Wild Imaginings to host award-winning writer Amy Tofte for world premier

By Chris Qualls Wild Imaginings, Waco’s only professional theater company, will host the 2022 Epiphanies New Works Festival debuting the world premiere of an award-winning writer’s never-before-seen play. It’s Oct. 13-16 at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. Amy Tofte’s new play, “Cardboard Castles Hung on Walls,” stood out from hundreds of entries in a Waco-based…

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Next up for the ALW Book Club: Sidewalks of the Kingdom

By Ashley Bean Thornton The next gathering of the Act Locally Waco Book Club will be 6-8 pm Nov. 1 at the Good Neighbor House, 2301 Colcord Avenue. In honor of all the new sidewalks popping up all over town, we’ll be discussing Sidewalks of the Kingdom, by Eric O. Jacobsen. Here’s a brief description: “Christians often…

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ESC 12 working to help smooth post-school transition for those with disabilities

By Jennifer Marshall-Higgins The transition from high school to beyond can be challenging for any student. For students with disabilities this step can feel overwhelming without the proper support and resources. Disabilities a range of challenges from dyslexia to language processing disorders to dysgraphia. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 33% of…

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Compassion Waco announces new executive director — Amanda Samaniego

By Emily Iazzetti For the first time in more than 20 years, the only transitional housing facility for families in Central Texas will have new leadership. Amanda Samaniego will become executive director of Compassion Waco in October. The Compassion Board of Directors started the official search for a new executive director this summer after Executive…

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Grassroots extends roof repair project; enrollment open

By Brian ShaversGrassroots Community Development has opened enrollment for a new phase of our highly successful roof repair program to help low-income families. In the rainy months we receive calls from families with terrible roof problems. This eighth phase of our program hopes to address some of that need. Grassroots is now finishing 175 roof…

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It’s not sexy, but there are some basics to city life

By Ferrell Foster The people are beautiful and colorfully dressed. The landscape is a luscious green of vegetation. But as I rode recently along the highways and roads of rural northern Ghana in West Africa, I asked myself, What makes this place different from home?  The answer that came to my mind surprised me. I…

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ALW Book Club discussing THINK AGAIN Sept. 13

By Ashley Bean Thornton Our next ActLocallyWaco Book Club gathering is 6-8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Waco Central Library’s large meeting room, 1717 Austin Ave. Our book is THINK AGAIN: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant. The THINK AGAIN website, https://adamgrant.net/book/think-again/, has a quiz to get you thinking. Here’s a link to…

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Waco area volunteers helping Dallas flood victims

By Ferrell Foster Five China Spring and Waco residents left Sunday for a week of helping our neighbors to the north in Dallas. People are still unable to return to their flooded homes in Dallas, and the TBM: Texans on Mission volunteers are working to remove mud from those homes and clean them throughout the…

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