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Events from 04/20/2019 to 04/27/2019

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Easter Bunny Photos and Visits

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Brandi Moreno
  • 04/06/19 - 04/20/19
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Photo pricing varies.

The Easter Bunny hops into Mall of Abilene for the 2019 spring season for photos and visits. Photos provided by Cherry Hill Photos.

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Bright Star

  • Abilene Christian University, Fulks Theatre
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-674-2787ACU Box Office
  • 04/11/19 - 04/27/19
  • April 11-13, 7:30 p.m.
    April 26-27, 7:30 p.m.
    April 27, Dinner option available at 6 p.m.
  • See website or call box office for pricing details.

Directed by Adam Hester, this Grammy nominated score by Steve Martin and Eddhe Brickell, is a story of love and redemption. It is set in the 20’s-40’s south. Recommended for 10 and up.

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Holy Week Art Exhibit

  • The Well Church
  • 202 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 915-248-6267Kelsie Collins
  • 04/11/19 - 04/21/19
  • 5 p.m.
  • Free

In order to join in on such creative reflection of the week leading up to Jesus' crucifixion, members of The Well Church have joined together to present the first art exhibit. 

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ASC Track & Field Championships

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-793-3800
  • 04/19/19 - 04/20/19
  • Fri., Preliminaries- 10 a.m., Field-2 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m., Finals-1 p.m.
  • Free

Watch as college athletes from across the state compete for the state title.

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Mother Earth: a re-purposed art show

  • Art Crush
  • 1969 Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-514-2379Greg Crone
  • 04/19/19 - 05/04/19
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Free

A celebration of the earth.

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Evening Easter Egg Hunt

  • Lee Athletic Complex
  • 1201 N. Danville Dr.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 04/20/19 - 04/20/19
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

25,000 eggs for your Easter egg gathering, and the Easter bunny will also be around for photo opportunities! We encourage you to bring your own cameras and baskets. 

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Family Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt

  • Wylie Baptist Church
  • 6097 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-692-3206Darla Rose
  • 04/20/19 - 04/20/19
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Free

Refreshments, games, crafts, cake walk, photo booth, and more. There will be an egg hunt for all children through 6th grade. Prizes awarded in each age category.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 04/20/19 - 04/20/19
  • 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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Mall of Abilene Easter Egg Hunt

  • Mall of Abilene, Women's Dillards Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 817-698-4351
  • 04/20/19 - 04/20/19
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Free

The event continues while supplies last, however, it’s best to arrive early. The main Ulta/Chuck E. Cheese's mall entrance doors will be unlocked at 9:30 a.m. for the hunt. This event is for kids ages 10 and under.

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Lone Star Conference Golf Championship

  • Diamondback Golf Course
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 972-234-0033Melanie Robotham
  • 04/21/19 - 04/23/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Men and women's NCAA Division 2 collegiate golf championship.

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UIL Region 1-3A Golf Championships

  • Shady Oaks Golf Club
  • 3542 CR 268Baird
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 04/22/19 - 04/25/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

High school boys and girls compete for regional golf championships.

Noah Project Golf Tournament and Par-Tee

  • Abilene Country Club and Fairway Oaks Golf Course
  • 325-676-7107Ashlee Bradford
  • 04/24/19 - 04/25/19
  • $600-Per team

The annual tournament will be held at Fairway Oaks Golf Course this year with the Par-Tee held the evening before at the Abilene Country Club. At the Par-Tee there will be both live and silent auctions as well as entertainment provided by 360.

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CCA Spring Fundraiser & Art Decathlon

  • SODA District Courtyard
  • 834 S. 3rd St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Jonathan Carroll
  • 04/25/19 - 04/25/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • TBA

Enjoy good food, a fun atmosphere and meaningful fellowship while flexing those art muscles you've let atrophy of late. Fun art challenges and competitions will highlight The Center's different art outreach programs, while all proceeds will empower us to continue to bring art into the lives of underserved children, adults, and military in our community.

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American Junior Rodeo Association Championships

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Coliseum & Horse Barn
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-277-5824Mary McMullin
  • 04/26/19 - 04/28/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Watch as contestants compete in the AJRA Championship Rodeo. 

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Ballroom Dancing

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 04/26/19 - 04/26/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $5-Person

A mix of dances, such as the foxtrot, waltz, tango, and more. Make it a fun evening with friends or a special date night.

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UIL Region 1-3A Track & Field Championship

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 04/26/19 - 04/27/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies
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Calvary Baptist Church Spring Fling

  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • 1165 Minter Ln.Abilene
  • 919-920-1624Linda McDaniel
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free; $45-Vendor fee

Over 40 vendors and crafters from all over the Big Country for you to shop til you drop. Jungle Patrol Bus will also be onsite for children to create their own plush toy. All proceeds go toward children's ministries.

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Downtown Abilene Clean Up

  • Downtown Abilene
  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-676-2556
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 8 a.m. to Noon
  • Free

Participated in a spring cleaing of the beautiful downtown. Presented by Leadership Abilene 2019, Councilwoman Donna Albus, co-hosts and sponsors. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 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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Feast in the Garden

  • Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden
  • 1008 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Abilene Cultural Affairs Council
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $115-Person; $225-Couple; $900-Table of 8

A farm-to-table feast featuring local Chef Jason Beard who will be preparing dishes using the local organic grown vegetables and herbs from Nine Springs Gardens and meats organically raised and processed by local Little Acorn Farms. Dessert from Sugar - Happy. Bakes. by Cheryl Holmes and wine from Watson Vineyard. This event will benefit The Storybook Capital of America projects.

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Healthy Kids Day

  • YMCA of Abilene, Redbud Family Center
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-695-3400YMCA of Abilene
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Free

Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features a color run, games, bounce house, arts and crafts, healthy vendors and community organizations, and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

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Mayor's Race 2019

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 8 to 10 a.m.
  • $10-$35

Start a new chapter in your fitness journey by participating in a 10K, 5K or 1K.

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Sing and Be Merry

  • First Christian Church
  • 1420 N. 3rd St.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464Gwynn Haseltine
  • 04/27/19 - 04/27/19
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $10-Adults; $8-Seniors, students and military

The three youth choirs of Chorus Abilene perform their final concert of the season - celebrating the joy that music brings.

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Beauty and the Beast: A Magical Musical

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Hollye Jaklewicz
  • 04/28/19 - 04/28/19
  • 2 p.m.
  • $10-Person; $9-Military

Belle finds herself in a spellbound castle with enchanted servants and a brooding Beast. Eventually, the spell is broken as the Beast is transformed by Belle’s kindness and courage.

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DirectFest Spring 2019

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 05/01/19 - 05/04/19
  • 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  • $5-$15

Student- directed one act play festival.

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National Day of Prayer Breakfast

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1127Kristina Campos-Davis
  • 05/02/19 - 05/02/19
  • 7:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Free

Leaders from all over the city will get together, along with communities all over the nation, to pray for the community, leaders and country. This event is hosted each year by BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene.

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Wine, Women & Shoes-Alliance for Women & Children

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-5321Toni Brockway
  • 05/02/19 - 05/02/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • $125-$175

Abilene’s wine-savvy, shoe loving women will kick up their heels and sip fine wines from participating wineries, savor delectable bites and shop the latest shoes and accessories from fabulous fashion vendors all while supporting Alliance for Women and Children.

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Art Adventure - May 2019

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/03/19 - 05/03/19
  • 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.

Mother Son Dance

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 05/03/19 - 05/03/19
  • 7 p.m.
  • $8-Person

Dancing, games, food and refreshments and memorable photos. Dress formal or casual. Only 200 tickets available. Register as soon as possible. 

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2019 Clay Break Classic

  • Abilene Clay Sports
  • 1102 E. Spur 707Abilene
  • 325-692-2500Tom Ambrose
  • 05/04/19 - 05/04/19
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • See website for pricing

Annual clay shoot benefiting Ben Richey Boys Ranch & Family Program.

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3rd Annual Big Country CASA Superhero 5k Fun Run

  • Abilene Christian University, Williams Performance Center
  • Ste 213
  • 1725 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-6448Rebel Taylor
  • 05/04/19 - 05/04/19
  • 7 a.m. to Noon
  • $25-Person; Free-Children ages 11 and younger

The goal of this event is to 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 the 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.

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3rd Annual Praise Fest

  • Red Dirt Pavilion
  • 1302 Pecan St.Buffalo Gap
  • 713-376-2716Sharon Cates
  • 05/04/19 - 05/04/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free; Donations accepted

Local churches, choirs, bands and praise teams raise money for Camp Able, an equine rescue and equine therapy for neurological disorders and diagnoses. Enjoy food vendors and face painting for kids. Bing your lawn chairs and a heart to worship.

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3rd Annual Wings on the Wind Festival

  • Abilene State Park
  • Park Road 32Tuscola
  • 325-260-4255Pamela Yeaman
  • 05/04/19 - 05/04/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • $5-Park entry fee; Free-Festival

Celebrating everything in the west Texas wind! Family fun with science and nature stations, art and games activities for birds, bats, kites, bubbles, paper airplanes, flying seeds, sunspots, parachutes, butterflies and the wind and clouds. Concessions available: food, ice cream and drinks.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/04/19 - 05/04/19
  • 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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Pops III: Music City Hit Makers

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710
  • 05/04/19 - 05/04/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $15-Adults; $10-Military, students and seniors; $5-Children 17 and younger

Featuring 'the most famous people in Nashville that you have never heard of'. Every singer has a songwriter and this concert celebrates those who help the limelight shine on others.

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USTA May Challenger

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 05/04/19 - 05/05/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Challenger boys' and girls' singles: 78' Yellow Ball, ages 12-18. 

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Meals on Wheels Annual Charity Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-672-5050Stephanie Mason
  • 05/06/19 - 05/06/19
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $150

4 person scramble including fajita lunch and dessert. Hole in one contests and prizes for best teams. Sponsorships and individual golfer spots available. Golf carts provided. 

Abilene Gives

  • abilenegives.org
  • 850 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3883Courtney Vletas
  • 05/07/19 - 05/07/19
  • Begins May 6; Midnight
    Ends May 7; 11:59 p.m.
  • Donation of your choice.

This 24-hour day of giving benefits dozens of nonprofit organizations in Abilene and the surrounding area. On May 7, just go to abilenegives.org and make a donation to any of the participating nonprofits listed on the website. Nonprofit registration information is coming soon.

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Small Business Awards Luncheon

  • Mesquite Event Center
  • Suite 200
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 05/07/19 - 05/07/19
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • TBA

The Abilene Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2019 Small Business Awards to celebrate the best of the best. This event will sell out quickly. Sponsorships available.

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Hardin-Simmons University Graduation

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Behrens Auditorium
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1000Hardin-Simmons University
  • 05/10/19 - 05/10/19
  • 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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Paramount Film Series - 'The Searchers'

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 05/10/19 - 05/11/19
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors (60+), military and children

The Paramount Film Series presents the 1956 classic western about a Civil War veteran who returns home to find his family scattered by the Comanche Indians and decides to go on a dangerous journey to find them. Starring John Wayne, Natalie Wood, and Jeffrey Hunter. Rated PG.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/11/19 - 05/11/19
  • 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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McMurry University Graduation

  • McMurry University, Kimbrell Arena
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3888Registrar's Office
  • 05/11/19 - 05/11/19
  • 10 a.m.
  • Free
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Simply Summer Vendor Fair

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-261-0591Krystle Stein
  • 05/11/19 - 05/11/19
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free-Admission

A fabulous line up of 50 local businesses featuring door prizes, Mother's Day free sample table, face painting and American Idol contestant Courtney Penry. 

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Abilene Kennel Club Annual Dog Shows

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1801 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-725-5536Diane Dotson
  • 05/17/19 - 05/19/19
  • Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Hundreds of purebred dogs will participate in four dog shows in three days.  Exhibitors and judges from all parts of Texas and across the US, Mexico and Canada are present. Events include conformation (dog show) and performance (obedience and rally trials), where dogs earn points toward AKC show and performance titles. Join as the Abilene Kennel Club celebrates its 61st anniversary. 

 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 05/18/19 - 05/18/19
  • 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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Running Free Warrior Oorahrun 5K

  • Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-660-6266SFFW
  • 05/18/19 - 05/18/19
  • 7:30 a.m.
  • $30-Person; $100-Teams of 4

Celebrate Armed Forces Day by participating in this 5K Warrior Oorahrun, family fun run and rucking for vets. In partnership with Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1937. 

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Stronger Families Workshop

  • Oldham Lane Church of Christ
  • 5049 Oldham Ln.Abilene
  • 325-695-0055Jake Sledge
  • 05/18/19 - 05/18/19
  • 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Free

Featuring speakers Trey and Lea Morgan covering topics like marriage, families, parenting, single parent families, blended families and more. Breakfast, lunch and child care will be provided. Registration required. 

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 05/18/19 - 05/19/19
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 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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Zoolute

  • The Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-437-4692Jennifer Pacheco
  • 05/18/19 - 05/18/19
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free-Active duty military, veterans and their families; Regular admission: $8-Adults; $7-Seniors; $5.50-Children ages 3-12; Free-Children 3 and younger

The Abilene Zoo and HEB Helping Here present: Zoolute! A tribute to those who serve our country. Free lunch, snacks, and  entertainment throughout the day.

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Skyline Maker: The Architecture of David S. Castle

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 11/08/18 - 07/18/19
  • 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-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

This exhibition will highlight the career of Abilene architect David S. Castle. As one of the most significant and prominent architects in Abilene and the Big Country in the early to mid-1900s, David S. Castle designed and built hundreds of schools, residential buildings, hotels, medical buildings, municipal buildings, churches, recreational buildings, and courthouses. The exhibition will discuss Castle’s role in the history of architecture in Abilene and the surrounding areas, concentrating on Castle’s contributions to the evolution and growth of Abilene. The buildings he designed are a reflection of the development of Abilene as a trade route and important hub in the oil industry throughout the early twentieth century.