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AYSA Adult Volleyball League

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-2972Sabrina Bingham
  • 09/09/21 - 10/21/21
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Thursday evenings, Sept.9 - Oct.21. Coed Divisions--A=Men's net height, and highest division of play. B=Women's net height and rec division of play. Guaranteed 2 matches per night. Matches will start as early as 5:30 pm and finish no later than 9 pm. Schedules will be posted a few days prior to the start of the season.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 10/11/21 - 10/11/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Country Western Dance Lessons

  • Cobb Recreation Center
  • 2302 State St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6447
  • 10/11/21 - 10/11/21
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • $33-Single Ticket
    $45-Couples Ticket

Time to dust off those boots and sign up for Country Western Dance Lessons. From the Texas Two-Step to the Cotton-Eyed Joe, these classes will make you the most sought-after partner on the dance floor. Learn the Texas Two-Step, Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Cotton-Eyed Joe, and more. All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 10/12/21 - 10/12/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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DJ Billy D Takes Over Fat Boss's

  • Fat Boss’s Pub
  • 216 Pine St.Abilene
  • 832-971-4248Tessa Sanchez
  • 10/15/21 - 10/15/21
  • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Beverages available for purchase

Head to Fat Boss's every Friday as their house DJ Billy D provides everything from hip-hop, pop, and top 40 to house music. Fat Boss's loves and support the military and they're excited to have their very own active duty DJ with them every Friday evening. 

 
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Boo at the Zoo presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085
  • 10/16/21 - 10/16/21
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission
    Free-2 & Under

The zoo will come alive with costume contests, a pumpkin craft, wild animal experiences, and pumpkin chunkin'. The zoo is pleased to add more attractions this year, a portion of which are decorated regions that will each have their own theme. There will be a new twist on the costume contest by including their ambassador animals - LIVE. There will also be performances by Princess Bubbles and her grand wand that feature mystical bubbles that can be morphed into something greater. Professional dancers will sweep through the Festival de Animales region. There will be life-sized piñatas, great for photo-ops. And, finally, the zoo will be including a presentation of two animals, Macho the Rhino and Athena the Burmese Python. DJ Swink will be playing spooky classics and Halloween mixes each weekend.

Little ghosts and goblins will be able to gather goodies at vendor trick-or-treat stations spread throughout the zoo, providing ample space for social distancing.

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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Creating a Community: The State Epileptic Colony in Abilene

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/16/21 - 07/16/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

This exhibition will highlight the early history of the State Epileptic Colony in Abilene through over 50 photographs from The Grace’s permanent history collection. 

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - From This Day Forward: Wedding Dresses, 1870s-1950s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 03/06/21 - 06/25/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

This exhibition highlights what we now call “traditional” wedding dresses belonging to various individuals in Abilene and the surrounding areas from the late 1890s to the 1930s, most of which are in the permanent collection at The Grace Museum. 

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Downtown Abilene: At the Crossroads of Rugged and Refined

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 05/04/21 - 11/13/21
  • Tues.-Fri., 10 am to 5 pm + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 pm
    Sat., 10 am to 5 pm
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

'Where glittering barrooms graced the night, Amid the songs of dance-hall queens; Where rugged men with boots and beards, Watched the swiftly moving scene, They bought their joy and paid in gold, When they came to Abilene.' The words of this 1936 poem by Walt Cousins still ring true, with urban development continuing to make its way into nearly every corner of Abilene. As the historic keystone of West Texas, this town has featured hundreds of unique businesses, has been home to entrepreneurs for all of its rich history, and has always welcomed many travelers to enjoy all that it has to offer.

This exhibit features a selection of early Abilene businesses that were prominent members of downtown commerce from 1900-1940. It also highlights the overall advancement, growth, and modernization of Abilene through objects and photographs from the permanent collection of The Grace Museum as well as photographs from other Texas institutions and publications.

This exhibition was curated by students Maia Bell, Kelci Campbell, and Kendyll Jacobs from Dr. Amanda Biles’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course at Abilene Christian University.

 
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The Center for Contemporary Arts: 'Women of the World' Exhibit

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/02/21 - 10/30/21
  • Call or visit the website to schedule a visit.
  • Free

See Eleanor (Ellie) Hamby's new exhibit, 'Women of the World,' in the Wright Photography Gallery. 

 

Dirty Drawers

  • Facebook Live
  • Facebook Live
  • 09/27/21 - 12/20/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Join the Center for Contemporary Arts on Facebook Live for Dirty Drawers, their weekly figure/gesture drawing session with their new Teaching Artist, Sergio Hernandez.

 
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CCAN 2021 Exhibition

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/30/21 - 11/27/21
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday for ArtWalk
  • Free

This national competition had over 350 entries submitted from over 30 states. 150 works were selected for exhibition in the Center’s Breed Gallery. Dallas- based artist, Liz Trosper served as juror for this year’s competition and is exhibiting her art in the Center’s Gallery 4 in correlation with the CCAN exhibition. Trosper’s exhibition is titled The Soft Machine.

CCAN 2021 Awards:

Acrylic: Ron Crouch, Men drinking wine (cold room)

Digital: Lauren Dana Smith, Burn This

Fiber: Jacob Wan, Secrettes

Mixed Media: Claire Kennedy, Painting in ceramic 1

Oil: Kristine Schneider, Covenants in the Wilderness

Pastel: T Smith, In the Year 2020

Photography: Lake Newton, The Lives of Others (01)

Watercolor: Hollan Holmes, Near Rhone Bailey Mesa

3-Dimensional: Alex Krajkowski, Untitled from knots

Best of Show: Kes Efstathiou, Laptop Cyanotype

Juror’s Award: Thomas Frontini, The Witch Gate, Sorceress Painter

Merit Award: Benjamine Lester, Reading

 
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The NCCIL Exhibition - Golden Legacy: 80 Years of Original Art from Golden Books

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Meredith Mathiews
  • 10/14/21 - 11/30/21
  • Free

Golden Books

 In 1942, the first full years of American involvement in World War II, a groundbreaking line of children’s picture books arrived on store shelves to cheer and comfort a nation and revolutionize the business of juvenile publishing forever. Fueled by the bold application of mass-market sales and distribution techniques to a sleepy backwater industry, Golden Books retailed for a fraction of the cost of traditional children’s books and could be found almost anywhere that young parents shopped: at five-and-dimes, drugstores, and supermarkets.

Easily as appealing as the affordable price tag was the books’ bright, unfussy signature design and the extraordinary art they featured—the works of some of twentieth-century America’s leading illustrators. Three of the most prolific Golden artists—Garth Williams, Tibor Gergely, and Feodor Rojankovsky- were wartime refugees who had fled to New York as the conflict in Europe began. Several more—Gustaf Tenggren, J.P. Miller, Aurelius Battanglia, Martin Provenses, and Mary Blair- were Disney Studio alumni who played key roles in the making of Snow White, Pinocchio, and other animation classics before opting for the picture-book artist’s life of greater creative freedom. Richard Scarry launched his remarkable worldwide illustration career as a Golden artist. Eloise Wilkin achieved enduring cult status as one.

Today, innovative illustrators like Dan Yaccarino and Bob Staake are creating new books for the imprint that first inspired them as children to love books and make art. -Leonard Marcus