Baylor’s Lifelong Learning Fall 2020 online brochure now available


Baylor University’s Lifelong Learning (LLL) has opened online registration for 2020-2021 annual membership and fall courses and events.

A hard copy will arrive in mailboxes in early August, but you don’t have to wait to see LLL’s courses and events or to register yourself online.

Receive a 10% discount on class fees if you register yourself online. Because of Baylor staff members working remotely, mailed in registrations will experience significant delays, and LLL cannot take phone registrations at all at this time.

Please do NOT leave a credit card number on the LLL voicemail.

People who have taken courses within the last three years already have a student profile. Log into that profile to register rather than creating a new one. If you do not know your login credentials, choose “forgot password.” Once logged in, follow these instructions to register.

Click the button below to register for any of the eight engaging courses designed by your Curriculum Committee:
— “People of Interest” Book Review, with Bob Anne Senter;
— Dicey Dames: Women in the Bible, with Rosalie Beck;
— Your Family Tree, with Dr. Judith Staples;
— How to Survive and Thrive Through Transitions in Family and Friends’ Relationships, with Dennis Myers;
— Write Your Memoir, with Dr. Elaine White;
— Voices from WW2: Discovering Combat Veterans’ Untold Stories, with Brad Livingstone;
— Introduction to Reading C.S. Lewis, with Dr. Thomas Hanks; and
— Goal Setting that Brings Results, with Mona Dunkin;
— The Best Monuments of the World with Larry Smith.

Because health and safety are our highest priorities, all LLL programing will take place online this fall using the communication platform Zoom. Save your registration confirmation email, since it will contain your class link.

Participants are encouraged to install the program early and practice with family and friends before the fall semester begins. Three free practice sessions are scheduled so you an experience Zoom before classes start. You can find details on the Courses page.

If you received a credit because of a canceled class or event during spring 2020, that credit will automatically be applied to your account. You should be able to see it when you click “checkout.”



Bienestar brings mental health focus to Latino community

Editor’s Note: July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It is an effort to elevate voices, to listen and better understand, and to support the unique needs and range of experiences of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

By Joy Pfanner

A group of helping professionals in Waco came together five years ago to discuss the need for more mental health support for the Latino, and especially Spanish-speaking, community in our city. That group consisted of local pastors, social work professors and students, mental health professionals, and other social service providers who work directly with the Latino community or are passionate about creating equitable access to resources for this population. 

The Bienestar Latino Mental Health Coalition was born. It sought to provide education in order to increase accessibility to mental health resources within the community and to destigmatize mental health concerns and treatment. 

“Bienestar” is the Spanish word for “well-being.” When we talk about being “well,” we are not only referencing finding help and healing from mental illness. We are also talking about the following:

— learning how to manage stress and disappointment;

— “wellness” in all areas of life that directly affect our mental health, including our physical health, our spiritual/emotional health, and our relationships;

— having all of our daily needs met;

— finding healing in the midst of loss, finding new ways of coping, and learning that our mind and our bodies are so interconnected that the two cannot be separated, and we must honor and care for both. 

We felt “Bienestar” was a holistic, all-encompassing word to describe what we hope to share with the Latino community. 

As the newly formed coalition began to consider what its impact might be, it saw an opportunity to reach out to local churches and provide mental health information to their congregations. In the early years, outreach included monthly coalition meetings and an annual one-day workshop on various mental health topics for pastors. 

As the coalition continued to grow, the group decided to take a more direct approach by going into churches upon invitation and providing educational workshops on mental health to the congregants. This strategy has proved successful and the coalition has been able to reach a larger number of people this way.

All workshops are offered in Spanish, as well as English, in order to ensure that language is not a barrier to learning about mental health and receiving information about services in Spanish within the community. 

As the coalition continues to expand its capacity and reach, we hope to build more relationships in various sectors in order to reach even more people within the Latino community. 

Mental health resources offered in Spanish are very limited in Waco; currently you can count on one hand the number of Spanish-speaking therapists here. With such little access currently available, the coalition hopes to provide up-to-date information about mental health and the Spanish-speaking mental health services that do exist in the community, as well as partner with other organizations and universities to work toward increasing the number of Spanish-speaking helping professionals available. 

The coalition is composed of incredible people who volunteer their time to do this meaningful work, and all services we provide are free. Most of our work is being done virtually for the time being due to COVID-19. We have big dreams for the coalition, and we continue to plan for ways in which we can better serve and care for our Latino community. 

To connect with us, please visit us at Bienestar Latino Mental Health Coalition on Facebook or email us at 

We are always happy to welcome new members to the coalition, as well as to talk with you about ways in which we can partner to offer workshops on mental health related topics. 

Joy Pfanner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Waco. She assists Ana Chatham, LCSW, with managing Bienestar Latino Mental Health Coalition. Joy has many years of experience providing both clinical and non-clinical social work services to the Spanish-speaking community. Joy holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Baylor, and prior to moving back to Waco, she spent about three years living internationally in Spanish-speaking countries. 

The Act Locally Waco blog publishes posts with a connection to these aspirations for Waco. If you are interested in writing for the Act Locally Waco Blog, please email ashleyt@actlocallywaco.orgfor more information.

“Our Hope is to Be A BLESSING to Others”

“The Lord bless you and keep you. Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” — Lyrics from the song, “The Blessing”

By Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren

The words from the song, “The Blessing” by Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship, and Kari Jobe, inspire the second season of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival, which kicks-off on July 31, 2020 with our 1st Annual Community Barbecue and Back-to-School Picnic and the opening of our film submissions on August 15, 2020.

Given all that is going on in our world today led by the unpredictable backdrop of the Coronavirus, the Festival team wanted to start our second season featuring the voices of families from Waco and across Central Texas to sing a blessing over our community. Here is a sneak peek of “The Blessing,” on our new YouTube channel.

The full version will be released on 7/31. The song/video is about 4 minutes long and features around 15 vocalists and musicians. The video will be available on the festival’s  YouTube page, social media and website at Many thanks to Dr. Stephanie Boddie for being the inspiration for the effort, along with Dr. Horace Maxile, who served as Musical Director, and Cody Nethery, who served as Co-Producer and Editor.

In addition to our Blessing Project, we also continue to live our mission of being “dedicated to EMPOWERING the creative spirit, SERVING with heart, and CELEBRATING all!” On July 31, 2020, in the parking lot of Extraco Bank at 1700 North Valley Mills Drive, we will continue to serve the Waco community with heart with our 1st Annual Community Barbecue and Back-to-School Picnic. Due to City guidelines, this event will be a DRIVE-THRU picnic with all of the traditional fixings, from FREE barbecue prepared by the Extraco Bank Barbecue Pit Crew to FREE school supplies and backpack distribution, fun film gifts, and fabulous music played by DJ Auggie! Thanks to Mr. Alex Eichenberg of Extraco Bank, Mrs. Rosemarie Tatum of the Delta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mrs. Jocelyn Williams of Grassroots Community Development, and Susan Krause of the YMCA for your wonderful volunteerism and support of this effort.

In conclusion, our Festival team believes in the power of film and storytelling to empower and  change lives for the better. We ALWAYS work to do our part for the betterment of our community and our world in service of humanity. The Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival will continue to be an agent for positive change as well as work to open the hearts and minds so that we all may treat each other a little better, be kinder to each other, and perhaps love each other a little better because at the end of the day, we are all more alike than we are different.

We look forward to seeing you on July 31, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in the parking lot of Extraco Bank (1700 N. Valley Mills Drive, * Waco, Texas 76710 (and while supplies last)) as we celebrate our community at the 1st Annual Community Barbecue and Back-to-School Picnic! You don’t want to miss it!  Blessings!           

Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. At Baylor, Dr. Lindsey-Warren teaches Advertising, Digital Marketing and is the Founder of the Baylor Business Advertising Summit. She is also the Founder and Producer of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival. In her spare time, Dr. Lindsey-Warren sings jazz professionally and has opened for GRAMMY award-winning jazz musicians. Dr. Lindsey-Warren is married to Sidney Warren, a successful entrepreneur.  

The Act Locally Waco blog publishes posts with a connection to these aspirations for Waco. If you are interested in writing for the Act Locally Waco Blog, please email for more information.

Garbage day gets smarter

By Anna Dunbar

If you’ve ever lost track of garbage day or raced outside after hearing the garbage truck, you’re in luck. Residents of the City of Waco can download a free smartphone app called “Waco Curbside Services” to get notified of all things waste-related. For your home address you can get notifications for your specific trash/recycling pick-up day, what goes in your carts, how to contact us and much, much more! 

Available for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store, smartphone users can get waste and recycling collection information, calendars, and the latest updates, in English or Spanish, on their phone or tablets. Residents can choose to receive a garbage day reminder, whether it’s 6 p.m. the day before, or 7 a.m. the day of collections.  

As the person responsible for outreach, I am so excited to introduce this new app to our residents. Personally, I have found myself using mobile apps more and more and mobile websites less and less. This app is easy to use and offers tools to help you do the right thing while setting out your trash, recycling, or yard waste.

As described, the app has the City of Waco Solid Waste calendar with blue and green weeks and holidays.

What about getting rid of a broken vacuum cleaner? Use the “What Goes Where” tool in the app to learn what your options are. There are even links to the request form for a replacement trash cart, new blue or green cart, and a form to request bulky waste collection.

Also, the app can send you reminders about setting out your carts or special days on the calendar, such as a Wednesday collection day due to a holiday. If there is critical waste collection information that needs to get out quickly, Waco Curbside Services app subscribers will be the first to know.  

The City of Waco’s goal is to provide everyone with easily accessible information about what to do with your “stuff.” We know everyone is busy and some folks do not have time to call our customer service number during 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

I think this will help us all do the right thing with our trash, our recyclables, and our yard waste. Residents will be able to get answers to questions in a more convenient manner.

What if you do not own a smartphone? Don’t worry, information will still be available at as well as in the City Limits newsletter.  The wonderful City of Waco Solid Waste Services customer service representatives at (254) 299-2612 will continue to be available to answer your questions in English and Spanish. Those services are not changing! The app is just another tool to help you! 

Anna Dunbar is the solid waste administrator for the City of Waco Solid Waste Services. She is responsible for informing Waco residents and businesses about recycling and waste reduction opportunities as well as solid waste services in Waco. Her husband is a Baylor professor and her daughter is a Baylor University alum who works at Horizon Environmental Services, Inc. Anna is an active member of Keep Waco Beautiful and The Central Texas Audubon Society.

The Act Locally Waco blog publishes posts with a connection to these aspirations for Waco. If you are interested in writing for the Act Locally Waco Blog, please email for more information.