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12.3 - Discgolf

AfterSchool Academy students at J. H. Hines Elementary enjoy the beautiful weather learning to play Disc Golf. (Photo by: J. H. Hines Elementary School)

Happy Friday, Waco!

Before I do anything else I want to send out a huge thank you to our Act Locally Waco interns for fall semester 2020.  In this craziest of semesters Taylor Petry and Becca Muncy did a fantastic job of keeping the website up to date and dishing out the Enchilada.  I am happy to announce that Becca has volunteered to continue working with us in the spring.  Thank you! Thank you, Taylor and Becca!  We truly could not have done it without you!

This weekend we are leaning into the 2020 Waco Wonderland theme "A December to Remember!"  The busy elves at the City of Waco have "virtualized" some of your yuletide favorites including the tree lighting and fireworks and story time with Santa.  There's even a virtual twist on the Wonderland run so you can still get your steps in.  Take a look! Let them inspire you to come downtown and do some "shop local" Christmas shopping this season!

Speaking of Christmas shopping.  A couple of events you won't want to miss: The annual Barbara Francis Pottery Show  and the Yuletide Holiday Gift Market sponsored by the Centex Hispanic Chamber and the Brazos Theater.

December 7 is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Join the Mayborn Museum for a Virtual Author Talk to learn about the "Day that will live in infamy" and about Doris Miller, the hero from Waco whose courage on that day has had long lasting effects on the role of African-Americans in the armed services.  For a fascinating take on more Waco history be sure to make time to see the "Making History: Art of Historic Waco" exhibit.  It will be on display at the East Terrace historical home (100 Mill Street) from December 5 through December 16.

Please do make plans Thursday evening at 6 PM to participate in the live virtual open house to discuss the Bus Rapid Transit system for Waco.  Improving our public transportation could have a transformative effect on the city.  Come learn about the plans and contribute your thoughts.

There plenty going on in our beautiful city as we roll towards the end of 2020.  Either virtually or from behind a mask and 6 feet away -- looking forward to seeing you out there participating and making our community great!As always, if you have information you would like to see included in Act Locally Waco or ideas for a blog you would like to write, send it to

See you next Friday! - ABT


From the blog


Fri Dec 4
(Online) Waco Wonderland Virtual Tree Lighting and Fireworks (Waco Parks and Recreation, Waco Wonderland)
Virtual Wonderland Run (Waco Wonderland, Waco Parks and Recreation)
Fri Dec 4 thru Sun Dec 6



  • Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute - The Museum, Gift Shop, and Soda Fountain is closed to the public and will reopen at 10 AM on Saturday, December 12th. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! (Posted 12/3/20)
  • Historic Waco Foundation - Our historic homes have been decorated from top to bottom for the holiday season. With trees in the parlors, garlands on the banisters, and lights sparkling, East Terrace and McCulloch have been completely transformed. Come visit us today to see the houses in their holiday best before we close for the season on December 20th. (Posted 12/2/20)
  • Greater Waco Chamber - Teen Leadership Waco (TLW) builds on the leadership skills of today’s youth to help develop them into future leaders throughout the Greater Waco community. Research shows that youth who begin volunteering and engaging in the community will continue this trend into adulthood. The Teen Leadership Waco program runs from February through December with a graduation ceremony in January. The program consists of a program orientation and eight workshop days where students will be excused from school to visit and hear from various leaders in the community. Each program day has a particular theme, and all workshops run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Applicants must be classified as a sophomore or junior in high school as of September 1, 2020. Contact Rachel Martinez, 254-757-5633. The extended deadline to apply to the 2021 TLW Class is Tuesday, December 15. (Posted 12/2/20)
  • Lake Brazos Rotary Club - Don't let COVID spoil your New Year's Eve! Lake Brazos Rotary Club is partnering with Fuzzy Friends Rescue and Cultural Arts of Waco to help you celebrate the beginning of a brand-new year while also raising money to help local charitable organizations. Order a gourmet brunch, cocktail party, or dinner package (prepared by The Olive Branch), and Rotary volunteers will deliver it to your doorstep between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Each package will come with heating instructions so you can enjoy the contents at any point over the New Year's Eve/Day holiday. *All orders must be placed by 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20. Thank you for your support! (Posted 12/2/20)
  • Waco Parks and Recreation - Santa Claus wants to hear from you, kids!
    Stop by Dewey Community Center (925 N. 9th St.) now through December 21 to mail your letter of holiday wishes to Santa... and he'll be sure to mail one back. Don't forget to include your address, so he knows where to send his reply. (Posted 12/2/20)
  • Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Free testing during November has begun (multiple locations, times, dates)! Convenient & fast. Drive through and walk up available. All testing sites are free and administer the cheek swab test. You do not have to show symptoms to be tested. (12/1/20)
  • Mayborn Museum - Calling all museum members! Double discount days are December 6 through December 12. Bring your Christmas list to the Museum Store and receive a 20% discount on your purchase. (Posted 11/30/20)
  • 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)

Jobs & Job Related

  • Data Coordinator and Accounting Position - First Presbyterian Church of Waco - This position requires a highly  motivated person who enjoys a variety of administrative responsibilities that extend from book keeping to newsletter design and layout.   Must have 3 years of administrative or professional work experience (additional education may be substituted for experience). Experience with InDesign, Excel software programs and accounting practices is preferred.  Please forward resumes to (Posted 12/2/20)
  • Overnight Residential Supervisor - Methodist Children's Home - The Residential Supervisor is responsible for the supervision and management of the child care staff assigned. The Residential Supervisor must possess strong organizational and leadership skills and exhibit the intellectual and emotional maturity required to work with youth who have behavioral issues and difficulty relating to others due to developmental delays, mental health needs and trauma. Please visit for the full job description, and contact Amber Twyman at 254-750-1218 for more details. (Posted 12/2/20)
  • 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)

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