Act Locally Waco - Events June 28 - July 4

Jun 28, 2019

Heading in to July with a slew of events and, of course, the big 4th on the Brazos celebration.

There are several fun events on the calendar for this evening, here are a couple to pique your interest… (more)

  1. Gallery After Hours: Show Closing Sarah Weatherly “Alive (Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery )

Tonight is the last night for Sarah Weatherly’s outstanding show at the Kieran-Sistrunk fine art gallery.  Several of the pieces have been sold, so come by the gallery, have some sangria,  and enjoy one last look at these beautiful paintings before the go to their forever homes.  The reception will take place from 4 – 9, The gallery is located at 2120 Washington Avenue.

  1. Make Your Own Terrarium at Bare Arms Brewing (Ephemera Terrariums and Bare Arms Brewing)

And, Bare Arms Brewing is hosting “Make your own terrarium night.”  Ephemera Terrariums will walk you step by step through how to make and care for your very own Terrarium. Classes take place at 6:30 and 8 PM. Cost is $20 or $30 depending on the style terrarium you decide to make.  Bare Arms Brewing is on LaSalle Avenue down near the circle.  You might want to call before you go – space is limited. 

Get involved

  1. Thur – June 27 - Cultivate Days (Cultivate 7twelve benefit) (Cultivate 7twelve and friends)
    Thu Jun 27 thru Sun Jun 30

If you are looking for some ways to get involved and do some good for the community this week, here are a couple of options…

For art lovers, you still have time to participate in Cultivate Days, a four-day participatory arts extravaganza that is also a fundraiser for our beloved local art hub – Cultivate 7twelve.  Cultivate Days kicked off yesterday and continues through the weekend.  There are some great classes still available including dance, flower making, drawing and several others.  Proceeds from your tuition goes to support Cultivate 7twelve.  Check out the Cultivate7twelve website or Facebook page for all the details.  

  1. Fan drive time…

The weather is getting warmer, and while this might be uncomfortable for most of us, it can be downright dangerous for some of our older neighbors who cannot afford to pay for air conditioning.  With that in mind a couple of local organizations are kicking off fan drives this week. 

You can join the Caritas “Fan Club” by visiting the Caritas website and making a donation.  $20 pays for one box fan.  Click on “Donate now” and indicate that you want your donation to go to the “fan club.”

The Salvation Army Is partnering with Keith’s ACE Hardware for their fan drive, they will be hosting a fan drive in each of their 15 Keith’s locations – from Belton to Brady and many towns in between, including Waco.  Keith’s will display and sell new fans, collect donations and then share them with The Salvation Army in their community. The Salvation Army/Keith’s Ace Hardware fan drive will be ongoing through July 14.   

Library Highlights - Kids

  1. Mon – July 1 - Romp & Read (South Waco Library)
  2. Tue– July 2 - LEGO Lab (East Waco Library)

We’ve said it many times before and we will say it many more times…if you are looking for something fun for the kids to do this summer – check out the Waco McLennan County Libraries.  They have a terrific calendar on their website that lists the activities by age group.  Here are a couple from this week, just to give you the idea…

Monday from 10:30 – 11:30 is Romp and Read at the South Waco Library on 18th.  Kids ages 2-4 are invited to enjoy stories, songs, movement and puppets! It’s a great way to build literacy skills through repetition, rhymes and pictures.

And on Tuesday – the ever popular Lego Lab will take place from 4-5 PM at East Waco library on Elm.  You bring the ideas – the library supplies the Legos. Lego Lab is intended for kids ages 6 to 11.

Library Highlights - Adults

And the library is not just a place for the kiddos, they also have great activities for adults, here are just a couple from this week…

  1. Mon – July 1 - Yoga Lunch Break (Central Library)
  2. Tue – July 2 - Paint Night (Central Library)

This Monday, and every Monday, the Central Library on Austin offers Yoga Lunch Break.  Meet up at the library from noon to one. Beginners are welcome. Just bring your mat, a towel and a bottle of water.

And on Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8, also at Central Library – It’s paint night. Follow along with the step by step instructions to make a fun painting.  You'll walk out with something great. Be sure to register online at the Waco Libraries Website to save your spot.

Fourth of July

Of course, Thursday is the Fourth of July and we have lots of terrific ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

  1. Liberty Run - https://www.facebook.com/events/2420886201489222/

Kick off your Independence Day with a free four-mile Liberty run.  First Baptist Woodway is sponsoring the event.  Meet up at 8:00 AM at the MAC – that’s the activities center at First Woodway. This FREE family friendly event includes a 4 mile run, a 1 mile fun run and plenty of  door prizes. Water, gatorade and breakfast available after the race. There will also be gifts for all veterans and current military.  Join the fun and be sure to wear your red, white and blue!  

  1. Austin Avenue Art and Design Fourth of July Celebration (Austin Avenue Merchants) Edit

If you want to celebrate our free market economy by shopping local – stroll down Austin Avenue to the edge of downtown – between 9th and 11th  streets – several of the shops in that area have organized the Austin Avenue Art and Design Fourth of July Celebration.  It Kicks off on the 4th of July and continues through the weekend.  The shops include Cactus Rose, Christi’s, Titch & Burt’s and the White Elephant.  Events include a “Sip and Shop” on the 4th from Noon to 6.  Artist workshops on Friday, the Fifth, and A Kid’s day and dog crawl on Saturday, July 6th.  Visit the facebook pages of any of the shops for more information.

  1. 4th of July at the Dr Pepper Museum (Free admission for all military members and $1 off for their family members) (Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute) Edit

Once you have done your running and shopping, you might be in the mood for a Dr Pepper Float -- Another fun perk for the Fourth - All former and current military are invited to enjoy free admission to the Dr Pepper Museum.  

Fourth on the Brazos

  1. Thurs – July 4 - Fourth on the Brazos (City of Waco) Edit

And, of course, Thursday evening, the big event, the City of Waco Fourth on the Brazos celebration! This year's event will take place at Touchdown Alley next to Baylor’s McLane Stadium and the music this year should be particularly OUTSTANDING! 

Gates open at 5 PM.  At 6 PM we have CaCean (Ka-shawn) Ballou with the Dirty Crawfish. This will be an especially fun show including a guest performance from CaCean’s dad – legendary local musician, Classie Ballou.  At 7:15 we have the 8th Annual Corndog Classic Corndog eating contest;  at 7:30 we can look forward to some down home blues by Christone “kingfish” Ingram; Then, at 9 PM, The Waco Community Band will get us warmed up with some patriotic tunes for the fantastic fireworks at 9:15!   Fourth on the Brazos is  terrific way to celebrate our country and our community.