This week on Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton tells us about two big weekend events happening downtown - Spring at The Silos and The Texas Food Truck Showdown. She also highlights some events to avoid the expected Downtown mania - and also lets us know what's happening in Waco next week.
Downtown Waco Events:
1. Spring at The Silos & Other Markets
Two huge events downtown this weekend. Spring at the Silos which started on Thursday, March 14, and will continue through tomorrow at 6 p.m. This shop-a-palooza has spawned several other markets around the Downtown area – including the Spring Merchant Collective at 8th and Jackson, Savage Finds Spring Flea Market at 6th and Jackson and Lulu Belle’s March Market Days in the Live Oak Classical School Parking lot at 4th and Webster.
2. The Texas Food Truck Showdown
On Saturday, March 16, in Heritage Square will be The Texas Food Truck Showdown. Food trucks from all over Texas will converge on Waco to tempt your taste buds. Competition and Public Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time tickets will be $5 a piece for a 4 oz signature dish from the truck of your choice. Food trucks open with their full menus from 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be a pop-up market with local vendors, kidzone, live music and more.
Events for Escaping The Downtown Mania:
East Waco Library on Elm Avenue is offering Life Size Candy Land at 2 p.m. and West Waco Library on Bosque is offering Yoga for Kids also at 2 p.m. Both of those are free events.
4. Baylor Baseball
Baylor and the MCC Highlanders are both playing Baseball tomorrow, March 16. The Highlanders play a double header against Vernon beginning at noon. Tickets are $2. The Baylor Bears play Cal Poly at 3. Tickets are $7.
Waco Arts Events:
5. The Art Center of Waco Events:
The folks at The Art Center of Waco are going to be especially busy this week. They are hosting an “Art Expedition” in their mobile gallery at the Food Truck showdown Saturday, March 16. The “expedition” will include the “Transitions” exhibit and fun, free art activities for all ages in addition to an exhibition scavenger hunt.
Then on Thursday, March 21, you are invited to their signature fundraising event. Table Toppers is a champagne luncheon, featuring tables decorated by local designers, businesses, organizations, and schools. Guests can visit each table to enjoy the displays while learning about the various organizations. There will also be live artists providing firsthand examples of their creative processes and silent and live auctions featuring original artwork, trips, jewelry, and other prizes. All of this will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium. Tickets start at $80.
6. Lecture on Wonder
The Baylor Department of Art and Art history invites the public to a lecture on “The Pursuit of Wonder.” The speaker will be Helen Hiebert, a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper, thread and light. Her most recent installation, The Wish, is a giant dandelion sculpture at Huron Street Library in Thornton, Colorado. .The lecture is Wednesday, March 20, from 5 -7 p.m. in Hooper Schaefer auditorium 149 in the Hooper Schaefer Fine Arts Building on Baylor Campus.
That Mancini Magic
Tomorrow night, March 16, The Waco Jazz Orchestra presents “That Mancini Magic” featuring Cecil Welch. Mr. Welch performed with Henry Mancini for 18 years. As an international solo trumpet artist, He has performed in venues large and small including personally entertaining President Jimmy Carter for two birthday celebrations. The Waco Jazz Orchestra show will take place at the Hippodrome at 7:30. Tickets are $15 - $30 depending on choice of seat.
8. Julliard String Quartet
On Thursday, March 21, the Baylor School of Music continues their Distinguished Artist Series with a performance by the Julliard String Quartet. Founded in 1946, this chamber group is widely known as "the quintessential American string quartet." The performance will take place at 7:30 in Roxy Grove Hall, which is a part of Waco Hall on Baylor Campus. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from the Bill Daniel Student Center website.
9. Pain Class
If you suffer from Chronic Pain, the Area Agency on Aging and First Presbyterian Church invite you to participate in a Free Chronic Pain Self-Management program that starts this week. The program will meet once a week for 6 weeks on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to noon. Topics will include, among others, understanding treatment options and pain medications; communicating with family, friends and health professionals; and dealing with problems such as frustration, isolation and poor sleep. The program is free, but you must register in advance. To register contact the Area Agency on Aging.
Events for Dog People on St. Patrick's Day:
10. Doggy fun
Just for fun, you and your favorite pup are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday afternoon at the Animal Birth Control Clinic. Their green space will be fenced for the day and your dog is invited to romp and play with his or her dog friends. Bring your own picnic and green beverage to keep you and your human friends entertained.
If you are so inclined, please also bring a new or gently used collar to donate to the neighborhood outreach program. St. Patrick’s Day Doggie Play Date will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday Afternoon, March 17, at the Animal Birth Control Clinic which is located at 3238 Clay Avenue – just off of Valley Mills Drive – Catty Cornerfrom Katie’s Custard.
For more visit Act Locally Waco's website for a full calendar of events happening around Waco. Stay tuned next Friday for another episode of Act Locally Waco on KWBU.