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Don’t miss Nature in Lights at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. From 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Sunday, cars can explore the winter wonderland at the lake. 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. For directions or more information, go to

Local Music

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 charge is $10.

The Allen Brown Band is Saturday night’s featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover charge is $10.

Catch karaoke every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 with a DJ until 1:30 a.m. For more information, go to or call (254) 939-7131.

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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

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

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You’re invited to a night of family fun and entertainment at 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. For more information or to be on the program, call Dru Bar-jona at (254) 717-1479 or email

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Tickets are on sale 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 Fees may apply.

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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 Fees may apply.

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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 or call (254) 773-9926.

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The Texas A&M Singing Cadets will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at First Evangelical Free Church, 4220 Monterrey Oaks Blvd., Austin. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an information fair, cookie sales and a silent auction. Tickets are $15. For more information, go to or call Kathy Johnston at (512) 461-1871 or Sue Munns at (512) 636-9423. Group ticket prices available.

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 or find the market on Facebook at Killeen Farmer’s Market.

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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

Nationally known comedian Ralphie May will bring his comedy tour, “Too big to Ignore,” to Killeen at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center with special guest comedian James Sibley. Tickets are $25 in advance and on sale now at Cavender’s Boot City in Killeen or at


Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Ballroom 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. Dances classes are available throughout the week. For more information, 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. For more information, call Brenda Smith at (254) 690-5540.

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 Joker’s Icehouse is at 3404 W. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.

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

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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.

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Catch live music and other events at The Gin, 219 S. East St. in Belton. For upcoming events, 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. For more information, call (254) 947-3828 or go to

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The Legend Club in Salado presents live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Mondays will be Poker Tournament, happy hour all night, and your blues on the big screen. Thursday is singer songwriter night. The club is at 11333 1670 Lane in Salado at exit 286. For more information, call (254) 947-2582 or go to

Family Fun

Tickets are on sale for WWE’s SmackDown Jan. 11 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

The action-packed evening will feature wrestlers John Cena, CM Punk, The Miz, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and more. The card is subject to change.

Tickets, from $20 to $95, 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 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 or (254) 698-2009 or go to

At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, the art guild hosts Don Moore’s marker workshop. Cost is $10 per person. To participate, mail a check or money order to KCAG Workshop, 802 N. Second St. D-100, Killeen, TX 76541.

Festivals, events

“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” is on display through March 9 at the Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St., Belton.

An opening reception featuring people in period costumes and recipes from the 19th century will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 12.

On Feb. 9, attend a “birthday bash” with Lincoln-related activities and a giant cake. Admission and activities are free.

The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (254) 933-5243.


KNCT, the local public TV and radio station, will present an evening of wine tasting during the fifth annual KNCT Wine Classic on Jan. 19 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The event will feature a Wine 101 class, food and a silent auction. The evening starts at 5 p.m. with the Wine 101 class led by Steve Hanik. Tickets for the class are $100 and include early entry into the wine-tasting event. Seating is limited. The wine tasting will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the tasting only are $60. For tickets, call (877) 533-5628 or go to Participants must be 21 or older. Space is limited. Proceeds benefit KNCT-TV and “Simply Beautiful” 91.3 KNCT-FM.

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