November 11 to January 8, 2017

Nature in Lights: The annual Nature in Lights, a Christmas lights drive-thru event at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, is currently under way.

The dates for this season’s Nature in Lights is Nov. 11-Jan. 8, and it is open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Prices have increased this year. The gate fees are:

Car, mini-van and pick-up: $15 per vehicle.

Limos, RV and 15–passenger van: $30

24-passenger van: $50

47-passenger van or larger bus: $75

Restroom facilities along the route are outlined in green lights for easy recognition. Nature in Lights is organized by Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. For more information, call 254-287-2523 or go to www.hoodmwr.com/nature_in_lights.htm

December 1

Fort Hood tree lighting: The annual III Corps holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 1 near the flagpole in front of the III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters.

Seasonal music will be provided by the 1st Cavalry Division Band, the Audie Murphy Middle School Choir and the Fort Hood Family Housing Children’s Choir. Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland will address the gathering and light the Christmas tree with two families selected from the Fort Hood community.

There will be an appearance by Santa Claus with the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment. Santa will stay behind for family photos in the III Corps Headquarters. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For more information, call 254-287-3087.

December 1

Cove tree lighting: The city of Copperas Cove invites the public to attend the 2016 Cove Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the City Park, 1206 W. Avenue B.

December 2

Krist Kindl Markt: A Christmas Bazaar/Krist Kindl Markt will be held in downtown Copperas Cove from 4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2.

December 3

Cove Christmas Parade: The Copperas Cove Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 3. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Whoville.” Registration fee is $20. Applications and payment must be received no later than Friday. Check-in time is 1 p.m. at the Copperas Cove High School parking lot on Avenue D. If your float needs assembly, you may arrive early but still must check in at 1 p.m. and must be ready at 2 p.m. if being judged. Judging begins at 2 p.m. For more information, contact 254-547-7571.

December 10

Killeen Christmas parade: The 54th annual Christmas parade in downtown Killeen is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Vendors sell food and crafts along the parade route.

Vendors may apply at www.killeentexas.gov/volunteer. Applications are due Dec. 7. The fee is $50 for food trucks and $25 for craft vendors.

December 10-11

Couples therapy for PTSD: Strong Star and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD are recruiting for a new research study. A weekend retreat will be offered in Austin Oct. 1-2 and Dec. 10-11 with no cost for treatment, food or lodging. The retreat is open to active duty service members or veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom or New Dawn who are currently experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress and their romantic partners.

For more information, contact Strong Star at 254-288-1638 or online at strongstar.org/treatment. Ask your Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center provider for a referral.

December 13

Feast of Sharing: H-E-B and the city of Killeen will host the ninth annual Feast of Sharing from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.

Those who want to volunteer should register by calling the Killeen Volunteer Center at 254-501-7878 or go to www.killeentexas.gov/volunteer. Volunteer registration is open until Dec. 1 or until spots are filled.

The Feast of Sharing highlights the ongoing effort to combat hunger by serving free holiday meals to families in our community. The event is open to the public and will include free holiday meals, entertainment and activities.

June 7-11, 2017

1st Cavalry Reunion: The 1st Cavalry Division Association 70th annual reunion is scheduled for June 7-11, 2017, in Killeen. Please register early to assist in coordinating the reunion. Some events will have limited seating available due to the size of available rooms. All members of the Association must register and pay the registration fee in order to attend. Early registration is from December 2016 to April 21, 2017. The fee is $20 for all members except those on active duty. Active Duty troopers pay $10 to register. Registrations post-marked after May 4, 2017, must pay a late registration fee of $40. Family members attending with an Association member, widows of 1st Cavalry Division troopers and Gold Star family members do not have to pay a registration fee.

For more information, visit www.1cda.org or call 254-547-6537.

Ongoing

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.

Dental program: The Fort Hood American Red Cross and Fort Hood Dental Command announce applications will be available March 1 for the 2016 Dental Assistant training program. Dental Command trains Red Cross volunteers in the basic skills necessary to work as a dental assistant. The training program runs from September 2016 to May 2017. Individuals must submit their application no later than May 2. To review program fact sheet and receive application or for more information contact American Red Cross 254-287-0400, email forthood@redcross.org or come to the Fort Hood Red Cross at 37th and Battalion Avenue, Building 288.

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.

Every Tuesday

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 mail@bringeveryoneinthezone.org.

Support Group: Open to soldiers, veterans and caregivers impacted by PTSD. Hosted by Darnall Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care, the group meets from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Darnall chapel. For more information, contact Chaplain S.R. Handy at 254-288-8849 or 254-288-8850.

Every Thursday

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 at the Killeen Arts and Activities Center, 802 N. 2nd Street in Killeen. For more information email sos_gfh@yahoo.com.

2nd and 4th Thursday

Counseling: Bring it in the Zone is now hosting SMART Recovery Group/Individual Counseling Sessions from 6 to 7 p.m. at 718 N. 2nd St., Suite B, in Killeen. This is a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy helping individuals become free from dependence of any substance using a four-point program. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Call Jennifer Coleman at 254-458-1329 for individual appointments, questions or comments.

Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program Job fairs:

Dec. 5: SFL-TAP Monthly Mini Hiring Event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby, Building 18000.

Dec. 7: Vocational & Technical Skills Career Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soldier Development Center, Building 33009. Dec. 07: CivilianJobs.com Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Phantom Warrior Center, Building 194.

Dec. 8: CivilianJobs.com Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Club Hood, Building 5764.

Dec. 8: Military Spouse Career Event Hiring Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Event Center, Building 50012.

Jan. 24: Fort Hood SFL-TAP Mega Job Fair, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Club Hood, Building 5764.

Upcoming Seminars at the Soldier for Life: TAP Center starting at 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted, are:

Nov. 29/30: USO Mil Spouse Career Prep Workshop, Building 36051, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 7: SBDC, Small Business Development.

Dec. 8: Starting a Business Seminar, Business Plan Basics.

Jan. 11: SBDC, Small Business Development.

Feb. 8: SBDC, Small Business Development.

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