The Waco Junior Golf Association will have its annual Holiday Classic at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Ridgewood Country Club, 7301 Fish Pond Road.

The tour is open to any junior golfer, age 18 and younger.

Age groups for boys and girls are 15-18, 13-14, 11-12, and 10 and younger.

Entry fee is $35 in advance, by Tuesday, or $45 the day of the tournament. For entry forms and more information, call Bob Ammon at 772-3821 or Ray Lamb at 715-7070.

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

Tree recycling

Keep Waco Beautiful, in partnership with Waco Parks and Recreation, is having its annual Chipping of the Green Christmas tree recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at the parking lot of Paul Tyson field. Anyone, regardless of city of residence, is invited to recycle their tree.

42 tournament

A 42 domino tournament is planned for Jan. 7 at Friedens Church in Riesel. Play starts at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 896-7961 or 447-7723.

Shelter donations

Waco Solid Waste Services Cobbs Recycling Center, 2021 N. 44th St., will serve as a drop-off point for items needed by the Waco Animal Shelter.

Recycling Center customers can bring gently used blankets, sheets or towels as well as new items such as paper towels, bleach, dog and cat food and even dog houses and metal pet dishes. Call the Recycling Center at 751-8536 for questions.

Trib closed on Christmas

The Waco Tribune-Herald offices are closed in observance of Christmas. Office hours resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Submit items for Briefly in printed or typed form to Briefly, P.O. Box 2588, Waco 76702-2588; fax to 757-0302; or email to goingson

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