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This Saturday is the monthly Food Bank at the Elmwood Community Center. Pass the word to anyone needing some extra help this Holiday season. The Cass County Monthly Food Distribution is sponsored by St. Paul United Methodist Church.

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Hallmark Christmas Film Showing

The Gift of Love

Starring Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick and Polly Holiday.

Christian Church

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm

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Hours for the Christmas Exhibit

Dec 16th, Saturday  11:00 am - 5:00

Dec 17, Sunday, 1:00 -  4.:00 pm

If you haven't stopped by yet, make it a plan this weekend. Every room is simply gorgeous and there is something new to see around every corner. You can enter a free drawing for a free copy of "Journey into Christmas" which include "The Silent Stars Go By." All you have to do is search for an angel in each room and the person that contributed it to the display. 

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Bess Streeter Aldrich house was busy on during the Holiday Extravaganza. Over 70 people toured the house and viewed the various rooms decorated for the Christmas season. Various community organizations from the Cub Scouts to the 4-H Club and the elementary school helped decorate trees into a festive wonderland. 

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Make sure to not only FOLLOW the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum on Facebook but subscribe to their feed so you don't miss any of the announcements. 

Here is the full article in the Plattsmouth paper -- READ MORE HERE

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As you plan your Holiday get-togethers, consider the Aldrich House. Starting November 25, we will be completely decorated for our Journey Into Christmas event. Why not have your civic groups and other clubs meet in this beautiful environment. Contact us to learn about the options.

 The Christmas trees and decorations fill each room and are a sight to behold! 

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16th Annual Short Story Contest

Start thinking of ideas for the 16th Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich short story contest. 

The goal is to generate a fictional short story that is written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works while incorporating a theme that focuses on Nebraska’s economy, history, cultural diversity, and/or geography (past, present, and/or future).

Writers are encouraged to focus on historical and/or realistic topics. This year the Aldrich Foundation is paying tribute to Mrs. Aldrich’s novel The Rim of the Prairie and believe it would be an excellent resource.

Eligibility (Four divisions):

Adult: 1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25
High School (Grades 9-12): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15
Intermediate School (Grades 3-5): 1st Prize $25; 2nd Prize $15; 3rd Prize $10

Complete rules are found at the Bess Streeter Alrich Website

Stories can be submitted on online. Deadline is February 17, 2018 

2nd Annual Living Nativity 

Located off Highway 1 south of Murdock and north of Elmwood. Experience the wondrous Christmas story as you walk through the barn and interact with the animals of the stable. 

Great activity to start a new family tradition. Bring the kids. There are sheep, calves, and even kittens that roam freely throughout the barn. You never know where you might see one. Hear the story of Jesus birth in a barn with the sounds of animals around. 

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 FREE Elmwood Library hour magnets available. Stop by and pick one up for your refrigerator. Never forget when the library hours are again. I know I'm going to get one. I have a memory like a sieve sometimes!

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 Pre-school Storytime 

Every Thursday

 10:30-11:30 am

It will continue every Thursday except when the public school is not in session.

 Do you have a review of a book at the library, submit them by emailing editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

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The ELMWOOD-Murdock fan of the week is designed to honor those members of the Elmwood Murdock community who give their time, talents and support to our programs. This year’s super sponsors of the Fan of the Week program are Corn Grower's State Bank, Mick’s Diesel Repair, Pyramid Roofing, Security First Bank, Spohr's Landscaping and Witte Physical Therapy.

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On November 30th at the games vs Yutan, our Fans of the Week were Peg Barrett and her late husband, Tom. Peg and Tom are the grandparents of Mitchell, Zach, and Nate Rust and have spent countless hours driving to many Elmwood Murdock Basketball games. Their support of Elmwood Murdock could always be counted on and you could hear them cheering from the stands no matter where we played.

The Spirit Squad honored Peg with our Fan of the Week T-shirt.

In addition to being our Fan of the Week, the Varsity Boys Basketball Team also shared a few words.

First, we'd like to extend our thoughts to the Rust and Barrett families. We are sorry for your loss. Basketball teaches us many lessons in life, and one of the most valuable lessons is believing in the power of team support.

Peg, tonight we are passing you a physical reminder of our support to you. Don't forget about your support teams. We will miss seeing Tom in the stands but we bet he'll be watching from the front row. Please accept this signed basketball from the boys as a thank you for all the support you and Tom have given our team.

Thank you, Peg and Tom for all your enthusiasm and your willingness to Cheer Loud and Cheer Proud for the Knights!

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 Post Prom Fundraiser

Post-Prom has started a new fundraiser where you are able to purchase gift cards through Post Prom to all of your favorite restaurants and stores at no extra cost to you. For every card you purchase, a percentage goes to Post Prom with you still getting the full value of the card you purchased.

Please consider using the cards not only for Christmas gifts and shopping but also for your dining, weekly errands, and grocery shopping. Please see the attachment for a complete list of cards available. E-Scrip is also available on select cards for a convenient shopping option. For any questions please talk to Annette Eggert, Theresa Hansen, or Diane Neels or stop and see us at our table at home basketball games. You can find us at the fresh baked cookies!

See the attached the order form (2 pages) if you would like to purchase some cards but are unable to make it to a home basketball game. You can mail your form with your payment to Diane Neels. PRINT VERSION CLICK HERE

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 Student Council Food Drive

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Shutterfly Fundraiser

Shop Shutterfly to support your school

The holidays are almost here, and many families will order photo holiday greeting cards or photo holiday gifts. One of the most popular online websites for photo cards and gifts is Shutterfly.com.

The Elmwood-Murdock Booster Club is partnering with Shutterfly and Tiny Prints to raise money for our school. For each purchase you make from one of these online stores, 13% will be donated to the Elmwood-Murdock School.

How To Support The Elmwood-Murdock School:
1. Go to our Storefront URL here –  http://emboosterclub.shutterflystorefront.com/
2. Click through to Shutterfly.com or Tinyprints and start shopping
3. Make a purchase

That’s it, it’s that easy! And you can still use any promotions that are being advertised on the Shutterfly site – right now, all holiday greeting cards are 50% off! Feel free to share this tip with all your friends and family, the more people who purchase, the more our organization earns.

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Elmwood Village Board News

The Elmwood Village Board and Library are seeking community feedback regarding how we can grow and improve our community and library. We value your feedback, so please consider completing these surveys to continue making Elmwood a great place to live!

The Elmwood Library is seeking feedback on how to better serve the community. The following survey contains questions regarding what the library does well and how the library can improve. Please be as thorough as possible with your answers so we may get the best results. Thank you for helping us improve the Elmwood Library!

The surveys can also be taken online outside of the newsletter by clicking on the categories below.

Elmwood Village Survey Here

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Elmwood Community Center

(right next door to Elmwood Inspired)

Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, Milk

(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00

Noon Meals

Eat in or Take-out
Daily Menu


Please call by 9:30 am to reserve

Suggested price for noon meal is $5.00


We are currently serving hard ice cream in dishes.
we have 8 different flavors to choose from.

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Bits and Pieces 402-994-5755

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 – 4:00

Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed on Monday 

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This is a reminder to PLEASE email me upcoming news and events. Or, if you happen to see an event happening, or something fun going on in Elmwood, take a photo and email it to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

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Area News and Events  

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"The Forgotten Carols” Kicks Off Christmas Season at the Lofte

Manley, NE [November 28, 2018] - The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces the opening of its Christmas production, “The Forgotten Carols,” on December 2 at 7 pm. The script and original music are written by Michael McLean. Mr. McLean was the producer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for nearly 20 years. The music and story are family friendly and will soon have you in the Christmas spirit.

Directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water, "The Forgotten Carols" tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ's birth as told by little-known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd, and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

Sara Mattix of Bellevue stars as Nurse Connie Lou. Kevin Colbert is pulling double duty in this production both directing and starring in the role of the mysterious Uncle John. Rounding out the cast are John Bell of Omaha, Brenda Jones of Louisville, Vic Kiefer of Plattsmouth, Lynette Boyce of Lincoln, Brandy Hall of Papillion and Scott Pope of Eagle. Also in the production is a community choir directed by Brandy Hall. Choir members include Lyle Reinholz, Megan Lane, Rebecca Adams, Lily Borland, Timothy Campbell Christina Daley, Jeff Hanson, Pat Lane, Jerry Patry, Ken Patry, Kendra Reynolds and Nick Roth all of Omaha, Adele Bakirane, Gabriella Bakirane and Bob Boyce of Lincoln, Jean Colbert and Tyge Thomas of Weeping Water, Molly Feile and Chelsea Lulla of Ashland, Ken Snyder, Janet Sorensen, Abraham Vidaurre and Jim Wolcott of Elmwood and Diana Geditz of Louisville.

Production dates are December 2, 3, 7-10 and 15-17. Showtimes are 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sunday performances are 2 pm matinees. All seats are reserved and cost $19.

The Lofte Community Theatre is located just east of the town of Manley and their box office number is 402-234-2553. 

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