This weekend is your last chance to catch the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area’ Nature in Lights until next year’s holiday season. Find complete information for Nature in Lights and other events and more below.

Festivals, Events

BLORA’s Nature in Lights display will be open nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. until Jan. 5 at 7999 Sparta Road, Belton. Over 125 light displays stretch throughout the park’s 5.5-mile driving route. Admission for cars, minivans, and pickups are $20 per vehicle; passenger vans, limos, and RVs are $35; and passenger buses are $80.

Paranormal Cirque, a live performance event presented by Cirque Italia, will be at the Round Rock Premium Outlets, 4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, from Jan. 1- 5 and 9- 12. Performances on Thursdays and Fridays are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday shows are at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 per person, and can be purchased at

The Texas Elite Pole Vaulting Expo Explosion, featuring pole vaulters ranging from middle school to Olympic-level, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 3 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton. Admission is $7 for a one-day pass and $10 for both days; student passes are $5 for oneday and $7 for two days.

The city of Killeen is hosting a Free Christmas Tree Recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Killeen Special Events Center, 3301 S. WS Young Drive. All real Christmas trees must have ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations removed before it is recycled into mulch.

The Killeen Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Baylor Scott & White Blood Center’s Crimson & Dreams Blood Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. All blood types are needed and photo ID is required. Donors will receive a blood donor lapel pin and a limited-edition t-shirt.

The seventh annual Christian Motorcyclists Association Bike Blessing will be from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 at The Twisted Wrench, 1507 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. There will be hot cocoa, coffee, and chili available.

The Women Veterans Network for Killeen and surrounding areas is hosting a Meet and Greet from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 at the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, 1103 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Building A, Suite 100, Killeen.

The New Year Polar Bear Plunge will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Lions Junction Family Water Park, 5000 S. Fifth St., Temple. The event will start with a costume show and contest, followed by the polar plunge and a belly flop contest. Hot chocolate and donuts will be provided. Registration is $20 per person and can be completed by stopping by Sammons Park Indoor Pool or calling 254-298-5930.

The Temple Fire Academy Open House will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at 7268 Airport Road, Temple. Information about the fire academy from interested and potential applicants will be provided. For more information, or to fill out an application, visit

The USO Fort Hood Pathfinder Program is offering free, professional headshots to update portfolios and LinkedIn profiles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the USO Administrative Office, 1871 50th St., Fort Hood.

Family Fun

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. For show descriptions, a full schedule, and ticket prices go to or call 254-526-1800.

Clubs, Meetings

Every Sunday morning, a free group run is held at various locations. This week, runners of all ages and paces will meet from 7:30to 10:30 a.m. at the Dana Peak Park trailhead in 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 and Su Heflin is the meeting coordinator for the Salado chapter. For more information, email 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.

Local Music

Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club will host live music by Mark Richey from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 3. Cover: $8. The Debonaires will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 4. Cover: $10. 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, or call 254-939-7131.

Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery is hosting free live music by Keith Hickle from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 3 and Kyle Mathis from 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 4. Chupacabra is at 401 S. Main St., Suite 105, Salado.

The New Year Gospel Jubilee, featuring gospel groups and singers from Texas and Arkansas, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Gatesville City Auditorium, 110 N. Eighth St. The event is free and guests can comeandgo as they please.

Farmers Markets

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 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

The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, is featuring a special children’s exhibit, “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” on display until Jan. 5. The exhibit features imaginative play for kids, hands-on activities, lessons about health and wellness, and opportunities to help in the McStuffins Toy Hospital. 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 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 or call 254-298-5172 for more information.


The Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen, hosts a dance for seniors 55 and older from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every last Tuesday of the month. Admission is $4 per person 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 Country Western Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 10 for $7 per person. Or, come early for the dance lesson at 7 p.m. and stay for the dance for $10 per person. The Stardust Ballroom Dance Club event will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Admission is $25 for guests or $5 for students with valid ID. Attire is dressy casual. In the Mood also 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, or go to

Bars, Clubs

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, features Tejano and Latin music and dancing. 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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