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Events from 06/27/2017 to 07/04/2017

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Pow Wow Power Camp One

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-2800Pam
  • 06/26/17 - 06/27/17
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • $60-Members; $65-Non-Members

Campers will experience Native American traditions and customs while learning archery, skill-building games, and crafts including pottery and beadwork. A special Pow Wow Ceremony will be held at the end for campers to showcase their new skills and understanding of Native American culture. For students entering 1st-3rd grade.

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Rock It! Science Camp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 06/26/17 - 06/30/17
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • $120

Students will dive into science with innovative hands-on experiments and create unique artifacts.

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Come to the Water Women's Worship

  • St. Paul United Methodist Church - Activity Center
  • 525 Beech St.Abilene
  • 325-672-7814Jamie Cauchon
  • 06/28/17 - 06/28/17
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Women of all ages and religious affiliations are invited to an amazing faith and community building opportunity led by Rev. Felicia Hopkins with music will be under the direction of Dr. Melody Rich. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments will be served.

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Frontier Life

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Taylor County History Center
  • 06/28/17 - 06/28/17
  • 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
  • $3-Person

Experience what life was like during the pioneer days in the Abilene area. Limit of 20 kids per session. An adult must be with the child at all times.

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Pow Wow Power Camp Two

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-2800Pam
  • 06/29/17 - 06/30/17
  • 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • $65-Members; $70-Non-Members

Campers will experience Native American traditions and customs while learning archery, skill-building games, and crafts including pottery and beadwork. A special Pow Wow Ceremony will be held at the end for campers to showcase their new skills and understanding of Native American culture. For students entering 4th - 6th grade.

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Clyde's Festival by the Lake

  • Clyde Lake
  • 7681 FM 3217Clyde
  • 06/30/17 - 07/01/17
  • Fri., 5 to 11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Donations taken at gate to benefit Men of Clyde group and Clyde Festival by the Lake. Donations will be split evenly between both parties.

Live bands, fireworks, carnival rides, food, vendors and more. 

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Amazing Tree Hike

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Buffalo Gap
  • 800-792-1112Big Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist
  • 07/01/17 - 07/01/17
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • $5-Adults; Free-Children 12 and younger

Learn how trees interact and communicate and why they are important to us. Family and kid friendly. Meet at the CCC building near the pool.

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Baird Fireworks Show

  • Baird City Park
  • Market & E 10th St.Baird
  • 325-854-2003Baird Chamber of Commerce
  • 07/01/17 - 07/01/17
  • Pool open, 1 to 9 p.m.; Fireworks beginning at dark
  • $2-Pool entrance; Free- Fireworks show

Bring a picnic, chairs and fun for your family.  The pool will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. The fireworks show will end the evening.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/01/17 - 07/01/17
  • 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.

Frontier Fourth

  • Taylor County History Center/ Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N Williams StBuffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365Taylor County History Center
  • 07/04/17 - 07/04/17
  • 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Free

A family fun event with a community parade followed by a ceremony at the Taylor County History Center/ Buffalo Gap Historic Village. After the ceremony, enjoy games, crafts, music, historical re-enactors, and more.

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George Washington 'Providence'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-721-4883Rob Westman
  • 07/05/17 - 07/06/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • Free

Celebrate the founding of America.Travel to Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, Fredericksburg, VA., and Washington D.C. and learn about the principled life of our nations' first President - George Washington. This is a family event, and presented for all ages.

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Little League Baseball Sectional Play-Offs

  • Sears Park
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-854-5810Shane Deel
  • 07/05/17 - 07/08/17
  • Call for times
  • Call for admission.

TSL 16-18U Abilene July Showcase

  • ACU, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universties
  • 817-996-9441Eddie Aguiar
  • 07/06/17 - 07/09/17
  • Call for times.
  • Call for admission.

Texas Showcase League Baseball Showcase with Select Baseball Teams featuring High School Baseball Players from the local and surrounding areas competing at ACU, Hardin Simmons and McMurry Universities. Many of these players will move on to play at the collegiate level and beyond.

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Paramount Film Series: Rio Lobo

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 07/07/17 - 07/08/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

When a Civil War Union leader learns that a deadly Confederate raid was assisted by a traitor in his troops, he vows to uncover the traitor and the truth. Starring: John Wayne, Jennifer O’Neill; color, 114 minutes, rated G, 1970.

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 07/08/17 - 07/08/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

This month's presentation: 'Comelia Fort' by Carol Cain. 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
  • 07/08/17 - 07/08/17
  • 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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Trade Days of West Texas

  • Trade Days of West Texas
  • 2501 E. Hwy 80Abilene
  • 214-850-7566Cynthia McMillion
  • 07/08/17 - 07/09/17
  • 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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Middle School Mania Camp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 07/10/17 - 07/14/17
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • $105

Middle School Mania is a camp designed with preteens in mind. Students will use a variety of media such as charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, and paper mâché. Each day campers will have the opportunity to express themselves while they create hands-on art in a positive and encouraging environment.

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ArtWalk - July 2017

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 07/13/17 - 07/13/17
  • 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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Rescued Dog Reunion and Dachshund Races

  • Nelson Park
  • E.S. 11th and Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-677-7722Rescue the Animals
  • 07/13/17 - 07/13/17
  • 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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Texas West State Little League Intermediate Baseball

  • Lake Kirby Park
  • 6500 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-854-5810Shane Deel
  • 07/13/17 - 07/16/17
  • Call for times.
  • Call for times.

Show your support as teams compete.

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Buffalo Gap Flea Market and Farmers Market

  • Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
  • 131 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-660-2756Bill Swanzy
  • 07/14/17 - 07/16/17
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free

Held on the weekend of the third Friday of each month at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds.

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PBPHC Battle for the Saddles

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376Expo Center
  • 07/14/17 - 07/15/17
  • Fri., 3 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Family friendly horse show featuring Ranch Trail, Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Ranch Reining and Ranch Cow Work events.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/15/17 - 07/15/17
  • 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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Girlfriends Wandering Market

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211-1
  • 07/15/17 - 07/15/17
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5; Free-children age 12 and younger

Shopping event showcasing an eclectic blend of handmade and home decor artisans, modern trends, fashion boutiques, vintage inspiration and more. 

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Homeschool Conference, Vendor Fair and Book Sale

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 07/15/17 - 07/15/17
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Advance online; $10-At the door

This is for those who are just considering homeschooling and for veterans who are transitioning to homeschooling middle school/high school. FMI (attendees, vendors, and those wishing to consign books for the sale) and to register: www.bched.com.

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Rescue the Animals Dock Diving Event

  • Suite Life Pet Resort & Spa
  • 3509 Beltway S.Abilene
  • 325-704-5460AJ
  • 07/15/17 - 07/15/17
  • 2 p.m.
  • $15

The official dock diving competition will start with the smallest division. There will be 6 divisions competing, with 3 ribbons awarded to the top 3 competitors. Your dog's division will be based on your dog's weight which will be measured at the event. The divisions are as follows: 0-10 lbs, 11-20 lbs, 21-30 lbs, 31-40 lbs, 41-55 lbs, 56+ lbs. Each dog will get 1 splash (2 consecutive jumps within a 4 minute period) within their division.

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Texas West State Little League Softball Championships

  • Lake Kirby Park
  • 6500 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-829-1567Abby McConnell
  • 07/15/17 - 07/18/17
  • Call for times.
  • Call for times.

Show your support as teams compete.

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Texas West State Little League Tournament

  • Lake Kirby Park
  • 6500 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-854-5810Shane Deel
  • 07/15/17 - 07/18/17
  • Call for times.
  • Call for times.

Show your support as teams compete.

Bob Estes Abilene Junior Tournament

  • Abilene Country Club - Main Course and Fairway Oaks Course
  • 325-734-3310Frank Johnson
  • 07/16/17 - 07/20/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

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

Enchanted Engineering Camp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 07/17/17 - 07/21/17
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • $105

Students will take adaptations of fairy tales and add an engineering twist to provide situations that will challenge students’ imaginations. This camp will use familiar and timeless stories to encourage your child to begin to problem solve, generate design ideas, collaborate, and make connections to engineering.

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Girl's Basketball Team Camp

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1286Caprice Stephens
  • 07/20/17 - 07/22/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school aged girl's camp hosted by Hardin-Simmons University. 

16U World Series

  • ACU, HSU and McMurry Universities
  • ACU, HSU and McMurry UniversitiesAbilene
  • 817-996-9441Eddie Aguiar
  • 07/21/17 - 07/24/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Texas Showcase League Baseball hosts 16U World Series Baseball competition. 5 game guaranteed, pool(s) winners advance single elimination until semi and finals.

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8th Annual AYSA High School Volleyball Showcase

  • Cooper High School
  • 3639 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-692-2972Jon Smith
  • 07/21/17 - 07/22/17
  • Call for times and general admission pricing
  • $700-Team; $800-Team and lunch package

Combination pool and bracket play. Registration deadline is June 30, 2017.

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Girl's Night at the Museum

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 07/21/17 - 07/22/17
  • 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • $50-Members; $70-Non-members

A sleepover for girls that like fun and adventure, entering 4th - 6th grade. There will be art projects, a scavenger hunt, games, pizza, movie time, and more! Museum staff and security will ensure the girls have a wonderful time at this once-a-year exclusive event.

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35th Annual Tour de Gap Bike Race

  • Old Settler's Reunion Grounds
  • 131 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-674-3115Mallory Ashford
  • 07/22/17 - 07/22/17
  • 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $30

Ride through the rolling hills just a few minutes south of Abilene, relax at the pavilion area and enjoy the food and raffles. All proceeds from this event benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 07/22/17 - 07/22/17
  • 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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USTA Super Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 326-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 07/22/17 - 07/24/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

USTA sanctioned tennis tournament. Boys and girls ages 12-18 compete.

Sculpt It! Camp

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Kathryn Mitchell
  • 07/24/17 - 07/28/17
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • $105

Students will explore all things 3-D! There will be sculpting with clay, paper, and more! Students will also explore 2D as they work through the steps to creating sculptures. This camp is wonderful for those that like to build and create things with their hands. Campers will be divided into two classes by grade.

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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.