Weekend local events, for fun and for a purpose

Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 23:23:44-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — After a long week, you deserve a fun time. We have put together a little list of local events you might be interested in. Also some events that have a specific purpose. Don't miss out!

Adopt a Beach clean up this Saturday

It’s time for the next Adopt-A-Beach cleanup here in the Coastal Bend.

Angela Leal, a volunteer with the Texas General Land Office, meets with KRIS 6 Noon Anchor Mike Gillaspia to discuss her coming event.

It will be the 33rd consecutive year for the event in Corpus Christi, which staged the first event of its kind in the nation in 1986.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in 11 different areas across the area. The event will take place, rain or shine.

Those participating are asked to bring a cap, sunscreen, resuable gloves and a fun attitude if they want to participate.

For more information, check out their website at .

Written by Mike Gillaspia

Rid yourself of opioids at the 'Drug Take-Back Event' this Saturday

Every day, more than 130 people die overdosing on opioids in America. The fight against the opioid crisis goes local this weekend.

The City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Medical Center will be hosting a Drug Take-Back event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Crush the Crisis is a part of a larger, national initiative, whose goal is to spread the word about the dangers of opioids and to provide a safe way to get rid of prescription medication that's no longer needed.

A pill drop-off site will be set up at Doctors Regional Medical Center, located at 3315 S. Alameda St., near Texan Trail. There will be a drive-through and a drop box will be at front of hospital entrance.

"There's no judgement, no questions,” Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Erben said. “They’re not gonna ask you how you got them, why you have them. There's not going to be any legal ramifications. We just want them off the streets. We want to remove access for those who may have a potential for abuse.”

The event is only for pills. Liquid medication will not be accepted.

Written by Catherine McGinty


Tour revitalized downtown housing this Saturday

If you've ever wanted to get an idea of what it would be like to live in Downtown Corpus Christi, Saturday is your chance.

"This is an opportunity for potential residents to come Downtown and see what options are available to them and to get an idea of what their neighborhood would be like if they live Downtown," Jordan Michael of the Downtown Management District said.

The DMD is hosting its first ever Downtown Living Tour from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturday. For $10, you'll be able to tour three Downtown apartment complexes -- Studio 44, Nueces Lofts, and the Cosmopolitan.

"There's always pros and cons to checking out a new place when you're deciding on where to live," Michael said. "We encourage anybody to come down and check it out for themselves."

The DMD says that 10% more people live in Downtown Corpus Christi right now over 2017. Michael thinks the numbers will keep growing, and that it's in thanks to past improvement projects.

"It's showing that the revitalization efforts in Downtown are improving," she said. "We've seen a lot of development over the past year, and in the next couple of months and years we're going to continue to see that development."

One Downtown resident brushed aside concerns about Downtown living like excessive noise.

"It's not extremely loud," Casey Landry, a Downtown resident for eight years, said. "The bars don't make that much noise. And it's only on the weekends, really. I think that anybody would enjoy living down here."

But it's the people who live Downtown who don't have homes that trouble Landry. He says the only drawback to Downtown life is homeless panhandling.

"It's just the money," he said. "It's just the sleeping on corners. They kind of scare of the tourists. You have tourists that come down here, and they don't want to be bothered."

If you would like to take the Downtown Living Tour, you can buy a ticket and get more information by clicking here .

Written by Seth Kovar


Cat lovers unite for a festival this Saturday

Coastal Bend cat lovers have a chance to celebrate their feline friends this weekend. Local shop CommuniTea is holding a ‘Cat’s Meow Festival’ this Saturday.

The festival will be at their shop on 505 South Water St. Suite 501A from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cat attire is encouraged, people are asked to show up in cat shoes, costumes, and jewelry. Photos of deceased cats are also welcome to bring to memorialize.

A 'Catwalk ' also be on to showcase the cat fashion.

CommuniTea posted that all types of cat themed activities will be featured and that “Cats are part of families all around the world.

They have been our friends, familiars, and entertainment for centuries. If you love cats then this is the event for you.”

Donations will also be accepted to assist feral community cats.

This event is free to the public.

Vendors who are interested in working this even will pay a $10 dollar fee and should have a bag of cat food to give to local cats.

Written by A.J. Benavides


The Texas Tenors will appear with symphony Saturday night

The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra kicks off its concert season Saturday night with a special performance by the Texas Tenors.

Maestro Hector Guzman and Madeline Schmidt of the symphony discuss the big event with KRIS 6 Noon Anchor Paulo Salazar.

Guzman and Francis explain the importance of such concerts to the Corpus Christi area.

Saturday’s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center.

For more information about tickets, call the symphony’s box office at 361-883-6683 or check out their website here .

Written by Tim Griffin