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The free Hot Summer Nights concert series and Movies in the Park film series continues today with the sounds of electric blues by Pride and Joy 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 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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The Village of Salado plans Salado Swirl, a wine-tasting event throughout town Saturday evening. Tickets are $59.95 per person and must be purchased in advance at

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Casino Night will offer poker games, slot machines, craps tables and roulette wheels. The event at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center features live bands and room to dance while interacting with NFL players. Tickets are $25 and include chips to play games. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday and the fun ends at midnight. Get tickets at

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Dave's Sports Bar & Grill plans screening of "Friday the 13th" at 9:30 p.m. today and Krazy-oke with DJ Sideways during the night. Dave's is at 831 E. U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove.

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Tickets are on sale 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.

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The Central Texas Astronomical Society plans its next Bell County Star Party at 8 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


The Waco Civic Theatre is holding open auditions for Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" on Sunday and Monday, with possible call-backs on Tuesday. Call (254) 776-1591 for an audition time. For more information, go to

Local Music

The Mark Richey 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.

Diamond Back Texas 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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Blues troubadour Hadden Sayers will play at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple as part of its Texas Singer-Songwriter Series at

7 p.m. Saturday. A pre-show buffet will be hosted by Fat Boy's BBQ from 6 to 7 p.m. for $8. No reservations are necessary for dinner. Tickets for the concert are available at Adult admission is $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Student tickets can be purchased for $10 with a student ID.

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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

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. For more information on becoming a vendor, call Ferrell Davis at (254) 291-8796 or go to

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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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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.

Arts & Theater

"Salado Legends" takes the stage July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4 at Tablerock in Salado. Dinner reservations for the catered meal are required: $8 per person. Adult show tickets are $17. Child (4-12) show tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased in Salado at Fletcher's Antiques, First State Bank and Compass Bank, online at or ITR at Fort Hood. For groups of 20 or more, call (254) 947-9205.

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"The Seven Year Itch," ends its run at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St., July 21, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID; and $10 for children age 12 and younger. (Parental discretion is advised.) 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

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The next Stardust Ballroom Dance is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday with a free lesson at 6:45 p.m. at Strasburger Hall, Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. Third St., Temple. The cost is $18 per person or $5 for students under 24. Attire is semi-formal and music will be provided by Timeless Country Band. For more information, call (254) 773-8983.

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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Catch live music and other events at The Gin, 219 S. East St. in Belton. Lazy J & The Dirty Shuffle performs from 7 to 10 p.m. today and Rewind performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 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. For more information, call (254) 947-3828 or go to

Books, Poetry, CD signings

Debbie F. Kuker will sign copies of her book, "Susie Q Where Are You?," from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lampasas Public Library, 201 S. Main St.

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Betty Byron and Cassius Mullen will sign copies of their book, "Within the Walls of Santo Tomas," from 2 to 4 p.m. July 21 at Book Pride, 1015 University Ave., Suite 330, Georgetown.

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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

Festivals, events

The Filipino American Association of Central Texas presents a luau from 6 p.m. to midnight July 28 at the Copperas Cove Civic Center. Enjoy entertainment by the Poly Mic Dance Group and plenty of island food. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, age 10 and younger. For more information, call Edith at (254) 291-6104, Norma at (254) 681-0473, Erlinda at (254) 289-5895 or Wayne at (254) 371-7182.

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The Central Texas Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society plans a program on rail operations between Austin and Burnet at 2 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave. For more information, call Jeremy at (254) 773-4759.


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

Today's shows

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure at 2 p.m.

Sea Monsters at 3 p.m.

Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 8 p.m.

Spirit of America 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 and 9 p.m.

Dynamic Earth at 4 and 7 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 8 p.m.

Sunday shows

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

Spirit of America at 3 p.m.

Dynamic Earth at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

Kaluoka'hina: Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Wildest Weather at 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

We Are Astronomers at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

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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