Do you feel that? That stuff blowing around in the air? No, it’s not our legendary west Texas allergens. It’s L. O. V. E. Love, people. Yep, Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. Some of you may have been planning for months, weeks or if you’re like me, not at all because to you this “holiday” doesn’t exist. Not to worry, if you’re planning on running around like Cupid or perfectly content to let this day pass you by, you’ll find something to do in Abilene this week!

This Wednesday at noon, find out how romance plays a part in the 21st century with the Center for Contemporary Arts mid-month movie matinee. The documentary “Romance” will show how contemporary artists respond to traditionally romantic ideals such as sentimentality, pathos and philosophy in both reality and fiction. Travel the world as the film follows artists in New York, California, Germany, England and France. The cost is free. Show time runs from noon to 1 pm. Call 25-677-8389 for more info.

Call to pre-register now for the 14th Annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night dance at the Abilene Civic Center on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 9 pm. Enjoy a light dinner with your littlest Valentine: daughters must be 7th grade or younger.  Have your photo made and register to win some awesome door prizes. It’s a sure way to make your little girl feel treasured and make a forever memory to cherish for the rest of her life. Cost varies. Call 325-734-5301 for more information.

The Abilene Ballet Theatre company will welcome special artists Marina Goshko and Andrey Prikhodka for their “Love in Bloom” recital Thursday evening at 7:30 in the Historic Paramount Theatre. Be wowed by these talented dancers as they use dance to show the world’s most powerful emotion: love. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.  Call 325-675-0303 for tickets.

Abilene is chock full of talent at our universities! See it in full form with the Hardin Simmons University Theatre presentation of “Hello Dolly.”  Watch your favorite matchmaker at work while hilarity ensues around her. Showtime starts at 7:30 pm in the Beherns Auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, military and students. Make it a dinner date with McMurry University Theatre’s dinner theatre presentation of the Steve Martin penned, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Cost varies for dinner and show performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Call 325-793-3889 to find out specifics.  Finally, Abilene Christian University will hold their 57th Annual Sing Song event Friday and Saturday. Watch over 1.200 ACU students rock it a cappella style to compete for best overall show! Cost and show times vary. Call 325-676-4864 for more information.

Happy memory makin’, y’all!