Star Party begins Sunday at reservoir near Valentine

The 20th annual Nebraska Star Party will run Sunday through Aug.9 at Merritt Reservoir in Valentine, Neb.

Camp at the reservoir’s Snake Campground beneath the stars and observe the night sky at this festival. Former astronaut Clayton Anderson, a native of Ashland, Neb., will give a keynote speech on Wednesday at Valentine High School.

For more information, visit nebraskastarparty.org.

Sleep specialist to speak at Tuesday science cafe

The science of sleep will be the focus of the 7 p.m. Tuesday Science Cafe at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Featured speaker will be Dr. Michael Summers, an assistant professor in internal medicine in the division of pulmonary, critical care, sleep and allergy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. Summers is medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Nebraska Medical Center.

His clinical interests include disorders of hypersomnolence, sleep breathing disorders and restless legs syndrome.

Award honors efforts at arts education in schools

Nebraskans for the Arts is taking nominations for school boards, school board members, administrators and teachers who have supported and encouraged the arts in their school or district.

This statewide award will recognize the policies, programs or instruction in the arts from prekindergarten through high school across Nebraska. The NebraskARTS Award will be presented in October in Lincoln.

The nomination form can be found at NebraskansForTheArts.org. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 31.

Jazz singer Deborah Brown returns to Brownville stage

International jazz vocalist Deborah Brown will visit Brownville, Neb., to sing from the American Songbook with the classics of Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and more.

The Kansas City, Mo., native will perform in cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Aug.16 and 17 and in concert at 2p.m. Aug. 18. Brown also will give a free talk about her life of jazz at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Concert Hall. Call for reservations.

Cabaret tickets are $23, concert tickets are $17 ($12 for students). To purchase tickets, visit brownvilleconcertseries.com or call 402-825-3331.

Bike ride through zoo an after-hours event

Registration is now open for a family bike ride event through the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Guests will bring bikes and enjoy a safari on two wheels rather than two heels during Tour de Zoo’s annual family bike ride from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The evening will include dinner, snacks and refreshments plus special animal encounters. Cost is $15 per person for members and $20 per person for nonmembers. Children 2 and younger get in free and do not require a registration.

Otherwise, reservations are required. Make them at omahazoo.com. Walk-up registrations will be available.

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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