Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Barb Cross
The Observer 

Check It Out: Banner County Notes Filled With Events


October 17, 2019

Good morning Banner County, friends and neighbors! Today it is summer, but I think fall is in for tomorrow. Crazy weather we have been having ... I still have snow in a few places in my yard.

I will take every nice day that comes my way from here on out, until May.

Did you catch that full moon that has been hanging around the past few evenings? Wow, huge and beautiful.

Today, as far as the Banner County Wildcats go, the cross country district competition is taking place in Bridgeport and at 6:30 p.m. the high school football team will be heading to Leyton to compete against Paxton. Good luck to each of you, and safe travel.

Speaking of travel, the sudden change in the weather last week caused many problems in many local areas as well as in several surrounding states. We are sorry to hear of the accident involving Matt Rundell, but are keeping you in our thoughts and so glad to hear you are getting better and that surgery went well.

Congratulations to Tim Grubbs for his recent recognition for 25 years of service with the Banner County Volunteer Fire Department. Tim has helped me out on two occasions, which involved tumbleweeds and my determination to burn them. Also with a snake or three. Thanks to our fire chief and the rest of you!

The Harrisburg Community Church invites all of you to a chili and pie contest on Saturday, Oct. 26. We will also have salads, etc. so a full meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a pickle spitting contest, so grab your friends and family and join in the fun!

Birthdays this week include: Sylvia Soule, Brad Brown, Brooke Talkington, Stephanie Schmidt, George Jerred, Brooke Wyatt, Addie Anderson,Windy Domina, MacKenzie Marler, Kambrie Leigh Loutzenhiser, and Bralyn Thomas. Happy Happy Birthday!

Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mr.’s Zac Carlson,and Jonathan Muggli.

If you have pre-schoolers there are two story times available on Thursday, Oct. 17, today! Move and Grove at the Gering Public Library is 10-11 a.m. (and Toddler Read and Romp Story and Playtime is on the 23rd) and the other today at the Lied Public Library in Scottsbluff, also beginning at 10 a.m.

Also at the Lied Library they will have a book sale on Saturday the 19th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, the 20th from 1-3 p.m.

Also on this Thursday, the Goshen County Theater in Torrington will present “The Mousetrap” from the novel by Agatha Christie. It will be played again the next evening and will begin both nights at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday the 18th there will be an informative session titled “Making Sense of the Mess,” which is a workshop for care partners of those who are dealing will Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is Free to interested persons, and for more information please call 308-631-0708. The location is at the Elite Health Center, 820 W 42nd in Scottsbluff, and the time is from 1-4 p.m.

Also on the 18th to 20th, there will be spooks galore out at the Riverside Discovery Center as this year’s 31st annual Spooktacular will begin. There will be a dinner each evening beginning from 5-6:15 p.m. and from 6:30 -8 p.m. there will be games, treats, and a few spooks. Costumes are encouraged. Also at the zoo, Hay Days will be open all day on Monday, Oct. 21.

In Kimball on the 18th and 19th the Goodhand Theatre will show the movie Monster House at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. The movie is Free.

Boy, oh, boy is Saturday, October 19th a busy day.

There will a Rompus Ride for Tots, the first ever which will meet at the Robidoux RV Park in Gering. For signup, it’s 9-10 a.m. More information is available on this by calling 225-0813.

If you want to be outside, but do not ride, how about joining the walkers who will participate in the Panhandle Walk for Freedom? Meet them at the Oregon Trail Park in Gering at 9:30 a.m., when they plan to walk 10th street in support with at least 400 other cities and in over 50 countries supported by the A21 Campaign, an international anti-human trafficking organization that combats trafficking through law enforcement, legislation, and through support programs for survivors of these horrific operations.

If you need to clean that day, other then leaves, maybe you would like to clean out all of your old or unused pharmaceuticals. Take them to the Panhandle Co-Op parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon where they will be handled and taken to the waste site in Kimball.

The Winter Farmer’s Market has started up in Scottsbluff and items will be offered at 1400 E 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment in several areas gives you quite a variety to choose from on this particular afternoon/evening.

At the Chimney Rock National Historical Site in Bayard, “ Music on the Trails” Pioneer Music and an educational program beforehand will be offered free from 3-6 p.m.

Over at Bridgeport our friends there are having a Ducks Unlimited Banquet and auction at the Prairie Winds Community Center. They will begin the evening at 5:30 p.m.

Another choice is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” presented by the Midwest Theater. Spooktime is at 7 p.m. and costumes are encouraged.

On a much calmer note, William Florian will present “Those Were The Days,” a concert sponsored by the High Plains Arts Council in Sidney at 7 p.m. Mr. Florian is known as the “ American Musical Ambassador of Peace” and will perform at the Sidney High School.

A little closer to home that evening will be a Hog Roast held by the Bushnell Volunteer Fire Department from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Plenty of time to get in there and support these folks.

That’s all I have for the 19th! Sorry ’bout that.

OK, so on Sunday, Oct. 20th the United Methodist Churches from several towns will host A-Mazing-Family Fun Festival in the Panhandle parking lot in Scottsbluff. Entry is one canned food for the local food pantry. All events are FREE for this 9th year celebration and will begin at 1 p.m.

The Hastings Collegge Choir will present a FREE public concert 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the First Prsbyterian Church in Scottsbluff at 101 E 20th street. This choir is quite accomplished, I am told.

Well folks, all for now. Take care and have a great week. Take care until next time.

Barb Cross is at 436-7152.


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