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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 4:56 pm, Thu Aug 23, 2012.

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Central Texas College will host the third annual GeekFest celebrating all things gaming, fantasy, anime, technology and science fiction today and Saturday at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater. Wristbands are $15 at the door and $12 at the door for active-duty military, CTC or A&M-Central Texas students or employees and planetarium members. Wristbands for children age 12 and younger are $5. Featured attractions include gaming tournaments for cash prizes, 50-plus vendors, more than 50 seminars and workshops, celebrity guest appearances, “humans vs. zombies” game, a 24-hour film competition and costume, cake and anime contests.

Doors open at 6 p.m. today and at 8 a.m. Saturday. For more information, go to www.starsatnight.org and click the GeekFest icon.

 

Join the city of Killeen for the annual Kidsville event from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. Children of all ages can enjoy free activities including Kidfish, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, prizes, and entertainment. A free outdoor showing of the movie “The Adventures of Tin Tin” will begin at dusk at the amphitheater. For more information, call Killeen Parks and Recreation at (254) 501-8889.

Local Music

The 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 Cordon Collier 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 www.bosbarndancehall.com or call (254) 939-7131.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 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.

 

Crooner Ricki Derek of Dallas and his Vegas Six band will bring on the swing at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St. Admission is $20. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For more information, go to saladosilverspurtheater.com.

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 www.greenavemarket.com.

 

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 Saturdays in Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller’s Crossing.

Arts & Theater

“Ballot Box Bedlam! Or The Millionaire Mountebank’s Mayoral Machination” marks the eighth annual summer melodrama at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Admission for evening shows is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID; and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Matinee prices are $10. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For directions or more play information, go to saladosilverspurtheater.com.

 

Stevie Walker-Webb’s “We Ain’t The Huxtables” will return to Waco for its final run this weekend at Mission Waco’s Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N. 15th St. Tickets are $8 pre-sale for adults ($10 at the door) and $6 pre-sale and $8 at the door for children.

Dancing

Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Ballroom 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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Catch live music and other events at The Gin, 219 S. East St. in Belton. A Touch of Class performs from 7 to 10 p.m. today. The Backroads Band performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. For more upcoming events, go to www.thegin.net or text GINEVENTS to 96362.

 

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.

 

Dave’s Sports Bar presents the Red Dirt Ramblers at 9 p.m. Saturday. BYOB. Admission is free. Dave’s is at 831 E. U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove. For more information, call (254) 542-3283.

Family Fun

The city of Belton offers Funfest from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Belton. Activities include concerts at the Gin on Nolan Creek, pony rides, balloons, storytelling, face painting and tours through the Bell County Courthouse. There also are many places to eat and shops to stroll through. For more information, go to www.seebelton.com.

 

On Aug. 25, Night of The Bat Fest will once again take over the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin with more than 10 bands, 150 booths featuring artesian works and crafts, a bat costume contest, local foods, children’s activities and bat watching — all for free from 5 p.m. to midnight.

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.

Festivals, Events

The Railroad and Heritage Museum in Temple will host a Canton bus trip Sept. 27 for $50 per person. Space is limited. For information or to reserve a spot, go to www.rrhm.org or call (254) 298-5172. The museum is at 315 W. Avenue B, Temple.

Fundraisers

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.

Planetarium

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

Geekfest will preempt all regular shows today and Saturday.

Sunday shows

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m.

iPop at 3 p.m.

Dynamic Earth at 4 p.m.

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

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