What to do this weekend in the Killeen area | Local News
With the cold weather this weekend, participating in the 5K to the Polar Bear Plunge is a perfect way to spend a Saturday. Or, warm up indoors while shopping at the Sami Show Marketplace, take the kids to the theater for Saturday morning breakfast at the Cove Theater or visit a local museum. More information on these and more in the list.
The Phantom Warrior Scramble will take place at noon Jan. 21 at Clear Creek Course, 52381 Battalion Ave., Fort Hood. This four-person team race is $40 per person with an optional $5 mulligan. Call 254-287-4130 to register. Same-day registration will begin at 11 a.m.
The Central Texas Regional Agency on Aging is hosting a free six-course series, “A Healthier You: Master the Tools to Make Living with Chronic Pain Moreable,” from 10 a.m. to noon on January 14 and 21, January 4 and February 4. March 18, and March 4 and 11 at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing. Participants will receive a workbook to keep and the opportunity to join the monthly support group. RSVP is required by calling Theresa Mireles at 254-770-2346.
The Centex Race Series 5K at the Polar Bear Plunge will take place at 8 a.m. on January 22 at Copperas Cove City Park, 1206 W. Avenue B. Runners will be invited to join the Polar Plunge in the City Park pool at the end of the race. Registration is $20 per person in advance. Go to https://bit.ly/3fiEh3o to register. Same-day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. Participating in the 10 a.m. dive only is free.
The Sami Show Marketplace will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 22 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 23 at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton. There will be art, decor, gifts, homewares, apparel and more available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults and children 12 and under are free.
The Gno G. Lewis Lodge #622, 1309 Pecan Grove Drive in Copperas Cove, is hosting a Community Fish Fry fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 22. The meal will include fish, silent pups and a choice of two sides. Plates are $10 each. Delivery, pick-up and sit-down meals are available.
Apache Arts and Crafts Center will host a Paint and Sip event from 6-9 p.m. on January 26 at Sam Adams Brewhouse, 5782 24th St., Fort Hood. The cost is $30 per person and includes all painting supplies. Pre-registration is mandatory by going to https://bit.ly/3qJ217i.
Country and Western dancing takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Sammons Community Center, 2220 W. Avenue D, Temple. Admission is $5 per person and is open to adults only. Coffee and punch are offered. Guests are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share.
Sam Adams Brewhouse, 5782 24th St., Fort Hood, hosts a Books and Brew adult book club from 7-8 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month. This month is the inaugural meeting and members will come together for a discussion of favorite book-to-movie adaptations. This event is free and open to all adults.
The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College, 6200 W. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, is hosting its Virtual Night Sky Tour from noon to 1 p.m. on January 26. Astronomer Warren Hart will discuss which constellations will be visible in the night sky throughout February. Watch online at www.facebook.com/CTCHMLibrary. The Science Theater also offers a variety of laser shows, movies, and other astronomy-based events. For show descriptions, complete schedule and ticket prices, visit www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1800.
The Cove Theater, 111 W. Avenue D in Copperas Cove, is hosting Saturday Morning Breakfast at the Theater from 8-10 a.m. on January 22. Breakfast and classic big-screen cartoons are included for $6.99 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
The Keep Copperas Cove Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 22 at Applebee’s Bar and Grill, 2525 Highway 190, Copperas Cove. Tickets are $10 per person.
The twenty-second annual Father Daughter Dance, presented by Extreme Cheer and Tumble, will take place from 6-9 p.m. February 4-5 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, 3303 N. Third Street, Temple. Tickets are $12 per person and must be purchased in advance at https://bit.ly/3I4R8To. Admission includes a special gift bag, photo booth, refreshments and professional photo shoot. This event is for fathers or father figures of all ages and girls 18 and under.
The Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, will offer amnesty and forgiveness for late fees on all late library materials that are returned through January 30. The library also posts a variety of live streams, children’s programs, story times, crafts, and other activities throughout the week on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/harkerheightspubliclibrary/ . The Virtual/In-Person Book Discussion Club takes place at 6:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Email [email protected] to register.
The Killeen Public Library offers virtual story times, family activities and crafts posted throughout the week on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KilleenLibrary/.
The Lampasas Public Library, 201 S. Main St., is hosting a STEAM: Lego Robotics for Homeschoolers day at 10 a.m. on January 25. This free program is for homeschooled children ages 7-11. The STEAM Day: Lego Robotics for School Kids Class will take place at 4 p.m. on January 25 for ages 7-11. Register before January 22 by calling 512-556-3251 or by stopping by the library.
Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club hosts concerts by Kenny Orts and the No Chance Band from 8 p.m. to midnight on January 21. Coverage: $10. Dave Jorgenson will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on January 22. Coverage: $10. The dance hall is at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93, Temple. Attend karaoke from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Happy hour is 5-10 p.m. every Thursday and 5-8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Discover a free dance class from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every first Thursday of the month. For more information, visit www.bosbarndancehall.com or call 254-939-7131.
3 Texans Winery, 7536 Farm-to-Market 2409 in Temple, is hosting free live music from Gabor Nicholson from 2-5 p.m. on January 22.
Fire Base Brewing Company, 8 S. First St. in Temple, hosts Open Mike Night with Smokinmaxx from 6:30-9 p.m. every Wednesday. This event is free and open to all.
Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery, 401 S. Main St. in Salado, hosts free concerts featuring a local artist from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and 8 p.m. to midnight every Saturday. Chupacabra also hosts Open Mic Night for acoustic music and comedy every Monday from 7-10 p.m.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, is hosting free live music from Ely Buck at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Curtis McMurtry at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 and Conor Ritchie-Dunham at 4 p.m. Jan. 23.
Fire Street Pizza, 10310 Farm-to-Market 439 in Belton, hosts free live music from Trashy Annie from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 21, Sam Grona from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 22, and an acoustic show from Martian Folk from noon to 3 p.m. on January 23.
The VFW Post 3892, 201 VFW Drive in Harker Heights, hosts a music and karaoke night with DJ Time from 7-10 p.m. every Wednesday. Call 254-213-3350 for more information.
The Central Texas Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday at Kempner Farm, 4616 Farm-to-Market 2808, Kempner. There are local producers, artisans, vendors, food trucks and more. Interested sellers can go to http://www.kempnerfarm.com to find more information and an application.
Lampasas Trade Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every first Saturday of the month at 2646 E. Highway 190. There will be vendors, antiques, artisans, artists and more. Call 512-734-1294 for more information.
Museums and exhibitions
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Every first Saturday of the month, the museum organizes a free thematic family day. Visit www.templerrhm.org for more information. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St. in Belton, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 254-933-5243. Free entry.
Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A special exhibit, “Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit,” based on the TV series, runs from January 29 through May 1. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for children 12 and under.
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Texas Ranger Trail in Waco, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, $4 for children 6-12, and children under 6 are free. .Go to www.texasranger.org for more information.
The Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 512-556-2224 for more information.