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The free Hot Summer Nights concert series and Movies in the Park film series continues today with a family-friendly stomp style stage show by Vocal Trash at 8 p.m. at the Killeen amphitheater at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

The rest of the summer schedule includes:

July 6: "Puss in Boots" rated PG

July 13: Pride and Joy, electric blues concert

July 20: "The Help" rated PG-13

July 27: Grupo Soncache, Salsa concert

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions will be available for purchase or you may bring your own, but no alcoholic beverages or glass containers are permitted. For more information call Killeen Parks and Recreation at (254) 501-6390 or go to

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Original "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson headlines performers at Freedom Fest from 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Sadowski Field, located on Tank Destroyer Boulevard in front of III Corps Headquarters. There also will be a free carnival, 50-gun salute, miniature stock car racing, fishing pond, climbing wall, inflatables and more free activities for the whole family, excluding arts and crafts, carnival games and food and beverages. Capping off the day's activities will be a 30-minute fireworks display choreographed to the tunes of patriotic music. This event is free and open to the public. Individuals requiring special accommodations due to a disability should call (254) 286-5342. For a complete list of on- and off-post bus stops/schedules and more information, go to or call (254) 286-5342.

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Hometown Pros plans another children's football camp in Killeen July 13-14, with appearances by Dominique Zeigler, Frank Okam, Juaquin Iglesias, Roy Miller, Tommie Harris, Quan Cosby and more NFL players. The camp features training exercises, football drills, mentor-ship talks, and competitions such as the "Fastest Man" for each age group. Children ages 8 to 18 can participate, but space is limited. Registration is $75. To register, go to

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Tickets go on sale Saturday for the WWE SmackDown show Aug. 14 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 (800) 982-2386 or at Facility fee and convenience charges may apply.


Want to be the next "American Idol"? Fox 44 in Waco is hosting preliminary auditions Saturday at In the Mood Ballroom in Temple. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and is limited to 100 people. For more information, call Fox 44 at (254) 338-1058 or go to to download an application and the rules.

Local Music

Scooter Dubec and Sterling Country 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 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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Tickets are on sale now for two upcoming shows at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. The Tresspass American Festival Tour is July 25. The show features Five Finger Death Punch along with Battlecross, Emmure, God Forbid, Killswitch Engage, Pop Evil and Trivium. The Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestrom and New Medicine is Aug. 13. For tickets to either show, go to

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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

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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. 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

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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Tablerock Theater Camp, an eight-day session July 15-22, is available to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and college freshmen. The camp will enroll no more than 11 boys and 11 girls. The cost is $650 per camper. For more information or an application, go to

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"The Seven Year Itch" is on stage at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St., through July 14, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admissions is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (254) 947-3456. For directions or more information, go to

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Tickets are on sale at Vive Les Arts for "Hairspray." Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. and Sundays July 20-21, July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Hairspray T-shirts are $15. For more information, go to or call (254) 526-9090.


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. Attire is dressy casual. For more information, call (254) 773-7088, email or 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, contact 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. Sul Ross Band performs from 7 to 10 p.m. today and Six Killer performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. On Wednesday, Fab 4 & The King, a Beatles and Elvis tribute band, performs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more upcoming events, go to 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. Joe Berg performs at 7 p.m. today. Gene Snow and Paula Reid perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (254) 947-3828 or go to

Books, Poetry, CD signings

Missy Balusek, author of the children's book, "Rat's Tale: A story about a mouse named Rat," will sign copies and meet fans at Hastings Books in Killeen from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Family Fun

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Barnum Bash July 19-22 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. July 19-20; 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. July 21 and 2:30 p.m. July 22. For tickets, call (254) 776-1660 or go to or

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


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.

Cosmic Collisions at 8 p.m.

Pink Floyd: Through the Prism at 9 p.m.

Saturday shows

The Little Star that Could at 11 a.m.

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at noon.

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda at 1 p.m.

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

Spirit of America at 3 p.m.

Sea Monsters at 4 and 7 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 8 p.m.

Pink Floyd: Through the Prism at 9 p.m.

Sunday shows

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

Spirit of America at 3 p.m.

Sea Monsters at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

Spirit of America at 2 p.m. Monday and July 6.

Kaluoka'hina: Enchanted Reef at 3 p.m. Monday and July 6.

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

Laser U2 at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Spirit of America at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Dynamic Earth at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Kaluoka'hina: Enchanted Reef at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Wildest Weather at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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- Compiled by M. Clare Haefner

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