With so much excitement happening in Abilene these next few days, you might be hard pressed to figure out how to spend your time!

Frank Arnold Ministries Gospel Concert will be at the Abilene Civic Center Friday and will begin at 7 p.m. For the past 30 years Arnold has made a career of presenting the highest quality Southern Gospel audiences across the south. Expect to see and hear Southern Gospel’s top artists coupled with quality sound, lighting and video. It’s not about the show, however. “If it was only about entertainment, I wouldn’t keep doing what I’m doing,” Arnold says. “But I see first-hand what can happen when a song is presented and the message touches peoples lives. It’s the most powerful message on earth; the message of Jesus Christ.” Tickets are $20-$25 per person; for more information call 888-205-6723.

Looking to spend some quality time with your kiddos this weekend? The Grace Museum will host 3-5 year-olds and their parents for “Tot Spot” tomorrow at 10 a.m. and Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The popular program is $5 for non-members and free to members; call 325-673-4587 to learn more. Also on Friday “Art Adventure” is back at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL). This mom and tot program for preschoolers combine different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art featured in the gallery. This month your sweetheart will have the opportunity to create their masterpiece about Valentine’s Day! Admission is free and the adventure will begin at 10:30 a.m. Call the NCCIL at 325-673-4586 for more information. Finally, on Saturday, February 4, head over to the Women’s Dillard’s Courtyard in the Mall of Abilene for “Kids in the Kitchen” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Junior League of Abilene, the goal of this event is to empower local youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Admission is free for you and your little ones and you can call the Junior League office at 325-677-1879 for more info.

The West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo bounces into Abilene this weekend at the Abilene Civic Center. Enjoy sports contests, vendor booths, yummy food and prizes every 30 minutes! Enjoy demonstrations from local area athletes and watch the first ever 3 ON 3 basketball tournament from 8:30 to 5:30 on Saturday. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger. Call 325-692-2972 or visit www.wtxsports-expo.com for more information.

The Taylor County Expo Center welcomes the monster truck show “Thunder Slam” this Friday and Saturday. New specialty acts have been added to the show, which already features AMP Tour Monster trucks, FMX and motorcycle demolitions derbies. Show times start at 7:30 each night and tickets cost $15-$30. Need more information? Call 325-677-4376 or visit www.amptour.com.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with The Center for Contemporary Arts Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy the taste of New Orleans food, catered by Sharon Riley, libation and dance to Cajun style music all while being surrounded by beautiful works of art. There will be a live auction of paintings from two local and celebrated artists: H.C. Zachary and Ash Almonte, as well as a silent auction featuring items such as a Hendrick Health Club membership, 2 VIP passes to the Outlaws and Legends Texas Music Fest, dinner for four at Olivia and a 7 day stay at the Troux Estate. Cost is $100 per person and $800 for a table. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. Two drinks provided with admission and cash bar available. Call Darla Harmon at 325-677-8389 for more information.

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