What’s Happening: Grand Island Events Calendar


Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, Blessed Sacrament Church, 518 W. State St. Menu includes pancakes, drinks, sausage, and cookies with gravy; $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-10, free for children 4 and under.

“The 50th Anniversary of the Natural Resource Districts of Nebraska”, a Hall County Historical Society Voices from the Past program presented by Marcia Lee of Central Platte NRD, 2 p.m., Burlington Station, Sixth and Plum Streets. Free for members; $5 for non-members; Annette Davis, 308-226-2465.

“Jackie Allen and Hans Sturm: bass meets voice”, as part of the Grand Island Musical Series, 3 p.m., College Park. Season tickets for indoor concerts are $75, single performance tickets are $15; 308-850-3307 or [email protected]

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GISH Islander Chamber Singers and Wayne State College Choir, Combined Choral Concert, 5 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 511 N. Elm St. Both choirs have been selected to sing at the 2022 Nebraska Association of Music Educators Conference and will perform repertoire to be shared with music teachers and all in-state music students from around the state of Nebraska in the coming week.

“Legacy of Nebraska”, with paintings by Todd Williams, artists’ reception, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Leo B. Stuhr Building, Stuhr Museum. Williams will be signing copies of the book published in conjunction with the exhibit from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit remains on display until January 22, 2023. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except holidays. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $12 for youth ages 6-12; children 5 and under are admitted free; Karen Hurst at 308-385-5316 or [email protected]

Tribute to Veterans, hosted by the Merrick County Historical Museum, 2 p.m., Merrick Foundation Venture Center, 1532 17th Ave., Central City. The event will also feature Tracey Hefner who will portray Elizabeth O. Gibson, a nurse from Merrick County who served in the Union Army during the Civil War; MCHM, 308-624-3367, or Bill Bolte, 308-390-3038.

Hastings Multicultural Festival, annual event dedicated to celebrating different cultures from around the world with entertainment, activities and food, 1-3 p.m., Kiewit Gymnasium, 715 E. Seventh St., Hastings. No admission fees.

Scott D. Morris International Food and Culture Festival, 45th Annual, 6-8 p.m., University of Nebraska at Kearney Health and Sports Center, the event celebrates UNK’s international students while showcasing their cultures and cuisine; free.

Bingo, 2 p.m., United Veterans Club, 1914 W. Capital. Doors open at 1; Open to the public; 308-381-1555.

Bingo, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Council #1159, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral Square, 112 S. Cedar.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska Open House, 4-7 p.m., 715 W. Anna St.; reception at 5.30 p.m. Discover the group’s news section, aperitifs and drinks, drawings, etc.; 308-384-3456.

Jerry Barlow, Celtic Guitarist and Storyteller, 6:30 p.m., Alice M. Farr Library, 1603 L St., Aurora. Free; 402-694-2272.

UNK Chamber Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Recital Hall; free; 308-865-8618.

“The Amazing Chemistry Show” presented by Josh Denhart, featuring “an educationally entertaining stage production using fast-paced, engaging science experiments like explosions, colored foam, liquid nitrogen and glow-in-the-dark solutions to captivate kids and adults alike while sharing God’s love for them,” 6:45 p.m., GI Free Church, 2609 S. Blaine St. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult. Free; 308 -382-1898 or gifree.org

“A Boon and a Prayer” 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., free coffee drive-thru, First-Faith United Methodist Church parking lot, 4190 W. Capital Ave. (if time allows it); 308-384-5620.

Bingo, 1 p.m., Grand Generation Center, 304 E. Third St.; 308-385-5308.

Festival of Lights, 5-7:30 p.m., Hastings Town Center. Santa and the Kool-Aid Man will turn on the lights at 6:55 a.m. The event also includes singing singers, food vendors, entertainment, carriage rides,

Tabitha’s Closet, free clothing distribution, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stolley Park Church of Christ, 2822 W. Stolley Park Road. Clothing donations accepted; no household items; 308-384-2613.

Bingo, 7 p.m., United Veterans Club, 1914 W. Capital. Doors open at 6; Open to the public; 308-381-1555.

Railside Christmas Tree and Community Tree Lighting, 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., Railside Plaza. The event includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, entertainment, food, activities, carriage rides and more.

Fairview United Methodist Church Annual Dinner and Auction, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., 2398 S. 220th Ave., 9 miles northwest of Central City (about a mile north of Hwy 92).

Coloring with Pastor Kelly, 2 p.m., The Chocolate Bar, 116 W. Third St. Adult coloring meet led by Reverend Kelly Karges of Trinity United Methodist Church most Friday afternoons; 308-382-1952.

Northwest Music Boosters Craft Fair and Bake Sale, 29th Edition, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2710 N. North Road. The event will feature over 100 artisans and vendors from direct selling, bake sale, silent auction, raffle items, home decor and more. Lunch available in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and family photos can be taken with Santa by North West yearbook students. Proceeds support vocal and instrumental music students at Northwest.

Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First-Faith United Methodist Church, 4190 W. Capital. Homemade items for sale include baked goods, noodles, Christmas decorations and ornaments, holiday gnomes, fresh greenery items, quilts, wreaths, pillows and stockings and more; 308-384-5620.


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