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Murray Newsletter - October 19, 2016


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On Saturday evening October 22 the Murray Churches Youth Group will have an event to bring focus to the problem of Homelessness. Did you know:

The average age of a homeless person is 9.

Up to 25% of the urban homeless population is employed.

Nationally, 50 percent of the homeless woman and children are fleeing domestic abuse.

40% of the Homeless Men served in the armed forces.

Activities of our evening will include hearing from a representative from Open Door Mission, a scavenger hunt to collect items for foodbank. A shelter building challenge, and learning about homelessness.

We will have a fire in a fire pit that night and we will be accepting donations. Money, coats, hats n gloves, blankets and food. Food items collected will go to our local food bank. Coats donated will be used for our Backpack kids program. Remaining coats and any blankets received will go to Open Door mission. Money donated will be split between Open Door Mission and our Murray help fund.

Please contact Murray Presbyterian Church 402-235-2754, Murray Christian Church 402-235-2527, or Pastor Mike at 402.217.2943 if you have questions.


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1st Annual Backpack Program

Now thru Thursday, Oct. 27

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 Needed are sizes 4 to 16 childrens' gently used, clean coats, snowboots, snowpants, gloves.

Bring to Murray Christian Church, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., or call Jill at 402-660-3543 to arrange for pick-up.

For adults, your gently used, clean clothes and linens will be taken to Sienna Francis House/Open Door Mission.

Thanks for your help in keeping everyone warm this winter!


October 31st - Halloween at the Church!

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Next meeting, November 1, 2016!

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Twenty-one fiddlers from Auburn, Avoca, Bellevue, Blair, Elkhorn, Crete, Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, and Tecumseh gathered in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse on Sunday, October 9 for the 20th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee! There was a full house of enthusiastic fans to enjoy and encourage these brave competitors.

In the Open Division, each fiddler played a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. Here are the results:

Open Division 1st Place, Cari-Lynn Wenstrand, Lincoln, NE
Open Division 2nd Place, Grace Dowd, Lincoln, NE
Open Division 3rd Place, Gabriel Marks, Lincoln, NE

In the Singing Division, each fiddler played and sang a tune at the same time. Here are the results:

Singing Fiddler's 1st Place, Emma Ackerman, Auburn, NE
Singing Fiddler's 2nd Place, Gabriel Marks, Lincoln, NE
Singing Fiddler's 3rd Place, Mckenzie Groninga, Blair, NE

In the Fee-Fi-Faux Division, each contestant played a fiddle tune on an instrument that was not a fiddle. Here are the results:

Fee-Fi-Faux 1st Place: Patrick Marks, cello, Lincoln, NE
Fee-Fi-Faux 2nd Place: Grace Dowd, viola, Lincoln, NE
Fee-Fi-Faux 3rd Place: Sharon Roberts-Yuen, whistle, Lincoln, NE

In the Hocus Pocus Division, each musician showed off some trick fiddling. Here are the results:

Hocus Pocus 1st Place, Mackenzie Groninga, fiddling while hula-hooping, Blair, NE
Hocus Pocus 2nd Place, Gabriel Marks, fiddling the Orange Blossom Special, Lincoln, NE

In the Twin Fiddling Division, two fiddlers played together, with one playing the melody, and one playing the harmony. Here are the results:

Twin Fiddler's 1st Place, Hanila VanKirk & Olivia York, Omaha, NE
Twin Fiddler's 2nd Place, Gabriel Marks & Dorothy Marks, Lincoln, NE
Twin Fiddler's 3rd Place, Maddyn Wenstrand & Cari-Lynn Wenstrand

For pictures of this year's event, log on to https://www.facebook.com/Greenblatt-Seay-335439179807362/.

Next year's contest will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017. For more information, contact Debby at Debby@greenblattandseay.com


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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Scandinavian music on Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Greenblatt & Seay and Friends will be playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, recorders, pennywhistles, and the nyckelharpa. The nyckelharpa is the official keyed fiddle of Sweden, and has 16 strings.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on November 13 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be downstairs in the 1925 brick schoolhouse, and followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.

For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them atdebby@greenblattandseay.com.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.


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Fall Farce “Funny Money” at the Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its decades-long tradition of showcasing a Fall farce continues this year with Ray Cooney’s hilarious comedy, “Funny Money.” 

Henry Perkins, a mild-mannered CPA has found a briefcase full of cash. Assuming that it’s ill-gotten booty, Henry rushes home to grab his wife and two one-way tickets to Barcelona. But, poor Henry is soon beset by not one, but two police detectives investigating unrelated crimes; one involving a dead body thought to be Henry. With the help of his wife and well-meaning neighbors, Henry begins to weave a steady stream of lies that soon spin out of control. His seemingly fortuitous find soon has Henry and his friends rushing down a path of utter chaos.

Starring in the production is Erik Quam of Louisville. His wife is played by Brandy (Palatas) Hall of Papillion. Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville and Wendy Allen of Plattsmouth star as the neighbors who are dragged into the fray. Rounding out the cast are Jeff Johnson and Tim Sorensen of Elmwood, Giovanni Quezada of Council Bluffs and Guillermo Rosas of La Vista. “Funny Money” is directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.

Production dates for the show are October 20-23 and 28-30. Thursday through Saturday productions begin at 7:30pm. All Sunday shows are at 2pm. Tickets are $19 and all seats are reserved. Reservations can be made by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553 or by visiting their website, www.Lofte.org.

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Pictured: Erik Quam (front), Brandy (Palatas) Hall, Jamion Biesterfeld and Wendy Allen star in the Lofte’s upcoming Fall farce, “Funny Money”.




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Sunday, November 13

2:00 pm


The Lofte works hard to honor our military servicemen and women each year. We count ourselves lucky to live in a country where freedom is protected by heroes.

On Sunday, November 13, the Lofte Community Theatre will help to celebrate Veterans Day by showcasing a free concert by the Southeast Nebraska Community Band. 

The SNCB is made up of individuals from 11 different counties, some of whom drive 70 miles to practice. Some have their roots playing with military bands in the Army or Air Force. Others are former music teachers, while still others just have a love of performing. Please note, the band is always looking for new members! They ask that if you are interested in learning more about the group,  to please speak with one of them immediately after the concert.

Bring the family. Bring your friends. Bring your favorite veteran. This is an inspirational event best enjoyed with a large group.



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December 4, 11 & 18

12:00 pm

$20 per person* (*price not inclusive of show ticket)

You better not pout.
You better not cry.
Put your napkins in your laps,
I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is hosting a luncheon at the Lofte!

The Lofte's Christmas play this year is a show specifically geared for children. Ken Ludwig's script, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, is not the traditional 19th-century tale that you're used to. This production involves a stirring mouse, his human friend, Emily, a sword fight, a squirt gun and Jolly Old St. Nick himself!

In coordination with this special holiday event, the Lofte is holding a special fundraiser where children of all ages can meet Santa and the rest of the cast. You will have the opportunity to eat a catered lunch right on stage, visit with Santa and even get your pictures taken with the big guy himself.

This special event is being held at noon just prior to the Sunday matinees. Advance reservations are required. This would be a great event for a multi-generational family or as a company outing. Be good for goodness sake and make your reservations today!

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Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 1 - Oct. 30, 2016
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

*Fri. 10/7, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm is a pumpkin patch and educational farm located in Cass County, Nebraska, 27 miles east of Lincoln and 35 miles south of Omaha.

We offer a big dose of fall fun with an emphasis on the agricultural side of autumn. We’re not a theme park--we offer lots of fresh air, wide open spaces, recreation and relaxation, all for the best price around and in a beautiful seasonal setting.

Autumn Activities:

U-Pick Patch
Nature Trails
Farm Animals
Corn Box
Farm-Themed Play Areas
Hay Climb
Rubber Duck Races
Family-Sized Tire Swing
Bucking Bronco Barrel Swing
Gourd Garden
Agricultural Exhibits
Word Scavenger Hunt
Pumpkin Barn & Gift Shop
Schoolhouse Café offering lunch & snacks in our historic one-room schoolhouse
Parties, Field Trips, & Group Tours Available
There's something for everyone at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm, and we hope you'll stop by for a visit soon!

Admission is $6.00/person (includes tax). Ages 2 & under FREE. It's FREE to visit the Pumpkin Barn, Gift Shop and Schoolhouse Café.


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Plattsmouth Adult Education
Adds Job Skills and New Class Times

Plattsmouth Community School District Adult Education begins its 40th year with a new focus on College and Career Readiness. The Federal Government has charged all adult education programs with preparing students for college and the workplace. Plattsmouth is stepping up. PCSD will integrate job search, workplace skills, and college preparation into its GED, English language, and Adult Basic Education courses.

To meet this challenge, an additional class session is being offered on Thursday mornings.
Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during the public school year at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the PACE Center, 15508 2nd Ave. The PACE Center is located across from the high school to the west.

Please call Tallie VanWesten, program director, at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315 for information.

New students may begin during any class period by arriving a few minutes early. You will be very welcome.


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Cass County Veterans:

Service Office mobile locations will have a new schedule shortly.  

Check back here for updates.



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The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.

Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify.
Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour.
We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc.
The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.

Stephanie Mahony
Employment and Training Coordinator
Experience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job Center
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654
Fax: 402-441-6038
Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526

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