Uvalde Hunters Roundup
Friday, Nov. 1
6 - 9 pm

Willie De Leon Civic Center
Uvalde, TX

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, Nov. 2
Market Square
San Antonio, TX

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, Nov. 2
Whitehead Memorial Museum
1308 S. Main St.
Del Rio, TX

Barrio 5K Run for Veterans
Saturday, Nov. 2
8:30 am

Westside Family YMCA
2900 Ruiz
San Antonio, TX

Diwali Festival of Lights
Monday, Nov. 5
5 - 10 pm

Hemisphere Park
San Antonio, TX

Spinach Festival
Nov. 7-10
Downtown Crystal City
Crystal City, TX

Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 9
10:00 am

American Legion Eagle Post No. 211
Eagle Pass, TX

Veterans Day Appreciation Reception
Monday, Nov. 11
4 - 7 pm

Sen. Uresti's San Antonio District Office
2530 S.W. Military Dr., Suite 103
San Antonio, TX

Alpine Artwalk
Nov. 22-23
105 E. Holland Ave.
Alpine, TX

Thursday, Nov. 28

Christmas on the Square
Saturday, Nov. 30
9 am - 4 pm

Courthouse Square on U.S. 83
Leakey, TX

Home Town Holiday
Saturday, Nov. 30
5 - 9 pm

Downtown Hondo
Hondo, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
November 2013 - Message from Carlos
A few weeks from now Americans will celebrate one of our greatest and oldest holidays. Dating back to Colonial times, Thanksgiving's traditions have evolved over the centuries, but its fundamental purpose has remained the same — an offering of thanks for the blessings bestowed on us as individuals, as families, and as a nation.

Thanksgiving reminds us that we live in a land of plenty. Yet paradoxically it also reminds us that many of our neighbors live in need.

According to the San Antonio Food Bank, hunger is increasing significantly in Southwest Texas. In response, the Food Bank is providing food assistance to almost 58,000 people a week, more than double the amount in 2006, and more than a third of its clients are children.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Food Bank is embarked on an initiative to collect 1 million pounds of food. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Security Service Federal Credit Union branches in San Antonio, Boerne, Castroville, New Braunfels, Schertz, or Pleasanton; or at H-E-B stores in San Antonio.

You can also make a donation on line, where $1 equals 10 pounds of food, by visiting http://www.safoodbank.org/index.php/get-involved/donate-money. For more information call 210-431-8310.

And there's also a way to get involved on Thanksgiving Day, with the Food Bank's Great Turkey Challenge 5K, a 5k Run/Walk to help fight hunger in our community. Every $10 generated by the race helps provide a turkey dinner to a family in need.

As you and your family count your blessings on Thanksgiving, please make sure that giving is part of your holiday season. When we finish that last bite of turkey and push our chairs away from the Thanksgiving table, let's make sure our hearts are filled as well.

Semper Fi!

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Uresti hosts reception for veterans

Texas veterans from all branches of the service are invited to attend a Veterans Day reception at Senator Uresti's District Office on Monday, Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Veterans are encouraged to stop by and enjoy some food, drinks, and fellowship on their special day. The office is located at 2530 S.W. Military Dr., Suite 103, San Antonio, TX, just west of the intersection of S.W. Military and Zarzamora. For more information call 210-932-2568. See you there!

Nov. 5 ballot features amendments on water, veterans

All nine constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot are worthy of the support of Texas voters, but three in particular should encourage everyone to get to the polls on Election Day.

Proposition 6 on the Nov. 5 ballot would provide $2 billion from the rainy day fund to the State Water Plan, creating a low-interest loan program to finance some 560 water supply projects on a revolving basis over the next 50 years.

Voter approval of this amendment is crucial to our future. As Texas grows, we must have a safe, dependable water supply, and Proposition 6 is a major step in securing that future.

I also encourage voters to support Proposition 1 and Proposition 4, which are designed to help veterans and their families.

Under current state law, veterans who are 100 percent disabled due to their military service are exempt from paying property taxes. Proposition 1 would extend that exemption to the spouse of a soldier killed in battle.

Proposition 4 would provide a partial property tax exemption for homes donated to disabled veterans by non-profit groups. The amount of the tax credit would equal the veteran's disability. For example, a veteran who is 80 percent disabled would get an 80 percent property tax break.

Supporting these amendments is a great way to honor Texas veterans, so be sure to vote on Election Day.

Toyota Texas celebrates 10th anniversary

Senator Uresti joined House Speaker Joe Straus, Mayor Julian Castro, County Judge Nelson Wolff, Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota's North American region; and other local dignitaries to celebrate the 10th anniversary of San Antonio's Toyota manufacturing plant.

It was on Oct. 17, 2003, that Toyota broke ground on the 2.2 million-square-foot campus on Applewhite Road, located in Senate District 19.

The anniversary ceremony coincided with the delivery of the 1 millionth truck manufactured at the plant, which produces Tundras and Tacomas.

In a video played for guests and Toyota employees, Senator Uresti congratulated the automaker for its milestone and for being such a good corporate citizen.

"Ten years ago, Toyota and San Antonio began a long friendship that has only deepened over time, to the great benefit of you and the people of our community," he said. "Happy birthday, Toyota … and thank you for being such a good fit: a world-class company for a world-class city."

Uresti urges support for veterans monument with Latino theme

Senator Uresti is urging citizens to support a new effort to honor military veterans by contributing to the La Ofrenda Veterans Monument, which will be erected in Elmendorf Park Lake across from Our Lady of the Lake University.

The monument, which will stand over 10 stories tall, will be dedicated to all veterans but with an emphasis on Hispanic, Chicano and Mexican American cultures. The monument was designed by Jesse Treviño and Gabriel Quintero Velasquez. Treviño, a noted Chicano artist from San Antonio, is a Vietnam veteran who learned to paint with his left hand after losing his right arm in battle.

"With an artistic emphasis on the Latino experience, this will be a special monument for the Hispanic community," Uresti said. "It is also special because it is not just for veterans, but it's the work of a veteran. When Jesse lost his painting hand to a battle injury he learned to paint with his other hand, showing just as much courage in the studio as he did on the battlefield."

To help raise funds for the monument, supporters are sponsoring the Barrio 5K Run/Walk for Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m., at the Westside Family YMCA, 2900 Ruiz.

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