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Platte Valley Roller Vixens
February 2, 2014 - August 16, 2014
Heartland Events Center
700 East Stolley Park Rd
Grand Island Nebraska
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Fonner Park LIVE Racing
February 21, 2014 - May 3, 2014
A Thoroughbred Racing Tradition Since 1954
Grand Island, Nebraska
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Get complete details on the 2014 season here.

 

YWCA Free Parenting Classes
March 25, 2014 - April 22, 2014


A Common Sense Parenting class and several single session parenting seminars will be offered at the YWCA in March and April. The class and all sessions are free to attend and there will be free childcare available so those attending can focus on the information presented. These classes are a collaborative effort between the Association for Child Abuse Prevention, Heartland United Way and the YWCA of Grand Island.
The Common Sense Parenting six-week class will be offered starting Thursday, March 20 and meet from 6-7:30 each evening. This particular class is geared to parents, grandparents and those with children newborn to age 5. The class will be offered simultaneously in Spanish and English in different rooms at the YWCA. The class is a practical, skill-based parenting program that can be applied to every family. The program's logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success.
Single sessions that will be offered include:
·         Tuesday, March 25 “Handling Difficult Behaviors” with Ann Greving Brown from 6-7pm
·         Tuesday, April 1 “Tobacco Free/What’s Up with E-Cigs” with Sandy Yager from 6-7pm
·         Tuesday, April 8 “Talking to Kids about Drugs & Alcohol” with Michelle Schultz from 6-7pm
·         Tuesday, April 22 “Bullying” with Officer Jason Urbanski from 6-7:30pm
The 27th Annual Sheldon Statewide Exhibition
April 7, 2014 - May 7, 2014


The 27th annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition is "Picturing Nebraska". This exhibit is on display in the Art Alcove at the Edith Abbott Memorial Library. The exhibit is from April 7 through May 7, 2014. "Picturing Nebraska" features works from the Sheldon Museum's permanent collection. Patrons of the exhibit can expect to find photographs by John Anderson, Solomon Butcher, Roger Williams, Binh Danh and Wright Morris. They will also find landscape images by Keith Jacobshagen, James Eisentrager and Karen Kunc. The works that encompass this year's Sheldon Statewide exhibit depict life on the Great Plains. The photographs, prints, paintings and quilted squares offer unique viewpoints of Nebraska.

Hastings Museum Rock Up Close Concert Films
April 12, 2014 - June 7, 2014


Saturday, April 12:  Aerosmith’s “Rock for the Rising Sun”— In March 2011, Japan was beset by a huge earthquake, a monstrous tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the autumn of 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their Back On The Road tour to Japan, a country with which they always had a special relationship. The Japanese fans came out in droves and Aerosmith responded with some of the finest shows of their distinguished career. This film follows the band on that tour combining full-length live tracks with behind the scenes footage. The distributor classifies this film as “Treat as PG.”
 Saturday, May 10:  “U2 3D”— A landmark achievement. The first concert film shot entirely in digital 3D and the touchstone to which all subsequent films are still measured. This musical documentary stitches together performances by U2 during its 2006 tour of South America. The phenomenal set list includes such influential U2 songs as “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “With or Without You.”  U2 3D still ranks as one of the highest-grossing concert films of all time. Fans and critics praised the innovative use of 3D. Some went as far as saying that viewing the film’s 3D effects was better than attending a concert in person! Rated: G
 Saturday, June 7: The Rolling Stones “Sweet Summer Sun”Captured live in Hyde Park in London in the summer of 2013. The Rolling Stones historic and triumphant return to Hyde Park was without doubt the event of the summer. More than 100,000 fans of all ages packed into the park for two spectacular outdoor concerts to watch Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood do what they do best. The Stones delivered a five-star performance that had both fans and critics singing their praises. This film is not rated. The distributor classifies this film as “Treat as PG.”

 

Celebrate National Library Week
April 13, 2014 - April 19, 2014
Grand Island Public Library
211 N Washington St
Grand Island Nebraska


Fines will be waived this week for items currently checked out and returned this week! Children will take part in special promotions during regularly scheduled children’s programming. Sheldon Art Gallery display-PICTURING NEBRASKA in library art alcove (April 7-May 7.) Patrons can view the display this week and signup for a drawing for a $25.00 gift card to Texas Roadhouse. Friday is Patron Appreciation Day-stop by for cookies and drink 2-4 pm. Saturday-FREE Public Workshop from 11 am-1 pm. You will work with UNL Assoc. Professor of Art, Elizabeth Ingraham on the project "Mapping Nebraska"

 

Also, Saturday Teen Movie from 2-4:30 PM. For an entire listing of events or questions, please contact the library at 385-5333 or visit our web site at 385-5333.

 

American Kennel Club Dog Show
April 19, 2014 - April 20, 2014
State Fair Exhibition Hall
700 E. Stolley Park Road
Grand Island, Nebraska
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These shows will be held indoors - unbenched.  All Obedience & Rally Trials are open to All-American Dogs listed in the AKC Canine Partners Program. Phone 308.389.4949. Follow us on Facebook @ Grand Island Kennel Club.

 

Spring Burn Cancelled
April 20, 2014 - May 3, 2014


The city of Grand Island Fire Department has announced the open burning period scheduled for April 20 through May 3 has been cancelled due to the high fire risk associated with the moderate drought conditions.
 
According to the National Weather Service, Grand Island and much of the surrounding area is currently in moderate drought conditions. Furthermore, the National Weather Service reported between the dates of Nov. 6, 2013, and March 31, 2014, Grand Island only received 1.53 inches of precipitation, which equates to the driest winter Grand Island has experienced in the 119 year weather recording history.
 
Fire Chief Cory Schmidt stated, “The Grand Island Fire Department understands many citizens utilize the open burning period to dispose of yard waste; unfortunately the dry conditions and the higher than normal number of grass fires which have occurred the last few months have made the spring open burn too dangerous to allow.”
 
Schmidt went on to say, “The safety of our citizens continues to be a top priority for the department. With the lack of rain and continued dry conditions, allowing open burning would put the safety of our citizens at an undue risk for loss of property and potentially loss of life.”
 
            Historically, the Grand Island Fire Department lifts the open burning ban twice a year for citizens to burn leaves and brush where no nuisance or hazard is created.  Although the ban will not be lifted in April, citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the free disposal service of tree limbs and branches, grass, and leaves offered at the Yard Waste Site. 
 
            The Yard Waste Site is located on Monitor Road and boarders the Transfer Station, 5050 W. Old Potash Highway, to the east. The Yard Waste Site will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Money In Motion
April 24, 2014
6:00pm


The Grand Island MS Walk
April 26, 2014
9:30am
Barr Middle School
602 West Stolley Park Road
Grand Island, Nebraska
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Registration and entertainment will begin at 9:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a lunch, raffle and more entertainment. Last year over 200 walkers raised over $16,000. For more information, contact Deb Hand 380-4532. To register or to sign up to volunteer, please visit walk.MSmidamerica.org, call 1-800-344-4867, or e-mail midamericachapter(at)nmss(dot)org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid's Sake
April 26, 2014
SuperBowl
1010 E. Bismark
Grand Island Nebraska
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Bowling Tournament-Two Sessions 9am and Noon--Cash Prizes-1st Place $500 2nd Place $250. Bowl-a-Thon Sessions at 3pm, 5 pm, 7 pm (Bowl with Danger Session), and 9 pm. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Island is again trying something new as part of their signature fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. This year we decided to sponsor an actual bowling tournament to entice league bowlers and teams to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The bowling tournament will fill up the first two time slots beginning with the 9:00 am session and concluding with 12:00 pm session on April 26, 2014 at Super Bowl in Grand Island. Teams wanting to register or needing more information may call the office at 308-384-3456.

3rd Annual Rock It for Dakota 5K
April 26, 2014
10:00am
Hall County Park
Grand Island Nebraska
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All proceeds will be used to help fund the Dakota Karn Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Grand Island Education Foundation. Registration can be done online at www.raceit.com or by mailing in a registration form. Registration can also be done at the April 12th Danger Game. Thanks for your help in spreading the word.

1st Annual Hastings Local Day of Giving
The Hastings Community Foundation will host the first-ever “Give Hastings Day” on May 1st, 2014. This 24-hour online giving event will raise funds for non-profits in the Hastings area. Donors will connect to charitable causes that they care about through a single online donation platform. The campaign will encourage people to learn more about giving opportunities in the area and take action. The mission of the Hastings Community Foundation is to support community needs through the promotion and management of charitable giving. This event will celebrate contributions of all levels. “We need to make sure that all citizens know that they can have an impact through the various non-profits organizations which raise awareness and help people in our community every day,” said Chuck Shoemaker, President of the Hastings Community Foundation. The Foundation has received matching dollars for the event from local sources and sources outside of the community. If your non-profit organization is interested in participating in this online fundraising event email info(at)givehastings(dot)org. For event updates follow the event on Facebook at “Give Hastings Day” or at http://www.hastingscommunityfoundation.org.
YWCA Adams County Cooking Matters at the Store
May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014
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Cooking Matters at the Store is an interactive, guided in-store shopping tour that brings adults directly to grocery stores to help them make the most of their limited resources, including SNAP and WIC benefits, which currently 1 in 6 people in the United States receive. The tour teaches four key shopping skills: identifying whole grains, reading food labels, buying fruits and vegetables on a budget and comparing unit prices to find bargains.
 
YWCA will work with community partners including Community Action, Head Start, ResCare, the Bridge and mothers attending the Summer Food Program to reach out to women in need of this valuable learning experience starting in May.
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During tour, women can expect:
·         A 60 to 90 minute tour led by a trained tour leader
·         5 to 10 participants
·         Filling out a short post-tour survey
·         Practicing lessons learned after the tour using $10 gift card
12th Annual Walk For The Animals
May 3, 2014
9:00am
Pier Park
Grand Island Nebraska
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Proceeds to benefit the Central Nebraska Humane Society. Prizes this year include a boys or girls bike, iPad Mini, Lazyboy Rocker Recliner and pillows from Slumberland. Call 308-385-5305 for pledge details.

 

Early Voting Information
Registered voters in Nebraska can request an early voting ballot 120 days prior to the election. The first wave of ballots went out April 7. They are due back into the county election offices by the time polls close on Election Day, May 13th, 2014.
Through the Voter Information Center on the Secretary of State’s website, registered voters can see when their ballot request was received, when it was mailed out and the date the ballot was returned to the county election office. The Voter Information Center here.
Now through May 12, Nebraska voters can also vote in person at their county election office.
Loup City Polish Days
May 30, 2014 - June 1, 2014
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Cher In Concert - Gannon Travel Tours
May 30, 2014
Fee: $189.00 per person
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One bus has already been sold out for this once in a lifetime concert event, Cher's "Dressed To Kill" tour, at Pinnacle in Lincoln. Call Gannon Travel: (308)381-8785 or Toll free: (800)381-8785 or click the weblink above for details.

Relay For Life of Grand Island

 the fight against cancer, silence is the last thing we need. Relay For Life of Grand Island is a great place to take action and make noise. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in Relay For Life of Grand Island is a great way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.  Sign up today for Relay For Life of Grand Island You will be able to start a team, join an existing team, or register to walk the Survivor Lap.

Annevar
June 19, 2014 - June 22, 2014
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DC Lynch midway, demo derby, tractor pull, parade, sand volleyball, fun run and more.
 

Hall County Relay For Life
June 20, 2014
5:00pm - 12:00am
Northwest High School
Grand Island, Nebraska
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Volunteers in more than 53 communities throughout Nebraska are organizing Relay For Life events to salute cancer survivors and to remember loved ones who have lost their fight against cancer. Here in Hall County we need to raise awareness about Relay For Life to recruit teams and raise much needed funds. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with more birthdays! Please join us on June 20th, or light a candle in honor or in memory of someone with cancer!

Emma's Fun 5K Run/Walk
June 21, 2014
Yanney Heritage Park
Kearney Nebraska


Brent and Kathryn Gehring’s daughter, Emma, is battling a brain tumor. They currently reside in Papillion; however, both Brent and Kathryn went to UNK. 80's theme. to help raise money for the family and brain tumor research. More information can be found at our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EmmasFun5kRunWalk and at emmastrong.com. Registration starts at 9:00 am with the run/walk starting at 10:00 am and participants can register at any time through getmeregister.com and search for Kearney, NE
2014 Nebraska Danger Schedule
June 28, 2014


GRAND ISLAND, NE – The Indoor Football League has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The nine-team league will again play a 14-game schedule, with the teams split in to the Intense and United Conferences. The Nebraska Danger will have seven home games and an additional home opening game for the season. Nebraska starts the season on the road on February 21st with a 2013 United Bowl rematch with defending league champion Sioux Falls. The Storm upended the Danger in the title game last June 43-40 in Sioux Falls. Nebraska will return home to play three home games in the month of March and two each in April and May. The Danger’s first home game of the IFL season will be against the expansion Bemidji Axemen. The Intense Conference will again consist of Nebraska, the Colorado Ice, the Wyoming Calvary and the Tri-Cities Fever.
 
2014 Nebraska Danger Schedule
 
Mon. Feb. 10 Home Opener (Team TBA)
Fri. Feb 21 @ Sioux Falls Storm
Sat. March 1 vs. Bemidji Axemen
Sat. March 8 vs. Texas Revolution
Fri. March 14 vs. Tri-Cities Fever
Sat March 22 @ Bemidji Axemen
Sun. March 30 @ Colorado Ice
BYE
Sat. April 12 vs. Texas Revolution
BYE
Fri. April 25 vs. Wyoming Cavalry
Sat. May 3 @ Tri-Cities Fever
Fri. May 9 @ Wyoming Cavalry
Sat. May 17 @ Green Bay Blizzard
Thurs. May 22 vs. Colorado Ice
Sat. May 31 vs. Sioux Falls Storm
BYE
Sat. June 14 @ Texas Revolution
June 21, 28  Playoffs
 
All games start at 7:05 pm
Home games played at the Heartland Events Center
Grand Island, Nebraska
*Schedule subject to change, check www.dangerfootball.com
Hall County Fair
July 9, 2014 - July 13, 2014
Heartland Events Center
700 East Stolley Park Road
Grand Island, Nebraska
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Danielle Bradbery & Thompson Square, Josh Gracin & Craig Morgan, The Temptations & Grand Funk Railroad. Click here for the details! Heartland Events Center Box Office 8:00 am to 4:30 pm – Monday thru Friday

 

8th Annual Rock Roll & Run
July 12, 2014
Wellness Center
Cozad Nebraska
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Miracles On Wheels iV
July 26, 2014
Libbs Park
Hastings Nebraska


Boston and The Doobie Brothers
August 8, 2014
Pinewood Bowl Theater
Lincoln Nebraska
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Nebraska State Fair
August 22, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Fonner Park
700 E. Stolley Park Rd
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The Nebraska State Fair is an annual, 11-day, event that is held at the end of August through early September, ending on Labor Day. The fair is held at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE, following a recent move from its previous host city of 109 years, Lincoln, NE. In 2008, the Nebraska Legislature voted to move The Nebraska State Fair to Grand Island. Groundbreaking for construction at the Grand Island site occurred in July of 2009. The 2009 Fair was the last Fair held in Lincoln. In just thirteen months, The Nebraska State Fair sorted through 109 years of accumulated items, constructed seven new buildings, moved 90 miles to the west, and planned the 2010 Fair. The 2010 Nebraska State Fair was the first Fair held in the new host city of Grand Island. The Nebraska State Fair has now celebrated two successful Fairs at the new fairgrounds. The 2010 and 2011 Fairs have been amongst the highest ranked fairs, in terms of quality and customer satisfaction, in the Fair's history.

NEW! Women’s Leadership Circles Offered at YWCA
October 21, 2014


The YWCA Women’s Leadership Circle is open to the general public and starts Wednesday, October 30, meeting once a week for five weeks. New Circles will be scheduled about four times a year.
 
The strategy behind Leadership Circles is inspired in part by Margaret Wheatley's model of peer-to-peer conversations and the idea that "a leader is anyone willing to help". The YWCA approach transcends the typical business card-swapping event to provide women with a genuine mentoring platform to engage in smart and mindful conversations about family, work, personal issues and leadership capabilities. Participants are invited to speak and hear the truth.
 
“Our mission is directly tied to empowering women,” Nikki Arredondo, Cultural Understanding and Adult Programs Director explains, “and it is only right that we set aside time for women to not just meet on a casual basis, but to connect with other women on a deeper level. The strength and enlightenment that can come from the power of the circle must not be underestimated.”
 
The Circle meets for five weeks every Wednesday from 8-10am and will be led by Circle Guardians, Courtney Quackenbush from Doane College and Anita Lewandowski Brown. Topics include listening, finding fearlessness, honoring yourself, overcoming obstacles, discipline, the inner critic, acknowledgement, gratitude and making an impact. Members cost is $99 and non-members cost is $129, with all materials and snacks provided.    
 
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information on this event, please call 308-384-9922, email frontdesk(at)ywca-gi(dot)org or visit www.ywca-gi.org.