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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, December 15, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Nutcracker

#1: NUTCRACKER VS. MOUSE KING

A timeless classic will come to the Wise County stage next weekend as local ballet dancers perform “The Nutcracker.”

The students of Wise Ballet and Music Academy will take the stage 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at Decatur High School Theater. Bring the entire family to the only outing of its kind in Wise County to kick off your holiday festivities.

Tickets can be purchased online at tututix.com/wisepag. They will also be available at the door.

Eleves

#2: HELP THE ELVES

North Pole preparations are frenzied this time of year, so the Wise County Sheriff’s Office employees are volunteering as Santa’s elves.

They’re collecting new, unwrapped toys through the Santa’s Deputies program to help less fortunate families, and they need your help. To donate, bring your toy or monetary gift to the Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive, in Decatur before Wednesday.

Questions? Call Susan Gomez, 940-627-5971, ext. 227.

Winter Break

#3: WINTER BREAK(DOWN)

Parents, brace yourselves. Your kiddos are about to be released for Christmas break, and they’re hyped. They’re candy cane crazy and ready to open presents.

Here’s who gets out when. Every school district returns Jan. 8, but their release dates vary. Slidell is the first to call it quits with an early release Wednesday. Most of the schools – Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Northwest and Paradise – will get out early Thursday, while Alvord and Boyd go til the bitter end next week with an early release on Friday.

Trivia

#4: ATTENTION, SMARTYPANTS

Get your game face on.

Decatur Public Library’s trivia night at Trinity Street Coffee Bar is Thursday. The fun will be had 7 to 8:45 p.m., and this month’s theme is general trivia.

Contestants can sip tasty concoctions made by the Trinity Street baristas and bartenders while playing for prizes and gift certificates.

Press conference

#5: RULES CHANGE

After holding a series of public meetings and holding a first reading of the proposed rule changes, the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District’s board will have an opportunity to consider them at 4 p.m. Monday.

The most notable of the rule changes is the increase of the lot size for a well application from 2 acres to 5 acres. The change would have longterm impact to Wise County and the other counties in the district – Hood, Parker and Montague.

UTGCD General Manager Doug Shaw said the district has received considerable feedback on the rule changes. He said some amendments have been forwarded to the board, and he’s unsure if it will take action Monday.

The meeting is at the UTGCD office in Springtown, 1859 W. Hwy. 199. It is open to the public.

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