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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:30 am

Holiday Happenings

The sixth annual Christmas on the Farm is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bell County Expo Arena in Belton. Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for some activities. Santa will be available for pictures, and there will be many games and attractions for families, including pony rides, hay rides and an auction at noon.

Adults can return for the Barn Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. at the expo center. Admission is $5 and benefits Aware Central Texas. For more information, call (254) 939-7582.

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Celebrate the season at the annual Holiday Under the Stars event Saturday at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. The public is invited to join the full day of free family fun. Children and parents are invited to join Santa at 8 a.m. for pancakes and juice at Breakfast in Toyland. Runners line up at 8 a.m. to compete in the annual Jingle Bell Dash 5k. The festival opens at 10 a.m., and includes inflatable bouncies, a petting zoo, food, entertainment and free skating on the city’s synthetic ice skating rink. There will be a new snow hill this year. Santa Claus arrives at 6 p.m. to light the official holiday tree, then pose for photos and listen to wish lists in Santa’s Cabin. The final activity is a movie in the park screening of “Arthur Christmas” at 6:30 p.m. at the amphitheater. Bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy free cookies and cocoa. For more information, call (254) 501-8889.

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Killeen plans more holiday fun Dec. 8. At 1 p.m., watch “A Christmas Story” at Killeen Arts & Activities Center. At 2 p.m., enjoy the Merry, Merry Market Days at the Green Avenue Farmers Market. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., get pictures made with Santa and at 4:30 p.m. watch the 50th annual Christmas Parade through downtown.

For more information, call (254) 501-8889.

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Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Junior Service League of Killeen, is from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. Tickets are $4.

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“Christmas Is ON The Air,” at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St., Saturday 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.

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Greet Santa as he arrives by train at the Santa Fe Depot in Temple. Children can visit with Santa and take pictures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 315 W. Avenue B. Enjoy arts and crafts, food, fun games and activities, and the Christmas Village. Meeting Santa is free, but some activities require a fee. The Christmas Train Village will also be on display in the museum. Admission to the museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, active-duty military and children 12 and younger get in free during this event. The barrel train and hand cars will be open for $2 per ride.

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The annual Temple Christmas Parade is at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Dozens of floats, marching bands and decorated rides will make their way through downtown Temple. The parade begins on Adams Avenue near West Eighth Street and runs to 23rd Street. The tree-lighting ceremony is at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall. For more information, call (254) 298-5690.

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The Newcomb School of Ballet and the Cultural Activities Center will bring a holiday favorite to life. Watch “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the CAC in Temple. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call (254) 773-9926 or go to www.cacarts.org.

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The Bell County Museum will host a holiday ornament workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. The event is free and visitors will enjoy hot holiday punch, cookies and holiday music. Make rustic bandana stars, bandana balls and a cowboy lasso ornament. For more information, call (254) 933-5243.

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Christmas on the Chisholm Trail in Belton is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Yettie Polk Park. This fun-filled event features an array of vendors and entertainment, including specialty crafts, flavorful foods and live music amid twinkling lights, a children’s book giveaway, pony rides, and, of course, a visit from Santa at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call (254) 933-5860.

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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 Jan. 6, cars can explore the winter wonderland at the lake and enjoy a visit to Santa’s Village. Admission is $5 for cars, minivans and pick-up 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 Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 9, then nightly Dec. 13-24. For directions or more information, go to www.hoodmwr.com/nature_in_lights.htm.

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Catch “A Christmas Carol” at Tablerock’s Goodnight Amphitheater in Salado. Shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 7-8. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children, age 12 and younger. Concessions are available, and attendees should dress for the weather since the amphitheater is outdoors. Indoor showings will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple. For more information, go to www.tablerock.org or call (254) 947-9205.

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It’s last call for “A Christmas Story” at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen. Catch the final performances this weekend, with shows at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Later this month, catch “The Nutcracker” at VLA Dec. 14-16 and “The Story of Scrooge” Dec. 21-22. For tickets or more information, call (254) or go to www.vlakilleen.org.

Auditions

Open auditions for “The Bride of Brackenloch” are at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday with possible call backs Tuesday at the Waco Civic Theatre. These auditions are open for everyone, regardless of experience. Go to www.wacocivictheatre.org/auditions.html for all the details. Production dates are Jan. 25 through Feb. 3.

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 Lost Heart Highway 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. For more information, go to www.bosbarndancehall.com 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 www.deadfishgrill.com.

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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 www.schoepfsbbq.com.

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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 dru@ucwrecords.com.

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for Eric Clapton’s March 17 concert 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 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at www.texasboxoffice.com. Facility fee and convenience charges may apply.

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. For more information, go to www.greenavemarket.com 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.

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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 Holiday Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

Arts & Theater

“Llevar,” a collection of works by local artist Joanne Cervantes, is on display through Dec. 14 in the upstairs art gallery at the Central Texas College library. It features drawings spanning a distance of 1,430 miles “made out of what was in front of me at the time, depicting life as it unfolded in each particular moment and place.” The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Dancing

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. Reservations for New Year’s Eve are now being accepted. For more information, call (254) 773-7088, email itmood@vvm.com or go to inthemoodballroom.com.

Family Fun

Tickets are on sale now 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. Card is subject to change. Tickets, from $20 up 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 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.

We Are Astronomers at 8 p.m.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System at 9 p.m.

Saturday shows

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Big Adventure at 11 a.m.

The Little Star that Could at noon.

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket at 1 p.m.

Astronauts at 2 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

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

We Are Astronomers at 8 p.m.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System at 9 p.m.

Sunday shows

Astronauts at 2 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

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

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 www.jokersicehousebarandgrill.com. 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 www.facebook.com/allbottomsup.

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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 www.thegin.net 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 www.therangerestaurant.com.

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