Fiesta

A Wacky, Amusing Month of April’s Egg-cellent Easter Crafts and Fantastic Fiesta Celebrations!

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“A Wacky, Amusing Month of April’s Egg-cellent Easter Crafts and Fantastic Fiesta Celebrations!”

 Hi, everyone! I hope that everyone has a fabulous time at this year’s Fiesta; I sure did! In North Carolina, we didn’t have anything like Fiesta. So, Fiesta is my favorite time of year (until Halloween comes.)

 On Monday, April 1st, some of The Arc Participants and Staff Members wore their craziest and silliest outfits to celebrate April Fools’ Day. I wore my rainbow–colored wig, pink sequence light up Easter Bunny ears and a purple and green striped shirt with polka-dot pants and a mix matched pair of shoes.

During the week of Monday, April 15th to Thursday, April 18th, some Participants also made “Bunny Shaped Easter Baskets” Arts and Crafts to acknowledge the upcoming Easter holiday. I wore my new rainbow-colored Easter Bunny ears and my mom decorated my wheelchair tray with a multicolored feather boa. For the Easter and April Fools holidays, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, I chose to read Clifford’s Happy Easter by Norman Bridwell, How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace, Happy Easter, Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey, Arthur’s April Fool by Marc Brown and April Fool! Watch Out at School! by Diane deGroat.

 For the Fiesta celebrations, I wore my new purple iridescent Fiesta medal sash, made by my mom. I read Mañana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul, The Three Little Tamales by Eric A. Kimmel and Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. This was my favorite book to read during this year’s Fiesta celebration because it was extremely funny and made the other Arc Participants and I laugh greatly.

 On Friday, April 12th, The Arc had a Classroom Fiesta Door Decorating Contest. Our door theme was “The Easter Bunny’s Piñata Party.” As The Arc’s Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, with the help of my fellow Press Club Participants classmates and the Volunteer Involvement Program Participants, I took pictures to put in the April 2019 Newsletter edition. On Wednesday, April 17th, The Arc had a Classroom Fiesta Float Building Contest gathering in The Arc’s Gym. My classroom’s Fiesta float was about the San Antonio Spurs basketball team and Coyote mascot. Also I watched the Easter TV special, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schultz. Being a big Peanuts comic strip fan, this is my favorite Easter TV special to watch. While most of the Peanuts gang is busy getting ready for Easter, Linus futilely tries to convince them that it’s all a waste of time, and that the “Easter Beagle” will take care of everything. Only Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally, believes him, although she remains skeptical after their Great Pumpkin misadventure on Halloween.

Peppermint Patty and Marcie attempt to color Easter eggs, but as it is Marcie’s first time, she does not know how. Their first attempt fails as Marcie fries the eggs on a griddle. The second attempt fails when she tries cooking more eggs on a waffle iron (for 4 of the eggs), then in a toaster (for 1 of them), and baking the rest of them (the same egg she tries toasting and the remaining 7) in the oven. In the third and final attempt, Peppermint Patty spends the last of her money on another carton of eggs, and in so doing explains to Marcie that the eggs are to be boiled, but instead of putting them in shells-and-all, Marcie puts the eggs into the pot of water (without the shells) resulting in egg soup. At the end of that attempt, Peppermint Patty is out of money and she and Marcie end up with no colored eggs (and cannot make any more attempts).

Woodstock wakes up shivering in his nest after a cold spring rain. He goes for help to Snoopy, who buys him a birdhouse. At first Woodstock hates it, but soon makes it over into a bachelor pad, complete with television, contemporary artwork, a sunken bed, modern furniture, and a quadrophonic stereo system. Curious to see more of the inside, Snoopy gets his nose stuck in the entry hole and accidentally shatters the birdhouse, and so he buys Woodstock another house.

Much to Schroeder’s chagrin, Lucy believes that Easter is the “gift-getting season”, so she decides to have her own private Easter egg hunt, painting and then hiding the eggs herself to find them on Easter morning. But unbeknownst to her, Snoopy follows close behind and snatches up each one of the eggs. Easter morning arrives, and so does the Easter Beagle, tossing eggs to everyone including Woodstock in his new birdhouse, to Lucy (whose hand Snoopy furtively shakes), and even Peppermint Patty and Marcie. But by the time he gets to Charlie Brown, Snoopy has run out of eggs, and he gives Charlie Brown an embarrassed smile.

Peppermint Patty instructs Marcie to put salt on her egg and eat it (after telling Marcie that you eat the eggs after you have received them), which she does without removing the shell. After the Easter Beagle’s visit, Sally becomes a believer, but Lucy quickly realizes that the Easter Beagle gave her one of her own eggs; she is still brooding about it ten weeks later, and Linus suggests that she go and talk about it with Snoopy. She visits Snoopy’s doghouse to pick a fight, but Snoopy takes the fight out of her with a disarming kiss on the cheek.  

The Arc Participants and Staff Members decided that on Friday, April 26th, we would commemorate the Fiesta celebrations by gathering in The Arc’s Gym in “The Taste of The Arc” Fiesta Food Tasting Booths with our friends. The other Participants and I listened to songs from the late singer, Selena and Mariachi music, had fun hitting piñatas, and dressing up in Fiesta clothing. My mom painted my fingernails purple with multi-colored confetti glitter nail polish and I wore my favorite purple Fiesta shirt, my 2019 new Fiesta Medals (that I got from The Arc, McDonald’s, University Hospital and H.E.B.) and my Fiesta mini purple bejeweled (by my mom) sombrero headband. I have seven Arc Fiesta medals so far, and I hope to collect more in the future.

 Also, some of the other Arc Participants and I and the Staff Members decided that they would commemorate the Fiesta celebrations by watching the “Battle of Flowers” Parade on the website of San Antonio’s local ABC channel, KSAT 12 with our friends. I love watching the Fiesta parades on tv. It is the only place where you can see princesses, duchesses and queens wear crowns and cowboy boots.  My favorite parade is the Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade. I love all of the lights and costumes. Everyone at The Arc had a wonderfully festive Fiesta day!

 So, that was my wacky, astoundingly amazing month of April events at The Arc. I had such a great time celebrating Fiesta with The Arc Staff Members and my friends. I hope that you had a fabulously festive month of April, like I had!

 Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and Viva Fiesta!

Having a Marvelous Mardi Gras While Looking for Leprechauns and Finding Birthday Wishes!

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“Having a Marvelous Mardi Gras While Looking for Leprechauns and Finding Birthday Wishes!”

Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I use a communicator, and I have Cerebral Palsy. I’m going to be your guide into the very busy world of The Arc’s Participants. The other Participants and I definitely had a magical and mystical month of March.

March is one of my favorite months to be at The Arc. We have so many things to be happy about and to celebrate. I especially have a very special date to celebrate, my birthday!

On Monday, March 4th, the other Arc Participants and I and the Staff Members celebrated what would have been the 115th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel also known as Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss published forty-six children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, and rhyme. His most celebrated books include the bestselling books: Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Since I was a little girl, my favorite Dr. Seuss book is, Horton Hears a Who! This book teaches the lesson that “a person is a person no matter how small.” Also, as a writer, I looked up to Dr. Seuss. His books are continuing to educate children into the future.

On Tuesday, March 5th, we wore gold, purple, and green necklaces to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also, the other Participants and I made colorful masks, crowns and tambourine arts and crafts. I wore my brand-new Mardi Gras colored hair bow to celebrate the occasion. We had a grand time having their own Mardi Gras festivities. (With the help of You Tube) I read, Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell and a novelization Walt Disney’s 2009 animated film named The Princess and the Frog. A story about an African-American young girl named Tiana and her adventure after being turned into a frog by a magical mishap during the Mardi Gras celebration. I love The Princess and the Frog movie. I think that it is one of the best Disney’s animated movies of all time!

For National Irish American Heritage Month, we had a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration and a start of the season of spring dance on Friday, March 15th, where some of the other Participants and I and Staff Members wore green clothing, made arts and crafts projects such as, Shamrock Mobiles and read stories about the country of Ireland and leprechauns and their pots of gold. During the week of Monday, March 11th to Friday, March 15th, we built leprechaun trapping boxes in celebration of the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day weekend. Even though we didn’t catch any leprechauns, the other Participants and I enjoyed the chocolate coins that the little tricky elves left behind.

For the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, I use my communication device to read, (with the help of You Tube) How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, (in this book, the greedy Leprechaun King has locked away all the luck in Ireland and the whole country has fallen into despair. Through clever charades, Fiona outwits the Leprechaun King and restores luck to the land.) That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting and How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess to my fellow Participants.

I wore my “Pot ‘o Gold” Saint Patrick’s Day shirt, my shamrock shaped antennas that swung around when I move my head and my new green headband that has the word “BOSS” in gold letters (in honor of the month of March being Women’s History Month,) Also, my mom painted my fingernails neon green with gold glitter and my tray on my electric wheelchair was decorated with a green feathered boa.

I love celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day because it’s officially two weeks before my birthday!

The Arc and I would like to let everyone know that “The Arc Fiesta 2019” Medals are being sold now for our annual Fund Raiser. This year, “The Arc Fiesta 2019” Medals were designed by Arc Staff Member, Elizabeth T.

Each Medal is available in The Arc’s Main Office at both locations. You can also visit: https://www.arc-sa.org/2019fiestamedals/ to order. The medals are $5.00 each.

If you would like to purchase an Arc 2019 Fiesta Medal, please feel free to contact Ms. Mary Alice M. (The Arc’s Receptionist / Administrative Assistant at the West Avenue Location) by telephone at: (210) 490-4300, extension 100 or e-mail at: mmartinez@arc-sa.org and Ms. Rose S. (The Arc’s Receptionist / Administrative Assistant at the Wurzbach Road Location) by telephone at: (210) 490-4300, extension 200 by e-mail at: rsalinas@arc-sa.org

All proceeds will go towards The Arc’s Fund Raiser. I love The Arc’s 2019 Fiesta Medal! I can’t wait for Fiesta!

So, that was the magical and mystical month of March for The Arc Participants.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that everyone that reads my blog will have a great ending to the month of March as I will!

I will be celebrating my birthday!

I’ll see you then!


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