Amarillo area Our Town briefs for the week of Oct. 23, 2022

Bolton Street Trench Repair Project impacts traffic

A trench repair project on Bolton Street is currently impacting traffic, which began Wednesday, Oct. 19. The project will include the area of Bolton Street between S.E. 13th Ave. and S.E. 16th Ave. The intersections at Bolton Street and S.E. 13th Ave. and Bolton Street and S.E. 16th Ave. will remain open.

Work will begin with the closure of the Bolton Street and S.E. 14th Ave. intersection. Motorists should be aware of closed intersections, posted signs related to construction and contractor personnel and equipment in work zones. Residents may need alternate routes at various times throughout the project due to temporary intersection closures. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and anticipate delays.

Depending on weather conditions, it is anticipated that this project will be complete by the summer of 2023.

For more information or questions concerning the trench repair project, call (806) 378-9334 or email construction@amarillo.gov or visit the project website at Amarillo.gov/Bolton .

Career Discovery Day 2022 to highlight students’ options

Students from seven area high schools will gather at the Don Harrington Discovery Center at 9:15 a.m. on the morning of Monday, Oct. 24 to gain insights into career options during Career Discovery Day 2022.

The event is the first activity for 50 students participating in this year’s Mentoring Program, conducted annually by the Rotary Clubs of Amarillo and the Amarillo Women’s Network in cooperation with local high schools. Amarillo, Caprock, Highland Park, Palo Duro, Randall, River Road, and Tascosa High Schools will be represented, according to a news release.

Following a brief welcome in the Discovery Center Auditorium and an orientation on the morning’s activities, three 50-minute sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. with 16 local professionals leading panel discussions. The students will rotate among three broad panels to gain insights into the following career fields: Health & Medicine; Law, Business & Service; and Engineering, Education & Communication.

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, a subsidiary of Toot ‘n Totum, will provide a complimentary lunch at 12:15 p.m. An Amarillo College presentation on Paying for College follows, and the event concludes at 1:30 p.m. The Don Harrington Discovery Center is located at 1200 Streit, Harrington Regional Medical Center.

Operation Christmas Child readies for donation drop-off sites to open in November

More than 4,500 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide since 1993. In 2022, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children.

Individuals, families, and groups still have time to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage. Participants can find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts. The online lookup tool is searchable by City or ZIP code. Signs at each location will identify the drop-off. For more information, visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ .

League of Women Voters Amarillo distributes Voters Guide

The Nonpartisan Voters Guide, published by the League of Women Voters, has been printed and delivered throughout Amarillo and Canyon at local businesses, libraries and offices to help citizens prepare for the upcoming November midterm elections.

Kay Porter, Voters Guide director for the League, said the Guides provide information on voting locations and hours as well as candidates’ answers to questions posed by the League. “We were very pleased to have 100% participation in the Voters Guide by local candidates in contested races,” Porter said.

The Guide includes all statewide races as well as local races, she added. In addition, the Guides will appear in today's edition of the Amarillo Globe-News.

The Voters Guide will also be printed in Spanish and available at public libraries and other businesses.

42nd annual Christmas Roundup to be held Nov. 4-6 at Amarillo Civic Center

Thousands of shoppers are expected at the Amarillo Civic Center for the 42nd Annual Christmas Roundup: A Holiday Market, to be held Nov. 4-6. This year, more 135 merchants will set up pop-up shops in more than 200 booths in the North and South Exhibit Halls at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, located at 401 S. Buchanan St., to allow people to get a head start on their holiday shopping.

Shopping hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets are $10 for a weekend Pass, with admission for children 12 and younger free. Tickets will be available at the door, and proceeds from the event will benefit the educational programming of the Amarillo Museum of Art.

This celebration of the season will be a weekend filled with shopping, cocktails, entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction.

“This is an exciting year for Christmas Roundup. With two full halls of vendors, we are sure this community holiday tradition will bring something for everyone,” Kelly Huckabay and Jessica Needham, 2022 co-chairs, said. “Christmas Roundup is the prime holiday market for our area and with the community’s support, we are able to provide funding for the many educational programs of the Amarillo Museum of Art.”

For more information on merchants and the schedule including special events, visit Christmas Roundup Amarillo on Facebook, ChristmasRoundupAmarillo on Instagram or visit www.amoa-alliance.com or https://www.amoa.org/2022-christmas-round-up .

Annual coat giveaway seeking donations ahead of Trunk or Treat

Tremaine Brown and his foundation, The Vessel of Humanity and Compassion, will be hosting their 7th annual Trunk or Treat with a winter gear giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Bones Hooks Park.

The giveaway includes coats, hats, and gloves for kids, and last year, they were able to give away almost 700 brand new items, as well as more than 200 pairs of shoes. This year's goal is 1,000 coats.

"For a few years since one of our great local organizations stopped doing their coat drive, my foundation, The Vessel of Humanity and Compassion, has tried to fill that void," Brown said in an email announcement. "And, we thought there would be no better time then in conjunction with our annual Trunk or Treat. ... That leaves us about two and a half weeks to reach our goal."

They are taking donations of new coats, hats, gloves, candy, and any other Halloween or winter related items, which can be brought to Shi Lee’s BBQ and Soul Food at 1213 SW 3rd. Also, anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can do so at the foundation's website, www.BeBlessedByTheVessel.org, and click the "support us" button. For more information, call 806-517-7677.

Red Cross distributing free smoke alarms, safety info in October

The American Red Cross North Texas Region wants to help make homes and communities safer. During October, Red Cross volunteers will be in neighborhoods across the region installing free smoke alarms and providing home fire safety information during various Sound the Alarm events.

From Oct. 15 through Oct. 29, the Red Cross and the Amarillo Fire Department will visit the Amarillo, Borger, Childress, Clarendon, Dalhart, Dimmit, Dumas, Friona, Fritch, Hereford, Pampa, Perryton, Shamrock, Stinnet, Tulia, and Wellington communities in the Texas Panhandle to install free smoke alarms for people in need and help them create a fire escape plan.

“I’ve lived through a fire, and you definitely want a smoke alarm,” says Martha Towells of Rowlett, Texas. “It’s the scariest thing and the most heart-wrenching thing you can go through. The sooner you can get out, the better.”

Every second counts when there’s a home fire. Individuals and households throughout North Texas that wish to receive free smoke alarm installation can visit RedCross.org/NTXHomesMadeSafer to register.

Maxwell's teams up with Texas and Randall County Farm Bureaus to offer field trip students activity booklet

Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm is excited to announce that it has teamed up with the Randall County Farm Bureau and the Texas Farm Bureau to provide local elementary school students a special pumpkin activity booklet.

“This is just one more way we add to the Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm experience for students who visit the Farm on field trips,” explains Maxwell’s Owner Larry Borger. “These students not only get to enjoy a great day at the Farm, but they can also learn a bit about agriculture too.”

Maxwell’s will distribute 7,500 booklets to visiting students throughout the month of October, which were sponsored by the Randall County Farm Bureau, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Collegiate Farm Bureau of West Texas A&M University. These organizations offer a number of programs and activities to assist teachers and students throughout the region.

“It’s so important to help our youngest generations learn more about agriculture and do it in a fun way,” explains Greg Glover, president of the Randall County Farm Bureau. “We appreciate Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm being a great partner in this special outreach effort.”

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo area Our Town briefs for the week of Oct. 23, 2022