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Some spooky and non-spooky events going on this weekend

Posted: 11:02 PM, Oct 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-12 00:26:08-04
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi's 2nd Annual Veg Fest

Corpus Christi ranked as America’s most affordable city for vegetarians
Corpus Christi has been ranked by Wallethub.com as having the lowest cost for groceries in the nation for vegetarians. (Facebook picture)

Looking for a place to veg out this weekend? Look no further. The Corpus Christi Veg Fest is back!

The 2nd Annual Corpus Christi Veg Fest will take place this Saturday at Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral Street.

It starts at 10 am this Saturday, Oct. 12, and goes until 4 pm.

The event is FREE to attend and promises loads of veggies, guest speakers, and a great time!

"This festival serves as a time to celebrate and promote plant-based foods, animal rights, and environmental sustainability. We hope you join us," their website says.

Here is a list of all the vendors that will be available:

  • MV Ceramics
  • Vegan Meathead
  • Tula Blue
  • Arbonne
  • Millie's Mehndi
  • Love is a Seed
  • It Works Global
  • Subtropical Nursery
  • The Vine Juice Company
  • Capitol City Bakery
  • Raw Xocolatl
  • Wild Veggie Bouquet
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams
  • Driftwood Coffee Co
  • Bippity Boppity Bundts
  • Zambra Fusion Cafe
  • Eddie Garza- Chef
  • Lemon Shakers
  • Cake Thieves
  • Tomivegan
  • Chile de Árbol
  • Lone Star Hawaiian Ice
  • Vegan Outreach
  • Grow Local South Texas
  • Youga Yoga

The day will be delicious, healthy, and informative; their will be a few guest speakers to talk about veggie related topics!

"Corpus Christi VegFest speakers from around the country will deliver interesting, engaging and educational information regarding the plant-based lifestyle. Enjoy delicious plant strong foods while you listen & learn," their website says.

Here is that schedule:

  • 10:30 AM Chef Eddie Garza is a vegan chef, cookbook author, and leading figure in the movement to reform food systems in Hispanic communities. Eddie has cooked for a host of plant-powered stars in the television, film and music industries. Free food samples during presentation, first come first serve.
  • 10:45 AM Acro Yoga in the Rose Garden to start in 15 minutes with Rafaela and Anthony from Youga Yoga.

Tevin Gray - 11:30 AM

Ted Crawford, MD - 1:30 PM

Chef Eddie Garza - 12:30 PM

John Daws, MOT - 2:30 PM

Learn more at https://www.corpuschristivegfest.com/

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Animal Control hosting biggest adoption event of the year

CCACS continues to raise live-release rate

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services works hard to find homes for all the animals they bring in.

Mike Gillis, director of CCACS, estimates his facility takes in about 4,500 animals per year.

"We adopt out, approximately anywhere from 75-100 animals, every single month." Gillis says.

Since CCPD took over Animal Care Services in 2012, the euthanasia rate has dropped.

Since Gillis has been Director, he's done his best to raise the live-release rate.

"What is live release? I call it heart beat in, heart beat out. Every animal that comes in, we count." Gillis says, adding that in the past year, CCACS has gone from 80 percent live-release to 89 percent live-release, which is a big deal, he said.

"Simple math, what does that mean, it means 10 to 11 percent of the animals that come in here, are dying either; because of injuries, medically euthanize or behavioral euthanize," he said.

CCACS holds a few adoption events each month. On Saturday, they will have one of the biggest adoption events of the year. It's their "Empty the Shelter" event, sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation.

Empty The Shelter will have $10 adoptions from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All animals being adopted will be neutered/spayed, and have up-to-date shots.

CCACS will also hold free microchipping for any animals that are being adopted, or for your pets at home that need a microchip.

Gillis says community education on proper pet ownership is the most important way on keeping the live-release rate high.

He hopes to continue a campaign that many other big Texas cities have been successful in, and that is Corpus Christi 90.

He says the goal is to keep and sustain a 90% live-release rate, which in many cities, is the minimum for having the title as a 'no-kill shelter.'

For more information you can go to Corpus Christi Animal Care Services at 2626 Holly Road, call at 826-4630 or visit www.PetHarbor.com

Written by Chelsea Torres

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Guitar Quartet performing at TAMUCC this Saturday

The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hector Guzman, will present a ‘Virtuoso Evening’ Saturday, featuring the works of Tchaikovsky, Rodrigo and Bartok, along with a performance by the Texas Guitar Quartet.

Formed in 2008, the Texas Guitar Quartet has been hailed as “Impeccable in every respect” by Classical Guitar Magazine. Throughout the United States, Central America, Spain, and China, audiences have embraced the quartet for their daring programs, dazzling virtuosity and joyful music making.

The TxGQ recently premiered a landmark new work by lauded American composer Nico Muhly in collaboration with Grammy-winning chamber choir Conspirare, Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and the Dublin Guitar Quartet.

The group continues to push the boundaries of the guitar quartet medium by premiering new works by Joseph Williams II, Peter Lieuwen, Mark Anthony Cruz and John Truitt and creating daring arrangements of orchestral works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel.

Their latest album, Icon, features the complete 40th Symphony by Mozart. It was released in late 2018.

This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive.

For ticket information, call 883-NOTE (6683) or visit.

Written by Mike Gillaspia

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Senior Gardener Center will stage huge fall plant sale tomorrow

Are you looking for just the right plant for your fall garden?

Then head out to the Senior Garden Center tomorrow. That’s where the master gardener plant sale will be held.

Nina Dawson, Madeline Church and Kevin Gibbs told KRIS 6 News all about this big plant sale.

It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the garden center, 5325 Greely St. Proceeds will benefit horticulture education across the Coastal Bend.

Garden pots also can be recycled at Saturday's event.

Written by Greg Chandler

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Asbury's pumpkin patch opens Saturday

Pumpkins are popping up across the city, as more people get into the Halloween spirit.

That's right and especially with the cooler temperatures rolling through the area this weekend.

The Asbury United Methodist Church is gearing up for their annual pumpkin patch.

Volunteers worked all Friday night to unload and set-up for opening day this Saturday, Oct. 12.

The church’s pumpkin patch, on the corner of Staples and Yorktown, will be open until Oct. 31 or whenever they sell out.

All proceeds benefit the church's community-wide fall harvest festival, as well as other church ministries.

Written by Tim Griffin

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Portland car show on Saturday benefits Ark Assessment Center

The Coastal Bend Mustangs and Fords Club will sponsor a car show on Saturday.

The event will benefit the Ark Assessment Center.

It will take place at Al Willeford Chevrolet, 1603 U.S. Highway 181 in Portland from 10 a.m. to e p.m.

Don Flint will meet with Sharon Ray at La Palmera Mall for a Thursday noon show interview at La Palmera Mall.

For more information on the event, call 361-244-3995.

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Port Aransas Art Walk celebrates its 13th year

Those who frequent Port Aransas can tell you that it is a community where both art and artists have found a home.

Need proof? Then come to the 13th Annual Port Aransas Art Walk this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Also known as ‘Art About,’ this event is designed to promote art and culture, and to let everyone know that Port A is “Port Arty.”

Each year, those who attend are encouraged to walk, bike or take a cart and visit each of the Art Walk’s participating locations, in order to meet gallery owners, artists and others who are passionate about the art culture that enlivens the Port A community.

The self-guided tour begins in Old Town and winds out Highway 361. It features 18 galleries, studios and design shops with refreshments served along the way.

The tour may be started at any point, and maps are available at each of the participating locations.

This year, they include:

  • Shannon Lafayette Photography
  • Port A Glass
  • Lydia Ann Art Studio
  • Potters on Cotter
  • Sarah Searight Studio
  • Debra Willbanks Williams
  • Roam Home
  • ROAM
  • Castaways Gallery
  • Tippie Toes
  • Island Made Art Studios
  • JoD’s
  • Port Aransas Art Center
  • Lisa Mayo Interiors
  • Coffee Waves Art
  • Lone Star Taste
  • Susan Castor Collection
  • Sunflower Beach Resort Gallery

To learn more, call (361) 749-7334 or visit www.portaransasartcenter.org .

Written by Mike Gillaspia

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