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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This observation began in 1949 by the National Association for Mental Health which is now known as the Mental Health America Organization.
Every May, MHA and other organizations interested in mental health plan activities, special events, and screenings to spread awareness about the importance of our mental health. And each year, every Mental Health Awareness Month is focused on a specific theme.
In 2017 the theme was Risky Business. The organization’s outreach focused on educating people about habits and behaviors likely to increase the risk of developing or worsening mental illness. These habits include prescription drug use, internet addiction, excessive spending, and marijuana use.
Fitness #4Mind4Body is this year’s theme. We know how important it is to be healthy. In fact, it’s most likely the most important thing to us in life for both ourselves and loved ones. Therefore we try to implement healthy habits everyday such as diet and nutrition, exercise, and getting enough sleep. All of these factors contribute to good overall health and fitness. In addition, these key factors contribute to happy minds and overall good mental health.
How can we be fit for the future?
Download the 2018 Mental Health Month Toolkit on www.mentalhealthamerica.net for a few fact sheets on how mental health is affected by diet and nutrition, sleep, stress, gut health, and exercise and for access to worksheets on making life changes. On the MHA website you’ll also find many useful articles and information on how to improve your overall fitness and mental health.
We’d like to announce that for every vehicle sold during the month of May, we will donate $10 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Become a part of this cause and take control of your mental health by using the hashtag #4Mind4Body on your social media posts!
Hill Country Village Easter Celebration
Auto Group of San Antonio had the pleasure of attending Hill Country Village’s Easter Celebration this morning. It was a festive affair, and enjoyed by children of all ages and adults alike. Some of those adults included us from Auto Group of San Antonio!
Hand-made Easter Bunnies
We sponsored the moon bounce and provided an arts & crafts table at the event where children could make their very own miniature bunnies with pink cups, googly eyes, and pom pom tails.
It was a perfect set up for the children to entertain themselves and remain distracted while the Easter Bunny was busy working to hide their eggs!
And to top it all off, there was a very friendly and happy clown to make balloon characters for everyone. The most popular characters were Elmo, Care Bears of all colors, the classic poodle, and a bird. We even saw him make a ring for one of the parents!
More Photos from the Event
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What is St. Patrick’s Day and why do we celebrate it?
Millions of people will take part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend, but have you ever wondered why we celebrate this Saint?
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (AD 385-461) the patron saint of Ireland. In the early 17th century, this day was made an official Christian feast day and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and Irish heritage and culture.
Many will attend church services and apparently Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on this day which has encouraged the tradition of consuming alcohol.
There is a spirit to Saint Patrick’s Day in the USA that is unlike any other time. It is about good spirits and friendship and faith in the future, just as prayed for in St. Patrick’s Blessing:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival – San Diego, California
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
These are just some of the parades going on across the country with many other parades happening in Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Kansas City, etc!
How to celebrate in San Antonio?
Dying the River Walk Green – March 16 – 1 PM
Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day Festival – March 16 & 17 – 12 PM to 8 PM
St. Patrick’s Day River Parade – March 17 – 4 PM to 6 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Artisan Show – March 16, 17, & 18 – 7 PM
Don’t forget to wear your green attire on Saturday! It is customary to wear shamrocks, and green clothing and accessories.
Auto Group had an amazing time this past weekend attending the Hill Country Village VillageFest! It’s an annual event celebrating the changing of seasons and the Hill Country Village community which is slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This year the event featured a clown, moon bounce, petting zoo, food truck, and open bar with admission. Auto Group of San Antonio was happy to sponsor the moon bounce this year. We also passed out Halloween candy favorites and Auto Group goodies including shopping bags, dog leashes, cups, water bottles and koozies.
One of the more popular activities to participate in at the event involved a lot of jumping! And Auto Group was right where all the action took place!
This event could not have landed on a more perfect day than this past Sunday! The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the beauty and charm of Hill Country Village really shined through.
We never met a more hilarious clown! This guy was a jack of all trades and kept the crowd and children entertained with balloon character making and face painting. And thank you for the little pink poodle you made for our marketing girl!
Hill Country Village VillageFest Activities
One of our favorite things to do at the VillageFest was the Petting Zoo! Lots of animal favorites were in attendance including ponies, ducks, baby chickens, a lamb, and a pig! Children and adults gathered around to take many photos and to get up close to the furry and cute animals.
We handed out delicious Halloween candy including Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, Lemonheads, Hershey’s, and Reeses Pieces. However, we not only promoted our car dealership, Auto Group of San Antonio, but brought awareness to our service and repair shop, San Antonio Euro, and our on-site Land Rover service and parts shop, British 4×4 Centre. We’re Located just off U.S. Hwy 281 & Brook Hollow, therefore we are not far from members of the Hill Country Village community!
You may visit the Hill Country Village website for more information on VillageFest and how you can attend next years’ event!
It’s that time of year again, and if you can’t make it to Germany this year don’t despair! San Antonio is bringing Oktoberfest to you. If you haven’t already found the perfect place to celebrate, read on below on where to celebrate this weekend.
But first, where does all this Oktoberfest enthusiasm derive from? Did you ever wonder about the history behind it all?
History of Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the World’s largest beer and folk festival. It traditionally takes place in Munich, Bavaria, in Southern Germany from mid-September through the beginning of October. It all began with celebration of marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The celebrations held for the newlyweds were deemed so great by the Royals themselves that they wanted to repeat it every year! Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich every fall since then, and today it is a world-renowned event.
Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16 to 18 day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 5.5 million people from around the world attending the event every year. 2016 saw 5.9 million people attend the celebrations in Munich alone, consuming over 6 million litres of bier!
Oktoberfest in San Antonio
Stop by the Oktoberfest Celebration at Beethoven Maennerchor this Friday Oct. 13th beginning at 5 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 14th beginning at 12 a.m.! The tickets are just $5.00 at the gate!
Dance under the stars in an authentic German Biergarten! Fill your stein to the brim with authentic German beer & dine on some of the finest German fare.
Texas Flood Victims Need Our Help
Like most of you watching the news these past couple of days, seeing those affected by Hurricane Harvey has been just terrible. Friends, family, and even co-workers of mine have suffered damage to their homes in the path of Harvey. I’ve been following friends stories on Facebook, some posting videos of the water rising while praying it doesn’t reach their home. I’ve been fortunate and wasn’t directly affected by Harvey, but as a Texan and American I still feel it’s had an impact on me.
I’ve been thinking back to the time I lived in Houston and have such fond memories of that city. It truly is a beautiful place, and it’s the people that make it great! As we all know, Houston isn’t the only area that was affected by the storm and there are a lot of people who need our help right now. Many don’t have much left and there are many ways you can help Harvey victims.
Money is the most-needed item among recovery groups. You want to make sure the organization you are donating to is legitimate and that the money you donate will go to help those in need.
Red Cross is just one of the organizations accepting donations for Harvey victims. You can donate online here.
You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross.
You can also visit the Texas Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster website for a list of vetted disaster relief organizations.
Volunteers can sign up for trips to the affected area through organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, GivePulse, Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group, Team Rubicon and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Volunteer Houston has launched a virtual Volunteer Reception Center to aid nonprofit agencies in flood relief efforts. More information here.
If you are a health or mental health professional, sign up with the Red Cross to deploy to affected areas.
Remote Area Medical is seeking medical personnel, as well as general support and supplies. Contact RAM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-579-1530.
The Red Cross is seeking musicians to play at Austin-area evacuation shelters.
Online Wish Lists
One easy way to donate to Harvey victims is to do so through an online wish list. The Red Cross; The SPCA of Texas/Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center; Animal Defense League of Texas; Refugee Services of Texas-Houston; Texas Diaper Bank; and Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank are among the organizations with online wish lists on Amazon. You can find out more here.
What’s needed in Texas?
The Texas Tribune has been keeping a list of items needed. Here are some of those:
Harris County Sheriff’s Office put a call out for those with boats or safe high-water vehicles. Call 713-881-3100 to help.
The city of Port Arthur is also seeking boats to assist with rescues.
Food banks are asking for nonperishable staples and cleaning supplies. You can see a list of food banks here.
Make a cash or diaper donation to the Texas Diaper Bank, which is providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families. The Austin Diaper Bank is also accepting cash or diaper donations to distribute to Harvey victims.
Teachers of Tomorrow, a Texas education organization, has started a relief fund for educators affected by Harvey.
If you’re in the market for a new ride, there’s a simple way to save thousands of dollars. Just purchase a used one! New vehicles depreciate the moment you drive them off the dealer lot. You can also buy a used vehicle at just a couple of years old with more bells and whistles for a lot less money. So if the new car smell isn’t something you need in your life, read on for some used vehicle shopping tips!
Do Your Research
Nowadays, thanks to the World Wide Web, we can purchase almost anything online. Even a car! You can actually do 95% of your used car research and shopping online. Of course you’ll still have to visit the dealership to take a test drive,but most of your shopping can be done from the comforts of your own home on a laptop or smart phone. Auto Group of San Antonio has over one hundred impressive pre-owned vehicle listings to check out before you come in for a test drive!
Decide What You Need
You will have many choices during your used vehicle shopping experience, but how do you make a decision? First of all, just have a good idea about what you want, what you need, and what you can afford. Think about your lifestyle and ask yourself questions like:
- Do you carry many people around with you?
- How do you usually spend your weekends?
- Where will you park your vehicle?
- What’s the weather like where you live?
Have A Budget
If you are planning to take a loan out to finance your purchase, you’ll want to get pre-approved by a credit union, bank, or finance company. The Get-Approved section on our website is a great place to start to see about getting approved for financing. You can even calculate your payments and fuel savings.
Finding financing should be one of your first car buying steps, so you don’t waste time checking out cars that you can’t afford.
Inspecting A Used Vehicle
You’re already going to be saving tons of money since you decided to pass on buying a brand new vehicle, but a great deal isn’t a great deal if it leaves you stranded on the side of the road. There’s only a couple of steps you should take to ensure you don’t end up buying an unreliable vehicle or someone else’s problem. You must make sure a certified mechanic looked at the vehicle for any cosmetic or mechanical defects. And you must run a used car history report to make sure there is a clean title history.
As you might expect, the older the car is and the higher its mileage, the less expensive it will be to buy. But the downside is that the wear and tear that it has suffered through those years and miles will lead to more repairs. You’ll want to find a balance.
We wish you luck on your shopping!
Summer is in full swing San Antonio! The summer months are hot, long, and an amazing opportunity to make lots of fun new memories with family and friends. It’s a time for renewal and relaxation for many and families often take advantage of summer break to go on a road trip or two down to the coast, travel some place tropical, or spend the weekend out at Fiesta Texas. Road trips are always fun and are also one of the best times to enjoy your favorite cruising tunes!
Whether you’re finally going on that road trip you’ve been talking about, boarding a ship to some exotic paradise, or just simply relaxing poolside and soaking up that warm summer air then you’ve got to have the essential tunes to help set the mood.
We’ve compiled the ultimate playlist for your summer cruising holiday! Let us know if we’ve forgot anything, we’d love to hear what your favorite cruising songs are in our comments section below!
Cruising Summer Songs Playlist
“America” by Simon and Garfunkel
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
“Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted
“Cool for The Summer” by Demi Lovato
“Going Back to Cali” by LL Cool J
“Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
“Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham
“I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys
“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna
“Little Red Corvette” by Prince
“Loco in Acapulco” by The Four Tops
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett
“Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett
“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
“Paradise” by Coldplay
“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
“Route 66” by Chuck Berry
“Sailing” by Rod Stewart
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay” by Otis Redding
“Summer” by Calvin Harris
“Summer Girls” by LFO
“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Take It Easy” by the Eagles
“Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
The Fourth of July is just around the corner and I’m sure a lot of you are wondering where you’ll be on this important national holiday. Why should you celebrate?
Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 just 241 years ago. Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies were a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer tied to the British Empire.
All across America many will gather with family and friends to enjoy firework displays, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, and concerts.
Get out your red, white, and blue and let’s remember we are a free and independent nation! San Antonio will host a number of events throughout the city this Fourth, here’s a list to find out which is best for you.
Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Street – Perfect for all ages, this free event at Woodlawn Lake Park is the biggest in the city and will will feature vendors with delicious favorites, live music, kids activities, and even a mechanical bull! The event starts at 8 a.m. and ends with a firework display at 9 p.m.
The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza – Stop by this powerful symbol of independence between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a historical reenactment, readings from the Declaration of Independence, and musket firing demonstrations. Grab a free paleta in the Alamo Garden at 1 p.m.!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 Interstate 10 West – You might just find me celebrating my Independence holiday here. Enjoy an afternoon of thrilling rides, and water park adventures followed by the Lights of Liberty show. This is one of the largest displays of pyrotechnics in all of South Texas.
Sea World, 10500 Sea World Dr. – If you plan on being at SeaWorld on Tuesday, stick around for their fireworks show which kicks off at 9:45 p.m. at Ski Lake. You may enhance your experience by purchasing reserved seating and an all-you-can-eat picnic on the SeaWorld website.
Landa Park, Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels – Just a 40 minute drive outside the city, catch the largest Independence Day celebration in New Braunfels! Do a little dancing at the Dance Slab at 6:30 p.m. and bring your own picnic to enjoy for a firework show over Landa Lake beginning at 9:15 p.m. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!
Texas Folklife Festival
Every year San Antonio celebrates Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA Hemisphere campus. The celebration lasts 3 days and has 6 stages that feature performances of different ethnic and cultural entertainment. On the grounds everyone has an opportunity to experience foods from different countries. The Texas Folklife Festival is the largest cultural celebration in Texas.
The very first Texas Folklife Festival was held in September 1972 at Hemisfair. It was O.T. Bakers dedication and inspiration that has resulted in countless international, regional and local awards the San Antonio event has received.
Today, more than 40 different cultural groups in Texas are represented at the festival. More than 250 participants come together and celebrate their culture and heritage thru dance, music, arts & crafts and delicious ethnic food. The festival showcases Texas’ rich multicultural heritage!
UTSA Institute Of Texan Cultures
The festival is hosted at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum tells the stories of immigrants from around the world who settled in Texas. The museum is a great destination for history buffs, tourists and schools offering many hands-on projects for kids.
The Institute of Texan Cultures offers exhibits, programs and special events designed to inspire and educate the community about Texas’ multicultural history. In 2010 the institute formed an agreement with the Smithsonian Institute which grants access to the Smithsonian’s artifacts.