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Last bit of fun before a brand new year

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 22:47:17-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — 2019 is coming to a close. We have compiled a short list of your last chances to have fun before 2020.

Corpus Christi Half Marathon this Saturday

The 31st Corpus Christi Half Marathon takes place this weekend.

"Corpus Christi's biggest and best half marathon and Relay race," their event page says.

This year, runners can compete in a solo 10k or 5k, 2 person relays, or the Clydesdales/Athena division for men over 200 pounds and women over 175 pounds. Prizes will be awarded for top three male and female competitors in every five-year age category.

The race takes place Dec. 28 at 7:30 a.m. sharp, according to their event page. Runners will start and finish at the Bayfront across from One Shoreline Plaza, 601 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.

People who need to pick up their registration packet can still do so before the race between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m..

Their website also promises cheerleaders and four disc jockeys to pump up runners on the course.

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Pop-Up Beach Clean-Up this Saturday

Join the Surfrider Foundation for their last beach clean-up of the year.

The Surfrider Foundation intends to further their mission statement this Saturday.

“The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network,” says their mission statement.

The foundation will provide the proper supplies and even some prizes for volunteers who give up a little of their Saturday for a noble cause.

The cleanup starts at The Arts Apartments, 4224 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78411-1226, United States.

It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 and will last about an hour.

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Evelyn/Price Fields are getting a makeover

Volunteers are needed to help repair the Southside fields this Saturday.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 28, a work day will be held to help improve the conditions of the field.

"For those of you that have been in the baseball and softball community for a long time you know that Southside/Price fields used to be the hub for baseball in Corpus Christi," thier event page says. "They have been hit with hard times due vandalism, road construction, and unwelcomed inhabitants...and we need your help."

Volunteers with mowers, weed eaters, power washers, paint sprayers, and generators are highly encouraged to attend.

Marucci Elite Texas - Corpus Christi, hopes to get the field up and running soon.

"We cannot use the fields for practices until we have the field and electrical work done," their event page says.

They are still looking for someone to help with electrical work throughout the facility, along with other equipment. All of their needs are displayed on their event page.

Cash or equipment donations can be donated by calling 361-876-7766.

The next repair day is on January 4, 2020. at 9 a.m.

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Coastal Christmas, much like Santa, disappears this week

Christmas is not over yet here in the Coastal Bend.

After a brief break for the Christmas holiday, the American Bank Center's 2nd annual Coastal Christmas event, powered by Stellar Energy Solutions, reopened today for the last weekend of the year.

It's an opportunity for the community to experience a Winter wonderland right here in South Texas, with activities for the whole family.

Kids of all ages can enjoy tubing down a snow slide, indoor ice skating, pictures with Santa, face painting, and much more.

"Considering figure skating isn't big here in Corpus Christi a lot," said Thomas Hill. "Come and try ice skating while the rink is still here. I definitely recommend it."

Ice skating costs $5 per session and another $5 for skate rentals.

On Saturday, the arena will extend its hours for a "Late Night Skate" with a performance by DJ Skip.

"It's awesome for them to bring it here for us," said Dayrin Benavides. "For the kids to experience it because they grow up in hot weather."

Below is the schedule for the remainer of the event:

Dec. 26 noon - 10 p.m.
Dec. 27 noon - 10 p.m.
Dec. 28 noon - 9 p.m.
Dec. 28 LATE-NIGHT SKATE 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Dec. 29 noon - 10 p.m.
Dec. 30 noon - 10 p.m.

For more information visit, http://americanbankcenter.com/coastal-christmas/

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Star Wars Christmas foam blaster battle this Sunday

This event is wacky. Hosted by the Corpus Christi Joker, this free foam blaster battle event combines the beauty of Christmas, the force of Star Wars, and Nerf blasters.

"This is to celebrate the last of the Star Wars movie coming out this month! So get your Star Wars Nerf blasters and lightsabers and come hang, do the free raffle and enjoy this free Nerf event."

The battle goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Lamar Disc Golf Course.

No foam blaster? No worries.

"Don't have a Foam blaster? Never fear, we will have some on hand to borrow!" their event page says.

Organizers promise plenty of giveaways.

"First 9 kids that come up to me and say they are with the Dark Side will get a free Star Wars mask," Corpus Christi Joker posted.

Dart in the Park is a regular event hosted by the South Texas Foam Flinging Society.

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'Noon Year's Eve' $1 day at local museum

Celebrate New Year's Eve at noon instead of midnight.

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is hosting a "Noon Year's Eve" party this Tuesday, Dec. 31.

The party starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.. The balloon drop happens at noon.

"We will be celebrating with science shows, musical chairs with prizes, kettle corn, a balloon drop at noon and more," their event page says.

Find more information about the event on their Facebook page.

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