Job Fair: Heart of Texas Goodwill will be hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Grace Christian Center, located at 1401 E. Elms Road in Killeen. The event is no cost for employers. For more information, call 254-366-0192 or email email@example.com.
Fundraiser: We Leave No One Behind-Crisis Help, a Killeen nonprofit who helps veterans in crisis, will be holding a fundraiser from 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Chuck E. Cheese’s located at 2303 E. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen. The nonprofit will receive 20 percent of all purchases made during that time, to include for food, merchandise and play point deals sold at the register.
Golf tournament: The Central Texas Military Officers Association of America will host its first golf tournament to underwrite scholarships on Sept. 24 at the Wildflower Country Club in Temple. Contests will include a hole-in-one shoot, longest drive, closest to the pin and straightest drive.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start planned for 9 a.m. Lunch and awards will be held at 1 p.m.
For more information or to register early, go to www.centexmoaa.org. Sponsorships are available.
The Wildflower Country Club is located at 4902 Wildflower Lane in Temple.
Fundraiser: We Leave No One Behind-Crisis Help, a Killeen nonprofit who helps veterans in crisis, will be holding a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, located at 3811 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen. Be sure to tell the cashier you are there for the We Leave No One Behind-Crisis Help nonprofit for them to receive a portion of the proceeds.
MOPHA Tea: The Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary Unit 1876 will have their Annual Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at 699 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Harker Heights. This year we are honoring Gold Star spouses and families. Guest speaker will be a Gold Star Spouse. Gold Star members can attend free of charge, all others will be $10 per person. Any proceeds from the Tea will be used for our Ron Taylor Scholarship Fund. Deadline to make a reservation is Sept. 25. Reservations can be made by emailing Doris A. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: Annual Tea. Make all checks payable to: MOPHA Unit 1876, Attn: Doris Williams, P.O. Box 2872, Harker Heights, TX 76548.
Fundraiser: We Leave No One Behind-Crisis Help, a Killeen nonprofit who helps veterans in crisis, will be holding a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Chipotle located at 201 E. Central Texas Expressway Suite 1400 in Harker Heights. Be sure to tell the cashier you are there to support the nonprofit to ensure they receive 33 percent of the proceeds.
Stand down: Operation Stand Down-Central Texas, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for homeless veterans, will hold its Fall stand down for all homeless, veteran or not, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Killeen Community Center, located at 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Killeen. The stand down gives homeless persons an opportunity to get a hot meal, shower, haircut, medical and dental screening and new clothing. Veterans Affairs, the Texas Veterans Commission and other organizations will also be on hand to provide information and services.
Items currently needed for the stand down are undergarments in all sizes for men and women, sleeping bags and towels. All items must be new for sanitation purposes.
Monetary sponsors and donars are welcome. Volunteers are needed to work the event, to include set up and tear down. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, visit the organization’s website at www.osdct.org or call Joann Courtland at 254-681-8522.
Purple Heart Auxiliary: The Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary is looking for spouses, children, grandchildren, grand parents, widows, widowers and siblings of persons who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the Armed Services of the United States. The Auxiliary supports our patriots, veterans, their family members and Gold Star families. We are looking for others who want to give back to those who haven given so much for this country. A lifetime membership costs $50.
If you are interested in joining CENTEX Unit 1876, please contact the unit president, Doris Williams, at email@example.com. The auxiliary meets the third Saturday of the month at 699 East Veterans Memorial Blvd, Harker Heights. The auxiliary hosts an annual tea in the fall, participates in the POW/MIA Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade, Memorial Day Parade, Wreath laying for Vets, the Purple Heart Ball, VA hospital activities, Toys for Tots and more.
Tobacco cessation classes: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Health Promotion office offers Freedom from Tobacco cessation classes every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for all active duty military, family members, retirees and DoD civilians. Tricare beneficiaries do not need a referral to participate in the program.
Classes are held in the Health Promotion office located at the Army Wellness Center in Building 12019, Old Ironsides and 31st Street, Suite 500. To register for an upcoming class or for more information, call 254-288-8488.
The Central Texas Korean War Veterans Association chapter 222 will meet at the assocation’s post every second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. The post is located at 508 Park St, Killeen, Texas.
Drivers needed: The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is seeking volunteer van drivers interested in transporting Veterans in the Killeen area to and from their scheduled appointments at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple. Transportation for veterans from outlying areas, such as Killeen, is provided through a van fleet donated in collaboration with area Disabled American Veterans organizations and its members. Personnally-owned vehicles are not used to transport veterans. Volunteers must meet qualifications for drivers, such as a valid driver’s license, proof of current insurance, a safe driving record and a background check. Applicants must also pass a physical examination. Volunteers are eligible for meals, flu shots and an extensive volunteer recognition program. For more information, contact the Voluntary Service Office at 254-743-0515 or 254-743-0740.
Scholarship: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 Auxiliary announces participation in the Nursing Scholarship Program for the Department of Texas VFW Auxiliary. This year the State of Texas will be giving out three scholarships. First Place will be $2000, second place $1500 and third place $1000. Submit a double-spaced typewritten 300 words or fewer essay on “Having chosen the career in nursing, what impact do you feel you can have on veterans and their families.” The winners will be invited to the Department Convention in June 2018 to receive the scholarship and be introduced to the Great VFW Auxiliary of Texas. The information and application have to be received at the Department of Texas no later than May 1, 2018. Any nursing student who is accepted as a nursing senior for the fall of 2017-2018 academic session qualifies as long as the following applies: Must be attending a Texas college or university and must be an American citizen with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Verification needed, current transcript accepted.” Application forms and instructions may be obtained from VFW Post 8577 Auxiliary Chairman Karen Kaylor by calling 254-547-5619 or President Bonnie Henderson, 254-319-7615.
Bingo: The Community Events and Bingo Center offers bingo six days a week, reoccurring special events, along with computer handsets, display monitors and several stations to replenish bingo supplies. Over $3,700 in cash prizes paid out daily. One jackpot starts at $10,000, another at $3,000 and another begins with a percent of the first day’s play; in addition to progressive game numbers that go up weekly. This state of the art facility is also capable of accommodating private parties and functions of up to 450 guests. Bingo offered Tuesday through Saturday, doors open at 5 p.m., bingo from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, doors open at noon, bingo from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Community Events and Bingo Center is at building 50012, Clear Creek Road, behind AAFES gas station. For more information, please call 254-532-9253 or 254-532-9263.
Roller Derby Recreation League: Come out and join the Fort Hood Hell on Wheels All Girl Roller Derby Recreation League. The league is free to join and is open to female DOD ID card holders ages 16 years old and older. Females under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present at all times. Skaters are required to provide their own equipment, during league practice and bouts. The league meets Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Health Promotions Aerobics and Skating Center, Building 324 on 37th Street. All skill levels will be accommodated. For more information, call 254-285-5372.
Zumba: Classes are 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Applied Functional Fitness Center; 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at West Fort Hood Gym; and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Applied Functional Fitness Center.
Spin: Classes are from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Grey Wolf Physical Fitness Center, at 58th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue.
Yoga Classes: Enjoy yoga from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Beginners’ yoga is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Classes are subject to change and are held at the Applied Fitness Center, Building 12018, 33rd Street at Old Ironsides Avenue. For more information, call 254-287-8219.
Counseling: Bring it in the Zone is now hosting SMART Recovery Group/Individual Counseling Sessions in Killeen. This is a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy helping individuals become free from dependence of any substance using a four-point program. Call Jennifer Coleman at 254-458-1329 for individual appointments, questions or comments.
Just Stressed Out: Support group for female spouses or caregivers of active-duty or service members with PTSD, active-duty female service members or veterans with PTSD. Meets from 6 to 7 p.m. at 717 N. 4th Street, Suite B in Killeen. Park in the Bell County Human Services lot. For more information, contact Maureen Jouett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Group: Open to any kind of trauma survivors and caregivers. Hosted by Darnall Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care, the group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Darnall chapel. For more information, contact Chaplain S.R. Handy at 254-288-8849 or 254-288-8850.
Thursday Music Mix: From 3 to 8 p.m., enjoy pool, shuffleboard, popcorn and finger foods on covered patio decks as you listen to a live DJ at Backbone NCO Lounge, Building 194 on 37th Street. The event is free and open to all 18 and older. For more information, call 254-532-5073.
1st and 3rd Thursday
Survivors of suicide support group: Anyone impacted by suicide is invited to meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in Belton. For more information email email@example.com.
VFW meeting: The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8577 Auxiliary holds their monthly meetings the third Monday of each month starting at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 8577 at 1506 Veterans Ave, Copperas Cove. Membership dues can now be paid for 2018. The Auxiliary would like all dues paid by Dec. 15. Any questions call 254-319-7615.
Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program Job fairs:
Sept. 5: Vocational/Technical Skills Education Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soldier Development Center, Building 33009
Sept. 20: New Beginning Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Club Hood, Building 5764, 24th Street.
Oct. 22: SFL-TAP Monthly Mini Career Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby, Building 18000.
Oct. 25: Military Spouse Hiring Event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Club Hood, Building 5764, 24th Street.
Oct. 26: Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Job Fair, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., VA Medical Center, Building 171, 1901 Veterans Drive, Temple.
Jan. 15: Fort Hood SFL-TAP Mega Career Fair Club Hood, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Building 5764, 24th Street.
Upcoming Seminars at the Soldier for Life: TAP Center starting at 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted, are:
Sept. 11: Small Business Development Center, Education Center, Room H-122.
Sept. 12: Dress for Success Seminar, Presenting yourself to employers, 9 to 10 a.m., Education Center, Room H-122.
Sept. 12: Interview Tech & Salary Negotiations, 10 a.m. to noon, Education Center, Room H-122.
Sept. 13: Starting a Business Seminar, Being your own Boss, Education Center, Room H-122.
Sept. 24 to 28: Small Business Workshop. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby, Building 18000. Register by calling 254-526-1788.
Sept. 27: Starting a Business Seminar, Business Plan Basics, Education Center, Room C-206.
Oct. 9: Small Business Development Center, Education Center, Room H-122.
Oct. 10: Dress for Success Seminar, Presenting yourself to employers, 9 to 10 a.m., Education Center, Room H-122.
Oct. 10: Interview Tech & Salary Negotiations, 10 a.m. to noon, Education Center, Room H-122.
Oct. 11: Starting a Business Seminar, Buying an Existing Business or Franchise, Education Center, Room H-122.
Oct. 25: Starting a Business Seminar, Business Finance/Bankrolling Your Business, Education Center, Room C-206.