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Events from 05/05/2016 to 05/12/2016

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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.
  • Members, $18-Adult (13+), $13-Ages 3-12, Free- Children 2 and younger; Non-members, $20-Adult (13+), $15-Ages 3-12, Free- Children 2 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. This is not a drop off activity. An adult (18+) is required to attend.

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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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Eternal Threads Open House

  • Eternal Threads Warehouse
  • 101 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 325-672-6000Linda Egle
  • 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Items vary

Handmade fair trade products from around the world including a wide selection of sale items, great Mother's Day gifts, teacher gifts and graduation gifts. Come see the new selection of hand made embroidery pieces from Guatemala and jewelry from Kenya.

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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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CW2 Jennifer C. Hunter Warrior Runs

  • Redbud Park
  • S. 32nd St. & S. WillisAbilene
  • 325-660-6266Donna M. Kleman
  • 05/21/16 - 05/21/16
  • 6 a.m.-Registration; 7 a.m. Oorah Run; 8 a.m.-Opening Ceremony; 8:30 a.m.-Family Fun Run
  • $25-Individual fee for one run; $35-Individual fee for two runs; $80-Team fee for 4 person Oorah Run; $120-Team fee for both runs

The first event is the Warrior Oohrah Run 5K, which incorporates a workout at the 1 mile mark (consisting of 25 push-ups), 2 mile mark (consisting of 25 crunches), and 2.5 mile mark (consisting of squats). Then it is off to the races of finishing the 5K with a remaining .6 miles to the finish. This event is restricted to ages 16 years of age and older. The second event is the Running Free Warriors 5K Family Run. This race is open to all ages. Honoring all military members; past, present, future, and Fallen Warriors on Armed Forces Day.

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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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George Washington Providence

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-721-4883Rob Westman
  • 05/24/16 - 05/26/16
  • 7 p.m.
  • $10-Adults; $5-Seniors, military and children

Come and take a patriotic journey through America's forgotten history told through the life of George Washington. Learn how the United States began with faith and freedom.

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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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Tot Spot - June 2016

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 06/02/16 - 06/03/16
  • 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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Paramount Film Series: True Grit

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 06/03/16 - 06/04/16
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $5-Students, Seniors, Military, Children

After a hired hand murders the father of a 14 year-old girl, she seeks vengeance and hires U.S. Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn to track the killer into Indian territory. Starring: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell; 1969, color, 132 minutes, rated G

TSL Baseball Abilene Showcase

  • Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry Universities
  • 817-996-9441Eddie Aguiar
  • 06/03/16 - 06/05/16
  • Call for times and admission

Baseball tournament 15 and 16 years old and younger.

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Abilene Outdoor Adventures

  • Nelson Park
  • E.S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-0921Michael Homer
  • 06/04/16 - 06/04/16
  • 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

Come out and join City of Abilene Parks and Community Services, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Keep Abilene Beautiful, Big Country Master Naturalists, Abilene Zoo, SUP Abilene, and others for a day of outdoor fun! Abilene Outdoor Adventures is an educational event for citizens of Abilene and surrounding areas to learn about outdoor recreation opportunities, environmental conservation, and environmental stewardship. Various activities such as archery, wildlife identification, plant identification, pollinators activity, Neighborhood Fishin’ Program (www.neighborhoodfishin.org) fishing education and catfish fishing derby, a Trash to Treasure and trash clean-up with Don’t Mess With Texas and Keep Abilene Beautiful, and more will be provided. Also, Abilene Zoo will be hosting its World Oceans’ Day in conjunction with Abilene Outdoor Adventures where people can learn about of the world’s seas and oceans and proper stewardship for fisheries, wildlife, and their habitat. All activities for Abilene Outdoor Adventures will be free and open to the public. Zoo regular admission fees are still applicable for zoo entry, but participation in World Oceans Day activities are free.

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Cruise Down Memory Lane Car Show

  • Wisteria Place
  • 3202 S. Willis St.Abilene
  • 801-636-4314Leticia Stucki
  • 06/04/16 - 06/04/16
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

A raffle during the car show will include items like rounds of golf, photography sessions, massage gift certificates, wine, spa experiences and more. Food trucks and fun for the whole family. If you'd like to enter you car into the car show, please contact Jonathan Burton at (325) 695-6145. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Guardians of Easycore

  • The Solution
  • 1234 Grape St.Abilene
  • 325-668-6001Vincent Tucker
  • 06/04/16 - 06/04/16
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • $10

Live music featuring: For The Win, Abandoned By Bears, Settle Your Scores, We Live Like Thieves and Almost Famous Friends.

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Smiles for Life Superhero Run

  • Nelson Park
  • E.S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325Courtney Wilson
  • 06/04/16 - 06/04/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • $25-Adults; $15-Ages 17 and younger

Dress up as your favorite superhero and join in for a family friendly 5k. Proceeds benefit Children's Miracle Network at Hendrick Hospital.

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Summer Youth Baseball Bash

  • Cobb Park
  • 2302 State St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6590Darryl Ellis
  • 06/04/16 - 06/05/16
  • Call for times and admission
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SUP Abilene Grand Opening

  • #9 Cherokee Circle Abilene, TX 79601
  • #9 Cherokee CircleAbilene
  • 325-269-1812amy
  • 06/04/16 - 06/04/16
  • 10 a.m.
  • $20-An hr. per person

Looking to cool off this summer? Come give stand up paddle boarding and kayaking a try! Enjoy kayak trails, paddling to an island, a sandy beach front, sand volleyball and picnic area/ 

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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.