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Midland dance center to host ‘White Christmas Party’

JK Dance Center will be hosting a White Christmas Party this holiday season. Guests can enjoy dinner with friends, games, dancing and a white elephant gift exchange of $15 or less.

Pancakes, Pajamas event to teach guests about music therapy

St. Ann’s Catholic Church to host Pancakes with Santa dinner

Las Posadas event to give out free toys

Longest Letter to Santa fundraiser held at Midland Park Mall

Midland residents, business collect donations for family who lost home in fire

Midland Fair Havens holding Gingerbread Haven fundraiser

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City of Big Spring partners with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to stock lake with rainbow trout

Jury duty cancelled for some Howard Co. residents

Permian Basin Area Foundation awards $1.3M in fall grant cycle

Local dog rescue organization gets kennel sanctuary permit approved

FBCU invites community to adopt a star to benefit High Sky Children’s Ranch

Comanche Trail Festival of Lights open until Dec. 25

Bubba’s 33 to offer discounted prices to celebrate end of prohibition

To celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition in 1933, Bubba’s 33 will be selling discounted menu items.

Ellen Noël to host Holiday Cheer: Ladies Night Out event

The Ellen Noël Art Museum will be hosting a Holiday Cheer: Ladies Night Out event. Guests can enjoy gift shopping, food and a make-and-take station for holiday ornaments.

MOSC to preform Sounds of the Season show

The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale will be preforming the Sounds of the Season show on Dec. 8. The Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Symphony Chorale, Voices of the Permian Basin, Lone Star Brass and West Texas Winds.

La Hacienda to host Risas y Sonrisas Christmas Fair

La Hacienda Event Center is hosting the Christmas Fair by Risas y Sonrisas. At the fair, Guests can enjoy some Christmas shopping and support local businesses.

OC’s Be the Change hosts Hunger Banquet to educate public on poverty

6th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run postponed due to weather

THC places historical marker for Porvenir Massacre in Presidio County

Breaking Bread Kitchen, 3:11 Ministries ask for donations to benefit Bring the Feast

Annual Christmas Parade of Lights returns to kick off holiday season

Proceeds of Holly Jolly Market to benefit Harmony Home

George W. Bush Childhood Home offers community opportunity to send condolences to Bush family

The George W. Bush Childhood Home will have a large banner available for people to share their condolences on the death of George H. W. Bush.Guests can go by the home during normal business hours between Dec. 1 and Dec. 5. The banner will then be sent to the Bush family.

Coahoma Class of 2011 holding benefit plate sale for family of Martin Gutierrez

The class is raising money for the family of the young man whose body was found in Lady Bird Lake earlier this week.

Ultimate Tool and Safety teams up with Odessa Jackalopes for toy drive

Those who bring a toy for the drive will be eligible for a $2 off of a regular-priced ticket for the Jackalopes games on those dates.

Midland County Library invites public to use Reclamation Station

Library users will be able to bring VHS tapes, photographs, floppy disks and more and have their data saved in a digital format.

Odessa Goodwill holds ground breaking ceremony for new retail, career center

The new location will also feature a career center which will provide employment and career services to Odessans free of charge.

George Lopez to perform at Wagner Noël

George Lopez’s stand up comedy tour will be coming to the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. The Wall World Tour will come to Midland on Dec. 2; it will begin at 8 p.m.

West Texas North Pole Village to open Nov. 30

The West Texas North Pole Village is returning to Ector County during the month of December. At the village, guests will get to see Santa, two live reindeer, Santa’s workshop, a toy store, hay rides, s’mores stations and much more.

Santa to make an appearance at Howard College

Santa will be making an appearance at Howard College. On the evening of Nov. 27, Santa will be at the Student Union Building, 1001 Birdwell Ln, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Midland soldier comes home on a holiday mission

Noel Arellano has been deployed in Afghanistan for almost a year. It was a year without family and a year away from his girlfriend.

Midland County Greater Works holding 2018 Turkey Trot

Midland County Greater Works helps to feed the low income elderly and disabled in Midland.

Mr. Gatti’s in Midland giving away token cards in exchange for toy donations

Guests who drop off a new unwrapped toy at the Midland location will receive a $5 token card.

West Texas Food Bank participates in ‘Giving Tuesday’, Facebook matches donations

For every donation made to fundraisers on Facebook during Giving Tuesday, the network will be matching across the board for up to seven million dollars total.

Permian Credit Unions raise more that $100,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network received a generous donation from the Permian Chapter of Credit Unions. The Permian Chapter of Credit Unions surpassed their goal of $100,000 by raising $135,779 to help children through CMN.

West Texas organizations offer free Thanksgiving, holiday meals

If you are struggling financially this holiday season, you can still enjoy a Thanksgiving/holiday meal.

Give the gift of time by volunteering this holiday season

For families that are struggling in the Permian Basin, it can be difficult to maintain the holiday spirit.This year, instead of focusing on gifts, give the gift of time by volunteering.

Cowboy Christmas Ball fundraiser to benefit Permian Basin Dance Company

Downtown Loins Club will be hosting a Cowboy Christmas Ball fundraiser for the non-profit Permian Basin Dance Club. The ball will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Lions Club, 200 Plaza St

Face the Race helps junior high girls with self-esteem

Midland Junior League hosted the 11th annual Face the Race 5K run at Windland Park on Saturday. Face the Race is a graduation for more than 89 Midland I.S.D. Jr. High girls that attend the Junior League’s after-school program.

Goodwill-Odessa hosting ‘Moving Sale’ to prepare for new building

Goodwill-Odessa merchandise will be marked down as much as 50 percent for their “Moving Sale” starting Nov. 18. Goodwill on 42nd St. will be closing their doors and moving to a new location at 4212 Preston Smith Road.

Check out these links to prepare for Black Friday, Cyber-Monday

After you stuff your face with turkey and pumpkin pie and spend some good quality time with family, don’t miss out on these great Black Friday and Cyber-Monday deals.

OPD announces Back the Blue raffle winners

Odessa Police Department had their Back the Blue raffle on Nov. 17. The raffle was $10 and participants got the chance to win items like guns and gift cards.

Sharing God’s Love One Coat at a Time drive to begin Nov. 17

The first annual Sharing God’s Love One Coat at a Time coat drive will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17. To donate, they ask that you bring new coats of any size at 922 N. Grant Ave or call 432-889-7699 if you have questions.

Veteran partners with Odessa restaurant to provide free meals to the community

Attendees can show up any time during the event and receive a Thanksgiving meal at no cost.

  Midland Freshman HS, West Texas Food Bank team up for Pup Pantry

Midland Freshman High School is teaming up with the West Texas Food Bank once again for their Pup Pantry.

Show Of Support Hunt For Heroes welcomes wounded veterans

The 15th annual Show Of Support Hunt For Heroes began Wednesday.

West Texas Food Bank hosting sign-up days for Supplemental Senior Box Program

Those over the age of 60 in need of help can sign up for the supplemental box program.

Ector Co. 4-H raising money for livestock show

All you have to do to help out the group is order your pizza and game cards at Mr. Gatti's Pizza and proceeds will be donated at no extra cost to you.

Messenger Motorcycle Clubhouse hosts Run for the Homeless, clothing drive

Messenger Motorcycle Clubhouse is hosting a Run for the Homeless and clothing drive. The run will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at their clubhouse, 4933 W. 42nd St. You can drop-off items like blankets, sleeping bags, socks, long johns, gloves, etc.

47th Annual Tejano Super Car Show returns to Odessa

The 47th Annual Tejano Super Car show is returning to Odessa.The car show will be at the Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Hwy, on Nov. 17 and 18.

Erth’s Perhistoric Adventure to perform live at Wagner Noël

According to their website, Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago.

Midland Community Theatre to present Elf the Musical

The Elf the Musical will be on stage every weekend night from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15. Tickets are $28 each and will be available on Nov. 12.

West Texas Film Festival to begin Nov. 15

The film festival seeks to screen diverse films from directors and producers that would not normally be featured in West Texas along with regional media makers.

Midland’s Centennial Library to present Winston Churchill exhibit

An exhibit from the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, will be at a Midland County Public Library for the rest of the year.The exhibit is called “Churchill: A Legacy of Leadership.” It commemorates and celebrates the life, times and career of Winston Churchill.

Heritage Museum to host Coffee, Cake, Canvas event

Guests can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon making a whimsical snowman painting for a gift or decoration. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the museum, 510 Scurry Street.

Odessa motorcycle club hosts toy, bike drive to benefit CASA

The event will include food, family-friendly entertainment and free raffle tickets for those who donate a toy. The fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov.10 at the American Legion, 2701 E 8th Street.

Mega Truck Show to benefit Hunt for Heros

The event is free to the public and the festivities will begin with a flag-raising ceremony using a flag so large, it had to be approved by the FAA and use a 450 ton crane.

Art gallery opens in downtown Midland

A brand-new art gallery is opening its doors in the heart of Midland.

Kermit High School Choir presents check to Permian Basin Honor Flight

The Kermit High School Choir presented a check to the Permian Basin Honor flight to show appreciation for veterans across west Texas.

‘Raisin' for Rangers’ raise money for children battling cancer in Greenwood

After learning five children and their families were fighting the battle against cancer, the community came together to raise funds.

9 children get forever homes on National Adoption Day in Midland

Every year on National Adoption Day smiles fill children’s faces as they make the transition from foster case to forever homes.

National Philanthropy Day brings Midlanders together

Thursday, hundreds of Midlanders gathered for the National Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Petroleum Club to celebrate the Association Of Fundraising Professionals’ 25th anniversary.

NewsWest 9, Salvation Army kick off annual Christmas Toy Drive

NewsWest 9 and the Salvation Army are kicking off their annual Toy Drive for the 26th year.

Odessa dentists offering free dental services to Veterans

The event will be held Nov. 9 from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 2478 E. 11the Street in Odessa.

Midland ISD hosts Veterans Day celebration

Nearly 200 students from groups at Midland High, Lee High, and Bowie Fine Arts Academy will perform in honor of those who have served our country.

’Daytripper’ host explores Tall City

Host of the popular show “The Daytripper,” Chet Gardner, visited the Tall City. The show features Garner exploring Texas cities one day at a time and on Nov. 6, he explored Midland.

Midland Memorial West Campus to host Eat to Beat Cancer

The Lifestyle Medicine Center is offering a new class, Eat to Beat Cancer, taught by Dr. Padmaja Patel. The class will be based on published research and will explain how simple lifestyle changes can have profound health benefits when it comes to cancer, based on an understanding of new scientific

UTPB to host driver safety Arrive Alive Tour

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin will host UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour. The tour uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

Permian Road Safety Coalition to host driver safety event

The Permian Road Safety Coalition is reminding drivers of some safety rules as they head out on the road. To do this, the coalition is hosting a community outreach event on Nov. 7 called “Stand Down for Road Safety.”

New Howard County Children’s Advocacy Center to celebrate grand opening

The Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center is hosting a ribbon cutting and open house in Big Spring. The celebration is for the grand opening of the Howard County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Pultizer-prize winning author to give lecture at UTPB

Pulitzer-prize winning author John Matteson will be giving a lecture at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin.

ECISD gets accepted to Student Spaceflight Experiments Program for 2nd year

Ector County Independent School District has been accepted in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 13 to the International Space Station (ISS) for the second year in a row.

Midland YMCA to kick off Community Garden with ribbon cutting

Midland YMCA is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Community Garden on Nov. 5. The community garden is the official launch of the YMCA’s healthy living community initiative.

Midland College to host workshop for 7-year medical doctorate degree plan

The Primary Care Pathway program offers an opportunity for aspiring doctors to get their degree in seven years. There will be a free workshop for the program from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Cogdell Learning Center, 201 W. Florida.

Permian Playhouse to host Divas & Desserts Gone Country event

The Permian Playhouse is hosting their third annual Divas & Desserts Gone Country event. Guests can enjoy an evening of entertainment from local Divas, dinner, an array of desserts, a silent auction and a red-carpet photo opportunity.

Texas Workforce Commission to host statewide job fair in Odessa

The Texas Workforce Commission is hosting a Red, White and You! Job Fair. These job fairs will be statewide on Nov. 8.

MHS Theatre to perform Wizard of Oz

The Midland High School Theatre is performing the Wizard of Oz this month. This classic tale will be performed by local high school students.

TxDOT launches #EndTheStreakTX campaign to raise awareness of vehicle death statistics

Since Nov. 7, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day.

Midland Gem, Mineral Society hosting Gem Show in Odessa

The Midland Gem and Mineral Society is having their 56th annual Gem Show. Guests can check out fossil and fluorescent mineral exhibits.

Arts Council of Midland hosts Artist Community Market

Guests can shop from local and regional artists, makers, and creators. The market is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the arts council offices, 1506 W. Illinois Ave.