Heila has written 48 posts for Abilene Observer

West Texas Fair & Rodeo {video}

Just a quick peek into a tradition at the annual West Texas Fair & Rodeo: the local university, Hardin-Simmons’ Six White Horses¬†opening routine. This clip gives you a taste of the big shindig, which happens in September every year.

City University – {Communications & Collaborations}

The City of Abilene website is confusing to navigate, according to everyone I’ve talked to. Everything you need to know is there, maybe… somewhere. Instead, I recommend the more navigable blog format, recently developed by our current Communications & Media Relations Manager for the City of Abilene, Leah Mazzarelli, a friend from City University. The … Continue reading

City University – {Senior Center, ‘Safety City’ & Weed Control}

Rose Park Senior Center “People serving here don’t do it for the money,” said Jeff White, the ebullient Program Administrator of the Rose Park Senior Activity Center during our tour in March of 2014. There is sometimes some, “stress in the food line” at the center he says, and the above staff members handle it … Continue reading

Featured Blog – The Daytripper

Chet Garner, the star of this TV show, criss-crosses Texas finding and trying out fun things to do in each town or city. He’s been to Abilene a few times. The show gives insider info about places to visit, food to try and people to see. Full disclosure: I’ve not actually watched the show, I’ve … Continue reading

Featured Book – National Parks

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns ~ City Parks, State Parks and National Parks are all important for the well-being of people and for the health of our planet. Having access to and spending time in community green space has been proven to have positive psychological effects. So it … Continue reading

City University – {Police & Fire}

Meeting K-9 dogs and their handlers, and getting a ride in a fire truck! were highlights of February 2014’s City University. We saw a taser demonstration, during the “classes” for that day. Tasers, aka “electronic control devices,” are preferred by officers, to pointedly immobilize a suspect and therefore diffuse a potentially tense situation. They work … Continue reading

Music in Abilene

I attended part of a concert at the West Texas Fair & Rodeo which consisted of cumbia (Mexican) music. Here is a clip of the toe-tappin’ type of accordian beat which caused people to, yes in fact, get up and dance. What I didn’t know is that when you dance to this kind of music … Continue reading

Camp Barkeley Dog Park

I talked with Lydia Long by phone, to ask about the history and establishment of the Abilene dog park. I had heard that she and some others had made the park happen through grassroots efforts. Camp Barkeley, as it is called, is located out adjacent to the zoo and Nelson Park. Also nearby are the … Continue reading

Zoo [Video]

Enjoy a short music video of animals, reptiles and birds at the Abilene Zoo! It gives you a good taste of the place.

I Need A {Plumber, Mechanic, Dentist} … in Abilene

Plumber: Our house was a flipper, and is 50 years old … so you do the math = that equals old water heaters, old pipes, an old toilet… ¬†It didn’t mean however, that I was physically able to shut off our main water intake valve which lives underneath a big metal cover in the alley. … Continue reading