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April 2017




Dome Shows at the Marian Blakemore Planetarium

Month of April

Experience our new Digistar 5 Digital Planetarium system. This new system is the most advanced planetarium system in the world, with capabilities including full stereoscopic 3D shows, astronomical simulations, real-time 3D graphics rendering and many other features. Dome shows are included with admission and free for Museum members. See Dome Schedule at:

Wagner Noel Performances & Events 

 Month of April

 April will be a busy month for the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center!  Check out their website for more info on: Ronnie McDowell, US Army Field Bank & Soldiers' Chorus, Greater Tuna, George Lopez & DL Hughley, Shen Yun, Kacy Musgraves, and more! See details at:

Midland Downtown Farmers Market 

Saturdays in April


The Midland Downtown Farmers Market is so excited to be celebrating 10 years of being a part of the Midland downtown community! The MDFM is held at 1705 W. Missouri on Saturday mornings, 8:30am-12:30pm. See more at:

 On the Rise: Student Artists of the Permian Basin 

April 1st-23rd

Celebrate the talents of Midland’s youngest artists and their teachers. Elementary through high school students are represented in this annual exhibition through a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. This year's theme is all about culture and heritage. On display through April 23rd in the Turner Memorial Art Museum. See more at:

 Fill the Boot

 April 3rd, 5th, & 7th

The Midland Fire Department is wanting your help to fill the boot in another campaign to benefit muscular dystrophy. Firefighters will be across town at several locations on April 3, April 5 and April 7 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.


Those locations are at the intersections of: Midkiff Rd. and Wadley Ave., Midland Dr. and Andrews Highway, Midland Dr. and Loop 250 and Garfield St. and Golf Course Rd.


Their goal for this year is to raise $110,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 Building Bots

 April 4th


Building Bots enables children to engage in engineering challenges, team building, and robotic creative design. With different themes for each session, your child will love coming to every session! This STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) educational programming is a great way to get your kids excited about learning. Open to kids in grades K-6.

5:30 – 7:30 pm - Pre-registration required. See more at:

Basin PBS Indie Lens Pop-Up: National Bird 

 April 4th


Join Basin PBS at Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 3301 Neely in Midland, on April 4th starting at 6:30, for their next Indie Lens Pop-Up a free community screening event when we watch and discuss: NATIONAL BIRD. A film by Sonia Kennebeck, National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries. See more at:

 Art Social

 April 6th 10am

FILL YOUR MORNING with a gallery talk and inspiring discussion. Coffee and breakfast snacks are included. Don’t forget to bring a friend! Program is included with Museum admission; free for members.
The Legacy of Eanger Irving Couse - with Kristen Wagstrom, Curator of Education, Museum of the Southwest. See more at:

Star Party 

April 7th


JOIN THE WEST TEXAS ASTRONOMERS in Haley Park, behind the Marian Blakemore Planetarium, for an up-close view of the stars in the night sky.  Parties begin at dusk and generally occur one Friday a month, except in summer. Free and open to the public. See more at:

SciFriday: Wall-E (Family Night)

April 7th


SciFridays offer a fun and free opportunity to get out of the house on Friday nights in the Permian Basin. Films take place in the Marian West & William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium’s Greathouse Dome. Bring your friends and don't be late - doors open at 7:30 p.m. with trivia and the featured film beginning at 8 p.m. See more at:

 The Peddler Show

April 7th-9th 

The Peddler Show returns to the Permian Basin April 7th – 9th at the Midland Horseshoe Arena for a one-of-a-kind Spring Market where you can shop from talented designers, artisans, creators and craftsmen from all over the country! There’s no better chance to stock up on all the latest spring trends and prepare for the upcoming summer months. Remember Mother’s Day and May Graduation is right around the corner. Shower your loved ones with unique gifts as well as customization and personalization onsite! Let The Peddler Show be your one stop shop at our NEW facility, The Midland County Horseshoe! It’s THE Texas Shopping Tradition… It’s The Peddler Show in Midland! See more at:

 See The World A Different Way 5K - For Autism Awareness

April 8th


April is Autism Awareness Month and we are dedicating our April virtual race to it with a See The World A Different Way 5K! The medal has Autism 5K, spelled backwards, to help us all see things in a different way. We have 500 medals available and they will sell out quick so sign up NOW! When: Complete your race any time during April 2017! See more at:

 The Firebird

 April 8th


The Firebird will be performed at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, April 8th at 7:30pm. See more at:

Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor

Featuring Ballet Arkansas Dancers: Megan Hustel & Paul Tillman

 Old Sorehead Trade Days

 April 8th-9th

Old Sorehead Trade Days is the best little show in West Texas (if you can call 615 booths and 30,000 visitors "little"). Stanton hosts Trade Days three times a year, six days of wonderful shopping. Shows are scheduled the second weekend in April, June and October. Shows are Saturdays 9 AM to 6 PM and Sundays Noon to 5 PM. See more at:

Bunny Breakfast and Easter Bunny Photos

 April 8th-15th

Bunny Breakfast, sponsored by the Midland Northside Lions Club is 7am-10am, April 8th in the food court. Tickets are $6.


Kids can have their photo taken through April 15th. Bunny Photo Experience is at the JC Penny Court. To make an appointment, go to

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

April 9th 

In a house on Egypt Street, there once lived a rabbit named Edward Tulane. Gifted to a girl named Abilene, he was treated well and loved beyond belief. As a result, Edward became vain and cold. One day; however, he was separated from Abilene and his world was turned upside down. Adapted from the 2006 children's book, the whole family can enjoy Edward's epic adventure. See more at:

 Bunny Hop 5k Run

 April 15th


The annual City of Odessa Parks & Recreation Easter Spring Fling will look to have another large crowd this year!  Our family-oriented Easter Spring Fling will take place on Saturday, April 15th at UTPB Park - E. Loop 338 & Hwy 191 and will include both the Bunny Hop 5k Fun Run and an Easter Egg Hunt.  Plus a special guest will be Peter Cottontail himself!  This is a Fun Run through the park and the trails of UTPB campus.  Recreation and fitness is the name of the game as we encourage participants of all ages to come out!  So get your running shoes on and run with our special guest - Peter Cottontail! See more at:

Easter Spring Fling Egg Hunt

 April 15th


The annual City of Odessa Parks & Recreation Easter Spring Fling will look to have another large crowd this year!  Our family-oriented Easter Spring Fling will take place on Saturday, April 15th at UTPB Park - E. Loop 338 & Hwy 191 and will include both the Bunny Hop 5k Fun Run and an Easter Egg Hunt.  Plus a special guest will be Peter Cottontail himself! 

 Tune-Up Art Festival

 April 15th


The Annual Tune Up Art Festival is a one-day celebration bringing talent to light and artists and musicians together to merge and create here in West Texas and beyond. The Cognitions Collective presents a fully interactive platform for networking and expanding opportunities for artists within the community, city, and state. Join us and merge yourself into the arts and culture. Event will be held outside in an enclosed area, at 3010 Farm to Market Road 1936Odessa, TX.  This one-of-a kind Art festival includes; - Art: Talented artists will have booths set up to sell their crafts (great time to come out and network and get to know the underground artists) -Music: Live DJ with live performances - Food:  your ultimate favorite food trucks  - Games: live horse shoe tournaments Program schedule : - Art Vendors from; 2-9PM  - Happy Hour; 4-6pm - Live performances. See more at:

 Earth Day Celebration with MDFM

 April 22nd


Music on the Porch will be the one and only Midlandaires so make plans to stay a while!  We're teaming up with Keep Midland Beautiful to bring you lots of fun and exciting activities to celebrate Earth Day! The DELL - They will be making beautiful beads from magazines and they will be giving out free Midland Downtown Farmers Market shopping bags! Cane d'Oro will be rustling up delicious brick oven pizza at the gate to the museum, don't miss it! The MDFM is held at 1705 W. Missouri on Saturday mornings, 8:30am-12:30pm. See more at:

 YMCA Healthy Kids Day

 April 22nd


The Midland YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day while many local organizations will be present to share information on summer programming for area youth. The Y staff will be on hand to talk about Y summer camp, help with registration, our youth program, including swimming lessons and youth sports. Healthy activities such as inflatable obstacle course, Half-Pint Kids Triathlon, Pine Car Derby, Bubble Bumpers, Yoga, Smoothie Station, Hair-Cuts, a Photo Booth and the Farmers Market will be available for all the enjoy. The event is open to the community. You do not have a be a Y member. For more info, contact: or call (432) 682-2551.

 BUNCO: BPW Scholarship Fundraiser

 April 24th


Are you ready for some BUNCO? Come chat, eat, laugh, and roll with BPM on Monday, April 24th at the Beer Garden, located at 7122 W Hwy 80 in Midland. BPW is hosting a BUNCO Scholarship Fundraiser. Table Sponsorship is $450, Individuals are $60 per person. Let the good times roll! Learn more about BPW at:

 Our Lady of Guadalupe Family Fair

April 27th-30th 

Located at 1401 Garden Lane in Midland, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine will host their annual Family Fair April 27th - April 30th.  Come enjoy the Food, Games, Live Music, Carnival, Folklorico, Raffle, Silent Auction, and more! See details at:

 Family Science Night: Wild for Wildlife

 April 27th


The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum proudly presents Family Science Night sponsored by Chevron. Families are invited to participate in hands-on science activities including science experiments and creative projects. Admission is FREE! 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm • Free Admission • Hands-On Experiments • Educational Activities. See more at:

Members enjoy early admission from 6:00 – 6:30 pm!

 Lee Rebel Football Booster Club Golf Tournament

April 28th 

Lee Rebel Football Booster Club Golf Tournament will be held on April 28th at Hogan Park Golf Course.

Deadline to Register is April 24th

$400 Per Team/ 4 Man Scramble

Hole Sponsorship - $200 per Hole

7am Registration/ 8am Shotgun Start

Prizes: 1st-$600, 2nd-$400, 3rd-$200

Registration & Sponsorship Information: Contact Randy (432) 553-9668 or Shaun (432) 813-4930

International Astronomy Day & Celebration (Family Free-For-All)

 April 29th

THERE'S A LOT TO EXPLORE during Family Free-For-Alls!  Enjoy family-friendly activities, dome shows and more. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.

We’re celebrating all things space with family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities. Help make a community star mural, meet a real-life NASA scientist and more! See more at:

10 am - 3 pm: Art and science activities
3 pm: Q&A with Adam Steltzner
4 pm: Meet and greet and book signing - **Books will be available for purchase through Barnes and Noble onsite
5:30 pm: Relativity Lecture Series: Adam Steltzner on How Curiosity Saved My Life

 Relativity Lecture Series

April 29th


Whether you are a whiz in physics or a backyard astronomer, Relativity has something for everyone. This is a science-based lecture series with a broad range of topics and speakers. Free for everyone.

Relativity is made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation. See more at:

Saturday, April 29 | 5:30 pm, held in the BLAKEMORE PLANETARIUM

How Curiosity Saved My Life
Adam Steltzner, Team Leader and Chief Engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity, and Author


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