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Events from 04/26/2017 to 05/03/2017

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Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2787Adam Hester
  • 04/21/17 - 04/30/17
  • April 21-22, 28-29, 7:30 p.m.; April 23 and 30, 2 p.m.
  • $15

In this grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan, this performance takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

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UIL Region 1-3A Golf Championships

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 04/24/17 - 04/27/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school boys and girls compete for regional golf championships.

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11th Annual Call Her Blessed Luncheon

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1000 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-2205Sharon
  • 04/26/17 - 04/26/17
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • $45-Person

Proverbs 31 'Her children rise up and call her blessed… a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised,' frames the purpose of the multi-generational luncheon for women in pursuit of God’s purpose. Commanding attention will be Lisa Robertson and her apron-wearing-dynamo of a mother-in-law Miss Kay from A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Lisa's testimony is uniquely relevant to the ministries care which provides free services to women with unplanned pregnancies so they can choose life for their babies.

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DirectFest 2017

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 04/26/17 - 04/29/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $10-General admission; $5-Seniors, military, students; Free-HSU faculty, staff and students

Annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU theater students. Four nights of fascinating theater.

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Vino & Vinyasa: Abilene Yoga House at The Mill

  • The Mill
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 04/26/17 - 04/26/17
  • 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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Abilene Caregiver Seminar

  • Southern Hills Church of Christ
  • 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-672-2907Mindy Bannister
  • 04/28/17 - 04/28/17
  • Noon to 5 p.m.
  • $10-Family caregivers and students; $20-Professionals; $35-Professionals seeking continuing education credit

'Making Your Helping Helpful: Strategies for Improving Care' features nationally-known speaker, Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP. Understanding chemical and structural changes caused by Alzheimer's can translate into better care and interactions for the person with dementia. Participants will learn how to differentiate between dementias, effective communication techniques and tips for managing difficult behaviors and joyful interactions.

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Region 1-3A Track & Field Championships

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 04/28/17 - 04/29/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school boys and girls compete in track and field events.

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Blues and Twos Sporting Clay Tournment

  • Abilene Clay Sports
  • 1102 E. Spur 707Abilene
  • 325-864-3622Katy
  • 04/29/17 - 04/29/17
  • Call for times.
  • Call for pricing.

Fundraiser for the Abilene Police Foundation.

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Dance Under the Stars

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204Abilene State Park
  • 04/29/17 - 04/29/17
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5-Ages 13 and older

There's nothing like the big Texas sky to twirl your favorite person around with some of Texas's best country music. Hosted by the Friends of Abilene State Park.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 04/29/17 - 04/29/17
  • 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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YMCA of Abilene Healthy Kids Day

  • Redbud YMCA Family Center
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-695-3400Corinne Coulter
  • 04/29/17 - 04/29/17
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

Nationally-recognized day kicking off summer and asking kids and parents to pledge to stay active and healthy all summer long.

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The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Children's Performing Arts Series
  • 04/30/17 - 04/30/17
  • 2 p.m.
  • $9

Off Broadway’s improvised, interactive musical pirate adventure filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments. Cast members seamlessly and hilariously weave audience suggestions into scenes, songs and more. The show was nominated as 'Best Family Show 2014' by the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards.

Abilene Gives

  • Online Giving Event
  • 325-676-3883Megan Dobbs
  • 05/02/17 - 05/02/17
  • 12 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.
  • Donation of your choice.

The Community Foundation of Abilene is hosting this 24-hour online giving event. Local nonprofits that sign up will have a profile on AbileneGives.org, and on May 2, the entire community is encouraged to go to the website and give to the charity of your choice. Let's see what a difference we can make when we all come together to support local causes! Nonprofits must sign up by April 1 at abilenegives.org! #AbileneGives 

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Salute to Small Business Luncheon

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 05/02/17 - 05/02/17
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Call for pricing

Join as we honor Abilene's small businesses and the contributions they make to our community and economy.

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Ford Tri-Motor Tour

  • Abilene Regional Airport
  • 2933 Airport Blvd.Abilene
  • 920-426-6533Mitchell Krause
  • 05/04/17 - 05/07/17
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $75-Adult walk up; $70-Adult advance; $50-Children 17 and younger

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the roaring ’20s by flying aboard this first luxury airliner which marked the beginning of commercial flight.

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Purse and Jewelry Auction and Dinner

  • Abilene Women's Club
  • 3425 S. 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-5321Jennifer Jones
  • 05/04/17 - 05/04/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • $50-Person; $400-Table of eight

Benefitting the Alliance for Women and Children.

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Rend Collective

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 325-676-6361
  • 05/04/17 - 05/04/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $22-$40

Rend Collective is in Abilene! Tickets on sale now!

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Art Adventure

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/05/17 - 05/05/17
  • 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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Key City Coin and Collectible Show

  • MCM Elegante Suites
  • 4250 Ridgemont Dr.Abilene
  • 325-721-1162Joe Lopez
  • 05/05/17 - 05/06/17
  • Fri., Noon to 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $3; Free- Children ages 16 and younger

Buying and selling coins, stamps. paper money, gold, silver, guns and other collectibles.

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Relay For Life

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 817-366-8131Amanda Braudaway
  • 05/05/17 - 05/05/17
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

A community event where people can come honor and remember cancer survivors from Abilene. Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society so that we can find a cure to this terrible disease.

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Spring Fling Soccer Tournament

  • Abilene National Soccer Complex
  • 3025 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-676-1447Michael Brooks
  • 05/05/17 - 05/07/17
  • Call for times
  • Call for admission
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ACU Host Christian Manuel Sevens Rugby Tournament

  • Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 915-838-5231Aarron Pokluda
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free

Join ACU as they host the Lone Star Rugby men and women's conferences. Bring your family and chairs to watch a full day of rugby in Abilene. Universities attending, Tech Tech, Trinity University, Midwestern State, and more. Parking is located near the pitch.

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Ben Richey Boys Ranch Clay Break Classic

  • Abilene Clay Sports
  • 1102 E. Spur 707Abilene
  • 325-660-3255Randolph Scott
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $150-Person

Shooters and volunteers needed. Lewis Class scoring with about 2 winners for every 20 shooters.

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Big Country CASA's 1st Annual Superhero 5K/1K Fun Run

  • Abilene Christian University, Williams Performing Arts Center
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-6448Big Country CASA
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 7:30 a.m.-Check in/late packet pick-up
    7:30 to 9:30 a.m.-Costume contest judging
    8:15 a.m.- Group stretching
    8:30 a.m.-1K Run/Walk
    9 a.m.-5K Run/Walk
    After 5K- Chase the Villain Children's Fun Run
    Awards ceremony for runners and costume contest following children's run
  • $25-Adults; Free-Children

Participate to help increase awareness of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), to recruit more volunteer advocates for children and to raise funds to support our mission. All proceeds from our race will directly benefit Big Country CASA in our efforts to recruit and train CASA volunteers to give a 'voice' to abused and neglected children in court and the Taylor County foster care system.There will be costume contests held for adults ages 13 and older, kids ages 12 and younger and pets. Race t-shirts will be guaranteed to those registered by Saturday, April 1, 2017. Perfect for all ages and fitness levels. 

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Big Country Walk for Autism

  • Abilene Christian University, Elmer Gray Stadium
  • 2117 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-733-8346Melissa Kichura
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Free

A fundraising and awareness event presented by local non-profit REACH for a Difference, Abilene's Local Autism Resource. Call for pre-registration. 

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Cinco De Mayo Celebration

  • St. Vincent's Catholic Church
  • 2525 Westview Dr.Abilene
  • 325-669-6601Vickie Cortinaz
  • 05/06/17 - 05/07/17
  • 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Free

Food, games, and live entertainment.

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Dyess Big Country AirFest

  • Abilene Regional Airport, West Side
  • 2933 Airport Blvd.Abilene
  • 817-201-5020Cameron Wiley
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

A celebration of all types of aviation from homebuilts to military aircraft, warbirds to helicopters with interesting static displays and exciting aerial demonstrations.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 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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Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-476-4586Debbie Lillick
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 10 a.m. to Noon
  • $25-Person

Learn how to draw to Manga with the author and illustrator of several graphic novel and prose fiction book series, including thirteen-time Eisner nominee Akiko, Billy Clikk, Miki Falls, Brody's Ghost, and Mastering Manga (IMPACT Books, 2012). Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly's 'It List' in 1998, Crilley has become one of YouTube's top 25 Most Subscribed Gurus, creating drawing demonstration videos.

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Movie Music: Cowboys, Pirates, & Adventurers

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Jill Bertsch
  • 05/06/17 - 05/06/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $19-$42; Military and group discounts available

Hear the musical excitement and suspense from favorite movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, The Cowboys, and many more.

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USTA May Challenger

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 05/06/17 - 05/07/17
  • 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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ArtWalk - Cowboy Up!

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 05/11/17 - 05/11/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

A celebration of western heritage. Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you!

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Paramount Film Series: Pillow Talk

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 05/12/17 - 05/13/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

A womanizing songwriter spends hours on the phone wooing his many women. Problem is, he shares a party line with a prim interior decorator who's miffed because she can't get any calls. Starring: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall; color, 103 minutes, not rated, 1958.

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Abilene Christian University Graduation

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Coliseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2236Registrar's Office
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Free

11 a.m. Commencement: College of Arts and Sciences

3 p.m. Commencement: College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education and Human Services, and the School of Nursing

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Bridal Open House

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Taylor County History Center
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Free

Take a tour of the historic 1905 Buffalo Gap Chapel and the 1879 Reddell House on May 13 or May 20! Staff will be on hand to answer any of your questions and can easily check to see if your date if available. Book your date during the open house and receive 10% off the base rental price.

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This month's presentation: History Film: Audience Choice. 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
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • 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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Gary Allan with Tracy Byrd in Concert

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th StAbilene
  • 325-676-6211Convention Center
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • Doors open: 5 p.m.; Concert: 6 p.m.
  • Ticket prices vary.

Gary Allan live in concert with special guest Tracy Byrd.

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Hardin-Simmons University Graduation

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Behrens Auditorium
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1000Hardin-Simmons University
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Free

10 a.m. Commencement: Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, Logsdon School of Theology, and Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. 

2 p.m. Commencement: Kelley College of Business, Irvin School of Education, and College of Fine Arts

 

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McMurry University Graduation

  • McMurry University, Kimbrell Arena
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3888Registrar's Office
  • 05/13/17 - 05/13/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free
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Trade Days of West Texas

  • Trade Days of West Texas
  • 2501 E. Hwy 80Abilene
  • 214-850-7566Cynthia McMillion
  • 05/13/17 - 05/14/17
  • 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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Mother's Day Hike

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204State Park
  • 05/14/17 - 05/14/17
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • $5-Adults; Free-Children ages 12 and younger

Walk the trail that was once the main road in the park and enjoy the bird blind. Each mother will receive a carnation while supplies last.

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Mother’s Day!

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-676-6085Flavia Fernandes
  • 05/14/17 - 05/14/17
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors; $4.50-Children ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

 Bring your mom to see the zoo's animal moms! 

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Springboard Community Lunch

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-674-6485Karen Heflin
  • 05/16/17 - 05/16/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $15

The top three teams from the 10th Annual Springboard Ideas Challenge will be presenting their business ideas live. The winner will be announced at the end of the lunch and will be awarded $15,000.

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Fur, Fowl, & Fin for CSN

  • The Dozier Ranch-White Rock Lodge
  • 13249 Fm 1812Merkel, Texas
  • 325-672-0040Cancer Services Network
  • 05/19/17 - 05/19/17
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • $100-Person

Wild game dinner, open bar, live and silent auction and raffle benefiting the Cancer Services Network.

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Civic Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 05/20/17 - 05/21/17
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call for admission.

Providing a safe environment for the public to come shop for guns, knives and ammo.

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Wings on the Wind Festival

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 800-792-1112Abilene State Park
  • 05/20/17 - 05/20/17
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Adults; Free-Children ages 12 and younger

Demonstrations and activities for flying kites, birds, bats, insects, flying seeds, and weather. All ages welcome.There will also be a nature hike in the evening and the May Star Party after sunset.

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Zoolute to Dyess

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 05/20/17 - 05/20/17
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free to military and family with military ID; Regular admission: $7-Adults; $6-Seniors; $4.50-Children ages 3-12; Free-Children 3 and younger

In honor of all active and retired military personnel and their families. Free lunch, snacks, and  entertainment throughout the day.

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The Andrews Brothers

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271Box Office
  • 05/25/17 - 06/03/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $12-Students, military and senior citizens

What do you do if the Andrews Sisters can't go on the stage in their USO Show for the troops? Hope that the stagehands have the voices and moves to step up so the show can go on. Mistaken identities and madcap adventures, and the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful Valentine to the heroes of World War II.

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As Is: Rural Realism

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586The Grace Museum
  • 03/23/17 - 08/12/17
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Students, seniors and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Identifiable subjects are only part of the enduring allure of realism. Each generation of realist artists brings new subjects, new media, and new viewpoints to the genre. The AS IS: rural realism exhibitions feature the art of contemporary realists who focus on off-road subjects to create unique ways of seeing just how significant the seemingly insignificant can be.

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Texas Noir: Photography by Ashton Thornhill

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 03/30/17 - 08/12/17
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Students, seniors and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Ashton Thornhill is a fine art photographer currently working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. He spent several years working as a photojournalist before he returned to his alma mater, Texas Tech University, to share his love of the medium and teach photography.

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Horizonscapes

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 04/25/17 - 08/12/17
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Students, seniors and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

The small scale of Katie Maratta’s vast miniature vistas demands closer examination. Only then are you rewarded with the impeccable detail of her horizontal narratives of the vast Texas landscape.