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City Corner: Get scared at city's free Haunted Hayride

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.
Updated Oct. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.

Jennifer Sourdellia

Is this year's Haunted Hayride free?

Yes, it is free. In the spirit of Halloween, the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Haunted Hayride from dusk to 10 p.m. Oct. 31. The Haunted Hayride begins at Riverside Stadium, 405 Memorial Drive, in Riverside Park. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 361-485-3200.

When is the deadline to enter a float in the annual Christmas parade? When is Christmas in the Park?

Applications for the annual Christmas parade are being accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Bands, businesses, service organizations, churches and cheerleaders are invited to showcase their holiday spirit at the Christmas parade Dec. 7 along Main and Bridge streets in downtown Victoria. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., and 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Entries are not limited to Victorians - surrounding towns are encouraged to participate. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 361-485-3200. Applications are available at playvictoriatexas.com or victoriatx.org

Families are invited to kick off the holiday season by attending Christmas on the Square at DeLeon Plaza in downtown Victoria on Dec. 6. This free event begins at 6 p.m. There will be inflatables, hot chocolate, cookies, animals from the Texas Zoo, storytelling from the Victoria Public Library and more. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. Don't forget to bring your camera.

Is the city still under water restrictions?

Yes, even though Victoria has received some rainfall recently, the city is still under Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan.

Under Stage I of the plan, residents are asked to voluntarily reduce the use of water for nonessential purposes and to practice water conservation measures to reduce the amount of water they are consuming.

Here are some tips to conserve water:

1. Water the lawn only when it is necessary. Learn to know when grass needs watering. If it has turned a dull gray-green or if footprints remain visible, it is time to water.

2. Water the lawn early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporative loss.

3. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.

4. To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.

5. Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.

6. Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.

7. Do not water too frequently. Too much water can overload the soil so that air cannot get to the roots and can encourage plant diseases.

8. Do not overwater. Soil can absorb only so much moisture, and the rest simply runs off. A timer will help, and either a kitchen timer or an alarm clock will do. An inch of water applied once a week will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.

9. Raise the cutting height on your lawnmower. The longer blades of grass will provide shade for the root system and make the turf more drought resistant.

The city will remain in Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow in the Guadalupe River rises to a normal level for 14 consecutive days.

For more information, visit the city of Victoria's website at victoriatx.org or contact the Public Works Department at 485-3381.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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