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Events from 07/23/2016 to 07/30/2016

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7th Annual AYSA High School Volleyball Showcase

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-692-2972Jon Smith
  • 07/22/16 - 07/23/16
  • Call for times and general admission pricing
  • $650-Team; $750-Team and lunch package

Combination pool and bracket play. Registration deadline June 24.

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The Mill's Feed Truck Grand Opening

  • The Mill Winery
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360Mindy Howard
  • 07/22/16 - 07/23/16
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free; Food truck items vary

Come enjoy great atmosphere, try a burger or chicken sandwich, live music and every person who purchases from the food truck gets a ticket for a free root beer float or snow cone!

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34th Annual Tour de Gap

  • Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
  • 131 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-674-3115Mallory Ashford
  • 07/23/16 - 07/23/16
  • 6 a.m. to Noon
  • $30

All proceeds from this event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Ride through the rolling hills around Buffalo Gap, TX (just a few minutes south of Abilene), relax at the pavilion area, enjoy the food and raffles.

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Air It Out Elite Quarterback/Receiving Camp

  • Action Zone
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-665-8942Alan Wartes
  • 07/23/16 - 07/24/16
  • 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 more. All ages welcomed.

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Backyard Market

  • 23 Junk Street
  • 2257 Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-725-5337Jennifer Martinez
  • 07/23/16 - 07/23/16
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Reopen at 8 p.m. for more activities
  • Free

Shop with local vendors in the morning and afternoon then live music in the evening with food trucks available for dinner.

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Family Fun Saturdays 07-23-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/23/16 - 07/23/16
  • 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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USSA Spring Ironman Slow Pitch

  • Nelson Park
  • E. S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-677-6590Darryl Ellis
  • 07/23/16 - 07/24/16
  • Call for times and admission

USSSA sanctioned softball tournament.

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VBS - Esther the Musical

  • Southern Hills Church of Christ
  • 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-692-2670Marilyn Thompson
  • 07/24/16 - 07/26/16
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Family Bible experience and musical. Parents to accompany children.

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Young Audiences Presents the Paramount Players

  • Abilene Public Library - Main Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6067Kelsie Wade
  • 07/26/16 - 07/26/16
  • 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.; 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Free

The final Young Audiences of Abilene event this summer featuring the Paramount Players consisting of Betty Hukill & Barry Smoot. Both are veteran Young Audiences performers and have created a new program on Abilene, the Storybook Capital of Texas.

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Run For The Blue

  • Nelson Park
  • 1000 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-788-7383Abilene Running
  • 07/28/16 - 07/28/16
  • Registration, 6 p.m.; Opening ceremony, 6:45 p.m.; Race, 7 p.m.
  • Donations encouraged

Hosted by Abilene Runners Club to benefit the families of the five Dallas police officers killed. 100% of the funds will be doanted to the famalies of the Dallas officers.

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Paleontology School for Kids-Graduation Day

  • Abilene Public Library - South Branch
  • 1401 S. Danville Dr.Abilene
  • 325-698-7565Alyssa Crow
  • 07/29/16 - 07/29/16
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Graduation for Paleontology School at your library, helping to close out great summer events for this year's Summer Reading Clubs. For this final session, we're taking over the entire library as children's staff will turn the South Branch into a virtual dinosaur dig so our junior paleontologists can put all of their learned skills to the test. There will be tons of activities, prizes, and more.

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Doggie Splash Day

  • Rose Park Pool
  • 2642 S. 9th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5301Anita Vigil
  • 07/30/16 - 07/30/16
  • 10 a.m. to Noon
  • $3-Dog

Dogs and their owners can enjoy time cooling off at the Rose Park Pool.

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Family Fun Saturdays 07-30-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/30/16 - 07/30/16
  • 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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NCCIL Summer Art Camp: Arte en Espanol

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Sujata Shahane
  • 08/01/16 - 08/04/16
  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • $100 -Non-members; $125-Members

Age: Entering grades 1, 2, & 3.Take a journey with NCCIL Spanish Educator, Jocelyn Furr and Art Educator, Molly Gore. A unique camp that teaches you Spanish while exploring Latin American art forms.

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Tot Spot - Aug. 2016

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 08/04/16 - 08/05/16
  • 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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Lulac Youth Fast Pitch Scholarship Tournament

  • Lake Kirby Park
  • Lake Kirby Softball FieldsAbilene
  • 325-439-1153Willie Beck
  • 08/05/16 - 08/07/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

The League of United Latin American Citizens sponsored fast pitch softball tournament.

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#LoveYourLake- Lake Ft. Phantom Cleanup

  • Johnson Park
  • 273 Johnson Rd.Abilene
  • 325-734-3301Keep Abilene Beautiful
  • 08/06/16 - 08/06/16
  • 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Free

Join Keep Abilene Beautiful in this volunteer opportunity. Clean water and recreational areas start with you. The first 50 volunteers will receive an event t-shirt.

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Family Fun Saturdays 08-06-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 08/06/16 - 08/06/16
  • 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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Let the Laughter Roll Comedy Tour

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Paramount Theatre
  • 08/06/16 - 08/06/16
  • 8 p.m.
  • $20-$35

TX Whiskey presents Cowboy Bill Martin, Chad Prather and Alex Reymundo known as the Kings of Cowtown. A partnership of epic comedy proportions, as seen on CMT.

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ArtWalk - Aug. 2016

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 08/11/16 - 08/11/16
  • 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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Bev Ball Volleyball Classic

  • Abilene High School
  • 2800 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1731 ext. 7724Di Di Pierce
  • 08/12/16 - 08/13/16
  • Call for times and admission

Paramount Film Series: Giant

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 08/12/16 - 08/13/16
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $5-Students, Seniors, Military, Children

A wealthy Texas rancher shakes things up at his home when he returns from a trip to the East Coast with a new bride. The life of a generation of a Texas family is explored in this epic film. Starring: Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean; 1956, color, 201 minutes, rated G

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Trade Days of West Texas - Grand Opening

  • Trade Days of West Texas
  • 2501 E. Hwy 80Abilene
  • 214-850-7566Cynthia McMillion
  • 08/12/16 - 08/14/16
  • Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

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

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Abilene Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 08/13/16 - 08/14/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Abilene Tennis Association sanctioned by USTA hosts 12-18 year olds, championships boys and girls, singles tennis tournament. 

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Chautauqua Learning Series - Aug. 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 08/13/16 - 08/13/16
  • 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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Family Fun Saturdays 08-13-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 08/13/16 - 08/13/16
  • 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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Summer Sizzler

  • Nelson Park
  • E. S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-677-6590Darryl Ellis
  • 08/13/16 - 08/14/16
  • Call for times and admission

Supoort your athlete at this two day baseball tournament. 

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3rd Annual Wine and Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish

  • The Grove at Denton Valley
  • 12177 CR 227Clyde
  • 432-683-9474Anna Stanford
  • 08/18/16 - 08/18/16
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $100-Individual tickets; $750- Sponsorship for a table of four

A night of wine, food, live music, silent auction items and raising money to grant the wishes of children in the Big Country.

After Zoey

  • Abilene Christian University- Fulks Theatre
  • ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-6887Adam Hester
  • 08/19/16 - 08/28/16
  • Aug. 19-20, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 21, 2 p.m.; Aug. 28, 2 p.m.
  • $15

Direct from the 2015 New York workshop production funded through Cullen and Pursuit Grants, After Zoey, written and directed by Adam Hester, premieres at the ACU Theatre. The romantic musical is filled romance, humor and heartache. Against enormous challenges, Zoey discovers love and a glimpse of eternity.

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Family Fun Saturdays 08-20-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 08/20/16 - 08/20/16
  • 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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Military Appreciation Day - Aug. 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 08/21/16 - 08/21/16
  • Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free to active and retired military and their family

Spend an afternoon exploring the Village.

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Senior Citizen Day at Abilene Zoo

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 08/22/16 - 08/22/16
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $7-Adults (ages 13-59); Free-Seniors (ages 60+); $4.50 Children (ages 3-12); Free- Children 2 and younger

To celebrate senior citizens, the Abilene Zoo is offering a special day for guests over 60 years of age.

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Flashback to Mid-century Abilene

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 05/28/15 - 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

Abilene has always been ambitious but for many locals, the 1950s and 1960s were the golden years of record breaking accomplishments in commerce, culture and high school football. Abilene remains a unique blend of past and present and The Grace Museum plays an important role in the presentation and preservations of Abilene area history through exhibitions and collections.

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Home Work: The Fine Art of Photographing People

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 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

The art of photographing people in their own environment can be more difficult than a formal portrait. Available light, language barriers, discretion and suspicion are among the variables at work. More than a casual snap shot, the photographs selected for this exhibition reveal a narrative composed of a particular person, place and moment in time as well as the unseen photographer. The work of photographers who have mastered the intimate and informal exchange between subject and photographer will be featured in the second floor Alice and Bill Wright Photography Gallery.

Photographs by Ave Bonar, June Van Cleef, Ken Hatch, Fritz Henle, Earie Hudnall, Jr., Garciela Iturbide, Janice Ruben, George Tice, Bill Wright, Alice Wright and others will be featured.

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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.

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Authentic Texas Photography

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 05/10/16 - 07/30/16
  • Tues.- Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Photographer Bill Wright presents a collection of his favorite images from the highly successful book, "Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend," that he co-authored with Marcia Hatfield-Daudistel. Bill's photographs, presented on metal, are extremely vibrant and showcase the beauty of this remote and fascinating land.

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Sincerely, Mark Teague

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Sujata Shahane
  • 06/09/16 - 09/30/16
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Mark Teague has been writing and illustrating children’s books for more than 25 years. The retrospective organized by the NCCIL features over 100 pieces of artwork including the award winning LaRue series and the How Do Dinosaurs? books. Mark Teague likes to find humor in the everyday events of childhood. Having never taken an art class in his life, through trial, error, talent, and a love for drawing, Mark Teague has become one of today's top illustrators for children.

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Children of the World

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 07/07/16 - 09/03/16
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Featuring portraits of children from all around the globe.

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Processing

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 07/07/16 - 08/27/16
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Two artist members showcase their photography in an innovative and fresh way, giving a glimpse into the stages of an artist crafting a show.