Living: Save pennies with free fun

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By Adriana Ruiz

Looking for a midweek homework distraction, but don’t have the funds? Save your money and get involved in some free activities around the city.

Start the week off right by burning extra calories with Fitness in the Park, a free program that offers workout classes with professional fitness instructors at various locations. A list of February fitness classes can be found at

Boot camp classes are offered 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. every Monday at Garza Community Center at 1450 Mira Vista.

Dimitri Lavalais, recreational specialist at Garza Community Center, said he recommends everyone attend the boot camp classes because they are fun and beneficial.

He said there are usually about 15 people per class, and fitness routines include jump roping, running and weights.

If working out just isn’t your thing, then maybe an evening art stroll may be better.

Admission is free at the San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Avenue, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Exhibits on display now are, “Andy Warhol; The Athletes”; “Diego Rivera in San Antonio”; “Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker”; and “Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus: Patron Saint of Texas”.

If you’re looking to relax and listen to live acts, Wednesday nights at Luna Music Bar and Lounge, 6704 San Pedro Ave., are for you. The laid-back lounge offers live musical performances at 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday night.

Take a night off and enjoy a free movie on Thursdays at Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, 4522 Fredericksburg Road.

Political science sophomore, Eza Cardenas said he enjoyed his experience at the theater.

“I like the adult atmosphere because there are no teens,” Cardenas said. “I like the artwork. I’ve never been to a theater where there is artwork on the walls.”

Upcoming movies for the month of February are “Tombstone,” “Unforgiven,” “Shane,” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Enjoy the scenery on a tour of the San Antonio Missions National Park, 2202 Roosevelt Ave. The missions are along the San Antonio River, south of downtown. The park offers nature trails and guided tours of the Spanish missions with free admission.


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