APRIL 2024

[Image: The Vision Guide Dogs logo features a winding road with a guide dog standing in the center and "Vision Guide Dogs" printed in the upper-right corner. Next to the logo it reads "Navigate the World."]

Viva Fiesta!

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Buddy in a down-stay position surrounded by a display of decorative flowers in a variety of colors at a craft store.]

Let's party with a purpose! Fiesta is that time of year when San Antonio comes together to honor the rich and diverse cultures and history of the city. While it is a time to celebrate, it is also an opportunity for individuals and organizations to serve the community. Fiesta truly captures the essence of San Antonio and its people. Whether you're from here or just visiting, we look forward to enjoying the best the city has to offer with you. Please be sure to visit our booth at one of the upcoming Fiesta events where you will have the chance to meet some of our pups. Viva Fiesta!

Photo Album

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Joy in a sit-stay position surrounded by potted plants. She is wearing her VGD training vest.]

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Elroy in a sit-stay position on the grass with farm animals in a fenced-in area behind him. He is wearing his VGD training vest.]

[Image: VGD activity at the Vibrant Works Beeping Easter Egg Hunt. The activity features grass made of green-dyed rice with bunnies, butterflies, flowers, and baskets containing dyed eggs scattered throughout.]

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Joy in a sit-stay position on yellow-painted concrete in the outdoor area of a home improvement store. She is wearing her VGD training vest.]

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Buddy lying down on his dog bed with a toy between his paws.]

[Image: VGD Pickleball Tournament 1st Place winners in front of the CNP San Antonio sign with a red, white, and blue star in the center.]

[Image:VGD Pickleball Tournament 2nd Place winners in front of the CNP San Antonio sign with a red, white, and blue star in the center.]

[Image: VGD Pickleball Tournament 3rd Place winner in front of the CNP San Antonio sign with a red, white, and blue star in the center.]

Note of Appreciation

[Image: Action photo of Alan Hepp on a pickleball court during the VGD Pickleball Tournament hosted by Chicken N Pickle (CNP). The CNP logo is in the lower-left corner and features images of a hen, pickleball paddle, and ball in the center and beneath it reads, "Pickleball Headquarters."]

Thank You for Being a Friend, Kimberly Crinklaw! We appreciate you and the rest of the Community Impact Team at Chicken N Pickle San Antonio (CNP)! You have supported our mission since the beginning and continue to show up for us in incredible ways. Thank you for helping ensure that the first ever VGD Pickleball Tournament was a success. We can't wait to plan the next one!

To our VGD supporters, if you're looking for "good food, good friends, and great fun," reserve a court or plan your next event at the San Antonio CNP location!


Events & Information

[Image: LVRC. Low Vision Resource Center. Hope...Help...Independence. The Owl Radio logo is in the center of the C featuring an owl surrounded by stars and a crescent moon.]

Low Vision Expo:

You're invited! Are you or is someone you care about living with blindness or low vision? If so, we invite you to attend the Low Vision Expo. It's a day of exploration and connection. Check out the latest technology and resources available to help improve accessibility and independence. To register for this free event, please click on the button below.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024

Time: 9am - 1pm

Admission Fee: Free


Marriott San Antonio Airport

77 NE Loop 410

San Antonio, TX 78216


[Image: Digital artwork created by Belle & Union that reads, "Fiesta femme flourish."]

Belle & Union Fiesta Femme:

Ready to shop for a cause? This event benefits the Young Women's Leadership Academy and features a Maker Market, Luxe Tacos, Dried Floral Combs, product exclusives, and more! We will be selling our 2024 Fiesta San Antonio medal at the event. We hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Admission Fee: Free

***$40 VIP ticket to receive a swag bag worth over $100 and to be entered into the grand prize raffle worth over $500


Belle & Union

7959 Broadway, #502

San Antonio, TX 78209

[Image: VGD 2024 Fiesta San Antonio official medal designed to look like a Lotería game card and featuring VGD's first guide dog, Zuke, with the words "El Perro Guía" at the bottom of the medal. Festive, colorful graphics including birds, a flower, and party banners surround the medal.]

Pin Pandemonium at Fiesta Fiesta:

Are you pining for pins?! Fiesta Fiesta is presented by Toyota and kicks off the 2024 Fiesta season. There will be delicious food, live entertainment, Fiesta merchandise, and lots more! You can buy, sell, and trade Fiesta medals at Fiesta Fiesta's Pin Pandemonium. Come visit our booth to purchase the VGD 2024 Fiesta San Antonio official medal ($10/medal)!

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Time: 4pm - 11pm

Admission Fee: Free


HEB Plaza at the Alamodome

100 Montana Street

San Antonio, TX 78203

[Image: Camp CAMP logo which features a blue, red, and yellow rainbow with a yellow star on the left-hand side, red paper cutout figures holding hands, and one red paper cutout figure with a walking aid in one hand while climbing a ladder leading to the rainbow.]

Camp CAMP DeafBlind Family Weekend Retreat:

Recreation, Respite, and Education...Camp CAMP and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Blind Children's Program have organized a weekend retreat for families with children who have hearing and vision impairment. VGD is excited to participate and share information about guide dogs with the families in attendance. If you're interested in attending the retreat and would like more information, you can reach Camp CAMP by phone at (210) 671-5411 or by email using the button below.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024

Time: 10:30am - 12pm (VGD's time slot)

Weekend Retreat Cost: Call to inquire



515 Skyline Drive

Center Point, TX 78010


[Image: King William Fair logo featuring an image of the King William Park gazebo and a Fiesta party banner.]

King William Fair:

Activities, entertainment, and food...oh my! The KW Fair offers family fun galore and you can purchase VGD's 2024 official Fiesta medals at our booth ($10/medal). We hope you can join us at this terrific event!

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time: 9am - 6pm

Admission Fee:

$15 advance pre-sale ($20 day of fair); Children 11 and under free

Location: King William District


This Fiesta season, our 2024 Fiesta medals are available for sale at Mike's Dog Store and Dogtopia - Alamo Heights. Stay tuned for announcements about more locations and events where you can purchase the VGD 2024 Fiesta San Antonio official medal!

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How You Can Help

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Elroy is in a down-stay position unfazed by the bubbles that surround him. He is wearing his VGD training vest.]

Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you there, helpers? It's us...Vision Guide Dogs. If you're looking for a great way to help out in the community, our mission is calling you! For more info on VGD volunteer opportunities, please check out our website by clicking the button below.

For questions:


Phone: (830) 206-0626


Just for Fun

YouTube video of DIY Fiesta Wreath by KSAT

[Image: Stephanie Pena Frost from SA Live on KSAT demonstrates how to make a Fiesta wreath in a short YouTube video.]

DIY Fiesta Wreath:

Let's Fiesta, San Antonio! Follow the instructions in the video above to create a one-of-a-kind Fiesta wreath for your home. You can find fantastic Fiesta supplies, decor, and more at Amol's and Fiesta at North Star.


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Phone: (830) 206-0626

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