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Events from 07/21/2017 to 07/28/2017

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Enchanted Engineering Camp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 07/17/17 - 07/21/17
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • $105

Students will take adaptations of fairy tales and add an engineering twist to provide situations that will challenge students’ imaginations. This camp will use familiar and timeless stories to encourage your child to begin to problem solve, generate design ideas, collaborate, and make connections to engineering.

16U World Series

  • ACU, HSU and McMurry Universities
  • ACU, HSU and McMurry UniversitiesAbilene
  • 817-996-9441Eddie Aguiar
  • 07/21/17 - 07/24/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Texas Showcase League Baseball hosts 16U World Series Baseball competition. 5 game guaranteed, pool(s) winners advance single elimination until semi and finals.

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8th Annual AYSA High School Volleyball Showcase

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-692-2972Jon Smith
  • 07/21/17 - 07/22/17
  • Call for times and general admission pricing
  • $700-Team; $800-Team and lunch package

Combination pool and bracket play. Registration deadline is June 30, 2017.

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Girl's Night at the Museum

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 07/21/17 - 07/22/17
  • 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • $50-Members; $70-Non-members

A sleepover for girls that like fun and adventure, entering 4th - 6th grade. There will be art projects, a scavenger hunt, games, pizza, movie time, and more! Museum staff and security will ensure the girls have a wonderful time at this once-a-year exclusive event.

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35th Annual Tour de Gap

  • Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
  • Vine and West StreetsBuffalo Gap
  • 325-829-0617Bill Minter
  • 07/22/17 - 07/23/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • $35

This ride will offer routes of 11 miles, 27 miles and 100 kilometers (62.5 miles). A well-supported family fun and enthusiast ride with great rest stops. Sunday morning will see the first Steamboat Challenge, a 7.2 mile Individual time trial.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/22/17 - 07/22/17
  • 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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USTA Super Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 326-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 07/22/17 - 07/24/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

USTA sanctioned tennis tournament. Boys and girls ages 12-18 compete.

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SAM: The Unexpected Prophet, Musical VBS

  • Southern Hills Church of Christ
  • 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-692-2670Charla
  • 07/23/17 - 07/25/17
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Experience God's work in the life and times of Samuel in this whole family VBS event. 

Sculpt It! Camp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 07/24/17 - 07/28/17
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • $105

Students will explore all things 3-D! There will be sculpting with clay, paper, and more! Students will also explore 2D as they work through the steps to creating sculptures. This camp is wonderful for those that like to build and create things with their hands. Campers will be divided into two classes by grade.

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Cottonwood School House

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. Williams St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Taylor County History Center
  • 07/26/17 - 07/26/17
  • 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.
  • $3-Person

A family event for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Kids are able to sit in the desks and learn about what a typical school day was like on the frontier. Limited to 20 kids per session; an adult must stay with the child at all times.

Top Prospects Collegiate Baseball Tournament

  • ACU Crutcher Scott Field and HSU Hunter Field
  • 832-782-0157Eric Martinez
  • 07/28/17 - 07/30/17
  • Call for times and admission

This is a 4 game format college showcase event where the top seeds of each division will advance to a single elimination playoff round.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/29/17 - 07/29/17
  • 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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Kindercamp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 08/01/17 - 08/02/17
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • $70

Kindercamp is a two-day camp that will help spark the creativity and individual expression in your budding artists. Students will learn the basics of art while creating a few projects to take home.

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Frontier Life

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Taylor County History Center
  • 08/02/17 - 08/02/17
  • 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.
  • $3-Person

Experience what life was like during the pioneer days in the Abilene area. Limit of 20 kids per session. An adult must be with the child at all times.

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Live at Lytle - Hunter Hutchinson

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 08/02/17 - 08/02/17
  • 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

Live music every Wednesday outside on the patio.

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23 Junk Studio: Pallet Signs

  • 23 Junk Street
  • 2257 Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-725-5337Jennifer Martinez
  • 08/03/17 - 08/03/17
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $40-Person

New DIY studio is open and offering classes every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Classes will include pallet signs, refurbished crafts, photo transfer to wood, handwriting, furniture painting, and more. Private classes are available.

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Outlaw Automotive Test-N-Tune Fun-N-Grudge

  • Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. Stamford St.Abilene
  • 325-721-2021
  • 08/04/17 - 08/04/17
  • 5 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Pit side; $5-Spectator side; Free-Children 12 and younger with adult admission

All race cars, street cars and motorcycles are welcome! 

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Championship Junior Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 08/05/17 - 08/06/17
  • Sat., 6:30 a.m.
  • Call for admission

USTA sanctioned tennis tournament. Championships boys' & girls' 12-18 Singles 78' yellow ball.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 08/05/17 - 08/05/17
  • 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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History Detectives

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Taylor County History Center
  • 08/09/17 - 08/09/17
  • 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.
  • $3-Person

A family event leading kids through what it is like to work in a museum. Limited to 20 kids per session; an adult must stay with the child at all times.

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Live at Lytle - Jim Sadler & Kasey Toliver

  • Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 1150 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 08/09/17 - 08/09/17
  • 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

Live music every Wednesday outside on the patio. 

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ArtWalk - DogWalk

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 08/10/17 - 08/10/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

A celebration of canine companionship. Bring your costumed dogs downtown and enjoy the fun!

Bev Ball Volleyball Classic

  • Abilene High School and Cooper High School
  • 325-677-1731 ext. 7724Di Di Pierce
  • 08/11/17 - 08/12/17
  • Call for times and admission
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Paramount Film Series: The Adventures of Robin Hood

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 08/11/17 - 08/12/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

When King Richard is captured, his scheming brother Prince John plots to reach the throne, to the outrage of Sir Robin of Locksley, the bandit king of Sherwood Forest. Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland; color, 102 minutes, not rated, 1958.

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August Star Party

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204Abilene State Park
  • 08/12/17 - 08/12/17
  • 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
  • $5-Adults; Free-Children 12 and younger

Check out the Perseid meteor shower and summer constellations. Bring lawnchairs, blankets, etc. and dress for the weather and summer insects. Red lights only and dim headlights upon entrance and exit so as not to interfere with night vision of others. 

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 08/12/17 - 08/12/17
  • 11 a.m. - 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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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 08/12/17 - 08/12/17
  • 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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NSPIRE Sports League West Texas Open

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-829-2592
  • 08/12/17 - 08/12/17
  • Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Admission and competition prices vary. See website for full details.

Bodybuilding and fit sport competitions, workshops, public speaking seminars and dietary advice for all athletes. Participants will be competing for the Amateur National Qualifier title.

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 08/12/17 - 08/13/17
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call for admission.

Providing a safe environment for the public to come shop for guns, knives and ammo.

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American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Style Show

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Abilene Cattle Baron's
  • 08/14/17 - 08/14/17
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • $50

Local cancer survivors and caregivers will model the latest styles that would be perfect to wear to this year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball. Limited seating available.

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PBPHC Battle for the Saddles

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 08/18/17 - 08/19/17
  • Fri., 3 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Family friendly horse show featuring Ranch Trail, Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Ranch Reining and Ranch Cow Work events.

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10th Annual Bryce Kennedy Memorial Shattered Clays

  • Abilene Clay Sports
  • 1102 E. Spur 707Abilene
  • 325-691-0758Bryce Kennedy Memorial Inc.
  • 08/19/17 - 08/19/17
  • Registration, 7:30 a.m.; Shooting begins, 8:30 a.m.
    Evening event, 6:30 p.m.
  • $135-Individual shooter; $120- Military and first responders with ID

Shooting event begins in the morning with an evening event following to be held at the Convention Center.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 08/19/17 - 08/19/17
  • 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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Junk'n with 2 Hip Chick's

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211Abilene Convention Center
  • 08/19/17 - 08/19/17
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Person; Free-Children 12 and younger

Over 100 vendors bringing you the latest in boutiques, re-purposed furniture, metal art, kids boutique, vintage, up-cycled, antique, health & beauty, one of a kind finds and good ole junk! 

APL Hidden Fantasy Backyard Tours

  • 1174 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3775Frann Smith
  • 08/20/17 - 08/20/17
  • 4 to 7 p.m.
  • $20-Person; Free-Children

Tour beautifully landscaped backyards designed by Randy Glenn of Extreme Exteriors. Presented by the Abilene Preservation League.

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Senior Citizen Day at the Abilene Zoo

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 08/21/17 - 08/21/17
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; Free-Seniors; $4.50-Children ages 3-12; Free- Children 2 and younger

Everyone age 60 and older gets free admission, musical entertainment, refreshments, activities, animal encounters and fellowship. $1 Safari Express train rides make getting around the zoo easier for those who can’t 'hoof' it.

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As Is: Rural Realism

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586The Grace Museum
  • 03/23/17 - 08/12/17
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Students, seniors and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Identifiable subjects are only part of the enduring allure of realism. Each generation of realist artists brings new subjects, new media, and new viewpoints to the genre. The AS IS: rural realism exhibitions feature the art of contemporary realists who focus on off-road subjects to create unique ways of seeing just how significant the seemingly insignificant can be.

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Texas Noir: Photography by Ashton Thornhill

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 03/30/17 - 08/12/17
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Students, seniors and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Ashton Thornhill is a fine art photographer currently working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. He spent several years working as a photojournalist before he returned to his alma mater, Texas Tech University, to share his love of the medium and teach photography.

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Horizonscapes

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 04/25/17 - 08/12/17
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Students, seniors and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

The small scale of Katie Maratta’s vast miniature vistas demands closer examination. Only then are you rewarded with the impeccable detail of her horizontal narratives of the vast Texas landscape.