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Act Locally Waco - Events May 31 - June 6

This week on Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton brings us events around town this week including Bowen MusicFest on Sunday, June 2nd, and Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, June 1st. Thornton also highlights free music events this week as well as volunteer opportunities. 

Events in Waco:

Mini Book Sale(West Waco Library)

Get a great deal on a stack of books for your summer reading at the Friends of the Library Mini-Book Sale. The sale takes place Friday, May 31st, and Saturday, June 1st, from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. at the West Waco Library on Bosque. The money helps fund programs offered by our Waco-McLennan County libraries.

Back-a-Kid Barbeque and Washer Tournament(Boys & Girls Club of Waco)

Tomorrow afternoon, June 1st, is the Back-a-kid Barbeque and Washer Tournament. The contest will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Speegleville Saddle Club Roping Arena. Registration for a team of two is $60 and that includes two meals. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Waco.

Bowen MusicFest(Bowen Family Foundation)

Sunday afternoon, June 2nd, is the Annual Bowen MusicFest.  This year the festival line-up includes Whiskey Myers, Tracy Byrd and legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers - Cheap Trick. The music fest will take place at Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the gate.  All proceeds benefit the Bowen Family Foundation.




Volunteer Trail Maintenance Day (Waco Mammoth National Monument)

Tomorrow, June 1st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Volunteer Trail Maintenance Day at the Mammoth Site. Help the National Monument by re-mulching the Eagle Trail. Bring your own wheel barrows, shovels, loppers, gloves, and protective eyewear. City of Waco Parks and Recreation will provide mulch and safety vests. Bring a sack lunch and plenty to drink - coolers are welcome, but no glass bottles.


CASA 101


CASA, or “court appointed special advocates,” are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children in the foster care system. Monday, June 3rd, is a chance to learn what it means to become an advocate by attending a CASA 101 interest session at noon at the CASA offices located at 1001 Washington Avenue. Check the CASA of McLennan County website for dates and times.



Library Happenings


The library is hosting several activities over the summer for kids, including Summer Reading Club, Chapter Book Chat, Pokemon Palooza and Building Balloon Powered Vehicles. Check the Waco Library website for a calendar with all the details.


Growing on the Spectrum(Heart of Texas Autism Network)

On Sunday, June 2nd, the Heart of Texas Autism Network is hosting “Growing on the Spectrum.” This is a group for kids, youth and/or young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  It is led by Master Gardener Lynn DeMuynck. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waco Heart Of Texas Autism Garden located at 383 South 3rd Street in downtown Waco. See the Heart of Texas Autism Network Facebook page for more details.

Connected Parenting(STARRY)

On Monday, June 3rd, STARRY Counseling kicks off a program called “Connected Parenting” which will meet Monday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through July 1st. The program will help sharpen parenting skills, learn how to take better care of yourself, improve communication, know what to expect at different ages and stages, and learn positive discipline. The cost is free, but space is limited. Register by calling the STARRY Offices.

Free music


Midsummer Night’s Concert Series: The Morticians!(Carleen Bright Arboretum)

River Sounds: The Gimbles – Tribute to Bob Wills and Johnny Gimble(McLennan Community College)

Two summer music series start this week. The Midsummer Night’s Concert series kicks off Wednesday, June 5th, at 8 p.m. at the Carleen Bright Arboretum featuring longtime local favorites The Morticians.

Then on Thursday, June 6th, at 8 p.m., The River Sounds Concert Series offers up its first concert of the summer. The show will be The Gimbles performing a tribute to Bob Wills and Johnny Gimble. All of the RiverSounds concerts this year will take place at the Ball Performing Arts Center due to the high water levels of the river.

Hazardous Waste Day


Household Hazardous Waste Day (Cities of Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, Waco, and Woodway)

Hazardous Waste Day for Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, Waco and Woodway is tomorrow, June 1st, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have paint, household chemicals, small electronics, fluorescent light bulbs and other hazardous trash - here’s a chance to get rid of it. Bring it to the Waco Solid Waste Operations Center at 501 Schroeder Drive, which is located between Out House and Bob Mills Furniture. Check the City of Waco Solid Waste website for more details regarding acceptable items.


For more on these events and other happenings around Waco this week visit Act Locally Waco's website and click on the full calendar link under the events tab.