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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 4:30 am

Holiday Happenings

Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Junior Service League of Killeen, is from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday 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., through Dec. 22. 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 for all ages. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For directions or more information, go to www.saladosilverspur.com.

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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. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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. Saturday. The event is free and visitors will enjoy 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. Saturday 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 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 Thursdays-Sundays through Sunday, 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. today and Saturday. 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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Catch “The Nutcracker” at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen Dec. 14-16 and “The Story of Scrooge” Dec. 21-22. For showtimes, tickets or more information, call (254) or go to www.vlakilleen.org.

Local Music

Somewhere in Texas 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 Wild Horses 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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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 are on sale now 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.

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Bon Jovi’s April 10 concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Get tickets, starting at $19.95, at 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.

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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 www.cacarts.org or call (254) 773-9926.

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. 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 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. 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.

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.

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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. For more information, call (254) 699-0955 or go to www.facebook.com/allbottomsup.

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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.

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 on Dec. 23. Shows are at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $50, plus 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.

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

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. For more information, 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 Holiday 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 Holiday 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 Holiday at 2 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

Christmas Star 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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