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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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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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"Spamalot" on opening night at the Wynn Las Vegas
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Monty Python’s Hilarious Play ‘Spamalot’ Comes to Abilene, February 19th

Don't miss one minute of the hilarious antics of Monty Python's 'Spamalot' that is set to be in Abilene, Tuesday, February 19th at the Abilene Civic Center. It's obvious from the very beginning that 'Spamalot' gets it's beginnings from the highly successful 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' movie that still generates laughter, even after we've seen it fifty times. 'Spamalot' took home several trophy's from the 2005 Tony Awards. So, here's you prime opportunity to take in an award winning musical.

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The Burns Supper and Scottish Night is January 26th in Abilene

When I first heard of the "Burns Supper and Scottish Night" event, I began to wonder if people were speaking in code. Little did I know, one person was rehearsing the welcoming of the guests and the infamous 'Haggis'. The later seemed to garner a lot of attention. Haggis, had we met before? Was this Haggis new to the sales department? Oh, I remember Haggis well, yes, yes Haggis and the Burns Supper an event celebrated worldwide. This years event will be January 26th in downtown Abilene.

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NASA May Stage Angry Birds-Style Invasion of Martian Moon

The Angry Birds franchise turned to NASA for the development and promotion of their game Angry Birds Space. Now it appears the space agency is turning to the super-addictive game for their latest strategy to explore the great beyond.

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Kelly Clarkson Performs ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ at President Obama’s Inauguration

After President Obama gave his now-famous inauguration speech on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, Kelly Clarkson had her very own chance to shine. The country crossover (and Obama supporter) sang a heart-tugging rendition of 'My Country 'Tis of Thee.'

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Brian Hembstead, of Midland, enjoys BBQ
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The Texas Wild Bunch Bonanza BBQ and Auction is Set for Jan. 26th Near Coronado’s Camp

It's that time of year, when the sweet smell of mesquite wood burning in an ole smoker fills the air. The 11th Annual Wild Bunch Bonanza Cook Off and Auction is scheduled for this Saturday, January 26th starting at 10:00 AM when the gates open. Attendees will get to sample everything from quail, to deer, elk to brisket and smoked wild hog to tasty jalapeno poppers.  The Wild Bunch Bonanza is an annual fundraiser for the ECCA Volunteer Fire Department. Last years proceeds got ECCA's fire department a new brush firefighting truck.

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The 2013 West Texas Rehab Center’s Telethon Raises Over 1.2 Million Dollars

As the old saying goes, "it ain't over till the fat lady has sung" and she has done so because the totals are in. The West Texas Rehab Center's telethon and auction raised, $1,202,646. This is not the all-time high for the Rehab center, in fact last year's telethon was, when the Rehab center raised just over 1.33 million dollars. This year's total is the fourth highest  in the history of the Rehab center's telethon and auction.

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Vietnam Veterans Commemorate 25th Anniversary
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26th Annual ‘TET Reunion’ for Veterans is Scheduled for February 2nd in Abilene

The 26th Annual 'TET Reunion' honoring all Veterans, is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd starting at 12:00 noon at the Taylor County Expo center. All Veteransand their families are welcomed, and encouraged to bring their photo's and memorabilia from their era of service. The TET reunion was started by Vietnam Vets but is open to all Vets, no matter the era of service. There will be food, drinks, displays, memorabilia and a USO kind of show.

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Abilene Area Kids Will Participate in Youth Varmint Hunt for Texas Outdoor Child Organization

They're back, it's time again for the annual youth varmint hunts to benefit the Texas Outdoor C.H.I.L.D. a non-profit organization that provides hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures to children that suffer from terminal illnesses and/or life altering medical conditions. The first in a series of hunts is scheduled for February, 16th and 17th. Any child that is from the Lone Star State can register to participate in the weekend long hunt.

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ArtWalk Takes on a ‘Mardi Gras Madness’ Theme, January 10th in Downtown Abilene [VIDEO]

This months Center for Contemporary Arts 'ArtWalk' is themed 'Mardi Gras Madness' and promises to be just as fun as the real Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Bring the entire family to the historic downtown area of Abilene where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment are waiting for you. If you dare, wear your favorite Mardi Gras mask or paint your face and join the parade.

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