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Act Locally Waco - Events March 22 - 28


This week on Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton gives us events to get outside and enjoy the start of spring. Events include different shows around town, a half marathon hosted by the Baylor Student Foundation and the start of Deep In The Heart Film Festival. 

'See a Show' Events: 

1.   Waco Civic Theatre's Shakespeare in Love

The Waco Civic Theatre kicks off it’s run of Shakespeare in Love tonight, March 22. In case you missed the Oscar-winning movie by the same name, it’s the tale of how “Will” Shakespeare, stricken with writer’s block, falls in love with the beautiful Viola – and not coincidentally also the story of how “Romeo and the Pirates” gets a re-write to become Romeo and Juliet.  The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20.  Please visit the Waco Civic Theatre website for information about other showtimes through March 31. 

2.   Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre's Annie Jr.

The Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre is also opening a new show tonight… with everybody’s favorite redhead – Annie.   Or in this case Annie Jr.  The Jubilee Theatre is located near the intersection of 15th and Colcord.  The show starts at 7:30 tonight and tickets are $12.  If you can’t make it tonight, there will also be afternoon performances on Saturday and Sunday. 

3.   Rollin’ For Recovery Fundraiser

Sunshine Recovery House is hosting a fundraiser called Rollin’ for Recovery. The main event will be comedian Shayne Smith. There will also be a lyrical rap spoken word performance by Waco’s own Ryan Thomas,  delicious food provided by Club Sandwich and Mocktails provided by Luna Juice Bar. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Event Center on Elm Avenue. General Admission tickets are $50 or $70 for the show, dinner and a mocktail.  

4.   Baylor's VirtuOso Group

The Good Neighbor house, located at the corner of 23rd and Colcord, invites you to come by the house tomorrow evening, March 23, for an incredible night of music provided by Baylor's acapella group VirtuOso! This will be a great opportunity to meet neighbors from all over Waco.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and cash donations will be accepted at the door to support the work of the Good Neighbor House. 

5.   Variety on a Rooftop 

The Brazos Theatre group presents Variety on a Rooftop -- a full evening of music, comedy and fun.  You will also enjoy a complimentary hors d'oeuvres buffet and great discounts on Waco Winery wines.  The Waco Winery is located at 708 Austin Avenue. Tickets are $28.50 a piece and the show starts at 8 p.m.  

Outdoor Events: 

6.   Bearathon 

If your idea of fun is running in the “The Toughest Half marathon in Texas, ” then you probably already know that Saturday is the Bearathon! Hosted by Baylor Student Foundation, the race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the South Plaza of McLane Stadium and winds its way through campus, a bit of downtown and then the dreaded hills of Cameron Park.  It finishes along the Brazos River. Registration is $95 for the Half Marathon or $55 for the 6 K.  All proceeds benefit scholarships for Baylor students.  

7.   Waco Walks: Women's History Month Walk

Waco Walks is leading a free Women’s History Month Walk in downtown Waco tomorrow morning, March 23. During our mile and a half stroll through downtown, we will discuss famous and infamous women from Waco’s past who made their names as pioneers, city leaders, and savvy entrepreneurs. Meet up at Indian Spring Park across from the Hilton, near the Suspension Bridge.  The walk starts at 10 a.m.  Dogs are invited, but they must be on a leash and you must come prepared to “leave no trace.” 

8.   MCC Family Fun Day  (CANCELLED)

McLennan Athletics is hosting its annual Family Fun Day from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bosque River Ballpark.  MCC softball and baseball are both playing double headers. Admission will be free for all fans with giveaway items, special concessions, inflatables, games, and much more! Softball’s first pitch is noon and baseball’s first pitch is 1 p.m. The Bosque River Ballpark is located at 1400 College Drive. 

9.   Walk of Remembrance 

On a somber, but also beautiful and loving note – the community is invited to join the staff and volunteers of Providence Hospice to participate in the 3rd Annual Walk of Remembrance. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in Hewitt Park and walk to celebrate and remember loved ones who have been lost.  After the walk there will be a time of refreshment and fellowship.  Hewitt Park is located at 801 Hewitt Drive. 

Festival Events:

10. Deep in the Heart Film Fesitval

The Deep in the Heart Film Festival kicks off Thursday, March 28.  The festival will run through March 31, and specializes in films that move, thrill and make you feel. You'll see stories that'll make you laugh, cry, or even scream. Comedy, drama, horror, thriller, documentary, animation -- it's all coming to Waco.

No tickets are needed for The Red Carpet event on Thursday night so join reporters, filmmakers, sponsors and guests to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar and celebrate the opening of the film festival. The Red Carpet event starts at 5:30 in the 2nd floor lounge of the Hippodrome.  For details about all the festival events please visit their website. 

Plan Ahead for Next Week:

11.BBB/WISD Celebrity Cook Off 

Next Friday, March 29, you can dust off your two-stepping skills for “Boots, Buckles & Bling” a Gourmet Country Cooking - plus live entertainment and dancing - fundraiser for the Cenikor Foundation.  You can also indulge yourself in all kinds of culinary delights at the HEB Celebrity Cook Off benefitting the Waco ISD Foundation.  

12.Chords & Conversations 

Then next Saturday, March 30, you are invited to Chords & Conversations. This is a songwriter’s event.  Three Nashville songwriters will share their songs and the stories behind them. It’s a fundraiser for scholarships for students at the Waco Texas Tech campus. 

Get the details on these and many, many other events this week and in the weeks to come from the event calendar at www.actlocallywaco.org