2019 Pony Express Re-Ride – June 10 – 20, 2019
Traveling West Bound
St. Joseph, MO – Sacramento, CA
Thursday June 13, 2019 (MT)
Big Springs 2:30 AM
Chappell 6:00 AM
Sidney 8:20 AM
Mud Springs 10:30 AM
Bridgeport 12:00 PM
Chimney Rock 1:15 PM
Program at Scotts Bluff National Monument 2:00 pm
Come learn all about the Pony Express and its fleeting 18-month existence with an interpretive program at 2:00 pm presented by National Pony Express Association President, Dean Atkin. Following the program, see the Pony Express in action when the Annual Re-Ride stops at Scotts Bluff National Monument.
The program will take place in the grassy area near the Oregon Trail foot path and we ask those attending to bring lawn/camp chairs or blankets for sitting. The Re-Ride is expected to arrive at Scotts Bluff National Monument at 4:00 p.m. but can be early or late.
Scotts Bluff National Monument 4:00 PM
Lyman 6:00 PM
Please note that all times are estimates and the Mail can be ahead or behind.
The National Pony Express Association is an all-volunteer, historical organization with the purpose of identifying, re-establishing and marking the original pony express trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, via Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and into California. We are a non-profit 501(c) (3) Association. National Headquarters is located in Pollock Pines, California.
Once again, area residents and visitors will have an opportunity early this summer to observe, and in some cases, participate in excavation at the Hell Gap Paleoindian site, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2018.
A series of public meetings to introduce the site, its history, and possible future developments, will be held throughout the area prior to and during the field school season.
The Summer 2019 field school will run in three sessions from June 21 to July 29: June 21-July 1, July 6-15, July 20-29. Hell Gap is located northeast of Guernsey on Whalen Canyon Road.
For more information on this Advanced Field School 5180 opportunity, and related activities, contact
Scotts Bluff National Monument’s Centennial Exhibit will be on display at the Legacy of the Plains Museum this summer.
The exhibit titled “100 Years of Scotts Bluff National Monument” will be open to the public starting Thursday, May 9th, through September.
Showcasing the vast history and culture at Scotts Bluff National Monument, the exhibit will feature an original soap box derby car, an adobe brick made by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s, historical photographs, interpretive displays and the William Henry Jackson prints originally housed in the Visitor Center, which is undergoing a major renovation and expansion project.
The centennial exhibit will be free and open to the public. Regular museum admission is required for the main gallery.
Legacy of the Plains Museum is open Monday through
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about Scotts Bluff National Monument, please call 308-436-9701, visit http://www.nps.gov/scbl or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnp
Midwest Theater is once again hosting the Midwest Summer Matinee Madness! All Summer Matinee Madness Screenings are held on Thursdays.
2 screenings each day, 9:00am and 1:30pm.
2019 Midwest Summer Matinee Madness Movie List Dates and Titles (subject to change):
June 13 “The Land Before Time” Rated: G
June 20 “Wonder Park” Rated: PG
June 27 “An American Tale” Rated: G
July 11 “The Tale of Despereaux” Rated: G
July 18 “The Great Muppet Caper” Rated: G
July 25 “The Lorax” Rated: PG
$500 grants are still available from the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. The grants are funded by Farm Aid, Nebraska Farmer’s Union Foundation, and other donors.
For grant applications, call the Hotline at: (800) 464-0258.
If you or someone you know got hurt by flooding or blizzards and could use a little help, call the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. Their experienced and professional staff will help callers find the kind of assistance they need.
The $500 grants are simple to apply for. The application can be filled out over the phone, and the assistance is provided in confidence.
Victorine Lieske, local author of over 20 books, will talk about her publishing journey June 13, at 5:30 in the Gering City Council Chambers.
In April of 2010 Lieske self-published her first book, “Not What She Seems.” By March 2011 it was making its way up the New York Times eBook best sellers list. After starting with suspense and murder, she penned a sci-fi romance. Her first comedic romance, “Accidentally Married,” made the USA Today best-selling books list in 2015.
Lieske features her home state of Nebraska in many of her books which she calls “sweet” romance, suitable for all audiences. She is a past president of the Nebraska Writer’s Guild and has won awards for her service to other authors.
This program is free and open to the public.
Victory Hill Farm in Scottsbluff will host four special classes, each limited to 16 participants. Thursday and Friday, June 13-14 at 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18 at 6 p.m. Classes are 90 minutes, with the last 20 minutes reserved for playing with the baby goats.
Classes are for beginners who should prepare themselves to interact with free roaming baby goats who can be playful in the form of nuzzling, snuggling, and occasionally walking on the backs of yoga students. Bring a blanket and yoga mat for this unique experience.
Participants must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a participating adult if 16 years or younger. Only ticket holders, who bring a mat and participate in the yoga class, can interact with the animals.
Tickets are $21 per person regardless of age. Classes are limited to 16 participants each. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baby-goat-yoga-at-victory-hill-farm-scottsbluff-tickets-61276663149. or call Lisa Betz-Marquez at 308-672-1114 for more information.
A two hour interactive class will help you brush up on the rules of the road in Nebraska regarding bicycles including the three foot passing law. The class is free, designed for drivers 15 years of age and older.
Help make our communities make a good impression on Tour De Nebraska visitors with your bicycle friendly driving skills!
The class will be offered at the Gering Public Library Community Room June 13th from 6pm to 8pm (accessible by stairs only), and at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Community Room, on June 15th from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Class size is limited to 30 in each session. Free will donations support the Libraries and Bike Walk Nebraska.
The Scotts Bluff County GOP is hosting Will Witt of PragerU to speak on various topics of interest in today’s society. Will does random videos for PragerU, mainly talking to students on college campus’ asking their knowledge of history, current events, and various topical issues. He is from Boulder but currently resides in Hollywood, CA. June 13th, 7:00pm, Gering Civic Center
VFW Post 1681 and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post#36, and DAV Chapter 10 will be presenting a flag day program on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Western Nebraska State Veterans Home at Scottsbluff.
As part of the program there will be a power point presentation and the Sons of the American Legion Post#36 will do a flag folding presentation and will explain what each fold the flag represents.
Members of the VFW Post 1681 and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post#36, and DAV Chapter 10 are urged to attend to help put on the program and help pass out treats.
Join the YMCA for an evening of family fun at the Trails West Camp!
Enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs, swimming, volleyball, basketball and more!
$10.00 admission, 2 and under are free.
Some lodging and camping spaces available if needed, Call Candie at (308) 641-9587 for more information.
All the proceeds will help fund improvements to the Trails West Challenge Course.
Friday, June 14-The Oregon Trail Dance Club will have a Regular Dance at the IOOF Hall in Gering from 7:00-9:00 with Lucky calling. We will have PLUS dancing from 6:30-7:00. Beginner lesson students are invited to this dance as they will be able to participate.
IOOF Hall is at 800 N Street in Gering.
The Park Rangers of the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center invite you to join the first Ranger Interpretive Talk for the summer, “Homesteading: From Grassroots to Grasslands.”
The talk will be held Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm, as part of Northwest Parks Talk Series with the Nebraska Commission of Game and Parks, the National Park Service and the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.
The talk will take place at the Solider Creek Campground picnic shelter, located within walking distance from Fort Robinson State Park information center and restaurant.
The Historic Midwest Theater announces the film “A Dog’s Journey” will show this weekend June 14-16.
Movie Synopsis: Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.
Runtime: 1h 48min
Friday, June 14th 7:30pm
Saturday, June 15th 7:30pm
Sunday, June 16th 1:30pm
All proceeds go to the Historic Midwest Theater! Friends of the Midwest Theater is a 501-c-3 Nonprofit
7:30 pm Color Splash 5K Dash
Registration–$5.00 or $20.00 per family,
Begin at Starr Street Diner
8:30 pm Movie in the Park, Free
Bring your own chairs, blankets, BYOB, Popcorn
8:00–10:00 am Biscuits and Gravy at the Farm
House B & B (Free will Offering)
11:00 am Parade—The theme this year is
“Lights, Camera, Action!”
Lineup begins at the corner of the
Noon Freewill donation lunch in the park
Noon–2:00 pm Games in the Park
(Western Trails 4-H Club)
Background music provided by Ernie and Rachelle Eversole
Rootbeer floats in the park (Library Board)
1:00–3:00 pm BINGO at Messiah Lutheran Church
1:00–5:00 pm Library (book sale) and Museum open
3:00 pm Toad and turtle races, Kids and Adults.
5:00 pm Annual Hamburger Feed at the Fire Hall
7:30–11:30 pm Dance at the Starr Street Diner with
Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!
Production runs June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 nd at 7:30 with a 2pm matinee on June 22 nd .
For tickets call the box office at 308-635-6193 or online at theatrewestnebraska.com.
Don’t miss this incredible show!
17th Annual Festival of Hope
Saturday, June 15 2019
Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds
Entertainment, Breakfast served by Knights of Columbus, Lunch, Penny Carnival, Butterfly Wall of Hope, Butterfly Release, Silent Auction,
Live Auction, Variety of Booths and 5K Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Runs (Information Below).
Butterflies for “Wall of Hope” may be purchased online or by mail
For more information go to www.festivalofhope.net
Festival of Hope proceeds primarily go towards assisting area cancer patients with non-medical needs during their treatment of cancer
5K RUN/WALK & 2 CHILDREN’S FUN RUNS
Pre- Registered Cancer Survivors will be in a special raffle and must be present to win
The 5K Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Children’s Fun Runs start at 8:30 a.m.
Prizes & medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in all age divisions for the 5K RUN. Plus a $50 gift will be awarded to the overall top male and female runner. The Divisions are 19 & under, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, and 50—59 and 60 & over.
Non-competitive and includes entry into drawing (must be present to win drawing prizes)
Children’s Fun Runs
5 & Under and 6 to 10 (short distance & an half mile or more respectively)
5 K Run & Walk entry fees are $15.00 per participant and includes T-shirt. Children’s Fun Run entry fee is $5.00 per participant and includes T-shirt and prize.
For on-line entries, one dollar will be added to fees
Register On-line now on our Web Site. www.festivalofhope.net
or Registration Forms are available at
Sports Racquet, Sonny’s Bike Shop and Regional West Physicians Clinic & KNEB
Registrations will also be taken Saturday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. at the Fairgrounds. Deadline to Guarantee T-shirts is June 1, 2019
For registration forms and questions call Vicki @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our web site at www.festivalofhope.net