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Mentor Waco's 2nd Annual Friendsgiving lunch was a fun and successful two day event. The boys had a great time learning culinary skills and giving back to the community. (Photo by Mentor Waco)

Happy Friday, Waco!

I know Thanksgiving might look pretty different for a lot people this year, but that doesn't mean we can't still make the most of it! Despite the circumstances of this year, you can still stuff yourself with turkey, still watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (it'll be virtual this year), and still spend time with loved ones, even if it's over Zoom. And I know at my house, no matter how different Thanksgiving looks on the outside, there's still a chance we'll run out of some vital ingredient, like butter, in the middle of cooking! So enjoy the break from work, eat some good food, and check out these Thanksgiving themed events going on in Waco this week:

  • If you're a Turkey Trot fanatic during Thanksgiving, sign up for the Virtual Central Texas Turkey Trot or the Waco Turkey Trot! Both events are virtual this year, and you can complete a 5K, 10K, or half marathon on your own time. You can log your run for the Central Texas Turkey Trot starting this weekend through November 30, and you can log your run for the Waco Turkey Trot from Thanksgiving Day to November 29.
  • If you're looking for something fun to do while the kids are out of school next week, check out the holiday events going on at Waco rec centers! The Dewey Rec Center, the South Waco Rec Center, and the Bledsoe Miller Rec Center all have fun activities planned for the week, including craft workshops, so find what work best for you!

One more thing: I'm still taking submissions for the Act Locally Thanksgiving Cookbook! Click here or on the graphic below to fill out a Google form and share your Thanksgiving favorites with the Waco community. I'm closing the form at noon tomorrow, so submit your recipes now! The blog post with all the submitted recipes will be the last thing I do as an Act Locally intern this semester, so I would really appreciate your participation!



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Have a great Thanksgiving!
-Becca Muncy

From the blog


Thu Nov 26
Rescue Christmas Run 2020 (The Salvation Army Waco)
Thu Nov 26 thru Fri Dec 25

Fri Nov 27
Homestead Fair 2020 (Homestead Heritage)
Fri Nov 27 thru Sun Nov 29
Oscar DuConge Park Cleanup (Keep Waco Beautiful, The New Black Collective)
Black Friday Kids Camp (The Art Center of Waco)



  • Mayborn Museum - Something BIG is hanging out in the Mayborn Museum’s rotunda. A cast of the renowned Tyrannosaurus rex fossil known as Stan is now on display. The original Stan was found in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota in 1987 and excavated in 1992. It is one of the most complete T. rex fossils discovered. The completed specimen is twelve feet tall and almost forty feet long. This new exhibit was made possible by a generous loan from the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas. “The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is pleased to loan this skeletal cast of the iconic T. rex to the Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “As organizations dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge, this agreement between Baylor and the Perot Museum embodies the institutional partnerships that strengthen our scholastic community. We look forward to seeing ‘Stan’ installed at the Mayborn as we continue to inspire minds through nature and science beyond the walls of the Perot Museum.”  (Posted 11/24/20)
  • Texans Recovering Together - Not sure how to navigate the holidays during COVID-19? We are here to help. Call 866-576-1101. (Posted 11/23/20)
  • Mayborn Museum - Due to the rising coronavirus cases in McLennan County, Mayborn Museum has made the difficult decision to cancel their Christmas Lights in the Village event. The health and safety of  guests, staff, and the community remain their foremost priorities. For those who have already purchased tickets, Mayborn Museum Visitor Services staff will be in touch soon to offer a full refund. (Posted 11/20/20)
  • Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - We value leadership and as leading advocate for our community we have made the decision to postpone our Floating Mercado and in person events until we are certain that we can keep our families and communities safe until further notice. We encourage you to follow our social media channels and stay engaged with us virtually as well as call 254-754-7111 for any further questions you may have. If you are a participating craft vendor or food truck who has paid for the Floating Mercado that was scheduled to take place on this Sunday, November 22,2020, please call the CTHCC staff regarding reimbursement, otherwise your payment will be saved and noted for our returning Mercado. (Posted 11/19/20)
  • Mission Waco - The Meyer Center Thanksgiving will be on November 26, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. at 1226 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701. The Meyer Center has served Waco's homeless community on Thanksgiving for years. It is provided by volunteers. Walk ups are ok but preregistering for a ticket is preferred. People can pre-register M-Th 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Meyer Center. (Posted 11/18/20)
  • The Anchor News - Get your business featured in the Anchor's December issue, just in time for Christmas sales. It's free! The article you submit can be up to 300-350 words, typed within an email or a Word document, along with your attached headshot. The first 20-25 articles will be published. All entries must be submitted by December 3. First come, first serve. Send all articles to We are also offering two discounted ad sizes for the month of December. (Posted 11/14/20)
  • Baylor Lifelong Learning - Please join B.U. Lifelong Learning at 9:40 am on December 4th via Zoom as Dr. Roland Goertz M.D. covers the changes in aspects of healthcare delivery system, now and in the near future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This free event is our final coffee for the fall of our 2020-2021 year, and consistent with our events and courses, will be online to keep our members and guests safe.  Registration is not required. The Zoom link will be available for visiting starting at 9:40 a.m., with the speaker starting at 10:00 am.  (Posted 11/6/20)

Jobs & Job Related

  • Custodians and Cafeteria Workers - Waco ISD Human Resources - Join our team and make a difference in the lives of our students. To apply, visit Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process at 254-755-9410. (Posted 11/20/20)
  • Resident Advocate - Family Abuse Center - The Family Abuse Center depends on the Resident Advocates to ensure that our shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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. R.A’s approve admission to FAC in accordance with policies and procedures, provide front desk coverage (answering incoming calls, assisting residents at front desk, etc.) in between hotline calls as needed, provides shelter intakes to incoming shelter residents and help clients move and settle into shelter and participates in volunteer training when needed. Other duties include crisis intervention, meal preparation, maintaining client records, and ensuring confidentiality. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to (Posted 11/18/20)
  • Shelter Coordinator - Family Abuse Center - The overall responsibility of the Shelter Coordinator is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Family Abuse Center emergency shelter.  Key responsibilities include supervising resident advocates, shelter manager, and case managers; overseeing shelter operations; compiling shelter data/statistics/reporting; program development, management, and evaluation; providing case management services to clients.   As needed this position will answer crisis calls, supervise shelter case managers, resident advocates, and children’s services and complete other tasks as assigned by supervisor. Must be able to respond to emergencies in the shelter at all hours of the day and provide on-call services and fill in when shelter staff are unavailable. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to (Posted 11/18/20)
  • Development Director - Family Abuse Center - The Development Coordinator will participate in development activities consistent with fundraising strategies and as directed by the Executive Director and will cultivate productive relationships with donors, volunteers and other affiliates. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to (Posted 11/18/20)
  • Executive Director - McLennan Community Investment Fund - The Executive Director of McLennan Community Investment Fund (“McCIF”) will lead our organization through startup and continuation as a community development financing entity, providing affordable financial products to small businesses in economically distressed areas of McLennan County, Texas. (Posted 11/18/20)
  • Membership Administrator - Community Race Relations Coalition - Major duties include recruitment and maintenance of membership files, meet and greet with prospective and current members, retention and renewal of membership, and maintenance of membership database. (Posted 11/17/20)
  • Part-time Reporter - KWBU - The KWBU Reporter will be the voice of KWBU for local content – producing an average of one feature news story (3 to 5 minutes) per week. Other occasional production will be required. As a small market station, expect to work various hours and to assist in all areas of station operations. Some weekend and holiday work will be required. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in broadcast journalism and familiarity with NPR style reporting. (Posted 11/16/20)
  • Part-time Operations/Host - KWBU - The KWBU Operations Assistant/ Host will be the fill in host for Morning Edition. As a small market station, expect to assist in all areas of station operations. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in radio and familiarity with NPR. (Posted 11/16/20)
  • Case Management Specialist - The Salvation Army - Interviews, accepts, and provides comprehensive, long-term, structured, complex, case management services for an assigned caseload of clients participating in an established housing stability; understands the uniqueness of the client’s history in order to determine most effective program plans; develops comprehensive program plan/goals and evaluates client's progress by conducting mentoring sessions with client and/or staff; serves as advocate for client in order to acquire services that will enable them to functionally cope with their environment; ensures constant compliance with funding requirements.(Posted 11/11/20)
  • Team Member - Waco Bao - We are looking for a part-time Waco Bao-specific Farmer's Market team member (8-10 hours/week) that has flexible weekend schedules for our pop-up tent at the Farmer's Market. (Posted 11/10/20)

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