EVENTS

- “A History of Galaxies,” a planetarium program with Joel Berrier, UNK professor of astronomy, 7 p.m. Friday at UNK Planetarium, Bruner Hall of Science at 2401 11th Ave. on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. 308-865-8277; www.unk.edu/planetariumschedule. Free admission.

- Christmas Tree Walk, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Trails & Rails Museum at 710 W. 11th St. 308-234-3041; www.bchs.us. Free admission. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to add to the Buffalo County Historical Society’s food bank donation.

- Christmas City 5K Run/Little Elves Run, part of the Minden Christmas Traditions Festival, 9 a.m./9:30 a.m. start Saturday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church at 109 N. Colorado, Minden.

- Holy Family Catholic Church Gift Wrapping & Bake Sale, part of the Minden Christmas Traditions Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com.

- Christmas Comedy Night featuring comedians Ed Wiley, Marty Simpson and Andrew Stanley, 7 p.m. Saturday at New Life Church at 2715 W. 39th St. 308-234-1881; www.mynewlifechurch.com. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.

- Magician Jay Owenhouse performs his show, “Dare to Believe,” 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Merryman Performing Arts Center at 225 W. 22nd St. 308-698-8297; www.merrymancenter.org. Tickets are $29. Owenhouse executes escapes and illusions.

- Holiday Light Festival featuring holiday decorations and special events, 6-8 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 15 at Yanney Heritage Park at 2020 W. 11th St. Free admission. Look for special activities including hot chocolate, a giant snow globe and entertainment on Saturday, Tuesday and Dec. 14. Presented by Kearney Park & Recreation.

- Art on the Square & Holiday Craft Fair, part of the Minden Christmas Traditions Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Free admission.

- Open Book Club, discussing “All the Light We Cannot See,”, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; www.kearneylib.org. Free admission. The book for the meeting on Jan. 14 is “Skipping Christmas.” Open to anyone 18 and older.

- Writer’s Block, an informal writing group, noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; www.kearneylib.org. Free admission. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Snack and beverages will be provided. No experience is necessary.

- Pub Quiz @ The Chicken Coop, a trivia quiz presented by Kearney Public Library, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Chicken Coop at 2115 Avenue A. Free admission. Form teams of up to six people or play alone. Winner receives a $50 gift certificate to The Chicken Coop — and bragging rights.

- Movie Night with UNK’s Elementary Education Club, featuring “Incredibles 2” and an activity/craft, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; www.kearneylib.org. Free admission. Register in advance.

- Screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a Christmas film by Frank Capra featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at The World Theatre at 2318 Central Ave. 308-234-8046; www.theworldtheatre.org. Free admission. Released in 1946. Presented by the Go To Guys.

CONCERTS

- The Alley Cats, a doo-wop Christmas show blending music from the 50s and 60s, 7:30 p.m. today at The Tassel Performing Arts Center at 1324 Tilden St., Holdrege. 308-995-2717; www.thetassel.org. Part of The Tassel Performance season.

- String Project concert, featuring University of Nebraska at Kearney music students teaching elementary students, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fine Arts Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at 2506 12th Ave., on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. 308-865-8618; www.unk.edu. Free admission.

- Merry Tuba Christmas featuring low brass instruments performing holiday music, noon, Saturday at Fine Arts Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at 2506 12th Ave., on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. 865-8618; www.unk.edu. Free admission.

- Nebraskats, University of Nebraska at Kearney’s show choir, performs in concert, 5 p.m. Saturday at Fine Arts Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at 2506 12th Ave., on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. 865-8618; www.unk.edu. Free admission.

- Salon Miniature Chamber Concert, 5 p.m. Saturday at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture at 2010 University Drive, West Campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 865-8284; www.frankhouse.org. Free admission.

- Joseph Hall and Paul Eve, perform the music of Elvis and Johnny Cash, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Tickets are $25 regular, $30 VIP.

- “Sweet is the Sound of a Carol Sung by a Choir,” a concert by Platte River Singers, Platte River Children’s Choral and Kearney High School Choral, 7 p.m. Sunday at Kearney High School Auditorium at 2702 W. 11th St. 308-698-8060; www.kearneypublicschools.org. Free admission. Kearney High School Camerta will also perform.

- Piano Trio Recital featuring Jayoung Hong, Deborah Kang and Yoo-Jung Chang, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Fine Arts Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at 2506 12th Ave., on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. 865-8618; www.unk.edu. Free admission.

- Collegium Choir Concert featuring University of Nebraska at Kearney students, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Museum of Nebraska Art at 2401 Central Ave. 865-8559; www.mona.unk.edu. Free admission.

- Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal perform soul, funk and R&B music, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Tickets are $16. Hoyer was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”

- “Yuletide Favorites,” presented by the 1733 Kearney Area Barbershop Chorus and Friends, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Fine Arts Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at 2506 12th Ave., on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. 308-865-8618; www.unk.edu. Free admission. Donations will fund CASA and UNK scholarships. The concert includes quartets, vocal solos, duets, trios and instrumental performances.

THEATER

- “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” presented by Kearney Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15; and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Kearney Community Theatre at 83 Plaza Blvd. 234-1529; www.kearneycommunitytheatre.com. Tickets are $18. A group of nuns celebrate the holidays in several unique ways.

- “Light of the World” pageant, telling the story of the first Christmas, 7 p.m. Sunday at Lawn of the Kearney County Court House, Minden. Free admission.

- “Let It Snow! A Christmas Celebration” featuring more than 200 performers of all ages, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Merryman Performing Arts Center at 225 W. 22nd St.  Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students PreK through 12th grade. Mary Henning will narrate the production. For tickets, visit CraneRiverTheater.org or call 308-627-5796 

NIGHTCLUBS

- Gillies Bar at 1822 Central Ave., Kearney. 236-9393. 20 Watt Tombstone, 9 p.m. Friday.

EXHIBITS

- The Archway at 3060 E. First St., I-80 exit 272; 308-237-1000; www.archway.org. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 adults, $11 senior and $6 youth ages 6-12.

- Classic Car Collection at 3600 E. Highway 30, Suite B. 234-1964; www.classiccarcollection.org. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors (60+), $7 students, $6 groups of 12 or more.

- Museum of Nebraska Art at 2401 Central Ave., Kearney. 865-8559; www.mona.unk.edu. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. “Kent Bellows and His Collector,” a collection of artwork featuring the hyper realism of Kent Bellows through Jan. 6. “Adornment,” an exhibit detailing how individuals and communities clothe, embellish or alter their appearances through Feb. 3. Nebraska Now, “Land : Mine, Larry Gawel,” an exhibit of photography through Jan. 6.

- Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center at 2425 E. First St., Kearney. 338-3473; www.nebraskafirefightersmuseum.org. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 general, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6 to 17.

- Trails and Rails Museum at 710 W. 11th St., Kearney. 308-234-3041. Open 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $7 adults, $2 children ages 5 to 12.

- Walker Gallery, University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Building. 865-8353. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free admission. “Art of Change: 2018 Studio Arts Senior Exhibition,” featuring the work of Candace Fredericks, Lane Lancomer and Caitlin “Jackie” Jackson through Dec. 14.

- Walkway Gallery at CHI Health Good Samaritan at 31 E. 31st St., Kearney. 308-865-2700. PhotoVoice, a display of photography by youth through Jan. 31.

- 100th Meridian Museum at 206 E. Eighth St., Cozad; 308-784-1100. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

- Chevyland USA Auto and Cycle Museum at 7245 Buffalo Creek Rd., Elm Creek; 308-856-4208. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

- Custer County Historical Society Museum at 445 S. Ninth Ave., Broken Bow. 308-872-2203. Open 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

- Dawson County Museum at 805 N. Taft St., Lexington. 308-324-5340. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

- Minden Opera House Gallery at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Artwork by Jean Jensen through Dec. 31.

- Nebraska Prairie Museum, one mile north of Holdrege on U.S. Highway 183; 308-995-5015. Donation. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Group reservations available. “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition that explores the relationships between people and water through Dec. 21.

- Harold Warp Pioneer Village at 138 E. Highway 6, Minden. 800-445-4447; www.pioneervillage.org. General admission is $14.25 adults, $7.25 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

- Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles at 606 Heartland Rd., Lexington. 308-324-6329; www.heartlandmuseum.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

- Shelton Historical Interpretive Center at Highway 30, Shelton. Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

- Kearney Area Children’s Museum at 5827 Fourth Ave. 308-698-2228; www.kearneychildrensmusuem.org. Admission is $8, ages 1 and older, $7 adults, $6 seniors. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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