2013 is officially underway. I still can’t believe it. I used to get so annoyed when my parents would tell me that I wish time would slow down as I got older when I would complain about wanting to grow up. Now I add it to the (somewhat long) list of things they were right about. I still think they were wrong about that pony; it would have been fine our backyard. Yes, 2013 is here and I’m determined to enjoy every quick minute.

As I look back through the past year, I’m flooded with memories: good, bad, fun, sad, and wonder what kind of memories I will make this year. Because of this, I plan on attending the Center for Contemporary Art’s Mid-Month Movie Matinee-Art in the 21st Century series to view the documentary “Memory” this Wednesday from noon to 1 pm. Learn how memory functions, it’s rich history and how contemporary artists frame the past in their work? It explore the work of artists like Susan Rothenberg, Mike Kelley, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Josiah McElheny. The cost is free.  Call 325-677-8389 to learn more.

Abilene is full of local talent. See it live with the Abilene Community Theatre production of “Wit.” This Pulitzer Prize winning drama is an inspirational story of an English professor who discovers the true worth of life and relationships when she is forced to come face to face with the dreaded C-word: cancer. This story is a journey of rediscovery, told with sensitivity and humor. Show time is 7:30 Thursday thru Saturday. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and active military. Call 325-673-6271 to reach the box office.

See Abilene’s littlest talent in action with the Paramount Production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” this Friday thru Sunday.  Watch as local kiddos aged 8 to 14 tell the magical tale of Belle and her quest to save her father when she stumbles on an enchanted castle where things are just not as they seem. See her relationship with a monstrous beast unfold as they both learn the true meaning of love. Show times are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors, military and children. Call 325-676-9620 to get more information.

Looking to explore history? The 12th Armored Division will be giving in-depth tours of the Herrlisheim Dioramo Exhibit this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Take the time to learn more about WWII and why the German Army called the 12th Armored Division the “Suicide Division.” I have been to the exhibit with one of our boys and we both thoroughly enjoyed it: he asked a lot of questions and I actually saw things differently because of seeing things through his eyes.  However, because this tour will be so in-depth, know that this particular experience is not recommended for younger audiences. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children 7-12. If you have a large group call 325-677-6515 to reserve a spot.

Happy memory makin’, y’all!