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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., by April 20. For more information, call (254) 501-8889.

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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

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 $10.

The Peoples' Choice Band is Saturday night's featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover charge is $10.

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 the 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 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Department of Music will present the UMHB Wind and Percussion Ensembles in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Walton Chapel on the UMHB campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

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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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Tickets are on sale for tonight's Alan Jackson concert at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Tickets are $25 (plus facility and processing fees) and can be purchased at

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. April 25. 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 will celebrate 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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The annual Central Texas College Student Art Show opens Thursday with a reception at noon in the Fine Arts Building (Bldg. 112). The show will highlight works from the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semester studio classes. The exhibit will be available for public display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (254) 526-1572.

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There will be a Comedy Jam April 20 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


Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is Salsa, Merengue & Bachata 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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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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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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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. Touch of Class performs from 7 to 10 p.m. today. For more upcoming events, go to or text GINEVENTS to 96362.

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Don't miss live music at The Lounge Upstairs at The Range Restaurant, 101 N. Main St., Salado. Don't miss martinis and manicures on Thursday nights. Joe Berg performs at 7 p.m. today. Joe Berg performs at 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (254) 947-3828 or go to

Books signing

New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey will sign copies of his latest book, "An Accidental Affair," from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at H-E-B, 2511 Trimmier Road, Killeen.

Family Fun

On Saturday, the Cultural Activities Center and Leadership Temple host the Kite Tails & K9s Festival to help raise funds to build the first public dog park in Temple. The event will be at the Cultural Activities Center (3011 N. Third St.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

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The Carson and Barnes Circus stops at Ogletree Gap Park in Copperas Cove Monday and Tuesday. Proceeds benefit the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce. Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday and at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are on sale now at

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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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

Aware Central Texas plans a Child Abuse Prevention Festival Saturday in downtown Belton. There will be vendors, food, arts and crafts, children's activities and live music throughout the day and a street dance in the evening featuring the music of Wild Horses and Brian Gowen. A highlight will be the cap decorating contest. Prizes will be awarded for creativity for the "best" decorated cap. The proceeds for the day's event will go toward the prevention of child abuse in Central Texas. For more information and booth reservations, call (254) 939-7582 or go to

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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 April 20-21 in downtown Temple. Gates open from 6 p.m. to midnight April 20 and from 10 a.m. April 21 to 1 a.m. April 22. Wrist bands are $5 for each day, and children age 12 and younger get in free.


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

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda 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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