The weekend lineup of events includes dances, Downtown Temple’s First Friday, and the opening weekend of “Next to Normal” at Temple Civic Theatre.

“Next to Normal”

Temple Civic Theatre will present its next Main Series production, “Next to Normal,” beginning this weekend.

Performances will take place Friday through Sunday and Feb. 8-10. Sunday performances will begin 2:30 p.m. and all other performances will begin 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.templecivictheatre. com and from the Box Office. The Box Office is open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour before each show.

“Next to Normal,” with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

The show won three Tony Awards in 2009, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wisecracking teens, appearing to by a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.

“Next to Normal” takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

“Next to Normal” is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life.

Father Daughter Dance

The 20th annual Father Daughter Dance, hosted by Temple Parks and Recreation and presented by Extreme Cheer and Tumble, will take place this weekend at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center.

Dances will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available online at CentralTexasTickets.com. Admission is limited, so dads must purchase tickets early. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.

A dance for fathers with special needs daughters will also take place 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Children’s Special Needs Network at 254-933-7597.

First Friday

Downtown Temple’s monthly First Friday event will take place 5:30-8 p.m.

The event is held on the first Friday of every month and offers street music and performances, drinks, food and after-hours shopping. The event provides a chance to explore downtown Temple and visit local merchants and vendors.

For addresses, directions and more information on participating merchants, call Dan Kelleher at 254-298-5378.

“An Evening with the Saints”

Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 6608 W. Adams Ave. in Temple, will host its ninth annual fundraising gala, “An Evening with the Saints,” 6-11 p.m. Saturday.

The event will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The gala will include live and silent auctions, music and dancing.

Proceeds from the event will provide tuition assistance for families who want to send students to the high school. Reservations for the gala can be made online at holytrinitychs.org/celtic-gala.

Photography exhibit

The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main Street in Belton, will host a fine art photography exhibit entitled “VISIONS” beginning Saturday through June 1.

Participating photographers are members of the Focus Fine Art Photographers Guild based in Waco. Artists represented in this exhibit are Marie Ebert, Thomas Grimes, Pat Jones, Genna Jones, Debbie Reagan and Scott Woodall.

The museum gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.  

Geek Out!

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will unite all fandoms in one free event during Geek Out! Family Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Everyone is invited to attend wearing their favorite costume and share their enthusiasm for superheroes, science fiction, fast trains, magic or whatever it is they love.

Guests of this year’s Geek Out! include Bell County Comic Con, Central Texas College Epically Geeky Expo (formerly known as GeekFest), MECATX, Central Texas Makers, Legos for Littles and the Central Texas Steampunk Society. Nerdvana will also be there to set guests up with everything to start playing “Magic: The Gathering.”

Visitors can make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle masks and shells, jetpacks to fly away to a favorite fantasy land, or turn themselves into Pikachu. The museum will have a dress up area with all kinds of props in case anyone forgets their costume.

“All of us here at the museum are really geeky at heart,” Curator Angela McCleaf said in a news release. “We are thrilled by the chance to share our passions and ask all of our visitors ‘What do you geek?’”

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum hosts a free Family Day event on the first Saturday of each month. Attendance to the event is free, and regular admission charges apply to view the rest of the museum. The museum is located in the Santa Fe Depot at 315 W. Ave. B in downtown Temple. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about this and upcoming Family Days, call 254-298-5172, or visit TempleRRHM.org.

Other events on the Weekend Calendar

Thursday

DJ Rock will perform 9 p.m. Thursday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.

Friday

Alexis McLaughlin will perform a recital 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Baugh Performance Hall at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton.

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Bret Mullins will perform 9 p.m. Friday a Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.

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DJ Chris will perform 9 p.m. Friday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple

Saturday

Joshua French will perform a recital 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fikes Chamber Hall at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton.

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Kathryn Stredwick will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Barrow Brewing Co., 108 Royal St. in Salado.

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Kris Gordon will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.

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Conjunto Prestigio will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple

Sunday

Lauren Van Ryswyk will perform at recital 3 p.m. Sunday in the Fikes Chamber Hall at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton.

Submission guidelines

Weekend calendar items may be submitted free of charge by emailing living@tdtnews.com or by mailing or bringing items in person to: 10 S. Third St., Temple, TX 76501. All items are due by noon Monday.