Candidate forum, chili cook-off set for Jan. 8 in Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park's Voigt Center at Voigt Park will be the setting for a Jan. 8 public forum on civic participation and running for local public office. Elsewhere, Hollywood Park's Memorial Park will host a chili cook-off and pie contest. (Courtesy Google Streets)
Hollywood Park's Voigt Center at Voigt Park will be the setting for a Jan. 8 public forum on civic participation and running for local public office. Elsewhere, Hollywood Park's Memorial Park will host a chili cook-off and pie contest. (Courtesy Google Streets)

Hollywood Park's Voigt Center at Voigt Park will be the setting for a Jan. 8 public forum on civic participation and running for local public office. Elsewhere, Hollywood Park's Memorial Park will host a chili cook-off and pie contest. (Courtesy Google Streets)

Hollywood Park residents are looking forward to two community events scheduled for Jan. 8.

The city will hold a candidate and volunteer forum at 10 a.m. at the Voigt Center, 701 El Portal. Mayor Oscar Villarreal and City Secretary Patrick Aten will be hosting the forum. Jeff Wentworth, Bexar County Precinct 3 justice of the peace and a former state senator, is scheduled as a guest speaker.

Local officials said the forum will be a way for residents to learn how to get involved with city affairs, including volunteering for various city boards, commissions and committees.

The forum will also provide information for eligible residents interested in running for a City Council position.

The May 1 elections this year will include Hollywood Park mayor and council Place 2 and Place 4.



Those seats are held by Oscar Villarreal, Debra Trueman and Delaine Hall, respectively.

Hollywood Park residents may contact Patrick Aten at 210-494-2023, ext. 221, or [email protected] for details.

Additionally, the Hollywood Park Community Association will host its fifth annual chili cook-off at Memorial Park, at the corner of Sunway and El Mecca drives.

The event includes a pie contest and a “people’s choice” tasting, according to organizers.

Registered cook-off teams will cook between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and pies will be submitted for judging at 11 a.m.

Lunch will be served while supplies last beginning at 11 a.m. The people’s choice tasting starts at 1 p.m.

There also will be a washer tournament, kicking off at 1:30 p.m., and an awards prevention at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in categories such as Best Chili Winner, People’s Choice, Best Beans, Showmanship Winner and Best Pie.

The event will feature other family-friendly activities. Admission to enjoy the submitted dishes and activities is free.

By Edmond Ortiz
Edmond joined Community Impact as a reporter in August 2021, helping to launch new editions in the San Antonio market. Edmond covers various beats in the North San Antonio coverage area. He previously was the main reporter for Local Community News, covering several areas in and around San Antonio, first as a freelancer and then staff member. Prior to that, Edmond was a community news reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the San Antonio Express-News, including editing two community weeklies. He's a San Antonio native, and studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University.