Starting May 17

Senior golfers wanted: Thornridge Golf Course in Milford will host a Senior “Geezer” Golf League starting Wednesday, May 17, at 9 a.m. Each week, golfers ages 55 and older are invited to play a nine hole, four-person scramble at Thornridge.

May 17 

Mid-week movie: On Wednesday, May 17, at 1 p.m., the Seward Memorial Library will feature an American thriller in the Lower Level Conference Center. Snacks and a drink may be brought in. Visit sewardlibrary.org for more information.

May 18

Free grill-out: The public is invited to a free community grill-out which will be Thursday, May 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. Live music will be provided by Das Dat.

May 19

Shopping tips: ““Navigating the Grocery Store, Smart Shopping Tips for Adults” will be presented by Sarah Hanson, RDN, LMNT and MHCS Director of Nutritional Services at Memorial Health Care Systems. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP required by Friday, May 12, by calling (402) 646-4707 or email shana.glover@mhcs.us. The presentation will be in the third floor meeting rooms of Memorial Hospital. Enter through the hospital entrance and take the elevator or stairs by the Specialty Clinic to the third floor.

May 20 deadline

Students invited to enter essays for Fourth of July contest: Entry deadlines have been set for students in kindergarten through fourth grade to enter an essay contest to be named Mr. Firecracker or Miss Independence as part of the Seward Fourth of July celebration. To participate, students are invited to write an essay on “Why I like to live in Seward.” The essay should be about 500 words. Deadline to enter is May 20. Send essays to the Seward Rotary Club, c/o Ben Spirk, Jones Bank, Box 469, Seward, NE 68434. In the right hand corner, include the student’s name, grade, school, parent’s name and phone number and email or a point of contact.

May 20 

Summer reading program for all ages at the library: For adults, it’s time again for the annual Seward/York reading competition. Each summer, the two towns compete to see who can read more books and Seward has won the last two years in a row. Read five books, complete a score card and enter to win prizes. Kids can read a book, cross off their bingo card and win prizes all summer long. The Summer Reading Program ends July 31.

Summer Kickoff Party: Seward Memorial Library will host a kickoff party for its summer programs Saturday, May 20. Activities at the library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. include a bounce house and slide, food trucks, the Fire House Five+, outside games, face painting/tattoos, balloon artist Ethan Boggs, Paige the Bookmobile from Chapters Books and Gifts, and vehicles from the fire department, police department, sheriff’s department and the National Guard.  The party will be on Fifth Street, just east of the library.

Car show: The second annual Bottle Rocket Car show is Saturday, May 20, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. The public is invited to see vehicles brought by members of the Seward Good Life Car Club, and anyone is welcome to bring their own vehicle.

Rotary Club Service Dinner: The Seward Rotary Club will host its Service Dinner Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the Ag Pavillion on the Seward County Fairgrounds to honor long-time commuity leaders, Dr. Paul and JoAnn Hoff and Dick Rhodes. A catered meal by Rue 6 and a community auction are other highlights. For ticket information, contact Sandy Wright at Jones Bank in Seward or any member of the Seward Rotary Club.

May 21

VFW Post breakfast Buffet: The Seward VFW Post will offer a breakfast buffet Sunday, May 21, serving from 8 to 11 a.m. Donations help support all of the group’s projects. The public is welcome.

May 22

Buddy check: A social gathering of veterans dedicated to reducing and eliminating veteran suicide will be Monday, May 22, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Bottle Rocket Brewing Company in Seward. The group meets monthly on the 22nd.

May 23

Hughes Brothers tour: The public is invited to visit Hughes Brothers in Seward Tuesday, May 23, and learn how power distribution products such as wooden telephone poles and steel poles are made. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. at 210 N. 13th St. All participants 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes. Safety glasses will be provided. Call Seward Memorial Library at (402) 643-3318 to register for this event.

May 23 and 25

Rehearsals begin: Rehearsals for the 136th concert season for the Seward Municipal Band will begin Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Seward Middle School. Use the main entry on east side of the Middle School. Rehearsals will continue throughout the summer each Thursday night from 7 – 9 p.m.

May 25

Magician to perform: Jeff Quinn, an award-winning magician, will visit the Seward Memorial Library Thursday, May 25, at 1 p.m. to entertain an audience of all ages.

May 28

Weekly concert: The Seward Municipal Band’s first weekly concert of the season is Sunday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seward Bandshell. In case of rain, the concert will be in the Civic Center. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Seward Middle School. Use the main entry on east side of the Middle School. Instrumentalists who have completed the eighth grade or have three years of experience may join at any time during the season. Call Pat Herrold at (402) 641-5457 with any questions.

Church group meeting: The West Blue Church and Cemetery Association’s annual gathering will be Sunday, May 28. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. with a covered dish meal to follow. The cemetery association meeting will be at 1 p.m.

May 29

Library closed: The Seward Memorial Library will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

May 30

Toddler Time: Toddler Time for children ages 3 and under, with a caregiver present, begins May 30 at 10:30 a.m. and runs for four consecutive weeks and lasts about 45 minutes. Caregivers and children will enjoy reading, singing and silliness. No registration is required.

Author to speak: New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger will speak at the Seward Memorial Library on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. Krueger is an American novelist who specializes in mystery and crime fiction. He is best known for his Cork O’Connor series, and he won the 2014 Edgar Award for best novel with “Ordinary Grace.”

May 31

Kick-off celebration: The annual Seward Fourth of July Kick-Off Celebration will be Wednesday, May 31, at the Nebraska National Guard Museum at 7 p.m. The Seward County Community Service Award and Miss Independence and Mr. Firecracker and runners-up will be announced. For more information, contact clark.kolterman@sewardschools.org or call (402) 641-8522.

May 31 – June 1

Babysitting clinic: Seward County Extension will offer a Building Better Babysitters Clinic at its office in Seward from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, with an optional half day on Friday, June 2. The program is offered to youth between the ages of 11 – 18 to learn basic care and activities, among other things, for children under their care. Cost is $30. The clinic is open to all youth who meet the age requirements, not just 4-H enrolled youth. For more information, contact Emily Manning at (402) 643-2981.

June 5 – 9

Bible school: Vacation Bible School will be June 5 – 9 at St. John Lutheran School in Seward from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. for children entering kindergarten through the sixth grade. “A Walk With Jesus” is the theme. There is no charge. Register at (402) 643-2983. by Friday, June 2, or go the St. John web page at www.stjohnseward.org.

June 8

Can Caravan Food Drive: The KOLN KGIN TV Can Caravan Food Drive will be in Seward at Pac ‘N’ Save on Thursday, June 8, to collect food for distribution at the Seward United Methodist Church FoodNet, Blue Valley Community Action, St. John’s Christ Cupboard and St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church pantries. Local businesses, churches and groups are encouraged to collect food for the drive the next four weeks and bring the donations to the collection tent on June 8. The goal set for Seward is 1,000 pounds. For more information, contact Clark Kolterman at clark.kolterman@sewardschools.org.


G.I. Cup of Joe: A veterans coffee will be every Wednesday from  7:30 – 9:30-ish at the Spare Time Lounge in Seward.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous groups will meet at the following times: Mondays at noon at the Civic Center in Seward; Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Seward; Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellwood Mennonite Church in Milford; Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center; Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center; and Sundays at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center and 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Seward. Al-Anon meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Bellwood Mennonite Church in Milford and at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Civic Center in Seward.

Coffee and fellowship: Come for coffee and fellowship Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Milford Senior Center. Coffee, tea, pastries and other treats are served.

Lunch served at Milford Senior Center: Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon at the Milford Senior Center. Reservations must be made one day in advance by calling or leaving a message at (402) 761-3367. Meals for seniors ages 60 and older have a suggested contribution of $6 for regularly scheduled meals. Meals for guests under age 60 are $7. All are welcome.

Yoga classes: Three different yoga classes are offered weekly at the Milford Senior Center, led by Kelly Haney. Offerings include: Adapted Yoga on Mondays at 9 a.m.; Assisted Yoga on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; and Next Level Yoga on Fridays at 9 a.m.

TOPS meets weekly: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets weekly on Thursdays at the Seward Civic Center. TOPS is a weight management support group. Weigh-in begins at 11:15 a.m. and the meetings are from noon to 12:30 p.m. The initial meeting is free.