Our Arts & Entertainment Committee organizes events throughout the year. Long-running annual events include Neighborhood Night Out and our Holiday Party, as well as movie screenings, historical park tours, and potluck picnics. Join our e-mail list (on the right side of this page) or our Facebook group to keep up to date on the latest events. Annual community events are listed below.
February: On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour
April: Neighborhood Picnic in the Park
May: Alta Vista/Monte Vista Neighborhood Associations Social Mixer
October: Neighborhood Block Party with National Night Out
October: The Great Pumpkin Party
Fall: Night Out at the San Pedro Playhouse
December: Winter Party
Each May, AVNA provides a $500 Scholarship to a graduating SAISD senior who attended Mark Twain Middle School (where AVNA meets) and is headed to a college, university, or trade school. The Pat Clayworth Scholarship memorializes a terrific Mark Twain teacher who died in 2001. The fund is held in trust and managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) and is a joint project of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association and the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel. SAAF chooses the recipient from applications obtained from SAISD High School Counselors, and the $500 award is paid directly to the school where the recipient will be attending.
Our Pet Committee runs an active program to spay & neuter feral cats in Alta Vista using the City-recognized practice of Trap-Neuter-Return. As of April 2014, over 160 cats have been neutered in the neighborhood, preventing an estimated 100 births over the course of the year and a whopping 6,000 over the course of two years according to one source*. That’s a lot of feral cats that won’t call Alta Vista their home! The neutered cats who remain will keep new ferals from moving in and will live out their lives more peacefully as aggressive roaming tendencies wane after surgery. Any notch-eared cat you see in the neighborhood is likely the work of the committee, which always seeks new volunteers to help trap, transport, and rehabilitate feral cats, to keep the feral cat population at bay.
Preventing stray animals is an ongoing process so do you part by spaying and neutering your pets and refrain from letting unaltered animals out of your yard. For more info about Trap-Neuter-Return and free resources for responsible pet ownership, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Source: Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, “Cats can’t do math but they sure can multiply!”