SNIPSA’s Big Fix to San Antonio’s Stray Population

SNIPSA is a local organization committed to improving the lives of homeless and unwanted pets in San Antonio by encouraging responsibility. SNIPSA isn’t your traditional rescue; in fact, it isn’t a shelter at all. It’s a movement that centers around pet protection, reducing overpopulation, and the caring individuals that support it.

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The organization, whose acronym stands for Spay Neuter, Inject, Protect of San Antonio, was created to help San Antonio be a more pet friendly city. In response to a 2006 article, Death by the Pound, published by the Express News, a group of veterinarians and friends set out to help reduce the nearly 50,000 cats and dogs being euthanized every year. With no plan or name, and only the resolve to truly make a difference, SNIPSA began operating out of the playroom of Executive Director Shannon Epsy’s home.

PINCH Crawfish Kitchen, A Community Affair

Apologies for the cheesy pun, but pinch me(!) it’s crawfish season, and there’s nothing like the spicy smell of mudbugs that lets you know spring is upon us. If you’ve grown up in the South you can most likely appreciate the phrase ‘pinch the tail and suck the head’. If you’re unfamiliar, we’re talking about crawfish – a dish that celebrates eating with your hands, and goes best with a cold beer and good friends.

Until now, San Antonio’s crawfish scene has been pretty flat. Brick-and-mortars serve it up, but they’re missing that familial flavor that makes crawfish more of an experience than a meal. Enter PINCH Crawfish Kitchen, a new player on the culinary scene, boiling up a community concept around Vietnamese-style crawfish.  

Mockingbird Fest – A Sneak Peek into SA’s Most Texas Fest

John Stienbeck put it best when he said, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.”

And what better way to deal with an obsession, than to celebrate it? This Saturday, March 5, Hemisfair plans to do just that, hosting the first annual Mockingbird Fest.


Beginning at 10am, at the Yanaguana Garden, the free festival will honor Texas Independence Day, and all things, well, Texas. Mockingbird Fest, whose name pays tribute to our state bird, will feature interactive activities, and the sounds and flavors native to the Lone Star state.

Essential Fiesta Survival Tips

Where else, other than San Antonio, can you enjoy a week and a half of non-stop partying? We’re all about what makes this city we call home unique and Fiesta is a prime example of that.

Every year people travel from all over the nation to San Antonio to join this elaborate celebration. What began as a small parade to honor the Alamo in 1891 has grown into a 10-day festival of good music, even better food, extravagant parades, and confetti… lots of confetti. Yes, 10 days of partying can seem a bit overwhelming but do not fret; we have provided you with 10 tips to survive Fiesta 2015.

It’s All about the Love, San Antonio

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In case you hadn’t noticed all of the red and pink heart-type stuff around, Valentine’s Day is near. We’re here to remind you that this day isn’t just about personal, romantic relationships (or the lack, thereof) but about love, in general. So, whether you’re doing it up couple style, or hanging with friends, here are a few traditional, and non-traditional ways to celebrate your love in S.A.

OPEN Pop-up Artist Spotlight: 231 E. Houston


During the month of December three, usually-vacant buildings will be temporarily filled with local art, handmade goods, culinary treats and music. The OPEN pop-up shops provide a unique opportunity for community gathering and local shopping in downtown San Antonio, plus they’re a lot more fun to attend than over-crowded malls during the holiday season. The program, operated by the City’s Center City Development Office and The Downtown Operations Department, wants to shine some light on these old buildings, in hopes that potential retailers will breathe new life into these amazing spaces.

Shop SA Small on Small Business Saturday

Celeste DeLuna @ Market Square Mujeres Mercado, 9/19/14
Celeste DeLuna @ Market Square Mujeres Mercado, 9/19/14

Small Business Saturday is on November 29th this year. Why don’t you sooth your Thanksgiving food hangover by doing something awesome for your community on Saturday by shopping local?

Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday helps support and celebrate small businesses during the post-Thanksgiving shopping craze. Efforts have proven to be wildly successful and very helpful to small businesses nationwide. “In only five years, Small Business Saturday has taken on a life of its own and it’s been very exciting to see how small business owners and communities have come together to own the day and make it special,” explains Lisette Bernstein, Vice President of Small Business Saturday at American Express via

Girls Inc. of San Antonio Turns 10!

Girls Inc. will be commemorating 10 years of being Strong, Smart, and Bold in San Antonio. The local non-profit is throwing a free birthday party at the historic Kiddie Park at 5:30pm on November 6th to celebrate.

The organization is a leader in our community for empowering young women. Girls Inc. provides programs and camps that aim to get local girls involved in STEM, reading and writing, and the arts. They also offer the members mentoring on topics such as healthy relationships and positive self-image. Ultimately, they provide the guidance to show that today’s young women don’t have to fit into any sort of stereotype of what a girl should be, instead giving them the tools and inspiration to be what they want to be.

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“At Girls Inc. what we try to do is be that resource for the girls, be that outpost for girls to understand that it’s okay to like this stuff. You can like this stuff and still be pretty and still like pink…you can be all of it,” says Sophia Gayou, Girls Inc. San Antonio Program Director.  “Part of our success has been in giving the girls that resource and being able to be that place to tell girls, it’s okay for you to be who you want to be.”

San Antonio’s Scary Spots

Tis the season of candy corn and pumpkin carving! Don’t disappear this Halloween, get out and celebrate this awesome holiday! Whether you’re looking to get your pants scared off, seeking some tasty treats, or simply want to shake your stuff in a super sexy costume, our list will get you on the right path. And, hey! Why stop on the 31st? Let’s keep the fun rolling with Dia de Los Muertos!

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