Superheroes will take to central Texas this weekend as Bell County Comic Con returns to the Bell County Expo Center. Other upcoming events include a glow-in-the-dark disc golf event in Belton, the final performances of âSalado Legendsâ and the annual âFirst Fridayâ shopping event in downtown Temple.
Bell County Comic Con
The annual Bell County Comic Con will return Saturday and Sunday to the Bell County Expo Center after skipping 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event takes place from 10 am to 6 pm on both days at the Exhibition Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton.
The two-day superhero-themed event will feature more than 300 exhibitors, as well as panels and workshops with actors, writers, and film, television and comic book creators. Special events, such as a Star Wars themed pizza party with costumed characters, are also planned.
Special guests for the event include Lou Ferrigno, star of the “The Incredible Hulk” TV show; Lark Voorhies of âSaved by the Bellâ fame; “Mortal Kombat” actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; and other actors and screenwriters from several animated and fantasy TV shows.
For information and tickets visit www.bellcountycomiccon.com.
Last weekend for ‘Salado Legends’
The Tablerock Festival of Salado will close its annual production of âSalado Legendsâ this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Tickets for the outdoor musical are available at www.centraltexastickets.com.
The show offers a special blend of history, exciting dialogue and original songs depicting life in the 1850s. In May 2000, “Salado Legends” was chosen to represent Texas in the Library’s local legacy project. of Congress for the bicentennial celebration in Washington, DC. It was one of five outdoor dramas in the United States to be honored by the Library of Congress.
Reservations are required before 5:00 p.m. the day before for the optional dinner prepared by Hecho en Queso. The meal will be served at 7.15 p.m. and the show will begin at 8.15 p.m. each evening.
Dinner tickets are $ 13 (adult or child) and show tickets are $ 20 and $ 5 for children 12 and under.
All shows take place at Tablerock Amphitheater, 409 Royal St. in Salado.
The First Friday, which features shopping opportunities, live music and more, will take place this Friday at various locations in downtown Temple.
As part of the First Friday events, Fire Base Brewing Company, 8 S. First St. in downtown Temple, will be hosting a block party from 4 pm to 10 pm. from the Black Ax Company and live music from the center of Texas rock band Martian Folk.
The Czech Heritage Museum, 119 W. French Ave. in Temple, will host an opening reception for its new exhibition âTemple Community Treasuresâ. The reception will take place on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Artist 2 Artist Showcase will host an art exhibit and sale in the Main Street courtyard at 5 S. Main St. on Friday. Artist Noel Johnson will also have works of art for sale on the sidewalk next to the O’Briens Irish Pub.
Also as part of the First Friday program, the Temple Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas will be hosting the Summer Sizzle from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe Plaza, 301 W. Ave. A to downtown Temple. The event will feature food trucks, vendor booths, a career fair and live music by the Three4One band.
Local churches will donate school supplies
Mount. Zion United Methodist Church and Belton First United Methodist Church will host a backpacks and school supplies distribution event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Yettie Polk Park in Belton.
Many services will also be offered, such as eye tests and Internet safety programs.
The event will also include a story hour, obstacle course, bounce houses and free hot dogs. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available.
A farmers market will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon along Water Street in Belton.
Another farmers market will also be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Barrow Brewing Co., 108 Royal St. in Salado.
Another farmers market will be held Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at the John Q. Thompson Pavilion, 201 E. Main St. in Troy.
All markets will feature vendors selling homemade jelly, handmade decorations, fresh produce, and other locally grown and handmade items.
Temple Tractor Pull Set
A tractor pulling event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 1717 Eberhardt Road in Temple.
The event will feature vintage tractors and V8 tractors (not trucks).
The event is free for spectators and costs $ 20 per hook for participants. A food truck will be on site.
For more information, contact Mike Winkler at 254-721-8909.
Student dance show
Muktika Kalagiri, a student at the Veni School of Dance, will give the Texans at the center a taste of Indian culture when she performs a Rangapravesam dance on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activity Center, 3011 N. Third St . in Temple.
Rangapravesam, which means ‘take the stage’ in Sanskrit, is a complete solo dance performance. It marks the artist’s passage from student to fulfilled dancer.
âNunsenseâ shows at the Milam Community Theater
The Milam Community Theater will present “Nunsense” this weekend at the Williams Event Center, 404 S. Columbus Ave. to Cameron. Performances will be offered on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
This show is a musical farce on a convent of nuns organizing a fundraiser to allow them to bury the last four nuns of their order who died of botulism in an unfortunate convent kitchen accident (and who are temporarily stored in the freezer). The Little Sisters of Hoboken put on a wacky show filled with funny songs and dance numbers.
The show was written by Dan Goggin and is directed by Debbie Cable Brown.
For information and tickets visit www.milamcommunitytheater.com.
Disc-golf on a luminescent course
A lighted disc golf event will be offered Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Heritage Park, 709 E. 24th Ave. in Belton.
Registration will take place on the day of the event and participants are kindly requested to bring cash. The cost of participation is $ 5 plus $ 10 for a lighted disc. A course map with time card will be provided to all participants.
For more information, send an email to [email protected]
Family day digging
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave. B in Temple, will organize a free family day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The theme of the event is âDig Itâ and the event will include information on how fossils are made and how ancient civilizations lived. Children will have the opportunity to discover how digging the earth can reveal the secrets of the past.
Porsche and coffee at Werks11
Werks11, 302 W. Adams Ave., will host a “Porsche and Coffee” event at 9 am Saturday.
The event is an opportunity for Porsche owners and fans to socialize and share their appreciation of Porsche vehicles.
The event is open to the public.
Outdoor film and conference
Barrow Brewing Company will be offering several events this weekend at 108 Royal St. in Salado.
A free outdoor movie night featuring the movie “Friday Night Lights” will take place on Friday at 8 pm. Participants are advised to bring their own garden chairs and blankets. The film will start right after sunset.
A summer lecture series will continue at the brewery at 2 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Tim Fleischer, founder and editor-in-chief of the Salado Village Voice. Fleischer will speak about journalism and communication in a rapidly changing world.
Elvis at the Beltonian
Elvis impersonator Ken Elliot will perform Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Beltonian Theater, 219 E. Central Ave. in Belton. A screening of the film “Viva Las Vegas” will follow the concert.
For information and tickets visit https://thebeltoniantheater.com/Events
Lions Follies tickets available
Tickets are available for the Temple’s Founding Lions Club 81st Annual Lions Follies on www.centraltexastickets.com.
The event, which features skits, jokes and musical numbers, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, August 13 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activity Center, 3011 N. Third St . in Temple.
Tickets are $ 15 each for evening performances and $ 10 for the morning afternoon. The doors will open one hour before each show. The event will include a raffle and donations of old glasses and hearing aids will be collected. Profits will be used to fund Lions Club service projects.
The group 80s Obsession will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Park, 1919 N. First St. in Temple, as part of the annual free outdoor Hot Summer Sounds concert series.
Tony Siegl and Tim Willis will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the JKowboy Wine Bar, 13 E. Ave. B in Temple.
Lilly Milford and Bryon White will perform Friday at 9 p.m. at the O’Briens Irish Pub, 11 E. Central Ave. at Temple.
The Storms I will perform at 6 p.m. Friday and the Mountainbranch band will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fire Street Pizza, 10310 FM 439 in Belton.
Branded Heart will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday and Dave Jorgenson will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
Wayworn Traveler will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and Richard Watson at 4 p.m. Sunday at Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado.
Knights of Columbus meal
The Catholic Church of the Knights of Columbus of St. Luke will host a Mexican feast meal from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 22 at the parish hall. Profits help support seminarians. Fajitas with all the trimmings will be available for $ 12 per plate. Dine in or take out options will be available. The church is located at 2807 Oakdale Drive in Temple.
Temple Fire & Rescue 9/11 Memorial Staircase
Temple Fire & Rescue is seeking sponsors for its annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
Several levels of sponsorship are available: Hero for $ 2,500; Honor for $ 1,000; Courage for $ 500; and Liberty for $ 250. For information or sponsorship forms visit templetx.gov/911memorial. Sponsorships will be accepted until September 1.
Submission Guidelines: Fundraisers and events can be submitted by emailing [email protected] All items are due by noon on Monday.