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Events from 09/26/2017 to 10/03/2017

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An Evening with Robert Gates

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-665-0229Myra Dean
  • 09/26/17 - 09/26/17
  • Meet and greet for sponsors only 6 p.m.; Program- 7:30 p.m.
  • $20-Floor General Admission; $10-Balcony General Admission

 A theme lecture 'A Passion for Leadership and Global Good,' with Former Secretary of Defense and President of Texas A&M University. Sponsors will share a meet and greet, photo and dinner with Dr. Gates prior to the lecture. Benefiting Global Samaritan Resources.

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27th Annual Busted Putter Classic

  • Abilene Country Club
  • 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 09/28/17 - 09/28/17
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $900-Per team of 4

Support the Military Affairs Committee of the Chamber by participating in this tournament. There will be an awards luncheon immediately following. 

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Blessed Families Fun Night

  • First Baptist Church, Family Life Center
  • 1442 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-675-8144Keith Post
  • 09/28/17 - 09/28/17
  • 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.

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Fort Griffin BBQ Cook-Off

  • Intersection of Cook Field Rd. & Fort Griffin Fandangle
  • Intersection of Cook Field Rd. & Fort Griffin FandangleAlbany
  • 325-668-8241Justin Winters
  • 09/29/17 - 09/30/17
  • Fri., 5 to 10 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $10-Adults 18 and older; Free-Ages 17 and younger

Enjoy the delicious smell of barbecue in the summer breeze or get your team ready to 'Battle for the Blade' in the cook-off competition. Kick back and relax to the sounds of great live music all day. Cruise your RV's over for some premier camping and star-gazing along the Clear Fork of the Brazos River at the Fort Griffin State Historic Site after the show. 50% of the funds will go to renovations and additions for the Fort Griffin State Historic Site campgrounds. 

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Pops at the Pond

  • Anderson Lawn, Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405HSU Theatre Box Office
  • 09/29/17 - 09/29/17
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Free

Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an evening outside as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond. Expect to be entertained by music from new musical as well as classic favorites. Presented by the HSU Theatre Department and School of Music.

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2017 Fall Gardening Symposium

  • Southern Hills Church of Christ
  • 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-672-6048Taylor County Extension Office
  • 09/30/17 - 09/30/17
  • 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • $30-Person

Speakers: Larry Womack speaking on trees, Steve Chamblee speaking on ornamental grasses, Dr.Joseph Masabni speaking on Year-Round Veggie gardening, and special interactive session by McVeys Native Nursery on succulent gardens. Presented by Big Country Master Gardener Association. 

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2nd Annual Over the Edge

  • Enterprise Tower
  • 500 Chestnut St.Abilene
  • 325-674-3115Mallory Wilcox
  • 09/30/17 - 09/30/17
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $50-Registration fee

Participants raise $1,000 to rappel down the tallest building in Abilene - the Enterprise Tower! Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Blessing of the Animals

  • Suite Life Pet Resort and Spa
  • 3509 Beltway S.Abilene
  • 13257045460Debbie York
  • 09/30/17 - 09/30/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free

Father Adam from Holy Family Church will be on site to offer blessing of the animals. This is open to all animals.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 09/30/17 - 09/30/17
  • 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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Socktoberfest

  • Sockdolager Brewing Co.
  • 720 China St.Abilene
  • 325-721-1718James Bridwell
  • 09/30/17 - 09/30/17
  • Noon to 1 a.m.
  • Free admission; Donations accepted.

It takes 3-5 gallons of water to produce a single gallon of beer, and while it’s great that we have the fortune to do this we want to remember that there are places in the world where water is to precious a thing to waste like that. So, we will celebrate Oktoberfest and use funds to raise money to build a water well in Haiti.

USSSA Abilene College Showcase

  • HSU, ACU, Kirby Lake Softball Complex
  • 817-683-2460Kenneth Wilson
  • 09/30/17 - 10/01/17
  • Fri., 6 to 9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., Game times vary
  • $5-Gate fee, $3-Senior citizens

Girl's fast pitch softball, ages 14U, 16U, 18U will have a camp put on by 10 or more college coaches.

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Zoobilation

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 09/30/17 - 09/30/17
  • 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Contact the Zoo for pricing.

The Abilene Zoological Society’s annual gala. Music, food, camaraderie, silent auction — including naming rights for the swan boats, are all in store! Tickets to be available online and in the Zoo Store.

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7th Annual Comanche Moon Social

  • Perini Ranch Steakhouse
  • 3002 FM 89Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3974Heather Reed
  • 10/05/17 - 10/05/17
  • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $100- Members; $125-General public

Dinner catered by Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Event featuring Will Rogers. 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
  • 10/05/17 - 10/08/17
  • 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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The Wedding Singer

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene TX
  • 325-670-1405Hardin-Simmons University Box Office
  • 10/05/17 - 10/15/17
  • Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 7:30 p.m.
    Oct. 8, 15, 2 p.m.
  • $15

The year is 1985. The place is New Jersey. A wannabe rock star is left at the altar and finally changes his tune. Directed by Teri Wilkerson, musical direction by Dr. Melody Rich.

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Wylie Bulldogs Education Foundation Dinner

  • Lytle Bend Ranch
  • 148 Pollard Rd.Abilene
  • 325-669-6621Denise
  • 10/05/17 - 10/05/17
  • Meet & Greet, 6:30 p.m.; Dinner, 7 p.m.
  • $100-Person

Make plans to attend the 'We Are Wylie' with dinner by Joe Allen’s BBQ and live music featuring singer, songwriter and 2012 Wylie graduate, Hunter Hutchinson.  This event gives back to Wylie through teacher grants and student scholarships.  Raffle tickets for a Louis Vuitton handbag and a Tige YETI package are available now.

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Adult League Tennis Championships

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 10/06/17 - 10/08/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

USTA sanctioned tournament. Mixed 18 and over.

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AHS Bill Wallace Invitational Boys Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Steve Barton
  • 10/06/17 - 10/06/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

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

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Art Adventure

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/06/17 - 10/06/17
  • 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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McMurry University Homecoming

  • McMurry University
  • Sayles Blvd. & S 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-793-4609Alumni
  • 10/06/17 - 10/08/17

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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SDPC Door Car Shootout

  • The Big Country Race Way
  • 5601 W. Stamford St.Abilene
  • 325-721-2021Sterling Russell
  • 10/06/17 - 10/07/17
  • 10 a.m.-Gates open
  • $20-Pit Side; $10-Spectator Side

Door Car Race featuring 3 classes: Big Tire, Small Tire and Street Tire. Guaranteed payout for all classes.

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Abilene Heart Walk 2017

  • Grover Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-513-9887Frann Smith
  • 10/07/17 - 10/07/17
  • 8:30 a.m.-Registration; 9 a.m.-Walk begins
  • Free

Hundreds of individual walkers and local company and community teams will be taking steps to improve their heart health while raising funds and awareness for cardiovascular diseases.

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Boot Scootin' at Eller Hall

  • Eller Hall
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 10/07/17 - 10/07/17
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $4-$10

Live music with Midnight Blue, and dessert options from the Sweet Side truck. We are joining with the Texas Red Dirt Music Community #StayTexasStrong to help offer relief to our Texas families in need. A portion of our proceeds will be given to RebuildTX.org, as well as any donations received.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/07/17 - 10/07/17
  • 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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Annual Celebrate the Arts in Abilene Luncheon

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 10/11/17 - 10/11/17
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • $25-Person; $200-Table of 8

Celebrate the many organizations that make up Abilene's thriving arts scene. We will recognize grant recipients, 2017 Abilene Art Award Volunteers of the Year, renew HeARTS for the ARTS memberships and get a preview of the 2018 Children's Art & Literacy Festival!

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ArtWalk - Oct. 2017

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 10/12/17 - 10/12/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Test drive your halloween costume to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you!

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Birth Boot Camp Doula Training

  • The Den: A Wellness Place
  • 1636 N. 20th St.Abilene
  • 432-425-5702Hailie Wolfe
  • 10/12/17 - 10/14/17
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $695.00

Become a trained labor and delivery support person by learning all the skills you need to be a doula with hands on training.

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6th Annual Hope for a Cure

  • Lake Kirby Softball Complex
  • Loop 322 S. & Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-660-3132Michelle Burleson
  • 10/13/17 - 10/15/17
  • 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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Abilene Speedway Southern Challenge

  • Abilene Speedway
  • 6825 U.S. Hwy 80 W.Abilene
  • 325-725-3849Robert Poor
  • 10/13/17 - 10/14/17
  • Call for times
  • $12-Adults; $5- Children ages 6 to 12; Free- 5 and younger

Head out to the speedway for a weekend of thrilling car racing.

ASC Crossover Volleyball Tournament

  • Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities
  • 325-793-4635Cammie Petree
  • 10/13/17 - 10/14/17
  • Call for times and admission

Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities are co-hosting this collegitate tournament.

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Paramount Film Series: Dial M for Murder

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 10/13/17 - 10/14/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

An ex-tennis pro wants to have his wealthy wife murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers she is having an affair, he hatches the perfect plot to kill her. Starring: Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, Robert Cummings; color, 105 minutes, rated PG, 1954. 

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Rosie Cheeks: Pinup Zombie Photo Shoot Event

  • Record Guys
  • 701 S. Leggett Dr.Abilene
  • 325-374-7700Serenity Ford
  • 10/13/17 - 10/13/17
  • 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $200-Package; $50-Deposit due at time of booking

Modeling package will include: Pinup makeup, hairstyling, zombie body makeup, pose coaching, wardrobe advice and 30 minutes of shooting time. You will also receive a copy of  all images. Limited spots available. 

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Big Country Half Marathon

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 TX 36Abilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • 7 a.m.
  • $25-Individual; $40-Team

Cross this off your bucket list with a run through the Big Country. The first 100 entries will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for teams and individuals.

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Business Mercado 2017

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free

A family friendly event that celebrates Hispanic culture and builds a bridge between local businesses and the Hispanic community. More than 100 local exhibitors and 3,000 visitors enjoy this high energy event with games, live entertainment, Mariachi's and Ballet Folklorico! hosted by The Hispanic Business Council of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This month's presentation: 'Hang 'em High: Tales of Frontier Justice' by Lydia M. Long, PhD. 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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Christmas Market

  • Abilene Woman's Club
  • 3425 S. 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-733-8999Debbie Blake
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Person

Shop various vendors and view holiday decorated tables.

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Corks and Collars

  • Winery at Willow Creek
  • 4353 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-698-0085 x7Kelsey Loza
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free Admission; Food and Wine Varies.

A free pet friendly event with a pet costume contest, live music with food and of course your favorite wine and food selections. Proceeds benefit the Abilene Animal Shelter. Hosted by Willow Creek Winery.

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NCCIL 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

  • NCCIL Gallery
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Lisa Goolsby
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • Call for pricing details

Celebrating 20 years of exhibiting, touring, collecting, preserving and promoting original art from the finest children’s literature.

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Storybook Saturday at Business Mercado

  • Convention Center, Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 10/14/17 - 10/14/17
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • $5-Family

From 10:30-11:30 a.m., enjoy book readings, followed by book signing by best-selling authors/illustrators Mark Teague, David Shannon and Marla Frazee! From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., enjoy bubbles, face painting, art activity, characters, and the Storybook Garden Audio Tour.  At 1 p.m., watch 'The Boss Baby' at the Abilene Public Library.

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Robin! A Musical Adventure

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-370-6291Hollye Jaklewicz
  • 10/15/17 - 10/15/17
  • 2 p.m.
  • $9

NeverTold Productions, Inc. out of Massachusetts, is creating this brand-new production based on the classic English legend at the exclusive request of the Children's Performing Art Series. Audiences will enjoy watching Robin and company encounter adventure and fun as they seek to carve out a sliver of justice from the tyrannical rule of a petty prince and a surly sheriff, while winning the heart of Maid Marion.

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Abilene Christian University Homecoming

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2622Alumni Office
  • 10/19/17 - 10/22/17

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. We can't wait to see you!

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Chamber Annual Membership Awards Celebration

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 10/19/17 - 10/19/17
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • $60

Join us as we celebrate the year's accomplishments and recognize our outstanding members including the Outstanding Citizen of the Year.Cocktail reception with dinner and dancing.This event will sell out quickly.

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Boot Scootin' at Eller Hall

  • Eller Hall
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 10/21/17 - 10/21/17
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $4-$10

Live music with Midnight Blue food and dessert trucks, friends and family, and small town fellowship.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/21/17 - 10/21/17
  • 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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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 10/21/17 - 10/22/17
  • 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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Abilene Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-670-1374Bart Craig
  • 10/23/17 - 10/24/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Watch some of Abilene's best collegiate athletes compete for their universities in this two day tournament.

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Stand Bodly: Dinner with the Benham Brothers

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-2205
  • 10/23/17 - 10/23/17
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $50-$5,000

Identical twins and former professional baseball players, David and Jason Benham, are international entrepreneurs known for staying true to their faith whatever the cost. The brothers’ first real estate company quickly grew to 100 locations in 35 states. Recognized in Inc., Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, Business Leader Media, and other publications, David and Jason were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Finalists in 2012. Ultimately David and Jason attracted the attention of pro-family advocates and TV networks including HGTV in 2014. Then the media firestorm hit, and the Benhams chose to die to their dreams and stay true to their faith Whatever The Cost. Proceeds help Christian Homes & Family Services pursue its vision of a Christian home for every child.

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Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming 2017

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1317Britt Jones
  • 10/26/17 - 10/29/17
  • 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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Lee Orthodontics Fall Festival

  • Lee Orthodontics
  • 3002 S. Clack St.Abilene
  • 325-695-2040Amber
  • 10/26/17 - 10/26/17
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

A family event featuring trunk or treating, bounce houses, food trucks and a dj. 

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UIL Region 1 4A & 6A Team Tennis Tournament

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 10/26/17 - 10/27/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Watch as athletes compete for regional titles.

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Looking West

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 08/01/17 - 09/30/17
  • Wed., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Collection of works by Anthony Brown and Turner Vinson containing paintings, sculpture, and furniture all influenced by the Abilene area and westward. Both Brown and Vinson are inspired by local scenes as well as the wide, arid spaces of the West – particularly New Mexico and Utah. 

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Explosive Enhancement of Photography

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 08/16/17 - 09/30/17
  • Wed., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Free

'If these photos have a mission, it is this: Capture the one moment in life as well as scenes and environments and present them in an explosive way.' -Sophia Sanchez Fuentez

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'Today’s Quilts: Art in Stitch'

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 09/20/17 - 11/10/17
  • Wed., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Free

This will be a juried show hosted by the Studio Art Quilt Association.