The Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management and the city of Waco’s Information Technology Department will co-host a joint ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at their new offices at 721 N. Fourth St.

The two departments are fully settled into the newly renovated building that previously served as the Waco Police Department’s headquarters before its move to 3115 Pine Ave.

First Day Hikes

Mother Neff State Park is hosting First Day Hikes starting at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 1. Bring a water bottle and arrive 30 to 45 minutes early to give plenty of time to check in at park headquarters. There will be four ranger-led hikes.

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage family and friends to get outdoors to start the New Year healthy and outside.

The First Day Hike is free, but a park entrance fee of $2 per person applies. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information call 853-2389 or visit

West holiday exhibit

An exhibit of toys, dolls and Christmas trees is on display for the Christmas season at the History of West Museum, 112 E. Oak St.

Admission is free. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The exhibit runs through Dec. 30.

For more information, call 755-6762.

Waco Rotary Club

State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, will provide a legislative update during the Waco Rotary Club’s meeting at noon Monday at the Waco Lions Den, 1716 N. 42nd St.

Lunch is $12. For more information, call 776-2115.

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