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This Week in the Panhandle


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: 


Chamber of Commerce Summer Celebration

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 11th Annual Summer Celebration this week.

Vendors from all over the Amarillo area will be attending to give participants a taste of the Panhandle.

Live music will be provided by the Velvet Funk Band.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Panhandle Tickets website.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Grounds in Amarillo.

June Jams in Canyon

Canyon Main Street presents June Jams at Neblett Park in Canyon

The performances are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Thursday through June.

Admission is free. You are invited to bring drinks, blankets and lawn chairs.

Neblett Park is 1 block south of the Square at 15th Street and 6th Avenue behind The Shops at Fifth Avenue.


Thursday, June 21
The RagTown Chiefs

Thursday, June 28
Velvet Funk

Music in the Gardens

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens are hosting Music in the Gardens each Thursday through August 2.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m.with performances starting at 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $10, children 5 and under are free. Botanical Garden members get in for $5.


Thursday, June 21
Insufficient Funds

Thursday, June 28
Tennessee Tuckness

Thursday, July 5
Jen Williams & The Potty Mouths

Thursday, July 12
Noah Jenda

Thursday, July 19
Dear Marsha

Thursday, July 26
Comanche Moon

Thursday, August 2
The Martini’s

Amarillo Botanical Gardens 
1400  Streit Drive

For more information visit

Amarillo Community Market 

This summer's Amarillo Community Market will be held every Saturday, June 9 - October 6 from 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

Amarillo Community Market is held on the grounds of the Bivins mansion from 10th Ave. and Polk Street to 11th Ave., and from 11th Avenue to Tyler Street.

For more information visit

June Jazz

June Jazz runs through July 10 with concerts each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

You can enjoy free concerts at the South Porch of the Experimental Theatre just east of the Amarillo College clock tower. 

Admission is free. You are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food, drinks and pets are also welcome.


Tuesday, June 19
The Martinis

Tuesday, June 26
Polk Street Jazz

Tuesday, July 3
Austin Brazille

Tuesday, July 10
Esquire Jazz Band

High Noon on the Square

Center City's High Noon on the Square runs through August 8 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the Potter County Courthouse lawn located at 501 S. Fillmore. Lunch will be available for $8.00 per person.


Wednesday, June 20
Entertainment: Summer Youth Musical: The Secret Garden
Caterer: Schlotzsky's- boxed lunch
Sponsored by Brown & Fortunato

Wednesday, June 27
Entertainment: Buster Bledsoe
Caterer: Crush - Pulled Pork Sliders
Sponsored by Sprouse Shrader Smith

Wednesday, July 11
Entertainment: DustJackets
Caterer: AQHA Cook Team - Sausage Wraps
Sponsored by AQHA

Wednesday, July 18
Sponsored by Atmos Energy
Entertainment: Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz
Caterer: Bubba's 33 - Hamburgers

Wednesday, July 25
Entertainment: Lone Star Ballet
Caterer: Chick-Fil-A - boxed lunch
Sponsored by Golden Spread Electrical Cooperative

Wednesday, August 1
Entertainment: Mason Jar Reloaded
Caterer: Public House - Chicken Mac n Cheese
Sponsored by The Shops at Wolflin Square

Wednesday, August 8
Entertainment: Insufficient Funds
Caterer: Joe Taco - Fajitas
Sponsored by Underwood Law Firm

For more information visit

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TEXAS Outdoor Musical 

The TEXAS Outdoor Musical will begin the 53rd Season of performances in the Pioneer Amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon.

This year's show will run Tuesday through Sunday, June 1 -  August 18.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature live music and performance, an authentic BBQ dinner, games, souvenir gift shop, and nightly fireworks, water and light show with a special patriotic tribute, as well as several special events throughout the season.

Special events include Comanche Summer, the TEXAS 4th of July Celebration, and the TEXAS Inspired art exhibition.

Comanche Summer is a unique celebration and collaboration with the Comanche Nation and will include pre-show historical performance and authentic costume display on the Prairie Dog Stage at 6:30 pm, with Exhibition Dances on the Pioneer Amphitheater Stage at 7:30 pm. This event is included in the price of the TEXAS show tickets for June 23rd. 

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Box Office by calling 806-655-2181 or visiting the office in Canyon, located at 1514 5th Ave. Advance reservations are suggested and discounts for children, seniors, military and groups are available.

Canyon ISD hosting camps throughout the summer

Canyon Independent School District is hosting camps for different sports, academics and other categories this summer.

Here is a list of camps they will be offering: 

  • Lady Buff Basketball Camps and Academies
    • Dates and times available here
  • Randall Raider Lady Basketball Camp
    • June 18th - June 21
    • More information available here
  • West Texas A&M Football Camp
    • Open to all students enrolled in 9th through 12th grade
    • More information available here
  • Raider Football Camp
    • July 30 - August 2
    • More information available here
  • Randall High School Summer Strength and Conditioning
    • More information available here. 
  • Lady Buff Volleyball Camp
    • From July 9 - July 11
    • More information available here. 
  • Summer Family Movie NIghts
    • June 6 through August 1 
    • More information available here
  • Summer Tutoring
    • More information available here
  • 2018 Amarillo College Kids College Summer Camps
    • For kids Kindergarten through 12th grade
    • More information available here
  • Sky Camp
    • Sky camp is a free camp for children ages seven through 17 dealing with grief in losing a loved one
    • From June 22 - June 24 
    • More information available here.
  • ACT or SAT help
    • More information available here.

Amarillo Zoo offering free admission for students with A's 

The Amarillo Zoo is celebrating success and rewarding children with good grades.

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From now until June 30, 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 your child's school does not get letter grades, the zoo will accept the highest grade your school awards.

To receive the reward, students must bring the original report card to the zoo's administration booth. Copies will not be accepted.

For more information, call (806) 381-7911.

Amarillo Zoo volunteer opportunities

The Amarillo Zoo is now accepting applications for volunteers.

They are looking for high school and college students as well as retired individuals to help with special events, field trips, education and more.

You must be 13 years or older and commit a minimum of 8 hours a month to the program.

Registration is 25 dollars and covers your uniform t-shirt, tag and training manual.

For more information visit the or call 806-378-7911.

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."

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