Local Area Events: May 2017

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

Farmers Markets

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing May sporting events: Check websites

Local Area Events: April 2017

Lincoln, NE Area Local Events: April 2017Check our our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales

4/1 Home Depot Kids Workshop – Build a Bunny Basket (FREE)

4/1 19th Annual JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Dream Gala

4/1  Capital City Blue Run

4/1  Dynasty Combat Sports: Annual Spring Brawl

4/1  Family Skate Night hosted by Realtors ® Assoc. of Lincoln YPN

4/1  Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest (FREE Event and Parking)

4/1  Golf Open House (FREE)

4/1-4/2 Lincoln Gem & Mineral Show

4/1-4/3 March Madness (FREE)

4/1-4/2 & 4/7-4/9 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse

4/2 Richard Goode, Piano Lied Center

4/4 & 4/11 Bring Birds to Your Backyard!

4/4 Momix: Opus Cactus Lied Center

4/6 & 4/9 The Masters Watch Party (FREE)

4/7 First Friday Gallery Walk (FREE)

4/7 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night

4/7 The Midtown Men Lied Center

4/8-4/9  Stuff The Bus  Walmart & Sam’s Club for Friendship Home

4/8 & 4/15  Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Lincoln Children’s Zoo

4/8 Harlem Globetrotters Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/9  Lincoln Music Teachers Association Student Spring Recital (FREE)

4/10 Chris Brown with Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, Kap G Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/12 Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth Lied Center

4/14-4/15 UNL Rodeo Lancaster Event Center

4/14 Daniel Tosh – Comedy Central Tosh Show  Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/15 Nebraska Red-White Spring Game

4/15 James Valentine, Guitar with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Lied Center

4/20 Science Café: Eat. Drink. Talk Science  Mueller Planetarium at Morrill Hall

4/21 Sunset Guided Hike Pioneers Park Nature Center

4/21-4/22 Monster Jam Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/21-4/23 Nebraska Spring Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

4/22 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Spring Affair Plant Sale 2017

4/22 4th Annual Kitten Shower Pieloch Pet Adoption Center

4/22 Taste of Spring 2017 Dinner & Auction to benefit Lincoln Children’s Museum

4/22 Itzhak Perlman, Violin Lied Center

4/27 Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music Carson Theater

4/28 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Lied Center

4/28-4/29 PRCA Championship Rodeo Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/28-4/30 ConStellation 2017 Convention Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

4/29 30th Annual Early Childhood Celebration (FREE)

4/29 Russian National Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty Lied Center

4/30 Right Brained Artisan Fair: Spring Edition

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing APRIL sporting events: Check websites

Local Area Events: March 2017

Lincoln Area Local Events: March 2017

Check out our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

3/1 Celebrating Statehood Day check for events throughout the day

3/1-3/25 Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future  Great Plains Art Museum 1155 Q St

3/2-3/4 NSAA 2017 Girls State Basketball

3/2-3/5 Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/3 Crooners Over Lincoln The Nebraska Club

3/3 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night

3/3-3/5 Mamma Mia! The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/6 Capital Jazz Society presents First Monday Jazz Jam

3/9 Heather Henson’s Crane: On Earth, In Sky  The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/9-3/11 NSAA 2017 Boys State Basketball

3/10-3/12 15th Annual Husker Lawn & Leisure Show Lancaster Event Center

3/10-3/11 Laser Led Zeppelin Morrill Hall- Mueller Planetarium

3/10-3/12 March Madness Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

3/11-3/12 2017 Lincoln Parade of Apartments

3/11 Super Hero Day The Lincoln Children’s Museum

3/11 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Maestro at the Piano The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/11 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair St Mark’s United Methodist Church

3/11 Mall Walk for Down Syndrome Gateway Mall

3/12 Red Dirt Shamrock Shuffle 5k The Railyard

3/13-3/17 Nature Explorers Camp Pioneer Park Nature Center

3/14 March Madness The Railyard

3/15-3/19 72nd Annual Shrine Circus Lancaster Event Center

3/17 Trinity Irish Dance Company The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/18 Lincoln Volksport St. Pat’s Walk Fallbrook YMCA

3/19 Happier Lincoln KZUM 3534 South 48th St, Suite 6

3/23-3/25 Cornhusker Classic Tractor Pull Lancaster Event Center

3/24 Billy Joel Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/24 Riders in the Sky The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/26 Boston Pops Explanade Orchestra The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/30 Kris Kristofferson Rococo Theatre

3/31 Taikoproject: Interlocking Rhythms The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/31 Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/31-4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales Lancaster Event Center

3/31-4/2 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse

Ongoing Museum Exhibits:

Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing MARCH sporting events:

Check websites

Things to do in the Lincoln area: February 2017

Things to do in Lincoln, NE in February 2017.Check out our list of Lincoln-area events:

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

2/1-3/25 Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Great Plains Art Museum 1155 Q St

2/2-2/5 Thank You for Being a Friend The TADA Theatre

2/3-2/5 Boat, Sport, & Travel Show  at Lancaster Event Center (see website for times)

2/3 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night (see website for times)

2/3 “65 Roses” Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Pla Mor Ballroom

2/4 Home Depot Kids Workshop – Valentine’s Photo Box (see website for location and times)

2/4 Disney Reads Day Barnes & Noble SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11:00 a.m.

2/5-2/7  77th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

2/8-2/11 Lincoln Exposed 2017 Downtown Lincoln (see website for locations and time)

2/8-2/12 Late Night Catechism Lied Center (see website for times and ticket info)

2/10 Jeff Dunham Perfectly Unbalanced Pinnacle Bank Arena 8 p.m.

2/10-2/12 and 2/16-2/19 Exit Laughing Lincoln Community Playhouse

2/11 Valentine’s Day Storytime Barnes & Noble SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11 a.m.

2/11 Life in Color Pinnacle Bank Arena 7 p.m.

2/10-2/12 Nebraska Builders Home and Garden Show Lancaster Event Center (see website for times)

2/12 Nebraska High School State Bowling Championship Sun Valley Lanes

2/14 Nebraska Pork Producers Ribs and Bibs Innovation Campus 5:30-8:00 p.m.

2/14 Valentine’s Day at the Ice Rink Railyard 5:00-10:00 p.m.

2/14 Vampire Ball featuring MoSynth Rococo Theatre 8:00 p.m.

2/16-2/17 Into the Woods Lied Center

2/17-2/18 Great Backyard Bird Count – Free Bird Walks Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center 10-11:30 a.m. Fri and Sat

2/18 Mighty, Mighty Construction Site Storytime Barnes & Noble SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11 a.m.

2/18 An Evening with Paula Poundstone and Dick Cavett Lied Center 7:30 p.m.

2/18-2/19 Model Train Show Lancaster Event Center (see website for times and cost)

2/19 For the Birds! Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center 2:00-4:00 p.m.

2/22 Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play” Lied Center 7:00 p.m.

2/23-2/24 Gabriel Kahane Lied Center 7:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri.

2/24-2/25 Little Ladies Date Night Lincoln Children’s Museum 6-8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

2/24-2/26 Great Plains Game Festival Parks Center Banquet Hall (see website for times and cost)

2/25-2/26 I Love My Dog Expo at Lancaster Event Center (see website for times and cost)

2/25-2/26 13th Annual Winter Fest Flea Market & Antique Show Lancaster Event Center (see website for times and cost)

2/25 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime Barnes & Noble at SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11 a.m.

2/25 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra presents A Night At The Oscars Lied Center 7:30 p.m.

2/25-2/26 Joseph Hall – Elvis Tribute Show Pla Mor Ballroom Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun 12 p.m.

2/28 The Price Is Right Live Lied Center 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing February sporting events: Check websites

Little-Known Facts about Nebraska Football

Little-known facts about Nebraska FootballWhether you’re a football fan or not, it’s almost impossible not to get caught up in the Big Red hype. From the red balloon release at home games, to tailgating and belting “There is No Place Like Nebraska” at the top of your lungs—there’s something for everyone to love. We’ve all followed this football season with pride, now let’s take a look at some at some fun Husker facts that will delight your guests at your next watch party.

  • Do you remember Jesse Kosch from the golden era of 1995? Kosch set the NCAA record for fewest punt returns in a season. Five of his punts were returned, with the opposing team gaining 12 yards total.
  • Of course, no list of Husker facts if complete without mentioning Tommie Frazier. Did you know that he had more touchdowns through the air than on the ground? 43 touchdowns were thrown, while 36 were run.
  • We’ve got to give respect the 1890 Husker team. It was the Huskers’ inaugural season, though back then, they were simply known as “Lincoln.” They were undefeated, 2-0, but they also didn’t allow even one point scored.
  • Even though the Huskers officially began in 1890, they didn’t have a coach to lead them until three years later in 1893. The salary? Between $300-$500. Luckily that salary also included room and board.
  • Long before the civil rights movement began, Nebraska was already ahead of the game. George Flippin was Nebraska’s first African America athlete.
  • Bugeaters, Antelopes, Tree-planters, Rattlesnake Boys—do you recognize any of these names? They were some of the first team nicknames before (thankfully) the Huskers stuck.
  • Today we know Nick Saban as the face and coach of Alabama, but back in 1995 he coached Michigan State. Nebraska gave Saban his biggest career loss with a final score of 50-10. That may have been the year he started scowling.
  • From 1961 to 2010 the Nebraska Cornhuskers won 77 percent of their games. So the next time you get a little too hung-up on loss, just think of the bigger picture. That’s quite a history of wins!
  • Lastly, there’s plenty we could say about former coach Tom Osborne, but let’s end with this: Osborne’s winning percentage from his Husker career was .836. Chatsports.com says this percentage is “the best mark for any coach in NCAA history over such a span.”

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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

Get away with a staycation

Winter staycation ideas in and around Nebraska.

If winter has you feeling stir crazy, you might be in need of a staycation. What exactly is a staycation? It’s a simple getaway—maybe for just a weekend—that’s just far enough from home to feel like an adventure. We have a list of fun-filled destinations that the whole family can enjoy:

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Any time of year is a great time to visit Mahoney State Park, but winter offers extra fun like skiing, ice skating, and sledding. The park itself is gorgeous for sightseeing, but you can warm up inside too. Mahoney has its own restaurant, cozy lodging, and indoor play area. You can also enjoy their theater productions and arts and crafts center.

Omaha

Omaha is the perfect staycation destination for anyone in Southeast Nebraska (even if you already live in Omaha). The Ramada Plaza is a lovely hotel that houses the Coco Key Water Resort. It’s a booming indoor water park with lazy river tubing, plenty of slides, and a separate pool for the smaller kiddos. Plus your room fee includes entrance to the park. But while you’re in Omaha, make time for some great restaurants, like Joe’s Crab Shack, and the Henry Doorly Zoo, which is open every day except Christmas Day.

Lied Lodge

The Lied Lodge in Nebraska City is perfect for holiday get-togethers and family reunions. And they’re particularly festive during December. Head down now through December 30th and enjoy a holiday mansion tour with an array of vintage Christmas décor. You can also enjoy concerts, trolley car light tours, or a brunch meet-and-greet with Santa himself. Take a look at the dates and details.

Kansas City

Kansas City is the place to be, especially if you have little ones. The Great Wolf Lodge has adorable camping themed rooms, an indoor water park, arcades, and games. But when you’re read to dry off, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the city. From shopping, to museums, LegoLand, and aquariums, Kansas City has it all, even the Federal Reserve Bank. Enjoy a refreshing vacation with memories that can’t be beat.

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.

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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