Act Locally Waco - Events September 13 -19

Sep 13, 2019

Ashley Bean Thornton is back in the KWBU Studio for Act Locally Waco.  Ashley and Brodie Bashaw bring us details on getting involved in activities happening in and around Waco this week.

We hope most of you have been out enjoying Waco Restaurant Week. You’ve still got today and tomorrow to join in this citywide celebration of all things yummy. A few of the remaining events include the Waco Restaurant Community Dinner tonight at 7 PM at Cultivate 7twelve on Austin Avenue.  Tickets are $75 for a bottle of Wine, a three-course meal, dessert Cocktail and Live Music & Entertainment.  (more)

The Bourbonfest from 4-8 tomorrow at Balcones Distillery.  Tickets are $15 for Balcones pours and cocktails, live music by local Western Swing musicians, The Gimbles and Tate Mayeux (from Mayeux & Broussard). Food trucks and a maker’s market. Also tomorrow, from 5-8,  is the Saturday Night Delight Pop Up at the Waco Food Hub at 420 Dallas Street in historic East Waco.  This event will showcase local eateries and food artisans including Falk Bakery, 310’s Kitchen, 2 Pickled, Brazos Valley Cheese and many others. Go to for the complete list of all the participating restaurants and special menu items and the full details on all the events. All menu items sold under the special Waco Restaurant Week menu will donate 10% to Caritas.  

Saturday, Sept. 14 Events:

Feeding Waco HOPE (Hector Sabido for Waco City Council, District 2)

In addition to finishing up Waco Restaurant Week, there are all kinds of terrific ways to get involved and do some good in the community this week.   Family of Faith Worship Center and City of Waco Council Representative from District 2 Hector Sabido are partnering to present a HUGE event Saturday called Feed Waco HOPE. Everyone in thegreater Waco area is invited to come out to this FREE family event. Family of Faith is preparing to distribute free groceries to 5,000 plus families. They will also have children’s games, free hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, live music, raffles, and an array of nonprofits on hand hosting educational booths. Everything is Free and Everyone is Invited!  The event will take place at the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex at 2901 Clay Avenue.  If you would like to volunteer to help distribute food contact Pastor Ruben Andrade at Family of Faith Worship Center.  Otherwise see you there, from 8 am to noon, 

Striding for Wellness 5k Walk/Run (Heart of Texas Region MHMR) 

If you are looking for a way to get your steps in tomorrow morning, consider the Striding for Wellness 5K. It’s a fundraiser for the Heart of Texas Region MHMR's wellness programs. Registration is $40 and the race will step off at 8:30 AM at scenic Brazos Park East which is located on North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

Compost, Mulch and Top Soil Sale! (Keep Waco Beautiful and Waco Downtown Farmers Market) 

Keep Waco Beautiful is holding their fall compost, mulch and top soil sale tomorrow, just in time for your fall gardening needs.  Each bag is $4.00. They weigh about 40 Lbs and cover up to 2 cubic square feet.  The Sale will take place at the old Bank of America Drive thru on Austin next to the Downtown Farmers Market.  They will have volunteers on hand to help load your car.  Hours are 9 to 3, but come early if you want to make sure to get your mulch, once it’s gone, it’s gone. 

“Down on the Bayou” Cajun Zydeco Festival (Youth Connection, Inc.) 

In Louisiana they say, “Lassiez les bon temps rouler!” or “Let the good times roll!” and that is the theme of the Down on the Bayou Zydeco Festival. It’s the annual fundraiser for Youth Connections, a local non-profit organization that helps young people overcome obstacles and influences that place them at risk. The fun includes Cajun and American food, dancing to Bobby Dean & his Timeless Country Band, an open bar with beer and wine and the opportunity to bid on great auction/raffle items. The Cajun Zydeco Festival takes place from 7 PM to 11 PM tomorrow at the John Knox Memorial Center at the Texas Ranger Museum. Tickets are $75 per person. 

Tuesday,  Sept. 17  Mayborn Museum New Volunteer Interest Meeting (Mayborn Museum Complex)

If you are looking for a fun place to volunteer, consider joining the team at the Mayborn Museum. They are currently looking for volunteers ages 18 and up. And they are holding a volunteer interest meeting on Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 PM. 

Tuesday, Sept 17  - 2019 CWJC Baskets of Hope (Christian Women's Job Corps) 

Tuesday evening is “Baskets of Hope” the annual fundraiser benefiting Christian Women's Job Corps (CWJC) of McLennan County.  It's a fun evening which includes uplifting testimonies, a meal and beautiful themed baskets donated by businesses and groups. So it’s a great time to visit with friends and do some shopping. All proceeds benefit Christian Women’s Job Corps a local non-profit that provides life and job skills and GED preparation classes for women in need.  Their goal is to help their graduates become contributing members of our community and to positively impact their families, and future generations. The event will take place Tuesday evening from 6 – 8 PM at First Woodway Baptist Church on Ritchie Road in Woodway.  Tickets are $50. 

Fun events for kids

Saturday, Sept. 14 - Martin Museum of Art Family Day 

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor is hosting a free family fun day from 10 AM to 5 PM.   Throughout the day you can enjoy arts and crafts using Collage Color Squares and Color Shadows, and tours of their current exhibit Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space. They also have special musical programs planned for 11 and 1.  It’s all free!  The Martin Museum of Art is located on Baylor Campus, almost directly across University Parks from the Mayborn Museum, it is in the same building as the Baylor Theatre. 

Saturday, Sept 14: Dutch Oven Breakfast (Mother Neff State Park) (Mother Neff State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife) 

If you don’t mind doing a little driving tomorrow  morning, and you want to add to your repertoire of camping skills,  you can head out to Mather Neff State Park in Moody for a demonstration of Dutch Oven Cooking.  A Dutch oven is a cast iron pot with a lid.  It’s the perfect pot for making wonderful food outdoors over a fire.  At this demonstration, pots will go on the fire at 10 AM and samples will be available when the delicious dishes are ready. There is no additional charge for demonstration or samples but regular park entrance fees of $2 per person do apply.

Terrific Documentary 

Sunday, Sept. 15  - Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins (McLennan County Democratic Party) 

Monday, Sept. 16  Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins – Waco Hippodrome 

For some of us, following politics and especially Texas Politics is a sport.  If that’s the way you look at it, you will not want to miss “Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins.”  Molly Ivins, for all you youngsters and new Texans out there was one of the most courageous and funniest journalists in modern history.  Often compared to Mark Twain and Will Rogers, six-foot tall Molly used her sharp tongue and her wit to speak truth to power while giving a voice to those who didn’t have one.  “Raise Hell” is getting all kinds of terrific reviews and promises to be a sharp, funny documentary about this hilarious, brilliant, insightful woman. You have two chances to see it for free this week in Waco, both at the Hippodrome.  The Texas Democrats are hosting a showing on Sunday at 2 PM and the Baylor “Movie Mondays” program is hosting a showing at 7 PM on Monday. 

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