I’m of the mind that just about everything can use a little Texas flair. Food, music, hair: you get the idea. I can now add opera to that list. Join the Abilene Opera Association and special guest artists as the present the Texas Premiere of “Hotel Casablanca” in the historic Paramount Theatre. This acclaimed comic opera has entertained audiences for over 5 years with its Texas humor as the characters actively work to change an infamous brothel into a hotel. Watch local talent make this Texas premiere performance spectacular. Show times are at 8 pm Thursday through Saturday. Cost varies $20-$60 a person. Call 325-676-7372 for tickets. Yep, things are just better in Texas.

The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum will once again hold a candle lighting ceremony honoring those whose lives that were affected by the holocaust. Remember those who lost their lives, those who lived to talk about it and anyone else affected by heading out to the civic center Friday night at 7 pm. Hear from a 12th armored division veteran who worked to liberate concentration camps across Germany and from survivors who have lived through modern day genocide. Having attended this moving ceremony last year, I can assure you it is worth the time. Cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, seniors, military and will be free for WWII veterans. Call 325-677-6515 for more information.

If you’re an American Idol fan, you’re sure to appreciate the second annual Abilene Idol! Forget the drama with Mariah, that other girl and how much you miss Simon and take yourself down to the Mall of Abilene to either compete or watch the competitors advance to the finals. Auditions will run from 9:30 am to 5 pm Saturday with finalists announced at the end of the day. Sing your heart out, Abilene! I will save you all from my auditions as my oldest has requested I stop singing (and sometimes dancing) in public. Call 325-673-7464 or visit ChorusAbilene.net to get specifics on auditions.

If you are like one of the billions of people like my family who gets a little crazy for “Duck Dynasty” then this next event is sure to quack you up! The Big Country Home Builders welcome Justin Martin of the A&E’s sensational hit show. Not a fan? Well, whether you are an avid DIY-er or leave it to the experts, the Big Country Home and Garden Expo has something for everything. See the very best in home building and remodeling with the only area event dedicated to home improvement at the Abilene Civic Center on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Cost is $5 per person and free for children 12 and younger who are accompanied by a guardian. Visit bigcountryhba.com to learn more, Jack!

Grab the kiddos, adult and actual children, to enjoy the one of a kind live black light puppet with the Children’s Performing Art Series. John Tartaglia’s “ImaginOcean” ended a successful off-Broadway run in 2011 and has toured nationally since. Meet the magical characters in this undersea adventure and allow these lively fishies to entertain you with music from a variety of genre’s: R&B, Big Band and more. I will be taking our sea loving boys, despite my slight distrust of puppets. I’ve never forgiven Shari Lewis for the embarrassment I felt when I found out Lamp Chop was actually, technically not real. Show time is 2 pm on Sunday. Cost varies. Call the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council at 677-1161 to learn more.

Happy memory makin’, y’all!