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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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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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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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