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The team of Prosper Waco poses with Kelly Palmer in front of this original art piece by G Marie. This brilliant team of collaborative, systems thinkers are hard at work tackling some of the most challenging issues facing our city.

(Photo courtesy of Kelly Palmer)

Happy Friday, Waco!

As we get closer and closer to Halloween, there are just a few things you must do! Before the month is up and winter begins to creep in, why not take the time to do one or two of the most quintessentially fall activities with your friends,family, or even simply on your own? Head over to a pumpkin patch -- you can try the Robinson Pumpkin Patch (201 S. Old Robinson Rd.) or the Central Christian Church Pumpkin Patch (4901 Lakeshore Dr). Then head out  to the Cameron Park Trails for a fall foliage hike and take a peek at all the trees changing color. Go have some fun by going to local fall festivals! This weekend is the Downtown Cultural Arts Fest, wrap-up of the HOT Fair & Rodeoand Baylor’s Homecoming fall parade! There are so many fall activities in and around our city so get out and take advantage of the autumn air.

  • Brew at the Zoo is back, stroll the zoo from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and enjoy brews from regional breweries each night. The animals will be tucked away for the night at 7:30 p.m. and bars will close at 9:30 p.m. Your ticket includes a tasting cup and up to 12 samples. This event is for adults 21+ only. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter. Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo help to take care of the animals that call Cameron Park Zoo their home!

  • October Market vibes are here at Brothwell Brewing (400 E Bridge  St). There is a whole new season of the Eastside Market starting Sunday with new vendors and amazing artists. You'll always find awesome vintage vendors, graffiti, food trucks, artisan vendors, music, craft beer, and great community at the Eastside Market. Take in some of those much awaited Texas fall vibes, and kick back with the community noon- 5 p.m..

  • The Board of Directors of Art Center Waco are pleased to announce the opening of its new location at 701 S. Eighth St. Wednesday 6-8 p.m. In celebration of the new location and expansive building, Art Center Waco is honored to present a major exhibition, “Kermit Oliver: New Narratives, New Beginnings,” featuring some 40 paintings and works on paper spanning from 1970 to 2021. Admission to the opening is included with your Art Center Waco membership of $300 or more. Join or renew today at RSVP to [email protected].

As always, if you have information you would like to see included in Act Locally Waco (announcements, events, etc.) or ideas for a blog you would like to write, send it to [email protected].

~Debbie Wright

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Style Show (Chico’s)


  • Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon announced that face masks would be required inside all schools and other district buildings starting Monday 8/30.  Kincannon cited the number of cases reported since the start of the school year and increasingly dire reports from local health care experts as the basis for her decision.
  • The Waco Fire Department announces its inaugural Citizens Fire Academy. The Academy will take place in the month of September with graduation coinciding with the Fire Prevention Week at the beginning of October. These courses will provide the residents of Waco with an interactive learning experience about the services provided by the men and women of the department and will include lessons on increasing fire and life safety awareness. Participants will get to learn about the core job functions through classroom instruction, hands-on participation, and live demonstrations. The application enrollment period is from August 2 – 30. Classes will be held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from September 9-30th at the Waco Fire Department’s Fire Training Facility, part of the Emergency Services Education Center (7601 Steinbeck Bend).
  • Sip Sip Hooray! The Dr Pepper Museum hosted a ribbon cutting for the opening of our new Gift Shop and Dr Pepper Museum Thirst Aid Station. Museum Staff and Board Members were joined by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce.The Museum’s Gift Shop is open to visitors without the purchase of an Admission ticket. The Thirst Aid Station will be available for rentals, weddings, birthdays, block parties, and special events.

Jobs & Job Related


  • Education Service Center Region 12 has four job openings: School Nurse Grant Coordinator, School-Based Nurses (multiple), Counselor (part-time), and Project Support Specialist (part-time)
    School Openings: (posted 10/15)
  • Greater Waco Legal Services / Staff Attorney - Medical-Legal Partnership/Generalist - Full-time. The new attorney will join other staff partners in their growing nonprofit law firm. The staff attorney will provide direct legal representation; provide leadership and management of our Medical-Legal Partnership with Waco Family Medicine; practice law in practice areas as determined by experience and interest, needs of MLP patient-clients and community, and fiscal sustainability. Strong possibilities include (but are not limited to) family, immigration, guardianship, benefits and income maintenance, Social Security/disability, wills, estate planning, and landlord-tenant law. For more information, contact Kent McKeever, managing attorney partner, [email protected]. (10/13)
  • Greater Waco Legal Services / Partner for Communications and Community Partnerships - Full-time. The ideal candidate will provide creative and collaborative leadership through management of communications and community partnerships that furthers the GWLS mission. For more information, contact Kent McKeever, managing attorney partner, [email protected]. (10/13)
  • Waco Family Medicine / Institutional and Program Coordinator - Full-time; JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for day-to-day administration of all Waco Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education programs under the guidance of program directors and designated institutional official. Ensure resident and fellow physicians remain on track to meet all requirements for graduation and certification. Maintain critical files and information. Ensure all ACGME accreditation and applicable specialty board requirements are met. For more information, click here. (posted 9/28)

  • Historic Waco Foundation / Executive Director - HWF seeks a dynamic and energetic leader that will work closely with a passionate and supportive Board of Directors to advance the goals of the organization. The executive director will oversee the maintenance and operation of three interpreted historic house museums — Earle-Napier-Kinnard House, East Terrace House, and McCulloch House — and serve as an advocate for history, heritage, and preservation within the community at-large. (Posted 9/10)

  • Family Abuse Center / Full-time Bilingual Rural Legal Advocate - The Legal Advocate serves as a liaison between FAC and the legal system, assisting residential and non-residential clients as they navigate through the criminal justice and civil court process and access various crime victim assistance programs. Successful applicants will have experience working in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence or the legal field. (Posted 9/20)

  •  Art Center of Waco/ Operations Guru -If you are creative and inventive, but also detailed and organized, put those skills to work at Art Center Waco. This leadership opportunity will manage our finances, facilities, and functions. Experience and energy required. Email [email protected] with a comprehensive explanation of why you are the person for the job. Make art happen for all of Waco! (Posted 9/07)
  • Keep Waco Beautiful / Executive Director - Keep Waco Beautiful seeks an Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities while facilitating its growth and development which will allow it to play a significant role in the Waco Community in the future. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the board to its members, volunteers, and to the community. An excellent Executive Director is an influential manager with the ability to lead and motivate the organization towards the realization of its mission.Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected] (Posted 8/23)
  • Lake Shore Baptist Church / Pastor (Full-time) – Lake Shore Baptist is seeking a full-time pastor who has the spiritual depth, skills, and experience needed to inspire, lead, and unify our congregation. Lake Shore is a welcoming and affirming community of Christians who are attempting to discover, articulate, and embody the meaning of the Gospel in the world today. A Master of Divinity or higher degree from an accredited theological seminary is required. (Posted 8/13) For details on how to apply, please visit (Posted 8/13)
  • McLennan Community College / Social Media & Communications Specialist (Full-time) – The Department of Marketing & Communications at McLennan Community College is looking for an individual that assists the department and college in disseminating information about the college to the campus community, media, and the public. Also, this position researches, writes, proofreads, and edits content for various medias. They will curate and manage the college’s social media accounts including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. For more information or other jobs at MCC, see MCC’s Job Board. (posted 8/12)
  • STARRY / Director of Fatherhood Services Bell and McLennan Counties, TX (Full-Time) -  The Director of Fatherhood Services will manage the contractual obligations for the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of DFPS for the Fatherhood EFFECT Program. This role oversees outcomes and outputs as prescribed by the Fatherhood Contract and serves as a supervisor for staff meeting those expectations. The Director of Fatherhood Services may hold a very small caseload working with father or male caregivers with a youth between the ages of 0-17. The Director role, or equivalent position, will be the primary program contact and will be responsible for program oversight, services, and supervision for the Program.
  • Grassroots Community Development / Community Organizer - We are hiring another community organizer. The Community Organizer is a dynamic, solution-oriented professional committed  to engaging and developing neighborhood leadership. The community organizer will be responsible for organizing and developing leaders in Waco in three major areas: Click here for more information. (posted 7/23)
  • Family Abuse Center / Full-time Bilingual Parent Educator will implement the PAT model while engaging with families in both English and Spanish. Utilizing the PAT Foundational Curriculum the Parent Educator partners, facilitates and reflects with families. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in child development, early childhood education, social work, psychology, Neuroscience or a related field required.
  • Family Abuse Center / Resident Advocate - Family Abuse Center is hiring a part-time Resident Advocate. The primary responsibilities of the Resident Advocates (RA) are to provide crisis intervention and referrals on the 24-hour crisis line and provide resident assistance to those in the 24-hour shelter. To apply send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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Book Club Meeting Tuesday, November 9th

Our next book club meeting will be Tuesday, November 9th at 6:00. We'll announce the location as we get closer to the date. The book we'll be discussing is "High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out" by Amanda Ripley.

Here's a brief description:

"When we are baffled by the insanity of the “other side”—in our politics, at work, or at home—it’s because we aren’t seeing how the conflict itself has taken over.

That’s what “high conflict” does. It’s the invisible hand of our time. It's what happens when discord distills into a good-versus-evil kind of feud, the kind with an us and a them. In this state, the brain behaves differently. We feel increasingly certain of our own superiority and, at the same time, more and more mystified by the other side.

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley investigates how good people get captured by high conflict—and how they break free."

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