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A Polynesian holiday

A Polynesian holiday

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In the kitchen of Lauren Ah Sang’s home in Killeen, members of her extended family are busy making lumpia, a type of Filipino egg roll that is a coveted delicacy during the holidays or any other celebratory time of the year.

Reason for the season

Reason for the season

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Outside the back door of the First United Methodist Church in Killeen, there is a hilly drop-off covered with brush and other Central Texas flora. Standing at the top of the hill looking down across the valley along Elms Road, a small village is visible through the brush, quiet in its absence of people.

Here comes Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus

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There are many holiday events happening around Central Texas, and activities can be found in each of the local communities. From Copperas Cove to Temple and all places in between, there is something for everyone to celebrate Christmas in 2016.

A Christmas Classic

A Christmas Classic

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Imagine you are a child again in a land of winter where large, soft, one-of-a-kind snowflakes are falling from the sky, blanketing the earth. It’s Christmas Eve and your family is having a grand celebration.

Sweet holiday treats

Sweet holiday treats

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The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without desserts to enjoy with family and friends. This month, we’re sharing a couple of tempting treats to try during your celebrations.

Cultural treasures

Cultural treasures

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The contributions of Czech immigrants are omnipresent in modern Texas. A fruit-filled pastry, the kolach, is a staple at bakeries across the state. Dancers still skip across wood floors to the fast and lively beat of a Polka band. And if you’ve ever wondered the meaning of the popular bumper sticker that asks “Jak se mas?” It’s Czech for “How’s it going?”

Celebrating life at Dia de los Muertos

Celebrating life at Dia de los Muertos

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If you happen to see skeletons in brightly colored clothing walking around the grounds of Central Texas College on Nov. 5, don’t be alarmed. These living skeletons will be celebrating life as CTC and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce bring Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to Killeen.

More than soup, soap & salvation

More than soup, soap & salvation

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Captains Adrian and Karen Twinney of the Salvation Army are new to Central Texas. They moved here last month to take the reins of the new Salvation Army McLane Center for Hope and continue the commitment to help all those who walk through its doors to find food, shelter and assistance. Prior to coming to Temple, they were commissioned in Conroe, Texas. “The Salvation Army moves captains around every three years,” Adrian said.

Rise Above the Rest

Rise Above the Rest

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By DANIELLE EVERETTGo beyond basic jack-o’-lanternNot long ago, decorating pumpkins each October meant something similar to most Americans. Families gathered around their kitchen tables, pumpkins at hand. Kids marveled at the cold, wet fibers inside the pumpkins as they scooped them out before carving a creepy face. This tradition continues today, but with a new, creative twist. Many people are now putting down their classic carving tools in lieu of supplies like glitter, paint and glue.

Joy of Hair Braiding

Joy of Hair Braiding

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Intricate designs from AfricaHair braiding isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s been around for millennia, dating back as far as 5,000 years. Initially, braids carried a cultural component. In ancient times, it often identified a person’s marital status, social standing, tribe or clan. Depending on what part of the world you were from, braiding had definitive looks and designs in every region of the world.

Barbells for boobs

Barbells for boobs

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By MANDY SHELTONEvent funds breast cancer fightSally Phillips and her fellow CrossFitters are warming up for Belton’s seventh annual Barbells for Boobs fundraiser Oct. 29 and 30 at Belton Christian Youth Center. Operating under the credo that “everyone has a right to know if they are living with breast cancer,” the Barbells for Boobs grant program channels funds toward providing mammograms for those patients who might otherwise miss out on breast cancer screenings: men, women under the age of 40 and the under- or uninsured. Phillips has been involved with Barbells for Boobs since nearly the beginning.In 2009, Zionna “Z” Hanson, who owned a CrossFit affiliate in California, wanted to honor a friend, a breast cancer survivor who had been denied a mammogram before her eventual diagnosis at the age of 26.Central Texas Barbells for BoobsCrossFit Workout: Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.Olympic Weightlifting Open Meet: Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, all day5K: Oct. 29, 8 p.m.Belton Christian Youth Center, 505 E. Avenue C, BeltonFor more information: www.centraltexasbarbellsforboobs.com

Express Yourself: Creativity is Contagious at Salado Village Artists

Express Yourself: Creativity is Contagious at Salado Village Artists

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Find your creativityat Salado Village ArtistsFive years ago, longtime Houston resident Judy Sparkman retired from her job, packed up her belongings and set out for a new life in Central Texas.

Vive Les Arts

Vive Les Arts

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When the Vive Les Arts Societe began looking for a new leader, it seemed as though Traci Tipping had been rehearsing for the role since birth. A dancer since age 3, she had already appeared in...

Night Sculptor

Night Sculptor

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Pogue Sculpture Gallery and Foundry is located seven miles east of Marble Falls at 7670 E. Farm-to-Market 1431. Admission is free. Call first: 830-693-9544. On the web: www.danpoguesculpture.com.

Beethoven to Pops

Beethoven to Pops

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TSO gears up for new seasonSymphony lovers in Bell County who are familiar with the artistic offerings of a big city like Dallas or Houston don’t have to travel far to enjoy the sounds of a professional orchestra.

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Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

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Stocking your kitchen with the essential tools is the key to making cooking enjoyable, fast, and fun. Many people claim they “hate to cook” or that they “can’t cook,” and you would understand why if you stepped into their kitchens. Even a short, 30-minute recipe that requires only a couple chopped ingredients becomes very laborious when using a dull knife; and then cooking with a cheap, thin pan that causes foods to stick or burn only escalates the problem. No wonder people choose to eat out or warm up a pre-made convenience meal from the freezer.