DOabilene's to-do's for the week (July 18-23)

Entertainment

1. Heads Carolina, tails Roscoe. Jo Dee Messina, who has nine No. 1 country songs and loads of awards, including two Grammy nominations, will be in concert at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lumberyard in Roscoe. Among her biggest hits is “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” in 1996. The Lumberyard is at 7 Cypress St. Call 325-766-2457 for ticket information.

2. Faire deal. Jonathan Hester is on stage Saturday night at Play Faire Park, 2300 N. Second St. The music will start around 7:45 p.m.

3. Ready to party? Party on the Patio is back at Kent’s Harley-Davidson, 3106 S. Clack St., starting at 6 p.m. Friday. The musical guest is Danielle Nicole, a blues/soul singer. Food trucks will be there for dinner. There is no admission charge. 

4. Artist talk. Katie Maratta will talk about her new collection of work, “Horizonscapes,” beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St.

Family

1. Horses are back in town. The State 4-H Horse Show begins Saturday and goes through next week at the Taylor County Expo Center. Competitors from across Texas will take part. For info, go to animalscience.tamu.edu/livestock-species/equine/state-h-show.

2. Movies at the mall library. “Zootopia” (rated PG) is the movie at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library at the Mall of Abilene. There is a related craft project. On Thursday, at the same branch, it’s “Split” (R), at 6 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, it’s “San Andreas” (PG-13) at the south branch. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Mockingbird Lane branch, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane, it’s “Sing” (PG). And then at 3 p.m. Sunday, back at the south branch, it’s “Unbroken” (PG-13). All movies are shown free of charge.

3. Let’s go racing. Racing continues Saturday night at Abilene Speedway. In addition to regular racing, it’s photo and autograph night — kids can meet the drivers and often take home souvenirs. Racing begins at 8 p.m. The speedway is located at 6825 W. Highway 80. Call 325-692-8800 or 725-3849 for info, or go to abilenespeedway@yahoo.com.

Other stuff

1. Pedal power. The 35th Tour de Gap bike event is scheduled for Saturday, with 11-, 27- and 62-mile rides, and Sunday, with a 7.5-mile time trial. Saturday’s rides start at 8 a.m. with Sunday launching at 9 a.m., both from Old Settlers Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap. Cost is $ 35 through Thursday for the Saturday rides, and $ 15 for the time trial.

2. Custom-made event. Presentations about burial customs are planned for 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Taylor County Historical Center, formerly Buffalo Gap Historic Village, 133 N. Williams St. Cost is $ 3. This is a family friendly event but an adult must accompany a youth. 

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