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The free Hot Summer Nights concert series concludes today with a free salsa concert by Grupo Soncache at 8 p.m. at the amphitheater at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. 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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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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Head to Harris Community Park, 312 N. Alexander in Belton, for a free screening of "The Smurfs" at 8 p.m. today. Bring the whole family out to share in a day of fun at the Harris splash pad, open from 10 a.m. until just before the movie begins at 8:45 p.m. Then bring your blankets and lawn chairs down the hill to enjoy the show. For more information, go to

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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


A Serious Singin' Competition at KPLE-TV Killeen for ages 14 to 21 is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The final competition is at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 before a live audience in the studio. The winner gets a spot on TV and other prizes. Music must be family, Christian or gospels and a CD must be provided for a backing track. For more information, call (254) 554-3683 or register online at

Local Music

The Smokin' Gun 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 Weldon Henson 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 the Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestrom and New Medicine on Aug. 13 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. For ticket information, 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 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.

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The Harker Heights Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays in Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing.

Arts & Theater

Tickets are on sale at Vive Les Arts for "Hairspray." Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 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.

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"Salado Legends" takes the stage Saturday 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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"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. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees through Aug. 18. 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


Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Country Western Dance with music by Brian Gowan from 8 to 11 p.m. for $7 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. DeWayne Davis Deluxe performs from 7 to 10 p.m. today and Bobby Dean & Timeless Country Band 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

Family Fun

The city of Belton offers Friday's Funfest from 5 to

9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 17 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's also many places to eat and shops to stroll through. For more information, go to

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 Saturday 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.


Central Texas College will host the third annual GeekFest celebrating all things gaming, fantasy, anime, technology and science fiction Aug. 17-18 at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater. For more information or to sign up to be a vendor, go to and click the GeekFest icon. The deadline for vendors or sponsors is Aug. 10.

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

Today's shows

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

IBEX 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

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth at 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Dynamic Earth at 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Dynamic Earth at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Nanocam 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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