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Check out this cute picture with the Holiday Cheer Fire Engine and Waco City Manager Bradley Ford's family! If you haven't seen the Holiday Cheer Fire Engine, you will! They'll also be making an appearance at Waco Wonderland.
Full schedule: here (subject to change pending weather).

Happy First Friday, Waco!

Happy first Friday, Wacotown! We finally made it to December of 2021. Only 22 days left until Christmas and this week I busted out my advent calendar. I am so excited for all the tasty snacks and can’t wait to open more little doors leading up to the big day. The Christmas festivities have already kicked off here in town and there are so many exciting events happening this weekend!

  • The 9th annual Waco Wonderland festival is returning to downtown Waco’s Heritage Square Tonight! The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. with the opening of the Ferris wheel, live music, food and merchant vendors, live reindeer, and visits with Santa.  A tree lighting ceremony and firework show concludes the first evening of holiday festivities.
  • Saturday is the Wonderland Parade at 10 a.m. along Austin Avene  - Additional activities, such as snow tube hill, are open Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. The community is also encouraged to visit downtown Waco throughout the month of December for holiday shopping and to experience the light display made possible by the Waco Downtown Public Improvement District.  An ongoing list of activities in the downtown area is at
  • Join the Historic Waco Foundation for a morning of holiday fun on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be breakfast with Santa at the Earle-Napier-Kinnard House at 814 S 4th St. Santa will be there for pictures and they will have snacks, crafts, and all kinds of fun!

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


Thu Dec 9
The Stars Over Texas Jamboree Christmas Show (The Waco Hippodrome and the Stars Over Texas Jamboree)
Thu Dec 9 thru Thu Dec 9
Cirque Alcatraz Waco, TX (Cirque Alcatraz)
Thu Dec 9 thru Sun Dec 12

Fri Dec 10
Santa’s back at the Silos (Magnolia)
Fri Dec 10 thru Sun Dec 12
Silent House Theatre Co. Presents: Reckless (Silent house theatre)
Fri Dec 10 thru Sun Dec 12
Christmas Light in the Village (Maybourn Museum)
Fri Dec 10 thru Sun Dec 12
Santa at the Silos (Magnolia)
Fri Dec 10 thru Thu Dec 23


  • McLennan Community College will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 24-28. Offices will close at 5 p.m. Nov. 23, but evening classes will be held.
    During the holiday, current McLennan students may continue to register for the Winter Minimester and Spring 2022 semesters through WebAdvisor at<>. New students should visit<> for information about how to become an MCC student.
    Texas Tech University at Waco offices and the Community Clinic at MCC will be open Nov. 24 for normal business hours. Tarleton State University at Waco offices will be open 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 24 For more information, contact Highlander Central at 254-299-8622. ( Nov 16)

Jobs & Job Related


  • Education Service Center Region 12 has three job openings: Graphic Design & Communications Specialist, Skyward Student Software Analyst, and Accountant III
    School Openings: (posted 12/3)
  • Waco Foundation / Administrative Assistant & Receptionist (full-time). Provides administrative support critical to the foundation's mission while also serving as the welcoming lead presence. Pay commensurate with education and experience, with health coverage and eligibility for retirement program. Position description is at the link above. Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume detailing work history and fit, and references to [email protected], with the subject line “Administrative Assistant.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. (posted 11/19)
  • Immediate part-time and seasonal needs at Mission Waco Meyer Center and My Brother's Keeper MBK: Monitor – My Brother’s Keeper Shelter – Part-time – Posted: 11/13/2021 Seasonal December-AprilFront Desk – Meyer Center – Part-time – Posted: On-going – As Needed Revised 11.14.21HMIS/Admin/Shuttle Monitor – My Brother’s Keeper Shelter – Part-time – Posted: May 20, 2021up to 24 hrs/wk availablePerfect opportunity for graduate students or retired citizens of Waco.Please follow instructions for applying found on Mission Waco website:
  • Greater Waco Legal ServicesStaff Attorney - Medical-Legal Partnership/Generalist - Full-time. The new attorney will join other staff partners in their growing nonprofit law firm. The staff attorney will provide direct legal representation; provide leadership and management of our Medical-Legal Partnership with Waco Family Medicine; practice law in practice areas as determined by experience and interest, needs of MLP patient-clients and community, and fiscal sustainability. Strong possibilities include (but are not limited to) family, immigration, guardianship, benefits and income maintenance, Social Security/disability, wills, estate planning, and landlord-tenant law. For more information, contact Kent McKeever, managing attorney partner, [email protected]. (10/13)
  • Greater Waco Legal Services / Partner for Communications and Community Partnerships - Full-time. The ideal candidate will provide creative and collaborative leadership through management of communications and community partnerships that furthers the GWLS mission. For more information, contact Kent McKeever, managing attorney partner, [email protected]. (10/13)
  • Waco Family Medicine / Institutional and Program Coordinator - Full-time; JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for day-to-day administration of all Waco Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education programs under the guidance of program directors and designated institutional official. Ensure resident and fellow physicians remain on track to meet all requirements for graduation and certification. Maintain critical files and information. Ensure all ACGME accreditation and applicable specialty board requirements are met. For more information, click here. (posted 9/28)

  • Historic Waco Foundation / Executive Director - HWF seeks a dynamic and energetic leader that will work closely with a passionate and supportive Board of Directors to advance the goals of the organization. The executive director will oversee the maintenance and operation of three interpreted historic house museums — Earle-Napier-Kinnard House, East Terrace House, and McCulloch House — and serve as an advocate for history, heritage, and preservation within the community at-large. (Posted 9/10)

  • Family Abuse Center / Full-time Bilingual Rural Legal Advocate - The Legal Advocate serves as a liaison between FAC and the legal system, assisting residential and non-residential clients as they navigate through the criminal justice and civil court process and access various crime victim assistance programs. Successful applicants will have experience working in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence or the legal field. (Posted 9/20)

  • Keep Waco Beautiful / Executive Director - Keep Waco Beautiful seeks an Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities while facilitating its growth and development which will allow it to play a significant role in the Waco Community in the future. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the board to its members, volunteers, and to the community. An excellent Executive Director is an influential manager with the ability to lead and motivate the organization towards the realization of its mission.Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected] (Posted 8/23)
  • Lake Shore Baptist Church / Pastor (Full-time) – Lake Shore Baptist is seeking a full-time pastor who has the spiritual depth, skills, and experience needed to inspire, lead, and unify our congregation. Lake Shore is a welcoming and affirming community of Christians who are attempting to discover, articulate, and embody the meaning of the Gospel in the world today. A Master of Divinity or higher degree from an accredited theological seminary is required. (Posted 8/13) For details on how to apply, please visit (Posted 8/13)
  • McLennan Community College / Social Media & Communications Specialist (Full-time) – The Department of Marketing & Communications at McLennan Community College is looking for an individual that assists the department and college in disseminating information about the college to the campus community, media, and the public. Also, this position researches, writes, proofreads, and edits content for various medias. They will curate and manage the college’s social media accounts including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. For more information or other jobs at MCC, see MCC’s Job Board. (posted 8/12)
  • STARRY / Director of Fatherhood Services Bell and McLennan Counties, TX (Full-Time) -  The Director of Fatherhood Services will manage the contractual obligations for the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of DFPS for the Fatherhood EFFECT Program. This role oversees outcomes and outputs as prescribed by the Fatherhood Contract and serves as a supervisor for staff meeting those expectations. The Director of Fatherhood Services may hold a very small caseload working with father or male caregivers with a youth between the ages of 0-17. The Director role, or equivalent position, will be the primary program contact and will be responsible for program oversight, services, and supervision for the Program.
  • 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.
  • 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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