Welcome (back) to Weatherford College!
Whether you are a first-year or a returning student, finding activities on and off campus to keep your entertained can be a challenge. So here are a few dates to mark on your calendars.
Weatherford College Fine Arts Calendar
All events take place in the Alkek Fine Arts Center and are free to attend.
Sept. 5-6 Auditions for “Young Frankenstein” (Auditions are open to the public. Must be 16 or older.)
Oct. 16-Oct. 30 Student Photo Show
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 “Young Frankenstein”
Nov. 4-Nov. 25 Student Art Show
Nov. 14-15 “Hansel and Gretal” — children’s show
Nov. 17 Student Art Show reception
Nov. 18 Choir Concert
Nov. 20 Jazz Concert
Dec. 1 Handel’s “Messiah”
Weatherford also has a community theatre, Theatre off the Square, which holds open auditions and produces a full calendar of shows throughout the year. Visit theatreoffthesquare.org to view show times and prices.
If you are looking for a club to join, WC boasts a large selection right here on campus including anime, forensic science, veterans, psychology, choir, jazz band and many more. Visit wc.edu/campus-resources/organizationsclub for a full listing.
For those wanting to venture off campus, Weatherford offers several service clubs including the Lions Club, Rotary Club and Optimist Club. These are great opportunities to network and start business relationships with potential bosses and future coworkers. Ask an instructor or adviser to connect you with a club member who can invite you to attend a meeting as their guest. (FYI – I am a member of the Weatherford Noon Lions Club which meets at noon each Wednesday right here on the WC campus.)
Another great way to spend your free time is volunteering, and opportunities are available throughout the community.
For those with a love of animal check out Parker Paws, Parker County Pets Alive or contact the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter to enquire about volunteering. You can find each of these groups on Facebook.
The Parker County Senior Center runs the local Meals-on-Wheels program and is always looking for volunteers who can fill in routes, take on a route full time or assist with meal prep. Go to www.parkercountyseniorcenter.com for more info.
If some good-old fashioned fun with your friends is what you’re looking for check out Hole in Fun miniature golf, http://www.holeinfunentertainment.com, or the City of Weatherford’s disc golf course located at Lake Weatherford. The nearest theater, City Lights, is located just down the road in Hudson Oaks. Find show times at citylightstheatres.com. Or if you’re looking for a blast from the past, drive in theaters can be found in both Granbury and in Fort Worth’s northside.
While Weatherford may still be growing the number of businesses with activities to keep children and adults entertained, there is no shortage on the city’s social calendar.
Parker County Ranch Rodeo Parade
6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11
Starting from the WHS Ninth Grade Center on South Main Street and heading north toward the Parker County Courthouse. A free concert will be held afterwards at Cherry Park starting at 7 p.m.
The Rodeo runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12-14). For more details visit parkercountysheriffsposse.com/pages/Ranch-Rodeo.htm.
Ride United Parker County
8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20
This bike ride features 24-mile, 36-mile and 59-mile routes. Proceeds benefit the Parker County United Way. Visit rideunitedparkercounty.com for more info.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27
Right here at Weatherford College starting from Roger Williams Ballpark. For more information, call Theresa Hocker at 817-336-4949 or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/northcentraltexas.
Talking Tombstone Tour
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18
For more than a decade members of the Parker County Heritage Society have organized a tour of Old City Greenwood Cemetery with actors portraying some of Weatherford’s finest who found their final resting place in the historic cemetery. This year’s theme is “The Wonderful Women of Weatherford.” Tours begin every 15 minutes and last 90 minutes. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 5-9. Not recommended for those requiring walking assistance or young children.
Christmas on the Square
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
This long-standing festival located on the downtown square features vendors selling Christmas decorations and gifts, great food, entertainment and, of course, a chance to have your photo taken with Santa.
This is just a sampling of events planned for this fall in Weatherford. For a more detailed listing view the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce calendar found at weatherford-chamber.com/calendar-of-events.html.
Crystal Brown is the Coordinator of Public Relations at Weatherford College. She is also a WC alumna and former member of the Phi Theta Kappa Phi Chapter. Crystal earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas. When not at work, she enjoys photography, dance and searching for vintage fashions.