WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
~All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!
-Lucy Van Pelt
In Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
SHOW A LITTLE LOVE!
SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Sunday Feb. 13th
10:00 A.M till 2:00 P.M.
Springfield City Hall
Sign up online at www.Givebloodgivelife.com or call 253-8301. Last time we had a great turn out considering the circumstances. Let’s match or do better this time.
-Your Springfield Knights of Columbus Sponsors
SPRINGFIELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10
ALL AGES WELCOME!
1ST ANNUAL WESTMONT PTO BOUTIQUE AND CRAFT SHOW
SPONSORED BY WESTMONT SCHOOL PTO
FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH, 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH, 8:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
South Sarpy School District #46 Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 9th and February and 10th. School will be dismissed early at all schools both days. School will not be session on Friday, February 11.
SOUTH SARPY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #46
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
MONDAY FEBRUARY 14, 7PM
South Sarpy School District #46
No classes for all schools on February 21, Presidents Day
Springfield First United Methodist Church
Silent Auction items
(for Game Feed event)
Please let us know ASAP so we can get them on the poster.
GAME FEED/SILENT AUCTION
MARCH 5, 2011
5:00 – 7:00PM
KID KIT ITEMS
Small (beanie baby sized) stuffed animals. If you have any clean small toys/ stuffed animals, or small books (it must fit inside a 1 gallon zip-lock baggie) – please bring them in!!
Financial Peace University
SAVE THE DATE!
SPRINGFIELD DAYS 2011
TEAR IT UP IN SPRINGFIELD
JUNE 11, 2011
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF FUN -FILLED FAMILY ACTIVITIES
LEGION AUXILIARY SENIOR MEAL
TUESDAY, FEB 15 @ NOON
ALL SENIORS ARE WELCOME
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MEETING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 @7PM
SPRINGFIELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY
YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP
Tuesdays, February 8- March 15
(6 week workshop)
3:30 – 4:30pm
167 MAIN STREET
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
GLASS FUSING CLASSES ARE FINALLY HERE!
Join Springfield ArtWorks for their first glass fusing class. Saturday, Feb 5, 1-3:30pm. You will have an opportunity to design a 6" heart shaped dish composed of two layers of glass and decorated with glass designs of your choosing. Call 402-301-9162 for details on signing up. No experience necessary. $40 including all materials and firings. Class size limited, so call today.
Springfield Artworks Celebrates St Valentines Day!
Follow the hearts on the floor to special valentine gifts. New works by Illinois artists, Award winning Art Quilter Sharon Malec and award winning Felter, Tammy Deck.
MASTER GARDENER 2011 CALENDARS
Features photos of master garden sites & gardening tips
Reduced Price! -$8 each
On sale at:
Springfield Memorial Library
665 Main Street
Springfield Proposed Urban Park
The Springfield Community Foundation is seeking assistance for this proposed asset for the Springfield Downtown area, located on the vacant lot at the NE corner of 2nd & Main. The city council has agreed to purchase the lot. $20,000 is needed to bring this project to the next level. An anonymous donor will donate the first $5000. Any and all monetary contributions are appreciated. Suggested categories of giving include:
$1000 –Visionary Businessman or Woman
$25 Young Adult Community Builder
In memory of:
In honor of:
The Springfield Community Foundation is a 501 C # non-profit organization.
Make checks out to the Springfield Community Foundation and mail to:
PO Box 410
Springfield, NE 68059
Or drop off at Great Plains Realty Auction Co.
222 in Main Street
Tel: (402) 210-4885
FAMILY CONSIGNMENT & MORE
GETTING READY FOR SPRING MERCHANDISE
BLOW OUT SALE CONTINUES!!!
DRY CLEANING PICK UP & DROP OFF EVERY SATURDAY
PROVIDED BY: GRETNA CLEANERS
Friday 10AM -5PM
Saturday 9AM – 2PM
Tuesday –Thursday 10AM – 6PM
SOARING WINGS VINEYARD
FEBRUARY 13 -JOHN STOKELY
FEBRUARY 20 - JESSICA ERRETT
FEBRUARY 27 - STEPHEN MONROE
FEBRUARY 12. 2011- 7PM - WINE, CHOCOLATE, ROSES. $65 PER PERSON
For more info on all events and specials, visit:
FABULOUS DEW DROP SPORTS BAR
MAIN STREET, SPRINGFIELD, NE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
JOHN LESLEY & DANNY KORB
"Gunner" has been missing since Nov. 15. He is an intact 90 lb. 3 yr. old yellow Labrador male. Gunner is muscular with a large blocky head. His back is a darker yellow with a lighter shade on his underside. He was last spotted the evening he went missing around 22nd and F Street in South Omaha. There are reasons to believe he could have been taken to the Springfield or Louisville area. If you are a pet owner or animal lover please help us spread the word. If everyone reading this would check in their own block, and then pass our story along to family members, co-workers, students, people at church, even friends on Facebook asking them to check their own blocks and to also pass Gunner's story along. Maybe then through the help of a caring community we will be able to bring him home. Any information leading to his safe return will be rewarded, held confidential, and greatly appreciated. We can be reached by email at:
Lofte Community Theatre to Honor Volunteers
On Saturday, February 26 at 6pm the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will honor its volunteers and hold their annual business meeting. Actors, ushers, painters, donors and friends are all invited to participate in this special event. Lofte officers will present Lofte financials and plans for the future. A complimentary Italian meal and refreshments will be provided.
The Lofte is a non-profit organization and as such is heavily dependent upon its army of volunteers. During the course of the evening, those with outstanding service during the past year will be recognized by the "Dale Crosby Awards." Mr. Crosby was a long-time chairman of the Lofte Board of Directors. His willingness to tackle any duty at the theater served as an inspiration to others. Over the many years of his service, he performed, cleaned and took on administrative tasks. Mr. Crosby passed away in 2001.
Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert will announce upcoming show selections and share some of the behind the scenes antics that he witnessed during the 2010 season.
Those who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the theater at (402) 234-2553.
Small Business Expo & Craft Fair
Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church
36712 Church Road Louisville, NE 68037
Looking for vendors...
Federal Tax Forms
Available at the Plattsmouth Public Library.
There will be no Nebraska State Tax forms this year.
Call 1-800-742-7474 to request a form or go to http://www.revenue.ne.gov
Copies can be printed at the library .15c per page
Getting Ready to Plant a Home Orchard?
Learn about producing fruit from your own trees. Vaughn Hammond, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator with expertise in Specialty Crops, will teach an Extension workshop on February 24 covering cultivation practices for apples, peaches, apricots, pears, plums and cherries. Discussion will include where to obtain trees, variety selection, planting and care.
The workshop will be held at the Cass County Extension office located on the Cass County Fairgrounds, 8400 144th Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. A $10 per person registration fee will be collected at the door. Pre-registration is requested for handout materials, but walk-ins are welcome. Call the Cass County Extension office at 402-267-2205 to register; voice messages can be left outside of office hours, M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.
RURAL ADVANTAGE/HEALTHY FARMS COFERENCE
FEBRUARY 18TH & 19TH
The 2011 Rural Advantage/Healthy Farms Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 18th and 19th at the New World Inn in Columbus. This year’s conference is shaping up to be an excellent conference as we have some very interesting and diversified speakers for 2011. Our keynote speakers for the conference are Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs and a member of the Nebraska Board of Regents and Abe Collins, an organic grass-based dairyman fromVermont and co-founder of the Carbon Farmers of America. At this year’s conference we have programs that address sustainable production agriculture, livestock grazing systems, value-added agriculture, alternative weed control systems, crop rotations, cover crops, organic production systems and several youth hands-on workshops.
In production agriculture, there will be a farmer panel addressing grass-fed and natural grain finished beef production systems. Matt Liebman, researcher from Iowa State University will discuss “Some ways to improve weed management in low input and organic systems” and “Managing cropping systems to address challenges from weather, rising energy costs, and weeds” in two presentations. Kathleen Delete, an researcher in organic production and a colleague of Matt’s at Iowa State University will discuss, “ Integrated approaches to pest management for organic vegetable and fruit production.”
Other topics that will be addressed at the conference include: adapting cover crop management for Nebraska, research on crop rotations and cover crops in sustainable cropping systems, GAP and what it means to Nebraska vegetable producers, adapting grazing systems to fit your situation, use of milk as an amendment to grass pastures, high tunnels for vegetable production,enhancing bird nesting habitat on your farm and farming sustainably. There will be other programs on specific topics of sustainable agriculture that are still being scheduled as well.
There is an excellent youth program scheduled for both days. There are workshops on: financial management for teens, pocket cash for growing small fruits, and a dollars and cents approach to raising sheep and goats in Nebraska.
There will be commercial and educational exhibits both days, a live auction of a variety of items Friday afternoon, a delicious All-Nebraska Meal on Friday evening and a silent auction of several different things on Saturday.
For information on this conference or to register contact Gary Lesoing at (402) 274-4755. A conference brochure and registration on-line is available at: http://nemaha.unl.edu/home.
Farm Food Safety Workshops Offered Across Nebraska
in February and March
Food safety workshops offered across the state in February and March will help producers meet requirements of new federal legislation.
In early January, President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law. The law requires producers to evaluate potential hazards to their products, create measures to prevent contamination and to develop written food safety plans.
The two-day workshops, offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Lincoln, Grand Island, Auburn and North Platte.
UNL Extension educators will teach the workshops. Workshops will help fresh produce growers complete the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training.
At the end of the workshops, participating producers will understand GAPs and have parts of their own farm food safety plans developed.
The topics covered will help producers enhance worker sanitation, harvesting, handling, packaging, storage and transportation standards of fresh produce from the farm operation to markets, schools, restaurants and retail stores.
By completing a farm food safety plan, producers can differentiate themselves in the marketplace and appeal to many consumers who perceive this training as an added benefit.
All educational materials and costs of the workshops are provided through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development that was received by the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society in partnership with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative.
Online registration is also available at http://ruralinitiative.nebraska.edu by clicking on the GAPs
Training link under Announcements and following instructions on the page.
Training dates, reservation deadlines and locations include:
Feb. 16 and Feb. 25, RSVP by Feb. 9, Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd.,Suite A, Lincoln.
March 2 and March 9, RSVP by Feb. 23, Hall County Extension Office, College Park, 3180 West U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island.
March 10 and March 17, RSVP by March 3, 4-H Building, Nemaha County Fairgrounds, Ninth and J streets, Auburn.
March 18 and March 25, RSVP by March 11, West Central Research and Extension Center,
402 W. State Farm Rd., North Platte.
UNL Extension is in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
MAHONEY STATE PARK PRODUCTION
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
KBC productions announces that the second play in its winter season, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” opens on Saturday, January 22 at Mahoney State Park.
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” is written by Steve Martin. Most famous for his comedic skits and appearances in many movies and television shows, Mr. Martin wrote the script in 1993. The comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before Einstein transformed the world of academia with his theory of relativity and before Picasso set the art world on fire with cubism. This fictional tale sees two geniuses discussing the century’s achievements as well as many other fanciful topics. You will be treated to giggles aplenty and moments of sheer enlightenment. Staff suggests a PG13 rating for this show.
The show is produced by Kevin Colbert and directed by Katherine Cover, both of Weeping Water. The rest of the cast includes William M. Cover II and Timron Gilfert of Weeping Water, Noelle Bohaty, Clay Stevens, Kyle Lorenz, Mellisa Marinovich, Travis Triplett and Grant Covney all of Lincoln; Kevin Holdorf of Manley; and Cynthia Sheldon of Elmwood.
The production runs February 10-14 and 18-20. Curtain times are 7:30pm except for Sundays which are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children. A state park sticker or purchase of a day pass is required for entrance into the park. For reservations, please call Mahoney State Park at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.
GREENBLATT & SEAY SCHEDULE
SCHOOLHOUSE FIDDLE CAMP
Registration is now open for the 2011 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.
Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17. This 5 day camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing y ear, and jamming. Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers. Movement and singing are included in the experience.
Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15. Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming. Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers. Campers can sign up for all 5 days, or just 2 days, or just one day of Intermediate camp.
Monday & Tuesday is for reading fiddlers/violinists who want to read more tunes. This mini-camp is perfect for fiddlers who want to improve their music reading skills, and for classically trained violinists, violists, and cellists who are interested in various fiddling styles. Using sheet music in standard notation, these campers will get to improve their sight reading, and experience the fun of playing fiddle tunes at the same time! Fiddling styles included in the sessions will be tailored to the interest of the campers who register.
Wednesday & Thursday is for fiddlers/violinists who want to learn tunes by ear. This mini-camp is designed to jump-start your ability to pick up tunes quickly by ear, and to make them stick! Tunes used will reflect various styles, meters, tempos, and difficulty levels.
Friday is for fiddlers who “just wanna have fun”. This mini camp includes jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, improvising, and playing fiddle related instruments.
Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM. Registration is available on line atwww.greenblattandseay.com.
SCHOOLHOUSE PERFORMANCE SERIES
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 PM. Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.
Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 13 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.
The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.
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