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Events from 02/18/2018 to 02/25/2018

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Sense & Sensibility

  • Abilene Christian University, Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.
  • Williams Performing Arts CenterAbilene
  • 325674ACU Box Office
  • 02/09/18 - 02/18/18
  • Feb., 9-10, 16-17, 7 p.m.
    Feb., 18, 2 p.m.

This rollicking, ingeniously-theatrical new adaptation follows the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne. When they lose their fortune, marriage is their only hope but can love, and marriage go together for women without money? Surrounding them is a company of shape-shifting actors who transform. By Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen.

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Art for Education Silent Auction to Benefit HSU

  • Abilene Woman's Club
  • 3425 S. 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-668-5300Christine Brockman
  • 02/14/18 - 03/03/18
  • Online bidding is set to open Feb. 14, and will close on Sat., March 3, at 3 p.m. CT.
    Exhibition will be open for in-person viewing and silent bidding on March 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free-Admission

Over 200 works of premium art, including pieces by Dr. Jesse Fletcher, Abilene artist and HSU President Emeritus. 'Buy it Now' prices listed on most items. 

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Shrek the Musical

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405HSU Theatre Box Office
  • 02/14/18 - 02/18/18
  • Feb. 14-17, 7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
  • $15

Based on the characters and story from William Steig’s book and the hit Dreamworks film, this hilarious production turns the world of fairy tales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, musical comedy.

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62nd Annual Abilene Christian University Sing Song

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4864Tom Craig
  • 02/16/18 - 02/18/18
  • Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m
  • Friday: $19-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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Bold - 13th Annual Ladies Retreat

  • Butman Methodist Camp & Retreat Center
  • 158 County Road 674Merkel
  • 325-846-4212Deborah Robinson
  • 02/16/18 - 02/18/18
  • Fri., 5:30 p.m. to Sun., 10:15 a.m.
  • $100

Fear has gone viral and stolen our courage, dreams, and identity. Get ready to retreat and be equipped to kick out anxiety, press in through prayer, and take spiritual risks to further the kingdom of God.

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An Evening with Peter Lillback and George Washington

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-721-4883Rob Westman
  • 02/19/18 - 02/19/18
  • 7 p.m.
  • Free

#1 National Bestseller, Dr. Lillback, is a leading expert on the foundational history of the United States. Celebrate with Dr. Lillback at the new book launch of George Washington Providence by Abilene author Rob Westman and illustration artist Kay Walton at this event. 

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Foster Change Challenge Forum

  • Mezamiz Coffee Shop
  • 3909 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-514-3103Meredith Adams
  • 02/19/18 - 02/19/18
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Free

Saint Francis Community Services of Abilene invites you to learn about becoming a foster parent or adopting. Light refreshments will be provided.

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West Texas Farm Ranch and Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Coliseum
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/20/18 - 02/21/18
  • 9 a.m.
  • Free

Unique one of a kind agri-business event. Opportunity for vendors to interface directly with farm, ranch and/or wildlife managers and rural consumers. A program of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Also during the event - Educational opportunities [Continuing Education Units (CEUs) credits], Town and Country Women’s Fair and much more...... Presented by Lawrence Hall Abilene. 

AISD Ice Breaker Fast-pitch Tournament

  • Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Red Bud Park
  • Abileneabilene
  • 325-677-1444Stacey Herring
  • 02/22/18 - 02/24/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school fast-pitch softball tournament.

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Mentalist Grant Price Benefit Show

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Behrens Auditorium
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1702Jennifer Eames
  • 02/22/18 - 02/22/18
  • 7 p.m.
  • Free

An evening of baffling mind reading, unexplainable magic, and side-splitting comedy. All proceeds from the event benefit the HSU Physician Assistant program's medical mission trip to Peru.

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Silver Spur Gun and Blade Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1100 Expo Dr.Abilene
  • 806-253-1322Kim Sansom
  • 02/23/18 - 02/24/18
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; Free-Children 12 and younger

Vendors showcasing and selling both guns and knives.

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Texas Cornhole League Signature Series

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 817-797-3361
  • 02/23/18 - 02/24/18
  • Fri., 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.
  • $30-$75-Cost to play

Enjoy a great weekend with family and friends at this tournament. Register online.

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UIL Region 2-1A Girls' Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Colosseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 02/23/18 - 02/24/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Athletes compete in basketball regional championships.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/24/18 - 02/24/18
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade

  • Nelson Park, Camp Barkley Dog Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 02/24/18 - 02/24/18
  • 11 a.m. to Noon
  • 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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Autism Extravaganza

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-675-8636Amber Davies
  • 02/27/18 - 02/27/18
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Strategies, resources, tools, and evidence-based practices in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, has been working in the field of autism for 25+ years.

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Tot Spot - March 2018

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 03/01/18 - 03/02/18
  • Thurs. & Fri., 9:30 & 11 a.m.
  • $5-Non-Members; Members Free

This popular program, for ages 3 to 5 and parents, features hands-on activities and gallery games.

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West Texas Rehab Winter Show feat. Mark Lowry

  • The Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620The Paramount Theatre
  • 03/01/18 - 03/01/18
  • 7 p.m.
  • $30 - $50

Mark is known for his funny stories, 20+ year career with Bill Gaither, and for writing the hit song Mary Did You Know!

AISD Cooper Invitational Tennis Tournament

  • AHS, CHS, Rose Park Tennis Center
  • AHS, CHS, Rose Park Tennis CenterAbilene
  • 325-691-1000Trance Rosenquist
  • 03/02/18 - 03/03/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Watch as high school tennis players compete.

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UIL Region 1-6A Girl's Golf Preview

  • Diamondback Golf Course
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-1444Steve Barton
  • 03/02/18 - 03/03/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free to spectators

Top high school golfers compete at this regional meet.

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UIL Region 2-1A Boys Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 03/02/18 - 03/03/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Boys compete for regional basketball championships.

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Art Adventure - March 2018

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/03/18 - 03/03/18
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Free (Reservations Requested)

This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery.

Bent Wheel Bash

  • Buck Creek Trails
  • FM 2833 (East Lake Road)Abilene
  • 325-677-2453Kelly MacDonald
  • 03/03/18 - 03/04/18
  • 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
  • 03/03/18 - 03/03/18
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

FrontierFest-Volleyball-Tournament

  • CHS, AHS, Madison Middle School
  • 325-673-6216Regina Sanders
  • 03/03/18 - 03/04/18
  • Call for times and admission.

North Texas Region 2 day pool and playoffs.

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International Food and Fashion Festival

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2821Veronica Whitt
  • 03/03/18 - 03/03/18
  • 6 p.m.
  • $8-Person

The International Students' Association of Abilene Christian University showcases traditional food and cultural clothing from all over the world.

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Original Team Roping - March District 2 Roping

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 254-559-4911Jeff Kanady
  • 03/03/18 - 03/03/18
  • All day
  • Free-Spectators

Monthly competition leading up to the finals in July.

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Broadway in Abilene: Dirty Dancing

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Randy Cole
  • 03/06/18 - 03/06/18
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket prices vary.

The classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, 'Hungry Eyes,' 'Hey Baby' and 'Do You Love Me?'

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5th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon

  • McMurry University, Garrison Campus Center
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4667Nancy Smith
  • 03/08/18 - 03/08/18
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • $35

Luncheon for women leaders consisting of a talk by Dian Stai, chair of Dian Graves Owen Foundation and presentation of Dr. Sandra Harper Women's Leadership Scholarship; proceeds fund the scholarship.

AISD Invitational Baseball Tournament

  • Abilene, Cooper and Wylie High Schools
  • 325-677-1444Cody Salyers
  • 03/08/18 - 03/10/18
  • March 8-10, 11 a.m.; March 10, 10 a.m.
  • Prices vary.

ArtWalk: March 2018

  • Historic Downtown
  • Historic DowntownAbilene
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 03/08/18 - 03/08/18
  • 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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UIL Region 1-6A Boy's Golf Preview

  • Diamondback Golf Course
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-1444Steve Barton
  • 03/09/18 - 03/10/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free to spectators

Top high school golfers compete at this regional meet.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/10/18 - 03/10/18
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Sockdolager Brewing Company 1 Year Anniversary

  • Sockdolager Brewing Company
  • 720 China St.Abilene
  • 325-721-1718James Bridwell
  • 03/10/18 - 03/10/18
  • 11 a.m. to Midnight
  • Free

Come out for live music, food trucks, yard games and special beer tappings.

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THSPA Region 1 Division 1 Championships

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-1731Tommy Martinez
  • 03/10/18 - 03/10/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

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

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USTA - March Challenger

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 03/10/18 - 03/11/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Challenger boys' and girls' singles: 78' Yellow Ball, ages 12-18.

2nd Annual ACS Spring Break Basketball Camp

  • Abilene Christian School
  • 2550 N. Judge ElyAbilene
  • 325-864-6546Kevin Brooks
  • 03/12/18 - 03/14/18
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • $90

Fundamentals to be covered include proper shooting technique, proper footwork, passing techniques, offensive moves, defensive stance and movement, and more. Coaches will be Kevin Brooks, Head Coach of ACS Boys Basketball, Bryant Taylor, Assistant Coach of ACS High School Varsity Boys Team, and several ACS varsity basketball players. For boys and girls in 2nd-8th grade.

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Easter Bunny arrival at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene, Women's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Brandi Moreno
  • 03/17/18 - 03/17/18
  • 11 a.m.
  • Free; Photo prices vary.

The Easter Bunny will be available for spring photos and visits.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/17/18 - 03/17/18
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Sockdolager Brewing Co.

  • Sockdolager Brewing Co.
  • 720 China St.Abilene
  • 325-721-1718James Bridwell
  • 03/17/18 - 03/17/18
  • 1 p.m. to Midnight
  • Free

Celebrate all things Irish at Sockdolager Brewing Co. with live music, Irish style beers and good craic with your mates.

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Steppin' Out for Memories

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Round Building
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-672-2907Kristin Bishop
  • 03/17/18 - 03/17/18
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $80

Featuring an island-inspired evening of delicious food, an open bar, dancing to live music by Free Ride Band and Muddywater, casino-style gaming, and exciting live and silent auctions.

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Remembering Roy Helen

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 09/26/17 - 03/17/18
  • 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-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members and active duty military

Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers was not only the “Life of the Party”, she was a businesswoman, a columnist, a mother, a wife, and a supporter of many of the charitable organizations in town. Her legacy will make a lasting impression on the community. This memorial to Roy Helen not only celebrates her colorful life, but also reveals a woman before her time – she began working in the 1940s, continued until she retired at 65, and then tirelessly volunteered her time in various capacities. Join us as we celebrate Roy Helen through interviews, photographs, and highlights of her 96 years.

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At Play: Children’s Clothing and Toys

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/03/18 - 02/24/18
  • 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-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members and active duty military

Children’s clothing trends transformed over time similarly to fashion trends for adults. However, the clothing tended to be a little more practical than adult clothing throughout history. The current exhibition, At Play: Children’s Clothing and Toys in the History Gallery at The Grace, highlights a few of these early clothing styles and changes during the early twentieth century. Visitors can also see various toys and paintings from the same era in this exhibition, all from the permanent collection at The Grace Museum.

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Color in Motion by Patty Rae Welborn

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 01/03/18 - 02/24/18
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Free
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Ocularity by Jen Burns

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 01/05/18 - 03/03/18
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Free
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The Fine Art of Collecting

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/19/18 - 04/14/18
  • 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-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members and active duty military

Mike and Elise Chitty’s interest in art began shortly after they married in 1977. As of 2017, their private collection consists of more than 400 works of art and artifacts and counting.

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Presentation of Unusual Beauties, Oddities & Peculiarities by Elle Majors

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 01/30/18 - 03/31/18
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Free

This exhibit is a collection of images photographed depicting beauty in a way that addresses reversing the perspective of the socially desirable depiction of such. In many of the prints the atist has manipulated ink responses to create a more psychedelic approach using colors that change the way you view the images. She did this is in an effort to depict her inner world after having experienced great tragedy in her personal life and having to find her own personal worth and beauty in the broken ugly pieces.

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9th Annual Intercollegiate Student Art Competition

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 01/31/18 - 02/28/18
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Showcasing art of local areal college students. Reception and awards during ArtWalk on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 6 p.m..

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Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Debbie Lillick
  • 02/08/18 - 05/19/18
  • 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Organized and toured by the NCCIL, this will be the largest collection of CSK Illustrator Medal and Honor-winning art ever assembled. Following its debut at the NCCIL, this exhibition will tour nationwide.

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Youth Art Month

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587???
  • 02/22/18 - 03/22/18
  • 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-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members and active duty military

A national celebration of the visual arts. Each March, the Grace Museum hosts this art exhibition of approximately 800 students from all over our region.