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Photo by: Stockyard Station Brian Hutson
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The National Day of the American Cowboy Will Be Celebrated This Saturday at the Fort Worth Stockyards

Saturday is the National Day of the American Cowboy (NDAC) and will be celebrated all over the Lone Star State. The closest place to Abilene holding a big celebration is the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Most all activities associated with the NDAC at the Fort Worth Stockyards will be free, with only a few exceptions.

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
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Taylor County Health Department to Host Food Handlers Safety Class in Abilene August 6th

If you own a food service business, work in food service, or have ever considered working food service, this class is for you. The Texas Department of State Health Services is holding a special accredited food handlers class. The class is a must and helps food service employees learn about food service safety.  Signing up in advance is recommended as space is limited. 

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Photo by: Mudd Creek
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Abilene State Park to Host "Dance Under the Stars 3″ July 28th

What could be better than dancing under the big Texas sky? How about doing it at the Abilene State Park while raising money to benefit the Abilene State Park. Mark you calendar as the Friends of the Abilene State Park host, ‘Dance Under the Stars 3′ with Muddy Creek performing live. Here’s how to get your tickets.

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Category: Abilene News, Events
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American Cancer Society in Abilene Needs Volunteer Drivers [VIDEO]

I was just contacted by my friend Melissa who happens to work for the American Cancer Society here in Abilene. She needs help, what she really needs is ‘Volunteer Drivers.’  The American Cancer Society ‘Road to Recovery’ program needs your help. You don’t have to be a doctor or a nurse, you just need to own a car, have insurance and be a safe driver. Here is your chance to help out a family member or a friend or maybe a complete stranger that needs help. Here’s how you can volunteer.

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Childrens Miracle Network
Childrens Miracle Network
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Miracle Treat Day to Benefit Childrens Miracle Network is July 26th

Hot Summer days are perfect for a little frozen treat of some kind, and if you’re looking for an excuse to partake of some creamy goodness, I’m about to give you one. The folks at Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) are working closely with several Texas Dairy Queens on a special one day fund raiser. This is the 26th year that CMN has been the beneficiary of the ‘Miracle Treat Day’. Here’s how you can participate.

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The John Wayne Film Festival Returns to Snyder Texas [VIDEO]

The ‘John Wayne Film Festival’ (JWFF) is returning to Snyder, Texas for the second year in a row. The festival is set for Labor Day weekend, August 31st through September 2nd. The historic Ritz Theater on the square in Snyder is where you’ll see some of the Duke’s most popular movies on the big screen.

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Category: Events, Movies
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Free Street Dance and Concert Coming to Downtown Sweetwater Texas [AUDIO]

‘Sweet H2O’ is a benefit fund raiser street-dance and concert, that will take place in downtown Sweetwater. The event will feature 11 musicians/bands that are scheduled to appear Saturday July 28th starting at 5 p.m. The music will range from Country to Texas music, Blues, Rock, Folk and Americana. The beneficiary of this event is the Texas Theater in downtown Sweetwater. Did I mention the concert and dance are free?

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The Abilene Public Library Will Host a "Conquer your Kindle" Class

My wife was given a Kindle by her employer for Christmas 2010. Christmas 2011, her boss gave her a ‘Kindle Fire’, and I was handed down her first one. At first I said “wow, an over grown iPhone for books, great.” I didn’t appreciate this hand me down e-book, until Janis Test with the Abilene Library, told me that I can check-out books with my Kindle and that the library has a ‘Conquer your Kindle’ class that I needed to take. That class is coming up again.

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Bug Nasty Returns to the Plowboy Mud Bog in Roscoe [VIDEO]

 

This Saturday July 7th the Roscoe little league baseball field is the location for the annual Plowboy Mud Bog. Felix Pantoja the Mud Bog organizer says, “last year ‘Bug Nasty’ from Hobbs New Mexico and the crowds favorite, seemed to be the only one to make it out of the pit, but this year Bug Nasty has got competition coming from the Texas panhandle. Bug Nasty is returning this year to defend it’s title.” Anyone can come watch or compete, even kids can make the dash for cash.

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Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images
Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images
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July 4th Neighborhood Parades Are Alive and Well in Abilene [VIDEO]

s the fourth of July nears, there are a lot of celebrations going on in Abilene and the Big Country. First off, there are two neighborhood parades I’m aware of, the Amarillo Street Parade and the Hillcrest neighborhood parade. The later will take place Wednesday July 4th. There are a lot of other Independence Day celebrations going on, here’s a list of what I’ve gathered so far.

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Photo by: Rudy Fernandez
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez
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Teen Night Returns To Abilene’s Mr. Gatti’s [SPONSORED]

Summer is here and so is Mr. Gatti’s ‘Teen Night’. Every Thursday night from eight till midnight through August 23rd, Mr. Gatti’s will be hosting teen night and giving away some awesome prizes for the basketball and air hockey tournaments. They’ll also be drawing for door prizes throughout the evening, those prizes include electronics, gift cards and more.

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Category: Abilene News, Events
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Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Gibson
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McMurry to Entertain Abilene With ‘Swing Swang Swung’ [AUDIO]

‘Swing, Swang, Swung’, will be a first for McMurry Universities theater and jazz band departments. Every summer McMurry puts on two dinner theaters, for the second production of the 2012 McMurry summer series ‘Swing, Swang, Swung’ as they call it, will be an evening of music, dining, and dancing in a nightclub setting, featuring a full seven piece jazz band with a female vocalist.

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Category: Abilene News, Events

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