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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo

From fair rides and livestock shows to live music concerts from artists like Joe Nichols and Thompson Square, you’re certain to have a good time at this year’s Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. Come out to the Extraco Events Center from October 2nd through the 11th and experience the wide variety of fair events offered for all ages. To see each day’s hours and events, the full music lineup and ticket information, visit hotfair.com or call 254-224-8282. Proceeds from the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo provide scholarships for the students of McLennan country and surrounding towns.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Spanish Storytime at the Library

Spanish speakers ages 3 to 6 can enjoy a wonderful story and activity.

Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon is a cultural event that Baylor Vietnamese Student Association holds every year on the Baylor campus to enable students, as well as the Waco community, to join us as we celebrate the Vietnamese tradition of Tet Trung Thu, otherwise known as the Mid-Autumn Moon festival. This is a completely FREE event and will feature lion dances, paper lantern making, cultural dances, fashion show, and much more. Baylor Vietnamese Student Association cordially invites you to come and celebrate Tet Trung Thu with us in a fun filled event. If you would like more information, feel free to contact Bao-Quyen Nguyen at bao-quyen_nguyen@baylor.edu.

Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon is a cultural event that Baylor Vietnamese Student Association holds every year on the Baylor campus to enable students, as well as the Waco community, to join us as we celebrate the Vietnamese tradition of Tet Trung Thu, otherwise known as the Mid-Autumn Moon festival. This is a completely FREE event and will feature lion dances, paper lantern making, cultural dances, fashion show, and much more. Baylor Vietnamese Student Association cordially invites you to come and celebrate Tet Trung Thu with us in a fun filled event. If you would like more information, feel free to contact Bao-Quyen Nguyen at bao-quyen_nguyen@baylor.edu.

Joe Nichols with John Slaughter

Come listen to Joe Nichols and John Slaughter as they open up the first night of the Music Zone concerts at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! Tickets are only $26. Get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Extraco Events Center Box Office at 254-224-8282.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Bird Conservation Day at the Zoo

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH IS BIRD CONSERVATION DAY AT CAMERON PARK ZOO FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. FLY ON OVER AND ENJOY KEEPER TALKS, ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AND PRESENTATIONS BY LOCAL BIRD EXPERTS.

Kevin Fowler with Texas JAMM band

Come hang out at the Music Zone and see Kevin Fowler and Texas JAMM Band at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! For $21, you can get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Extraco Events Center Box Office at 254-224-8282.

Lost Pines Art & Music Festival

The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild invites you to join us for an art & music festival in Historic Downtown Bastrop, Texas Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come see a wide variety of original artwork from regional artists, listen to live regional musicians, bring your kids out to experience our hands-on art for all ages, eat at local restaurants, and lots more! FREE ADMISSION

Fuzzy Friends Rescue Zombie Run

Test your speed, strength and endurance while avoiding hungry, angry zombies on the course! Great prizes awarded for best human and dog zombie costumes, best dog trick and dog’s waggiest tail. Join us for a scary run through downtown Waco!! Enter the 1K Pet Walk and you are also signed up for the pet costume contest! Prizes awarded for dog/owner costumes 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. You will start/finish on Waco’s suspension bridge. The 5k will follow the River Walk on the MLK side for an out & back course. Zombies will be along the trail but will not interfer with runners. Register online at www.Active.com For more info: Jessica Wash 254-366-3360 or Mandi Hansen 254-714-2150

Sunday, October 05, 2014

October Free Sunday

The Mayborn Museum Complex offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month. Our Free Sunday Program continues on October 5, 2014 thanks to the support of our sponsor Grande Communications. For more information, call 254-710-1110.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Granger Smith with Brett Hendrix Band

Come hang out at the Music Zone and see Granger Smith and Brett Hendrix Band at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! For $16, you can get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Extraco Events Center Box Office at 254-224-8282.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Casey Donahew Band with SaraBeth

Come hang out at the Music Zone and see Casey Donahew Band with SaraBeth at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! For $21, you can get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Extraco Events Center Box Office at 254-224-8282.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thompson Square with Jamie Wilson

Come hang out at the Music Zone and see Thompson Square and Jamie Wilson at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! For $31, you can get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Extraco Events Center Box Office at 254-224-8282.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

LEGO Lab at the Library

THE WACO MCLENNAN COUNTY LIBRARY HOSTS FREE MONTHLY LEGO LABS FOR KIDS AGES 6 TO 12. KIDS CREATE PROJECTS WITH THE LIBRARY’S LEGOS AND DISPLAY THEM FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTH IN THE CHILDREN’S DISPLAY AREA. BRING YOUR LEGO ENTHUSIAST TO THE CENTRAL LIBRARY AT 1717 AUSTIN AVENUE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH FROM 1:30 TO 3 P.M. FOR A LEGO CELEBRATION! REGISTRATION IS ONLINE AT WWW.WACOLIBRARY.ORG.

Cody Johnson with Gary P. Nunn and Rewind Party Band

Come hang out at the Music Zone and see Cody Johnson with Gary P. Nunn and Rewind Party Band at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! For $21, you can get your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Extraco Events Center Box Office at 254-224-8282.

Downtown Baylor Game Day

JOIN DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES ALONG AUSTIN AVENUE IN CELEBRATING BAYLOR’S 3RD GAME IN THE NEW MCLANE STADIUM ON OCTOBER 11TH, WHEN THE BAYLOR BEARS TAKE ON TCU. PARK DOWNTOWN, ENJOY LOCAL SHOPS AND CUISINE, AND THEN BOARD THE FREE SHUTTLE AT 5TH STREET AND AUSTIN AVENUE AND GET TO THE GAME IN STYLE. PLEASE NOTE, STREET CLOSURES FOR THIS EVENT WILL INCLUDE AUSTIN AVENUE FROM 6TH TO 8TH STREETS, AND 4TH TO 5TH STREETS. FOR DETAILS, VISIT THE GAMEDAY FACEBOOK PAGE: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GAMEDAYDOWNTOWN.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Block Party at the Library

BLOCK PARTY, A MONTHLY BUILDING CLASS FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND TODDLERS, WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12TH FROM 1:30 TO 3 P.M. THE LIBRARY PROVIDES A VARIETY OF BLOCKS AND MANIPULATIVES FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baby Time at the Library

Baby Time (12 months and under): is held at 10:30 a.m. from Tues., October 14 through November 18 at West Waco Library, 5301 Bosque Blvd. The 6-week series offers parent/child interaction through songs, movement, and rhymes. Call 750-5956 for details. Register online for the series at www.wacolibrary.org.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kids Computer Class at the Library

Kid’s Computer Class is held every 3rd Thursday at West Waco Library, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For 3rd through 7th graders, each class explores a different topic. This month is “Internet Search Skills” on October 16. Registration is on-line @ www.wacolibrary.org.

Lunch for Friends on World Food Day

The McLennan County Hunger Coalition, a group of local organizations, food pantries and individuals working to eliminate hunger in our community, asks us all to remember our neighbors who don’t have ready access to food. On World Food Day on October 16, we urge everyone to donate $25 or the amount you would normally spend on lunch to the Hunger Coalition to help alleviate hunger in our community. Money raised by Lunch for Friends will be divided between Meals on Wheels (providing hot meals to homebound seniors in McLennan County) and the McLennan County Hunger Coalition to fill food pantries. Please send your donation to the McLennan County Hunger Coalition at 300 S. 15th Street, Waco, 76701, make a donation using PayPal on the Facebook page of McLennan County Hunger Coalition, or donate online at www.mchc.org.

Waco's Stars

Please join us for great food, drink, karaoke, and entertainment benefitting THE FAMILY ABUSE CENTER Thursday, October 18, 2012 6:30 – 9:00 PM Phoenix Ballroom 401 South 3rd Street Waco, TX 76706 For more information or tickets please call: (254) 772-8999

Friday, October 17, 2014

A J Moore Class of '64 50th Reunion

Evening Banquet on the Suspension bridge contact co-chair Beverly Walton at 254 715-2387

Genealogy Lock-in

14th Annual Genealogy Lock-In Sponsored by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library System, and the Central Texas Genealogical Society (CTGS). This event is free and open to any members of the public who have an interest in genealogy. For more information contact Bill Buckner, Genealogy Center Manager of the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center at (254) 750-5945 or e-mail bbuckner@ci.waco.tx.us or visit www.wacolibrary.org / www.ctgs.org. It is a great opportunity for both the novice and experienced researcher to learn more about genealogy, pursue their individual family’s history, and to learn about local hereditary and historical societies. The Lock-in will include genealogical advice, instruction, snacks, and door prizes. This is the 4th year the Lock-in will share ‘virtual programming’ with other libraries and genealogical societies from across the State of Texas. Programming includes a series of in-house and virtual classes from Noon-10:30 p.m. For the beginner family historian there will be a ‘Fundamentals for Beginning Genealogy Research’ class (in-house) at 6:00 p.m. Virtual classes include a lecture on ‘Five Civilized Tribes Indian Research’; a look at the genealogical potential of the AncestryDNA autosomal test; a demonstration of search strategies for FamilySearch.org; and more. Numerous McLennan County and Central Texas hereditary societies will be represented. Look for the local chapters of the NSDAR, SCV, DRT, Colonial Dames, UDC, Texas German Society, SRT, SAR, Czech Heritage Society of Texas, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, as well as, the Texas Wendish Heritage Society, Texas Czech Genealogical Society, Central Texas Genealogical Society and more. The Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will host an “Ancestors Roadshow” from 3:30-9:30 p.m. The Roadshow is an opportunity to have a free 15-minute consultation with a professional genealogist. Additionally,

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fall Fossil Festival

Join us for a fall-themed family event including free arts and crafts, free games, area exhibitors, live camels, and best of all paid tours of our amazing mammoth fossil remains. Free admission to event, tour pricing can be found on our website

Crafty Kids Class at the Library

Crafty Kids Class, a monthly crafting session for ages 6 to 12, will meet Sat., October 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Central Library. This month kids can create a sock monster or sock owl. For more Crafty Kids information, please call Linda at 750-5942. Registration is on-line at www.wacolibrary.org.

Kids in the Kitchen Class

The Junior League of Waco and the City of Waco will host the Kids in the Kitchen festival on Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bledsoe-Miller Community Center, located at 300 MLK, Jr. Blvd. This year’s Kids in the Kitchen event will feature cooking demonstrations, healthy snacks and activities for kids that emphasize positive nutritional choices and show how much fun cooking can be.

Oakwood Cemetery Walking Tales

Interesting, exciting and just a little bit frightening, The Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild will host “Walking Tales” at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interpreters stationed throughout the cemetery will share fascinating stories about the life and times of renowned, legendary and infamous people laid to rest there. The event is free to the public, and provides a fascinating glimpse into Waco’s history and the colorful people who helped shape it. For more information, call Vivian at 717-1763, email her at vivian.rutherford@thestorylady.org, or visit online at www.hotstorytellingguild.org.

Chemistry Magic Show

Hold on to your seats. The Mayborn Museum is having a magical explosion! Baylor University chemistry students will showcase their educational talents as they bring together the art of science and magic. For more information, call (254)710-1110. Admission to the museum includes all activities and events. Baylor University students and museum members receive free admission. Event may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Keep Waco Beautiful Fall Compost Sale

It's time for Keep Waco Beautiful's Fall Compost Sale, offering a variety of top quality bagged gardening and yard organics, including compost, humus and top soil. Just in time to prepare for cooler weather gardening, the Fall Compost Sale will take place Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cameron Park Zoo overflow parking lot. Compost, humus and top soil are priced at $3.50 for a 40 lb. bag, and hardwood mulch is $4 for a 2.5 cubic foot bag. Customers can purchase items on sale day, or may order in advance to avoid lines. To order in advance and pre-pay, please call 750-5728 or visit: KeepWacoBeautiful.com. Pre-paid products will be available for pick-up starting Friday, October 4th, from 3 to 5 p.m. Call KWB to schedule date and time. Your participation helps support KWB's many community-wide cleanup, recycling, and beautification programs, and your lawn and garden will thank you!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Austin Toros Local Player Tryouts

Put your game face on. Showcase your skills at the local player tryouts for the Austin Toros, proud affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. The Toros are looking for hard-working players who's skills and knowledge of the game could potentially be a beneficial addtion to the roster. Check-in begins at 8am. Tryouts are expected to last until 12:30pm. Interested players should submit completed registration, disclosure and release forms along with a $100 non-refundable participation fee to the Toros office. Tryouts are limited to 100 applicants who submit completed registration forms and payments. Austin Toros office: (512)236-8333

HOTDSN 4th Annual Buddy Walk

Join the Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network as we unite for a common cause and raise funds. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HDO Information Session (A New Business Education Offering from The University of Texas)

Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO), an innovative professional education program at The University of Texas at Austin, is visiting cities across the Lone Star State to tell people about our new Master of Arts degree. We'll be stopping in Waco on October 21 for an informal information session. Come chat with us and learn how an M.A. in Human Dimensions of Organizations will advance your career goals. Lunch will be provided. An HDO degree will help you understand how businesses and nonprofits actually work, and why they sometimes don't. You'll learn how and why the key inputs of these organizations--people--work the way they do. And you'll do so by exploring lessons from a diverse set of disciplines including psychology, history, drama, sociology, and rhetoric, with some of UT Austin's best professors. If this sounds interesting to you, join us for the info session! Dr. Art Markman, HDO's Founding Director, will provide an overview of HDO's philosophy, distinct curriculum, and distinguished faculty, as well as some practical information on the program's cost, structure, and our distance-learning option. There will be Q&A afterwards to address any specific questions you may have.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gospel Song Celebration with Dr. James Abbington (Pruit Symposium)

The Pruit Symposium presents this free performance as one of three events open to the public. Dr. James Abbington will lead guests in song and celebration of black sacred music. Contact Matthew Rutkowski at 254-710-3238 or via email at matthew_rutkowski@baylor.edu, or check out baylor.edu/pruit

Friday, October 24, 2014

Combined Choirs Performance with Dr. James Abbington & Keynote Address: Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (Pruit Symposium)

The Pruit Symposium presents the free performance and keynote address on black sacred music. Refreshments will be provided following the performance. Contact Matthew Rutkowski at (254)710-3238 or via email at matthew_rutkowski@baylor.edu if you have any questions.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Step Ahead Conference for Girls

Young ladies ages 11 to 17 are invited to attend the free “Step Ahead” Conference on October 25th at the Bledsoe-Miller Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Career minded women within the community will discuss opportunities available for young women in the Greater Waco Area. For more information about the conference, please call 750-8684.

Gospel Brunch & The Jones Family Singers in Concert

The Pruit Symposium presents the Jones Family Singers in concert. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online at baylor.edu/pruit For more information, contact Matthew Rutkowski at (254)710-3238 or via email at matthew_rutkowski@baylor.edu

Brew at the Zoo

Tap into your wild side at “Brew at the Zoo” on October 25TH at Cameron Park Zoo. Stroll the zoo beginning at 6 p.m., sampling from 30 different beers from around the world. At 8 p.m. The party will continue until 10 p.m. with great music, food and cash bars. The event is presented by Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Ram Jeep Fiat. For tickets, call 750-8415 or visit cameronparkzoo.com.

Humane Society Wine & Food Fest

Join the Humane Society of Central Texas in Indian Spring Park on October 25TH for an afternoon of tasting wine and sampling food from over 30 restaurants. This year’s event will also include live music and a BBQ cook off. Proceeds help the Humane Society fund community services, life-saving programs and day-to-day shelter operations. For more information, please visit www.wacowinefestival.com.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

South Waco Halloween Carnival

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will host a Halloween Carnival on October 29TH at the South Waco Community Center. Come out and let us spook you for Halloween! Enjoy food, fun and games at the Center from 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. The carnival is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, please call 750-8650.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Community Center Halloween Festival

The Dewey, Bledsoe Miller, and South Waco Community Centers will join together to present the annual Halloween Festival this fall. Come on out on October 30th to the Dewey Community Center on from 6 TO 8 P.M. and enjoy games, crafts and food with your little ones, or older kids, too. For more information about this FREE event, please call 750-8677.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Zoo Boo

It’s SPOOKY how much fun your family will have at Cameron Park Zoo’s annual “Zoo Boo” on Friday, October 31st from 6 to 8 p.m. The zoo will be all decked out for Halloween, and even the animals will have Halloween treats! Bring your little goblins to enjoy games, treats and fun in a safe environment. For tickets or more information, call 750-8415 or visit online at www.cameronparkzoo.com.

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