The weekend is approaching and the weather is expected to be in the high 70s and partly cloudy. Check out these area happenings and make it a good one!

1. Texas Emergency sales tax holiday

Stock up on emergency equipment like portable generators, batteries, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and more during the Texas Emergency Preparedness sales tax holiday taking place Saturday-Monday. For a full list of tax-free items, visit the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce events page.

2. Flacas Clean H20 run

Make a trip to Hico and help raise money for clean water projects at the Flacas Fitness & Brews Clean H20 5K and 10K run kicking off at 9 a.m. Saturday at 110 N. Pecan St.

Finisher medals will be awarded and post race breakfast tacos and beer will be served. The event will also feature raffles with proceeds benefiting Kids Across Cultures. For more information about cost and the race visit the event’s Facebook page.

3. Bird Walk

Round up the kids and head to Dinosaur Valley State Park for a Bird Walk starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park store. Participants will join a park ranger and look and listen for birds through a one-hour flat walk. Binoculars are encouraged and the event is free with the park entry fee. For more information visit the Facebook event page or call 254-897-4588.

4. Race Day at 281 Speedway

Catch some high-speed action at 281 Speedway’s Race Day starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the track. Events include IMCA Sport Compact, IMCA Sport Mod, 600, IMCA I Stock, Factory Stock, IMCA Modified and Street Stock. For more information on ticket pricing visit

5. Night Hike

Explore and learn about nocturnal wildlife at Dinosaur Valley at a Night Hike kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday at the main track site parking lot. Blacklight flashlights will be available on a first come, first serve basis, but participants can bring their own. The hike is three miles long and will include a trip to the scenic overlook. For more information visit the Facebook event page or call 254-897-4588.