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City Corner column: Volunteer for Bootfest; chill at library

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
Sept. 8, 2013 at 4:08 a.m.


My family and I are excited about the third annual Bootfest in October. Are there any new features at the festival this year?

The city's biggest celebration, Bootfest, happens the first Friday and Saturday of October in downtown Victoria. Several new items have been added to the festival.

Because of the festival's growing popularity, the free park and ride shuttle service has been extended to include both Friday night and Saturday. The shuttle service will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday and end at midnight. On Saturday, the shuttle service begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m. The shuttle will depart from both the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., and from Riverside Stadium in Riverside Park.

New to the festival this year will be a Classic Car Show sponsored by Invista. A variety of cars, from hot rods to low riders, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the First Victoria Bank parking lot near DeLeon Plaza.

The Kids Corral is among one of the most popular aspects of the festival, and this year will be no different. More than 20 free activities will be available. Two more inflatables have been added, as well as a Sabertooth Tiger Slide and a double-lane zipline. A balloon artist will provide free balloons to the kids at various times Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, there will be a dog show presented by the Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center, a puppet show presented by the Victoria Public Library, an animal show by The Texas Zoo and a mad scientist show presented by the Children's Discovery Museum on the Kids Corral Stage. The Kids Corral will once again feature rock climbing walls, a water ball pit, bungee trampolines, a Velcro wall, a mechanical bull and karaoke.

Because temperatures are still relatively warm in early October, attendees will now have an opportunity to cool off while at the Kids Corral area and near the Dos Equis Stage 2. Large tents with tables, seating and misting fans are also a new addition to Bootfest in those areas.

Volunteers are a critical component to the success of Bootfest. Last year, there were about 500 volunteers. Volunteers are needed for this year's festival. A new, online volunteer registration system is available at bootfest.org. It only takes about three minutes to sign up to become a Bootfest volunteer. Each volunteer will receive a T-shirt or button and access to a hospitality room. For more information, call 361-485-3116.

I attended the Victoria Public Library's "Night at the Library" some time ago and was wondering if there are any plans to have this event again?

Yes, Late Night at the Library is returning soon to the Victoria Public Library.

On the evenings of Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, the library will transform into a mellow, modern cafe and social hot spot from 7 to 10 p.m. Join us and bring your friends for free gourmet coffee, mellow music from local DJ Dave Fenix from Victoria's 106.9 The Rock on Friday and local musician Raj Pickens on Saturday.

Also on Friday night, there will be an Open Mic Night from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and you are invited to come up on stage and share your story. The subject is inspired by the popular blog and book, "Things I Want to Punch in the Face," which takes aim at the things that chap author Jennifer Worick's hide.

Worick will be a speaker at the Victoria College Lyceum Series on Oct. 3.

During our late night hours, some services will be limited. So come to the library and hang out with us.

The library is offering Night at the Library on Sept. 21 evening in conjunction with the Main Street Program's Old Victoria Picture Scavenger Hunt event, which takes place at DeLeon Plaza from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is free and more details are available at victoriamainstreet.com

If you have children, you won't want to miss Bonzo Crunch from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Bonzo's program will dazzle and amaze you. He is a man of many talents, including juggling, magic and comedy. He loves to read and shares his love of books with the audience. His library program emphasizes the value of reading and how the librarian is a resource used to connect patrons to books and other forms of information.

For more information, call 485-3302 or visit victoriapubliclibrary.org

If the city is under Stage III water restrictions, why are the golf courses allowed to water their greens? Do the restrictions also apply to the city's new splashpad at Lone Tree Creek Park?

All three Victoria golf courses use private water wells for watering, not water provided by the city, so they are exempt from Stage III water restrictions. The Splashpad uses a recirculating water system just like commercial car washes do. Very little water is used, and they are also exempt from Stage III water restrictions. Even better news is the Splashpad is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 1, weather permitting.

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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