From signing, to barking or quilting to ranching, there is quite a lot of things to chose from the next week in the Big Country!

The Grace Museum will host “Museum Matters: Engaging History” this Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7 pm. Learn more about the art of quilt making by quilt collector Terry Browder. Browder will speak and highlight the connections between the current Sedrick Huckaby exhibit and this historical craft. Take the opportunity to bring your own family heirloom quilt to show and discuss with others. You will also have the chance to win an heirloom quilt donated by Judy Godfrey from her own personal collection. There is no cost; contact Jana Bailey at 325-673-4587 for more information.

The 56th Annual Abilene Christian University “Sing Song” chimes it’s way back into Moody Coliseum this weekend.  Over 1,200 ACU students take the stage to compete for best overall show while performing a cappella with original lyrics set to a medley of popular songs. Cost is $14-$25 a person. Show times are 8 pm Friday and Saturday evening and 2 pm on Saturday afternoon. Visit or call Tom Craig at 325-674-4864 to learn more.

Family Fun Saturday at the National Center for Children’s Literature returns from 1 to 4 pm this weekend. NCCIL’s art educators help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Featured artist is world-renowned children’s author Dan Yaccarino. Have fun with your kiddos while learning and making a special memory. Admission and activities are free. Call 325-673-4586 with questions.

How much is your doggie in the window? Show how priceless your dog is at the Rescue the Animals Annual Fur Ball. This year’s theme is “Bad to the Bone.” Dress you and your dog to win the costume contest. Enjoy a non doggie-dinner for you and a scrumptious doggie buffet for your precious pooch. The festivities will begin at 7 pm at the Abilene Civic Center and end at 10 pm. Call 325-672-SPCA for tickets. Price is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and younger. The Furr Ball benefits Rescue the Animals, SPCA:

Wedding season is almost upon us! Planning a wedding in 2012? Then head on over to the West Texas Bridal Showcase at the Abilene Civic Center on Sunday from 1 to 5:30 pm. The West Texas Bridal Showcase has been held in San Angelo for over 21 years. Due the demand of the Abilene market, they have decided launch an additional showcase in Abilene. With over 100+ vendors and acclaimed sponsors, they are recognized as a valuable resource for brides. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Call James Pettit at 325-792-7100 for more details or visit

The Best of Broadway series is back in the Big Country Tuesday at the Abilene Civic Center. This international sensation makes its triumphant return to Abilene! The global hit brings some new surprises, with sections of the show updated, restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. USA Today says, “STOMP! finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” Visit to learn more. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Cost varies from $20 to $50 a person. Tickets are available at the Abilene Civic Center Box Office. You may also purchase them online at or call toll free (800)-869-1451.

The Texas Farm-Ranch-Wildlife Expo will be in Abilene Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Agri-businesses from around the region and state showcase their products and services. The show coincides with the Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association annual meeting, the Texas Wildlife Association meeting, a Future Farmers of America (FFA) judging contest and a luncheon where the “Farm Family of the Year” is recognized. The Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service of Taylor County will also host a Women’s Fair as well as classes that qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit. Swing by to check out the booths from 9 am to 6 pm Tuesday or 9 to 4 pm on Wednesday. Admission is free to the public. Sponsored by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce; call them at 325-677-7241 for more information.

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