San Antonio, TX Allstate Agent Awarded for Volunteerism - $500 Grant Presented to San Antonio Sports Foundation

San Antonio, TX, December 1, 2006 - It pays to be in the Good Hands of local Allstate agent Nancy Lebherz. In recognition of Nancy Lebherz's volunteer efforts in the community, The Allstate Foundation awarded a $500 grant to San Antonio Sports Foundation.

The grant is part of Allstate's "Agency Hands In The Community" program. Allstate agents are recognized for outstanding commitment to community service with a $500 donation to the charitable organization where they volunteer. To qualify for the grant, agents must show evidence of volunteer work that has had a positive impact on the local community.

Alamo City Dance Company’s The Nutcracker

San Antonio’s own Alamo City Dance Company will be performing in its fourteenth season of The Nutcracker Ballet December 16 and 17 at McAllister Auditorium.  The company of local dancers from throughout the city is under the artistic direction of Scott Conway and will feature guests artists Cornel Crabtree as the Cavalier and Sasha Dmachowski as the Sugarplum Fairy.  Mr. Crabtree studied with George Balanchine and has been a member of the New York City Ballet as well as a featured performer throughout Europe appearing among other places with the Paris Opera Ballet.  Miss Dmachowski is a member of the American Ballet Theatre.  Christopher Fairbank of the Tri-costal Dance Company will dance the part of the Snow King.  Alamo City Dance Company soloist Roxanna Pena will accompany Mr. Fairbank as the Snow Queen.

Beware of Identity Theft During Holiday Shopping

                                                           
Beware of identity theft during holiday shopping

Kids Don't Work Out, They Play!

 by: Ainsley Laing 

The other day, I was working out to music in my living room when my 8 year old daughter and two of her friends came in. Naturally, questions followed: what am I doing, why am I doing it, etc. After a while, the three of them joined in.

Of course, kids being kids, my workout soon expanded into a free movement and dance session. The sound levels increased with lots of laughter and squeals. After a while, the festive atmosphere was too attractive even for grown up friend of mine to resist and she joined in. What started as a workout became a party!

Former State Senator Dies in Fire

Former state Senator Frank Madla perished early Friday morning when a fire consumed his south side home.  The blaze broke out around 2:00 a.m.as the family slept. Early reports indicate that the former Senator attempted to crawl out of a second floor bedroom, but was overcome by smoke. Three other family members were pulled from the home and taken to local hospitals.  His mother-in-law, Mary Cruz, died later at Brook Army Medical Center. Senator Madla's wife and grandaughter are in the intensive care unit at University Hospital.

According to the fire department, there were no smoke detectors in the home. At this time, fire officials say that the fire appears to be accident, and do not suspect foul play.

8 Keys to Lasting Love

8 Keys to Lasting Love
 by: Dr. Linda Miles 

My granddaughter, Merritt Miles, at five years old, was the inspiration for, 8 Keys to Lasting Love. While reading her a fairy tale I was very disturbed by what I was about to say to her when I read; "And they lived happily ever after."

So, I took the liberty of changing the ending to, "They began the work of creating a very good marriage." I didn't want Merritt thinking, as so many of my clients had, that marriage was so simple, that it just magically happened and couples lived happily every after.