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Events from 11/12/2018 to 11/19/2018

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USTA Super Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 11/10/18 - 11/12/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

USTA sanctioned tennis tournament. Boys and girls ages 16-18 compete.

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ACU Enactus Lunch featuring Kohl Crecelius

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2206Whitney Herrington
  • 11/13/18 - 11/13/18
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $20-Individual tickets; $150-Table for 8

Kohl Crecelius, CEO and Founder of Krochet Kids and Known Supply will focus on taking entrepreneurial action and the impact of social entrepreneurship. This event will be hosted by Enactus, a student organization using entrepreneurial action to help others.

Polk Key City Invitational Girls Basketball Classic

  • Abilene, Cooper and Wylie High and Hardin-Simmons University
  • 325-670-1671Ronald Rainwater
  • 11/15/18 - 11/17/18
  • All day; Game times TBA.
  • $10-Adults; $6-Students

A long standing tradition at Hardin-Simmons University since 1952. AISD, WISD and HSU joined forces to host one of the finest high school girls basketball tournament in the state. The mission of the Polk-Key City Basketball Classic is to promote a quality girls basketball tournament in a way that involves the community and entire Big Country.

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Springboard Community Lunch

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2206Whitney Herrington
  • 11/15/18 - 11/15/18
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $20-Person; $150-Table of 8

This is an excellent opportunity for ACU students, Abilene entrepreneurs and young professionals to network and hear from three area entrepreneurs.

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Abilene Ballet Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-675-0303Tickets
  • 11/16/18 - 11/18/18
  • Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 & 8 p.m.
    Sun., 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission varies.

This 31st annual, full length classic ballet, is complete with fabulous sets, drops, costumes and guest artists. A local cast of 120 dancers perform this beautiful presentation. ABT is a nonprofit, a member of Regional Dance America/Southwest and Abilene's only regional ballet company.

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Ballroom Dancing

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Presley
  • 11/16/18 - 11/16/18
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5-Person

A mix of dances, such as the fox trot, waltz, tango, and more.

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Carden Circus

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 417-848-4394Carden Circus
  • 11/16/18 - 11/16/18
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $20-Adults; $14-Children

Revisit the magical memories of your childhood while creating new ones with your own kids that will last a lifetime.

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Santa Arrives at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Brandi Moreno
  • 11/16/18 - 11/16/18
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free

Everyone is invited to welcome Santa for the 2018 holiday season. Each child will receive a free gift while supplies last.

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Cancer Services Network Run Together 5K/1 Mile

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-672-0040Cancer Services Network
  • 11/17/18 - 11/17/18
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • TBA

Honor those who have survived cancer, walk in memory of someone who fought a courageous fight, encourage those who are in the midst of their battle with cancer, and provide a fun time for avid runners and friends of Cancer Services Network. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/17/18 - 11/17/18
  • 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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Broadway in Abilene: The Sound of Music

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Randy Cole
  • 11/19/18 - 11/19/18
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $35-$86

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

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15th Annual Turkey Trot 5K

  • Shotwell Stadium
  • 1525 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 11/22/18 - 11/22/18
  • 7 a.m., Packet pickup; 8:30 a.m., Run begins
  • Early Registration:$25-Adult; $75-Team; $15-Child younger than age 12
    Late Registration: $35-Adult; $125-Team; $20-Child younger than age 12

Run in the morning and eat guilt free the rest of the day! Hosted by the Abilene Runner's Club.

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Thanksgiving Throwdown

  • The Big Country Race Way
  • 5601 W. StamfordAbilene
  • 325-673-4233Sterling Robertson
  • 11/22/18 - 11/24/18
  • Call for times
  • $15-Person; Ages 12 & younger free with adult purchase; $2 military/student discount; $30-weekend armband

Drag racing at its best.

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Abilene Pop Up Lock Up - Christmas Escape Room

  • Abilene Pop Up Lock Up - Christmas Escape Room
  • Suite C
  • 133 S. Leggett Dr.Abilene
  • 325-261-2681Belle Ward
  • 11/24/18 - 12/30/18
  • See website to book specific times
  • $47-Person; $94-2 players; $99-6 players

Custom Christmas themed room filled with clues and puzzles. Can you solve them all and save Santa in 60-minutes or less? It's tons of fun for ages 7 and older. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/24/18 - 11/24/18
  • 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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Renara Classical Concert

  • Wylie Performing Arts Center
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-280-6407Becky Rentz
  • 11/29/18 - 11/29/18
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • $50-$500

Renara is performing a professional classical concert with her own personal compositions to benefit the Wylie Bulldogs Education Foundation and showcase the Wylie Performing Arts Center at the Wylie High School campus. Listen to her music at renaramusic.com. 

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Christmas in the Garden

  • Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 11/30/18 - 11/30/18
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $5-Per family; $1-Train rides

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council presents a night on the Polar Express in the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. The garden will be decorated in Christmas lights. Wear your pajamas! The price to enter includes face painting, bubbles, an art activity, a light snack and frosted chocolate snow milk.

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WareHouse 14 Marketplace Show

  • WareHouse 14 Marketplace
  • 1502 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-704-0022Ronda
  • 11/30/18 - 12/02/18
  • Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Free

The Holiday show. Featuring vintage, antique, handcrafted and boutique items. Snack and shop as you suanter from the secret shops to the estate sale. Watch demos on Friday nights and meet local artists and craftsmen. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/01/18 - 12/01/18
  • 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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Masterworks III: Symphonic Renegades

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710
  • 12/01/18 - 12/01/18
  • 3 and 7 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Military, students and seniors; $5-Children 17 and younger

Works by Brahms and Shostakovich, and guest stars violinist William Hagen. Hagen was the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, making him the highest-ranking American since 1985.

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Pops I: Coming Home for Christmas

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710
  • 12/01/18 - 12/01/18
  • 3 and 7 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Military, students and seniors; $5-Children 17 and younger

Bruce Ewing and Kristi Tingle will be returning to the Abilene Philharmonic stage for a night of Christmas favorites and carols. 

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Silver Spur Gun & Blade Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 806-253-1322Kim Sansom
  • 12/01/18 - 12/02/18
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $10-Two day pass; $6-Person; Free-Children 12 and younger

Buy, sell, trade or browse new, used and collectible guns -parts and accessories. Also available: knives, military surplus and collectibles, coins, jewelry and purses. 

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USTA Champ Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 12/01/18 - 12/02/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

USTA sanctioned tennis tournament. Championships boys' & girls' 12-18 Singles 78' yellow ball.

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Catclaw Invitational Basketball Tournament

  • Wylie High School
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-690-1181Greg Ruffin
  • 12/06/18 - 12/08/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Varsity basketball tournament featuring some of the top boys and girls' basketball teams in the state.

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Tot Spot - Dec. 2018

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 12/06/18 - 12/07/18
  • 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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Art Adventure - December 2018

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/07/18 - 12/07/18
  • 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.

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ASA/USA Toys for Tots Girl's Softball Tournament

  • Will Hair Softball Complex
  • 101 E. Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-518-4646Tony Perez
  • 12/07/18 - 12/09/18
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

District 11 ASA/USA sanctioned girl's fast pitch softball tournament. Open 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U. Each player and coach brings one unwrapped toy for donation. Four game guarantee, double elimination.

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Fall DirectFest 2018

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 12/07/18 - 12/08/18
  • 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • $5-$15

One-act play festival directed, designed, and produced by Directing I students.

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William Shakespeare's Othello

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-260-8747Ginger Vinson
  • 12/07/18 - 12/16/18
  • Dec. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
    Dec. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 16, 2 p.m.
  • $15-General admission; $13-Seniors, students and military

A stirring, tragic tale of jealously, lies, and revenge. The story centers around Othello, a Moorish general in the army of Venice, and Iago, a trusted ensign whose envy leads him down a path of treachery that threatens to consume and destroy everyone it touches.

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A People Party Productions Craft Fair

  • 201 Mesquite Warehouse
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 713-805-9727Olivia Hewitt
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $5-General admission; $3-Students with I.D.; Free-Children 12 and younger

Over 50 vendors offering holiday shopping from handcrafted items such as jewelry, apothecary, apparel, accessories, home goods, woodwork, artful goods, and more. Including a new lounge area, bar, classic baked goods section, food trucks, and local musicians.

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Breakfast with Santa

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Brandi Moreno
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Free

Enjoy great food with Santa, holiday crafts and entertainment provided by Abilene Philharmonic. Be sure to bring your holiday wish lists! Sponsored by Abilene Philharmonic.

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Breakfast with Santa

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 324-676-6085Zoo Store
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 9 to 10 a.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Children ages 3 to 12; $5-Children ages 2 and younger.

Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast of assorted pastries and fresh fruit, milk, juice or coffee along with a fun craft and framed photo with the Old St. Nick. Reservations required. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 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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Once Upon A Christmas Eve

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6442Mary Milstead
  • 12/08/18 - 12/09/18
  • Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $10-$20

Patty Harper Dance Studio presents the heartwarming story of the spirit of Christmas.

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Santa's Stop

  • Wylie Junction
  • 6382 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-669-8420Terry Casey
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free; $25-Single raffle tickets; $100-5 raffle tickets

Get in the Christmas spirit and have your free professional picture taken with Santa for a great cause. There will be a silent auction featuring several items and a raffle for 2019 Dallas Cowboy Tickets (6) in the Silver Level Suite. All proceeds benefit Head for the Cure. Professional photos and prints will be provided by photographer Stan West. This special event is hosted by Platinum Builders.

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Sensory Santa

  • Lytle South Baptist Church
  • 1125 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-695-6533Dianne Green
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Sensory Sensitive Santa & Mrs. Claus in a Christian environment for children with sensory needs. Wheelchair accessible. 

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Trout Derby 2018

  • Cal Young Park
  • 950 T and P Ln.Abilene
  • 325-734-5306Laura Holbrook
  • 12/08/18 - 12/08/18
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

Come fish for rainbow trout during this family event. You can use rod, reel, fly rod, or cane pole to fish. Enjoy hot dogs and door prizes as well during the fun! Adults will need a current fishing license to participate. Kids under 17 do not need a license.

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Abilene Community Band Christmas Concert

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-695-2422Joe Stephens
  • 12/10/18 - 12/10/18
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Listen to a variety of Christmas favorites. Donations will be accepted toward the band's endowment fund.

Museums & Galleries

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CCAN: CCA Arts National Competition

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Darla Harmon
  • 11/06/18 - 01/26/19
  • Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $35-Per entry

A national art competition open to all artists 21 years of age and over. Artists can submit up to 3 artworks in various mediums. Submitted artwork must not have been shown previously at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA).

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Center for Contemporary Arts National Competition

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 11/06/18 - 01/26/19
  • Gallery open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

The Center for Contemporary Arts 2nd Annual National Juried Art Show & Competition (CCAN) will be on view in Breed Gallery. Artist from around the country are encouraged to apply. Over 9 categories for art entries and over $7,000 available for awards. Entry submissions deadline: October 15, 2018. To enter, visit website given.

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Special Exhibit: 'The Lost Battalion'

  • 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
  • 1289 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6515William Lenches
  • 11/06/18 - 11/17/18
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

E Battery of the 131st Field Artillery Battalion served in the Pacific Theater of Operation during WWII, with 43 of the men being from Abilene and Taylor county.