September 30, 2023


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Amarillo Police Dept. to host inaugural Iron Horse Shoot Out

The Amarillo Police Department is excited to host the first-ever Iron Horse Shoot Out, a motorcycle skills and training challenge for law enforcement motors officers and civilian riders Aug. 4-6.

According to a news release, the three-day event, which will be hosted in the north parking lot of the Amarillo Civic Center, will provide experienced riders a chance to hone their skills while giving novice riders an opportunity to learn from the experts.

So far, riders from as far away as Kansas, Nebraska, and Kentucky have registered to ride in the upcoming event. Registration will be limited to the first 100 paid riders and will include a catered meal on the Suite Level of Hodgetown during the 14th Annual Boots and Badges Softball Game the evening of Aug. 6.

All proceeds from the Iron Horse Shoot Out will go to benefit the 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle, which provides assistance to the families of certified peace officers and firefighters who are killed or injured in the line of duty. The 100 Club also provides law enforcement and firefighting agencies with life-protecting equipment that cannot be secured through budgeted funds and agencies.

For more information, or to register to ride, visit

Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center to host veterans reception

On Tuesday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, 4111 S. Georgia, will host a reception for all veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Paul Harpole, a Vietnam veteran helicopter dust-off/medivac crew member, will give welcoming remarks. They encourage all veterans from these wars to attend so that they may express our gratitude for their service.

The date March 29 is significant because that is the date in 1973 that the last U.S. Soldiers left Vietnam, according to a news release.

For more information, contact the memorial center by phone at 806-350-8387, or online at .

Troops and packs to ‘Scout for Food” March 26

Hundreds of local boy scouts will canvass several Amarillo neighborhoods Saturday, March 26, collecting food donations door-to-door during the 2022 Scouting for Food “Good Turn” program, according to a news release.

The annual event benefiting High Plains Food bank is traditionally one of the largest spring food drives in the Texas Panhandle. Troops and packs will inform residents within their assigned neighborhoods of where to leave donations, pick-up times, etc. All other Texas Panhandle residents may support Scouting for Food by donating online at , delivering food or fund donations to High Plains Food Bank, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a designation that donations are for “Scouting for Food,” or deliver food and fund donations to the High Plains Food Bank Warehouse on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

High Plains Food Bank’s top food needs include peanut butter, pasta/sauce, boxed dinners, and canned items including soups, fruits, vegetables, and meats.

To confirm that your neighborhood is scheduled for pickup, please call the Golden Spread Council of Boy Scouts of America office at (806) 358-6500.

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee to meet Wednesday

The next Amarillo Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 23, at 2:30 pm. The meeting will be held in room 105 of City hall.

The public will be permitted to offer public comments as provided by the agenda and as permitted by the presiding officer during the meeting. Agenda items include approval of February Meeting Minutes, Staff Job Descriptions and Reclassification, Creation of MPO Director evaluation Subcommittee, Presentation on Annual Listing of Projects, Presentation of Draft 2023-2026 TIP, and a Presentation on Resiliency.

Book signing scheduled for Friday at Youngblood’s

Author Eric Miller will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “100 Things to Do in Amarillo Before You Die” at a free event on Friday, March 25, at Youngblood’s Café.

The signing will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the cafe, located at 620 S.W. 16th Ave. in Amarillo.

“Amarillo. Yellow City. Bomb City. Any name you choose, it’s unique. Rooted in Texas lore but full of modern surprises around every turn, Amarillo is much more than an overnight stop on the way somewhere else,” a news release says about the book, described as an open-ended ode to Miller’s adopted hometown. “With ‘100 Things to Do in Amarillo Before You Die,’ get the best insider itineraries and ideas to make the most of your time, whether you spend it eating, exploring, or just taking it all in.”

For more information, contact (806) 342-9411.

Bids for 20 x 20 Exhibition & Silent Auction run March 25-31

The 20 x 20 Exhibition & Silent Auction at the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) is an annual fundraiser, now in its 16th year, designed to celebrate art and support AMoA’s innovative education programs as well as the local artist community, according to a news release.

AMoA is looking forward to welcoming patrons back to the museum for a 20 x 20 event on March 31. Artworks will be sold to the highest bidder with bids starting at $150. This year’s exhibition will be installed for museum visitors to view in person at the AMoA for two days, March 30-31. Images of the artworks will also be featured on the AMoA website where they can be viewed, and bid on, from the comfort of a home computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Although people will gather together in person, all bidding will take place online.

The online 20 x 20 Exhibition Viewing and Bidding at×20 will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, and end at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

In-person 20 x 20 Exhibition Viewing at the museum, located 2200 South Van Buren on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College, will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30-31.

The 20 x 20 Exhibition and Silent Auction Event at AMoA will happen 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 31, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free for AMoA members and $20 for non-members; tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call (806) 371-5050, or email [email protected].

Help shape Texas transportation with travel survey

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is conducting travel surveys in our region; these surveys provide information about local travel patterns.

According to a news release, survey results will assist TxDOT and their partners when making decisions about transportation projects. There are two types of surveys – one for residences and one for businesses.

Household surveys will be mailed by our contracted vendor, Westat. Residents will be asked to sign up on their website:

Business surveys will be recruited through a letter and a follow-up phone call. Their contracted vendor, ETC Institute, will schedule an on-site survey with their trained staff.

For additional information about our travel survey program, please visit If you have additional questions after visiting the website, call (512) 486-5120.

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo area Our Town briefs

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