Two upcoming programs at the Grand Island Public Library will feature speakers who are part of the Humanities Nebraska speakers bureau.

Linda Garcia-Perez will present a program, “A Universe of Mexican Stories” at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8. This program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Drawing on her experiences as a young girl in Omaha’s Mexican-American barrio, Garcia-Perez conveys a message of humor, wonder and tradition.

Then on Thursday, July 11, Jose Francisco Garcia will present “How Chocolate Twice Conquered the American Continent: A Deliciously Historical Perspective” at 6:30 p.m. Garcia will discuss the 2,000-year-old history of chocolate from its appearance in Central American murals depicting the uses for chocolate and continues to present time witnessing the allure and power chocolate continues to have on human society. He shares the history of cacao and discusses its value as a worldwide commodity.

Both presentations are made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Grand Island Public Library Foundation as part of the HN Speakers Bureau. They are just two of more than 300 programs offered through the HN speakers bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations.

For more information about the local library programs, call (308) 385-5333.

For more information about Humanities Nebraska and the speakers bureau, check online at (speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or email

Documentary features Marquette farm family

AURORA — “Dreaming of a Vetter World” will debut in Hamilton County at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the 12th St. Cinema in Aurora.

The feature-length film, sponsored by Conservation Nebraska, focuses on the Vetter family, pioneering organic farmers in Marquette. Shot, directed and narrated by first-time filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne, the documentary tells the story of the family’s decades-long experiment with a self-renewing farm management system.

“It is also a story about place, hope and love,” Hawthorne said, “an inspiring example of perseverance and doing what you know is right, against all odds.”

Shot on location in Hamilton County, this documentary shows what farming with nature is all about. At the heart of this powerful story is Vetter’s journey from farmer’s son, to missionary, to scientist, and back to farmer again, where he practices what he calls a “ministry to the soil.” The film also includes interviews with other organic leaders, locals Bill Whitney and Ed Dadey, and Allison and Darci Vetter, David’s daughters.

A free reception and Q&A session with David Vetter, CEO of Grain Place Foods, will follow the screening. The reception, also featuring Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle, will be at the Ivy, 1103 K St. Quinn and Carlisle are the keynote speakers for the annual Grain Place Field Day, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

The film has been playing the festival circuit after making its debut at The Ross Theater in Lincoln last summer. This is the first “hometown” screening.

Tickets are $10 and advance purchase is recommended; order online at For more information, contact Hawthorne at (323) 356-7602 or online at

For more information about the Grain Place Foundation Field Day, call (308) 850-3020, email or check online at

Kick off Cruise Weekend with Gary Lewis and the Playboys

KEARNEY — Kearney’s annual Cruise Weekend gets off to a nostalgic start when Gary Lewis and the Playboys take the stage at the Merryman Performing Arts Center.

Show time is 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at 225 W. 22nd St.

With classic hits like “This Diamond Ring,” “Dream Lover,” Everybody Loves a Clown,” Save Your Heart for Me” and She’s Just My Style,” Gary Lewis and the Playboys first hit the Billboard 100 chart in 1965 and a string of hit singles followed over the next couple of years.

Tickets are $28, $31 and $34 (plus fees) and are available through the box office, (308) 698-8297, or online at

For more information, check online at

This weekend at the Grand ...

“Late Night” is showing this weekend at the Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St. Showtimes are 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline. Rated R.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and younger. For more information call 308-381-2667 or visit

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