Tidbits 8/21/2017

Parent workshop
The Military Child Education Parent-To-Parent Team will conduct a workshop on parental involvement from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene. Admission is free.

Zoo celebrates Senior Citizen Day

National Senior Citizen Day will be celebrated at the Abilene Zoo on Monday. The event features free admission, refreshments and entertainment for all guests age 60 and older.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with light refreshments. Discounted food and drinks also will be available at the Watering Hole. The Safari Express train will have $ 1 unlimited rides.

Mike Schuler will play from 11 a.m. to noon. Animal-related activities are an education chat at 10 at the pavilion, an animal encounter at noon in front of Bird Gardens and a Red River Hog Keeper Chat at the Giraffe Safari exhibit at 2.

Coffee with CASA
Big Country Court Appointed Special Advocates will conduct a “Coffee with CASA” informational meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at The Birdhouse Coffee Shop, 500 Chestnut St., Suite 101. For information, call 325-677-6448.

Movies at the library

  • A free showing of “Earth Girls Are Easy,” rated PG, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mockingbird Lane branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane. Adults only.
  • A free showing of “Casablanca,” rated PG, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Mockingbird Lane branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane.
  • A free showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” rated PG-13, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene.
  • A free showing of “Strange Magic,” rated PG, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mockingbird Lane branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane.
  • A free showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” rated PG-13, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene.

Big Country Beef Conference
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the biennial Big Country Beef Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Big Country Hall of the Taylor County Expo Center, 1982 Lytle Way. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Topics will include the state of the beef industry, herd management and range management. U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington will be the featured speaker.

Continuing education units will be available for agricultural pesticide applicator license-holders. Registration is $ 20, and includes lunch. For information, or to register, call 325-672-6048 or go to taylor.agrilife.org.

‘A Night of One Acts 2017’
“A Night of One Acts 2017,” featuring four one-act plays, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Abilene Community Theatre, 809 Barrow St. The plays will be “Hidden in This Picture,” “Experiments in Speed Dating,” “My Names is Leslie” and “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” Tickets are $ 10. For tickets, call 325-673-6271.

Mental Health Symposium
Mental Health America of Abilene will conduct the third annual Mental Health Symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the School of Nursing at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 1674 Pine St. The theme is “Legislative Mental Health Initiatives and The Addiction Epidemic: New Treatment Modalities and Personal Perspectives Surrounding Opiate Dependence and other Substance Abuse Disorders.”

Registration is $ 50 for those seeking continuing education credits, and $ 10 for all others. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to AbileneMHA.org.

Party on the Patio
Party on the Patio, featuring the Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Bad Moon Rising, will be open from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Kent’s Harley-Davidson, 3106 S. Clack St. Food trucks will be available.

Citizen of the Year nominations
The Abilene Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its Citizen of the Year Award, which will be presented at its annual awards celebration on Oct. 19. Nominations must be received by Friday. Mail nominations to Kim Bosher, Abilene Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 2281, Abilene, TX 79604; or email kimbosher@abilenechamber.com. For information, call 325-677-7241.

Casen’s Crew Golf Tournament
The Casen’s Crew Golf Tournament, conducted in memory of Casen Riley, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Maxwell Municipal Golf Course, 1002 S. 32nd St. The tournament desk will open at 7 a.m. Registration is $ 75 for individuals and $ 300 for groups of four. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation. To register, go to casenscrew.com.

Plant sale
The Big Country Iris and Daylily Society will conduct its annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mankin & Sons Gardens, 4002 N. First St.

Sporting Clays Classic
The 12th annual Meals on Wheels Sporting Clays Classic will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Abilene Clay Sports, 1102 E. Spur 707. Each shooter will get 100 targets, breakfast, lunch and more. Registration is $ 140 per shooter. To register, or for information, go to mealsonwheelsplus.com or call 325-672-5050.

Car show fundraiser
The third annual Cooper Band car show fundraiser will be open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cooper High School east parking lot, 3639 Sayles Blvd. Registration is $ 20, and will be open from 8-11 a.m. For more information, call 325-864-2054.

Dedication ceremony
A bench dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, 7457 West Lake Road. Eight benches were sponsored with funds raised through the 2016 CW2 Jennifer C. Hunter Warrior Run.

Grace Gala
The 2017 Grace Gala, a black tie event honoring Bob Nutt, will be Saturday at The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. Dinner will be catered by Perini Ranch Steakhouse, and a dance will feature a performance by Memphis Soul. Live and silent auctions will be available. Tickets are $ 225 for first floor seating and $ 175 for second floor seating. For information, go to thegracemuseum.org or contact 325-673-4587 or administration@thegracemuseum.org.

After-school recreation
Registration is open for the Abilene Recreation Division After School program, which will start Aug. 28 and run through the Abilene ISD school year. The program will be conducted from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rose Recreation Center, G.V. Daniels Recreation Center, Sears Recreation Center and Cobb Recreation Center. Games, arts and crafts, field trips and homework assistance will be available. Some Abilene ISD school sites offer transportation to the recreation centers.

The program is free to children who participate in the free or reduced price meal program, and $ 15 per week for others. To register, go to www.abilenetx.com/signup or the Community Services office at 633 Walnut St. Space is limited. For information, contact parksandrec@abilenetx.com or 325-676-6217.

Alzheimer’s program
The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter will present a free program, “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters,” from 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the association’s Abilene Regional Office, 301 S. Pioneer Drive, Suite 105. Reservations are recommended. To register, or for information, contact 800-272-3900 or mbannister@alz.org.

Food drive
Throughout August, Kindred at Home and Kindred Hospice will be collecting for the company’s 12th annual food drive to benefit Meals on Wheels Plus. Collections will be accepted at the company office at 1655 Antilley Road, Suite 300, as well as at various healthcare facilities. Canned food, nonperishables, peanut butter and personal hygiene items will be accepted.

Art show
The Creative Arts Club will conduct its Multi-Member Show Sept. 1-30 at Studio 13, 909 N. 13th St. Artists will include Dorothy Whisenhunt, Lisa Ward, Sue Ellington, Margaret Davis, Mary Brooks, Mary Gregory and Teresa Johnston. A reception will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

Beatles tribute
A concert  titled “Yesterday, a Beatles tribute band,” will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $ 25. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

West Texas Fair & Rodeo Parade
The West Texas Fair & Rodeo Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in downtown Abilene. The theme will be “Pride in our Past, Faith in our Future.” Awards will be presented for decorated floats, antique tractors, bands and more. Entry applications must be submitted by Aug. 25. Applications are available at taylorcountyexpocenter.com.

Community dinner
Christian Service Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a community dinner, “Transforming Communities Through Empowerment & Love,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. Star Parker will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $ 50, and must be purchased by Sept. 5. For information, contact 325-673-7531 or kdansby@cscabilene.org.

Seeking local authors
Friends of the Abilene Public Library is seeking local authors who have published a book within the past 12 months. These authors will be honored at the Abilene Author Showcase, which will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library as a part of the 17th annual West Texas Book Festival. Authors are encouraged to contact Janis Test at 325-676-6017 or janis.test@abilenetx.com. For information on the festival, go to www.abilenetx.com/apl.

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