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Carl Kieke, Special to the Reporter-News
Published 5:00 p.m. CT Oct. 18, 2020

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Youth programs sometimes need supplies for a variety of art or craft projects. There are stores available where these can be purchased, but there is also another Abilene option.

The Recycle Center, 2209 Oak St. (just east of South Treadaway Boulevard) has a room just bursting with recycled materials that an imaginative leader (or someone who just knows how to find things on the internet) can use for such projects. The project is aimed at teachers, but there is quite a bit available for anyone’s use.

As one enters the recycle center, looking to the right, you will see a small red building that resembles a miniature one-room schoolhouse. Looking inside, you will find many things: clean containers of all sizes and shapes; plastic milk jugs and soda bottles; cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towels; egg cartons; old magazines; and much more. And it’s all free for the taking.

There is no check in or out required, and the house is open to all comers when the Recycle Center is open. Just come in and help yourself. And if you have a bunch of such items already taking up room at your house, bring them in so others can use them – and gain some extra space for yourself to boot.

A few feet away from this small building is a metal portable building that may have some more advanced things you can use, such as paint, varnish, etc.

People who have used part of a container of such items can bring them to the Center and leave them for others to use. You may not need a full container for your project, and these partial containers may fill the bill perfectly. If not, just bring back what you don’t use for someone else. Again, you can also drop off such items filling up your garage or workshop. For these drop-offs, you should check in with the on-site office to be sure what they will accept.

While there, be sure to have a look around. There are other recycle options for your use. You might even want to arrange a tour for your youth group to let them see how many things can be recycled. Perhaps even set up a recycling program for your group or your sponsor.

If you have questions, you can contact the center at 325-672-2209. Be aware that they are closed on Mondays and open until noon on Saturdays (be sure to check about holiday weekends before arriving).

Final Saturday opening

The Boy Scout office, 3811 N. First St., Abilene, will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. However, this will be the final Saturday. If you can’t make it during the week, be sure to stop by.

Deadlines

  • Oct. 30 for Boy Scout Show ‘n’ Sell popcorn money to be turned in to council office. 325-677-2688.
  • Oct. 31 for discount 4-H fees for coming year. $25; goes to $30 after this date.

Upcoming events

  • Cub Scout Haunted Forest, Friday-Sunday, Camp Tonkawa. $23 per person; $30 if registering at the event. Register at texastrailsbsa.com or 3811 N. 1sst St., Abilene. 325-677-2688.
  • Wood Badge (Boy Scout adult leader training) Week II, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Camp Tonkawa. 325-677-2688.
  • Learn about Girl Scouts and how to join each Thursday at 7 p.m. Join virtually at gs-top.org. Click on “Advanced search”, then the “Virtual join events” tab. Registration information is under “Join events for girls.” 
  • Girl Scout Animal Dance Party or Robot Building Party, two virtual activities, available at gs-top.org (under Virtual Join Events) or gsctx.org (under the Join tab).
  • Tot Spot, for children ages 3-5 (and an adult), 9:30 a.m. first Thursday and Friday of each month, The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. (Check at www.thegracemuseum.org under “Events and classes” for holiday scheduling.) Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Reservations required; 325-673-4587 or thegracemuseum.org. 

Contact Carl Kieke at 325-673-3552; or kiekec@suddenlink.net. Deadline is Monday for publication the following Monday.

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