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Family calendar Jan 6-13:

Family calendar Jan 6-13:

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Zoo Lights, 12.10

Lighting displays of Christmas trees are seen during the Zoo Lights event at the Lincoln Children's Zoo on Thursday.

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Events

Eastridge holiday lights recycling drive  Through Jan. 15. Public is invited to drop off working or nonworking holiday lights. Recycled lights also can be dropped off at any Lincoln fire station. Eastridge Elementary School, 6245 L St. 

Drive-thru career fair Gateway Mall— 2-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Drive-up and get a bag full of information from Lincoln companies who are hiring, in the former SEARS parking lot, 6100 O St. 

Families Inspiring Families support groups — 5-6 p.m. Mondays. Parents can connect with other parents; also 5:30-6:30 p.m. second Wednesday of the month, for parents concerned about children's mental health. Email Sandy Thompson at sthompson@familiesinspiringfamilies.org or call 402-450-4409 to get the Zoom link. 

Friends and family swim lessons at Cooper and Fallbrook YMCAs — Choose friends or come as a family, times vary, check website. Everyone must register individually: Ymcalincoln.org.

Free hazardous waste drop-off at HazToGo waste center — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. See a complete list of acceptable items at haztogo.com, 5101 N. 48th St. 

Saturdays at Prairie Pines — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 145 acres of trails, picnic in the arboretum, kids ninja course, 3100 N. 112th St. Facebook.com/events/217007032880145.

Scrap metal drive: Fundraiser for Lincoln Public Schools — Public is invited to drop off metals, through April 22, 2021, at Sadoff Iron and Metal Company, 4400 W. Webster St., 402-470-2510 and Alter Metal Recycling, 6100 N. 70th St., 402-476-3306. 

Storytime-to-go kits at Lincoln City Libraries — Designed for day care providers and parents, ten themes to choose from, staff will place five books in a bag for pickup. Lincolnlibraries.org/kids/storytimes-to-go-request-form.

Livestreams and virtual events

"All Aboard: Trains, Planes and Automobiles" for Tiny Lieders — 10 a.m. Jan. 14. Kids age 6 can join Ashley Laverty, Artistic Director of the Theatre for the Very Young company Kerfuffle, for a 45-minute train and transportation-themed movement, music, and yoga jam, all ages welcome.

Read Woke Challenge at Lincoln City Libraries — through Jan. 31. Readers must record completed books and activities at the website or take completed booklets to a library branch to be eligible for prizes. Register: Lincolnlibraries.beanstack.org

United Way Women in Philanthropy Helping Hands virtual auction — Through Jan. 28. Proceeds will benefit the JDRF and provide diapers and winter clothing for kids and families. UnitedwayLincoln.org

Virtual Homeschool Wednesdays with the Nebraska History Museum — 10:30 a.m. First Wednesday of the month, beginning Feb. 3-May 5th. Tune in to a 45-minute zoom, interactive presentation, go on a virtual adventure across the state, visiting historic sites. Following will include interactive activities, a scavenger hunt and crafts, free event, donations accepted. The theme this semester is "Home" and what it means to each of our historic sites. Register: history.nebraska.gov/events/virtual-homeschool-wednesday-feb-3rd.

Online concerts

Abendmusik fundraiser "Lift every voice and sing" online concert for the Malone Center — 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, featuring performers Ariel Merivil, Dr. Marques Garrett, Marques Higgins and Justin Payne singing spirituals and Black Gospel tunes by African-American composers, sponsored by the Ruth Marie Amen Memorial Fund, free concert, donations accepted. Abendmusik.org

Abendmusik fundraiser "My Funny Valentine" — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Purchase a code to have a private concert serenade via YouTube or have a DVD delivered. Also choose options of sending chocolate, flowers, a meal or other gifts delivered contact-free to your doorstep. Send the Abendmusik singing valentine and gifts to family, friends, co-workers or yourself. Tom Trenney and friends will serenade you or them with love songs from the Great American Songbook. More information: Abendmusik.org or call 402-476-9933.

"Arts for the Soul" Yumi Kurosawa free virtual concert  7 p.m. Jan. 22. Enjoy an award-winning Koto star performance, including classical Japanese compositions. Yumi will also demonstrate how the Koto is played. Fpclincoln.org or call 402-477-6037.

Bassoons Across Nebraska: Thursday night music series online event — 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Featuring Joyce Besch, Contrabassoonist, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra; Jim Compton, Principal Bassoon, Omaha Symphony; Nick Nelson, Assistant Principal Bassoon, Omaha Symphony; Karen Sandene, Second Bassoonist, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and Contrabassoonist, Omaha Symphony. Facebook.com/events/671497750115672.

Blue House: Capital Jazz Society online event — 8 p.m. Friday. Featuring the best Jazz musicians and groups, from Lincoln and Omaha. Liedcenter.org or facebook.com/LiedCenterforPerformingArts.

Register 

Scrap Fest: "Living It Up" — 9 a.m. Jan. 16. 15 hours of scrapping at your own table, access to a computer for journaling, enter to win door prizes, $40, 301 S. 68th St. Place. Register: bit.ly/RegisterCE

Save the Date 

Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast virtual event — 7:30 a.m. April 7, 2021. Free, must register, registration information to be announced.

Entertainment and Theater

TADA Cabaret series: Anthony DeVito — 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10, two person reservations, one drink minimum per patron, tables seat up to parties of four. In-person: Tadaproductions.info or livestream tickets: Showtix4u.com/event-details/44359.

Nearby

"Build It" at the SAC Museum 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily. Beginning Jan. 16, experience a one-of-a kind interactive engineering exhibit. See website for admission prices, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland. SACmuseum.org

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