Independence Day event
All are invited to celebrate the nation’s independence at the largest military installation in the free world. Come early to enjoy music, food and beverage vendors for purchase.
Starting at 4 p.m., gates and concessions will open, along with DJ music, on July 4 at Hood Stadium. There will be cart races, children’s inflatables, a Salute to the Nation ceremony and more.
The entertainment surges on the main stage live with “Air Force Reserve Tour for the Troops” opening, followed by The Band Steele and headliner Andy Grammer. The celebration concludes with a 30-minute fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music.
Prohibited items include rucksacks, explosive weapons, firearms, knives, clubs, brass knuckles, glass containers (except baby bottles), pets, alcohol, fireworks, pop-up/canopy tents. Texas concealed and open carry of firearms do not apply on Fort Hood.
Permitted items are backpacks (will be searched), strollers, coolers (for baby formula), camelbacks (will be searched), umbrellas, blankets, lawn chairs, small wagons, cameras, video recorders/camcorders and service animals (guide dogs, etc.).
The event is free. Food and alcohol vendors will be available, as well.
For more information, call 254-288-7835.
Fight Night Watch Party
Samuel Adams Brewhouse will host a Fight Night Watch Party for UFC 239 at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to everyone 18 and up.
For more information, call 254-532-5073.
After Party/Award Show
Join the Casey Memorial Library at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 to celebrate all the reading those have done this summer. Walk the star-studded Top-Reader Walk of Fame, get photographed by paparazzi on the red carpet and sample delicious treats. Top readers in each of reading program (Pre-Reader, Children, Teen and Adult) will be announced and awarded prizes during a ceremony. Everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including some awesome reading swag.
Casey Memorial Library Events
• Weekly Movies: Family movies (rated G or PG) will be shown in the Children’s Room at the Casey Memorial Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through July 24, and classic movies (of various ratings) in our Makerspace at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 23. Check the poster outside the Children’s Room for a complete list of movies playing this summer.
• Weekly Programs: Weekly programs, involving games, crafts, stories and more, will take place in the Children’s Room on Saturdays through July 27. Younger children (ages 0 and up) will enjoy our “Good Morning” programs at 10 a.m., and for older children (ages 6 and up) the “Afternoon Antics” programs at 2 p.m. Both the morning and afternoon programs each Saturday will focus on a different weekly theme:
• July 6: Independence Day
• July 13: Art
• July 20: Dance
• July 27: Movies
• Weekly Crafts: Paper art, crafting, building projects and more: Casey Memorial Library has planned a variety of do-it-yourself projects this summer. Stop by the Children’s Room any time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Movie and laser tag trip
Join BOSS the first Saturday of each month for one of the latest movies and a game of laser tag at BOSS headquarters.
Any single or unaccompanied service member is eligible.
The single, or unaccompanied service member category includes single service members, unaccompanied Soldiers and single parents. The event is free. For more information, contact your BOSS representative, or call 254-287-6116 or 312-737-6116.
8-Ball Pool Tournament
Every first Thursday of the month, BOSS will host an 8-Ball Pool Tournament for single Soldiers at Samuel Adams Brewhouse. Cash prizes are given for first place. The cost is $5 and sign up begins at 6 p.m.
Special Operations Recruiting hosts weekly briefings at 11:45 a.m. at the Special Operations Recruiting Center, Bldg. 4336, 77th St. Topics are psychological operations on Tuesdays, civil affairs on Wednesdays and Special Forces on Thursdays. For more information, call 254-288-5324 or visit goarmysof.com.
Fort Hood Certified Lifeguards can make $10.55 and up at Fort Hood and Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Applicants must be certified.
Age requirements are:
• 15 years and older for swimming pools on Fort Hood: 254-287-4648
• 17 years and older for waterfront Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area: 254-287-4907
• 18+ years for CYS Instructional Program: 254-287-4592
For more information or to get certified, visit https://bit.ly/2C5KkVM.
With a focus on anxiety, depression, PTSD, deployment stress, addiction, relationship problems and other mental health challenges, the Equine Therapy Program works to help clients reduce struggles faced and to increase the quality of lives.
The treatment team consists of a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and a horse. The horse serves as a mirror to the client’s inner emotions and allows a way to explore challenging situations in a safe environment, partnering in the transformation process. One hour sessions available Monday and Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area Ranch.
Cost is as follows:
• E1-E4: $20
• E5+: $25
• O1-O4: $35
• O5+: $40
• Non-military: $45
• Veterans: $25
Only available by appointment. Call 936-346-0350 for more information.
Tobacco cessation classes
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Health Promotion office offers Freedom from Tobacco cessation classes every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for all active duty military, Family members, retirees and Department of Defense employees. TRICARE beneficiaries do not need a referral to participate in the program.
Classes are held in the Health Promotion office located at the Army Wellness Center in Bldg. 12019, Old Ironsides Avenue and 31st Street, Ste. 500. For more information, call 254-288-8488.
Free vanpool to Fort Hood
Free vanpool rides are available from Georgetown and Round Rock to Fort Hood for military service members and Department of Defense civilians.
The vanpool operates for those with a work schedule of 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
For more information, call Tracee Franklin at 254-288-8957.