Looking for Laredo Leprechauns – found one, I think

Where to look, where to look… it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and no rainbows overhead, no little dude peeking out from a pile of shoes, so where do I find a leprechaun?

I could start as early as March 16th at Father McNaboe Park. Oh, that isn’t a leprechaun, that is our mayor making sure he is in another photo opportunity by going out to thank the “Collegiate Challenge” Spring breakers. In all of the years that Habitat for Humanity has hosted marvelous working Spring breaks for college students, this is the first that I hear of the mayor is stopping by to say hello.

Personally, I would have liked for the mayor to have really worked with Habitat for Humanity AHEAD of time to encourage local Spring breakers to participate in some fun work that helps out their community. It would be even better to have seen him actually setting an example by working alongside other volunteers instead of just thanking them. But, that is my preference – action, not just words.

Maybe it was the earlier report by KGNS of “Habitat Volunteers Recovering After Crash, Evacuation” that triggered the interest? Ed Sherwood, husband of Habitat for Humanity’s director, Carol Sherwood, and a genuinely nice guy 🙂 related a first person account on his blog, On the Laredo Border. Here is a snippet:

We had a “2:00 am call” experience this weekend involving 25 Habitat for Humanity spring break college student volunteers from Mass. A drunk female driver collided with one of their rental 15 passenger vans on Highway 359. They were traveling to Habitat’s Office having been told to evacuate the Tierra Prometida Habitat subdivision because of a fire at a train derailment that was producing toxic smoke. (All 26 Habitat families at TP had also to evacuate).

The good thing about it all is that despite the accident, la desvelada and housing setback, it seems like the Massachusetts students had a great time, helped take a bite out of poverty housing and made new friends. Maybe they will find a rainbow on their way home! ¡Gracias!

I doubt that they can make the morning Laredo Farmers Market for a different view of Laredo life. This month, the March 17th Market will be appropriately green. I hope to hop on the trolley tour to learn a bit more about the Lost Lakes area and maybe spot a Leprechaun hiding his stash (not that kind of stash, ¡malpensados!).

Right after, head on over to the Volunteers Serving the Need (Veterans’ Thrift Store) for a Rummage Sale. Oh, and they do accept donations continuously, all to benefit low-income veterans and surviving spouses with bags of food.

But on our search for the little green guys, we also have the Laredo Wrestling Alliance celebrating “Without A Care” on March 17th. The guys hate when I say it but it is like a male-oriented soap opera. Check out the “Commissioner” tell us about the latest twists that build the storyline that fans follow. Que Luchadores, estos.

Their promo video… but no Leprechauns?? Darn.

OH WAIT!!! A just saw a short guy waving a shillelagh at me but instead, he just handed me 4 tickets to the event that benefits the Laredo-Webb Children’s Advocacy Center!

The first person who can name THREE (3) of Laredo Wrestling Alliance wrestling characters (hint, the roster is on the LWA facebook page) in the comments section gets the tickets. The only condition is that you must be able to pick them up in Laredo and you have to include your email address where appropriate (or how else will I contact you?).

I’m not sure if that was a leprechaun who provided the tickets or just a petite wrestler but it is getting passed on to the first responder. If no one responds, I guess I and three of my friends get to go watch the LWA make some money for a worthwhile charity! If you want to go but want to make sure to pay the $5 entry, this is the info:

L.W.A/N.O.D WITHOUT A CARE Saturday, March 17, 2012 at The Laredo Firefighters Association Hall on 5219 Tesoro Plaza from 7:00p.m to 10:00p.m Admission $5.00 Don’t Miss Out! !!! GET YOUR TICKETS AT *THE WRESTLING SHOP* Located on 2603n. Arkansas ste#2 OPEN Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 8:00pm(956) 775-6689

Tickets ready to be given away!

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!!

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5 Responses to Looking for Laredo Leprechauns – found one, I think

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pretty Boy Ocho, Panda & Madness…. Did I win?? 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Pretty Boy Ocho, Panda & Madness!! 🙂

  3. Aw man! A chance wo win tickets and I blew it. 😦 Congrats to anonymous. haha!

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