Thursday, May 30, 2013

Events in Fort Sam Houston TX for June 2013

Aquatic Center Now Open!
June 1-2: Open Swim - Noon-8 p.m.
June 3-7: Laps Only - 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open Swim - 4-8 p.m.
After June 7: Open Swim - Daily, Noon-8 p.m.
Pool passes are purchased at the Aquatic Center, Bldg. 3300 Williams Rd.
For more details, contact (210) 221-4887, or visit

June 1
METC Fitness Center
Beginning June 1, every Monday from 9-10 a.m., a personal trainer will work with participants at the Fitness Center on the METC. The indoor track is open to parents and strollers Monday-Friday, from 9-11 a.m. Details: (210) 808-5709

Bark in the Park
Dogs of all shapes and sizes and their owners are invited to enjoy this event where dogs can play and roam freely in a fenced-in area, compete in dog obedience contests, and play in kiddie pools. The event will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at Salado Park. All dogs must be in compliance with the Fort Sam Houston pet policy. Dog owners must bring proof of vaccinations. For more details, call (210) 221-1718

June 2
Army Birthday Gazebo Concert
Come and celebrate with the Army’s 238th birthday with a free Gazebo concert on June 2, 2013, Sunday at 7:00 PM. The concert will feature the 323rd Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own.” Sharing in the celebration will be Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command. He will recognize the Fort Sam Houston Community for its support. The concert will be held in front of the gazebo at Staff Post Road but in case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, 2472 Stanley Road. For more information, call 466-0684.

June 11
Summer Safety Day
To be held on June 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Warfighter and Family Readiness, at Building 2797. Call 221-3840 or 221-3846 for more details.

June 13
Fisher House Kindertag Children’s Day
A free event open to all children of military families featuring a variety of fun filled activities like faced painting, clowns, moon jump, live music,  piƱatas and more. Lunch will be served. The event will be held on  June 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., BAMC Fisher House 3. Reservation is required by June 7, 4:00 PM. Call 916-6458 or email

Catfish Pond Reopen
Every Saturday and Sunday, from noon-6 p.m., JBSA-Camp Bullis, call 295-7577 for more information.

Youth Horsemanship Camp
Register your child, ages 7-17, at the Equestrian Center, Bldg. 3550, Trooper Rd. for a five-day horsemanship camp from 9a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $225/week, $25 non refundable registration deposit.
Details: (210) 224-7207
Week 1: June 17 - 21 Week 2: June 24 - 28
Week 3: July 8 - 12 Week 4: July 15 - 19
Week 5: July 22 - 26 Week 6: July 29 - Aug. 2
Week 7: Aug. 5 - 9 Week 8: Aug. 12 - 16

Friday, May 17, 2013

How To Stay Fit and Active During Lengthened Stays In Temporary PCS Lodging

After arriving in your new installation for your PCS move to San Antonio, you and your family may need to stay in a PCS lodging for an indefinite period of time.
What activities are available for you and your family while waiting to get settled into your new home in San Antonio?

The best place to visit would be your installation’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Center (MWR) or Sports and Fitness Center for access to various recreational activities to keep you fit and healthy.
MWR Recreation Centers have a variety of fun activities you and your family can choose from :
  • Internet Cafes with individual computer stations for gaming
  • Music rooms
  • Merchandise and snack bars
  • Amusement machines
  • Meeting rooms for community functions
  • Equipment checkout
While waiting for your permanent housing in San Antonio, you and your family could take advantage of the activities offered in the MWR Recreation Centers. This will also be a great opportunity to meet new friends and build relationships with other military members and their families who live nearby.
MWR Sport and Fitness Centers
MWR Sports and Fitness Centers offer organized sports activities to keep you fit and healthy. Contact your MWR Sports and Fitness Center to find out if they have any programs that your children may enjoy. The following are some of the programs offered by the Sports and Fitness Center:
  • Personal training
  • basketball courts
  • tennis courts
  • swimming lessons for adults and kids
  • water aerobics
  • running tracks
  • yoga
  • fitness programs like cardio
  • weights/ resistance equipment
  • outdoor facilities for picnics
  • intramural sports
  • horseshoe pits
Getting involved in these activities will help you know your community better and help you and your family fill in the free time you have while waiting for your permanent home in San Antonio.
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Financial Tips for Your PCS Move to San Antonio

Whether you are planning for a PCS move to San Antonio now or in a few more years, you will have to take charge of your finances and see to it that all your finances are in order before your PCS move.

Here are some financial tips to help you and your family for your PCS move to San Antonio:
1. Get on the same page with your partner. Talk with your partner or spouse about your family’s finances. This will help prevent any future disputes or financial difficulties between both of you.

2. Close and/or transfer all accounts. Make a list of all your bank accounts. Find out which accounts can be transferred and which has to be closed then reopened once you reach your new location in San Antonio. Your move can actually be a way for you to shop around for lower rates on financial products such as homeowner’s insurance.

3. Settle all your current bills immediately. Before your PCS move to San Antonio, make sure you pay all your close-out bills like your utilities (water, electricity, etc). Unpaid bills can damage your credit. Also make sure to provide all your utility providers with a forwarding address for unpaid bills.

4. Compare the value of your current and future housing allowance. As you create a budget with your expected income and expenses in your new station in San Antonio, compare your BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)  to determine how much home you could afford.

5. Save your receipts. Keep all your receipts in a file where you won’t lose them. Include your receipts from expenses that do not qualify for reimbursement. These receipts may qualify for tax deductions.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Temporary Lodging in Fort Sam Houston

After your orders for a PCS move to San Antonio, you may need to stay in temporary lodging while looking for a home near Fort Sam Houston.

For your temporary lodging needs, there is a guest house on post in Fort Sam Houston located at Building 3625 George C. Beach Ave.

This guest house features central heating and air, laundry, and kitchen facilities. No pets are allowed in this temporary housing in Fort Sam Houston.

For reservations, military members may contact the billeting office at 210-357-2705 ext 5003 or 5006. Service members who are single or geographic bachelors must contact the billeting office to avail of housing on a space-available basis.

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Upcoming Events In and Around San Antonio for May 2013

May Day: Mayweather vs. Guerrero
May 4, 2013, Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Santikos Rialto, San Antonio TX
1st Annual Lackland Car Show
May 11, 2013, Saturday @ 10:00AM
Lackland Air Force Base Exchange, San Antonio TX
Texas 2013 Toy Soldier Show
May 25, 2013. Saturday @10:00AM
Menger Hotel, San Antonio TX

Fairs & Festivals:
3rd Annual Throwdown Twisted Taco Truck
May 11, 2013, Saturday @ 4:00 PM
VFW Post 76, San Antonio, TX
Mother’s Day Brunch on the River Walk
May 12, 2013, Sunday @ 10:00 AM
Hilton Palacio Del Rio, San Antonio, TX
Culinaria’s Festival Week: The Grand Tasting presented by AmbharTequila
May 18, 2013, Saturday @ 7:00PM
The Grotto at the Henry B. Gonzales Center, San Antonio TX

Music Events:
Guns N’ Roses and Alice in Chains
May 26, 2013, Saturday @ 12:00PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio TX
Tracy Morgan
May 31, 2013, Friday @ 9:00PM
Empire Theater, San Antonio TX
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour with George Strait and Martina McBride
June 1, 2013, Saturday @ 7:30PM
Alamodome, San Antonio TX