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Deep in the Heart Film Festival volunteers and staff posing for a final picture to wrap up the weekend full of films and festivities!
(Photo Courtesy of Deep in the Heart Film Festival)

Happy Friday, Waco!

This week in Waco has been quite newsworthy. It started off without a hitch from the Deep in The Heart Film Festival events over the weekend.

Then, early Tuesday morning, G.W. Carver Middle School caught fire and firefighters responded to the scene but unfortunately the school was not saved. Anyone interested in helping can donate gift cards to Transformation Waco (drop-off or mail to 3005 Edna Ave., Waco TX, 76708) to assist teachers and staff with replacing classroom supplies and other materials lost.

In other local news, COVID cases are on the rise. Stay safe, Wacotown! Though this week may have hit harder than others, we are so glad to have an amazing community that can still come together for events.

  • Rogue Media and The Waco Escape Rooms present: Smarter Than the Average Bear -- a night of puzzles and food. They will provide the puzzles and music. They will have two times available for you to join -- 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight (Friday, July 30). Tickets are $35 each. Shorty’s Pizza Shack will provide pizza. You won’t wanna miss this one; ticket info can be found at the Rogue Media Network Facebook event page.
  • Aug. 1st is the IMPROV JAM. It is a free intro to Slapstix’s improv classes. Have fun, meet new people, and learn to improvise at SlapStix's low-pressure classes. This six-week workshop is designed for anyone who wants to loosen up, be more spontaneous, and enjoy taking risks on stage and in life. Each week you'll play games and explore a challenging variety of improv exercises that unleash your natural creativity and humor. Classes meet for six weeks, tw hours each week, limit 16 students.
  • Waco Civic Theatre Children’s theatre presents: Shrek: The Musical Jr. this weekend Friday through Monday. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. Shrek Jr. is an irreverently funny show with a powerful message for the whole family. General Admission is $5 and performances take place at 1517 Lake Air Dr..

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

From the blog


Thu Aug 5
Living with Alzheimer’s Early-Stage Care Partners Program (Alzheimer's Association)

Sat Aug 7
Little Free Library Scavenger Hunt-Greater Waco (Susan G Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk)
Sat Aug 7 thru Fri Aug 13
The Morticians in Concert (Lee Lockwood Library and Museum2801 W Waco Drive Waco, Texas 76707)

Mon Aug 9
Mixology Monday Learning Event (Rise Up & Learn - Talitha Koum)

Thu Aug 12
Cocktails and Conversations for Fundraising Professionals (Central Texas Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals)


  • WACO, TX (July 21, 2021) --- The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District will be at the 7th Street Pedestrian Plaza in Downtown Waco every Thursday for the next four weeks starting this Thursday, July 22 to offer COVID-19 vaccinations from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. as a part of the Civic on 7th performing arts series. Civic on 7th is a four week performing arts series presented by City Center Waco, the City of Waco, Creative Waco, and the Waco Civic Theater.  Registration is not required, and walk-ins are welcome.
  • 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

  • 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. (7/23)
  • Education Service Center Region 12 has four job openings: Librarian, ACE Site Coordinator, GEAR UP Site Facilitator, and Education Specialist. (6/30)
  • Waco Cha is hiring and looking to add to their cha-rista and Bao dumpling team at their downtown Waco shop. If you seek to find a place to create community - both inside and outside the workplace - and love boba tea and dumplings, start the application process today! Application links below: Cha-rista Team Member Position: Bao Dumpling Team Member Position:
  • Family Abuse Center / Part-Time Outreach/Media Coordinator The Outreach Coordinator will work with the Development Coordinator and the Executive Director to publicize and promote the HOPES program through the use of TV, radio, and electronic media. The Outreach Coordinator will also work to recruit families into the HOPES Program. Outreach efforts will be done through partnering agencies.
  • Communities in Schools of the Heart of Texas / Chief Program Officer The job description is here. Applicants can apply at the following link: (6/8)
  • 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.
  • Waco Housing Authority / Community Outreach Worker (part-time) - Communicates directly with Public Housing residents by phone or by ground visit (per CDC guidelines) to provide health education and/or link residents with the appropriate health resources in the community. Qualifications and Knowledge: 1. Social Worker (BSW or MSW) RN or LVN. Applicants that have experience providing health education and referrals in a healthcare setting may also be considered. 2. Valid Texas driver's license 3. Up-to-date knowledge of CDC Covid 19 information on transmission, disease, and vaccinations. 4. Knowledge of health resources in the community.  (posted 5/14)
  • Waco Family Medicine / Primary Care Clinical Social Worker- Join our behavioral health team of 10 LCSWs and 1 LMSW to work at the very top of your license, providing excellent and holistic care. Job description: Working within a transdisciplinary primary care team, provide integrated behavioral health care and advanced care management for patients with chronic conditions. As a highly valued member of the core team, support and closely coordinate mental health care with the patient’s primary care provider; screen, assess and offer focused treatment within the primary care setting for patients with common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Deliver time-limited, target-based treatments such as brief cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. Common interventions include behavioral activation, problem-solving therapy, stimulus control therapy, sleep hygiene, acceptance-based strategies, psychoeducation, relaxation training, motivational interviewing, and parent training. Advanced care management tasks include pre-visit planning, patient education, registry monitoring and patient self-management training. Additionally, provide care coordination services to address short- and long-term medical and behavioral health treatment goals. Communicate with physician and care team members about relevant patient needs or changes. Identify cost-effective protocols and care paths for improving population health, and participate in developing guidelines for care. FO more information, click here.
  • 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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