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2017 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

October

  • Public Invited to Veterans Recognition and Lunch — 10/18
    Veterans and other members of the public are invited to the Aging Partners Veterans Recognition and Lunch at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 9 at the Northeast Senior Center, 6310 Platte Ave. Veterans eat free of charge in recognition of their service. The event will feature a special veterans' roll call recognition and a musical performance by Jimmy Mack at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
  • Mayor Thanks Council for Passing Ridesharing Exemption — 10/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked the City Council for its vote Monday to exempt ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft from the City's taxicab ordinance.
  • Nature Center Invites Public to Fall Events — 10/17
    Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to a variety of outdoor events this fall. The following activities are planned:
  • Aging Partners "Senior Prom" Set for October 29 — 10/17
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and their families to the annual Pepsi Service Scholars "Senior Prom" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 29 at the University of Nebraska East Campus Union, 1705 Arbor Dr. The event is free of charge and no registration is required.
  • North 17th Street on UNL City Campus to Temporarily Close Wednesday — 10/16
    North 17th Street, between "R" and Vine streets, will close at 9 a.m., Wednesday, October 18 for demolition work on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus. The Cather and Pound residence halls at 609 and 513 N. 17th Street are scheduled for implosion on December 22. The street is scheduled to reopen in April 2018.
  • Mayor to Present August Award of Excellence — 10/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to Public Information Specialist III Jamie Wenz, who works in the City Communications division of the Mayor's Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Comments on Environmental Plan Now Available Online — 10/16
    Public comments on the Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) are now available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LEAP). The suggestions were provided this summer during a public review of the plan, which outlines strategies in the areas of energy, land use, transportation, waste and water resources.
  • Public Invited to Senior Center Halloween Bash — 10/16
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to the "Downtown Fright Fest" Halloween party from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, October 31 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" St. Activities and attractions include spooky movies, Halloween candy and decorations, ghost stories and costumes. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and enter the Halloween costume contest.
  • Northeast Citizens' Meeting Set for September 21 — 10/13
    Lincoln City Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm invites the public to attend the Northeast Citizens' Meeting, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 21, at Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue. The featured speaker will be Roxanne Chandler, co-founder of From The Sky Down, a ministry of Middlecross Church that distributes free clothing in Lincoln.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Musical Storytime October 17 — 10/13
    Lincoln City Libraries and Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will host a free musical preschool storytime featuring actor Adam Goos, 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17 at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street.
  • Aging Partners Hosts Resource Fair October 19 — 10/13
    Senior citizens and the general public are invited to a free Aging Partners Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 19 at the Center For People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St. The event will showcase programs, services and other opportunities available at Aging Partners. No event registration is required.
  • Residents Urged to Use More Caution in Construction Zones — 10/13
    Following two worker injuries in road construction zones this week, the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and Public Works and Utilities Department remind drivers to use extra caution in construction areas. LPD reports that Gromyko Roby, 34, and Eric Walkenhorst, 39, were both seriously injured in separate incidents after being struck by vehicles while they were working in clearly marked road construction zones.
  • Portion of 48th Street Temporarily Closed for Gas Line Repair — 10/13
    South 48th Street from "F" to Randolph streets will be closed for the next few hours for gas line repairs. Contact Mark Lutjeharms, Public Works, at 402-416-9925 for more information.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 16 - 22 — 10/13
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from October 16 through 22:
  • Diabetes Workshops Begin October 25 — 10/12
    The workshop is free, but a suggested contribution of $4 per class is appreciated. Preregistration is required by calling 402-441-7575, and class size is limited. Those who attend the workshop will learn valuable information to help them live their lives with diabetes, including the following:
  • Portion of Normal Blvd. to Close October 16 — 10/12
    Normal Blvd. from 62nd Street to Park Crest Court will close Monday, October 16 for pavement repairs. The work is expected to be completed by October 31. Access to Holmes Lake Park will be maintained via the east entrance on 70th Street. The City appreciates the public's patience during the project.
  • Open House for West A Street Improvement Project Set for October 19 — 10/12
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, October 19 on planned West "A" Street improvements. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the West Gym at Roper Elementary School, 2323 S. Coddington Avenue. Parking is available in the north parking lot. Door 19 from that lot leads to the West Gym. No formal presentation is planned.
  • Mayor Says City Faces Growth Barrier — 10/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City Council's past failure to approve a one-percent increase in City spending authority has created a "growth barrier" that threatens the City's ability to meet the needs of an expanding community. Beutler says Council Member Lamm's charges untrue
  • Portion of South 84th Street to Close October 14 — 10/11
    South 84th Street between Highway 2 and Yankee Hill Road will close at 7 a.m. Saturday, October 14, for railroad crossing improvements. The street is scheduled to reopen October 18. The recommended detour is South 70th Street or Yankee Hill Road via 91st Street.
  • Portion of Billy Wolff Trail Closed for Two Weeks — 10/10
    The Billy Wolff Trail from S. 70th Street to the Holmes Lake Dam will close tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11 for repaving. The project is expected to be completed by Wednesday, October 25. The recommended detour is to use the trail through Holmes Lake Park or sidewalks on Van Dorn Street and Normal Blvd. Work includes removing and replacing the 8-foot wide concrete trail with a 10-foot wide concrete trail.
  • Memory Improvement Presentation Set for November 3 — 10/9
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to a presentation on memory improvement from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, November 3, at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center, Southeast Community College, 301 S. 68th St. Place. The cost for the class is $15, and registration and payment are required by October 26.
  • Portion of South Street Closed Until 5 P.M. Tomorrow — 10/9
    UPDATE: Due to weather, the scheduled reopen time has been moved from 5 p.m. Monday to noon Tuesday, October 10. South Street from 70th Street west to Broadmoore Drive is closed until 5 p.m. today for emergency water main repair. The recommended detour is "A" or Van Dorn streets. After 5 p.m., traffic on South Street will be restored to one lane each way.
  • Gun Amnesty Day — 10/6
    On Saturday October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM, the Lincoln Police Department's Center Team, partnering with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition is offering the citizens of Lincoln a Gun Amnesty Day. The purpose of the event is to offer citizens the opportunity to drop off any unwanted firearms and ammunition. The effort is completely anonymous, no questions asked. The goal is to remove unwanted firearms and ammunition from circulation.
  • Lincoln Repeats as National Bike Challenge Champion — 10/6
    For the third time in the past five years, Lincoln has won the National Bike Challenge, sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists and 3M. The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event in which tens of thousands of cyclists compete to ride the most miles May 1 through September 30 every year. Challenge participants are invited to a victory celebration at 5 p.m. today at Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Circle, #1. Festivities include a raffle and sale of the commemorative t-shirt.
  • Mayor to Speak at Tribute to Pulse Shooting Victims — 10/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler will urge residents to stand against hate and violence at the opening of the Pulse Tribute Tour at 6 p.m. this evening at the Nebraska Union in the Crib on the first floor. The event honors the 49 people who were killed in the mass shooting June 12, 2016 during "Latin Night" at The Pulse, an LGBT night club in Orlando, Florida. The Tribute features artist James Nocito's exhibit "Orlando: 49 Farolitos," a set of 49 luminaries with portraits of those whose lives were lost.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 9 - 15 — 10/6
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from October 9 through 15.
  • Open House Set on Haymarket Improvements — 10/5
    The public is invited to an open house Monday, October 9 on street and sidewalk improvements in the Historic Haymarket. The open house is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Olsson Associates, 601 "P" Street (second floor). Ten-minute presentations are scheduled for 5 and 5:30 p.m.
  • Health Department Reminds the Public That Flu Season is Here — 10/5
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds the public that a flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting influenza. Influenza is a highly infectious disease of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness and lead to death. Symptoms may include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
  • Officer Launa Groves Awarded Outstanding Police Officer Award — 10/5
    On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Lincoln Police Officer Launa Groves was awarded the Police Officers' Association of Nebraska Outstanding Police Officer Award. Her nomination was the result of her outstanding investigative work in a series of cases.
  • South 9th Street Now Open — 10/4
    The right lane of South 9th Street between South and Van Dorn streets is now open. The street has been closed since September 25 for storm drain pipe construction. The left lane near Park Avenue is scheduled to remain closed until November 30 for water main work. Motorists are advised to continue using caution during the project.
  • Chief Standing Bear Sculpture to Be Unveiled at Dedication Ceremony — 10/4
    Renowned Sculptor Ben Victor's epic 10 foot bronze sculpture honoring Native civil rights icon Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony on Lincoln, Nebraska's Centennial Mall on Sunday, October 15. The piece, which has been designated as a Nebraska 150 Legacy project, will serve as a nationally significant sculpture honoring the struggle for Native American civil rights in American.
  • Nominations Now Accepted for Second Annual Luminary Award — 10/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler is seeking nominations for the second annual Lincoln Luminary Award, which is presented to an individual who has made a positive impact on the community and demonstrated Lincoln's values. Nominations will be accepted through October 31, and the Luminary Award will be presented at the Winter Lights celebration Friday, December 1 at Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets.
  • Haymarket Youth Festival Set for Friday — 10/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Mayor's Club at Lincoln Southeast High School today unveiled plans for the Haymarket Youth Festival starting at 6 p.m. Friday, October 6 in Gallery Alley. The event, organized completely by students, will feature artwork from students at many of Lincoln's high schools as well as local bands, photo and henna booths and ice cream.
  • City's Fire Protection Rating Upgraded for First Time in More Than 40 Years — 10/3
    Insurance Services Office (ISO) has notified the City that its fire protection rating will be upgraded from Class 3 to Class 2, effective January 1, 2018. For some consumers, this may reduce home insurance rates. The City has had a Class 3 rating since 1974.
  • Nature Center Hosts Fall Fun Days in October — 10/2
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites children in kindergarten through 6th grade to Fall Fun Days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. Lincoln Public Schools are not in session on those days. The program features outdoor games, hiking, guided exploration, crafts, hayrack rides and more.

September

  • Northwest Team Underage Drinking/Party Project — 9/29
    To coincide with the return of school and the beginning of football season, the Lincoln Police Department's Northwest Team is conducting an underage drinking/party project. This concentrated effort is aimed to impact illegal behavior on University of Nebraska-Lincoln home football Saturdays.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 2 - 8 — 9/29
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from October 2 - 8:
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Hispanic Heritage Program October 7 — 9/27
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free presentation by cultural historian Jose Garcia Saturday, October 7. "The History and Significance of the Ofrenda" will begin at 11 a.m. at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15.
  • Mayor's Statement on Recent Hate Graffiti — 9/26
    "I am proud to be Lincoln's Mayor. In our community, we respect each other. We welcome all people. We stand up for one another."
  • Read to a Dog Fall Session Begins October 9 — 9/26
    Families are invited to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to a dog in 20-minute shifts once a week for six weeks.
  • Portion of South 9th Street Closed Until October 4 — 9/25
    South 9th Street between South and Van Dorn streets is now closed for storm drain pipe construction. The street is scheduled to reopen October 4. The recommended detour is South 13th Street.
  • Portion of South 56th Street to Close Monday — 9/22
    South 56th Street between Yankee Hill and Pine Lake roads will close at 9 a.m. Monday, September 25, for asphalt repair. It is expected to reopen by October 6. Local access to neighborhoods and businesses will be maintained from Yankee Hill Road. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including 40th and 70th streets.
  • Eastbound Capitol Parkway Reduced to Single Lane Until September 27 — 9/22
    Eastbound Capitol Parkway between Randolph and 27th streets is reduced to a single lane for emergency water main repair. Work is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, September 27.
  • Section of N. 33rd Street to Reopen Tomorrow — 9/22
    North 33rd Street between Holdrege Street and Madison Avenue will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 23. The street had been closed since July 5 for storm sewer and pavement repairs. Temporary lane closures will occur in the next few weeks as crews complete sodding and other minor work. Motorists are advised to continue using caution at this time.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Seeks Public Input on Facilities Plan — 9/22
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to attend meetings in September to provide input regarding the branch library facilities plan. The plan addresses the layout and design of branch buildings and also considers how rearrangement and the reallocation of space, furnishings and technology will strengthen LCL's ability to serve the community.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday September 30th — 9/22
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 30th at Lincoln Industries, 600 W. "E" Street. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
  • Mayor Outlines Blueprint for Progress — 9/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln has become a world class city that can compete with "anyone, anytime, anywhere." And he said the community's experience with Pinnacle Bank Arena and the West Haymarket has given it a "Blueprint for Progress" that will guide the City to more success. The Mayor's comments were part of his State of the City Address delivered this morning at a breakfast event organized by Leadership Lincoln.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 25 - October 1 — 9/22
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from September 25 through October 1.
  • Temporary Road Closures on Friday for UNL Homecoming — 9/21
    From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, the following streets will be closed for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln homecoming parade:
  • New Ordinance Gives Ridesharing a Green Light — 9/21
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said a proposed new ordinance on ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft would exempt them from the City's taxicab ordinance and resolve any questions over their legality in Lincoln. The ordinance will be introduced at the City Council meeting Monday, September 25, with a public hearing October 2 and a vote October 16. (The Council does not meet October 9.)
  • Temporary Road Closures Near Capitol Begin Thursday — 9/20
    Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 21, several streets near the Nebraska State Capitol and Centennial Mall South will be closed for the free "Salute to the Good Life" event from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, September 22. The celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of Nebraska's statehood.
  • Portion of South 9th Street to Close September 25 — 9/20
    South 9th Street between South and Van Dorn streets will close at 9 a.m. Monday, September 25, for storm drain pipe construction. The street is scheduled to reopen October 4. The recommended detour is South 13th Street.
  • Pickleball Courts Temporarily Closed This Weekend — 9/18
    The Pickleball courts at Peterson Park, Hwy. 2 and Southwood Dr., will be closed from Thursday, September 21 through Sunday, September 24 for court surfacing repair work. The courts are scheduled to reopen Monday, September 25.
  • Volunteers Needed for Bowling Lake Park Cleanup — 9/15
    The Parks and Recreation Department seeks volunteers Saturday, September 23 to clean the shoreline at Bowling Lake Park, NW. 48th and W. Cuming streets. The event is 8 to 11 a.m. and volunteers should park in the south lot off of W. Cuming Street. Supplies will be provided and attendees should wear gloves and sturdy shoes.
  • Hyde Memorial Observatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary — 9/15
    he public is invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Memorial Observatory Saturday, September 30 with a free presentation by a NASA engineer. Nagin Cox, Spacecraft Operations Engineer, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the UNL Student Union Auditorium, 1400 "R" Street. Following the program, the public is invited to enjoy night sky viewing at the observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake, 3701 S. 70th Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 18th - 24th — 9/15
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from September 18 through September 24:
  • Sections of Two Trails Temporarily Closed — 9/15
    The Rock Island Trail between "A" Street and Capitol Parkway will be closed through Saturday, September 16 for utility work. The suggested detour is to use the Billy Wolff Trail from 27th Street to Antelope Park and then use internal park trails and roads in Antelope Park to rejoin the trail at Garfield Street.
  • Portion of Old Cheney Road Closed Until Noon Today — 9/15
    Both westbound lanes of Old Cheney Road between 40th and 27th streets will close today at 9 a.m. for emergency water main repair. One westbound lane is expected to reopen at noon. All work is expected to be completed by September 22.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Closed on September 15 — 9/14
    All Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will be closed Friday, September 15 for staff training. Regular LCL hours will resume Saturday, September 16. Information resources will be available online at lincolnlibraries.org.
  • Portion of Old Cheney Road Closed Today — 9/14
    Both westbound lanes of Old Cheney Road between 40th and 27th streets are now closed for emergency water main repair. One westbound lane is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. All work is expected to be completed by September 22.
  • Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm's Northeast Citizens' Meeting Thursday, Sept 21, 2017 — 9/14
    We are very pleased to welcome Roxanne Chandler as our guest speaker this month! Roxanne is the Co-Founder of From The Sky Down, a local group in Lincoln gifting clothing to those who need it. A ministry of MiddleCross church.
  • Aging Partners Invites Public to Resource Fairs September 13 and 14 — 9/12
    Senior citizens and the general public are invited to two free Aging Partners Resource Fairs next week. The events will showcase programs, services and other opportunities available at Aging Partners:
  • LPD 'O' Street Traffic Enforcement Results — 9/12
    In an effort to help reduce traffic accidents and promote motor vehicle safety, the Lincoln Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement detail during the evening hours on September 7th to 9th. The detail was conducted on 'O' Street between 27th and 98th Streets. Funding for this detail was provided through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
  • "Back to School" Traffic Enforcement Project Results — 9/11
    On September 8, 2017, the Lincoln Police Department completed its annual 'Back to School' traffic enforcement project. The project was conducted August 21st through September 8th with specific emphasis on traffic enforcement in and around the various schools throughout Lincoln. The project, funded through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, resulted in the following violations:
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 11-17 — 9/8
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from September 11 through September 17:
  • East Yankee Hill Road Open to Through Traffic — 9/6
    Yankee Hill Road between S. 70th and S. 84th streets opened to through traffic late Wednesday. The formerly gravel road is now a two-lane paved road that was designed to be widened to four lanes in the future to accommodate increased traffic.
  • Open House for Cooper Park Improvements Set for September 12 — 9/6
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation will host an open house Tuesday, September 12 to discuss improvements to Cooper Park at 8th and "D" streets. The open house is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gym at Park Middle School, 855 South 8th Street. City staff will be available to discuss options for new recreation activities in the park and the improvement of park features. Attendees may park in the lot on the south side of the building, using the "G" Street entrance.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2017 One Book-One Lincoln Title — 9/5
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles has been selected for the 2017 One Book-One Lincoln Community Reading. The novel is available from LCL in print, large type, compact disc, downloadable audio and ebook formats.
  • Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center Moving — 9/5
    Aging Partners Director Randy Jones announced today that the Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center will move to the 9th and "J" Street Building, 555 S. 9th St. The tentative date for the move is November 1. The Center is currently at 233 S. 10th Street.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Seeks Public Input on Facilities Plan — 9/4
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to attend meetings in September to provide input regarding the branch library facilities plan. The plan addresses the layout and design of branch buildings and also considers how rearrangement and the reallocation of space, furnishings and technology will strengthen LCL's ability to serve the community.
  • Public Invited to Bobby Layne Orchestra Concert — 9/1
    The public is invited to a free concert and dance featuring Bobby Layne and his orchestra from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 7 at the Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 West "O" St. The event is presented by Aging Partners and sponsored by Butherus, Maser and Love.
  • September is "National Preparedness Month" — 9/1
    Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month". The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Ready" Campaign sponsors National Preparedness Month to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
  • City Crews Continue to Respond to Storm Debris Service Requests — 9/1
    Parks and Recreation Community Forestry staff continues to clean up tree debris caused by last week's storm. This week, the 18-member crew began removing debris from public rights of way (between curb and sidewalk). Due to more than 1,000 requests for service, the cleanup effort is expected to take several more weeks. If you have not already called to report street or park debris only, call the Community Forestry Section at 402-441-7847 (press "0"). Those who have already called do not need to file an additional report.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 4 Through 10 — 9/1
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from September 4 through September 10.
  • Public Invited to Senior Center Picnic in Bennet — 9/1
    The public is invited to the Aging Partners All-Rural Senior Center Picnic Thursday, September 21 at the Bennet Senior Center in the American Legion Hall Post #280, 970 Monroe St. The event will feature entertainment by the musical group The Time Burners.

August

  • Volunteers Needed for Fall Coastal Cleanup — 8/31
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) is seeking volunteers and volunteer groups to help clean up litter and other debris from area lakes and streams this fall. The effort is part of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide volunteer project to remove trash from ocean beaches, lake shores, riversides and other waterways. KLLCB will schedule numerous projects to be most convenient to volunteer availability. To volunteer, contact KLLCB at 402-441-8035 or kllcb@lincoln.ne.gov.
  • LFR Urges Donations to Help Texas Families — 8/31
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) is receiving numerous offers of donations of food clothing and financial assistance for the men and women serving on Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team based at LFR. NETF1 continues to assist with Hurricane Harvey search, rescue and other operations.
  • Active Living Workshops Begin September 7 — 8/30
    Aging Partners and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite senior citizens and the public to a 12-week series of free workshops on staying physically active. The Active Living Every Day (ALED) workshops are from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays from September 7 through November 30 at the Lake Street Senior Center in the St. James United Methodist Church, 2400 S. 11th St. Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575 by 4:30 p.m. on theTuesday before the session. There is no class on November 23.
  • Alley Repaving Project to Begin September 5 — 8/30
    Beginning Tuesday, September 5, Public Works and Utilities will replace the east/west alley in the middle of the block bordered by 16th, 17th, "G" and "H" Streets. The project is expected to be completed by October 31. All streets will remain open during construction, but access to driveways and parking will be restricted.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Musical Storytimes in September — 8/29
    In September, Lincoln City Libraries will host two special music-enhanced reading events featuring members of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO). The schedule is as follows:
  • Fall Prevention Classes Begin September 12 in Milford — 8/28
    Aging Partners and Seward County Aging Services invite senior citizens and the public to participate in workshops September 12 through October 24 designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, "Stepping On - Building Confidence and Reducing Falls," is offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Webermeier Memorial Library, 617 2nd Street, in Milford.
  • Mayor Supports National Effort to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry — 8/28
    Mayor Chris Beutler has signed onto a statement supporting the Mayors Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry. The Compact was created by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USMC) in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Parks and Recreation Fall Program Guide Released — 8/25

    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released its fall/winter program guide. The guide will be included in the Sunday, August 27 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star, and a downloadable version is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov. Copies are also available for free at the following locations:

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events 8/28 Through 9/3 — 8/25
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from August 28 through September 3.
  • Task Force Deployed to Texas for Hurricane Harvey — 8/25
    Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the urban search and rescue team based with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, has been deployed to Texas to assist with rescue and other support operations in advance of Hurricane Harvey. The 80-member team left Friday morning for San Antonio, where it will stage until specific missions are assigned, said Fire Chief Micheal Despain.
  • Capital City Ready for Gameday Traffic — 8/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln is ready to welcome Husker fans to the Capital City for another season of Nebraska football. The first of the Huskers' seven home games start at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 2 against Arkansas State.
  • Mayor Cuts Ribbon for New Hazardous Materials Collection Center — 8/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler today joined local public and environmental health officials to celebrate the opening of Lincoln's new Hazardous Materials Collection Center (HMCC), 5101 N 48th Street.
  • Block of South Street Eastbound to Be Closed August 24 Through 31 — 8/23
    The eastbound lanes of South Street between 48th and 49th streets will be closed August 24 through 31 for sanitary sewer and storm sewer repair. Westbound lanes will remain open. The suggested detour is to use Normal Blvd. for eastbound travel.
  • 27th and Van Dorn Intersection Closed Until 4 P.m. Today — 8/22
    The intersection of S. 27th and Van Dorn streets is now closed for a gas line repair. Three legs of Van Dorn Street between S. 27th St. and Cedar Ave. are expected to be open by 4 p.m. today. The west leg of Van Dorn Street is expected to be opened late Wednesday, August 23. Eastbound traffic may be diverted to the center turn lane until the new concrete cures.
  • Children's Zoo and Rose Garden Parking Relocated Today — 8/22
    Beginning today, parking for the Lincoln Children's Zoo and Hamann Rose Garden, 1222 S. 27th St. will be relocated due to work on the Zoo expansion project. Zoo parking will be in the new lot accessed from "A" Street at about 28th Street and the overflow lot across "A" Street next to the Rock Island Trail. Parking for the gardens will be in the Sunken Gardens lot at 26th and "D" Streets, and on the streets in the area. The new 27th Street entrance is anticipated to open on October 6.
  • Residents Reminded to Take Tree Debris to Designated Facilities — 8/20
    In the wake of the recent storm, Lincoln residents are reminded to take their private tree debris to the City Transfer Station, 5101 N. 48th St., or to Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court. Some private refuse haulers will pick up tree debris left at the curb. Residents can contact their refuse hauler to inquire about the service.
  • LNKTV to Carry Eclipse Live — 8/18
    LNKTV City plans to air the solar eclipse live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, August 21. Viewers can watch in several ways.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events 8/21 Through 8/27 — 8/18
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from August 21 through 27. For more information on senior center events and activities, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: My Center News) or call 402-441-7158.

  • "Back to School" Traffic Enforcement Project — 8/18
    In addition to normal school zone enforcement, the Lincoln Police Department will be conducting its "Back to School" Traffic Enforcement Project beginning Monday, August 21, 2017, through Friday, September 8, 2017. This project, funded by a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, will allow the placement of additional officers each day, at and around the public and parochial schools in Lincoln for the purpose of traffic and pedestrian safety.
  • Public Invited to Open House for New Hazardous Materials Collection Center — 8/18
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, August 24 for the City's new permanent facility for the disposal of hazardous waste from households and small businesses. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will host the event from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hazardous Materials Collection Center (HMCC), 5101 N. 48th Street. No hazardous materials will be collected at the open house. The first collection date will be Wednesday, October 4.
  • Star City Shores Open Through Sunday — 8/17
    While most of Lincoln's public swimming pools closed Sunday, August 13, Star City Shores will remain open through Sunday, August 20. Hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m. today through Friday, August 18 and 12:30 to 6 p.m. August 19 and 20. Season ends with annual Dog Splash
  • More Than 1,200 Packages of Diapers Donated for Lincoln Families — 8/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked all those who participated in the Walmart Diaper Drive August 4 and 5. The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) received 1,205 packages (44,924 diapers) and 914 packages of wipes for participants in two of its programs -- the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and the Healthy Families America home visitation program.

    Those who would still like to donate diapers for the two programs can drop them off during regular business hours at LLCHD, 3140 “N” Street.

  • Mayor's Letter to City Council on 84th and Leighton — 8/16
    I appreciate and share your genuine concern for the safety of the children and adults who cross 84th Street and Leighton Avenue. The City has a responsibility to protect our citizens and we take that responsibility to heart.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer Saturday at Antelope Park — 8/15
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help stain benches at the Antelope Park Bandshell, 1650 Memorial Drive, from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19. Supplies will be provided. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather and messy stain work.

    Registration is not required, but volunteers may register in advance by sending an email to ParksVolunteers@lincoln.ne.gov or visiting parks.lincoln.ne.gov/volunteer.

  • Budget Resolution Calls for Lower Tax Rate, bipartisan cooperation was key — 8/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that an agreement with City Council members has resulted in a 2017-18 City budget that will lower the City property rate, add six new Police Officers and establish an annual budget for fire apparatus. The mid-biennium budget resolution will be introduced at the City Council meeting Monday, August 21, with the public hearing and vote scheduled for Monday, August 28. Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. Mayor says bipartisan cooperation was key to agreement.
  • Mayor Announces 2017 Lincoln Cares Projects — 8/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the City projects that will be funded through the 2017 Lincoln Cares community donation program. Lincoln allows customers of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) to add $1 to their monthly bill payments for Parks and Recreation, Lincoln City Libraries and Aging Partners. For more information on Lincoln Cares, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: Cares)
  • Residents Advised to Preview Driving Routes to Avoid Back-to-School Delays — 8/11
    City officials today advised Lincoln residents to preview their driving routes to avoid delays on Lincoln Public School's (LPS) first day of classes, Monday, August 14. Residents can monitor street projects online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: closures). Lincoln Public Schools classes begin Monday, August 14
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 14 Through August — 8/11
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from August 14 through 20.
  • Healthy Living Workshops Begin August 21 at "f" Street Recreation Center — 8/10
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to participate in a series of healthy living workshops August 21 through October 2. The workshops are part of the "Living Well-Take Control of Your Health" program. They will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday (except September 4) at the "F" Street Recreation Center, 1225 "F" St. Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575. The registration deadline is noon on the Friday preceding the Monday workshop.
  • Nature Center Murder Mystery Set for August 26 — 8/10
    The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center (PPNC) invites the public to a murder mystery dinner theatre event from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday August 26, at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. A limited number of tickets for the "Mystery on the Prairie" fundraiser are still available and must be purchased in advance at lnknaturecenter.org for $30 ($25 for members of the Friends of the PPNC).
  • Libraries to Host Free Eclipse-Themed Concerts in August — 8/10
    Lincoln City Libraries will host two free concerts to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse August 21. Musician and writer Ken Lonnquist will present "Celestial Music: Songs About the Sun, Moon and Stars"
  • Section of Boosalis Trail to Close August 14 for Renovation — 8/10
    Beginning Monday, August 14, a three-block section of the Helen Boosalis Trail along Highway 2 will be closed for renovation. The project will replace the existing eight-foot wide asphalt trail with a 10-foot wide concrete trail from Brower Road to 17th and Burnham streets. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September. The recommended detour is to exit the trail north at South 20th Street, then turn west onto Burnham Street.
  • Aging Partners Invites Public to Resource Fair August 16 — 8/10
    Senior citizens and the general public are invited to a free Aging Partners Resource Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 16 at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. The event will showcase programs, services and other opportunities available at Aging Partners. No event registration is required.
  • City's Cable Access Channels Now LNKTV — 8/9
    The City's government and education access channels are being rebranded to better reflect the cable television options now available to Lincoln residents. 5 CITY-TV is now LNKTV City, 10 Health TV is now LNKTV Health, and Education Access is now LNKTV Education.
  • North 27th Street Viaduct Reduced to Single Lanes August 10 — 8/9
    Traffic on the N. 27th Street viaduct just south of Cornhusker Hwy. will be restricted to single north and southbound lanes from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, August 10 for a routine bridge inspection. Motorists are asked to exercise caution around City inspectors while they work in the area.
  • 16th Street Now Open — 8/8
    South 16th Street between "A" and "F" streets reopened to one-way southbound traffic at 3 p.m., Monday. The street had been closed since February for reconstruction. South 17th Street was converted to two-way traffic during that time.
  • Belmont Senior Center to Close for Renovations — 8/7
    The Aging Partners Belmont Senior Center at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St., will be closed for renovations from Monday, August 14 through Friday, September 22. All available services are being relocated to the JoAnn Maxey Senior Center at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" St. Belmont Senior Center patrons are encouraged to attend the Maxey Senior Center while the Belmont Center is being renovated.
  • Mayor Encourages Donations of Diapers for Low-Income Families — 8/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler today called for the public to support the Walmart Diaper Drive to help Lincoln families. The Mayor kicked off the campaign at the N. 27th Street Walmart with representatives of the company and the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). The diapers will be used by participants in two LLCHD programs -- the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and the Healthy Families America home visitation program.
  • Mayor Appoints Coalition to Develop Transportation Strategy — 8/3

    Mayor Chris Beutler today said one of the keys to the City's continued success is building safe, accessible roads and a strong transportation network. He announced the appointment of a 25-member Citizens' Transportation Coalition to develop a recommendation on Lincoln's future transportation system and how it will be funded.

    The meeting schedule and additional information is available at LincolnOnTheMove.com.

    Press Conference

  • City Council Meeting August 21 Moved to 5:30 p.m. — 8/2
    The start time for the Lincoln City Council meeting on Monday, August 21 has been moved from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. due to solar eclipse earlier that afternoon. The Council's regular monthly evening meeting Monday, August 28 also begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Public Invited to Welcome Second New Firetruck — 8/2
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) invites the public to welcome another new firetruck at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 9 at Fire Station 8, 2760 S. 17th Street. The brief ceremony will continue the long tradition of driving the older fire truck out of the station and pushing the new one in. The event also includes public tours of the station and firefighting apparatus.
  • City Crews Stop Overflow From Blocked Sanitary Sewer Line — 8/1
    City crews this morning removed a piece of construction debris that blocked a sanitary sewer line and caused an estimated 3,000 gallons wastewater to be released from a manhole near 84th Street and Pioneers Blvd. Public Works and Utilities cleaned up the spill by 4 p.m. today.
  • Public is Invited to August Nature Center Programs — 8/1
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the following events in August:

    Nature Origami Class - Saturday, August 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Hayrack Rides - Friday, August 18, 7 and 8 p.m.

    Dawn Hike - Saturday, August 19, 6:15 to 7:30 a.m.

July

  • Old Cheney Road Improvement Project Completed Ahead of Schedule — 7/28
    All traffic lanes on Old Cheney Road from 40th Street to Highway 2 were opened Thursday, about one week ahead of schedule. The pavement repair project started April 27. Some periodic daytime lane closures will be necessary to complete minor work, such as median sealing and seeding.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 31 - August 6 — 7/28
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 31 through August 6
  • Fall Prevention Classes Begin August 3 — 7/27
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to participate in workshops August 3 through September 14 designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, "Stepping On - Building Confidence and Reducing Falls," is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday at Eastmont Towers, 6315 "O" St.
  • Mopac Trail Bridge Over N. 48th to Temporarily Close August 1 — 7/27
    The Mopac Trail bridge over N. 48th Street will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, August 1 to Friday, August 4. The suggested detour is to exit the Mopac Trail north at McAdams Park, then follow N. 44th to Orchard. Go east on Orchard and through the signaled crossing at N. 48th to Riley Elementary at about N. 50th. At the school, follow the sidewalk around the west and south sides to rejoin the trail.
  • Lincoln Celebrates National Night Out With Three Free Events August 1 — 7/26

    The public is invited to attend three free events held in conjunction with the annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 1:

    • The Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th St. will host family activities from 5 to 6 p.m., including a Gaga Pit, water balloon toss and Hot Shot basketball. Staff will serve hotdogs, and door prizes will be awarded.
    • A free swim party is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at Arnold Heights Pool, 4000 N.W. 46th St. This event also includes door prizes.
    • Family activities, hotdogs and door prizes are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. at the "F" Street Recreation Center, 1225 "F" St.
  • Parks and Recreation Seeks Americorp Members — 7/26

    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for eight half-time Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) AmeriCorps members. To apply, contact Deb Buckman at dbuckman@lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-4907.

  • Haines Branch Corridor Trail Closed Until Next Week — 7/25
    The Haines Branch Corridor Trail south of the Haines Branch Creek in the Pioneers Park Nature Center is closed due to work on a natural gas pipeline adjacent to the trail. The work is expected to be completed next week. The corridor and suspension bridges are closed on the corridor side of Haines Creek.
  • Open House on Environmental Action Plan is Wednesday at Gere — 7/25

    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, July 26 on the draft Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP). The meeting is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street. The City is seeking public input on the draft LEAP before the final plan is presented as a resolution to the City Council in August. In addition to the open house, residents may review the draft plan, ask questions and make comments through Monday, August 7 at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LEAP).

  • Heat Warning Set to Expire Tonight — 7/21

    The excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service will continue until 8 p.m. tonight. An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures (heat index of 105 degrees or above) will create life-threatening conditions. Information is available on local weather, the heat index and safety precautions at the NWS website at weather.gov.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 24 Through July 30 — 7/21
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 24 through 30
  • South 27th Lane Restrictions to Begin July 24 — 7/21
    Beginning Monday, July 24, southbound traffic on S. 27th Street between Laurel and Calvert streets will be diverted to the center-turn lane for a water main project. Two-way traffic and access to driveways in the project area will be maintained. The project is expected to take four weeks to complete.
  • Health Department Shares Pool Safety Guidelines — 7/21
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds residents that the City requires all swimming pools with a depth of 18 inches or more to be completely surrounded by a wall or fence at least four feet high. All pool gates or doors must be self-closing and self-latching. No fence is required if the pool is above ground and if the pool's rigid walls are at least four feet high. Ladders used with an above ground pool must be removed when not in use.
  • Williams Branch Library to Be Closed Thursday — 7/19
    Williams Branch Library, located in Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street, will be closed Thursday, July 20 due to fumes caused by the refinishing of the school's gym floor. The library plans to resume regular hours on Friday.
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Warning — 7/19

    The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Lincoln beginning at 1 p.m. this afternoon. An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures (heat index of 105 degrees or above) will create life-threatening conditions. The heat and high humidity create a dangerous situation that can cause heat illnesses. The heat index is a more accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the humidity is added to the actual air temperature. Information is available on local weather, the heat index and safety precautions at the NWS Web site at weather.gov.

  • Rock Steady Boxing Celebrates One Year at Air Park Recreation Center — 7/18
    The Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the first anniversary of the Rock Steady Boxing-Lincoln program with a special workout from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 at the Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th Street. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted to people with Parkinson's disease.
  • Storm Drain Mural Project Under Way This Week — 7/18
    Ten local artists are painting storm drain inlets in Lincoln this week to promote protection of water and the environment. The UpStream Art-Lincoln project, organized by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department, was created to emphasize that storm drains lead directly to local waterways. The artists will be working through Sunday, July 23.
  • City and LHA Seek Input on Fair Housing — 7/18

    The City Urban Development Department invites the public to complete a short online survey about their experiences buying, renting or financing a home in Lancaster and Seward Counties. The survey is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: AFH) through July 31. The survey will assist the City and Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA) in addressing fair housing issues in the community.

  • Pioneers Park Equestrian Trail Meeting Set for July 25 — 7/17
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to a meeting Tuesday, July 25 to discuss the equestrian trail and bridle path in Pioneers Park. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the shelter near the playground southwest of the Smoke Signals sculpture.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 17 Through July 23 — 7/14
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 17 through 23.
  • UNL City Campus Street Project to Begin Monday — 7/14
    Work will begin Monday, July 17 on N. 16th and Vine streets to change traffic flow within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) city campus. Both streets will remain open during the project, but will be reduced to single-lane travel. Brief intersection closures in the project area will be necessary when traffic signals are removed. Work is expected to be completed in three weeks.
  • Libraries Host Solar Eclipse Events — 7/13
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to several events to help families prepare for safely viewing the solar eclipse on August 21. Participants will receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses, make a pinhole viewer and enjoy other games and crafts.
  • Aging Partners Invites Public to Resource Fair July 19 — 7/13
    Senior citizens and the public are invited to a free Aging Partners Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 19 at the Carol Yoakum Family Resource Center, 4821 N.W. 48th St. The event will showcase programs, services and other opportunities available at Aging Partners. No event registration is required.
  • Mayor Appoints New Health Director — 7/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the appointment of Shavonna Lausterer, Health Director for Sarpy and Cass counties, as the new Health Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). The appointment is subject to approval by the Lincoln City Council, Lancaster County Board and Board of Health. If approved, her starting date would be September 5.
  • Aging Partners Invites the Public to Pirates Cove Beach Bash — 7/12
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to the Pirates Cove Beach Bash from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 21 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" St. The event is free, but there is a $4 suggested meal contribution for those age 60 and over and an $8 fee for those under age 60. Meal reservations must be made by July 18 by calling 402-441-7154.
  • LPD Investigating Possible "Spoofing" of City Phone Number — 7/12
    The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) is investigating several citizen reports where is appears a Mayor's Office phone number was "spoofed." This involves using electronic means to misrepresent caller identification. The citizens have received unsolicited phone calls from what appears to be a Mayor's office phone number. In spoofing cases, the caller attempts to gather personal information that is then used to defraud the person.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer for Union Plaza Cleanup — 7/12
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help clean up Union Plaza from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot near the Assurity overlook, north of N. 21st and "Q" streets. Parks and Recreation will provide training, tools and materials for the project, which will focus on cleaning landscape beds and collecting litter. Volunteers should bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes.
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory — 7/11
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lincoln from noon to 8 p.m. today. A heat advisory means that a period of hot conditions (heat index from 100 to 104 degrees) is expected.
  • Mayor Says Environmental Action Plan Will Lead to Cleaner Greener Future — 7/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today released a draft Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) to guide City action in the areas of energy, land use, transportation, waste and water.
  • Officials Urge Caution in Hot Weather — 7/10

    Local officials today urged residents to pay attention to heat advisories and warnings and take steps to protect themselves, their families and their pets. The National Weather Service (NWS) issues two kinds of heat alerts:

    • A heat advisory means that a period of hot conditions (heat index from 100 to 104 degrees) is expected. The hot environment will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
    • An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures (heat index of 105 degrees or above) will create life-threatening conditions. The heat and high humidity create a dangerous situation that can cause heat illnesses.
  • Public Invited to Welcome New Firetruck — 7/10
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) will continue a long tradition Wednesday, July 12 when the department welcomes the new Truck 7 in a brief ceremony. The public is invited to Fire Station 7, 1345 S. Cotner Blvd., at 12:30 p.m. as the obsolete vehicle is driven out of the fire station and the new one is moved in. The event includes public tours of the station and firefighting apparatus.
  • Water Main Project to Begin Monday — 7/7
    Beginning Monday, July 10, the Public Works and Utilities Department will be replacing the water main along West Avon Lane from Vine Street to Colony Lane, and an intersecting water main line on Lancaster Lane from West Avon Lane to East Avon Lane. The project is expected to take about 12 weeks to complete. Both streets will remain open during construction, but some areas may be restricted.
  • Frank Shoemaker Marsh to Close Until October — 7/7
    The Frank Shoemaker Marsh wetland conservation area at N. 27th Street and Bluff Road will be closed until October due to construction on N. 27th S.t between Arbor Lake and Waverly Road. The project includes the installation of new pipe culverts, a concrete box culvert extension and grading of the roadway to current state design standards. The Arbor Lake conservation area at N. 27th St and Arbor Rd. will remain open.
  • Residents Urged to Report Coyote Sightings — 7/7
    Lincoln area residents are being asked to report coyote sightings and aggressive behavior to Lincoln Animal Control at 402-441-7900. Coyote sightings in the Holmes Lake Park area have been reported to Animal Control, a division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and Lincoln Parks and Recreation. Animal Control will patrol the Holmes Lake area and investigate all calls regarding potential threats to public safety.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 10 Through July 16 — 7/7
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 10 through 16.
  • Mayor Reappoints Selig to Airport Authority — 7/7
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he will once again appoint Robert Selig to the Lincoln Airport Authority Board to fill the unexpired term of Jim Lauerman. Beutler first appointed the longtime airport manager to the five-member Board in January 2017 to fill the term of Anna Wishart, who was elected to the Nebraska Legislature. The unpaid board sets policy and oversees the budget for the Lincoln Airport and its industrial park.
  • Portion of South 27th Street to Close Thursday — 7/5
    South 27th Street between South St. and Sheridan Blvd. will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday for tree removal. The suggested detour is South St. to Sheridan Blvd. and then back to 27th Street. Access to residences along 27th St. will be maintained.

June

  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Fireworks Smoke — 6/30
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory for people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions like COPD due to high levels of smoke from fireworks.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 3 Through July 9 — 6/30
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 3 through 9.
  • Portion of Northbound 84th Street Closed for Next Several Hours — 6/27
    The northbound lanes of S. 84th Street between Pioneers Blvd. and Van Dorn Street are closed for the next several hours due to an accident that spilled fuel on the road and damaged a traffic signal. Drivers are advised to avoid the area. Southbound lanes of S. 84th Street remain open, but traffic delays can be expected.
  • Volunteers Needed for Oak Lake Cleanup July 5 — 6/27
    Volunteers are needed to help clean up fireworks debris and other trash at the seventh annual Oak Lake Park Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. The event is sponsored by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, EcoStores Nebraska and Ayars & Ayars. The Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration is Monday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park. The rain date is July 5.
  • Applicants Sought for Library Board Vacancy — 6/27
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is accepting applications through Wednesday, July 12, to fill a vacancy on the Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees. Members of the seven-member board are appointed by the Lincoln City Council, and the seven-year term will be from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2024. The current board will review the applications and forward all information with any recommendations to the City Council.
  • Mayor Calls on Local Hotels and Motels to Train on Human Trafficking — 6/26
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged local hotel and motel managers to have their staffs participate in a training program to help them recognize signs of human trafficking. The "Realize, Recognize and Respond" program, offered by the Coalition on Human Trafficking, also trains those in the lodging industry how to respond safely to suspected cases and how to inform law enforcement.
  • Public Asked to Clean Up Fireworks Debris — 6/26
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) encourages residents to properly dispose of fireworks debris following private and public Independence Day celebrations. Officials recommend allowing used fireworks to sit for several minutes and using water to make sure they are completely extinguished. A metal bucket or a bucket with sand or water can be used as a temporary trash can. Cooled fireworks can be placed in regular trash for disposal.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 26 Through July 2 — 6/23
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from June 26 through July 2.
  • "Uncle Sam Jam 2017" Features Soul Dawg, Kids' Games and Fireworks — 6/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park, Monday, July 3. Activities will begin at 3 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
  • Mayor Joins Celebration of Pollinator Week — 6/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today issued a proclamation for National Pollinator Week, encouraging residents to learn how they can make their landscapes pollinator-friendly. He was joined at the Pioneer Woman sculpture in South Antelope Park by a group of summer day campers, who planted milkweed, which is essential for monarch butterflies. National Pollinator Week, which runs through Sunday, June 25, was established by Congress ten years ago to address the decline of pollinators, including monarch butterflies and bees.
  • Portion of Jamaica North Trail Temporarily Closed Due to Storm Damage — 6/21
    The Jamaica North Trail from Old Cheney Road to S. 14th Street is closed due to fallen trees caused by Friday's storm. Users are asked to stay off the trail while the barricades are in place. Pioneers Park and Wilderness Park also suffered storm damage, including trees that have fallen on or are hanging over trails. Users are urged to be cautious in the parks and avoid damaged areas.
  • Portion of Yankee Hill Road to Open Friday — 6/21
    Yankee Hill Road between 84th Street and Highway 2 will open Friday, June, 23. It remains closed between 70th and 84th streets. The closure is part of the Yankee Hill Road paving project from 70th Street to Highway 2. The road closure in that area will continue through early fall 2017.
  • Health Department Offers Extended Vaccination Hours — 6/20

    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is offering additional immunization opportunities this summer to serve eligible children who may be excluded from school if they do not meet vaccination requirements. Vaccinations are available at the Health Department, 3140 "N" St., on the following days:

    • 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in June, July and August.
    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22.
  • Dietrich Trail and Bridge Closed Through June 22 — 6/20
    The Dietrich Trail and Bridge between 17th and 20th streets will be closed through Thursday, June 22 due to UNL's work on N. 17th Street. The suggested detour is 21st Street south from Lintel Park, to "Y" Street west to rejoin the trail at Antelope Parkway.
  • Public Invited to Celebrate International Yoga Day Wednesday at Woods Park — 6/19
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to attend a free yoga class to celebrate International Yoga Day from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 21 at Woods Park, 33rd and "J" streets. Staff from the Lincoln Yoga Center will conduct a yoga workshop in the grassy area of the park. Attendees should bring comfortable clothes for practicing yoga and a towel or yoga mat.
  • Mayor to Present May Award of Excellence — 6/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Police Officer Launa Groves who works in the Forensic Identification Unit of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Deadline Extended for Storm Drain Mural Project — 6/17
    The application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 23 for local artists who want to help promote Lincoln's water quality by painting storm drain inlets. The purpose of the "UpStream Art - Lincoln" project is to use the City's stormwater infrastructure to send messages about protecting the water and environment. The project is an effort of the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.
  • Video of Mayor's Arts Awards Now Available — 6/16

    Video from the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony June 7 is now available on the City's YouTube channel. The program is also being aired on 5 CITY-TV, the City's government access channel. The video of the program includes short interview segments with all 16 award winners. The full length interviews are also available on the City website.

  • Eclipse Expert Adds Presentation — 6/16

    Those interested in this summer's solar eclipse now have two opportunities to hear from eclipse expert Dr. Kate Russo:

    • The previously announced free program begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 at UNL's Henzlik Hall, 1430 Vine Street. This event is part of Hyde Memorial Observatory's 40th Anniversary celebration.
    • Russo will also do a free question and answer forum at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 19 Through June 25 — 6/16
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from June 19 through 25.
  • Parks and Recreation Celebrates Pollinator Week — 6/15
    The public is invited to volunteer for a special planting event Saturday, June 17 to kick off National Pollinator Week. The Volunteers in Parks (VIP) event is from 8 to 11 a.m. at Woods Park, 32nd and "O" St. It's the first in a series of several events to observe National Pollinator Week June 19 through June 25. The week was established by Congress ten years ago to address the decline of pollinators, including monarch butterflies and bees.
  • Portion of 70th Street and Yankee Hill Road Intersection to Reopen Friday — 6/15
    The north and southbound lanes of the 70th Street and Yankee Hill Road intersection will reopen Friday, June 16, over a month ahead of schedule. East and westbound lanes will remain closed. The intersection has been closed since February 2 for paving.
  • Public Invited to Lakeview Park Celebration June 22 — 6/15
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation department invites the public to the Lakeview Park Renovation Celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22. The park is at N.W. 20th and "Q" streets near West "O" Street and Capital Beach. The event will include a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Chris Beutler, Lynn Johnson, Director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation and members of the Kiwanis Clubs of Lincoln, who supported and worked on the project.
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Receives National Accreditation — 6/13
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This is the first time LLCHD has received national accreditation, which has been available to public health departments since 2011. Fewer than 200 health departments nationally have achieved this status.
  • New Taking Charge Survey Under Way — 6/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said randomly selected Lincoln households will begin receiving the new Taking Charge Citizen Satisfaction Survey this week. He said the Taking Charge public engagement process, which began in 2008, has helped City leaders deal with the gap between growing citizen expectations and limited resources.
  • Portion of North 56th Street to Close June 14 — 6/12
    Beginning Wednesday, June 14, North 56th Street between "R" and Vine streets will be closed for repairs due to a broken water main. The work is expected to be completed in 10 days, but additional time may be necessary to allow new concrete to cure. Traffic will be detoured to "R" Street, North Cotner Boulevard, and Vine Street. Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses in the closure area.
  • Mayor to Present April Award of Excellence — 6/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to a team of Investigators from the gang unit of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) — Steven Berry, Max Hubka, Cole Jennings and Dustin Lind. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Portions of Sumner and Oldham Streets to Close June 12 — 6/9
    Beginning Monday, June 12, Sumner and Oldham streets from 53rd to 56th streets will be closed until September for water main replacement. Work also will be done on 53rd St. from Oldham to Sumner Streets and on 56th St. from Franklin to Oldham streets. The City and contractor will work with residents to maintain access during construction.
  • Dietrich Trail Bridge Closed June 12 Through 14 — 6/9
    The Dietrich Trail Bridge near 19th and Holdrege streets will be closed Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14 due to UNL's work on N. 17th Street. The suggested detour is 21st Street south from Lintel Park, to "Y" Street west to rejoin the trail at Antelope Parkway.
  • Public Encouraged To Take City Golf Survey — 6/9

    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to share recent golf experiences by taking the second annual Lincoln City Golf Customer Satisfaction Survey at lincolncitygolf.org. Paper copies are also available at the five Lincoln municipal golf courses and at the Parks and Recreation office, 3140 "N" Street, Suite 300. The survey runs through Sunday, July 9, 2017.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 12 Through June 18 — 6/9
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from June 12 through 18.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collections Scheduled for June 16-17th — 6/9
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 16th at Union College, South 52nd and Cooper Ave or on Saturday, June 17th at the ContiTech/Veyance facility, 4021 N 56th Street. These events are sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and coordinated in partnership with Union College and ContiTech/Veyance.
  • Water Main Break Closes Section of Westbound Vine — 6/9
    The westbound lanes of Vine Street between 27th and 33rd streets have been closed due to a water main break and valve repair work. Roadway replacement is expected to begin today, with one lane of westbound traffic restored by Saturday evening.
  • Mayor Kicks Off Dog Run Campaign — 6/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today kicked off a private fundraising effort to support the City's Dog Run Master Plan. He also announced that the campaign has received a $200,000 gift from the Leonard J. and Angeleen E. Stransky Charitable Trust for a new dog park to be named in their honor at Peterson Park, 2200 Southwood Drive.
  • Portion of Salt Creek Levee Trail to Close Thursday — 6/7
    Beginning Thursday, June 8, the Salt Creek Levee Trail will be closed from "A" to "F" streets for about two weeks for creek bank repair. The suggested detour is the "A" Street trail over the railroad track to the Jamaica North Trail along 4th Street. Follow the Jamaica North Trail to "F" Street and take the on-street route, including the pedestrian/bicycle railroad underpass, west to rejoin the Salt Creek Levee Trail.
  • Aging Partners Hosts Free Resource Fair June 14 — 6/7
    Senior citizens and the general public are invited to a free Aging Partners Resource Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Walter Apartments Community Room, 5501 Sea Mountain Road. The event will showcase programs, services and other opportunities available through Aging Partners. No event registration is required.
  • Eclipse Expert to Give Presentation June 19 — 6/6
    Hyde Memorial Observatory invites the public to attend a free presentation by eclipse expert Dr. Kate Russo Monday, June 19 at UNL. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Henzlik Hall, 1430 Vine. The event is part of Hyde Memorial Observatory's 40th Anniversary celebration. Nebraska will be one of the best states to view the solar eclipse on August 21. It will be the first total solar eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1979.
  • "A" Street Between 27th Street and Normal Blvd. to Close Wednesday — 6/5
    Beginning Wednesday, June 7, "A" Street between 27th Street and Normal Blvd. will close for about two weeks for work related to the Lincoln Children's Zoo expansion project. Drivers are encouraged to use Capitol Pkwy. Access to area residences and Antelope Park will be maintained during the closure.
  • Ground Broken for New Fire Station June 9 — 6/5
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new fire station at 9 a.m. Friday, June 9 at 4600 W. Adams (W. Adams and N.W. 48th Street). The new station will replace the current Fire Station 11 now located just inside the western edge of the Lincoln Airport property.
  • Artists Needed for Storm Drain Mural Project — 6/5
    Applications will be accepted until June 16 from local artists who want to help promote Lincoln's water quality by painting storm drain inlets. The purpose of the "UpStream Art - Lincoln" project is to use the City's stormwater infrastructure to send messages about protecting the water and environment. The project is an effort of the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.
  • North 17th Street Between "Q" and Vine Streets Reduced to One Lane Beginning Tue — 6/5
    North 17th Street between "Q" and Vine streets will be reduced to one lane beginning Tuesday. The northbound lane closures will last approximately one year to accommodate the demolition of the adjacent Cather/Pound Residence Halls on the University of Nebraska campus. During the project, drivers are encouraged to use Antelope Valley Parkway, just east of 17th Street.
  • Public is Invited to June Nature Center Programs — 6/2
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to six different events in June.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 5 Through June 11 — 6/2
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from June 5 through 11.

May

  • LFR Recognized for Care of Heart Attack Patients — 5/31
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has received the American Heart Association's (AHA) 2017 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
  • Mayor, Local Officials Announce South Beltway Funding Plan — 5/31
    Mayor Chris Beutler and officials from the City, County and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) today announced a funding plan that will allow construction of the South Beltway project to begin in 2020. The beltway is designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety, mobility and efficiency in Lincoln by connecting Highway 77, south of Saltillo Road, to Highway 2, near S. 120th Street and Rokeby Road.
  • Public Invited to Winners' Reception Following Mayor's Arts Award — 5/30
    For the first time, the Mayor's Arts Awards will include a Winners' Reception following the dinner and awards program Wednesday, June 7. Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the theme for this year's event is "Wizard of Arts." The Winners' Reception will be held on the outdoor Capital Terrace at the Arena, and a video featuring the award winners will be played on the Cube in the nearby Railyard. Doors will open at 8:15 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. No reservations are required. A cash bar will be available. (If the weather is bad, the reception will be held inside the Arena.)
  • Three Finalists Announced for One Book-One Lincoln — 5/29

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced the three finalists for the 2017 One Book-One Lincoln community reading program at an event at The Mill in the Haymarket. The finalists are:

    • "A Gentleman in Moscow," by Amor Towles
    • "Homegoing," by Yaa Gyasi
    • "Moonglow," by Michael Chabon
  • 33rd Street Project to Begin June 19 — 5/26
    The start of the 33rd Street rehabilitation project between Holdrege Street and Madison Avenue has been delayed until Monday, June 19. The project had been scheduled to start Tuesday, May 30. The postponement will minimize traffic conflicts between the 33rd Street project and other area construction projects.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 29 Through June 4 — 5/26
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from May 29 through June 4.
  • MPO Seeks Public Comments on Transportation Plans — 5/25

    The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites the public to submit public comment on two items:

    • The proposed 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the City of Lincoln. The TIP is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: MPO).
    • An amendment to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to reflect the updated project cost for the Lincoln South Beltway Project. The LRTP is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LRTP).
  • Open House for Briarhurst Street Project is June 1 — 5/24
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, June 1 on street improvements in the Briarhurst neighborhood west of 40th and north of Old Cheney Rd. The meeting is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3825 Wildbriar Lane. The main entrance is on the south side of the building. No formal presentation is planned. Representatives from the City and Pavers, Inc. will be available to discuss the construction schedule and project phasing.
  • Belmont Senior Center to Close May 29 Through June 9 for Renovations — 5/23
    The Aging Partners Belmont Senior Center at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St., will be closed from Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 9 for renovations. All available services are being relocated to the JoAnn Maxey Senior Center at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" St. Belmont Senior Center patrons are encouraged to attend the Maxey Senior Center while the Belmont Center is being renovated. The Belmont Recreation Center will continue daily operations during this time.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free "Feeling Fit" Classes — 5/23
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners' "Feeling Fit" classes as part of the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series. Classes are from noon to 12:45 p.m. Fridays from June 2 through September 1 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 21st and "Q" streets. All classes are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required.
  • One Book-One Lincoln Finalists to Be Announced May 29 — 5/23
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and the Foundation for LCL will announce the three finalists for the 2017 One Book-One Lincoln community reading program at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, at The Mill, 800 "P" Street. Copies of the books will be available for borrowing with a library card. This is the 16th year for the One Book-One Lincoln program.
  • Open House Set for West "A" Improvement Project — 5/22
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, May 25 on improvements to West "A" Street from the west City limits to Folsom Street. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Roper Elementary School, 2323 S. Coddington Ave. Parking is available in the north lot or the loop east of the school. Enter through door #1 for the best access to the meeting in the east gym. No formal presentations are planned. City representatives and project consultants will be available to discuss the project design.
  • Artists Needed for Storm Drain Mural Project — 5/19
    The City is seeking 10 local artists to help promote Lincoln's water quality by painting storm drain inlets. The purpose of the "UpStream Art - Lincoln" project is to use the City's stormwater infrastructure to send messages about protecting the water and environment. The project is an effort of the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 22 Through 28 — 5/19
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from May 22 through May 28.
  • Lincoln Named "Playful City" for Fourth Year — 5/18
    Lincoln has received a 2017 Playful City USA designation by the national non-profit organization KaBOOM!. Lincoln was the first city in Nebraska to be named a Playful City when it received the designation in 2014, and this is the fourth consecutive year Lincoln has been recognized for its efforts to make the community more playable. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department are two of the City departments that involved in the community effort to promote the importance of play.
  • Nine-Story Development Planned for "P" Street — 5/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler and developers today provided details on the City Centre project, a new nine-story mixed use building on "P" Street between 9th and 10th streets. The existing building on the site has housed the Lincoln Journal Star newsroom and business offices since 1951. Once those operations relocate, the building will be demolished to make room for the $92 million dollar project. The Newman Development Group plans include street-level retail, two levels of office space, six levels of residential units, a tenth-floor rooftop amenity area and underground parking.
  • Public Invited to Woods Tennis Center Dedication Wednesday — 5/16
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Friends of Woods Tennis invite the public to the dedication of the new Woods Tennis Center indoor facility Wednesday, May 17 at Woods Park, 33rd and "J" Streets. An open house begins at 3:30 p.m. with tour of the new facility, and the dedication will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Union Bank Donating Trees to Celebrate 100th Anniversary — 5/16
    Union Bank (UBT) was founded one hundred years ago and one way it is celebrating this milestone anniversary is to donate trees to the communities it serves. 200 nicely-sized trees are being planted in Lincoln parks as well as additional trees planted in fourteen communities in Nebraska and Kansas.
  • LFR Receives Donations of Pet Oxygen Masks — 5/15
    Fire Chief Micheal Despain said recent donations make first responders with Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet's life. Invisible Fence of the Heartland has donated 19 pet oxygen mask kits to LFR as part of the Invisible Fence® Brand's Project Breathe™ program. The Pet Care Center of Lincoln has committed to donate any additional pet oxygen mask kits needed in the future.
  • 56th and Old Cheney Intersection to Reopen Saturday — 5/12
    The intersection of 56th Street and Old Cheney Road will reopen Saturday, May 13, three days ahead of schedule. Lane restrictions in the area will continue, with one lane of traffic open in each direction on Old Cheney Road and 56th Street. The intersection was closed May 2 for pavement repairs and traffic signal upgrades.
  • Lincoln Recognized for Advancing Solar Energy Growth — 5/12
    SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, has awarded a bronze designation to the City of Lincoln for taking steps to encourage solar energy growth. Those steps include reducing the non-hardware costs, such as planning and zoning, permitting, financing, customer acquisition and installation labor. Because those costs represent about two-thirds of the total cost of an installed residential system, reducing the costs leads to savings that are passed on to consumers.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 15 Through 21 — 5/12
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from May 15 through May 21.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday May 20th — 5/12
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20th at Zoetis, 601 West Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer for Park Cleanups — 5/11
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in the 2017 Volunteer in Parks (VIP) cleanup and maintenance program. Both current and new volunteers are welcome.
  • Portion of Fremont Street to Close Monday — 5/11
    Fremont Street, from Touzalin Ave. to 66th Street will be closed from May 15 to mid-July for water main replacement. Following completion of work on that section, Fremont Street from 66th to 70th streets will be closed until the end of September. The City and the contractor will work with residences regarding access during construction.
  • Open Houses Set for Salt Creek Bridges Project — 5/11

    The public is invited to two open houses on repairs to the North 27th Street and West "O" Street bridges over Salt Creek. The meetings are at the following times:

    • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Lincoln Firefighter's Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane
    • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at Campbell Elementary School, 2200 Dodge Street
  • Public Invited to Celebrate "Kids to Parks Day" — 5/11
    Lincoln families are invited to celebrate national Kids to Parks Day by participating in the Party on the Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Union Plaza, 21st and "P" streets. The free event is part of an effort by the National Park Trust to encourage communities to plan special events for Kids to Parks Day in local, state and national parks across the country.
  • Mayor Presents Awards in Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by Lincoln Water System (LWS) and the Mayor's Environmental Task Force.
  • City Encourages Residents to Bike to Work — 5/10
    The City of Lincoln is partnering with the cycling community to encourage residents to participate in local cycling activities, including Bike to Work Week, May 12 through 19.
  • Reservation Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/9
    The registration deadline for the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards has been extended to Monday May 15. Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards Wednesday, June 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The theme for this year's event, which is open to the public, is "Wizard of Arts." The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes a dinner, awards presentation and winners' reception. Event sponsors are Talent Plus, Inc. and Farmers Mutual of Nebraska.
  • Open House for 33rd Street Project is May 16 — 5/9
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, May 16 on a street and drainage improvement project on N. 33rd Street between Holdrege Street and Madison Avenue. The meeting is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd Street. Parking is available on the east side of the building. No formal presentations are planned. Those attending the open house will be able to discuss the construction schedule and project phasing with City staff and representatives from MTZ Construction.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Offers Free Video Phone Service for Deaf — 5/9
    Lincoln City Libraries now offers free video phone communication equipment for use by the deaf and hard of hearing at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. It is the first public library in the state to offer the service. The public may use the equipment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Library staff will also be available to demonstrate the equipment during those hours.
  • Public Invited to Outdoor Events at Nature Center — 5/8
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public several outdoor events in May. Registration for some events is required by calling 402-441-7895.
  • Mayor to Present February Award of Excellence — 5/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to a team from the City Clerk's office in the Finance Department - City Clerk Teresa Meier and Assistant City Clerk Soulinnee "Sony" Phan. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Community Development Organization Receives Sustainability Grant — 5/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) today announced that $150,000 is available to enhance sustainability in Lincoln neighborhoods south of the downtown area. Partners for Places has awarded a $75,000 community improvement grant to LCF, and LCF has committed matching funds of $75,000 for the project. The Lincoln South of Downtown Community Development Organization (LSDCDO) will use the funds to install energy-efficient street lighting, mark bike lanes, remove and replace ash trees destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer and expand community gardens.
  • 17th Street Closed Sunday for Lincoln Marathon — 5/5
    Drivers encouraged to use online maps to plan their routes The Public Works and Utilities Department reminds the public that 17th Street from Vine to South streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for the Lincoln Marathon. The race typically follows 16th Street, which is closed until August for repairs.
  • Parks and Recreation Annual Report and Summer Program Guide Released — 5/5
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released its 2015-2016 annual report and summer program guide. The guide will be included in the Sunday, May 7 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star and a downloadable version is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov. Copies are also available for free at the following locations:
  • Public Invited to Donate Fans to Seniors May 18 — 5/5
    Aging Partners and the Lincoln Coalition for Older Adults Health Promotion (COAHP) invite the public to donate electric fans to seniors May 18. New fans (in the box) will be accepted for the sixth-annual "Be a Fan of Seniors" donation drive from 3 to 5 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 1400 Dahlberg Dr., Suite E (near 14th St. and Yankee Hill Road). The drive is conducted by COAHP, which provides donated fans to Aging Partners for distribution to older adults in Lincoln and the surrounding area. Financial contributions will also be accepted at the event.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 8 Through 14 — 5/5
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from May 8 through May 14:
  • Portion of Superior Street to Close Sunday Morning — 5/5
    Beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday, Superior Street between 27th and 33rd streets will be closed until 5 p.m. for utility work. Traffic will be detoured to Fletcher Avenue. For more information on the project contact Dave DeBoer, Mid Con Construction, at 402-499-7252 or Harry Kroos, Public Works and Utilities Department, at 402 429-4872 or hkroos@lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Celebrate Asian/pacific American Heritage Month May 7 — 5/5
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to several events Sunday, May 7 celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Joint Open House Set for Parks Masterplan and Stream Rehab Project May 9 — 5/4
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, May 9, on the Irvingdale, Rudge and Stransky Parks Masterplan and the Stream Rehabilitation Project in Irvingdale and Rudge Parks. The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn Street. The public may park in the lot adjacent to the center. Informal presentations of the final masterplan will be given at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. City representatives and project consultants will be available to answer questions.
  • Public Urged to Make Aging Partners' "Dinner and a Show" Reservations — 5/3
    The public is urged to make reservations for the remainder of the monthly Aging Partners' "Dinner and a Show" lineup. All events are at the Cotner Center Condominium, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd., with dinner catered by Hy-Vee at 5:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lane Restrictions on S. 84 Begin Wednesday Morning — 5/2
    Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, traffic on S. 84th Street between "A" and "O" streets will be restricted to one northbound lane and two southbound lanes during a water main repair. Motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route to avoid delays. The work is expected to be completed by May 8.
  • Seventh Annual Streets Alive! Set for September 10 — 5/2
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the seventh annual Streets Alive! event will be Sunday, September 10. From 1 to 5 p.m., more than two miles of Lincoln streets will be reserved for activities in the Belmont neighborhood. Streets Alive! is an outdoor movement festival that is organized by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness and fitness of our community.
  • Public Invited to All-Senior Center Picnic at Auld — 5/2
    The public is invited to the Aging Partners All-Senior Center Picnic Wednesday, May 10 at Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park. The event will feature entertainment by musician "Hillbilly" Hal Cottrell. Meal and transportation reservations are required by calling 402-441-7158 by Monday, May 8.

April

  • 56th and Old Cheney Intersection Closure Rescheduled for May 2 — 4/28
    The closure of the 56th Street and Old Cheney Road intersection scheduled for April 30 has been rescheduled for the evening of May 2 due to inclement weather. The intersection is now scheduled to reopen May 16. The closure is part of the pavement repair project at that location. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 2, 40th Street, 48th Street and Pine Lake Road.
  • May is National Bike Month — 4/28

    To celebrate National Bike Month in May, the Parks and Recreation Department invites cyclists to start pedaling to repeat as National Bike Challenge champions in both Lincoln and Nebraska. The 2017 National Bike Challenge begins May 1 and runs through September 30. To participate, sign up at nationalbikechallenge.org.

  • Finance Director Selects Wolf Drbal as New Budget Officer — 4/28
    Brandon Kauffman, Director of Finance, has selected Sherry Wolf Drbal, City Budget Analyst, as Lincoln's new Budget Officer. Wolf Drbal has been a budget analyst for the City since 1987. She replaces Steve Hubka, who retired as Budget Officer in October 2016.
  • Transportation Planning Meeting is May 2 — 4/28
    The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites the public to discuss transportation planning at a meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 in Room 113 at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St. The meeting is part of a four-year certification review conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The review evaluates the effectiveness of the MPO's transportation planning process and verifies that the MPO is complying with federal regulations.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Provides Job Search Assistance — 4/28
    Lincoln City Libraries and the Prosper Lincoln invite the public to a series of programs to help people find jobs that lead to full-time careers. Volunteers trained by Prosper Lincoln will help job seekers find and correctly apply for positions online. No registration or appointments are required.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 1 Through 7 — 4/28
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from May 1 through May 7.
  • Welcome Back Vietnam Veterans May 1 — 4/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler, Lincoln Airport officials and Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions encourage the public to be at the Airport Monday, May 1 to welcome 652 Vietnam veterans back home from a day of activities in Washington, DC. The four planes are expected to land in Lincoln between 8 and 9 p.m. The Vietnam veterans from Nebraska will be the largest group from a single state ever to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
  • StarTran Has Two New Tools to Help Riders — 4/27

    Mayor Chris Beutler and StarTran today introduced two new technology tools to help the public get around the Capital City:

    • StarTran patrons can now find transit information in Google Maps for desktop and mobile. The application calculates the most efficient bus route options by analyzing a rider's journey to minimize the amount of walking and transfers. A trip planner is also available on StarTran's website, startran.lincoln.ne.gov, which allows users to enter trip details to see a list of transit options for their selected destination in Google Maps. Each option will include directions to and from the nearest bus stop, applicable route numbers and total travel times.
    • The Token Transit application allows StarTran riders to purchase bus passes and pay for rides with a smartphone. Riders then present the phone pass to the bus operator. The first purchase with this app will be discounted 50 percent. The Token Transit app is available in the app store and also can be downloaded by visiting tokentransit.com/app or by texting "token" to 41411.
  • Low-Income Seniors Urged to Apply for Farmers Market Coupons — 4/27
    Qualifying residents age 60 and over in Lancaster County are encouraged to apply for coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs. The coupons, available through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), are good for fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs. The coupons will be distributed through a random drawing based on the number of coupons available for Lancaster County.
  • Health Officials Encourage STI Testing — 4/24

    As part of National Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) encourages the public to know the facts about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). All STI services provided by LLCHD, including HIV testing, are confidential. Appointments are not required, and reduced-cost services are available based on need. For more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: std) or call 402-441-8065.

  • 56th and Old Cheney Work to Begin April 26 — 4/24
    To prepare for pavement repair at 56th Street and Old Cheney Road, work will begin Wednesday, April 26 on temporary median crossings on 56th just north and south of the intersection. At least one lane in each direction will be open during the median construction. The intersection will be closed starting the evening of April 30 and will reopen May 14. The new median crossings will provide access to adjacent businesses while the intersection is closed. Other traffic will be detoured to Highway 2, 40th Street, 48th Street and Pine Lake Road.
  • Free "Wild Adventures" Program Set for April 29 — 4/21
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to attend "Wild Adventures," a free wildlife education program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29 at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. Participants will learn about Nebraska wildlife, native habitats and more through activities and games, live animal presentations and tours of the historic Hudson Cabin and one-room Heritage School house. Food from Russ's Market will be available for purchase (cash only).
  • Lane Closures to Begin Monday on S. 70th Street — 4/21
    Beginning Monday, April 24, South 70th Street from "O" to Van Dorn streets will have north and southbound lane closures for utility work and pavement repair. At least one lane in each direction will remain open during the work. The projects are scheduled to be completed at the end of July.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 24 Through 30 — 4/21
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from April 24 through April 30.
  • Qualifying Seniors Urged to File for Homestead Exemption — 4/21
    Lancaster County citizens age 65 and older who qualify for a homestead property tax exemption are encouraged to apply through the County Assessor's Office by June 30. Both the Assessor's Office and Aging Partners can help answer questions about the program, which is designed to help older adults stay in their homes by providing partial or total property tax relief. The exemption also is available to younger people with qualifying disabilities.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday April 29th — 4/21
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29th at WalMart, 87th & Hwy 2. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
  • Mayor Urges Residents to "Be a Recycling Champion" — 4/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler joined recycling advocates in kicking off a new campaign to educate residents how on how to "recycle right." The "Be a Recycling Champion" initiative is aimed at reducing the number of unacceptable items that are tossed into recycling bins. The campaign is funded with a $68,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Coddington Avenue Closing Overnight Wednesday From Van Dorn St. to Pioneers Park — 4/19
    Coddington Avenue from Van Dorn Street south to the Pioneers Park entrance will be closed from 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 to 6 a.m. Thursday, April 20 for utility work.
  • Hartley Flats Wins Community Development Award — 4/17
    Hartley Flats has been named Lincoln's 2017 Community Development Week award winner. The housing development at 444 N. 27th Street was among six projects across the state recognized at this morning's celebration of Community Development Week at the office of Governor Pete Ricketts.
  • City to Celebrate Earth Day April 22 at Union Plaza — 4/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to participate in the City's celebration of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at Union Plaza. The Lincoln Earth Day Coalition has organized the free family event, which will feature educational displays, food trucks and entertainment. The Jayne Snyder Trail Center will house a special interactive display on recycling.
  • Workshops to Focus on Physical Activity — 4/17
    Aging Partners and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite senior citizens and the public to a series of free workshops on staying physically active. The Active Living Every Day (ALED) workshops are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays from May 2 through July 25 at the "F" Street Recreation Center, 1225 "F" Street. Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575 by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the session.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 17 Through 23 — 4/14
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from April 17 through April 23.
  • Public Invited to Celebrate Arbor Day April 25 — 4/14
    The public is invited to the City's Arbor Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Wysong Elementary School, 7901 Blanchard Blvd. Wysong students will provide entertainment for the event and Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation. Those attending will have the opportunity to help plant new trees at the school. In the event of inclement weather the celebration will move to the school gymnasium.
  • Section of 40th Street to Close April 17 — 4/13
    Beginning Monday, April 17, 40th Street between South Street and Normal Boulevard will be closed for work on sidewalk ramps and pavement repairs. The area is tentatively scheduled to reopen Thursday, April 20. Access will be maintained to businesses at all times.
  • Street Improvement Projects to Begin April 17 — 4/13
    Beginning Monday, April 17, traffic on sections of Superior and 27th streets will be reduced to one lane in each direction for repair work. The two projects are expected to be completed by mid-November.
  • Open House Set for Residential Pavement Repair Project — 4/13
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, April 18 on a pavement repair project in the Stone Bridge Creek neighborhood east of N. 14th Street and north of Humphrey Avenue. The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. at Kooser Elementary, 7301 N. 13th Street. The main entrance is on the east side of the building. No formal presentation is planned. Representatives from MTZ Construction and the City will be available to discuss the construction schedule and project phasing.
  • Health Warning - Air Pollution — 4/13
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) issued a Health Warning this morning for people with certain health conditions because of smoke in the air from agricultural burning. Yesterday south winds blew smoke from burning in Kansas and impacted Lincoln. This morning, that same smoke is now being pushed back into Lincoln by north winds. Officials hope that levels will decrease as the morning progresses. Levels of smoke in the air at six this morning were still unhealthy for people with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises that these people to avoid the smoke by staying indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Town Hall Meeting on New Central Library Set for April 18 — 4/12
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a Town Hall meeting on the proposed new central library at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Open House Set for 10th Street Bridge Replacement — 4/12
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, April 26 on replacement of the 10th Street bridge over Salt Creek. The meeting is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Indian Center, 1100 Military Road. Parking is available on the south side of the building. No formal presentations are planned. Those attending will be able to discuss the construction schedule and project phasing with representatives from Hawkins Construction, Speece Lewis Engineers and City staff.
  • Health Warning - Air Pollution — 4/12
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) issued a Health Warning this morning for the general public because of smoke in the air from agricultural burning. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for everyone and especially those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises everyone to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Open House Set for Watershed Master Plans — 4/11
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, April 20 on three comprehensive watershed management plans. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Educare Center in Belmont Elementary School, 3425 North 14th Street. Parking is available in the main lot, north of the Educare Center. City staff and consulting engineers will be available to discuss the goals and objectives of the project. The public will also have the opportunity to view current maps and provide feedback. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Two Libraries to Close Temporarily for Carpet Replacement — 4/11

    Two branches of Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will be temporarily closed in April and May for carpet installation. All programs and events scheduled during the closings have been cancelled. Book drops also will be closed, and materials may be returned to other LCL locations. Schedules are as follows:

    • Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th Street, will close April 16 and is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, May 2. Holds may be picked up at South Branch Library, 2675 South Street. Summer reading volunteers may return applications to South Branch and sign up for volunteer training at that time. No donations of used books will be accepted during this closure.
    • Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Avenue, will close May 1 and is scheduled to reopen Monday, May 8. Holds may be picked up at Bethany Branch, 1810 N. Cotner. Summer reading volunteers may return applications to Bethany Branch.
  • Health Warning - Air Pollution — 4/8
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Warning for the general public because of smoke from agricultural burning. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for everyone and especially those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises everyone to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 10 Through 16 — 4/7
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from April 10 through April 16.
  • Health Advisory - Air Pollution — 4/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory for Saturday, April 8 because smoke from agricultural burning is very likely to affect Lincoln and Lancaster County. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for people with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises these people to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Open House Set for Old Cheney Road Improvement Project — 4/6
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, April 20 on the pavement repair project on Old Cheney Road from 40th Street to Highway 2. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Old Cheney Alliance Church, 5201 Old Cheney Road. The main entrance and parking lot are on the east side of the building. No formal presentation is planned. Representatives from MTZ Construction, Benesch and the City will be available to discuss the construction schedule and project phasing.
  • Open House Set for Stevens Creek Sanitary Sewer Project — 4/6
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, April 13 for a project to expand sanitary sewer service in the Stevens Creek area of east Lincoln. The meeting is 5 to 6 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Education Center, 600 S. 120th Street. A slide show of the project is planned for 5 p.m. Those attending will be able to discuss the project's purpose, design and schedule with representatives of the City and its consultants, Carollo Engineers and Schemmer.
  • Portion of 84th Street Closing Today — 4/5
    Beginning today, the west southbound lane of N. 84th Street will be closed from Blue Sky Drive to "O" Street for gas line repairs. The lane will reopen April 10. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
  • Volunteers Invited to Join Spring Rose Garden Cleanup — 4/3
    Lincoln residents are invited to join the Public Garden Section of the Parks and Recreation Department for the annual spring cleanup of the Hamann Rose Garden and the Strolling Garden, 27th and "B" streets. The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Staff will demonstrate proper spring rose pruning and provide information on growing rose bushes as they lead the cleanup of the Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, Shrub Roses and Miniature Roses.
  • City and County to Recognize National Service — 4/3
    Mayor Chris Beutler will join more than 4,000 city and county leaders across the U.S. Tuesday, April 4th to recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps on local challenges. A proclamation from the Mayor will be read at the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets.
  • Mayor to Present Award of Excellence for 2016 — 4/3
    Mayor Chris Beutler will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2016 to StarTran Bus Operator Jason Stege from the Public Works and Utilities Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. A reception for the honorees will follow on the second floor of the County-City Building.

March

  • StarTran Ready for "Stuff the Bus" and Spring Game — 3/31
    StarTran has two special events coming up in April: "Stuff the Bus" and Big Red Express.
  • Rock Steady Boxing Lincoln Observes April as Parkinson's Awareness Month — 3/31
    Rock Steady Boxing Lincoln, a program at the Air Park West Recreational Center, 3720 N.W. 46th Street, invites the public to join in recognizing April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness program designed to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson's disease. More than 2,300 people in Lancaster County are affected by Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to walk, talk, balance and move.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 3 Through April 9 — 3/31
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from April 3 through April 9.
  • Open House Set for Two Street Improvement Projects — 3/31
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, April 6 for two separate improvement projects: one on 27th Street from Holdrege Street to Fletcher Avenue and the other on Superior Street from 27th Street to Cornhusker Highway. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army Community Center, 2625 Potter Street. The main entrance and parking lot are on the north side of the Community Center. No formal presentation is planned. Those attending will be able to discuss the construction schedule and project phasing with representatives from TCW Construction, Olsson Associates and the City. A Vietnamese translator will be available at the meeting.
  • Open House Set for Intersection Improvement Project — 3/29
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, April 13 on improvements to the intersection at South Coddington Avenue and West Van Dorn Street. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Roper Elementary School, 2323 South Coddington Avenue. The public may park in the main lot northeast of the building and enter through door 19. No formal presentation is planned.
  • Fall Prevention Classes Begin in April at Waverly Senior Center — 3/29
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to participate in workshops April 21 through June 2 designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, "Stepping On - Building Confidence and Reducing Falls," is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. every Friday at the Waverly Senior Center on the lower level of the First United Methodist Church, 14410 Folkestone. Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575, and the suggested contribution is $4 per class.
  • Public Invited to See Renowned Sculptor at Work — 3/29
    The public is invited to visit with nationally recognized sculptor Benjamin Victor this week as he works on a new Standing Bear memorial sculpture at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center in Union Plaza. The hours are 1 to 4 p.m. today through April 4 at the Trail Center, 228 N. 21st Street.
  • South 27th Closed Thursday Morning Between Van Dorn and Sheridan — 3/29
    South 27th Street between Van Dorn Street and Sheridan Blvd. will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 30 for tree removal. Access to residences will be maintained. Drivers are advised to use Van Dorn and Sheridan as a detour.
  • Temporary Closures Begin Today for S. Coddington Ave. and W. Van Dorn — 3/28
    Beginning today, the intersection of S. Coddington Ave. and W. Van Dorn St. will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day through Friday, March 31. The intersection will reopen completely on April 1. The closure is for tree removal and trimming to prepare for an intersection reconstruction project that will start in late April.
  • Parks and Recreation's New Main Office to Open Wednesday — 3/27
    The Parks and Recreation Department's new main office will now open Wednesday, March 29 at 3140 "N" Street (32nd and "O" St.). The new office was scheduled to open tomorrow, but some work spaces are not yet functional. The office at 2740 "A" Street permanently closed Friday.
  • Normal Blvd. Improvements to Resume Saturday — 3/27
    Beginning April 1, traffic on Normal Boulevard from South to S. 56th streets will be restricted to single east and westbound lanes. Additional lane closures will restrict left-turn lane movements at the intersection of Normal Blvd. and South streets. Access will be maintained to businesses at all times.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Poetry Reading, Book Launch April 2 — 3/24
    Lincoln City Libraries' Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors will host the book launch of "Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017" Sunday, April 2. The free program begins at 2 p.m. in the fourth-floor auditorium of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The program is part of the John H. Ames Reading Series, which showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 27 Through April 2 — 3/24
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from March 27 through April 2.
  • Golf Open House Set for April 1 — 3/24
    The public is invited to the Lincoln City Golf Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Holmes Golf Course, 3701 S. 70th St. The event will include demonstrations, activities, food, prizes and an opportunity to visit with representatives from local businesses and golf leagues. Prizes include lessons, golf merchandise and a Callaway Epic Driver.
  • Aging Partners Seeks Home Maintenance Help — 3/24
    The Aging Partners Home Handyman program is looking for skilled individuals to help older adults maintain their homes. Employees in the program earn $12.50 an hour providing simple home repairs and seasonal yard work like cleaning gutters, mowing, raking and snow removal. Hours are flexible, and applicants must complete a background check.
  • Separation of Yard Waste Begins April 1 — 3/23
    Beginning Saturday, April 1, Lincoln waste haulers will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires that grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 until December 1. Residents who subscribe to separate yard waste collection must begin to separate grass and leaves from their household trash after their last waste collection in March.
  • Aging Partners Invites the Public to Active Age Fair April 13 — 3/23
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to the Active Age Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Belmont Senior Center, 1234 Judson St. The event will showcase services and other opportunities available at the Lincoln and Lancaster County senior centers. No event registration is required, but lunch reservations must be made by Tuesday, April 11 by calling 402-441-7990. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
  • City Audit Results Show No Areas of Concern — 3/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the recently completed audit of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2015-16 fiscal year found no areas of concern. City Finance Director Brandon Kauffman said it was remarkable for a City the size of Lincoln to have no audit "findings," or suggested adjustments.
  • City Launches Open Data and Performance Management Website — 3/23

    Mayor Chris Beutler today launched opendata.lincoln.ne.gov, a new website to give the public better access to City data and information on performance management. He said the Open Data and Performance Management website is a first step in implementing a resolution on open data unanimously passed by the City Council last summer. That resolution was proposed by Council members Leirion Gaylor Baird and Trent Fellers.

  • Aging Partners Hosts Lincoln History Lunch Series — 3/21
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend the Lincoln History Lunch Series beginning Wednesday, March 29 at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St. The presentations are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and highlight Lincoln's history and evolution. A box lunch is available for a suggested contribution of $4 for ages 60 and over, and an $8 fee for those under age 60. Meal reservations must be made by the Monday prior to the program by calling 402-441-7158.
  • Public Invited to Annie Oakley Presentation at Aging Partners' Downtown Center — 3/20
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a presentation on "The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley" by author and speaker Charlotte Endorf at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" St. The presentation is free, but there is a $4 suggested meal contribution for ages 60 and over. Meal reservations must be made in advance by calling 402-441-7154 by April 4.
  • Parks and Recreation's New Main Office Opens March 28 — 3/17
    The Parks and Recreation Department's new main office will open Tuesday, March 28 at 3140 "N" Street (32nd and "O" St.). The office at 2740 "A" Street will permanently close at the end of the day Friday, March 24. The administration, athletics and planning and construction divisions will be located on the third floor of the building next to Woods Park that also houses the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. The Parks divisions that are moving will not be open Monday, March 27. Parking for the new offices is available from both "N" and "O" streets.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 20 Through 26 — 3/17
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from March 20 through 26.
  • Havelock Avenue Improvments Would Improve Event Center Traffic — 3/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler and City Council Member Cyndi Lamm today announced a plan to improve Havelock Avenue to better accommodate traffic in the area of the Lancaster Event Center on North 84th Street. Lamm will introduce a resolution to the Council Monday, March 20 for the $2.27 million project, which is being coordinated with the Lancaster County Board and the Lancaster Event Center, operated by the Lancaster County Agricultural Society.
  • Parks and Recreation Seeks AmeriCorps Members — 3/16
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for about 24 Youth on the Move AmeriCorps members to provide summer camp activities for youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. The positions run from May 30 to August 11. Members will facilitate physical activity, nutrition and enrichment programming at Peter Pan Park and UPCO Park.
  • Open House Set for 14th and Old Cheney Improvement Project — 3/15
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, March 23 on the 14th and Old Cheney Intersection Improvement Project. The event will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the commons area of Southwest High School, 7001 S 14th St. The public may park in the main lot and use the front entrance. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Applicants Sought for Library Board Vacancy — 3/15
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is accepting applications until Monday, April 10, to fill a vacancy on the Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees. Members of the seven-member board are appointed by the Lincoln City Council and serve through August 31, 2021. The board will review the applications and forward all information with any recommendations to the City Council.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 13 Through 19 — 3/10
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from March 13 through 19.
  • Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards — 3/10

    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards to be presented Wednesday, June 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The theme for this year's event, which is open to the public, is "Wizard of Arts." The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes a dinner, awards presentation and winners' reception. Reservation and sponsorship information will be available April 10 at artscene.org. Event sponsors are Talent Plus, Inc. and Farmers Mutual of Nebraska.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Friday March 24th — 3/10

    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals at the appointment only household hazardous waste collection on Friday, March 24th. Reservations are limited. Residents can schedule an appointment by contacting the Health Department at 402-441-8035. Callers will be asked to identify the types and approximate quantity of waste they plan to bring, and will receive details on the time and location of the collection. Residents can also schedule appointments online by visiting lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household) and going to the 'Safe Disposal' page.

  • Investment and Project Coordination Keep "Lincoln on the Move" — 3/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the record pace of street construction, repair and maintenance will continue this year, with a goal of adding 2.6 miles of new arterials, 10.3 miles of arterial improvements and 427 blocks of residential rehabilitation. And he said the "Lincoln on the Move" initiative is helping to build a "leading edge" community.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Seeks Public Input With Online Survey — 3/9

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to complete an online survey about how the City library system is meeting Lincoln's needs. The survey is being conducted in connection with the Central Library Building Program and will be available at lincolnlibraries.org until March 15. The survey will assist LCL in identifying strategic areas for investment and improvement.

  • Parks and Recreation Plans Controlled Burns — 3/8
    Areas along the Pioneers Park Nature Center's northern edge will be closed late-morning, Thursday, March 9 while Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers burn about 40 acres of prairie in the park. The burn area is just south of Van Dorn. The areas will reopen when the fires are extinguished. Parks staff also will burn about 20 acres of prairie southwest of Lincoln Friday, March 10. The controlled burns will be postponed if forecasted weather conditions change.
  • Teton Drive to Partially Close at 70th St. Intersection — 3/8
    Those traveling on Teton Drive will not be able to cross 70th Street from March 13 to 19 while repairs are made in the center of the Teton and 70th intersection. The closure is timed to coincide with the Lincoln Public Schools spring break.
  • Pool Passes Now Available Online — 3/6

    Season passes for the City's public swimming pools are now available online at parks.lincoln.ne.gov (select ePay services - "Buy a Pool Pass"). All City pools open Saturday, May 27.

  • Read to a Dog Spring Session Begins March 20 — 3/6
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by LCL and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program allows children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to dogs in 20-minute shifts once a week for six weeks.
  • Portion of Superior Street to Close Monday — 3/3
    Beginning 8 a.m. Monday, March 6, the westbound lanes of Superior Street will be closed from Cornhusker Highway to N. 48th Street for Windstream utility work. Access will be maintained to commercial businesses within the area.
  • Volunteers Needed for "Clean Across Lincoln" Event March 18 — 3/3
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) invites the public to participate in the first annual "Clean Across Lincoln" event beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, on the east side of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" Street
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 6 Through 12 — 3/3
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from March 6 through 12:
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now in 10 City Garages — 3/2
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that ten City parking garages now have public electric vehicle charging stations. Each ChargePoint™ station is capable of charging two cars at a time, so the public now has more than 20 spots to charge electric cars in the downtown area.
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners' March Musical Performances — 3/1
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend two music performances in March. Meal and transportation reservations for both events must be made at least two days in advance by calling 402-441-7158.

February

  • Section of South 16th Closed for Repairs — 2/28
    South 16th Street between "A" and "F" streets closed this week for reconstruction. Driveways and alleys in the construction area also are closed during the project, which is tentatively scheduled for completion by August 2017.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Feb 27 Through Mar 5 — 2/24
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 27 through March 5.
  • Public Invited to Sign Woods Tennis Center Beam — 2/24
    The City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to sign the final beam of the Woods Tennis Center prior to the beam raising event on Wednesday, March 1. The beam can be signed at the center, 33rd and "J" streets, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The beam will be raised at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Saturday's Union Plaza Volunteer Event Cancelled — 2/23
    The first 2017 V.I.P. (Volunteer in Parks) of the season scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at Union Plaza has been cancelled due to the predicted winter storm. The next V.I.P. event is scheduled for March 25.
  • South 70th Lanes Closed for Water Main Repair — 2/22
    Beginning today, traffic on S. 70th Street at Old Post Road, between South and Van Dorn streets, will be restricted to single north and southbound lanes during water main and street repairs. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes if possible. Lanes are expected to reopen this weekend or early next week.
  • Diseased, Ailing Trees to Be Removed at Antelope Park South — 2/21
    The Parks and Recreation Department will remove 10 diseased and ailing trees this week in Antelope Park South, 33rd and Pawnee streets. The work is being done to prepare for the renovation of the landscape surrounding the Pioneer Woman sculpture later this spring.
  • Second Open House Set for 56th and Morton Drainage Improvement Project — 2/21
    The public is invited to the second open house on a stormwater drainage improvement project in the area east of 56th Street and north of Cornhusker Hwy. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 at Vital Services, 6400 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 250. The public may park in the south lot and enter through the east door of the main entrance. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Tree Work Part of Preparation for Zoo Expansion Project — 2/20
    The Lincoln Children's Zoo is taking some of the first steps in the development and expansion of the Zoo on the Antelope Park Triangle. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department moved 12 young trees from the Triangle to other locations in Antelope Park, removed declining trees and recycled a tree for use in the department's new office space.
  • Work on Yankee Hill Road Project to Resume — 2/17
    Work on the Yankee Hill Road project from 70th Street to the intersection of 91st Street and Highway 2 will resume Monday, February 20 with the full closure of the 70th and Yankee Hill intersection. Traffic will be detoured to 56th Street and Pine Lake Road. Local access will be maintained to residents between 70th and 84th Street via 84th Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 20 Through 26 — 2/17
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 20 through 26:
  • Town Halls to Focus on Potential New Central Library — 2/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two Town Hall meetings next week about a potential new central library in downtown Lincoln. Library Director Pat Leach said the meetings are an opportunity for residents to share their suggestions for services and resources a new library might offer.
  • Water Main Replacement Projects to Begin — 2/16

    The Public Works and Utilities Department will begin two water main replacement projects this month:

    • Work will begin Monday, February 20 to replace the main along Nance Avenue from 8th to 12th streets. The project is expected to take about 12 weeks to complete. Nance Street will remain open during construction, but some areas may be restricted.
    • Work will begin Monday, February 27 to replace the water main along "D" Street from 12th to 20th streets. The project is expected to take about six months to complete. Access and parking on "D" Street will be restricted during construction. Because the water main project crosses 16th Street, work will also be done for the 16th Street paving project, which is expected to begin March 1.
  • Water Main Break Closes Lanes of South 27th — 2/16
    The Public Works and Utilities Department is advising drivers to avoid South 27th Street just north of Highway 2 due to a water main break late this morning. Workers will be making repairs in the roadway, so traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction between Woods Blvd. and Highway 2.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer at Union Plaza — 2/9
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in a cleanup Saturday, February 25 at Union Plaza. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Jane Snyder Trail Center, 21st and "Q" streets, and are expected to be finished by noon.
  • Food Vendors Needed for Uncle Sam Jam — 2/9
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications from food vendors to participate in the City's Uncle Sam Jam Celebration, Monday, July 3. The event is from 3 to 10:30 p.m. at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston Streets. The rain date will be Wednesday, July 5 at the same location.
  • Mayor Says Investment, Ideas and Innovation Leading to Improved Streets — 2/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City continues to improve streets at record levels, with nearly 18 miles of arterial streets and 80 blocks of residential streets repaired last year. He said increased investment, new ideas and innovation are leading to better streets for Lincoln
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Romance Fiction Documentary, Discussion — 2/7
    Lincoln City Libraries will host a screening of the film "Love Between the Covers" and a discussion with local blogger Kiersten Hill at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Libraries Host Free Maker Space Events in February — 2/7
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to February Maker Space events at two locations: Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th Street, and Williams Branch, 5000 Mike Scholl Street. The free events showcase new traveling kits of tools and projects designed to inspire young people to create in an innovative and collaborative way.
  • Public Invited to Nature Center Outdoor Programs — 2/7
    Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to participate in a variety of outdoor family-friendly events in February. All participants will meet at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.
  • Register Now for Sandhill Crane Migration Trip — 2/7

    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to register for the Pioneers Park Nature Center's tour of the Sandhill Crane migration. The tour begins at noon Friday, March 10 at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park and will return to that location about 10:30 p.m. To register, contact the Nature Center at 402-441-7985 or naturecenter@lincoln.ne.gov. The registration deadline is February 10 and space on the trip is limited.

  • "An American Patriotic Celebration!" to Highlight Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthda — 2/6

    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the public to attend the 17th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Sunday, February 12 at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th Street. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. in the commons area, and "An American Patriotic Celebration!" featuring a children's choir and storytellers is set for 3 p.m. in the Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center. All activities and events are free. The Nebraska 150 Celebration has designated it as an Official Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.

  • Public Encouraged to Participate in Wilderness Park Survey — 2/3
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in a survey about Wilderness Park through February 17 at parks.lincoln.ne.gov (select "Take the Wilderness Park survey"). Hard copies are available at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" Street, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
  • 56th and Holdrege Intersection to Close Sunday Night — 2/3
    The intersection at 56th and Holdrege streets will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday, February 5 to 6 a.m. Monday, February 6 for electric line work. Sidewalks and access to the businesses near the intersection will be open.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 6 Through 12 — 2/3
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 6 through 12:
  • Public Invited to Open House on N. 33rd Street Storm Drain and Road Project — 2/2
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, February 9 on improvements to N. 33rd Street between Holdrege Street and Madison Avenue. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd Street. Parking is available on the south side of the building. No formal presentations are planned.

January

  • Public Invited to Aging Partners' February Musical Performances — 1/31
    Aging Partners invites all senior citizens and the public to attend two musical performances in February:
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Jan. 30 - Feb. 5 — 1/27
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 30 through February 5:
  • Parks and Recreation Spring Program Guide Now Available — 1/27
    The Parks and Recreation Department has released its spring program guide, which provides information about youth and family activities in Lincoln such as summer camps and City pools. The guide will be included in the Sunday, January 29 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star and is available for free at the following locations:
  • Libraries Encourage Daily Reading With 50 Beloved Books Challenge — 1/25
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the 50 Beloved Books Challenge from February through April. The book list includes some of the most popular and loved picture books, and parents are encouraged to read the books aloud to their children for at least 15 minutes a day. The book list is available at lincolnlibraries.org ("Get Started - Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day"). Children up to age six are eligible to receive a certificate for a free Runza® kid's meal. Parents may sign up their children at any branch library.
  • New York Times Columnist to Speak at Civil Rights Conference — 1/25
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) invites the public to the annual Civil Rights Conference Tuesday, April 25 at Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr. The keynote luncheon speaker will be Dan Barry, New York Times columnist and author of The Boys in the Bunkhouse, Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland.
  • Madcap Puppets to Perform at Lincoln City Libraries — 1/25
    Lincoln City Libraries invites families to attend free previews of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" performed by the Madcap Puppets, a nationally recognized children's performance group. Four performances are scheduled:
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year With Lincoln City Libraries — 1/24
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the community to celebrate the Chinese New Year by participating in cultural activities from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January 29 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
  • Registration Now Open for Parks and Recreation Summer Camps — 1/24
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites families to register now for the FUNdamental Healthy Me summer day camps and Pioneers Park Nature Center camps.
  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 1/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to StarTran Bus Operator Jason Stege from the Public Works and Utilities Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 23 Through 29 — 1/20
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 23 through January 29:
  • Cardboard Ban Part of Recycling Compromise — 1/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler, City Council members and recycling advocates today announced that a new recycling ordinance will be introduced Monday, January 23 that would ban cardboard from the City landfill beginning April 1, 2018. Diverting cardboard to increase the City’s recycling rate is part of the compromise among the Mayor and City Council members announced yesterday.
  • Mayor and Council Reach Compromise on Four Issues — 1/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler and City Council members today announced a compromise on four high-profile issues - two on the budget, the addition of Council staff and the Recycle Lincoln ordinance. Beutler was joined at a news conference by Council Chair Leirion Gaylor Baird, Vice Chair Roy Christensen, Carl Eskridge, Trent Fellers, Cyndi Lamm and Jane Raybould. Jon Camp was unable to attend because he is in Washington DC for the presidential inauguration.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 16 Through 22 — 1/13
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 16 through January 22.
  • Health Department Reports Influenza Increase — 1/13
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reports a sharp increase in the number of cases of influenza, with 28 cases confirmed in the county in the past few weeks. LLCHD said the number of those with flu-like illnesses also has increased. Influenza is a highly infectious disease of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness and lead to death. Symptoms may include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
  • Public Invited to Open House on Sanitary Sewer Projects — 1/12
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, January 19 on two sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects on Jefferson Avenue and S. 44th Street in central Lincoln. The meeting is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park. The meeting will begin with a 20-minute presentation on both projects followed by a 40-minute question and answer session. Representatives of the City Public works and Utilities Department and REGA Engineering Group will be available to discuss the projects.
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations — 1/12
    The nomination deadline for the 39th annual Mayor's Arts Awards has been extended to Monday, January 16. The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards in June 2017. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area. Nomination forms are available by calling the LAC at 402-434-2787 or printing a form from the LAC website, artsscene.org.
  • Redevelopment at 11th and "P" to Include Hotel — 1/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a new project will involve the major renovation of two buildings at 11th and "P" streets. A group of three developers plans to add three new floors to the four-story building at 216 N. 11th Street to create a new boutique hotel and to make improvements to the adjoining Commercial Club building at 200 N. 11th Street.
  • Aging Partners Presents "Tribute to Elvis" Performances in January — 1/10
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend several "Tribute to Elvis" performances in January by local musician Kenny Miller. The events are free. Meals are available and must be reserved. There is a $4 suggested meal contribution for those age 60 and over and an $8 fee for those under age 60.
  • Mayor to Present November Award of Excellence — 1/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Lincoln Police Officers Jorge Dimas and Matthew Schiefelbein. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 9 Through 15 — 1/6
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 9 through January 15:
  • Project will identify public ash trees to further prepare for EAB response — 1/5
    Field work began this week on a digital inventory of all public trees in the rights of way and the five City golf courses. The inventory will provide an accurate digital record of public trees to include in the City's geographic information system (GIS) and asset management system. The inventory also will identify all public ash trees to further prepare for responding to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
  • Aging Partners Center Helps Seniors Get Fit — 1/5
    Seniors who've made improved physical fitness their New Year's resolution are urged to visit the Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center, 233 S. 10th Street. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers a wide selection of cardio and strength training equipment, free weights, balance and other exercise aids.
  • Block of North 11th Reopened After Water Main Break — 1/4
    North 11th Street was reopened to traffic at 11a.m. today after the block from "P" to "Q" streets was closed yesterday afternoon because of a water main break. The water main was repaired and back in service about 8 p.m. last night.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Open House to Showcase Maker Space Tools and Projects — 1/4

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to a Maker Space open house, Saturday, January 7 to showcase new traveling kits of Maker Space tools and projects designed to inspire young people to create projects in an innovatively and collaborative way. The LINC-in@LCL, a "Learn, Innovate, eNgineer and Create" event, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.

  • Public Invited to Open House on Deadmans Run Study — 1/3
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, January 17 on a study to reduce the flooding risk in the Deadmans Run floodplain in northeast Lincoln. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) Center, 1800 N. 33rd Street. A brief formal presentation is planned for 7 p.m.
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