Have you made it out to the West Texas Fair and Rodeo yet at the Taylor County Expo Center? My family and I had a blast this year. Our kids loved the rides, treats and getting their cowboy on at the PCRA rodeo. Run, don’t walk to make your memories there!

This year’s West Texas Book Festival is a real page turner!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, the 12th Annual festival is chock full of activities throughout this week: lunch with acclaimed chefs Lisa Fain, Lou Lambert and John DeMers at the TSTC Culinary Institute on Thursday, join  legendary author John Erickson, wrote Hank the Cowdog, for the Boots and Books Luncheon Saturday afternoon or take the kiddos to eat cookies with him later at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature at 3 pm . There is something every day till Saturday and most events are free! For more details visit www.abilenetx.com/apl/bookfest.html or call 325-676-6025.

Good, good, good, good…ZOObilations! The Abilene Zoo is giving us excitations. The Abilene Zoological Society will have their annual fundraiser this Thursday from 6-9 at the Zoo. This year’s theme? You guessed it: “ZOObilation! A Party at the High Neck Bridge,” which will raise money for the refurbishment of the Zoo’s beloved and iconic giraffe bridge. Who hasn’t taken a picture on that bridge? I loved it as a child and now our kiddos do too. Help to make it better for future generations by attending.  Enjoy the McMurry Jazz Band as they open the evening at the bridge, feast on a Sharon Riley catered dinner and dance to Twyla Foreman and the Reserve. Call 325-676-6086 for more pricing and other details.

Abilene Community Theatre brings the classic, Little Shop of Horrors, to the Abilene stage this Thursday thru Saturday. Celebrate this beloved musical with your favorite numbers like Grow with Me or Suddenly Seymour sung and acted by local talent. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and active military. Show time starts at 7:30. Call 673-6271 with questions.

Don’t forget to head to Downtown Abilene for the Center for Contemporary Arts “Thanks for the Memories” themed Artwalk tomorrow night from 5-8. All of your favorite downtown shops, attractions and galleries will be open. Live entertainment, food vendors and fun activities for the whole family await! Admission is free. Call the Center at 677-8389 for more details.

Looking for unique and fun things for you or someone else? Head on over to the Abilene Civic Center for the Peddler Show. This unique show promises something for everyone and a true one of a kind shopping experience.  Times are 3-8 Friday, 9-6 Saturday, and 11-4 Sunday. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors and free for children under 5. Admission is good for all three days. Call 676-6211 to learn more.