Play Here's Activity Roundup for Oct. 5 to 12: 'Mary Poppins,' Lions Club pancakes, haunted houses, more
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Amarillo Little Theatre's "Mary Poppins" will conclude this weekend.
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Here's your handy roundup to seven days PACKED with fun, including haunted houses, theater, art shows, pancakes and more.

 

Thursday

  • Flavors of Amarillo & Mariachi Festival: The heat is on! Several favorite Amarillo restaurants and mariachi band La Coronelas will join forces with Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. (5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Rex Baxter Building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. $20 advance, $25 at door; free ages 10 and younger. 806-379-8800)
  • Dark Side of the Full Moon: This documentary about postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders will be held by the new Village Birth Education Center(6 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo College Downtown Campus, 1314 S. Polk St. Free; tickets required. 806-881-9600)
  • LIPS: The popular fundraiser for Opportunity School features volunteers from businesses and elsewhere doing lip-synch performances of popular songs. (6 p.m. Thursday, Embassy Suites Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St., $150 for individuals and up to $6,000 for tables of 10. 806-373-4245)
  • First Thursday Art Show: Enjoy Halloween-inspired works at this installment of the monthly feature. Rupert the Duke will spin. (7 p.m. Thursday, The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover; donations accepted. 806-322-1806)
  • Psychopathia Sexualis: Amarillo College's theater department will open its season with this edgy comedy by John Patrick Shanley (MoonstruckDoubt). Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. $8 adults, $6 AC students, faculty and staff. 806-371-5359)
  • Mary Poppins: One final weekend for the smash hit season-opener for Amarillo Little Theatre's Mainstage. The beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers) comes to life with Kristen Loyd (Anything GoesYoung Frankenstein) as the practically perfect nanny and Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)

 

Friday

Note: Chainsaw Massacre was previously listed here and in the October calendar of events, but owner Mike Fisher said it is not opening this season after all. It could return for off-season haunting fun, however.

  • Inspirational Book Club: Join the discussion of Davis Bunn's Domino Effect(9:30 a.m. Friday, Amarillo Public Library Northwest Branch, 6100 W. Ninth Ave. Free. 806-359-2035)
  • March Against Domestic Violence: Join Family Support Services of Amarillo to bring awareness to domestic violence. (2 p.m. Friday, 10th Avenue and Taylor St. Free. 806-342-2500)
  • First Friday Art Walk: The monthly stroll through The Galleries at Sunset Center will feature a pumpkin decorating contest. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday, The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Free. 806-352-2706)
  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • You Name It: Audiences at the opening reception for Cerulean Gallery's latest show will get to name it. The exhibition will feature nine artists working in nine different styles and mediums. Here's my preview(6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; hangs through Dec. 21. Cerulean Gallery, 814 S. Taylor St. Free. 806-576-0063)
  • Amarillo Scaregrounds: The haunt features five scenarios in one location. This is Pepsi Night, offering free Pepsi products to visitors. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2736 S.W. 10th Ave., $5, $15 and $20 per haunt; $35 for all; $50 for unlimited access. 806-367-9516)
  • 6th Street Massacre: The Route 66 haunt returns. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Oct. 31. 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave. Admission $20. 806-337-0749)
  • Van Buren Frightmare: The downtown haunt scares up some new frights. (7 p.m. to midnight Friday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to 31. 816 S. Van Buren St. $20. 806-373-2292)
  • La Traviata: The classic Verdi opera will open Amarillo Opera's season and will star Eric Barry, Suzanne Ramo and others. (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $20 to $90, plus fees. 806-372-7464 or 806-378-3096)
  • Psychopathia Sexualis: Amarillo College's theater department will open its season with this edgy comedy by John Patrick Shanley (MoonstruckDoubt). (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. $8 adults, $6 AC students, faculty and staff. 806-371-5359)
  • Mary Poppins: One final weekend for the smash hit season-opener for Amarillo Little Theatre's Mainstage. The beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers) comes to life with Kristen Loyd (Anything GoesYoung Frankenstein) as the practically perfect nanny and Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. Here's my preview.  (8 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
  • A Night of Comedy: The wiseacres at Yellow City Comedy — Saul Rodriguez, Tristan Pinter, Austin "The Hooligan" Ulen, Handsome Rob, Cash Bumweasel and SkylarPotter — will perform. (8 p.m. Friday, Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. Cover $5. 806-331-7305)

 

Saturday

  • Amarillo Downtown Lions Club Pancake Festival: The 28th annual festival will include all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, a car show, a bike/trike show, a chalk art contest and music from Kickshikers, Marcus & Jamie, The Average JoesKim & The Crash and Anderson, Flesher & Key. Proceeds benefit Lions charities. (7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Tascosa High School, 3921 Westlawn Ave., $6 advance and $8 at door. 806-373-0648)
  • Amarillo Community Market: The downtown farmers and crafters market returns for a second year (which runs through Oct. 14). Look for live music and activities weekly. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. Free.)
  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • Muscle Walk of Amarillo: Raise awareness of and funds to support those with muscle-debilitating diseases at this Muscular Dystrophy Association event. (10 a.m. Saturday, John Stiff Memorial Park, 4800 S. Bell St. Free; donations accepted. 432-570-4970)
  • Pumpkin Fest: Decorate gourds, adopt a pollinator and buy a pollinator plant at this family event at Amarillo Botanical Gardens(10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Admission $10 for children, including meal; free for parents accompanying children. 806-352-6513)
  • A Walk to Remember: Join BSA Hospice of the Southwest and Hope and Healing Place for this walk in observation of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. (10 a.m. Saturday, Olsen Park Elementary School, 2409 Anna St. Free. 806-371-8998)
  • All Things Luxe: This new shopping exposition will feature top-notch shopping in clothing, art, home decor and more. The event also will feature live music, fashion and art demonstrations, a red carpet photo opportunity, a cash bar, door prizes and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit CASA and The Bridge. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St., $15, plus fees. 806-420-7240)
  • Panhandle Heritage Day: Learn about the native tribes, pastores and vaqueros, Buffalo soldiers and Anglo settlers who made this region home. (1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 N. Soncy Road. Free. 806-352-6007)
  • Mary Poppins: One final weekend for the smash hit season-opener for Amarillo Little Theatre's Mainstage. The beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers) comes to life with Kristen Loyd (Anything GoesYoung Frankenstein) as the practically perfect nanny and Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. Here's my preview.  (2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
  • Walk for Mental Health 5K: Raise awareness of and funds to support mental health initiatives at this walk, held by National Alliance on Mental Illnesses — Texas Panhandle and Amarillo Area Mental Health Consumers' Agape Center (3 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park, 2501 S. Washington St., Free; donations accepted.)
  • Canyon Chamber Chow-Down: The Canyon chamber's barbecue cook-off features meats from cook teams and music from local bands. (4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 1518 Fifth Ave. $10 adults, $5 children 10 and younger. 806-655-7815)
  • Amarillo Scaregrounds: The haunt features five scenarios in one location. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 2736 S.W. 10th Ave., $5, $15 and $20 per haunt; $35 for all; $50 for unlimited access. 806-367-9516)
  • 6th Street Massacre: The Route 66 haunt returns. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Oct. 31. 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave. Admission $20. 806-337-0749)
  • Van Buren Frightmare: The downtown haunt scares up some new frights. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday; continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to 31. 816 S. Van Buren St. $20. 806-373-2292)
  • Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Corpus Christi IceRays. Plus, it's Scout Night. (7:05 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)
  • Back Alley Gallery: Artist Rachael Edwards will again bring her formal art to an informal setting with a makeshift gallery near Don Cuban Bomb City next to the bridge at First Avenue and Taylor Street in downtown Amarillo. Rupert the Duke will DJ. (7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, First Avenue and Taylor Street. Free.)
  • Kicker ArenaCross and Mud-Bog Races: Get dirty with this popular racing event. (7:30 p.m. Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. $17 adults, $11 children; prices increase $2 day of event. 806-376-7767)
  • La Traviata: The classic Verdi opera will open Amarillo Opera's season and will star Eric Barry, Suzanne Ramo and others. (7:30 p.m. Saturday. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $20 to $90, plus fees. 806-372-7464 or 806-378-3096)
  • Psychopathia Sexualis: Amarillo College's theater department will open its season with this edgy comedy by John Patrick Shanley (MoonstruckDoubt). (7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. $8 adults, $6 AC students, faculty and staff. 806-371-5359)

 

Sunday

  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (1 to 9 p.m. Sunday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • Mary Poppins: One final weekend for the smash hit season-opener for Amarillo Little Theatre's Mainstage. The beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers) comes to life with Kristen Loyd (Anything GoesYoung Frankenstein) as the practically perfect nanny and Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. Here's my preview.  (2:30 p.m. Sunday. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
  • Psychopathia Sexualis: Amarillo College's theater department will open its season with this edgy comedy by John Patrick Shanley (MoonstruckDoubt). (3 p.m. Sunday. AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. $8 adults, $6 AC students, faculty and staff. 806-371-5359)
  • Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Corpus Christi IceRays. Plus it's Scout and Family & Faith Night. (7:05 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)
 

Monday

  • Maxwell's Country Fun and Maze: The family attraction offers activities, games and a 10th anniversary corn maze across 80 acres. (noon to 6 p.m. Monday; open weekends through Oct. 29. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older (online tickets are $1 less), $10 each for groups, $29.95 for season pass and $5.99 for Bounce Back Pass, all plus tax. ​Zip lines are an additional $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Apples for the apple cannon are sold by medium or large buckets. 806-373-9600)
  • Crafting: Families (12 and older) can learn to make origami boxes. (7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Public Library East Branch, 2232 E. 27th Ave. Free. 806-342-1589)

 

Tuesday

  • Jazztober: The Amarillo Cultural District outdoor concert series will feature Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz(6 p.m. Tuesday, Historic Bivins Mansion, 1000 S. Polk St., free. 806-372-6744)
  • WT Faculty Art Show reception: Check out work from Jamie Adams, Ann Callen, Scott Frish, Vance McSwain, Marcus Melton, Jon Revett, and Rob Weingart at this exhibition, on view from Sept. 14 to Oct. 14. (5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dord Fitz Formal Gallery at West Texas A&M University's Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. 806-651-2792)

 

Wednesday

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: This annual luncheon honors Hispanic community leaders. (11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Amarillo Wesley Community Center, 1615 S. Roberts St. $20 each, $150 tables of eight. 806-570-8644)

 

Oct. 12

  • Archaeology Day: Celebrate getting your hands dirty in the name of history. (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Free. 806-651-2244)
  • Girl Power: NASA flight director Ginger Kerrick is the featured guest at this event designed for girls ages 10 to 13 (and their moms/guardians). (6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Regency Room, 401 S. Buchanan St. $5. 806-414-9943)
  • 12 x 12 Art Exhibition and Silent Auction: The 12th anniversary show and sale at Amarillo Museum of Art, themed Color Therapy, will feature about 100 works by 50 artists who have previously participated and 50 artists chosen by the AMoA Alliance 12 x 12 committee. Art — all 12 inches by 12 inches (by 12 inches, if three-dimensional) — will be sold via silent auction with a starting bid of $120. Half of the sales price will go to AMoA's educational programs, with the other half going to the artist. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12, AMoA, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Tickets $12. 806-371-5050)
  • March of Dimes Signature Chefs: Chefs scheduled to participate in this dinner for March of Dimes include Bud Andersen of Ben E. Keith, Ashley Bara Parades of La Fiesta Grande and Caterings by Roy, Rocky Dunnam of Nineteen49 Catering and Bivins Pointe, John Kuzma of The Continental at Park Central, Juan Lopez of Pescaraz, Joyce Martin of Lakeland Marketings, Brian Mason of BL Bistro, Rhonda Obenhaus of Joe's Catering, Marcia Phillips of The Grill at Park Central, James "JT" Thomas of Macaroni Joes and Laura Yarber of The Crave Factory. (6:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Cornerstone Ranch Event Center, 1901 Cement Road, tables of eight $2,000 to $10,000. 806-670-0188)
  • Wild Texas Film Tour: Amarillo native Ben Masters got the movie bug when filming nature documentary Unbranded. Now, he's bringing six new short films (including four he directed) to venues around the state, including Amarillo. Here's my preview(7 p.m. Oct. 12, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. $20, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
  • Sylvia Thereza piano recital: The internationally acclaimed pianist will perform. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, AC Concert Hall Theatre. Free. 806-371-5340)
  • Little Women: West Texas A&M University's theater department will continue its season with this musical adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott. Look for my preview Monday. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; continues through Oct. 22. WT Branding Iron Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Tickets $16 adults, $12 students, free for WT students, faculty and staff. 806-651-2804)

 

Ongoing

  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, then 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 1. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
  • Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
  • Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
  • Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the fall at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
  • Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
  • Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
  • Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is featuring the America's Horse in Art show and sale through Oct. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811. 
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
  • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features an exhibition-to-be-named through Dec. 21. It's open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Travel Adventures through Jan. 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
  • The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St.,  free tours conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
  • Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays after Labor Day, weather permitting. Call 806-488-2260.
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
  • River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
  • Southern Light Gallery: The art gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, features Robert Hirsh's The Architecture of Landscape. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. Call 806-345-5654. 
  • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.

 

 

 

Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.