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Events from 02/28/2017 to 03/07/2017

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A Park From Noon To Night

  • Ryan Little Theatre
  • 1642 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3889Lauren Bridwell
  • 02/23/17 - 03/04/17
  • Feb. 23-25, 7:30 p.m.
    March 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission; $7-Thursday's only

Three one-act plays linked by setting and theme. The first play involves two elderly gentlemen, long-time friends, discussing some of the woes of aging. The second sees a young married couple, obviously in love, but struggling with the early problems of establishing a marriage. The final play shows three high school friends, mostly carefree, with their whole live ahead of them.

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Starlight and Spurs Dinner and Auction

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-672-9200Angela McGlothlin
  • 02/28/17 - 02/28/17
  • 5 to 9 p.m.
  • $40-Person; Free-Participation in online auction

Abilene Christian School Annual Community Dinner and auction featuring Mark Powell as the headliner. Online auction available with hundreds of amazing items. 

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'A Perfect Fit for Giving' Style Show

  • Abilene Woman's Club
  • 3425 S. 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3883Megan Dobbs
  • 03/02/17 - 03/02/17
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $50-Person

The Community Foundation of Abilene presents a night of cocktails, clothing, and conversation to benefit the Women's Fund for Health and Empowerment. Plus, each registrant is entered for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to Casa Authentique.

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The Mountaintop

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2787Adam Hester
  • 03/02/17 - 03/04/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $15

Set in Memphis’ Lorraine Motel just hours before the civil rights leader was assassinated, this performance presents Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a very human man, stripped of the mountains of mythology now woven into his remembrance. Offering insight on our societal strengths and frailties and our own personal accomplishments and failings as, with King, we ponder the cost of what we contribute and the legacy of what we leave behind. (Recommended for ages 16 and over).

TAPPS 1, 2 & 3A Basketball State Tournament

  • Abilene Christian & McMurry Universitites
  • 325-674-2440Drew Long
  • 03/02/17 - 03/04/17
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • $10-Adults; $5-Students

Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools girls and boys state basketball tournament. 

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Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Covered Outdoor Arena
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 03/02/17 - 03/04/17
  • Call for times.
  • Adoption prices vary.

The Bureau of Land Management uses this as the primary tool to place these iconic animals into private care. The horses and burros available for adoption come from overpopulated herd management areas where vegetation and water could become scarce if too many animals, including wildlife and livestock, use the area.

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Women's Leadership Luncheon

  • McMurry University, Mabee Room
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4667Nancy Smith
  • 03/02/17 - 03/02/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $35-Single seats

Guest speaker will be Nancy Jones, President and CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation. Proceeds are applied to the Dr. Sandra Harper Women's Leadership Scholarship.

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Art Adventure

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/03/17 - 03/03/17
  • 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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UIL Region 2-1A Boys Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 03/03/17 - 03/04/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Boys compete for regional basketball championships.

Bent Wheel Bash

  • Buck Creek Trails
  • FM 2833 (East Lake Road)Abilene
  • 325-677-2453Kelly MacDonald
  • 03/04/17 - 03/05/17
  • Practice runs are on Saturday. Race begins on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.
  • Observers: $10-Car Parking Fee - Good for both days

Bikers from around the state compete in this USA Cycling-TMBRA Texas XC  Mountain Bike State Championships.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/04/17 - 03/04/17
  • 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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Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade

  • Nelson Park, Camp Barkley Dog Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 03/04/17 - 03/04/17
  • 11 a.m.
  • Free

Calling all fur-loving fanatics for a parade of pups and their owners all decked out in feathers, beads, and Mardi Gras costumes. Dress your dogs in their best and join for family fun with your four legged friends.

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Tribute Film Festival Gala

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-437-2800Frontier Texas
  • 03/04/17 - 03/04/17
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Screen the award winning films from the Tribute Film Festival. 

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Book Signing with David Small & Sarah Stewart

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Debbie Lillick
  • 03/06/17 - 03/06/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free

A reception and book signing with Caldecott award medal winners.

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Friends of the ACU Library Spring Banquet

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2430Mollie
  • 03/08/17 - 03/08/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • $40-Person; $1,000-Table of eight

Enjoy a captivating evening of pictorial stories about Abilene in the 1950s and ’60s. Jay Moore will guide his audience on a fascinating journey through Abilene’s transformation into the city we know today. Moore is a native Abilenian and producer of a popular series of documentaries on local history, and the author of Abilene History in Plain Sight.
 

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Vino & Vinyasa: Abilene Yoga House at The Mill

  • The Mill
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 03/08/17 - 03/08/17
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • $20

A mid-week hour of relaxing with wine and yoga. Pints and poses for all beer afficionados. Led by Holly Hoemke, Camie Garvey and Johanna Weltzin, from Abilene Yoga House. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mats, props, and comfortable clothing.

AISD Invitational Baseball Tournament

  • Abilene High School and Cooper High School
  • 325-677-1731Ryan Lewis
  • 03/09/17 - 03/11/17
  • March 9-10, 11 a.m.; March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Prices vary.
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ArtWalk - A Bird in the Hand

  • Historic Downtown
  • Historic DowntownAbilene
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 03/09/17 - 03/09/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

300 small clay birds have been made by young people of all walks in the ArtReach Program, ArtHEALs Program, The Upside Down Club and students at the Kenley School. Each artist has taken a picture with the birds they created, and each bird will have a number and website on it so the birds can be tracked as they spread outward from Abilene to other communities. The birds will be hidden in plain sight at ArtWalk, so you can find them to spread their message the next town you visit. 

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59th Annual Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-up

  • Nolan County Coliseum
  • 1699 Cypress St.Sweetwater
  • 325-235-5488Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce
  • 03/10/17 - 03/12/17
  • Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Varies

Attend the world's largest rattlesnake round-up featuring snake handling demonstrations, coin, gun and knife show, and a chili and brisket cook-off. Don't forget to try deep-fried rattlesnake or enter the rattlesnake eating contest.

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AHS Bill Wallace Invitational Boys Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Guy Bailey
  • 03/10/17 - 03/11/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

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

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Paramount Film Series: Three Coins in the Fountain

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress StreetAbilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 03/10/17 - 03/11/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 pm
  • $6-$7

Three hopeful American secretaries visiting Italy fling their coins into Rome's Trevi Fountain, each making a wish. Soon, they each become romantically involved with unexpected men. Starring: Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara, Jean Peters; color; 102 minutes; not rated

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 03/11/17 - 03/11/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This month's presentation: 'The Five States of Texas' by Dr. Robert Sledge. 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
  • 03/11/17 - 03/11/17
  • 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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THSPA Region 1 Division 1 Championships

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Justin Head
  • 03/11/17 - 03/11/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Athletes compete in this regional powerlifting championship sanctioned by Texas High School Powerlifting Association.

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Trade Days of West Texas

  • Trade Days of West Texas
  • 2501 E. Hwy 80Abilene
  • 214-850-7566Cynthia McMillion
  • 03/11/17 - 03/12/17
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A community event for Abilene and surrounding areas. Featuring unique items, antiques, crafts, vintage, handmade, food trucks and more. A family event to shop until you drop.

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USTA - March Challenger

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 03/11/17 - 03/12/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Boys & girls 12-18 singles, 78' yellow ball; boys & girls 10U singles, 60' orange ball; boys & girls 10U singles, 78' green ball; boys & girls 12-18 doubles, 78' yellow ball tennis tournament.

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Spring Break Camp

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 03/13/17 - 03/17/17
  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $65-Per child

Join friends for fun filled days with activities like sports, games, arts and crafts, a field trip to PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center and more. For children ages 6-13. Hosted by the City of Abilene Recreation Division. Space is limited! Registration online.

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25th Annual Steam N Wheels Bike Race

  • Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • $25-Per rider; $30-Day of registration

Featuring course routes of 12, 32, and 48 miles. The first 200 riders that register will receive a complimentary long sleeve event t-shirt. Register online.

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Abilene All in for Equality GLBT+ Sidewalk March

  • City Hall
  • 555 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 903-453-7191Reyes
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

This event is inspired by the awareness being raised in Austin,Texas. Bring pride items to carry or wave during the march. (City of Abilene Traffic/Pedestrian laws do apply)

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 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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Steppin' Out for Memories

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 79602
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-672-2907Karen Rampy
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • $75-Person, Table sponsorships available

Food, dancing, live music, auction, casino gaming and open bar all with a classic drive-in theme flair.  Kick up your heels in support of a great cause with this year’s entertainment West Texas country and western swing legend Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys.

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Business Expo 2017

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 03/22/17 - 03/22/17
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Non-Chamber members; Free-Chamber members

A business to business networking event that showcases more than 200 exhibitors with more than 6,000 in attendance. Hosted by the Abilene Business Council of the Chamber of Commerce.

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UIL District 4-5A Boys and Girls Golf Tournament

  • Maxwell Municipal Golf Course
  • 1002 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Guy Bailer
  • 03/23/17 - 03/23/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission
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Southwest Best Barrel Productions

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Covered Outdoor Arena
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 03/24/17 - 03/26/17
  • Fri., 1 to 6 p.m.; Sat.- Sun., 9 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Watch horse and rider race around barrels for the best times to win the grand prize.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/25/17 - 03/25/17
  • 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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Food and Hope Event

  • Global Samaritan Resources
  • 2074 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-665-0229Myra Dean
  • 03/25/17 - 03/25/17
  • Noon to 9 p.m.
  • $50-Suggested sponsorship; No donation required to draw on boxes

Write and draw messages of peace, hope, friendship and love on 2,400 boxes of fortified food. Global Samaritan, using the U.S.. Air Force 'space available' program, is sending the food to sustain refugees in Northern Iraq until they can return to their homes. Suggested sponsorship is $50 per box, but no donation is required to write and draw on boxes. Open to the public.

Girlfriends Wandering Market

  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211-1
  • 03/25/17 - 03/25/17
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5; Free-children age 12 and younger

Shopping event showcasing an eclectic blend of handmade and home decor artisans, modern trends, fashion boutiques, vintage inspiration and more. 

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The Little Mermaid

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Children's Performing Arts Series
  • 03/25/17 - 03/25/17
  • 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • $9

Featuring attractive staging and a humorous script, the show is presented by The Panto Co., a well-known British children’s theater company.

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 03/25/17 - 03/26/17
  • 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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Texas High School Powerlifting State Championships

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Justin Head
  • 03/25/17 - 03/25/17
  • Opening Ceremony: 8:30 a.m.; Competition: 9 a.m.
  • $5-Person ages 5 and up

Watch the best power lifters in the state compete.

Museums & Galleries

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Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 09/24/16 - 03/11/17
  • 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 & younger

The history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions will be the focus of this exhibition spanning all three floors of The Grace Museum.

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PDQ: Prints, Drawings, Quilts

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 02/03/17 - 03/25/17
  • Tues. - Wed., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Artwork by Lynwood and Elli Kreneck.

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Southern Oaks

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 02/03/17 - 03/18/17
  • Tues. - Wed., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

The coastal plains of the southeastern United States have a very unique subtropical climate that is ideal for growing trees. Many of the large trees were harvested during the 17th and 18th centuries, which had a 'wooden economy' with wood being used for everything from hand tools to ships. However, large, old trees did survive in areas where they worked in synergy with people, such as around buildings to provide cooling shade.