Christmas is about Giving by Brandy Lopez
Hello to all my Beautiful Family, Friends and Fans – I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and enjoy another wonderful Holiday Season. It is important to give Thanks to God and His son Jesus Christ for all the blessings he has given us.
At times, it appears that there is little reason to be thankful, and that things are tough and we go through difficult times – but we must give thanks and give back.
You may remember that last year we spent Thanksgiving at the Hospital, with Diamond on life support and near death. This year was much better and I am grateful.
I am thankful because I was blessed with the opportunity to share a Thanksgiving meal with my Daughter Diamond, her brothers Erik and Oscar, and to see her precious face, her beautiful and glowing smile and to hold her and love her was a gift from God. To be with her was a miracle.
I am also blessed with a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my back and my health. I know that financially times can be hard, but I am grateful this holiday season. God always provides!
I try not to think about what I don’t have or wish I had, because I know that in time God will bless me with what He feels fit to. I do know that He Blesses me with my Heart of Joy to give back to my community.
Speaking of which, it is time for the 7th Annual SA Star Gala. At the SA Star Gala, we collect and distribute toys in San Antonio and the surrounding community. It is about giving back and showing that we are thankful by adding joy to our community. .
My Joy and Happiness is helping and sharing with those less fortunate and this is wonderful way to do so. If I can be an angel for them then that is who I will continue to be.
What I am trying to say to you is that this Holiday Season while you are out buying gifts find it in your heart to by one gift and give it to a child in need. Trust me, to these children it is not about the value of a gift but value of a Heart that cares..
The gala will be over by the time this issue comes out but I will still be collecting toys.
Also, I am also running for the Paseo del Rio Riverwalk Queen. Currently, I am the reigning Duchess of the Riverwalk. I need your support.
The one who raises the most money wins the crown. I am asking for your support. If you can afford $10 or $20 dollars to the cause – I would be honored to represent you in a manner befitting San Antonio. I want to take it to a new level.
I really am asking for your help. And we have lots of items to giveaway and to do a drawing so your donation will get you a chance to win some prizes.
You can donate online at www.LatinFusionTv.com or you can contact me on facebook or at LatinFusionTv@gmail.com. Whether I win or not, I will continue to give without expecting to receive anything in return.
I will be having one last gathering at Davenport’s on January 11. It is the last opportunity to raise money. Davenport’s is located downtown at Presa and Houston.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your support over the years and as of late. I want to wish all of you a wonderful and safe Holiday Season. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And remember to always Walk by Faith and not by Sight! With Love – Brandy
Written by Brandy Lopez and edited by Michael Arellan0
Saludos to all our readers! The Holidays are almost here. Please be safe and remember it is better to give than it is to receive. So please be sure to give this Holiday season – even if it means volunteering your time.
Now, getting impatient is something that I have a hard time dealing with. When things don’t move quickly – I get nervous.
When we hear the phrase “It’s Gods’ Timing,” it’s usually as we wait on something to happen. But things happen when God wants them to not when we expect it because it is His time – not ours.
But as times goes on, I see that God is working in my favor. It is then that I realize that having Faith in God and trusting in His plans has helped me to be less fearful.
And when fear starts to creep up on me, I must ask Him to remove it and then thank God for all his Blessings. Fear is not from God and could lead to discouragement. This could mean trouble.
I have been told to focus and do what is in front of me. This is something that I have struggled with, but it is wonderful advice. I hear it often and it helps me to see things differently.
It is true that if we focus on what is in front of us, the rest will fall into place. God plays a huge role in this. God will always do for us what we cannot do for ourselves – and He will do it in His time!
BUT waiting is not enough – we have to do our part. Faith without works is dead.
AND we should never lose faith when things don’t go the way we want them to or move as fast as we expect. His timing is powerful and filled with strength and love. And He puts the right people in your life.
So, take a good look at others and see what they really stand for! Are they genuine? This is something I come across daily, trusting people too much. If they ask without giving anything back – be careful!
The reason I share this is because God has put so many great people in my life. Some give and some take so we have to be careful. But I also have to look at myself to make sure that I give back and not just take.
That is why I am helping with the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s 2012 Gala on Wednesday, November 28 at the Club at Sonterra. Monies raised will go to scholarships to further the education of our future leaders.
We want to thank everyone for their support to help us raise money to make me the Paseo del Rio Riverwalk Queen. Goto: Facebook.com/Brandy Lopez for Riverwalk Queen for more info.
A special thanks to all the volunteers, family and friends that helped and came out to support. The Brisket was awesome – thanks to the cooks! The fellowship was even more fun. And great big hugs and love to Quest College and Dr. William Elizondo.
We are partnering with Quest College who will be sponsoring Brandy’s Toy Boxes at their two locations. Thanks to our new friends at Quest!
Get ready for the 7th Annual Una Noche con las Estrellas Toy Drive and “Funraiser.” which will be on Thursday, December 6 or 13 at Leon Springs Dance Hall. Black Tie Catering will provide the food and Richard Ojeda and Debbie Gonzaba do a great job. Expect Great musical surprises this year and lots of celebrities. Again.
Last year we partied with lots of friends and San Antonio Celebrities. We had a blast and helped more than 250 families in need with gifts and toys. Our goal this year is to help 500 families. Let’s make this happen.
Finally, appreciate those that go above and beyond to help you for your events and don’t take them for granted, because it comes from the heart.
Never listen to those that complain, especially gossip, because… if they gossip to you they will gossip about you.
Remember, God is the most High and will always be there for you regardless of the circumstances or situation. We just have to understand His timing and His work through faith, patience and trust.
Stop and take a breather – look around and realize that God has given us so much in life and continues to do so. And always remember to Walk by Faith and not by Sight!!
With Love – Brandy Lopez
Hello to our wonderful readers and fans! Now that September is here, autumn is just around the corner. It has been a Hot summer.
August was a busy and exciting month for me and many others, especially with the start of another school year. I want to share with you about embracing and celebrating community events and how easy it is to “Make a Difference!”
As I look forward into September and October and prepare for what God has in store for me, I look back at the blessings God presented me this past month.
I spent my time going to auditions, acting, and emceeing while helping within the community. In doing this, I realize how important our community is and how easy it is to get involved.
I had the opportunity to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for UTSA’s Alumni Scholarship Gala. It was an honor to be among so many of our leaders, including UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo and his beautiful wife, Dr. Harriett Romo.
It was a full house and as I gazed throughout the ballroom, I saw the commitment to education that each individual has given to be an inspiration for themselves, their loved ones, and for others.
The Mystic Knights held their annual School Supply Drive. This year they included their commitment to the SouthTown Lions by adding an eyeglass drive. The Mystic Knights have captivated my heart as they constantly reach out to help less fortunate children and families.
With the help of his family, local car clubs and community leaders, Carlos Martinez, Mystic Knights President (who also writes for Street Talk), collected supplies to ease the financial burden on families so the students can focus on education.
As he addressed the crowd, he mentioned that even a pencil can make a difference as it gives students something to write with. We were moved by his speech. The Knights are an inspiration.
The Ambassador Project SA, led by Professor Joe Michael Gonzales held their inaugural fundraiser to provide students with Scholarships. They raised $1,300 in their first attempt. Great Job Guys!
Jaime Martinez celebrated his 66th birthday at Pueblo Hall with about 150 of his closest friends. Jaime let me emcee his party, which included Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Commissioner Tommy Atkinson and many others. But the real gift was listening to Jaime play his trumpet with Little Henry and the Legends band. What a great night!
We helped the Latinos in Action Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame Induction raise money for scholarships. The inductees included SA Talon’s record-setting Quarterback Aaron Garcia; NFL Pro-Bowl Guard Max Montoya; High school Basketball Superstar Denise Forestier; and Dr. Henry Cisneros, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The LIA has presented more than $90K in scholarship monies in the last 18 years.
I am excited to say that I got an opportunity to play a part in an upcoming film. Filmed here in San Antonio, it included me acting with legends in the film industry. What an experience! I learned that if you just show up, great things can happen. Will keep you posted on the film.
On October 13th, I will receive an Outstanding Women Role Model Award from the Image De San Antonio. Proceeds will also go to scholarships. What an honor!
On October 6, from 3 to 8 pm, more than 25,000 Rubber Ducks will race down the San Antonio River to benefit Haven for Hope and Paseo del Rio Association! Adopt a duck for $5! Hope to see you there.
I want to wish all the students a great and successful year. You are the future so do your best, ask God for guidance and open your mind to learning.
Do not Bully. If you know of anyone being bullied, speak to your parents and your principal and stand up for the little guy. You have the right to be you, get an education and be an example to others.
As always, Saludos to all of the men and women who serve and have served our country in the military, you are our heroes.
Giving back to your community is a way to “Make a Difference!” Giving of time is as important as giving money. Big or small, fundraiser or community awareness events, these all give us an opportunity to build bridges and remove barriers.
God has blessed you with a gift – Please, let us give together, these gifts given so freely by Father God!
I thank you for your continued support, walking with me on my journey and ask you Make a Difference. And remember to always “Walk by faith and not by Sight!” - Brandy
Brandy Lopez spends some time speaking with Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Lopez. Steven is a five time world champion in Tae Kwon Do and will represent the United States in the upcoming Olympics in London.
We hove you enjoy this wonderful interview.
I had to share this on this Memorial Day! This is why I am proud to be an American and a Christian! May God Bless our troops, their families and you and yours!
I had not planned to write an essay on this holiday, but I just read a story that touched me so deeply I felt prompted to share it with you. U.S. Marine Sgt. William Stacey was killed earlier this year in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old wrote a letter to his family explaining why he was fighting, to be read in the event of his death. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, read the letter during a Memorial Day service today in Kabul.
Sgt. Stacey wrote: “There will be a child who will live because men left the security they enjoyed in their home to come to his. He will have the gift of freedom which I have enjoyed for so long myself, and if my life brings the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then I know that it was worth it all.”
Today we remember 1.3 million men and women who died so we could live. Each of them left the security of their homes to defend ours. They paid the ultimate price (continue reading…)
Basic & Advanced Salsa – Merengue – Bachata
From Beginner to Intermediate Dancers
Gibaro de Puerto Rico
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Beginner and intermediate dancers can learn from the pros with a Latin dance workshop taught by World-famous dance ensemble, Gibaro de Puerto Rico.
This one-day workshop presented by aMAEzing Events and Musical Bridges Around the World will take place Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the International Folk Culture Center at Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St.
Students will learn the signature energetic dance moves of basic and advanced Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata Latin dance. In this one-day workshop, attendees will learn or reinforce basic steps to progress further and be able to Latin dance with a partner. After the class, dancers will be able to use what they learn on the dance floor. Partners are welcome however, if you don’t have one, you will be paired up at the workshop. Cost is $65 and includes a light lunch. Registration on May 19th will start at 8:45am and the class will be held from 9:00am – 1:30pm.
Gíbaro de Puerto Rico is the top folklórico dance company on the island. They are known for reflecting the island’s soul in their performances. Since 1973, they have employed close to 70 artists yearly in an effort to honor and keep alive Puerto Rican folklore and culture. They have won countless awards for their work. Gíbaro de Puerto Rico has participated in hundreds of dance festivals and events throughout the world in more than 40 countries. Some of the most notable performances have been opening the ceremony for Grandes Ligas (a soccer tournament), opening for the Miss Universe pageant in 2001, and on Good Morning America.
Musical Bridges Around the World is a 14-year-old nonprofit cultural and educational organization. Our concerts feature classical, jazz, and ethnic folk musicians in one-of-a-kind cross-cultural pairings that showcase San Antonio’s vibrant cultural heritage. MBAW events appeal to both seasoned concertgoers and curious new listeners.
Tickets are on sale now. Registration is $65, call 210-241-6644 for more information or register online at www.jivetickets.com/concerts/latin-dance-workshop.
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It is hard to believe that Easter and Fiesta is upon us WOW! when did it sneak up on us.
I look forward to Easter, Spending it with family and friends, enjoying the bar-b-ques and listening to the laughter of the children with excitement as they approach the Easter egg hunt, and the adults preparing for a fun relaxing day listening to music and some even dancing.
What I enjoy is seeing the grownups and kids chasing each other with cascarones to crack on each others head, even us grown ups behave like kids and that’s OK.
But what is most important to me is the real reason why we celebrate Easter, so before I go and join my family I look forward to starting my day by attending church service in the morning and Thanking God for his son, who gave his life for me.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ and knowing that he is everywhere I go, and feeling his presence with the Holy Spirit is what I find why it is important to celebrate Easter Sunday.
I share this with you because I find it so important that you share it with your loved ones especially the younger generation who may not know the meaning of Easter Sunday.
If you don’t make it to Sunday church gather your family where ever you may be spending your beautiful sunday and hold hands and together give thanks to Jesus Christ for giving you what you have and another day here on earth to be able to enjoy your day.
The Blessings that he showers upon you are moments of celebration and this is how the Fun begins, it begins with him first.
Some of us may feel we have nothing to celebrate, we may have lost a loved one or don’t have anyone in our life, but rejoice is in your soul and you are here on earth breathing the air that he has provided you with.
We pray for those who have left us to be with our heavenly Father, they now know the true meaning of Easter and are celebrating it in the Heavens.
I am sure that those of us who may have given up something for Lent can hardly wait to get back what you have given up those 40 days.
Just be wise and don’t abuse it whatever it may be enjoy your Sunday with your Family and have Fun!
Fiesta is just around the corner, as I prepare for Royal appearances I also look forward to meeting wonderful people and enjoying the music of different bands and Mariachis, the Aroma of the different foods, some of the costumes, and Fiesta hats that people decorate. Not to mention the Parades, and Carnival. I am so proud to live in a city that is filled with excitement and a city that offers and shares the beauty of our Culture. Although some of us may say we are a beat of a different drum in reality we are all unique and the same in one form or another.
One thing I want to stress is Parents please look after your children and don’t lose sight of where they are.
To all of us adults please be responsible and stay out of trouble enjoy Fiesta! and remember to look after each other and if you can not drive home “Please don’t do it”.
I want you to celebrate everyday giving thanks to our Father for your freedom and another day here on Earth.
So this Easter and Fiesta Enjoy the cracking of the Cascarones, and all the Fiesta Festivities going on around you spend it with your loved ones and friends.
In closing I want to say Goodbye and Rejoice with the Lord to our Dear Friend Max Ortiz who has left to celebrate eternal life with our Father Jesus Christ.
Max I will miss you dearly, but will always look up to you and the loving man you were to your beautiful wife Lupe, and all those who came to know you. We were Blessed to have you in our lives and my tears of sadness will fill like the river and turn to joy everytime I look up into the sky and see your smile and saying “Take Your Time I have All Day”
“We Walk By Faith and not By Sight”
If they Gossip to you – they will Gossip about you! – Old Spanish proverb
Recently we received a phone call from a very concerned person who was just fed-up by the Gossip and envy that circles around our community.
To hear that we happen to be the topic of this mess is sad, I have not been able to understand why it is that people who want to be a part of the community and portray themselves as business people can be so fake.
The way I see it is if you are true to your heart and yourself then be a good steward to God and others, there is no need for You to talk about others and to find ways to ruin ones reputation.
All you are doing in the long run is hurting yourself, your partners, you may not know who you may be gossiping too (continue reading…)
San Antonio Celebrity Sweetheart and Latin Fusion Tv Host, Brandy Lopez, is running for San Antonio Riverwalk Queen 2012