A free Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament at Legends Pub, 6 p.m.; open to officers, civilians and guests 18 years of age and older; $10 player fee, 24 player slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Spectators are welcome! Win gift cards: first place prize, $175; second place, $75; third place, $50. Players may register at the Club Hood Cashier Cage during normal business hour. Club Hood is located in Building 5764 on 24th Street at Tank Destroyer Boulevard, near the east gate. For more information, call (254) 532-5073.
Fort Hood's Month of the Military Child and Earth Fest is scheduled for April 27, inside Fort Hood's 79th Street Gate. Free and open to all, the event provides non-stop activities from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning with a performance by the Renegades Band. More than 30 exhibits will be on display including recycling, renewable energy resources, endangered species, natural resources, water conservation and other environmental topics. There will also be inflatables, arts and crafts, a teen zone, and live entertainment. A Games 2U mobile game theater will be at the event featuring the latest Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii games on six high-definition televisions. Zoomagination will also do a special exotic animal show at 5 p.m. featuring a two-toed sloth, wallaby, bearded dragon, snake, parrot and creepy crawlies. The rest of the evening will feature live entertainment by the Shoemaker High School Pandemonium Steel Drums Band and Lighter Ray Band. For more information call (254) 553-3988 or go to Hood MWR.com. Individuals requiring accommodations for a medical disability must contact (254) 288-2141 one week prior to the event.
Apache Arts & Crafts will open the Resiliency Art Room, a special place, free of charge and only open to active-duty soldiers. The room offers a quiet area with all the art materials (pens, pencils, markers, paints, chalks, clays, beads, feathers, buttons, yarns, thread and all types of paper) for soldiers to create whatever comes to mind. There will be no instructors, no set projects to make and no interference from anyone, just a quiet room to sit and relax and/or create. Soldiers may take their work with them or leave it at the center to be displayed and provide inspiration for others who use the facility. The room will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soldiers will be asked sign in at the Apache Arts & Crafts sales store prior to using the art room. Apache Arts & Crafts is in Building 2337, corner of 62nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. For more information, call (254) 287-0343.
May 1 through June 30
Enter the 2012 All-Army Arts and Crafts Contest at the Apache Arts and Crafts Center, 761st Tank Battalion and 62nd Streets, Building 2337. Enter your best 2-D and 3-D artwork to compete for cash prizes against the best artists and artisans in the Army. There are two groups in which to enter: Novice and Accomplished. The categories for both groups are ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media 2-D, mixed media 3-D, oil base painting, prints, water base painting and wood. The deadline for submission is June 30. Contact Apache Arts and Crafts for rules and entry forms. The contest is open to active-duty soldiers, airmen, reservists, retirees, National Guard soldiers and families, Gold Star family members, DOD civilian employees and their families. For more information,