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June 2016 News & Updates
Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas - if you have a child in your life, bring them to the 5th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival this month! Registration is open for the festival, which will take place June 9-11 throughout downtown and involves many of our arts groups. They have so many creative and fun things cooked up, from Bird Thomas' glow in the dark dragon cavern at the Center for Contemporary Arts to Dan McGregor's lifesize treehouse at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Come meet illustrator/author Mark Teague, see his artwork at the NCCIL and buy some books. All events Thursday night are free. Don't miss the Storybook Parade, Sculpture Unveiling, Artist Talk, and new this year - a Glow Dance Party at the Abilene Civic Center. Come climb on the "Good Night Dinosaur" sculpture - 8 feet tall bronze - and grab some food and start dancing.
This is the childhood adventure you expect in the Storybook Capital of Texas!

Artfully Yours,
Lynn Barnett
Executive Director
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Finding Home reception

Join The Grace Museum in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Summer Exhibitions: Finding Home. Meet artists Roger Colombik and Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik, who will speak about their special exhibition "More Life in a Time Without Boundaries" on view in the Main Gallery. Galleries will open at 5 p.m. Artists Talk begins at 6 p.m. with reception to follow. JUNE 2

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ACT returns fan favorite 'Noises Off!' 

  Abilene Community Theatre presents the comedy "Noises Off!" a play by Michael Frayn and directed by Stephanie Phillips about a cast of actors rehearsing a flop. JUNE 2-4 & 9-11

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Summer art camps available

Art groups in Abilene are offering all kinds of summer camps designed to teach the basics of design as well as to stimulate creativity, all while having fun. Check out our calendar for a full list. JUNE-AUGUST

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Library kicks off Summer Reading

Don't miss out on the Summer Reading Clubs at offered by the Abilene Public Library. Dinosaurs will be the theme for kids and teens, and health and fitness is the theme for adults. Reading club packets are available at all three library branches. JUNE 6-JULY 30

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ArtWalk celebrates Storybook Capital at 'Some Enchanted Evening'

Enjoy the Storybook Parade, Storybook Sculpture unveiling, Artist Talk and Glow Dance Party on ArtWalk night. See new exhibits, do crafts, shop and eat downtown. ArtWalk is a monthly mini-festival hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts.

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Mark Teague exhibit opens at NCCIL

Tour the "Sincerely, Mark Teague" exhibition at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Teague will be in Abilene for book signings and a fundraiser dinner June 10 at the NCCIL. Tickets are $125. The exhibition is free to tour. JUNE 9-SEPT. 30

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Junior League of Abilene celebrates 60 years of giving to community

Celebrating 60 years of extraordinary volunteers in the Abilene community with food trucks and free admission to the Abilene Zoo. Kids can meet Community Helpers such as police, fireman, EMS, mail carriers and more. JUNE 14  

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Paramount takes you 'Into the Woods'

Paramount Productions presents a new interpretation of "Into the Woods," the acclaimed Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. At once childlike and wise, hilarious and heartwarming,"Into the Woods" speaks to the way we set our lives up as examples to others, and takes us on a beautiful journey toward redemption, forgiveness. and understanding.  This new staging is conceived and directed by Paramount Artistic Director Barry Smoot. JUNE 24-26

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Glow Dance Party free for all

Come downtown for a free fun family event the Glow Dance Party! South lawn of the Abilene Civic Center. Face painting, food trucks, balloon twister, bubble show, bouncy houses, costumed characters, music and more! Million Word Readers need to wear their shirts and report to the civic center at 7:45 p.m. to kick off the dancing. JUNE 9 

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Annual book library sale

This 27th annual sale will have more than 100,000 books, video and cassette tapes, DVDs, CDs, records and other unique items at the Abilene Civic Center. Proceeds from the sale fund library materials, equipment, activities and staff training opportunities. JUNE 16-19

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See the whole calendar!

Go to our website for a complete list of Abilene arts events for the coming months. Don't see your event? Email the details!

There you will find shows, performances, concerts, art exhibits, art receptions, family programming, art classes and workshops and more!

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