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The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce is hosting a carnival at Ogletree Gap Park, 1878 Post Office Road. Families can purchase a five-hour “all you can ride” wristband for $17 or pay for rides individually. Admission and parking is free. The carnival is open from 5 to 11:30 p.m. today, 1 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Central Texas Astronomical Society plans its next Bell County Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park, near Stillhouse Hollow Lake outside Belton. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to


Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” and for Tablerock’s Fright Trail will be held at Tablerock’s indoor room behind the stage at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tablerock Amphitheater is on Royal Street in Salado. For more information, call (254) 947-9205, email or go to

Local Music

The Branded Heart 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 Wild Horses Band is Saturday night’s featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover charge is $10.

On Sunday, there’s a benefit for Cater Martin from 2 to 6 p.m., with bands, barbecue and a silent auction. Catch karaoke every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11 with a DJ from 11 to 1:30 a.m. For more information, go to or call (254) 939-7131.

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

UMHB’s vocal ensemble, One Voice, will kick off Family Weekend at UMHB with a concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the Hughes Recital Hall of Presser Hall on the UMHB campus. It is free and open to the public.

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

Aerosmith with special guest Cheap Trick perform Nov. 16 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Tickets are on sale 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

Maybach Music Group will bring Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Wale to perform a headline set with special guest Machine Gun Kelly on Nov. 11 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. DJ Scream will serve as the host DJ. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today 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 Bell County Master Gardeners plant sale, pumpkin painting for children, a cash mob, music and vendors with craft items and local produce from the farmer’s market as well. For more information, go to or find the market on Facebook at Killeen Farmer’s Market. For more information on becoming a vendor, call Ferrell Davis at (254) 291-8796.

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.

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.

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

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.

“The Mystery of Irma Vep” runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27 at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID; $10 for children age 12ᾠand younger. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456 or go to


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, email or go to

Bars, Restaurants, Clubs

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

Family Fun

October is Texas Archaeology 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


The Harker Heights Ladies of Charity will have a Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at St. Paul’s Parish Center on Stillhouse Road in Harker Heights. There will be a variety of items for sale, including handmade crafts, baked goods, books, jewelry, fabric, Christmas and religious gifts, along with a Big Holiday Raffle. All proceeds help those in need in local communities. For more information, call Jane Barr at (254) 690-8255.


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.

Laser Halloween 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.

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

Nanocam at 2 p.m.

Laser Halloween at 3 and 9 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m.

We Are Astronomers at 8 p.m.

In addition, the planetarium is offering a special Halloween treat, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” on Saturdays for its younger audience. Showtimes are 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 7 p.m. during October.

Sunday shows

Nanocam at 2 p.m.

Laser Halloween at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions 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.

Have upcoming events to include in What’s Happening? Email them to Items run as space is available.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at or (254) 501-7551.

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