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Toy Drive for Pine Ridge Video

August 9, 2019 by

Larry Dunn, better known around Omaha as Lash LaRue, has been collecting Christmas toys for the children of Pine Ridge since 2003. Through benefit concerts and general fundraising, his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization not only provides the figurative sense of warmth through the toy giving program, but literal warmth through heating assistance for families as well. This video from Danny Burns shows the direct effect the program has on the residents of Pine Ridge.

(The web address at the end of the video has changed. Please visit toydriveforpineridge.org for more details and to find out how you can help.) 


 

Selfies and Selflessness

December 6, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Thursday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 9: You know it’s that time—that time when we get to combine good times with doing good. The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge Winter Benefit has a long history of doing that. This year they are taking the show on the road to the Zoo Bar in Lincoln on Thursday night. On Saturday, you have the chance to see two shows, one at Reverb Lounge and/or one at Waiting Room (it’s up to you). If you can’t make it out that night, you can still help out on Sunday. In the morning, you can catch the Pacific Street Blues & Americana 28th anniversary celebration at Reverb as they host the toy drive’s radio show on 89.7 The River. This event is free, but donations are encouraged. Make it an all-day Sunday funday by heading to Chrome Lounge that afternoon, where you can see five different bands play throughout the evening, including toy drive founder Larry Dunn’s band, Lash LaRue & The Hired Guns (also playing on Saturday). Head here for more information and to donate if you are a hermit who doesn’t want to leave the house.

Thursday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 9: Ever since the U.S men won their first gold medal in curling, a “curling craze” has swept the country, including right here in Omaha. Are you one of those people who can’t get enough of this ancient Scottish sport? Head to Ralston Arena to watch the Curling World Cup. Omaha is the second stop in the four leg series. Get your tickets here now.

Saturday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 14 to Saturday, Dec. 15: It’s a family affair at the at the Union for Contemporary Art this weekend and next, where you can see Nested, a gentle and non-verbal play specifically for children 6 and younger with their families. This play explores family, love, and separation and includes live music, audience participation, and a 10-foot nest the audience is encouraged to experience. This weekend’s Friday performance sold out, so get your tickets here soon! Not sure what all the kerfuffle is about? Check out our story on the artistic director of Kerfuffle, Ashley Laverty here.

Saturday, Dec. 8: We know how hard it is to get a good picture of your pet, so no promises—but you will no doubt get some fun pictures at the Selfies with Santa event at the Nebraska Humane Society this Saturday. Bring your own camera or smartphone to capture that (potentially hilarious) moment. NHS volunteers will be available to assist with your pets and to take your pictures if you’re not so good at the selfie thing. Donations will be accepted onsite. Please remember, it might sound fun to adopt a pet for the holidays, but it’s also a responsibility—think and plan accordingly. Human babes are also welcome at this event, btw. Learn more about it here, and make a donation here.

Sunday, Dec. 9: Were you afraid you missed it? Don’t worry. The German-American Society’s Christmas in Germany was postponed last week due to weather, so you can still head out to celebrate the best of German traditions. Singing, dancing, live music, and of course, a visit from St. Nikolaus are all on the schedule. Mid-America Woodcarvers & M.I. Hummel Club is displaying their wares, and Christkindlmarkt will be on hand, selling Christmas decorations, gifts, and tasty treats. Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without food! Waltz on over here for more information.

 

It’s a Hullabaloo of a Weekend

July 19, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Saturday, July 21: The Native Americans of Pine Ridge face many challenges and struggles every day. This Sunday, you can help them out and maybe learn a little more about what you can do to continue to help at the Propane fund benefit show/poker run at Chrome Lounge. This event is put on by The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge, a local nonprofit started 15 years ago by local musician Lash LaRue. You’ve probably seen him (and his events) around town. The Blues Society of Omaha is also a special sponsor this Saturday. The poker run starts at 10 a.m. and the music will start flowing at Chrome at 7 p.m. Did we mention Hawk’s BBQ will be there to feed your belly while the music (and the knowledge that you’re partying for a cause) feeds your soul? Well, now we have. For more info about the event, go here.

Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, August 5: Award-winning Nebraskan playwright Ellen Struve developed her new play, The Dairy Maid-Right, with help from the Creighton Theatre department. The play tells the story of what happens when two rural Nebraska teens of different cultural backgrounds discover a child migrant living in a cornfield. Directed by Creighton’s Amy Lane, this quick-moving story handles some heavy subject matter, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in humor. Head to the Shelterbelt Theatre to catch this local gem. Get your tickets here now.

Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22: There is. So. Much. Music. Happening! At this year’s Hullabaloo 2018 Music & Camping Festival at Falconwood Park. If you get your weekend pass now, you can chill out under the stars for three full nights of music love. But if you’re a commitment-phobe, you can always just go for a one-night stand ticket for either Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. It’s not just about the music, though. You can play some frisbee golf, do some yoga, or make some pottery—even get a massage. Local vendors will also be on hand if you find yourself in need of a new shirt after a long day of dancing and playing in the dirt. Or if you want some grub that’s not cooked over a campfire. Find out all about the happenings here.

Saturday, July 21 to Sunday, July 22: Make no mistake, the Concourse Classic is a car show. But keep an eye on the sky, as there will be some fancy parachuting going on at a special outdoor event, including a flag presentation from the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club happening at noon on Saturday. The real draw, though, is the classic automobile show, with over 100 autos and motorcycles to check out. Highlights of the show include a 1910 Ford Model T and a 1954 Kaiser Darrin. Learn about more surprises here.

Sunday, July 22: Get your vintage toys, vinyl, tapes, and more at The Waiting Room this Sunday. Buy, sell, and trade your stuff at this summer’s Punk Rock Flea Market. The market features individuals and small businesses exercising their DIY muscle and celebrating the punk ethos. Best of all? There’s no cover for this four-hour “show.” Kickstart your Sunday Funday in the punkest of ways. Shop local, support local. Educate yourself here.  .