At this point I’m not quite sure when the last time I had a full weekend off was but it’s my turn to cover the weekend yet again. I can’t complain too much though because I often choose to cover events even when it’s not my weekend. Events such as the beginning installation of the livery out at Dobby’s two weekends ago and the Out of the Darkness Walk that was held this past weekend.

Dobby’s has a special place in my heart. I just love the history and have enjoyed going to the fall festival for many years. Now it’s something fun we all do as a family. With the help of my mom, Ashlyn, Layla, my niece Brooklyn, and my nephew Austin we were even able to contribute to the festival this year. We made a total of 200 bags filled with hard candy, 15 different flavors in all. We had so much fun doing it and that is something that the kids will never forget. My niece enjoyed it so much that she wants me to help her make hard candy to take to school for her birthday next month. Dobby’s president Lori White and all of the volunteers out there truly have done a wonderful job in bringing something so unique to our town, such a great group of people.

I’d like to also talk a little about the Out of the Darkness Walk but even typing that sentence makes me tear up so I won’t go into it too much.

The walk continues to grow every year and together we walk to bring suicide out of the darkness. It is bittersweet that the walk grows every year because that means more people have been affected by suicide. This year I not only walked for my nephew Zach Walton and friend Brock Mai as I have done in the past years but I also walked for my friend Jake Vallejo. Seeing his little boy Bentley at the walk brought a smile to my face because I love him lots but also broke my heart.

My six-month-old Paisley and my great niece Aubree proudly wore their “Team Zach” shirts and enjoyed their first walk, even though it was a little chilly to start off. Snowflakes decorate our shirts as our sign for Zach. If you’ve ever seen my desk or my living room you’d know that I have snowflakes everywhere to keep my nephew with me always.

My heart breaks for those lives that have been touched by suicide. It’s definitely something that I never thought would hit my family and has changed us all forever. If you see my sister Shari give her a big hug because for one-she loves hugs and two-she needs it.

Okay now that I got that out of my system on to the weekends events.

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will wrap up this morning from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale is located in the basement of the Alliance Public Library.

The only other event that I have on my calendar is the Huskers game! Keep your fingers crossed that the Huskers can pull out a win against Rutgers. Kick off is at 1:30 p.m. so be sure to wear your red and cheer loudly! Husker fans could really use a win right about now.

Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center there will be a program to celebrate Nebraska Archeology Month!

The program is called Archeology of the Sand Hills and High Plains and will be led by State Archeologist Rob Bozell.

So if you have an artifact you would more information about bring it as the public is encouraged to bring in arrowheads or other archeological objects for identification.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. a small group of kids along with their parents will be gathered together at the Cardio Connection for a free Kids Empowerment/Self Defense Class.

The first hour will be discussing how kids can "armor" themselves against bullying and how parents and kids can address bullying. The second hour will be basic self-defense in the case of a physical attack.

The class is full but contact Michael Garcia at the Alliance Middle School to register your child for a future class.

As for my family we were thinking about a trip to the lake for some fishing on the pontoon or a shopping trip to pick out a homecoming dress for Ashlyn but the projected weather might prevent that first one and we found a dress on sale online so I’m not sure what we will do. I do know that cuddling with Paisley is always on my agenda. 

Whatever you plan to do this weekend make sure you cheer on the Huskers and try to get out and enjoy Alliance. We really do have a wonderful little town and I’m so blessed to call it home!

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