Local Events: January 2017

Lincoln, NE area local events, January 2017Check out our list of things to do this month:

1/1 – 2/28   Skate The Yard 350 Canopy St Railyard Ice Rink (see website for days and times)

1/7-1/8 (see website for times)  Cabin Fever Antique Show Lancaster Event Center

1/7 9 a.m. – Noon FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop-Crate Toolbox Home Depot

1/8 Noon-4 p.m. The Wedding Fair Lincoln Marriott

1/13 8 p.m. Eric Church Holdin’ My Own Tour Pinnacle Bank Arena

1/14 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. – Noon Kids in the Kitchen: New Foods  Williamsburg Hy-Vee

1/14 7 p.m. 31st Annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy Pinnacle Bank Arena

1/14 time TBA Jr. First Lego League Festival Lancaster Event Center

1/17 5:30-7:00 p.m. Simple Fix  cooking class at Williamsburg Hy-Vee

1/20-1/22 & 1/26-1/29 (see website for times) Mothers & Sons Lincoln Community Playhouse

1/20 7 p.m. Red Hot Chili Peppers Pinnacle Bank Arena

1/20 – 1/21 7:30-10 p.m. Nebraska Extreme Bull Riding Challenge Lancaster Event Center

1/22 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Husker Toy & Buckle Show Lancaster Event Center

1/27 – 1/29 (see website for times) Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella The Lied Center for Performing Arts

1/28 10 a.m. – Noon Snug-as-a-BUG! Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

 

Ongoing Museum Exhibits:

Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing January sporting events:

Check websites

Must-See Holiday Lights in and around Lincoln

Must-See Holiday Lights in Lincoln, NEPiling the entire family in the car, armed with hot chocolate and the best Christmas tunes, is a time-honored holiday tradition. The goal, of course, is to drive around town to see the best holiday light displays. With all the hustle and bustle of every holiday season, this tradition is one of the best ways to just relax and enjoy the family. To make the most of your holiday light sightseeing, be sure and use this handy list to guide your tour around town:

Start Close to Home

The Lincoln Journal Star shares their list of must-see light displays from 2015, so it’s a great idea to check back at these locations to see how they’ve outdone themselves this year. But on your way there, don’t forget to check out your neighborhood. After you’ve decorated your own home, of course, take a drive around to see the creativity of your neighbors.

Nativity Scenes

Many churches offer a drive-through nativity scene in their parking lot. It’s a warm way to get into the holiday spirit. There are plenty around town to choose from, but you can start with the Journey to Bethlehem at Piedmont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church or the living nativity scene that Southern Heights Presbyterian Church hosts from December 15-16.

Lincoln’s Capitol

For an indoor display, you have to include the Christmas tree displayed inside of the Capitol building. The tree arrives each year during the first week of December, and it’s even decorated to represent each of the 93 counties in Nebraska. There’s plenty of history and learning involved, and the building is open to visitors every day except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Stuhr Museum

Grand Island is the perfect destination for Christmas tree enthusiasts. The Stuhr Museum has dozens of trees on display until January 4th. You’ll find the admission prices hard to turn down: ages five and under get in free, and tickets range from $4-$6 depending on age. The Stuhr hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you can check out more details on their website.

Omaha

Whether you’re from Omaha or not, you can’t pass up all that the Old Market has to offer, especially during the Christmas season. There are endless restaurants and coffee shops to choose from for a quick snack or elaborate meal, and the mood is set perfectly with the light displays brightening up downtown. See other Omaha lighting displays from our sister company, CBSHOME.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Lastly, you can please everyone in the family, including the little ones, with a trip to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo to see Santa. The zoo offers The North Pole Express on December 1-4, 9-11, and 16-18. The zoo is decorated for the season and with a train ride, hot chocolate, elves, and Santa himself, you can’t go wrong. Learn more about times and ticket prices on their website.

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving supports local charities

­­Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave local charity organizations $16,400 in funds raised throughout the year.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in local communities. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

Each fall a committee of agents—selected by their offices to serve four-year terms—reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation.

“Humbling, tear jerking and inspiring,” said committee member Jayne V. Debus in a plea to Woods Bros Realty agents for additional donations. “Only a few words to describe the past two days of listening to the needs of so many less fortunate people. Thank you for all your generous giving and your time to these worthy causes.”

This year, the transaction donation total was $11,800, with a last-minute appeal from the committee that raised an additional $4,600. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $347,200 has been donated.

“It is so awesome to see how many organizations are out there to help our friends, family and neighbors have the most successful lives possible,” said committee member Tyler Reynolds. “What may seem insignificant to us could mean a life changing experience for someone else.”

Charities receiving 2016 donations include: Bridges to Hope, St. Monica’s, Lincoln City Libraries, Food Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln Arts Council, Capital Humane Society, Hope Harbor in Grand Island, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Habitat for Humanity – Lincoln, Voices of Hope, TeamMates, Friendship Home, Huntington Elementary School, Lincoln Children’s Museum, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, Elliott Elementary School, The Bridge Behavioral Health, Cedars Youth Services, CASA for York County, Make a Wish, Seward Youth Center, Habitat for Humanity – Grand Island, Pinewood Bowl Theater, and Young Life.

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving members in 2016.
2016 Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Russ Quick, Cindi Hahn, Co-Chairpersons Arla Meyer and Judy Sasek, Betty Sims, Shelly Nitz, Susan Vacarro, Staff Representative Nickie Casburn, Tyler Reynolds, Pat Schmit, Linda McCall and Jayne V. Debus.

Things to Do in the Lincoln Area: December 2016

Lincoln, NE area events: December 2016Check out our list of area events this month:

12/1-12/2 10 am – 8 pm Holiday of Trees 2110 Sheridan Blvd

12/1-12/4 (see website for times) The Wickedly Sensational Songs From Oz The TADA Theatre

12/1-12/24 LUX Center for the Arts Presents Gifted

12/2 5-8 pm FREE First Friday Art Walk downtown and at various galleries, Lincoln

12/2 5 pm-Midnight Railyard Ice Rink Grand Opening

12/2-3 7:30 pm Santaland Diaries Haymarket Theatre

12/3-12/22 Candy House Funshop Lincoln Children’s Museum (see website for times)

12/3 3-7 pm Christmas on 84th St

12/3 12-4 pm Critter Corner & Archery Fun Shoot

12/3 11 am-noon & 1-2 pm Gateway Mall presents Sounds of The Season

12/3 11 am-6 pm Haymarket Unwrapped

12/3 9 am-4 pm FREE admission Gifts & Giving Arts & Crafts Show Lancaster Event Center

12/3 7-10 pm Hyde Observatory Free Programs south side of Holmes Lake

12/3 10 am – noon Mrs. Claus Story Time at The Railyard

12/4 Holiday Open House Free 1-4 pm Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

12/4 3 pm Nebraska Brass Concert Series presents A Nebraska Brass Christmas Traditional Holiday Favorites Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

12/4 10 am – 2 pm FREE 2nd Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

12/4 2 pm & 6 pm Lincoln Symphony Orchestra: Deck the Halls Lied Center

12/5 7:30 pm Lorie Line: A Merry Little Christmas 2016 Holiday Tour Rococo Theatre

12/5 7 pm Stevie Nicks & Pretenders Pinnacle Bank

12/5 7:30 pm Rhapsody in Black Carson Theater

12/6-12/8 Free (see website for times) Nebraska Power Farming Show Lancaster Event Center

12/8 4-9 pm Lincoln Holiday Craftacular Embassy Suites

12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29 7 pm FREE Holiday Movie Series in the Railyard (check website for schedule)

12/8-12/10 A Christmas Wizard of Oz (see website for times)

12/9-12/11 Christmas Cabaret with Judy Anderson & Friends James Arthur Vineyards(see website for times)

12/9 7:30 pm Brian Regan Lied Center

12/9 4-8 pm Mrs. Claus at Scheels

12/9-12/11, & 12/16-18 Elf Jr. Lincoln Community Playhouse (see website for times)

12/9-12/10 8 pm Winter Laser Shows: Morrill Hall

12/10 7:30 pm Canadian Brass Christmas Lied Center

12/11 1pm building opens FREE State Capitol Tree Ceremony

12/11 7:30 pm Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert Lied Center

12/17-12/18 Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company Presents: The Nutcracker Lied Center (see website for times)

12/20 3 & 7:30 pm Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Lied Center

12/29 FREE 10 am-Noon, Christmas Bird Count for Kids Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

12/29-12/31 Nebraska Kart Shootout Lancaster Event Center

12/31 6-8:30 Make Believe Midnight Lincoln Children’s Museum

12/31 8pm Rock & Soul New Year’s Eve featuring Soul Dawg & Wheezetones Rococo Theatre

 

Santa Sightings

Dec 1-24 (see website for times) Santa. Is. Here. Gateway Mall

Dec 1 -24 (see website for times) The Santa Station SouthPointe Pavilions Shopping Center

Dec 1-4, Dec 9-11, Dec 16-18, North Pole Express (see website for times)

Dec 1 6-8 pm Santa. Paws. Gateway Mall

Dec 2 5-8 pm Holiday Spectacular Lincoln Children’s Museum

Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, 6-9 pm Holidays in The Haymarket (Santa will be strolling in the area)

Dec 3 8-11 am Breakfast with Santa & Holidays in the Haymarket

 

Ongoing December sporting events: Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule

Union College Sports Schedule

Lincoln Stars Hockey Schedule

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Planning a successful Black Friday

Black Friday PlanningAfter the Thanksgiving feasting, napping, and football watching, there’s only one thing left to do: gear up for Black Friday shopping. Whether your style is shopping online in your comfiest sweatpants or standing in line for hours with your biggest mug of coffee, here are the deals you won’t want to miss.

First things first, before you race out the door, strategically plan your shopping mission with this guide outlining what time each store is opening, both on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Pick the stores with the deals you want the most as a starting point.

Juice Stop

With five Lincoln locations Juice Stop is an easy stop to make no matter where you are. But on Black Friday, there’s even more reason to grab yourself a cup of smoothie deliciousness. Juice Stop is offering a gift card special for deal seekers: you can purchase a $30 gift card for $25, or a $65 gift card for just 50 bucks. Whether you keep it as a treat for yourself or gift it to your favorite smoothie loving friend is up to you.

Gateway Mall

This mall is spicing up the holidays with a fun Thanksgiving Day shopping challenge. A scale will weigh each shopper’s haul every hour from 6pm-10pm, with the heaviest haul winning a $100 gift card to a store of their choice. If there are some heavy items on your shopping list it might be worth the effort to shake off your post-feast food coma and head on out.

GameStop

Located in SouthPointe Pavilions, GameStop will be opening the earliest of all the SouthPointe stores at 5am. If there are kids or gamers of any age on your shopping list, you can keep an eye out for their sales here and even sign up for alerts once they end the suspense and announce what those early morning deals will be.

Online Specials

If there isn’t quite enough coffee to get you out into the world before the sun comes up, you can settle into your couch with as much caffeine as you like and simply shop online. From Amazon to Target, here is a collaborative list of the best Black Friday deals that only require a Wi-Fi connection.

But if you do choose the strategy of long lines and early mornings, we’ve got you covered while you wait. Don’t forget to browse the hottest houses on the market while you pass the time. The new Woods Bros website lets you search properties, find a Realtor, and even get an estimated value on your own home, right from your smart phone.

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Lincoln’s Antelope Park

Antelope Park ShelterLifelong Lincoln-ites already know the beauty of Antelope Park, but Trip Advisor and its reviewers confirm what we already knew:

“Wonderful walking path. Many relaxing stops along the way. Easy access points. Snow cleared. Beautiful landscaping.”

“Antelope Park has a lot to offer. There are monuments, a band shell, enclosed and unenclosed picnic areas, walking trails, a Veteran’s Memorial Garden, and a wonderful playground suitable for all ages. Auld Pavilion, within the park, holds local events including contra dancing on Saturday evenings. I like to go here to read, and my whole family likes to hunt Pokémon here. The playground at Antelope Park is my kids’ favorite in the city […]”

Even better, Trip Advisor gives Antelope Park a review of 4.5, meaning you can’t really go wrong.

lincoln-antelope-parkLocated at 23rd & N to 33rd & Sheridan Blvd on a 92.93 acres, there is more than enough room for kids to explore, burn off energy on the ample play equipment, dig in the sand, or take a break for a picnic snack. Antelope Park is even within walking distance of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, making a day at the park more like an effortless staycation that will please the whole family.

The park offers shelters for renting. (Hey there, epic birthday parties and reunions!) Other features offered are a golf course (remember to reserve a tee time,) basketball and baseball areas, and a tennis court. It’s not too late to soak up some fall weather, so fill that picnic basket and head on out.

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Lincoln area events: November 2016

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Things to do in and around Lincoln this month:

11/1 7:30 p.m.  John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

11/3 6-9 p.m. Fashion’s Night Out Gateway Mall https://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/fashions-night-out

11/4 7:30 p.m. Alan Jackson Keepin’ It Country Tour Pinnacle Bank Arena www.pinnaclebankarena.com

11/4 6-9 p.m. Beer and Wine Tasting Event Sesostris Shrine Center 1050 Saltillo Rd

11/4 6:30-8:30 p.m. Raise a Glass to the Holidays! www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

11/4 5:00-8:00 p.m. FREE First Friday Art Walk downtown, Lincoln http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

11/4 -11/6 7:30 p.m. Fri, 2 p.m. Sat & Sun, The Boxcar Children, Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

11/5 9 a.m. start Prairie Run Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/2016fallwinter.pdf

11/5 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE Fall Blessings Arts & Crafts Show, Lancaster Event Center http://www.seasonsofcrafts.com/nov-5-2016

11/5 9 a.m.  FREE Huskers vs. Ohio State Watch Party, The Railyard Lincoln, www.railyardlnk.com

11/5, 11/12, 11/19 & 11/26 7-10 p.m. FREE Hyde Observatory 3701 S 70th (Holmes Lake south side) http://www.hydeobservatory.info/

11/5-11/6 Nebraska State Poultry Show Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

Good Life Halfsy11/6 8:30 a.m. The Good Life Halfsy Seacrest Field-Start Line http://goodlifehalfsy.com/

11/7 -11/8 Mon 8-5, Tues 8-noon Opportunity that Scales: Women Advancing the Future of Information Technology in Higher Education Nebraska Innovation Campus http://its.unl.edu/conference

11/9 5:30 p.m. FREE Turn N Burn Barrel Race Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/10-11/12 NSAA 2016 State Volleyball http://nsaahome.org/volleyball/

11/11 7:30 p.m. Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Lied Center http://lincolnsymphony.org/

11/11 7-8:30 p.m. Night Hike Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/2016fallwinter.pdf

11/12 1:30-6:30 FREE Cornhusker Tailgate Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel https://www.evensi.us/cornhusker-tailgate-the-lincoln-marriott-cornhusker-hotel/182877115

11/12 6:30 p.m. UNL Football vs Minnesota Memorial Stadium

11/13 2 p.m. Ingrid Fliter, Piano Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

11/17 6:30-8 p.m. Science Café Fall Series: Farm to Table Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/sciencecafe/index.html

11/17 4:30-8 p.m. Shop the Blocks Downtown Lincoln www.shoptheblocks.com

11/17 5-8 p.m. FREE Nebraska Artists – Carry the Future 3200 S 24th St (Lincoln Country Club) https://www.facebook.com/events/822009844567113/

11/18 6-8 p.m. Pajama Jam Santa Arrival Gateway Mall https://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/pajama-jam-santa-arrival

11/19 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hawkwatch Trip Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/2016fallwinter.pdf

11/19 Time TBD FREE Cornhusker Tailgate Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel https://www.evensi.us/cornhusker-tailgate-the-lincoln-marriott-cornhusker-hotel/182877115

11/19 TBA UNL Football vs Maryland Memorial Stadium

11/19 Time 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Fall Treasures Vendor Fair Lancaster Event Center http://www.seasonsofcrafts.com/nov-19-2016

11/19-12/24 (see website for times) Santa. Is. Here. Gateway Mall https://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/santa-here

11/20 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday with a Scientist: Ceramics: Evolution of Modern Ceramics from Ancient Potteries http://museum.unl.edu/sundaywithascientist/

11/21-22 NSAA State Football Championships Memorial Stadium www.nsaahome.org

11/25-26 4-8 p.m. Fri & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. A Very Vintage Christmas Market Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/25 -27 Noon – 8 p.m. Fri & Sat, Noon-5 p.m. Sun, The Santa Station SouthPointe Pavillions Shopping Center www.southpointeshopping.com

11/25-27 TBA Turkey Chase Indoor Go Carts Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/26 noon-6 p.m. James Arthur Vineyards Holiday Open House www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

11/26-28 TBA FREE Thanksgiving Turn N Burn Maverick Rodeo Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/30 7:30 p.m. Sara Watkins Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

Ongoing November sporting events: Check websites

Museums in Lincoln with ongoing exhibits:

October: a Midwestern blessing

octoberOctober has arrived with its redefinition of perfection, bathed by a special color of blue that is reserved only for October skies.  Night time encroaches upon these hallowed days more quickly, a sharpened angle of sunlight illuminating our ancient cottonwoods as they gradually disrobe.  October is the consummate Midwestern blessing, a reward for tolerating summer’s steam.  It’s that annual passage that reflects who we are as Nebraskans, our fields bursting with billions of bushels of dreams realized.  We are historically linked to the land, yet with the harvest, we willingly share our good fortune.

I welcome October as I would the phone call from an old fishing buddy.  October is the sound of a crackling fireplace.  It’s a drive to Nebraska City for apples and a taste of freshly baked pie.  October is the feel of the wool blanket, the search for the ice scraper somewhere under the front seat, the sight of geese readying for winter vacation and a mug of steaming hot coffee in the back yard.  It’s the final push for outdoor projects when windows are bathed and polished.

October is Friday night lights and a sea of red filling the city on Saturdays.  It’s memories of burning leaves in the ditch with my dad decades ago.  October is the end of gardening and the celebration of giant pumpkins, those great imperfect spheres that are surgically and artistically redesigned by young and old.

October is your favorite sweatshirt, the older the better, and flannel shirts and jeans.  It’s hayrack rides and bonfires, marshmallows, s’mores and hot dogs.  It’s apple cider and hot cocoa and the rustle of leaves.

October is a blessing not to be missed.  And like most special times, it races past all too quickly.  It is non-contentious.  It is sharing our best and brightest.  It is a celebration of life’s grandest gifts at our finger tips.  Welcome dear friend.  Pass less rapidly before us that we may know your beauty. 

October 2016 Events: Lincoln

gourds-webCheck out this month’s local events:

10/1 8–10 a.m. Breakfast with the Penguins!  Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

10/1 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

10/1 2:30 p.m. UNL Football vs. Illinois Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

10/1-10/2 7:30 p.m. My Fair Lady Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

10/1-10/22 (Sat’s) 3:30 p.m. String Beans at Roca Berry Farm http://www.thestringbeans.com/

10/2 12 p.m. EYE RUN Holmes Lake Park www.EYERUN.info

10/2-10/9  See website for times Fall Parade of HOMES www.hbal.org/events/parade-of-homes/

10/4 7:30 p.m. Chamber Singers Kimball Recital Hall http://events.unl.edu/music/2016/10/04/112026/

10/04 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Make Lincoln 2016 Trago Park 20th & U St www.makelincoln.com

10/04 7:30 p.m. MAROON 5 Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/06  7:30 p.m. Chiara String Quartet Kimball Recital Hall http://events.unl.edu/music/2016/10/06/112028/

10/6-10/9 8:30-4:00 p.m. Husker Valley Cluster Dog Show Lancaster Event Center http://www.cornhuskerkennelclub.com/All-Breed-Dog-Show.html

10/06 5:30 p.m. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk Haymarket Park http://pages.lightthenight.org/ne/Lincne16

10/06 5-8 p.m. National Fossil Day Morrill Hall http://www.museum.unl.edu/

10/07 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cork N’ Stogie James Arthur Vineyards http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/08 7:30 p.m. KEITH URBAN Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/07 5-8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk http://www.exploredowntown.org/first-friday-artwalk

10/08 gates open 4 p.m. event starts 6 p.m. Dirt Diva Pulling Team Muhlback Motor Sports Complex http://www.lancastereventcenter.org/all-events/event-details?EventID=7573&CalDate=1475946000000

10/11 doors open 4 p.m. show starts 7 p.m. Taste of Home Cooking School Embassy Suites 1040 P St https://www.facebook.com/events/102693153521417/

10/12 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves VS Denver Nuggets Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/12 7:30 p.m. Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound www.liedcenter.org

10/13-16 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat & 2:00 p.m. Sun Young Frankenstein TADA Theatre 701 P St www.tadaproductions.info

10/14 5-9:30 p.m. Okto Beerfest Lancaster Event Center  http://www.oktobeerfestnebraska.com/

10/15 5-9 p.m. Twilight On The Tallgrass: Nature@Night Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/twilight-tallgrass

10/16 1-4:30 p.m. Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash 5K  Holmes Lake www.walklikemadd.org

10/18 6 p.m. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/21-23 see website for times 2016 Little Boo Bash @ Bair Tournament Doris Bair Softball Complex www.nesoftball.org

10/21 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/22 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Woods Park http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/environ/Waste/HHazWaste.htm

10/22 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

10/22 Time TBD UNL Football Vs Purdue Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

10/23 7 p.m. Clint Black Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/23 5:30-8:30 p.m. Haunted Hike Through the Vineyard James Arthur Vineyards, Raymond www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/25 7:30 p.m. Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Tour Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/26-30  5:30-8 p.m. Boo at the Zoo Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

10/27 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m Nebraska Product Show for Business and Industry Lancaster Event Center http://www.showofficeonline.com/products.htm

10/28-30 7:30p.m. Fri, 2p.m Sat & Sun The Boxcar Children Lincoln Community Playhouse  www.lincolnplayhouse.com

10/29 2:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration of Nebraska Books Museum of Nebraska History http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/celebration.html

10/29 7:30-9 a.m. Monster Dash Roca Berry Farm, 16531 S 38th St, Roca https://smallvoicesorg.presencehost.net/monsterdash/registration.html

10/29 6:30-8:30 p.m. World Famous Murder Mystery James Arthur Vineyards www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/30 1-4 p.m. 15th Annual Suite Memories, A Bridal Affair Embassy Suites https://www.facebook.com/events/158063147932722/

10/31 6:30-8:30 p.m. World Famous Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Billy’s 1301 H St, http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com/events/world-famous-murder-mystery-dinner-2/#11/40.9389/-96.7473

 

Ongoing October sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com/

 

Ongoing Farmers Markets:

Oct 1 & 8 Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

Oct 2 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

Oct 4 Tuesday 4-7p.m. F St Neighborhood Farmers Market 1302 F St www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

 

Area Pumpkin Patches:

JK’s Pumpkin Patch 757 Bluff Rd, Lincoln http://www.jkspumpkinpatch.com/#!

Roca Berry Farm, 16531 S 38th St, Roca https://rocaberryfarm.com/

Martin’s Hillside Orchard 2024 Ashland Rd, Ceresco http://hillside-orchard.com/index.htm

Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm 911 108th St, Avoca http://www.bloompumpkinpatch.com/

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Tips to tailgate like a pro

cornhole toss gameThe countdown is on, and September 3rd is fast approaching. It’s the date Husker fans have been counting down to since the end of last season: the first Husker football game of 2016. If you haven’t scored season tickets, you can relax and instead enjoy a season of football tradition. A tailgate is the next best thing to sitting in the stands, and we’ll tell you how to tailgate like the diehard fan that you are.

Head to the Action

Obviously, downtown is the place to be on Husker game days. Fans head to Haymarket park as early as 8 a.m. on game days to kick off their Husker rally. $25 dollars per car is all it takes to partake in the celebrations, and with food vendors surrounded in a sea of red you really can’t go wrong. For a more family and wallet-friendly option, the Husker Nation Pavilion is free to enter and has enough music and food to keep you going throughout the entire game. You can even arrive early for autograph sessions; just plan to be there three hours before game time. Take a peek at this handy downtown parking map beforehand to avoid traffic headaches.

Throw Your Own Tailgate

Downtown crowds aren’t for everyone. If you’re a comfort-seeking fan use your own driveway for a tailgate. Keep an eye out for a great deal on a sturdy, portable firepit, and use it to heat up comfort food snacks, like s’mores, or to keep friends and family warm during colder games. A big screen television is essential, and red decorations will bring Memorial Stadium to you. Tie a few red balloons within arms’ reach to cheer on that first touchdown, and some dollar store red silly string will make cheering even more exciting. And Husker temporary tattoos are a delight for adults and kids alike.

Cheer with a Full Belly

Eat like a champ and clean up like a pro by utilizing the magic of your slow cooker. Chili and cinnamon rolls are a Nebraska tradition, but don’t forget about the other football food staples like hot wings and chips and dip. Even your dessert can find a warm home in your slow cooker. This apple treat is absolutely perfect for autumn.

Games

Don’t let the party die down during half time. Every Nebraskan should be a cornhole master, and you can learn how to build your own regulation cornhole set here.

Toss around your own football to keep the game and energy going, but also try Frisbee golf, darts, and card games.

Most of all, get your most enthusiastic Husker friends at the party. Whether you choose to head downtown or keep the party in your own driveway, tailgating is a tradition that will get even those non-sports fans bleeding Husker red every game day.

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