Apache Arts and Crafts Center: Get big discounts on things you need to make your masterpiece complete. Come enjoy savings like $20 off framing and 50 percent off ceramics. Call 254-532-2586.

AAFES giveaways: Listen to to win free food at select AAFES locations and movie passes at Palmer Theater.

Through July 31

Cash Giveaway: Register to win a one-time cash prize of $4,000. The winner must be eligible for USAA membership and have a USAA deposit account to collect earnings. Register at One entry allowed per person. You must be 18 or older. Call 254-532-5481.


Thursday Music Mix: From 3 to 8 p.m., enjoy pool, shuffleboard, popcorn and finger foods on covered patio decks and listen to a live DJ at Backbone NCO Lounge, Building 194 on 37th Street. The event is free and open to age 18 and older. Call 254-532-5073.


Benefit Ride: The Green Knights Chapter 110 invites local civilians and military motorcycle riders to participate in a benefit ride for the families of the victims of the April 2 Fort Hood shooting. All proceeds go to families. The ride begins at 9 a.m. at Fort Hood Harley-Davidson in Harker Heights. Preregister for $20 for one rider, or $35 for a rider and passenger. Registration at the event is $25 and $40. Live music, a 50/50 raffle and vendors will be there. Non-riders can make donations online. For registration, go to

Be-Healthy: The Clear Creek Main Store will join the Clear Creek Commissary for Be-Healthy. Have your picture taken with Super Mario and join in the Wii Fitness gaming event.

Summer Fest: Operation Phantom Support will host a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for children. Enjoy games, food and entertainment at 315 E. Avenue C in downtown Killeen.

Saturday and Sunday

Water Fest: Central Texas water enthusiasts can kick off summer at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Each day patrons may attend the event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 be available for purchase. Water Fest is open to all and the cost is $6/vehicle, each day. Call 254-287-2523. BLORA is on North Nolan Road (Sparta Road), about 10 miles from East Range Road. Access to the BLORA also is possible from Farm-to-Market 439 and Sparta Road.

June 11

Summer Reading Kickoff: Start off the summer at the Casey Memorial Library with a military working dog presentation from 9 to 10 a.m.

Youth and College Students Career Launch and Career Fair: Army Community Service and Child, Youth and School Services host the Youth and College Students Career Launch and Career Fair. The Career Launch is from 9 to 11 a.m. for ages 13-22, but the doors open at 8:30 a.m. There will be a multitude of informational sessions on goal-setting, scholarships, resumes and employment applications. The Youth Career Fair is from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 16 to 22 and covers employment opportunities in customer service, data entry, retail sales, warehouse and more. Preregister before Monday. Call 254-553-2216 or 254-287-6745.

June 11 to Aug. 13

Summer reading: The Casey Memorial Library will have an online reading program for adults, teens and children. Those who read 10 books or three hours and log their reading online, will earn a prize. Register at

June 12

Army Birthday Celebration: The city of Killeen will host its inaugural celebration of the Army’s birthday from 4 to 7 p.m. on Avenue D. At 4:30 p.m., the city will join Fort Hood officials to re-dedicate Military Plaza on Avenue D, followed by a re-enactment, a cake-cutting ceremony and a birthday cadence performance. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a food truck face-off where local food trucks will compete against one another. Other activities include a car show, vendors, children’s activities, alcohol and T-shirt sales. Money raised from T-shirt sales will go to fund the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting memorial. Vendors interested in participating in the event have until 8 a.m. Friday to submit applications to

June 13

Friday afternoon movie: Watch a movie from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Casey Memorial Library’s room 156 in the library annex.

2014 Single Soldiers’ Fest: Enjoy a day of work at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area hosted by Fort Hood’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. Join in on the softball, beach volleyball, human pyramid, water balloon toss, relay races, hula-hoops, tug of war and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival includes free activities, entertainment and food. Call 254-287-6116.

ACAP events

Fort Hood’s Army Career and Alumni Program will host a Monday Mini Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oveta Culp Hobby Center Soldier and Family Readiness Center.

The Fort Hood ACAP Mega Job Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 at Club Hood.

Upcoming seminars at the ACAP Center starting at 1 p.m. are:

Today: Federal Resume Seminar: Federal Job Resume/ Application

Tuesday: Education Seminar: Troops to Teachers

June 11: SBDC: Small Business Development

June 12: Starting a Business Seminar: Bankrolling Your Business

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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