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This Weekend in the Panhandle

Bad Magik Music Festival

This weekend local musicians will be coming together to perform in Amarillo's biggest free music festival.

Amarillo musicians from all genres will be performing at the Bad Magik Music Festival at Sam Houston Park this Saturday. 

The goal of the event is to celebrate the diversity and talent of Amarillo's music scene while enjoying food, shopping, and community.

"We wanted to give musicians a change of venue," says event organizer Scott Stine. "Most of them play in bars to the same 25 people and we wanted to give them the opportunity to play for more and give the community the opportunity to support up and coming local musicians."

Last year over 500 people attended the festival making Bad Magik the largest free music festival in the panhandle.

Performers include Maggie Burt, Jason Hodges, Smooth Taste, Lakehouse Project, Uncle Puppy & the Rejects, Dallas Owens, Comanche Moon, Deathbelles, City Will Shake, Rupert the Duke.

Vendors for this year's festival include Shi-Lee’s Soul Food, Fireslice, Free Cheese Prints, Amie’s Face and Body Paint, Orcgore Illustrations,  ACTS Community Center, Fishlady’s Fashion Boutique, Gamequest, Actual Size, Font and Fiddle, and Amarillo College.

The concert series is this Saturday, May 27 from noon to 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.


City pools to open this weekend

A sunny Memorial Day weekend will get a little cooler as the City of Amarillo prepares to open all pools for the summer.

The splash pads around the city are already open as temperatures spiked in April and May. The City wants to remind residents there is a splash pad in the Medi Park District designed for kids with special needs to cool off and have fun with their families.

The pools in Southeast Park, Southwest Park and Thompson Park are scheduled to open on Saturday, May 27 to help you cool down this summer. 

PRICES, HOURS FOR CITY POOLS: Southeast Pool | Southwest Pool | Thompson Pool

"We are working hard to make sure the pools are open this weekend," said Parks and Recreation Director Rob Tweet. "We are performing maintenance on the filters, painting the pools and filling them."

Swim lessons are also available for kids in the city who are interested in learning to swim on their own and the Parks and Recreation Department is still looking for swim instructors, and life guards to work over the summer. 

If you are interested in applying for a  job or signing up for swim lessons with the city visit amarilloparks.org for more information. 


Memorial Day Ceremony - Randall County Veterans Park

A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 29 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Randall County Veterans Park. 

The ceremony is being held to honor all of the fallen soldiers from all wars.

Special guest speakers will be at the service and there will be a flyover by the Blue Sky Honor Flight at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

The service is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Randall County Veterans Park
4101 S. Georgia St.
Amarillo, Texas, TX 79109


Memorial Day Ceremony - Dreamland Cemetery

In honor of Memorial Day, a service to remember fallen soldiers will take place at Dreamland Cemetery.

The service will start at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 29.

Guest speaker, Skip Huskey will be there and invites you to attend. Organizers encourage folks to bring a lawn chair and umbrella.

For more information you can call park manager, Bill Seals at 655-2919.

Dreamland Cemetery
26500 South U.S.Highway 87


Old Time Spring Fling Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Palo Duro Canyon Saturday, May 27 for the Old Time Spring Fling Dance. 

During the great depression, community dances were a low cost way of having a lot of fun and the park wants to carry on that tradition.

If you are attending wear clothes and shoes you'd like to dance in and remember dancing will take place outdoors, so come prepared.

Meet at the El Coronado Lodge Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gates from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

There are no fees for the dance itself. Regular entrance fees of $5 per adult (kids 12 & under are free) still apply.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 Park Road 5 
Canyon, TX 79015
(806) 488-2227


Sons of Liberty Pool Tournament

An Amarillo business has partnered up with the Sons of Liberty to host a benefit for Texas Panhandle volunteer fire departments this weekend.

Around 78% of Texas firefighters are volunteers and many across the panhandle fought wildfires earlier this year and lost equipment and gear in the battle.

You can help the cause and enjoy a day of pool and darts at J.R.'s Pool Palace this Sunday, May 28 with sign-ups lasting from noon to 1 p.m.

It's $10 to buy in for the pool tournament and $5 to buy in for darts. Food and beverages will be available as well.

For more information contact Cricket Linker at 523-9645 or email them at usasonsofliberty@gmail.com


Homelessness and Mental Health in Amarillo: The Housing First Model

NAMI Texas Panhandle is hosting "Homelessness and Mental Health in Amarillo: The Housing First Model" Saturday, May 27.

Amarillo Housing First Director, Chris Seright will present an hour-long presentation about resources available for those in need in our area and how you can help.

The presentation is from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Polk St. United Methodist Church, Room 105.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information call 806-678-7385


Ride for the Relay

Join High Plains Harley-Davidson and the Zia Zombies this Saturday, May 27 to help chomp out cancer one bite at a time.

The event is from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting at High Plains Harley-Davidson.

If you want to participate a single rider is10 dollars and 15 dollars for doubles.

For more information call (575) 769-1000

High Plains Harley-Davidson
400 Mabry Dr.
Clovis, New Mexico


Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo

The Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo will be happening the weekend of June, the 2nd, and 3rd!

Come out to the Amarillo National Center at the Tri-State Fairgrounds for not just the rodeo, but much more!

A specific schedule and list of events can be found below.

Friday, June 2

Rodeo at 7 p.m.

A Friday ticket includes: Brats & Brews at 5 p.m. (while supplies last) Dance at 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Rodeo at 7 p.m.

Saturday ticket includes: Chuckwagon & Brew at 5 p.m. (while supplies last) Dance at 10 p.m.

General admission tickets apply, child prices apply to children 7-12 years-old, kids 6 and under are FREE.

For more information and tickets, click here.


Amarillo Yoga Festival

The 2nd annual Amarillo Yoga Festival will be on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Sam Houston Park to benefit Amarillo Housing First.

At the event, there will be 12 different yoga teachers teaching all different kinds of yoga types.

Vendors will also be attending the event, as well free healing sound immersion and a Zumba dance. This is a family friendly event.


Center City kicking off 3 Amarillo summer events

Summer is almost here, and Center City of Amarillo is ready to kick off several free activities they said will keep people entertained all summer long.

High Noon on the Square is back for its 23rd summer starting Wednesday, June 7th, on the lawn of the Potter County Courthouse.

Different performers and restaurants will be featured each Wednesday this summer, ranging from ballet and barbecue to singers and sandwiches.

"Our motto at High Noon is 'the music is free, lunch is only eight dollars,'" said Beth Duke, Executive Director of Center City. "We want the whole community to come out and enjoy an old fashioned community picnic at High Noon on the Square."

And later that week, the Amarillo Community Market will open for its second season.

More than 80 vendors will sell food, clothing, crafts and more every Saturday through mid-October.

That's triple the vendors from last year, and it will be open twice as long, with extended hours running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"It was just a wonderful pedestrian mall," said Duke. "People walked up and down with the vendors and would even continue walking to some of our downtown restaurants. It really brought a great crowd down here on Saturday mornings."

New this year on June 10th, artists around Amarillo are invited to compete in an outdoor painting competition.

"We're going to have a competition and artists are going to show up with their blank canvases, pay a little entry fee, and then they can paint in the outdoors anywhere in the cultural district," said Duke.

Artists will be able to display their work at a show and awards ceremony that night, with judges ready to select winners.

"We know it's going to be a big deal to drive around the cultural district and see all the people painting," said Duke.


Events at the Amarillo Zoo

Way To Succeed! Amarillo Zoo Salutes Good Grades - Throughout June

Reward your child's hard work this school year with a free visit to the Amarillo Zoo! Throughout the entire month of June, the Zoo will be offering FREE admission for students who received two or more "A's" on their final report card of the school year. If the child's school does not offer letter grades, the Zoo will accept the highest grade your school awards. Students must bring their original report card to the Zoo's admission booth to receive the discount, copies are not accepted. Free admission applies to only the student, general admission applies to all other guests.

For more information, call Amarillo Zoo at (806) 381-5606, visit them online at AmarilloZoo.gov, or Follow them on Facebook.


Registration open for Discovery Center Summer Camps

Registration is now open for the Don Harrington Discovery Center Summer Camps.

They are open to children ages three through sixth grade.

Camps begin the week of June 5th and will repeat weekly through July 28th.

"We have so many camp options, says DHDC Education Director Kyle Hadley, "We have kids who will spend the whole summer here and some that only stay for a week. That is what we encourage just come out and try it. It is a week long and there is all sorts of camps on all sorts of subjects."  

Each week there will be different kids to explore in each age group.

Half day camps for ages 3-5 are 70 dollars per week for DHDC members and 95 dollars for non-members.

Full day camps for 1st through 6th grade are 150 dollars for DHDC members and 195 dollars for non-members.

For more information visit discoverycenteramarillo.org

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