Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament

The luck of the draw…free Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament at Backbone NCO Lounge at 6 p.m. Event is open to noncommissioned officers, civilians and guests 18 years of age and older. There are 24 player slots (available on a first come, first served basis) and spectators are welcome! Win giftcards of up to $175. Players may register at the Club Hood Cashier Cage during normal business hours. 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.

May 13

Come to Club Hood and treat Mom to something that tastes good at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Cost is $19.95 for adults and $ 6.95 for children. Kids 4 years and under are free. Brunch includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, omelet and waffle stations, chicken cordon bleu, shrimp, desserts, mimosas and more. Every mother receives a carnation. To RSVP and for more information, call (254) 532-5329 or (254) 532-5073.

May 18-20

Camp C.O.P.E. is designed to help our young heroes cope with the effects of war, deployments and the sacrifices they are asked to make every day. Children are provided age-appropriate therapeutic interventions in small groups of their peers, who have had similar experiences. The interventions are both direct and indirect, according to their comfort level, and are tailored to help them cope better emotionally. Children who have attended Camp C.O.P.E. have reported improved grades and behavior, more enjoyable Family functioning and increased healthy relationships with others. This session of camp is at Mo Ranch Conference Center, 2229 Farm-to-Market 1340 in Hunt. The camp is FREE and open to children (ages 4-18) of service members who have been/will be/currently are deployed or are injured. Busses from the Killen area and accommodations provided for qualified and pre-registered families. Registration forms are mandatory and available at www.campcope.org. Complete registration forms may be faxed to (214) 824-3777, emailed to campcope@yahoo.com or dropped off at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (Building 36042, Darnall Loop) or at the Child, Youth and School Services front desk (Rivers Building, 121 761st Tank Battalion Avenue).

May 26-27

Central Texas water enthusiasts can kick off summer at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area's Water Fest, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Activities will include the Drowned Rat Race, 21-foot Slide-n-slip, Gator Slip-n-Slide, kayak pools, inflatable bouncers, water slide rides, swimming at Sierra Beach and more. Patrons may also enjoy BLORA Ranch, the mountain bike-riding trails and camping opportunities. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Water Fest is open to all and the cost is $6 per vehicle, each day. For additional information, call (254) 287-2523. Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is located on North Nolan Road (Sparta Road), approximately 10 miles from East Range Road. Access to the BLORA is also possible from Farm-to-Market 439 and Sparta Road.

Through June 30

Consider yourself the next great modern-day artist? If so, enter the 2012 All-Army Arts and Crafts Contest, being held now through June 30 at 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 U.S. Army! There are two Groups in which to enter: novice and accomplished. The categories for both groups are ceramics, drawings, fibers & 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. This contest is open to active-duty soldiers, airmen, Reservists, Retirees, National Guard soldiers and families, Gold Star family members, Defense Department civilian employees and their families. For more information, call (254) 532-2586.

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