There’s a lot going on in the Killeen area this weekend. With the rodeo in the area, family-friendly events and chances to catch live music, there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and explore. Use this listing to find a fun event to try out.
The Bell County Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton. Tickets range from $15 to $28 per person and can be purchased online in advance or at the door.
The Super Hero 5K Run/Walk will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Abrams Physical Fitness Center, 62nd St. and Support Ave. on Fort Hood. The race is free and open to all. Registration can be completed on-site from 7 to 7:30 a.m. or online at www.hood.armymwr.com.
The kickoff for the Walk Across Texas! program will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Lampasas County Courthouse parking lot. This eight-week program is designed to help establish regular exercise habits for both children and adults in teams of up to eight. To register, and for more information, go to www.walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.
The U.S. Postal Service is hosting a Passport Fair from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at the Killeen Post Office, 300 N. 10th St. Customers will be received on a first-come, first-served basis and do not need an appointment. For passport requirements and fees go to www.travel.state.gov.
The Harker Heights Kiwanis Club is hosting its 48th annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Harker Heights Elementary School, 726 S. Ann Blvd. Adult tickets are $6 and kids under 12 are $4; proceeds support local high school scholarships and programs. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, and door prizes.
The third annual Mommy/Daddy and Me Sweetheart Tea will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577, 1506 Veterans Avenue, Copperas Cove. Each parent and their son or daughter will enjoy three servings of tea and snack pairings, with lessons in manners in between each one. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased on the event’s page at www.eventbrite.com.
The City of Killeen is hosting a Father Daughter Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. WS Young Drive. Daughters ages five to 12 are invited and attendees are encouraged to wear ballroom attire. Tickets are $50 per couple and $20 per additional child and are available for purchase until Feb. 15 online at www.killeentx.gov.
The Killeen Copper Mountain Branch Library, 3000 S. WS Young Drive, is hosting Spring Story Time three days a week from Jan. 7- May 18. Monday sessions are from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for kids up to eight years old, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are from 10:15 to 11 a.m. for kids five years and younger.
The Killeen Main Public Library, 205 E. Church Ave., is hosting its Spring Story Time three times a week from Jan 8- May 7. Tuesday story times are from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for children eight years and younger, Wednesday and Thursday sessions are from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. for kids up to five years old. The main branch also hosts a Lego Block Party every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for all ages.
Bronco Youth Center, 6602 Tank Destroyer Blvd., Fort Hood, offers a free Explore Learning and Playgroup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Each session is geared toward children younger than 36 months old, but is open to all age groups. The class is hosted by ACS/FAP New Parent Support Program, a group of nurses and social workers that provide parenting education and support to families with children 3 years old and younger. Participants must have a valid military ID. For more information, call 254-287-2286.
The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College features a variety of laser shows, movies, and other events based on astronomy. For show descriptions, a full schedule, and ticket prices go to www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1800.
The Salado Chamber of Commerce, 423 S. Main St., is hosting Coffee and Friendship from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 12. All community members are invited for conversation, light breakfast and coffee.
Every Sunday morning, a free group run is held at various locations. This week, runners of all ages and paces will meet from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dana Peak Park trailhead inHarker Heights.If the road is still closed, runners will meet at the parking lot near the gate. Water and coffee will be provided.
The Adult Crochet Group will meet at 2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday of the month in the Library Archives room at the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave. Members of all crochet skill levels can bring a project to share, work on independently, or receive help on from other members. Call 254-298-5702 for more information.
Songsmith Salado chapter meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Salado Public Library, 1151 N. Main St. Membership is free and meetings consist of a discussion about the craft and business of music, friendly feedback on original songs, as well as guest speakers. Songsmith is a Texas-based nonprofit with the mission to discover, encourage and connect songwriters and musicians in Texas, especially in the Central Texas area. Su Heflin is the meeting coordinator for the Salado chapter. For more information, email email@example.com or call 254-947-3427.
Copperas Cove Bass Club meetings are at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Lil Tex Restaurant, 502 S. Main St., Copperas Cove. Call 254-661-9274.
The Bell County Writers Guild meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Lena Armstrong Public Library, 301 E. First St., Belton. Call 254-231-1843.
The Mystery Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights. All mystery book lovers are welcome. For information, contact Marcene Saunders-Martinez at 830-357-8314.
Holly Tucker, from NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 9 at Joker’s Icehouse Bar and Grill, 7900 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, will host live music by Margot Cilker and An American Forrest from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and Denny Cullinan from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10.
Blends Wine Bar is hosting Karaoke Saturdays every week with DJ WillyBe from 7 to 11 p.m. Blends also hosts Sunday Funday every week from noon to 6 p.m. with half-off glass prices on already opened bottles of wine. For more information, call 254-613-4739. Blends Wine Bar is at 208 N. Penelope St., Belton.
Dirty Harry’s presents live music at 9 p.m. every Wednesday. No cover for ages 21 and older. Dirty Harry’s is at 206 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights (next to King Pin Tattoos). For more information, call 254-680-6557.
Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club will host live music by Craig Howell and Somewhere in Texas from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 8 and People’s Choice from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 9.The dance hall is at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93, Temple. 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 10 p.m. every Thursday, and 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to www.bosbarndancehall.com, or call 254-939-7131.
Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery is hosting live music by Brady Hulsey from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 and from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 9.Chupacabra is at 401 S. Main St., Suite #105, Salado.
O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 11 E. Central Ave. in Temple, hosts a Local Artist Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. every Tuesday. No cover. Jordan Valentin and Clusterfunk will perform from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 8. Call 254-295-0518 for more information.
All-Year Pioneer Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Tractor Supply Company at 2002 E. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, weather permitting. Go to www.facebook.com/pioneerfarmersmarket or call Heike at 254-458-8223 for more information.
Florence Market Days runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Florence City Hall, 106 S. Patterson Ave. Farm vendors, artisans, retail sales, cottage and food vendors and nonprofit organizations will be present.
Arts & Theater
The Temple Civic Theatre, 2413 S. 13th St., is hosting performances of the musical “Next to Normal,” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10.
The Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
The Harker Heights High School Choir annual musical variety show, Knight Club, will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at the HHHS auditorium. Tickets range from $10 to $30 and can be purchased online at www.hhhschoirs.com/knightclub.html or in person at HHHS between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning Jan. 28. All funds raised benefit the choir and its activities.
The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, is featuring a special exhibit, “Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations,” on display until March 3. The exhibit features illustrations from award-winning children’s book illustrators from well-known titles like, “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Polar Express,” and “Jumanji.” Patrons of the Waco/McLennan County and Hewitt Public Libraries system can also borrow a museum membership at no cost at any time. For more information, call 254-710-1104.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St., Belton, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The museum will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a card decorating and craft event from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Call 254-933-5243 or go to www.bellcountymuseum.org for more information.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave. B, Temple, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and hosts a free, themed family day on the first Saturday of the month.Go to www.templerrhm.org or call 254-298-5172 for more information.
The Lions Club Park Senior Center hosts a dance for seniors 55 and older from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every first, second, and third Tuesday of the month at the Killen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Highway. Admission is free and attendees are asked to bring a food dish to share.
In the Mood Ballroom is hosting a Variety Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 for $7 per person, or come early for the dance lesson at 7 p.m. and stay for the dance for $10 per person. In the Moodhosts dance lessons of various styles throughout the week and is located at 13 and 15 S. Main St., Temple. For more information on future events or classes, call 254-773-7088, email Karen.Keith@inthemoodballroom.com, or go to inthemoodballroom.com.
Club Fuego, 704 Edwards Drive in Harker Heights, features Latin music and dancing every Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies are free before 11 p.m. Call 857-294-5604 for more information.
Main Street Tejano Club, 201 S. Main St., Temple, has a DJ/live music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. Call 254-541-8329 or go to www.mainstreettejano.club.
Pan American Club, 575 Pan American Drive, Harker Heights, features Tejano, Norteño and Cumbia music. Call 254-690-2882 for more information.
Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, hosts music every Friday and Saturday. Rock Jr. will play from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 8. No cover.The Hometown Boys will perform from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 9. $15cover.Call 254-771-1364 for more information.