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The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is at 2 and 5 p.m. Tuesday and at 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at Abrams Physical Fitness Center at Fort Hood, building 23001 on 62nd Street and Support Avenue. This event is open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before each show. Admission is free and seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cameras are allowed, but no video recording or professional photography. The show is targeted to children ages 1 to 6, but older children are welcome. There will also be free giveaway items including an Elmo twirly light and USO bandanas. For more information or special accommodations, call the Special Events Office at (254) 288-7835.

Local Music

The Weldon Henson 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 Ruby Creek Band is Saturday night’s featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover charge is $8. Catch karaoke every Thursday night. 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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The Central Texas College Fine Arts Department presents clarinetist Mark Arritola in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the LBJ Fine Arts auditorium (Bldg. 112). A meet-and-greet reception for the artist follows the performance. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the CTC Concert Series Scholarship fund.

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The 2012-2013 season of the Central Texas Orchestral Society opens with a performance by A Far Cry at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, with a reception at 3 p.m. in Strasburger Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Active-duty military and their dependents are admitted free with ID. The show is for ages 6 and older.

For tickets, call (254) 773-9926 or go to

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The Beach Boys perform Oct. 5 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. For tickets and more information, go to

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Aerosmith with special guest Cheap Trick perform Nov. 16 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at all 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 at

Farmers Markets

The Green Avenue Farmers Market is now 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. Saturday’s events include a blood drive and food drive benefitting the Killeen Food Care Center. For more information on becoming a vendor, call Ferrell Davis at (254) 291-8796 or go to

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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.

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Buy local food, taste wine and enjoy live music during the farmers market from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at The Vineyard at Florence, 8711 W. Farm-to-Market 487 in Florence. For more information, call (254) 793-3363.

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The Harker Heights Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the City Hall Parking Lot, 307 Miller’s Crossing.

Bars, 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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Dave’s Sports Bar presents karaoke starting at 8:30 p.m. today. BYOB. Dave’s is at 831 E. U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove. For more information, call (254) 542-3283.

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Club Six, 539 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights, presents DJ Lu from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. today and DJ Tejano Outlaw from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call (254) 541-8329.


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. For more information, call (254) 773-7088 or go to

Family Fun

October is Texas Archeology Month at the Bell County Museum in Belton, 201 N. Main St. Bring youngsters to the museum for an opportunity to conduct mock excavations every Saturday in October. On Oct. 13, living history interpreter Curtis Carter will be at the museum. A guided tour of the Gault Site will be conducted on Oct. 20. For more information, call the museum at (254) 933-5243 or go to

Festivals, events

The Railroad and Heritage Museum in Temple will host a Canton bus trip Thursday for $50 per person. Space is limited. For information or to reserve a spot, go to or call (254) 298-5172. The museum is at 315 W. Avenue B, Temple.

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The Village of Salado plans its fourth annual “Chocolate & Wine Weekend” today through Sunday, with nine events throughout the weekend. For tickets and more information, go to

Arts & Theater

The Central Texas College Fine Arts Department presents “Introspection” — a collection of airbrush paintings on canvas by local artist Rhea Brown. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours through Oct. 15. Meet the artist at 6 p.m. Tuesday during a free reception in the gallery.

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“Nunsense II,” the musical comedy, with book, play and musical lyrics by Don Goggin, will run at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St. Admission is $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID; and $10 for children, age 12 and younger. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For directions or more play information, go to


On Oct. 1 at Wildflower Country Club in Temple, around 40 golfers will tee off to play 100 holes of golf to benefit Hope Pregnancy Center. To play or for more information about the Golf for HOPE Marathon, call Erin Blankenship at (254) 501-4181.


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

Today’s shows

  • Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m.
  • We Are Astronomers at 8 p.m.
  • Sea Monsters at 9 p.m.

Saturday shows

  • One World, One Sky:
  • Big Bird’s Big Adventure at 11 a.m.
  • Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at noon.
  • Cardboard Rocket at 1 p.m.
  • Astronaut at 2 p.m.
  • Wildest Weather at 3 p.m.
  • Sea Monsters at 4 and 9 p.m.
  • Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m.
  • We Are Astronomers at 8 p.m.

Sunday shows

  • Astronaut at 2 p.m.
  • Wildest Weather at 3 p.m.
  • Sea Monsters at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

  • Molecularium at 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

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

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

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