guidelines. The increased operating revenue generated from the TRE would assist the district in providing technology and other classroom enhancements district wide to meet today’s educational standards. The TRE also would provide additional funds for teacher compensation for afterschool and summer programs.

For more information, call 554-2230 or visit 

The annual King William Area yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 15. The KWA will place an advertisement in the Express-News (hard copy and online), and make a map of all the properties if the owner contacts the KWA office (227-8796 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) stating they are having a yard sale that day.

It is the property owner’s responsibility to get a Garage Sale Permit as required by the City code. According to the City Code Connections September/October 2016 newsletter: 

Read more: Annual Yard Sale is Coming!

National Night Out is Tuesday, October 4 and the King William neighborhood will gather at King William Park from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Please join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie for kids of all ages! We are excited to have the Masonic Lodge #8 join us in putting together this annual gathering. Invitations have been extended and we are hoping to have various city/fire/police and community representatives come by.

We are also trying something new. Because the holidays are around the corner, KWA is supporting the San Antonio Food Bank by having a “peanut butter drive.” This is the Food Bank’s most requested item. They feed hundreds of children throughout San Antonio and Bexar County, so we ask that you consider bringing a jar of your favorite peanut butter with you to the NNO event, or drop it off at the KWA office, and we will make sure it’s delivered to the Food Bank.

So come on out and meet your neighbors, have a bite with friends, and bring your favorite dish to share! - Josephine Botello Garcia

The Brackenridge High School Alumni Association will be hosting a fundraiser that is a WIN/WIN for everyone! The Brackenridge High School parking lot will be a Goodwill Donation Station on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

You win because you can go right around the corner and get rid of those gently-used items that you no longer want or need! Clean out those garages, closets and cabinets! We win, too, because we will take the items off your hands to fill up our donation truck!

We will also drive through the neighborhood on that day to pick up bags of items; just put them on your porch and mark them Brack/Goodwill and we will take them. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items. 

The  Alumni Association  would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to neighbors about this as soon as possible, so they can begin gathering donations.

Thank you for your support of Brackenridge High School!  - Letie Wawrzyniak