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Events from 02/14/2016 to 02/21/2016

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-668-7081Adam Hester
  • 02/05/16 - 02/20/16
  • 7:30 p.m., Feb., 5-6; 12-13; 19-20 Fulks Theatre Talk-back-Feb. 12
  • $15-Person

Don’t miss Simon’s love letter to his years as a young writer for Sid Caesar’s 'Your Show of Shows.' Capturing the hilarity and heart of television’s glory days. By Neil Simon Directed by Adam Hester. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Showing 3 weekends in a row.

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Sweetheart Hike

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204Tracy Mays
  • 02/14/16 - 02/14/16
  • 10 a.m.
  • $5- Ages 13 and older; Free-Children 12 and younger

Weather permitting, guests will be guided on a hike of Elm Creek Nature trail around Buffalo Hallow. Dogs are welcome on this hike as long as they are secured on a leash. Please wear weather appropriate clothing comfortable shoes for hiking and bring lots of water. The hike is about a mile long and will take 1 to 2 hours to complete.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

  • Hardin-Simmons Univesity, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Box Office
  • 02/16/16 - 02/21/16
  • Tues.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $10-Person; $7-Military, Seniors, Students; $5-HSU Faculty, Staff, Students

Broadway's greatest musical farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. Pseudo, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but naive courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. . A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Directed by Brandon Ray

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Abilene Go Red for Women Luncheon

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-513-9887Frann Smith
  • 02/17/16 - 02/17/16
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $40-Person; Corporate and Group tables still available

The luncheon includes a silent auction, an inspirational keynote address by mother-daughter duo Trudi Spring and Abby Vasek, and more. Sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally  by Hendrick Cardiovascular Care to raise funds for cardiovascular disease and stroke research, awareness and education.

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ArtFilm: Robert Motherwell & the New York School

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Bird Thomas
  • 02/17/16 - 02/17/16
  • Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Free

The documentary draws on such resources as archival footage and photos, and interviews with art legends including William Rubin, Philip Pavia and Larry Rivers to both etch out a biographical profile of Motherwell and relay the broader history of the Abstract Expressionist movement as a whole. Bring your lunch and stay for a discussion afterward.

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60th Annual Abilene Christian University Sing Song

  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4864Tom Craig
  • 02/19/16 - 02/20/16
  • Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m
  • Friday: $16-Person; Saturday: $22-$25-Person

Over 1,200 ACU students take the stage to compete for best overall show while performing a cappella with original lyrics set to a medley of popular songs.

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Abilene Speedway Ice Breaker

  • Abilene Speedway
  • 6825 E. Hwy. 80Abilene
  • 325-725-3849Rob Poor
  • 02/19/16 - 02/20/16
  • $12-Adults; $10-Military with ID; $5-Children ages 6-12; Free-Children 5 and younger

Friday races begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday races begin at 7 p.m.

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Around The World at The Grace

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 02/19/16 - 02/19/16
  • 6 p.m.
  • $100-Person

Ready to travel around the world? The Grace Museum has curated an evening of authentic eats, sips, and music from six different countries in the various areas of the museum.

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2 Hip Chick's Roadshow

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211Abilene Civic Center
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $4-Person

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! 

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Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra presents: Easy to Love

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Jill Bertsch
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $18-$42-Person

An evening of everyone's favorite Broadway love songs including All The Things You Are, Blue Moon, "I've Got You Under My Skin, and People Will Say We're In Love with wonderful guest vocal soloists and Chorus Abilene. Ask about dedicating a song to your sweetheart.

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Abilene Winter Tune Up

  • Nelson Park
  • E. S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-677-6590Darryl Ellis
  • 02/20/16 - 02/21/16
  • Call for times and admission

Baseball tournament hosted by the United States Specialty Sports Assocation.

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Air It Out Elite Quarterback/Receiver Camp

  • Action Zone
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-665-8942Alan Wartes
  • 02/20/16 - 02/21/16
  • Call for times
  • See website for pricing

The Air It Out Elite Quarterback and Receiver Academy is a winter, spring, and summer training program that trains young men in the fundamentals of throwing and catching the football and much, much more. This camp is for 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.

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Family Fun Saturdays 02-20-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 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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Krewe of Barkus - Mardi Gras Dog Parade

  • Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5301Anita Vigl
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free

Colorful dogs and their owners dress up and parade around the Camp Barkeley. Prizes will be awarded for different categories. Assisting with the event is the Cities Animal Services.

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Rescue the Animals Fur Ball

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-698-7722Rescue the Animals
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $30-Person

West Texas’ only dinner and dance for people and their dogs.

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Suez Shrine Potentate's Ball

  • Abilene Country Club
  • 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-949-0551Suez Shrine Center
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 7 p.m.- Social, 7:30 p.m.- Dinner
  • $100-A seat

Tickets include dinner and dancing with Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys.

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The Superhero Experience: Mom & Son Event

  • The Place
  • 401 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-733-8741Queen B Royal Events
  • 02/20/16 - 02/20/16
  • 3 to 6 p.m.
  • $40-Per mom/son couple; $20-Per additional child; $10-Optional cape and mask

See Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Batman, Hulk and more. There will be superhero lessons, games, and heroic events. A photo booth will be available as well.

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Military Appreciation Day - Feb. 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 02/21/16 - 02/21/16
  • Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free to active and retired military and their family

Spend an afternoon exploring the Village.

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Springboard-Ideas-Challenge

  • Abilene Chamber of Commerce
  • 174 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-674-6485Karen Heflin
  • 02/22/16 - 02/22/16
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • $10-Entry fee

The Springboard Ideas Challenge is a mini-business plan competition with the goal of providing aspiring entrepreneurs in Abilene and the surrounding West Texas region an opportunity to get their business up and running. Participants will present an elevator pitch in 2 minutes or less for the opportunity to advance to the final round where you will pitch to local investors. Grand Prize winner will receive $15,000.

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Texas Farm-Ranch-Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/23/16 - 02/24/16
  • Tues., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

The Abilene Chamber of Commerce and the AgriLife Extension Service – Taylor County are proud to co-host this event, sponsored by Lawrence Hall – Abilene. Displays can be viewed in the coliseum and outdoors to the north and south side of the coliseum. Farm family of the year will be named at Wednesday lunch.

AISD Ice Breaker Fast-Pitch Tournament

  • Abilene and Cooper High Schools
  • 325-677-1731David McNally
  • 02/25/16 - 02/27/16
  • Call for times and admission

Cooper and Abilene High Schools will participate in this tournament as well as several out of town teams.

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Mickey Matta - Heaven's High EP Release Concert

  • Cobb Park Activity Center
  • 909 Forrest Dr.Abilene
  • 325-260-9065Mickey Matta
  • 02/26/16 - 02/26/16
  • 6:30 to 11 p.m.
  • $5-Person, cash only

Live performances by Mickey Matta, Starve, Farewell To Fools, Casper Anderson and Cornerstone.

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V-Day Abilene

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 801 S. Mockingbird Ln.Abilene
  • 325-669-2598Gabrielle Sims
  • 02/26/16 - 02/28/16
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • $15-General admission; $12-Seniors, students & active military with I.D.

A collection of monologs derived from hundreds of interviews with women that span a spectrum of ages and races. Written by Eve Ensler, who for the last 17 years has allowed anyone to produce this show without having to pay for rights. The condition being that all proceeds go to a local charity geared towards assisting women who are victims of any kind of violence. This year the beneficiary will be Noah's Project. Be advised there is some strong language but it is not without reason.

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AISD Cooper Invitational Tennis Tournament

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Coach Rosenquist
  • 02/27/16 - 02/28/16

Call for times and admission.

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Family Fun Saturdays 02-27-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/27/16 - 02/27/16
  • 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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Gun Show & 3P Preparedness Expo

  • Expo Center, Coliseum
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 806-253-1322Kim Sansom
  • 02/27/16 - 02/28/16
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $6-Person; Free-Children 12 and younger

Deals on all sorts of merchandise, including firearms - new, used, and collectible, knives, his/her jewelry, military surplus and survival gear. Brought to you by Silver Spur Gun and Blade Shows.

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Mall Scavenger Hunt Group Date

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-733-8741Couples Date Night Abilene
  • 02/27/16 - 02/27/16
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $20- Per couple

Couples compete to complete silly tasks, solve clues, take memorable pictures all within the Mall of Abilene. Limited number of tickets. You must pre-register for this Couples Date Night Abilene event. 

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Spotlight 2016 'When I Grow Up'

  • ACU Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464Gwynn Haseltine
  • 02/27/16 - 02/27/16
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $35-Adults $20-Ages 12 and younger

Youth singers of Chorus Abilene present an evening of family entertainment. Bring a little magic into your evening with music from 'Matilda the Musical', 'Peter Pan', 'Wicked,' 'Charlie Brown,' and more. Dinner is included; reservations required by Feb. 19.

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Abilene Young Professionals After Five

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Laurin Spraberry
  • 03/01/16 - 03/01/16
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • $10-Non-Members

AYP is a program of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce targeted towards young professionals in the 22-40 age range looking to get involved in Abilene. A fast, easy and fun way to make personal and professional connections with other YP's. RSVP & pre-register to be entered for the $50 cash drawing!

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UT Exes Abilene Chapter Texas Independence Day!

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-665-1039K. Strong
  • 03/01/16 - 03/01/16
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $20-Reception & Speaking event; $10-Speaking event only; $5-College and high school students (ID required)

Graduates, friends, fans, and science enthusiasts are invited for a reception and talk given by Linda Hicke, Dean of College of Natural Sciences, Molecular Biosciences. All proceeds benefit Scholarship Program for future Longhorns in the Abilene and surrounding area.

Big Country Bill Wallace Memorial Invitational Boys Golf Tourn.

  • Diamondback Golf Course and Maxwell Municipal Golf Course
  • 325-677-1731 X 3156Coach Scott Findley
  • 03/03/16 - 03/05/16
  • 9 a.m.
  • Free
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Nickel and Dimed

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-668-7081Adam Hester
  • 03/03/16 - 03/05/16
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $12

By Joan Holden, based on Nickel And Dimed, On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Tot Spot - Mar. 2016

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 03/03/16 - 03/04/16
  • 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 - Mar. 2016

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/04/16 - 03/04/16
  • 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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Crown & Gown Daddy Daughter Ball

  • Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-733-8741Queen B Royal Events
  • 03/04/16 - 03/04/16
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • $50-Per couple; $20-Per additional child

Dads and daughters will enjoy our dessert bar, photo booth picture, autograph book for our characters. Cinderella and the Prince teach dads to waltz with their daughters. Tink will talk about fairy magic, and the Frozen cast will sing and create magic snow. All ages welcome.

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23rd Annual Mexican Dinner Fundraiser

  • Abilene High School, West Cafeteria
  • 2800 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-673-1110Shelia Cory
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $4-Children

Enchiladas, rice, beans, salad, chips and iced tea will be served. Desserts and take-out meals will also be available. Hosted by the Day Nursery of Abilene.

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Abilene Idol 2016 Finale!

  • Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464Gwynn Haseltine
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • 7 p.m.
  • $15-Reserved seating; $10-General admission

The final fifteen contestants will try to sing their way into the hearts of the judges to win cash prizes for first , second, and third. The audience can help by casting a text vote for their favorite! Guest performer and judge will be Holli Nicole Smith, Cooper High graduate.

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Broadway in Abilene presents: 'Bullets Over Broadway'

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Celebrity Attractions
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission varies.

A musical with big laughs and colorful characters written by Woody Allen and based on his film of the same name. The show is about a young playwright whose first Broadway play is financed by a gangster.

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Easter Bunny Arrival & Photos

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Laurie McAdams
  • 03/05/16 - 03/26/16
  • March 5th Arrival- 11 a.m.
  • Free; Photo prices vary

Visits are complimentary and include a free giveaway while supplies last.

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Evening Easter Egg Hunt

  • Action Zone Turf Field
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5301Anita Vigil
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • 7 p.m.
  • Free

Open to children 12 and younger to hunt for 10,000 eggs. Bring your own basket and camera, and have your photo made with the Easter bunny.

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Family Fun Saturdays 03-05-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • 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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Keyhole Gardening

  • 11th & Willis Church of Christ
  • 3309 S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-6048Big Sountry Master Gardeners
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • Registration-8:30 a.m.; Workshop-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • $25-Person

Join garden guru Dr. Deb Tomlin, for a hands-on workshop. This innovative technique uses composting to create an environment which can overcome common problems of drought and poor soils in a raised bed for easy access. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothing. Please pre-register online.

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March Challenger 1-Day

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 03/05/16 - 03/05/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Abilene Tennis Association Sanctioned by USTA. 10 yr. old and younger boys and girls tennis tournament, orange and green level 1.

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March Challenger 2-Day

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 03/05/16 - 03/06/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

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

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Beach Boys in Concert

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-864-9119Stan West
  • 03/06/16 - 03/06/16
  • 7:15 p.m.
  • $29-$59-Person

The City of Abilene will honor Mike Love and the Beach Boys with a lifetime achievement award in front of thousands of fans. 

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The Jungle Book

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Hollye Jaklewicz
  • 03/06/16 - 03/06/16
  • 2 p.m.
  • $9-Person

The Children's Performing Arts Series is pleased to present a live, professional show for kids of all ages and their families! Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s famous classic stories, The Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli, a boy who is raised in the Indian jungle by wolf parents and educated by a black panther and Baloo the bear. Fun-loving monkeys, a python, and the villanous tiger Shere Khan are also featured. Don’t miss this memorable show, filled with action, drama, comedy and music!

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Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Johnson Building
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene, TX
  • 325-670-1214Robert A. Fink
  • 03/07/16 - 03/07/16
  • Q&A session, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Poetry reading, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

The HSU English Department and the McIntyre-West Endowment of the Hardin-Simmons University Academic Foundation will host poet Corey Marks for  a Q&A session and poetry reading with a reception and book signing to follow.

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Illumination Celebration

  • Downtown Abilene
  • 1101 N. 1stAbilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 03/08/16 - 03/08/16
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Join in for the debut of the designs of Disney’s premier lighting designer at all of  the Storybook Sculptures. Enjoy performances from AISD groups, food trucks, glow sticks, characters and fun. At 7:30 p.m., the switch will be flipped and downtown will be magically lit! Hosted by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council.

AISD Invitational Baseball Tournament

  • Abilene High School and Cooper High School
  • 325-677-1731Ryan Lewis
  • 03/10/16 - 03/12/16
  • Call for times and admission
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All Texas Holstein Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Griffin Arena
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 940-782-6554Elwyn Liggett
  • 03/10/16 - 03/12/16
  • Call for admission and times
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ArtWalk - March 2016

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 03/10/16 - 03/10/16
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you!

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Life in Bloom

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-6415Holly Joiner
  • 03/10/16 - 03/10/16
  • 7 p.m.
  • $35-Person

Pregnancy Resources fundraising banquet featuring singer/songwriters Lee Miller & Brett James.

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Barrel

  • The Mill Wine Bar & Event Venue
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360Mindy Howard
  • 03/11/16 - 03/11/16
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • $100

Join for Abilene's first ever food truck dinner paired with premium wine & craft beer. Fine dining meets food truck. Flannel meets sportscoat. Featuring California's Pali Wine Co., Dallas' Lakewood Brewery and local Abillene Food Trucks: The Toasted Traveler Rock'n Roller'z 1881 Food Truck Stillwater BBQ Each food truck will feature a course that will be paired with a wine & craft beer. Menu will include favorites from each truck.

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Paramount Film Series: How the West Was Won

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 03/11/16 - 03/12/16
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $5-Students, Seniors, Military, Children

This epic western tells the story of the Prescott family, whose journey to the west in the 1830s set in motion a series of triumphs and tragedies that include the American Civil War. Starring: James Stewart, Carroll Baker, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck; 1962, color, 164 minutes, rated G

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Chautauqua Learning Series - March 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 03/12/16 - 03/12/16
  • 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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Craftapalooza & Fabulous Vintage Market

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 405-401-7193Montage Festivals
  • 03/12/16 - 03/12/16
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Person; Free-Ages 12 and younger

A one day shopping extravaganza featuring an eclectic blend of handmade items, artisan designs, bling & glam boutiques, antique & vintage bliss, sparkly jewels, home décor & inspiration, repurposed & funky junk along with fabulous finds for your creative soul.

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Family Fun Saturdays 03-12-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/12/16 - 03/12/16
  • 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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Menagerie: Art and the Animal Kingdom

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 11/12/15 - 04/02/16
  • 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, and Children ages 3 and younger

Menagerie explores the many ways in which animals fascinate and frighten us with their grace, humor, strength and mystery through art. The artists and the animals that are part of this exhibition challenge us to examine our involvement in the lives of animals in the wild, at home, at play and at work.

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Drips, by Jana Cross

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 02/09/16 - 03/05/16
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

Signature Artist Jana Cross presents a series of colorful new abstractions based on movement of poured and dripped paint.

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Every Picture Tells a Story

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 02/09/16 - 04/23/16
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

View a collection of picture-stories by Center artist members and imagine the stories behind them. Featuring photos by Bird Thomas, Cara Hines, Jennifer Nichols, Pamela Gilbreth Watkins, Jill Geeslin, Ellie Hamby, Kathie Walker-Millar, and Bill Wright.

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Flat Planes and Open Spaces

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 02/09/16 - 04/23/16
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

Signature Artist Member, Katy Presswood, uses flat space and subtle color contrasts to create a series of twenty paintings that use consistent design elements to become one continuous piece of art that encourages the viewer to contemplate simplicity.

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Honey, Smoke, and Gold: The Tale of Bears

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 02/09/16 - 04/23/16
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. - Sat.
  • Free

San Antonio artist and Signature Artist Member Carol Cunningham presents a vibrant installation that celebrates and informs us about the life and legend of bears, from real ones to those we know from popular culture.

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Intercollegiate Student Art Competition

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 02/09/16 - 03/12/16
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

Annual juried art competition exhibit by Abilene-area college and university art students, hosted by The Center for Contemporary Arts.

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Youth Art Month

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 02/25/16 - 03/22/16
  • 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

 More than 800 student artworks will fill the Second Floor Art Galleries representing the talent of area students from Abilene ISD, Wylie ISD and schools of Region 14. Passes are distributed at each school for students and their families to attend the exhibition free.

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Car Art

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 03/10/16 - 04/02/16
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

A collection of art celebrating the automobile, on loan from Cal Sumrall, in conjunction with ArtWalk: CarWalk.