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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 7:30 am

Holiday Happenings

“Christmas Is ON The Air,” at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St., through Dec. 22. This original comedy-variety show, written by The Spuradical Players, continues the evolving, annual holiday saga of WSPR Radio’s desperate efforts to solve the mystery surrounding the strange and nefarious new owners of the station. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. Admission prices are $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID; and $10 for children age 12 and younger for evening shows. Matinee tickets are $10. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For directions or more information, go to www.saladosilverspur.com.


Don’t miss Nature in Lights at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. From 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 6, explore the winter wonderland at the lake and enjoy a visit to Santa’s Village. Admission is $5 for cars, minivans and pickup trucks, $15 for limos, RVs and 15-passenger vans, $25 for 24-passenger vans and $40 for 47-passenger vans or large buses. Santa’s Village is open nightly through Dec. 24. For directions or more information, go to www.hoodmwr.com/nature_in_lights.htm.


Catch “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple. For more information, go to www.tablerock.org or call (254) 947-9205.


Catch “The Nutcracker” at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen today through Sunday and “The Story of Scrooge” Dec. 21-22. For showtimes, tickets or more information, go to www.vlakilleen.org.


Catch “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Waco Civic Theatre. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling (254) 776-1591. Cookies and punch will be served after the show.


Best Bets

Public television station KNCT-TV and “Masterpiece” plan a special event screening of the Emmy-award winning series “Downton Abbey” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater at Central Texas College. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free gifts, and one fan will win a special “Downton Abbey” book.


Local Music

The 35 South 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 $8. The Branded Heart 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. Tickets are on sale for New Year’s Eve with music by The Last Call Band. For more information, go to www.bosbarndancehall.com or call (254) 939-7131.


The Dead Fish Grill at 2207 Lake Road in Belton presents live music many evenings. For more information, call (254) 939-5771 or go to www.deadfishgrill.com.


Schoepf’s BBQ presents live music some nights. Schoepf’s is at 702 E. Central Ave. in Belton. For more information, go to www.schoepfsbbq.com.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the Three Days Grace and Shinedown concert with guest P.O.D. March 19 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Get tickets at the expo center box office, select H-E-Bs, Fort Hood ITR, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or online at www.texasboxoffice.com. Fees may apply.


Tickets are on sale for Eric Clapton’s March 17 concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin and for Bon Jovi’s April 10 concert at the Frank Erwin Center. Tickets are available for both shows at all Texas Box Office outlets including select H-E-B stores, Fort Hood ITR, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at www.texasboxoffice.com. Fees may apply.


Radney Foster will be on stage Jan. 12 in Temple at the Cultural Activities Center to kick off the 2013 Singer-Songwriter Series. For tickets and more information, go to www.cacarts.org or call (254) 773-9926.


Farmers Markets

The Green Avenue Farmers Market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 717 N. Second St., downtown Killeen. For more information, go to www.greenavemarket.com or find the market on Facebook at Killeen Farmer’s Market.


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

Arts & Theater

The Silver Spur Arts Academy plans Reindeer Wranglin’ Arts Workshops, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 20-22, with celebratory performances at 2 p.m. Dec. 23 for ages 4 to 18 at 108 Royal St. in Salado. The workshops offer an introduction to theater arts. Camp is $70 per day and space is limited. For reservations or more information, call (254) 947-3456 or go to www.silverspurarts.com.


Dancing

Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Country Western 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. Reservations for New Year’s Eve are being accepted. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, call (254) 773-7088, email itmood@vvm.com or go to inthemoodballroom.com.


Restaurants, Clubs

Joker’s Icehouse Bar & Grill offers drink and food specials throughout the week. For more information, call (254) 245-9944 or go to www.jokersicehousebarandgrill.com. Joker’s Icehouse is at 3404 W. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.


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. Singers, songwriters, musicians, comedians and poets are welcome. For more information, call (254) 699-0955 or go to www.facebook.com/allbottomsup.


Enjoy Christian karaoke the second and third Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. at 103 Avenue D in Copperas Cove. All ages are welcome. A refreshment stand is open as well. For more information, contact Sandra Andrews at (254) 547-4546.


Catch live music and other events at The Gin, 219 S. East St. in Belton. For upcoming events, go to www.thegin.net or text GINEVENTS to 96362.


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. For more information, call (254) 947-3828 or go to www.therangerestaurant.com.


The Legend Club in Salado presents live music. Tonight, catch Lance Wade Thomas. On Saturday, Frankly Country performs. On Sunday, DJ Legend presents Sunday Classics. Thursday is open-mic night for singer-songwriters. Tickets ($50 per couple or $30 per person) are on sale for New Year’s Eve. The club is at 11333 1670 Lane in Salado at exit 286. For more information, call (254) 947-2582 or go to www.saladolegendclub.com.


Family Fun

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends will perform a music mash-up of mega proportions when “Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival” arrives at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Dec. 23. Shows are at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now at Texas Box Office outlets, including select H-E-B stores, Fort Hood ITR, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-2386 or online www.texasboxoffice.com.


Tickets are on sale now for WWE’s SmackDown Jan. 11 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Tickets are available at all Texas Box Office outlets, including select H-E-B stores, Fort Hood ITR, by phone at (512) 477-6060, (800) 982-2386 or online at www.texasboxoffice.com. Fees may apply.


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 Art and Activity Center, 802 N. Second St., Suite D 100. For more information, contact Samra Thompson at sunflwr809@hot.rr.com or (254) 698-2009 or go to www.kcag.net.


Planetarium

The following films are now showing at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater at Central Texas College:

Today’s shows

Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe at 7 p.m.

Laser Holidays at 8 p.m.

Mystery of the Christmas Star at 9 p.m.

Saturday shows

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth at 11 a.m.

The Little Star that Could at noon.

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion at 1 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 2 p.m.

Laser Holidays at 3 and 8 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe at 7 p.m.

Mystery of the Christmas Star at 9 p.m.

Sunday shows

Laser Holidays at 2 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

Laser Holidays at 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

For a show description, upcoming schedule and ticket prices, go to www.starsatnight.org or call (254) 526-1800.

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