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Natural gas rises

CPS Energy will hold a public meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Villita Assembly Building, 401 Villita, to take public comments on a proposed increase in natural-gas rates. According to CPS, the utility has not adjusted the gas base rate since 1991. The proposed increase is projected to be $2.96/month on the “service availability charge” portion of the gas bill for residential and small commercial customers. The board plans to make a recommendation at its May 1 meeting, but City Council has final authority over the decision. Visit for more info.

Mission accomplished

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park will re-open the fully-restored Mission San Juan Capistrano convento and hold a reception to thank those who aided in the refurbishing process, which has kept the structure closed to the public since July 2005. Renovations include a new “floating” floor to prevent moisture damage, as well as a spruced-up boardwalk and handicapped-accessible walking path. Open to the public: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 9101 Graf Road. For more information, call the Mission San Jose Visitor’s Center, 932-1001.

Hey, Mistah Kott-ah...

San Antonio College’s Center for Educator Preparation, part of the Continuing Education Training Network, will offer information sessions on becoming a Texas-Certified Public-School Teacher. The sessions will be held, unless otherwise noted, at 3:30 p.m. in SAC’s Longwith Radio, Television, and Film Building (at the corner of Main and Courtland), Room 101, April 19, and May 9, 18 (5:30 p.m.), 24, and 31. A bachelor’s degree is required to begin the accelerated certification process in the Math, Science, and Elementary Generalist areas of study. For more information, call the center at 785-6221, or visit

Get wasted

The city will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Alamodome (yes, it’s still around) to fill immediate openings with the Environmental Services Department for temporary solid-waste-collection workers. Applications should be completed beforehand. They will be accepted and interviews conducted at the job fair. Download applications at To schedule an interview or for more information, including locations at which to pick up paper applications, call Patricia at 207-6428.

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