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2018 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

April

  • Portion of South 14th Street Reopened — 4/20
    South 14th Street between Pine Lake and Yankee Hill roads is now open. The street had been closed for emergency natural gas line repair. Southbound traffic is reduced to a single lane. Garret Lane between Libra Drive and S. 14th Street will remain closed until repairs are complete.
  • Portion of S. 40th Street to Close Tonight — 4/20
    South 40th Street, from Clifford Drive to Pioneers Boulevard, will be closed from 6 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. Monday, April 23 for construction on a private development. During the week of April 23, two-way traffic will be maintained in the area, although drivers should expect lane shifts. The street will be closed again from April 27 to May 1 for construction and street repairs. Drivers should seek alternate routes.
  • Civil Rights Conference Set for April 24 — 4/20
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) will host its annual Civil Rights Conference Tuesday, April 24 at the Graduate Hotel, 141 N. 9th Street. This year's keynote speakers will be Creighton and University of Omaha professor Theodore Wheeler, author of "King of Broken Things," and Stella Adams, Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, who will speak about Fair Housing.
  • Portion of N. 66th Street Closed Today — 4/20
    North 66th Street, between Knox Street and North Cotner Boulevard, will be closed until 3 p.m. today for water main repairs. After today, the northbound lane on N. 66th Street will remain closed through Friday, April 27. Two-way traffic will be maintained on the remainder of the street.
  • Portion of 14th Street Now Closed — 4/20
    South 14th Street, from Pine Lake to Yankee Hill roads, is now closed for emergency natural gas line repair. It is not known when the repair will be completed. Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes.
  • Bikelnk Launch Celebration — 4/20
    LINCOLN, NE, April 20 - BikeLNK is celebrating their official launch Friday, April 20th with a celebration to honor Lincoln's first bike share system. The festivities will start at the Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens at 4pm where sponsors and BikeLNK supporters will share remarks. Speakers at the event include Barb Bartle, Lincoln Community Foundation; Dave Cary, City of Lincoln; Kush Abdulleov, Spreetail; Michelle Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Todd Ogden, Downtown Lincoln Association. A celebratory ride will follow remarks as riders utilize the BCycles to head down the N-Street cycling track to the Railyard. The party at the Railyard will include informational booths, food catered by Mellow Mushroom, and lots of fun. The BCycle event will be followed by the Earthstock Music Festival featuring Mesonjixx and Twinsmith.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 23 - April 29 — 4/20
    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 April 23 through April 29:
  • Portion of Downtown "O" Street to Close Sunday — 4/20
    The westbound lanes of "O" Street between 10th and 11th streets will close from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 for construction work. The eastbound lanes will remain open. Westbound traffic will be diverted north on 12th Street, west on "Q" Street and south on 9th Street back to "O" Street.
  • U-Stop Donates $40,000 to Ager Junior Golf Program — 4/20
    U-Stop Convenience Stores of Lincoln presented the Lincoln Parks Foundation with a check for $10,000 as part of its $40,000 commitment to the Junior Golf Program at Ager Golf and Learning Center, 3761 Normal Blvd. The check presentation took place at the golf course April 19.
  • Lincoln Rotary Clubs Donate 300 Trees to Lincoln — 4/19
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate a 300-tree donation by two Lincoln Rotary Clubs with an Earth Day event at the playground in Pioneers Park, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The April 22 event is from 1 to 3 p.m. and will begin with brief remarks, followed by volunteers adding mulch to recently-planted trees. The Lincoln East Rotary Club and Downtown Rotary Club #14 provided the trees.
  • Launch of Nebraska Author Website Set for Sunday — 4/19
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to help celebrate the launch of a website dedicated to Nebraska authors with a John H. Ames Reading Series event Sunday, April 22. The event will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and includes a demonstration of the new NebraskaAuthors.org site. The celebration also includes readings by a panel of contemporary Nebraska authors moderated by Charlene Neely and Gerry Cox, editors of "Guide to More Nebraska Authors."
  • Low-Income Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Farmers Market Coupons — 4/18
    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.
  • BikeLNK Launch Event — 4/17
    All of the Lincoln community is invited to help us celebrate bike sharing in Lincoln! BikeLNK is hosting the official launch of Lincoln's bike share system, a step forward for sustainable public transportation in the Capital City.
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards Event — 4/17
    The deadline for reservations to the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards celebration has been extended to Monday, April 23. Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards Tuesday, May 1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. To recognize the 50th anniversary of the LAC, the theme for this year's event is "We Are Golden Together." The event sponsor is Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, and the Honorary Chair is Jack Saltzman, who is coordinating this year's decorations.
  • Mayor to Present March Award of Excellence — 4/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to a team from the Watershed Management Division of 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. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Public Invited to Help Make Lincoln More Bike Friendly — 4/13
    The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization invites the public to comment on Lincoln's On-Street Bicycle Facilities Plan in one of two ways:
  • Lincoln Welcomes Spring Game Visitors — 4/13
    The City of Lincoln is providing accommodations similar to those offered during the regular Husker football season to fans attending the sold-out Nebraska spring football game April 21.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 16 - April 22 — 4/13
    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 April 16 through April 22:
  • Saturday's Rose Garden Cleanup Postponed Until April 21 — 4/13
    The Hamann Rose Garden cleanup at 27th and "B" streets scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, has been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m.
  • Portion of S. 48th Street to Reopen Today — 4/12
    The northbound lane of S. 48th Street, between Pioneers Blvd. and Linden Street will be open by 4 p.m. today. The street was partially closed for a water main repair.
  • Doolittle Raiders Memorial Dedication Set for April 18 — 4/12
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council and the Lincoln Parks Foundation invite the public to the dedication of the Doolittle Raiders Memorial Monument at 7 p.m., Wednesday April 18. The ceremony will be held in the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park, 3200 Memorial Drive. (In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the enclosed shelter near the Garden entrance.)
  • Aging Partners Receives Grant for Fitness Center Equipment — 4/12
    Aging Partners has received a $42,000 grant from the Schmieding Foundation to purchase equipment for its new Health and Fitness Center, 555 S. 9th Street. The Schmieding Foundation was founded by Lawrence H. Schmieding, a Lincoln native and entrepreneur. Schmieding's niece, Vicky Rokeby, and her husband Bob were recognized at the Aging Partners Fitness Center open house today.
  • Golf Open House Set for April 14 — 4/12
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to the Lincoln City Golf Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 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.
  • Portion of N. 70th Street Closed Today — 4/11
    The southbound lane of N. 70th Street between Gladstone Street and Willow Avenue will be closed today until 3:30 p.m. for water main repairs. Southbound traffic is being diverted into the center turn lane to maintain two-way traffic in the area.
  • S. Coddington and West Van Dorn Intersection Project to Resume Monday — 4/10
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 16, the north leg of the South Coddington Avenue and West Van Dorn Street intersection will close for paving and utility improvements. Work will follow on the west and east legs, and will be phased so that three legs of the intersection remain open during the project. Access to adjacent businesses and homes will be maintained. The project is expected to be completed in July.
  • Volunteers Needed to Clean Rose Garden Saturday — 4/10
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help clean the Hamann Rose Garden and the Strolling Garden at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at 27th and "B" streets. Volunteers should park in the new Children's Zoo parking lot, which will have assigned stalls on the west side for event participants. The lot entrance is located off of "A" Street near 28th Street. Additional parking will be available in the Sunken Gardens lot at 26th and "D" streets.
  • Portion of S. 48th Street Closed Until Friday — 4/10
    The northbound lane of S. 48th Street, between Pioneers Blvd. and Linden Street is closed until 3 p.m. Friday, April 13 for water main repairs. Northbound traffic is being diverted into the center turn lane to maintain two-way traffic in the area.
  • Pioneers Park Prescribed Burn Possible Today — 4/9
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff may conduct a prescribed burn this afternoon on a section of Pioneers Park Nature Center. The burn will be near the intersection of S.W. 56th and West Van Dorn streets. The controlled burn may be postponed depending on weather conditions and air quality.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 9 Through April 15 — 4/6
    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 April 9 through April 15:
  • Bike Share Program Launch Rescheduled to April 20 — 4/6
    The public launch party for the BikeLNK bike share program has been postponed from this afternoon due to weather. It will now take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 20. The event starts with a program at the Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens, 1415 "N" Street. Riders will leave from there at 4:30 p.m. to ride to the Railyard for a celebration until 6 p.m.
  • Haymarket Street Closures Change April 9 — 4/5
    Beginning Monday, April 9, 8th Street, between "Q" and "P" streets, will close to through traffic for utility work and street repair. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. The work is expected to be completed April 16 and is part of a series of improvement projects scheduled in the area through August.
  • Community Coalition Supports Creation of JPA — 4/5
    Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel today said that establishing a Joint Public Agency (JPA) is the most effective way to ensure that school safety and student enrichment programs continue to be funded long-term. Beutler and Joel joined members of the new Safe and Successful Kids Community Coalition to outline a comprehensive plan that includes the addition of School Resource Officers and a threat assessment officer. The JPA would also provide more funding for student mental health services and for programming at the Community Learning Centers (CLCs).
  • City Compost Site Fire Under Control — 4/4
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has a fire under control that started March 31 in the compost area of Bluff Road Solid Waste Management Facility, 6001 Bluff Road. The fire is contained to a pile of leaves waiting to be processed into compost. The composting site is located on an asphalt surface one-half mile northeast of the landfill.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts "Beauty and the Beast" in April — 4/4
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two free performances of "Beauty and the Beast" in April:
  • Oak Lake Park Playground Temporarily Closed — 4/4
    The Oak Lake Park playground located at Charleston Street and Sun Valley Boulevard is temporarily closed for playground surface replacement. Work is scheduled to be completed by April 20, weather permitting. For more information about Parks and Recreation, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Aging Partners Fitness Center Open House Set for April 12 — 4/4
    Aging Partners invites seniors, their families and the public to an open house at their new Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 555 S. 9th Street. A brief program will begin at 10 a.m. The event will feature a tour, visits with center staff and free refreshments.
  • Public Invited to Open House on New Downtown Master Plan — 4/3
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, April 10 to discuss a new Downtown Lincoln Master Plan. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th St. The open house will begin with the presentation "Global Trends Affecting Downtowns" by Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) of Denver, Colorado. The City and the Downtown Lincoln Association have contracted with P.U.M.A. to help develop the new plan.
  • Joint Statement on School Safety — 4/3
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel have issued the following statement in response to this morning's news conference by City Council member Cyndi Lamm and School Board member Matt Schulte.
  • Free Fitness Classes Offered — 4/2
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to attend two free fitness programs starting in April. Registration is required by contacting Melissa Lindeman at 402-441-4900 or mlindeman@lincoln.ne.gov.

March

  • Portion of S. 40th Street to Close Tonight — 3/30
    South 40th Street, from Clifford Drive to Pioneers Boulevard, will be closed from 6 p.m. today through 3 p.m. Monday, April 2 to accommodate construction on a private development. Drivers should seek alternate routes.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 2 Through April 8 — 3/30
    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 April 2 through April 8:
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday April 7th — 3/30
    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 7th at Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department, 3131 "O" Street, south parking lot.
  • Recycling Education Event is Saturday — 3/28
    The public is invited to learn more about recycling cardboard and other materials at a free recycling education event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive, in Antelope Park. In addition to getting their recycling questions answered, participants will have an opportunity to sign a recycling pledge and star in a "Take it to the Bin" video. The event also includes games and activities for children, and local food trucks will be available (purchases are cash only).
  • Wilderness Park Prescribed Burn Set for Thursday — 3/28
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff will conduct a prescribed burn at noon Thursday, March 29 on a section of Wilderness Park near 27th Street and Saltillo Road. Trails south of Rokeby Road will be closed from midday Thursday through Friday. The parking lot near the intersection of South 27th Street and Saltillo Road will be closed all day Thursday and Friday.
  • Gere Branch Library Now Open — 3/28
    Gere Branch Library at 2400 S. 56th Street is now open. It had been on lockdown earlier this afternoon due to a suspicious package in the parking lot. Lincoln Fire and Rescue detonated the package
  • Aging Partners' Health Fair Set for April 11 — 3/28
    The public is invited to attend a free Aging Partners Health Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Lincoln Indian Center, 1100 Military Road. Various health screenings will be provided, including:
  • Gere Branch Library Temporarily Closed — 3/28
    Gere Branch Library at 2400 S. 56th Street is on lockdown due to a suspicious package in the parking lot. No one is currently being allowed into or out of the library, and the entrances to the parking lot are closed. The Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Fire and Rescue are on the scene.
  • StarTran's "Stuff the Bus" Event is April 7 and 8 — 3/28
    StarTran invites the public to help "Stuff the Bus" April 7 and 8 by donating new items needed by the residents at Friendship Home, a 24-hour emergency shelter for those experiencing domestic violence. StarTran buses and Friendship Home volunteers will be stationed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at these locations:
  • City Installing Additional Cardboard Recycling Containers at Libraries — 3/28
    This week, the City is installing cardboard-only recycling containers in the parking lots of four City libraries. As of April 1, clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill. The library sites will be maintained for three to six months while the City evaluates residents' recycling needs. Cardboard-only recycling containers are available at these locations:
  • Free Wildlife Program at Nature Center Set for Saturday — 3/27
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to a free wildlife educational program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The Wild Adventures Festival features educational activities about endangered ecosystems, plants and animals native to Nebraska as well as live animal exhibits, a puppet show and more.
  • N.W. 48th Street Repairs Begin April 2 — 3/26
    Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, April 2, the City will repair premature pavement cracking on N.W. 48th Street between West Adams and just north of West Craw streets. Until late June, two-way traffic will be maintained on a temporary street surface west of N.W. 48th. Traffic will also be temporarily affected in areas on N.W. 48th Street between West Vine and West Adams streets during the project.
  • Local Author to Visit Lincoln City Libraries in April — 3/26
    Lincoln City Libraries invites families to two free story times featuring local author Charlotte Duncan-Wagner, who will read from her book, "The Backpacks with Feet." Duncan-Wagner will discuss the book's message of respect for self and others, appreciation for other cultures and volunteerism. Attendees are invited to participate in craft activities following the reading.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 26 - April 1 — 3/23
    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 March 26 through April 1:
  • Garbage and Recycling Collectors Share "Take it to the Bin" Message — 3/23
    Garbage and recycling collectors joined the Public Works and Utilities Department on Friday in reminding Lincoln residents clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill as of April 1. "Take it to the Bin" stickers promoting cardboard recycling will begin appearing on garbage and recycling vehicles, garbage totes and other locations.
  • Separation of Yard Waste Begins April 1 — 3/23
    Beginning Sunday, 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. City cardboard ban also takes effect.
  • Public Invited to Final Open House on Deadman's Run Floodplain Study — 3/20
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, March 28, on a study to reduce flooding in a section of Deadman's Run located in northeast Lincoln. The event is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center, 1800 North 33rd Street. A brief formal presentation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Federal, State and City representatives will be available to answer questions.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 19 - March 25 — 3/16
    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 March 19 through March 25:
  • Libraries Offer Bilingual Story Times — 3/15
    Lincoln City Libraries invites families to bilingual Spanish and English language story times for preschool-age children at 6:30 p.m., Mondays, at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street. The new Library Learning Time offerings are free and no registration is required.
  • Volunteers Needed to Help Clean Flowerbeds — 3/13
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help clean the Pinnacle Bank Arena flowerbeds from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday March 24. Volunteers will meet in the arena's Festival Lot, adjacent to and just south of the Breslow Ice Hockey Center, 411 "V" Street.
  • Nature Center Issues Updates, Program Reminders — 3/12
    Spring hours at the Chet Ager Building at the Pioneers Park Nature Center begin Monday, April 2. From then until November 5, the hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Other Center hours include the following:
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 12 Through March 1 — 3/9
    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 March 12 through March 18.
  • Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards — 3/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards to be presented Tuesday, May 1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. To recognize the 50th anniversary of the LAC, the theme for this year's event is "We Are Golden Together."
  • Mayor Urges Council to Approve Sale of 17th Street Through UNL Campus — 3/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today urged the Council to pass the ordinance to vacate a section of N. 17th Street and sell it to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He said that is "the best course of action for the University, the City, and the partnership that is driving the economic development of our community."
  • Animal Control Finds Dog Following Attack — 3/8
    Lincoln Animal Control has found the dog that was involved in an attack in a home on Tuesday. The white, two-year-old male Pitbull Terrier does not appear to be injured, and will be held for a 10-day bite quarantine at the Capital Humane Society.
  • City Job Fairs Begin Thursday — 3/7
    The City of Lincoln invites the public to the first of three job fairs from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8 at Easterday Recreation Center, 6130 Adams Street. Hundreds of seasonal full- and part-time employees are needed for City parks, pools, day camps, street construction and other jobs. Representatives from City departments will be available to discuss the positions and application procedures. Computers will also be available at the fairs for those wanting to apply at the events.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Celebrate Spiders in March — 3/7
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to several free story times in celebration of National Save a Spider Day, Wednesday, March 14. Peter O'Brien, author of the book "What Are You Doing Up There, You Spider?" and Louise I. Lynch, entomologist and science educator, will share O'Brien's book as well as spider crafts, facts and songs.
  • Open House Set for Stormwater Improvement Project — 3/6
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, March 15, on a stormwater drainage improvement project north of Cornhusker Highway near North 56th and Morton streets. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Vital Services, 6400 Cornhusker Highway, Suite 250. The public may park in the south lot and enter through the east door of the main entrance. City staff, consulting engineers and contractors will be available to discuss the improvements and final construction plans and answer questions. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Public Invited to Apply for Landscape Funding — 3/5
    Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance for landscaping projects that focus on water quality. The public can apply for the Rainscaping Lincoln-Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program until April 27 or until funding runs out. The program is offered by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2018 Schedule — 3/5
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by scheduling an appointment and bringing their household hazardous waste to the Hazardous Materials Collection Center (HMCC) or to one of the four mobile collection events occurring throughout 2018.
  • Libraries to Host Writing Workshops — 3/5
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites students ages 10 to 14 to three free writing workshops during the Lincoln Public Schools spring break in March. Each session is limited to 12 students. Registration is required and will be accepted at 402-441-8500 until the classes are full.
  • South 56th, Yankee Hill Intersection Gets Four-Way Stop — 3/2
    The intersection of South 56th Street and Yankee Hill Road will be converted from a two-way to a four-way stop beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 5. The change is necessary to manage an expected traffic increase caused by construction on Pine Lake Road over the next two years. Pine Lake Road from South 61st Street to Nebraska Highway 2 will close to through traffic on Monday for a widening and safety improvement project.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 5 Through March 11 — 3/2
    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 March 5 through March 11:
  • Aging Partners Event Rescheduled for April — 3/1
    The Aging Partners Women's History Month event, "American Songbirds of the 20th Century" has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 12. The dinner and musical performance featuring the Kramer Sisters will be at the Cotner Center Condominium, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. The event was originally set for March 8.
  • Drivers Stop Less, Save Time With Green Light Lincoln — 3/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler and City traffic engineering staff today said Green Light Lincoln will return $19 in benefits for every $1 invested over the next five years. The initiative uses new traffic signal, detection and monitoring equipment and new timing plans to improve safety and increase traffic flow on major streets. The City released findings today on Phase 1 of Green Light Lincoln, which included nine traffic corridors. (List at end of release.)

February

  • Portion of Pine Lake Road to Close Monday — 2/28
    Pine Lake Road from South 61st Street to Nebraska Highway 2 will close to through traffic starting Monday, March 5, for a widening and safety improvement project. The intersection at South 70th Street will remain open until late spring, but traffic will not be able to turn onto Pine Lake Road. Local access to neighborhoods and residences in the project area will be maintained.
  • Library's Savor the Color of Life Program Continues This Weekend — 2/28
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and the Lied Center for Performing Arts continue their Savor the Color of Life adult reading program with two special events this weekend. The program highlights African American history, literature, and art as a lead up to the musical "The Color Purple" at the Lied Center April 11 through 15.
  • Fall Prevention Classes Begin March 7 at Maxey Senior Center — 2/26
    The public is invited to participate in fall prevention classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays throughout March at the JoAnn Maxey Senior Center in the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" St. All classes are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners Women's History Month Event — 2/26
    To celebrate Women's History Month, Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to "American Songbirds of the 20th Century," a dinner and musical performance featuring The Kramer Sisters. The event is Thursday, March 8 at the Cotner Center Condominium, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 26 - March 4 — 2/23
    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 February 26 through March 4:
  • Aging Partners New Fitness Center to Open Next Month — 2/23
    The new Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center at 555 S. 9th Street is expected to open Monday, March 5. An open house for the new center at 9th and "J" streets will be scheduled at a later date.
  • Pool Passes Now Available Online — 2/23
    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 26. Family and individual passes are available at the following rates:
  • Driverless Shuttle Demo Makes Lincoln a Finalist in 2018 Mayors Challenge — 2/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln is one of 35 Champion Cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies as finalists in the 2018 Mayors Challenge. More than 320 applications were received in the nationwide competition that encourages City leaders to develop bold, inventive ideas to confront City challenges.
  • Nature Center Hosts March Programs — 2/22
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to three programs in March:
  • Madcap Puppets to Perform at Lincoln City Libraries — 2/22
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to free performances of "The Three Little Pigs" presented by the Madcap Puppets, March 1 through 3. The library events are presented in cooperation with the Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO), which will perform with the puppets in "A Carnival of the Animals" at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 4 in the O'Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave. on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus.
  • Read to a Dog Spring Session Begins March 19 — 2/22
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by LCL and the local Healing Heart Therapy Dogs organization. The program gives children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity 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.
  • "Take It to the Bin" Campaign Encourages Cardboard Recycling — 2/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today helped kickoff a campaign to educate the public about recycling cardboard. As of April 1, clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill. In 2017, residents sent 38 million pounds of cardboard to the landfill, making it the single largest recyclable material thrown away.
  • Aging Partners Annual Senior Center Fundraiser Set for March 16 — 2/21
    Aging Partners invites the public to the agency's annual Senior Center fundraiser, Friday, March 16. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park and will feature a traditional Irish musical performance by Paddywhack. Meal and transportation reservations are required and can be made by calling 402-441-7158. The reservation and payment deadline is March 9.
  • GPTN Annual Meeting to Feature Bike Share Program, Proposed Bridge Project — 2/20
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will give one of three presentations at the annual meeting of the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) Saturday, February 24. The public is invited to the meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in the community room at Cornhusker Bank, 8310 "O" Street. These three presentations will lead the agenda:
  • "O" Street to Remain Closed Through Evening — 2/19
    The block of "O" street between 9th and 10th streets will remain closed through the evening because of this morning's fire at the Terminal Building. The intersections of "O" Street with 9th and 10th streets are open. The two west lanes of 10th Street are also closed from "N" to "O" streets. Drivers are urged to plan ahead and use alternate routes.
  • Irvingdale Park Improvements Begin February 19 — 2/16
    Selected trees along the drainage channel in Irvingdale Park will be removed on Monday, February 19 to prepare for stormwater improvement work. The work will take place between South 17th and 20th streets.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 19 - February 2 — 2/16
    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 February 19 through February 25:
  • Lincoln City Libraries Awarded $1,500 Prize — 2/16
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has won a $1,500 prize and been designated as an Honor Library in the national Winter Reading Challenge after Lincoln readers logged more than 1.5 million minutes in January.
  • Libraries, LPS to Host African-American Read-In — 2/16
    To celebrate Black History Month, Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) invite the public to a free African-American Read-In, Wednesday, February 21. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. No reservations are required.
  • Contracts Would Allow City to Pay for Upgrades With Energy Savings — 2/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said using energy savings to pay for facility improvements is an innovative way to protect the environment, save energy and promote a cleaner, greener future. A resolution will be introduced at the February 26 City Council meeting that would allow the City to contract with Energy Savings Companies (ESCOs) to guarantee energy savings to pay for upgrades. The Council will hold a public hearing on the resolution and vote March 5.
  • Open House Set for North 33rd and Cornhusker Project — 2/12
    The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) and City of Lincoln invite the public to an open house Thursday, February 22 about plans for a transportation project near North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th Street. No formal presentation is planned.
  • Libraries to Thank Readers With Valentine's Day Cookie Giveaway — 2/12
    Lincoln City Libraries will give away free sprinkle cookies on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, February 14 in appreciation for a successful Winter Reading Challenge. The Sprinkle Kindness Everywhere event recognizes the more than 1.5 million minutes logged by Lincoln readers during January.
  • Mayor to Present January Award of Excellence — 2/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to William Maul, a StarTran Journey Mechanic. 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.
  • Public Can Now Use "UPLNK" for Speedy Repairs — 2/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that residents now have a new way to report potholes, graffiti and other quality of life issues. UPLNK is a free app that enables Lincoln residents to request service from the City for non-emergency issues. It is an update of the City's Action Center, which has been in use since 2005.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 12 - February 1 — 2/9
    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 February 12 through February 18:
  • Open House for Pine Lake Road Project is February 13 — 2/8
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, February 13, on the Pine Lake Road widening and safety improvement project, which is scheduled to begin in March. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Humann Elementary School, 6720 Rockwood Lane. The open house will not include a formal presentation.
  • Compliance Checks Show High Rate of Vapor Products Sold to Minors — 2/8
    City and County law enforcement and health officials today reported that illegal sales of vapor products (electronic cigarettes) to minors in 2017 surpassed the rate of illegal sales of tobacco products to minors. Seven of the 33 attempts by minors to purchase vapor products during compliance checks were violations, a 21-percent non-compliance rate for the year. Only 16 of 269 attempts to purchase tobacco products were violations, a six-percent non-compliance rate.
  • Lincoln Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program — 2/8
    Drivers in Lincoln can now find the latest information on street closures, construction, traffic jams and crashes by using Waze, a free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation application. The City has joined the Nebraska Department of Transportation and nearly 500 agencies worldwide in the Waze Connected Citizens Program.
  • Improvements Require Wilderness Park Tree Removal — 2/7
    Preliminary work for a stream, bridge and sewer improvement project in Wilderness Park near Old Cheney Road will begin Thursday, February 8. Trees adjacent to Salt Creek and the Old Cheney Bridge from South 1st Street to the railroad tracks will be marked this week and removed in late February to meet an April 1 Federal Migratory Bird Act deadline. The Jamaica North trail will remain open during the work, but the Wilderness Park trails will be closed when tree removal begins.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 11 — 2/6
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free Lunar New Year Celebration of Asian cultures, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, February 11 at Bennet Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Nature Center to Temporarily Close February 11 — 2/5
    The Chet Ager and Prairie Buildings at the Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed to the public from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11 for special programming. Trail hours will not be affected. Both facilities will reopen from 1 to 5 p.m. Woodland and wetland trails on the south side of S. Coddington Ave. will open at noon. Prairie trails on the north side of S. Coddington Ave. are open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Public Safety Sales Tax to End October 1 — 2/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said a City Council resolution ending the public safety sales tax is "a cause for congratulations and celebration of what is working in Lincoln." Voters approved the three-year, quarter-cent sales tax by a 20-point margin in April 2015. A resolution instructing the City to notify the State that collection of the tax should end October 1 will be introduced to the City Council today.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 5 - February 11 — 2/2
    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 February 5 through February 11:
  • Libraries to Host Dental Health Story Times — 2/1
    Lincoln City Libraries is celebrating Dental Health Awareness Month in February with dental care story times for preschool-age children. All programs are free and no registration is required.
  • Aging Partners Hosts Valentine's Day Meal and Show — 2/1
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to a Valentine's Day meal and show, Wednesday, February 14 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" Street. Reservations are required by calling 402-441-7154 by 9 a.m. February 13. Transportation within the Center boundaries is available by calling the same reservation number.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Bird Encounter Feb. 17 — 2/1
    Lincoln City Libraries and the Wachiska Audubon Society invite families to the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 17 at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street.
  • Public Comment Sought on Draft EAB Plan — 2/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler encourages the public to review and comment on the draft Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Response and Recovery Plan which was released at news conference today. The invasive beetle has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in 31 states and in Canada. Beutler said that although EAB has not yet been found in Lincoln, experts say it is probably already here. He said EAB will have a devastating impact on the City's 14,000 public ash trees along streets and in parks and golf courses.

January

  • Nature Center Hosts February Programs — 1/30
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to two bird-themed programs in February:
  • Parks and Recreation Spring Program Guide Now Available — 1/26
    The Parks and Recreation Department has released its spring program guide, which provides information about youth and family activities in Lincoln. Programs featured in the guide include summer camps, pools, golf courses, classes, spring adult softball, spring youth NFL flag football, volunteer opportunities and much more.
  • Lincoln Municipal Band to Perform at Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration — 1/26
    The public is invited to a free patriotic concert by the Lincoln Municipal Band the evening of Thursday, February 8 at Lincoln Southwest High School. The concert is part of the 18th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. at the school, 7001 South 14th Street, and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 29 - February 4 — 1/26
    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 January 29 through February 4:
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners Black History Month Event — 1/25
    In celebration of Black History Month, Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to "Wild Women of the Harlem Renaissance," a dinner and musical performance featuring Annette Murrell (aka Dr Diva). The event is Thursday, February 8 at the Cotner Center Condominium, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tree Removal for Drainage Project Starts January 29 — 1/25
    Trees in the stormwater drainage channel west of North 56th Street near Fletcher Avenue will be removed Monday, January 29, through the end of February. The work is being done to meet a Federal Migratory Bird Act April 1 deadline and precedes a larger drainage improvement project at N. 56th and Morton streets that begins in April and ends in 2019.
  • Food Vendors Needed for Uncle Sam Jam — 1/25
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications from food vendors to participate in the City's Uncle Sam Jam celebration, Tuesday, July 3. The event is from 3 to 10:30 p.m. at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets. The rain date for the event will be Thursday, July 5.
  • Portion of S. 9th Street Closed Until January 31 — 1/25
    The eastern traffic and parking lanes on South 9th Street between "O" and "N" streets are closed for emergency water main repair. Work is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, January 31. Motorists should seek alternate routes. A street maintenance crew is treating the area before morning commute to help prevent slippery conditions, but drivers should stay alert for slick areas.
  • Havelock Avenue Now Open — 1/24
    Havelock Avenue from 70th to 98th streets is now open. The street and a portion of the intersection at 84th Street had been closed since Monday, following a vehicle crash that damaged a traffic signal and overhead power lines.
  • Nature Center Open House Rescheduled — 1/24
    The Preschool Open House at the Pioneers Park Nature Center has been rescheduled for 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 30. The open house was originally scheduled for January 16, but was postponed due to bad weather and poor street conditions.
  • Health Department Offers Hepatitis C Testing — 1/24
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds the public that it offers screening, counseling and referral for hepatitis C. The public may call 402-441-8065 to make an appointment or to speak to a nurse about risk factors, screening options and eligibility for free testing.
  • Portion of Havelock Ave. to Remain Closed — 1/23
    Monday's vehicle crash at North 84th Street and Havelock Avenue damaged a traffic signal and overhead power lines. As a result, Havelock Avenue will remain closed from 70th to 98th streets through Wednesday, January 24, while repairs continue. The North 84th Street and Havelock Ave. intersection is open to north and south traffic, but drivers are restricted from turning onto Havelock Ave. from North 84th Street.
  • Update Issued on N. 84th and Havelock Closures — 1/22
    This morning's vehicle crash at North 84th Street and Havelock Avenue damaged a traffic signal and overhead power lines, resulting in closures on two streets:
  • City Council Meetings Canceled Today — 1/22
    The Lincoln City Council meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. today has been canceled due to inclement weather. The LNKStat meeting at 12:30 p.m. and the pre-council meeting at 2:30 p.m. are also canceled.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Close at 5 p.m. Today — 1/22
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will close at 5 p.m. today due to inclement weather. Williams Branch Library, located in Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street, is closed today due to the closure of Lincoln Public Schools.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/22
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Monday, January 22, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Section of Pine Lake to Temporarily Close During Daytime Hours — 1/19
    Starting Monday, Jan. 22, all lanes on Pine Lake Road from South 56th to South 70th streets will temporarily close weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for utility work. Lincoln Electric System (LES) is relocating and reconstructing electrical utilities, and the daily closures are expected to end in mid-March, weather permitting. Local neighborhood access will be retained from South 56th Street throughout the project.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 22 - January 28 — 1/19
    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 January 22 through January 28:
  • Open House for Bike Share Program is January 24 — 1/18
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, January 24, on phase one of BikeLNK, a community bike share service that begins this spring. The event is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free Fitness Classes — 1/16
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners' "Feeling Fit" classes from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays throughout February in the lower level of the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" Street. All classes are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/16
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Tuesday, January 16, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 15-21 — 1/12
    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 January 15 through January 21.
  • Public Invited to Comment on Plan for Pioneers Park Bridle Path — 1/12

    The Parks and Recreation Department encourages Lincoln residents to comment on the future of the Pioneers Park bridle path system. The draft Pioneers Park Bridle Paths Action Plan, available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov, was developed in 2017 following a community meeting and survey.

  • Transportation Coalition Issues Recommendations — 1/11
    The final report from the Lincoln Citizens' Transportation Coalition says the City can close the estimated $33 million annual gap in transportation needs through innovation, cost savings and additional revenue. The 27-member coalition of community and business leaders was appointed by Mayor Chris Beutler in August and delivered its recommendations to the Mayor today. The report is available at lincolnonthemove.com.
  • Aging Partners Health and Fitness Classes — 1/8
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners Health and Fitness classes beginning in January at the following locations:
  • Final Open House Set for Watershed Master Plans — 1/5
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, January 18 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.
  • Nature Center Hosts January Programs — 1/5
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the following events in January:
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 8 - January 14 — 1/5
    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 January 8 through January 14:
  • Pete the Cat to Visit Lincoln City Libraries in January — 1/2
    Beloved children's book character Pete the Cat will make several appearances at Lincoln City Libraries in January. These events are free and no registration is required. Children can meet Pete the Cat, receive stickers and bookmarks, and participate in craft and coloring activities. The schedule is as follows:
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