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Events from 10/22/2017 to 10/29/2017

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'BE' in Abilene Competition $250K

  • Online
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-6485Karen Heflin
  • 09/25/17 - 10/31/17

A collaborative effort among local partners, funded by the Development Corporation of Abilene, to invest in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem as part of the city’s economic development strategic plan. The track, with $250,000 in available funding, is targeting young, entrepreneurial companies who will be based in Abilene and have the potential to positively impact the local economy.

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Abilene Christian University Homecoming

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2622Alumni Office
  • 10/19/17 - 10/22/17

Reconnect with old friends, rediscover old favorites and renew your relationship with ACU! From chapel to the parade to JamFest and the annual fireworks show, there's something for every member of your family. We can't wait to see you!

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 10/21/17 - 10/22/17
  • 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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Abilene Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-670-1374Bart Craig
  • 10/23/17 - 10/24/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Watch some of Abilene's best collegiate athletes compete for their universities in this two day tournament.

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Foster Change

  • Alliance For Women and Children
  • 1350 N. 10th St.Abilene
  • 325-514-3103Meredith Adams
  • 10/23/17 - 10/23/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free

Saint Francis Community Services of Abilene invites you to learn about becoming a foster parent or adopting. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Stand Boldly: Dinner with the Benham Brothers

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-2205
  • 10/23/17 - 10/23/17
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $50-$5,000

Identical twins and former professional baseball players, David and Jason Benham, are international entrepreneurs known for staying true to their faith whatever the cost. The brothers’ first real estate company quickly grew to 100 locations in 35 states. Recognized in Inc., Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, Business Leader Media, and other publications, David and Jason were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Finalists in 2012. Ultimately David and Jason attracted the attention of pro-family advocates and TV networks including HGTV in 2014. Then the media firestorm hit, and the Benhams chose to die to their dreams and stay true to their faith Whatever The Cost. Proceeds help Christian Homes & Family Services pursue its vision of a Christian home for every child.

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Cricket Wireless Trunk or Treat

  • Catclaw Corner Shopping Center
  • 3458 Catclaw Dr.abilene
  • 325-704-5270Brianne Chavez
  • 10/26/17 - 10/26/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Featuring radio station 96Q. Total Nutrition will be handing out candy next door to us and as well as some of the other businesses around. 

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Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming 2017

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1317Britt Jones
  • 10/26/17 - 10/29/17
  • Call for specific event times; 1:30 p.m.-Football game
  • Free; Football game ticket prices vary

 Over 70 events for alumni, students, family and friends. Highlights include the homecoming luncheon, All-School SING, reunion gatherings, alumni awards, activities for children and youth, and athletics events ... all culminating in the annual alumni-led worship service on Sunday morning.

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Lee Orthodontics Fall Festival

  • Lee Orthodontics
  • 3002 S. Clack St.Abilene
  • 325-695-2040Amber
  • 10/26/17 - 10/26/17
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

A family event featuring trunk or treating, bounce houses, food trucks and a dj. 

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UIL Region 1 4A & 6A Team Tennis Tournament

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 10/26/17 - 10/27/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Watch as athletes compete for regional titles.

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The Big Country Raceway Shootout

  • Big Country Race Way
  • 5601 W. Stamford St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4233Sterling Robertson
  • 10/27/17 - 10/29/17
  • Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Gates open at 9 a.m.; Trails at 10 a.m.
  • $10-Adult; Free-Age 12 and younger with paid adult admission

Fun & Grudge. Racing all race cars, street cars and motorcycles.

Halloween Classic Girl's Golf Invitational

  • Diamondback Golf Club and Maxwell Golf Course
  • 325-691-1000Bryan Bruning
  • 10/27/17 - 10/28/17
  • Fri., Noon; Sat., 9 a.m.
  • $375-Team entry fee

Hosted by Abilene Independent School District.

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Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championship

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 940-631-4658Jill Dunkel
  • 10/27/17 - 10/29/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free

Spectators can watch the Stock Horse Association contestants as they compete.

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2017 Tree of Mercy Benefit Dinner

  • Hillcrest Church of Christ
  • 650 E. Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-338-5118James Estes
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • 5 p.m., gift store and auction open; 6 p.m., Dinner
  • Free

Join as we honor Ellie Hamby for her 37 years of dedication and commitment to Zambia Mission Fund. Celebrate the success of our efforts, the stories of Zambians touched by the NZHC, and learn about future plans as Namwianga seeks to change the face of health care in Zambia.

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3rd Annual Halloween in the Park

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204Abilene State Park
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $5-Per car

Decorate your site and pass out candy to get your 2nd night off! This does not include yurts. Best decorated site will get prize. Don't miss the best dressed costume.

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Adult Halloween Tennis Mixer

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-701-7768Valerie Giles
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free

Prizes, appetizers and drinks. All ability levels welcome. Wear a costume you can play in. To indicate you are coming or if you have any questions, please call. For more information about the Abilene Tennis Association, see abilenetennis.org.

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Boo at the Zoo

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-437-4914Flavia Fernandes
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $4.50-Advance tickets sold at Zoo store; $5-At the gate

Dress up your little beasts and bring them out to the zoo for a day of trick-or-treating, costume contests, games and animal fun!

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Fall-O-Ween Family Festival & Glow Run

  • Sears Park
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-701-9530Heather Murillo
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • Fall Festival, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Glow Run registration, 6:30 p.m.
    Glow Run, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Free

Candy, bounce houses, games, photo areas, DJ and glow run. Sponsorships available for this event. 

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Recreation Division Fall Festival

  • Daniel's Recreation Center
  • 541 N. 8th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

A fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating that will feature carnival games, food, air castles, cake walk, costume contest and face painting. Additional parking will be available at nearby churches.

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Toys for Tots Motorcycle Rally

  • Grover Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-696-6887Cpl Uriel Ortiz
  • 10/28/17 - 10/28/17
  • 10 a.m.
  • Fee- 1 unwrapped toy and 2 canned goods

The event will start at Nelson Park and the ride will end at Kent's Harley Davidson. The Marines will be collecting toys for the children of Abilene for Christmas. The GYPSY M/C will be collecting canned goods. As many new unwrapped toys are appreciated for the event. Everyone is welcome to drop off toys, canned goods, and to participate in the rally.

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Michael Jackson Tribute Show

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Paramount Theatre
  • 10/29/17 - 10/29/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • $20-$25

Starring America's #1 Michael Jackson impersonator Danny Dash Andrews.

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PGA West Texas Professional Championship

  • Abilene Country Club, Fairway Oaks
  • 34 Fairway Oaks Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-695-1800Danny Coughlan
  • 10/29/17 - 10/30/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Join as golfers compete to win the tournament. 

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Mall-O-Ween sponsored by Coca-Cola

  • Mall of Abilene, Women's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Brandi Moreno
  • 10/30/17 - 10/30/17
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
    Costume contest: Registration-6 p.m.
    Contest begins-7 p.m.
  • Free

Join Mall of Abilene, Coca-Cola and La Voz 93.3FM for a night of games, candy, prizes and costume contest! Costume contest open to ages 0-12 with one winner in each age division of 0-3, 4-7 and 8-12. 

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Paramount Film Series: Corpse Bride

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 10/31/17 - 10/31/17
  • 7:30 pm
  • $7

Tim Burton's animation. When a groom begins to worry about his commitment and wanders into a mysterious forest, he accidentally put the ring upon the hand of a corpse, and is swept to the Land of the Dead. Starring the voices of: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter; color, animated, 78 minutes, rated PG, 2006.

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Riedel Wine Glass Workshop

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360Katy Olson
  • 11/02/17 - 11/02/17
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $75-Person

The Mill Wine Bar and Riedel Crystal invite you to put your nose and taste buds to the test. In this workshop we will delve into the history of the world-renowned glass making family and experience the impact that the size and shape of a glass has on your favorite wine.

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Check Please, Take 2

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Skiles Building
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene, TX
  • 325-670-1405HSU Theatre Box Office
  • 11/02/17 - 11/04/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $10

Soon after a relationship ends, a guy and a girl are forced by their well-intentioned best friends to plunge back into the dating pool. In a series of short vignettes, we witness the struggles of trying to make that love connection.

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37th Annual Jr. League Christmas Carousel

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1879Jr. League
  • 11/03/17 - 11/05/17
  • Thursday, Preview Sale, 7 to 10 p.m. (advance tickets only)
    Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
    Sun., Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Admission varies; see website for ticket information.

A weekend filled with shopping and entertainment for children and adults of all ages. Approximately 100 merchants from all over Texas and surrounding states participate in selling everything from gift, food, clothing and jewelry to children's items and photography services.

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6th Annual Hittin' for Hunger

  • Lake Kirby Softball Complex
  • Loop 322 S. & Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-660-3132Michelle Burleson
  • 11/03/17 - 11/05/17
  • Pool play may begin Friday night if necessary
  • Gate fee will also include one non-perishable food item per guest.

Girl's softball tournament. 4 games guaranteed - 2 pool games and double elimination. All players and coaches must bring a non-perishable item to donate to West Texas Food Bank.

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Art Adventure

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/03/17 - 11/03/17
  • 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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Rosie Cheeks Pinup Makeup & Hair Class

  • Fat Boss's Pub
  • 216 Pine St.Abilene
  • 325-374-7700Serenity Ford
  • 11/05/17 - 11/05/17
  • Noon to 3 p.m.
  • $150; $50-Deposit required to reserve your space!

Pinup hair and makeup tips, tricks and techniques learned over years of practice and experience. This is an 18+ only event.

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ArtWalk - Nov. 2017

  • Historic Downtown
  • 325-677-8389Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 11/09/17 - 11/09/17
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you! This months theme will honor our military as we get ready to celebrate Veteran's Day. 

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Community Foundation of Abilene Annual Luncheon

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3883Megan Dobbs
  • 11/09/17 - 11/09/17
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $35-Person; $280-Table of 8

Share a delicious meal, celebrate Foundation accomplishments over the past year, and hear inspirational stories from people impacted by local philanthropy.

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My Sister's House Consignment Sale

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-669-3529Kate Stover
  • 11/09/17 - 11/11/17
  • 9 a.m.
  • Free-Admission

Don’t miss the biggest annual consignment sale for women, men, juniors and home goods in Texas. Upscale consignment items at unbelievable prices.

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Red, White and You - Veterans Job Fair

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Round Building
  • 1700 Hwy. 36Abilene
  • 325-795-4302Workforce Solutions
  • 11/09/17 - 11/09/17
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

Join the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Workforce Solutions in partnership with Texas Medical Center for a statewide hiring fair to connect veterans, service members and their spouses to Texas employers.

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ABWA Christmas In November

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-673-1142Bette Pitcock
  • 11/10/17 - 11/12/17
  • Fri., 5 - 9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Sun., Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Free

Arts, crafts, gifts, and prizes.

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Paramount Film Series: The Sound of Music

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Betty Hukill
  • 11/10/17 - 11/11/17
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors, military and children

At the onset of World War II, a postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children. Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer; color, 174 minutes, rated G, 1965.

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UIL Region 1-5A Volleyball Tournament

  • McMurry University
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4635Cammie Petree
  • 11/10/17 - 11/11/17
  • Call for times and admission

Hosted by McMurry University.

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3rd Annual Line Following Robotics Competition

  • Abilene Christian University, Bennett Engineering and Physics Lab
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 254-654-3307Louis Heidma
  • 11/11/17 - 11/11/17
  • Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Robots will navigate along tracks while racing for the best times.  You can enter in the junior, senior or open divisions.  To register, for rules and details or to ask any questions, please email using form below. 

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Chautauqua Learning Series

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365BGHV
  • 11/11/17 - 11/11/17
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free

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
  • 11/11/17 - 11/11/17
  • 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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Veterans Day Parade

  • Historic Downtown Abilene
  • 325-674-1328Jimmy DeFoor
  • 11/11/17 - 11/11/17
  • 11 a.m.
  • Free

Join us in celebrating and honoring veterans, America's heroes.

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This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl...

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene, TX
  • 325-670-1405HSU Theatre Box Office
  • 11/15/17 - 11/19/17
  • Nov. 15-18, 7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
  • $15

Once upon a time, there were three sisters who were abandoned in a forest. One walked one way around the world, one walked the other way, and the third decided to stay put. Twenty years later, they meet up and share what they have learned. Appropriate for all ages.

Broadway in Abilene: STOMP

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Randy Cole
  • 11/16/17 - 11/16/17
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket prices vary.

Explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appealing to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

Polk Key City Invitational Girls Basketball Classic

  • Abilene, Cooper and Wylie High and Hardin-Simmons University
  • 325-670-1671Ronald Rainwater
  • 11/16/17 - 11/18/17
  • All day; Game times TBA.
  • $10-Adults; $6-Students

A long standing tradition at Hardin-Simmons University since 1952. AISD, WISD and HSU joined forces to host one of the finest high school girls basketball tournament in the state. The mission of the Polk-Key City Basketball Classic is to promote a quality girls basketball tournament in a way that involves the community and entire Big Country.

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Boot Scootin' at Eller Hall

  • Eller Hall
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 11/18/17 - 11/18/17
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $4-$10

Live music with Midnight Blue food and dessert trucks, friends and family, and small town fellowship.

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David Phelps Christmas Tour - Benefiting Hope Haven

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-4673John Cooper
  • 11/18/17 - 11/18/17
  • 7 p.m.
  • See website for ticket pricing.
    www.davidphelps.com

Kick off the holiday season and show your support for a local non-profit by attending this inspirational musical performance.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/18/17 - 11/18/17
  • 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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USTA Super Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 11/18/17 - 11/20/17
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

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

Museums & Galleries

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'Today’s Quilts: Art in Stitch'

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389CCA
  • 09/20/17 - 11/10/17
  • Wed., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Free

This will be a juried show hosted by the Studio Art Quilt Association.