Calendar

Events from 02/20/2017 to 02/27/2017

Events Calendar

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Texas Farm Ranch and Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Coliseum
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/21/17 - 02/22/17
  • 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. 

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Agricultural Scholarship Luncheon

  • Taylor County Expo Center - Big Country Hall
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-704-5303Kim Bosher
  • 02/22/17 - 02/22/17
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Call to purchase a table

Abilene's 2016 Citizen of the Year Donna Albus will bring her funny and talented outlook on life as the featured speaker, the Farm Family of the Year (sponsored by Taylor Electric Cooperative, Inc.) will be honored and entertainment will be provided by AISD band Revolution. Sponsored by United Rentals.

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George Washington Providence

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-721-4883Rob Westman
  • 02/22/17 - 02/22/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • Free

Come and take a patriotic journey through America's forgotten history told through the life of George Washington in celebration of his 285th birthday. Learn how the United States began with faith and freedom.

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Vino & Vinyasa: Abilene Yoga House at The Mill

  • The Mill
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 02/22/17 - 02/22/17
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • $20

A mid-week hour of relaxing with wine and yoga. Pints and poses for all beer afficionados. Led by Holly Hoemke, Camie Garvey and Johanna Weltzin, from Abilene Yoga House. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mats, props, and comfortable clothing.

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A Park From Noon To Night

  • Ryan Little Theatre
  • 1642 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3889Lauren Bridwell
  • 02/23/17 - 03/04/17
  • Feb. 23-25, 7:30 p.m.
    March 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission; $7-Thursday's only

Three one-act plays linked by setting and theme. The first play involves two elderly gentlemen, long-time friends, discussing some of the woes of aging. The second sees a young married couple, obviously in love, but struggling with the early problems of establishing a marriage. The final play shows three high school friends, mostly carefree, with their whole live ahead of them.

AISD Ice Breaker Fast-pitch Tournament

  • Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Red Bud Park
  • Abileneabilene
  • 325-677-1444Stacey Herring
  • 02/23/17 - 02/25/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school fast-pitch softball tournament.

TAPPS 4, 5 & 6A Basketball State Tournament

  • Abilene Christian & McMurry Universitites
  • 325-674-2440Drew Long
  • 02/23/17 - 02/25/17
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • $10-Adults; $5-Students and senior citizens

Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools girls and boys state basketball tournament. 

AISD Cooper Invitational Tennis Tournament

  • AHS, CHS, Rose Park Tennis Center
  • AHS, CHS, Rose Park Tennis CenterAbilene
  • 325-691-1000Trance Rosenquist
  • 02/24/17 - 02/25/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Watch as high school tennis players compete.

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The Compassion Experience

  • Broadview Baptist Church
  • 2500 S. 27th St.Abilene
  • 719-487-6442Erin
  • 02/24/17 - 02/27/17
  • Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Mon., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

This event will immerse visitors in the true stories of once impoverished children through the use of an iPod, a headset and 3,000 sq. ft. of interactive space. It's appropriate for all ages and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has never had the chance to travel outside the U.S. to get a glimpse of what life can be like in developing countries.

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Gaither Vocal Band in Concert

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-660-7778Sheena Apple
  • 02/24/17 - 02/24/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $23-$68

A full evening of entertainment by some of the most loved voices in gospel music. Special guests include Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams.

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SHOT Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Covered Outdoor Arena
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-672-6242Kim Lindsey
  • 02/24/17 - 02/26/17
  • Call for times.
  • Call for admission

The Stock Horse of Texas program is designed for riders of all experiences to learn and compete in an environment that is friendly, affordable and designed to fit all levels of riding.

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UIL Region 2-1A Girls' Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Colosseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-6440John Haarlow
  • 02/24/17 - 02/25/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Athletes compete in basketball regional championships.

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Elite Quarterback Camp

  • Action Zone
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-665-8942Alan Wartes
  • 02/25/17 - 02/26/17
  • See website for camp times
  • See website for camp pricing

A winter, spring, and summer training program that trains young men in the fundamentals of throwing and catching the football and more.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/25/17 - 02/25/17
  • 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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Pinewood Derby

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 02/25/17 - 02/25/17
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Partnered with a parent or adult mentor, Cub Scouts work together, strengthening bonds and building confidence and their own custom race cars! Presented by the Boy Scouts of America. 

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Relief from Back, Neck & Sciatic Pain-Workshop

  • Bowtech Health Center
  • Suite C
  • 1150 Estates Dr.Abilene
  • 325-676-9227Neil Hall
  • 02/25/17 - 02/25/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free

We will demonstrate, explain and allow questions on how to reduce or eliminate back, neck and sciatic pain with a mild bodywork registered as Bowenwork and Bowtech. It consist of gentle and profoundly effective signals to the brain for healing and recovery. Those attending will receive the option to one Bowenwork session scheduled for their convience.

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Silver Spur Gun & Blade Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 806-253-1322Kim Sansom
  • 02/25/17 - 02/26/17
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $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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Starlight and Spurs Auction

  • Taylor County Expo Center-Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 02/28/17 - 02/28/17
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • $40

Dust off your boots ands spurs and join Abilene Christian Schools for dinner, silent and live auction, mechanical bull, trick roper,  games and more.

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Starlight and Spurs Dinner and Auction

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-672-9200Angela McGlothlin
  • 02/28/17 - 02/28/17
  • 5 to 9 p.m.
  • $40-Person; Free-Participation in online auction

Abilene Christian School Annual Community Dinner and auction featuring Mark Powell as the headliner. Online auction available with hundreds of amazing items. 

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'A Perfect Fit for Giving' Style Show

  • Abilene Woman's Club
  • 3425 S. 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3883Megan Dobbs
  • 03/02/17 - 03/02/17
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $50-Person

The Community Foundation of Abilene presents a night of cocktails, clothing, and conversation to benefit the Women's Fund for Health and Empowerment. Plus, each registrant is entered for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to Casa Authentique.

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The Mountaintop

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2787Adam Hester
  • 03/02/17 - 03/04/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $15

Set in Memphis’ Lorraine Motel just hours before the civil rights leader was assassinated, this performance presents Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a very human man, stripped of the mountains of mythology now woven into his remembrance. Offering insight on our societal strengths and frailties and our own personal accomplishments and failings as, with King, we ponder the cost of what we contribute and the legacy of what we leave behind. (Recommended for ages 16 and over).

TAPPS 1, 2 & 3A Basketball State Tournament

  • Abilene Christian & McMurry Universitites
  • 325-674-2440Drew Long
  • 03/02/17 - 03/04/17
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • $10-Adults; $5-Students

Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools girls and boys state basketball tournament. 

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Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Covered Outdoor Arena
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 03/02/17 - 03/04/17
  • Call for times.
  • Adoption prices vary.

The Bureau of Land Management uses this as the primary tool to place these iconic animals into private care. The horses and burros available for adoption come from overpopulated herd management areas where vegetation and water could become scarce if too many animals, including wildlife and livestock, use the area.

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Women's Leadership Luncheon

  • McMurry University, Mabee Room
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4667Nancy Smith
  • 03/02/17 - 03/02/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $35-Single seats

Guest speaker will be Nancy Jones, President and CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation. Proceeds are applied to the Dr. Sandra Harper Women's Leadership Scholarship.

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Art Adventure

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/03/17 - 03/03/17
  • 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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UIL Region 2-1A Boys Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 03/03/17 - 03/04/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Boys compete for regional basketball championships.

Bent Wheel Bash

  • Buck Creek Trails
  • FM 2833 (East Lake Road)Abilene
  • 325-677-2453Kelly MacDonald
  • 03/04/17 - 03/05/17
  • 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
  • 03/04/17 - 03/04/17
  • 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
  • 03/04/17 - 03/04/17
  • 11 a.m.
  • 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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Starlight Extravaganza

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 03/04/17 - 03/04/17
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $350-$500-Per table of 8

Patrons will be treated to a spectacular evening of music, as our vocal performance and musical theatre majors present a wide variety of musical theatre entertainment. Each table will be decorated to represent a musical, and you can choose your own table. All proceeds for this evening will benefit our HSU Theatre travel fund.

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Book Signing with David Small & Sarah Stewart

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Debbie Lillick
  • 03/06/17 - 03/06/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free

A reception and book signing with Caldecott award medal winners.

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Friends of the ACU Library Spring Banquet

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2430Mollie
  • 03/08/17 - 03/08/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • $40-Person; $1,000-Table of eight

Enjoy a captivating evening of pictorial stories about Abilene in the 1950s and ’60s. Jay Moore will guide his audience on a fascinating journey through Abilene’s transformation into the city we know today. Moore is a native Abilenian and producer of a popular series of documentaries on local history, and the author of Abilene History in Plain Sight.
 

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Vino & Vinyasa: Abilene Yoga House at The Mill

  • The Mill
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 03/08/17 - 03/08/17
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • $20

A mid-week hour of relaxing with wine and yoga. Pints and poses for all beer afficionados. Led by Holly Hoemke, Camie Garvey and Johanna Weltzin, from Abilene Yoga House. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mats, props, and comfortable clothing.

AISD Invitational Baseball Tournament

  • Abilene High School and Cooper High School
  • 325-677-1731Ryan Lewis
  • 03/09/17 - 03/11/17
  • March 9-10, 11 a.m.; March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Prices vary.
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ArtWalk - A Bird in the Hand

  • Historic Downtown
  • Historic DowntownAbilene
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 03/09/17 - 03/09/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

300 small clay birds have been made by young people of all walks in the ArtReach Program, ArtHEALs Program, The Upside Down Club and students at the Kenley School. Each artist has taken a picture with the birds they created, and each bird will have a number and website on it so the birds can be tracked as they spread outward from Abilene to other communities. The birds will be hidden in plain sight at ArtWalk, so you can find them to spread their message the next town you visit. 

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59th Annual Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-up

  • Nolan County Coliseum
  • 1699 Cypress St.Sweetwater
  • 325-235-5488Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce
  • 03/10/17 - 03/12/17
  • Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Varies

Attend the world's largest rattlesnake round-up featuring snake handling demonstrations, coin, gun and knife show, and a chili and brisket cook-off. Don't forget to try deep-fried rattlesnake or enter the rattlesnake eating contest.

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AHS Bill Wallace Invitational Boys Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Guy Bailey
  • 03/10/17 - 03/11/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school boys from the Big Country compete. Hosted by A.I.S.D.

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Paramount Film Series: Three Coins in the Fountain

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress StreetAbilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 03/10/17 - 03/11/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 pm
  • $6-$7

Three hopeful American secretaries visiting Italy fling their coins into Rome's Trevi Fountain, each making a wish. Soon, they each become romantically involved with unexpected men. Starring: Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara, Jean Peters; color; 102 minutes; not rated

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 03/11/17 - 03/11/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This month's presentation: 'The Five States of Texas' by Dr. Robert Sledge. 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

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/11/17 - 03/11/17
  • 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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THSPA Region 1 Division 1 Championships

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-691-1000Justin Head
  • 03/11/17 - 03/11/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

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

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Trade Days of West Texas

  • Trade Days of West Texas
  • 2501 E. Hwy 80Abilene
  • 214-850-7566Cynthia McMillion
  • 03/11/17 - 03/12/17
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

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

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USTA - March Challenger

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 03/11/17 - 03/12/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Boys & girls 12-18 singles, 78' yellow ball; boys & girls 10U singles, 60' orange ball; boys & girls 10U singles, 78' green ball; boys & girls 12-18 doubles, 78' yellow ball tennis tournament.

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Spring Break Camp

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 03/13/17 - 03/17/17
  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $65-Per child

Join friends for fun filled days with activities like sports, games, arts and crafts, a field trip to PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center and more. For children ages 6-13. Hosted by the City of Abilene Recreation Division. Space is limited! Registration online.

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25th Annual Steam N Wheels Bike Race

  • Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • $25-Per rider; $30-Day of registration

Featuring course routes of 12, 32, and 48 miles. The first 200 riders that register will receive a complimentary long sleeve event t-shirt. Register online.

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Abilene All in for Equality GLBT+ Sidewalk March

  • City Hall
  • 555 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 903-453-7191Reyes
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

This event is inspired by the awareness being raised in Austin,Texas. Bring pride items to carry or wave during the march. (City of Abilene Traffic/Pedestrian laws do apply)

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 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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Steppin' Out for Memories

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 79602
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-672-2907Karen Rampy
  • 03/18/17 - 03/18/17
  • 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • $75-Person, Table sponsorships available

Food, dancing, live music, auction, casino gaming and open bar all with a classic drive-in theme flair.  Kick up your heels in support of a great cause with this year’s entertainment West Texas country and western swing legend Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys.

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Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Rebecca Bridges
  • 09/24/16 - 03/11/17
  • 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, and children ages 3 & younger

The history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions will be the focus of this exhibition spanning all three floors of The Grace Museum.