MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
NEXT MEETING, JUNE 5th.
'Choose Your Days'
by Paula Wallace -
Nebraska's Choice for
National Book Festival
A children’s picture book that encourages us all to remember that we hold the key to our days will represent Nebraska at the 2018 National Book Festival. The Nebraska Center for the Book selected Choose Your Days by Paula Wallace (Cinco Puntos Press, 2016) as the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places through Reading” brochure and map. Each state selects one book about the state, or by an author from the state, that is a good read for children or young adults. The brochure and map will be distributed at the September 1 Festival in Washington DC and will be featured in the “Great Reads about Great Places” links on the websites of both the national and Nebraska centers for the book.
This book, written and illustrated by Omaha artist Paula Wallace, tells an engaging story of a child learning to live her dreams to the fullest. The bright and whimsical illustrations sweep the reader along through the story and help deliver a powerful message about love and loss. Nebraska’s “Great Reads about Great Places” book is chosen from the previous year’s Nebraska Book Award winners and this book was awarded the 2017 Nebraska Book Award in the Children’s Picture Book category. Entries for the 2018 Nebraska Book Awards will be accepted until June 30—see http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/awards/nebookawards.html.
The National Book Festival will feature presentations by award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Festival attendees can meet their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters, and participate in a variety of learning activities. States will staff exhibit booths to promote reading, library programs, and literary events. Find out more about the 2018 National Book Festival (including a list of featured authors) at http://www.loc.gov/bookfest.
The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.
As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information.
The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.
If you're a fan of the American Pickers TV show on the History Channel, or if you just have a bunch of vintage 'junk' that you'd like to get rid of, check this out.
The Pickers plan to film in Nebraska this summer! They're looking for folks with unique antique collections and interesting stories. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, only seek private collectors. Stores, flea markets, auctions and businesses open to the public will not be scouted out.
If you think you have an interesting collection the guys might be interested in, contact them at 1-855-OLD-RUST, (653-7878) or drop them an email at AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.
Who knows? You might be on a future episode of the American Pickers!
Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands:
Now is Your Time to Quit Tobacco
Keeping New Year’s self-improvement promises can be difficult. Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands and the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline want to help you make 2018 a tobacco-free year.
Through June 15 (while supplies last), the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is providing extra assistance for those who are ready to quit with a two-week supply of no-cost nicotine replacement therapy.
"Quitting isn't easy, but with the Quitline, tobacco-users have a whole team of support on their side," Autumn Sky Burns, T.E.A.M. Coordinator said. "Get the tools you need to be successful by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, talking with your healthcare provider, and building that support from friends and family.
Call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline (available 24/7) and ask about the no-cost nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. This offer is available for Nebraska residents who are 18 years of age or older. Callers will be screened for medical eligibility to receive the medication, which is shipped directly to the caller’s home. All information provided to the Quitline is confidential.
“It is never too late to quit. Quitting brings immediate advantages to not just tobacco-users, but their families are well,” Burns said.
For help quitting, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), and for Spanish services at 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-355-3569). Translation services are also available in more than 170 languages. For additional resources visit www.QuitNow.ne.gov.
Funding for this project is provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
Treasurer Stenberg, Library Commission to Announce 5th annual Read to Win $529 Drawing in Nebraska Libraries
Fifteen Readers to Each Receive $529 NEST Accounts in Random Drawing
Nebraska State Treasurer Stenberg has encouraged all Nebraska libraries to participate in this worthwhile venture.
Information is available on the Nebraska Library Commission website at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/youth/summerreading/scholarshipdrawing.aspx.
Blood Donation Opportunities to June 15, 2018
Summer blood donations can help to prevent a shortage
The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.
Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations.
Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations.
Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients need blood every minute, every day.
In the summer of 1973, Ramona Johnson was playing at the park when she was injured jumping off the swings. She was bleeding profusely from a 7-inch gash in her leg. By the time she reached the hospital, she needed an emergency transfusion. She credits the donors who took the time to give blood with helping to save her life.
Johnson’s childhood experience receiving blood compelled her to make her first blood donation more than 10 years ago. “A little voice told me that this would be a great way to give back,” she said. “I have been faithfully donating every eight weeks since.”
The public is asked to schedule an appointment to help ensure that hospitals and patients have the blood they need this summer. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through June 10, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
(Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.) Additionally, those who come to give May 25-29, will receive an exclusive Red Cross branded T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 21 to June 15
6/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Town Hall, 623 House St
6/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fire Hall, 601 N 4th
6/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Conestoga High School, 8404 42 St., PO Box 40
6/14/2018: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Mary's Hospital, 1301 Grundman Blvd
6/12/2018: 11:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 1162 Mohawk
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
SAVE THE DATE-
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18!
2nd ANNUAL FUN RUN FUNDRAISER
MURRAY FIRE DEPT
Donations for prizes are needed for the top run finishers in male, female and youth categories.
Ideas would be gift cards or monies to purchase awards or prizes.
Kids, ask your group, Scouts, 4-H, church youth group, or just a bunch of your friends to volunteer to cheer the runners on!
It is a 'hilly' run so runners appreciate the encouragement!
Food and beverages are needed to supply the hungry racers after the race.
Also, can we get any volunteers to set up and tear down the course with cones, tables and water, etc.?
Spread the word by posting to your social pages and sharing with friends and family!
If you want to be part of this event in any way, please contact Theresa McClatchey at email@example.com or 402-651-6068.
Thanks so much!
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The Lofte Community Theatre, located in Manley, NE will stage William Gibson’s award-winning drama, The Miracle Worker June 1 - 3, and June 7 - 10..
Set in 1880s, Tuscumbia, Alabama this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.
Over the years, the play has also successfully been adapted for screen and television. Most notably, the 1962 film adaptation which garnered Oscar wins for both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.
“Staging The Miracle Worker has been a labor of love.” said Lofte Community Theatre Executive Director, Kevin Colbert. “As plays go, The Miracle Worker is already a heavy piece of literature. Add to that, the complicated staging which must be timed perfectly, and you have some wonderfully challenging obstacles that any actor would love to sink their teeth into. It’s just been a lot of fun, and a lot of learning..”
The cast of The Miracle Worker includes Gary Williams, John Bell, Emma Johnson, Riley Perez, Rachel Radloff and Skyler Radloff of Omaha, Rosalie Duffy, Gabriella Bakirane, Cathy Apolot, Wade Mumford, Nicholas Roth, and Brenna J. Thompson of Lincoln, Kyler Jones, Beatrice Quam, and Sarah G. Riha of Louisville, Melinda Mead, and Addison Broderson of Plattsmouth, Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water, Lilly Frields of Nebraska City, and Lily Pope of Eagle.
Tickets for The Miracle Worker can purchased by calling the Lofte Community Theatre box office at 402-234-2553, or by visiting the theatre’s website at www.lofte.com and clicking on “Tickets”. Curtain time for the show is 7 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. For more information, call the Lofte Community theatre or visit www.lofte.com.
DOWN HOME SALOON
217 Tefft Street
Tsan Dilts, owner
CLOSED SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY
Wednesday & Thursday
11 am - 2 pm & 4:30 - 9 pm
11 am - 2 pm & 4:30 - 1 am
11 am - 1 am
DINE-IN or CARRY-OUT
Wednesday: Mexican menu
Thursday: Wings & Ribs
Friday: Smoked Burgers
Saturday: BOGO 1/2 pizza
We feature homemade sides, stone-baked pizza and subs and our own homemade desserts and more!
Like us on Facebook for menus, updates and specials!
MAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
MON - SAT 9 - 6
SUN 9 - 5
Best Director, Miles Forman, signed photo and script from 'The People vs Larry Flynt'. Jessica Lange's gray scarf and script from 'Rob Roy'.
Also, Lange's multi-color scarf worn in the movie 'Blue Sky', for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
One of Joan Fontaine's personal evening gowns.
Josh Brolin's screen-worn costume from the film 'No Country for Old Men'.
Anthony Hopkins' tuxedo he wore in the movie 'Nixon'.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2, 2018
Cass County, NE residents may bring any electronics and small appliances for recycling or refurbishing to Elmwood NE from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday, June 2nd.
Cross Electronics Recycling will be asisting KCCB with the event which is open to all Cass County residents.
Materials accepted include computers, monitors, televisions, printers, key boards and mice, cell phones, small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, power tools and anything with a cord or battery. Large appliances and metals will be collected by a local recycler.
KCCCB WILL PAY HALF OF THE RECYCLING FEE OF ONE ITEM PER HOUSEHOLD, UP TO A TOTAL OF $500 FOR THE COLLECTION.
The following will have a recycling disposal fee:
alkaline batteries, $1.50/pound
microwave ovens, $20
televisions and CRT items, $20 up to 20-inch, $30 up to 30-n, $40 up to 40-inch, $50 up to 50-inch and so forth.
All other items will be accepted at no cost.
The collections are open to Cass County residents only. NO commercial quantities.
This event is made possible by Cass County, the Village of Elmwood, Cross Electronic Recycling and KCCB.
Registration is now open for the Schoolhouse Summer Fiddle Camps in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.
Summer Camp 1:
Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8, 2018,
9 AM - Noon
For folks who consider themselves beginners.
Summer Camp 2:
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 2017,
9 AM - Noon
For fiddlers who consider themselves intermediate or advanced.
Wednesday, August 1 - Friday, August 3, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Scandinavian Fiddle Camp, for folks who are interested in exploring the music of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland
UNADILLA, NE CITY-WIDE
Saturday, June 23, 2018
8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2018 Audition Dates Announced at the Lofte Theatre
Show Audition Dates Production Dates:
The Miracle Worker - June 1-10
OLIVER! - June 3, 4 & 5. July 21-Aug 5
Hilda's Yard - July 30 & 31, Sept. 7-16
Guys On Ice - Sept. 10 & 11, Oct. 13-28
Nuncrackers - Oct. 22 & 23, Dec. 1-16
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LENDING PROGRAM
The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association has a wonderful instrument lending program, so please share this information with folks that you know. Here is the information from Jim Wood:
"We are in full swing looking for kids ages 5 to 16 who want to learn to play a bluegrass/old time instrument!
The instruments we are lending include guitar, fiddles of different sizes, banjo, and mandolin, and have recently been gifted with a fine Dobro, thanks to Doug Van Horn.
These instruments may be borrowed for a year as long as the learner has a mentor from our music association.
The mentor will be selected by the student and parent.
This mentor will give the Instrument lending committee a report of progress every three months."
If you wish to get an application to this Lending program, please contact Jim Wood at 402-397-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOB OPENINGS at
THE NEBRASKA MASONIC HOME
Our Assisted Living/Nursing Care Facility
seeks caring, devoted individuals.
We have competitive wages, excellent benefits
& a superior working environment.
FT CNA’s, 2 pm – 10 pm
Summer Only Lawn Workers, M-F 8-4:30
Weekends Only CNA’s, All Shifts
PT Maintenance Workers 4 pm-12:30 am & 12:30 am to 8 am
FREE medical, dental & vision coverage
for Full Time employees.
We also offer PayFlex; 401K Plan; &
Apply in person at 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048
or call (402) 296-7330 for more information.
www.thenebraskamasonichome.org for an application – then hand deliver or mail.
Must pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background checks.
Wednesday, May 30, 1:30 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Kimball Public Library, Kimball, NE
Friday, June 1, 6 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Fairbury Public Library, Fairbury, NE
Monday, June 4, 11 AM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Grant County Library, Hyannis, NE
Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Beginners”.
Sunday, June 17, 2:30 PM, David, in “Train Songs”, Kearney Archway, Kearney, NE
Tuesday, June 19, 10:15 AM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE
Sunday, June 24, 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM, Greenblatt & Seay, Scandinavian Festival, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE
Tuesday, June 26, 2 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Kilgore Memorial Library, York, NE
Wednesday, June 27, 3 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Geneva Public Library, Geneva, NE
Friday, June 29, 6:30 PM, David in “The Tradition in Traditional Music”, Gretna Public Library, Gretna, NE
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp for “Intermediate and Advanced” players.
For more information, and to register for any camps or workshops, send an e-mail to Debbyatdebby@greenblattandseay.com.
Here’s a link to a video glimpse of our lives, as documented by Jared Kennedy-who-asks-hard-questions, Communications Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council:
Hope's Closet Hours:
M - F, 10-4
ARE YOU 55+
LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK?
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 MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: email@example.comNebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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