BRIEFLY: Applegrass Festival a weekend event

Phil Bone of Central City, Neb., at the 2011 Applegrass Bluegrass Festival. This year’s event is this weekend at Ditmars Orchard in Council Bluffs.

Bluegrass, old time music focus of Applegrass Festival

Ditmars Orchard and the Great Plains Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association will again host Saturday and Sunday’s Applegrass Bluegrass Festival. Ten regional bluegrass and old time music bands will play at Ditmars Orchard, 19475 225th St. on the east side of Council Bluffs.

Admission is $10 a day or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 15 and younger get in free. Live music on the main stage will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days.

Orchard-sponsored activities during the day require a wristband, $5 for children (ages 3-18) and $2 for adults. During the day, enjoy tractor-pulled wagon rides, corn mazes, apple picking and a playground.

Ditmars will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Come early and bring instruments to join open jams. Vendor booths and concessions will be available.

For more festival and band information, visit

‘Knuffle Bunny’ to be theme of Momaha story time

Momaha will offer an evening children’s story time at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets. Encourage your little one to wear pajamas and bring a small stuffed animal. The event is free.

The theme will be “Knuffle Bunny,” which ties in with the production at The Rose Theater. There will be a guest reader from The Rose.

Public welcome at sessions on saving natural legacy

The third annual Natural Legacy Conference will be Sept. 4-5 at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission sponsors the free event to share knowledge about current research and projects.

Larry Voyles, director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will be the keynote speaker.

Also expect field trips to Indian Cave Woodland Management area at Indian Cave State Park and the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration.

Online registration is available

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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