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“YOU DRINK & DRIVE. YOU LOSE.” IMPAIRED DRIVING CRACKDOWN (YDDYL)
Grand Island Snow Removal
Craft Friday For Toddlers
A fantasy of art and gifts to put you in a holiday spirit.
Santa At The Conestoga Mall
Call 308-382-7463 for complete details!
Santa Comes To Hastings
Santa Claus will be downtown Thursday’s and Saturday’s through Christmas to listen to all the children’s wish lists and for photo opportunities.
Thursday, November 21st:5pm-7pm, Saturday, November 30th:11am-1pm,Friday, December 6th:5pm-7pm,Saturday, December 7th:11am-1pm,Thursday, December 12th: 5pm-7pm,Saturday, December 14th:11am-1pm,Thursday, December 19th:5pm-7pm,Saturday, December 21st:11am-1pm. You are welcome to bring your camera and take photos. No Charge. Free Will Donation will go towards other family events in Downtown Hastings. See Santa @ 620 W 2nd, Next to Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.*sponsored by the DTCA
Caroling At Conestoga Mall
Fantasy Of Trees
This celebration of decoration includes dozens and dozens of lavishly decorated trees, perfect for holiday viewing. Stuhr Museum members are admitted free. For more information, call (308) 385-5316.
Be A Salvation Army Bell Ringer!
The Christmas Campaign begins with the Red Kettles appearing at local businesses on Friday, November 15th and continuing through December 24th. The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers for all of the kettle locations beginning on the 15th. There 17 kettle locations available for individuals or groups to ring bells throughout the campaign season. Information on how people can get involved can be found on The Salvation Army’s web page at salvationarmygi.org. The number to call to volunteer is 308-382-4855 X 201.
The Singing Christmas Tree
Perhaps the best-known ministry of the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church is our annual Singing Christmas Tree. Through powerful music and drama, our church shares the life of Jesus with thousands of guests every December. Tickets are available now! For more information or to order tickets online, click here.
YWCA Annual Holiday Home Tour - Holiday Events
On December 7, 2013 the YWCA will host the Hastings Holiday Home Tour. Four homes will be featured on this year’s tour: Dianne Seibert- 508 Quail Circle, Arletta Towns- 3607 Wendell Drive, Paula Childers-1004 N. Burlington Avenue and Becky Maddox Spady- 2980 N. Baltimore. Peg Welch, Dusty Haase, Jan Hill and Pat Gartner will host the YWCA Annual Holiday Luncheon on the same day. Tickets for the luncheon are limited and reservations are required. On December 14, 2013 the YWCA will host the Doniphan Holiday Home Tour. This tour will feature three homes: Jeff and Gina Fitch- 39 Lillian Lane, Len Mulligan- 3 Sonja Drive and Jon and Mel Smith- 330 Renee Road. Homes will be open for viewing from 10am to 3pm on both days.
Each tour is $10 in advance and lunch is $15. You can purchase the entire tour experience and pay only $30. Tour tickets are available the day of the event for $15 each. Tickets can be purchased at YWCA Adams County, Espresso America, Five Point Banks, Around the Block in Doniphan and Lewis Greenscape in Grand Island.
The YWCA will also celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Brunch. Abe Tamayo, Senior Pastor from the Salvation Army will be our guest speaker. The Christmas Brunch will be held December 16th at 10:30am at the YWCA, 604 North St. Joseph Avenue.
Midwest Medical Transportation 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays
We are again saying "Thank You" by providing FREE medical transportation home for Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. This program continues, not only because of the great feeling we get by providing hundreds of families an opportunity to spend special holiday time together, but because it’s our way of showing you our thanks. Schedule now until December 18, 2013, Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM by calling: 1-800-562-3396. Our clients will need to provide a pick up time from both the origination and the destination, and may only choose one of the select holidays. Times of service will be from 8:00 AM - 6 PM. Any medications will need to be transported with the patient along with a medication schedule. Time slots will be limited, so early scheduling is encouraged!
"You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"
Grand Island Little Theater brings the Peanut comic strip to the stage for the holidays! This fun event bebefits Junior Achievement. Get showtimes and tickets here.
Hastings Holiday Lights Contest
Show off your Christmas light decorating skills this year and compete to win a prize. Registration forms are due by December 9th. We will randomly visit the outside of your home on December 11th to take pictures for our Facebook page. The judging will take place on December 12th-22nd. Please have your holiday lights on display. Judging will be based on creativity, proportion & scale of lights, Christmas spirit, and overall appearance. The overall winner will be determined by having the most "likes" on the Hastings Parks & Recreation Facebook page receive a $50 gift certificate and a picture of their home in the Hastings Tribune. This event is limited to the first 20 homes, so sign up now. Fee: Free
John Tesh Big Band Christmas Concert
Breakfast with Santa
Santa will be in the Conestoga Mall's food court from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. having Breakfast with the children, serving pancakes and juice. All proceeds from the event will benefit Junior Achievement.
Doniphan Holiday Home Tour
Are you looking for new holiday decorating ideas for your home this year? Get into the Christmas spirit by participating in the YWCA Annual Holiday Home Tour, a Christmas experience you and your friends will not want to miss! This tour will feature three homes: Jeff and Gina Fitch- 39 Lillian Lane, Len Mulligan- 3 Sonja Drive and Jon and Mel Smith- 330 Renee Road. Tour tickets are available the day of the event for $15 each. Tickets can be purchased at YWCA Adams County, Espresso America, Five Point Banks, Around the Block in Doniphan and Lewis Greenscape in Grand Island.
YWCA Breakfast With Santa!
Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west. “Knowing that Santa is quite busy in December, we are surprised and excited that he will visit to eat breakfast with the children of Grand Island,” shares Executive Director Anita Lewandowski Brown. “We put the invitation out there, not knowing if he would be available and it must be one of many Christmas miracles this year because he squeezed us into his incredibly tight schedule.”
For every one minute on Christmas day, Santa has to visit 1,163,194.44 homes if the average home consisted of four people, to deliver all presents for the whole Earth. His speed is extraordinary, as he visits 19,387 houses every second to deliver all presents.
Stem Cell Drive
A simple cheek swab may save someones life.
Adams County YWCA Christmas Brunch
Abe Tamayo, Senior Pastor from the Salvation Army will be our guest speaker.
Bring your Christmas greenery to the west parking lot for mulching to be donated to Stuhr Museum. Please remove all decorations and tinsel from the greenery.
Mannheim Steamroller Concert
The No. 1-selling Christmas artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller is coming to Central Nebraska as part of its 28th Anniversary Tour. "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis.
26th Annual FREE Christmas Eve Lunch
Winter Break Fun For Everyone
Children programs are for preschool through fifth grade and teen programs are intended for 11-18 year olds. Daycares or preschools interested in participating should preregister by calling the library at 308-385-5333.
On Thursday, Dec. 26, a children’s train program, “Whoo whoo—All Aboard,” will be held. From 10:15 to 11 a.m. kids will learn about trains, listen to train stories, sing train songs, and make a fun train craft. Teens have the opportunity to have just as much fun as children when attending the library teen programs during the holidays.
On Dec. 26 teens will have the opportunity to enjoy a newly released teen movie based on a popular book series, as well as a Winter Weaponry program where participants will make various catapults. These teen activities will be from 2 to 4:15 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 28, a special program for all ages will be held at the library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nebraska historian and author Dr. Jean Lukesh will share stories from “Eagle of Delight: Portrait of the Plains Indian Girl in the White House” and “My Favorite Dog and Cat Story.”
Thursday, Jan. 2, kids will listen to popular book series, such as “Pete the Cat” by Eric Litwin and James Dean, “Llama, Llama” by Anna Dewdney, and “Don’t Let the Pigeon…” by Mo Willems. Stories, songs, games, and crafts will be shared by all attending from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Teens can celebrate the turn of the New Year by attending teen programs the week of January 1. On Thursday, Jan. 2, Teen Odd Bods crafts and cakes will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. During this activity teens will create an ugly, but soft doll to take home, as well as cakepops and cupcakes. Visit the website to see Odd Bods.
Then on Friday, Jan. 3, the fun continues at the library with children’s bingo, “B-I-N-G-O was his name-O,” from 10:15 to 11 a.m. This fun program involves bingo stories, songs, puppets, and of course the game of bingo and great prizes. Also on Jan. 3 will be Teen Creativity Day from 2 to 3:30 p.m. During this time, teens will create items made of Duct Tape, get creative with Legos, and enjoy wintry snacks.
Teens will host a popular G rated movie showing for all ages on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy this movie about creatures that go to college. Movie goers can bring a comfy pillow and blanket. Popcorn will be provided.
Jim Brickman - THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Jim Brickman brings the spirit of the season to life with The Magic of the Season. Featuring holiday favorites and songs from his latest CD, The Magic of Christmas, along with the hits that made Jim the best-selling pianist of our time. “This truly is the most wonderful time of the year,” Brickman says. “Every night, it’s a different audience in a different city, but it’s the same heart-warming expression of joy and hope on each face during the season!” December 30 at 7:00
Jim Brickman brings the spirit of the season to life with The Magic of the Season. Featuring holiday favorites and songs from his latest CD, The Magic of Christmas, along with the hits that made Jim the best-selling pianist of our time. “This truly is the most wonderful time of the year,” Brickman says. “Every night, it’s a different audience in a different city, but it’s the same heart-warming expression of joy and hope on each face during the season!”
December 30 at 7:00
New Years Eve Comedy Show - Greg Hahn
Greg Hahn has appeared on Late Night With Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, ABC, CBS, FOX and is a favorite on Classic Rock 101.5's Bob and Tom Radio Show.
DETAILS SOON on the New Year's Eve Comedy "Stay and Play" package at Howard Johnson's.
Monster Truck Tour
Mid-Nebraska Karaoke Challange
Serving Up Hope: Battle Bacon
Four area chefs will compete for the title of “Bacon Boss” by serving up delectable bacon-inspired appetizers. As promised, 2014 will be different and better than 2013. This event creates an opportunity to display the talents of local culinary experts while raising awareness and funds for our local homeless shelter. And who doesn’t love bacon?
The semi-formal event will include complementary wine and beer, a sit-down dinner, live entertainment by Jesse Hake (winner of the Galaxy of the Stars Song Writing competition held at the Nebraska State Fair), a silent auction, and an appetizer competition featuring chefs, Ron Neseth from Pig in a Bag, Diane Kucera from Country Catering, Ken Pedersen from HyVee and James Duff with James J Catering. Event attendees will select the winner after sampling each contestant’s appetizer. Master Chef sponsors include the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, H & H Distributing, IdeaBank Marketing, Five Points Bank and Tom Dinsdale Automotive.
General seating tickets are $75 each, with reserved premiere tables of eight for $650. To reserve your seat, email Hope Harbor’s Development Director, Rhonda Smallwood at rsmallwood(at)hopeharborgi(dot)com.
2014 Heartland Hoops Classic
Sixteen High School Boys Basketball teams, ranging from Class A to Class D, square off at the Heartland Events Center’s Eihusen Arena for a full day of exciting competitive hoops action. No video cameras allowed.
This event will feature the headliner game of Denver East (Colorado) vs Omaha Central. Come and enjoy all 8 games or come and go throughout the day!
Loup City Polish Days
Cher In Concert - Gannon Travel Tours
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.
2014 Nebraska Danger Schedule
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
Sat. April 12 vs. Texas Revolution
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
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
NEW! Women’s Leadership Circles Offered at YWCA
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.