Mosquito awareness event planned for Waco Downtown


The city of Waco will hold Fourth on the Brazos 2023 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Touchdown Alley next to McLane Stadium, 1001 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fourth on the Brazos is a Waco tradition with food trucks, live music, family fun and fireworks. Admission is free. Gates will open at 6, and the fireworks will kick off at 9:15.

Waco Community Band will perform patriotic music beginning at 9:10.

Chairs and coolers are allowed, but glass bottles and containers are prohibited. For more information, go to brazosnightswaco.com.

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Woodway parade

The Woodway Public Safety Department’s annual Fourth of July Parade will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Parade staging will start at 8:45 at Crossroads Fellowship Church, 405 Estates Drive.

Participants are encouraged to wear red, white and blue attire. Nonmotorized bikes and skateboards are allowed.

Old Oaks parade

The Old Oaks Neighborhood will have its annual Fourth of July Parade at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

All decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, pets and motorized vehicles are welcome to join.

After the parade, prizes will be awarded for the best entry in each category, and water, lemonade and treats will be available.

Registration will take place at 2525 Old Oaks Drive.

For more information, call 254-715-4479.

Mosquito awareness

Buzz Off 2023, a mosquito awareness event, will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market, 510 Washington Ave.

Free bug spray will be available, while supplies last.

Participating organizations include Animal Birth Control Clinic, Lake Waco Wetlands, city of Waco solid waste services, CreARTive Event Planning, Texas Tech University at Waco and Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

For more information, call 254-848-9654 or 254-744-4156, or email noras@wacotx.gov or dkaywiley@yahoo.com.

Mutualista anniversary

Mutualista Society’s anniversary celebration will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at Waco Missions Club, 3316 J.J. Flewellen Road.

The free event will be capped by the group’s 99th anniversary dance.

Military discount

The Hawaiian Falls water park, 900 Lake Shore Drive, will admit all active duty military members free of charge through the Fourth of July.

Show official ID at the front gate ticket window.

Sessions town hall

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Waco, will have a town hall meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hewitt VFW Hall, 725 Sun Valley Blvd.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions. For more information, call the Waco district office at 254-633-4500.

City offices closed Tuesday

City of Waco offices will be closed Tuesday for the Independence Day holiday.

Residents with Tuesday trash collection will have their gray and green carts collected Wednesday.

The Waco-McLennan County Library system, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District and Waco Transit will be closed Tuesday.

The Cameron Park Zoo, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Cottonwood Creek Golf Course and Waco Mammoth National Monument will be open for regular hours Tuesday.

Fireworks illegal in city

The Waco Fire Department and Waco Police Department have issued a public reminder that fireworks are illegal in Waco city limits.

Fireworks scare pets, resulting in more stray animals and calls to animal control officers.

Sparklers are not considered fireworks and are OK to purchase and use.

Property damage could result in a fine of up to $2,000 and jail time.

Report violations to 254-750-7500. Do not call 911.

Fire department fan drive

The Waco Fire Department is holding a Cool the Heat program benefiting Waco’s most vulnerable residents during extreme heat emergencies.

New fans can be donated at any Waco fire station.

Mission Waco will distribute the fans to local individuals and families who need them most.

To receive a fan, visit Mission Waco at 1315 N. 15th St.

For more information, call 254-750-1740.

Submit printed items to Briefly, P.O. Box 2588, Waco, 76702-2588; or email goingson@wacotrib.com.

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Training starts in September for Fox Valley Crisis


Applications are being taken through Sept. 8 or until all slots are filled for taking a 10-week training program to become a Fox Valley Crisis Line volunteer.

Training focuses on how to interact with people who are experiencing a crisis that involves mental illness, suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault or alcohol/drug use and provide them with community resources that can help, a news release said.

Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 21, at the Association for Individual Development Aurora Behavioral Health Services, 1230 N. Highland Ave., Aurora.

To apply, go to www.aidcares.org/volunteer.

For more information, contact Maureen Spradlin at 630-966-4020 or mspradlin@aidcares.org.

As they did last year, The Porch Flies will be performing at the Rotary Club of Carpentersville’s Blind Flights fundraiser, which will be held July 22 in Carpenter Park.
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Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Carpentersville’s Blind Flights fundraiser, a picnic-style craft beer tasting and judging event being held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, in Carpenter Park, 275 Maple Ave., Carpentersville.

Beers from 10 craft breweries and one home brewer will be available, according to the club’s website. Attendees will taste each beer and vote on their favorite without knowing in advance who made it.

A bike valued at $600 has been donated by Main Street Bicycles and will be raffled off at the event.

Live music will be provided by The Porch Flies and food will be sold by Duke’s BBQ and La Alcancia Taqueria.

Tickets are $30 for those who will be drinking and $10 for those who won’t, the site said. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com.

For more information, go to www.carpentersvillerotary.org/Stories/blind-flights-2023 or email carpentersvillerotary@gmail.com.

The South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department and several community organizations will celebrate Unplug Illinois Day with a free family adventure gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, in Panton Mill Park, 9 N. Water St.

Activities will include lawn games and crafts meant to encourage people to spend time outdoors and away from electronic devices, according to the village’s website.

To learn more about the statewide Unplug Illinois campaign, developed by the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, go www.unplugillinois.org.

Volunteers are being sought to help at the Kane County Recycling Extravaganza, scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 22, at the Kane County Government Building, 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

Clair Ryan, head of the Kane County recycling program, needs people to help guide drop-offs, hand out postcards, and lift and move objects of varying weights.

Volunteers report in at 7:15 a.m. and work until noon, with lunch served afterward.

To volunteer or for more information, email recycle@countyofkane.org.

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will hold a show at Mt. Gretna Music on Saturday July 8th.

Mt. Gretna Music will host the Bindlestiff Family


Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will be taking over the stage at Mt. Gretna Music on Saturday, July 8th for the ultimate conclusion to the holiday week.

Founded in New York in 1995, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world and presented nearly 600 of the worlds top artists in the circus and variety fields. They will present a hybrid of vaudeville, circus and sideshow spectacle, offering their own twist on the traditional American circus.

Juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, contortionism, cyr wheeling and magic tricks are just some of the acts performed during the show.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will hold a show at Mt. Gretna Music on Saturday July 8th.

The show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m.

Due to support of the Mim Enck Charitable Foundation, ticket prices for the event have been reduced to $15 and $20.

A portion of the ticket revenue will be donated to the Mt. Gretna Fire Department Station 38 for the purchase of a new fire truck.

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Spotify Considers Adding Full-Length Music Videos


New Delhi: In a recent report by Bloomberg on April 22, 2023, it was revealed that Spotify, the renowned music streaming service, is contemplating a significant update to its platform by incorporating full-length music videos. This potential development has garnered substantial attention as it marks a notable departure from Spotify’s current offerings, which primarily consist of short video clips.

By entering the realm of full-length music videos, Spotify aims to rival other streaming services such as YouTube Music and Apple Music, which have long provided this feature. Additionally, this strategic move is expected to attract younger demographics who exhibit a pronounced penchant for music video consumption.

The timing of Spotify’s deliberation is impeccably aligned with the music industry’s escalating focus on video content. Artists have increasingly embraced the release of music videos alongside their songs, recognizing the ability of visual media to amplify promotional efforts and broaden their audience reach. Spotify’s contemplation of integrating full-length music videos indicates the company’s keen awareness of this prevailing trend and its proactive measures to maintain a competitive edge in the market.

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While Spotify has yet to confirm its decision to introduce full-length music videos, the potential implications are far-reaching for the music streaming industry. Should the implementation occur, it remains unknown when this feature would be rolled out to users. The news has sparked a range of reactions from fans and industry experts, generating both optimism and concerns. Supporters applaud the move, highlighting Spotify’s enhanced competitiveness and the potential for improved user experiences. Conversely, some express reservations regarding the potential impact on the quality of music videos, questioning whether the transition would compromise artistic integrity.

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The industry eagerly awaits Spotify’s final decision regarding the inclusion of full-length music videos within its app. If adopted, this transformative move would redefine the streaming landscape and exert a profound influence on the music industry at large.

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