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Events from 04/30/2016 to 05/07/2016

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DirectFEST 2016

  • Hardin-Simmons University - Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Box Office
  • 04/27/16 - 04/30/16
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $8-Person; $5-Military,Seniors,Students; Free-HSU Faculty, Staff,Students

Annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by Hardin-Simmons University theater students.

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Independent Bookstore Weekend

  • Texas Star Trading Co.
  • 174 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-672-9696Carol Dromgoole
  • 04/29/16 - 04/30/16
  • Business hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; book signings happening Fri. evening and throughout Sat.
  • Free; Books are for sale at varying prices

Texas Star is celebrating with four book signings, discounts and give-aways. Book signings: 4:30 p.m. Friday - Glen Ely, author of 'The Texas Frontier and Butterfield Overland Mail'; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday - Glynn Ray, author of 'The Man Who Loved North Wind,' 1 to 2:30 p.m. - Karen Witemeyer, author of 'With This Ring,' and 3 to 4:30 p.m. - Glenn Dromgoole, author of 'More Civility, Please.'

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UIL Region 1-3A Track & Field Championship

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-6943Jerrod Cook
  • 04/29/16 - 04/30/16
  • Call for times and admission
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Sunset Parking Lot Dance

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5344Laura Holbrook
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $5

All ages welcome to come dance to Knuckle Curve Band.

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1st Annual Boss Memorial Run

  • Kent's Harley Davidson
  • 3106 S. Clack St.Abilene
  • 432-967-2124Donna Davis
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  • See website for registration costs; Free-Spectators

Poker run, car show, bike show, raffle, silent auction, all to benefit the Correctional Peace Officer's Foundation. Live music from Crashing Pink Flamingos. BBQ plates will also be sold.

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25th Annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day

  • Redbud YMCA
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-695-3400Corinne Coulter
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Featuring games, a 1 mile fun run, swim demonstrations, obstacle course, sports demos, arts and crafts and more, to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

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Big Country Walk for Autism

  • Wylie Stadium
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-733-8346Sara Collins
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • Registration-9 a.m.; Walk-10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Donations accepted

A fundraising and awareness event presented by local non-profit REACH for a Difference, Abilene's Local Autism Resource. 

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Cinco De Mayo

  • St. Vincent's Catholic Church
  • 2525 Westview Dr.Abilene
  • 325-669-6601Vickie Cortinaz
  • 04/30/16 - 05/01/16
  • 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Free

Food, games, and live entertainment.

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Dance Under the Stars

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola, TX
  • 325-690-6355Bera Johnson
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5-Ages 13 and over. Free-Overnight campers

Enjoy Muddy Creek playing toe twinkling country-western tunes. Drinks and light concessions will be sold.  Proceeds benefit projects and activities at the park. Sponsored by Friends of Abilene State Park

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Family Fun Saturdays 04-30-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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NBC's Hit Show STRONG Pop-Up Workout

  • Shotwell Stadium
  • 1525 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 04/30/16 - 04/30/16
  • 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Free

Join Abilene's own Bennie Wylie Jr. and all nine celebrity trainers from NBC's competition series 'STRONG' for a public 'pop up' workout. Meet your favorite trainees who have been eliminated from the show at this one on one meet and greet workout! 

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Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-668-3685Carole Pickett
  • 05/02/16 - 05/02/16
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $750-Tables of ten; $60-Individual

Dinner and Induction of the Class of 2016. Honored inductees: Johnny Agan, Bonnie Buchanan Gray, Kenneth Cleveland (posthumously), Sonny Cumbie, Brandon Hawk, Kim Bartee Neece, the Powell Berry Family as the Legacy Award and Al Pickett-Lifetime Achievement for Media along with recognition of two legends: Dr. William (Dub) Sibley and Margaret Ellison. Deadline is April 10th for table recognition & ticket deadline is April 20th, No sales at the door.

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College De-Stress Day

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 05/02/16 - 05/02/16
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free-With college ID

College students (with ID), are invited to drop in for this day of de-stressing before exams. Enjoy food for purchase from the food trucks, complimentary coffee, and a whole new setting to take your studying.

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A Tribute to Goodwill-West Texas Founder Ray King

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-676-7925Stephanie Chester
  • 05/04/16 - 05/04/16
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Free; Reservations required

A luncheon to honor a special man, for his efforts to bring Goodwill to Abilene more than three decades ago.

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DIY: Mommy & Me Workshop

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 05/05/16 - 05/05/16
  • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • $5-$25

Drop in and spend the afternoon making crafts that are designed with Mother's Day in mind.

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Heritage Stewardship Awards Luncheon

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-676-3775Bill Minter
  • 05/05/16 - 05/05/16
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • $50-Individual; Sponsorships available for $250 and up; $1,000-Table Sponsorships

Highlighting the neighborhood renewal of the Sayles and Highland National Register District. The 12 Beautiful House award winners will be announced and commercial preservation awards will be given. Presented by the Abilene Preservation League

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Night Hike

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Joy Harsh
  • 05/05/16 - 05/05/16
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors; $4.50-Children; Free-Children 3 and younger

Bring your family or your friends for fun animal adventures after hours at the zoo. Activities include a zoo search, craft, snack and an animal encounter. Pre-registration is required and closes the Wednesday before the program at 5 p.m.

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Tot Spot - May 2016

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 05/05/16 - 05/06/16
  • Thurs. & Fri., 9:30 & 11 a.m.
  • $5-Non-Members; Members Free

This popular program, for ages 3 to 5 and parents, features hands-on activities and gallery games.

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Art Adventure - May 2016

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/06/16 - 05/06/16
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Free (Reservations Requested)

This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery.

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Meals on Wheels Plus 25th Charity Golf Classic

  • Diamondback Golf Course
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-672-5050Rob Chastain
  • 05/06/16 - 05/06/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • $125-Individual golfer; See website for varying sponsorship levels

4 man scramble golf tournament.

Spring Fling Soccer Tournament

  • Abilene National Soccer Complex
  • 3025 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-676-1447Michael Brooks
  • 05/06/16 - 05/08/16
  • Call for times and admission
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Abilene Christian University Graduation

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Coliseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2236Registrar's Office
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Free

11 a.m. Commencement: College of Arts and Sciences

3 p.m. Commencement: College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education and Human Services, and the School of Nursing

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Abilene May Challenger 1-Day

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Abilene Tennis Association sanctioned by USTA. A 10 and younger boys and girls singles, orange and green level 1 tennis tournament. 

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Abilene May Challenger 2-Day

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 05/07/16 - 05/08/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Abilene Tennis Association sanctioned by USTA. A 12 to 18 yr. old boys and girls singles tennis tournament.

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Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra presents: Star Wars and Beyond

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1101 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Jill Bertsch
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $18-$42-Person

The music of discovery, adventure and courage -- Star Wars and science fiction movie fans of every age will enjoy the powerful sounds that helped build these forceful myths set in the future. Bring your lightsaber and enter the audience trivia contest.

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Family Fun Saturdays 05-07-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Hardin-Simmons University Graduation

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Behrens Auditorium
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1000Hardin-Simmons University
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Free

10 a.m. Commencement: Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, Logsdon School of Theology, and Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. 

2 p.m. Commencement: Kelley College of Business, Irvin School of Education, and College of Fine Arts

 

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McMurry University Graduation

  • McMurry University, Kimbrell Arena
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3888Registrar's Office
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free
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Mosaic Flea Market

  • La Villa
  • 2625 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-788-1313Pam Fox
  • 05/07/16 - 05/08/16
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free

A ten event per year flea market with over 50 vendors, food trucks, and fun for the whole family.

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Mother's Day at the Zoo!

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 05/08/16 - 05/08/16
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors; $4.50-Children; Free-Children 3 and younger

All mothers get in free with a paying child. Adult children count also.

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AISD Gold Handbell Choir Spring Concert

  • Macedonia Baptist Church
  • 608 N. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000 ext. 5375Eric Logan
  • 05/09/16 - 05/09/16
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free
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ArtWalk: Back in the Saddle

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 05/12/16 - 05/12/16
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

The Center for Contemporary Arts presents this monthly, family-friendly event downtown. This month, wear your scootin' boots and come downtown to enjoy the Western Heritage Parade and street dance. 

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Opening Reception: Authentic Texas, Bill Wright

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 05/13/16 - 05/13/16
  • 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Free

Attend the opening of three new exhibits: 'Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend,' by Bill Wright in the Jane Breed Gallery and  'New Works,' by Center Artist Members, and The West Texas Photographic Society Annual Exhibit in the Bill & Alice Wright Photo Gallery.

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Paramount Film Series: My Fair Lady

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 05/13/16 - 05/14/16
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $5-Students, Seniors, Military, Children

In this classic cinematic version of the Broadway smash, a young Cockney flower girl is transformed into a poised duchess by a dapper and demanding professor. Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway; 1964, color, 172 minutes, rated G

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Chautauqua Learning Series - May 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 05/14/16 - 05/14/16
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This lecture series is based on the Chautauqua movement which began in Chautauqua, New York, in 1875, and spread throughout the rural United States in the following years. It provided educational lectures and entertainment for average Americans before the advent of mass media like radio and television.

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Chick-fil-A Kids: Celebration

  • Chick-fil-A, Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-733-4607Lindsey McCravey
  • 05/14/16 - 05/14/16
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Free

Celebrate the year with Chick-fil-A Kids. Create your own sundaes, enjoy face painting and make crafts with the Chick-fil-A Cow.

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Family Fun Saturdays 05-14-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/14/16 - 05/14/16
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

PrimeTime-Spring-Shootout

  • Abilene High School and Cooper High School
  • 325-692-2972Jon Smith
  • 05/14/16 - 05/15/16
  • Call for times
  • $300- Entry fee per team

PrimeTime Sportz Qualifier - high school boys & girls basketball tournament. 

Spring People Party Craft Fair

  • The Mill Winery
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-518-6790A People Party Productions
  • 05/14/16 - 05/14/16
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; VIP Vendors 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Free-Admission

Featuring an array of handcrafted items such as jewelry and handmade soaps, to screen printed graphic tees, home decor, woodwork, and so much more! Apply to be a vendor online or by phone. Deadline to apply is May 7th.

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Military Appreciation Day - May 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 05/15/16 - 05/15/16
  • Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free to active and retired military and their family

Spend an afternoon exploring the Village.

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Ride of Silence

  • McMurry University
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-338-8507Mark Spurlock
  • 05/18/16 - 05/18/16
  • 7 p.m.
  • Free

An international event beginning in Dallas in 2003 to honor cyclist who have been injured or killed. A short 10 mile ride - in silence - to bring awareness to motorist that cyclist have rights to the roads. Hosted by Steamboat Cycling Club in association with Abilene Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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Fur, Fowl, and Fin

  • The Dozier Ranch, White Rock Lodge
  • 13249 FM 1812Merkel
  • 325-672-0040Nancy Tyler
  • 05/19/16 - 05/19/16
  • 6:30 to 10 p.m.
  • $100

An ultimate guys event featuring a fantastic wild game dinner, live auction, and raffle drawing benefiting Cancer Services Network. Ladies plan your night out, because this one is for the men only. 

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Annual Abilene Kennel Club Dog Show and Obedience

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Coliseum and Display Building
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-668-2912MaryJane DeWitt
  • 05/20/16 - 05/22/16
  • Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.
  • Free

If you watch Westminster or Eukanuba, this event offers much more. See all breeds of dogs trying to win points to get to those shows.

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Big Country Apt. Association Golf Classic

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-692-9881Diane Black
  • 05/20/16 - 05/20/16
  • 9 a.m.
  • $300-Per team

4 person scramble.

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Armed Forces Day

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-795-4314Sherry Byard
  • 05/21/16 - 05/21/16
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

Celebration includes a military and veterans benefit fair, presentation by the Texas Veterans Land Board, Camp Barkley remembered, GooseChase Smartphone Scavenger Hunt, Kilroy sightings and story telling.

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Family Fun Saturdays 05-21-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/21/16 - 05/21/16
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Texas Gun & Knife Show - May 2016

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 05/21/16 - 05/22/16
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Person

Zoolute to Dyess

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-676-6085Flavia
  • 05/21/16 - 05/21/16
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free to military and family; Regular admission: $7-Adults; $6-Seniors; $4.50-Children ages 3-12; Free-Children 3 and younger

In honor of all active and retired military personnel and their families. Free lunch, snacks, and  entertainment throughout the day.

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Springboard Community Lunch

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-674-6485Karen Heflin
  • 05/24/16 - 05/24/16
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $15

The top three teams present their ideas to a live panel of judges. The grand prize winner will receive $15,000 for the business idea.

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Xtreme Force Live Action Show Feat. The Turtles

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 765-505-0230Kylah Boyd
  • 05/28/16 - 05/28/16
  • 3 to 4:20 p.m.
  • $10-$75

Full of martial arts action with a powerful anti-bullying message. Get autographs, and take pictures with your favorite cast members. Your ticket purchase will also help the Guardian Anti-Bullying Campaign travel to hospitals and schools to share support. 

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Abilene Creative Arts Club Show & Reception

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Villiage
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-660-6834Doris Kinney
  • 04/01/16 - 04/30/16
  • April 10th Reception- 3 to 5 p.m.; Show hours- Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Meet the artists in person at an opening reception on April 10, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m. The artwork can be viewed in the Rode Gallery at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village through the month of April.

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Roger Colombik: Finding Home

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 04/19/16 - 08/13/16
  • Tues. - Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, Students, Non-Active Duty Military; Free-Museum Members, Active-Duty Military,Children ages 3 and younger

In partnership with the Abilene International Rescue Committee and the West Texas Triangle, a presentation of this site-specific installation by Texas-based, international artists Roger Colombik and wife, Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik will focus on the newest members of the Abilene community, many of whom are refugees and asylees finding home far from their native land of origin. The Colombiks have created similar projects in Armenia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and others.