I ran into my friend, Frances, when I visited Gardopia Gardens with another friend, Jeanette. Gardopia (a hybrid of “garden” and “utopia”) Gardens’ vision is to create, “A sustainable society, empowered and educated to lead healthy lifestyles through gardening.”
While we were catching up, she told me about her new job with SAGE, San Antonio for the Growth of the Eastside. She told me about an event they were organizing called, “HalloEast” and invited me to stop by.
The event was held on Saturday in a blocked off area in front of Gardopia Gardens. The weather was perfectly sunny and in the mid-eighties; a nice break from all the rain we’ve had lately. We arrived as the event was starting at 3pm, but there was already a crowd. Spurs Entertainment was there with a cornhole game; there was storytelling and pumpkin painting at the garden. Also, there were dance contests, dancing for fitness with the YMCA, and costume contests. SAPD provided the food and there were other organizations there providing resources, games, candy, and giveaways.
SAGE identifies “the needs of the Eastside business community and provide assistance to businesses that already have a foothold in our commercial corridor.” Sage offers services for nonprofits like Gardopia Garden because they are in what’s called a “Promise Zone.” Promise Zones are, “high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community.”
San Antonio’s East Side offers a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the city of San Antonio. I hope you’ll visit their websites and check them out!