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2017 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

May

  • MPO Seeks Public Comments on Transportation Plans — 5/25

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

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

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

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

April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January

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

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

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