Start your Wednesday off right! The 28th Annual Business Expo is back in the Abilene Civic center today from 9 am to 5 pm. This Abilene Chamber of Commerce sponsored event will have over 200 exhibitors showcasing the best of their business. Come to learn and network. Call the chamber at 325-677-7241 to get a ticket for free admission.

Pregnancy Resources of Abilene presents “Life in Bloom Featuring Michael W. Smith” for their 2012 benefit March 29th. Smith is a three-time Grammy award winner contemporary Christian musician whose hits include “Place in This World,” “This Is Your Time” and “Kentucky Rose.” Attend this uplifting, spiritual event at the Abilene Civic Center auditorium at 7:45 pm on Thursday. Cost is $25-$55 per person. Call Robyn Flores at 325-672-6415 with any questions or visit www.itickets.com to purchase tickets.

The award winning Lorraine Hansberry’s play: “A Raisin in the Sun” will be presented by Crystal Rae Productions in the Abilene Christian University Cullen Auditorium this Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. This critically acclaimed film showcases the Youngers, an African-American family residing in Southside Chicago sometime between World War II and the 1950s; watch this inspiring story unfold. Cost is $7 for adults, %5 for students and children 12 and younger. Call 708-508-2181 for tickets.

Have you caught an Abilene Ruff Riders game yet?  If you haven’t, please trust me: run, don’t walk, to the Taylor County Expo Center this Saturday at 7 PM to see our very own Abilene Ruff Riders open the 2012 season against the Corpus Christi Hammerheads. I have been to several games over the past few years and enjoy them tremendously. Whether you are an adult or a kiddo, these games are so much fun to watch. You may even recognize some of the players as several of the team members are local! Support Abilene, support our Rough Riders and make a memory with the whole family. Visit www.abileneruffriders.com for more information.

Spring is in the air and us fisherman (and ladies” are itchin’ to get to catchin’.  Today is the last day to register for the Fishing Future Family Fish Camp. Take your 6-16 year-olds to this special fishing camp at Nelson Park lake this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Help them learn the basic skills necessary to go fishing. All equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you like. A hotdog lunch will be provided to all junior anglers and their families who register. Visit www.fishingsfuture.org for more information.

The Texas Gun and Knife Show will return to the Abilene Civic Center this weekend. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For more information call 325-676-6211 or visit www.texasgunandknifeshows.com.

Happy Memory Makin’, y’all!