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Get out those top secret barbecue recipes, load up the pit and head to the Celebrate Killeen Festival BBQ Cook Off. The cook-off is one of many events during the annual Celebrate Killeen Festival April 27-28. Register your team at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., today. For more information, call (254) 501-8889.

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Swingtime Big Band will headline Harker Heights High School's annual fundraiser for the band program, "A Knight of Jazz," today at the school cafeteria. The event starts at 7 p.m. with optional dance lessons during the first hour. The Harker Heights Jazz Ensemble performs from 8 to 8:45 p.m., and Swingtime takes the stage at 9 p.m. An extensive dessert buffet and beverages, including Starbucks coffee, is included in the $10 ticket price. Tickets are available at the door.

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 Dave Jorgenson 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 Central Texas Orchestral Society will present Carpe Diem String Quartet in Temple at 4 p.m. April 29 at the Cultural Activities Center, with a reception at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Buy tickets at, or call (254) 773-9926.

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The Salado Community Chorus will present its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Salado. A Mexican food buffet catered is available for $11 starting at 5:30 p.m. For required dinner reservations, email

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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

Arts & Theater

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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"Precision," a mixed media assemblage by Jeremy Newton, is on display in the upstairs art gallery of the Central Texas College library. It features a transformation of various household items such as toothbrushes, matches, pens, erasers and grocery sacks into aesthetic objects. A free meet-and-greet reception will be in the gallery from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Newton's work will be on display through May 3 during library hours.

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Graduating seniors of the art department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are celebrating their academic achievements with exhibitions at the Arla Ray Tyson Art Gallery in the Townsend Memorial Library on the UMHB campus. The second exhibition runs through April 27, and the third exhibition is April 30 through May 8. The exhibits are available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call (254) 295-4678.

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There will be a Comedy Jam today at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. The show features Hope Flood, Honest John, Juan Villareal and Shang and is hosted by Shawn Harris. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Advance tickets are $20 general and $30 VIP. Tickets are available at Larry's Barbershop, Obessions by Carolyn, Phase 1 Barber and Beauty Salon and Gayes House of Beauty.

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"Same Time, Next Year" by Bernard Slade opens the 2012 "Season of Sizzling Excitement" at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St., with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 5. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For directions or more information, go to

Bars, 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 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, call Sandra Andrews at (254) 547-4546.

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Cafe Wannabe's, 220 E. Avenue D in downtown Killeen, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu features smoothies, coffees and healthy eats. Get more information at

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

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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The ADN Beautillion Society of Central Texas will host its fourth Annual Beau Review at 5 p.m. May 6 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. This year's theme is "Hollywood." The ADN Beautillion Society is seeking sponsors. For more information, email

Festivals, events

The 14th annual Crawfish Boil Fish Fry and silent auction is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Killeen Special Events Center. The event will feature crawfish, catfish and chicken. The Armed Services YMCA will run a Healthy Kids Day and a bounce house. Live music will be provided by Jerry Haisler and the Melody 5. Tickets for adults are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children age 12 and younger are $5. For tickets, call Jose Segarra at (254) 290-0548.

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Ruben Ramos and Kevin Fowler are among the several artists set to play at this year's Bloomin' Temple Festival this weekend in downtown Temple. Gates open from 6 p.m. to midnight today and from 10 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Wristbands are $5 for each day, and children age 12 and younger get in free.

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The Lampasas Association for the Arts will celebrate its seventh annual Art in the Park Event at the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden in Campbell Park on April 28. Artists, artisans, musicians and winemakers will exhibit and sell their creations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The park is at 501 E. North Ave. in Lampasas. For more information, call (512) 556-6997 or go to


On April 28, the Harker Heights Ladies of Charity is hosting a "Mad Hatters Tea Party" Spring Luncheon and Style Show to benefit the Killeen Food Care Center. Events start at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center, at 2412 Stillhouse Road, Harker Heights. There will be fashions by Dillard's of Killeen, lunch, a silent auction and door prizes. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed wearing their favorite hat. The tickets are $20 and can be obtained from Pat at (254) 698-5566 or (254) 338-0575.


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

Today's shows

Sea Monsters at 7 p.m.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System at 8 p.m.

Laser Zeppelin at 9 p.m.

Saturday shows

The Little Star that Could at 11 a.m.

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at noon.

Secret of the Cardboard Box at 1 p.m.

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda at 2 p.m.

Country Laser at 3 p.m.

Sea Monsters at 4 and 7 p.m.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System at 8 p.m.

Laser Zeppelin at 9 p.m.

Sunday shows

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion at 2 p.m.

Space Laser at 3 p.m.

Sea Monsters at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

Wildest Weather at 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

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

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