Killeen

Mayborn Science Theater reopens

The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, has reopened after undergoing a major renovation to upgrade its show capabilities and offerings. For more information, visit www.starsatnight.org.

Killeen Toastmasters

Killeen Toastmasters invites area residents to attend its weekly meeting. The club meets every Friday from 12-1 p.m., 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.

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.

Harker Heights

Vegan/Vegetarian festival

On July 14 vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious will attend Harker Height’s Twisted Fork - Vegan/Vegetarian festival. This year’s Twisted Fork event is simply centered on providing access to a wide variety of delicious food in a fun-loving atmosphere. No one will go away hungry, most wobble away, amazed at how delicious and varied vegan/vegetarian products can be. The event is set for 1-6:30 p.m. at Heights Event Center.

During this free action-packed food-filled event, a day of informative lectures, vendors and exhibitors will be displaying their best products.

Pool Party and Pooch Pool Paw-TY

Come enjoy a fun-filled bash to end the pool season at Harker Heights’ end of the season public pool party and pooch pool paw-ty Aug. 25.  

Enjoy swimming, listening to DJ music and more. The public party is runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The pool will close and reopen from 5-7 p.m. for furry friends. All participants will be required to pay gate admission rates (pool passes not allowed during party/pawty hours). For more information, email nbroemer@ci.harker-heights.tx.us, or call 254-953-5465.

Harker Heights Farmers Market

Harker Heights Farmers Market offers fresh produce from local farmers from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. For more information, visit http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/index.php/programs-a-events/farmers-market.

Belton

Market Days

Market Days offers shoppers a chance to buy, sell and trade in downtown Belton. The event is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. every third Saturday of each month in historic downtown Belton on Central Avenue. Entertainment and food will also be provided.

Temple

A Folsom Redemption Exhibit opening

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a landmark event, 1968: A Folsom Redemption is a collection of photographs and memories of two journalists lucky enough to be among a handful of eyewitnesses to the historic Johnny Cash concerts at Folsom Prison. This candid and personal photography exhibition covers a critical juncture in the career of Johnny Cash, one of the twentieth century’s most beloved performers an will be on display at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum through Aug. 11.

 For the first time ever, this traveling road show collection of 31 photos features a wide range of intimate photographs with friends and Family to a backstage meeting with country music legend Merle Haggard with the Man in Black. This exhibition highlights Cash’s golden era from the January 1968 Folsom Prison album recording to a March 1, 1969, concert in Anaheim, California, when he was getting ready to launch his network television show. 1968: A Folsom Redemption is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

1968: A Folsom Redemption can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, please visit TempleRRHM.org, or call 254-298-5172.

 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.

Lampasas

Spring Ho BBQ Cook-Off

Spring Ho is coming up the week of July 8, and the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center will host their farewell Hot As Hell BBQ Cook-Off. The Cook-Off will take place at Cooper Spring Nature Park on Hackberry St. and Avenue A in Lampasas on July 12-13.  

A popular event, the BBQ Cook-Off draws teams vying for the title of overall Grand Champion and the opportunity to compete nationally. Categories are appetizers, brisket, St. Louis style ribs (no baby backs), ½ chicken, sanctioned pinto beans ($15 extra fee) and Taster’s Choice (held Friday 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.). Winner will be announced Saturday during awards and will receive a cash prize.

Taster’s Choice is an exclusive opportunity for the general public to get involved in one of the hottest, most competitive BBQ Cook-Offs in Texas.

On Friday night, July 12, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. all those who purchase a Taster’s Choice Wristband will be able to sample delicious dishes from each participating team, and after sampling them all, you will vote for your favorites. With each Taster’s Choice Purchase, you receive 10 votes. After sampling all items distribute your votes as you see fit. The winner is announced on Saturday during the awards ceremony, receiving a substantial cash prize.

Spots are still available if you would like to participate in this event. For more information, call the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center office at 512-556-5172, or go online at www.lampasaschamber.org.

Waco

Cameron Park Zoo

The Cameron Park Zoo is hosting a series of upcoming events in Waco. These events include:

• July 15-20 — Coral Reef Awareness Week

• July 16 — World Snake Day: Join us for keeper talks and activities from 10 a.m.-noon.

• July 29 — International Tiger Day: Join us for keeper talks and activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Aug. 4 — International Owl Awareness Day: Join us for keeper talks at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Aug. 10 — World Lion Day: Join us for keeper talks and activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Aug. 12 — World Elephant Day: Join us for keeper talks and activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Aug. 14 — World Lizard Day: Join us for keeper talks and activities from 10 a.m.-noon.

• Aug. 19 — International Orangutan Day: Join us for keeper talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Sept. 22 — World Rhino Day: Join us for keeper talks and activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Croctober — Join us for keeper talks every Saturday in October at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.cameronparkzoo.com.

Farmers market

Waco’s downtown farmers market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday 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

Zilker Summer Musical

Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. The outdoor amphitheater will host performances of “The Little Mermaid” taking fans “under the sea” Thursdays through Sundays beginning around 8:15 p.m. from July 12-Aug. 17 in Austin. For more information, visit www.zilker.org.

Cool Summer Nights

The Bullock Texas State History Museum will host the second annual Cool Summer Nights event series with three free evenings of culture, community, after-hours exhibition exploration and unique interactive experiences. This year’s events will take place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on July 19 and Aug. 9.

Each of the three events will include free access to three floors of exhibitions, a vinyl DJ and dance floor, a photo booth and complimentary samples of sparkling water and coffee. The Museum’s Story of Texas Cafe will be open late to offer food for purchase and multiple cash bars will serve signature themed cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Complimentary parking is available in the Bullock Museum garage after 5 p.m.

For more information, visit TheStoryofTexas.com.