With so many events in the Central Texas area, there’s no reason not to have something to look forward to. It is always a good idea to confirm with the organizer in advance that plans have not changed or been postponed as new developments related to the pandemic continue.
The No Limit Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Mud Races will be at 7:30 pm on January 14 and 15 at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton. General admission tickets range from $15 to $30. Go to www.bellcountyexpo.com to purchase in advance.
The Friends of Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery wreath recovery event has been postponed from last week due to inclement weather and will now be at 10 am on January 15. Volunteers are needed and welcome to help. Parking will be available at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen. Shuttle buses will run from 8:30 am to noon between the designated parking area and the cemetery. Visit www.wreathsforvets.org for more information.
Educated Angels is hosting the 6th Annual C. Zach Memorial Scholarship Bowling Tournament at 1 pm on January 15 at Hallmark Lanes, 4203 Shawn Drive, Killeen. All ages are welcome and registration is $25 per person. On-site check-in and registration begin at noon. Proceeds will go towards KISD’s Special Olympics programs and scholarships for high school bowlers.
MLK’s annual Peace March will kick off at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St., with the line starting at 8:30 a.m. The annual march is held downtown.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is hosting an overnight trip to Houston during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 14-15. This trip is open to single or unaccompanied soldiers and will include breakfast and lodging, transportation, viewing the MLK Parade, admission to the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, and various Houston attractions. The cost is $150 per person and is cash only. Go to BOSS Headquarters, 9212 Old Ironsides Ave., Fort Hood, to register.
The Central Texas Area Agency on Aging is presenting a free series of six classes, “A Healthier You: Master the Tools to Make Living with Chronic Pain More Manageable,” from 10 a.m. to noon on the 14th and 21st January, February 4 and March 18 and 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 required by calling Theresa Mireles at 254-770-2346.
The Temple Polar Bear Plunge 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 start with a costume contest, a splash, and then end with the plunge. Go to https://bit.ly/3qX5s9c to register in advance.
The Lone Star Gun Show will be from 9 am to 5 pm on January 15 and from 10 am to 4 pm on January 16 at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton. Admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 are free.
The Phantom Warrior Scramble will be at noon Jan. 21 at The Courses of Clear Creek, 52381 Battalion Ave., Fort Hood. This four-person scramble is $40 per person with an optional $5 mulligan. Call 254-287-4130 to register. Same day registration will start at 11am
The Centex Races 5K series to the Polar Bear Plunge will be at 8 am on January 22 at Copperas Cove City Park, 1206 W. Avenue B. Runners will be invited to join the Polar Plunge at the City Park Pool at the conclusion of the race. Registration is $20 per person in advance. Go to https://bit.ly/3fiEh3o to sign up. Same-day registration will begin at 6:30 am
The Country and Western Dance is from 6 to 9 pm every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Sammons Community Center, 2220 W. Avenue D, Temple. Admission is $5 per person and is open to adults only. Coffee and punch 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, full schedule and ticket prices, visit www.starsatnight .org or call 254-526-1800.
Martin Luther King Jr. High School’s 20th Annual Step Up Fest will be at 6 pm on January 16 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 WS Young Drive. This event will feature performances from high school step teams from across Texas. Advance tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3tqBiOG. Tickets at the door are $12 each.
The 22nd Annual Father Daughter Dance, presented by Extreme Cheer and Tumble, will be from 6 to 9 pm on February 4 and 5 at the Frank W. Mayborn Convention and Civic 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, a photo booth, refreshments, and a professional photo opportunity. This event is for fathers or father figures of all ages and daughters under the age of 18.
The Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, will offer amnesty and forgiveness of late fees on all overdue library materials returned by January 30. The library also posts a variety of livestreams, children’s programs, stories, crafts, and other activities throughout the week on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/harkerheightspubliclibrary/. The Virtual/In-Person Book Discussion Club is at 6:30 pm every third Thursday of the month. Email email@example.com to join.
The Killeen Public Library will host the Copper Mountain Branch Saturday Book Club at 10 am on January 22 to discuss Agatha Christie’s “The Assassination of Roger Ackroyd.” The library also hosts virtual storytimes, family activities and crafts posted throughout the week on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KilleenLibrary/.
The Last Drive-In Picture Show, 2912 S. Highway 36, Gatesville, features a double feature every night of the week. This week’s drive-in lineup, showing every night from January 14-20, will be “Sing 2” at 7 pm and “The 355” at 9:30 pm Admission is $10 per car.
The Lampasas Public Library, 201 S. Main St., is hosting a STEAM Stories event at 10:30 am on January 15. This free program for preschoolers will feature a story hour and crafts.
Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club will present live music from Last Call from 8 pm to midnight on January 14. Coverage: $10. Billy Holt will perform from 9 pm to midnight on January 15. Coverage: $10. The ballroom is at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93, Temple. Enjoy karaoke from 8-11 pm every Thursday. Happy Hour is from 5 to 10 pm every Thursday, and from 5 to 8 pm every Friday and Saturday. Check out a free dance lesson from 6:30-8:00 pm every first Thursday of every month. For more information, visit www.bosbarndancehall.com or call 254-939-7131.
Fire Base Brewing Company, 8 S. First St. in Temple, will present free live music by Wade Ralston from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on January 14.
Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery, 401 S. Main St. in Salado, features free live music with a local artist from 7-11 p.m. every Friday and 8 p.m.-midnight every Saturday. Chupacabra also hosts Open Mic Night for acoustic music and comedy every Monday from 7-10pm.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, will present free live music by Dennis O’Hagan at 6 pm on January 14, Terry Klein on January 15 and Jack Comeaux on January 16.
Fire Street Pizza, 10310 Farm-to-Market 439 in Belton, features free live music from Scott Taylor from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 14, Ryan Youmans from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 15, and an acoustic Martian Folk show from noon. until 3 pm on January 16.
The VFW Post 3892, 201 VFW Drive in Harker Heights, will present Pure Country Band from 7:30 to 11 pm on January 14. There is also Music and Karaoke Night with DJ Time from 7-10 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 growers, artisans, vendors, food trucks, and more available. Interested vendors can go to http://www.kempnerfarm.com to find more information and an application.
Lampasas Trade Days will be from 9 am to 4 pm every first Saturday of the month at 2646 E. Highway 190. There will be vendors, antique dealers, artisans, artists and more on hand. Call 512-734-1294 for more information.
Museums and Exhibitions
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Her new exhibit, “Facing the Inferno: The Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer,” will be on view through January 15. Every first Saturday of each month, the museum organizes a free themed Family Day. Visit www.templerrhm.org for more information. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St. in Belton, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A special exhibit, “Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit,” based on the television series, will run from January 29 to May 1. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children under 12.
The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Texas Ranger Trail in Waco, is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. 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.