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The Grace Museum in Abilene is Hosting a Valentine Vendor Fair Saturday February 9th

The 3rd annual 'Valentine Vendor Fair' shopping extravaganza will be held at the Grace Museum this Saturday, February 9th. This is an great time to get those hard to buy for people in your life some unique one-of-a-kind gift items. Artisans from around West Texas will set up shop to vend their arts inside the Grace this Saturday starting at 10 AM. They say that "love is in the air at the Grace." What kinds of goods will you find at this years 'Vendor Fair?'

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The Care Van is Coming to Abilene for Another Free Immunization Clinic February 7th

The "Free Immunization Clinics" and the "Care Vans" are a direct result of several organizations working together to offer these services in Abilene. Through a coordinated effort, the "Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Inc.", Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and the Medical Care Mission are all directly responsible for helping immunize many Abilene and West Texas Children over the years. Now The Care Van is holding another immunization clinic on Thursday February 7th at 1857 Pine Street.

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9th Annual Autism Extravaganza Comes to Abilene Christian University February 6th

The Abilene Region 14 Education Service Center and the Autism Speaks foundation are hosting the "9th Annual Autism Extravaganza" and the “Greater Abilene Walk Now for Autism Speaks” kick-off luncheon at the ACU Hunter Welcome Center, Wednesday, February 6th. This years featured speaker is John Elder Robison, author and lecturer. Robison will share his unique experiences as a person living with Asperger Syndrome.

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The Band Perry Returns to Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth on May 3rd

The last time The Band Perry played at Billy Bob’s, they did so to a standing room only crowd. Pam Minick Billy Bob's Director of Marketing told me "The Band Perry returns to Billy Bob’s on May 3rd, for what is sure to be another sell out show." This time The Band Perry will return to the worlds largest honky-tonk with three number one songs under their belt and numerous awards and nomination including a Grammy nod for 'If I Die Young'.

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Abilene Chamber to Host a Series of “Social Media 101 for Business” Traning Seminars Staring February 5th

Whether you own a big business with hundreds of employees or you have a side business in your garage, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce (COC) wants to help you grow your business with help from 'social media.' The Marketing Committee of the Abilene COC and TXU Energy are co-sponsoring a one day “Social Media 101 for Businesses” training session, this Tuesday February 6th at the ACU Hunter Welcome Center and early registration is a must.

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a 14-week-old chihuahua
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American Cancer Society is Hosting Abilene’s First Bark for Life Relay February 23rd.

You know what 'Relay for Life' is right? Well just imagine the very same thing, but only with the family pet. The American Cancer Society (ACS) in Abilene is holding the first ever 'Bark for Life' here at 'Camp Barkley' next to Grover Nelson Park. Unlike 'Relay for Life,' the Bark for Life will go from 9 AM until 1 PM whereas Relay for Life goes from 7 PM until 7 AM. The four hour four legged event will be much like the human event a "fun and festive atmosphere" complete with a survivor lap and games.

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Circus Gatti Coming to Abilene February 22nd and 23rd at Taylor County Expo Center

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, Circus Gatti is coming back to Abilene.  So, if you like high flying trapeze artists, funny clowns, and daring performers, then this is a must see event for everyone.

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‘The Fur Ball’ Abilene’s Only Dinner and Dance for People and Their Pets is Back Febraury 16th

Abilene's only dinner and dance for people and their dogs is scheduled for February 16th at the Abilene Civic Center. The "Fur Ball" for 2013 is themed "Cow Dogs and Cowboys" so wear you boots, hats and blue jeans. A gourmet meal will be served for all the guests, human and canine. The people food will be catered by Perini Ranch Steakhouse and the doggie buffet is provided by Pam's Pets. This is an RSVP event and tickets will need to be purchased in advance. Besides the 'Fur Ball' is a major fundraiser for Rescue the Animals in Abilene.

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The 2nd Annual Children’s Arts and Literacy Festival is coming to Downtown Abilene

The 2nd Annual Children's Arts and Literacy Festival (CALF) is coming to Downtown Abilene. The CALF is scheduled to begin with ArtWalk on June 13th and end on Fathers Day at the Abilene Zoo on June 16th. Readings will take place on Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th with many other activities planned around Abilene for the duration of the Fathers Day weekend. Last years CALF event featuring Dr. Seuss was a tremendous success by the sheer numbers of people that attended and participated.

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Abilene Library to Host ‘Easy How to Xeriscape Gardening and Landscaping’ Seminar

In West Texas rain and water are always in short supply, so when I heard that a xeriscape seminar is coming back (I missed it last year) to the Abilene Public Library, you got my undivided attention. Xeriscaping is a method of landscaping and/or gardening that uses water-saving and/or waterless, drought-resistant plants that are native to West Texas. The most important thing to remember is learning what plants are best for xeriscaping and what plants are water hogs.

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Art Walks - Art and Love
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Valentine’s Day ArtWalk in Abilene is all About ‘Love and Movies’

This months Center for Contemporary Arts 'ArtWalk' is themed 'For the Love of Movies' and promises to fill the air with romance. Burgess Thomas, Marketing Curator for the Center says "Valentine's Day ArtWalk will incorporate the Abilene Community Theater plus we're putting love and movies together here."  Bring the family to the historic downtown area of Abilene where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment are waiting for you, or make it a date night since it's on Valentine's Day. Love will be in the air as all the participants are eagerly looking forward to one of the more fun 'loving' walks.

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The World of Wheels Comes to the Abilene Civic Center Jan. 25th – 27th

The World of Wheels is back at the Abilene Civic Center, featuring hot rods, customs, racing show cars, motorcycles and more. Car enthusiast and Show Chairman Steve Longmire says "this years World of Wheels is awesome because there's something that will interest everyone no matter what the age is." Have your picture made with Tow Mater from the Walt Disney movie 'Cars.' If you're a NASCAR fan, you're going to love meeting Bobby Allison. There really is Something for everyone. Here's all the rest of the ticket info.

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