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Jan 1-28 Plattsmouth, Cass County Grandma's China Cabinet Cass County Historical Museum, 646 Main St An exhibit of porcelain, china, custard glass, linens and knick-knacks that will remind visitors of looking into Grandma's china cabinet. Tue-Sat, noon-4pm, $2.50/adult (402) 296-4770 www.nebraskamuseums.org/casscountymuseum.ht m Jan 1-Apr 29 Omaha, Douglas County Cut! Costume and Cinema The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St An in-depth look at the art of making costumes. (402) 4445071 www.durhammuseum.org Jan 1-Feb 26 Lincoln, Lancaster County Exhibition: Yvonne Wells - Quilted Messages International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St Showcases the narrative pictorial quilts of Alabama folk artist Yvonne Wells. Tue-Sat, 10am4pm; Sun, 1-4pm, $3-$6, ages 4 and under free admission (402) 472-7232 www.quiltstudy.org Jan 1-Feb 29 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Lewis & Clark Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St Join the 1804 journey West as portrayed in the 8-ft by 60-ft mural by Kristy Stark Knapp throughout Jan. In Feb, the exhibit focuses on the Corps of Discovery's journey back east to St. Louis. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org Jan 1-Mar 3 Boys Town, Douglas County Celebrate Black History on Stamps Leon Myers Stamp Center Daily, 9am-5pm (402) 498-1186 www.boystown.org Jan-Mar Beatrice, Gage County Travel Back in Time - Buggies, Carts & Wagons Exhibit Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy 4 (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home Jan 13-Dec 3 Lincoln, Lancaster County Exhibition: What's in a Name? Inscribed Quilts International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St This exhibit reveals the amazing stories we can discover by researching and tracing clues found in the words inscribed by the makes of the quilts of yesteryear. Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm, $3-$6, ages 4 and under free admission (402) 472-7232 www.quiltstudy.org Jan 13-Feb 5 Grand Island, Hall County 2012 Quilt Exhibit and Contest: Opposites Attract Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 More than 60 quilts on display, ranging from historic to modern. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Jan 14 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Ellis Hall's Tribute to Ray Charles Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Gifted with a soulful Southern voice, Hall's poignant renditions will lift your spirit and warm your heart. 8pm, $25-$70 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Jan 14-15 Lincoln, Lancaster County Cabin Fever Antique Show & Sale Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock Ave More than 30 years and going strong! Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm, $3.50 Russ or Rhonda Blank (402) 4321451 Jan 20-22 Grand Island, Hall County Central Nebraska Home and Builders Show Heartland Event Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Fri, 5-9pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm, $5 Bill Jackson (515) 537-2094 www.jacksonexpogroup.com Jan 21 Norfolk, Madison County Women's Expo Divots Conference Center, 4200 W. Norfolk Ave Offering style, beauty, wellness, health, home and entertainment. $5 (402) 844-2996 www.divotsconference.com Jan 21 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Mysterioso - Magic, Music, Mayhem & Mirth Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St A mix of magic, music and mayhem with an illusionist, magic duo, comedian and two quick-change artists. 7pm, $15-$65 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Jan 21 Springfield, Sarpy County Chili Dinner Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St Come and go chili dinner. Enjoy 2 bowls of chili and a glass of beer or wine. 5-8pm, $10 www.soaringwingswine.com Jan 21-22 Ogallala, Keith County Gun Show Keith County Fairgrounds (402) 276-1391 Jan 22 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Thrill of the Orchestra Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Hold on tight as Maestro Wilkins and the orchestra take you for a musical thrill ride! 2pm, $7-9.75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Jan 27-28 Lincoln, Lancaster County PRCA Championship Rodeo Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S. The best rodeo athletes from the region compete. 7:30pm Derek Andersen (402) 441-8744 www.pershingcenter.com Jan 27-28 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Mozart & Sibelius Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Enjoy Finnish favorites and a piano concerto that's a Mozart-lover's dream. 8pm, $15-$75 (402) 3423560 www.omahasymphony.org Jan 27-29 Grand Island, Hall County RV & Boat Show Heartland Events Center - State Fair Exhibit Bldg, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Fri-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, noon-5pm Tony Staab (308) 384-2040 www.richsonsrv.com Jan 28 Ainsworth, Brown County Niobrara River Polar Bear Festival in Meadville NE Hwy 7 N. of Ainsworth to Meadville The acclaimed annual dip in the Niobrara River. Bonfires, dance, music and more. 3pm Mike Gering (402) 4972440 Jan 28 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lexi Xtreme's Birthday Show Panic Bar 9:30pm (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org Jan 28 Wood River, Hall County Toasted Ponies Concert Wood River High School Theater, 13800 W. Wood River Rd A fun mix of bluegrass, Cajun, Western swing, Gospel and Celtic tunes. 7pm, Free Georgene Smidt (308) 583-2606 www.wrcommunityfoundation.com/celebratewr.htm Jan 28-May 27 Omaha, Douglas County Drawn to Fashion: The Illustrations of Mary Mitchell The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St A showcase of 150 drawings by well-known local fashion illustrator Mary J. Mitchell. (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org

Jan 6-31 Lincoln, Lancaster County 25th Anniversary Art Show Burkholder Project, 719 P St Work by Burkholder Project artists, past and present. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com

Jan 7 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: The Transcriber's Art UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St Transcribers recreate piano and small ensemble pieces for the full orchestra. 7pm, $30 (402) 3423560 www.omahasymphony.org Jan 9-Mar 1 Nebraska City, Otoe County Privacy and the Plains: Photographs by Kimberly Thomas Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso Reception Feb 2 5-7pm (402) 874-9600 www.khncenterforthearts.org Jan 13 Lincoln, Lancaster County Night of the Singing Dead Panic Bar 9:30pm (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org

Jan 29 Bellevue, Sarpy County Oops Storytellers Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St Pioneer tales to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act. 2pm www.sarpycountymuseum.org

Jan 29 Milligan, Fillmore County 7th Annual Chilympiad Milligan Auditorium, 6th & Main Sts Chili chefs give it their all. Vote for your favorite chili! Donation Scott Oliva (402) 629-4446 www.visitfillmorecounty.org Jan 29 Norfolk, Madison County Soup 'R Art III Divots' DeVent Center Sample soups from top northeast Nebraska restaurants, view art displays from regional artists and enjoy live music. Noon5pm (402) 371-7199 www.norfolkartscenter.org

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Jan 31-Mar 3 Plattsmouth, Cass County Quilts and Valentines Cass County Historical Museum, 646 Main St Quilts and valentines from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tue-Sat, noon-4pm, $2.50/adult (402) 296-4770 www.nebraskamuseums.org/casscountymuseum.ht m Feb 1-2 North Platte, Lincoln County Buffalo Bill Farm & Ranch Expo D&N Event Center, 501 E. Walker Rd Nebraska's largest indoor equipment showroom. 9am-5pm, Free (308) 532-4966 www.nparea.com/events/frexpo.htm Feb 1-29 Grand Island, Hall County Regional Photography Show Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Photographers from a multi-state area compete for more than $800 worth of awards. Reception Feb 3, 5:30-8pm, Free (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com Feb-Mar TBA Omaha, Douglas County In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) BlueBarn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St A fanciful but compassionate consideration of the treatment of women in the late 19th century. A provacative, funny and entertaining story about a young doctor and his wife. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 6pm, $20-$25 (402) 345-1576 www.bluebarn.org Feb 3 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: Sam Swartz and Bonnie Sitig Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and information. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Feb 3-19 Omaha, Douglas County Adventures of Nate the Great The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St There is no case too daunting for Nate the Great. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2 & 7pm; Sun, 2pm, $16 (402) 345-4849 www.rosetheater.org Feb 3-4 Grand Island, Hall County Monster Truck Winter Nationals Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Plenty of racing and destruction as the trucks walk all over other cars, vans and anything else they can crush. Ed Beckley (940) 683-4742 www.checkeredflagproductions.com Feb 3-5 Lincoln, Lancaster County Sesame Street Live Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S. Fun-filled showed with your favorite Sesame Street characters. Derek Andersen (402) 441-8744 www.pershingcenter.com Feb 4 Lincoln, Lancaster County Dinosaurs and Disasters! University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine Sts A fun day of science with learning stations, games, activities and demonstrations. $5 adults, $3 children, $10 family Dana Ludvik (402) 472-2642 www.museum.unl.edu Feb 4 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Souvenir De Florence UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St Escape to Italy with lush pieces from Rota and Wolf that evoke the country's spirit and romance and Tchaikovsky's famous memories of Florence. 7pm, $30 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Feb 4 Unadilla, Otoe County Groundhog Day Celebration Main St and school Fun festivities include soup contest, parade, historical speakers, craft fair, flea market and more. 9am-5pm, Free Barbara Wilhelm (402) 828-5355 www.unadillanebraska.com Feb 5 Lincoln, Lancaster County Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off Panic Bar Enter your own chili recipe or sample and vote for your favorite chili as you enjoy the Super Bowl on Panic's big screen. 4pm (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org Feb 11 Niobrara, Knox County 5th Annual Soup Cook-Off WFLA Hall Four categories of soup: chili, chicken, miscellaneous and best of show. The public chooses the winners. 11am-1pm, $3-$5 (402) 857-3838 Feb 11 Omaha, Douglas County Hot Mess Drag Show Connections (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org Feb 11 Red Cloud, Webster County Joseph Hall as Elvis Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster St Joseph was in the top 10 of NBC's America's Got Talent and now has his own successful show in Branson, MO called Elvis Rock N Remember Tribute. 7:30pm, $15 (402) 746-2641 www.willacather.org Feb 11 Springfield, Sarpy County Wine, Chocolate and Roses Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St Enjoy this romantic annual event! 7pm, $65 per couple (402) 253-2479 www.soaringwingswine.com Feb 11 Valentine, Cherry County Heart City Bull Bash - Valentine's Main Event Main St One day display show of the best bulls in the region. Events for the entire family including displays, concert and wine tastings. Free Marsha Bauer (402) 376-3000 www.bullbash.com Feb 12 Norfolk, Madison County Children's Day Festival Sunset Plaza, 1700 Market Ln An afternoon of free family fun following the theme: For the Love of Reading. Activities and free books from Read Aloud Norfolk. 1-4pm, Free Mark Claussen (402) 841-1142 Feb 15-Mar 31 Springfield, Sarpy County A Touch of Japan at Springfield Artworks 183 Main St Exhibit featuring items of day to day life in Japan. Clothing, decorative arts and photos. TueFri, 1-5pm; Sat, 11am-4:30pm (402) 301-9162 www.springfieldartworks.com Mid-Feb thru mid-Apr Grand Island, Hall County Sandhill Crane Spring Migration Platte River Valley Area Tours available throughout the 6-week migration of the ducks, geese and Sandhill Cranes. (800) 658-3178 www.nebraskaflyway.com Feb 17-26 Beatrice, Gage County Thoroughly Modern Millie Community Players Theatre, 412 Ella St A singing and dancing musical comedy extravaganza. ThuSat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $10-$18 Jamie Ulmer (402) 228-1801 www.beatricecommunityplayers.com

Feb 7 Grand Island, Hall County Voces8 Octet Grand Island Senior High Auditorium The international award-winning octet has established itself as the foremost young British acappella ensemble. 7:30pm Stan Urwiller (308) 382-2309 www.giconcerts.org

Feb 9-12 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Home & Garden Expo CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St A showcase of everything for the home, inside and out. Thurs, 510pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 11am-5pm, $3.50$7 Mike Mancuso (402) 346-8003 www.showofficeonline.com Feb 10-12 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Hot, Hot, Hot! Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Hear rhythm-rich music while professional dancers crank up the heat with the cha-cha, samba, tango and more. 8pm, $15-$80 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Feb 10-19 Grand Island, Hall County Guys and Dolls Grand Island Little Theatre A fun-filled musical including the songs Luck be a Lady, Sit Down, and You're Rocking the Boat. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $15 (308) 381-6535 www.githeatre.org Feb 11 Grand Island, Hall County Heartland Hoops Classic Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Tino Martinez (308) 398-0026 Feb 11 Grand Island, Hall County Prairie Princess Party Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Dancing demonstrations, a magical tea room, photos with real princesses and lots more frilly fun. 14pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Feb 11 Lewellen, Garden County Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner 17 Ranch Winery Dinner and wine tasting. Bruce Burdick (308) 778-5542 www.17ranchwinery.com

Feb 17-Apr 1 Grand Island, Hall County Wings Over the Platte Art Exhibit and Sale Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Hwy 34 One of central Nebraska's largest and most eclectic art shows features life on the Platte River and its tributaries. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, noon5pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org

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Feb 18 Lincoln, Lancaster County Panic Attack 4 Drag Show Panic Bar 9:30pm (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org Feb 18-19 Grand Island, Hall County Tri-City Street Rods Auto Show Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, Exhibition Building Street rods, customs, trucks, motorcycles and vendors all under one roof. Ron Von Behren (308) 379-4580 heartlandeventscenter.com Feb 19 Brule, Keith County Ice Cream Social Community Hall BJ Van Velson (308) 287-2149 Feb 19-May 8 Grand Island, Hall County Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd The horses return to Fonner Park for LIVE racing Fri-Sun. (308) 382-4515 www.fonnerpark.com Feb 24-26 Beemer, Cuming County Beemer Dinner Theater Beemer Ballroom Musical comedy dinner theater. Fri-Sat, 7pm; Sun, 12:30pm (402) 528-3575 Feb 25 Henderson, York County Home Show Heartland Community School, 1501 Front St 9am2pm, Free Kelsey Bergen (402) 723-4228 www.cityofhenderson.org Feb 25 Omaha, Douglas County Lonely Hearts Club Drag Show Flix's (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org Feb 25 Sutton, Clay County Sutton Area Showcase Event Public school Pancake feed, exhibits, inflatable toys and activities for children. 9am-3pm, Free Shelly Childs (402) 773-4233 www.suttonchamber.org Feb 26 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: The Amazing Music Machine Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St A zany professor needs your help collecting sounds from the symphony for his music machine. 2pm, $7$9.75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Feb 27-28 Grand Island, Hall County Shrine Circus Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Mon, 7pm; Tue, 4:30 & 7pm Wayne Vian (308) 3795173 www.shrine-circus.com Feb 29-Mar 1 Omaha, Douglas County Triumph of Agriculture Expo CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St One of the largest indoor farm machinery shows in the Midwest. Wed, 9am-4pm; Thu, 9am-3pm, Free Bob Mancuso (402) 346-8003 www.showofficeonline.com Mar 1-31 Grand Island, Hall County Spirit of the Cranes Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Nature and wildlife photographer Rick Rasmussen and the artists of Prairie Winds celebrate the return of spring and the cranes to the Platte River Valley. Artist reception Mar 2, 5:30pm., Free (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com Mar 1-31 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Civil War and Homesteading Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St Explore the affect the Civil War and Homestead Act of 1862 had on the journey of people who chose to head West as Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free Carol Robertson (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org Mar 1-Apr 15 Republican City, Harlan County Harlan County Reservoir White Pelican Watch Harlan County Reservoir The American White Pelicans stop to feed around the lake during March and early April and can be observed from the shoreline. (800) 762-5498 Mar-Oct Beatrice, Gage County Beatrice Speedway Racing Gage County Fairgrounds Featuring modifieds, stock cars and others on semibanked oval clay track. $10 (402) 234-7740 www.beatricespeedway.com Mar 2 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Harold James Book Signing Scotts Bluff National Monument Harold James talks about his new book "Bruff's Wake: J. Goldsborough Bruff and the California Gold Rush 1849-1851. 24pm (308) 436-9700 Mar 2 Grand Island, Hall County Family Game Night Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 Dozens of different period and modern games for the entire family. Try as many as you can! 6-9pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Mar 2 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: Al Rhea and J. Schliechler Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Mar 2-18 Omaha, Douglas County No Dogs Allowed The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St Eight-year-old Iris and her family set out from their home in the Bronx to the Enchanted State Park. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2 & 7pm; Sun, 2pm, $16 (402) 345-4849 www.rosetheater.org

Mar 2-3 Mullen, Hooker County Polar Bear Tank Race Plan now to experience outstanding Sandhills fun! Tank race, chili cook-off, welcome reception and more. (308) 546-2206 http://www.sandhillsjourney.com/uploaded/media/201 2_Registration_FlyerTwila_P.pdf

Mar 2-3 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Soaring Strings Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St This violin concerto demands passion and flawless technique and Grammy-nominated Jennifer Koh has both in spades. 8pm, $15-$75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Mar 2-4 Grand Island, Hall County Arts & Craft Show Conestoga Mall Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, noon-6pm (308) 382-7463 www.shopconestogamall.com Mar 2-July 1 Lincoln, Lancaster County Jean Ray Laury International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St This exhibition examines the significant impact of Jean Ray Laury, a leader in the California art quilt movement. Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 14pm, $3-$6 (402) 472-7232 www.quiltstudy.org

Feb 25-26 Brule, Keith County Gun Show Acitivity Center Denise Moorhead (308) 289-6928

Feb 25-26 Ogallala, Keith County Oregon Trail Home Show Keith County Fairgrounds Dustin Flansburg (308) 289-3671 Feb 26 Bellevue, Sarpy County Homestead Act's 150th Anniversary Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St The National Park Service presents the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act. 2pm www.sarpycountymuseum.org

Mar 3 Omaha, Douglas County Traveling South - Presented by the Omaha Symphonic Chorus First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St A Dixieland concert featuring the Street Railway Company Jazz Band. 7:30pm, $12-$15 (402) 3981766 www.omahasymphonicchorus.org

Mar 3-4 Columbus, Platte County Spring Fling Creative Crafters Craft Show 30 Center Mall Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm (402) 564-1845 www.visitcolumbusne.com Mar 3-Apr 3 Kearney, Buffalo County Crane Fest Great Platte River Road Archway Special crane exhibits and films. Daytime tours available by reservation. 9am-4pm (308) 237-1000 www.archway.org

Feb 26 Merriman, Cherry County Cowboy Poetry and Music Jam at Bowring Ranch SHP Arthur Bowring Sandhill Ranch State Historical Park, NE Hwy 61, 1 1/2 mi. N., 2 mi. E. Performances by cowboy and cowgirl poets and live entertainment. 25pm Diane Burress (308) 684-3428 www.outdoornebraska.org

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Mar 6-June 3 Plattsmouth, Cass County G.A.R. Medals Cass County Historical Museum, 646 Main St An exhibit of the Grand Army of the Republic medals collected by H.C. McMaken. Tue-Sat, noon-4pm; also open Sun in summer, noon-4pm, $2.50 (402) 296-4770 www.nebraskamuseums.org/casscountymuseum.ht m Mar 9-11 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Ronan Tynan Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Get in the St. Patrick's spirit with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. 8pm, $15-$80 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Mar 9-Apr 1 Omaha, Douglas County The Paris Letter SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St A tragic game of financial and moral betrayal is played out over 4 decades between 2 friends. (402) 341-2757 www.snapproductions.com Mar 10 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lincoln Irish Dancers & Friends 15th Anniversary Show First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th St Preshow 6:30pm, dancers 7pm, $15 (402) 4661906 www.firstumclincoln.org Mar 10-11 Columbus, Platte County CAS Productions Antique Fair Agricultural Park Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm, $2 www.visitcolumbusne.com Mar 10-11 Ponca, Dixon County Marsh Madness at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Celebrate the park's abundant natural areas and view spring migration of waterfowl. Interpretive programs, guided tours, observation blinds and more. (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Mar 11 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lincoln Irish Dancers Annual Spring Ceili Auld Rec Center in Antelope Park, 33rd & A Sts 6:30-9:00pm, $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, or $30 family cap (402) 742-0477 www.lincolnirishdancers.org Mar 16-17 Geneva, Fillmore County Home & Garden Show Fillmore County Fairgrounds, 100 5th St Fri, noon8pm; Sat, 9am-1pm, Free (402) 759-1155 Mar 16-17 O'Neill, Holt County St. Patrick's Day Celebration City-wide Parade, fun run and events for all ages. (402) 336-2355 www.oneillchamber.org Mar 17 Fairbury, Jefferson County Shamrock Shuffle Chuckles Bar Wear your craziest St. Patty's Day attire and join in the fun! 5K run/walk, giveaways, food and live entertainment. Race begins at 11am Mar 17 Henderson, York County Heartland German Smorgasbord & Concert Heartland Community School, 1501 Front St Homemade German food followed by a band concert. 5pm, $4-$10 Kelsey Bergen (402) 7234228 www.heartlandschools.org Mar 17 Kearney, Buffalo County 2nd Annual Celtic Festival Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St Celtic music, dancing and food. Learn the history of the culture and how it ties in with Buffalo County. Free Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us Mar 17 Kearney, Buffalo County 2012 Rivers & Wildlife Celebration's Wild Experience Holiday Inn, 110 Second Ave Celebrate the annual migration of 500,000 Sandhill Cranes and millions of waterfowl. Hands-on, family-friendly activities and more. 10am-3pm, Free Christine Thody (402) 4728741 www.nebraskabirds.org Mar 17 Wisner, Cuming County St. Patrick's Day Celebration Main St Sign up for the Leprechaun fun run/walk at noon, watch the Grand Parade at 1:30pm, feast on a delicious Irish meal from 11am-1pm, or enjoy live entertainment and dancing all evening long. Noonmidnight, Free (402) 529-3212 www.wisnerareachamberofcommerce.com Mar 18 Lincoln, Lancaster County Happy Hour Hag Show Panic Bar 9:30pm (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org Mar 22 Columbus, Platte County Pawnee Shrine Club Circus Agricultural Park 4 and 7:30pm, $5-$10 www.visitcolumbusne.com Mar 23-31 Alma, Harlan County White Pelican Homecoming Celebration and Spring Fling Harlan County Reservoir and city-wide Wildlife viewing sites surround the lake. Music, wagon rides, spaghetti feed and more. Spring fling on Friday evening. Paradise on the Prairie Art Show and Sale. Free (800) 762-5498 Mar 23-Apr 1 Kearney, Buffalo County Crane Watch & Festival City-wide Two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Joe Starita will be part of the exciting conclusion of this event with a book signing of "I am Man" on April 1st at 3pm. (800) 652-9435 www.visitkearney.org Mar 24 Gibbon, Buffalo County Rowe Sanctuary's Family Crane Carnival Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, 44450 Elm Island Rd Learn about the Sandhill Crane migration and take part in educational activities with the family! Touchable exhibits, face painting, coloring and stamping, origami, outdoor activity trail and more. 10am-4pm, $2 Keanna Leonard (308) 468-5282 www.rowesanctuary.org Mar 24 Grand Island, Hall County The Rumbles in Concert Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd 8pm-midnight, $10 Bruce Swihart (712) 322-4858 www.rumbles.com Mar 24 Milligan, Fillmore County Beers of Nebraska Milligan auditorium, 6th & Main Sts Sample Nebraska microbrews and sit back and enjoy live music and food. Scott Oliva (402) 629-4446 www.visitfillmorecounty.org Mar 24 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Kaleidoscope UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St Enjoy a vibrant palette of orchestral colors from Stravinsky, Piston and Hendrix. 7pm, $30 (402) 3423560 www.omahasymphony.org Mar 24 Stanton, Stanton County St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza Uptown Brewery, 801 10th St Irish music, storytelling, food display, Irish refreshments, imported Irish gifts and more. 6pm (402) 439-5100

Mar 24-25 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lancaster Antique Show & Sale Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock Ave More than 30 years and going strong! Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm, $3.50 Russ Blank (402) 432-1451 Mar 25 Bellevue, Sarpy County Author & Historian Kira Gale Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St The story of trading posts and early residents along the Missouri River. 2pm www.sarpycountymuseum.org

Mar 29 Columbus, Platte County Harlem Globetrotters Columbus High School 7pm Mar 29 Humboldt, Richardson County Springfest City-wide Visit the merchants around the town square, stroll through the various vendors, hop on the bunny train or meet a furry friend at the petting zoo. (402) 862-2171 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us Mar 30 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Hooray for Hollywood Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St A celebration of blockbuster movie music including memorable scores from Gone with the Wind, The Godfather and Titanic. 8pm, $15-$80 (402) 3423560 www.omahasymphony.org Mar 30-31 Aurora, Hamilton County 33rd Annual Nebraska Mennonite Quilts & Crafts Sale Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 310 A St Musical entertainment, delicious ethnic foods and quality crafts, quilts and wood items. Fri, 4-8pm; Sat, 6:30am-3pm, Free John Thimm (402) 806-2974 www.nebraskamccsale.org

Mar 24 Gibbon, Buffalo County 8th Annual Crane Watchers Breakfast American Legion, 1029 Court St Gourmet breakfast buffet. 7-10:30am, $7 Sherry Zwink (308) 468-5905 www.gibbonchamber.nctc.net

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Mar 30-31 Fremont, Dodge County 2012 Bull Riding Classic & Rural Living Expo Mutton busting for the kids, funny man acts, bull fighting, dance and more. The market place at the expo features businesses promoting the rural lifestyle including a Cowboy Cave. (402) 721-2641 www.fremontne.org Mar 30-Apr 15 Omaha, Douglas County Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St Farmer Brown's farm animals go on strike. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2 & 7pm; Sun, 2 & 4:30pm, $16 (402) 345-4849 www.rosetheater.org Mar 31 Lincoln, Lancaster County Nebraska Book Festival Nebraska History Museum, 15th & P Sts Readings and book signings by Nebraska writers. 9am-9pm, Free (402) 453-5711 Mar 31 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: The Music of Fleetwood Mac Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St A salute to one of the world's most successful rock groups. Rock band Jeans 'n Classics joins the orchestra for this feel-good hit parade! 8pm, $25$70 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Mar 31 York, York County Nebraska Peep Show Location TBA Featuring artwork created from marshmellow Peeps. Reci-peep contest, Peep fashion show, Peeples Choice Awards and more. TBA Todd Kirshenbaum (402) 362-5531 www.yorkchamber.org Mar 31-Apr 1 Ashland, Saunders County Platte River Art Show Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 A fine arts celebration featuring wildlife, landscape, still life and more. The most prestigious art show on the river! Sat, 9am-8pm; Sun, 9am-4pm, Park entry permit required Adam Offner (402) 944-2523 www.outdoornebraska.org Mar 31-Apr 1 Grand Island, Hall County 2nd Annual Grand Island Bead Bazaar Fonner Park, 700 East Stolley Park Rd Central Nebraska's premier bead and jewelry event. Vendors from all over the Midwest with the finest beads and jewelry. View the website for more information beginning March 1st. Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm, $4/adult, ages 12 and under free (402) 935-4367 www.papiobeads.com Apr 1 Curtis, Frontier County Curtis Easter Pageant Medicine Valley High School Gym, 303 Crook Ave Living pictures pageant. Sixty-five member cast and fifty member choir. 3pm, Donation Dawn Tuller (308) 367-4122 www.curtis-ne.com/easterpageant.html Apr 1-30 Grand Island, Hall County All Creatures Great and Small Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Prairie Winds artists express their love for furry and feathered creatures in this amusing presentation. Reception Apr 6, 5:30-8pm (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com Apr 1-30 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Railroad Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St The Northeast Nebraska Model Railroad Association presents a 30-ft by 30-ft modular display of H-O running trains. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org Apr-Dec Hastings, Adams County Tornado Alley 3D Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave Follow storm chasers in an effort to understand the origins and evolution of tornados. $8-$10 (402) 461-4629 www.hastingsmuseum.org Apr-Oct Omaha, Douglas County 24th Street Guided Walking Tours 24th & N Sts in South Omaha and 24th & Lake Sts in North Omaha Enjoy 90-minute guided walking tours noting arts, architecture, businesses, ethnic culture and the history of the area. (402) 709-2586 www.south24thomahatour.com Apr-Sep Springfield, Sarpy County Friday Night Music Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St Enjoy the sunset, great music and great wine. 7-9:30pm on Fridays, $5 www.soaringwingswine.com Apr 6 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: John Nollendorfs Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Apr 10-May 10 Bancroft, Cuming County Logan Valley Artists 2012 Exhibit John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, 306 W. Elm St Exhibit open during regular hours: Mon-Sat, 9am5pm; Sun, 1:30-5pm. Artists reception April 22, 24pm. (402) 648-3388 (888) 777-4667 Apr 12 Grand Island, Hall County Red Star Red Army Chorus & Dance Ensemble Grand Island Senior High Auditorium Since its formation in 1977, Red Star performed primarily for the troops of the Soviet Forces. The current touring ensemble of 70 features a dynamic colorful dance troup and small orchestra. 7:30pm (308) 382-2309 www.giconcerts.org Apr 12-21 Lincoln, Lancaster County The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 UNL's Howell Theatre at 12th and R Streets The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop gathers at an isolated mansion to hold an audition, but meets with murder instead! 7:30pm, $10-$16 (402) 472-4747 unltheatretickets.com Apr 13-15 Brownville, Nemaha County Wine, Writers and Song Festival City-wide A 3 day celebration of wine, literature, food, music and history. 8am-5pm, Free (402) 4758663 www.brownville-ne.com Apr 13-22 Beatrice, Gage County King O' the Moon Community Players Theatre, 412 Ella St This heartfelt sequel to Over the Tavern presents a family approaching a crossroads. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $10-$15 Jamie Ulmer (402) 228-1801 www.beatricecommunityplayers.com Apr 13-22 Grand Island, Hall County Nickel and Dimed Grand Island Little Theatre (308) 381-6535 www.githeatre.org Apr 14 Kearney, Buffalo County Signs of Spring Craft and Trade Show Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 Ave N Approximately 200 vendors featuring crafts and home-based business information. 9am-4pm, Free Kyla Martin (308) 440-0153 www.communityactionmidne.com Apr 14 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: The Wizard of Oz With Orchestra Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Holland Center for The Wizard of Oz as you've never experienced it before! 7pm, $15-$65 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Apr 14-15 Columbus, Platte County Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet Columbus Ag Park Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 10am4pm, $6 (800) 859-8267 Apr 14-15 Omaha, Douglas County Teddy Bear Weekend Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St Bring your favorite stuffed animal in for care and repair! Music and activity stations for everyone. 9am-3pm (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com Apr 15 Bancroft, Cuming County An Afternoon of Folk Music Neihardt State Historic Site, 306 W. Elm St Featuring folksingers, songwriters and authors Tom May and Bobby Bridger in a musical performance. 2pm, Free (402) 648-3388 www.neihardtcenter.org

Apr 15, 22 & May 6, 20 Dannebrog, Howard County Pawnee Arts Center Spring Lecture Series 106 S. Mill St Experience a glimpse of the Pawnee Indian culture with presentations by special speakers. 1:30pm, Donation Gale Pemberton (308) 226-8286

Apr 16-May 31 Minden, Kearney County Dr. Larry Peterson, Art Gallery Exhibit Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St Tue-Fri, 10am4pm, Free (308) 832-0588 www.mindenoperahouse.com Apr 19 Lincoln, Lancaster County Seriously Funny Rococo Theatre An evening of comedy to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Houses of Hope. (402) 3109997 www.rococotheatre.com

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Apr 19 Wayne, Wayne County ElderFest City auditorium, 3rd & Pearl Sts Free food, exhibits, entertainment and more. 9am-10pm (402) 3755529 www.providencemedical.com Apr 19-22 Lincoln, Lancaster County 54th Annual UNL Rodeo Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock Don't miss this annual rodeo filled with fun for all ages! College night April 19th at 7:30pm. Kids day events begin at 1:30pm on April 21. Veterans day events begin at 1:30pm April 22. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm. Sat-Sun, 1:30pm performances., $5-$12, ages 5 and under free admission (402) 432-5081 casnr.unl.edu/rodeo Apr 19-23 Grand Island, Hall County 2012 Futurity and Alpaca Show Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (541) 929-3941 www.celebritysales.com April 20-22 Burwell, Garfield County 2012 Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival Calamus Outfitters Lek tours, educational speakers, additional birding excursions, discussions pertaining to state and federal conservation programs, ranch tours, cultural demonstrations and live entertainment. (308) 346-4697 www.calamusoutfitters.com Apr 21 Fairbury, Jefferson County Hope Crisis 10K & 2 Mile Run Community Bldg in City Park Prizes, pancake feed and run/walk event. Race begins at 8:30am (402) 729-2570 Apr 21 Grand Island, Hall County BD and the Boys Concert Fonner Park/Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (308) 382-4515 www.heartlandeventscenter.com Apr 21 Louisville, Cass County First Shots Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Introduction to rifles and handguns for first time and novice shooters. 9am-noon, Free Christy Christiansen (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education Apr 21 Louisville, Cass County Women in the Outdoors Ladies Day at the Range Eastern Nebraska Gun Club Serious hands-on shooting with professional instruction. 8:30am-5pm, $20-$55 Karen Berghauser (402) 651-5807 www.womenintheoutdoors.org Apr 21 Norfolk, Madison County Hey, Remember the 90s - Pop Culture Party J's Steakhouse, 702 W. Norfolk Ave 7pm-1am, $5 Melinda Kozel (402) 371-7199 www.norfolkartscenter.org Apr 21-22 Grand Island, Hall County American Kennel Club Dog Show Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd 8:30am-4:30pm (308) 385-4949 www.gikennelclub.com April 21-Dec 31 Lincoln, Lancaster County Minerals and Meteorites Exhibit Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine Sts See a spectacular display of rare minerals and meteorites. $3-$5, or $10/family Dana Ludvik (402) 472-2642 www.museum.unl.edu Apr 22 Beatrice, Gage County Remembering the Oklahoma Land Rush Homestead National Monument, 8523 W. State Hwy 4 2pm, Free (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home Apr 22 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Cartoon Classics Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Kids of all ages will love this celebration of animation! 2pm, $7-$9.75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Apr 24 Grand Island, Hall County The Lowe Family Grand Island Senior High Auditorium Featuring this versatile and talented family performing all styles of music. 7:30pm Stan Urwiller (308) 382-2309 www.giconcerts.org Apr 24 Red Cloud, Webster County Remembering Ricky Nelson Concert Opera House, 411 N. Webster St Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to stage to perform their personal tribute to their father, Rock & Roll Hall-ofFamer, Ricky Nelson. 7:30pm, $20 www.willacather.org

Apr 20 Stanton, Stanton County California Springtime Uptown Brewery, 801 10th St Amazing event of new California wine sampling matched with Californiastyle foods. 7pm (402) 439-5100

Apr 20 Wood River, Hall County Voices From Ellis Island Wood River High School Performing Arts Center, 13800 W. Wood Pippa White portrays the Ellis Island experience. 7pm, Free Georgene Smidt (308) 583-2606 wrcommunityfoundation.com/celebratewr.htm Apr 20-21 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Sacred Voices Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Divinely inspired music awaits you at Omaha's own sanctuary of sound - the Holland Center. 8pm, $15$75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org Apr 20-21 Omaha, Douglas County The International - A Premier Indoor Show Horse Jumping Event CenturyLink Center Experience world class horses and riders in a competition unlike anything you've ever seen in the Midwest. www.worldclasshorseshows.com Apr 20-22 Brownville, Nemaha County KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler in Gershwin - Here to Stay Brownville Concert Hall Enjoy magical musical theater with non stop music, theater, comedy, duets, solos, a little soft shoe, tap, patter, joy, and a few tears. Apr 20-21, 7:30pm; Apr 22, 2pm (402) 8253331 www.brownvilleconcertseries.com Apr 20-22 Chadron, Dawes County Festival of Quilts Assumption Arena, 4th & Spruce Sts Quilt show, competition, displays, vendors, programs and demonstrations. Charlotte Kriz (308) 432-4401 www.chadronfestivalofquilts.com

Apr 25-May 28 Beatrice, Gage County Homestead Act of 1862 Exhibit Homestead National Monument, 8523 W. State Hwy 4 Exhibit is from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Free (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home

Apr 26-28 North Platte, Lincoln County Country Bluegrass Show Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 W. US Hwy 30 Enjoy bands and entertainers from across the United States including The Boxcars, Audie Blaylock, Don Rigsby and more. Food, camping and workshops available. Thu-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat, 8:30am-11pm, $20/day or $45 for 3 day pass in advance Donna Mentzer (308) 532-1465 www.countrybluegrassshow.homestead.com Apr 26-29 & May 3-6 York, York County Fox on the Fairway Yorkshire Playhouse, 513 N. Lincoln Ave Slightly adult comedy in a country club-golf course setting. Thu-Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm, $15 (402) 362-4575 www.yorkshireplayhouse.com Apr 27-29 Columbus, Platte County Downtown Spring Carnival Downtown www.visitcolumbusne.com

Apr 27-29 Lynch, Boyd County Bargain Buyway - The Ultimate Road Trip Communities throughout northeast Nebraska A weekend of treasure hunting and sightseeing in northeast Nebraska! Antiques, machinery, food fairs, crafts and more. Guidebooks available for sale. Free Gary Ober (402) 893-2880 www.bargainbuyway.com

Apr 27-29 Nebraska City, Otoe County 140th Annual Arbor Day Celebration City-wide Children's activities and live entertainment. Parade and 5K trail run/walk, commemorative tree plantings and more. (402) 873-6654 www.nebraskacity.com Apr 27-29 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: The Gershwins - Here to Stay Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Timeless and elegant, the music of George and Ira Gershwin has definite staying power. 8pm, $15-$80 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org

Apr 22 Hastings, Adams County Prairie Loft SpringFest Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor & Ag Learning, 4705 DLD Rd Celebrate the planting season with activities for all ages including art, music, food and fun. 16pm, Free (402) 463-0565 www.prairieloft.org

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Apr 27-May 13 Omaha, Douglas County James and the Giant Peach The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St Young James embarks on the world's greatest adventure when he steps inside a giant peach. Fri, 7pm; Sat-Sun, 2 & 7pm, $16 (402) 345-4849 www.rosetheater.org Apr 27-Oct 26 Kearney, Buffalo County Paranormal Experiences Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St Midwest Paranormal Investigators stop by to present ghost hunting classes and ghost hunts at the museum. A history promotion for Buffalo County and a fun, safe event for all ages. Last Friday of each month Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us Jan 27 Stanton, Stanton County Burns Night - Celebrating 252nd Birthday of Poet Robert Burns Uptown Brewery, 801 10th St Single malt scotch tasting with elegant European food and entertainment. 7pm (402) 439-5100 Apr 28 Grand Island, Hall County Joseph Hall in Elvis: Rock N' Remember Northwest High School, 2710 N. North Rd Joseph was in the top 10 of NBC's America's Got Talent and now has his own successful show in Branson, MO called Elvis Rock N Remember Tribute. 7-9pm, $20$25 Amy Bennett (308) 385-5125 www.heartlandcasa.org Apr 28 Grand Island, Hall County Bosselman Day at the Races Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Enjoy the 1 & 1/16th mile Bosselman-Gus Fonner Stakes and 21st annual KRGI Ladies Spring Hat Contest. Doors open at noon, Free (308) 382-4515 www.fonnerpark.com Apr 28 Lincoln, Lancaster County Astronomy Day University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine Sts A fun day of astronomy with handson activities about space, science and more. $5 adults, $3 kids or $10 family Dana Ludvik (402) 4722642 www.museum.unl.edu Apr 28 Ogallala, Keith County Methodist Church Fun Fest Keith County Fairgrounds Family fun and games, rummage sale and food. Irene Harmonson (308) 284-4925 Apr 28 Peru, Nemaha County The Great Nebraska Mushroom Hunt Steamboat Trace Trailhead, 300 5th St A down-toearth experience. Morel mushroom hunting with instruction for novice hunters. 8am-4pm, $20/adult Linda Tynon (850) 916-1616 Apr 28 Plattsmouth, Cass County Living History Day Cass County Historical Museum,646 Main St Demonstration in blacksmithing, weaving, soapmaking and spinning. Don't miss the children's May basket workshop for ages 5-10 years. 10am3pm, Free (402) 296-4770 www.nebraskamuseums.org/casscountymuseum.ht m Apr 28-29 Grand Island, Hall County Nebraska Antique Dealers Association Show Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (308) 440-1884 www.nebraskaantiquedealersassociation.com Apr 28-29 Ogallala, Keith County Golf and Bowl Tournament West Winds Golf Course (308) 284-4358 Apr 29 Bellevue, Sarpy County Dr. Robert Gilder: Archeologist and Artist Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St 2pm www.sarpycountymuseum.org Apr 29 Chadron, Dawes County Pine Ridge Motorcycle Enduro www.chadron.com Apr 30-May 4 Beatrice, Gage County Heartland Storytelling Festival Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy 4 Storytellers entertain and educate visitors with stories about American culture and heritage. 10am-3pm, Free Susan Cook (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home May North Platte, Lincoln County Spring Fling at Cody Park Cody Park Enjoy a day of crafts, quilts and antiques. 9am-5pm, Free Marilee Hyde (308) 535-6772 www.visitnorthplatte.com May 1-22 Louisville, Cass County Beyond Bow Archery for Women Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Each week features a new skill, open to all ages. Wednesdays, 6-9pm, $5/session (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education May-Oct Shubert, Richardson County Living History Demonstrations at Indian Cave State Park 2 mi. N. & 5 mi. E. on Hwy 64E Take part in candlemaking, soapmaking, broommaking or blacksmithing. Weekends, 9am-4pm, Park entry permit required Jan Alexander (402) 883-2575 www.outdoornebraska.org May-Sep Holdrege, Phelps County Farmers Market Phelps County Courthouse lawn Fresh produce, baked goods and more. Thursdays, 4:30-7:30pm Cindy Lindstrom (308) 263-4111 May-Sep Steele City, Jefferson County Living History Weekends City-wide Old-fashioned crafters demonstrate soap making, rug weaving, blacksmithing and wagon repair. (402) 729-5131 www.jeffersoncountyhistory.com

May 4 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: Julie McCullough Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com

May 4-5 Columbus, Platte County Craft Giftique Center Mall, 23rd St & 32nd Ave Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm (402) 564-1845 May 5 Ogallala, Keith County Catfish Classic Lake McConaughy Darrell Marrow (308) 778-5879 May 5 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Stayin' Alive - A Celebration of the '70s Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Catch Saturday night fever with the music of the 1970s. 8pm, $25-$70 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org May 5 Schuyler, Colfax County 75th Anniversary of the Historic Oak Ballroom 175 Higgins Dr Featuring the Mark Vyhlidal Band, a Taekwondo demonstration and perfomances by the Omaha Shriners. 2-8pm, $5 Lora Johnson (402) 3525472 www.schuylerne.net May 5-6 Grand Island, Hall County Nebraska Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Gun Show Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Sat, 8am-5pm; Sun, 8am-4pm Neal Kelley (308) 384-7565 www.nebraskamuzzleloaders.com May 5-6 Ogallala, Keith County 8th Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament West Winds & Bayside Golf Courses (308) 2844066 www.visitogallala.com

May 1-31 Grand Island, Hall County International Miniature Show Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Competition open to artists from around the US. Artist reception May 4, 5:30pm, Free (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com

May 1-31 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Meridian Highway Exhibit Madison County Historical Museum, 210 W. 3rd St Featuring the journey along the Meridian Highway joining Mexica with Canada. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org May 1-Sep 30 Boys Town, Douglas County Baseball at Boys Town Hall of History Displays showcase baseball's important role in sports at Boys Town. Autographed bats, balls and photographs of famous players including Babe Ruth, Dizzy Dean and Johnny Bench. 10am-4pm, Free Tom Lynch (402) 4981186 www.boystown.org May-June TBA Omaha, Douglas County Spring Awakening BlueBarn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 6pm, $20$25 (402) 345-1576 www.bluebarn.org

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May 5-6 Papillion, Sarpy County Midlands Pirate Festival Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St A stranded pirate ship, fully stocked pirate tavern, treasure cave, shopping, hands-on activities and the finest festival gruel. 11am-6pm, $10 Ed Schaefer (402) 331-5500 www.bellevueberryfarm.com May 5-6 Ponca, Dixon County Becoming an Outdoor Chef at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26 E A hands-on cooking weekend for all levels of outdoor cooks. Grilling, smoking, dehydration, fish cleaning, campfire cooking, Dutch oven cooking, wild edibles and more. Andrea Johansen (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org May 5-Oct 13 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Farmers Market Downtown in the Old Market, 11th & Jackson Sts Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm, Free (402) 345-5401 www.omahafarmersmarket.org May 11 Grand Island, Hall County Ron White, Comedian in Concert Fonner Park/Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd 8pm, $39.75 plus fees (308) 3824515 www.heartlandeventscenter.com May 11-12 North Platte, Lincoln County Honky Tonk BBQ Festival Platte River Mall Sanctioned competition and BBQ feed, live entertainment and more. Rob Mandeville (308) 530-5139 www.honkytonkbbq.com May 11-13 Papillion, Sarpy County Nebraska Renaissance Faire Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Patch, 11001 S. 48th St A variety of live stage performers, historical demonstrators, equestrian jousting and battle reenactments. 11am-6pm, $11 Ed Schaefer (402) 331-5500 www.bellevueberryfarm.com May 11-27 Bellevue, Sarpy County Over the Tavern Bellevue Little Theater, 203 W. Mission Ave Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm www.bellevuelittletheatre.com May 11-Sep 23 Grand Island, Hall County The Famous and Infamous of Hall County Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Exhibit focuses on Hall County residents who have achieved great things, or gone down in history for their misdeeds. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org May 12 Ashland, Saunders County 2nd Annual - Lucky Bucket 7K Trail Run Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 5pm (402) 7638868 thebucketrun.com May 12 Kearney, Buffalo County Outdoor Discovery Family Day Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, 1020 V Rd Learn more about hunting, fishing, kayaking, shotgunning, camping and other outdoor activities. 9am-4pm, Free admission, park permit required. Julia Plugge (402) 471-6009 www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/odp/familyday.asp May 12 Lincoln, Lancaster County National Train Day Lincoln Children's Zoo Learn all about trains! Train rides, demonstrations, activities and the annual "Conductor for a Day" contest. 10am-5pm, $6.25$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org May 13 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lincoln Choral Artists: A Celebration in Song St. Paul United Methodist Church The Lincoln Choral Artists perform with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra and the Hastings Area Children's Choir. 3pm (402) 430-2395 www.lincolncivicchoir.info May 13 Lincoln, Lancaster County Mother's Day Celebration Lincoln Children's Zoo Which animals at the Zoo are mothers? Visit and find out! Free train rides and admission to moms. 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org May 17 Humboldt, Richardson County Humboldt Flower Show Richardson County Ag Building Flower show with lunch served. (402) 855-2485 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us May 18 Grand Island, Hall County Stuhr Under the Stars Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Railroad Town will be the site for a family friendly, historically-based movie under the stars along with games, activities and food. 7pm, $8-$10 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org May 18-20 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lincoln Quilter's Guild 2012 Quilt Show Weary Center, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 53rd & Huntington More than 300 quilts, vendors, live and silent auction, demonstration and tours of the International Quilt Study Center. 9am-5pm, $6 Elizabeth Sterns (402) 467-9467 www.lincolnquiltersguild.org May 18-20 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Radiance - A Tribute to the Ladies of Motown Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St The perfect blend of sparkle and soul, Radiance will dazzle you with Motown classics. 8pm, $15-$80 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org

May 5-Oct 7 Fort Calhoun, Washington County Living History Weekends at Fort Atkinson SHP 201 S. 7th St Demonstrations of military life at a reconstructed 1820s military post. Military drills, blacksmithing, cooking and crafts. Select weekends, Park permit required. John Slader (402) 468-5611 www.outdoornebraska.org

May 6 La Vista, Sarpy County Midwest Winds Kitefliers La Vista Sports Complex, 7346 S. 66th St Professional kite flyers will celebrate National Kite Month. Noon-5pm www.midwestwindskitefliers.org May 6 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lincoln Marathon Begins on UNL Campus Marathon and half marathon road race. The finish line is on the 50-yard line in University of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium. Begins at 7am, See website for entry fees. Nancy Sutton (402) 435-3504 www.lincolnrun.org May 8 Grand Island, Hall County Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival Central Community College and College Park Educating youth through lively entertainment, interactive displays and tangible experiments. Water magicians, folksingers, storytellers and raptor shows. 8am-4pm Kelly Cole (308) 385-6282 www.cpnrd.org May 10 Omaha, Douglas County Ponca Chief Standing Bear Commemoration Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College, 32nd & Sorensen Pkwy Reception, performance and reading of the play "Waaxe's Law." Native American food, dancers from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, live music and art exhibit. 5:30pm, Free (402) 455-9990 www.douglascohistory.org May 11 Ashland, Saunders County Nebraska Star Party - Star Gazing Evening Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 Spend an evening under the stars with the Nebraska Star Party. Sundown, Park permit required Adam Offner (402) 944-2523 www.outdoornebraska.org

May 19 Ashland, Saunders County Mud, Sweat, & Beers 7K Trail Run Quarry Oaks Golf Club, 16600 Quarry Oaks Dr More than 2,500 costumed and crazy runners and walkers compete in this 4.3 mile trail run through some of the most spectacular wooded terrain in eastern Nebraska. 6pm, See website Joe Sutter (402) 9446000 mudsweatandbeerrun.com

May 19 Grand Island, Hall County Island Area Cruisers Annual Charities Tour Grand Island and Hastings Walmarts Show and shine tour. Cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome. 7:30am-4:30pm Debra Rinke (308) 382-2958 www.visitgrandisland.com May 19 Hooper, Dodge County 3-Man Scramble Elkhorn Valley Golf Club 9am, $25-$35/person (402) 654-3512 www.elkhornvalleygolfclub.com May 19 North Platte, Lincoln County Woofstock Memorial Park, E. Fourth St Contests for dogs, children's games and vendors with specials on animal care and accessories. 10am-2pm, Free Dianne Morales (308) 650-7297 www.pphs.com

May 12 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Baroque Fireworks Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Experience the best of Baroque with popular favorites like Bach's exquisite Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Pachelbel's classic Canon in D. 8pm, $15-$75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org

May 13 Bellevue, Sarpy County Runway Run Offutt AFB A 7-mile run through the base and down the runway among a formation of Air Force planes. www.bellevuenebraska.com

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May 19 Waverly, Lancaster County Camp Creek Antique Machinery Swap Meet and Flea Market Camp Creek Threshers Show Grounds, 17200 Bluff Rd Machinery, tractors, parts and equipment and flea market. 6:30am-3pm, Free (402) 726-2487 www.ccthreshers.org May 19-July 6 Red Cloud, Webster County Inspired by Cather's April Twilights Exhibit Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster Featuring the work of many Nebraska artists. Free www.willacather.org May 20 Papillion, Sarpy County Papillion Half Marathon Papillion/La Vista South Stadium Half marathon and 10K fun walk. May 20-25 Beatrice, Gage County Nebraska Chautauqua & 150th Commemoration of the Homestead Act Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. NE Hwy 4 Scholars present first-person historical portrayals of prominent figures including Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Standing Bear, Laura Ingalls Wilder and more. Presentations, workshops and activities. Free (402) 223-3514 www.nebraskachautauqua.org May 23-Aug 26 David City, Butler County Summer Blockbuster Exhibition: Robert Lougheed Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, 575 E St Exhibition of the renown painter of horses, Robert Lougheed. Reception May 26, Free Amanda Guenther (402) 367-4488 www.bonecreek.org May 24 Grand Island, Hall County Piccadilly Circus Heartland Event Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Elephant Extravaganza, Motorcycle Madness, Katunga, Mongolian Angels, White Tiger Spectacular and much more! 4:30 & 7:30pm www.thefuncircus.com May 24-27 La Vista, Sarpy County La Vista Daze 2012 La Vista Central Park, Edgewood Blvd Carnival, vendor booths, parade, beer garden, cookout, free concert and more. Thu, 5-10pm; Fri, 2-11pm; Sat, 10am-11pm; Sun, noon-6pm Mitch Beaumont (402) 331-4343 www.cityoflavista.org/lavistadaze May 25 Humboldt, Richardson County Memorial Day BBQ City-wide Celebrate with a BBQ, ice cream social and Happy Czechs Polka band. 5-8pm (402) 8622821 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us May 25 Lexington, Dawson County Buzzard Migration Wine Release Party Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards, 43315 Rd 757 Join the winery in releasing the 2011 vintage of Nebraska's favorite summertime wine - Buzzard's Roost Blush. Appetizers, live entertainment and wine tastings. 5-9pm, Free Barry McFarland (308) 324-0440 www.macscreekvineyards.com May 25-27 Kearney, Buffalo County Memorial Day Weekend Living History Demonstrations Fort Kearny State Historical Park Cannon firing at 2pm daily. www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov May 25-27 Superior, Nuckolls County Victorian Festival City-wide Celebrate the heritage of Superior. Parade, children's activities, food, Victorian tea honoring Lady Vestey, craft fair, dances and more. 9am-4pm Sherry Kniep (402) 879-3419 www.victorianfestival.info May 25-Aug 24 Lincoln, Lancaster County Friday Nights Live Concert Series SouthPointe Pavillions Shopping Center, 27th & Pine Lake Rd Enjoy everything from R&B to rock to jazz. Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm, Free Julie Lattimer (402) 421-2114 www.southpointeshopping.com May 25-Aug 24 Papillion, Sarpy County Summer Concert Series Shadow Lake Towne Center, Hwy 370 & 72nd St 6:30-8:30pm www.shadowlakeshopping.com May 26-27 Chadron, Dawes County Chadron State College Golf Classic Ridgeview Country Club (308) 432-6362 www.chadron.com May 26-28 Brownville, Nemaha County Spring Flea Market Main St More than 200 vendors from across the United States. Antiques, flowers, jewelry, collectibles and food. 8am-6pm, Free Jim Doty (402) 825-3731 www.brownville-ne.com May 26-28 Ewing, Holt County Funfest Weekend City-wide Street dance, hole-in-one, parade, food, road rally and more. (402) 336-1504 www.holtcountynebraska.com May 26-28 Wisner, Cuming County Elkhorn Valley Arts Unlimited Art Fest Rainbow Dance Studio, 909 Ave E Enjoy artwork of all kinds displayed by area artists. Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm; Mon, 9am-noon, Free Elaine Bak (402) 529-3212 www.wisnerareachamberofcommerce.com

May 26 Beatrice, Gage County Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. NE Hwy 4 A day of music and competition with fiddlers and musicians of all ages. 10am-9pm, Free Susan Cook (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home

May 26 Crawford, Dawes County One Night Only: The Bald Mountain Rounders Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park (308) 432-6380 www.postplayhouse.com May 26 Lexington, Dawson County Johnson Lake EMS Week Celebration and 5K Event Johnson Lake A free 5k run/walk followed by fire engine rides and display, helicopter tours and BBQ. 10am-1pm, Free Jake Johnson (308) 325-5575 www.johnsonlakeems.org May 26 Lincoln, Lancaster County Safety Fun Run Lincoln Children's Zoo This annual fun run/walk promotes healthy lifestyles and creates awareness. Open to all ages. 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org May 26 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Gifts From the Sea UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St Set sail with 3 diverse composers who were all inspired by the sea. 7pm, $30 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org May 26 & 28 Fullerton, Nance County Nancy County Veterans Memorial & Resource Center Open House Stop by to learn about the new memorial and resource center! Snacks and refreshments served. (308) 536-2691

May 26-Sep 2 Omaha, Douglas County Mindbender Mansion The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St An immersive exhibition full of brainteasers and interactive challenges. (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org

May 26-Sep 22 Nehawka, Cass County Summer Concert Series at Slattery Vintage Estates 8925 Adams St Live music, food and Nebraska wine and beer. Saturdays, 7-10pm (402) 267-5267 www.svevineyards.com May 26-Sep 3 Hastings, Adams County Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibit Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave Learn about the impact the war has had on the culture of the United States. Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm; Fri-Sat, 9am8pm; Sun, noon-6pm, $5-$7 Rebecca Matticks (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org May 26-Sep 9 Omaha, Douglas County Wonderful Wizard of Oz Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St Travel to the Land of Oz in this delightful exhibit based on the book. (402) 342-6164 www.ocm.org May 27 Lincoln, Lancaster County Rathbone Village Fun Day Rathbone Village, 2120 Winthrop Rd Family activities, local artisans and crafters, live music and Pirate Training School for young and old! Noon5pm, Free Linda Barna (402) 617-6695 www.curiocollective.com May 27 Omaha, Douglas County Military Appreciation Day German American Society, 3717 S. 120th St Live music and food. A day of appreciation for active, reserve and retired military. noon-8pm, Free (402) 333-6615 www.germanamericansociety.org

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May 27 Papillion, Sarpy County Nebraska Blues Challenge Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St Featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and the Nebraska Blues Challenge. 3:30-10pm (402) 597-2041 www.sumtur.org May 27 Plattsmouth, Cass County Art in the Yard Parmele House B&B, 520 Ave F Artists from the Midwest region come for this one-of-a-kind art show. Musical entertainment, food and artists from 3 states. Poetry, paintings, jewelry, yard art, wood sculpture and more. 10am-4pm, Free Carroll Hudson (402) 296-0525 www.artintheyard.com May 28 Boys Town, Douglas County Memorial Day Run Village of Boys Town 8am-noon (402) 498-1186 www.boystown.org May 28 Comstock, Custer County Memorial Day Douglas Grove Cemetery March down Main Street to the river bridge ceremony, followed by services and dinner. 10am Ramona Kirby (308) 628-4455 www.comstock-ne.com May 28 Grand Island, Hall County 1892 Memorial Day Celebration Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 A flag-led procession to the rural cemetery, remembrance ceremony, band concert and more. 9am-5pm, $8$10 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org May 28 Humboldt, Richardson County Memorial Day Program City Square Park Program presented by American Legion Post #269 at 11:00am. Lunch served and avenue of flags. (402) 862-2171 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us May 30-Aug 29 Grand Island, Hall County Cruise Night at the Airport Central Nebraska Regional Airport, 3773 Sky Park Rd Displays of vintage and classic autos, golden oldies tunes and food specials. Last Wednesday of each month, 6-8pm, Free Doug Brown (308) 3905372 www.flygrandisland.com May 31-June 28 Papillion, Sarpy County Swinging at Sumtur Concert Series Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St Thursdays: gates open at 6:30pm, Concert at 7:30pm. (402) 597-2041 www.sumtur.org May 31-June 3 Comstock, Custer County Comstock Country Fest 46095 Sargent Ord Rd Nebraska's party in the pasture brings your favorite country artists up close and personal. Camping available. Glenn Zacek (308) 225-4843 www.comstockmusicfestivals.com July 1-4 Crawford, Dawes County 39th Annual Western & Wildlife Art Show at Fort Robinson State Park Fort Robinson State Park Artists from across the U.S. display their western and wildlife themed art. Free (308) 665-3971 www.outdoornebraska.org June - Aug Seward, Seward County Farmers Market Downtown square Wednesdays, 5-7pm & Saturdays, 8am-noon (402) 641-4670 www.sewardne.com June 1-24 Omaha, Douglas County MilkMilkLemonade SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St The story of 11-year-old Emory, who dreams of being and singer and a dancer. (402) 341-2757 www.snapproductions.com June 1-24 Omaha, Douglas County Band Fags! SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St The story of best friends since 7th grade, Jack and Brad, as they come of age in suburban Detroit during the mid 1980s. (402) 341-2757 www.stapproductions.com June 1-3 Alliance, Box Butte County Thunder on the Prairie Rod Run Central Park Classic cars, street rods and trucks on display along with a dance, poker run and award program. Jeff Engelhaupt (308) 762-1969 www.385cruisers.com June 1-3 Dannebrog, Howard County Grundlovsfest Downtown Enjoy a parade, games, crafts, dancers and more. Free (308) 226-8226 www.dannebrog.org June 1-3 Howells, Colfax County Q125 Celebration Memorial Park, Ballroom Park and downtown Three days of activities for all ages including a quilt show, antique tractor pull, fireworks and fun. (402) 3808290 www.ci.howells.ne.us June 1-3 Loup City, Sherman County Polish Days Main St Ethnic festival with music, dancing, melodrama, food vendors and games. (308) 7450430 www.loupcity.com June 1-3 Omaha, Douglas County Taste of Omaha Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing A festival of great foods and entertainment! Music, rides, food, crafts, exhibits and more. Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-8pm, Free Mike Mancuso (402) 346-8003 www.showofficeonline.com June 1-3 Plainview, Pierce County Plainview Klown Festival Band Shell Park Parades, BBQ, dance, bull riding, car show, inflatables and more. Ranae Wacker (402) 582-4861 www.plainview-ne.com June 1-30 Grand Island, Hall County The Colors of America Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Julia Noyes, expressionist artist and Karen Neppl, painter and mosaic artists present interpretations of the colors seen across this great nation. Reception June 1, 5:30-8pm (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com June 1-30 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Communications Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St The Gordon Telephone Pioneers Golden Bell Club Communications display depicts the journey through time as all forms of communication developed and improved. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org

June 1 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: McGinn and Anne Thomas Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com

June 1 Red Cloud, Webster County Louder than a Bomb Poetry Documentary Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster 3:30pm, Free www.willacather.org June 1-10 Beatrice, Gage County Wrong Window Community Players Theatre, 412 Ella St Hitchcock will never be the same after this hilarious farce. FriSat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $10-$15 Jamie Ulmer (402) 228-1801 www.beatricecommunityplayers.com June 1-17 Omaha, Douglas County Seussical - The Musical The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St Horton the Elephant proves the powers of friendship, family and community to be triumphant over all adversity. ThuFri, 7pm; Sat-Sun, 2pm, $20 (402) 345-4849 www.rosetheater.org June 1-2 Grand Island, Hall County Appaloosa Horse Show Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (308) 3807599 www.neapp.org

May 31 Red Cloud, Webster County The Marvelous DUO Concert Burlington Depot, Welsch & Seward Sts Blues, jazz, pop, country and folk performed by Mike Adams and Terry Sinnard. 7pm, $10 www.willacather.org

May 31-June 2 Red Cloud, Webster County Willa Cather Spring Festival Willa Cather Foundation, 413 N. Webster St A lively celebration of poets and poetry with exhibits, readings, performances, discussions and more. (402) 746-2653 www.willacather.org May 31-June 28 Norfolk, Madison County Watered Down Exhibit Norfolk Arts Center, 305 N. 5th St From Susan Knight and Suzan Shutan, this colorful maze-like, morphing environment is constructed from repurposed materials and delivers an interactive experience to visitors. Opening reception May 31, 68pm, Free (402) 371-7199 www.norfolkartscenter.org

June 1-2 McCool Junction, York County Nebraska Cattlemen's Ball Stone Creek Event Center, N. 1st Ave A showcase of rural Nebraska. Carrie Colburn (402) 730-4171 www.cattlemensball.com

June 1-2 Tekamah, Burt County Hoot Gibson Memorial Rodeo Hwy 32 Complete rodeo each night, including bull riding and children's event. (402) 374-2953 www.burtcoedc.com

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June 1-Aug 12 Crawford, Dawes County Oklahoma Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park (308) 432-6380 www.postplayhouse.com June 1-July 15 Minden, Kearney County Jason Jilg, Art Gallery Exhibit Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St Tue-Fri, 10am4pm, Free (308) 832-0588 www.mindenoperahouse.com June 1-July 15 O'Neill, Holt County Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition O'Neill Community Center Smithsonian traveling exhibit showing how America's evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. Becky Cemper (402) 336-3110 www.nebraskahumanities.org June 1-Sep 30 Bellevue, Sarpy County DinoQuest II Fontenelle Nature Association, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. View life-size and life-like dinosaurs along the boardwalk in the forest, experience hands-on exhibits and more. Don't miss this electrifying event! $10 (402) 731-3140 www.fontenelleforest.org June TBA Aurora, Hamilton County A'ROR'N Days Downtown square Live entertainment, food, children's games, grand parade, car and motorcycle show and more. Jayne Mann (402) 694-6911 www.auroranebraska.com June TBA Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County Sugar Valley Rally and Arts & Crafts Festival 115 Railway St & Frank Park on Broadway The rally consists of a gathering of vintage cars along with a precision driving contest. Artists and crafters from a 7-state area sell their wares. Bands and live entertainment Free (308) 632-2133 (800) 788-9475 www.sugarvalleyrally.com June TBA West Point, Cuming County Taste of West Point Nielsen Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave Sample tasty bites from local establishments! 5-7pm, $1/ticket (402) 372-2981 www.westpointchamber.com June-Sep Beatrice, Gage County Farmers Market 5th St between High & Ella The summer's best produce from local farmers along with baked goods and live entertainment. Thu, 5-7pm, Free (402) 2233244 www.mainstreetbeatrice.org June-Sep Gretna, Sarpy County Holy Family Shrine Concerts 23132 Pflug Rd Check website for dates and times. All concerts are freewill donation to benefit the Holy Family Shrine. A reception follows each concert. Sunday nights (402) 332-4565 www.hfsgretna.org June-Sep Neligh, Antelope County Farmers Market Courthouse lawn Saturdays, 9-11am Joann Hauptmann (402) 887-4271 neligh.net Mid-June thru Oct Wayne, Wayne County Farmers Market County Courthouse, 510 Pearl St Produce, meats, baked goods and more. Thursdays from 4-7pm & Saturdays 9am-noon Irene Fletcher (402) 375-2240 www.wayneworks.org June 2 Springfield, Sarpy County Annual Wine & Blues Festival Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come out to see this year's great bands. Gates open at 5pm. Bands play until 10pm. Check web site for band times and pricing. (402) 253-2479 www.soaringwingswine.com June 2-3 Fairbury, Jefferson County Rock Creek Trail Days Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, 57426 710 Rd Living history demonstrations, Pony Express runs and Hickok-McCanles re-enactment, blacksmithing, storytelling, buffalo stew cookout and more. Park permit required. Wayne Brandt (402) 729-5777 www.outdoornebraska.org

June 2-3 Omaha, Douglas County American Peony Society Exhibit Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center, 3321 S. 72nd St www.americanpeonysociety.org

June 2-3 Omaha, Douglas County Nebraska State Chili Cook-Off Millers Landing, 151 Freedom Park Rd Cooks from around the country make salsa, chili verde and chili for prizes and a chance to cook at the ICS World Chili Championship. Noon, $5 Sue Dudzik (402) 5721479 www.chilicookoff.com June 2-3 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County Circle the Bluffs Powwow Western Nebraska Community College, 1601 E. 27th St Traditional powwow with singing, drumming and Native American dancing. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 1 & 7pm; Sun, noon, Free Jina Red Nest (308) 225-1325 June 2-3 Steele City, Jefferson County Steele City Bike Show The Salty Dog Saloon Bikers from around the Midwest ride the scenic byways to show off their bikes and compete for prizes. (402) 442-2233 June 2-3 Union, Cass County Union Daze, Union's 125th Anniversary Union Park and ballfield, 1st & C Sts Carnival-style event held annually. Games, face painting, live bands, vendors, tournaments and more. 10am10pm daily (402) 490-7935 www.unionnebraska.com June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 Republican City, Harlan County Polyester Harlan County Dam Playhouse, 102 Berrigan A musical about an over-the-hill ABBA wannabe group that reunites after 20 years for a public television telethon. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm, $10 (308) 7993093 harlancountyplayers.webs.com June 2-4 Wymore, Gage County 25th Annual Sam Wymore Days City-wide Join in the fun and celebrate the founding of Wymore. Parade, flea market, horse show and free entertainment. (402) 674-3205 www.wymorebluesprings.com

June 2 Chappell, Deuel County Youth Fishing Derby www.chappellchamber.com

June 2 Crawford, Dawes County Meet the Archeologist Hudson-Meng Research and Education Center (308) 432-0300 June 2 Fairbury, Jefferson County Annual Bullbash Jefferson County Fairgrounds Bullbash and mutton bustin' for kids. Registration begins at 6pm (402) 587-0980 June 2 Lincoln, Lancaster County Runza Reading Day Lincoln Children's Zoo Books come to life at learning stations throughout the Zoo! 10am-5pm, $6.25$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org June 2 Louisville, Cass County Learn to Hunt Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Learn skills on how to hunt all of Nebraska's game and fowl. 8am-5pm, $25 Christy Christiansen (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education June 2 Ogallala, Keith County Kids Fishing Clinic and Water Expo Lake McConaughy Scott Eveland (308) 289-0017 www.visitogallala.com June 2 Red Cloud, Webster County Out of the Lips of Silence Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster A movement, culinary, and multi-media piece inspired by Cather's poem "Prairie Spring". 6:30pm www.willacather.org

June-Oct Chadron, Dawes County Farmers Market Courthouse lawn, 4th & Main Sts Saturdays, 8amnoon (308) 432-4407 www.chadron.com

June-Oct Minden, Kearney County Farmers Market Parking lot of 5th Street IGA, 125 E. 5th St Saturdays, 8am-noon, Free Bill Huenemann (402) 620-3663 June-Oct Shubert, Richardson County Indian Cave State Park Pioneer Rendezvous Weekends Indian Cave State Park May 5-6, June 2-3, July 7-8, Aug 4-5, Sep 1-3, Oct 6-7 (402) 883-2575 www.outdoornebraska.org

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June 2-July 28 Springfield, Sarpy County Nebraska Art Quilts in Springfield - A Celebration of Color Springfield Artworks, 183 Main St Gallery walls will be covered with quilts all made in Nebraska. Margie Trembley (402) 301-9162 www.springfieldartworks.com June 3 Harrison, Sioux County Wildflower Walk and Talk Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Presented by master gardener Lue Jensen. (308) 436-9772 June 3 Ogallala, Keith County Couples Classic West Winds Golf Course (308) 284-4358 www.visitogallala.com June 3 Springfield, Sarpy County Nebraska Tour de Cure www.nebraskabrewingco.com June 3 Surprise, Butler County 20th Annual Tractor Pull Big Blue River Park Classic tractors, open class and pure stock pulls - 1958 and older. Noon Susan Doehling (402) 526-2391 June 3 York, York County Family Fun Day Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mi. S. of I-80 Exit 353 on US Hwy 81 Craft activities, games, wagon rides, face painting, animals and special programs. 1-4:30pm, $2-$5 Dale Clark (402) 710-0682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org June 5 Crawford, Dawes County Transit of Venus Fort Robinson State Park Viewing and special activities begin at 3pm. Anne Wilson (308) 668-2211 June 5 Gering, Scotts Bluff County The Transit of Venus Scotts Bluff National Monument The Transit of Venus will be visible for 4 hours before sunset and the top of the bluff is a great place to view it! Ranger on site with solar viewing shields and information. 4:30pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 5-Aug 14 Henderson, York County Farmers Market Downtown park, 14th & Elm Sts Tuesdays, 5-7pm, Free Kelsey Bergen (402) 723-4228 www.cityofhenderson.org June 5-Aug 24 Bellevue, Sarpy County Annual Quilt Show Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St More than 50 quilts, old and new in various styles. www.sarpycountymuseum.org June 5-Aug 26 Plattsmouth, Cass County Native American Artifacts Exhibit Cass County Historical Museum, 646 Main St Featuring arrowheads, tools and pottery. Tue-Sun, noon-4pm, $2.50/adult (402) 296-4770 www.nebraskamuseums.org/casscountymuseum.ht m June 6 Papillion, Sarpy County Hops for Harmony Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way Handcrafted beers and food from local area restaurants for tasting. Raffle tickets, silent auction for purchase to help support Hops for Harmony. 5:30-8:30pm (402) 677-3944 www.hopsforharmony.com June 6 Red Cloud, Webster County The Wes Hird Trio featuring Vickie Nielsen Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster Rd 7pm, $10 www.willacather.org June 6-27 Louisville, Cass County Beyond Bow Rifles & Handguns for Women Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Each week features a new skill, open to ages 8 and up. Tuesdays, 6-9pm, $5/session (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education June 6-Dec 31 Hastings, Adams County The Last Reef 3D: Cities Beneath the Sea Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave This film takes us on a journey to explore the connection with the ocean's complex, parallel worlds. Daily at noon, 2 & 4pm; Fri & Sat also at 6pm., $8-$10 (402) 4614629 www.hastingsmuseum.org June 6-Sep 3 Hastings, Adams County IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave Part of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer's Mission. (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org June 7-10 Blair, Washington County Gateway to the West Days City-wide Four day festival including Taste of Blair, Jazz in the Park, street dance, craft show, car show, carnival and more. Harriet Waite (402) 533-4455 www.blairchamber.org June 7-9 North Platte, Lincoln County Miss Nebraska Pageant North Platte High School, 1200 W. 2nd St Jay Engel (308) 534-3638 www.missnebraska.org June 8 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Snapshots in One Place Scotts Bluff National Monument Find out more about why the Monument was created as Ranger Jerry Lucas talks about the history and future of the bluff. 8-9pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 8-10 Crawford, Dawes County Intertribal Gathering at Fort Robinson State Park 3200 US Hwy 20 Exciting cultural festival with authentic Native American arts and crafts along with traditional powwow dancing, drum and song. Joe Simmons (308) 432-2174 www.outdoornebraska.org

June 8-10 Newman Grove, Madison County Shell Creek Valley Days Cit-wide Events for all ages including an antique tractor cruise, fun run, rodeo, car show, parade and more! www.ci.newman-grove.ne.us June 8-10 Omaha, Douglas County Summer Arts Festival Gene Leahy Mall on Farnam St, 10th to 15th Sts Featuring 135 of the nation's finest visual artists, two stages of continuous entertainment and a large hands-on children's fair. Fri-Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11am-5pm, Free (402) 345-5401 www.summerarts.org

June 8-10 Palmyra, Otoe County Annual Old Settlers Picnic City-wide Fireworks, Bingo, outdoor movies, children's carnival, parade, tractor pull and more. 9am-9:30pm, Free Dale Watson (402) 780-5137 June 8-9 Battle Creek, Madison County Battle Creek Fun Days Main St Street dance, fun run/walk, talent show, parade, BBQ, fireworks and music on Main Street. Camy Leathers (402) 640-6738 www.visitnorfolkne.com June 8-9 Columbus, Platte County 38th Annual Rod Run & Car Show New World Inn Frri, 7-11pm; Sat, 11am-4pm www.visitcolumbusne.com

June 3-10 Verdigre, Knox County Kolach Days and Q125 Celebration City-wide Royalty ball, Czech food, Polka music, parade, variety show, street dances and more. Patrick Svec (402) 668-2236 www.verdigre.org

June 3-24 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Music at the Monument - Sundays in June Scotts Bluff National Monument Enjoy a variety of live music on Sundays. 4-5pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 4 Brule, Keith County Brule Day City-wide Prairie breakfast, penny scramble, children's activities, flower show, dance and more. Ray Burkland (308) 287-2213 www.ci.brule.ne.us June 4-6 Ogallala, Keith County Cowboy Capital Open Tournament West Winds Golf Course (308) 284-4358 www.visitogallala.com June 4-8 Red Cloud, Webster County Red Cloud: Willa Cather's Window to the World Willa Cather State Historic Site, 413 N. Webster St This Road Scholar, Adventures in Lifelong Learning immersion learning program will offer participants the opportunity to walk in Willa Cather's footsteps. www.willacather.org

June 8-9 Lexington, Dawson County 8th Annual Plum Creek Rodeo Fairgrounds 7:30pm, $5-$8 Julie Harris (308) 3245504 www.visitlexington.org

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June 8-9 McCook, Red Willow County Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival Bieroc Café, Fox Theatre, High Plains Museum, library and community college Community storytelling at its best! Rolicking funny storytellers, smoking hot music and historic bus tours. $10 for evening events Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 9am-7:30pm (308) 345-6163 www.buffalocommons.org June 8-9 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha Symphony: Concerto for Orchestra Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St Celebrate the virtuosity of the Omaha Symphony musicians with Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. 8pm, $15-$75 (402) 342-3560 www.omahasymphony.org June 8-9 Springfield, Sarpy County Springfield Days City-wife Celebrate Springfield! Parade, burgerfest and family acitivities. Keith Hentzen (402) 253-2000 www.springfieldnebraska.com June 8-Aug 11 Brownville, Nemaha County Kindly Leave the Stage Brownville Village Theatre A play within a play which quickly turns into a real life expose of goings on and petty jealousies. See website for showtimes., $8$13 (402) 825-4121 www.brownvillevillagetheatre.org June 8-Aug 11 Crawford, Dawes County Godspell Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park (308) 432-6380 www.postplayhouse.com June 9 Burwell, Garfield County 2012 Sandhills Sandbur Run Calamus Outfitters, 83720 Valleyview Ave A 5K run/walk, 5K mud run and 10K run. This scenic pasture rune will leave you breathless! (308) 8801957 www.sandburrun.com June 9 Crawford, Dawes County Ride the High Country Pine Ridge area of Northwest Nebraska Morning, afternoon and evening horse back rides through the Pine Ridge. Dutch oven supper, horsemanship clinic, poker run, rummy run and additional activities. Morning ride begins at 9:30am. (308) 665-1580 June 9 Humboldt, Richardson County Children's Fishing Contest City Lake Park Lunch served, prizes for the winners! (402) 862-2330 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us June 9 Kearney, Buffalo County 25th Anniversary Celebration Cabela's, 3600 E. Hwy 30 Huge family event in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Balloon launch, fishing tanks, horseback riding, chainsaw carving, safari rides, dutch oven cookoff and more. 8am-5pm, Free Sharice Ward (308) 234-3933 www.cabelas.com/kearney June 9 Lewellen, Garden County Garden County Jamboree Main St A day of fun including music, food, beer garden and plenty of events for all ages. 8ammidnight, Free Leticia Bassett (308) 289-5677 June 9 Lincoln, Lancaster County Colorful Creature Day University of NE State Museum - Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine Sts Fun day with live animals and art activities in the museum. $5 adults, $3 kids, $10 family Dana Ludvik (402) 472-2642 www.museum.unl.edu June 9 Lincoln, Lancaster County Garden Party Lincoln Children's Zoo (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org June 9-10 Columbus, Platte County Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Show Pawnee Park Sat, 8am-dusk, Sun, 9am-5pm www.visitcolumbusne.com June 9-10 North Platte, Lincoln County Heritage Festival Lincoln County Historical Museum, 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave Antique farm implements and practices, as well as many of the practices in making a home by the first pioneers of the region. James Griffin (308) 534-5640 www.visitnorthplatte.com June 9-10 Ponca, Dixon County Scheels 3-D Archery Tournament at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Each round of shooting includes 25 targets. Prizes and giveaways. (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org June 9-16 Chappell, Deuel County Flag Days City-wide Golf tournament, car show and other activities. www.chappellchamber.com June 9-23 North Platte, Lincoln County NEBRASKAland Days City-wide & Buffalo Bill Arena Explore the lure of the West including PRCA rodeos, top name concerts, parades, athletic contests, food events, art shows and many more. (308) 532-7939 www.nebraskalanddays.com June 9-Aug 9 Brownville, Nemaha County Look Who's Laughing Brownville Village Theatre A comedy about a man with a legendary temper. See website for showtimes., $8-$13 (402) 825-4121 www.brownvillevillagetheatre.org June 10 Harrison, Sioux County High School Rodeo Rodeo Grounds June 10 Kearney, Buffalo County 5th Annual Half Marathon: Buffalo County Stampede Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St Race begins at 7am, $35-$40 Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us June 10 Omaha, Douglas County Garden Walk Various gardens throughout Omaha Hosted by the Munroe-Meyer Guild. Features fantastic gardens with unique landscaping, plants, flowers and water features. 9am-5pm, $15-$18 (402) 559-6460 www.unmc.edu/mmi/2012gardenwalk.htm

June 9 Petersburg, Boone County Street Dance, Car Show and Cruise Night Main St Enjoy a street dance, BBQ, car show and cruise sponsored by the Petersburg Fire Department. 6pm Neil Baumgartner (402) 386-5266 www.ci.petersburg.ne.us

June 9 Roca, Lancaster County Clare Fest WunderRosa Winery Featuring Rockerfellers, food and SchillingBridge Beer. 3pm (402) 328-3494 www.wunderrosawinery.com June 9 Sidney, Cheyenne County Gold Rush Days Legion Park Frontier village, arts and crafts, entertainment, square dancing, shoot-outs, quick draw competition, chuckwagon cookout and activities for young and old. Free Larry Fraas (308) 254-5161 www.sidneygoldrush.com June 9 Wahoo, Saunders County BBQ Event Saunders County Museum, 240 N. Walnut 57:30pm, $8-$9 (402) 443-3090 www.visitsaunderscounty.org

June 9 Eustis, Frontier County Wurst Tag Downtown Celebration of the town's German heritage with German food, polka music, sausage stuffing, car show, contests and demonstrations. $5 (308) 486-5545 www.eustisnebraska.com

June 9 Gering, Scotts Bluff County The Plains Indians Scotts Bluff National Monument Robert Munkries will talk about the Indians of the plains and their history. 4-5pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 9 Harrison, Sioux County Harrison Craft Fair (308) 668-2428

June 9 & 16 Long Pine, Brown County Long Pine Day, BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Main Street and Long Pine Palace Old-fashioned community celebration with a large parade, games, BBQ and outstanding bluegrass music by Steve Hansen's Bluegrass Campers. Concerts on June 9 and 16th. Donation Nancy Carley (402) 273-4351 www.cityoflongpine.org

June 10 Schuyler, Colfax County Knights of Columbus 11th Annual Spring Festival Downtown Auto show, flea market, kids tractor pull, food festival and live entertainment. 6pm, Free Dean Vavricek (402) 352-5883 www.schuylerne.net

June 13-14 Bassett, Rock County Sandhills Ranch Expo Rock County Fairgrounds State-of-the-art ranching equipment, cattle and more. Wed, 10am-7pm; Thu, 10am-5pm, Free Keith Cosgrove (402) 684-2320 www.sandhillsranchexpo.com

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June 13-17 Beatrice, Gage County Homestead Days City-wide & Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. NE Hwy 4 Interactive opportunities to experience pioneer life with traditional demonstrators. Parade, children's games, vendors, 10K walk/run and ribfest. Free (402) 2232338 www.visitbeatrice.com June 13-17 Norfolk, Madison County Viero Great American Comedy Festival Johnny Carson Theatre, 801 Riverside Blvd and Divots Conference Center on Hwy 275 In honor of Johnny Carson, the king of late-night television. Showcasing some of the best amateur and professional comedians from across the nation. $10$25/ticket (877) 371-1020 www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com June 14 Minden, Kearney County Wes Hird and Friends Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St Locally based guitarist is joined by several of his friends for an evening of world-class music. 7:30pm, $10 (308) 832-0588 www.mindenoperahouse.com June 14-15 Clarkson, Colfax County Annual Mid-States Rodeo City park From broncs to bulls, roping to wrestling it's great family entertainment. 7:30pm Chuck Hamernik (402) 892-3457 www.ci.clarkson.ne.us June 14-16 Bloomfield, Knox County Bloomfield Appreciation Dayz City-wide A variety of events for all ages! (402) 3732272 www.ci.bloomfield.ne.us June 14-17 Papillion, Sarpy County Papillion Days City Park Parade, carnival, tractor pull, youth dance, BBQ contest, vendors and more. www.papillionfoundation.org June 14-17 Ravenna, Buffalo County Annevar City-wide DC Lynch midway, demo derby, tractor pull, parade, sand volleyball, fun run and more. (308) 452-3344 www.ci.ravenna.ne.us June 15-16 Humboldt, Richardson County Humboldt Area Motor Sports Garden Tractor Pull & Tractor Pull (402) 862-2171 June 15-16 Kearney, Buffalo County Dancers of the Plains Great Platte River Road Archway The 4th annual event welcomes the southern Ponca of Oklahoma and the northern Ponca of Nebraska. 9am-4pm, Donation (308) 237-1000 www.archway.org June 15-16 Laurel, Cedar County Laurel Ag Days City park Pool party, parade, food, activities and street dance. (402) 256-9614 www.laurelne.com June 15-16 Lewellen, Garden County 20th Annual Ash Hollow Historical Pageant Ash Hollow State Historical Park, 3 mi. S.E. on Hwy 26 A cast of 30 perform in this dramatic outdoor musical. Tours, displays and chuckwagon supper. Dinner 5pm; show begins at 6:30pm, Park permit required, $6-$10 for supper Jean Jensen (308) 7785548 www.voanebraska.org June 15-17 Stromsburg, Polk County 160th Swedish Midsommar Festival City-wide in the Swede Capital of Nebraska Carnival, food, parade, car show and free entertainment. (402) 764-5265 www.theswedishfestival.com June 15-26 Omaha, Douglas County NCAA Men's College World Series TD AMERITRADE Park Omaha, 10th to 13th Sts, Cuming to Webster Eight of the nation's top college baseball teams travel the road to Omaha in hopes of taking home the championship title. (402) 5544422 www.cwsomaha.com June 16 Beatrice, Gage County Ribfest 2012 Downtown Rib vendors, live music and beer garden. 3-9pm Alexis Winder (402) 223-3244 www.mainstreetbeatrice.org June 16 Chadron, Dawes County Chadron State Park's 91st Anniversary Celebration 15951 S. Hwy 385 Craft show, arts in the park, archery shoot, paddle boat races, antique tractor show, demonstrations, live music and 91 cent meals. Park permit required. (308) 432-6167 www.outdoornebraska.org June 16 Crawford, Dawes County Night Sky Fort Robinson State Park (308) 668-2211 June 16 Fairbury, Jefferson County Run, Row, Rock & Roll Adventure Race Burkley Wellness Center, 2200 H St Take part in the multi-event adventure race including running, trekking, navigating, canoeing, mountain biking and mystery events. 8am-6pm, $45-$65 particpants, free for spectators Craig Bontrager (402) 729-6139 www.angrycowadventures.com June 16 Gering, Scotts Bluff County The Boys of Company K Scotts Bluff National Monument Featuring Lee Cullimore discussing the experiences of the Ohio Volunteers stationed at Fort Laramie during the Civil War. 4-5pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 16 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Our Magnetic Sun Scotts Bluff National Monument Find out just how much the sun means to us at this program in the amphitheater. 10am (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 16 Grand Island, Hall County Ghosts, Crimes and Urban Legends Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 The darker side of Hall County history is brought to life during these lantern-led tours of the museum using sites as jumping off points for explorations of ghost stories, crimes and urban legends. 6-9pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org June 16 Imperial, Chase County Celebration on the Square Courthouse square A celebration of arts and music featuring entertainment, crafts, food and children's activities. 9am-1pm, Free Jill Moline (308) 883-5398 www.chasecounty.com

June 15-17 Bennington, Douglas County Bennington Daze Main St Parade, farmers market, street dance, games and entertainment. (402) 238-2375 www.bennington-ne.com June 15-17 Clarkson, Colfax County 50th Annual Czech Festival City-wide Entertainment for all ages including ethnic foods, music and dancing. Martin Kluthe (402) 8923556 www.ci.clarkson.ne.us

June 15-17 Creighton, Knox County Berry Pepper Days City-wide Street dance, road rally, bike ride, ribfest, car show, parades and more. Amy Salmen Thomas (402) 358-5386 www.creighton.org June 15-17 Decatur, Burt County Riverfront Days City-wide Parade, BBQ contest, live entertainment, food and street dance. (402) 374-2953 www.burtcoedc.com June 15-17 Mead, Saunders County Mead Days City-wide June 15-17 Ohiowa, Fillmore County Ohiowa Fun Days & Q125 Celebration City-wide Activities for all ages including softball games, children's games and street dance. Ron Kapperman (402) 295-2515 www.visitfillmorecounty.org June 15-17 Santee, Knox County Santee Pow Wow Pow Wow Grounds

June 15 La Vista, Sarpy County Summer Escapes Central Park Bubbles, games and dreamsicles. (402) 331-4343 www.cityoflavista.org/2012events

June 15-16 Ashland, Saunders County 19th Annual Testicle Festival Round the Bend Steakhouse, 30801 E. Park Hwy - 2 mi. E. of I-80 Exit 426 Enjoy 2 nights of live bands! Rocky mountain oysters, burgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes and all your favorite beverages available. Daily, 5pm-12:30am, $5 Ron Olson (402) 944-9974 www.roundthebendsteakhouse.com June 15-16 Holdrege, Phelps County Swedish Days Downtown between 4th & 6th A fun street festival with vendors, Heartland Cruisers Car Show, ribfest, street dance, live music, parade, 10K and 5K races and more. 9am-midnight, Free Michele Ehresman (308) 995-4444 www.holdregechamber.com

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June 16 Louisville, Cass County Outdoor Skills Workshop for Men Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Designed for men and boys 11 years old and up. Increase your outdoor skills including survival, fishing from a kayak, jerky making, archery and more. 8am-5pm, $25 Christy Christiansen (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education June 16 Norfolk, Madison County Laugh and a Half Marathon Johnny Carson Theatre, 801 Riverside Blvd Join in this run that touches your funny bone as well as your feet. $25 and up (402) 371-0100 www.laughandahalfmarathon.com June 16-17 Johnson, Nemaha County Johnson Daze Main St Enjoy the 48th annual Father's Day chicken BBQ, street dance and other activities. (402) 8684105 www.johnson-ne.com June 17 Lincoln, Lancaster County Father's Day Celebration Lincoln Children's Zoo Meet the Zoo animal fathers and get free admission and train rides for all human dads. 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org June 17-23 Grand Island, Hall County National 4-H Shooting Competition Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (402) 395-2158 www.4hshootingsports.org June 18-July 7 Grand Island, Hall County Jr. National Charolais, Shorthorn & Hereford Shows Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Charolais show June 18-23, shorthorn show June 24-30, hereford show June 24July 7. (308) 385-8021 www.heartlandeventscenter.com June 22 Ashland, Saunders County Nebraska Star Party - Star Gazing Evening Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 Spend an evening under the stars with the Nebraska Star Party. Sundown, Park permit required (402) 9442523 www.outdoornebraska.org June 22 Cambridge, Furnas County June Concerts on the Creek 72184 Cross Creek Rd Enjoy a wonderful evening of fine food and chamber music over looking the Republican River Valley. Featuring the Nebraska Chamber Players. 5-8:30pm, $35 Becky Van de Bogart (402) 429-8227 www.nebraskachamberplayers.org June 22 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train Scotts Bluff National Monument Charlotte Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains from 1854-1929. 4-5pm (308) 4369700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 22 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Jed Smith Scotts Bluff National Monument Join Ranger Eli Wenger in the amphitheater to learn about the man who discovered South Pass and opened the way for wagons to cross the Rocky Mountains. 8-9pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 22 La Vista, Sarpy County Outdoor Concert Featuring Charm School Dropouts Public Library, 9110 Giles Rd Concert begins at 7pm followed by an outdoor movie: The Smurfs. Free (402) 331-4343 www.cityoflavista.org/2012events June 22-23 West Point, Cuming County Great Nebraska Tractor Ride Through West Point, Tekamah and Oakland A two day tractor ride along Nebraska's scenic highways. $50 to participate prior to March 1 Jodi Frye (402) 372-5423 www.nebraskatractorride.com June 22-24 Broadwater, Morrill County Broadwater Days City-wide Parade, tractor and pickup pulls, street dance, food and more. June 22-24 Brownville, Nemaha County Bearfoot Brownville Concert Hall Drawing from a broad range of music styles including bluegrass, old-time, folk, country, Cajun blues and western swing, the femalefronted acoustic quintet delivers a powerful, live show. June 22-23, 7:30pm; June 24, 2pm (402) 8253331 brownvilleconcertseries.com June 22-24 Hyannis, Grant County Windmill Days and Grant County's Q125 Celebration City-wide Mountain man encampment, street dance, vendors, live entertainment and games for all ages. Day of the Cowboy will be celebrated June 24. (308) 458-2319 www.neb-sandhills.net/sandhills

June 16-17 Norfolk, Madison County Nebraska Airfest and 2012 State Fly-In Norfolk Regional Airport, 4100 S. 13th St Air show and aviation gathering including airplanes, helicopters, balloons, gliders, food, entertainment and more. $8-$12 Christopher Amundson (800) 7776159 www.nebraskaairfest.com

June 16-17 Omaha, Douglas County ZOOm Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St Cool classic cars, antique cars and environmentally friendly cars. Explore your favorite animal exhibit and learn about animal speeds. 9am-3pm, Zoo admission (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com June 16-17 Ponca, Dixon County Bugs and Bones Weekend at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Come to like Nebraska's creepy crawlies and bone discoveries a little bit more! A highlight of all the great aspects about these misunderstood creatures and archeology of the region. (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org June 16-17 Scotia, Greeley County Puttin' Off the Peak Happy Jack Peak & Chalk Mine, NE Hwy 11 Hit a golf ball from the peak to a flag on a sandbar in the river. Sat, 2-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm, $5 for three balls (308) 245-3276 www.happyjackchalkmine.com June 16-Aug 11 Brownville, Nemaha County The Apple Tree Brownville Village Theatre Three one acts with the theme of love and temptation. See website for showtimes., $8-$13 (402) 825-4121 www.brownvillevillagetheatre.org June 17 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Robidoux Pass Auto Tour Begins at Scotts Bluff National Monument This popular ranger led 25-mile driving tour takes visitors to the pass that predated Mitchell Pass as the way around the bluffs. Warning: much of the road is gravel. 1-3:30pm (308) 436-9700 www.nps.gov/scbl

June 8-Aug 12 Brownville, Nemaha County Brownville Village Theatre - 46th Season Brownville Village Theatre Thu-Sun, 7:30pm & 2pm matinees, $8-$13 Chet Harper (402) 825-4124 www.brownvillevillagetheatre.org

June 20 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Pony Express Reride Scotts Bluff National Monument Watch the riders come in and change horses along the Pony Express Reride event. Approximately 11am (308) 436-9718 www.nps.gov/scbl June 20-24 Madison, Madison County 25th Annual Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Tour Various locations in northeast Nebraska A 300-mile journey through northeast Nebraska. (402) 4211401 www.tourdenebraska.com June 21 Kearney, Buffalo County Pony Express Reride at Fort Kearny SHP Fort Kearny State Historical Park www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov June 21-23 Wahoo, Saunders County Antique Show Saunders County Museum, 240 N. Walnut Thu-Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat, 8am-3pm (402) 443-3090 www.visitsaunderscounty.org June 21-24 Wisner, Cuming County Lions Club Rodeo and Junior Livestock Show River Park Full rodeo with bull riding, concessions, livestock shows and activities for all ages. Rodeo FriSat, 7:30pm, Rodeo: $5-$8 (402) 529-3212 www.wisnerareachamberofcommerce.com

June 21-July 8 Omaha, Douglas County 2012 Shakespeare On The Green - Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors S. of UNO Bell Tower in Elmwood Park A great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the power and beauty of classical theatre, produced by a professional company of artists from across the country. (402) 556-4396 www.nebraskashakespeare.com

June 22-24 Pender, Thurston County Pender Jamboree City-wide Street dance, parade, car show, fly-in breakfast, fun run, golf tournament, fireworks and more. www.penderthurston.com

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June 22-Aug 11 Crawford, Dawes County Grease Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park (308) 432-6380 www.postplayhouse.com June 23 Cairo, Hall County Cairo Cornstalk Festival City-wide Parade, car show, quilt show, pie baking contest, fun run/walk, children's games and more. Christy Osburn (308) 383-5506 June 23 Cortland, Gage County Cortland Fest City-wide Tractor show, car show, children's games, food vendors, crafts, entertainment, parade, ball game and fireworks. 8am-10pm, Free Donelle Moormeier (402) 429-2480 www.cortlandne.com June 23 Crawford, Dawes County Old West Trail PRCA Queen and Princess Contest Old West Trail Rodeo Grounds (308) 430-3858 www.oldwesttrailrodeo.com June 23 Hastings, Adams County The Civil War Up Close - A Family Event Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave Join Civil War reenactors, historians and musicians to discover more about this period in American history. Learn about camp life, the role of women in the Civil War and more. Noon-4pm, Museum admission (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org June 23 Kearney, Buffalo County 27th Annual Wagons West Celebration and Fiddle Contest Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St Celebrate the pioneers' trek through Buffalo County. Listen to some talented fiddle players and enjoy this familyfriendly event. 10am-2pm, Free Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us June 23 Lincoln, Lancaster County 3rd Annual Lincoln BBQ & Blues Fest Famous Dave's parking lot at SouthPointe Pavilions, 2750 Pine Lake Rd Headlined by Lil Slim and the Teardrops. Events begin at 3pm, $5 (402) 4213434 www.southpointeshopping.com June 23 Unadilla, Otoe County Unadilla Day and BBQ City-wide Children's tractor pull, live band, food and more. 8am-8pm, Donation Sheena Kastens (402) 828-5355 www.unadillanebraska.com June 23-24 Duncan, Platte County Ribfest Main St Enjoy award-winning BBQ, live bands and a beer garden. Sat, 3pm-12:30am; Sun, 11am-4pm (402) 897-3165 June 23-24 Newcastle, Dixon County 2nd Annual Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Trail Ride Turkey Creek Ranch Join the gang and ride along to explore the scenic hilltop views and peaceful shaded ravines along the Nebraska Outlaw Trail. 8:30am Al Brock (402) 376-1164 www.nebraskaoutlawtrail.org June 23-24 Ogallala, Keith County Shut Up and Fish Tournament Lake McConaughy (308) 778-5879 www.visitogallala.com June 23-26 Bertrand, Phelps County Bertrand Days City-wide Enjoy 4-H events, sand volleyball games, parades, tractor pull, water games and 2 nights of rodeo. Rodeo: $3-$7 Jason Whetstine (308) 9917700 www.bertrandareachamber.com June 24 Bellevue, Sarpy County Music in the Park Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St Hear musician Steve Justman perform classic folk and americana. 2pm www.sarpycountymuseum.org June 24 Cozad, Dawson County Robert Henri's 147th Birthday Celebration Robert Henri Museum, 218 E. 8th St 10am-5pm, Free Jan Patterson (308) 784-4154 www.roberthenrimuseum.org June 24 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Insects with Jeff Bradshaw Scotts Bluff National Monument 4-5pm (308) 4369700 www.nps.gov/scbl June 24 Henderson, York County Garage and Shop Tours Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park, 1/2 mi. S. of I80 Exit 342 Self guided tours of area shops and garages. Tickets available at Heritage Park. 4-7pm, $10 Marjorie Smith (402) 723-5793 www.hendersonheritage.org June 24 Merriman, Cherry County Sod House Sunday at Bowring Ranch SHP NE Hwy 61, 1 1/2 mi. N., 2 mi. E. Old-fashioned fun including a sing-a-long, team penning, children's games, tours, food and entertainment. 8am-5pm, Free Diane Burress (308) 684-3428 June 26-27 Butte, Boyd County Pancake Days Main St Parade, DC Lynch Carnival, tractor pull, games and free pancakes for all! Free Cindy Schroetlin (402) 775-2164 www.buttenebraska.com June 29-30 Hastings, Adams County Flatwater Music Festival Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor & Ag Learning, 4705 DLD Rd A celebration of music, art, culture and fun for all ages. Live concerts, music jams, art and craft vendors, children's activities and more. Fri, 5-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm, $10, ages 11 and under free Amy Sandeen (402) 463-0565 www.prairieloft.org June 29-30 Norfolk, Madison County Divots Musicfest 2012 Divots DeVent Center, 4200 W. Norfolk Ave Annual music festival with local, regional and national acts performing daily. Daily, 4pm-midnight Shawn Severson (402) 844-2987 www.divotsconcertseries.com June 29-30 Sutton, Clay County Dugout Days City-wide Carnival, children's activities, car show, old-fashioned parade and BBQ. 7:30am-midnight, Free Shelly Childs (402) 773-4233 www.suttonchamber.org June 29-July 1 Callaway, Custer County Pioneer Picnic City-wide Enjoy the 7 Valleys Rodeo, dance, fun run, parades, trail rides, vintage photos, historical tours and more. Shirley Trout (402) 310-9070 www.callaway-ne.com June 29-July 1 Petersburg, Boone County Petersburg Q125 City-wide DC Lynch carnival, BBQ, talent contest, fun run, tours, old time baseball, dance, beer garden, parade and more. (402) 386-5297 www.ci.petersburg.ne.us June 30 Hooper, Dodge County 2-Lady Scramble Elkhorn Valley Golf Club 9am, $25-$35/person (402) 654-3512 www.elkhornvalleygolfclub.com

June 23 Nebraska City, Otoe County Juneteenth Celebration Mayhew Cabin, 2012 4th Corso The oldest known holiday celebrating the end of American slavery. Living history programs, historical speakers and children's activities. Noon-5pm, Donation Bill Hayes (402) 873-3115 www.mayhewcabin.org

June 23 Ponca, Dixon County Summer Solstice Wine and Cheese Tasting at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Celebrate the arrival of summer with regional wines, cheeses, breads and live music under the lighted waterfall of the Towers in Time sculpture. (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org June 23 St. Paul, Howard County Women's Day Out Nature's Acres, 810 Twin Forks Ln A fun day outdoors. Participate in kayaking, shooting sports, archery, outdoor photography and much more. 8:30am-5pm, $45 Peggy Griffin (308) 750-2018 www.womenintheoutdoors.org

June 30 Humboldt, Richardson County Down Home Working Truck Show (402) 862-3199

June 30 Nebraska City, Otoe County Independence Day Celebration Steinhart Park Lounge for the day in the park. Live music, sweet treats and fireworks. (402) 873-6654 www.nebraskacity.com

June 25-July 2 Omaha, Douglas County 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St Swimmers compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team going to London. (866) 937-6624 www.usaswimming.org

June 30 Weeping Water, Cass County Limestone Independence Day City-wide Events include BBQ, fireworks display, street dance, duck races, fishing contest, rock olympics and more. 7:30am-midnight, Free Kay Gerdes (402) 267-5152

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June 30 Winnebago, Thurston County Woodland Trails Artfest Woodland Trails Art and Learning Center, 509 Ho Chunk Plaza N. Arts and crafts vendors, flea market, regalia swap meet, food vendors, fashion show and more. 10am-4pm (402) 878-4075 www.woodlandtrailsart.com June 30-July 1 Omaha, Douglas County Moo at the Zoo Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St A funfilled country and agriculture themed event! Savor some country cooking, join in the watermelon and pie eating, enjoy games and live music and so much more. 9am-5pm, Zoo admission (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com June 30-July 1 Sparks, Cherry County Cowboy Fast Draw Along the Outlaw Trail Nebraska State Championship and Independence Day Shootout. (402) 376-1189 June 30-July 1,7-8, 14-15 Republican City, Harlan County Curse You Otis Crummy, or a Rip in Old Calico Harlan County Dam Playhouse, 102 Berrigan A classic melodrama set in the dried-up silver mines of Calico, CA. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm, $10 (308) 7993093 harlancountyplayers.webs.com July 1 Crawford, Dawes County Sioux County 4th of July Celebration Kick-Off Hudson-Meng and High Plains Homestead (888) 365-2592 July 1-31 Grand Island, Hall County The Evolution of an Artist Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Darren Maurer returns to his hometown for a show with his first art teacher, Dee Rodgers. Artist reception July 5, at 5:30pm, Free (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com July 1-31 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Unique Agriculture Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St Display of the Madison County Fur Farm, game farm at Enola, farm machinery and Madison County Fair history. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free Carol Robertson (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org July 1-4 Neligh, Antelope County Old Mill Days and 4th of July Celebration Main St, parks & Antelope County Airport Children's fishing contest, parade, turtle races, pedal tractor contest, vendors, hot rod car races and fireworks. Jake Kifer (402) 649-6004 www.neligh.net July TBA Exeter, Fillmore County Fireman's BBQ and Street Dance Exeter Ave Softball tournament, BBQ, beer garden and dance. (402) 266-2461 www.visitfillmorecounty.org July TBA Roca, Lancaster County Fireworks Watch WunderRosa Winery View the fireworks across Lincoln's skyline! Food and entertainment for everyone. (402) 328-3494 www.wunderrosawinery.com July/Aug TBA Aurora, Hamilton County Hamilton County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 694-6911 www.auroranebraska.com July-Oct Cozad, Dawson County Farmers Market Downtown 7:30-10am, Free Sandra Bappe (308) 784-3930 www.cozadnebraska.net July-Oct Superior, Nuckolls County Farmers Market 6th & Idaho Sts Locally grown foods and homemade items. Fridays, 5-8pm Richard Nelson (402) 8797708 www.cityofsuperior.org July-Sep Sidney, Cheyenne County Farmers Market 10th & Hickory Sts Saturdays, 8am-11am, Free Brenda Rusk (308) 249-3779 www.sidneycheyennecountytourism.com July 2-3 Fairbury, Jefferson County Open Horse Show Jefferson County Fairgrounds All breeds of horses welcome. July 3 Chappell, Deuel County Fireworks at the Lake Dusk July 3 Columbus, Platte County Red, White, Kaboom Agricultural Park Dusk July 3 Cozad, Dawson County Bands, Brews & BBQ Downtown Street festival including assorted vendors, live bands, talent show, crafters in the park and children's activities. (308) 784-3930 www.cozadnebraska.net July 3 Oakland, Burt County Party in the Park City Park Music, dance, games, beer garden and fireworks display. (402) 374-2953 www.burtcoedc.com July 3 Papillion, Sarpy County Heartland of America Concert Band Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St www.sumtur.org July 3 York, York County Firecracker Frenzy County fairgrounds York's official Independence Day Celebration features entertainment, children's activities and spectacular fireworks display. 8-11pm, Free Todd Kirshenbaum (402) 362-5531 www.yorkchamber.org July 3-4 Ainsworth, Brown County Meadville 4th of July Celebration N. on NE Hwy 7 from Ainsworth Trail ride, parade, fireworks display, BBQ and dance. Mike Gering (402) 497-2440 July 3-4 Crawford, Dawes County Old West Trail PRCA 66th Rodeo & 4th of July Celebration Old West Trail Rodeo Grounds Rodeo, fireworks and parade. Kids fun day rodeo and junior princess conteston July 2nd. (308) 430-3858 www.oldwesttrailrodeo.com July 3-4 Geneva, Fillmore County Discover Geneva Patriotism Downtown & fairgrounds Games, contests, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Tom Ortgies (402) 759-4280 www.cityofgeneva.org July 3-4 Gothenburg, Dawson County Pony Express Rodeo Rodeo arena, 27th & Lake Ave Mutton busting, steer wrestling, bronc riding, and calf roping. Fireworks display and BBQ. Rodeo begins at 7pm, $5-$8 Jared Slagle (308) 529-2139 www.gothenburgdelivers.com

July 3-4 Lyons, Burt County Bluegrass Festival Brink Park, 100 Main St Enjoy music, parade, children's games, antique tractor show, sports tournaments, fireworks, food and contests. Free (402) 687-2485 www.cityoflyons.net

July 3-4 Sutherland, Lincoln County July 4th Celebration and Rodeo Rodeo grounds & downtown Enjoy rodeo competitions along with 4th of July activities. (308) 386-4721 www.ci.sutherland.ne.us July 4 Aurora, Hamilton County Hamilton County 4th of July Fireworks Display Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 8th & A Sts Free (402) 694-6911 www.auroranebraska.com July 4 Brownville, Nemaha County Freedom Day Celebration Main St & riverfront area Take part in the 5K, 10K or 1/2 marathon or enjoy the dog show, parade, concert, fireworks display and river boat cruises. 6am-dusk, Free Bob Chitwood (402) 825-3591 www.brownville-ne.com July 4 Chambers, Holt County 4th of July Celebration City-wide Parade, digital dare, turtle races, BBQ, talent show, games, fireworks and more. (402) 3361504 www.holtcountynebraska.com July 4 Comstock, Custer County 4th of July Celebration City-wide Parade at 10:30am followed by a BBQ at the community hall. Homemade ice cream and pie, children's games and races, sand volleyball and fireworks. (308) 628-4311 www.comstock-ne.com July 4 Crawford, Dawes County Fort Robinson Fourth of July Celebration BBQ Fort Robinson State Park July 4 Ewing, Holt County 4th of July Celebration City-wide Fireworks, water fights, games, BBQ and more. (402) 336-1504 www.holtcountynebraska.com

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July 4 Fairbury, Jefferson County Shriners Annual July 4th Flea Market City park, 5th & Maple Sts Hundreds of vendors fill the park. Food court, parade and fireworks display. (402) 729-3221 www.fairbury.com July 4 Grand Island, Hall County 1892 Independence Day Celebration Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 Enjoy a parade down the center of Railroad Town, a patriotic program, pie eating contest and more all-American family fun. 9am-5pm, $8-$10 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org July 4 Hastings, Adams County 4th of July Children's Parade Fisher Fountain Hosted by the YWCA. Parade and games for all ages. 10:30am, Free (402) 462-8821 July 4 Humboldt, Richardson County 4th of July Celebration City-wide Mud volleyball tournament, softball tournament, fire truck rides, water fights, children's games, BBQ and fireworks display. Sandy Stalder (402) 862-2821 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us July 4 Lodgepole, Cheyenne County 4th of July Fireworks Ball fields Enjoy the fireworks and softball game. Free (308) 483-5353 July 4 & 7 Kearney, Buffalo County Living History Demonstrations Fort Kearny State Historical Park Cannon firing at 2pm daily. www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov July 5 Red Cloud, Webster County Julie Gribble Concert Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster St Traditional Americana and Country music. 7pm, $10 www.willacather.org July 5-6 Alliance, Box Butte County Cattle Capital Rodeo Nebraska Rodeo Grounds (Municipal Airport) Children's mutton busting at 6pm, main performance at 7pm. (308) 760-7851 July 5-7 Diller, Jefferson County Diller Picnic Commercial St Southeast Nebraska's largest community festival. Mud drags, tractor pulls, carnival, street dance, parade and more. Leatha Christ (402) 793-5991 www.dillerpicnic.com July 5-9 Franklin, Franklin County Franklin County Fair Fairgrounds July 5-Aug 12 Brownville, Nemaha County And Then I Wrote Brownville Village Theatre A comedy about a producer, his secretary and associates who try to rewrite an epic drama by a neophyte playwright. See website for showtimes., $8-$13 (402) 825-4121 www.brownvillevillagetheatre.org July 6-Oct 28 Lincoln, Lancaster County Exhibition: Studio Art Quilt Associate's 20th Anniversary Trunk Show International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St Featuring selections by juried artists demonstrating innovation in the contemporary art quilt form. Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm, $3-$6, ages 4 and under free (402) 472-7232 www.quiltstudy.org July 7 Louisville, Cass County First Shots Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Introduction to rifles and handguns for first time and novice shooters. 9am-noon, Free Christy Christiansen (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education July 7 Ogallala, Keith County Demolition Derby Keith County Fairgrounds Troy Malone (308) 2894991

July 7-11 Albion, Boone County Boone County Fair Fairgrounds July 7-29 York, York County Farm Life Activities of the 1920s Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mi. S. of I-80 Exit 353 on Hwy 81 Enjoy life on the farm with a variety of activities each weekend. Sat, 10am-4:30pm; Sun, 1-4:30pm, $2-$5 Dale Clark (402) 710-0682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org

July 7-8 Syracuse, Otoe County GermanFest Downtown on 5th St Celebrate German heritage. German dancers and singers, veiner dog races, ribfest, 2 block beer garden and more. Rhae Werner (402) 269-7489 www.GoSyracuseNe.com July 7-Aug 9 Crawford, Dawes County A Year With Frog & Toad Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park (308) 432-6380 www.postplayhouse.com July 8 Funk, Phelps County Funk Festival of Cupcakes Funk School Community Center Professionals, amateurs and talented kids showcase their baking skills in the Cupcake Capitol of Nebraska! Cupcake decorating, homemade ice cream, judging and prizes. 2-4pm, Donation Mona Peterson (308) 9912895

July 4 Ogallala, Keith County 4th of July Celebration Sportsman Complex Enjoy one of the biggest fireworks display in western Nebraska. (308) 2844066

July 4 Seward, Seward County Annual Celebration in Nebraska's Official 4th of July City City-wide Award-winning family event featuring a grand parade, car show, food alley, live entertainment, craft show, fireworks and more. 7am10pm, Free (402) 643-4189 www.julyfourthseward.com July 4 Stuart, Holt County 4th of July Celebration City-wide Parade, street dance, picnic and games in the park for all ages. Stock car races and fireworks display in the evening. (402) 336-1504 www.stuartne.com July 4 Superior, Nuckolls County Firecracker Run City park, 501 E. 7th Take part in the 10K, 2 mile run, 1 mile children's run or 1 mile fun run/walk for all ages. Race begins at 7:45am (402) 879-4774 www.cityofsuperior.org July 4 Tekamah, Burt County 4th of July Celebration City-wide Parade, food, games and fireworks display. (402) 374-2953 www.burtcoedc.com July 4 Wahoo, Saunders County Wahoo Plowboys Vintage Baseball Game Hackberry Park, 10th & Hackberry Sts 7pm (402) 443-3090 www.visitsaunderscounty.org

July 5-Aug 8 Crawford, Dawes County Broadway Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park (308) 432-6380 www.postplayhouse.com

July 6 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: P. Scarborough and S. Ohmberger Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com July 6-8 St. Paul, Howard County GCA Days (Grover Cleveland Alexander Days) City-wide Parade, car show, games, vendors, street dance and more. (308) 754-5558 www.stpaulnebraska.com July 6-Aug 10 Brownville, Nemaha County The Prevalence of Mrs. Seal Brownville Village Theatre A comedy/mystery that will remind you of watching Creature Feature on Saturday nights. See website for showtimes., $8$13 (402) 825-4121 www.brownvillevillagetheatre.org

July 8 La Vista, Sarpy County Splash Bash La Vista Municipal Pool 1-4pm www.cityoflavista.org/2012events

June 8-10 Milligan, Fillmore County 25th Annual June Jubilee Main St Festival with dances, parade, contests, entertainment, BBQ, beer garden and softball tournament. Scott Oliva (402) 629-4446 www.milliganne.org

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July 10 Hastings, Adams County Gone With the Wind - Civil War Film Series Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave 6:30pm, $4.50 + tax (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org July 10-15 Madison, Madison County Madison County Fair and Rodeo Fairgrounds Enjoy 3 nights of rodeo, concerts, carnival, exhibits, food and fun for the entire family. Linda Haack (402) 454-2144 www.madisoncountyfair.com July 11 Lincoln, Lancaster County Endangered Species Day Lincoln Children's Zoo Learn which animals are endangered and how we can protect them through scavenger hunts and fun activities. 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org July 11-15 Grand Island, Hall County Hall County Fair Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Concerts, rides, 4-H events and more. Corby Flagle (308) 3791653 www.hallcountyfair.com July 11-Aug 1 Louisville, Cass County Beyond Bow Shotguns for Women Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Each week features a new skill, open to ages 11 and up. Tuesdays, 6-9pm, $5/session (402) 471-5547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education July 12-15 Auburn, Nemaha County Nemaha County Fair Fairgrounds on Hwy 75 (402) 274-3342 www.nebraskafairs.org July 12-15 Broken Bow, Custer County Crazy Days Celebration City-wide Vendors, DC Lynch carnival, run/walk/bike event, BBQ, beer garden and live bands. (308) 8725691 www.brokenbow-ne.com July 12-15 Columbus, Platte County Platte County Fair Agricultural Park (402) 564-0133 July 12-15 Comstock, Custer County Comstock Rock Fest 46095 Sargent Ord Rd Nebraska's party in the pasture. Four day music festival with your favorite rock artists. Camping available. Glenn Zacek (308) 225-4843 www.comstockmusicfestivals.com July 12-15 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Oregon Trail Days Celebration City-wide Nebraska's oldest continuous celebration featuring parades, entertainment, chili cook-off, international food fair, regional art shows, craft fairs, and a bike race up Scotts Bluff National Monument. Free (308) 631-9976 www.oregontraildays.com July 12-15 & 19-21 Papillion, Sarpy County Annie Get Your Gun Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St www.sumtur.org July 12-Sep 27 Gothenburg, Dawson County Farmers Market Lake Ave Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm, Free Anne Anderson (308) 537-3505 www.gothenburgdelivers.com July 13 David City, Butler County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament David City Golf Course, 899 Park Dr noon (402) 367-4238 www.buildbutlercounty.com July 13 Hastings, Adams County Recovery in the Park Celebration Brickyard Park, D & Queen City Hamburgers, hot dog, chips and free ice cream. Free concert featuring True North. 6pm, Free Dan Rutt (402) 4622066 www.horizonrecoverycenter.com July 13-14 Arnold, Custer County South Loup River Blues Festival Old Mill Park Internationally and nationally-known blues artists in a relaxed atmosphere. Free primitive camping available. Fri show, 8pm; Sat, events begin at noon David J Birnie (800) 584-9336 www.southloupbluesfest.com July 14 Lincoln, Lancaster County Star City Pride N Street near Panic Bar, downtown Lincoln (402) 435-8764 www.starcitypride.org July 14 Red Cloud, Webster County Republican River Tank Float Republican River Race down 5 miles of river in a steel stock tank. Teams of 4-6 people per tank. Register at 10am, race begins at 1pm, $10 www.redcloudnebraska.com July 14 Springfield, Sarpy County 2nd Annual Girls Night Out Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St A DJ, drawings for fun prizes and a discount on merchandise. (402) 253-2479 www.soaringwingswine.com July 14 Stanton, Stanton County HerbFest 2012 Red Road Herbs, 57190 Stanton Shortcut (835th Rd) A celebration of health and harmony! Dining tent, food vendors, crafts, medcine-making workshops, yoga, meditation, children's activities, herb garden tours and more. 9am-6pm, Free Rachel Liester (402) 640-0744 www.redroadherbs.com July 14-15 Hastings, Adams County 29th Annual Antique and Collectors Show Dyer Park, 8 mi. S. of Hastings on US Hwy 281 Featuring tractor pulls, flea market, concessions, small engines and continuous music. Annual tractor drive will be July 13th in the afternoon. Sat, 7am9pm; Sun, 7am-5p, $5, ages 10 and under free admission Donna Babcock (402) 469-4455 www.pvama.org July 14-15 Omaha, Douglas County Railroad Days The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St & Various locations Celebrate the area's rich railroad heritage with family-friendly activities. (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org

July 13-14 Henderson, York County Community Days & Q125 Celebration City-wide Fun-filled weekend including a show and shine car show, semi-pro invitational art show, 5K and 10K races, parade, pancake feed and more. Free Kelsey Bergen (402) 723-4228 www.cityofhenderson.org/cdays.pdf

July 13-15 Chadron, Dawes County Fur Trade Days City-wide A celebration of history, heritage, education, agriculture and more. Buckskinner's rendezvous, BBQ, contests, classic car show and much more. (308) 432-3149 www.chadron.com July 13-15 Fairmont, Fillmore County Old Settlers Picnic Downtown Parade, BBQ, children's games, poker run, lawn mower races and more. Lindsey Komenda (402) 366-1556 www.visitfillmorecounty.org July 13-15 Fremont, Dodge County John C. Fremont Days 400 E. Military Ave Community festival celebrating the history of Fremont and its namesake, John C. Fremont. Activities for all ages including crafts, vendors, historic encampments, tours, concerts and more. Jeff Hoffman (402) 727-9428 www.johncfremontdays.com July 13-15 O'Neill, Holt County Summerfest 2012 City-wide Celebration featuring rodeos, food, mud drags, car shows, entertainment and more. (402) 336-2355 www.oneillchamber.org July 13-15 Wayne, Wayne County 32nd Annual Wayne Chicken Show City-wide "Egg"citing activities for all! National CluckOff, World's Largest Chicken Dance, children's games, omelet feed, fireworks and live entertainment. Irene Fletcher (402) 375-2240 www.chickenshow.com

July 14-19 Geneva, Fillmore County Fillmore County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 613-3274 www.fillmorefairnebraska.com

July 14-19 Minden, Kearney County Kearney County Fair Kearney County Fairgrounds, N. NE Hwy 10 Free (308) 832-0645 www.mindenne.org

July 14-21 Lincoln, Lancaster County USA Roller Sports Inline Speed Skating Championships Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S. (402) 4837551 www.usarollersports.org

July 15 Brownville, Nemaha County Robert Bonfiglio: The World's Greatest Classical Harmonica Solist Brownville Concert Hall Enjoy down home, foot stomping Delta Blues encores accompanied by Stephen Benson, guitar. 2pm (402) 825-3331 www.brownvilleconcertseries.com

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July 15 Grand Island, Hall County Art in the Park Stolley Park Live entertainment, food vendors and artists displaying and selling their work. 9am-5pm, Free Jean Cook (308) 382-5591 July 15 Papillion, Sarpy County Mayor's Triathlon Walnut Creek, Hwy 370 & 96th St 7:30am July 15-20 Valentine, Cherry County Nebraska Star Party Snake River Campground - Merritt Reservoir, 27 mi. S.W. of Valentine Six nights of astronomical observing at one of the premier star parties in the country. Beginner friendly for those interested in the hobby of amatuer astronomy. (402) 491-3502 www.nebraskastarparty.org July 16-19 Grand Island, Hall County State 4-H Horse Show Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Qualifiers from across the state compete for the honor of winning best in the state in their class. Kathy Anderson (402) 472-6414 www.4h.unl.edu July 19 Kearney, Buffalo County Rock Legends Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 W. 22nd St Part rock concert, part rock tribute - all rock and roll. 8pm www.pickmytickets.com July 19 Red Cloud, Webster County CLUE Theatre Production Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster Featuring characters and plots from your favorite murder mystery game. 7pm, $10 www.willacather.org July 19-22 St. Paul, Howard County Howard County Fair Fairgrounds (308) 754-5558 www.stpaulnebraska.com July 20 La Vista, Sarpy County Outdoor Concert Featuring eNVy Public Library, 9110 Giles Rd Concert begins at 7pm followed by outdoor movie: Dolphin Tale. Free (402) 331-4343 www.cityoflavista.org/2012events July 20-21 Bellevue, Sarpy County RiverFest Kramer Site (North Haworth Park) Good food and BBQ, good times and great music! Two nights of live music and the Nebraska State BBQ Championship. www.bellevuenebraska.com July 20-21 Ogallala, Keith County Relay for Life North Park Roxann Hevelone (308) 289-1800 www.visitogallala.com July 20-22 Gretna, Sarpy County Gretna Days City-wide www.gretnachamber.com July 20-22 Omaha, Douglas County The O Fest Shoppes of Legacy, 168th & Center Festival of great foods and live entertainment. Local acts, craft displays, children's activities and wine garden. Sample more than 20 craft brews and hear great music. Fri, 5-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am8pm, Free (402) 346-8003 www.showofficeonline.com July 20-22 Roca, Lancaster County Southeast Nebraska Wine Pairing Event Southeast Nebraska Winery Trail towns Visit all 8 wineries to enjoy a food paired with special wines from each winery. Fri-Sat, noon-9pm; Sun, noon6pm, $25/person (402) 328-3494 www.senewinetrail.org July 20-29 Lincoln, Lancaster County Cornhusker State Games Various venues throughout town Multi-sport athletic festival with competition in more than 60 sports. State-wide torch run and olympic-style opening ceremonies. (402) 471-2544 www.cornhuskerstategames.com July 21 Crawford, Dawes County Night Sky Fort Robinson State Park (308) 668-2211 July 21 Fairbury, Jefferson County Fairbury Cycling Tour Highways in southeast Nebraska Ride begins at 7:30am (402) 729-6139 July 21 Morrill, Scotts Bluff County Horse Creek Rendezvous City park Annual celebration with 1K and 5K runs, car show, food, entertainment, parade and dance. 7am-midnight, Free Ron Kuncl (308) 247-3132 July 21 Omaha, Douglas County Wild, Wild West Day The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St Enjoy a rootintootin good time with a full lineup of activities including gun fights, whip cracking demos, blacksmith demos, and famous cowboys! (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org July 21-22 Nebraska City, Otoe County Lewis & Clark Reunion 5 Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center Mountain Man campsite, reenactments, children's activities and more. Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 10am-4pm (402) 874-9900 www.mrb-lewisandclarkcenter.org

July 16-Aug 23 Nebraska City, Otoe County Sculptures by Dave Beck Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso Reception Aug 2 from 5-7pm (402) 8749600 www.khncenterforthearts.org July 16-Aug 3 Minden, Kearney County Dr. Jack Karracker, Art Gallery Exhibit Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St Tue-Fri, 10am4pm, Free (308) 832-0588 www.mindenoperahouse.com

July 17 Hastings, Adams County Glory - Civil War Film Series Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave 6:30pm, $4.50 + tax (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org July 17-22 David City, Butler County Butler County Fair Butler County Fairgrounds (402) 367-8187 www.butler-county-fair.com July 18-21 Omaha, Douglas County Red Sky Music Festival TD Ameritrade Park (402) 341-1500 www.redskyfestival.com July 18-22 Hartington, Cedar County Cedar County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 254-3521 www.cedarcountyfair.net July 18-22 Kearney, Buffalo County Cruise Nite Weekend City-wide Four days of fun-filled activities including show and shines, parade, drag races, collectible car auction, live bands and more. Brad Kernick (308) 440-2941 www.cruisenitekearney.com

July 21-22 Waverly, Lancaster County Camp Creek Antique Machinery and Threshing Show 17550 Bluff Rd Experience the way life used to be. Demonstrations of corn shelling, buttermaking, threshing, plowing and more. Farm equipment, flea market, tractor pulls, parade and fun activities. Daily, 6am-5pm, $7 Rich Hartz (402) 421-6442 www.ccthreshers.org

July 20-22 Yutan, Saunders County Yutan Days 2012 - Fun in the Park Itan Ball Park, 308 E. Vine St Children's games and inflatables, hot air balloon rides and balloon walk, fireworks and events for all ages. (402) 625-2043 www.yutandays.com July 22-26 Holdrege, Phelps County Phelps County Fair Fairgrounds, 1308 2nd St Bullriding, mutton busting, demolition derby, carnival and more. Free Elaine Redfern (308) 995-6319 www.holdrege.org

July 22-28 Gordon, Sheridan County Sheridan County Fair & Rodeo Fairgrounds www.sheridancountyfair.com

July 22-Aug 5 Lincoln, Lancaster County USA Roller Sports Artistic Figure Skating Championships Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S. (402) 4837551 www.usarollersports.org

July 23-28 Humboldt, Richardson County Richardson County 4-H Fair Fairgrounds Youth 4-H exhibits and projects. (402) 245-4324 www.richardson.unl.edu

July 23-30 Sidney, Cheyenne County Cheyenne County Fair and Rodeo Fairgrounds, 10955 US Hwy 30 Rodeo, bull riding, exhibits, demo derby, carnival and more. 8am-11pm (308) 254-4030 www.cheyennecountychamber.com

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July 23-Aug 25 North Platte, Lincoln County Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition Lincoln County Historical Museum Smithsonian traveling exhibit showing how America's evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. James Griffin (308) 534-5640 www.nebraskahumanities.org July 24 Hastings, Adams County The Conspirator - Civil War Film Series Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave 6:30pm, $4.50 + tax (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org July 25 Lincoln, Lancaster County National Zookeeper Week Lincoln Children's Zoo 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org July 25-28 Burwell, Garfield County Nebraska's Big Rodeo and Garfield County Frontier Fair Rodeo grounds, S. NE Hwys 11 & 19 Homemaking and livestock exhibits, agricultural machinery, commercial vendors and more. Big Rodeo features professional rodeo clowns, riders and cowboys. 7:30pm (308) 346-5010 www.nebraskasbigrodeo.com July 25-29 Beatrice, Gage County Gage County Fair and Expo Fairgrounds, 1115 W. Scott St Livestock judging, crafts, carnival and big-name entertainment. (402) 223-3247 www.gagecountyfair.com July 25-29 Thedford, Thomas County Thomas County Fair and Q125 Celebration Fairgrounds Bull fest, BBQ, parade, concert, games, fishing tournament, turtle races and more. Alice Hodges (308) 645-2646 www.tourthomascountynebraska.com July 25-30 North Platte, Lincoln County Lincoln County Fair Fairgrounds, 5015 Rodeo Rd A showcase of Lincoln County along with accomplishments in agriculture, 4H and youth activities. Ericka Banks (308) 5348191 www.lincofair.com July 26-29 La Vista, Sarpy County Nebraska State Quilt Guild La Vista Conference Center Quilt displays, vendor mall and Quilts of Valor display. www.quiltne2012.org July 26-29 Wayne, Wayne County Wayne County Fair Fairgrounds, W. on Hwy 35 (402) 375-3462 www.thewaynecountyfair.com July 26-29 Winnebago, Thurston County Winnebago Veteran's Powwow Veterans Memorial Park, US Hwy 75 The Winnebago Veterans Pow Wow is open to the public. $5 (402) 878-3222 www.winnebagotribe.com July 26-Aug 12 Minden, Kearney County My Way - A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St $15 Marcy Brandt (308) 832-0588 www.mindenoperahouse.com July 27 Ashland, Saunders County Nebraska Star Party - Star Gazing Evening Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 Spend an evening under the stars with the Nebraska Star Party. Sundown, Park permit required (402) 9442523 www.outdoornebraska.org July 27 Harrison, Sioux County Sioux County Fair Livestock Shows Sioux County Fairgrounds (308) 668-2428 July 27-28 Norfolk, Madison County Nebraska Rocks: A Celebration of Midwest Music DeVent Center Rock n Roll music from 8pmmidnight. (402) 371-2932 www.divotsconcertseries.com July 28 Cambridge, Furnas County July Concerts on the Creek 72184 Cross Creek Rd Enjoy a wonderful evening of fine food and chamber music over looking the Republican River Valley. Featuring the Nebraska Chair Chamber Players. 5-8:30pm, $35 Becky Van de Bogart (402) 429-8227 www.nebraskachamberplayers.org July 28 Crawford, Dawes County Peabody Hale's 50th Annual Fiddle Contest City park Fiddle and vocal contest, horseshoes, quilt show and concessions. Gate opens at 8am July 28 Falls City, Richardson County Triathlon City-wide (402) 245-2851 www.fallscitynebraska.org July 28 Fullerton, Nance County The Great Divide Concert Broken Arrow Wilderness, 1/8 mi. N. on Hwy 14 Enjoy a concert by the original members of The Great Divide. Camping, cottages and cabins available. Call or email for reservations. 8pm, $23.85/tkt (308) 536-2441 www.brokenarrowwilderness.com July 28 Lincoln, Lancaster County Brews & Blues at the Zoo Lincoln Children's Zoo This adult-only evening will feature beer tasting from premier local brewers and live music from the Kris Lager Band. Enjoy delicious food and take in the sights and sounds of the Zoo. 69pm, TBD Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org July 28 Norfolk, Madison County 18th Annual Literature Festival Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave Presented by Norfolk Public Library. Featuring nationally-known authors, book reviews, book displays and sales, autograph sessions and more. 9am-4pm, $7.50 children, $30 adults Karen Drevo (402) 844-2108 www.ci.norfolk.ne.us/library July 28 Ogallala, Keith County 4th Annual Dam Run Lake Ogallala Take part in the 5K/1M fun run/walk. Kendra Caskey (308) 726-2626 www.visitogallala.com July 28 Omaha, Douglas County Playing With Fire Concert Lewis & Clark Landing, along Omaha's downtown riverfront Free summer concert featuring Rick Vito & the Lucky Devils, Meena, The Pounders, and Blues Ed. 4:30-10:30pm (402) 203-6196 www.playingwithfireomaha.net July 28-29, Aug 4-5,11-12 Republican City, Harlan County Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Harlan County Dam Playhouse, 102 Berrigan This familiar tale combines fantasy and a few lessons in a mesmerizing display of visual eye candy. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm, $12-$16 (308) 799-3093 harlancountyplayers.webs.com

July 27-29 Ashland, Saunders County Stir-Up Days City-wide (402) 944-3387 www.ashland-ne.com July 27-29 Exeter, Fillmore County Exeter Days City-wide Softball tourney, car and bike show, BBQ, street dance and more. (402) 759-4910 www.visitfillmorecounty.org July 27-29 Farwell, Howard County Celebrate Farwell's 125th Anniversary City-wide Parade, tractor show, memorabilia exhibit, children's games, live music, food, dance, dodgeball, Farwell vs. Fence Busters Vintage Ball Game and more! (402) 657-9150

July 27-29 Tilden, Madison County Tilden Prairie Days City-wide City-wide events and Cowboy Trail fun run. (402) 371-2932 www.tildenprairiedays.com July 28 Ashland, Saunders County Carol Joy Holling Quilt Event 27416 Ranch Rd Quilts go on display with silent auction at 9am. BBQ lunch, tours and swimming. 9am-5pm (888) 656-6254 www.caroljoyholling.org

July 26 West Point, Cuming County Dog Daze of Summer Dog Show 131 N. Main St Five categories: best dressed, best matched to owner, best groomed, scruffiest and best trick. Human bark off and concessions. 6:30pm, Free Tina Welding (402) 372-2981 www.westpointchamber.com

July 26-28 Wahoo, Saunders County 58th Annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo Featuring cowboys and cowgirls from 10 states and some of the best western entertainment acts in the country. 8pm nightly www.wahoosaddleclub.com July 26-29 Grand Island, Hall County Sheriff's Posse Horse Show Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (308) 3804678 www.nebraskaquarterhorse.com

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July 28-Dec 31 Lincoln, Lancaster County Exhibition: Covering the War - American Quilts in Times of Conflict International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St Presenting quilts that reveal the larger stories of women's lives in war-time and the American homefront culture. Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm, $3-$6 (402) 472-7232 www.quiltstudy.org July 29 Wahoo, Saunders County Mead Stardusters Car Club Car Show Saunders County Museum, 240 N. Walnut 10am2pm (402) 443-3090 www.visitsaunderscounty.org July 31 Hastings, Adams County Gods and Generals - Civil War Film Series Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave 6:30pm, $4.50 + tax (402) 461-2399 www.hastingsmuseum.org July 31 La Vista, Sarpy County Summer Escapes Central Park Squirt guns, games and water balloons. 3pm (402) 331-4343 www.cityoflavista.org/2012events July 31-Aug 5 Neligh, Antelope County Antelope County Fair Fairgrounds Paintball tournaments, ranch rodeo, 4-H and FFA events, Bull-a-Rama, ATV mud drag, demolition derby and more. (402) 887-5252 www.antelopecofair.com Aug Seward, Seward County Nebraska Archeology Society Artifact Show Fairgrounds, Ag Pavillion A view of early life on the plains - authentic tipi frames, a one-room log cabin and a variety of artifacts. 9am-5pm, Free Kevin Hammond (402) 423-5700 Aug 1-31 Grand Island, Hall County Reflections Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St An exciting, colorful show reflecting the fun loving spirits of Libby Henry and Donna Ryan. Reception Aug 3 at 5:30pm, Free (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com Aug 1-31 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Rural Schools and Platting of Counties Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St Learn of rural school creations after county government became organized and how counties were named. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org Aug 1-5 Harrison, Sioux County Sioux County Fair Sioux County Fairgrounds Enjoy 5 days of good oldfashioned fun with 4-H shows, 2 rodeo performances and dances. Marlena Griesse (308) 668-2428 www.visitnorthwestnebraska.com Aug 1-5 Springfield, Sarpy County Sarpy County Fair 100 Main St Tractor and pickup pulls, Mid-States Rodeo, demolition derby, entertainment and more. Free Rich Jansen (402) 253-2453 www.sarpyfair.com Aug TBA Chambers, Holt County Holt County Fair and Rodeo Fairgrounds 4-H, rodeo and fair activities for all ages. (402) 336-1504 www.holtcountyfair.net Aug TBA Howells, Colfax County Knights of Columbus Antique and Kiddie Tractor Pull City-wide Enjoy the entertainment and BBQ. (402) 986-1288 Aug TBA Omaha, Douglas County Avenue Q SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St A laugh-outloud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. (402) 341-2757 www.snapproductions.com Aug-Sep St. Paul, Howard County Farmers Market City park Sat, 8am-noon (308) 754-5558 www.stpaulnebraska.com Aug 2 Omaha, Douglas County Tour de Zoo Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St Bring your bike and ride through the zoo during this familyfun event. Dinner, refreshments and special animal encounters. 6:30-8:30pm, $15-$20 Steph Husman (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com Aug 2-4 Comstock, Custer County Comstock Christian Fest Sargent Ord Rd Nebraska's party in the pasture. A 3day all star Christian music festival. Camping available. (308) 225-4843 www.comstockmusicfestivals.com Aug 2-4 Spencer, Boyd County Boyd County Fair Fairgrounds, 205 N. Logan St Janet Classen (402) 589-1421 www.nebraskafairs.org Aug 2-5 Nebraska City, Otoe County Lemon Days Downtown Lemonade stand competitions featuring a variety of lemon products. Bring a pal for bargain hunting and sample fine lemon treats. Free (402) 873-6654 www.nebraskacity.com Aug 2-5 Scribner, Dodge County Dodge County Fair Fairgrounds www.dodgecountyfair.org Aug 2-5 Seward, Seward County 142nd Annual Seward County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 643-3602 www.sewardcountyfair.com Aug 2-5 & 9-12 York, York County You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Yorkshire Playhouse, 513 N. Lincoln Ave Musical comedy based on the cartoon characters from the Peanuts. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $15 (402) 362-4575 www.yorkshireplayhouse.com Aug 3 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: R. Markoff and T. Redman Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Aug 3-10 Chadron, Dawes County Dawes County Fair Fairgrounds 4-H exhibits, tractor pulls, children's rodeo and more. Free (308) 432-6705 www.chadron.com Aug 3-4 Falls City, Richardson County Jaycees Tractor Pull & Demolition Derby Jaycees Community Field Tractor pull on Saturday, demolition derby on Sunday. Fri, 6:30pm; Sat, 6pm, $3-$10 Stacey Bailey (402) 883-7009 sites.google.com/site/fallscityjaycees Aug 3-5 Atkinson, Holt County Hay Days City-wide Children's theater, games in the park, vendors, exhibits, antiques and crafts, tractor show, dance and more. Cindy Poessnecker (402) 9252037 www.atkinsonne.com Aug 3-5 Bellwood, Butler County Bellwood Daze Main St Burger bash, Polka band, ATV pull, children's tractor pull, street dance, games, rides and more. 7am-1am Louis Oborny (402) 538-4505 www.bellwoodnebraska.com Aug 3-5 Brady, Lincoln County Brady Days City-wide Old-fashioned, fun-filled family events including a parade, turtle races, street dance and more . (308) 584-3316 www.villageofbrady.com Aug 3-5 Red Cloud, Webster County Street Car Days City-wide Featuring entertainers at the city park, sports competitions, parade, face painting, sidewalk chalk art, wine tastings, BBQ, vendors and more! (402) 746-3238 www.redcloudnebraska.com Aug 3-5 Wilber, Saline County Wilber Czech Festival City-wide Czech dancing and music, authentic food and costumes, bands, 3 parades and contests in the Czech Capital of Nebraska. 10am-10pm, Free Mary Jean Keller (888) 494-5237 www.nebraskaczechsofwilber.com Aug 3-6 York, York County York County Fair Fairgrounds, 2345 N. Nebraska Ave Rich Hankel (402) 362-4411 www.yorkcountyfair.com Aug 3-7 Oakland, Burt County 100th Annual Burt County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 374-2953 www.burtcoedc.com Aug 4 Bancroft, Cuming County 4th Annual Neihardt Beer Fest Country Pub, 409 Main St Craft and micro brews, food, fun and music to benefit the Neihardt Historic Site. 6:30-9pm, $20 Nancy Gillis (402) 648-3388 www.neihardtcenter.org

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Aug 4 Grand Island, Hall County Grand Theatre Car Show 316 W. 3rd St Be a spectator or bring your classic car or motorcycle to show off. Free movie passes to all that enter the show, free hot dogs and chips to all who attend. 5-9pm, Free Craig Hand (308) 3811225 www.grandmovietheatre.com Aug 4 Grand Island, Hall County The First Ever Prairie Sludge Trudge Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. Hwy 34 A 2.5 or 7.5 mile obstacle run that will test and challenge experienced and novice runners alike. Run begins at 8am, $30/runner (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Aug 4 Hastings, Adams County Special Interest Car Show Lochland Country Club, 601 W. Lochland Rd (402) 462-4151 www.lochlandcc.com Aug 4 Hastings, Adams County Nebraska Christian Music Festival Brickyard Park More than a dozen artists performing all day in the outdoor amphitheater. Food vendors and a family-friendly festival atmosphere. 10:30am10pm, $5 Bob Sullivan (402) 469-5149 www.nebraskacmf.org Aug 4 Nebraska City, Otoe County Wine Under the Pines Kimmel Orchard, 5995 G Rd A celebration of wine, craft beer, BBQ and music from southeast Nebraska. Grape stomp, live music, cooking demonstrations and more. Noon-8pm, $10 Erik Olson (402) 209-1748 www.wineunderthepines.org Aug 4-12 Hemingford, Box Butte County Box Butte County Fair Fairgrounds (308) 487-5223 www.bbcfair.com Aug 4-5 Ponca, Dixon County Nifty 50s Celebration Downtown BBQ, concert, mud run, car show, children's activities, talent show, street dance and more. (402) 755-4285 www.visitponca.com Aug 5 Bancroft, Cuming County 47th Annual Neihardt Day Neihardt Historic Site, 306 W. Elm St Celebration of the life and work of Nebraska's Poet Laureate. Readings, presentations and exhibits. Noon-4pm, Free Nancy Gillis (402) 648-3388 www.neihardtcenter.org Aug 5 Hastings, Adams County Art in the Park Libs Park More than 50 vendors with a variety of artwork. 10am-5pm, Free (402) 461-2370 www.visithastingsnebraska.com Aug 7-11 Weeping Water, Cass County Cass County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 298-8102 www.cassfair.com Aug 7-12 Ogallala, Keith County Keith County Fair Fairgrounds Entertainment, exhibits, carnival, parade and more. (308) 284-4066 www.keithcountyfair.com Aug 8-11 Taylor, Loup County Loup County Fair Loup County Fairgrounds (308) 942-6223 www.taylornebraska.com Aug 8-12 Lexington, Dawson County Dawson County Fair Dawson County Fairgrounds (308) 324-3600 www.dawsoncountyfair.com Aug 8-29 Louisville, Cass County Beyond Bow Muzzleloader/Blackpowder Guns for Women Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St Featuring new skills each week, open to all ages. Tuesdays, 69pm, $5/session Christy Christiansen (402) 4715547 www.outdoornebraska.org/education Aug 9-10 Crawford, Dawes County Cheyenne Trotters Fort Robinson State Park Aug 9-11 Dewitt, Saline County 19th Annual Country Gospel Sing Community center Community meal on Thursday followed by gospel singing all 3 days. Thu singing 610pm; Fri, 1-10pm; Sat, 10am-10pm Janet McIntosh (402) 683-3635 Aug 9-12 Bloomfield, Knox County Knox County Fair Fairgrounds, 612 1/2 E. Main St Featuring big names in music, agricultural displays, carnival and more. $10 Jerry Nipp (402) 373-4655 www.knoxcountyfairgrounds.com Aug 10-11 Omaha, Douglas County Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival Coventry Campus, 204th & Q St Enjoy award winning wine, live music and a hot air balloon launch. Daily, 5-11pm, $7, special packages for tastings and food (402) 346-8003 www.showofficeonline.com Aug 10-12 Brownville, Nemaha County Joe Cartwright Trio With Danny Embrey and Stephanie Moore Brownville Concert Hall Kansas City Jazz at its best! Aug 10-11, 7:30pm; Aug 12, 2pm (402) 825-3331 www.brownvilleconcertseries.com Aug 10-12 Hastings, Adams County Kool-Aid Days City-wide World's largest Kool-Aid stand, live entertainment, giant inflatables, cardboard boat races, classic car rally, disc golf, fireworks display and more. Fri, 4-9pm; Sat, 8am-10:30pm; Sun, 9am6pm Pam Bohmfalk (800) 967-2189 www.koolaiddays.com Aug 10-12 Morse Bluff, Saunders County Morse Bluff Q125 Celebration City-wide Old-fashioned tractor ride, road run, money drop from a helicopter, lawn mower races, street dance, BBQ and more. (402) 666-5220 Aug 10-12 Niobrara, Knox County Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's 18th Annual Pow Wow 5 mi. S.W. of town, 88915 521st Ave A celebration and sharing of the culture from days gone by. Enjoy music, dance, costumes and tradition. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 1 & 7pm; Sun, 1pm, Free (402) 857-3519 www.poncatribe-ne.org Aug 11 Ashland, Saunders County Splash N Bash 2012 Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 Enjoy a fun-filled day at the aquatic center with special contests, food and live music. Park permit and admission to Aquatic Center (402) 944-2523 www.outdoornebraska.org Aug 11 Fort Calhoun, Washington County Tractors Tall and Small IV Washington County Museum, 102 N. 14th St Toy tractors, pedal tractors and all things farm and tractor related. Vendors, museum tours and activities for all ages. 9am-4pm, Free Judy Rohwer (402) 426-5879 www.newashcohist.org Aug 11 Gering, Scotts Bluff County Wildcat Hills Star Gaze Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (308) 668-2211 Aug 11 Indianola, Red Willow County Old Settlers Celebration City-wide Family celebration including a parade, road race, paintball tournament, kiddie carnival, frog jumping contest and more. Ann Teel (308) 3649281 www.indianolane.com Aug 11 Ogallala, Keith County Antique Tractor and Stock Pickup Pull Keith County Fairgrounds (308) 284-4066 www.visitogallala.com

Aug 9-12 Chappell, Deuel County Deuel County Fair County Fairgrounds www.chappellchamber.com Aug 9-12 Lincoln, Lancaster County Capital City Ribfest Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S. Street festival featuring America's best BBQ from vendors across the country and a variety of live music. ThuSat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-3pm Derek Andersen (402) 441-8744 www.pershingcenter.com

Aug 9-12 West Point, Cuming County Cuming County Fair Fairgrounds (402) 372-2981 www.cumingcountyfair.com Aug 10 La Vista, Sarpy County Outdoor Concert Featuring Blue House Public Library, 9110 Giles Rd Concert begins at 7pm followed by the Three Musketeers outdoor movie. Concessions available. Free (402) 331-4343 www.cityoflavista.org/2012events Aug 10-11 Arnold, Custer County Sandhills Open Road Challenge (S.O.R.C.) Roadways between Arnold and Callaway Open road racing with a 1-mile shootout, burn-out contest, parade and car show. Shoot-out at 8am, S.O.R.C. at 8:30am, Free for spectators Becky Dailey (308) 8482522 www.sorcrace.com

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Aug 11 Petersburg, Boone County Bash in the Burg Main St BBQ cook-off, brew and breads competition, fun run, street dance and children's activities. Events begin at 8am Rob Miller (402) 843-0498 www.ci.petersburg.ne.us Aug 11 Ponca, Dixon County Shooting Sports Skills Day Camp at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Hone your shooting techniques using various firearms and bows in different settings. 9am-4pm Jennifer Wolff (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Aug 11-12 Bridgeport, Morrill County 86th Annual Greek Festival Prairie Winds Community Center Authentic Greek foods, dancing and music and other activities. Sat, 4:30-10:30pm; Sun, noon-3:30pm, Free Steve Plummer (308) 262-0281 Aug 12 York, York County Living History Day Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mi S. of I-80 Exit 353 Farm demonstrations, crafts, wagon rides, cooking, sewing, blacksmithing and daily activities of the 1920s. 1-4pm, $2-$5 Dale Clark (402) 710-0682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org Aug 12-19 Imperial, Chase County Chase County Fair and Expo Fairgrounds, 560 Park St Western Nebraska's grandest fair with events including live concerts by top country artists, carnival, demolition derby, exibits and more. (800) 472-3247 www.chasecountyfair.com Aug 16-19 Columbus, Platte County Columbus Days - Discover the Music, the Food, the Fun! Downtown The biggest block party in Nebraska! Dual stage entertainment, car show, ribfest, inflatable midway, turtle races, dachsund dog races, foam dance party, parade and more. Free Sandie Fischer (402) 564-2769 www.thecolumbuspage.com Aug 16-19 Columbus, Platte County Calico Quilt Club Show Columbus Art Gallery Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 10:30am-4:30pm; Sun, 1:30-4:30pm, $3 (402) 5648863 www.visitcolumbusne.com Aug 17 Columbus, Platte County Lazy River Duck Run Pawnee Plunge 6pm (402) 564-5661 www.visitcolumbusne.com Aug 17-18 Bellevue, Sarpy County Arrows to Aerospace Washington Park & Mission Ave Carnival, parade, art in the park, children's activities, music and food. Free (402) 980-9407 www.bokiwanis.org Aug 17-18 Columbus, Platte County Columbus BBQ Classic 14th St & 26th Ave Fri, 5-10pm; Sat, 11am-11pm (402) 564-2769 www.visitcolumbusne.com Aug 17-18 Louisville, Cass County Women in the Outdoors 13th Annual Women's Outdoor Skills Program Platte River State Park Enjoy turkey hunting, geocaching, antler jewelry making, birdwatching, selfdefense and more. $40-$100 Karen Berghauser (402) 651-5807 www.womenintheoutdoors.org Aug 17-19 Petersburg, Boone County Petersburg Fire Department Trailride E. of town Tina Henn (402) 386-5327 Aug 18 Bushnell, Kimball County Bushnell Days City-wide Parade, entertainment, craft fair, food, raffles and more. 7:30am-9pm, Free Jamie Carpenter (308) 230-0683 www.bushnellnebraska.com Aug 18 Columbus, Platte County Platte Valley Mustangs All Ford Show Downtown Noon-4pm (402) 563-3550 www.visitcolumbusne.com Aug 18 Cozad, Dawson County 100 Mile Hundred Benefit Bike Ride Begins at 139 W. 8th Street (Lincoln Highway) A non-competitive bike ride following the Lincoln Highway. Experience the 30, 50 or 100 mile route! 7:30am 100meridianhundred.blogspot.com Aug 18 Cozad, Dawson County Journey Back to the 50s on the Lincoln Highway Cruise Night 100th Meridian Museum parking lot on 8th Street Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, fries and cold drinks while cruising 8th Street. 4pm

Aug 11-12 Grand Island, Hall County Back to School in Railroad Town Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 The Peters School is the site of this popular event where reading, writing and arithmetic are the focus. 9am-5pm, $8-$10 Mike Bockoven (308) 3855316 www.stuhrmuseum.org

Aug 11-12 Norfolk, Madison County 7 Cities Century Bike Ride Madison County Nebraska The first 100 mile bike ride through all of the seven cities of Madison County Nebraska. www.7citiescentury.com Aug 12 Broken Bow, Custer County Demolition Derby Custer County Fairgrounds 6:30pm (308) 872-5691 www.brokenbow-ne.com Aug 12 David City, Butler County Annual Art and Poetry Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, 575 E St Explore the combination of inspiring art and poetry as renown poets gather at the museum for a poetry reading. 2-5pm, Free Amanda Mobley (402) 3674488 www.bonecreek.org

Aug 18 Fairbury, Jefferson County Angry Cow Ultimate Trail Run Start/finish at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park Creek crossings and challenges including sand, ropes and other obstacles. (402) 729-6139 Aug 18 Grand Island, Hall County Platte River Charity Shoot Heartland Public Shooting Park www.goodwillne.com

Aug 18 Lincoln, Lancaster County State Fair Day Lincoln Children's Zoo Visit the Zoo for children's games, activities, fair food, a salsa competition and much more. 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org Aug 18 Maxwell, Lincoln County Heritage Day City-wide Fun events including a parade, team race, draft horse pull and obstacle course. (308) 5824324 Aug 18 Papillion, Sarpy County Lucky Bucket Music Festival Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St www.sumtur.org Aug 18 Springfield, Sarpy County Swine on the Vine Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St Good food, wine and music. 7-9:30pm (402) 253-2479 www.soaringwingswine.com Aug 18-19 Crawford, Dawes County Cowboy Mounted Shooters Fort Robinson State Park

Aug 12 Kearney, Buffalo County Edible Flower Tea at the Frank House 2010 University Dr (parking available at 2010 24th St) Demonstration and discussion about incorporating edible flowers into various foods followed by tasting recipes and tea in the beautiful 1889 Frank House. 2pm, $15/person - reservations required. (308) 865-8284 www.frankhouse.org

Aug 12 Sterling, Johnson County 30th Annual Deer Creek Sodbusters Antique Machinery Show 72927 610 Ave, 4 1/2 mi. S. of Sterling Featuring threshing, corn shelling, field harvest demonstrations, plowing, draft horses, steam and gas engines, antique tractor displays, flea market and more. Events begin at 8am., $5 Robert Wolff (402) 239-2307 www.deercreeksodbusters.org

Aug 17-18 Wisner, Cuming County Thunder by the River Truck and Tractor Pull Wisner River Park Extreme Nationals truck and tractor pull with more than $87,000 in prize money. Fri, 6:30pm; Sat, 12:30 & 5:30pm, $5-$22 (402) 5293212 www.thunderbytheriver.com

Aug 17-18 Wisner, Cuming County Thunder on the River Wisner Park Tractor/truck pull next to the Platte River. Airboat tours available. Fri, 1-9pm; Sat, 9am9pm, $20 for tractor pull, $10 for airboat rides (402) 968-8534 www.thunderbytheriver.com

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Aug 19 Grand Island, Hall County Sunday Afternoon With Tom and Huck Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 Stuhr's Hornady Family Arbor is the site of this summer celebration including fishing in the pond, wooden boat race, watermelon seed spitting and specialty foods. noon-5pm, $8-$10 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Aug 19 Malcolm, Lancaster County Auto & Antique Tractor Show Larry Murray Park, 105th & Malcolm Rd Car and tractor show with a DJ, vendors and concessions. Noon-4pm (402) 580-3959 Aug 19 Omaha, Douglas County Corporate Cycling Challenge Heartland of America Park, 8th & Farnam Sts Nebraska's largest 1-day cycling event! Including 3 routes: 10, 25 and 42 miles long. 8am Bob Mancuso (402) 346-8003 www.corporatecycling.com Aug 24-Sep 3 Grand Island, Hall County Nebraska State Fair Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd 4H shows, exhibits, concerts and more. (308) 3821620 www.statefair.org Aug 25 Albion, Boone County Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Competition and Concert 4th St downtown Beer garden, live bands, BBQ competition and more. 10am-1am, $15 Jill Anding (402) 395-6012 Aug 25 Hershey, Lincoln County Fall Festival City-wide Morning parade, BBQ, antique tractor pull and dance. (308) 368-5555 Aug 25 Lincoln, Lancaster County Mud Run 2012 Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th St A spectator friendly event with 5k, 10k and 1-mile mud run courses with music, obstacles, creek crossings and a huge slip and slide with mud pits. (402) 4712544 www.nscevents.com Aug 25 Minden, Kearney County Elvis Tribute Artist Joseph Hall Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St The King returns to the Opera House. 7pm, $20 (308) 8320588 www.mindenoperahouse.com Aug 25 Papillion, Sarpy County 2012 Great Nebraska Beerfest Shadow Lake Towne Center, Hwy 370 & 72nd St www.nebraskabrewingco.com Aug 31-Sep 2 Potter, Cheyenne County Potter Days Downtown and Community hall Parade, BBQ, crafts, music, street dance and more. (308) 879-9449 www.potterne.com Aug 31-Sep 3 Crawford, Dawes County Northwest Nebraska Rock Swap City Park Buy, sell, swap rocks minerals and fossils. Sep 1 Lincoln, Lancaster County Big Red Tailgate Lincoln Children's Zoo Celebrate the 2012 Cornhusker football season! Wear Husker gear, enjoy tailgate menu items at the Safari Café and watch the cheer squads and marching bands perform. 10am-5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org Sep 1 Shubert, Richardson County Aerial Fireworks Display at Indian Cave State Park 2 mi. N. and 5 mi. E. of town 9pm, Park entry permit required Jan Alexander (402) 883-2575 www.outdoornebraska.org

Aug 23-26 Falls City, Richardson County Cobblestone Festival City-wide (402) 245-2851 www.fallscitynebraska.org

Aug 24 Ashland, Saunders County Nebraska Star Party - Star Gazing Evening Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 Spend an evening under the stars with the Nebraska Star Party. Sundown, Park permit required (402) 9442523 www.outdoornebraska.org Aug 24 Gothenburg, Dawson County 8th Annual Ag Tasting Stone Hearth Estates, 110 20th St Enjoy delicious wine and beer, mouth-watering Nebraska beef and pork along with lucious desserts. 6-9pm, $20 Anne Anderson (308) 537-3505 www.gothenburgdelivers.com Aug 24 Minden, Kearney County Caleb Hawley in Concert Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St 7:30pm, $15 (308) 832-0588 www.mindenoperahouse.com Aug 24 Papillion, Sarpy County Werner Park Concert 12356 Ballpark Way Uncle Kracker concert and fireworks. (402) 734-2550 www.omahastormchasers.com Aug 24 Pleasanton, Buffalo County 2nd Annual Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament at Prairie Hills Golf Course 10 Muirfield Dr 10am, $260/team Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us

Sep 1-2 Callaway, Custer County 22nd Annual Kite Flight Smith Field, NE Hwy 40, 3 mi. S.E. of town Open to professional and hobby flyers. Great family outing, sit back and enjoy the view. $2 Gayle Pitkin (402) 836-2855 www.callawaykiteflight.com

Sep 1-2 Lexington, Dawson County 26th Annual Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza Dawson County Fairgrounds, 1000 Plum Creek Pkwy Antiques, crafts and flea market. Fri, 68:30pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 9am-4pm Julie Harns (308) 324-5504 www.visitlexington.org Sep 1-2 Ogallala, Keith County Mac Attack Regatta Lake McConaughy (308) 980-0591 www.visitogallala.com Sep 1-29 Springfield, Sarpy County Wild Animal Parade Springfield Artworks, 183 Main St A glass art exhibit featuring wild animals on parade. Tue-Fri, 1-5pm; Sat, 11am-4:30pm (402) 301-9162 www.springfieldartworks.com Sep 1-3 Ainsworth, Brown County Meadville Store Labor Day Music and ATV Festival N. on NE Hwy 7 from Ainsworth ATV pull and poker run followed by an outdoor music festival. (402) 497-2440

Aug 25-26 Bellevue, Sarpy County Defenders of Freedom Air Show and Open House Offutt Airforce Base 9am-5pm, Free (402) 2328787 www.offuttairshow.com

Aug 25-26 Crawford, Dawes County Memorial Golf Tournament Legend Buttes Golf Course Aug 25-26 Petersburg, Boone County Nebraska State Antique Tractor and Horse Plowing Bee 1 mi. W., 1/2 mi. N., 1/2 mi. W. Old thresher's reunion, flea market, authentic working displays and auction. Tractor Cade begins Friday, Aug 24. 9am, $5 Babette Garder (402) 386-5621 www.raevalley.org Aug 26 Omaha, Douglas County Make-a-Wish Run/Walk Lake Zorinsky's 156th Street entrance Registration 8am, walk begins 9am, $20-$25 (402) 280-2864 medicine.creighton.edu/portal/makeawish/index.html Aug 28-Oct 28 Plattsmouth, Cass County Farm Life and Harvest Exhibit Cass County Historical Museum,646 Main St Paintings and photographs relating to farm life in Cass County. Tue-Sun, noon-4pm, $2.50 (402) 2964770

Aug 24-26 North Loup, Valley County Popcorn Days City-wide The oldest continuous running celebration in Nebraska. Parades, carnival, Polka, watermelon feed, tractor pulls, talent shows, flea market and all the free popcorn you can eat! Larry White (308) 2190297 www.popcorndays.co.nr

Sep 1-3 Arcadia, Valley County Fall Festival City-wide Fun run/walk, ranch rodeo, children's games, demolition derby, parade and more. (308) 789-6552 www.arcadiane.com

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Sep 1-3 Crawford, Dawes County Sioux County Labor Day Celebration & Moon of the Changing Leaves Hudson-Meng & High Plains Homestead HudsonMeng annual knap-in Sep 1-3. The 5K run/walk event is held Sep 3 followed by the annual Cookshack Chicken & Sweetcorn Feed, live music, farmers market and mercantile sale. (308) 6652592 (888) 365-2592 www.highplainshomestead.com Sep 1-3 Grand Island, Hall County Arts & Craft Show Conestoga Mall Melissa Griffith (308) 382-7463 www.shopconestogamall.com Sep 1-Oct 6 Cozad, Dawson County Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition and 100th Meridian Anniversary 100th Meridian Museum, 206 E. 8th St Oral histories, educational programs, speakers, reenactments, children's programs and a variety of events. (308) 529-0606 www.cozadnebraska.net Sep TBA Fordyce, Cedar County WJ Ranch Concert Series 55659 892 Rd Top notch entertainment. (402) 3572102 www.schiferlswjranch.com Sep TBA North Platte, Lincoln County Arts in the Park Cody Park, 1400 N. Jeffers Enjoy a fun-filled day of homemade crafts. 9am-5pm (308) 535-6772 www.visitnorthplatte.com Sep 2 Norfolk, Madison County Affiliated Foods Midwest 8th Annual Music Festival Divots Conference Center Festival spotlights local, regional and national music talent in all genres of music. 4pm-midnight (402) 379-3833 www.divotsconcertseries.com Sep 2 North Platte, Lincoln County Colonel Cody's Cruise Show and Shine Downtown Check out beautifully restored antique and classic autos. (308) 530-4488 www.visitnorthplatte.com Sep 2 Red Cloud, Webster County Sarah Arneson Concert Opera House, 411 N. Webster St World class opera singer Sarah Arneson will perform with her husband, pianist George Kern. www.willacather.org Sep 2-4 Lodgepole, Cheyenne County Old Settlers Days Downtown and park Parade, crafts, BBQ, entertainment, dance, farmers market, car show and more (308) 483-5353 Sep 3 Lewellen, Garden County Blue Water Blues Festival 17 Ranch Winery, 304 Main St Music, dinner and wine tastings. (308) 778-5542 17ranchwinery.com Sep 3-8 Crawford, Dawes County American Paint Horse Association Trail Ride Fort Robinson State Park Sep 3-Oct 18 Nebraska City, Otoe County Mapping Nebraska: Work by Elizabeth Ingraham Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso (402) 874-9600 www.khncenterforthearts.org Sep 6-8 Hastings, Adams County Miles of Memories Country Music Fest Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave Traditional country concerts, theme shows and dances for fans of old-fashioned country music. 10am-11pm, $10-$40 Mary Schutz (903) 467-9545 www.texandmary.com Sep 6-8 York, York County Yorkfest City-wide York's biggest event includes activities for the kids and the entire family. Don't miss the Grand Parade on Saturday, Sep 8. (402) 362-5531 www.yorkchamber.org Sep 6-9 Plattsmouth, Cass County 81st Annual Plattsmouth Harvest Festival Main St Featuring parades, amusement rides, crafts and entertainment for the entire family. (402) 2965596 www.plattsmouthharvestfestival.com Sep 7 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: Sammy Lynn and Patsy Smith Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Sep 7-8 Cozad, Dawson County Hay Days Downtown Carnival, parade, food vendors and magic show. (308) 784-3930 www.cozadnebraska.net Sep 7-9 North Platte, Lincoln County Nebraska State Rodeo Association - State Finals Wild West Arena, 2400 N. Buffalo Bill Ave (308) 532-1058 www.hsrodeo-nebraska.com

Sep 1-3 Grand Island, Hall County 1892 Agricultural Fair Sturh Museum, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Celebrate the Nebraska State Fair with a county fair from the 1890s. Events include agriculture demonstrations, band concerts, midway games and more. 10am5pm, $8-$10 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org

Sep 1-3 Kearney, Buffalo County Labor Day Weekend Living History Demonstrations Fort Kearny State Historical Park Cannon firing 2pm daily. www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov Sep 1-3 Paxton, Keith County Labor Day Celebration City-wide (308) 284-4066 Sep 1-3 Schuyler, Colfax County Schuyler Labor Day Celebration City-wide Fireworks, street dance, road run/walk, carnival, entertainment, food stands, children's activities, parade and more. Free (402) 352-5472 www.schuylerne.net Sep 1-30 Grand Island, Hall County Inside Out Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Painters Patricia Coslor and Charlie Mitchell, textile artist Linda McCurry and jewelry designer Jennifer Mitchell present this unique show. Reception Sep 7, 5:308pm, Free (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com Sep 1-30 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: War Eras Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St Memorabilia depicting the war eras. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org Sep 1-Nov 30 Boys Town, Douglas County Timeline to Victory: Boys Town Football Past and Present Hall of History, 14057 Flanagan Blvd In 1939 the football team played their first away game in Hollywood, CA. For the next 20 years the football teams travelled across America racking up numerous victories. (402) 498-1186 www.boystown.org

Sep 7-9 Thurston, Thurston County Watermelon Days City-wide Street dance, movie in the park, vendors, parade, watermelon feed, mud drags and more. www.watermelondays.com

Sep 8 Ashland, Saunders County Moonshell Storytelling Festival 2012 Eugene T. Mahoney State Park's Open Air Pavilion & Peter Kiewit Lodge, I-80 Exit 426 Celebrate heritage and tradition at the 10th annual storytelling event! 10:30am-9:30pm, Park permit required (402) 944-2523 www.outdoornebraska.org Sep 8 Neligh, Antelope County Bread 'N Jam Festival City-wide Fun for the entire family. (402) 640-7465 www.nelighlibrary.com Sep 8 Syracuse, Otoe County Patriots' Day Run 2012 Veterans Post Home, 527 5th St 10K and 5K chip timing, awards for all brackets. 8am Timothy Christians (402) 269-3531 www.vfwpost5547midcountypost.com Sep 8 Wellfleet, Lincoln County Fall Festival City-wide Don't miss the horse race down Main Street! BBQ, cross country bike rides, mud volleyball and something for everyone. (308) 289-1301 www.wellfleetfallfestival.com Sep 8-9 Brule, Keith County Gun Show Activity Center Buying, selling and gun displays. (308) 289-6928 www.ci.brule.ne.us

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Sep 8-9 Clay Center, Clay County Old Trusty Antique Engine and Collectors Show Fairgrounds, 701 N. Martin Ave Celebration of life long ago on the farm. Draft horse show, country music, working heritage craftsment, tractor pulls, flea market, threshing, shelling and more. Sat, 8am-8pm; Sun, 8-5pm, $1-$5 Joyce Schlick (402) 726-2487 www.oldtrusty.org Sep 8-9 Crawford, Dawes County 3-Man Scramble Golf Tournament Legend Buttes Golf Course Sep 8-9 Fullerton, Nance County Jeep the Leap Broken Arrow Wilderness, 1/8 mi. N. on Hwy 14 Scenic trails open to jeeps. Camping hookups, tent sites, cottages and cabins available. Call or email for reservations. 9am-dusk (308) 536-2441 www.brokenarrownwilderness.com Sep 8-9 Gordon, Sheridan County Willow Tree Festival City Parks Three stages of entertainment, children's activities, arts, crafts and fun festival foods. Sep 12-15 Humboldt, Richardson County Humboldt Fall Festival and Richardson County Fair City-wide Fun fall festival with a coronation program, rices and concessions along with all the county fair fun. (402) 862-2821 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us Sep 13-15 Gothenburg, Dawson County 98th Annual Harvest Festival City-wide Annual dog show, parades, food vendors, arts and crafts, children's games, bed races, children's tractor pull and more. Anne Anderson (308) 537-3505 www.gothenburgdelivers.com Sep 14 & 18 North Platte, Lincoln County Railroaders, Ranchers and Thieves North Platte Cemetery, W. Rodeo Rd Guided walking tours of the cemetery with historical and entertaining details. 4-8pm & 7-9pm, $10-$15 (308) 535-8036 Sep 14-15 Harrison, Sioux County Annual Star Party at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (308) 6682211 [email protected] Sep 14-15 Omaha, Douglas County German Day - Oktoberfest German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St Music, German foods, dancers and singers, children's games and fun for all ages. Fri, 5-midnight; Sat, 11:30am-midnight, $3-$4 Linda Corring (402) 3336615 www.germanamericansociety.org Sep 14-15 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair Monument Mall, 2302 Frontage Rd Spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, tatting, beading, rug hooking, needle and wet felting and more! Demonstrations, marketplace with more than 25 vendors, mill tours and presentations. Fri, 1-7pm; Sat, 10am-5pm, Free Donna Thompson (308) 6413940 www.nebraskafiberfair.com Sep 14-30 Bellevue, Sarpy County 1776 - Musical Bellevue Little Theater, 203 W. Mission Ave Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm www.bellevuelittletheatre.com mid-Sep thru Oct Bennington, Douglas County Pooley's Pumpkin Patch Festivities 114th & Bennington Rd This 130-acre working farm offers pumpkin picking, hayrack rides, pony rides, a corn maze, old-fashioned tire swings and more. TueSun, 10am-8pm, $6, agest 2 and under free Elizabeth Pooley (402) 238-3663 www.pooleyspumpkinpatch.com Sep 15 Greeley, Greeley County Greeley Irish Festival - Half Way to St. Pat's Sacred Heart Church grounds Nebraska's largest Irish music festival! Non-stop music, dancing, storytelling and cultural education. Irish food and drink and assorted vendors. 11am-11pm, $15-$20 Mike McQuillan (308) 428-5595 www.greeleyirishfestival.com Sep 15 Henderson, York County Heritage Day Heritage Park Enjoy activities done the oldfashioned Mennonite way including lard rendering, making cracklings, outdoor oven bread baking, soap making and more. Ethnic foods served all day. 9am2pm, Donation (402) 723-5793 www.hendersonheritage.org Sep 15-16 Pierce, Pierce County Pierce Old Time Threshing Bee Fairgrounds Tractor drive begins at 1pm on Sep 14th. Parades and antique auction. 8am-5pm, Free Elwood Meier (402) 329-4245 www.ptcnet.net/museum Sep 15-16 Ponca, Dixon County 8th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Learn about wildlife-related and outdoor recreation activities including fishing, hunting, archery, camping, off-highway vehicle recreation and boating. Hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and vendors. 9am-4pm, Free Andrea Johansen (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Sep 15-16 Steele City, Jefferson County Steele City Flea Market City-wide Living history activities, tours, antique tractors and flea market. Sep 15-16 Wallace, Lincoln County Fall Festival City-wide Parade, children's games, rodeo, tractor pull, free BBQ, street dance and more. (308) 3874303 Sep 15-Oct 28 Avoca, Cass County Pumpkin Festival at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm 911 108th St Hayrack rides, nature trails, farm animals, pumpkin painting, rubber duck races, exhibits, food, gift shop and more. Fri, 1-6pm; SatSun, 10am-6pm, $4.75 (402) 267-4104 www.bloompumpkinpatch.com

Sep 8-9 Lisco, Garden County Lisco Day City-wide Celebrate the town's heritage with a parade, BBQ, entertainment, rodeo events, art show and tractor drive. (308) 772-3226 www.growgardencounty.com

Sep 8-9 Odell, Gage County Community Days City-wide Street dance, parade, BBQ, children's activities, old-fashioned games and more. (402) 239-5937 www.odell-nebraska.net Sep 8-9 Ponca, Dixon County Archery Sight-In Days at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Set your sights for the 3-D target ranges including big game, small game, deer herd or try out the just-for-fun range. 9am-4pm Jennifer Wolff (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Sep 9 Ashton, Sherman County Polish Festival 2012 St. Francis Hall Polish buffet, dancing and special activities. Museum open 1-3pm 10:30am-5pm Virginia Pokorski (308) 738-2196 www.polishheritagecenter.com Sep 9 Berwyn, Custer County Annual Rod Run and Car Show Village Park & Fire Hall (308) 935-1296 www.berwynne.org Sep 9 Grand Island, Hall County Special Olympics Horse Show Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Bruce Swihart (800) 247-0105 www.sone.org

Sep 14-16 Columbus, Platte County Festival Hispano Agricultural Park Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, noon-10pm Fernando Lopez (402) 606-9080 www.visitcolumbusne.com

Sep 14-16 Nebraska City, Otoe County 44th Annual AppleJack Festival City-wide Craft shows, museum tours, reenactments, quilt show, classic car show, enormous parade, AppleJam Fest with live music and children's activities, Arbor Day Farm and Tree Adventure festivities. (402) 873-6654 www.nebraskacity.com Sep 14-16 North Platte, Lincoln County Rail Fest Cody Park, 1400 N. Jeffers Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Union Pacific. Locomotive simulator, live music, tours and much more. Check website for details. (308) 534-3648 www.nprailfest.com Sep 14-16 Papillion, Sarpy County Cowboys, Pirates and Pumpkins Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Farm, 11001 S. 48th St www.bellevueberryfarm.com

Sep 11-13 Grand Island, Hall County Husker Harvest Days 9000 W. Husker Hwy The world's largest totally irrigated working farm show. More than 80 acres of exhibits, field demonstrations, seminars, crafts and artwork and much more. Tue-Wed, 8am-5pm; Thu, 8am-4pm, $5-$10 Matt Jungman (866) 264-7469 www.huskerharvestdays.com

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Sep 16 Bancroft, Cuming County Sunday Afternoon at the Museum Neihardt State Historic Site, 306 W. Elm St Enjoy a presentation on the Blizzard of 1948-49 by Marita Placek. 2pm, Free Nancy Gillis (402) 648-3388 www.neihardtcenter.org Sep 16 North Platte, Lincoln County Lincoln County High School Rodeo Wild West Arena (308) 534-1244 www.hsrodeonebraska.com Sep 16 West Point, Cuming County Last Fling 'Til Spring Main St More than 650 custom, classic and antique autos fill 10 blocks of downtown West Point. Live entertainment, craft show, poker run, tailgate parties and more. noon-5pm, Free Doug Peterson (402) 372-3390 www.roadgems.com Sep 19-23 Crawford, Dawes County Pine Ridge Riders Fort Robinson State Park Sep 20-22 Ogallala, Keith County Ogallala Indian Summer Rendezvous Downtown Parde, craft show, live entertainment, food vendors and more. (308) 284-4066 www.visitogallala.com Sep 21 Ashland, Saunders County Nebraska Star Party - Star Gazing Evening Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 Spend an evening under the stars with the Nebraska Star Party. Sundown, Park permit required (402) 9442523 www.outdoornebraska.org Sep 21-22 Hastings, Adams County 42nd Annual Nebraska Square and Round Dance Event Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave Dancers from across the state gather for dancing, workshops and fellowship. Fri, 7:30-11pm; Sat, 9:30am-11pm (402) 564-5502 www.squaredancene.org Sep 21-23 Dalton, Cheyenne County Fall Festival Downtown Parade, crafts, games, fireworks, BBQ, pancake feed, tractor pull and more. (308) 3772333 Sep 21-Oct 31 Gretna, Sarpy County Vala's Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival 12102 S. 180th St More than 37 attractions and 3 live shows. Hayrides, pumpkin-eating dragon, pumpkin launcher, pig races, corn maze and more. 9am-9pm, $12.25 Jan Vala (402) 332-4200 www.valaspumpkinpatch.com Sep 21-Oct 31 La Vista, Sarpy County Scary Acres 172nd & Giles Rd Featuring the Masters Castle, haunted woods, house on the hill and more. Weekends in Sep. Open in Oct: Sun-Thu, 7-10pm; Fri-Sat, 7pm-12:30am (402) 896-9666 www.scaryacres.com Sep 21-Oct 31 La Vista, Sarpy County Haunted Hollow 120th & Giles Haunted house, barn maze, movies under the stars, hatchet house and more. www.hauntedhollowomaha.com Sep 22 Grand Island, Hall County Harvest Festival Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Enjoy games, live music, dancing, a grass maze, wagon rides and dozens of other activities throughout the day focusing on harvest and food. 10am-5pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Sep 22 Red Cloud, Webster County Rat Pack Jazz Featuring Adams & Cooley Opera House, 411 North Webster St This nostalgic musical group takes audiences back to one of the most popular eras in history. 7pm, $10 www.willacather.org Sep 23 Chadron, Dawes County History in Action Day Dawes County Historical Museum Buggy rides, demonstrations, butter churning, brick making, wheat grinding and weaving, museum displays and more. 1-5pm, Free (308) 432-4999 www.chadron.com Sep 23 Fremont, Dodge County Fremont Antique Car Club's 45th Annual Swap Meet Christensen Field, 1710 W. 16th St One of Nebraska's largest one day swap meets. A variety of items from cars and auto parts outside, to arts and crafts inside. 6am-5pm, Free Gene Chappelear (402) 721-0475 www.fremontantiquecarclub.com Sep 23 Table Rock, Pawnee County Living History Day at Table Rock Town Square Downtown Watch old-fashioned crafters demonstrate their arts from threshing to medicine men and learn how our ancestors lived in the past. (402) 245-4859 Sep 23-29 Beatrice, Gage County Prairie Appreciation Week Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy 4 Celebrate the beauty of the tall grass prairie through a variety of public programs and walks. 10am-3pm, Free Susan Cook (402) 2233514 www.nps.gov/home Sep 23-Oct 14 Nebraska City, Otoe County Living History Sundays at Arbor Lodge SHP Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Go back in time and enjoy how times were in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Sundays, 1-5pm (402) 873-7222 www.outdoornebraska.org Sep 24-Oct 31 Papillion, Sarpy County Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch Fall Events 11001 S. 48th St Great pumpkin round-up, ranch of terror, haunted hayrides, haunted house and more. Daily, closed on Mondays (402) 331-5500 www.bellevueberryfarm.com Sep 25 Kearney, Buffalo County 6th Annual Trivia Contest and Dinner Event Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St Gather your team and see if you can answer some general trivia questions to win some cold-hard-cash! Prizes, silent auction and dinner. 6-9:30pm, $10/person Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us Sep 25-26 Brownville, Nemaha County 52nd Annual Brownville Fall Flea Market Main St More than 200 vendors from 7 states with antiques, primitives, crafts, jewelry, collectibles and a variety of food. 8am-6pm, Free Jim Doty (402) 8253731 www.brownville-ne.com Sep 27-30 Crawford, Dawes County Voecks/Meade Trail Ride Fort Robinson State Park Sep 27-30 Omaha, Douglas County Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo & Stock Show and Douglas County Fair CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St Enjoy the Justin Boots Championship Rodeo, stock show, stage shows, parade and educational exhibits. 9am-8pm, Free (402) 554-9600 www.rivercityrodeo.com

Sep 22 Sidney, Cheyenne County VOCAIR Flying Club's Fly-In Breakfast Muicipal Airport, 1149 Rd 19 All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and plane rides. 7:30-11:30am Jon Leever (308) 254-7443 www.cheyennecountychamber.com

Sep 22 Superior, Nuckolls County 4th Annual Journey to the CORE Public School Diaper crawl, 2 and 1 mile walk/run, vendor fair and more. 8am-3pm (785) 278-2403 www.journeytothecore.com Sep 22-23 Alliance, Box Butte County Dobby's Frontier Town Fall Festival 320 E. 25th St Quick draw and cowboy action competitions, dutch oven cooking, live entertainment and hands-on learning activities. 9am-6pm, Free Lori White (308) 762-7157 www.dobbysfrontiertown.com Sep 22-23 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lincoln Arts Festival SouthPoint Shopping Center, 27th & Pine Lake Rd More than 100 artists from across the country displaying and demonstrating their talents. Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-5pm, Free Doug Smith (402) 434-2787 www.artscene.org

Sep 22-23 Pawnee City, Pawnee County Civil War Reenactments Pawnee City Historical Society Museum, 529 P St Museum will be open both days, vendors, twighlight walks and demonstrations. (402) 852-2444 www.pawneecountyhistory.com

Sep 22-Dec 31 Omaha, Douglas County The American Soldier The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St A dramatic exhibition of photographs that captures the essence of American soldiering over the past 150 years. (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org Sep 23 Brownville, Nemaha County Andrew Tyson, Pianist Brownville Concert Hall Enjoy a subtle range of dynamics and kaleidoscope of color plus depth of emotion. 2pm (402) 825-3331 www.brownvilleconcertseries.com

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Sep 28-30 Burwell, Garfield County Nebraska's Junk Jaunt 300 miles along NE Hwys 11, 91 & 2 This is the 8th annual event! Rain or shine, you can shop 'til you drop. Dawn to dusk Peggy Haskell (308) 346-4815 www.junkjaunt.com Sep 28-Oct 4 Crawford, Dawes County Dog Trials Fort Robinson State Park Sep 29 Kimball, Kimball County Farmers Day City-wide A celebration of area agriculture. Fun run, parade, free hamburger feed, entertainment, lawn mower races, demo derby and more. 8am-6pm, Free Rod Horton (308) 235-3782 www.ci.kimball.ne.us Sep 29 Weeping Water, Cass County Fall Festival City-wide Crafts, car show, scarecrow contest, silent auction, bbq, children's crafts, chili cook-off, winetastings and more. 11am-midnight, Free Kay Gerdes (402) 267-5152 www.weepingwaternebraska.com Oct TBA Champion, Chase County Cox's Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Run Event Cox's Ponds, 1 1/2 mi. W. of town on 734 Rd Hayrack rides, face painting, crafts, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, 5K and 10K run walk and more. Free Jill Moline (308) 883-5398 www.chasecounty.com Oct TBA David City, Butler County Brew Ha-Ha The Thorpe Opera House, 457 D St Enjoy samples from local brewers in the historic opera house. (402) 367-4260 thethorpe.com Oct 2-31 Omaha, Douglas County Cobweb Castle Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St Explore a spooky castle! This not-too-scary haunted house is a perfect way for families to spend Halloween together. (402) 342-6164 www.ocm.org Oct 3 Grand Island, Hall County The Silver Celebration Fonner Park/Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Fun festival for anyone 55 and older. (308) 382-1000 www.theindependent.com Oct Crete, Saline County BoneShaker and Terror on 12th Street Haunted Houses Sokol Hall, 138 W. 12th St BoneShaker is Nebraska's only pitch black haunted house! Thu, 710pm; Fri-Sat, 7-11pm, $10-$25 www.nebraskahaunts.org Oct 4-7 Valentine, Cherry County Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Old West Days Valentine Rural High School Cowboy poetry, music, trail ride and more. 9am-9pm, $10 (402) 376-3000 www.nebraskacowboypoetrygathering.com Oct 5 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: Anne Burkholder and Pam King Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Oct 5-7 Sidney, Cheyenne County Oktoberfest and Crusin' Class Rod & Roll Show Fairgrounds & Legion Park Entertainment, crafts, vendors, farmers market, parade and other events. More than 150 classic cars compete, show and shine at Legion Park. Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, 7ammidnight; Sun, 9am-2pm, Free Judy Harris (308) 254-2932 www.sidneycheyennecountytourism.com Oct 6 Endicott, Jefferson County Lord's Acre Day United Methodist Church Enjoy a pancake breakfast, parade, crafts, food, children's games, door prizes and don't forget to try some of the famous homemade horseradish! 6am-4pm (402) 729-6048 Oct 6 Grand Island, Hall County Harvest of Harmony Parade Downtown on 3rd St Nebraska's largest parade features 50 different floats and a variety of marching bands. 8:15am, Free Micki Ward (308) 382-9210 www.gichamber.com Oct 6 Lincoln, Lancaster County Meet & Shriek Lincoln Children's Zoo Get ready for Boo at the Zoo with children's activities and ticket specials! 10am5pm, $6.25-$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org Oct 6 Orleans, Harlan County Applefest Fairgrounds Crafts, parade, entertainment and buggy rides. 9am-5pm, $1 Charlene Hunt (308) 4735120 Oct 6-7 Ashland, Saunders County Autumn Harvest Art Show 2012 Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, I-80 Exit 426 A fine arts celebration featuring wildlife, landscape, still life, impressionistic, southwest and western paintings in a variety of mediums. Sat, 9am-8pm; Sun, 9am4pm, Park entry permit required Adam Offner (402) 944-2523 www.outdoornebraska.org

Sep 29-30 McCook, Red Willow County Heritage Days Norris Ave Parade, crafts, food booths and live music. (308) 345-3200 www.aboutmccook.com

Sep 29-30 Stamford, Harlan County Pork Days and 125th Anniversary Celebration Main St Parade, arts and crafts, food, street games, free pork BBQ and entertainment. Events begin at 10:30am, Free Rolena Novak (308) 868-2401 Sep 30 Bellevue, Sarpy County Sunday Series Sarpy County Museum, 2402 Clay St Explore the early history of Fort Crook and take the audio tour of the 1937 diorama. 2pm, Free (402) 292-1880 www.sarpycountymuseum.org Sep 30 Chadron, Dawes County Dawes County Historical Society's History in Action Day S. of town Hayrack rides, stagecoach rides, fabric carding and knitting, rope basket weaving and historical activities. 1-5pm, Free Belle Lecher (308) 432-2039 www.chadron.com Oct 1-31 Grand Island, Hall County Three Men and Their Art Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St Featuring the latest works by Keith Espeland, Harry Adams and Ken Bassett. (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com

Oct 6-7 Columbus, Platte County Cornhusker Vintage Nationals US 30 Speedway Sat, 8am-10pm; Sun, 10am-4pm (402) 721-8306 www.visitcolumbusne.com

Oct 6-7 Omaha, Douglas County Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour Florence, Ponca Hills, Fort Calhoun and N. of Blair A healthy sampling of pottery styles and firing techniques, face-to-face chats with potters, glances into local history and some local wine tasting. Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 10am-5pm, Free Liz Vercruysse (402) 456-7669 www.omahanorthhillspotterytour.com Oct 6-7 Papillion, Sarpy County The Great Pumpkin Round-Up Bellevue Bery & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St Shop, eat, drink and play. Wear your Halloween duds or as you are. 11am-6pm, $8 Ed Schaefer (402) 331-5500 www.bellevueberryfarm.com Oct 6-7 Ponca, Dixon County 3rd Annual Homemade Living Weekend and Farmer's Market Ponca State park, 88090 Spur 26E Demonstrations of canning, bee keeping, organic and heirloom gardening, fiber arts, flour milling and more. Horse drawn wagon rides and pioneer games too. Free Jennifer Wolff (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Oct 6-7 Spencer, Boyd County Wild Turkey Days City-wide Historical release and wild propogation of native turkeys. Craft fairs, children's activities, chili cook-off, turkey dinner and special events. 9am-6pm Vicki Pecena (402) 589-1038 www.spencerne.net Oct 6-7 York, York County Tractor, Engine, Auto Show and Barn Dance Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mi. S. of I-80 Exit 353 Working demonstrations, games and assorted activities. Sat, 10am-dark, Sun, 10am-4:30pm, $2$5 Dale Clark (402) 710-0682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org Oct 7 Columbus, Platte County Taste of Columbus Agricultural Park (402) 564-2769 www.visitcolumbusne.com

Oct 1-31 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Orphan Train Riders Exhibit Madison County Historical Society, 210 W. 3rd St Explore the journey of the Orphan Train Riders as they were placed in homes across the U.S. from 1865 to 1929. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free Carol Robertson (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org

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Oct 7 Elyria, Valley County Elyria Pumpkin Festival Main St Crafts, games, prizes and lots of pumpkin pie! 10am-4pm, Free Judi Welniak (308) 728-5727 www.visitvalleycounty.com Oct 7 Hastings, Adams County Prairie Loft Harvest Celebration Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, 4705 DLD Rd Wagon rides, farm animals, art activities, farm equipment, cultural workshops, demonstrations and more. 1-6pm, Free Amy Sandeen (402) 463-0565 www.prairieloft.org Oct 7 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County Art in the Courtyard Barn Anew B&B Country Retreat A gathering of artists and their works in the courtyard of the Barn Anew Bed and Breakfast. A yearly event for the North Platte Valley Artist's Guild. 10am-4pm, Free (308) 632-8647 www.barnanew.com Oct 13 Grand Island, Hall County The Big Grape Fonner Park/Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd Sponsored by Hy-Vee, this event features wine tastings from vineyards around the world, gourmet foods and live music. (308) 3813678 Oct 13 Harrison, Sioux County National Fossil Day & Visitor Center Anniversary Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (308) 4369772 Oct 13 Red Cloud, Webster County Taxi Driver Band Opera House, 411 N. Webster St This 7-piece cover band plays music from the 50s to today including oldies, Motown, classic rock, country, dance and new hits. 7pm, $15 www.willacather.org Oct 13 & 20 Ponca, Dixon County Hallowfest at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E The park's annual autumn event featuring haunted hayrack rides, pumpkin rolling and carving contest, campsite decorating contest and more. (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Oct 13-14 Beatrice, Gage County Family History Weekend Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy 4 A lesson in family geneology and history! 1-5pm, Free Susan Cook (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home Oct 13-14 Lincoln, Lancaster County Lancaster Antique Show and Sale Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock Ave Established show of 30 years featuring quality antiques including books, country primitives, furniture, glassware, pottery, folk art, early Americana and more. Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am4pm, $3.50 Rhonda Blank (402) 432-1451 www.lancastereventcenter.com Oct 13-27 Shubert, Richardson County Haunted Hollow Hayrack Rides at Indian Cave State Park Indian Cave State Park Enjoy spooky hayrack rides at night through the park. Weekends of Oct 13, 1920, 26-27, $7-$5, park entry permit required (402) 883-2575 www.outdoornebraska.org Oct 13-Dec 31 Omaha, Douglas County Itty Bitty City Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St The entire city is kid-sized and kid-powered. The city comes to life in the exhibit as kids work, live and play in a city designed just for them. Museum admission +$2 (402) 342-6164 www.ocm.org Oct 14 Bellevue, Sarpy County Bellevue's Buried History Cemetery Tour Bellevue Cemetery, 13th Ave & Franklin St Explore the rich history of Sarpy County. 2-4pm, $10 Ben Justman (402) 292-1880 www.sarpycountymuseum.org Oct 14 Ohiowa, Fillmore County Ohiowa Craft Day Auditorium Crafts, cookbooks, homemade items, food and more. (402) 295-2515 Oct 14 Omaha, Douglas County Zoo Run Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St Lace up your shoes for the 31st annual Zoo Run! For runners of all levels, 5 mile run or 1 mile run/walk. 8-11am, $15-$25, register early for free T-shirt Steph Husman (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com Oct 14 York, York County October Czechfest City auditorium, 6th & Nebraska Sts Authentic Czech foods, accordian jam, raffle, silent auction, demonstrations and geneology information. 9:30am-5:30pm, Free JoAnn Kuester (402) 362-6413 www.nebraskaczechsofyork.org Oct 14-20 Hastings, Adams County 32nd Annual Nebraska Country Music Foundation Festival Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave Performers of all ages including amateur, semiprofessional and professional acts. 7pm, $5-$7 Deb Shaw (402) 726-2140 www.necmf.net Oct 15-Nov 17 Fort Calhoun, Washington County Museum on Main Street and Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition Washington County Museum Cultural events, handson activities and guest lectures. Exhibit shows how America's evolving mobility changed a young nation. Free (402) 468-5740 www.newashcohist.org Oct 18-21 & 25-28 York, York County Sin, Sex and the CIA Yorkshire Playhouse, 513 N. Lincoln Ave Slightly adult comedy with plenty of ins and outs, mistaken characters and pretty girls! Thu-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $15 (402) 362-4575 www.yorkshireplayhouse.com Oct 19-20 Grand Island, Hall County All Hallows Evenings Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. US Hwy 34 The spooks of Railroad Town are waiting for you. Grab some candy on the treat trail, bob for doughnuts or get a fun fright in the Haunted Field. 6-9pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org Oct 19-20 & 26-27 Plattsmouth, Cass County Haunted Victorian Ghost Walk Historic Victorian homes Follow the night watchman to homes nestled in the haunted hills of Plattsmouth. Frightful ghost stories portrayed by a cast of actors. 7:30-10pm, $20 Leigh Jean Koinzan (402) 4986617 www.plattsmouthconservancy.org Oct 19-21 Alliance, Box Butte County Follow the Rails Art Trail Towns along Highway 2 A 3-day event showcasing Sandhills art and artists in communities along Highway 2. Various activities including demonstrations, model railroading, wine and cheese receptions and more. Free (308) 458-2232 www.sandhillsjourney.com Oct 19-21 Ashland, Saunders County Holiday Craft Show at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park I-80 Exit 426 Crafts, jewelry, face painting and fall and winter activities. Fri, 4-8pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 9am-3pm, Park entry permit required Adam Offner (402) 944-2523 www.outdoornebraska.org

Oct 11-14 Brownville, Nemaha County Paint Brownville Autumn 2012 (Plein Aire Art Event) City-wide Artists from around the region paint in open air format. Exhibit and sale of original works, food and entertainment. 8am-9pm Jay Tallmon (402) 825-3982 www.brownville-ne.com

Oct 12 Grand Island, Hall County Bar J Wranglers Heartland Events Center The Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, deliver some of the purest harmony, best musicianship and funniest ranch humor ever seen on stage. 8pm (308) 382-4515 www.barjchuckwagon.com Oct 12 Stanton, Stanton County Oktoberfest - Uptown's 31st Anniversary Party Uptown Café, 801 10th St German beer and wine tastings with authentic German food and live music. 7pm, Free Rosalind Lamson (402) 439-5100 Oct 12-13 Fremont, Dodge County Holiday Splendor Quilt & Needlework Show City auditorium, 929 N. Broad St More than 200 quilts and needlework items, vendors, mini-raffle, country store with homemade items and more. Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 9am-5pm, $5 Jan Larsen (402) 7218759 Oct 12-13 Kearney, Buffalo County Threads Across Nebraska Buffalo County Fairgrounds Quilt show, merchants mall and quilt raffle. Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-4pm, $3-$6 LeAnn Killion (308) 440-8867 nsqg.org Oct 12-14 Brownville, Nemaha County Kim Smith Starring in Misfit Brownville Concert Hall Smith charts a dark and whimsical path through a ruined musical landscape of disfigured pop and peculiar period treasures. Oct 12-13, 7:30pm; Oct 14, 2pm (402) 825-3331 www.brownvilleconcertseries.com Oct 13 Columbus, Platte County We Can Run, Walk & Roll 5K & 1Mile Pawnee Park 10am (402) 562-3339 www.visitcolumbusne.com

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Oct 19-21 Omaha, Douglas County Fall Home and Garden Expo CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St The Midwest's largest fall home show with all things for indoor and outdoor living. Fri, 5-9pm; Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-5pm, $7, children under 12 yrs free admission (402) 346-8003 www.showofficeonline.com Oct 19-21 Wakefield, Dixon County Hot Air Balloon Festival City-wide www.ci.wakefield.ne.us Oct 19-21 & 26-28 Scotia, Greeley County Haunted Hallow at Happy Jack Peak & Chalk Mine NE Hwy 11 Don't miss this halloween event at the chalk mine. Guided tours, transportation provided from Scotia. (308) 245-3276 www.happyjackchalkmine.com Oct 20 Beatrice, Gage County Howling Homestead Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy 4 A fun family event celebrating the end of harvest season. (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home Oct 20 Howells, Colfax County Craft Show Howells Ballroom More than 50 exhibitors of crafts and home décor, book sales, bake sale and concessions. 9am-4pm, $1 Lisa Bayer (402) 9861552 www.ci.howells.ne.us Oct 20 Papillion, Sarpy County 1st Annual Papillion Extreme 5K Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St Featuring 12 or more obstacles with challenges such as the fire jump, sand bag carry, lake crossing, mud mayhem and more. The finish is a slip and slide into a muddy pit. 2-6pm (402) 597-2041 Oct 21 Schuyler, Colfax County Songs and Prayers From St. Augustyn Indian Mission St. Benedict Center Members of the Winnebago and Omaha tribes will perform with Father Dave Korth, native flute artist and Director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission. 3pm, Donation Joni Fichtl (402) 3528819 www.stbenedictcenter.com Oct 25 Beatrice, Gage County Night of the Great Pumpkin Downtown Witches kettle, pony rides, scream contest, haunted house, free pumpkins and treats, pumpkin contest and more. 5-7pm, Free Alexis Winder (402) 223-3244 www.mainstreetbeatrice.org Oct 25-26 York, York County Scream on the Square Downtown Join all the ghouls at York's official Halloween celebration featuring the National Scream Contest and the Troll Stroll. (402) 362-5531 www.yorkchamber.org Oct 26 Chadron, Dawes County Moonlight Madness Main Street Costume contest, penny carnival, games, pumpkin chunkin, haunted house and chili cook-off. 4-6pm, Free (308) 432-4401 www.chadron.com Oct 26-27 Crete, Saline County 2nd Annual Savin' Sokol Halloween Festival Sokl Hall, 138 W. 12th St Music, concessions, games for all ages, BorkDork the Clown, paintball shooting gallery, haunted houses, hayrack rides and more. Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, 9am-midnight Nate Walenta www.nebraskahaunts.org Oct 26-30 Lincoln, Lancaster County Boo at the Zoo Lincoln Children's Zoo Meet some of your favorite costumed characters and fill your bag full of treats at the Boo Stations. Safe, family-friendly event. 5:308:00pm (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org Oct 27 Kearney, Buffalo County 2nd Annual Old-Fashioned Halloween Party Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St A safe, family-friendly event. Dress up and have a blast learning about Buffalo County's past Halloweens. $3 Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us Nov 1-4 Omaha, Douglas County Autumn Festival - An Arts & Crafts Affair Century Link Center, 455 N. 10th St Hundreds of the nation's finest artists and crafters display and sell their work. Thu-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 10am-5pm, $6-$7, under 10 yrs of age free admission (402) 331-2889 www.hpifestivals.com Nov 1-Dec 22 Springfield, Sarpy County Celebrate a Platte River Christmas Springfield Artworks, 183 Main St Artists at work, unique pieces on display. Special exhibits each weekend. Tue-Fri, 1-5pm; Sat, 11am-4:30pm, Free Margie Trembley (402) 301-9162 www.springfieldartworks.com Nov 1-Dec 31 Boys Town, Douglas County Christmas Stamps Leon Myers Stamp Center, 13628 Flanagan Blvd Christmas-themed stamps and covers from around the world. Daily, 8am-5pm, Free (800) 625-1400 www.boystown.org Nov 1-Dec 31 Grand Island, Hall County Celebrate Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd St A fantasy of art and gifts to put you into the holiday spirit. Open House Nov 2, 5:30-8pm (308) 381-4001 www.prairiewindsart.com Nov TBA Sidney, Cheyenne County Taste of Sidney Cheyenne County Community Center Sample food and drink from local merchants or bid in the silent auction. 5:30-8pm (308) 254-2984 www.cheyennecountychamber.com Nov 2 Lincoln, Lancaster County First Friday's Main Gallery Exhibit: Linda Benton and 3-D Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for additional gallery exhibits and details. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com

Oct 27-28 Crawford, Dawes County Annual Fall Craft Show Community Bldg Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, 9am-4pm Oct 27-28 Falls City, Richardson County Halloween Dance and Spooks on the Square Downtown (402) 245-2851 www.fallscitynebraska.org

Oct 27-28 Grand Island, Hall County Grand Island Rifle Club Gun Show Fonner Park/Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd (308) 383-4605 www.girifleclub.com Oct 28 Petersburg, Boone County Petersburg's Punkin' Chunkin' 1 mi. E. of town on Hwy 32 Shoot, launch, throw or fling a 6-12 pound pumpkin in the Punkin' Chunkin' Contest. There is a $500 award for longest distance. Pie eating contest, petting zoo, kid's candy shoot and more. 1pm Larry & Shirley Henn (402) 3865420 www.ci.petersburg.ne.us Oct 28 York, York County Boo on the Farm Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mi. S. of I-80 Exit 353 Celebrate Halloween on the farm with games, prizes, free pumpkins and more. 1:30-3:30pm, $3 per child Dale Clark (402) 710-0682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org Nov Seward, Seward County Come Home for Christmas Downtown A magical indoor winter wonderland, Santa and his reindeer on the town square and lighted Christmas parade. Free (402) 643-4189 www.sewardne.com Nov 1-30 Madison, Madison County 2012 Rails and Trails Event: Ethnic Influence Exhibit Madison County Historical Society Museum, 210 W. 3rd St A highlight of the journeys of various ethnic groups who helped shape Nebraska. Mon-Fri, 14pm, Free Carol Robertson (402) 992-1221 www.madisoncountyhistory.org

Nov 2-18 Bellevue, Sarpy County It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Bellevue Little Theater, 203 W. Mission Ave Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2 & 8pm; Sun, 2pm www.bellevuelittletheatre.com

Nov 2-3 Beatrice, Gage County Governor's Pheasant Hunt Beatrice Gun Club, 5954 W. Hoyt Rd Standard hunt, clay shoot and optional European-style hunt. $250 Alexis Winder (402) 223-3244 www.mainstreetbeatrice.org Nov 3 Bertrand, Phelps County 38th Annual Bertrand Fall Craft Show Community Building and high school More than 100 vendors with unique creations. 9am-3pm, Free Janice Gengenbach (308) 472-5092 www.ci.bertrand.ne.us Nov 3 Grand Island, Hall County Downtown Antique Stores' Christmas Celebration Downtown Eight shops representing more than 200 dealers celebrate the Christmas season. 6-9pm, Free James Pohl (308) 384-6018 www.visitgrandisland.com

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Nov 3 Norfolk, Madison County Craft Giftique City auditorium, 127 N. 1st St 9am-5pm (402) 5641845 Nov 3-4 North Platte, Lincoln County Cowboy Christmas Craft Show D&N Event Center, 501 E. Walker Rd Unique Christmas gifts, crafts, concert, children's rodeo and other scheduled activities. (308) 530-4396 www.visitnorthplatte.com Nov 4 Crawford, Dawes County High Plains Homestead Customer Appreciation Celebration High Plains Homestead Free buffalo and venison stew, cornbread, coffee and hot cider along with live music. Plan to attend the last northwest Nebraska party of the travel season and kick-off to rifle dear season. (308) 665-2592 (888) 365-2592 www.highplainshomestead.com Nov 14-15 McCook, Red Willow County McCook Farm and Ranch Expo Red Willow County Fairgrounds More than 350 vendors from 20 states and Canada display the latest in agriculture and livestock equipment. Nov 14, 9am-7pm; Nov 15, 9am-4pm, Free Darren Dale (735) 426-2092 www.mccookfarmandranchexpo.net Nov 15 Blair, Washington County Sugar Plum Festival Downtown Kick off the holidays with the Sugar Plum Walk, chili feed and hayrack rides. (402) 533-4455 www.blairchamber.org Nov 15 Columbus, Platte County Downtown Christmas Stroll Downtown 4-8pm www.visitcolumbusne.com Nov 15-18 Columbus, Platte County 31st Annual Festival of Trees Library Art Gallery Thu, noon-8pm; Fri-Sat, noon4:30pm; Sun, 1:30-4:30pm, $6 www.visitcolumbusne.com Nov 15-18 Omaha, Douglas County Lewis & Clark Cluster Dog Show CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St Four days of agility, obedience and rally for all breeds. 8am-5pm, $5-$7 Paula Steenson (402) 346-3950 Nov 16 Hartington, Cedar County Hartington's Candlelight Christmas and Lighted Vehicle Parade Downtown on Broadway Silhouette lighting, art exhibit, crafts, chili feed, visits from Santa, luminaries and a lighted vehicle parade 5pm, Free Carey Ponce (307) 331-0545 www.ci.hartington.ne.us/chamber.asp Nov 16 Stanton, Stanton County Blues and Bleus at Café Roqufert Uptown Café, 801 10th St French songs and supper with entertainment. 7pm (402) 439-5100 Nov 17 Ogallala, Keith County Annual Arts and Crafts Show Fairgrounds Crafts, quilts and art show. (308) 2844066 www.visitogallala.com Nov 17 Seward, Seward County Seward Junior Women's Club Annual Fall Craft Fair Fairgrounds More than 100 vendors with a variety of products. (402) 519-4111 www.sewardne.com Nov 19 Humboldt, Richardson County Christmas Window Opening City-wide Shopping, games, soup supper, vendors, visits from Santa and horse and buggy rides. (402) 862-2821 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us Nov 19 Lodgepole, Cheyenne County Christmas Decorating Party Lodgepole Museum on Hwy 30 Hand-strung popcorn and hayrack/sleigh rides for all. (308) 4835353 Nov 19-Dec 24 Geneva, Fillmore County Holiday Cheer in Geneva Downtown Visit from Santa, children's movie, music and activities. (402) 759-1155 www.visitfillmorecounty.org Nov 20-Dec 19 Brownville, Nemaha County Brownville Old Time Christmas City-wide Open houses, holiday lights and concerts. weekends, 8am-5pm, Free Jay Tallmon (402) 8253982 www.brownville-ne.com Nov 22-Dec 31 Hemingford, Box Butte County Hemingford Community Christmas City-wide Drive through the life-sized holiday scenes. Christmas music plays from 4-9pm, scenes are illuminated until midnight. (308) 487-1176 www.ci.hemingford.ne.us Nov 23 Falls City, Richardson County Christmas Open House Downtown (402) 245-2851 www.fallscitynebraska.org Nov 23 Sidney, Cheyenne County Old-Fashioned Christmas and Lamplight Tours Hickory Street Square & Ft. Sidney Museum Visits from Santa, hayrack rides, hot chocolate, music and lamplight tours of the museum's decorated buildings. (308) 254-5851 www.cheyennecountychamber.com

Nov 6-12 Syracuse, Otoe County Parade of Veterans Fair Center Display open Sun, noon-4pm; Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm; Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9am-noon. Light meal served on Fri from 5-7pm.

Nov 8 Norfolk, Madison County Second City Johnny Carson Theater, 801 Riverside Blvd A sketch/improv team from Chicago that will perform their show, Laughing Matters. 7pm, $25 (402) 3717199 www.norfolkartscenter.org Nov 9-11 Brownville, Nemaha County Taxi Driver - A Musical Ride Brownville Concert Hall Seven musicians will take you on an excursion into the world of rock music. Nov 9-10, 7:30pm; Nov 11, 2pm (402) 825-3331 brownvilleconcertseries.com Nov 10 Bellevue, Sarpy County Nebraska's Official Veterans Day Parade Downtown on Mission Ave Patriotic parade. 10am, Free (402) 898-3000 www.bellevuenebraska.com Nov 10 Kearney, Buffalo County Holiday Splendor Craft and Trade Show Buffalo County Fairgrounds Crafters, home-based businesses and trades. Your one-stop-shop for the holidays! 9am-4pm, Free Kyla Martin (308) 4400153 www.communityactionmidne.com Nov 10 Linwood, Butler County Holidays With the Merrills Moses Merrill Camp, 2849 Rd 31 Holiday festival with storytelling, music, crafters, food and more. 10am-4pm, Free MaryBeth Robertson (402) 6665639 www.campmerrill.com Nov 10 Neligh, Antelope County Rafts of Crafts Elmer Lindahl Gym Crafts of all kinds, home baked goods and commercial vendors. 10am-5pm Kay Stearns (402) 887-5128 www.neligh.net

Nov 23-Dec 30 Grand Island, Hall County Fantasy of Trees Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Nearly 100 lavishly decorated trees are on display. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm, $6-$8 Mike Bockoven (308) 3855316 www.stuhrmuseum.org

Nov 23-Dec 31 Beatrice, Gage County Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy 4 Special exhibits for many of the ethnic groups with settled the Great Plains. Special programs on Nov 25, Dec 2 & 9 begin at 2pm. 9am5pm, Free Susan Cook (402) 223-3514 www.nps.gov/home Nov 23-Dec 31 Omaha, Douglas County Christmas at Union Station Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St Lighting of Omaha's largest Christmas tree, live music, holiday miniatures display and more. (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org

Nov 23-Dec 31 Omaha, Douglas County LightPlay Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St Celebrate the holidays with playful lights that dance to music. (402) 342-6164 www.ocm.org

Nov 24 Elmwood, Cass County Holiday Extravaganza City-wide A variety of events including a craft show and light parade. Kurk Shrader (402) 944-5745 www.elmur.org

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Nov 24 Henderson, York County Holiday Tour of Homes Heritage Park Tour homes fully decorated for the season. 4-7pm, $10 Marjorie Smith (402) 723-5793 www.hendersonheritage.org Nov 24 Odell, Gage County Odell Craft Show 9am-4pm Mary Jo Bures (402) 766-3677 Nov 24-25 Columbus, Platte County Craft Giftique Center Mall, 23rd St & 32nd Ave Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm (402) 564-1845 Nov 24-25 Fordyce, Cedar County WJ Ranch Cowboy Christmas WJ Ranch, 5565 892 Rd Featuring arts from more than 50 vendors, buggy and pony rides, roping shows, family activities, visit from Santa, refreshments and more. 9am-5pm, Free Jan Schiferl (402) 357-2102 www.schiferlswjranch.com Nov 25 La Vista, Sarpy County Santa's Sleigh Ride City-wide www.cityoflavista.org/2012events Nov 25-Dec 31 Madison, Madison County Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition Madison County Historical Society Museum Exhibit shows how America's evolving mobility changed a young nation. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Free (402) 992-1221 www.nebraskahumanities.org Nov 25-Dec 9 Schuyler, Colfax County Christmas on the Hill St. Benedict Center, 1126 Rd I Wide variety of crafts and gifts by area artists. View a unique display of nativity scenes from around the world. Pageant will be held Dec 1 at 5 & 7pm. Mon-Fri, 2-6:30pm; SatSun, 10am-7pm, Free Joni Fichtl (402) 352-8819 www.stbenedictcenter.com Nov 26 La Vista, Sarpy County Holiday Tree Lighting Community Center, 8116 Park View Blvd www.cityoflavista.org/2012events Nov 27 Papillion, Sarpy County Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Dr Santa Claus is coming to town - be there when he rides in and helps light the giant holiday tree! 6;30pm (402) 537-0046 www.shadowlakeshopping.com Nov 29-Dec 22 Columbus, Platte County Christmas Unwrapped Columbus Art Gallery Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 1:304:30pm (402) 563-1016 www.visitcolumbusne.com Dec 1 Chambers, Holt County Christmas Open House City-wide Large craft show, visit from Santa, horsedrawn hayrack rides and more. (402) 336-1504 www.holtcountynebraska.com Dec 1 Crawford, Dawes County 18th Annual Fort Robinson Historical Christmas Dinner Fort Robinson State Park Dec 1 Crawford, Dawes County Historical Christmas Dinner and Lighting of the Fort Fort Robinson State Park, 3200 Hwy 20 Featuring the year 1946. Family-style meal and the lighting of holiday lights. (308) 665-2900 www.outdoornebraska.org Dec 1 Gordon, Sheridan County Gordon Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights Main St Kick off the holiday season in Gordon! 6pm (308) 282-0464 Dec 1 Merriman, Cherry County Christmas at the Bowring Bowring Ranch State Historical Park Enjoy a tasty meal and evening entertainment. 5-8pm, Meal ticket and park permit required Diane Burress (308) 6843428 www.outdoornebraska.org Dec 1 Niobrara, Knox County Christmas Festival WFLA Hall Craft show, children's games, visit from Santa, giveaways and more. 9am-4pm, Free Sharon Scott (402) 857-3838 www.niobrarane.com Dec 1-2 & 8-9 Kearney, Buffalo County 25th Annual Christmas Tree Walk Trails & Rails Museum, 710 W. 11th St Stroll through the buildings filled to the brim with Christmas joy, enjoy old-fashioned holiday music and taste some homemade goodies. 1-5pm, $2-$5 Jennifer Murrish (308) 234-3041 www.bchs.us Dec 1-29 Creighton, Knox County Creighton's Santaland & Holiday Lights Bruce Park Drive through the holiday light displays including Santa's workshop! Sun-Thu, 6:30-9pm; FriSat, 7-10pm, Free (402) 358-5386 www.creighton.org Dec 1-9 Red Cloud, Webster County Festival of Trees Webster County Historical Museum, 721 W. 4th Ave Mon-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat-Sun, 1-5pm, Donation Teresa Young (402) 746-2444 www.redcloudguiderock.com Dec TBA Chappell, Deuel County Downtown Christmas Celebration City-wide www.chappellchamber.com Dec 2 Auburn, Nemaha County Christmas on the Square Nemaha Valley Museum, 1423 19th St & Courthouse Square Santa visits, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate. 1-4pm, Free Maxine Schatz (402) 2743735 www.nemahavalleymuseum.org

Dec 1 Schuyler, Colfax County Downtown Christmas and Parade of Trees Downtown Santa arrives by fire truck, storytime at the library, games, crafts, photo opportunities, carriage rides and goodies for the kiddies. 10amnoon, Free Lora Johnson (402) 352-5472 schuylernebraska.net

Dec 1 Weeping Water, Cass County Come Home for Christmas Downtown Craft show, children's crafts, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, museum tours and parade of trees. 9am-4pm, Free Kay Gerdes (402) 267-5152 www.weepingwaternebraska.com Dec 1 & 7-9 Grand Island, Hall County Christmas Past and Present Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. Hwy 34 Beautiful lamp lit tours of Railroad Town, cooking, crafts, decorations, live music and the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Dec 1,7-8, 6-9pm; Dec 9, 2-5pm, $6-$8 (308) 385-5316 www.stuhrmuseum.org

Dec 2 Bellevue, Sarpy County Holiday Open House Sarpy County Museum, 2402 Clay St View the wonderful holiday displays, complete with live entertainment and plenty of holiday treats. 2-4pm, Free (402) 292-1880 www.sarpycountymuseum.org

Dec 2 Bellevue, Sarpy County Holiday Party Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St 2pm www.sarpycountymuseum.org Dec 2 Boys Town, Douglas County Boys Town Christmas Tree Lighting & Gift of the Magi Village Circle near Heroes Blvd Carolers welcome Santa as he arrives by firetruck to visit Boys Town. Sing holiday favorites as the village tree is lit for the holidays. 7:45pm (800) 625-1400 www.boystown.org Dec 2 Dannebrog, Howard County Danish Christmas City-wide Small town holiday celebration with Father Christmas and Santa. (308) 226-8226 www.dannebrog.org

Dec 1 & 8 Lincoln, Lancaster County Winter Zoobilee Lincoln Children's Zoo Christmas and holiday themed activities for all ages. 10am-5pm, $6.25$7.25 Adam Rhoads (402) 475-6741 www.lincolnzoo.org

Dec 1-2 Plattsmouth, Cass County Victorian Progressive Christmas Dinner & Tour of Homes Homes in Plattsmouth Saturday dinner guests enjoy a 6-course meal at 6 locations, progressive style. Homes are dressed in holiday décor and open for public tours on Sunday. Dinner on Sat at 5pm. Sun tours 3-7pm., $98/meal on Sat. $10/person for tour on Sun. (402) 296-5002 www.plattsmouthconservancy.org

Dec 2 Madison, Madison County Christmas in Madison Downtown & Madison County Museum Visits from Santa Claus, craft show, caroling, tour of homes and more. Railroad models depict the rail era of settlement at the Madison County Museum. (402) 454-3733 www.madisoncountyhistory.org

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Dec 2 Omaha, Douglas County Christmas in Germany German American Society, 3717 S. 120th St German food, singing, dancing, puppet show, Christkindel market and more. 11:30-6pm, Free (402) 333-6615 www.germanamericansociety.org Dec 2 Potter, Cheyenne County Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Caroling, hayrack rides, food vendors and visits from Santa. 5pm, Free (308) 879-4332 www.potterne.com Dec 2 Wisner, Cuming County Christmas Celebration City-wide Activities for all ages including caroling, games, visit from Santa, living window displays and tree lighting. 11am-5pm (402) 529-3212 www.wisnerareachamberofcommerce.com Dec 2-31 Boys Town, Douglas County Boys Town Historic Creche Displays Village of Boys Town Take a driving tour and view 3 historic nativity scenes. Daily, 8am-5pm, Free (800) 625-1400 www.boystown.org Dec 8 Fort Calhoun, Washington County Christmas in Calhoun Washington County Museum and other sites Holiday displays and cultural events follow the theme of "Let it Snow." 9am-7pm (402) 468-5740 www.newashcohist.org Dec 8 Red Cloud, Webster County Thalken, Tesdall & Thalken Jazz Band Opera House, 411 N. Webster St This entertaining jazz group will perform some of the season's classic songs. 7pm, $10 www.willacather.org Dec 8-16 Boys Town, Douglas County Nollaig Shona Duit: Irish Christmas at Boys Town Father Flanagan House, 14153 Grodinsky Cir The house is filled with tradtional decorations. Enjoy the evening light displays around the village. 10am4:30pm, Free Thomas Lynch (402) 498-1186 www.boystown.org Dec 8-23 York, York County Christmas on the Farm Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mi. S. of I-80 Exit 353 Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the 1920s. Modern lighted village and refreshments. 1-4pm, $2-$5 Dale Clark (402) 7100682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org Dec 8-9 Columbus, Platte County Craft Giftique Center Mall, 23rd St & 32nd Ave Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm (402) 564-1845 Dec 14 Ponca, Dixon County Annual Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26E Amateur and expert bird watchers can compare notes and enjoy a free chili feed. (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org Dec 14-16 Brownville, Nemaha County The Gala Christmas Show Brownville Concert Hall End the concert season on a high note with the Christmas Gala! Dec 14-15, 7:30pm; Dec 16, 2pm (402) 825-3331 brownvilleconcertseries.com Dec 15-18 North Platte, Lincoln County Christmas at the Cody's Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park Horse drawn hayrack rides, roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider, Santa and Buffalo Bill visit and a variety of trees decorated for the holidays. 5:30-8pm, $5, ages 12 & under free (308) 535-8035 www.outdoornebraska.org Dec 27-29 Omaha, Douglas County Penguins and Pancakes Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St Enjoy pancakes from the Pancake Man, crafts and animal visits from the African penguins. 8:30-10am, $12$15 (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com Dec 31 Omaha, Douglas County Noon Year's Eve Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St Party with the animals! Activities, entertainment and an early countdown to 2013 complete with a beach ball drop. 10am-1pm (402) 738-2047 www.omahazoo.com

Dec 5 Callaway, Custer County Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Prizes, treats, photos with Santa, fire engine rides and more. 9am-8pm Ken Pitkin (402) 836-2362 www.callaway-ne.com Dec 6-9 Omaha, Douglas County Madrigal Christmasse Feaste Marriott Regency Hotel, 10220 Regency Cir Holiday music, 5-course meal and a cast of 35 to sing and entertain - complete with a jester and a wench! $48$52 (402) 556-1400

Dec 6-9 York, York County The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Yorkshire Playhouse, 513 N. Lincoln Ave Great family comedy about the struggles of putting on the perfect church Christmas pageant. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm, $15 (402) 362-4575 www.yorkshireplayhouse.com Dec 7 Brule, Keith County Hometown Holiday Open House Community Center (308) 284-4066 www.ci.brule.ne.us Dec 7 Lincoln, Lancaster County Holiday Show Burkholder Project, 719 P St Check website for gallery information. 7-9pm, Free Lisa Holmquist (402) 477-3305 www.burkholderproject.com Dec 7 & 9 Omaha, Douglas County Christmas at the Cathedral St. Cecelia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St The Omaha Symphonic Chorus is joined by the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Fri, 8pm; Sun, 2pm, $15-$25 (402) 398-1766 www.omahasymphonicchorus.org Dec 7-8 Cozad, Dawson County Holiday at the Henri and Tour of Homes Robert Henri Museum, 218 E. 8th St Enjoy wine at the museum and a tour of homes. (308) 325-2119 www.roberthenrimuseum.org

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