2nd Annual Freedom Fest – Presented by United Way – Kearney @ Viaero Events Center
Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

United Way of the Kearney Area is hosting the 2nd annual Freedom Fest on July 3, 2019, 5 pm – 9 pm, at the Viaero Event Center located at 609 Platte Rd in Kearney, Nebraska.

Nikki Erickson, Executive Director of United Way of the Kearney Area, said, “United Way of the Kearney Area is thrilled to host a family-friendly event where so many fun activities are available.”

One sponsor, RockIT Event Pros, will be bringing attractions such as a 40-foot free fall tower, rock climbing wall, zip line, bungee trampolines, inflatables, a toddler zone and much more. Wristbands for attractions will be available for purchase (kids and adults- $10, toddlers- $5) during the event. In addition, there will be free carnival games and bingo with the opportunity to win prizes. Freedom Fest will have activities for people of all ages.

Viaero Event Center will have a beer garden available to all attendees ages 21 and over. Hot Meals will also be providing free food. Fireworks, food, parking, and general donations will all be accepted.

Cunningham’s Journal and the City of Kearney are helping sponsor this year’s fireworks show.

“Freedom Fest helps families celebrate together and create lasting memories. This year’s fireworks show will prove to be outstanding,” Erickson said.

About United Way of the Kearney Area
The mission of United Way of the Kearney Area is to build a stronger community by uniting people who care with people who need. We serve six counties including: Buffalo,

“Light Up The Lake “
Jul 3 @ 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us at Johnson Lake on Wednesday, July 3rd at 10:00pm (rain date July 6th at 10:00pm) for the 19th annual “Light up the Lake” fireworks show. Along with the spectacular 20 minute display, you can tune in to KRVN 93.1 FM or one of it’s affiliate stations, as they will be playing patriotic music during the show.

Tail Twisters 4-H Club 5k Run and walk @ Lake Helen
Jul 4 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Tail Twisters 4-H Club invites you to 5k Run and walk.

Make Sparks! – 5K Plum Creek Fun Run & Walk – Lexington @ Plum Creek Park
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am

Plum Creek 5k Run/Walk * with obstacles 9:00AM Lexington Fieldhouse
For more information – Ann Luther 308 325 5277

Saint Luke’s Sing-a-long July 4th Hymm Sing – Kearney @ Saint Luke's
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am

Saint Luke’s Sing a Long July 4th hymm sing 10:00am
Old hymms, new hymms, hymns we like to sing

Cornhole Tournament & Fireworks
Jul 4 @ 2:00 pm

4th of July festivities 2019 flyer
Cornhole Tournament 2:00pm and fireworks at dusk

Ag Innovators Experience – Native Bees @ Lexington Public Library
Jul 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Native bees, with over 4000 species in the United States, are key pollinators that affect our food supply. A bee workshop, designed for elementary and middle school youth, but open to anyone will be held Friday, July 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Lexington Library, 907 N. Washington. There is no charge and no preregistration.

Dawson County 4-H’er Cyrus Rhea is presenting as part of an Ag Innovators Experience sponsored by the National 4-H Council and Bayer. Cyrus will teach youth through hands-on activities to:

· Learn about the different types of native bees and their life cycles

· Learn why bees visit flowers

· Understand the importance and economic impact of native bee pollinators

· Understand how habitat loss and pesticide exposure impact bee populations

· Explore ways to increase bee populations and diversity.

Arapahoe Street Dance
Jul 6 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 7 @ 1:00 am

Arapahoe Street Dance Clubhouse Fundraiser

2019 Street Dance will be July 6th Gate opens at 8pm, $5.00 and a can of food for the food pantry to get in the gate!!! Hope to see you all there!!!

2019 4-H Dawson County Clothing Contest – Cozad @ Cozad High School
Jul 9 all-day

The 2019 4-H Clothing Contest is slated for Tuesday, July 9th, at the Cozad High School, according to Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator.

During the contest, 4-H’ers will not only model for the judge, but they will also have their garments judged for construction, neatness, suitable fabric and trimmings, and design and color by a process called Interview Judging.  In the interview process, the judge and the 4-H’er examine the garment together.  This will help the judge take the capabilities of the individual into consideration on making her decisions.  In the interview-judging process, the teaching becomes direct.

Pre-registrations are due June 19th in the Extension Office.

The public is invited to the 4-H Public Fashion Show, Wednesday evening, July 10th, 7:30 p.m. at the Cozad High School Auditorium.  The 4-H program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension.

Red Cross Lexington- Volunteers Needed
Jul 9 all-day

The Red Cross is in need of volunteers for the next 24-48 hours at the Lexington High School.   As you know Lexington has been affected by the rain and we are expecting more rain tonight.

We need atleast 3 to 4 individuals per shift.

Early Morning 6am to 10am

Late Morning 10am to 2pm

Afternoon 2pm to 6pm

Evening 6pm to 10pm

Overnight 10pm to 6am

Middle Republican NRD Meeting
Jul 9 @ 8:00 am

Middle Republican NRD Regular Board Meeting

Vacation Bible School – Elwood (Cancelling VBS for tonight as a result of flooding) @ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm

Canceling VBS tonight as result of flooding of area roads

Congressional Caseworker to Visit – Crete and Fairbury
Jul 10 all-day

Caseworker in Your Community Events for July

Washington, D.C. – Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a congressional caseworker from his office in St. Paul, Ord, Crete, Fairbury, Holdrege, and Elwood throughout the month of July.
Caseworker in Your Community is an opportunity for constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s congressional caseworkers who may be able to assist those with flood recovery concerns as well as with federal agencies such as the USDA, FEMA, VA, Social Security, Medicare, USCIS, or the IRS.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide a caseworker at the following time and location:

Wednesday, July 10th

Crete Public Library

305 East 13th Street

Crete, Nebraska 68333

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT

Fairbury Public Library

305 East 13th Street

Fairbury, Nebraska 68352

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Tuesday, July 23rd

Holdrege Area Public Library – Community Room

604 East Avenue

Holdrege, Nebraska 68949

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT

Elwood Public Library

308 Calvert Avenue

Elwood, Nebraska 68937

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

Lexington High School Blood Drive @ Parkview Baptist Church
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Samantha Pollard, 402-321-3576

Help a local student save lives this summer by giving blood on July 10, 2019
LEXINGTON, Nebraska (June 10, 2019) — The community is invited to help maintain a strong blood supply this summer by joining Lexington High School for a blood drive on July 10, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Parkview Baptist Church, 803 W. 18th St. By helping hospital patients in need, donors can also help students earn volunteer hours and a chance to earn a scholarship through the American Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program.
Summer can be a challenging season to collect blood. Donations often decline when school is out of session and many regular donors delay giving while they vacation and take part in summer activities, but the need for blood is constant.
To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit and enter sponsor code or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire found at or on the Blood Donor App is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Farmers Market – Grand Generation Center – Cozad @ Grand Generation Center
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Family Movie Night – Holdrege @ Holdrege Area Public Library
Jul 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bring your family to our cool, comfortable community room for evening of fun & laughs Wednesday, July 10th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. An animated movie about superheroes will be shown. Fresh, hot popcorn will be provided. Please bring your own drink in a container with a tight-fitting lid. This event is free of charge courtesy of: First State Bank of Holdrege & the Holdrege Area Friends of the Library 2019 Summer Reading Program Sponsors. For more information about the movie title, please call Cindy or January at 308-995-6556.

Celebrating Cozad’s Finest Roast Beef Dinner – Cozad Grand Generation Center @ Cozad Grand Generation Center
Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Roast Beef Dinner – Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Salad and Dessert
Dine in or Take out – Please call  before 4:00 for takeout
784 2747 by 4 for carry out.
$6.00 minimum suggested meal

Come Celebrate Gothenburg’s All-American City Award – Gothenburg @ YMCA
Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You’re invited to Come Celebrate Gothenburg’s All-American City Award. Free BBQ for the Public at the YMCA from 5-7pm July11th.

Storytime with Miss Nebraska 2019 Allie Swanson – Holdrege Public Library @ Holdrege Public Library
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Miss Nebraska 2019, Allie Swanson, will be visiting the library and reading a story on Friday, July 12 from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. The event will be taking place downstairs in the library community room. Children who are Kindergarten through 4th graders are invited to attend. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Miss Swanson will be competing at the Miss America pageant later this year.

Summer Reading Finale Thad Beach on ukulele “Music of the Stars” June @ Lexington Library
Jul 12 @ 10:30 pm

Summer Reading Finale Thad Beach on ukulele “Music of the Stars”


7th Annual Custer County Tractor – Ride Riding for a Cause – Gates Ne
Jul 13 all-day

7th Annual Custer County Tractor Ride – Riding for a Cause
Proceeds benefit Custer Care Assisted Living, Adult Day, Home Care, and Transportation Services
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Meeting at Perry Myers Farm
Gates, NE

Event Schedule:
7-8 am: Registration & Breakfast
8 am: Tractors Leave
10 am: Morning Break
Noon: Lunch Break
3 pm: Afternoon Break
4:30 pm: Arrive back at Perry Myers Farm

Bring your antique tractor–restored or field ready! Preferably tractors at least 20 years old, to travel approximately 55 miles for a 10 MPH ride throughout Northern Custer County. Meals are provided.
Registration is $60. Will be $75 after July 6th.

For more information contact:
Art Anderson 308-880-1797 | Jeanette Denson 308-872-6303 |
Dennis Cramer 308-872-6636

Cozad- Bands, Brews, and BBQ’s – Josh Gracin @ Cozad, Nebraska
Jul 13 all-day
Team Halo Golf Tournament – Cozad (CANCELLED) @ Cozad Country Club
Jul 13 all-day


The golf tournament in Cozad in conjunction with Cozad’s Bands Brews & BBQ’s. The 2nd annual tournament will be a four person scramble, $50 per person, $200 per team with registration at 8 AM and a shotgun start at 10 AM.

Omaha Chaser tickets will be given away to some lucky recipients as door prizes. Bosselman’s and National Wild Turkey Federation have provided door prizes as well.

If you are interested in registering or want more information call or text Greg Tetley at (308) 655 – 0293 or email

Bands, Brews & BBQs Rock N Roll Run @ Cozad Communinty Wellness Center
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cozad Farmers Market – Veterans Memorial Park
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Lego Builders Club – Holdrege Public Library @ Holdrege Public Library
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am

Attention K- 4th grade Lego fans! Join us for Lego Club Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 a.m. downstairs in the Holdrege Area Public Library Community Room for a morning of Lego building fun! Lego enthusiasts will enjoy turning the Library’s collection of Legos into impressive works of art. Moms and dads are welcome to join in on the Lego building fun! Lego Club is held the first Saturday of each month. This program is free of charge. For more information about this event contact Cindy at (308) 995-6556.

Josh Gracin, also performing – Free Fallin, James Lee Band & Heather Wellman @ Bands, Brews, & BBQs
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm
Josh Gracin, also performing - Free Fallin, James Lee Band & Heather Wellman @ Bands, Brews, & BBQs | Cozad | Nebraska | United States


Advance Tickets:
Adults $20
Kids 6-11 $5
5 & under Free

General Admission
Adults $25
Kids 6-11 $5
5 & under Free

Miller Dance – Miller, NE @ Miller Community Hall
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

July 13th Diamonds and Dust Blaine,Kylie,Mike,Sandy

Children welcome – Pre-K to 12 free, may dance if following floor rules. Bring finger food for lunch at 10
For questions call 308-325-2909

Franklin Antique Tractor Pull @ Franklin County Fairgrounds
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm

Franklin Antique Tractor Pull July 14th @ 1:00 p.m., Franklin County Fairgrounds Sponsored by Franklin FFA Support Group Registration – 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. $10.00 per hook, Little Red Sled Rules Apply Stock, Classic & Open – 1957 & Older, 2500 – 8500 lb. wt. classes Noon meal available For Additional Information call Scott Herrick @ 308-470-0765

The Hollands @ Lexington Library
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

– The Hollands are a multinational family band with roots in Australia and the US, who have performed in over 10 countries. They are known for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-along with their merrymaking. By the end of their performance, audiences will feel like they are part of the band.