One of the reason’s I love living in Abilene is the variety of events that it offers throughout the year: events I can attend with our kiddos, with friends or with our significant others. This weekend proves no different. I’m looking forward to making memories with little ones, big ones and meeting new ones with this calendar of packed events.

Our boys have been counting down the days till February 1st. Why you ask? Well, their love of trucks basically explodes this weekend with a mess of enormous wheels, powerful engines and a lot of other stuff I don’t really understand but still celebrate because those two find it so fascinating.  That’s right, the Monster Truck Show rolls into the Taylor County Coliseum this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30. See these massive monstrosities perform impressive tricks, exciting stunts and more.  Admission varies from $15 to $45. Call 325-677-4376 for more information.

You still have a chance to see local talent dazzle on stage at the Abilene Community Theatre with their production of “Wit.” I’m planning a date night around this Pulitzer Prize winning drama and yes, he’s finding out about it as he reads this.  This amazing yet delicate story of an English professor who discovers the true worth of life and relationships when she is forced to get up close and personal with cancer promises laughs and inspiration. Watch this journey of rediscovery, told with sensitivity and humor, and celebrate those you know whose lives have been touched by this horrible disease: shout out to my courageous cancer-surviving husband who recently received his 5 year clean scan and yes, I’m kissing up so he’ll have a good attitude for my adorable date night. 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.

Join the 120 women who make up the Abilene Philharmonic Guild as they host a truly southern weekend with their fundraising weekend benefitting the Abilene Philharmonic.  Saturday morning you can attend the more casual, catered Decadence Tea from 10 to 11:30 am at the Abilene Civic Center honoring several special senior volunteers and watch as Micki Wright is presented with the Golden Charm for her dedication and service. Get dressed up in your best black tie ensemble for the 2013 Golden Magnolia Ball that night from 6:30 pm5 to 11:30 pm at the Abilene Civic Center. This epic evening promises laughs, merriment and a short but lively presentation honoring Harlan and Dian Graves Stai for their advocacy and advancement of our Philharmonic. Cost varies for this Perini’s catered dinner and all proceeds benefit the Abilene Philharmonic. Contact Sara Trammell for information: 325-370-3735 or

Celebrate all things mardi gras with The Center for Contemporary Arts Saturday from 6 to 10 pm. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the old New Orleans with authentic Creole food, intoxicating jazz music and a live and silent auction. All monies go to fund operations of the Center. Call 325-677-8389 to find out more.

There is still time to register for the 24th Annual Big Country Celebrity Ultimate Hunt benefitting Disability Resources taking place February 8 thru 9th. You could hunt with the likes of past celebrities a such as Patrick Duffy, Bob Estes, Wyman Meinzer and Charlie Stenholm. The hunt admission varies and can include events from Thursday thru Sunday. Call 325-677-6815 to find out how you can be a part of this and yes, this would be my husband’s idea of an adorable date night.

Happy memory makin’, y’all!