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2016 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office


  • Public Invited to Volunteer at Kontras, American Legion Parks — 2/4
    The public is invited to participate in a work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 20 at Kontras Park at South Cotner Boulevard and Aldrich Road, and American Legion Park at 26th and Randolph streets. The groups will meet at each park for training prior to beginning landscaping work. The event is the first in the V.I.P. (Volunteer in Parks) Saturday series for 2016 and welcomes both current and new volunteers.
  • Several Options Available for Those With Tree Debris — 2/3

    Lincoln residents with tree debris as a result of this week's storm have several options for disposal:

    Through a promotion with KLKN-TV, Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court, will accept tree debris at no charge through 5 p.m. Friday, February 5. (Mention "channel 8" when dropping off debris). Hofeling is also still accepting Christmas trees at no charge. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

  • Read to a Dog Program Starts Sunday — 2/3
    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.
  • Public Urged to Report Fallen Trees and Tree Limbs — 2/2
    Today’s heavy, wet snow and wind are causing trees and branches to fall. Lincoln residents are asked to use the Lincoln Police Department non-emergency phone number at 402-441-6000 to report fallen trees and limbs blocking streets. Community Forestry crews are working to clear limbs so that snow removal operations can proceed.
  • City Offers Alternate Parking Options During Parking Ban — 2/1

    A snow emergency parking ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, February 1).

    Recent storm predictions for the Lincoln area calling for potential blizzard conditions. Residents and motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead. In order for plows to effectively clear the streets, parking bans will be enforced.


  • Local Attorney's Award-Winning Musical Returns to Lincoln — 1/28
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that "Civil War Voices" will return to Lincoln for the City's annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration in February. The musical, written by local attorney and playwright Jim Harris, will be presented February 11 through 21 at the Haymarket Theatre, 803 "Q" Street.
  • Register Now for Parks and Rec Summer Camps — 1/25
    Registration is now open for the "FUNdamental Healthy Me" summer day camps and Pioneers Park Nature Center camps offered by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Parks and Recreation Annual Report and Winter/Spring Program Guide Released — 1/25
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released a new publication that includes the 2014-2015 annual report and the winter/spring program guide. The annual report highlights project updates and department programs, including youth development, active living, vibrant neighborhoods, environmental stewardship and community events. The program guide provides information about Parks and Recreation programs available throughout the City.
  • Public Invited to Nature Center's Sandhill Crane Viewing Tour — 1/22
    Registration is now open for the Pioneers Park Nature Center's trip to central Nebraska for a guided viewing tour of the Sandhill Crane migration. The tour begins at noon, Thursday, March 10 at the Wild Bird Habitat Store, 56th and Highway 2, and returns at 11 p.m. to the same location.
  • Libraries Celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day" — 1/22
    The public is invited to join Lincoln City Libraries in celebrating "Take Your Child to the Library Day" on Saturday, February 6. Each child who visits any Lincoln City Library or Lied Bookmobile that day will receive a roll of candy and an "I Visited My Library" sticker. Children also can enter a drawing for a chance to win a reusable "I Love My Library" bag. One bag will be awarded at each library branch and Bookmobile, and winners will be announced the following week.
  • Free Tree Mulch Available — 1/22
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are invited to obtain free tree mulch on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court. Hofeling Enterprises again donated its grinding services for the City's annual tree recycling program, which collected about 6,800 trees at seven recycling sites in Lincoln. Boy Scout Troop 8 collected 600 of the trees and transported them to the recycling site.
  • "Green Light Lincoln" to Improve Traffic Safety and Flow — 1/21
    "It's go time," Mayor Chris Beutler said today as he announced that the "Green Light Lincoln" initiative will lead to faster traffic flow and safer streets. The initiative uses smart traffic technologies to move the City into the next generation of traffic management systems.
  • Public Invited to Open House on Sanitary Sewer Backups — 1/19
    Residents are invited to an open house Thursday, January 28 to learn about the City's efforts to reduce the risk of sanitary sewer backups. The open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Huntington Elementary School, 2900 N. 46th St.
  • Public Invited to Open Houses at Nature Center — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend one of two open house meetings to learn more about preschool and pre-kindergarten programs offered at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The meetings are from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, January 21.
  • Public Invited to Meetings on StarTran Service — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend one of four public engagement meetings next week to discuss the StarTran Transit Development Plan (TDP) to improve transit services in Lincoln:
    • Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St.
    • Thursday, Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.
    • Friday, Jan. 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St.
  • Nominations Sought for 2016 One Book - One Lincoln — 1/12
    The public is invited to help kick off the 15th year of Lincoln City Libraries' One Book - One Lincoln program by nominating a great book. The selection committee will look for books that are of general interest to adults and young adults, address universal themes of life and spark thoughtful discussion.
  • Nominations Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 1/11
    The nomination deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 21 for the 38th annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Wednesday, June 15 at the Lied Center. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
  • City Street Crews Tackle Potholes With New Equipment — 1/8
    City street crews have focused on pothole repair this week, aided by new equipment that increases productivity and extends the life of the repairs. Public Works and Utilities crews have filled more than 3,500 potholes around the City this week. Earlier this week, the Department transferred staff from other maintenance duties to pothole repair, bringing the number of workers assigned to potholes to about 45.
  • Musician Andy Strain to Perform at Libraries — 1/8
    Musician Andy Strain, also known as “The Trombonist,” will give two free performances at Lincoln City Libraries next week:
    • Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m., at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
    • Saturday, January 16, 10:30 a.m., at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St.
  • Family Storytime Added on Sundays at Bennett Martin Library — 1/7
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has added a family storytime component to its weekly Library Learning Time program this year. The free family storytime is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. each Sunday at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., in the youth area on the first floor. Each session will be followed by a craft activity. The family storytime is designed for preschool and early elementary-age children and their families.
  • Cary to Continue to Lead Planning Department — 1/7
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that David Cary will continue to lead the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department as Interim Director indefinitely. Cary has served in the position since the death of Marvin Krout in November 2014.
  • Mayor Selects Jones to Lead Aging Partners — 1/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has selected Randall Jones, a former executive with the American National Red Cross, as the new Director of Aging Partners. The selection is subject to the approval of the Lancaster County Board and City Council. Jones would replace June Pederson, who retired in December after serving as director for 13 years.
  • City Independence Day Celebration Set for July 3 — 1/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Sunday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Monday, July 4.
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