If you have kids you know how fast they grow out of their clothes. You also know that it's possible to spend a small fortune on those clothes and toys. Dittos for Kiddos is Abilene's oldest and largest children's consignment sale and their is not much you can't find or afford.
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?'
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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