College community, neighbors invited to block party Oct. 4

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Math sophomore Susan Orozco helps her daughter Janessa paint a kite April 29, 2011, at the block party.  File

Math sophomore Susan Orozco helps her daughter Janessa paint a kite April 29, 2011, at the block party. File

Free, family fun night open to the public.

By Patricia McGlamory

Live entertainment, a low-rider car show, children’s activities, food booths and food trucks are some of the attractions for the Oct. 4 block party “SACtacular — a celebration of everything SAC.”

The event is free and open to the public 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the mall and along the brick walkway between Nail Technical and Chance Academic centers.

This is the second block party at this college. The first was in conjunction with the college’s 85th anniversary celebration in 2011 and drew an estimated crowd of 800 to 1,000.

The purpose of SACtacular is really outreach, President Robert Zeigler said Wednesday. It is a “neighborhood event” to celebrate good relationships, he said.

Dr. Alice Johnson, dean of learning resources, said Sept. 16 that the college is planning the event for students and the community.

“We do it for our students, and especially now that we’ve got students living in Tobin Lofts. They’ll have something to do.

“It is also to invite the community, and bring them in to see what we’ve got and what we’re doing.”

She said bringing people on campus may encourage them to take some classes.

About 20 campus departments and student clubs will have booths to showcase their programs.

The transfer center will provide a booth for academic-related questions.

Two information booths will be available for directing traffic and handing out maps of the event.

EcoCentro, the sustainable lifestyle student training center and community outreach program, will demonstrate a rain-catching system, composting and vermiculture (worms).

Live entertainment is by Colao, voted Best Latin Orchestra by San Antonio Current, 2012 San Antonio Music Awards.

The low-rider car show will exhibit 10-12 cars by members of First Impressions Oldies Car Club.

Acadiana Café food truck, “Cajun shack,” will sell catfish, pickles, French fries and chicken and dumplings.

“The Fridge” gourmet food truck will offer corndogs, nachos, fresh cut fries, chili-cheese fries and spicy chicken nuggets. About 10 student clubs also will sell food and beverages.

Children’s activities, including two live animal shows, balloons, face painting, crafts, an ambulance and fire truck, are in Lot 22, between Nail and Oppenheimer Academic Center. The live animal shows are by ZooMagination, which typically provides a bird, snake, sloth and porcupine.

Ambulance and fire truck are provided by this college’s allied health and fire science programs.

For a complete list of activities, call learning resources secretary Martha Castro at 210-486-0903 or visit


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