Springfield Wednesday Newsletter - October 29, 2014
SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY HALLOWEEN PARADE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 31
BEGINNING AT 1:50PM
SPOOKTACULAR AWANA NIGHT
NOV. 2, 2014
SPRINGFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH
189 LOCUST ST
SPOOKY BIBLE LESSON ~ FUN ACTIVITIES ~ TRUNK OR TREAT
WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM APPAREL
SPRINGFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
ANNUAL CRAFT & BAKE FAIR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
The Westmont Elementary School PTO will be hosting a craft fair on Friday, November 14th from 5 -8 p.m. & Saturday, November 15th from 8 a.m-2 p.m. in the Westmont Gymnasium.
Parchment and Plume announces the Oct. 17 e-book release of Courtships and Carriages, a sweet-historical romance, written by Janet Syas Nitsick of Springfield. Paperback release will follow the initial e-book release.
Description: Courtships and Carriages, a sweet Christian romance, returns readers to the Omaha of 1893, where men who drove fancy carriages like debonair Nolan Bradford could make ladies’ hearts flutter, such as Gwen Ward’s. Her heart raced every time she saw him, especially when these rides included secret rendezvous, pretty flowers and stolen kisses. ...
Her decision could be an easy one if only her dear-childhood friend, Russ Knudson, a kindhearted, humble man, a man who works with his hands -- a farmer -- was not also vying for her hand. He may not be as refined as Nolan, but his feelings were just as sincere and Gwen’s love for him ran deep. And, if only Nolan was not the son of the corrupt mayor and her father, the publisher of a local paper, was not investigating that corruption.
The answer is in her court in Courtships and Carriages which includes intrigue and suspense when a trunkful of mayoral electoral ballots comes up missing.
ST. JOSEPH CHURCH NATIVITY DISPLAY
SPRINGFIELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY NEWS
The library is now open Friday
1:00 – 5:00pm
SOARING WINGS VINEYARD
17111 S 138th St
Springfield, NE 68059
(Nebraska Law stipulates that no outside alcohol can be brought onto the premise.)
COMING UP …
Sunday Music is still going strong! No cover charge - music is from 2-5 pm.
5th – Tracy Skretta
12th – Jeff Tomes
19th – Ryan Mcleay
26th – Katie Logan
Friday Night Music~Your favorite Friday night activity is better than ever! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and friends and come out to enjoy the music! Music will be outside weather permitting. No cover charge in October.
3rd – Mark Irvin
10th - Jessica Errett
19th – Sue Murray
26th – Jon Sundermeier
31st – Tim Koehn
Check out upcoming performers and events at www.soaringwingswine.com!
See You at the Winery!
HALLOWEEN DOESN’T NEED TO BE A DANGEROUS NIGHT FOR CHILDREN
Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass– On a potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, Safe Kids USA and FedEx urge parents to prepare children to act safely and drivers to take extra precautions. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.“Kids need proper safety instruction before they go out trick ‐ or ‐ treating,” says Jane Husz, Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass. "Many kids will be out trick ‐ or ‐ treating while it is dark when it is more difficult for drivers to see them. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. For example, children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult. If older kids are mature enough to go trick ‐ or ‐ treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."
In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass will team up with Walk This Way program sponsor FedEx to provide kids with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick‐or‐treat bags, as well as important safety information to children, parents, and drivers. Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks – and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets. "Safe Kids and FedEx urge drivers to slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also to help save lives," added Jane Husz, Sarpy/Cass.
Top safety tips Safe Kids USA recommends for parents:
Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
Slow down and stay alert ‐ watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, so choose non‐ toxic face paint and make‐up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
Top safety tips Safe Kids USA and FedEx recommend for drivers:
Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick‐‐treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. "While kids never want to wait to dive into their candy, it is best to check sweets for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them," says Jane Husz, Safe Kids Coordinator Sarpy/Cass “Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers."
About Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass
Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 19. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass was founded in 2006 and is led by Sarpy/Cass Dept of Health and Wellness. For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org.
LOWER PLATTE RIVER SUMMIT
Registration for the Lower Platte River Summit continues! The Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 6th at Camp Carol Joy Holling near Ashland, NE. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Urban Growth—Rural Resilience”. Early registration of $20 will be extended to November 1st!
Chuck Schroeder, the Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska will provide the keynote presentation to begin the day at 9:00 a.m. The keynote will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion that will cover a variety of topics including land use, public health, water supply, water quality, recreation, industry/economic development, and others. Members of the panel will join the audience in participating in “Plainsopoly” which engages individuals in the issues and possibilities of a diverse landscape such as the Lower Platte River Corridor.
Lunch will follow Plainsopoly and then we will head out on a bus tour of unique properties and communities within the Lower Platte River Corridor. Stops will include a working farm in the floodplains and bluffs of the lower Platte River in Sarpy County to and then a stop at Plattsmouth, NE to visit with representatives of their Main Street Association and Historical Society. The event will conclude by 5:30 following some time for hors d’oeurves and time for participants to visit about the day’s events.
Registration is available on-line at: https://lowerplatteorg.presencehost.net/what_we_do/events/lower_platte_summit.html I’ve also attached a registration form that can be completed and either mailed or emailed back to me. More details about the Summit and the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance can be found on the LPRCA website (lowerplatte.org).
HARMONICA WORKSHOP & CONCERT
David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a Harmonica Workshop/Concert on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 2:30 PM in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Each paid admission includes a free harmonica for those 6 years old or older. The workshop will include an introduction to the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C Major.
The workshop will be downstairs in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, and followed by light refreshments, and an acoustic jam session with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited
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