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Puppy love abounds at I Love My Dog Expo
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Puppy love abounds at I Love My Dog Expo

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I Love My Dog Expo returns to the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th St., Saturday and Sunday.

The annual dog-friendly family event includes entertainment, games, demonstrations and numerous vendors. Among the demonstrations are agility, rally, police canine unit, and “Eric and Angelyne, the deaf cattle dog.”

Hours of the expo are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; children 10 and younger are free, as are well-behaved dogs (must be on a short leash).

Proceeds will benefit Domesti-PUPS, a nonprofit organization that trains service and therapy dogs. For information visit ilovemydogexpo.com.

Also happening:

* Celebrate Read Across America Day with a reading party at the University Bookstore, 1500 S St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Activities include Dr. Seuss stories, games and Dr. Seuss crafts. Followed by birthday cake in honor of Dr. Seuss who would have been 111, and a drawing for a Dr. Seuss prize package.

* The annual Lincoln Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Nebraska takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holmes Lake Park. Registration for people planning to plunge begins at 9:30 a.m.

Friday

Kids Dream Winter Film Series -- "Dolphin Tale 2" (PG), 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lincoln Grand and SouthPointe cinemas. Admission: $2.

Dental Health storytime -- 11 a.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Book: "Brush Your Teeth, Please."

Lincoln City Libraries "Mom's Night Out" -- 6:30 p.m., Walt Branch Library. Try Art Journaling. No experience necessary. Craft supplies provided. Free. Child care not provided.

Behlen Observatory Public Night -- 7-10 p.m., near Mead. Free, open to public. Directions and information at astro.unl.edu/observatory/bdirections.html

Saturday

Lincoln Stamp Show -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Country Inn and Suites, Omaha Room, 5353 N. 27th St. Free admission and parking.

I Love My Dog Expo -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Lancaster Event Center, Pavilion 1, 84th Street and Havelock Avenue. $7/adults; ages under 10/free. All proceeds benefit Domesti-PUPS.

Bilingual English-Spanish storytime -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St.

Black History Month storytime -- 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, SouthPointe and 5150 O St. locations. Books: "I Am Rosa Parks" and "I Am Jackie Robinson."

Dental Health storytime -- with special student guest from UNMC College of Dentistry, 1 p.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble.

Monday

Children's storytime -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Free.

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- Baby: 10 a.m., Gere Branch; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley Branch. Toddler: 10:30 a.m., Anderson Branch.

The Cat in the Hat Visits Family Storytime -- 4-4:45 p.m., Williams Branch Library.

Read Across America Day -- featuring Dr. Seuss favorites, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, SouthPointe and 5150 O St. locations.

Tuesday

Children's storytime -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books.

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- Toddler: 10:30 a.m., Bethany, Walt branches; 10 and 10:35 a.m., Gere Branch. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Anderson, Gere and Walt branches; 7 p.m., Eiseley Branch.

The Cat in the Hat Visits Storytime -- 7 p.m., Eiseley Branch.

Wednesday

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- Baby: 10 a.m., Gere. Toddler: 10:30 a.m., Walt Branch; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley, Gere branches. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Anderson, Eiseley, South, Walt branches; 2 p.m., South Branch.

The Cat in the Hat Visits Storytime -- 10:30-11 a.m., Eiseley Branch Library.

Thursday

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- Baby: 10:30 a.m., Walt; 6:30 p.m., Gere. Toddler: 10 a.m., Gere; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley, Gere, South branches. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, Bethany, Eiseley, Gere branches.

The Cat in the Hat Visits Storytime -- 10:30-11 a.m., Bennett Martin Public Library.

Zoetis Lincoln Public Schools Science Fair -- 5-8 p.m., Lancaster Event Center, Pavilion 1 and Business Center, 84th Street and Havelock Avenue. Free admission and parking.

Shows and exhibits

"Grease" -- Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln, 7 p.m. March 5-7; 2 p.m. March 7, YAAL Theatre, 5930 S. 57th St., Suite C. Condensed version written especially for performance of younger kids. 402-417-4137 or yaal.org.

Planetarium astronomy shows -- "A Starry Tale," 7 p.m. Thursdays; "One World, One Sky: Big Adventure," 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; "Astralis," 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History, Mueller Planetarium, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets. 402-472-2641.

Hyde Observatory shows -- 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Observatory, Holmes Lake. Free. Reservations available for Monday-Thursday nights. 402-441-7094.

Coming up

Geology Day -- 1-4 p.m. March 8, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Chet Ager Building. Displays and demonstrations by members of the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club. $5/suggested donation.

Register

Shrine Circus -- 7 p.m. March 11; 12:30, 7 p.m. March 12-13; 10 a.m. and 2, 7 p.m March 14; 12:30, 5 p.m. March 15, Lancaster Event Center, 84th Street and Havelock Avenue. Tickets: lancastereventcenter.com.

Nature Explorer Camp -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9-13, Pioneers Park Nature Center. For ages 6-12. $170/child. Register by March 3. 402-441-7985.

College Exploration Day—for Kids! -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14, Bryan College of Health Sciences, 5035 Everett St. Opportunity for kids up to age 12 to explore nursing skills lab, ultrasound machines and learn more about how the human body works. Free. Preregistration required, 402-481-3355 or bryanhealth.org/calendar.

Time to Reclaim Childhood -- conference for early childhood professionals, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 21, Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. $20, includes lunch. Preregister by March 6. 402-441-7180 or lancaster.unl.edu/family.

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