CTC Fine Arts to present Student Music Showcase on Tuesday

The Central Texas College Fine Arts department will present its spring 2017 Student Music showcase Tuesday in the Anderson Campus Center (building 156). The program opens at 7:30 p.m. and includes performances by the CTC Chorus, led by David Thomas and accompanied by Elizabeth Palko on piano; the CTC Jazz Band, directed by Bradley Bollock; and a guitar ensemble led by Brian Pardo. Musical selections feature a variety of classical and contemporary music in genres such as jazz, show tunes and spiritual selections. During intermission and after the concert, short receptions will be hosted to recognize student scholarship recipients of the music program. Tickets for the Student Music Showcase are $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the CTC Concert Series Music scholarship fund. For more information, contact the CTC Fine Arts department at 254-526-1572.

CIS to host annual track and field event Saturday at Leo Buckley

Communities In Schools will hold its 10th annual track and field event from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Leo Buckley Stadium on the campus of Killeen High School. Check-in time for participating CIS athletes is 8 a.m. Nearly 500 first- through sixth-grade students from the Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, Temple, Florence, Salado and Cameron independent school districts served by CIS are expected to participate.

Students will compete in a variety of events including the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, long jump, relay races, a sack race and tug-of-war. Individual place ribbons will be presented to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each event along with participation ribbons for all students. The top three campuses to finish in each event will also receive trophies. The CIS track meet is open to the public. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for school-age children.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative begins next week

The police department is locking arms once again with the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent increased prescription pill abuse and theft. The police department will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. A collection container is at the police department at 302 East Avenue E. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

The take-back program involves 4,000 collection sites nationwide. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away — both potential safety and health hazards. The public can find a nearby collection site by going to www.nationaltakebackday.com, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” banner, and following the links to a database where a zip code can be entered. For more information, contact Sgt. Joaquin Salazar at 254-547-8222, ext. 6984, or jsalazar@copperascovetx.gov and Sgt Steve O’Neal at 254-547-8222, ext. 6987, or so’neal@copperascovetx.gov

Arbor Day tree planting ceremony is April 28

The city and the Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate Arbor Day this year by planting eight Monterrey oaks in the cemetery. The ceremony will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 28 in the cemetery at 415 East Avenue A. The event will include the planting of trees and light refreshments will be served.

Leading up to the event, the city will host two contests for children:

  • Ages 5-7: Enter a coloring contest. Simply stop by the Parks and Recreation Office at the Civic Center, 1206 West Avenue B,, to pick up the coloring sheet.
  • Ages 8-10: Enter an essay contest. Simply write an essay on the importance of trees in your life or the community.

Both contests will be judged by the members of the Quality of Life Advisory Board and winners will be announced on the day of the event. Turn in completed coloring sheets and essays to the Parks and Recreation Office by 7 p.m. Monday. For information, contact Parks and Recreation at 254-542-2719.

KCCB’s Spring Eco Fling is April 29

Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful’s 2017 Spring Eco Fling will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 in Ogletree Gap Park off of West Business U.S. Highway 190 at 1878 Post Office Road. The event will consist of various craft booths in which attendees can create crafts out of recycled items from 10 a.m. to noon. A fashion show featuring fashions made from recycled items will be from noon to 1 p.m. Food trucks will also be on-site to purchase food or drinks. For information, contact Silvia Rhoads, KCCB executive director, at srhoads@copperascovetx.gov or 254-547-4242.

City accepting applications for EDC board of directors

The city is accepting applications to fill a position on the Economic Development Corporation board of directors. The purpose of the City Council-appointed board is to direct and coordinate the broad-based expansion of the city’s business tax base and to promote sustainable job growth, thereby continuously enhancing the quality of life for residents. The board consists of five members, appointed to three-year terms. It meets monthly on the third Thursday. Applications are available at 914 South Main St., Suite C, or on the city website, www.copperascovetx.gov under “Online Resources” and “Forms and Applications.” Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. May 23. For information contact City Secretary Lucy Aldrich at laldrich@copperascovetx.gov or 254-547-4221.

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