Bulverde News





The St Jude’s kids, staff, and volunteers celebrated Halloween morning by showing off their creativity.



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September Update


We enjoyed fresh air and amazing trials at the Bamberger Ranch.  The kids look for fossils, learn about our land, got to see dinosaur’s tracks and the only man made bat cave.  Afterward we top it off with hot dogs and an ice cream social.


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August Update

We had an fantastic time.  The kids made elephant toothpaste, dry ice bubbles, silly putty and made their own ice cream.


Join us on August 15th


St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

1400 Ridge Creek Lane

Bulverde, TX 78163

We will have fun with science experiments.




July Update

We had an amazing time late month.  The kids were chefs and created their own pizzas. While they wanted for their yummy pizza to be baked, we all worked out some of those yummy calories. The kids did a Zumba workout and there was even some free style dancing.



Join us July 18th at St. Jude’s Ranch 1400 Ridge Creek Lane, Bulverde, TX 78163 from 9:30 to 11:30 for an awesome Chicktime! We will be learning Zumba and creating our own pizzas.  Delicious!!!



June Update

Chicktime was a blast! We were able to kick off summer with tons of water balloons and relay races. The kids enjoyed a water balloon toss, sponge race, limbo activity, and hula hooping. Thanks to all our volunteers for making this Chicktime so wonderful.


Join us June 20th from 9:15 to 11:30! We will be having fun luau and water activities! This will be held at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children at 1400 Ridge Creek Lane Bulverde, TX 78163.


May Update


Last month we had a wonderful drawing lesson thanks to Mary Disbrow. Everyone was able to learn many techniques to forming a great piece of art work. We made beautiful birds on tree branches. Thanks to all the volunteers for helping unleash some awesome creativity!



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April Update

We had a great time taking the St. Jude’s kids to the Mission’s Baseball Game.  They really enjoyed the atmosphere and all the excitement exuding at Mission’s Stadium.   We had hot dogs, soda and chips as well as snow cones.  The game was very exciting and the Missions also offer great entertainment in between innings.  It was fun for all ages, even little Truett (Laura’s baby), slept through it with great enthusiasm.  Thanks to all the volunteers and contributions that made this event a great success for our precious kids at St. Jude’s.



Join us Sunday, April 19th, 2015

1:30 pm-5:30 pm

We will be taking the kids to the San Antonio Missions Baseball game.  Tickets are $13 and include a hot dog, chips, and a drink.

If you are interested please RSVP to Lori Rhodes at lori@mlrhodes.com or 830-708-4254.  Space is limited so reserve your tickets today!


March Update


We spent this Chicktime at the the Spring Branch Bulverde Library where we had many fun filled activities. We were able to make cards for the wounded warriors, bracelets, bags with supplies for the homeless, and explore the library for good books. The kids had tons of fun helping others in the community with these kind and charitable acts. Thanks to our leader this month, Tara Johnson it was beautiful and smooth running Chicktime. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out and supported the children and our leaders this month!


Join us Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:30am-11:30am at

Bulverde/Spring Branch Library (across the street from Home Depot)

131 Bulverde Crossing,

Bulverde, TX 78163

We be with the kiddos from St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

Activities include:

Making Cards for Wounded Warriors

Writing Blessings and Filling a care package for the homeless

Using the library facilities

Snack Station

We Hope you can join us and bring your friends!

For more information and to RSVP please contact Laura Sowell chicktimebulverde@gmail.com or 361-244-0696

February Update

This Chicktime we had fun paining flower pots and Oreo Balls.  The Oreo Balls were such a treat, thanks to our leaders.  We filled our flower pots with lots of candy.  Thank you to the many volunteers who enjoyed this Chicktime with us.  It was great to have more male volunteers and we look forward to everyone joining us again next month.


Join us Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:15am-11:30am At St. Jude’s Ranch

1400 Ridge Creek Lane

Bulverde, TX 78163

We will be making crafts and yummy snacks.

For more information please contact Laura Sowell chicktimebulverde@gmail.com or 361-244-0696

January Update

Thanks to Rhonda for bringing the Asian New Year to St. Jude’s this year.  We had a great time making our own egg rolls and chinese lanterns.  The kids of all ages enjoyed spending time with the volunteers and making other creative items with all the great paper and stickers that were brought for the lanterns.


Join us Saturday January 17th for an Asian New Year celebration!


December Update

We had a wonderful Christmas Party this December Chicktime. The kids got to decorate cupcakes that sparked much creativity. There was also a photo booth for pictures with fun outfits that accompanied the Christmas cheer. Before the games started we passed out Christmas presents which included monogramed towels and Chicktime shirts. It was a great Chicktime thanks to all the volunteers and wonderful kids who allowed this all to be possible! We can’t wait for next year!








November Update

November was filled with great craft activities that everyone enjoyed.  Our leader, Ronda, provided all the supplies for a sweet candy Christmas tree, foam Christmas ornaments and creative card  making.  We were able to participate in these wonderful crafts in the beautiful new community room.  What a fabulous blessing to have such a well appointed location to hold our Chicktime events.  Thanks to all the volunteers that showed up to play with the children at St. Jude’s.


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October Update

This Chicktime we let science and fun meet! We had fun with science experiments making lots of bubbles and gooey creations. These included elephant toothpaste, putty, dry ice bubbles, coke and mentos explosions, balloon races, and lava lamps. These wonderful creation were a big hit thanks to our wonderful volunteers.



Spook-tacular Science Saturday!!!

Join us and the kids at St Jude’s Ranch.
October 18, 2014 from 9:30am-11:30am.

We will put the spooky in science experience.

1400 Ridge Creek Ln,
Bulverde, TX 78163

RSVP TODAY: chicktimebulverde@gmail.com

September Update

We treated the kids to a fun swimming party at the Canyon Lake Country Club.  Although splashing in the pool was a great time, we really enjoyed sitting on the deck eating the delicious hotdogs and visiting.  It was a nice relaxing day at a great locations for basking in the sun with a little bit of rain to cool off the day.


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August Highlights

Lots and lots of bubbles this August Chicktime! Thanks to Jane Nelson we had lots of fun blowing bubbles, making buttons, and playing with a huge parachute. The bubbles were a big hit for the kids and volunteers! We had many tools available to make bubbles of many shapes and sizes. The giant parachute helped us out with a-lot of games and other fun activities. It also easily turned into a fun dome to sit under with a rainbow of colors. The button maker produced many buttons with pre-made and personal sayings. The kids loved putting their own creativity into their buttons! Overall a great Chicktime! Thanks to all the kids, volunteers, and staff for making this all possible!


Who would have thought etiquette and sports agility would go hand in hand.  We had such a wonderful day.  A special Thank You goes out the the Harty Family for making this day possible and wonderful!  We learned how to properly introduce yourself, set the table, and table manners.  It is easy to have proper tables manners when you are served delicious fruit salad and mini cakes with frosting and sprinkles.  Outside on the basketball court is where things really heated up.  A quick warm up consisted of jumping and squatting before the real fun started.  It takes a lot of concentration to move your feet: in in out out, without touching the squares on the ground.  Everyone enjoyed the friendly competition during the medicine ball relay races.  Thank you Harty Family and all the volunteers!

RSVP Today

361-244-0696 or chicktimebulverde@gmail.com

July Invitation

June was made possibly by Tara Johnson and the members of her book club.  Thank you! We had a wonderful morning at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library.  Everyone enjoyed making journals, bookmarks, and ice cream.  The library gave tours of the beautiful facilities, and donated a special gift to each child.  The kids were ecstatic when they were told they could take a book home.  What an awesome gift!  Thank you again to all who helped make June such a joyful experience for the kids as well as all the volunteers.


June 2014

What a wonderful morning!!  A special thank you to Bonnie Cheatham, Carole Nelms and the staff at Paint Palooza.  So many laughs, smiles, dirty paint brushes, and creative dolphins were generated during the May event.  All the kids, staff, and volunteers enjoyed the activity.  The morning was completed with snacks and drinks.

A special thanks to Leslie Matt and all the volunteers for making April full of fun, creative flower pots, and beautiful flowers.  We started the morning by getting creative and painting clay pots.  The weather was perfect for the pots to sit outside and dry before we planted the flowers.  While the paint dried we played outside and ate candy from easter eggs.  Yummy!!

Thank you so much to Lori Rhodes and her team for making March at the Natural Bridges Caverns perfect!  Everyone enjoyed the awe-inspiring, ancient formations centuries old and still growing.  We saw natural wonders such as, amazing stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws.  After walking 180 feet under ground, we exited the cave and went to work mining in a sluice for amethyst, rose quartz, emeralds and other treasures.  All the walking and mining worked up an appetite.  A delicious lunch, complete with cookies, under the oak trees made the perfect ending to a great day!     





A special Thanks to Kelly Vizzone and all the volunteers for helping make February a sweet success.  The morning started off with an informative history of the origin of Zumba.  Then it was time to get busy busting out the moves.  We jumped, twisted, spun, shake, ‘made soup’, and ‘washed windows’.  After our heart rates were up and the sweat was pouring we slowed down our breathing and stretched our bodies with yoga.  What a great way to spend the morning!

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A big thank you to Liz and Katy Barger for making January Chicktime a HUGE success.  The girls loved making and eating delicious egg rolls.  Everything is more fun with glitter, especially decorating the Chinese Lanterns and dancing Chinese Dragons.  Thank you to all who volunteered.  

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I would like to thank all the volunteers for their help and support!  You could feel the Christmas Joy during the December event. Everyone loved making cards, cookies, and decorating cookies with frosting and sprinkles.  It was the perfect way to start the Christmas season.

Wonderful Volunteers

We are very excited to announce the re-launch of Chicktime Bulverde! Watch for more information as the chapter gears up, and mark your calendars now for our first event on December 7th at 9:00 am at the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children! We are looking forward to serving with you all in the Bulverde area!

Please join us this month on Saturday July 27th with the girls of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children to experience something truly great. Guro Jayson “Alupihan” Pena from Street Smart MMA in Canyon Lake is presenting a self defense seminar for the girls of St. Jude’s Ranch.  This girl’s self-defense seminar will teach them techniques that can be real life-savers in a dangerous situation. Please come to experience this sharing opportunity.  Volunteers are paramount for our success in offering love, laughter, and support for the girls of St. Jude’s. We need people like you. Bring your friends and your daughters! Please contact Betsy or Lesli for more information. Lesli- mattfamily5@gmail.com; Betsy – bfontaine01@gmail.com.


June Highlights


We had an amazing event with the girls in June. We did manicures and pedicures and had an awesome time. A huge thanks to all of our volunteers who showed up to make it a success. A special thanks to our national founder Lori Rhodes who donated the supplies and came to participate as well.   Everyone came out of the event with beautifully painted nails and a great feeling of fellowship.

Please come on June 1st to help pamper and give lots of love to the girls at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  It will be a lovely day of manicures and pedicures and creativity. Bring your mothers, daughters, and friends to become immersed in love and laughter.


May Highlights


Our May event was truly spectacular at The Centre for Emergency Health Sciences. The girls had fun while learning all about how our bodies work. They learned CPR on dummies and they learned the Heimlich Maneuver by practicing on each other wearing specially made vests. We even learned the right way to wash our hands! We had a wonderful time at the Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS station and give big thanks to Candice Thompson, Capt. Scotty Bollitier, and Anatomy Ally. They really know their stuff and know how to make learning it lots of fun.

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Join us on May 11th for a great time at The Centre for Emergency Health Sciences. It’s a hands-on experience learning about anatomy and having lots of fun while doing it. Join the Chicktime ladies and the St. Jude’s children at 353 Rodeo Dr. Spring Branch, TX. Bring your daughters, sisters, or mothers for this awesome time.

April Highlights

What a great time we had with the ladies of University of Incarnate Word basketball team and coach, Taylor Carter, Candice Chaney, and Michelle Hale. They showed the girls some basics on the court, advanced moves and we played some challenging games. The girls loved it and wanted them to come back soon.

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Please come and join the Chicktime Glory Girls on April 13th from 9-11 at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 1400 Ridge Creek Lane, Bulverde, Texas. We can’t wait to see YOU there! It will be a great event filled with love and laughter from all, with some of the University of Incarnate Word girls basketball team.  We also have some exciting news!  I would like you all to welcome our wonderful new co-leader Betsy Fontaine to the Glory Girls. What a blessing Betsy is to Chicktime!


March Highlights


The Glory Girls event in March was an event to remember. It was hosted by Anna Schnabel and Carole Nelms. A big thank you to Bonnie Chetham for inviting these wonderful ladies to host. The theme was Mardi Gras.  Carole did some great research, and taught everyone about the history of Mardi Gras, while the girls made colorful beaded and feathered masks. I think everyone there learned something. Carole is a great teacher.  Anna had a wonderful selection of masks to choose from, and all the girls personalities and artistic abilities shown though in their decorations.  Thanks to the gentlemen for making a very tasty low country shrimp boil. What a wonderful group of ladies we had there that day.  A huge THANK YOU to all of you that came and helped. Please join us on April 13 from 9-11 for another exciting day.



Our next event will celebrate Mardi Gras!  Come Join us Saturday, March 9, 2013 10 am – 12 am ** (NOTE: time change this month only!!)
St Jude’s Ranch for Children
4100 Ridge Creek Ln, Bulverde


February Highlights


Our February event was full of fun and laughter as we began the day decorating cupcakes and then Kari Surovik taught everyone how to play Bunco. With 6 tables of 4 each, the room was full of smiles and laughter and lots of shouts of “Bunco” as the girls rolled 3 of a kind on their dice. There were lots of winners – most wins, most losses, most Bunco’s etc; but the biggest win was watching all the smiles on the faces of the girls and hearing their laughter. Thank you Dee Patterson for planning the day and Kari and Lesli for making it happen when Dee needed to step in and help with a family event. For those of you who are reading this and have never come out to a Chickime event, we meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month and would love to have you join us. If you have a passion to share, or are creative, or just want to sponsor a month please contact one of the leaders of the Bulverde Glory Girls Chapter. We would love to have you.

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Looks like someone rolled a bunco!

We will be holding our first event as the newly renamed Bulverde Glory Girls on February 9th, and we will be playing Bunco and eating cupcakes!


January Highlights

Our January event was the best ever.  The girls gave of themselves by serving at the CRC Food Bank in South San Antonio.  It was such fun and rewarding for them, they have asked to help give out the food on a monthly basis.  This day was a blessing for all involved.