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Saturday is the Don Herrington Discovery Centers annual Breakfast with Santa.
Amy Juba with the Discovery Center told KGNC the event is form 9am till noon and offers a breakfast and photos with Santa, as well as a visit from some local singing groups.
"Our live entertainment will be provided by the Carver Academy Singers, as well as the Tascosa High School Freedom Singers. That will be a lot of fun to have them performing for us."
Juba says they also have plenty of arts and crafts for the kids.
"We have a make-a-flake station where the kids can make snowflakes, and an outrageous ornament section where they can squirt paint in a translucent ornament, shake it up, and bring home a really neat hand designed ornament."
Of course it wouldn't be the Discovery Center is their wasn't something educational as well.
They have a station set up where the kids can learn the science behind ice and snow.
Tickets are $12 for members and $17 for nonmembers, at the door. But you can get a discount if you purchase them in advance on site or on line at www.dhdc.org. Children under 12 months are free.
There will soon be a few new boys in blue on the streets.
The Amarillo Police Departments 84th Police Academy Class will graduate Friday, at noon, in the Grand Plaza of the Amarillo Civic Center.
The recruits recently completed 1113 hours of training over the course of 27 weeks before passing the Texas Basic Peace Officer's Certification Test.
The 12 officers will officially be sworn in during the ceremony and will ride with a field training officer for the next 4 months.
The 85th Amarillo Police Academy, with 21 recruits, started classes Thursday morning.
Pearl Harbor Day will be marked with happy memories Saturday by Veterans at Amarillo’s Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home.
The Top Wings Motorcycle club will deliver power tools to help set up a woodworking shop at the home.
Chris Crabtree with the veterans home says having the residents take up woodworking was one of their therapist's idea.
"The Speech Therapist is very creative and he started doing some things with left over pallets, from deliveries," said Crabtree. "And using the wood from that they made a Texas Flag, a United States Flag, and they are in the middle of making a Christmas Tree."
The West Texas A&M University marching band euphoniums will also play in the halls of the home to mark the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Texas State Veterans Homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their spouses and gold star parents.
100 Canyon Independent School District kids will get to participate in tomorrows 8th annual Shop with a Cop. And it's exactly what it sounds like.
The elementary age children will meet at the Canyon Walmart, at 8am tomorrow morning, and a police officer or fire fighter will help them spend their $50 gift card.
Danny Alexander with the Randall County Sheriffs Office told KGNC it's really cool to see the children get into the Christmas spirit.
"I've seen kids, instead of buying for themselves, buy for their little brother,little sisters, or buy something for their mom, or something like that. Most of the time the kids aren't real unselfish about it, so it's really cool."
Alexander says Randall County Sheriffs and Fire Fighters along with Canyon Police and Fire will be participating in what he calls "the best and most gratifying thing they do all year."
Heaters are kick on and fire places are lit as freezing temperatures roll into Amarillo. But some people use unconventional ways to heat their home, and they are asking for trouble.
Jacob Ohlert with the Amarillo Fire Department said a lot of people will use their oven or stove tops as a heating system.
"Any kind of cooking appliance or anything that's not designated to heat a home, or for inside use, then we don't want it inside," said Oehlert. "We don't want it heating your home inside. Because ultimately those are the things that give us the biggest worry and in the long run those are the one's that are going to cause the most problems."
Oehlert said another danger that accompanies using your stove or oven to heat is a build up of carbon monoxide poisoning.
He says that's also a factor when using patio heaters inside the home.
Winter is paying another early visit to the Panhandle with the forecast calling for snow Thursday and Friday.
Krissy Scotten, with the National Weather Service in Amarillo, says give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
"As we saw with this last wintery event it just took a little bit of freezing drizzle to cause quite a few accidents. So, we really really stress, please...slow...down."
A winter weather advisory is currently in effect until 9:00am Friday morning.
Due to the below freezing temperatures and snow expected with the incoming weather, the Center City Electric Light Parade, scheduled for Friday night, has been cancelled.
The event was cancelled instead of postponed because of other events scheduled throughout the month and availability of necessary facilities.
The high temperature Friday is forecast to be 19 degrees with a low of 8 and wind chills below zero possible.