Kicking off the FunFest 25th Anniversary is the Jail Break 5K, a fun run raising money to help restore the historic Calaboose in downtown Royce City. After the dust of the race settles, participants will be able to see Old West gunfights, a Doggie Contest sponsored by Brushy Creek Retrievers, live music, pie-eating contests, a kids' zone with a zipline, and a Microfest brimming with craft beers.
Founded in 2002, the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas provides support and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters and police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The non-profit foundation covers 16 counties in North Texas, which comprises more than 23,000 police and firefighters. To raise funds throughout the year for such an expansive area, Guns & Hoses hosts numerous charitable events, including an annual boxing tournament, golf tournament, and football championship between competitors from the police and fire departments.
Ellis County SPCA is a nonprofit organization striving to help homeless or unwanted cats and dogs find permanent, loving homes. Before discovering a four-legged soul mate, interested applicants must complete and flawlessly origami-fold a pre-adoption form to ensure that they and their homes are qualified for pet ownership. Once potential owners are deemed fit and prepared for a pet, they may visit the facility during adoption hours to cuddle and caper around with hairy friends in much the same way death-metal bands bond before each practice. Each adorable quadruped will come home with parvovirus, distemper, and rabies vaccinations, as well as 30 days worth of free vet insurance through ShelterCare.
BeFit founder Haley Young started her own personal-fitness path in high school when she joined her first gym. The thrill of running took root in her and inspired her to complete two full marathons and an ultra-marathon relay. Her drive for fitness only increased through the years as she earned certifications in yoga instruction, Zumba fitness, nutrition coaching, and personal training. Now at the head of her own fitness group, she leads yoga and Zumba classes that help students work toward well-being through practiced breathing exercises and calorie-burning dance steps. She also hosts personal-training sessions for one-on-one exercising, and wellness counseling gives clients information about losing weight and an excuse to stop trying to fit a huge party sub through their front door.
CoHabitat offers innovative businesspersons and hard-working students a harmonious work and study environment to collaborate on their businesses and connect with local idea-makers. Within a historic brick building spruced with modern amenities, CoHabitat’s community of thinkers gathers to discuss business plans, working on reports, or studying for upcoming exams. A five-day pass ($25 value per day, $10 value per day with current student ID) lets you take advantage of all CoHabitat’s facilities, including WiFi, projectors, a printer, freshly brewed coffee, meeting and phone spaces, dry-erase boards, and more. See CoHabitat from the inside with a medley of informative video tours on its website.
Noel Community Arts Program’s melodious mentors train musicians age 2 and older in individualized lessons, covering scores of orchestral instruments. Many instructors possess music degrees, and pass on their tuneful knowledge to young ears through one-on-one introductory lessons on basic instrument technique, fundamental music theory, and how to play sheet music backward to create romantic comedy soundtracks. Children 7 years and older (5- and 6-year-olds can audition for lessons) can tickle the ivories or cheer up a mournful guitar with a few gentle strums. Students in sixth grade or above can bend strings on a violin or coax melodies from woodwinds such as the saxophone. In small-group beginning-music sessions, mini maestros age 2–6 can delve into basic concepts of music or do character research for early Beethoven biopics. Students must provide their own instruments.