EVENTS

- Gingerbread House Competition, featuring University of Nebraska at Kearney students who will design and build gingerbread houses, 5 p.m. today at Ponderosa Room, Nebraskan Student Union at 1013 W. 27th St. on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. www.unk.edu. Free admission.

- “Influenza on the Plains: 1918-2018,” part of the Frank Conversations series, 6 p.m. today at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture at 2010 University Drive, West Campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 308-865-8284; www.frankhouse.org. Free admission. The event features five speakers who will explore the pandemic impact on the Midwest, as well as its influence on literature and modern medicine.

- Downtown Christmas Walk, featuring horse-drawn hayrack rides, live Nativity, caroling and other events, 4-8 p.m. today at Downtown Kearney: The Bricks. Free admission.

- “Platte River Timelapse,” a program with speaker Michael Farrell, 7 p.m. today at Nebraska Prairie Museum at North Highway 183, Holdrege. 308-995-5015; www.nebraskaprairie.org. Free admission.

- Christmas City Ladies Night Out, part of Minden’s Christmas Traditions Festival, 5-9 p.m. Friday at various locations in Minden. Visit www.mindenne.org for more information.

- Hwy 6 Beer Tap Takeover, part of the Minden Christmas Traditions Festival, 5-10 p.m. Friday at Breakaway Bar & Grill at 305 N. Minden Ave., Minden. 308-832-1633. The event features craft beers.

- Christmas Tree Walk, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Trails and 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.

- Rotary Pancake Feed, part of the Minden Christmas Traditions Festival, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church at 109 N. Colorado, Minden. Donations will go toward buying dictionaries for third-grade students in Kearney County.

- 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.

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

- “Christmas at The Archway,” featuring Christmas treats, activities and music, 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday at The Archway at 3060 E. First St., I-80 exit 272. 308-237-1000; www.archway.org. Free admission. Music will be provided by Crane River Theater. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to contribute to the Tri-City Food Fight.

- Screening of “The Star,” rated PG, a Christmas movie about a brave donkey named Bo, who becomes one of the unsung heroes on the first Christmas, 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; www.kearneylib.org. Free admission. Open to all ages. Children 7 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult.

- Oreo Tasting Party, an opportunity to taste-test different kinds of Oreo cookies — and rank them, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kearney Public Library at 2020 First Ave. 308-233-3282; www.kearneylib.org. Free admission. Register in advance. Open to all ages.

- “A History of Galaxies,” a planetarium program with Joel Berrier, UNK professor of astronomy, 7 p.m. Dec. 7 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.

- Holy Family Catholic Church Gift Wrapping & Bake Sale, part of the Minden Christmas Traditions Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com.

- Open Book Club, discussing “All the Light We Cannot See,” 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 10 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 Ave. 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.

CONCERTS

- Lindsay Lou performs as part of Rehmsworld Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. today at The Balcony at 10775 Clifton St., Loomis. 308-867-2377. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door.

- UNK Wind Ensemble performs in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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.

- Choir concert, 3 p.m. Sunday 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.

- Nebraska Brass, 2 p.m. Sunday at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Tickets are $16.

- Handbell Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday at Merryman Performing Arts Center at 225 W. 22nd St. 308-698-8297; www.merrymancenter.org. Free admission. The concert features performances by First Lutheran Church, First Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Donations will be used to support the handbell ministries of the four churches.

- Community Choir Christmas Concert & Soup Dinner, part of Minden’s Christmas Traditions Festival, 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church at 109 N. Colorado, Minden.

- “Holidays and Love,” a concert by Kearney Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Tickets are $10 for adults. Students need to obtain a free ticket for admission. The concert features seasonal works by Gabrielli, Vaugh-Williams, Corelli, Decker and Rutter.

- The Alley Cats, a doo-wop Christmas show blending music from the ’50s and ’60s, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 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. Dec. 7 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 Dec. 8 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. Dec. 8 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 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Minden Opera House at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Tickets are $25 regular, $30 VIP.

- Piano Trio Recital, featuring Jayoung Hong, Deborah Kang and Yoo-Jung Chang, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 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

- “Light of the World” pageant telling the story of the first Christmas, 7 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Kearney County Court House, Minden. Free admission. The performance will be repeated on Dec. 9.

- “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. 698-8297; www.merrymancenter.org. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students preK through 12th grade. Mary Henning will narrate the production.

- “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” presented by Kearney Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9; 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.

NIGHTCLUBS

- Gillies Bar at 1822 Central Ave., Kearney. 236-9393. 20 Watt Tombstone, 9 p.m. Dec. 7.

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 seniors and $6 youths age 6-12.

- Classic Car Collection at 3600 E. Highway 30, Suite B. 234-1964; www.classiccarcollection.org. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors (60 and older), $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.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-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.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 general, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6-17.

- 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 5-12.

- Walker Gallery, University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Building. 865-8353. Open 8 a.m.-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. Artist reception, 4-6 p.m. Friday.

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

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

- Chevyland USA Auto and Cycle Museum at 7245 Buffalo Creek Road, Elm Creek; 308-856-4208. Open 8 a.m.-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.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Minden Opera House Gallery at 322 E. Fifth St., Minden. 308-832-0588; www.mindenoperahouse.com. Open 9 a.m.-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.-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 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

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

- Nebraska Prairie Museum one mile north of Holdrege on U.S. Highway 183; 308-995-5015. Donation. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Group reservations available.

- 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.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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