Act Locally Waco - February 8 -14

Feb 8, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco host Ashley Thornton gets us ready for Valentine's Day. Some events this coming week include the annual Morticians Valentine's Dance Party and also events tied to the Girl Scouts. 

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Valentine's Day Events:

Love Letters: A Dinner Theatre

On Feb. 8 the Brazos Theatre Group is offering a production of “Love Letters: A Dinner Theatre.”  Tickets for dinner and the show are $26.50 a piece with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for seating and dinner service.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m.   

The Annual Morticians Valentine’s Dance Party

The annual Mortician’s Valentine’s Dance Party is on Saturday, Feb. 9.  It’s a tradition Wacoans have been enjoying for many years – decades even.  The Morticians are probably Waco’s most beloved and well-known cover band. Their long song list includes everything from the Beatles, Credence, Roy Orbison, the Kinks, Elvis Presley, on up through Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles.  

This year the party is at the Hippodrome.  Floor seats are $40 per person and include a spaghetti buffet and one glass of champagne each. Balcony seats are $15 with the regular Hippodrome menu and food service available.  The show starts at 7 p.m.  

Historic Waco Foundation’s Valentine’s Family Fun Day. 

On Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1-4 p.m., the Historic Waco Foundation is hosting a Valentine’s Family Fun Day with crafts and tours of the McCulloch House Historic Home. The McCulloch House is located at the Corner of 4thand Columbus, and admission is $10 per family. 

Music Events: 

Baylor School of Music’s President’s Concert 

On Friday, Feb. 8, is the annual Baylor School of Music “President’s Concert.  This year’s program is a performance of Symphony No. 2 in C minor by composer Gustav Mahler, his so called “Resurrection Symphony.” 

Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde will lead the 114-member Baylor Symphony Orchestra and a massive choral ensemble of 117 voices.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. General admission tickets are $15. They may be purchased online from the Baylor Ticket Office at 

Mission Waco’s Gospel Choir 

Saturday night, Feb. 9, Mission Waco's Jubilee Theatre will be hosting a benefit concert, featuring the fabulous Gospel Sounds of the Waco Community Choir under the direction of Minister Thomas Brooks. Proceeds will go towards the Mission Waco Youth Summer Trip. Tickets are $10, and the show starts at 6 p.m. 


If you are in the mood for Jazz, you can join Horace Maxile and the Baylor Jazz Faculty for a night of classic electric jazz. The show will take place at Cultivate 7Twelve at 712 Austin Avenue on Feb. 9.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. 


On Sunday night, Feb. 10, you have an opportunity to hear some of the most fun music ever invented – I’m talking about Zydeco. Cedryl Ballou is the grandson of local music legend Classie Ballou. He will be bringing his band The Trendsetters to Club Bentley at 2224 Faulkner Lane for a Zydeco Homecoming show. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and Tickets are $10. 

Girl Scouts Events: 

It’s the “Heart” of Girl Scout Cookie Season so keep your eyes open for roving Girl Scouts selling cookies. They are only available until Feb. 24. 

Thin Mint Sprint 

Saturday morning, Feb. 9, you can earn your cookies by running in the Thin Mint Sprint 5K.  The Race will take place at 9 a.m. at Woodway Park which is at 924 Estates Drive.  Registration is $35.  There is also a 1-mile “Daisy Dash” fun run option for $20 which steps off at 8:30 a.m. 

Barnett’s Public House’s “Cookies on Tap”  

Saturday afternoon, from 2 - 8 p.m., Barnett’s Public House is hosting “Cookies on Tap.”  This is a Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing Event.  They will be offering two different flights, each including 4 beers and 4 cookies.  Tickets are $10 and a portion of each flight and ticket sold goes to the Girl Scouts. 

Free Learning Events

People’s Law School 

Tomorrow morning is the annual “People’s Law School” sponsored by Baylor Law. The People's Law School is a half-day curriculum of courses designed to educate consumers about their legal rights and to make the law "user friendly." The courses are taught by volunteer attorneys and legal experts and it is all free.  Topics include citizenship, understanding the criminal justice system, elder law, tenant law, family law and much, much more. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., at the Baylor Law School.  Classes begin at 9 a.m. and the whole program runs until 12:45 p.m.

An Evening With Andrew Roberts: Winston Churchill 

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, McLennan Community College is hosting an evening Andrew Roberts. His recent biography of Winston Churchill is considered by several critics to be the best single volume biography of the man. If you are a history buff or a Churchill buff or just fascinated by the human side of leadership, this should be a fascinating evening.  Tickets are free, but you do need to visit the MCC website to reserve yours on-line. The event begins at 7:30 at the MCC Event Center. 

You can see the full calendar for Waco events at