On The Inside
Aries Two distinct themes dominate your month: pleasure and work! You have more energy to pour into work, organizing your personal environment, and health routines. It’s a great month to start an exercise or nutrition program. Taurus The conflicting demands of family and career grab your attention, particularly around the 9th. It’s all about obligations now, and how you deal with the pressure is critical. Gemini Much focus on dealing with the mundane details of life finds you itching for adventure, especially around the 9th. You’re especially creative and expressive from the 11th, an excellent period for getting your ideas across.
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Cancer What you have--and what you don’t have--occupies your thoughts most of the month. Your “sweet tooth” for material things is strong right now. There could be a collision between your dreams and reality when it comes to personal finances, especially around the 9th, but if you’ve planned well you’ll welcome looking reality in the eye. Leo You’re in for a memorable month. All eyes are on you, and you like it that way. This month, a partner could be especially vague--even downright irresponsible in your eyes. Virgo For you, August is normally a time for privacy, relaxation, and preparation. Same goes for this year, but you’re much more energetic than usual. You’re compelled to take on any challenge that comes your way, and you’re in no mood to compromise! Libra Excitement runs high most of the month, although you could encounter some mixed signals from a lover or friend. You are especially busy working towards realizing your long-term goals, and the need to “let down your hair” becomes obvious around the 9th. Scorpio August is all about performance. Showing others your competent side comes easily. While your career and public life speed up, don’t make the mistake of ignoring the home front. Sagittarius This month finds you especially adventurous and energetic. For the most part, things run smoothly, although you may have some convincing or explaining to do around the 9th. Creativity and energy runs high in your career. Capricorn It’s not like you to neglect the details of your personal finances, but things that have slipped through the cracks come up for inspection. Reality sets in, and the necessity to curb your excesses becomes apparent Aquarius You could very well feel like the ball is in the other court this month. A partner may demand answers--something concrete--and you are not on the same page. Pisces Work and health are the major arenas of your life that are in focus now. This month, you’re challenged to separate fact from fiction, particularly with regards to a co-worker or job situation.
Community Calendar July 2009 SATURDAY AUGUST 1 8:00PM-9:30PM MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING OUTDOOR PERFORMACE DISCOVERY CENTER/ CENTER LAWN 9:30PM AVENUE 10 PRESENTS “RENT” THE BIG TEXAN PALACE $10.00 PER PERSON SUNDAY AUGUST 2 12:30PM-4:30PM BRIDE’S WORLD 10TH ANNUAL BRIDE’S BENEFIT SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ GRAND BALLROOM MONDAY AUGUST 3 6:30PM-8:30PM MUSIC IN THE GARDENS MIKE FULLER AMARILLO BOTANICAL GARDENS $4.00 ADULTS, $3.00 SENIORS, $2.00 CHILDREN TUESDAY AUGUST 4 7:00PM-9:00PM STARLIGHT THEATRE PALO DURO METRO CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES & GOLDEN SPREAD CHORUS SAM HOUSTON PARK FREE TO ATTEND FRIDAY AUGUST 7 12:00PM-6:00PM AMARILLO’S LARGEST GARAGE SALE AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ N&S EXHIBIT HALLS
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING OUTDOOR PERFORMACE DISCOVERY CENTER/ CENTER LAWN 9:30PM AVENUE 10 PRESENTS “RENT” THE BIG TEXAN PALACE $10.00 PER PERSON SATURDAY AUGUST 8 7:00PM-12:00AM AMERICAN LEGION BACK TO SCHOOL “BLUES FEST” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM $25.00, $35.00 & $45.00 PER PERSON 10:00AM SECOND SATURDAY WILDCAT BLUFF $3.00 ADULTS, $2.00 SENIORS COFFEE & REFRESHMENTS SERVED
MUSIC IN THE GARDENS MUSICA VARIADA AMARILLO BOTANICAL GARDENS $4.00 ADULTS, $3.00 SENIORS, $2.00 CHILDREN 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS COSTAL BLEND THUNDER DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON TUESDAY AUGUST 11 7:00PM-9:00PM STARLIGHT THEATRE DANNY FREEZE & FRIENDS SAM HOUSTON PARK FREE TO ATTEND 7:00PM SLAMARIILO AMARILLO REPRETORY THEATRE $5.00 PER PERSON
7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS COSTAL BLEND THUNDER DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS COSTAL BLEND THUNDER DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
8:00PM-9:30PM MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING OUTDOOR PERFORMACE DISCOVERY CENTER/ CENTER LAWN
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS LAREDO BRONCOS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
9:30PM AVENUE 10 PRESENTS “RENT” THE BIG TEXAN PALACE $10.00 PER PERSON
7:00PM-12:00AM AMERICAN LEGION BACK TO SCHOOL “BLUES FEST” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM $25.00, $35.00 & $45.00 PER PERSON
SUNDAY AUGUST 9 6:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS COSTAL BLEND THUNDER DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
MONDAY AUGUST 10 7:30PM-8:30PM
THURSDAY AUGUST 13 8:00AM-4:00PM AFFILIATED FOOD SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ N&S EXHIBIT HALLS 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS LAREDO BRONCOS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON FRIDAY AUGUST 14
7:30PM AMARILLO OPERA MUSICA VARIADA GLOBE NEWS CENTER $8.00 PER PERSON 6:00PM-10:00PM FIRST ANNUAL “PORK DERBY” CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES CIRCLE BAR RANCH/ BUSHLAND 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS LAREDO BRONCOS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON SATURDAY AUGUST 15 9:00AM-5:00PM GOLDEN SPREAD COIN COLLECTIBLES SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ REGENCY ROOM 1:00PM-3:00PM TEDDY BEAR FAIR AMARILLO ZOO ADMISSION FREE WITH TEDDY BEAR 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS LAREDO BRONCOS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON SUNDAY AUGUST 16 9:00AM-4:00PM GOLDEN SPREAD COIN COLLECTIBLES SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ REGENCY ROOM 7:30PM KRAIG PARKER THE KING LIVES A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ AUDITORUIM $20.00 & $24.00 PER PERSON
Community Calendar July 2009 MONDAY AUGUST 17 7:30PM-8:30PM MUSIC IN THE GARDENS DAN BAKER AMARILLO BOTANICAL GARDENS $4.00 ADULTS, $3.00 SENIORS, $2.00 CHILDREN
$4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS SAN ANGELO COLTS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
1:00PM 11TH ANNUAL GIFT OF LIFE GOLF TOURNAMENT COFFEE MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER LA PALOMA GOLF COURSE
FRIDAY AUGUST 21 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS SAN ANGELO COLTS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON
MONDAY AUGUST 24 7:30PM-8:30PM MUSIC IN THE GARDENS DARRYL BLEDSOE & FRIENDS AMARILLO BOTANICAL GARDENS $4.00 ADULTS, $3.00 SENIORS, $2.00 CHILDREN
TUESDAY AUGUST 18 7:00PM-9:00PM STARLIGHT THEATRE INSUFFICIENT FUNDS SAM HOUSTON PARK FREE TO ATTEND THURSDAY AUGUST 20 6:30PM-9:00PM THIRD THURSDAY MUSIC BY DARREN FLOWERS AMARILLO COLLEGE FREE TO ATTEND COFFEE & COOKIES PROVIDED 6:00PM-10:00PM CELEBRATING SUMMER NIGHTS EXTENDED MUSEUM HOURS PANHANDLE PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM FIRST 250 WILL RECEIVE FREE
SATURDAY AUGUST 22 7:00PM AMARILLO ROLLER DERBY GIRLS AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ N. EXHIBIT HALL $11.00 PER PERSON 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS SAN ANGELO COLTS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON SUNDAY AUGUST 23 6:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS SAN ANGELO COLTS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS
7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS RGV WHITEWINGS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON TUESDAY AUGUST 25 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS RGV WHITEWINGS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 7:05PM AMARILLO DILLAS VS RGV WHITEWINGS DILLA VILLA @ TRI STATE FAIRGROUNDS $4.00, $5.00 & $6.00 PER PERSON THURSDAY AUGUST 27 4:30PM-6:30PM AMARILLO YOUTH CHOIR AUDITIONS
ST.STEPHENS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH $5.00 NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE 7:00PM POETRY SLAM PANHANDLE PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSUEM $2.00 PER PERSON FRIDAY AUGUST 28 4:30PM-6:30PM AMARILLO YOUTH CHOIR AUDITIONS ST.STEPHENS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH $5.00 NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE SATURDAY AUGUST 29 8:00AM-8:00PM CHALLENGE AIR-FLY DAY COYOTE FLIGHT CENTERS FREE TO ATTEND MONDAY AUGUST 31 7:30PM-8:30PM MUSIC IN THE GARDENS THE GLENNS (VICTOR & ALISON) AMARILLO BOTANICAL GARDENS $4.00 ADULTS, $3.00 SENIORS, $2.00 CHILDREN
There's something about an incredibly warm evening that makes you want to punch the oven in the mouth. (Or, maybe it's just me. Who knows.) In any case, this last month has been one of those months. If it were up to me I would probably eat cereal every night. Don’t get me wrong I love to cook but the heat brings out the lazy side of me. So on the nights when the theme is “no frills” and I get to make appetizers and cold beverages I am very happy. Other happy things: 1. The combination of board games, cheese and crackers and a few glasses of white wine. (For the record, I'm a much better sport after a bit of wine. And also when I'm winning.) 2. Organizing throughout the house. I don't believe in Spring-cleaning. I believe in everyday cleaning. (It's kind of an issue or some might say a disorder) However, lately though I have even caught some of my family members organizing some of their things in a orderly fashion and have nearly fainted with joy. 3. A new magazine layout - always a nice change. We are always working on this one. I always think I will know when we get it exactly right but then a new idea happens. Thankfully I'm not the graphic designer, because I would take entirely too long on one project. Seriously. 4. Date nights with my husband. Even though we have been extremely busy the last couple of months, we've tried our best to get some couple-time in! Happy hours at home, rented movies, watching our favorite TV shows, making breakfast on the weekends, eating too much in the evenings. All good times! They would be even better if there was a trip to Jamaica somewhere in there. Hint hint!
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5. Tickle fights, even when the temperature is hot and the days are long. Of course, I always start the tickle fights with anyone who is near. And they usually retaliate so on my end it's more like a fight-for-my-life kind of a thing. I think my family has a love/hate relationship with tickling. It's fun for a while, then they feel their lungs imploding and start screaming, "DON'T! STOP!" And of course I have to say….. "What's that? You don't want me to stop? Well, okay..." Hope your summer has been as great as mine has and you are still finding pleasure in the simple things. I know I am!
Pro Tips Jeremy Ruiz has worked in the Amarillo area for over 20 years. He also works on a national level for Fudge USA and has represented many other companies. He is also owner of Jolz Hair Salon here in Amarillo.
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Tips & Tricks As much as we hate to admit it, fall is on its way. Darker hair color will be a hit again. The whole trick for rich shiny hair color is making sure the condition of the hair is the best it can be. Summer highlights, bleach, & the sun all take a toll on your hair. Proper shampoo & conditioner is essential. No matter what the magazines and talk shows might say, there is no substitute for professional product. In most cases, grocery stores can only provide you with cheap, fake, or old product. So don’t gripe when you hair color & your money go down the drain. The purpose of professional salon products is to repair & reconstruct in between visits to the salon, which ensures successful results. The earlier you start recovery, the deeper and richer it will be. As one of my professional friends said, “Who are you going to trust with your hair, a grocery store or a trained professional?”(Jan Exposito) I think, if you are going to spend the big money on hair color, do it right, trust your stylists input on product or your color results could be disappointing. By the way, home remedies……like mayonnaise, beer, eggs, & olive oil…..might work for a salad or a barbeque, but they really suck as hair care….pickup September’s Edge Monthly for fall color tips & a list of professional hair care lines that kick ass.
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Block Party Date: August 15, 2009 Time: 4 p.m. to Midnight Band Line up: Xcel Power Stage 5 – 6:15 EXP Praise Band 6:45 – 8:00 The Buster Bledsoe Band 8:30 – 9:45 Kracker Jack The Band 10:15 – 12:00 Vic Fontana & The Automatics Street Toyota Tundra Jazz Zone Stage 5 –6 Andy Chase 6:30 – 7:30 The Martini’s 8:00 – 9:00 Just 2 Guys 9:30 – 11:00 Mike Fuller Happy State Bank Stage 5:30– 6:45 Gary Ray Grice and the Road 7:15 – 8:30 Tom Velasquez & The Global Nomads 9:00 – 10:15 Union Street Band 10:45- 12:00 Val Caballero & Tex Mex Connection Atmos Energy Stage 5:30– 6:45 Westport 7:15 – 8:30 Tennessee Tuckness and the Handshakes 9:00 – 10:15 Rock Bottom 10:45- 12:00 Nearfall 8th and Polk Stage 5 – 6:15 Boss 420 6:45 – 8:00 Polk Street Disturbance 8:30 – 9:45 Insufficient Funds 10:15 – 12:00 Tommy Gallagher Band
Back To School Blues Fest Saturday, Aug 8 7:00p Price: $25.00, $35.00 & $45.00
AMERICAN Legion Presents The 1st Annual Back To School Blues Fest. Proceeds to Benefit Local American Legion Projects Friday Night Performers include: Catherine Denise *Sonny Green* Tommy Dukes* Chick Willis Saturday Night-Texas Blues Rangers* Andrea Dawson* Johnny Rawls* Blues Boy Willie
2 Night Package Available At The Civic Center Box Office Only! Tickets Go On Sale May 2, 2009 @ 12Noon No Refunds Or Exchanges On TICKETS. Location: Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium
The Fashion Guy Summer, like winter, requires its own proper fashion and beauty etiquette. Whether you re cruising the beach or headed poolside this season, it s important to keep it effortless and fun. Below are my tips to help make sure youâ€™re a fashion do this season and not a fashion don t. Don t over-do it with fake spray tans. Do opt for a more natural glow. Not a big fan of the fake and bake. The George Hamilton look is not cool. Don t be a victim of makeup overload. Do keep it simple. Keep makeup from melting off your skin and remember red lips are big fashion don t! Don t wear barely there clothing. Steer clear of tiny shorts and belly-bearing tops. Tank tops are nice and cool, but visible bra straps are tacky. Don t wear bathing suits in public places. Do wear a cover up or tunic over a bathing suit. Wearing swimsuits under clothes should be avoided in places other than the beach. Don t rock unflattering shoes or winter styles. Store the Ugg boots and leave the ballet flats at home. Socks with sandals are a huge fashion faux paux. Don t wear excessive jewelry. Limit big necklaces and flashy pieces. Mr. T was never a fashion icon!
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Edge Monthly Music Calendar SATURDAY AUGUST 1 MARTYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA SASSYS- DJ OMNI THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE CATTLEMENS CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU THE DUGOUT- BLUES NIGHT W/OPEN MIC WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE BUTLERS- BRIAN FARMER AMARILLO CLUB- PIZZAZZ WESTERN HORSEMENCLARK GREEN NAPOLIS- BLACK SLACKS COMBO GOLDEN LIGHT- CHANCEY BERNSON WAR LEGION- DREAMING DEAD, THE RED QUEEN EFFECT BODEGAS- TENNESSE TUCKNESS BURBERRYS- SAFE COMPANY HOOTS- OLIVER WHITE EBGBS- FUTURE BOOTS SUNDAY AUGUST 2 BUFFALO WILD WINGSKARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BOSCOS- KARAOKE THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE JOE LOWERY’S SALOON- RUDY GARCIA MONDAY AUGUST 3 WINGSTREET @ GEORGIAMICHAEL B KARAOKE LANDSHARKS- DE KARAOKE TUESDAY AUGUST 4 THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE W/BRADEN WINGSTREET ON I40-
MICHAEL B KARAOKE BUFFALO WILD WINGSKARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE HOOTS- JEFF WILLIAMS CATTLEMENS CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU SKOOTERZ- BIKINI & BIKE CONTEST BUTLERS- MR NIZZI BLUES BAND BURBERRYS- JOSH PAULSON’S BAIRTHDAY BASH WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5 OLD BUSTERS- RETRO NIGHT NO DOGS ALLOWEDKARAOKE WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE BURBERRYS- JIM LAUGHLIN JAZZ BAND MARTYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA SLIMS- POOL TOURNAMENT THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE W/BRADEN ROUNDERS- DJ TOMMY THE HACKER LOWERYS SALOON- MICHAEL B KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE BUTLERS- DJ AARON ADAMSON THURSDAY AUGUST 6 HOOTS- BOBBY MCCAULEY DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA WHISKEY RIVERDJ/KARAOKE BOSCOS- KARAOKE THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BAILEYS- KARAOKE MIDNIGHT RODEO- BIKINI CONTEST WESTERN HORSEMENSHANE ROGERS BUTLERS- BLACK SLACKS COMBO JOE TACOS- TENNESSEE TUCKNESS
BURBERRYS- JIM LAUGHLIN JAZZ BAND MARTYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA SLIMS- POOL TOURNAMENT THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE FRIDAY AUGUST 7 LOWERY’S SALOON- IRON W/BRADEN NO DOGS ALLOWEDHORSE ROUNDERS- DJ TOMMY THE KARAOKE XIT RODEO- BUSTER BLEDSOE HACKER SASSYS- DJ OMNI XIT RODEO- AGAVE POSSE LOWERYS SALOON- MICHAEL DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD WESTERN HORSEMEN- TERRY B KARAOKE KARAOKE W/LINDA ALLEN BAILEYS- KARAOKE WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE GOLDEN LIGHT- TRAVIS BUTLERS- DJ AARON JOE LINVILLE ADAMSON BAILEYS- KARAOKE HOOTS- JEFF, CHRIS & AARON ACES BAR & GRILL- KARAOKE THURSDAY AUGUST 13 CATTLEMEN’S CLUBSUNDAY AUGUST 9 HOOTS- BOBBY MCCAULEY KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BUFFALO WILD WINGSDUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD THE DUGOUT- DJ BLAIR KARAOKE KARAOKE W/LINDA OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE WHISKEY RIVERBAILEYS- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBDJ/KARAOKE BUTLERS- UNION STREET KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BOSCOS- KARAOKE BURBERRYS- ELECTRIC BOSCOS- KARAOKE THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE GYPSIES THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBLOWERY’S SALOON- IRON JOE KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU HORSE LOWERY’S SALOON- RUDY BAILEYS- KARAOKE XIT RODEO- BUSTER BLEDSOE GARCIA MIDNIGHT RODEO- BIKINI WESTERN HORSEMEN- TERRY WAR LEGION- GOATWHORE, CONTEST ALLEN ABIGAIL WILLIAMS GOLDEN LIGHT- CHARLA MIDNIGHT RODEO- CASEY CORN BERRY MONDAY AUGUST 10 GOLDEN LIGHT- DYNAMITE WINGSTREET @ GEORGIAFRIDAY AUGUST 14 LAZERBEAM MICHAEL B KARAOKE NO DOGS ALLOWEDWAR LEGION- AGENTS OF LANDSHARKS- DE KARAOKE KARAOKE ARROGANCE SASSYS- DJ OMNI HOOTS- SETH JAMES TUESDAY AUGUST 11 DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD EBGBS- TRIBAL ASYLUM THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE KARAOKE W/LINDA W/BRADEN WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE SATURDAY AUGUST 8 WINGSTREET ON I40JOE MARTYS- SONGBIRD MICHAEL B KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE KARAOKE BUFFALO WILD WINGSACES BAR & GRILL- KARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU SASSYS- DJ OMNI KARAOKE W/LINDA THE DUGOUT- DJ BLAIR THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE CATTLEMENS CLUBJOE BAILEYS- KARAOKE KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU HOOTS- JEFF WILLIAMS BURBERRYS- DATAKID/ “PRE THE DUGOUT- BLUES NIGHT CATTLEMENS CLUBBLOCK PARTY” PARTY W/OPEN MIC KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU MIDNIGHT RODEO- RECKLESS WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE SKOOTERZ- BIKINI & BIKE KELLY JOE CONTEST ROUNDERS- AMERICAN HUNK OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE MALE REVIEW BAILEYS- KARAOKE WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12 EBGBS- GRAVY BUTLERS- DARREN FLOWERS OLD BUSTERS- RETRO NIGHT BURBERRYS- ELECTRIC NO DOGS ALLOWEDSATURDAY AUGUST 15 GYPSIES KARAOKE MARTYS- SONGBIRD WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE KARAOKE JOE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD
KARAOKE W/LINDA SASSYS- DJ OMNI THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE CATTLEMENS CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU THE DUGOUT- BLUES NIGHT W/OPEN MIC WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE BURBERRYS- DATA KID POLK STREET PARTY- BUSTER BLEDSOE POLK STREET PARTY- TOMMY GALLAGHER POLK STREET PARTY- ROCK BOTTOM POLK STREET PARTY- AGAVE POSSE POLK STREET PARTYTENESSEE TUCKNESS GOLDEN LIGHT- SKITZ O’FUEL THE ELECTROIDS HOOTS- BOSS 420 SUNDAY AUGUST 16 BUFFALO WILD WINGSKARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BOSCOS- KARAOKE THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE JOE LOWERY’S SALOON- RUDY GARCIA MONDAY AUGUST 17 WINGSTREET @ GEORGIAMICHAEL B KARAOKE LANDSHARKS- DE KARAOKE TUESDAY AUGUST 18 THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE W/BRADEN WINGSTREET ON I40MICHAEL B KARAOKE BUFFALO WILD WINGSKARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE HOOTS- JEFF WILLIAMS CATTLEMENS CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU SKOOTERZ- BIKINI & BIKE CONTEST BUTLERS- SAM KING
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 OLD BUSTERS- RETRO NIGHT NO DOGS ALLOWEDKARAOKE WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE BURBERRYS- JIM LAUGHLIN JAZZ BAND MARTYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA SLIMS- POOL TOURNAMENT THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE W/BRADEN ROUNDERS- DJ TOMMY THE HACKER LOWERYS SALOON- MICHAEL B KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE THURSDAY AUGUST 20 HOOTS- BOBBY MCCAULEY DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA WHISKEY RIVER- DJ/KARAOKE BOSCOS- KARAOKE THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BAILEYS- KARAOKE MIDNIGHT RODEO- BIKINI CONTEST BUTLERS- SAM KING GOLDEN LIGHT- THE O’S FRIDAY AUGUST 21 NO DOGS ALLOWEDKARAOKE SASSYS- DJ OMNI DUKE TRACYS- THE SALANO PROJECT WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE BAILEYS- KARAOKE ACES BAR & GRILL- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU THE DUGOUT- DJ BLAIR OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE BURBERRYS- GRAVY LOWERYS SALOON- LEE SCHEETZ NAPOLIS- PIZZAZZ ROUNDERS- ROCK BOTTOM GOLDEN LIGHT- TURNPIKE TROUBADORS WAR LEGION-KILL PARADISE, ROAR
SATURDAY AUGUST 22 MARTYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- BACK TO SCHOOL BASH W/CARMEN SASSYS- DJ OMNI THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE CATTLEMENS CLUB- KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU THE DUGOUT- BLUES NIGHT W/OPEN MIC WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE OLD 66 LOUNGE- KARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE BUTLERS- PIZZAZZ BURBERRYS- GRAVY LOWERYS SALOON- LEE SCHEETZ ROUNDERS- ROCK BOTTOM WESTERN COWPUNCHERS CLUB- REUNION DANCE W/AGAVE POSSE GOLDEN LIGHT- RODNEY PARKER & 50 PESO REWARD HOOTS- WILLY STRADLIN SUNDAY AUGUST 23 BUFFALO WILD WINGSKARAOKE BAILEYS- KARAOKE CATTLEMEN’S CLUBKARAOKE W/LINDA LOU BOSCOS- KARAOKE THE PINE SHED- KARAOKE JOE LOWERY’S SALOON- RUDY GARCIA WAR LEGION- FERMENTIA, MANIAS MONDAY AUGUST 24 WINGSTREET @ GEORGIAMICHAEL B KARAOKE LANDSHARKS- DE KARAOKE TUESDAY AUGUST 25 THE DUGOUT- KARAOKE W/BRADEN WINGSTREET ON I40- MICHAEL B KARAOKE BUFFALO WILD WINGSKARAOKE DUKE TRACYS- SONGBIRD KARAOKE W/LINDA WHISKEY RIVER- KARAOKE JOE HOOTS- JEFF WILLIAMS CATTLEMENS CLUB- KARAOKE W/LINDA LOU SKOOTERZ- BIKINI & BIKE CONTEST BUTLERS- SAM KING
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Coyote Flight Centers M Millions of people all over the world fly every day. Most people that fly are doing so because it is the quickest way to travel from point A to point B. Whether it is for a business meeting in another city, a leisurely vacation, or a trip to visit one’s family and friends, flying is definitely the quickest and easiest way to travel hundreds of miles away. For some however, flying is more than simply a mode of fast transportation, it is a way of life. Over the past few decades, many airplane and flight enthusiasts have taken up flying as a hobby. For those that truly enjoy flying and are capable of putting in the time, flying has become a source of their livelihood. From crop dusting, small airplane tours, and couriers, to transcontinental private jet pilots and commercial pilots for the airlines, thousands of people have found their place in the clouds. For Teddy Acklin, owner and instructor of Coyote Flight Centers, that place is helping those on the ground get into the skies.
the same problem. For many, life gets hectic with family, work, and the like, and they simply have to put the dream of piloting on the backburner until things calm down. For Teddy, this break was roughly 20 years. During that time, Teddy began working for the City of Amarillo as a firefighter. Throughout his career with the Amarillo Fire Department, Teddy’s exceptional service
commercial certificate which would allow him to collect money from people for flying. With all of these certificates and endorsements, Teddy was now ready to begin planning the vision of what would become Coyote Flight Centers. In 2004, Teddy purchased his first airplane, a new 2004 Alarus CH2000. The CH2000 is a 2-seater, low wing, training airplane that is easy to handle and perfect for instructional purposes. Teddy’s first student was a co-worker and friend, Barry Robinson, who, coincidentally, now has Teddy’s old position as lieutenant at Station 10 after Teddy’s retirement in 2006. Barry also picked up on teaching aircraft rescue and familiarization firefighting.
Word spread of Teddy’s new side occupation, and in January of 2005, Teddy opened Coyote Flight Teddy Acklin was born in Amarillo in 1954. Centers. Teddy started Coyote Teddy graduated from Caprock High School and Flight Centers with 5 students and 1 joined the Army after graduating. After a 4 year catapulted him to the position of lieutenant. airplane. Since Teddy was still firefighting for the stent in the military, Teddy returned to Amarillo During his time with the fire department, Teddy first year that Coyote was open, he was not able to and began working in construction. During this never lost his fervor for aviation and also taught teach full time, and so, to help any students time Teddy met his wife Joan and they were aircraft rescue and familiarization firefighting. In interested in aviation, Teddy also opened his married in 1976. Two years after getting married, addition to a successful career, Teddy was also airplane up to instructors to rent. Many instructors Teddy became interested in flying and started blessed with 3 children during the 1980’s, Liebe, seeking their airline transport pilot’s certificate learning to fly in 1978. Many pilots begin their Eric, and Ethan. (ATP certificate) which is a requirement to pilot for any major airline, will use instruction to build In 2000, Teddy picked up to the 1000 hours required for the certificate (a up where he left off in private pilot’s certificate requires a minimum of 40 his pilot’s training and hours with each successive certificate requiring obtained his private more and more hours). Despite some instructors pilot’s certificate in using the hours to build up to moving on to 2001. Teddy had always commercial aviation, Coyote Flight Centers is been a natural teacher very unique in that many of their instructors teach and after receiving his for the love of teaching and not just to accumulate private pilot’s certificate hours. At any given time, Coyote Flight Centers and instrument rating has up to 6 instructors available to its students, endorsement (which which allows students the flexibility to learn allows pilots to fly in around their own schedule. With flight schools, clouds), went on to there are two types, Part 61 schools, and Part 141 pursue a certification for schools. Part 61 schools allow a great deal of flight instruction. While flexibility with a student’s schedule, whereas a still firefighting, Teddy Part 141 school is a rigorous program designed to continued his pilot’s graduate pilots quickly on a set schedule. Teddy training, and in 2004, wanted to utilize the flexibility of a Part 61 school, Teddy became a certified as he knew from experience that flexibility with Teddy with Ismael Roman and his family after winning the TXDOT Aviation Art contest. flight instructor with pilot training allowed those that might not have One prize was a sight seeing tour for him and his family path towards a private pilot’s certificate and have instrument rating add-on endorsement (which the time for a dedicated training program, the to take a break because of the amount of time that allows the instructor to teach instrument rating). chance to fulfill their dream of obtaining a pilot’s is needed to obtain it, and Teddy Acklin ran into Soon after that, Teddy went on to obtain his certificate.
Coyote Flight Centers Amarillo’s Premier Flight School In 2006, Teddy retired from his long time career as a fireman and dedicated his time to his new school. With Teddy’s time completely available for the flight center, 2006 became a very busy year. Coyote Flight Center purchased its second airplane, a used 1972 Cherokee 180 (a very reliable low wing 4-seater) and utilized this new 4-seater airplane
to start sightseeing tours around Amarillo, Canyon, and Lake Meredith. Coyote Flight Centers also opened their testing center in 2006 (which requires FAA Certificate of Designation). Coyote Flight Centers has the capability to give knowledge exams for private pilot certificates, instrument rating endorsements, flight instructor certifications with instrument rating add-on, airplane mechanics, balloon certificates, aircraft dispatch, commercial pilot certificates, flight engineering, parachute rigger, aviation military competency, and helicopters. In 2008, Coyote Flight Centers obtained its next 2 airplanes, a used 2001 Alarus CH2000 and a 1963 Comanche 180 (another low wing 4-seater). Today, Coyote Flight Center offers a multitude of services. In addition to its flight instruction and testing, Coyote also offers ground school, aircraft rental, a pilot shop, sightseeing tours, aviation rescue services, FAA safety seminars & resources, knowledge resources for all
aviation, and is also an authorized chart agent (maps, diagrams, and charts for aviation). Two of Coyote’s newest programs are its introductory flights and its new Aviation for Kids. Introductory flights are available once per student if they have not logged any flight time. It is a 45 minute flight where the student actually gets to fly the plane. This flight time is logged towards a private pilot’s certificate and is available for only $59.00. The introductory flight is a great way for anyone interested in aviation to get a feel for if it is truly something they want to pursue and it also makes a great gift for friends and family. The Aviation for Kids program was started in 2009 in conjunction with Amarillo College. For the 1st class, kids get to come out and see the airplanes and learn about aviation thru fun experiments and activities. Teddy, Coyote Flight Centers, and its staff pride themselves on providing a friendly flexible atmosphere to anyone interested in anything aviation. Coyote’s instructors are more than just teachers; they are here to help people explore their love of aviation because they have a love for aviation themselves. Coyote Flight Centers’ goal is to encourage aviation no matter what form and to promote pilots and students to work together to achieve their dreams, no matter how high in the sky those dreams may reach. For more information on Coyote Flight Centers and their services call 806-335-9763 or visit them online at IFlyCFC.com and start reaching for the clouds. By Eric Muehlhausen
Daughtry is climbing the charts
Even as it preps for a 14-date run of clubs and theaters next month, Daughtry is eyeballing a headlining tour of arenas in the fall. "We don't want to get too over-zealous," frontman Chris Daughtry tells Billboard.com. "We're not gonna be doing the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) right out the gate, obviously. We'll be doing some small- and medium-sized arenas. We haven't got the confirmed schedule up yet; we're still working on that. But it'll be a big rock show for sure." How big? "It's the first time where we actually get to use some big production," Daughtry says, "so maybe some pyro, who knows. It would be kind of fun to mess around with that. We're working on it right now, designing some different stage ideas and maybe try to incorporate some of the artwork of the record. We're messing around with the concept right now, so...it's gonna be a surprise." Spirits are, of course, high around the Daughtry camp thanks to the chart-topping debut of "Leave This Town," his second release since being an "American Idol" finalist and first with the band he assembled after his 2006 quadruple-platinum debut came out. "I couldn't be happier," Daughtry says. "You get ready to put that second record out, you have that maybe a week or so before it happens, you don't know what it's gonna do. You're a little nervous. You got the jitters. You're not sure what's gonna happen. And then the first week just kinda puts your mind at ease." And though much has been made of "Leave This Town" outselling Michael Jackson that particular week, Daughtry says he's not putting much stock in that. "Y'know, if we outsold him back in '83, that would've probably been a different story," he notes. "To me it's not a really good comparison. We're talking about someone who's sold more records than anybody in the universe...I don't think that's a really good angle. It sounds good in headlines but, no, I don't look at it that way. I'm just very proud and honored to be at the top of the charts."
Pixies Bringing 'Doolittle' Shows To U.S. The Pixies piqued fans interest with news they'd regroup to play their 1989 classic "Doolittle" in Europe. Now the group will bring the album's 20th anniversary celebration to the U.S. this November. The Pixies will play "Doolittle," their second album, over the course of 14 U.S. theater shows beginning Nov. 4 in Los Angeles and winding up Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C., with multi-night stands in Oakland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City. Tickets start going on sale Aug. 1. The tour comes on the heels of 13-date European run that starts Sept. 30 with the first of three shows in Dublin, Ireland. The Pixies are also performing at the V Festival on Aug. 29 near Toronto. "I'm so general public I love the idea of playing a full album," Pixies bassist Kim Deal tells Billboard.com. "We had talked in 2007 about doing an album from the top to the end, maybe doing (1988's) 'Surfer Rosa' and then 'Doolittle.' The only things that we don't know, that we don't play live, from ('Doolittle') are 'Silver' and 'There Goes My Gun,' so we're going to add those two, and the B-sides." The latter include tracks such as "Weird at My School, "Bailey's Walk" and "Dancing the Manta Ray," though Deal says the group also thought about "having a Pixies tribute band open for us and let them play our B-sides. We thought that would be funny." Deal, who's currently touring with the Breeders, says she and the rest of the Pixies, who have been playing intermittently since reuniting in 2004, are a bit surprised to be working so much this year after initially planning to be off. "It didn't knock me off my socks, though," Deal says. "It's kind of like, 'Great, we're gonna do some stuff...' What happened was we got offered the Isle of Wight (festival), and they were telling us some other band, some other band, then us, then Neil Young, and we were like, 'OK, whatever, sure, we'll be there,' and that put us back in motion." In addition to the "Doolittle" shows, the Pixies are preparing for the October release of "Minotaur," a deluxe boxed set -- offered in two versions -- featuring all of the Pixies albums and music videos along with a Blu-Ray DVD of a 1991 concert at London's Brixton Academy and a 54-page book. The packages were designed by original Pixies collaborators Vaughan Oliver and photographer Simon Larbalestier. "What we've seen so far is really cool looking," Deal reports. "We're one of the few bands that you can think of that actually just turned their visual image over to somebody else like that, so it's only fitting that Vaughan and Simon would work on the box set, too."
Brendan Benson Seeks Success Without Raconteurs On New Album Brendan Benson harbors no illusions about why people may know his name. "I've been making records on my own for a long time," the Nashville-based singer/songwriter says, "but it wasn't until the Raconteurs that I experienced real success." The Raconteurs, of course, are the popular garage-rock outfit Benson formed in 2005 with Jack White of the White Stripes, and Benson isn't exaggerating about the spike in popularity: At 522,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), the Raconteurs' "Broken Boy Soldiers" has sold nearly 20 times as many copies as Benson's best-selling solo album, 2005's "The Alternative to Love." But, although Benson says he's willing to do whatever takes to promote his new album, "My Old, Familiar Friend" (due Aug. 18 from ATO), there's one thing he won't allow: a shrink-wrap sticker describing him as a member of the Raconteurs.
"I want to do this on my own merit," Benson says, "and if it's successful, I'd like it to be something I can be proud of, to be able to say, 'This is my accomplishment,' without riding on anyone's coattails. The other thing is, people who don't know my solo stuff and who are only fans of the Raconteurs, they might be disappointed if this record is marketed that way. It's really nothing like the Raconteurs, so it's a matter of not tricking people." Like Benson's earlier solo work, "My Old, Familiar Friend" is an impeccably crafted power-pop gem long on catchy melodies and lovelorn lyrics. Uptempo numbers like "A Whole Lot Better" and "Poised and Ready" work up some respectable guitar fuzz, but the Gil Norton-produced set also contains much more delicate material, such as "Gonowhere," a dreamy, Todd Rundgren-esque ballad. According to ATO marketing director Jon Salter, the label shares Benson's desire to sell "Friend" without "piggybacking off the Jack White connection." (Benson says with a laugh that he was surprised ATO agreed to forgo the sticker.) Naturally, Salter says, the label wants to put the new album in front of the Raconteurs' sizable fan base-"but in an organic way that acknowledges Brendan's history and the beautiful records he's made." Salter calls ATO's marketing campaign a multifaceted one that "includes everything": local, regional and national press; late-night TV; e-mail messaging; and blog exclusives. On the radio front, Salter points to the label's success at triple A stations with acts like Gomez and My Morning Jacket, but he also says that modern rock radio is not out of the question. "There's a lot of Raconteurs radio love out there." Benson's manager, Alan Mintz, says his goal is to "reintroduce" his client as a solo artist in the wake of the Raconteurs' mainstream success. "There's basically a million Brendan Benson fans out there already who just don't know they're Brendan Benson fans," Mintz says. "This album is a confirmation of what a special solo artist he is and how the Raconteurs are a great piece of that spectrum-but they're just one piece." Indeed, Benson says he already has his next two non-Raconteurs projects in the can: an album of outtakes from the "Friend" sessions and a duo album with the young country signer Ashley Monroe, whom he met last year when the Raconteurs drafted Monroe and Ricky Skaggs to help record a bluegrass version of "Old Enough." "I've always sort of got a couple of things cooking," Benson says. "But I've blocked out at least the next year for this record. I'm in it for the long haul."
New Backstreet Boys Album Due In October Backstreet Boys announced today (July 28) that it will release its ninth album, "This is Us," Oct. 6 on Jive Records. The lead single, "Straight Through My Heart," has just been released to radio and can be heard on the group's MySpace page. The 11-track set follows the Backstreet Boys' platinum-certified 2005 reunion album "Never Gone" and 2007's "Unbreakable," which sold 1.7 million copies worldwide but less than 150,000 in the U.S. Group members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean contributed to the writing and producing of "This is Us," joined by original Backstreet Boys hitmaker Max Martin, T-Pain, RedOne, Soulshock & Karlin, Jim Jonsin and Claude Kelly. Other announced track titles include "Bigger," "Bye Bye Love" and "She's a Dream."
can and ride the rollercoaster as it goes up and down. "I think, overall, we're gonna be a group that's here for a long time. As long as people want us and our fans want us, then hopefully we can ride the wave -- like I say, the rollercoaster -- up and down and be standing at the very end."
Producer Jim Jonsin, who produced five of the 11 tracks that will appear on "This Is Us," tells Billboard.com that recording with the group "We always try to set the bar as high as possible," Dorough tells was "an awesome experienceâ€ŚThe album is Billboard.com. "We've always been a pop/R&B group. We focus our songs solid, and the guys are around good melodies and group harmonies, and hopefully that will have a trying to make incredible lot of staying power." songs," says Jonsin. "They actually mentioned that it Backstreet Boys have sold more than 76 million albums worldwide in the felt like they were 12-plus years since they debuted. And while the pop quartet is no longer the multi-platinum concern it was in the late '90s and early '00s, Dorough says he recording their first abum. I believe this album is gonna be huge for the guys. They worked really hard on keeping their sound but wanted to step it up a and his groupmates remain confident with their place in the pop landscape. notch." "I think every artist who wants to be around for a long time and have staying power has to go through that transition," he says. "Some records are going to Backstreet Boys launch a world tour on Sept. 27 in Singapore, then go to Europe from Oct. 30-Dec. 6. North American dates for 2010 are expected to be bigger than others. You're always going to be compared to your biggest be announced soon. record. All you can do as an artist is just strive to make the best record you