Business and craft expo set for Saturday at St. Jerome

St. Jerome business, craft expo

The Women’s Society of St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Road, will host a Discover Waco Business and Craft Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

The expo, timed for holiday gifts, will feature many local businesses and craft vendors promoting their wares, plus food trucks and food vendors.

The event is free. For more information, email

United Way grant session

United Way of McLennan County will have its 2022-23 Grant Eligibility information session at 2 p.m. Monday.

It will be a Zoom event. To get the meeting link, call 254-752-2753.

The 2022-23 session will cover eligibility criteria, United Way’s Impact Framework priority areas for funding and the steps in the application process. Attending the webinar is not required to enter the eligibility process, but highly recommended, especially for organizations new to United Way’s grant process.

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Free legal clinic Monday

Greater Waco Legal Services presents a free legal clinic Monday at Alta Vista Elementary School, 3637 Alta Vista Drive.

Appointments are available from 6 to 8 p.m.

To make an appointment, email or call 254-733-2828.

YMCA diabetes program

The YMCA’s yearlong Diabetes Prevention Program will start Nov. 9 and continue with meetings from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1402 Elm Ave. The program is for adults who have prediabetes or are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

For more information or to register, email Crystal Hernandez at or call 254-776-6612.

Going for a walk after a meal can help reduce blood sugar levels, even if it’s just for a few short minutes, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed how light physical activity like standing and walking affects insulin and blood sugar levels. The findings suggest that going for a light walk after a meal – even for as little as 2-5 minutes – can improve blood sugar levels. Simply standing can also help lower blood sugar levels, but not to the same degree as walking. When you eat a meal – particularly one heavy in carbohydrates – it’s normal for your blood sugar levels to sometimes spike temporarily. This spike in blood sugar triggers the release of insulin, which allows glucose to enter your cells, where it’s used for energy. However, if the body consistently has very high spikes in blood sugar, cells can eventually stop responding to insulin. Therefore, a walk after meals can help lower blood sugar levels, potentially reducing the chances of developing heart disease. “If you can do physical activity 60 to 90 minutes after eating, that is when you’re going to benefit from not having the glucose spike,” Aidan Buffey, MSc, lead study author and PhD candidate at the University of Limerick’s Health Research Institute.

Bell ringers needed

The Salvation Army of Waco is looking for volunteers — individuals, groups and businesses — to ring the bells at the Red Kettles this Christmas season. The annual Red Kettle Campaign is one of The Salvation Army’s primary fundraising efforts of the year. Money collected supports the wide range of services and programs provided throughout the year in McLennan County.

Volunteer opportunities for bell ringers will start Friday and run through Dec. 24, Mondays through Saturdays. To volunteer, go to For more information, call Dinah Mills at 254-756-7271.

Submit printed items to Briefly, P.O. Box 2588, Waco, 76702-2588; or email