Community Community en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:11:38 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Stripes College Scholarship Fund to Benefit Local Students Community Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:35:40 PM Mike Gillaspia Stripes College Scholarship Fund to Benefit Local Students

CORPUS CHRISTI - Obtaining a college education will now be easier for many local students, thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund made possible by Stripes Convenience Stores.

Beginning December 1st and running throughout the month, Stripes will begin its second in-store college scholarship fundraising campaign, inviting customers to participate by donating as little as $1. In appreciation for their contribution, customers will receive a recognition cut-out that will be displayed in the store, along with a free 12-ounce Slush Monkey coupon and a buy-one-get-one-free regular-size Snickers candy bar.

Stripes is hoping to make a difference for those students who are pursuing their educational goals by offering the Stripes College Scholarship Fund. Last year, $545,000 was raised, awarding 545 college students each with a $1,000 scholarship. This year's goal is to raise $600,000 or more. Stripes is underwriting all administrative costs to run the scholarship program.

For additional information, visit

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CPS and Time Warner Cable Team Up For Turkey Basket Drive Community Tue, 25 Nov 2014 8:56:27 AM CPS and Time Warner Cable Team Up For Turkey Basket Drive

CORPUS CHRISTI - Staff from the Family Based Safety Services Division of Child Protective Services work alongside members of the Time Warner Cable's Volunteer Community Corps assembling baskets during the 6th Annual Turkey Basket drive.

The TWC employees from the Corpus Christi area held a drive over the last two weeks and donated thirty five baskets this afternoon, complete with a turkey and all of the trimmings, to be given to client families who are being assisted by CPS.

TWC employees said they enjoy working on the project every year, to assist area families in having a Thanksgiving Day meal with their children on the holiday.


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Good Samaritan Thanksgiving Feast Community Tue, 25 Nov 2014 7:04:35 AM Candace Torrez Good Samaritan Thanksgiving Feast

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Good Samaritan Rescue Mission is gearing up for their annual Thanksgiving Feast.

The Good Samaritan is a 213-bed homeless shelter, making it the largest shelter for the homeless in this region of the state. This will mark the 56th traditional home-cooked meal with all the trimmings for the hungry and homeless during this Thanksgiving season.

The Good Samaritan is currently seeking donations of side items such as salad, vegetables, and pies to go along with the turkey meal.

You can also make a cash donation to help the needy this thanksgiving.

$2 can help provide 1 meal
$20 can help provide 10 meals
$55 can help provide 25 meals
$100 can provide 50 meals
$200 can provide 100 meals

To make a donation you can stop by the Good Samaritan or give them a call at 361-883-6195.

The Good Samaritan Rescue Mission is located  at 210 S Alameda St.

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Viewer Photos: Ribbons of Clouds Community Mon, 24 Nov 2014 6:10:57 PM Viewer Photos: Ribbons of Clouds

Quite a few of our KRIS6 News viewers were looking up Monday as some cool clouds moved across South Texas.

Scientifically explained, the combination of mid-level alto-cumulus and high-level cirrocumulus clouds have a ripple effect due to atmospheric conditions.

But we're cool with the explanation that they look like ribbons of cotton.

Thanks for sharing your photos on Facebook!


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La Palmera Opens Doors Early for Black Friday Shoppers Community Mon, 24 Nov 2014 1:11:10 PM Mike Gillaspia La Palmera Opens Doors Early for Black Friday Shoppers

CORPUS CHRISTI - Those who cannot wait until Friday to begin their Black Friday shopping experience are in for a treat: La Palmera Mall will open its doors at 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day.

According to mall officials, about 40 retailers will be open for business throughout the evening, most between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. An up-to-date list of store opening may be found at

All La Palmera stores will be open at 6:00 AM on Friday, November 28th, and will remain open until the mall closes at 10:00 PM.

If shopping is not necessarily your thing, there are other activities to keep you busy. The Holiday Light Spectacular, a one-of-a-kind 3D light show, runs three times nightly (6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 PM) through December 24th. Santa Clause is also available for photos during mall hours through Christmas Eve.

Shoppers will also have the chance to help local charities this holiday through a number of programs, including:

Charity Gift Wrapping -- weekends in December and the three days leading up to Christmas, with local organizations wrapping gifts for donations;

Pet Night With Santa - pet lovers may bring their dog or cat December 2nd, 9th and 16th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM with a portion of photo proceeds going to local animal organizations;

Forest of Giving - the public may vote through December 10th for their favorite decorated tree - each representing a coastal bend charity -- and the winner will receive $2,500.

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Seamen's Center 40th Anniversary Community Mon, 24 Nov 2014 7:13:24 AM Candace Torrez Seamen's Center 40th Anniversary

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Seamen's Center of Corpus Christi is celebrating it's 40-year legacy of service.

Join the Seamen's Center for the 40th Anniversary Gala happening Thursday, December 11th at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center.

The special guest and honoree will be Captain Richard Phillips, who will share his story of terror and heroism after his ship was hijacked by pirates.

An open bar reception will be held from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Dinner and a presentation by Captain Phillips will take place 7:30 PM - 9 PM.

This event is being held to honor the Corpus Christi International Seamen's Center which brings value to the lives of those who work on the high seas each year.

For ticket information visit

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Thomas J. Henry Turkey Giveaway on Saturday Community Fri, 21 Nov 2014 7:41:44 PM Thomas J. Henry Turkey Giveaway on Saturday

CORPUS CHRISTI - Churches and organizations get an early start to thanksgiving thanks to a prominent local attorney.

Big semis loaded with thousands of frozen turkeys made the delivery to the offices of Thomas J. Henry for his annual turkey giveaway.

Hundreds of veterans and charity groups were on hand to get the birds ready for distribution.

"It's a great way of giving and I really enjoy stepping out here and meeting everyone. Helping them with Thanksgiving, you know, in Corpus Christi, we have a petting zoo, a lot of other activities for children. Its really enjoyable, it really makes me feel good to be able to give back, to help people at this time of the year who need help," says Thomas J. Henry.

There are 10,000 turkeys to giveaway, but you better come early.

The big giveaway is Saturday, November 22nd.

CORPUS CHRISTI: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, The Law Offices of Thomas J. Henry, 521 Starr Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

ALICE: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, V.F.W., 2300 North Texas Blvd, Alice, TX 78332

FREER: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Freer HS Football Field, 615 S Norton Ave, Freer, TX 78357


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Flour Bluff Volunteer Firefighters Preparing Candy Bags for Holidays Community Fri, 21 Nov 2014 5:10:32 PM Flour Bluff Volunteer Firefighters Preparing Candy Bags for Holidays

CORPUS CHRISTI- Some Flour Bluff Volunteer Firefighters had a pretty sweet assignment Friday, they spent the day stuffing more than 8-thousand bags full of candy.

Beginning December 8th, they'll load up the bags on fire trucks and hand them out to kids in the area. They'll do it for eight consecutive days. The Flour Bluff Volunteer Fire Department has been doing this for over 50 years.

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Kingsville Heritage Rodeo and Pitmaster Cook-off Community Fri, 21 Nov 2014 8:53:37 AM Candace Torrez Kingsville Heritage Rodeo and Pitmaster Cook-off

CORPUS CHRISTI - Pitmasters from all across the state are headed to Kingsville for the South Texas Pitmaster Cook-off.

The Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and South Texas Pitmasters are hosting the Kingsville Heritage Rodeo and Cook-off November 21st - 22nd at the J.K. Northway Coliseum.

The Kingsville Heritage Rodeo is a Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association event which will include roping, Bronc riding, barrel racing, Bull riding, and performances by the All American Cowgirl chicks.

Cook-off Pitmasters will compete in BBQ Brisket, Pork Ribs, and Chicken categories. The BBQ Cook-off challenge will be judged by the public.

Pitmaster television personalities will be present including Ernest Servantes from Food Network's Chopped Grilled.

This event will be the largest cook-off in size and payout south of San Antonio.

Proceeds from this event are to benefit the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

For more information visit

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University Begins the Holidays with Islander Lights Celebration Community Fri, 21 Nov 2014 8:06:42 AM Mike Gillaspia University Begins the Holidays with Islander Lights Celebration

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold its annual "Islander Lights" celebration tonight (Friday, Nov. 21st) inside the Island Hall Gym.

The holiday festivities kick off at 5:00 PM with the Holiday Bash. Everyone is invited to bring the family and come out to enjoy games, crafts, inflatables, and dancing.

The entry fee is one new unwrapped toy per participant.

The Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" toy drive will be held until 6:30 PM, then, the switch will be thrown to illuminate the campus along Ocean Drive in Islander blue, green, and white lights.

The evening will also include a visit from Santa.

For more information, contact Amy Kotulski at or call (361) 825-2231.

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Ziegfest Returns to the Coastal Bend Community Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:55:21 PM Mike Gillaspia Ziegfest Returns to the Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI - A huge Texas-themed music festival is happening at the Concrete Street Amphitheater on Friday, November 21st.

Ziegfest, presented by ZiegenBock, has become a tradition here in the Coastal Bend, and this year's lineup looks to be one of the best yet. Two stages will host performances by Eli Young Band, Josh Abbott Band, and Corpus Christi's own Pat Green. Other performers include Josh Grider, John Slaughter, and Bri Bagwell.

Tickets are $25 (plus service charges) if purchased before the day of the event. Gates open at 5:00 PM and showtime is an hour later.

To see a complete lineup and get ticket information, go to


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Get 'Red Cross' Ready for the Winter Community Thu, 20 Nov 2014 7:23:43 AM Candace Torrez Get 'Red Cross' Ready for the Winter

CORPUS CHRISTI - The American Red Cross Coastal Bend chapter wants you to stay Red Cross ready this Winter season.

The local Red Cross chapter is celebrating its 95th year of providing services to residents of the Coastal Bend.

Core services offered by the Red Cross are disaster relief and preparedness, community training and safety, and military communications.

During the Winter months the Red Cross urges you to be aware of fire safety. With heating devices at frequent use in the home it's important to have a preparedness plan. For a fire safety checklist visit the

The Red Cross Coastal Bend Chapter is always recruiting volunteers. As a volunteer you have the chance to network with others, stregthen your community, gain valuable experience, and hold the gratification of helping others.

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Pet of the Week: Larry Community Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:45:48 PM Mike Gillaspia Pet of the Week: Larry

CORPUS CHRISTI - Our Pet of the Week is hoping there's someone out there looking for a dog who loves to run, jump and play. Maybe you?

Larry is a year-old Fox Terrier Smooth mix who was surrendered by his previous owner. He is very curious about his surroundings, and would be a great partner for anyone looking to play a game of "fetch."

Larry is now ready to be adopted through Corpus Christi Animal Care Services.

In November, any animal at least 5 years of age may be adopted from the CCACS facility for only $5. This covers vaccinations, microchipping and spaying/neutering.

To fill out an application or to find out more about any of the animals offered, drop by 2626 Holly Road between the hours of 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday. You may also give them a call at (361) 826-4630.

Be sure to visit the CCACS Facebook page:

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Hunting for Donors Blood Drive Community Wed, 19 Nov 2014 7:20:45 AM Candace Torrez Hunting for Donors Blood Drive

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Coastal Bend Blood Center and Corpus Christi Ducks Unlimited have joined forces for the Hunting for Donors Blood Drive.

The 2nd annual Hunting for Donors Blood Drive is taking place Saturday, November 22nd at Sam's Club from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Every donor will be registered to win great prizes from Corpus Christi Ducks Unlimited including a firearm, yeti products, automotive window tint, a $100 VISA gift card, and various concert tickets.

For more information visit

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A Taste of Cowboy Life at Ranch Hand Breakfast Community Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:15:24 AM Mike Gillaspia A Taste of Cowboy Life at Ranch Hand Breakfast

KINGSVILLE - The annual Ranch Hand Breakfast is typically attended by thousands of visitors who want to experience an authentic cowboy breakfast served outdoors on the historic King Ranch. This will mark the 24th consecutive year the breakfast has been held at the ranch.

Proceeds from the event benefit the "La Posada de Kingsville" Christmas celebration. Volunteers cook and serve the authentic cowboy breakfast consisting of eggs, biscuits ‘n gravy, tortillas, sausage, refried beans, juice and gallons of hot coffee. Attendees may eat at hand-made standup tables or sit on hay bales.

In addition to cowboy storytellers, guests will also enjoy musical entertainment, ranging from Country to Mariachi. King Ranch cowboys will stage team roping demonstrations and there will be old-time cow camp and traditional cow camp cooking demonstrations.

Founded in 1853, the King Ranch today totals approximately 825,000 acres and is one of the largest privately owned ranches in the world. The ranch has long been recognized as the birthplace of the American ranching industry.

The main entrance to King Ranch, and the site of the breakfast, is on the west side of Kingsville on Highway 141. Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 22nd.

Cost for the event is $6 per person and children under 3 eat free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the King Ranch Saddle Shop, Kingsville Visitor Center or the King Ranch Visitors Center. Tickets may also be purchased at the event.

Need more information? Call (800) 333-5032 or (361) 592-6411.

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YWCA Accepting Nominations for Y Women in Careers Award Community Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:48:26 PM Mike Gillaspia YWCA Accepting Nominations for Y Women in Careers Award

CORPUS CHRISTI - According to those who lead the local YWCA, recognition is an important acknowledgement of professional success. That's why the organization wants to recognize professional, successful women who make a significant impact in their career field with the Y Women in Careers Award.

An ideal nominee holds high level responsibilities in her current position; has a minimum 10 years professional experience; is in business or employed for pay; makes contributions beyond basic job duties; has achieved professional recognitions; and has accomplished above and beyond what others do in the same field. She personifies professionalism.

Honorees will be recognized at the 35th Awards Banquet Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the YWCA of Corpus Christi (4601 Corona Drive). Recipients will join 245 amazing women as they are inducted into the Y Women in Careers Hall of Fame.

To nominate a professional, successful woman, submit a completed nomination form along with any information that describes why she stands out amongst her colleagues. The YWCA is accepting nominations for the award through Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Nomination forms are available at and may be submitted by mail, fax, email, or in person.

For more information, call (361) 857-5661 ext. 13 or email

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Bubble Soccer Tournament Community Mon, 17 Nov 2014 7:25:58 AM Candace Torrez Bubble Soccer Tournament

CORPUS CHRISTI - The coolest new sports craze "Bubble Soccer" is headed to the Coastal Bend.

The first ever Bubble Soccer Tournament is coming to Corpus Christi, November 22nd - 23rd on the Bayfront right where the old Memorial Coliseum was located.

This is a 64 team tournament with two 10 minute halves each game. Team registration is a minimum of 5 players for $100.  

Bubble Soccer is great for all ages but the prefered age for participants in the tournament is 16 and up. CC Bubble Soccer is accepting reservations to rent the bubbles for special events.

To register visit or call 361-425-3001.

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Mud and Glory Obstacle Run to Benefit CASA Community Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:40:29 PM Mike Gillaspia Mud and Glory Obstacle Run to Benefit CASA

CORPUS CHRISTI - Looking for an excuse to get outside and get muddy? Then join participants in Saturday's Mud and Glory 5K Obstacle Run.

The chip-timed event will be held at Play Extreme Sports (2110 State Highway 286) on November 15th at 8:00 AM. Adults may register the day of the race for $45. Those 18 and under may register for $30. Those who pre-registered are encouraged to pick up their packets the day before at Fleet Feet Sports (514 Everhart Rd.) from Noon - 5:00 PM.

In addition to Age Group awards, there will also be Cash wards for overall winners.

A portion of the proceeds from this run will benefit CASA of the Coastal Bend, whose mission is to speak up for and find permanent homes for foster children in crisis throughout Nueces, San Patricio, and Aransas Counties.

For additional information, contact CASA at 779-3664 or visit

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Grand Opening of New Stripes Location Community Fri, 14 Nov 2014 7:49:12 AM Candace Torrez Grand Opening of New Stripes Location

CORPUS CHRISTI - Stripes Convenient Store is celebrating the grand opening of the new location on Rodd Field Rd.

You can sample fresh Mexican food from the Laredo Taco Company at the grand opening event taking place November, 14th at noon. Other activities taking place at the opening include giveaways, an official NASCAR showcar appearance, and the chance to meet former Cowboy Dallas Player, Kevin Smith.

A $1,000 check will be presented to the Mary Grett School Transition Center, and Mayor Nelda Martinez will cut the ribbon to kick of the new location.

Stripes on Rodd Field Rd. will be welcoming the first Sunoco fuel site in Corpus Christi.

For more information visit

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CITGO Seeks Volunteers for Environmental Clean-up Community Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:39:58 PM Mike Gillaspia CITGO Seeks Volunteers for Environmental Clean-up

CORPUS CHRISTI - The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery has partnered with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP) to host a major clean-up effort in the Nueces Delta Preserve, a unique mosaic of highly productive wetlands, open water, prairie, and river and bay shorelines.

On Saturday, November 15th at 9:00 AM, hundreds of volunteers from local schools and organizations will join CITGO employees at the Nueces Delta Preserve (3410 U.S. 77 in Odem). Their mission is to restore and enhance habitats within the Preserve, scattering native grass and wildflower seeds, and planting a wetland area. These efforts will go a long way in helping to breathe new life into degraded habitats, ultimately promoting both wildlife protection and coastal conservation.

The Coastal Bend restoration project marks the fourth event in the CITGO Caring for Our Coast program, a yearlong initiative focused on celebrating the resilience and furthering the recovery of the Gulf Coast region in the almost 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

For more information about the CITGO Caring for Our Coast program or the November 15th event, please contact Rosie Collin at (361) 844-5243.

To find out about volunteering for this event, please visit

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