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Cast members of the Crane River Theater perform You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Grand Island Public Library’s A universe of Stories Children’s Summer Reading Program. (For the Independent/Lauri Shultis)

KEARNEY — Crane River Theater is celebrating its 10th season with the classic musical that started it all: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. daily through Wednesday in the Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Heritage Park, 2020 11th St. in Kearney.

Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” has become the one of the most-produced musicals in history. Millions of theatergoers worldwide have reveled in this funny, wise and altogether human musical based on Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip “Peanuts.”

The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, and Snoopy is still in the doghouse. Follow along for an average day in the life of Charlie Brown, as he and his friends navigate the joys and pitfalls of childhood: chaotic baseball games, unrequited valentines, World War One flying beagles, and 5 cent psychiatry.

Admission is $5 for all ages; babies under a year old are admitted free. Ticket sales start at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call (308) 627-5796 or check online at

Grand to host free movie matinée

The Grand Theatre will host a free matinée showing of “Wonder Park” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Wonder Park” tells the story of a “magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.” Rated PG.

The movie is sponsored by Coney Island Lunch Room and Wayne Cyclery.

Also this weekend, “Rocketman” is showing at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Rocketman” is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

“Rocketman” also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother. Rated R.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call the theater, 316 W. Third St., at (308) 381-2667 or visit

Ashton Days starts Friday

ASHTON — From pancake feeds to cake auctions, from turtle races to a ranch rodeo, Ashton Days offers something for everyone.

The annual community festival gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday with a tractor pull in Roosevelt Park and wraps up Sunday with a sloppy joe feed served by the Loup City High School cheerleaders.

In between the schedule includes:

Friday: Tractor pull (farm pull at 5 p.m., Heartland Pulling Series at 7); and a street dance featuring Angie Kriz and the PolkaTunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday: Steeple chase, 7 a.m.; pancake feed, 8 to 11 a.m.; turtle races, 11 a.m. (bring your own turtles); ranch rodeo, 12:30 p.m.; free barbecue, 5 to 8 p.m.; street dance featuring the Urkoski Orchestra, 8 p.m. to midnight; and fireworks, 10 p.m.

Sunday: Tracker polka run, 1 p.m.; and sloppy joe fee, 5 p.m.

The Polish Heritage Center will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, check online at

Calloway Pioneer Picnic set for the weekend

CALLAWAY — Callaway will be filled with “superheroes” when the community’s annual Pioneer Picnic kicks off Friday afternoon.

A parade with the theme “Superheroes” is set for 10:45 a.m. Saturday; parade lineup starts at 9 a.m. at the school.

In addition to the Saturday parade, the celebration includes a rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a street dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Saturday activities include kids games and family fun in Morgan Park starting at 8 a.m.; a variety of food vendors; a car show and more.

An alumni banquet is planned for 6 p.m. at the school. A street dance will follow at 9.

Weekend events wrap up Sunday with cowboy church at 8 a.m.; church in the park at 10 a.m.; a kids carnival and games at 1 p.m. in the park; and a rodeo performance at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, check the Callaway (Nebraska) Chamber of Commerce page on Facebook.

Your Ticket briefs are published every Thursday in print and online at To submit arts and entertainment announcements, submit to Terri Hahn at at least two weeks prior to the event. No information will be accepted over the phone. There is no charge for publication, but announcements must follow newspaper policy. For more information, email Hahn or call her at (308) 381-9463.

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