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Marble Falls Spring Break 2018

The free city of Marble Falls Spring Break activities end with a pool party on March 16. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — The annual week off from school during the month of March means one thing for the city of Marble Falls: hosting activities that encourage students to be active, get to know the city, and make new friends.

Spring Break 2018 presented by H-E-B is managed by the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department. It partnered with H-E-B to ensure each activity is free for the kids and that prizes including sunglasses, wristbands, stickers, and lunch boxes are given away throughout the week. There’s at least one free meal each day.

“I’m very excited and grateful for things that H-E-B (Store No.) 735 has done for the community as well as Chick-fil-A,” said Monique Breaux, administrative assistant of the city’s parks and public works departments and the Spring Break coordinator. “Without them, this program wouldn’t be as extensive as it is.”

The week begins with a new event: a scavenger hunt on Main Street from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, March 12. The route goes from Fourth Street to Yett Street. Lunch will be served at Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J, once the hunt ends.

At 1 p.m. is the craft and woodwork workshop hosted by The Home Depot, 1307 Mormon Mills.

“Moana” will be shown at 9 a.m. during Movie Day on Tuesday, March 13, at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive. Chick-fil-A breakfast biscuits will be given to the first 200 attendees.

“‘Moana’ is the story of friendship and courage and has a following similar to ‘Frozen,’” Breaux said. “I am encouraging everyone to wear their favorite princess or superhero costume to this event.”

At noon is the skate contest hosted by Elevate Church at Falls Creek Park and Skatepark, 900 Yett St. The congregation is providing burgers and hot dogs.

Workout Wednesday begins with the Verus Strength and Fitness obstacle course from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. followed by the Women in Combat Fitness kickball game from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the Camp Gladiator flag football tournament, also new this year, from 1:15-3:15 p.m. All three are at Westside Park, located at the intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q.

Lunch, snacks, water, and sports drinks will be served.

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament is 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Marble Falls Middle School gyms, 1511 Pony Circle Drive. Food from Chick-fil-A and Subway will be served.

The Wild Things Zoofari Exotic Animal Show is 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St.

The week ends with a pool party and cupcakes social from noon-5 p.m. at the Marble Falls city pool, 305 Buena Vista.

Breaux said the activities wouldn’t happen without the generosity of several individuals and businesses, including Subway and Pizza Hut.

“We’re very grateful the community banded together to make this week possible and donations are welcome,” she said. “We want the parents and guardians to trust the city and know they won’t go hungry. It’s something they look forward to. We want the city to be synonymous with giving back.”

Breaux first came to Marble Falls with her church, Smoking for Jesus, when the group left New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago. She recalled a community that welcomed her, her family, and her church family.

“When we first got here 13 years ago, Marble Falls opened their arms,” she said. “This is a community that will open their arms and do what they can to make sure no one is left behind.”

So she is simply returning the friendliness she discovered when she moved here, she added.

“We will not exclude anybody,” Breaux said. “When they think of Spring Break as a child, they will know they were able to have a sugar high, they played, they had fun, and they made friends. They were never looked down upon, and they were welcome every time.

“Spring Break is important for the legacy of Marble Falls,” she continued. “We want those who visit and who live and are around here to be able to be safe and be happy around this time.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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