Rock’N River Water Park at Old Settlers Park officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 28. A dedication ceremony & walking tours will be available to the public on Friday, May 27 from 3-4 pm. Here are all the details.
Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Family Event: Bass Pro Shops will have fun for the entire family on Saturday & Sunday with a free cast & release pond, BBQ tips, Camping Skills, Kayaking info, crafts, photos and more. See here for times.
Local Business Fair at Safari Champ: Let the kids play in Round Rock’s biggest indoor playground while you learn about & shop with local businesses on Saturday, May 28. A special silent auction will be conducted with proceeds going to the Austin Diaper Bank. More details here.
Memorial Day Service at the Round Rock Veterans Monument: There will be a Memorial Day service at Veterans Park located at 611 Pecan Dr on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:00am. Click here for more details.
Round Rock Express – The Round Rock Express have games all weekend long with lots of fun events planned – Friday Fireworks, Saturday Nolan Ryan Bobblehead giveaway, and a special Memorial Day game on Monday.
Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1cNbAJm
Sam Bass Community Theatre: Take time to see Death and the Maiden this weekend – shows are Thursday, Friday, & Saturday night with a matinee on Sunday. Tickets are available by ordering online.
FREE Open House at Creative Brick Builders: Pick from one of three sessions at Creative Brickbuilders on Monday, May 30. This is a great opportunity to see what they offer for summer fun. You must register to attend. Click here for details.
The holidays are typically the time when you get together with your loved ones. You spend time laughing, playing games, reminiscing, and EATING. Food plays a huge part in most, if not all gatherings. But what if you don’t feel like cooking or what if you CAN’T cook, like no matter how many times you try, you continuously burn water?
You have a couple of different options:
1. Host a Potluck- with this option you won’t have to do a bulk of the cooking, choose something you are good at cooking and have your loved ones bring food to go along with it.
2. Go to someone else’s house- you get great food and you don’t have to cook at all. If you choose this option I would recommend taking a bottle of wine or sparkling grape juice.
3. Go out to eat! Check the list below for restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day.
As a little girl every year I couldn’t wait for the holidays, why? Because Frosty the Snowman and The Grinch would be playing on TV. This time of year is such a great time for holiday episodes and holiday movies, classics that we can’t wait to see every year and new movies we can’t wait to watch. Check out ABC’s holiday lineup below.
MONDAYS, DECEMBER 5, 12, 19
“THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT” – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with ABC’s hit holiday decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” returning for its fourth season with returning celebrity judges Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse. “The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The series will air for three consecutive weeks with back-to-back episodes. In each of the six one-hour episodes, four families compete for the $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season, as they transform their homes into a festive wonderland for the holidays. (8:00–10:00 p.m.)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
“TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT” – Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television “Toy Story That Time Forgot” features your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.” The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. (Rebroadcast – ABC OAD: 12/2/14). (8:00–8:30 p.m.)
“SHREK THE HALLS” – DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,”starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer – except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. (Rebroadcast — ABC OAD: 11/28/07). (8:30–9:00 p.m.)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
“MARY POPPINS” – Set in Edwardian London, the film features no-nonsense nanny Mary Poppins, who flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children of the wealthy and strict Banks family, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny sets off on a series of fantastic adventures with Bert and the children, and teaches their parents some lessons about love along the way. Disney’s beloved classic received a total of 13 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and won five, including Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Music Score. The movie features many classic songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Jolly Holiday,” Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Feed the Birds,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” Released in 1964, “Mary Poppins” combines live-action and animation, and in 2013 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” (8:00–11:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
“FROZEN” – The Wonderful World of Disney presents “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ blockbuster film makes its network broadcast premiere. In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer, Sven, in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) in a race to find Anna’s sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Can Anna save her sister and bring sunshine back to their home? Or will Arendelle be frozen forever? (8:00–10:04 p.m.)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
“THE MIDDLE” – As Christmas approaches, Sue is forced to keep a huge secret from the family; after agreeing to watch the neighbor’s three kids, Brick finds himself trying to hide from them, as they had such a good time that they keep wanting to come over and play; and Mike doesn’t know how to react when Bill Norwood (guest star Pat Finn) gives him a Christmas gift – something neither one has ever done before for one another. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)
“AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE” – “Krampus Katie” – Katie’s holiday spirit, never great to begin with, is soured even further when Viv (Leslie Bibb) corners her into helping out with the school Christmas pageant. Greg, determined to teach Taylor and Oliver the true meaning of Christmas, takes them to a local nursing home to cheer up the residents, but things don’t quite turn out the way he planned. Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”) guest stars as Mr. Montez. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)
“FRESH OFF THE BOAT” – “Where are the Giggles?” – While the Huangs are out at the movies, Evan is accidentally left home alone, and Jessica vows to make it up to him. Meanwhile, Marvin (Ray Wise) takes a spill and is visited by Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. (9:00–9:30 p.m.)
“THE REAL O’NEALS” – “The Real Christmas” – Eileen will stop at nothing to win the Christmas Choir competition and gives the coveted Christmas Choir solo to their newest member Brett (Sean Grandillo), to Kenny’s dismay, while Jimmy is tasked with spying on their toughest competitor, Sheila Demars (Angela Kinsey). But, when Kenny attempts to sabotage Brett’s role, he finds a potential love interest. Meanwhile, Shannon accidentally gives Pat the wrong impression about a Christmas present she plans on giving to Ethan. (9:30–10:00 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
“THE GOLDBERGS” – “Han Ukkah Solo” – After finding out there is only going to be one Hanukkah song in the holiday pageant, Beverly convinces Erica to create the perfect song to bring some excitement to the holiday. Erica sees her shot to break into the music business, while Barry does his best to prove he too can be a hit maker with music. Meanwhile, Adam’s childlike wonder with movies and entertainment is called into question when things he loved as a child aren’t as good as he remembers. (8:00–8:30 p.m.)
“SPEECHLESS” – “C-H-O-CHOIR” – It’s Christmas time at the DiMeos, and Maya surprises everyone by embracing a newfound holiday spirit. But her view is put to the test when the family van is stolen along with all their holiday gifts. Worrying he won’t get into college, Ray joins the choir and gets a coveted solo. But when a very attractive new teacher is hired, JJ decides to join his brother and takes Ray’s solo. But when everything looks bleak, the family is surprised with their own holiday miracle. Julianne Hough guest stars as Miss Bloom. (8:30–9:00 p.m.)
“BLACK-ISH” – “Just Christmas, Baby” – Zoey is college-bound, so Dre sets out to create the best family Christmas ever, even having Johan (guest star Daveed Diggs) and his best friend Gigi (guest star Tyra Banks) over for the celebration. Meanwhile, Bow babysits Gigi’s newborn and remembers just how difficult mothering a baby is. (9:31–10:00 p.m.) Check out this clip from a black-ish Christmas-past!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
“DISNEY PREP & LANDING” – Walt Disney Animation Studios brings you a holiday tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all? (Rebroadcast – ABC OAD: 12/8/09). (8:00–8:30 p.m.)
“PREP & LANDING 2: NAUGHTY VS. NICE” – The yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue. With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel. (Rebroadcast- ABC OAD: 12/5/11). (8:30–9:00 p.m.)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
“DR. KEN” – “A Park Family Christmas” – Allison wants to show her fun side to her Welltopia co-workers and throws an office Christmas party. But Ken would rather he and Allison just unwind and not think about work. Meanwhile, D.K. dresses up as Santa and Dave dons elf garb at the library’s annual Christmas party for children. (8:31–9:00 p.m.)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
“I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!” – “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It’s Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun’s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However, his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother, Spike, for a visit. The cast of “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” includes Jimmy Bennett as ReRun, Adam Taylor Gordon as Charlie Brown, Ashley Rose Orr as Lucy Van Pelt, Corey Padnos as Linus Van Pelt, Hannah Leigh Dworkin as Sally, Nick Price as Schroeder, Jake Miner as Pig Pen/Franklin, Kaitlyn Maggio as the little girl and Bill Melendez as Snoopy. (Rebroadcast- ABC OAD: 12/9/03). (8:00–9:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” – “The Sound of Music,” the Rodgers & Hammerstein cinematic treasure, based on the real-life von Trapp family, who fled their home to escape the Nazi’s in 1938. Maria is a young woman who has left the Austrian convent to work for Navy captain Georg Von Trapp. As governess to his seven unruly children, Maria finds herself falling for their father. “The Sound of Music” stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker Trapp, Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich von Trapp, Heather Menzies as Louisa von Trapp, Duane Chase as Kurt von Trapp, Angela Cartwright as Brigitta von Trapp, Debbie Turner as Marta von Trapp, Kym Karath as Gretl von Trapp, Peggy Wood as Mother Abbess, Anna Lee as Sister Margaretta, Portia Nelson as Sister Berthe, Marni Nixon as Sister Sophia, Daniel Truhitte as Rolfe, and Ben Wright as Herr Zeller. “The Sound of Music” was directed and produced by Robert Wise, with screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the stage musical with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. (7:00–11:00 p.m.)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 26
“HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN” – Ring in the new year with the animated PEANUTS special “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, along with “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.” In “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” the PEANUTS gang is ringing in 1986 and Marcie and Peppermint Patty are throwing a big New Year’s Eve bash. Charlie Brown plans to celebrate the holiday by curling up with a big book that weighs nearly as much as he does, Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” The book’s weight doesn’t stop him from lugging it to Lucy’s pre-party dance class, where he cuts a mean rug with a rollicking Patty. With just 1,131 pages to go, Charlie Brown takes another break, this time for the party, and summons the courage to invite his true love, the little red-haired girl. She doesn’t respond, but hapless Chuck shows up anyway – with Tolstoy in tow. Then, he settles down with the book – on a porch swing in a snowstorm, and in so doing, misses the evening’s big surprise. In “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown,” disaster strikes as Peppermint Patty heads to her first major ice-skating competition with coach Snoopy and faithful companion Marcie by her side. As always, the unassuming Woodstock flies in to save the day. (Rebroadcast- ABC OAD: 1/1/86). (8:00–9:00 p.m.)
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” – It’s Rudolph to the rescue when Happy, the Baby New Year, goes missing, in “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated holiday special. Red Skelton narrates and voices Father Time, while Frank Gorshin and Morey Amsterdam also provide voices for characters. Father Time (voiced by narrator Red Skelton) asks the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph, to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New Year’s Eve. (Rebroadcast- ABC OAD: 12/26/06). (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017” – A stellar line-up of the year’s top musical artists perform during the biggest live-music celebration of the year. The bi-coastal celebration will include hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. Ryan Seacrest will host the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City and continues as an executive producer. (8:00–11:00 p.m.; 11:30 p.m. –2:13 a.m.)
MONDAY, JANUARY 2
“THE 128TH ROSE PARADE® PRESENTED BY HONDA” – Airing live from Pasadena, California, ABC’s presentation of the “Rose Parade®” will be hosted by ESPN “SportsCenter” anchors Hannah Storm and John Anderson. The parade will feature floral floats in the theme of “Echoes of Success.” (11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. EST, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. CST, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. MST, 8:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. PST)
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Thanksgiving Pet Safety
Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.
Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.
No pie or other desserts for your pooch.
Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it. A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).
Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
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