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This Weekend in the Panhandle

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, we've got you covered. 

Here's a list of what's going on in our area: 

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

The Amarillo Symphony has a special concert featuring pianist Natasha Paremski.

The concert is Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at 20 dollars and can be purchased at amarillosymphony.org or call 806-376-8782.


Chase Tower Run

You can participate in an athletic challenge and help the community at the Chase Tower Run this Saturday.

Runners will run around the Amarillo National Bank parking garage, then run laps around the Chase Tower parking garage before running up the stairs to the 31st floor at the Amarillo Club.

Runners can then enjoy brunch at the Amarillo Club.

The race is $40 per person, and that includes brunch. You can register here.

The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at 600 South Tyler. 

All proceeds benefit the Brandy Lee Leard Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Saint Andrew's Episcopal School/Barnes and Noble Bookfair Fundraiser

Students of Saint Andrew's Episcopal school will be at Barnes and Noble on Soncy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday to promote Barnes and Noble's Bookfair Fundraiser.

The fundraiser will be benefiting the St. Andrew's Middle School library.

During the event, the students will have musical performances and various reading actives.


Respect Life Banquet

The 21st Annual Respect Life Banquet will be held this Sunday, Feb. 25,  in the Heritage Room at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The banquet will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Jennifer Allmon, Executive Director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.

There will be a social hour and auction, with dinner provided by The Big Texan.

Tickets are 50 dollars a person or 500 dollars for a table of 8.

For tickets or more information contact 806-414-1059 or visit amarillodiocese.org


Coffee Memorial Blood Center is extending hours this weekend to help Oklahoma who has an urgent need for donors.

Winter weather, hazardous road conditions and the flu epidemic have hindered blood donations across Oklahoma.

If you'd like to donate you can visit Coffee Memorial Blood Center which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

All donor types are requested.

For more information visit thegiftoflife.org/web


11th Annual Restaurant Roundup


An event that is sure to satisfy your appetite, the 11th Annual Restaurant Roundup, is happening next week.

The Panhandle Restaurant Association is partnering with other local businesses to host this great food spectacle.

The event will take place Thursday, March 1 inside the Rex Baxter Building at the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds. Dinner is served at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m., or until no more food is available.

More than 45 restaurants and wineries throughout the Panhandle will deliver tastes of their signature foods.

The event will feature plenty of seating, a large dance floor, and live music from the band Insufficient Funds.

In addition to food, there will be miniature competitions taking place.

A handful of chefs will be going head-to-head in a "Battle of the Chefs," where the winner get's to call themselves "Amarillo's Top Chef."

Also, students from Boys Ranch Schools, Tascosa High School and Caprock High School will compete in a student-run showcase. All student competitors must cook a dish containing a secret ingredient.

Anyone who attends the event is asked to brings three non-perishable food items with them to the door.

The non-perishable items help those in need, but anyone who donates will receive a commemorative wine glass to celebrate the event.

Proceeds will go directly toward benefiting high school culinary classes and other charities like Snak Pak 4 Kids and Meals-on-Wheels.

The donation of non-perishable items goes toward helping Faith City Mission supply food for those in need.

Throughout the 10 years then event has been going on, a cumulative $220,000 has been raised in an effort to help local programs. 

If you are interested in going to the event, tickets are $30 and available online here.

You can also purchase tickets in person at Joe Taco, Joe Daddy's, Macaroni Joe's and La Fiesta Grande.


Pop Culture pops into The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is taking a look at pop culture and its phenomenon by focusing on the 1950s through the 2000s. 

"We'll be doing four separate exhibits here at the PPHM and it's pop culture, and we're talking about pop culture has influenced the world and the world has influenced pop culture over the last sixty years," marketing manager Stephanie Price said. "Particularly pertaining to the Panhandle and Texas."

Price hopes the exhibit brings light to how historical events are continuing to influence pop culture and entertainment in ways some visitors may not realize. 

"We have bedrooms upstairs because as everyone knows our bedroom is our sanctuary. It's where we really able to explore pop culture and ourselves, putting movie posters on the wall, the hamburger phone by the bed. You know, things that will really pop out to people from each decade," said Price. 

Along with the bedroom exhibit you can also find RCA to Apple which is a celebration of technological advances. As well as watch famous movie clips, quotes and unforgettable moments roll across the screen in the PPHM Theater. 

The exhibit will be open through the end of the year.

"In a cultural revolution we'll be talking about the historical impact of pop culture and how pop culture in return impacts history. Learning about things like the Berlin Wall, and the Space Race, and Vietnam, and how that all impacted our culture here in the Panhandle," she said. "This is a complete deviation in exhibits that we've ever done. There's little pieces of each one that I love."


Amarillo public libraries host story times honoring black history month

Each of the five Amarillo public libraries will host an hour for children to learn the stories of African-Americans that were a part of the nation's history.

They hope to educate the kids on how they too can overcome adversity and pursue whatever they set their minds to.

Children of all ages and their families gathered at North Branch Library to hear the stories of important African-Americans in history.

Speakers were city councilwoman Freda Powell and an Amarillo ISD teacher and member of the Amarillo College Board of Regents, Patrick Miller.

The two read stories about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., ballet dancer Raven Wilkinson and even former president Barack Obama.

Public Relations Coordinator, Stacy Clopton Yates, says Amarillo Public Libraries is featuring a great selection to honor black history.

"We have stories for example about the first African-American woman who was an astronaut who went to space, that's one that I love, "she said. "We have stories about African-American writers and politicians, and activists and artists, so it's going to be a great time to learn for all of us."

Powell and Miller engaged in conversations with children about how far the nation has come in history and the African-American figures who paved the way for equality.

They encourage them to follow in their footsteps by treating others equally.

"It's an opportunity to educate our children, you know, to let them know that we can serve our community together, we can be friends, we can love each other," said Powell. "And so it's just changing the mindset of our culture."

They want children to not only learn about black history and its important role in creating change in our country, but that they too can get involved in the community and create change at home in Amarillo.

"They don't have to remain on the sidelines and as they mature and, you know, get better educated, they can find themselves in the position to which they can truly impact their community and the way that all of us leaders here in this Amarillo area hope that we are," said Miller.

"More than anything regardless of race, you know, that they can be a leader too and they can help move our city forward," said Powell. "And they can be a leader at home as well."

Black History Month storytime will be every Saturday this month and one in March.

For a list of times and locations, visit the Amarillo Public Libraries website.


Upcoming Events: 

Willie Nelson & Family 

Willie Nelson is coming to Amarillo, so get your tickets before they sell out.

You can find ticket information here.

The concert will be at the Amarillo Civic Center on March 12 at 8:00 p.m.


24 Hours in the Canyon

Registration is now open for this year's 24 Hours in the Canyon benefiting the Cancer Survivorship Center.

There are three ways to participate, you can participate competitively on your own or with a team at different levels ranging in cost from 75 dollars to 125 dollars.

You can also register as non-competitive as an individual or a team for 50 dollars per person.

Or if you are not much of a bike rider you can be a ghostrider for 24 dollars.

The annual road and mountain bike event is June 2nd and 3rd.

For a look at the schedule and perks for regular and premium registration visit 24hoursinthecanyon.org/schedule or 24hoursinthecanyon.org/schedule

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