Join the Center for Contemporary Art for the Mid-Month Movie Matinee: Art in the 21st Century- Loss & Desire. Explore how contemporary artworks embody emotion and how artists express longing, love, and human experience in their work. The ‘Art in the Twenty-First Century’ documentary ‘Loss & Desire explores these questions through the work of Charles Atlas, Collier Schorr, Gabriel Orozco and Janine Antoni. Bring your brown bag lunch, learn and meet others while you eat from noon to 1 tomorrow; cost is free. Call Bird Thomas at 325-677-8389 for more information.

The Abilene Zoo beloved Spots & Stripes Concert Series is back this Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy the musical stylings of Abilene musician and songwriter, Lori Sims and Friends. Cost of the concert is included in regular Zoo admission which is $5 for ages 13-59, $4 for ages 60+, $2.50 for ages 3-12 and free for those younger than 3. Need to know more? Call 325-676-6085 with questions.

Enjoy a one-day shopping extravaganza featuring more than just amazing arts and crafts! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Abilene Civic Center will be stock full of retail merchant boutiques, Indie artisans/designers, trendy clothing, bling jewels, home décor and gifts at the Abilene Civic Center. Scour the Junk-O-Rama sale for unique repurposed & funky-fied items, antique, vintage, unique treasures and more. Cost is free! Visit

Itching for hunting season to begin? You may have a while longer, but why not stop over to the Texas Big Game Awards Saturday from 2-8. Tour the trophy mount showcase highlighting huge game from over three regions. Youth attendees will be able to practice their shooting skills in activities like the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Jakes Take-Aim Shooting gallery and expand their wildlife knowledge with a number of other educational activities. Adults will have the opportunity to participate in a number of events like deer scoring competitions, TPWD Operation Game Thief Exhibit and more. General admission is $5 for youth and adults from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. To participate in all activities, attend the dinner and awards show the cost is $15 for adults, $10 for youth 12 and younger and free to all TBGA award winners. Dinner afterwards offers limited seating so call 800-TEX-WILD.

The Oakridge Boys, who brought us such hits as “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and more will host a concert at the Abilene Civic Center Sunday evening at 7 pm. These boys bring over three decades of charted singles to the stage for your enjoyment! Ticket prices vary from $26 to $41 a person. Call 325-676-6211 for more information on tickets.