Coming Up: Leadership Brunch, Wreath Collection, 5K or More Run / Walk | Local news

With the arrival of 2022, now is a good time to work on those New Year’s resolutions to be your best. Help out wreath salvage from Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery or volunteer for Love Your Park Day of Service, work on those fitness goals with the Sole Night Run / Walk 5K, or improve your leadership skills with Take the Lead Women’s Leadership Brunch. Live music, museum events, films and library programs are also taking place this week.

Local events

Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery will welcome volunteers to help with the Christmas wreath collection at 10 a.m. on January 8. Parking will be available at Texas A & M-Central Texas University, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen. Shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon between the designated parking area and the cemetery. Visit for more information.

Take the Lead Women’s Leadership Brunch will take place on January 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 SWS Young Drive, Killeen. This event aims to educate, empower and provide resources to improve the working lives of women workers. Guest speakers will include Rose Short from NBC’s “The Voice”; Dr. Jenypher Morgan, Certified Naturopathic Doctor; Jessica Van Kline, corporate marketing manager at Dell Technologies; and Tanida Mullen, founder of Take the Lead. Registration is $ 45 per participant. Go to to purchase tickets and for more information.

Killeen’s annual Christmas tree recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 8 at the Special Events Center, 3301 SWS Young Drive.

The unique night run / walk will take place on January 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, 7999 Sparta Road, Belton. This night race will take place on part of the BLORA Trail of Lights. The cost is $ 15 for military affiliates and $ 20 for non-military affiliates registering in advance; the cost of same-day registration increases by $ 5. Go to to register in advance.

The Temple City Center First Friday event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. January 7. There will be live music, late night shopping, food and more at various businesses in downtown Temple. Visit for more information and a full schedule of events.

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Houston Night Trip January 14-15. This trip is open to single and unaccompanied soldiers and will include breakfast and accommodation, transportation, MLK parade tour, admission to the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, and various Houston attractions. The cost is $ 150 per person; Cash only. Meet at BOSS Headquarters, 9212 Old Ironsides Ave., Fort Hood, to register.

The Polar Bear Plunge Temple will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on January 15 at Lions Junction Family Water Park, 5000 S. Fifth St. Cost is $ 20 per person and includes hot chocolate and donuts. The event will start with a costume contest, belly splash and then end with the plunge. Go to to register in advance.

Killeen Recreation Services is hosting its second annual Love Your Park Service Day from 8:30 am to noon on January 15 at Conder Park, 810 Conder St., Killeen. Volunteers must confirm their attendance by January 7, 2022, by emailing [email protected] Call 254-501-6390 for more information.

Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, there is a country and western dance from 6 pm to 9 pm 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 provided. Guests are welcome to bring an appetizer to share.

The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College, 6200 W. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, offers a variety of laser shows, movies, and other astronomical-based events. .org or call 254-526-1800.

Family fun

The Central Texas Theater, also known as Vive Les Arts Theater, is hosting auditions for “The SpongeBob Musical” from January 9-10, 2022, at 3401 SWS Young Drive, Killeen. Auditions are open to everyone from 12 years old and each person will have to prepare 30 to 60 seconds of a musical style song. Go to to register for a time slot.

The monthly Mom Coffee Meet Up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on January 8 at Boozy Beans Coffery, 2408 Clear Creek Road, Killeen. Go to to register for this free event.

The Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, will be hosting an in-person “Happy Birthday” music night and party at 11 am on January 15 for children 6 and under and their families. Spaces are limited and reservations are required by dialing 254-953-5491. The library also posts a variety of live broadcasts, children’s programs, storytelling hours, crafts and other activities throughout the week on its Facebook page, The Virtual / In-Person Book Discussion Club is held at 6:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Email [email protected] to register.

The Killeen Public Library will host its monthly book club at Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, at 9:30 am on January 11 to discuss the January book “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk . The Copper Mountain Branch Saturday Book Club will return at 10 am on January 22 to discuss “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie. The library also hosts virtual storytelling hours, family activities and crafts posted throughout the week on its Facebook page,

The Last Drive-In Picture Show, 2912 S. Highway 36, Gatesville, hosts a double movie every night of the week. This week’s drive-in lineup, which airs nightly January 7-12, will be “Spider Man: No Way Home” at 7:00 p.m. and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $ 10 by car.

The Lampasas Public Library, 201 S. Main St., is hosting a “How Pinteresting: Create Your Own Vision Board” class at 5:00 pm on January 11th. A donation of $ 5 to cover the cost of materials is welcome and participants are encouraged to bring their own magazines and photos to use. Call 512-556-3251 or stop by the library to register in advance.

Local music

The Beltonian Theater, 219 E. Central Ave. in Belton, hosts Ken Elliot as Elvis in concert from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Tickets are $ 10 in advance and $ 15 at the door. Go to to purchase in advance. Stay after the concert to watch a movie with Elvis for just $ 5.

The Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club hosts live music by Scooter Dubec and Sterling Country from 8 p.m. to midnight on January 7. Coverage: $ 10. Whiskey Renegade will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on January 8. 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 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Thursday and 5 p.m. to 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 or call 254-939-7131.

Fire Base Brewing Company, 8 S. First St. in Temple, hosts free live music from SmokinMaxx from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on January 7.

Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery, 401 S. Main St. in Salado, hosts free live music 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 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, hosts free live music from Wes Perryman at 6 p.m. on January 8.

Fire Street Pizza, 10310 Farm-to-Market 439 in Belton, hosts free live music from Ryan Paul Davis from 6 to 9 p.m. on January 7, Beth Lee and the Breakups from 6 to 9 p.m. on January 8, and an acoustic show by Martian Folk from noon to 3 p.m. on January 9.

VFW Post 3892, 201 VFW Drive in Harker Heights, hosts a music and karaoke night with DJ Time from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. Call 254-213-3350 for more information.

The Central Texas Farmer’s Market is 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 to find more information and an application.

Lampasas Trade Days will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on the first Saturday of the month at 2646 E. Highway 190. There will be vendors, antique dealers, 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. His new exhibition, “Facing the Inferno: The Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer”, is on display until January 15th. Every first Saturday of the month, the museum organizes a free family day on the theme. This month’s Family Day theme is Cabin Fever: Stargazing Family Day and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 8. Visit for more information. Admission is $ 4 for adults, $ 3 for seniors, $ 2 for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.

The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St. in Belton, is open 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.

The Mayborn Museum at Baylor University, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A special exhibit, “The Mini Mayborn Express,” featuring model railroaders from the central Texas area, is now on display through January 9. 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 to 12, and children under 6 are free. Visit for more information.

The Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 512-556-2224 for more information.

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