West Texas Barrel Racing Association Extravaganza gallops into the Taylor County Expo Center horse barn this Friday through Sunday.  Watch a true Texan sport and enjoy participants of all ages. Office will open at 11:00 am Friday with exhibitions starting from noon to 6:30 p.m. Racers 8 and under start at 7, followed by Open 4D, Youth 4D, Senior 3D who all run in the same draw. For a full schedule of events, visit www.westtexasbarrelracingassoc.com. Call the Expo Center with any questions: 325-677-4376.

The 20th annual “Steam-N-Wheels Bike Race and Fun Ride” zips back into the Big Country this Saturday at 10 am. This City of Abilene Recreation Division and Abilene Bicycling Club sponsored event at Nelson Park gives you the opportunity to choose from three distances: a 48-mile race/tour, a 32 and 12 mile fun ride courses. Make this a family fun event as the race is open to all ages. Entry forms are available at www.abilenetx.com. Cost is $25 per person until March 23 and $30 per person after that date. The first 200 entries receive a free t-shirt. Helmets are required for all riders. Call 325-734-5301 for more information.

See who will be crowned “Miss Frontier Texas!” this Saturday at 6 p.m. at our very own Frontier! Texas. The final 12 contestants have advanced through the competitions by demonstrating frontier know how and showing off their rugged skills in a variety of frontier inspired challenges. These ladies have worked hard and made every Big Country resident proud; see which true Texas lady will take home the prized scholarship. Congrats to the final 12 for making it this far. Call 325-437-2800 if you need to learn more or visit www.missfrontiertexas.com.

Who is going to be the next American Idol? Who cares because Chorus Abilene brings you Abilene Idol. The 10 finalists will compete to be the first Abilene Idol in the Historic Paramount Theatre. Performances begin at 7 p.m., including the guest celebrity performer, former American Idol contestant, Tim Halperin. Cost is $10 a person. See local talent belt it out live on stage…you never know WHO will be the next Abilene Idol! Contact Gwen Haseltine at 325-673-7464 for more information.

The McMurry University Religious Life Council welcomes JJ Heller in the Radford Auditorium next Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. for a highly anticipated adult contemporary Christian concert. JJ’s fans include millions around the world and her uplifting spiritual songs can be heard on secular, primetime television shows. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call the Religious Life Office at McMurry for more information: 325-793-4776.

Don’t forget about the “Youth Art Month Exhibition” at the Grace Museum that ends on March 24. Enjoy over 800 works of art from local elementary, middle school and high school students. Visit www.thegracemuseum.org or call 325-673-4287 for more information.  Remember, those same kiddos will enjoy the first ever “Children’s Art and Literacy Festival” (CALF) that will feature the works of Dr. Seuss during the weekend of June 14-17. Make your plans with friends and family now to see downtown Abilene transformed into the world of Dr. Seuss through art, interactive readings and more. Visit www.abilenecac.org/calf for more information. This special festival is brought to you by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council.