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 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.
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 and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan 26 at the Bell County Expo Center. Cost is $5 for adults and kids are 12 and under are free. For more information, visit https://samishow.com.
Blind Eyes Opened event
Solving the National-International Crisis of Human-Trafficking FUMC and The Beltonian Theatre are hosting the Fathom event, “Blind Eyes Opened” at 6 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Visit the Beltonian Theatre on Facebook for more information and to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but seating is limited to this event with growing interest. For more information, visit https://blindeyesopened.com/resources.
The Bell County PRCA Rodeo is set for 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 7-8 at the Bell County Expo Center. In conjunction with the Bell County Youth Fair, all of the net proceeds from the Rodeo go to the youth fair board for distribution to the youth of Bell County.
In addition to point money provided by the Youth Fair Board, the rodeo supports for qualifying students across Bell County. Last year, the Bell County Youth Fair awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to local area youth. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2tCesXD.
Home and Garden Show
The Temple Area Builders Association Home and Garden Show is set for 6-9 p.m. Feb 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 22 and noon-5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Bell County Expo Center.
The event gives local and national companies the ability to highlight their services and unique products to a captive, motivated audience.
Come check out the largest Home & Garden Show in Central Texas with 125 exhibitors taking up 75,000 square feet of exhibit space. With everything from home builders, landscapers, plants and healthy and beauty products.
The Builder Surplus Sale returns this year. Want to build a shed or playhouse for the little ones? Inexpensive building materials will be for sale at the Surplus Sale.
Admission is $10 cash for adults (additional fees with credit card payment) and kids 12 and under get in for free. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2T1xKQT.
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.
Fun with Guitar
Wonder what it feels like to pick up a guitar and actually make music? This class will teach you the basic beginner skills. Focus on how to play the guitar for fun without reading music, while learning the guitar components, correct finger positions, chord melody and strumming techniques. Song selections will be made by the instructor. Class is is 6-7:15 p.m. and meets every Monday for six weeks beginning Monday at Blackmon Community Center. Cost is $40. The class is intended for kids 7 and older. For more information, email email@example.com.
Taijutsu relies on naturally efficient body movement, rather than strength or speed. Students use these methods to learn to successfully handle various self defense situations. Learn the skills to move your body naturally and efficiently by leaping, tumbling, and climbing in a fun atmosphere. Previous martial arts experience is not required. Class format is monthly sessions and meet ups are weekly. Pre-registration is required. Classes start Monday and run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Gober Party House. Cost is $60 per child youth ages 5-16. For more information, call 254-298-5690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’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.
Cameron Park Zoo
The Cameron Park Zoo has plenty of upcoming events planned. They are as follows:
• Feb. 14: The Mating Game — Join our Education Department for a WILD Valentine’s Day dinner and drinks. Attendees must be 21 or over. Tickets are limited and sell quickly. Tickets will be on sale soon.
• March 14: Save a Spider Day — Join us from 10am-2pm for keeper talks, activities and animal presentations.
• April 3, 10, 17, and 24: National Frog Month — Join our Herp department at the Lake Waco Wetlands for night time walks.
• April 8: Zoo Lovers Day — Join us for keeper talks throughout the day on the hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Schedule of talks will be posted in the front plaza as you enter the Zoo.
• April 17: Bat Appreciation Day — Join us for keeper talks and activities from 10 a.m.-noon.
• April 25: Party for the Planet and Save the Frogs Day — Join us for tons of fun celebrating our planet! Keeper talks and activities will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
• May 2: KidZoobilee — Annual kids event.
• May 4: May The 4th Be With You — Join us for Star Wars themed enrichment and keeper talks about some of our animals named after Star Wars characters.
• May 9: World Migratory Bird Day — Join us from 10 a.m.-noon for keeper talks, activities and more.
• May 16: Bear Day — Join us from 10 a.m.-noon for keeper talks, activities and a bear safe campsite demo.
• May 23: World Turtle Day — Join us from 10 a.m.-noon for keeper talks and activities.
• May 27: World Otter Day — Join us from 10 a.m.-noon for keeper talks, activities and enrichment presentation to the otters at Cameron Park Zoo.
• May 31: World Parrot Day — Join us at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for keeper talks at the Macaw exhibit.
For more information, go to www.cameronparkzoo.com.
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 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. Monday 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 in downtown Austin. For more information, visit www.youraustinmarathon.com.