HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Y'ALL
Like many others across the area, we will eat turkey, enjoy friends and family, and watch a little thang called football. We would, however, like to say 'Thanks for reading, Temple!' Gobble, Gobble!
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2021 THANKSGIVING DAY
What are you thankful for?
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Regardless of where you stand in life, things could always be worse. If you just have a few coins in the bank, you are richer than most people on Earth. If your health isn’t great, you likely still have some working parts. And, whether you live in a mansion, an apartment or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.
This Thanksgiving, think about the hand life has dealt you. While you may not be holding a Royal Flush, chances are there are things in your life that do hold value.
Children, parents, friends, a dog, a job — these are all things Central Texans say they are thankful to have in their lives.
“I’m thankful for a lifelong friend — Ruthie Bolin,” said Judy Berryhill. “She has been more like family than friend over the years. I moved to Tennessee in 1994, but that has not kept Ruthie from keeping in touch.”
“She and I share a love for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Bluebonnets peanut patties and all things Charlie Brown,” Berryhill said. “When my grandmother died, Ruthie was there to help in my grief and depression that followed. She has a sixth sense when I am feeling down and always manages to send a card at the perfect time to lift my chin off the ground.”
“I wish everyone had a friend as loyal as Ruthie Bolin,” she continued. “Ruthie is one in a million.”
Steve Patterson is thankful for the doctors and treatment he received at the Olin E. Teague VA in Temple.
“Thank you, Temple VA,” he said. “They took care of me so well I (survived) cancer and fixed my back. The service I get from them is unmatched.”
Rachel Hicks is thankful for addiction programs such as Celebrate Recovery, a Christian-based 12-step recovery program for people dealing with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
“I’m grateful I found the program three years ago,” she said. “I’m working the steps and by the grace of God, I’m doing better than I ever have.”
Several Central Texans — including Gary Johnson — told Our Town Temple they are grateful for the life lessons taught by their parents.
“My Dad is still with us — he’s 86,” Johnson said. “He’s a former cop, a Marine and he also did some evangelism. He still has his wit and is still trying to guide me. I’m so thankful to have him.”
Allison Dickson said she is grateful to live in such a generous community.
“Every year, the people here come through and make magic happen for the patients at McLane Children’s Medical Center through the annual holiday gift drive I organize,” Dickson said.
Dickson said the goal in this year’s drive is to raise the $6,000 needed to purchase a Xbox cart, machine and game bundle for the kids in the hospital. Additional money raised will go toward a scholarship fund.
Dickson, who has suffered from spinal atrophy since she was a baby, will be collecting monetary donations through Dec. 5 and donors can reach her by calling (254) 624-9349 or by writing Alli91879@aol.com.
Jenny Morales, a local business woman, said she is grateful for her family, especially her mom.
“My life has had some serious trauma and throughout even my worst years it was the love, faith and prayers from my mom who helped me survive the darkness,” Morales said. “Her love guided me toward self love and an appreciation for the family I have.”
She also said she is appreciative of her partner, Nathan.
“He has helped heal a sad soul,” she said. “Don't mean to be a tear jerker but this is truly what I'm thankful for. My family and friends who have been through this roller-coaster with me and never gave up or let go.”
While family and friends were mentioned often by Central Texans during informal conversations, one area resident is thankful for something different — technology.
“I’m am thankful for computer storage devices such as external drives, flash drives, disks and the cloud,” said Judy West. “As I scan and save my church, travel, school and family memories, these drives are critical for saving the past and making the future more special.”
“It is very special going through thousands of slides, photos, videos and documents,” West said. “Saving the past helps me feel more grateful for these past experiences which in turn are recorded for future generations of my church, family and friends.”
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City to collect used cooking oils
The city of Temple will collect and recycle used cooking oil this holiday season.
Participating fire stations — Central Fire Station (210 N. Third St.); Fire Station No. 3 (3606 Midway Drive); Fire Station No. 4 (411 Waters Dairy Road); and Fire Station No. 7 (8420 W. Adams Ave.) — will serve as collection sites from Nov. 25-28.
Collection hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Improper disposal of cooking oil can cause plumbing issues,” said Utility Division Director Carrie Weir. “These issues tend to increase along with the increased use of cooking oils during the holidays.”
“The City hopes to prevent this by providing the opportunity for the public to properly recycle the oil so the holidays can be enjoyed with less concerns about their waste,” White said.
Collection is free and available for all Temple residents.
Oil must be stored in a closed container, and 12 types of oil will be accepted including canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil and vegetable oil.
A complete list of accepted oils can be found at templetx.gov/fog.
WHAT’S HAPPENING, CENTRAL TEXAS?
Central Texas largest and most complete calendar of event:
Temple Public Library
TEEN CRAFT CORNER: Every 4th Monday at 5 p.m. Join us for Teen Craft Corner! Take a break from the stresses of school and life, and create something fun during our monthly craft program! Our crafts will include projects such as string art, painting, learning about artists and their techniques, mixed media, and so much more! All supplies provided. (254) 298-5557
GREAT BOOKS ADULT BOOK CLUB: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6 p.m. Seminal texts of Western civilization, pre-20th century philosophers, scientists and novelists. Readings span from Homer and Plato to Nietzsche and Freud. (254) 298-5557
BABY BOOKWORMS (Ages 0-12 months: Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. A half-hour of book sharing, rhymes, songs, exercises and parachute play. (254) 298-5557
SCHOOL-AGE STORY TIME (K-3rd Grade): Every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. A half-hour of short films, stories and constructive play. (254) 298-5557
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (Ages 3-5): Songs, stories, and a variety of literacy activities. (254) 298-5557
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (Ages 12-18): First Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. Looking to explore the world of D&D but not sure where to start? Join us at the Library for our Beginners Dungeons & Dragons Program!
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum
FACING THE INFERNO: THE WILDFIRE PHOTOGRAPHY OF KARI GREER: Colorful, intimate, and intensely dramatic images that capture the work of wildland firefighters in this new exhibit that runs through Jan. 15. Amazing photography.
November 25, Thursday - Thanksgiving Outdoor Movie Night at Barrow Brewing in Salado. “A Christmas Story.” 6 p.m.
November 26, Friday — Kenny Orts & No Chance Band at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
November 27, Saturday - Wreath Laying Ceremony at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. 10 a.m.
November 27-28 - Kris Kringle Mart presented by KC Council 3444, 2218 W. Avenue D, Temple. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 27, Saturday — Dave Jorgensen at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
November 27, Saturday - Beer Run 5K at Fire Base Brewing Co. Ever wanted to run for beer? Here's your chance. It’s a friendly little 5k right here in Downtown Temple. $10 entry fee gets you your first beer upon completion. Route and more details to follow, but we're working to keep it relatively simple and safe.
November 27, Saturday — Small Business Saturday in Temple. Businesses will be offering specials throughout the day.
November 27, Saturday - Name That Tune Bingo at Fire Base Brewing Co. We've all got Friends in Low Places so come on down to Fire Base Brewing for Name That Tune Bingo: Country Music Edition! YeeHaw!!! $2 gets you started for chances at prizes, drinks and brewery swag! Family Friendly! 7:30 p.m.
November 28, Sunday - Margarita Madness at Corky’s. Four types of margaritas and more. 2-6 p.m.
December 1, Wednesday - Comedy Open Mic at Corkys. 8 p.m.
December 2, Thursday — Die Hard at The Beltonian. It IS. a Christmas movie!. 6 p.m.
December 2, Thursday — Teen Dungeons and Dragons for beginners at Temple Public Library. 5 to 7 p.m.
December 2, Thursday — Taproom Trivia at Fire Base Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
December 3, Friday — Mark Richey at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Christmas and Holiday Season First Friday downtown Temple. 5 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Sammy G’s Toy Drive Block Party at Fire Base Brewing. 7 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Clint Walker Blues Band is back at O’Briens Irish Pub. 9 p.m.
December 3-4 - Christmas on the Chilsom Trail, Central Avenue and East Street in Belton. 6 p.m.
December 3-5 — Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at Temple Civic Theatre.
December 3,4,10,11 — “A Christmas Carol” at Tablerock Amphitheater in Salado. 7 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Todd Snider, Cultural Activities Center, 7:30 p.m.
December 4, Saturday — Marcus Lindsey at Bo’s Barn, 9 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Preschool Story Time at Temple Public Library. 10:30 to 11 a.m.
December 4, Saturday - Barrow Brewing Christmas Market, Salado. Noon.
December 4, Saturday - Santa at the Depot, Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, 5-8 p.m. Put on your jammies, grab your favorite stuffed animal and come enjoy a magical evening with Santa at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. Visitors can marvel at the sights and sounds of the holiday season as they wander through the winter lights on the Santa Fe Plaza and enjoy Christmas music. Enjoy delicious hot chocolate available for purchase from Kona Ice while waiting to see the man in the big red suit! TICKETS ON SALE at https://bit.ly/3CfFHFE. ALL tickets are ADVANCE purchase only. Tickets are required for admission. Limited ticket quantity is available. Tickets are $5.00 per person, children 2 and under are free. Ticket includes visit with Santa and a gift bag for children. General museum admission will be closed on December 4th to prepare for Santa's visit.
December 4, Saturday - Lance Wade Thomas rocks O’Briens. 9 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Temple Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert featuring soprano Priscilla Santana and tenor Brian Joyce. Temple High School. 7:30 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball featuring Rick Trevino. Bell County Expo Center. 6 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Game of Thrones Trivia Night at Fire Base Brewing. Free to play. 7 to 9 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Epically Hogwarts Holiday at Mayborn Science Center in Killeen. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
December 4-5 - Kris Kringle Mart presented by KC Council 3444, 2218 W. Avenue D, Temple. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 6, Monday - The 75th Annual Christmas Parade and City Christmas Tree Lighting will begin at 6:15 p.m. This year's theme is “The Magic of a Traditional Christmas." Details will be made available on templeparks.com.
December 6, Monday — Belton Lake Parade of Lights at Dead Fish Grill. Watch boats on the lake decked with Christmas lights. Hot chocolate and chocolate bombs filled with marshmallows. 6 to 9 p.m.
December 7, Tuesday — Baby Bookworms ages 0 to 12 months at Temple Public Library. 11 to 11:30 a.m.
December 7, Tuesday — Tarok Card Party and Lessons at Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center. We play for fun! Come learn to play Taroks, the 1400s European card game Czech brought to Texas in the 1800s. It’s just as popular today and tournaments are held all over Texas. Jimmy and Carolyn Coufal are award-winning tournament champions who teach and advise us purely for the love of the game. No fees or admissions. Just come join us! 7 to 9 p.m.
December 10, Friday - TISD Jazz Band – Merry Christmas and All That Jazz at Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
December 10, Friday — Vista’s Jingle Jam 2021 at Vista Community Church. Join us for the most fun, biggest, Christmas party of the year for your whole family. We'll play games, sing Christmas songs, have Christmas cookies and cocoa, and hear the Christmas story in a way kids can understand. And it is totally FREE! We’ll have a Jingle Jam session at 5:30pm and 7pm.
December 10, Friday - Bone at O’Briens. 9 p.m.
December 10, Friday —Branded Heart at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
December 10-12 — Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at Temple Civic Theatre.
December 10-12, The Texas Nutcracker, performed by Classical Ballet Conservatory of Lisa's Dance Connection, performance at the Cultural Activities Center.
December 11, Saturday — Adult Lego Club at the Temple Public Library. Creative building as well as conversation about our favorite bricks.
December 11, Saturday — Downtown Temple Holiday Market & Food Truck Frenzy. Its Holiday Season! We are excited to partner our market series with another Food Truck Event! Come join us in Downtown Temple and spread some holiday joy by supporting local businesses in our area! We will have plenty of vendors, food trucks to satisfy anyone's cravings, live music and activities for kids! Come find that perfect gift for your loved ones - whether it be a new piece of jewelry, some unique bath products, or a fun knickknack. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - 5th annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Troy Community Center. Shop with local small businesses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - Tucka Texas Takeover with LJ Echols, Fat Daddy and Mr. Smoke. VFW Post 1820, Temple. 7 p.m.
December 11, Saturday — 35 South at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - Holiday Laser Light Show at Barrow Brewing Co. in Salado. Part of the 61st annual Salado Christmas Stroll. 7 p.m.
December 12, Sunday - Temple High School Band Winter Concert in the THS Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.
December 13, Monday - Temple High School Orchestra Christmas Concert at THS Auditorium, 7 p.m.
December 14, Tuesday - Temple High School Choir Holiday Gift at THS Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.
December 17, Friday - Matt Cearley & The Rowdy Few, O’Briens. 9 p.m.
December 17, Friday — Hyway Traveler at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
December 17, Friday — “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Beltonian Theatre. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
December 18, Saturday — “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Beltonian Theatre. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
December 18, Saturday — The Real Gun Show at Bell County Expo Assembly Hall. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 19, Sunday — The Real Gun Show at Bell County Expo Assembly Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 19, Sunday – When Harry Met Sally… (1989), free movie at Cultural Activities Center. Boy meets girl, boy sees other girls, and girl sees other boys. Maybe boy and girl should have seen each other. “I’ll have what she’s having.” The event will include a pre and post-movie discussion with Dr. Joseph Taberlet. 2 p.m.
December 18, Saturday - Shinyribs, Cultural Activities Center, 7:30 p.m.
December 18, Saturday — People’s Choice at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
December 23, Thursday - Santa & Elvis at Fire Street Pizza. 6-9 p.m.
December 25, Saturday — Christmas Dance at Bo’s Barn featuring Secondhand Rose, 8 p.m.
December 20-25: “The Polar Express” at The Beltonian Theatre. Visit https://TheBeltonianTheatre.com/Movies for show times.
December 31 - January 1 - Texas Elite Pole Vaulting. The Expo Explosion, the second largest indoor pole vaulting event in the country. Bell County Expo Center’s Garth Arena.
December 31, Friday - New Year’s Eve at O’Briens with the Jason Custer Band. 10 p.m.
December 31, Friday - New Year’s Eve at Bo’s Barn with the Craig Howell Band. 9 p.m. $25 includes cover, party favors, champagne, and breakfast with black-eyed peas.
January 29, Saturday - Parker McCollum Red Dirt Mardi Gras at Bell County Expo. 8 p.m.
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