Through Jan. 5

Nature in Lights: Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area’s 17th annual holiday celebration, open to the public nightly, features a 5½-mile drive through a winter wonderland of holiday scenes. Attendees can visit Santa’s Village along the way, where they can enjoy hot cocoa and homemade baked goods, vendors and craft booths. Photos with Santa are available. Santa’s Depot, located at Marina Cove, is a train ride to view lights seen on the drive and there’s a petting zoo with pony rides and concessions. Additional fees apply. The fee for a car, minivan or pickup truck is $5, with additional fees for larger vehicles. Santa’s Village is open Thursday to Sunday through Dec. 15, and nightly Dec. 19-24. Hours are 5:30 to 11 p.m. For directions, call 254-287-2523 or go to

Through Feb. 28

Unlimited Golf: Golf from noon until dusk for $20 to $24 at the Courses of Clear Creek. Offer excludes weekends and federal/training holidays. Price based on rank.


Thanksgiving Event: Manager’s specials on select wines and local vendors with demo giveaways from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Class Six.


Thanksgiving Dinner at Club Hood is open to all, with two settings available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Prices are $19.95 for adults, $6.95 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. For more information or make reservations, call 254-532-5073 or 254-532-5329. Club Hood is Building 5764 on 24th Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard.

Every Tuesday

Ladies’ Day: Ladies get twilight green fees and 10 percent off in-stock women’s apparel purchases at the Courses of Clear Creek.

Friday through Sunday

All aboard: Ride the Kiddie Express Train at the Clear Creek Main Exchange Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are $3 and adults are $5.

Friday to Dec. 22

Kris Kringle Mart: Meet Santa at the Clear Creek Main Exchange by the front checkout counters with Mobile Food plus numerous Exchange Business Partners offering a variety of gift choices for the holidays in front of the store.

Sunday through Dec. 24

Pro Shop Sale: Purchases of $30 or more receive a 15 percent discount on balls, bags and shoes. Available to all DoD ID cardholders’ and guests. Phantom Warrior Lanes is Building 49010 on Clear Creek Road at Santa Fe Avenue. Call 254-287-3424.

Dec. 5

Craft Day: Make a squash photo book from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Casey Memorial Library. This class is for ages 10 and up.  The class is limited to 20, so please pre-register at the circulation desk or call 254-287-4921.

Hood Hoedown: Kick off the holiday season of parties with a good old-fashioned Southwestern party at Backbone Lounge. There will be a live DJ, drink specials and a mechanical bull. Prizes for the Best Western Dress Contest. There is no cover for this party. Open to all age 18 and older. Call 254-287-2007.

Dec. 6

Preschool Story Time: Enjoy stories, songs and a craft on a weekly theme from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 156 of Casey Memorial Library annex. Day cares and home-schoolers are welcome.

Dec. 7

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra: Williamson County Symphony presents “Music That Lifts the Spirit” at Howze Theater, Building 33000 on Battalion Avenue near 75th Street. The concert is free and open to all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. People needing special accommodations or more information, can call 254-288-7835.

ACAP events

Monday Mini Job Fair: From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center.

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

Dec. 2: Advance Resume Writing Seminar: Resume/ Application Development

Dec. 4: Federal Resume Seminar: Federal Job Resume/ Application

Dec. 5: Starting your own Business Seminar: Being Your Own Boss

Email events to Items run Wednesday as space is available. See more upcoming events in the calendar at

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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