A Central Texas holiday staple, the Belton Lake and Outdoor Recreation Area’s Nature in Lights display, makes its return this winter season starting Nov. 15 and will continue on until January. Load up the car with family and friends and be one of the first to see the displays this year. Don’t forget to check out other events like the half marathon, free outdoor movie showings, fundraisers and more.
Harker Heights Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Starbucks inside the Harker Heights Target, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway. Visitors will have a chance to interact with local law enforcement, and children are welcome to this free event.
The Copperas Cove Panda Express, 208 Robert Griffin III Blvd., is hosting a fundraiser event for the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 15. Bring in the printed or digital flyer, found at the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity Facebook page, and 20% of sales will benefit the organization.
BLORA’s Nature in Lights display will be open nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 15 to Jan. 5 at 7999 Sparta Road, Fort Hood, near Belton. Over 125 lighting displays stretch throughout the park’s 5.5-mile driving route, open to the public. Admission for cars, minivans, and pickups are $20 per vehicle; passenger vans, limos, and RVs are $35; and passenger buses are $80. Pictures with Santa, concessions, and arts and crafts vendors at Santa’s Depot and Santa’s Village will be available Friday through Sunday Nov. 15 to 17, Thursdays through Sundays Nov. 21 to Dec. 8, and nightly Dec. 12 to 24.
The Great Turkey Chase Half Marathon will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 16 at The Sportsmen’s Center, Building 1937, Rod and Gun Loop, Fort Hood. On-site registration will be from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. and is $25 for DoD registrants, and $30 for non-DoD.
The Centex Race Series Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 16 at Stonetree Golf Club, 1600 Stonetree Drive, Killeen.
The Empty Bowl Project fundraiser event will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Salado High School, 1880 Williams Road. Pottery bowls that are made by students will be available for purchase. A handmade bowl with soup is $25, and soup only is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Salado Family Relief Fund.
Temple Parks and Recreation is hosting a Party in the Park event from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Ferguson Park, 1203 E. Adams Ave., Temple. Snacks, games, live music, and more will be at the free event.
A free appreciation screening of “21 Bridges” will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Reel Time Palmer Theater,Building 334, 31st St., Fort Hood. Doors open at 4 p.m. and seating is first come, first served.
The Meadows Elementary School PTA, 423 27th St. on Fort Hood, is hosting its Fall Festival starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 15. There will be vendors, games, a silent auction, food trucks, and more at the free event.
The We’d Love You to Love Us Movie in the Stadium and Fall Fest will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Fort Hood Stadium. This free event will feature games, refreshments, fall activities, and a showing of the movie, “The Grinch.”
Creekside Weigh Station Yogurt, 219 S. East St. in Belton, is hosting Froyo with a Princess from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16. There will be photos with Anna and Elsa from “Frozen,” face painting, and more. Kids’ froyo cups are $5 each, and adults will receive 15% off.
Fort Hood Family Housing is hosting a Kids’ Bingo event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Fort Hood Community Events and Bingo Center, 50012 Clear Creek Road. Kids must have a ticket to play and free tickets can be found at the event’s Eventbrite or Facebook page.
Don Ringler Chevrolet and Toyota, 7777 S. General Bruce Dr. in Temple, is hosting an Outdoor Movie Night featuring the movie, “Elf,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19. Admission is one non-perishable food item or canned good per person, which will be donated to Operation Feeding Temple’s 30th annual Food for Families Drive. Miller’s Smokehouse will be serving chili for $2 a bowl, or two canned goods. Hot chocolate, water, and soda will also be available.
The Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, is hosting a Movin’ & Groovin’ Early Literacy Morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 20. Preschoolers will enjoy learning through play, a sensory walk, and a musical performance at 10 a.m. at this free event.
The Lampasas Public Library, 201 S. Main St., hosts a Spanish for Kids class from 10 to 11 a.m. every first and third Saturday of the month. Kids 7 and up will learn basic Spanish in this free class.
Bronco Youth Center, 6602 Tank Destroyer Blvd., Fort Hood, offers a free Explore Learning and Playgroup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Each session is geared toward children younger than 36 months old, but is open to all age groups. The class is hosted by ACS/FAP New Parent Support Program, a group of nurses and social workers that provide parenting education and support to families with children 3 years old and younger. Participants must have a valid military ID. For more information, call 254-287-2286.
The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College features a variety of laser shows, movies, and other events based on astronomy. Special winter holiday features are already showing. For show descriptions, a full schedule, and ticket prices go to www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1800.
Every Sunday morning, a free group run is held at various locations. This week, runners of all ages and paces will meet from 7 to 10 a.m. at Purser Family Park, 100 Mountain Lion Road, Harker Heights. Water and coffee provided.
The Adult Crochet Group will meet at 2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday of the month in the Library Archives room at the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave. Members of all crochet skill levels can bring a project to share, work on independently, or receive help on from other members. Call 254-298-5702 for more information.
Songsmith Salado chapter meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Salado Public Library, 1151 N. Main St. Membership is free and meetings consist of a discussion about the craft and business of music, friendly feedback on original songs, as well as guest speakers. Songsmith is a Texas-based nonprofit andSu Heflin is the meeting coordinator for the Salado chapter. For more information, email email@example.com or call 254-947-3427.
Copperas Cove Bass Club meetings are at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Lil Tex Restaurant, 502 S. Main St., Copperas Cove. Call 254-661-9274.
The Bell County Writers Guild meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Lena Armstrong Public Library, 301 E. First St., Belton. Call 254-231-1843.
The Mystery Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights. All mystery book lovers are welcome. For information, contact Marcene Saunders-Martinez at 830-357-8314.
Smokin’ Maxx Carter will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Beltonian Theater, 219 E. Central Ave., Belton. Admission is $15 per person, and $5 for high school/college students and kids 12 and under.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, is hosting free live music by Denny Cullinan from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, Swade from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16, and Ragland from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17.
Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club will host live music by Kenny Orts and No Chance Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 15. Cover: $10. Bret Mullins will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 16. Cover: $8. The dance hall is at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93, Temple. 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 10 p.m. every Thursday, and 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Get a free dance lesson from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every first Thursday of the month. For more information, go to www.bosbarndancehall.com, or call 254-939-7131.
O’Briens Irish Pub, 11 E. Central Ave. in Temple, is hosting live music by Wes Perryman, Jon Napier, and Sean Devine from 9 to 11 p.m. Nov. 15.
Belton Market Days will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the downtown Belton Square, 101 Central Ave. There will be local crafters, food vendors, artists, shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, and more.
All-Year Pioneer Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Tractor Supply Company at 2002 E. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, weather permitting. Go to www.facebook.com/pioneerfarmersmarket or call Heike at 254-458-8223 for more information.
Florence Market Days runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Florence City Hall, 106 S. Patterson Ave. Farm vendors, artisans, retail sales, food vendors and nonprofit organizations will be present.
Arts & Museums
RAW- The Royal Street Art Walk in Salado will be from 6 to 9 p.m. every fourth Friday of the month from February through November. Galleries and other village businesses will come together to display visual arts and goods, feature live music, and foster community. Some participants include: Salado Glassworks, Bentons Custom Jewelry, Ro Shaw Clay Studio, Sirril Art Gallery, FSG Fine Jewelry, and Barrow Brewing Co.
The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, is featuring a special exhibit, “Space X: Now This is Rocket Science,” on display through fall. The exhibit features a rocket model, information on the solar system, and the history of rocket development and testing in nearby McGregor. Patrons of the Waco/McLennan County and Hewitt Public Libraries system can borrow a museum membership at no cost at any time. For more information, call 254-710-1104.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St., Belton, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 254-933-5243 or go to www.bellcountymuseum.org for more information.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B, Temple, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and hosts a free, themed family day on the first Saturday of the month. Go to www.templerrhm.org or call 254-298-5172 for more information.
The Copperas Cove Senior Center will host a Senior Citizens Sock Hop from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Crossroad High School Gym, 306 E. Avenue E.The event will include music of the1950s and 1960s, performed by the Scotty Ray Band, Max McConnell, and Dennis Rehders. There will be dancing and dress contests, an oldies car show, photos and much more. Entry is open to anyone 55 or older only.Tickets are $3 each, or $5 per couple.
The Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen, hosts a dancefor seniors 55 and older from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every last Tuesday of the month. Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring a food dish to share. Call 254-501-6399 for more information.
In the Mood Ballroom is hosting a Variety Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 15 for $7 per person, or come early for the dance lesson at 7 p.m. and stay for the dance for $10 per person. In the Mood hosts events and dance lessons of various styles throughout the week and is located at 13 and 15 S. Main St., Temple. For more information on future events or classes, call 254-773-7088, email Karen.Keith@inthemoodballroom.com, or go to inthemoodballroom.com.
Club Fuego, 704 Edwards Drive in Harker Heights, features Latin music and dancing every Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies are free before 11 p.m. Call 857-294-5604 for more information.
Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, will host music by DJ Tejano Outlaw from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 15 and DJ Chris from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 16. No cover. Call 254-771-1364 for more information.
Mangos Nightclub, 702 W. Elms Road in Killeen, features Latin music and dancing Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. For more information, call 254-541-8329.
Joker’s Icehouse Bar and Grill, 7900 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen, hosts karaoke every Thursday at 9 p.m. with DJ String.
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