Ashley Bean Thornton with Act Locally Waco and Brodie Bashaw talk about a few events happening in the coming week. From spring breaks activites to a lecture on mosquito control, Wacotown in buzzing.
Do some good
- Sat Mar 7 - Hidden Common Ground – Public Deliberation (First Presbyterian Church of Waco Texas)
If you are looking for some ways to do some good in the community this week, and support causes you care about, we have a couple of ideas. First Presbyterian Church on Austin Avenue has enrolled to be a site for the nation-wide project, Hidden Common Ground – an effort to encourage, productive, civil conversations about contentious, but important topics. As a part of this project they will be hosting a series of Public Deliberation Events in 2020, including one tomorrow at 1:00 in the afternoon. The topic for tomorrow’s deliberation is Health Care Reform. There will be a brief introduction about how to have a productive deliberation preceding the conversation. All are welcome to participate.
Sun Mar 8 - Ciggie Butt Round Up (Keep Waco Beautiful & VASA Community Coalition)
Keep Waco Beautiful and the Voices Against Substance Abuse Coalition are having a cigarette butt clean-up on Sunday, from 1pm-3pm. Meet up at the Keep Waco Beautiful office, located at 502 B Austin Ave. Volunteers are needed to pick up cigarette butts in downtown Waco one street at a time. Every volunteer will receive an "Environmental Volunteer" t-shirt. Snacks and drinks will be provided as well as cleanup equipment and materials.
- Thu Mar 12 - Teen Volunteer Fair! (West Waco Library)
The Waco-McLennan county libraries are looking for some awesome high school and middle school volunteers. They are having a teen volunteer fair on Thursday, from 2-4 PM, in the meeting room at the West Waco Library on Bosque. West Waco Meeting Room of the library’s West Campus. This will be a great opportunity for young people to meet some library staff, find out about volunteer jobs and start the sign=up process.
- Fri Mar 6 - Is Vaping Safe? (VASA Community Coalition)
Tonight at 5:30, the Voices Against Substance Abuse Community Coalition is hosting a lecture called “Is Vaping safe?” The lecture will take place at McLennan Community College in Room 111 of the Michaelis Academic Center. MCC Professor Thomas Lowrance will share his story with vaping, how to broach the issue with young people and how to stop this trend. It’s a free event and all are welcome.
- Mon Mar 9 - Yoga Lunch Break (Central Library)
If you are trying to carve out a little time for self-care in your busy schedule, you might be interested in a yoga lunch break. Each Monday the Waco-McLennan County library offers free yoga classes from 12:20-1pm in the Central Meeting Room of the Central Library on Austin Avenue. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water.
- Thu Mar 12 - Plant Biotech: Mosquito Population Control (Mayborn Musuem)
The Mayborn Museum is hosting a lecture on mosquito population control on Thursday, from 2-3pm. Baylor University PhD candidate Grace Pruitt will share her research on using biotechnology to create a mosquito-cidal nectar plant as a form of mosquito population control. The lecture is included with your $9 admission to the museum. Museum members and Baylor students may attend for free.
- Fri Mar 6 - Landscape of the Soul (Cultivate 7twelve: Art.Culture.Events)
Turning to the arts, Cultivate 7Twelve on Austin Avenue is launching a new exhibit – Landscape of the Soul: An exploration of life through the lens of the soul. It will feature the work of Charles Wallis and Lauren Dickinson. The opening reception is tonight from 6:30-9pm. The exhibit will continue through March 31st. The reception and the exhibit are free.
- Wed Mar 11 - Painting with Bev Boren (Central Texas Watercolor Society )
On Wednesday morning, the Central Texas Watercolor Society is hosting Texas artist Bev Boren as part of their monthly program. Boren is a Signature member of the Outdoor Painter Society and the Southwestern Watercolor Society and has won multiple awards for her paintings. The demonstrations with Boren will take place from 9am-2pm at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, on Wooded Acres, first time visitors get in free.
- Spring Break Round up
This next week is spring break for Waco ISD and many surrounding school districts. That’s great for the kids, but if you are a parent you may be looking for some ways to keep your young ones entertained for the week. Lucky for you several local organizations are offering spring break camps, and other spring break activities. Here are just a few:
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Spring Break Round Up is tomorrow from 10 -2. The Round Up is included in the price of admission to the museum which is $8 for adults, and $4 for children.
The Mayborn Museum will be offering ‘Marvelous Mornings’ from 10am-12pm, and ‘Adventurous Afternoons’ from 1pm-4pm throughout spring break. All activities are included in the price of admission which is $9 for adults and $7 for children. Museum members and Baylor students get in free.
Waco Parks and recreation is offering spring break camps at the various community centers. Camps are available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 – 5:30 for kids age 5-13. The cost is $60 per child. Snacks are provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. For more information contact one of the community centers.
- Sun Mar 8 - Texas Independence Day Celebration Family Funday (Historic Waco Foundation)
Finally, Texas Independence Day was actually this past Monday, March 2, but you still have a chance to celebrate. The Historic Waco Foundation is hosting their annual Texas Independence family fun day Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm at the East Terrace House museum on Mill Street. The celebration will include hands-on pioneer and frontier inspired activities, crafts, demonstrations, outdoor games and refreshments. The cost is $10 per family.