In recognition of International Observe the Moon Night, the Big Country Master Naturalists will conduct a night of moon watching from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Abilene State Part, 150 Park Road 32 in Buffalo Gap. Volunteers will have telescopes set up across from the swimming pool.
Participants are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, insect repellent and binoculars, and are asked to dim headlights as approaching the area. Park entry will be waived.
West Texas Book Festival
The 19th annual West Texas Book Festival kicks off Friday with a workshop by Mary Helen Specht, "Writing is Rewriting: The Craft of Revision," at noon at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.
The festival will continue from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St., with free workshops and book signings throughout the day. Children's authors will speak at 9 a.m., and the Boots and Books Luncheon, featuring James Ward Lee, will begin at 11:30 a.m.
The festival will conclude Sunday with the Local Author Showcase and Reception at 2 p.m. at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene.
All workshops are free. Luncheon tickets are $30; call 325-668-1118 for ticket availability.
Wizards of Abilene
Fanboys will conduct "Wizards of Abilene," a Harry Potter-themed fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Women's Dillards Courtyard in the Mall of Abilene. Vendors, entertainment and more will be available. Admission is free.
The 2019 Fall Stomp dance — featuring the Abilene Christian University Jazz Band and Swing Cats, as well as the Hardin-Simmons University Jazz Band — will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the Elks Club Ballroom, 1174 N. First St. A beginner dance lesson will be presented at 7 p.m.
Admission is free.
A production of the musical "Working" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, in Van Ellis Theatre at Hardin-Simmons University.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors and military; and $5 for HSU faculty, staff and students.
Corks and Caps
BROWNWOOD — The Corks and Caps beer and wine tasting event will be 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Plaza. Live music, food trucks and a cigar area will be available.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, which includes 10 sample tabs. Concert-only tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. For information, go to VisitBrownwood.com.
And more ...
- A free showing of "World War Z," rated PG-13, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.
- STEPHENVILLE — The Tarleton State University choral program will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center on campus. Admission is $5.
- The "Fest-Of-Fall" seasonal celebration will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Frontier Texas!, 625 N. First St. Games, music, magic, food and more will be available. Admission is free.
By Nathaniel Ellsworth
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