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Events from 06/26/2016 to 07/03/2016

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Big Country Raceway's Lone Star Summer Shootout

  • Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. Stamford St.Abilene
  • 325-721-2021Sterling Robertson
  • 06/24/16 - 06/26/16
  • Fri., Gates open @ 7 a.m.
    Sat. & Sun., Gates open @ 8 a.m.
  • Pit Gate fee: $15; Military and Student $2 off with valid ID; Kids under 12 are free with paid adult admission

Enjoy 3 days of racing and fun!

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Paramount Productions presents Into the Woods

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 06/24/16 - 06/26/16
  • Fri.-Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $25-$12

Performed by local talent, this musical teaches a valuable lesson about unconditional love with a beautiful score and witty lyrics.

2016 ITA Summer Circuit

  • Abilene Christian University and Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 325-674-2218John Walker
  • 06/25/16 - 06/28/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Intercollegiate Tennis Association sanctioned Summer Circuit tennis tournament. Player registration deadline June 20th.

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Rock the Block Community Block Party

  • Redbud YMCA
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-695-3400Corinne Coulter
  • 06/28/16 - 06/28/16
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Live music from Arcadian Wild, a folks/country band from Nashville, TN. Free hotdogs, drinks, yard games and dancing and don't forget your lawn chair or blankets.

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Young Audiences Presents Dru Woods

  • Abilene Public Library - Main Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6067Kelsie Wade
  • 06/28/16 - 06/28/16
  • 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.; 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Free

Woods travels throughout Texas performing her shows with puppets and music, and she will be on hand to present a great show titled “Movin’ and Groovin’…Exercise the Body and Brain.

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Senior Fitness Class with Christa Ellis

  • Abilene Public Library - Main Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6025Ann Mount
  • 06/30/16 - 06/30/16
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Free

It’s all about Health & Fitness as the theme for our Adult Summer Reading Clubs at your library. Led by Ellis of the Hendrick Health Club. She will be on hand to guide you through a workout modified just for seniors.

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Star Spangled Family Night

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 06/30/16 - 06/30/16
  • Food served, 6 to 8 p.m.; Movie begins, 8 p.m.
  • $2-Person; Free-Children ages 3 and younger

Enjoy patriotic crafts for kids, music, and food for purchase from Cherokee on the GO and Abilene Gourmet Hot Dog Co.. End the night with an outdoor showing on the big screen of The Sandlot.

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Star Spangled Military Appreciation Day

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Laurie McAdams
  • 06/30/16 - 06/30/16
  • Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Free; Discounts vary

Join Mall of Abilene and Arrow Ford as they honor current and former military members and their families. Featuring mall retailer Military Discounts, Arrow Ford, Dyess AFB, Blood Drive hosted by Meek Blood Center, special events/performances, giveaways, children's activities and more.

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Family Fun Saturdays 07-02-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/02/16 - 07/02/16
  • 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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Annual WesTex Connect 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

  • Elmdale Airpark
  • 4682 Newman Rd.Abilene
  • 325-794-1717 or 325-673-1930WesTex Connect
  • 07/03/16 - 07/03/16
  • Gates open: 2 p.m.; Live music: 3 p.m.; Fireworks show: 10 p.m.
  • $10-General parking cost, with cooler fees also $10; $20-Adult ringside seats with BBQ meal; $10-Children's ticket including BBQ dinner; $75-Ticket bundle with 4 adult tickets, a child's ticket, and general parking cost

Live music by Julia Hatfield, The Will Clark Band, Clay Mobley, Greg Young, 360 and more. BBQ dinner, children's firework show and open seating area to see the fireworks spectacular. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chairs & blankets, sunscreen and bug spray. Coolers are ok but no glass please. Call for tickets.

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Zoo Lady Visit with Joy Harsh

  • Abilene Public Library - South Branch
  • 1401 S. Danville Dr.Abilene
  • 325-698-7565Alyssa Crow
  • 07/05/16 - 07/05/16
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Designed for kids of all ages, the Zoo Lady will bring out different animals to each of the libraries and teach youth all about them. At the end of the program, guests will be able to touch some of them as well! 

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Connie Mack Regional Qualifier

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 214-707-3680Sam Carpenter
  • 07/07/16 - 07/10/16
  • Call for times and admissions

Regional baseball tournament.

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Little League Baseball Sectional Play-Offs

  • Redbud Park
  • 3125 S. 32nd Ave.Abilene
  • 325-854-5810Shane Deel
  • 07/07/16 - 07/10/16
  • Call for times and admission
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Tot Spot - July 2016

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 07/07/16 - 07/08/16
  • 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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Paramount Film Series: Mrs. Miniver

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 07/08/16 - 07/09/16
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $5-Students, Seniors, Military, Children

An English family's efforts to rise above the hardships of WWII are depicted in this Academy Award-winning drama. The father faces battle in Dunkirk, the son joins the Royal Air Force and tragedy is faced with courage. Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon; 1942, black & white, 134 minutes, NR

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Youth Baseball Summer Slam

  • Nelson Park
  • E. S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-677-6590Darryl Ellis
  • 07/08/16 - 07/09/16
  • Call for times and admission
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Abilene Zoo Golden Anniversary Music Fest

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 07/09/16 - 07/09/16
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors; 1 Dime-children (ages 3-12); Free- Children 2 and younger

Come to celebrate 50 years of the Abilene Zoo. Enjoy the day with music from the Folkloric Group, Abilene Community Band, The Piano Man – Mike Schuler, Allan Teel Jazz Band, Key City Brass, Rock and Roll and Trombone Quartet. The first 500 guests will receive a themed cupcake. Kids get in for a dime each - the same price when the Zoo open doors on 1966.

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Bucking For Heroes

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 325-201-4771PJ Perkins
  • 07/09/16 - 07/09/16
  • 2 p.m.
  • $30-VIP; $20-Adults; $15-Children ages 7-12; $15-Vets & active duty military

A benefit bull riding benefiting Wounded Warrior Project and Team Savannah For Veterans. The event will have Open Bull riding and 2 sections of mini bull riding.

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Chautauqua Learning Series - July 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 07/09/16 - 07/09/16
  • 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 07-09-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/09/16 - 07/09/16
  • 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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Young Audiences Presents Lucas Miller

  • Abilene Public Library - Main Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6067Kelsie Wade
  • 07/12/16 - 07/12/16
  • 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.; 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Free

Featuring singing zoologist Lucas Miller, who has reached millions with his hilarious and scientifically accurate stories and songs. Having been making school land library visits for more than 22 years, he’ll be joining for fun!

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ArtWalk - July 2016

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 07/14/16 - 07/14/16
  • 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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Dachshund Races

  • Nelson Park
  • E.S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-677-7722Rescue the Animals
  • 07/14/16 - 07/14/16
  • 5 p.m.- Gates Open; 7 p.m.- Races begin
  • Free; Donations welcome

Enjoy an evening of cheering on the fastest pups on four legs. Come early and join the Rescued Dog Reunion and costume contest. Any Dachshund can race and any dog that looks like a Dachshund can race. All dogs must be current on shots and be on a leash at all times except when racing. Each dog needs two humans. One person will be at the start line and one at the finish line. Register your dachshund to race online or before the races begin.

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Grace After Dark

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 07/14/16 - 07/14/16
  • Food trucks, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Ticket pickup, 7 p.m.; Film begins, 8:30 p.m.
  • Free-Adults 18 years of age and older; Cash bar available

Come enjoy screenings of different award winning films from around the world. Enter through the Courtyard on N. 1st St. of The Grace Museum and head up to the rooftop. This outdoor night of films and fun is one you won't want to miss. Limit: first 100 people only.

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Texas West Big League Baseball State Tournament

  • Lake Kirby Park
  • 6500 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-854-5810Shane Deel
  • 07/14/16 - 07/15/16
  • 5 p.m.
  • Call for times and admissions

Show your support as teams compete for the state title. 

TSL Baseball Abilene Showcase

  • Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry Universities
  • 817-996-9441Eddie Aguiar
  • 07/14/16 - 07/17/16
  • Call for times and admission

Baseball tournament 15 and 16 years old and younger.

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Paleontology School for Kids

  • Abilene Public Library - South Branch
  • 1401 S. Danville Dr.Abilene
  • 325-698-7565Alyssa Crow
  • 07/15/16 - 07/15/16
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Children’s staff help youth to become junior paleontologists for the Summer Reading Club. This session will focus on learning about what it takes to be a Paleontologist through stories, crafts, activities, and more. All of this will lead up to a final graduation, at the end of summer, taking over the entire library.

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Texas West Little League Baseball State Championship

  • Lake Kirby Park
  • 6500 Maple St.Abilene
  • 432-352-3003Larry Brown
  • 07/15/16 - 07/20/16
  • 5 p.m.
  • Free with paid parking

Four divisions, ages 9-14, compete for the state title.

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Abilene Super Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 07/16/16 - 07/18/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Abilene Tennis Association sanctioned by USTA hosts 12-14 year olds championships, boys and girls, singles and doubles tennis tournament. 

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Family Fun Saturdays 07-16-2016

  • National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/16/16 - 07/16/16
  • 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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SDPC Raceshop Series Big Money Weekend

  • Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. Stamford St.Abilene
  • 325-721-2021Sterling Robertson
  • 07/16/16 - 07/17/16
  • Gates open Sat., 10 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.
  • Gate admission; $15-Pit Side; $2 Off Pit- Military and student with valid ID; Free- Children 12 and younger with paid adult admission

SDPC Race #3 & 4; BCRW Summit Points Race #8 & 9;  NHRA National Dragster Challenge

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Texas West Little League Softball State Tournament

  • Lake Kirby Softball Complex
  • Lake Kirby ParkAbilene
  • 325-513-0374Chris Adams
  • 07/16/16 - 07/19/16
  • 3 p.m.
  • $6-Parking per day

Texas West Little League, Wylie Fast Pitch Softball Association, and the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to bring the best 9-16 year old softball players from around the state. Teams compete in this tournament for a chance to move on to regionals and then on to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series. Come out and enjoy a weekend of incredible softball and support these kids.

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Military Appreciation Day - July 2016

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 07/17/16 - 07/17/16
  • Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free to active and retired military and their family

Spend an afternoon exploring the Village.

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Action Zone Bob Estes Abilene Jr. Golf Tournament

  • Abilene Country Club - Fairway Course
  • 34 Fairway Oaks Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-734-3310Frank Johnson
  • 07/18/16 - 07/21/16
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Open golf tournament for boys and girls, ages 12-19. Sanctioned by AJGA.

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Zoo Lady visit with Joy Harsh

  • Abilene Public Library - Main Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6067Kelsie Wade
  • 07/19/16 - 07/19/16
  • 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Designed for kids of all ages, the Zoo Lady will bring out different animals to each of the libraries and teach youth all about them. At the end of the program, guests will be able to touch some of them as well!

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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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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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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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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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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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West Texas Photographic Society Annual Exhibit

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 05/10/16 - 07/02/16
  • Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

The members of the West Texas Photographic Society hold their Annual Exhibition to see what they have captured through their lenses over the last year. 

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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.