Out & About: Upcoming events and activities in Central Texas

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Looking for something to do? Here’s a list of entertainment, family and social events that’s sure to keep you busy.

The annual Ride for Wreaths is Saturday at Horny Toad Harley Davidson of Fort Hood, 875 W. Central Texas Expressway. Registration is at 8 a.m. Cost is $ 25 and includes a T-shirt and lunch from Big Hoss BBQ. Ride starts at 10 a.m. from Horny Toad Harley Davidson of Fort Hood to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Gary Sinise will speak at 11 a.m. For information or to register, go to www.wreathsforvets.org.

The seventh annual Central Texas Lowbrow Art and Tattoo Convention is Friday through Sunday at the Harker Heights Event Center, 710 Edwards Drive. Doors are open from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday; from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $ 13 at the door; $ 10 advance purchase; $ 30 VIP pass; children 13 and younger are free. The event includes tattoos, food, alcohol, music, art, temporary tattoos for the kids, a bounce house, face painting, henna tattoos and a free car show. For information, call 254-251-6054.

Local Music

Blends Wine Bar presents Jazz Fridays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday with the Blaine Smith Quartet. Blends Wine Bar is at 208 N. Penelope St., Belton.

Dirty Harry’s presents live music at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. For ages 21 and older, no cover. Dirty Harry’s is at 206 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights (next to Kin Pin Tattoos). Call 254-680-6557.

Brady Honeycutt performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93 in Temple. Cover: $ 8. Debonairs is Saturday’s featured entertainer from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover: $ 10. 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 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Go to www.bosbarndancehall.com or call 254-939-7131.

Stillhouse Wine Room has live music from 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday. This week’s guest: Bryan “Whyte Chocolate” Thym. Cover: $ 5. Sunday Champagne Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $ 19.95 in advance; $ 23.95 at the door. Walk-ins seated based on availability. Wine Tasting Workshop with sommelier Leah McGee is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $ 30 in advance; $ 35 the day of the event. Purchase tickets through the Facebook page, www.StillhouseWineRoom.com or at the Wine Room. The third Tuesday of each month is Tuesday Blues Day from 7 to 10 p.m. Musicians are invited to join in for an unrehearsed jam session. Wednesday is Teachers Night. Thursday Night Trivia is at 7:30 p.m. with a relaxed version of the game. Topics include music, movies, sports, geography, animals and more. Every 10 questions someone wins a bottle of wine. Stillhouse Wine Room is at 403 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Suite 308, Killeen. Go to StillhouseWineRoom.com.

Farmers Markets

All-Year Pioneer Farmers Market will be open in front of Tractor Supply Co. on Central Texas Expressway in Killeen from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Call Heike at 254-458-8223 or go to www.facebook.com/pioneerfarmersmarket.

Belton Farmers Market is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Central Avenue and Penelope Street. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Call 254-778-2104.

Copperas Cove Farmers Market is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Copperas Cove City Park, 1206 West Avenue B. Vendors offer items including fresh produce, honey, fresh eggs, homemade artisan lotions, soaps, jewelry, fresh salsa, hot sauce, baked goods, organic pet treats, interior decorating items and more. To become a vendor, contact Heather Bryan at hbryan@copperascovetx.gov.

Harker Heights Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway.

Arts & Theater

Baylor University Theatre presents a special guest production of “The Fertile River” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Mabee Theatre of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $ 5 a person. Purchase tickets at www.baylor.edu/theatre or call the theater box office at 254-710-1865.

RAW — Royal Street Art Walk is from 6 to 9 p.m. every fourth Friday of the month along Royal Street in Salado. Promoting visual art, the featured galleries include Bentons Custom Jewelry, FSG Fine Jewelry, Ro Shaw Clay Studio, Salado Glassworks and Sirril Art Gallery. Also participating in the art walk are Barrow Brewing Co. and Chupacabra Craft Beer & Winery. Call Salado Glassworks at 254-947-0339 or go to www.royalstreetartwalk.com.

The Mayborn Museum Complex presents “Stilettos to Stetsons: Women on the Trail” at 11 a.m. Thursday. Janice Grelle, female cattle rancher, details the true story of how a British schoolteacher became a Texas cattle rancher and how women navigated the cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail. Grelle’s book, “Stilettos to Stetsons,” will be available for purchase and signed. Admission is free for members. General admission is $ 8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors and $ 6 for children. Coffee and pastries will be provided prior to the lecture. The “Off the Range: The Art and Architecture of the Trail” exhibit provides a glimpse into the Wild West of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through Frederic Remington’s bronze sculptures and architectural drawings of the Suspension Bridge in Waco. The exhibit offers a nostalgic look at a rapidly disappearing western front, which underwent dramatic transformation in the face of transcontinental transportation, Native American confinement to reservation land, immigration and industrialization. “Find a Way, Not an Excuse: Women in STEM” is showing through March 25. The exhibit presents the lives of 19 women and their contributions to the science, technology, engineering and math fields, including five from Baylor University. The exhibit focuses on pioneering innovations in STEM with the hope of inspiring a fierce desire to learn continuously and encourage curiosity to lead to discovery. The museum offers free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. The museum is at 1300 S. University Parks Drive in Waco. For information, call 254-710-1104.

Join In the Mood Ballroom for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Friday is Variety Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets: $ 7 a person. Come at 7 p.m. for a dance lesson, pay $ 10 and stay for the dance for free. Dance classes are available throughout the week. Call 254-773-7088, email Karen.Keith@inthemoodballroom.com or go to inthemoodballroom.

Bars, Clubs

Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, presents Waco’s DJ Loco from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and DJ Grito from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. No cover charge. Call 254-771-1364.

Main Street Tejano Club, 201 S. Main St., Temple, has a DJ/live music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 254-541-8329 or go to www.mainstreettejano.club.

Pan American Club, 575 Pan American Drive, Harker Heights, features Tejano, Norteno and Cumbia music. Call 254-690-2882.

Book Signings

Local author R.L. Stelzer will present her young adult fantasy book “The Queen and Knights of Nor” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at McWha Book Store, 114 Central Ave., Belton. Go to www.mcwhabook.com or call 254-939-6474.

Family Fun

The Splash Pad at Long Branch Park is free and open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Contact Parks and Recreation at 501-6537 or go to www.killeentexas.gov/swim.

The Bell County Museum is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 254-933-5243 or go to www.bellcountymuseum.org.

Temple’s Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B in downtown, will open its doors free of charge Sept. 23 as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live! The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues. For more information, go to Smithsonian.com/museumday. The museum’s current exhibit, “Requiem for Steam,” features railroad photographs by David Plowden. His images capture the era when steam engines roamed the country and railroaders worked hard to keep them running. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Go to www.templerrhm.org or call 254-298-5172.

Free guided tours of the Lampasas County Courthouse are offered each Saturday. Tours start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., except for major holiday weekends. The courthouse is on the downtown square, 501 E. Fourth St. Take the Loop 257 exit off U.S. Highway 190. Contact Linda Moore-Lanning at 512-564-5122 or Jim Rutland at 512-556-5302, during regular business hours.

For Children

The Cultural Activities Center invites all preschoolers to Tot Spot, an art class for children ages 2-6 every third Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $ 5 per child. Any siblings younger than 2 years are free. This month’s Tot Spot program will include crafts and books inspired by Lois Ehlert. For more information, go to cacarts.org or call 254-773-9926.

Clubs, Meetings

The Killeen Civic Art Guild has open studio time from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. A membership meeting will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting will have a show-and-tell of painted ostrich eggs and an artist exchange. Members may bring whatever art-related items you don’t need any longer; then you get to take something else home in exchange. Visitors are welcome. Contact Stephen Culver at 254-290-2928.

The Copperas Cove Bass Club meetings are at the Lil Tex Restaurant in Copperas Cove on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Call 254-661-9274.

The Bell County Writers Guild meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Lena Armstrong Public Library, 301 E. First St., Belton. Call 254-231-1843.

Festivals, Events

Market Days in downtown Belton is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will line the streets of downtown Belton featuring a variety of baked goods and handmade items. Contact Sandy Bigham at 254-939-5699 or sandy10@hot.rr.com.

The 35th annual Temple Model Train Show is from 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Conference Center, 3303 N. Third St., exit from Interstate 35 as directed by construction signs. The event includes model railroaders’ exhibit and swap meet, videos and model train sales. Cost: $ 7; $ 1 discount for seniors and military with ID; 12 and younger free with adult. For information go to www.centramodrr.com.

Planetarium

Several films are now showing at the Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College. Matinee shows are $ 5 per person and the Saturday evening shows are $ 7 for adults and $ 6 for children younger than the age of 12. Discounts are offered to active-duty military, senior citizens and members. For show descriptions, full schedule and ticket prices, go to www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1800.

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Craig Ballantyne

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