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Hiway 34 Road Work
Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to resume the week of March 25 on US-34 in Grand Island between US-281 and South Locust St., according to the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR). Pavement repair, bridge widening, box culverts, and aspahlt overlay construction. Highway traffic will be detoured using US-281, I-80, and South Locust St. during the bridge and box culverts construction. Access to the Central Community College and Stuhr Museum will be maintained from US-281m using Blaine Street. Blaine St. will be accessible from South Locust St. for local traffic only, with one lane of traffic during construction of a box culvert. Work is anticipated to be completed prior to the start of the State Fair.
Attention Drivers: Plan ahead for 2013. Slab Lease Renewals: You must use your Slab 75% of the race season or you lose it to the waiting list. Those who will get their lease in January will have till March 1, 2013 to reserve or lose it to the waiting list. Please lea...
Nebraska Game & Parks Family Fishing Activities
Nebraska’s Youth Fishing Program sponsors Family Fishing Nights which is is an opportunity for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years, to learn from the experts and others in the community and enjoy the activities and learning opportunities associated with fishing. Rods and reels as well as bait and fishing instruction will be available for FREE. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required. See the full event schedule here.
Ticket To Ride 2013!
Donate Boots to Relay For Life of Hall County!
Do you have any old cowboy boots to donate to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life? We're going to paint them PURPLE to get the word out about the Relay For Life of Hall County on June 21st! Also if any businesses would be willing to put one in their store to help Paint The Town Purple, go to our FB page and let us know!
Hastings First Friday
The Hastings Downtown Association and the Hastings Museum have joined forces to organize the monthly events on the first Friday of April, May and June. Many businesses are planning to stay open later than their usual hours during First Fridays with events spread throughout Downtown Hastings. Includes a drum circle, farmers market, local crafters, live music, painting demonstrations and much more. For more downtownhastings(at)gmail(dot)com 402.461.8413
Pepsi Max Rock Concert Film Series
Off Duty Coast Guard Visitng Vets All Aross The US!
Departing April 29, 2013 from Petaluma, CA and arriving May 26, 2013 in Yorktown, VA, off-duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard will drive an electrically powered cart across America. The drive will be completed to solicit the public's support and raise awareness to help support the injured service members of the Wounded Warrior Project.
In Grand Island at TheVeterans Home May 13 at 5pm!
Countdown to The Nebraska State Fair - Update!
Arrow Stage Lines is pleased to provide the free parking shuttle service again this summer from area Grand Island designated lots, compliments of our friends at your local Nebraska State Fair Board.
This will be our second year providing the shuttle in our luxury motorcoaches with A/C, Looped video, restroom, and a State Fair volunteer. There is plenty of room for strollers in the luggage area.
Check out the State Fair's website for an updated list of parking shuttle pick up lots as the date gets nearer.
Help Support Helping Matt and Debbie
Matt needs help fulfilling his mother's wishes as she has returned home to the beautiful sky's in heaven. Please show your support for Matt during this hard time. any kind of donation will be much appreciated. Thanks for your help.
Law Enforcement Mobilizations
“CLICK IT OR TICKET” ENFORCEMENT MOBILIZATION (CIOT)
“YOU DRINK & DRIVE. YOU LOSE.” IMPAIRED DRIVING CRACKDOWN (YDDYL)
“CLICK IT OR TICKET” ENFORCEMENT MOBILIZATION (CIOT)
November 25 - December 1, 2013
“YOU DRINK & DRIVE. YOU LOSE.” IMPAIRED DRIVING CRACKDOWN (YDDYL)
Eakes Tornado Relief Drive
Below is the list of items we are accepting at our Grand Island (617 W 3rd St), Hastings (839 W. 2nd St) and Kearney (2401 Ave A) locations until 5:00pm Thursday.
Non-Perishable food items
Work Gloves (New)
Lincoln Pool Opening!
Keep Cool At The Pool
It's Summer Reading Time
For kids teens and adults, see the full kids reading information here.
Scott Kloepping Memorial Walleye Fishing Tournament
There will be a rules meeting and pre-tournament dinner at Sundy's Inlet (west side of the lake) starting at 7pm Friday, May 24th. Check in is 6:45am Saturday, May 25th at Sundy's Inlet. Entry fee: $75 per 3 man team. Registration will accepted by mail, at the dinner or at the the ramp until 6:45am. Proceeds go to National Elks Foundation in Memory of Scott Kloepping. Rules include:
All Hazards Awareness Day in Nebraska
Memorial Day Services
Patriotic Music - 10:00 a.m. Ceremony - 11:00 a.m. Please bring your own chairs. Lunch following at United Veterans Club. Adults $5.95, 12 and under $3.95.
Zombies In The Heartland
Midwest Bike Fest
Tractor Relay Across Nebraska
36th annual Czech-Slovak Festival
The Nebraska Czechs of South Central Nebraska hosting. Festival events will include a button accordion jamboree beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with all accordionists invited to join in. The jam will continue from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. A flag ceremony and veteran’s recognition will start at 1:00 p.m. A bake sale will feature Czech kolaches. Ethnic food including roast pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut will be served beginning at 11:30. There will be continuous entertainment as well as several raffle events during the day. The festival will include a heritage display, a baking demonstration, dancing, and music. The crowning of the 2013 South Central NE Czech Queen, Miss Michelle Odvody of Cairo, and introductions of Czech-Slovak queens representing chapters of the Nebraska Czechs will take place at 1:30 p.m. Czech crystal, Czech trim and fabrics, and other Czech items will be available for sale. The Paul Kothe Band will provide music for listening and dancing to conclude the festival entertainment. For information on the festival call 402-772-3451 or visit the Nebraska Czechs Inc. website at www.nebraskaczechs.org
26th Annual Heartland United Way Golf Tournament
You can visit our website at to register today, or call the Heartland United Way at 308-382-2675. You will have a chance to win 3 brand new cars on all Par 3 holes, courtesy of Tom Dinsdale Automotive! Proceeds benefit the Heartland United Way, Partner Agencies and initiatives to support Education, Income and Health.
Relay For Life of Buffalo County
Johnson Lake Juneboree
Craft/vendor show outdoors 30 plus vendors. State park permit is required to enter the park.
Hope Harbor 5th Annual Charity Fun Shoot
Corporate teams and individuals will be competing in sporting clays. Registration is $250 for a 3 member corporate team and $55 early entry for individuals. Corporate teams will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. Individuals will compete for one of 40 valuable prizes that will be awarded. Individuals may register the day of the shoot for $65. Pre-registration at $55 for an individual is encouraged. Both team and individuals may re-register for additional rounds the day of the shoot for a reduced price.
Grand Island Little Theater Season
Grand Island Little Theater shows for the season are Spamalot, Leading Ladies, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 12 Angry Men and Annie. Season tickets are available now and start at $70 for an individual ticket.
2013 Nebraska Danger Schedule
Sat. Feb. 23 Home Opener vs. Lincoln Haymakers
Sat. March 2 vs. Sioux Falls Storm
Sat. March 9 vs. Cheyenne Warriors
Fri. March 22 vs. Wyoming Cavalry
Sat. March 30 @ Cheyenne Warriors
Sat. April 6 vs. Texas Revolution
Fri. April 12 @ Tri-Cities Fever
Sat. April 20 @ Texas Revolution
Fri. April 26 vs. Texas Revolution
Sat. May 4 @ Sioux Falls Storm
Sat. May 11 @ Chicago Slaughter
Sat. May 18 @ Colorado Ice
Fri. May 24 vs. Colorado Ice
Fri. May 31 @ Wyoming Cavalry
Sat. June 15 vs. Tri-Cities Fever
*Schedule subject to change
BLOCKING OUT CANCER Sand Volleyball Tourney
Relay For Life Of Hall County
Hastings Half Marathon
Besides a half marathon (13.1 miles), the event will include 10-mile, 10k and 5k runs as well a 1-mile kids fun run.
For the first time since 2000, the Nebraska Chautauqua will be in Grand Island when it comes to Stuhr Museum's Railroad Town. The public will have the chance to interact with historic figures, who will be portrayed by scholars. Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Washington Carver, Grenville Dodge, Willa Cather, and Chief Standing Bear. The moderator will be Mark Twain.
Host An International Exchange Student
What does it take to be a host family? We're happy to explain the process, responsiiblities, and of course the JOYS of hosting!
NW Services PEACE Program, Inc., is a nonprofit international exchange organization for high school students. Our purpose is to contribue to the world in positive ways; promoting world peace and understanding, and building families and friendships through our exchange programs.
Lincoln Highway Centennial
Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate. You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.
Don’t Forget To Order Trees This Spring
Do you enjoy the smell of Lilac’s sweet perfume in the summer air, or the sight of rich winter green of a Norway Spruce painting the landscape? It’s not too late to order trees from the Upper Big Blue NRD. The Upper Big Blue NRD is selling a wide variety of 30 species of trees, and 21 types of shrubs to folks who want to plant them for windbreaks, wildlife areas, riparian buffer strips, or for other conservation practices. The seedlings are one to two years old and come with a helpful set of instructions for their planting and care. This would be a great way to spend time with your children or grandchildren, as well as teaching them about conservation! Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25 for $0.90 cents a tree/shrub. That’s only $22.50 for a bundle of 25. To place an order call Patty Kyhn at (402)-362-6601 or visit the Upper Big Blue NRD website and fill out an order form at: www.upperbigblue.org. If you would like the NRD to plant trees/shrubs for you, an order of 150 or more trees/shrubs is necessary. The NRD charges an additional $0.65 cents a tree /shrub for the planting service. To have a planting plan designed for you, please contact your local NRCS office or Ken Feather at the NRD office in York at (402)-362-6601.
Poker Run For Juvenile Diabetes
Gish Class of 1963 50th Reunion
July 5th meeting at The Stuhr Museum, and on the 6th, festivities at Balz Downtown Grand Island.
2013 Senior Open
3rd Annual A Midsummer Night’s Trail Run
Registration for the Third Annual A Midsummer Night's Trail Run (MNTR) opens April 1. With a race date of July 13, 2013, this unique running event challenges runners to compete in a 4-mile nighttime trail run through beautiful Prairie Lake Recreation Area. Precisely at 9:04PM the event kicks off, with participants navigating a unique off-road course through nature at night. Participants are encouraged to bring their own headlamp or flashlight to light their path in the later stages of the race. Participants receive a limited edition 2013 Dri-Fit Technical shirt, post-race party with live entertainment, plus drawings and giveaways from a few awesome sponsors.
A Midsummer Night's Trail Run began in 2011, the product of local weekend warrior athletes Jed Kautz and Andy Williams. Kautz and Williams envisioned a unique race, distinctly different from the typical Saturday morning 5k’s they’d usually run. The founders had two rules to keep A Midsummer Night's Trail Run unique: no pavement and no sunlight. Join them on Facebook.
Summer Activities Guide Available Online
Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department Summer Activities Guide has been released and can be found online at www.grand-island.com/summerguide. The theme of the 2013 guide is, “When the Summer Heats Up, Keep Cool with Grand Island Parks & Rec!” The Summer Activities Guide contains information on youth programs, swimming lessons, day camps, Jackrabbit Run Golf Course and Heartland Public Shooting Park activities, field rentals, tennis lessons, contact phone numbers, park facilities information, volunteer opportunities, and much more
The Sterling - A Brand New Apartment Community
The Sterling is pre-leasing a variety of floor plans including Studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment homes, complete with integrated garages, fresh, contemporary finishes, state of the art appliances and energy efficient heating and air conditioning. Units will be available for occupancy in late August, 2013. Visit www.thesterlingapt.com or call 308-384-4414.
Summer Fun for children and youth at the YWCA
Summer is a great time of year for kids. The weather is warm, there are plenty of outdoor activities and the long days stretch ahead with possibilities. For parents, especially working parents, the question is always how to keep the kids busy and where to take them while you work. The YWCA offers affordable summer programs. This list will help you make plans to keep your kids entertained and safe all summer long. Please call us at 384-9922 for more information or to register for any of these opportunities.
· Summer Preschool session with licensed educator Jennifer Long. This six week class is intended for children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2013. Children will focus on kindergarten readiness skills and meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 9-11:30am starting May 28. No classes will be held the first week of July and classes will end July 11. One-time registration fee of $30 and preschool fee of $160 for six weeks.
· The Almost Home Summer Program has openings for full or part-time elementary-aged summer child care Monday through Friday from 6:30am-6pm. Offer field trips, creative movement, nutritious meals and snacks, arts and crafts, physical and educational programs, planned activities balanced with free time. CPR and first aid trained staff. Elementary-aged youth participate in financial educational opportunities and learn what’s needed to own their own business. Serving traditional and year-round elementary youth.
· Hop, Tumble and Roll for ages 3-5 years. May 28, 29, 31 from 9-11am. Basic tumbling and gymnastic balance skills will be taught by Joan McKee. $40
· Ready, Set, Serve for ages 3-5 years. June 3, 5, 7 from 9-11am. Tennis using the Qwik Start tennis balls and net taught by Joan McKee. $40
· A Bug’s Life for ages 2-6. June 3, 4, 5 from 9-11am.Getting dirty and exploring different types of creepy crawly creatures and their life cycles. Led by Stephanie Henke. $45
· Zoo Train Music Fun for parent and child ages 0-6 years. Each Monday evening from 6-6:45pm June 3-24.Learn about real animals in the zoo, sing songs, learn fun animal facts and give your child that extra love on the Train at the Zoo. Led by Stephanie Henke. $45
· Fair Time Projects for ages 5-10 years. June 10, 12, 14 from 1-3pm. Create 4-H projects to enter in the Hall Country Fair with Joan McKee. $40
· Earth Camp for 8-11 year olds. June 10, 11, 12, 13 from 9-11am. Recycling lessons and art projects from trash along with a party on the last day. Youth learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle. $50
· Magical Summer for ages 2-6. June 10, 11, 12 from 9-11am. Once upon a time there was a fun, magical place for princes and princesses to play and learn. Swords, beasts, lions, flying witches, tea parties and more are found at Magical Camp. Led by Stephanie Henke. $45
· Bon Appetite! Cooking Class for 9-12 year olds. June 10, 11, 12, 13 from 1:30-3:30pm. Learn basic cooking skills, such as measuring and following a recipe. A different food item will be made (and eaten) each day. $50
· Make a hit! for 8-12 year olds. June 17, 19, 21 from 9-11am. Coaching for hitting, catching and stealing bases led by Joan McKee. $40
· Art in the Park Masterpiece for 5-12 year olds. June 24, 26, 28 from 1-3pm. Water colors, colored pencil drawing and other art projects to display at 2013 Art in the Park. Led by Joan McKee. $40
· Super Story Adventures for ages 2-6. July 29, 30, 31 from 9-11am. A different children’s book will be explored each day with hands-on activities. The works for Eric Carle, Bill Martin Jr., Dr. Seuss and Karen Beaumont are celebrated. Led by Stephanie Henke. $45.
· Have your Cake and Decorate it, Too! For ages 9-12. July 8, 9, 10, 11 from 1:30-3:30. Learn cake decorating techniques and ideas with a new project each day. $50
· Sing, Act, Dance for ages 8-12. July 8, 10, 12 from 1-3pm. Musical Theatre with a special program to show off their talents! Led by Joan McKee. $40
· Hip to do Hip Hop! For ages 5-12. July 15, 17, 19 from 9-11am. Learn the basics of the latest dance fad with Joan McKee. $40
· ABC Superheroes for ages 2-6. August 5, 6, 7 from 9-11am. Leap tall objects at a single bound, use super speed to maneuver through super hero training obstacle courses and build super hero strength. Crafts, Stories and Science experiments. Led by Stephanie Henke
Prices include all supplies, snacks and use of any equipment. Participants must be registered one week prior to the start of the class.
Registrations are also being taken for traditional 2013-2014 school year preschool. Children attending Kindergarten Fall of 2014 or 2015 meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from either 9-11:30am or 12:30-3pm. Children attending Kindergarten fall of 2016 meet Tuesday and Thursday from either 9-11:30am or 12:30-3pm. Classes are taught by licensed educator Jennifer Long and begin September 9.
Hastings Kool-Aid Days!
Kool Aid Days 2013 is coming August 9-11 to Hastings, Nebraska.
Nebraska State Fair
Experience this 11 day event, built on 143 years of tradition! Here's the Heartland Events Center Concert Lineup:
Trace Adkins Sunday, August 25, 6:00 p.m. $18 plus gate admission, facility fees, & Ticketmaster fees
Mel Tillis Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. FREE Concert
Toby Mac Thursday, August 29, 7:30 p.m. FREE Concert
Eli Young Band Friday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. FREE Concert
Chicago Saturday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. $30 plus gate admission, facility fees, and Ticketmaster fees.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sunday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. $31 plus gate admission, facility fees, and Ticketmaster fees.
Complete concert details here.
Hastings National Weather Service at the State Fair
Meet the forecasters, see the Van De Graff generator, live radar, giveaways, drawings and weather safety information.
Grand Island Ball Field Reservations
The Parks and Recreation Department is excited to offer new online reservation opportunities. Practice field reservations are available online only; no call in reservations accepted. Fields and hours are limited. Teams may reserve a field for $10 per hour using a credit card by following the following link: http://shop.grand-island.com/BALL-FIELD-PRACTICE-RESERVATIONS_c101.htm.
The Veterans Athletic Complex, George Park, Ashley Park, and Webb Road fields, and Ryder Park have limited availability for game and tournament reservations. Field rates are $50 per field, per day. An additional $50 per field, per day, is charged for dragging and chalking the field. Citizens interested in reserving fields for games or tournaments should contact the Parks and Recreation office at 308-385-5444 ext. 290 for availability. Residents can also call this number for any other questions or can access information on the city of Grand Island website at http://www.grand-island.com/fieldreservations.
Volunteer for the Parks and Recreation Department
Citizens have the “chance to enhance” some of the lazy days of summer into volunteer hours for the Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteer as an individual or as part of a group; for a one-time event or on an ongoing basis. Participation in this volunteer program is open for individuals, families, students, businesses, neighborhoods, and civic groups. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will need to go through an application process, including a background check, before beginning volunteer opportunities. For more visit www.grand-island.com/volunteer or call the Parks and Recreation office at 308-385-5444 ext. 290.
Red Cross Tornado App
The American Red Cross has launched its official Tornado App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas. This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information. The
Husker Harvest Days
Grand Island Crime Mapping
The Grand Island Police Department recently implemented a CrimeMapping.com™ tool which will enhance community oriented policing efforts in the Community.
CrimeMapping.com™ benefits include:
CrimeMapping.com for Grand Island CLICK HERE