The San Angelo Health Foundation has awarded more than 768 thousand dollars to nineteen nonprofit organizations. The grants encompass education, health care, mental health, public safety and youth enrichment: The Civil Air Patrol was awarded $25,000 to purchase a portable building for their program. Friends of the Robert Lee Care Center was awarded 56 hundred to construct a gazebo. Howard College of San Angelo was awarded 2 hundred 70 thousand for equipment for the Health Science Professions and expansion of the Medical Assistant program. The Institute for Cognitive Development was awarded nearly 1 hundred 98 thousand assume operation of the Redwine Child Care Center and also for technology for the Family Shelter. La Esperanza Clinic was awarded 1 hundred and 5 thousand to install in-room technology. Lake Ivie Volunteer Fire Department was awarded 85 thousand for a brush truck. The San Angelo Area Foundation was awarded 25 thousand for the amplification fund for the San Angelo Gives program. The Wall Independent School District was awarded 25 thousand towards the installation of lights for the tennis courts. Unsolicited seasonal assistance grants totaling 30 thousand were also presented to eleven organizations.
A local Kayaking group, the Kayaking Divas and Dudes are inviting everyone out for their annual holiday paddle down the Concho River and enjoy the light scenes on Saturday afternoon, at 5:30 p.m. It will start at the boat ramp behind the Girl Scouts Building on West Avenue A. They invite decorated kayaks, canoes, or small watercraft to paddle the Concho River after dark. All kayaks must be illuminated to launch on the river.
City offices will be closed on December 24th and 25th and January 1st for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no trash pickup and the landfill will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Trash collection will be delayed one day from Christmas Day through the 28th. So, Wednesday’s routes will be serviced on Thursday, Thursday’s routes will be serviced on Friday and so on into Saturday. Routes for commercial customers may also lag by a day during that span. City offices and rec centers will also be closed.
Last week an Air Force Airman who was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base and convicted of child sexual assault here was found dead in his jail cell in San Antonio. 24-year old Robert D. Brice was sentenced to eight years in confinement after he was convicted of sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. Guards found the airman unresponsive during a routine check. he was arrested in 2017 in San Angelo, initially on charges of online solicitation of a minor.
Families will have another opportunity to meet and greet Santa at the 20th Annual Santa’s Santa Fe Christmas is presented by the Railway Museum of San Angelo on December 20th and December 21st from 6 to 9 pm. A photo can be taken with Santa in exchange for a monetary donation. In addition, tour the historic atmosphere of the museum and view the running train models as they travel through the intricately detailed displays. Christmas songs will be performed by the San Angelo Choral Society from 7 to 8 pm.