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Vive Les Arts Theatre, 3401 South W.S. Young Drive, is performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets are $14, senior/student/military tickets are $12, and youth are $10. Tickets can be purchased at www.vlakilleen.org, on the VLA Facebook page, or by calling the box office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 254-526-9090.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St., in Salado, presents free live music with Memphis Kee from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s performer is Wes Perryman from 7 to 9 p.m.
Blends Wine Bar presents Jazz Fridays with the Nester Rios Jazz Combo from 8 to 10 p.m. Blends Wine Bar is at 208 N. Penelope St., Belton.
Dirty Harry’s presents live music at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. For ages 21 and older, no cover. Dirty Harry’s is at 206 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights (next to King Pin Tattoos). Call 254-680-6557.
Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery presents free live music Friday night from Mike Stanley and Donnie Evetts Saturday. Every Thursday is Pint Night, with free pint glasses. Chupacabra is at 401 South Main St., suite 105 in Salado.
Kenny Ortis and No Chance Band performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93 in Temple. Cover: $10. Abraham Weaver is Saturday’s featured entertainer from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover: $8. Catch karaoke from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, with a DJ until 1:30 a.m. Happy Hour is from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Go to www.bosbarndancehall.com or call 254-939-7131.
Stillhouse Wine Room has live music from 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday. This week’s guest: Rashad Maybell. Sunday Champagne Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.95 in advance; $23.95 at the door. Walk-ins seated based on availability. A wine tasting workshop is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 the day of the event. Purchase tickets through the Facebook page, www.StillhouseWineRoom.com or at the Wine Room. Thursday Night Trivia is at 7:30 p.m. with a relaxed version of the game. Topics include music, movies, sports, geography, animals and more. Every 10 questions someone wins a bottle of wine. Stillhouse Wine Room is at 403 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Suite 308, Killeen. Go to StillhouseWineRoom.com.
All-Year Pioneer Farmers Market will be open in front of Tractor Supply Co. on Central Texas Expressway in Killeen from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Call Heike at 254-458-8223 or go to www.facebook.com/pioneerfarmersmarket.
Arts & Theater
The Mayborn Museum Complex presents “Waco Creek Static/Dynamic Urban Wilderness” by Erika Huddleston on display through Jan. 21. Known for her nature paintings in dynamic settings, Huddleston has been painting along Waco Creek locations since June. In partnership with The Art Center of Waco, this exhibit features seven of her paintings of points of interest along the creek, as well as a collection of custom-made maps and photos from the Texas Collection. Art Center members get complimentary admission to the museum. “Find a Way, Not an Excuse: Women in STEM” is showing through March 25. The exhibit presents the lives of 19 women and their contributions to the science, technology, engineering and math fields, including five from Baylor University. The exhibit focuses on pioneering innovations in STEM with the hope of inspiring a fierce desire to learn continuously and encourage curiosity to lead to discovery. The museum offers free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. The museum is at 1300 S. University Parks Drive in Waco. For information, call 254-710-1104.
The Lampasas County Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and admission is free. The museum is at 303 S. Western Ave., Lampasas. For information, call 512-556-2224.
Bo’s Barn Dancehall at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93 in Temple offers free dance lessons every first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Join In the Mood Ballroom for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. In the Mood is closed for a private party Friday night, but dance classes are available throughout the week. Call 254-773-7088, email Karen.Keith@inthemoodballroom.com or go to inthemoodballroom.com.
Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, presents DJ Ponyboy from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday’s performer is DJ Ben-Jamin from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover charge. Call 254-771-1364.
Main Street Tejano Club, 201 S. Main St., Temple, has a DJ/live music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Pan American Club, 575 Pan American Drive, Harker Heights, features Tejano, Norteno and Cumbia music. Call 254-690-2882.
The Bell County Museum is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 254-933-5243 or go to www.bellcountymuseum.org.
The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive in Waco, presents a Fizzy Fossil Lab from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Kids ages nine and up can join rangers from Waco Mammoth National Monument for this free event to experiment with chemical reactions to fossils. Advance registration is required for one of 30 open spots. Email Stacey Lumley at Stacey_Lumley@baylor.edu to reserve.
Temple’s Railroad and Heritage Museum’s fall exhibit, “Requiem for Steam: the Railroad Photographs of David Plowden” is on display through Saturday. The museum, at 315 W. Avenue B, in downtown Temple, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Go to www.templerrhm.org or call 254-298-5172.
Free guided tours of the Lampasas County Courthouse are offered each Saturday. Tours start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., except for major holiday weekends. Tour attendees will see the water level mark of the 1957 Mother’s Day flood, as well as the stately second floor courtroom and clock tower works on the third floor. The courthouse is on the downtown square, 501 E. Fourth St. Take the Loop 257 exit off of U.S. Highway 190. Contact Linda Moore-Lanning at 512-564-5122 or Jim Rutland at 512-556-5302, during regular business hours.
The Cultural Activities Center invites all preschoolers to Tot Spot, an art class for children ages 2-6 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Monday. Cost is $5 per child. Any siblings younger than 2 years are free. December’s program will find inspiration from Clement Hurd’s “Goodnight Moon” and “Runaway Bunny” books. For more information, go to cacarts.org or call 254-773-9926.
The Copperas Cove Bass Club meetings are held at the Lil Tex Restaurant in Copperas Cove on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Call 254-661-9274.
The Mystery Book Club meets every first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in Harker Heights. The club is free and open to all mystery lovers. Contact Marcene at 830-357-8314 for more information.
The Texas Rose Event Center, 893 E. Farm-to-Market 93 in Temple, will be hosting a Christmas party dinner and dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Texas Rose Band featuring Shorty Grisham, Larry Burgin, Kevin Bergland and Brandi Clark will perform. Tickets are $10 per person and guests are asked to bring a favorite covered dish or desert. For additional information or to make reservations, call 254-773-7754.
The Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700-B E. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen, is hosting its annual Mini Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Central Texas is hosting a Jingle Bell 5K run to benefit programs assisting victims and survivors of drunk driving at 8 a.m. Sunday at The Domain in Austin. Online registration for runners of all ages can be completed at www.AustinJingleBell.com.
Several films are now showing at the Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College.
Matinee shows are $5 per person and the Saturday evening shows are $7 for adults and $6 for children younger than the age of 12. Discounts are offered to active-duty military, senior citizens and members. For show descriptions, full schedule and ticket prices, go to www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1800.