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The Central Texas College Jazz Ensemble is the featured performer at this weekend’s Salado Spring Stroll Jazz Festival at the Tablerock Amphitheatre on Saturday. The concert starts at 7 p.m. while concession sales begin at 6 p.m.

The Central Texas Astronomical Society plans its next Bell County Star Party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park, near Stillhouse Hollow Lake outside Belton. The event is free and open to the public, weather permitting. Go to

King-Witherspoon Entertainment Group presents national comedy act Sommore Live featuring Tony Rock with host Michael Shawn at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. For tickets, go to or call 214-865-9553.

Local Music

The 24th annual Temple College Jazz Festival is Thursday through March 29 with featured artists Pete Rodriguez, Bob Mintzer and Wayne Bergeron. The Temple Jazz Orchestra, Temple College Jazz Ensemble, Temple College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and TC Fusion also will perform. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each day in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College main campus. Tickets: $20 for adults and $5 for students. Three-day passes are available for $40 for adults and $10 for students. Call 254-298-8555 or go to

Kat Belle will perform Motown and R&B covers from 8 to 11 p.m. March 28 at Hondeaux Southern Kitchen and Bar, 20 E. Avenue A in Temple. Enjoy Cajun/Southern cooking, a full bar and live soul music.

Catch live jazz every Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Inn on the Creek in Salado. Call 254-947-5554 |

Scooter Dubec and Sterling Country performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. today at Bo’s Barn Dancehall at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93 in Temple. Cover: $8. Wild Horses is Saturday’s featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover: $10. Catch karaoke every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 with a DJ until 1:30 a.m. Go to or call 254-939-7131.

The Dead Fish Grill at 2207 Lake Road in Belton presents live music many evenings. Call 254-939-5771 or go to

Schoepf’s BBQ presents live music some nights. Schoepf’s is at 702 E. Central Ave., Belton. Go to

Arts & Theater

The Central Texas College Fine Arts theater department will present its spring production of the Neil Simon comedy “The Odd Couple” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28-29 in the Lady Bird Johnson Fine Arts auditorium (building 112) on the Killeen campus. The play is intended for mature audiences. Free child care will be provided for each performance by the staff of the CTC Child Development Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Brazos Theatre Group presents its next dinner theater, “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at The CAST at 605 Austin Ave., Waco. Tickets: $35 with discounts for students, seniors and military. Call 254-313-8920 or go to

A new art exhibit featuring the paintings and drawings of Bruce Cunningham is on display through May 1 in the Central Texas College library’s upstairs gallery. Meet the artist during a free public reception from 5 to 6 p.m. April 17.


Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Tejano Dance from 8 to 11. Tickets: $5 a person. Come at 7 p.m. for a dance lesson, pay $8 and stay for the dance for free. Attire is dressy casual. Dance classes are available throughout the week. Call 254-773-7088, email or go to

Free line dance classes are offered at the E Center, 710 Edwards Drive, Harker Heights, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call Brenda Smith at 254-690-5540.

Bars, Clubs

Big O’s Bar and Dancehall, 8420 Airport Road, Temple, presents DJ Ponyboy from 9 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday and DJ Samba from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. No cover. Call 254-718-7479.

DJ Tejano Outlaw performs from 8 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Saturday at Club Fuego, 704-B. Edwards Drive, Harker Heights. Call 254-541-8329.

Book Signings

Central Texas College will celebrate Women’s History Month with a book signing of noted author Debra Winegarten from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the campus library. Winegarten is the author of “Oveta Culp Hobby – Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist.” It’s free and open to the public.

Clubs, Meetings

The Killeen Civic Art Guild has open studio time from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and offers various workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Killeen Arts & Activities Center, 802 N. Second St., Suite D 100. Contact Samra Thompson at | 254-698-2009 |

The Central Texas Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society plans an arm-chair tour of the Midwest through the lens of two railroad photographers, Bradley Linda and William Schaffer, at 2 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave.

Festivals, Events

Temple Parks and Leisure Services presents the fourth annual Bush’s Spring Chicken 10k Race, a chip-timed event at 8 a.m. Saturday at West Temple Park. Preregistration is $25 and ends Tuesday. Race day registration is $30. Go to


Several films are now showing at the Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College. For descriptions, full schedule and ticket prices, go to or call 254-526-1800.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at or (254) 501-7551.

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