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Events from 09/30/2014 to 10/07/2014

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Abilene Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Frances Williamson
  • 09/30/14 - 09/30/14
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $50-$65-Person
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Guest Speaker: Jason Jennings, a business thought leader, best selling author, expert on leadership, innovation and business growth. The banquet concludes with the announcement of the 2014 Citizen of the Year.

A Midsummer Nights' Dream by William Shakespeare

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1404Box Office
  • 10/02/14 - 10/05/14
  • Thur.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $8-Adults; $5-Sr. Citizens & Military
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Mischief-making sprites ... young mortals searching for love ... earnest drudges rehearsing a play ... On a moonlit night, these peculiar worlds collide by chance—or by fate—in this contemporary production bursting with music,... Learn More

Chess Lessons @ The Grace Museum

  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Sarah Collins
  • 10/02/14 - 10/02/14
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Members of the Abilene Chess Club (ACC) will teach the classes every Thursday in October and November (excluding Thanksgiving).

McMurry University Theatre presents 'Dead Ringer'

  • Ryan Little Theatre
  • 1642 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3889Box Office
  • 10/02/14 - 10/04/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $5-Person

Tyrus Cole, a horse trainer, lives on a ranch with his invalid sister Mary. Because he can't watch her during the day, Tyrus has Mary confined to a root cellar. When Dwight Foley arrives at the ranch seeking help with his horse, he ... Learn More

Poetry Workshop with Dr. Bob Fink

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Sarah Collins
  • 10/02/14 - 10/02/14
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Free
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Learn how to write poetry in response to the poetic photographs of Keith Carter through a guided exercise and response session.

Tot Spot - Oct. 2014

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 10/02/14 - 10/03/14
  • Thurs. & Fri.: 9:30 & 11 a.m.
  • $5-Non-Members; Members Free
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This popular program, for ages 3 to 5 and parents, features hands-on activities and gallery games.

Wine Dinner at The Mill

  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360Mindy Howard
  • 10/02/14 - 10/02/14
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $75-Person (advance purchase required)
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This special evening has become one of The Mill's most sought after events. You don't want to miss this amazing night of great food paired with even greater wines. Cocktails and appetizers are followed by a 4-course meal prepared ... Learn More

Adoption Event at PetSmart/Red Robin

  • 3549 Catclaw Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-7722Jayme Gonzales
  • 10/03/14 - 10/04/14
  • Fri., 4 to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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200 pets must be saved in two days. Area pounds and shelters are full. Our kennels are full too! We are bringing dogs and cats from all over West Texas to Abilene for one last chance at finding homes. Come out and join us and maybe you ... Learn More

Art Adventure - Oct. 2014

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/03/14 - 10/03/14
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Free (Reservations Requested)
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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.

Fall Stomp featuring the ACU Jazz Ensemble

  • Elks Art Center
  • 1174 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-674-2199Emily Berry
  • 10/03/14 - 10/03/14
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Free
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Swing concert and dance.

South 1st Street Project Appreciation Event

  • Butternut & S 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-513-9552Mike Vandervoort
  • 10/03/14 - 10/03/14
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Free
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All pedestrians/supporters are invited to explore & experience new pedestrian facilities on S 1st St between Locust & Butternut. New audible (talking) crosswalk signals, high contrast crosswalk markings, and tactile features have ... Learn More

Ward Brothers Senior Team Roping Assn. Finals

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 940-200-0355Jim Ward
  • 10/03/14 - 10/05/14
  • Doors Open: 11 a.m.; Roping Begins: Noon
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Calf roping started from the duties of actual working cowboys who needed to catch a calf and tie its legs for branding. Watch as members of this association compete to see who can rope the calves with the greatest speed.

2014 Abilene Heart Walk

  • Nelson Park
  • E.S. 11th St. and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-513-9887Frann Smith
  • 10/04/14 - 10/04/14
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m.; Walk: 9 a.m.
  • Free
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This annual walk is a non-competitive, 5K (3 mile) event that promotes walking as a part of a healthy lifestyle and raises funds to support cardiovascular research and education programs for the Abilene community. Teams participating will... Learn More

4th Annual Comanche Moon Social

  • Perini Ranch Steakhouse
  • 3002 FM 89Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3974Heather Reed
  • 10/04/14 - 10/04/14
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $100-$125-Person
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Benefiting the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. Join us for an evening under the stars as John Wiegand portrays Theodore Roosevelt. Featuring period appropriate dinner, entertainment, a raffle, silent auction, and open bar.

6th Annual Putt 'Fore' Children Mini Golf Tournament

  • PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center
  • 4541 Loop 322Abiene
  • 325-673-1110Day Nursery Admin Office
  • 10/04/14 - 10/04/14
  • Shotgun starts at 9:45 & 11 a.m.
  • $80-Team of 4 players
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Fund raiser benefiting Day Nursery of Abilene. Please visit our website or call the administration office for more details.

ACU Football vs. Lamar

  • Shotwell Stadium
  • 1525 E.S. 11thAbilene
  • 325-674-2323Info.
  • 10/04/14 - 10/04/14
  • 6 p.m.
  • $15-Adult; $8-Child ages 6 to 17; Free-Ages 5 and younger
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Bike For Kids' Sake

  • Wylie High School
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-674-3115Mallory Ashford
  • 10/04/14 - 10/04/14
  • Registration: 8 a.m.
  • $25-$30-Person
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10, 30 or 50 mile routes. Helmets required for all bikers. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. ... Learn More

PWB Annual 5K Run/Walk

  • Redbud Park
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-669-8544Mitzi Merchant
  • 10/04/14 - 10/04/14
  • 8 a.m.
  • $25-$30-Person
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5K timed race or a 1.5 mile walk hosted by the Professional Women in Building. This annual fundraiser provides teacher and student scholarships, Adopt-A-School projects and other local community activities.

USSSA - Fall Ironman Slow Pitch Qualifier

  • Nelson Park
  • 100 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-829-7483Jason Johnson
  • 10/04/14 - 10/05/14
  • Call for admission and times
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Children's Performing Arts Series: Skippyjon Jones

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Hollye Jaklewicz
  • 10/05/14 - 10/05/14
  • 2 p.m.
  • $9-Person
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Skippyjon Jones is a little Siamese kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! He loves to pretend, and in this story he imagines he is Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico! Based on the beloved children&#... Learn More

ACU Guest Artist Recital: Joy Thurman, piano

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2199Emily Berry
  • 10/07/14 - 10/07/14
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Free
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Advanced Planning Seminar

  • Hamil Family Funeral Home
  • 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-692-2232Teresa
  • 10/07/14 - 10/07/14
  • 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Free
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Legal Tools: Mike Walls, Chase Law Firm - Senior Safety: Larry Bell, Deputy Chief, Abilene Fire Department - Advanced Funeral Planning: Leon Stone, Prearrangement Specialist

Fashions for the Cure

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-0040Amanda McKee
  • 10/07/14 - 10/07/14
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $30-Person
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Join us for a night out to celebrate cancer survivors, enjoy a great style show and silent auction, and support Cancer Services Network's effort to continue providing gifts of hope to cancer patients and their families in West Central... Learn More

Museums & Galleries

Julie Speed Paper Cut

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 08/12/14 - 02/14/15
  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Closes at 8 p.m.
  • $3-$6-Person
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Featuring intricate collage work with elements of the surreal and real combined to explore the thoughts and feelings that haunt the human experience throughout history. Marfa-based Speed is known for her paintings, drawings and etchings ... Learn More

'Beyond Mediocrity' by Jill Hendrix

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 09/09/14 - 10/25/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free

Using wood, textiles, and pigment in her two- and three-dimensional pieces that use a ladder as a central visual element, combining architectural formality with informal elements and colors. Her pieces convey our life-long struggle to ... Learn More

'Now and Again' by Warren Taylor

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 09/09/14 - 10/25/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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Taylor’s watercolors combine a complex network of layers. A base of historical art references and present day themes is topped by three-dimensional objects juxtaposed to the underlying complex flat planes, reflecting our responses ... Learn More

'Soft Cells' Sculpture by William Cannings

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Debbie Manns
  • 09/09/14 - 10/25/14
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
  • Free
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By welding together flat steel forms and inflating them with air, Cannings creates dynamic pieces with the permanence of steel and the softer, gentler form of fabric. His sculpture captures the popularity of inflated objects that ... Learn More

Keith Carter: Ordinary Mysteries

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 09/12/14 - 02/14/15
  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Closes at 8 p.m.
  • $3-$6-Person
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A selection of Carter’s masterful photographs described as magic in the mundane and poetry of the commonplace. Lauded as a transcendental realist, east Texas native,Carter is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has ... Learn More

Kelly Fearing: Lucid Dreams

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Emerald Cassidy
  • 09/12/14 - 01/10/15
  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., Closes at 8 p.m.
  • $3-$6-Person
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A selection of artwork curated from private and public collections by legendary Texas artist, Kelly Fearing (1918-2011) to demonstrate his lifelong fascination with surreal, mythic and metaphysical themes.  Part of the Altered States... Learn More

"In Retrospect" McMurry Homecoming Alumni exhibit

  • Amy Graves Ryan Gallery
  • 1642 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4859Jennifer Nichols
  • 10/02/14 - 11/07/14
  • Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free
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Featuring Linda Stricklin, 1989 Alumni Art Exhibit. Reception -- Friday October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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