Chosen Race Benefits Foster and Adoptive Families – Helps Children Heal

Interested in a way to use your passion for running to give back? Walkers, looking for a fitness challenge? Sign up for The Two Rivers Half Marathon & 5K– formerly known as The Chosen – The Prettiest Race in Texas. And by the race’s November date, temperatures will be cool enough to contemplate outdoor exertion.


The Chosen Half Marathon was founded in 2009 and attracted thousands of athletes. The race began in New Braunfels, Texas by Chosen’s founder and CEO, Jenni Lord, to support the needs of vulnerable children. Having a brother adopted out of foster care deeply impacted her and she wanted to help children who needed homes. The race was born and a nonprofit blossomed.   


This year’s race returns with a new name and a new production company, Two Rivers Running, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. It will be held on November 20, 2022, and follows the same scenic course along River Road. Portions of the proceeds will benefit Chosen Care, Inc. as well as provide scholarships to local student-athletes.   


“After the pandemic hiatus, we are delighted that Two Rivers Running has agreed to resume the operations of the race so the Chosen team can focus on our primary mission to help children heal from trauma,” said Jenni Lord, Chosen’s CEO. “We have full confidence that they will continue to provide runners with the best possible experience while raising awareness for vulnerable children and families.” 


Early registration is from May 31 through September 5 for a discounted entry fee, so gather your friends and start logging those training miles.  Visit for more details.


Bank of America Announces

2022 San Antonio Student Leaders

Bank of America today announced four San Antonio high school juniors and seniors were selected a Student Leaders® (#BofAStudentLeaders), an eight-week summer internship providing students with first-hand experience in serving their communities. These students have started their paid internship experience of workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with local nonprofits, including Communities In Schools of San Antonio. As part of the program, they will earn $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook. This year, students will have the option to voluntarily participate in in-person activities as part of the internship.


In San Antonio, youth employment experienced the eighth-largest drop in employment in the first year of the pandemic. Without access to career skills-building opportunities like the Student Leaders program, many young people may be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment. 


“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Ventura Perez, president, Bank of America San Antonio. “We recognize young adults are the future of San Antonio, which is why programs like Student Leaders are one way we can provide paid opportunities for students to gain job experience while developing a diverse pipeline of talent as they enter the local workforce.”

The Class of 2022 San Antonio Bank of America Student Leaders are:

  • Sarthak Dayal, Ronald Reagan High School (pictured here)

  • Francisco Felix, Somerset High School

  • Gabby Oglive, Theodore Roosevelt High School

  • Jayce Sibley, Holmes High School


These four students were selected for their leadership, background, passion and commitment to community.

  • Sarthak is an active member of the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, academic UIL, and is president of his school’s Computer Science Club. He volunteers with the App Dev League and is passionate about technology.

  • Francisco is president of the Men of Honor organization and CFO of the Somerset Community Store “The Set Apparel” and a mentor for his community Robotics team. He is a Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Cohort 17 Scholar.

  • Gabby is a Parliamentarian of the Technology Student Association, member of the Science National Honors Society, National Arts Honors Society, Active Minds and the Zeta Youth Auxiliary of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.

  • Jayce is a valedictorian of his graduating class and a four-year varsity basketball athlete. He is active in journalism, speech and debate, and is National Honor Society member.


Started in 2004, the Student Leaders program recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually. The San Antonio-based Student Leaders are participating in programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project with Communities in Schools of San Antonio. Bank of America Student Leaders will also participate in a virtual Leadership Summit, delivered in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. The Summit will include opportunities to engage with congressional leaders, hear from leaders in civil and human rights and the Stanford University Young Democracy at Home program which encourages conversation about current issues facing young people today.


Authentic Mexican Street Food in Encino Park

Looking for elevated street food featuring authentic flavors of Mexico? Drive east on Evans Road just across US Highway 281 to Panfila, located in the northeast corner of the Bulverde and Evans Roads, 22250 Bulverde Rd., suite 114. You can find Panfila’s patio by its red umbrellas and planters of flowering petunias.


Panfila, which means “loved by all,” was created by chef-couple Gaby Hinojosa and Charlie Gonzalez. The two met in 2012 while training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City. Before opening Panifila on April 11, Gaby worked as Executive Sou Chef of Signature a La Cantera for renowned San Antonio chef Andrew Weissman and Brasserie Mon Chou Chou’s Laurent Rea.


Don’t miss Panfila’s brunch menu served all day, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Saturday; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, which features specialties like Churro and Waffles Other dishes include Cazuelas, Ceviche Verde, Mini Tacos, and Gaby’s signature charred Mexican street corn, a family recipe she learned as a young girl in Mexico.  Keep an eye out for reviews of next door neighbor, Spice, which opened May 24.

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Trilogy Burger Bistro closes after 2 years.

Stone Oak residents will notice the loss of another local restaurant that couldn’t survive COVID disruptions. Trilogy Burger Bistro, located at 20079 Stone Oak Parkway, closed for business March 4 after only two years. Despite the popularity of its gourmet burgers and support of sister restaurant Trilogy Pizza, owner John Gladders was not able to keep it running.

Happily, Trilogy Pizza Bistro is another story. The 18-year-old business remains strong with many loyal followers from Stone Oak and beyond. Enjoy its brick oven pizza and extensive wine list at 19141 Stone Oak Parkway.


Aldaco's has a sweet deal for your Easter Sunday

We’re all looking forward to gathering to celebrate Easter with friends and family this year. Cracking cascarones is just one way San Antonians add their own flair to the holiday. You can also wow your crowd with a freshly baked Tres Leches Cake.


  You don’t have to search far to find an original. Blanco Aldaco, the founder of Stone Oak’s own Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine, is said to have first introduced the recipe more than 30 years ago at the restaurant’s original location downtown. While often imitated, local reviews name Aldaco’s Tres Leches their favorite. Alcado’s Easter version includes an infusion of rainbow-colored pastels into the sweet treat to offer an extra pop of color in each slice.


  “Tres leches cake was first introduced to San Antonio in 1989, largely through the efforts of Blanca Aldaco. Since then, you can find it at numerous places across town, but Aldaco still serves the best to be had.” - Tanji Patton, Goodtaste with Tanji

If an entire cake is too large for your plans, Aldaco’s also sells their Pastel Tres Leches by the slice. The restaurant will donate a dollar per slice to the Texas Restaurant Association Foundation.


 A limited number of the cakes are available, so order online today (Easter Pastel Tres Leches). Each 9-inch cake serves 20 and costs $39.99. Pick up pre-ordered cakes at Aldaco’s, 20079 Stone Oak Parkway on April 15 or 16 from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.


P. Terry's Burger Stand opens second SA Location in Stone Oak

P. Terry’s Burger Stand, the popular Austin burger chain, has now opened a second location in San Antonio — this time, in Stone Oak. The second location officially opened Tuesday at 22607 N. US Hwy 281. “We’re thrilled to expand our presence in San Antonio,” Todd Coerver, CEO of P. Terry’s Burger Stand said. “Over the past year, the San Antonio community has welcomed us with open arms, and we look forward to growing our presence, bringing new jobs and giving back in more profound ways.” P. Terry’s is known for their burgers and fresh-cut fries, along with their milkshakes.

 If you’re not a burger fan, they also offer other sandwiches such as a chicken burger and veggie burger. The restaurant is also serving up breakfast from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., with options such as an egg burger and breakfast potatoes. P. Terry’s Stone Oak location is open seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

Credit: KSAT 12