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2018 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

December

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events December 17 Through 23 — 12/14
    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 December 17 through December 23:
  • Nature Center Hosts December Events — 12/13
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to two programs in December: Christmas Bird Count for Beginners, noon to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16. Winter Solstice Hike, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Friday, December 21.
  • City Recognizes LPS for Recycling Efforts — 12/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler today welcomed 50 Lincoln public schools into the Recycle Lincoln Leadership Recognition Program. The City Recycling Office started the program to reward local organizations for their recycling and/or composting efforts.
  • Portion of S. 40th Street Closed Today — 12/12
    South 40th Street, between Old Cheney Road and Nebraska Highway 2, will be closed until 3 p.m. today for emergency water main repair, with periodic lane closures anticipated through Monday, December 17. Drivers should seek alternate routes.
  • Water Main Work Begins at 11th and "N" Streets Today — 12/12
    New work zone traffic controls on "N" Street, between South 11th and 12th streets, are effective at 9 a.m. today through December 21 to support an ongoing water main replacement project. Changes include:
  • Nomination Deadline is December 18 for Mayor's Arts Awards — 12/11
    Nominations are due December 18 for the 41st annual Mayor's Arts Awards presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC). The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, and for the third year, the event will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nominations may be submitted using the online form at artscene.org, and more information is available by calling the LAC at 402-434-2787. A panel of community members will select the winners for these awards:
  • Survey on Cable TV and Internet Service Now Available Online — 12/11
    The public is encouraged to complete an online survey on cable television and Internet services at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cable). The survey is part of a periodic performance evaluation of Charter/Spectrum (Charter), Windstream and Allo by the Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board and the cable franchise renewal process with Charter. The online survey will be available online through January 7, 2019. Starting Monday, December 17, paper copies will be available at all Lincoln City Library locations.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events December 10 Through 16 — 12/7
    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 December 10 through December 16:
  • Libraries Offer Two Workshop Events This Weekend — 12/4
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) continues its father-focused "Dad Up and Read" campaign with two free "Blizzards, Building and Books!" events in December.
  • Winter Lights Celebration Features Luminary Winners and New Downtown Trolley — 12/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to honor this year's Luminary Award recipients and ride Lincoln's new Downtown Trolley at the third annual Winter Lights celebration Friday, December 7. The event begins at 6 p.m. when the Mayor and his wife Judy, Luminary Award winners Jim McKee and Linda Hillegass, and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets.
  • Mayor and Christensen Propose Review of Mayoral Salary — 12/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler and City Council member Roy Christensen today proposed that the annual salary for the office of Mayor be reviewed by the Charter Revision Commission. Any Commission recommendation to change the charter would require voter approval and would not take effect until Mayor Beutler has left office. Christensen has announced that he is not running for Mayor.
  • Public Invited to Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony — 12/4
    The Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council invites the public to a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony Friday, December 7, at Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park, 1650 Veterans Drive. The event will begin at 11:55 a.m. to coincide with the time of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

November

  • Portion of South 70th Street Reopened With New Roundabout — 11/30
    South 70th Street, from Highway 2 to Yankee Hill Road, has reopened following construction of a roundabout at the intersection of S. 70th Street and Pine Lake Road.
  • New Downtown Trolley Debuts at Winter Lights Event December 7 — 11/30
    StarTran's new Downtown Trolley will make its debut at the Winter Lights celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets. Free rides will be offered after the program until 8:30 p.m. for those interested in viewing the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) holiday light displays. Full service begins in mid-December.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events December 3 Through 9 — 11/30
    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 December 3 through December 9:
  • Aging Partners Hosts Winter Holiday Meals — 11/29
    Aging Partners invites older adults and the public to winter holiday meals December 17 through 21 at senior centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
  • Separation of Grass and Leaves Ends December 1 — 11/29
    Beginning Saturday, December 1, Lincoln and Lancaster County residents will no longer be required to separate grass and leaves from their household trash.
  • McKee and Hillegass Named Luminary Award Winners — 11/26
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Jim McKee and Linda Hillegass will receive the third annual Lincoln Luminary Award at the Winter Lights event Friday, December 7. The event is from 6 to 7 p.m. at Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets. The Mayor will present the award at a brief ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include music from the Northeast High School Chamber Singers and the La Iglesia De La Comunidad Church band, treats, refreshments and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
  • All Lincoln City Library Locations Closed Today — 11/25
    Due to blizzard conditions, all Lincoln City Library locations will be closed today, Sunday, November 25. Branches are typically open from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The libraries are expected to resume normal hours on Monday.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events November 22 -December 2 — 11/21
    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 November 22 through December 2:
  • Parks and Recreation Centers and Offices Closed Thursday and Friday — 11/19
    All Parks and Recreation Department recreation centers and offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Portion of N.W. 12th Street to Close November 19 — 11/19
    Northwest 12th Street, from West Highland Boulevard to Isaac Drive, will close Monday, November 19 through Monday, November 26 for pavement repairs. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes, including using West Fletcher Avenue or W. Highland Boulevard to access N.W. 1st Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events November 19 Through 25 — 11/16
    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 November 19 through 25:
  • Portion of South 56th Street to Temporarily Close Today — 11/16
    South 56th Street, from "A" to Sumner streets, will close Friday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while an aging tree overhanging the street is removed. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. For the safety of the public, access to neighborhoods from S. 56th Street will not be permitted.
  • N. 10TH STREET DOWNTOWN TEMPORARILY REDUCED TO TWO LANES — 11/15
    North 10th Street, between “P” and “Q” streets, is now reduced to two lanes. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes for the evening commute.
  • Murdock Trail Celebration is Sunday — 11/15
    The public is invited to celebrate the completion of the Murdock Trail reconstruction project Sunday, November 18. The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. with a ceremony on the trail where it crosses Touzalin Street near Colfax Avenue.
  • Mayor Beutler Recognizes Local Recycling Leaders — 11/15
    To celebrate America Recycles Day, Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized local organizations for their efforts to divert waste from the City landfill. The organizations and businesses are participants in the Recycle Lincoln Leadership Recognition Program started by the City Recycling Office to reward groups for their recycling and/or composting efforts.
  • Portion of Normal Boulevard Reopened — 11/14
    Normal Boulevard, between Van Dorn and South 62nd streets. has reopened to traffic. The section was expected to be closed through Tuesday, November 20 for water main repair, but the repair required less street work than anticipated.
  • North 33rd Street Closure Extended to November 20 — 11/14
    North 33rd Street, from Cornhusker Highway (Hwy. 6) south to Madison Avenue, will remain closed for railroad crossing and track work through Tuesday, November 20 due to railroad scheduling needs. Traffic will continue to be detoured to North 48th Street using Cornhusker Highway (Hwy. 6) or Leighton Avenue.
  • Lincoln to Celebrate America Recycles Day — 11/14
    The City and local recyclers will celebrate America Recycles Day Thursday, November 15 with several events beginning this week. America Recycles Day is a nationally-recognized opportunity to promote recycling and celebrate its benefits. The following events are scheduled:
  • Deadline for Comments on Draft Bike Plan is November 30 — 11/14
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department invites the public to comment on the review draft of the Lincoln Bike Plan developed by the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization. The deadline for comments is November 30. The plan is available at lincolnbikeplan.com, and comments are accepted at that site.
  • Portion of North 70th to Close Tomorrow — 11/13
    North 70th Street, between "O" and Vine streets, will close Wednesday, November 14 through Tuesday, November 20 for street repair. Motorists are encouraged to use North 84th Street or to seek alternate routes. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Portion of North 33rd Street to Close November 12 — 11/9
    North 33rd Street, from Cornhusker Highway (Hwy. 6) to Madison Avenue, will close Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14 for railroad crossing and track work. Traffic will be detoured to N. 48th Street using Cornhusker Highway or Leighton Avenue.
  • Portion of Normal Boulevard to Close November 14 — 11/9
    Normal Boulevard, between Van Dorn and South 62nd streets, will close Wednesday, November 14 through Tuesday, November 20 for water main repair. Occasional lane closures on 70th Street may also be necessary. Digital message signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and street or lane closures. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
  • Mayor Beutler's Statement on Election — 11/9
    "Lincoln can take pride in the tremendous turnout for the recent election. While the result of the term limits vote is disappointing, I believe the next Mayor of our great City will share my commitment to moving the City forward with continued investments in public safety, infrastructure and the services that enhance our quality of life.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events November 12 Through 18 — 11/9
    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 November 12 through 18:
  • Help Now Available for Health Insurance Enrollment — 11/9
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and other community groups are now scheduling appointments to help residents enroll for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The open enrollment period is now through December 15.
  • Portion of Holdrege Street to Close Wednesday — 11/6
    Holdrege Street, between 56th and 66th streets, will be closed Wednesday, November 7 through Friday, November 16 for electric utility work.
  • Havelock Avenue Improvements Begin Monday — 11/2
    Havelock Avenue, between North 73rd and 84th streets, will close Monday, November 5 through July 2019 for a street resurfacing project. Traffic will be detoured to Adams Street. N. 84th Street will remain open throughout the project. Alternate access to businesses or properties via Havelock Ave. is being arranged with property owners. The Lancaster Event Center will be accessible from N. 84th Street.
  • Nature Center Winter Hours Begin November 5 — 11/2
    The winter schedule for the Chet Ager Building at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., begins Monday, November 5. The facility will be closed Monday through Friday and open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events November 5 Through 11 — 11/2
    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 November 5 through November 11:
  • Portion of N. 48th Street to Close Monday — 11/2
    North 48th Street, from Fremont Street to Cornhusker Highway (Hwy. 6), will close Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9 for pavement repairs. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and reminded to exercise caution around crews.
  • Lincoln's First Veterans Parade Set for Saturday — 11/1

    Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to attend the City's first Veterans Parade Saturday, November 3 in the area around the State Capitol. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's north steps, and the half-mile parade will move down "K" Street from South 21st to South 14th streets. The parade is being organized by the Marine Corps League, 370 Cornhusker Detachment, and information is available at lincolnveteransparade.org.

  • Lincoln's Hazardous Waste Center Collects 25 Tons of Waste in First Year — 11/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that 50,000 pounds of toxic materials were collected during the first year of operation of Lincoln's Hazardous Waste Center.

October

  • Portion of Rock Island Trail to Close Thursday — 10/31
    Beginning Thursday November 1, the Rock Island Trail near the Lincoln Children's Zoo will be closed 24 hours a day for construction work at the Zoo. The trail had previously been closed only during the day. A completion date has not been determined. Detour signs are posted.
  • Aging Partners Hosts Thanksgiving Meals — 10/31
    Aging Partners invites older adults and the public to Thanksgiving meals November 13 through 19 at senior centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
  • 35th Annual Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Set for April 12 — 10/29
    A former police officer and inner-city educator in Milwaukee will speak at the 35th Annual Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Friday, April 12, 2019. Pardeep Singh Kaleka is with The Forgiveness Project and is co-founder of "Serve2Unite." Kaleka will share his personal journey to forgiveness after the death of his father in the Sikh Temple shooting near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2012.
  • Nomination Deadline Extended for Luminary Award — 10/29

    The deadline to submit a nomination for the third annual Lincoln Luminary Award has been extended to Friday, November 9. The award is presented to an individual who has made a positive impact on the community and demonstrated Lincoln's values. The Luminary Award will be presented at the Winter Lights celebration Friday, December 7 at Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets.

    Leadership Lincoln will again facilitate the annual award process. More information and a nomination form are available at leadershiplincoln.org or by calling 402-441-4661.

  • Bennett Martin Public Library Adds Weekday Evening Hours — 10/29
    Beginning Thursday, November 1, the closing time at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street will be extended from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Funding for the additional eight hours per week was provided as part of the City's 2018-2020 biennial budget.
  • Mayor Says City Continuing to Pursue Shuttle Project — 10/29
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said Lincoln is continuing to pursue grant opportunities and partnerships that will help the City's autonomous shuttle project become a reality. In February, the project earned Lincoln recognition as one of 35 Champion Cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor's Challenge competition. Lincoln was not one of the nine cities named winners of that competition today.
  • Portion of Westbound "O" Street to Close October 29 — 10/26
    The westbound lanes of "O" Street, between 10th to 11th streets, will close Monday, October 29 through November 12 for a water main replacement project. The recommended detour is to travel north on 17th Street, west on "Q" Street, and south on 9th Street back to "O" Street. Temporary sidewalk detours will be posted. The work is scheduled to occur between home Husker football games.
  • City and LPS Seek Comments on Evaluation Process for SRO Program — 10/26

    The City of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) invite the public to submit feedback and suggestions regarding the proposed evaluation process for the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. The draft process is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: sskib). Residents may participate in two ways:

    • Submit comments online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: sskib).
    • Attend a community feedback session from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 8 at Schoo Middle School, 700 Penrose Dr. This session will be facilitated by Leadership Lincoln. Those who wish to attend the session are asked to register by November 6 at Eventbrite.com (search: SRO) to ensure sufficient materials and facilitators. Supervised reading and craft activities will be available for children in kindergarten through grade five, and pre-registration is required at the Eventbrite link.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Oct 29 Through Nov 4 — 10/26
    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 October 29 through November 4.
  • Open House for New Hickman Senior Center Set for November 7 — 10/26
    Aging Partners invites seniors, their families and the public to an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 7 at the new Hickman Senior Center located at the Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St. Refreshments will be served, and lunch reservations can be made by calling 402-416-7693 by Thursday, November 1.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free Exercise Classes November 8 — 10/25

    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to celebrate the Community Health Endowment's (CHE) 20th Anniversary by participating in three free exercise classes on Thursday, November 8. The schedule is as follows:

    • Gentle Yoga from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Auld Recreation Center, 1650 Memorial Dr.
    • Tai Chi from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Auld Recreation Center
    • Qigong Refresh and Recharge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Bridge Behavioral Health, 721 "K" St.
  • 20-Story Building Proposed for "Q" Street — 10/25
    Mayor Chis Beutler announced today that a local developer plans to build a 20-story retail, office and residential project on the north side of the Que Place parking garage. The $30 million Lied Place Residences redevelopment project would include a restaurant on the ground floor, about 4,500 square feet of office space on the second, third and fourth floors and about 40 condominium units on the upper 16 floors.
  • Nature Center Prairie Run is November 3 — 10/25

    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites runners of all ages to participate in the annual Prairie Run, Saturday, November 3. The run starts at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. and features hills and challenging terrain on 1 mile and 5K routes. Registration is required by November 2, and participants can sign up at getmeregistered.com (search: Prairie Run).

  • Downtown Master Plan Unveiled Tuesday — 10/24
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, October 30 for the unveiling of the draft Downtown Lincoln Master Plan. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Railyard and indoor Public Market, 350 Canopy St. The plan identifies priorities and initiatives that will guide improvements in downtown over the next 10 to 12 years.
  • Storm Debris Drop-Off Sites to Close Monday — 10/24
    The seven storm debris drop-off sites provided after the October 14 snow storm will close at 9 a.m. Monday, October 29. Residents are reminded that these areas are only for tree debris from storm damage, and no other waste is allowed.
  • Public Invited to "Put the Beds to Bed" at Sunken Gardens November 3 — 10/23
    The public is invited to volunteer for the 17th annual "Put the Beds to Bed" event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3 at the Sunken Gardens, 26th and "D" streets. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Public Garden Section created the event to involve residents in the joy of gardening at Sunken Gardens. Over the years, gardening groups, neighbors, Master Gardeners, 4-H groups and friends of Sunken Gardens have helped with this event and the annual "Wake Up the Beds" in the spring.
  • Libraries Launch Reading Campaign Focused on Fathers — 10/22

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) encourages fathers to read to their children at least 15 minutes a day as part of its "Dad Up and Read" campaign that runs now through December 15. No registration is required for two free November events:

    • Dads Do - Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon at three locations: Bennett Martin Public Library (136 S. 14th) Anderson Branch (3635 Touzalin) and Gere Branch (2400 S. 56th).

      Fathers and their children are invited to play, create, learn and explore using the building and makerspace kits. The program includes snacks, special guest dads and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card.

    • Breakfast with Dad - Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon at two locations: Walt Branch (6701 S. 14th) and Eiseley Branch (1530 Superior).

      Enjoy a cereal bar at the Walt Branch and the Waffleman at the Eiseley Branch. The event includes stories, crafts, a free drawing pad and crayons for each child, special guest dads and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card.

  • Mayor Encourages Support for Half-Marathon — 10/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to line the race route to support the Good Life Halfsy half-marathon Sunday, October 28. About 6,500 runners will participate in the race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Seacrest Field and ends at the Railyard. Four special "cheer stations" will be located at Neighbors Park, Union Plaza, Innovation Campus and Haymarket Park.
  • Public Invited to Seng Park Dedication October 28 — 10/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to a ceremony renaming University Place Park for former Mayor Coleen Seng at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 28. The event will be at the covered shelter in the northern portion of the park at 49th and Garland streets. A reception in the shelter will follow the ceremony.
  • StarTran Now Using Simulator for Driver Training — 10/19
    StarTran is now using a new Bus Operator Simulator System that helps train new employees and strengthen skills for current operators. A grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Ladders of Opportunity Initiative funded 70 percent of the cost.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 22 Through 28 — 10/19
    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 October 22 through 28.
  • StarTran to Offer Free Boo at the Zoo Shuttle Service — 10/19
    StarTran will again provide free shuttle bus service to the Lincoln Children's Zoo trick-or-treat celebration, Boo at the Zoo, Friday, October 26 through Tuesday, October 30.
  • Antelope Creek Removed From Impaired Waters List — 10/18
    City, State and federal officials today announced that Antelope Creek, which runs for 11 miles through Lincoln, has been removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Impaired Waters list. Only 90 creeks in the nation have been removed from the list in the last 15 years, and only 14 of those are in urban areas.
  • Safe and Successful Kids Interlocal Board Meetings to Be Aired on City Channels — 10/17

    Meetings of the Safe and Successful Kids Interlocal Board will now be aired live online and on the City government and education cable channels. Live online access is available at lnktvcity.lincoln.ne.gov. Live cable access is available on Allo channels 2 and 23, Spectrum channels 1300 and 1303, and Windstream channels 1005 and 1080. On-demand rebroadcasts of the meetings are available at lnktvcity.lincoln.ne.gov and youtube.com/lnktvcity.

  • City Replaces Two Closed Recycling Sites — 10/17

    The City has opened two new multi-material recycling sites to replace locations that closed. Lincoln and Lancaster County residents now have 29 recycling drop-off sites, including these new locations:

    • The site at the Lincoln Labor Temple, 4625 "Y" Street, replaces the Centro Plaza drop-off site.
    • The site at Lewis Ball Field, Capitol Parkway and "J" Street, replaces the Randolph Car Wash drop-off site.
  • Nominations Now Being Accepted for 41st Annual Mayor's Arts Awards — 10/17

    Nominations are due December 18 for the 41st annual Mayor's Arts Awards presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC). The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, and for the third year, the event will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nominations may be submitted using the online form at artscene.org, and more information is available by calling the LAC at 402-434-2787.

  • Nature Center Buildings Opening Later Sunday — 10/17
    The Chet Ager and Prairie Buildings at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., will open at 12:45 p.m. instead of noon on Sunday, October 21 due to a staff meeting. All hiking trails at the Nature Center will have regular hours. Trails on the south side of the road are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other trails are open sunrise to sunset.
  • Designated Areas Now Available for Storm Debris — 10/15
    Following Sunday's storm, the City reminds residents that disposal of private tree debris is the responsibility of the property owner. Parks and Recreation Community Forestry Section personnel will only clear tree debris that has fallen from trees planted in the public right-of-way between the sidewalk and curb. For debris in those areas only, call 402-441-7847, option 0, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., tree debris may be reported to the Lincoln Police Department non-emergency number at 402-441-6000.
  • South 13th Street Project Starts October 21 — 10/15

    Beginning Sunday, October 21, portions of S. 13th Street between South Street and Lincoln Mall will be closed primarily overnight for a safety improvement project. The work will begin at South Street, and east-west side streets will remain open for traffic and parking. To minimize impact to residents, businesses and commuters, work is being performed on the following accelerated schedule:

    • 1 p.m. Sunday, October 21 to 6 a.m. Monday, October 22
    • 7 p.m. Monday, October 22 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, October 23
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 24
  • Volunteers Needed for Clean Up at Roper East Park — 10/15
    The public is invited to help clean up Roper East Park, 9th and Adams streets, from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. Lincoln Parks and Recreation will work with volunteers to help remove small volunteer trees within the long grass areas. The group will meet at 9th Street and Butler Avenue. Parking is available along the west side of 9th Street near Adams Street, east of the dog run.
  • Mayor to Present September Award of Excellence — 10/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for September to Office Specialist Brianne Crooks of the Purchasing Division of the Finance 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.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 15 Through 21 — 10/12
    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 October 15 through 21.
  • Diabetes Workshops Begin October 24 — 10/11
    Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a series of free Aging Partners workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from October 24 through November 28. The five-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at Ambassador Health, 4405 Normal Blvd.
  • Beutler Says Lamm Fails to Understand Sales Tax Notification Process — 10/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said City Council member Cyndi Lamm's campaign news release on sales tax protocol reflects a total misunderstanding of the notification process and a lack of research. The Nebraska Department of Revenue is responsible by statute to be the sales tax administrator for the State and for cities, and Beutler said that agency has fulfilled its responsibilities for officially notifying businesses of the recent sales tax changes. Lincoln's voter-approved, three-year, quarter-cent sales tax ended October 1, but reports indicate some local businesses were still charging the extra tax after that date.
  • Businesses Reminded That Public Safety Sales Tax Has Ended — 10/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler today reminded local businesses that the quarter-cent public safety sales tax ended October 1. He said his office has received reports that some businesses have continued to charge the additional tax after that date. Information for consumers, retailers and others who hold sales and use tax permits is available from the Nebraska Department of Revenue at revenue.nebraska.gov.
  • Senior Mental Fitness Programs Set for November 2 — 10/10
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to a morning of Southeast Community College presentations on mental fitness, health and overall wellness from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, November 2, at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th St. Place.
  • Chet Ager Building Closed October 12 — 10/10
    The Chet Ager Building at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., will be closed Friday, October 12 for special programming.
  • "O" Street Viaduct Reduced to Single Lanes October 15 — 10/10
    On Monday, October 15, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Harris Overpass on "O" Street between 3rd and 9th streets will be restricted to single lanes in both directions for routine bridge inspection. Motorists are urged to use caution around City inspectors while they work in the area.
  • Mayor Urges Support for Second Diaper Drive — 10/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to support the Walmart Diaper Drive to help Lincoln families Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. The donated diapers will be used by participants in two programs of the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) -- the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and the Healthy Families America home visitation program.
  • Fire Prevention Week Under Way — 10/10
    The theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week October 7 through 13 is, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere!" Lincoln Fire and Rescue recommends that all residents practice their fire escape plans at least once a year and offer the following tips:
  • LED Streetlight Conversion to Begin Monday — 10/5
    Beginning Monday, October 8, Schneider Electric will begin replacing close to 27,000 of the City's outdated high-pressure sodium and metal halide streetlights with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. Installation will begin on arterial and collector streets, and the project is scheduled to be completed in one year. Residents can find updated project schedules at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: led).
  • Mayor Proclaims Monday, October 8 as Indigenous Peoples Day — 10/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler has proclaimed Monday, October 8 as "Indigenous Peoples Day" in Lincoln to honor our Native American heritage. In 2016, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 8 Through 14 — 10/5
    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 October 8 through 14:
  • Lincoln Effectively Ends Veteran Homelessness — 10/5
    Federal officials have informed Mayor Chris Beutler that Lincoln has effectively ended homelessness among Veterans. The confirmation came from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), which coordinates the federal response to homelessness in partnership with 19 federal member agencies.
  • Lincoln's First Veterans Parade Set for November 3 — 10/5
    Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler today called on all residents to support Lincoln's Veterans Parade set for Saturday, November 3 in the area around the State Capitol. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's north steps, and the half-mile parade will move down "K" Street from South 21st to South 14th streets. The parade is being organized by the Marine Corps League, 370 Cornhusker Detachment, and information is available at lincolnveteransparade.org.
  • Mayor Thanks Community for Success of Public Safety Sales Tax — 10/3
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the public safety sales tax has accomplished the goal of increasing safety and emergency response times in Lincoln. The quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters went into effect October 1, 2015 and ended Monday. Although the tax collection has ended, the City will receive two more monthly installments of revenue. Once these are received, the projected three-year total is expected to be about $38.14 million. The funds are being used for a new emergency radio system and four new fire stations, one a joint Police-Fire facility in southeast Lincoln.
  • Portion of Rock Island Trail to Close Thursday — 10/3
    Beginning Thursday, the Rock Island Trail near the Lincoln Children's Zoo will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for construction work at the Zoo. A completion date has not been determined. Detour signs will be posted. On the south side of the Zoo, trail users are advised to exit the Rock Island Trail at the Garfield Street bridge and use Memorial Drive or sidewalks along "A" Street to access the Billy Wolff Trail. North of the Zoo, trail users will be directed to the Billy Wolff Trail.
  • Health Department Reminds the Public That Flu Season is Here — 10/2
    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.
  • Read to a Dog Fall Session Begins October 11 — 10/1
    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.
  • Free Fitness Classes to Continue — 10/1
    The Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the free fitness programs that started in May will continue through the end of the year.

September

  • West "O" Bridge Repairs Begin September 30 — 9/28
    Starting Sunday, September 30, traffic on the West "O" Street bridge between 1st Street and Sun Valley Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction for a repair project. The work is scheduled to be completed in seven to 10 days.
  • Nature Center Hosts October Events — 9/28
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., invites the public to the following programs in October:
  • Portion of Pioneers Boulevard to Close Monday — 9/28
    Starting Monday, October 1, Pioneers Boulevard from South 40th to 48th streets will be closed to through traffic for private sewer repairs. The street is scheduled to reopen by October 8. Access to neighborhoods will be maintained on Pioneers Boulevard from South 48th Street. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes, including Nebraska Highway 2, Sheridan Boulevard and Calvert Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 1 Through 7 — 9/28
    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 October 1 through 7:
  • Aging Partners' Hickman Senior Center Moving October 10 — 9/27
    Aging Partners Director Randy Jones today announced that the Aging Partners Senior Center in Hickman will be relocating October 10 to the new Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St. The senior center is currently located in the Hickman Presbyterian Church.
  • Libraries to Host Musical Story Times Wednesday and Thursday — 9/26
    Lincoln City Libraries and Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will host free story times and musical instrument introduction sessions at two library locations this week:
  • Nominations Now Accepted for Third Annual Luminary Award — 9/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler is seeking nominations for the third 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 7 at Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets.
  • Comments on Cable TV and Internet Service Accepted Through Sept. 30 — 9/24
    The Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board is accepting comments through Sunday, Sept. 30 on the quality of services provided by the City's three cable television franchisees.
  • Portion of Rokeby Road to Close Monday — 9/21
    Starting Monday, September 24, Rokeby Road from S. 70th to S. 84th streets will close to through traffic for a paving and safety improvement project.
  • Portion of S. 40th Street to Close Monday — 9/21
    Starting Monday, September 24, S. 40th Street, between Normal Boulevard and Van Dorn Street, will be closed to through traffic for private sewer repairs.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 24 Through 30 — 9/21
    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 September 24 through 30:
  • Portion of S. 70th Street to Close Saturday — 9/19
    Starting Saturday, September 22, S. 70th Street, from Highway 2 to Yankee Hill Road, will be closed to through traffic for improvements. The street is scheduled to reopen by November 22. Access to properties and neighborhoods adjacent to S. 70th Street will be maintained during the project.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 17 Through 23 — 9/17
    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 September 17 through 23:
  • Portions of Adams Street to Close Monday — 9/16
    Beginning Monday, September 17, portions of Adams Street, between N. 35th and 46th streets, will be closed for repairs. Work is expected to be complete by October 1. Digital message boards will alert drivers to changing closures. Local access to neighborhoods and businesses will be maintained from N. 40th and 44th streets.
  • Portion of Rokeby Road Closed — 9/14
    Rokeby Road, between 27th and 33rd streets, is closed through October 19 to accommodate street construction by a private developer. Drivers should seek alternate routes.
  • Free Fall Prevention Clinic Set for September 22 — 9/13
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend the free Fall Prevention Clinic Saturday, September 22, National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. The event is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Sports and Physical Therapy-Antelope Creek, 2510 S. 40th St., Suite 200. A variety of activities and presentations will be offered, including blood pressure checks, strength analysis, fall screening, balance screening, foot checks and home safety tips.
  • Nature Center Offers Fall Wagon Rides — 9/13
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the Wild Wagon Ride event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, September 22 at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. Space is limited, and those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by calling 402-441-7895. Tickets are $4 per person, and participants choose departure times at the time of purchase.
  • Volunteers Needed to Help With Landscaping — 9/8
    The public is invited to help with landscaping at the Bea Richmond Park on the southeast corner of 27th and Holdrege streets from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff will work with volunteers to mulch garden beds and plant new plants. Parking is available at Pentzer Park, 26th and Potter streets.
  • September is "National Preparedness Month" — 9/7
    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.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 10 Through 16 — 9/7
    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 September 10 through 16:
  • Open House for 56th and Yankee Hill Project Set for September 11 — 9/7
    Read Aloud Lincoln invites families in the South of Downtown Neighborhood to its free annual event, "Color and Patterns: Stories in Our Community," Sunday, September 9. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m.at the Kennard House, 1627 "H" Street. The coalition promotes early childhood reading opportunities and programs of the Lincoln City Libraries and other local organizations.
  • Read Aloud Lincoln Event Set for Sunday — 9/6
    Read Aloud Lincoln invites families in the South of Downtown Neighborhood to its free annual event, "Color and Patterns: Stories in Our Community," Sunday, September 9. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m.at the Kennard House, 1627 "H" Street. The coalition promotes early childhood reading opportunities and programs of the Lincoln City Libraries and other local organizations.
  • Public Invited to Patriot Day Ceremony September 11 — 9/6
    The public is invited to observe Patriot Day, the 17th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, at a ceremony Tuesday, September 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. The free event starts at 11 a.m. and is hosted by the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council, the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln Parks Foundation.
  • City and County Urge Caution and Preparedness as Creeks Rise — 9/4
    Officials with the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County urge the public to stay informed and cautious as creek levels rise to near-flood conditions. Although there is no call for evacuation, residents in the North and South Bottoms neighborhoods are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate if Salt Creek levels continue to rise.
  • Saline Wetlands Open House Set for September 12 — 9/4
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to an open house Wednesday, September 12 to learn about Nebraska's eastern saline wetlands and the Marsh Wren wetland conservation project. The event is from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marsh Wren Community Wetland Area near North 40th Street and Arbor Road. Directions are available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov on the Saline Wetlands homepage.
  • Public Hearing on Cable TV and Internet Service Set for This Evening — 9/4
    The Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board will hold a public hearing to help evaluate the quality of services provided by the City's three cable television franchisees from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, September 4 in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street. The hearing is part of the Board's periodic performance evaluation of Charter/Spectrum, Windstream and Allo.
  • Libraries to Host Great American Read Series Kickoff Event — 9/4
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and Nebraska Educational Television (NET) will host a series kickoff event Tuesday, September 11 in conjunction with the PBS television show, "The Great American Read." The event will be at 6 p.m. at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2018 One Book–One Lincoln Title — 9/3
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann has been selected for the 2018 One Book–One Lincoln community reading program. The book is available from LCL in print, large type, compact disc, downloadable audio and eBook formats.
  • Signal Out at 11th and "O" Streets — 9/2
    The traffic signals at 11th and "O" streets are out without power until at least Tuesday, September 4. Drivers should treat it as a four-way stop. The Public Works and Utilities Department appreciates the public's patience while repair is being arranged over the holiday weekend.

August

  • Rosa Parks Way Bridge Repairs Begin September 4 — 8/31
    Starting Tuesday, September 4, bridge repairs on Rosa Parks Way between South 3rd and South Folsom streets will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction. The project is scheduled to be completed in late November.
  • Volunteers Needed for 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 2018 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.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Sept 3 Through Sept 9 — 8/31
    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 September 3 through September 9:
  • Salt Creek Stabilization Project at Pioneers Blvd. Begins September 4 — 8/31
    Beginning September 4, access to the Wilderness Park trail under the Pioneers Boulevard bridge will be closed for work to stabilize the banks of Salt Creek and protect the bridge. The project will continue through the end of the year. The Jamaica North trail is the recommended detour. The work is not expected to impact bridge traffic.
  • Libraries to Host Author Visit — 8/31
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation Sunday, September 16 by author Beverly Scott. Scott will host a discussion and read from her book, "Sarah's Secret: A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness" at 2 p.m. at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street. The event is co-hosted by the Lincoln Lancaster County Genealogical Society
  • Hwy. 34 and W. Fletcher Lane Closures Begin September 4 — 8/30
    Periodic lane closures will begin September 4 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and West Fletcher Avenue. Traffic will be maintained in all directions during the improvement project, which will continue through October. Motorists will be advised of the closures as required. No lane closures will occur on Husker home football game weekends.
  • Free Yoga at Antelope Park Begins September 2 — 8/30
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to free Lincoln Parks and Yoga (PLAY) events on Sunday mornings in September. The sessions are from 10 to 11 a.m.at the John Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, 1600 Memorial Drive. Participants are asked to bring their own towel or yoga mat.
  • Rock Island Trail Closures Begin September 4 — 8/30
    Starting September 4, portions of the Rock Island Trail between South and Calvert streets will be closed for improvement projects. The work is expected to be complete by November 1 and includes drainage work to reduce mud and ice on the trail, and improved pedestrian routes. Some tree removal on the trail near the Penny Bridges at Sheridan Blvd. will be required to grade for proper drainage.
  • West Nile Virus Cases Reported in Lancaster County — 8/30
    In the past few weeks, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) has received reports of six cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Lancaster County. Those afflicted range in age from 28 to 64 years old. Humans can be infected with the West Nile Virus after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus.
  • LFR Receives Grant for Additional Firefighters — 8/30
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Fire Chief Micheal Despain announced today that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has been awarded a federal grant to help pay for 15 additional firefighters/paramedics. The three-year, $2,268,258 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant (SAFER), is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Public Hearing on Cable TV and Internet Service Set for September — 8/27
    The Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board will hold a public hearing to help evaluate the quality of services provided by the City's three cable television franchisees from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street. The hearing is part of the Board's periodic performance evaluation of Charter/Spectrum, Windstream and Allo.
  • Capital City Ready for Gameday Traffic — 8/27
    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 starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 1 against Akron.
  • Olsson Associates Expanding in West Haymarket — 8/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Olsson Associates announced today that the design and consulting firm is expanding its headquarters in the West Haymarket with a four-story building south of its current location at Canopy and "P" streets. The $19 million dollar project will create 67,000 square feet of office space and 5,800 feet of retail space on Canopy Street.
  • Parks and Recreation Fall Program Guide Now Available — 8/24
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released its fall/winter program guide. The guide will be included in the Sunday, August 26 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star, and a downloadable version is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Aug 27 Through Sept 2 — 8/24
    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 August 27 through September 2.
  • Mayor Says Facts Support 13th Street Improvements — 8/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the plan to improve safety and traffic flow on South 13th Street is based on solid data, expert analysis and real-life experience. And he said a City Council resolution to stop the project is "a reckless action that puts Lincoln drivers, bikers, and pedestrians in danger that could be prevented." The Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and take a vote on the resolution at Monday's regular meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. The project is part of the Safety and Operation Improvement Program in the recently approved Capital Improvements Plan.
  • Mayor Taking Action to Put Term Limit Issue Before Voters — 8/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said he is taking steps to put a Mayoral term limits proposal on the November ballot in the interests of "transparency, integrity and respect for the voters of this great City." The petition calls for a three-term limit on the office of Mayor, and passage would make Mayor Beutler ineligible to be on the ballot in the Mayor 2019 City election.
  • Open House Set for Murdock Trail Project — 8/23
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, August 30 on the renovation of Murdock Trail between N. 56th and N. 70th streets. The event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Easterday Recreation Center, 6130 Adams Street. City staff and contractors will be available to discuss the project. No formal presentation is planned.
  • N. 66th and Fremont Intersection Opens Today — 8/23
    The intersection of North 66th and Fremont streets is open to traffic. Periodic lane closures may be needed to complete the updating of street lights in the coming months, but traffic is expected to be maintained during that work.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Lincoln — 8/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler said today's confirmation that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is in Lincoln means the City must move forward to adopt the EAB Response and Recovery Plan and to secure ongoing funding to address the issue. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture found the invasive beetle in a trap in Lincoln.
  • Libraries to Host Great American Read Events — 8/21
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and Nebraska Educational Television (NET) will host two events in August and September in conjunction with the PBS television show, "The Great American Read." The eight-part series is the centerpiece of a digital, social, educational and community outreach campaign designed to stimulate reading and discussion about America's 100 best-loved novels.
  • Temporary Closings of W. Van Dorn Street at Hwy 77 Begin Today — 8/21
    West Van Dorn Street, at the Nebraska Highway 77 interchange, will close between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today through August 23 for traffic signal upgrades. The off and onramps at the interchange will remain open. The closure will also occur from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday.
  • Eleven New CNG Buses Start Service This Week — 8/21
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that 11 StarTran buses fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) are starting service in Lincoln this week. The new buses replace 17-year-old diesel-fueled vehicles and offer these benefits:
  • Mayor Says New Budget Will Keep City Moving Forward — 8/21
    Mayor Chris Beutler said the 2018-2020 City budget passed by the City Council today accomplishes his goal of investing in the future of Lincoln. "We are continuing to improve public safety, our top priority, with investments in new Police Officers, new Firefighters and new fire apparatus," Mayor Beutler said. "We are also able to make major investments in our streets and parks. And because of our strong economy, we are able to strengthen these vital public services without an increase in our property tax rate. This budget is the roadmap to build on our momentum and keep our City growing."
  • Open House for Lincoln Bike Plan Set for August 20 — 8/17
    The public is invited to an open house for the Lincoln Bike Plan from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, August 20 at Turbine Flats Gallery, 2124 "Y" Street. The draft plan bicycle network will be available for review, and staff from the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be available for questions and comments.
  • Public Should Avoid Portion of Irvingdale Park — 8/17
    The public is advised to avoid a portion of Irvingdale Park, near S. 20th and Van Dorn streets for the next 24 hours, following a sanitary sewer overflow early Friday. The leak near a storm culvert just north of Van Dorn Street resulted from damage during construction work. The overflow totaled 20 gallons and did not enter the park creek. Cleanup will be complete by 4 p.m.
  • Replacement of Downtown Water Mains Begins Monday — 8/17
    Starting Monday, August 20, portions of 10th, 11th and "M" streets will be closed for a water main replacement project. On-street parking, sidewalks and crosswalks may be closed or restricted periodically. Digital message signs will alert travelers to upcoming work and street or lane closures, and temporary sidewalk detours will be posted. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained. Work is expected to end in late 2018.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 20 - August 26 — 8/17
    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 August 20 through August 26:
  • Additional Valuation Revenue to Be Set Aside for Streets — 8/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said final property valuation numbers are $949,000 higher than projected, and those additional funds will be set aside to invest in City streets.
  • Star City Shores Open Through Sunday — 8/15
    While most of Lincoln's public swimming pools closed on Sunday, August 12, Star City Shores will remain open through Sunday, August 19. Hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m. today through Friday, August 17 and 12:30 to 6 p.m. August 18 and 19.
  • Final Open House Set for Regional Water Quality Plan — 8/15
    The public is invited to the final open house on the draft Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD) Water Quality Management Plan Thursday, August 30. The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the LPSNRD offices, 3125 Portia Street. The open house will feature informational displays, and members of the NRD and consultant team will be available for questions. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 13-19 — 8/10
    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 August 13 through August 19.
  • Outdoor Living and Learning Center Coming to Belmont Park — 8/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler and community partners today broke ground for the first ever Streets Alive! community development project, the Belmont Outdoor Living and Learning Center.
  • Ager Golf Course Closures Start Monday — 8/9
    The Ager Learning Golf Course, 3761 Normal Blvd., will be closed for fairway reseeding on the following dates: Monday, August 13, Thursday, August 23 and Wednesday, September 5. The practice putting green and driving range will remain open on those days. Cart traffic will not be allowed on the fairways for one week after the September 5 seeding, weather permitting.
  • Portion of Salt Creek Roadway to Close Saturday Night — 8/9
    Salt Creek Roadway between Stadium Drive and North 14th Street will be closed from 6 to 10 p.m. on August 11 for utility work. Lincoln Electric System (LES) is removing several electrical lines that span the street and adjacent railroad. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
  • Updated Online Gis Viewers Now Available — 8/9
    The two most used online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) web mapping resources for the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County have been updated. The maps are located at lincoln.ne.gov (keywords: gis viewer and gis development). Both the GIS Viewer and GIS Development Viewer sites are interactive mapping applications that provide a variety of data such as ownership, parcel boundaries, zoning and land use information.
  • Festival Dinner Location Has Changed — 8/9
    The Hops Herbal Festival dinner August 11 has been moved from the Pioneers Park Nature Center to the Happy Raven, 122 N. 11 St. The festival's other scheduled events remain unchanged and will be from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Portion of North 14th Street Closed — 8/8
    North 14th Street between Judson and Manatt streets is closed for street resurfacing through August 9 or 10. Alternate access to neighborhoods and Belmont Elementary School will be maintained. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Volunteers Needed for Downtown Landscaping — 8/6
    The public is invited to help with landscaping in the area of 9th and "S" streets from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 18. Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will work with volunteers to help pull weeds, mulch garden beds, and plant new plants. Volunteers will meet at the northwest corner of 9th and "S" Streets, west of the southbound I-180 ramp. Street and garage parking is available.
  • Hops Herbal Festival Set for August 11 at Pioneers Park Nature Center — 8/3
    The Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center invite the public to a Hops Herbal Festival, from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 11 at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. A beer pairing dinner will follow at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the event will support the Nature Center.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 6 - August 12 — 8/3
    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 August 6 through August 12:
  • Lincoln Play Day is August 8 — 8/3
    The public is invited to the free Lincoln Play Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 at Woods Park, 33rd and "J" streets. Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) are sponsoring the fun family event as part of the Play in the Parks program.
  • Portion of N. 16th Street Closed — 8/2
    North 16th Street from Vine to "S" streets is closed for water main work. It is not known when the project will be completed.
  • Autonomous Shuttle Survey Ends Saturday — 8/2
    The public has just a few days left to take a virtual ride on an autonomous shuttle and take a short survey about their experiences. The virtual ride and survey are available through Saturday, August 4 at shuttle.lincoln.ne.gov. Paper copies are also available at all Lincoln City Library locations, and the public access computers at libraries have a link to the survey. A shortened survey was also included in the Neighborhood Extra section of the Lincoln Journal Star last Saturday, July 28.
  • Lincoln Celebrates National Night Out With Three Free Events August 7 — 8/1

    The public is invited to attend three free events celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7:

    • The Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th St., will celebrate from 5 to 6 p.m. with a hot dog meal, door prizes and family activities, including snookball, giant Jenga and Plinko.
    • Arnold Heights Pool, 4000 N.W. 46th St., will host a swim party from 6 to 8 p.m. with door prizes
    • The "F" Street Recreation Center, 1225 "F" St., will celebrate from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with family activities, hotdogs and door prizes.

July

  • Public Invited to Start First Friday at the "F" Street Community Center — 7/31
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites the public to its final First Friday event of the summer with free food, art and music at the "F" Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street. The "First Step to First Friday" event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 3.
  • Boosalis Trail Closed at 20th Street — 7/30
    The Helen Boosalis Trail is closed just west of 20th Street for a Lincoln Electric System (LES) repair project. The trail is expected to be closed for two weeks. The recommended detour is to use Brower Road and 20th Street to bypass the project.
  • 3D Printers Now Available at Lincoln City Libraries — 7/27
    The public now has access to 3D printers at Lincoln City Libraries locations. A large printer will remain at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, and two smaller printers will travel together to branch libraries for month-long sessions. The small printers are now at Bennett Martin, but will move to Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street, for the month of August.
  • S. Coddington and West Van Dorn Intersection Opens Saturday — 7/27
    The intersection of South Coddington Avenue and West Van Dorn Street will open in all directions at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Periodic lane closures may be needed to complete minor grading and pavement grinding, erosion control and seeding, but traffic will be maintained in all directions throughout the operations. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution around construction crews while they complete their work.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 30 Through August 5 — 7/27
    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 July 30 through August 5:
  • Improvements Start Monday at Rickman's Run — 7/26
    Beginning Monday, July 30, portions of the Rickman's Run Dog Run will be closed for improvements. The Dog Run is in Holmes Lake Park on the east side of South 70th Street. The work is expected to be completed in three to four weeks. The project includes installation of concrete paths, benches, two shade structures, a new portable toilet shelter, dog run entrance gates and minor parking lot expansion.
  • N. 56th and Holdrege Intersection to Close Monday — 7/26
    The intersection of North 56th and Holdrege streets will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 30 for resurfacing. Access to businesses and neighborhoods will be maintained from driveways or streets outside of the intersection. Drivers should seek alternate routes.
  • Starting Sunday, Intersections Will Partially Close Overnight — 7/26
    Four intersections on North 27th St. and on Superior St. will partially close between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. July 29 through August 1 for joint and crack sealing. Access to businesses and neighborhoods will be maintained. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Mopac Trail Closed at N. 56th Street — 7/26
    The Mopac Trail at N. 56th Street is closed today and Friday for work on the east access ramp. The trail is expected to be open Saturday, July 28. Cyclists are encouraged to seek alternate routes, including taking 56th Street south to Wilshire Boulevard, traveling east on Wilshire Blvd., south on N. 59th Street and east on Vine Street to reconnect with the trail at North Cotner Boulevard.
  • Stransky Dog Run Parking Lot to Be Closed Through Weekend — 7/25
    The Stransky Dog Run parking lot in Peterson Park, 4419 Southwood Drive, will be closed Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 for driveway construction. The parking lot is scheduled to reopen Monday, July 30, weather permitting. The dog run will remain open during the project, and the public is advised to use street parking on Southwood Drive as well as other parking areas in Peterson Park.
  • Public Invited to Meeting on Accessory Dwelling Units July 25 — 7/23
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department invites the public to discuss potential zoning revisions for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Wednesday, July 25, at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with a brief presentation, and the discussion will continue until 6:30 p.m.
  • Public Urged to Take Virtual Ride and Survey on Autonomous Shuttle — 7/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today called on the public to share their thoughts on an autonomous shuttle system for downtown Lincoln. The virtual ride and survey are available through Saturday, August 4 at shuttle.lincoln.ne.gov. Paper copies are also available at all Lincoln City Library locations, and the public access computers at libraries will have a link to the survey.
  • Portion of Superior Street to Close Monday — 7/20
    Starting Monday, July 23, both eastbound lanes on Superior Street between West Highlands Boulevard and North 1st Street will close for repairs to the bridge over I-80. The work is expected to take about two weeks to complete, and the project will then move to the westbound lanes. The entire project is expected to be completed in mid-August. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Digital messages boards will alert drivers to changes.
  • Canoeing Event Moved to Oak Lake — 7/20
    Parks and Recreation has moved its free canoeing event Wednesday August 25 to Oak Lake, 1st and Charleston streets. The event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. was moved from Holmes Lake due to the presence of harmful algae. Canoeing will take place in the lake located northeast of the parking lot.
  • N. 56th Street and Leighton Avenue Intersection to Close Saturday — 7/20
    The intersection of North 56th Street and Leighton Avenue will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for crack and joint sealing. Drivers should seek alternate routes.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 23 Through July 29 — 7/20
    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 July 23 through July 29:
  • Mayor Says Delaying Project Would Be Costly — 7/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said a plan to delay the street project at 14th Street, Warlick Blvd. and Old Cheney Road will increase traffic problems, delay safety improvements and waste money. He also said City Council member Cyndi Lamm's budget proposal to move the project back five years is based on non-existent information.
  • Fall Prevention Classes Begin August 2 at Eastmont Towers — 7/18
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to participate in workshops August 2 through September 13 designed to help older adults prevent falls.
  • Car Wash Available for Sealant Removal Today, This Weekend — 7/13

    A car wash is available for motorists who drove through the fresh asphalt sealant Friday morning on "A" Street between 70th and 84th streets. The sealant spread into an open lane due to the rain, and regular washing will not remove the sealant. The free service will be available at 801 W. Upland Avenue until 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    For more information please contact Zach Becker at 402-613-3763 or James Puls at 402-525-5641.

  • Portion of North 48th Street to Close Nightly Beginning July 16 — 7/13
    Beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, North 48th Street between Superior Street and the City Landfill Transfer Station at 5101 N. 48th St. will close nightly for pavement repair to extend the life of the street. Work will occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. through July 31. Flaggers will guide drivers during construction work. Access to local businesses may be limited during the nighttime closures, but the City and contractor will work with the local businesses on their specific needs. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Portion of "A" Street Temporarily Closed — 7/13
    "A" Street between 70th and 84th streets is now closed. This morning's rain caused oil used in an asphalt sealing project to spread into an adjacent open lane. It is not known when the road will reopen. Motorists should seek alternate routes.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 16 Through July 22 — 7/13
    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 July 16 through July 22:
  • Public Advised to Avoid Antelope Creek in Rickman's Run Dog Run — 7/13
    Due to the presence of harmful algae in Holmes Lake, the public is urged to keep pets out of Antelope Creek in the adjacent Rickman's Run dog park. The public is encouraged to visit the City's three other dog runs:
  • Haymarket Street Closures Change July 16 — 7/12
    Beginning Monday, July 16, 8th Street, between "O" and "S" streets will close for repairs. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. The work continues the last phase of improvements planned in the Haymarket and is expected to continue through August. Digital message signs will continue to alert drivers to additional street closures as work progresses.
  • Volunteers Needed to Paint Bridges at Union Plaza — 7/12
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help paint bridges at Union Plaza, 21st and "Q" streets, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday July 21. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot near the Assurity overlook, north of N. 21st and "Q" streets.
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory — 7/11
    The National Weather Service has extended the heat advisory for Lincoln until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12. 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. 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.
  • 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. The hot environment will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. 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.
  • Mayor Proposes Budget Change to Add About $2.8 Million for Streets — 7/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a change to his proposed budget for 2018-2020 would allow an additional $2.8 million to be used for streets. The change is the result of new information on health insurance claims. The Finance Office had projected a 9-percent increase in health insurance rates for the general fund and a 10-percent increase for all other funds. Actual claims information indicates the rate increase will be only about 3 percent. This frees up about $1.3 million in 2018-2019 and about $1.5 million in 2019-2020.
  • Community Health Endowment Launches Year-Long 20th Anniversary Celebration — 7/10
    The Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of 20 free community-based, health-related events. Mayor Chris Beutler helped launch the year-long Health 20/20 series with Lori Seibel, CHE President/CEO, and Michael Molvar, D.D.S., Chair of the CHE Board of Trustees.
  • Portion of Saltillo Road to Close During Daytime Hours — 7/6
    Starting Monday, July 9, Saltillo Road between South 14th and South 27th streets will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. The daily closures are expected to end Friday, July 13, weather permitting. Lincoln Electric System (LES) is relocating and reconstructing electrical utilities to support new commercial development.
  • Citywide Asphalt Sealing Project Begins July 10 — 7/6

    Asphalt sealing on 13 Lincoln arterial streets will begin Tuesday, July 10 and continue through the end of the month. Digital message signs will alert drivers to upcoming work and street or lane closures at least two days in advance. The full schedule of street sections and lanes closed for the project is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: sealing).

  • Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard to Close July 9 — 7/6
    The Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard, just west of South 33rd Street, will be closed July 9 through 16 for concrete repairs. Motorists should seek alternate routes. Access to neighborhoods and businesses will be maintained.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 9 Through July 15 — 7/6
    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 July 9 through July 15:
  • Beutler: J.L. Spray Shouldn't Say Politics Played a Role in Police Investigation — 7/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler said a recent act of vandalism should not be a reason to attack the Lincoln Police Department, and he called on the Republican National Committeeman from Nebraska to retract his statement about the incident.
  • Lincoln Commission on Human Rights Announces Discrimination Hearing Decision — 7/5
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) announced today that a California-based company has been accused of discriminating and retaliating against a Lincoln resident. In May, a Hearing Officer appointed by LCHR recommended that the Complainant, Raul Alvarez, receive $98,472.00 in lost wages and $75,000.00 for emotional distress from his previous employer, SBM Site Services. LCHR is expected to consider the recommendations and enter an order at its next monthly meeting scheduled for July 26.
  • North 10th Street Now Open — 7/5
    North 10th Street, between Military Road and Sun Valley Boulevard, is now open to through traffic. The street had been closed since May 2017 for reconstruction of the bridge over Salt Creek. Temporary lane closures will continue for the next three weeks as crews complete pavement markings and other minor work. Lincoln residents are reminded to exercise caution around construction crews.
  • Portion of Northbound N. 27th Street Closed — 7/3
    Northbound traffic on N. 27th Street, between Dan Avenue and Superior Street, is restricted to two lanes through Friday, July 13 for emergency water main repair. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.
  • Public Invited to Start First Friday at the "F" Street Community Center — 7/3
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites the public to start their First Friday activities with free food and music at the "F" Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street. The "First Step to First Friday" event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 6. The first Friday events will continue through August.
  • Haymarket Street Closures Change July 9 — 7/3
    Beginning Monday, July 9, "P" Street, between 7th and 9th streets, and "R" Street, between 8th and 9th streets will close for repairs. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. The work marks the last phase of improvements planned in the Haymarket and is expected to continue through August. Digital message signs will alert drivers to additional street closures as work progresses.
  • Public Asked to Clean Up Fireworks Debris — 7/2
    Volunteers needed for Oak Lake cleanup July 5. 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.
  • Portion of Northbound N. 48th Street Closed — 7/2
    Northbound N. 48th Street between Leighton and St. Paul avenues is closed until 4 p.m. for emergency water main repair. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

June

  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Puppet Shows in July — 6/28
    Parasol Puppets, a touring puppet theater from Missouri, will perform at Lincoln City Libraries in July as part of its Summer Reading Program special events. Performances are free to the public, and no registration is required.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 2 Through July 8 — 6/28
    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 2 through July 8:
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory — 6/28
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lincoln from 1 to 9 p.m. today. 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. 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.
  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Fireworks Smoke — 6/28
    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 anticipated high levels of smoke from fireworks.
  • Fireworks and Ammunition Collection is July 5 — 6/27
    The Bureau of Fire Prevention will collect unwanted fireworks and ammunition Thursday, July 5 in the east parking lot at Oak Lake Park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • "Uncle Sam Jam 2018" Features Soul Dawg, Family Activities, Food and Fireworks — 6/26
    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park, Tuesday, July 3. Family activities will begin at 4 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. The event is free to the public.
  • Public Rides on Autonomous Shuttle Begin Thursday — 6/25
    As part of the City's testing of an autonomous electric shuttle, members of the general public are invited to take a ride and share their thoughts with the project team. Public rides will start Thursday, June 28 at Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC). The number of rides is limited, so residents are encouraged to reserve their seats online by following this process:
  • Stream Stability Project Begins July 9 — 6/22
    A stream stability project in Irvingdale Park near 19th and Van Dorn streets is scheduled to begin Monday, July 9 and continue through the end of October. The parking lot for the park and Irvingdale Pool will remain open during the project, as will access to the pool, tennis courts and playground.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 25 Through July 1 — 6/22
    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 June 25 through July 1:
  • Improvements at S. 48th and Highway 2 Begin July 2 — 6/21
    Traffic signal reconstruction at the South 48th and Highway 2 intersection will begin July 2 and continue through September. The intersection will be open throughout construction with temporary lane closures and pedestrian detours throughout the project. Access to the Helen Boosalis Trail will be maintained throughout construction.
  • Improvements Start Monday at Stransky Dog Run — 6/21
    Beginning Monday, June 25, portions of the Stransky Dog Run at Peterson Park, 4419 Southwood Drive, will be closed for improvements. The installation of concrete paths, benches and two shade structures is expected to be complete in three to four weeks, weather permitting.
  • New Multi-Space Parking Meters Installed — 6/21
    The City recently installed multi-space parking meters in several new locations: - The West Depot surface lot at 676 "O" Street - The Depot South lot in the 700 block of "O" Street - On the street adjacent to the Schwarz Building at 8th and "O" streets - Innovation Campus
  • New Online System Improves Access to City and County Documents — 6/20
    The public will now find it easier to view and search some City and County documents online because of a new code publishing system called EnCode Plus. The documents available on the new system include the following:
  • Arrival of Autonomous Shuttle Begins Next Phase of Project — 6/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler said the arrival of an autonomous electric shuttle in Lincoln is a historic moment for a project that could be a "game-changer for both the public and private sectors." Public input essential to the process.
  • Applicants Sought for Library Board Vacancy — 6/19
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is accepting applications through Wednesday, July 11, 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, 2018 through August 31, 2025. The current board will review the applications and forward all information with any recommendations to the City Council.
  • Make Reservations Now for "Dinner and a Show" Events — 6/19
    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.
  • Public Invited to Celebrate Pollinators June 20 — 6/15
    The public is invited to celebrate National Pollinator Week at "Pollinators on the Plaza" from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Union Plaza, 21st and "P" streets. The free event is part of the Party in the Parks events and is coordinated by Lincoln Parks and Recreation and UNL Bee Lab: Entomology Department.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 18 Through June 24 — 6/15
    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 June 18 through June 24.
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory — 6/15

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lincoln from this afternoon through the weekend. 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. 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.

  • Mayor's Budget Adds Police & Firefighters, Supports Growth Without Levy Increase — 6/15

    Mayor Chris Beutler today said his recommended budget for the next biennium focuses on investments in the future of Lincoln. The Mayor's budget proposal for 2018-2020 was released today and is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: budget 20). The budget does not increase the City's property tax levy, which will remain at 31.648 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

  • Portion of Holdrege Street to Close Through June 20 — 6/14

    Holdrege Street, between 27th and 33rd streets, will be restricted to eastbound traffic only for street repairs starting today and continuing through June 20. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate westbound routes. Westbound StarTran stops on routes 23 (NIC East), 24 (Holdrege), 25 (Vine) and 42 (Bethany) will be detoured to "Y" Street. StarTran does not load or unload in construction zones. Riders should consult StarTran's website to confirm bus stop changes and track buses.

  • Diabetes Workshops Begin in Seward July 9 — 6/13
    Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a series of free Aging Partners workshops from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays from July 9 through August 16 in Seward. The six-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at the Seward Civic Center, 616 Bradford St.
  • S. 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road Repairs Begin Today — 6/13
    Starting today, Public Works will repair premature pavement cracking at the South 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road intersection. The southbound lane will be closed through late June. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate southbound routes. All other directions of travel will remain open.
  • Volunteers Needed for Union Plaza Work — 6/12
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help replant native grasses and pull weeds at Union Plaza, 21st and "Q" streets, from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot near the Assurity overlook, north of N. 21st and "Q" streets.
  • Portion of S. Coddington and West Van Dorn Intersection Closed — 6/11
    The west leg of the South Coddington Avenue and West Van Dorn Street intersection is closed for paving and utility improvements. The work follows the reopening of the north leg late last week. Project phasing continues to keep three legs of the intersection open throughout the project and maintain local access to adjacent businesses and homes. The east leg of the intersection will be the final phase of the project, with completion expected in July.
  • Mayor to Present May Award of Excellence — 6/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Engineer Erika Nunes of the Engineering Services 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 Encouraged to Take City Golf Survey — 6/11
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to share recent golf experiences by taking the annual Lincoln City Golf Customer Satisfaction Survey at lincolncitygolf.org. The survey runs from today through Sunday, July 15.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 11 Through June 17 — 6/8
    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 June 11 through June 17.
  • JoAnn Maxey Senior Center Closed for Renovations Until Late June — 6/7
    The Aging Partners JoAnn Maxey Senior Center at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" St., will remain closed for renovations through at least June 22. The center was originally scheduled to reopen next week.
  • Public Will Be Invited to Try Automated Shuttle — 6/5
    Lincoln residents are being invited to ride on an automated shuttle this summer as part of the City's study on implementing the technology downtown. A loaned Navya electric shuttle is expected to arrive this summer and be in Lincoln through early August. After an initial testing period at Innovation Campus, the general public will be able to take a ride in the Haymarket area.
  • Nature Center Hosts June Events — 6/5
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the following events in June:
  • Improvements at N. 66th and Fremont Begin June 4 — 6/1
    Improvements at the intersection of North 66th and Fremont streets will begin June 4 and continue through September. The intersection will be closed throughout construction. Access to adjacent properties will be maintained except when driveways are being reconstructed. Driveway closures are expected to last for no more than seven days.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 4 Through June 10 — 6/1
    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 June 4 through June 10:
  • New Hazardous Materials Collection Center Summer Schedule — 6/1
    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).

May

  • Celebrate First Friday at "F" Street Community Center — 5/31
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites the public to start their First Friday activities with free food and music at the "F" Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street. The "First Step to First Friday" event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 1. The events will continue on the first Fridays of the month in July and August.
  • Mayor Announces 2018 Lincoln Cares Projects — 5/31
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the City projects that will be funded through the 2018 Lincoln Cares community donation program. Lincoln Cares 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. The funds support projects and programming that are not able to be funded through the City budget.
  • Star City Shores Reopens Today — 5/31
    Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct., will resume regular hours today, 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The aquatic center was closed for two days due to three flooded pump motors.
  • Open House Set for S. 13th Street Improvements — 5/30
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, June 6 to learn about improvements planned for South 13th Street. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the "F" Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Open House for West "A" Improvement Project Set for June 7 — 5/29
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, June 7 on improvements planned for West "A" Street between the west city limits (just west of S.W. 36th Street) and S. Folsom Street. The meeting 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, and participants may enter through Door 19. No formal presentation is planned.
  • Roper Park Dog Run Improvement Project Starts Thursday — 5/29
    Beginning Thursday, May 31, portions of the Roper Park Dog Run, N. 7th and Adams streets, will be closed for improvements. The installation of concrete paths, benches and two shade structures is expected to be complete in three to four weeks, weather permitting.
  • Finalists Announced for One Book-One Lincoln — 5/29
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced the three finalists for the 2018 One Book-One Lincoln Community Reading Program at an event at The Mill in the Haymarket. The finalists are:
  • Star City Shores Closed for Repairs — 5/29
    Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct., is closed for repairs to three flooded pump motors. A reopening date has not been determined.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate In Aging Partners Events May 28 Through June 3 — 5/25
    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 May 28 through June 3:
  • Registration Open for Inaugural Feet First Fun Run — 5/25
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to register for the inaugural Feet First Fun Run June 9 at Mahoney Park, 70th and Fremont streets. Races will start at 9 a.m., and the course will be on paved paths. Participants may park on the west side of the park and check in at the main park shelter. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Feet First program at the "F" Street Community Center.
  • N. 27th and Superior Repairs Start June 4 — 5/24
    Pavement repair at the intersection of North 27th and Superior streets will start June 4 and continue through June 27. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in all directions, including left turn lanes. Digital message boards will alert drivers to changes.
  • Joann Maxey Senior Center Closed for Renovations — 5/24
    The Aging Partners JoAnn Maxey Senior Center at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" St., is currently closed for renovations. The center will reopen on Wednesday, June 13. All available services are being relocated to the Belmont Senior Center at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St. During renovations, the Belmont Senior Center will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maxey Senior Center patrons are encouraged to attend the Belmont Senior Center while the Maxey Center is being renovated.
  • StarTran's CNG Project Receives $3.4 Million in Grants — 5/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said two recent grants totaling $3.425 million will help StarTran increase the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in its fleet. The funds will go toward site acquisition, research and design for a CNG fueling station and eventually a bus maintenance and storage facility. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the City $2.6 million, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) awarded the City $825,000 for the project.
  • Diabetes Workshops Begin June 6 — 5/22
    Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a series of free Aging Partners workshops from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays from June 6 through July 18 (no class on July 4). Participants in the six-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will learn how to live with diabetes. All workshops will be held at the Aging Partners Fitness Center, 555 S. 9th St.
  • One Book-One Lincoln Finalists to Be Announced May 28 — 5/22
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and the Foundation for LCL will announce the three finalists for the 2018 One Book-One Lincoln community reading program at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at The Mill, 800 "P" Street. The public is invited to attend the announcement event. This is the 17th year for the One Book-One Lincoln program.
  • Starpass Offers Unlimited Summer Rides for Youth — 5/22
    Lincoln's StarTran bus service is now offering its summer StarPass for riders ages 5 through 18. The StarPass offers unlimited bus rides from May 23 through August 31 for $20. The StarPass also includes special discounts at 22 participating sponsors.
  • Celebration for Park Improvements Set for Tomorrow — 5/21
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln Parks Foundation invite the public to celebrate the improvements at Bishop Heights Park at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at 30th Street and Prescott Avenue.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free "Feeling Fit" Classes — 5/21
    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 1 through September 28 at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 21st and "Q" streets. All classes are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required. Seven different types of classes are offered:
  • Public Pools Open May 26 — 5/18
    Lincoln's nine public pools will open for the season Saturday, May 26. Residents are encouraged to buy pool passes and to register for swimming lessons and other aquatic programs at parks.lincoln.ne.gov .
  • Parks and Recreation Seeks Two Students for Advisory Board — 5/18
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applicants to fill two student representative positions on its Advisory Board. To be eligible, students must attend a public or private high school or home school in Lincoln. Students serve on the board during their junior and/or senior year of high school. Terms typically begin in June with the option of a one-year reappointment.
  • Open House Set for Improvements at N. 66th and Fremont — 5/18
    The City invites the public to an open house Tuesday, May 22 for the intersection improvement project at North 66th and Fremont streets. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Party on the Plaza Set for Saturday — 5/18
    Lincoln families are invited to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" at the Party on the Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19 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.
  • Pollinator Garden Planting Postponed — 5/18
    The Piedmont Park Pollinator Garden volunteer event scheduled for Saturday, May 19, has been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2 at Piedmont Park, 50th and "C" streets. On-street parking is available on Aldrich and "C" streets, and participants will meet near the tennis courts at the southeast corner of the park.
  • Mayor Presents Awards in Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/17
    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.
  • Public Invited to Downtown Master Plan Events in May — 5/16
    The public is invited to three events in May regarding development of a new Downtown Lincoln Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to identify priorities and initiatives that will guide improvements in downtown over the next 10 to 12 years. The events are as follows:
  • Final Open House for S. 14th and Old Cheney Improvements Set for May 22 — 5/15
    The City invites the public to the final open house on the South 14th Street and Old Cheney Road safety and traffic flow improvement project Tuesday, May 22. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons area of Southwest High School, 7001 S. 14th Street. Visitors may park in the main lot and use the front entrance. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Parks Staff Conducting Prescribed Near Denton Today — 5/15
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff is conducting a prescribed burn this afternoon on a section of the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch near Denton. The 34-acre burn area is at S.W. 70th Street and W. Rokeby Road, about two miles southeast of Denton. Staff reminds the public to stay clear of the area.
  • Mayor Recognizes Businesses for Recycling Efforts — 5/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked nine local businesses and organizations that have been inducted into the Recycle Lincoln Leadership Recognition Program. He also recognized 45 more businesses that are taking advantage of rebates through the City's Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRRAP) to enhance or start recycling programs.
  • Compromise Reached on Safe and Successful Kids Initiative — 5/13
    City Council members, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Board of Education members and Mayor Chris Beutler have reached a compromise on the Safe and Successful Kids initiative to ensure that school safety and student enrichment programs continue to be a funded, long-term priority. The elected officials are proposing an interlocal agreement, with the City and LPS each committing $1.05 million, to share the costs of providing protective, preventative, and proactive services for Lincoln's youth.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 14 Through May 20 — 5/11
    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 May 14 through May 20:
  • Portion of N. 27th Street to Reopen Today — 5/11
    Both northbound lanes on North 27th Street, between Fairfield Street and Old Dairy Road, will be open by 3 p.m. today, two days ahead of schedule. Northbound traffic in the area had been restricted to a single lane since May 7 for water main repairs
  • Mahoney Dog Run Improvement Project Starts Monday — 5/10
    Beginning Monday, May 14, portions of the Mahoney Park Dog Run near 84th and Adams streets will be closed for improvements. The installation of concrete paths, benches and two shade structures is expected to be complete in four to five weeks, weather permitting.
  • Portion of Saunders Avenue to Close Wednesday — 5/10
    Beginning Wednesday, May 16, Saunders Avenue between 12th and 14th streets will be closed through September for improvements. Emergency, residential and business access will be maintained during the project.
  • Volunteers Needed to Plant Pollinator Garden — 5/9
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help plant a pollinator garden at Piedmont Park, 50th and "C" streets, from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 19. On-street parking is available on Aldrich and "C" streets, and participants will meet near the tennis courts at the southeast corner of the park.
  • Portion of N. 27th Street Closed Through May 14 — 5/7
    Northbound traffic on North 27th Street, between Fairfield Street and Old Dairy Road, will be reduced to one lane today through Monday, May 14 for water main repairs.
  • May is National Bike Month — 5/7
    To celebrate National Bike Month in May, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department invites area cyclists to start pedaling to help Lincoln three-peat as National Bike Challenge champions. The 2018 National Bike Challenge began May 1 and runs through September 30. To participate, sign up at lovetoride.net. In 2017, Lincoln won the Challenge for the third time in five years. Previous wins were in 2016 and 2013. Last year, 899 Lincoln riders logged 704,502 miles.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer Fair for Seniors at Gateway Mall — 5/7
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens, their families and the general public to the "Just Ask" Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 15 at the Gateway Mall, 6100 "O" St., in the Center Court area. Those who attend will learn about volunteer opportunities available to seniors from over 30 Lincoln-based non-profit organizations.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 7 Through May 13 — 5/4
    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 7 through May 13:
  • Parks and Recreation Releases Annual Report and Summer Program Guide — 5/4
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released its 2016-2017 annual report and summer program guide. The guide will be included in the Sunday, May 6 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:
  • Nature Center Hosts May Events — 5/4
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the following events in May:
  • Car Seat Safety Program Check Presentation Set for May 8 — 5/4
    AAA - The Auto Club Group and The Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation (CMCF) will present a $7,000 check Tuesday, May 8 to support the child car seat safety program in Lincoln and Lancaster County. The presentation will start at 5:45 p.m. at Fire Station 14, 5435 N.W. 1st St.
  • Public Invited to Donate Fans to Seniors May 17 — 5/3
    Aging Partners and the Lincoln Coalition for Older Adults Health Promotion (COAHP) invite the public to donate electric fans to seniors May 17. New fans (in the box) will be accepted for the seventh-annual "Be a Fan of Seniors" donation drive from 3 to 5 p.m. at Old Cheney Rehabilitation, 5431 S. 16th St. 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.
  • F Street Community Center to Host First Friday Events — 5/2
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites the public to start their First Friday activities with free food and music at the F Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street. The "First Step to First Friday" event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 4. The events will continue through August.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday May 5th — 5/2
    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 5th at Lincoln Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct.
  • Open House Set for North 33rd and Cornhusker Project — 5/2
    The City and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) invite the public to an open house Wednesday, May 9 on the plans for the North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway Transportation Project and Subarea Plan. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th Street. (Park on the south side and use the entrance under the white awning). No formal presentations are planned.

April

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 30 - May 6 — 4/27
    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 April 30 through May 6:
  • Aging Partners Returning to Locally Prepared Meals — 4/27
    Aging Partners Director Randall S. Jones today announced that the agency will reopen its central kitchen facility beginning June 1. The kitchen is located at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" St., and will serve Aging Partners' 10 senior centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
  • Prescribed Burn Near Denton Now Set for Friday — 4/24
    Parks and Recreation staff have delayed this afternoon's prescribed burn due to air quality, and it has been rescheduled for the afternoon of Friday, April 27. The area to be burned is an 18-acre section of the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch just south and southwest of Denton.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free Fans for Seniors — 4/24
    Aging Partners reminds the public that it provides free electric fans to seniors age 60 and older in Lincoln and the surrounding area. To obtain a fan, call Aging Partners at 402-441-3025. The fans are available through the generous donations of individuals and organizations.
  • Library to Host Garden Party This Saturday — 4/24
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to attend a Seedfolks Garden Party from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 28 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street. The event celebrates the themes in the book and play, "Seedfolks," by Paul Fleischman. It is the story of how the lives of 13 people are transformed by their work in a community garden. The play was presented earlier this month at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
  • Parks Staff Conducting Prescribed Burn Near Denton Today — 4/24
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff is conducting a prescribed burn this afternoon on a section of the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch near Denton. The area within the controlled burn totals 18 acres of prairie. Staff reminds the public to stay clear of the area.
  • City Arbor Day Celebration Set for Thursday — 4/23
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to Lincoln's Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at Kooser Elementary School, 7301 N. 13th Street. Kooser students will provide entertainment for the event and Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation.
  • Statement From Mayor Chris Beutler Regarding Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm's Release — 4/23
    "Councilor Cyndi Lamm's support for School Resource Officers is commendable, but her plan fails to fund key preventive strategies that will better protect our children. We need more than good intentions," said Mayor Chris Beutler in responding to Councilwoman Lamm's press release issued this morning.
  • 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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