2018 Tours – Cranes and Prairie Chickens



Please note the sign up deadlines -keith —–

The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to participate in two bird-themed wildlife viewing trips in spring 2018:

A Sandhill Crane Day Trip is scheduled from noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 9.  Space is limited, and the registration deadline is Friday, February 9.

Participants will meet at the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park and travel to the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center in Wood River and the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon.  The group will view and hear the cranes from a viewing blind as they arrive on the Platte River.  The trip will also include periodic stops along country roads to view cranes as they feed and dance in the fields.

Sandhill Cranes are among the world’s oldest living birds and have traveled through Nebraska for centuries.  They are dependent on an 80-mile segment of the Platte River for a four- to five-week stopover because of the food and protection in the area.  The cranes come from as far south as Mexico and will travel as far north as eastern Siberia to raise their young.  Over half a million Sandhill Cranes will make their way through Nebraska this spring.  Some of the best viewing is at sunset when the cranes flock by the thousands to spend the night at the river.

The program fee is $85 and includes transportation, dinner and viewing blind reservations.  If the trip is cancelled, the $25 reservation fee for the viewing blind is nonrefundable.  Participants must have the ability to walk uneven trails in low light.

A Greater Prairie Chicken Multi-Day Tour is scheduled for Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15. Registered participants will receive details about departures, arrivals and other activities.

Participants will experience the booming and dancing of the greater prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse during tours on the Switzer Ranch near Burwell. The event is hosted by Calamus Outfitters and includes bus transportation, two nights lodging, guided tours and meals.

Greater prairie chickens are a vulnerable species with declining numbers due to prairie habitat fragmentation and loss.  Today, the populations of greater prairie chicken are isolated to the mixed grass prairies of the central U.S.   Preservation and restoration of prairie habitat have been successful at stabilizing population numbers.

Known for their mating dance, greater prairie chickens display together in a gathering called a “lek.”  The male prairie chickens raise their ear tuft feathers, inflate the bright orange air sacks on their necks and stomp about to attract females.  Similarly, the sharp-tailed grouse will display or dance to attract female grouse to their dancing grounds.

The program fee is $500 per person for double rooms, with single rooms available for an additional $75.  Registration and a $250 deposit are required by January 5 (includes non-refundable $50 fee).  The remaining balance is due by March 1.  The deposit, minus the registration fee, is refundable until January 5.  The paid balance, minus the deposit, is refundable until March 1. An optional jeep tour of the Switzer Ranch is available on Saturday for an additional $50 per person.

To register, or for more information, contact the Nature Center at 402-441-7895 or naturecenter@lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on the Pioneers Park Nature Center is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov/naturecenter.


Jan 2018 – history and stories of one room schools

      One Room: Millions of Memories Film Festival
at Homestead National Monument of America

Join us for the One Room: Millions of Memories Film Festival Saturdays and Sundays in January and February of 2018, at 2:00 p.m., in the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center. This year’s film festival will kick-off on Saturday January 13 and will feature films that honor the history and stories of one room schools and show how education impacted communities.

The film festival will open with a showing of Days of the One Room Schoolhouse. This documentary explores the schools that once peppered the Midwestern states, with a focus on stories from Northwest and West Central Ohio, one of our Nation’s 30 Homesteading States. The film relates school history, how they changed over time, and what a typical school day was like through interviews with those who remember life in the one room schools. This film will screen Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Education Center at Homestead National Monument of America.

 One Room Film Festival Showings:

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday January 13-14         Days of the One Room Schoolhouse

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday January 20-21         Country School: One Room – One Nation

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday January 27-28         Last of the One Room Schools 1 & 2

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 3-4           Last of the One Room Schools 2 & 3

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 10-11       The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 17-18       Little House on the Prairie:

  The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 24-25       Frontier University Dreams

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2018. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Dec 17th – THE SOUND OF SOUL is Hu

HU is the sound behind all sound woven into the language of life. Sing HU to open your heart to more God’s Love.
Join us in our introductory talk on how to HU can help you
Experience inner peace and calm

  • Divine Love
  • Expands awareness yourself
  • Healing of the heart
  • And bring spiritual discovery and growth


WHAT: You are invited to join us for an Intro Talk on the “How HU Can Help You”. 
WHERE: Malone Community Center at 2032 U Street, Lincoln, Nebraska (just south of 20th and Vine)
WHEN: Sunday, December 17th from 10am – 11am (followed by a casual fellowship gathering)
WHO: Everyone is welcome!
LEARN MORE: Check out http://www.eckankar.org/ for more information on ECKANKAR.
Please forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested in joining us.

Dec 15 – The Johnny Manhattan Orchestra

The Johnny Manhattan Orchestra will perform for your dancing and listening enjoyment on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the DelRay Ballroom, 817 R Street in Lincoln’s Haymarket. The performance will be from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. There is a $10.00 per person cover charge at the door ($8.00 per person for groups of 10 or more). A short dance lesson will begin at 6:15 p.m. and is included in the cover charge. Participation in the dance lesson is optional. The DelRay Ballroom will be set up cabaret style with tables and chairs surrounding a large dance floor. Full beverage service will be available.

The Johnny Manhattan Orchestra is a professional 19 member big band performing FULL ORCHESTRA ARRANGEMENTS of the greatest hits of the Swing Era, including music from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and Count Basie. We’ve nearly doubled our library of classic Swing Era tunes so no two shows will be alike this season. Each performance simulates a 1940’s live radio broadcast from a famous New York City venue complete with vocalists Kellyn Kelly and Ruby Diamond, and Master of Ceremonies/Trumpeter Extraordinaire Johnny Manhattan.

Dec 13-17 – Nebraska Rep Holiday show

Nebraska Rep Launches
First Annual Holiday Celebration
Featuring Chicago’s THE LAKESHORE DOLLS
“All dressed up in stardust and tinsel.”
Don’t miss the Rep’s annual holiday celebration,

Enjoy holiday classics by favorite Rep performers, emerging artists and surprise guests. To headline this year’s Cabaret, the Rep welcomes Chicago’s premiere, sweet-singing female trio, The Lakeshore Dolls. Get into the holiday spirit and join us for this toe-tapping, uplifting night of song, good cheer and revelry.

Wednesday, December 13 | 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 14 | 7:30 PM
Friday, December 15 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 16 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 17 | 2:00 PM

in the Studio Theatre, Temple Building, 12th & R Streets.
Tickets are available now through the
Lied Center Ticket Office at 301 North 12th Street,
402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231 Monday through Friday from
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM, or online at liedcenter.org.
A regular ticket is $30, $15 for students and members of OLLI
(Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).
Seating, in cabaret style around tables, is limited and is general admission.
The Lakeshore Dolls are an acapella trio, based in Chicago, whose aesthetic is reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters, but who sing music ranging from 1940s standards to pop hits of today. The girls met during a production of Sweet Charity in 2014, and have been singing together ever since. The Dolls arrange all of their own music, taking inspiration from each girl’s unique voice and style, and the belief that sometimes the most unlikely combination of songs makes for the best arrangements!
For more information: thelakeshoredolls.com
THE LAKESHORE DOLLS (Darcie, Molly, Taylor)
Bryce Bassett, Alisa Belflower, Matthew Carter, William Grange, Michelle Ingle, Krista Lawrence, Aguel Lual, Nick Prior, Karen Richards, Ryan Savage, Kellyn Wooten.

THE HOLIDAY CABARET band includes: Vincent T. Learned (conductor, keyboards), Jonah Bennett (bass), Stephen Cantarero (bass), Jami Fristo (drums) and Gary Shuda (drums).

THE HOLIDAY CABARET designers are: JD Madsen (scenic), Jordan Taylor Thomas (lighting), Araceli Ramirez (sound) and Jamie Bullins (costume coordinator). The production is stage managed by Matthew Knight.

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dec 2017 Events – At Francie & Finch


At Francie & Finch, we bring the world of books to Lincoln

Lincoln is a growing, vibrant city. And as Lincoln’s newest bookstore, our unique inventory reflects both the local and international communities that call Lincoln home. Whether you are searching for a novel by a Nebraska author or you want to explore Lincoln’s diverse population through literature, we can help you find exactly what you are looking for!

Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln at 130 S. 13th, we are just a short story away from campus and hundreds of local businesses. 

Sat. 12/9 – Jeff Barnes, Author of 150@150 Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquitenniel.  This book was published by the Architectural Foundation of Nebraska and the American Institute of Architects and just came out with some fanfare.  There was a big write-up in the Omaha World Herald and there is supposed to be on in the Lincoln Journal Star this week.  It’s a beautiful book….and our building is in it!

Sat 12/9 – Vicki Woods, Gift Book Recommendations.  Vicki is the children’s librarian at Lincoln City Libraries and every year she compiles a list of recommendations.  She’ll be at F&F to assist with selection.

Fri. 12/15 – Jazzy Little Christmas Shopping with pianist Anne Melang-Thoren

Wed. 12/20 – Journal Club with Catherine Griesen – meets every 3rd Wed.\

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks so much Keith,

Leslie Huerta

Francie & Finch Bookshop

402 781 0459


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