Killeen

Adult Softball Christmas Tournament

Killeen Parks and Recreation is hosting an Adult Softball Tournament all day Dec. 28-29 at the Killeen Athletic Complex. The tournament is open to men, women and co-ed teams. Cost is $150 per team and pay at the plate fees. Winners will receive a voucher of $200 for team jerseys and a dozen game balls.

Lonestar Toastmasters

Lonestar Toastmasters invites area residents to attend its weekly meeting, The club meets every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Texas A&M University Central Texas, 1001 Leadership Place. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 803-467-1127.

Killeen Toastmasters

Killeen Toastmasters invites area residents to attend its weekly meeting. The club meets from 12-1 p.m. every Friday at Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant, 3100 E. Central Texas Expressway. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 254-248-7735.

Pioneer Farmers Market

Pioneer Farmers Market offers high-quality, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, local raw honey, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, handmade crafts and jewelry. New vendors are always encouraged to join as space permits. The market is in front of Tractor Supply Company in Killeen, behind McAlister’s, near Hobby Lobby. It is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday (weather permitting). To see what will be for sale at the market or for more information, visit www.on.fb.me/1P9Dbl7.

Belton

Central Texas Boat and Outdoor Show

Central Texas Boat and Outdoor Show is set for 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Jan. 24, 2020, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 6, 2020, at Bell County Expo.

Adult Admission is $7; kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Military ID and Youth 13-18 are admitted for $5 each. An individual may purchase a pass for only $10 and attend all three days. For more information, visit www.centraltexasboatshow.com.

Sami Show

A Sami Show is an arts and crafts marketplace which showcases the finest arts and crafts and the latest trends in fashion and home decorating. Since 1975 Central Texas knows these popular events for quality, variety and uniqueness. The event is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020, and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan 26, 2020, at Bell County Expo Center. Cost is $5 for adults and kids are 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit https://samishow.com.

Market Days

Market Days offers shoppers a chance to buy, sell and trade in downtown Belton. The event is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every third Saturday of each month on Central Avenue in historic downtown Belton. Entertainment and food for purchase will also be provided.

Temple

Bend of the River Christmas

 The Annual Bend of the River Christmas featuring snow slides, barrel train rides, arts and crafts, snow party and more. There will also be a petting zoo and cowboy Santa. The event is set for 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River in Temple.

 Advance tickets are $5 per person. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate for $5. Children under two are free.  

All activities are included in the price of the ticket.

For more information, visit https://www.ci.temple.tx.us/2448/Bend-Of-The-River-Christmas.

New Years Eve Lock-In

3...2...1! Happy New Year! Ring in the new year and join in the fun at an all night New Years Eve lock-in. There will be tons of activities like spike ball, ga-ga ball, a rock climbing wall, special events and more.

The event is set from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 7 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020, at Wilson Park Recreation Center. Cost is $15.

For more information, call 254-298-5740

Elite Toastmasters

Elite Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. every fourth Monday at Natural Grocers in Temple.

For more information about this event and Elite Toastmasters, visit the club’s website at https://elitetoastmasterstexas.toastmastersclubs.org.

Waco

Christmas Tree Recycling Event

We all love Christmas traditions and we know how important is to you and your family to have that wonderful smell of a live Christmas tree in your home. Let’s keep that tradition going buy disposing your live tree the correct way. Instead of leaving it at your curb for solid waste to put in our landfill, drop it off at Paul Tyson Field to get “chipped” and to be re-purposed. You can even bring your kids to watch the trees go through the chipper. The “Chipping of the Green”: Christmas Tree Recycling Event  is set for 10 a.m.-3p.m. Jan. 4, 2020. Volunteers will be on hand and can help get your tree off the roof, out of the trunk or car, so you won’t have to get out on a possibly chilly day. The plus side of going out of your way to deliver your tree is that you can also go home with a freshly scented bag of mulch and a sapling to replace the tree that was cut down for the holidays! The event is open to everyone. If you would like to volunteer, please email Ashley or Linda at kwacob@gmail.com and we will make sure you are fed and kept warm.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/263686637872235.

Farmers market

Waco’s Downtown Farmers Market is open from 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at 400 N. University Parks Dr. The market features local agricultural producers and artisan vendors from within 150 miles of Waco. Enjoy food, crafts, live music and more in downtown Waco. For more information, visit www.wacodowntownfarmersmarket.com.

Austin

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again after more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation. The Bazaar runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday at 6100 Airport Blvd. in Austin.

All items at the Bazaar are handmade by local and regional artists that are selected through a rigorous jury process. Shoppers can expect to find paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics and more gifts you can’t find anywhere else. For more information, visit www.bluegenieartbazaar.com.

Austin Trail of Lights

The 55th Annual Trail of Lights, which runs through Tuesday, is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree. For more information, visit austintrailoflights.org.

3M Half Marathon

3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. Enjoy a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. The race is set for 7 a.m. Jan. 19, 2020, in downtown Austin. For more information, visit 3mhalfmarathon.com.

Martin Luther King March and Festival

Join the march from the MLK statue at the University of Texas campus to historic Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy for Austin and the world.

The MLK Community March kicks off on at 9 a.m. Jan. 20, 2020, with a short program at the MLK Statue. For more information, visit www.mlkcelebration.com.

Austin Marathon & Half Marathon

Austin Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the country’s premier races attracts nearly 20,000 participants from around the world. Events surrounding the marathon include a 5K, live music, finish line festival and beer garden.

The race is set for 7 a.m. Feb. 16, 2020, in downtown Austin. For more information, visit www.youraustinmarathon.com.