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Benefit for West: From 5 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday and from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, a variety of local musicians will perform at the Melody Ranch, 2315 S. Robinson Drive, Waco, to raise money for victims of last week’s explosion in West. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $1 for children, age 10 and younger.

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Actor/comedian Gary Owen will perform Saturday at the Harker Heights Event Center, 710 Edwards Drive. Tickets: $25 to $45 at Call Tyman at (210) 837-0605 or go to

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The MECCA Texas Fiddlers & Cloggers host a bluegrass/oldtime jam session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Killeen and another from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The essentials of a bluegrass jam session will be taught. Anyone who plays or is interested in learning to play a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, or other string instruments is welcome to attend. The sessions are open to the public and free. For locations, go to or email

Local Music

The Smokin’ Gun Band 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 charge is $10. The Dave Jorgenson Band is Saturday night’s featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover charge is $8. 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.

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the Texas Music Summer Kickoff featuring Rob Baird, Josh Grider, William Clark Green, Matt Kimbrow Band, and Midnight River Choir. The show starts at 6 p.m. June 1 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Tickets are $10 at the box office, Fort Hood ITR, Texas Box Office outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or online at

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

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

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Catch Rapper’s Delight on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. at Rising Star Baptist Church in Waco. There will be live performances, a DJ and an open mic segment. Admission is free. To be on the program, call Dru Bar-jona at (254) 717-1479 or email

Farmers Markets

The Green Avenue Farmers Market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays (starting Tuesday) at 717 N. Second St., downtown Killeen. Go to or Facebook: Killeen Farmer’s Market.

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The Copperas Cove Farmers Market, 1506 Veterans Ave., VFW parking lot, Copperas Cove, is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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The Water Street Farmers Market in Belton is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday downtown on Water Street in front of The Gin. Local vendors will have a variety of vegetables, foods and crafts.


Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Variety Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. for $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

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Free line dance classes are offered at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call Brenda Smith at (254) 690-5540.

Bars, Clubs

Every Monday “Panic on the Patio” with DJ Blazye at Central Texas’ new Monday social spot Club Rumours, 1507 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. No cover plus $20 all you can drink from 6 to 10:30 p.m., then party until 2. Call (404) 829-4396.

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Joker’s Icehouse Bar & Grill, 3404 W. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen, offers drink and food specials throughout the week. Call (254) 245-9944 or go to

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Come out to All Bottoms Up, 1505 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights, every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to midnight for Open Mic/Open Jam. Call (254) 699-0955 or go to

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Catch live music and other events at The Gin, 219 S. East St. in Belton. Go to or text GINEVENTS to 96362.

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Don’t miss live music Fridays and Saturdays at The Lounge Upstairs at The Range Restaurant, 101 N. Main St., Salado, with martinis and manicures on Thursday nights. Call (254) 947-3828 or go to

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The Legend Club in Salado presents live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursday is singer-songwriter night. The club is at 11333 1670 Lane in Salado. Call (254) 947-2582 or go to

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 or (254) 698-2009 or go to


On Saturday, the Harker Heights Ladies of Charity is hosting a Spring Luncheon and Style Show to benefit local food pantries. It starts at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center, 2412 Stillhouse Road, Harker Heights. There will be fashions by Dillard’s of Killeen, lunch, a silent auction and door prizes. The tickets are $20. Call Rowena at (254) 291-6194.


The Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater at Central Texas College is now showing an exhibit featuring tiles from space shuttles. The display is in the planetarium’s Exhibit Room primarily during regular show schedules but also is available upon request.

Several films are playing today through Sunday. For a show description, upcoming schedule and ticket prices, go to or call (254) 526-1800.

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