This year’s West Texas Book Festival is still going on and we promise it’s one you won’t want to put down!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, the 12th Annual festival will host a brown bag lunch with readings from Murray Edwards and Glenn Dromgoole; a getting published workshop Saturday at the Civic Center and much more. Take the kiddos to share cookies and milk with Hank the Cowdog author John Erickson Saturday at 3:00 pm. For more details visit www.abilenetx.com/apl/bookfest.html or call 325-676-6025.

Grab a brown bag lunch and make your way to the Center for Contemporary Arts for their mid-month movie matinee: “Art in the 21st Century-Stories” film showing. The artists profiled in this film tell autobiographical, fictional, satirical and fantastical tales through architecture, literature, mythology, fairytales and history. The featured artists provoke the audience to think about their own personal stories that define both our real and imagined lives. The film will run from 12-1 and the cost is free. Call 325-677-8389 to learn more.

Got a voice that would make American Idol contestants look bad? Head on over to Bar 14 for open mic night tonight at 9 pm. You or your band have the chance to plug in and play! No cover charge. Call 325-280-8792 for more information.

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council brings to the Big Country, “Artfully Abilene Sculptor Weekend” with events Friday through Saturday to celebrate the 32nd Annual Outdoor SculpTOUR Exhibition. The opening reception for the “Beauty and the Beast” exhibit will be at the Grace Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 Friday night that includes a gallery talk by David Everett, Billy Hassell and David Gibson at 6 pm. Watch an iron pouring featuring the Texas Atomic Iron Commission and the ACU Art&Design Department in the parking lot of Frontier Texas! on Saturday, as well as an opening reception featuring sculptures like Steve Neeves, Robbie Barber and more at the Center for Contemporary Arts from 5:30 to 7 Saturday night.  Need more info? Call 325-677-1161.

Celebrate man’s best friend with the “Bark in the Park and Responsible Dog Owner Day” at Nelson Park Festival Gardens from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday. Play with your dogs, dress up for a costume contest, play games and enjoy a one-mile walk or run. Feast on yummy food, win prizes and jam out to live music. Cost varies. Call 325-668-2912 to learn more.