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Unique Places to Have a Wedding in Abilene

We are coming up on 'wedding' season. June is the most popular month to get married in and I'm already seeing photos on Facebook of those planning their upcoming nuptials. I see a lot of people on Pinterest, as well, posting their favorite hair-do's, cakes, dresses, decorating ideas and more. I've even seen some beautiful pictures of places they would like to have the wedding; some are destinations others jus

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Taste of Abilene 2013
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2013 Taste of Abilene to Benefit Local Charities is April 30th

The answer to the question "What's for dinner?" will be a lot easier on Tuesday, April 30th, as the Abilene Civic Center will host 'Taste of Abilene 2013'. The event, presented by the Abilene Rotary Club and the Abilene Restaurant Association, will showcase about 3 dozen restaurants and caterers from the Abilene area. It will benefit local non-profit organizations and community organizations.

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“Healthy Kids Day” Returns to Redbud Park YMCA in Abilene April 27th

The annual 'Healthy Kids Day' is coming back to the Redbud YMCA Saturday, April 27th, doors will opening at 9am. This all day free family event includes a 1-mile family fun run, bike or walk through the park. Plus swimming, gymnastic, tumbling and karate demonstrations, a bike safety course, kids health screenings, door prizes, and more. This is open to the public and no membership is required, the Y’s committed to addressing critical health and education issues facing Abilene's youth.

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Larry Joe Taylor’s 25th Annual Texas Music Festival is April 23-27th in Stephenville

For the 25th year, the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival returns to Stephenville, Texas. Melody Mountain Ranch will play host to great live music from some of Texas' best singers, songwriters and musicians is what the LJT Festival prides itself on year in and year out, but there's much more to the event. Camping, a barbecue cook-off, and this year, there will be a silent auction to benefit the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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The 2nd Annual 5K Zombie Run May 4th to Benefits the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, Creeps Rudy Out

Let's get one thing straight, I am not afraid of zombies, I am just creeped out by them, I don't like them and I dang sure don't want to be around them, ever! Now, if this is your cup of tea then knock yourself out cowboy, run till your hearts content. Will I help out the Buffalo Gap Historical Village (BGHV) with their annual fundraiser? You bet, but this "Fearless" deejay will not be dodging zombies on the back roads of Buffalo Gap.

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Rudy Will Live in an Oversize Dog House During the Emergency Animal Adoption This Weekend

A couple of weeks ago Paul Washburn with Rescue the Animals and Aaron Vannoy Animal Services Manager for the City of Abilene approached me with the idea of me living in that over-sized doghouse again, to draw attention to the unwanted animals at area shelters. I thought about it for a minute and said yes. The reason for me doing it again is simple, we are so close to setting an all time record for animals adopted here in Abilene that I'd hate to miss setting a new record while saving more pets.

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Kiwanis Club of Abilene to Host 64th Annual Pancake Day April 27th

Gallons of batter and syrup, many pounds of sausage and thousands of pats of butter all added together means only 1 thing; the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day. This is, in fact, the 64th year the local Kiwanis Club has put on the pancake day.

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Abilene Education Foundation Will Host 3rd Annual Cajun Fest April 11th in Downtown Abilene

Hungry for some authentic Cajun food? The Abilene Education Foundation (AEF) is hosting the 3rd annual Cajun Fest on Thursday April 11th. This years crawfish and shrimp boil is being prepared by Two Daddy's Crawfish from Bosier City, Louisiana. Two Daddy's is known the world over for their authentic Cajun Cuisine. Don't miss it, get your tickets and get there early.

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Stoney LaRue
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Stoney LaRue to Headline the Chris Shields Memorial Scholarship Benefit Concert April 18th at the Lucky Mule

Stoney LaRue is a legend and a pioneer of the Red Dirt music scene. He is making his way back to Abilene for a special event. Don't miss the opportunity to see Stoney, with special guest Zach Harmon on Thursday, April 18th for the Chris Shields Memorial Scholarship Benefit Concert at the Lucky Mule Saloon.

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Abilene’s Annual Rhinestone Roundup is May 10th Featuring Legendary Johnny Lee

The Rhinestone Round-Up benefits the Taylor Co. Expo Center and takes place during the Western Heritage Classic it will be held Friday, May 10th this year. There will be lots of great food, fun and entertainment. This years headliner is the legendary Johnny Lee.

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‘Friends of NRA’ Banquet Set for June 29th at Abilene Civic Center

The "Friends of NRA" is a group that hold fundraisers, such as banquets, for the 'future of shooting sports'. Friends of NRA banquets are known for three things- fun, fellowship, and fundraising. Last year alone, there were over 1,070 Friends of NRA events across the country raising over $20 million dollars for The NRA Foundation.

Locally, the next "Friends of NRA" banquet is scheduled for June 29th.

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The Empty Bowls Project to Raise Money for Hunger is April 6th, at St. Paul’s UMC in Abilene

The Empty Bowls Project is a fundraising event where you pay $10.00 for a bowl of soup and some bread or crackers, and when you're done eating, you get to keep the bowl. All the bowls are one-of-a-kind hand crafted by artisans from around the Big Country and the Lone Star State. All funds raised go directly back into our community to feed the hungry, through church/community kitchens and/or pantries.

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