107.7 The Island's Tri Cities Events

Date Event Description Time / Location

Volunteers Needed

From: The League of Human Dignity
We all have the right to choose where to live, work and play. The League of Human Dignity is dedicated to helping people with disabilities live independently, through services that include advocacy, independent living skills training, peer support, information and referral, transition services and much more.
To learn how we can help, call the League of Human Dignity in Kearney at 308-224-3665, or go online to www.leagueofhumandignity.com.
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The League of Human Dignity is a nonprofit, consumer-based organization that promotes the full integration of people with disabilities into society. To that end, we advocate for their needs and rights, while providing services to assist them in becoming and remaining independent citizens.
Thank you,
Jim Anderson
Public Information Specialist
The League of Human Dignity
1701 P St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
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INFO now, Lincoln


GRIEFSHARE A 13-week non-denominational support group for people experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one Sessions begin on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 212 W. 12th Street Grand Island, NE 68801 308-382-0753 www.trinitylutherangi.org
From: Eunice McCarty
Your Phone Number: 308-382-0753
This email was sent by euni@tlcgi.org
INFO 6:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church 212 W. 12th Street Grand Island

art exhibit

Location: Stuhr Museum

Description: The region's largest art exhibit dedicated to life on the Platte River returns to the Stuhr Building.

Featured artist is Kris Allphin.

Free artist's reception on Sunday, April 9.
Closed on Mondays during February and March.
Admission charged
Contact Information:
(308) 385-5316
INFO Feb., Mar., and April, Stuhr Museum in Grand Island

your help is needed

Your help is needed. We are searching for home delivered meal drivers to assist with our meal program.

We would appreciate it if you would share with your family and friends and church congregation that our program is in need.

We deliver meals Monday through Friday. You can work every day or just a few days a week.

If you know someone who is interested, please get in touch with Diane Rollins, Home Delivered Meal Coordinator at The Grand Generation Center 385-5308 extention 33.

Thank you for your time.

INFO every day, Grand Generation Center

Adams Street paving project closure update

Adams Street paving project closure update


GRAND ISLAND, Neb.— The City of Grand Island Public Works Department announces the additional closure of Adams Street north to Church Road will begin Wednesday, March 1, and will be closed until mid-July.  Construction during this closure will include the removal of existing pavement, installation of storm sewer, and relocation of other utilities. Additional lane shifts on Stolley Park will occur during this period for handicap ramps and traffic signal installation at the Adams Street intersection.


Hall County School District 2, also known as Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS), is constructing a new Starr Elementary School and additions to Barr Middle School. Upon completion of the construction projects, it is anticipated increased pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic will be present on and near Adams Street between Barr Middle School and the new Starr Elementary School. GIPS has offered to equally share with the City of Grand Island the cost of improvements in this area so as to better and promote traffic and pedestrian safety.


The Adams Street Paving Project will consist of removal of approximately 1250 feet of existing Adams Street roadway north of Stolley Park Road and replacement with concrete pavement. The project consists of widening the roadway from 24 feet to 37 feet for a three-lane section of roadway with improved drainage and elimination of the ditch section. An extension of trail and sidewalks will also be constructed with this

project. Furthermore, Grand Island’s first roundabout will be installed at the Starr and Barr entrances to Adams Street to promote safe pedestrian and vehicle traffic. A traffic signal at the intersection of Adams Street and Stolley Park Road will also be included as part this project.


The Adams Street paving project was made possible by a June 14, 2016, interlocal agreement between the City of Grand Island and GIPS. Diamond Engineering was awarded the construction contract on December 13, 2016. The total current construction cost of the project is $1,050,993.15 which will be split by the City of Grand Island and GIPS.


For more information on the roadway project, and other Public Works projects, visit the projects webpage at www.grand-island.com/2017projects. The Public Works Department can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GI.PublicWorks and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/GIPublicWorks



Wendy Meyer-Schmidt

Public Information Officer

100 E. First St., Grand Island, NE  68801

308-385-5444 ext. 148



INFO now thru mid-July, Grand Island

drivers needed



  • Looking for Drivers with flexible hours

  • Part-time (hours available 6:00 am to 6:00 pm)

  • No weekends

  • No late hours

  • Training provided


Please call 308-385-5324

Or stop by 304 E 3rd St for an application


Sharon Penner


Hall County Public Transportation



INFO flexible hours (6a - 6p), Hall County

Lenten Series at Chicken Coop


Theology on Tap

All young adults are welcome to attend Theology on Tap, a Monday night Lenten Speaker Series for people in their 20s and 30s, married or single.

Each session will feature a speaker covering a faith topic relevant to the lives of young adults.

Theology on Tap is designed to address the needs, questions, and interests of young adults in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Appetizers will be served and there is no cost to attend.

Sessions are at 7pm Mondays and begin March 6th at The Chicken Coop, 120 east 3rd Street in Grand Island.

Featured topics and speakers include:

March 6: Living Spiritually in a Material World with Deacon Kevin Fuller

March 13: Bother The Fathers with The Reverends, Don Buhrman, Marty Egging, Jim Golka and Scott Harter

March 20: Suffering with Dignity with Tom Venzar

March 27: Resisting Happiness with Sister Rosemarie Maly

April 3: Catholic Trivia with prizes.


Theology on Tap is hosted by the Grand islandYoung Adult Catholics core team.

For more information, email githeologyontap@gmail.com

INFO 7pm, Chicken Coop in Grand Island

Handwriting Contest


Handwriting contest recognizes excellence in penmanship



KEARNEY – Entries are being accepted for the 27th annual Nebraska Handwriting Contest, which promotes legible handwriting as an effective means of communication.

The contest is open to all Nebraska residents in four age categories: 12 and under, ages 13-16, ages 17-49 and age 50 and over.

The entry deadline is March 31

Administered by the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the contest is endorsed and supported by the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska State Education Association.

The following criteria will be used to judge entries: ease of reading, fluent rhythmic movement and technically correct performance of specifications such as the slope, space, size and shape of the letters.

Contestants will be provided text to copy for their entry, which must be written in any of the various styles of cursive handwriting and not printed.

Link for official rules and text: visit http://coe.unk.edu/contest/

First- and second-place winners in each category will receive $25 and $15 gift certificates to The Sequel Bookshop in Kearney.

Winning entries will be judged in April and posted at http://coe.unk.edu/contest.

All entries should be mailed to: Nebraska Handwriting Contest, Attention: Julie Agard, University of Nebraska at Kearney/Department of Teacher Education, Kearney, Ne., 68849.

Requests for hard copies of the rules and texts to be copied can also be mailed to Agard and should include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The Nebraska Handwriting Contest was created in 1991 by Tom Hutson of Red Cloud in memory of his mother, Eva.


Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu


Source: Julie Agard, 308.865.8556, agardj@unk.edu


INFO in April, http://coe.unk.edu/contest.

Kearney Drive-In Theatre Rebuild

Kearney Drive-In Theatre Rebuild


$365 of $2.0M goal

Raised by 6 people in 1 month
Nick Grimes  KEARNEY, NE
It’s all about the experience you get from going to an outdoor movie compared to any regular theatre.

A place of wonder for generations, a special stable to reminisce on memories past as well as those special moments yet to come, a destination for families to leave their houses and make themselves at home for the evening, there’s always been that “special something” that a drive-in theatre has that today’s traditional cinema cannot hold a candle to.

Sadly for many of us in Kearney, all of that was violently erased in May of 2008 by a tornado.  The company which owned the theatre at that time chose not to rebuild.  While the land in which that very theatre has since been re-occupied by new businesses, many like myself are echoing the same sentiment.  It’s time to rebuild a new drive-in!  This is where we need your help. 

It has been shown that drive-ins across America are slowly but steadily making a comeback, for many new owners (such as ourselves) this means starting over from the ground up.  While this sounds tedious and expensive, believe us, it will be, the payoff will be well worth the effort!

So what say you fellow Nebraskans?  Are you ready to help up put the big screen back outside for all to enjoy for generations to come?
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Help spread the word!
INFO now, Kearney, Nebraska and online

adult volleyball leagues

Third session of adult volleyball leagues forming at the Fieldhouse


Grand Island, Neb.— It’s volleyball time again at the Community Fieldhouse. Competitive and recreational leagues for both coed and women’s divisions are now forming.

The third session of league play will run from Monday, March 13 through Thursday, April 27. All games are played at the Community Fieldhouse, 525 E. Fonner Park Road.


Teams can expect to play six games this session and receive two one-hour practice sessions. The following schedule will be observed:

-Mondays—coed power league—4v4, men can spike, no paid official

      -Tuesdays—women’s league 6v6

      -Wednesdays—women’s league 6v6

      -Thursdays—coed league—6v6, men are not allowed to spike


Each team may have up to 12 players on a roster. A team may have a maximum of six players and a minimum of four players participating on the court at any given time. Players must be 18 years or older and out of high school. Participants may play on only one team per night. Awards will be given to top teams.


Registration form and a minimum $50 deposit, which is applied to the total league fee, are due Friday, Feb. 10. Teams deciding not to play after the deadline will forfeit the deposit. Monday leagues have no officials with a team registration fee of $70; all other team fees are $140. The full league fee is due by the second game.


Checks and the registration form can be dropped off at the Parks and Recreation office at Grand Island City Hall, 100 E. First St. or at the Community Fieldhouse, 525 E. Fonner Park Road.


To obtain a registration form or for more information contact the Parks and Recreation office at 308-385-5444 ext. 290, email jeremyb@grand-island.com, or visit the Parks and Recreation webpage at www.grand-island.com/volleyball.  The Fieldhouse is also on social media at www.facebook.com/GIFieldhouse and www.twitter.com/GIFieldhouse.






Wendy Meyer-Schmidt

Public Information Officer

100 E. First St., Grand Island, NE  68801

308-385-5444 ext. 148


INFO various, Community Fieldhouse in Grand Island

indoor youth baseball league forming

Little sluggers get ready to register for indoor youth baseball league


            Grand Island, Neb.— The City of Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department announces registration is open for the indoor youth baseball league for boys and girls ages four to eight.

A t-ball option will be offered for the four to five year olds and coach pitch baseball for six to eight year olds.

The league will run from Tuesday, March 14, through Thursday, April 27. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The goal of this league is to teach baseball safety, sportsmanship, and skill development. In addition, participants will be a jump on the summer season with organized games and practices in an indoor facility.

Registration is $55 per child and is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. The registration cost includes team practice time at the Fieldhouse.  Reversible sports jerseys are available at a one-time cost of $10 and can be used for every Fieldhouse youth league.

The Community Fieldhouse relies on the generous support from volunteers and parent coaches.  If interested, please contact Jeremy using the below listed contact information.

To register or for more information call the Fieldhouse at 308-384-1999 or email Jeremy at jeremyb@grand-island.com. The Community Fieldhouse also has a great website, www.grand-island.com/fieldhouse, where participants can find registration information. Residents are also encouraged to stay up-to-date on the latest Fieldhouse happenings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GIFieldhouse or Twitter at www.twitter.com/GIFieldhouse.





Wendy Meyer-Schmidt

Public Information Officer

100 E. First St., Grand Island, NE  68801

308-385-5444 ext. 148


INFO Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, The Community Fieldhouse in Grand Island

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers


Campaign Specifics:

9th annual Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign

Collecting unused and unwanted cell phones from March 20 thru April 30, 2017

Cell phones will be recycled for calling cards that will be given to Nebraska

troops on active duty to stay in touch with friends and loved ones

Money raised will be given to Nebraska soldiers in-need through a grant program

Donate your unused cell phones at your local Grand Island Raising Cane’s on 13th

Street & Hwy 281

Raising Cane’s History with Cell Phones for Soldiers:

Owners, Justin & Jennifer Jones, partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers in 2009

and have raised over 646,000 minutes of talk time for Nebraska soldiers.

Jennifer and Justin have several family members and friends who have served or

currently serve in the military, and it was important for them to find a way to

give back for all they, and others, do to serve our country.

All the calling cards and funds raised during the campaign stay here and support

soldiers and Veterans in Nebraska. Raising Cane’s works with the Nebraska

National Guard Foundation to help grant funds to Veterans or active-duty

soldiers and their families who need assistance with bills, groceries, gas or other

immediate needs.

During the promotion, customers who donate their old, unwanted cell phones

receive a free meal with the purchase of another Combo and 22oz drink. Those

who decide to not use the offer at the time of donation, receive a card that can

be used to redeem the offer anytime through May 14.

In 2012, Raising Cane’s started the round-up feature due to requests from

customers who wanted to support the campaign, but didn’t have an old cell

phone to donate. So now, customers can support troops by rounding up their

check up to the nearest dollar, or adding any additional monetary amount to

their order at the register.

Since 2012, almost $54,000 has been raised and given to Nebraska soldiers



History of Cell Phones for Soldiers:

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free

communication tools to active duty military members and Veterans. The

organization was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and

13 years old, with only $21.

INFO business hours, Grand Island Raising Cane’s on 13th & Hwy 281

Vote for State Reptile

You are being encouraged to pick the State of Nebraska's very first state reptile.

The Nebraska Game and parks Commission is holding an online vote to determine the favorite reptile out of six species that are native to Nebraska.


The finalists:

- Ornate Box Turtle

- Common Snapping Turtle

- Bullsnake

- Western Hognose Snake

- Prairie Lizard

- Six-lined Racerunner Lizard

Officials say they will take the results of the online vote to the Legislature and ask Senators to endorse the pick.

 Currently Nebraska does not have a state reptile.

The voting is currently being held onlie at www.OutdoorNebraska.org/reptilevote

INFO now, online at www.OutdoorNebraska.org/reptilevote

Diabetes Control Program

Diabetes Control Program this Wednesday (3/29)

     Good control with diabetes requires both dilligence and willingness to try new strategies and new strategies will be addressed at "Control Diabetes for Life" presented by the Hall County Extention.

Topics to be addressed will be, "Commit to be Fit", "What's New in Diabetes Care", Fiber and Protein in Your Diet" and "The Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with Criticism".

These sessions are designed to supplement the education that you receive from your local diabetes education team and not a substitute for diabetes classes through your local healthcare providers.


The Nebraska School Food Service Association has approved the session for 2 hours of continuing edducation credits for food service staff.


Pre-register by calling your local extention office 308.385-5088

INFO 1:30pm to 4pm, Extention Office at College Park, G.I.

Race for Grace is coming

Click on the link below to get registered today.  Race day is Saturday, April 1, 2017 with a brand new course and lots of fun to be had by all.  Hope to see you all there!
Don’t want to run but would love to give of your time and volunteer?  Here’s our signup to volunteer, we would love to have you!
Thanks everyone!
INFO click the link, new route this year

Race for Grace needs volunteers

Race for Grace is Saturday April 1st!   

The 7th Annual Race for Grace 2017 needs your help – Volunteer spots are available use the link below to sign up!

Date: 04/01/2017 (Sat.)

Time:5:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Liederkrantz

    GRACE Foundation was born from the need and desire to help local cancer patients and their families in their fight with this deadly disease.
     If you live within 40 miles of Grand Island, or are being treated at the Grand Island Cancer Treatment Center, the GRACE Foundation is here to help.
     Assistance comes in many forms such as gas cards, help with medical bills, household expenses and more. 
    We know that cancer doesn’t wait, and so we work hard to approve grant requests in a timely manner.
INFO 5am to noon, Leiderkranz in Grand Island

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm there will be a Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Grand Island Community Field House. Free Admisison- includes Free Grilled Hot Dogs, Games, Bounce Houses, Crafts and Egg Hunt. No Rush- No Crush- Everyone gets the same amount of candy. Door Prizes. Sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church
From: Peace Lutheran Church
Your Phone Number: 3083845673
This email was sent by sprobasco@peacegi.org
INFO 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm, Grand Island Community Field House

Veteran's Appreciation Ball


requests the honor of your presence at the

Veterans’ Appreciation Ball

Saturday, the 1st of April


Babel’s Barn 510 W. Old Military Rd.

Wood River, Nebraska

RSVP Hall County

Veterans’ Service Office



The Hall County Hero Flight Committee is pleased to

host an enjoyable evening that includes a Rib eye dinner,

silent and live auctions, and for your entertainment

live music provided by

D & the Boys

$70.00 per couple/$35.00 for single

Reserved Tables:

8 person table $290

10 person table $360

Cash bar Wine tasting

Doors open at 4:30 PM

Silent auction and wine tasting will begin when the doors open

Dinner and program from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Live auction at 7:30 PM

Dance 8:30 to 11:30 PM

Proceeds from this event will support the Hall County Vietnam Veterans’ Hero Flights

INFO 6:30pm to 11:30pm, Wood River

An Evening of Illusions

‘Evening of Illusions’ fundraiser to support child abuse prevention

  • By Cody Van Winkle
  • Mar 25, 2017
  • (0)



An opportunity is coming up to have an exciting evening and make a difference in a child’s life all at the same time. On Saturday, April 1, we invite everyone to attend “An Evening of Illusions” starring Garry and Janine Carson. As seen on Fox TV’s “Masters of Illusions” and Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us,” an entertaining evening of magic, illusions, and comedy is promised.


More importantly, though, this is a great opportunity to support the prevention of child abuse and the children that have been impacted by abuse and neglect as 100 percent of all ticket sales will be used to support Association for Child Abuse Prevention, Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center, and Building Blocks Foster Care programs. Your support will make a difference in the lives of these children.

The event will be at Central Catholic Middle School-High School at 1400 Ruby Ave. in Grand Island. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. Tickets costing $6 for adults, $4 for children 5–12 and free for children 4 years and under are available at the Hy-Vee customer service desk and will be available at the door.

If you can’t attend and are still interested in helping with a donation or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at (308) 750-5060. I look forward to seeing you there for “An Evening of Illusions.”

‘Evening of Illusions’ fundraiser to support child abuse prevention

  • By Cody Van Winkle
  • Mar 25, 2017
  • (0)

An opportunity is coming up to have an exciting evening and make a difference in a child’s life all at the same time. On Saturday, April 1, we invite everyone to attend “An Evening of Illusions” starring Garry and Janine Carson. As seen on Fox TV’s “Masters of Illusions” and Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us,” an entertaining evening of magic, illusions, and comedy is promised.


More importantly, though, this is a great opportunity to support the prevention of child abuse and the children that have been impacted by abuse and neglect as 100 percent of all ticket sales will be used to support Association for Child Abuse Prevention, Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center, and Building Blocks Foster Care programs. Your support will make a difference in the lives of these children.

The event will be at Central Catholic Middle School-High School at 1400 Ruby Ave. in Grand Island. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. Tickets costing $6 for adults, $4 for children 5–12 and free for children 4 years and under are available at the Hy-Vee customer service desk and will be available at the door.

If you can’t attend and are still interested in helping with a donation or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at (308) 750-5060. I look forward to seeing you there for “An Evening of Illusions.”

INFO 7pm, Central Catholic Middle School, Grand Island

Reopen Yard Waste Site

Transfer Station to reopen Yard Waste Site for the season

GRAND ISLAND, Nebr. —The City of Grand Island Transfer Station, located at 5050 West Old Potash Highway, will reopen the Yard Waste Site to the public beginning Monday, April 3.
    The entrance to the Yard Waste Site is located on Monitor Road, which borders the Transfer Station property to the east.

Grass, leaves, tree limbs and tree branches will be accepted at no charge to homeowners and renters.  This free service is for homeowners and renters, not contractors for hire. 
            Yard waste to be disposed of must be clean of waste and debris and emptied from garbage bags at the time of disposal. Customers delivering yard waste must ensure loads are properly secured to prevent littering along the roadways. 
            The Yard Waste Site will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
For more information about the Yard Waste Site residents can call the Transfer Station at 308-385-5433, the Public Works Department at 308-385-5455, or visit www.grand-island.com/yardwastesite. The Public Works Department can also be found at www.facebook.com/GI.PublicWorks  and www.twitter.com/GIPublicWorks.
INFO Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5050 West Old Potash Highway in Grand Island

transit study underway

Regional transit study underway by the City of Grand Island/GIAMPO
Community invited to public open house events on April 5
GRAND ISLAND, Neb.— The Grand Island Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GIAMPO), in coordination with the City of Grand Island, invites residents to attend one of the two public open house events on Wednesday, April 5.
The open houses will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand Generation Center, 304 E. Third St. and from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Grand Island Public Library, 211 N. Washington St
A brief presentation will begin the meeting including an introduction to the study, along with display boards for participants to review, and comment sheets.
     Even more importantly, eventgoers will be asked to share ideas about what is needed to enhance public transportation in the Grand Island region for the next three to five years and about potential improvement strategies related to existing services.
The April 5 open house events are part of the Regional Transit Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study, which the City of Grand Island and GIAMPO launched in March 2017. Olsson Associates has been hired as the lead consultant for the study and will direct the study effort which has a nine-month schedule, concluding in November 2017. 
The purpose of the study to:
  • review existing transit services in Grand Island and Hall County;
  • analyze transit demand;
  • develop short-term public transportation options;
  • prepare a three to five year plan, budget, and implementation plan for the region.
           In addition to the open house events on April 5, community focus groups are also being conducted the week of April 3.
            Input from the open house events and the focus groups are very important as the feedback gathered will be used to help shape the regional transit vision, goals, and objectives. Comments will also develop future transit alternatives for the Grand Island region. All remarks received throughout the public engagement process will be documented and included as part of the Regional Transit final report.
Visit the GIAMPO webpage at www.grand-island.com/GIAMPO to learn more about the study. A link to the transit study website is on the left navigation.  Residents may also contact Allan Zafft, MPO program manager, at 308-389-0273 or allanz@grand-island.com. Follow the transit study on www.twitter.com/GIPublicWorks and Facebook at www.facebook.com/GI.PublicWorks
INFO 11am - 1pm, Grand Generation Center

Spring Conference

Nebraska Writers Guild 2017 Spring Conference

April 7 & 8 Friday & Saturday

LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy

LaVista, NE 68128 


Speakers, Seminars, Workshops and Agent Pitch Sessions.


Speakers include: Danny Manus – No Bull Script Consulting, George Ayoub – Creative Writer, Retired Journalist, Andy Ross – Andy Ross Literary Agency & Malaga Baldi – Agent & Owner Baldi Agency in New York

Danny Manus – parlayed his career as a development executive in Hollywood to becoming an in-demand script consultant and founder of No BullScript Consulting. The author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective,” which is now in its 2nd edition, Danny was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine.

George Ayoub – a native son of Nebraska, has spent his life reading, speaking, and writing words. Trained in broadcast journalism, George gravitated to traditional newspapers and rode the major changes in that writing area all the way to on-line content development. He has written columns for publication for years on creative writing, taught writing, and political science.

Andy Ross – started Andy Ross Literary Agency in 2008. Prior to becoming an agent, he was the owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, CA for 30 years. He bought most of the new titles for the bookstore. Andy represents authors who write books in a wide range of subjects: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, commercial and literary fiction.

Malaga Baldi – owns Baldi Agency in New York. Malaga has worked as an independent literary agent since 1986. Her agency specializes in literary fiction, memoir and cultural history. She worked as an associate at Candida Donadio & Associates and the Elaine Markson Agency before going out on her own.


Guild members: $80 - Student Members: $68/after March 31: Members: $95 - Student Members: $81 Non-Member Registration - $95


Contact Brooke Brouillette brooke.brouillette.books@gmail.com or http://nebraskawriters.org


Conducting business as a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation, the Nebraska Writers Guild, Inc. is a professional association for writers of all disciplines and for literary agents, educators, publishers, librarians, and youth who are interested in promoting the craft of Writing in Nebraska. The organization offers aspiring writers, award-winning authors, and everyone in between a network for improving their craft.

INFO ?, LaVista, NE

Central Health Center has games & prizes

Friday April 7th 3pm to 5pm
We will have games & prizes for the kids. We will have Hot dog's, chips and drinks. While supplies last.
We would appreciate a donation of $5.00 a plate. If you would like to donate wrapped candy to, you can drop it off at Central Health Center. At the Garden Center 2103 Stolley Park Rd W, Grand Island, NE 68801
From: Central Health Center
Your Phone Number: 3083847625
This email was sent by arice@centralhealthcenter.org
INFO 3pm to 5pm, 2103 Stolley Park Rd W, Grand Island, NE 68801

Easter Egg Hunt & Story Time

On April 14th the Hilltop Mall will host an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-3rd grade. This event will start at 9:45am sharp.
Following the egg hunt there will be story time with the Kearney Hawks football team.

Photos with the Easter Bunny
will also be available from 10am- 6pm

Hop in to the Hilltop Mall this Easter and get your photo with the Easter Bunny!

Photo sessions are
April 13th: 4-8pm (Pet Photos)
April 14th: 10am-6pm (after Easter Egg Hunt)
April 15th: 10am-6pm.

From: Lizzie Wheatley
Your Phone Number: 3082369798
This email was sent by hilltopadmin@dp-mgmt.com
INFO 9:45am sharp, Hilltop Mall in Kearney

3rd Annual chili cook off

April 22nd 2017 will be B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) 3rd Annual chili cook off will be held at Hastings Eagles Club #592 (Fraternal Order of Eagles) 107 N Denver Ave Hastings, NE.

B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live.

Costs for this year’s event will be $5.00 to taste all chili.

$2.00 Cinnamon Rolls donated by Tommy’s Restaurant in Grand Island.

There will be a silent auction available to all patrons along with a 50/50 raffle.

Tasting will begin 5pm until 7pm. Silent auction will be throughout the event and final bid will be at 7:30 pm. The silent auction has great items donated by many local businesses in and around the tri-cities. Showing their support to help stop child abuse and help empower our wounded friends.

If you have a chili recipe you think could be a contender your welcome to enter. Cost to enter your chili is $10.00 per chili.

We will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, walk-in entries are also welcome. For your music pleasure Smokey B & XYZ Band will be providing live blues and classic rock from 5:30pm-9:00pm come out jam and shake your tailfeathers.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations to help meet the financial needs of our charter. Funds raised are used to provide therapy for abused children who otherwise could not afford it. No funds donated to B.A.C.A. are used for salaries for administrative personnel.

We are an all—volunteer organization. All proceeds benefit Central Nebraska B.A.C.A. children. Bring the family out for a great night, supporting a great cause.

Contact Off Road at 308-390-4793 or Gopher at 308-227-0526 if you’d like to enter a chili, donate to the silent auction or need more information.

From: Gopher--Amanda Burton

Your Phone Number: 3082270526

This email was sent by Gopher@ce-ne.bacaworld.org

INFO 5p - 9p, 107 N Denver Ave Hastings

Nebraska Walk MS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Media Contact: Dixie Zoucha 402.834.0075| djzoucha@charter.net

2017 Central Nebraska Walk MS to

Bring Tri-City Area Together

GRAND ISLAND, NE Walk MS is growing! This year’s walk, renamed the Central Nebraska Walk MS, will bring the communities of Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and the surrounding area together for the first time at one site.

Participants will be uniting to walk to one destination: a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

The 2017 Central Nebraska Walk MS will be more than just a fundraising event; it will be a celebration. Pets on a leash are welcome to accompany walkers. A light breakfast will be available during registration; lunch will be served following the Walk. In addition, there will be entertainment, music, a raffle, and fun for all!

Lindsie Lybarger of Kearney knows just how important community support of the Walk is to those living with MS. "When support rallies around you, it makes the journey lighter because you don’t have to bear it alone," says Lindsie. "The MS Walk to me is an outward symbol of the hope I carry within. I want to enjoy the day with loved ones around me and I want to bring awareness to this disease that changes so many people’s lives."

Proud sponsors from Central Nebraska include Balance, Mobility and Aquatic Center of Grand Island, Runza, Olive Garden, Starbucks, Camelot Transportation, Inc. of Kearney and Stegman Solutions of Kearney. National sponsors are Genentech, Novartis and Sanofi Genzyme.

WHEN: April 22, 2017 Registration in school cafeteria opens at 8:30 a.m.; walk begins on the school track at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Northwest High School - 2710 N North Rd, Grand Island

PARTICIPATION/ VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Visit walkMS.org, call 855-372-1331, email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org, or register the day of the Walk.

WHY: Walk MS unites teams of families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to raise funds that drive groundbreaking MS research, provide life-changing services and guarantee a supportive local community for those who need it most. Walk as an individual or part of a team. Be a top fundraiser or volunteer for a rest stop. Whether you walk, volunteer or donate, thank you for getting involved. No matter your involvement, you are an important part of the Walk MS movement.

HASHTAGS: #walkMS and #WalkTogether

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

For more information about

INFO 8:30am registration, walk starts at 10am, Northwest High School - 2710 N North Rd, Grand Island

State Fair Volunteer Appreciation Kickoff

The 2017 State Fair Volunteer Appreciation Kickoff will be at 5:30pm May 8th at The Pinnacle Bank Expo Center in Grand Island.

In addition to honoring those who earned milestones last year, there will be announcements about the volunteer program and attendees will learn about plans for the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

This is the 8th year that the State Fair will be in Grand Island and The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce has been coordinating the volunteer program since the relocation.
Last year more than 1000 volunteers contributed more than 17,000 hours to make fairgoers experience a positive one.

Computers will be set up for you to register to volunteer and the volunteer website wil go live on May 8th.

To register after the event, log on to www.statefairvolunteer.org

Paper applications are also available at www.gichamber.com or in person at The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Office.

For more information: kpederson@gichamber.com or call 308.382-9210

INFO 5:30pm, The Pinnacle Bank Expo Center in Grand Island



(402) 462-3247

Held at the fairgrounds, Fairfest is the place to be each July.

The event boasts concerts by top notch musicians and smash'em up demolition derbies. Plus carnival rides, free entertainment, a senior citizen day and as any great fair should have, a variety of food vendors. 

For entertainment and schedule details please visit adamscountyfairgrounds.com. 

INFO month of July, Hatings fairgrounds

Three Dog Night

Rock legends Three Dog Night to perform at Hall County Fair

 One of the most successful groups in rock history, Three Dog Night, will headline entertainment for the Hall County Fair.

Fair organizers announced this morning that the group famous for such No. 1 hits as "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World" and "Black and White" will perform on Saturday, July 15, in the Heartland Events Center.


This year’s fair will be July 13 through 16.

Three Dog Night’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture, whether on the radio, where they are heard day in and day out; in TV commercials; or in major motion pictures. Among the group’s other Top 10 hits are "Shambala," "Easy to Be Hard," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," "The Show Must Go On," "One" and "Never Been to Spain."


Local band BD & the Boys will also perform that night.

Tickets will go on sale March 15 at the Heartland Events Center ticket office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at (800) 745-3000. There will be special 10-day-only pricing of $24 plus fees while supplies last.

INFO Hall County Fair, Sat. July 15 at 7:30pm, Heartland Event Center

Sportsman’s Team Challenge

 Contact: Lisa G. Cinquino

 Whistle Communications

 (203) 881-8381                              

Bass Pro Shops Celebrates Sportsman’s Team Challenge Return to Grand Island, NE


Hamburg, PA., - Doug Koenig, Competition Director of the Sportsman’s Team Challenge announced the return of Bass Pro Shops’ as the Title Match Sponsor.

The match, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will be held at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, NE. Match dates are July 20-22, 2017 and is open to the general public, industry and to all levels of shooting competitors.

Registration begins February 1, 2017 at


Koenig said, “It’s exciting to have Bass Pro Shops’ support again as we celebrate a special milestone this year. We’ve added a variety of unique side matches and clinics along with random draws for commemorative firearms.” Koenig added, “We had a terrific turnout last year, but it was the warm reception the entire Grand Island community bestowed upon us that made our decision to return an easy one.”


John Acosta, Director of Marketing, Customer Acquisition for Bass Pro Shops added, "Doug has been a brand ambassador for Bass Pro Shops’ for several years and we are excited to partner together again in 2017 to promote shooting in a family-centric format with the Sportsman's Team Challenge. It is important for us to continue to advance the participation of shooting sports to the next generation of outdoorsmen and women. Bass Pro Shops’ is thrilled to celebrate the 30th year of the Sportsman’s Team Challenge, and we congratulate them on such a successful event."


New this year for Match Sponsors will be the addition of a Vendor Row; competitors will be able to view new products to enhance their shooting experience at the range while supporting match sponsors.

More announcements will be made regarding special VIP’s attending and activities planned.


From its inception in the late 1980’s, the Sportsman’s Team Challenge will celebrate 30 years of attracting juniors, newcomers, families and competition shooters who continue to enjoy its popularity and rich tradition. The match is a two or three person team event, which combines multi-discipline shooting competition of a rifle, pistol and shotgun. Information about the Sportsman’s Team Challenge, required course of fire for each event and rulebook can be found at www.stcnationals.com. Follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/ShootSTC.

Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today 101 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat andintroducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”


INFO day, Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island