Pluckers to open 4th San Antonio location, first one on South Side

Pluckers Wing Bar has announced plans for a fourth San Antonio restaurant, and it will be the first on the city’s South Side.

A Pluckers is in the works for the Brooks community. It’s set to open sometime during the first quarter of 2023.

It will be the fourth Pluckers restaurant to open in San Antonio. The latest location opened earlier this year near North Star Mall at 92 NE Interstate 410 Loop in a space that formerly housed a Logan’s Roadhouse.

The Austin-based restaurant also has a Landmark Center location on the Northwest Side that opened in 2019 and a Selma location that opened in 2018. It operates more than 27 brick-and-mortar stores and four venues within sports arenas throughout Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Bexar County Commissioners Court approves $5,000 homestead exemption

In an effort to provide some relief from property taxes, the Bexar County Commissioners Court voted to provide a $5,000 deduction from the appraised value of primary homes.

The bill, led by interim Pct.3 Commissioner Marilyn Barnard, passed unanimously on Tuesday.

“In a year when we as a county are expected to receive record increases in tax appraisals, it makes sense to help the homeowner,” Barnard said in a news release. “I want to remind everyone to apply for your homestead exemption, if you have not already.”

The exemption will help lower property tax bills but it comes amid skyrocketing home prices.

Even with the exemption, the county is expected to see its property tax revenue go up by $8.5 million because of rising property values, according to the proposal submitted by Barnard.

“It has never been more important to have a homestead or other exemptions than it is today,” Barnard added.

According to the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts, property values have gone up between 10-50% over the past year. Prices in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area is up 18%, according to a Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center report.

Homeowners who need to apply for a homestead exemption can fill out the form here.

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VIA to provide free park & ride service to Cesar Chavez March

VIA Metropolitan Transit and Bexar County have partnered to provide complimentary park and ride service to and from the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice on Saturday, March 26.

Participants can ride fare-free to the march between 8 and 10 a.m. from Alamodome parking lots B and C.

Return service will be offered until 2:30 p.m. from Old Bowie Street next to the Institute of Texan Cultures, Gate 4.

The annual march is co-sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy & Educational Foundation and the City of San Antonio. This year’s theme is celebrating “La Causa Sigue – The Cause Continues.” The grand marshal for the procession is San Antonio First Lady Erika Prosper, who was a migrant farmworker during her childhood.

An in-person march was not held in 2020 or 2021, due to COVID precautions.

March participants are encouraged to drop off canned food items at the beginning of the march’s route, 723 S. Brazos, to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank through the “Yes We Can/Sí Se Puede” food drive campaign.

Visit VIAinfo.net and follow VIA’s social media pages for more details about the Chavez March for Justice Special Event Service and help planning your trip.

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Stevens High School students, Goodwill San Antonio host Fiesta sustainable fashion show

Fiesta San Antonio kicks off next week and leading up to the fun Stevens High School students have created some fashion designs to help Goodwill San Antonio.

“We are celebrating our partnership with Stevens High School and the Entrepreneurship and Fashion Program with a Fiesta sustainable fashion show,” Penny Benavidez with Goodwill San Antonio said.

The rehearsals are complete, the students are ready, and the show is set.

“We’re going to have 20 students from Stevens High School who are going to be modeling looks that they’ve curated and created from gently used items donated to Goodwill. So, after the show, the looks are going to be put up for sales immediately following. Folks can purchase the Fiesta outfits and get ready for next week,” Benavidez said.

If you are interesting in seeing the Fiesta Sustainable Fashion Show, you can join the fun on Wednesday evening at the Goodwill location on Potranco Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“90 cents of every dollar spent at a Goodwill San Antonio store gets re-invested here in our local community,” Benavidez said.

And with unemployment on the rise in recent years and many families having gone through hard times, how will this program help out?

“From employment opportunities to workforce development programs, we are helping San Antonio and those who may have lost a job during the pandemic. The employment opportunities are also gained skills that they may not have had otherwise. Just as the industries and our employment landscape has changed over the last few years,” Benavidez said.

And as for the students in the entrepreneurship and fashion program at Stevens, they are ready to show off their creations and help families across the Alamo City.

“Fashion has never looked so good,” Benavidez said.

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