With the arrival of 2022, now is a great time to work on those New Years resolutions to be the best for you. Lend a hand in the Central Texas Veterans State Cemetery wreath recovery or volunteer for Love Your Park Day of Service, work on those fitness goals with the Sole Night 5K Run / Walk, or improve your leadership skills with the Women Leaders Leadership Brunch. Live music, museum events, movies, and library programs will also take place this week.
The Friends of Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery will welcome volunteers to help with the recovery of holiday wreaths at 10 am. January the 8th. Parking will be available at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen. The shuttle buses will be running from 8:30 am to noon between the designated parking area and the cemetery. Go to www.wreathsforvets.org for more information.
The Take the Lead Women’s Leadership Brunch will be from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on January 8 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 SWS Young Drive, Killeen. This event aims to educate, empower and provide resources to improve the professional life of working women. Featured speakers will include Rose Short from NBC’s “The Voice”; Dr. Jenypher Morgan, Certified Naturopathic Physician, Jessica Van Kline, Business Marketing Leader at Dell Technologies; and Tanida Mullen, founder of Take the Lead. Registration costs $ 45 per attendee. Go to https://bit.ly/3pZSng9 to purchase tickets and for more information.
Killeen’s annual Christmas tree recycling event will be from 9 am to 1 pm on January 8 at the Special Events Center, 3301 SWS Young Drive.
The Sole Night Run / Walk will be at 5:30 pm on January 8 at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, 7999 Sparta Road, Belton. This night run will take place through a portion of the BLORA Trail of Lights. The cost is $ 15 for military members and $ 20 for non-military members who register in advance; Same day registration cost increases by $ 5. Go to https://bit.ly/3JY5mar to register early.
Downtown Temple’s first Friday event will be from 5 to 9 pm on January 7. There will be live music, late-night shopping, food, and more at various businesses around the downtown Temple area. Go to www.downtowntemple.com/first-friday for more information and a full calendar of events.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is hosting an overnight trip to Houston during the Martin Luther King Jr. vacation January 14-15. This trip is open to single or unaccompanied soldiers and will include breakfast and lodging, transportation, MLK parade viewing, admission to the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, and various Houston attractions. The cost is $ 150 per person; Cash only. Go to BOSS headquarters, 9212 Old Ironsides Ave., Fort Hood, to register.
The Polar Bear Temple Dip will be from 10:30 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 begin with a costume contest, belly splash, and then end with the plunge. Go to https://bit.ly/3qX5s9c to register in advance.
Killeen Recreation Services is hosting its second annual Love Your Park Day of Service from 8:30 am to noon on January 15 at Conder Park, 810 Conder St., Killeen. Volunteers must RSVP before January 7, 2022, by emailing email@example.com. Call 254-501-6390 for more information.
Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month there is a country and western dance from 6 to 9 pm at 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 invited to bring a snack to share.
The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College, 6200 W. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, presents a variety of laser shows, movies, and other astronomy-based events. For show descriptions, a full schedule, and ticket prices, visit www.starsatnight .org or call 254-526-1800.
Central Texas Theater, also known as Vive Les Arts Theater, will host auditions for “The SpongeBob Musical” January 9-10, 2022, at 3401 SWS Young Drive, Killeen. Auditions are open to everyone 12 years of age and older and each person will need to prepare 30 to 60 seconds of a music style song. Go to https://bit.ly/3EhXrAF to register on a time slot.
Mom Coffee’s monthly meeting will be from 10 am to noon on January 8 at Boozy Beans Coffery, 2408 Clear Creek Road, Killeen. Go to https://bit.ly/3eTZP6r to register for this free event.
The Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, will host an in-person “Happy Birthday” party and music time at 11 am on January 15 for children 6 and under and their families. Places are limited and reservations are required by calling 254-953-5491. The library also posts a variety of live broadcasts, children’s programs, stories, crafts, and other activities during the week on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/harkerheightspubliclibrary/. In-Person / Virtual Book Discussion Club is at 6:30 pm every third Thursday of the month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
The Killeen Public Library will host its monthly book club at the 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 Count” from Bessel van der Kolk. The Copper Mountain Branch Saturday Book Club will return at 10 am on January 22 to discuss Agatha Christie’s “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”. The library also hosts virtual stories, family activities and crafts posted during the week on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KilleenLibrary/.
The Last Drive-In Picture Show, 2912 S. Highway 36, Gatesville, features a double movie every night of the week. This week’s drive-in programming, which will be shown every night from January 7 to 12, will be “Spider Man: No Way Home” at 7 pm and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” at 9:30 pm. It costs $ 10 per car.
The Lampasas Public Library, 201 S. Main St., is hosting a “How Cool: Create Your Own Vision Board” class at 5 pm on January 11th. A $ 5 donation to cover the cost of materials is appreciated and attendees are invited to bring their own magazines and pictures to use. Call 512-556-3251 or stop by the library to register in advance.
The Beltonian Theater, 219 E. Central Ave. in Belton, will host Ken Elliot as Elvis in Concert from 5 to 6:30 pm on January 8. Tickets are $ 10 in advance and $ 15 at the door. Go to www.thebeltoniantheatre.com to buy in advance. Stick around after the concert to see a movie starring Elvis for just $ 5.
Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club features live music from Scooter Dubec and Sterling Country from 8 p.m. to midnight on January 7. Cover: $ 10. Whiskey Renegade will run from 9 pm to midnight on January 8. Cover: $ 10. The ballroom is at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93, Temple. Enjoy karaoke from 8am to 11pm. M. Every Thursday. Happy hour is from 5 to 10 p.m. M. Every Thursday and from 5 to 8 p.m. M. Every Friday and Saturday. Check out a free dance class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. M. Every first Thursday of the month. For more information, visit www.bosbarndancehall.com or call 254-939-7131.
Fire Base Brewing Company, 8 S. First St. in Temple, offers free live music by SmokinMaxx from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on January 7.
Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery, 401 S. Main St. in Salado, offers free live music with a local artist from 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and from 8 p.m. to midnight every Saturday. Chupacabra also organizes Open Mic Night for acoustic music and comedy every Monday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, will present free live music by Wes Perryman at 6pm on January 8.
Fire Street Pizza, 10310 Farm-to-Market 439 in Belton, features free live music by 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 a show acoustic by Martian Folk from noon to 3 pm on January 9.
VFW Post 3892, 201 VFW Drive in Harker Heights, hosts Karaoke and Music Night with DJ Time from 7 to 10 pm 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 from 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 available. Interested providers can visit http://www.kempnerfarm.com to find more information and an application.
Lampasas Business Days will run from 9 am to 4 pm every first Saturday of the month at 2646 E. Highway 190. Vendors, antique dealers, artisans, artists and more will be available. Call 512-734-1294 for more information.
Museums and exhibitions
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B, is open from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Her new exhibition, “In Front of Hell: Kari Greer’s Photography in a Forest Fire,” is on display until January 15. Every first Saturday of the month, the museum organizes a free themed Family Day. This month’s Family Day theme is Cabin Fever: Star Gazing Family Day and will be from 10 am to 1 pm on January 8th. Visit www.templerrhm.org for more information. Admission is $ 4 for adults, $ 3 for seniors, $ 2 for children 5 to 12 years old, and free for children under 5 years old.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St. in Belton, is open from noon to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. For more information, call 254-933-5243. Admission is free.
The Mayborn Museum at Baylor University, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 pm on Sunday. A special exhibit, “The Mini Mayborn Express,” featuring model railroads 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 6 p.m. M. At 5 p. Admission is $ 8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors and military, $ 4 for children 6-12, and children under 6 are free. Visit www.texasranger.org for more information.
The Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western Ave., is open from 10 am to 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 512-556-2224 for more information.