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Events from 09/18/2018 to 09/25/2018

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Texas State Belt Sander Racing Championships

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-2800Jeff Salmon
  • 09/18/18 - 09/18/18
  • 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $50-Individual BBQ dinner and spectator; $250-$1500-Racing team sponsorships

A fun evening to raise funds for the museum. BBQ Dinner, music, belt sanders (yes, those power tools) racing down a track. Winning team is crowned as Texas State Belt Sander Racing Champion for 2018.

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Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Celebration

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 09/20/18 - 09/20/18
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • $100-Person

The Chamber's biggest party of the year featuring Asleep at the Wheel! Celebrate the year's accomplishments and cast vision for the new chamber year.

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Abilene Beer Summit

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-1852
  • 09/22/18 - 09/22/18
  • 2 to 6 p.m.
  • $125-VIP Pass; $40-Gate Pass; $10-Non drinker; Free-Minors 20 and younger

Enjoy an afternoon of over 125 unique craft beers from 45 breweries throughout the US. Live music, great food, and awesome beer.

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Abilene Philharmonic presents: Concerto Serenades

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Kevin Smith
  • 09/22/18 - 09/22/18
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $5-$40

The 2018-2019 season opens September 22 with pieces from Bartók and Chopin and features the 2017 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu, a true poet on the piano. This concert incorporates European folk melodies spanning over a century that are fused into two 'Classical' pieces that are huge works.

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Conquer Chiari Walk Across America

  • Redbud Park
  • 3125 S. 32nd. St.Abilene
  • 210-620-3440Tammy Ross
  • 09/22/18 - 09/22/18
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Free; $1-Prize envelopes; $5-Gift baskets; $25-Donation for t-shirt

1 Mile walk around Redbud Park to raise awareness for Chiari Malformation. We will have a raffle, goodie bags, food, music, and family fun. Help rock the purple and find a cure.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 09/22/18 - 09/22/18
  • 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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String Orchestra Masterclass

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Hemphill Music Building
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1391Leigh Ann Hunsaker
  • 09/25/18 - 09/25/18
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Free

Hardin-Simmons University will be hosting Kristin Van Cleve, violinist for the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Univ. of Dallas professor, for a masterclass. String players of all levels can benefit from seeing a master class teacher work with students. 

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Blessed Families Fun Night

  • First Baptist Church, Family Life Center
  • 1442 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-675-8144Keith Post
  • 09/27/18 - 09/27/18
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

An evening for special needs children, adults, and families featuring  adaptive activities of bowling, skating, art, games in the gym and therapy dogs and pizza. Parent, guardian or caretaker must accompany child or adult to event.

USTA-ITA-Southwest Men's Regional Championship

  • Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities
  • 09/27/18 - 09/30/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

Division 3 men's tennis championship tourament. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 09/29/18 - 09/29/18
  • 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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Who's Your Hero Fun Run - Kiwanis Club of Abilene

  • Grover Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 09/29/18 - 09/29/18
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • $15-Adults; $5-Children ages 5-17

1 mile fun walk and run benefiting are Backpacks for Kids with Food Bank of West Central Texas. After the Walk/Run there will be dance group demonstrations, games, and a costume contest for all age groups. Dress as your hero-parent, celebrity, etc. Prizes will be awarded.

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Zoobilation: Wild at Heart

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4692Jennifer Pacheco
  • 09/29/18 - 09/29/18
  • 7 p.m.
  • TBA

The Abilene Zoological Society's annual gala featuring music, food, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction. 

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15th Annual Fashions for the Cure

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-0040Cancer Services Network
  • 10/02/18 - 10/02/18
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • TBA

This event benefits Cancer Services Network and will celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. This year, fashions will be presented by Collections II, Laura’s Boutique, Matilda Jane, Wild Ones Boutique & Gifts, and The Arrangement.

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8th Annual Comanche Moon Social

  • Perini Ranch Steakhouse
  • 3002 FM 89Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365
  • 10/04/18 - 10/04/18
  • 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • $125-General public; See event link for other sponsorship pricing

Dinner catered by Perini Ranch Steakhouse. The entertainment will include Greg Gibbs and the Texas Standard Time for western swing and western music, including songs we all know. Benefitting the Taylor County History Center.

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Texas Senior Association Regional Games

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 10/04/18 - 10/07/18
  • Call for times.
  • Call for admission.

Ages 50 and over compete in various recreational activities in order to advance to state.

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Tot Spot - Oct. 2018

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 10/04/18 - 10/05/18
  • 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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Wylie Education Foundation 'We Are Wylie Dinner'

  • Lytle Bend Ranch
  • 148 Pollard Rd.Abilene
  • 325-668-9247Beverly Guthrie
  • 10/04/18 - 10/04/18
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $100-Per seat

'Is There a Doctor in the House?' featuring  guest speaker Dr. Katherine Holden Rinard. The evening also includes a mini performance of the musical Mary Poppins, a silent auction, and music by WHS Jazz Band. Meet and Greet reception followed by dinner hosted by Joe Allen's Barbeque.

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7th Annual Hope for a Cure

  • Lake Kirby Softball Complex
  • Loop 322 S. & Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-660-3132Michelle Burleson
  • 10/05/18 - 10/07/18
  • Pool play may begin Friday night if necessary.
  • Admission varies.

Girl's softball tournament. 4 game guarantee. 2 pool games and double elimination bracket. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. 

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AHS Bill Wallace Invitational Boys Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Steve Barton
  • 10/05/18 - 10/06/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school boys from the Big Country compete. Hosted by A.I.S.D.

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American Legion Post 57 Oktoberfest Cook-Off

  • American Legion Post 57
  • 302 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-8348Gordon Colbert
  • 10/05/18 - 10/06/18
  • 5 to 10 p.m.

Cook-off competition, food awards, raffle and live music.

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Art Adventure - October 2018

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/05/18 - 10/05/18
  • 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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USTA Adult Open Tournament

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-513-7233Susan Clark
  • 10/05/18 - 10/07/18
  • Call for admission and times.

Mixed, 18 and older.

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2018 Abilene Heart Walk

  • Grover Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-513-9887Frann Smith
  • 10/06/18 - 10/06/18
  • 8:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Select your donation goal online

The American Heart Association's premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers - heart disease and stroke.

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Holiday Mall-Wide Job Fair

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Brandi Moreno
  • 10/10/18 - 10/10/18
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Participating retailers located inside the mall will be the highlight of the job fair and job seekers are invited to bring their resumes and visit stores during this time.

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Abilene Christian University Homecoming

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2622Alumni Office
  • 10/11/18 - 10/14/18

Reconnect with old friends, rediscover old favorites and renew your relationship with ACU! From chapel to the parade to JamFest and the annual fireworks show, there's something for every member of your family.

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The Great Gurney Race for Global Samaritan

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9991Bobbi Hanson
  • 10/11/18 - 10/11/18
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Free, donations accepted

This hilarious and entertaining event will have 10 teams compete in a hospital bed race with obstacles in the middle of Cypress Street to earn the coveted bed pan trophy while wearing costumes and décor! Come vote for your favorite team, cheer and support Global Samaritan with all proceeds. Presented by the Center for Contemporary Arts and sponsored by Global Samaritan during the October 2018 ArtWalk.

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Josh Abbott The Night Is Ours Tour

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 10/11/18 - 10/11/18
  • 7 p.m.
  • $25-$75

Featuring songs from their brand new album 'Until My Voice Goes Out.' 

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McMurry University Homecoming

  • McMurry University
  • Sayles Blvd. & S 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-793-4609Alumni
  • 10/11/18 - 10/13/18

Thursday Evening: Tipi Village - Distinguished Alumni Dinner; Friday: Social Club Receptions - Luncheon - Chanters Performance - Reunion Dinners; Saturday: Family Tailgate before the 2 p.m. football game.

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Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming 2018

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1317Britt Jones
  • 10/12/18 - 10/14/18
  • Call for specific event times; 1:30 p.m.-Football game
  • Free; Football game ticket prices vary

 Over 70 events for alumni, students, family and friends. Highlights include the homecoming luncheon, All-School SING, reunion gatherings, alumni awards, activities for children and youth, and athletics events ... all culminating in the annual alumni-led worship service on Sunday morning.

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Paramount Film Series: Rear Window

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620George Levesque
  • 10/12/18 - 10/13/18
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-students, seniors, military and children

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/13/18 - 10/13/18
  • 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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Celebrate the Arts in Abilene Annual Luncheon

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 10/17/18 - 10/17/18
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • $30-Person; $250-Table of 8

Join the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council in honoring volunteers of the year from local arts organizations. Learn about the HeARTS for the ARTS grant program and get a sneak peek at the 2019 Children's Art & Literacy Festival celebrating the art of Peter Brown. Drawings for prizes for those donating $60 or more to HeARTS.

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Texas Cookbook Gala

  • Abilene Country Club
  • 4039 S Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-829-0364Kristina Davis
  • 10/18/18 - 10/18/18
  • 6 p.m.
  • $225-Individual; $1,800-Patron level, table of 8; $3,000-Underwriter sponsor, table of 8

The gala will feature Texas chef, Sarah Penrod, and several of the finest vintners. Hosted at the Abilene Country Club, guests come dressed in their finest to enjoy an evening of friends and fine cuisine from the featured festival cookbook author, and enjoy a selection of wines from Texas vintners.Hosted by Friends of the Abilene Public Library. 

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Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

  • Abilene Public Library, Main Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-677-2474Phone
  • 09/01/18 - 10/06/18
  • Main Branch: Mon., Tues., Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sun., 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Free

A traveling multimedia Smithsonian exhibit celebrating America’s love of sports and the impact they have on society.