Community Community en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:07:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Portland Teacher Inspires Community While Battling Cancer Community Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:56:40 PM Mike Gillaspia Portland Teacher Inspires Community While Battling Cancer

PORTLAND - Most who knew her will tell you that Elke Smith was simply fun to be around. As a teacher, she inspired the kindergarten students she taught each year at East Cliff Elementary School in Portland. As a wife and mother who spent much of the last five years locked in a battle with cancer, she inspired a community.

Sadly, "Mrs. Smith" lost that battle earlier this month.

She once said, "I will be able to look back at my life's career path and feel like I have done something to make others feel valued and successful." Ask any of her students and they will enthusiastically tell you, she did just that.

The popular former Teacher of the Year will be remembered at a benefit held in her honor for her husband and two boys. It will be at Brewster Street Icehouse this Friday, July 25th from 5 PM to 10 PM. In addition to a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, there will be various drawings and live music presented by Taylor Tumlinson and Five Card Draw, Smith's favorite band.

Everyone is invited to attend.


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Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month With "Out Is In" Community Tue, 22 Jul 2014 7:54:14 AM Candace Torrez Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month With

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation wants everyone to know that "Out Is In" this Summer.

July is Parks and Recreation month, and they want to send a message to the public that it is time to set aside the electronic devices and go outside for a variety of recreational activities.

The department offers a wide range of things to do for people of all ages and interests, from cooling off at a pool, playing ball, walking or biking on trails, picnicking at a favorite spot or playing at the park, there is something for everyone.

With so many activities to choose from there is no reason to be bored this summer while taking advantage of the fun Corpus Christi has to offer.

You can tweet photos of your family enjoying recreational activites by using the hastag "July Out Is In", and your photo can be featured on the National Parks and Recreation's page as photo of the day.

For more information on the "Out Is In" campaign visit

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Tim McGraw Returns to Corpus Christi for October Concert Community Mon, 21 Jul 2014 4:20:16 PM Tim McGraw Returns to Corpus Christi for October Concert

CORPUS CHRISTI-- One of the biggest country music artists ever will be returning to Corpus Christi in October.

The Stars Scholarship Fund announced Monday that Tim McGraw will perform at the American Bank Center on October 9th to highlight their annual extravaganza.

McGraw has sold more than 40 million records over a career that's spanned three decades.
He has 35 number one hits and three Grammy awards, making him one of the most successful artists ever.
Concert proceeds go towards the Stars Scholarship Fund.

Tony Lamantia, a fund organizer, says that support of Stars is crucial, and not only to students;
"It helps everyone, It helps the community, It's the single biggest factor in the success or failure of a community is the education of its citizens, so as far as I'm concerned, it helps everybody."

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday.
The Stars Scholarship Fund expects to give out more than two and a half million dollars in scholarships next year.


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Celebrate Summer in San Antonio Community Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:35:04 PM Mike Gillaspia Celebrate Summer in San Antonio

CORPUS CHRISTI - Looking for one last summer hurrah? Then consider visiting our neighbor to the north, San Antonio. Whether you have been there one time or 100 times, there's something about the River City in the summer that makes it special.

In addition to the various museums and theme parks San Antonio is known for (including Seaworld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas), visitors will also find other attractions in August, including:

KIDCATION (August 8th-17th): The Alamo City turns into a citywide playground for kids and their families, with more than 80 kid-friendly events.

RESTAURANT WEEK (August 16th-23rd): A celebration of San Antonio's robust culinary scene, where more than 50 participating restaurants provide three-course lunch and dinner menus for an affordable price.

PEOPLE EN ESPANOL FESTIVAL (August 30th-31st): A two-day event celebrating Hispanic entertainment, culture and community, where attendees can find free educational panels, dance and musical performances, including a night concert.

For details on these and other events, go to


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Meeting About Christus Spohn Expansion Tonight Community Mon, 21 Jul 2014 8:46:35 AM Meeting About Christus Spohn Expansion Tonight

CORPUS CHRISTI - Christus Spohn is holding another meeting about it's plans for expansion.

The 325 million dollar plan includes closing Spohn Memorial and turning it into a 40,000 square foot outpatient facility.

It would be called the Hector P. Garcia Health Center.

Most of Memorial's services would then be moved to an expanded Spohn Shoreline.

That has some westside residents concerned about access to health care and a potential economic impact in their neighborhoods.

Residents on the north side of town will now have a chance to hear more about Spohn's plan.

That meeting will be tonight at the Orval Williams Senior Center from 5:30-7:30pm.


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MAP of Texas Annual Shrimp Boil Community Mon, 21 Jul 2014 7:36:48 AM Candace Torrez MAP of Texas Annual Shrimp Boil

CORPUS CHRISTI - You can enjoy great food, beverages, and mariachi music while supporting MAP.

The Annual Shrimp Boil benefitting Map of Texas is taking place Thursday, July 24th 5 PM-7 PM at the Galvan House Courtyard in Heritage park.

Special guest speakers include Senator Wendy Davis of Forth Worth and Senator Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio.

The Minority Advancement Project is a non-profit corporation located in Corpus Christi. This charitable organization benefits human services focusing specifically on ethnicities, immigrant centers, and service programs.

To purchase tickets call 361-883-5868 or visit


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Saturday's "Thumbs Up" Featuring Volunteer Group "From the Heart" Community Sun, 20 Jul 2014 5:48:03 PM Saturday's

CORPUS CHRISTI - Every night on KRIS 6 at 10-o-clock we celebrate the good works and accomplishments of people right here in our community.

Our "Thumbs Up" segment from Saturday features a group called, "From Our Hearts." It's a group of people who feed the homeless every Sunday on their own time with their own dime. Jennifer Diggs started the group on New Year's Eve. They now serve close to 200 people every week. Offering homemade meals, toiletry items, and friendship.

If you know someone who deserves a "thumbs up," let us know.


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Monster Jam Rolls Into Corpus Christi Community Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:38:55 PM Mike Gillaspia Monster Jam Rolls Into Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - The rumbling and revving of engines will echo inside the American Bank Center this weekend, as Monster Jam roars into town.

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. They are capable of speeds of up to 100 mile per hour. Monster Trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars lines up side-by-side) while up to 35 feet in the air.

Included at the show will be trucks participating in both racing and freestyle events. Some of the more popular Monster Jam trucks include Mohawk Warrior, Monster Mutt, Grave Digger and El Diablo.

Monster Jam will happen this Saturday, July 19th at 7:00 PM. Before that, there will be a "Party in the Pits" from 4:30-6:00 PM. This gives fans the opportunity to view the trucks up close and meet some of the drivers. Another Monster Jam performance will take place on Sunday, July 20th at 2:00 PM.

To purchase tickets, visit


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Monster Jam at American Bank Center Community Fri, 18 Jul 2014 7:22:59 AM Candace Torrez Monster Jam at American Bank Center

CORPUS CHRISTI- Monster Jam is headed to the Corpus Christi Bayfront.

Bring your ear plugs and get ready to hear some roaring engines at Monster Jam July 19th - 20th at the American Bank Center.

At the show you will see Monster Jam trucks face off in at least two different forms of competition which include racing and freestyle.

Monster trucks are on an open dirt floor to show off their skills as they finesse the huge machines in a jaw dropping display of punishing stunts and amazing tricks.

The Monster Jam trucks are the stars of the show. Some of the world's most popular Monster Jam trucks include Mohawk Warrior, Monster Mutt, Grave Digger, El Diablo, and more.

Showtimes are July 19th at 7 PM, and July 20th at 2PM. You can also join the Pit Party before the show on Saturday where you can meet the drivers up close and personal starting at 4:30 PM.

For ticket information visit

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Fun Friday Forecast July 18 Community Fri, 18 Jul 2014 6:26:37 AM Fun Friday Forecast July 18

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you're up for a unique physical challenge, you can take part in the Light 'em Up obstacle night run.

The event benefits the Kids Get Fit program at the Boys and Girls Club. It starts at 9 tomorrow night at Play Extreme Sports on Chapman Ranch Road. More details are online at

And tonight, the worlds of zumba and DJ's collide for the Crash Tour Benefit Concert.

The proceeds from this event will support Tammy Lerma, a local woman who's battling breast cancer. It takes place from 9pm to midnight at Brewster Street Icehouse. Tickets are available at the door.

And as Candace has been telling us this morning, Monster Jam is back at the American Bank Center.

The big trucks will roll out tomorrow night at 7 and at 2 pm Sunday. There will also be a "party in the pits" event tomorrow afternoon, starting at 4:30. You can go to for all the details.


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Fishing Tournament Helps Support Scholarships at Del Mar College Community Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:38:21 PM Mike Gillaspia Fishing Tournament Helps Support Scholarships at Del Mar College

CORPUS CHRISTI - Del Mar College is partnering with LNV, Inc., a local engineering, architectural and contracting company, to present the "Stringers for Scholarships" fishing tournament. Money raised will help with education expenses for Del Mar College students.

The two-day event begins with a Captain's Party at Marker 37 (13317 South Padre Island Drive) on Friday, July 25th from 5:30-7:30 PM. There, team members may pick up packets with tournament rules while enjoying free food, soda and beer, and live music.

Day two (Saturday, July 26th) begins with a 6 AM fishing tournament, with weigh-in between 1 and 3 PM. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 4 PM.

The redfish- and speckled trout-catching tournament features a "heaviest stringer" $400 award for a single team. Individual awards for first, second and third place will be given for the following categories: heaviest single speckled trout, heaviest single slot redfish and heaviest combined trout and redfish, with gift cards for $250, $100 and $50 for each place in all three categories.

Competition also includes side pot payouts at $75 per entry/team with first place being half of the pot and the other half going to Del Mar College scholarships.

Individual entry is $100 with a discount for DMC students, employees and alumni. Sponsorships are also available with a one-team entry (up to four anglers), including the Salty Sponsor for $2,500, the Spinner Sponsor for $1,500 and the Sand Dune Sponsor for $1,000.

For more information and tournament rules, go to or contact Sally Reigle by calling (361) 698-1033 or emailing


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The Barrel Introduces Culinary Craft Cocktails Community Thu, 17 Jul 2014 7:46:29 AM Candace Torrez The Barrel Introduces Culinary Craft Cocktails

CORPUS CHRISTI- The culinary art of craft cocktail is now being introduced to South Texas.

The art of craft cocktail has become a personal passion to owners Garrett and Trish Frazier whom are now introducing the craft to their current wine bar establishment The Barrel, and Black Sheep Bistro.  

The Barrel is taking the approach of focusing on the history, education and quality of spirits, sourcing local ingredients, and creating flavors that are pleasing to the palate and attractive to the eye.

The Owners and top management of have gone through extensive education and training from leading experts in the industry.

The Barrel's craft cocktail concept includes house made juices, syrups, and infusions.

An extensive menu has been developed for the specific tastes and climate of Corpus Christi and Padre Island.

The Barrel is located on Padre Island and opens Monday through Friday, 5 PM- 10 PM.

For more information search The Barrel Wine and Tapas Bar on facebook.

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Embrace Your Inner Hot Dog! Community Wed, 16 Jul 2014 5:47:24 PM Lee Sausley III Embrace Your Inner Hot Dog!

CORPUS CHRISTI- This Sunday is Wienerschnitzel's 53rd Anniversary. To celebrate, the company will offer 61-cent hot dogs.

The price is good on the Original Chili Dog, Mustard Dog and Kraut Dogs at participating stores, and there is no limit!

So why 61-cents? 1961 is the year the company was founded. July is also National Hot Dog month.

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Pet of the Week: Falcor Community Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:44:35 PM Mike Gillaspia Pet of the Week: Falcor

CORPUS CHRISTI - "Falcor" is a 2 to 3-year-old male Dachshund/Chihuahua mix. He was found wandering the streets of Corpus Christi, and is now available for adoption from Corpus Christi Animal Care Services. He loves to run and play and does well on a leash. He would also most likely thrive in a household with older children. "Falcor" is very affectionate, and loves to kiss anyone who will get close enough to let him! As an added bonus, he has been sponsored and is ready to go to a good home.

To fill out an application or to find out more about any of the animals offered, visit the CCACS facility at 2626 Holly Road between the hours of 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday. You may also give them a call at (361) 826-4630.

Be sure to visit the CCACS Facebook page:

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Light 'Em Up Neon Night Obstacle Run Community Wed, 16 Jul 2014 7:39:19 AM Candace Torrez Light 'Em Up Neon Night Obstacle Run

CORPUS CHRISTI- If you like neon lights and glow in the dark paint there is a obstacle run you don't want to miss.

V Fit Productions and Play Extreme Sports have teamed up to bring you an innovative night run. The Light 'Em Up Neon Night Run is taking place at Play Extreme Sports, Saturday July, 19th.

The Neon Night Run is the 2nd Obstacle Run in a 3 part series. The run will include neon glow in the dark paint stations and a variety of obstacles to overcome.

Along with the neon run there will be a Dj present as well as raffle prizes. Grand prizes for the race include tickets to PePe Aguilar performing at Concrete Street Amphitheatre July 31st, and Fall Out Boy Ft. Paramore performing at Concrete Street Amphitheatre August 4th.

The Light 'Em Up Neon Night Run is a family affair with a course for the toughest. The race begins at 9 PM, and check-in is at 8:30 PM.

All proceeds benefit the Kid's Get Fit Program for the Boy's and Girls Club. In an effort to help fight childhood obesity, V Fit Training Center and the Boy's and Girls Club have teamed up to offer new activites to keep kids healthy and fit.

To register for this event visit

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TEACH Program at Texas A&M Kingsville Aimed at Training Future Educators Community Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:40:22 PM Sara Donchey TEACH Program at Texas A&M Kingsville Aimed at Training Future Educators

KINGSVILLE - Educators say there's a definite need for more teachers here in the Coastal Bend and across the country.

That is what drove the United States Department of Education to fund the TEACH Project at Texas A&M University Kingsville.

The program focuses on preparing college graduates with a Bachelor's degree to become teachers.

The program is geared toward those who got a degree in an unrelated field to education and lasts 14 months.

Much of the coursework is completed online, and the project has several other resources and tools for participants to land a teaching job once they've gotten their certification.

To sign up for the upcoming fall semester, or to learn more, visit the TEACH website.


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Crash Tour Benefit Concert and DJ Palooza Community Tue, 15 Jul 2014 7:49:51 AM Candace Torrez Crash Tour Benefit Concert and DJ Palooza

CORPUS CHRISTI- If you like Zumba and listening to Latin music the Crash Tour and DJ Palooza is a benefit you do not want to miss.

The Crash Tour is a line up of Latin artists with music by El Chevo and Sito Rocks. During the Crash Tour there will be Zumba dancing taking place with professional intructors leading fitness routines. You do not have participate in Zumba to spectate the concert.

Following the concert is DJ Palooza, hosted by Ed Ocanas. The DJ Palooza will feature 10 different DJ talents from South Texas.

Proceeds from this event will help to support Corpus Christi resident, Tammy Lerma in her fight against breat cancer. Tammy is a wife, friend, and mother of two young girls who was recently diagnosed with breat cancer. Since hearing the news family and friends have organized fundraisers to help with medical costs.

The Crash Tour and DJ Palooza is taking place at Brewster St. Icehouse Friday, July 18th. This event begins with the Crash Tour Benefit Concert at 6 PM - 9PM, and DJ Palooza picks up at 9PM - 12AM.

For ticket information visit

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Results Personal Training Community Mon, 14 Jul 2014 7:48:30 AM Candace Torrez Results Personal Training

CORPUS CHRISTI- It's no excuses, just results at Results Personal Training. 

Summer is upon us and i'ts not to late to get in beach shape. Results Personal Training offers a private fitness facility that feels exclusive while being inclusive.

Trained professionals are on hand to guide and support you through the total fitness solution, which focuses on strength and cardio, stretching, circuit, and conditioning. Nutrition experts sit down with you prior to the first work out designing a menu based on your needs.

Results personal training is all about making personal training convenient and affordable.

There is no appointment needed to participtate. All sessions start on the hour 7 days a week.

For more information on how to get involved visit



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Local Realtors Offer Home Buyer Education Seminar Community Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:51:29 AM Mike Gillaspia Local Realtors Offer Home Buyer Education Seminar

CORPUS CHRISTI - Anyone who has been there will tell you that becoming a homeowner can sometimes be a confusing and complicated process. It is often true that the more you know, the better it goes. Now, there is an additional resource available to help navigate the maze of home ownership.

The Housing Opportunity Committee of the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors is hosting a free Home Buyer Education Seminar. The focus will be on a Down Payment Resource Program. This seminar is designed to educate and motivate community members toward becoming homeowners.

The seminar will be held at the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors courtyard entrance at 4825 Everhart. It will begin at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, July 15th and is expected to last an hour. It is free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit or send an email to


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Fun Friday Forecast July 11 Community Fri, 11 Jul 2014 7:47:47 AM Fun Friday Forecast July 11

CORPUS CHRISTI - Cue the music. It's that time again. Time for our Fun Friday Forecast.

The Corpus Christi Hooks will finish up the weekend at home.

After wrapping up a four-game road trip, the Hooks will play four games at Whataburger field.

They'll host the division-leading Midland Rockhounds. That series starts Sunday. First pitch is at 6:10pm.
Visit their website here:

And the Corpus Christi Police Department will be hosting an Island Bas to celebrate the opening of its new substation.

There will be different displays and demonstrations, a little something for everyone. The event runs from 10 am to 1 pm tomorrow, at Highway 361 and Zahn Road.
Visit their facebook page for more:

And if you're up for a few laughs, one of the Latin Kings of Comedy is in town.

Alex Reymundo will be at Chuckles Comedy Club. He has two shows tonight and tomorrow night.

You can buy tickets in advance by going here:


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