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2019 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

October

  • Portion of Van Dorn Street to Close Monday — 10/18
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, October 21, Van Dorn Street between 84th and 98th streets will be closed for installation of a new storm sewer. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. The work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, October 25.
  • Parks and Recreation Hosts Halloween Events — 10/18
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites children in fifth grade and younger and their families to three free Halloween events in October. Activities include Halloween-themed games and prizes. All children must be accompanied by an adult and attendees are encouraged to wear a costume.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 21 Through 27 — 10/18
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from October 21 through October 27.
  • ALLO Communications Partners With City to Provide Free Internet to 75 Nonprofits — 10/17
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and ALLO Communications today announced the Community Connect Program, which will provide free one gigabit broadband service for 10 years to 75 qualified nonprofits in the community. The program was a key component of the City's broadband franchise agreement with ALLO, a Nebraska-based telecommunications company.
  • Health Department Reminds the Public That Flu Season is Here — 10/17
    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 can 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.
  • Fire Chief Despain to Retire in March — 10/15
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that Fire Chief Micheal Despain will retire in March 2020. Despain came to Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) in July 2016 after a 32-year fire service career in California.
  • Portion of West "A" Street to Close October 16 — 10/14
    West "A" Street between Southwest First and Southwest Sixth streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 16 for railroad repair. BNSF Railway will replace the track that crosses West "A" Street. The sidewalks in this area will also be closed. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and closures. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to local businesses will be maintained.
  • City Kicks Off "Bin Buddies" Program on America Recycles Day — 10/14
    As part of America Recycles Day, Friday, November 15, the City invites volunteers to sign up for the new Bin Buddies Recycling Assistance Team to help at the City's recycling drop-off sites. The Waste Diversion Office of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities has created the program to educate and assist residents at the sites. To sign up, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: buddies).
  • Rokeby Road Now Open — 10/14
    Rokeby Road between South 70th and 84th streets is now open. The street has been closed since September 2018 for a paving and safety improvement project.
  • Lincoln Fire and Rescue Hosts Ribbon Cutting at Station 12 Tuesday — 10/14
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Station 12 at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 4405 S. 84th St. Visitors are invited to tour the station following the ceremony and remarks by Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. Refreshments will be served.
  • Public Invited to Plant Trees at Mahoney Park October 19 — 10/11
    The public is invited to plant trees at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 19 in Mahoney Park, 70th and Fremont streets. The event is hosted by Lincoln Parks and Recreation and Earl May to celebrate Earl May's 100th Anniversary and a donation of 29 trees by Earl May and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
  • Mayor Urges Support for Third Diaper Drive — 10/11
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today encouraged the public to support the Walmart Diaper Drive to help Lincoln families Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. 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.
  • City Receives Benton Sculpture for Trago Park — 10/11
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced the gift of an outdoor sculpture to be placed in Trago Park at 22nd and "U" Streets. The large steel abstract sculpture from the estate of California artist Fletcher Benton is called "Tilted Donut No. 7 - Broken Line." The sculpture will arrive Lincoln in mid-October and will be installed later this month.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 14 Through 20 — 10/11
    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 October 14 through October 20.
  • Public Invited to "Put the Beds to Bed" at Sunken Gardens November 2 — 10/10
    The public is invited to volunteer for the 18th annual "Put the Beds to Bed" event starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 2 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.
  • South Folsom and North 27 Streets Now Open — 10/9
    South Folsom Street, between West South Street and Pioneers Boulevard, and North 27th Street, between Old Dairy Road and Cornhusker Highway, are now open. Temporary turn-lane closures may occur on North 27th Street for sprinkler and sodding work.
  • Winter Youth Basketball Camp and Leagues Begin October 19 — 10/9
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites children in kindergarten through fifth grade to a basketball camp in October and winter basketball leagues beginning in November.
  • StarTran Ridership Increase Highest in Region — 10/9
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today congratulated StarTran on increasing ridership 27 percent from 2017 to 2018, the largest increase in Region VII of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The increase of 526,072 patrons earned StarTran the FTA Award of Excellence earlier this month. The FTA evaluates ridership for all urban transit providers in the region every year. Region VII includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
  • Public Meeting on Affordable Housing Action Plan Set for October 17 — 10/8
    The public is invited to comment on affordable housing issues at a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 17, at Educare Lincoln, (connected to Belmont Elementary School), 3435 N. 14th St. Representatives from the City's Urban Development Department and Collective Impact Lincoln will lead discussion regarding the creation of Lincoln's Affordable Housing Action Plan.
  • Bennet Senior Center Moving to New Location This Week — 10/7
    The Aging Partners Senior Center in the Bennet American Legion Hall will move to the Bennet Community Church, 350 Monroe St. on Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10. Meals and other activities will remain on the current schedule from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 21st Street Closure to Begin October 7 — 10/4
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, October 7, 21st Street, between "L" and "N" streets will be closed for Black Hills Energy to install a new gas line. The sidewalks in this area will also be closed. The street and sidewalks are scheduled to reopen Friday, October 25. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Survey on Street Projects Ends October 14 — 10/4
    Residents have until Monday, October 14 to take an online survey that will be used to help determine the street projects to be funded with the new voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax. The survey is available at streets.lincoln.ne.gov
  • Mayor Gaylor Baird Selected for Leadership Position With U.S. Conf. of Mayors — 10/4
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has accepted an appointment from the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) to serve as Vice Chair of the Mayors and Metro Universities Task Force. As Vice Chair, she is attending the 2019 USCM Fall Leadership Meeting in Rochester Hills and Detroit Michigan October 4 and 5.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events October 7 Through 13 — 10/4
    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 October 7 through October 13.
  • Nature Center Offers Day Camp During LPS Fall Break — 10/4
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., will offer an outdoor day camp for elementary school students during the Lincoln Public Schools fall break October 17 and 18. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The registration deadline is October 9. The fee is $40 per day, and space is limited.
  • Streets to Close Friday for Homecoming Parade — 10/3

    The following streets on UNL's city campus will be closed from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4 for the Homecoming Parade:

    • Vine Street between 14th and 17th streets
    • 16th Street between "R" and "W" streets
    • 14th Street between Vine and "W" streets
  • City Completes Project to Convert Street Lights to LED Technology — 10/2
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said the conversion of early 27,000 street lights citywide to LED technology is a "milestone in our City's efforts to be more energy efficient." The Mayor this evening flipped on a ceremonial light switch to celebrate the completion of the project. She was joined by representatives of the Lincoln Electric System and Schneider Electric, the City's partner in the project.
  • Lincoln Continues its National Bike Challenge Championship Streak — 10/1
    For the fifth time in seven years, Lincoln is a National Bike Challenge champion. Sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists, the Challenge is a nationwide event in which tens of thousands of cyclists compete to ride the most miles from May 1 through September 30 every year. Challenge riders are invited to a victory celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4 at Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Circle, #1. Festivities include food trucks, raffle prizes, awards and sale of the commemorative t-shirt.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Educator Events in October — 10/1

    Lincoln City Libraries invites educators to two free sessions in October regarding library resources and services. The events are open to teachers of students of all ages, and refreshments will be served. The sessions occur during the Lincoln Public Schools fall break:

    • Friday, October 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
    • Saturday, October 19, 10:30 to noon, Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

September

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Set for October 12 — 9/30
    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, October 12, at Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3131 "O" Street, in the south parking lot.
  • Street Closures Planned Sunday for Running Event — 9/27

    Two streets near Southwest High School will be closed from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 29 for the Run to Overcome road race event:

    • 14th Street between Pine Lake and Yankee Hill roads
    • Yankee Hill Road between 14th Street and Wilderness Ridge Drive
  • Streets to Close Monday for Asphalt Sealing Test — 9/27

    A project to test a new type of clear asphalt sealant made from soybeans is scheduled to close streets in two different areas of Lincoln from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, September 30. The closures are:

    • North 56th Street from Huntington to Madison avenues
    • West Custer Street from Northwest Gary to Northwest 12th streets
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Sep 30 Through Oct 6 — 9/27
    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 September 30 through September 29.
  • Seniors Invited to UNMC/Aging Partners Health Fairs — 9/26
    Seniors age 60 and over are invited to attend a series of free health fairs this fall offered by Aging Partners and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Services offered include Sahara Bone Density screenings; balance, blood pressure and grip strength checks; and finger-stick cholesterol and glucose checks.
  • Mayor Unveils Steps to Prevent Gun Violence — 9/26
    In response to the recommendations of the Child Access to Firearms/Safe Storage Task Force, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced a plan that will help protect residents and keep children safe. She said gun violence prevention is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach, and the City is committed to doing its part.
  • Portion of South 70th Street to Reopen Today — 9/24
    South 70th Street from Lilee Lane to Saltillo Road will reopen at 5 p.m. today. The road had been closed since September 3 for a pavement repair project. The adjacent paving project on Rokeby Road between 70th and 84th streets is expected to be completed October 11.
  • Public Invited to Reception for New Music Librarian — 9/24
    The Polley Music Library at Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to welcome its new Music Librarian Scott Scholz at a reception and concert Thursday, September 26. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. just outside of the Polley Music Library on the second floor of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • LTU Director Esposito Accepts Private Sector Position — 9/24
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that Miki Esposito, Director of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU), has accepted a position in the private sector. Her last day with the City will be Friday, September 27. Tom Casady, the City's retired Public Safety Director, will serve as Interim LTU Director until a permanent replacement is found. Casady will begin work Wednesday, September 25.
  • Two Open Houses on Streets Set for This Week — 9/23

    The City's final two open houses on street improvements are scheduled for this week:

    • 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 24 at Dawes Middle School, 5130 Colfax Avenue
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 25 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
  • Portion of Fletcher Avenue Project Rescheduled — 9/23
    The Fletcher Avenue resurfacing project between N. 56th and N. 70th streets has been rescheduled for spring 2020 due to utility work in the area by Black Hills Energy. The resurfacing was originally planned for this fall to coincide with the current replacement of the bridge on Fletcher Avenue just east of North 56th Street. Fletcher Avenue and the bridge are expected to reopen at the end of October.
  • Mayor to Present August Award of Excellence — 9/23
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to Arborist Rick Cain of the Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation 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 September 23 Through 29 — 9/20
    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 September 23 through September 29.
  • Sales Tax for Streets Goes Into Effect October 1 — 9/19
    The voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax to fund street improvements takes effect Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for the City of Lincoln. The City recently mailed 17,000 postcards to businesses to remind them of the sales tax change, which was approved by voters in April. The tax will be in effect for six years, and is expected to generate $13 million for streets annually.
  • South Folsom Street Closure to Begin September 25 — 9/19
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, South Folsom Street between West South Street and Pioneers Boulevard will be closed for pavement repair. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 4. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
  • State Poet and UNL Professor Featured in Poetry Event — 9/18
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to a poetry presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 22, at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason and UNL English Professor Stacey Waite will be the featured speakers as part of the John H. Ames Reading series sponsored by the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The event is in the Heritage Room on the third floor, and on-street parking is free on Sundays.
  • Volunteers Needed Saturday for Pollinator Planting — 9/17
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help plant a pollinator garden from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21 at the MoPac Trailhead, 600 S. 84th Street. Parking is available in the trailhead lot.
  • Portion of East "A" Street Now Open — 9/17
    East "A" Street between 84th and 98th streets is now open. The area had been closed since August 8 for water and sanitary sewer work. Work in the area will continue until October 30 and temporary, partial lane closures may be required.
  • Mayor Encourages Public to Attend Big Weekend of Events in Capital City — 9/17
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today encouraged area residents to support the Lincoln Calling music festival, the Lincoln Arts Festival, the Lincoln PoPS festival of contemporary art and the Streets Alive! outdoor movement festival this week and weekend.
  • Mayor Outlines Vision, Values and Initiatives at State of the City Event — 9/17
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today outlined a vision for an even more "successful, secure, and shared future" and introduced three key initiatives for the City. The Mayor's remarks were part of her State of the City Address delivered this morning at a breakfast event organized by Leadership Lincoln.
  • Two Open Houses on Streets Set for This Week — 9/16
    The City is continuing its series of open houses on street improvements with two scheduled for this week: Tuesday, September 17 at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street, and Wednesday, September 18 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street. Both meetings are from 5 to 7 p.m. The Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) is hosting the meetings to focus on new street work to be funded by the quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in April.
  • Electric Fans Still Available at Aging Partners — 9/16
    Due to the warm temperatures expected this week, Aging Partners reminds the public that new, electric fans are available free of charge to qualifying older adults. Fans are available for pickup this week at the Aging Partners office, 1005 "O" St. (located in the Downtown Senior Center).
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 16 Through 22 — 9/13
    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 September 16 through September 22.
  • Nature Center Hosts September Programs — 9/12
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., invites the public to attend family-friendly programs in September.
  • First of Five Open Houses on Streets Set for Thursday — 9/11
    The public is invited to the first of five open houses on street improvements from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, September 12, at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) is hosting the meetings to focus on new street work to be funded by quarter-cent sales tax approved by Lincoln voters in April.
  • Temporary Downtown Street Closures Begin Friday — 9/11
    Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 12, Centennial Mall South from "M" to "O" streets, "M" Street from 14th to 16th streets, and "N" Street from 14th to 16th streets, will be closed for a Lincoln on the Streets concert. The "N" Street Cycle Track on "N" Street from 14th to 16th streets will also be closed. The area will reopen at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 14.
  • MoPac Trail Reopens Wednesday — 9/10
    The MoPac Trail along "A" Street between South 84th to South 98th streets will reopen at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 11. The trail had been closed since August 21 for water and sanitary sewer line work and is opening nine days ahead of schedule. "A" Street between Smoky Hill Road and South 98th Street will remain closed. The entire project is expected to be completed by September 20. Access to homes will be maintained.
  • City Receives National Recognition for Promoting Solar Energy — 9/9
    The national SolSmart program has awarded the City of Lincoln a Gold designation for its efforts to make it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.
  • Portion of Adams Street to Close Wednesday — 9/9
    Adams Street, between 40th and 41st streets, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, while Lincoln Electric System replaces a damaged utility pole. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
  • Mayor to Present July Award of Excellence — 9/9
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for July to Public Information Specialists Jamie Wenz and Beau Wolfe of the City Communications Division of the Mayor's Office. 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.
  • Polley Music Library Hosts September Music Events — 9/9
    Lincoln City Libraries' Polley Music Library invites the public to several free events in September to celebrate Lincoln Calling and welcome new Music Librarian Scott Scholz. All events take place at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 9 Through 15 — 9/6
    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 September 9 through September 15.
  • Controlled Prairie Burn Set for Friday — 9/5
    Restoration work will take place in a 12-acre portion of the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch near Denton, Friday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. This controlled burn near West 3rd and Southwest 98th streets is being performed in preparation for a native planting later this month. Controlled burns are a tool to manage large areas of native plants and grasses. Land managers monitor weather and air quality conditions to ensure safe burns.
  • Advisory Committee on Transportation Open Houses Set for September — 9/4

    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today encouraged the public to attend the September open houses to discuss the new street work to be funded by the voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax. The Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) has scheduled open houses from 5 to 7 p.m. in each of the City's quadrants:

    • Northwest - Thursday, September 12, Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
    • Southeast - Tuesday, September 17, Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
    • Southwest - Wednesday, September 18, Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
    • Northeast - Tuesday, September 24, Dawes Middle School, 5130 Colfax Avenue
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Village of Denton, September 6 — 9/4
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event in Denton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, September 6, at Southwest Fire Department Station 3, 9125 W 2nd St, Denton, NE 68339.
  • West Van Dorn Street Closure Begins September 9 — 9/4
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, September 9, West Van Dorn Street from South Coddington Avenue to South Folsom Street will be closed for pavement repair. This project is scheduled to be completed by September 20. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to local businesses will be maintained.
  • Public Invited to Patriot Day Ceremony September 11 — 9/4
    The public is invited to observe Patriot Day, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, at a ceremony Wednesday, September 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. The free event starts at 10:15 a.m. and is hosted by the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Public Hearing on Feedlot Special Permit Delayed to October 2 — 9/3
    A Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission public hearing has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 2, regarding the special permit (19035) for the proposed Sunset Farms commercial feedlot. The hearing will be at 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Read to a Dog Fall Session Begins October 8 — 9/3
    Families are invited to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to a dog in 20-minute shifts once a week for six weeks.
  • September is "National Preparedness Month" — 9/3
    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.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2019 One Book–One Lincoln Title — 9/2
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced "The Far Away Brothers" by Lauren Markham has been selected for the 2019 One Book–One Lincoln community reading program. The book is about identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California and their fight to survive, stay, and belong. It is available from LCL in print, downloadable audio and eBook formats.

August

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events September 2 Through 8 — 8/30
    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 September 2 through September 8.
  • South 70th Street and Rokeby Road Intersection to Close September 3 — 8/29
    Beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, the intersection of South 70th Street and Rokeby Road will be closed for pavement replacement. The intersection is expected to reopen Friday, September 6. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to homes will be maintained. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including Yankee Hill Road and South 84th Street.
  • Parks and Recreation Fall Program Guide Now Available — 8/29
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released its fall/winter program guide. The guide will be included in the Sunday, September 1 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star, and a downloadable version is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Offers Free Giveaway During September — 8/29
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month in September with free giveaways for young readers. Children ages 12 and under who sign up for a library card during September will receive coupons for a free kid's meal at Piezano's and free entry to Roca Berry Farm. Coupons are available at all LCL branches.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection at Star City Shores Saturday September 7th — 8/29
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 7th, at Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct., Lincoln, NE 68516.
  • Safe and Successful Kids Interlocal Board to Meet Thursday — 8/28
    The Safe and Successful Kids Interlocal Board will meet at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, August 29 in the City Council Chambers, first floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. This meeting was rescheduled from June 20.
  • Open House on West "O" Improvement Project Set for September 5 — 8/27
    The public is invited to an open house for the West "O" Streetscape Enhancement Project from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 5, at the Community Action Partnership, 210 "O" Street. A brief presentation will begin at 5 p.m.
  • Capital City Ready for Gameday Traffic — 8/27
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird 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 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31 against South Alabama.
  • Portion of North 14th Street to Remain Closed Through September 13 — 8/27
    The southbound lanes on North 14th Street from Turtle Creek Road/Fletcher Avenue to Morton Street will remain closed through September 13 for pavement replacement. The sidewalk on the west side of the project area will also be closed. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to use Fletcher Avenue, 27th Street and Superior Street.
  • City Committed to Maintaining HandiVan Service — 8/24
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today assured the public that the City will continue to provide transportation services to help those with disabilities get to work, school, appointments and other locations around the City. StarTran currently provides two-thirds of the HandiVan rides. As part of the proposed mid-biennium budget changes, StarTran would expand its service to cover the other one-third of rides, now handled a private company. The contract with that company, Transport Plus is scheduled to end January 31, 2020.
  • North 33rd Street Closure Begins Monday — 8/23
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, August 26, northbound North 33rd Street from Vine to Apple streets will be closed for water main replacement. The street is expected to reopen Friday, August 30. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Aug. 26 Through Sep. 1 — 8/23
    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 August 26 through September 1.
  • Portion of Rock Island Trail Near Zoo to Close Friday — 8/21
    The Rock Island Trail between "A" Street and Capitol Parkway will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday, August 23 to 8 a.m. Saturday, August 24 for trailside work for the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Signs will be posted and trail users are advised to use the Billy Wolff Trail on the east side of the zoo.
  • Portions of "A" Street and MoPac Trail to Close Wednesday — 8/20
    Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, the MoPac Trail, from the Novartis trailhead at South 84th Street to South 98th Street will be closed for installation of new water and sanitary sewer lines at "A" Street. "A" Street between Smoky Hill Road and South 98th Street will also be closed. Notices will be posted at trailheads and crossings on South 84th, South 93rd, and South 98th streets. Access to homes will be maintained. The project is expected to be completed by September 20.
  • Lincoln City Golf Offers Program for Veterans — 8/19
    Lincoln City Golf invites qualifying veterans to participate in a free six-week developmental golf program beginning August 29. The PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program meets every Thursday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. through October 3 at Holmes Lake Golf Course, 3701 S. 70th Street.
  • Adams Street Closure Begins Monday — 8/16
    Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 19, Adams Street between North 7th and North 14th streets will be closed through Friday, August 23, for pavement repairs. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to homes will be maintained.
  • Wilderness Park Restoration Work to Start Monday — 8/16
    Restoration work will take place in portions of Wilderness Park Monday from August 19 through Monday, August 26. Crews with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa will remove invasive cedar trees. Controlled burns will follow the tree removal. Signs will be posted if areas require closure.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 19-25 — 8/16
    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 August 19 through August 25.
  • Mayor Gaylor Baird Proposes Plan to Fill Budget Gap and Maintain Services — 8/15
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today introduced her administration's plan to fill the potential $6.79 million gap in sales tax revenue for the City's two-year budget. As the City approaches the mid-point of the 2018-2020 biennium, the City Finance Department is projecting a $2.66 million shortfall for the current 2018-2019 fiscal year and a $4.13 million shortfall for the 2019-2020 fiscal year due to aggressive sales tax projections and lagging sales tax receipts.
  • Volunteers Needed for Staining Project Saturday — 8/15
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help prepare and stain tables from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at Pioneers Park, 3201 S. Coddington Avenue. Volunteers will meet near the playground.
  • Open House This Evening on South Haymarket Improvements — 8/14
    The public is invited to an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening on the development of the Haymarket South District - the area bounded by Sixth, Ninth, "O" and "J" streets. The event is on the fourth floor of the Canopy Row building, located between Canopy and 8th streets, just northeast of the Canopy Street Market at 140 Canopy Street. Parking is available in the Lumberworks garage, and directional signs will be posted.
  • South 27th Street Now Reopen, Four Days Ahead of Schedule — 8/12
    South 27th Street between Highway 2 and Old Cheney Road is now reopen. The street had been closed for railroad crossing repair, and the City repaired the street leading up to the crossing four days ahead of schedule.
  • Free Fall Prevention Workshops Begin September 4 — 8/12
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to participate in free workshops every Wednesday in September designed to help older adults prevent falls. The training will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. September 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership Training Center, 4600 Valley Road, in Lincoln. The workshops are co-sponsored by Aging Partners and the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH).
  • Lincoln City Libraries Offering Classroom Loan Bags for Teachers — 8/12
    Lincoln City Libraries is offering collections of books available in bags for use by teachers. Each bag contains 20 to 30 copies of a title, and over 60 titles are available. Most of the selections are appropriate for students in upper elementary grades and middle school. Bags with the current year's Golden Sower chapter book nominees are part of this collection.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 12 Through 18 — 8/9
    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 August 12 through August 18.
  • North 14th Closure Begins Wednesday — 8/9
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, the southbound lanes of North 14th Street will be closed from Turtle Creek Road/Fletcher Avenue to Morton Street for the closure of a manhole that is no longer needed. The lanes will be open for the weekend of August 17 and 18 and then closed again Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 30 for pavement repair and replacement to address settlement and extend the life of the street. The sidewalk on the west side of that section of North 14th Street will also be closed.
  • Advisory Committee on Transportation Begins Work — 8/8
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today helped kick off the work of the citizens' group that will advise the City on the street work to be funded by the voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax. The Mayor appointed the 14-member Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) earlier this summer, and the committee is scheduled to make its recommendations by the end of October on the priority street projects for the first year of construction.
  • Yankee Hill Closure Begins Thursday — 8/7
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, August 8, the eastbound lane of Yankee Hill Road from 40th to 56th streets will be closed until Tuesday, August 13 for utility work. Black Hills Energy will test gas lines in this area. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures, and drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Full Closure on East "A" Street Begins Thursday — 8/7
    Lincoln Transportation and Utilities is currently installing water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer infrastructure in the area of "A" Street from South 93rd to South 98th streets. That section of "A" Street has been open only to local traffic during water main work, and full access has been allowed on weekends.
  • Safety Improvements Planned for 17th and Washington — 8/6
    Following recent traffic control changes at the intersection of South 17th and Washington streets, further pedestrian safety improvements are underway. Those include the installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons, new curb, and sidewalk extensions.
  • Public Invited to Complete Survey on Wilderness Park — 8/6
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department encourages the public to participate in a survey about the use of Wilderness Park at parks.lincoln.ne.gov/survey.htm. The 15-question survey asks about frequency of park use, access, signage and trail behavior. Responses will be collected through September 10, and paper copies are available at the Parks and Recreation offices, 3131 "O" Street, Suite 300.
  • Public Hearing on Feedlot Special Permit Delayed to September 4 — 8/6
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission will meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 7, in the City Council Chambers at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The agenda does include a public hearing for Special Permit (19035) for the proposed Sunset Farms Commercial Feedlot. The Commission today received a request on behalf of the applicant to delay the public hearing until Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
  • Temporary Closures on North 27th Begin Monday — 8/6
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, August 12, southbound traffic on North 27th Street between Fairfield Street and Cornhusker Highway will be reduced to one lane until September 13. The closures are necessary for the installation of dedicated right-turn lanes off southbound North 27th Street at Fairfield Street, Cather Road and the Super Saver parking lot.
  • Lincoln City Libraries New Educational Book Collections Cover the Basics — 8/2
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) now offers special collections of books for children up to 5 years old that cover basic concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes and animals. The 50-book "FUNdamentals" collections are available to be borrowed at all LCL branches and can be found on specially-marked carts. Spanish/English editions are also available.
  • Free Preschool Program Now Available at "F" Street Community Center — 8/2
    The "F" Street Community Center today announced a free wellness-based preschool program starting in September. The Feeling Fit program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through May 2020 at the Center, 1225 "F" Street. The program is funded by the Lincoln Community Foundation.
  • Celebrate National Night Out With Free Events August 6 — 8/2
    The public is invited to celebrate National Night Out with four free events Tuesday, August 6. The annual event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood awareness, friendship and support. At the events, residents will have the opportunity to meet local law enforcement members and other first responders while enjoying refreshments in a family environment.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events August 5-11 — 8/2
    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 August 5 through August 11.
  • Temporary Closure on "N" Street Begins Monday — 8/1
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, August 5, "N" Street between 20th and 21st streets will be closed through Tuesday, August 13, for new water line installation. That block of the "N" Street Cycle Track will also be closed during this project. Cyclists will be directed to adjoining streets.
  • Temporary Closures on North 14th Street Begin Monday — 8/1
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, August 5, North 14th Street between Adams and Superior streets will be closed for new water line installation. Southbound traffic will be restored the morning of Wednesday, August 7, but northbound lanes will remain closed until 7 a.m. Monday, August 12.
  • Public Invited to Herb Garden Class and Tour — 8/1
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to a guided tour of the Louise Evans Doole Herb Garden, Tuesday, August 6, at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and admission is $8.50 per person. Registration is required by calling 402-441-7895.
  • Northwest 48th Street Now Open — 8/1
    Northwest 48th Street, between West Craw Street and West Fletcher Avenue, is now open. The street had been closed for pavement repair since July 8. The project is part of the arterial streets rehabilitation program and included milling the existing surface and overlaying with new asphalt.

July

  • Mayor Gaylor Baird's Statement on Death of Crete Mayor Roger Foster — 7/31
    "Mayor Foster's dedication to his community is an example for all Mayors. During his eight years in office, he worked to promote Crete's diversity and history and helped move the City forward in many ways. His hard work will benefit many future generations. On behalf of the City of Lincoln, I extend condolences to his family and friends and to the Crete community."
  • Mayor to Present State of the City Address in September — 7/31
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird will present her first State of the City Address Tuesday, September 17 at a public breakfast at the Embassy Suites, 1040 "P" Street. For the fourth year, Leadership Lincoln will co-host the event and will introduce its new classes for 2019-2020.
  • Havelock Avenue at 84th Now Open — 7/30
    Havelock Avenue at North 84th Street is now open. Two entrances to the Lancaster Event Center will be open during the Lancaster County Super Fair, August 1 through 10 – gate one on North 84th Street and gate three on Havelock Avenue. Gate two on Havelock Avenue is closed for this year's fair. The Event Center is at 4100 N. 84th Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 29 Through August 4 — 7/26
    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 July 29 through August 4.
  • Temporary Lane Closures on South 27th Street Begin Monday — 7/25
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 29, both southbound lanes on South 27th Street, between Randolph and "F" streets, will be closed for gas line installation. Traffic will be restored in the outside lane Wednesday morning, July 31. All lanes are expected to reopen Saturday, August 3. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to businesses will be maintained.
  • Lucile Drive Closure Begins Monday — 7/25
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 29, southbound Lucile Drive, between Pioneers Boulevard and Lowell Avenue, will be closed through Monday, August 5 for utility work.
  • Public Invited to Rural Senior Center Performances — 7/25
    Older adults and the public are invited to attend a series of performances by local musician Jimmy Mack at Aging Partners rural Lancaster County Senior Centers in August.
  • Streets Near Holmes Lake Closed Sunday — 7/25
    Normal Boulevard, between South 56th to South 70th streets will be closed Sunday, July 28 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Cornhusker State Games triathlon and road race. Additional closures for the event include southbound South 70th Street between Normal and Pioneers boulevards; westbound Pioneers Boulevard between South 70th and South 56th streets; and northbound South 56th Street between Pioneers and Normal boulevards.
  • Waverly Senior Center Hosts August Events — 7/25
    Aging Partners invites older adults and the public to events at the Waverly Senior Center, located at Waverly VFW Post 9875, 13820 Guildford St., in Waverly.
  • Stiefel/Johnson Trailhead Dedicated on Prairie Corridor — 7/25
    Partners with the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch project today dedicated the Stiefel/Johnson Trailhead at 5217 SW 84th Street. The trailhead is the first of several new parking areas that will provide access to the future trail along the Prairie Corridor, a 10-mile-long tallgrass prairie passage and trail that will connect the Pioneers Park Nature Center with Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center south of Denton.
  • Railroad Crossing Repairs Will Cause Street Closures — 7/25
    Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, July 29, South 48th Street between Highway 2 and Old Cheney Road will close for railroad crossing repair. The street is expected to be closed through Wednesday, July 31.
  • Federal Grant to Help Fund Six Electric Buses — 7/24
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today said a $2.6 million federal transit grant will support the City's sustainability efforts by promoting the use of electric buses. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration as part of the Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No).
  • Portion of "A" Street to Close Wednesday — 7/23
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, "A" Street between South 84th and South 98th streets will be closed weekdays for installation of a new water main. The street will reopen each weekend from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday and the project is expected to be completed by September 20. The MoPac Trail in that area will remain open until further notice.
  • Lancaster Event Center Recycle Site to Close July 29 — 7/22
    The public recycling drop-off site located at the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th Street, will close permanently on Monday, July 29 due to event center expansion.
  • Lane Closure on "O" Street Starts Tuesday — 7/22
    Beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 23 through noon, Monday, July 29, the outside westbound lane on "O" Street between North 20th and 22nd streets will be closed for water service abandonments. On-street parking will also be closed during this work. Traffic delays can be expected. Access to businesses will be maintained.
  • Mayor to Present June Award of Excellence — 7/22
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for June to the eight members of Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) who serve on Nebraska Task Force One (NE-TF1). The Task Force is an Urban Search and Rescue team based at LFR. 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.
  • Beal Slough Sanitary Sewer Project Begins Monday — 7/19
    The Beal Slough sanitary sewer project on Highway 2, between South 33rd and 56th streets, will begin at 7 a.m. Monday, July 22. No streets or trails will be closed at that time. The public will be notified of closures as work progresses.
  • North 27th Street Closure Extended to July 26 — 7/19
    The southbound lanes on North 27th Street, between Vine and "T" streets will remain closed through Friday, July 26, for utility work. Black Hills Energy is removing abandoned gas lines. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 22 Through July 28 — 7/19
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 22 through July 28.
  • ZooFest Downtown Street Closures Begin Today — 7/18
    North 14th Street from "P" to "O" streets will be closed from 6 p.m. today, Thursday, July 18 through 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21 for the annual ZooFest celebration During the same time frame, the center and south lanes of "P" Street, will be closed between 13th and 14th streets, and on-street parking along the south side of that block will not be available.
  • Portion of Northbound North 48th Street Now Reduced to One Lane — 7/17
    The outside northbound lane on North 48th Street between Baldwin Avenue and Adams Street is closed for emergency water main repair through Tuesday, July 23. All northbound traffic will be diverted to the inside lane. Traffic delays can be expected.
  • Heat Warning Extended to July 20 — 7/17
    The National Weather Service has extended an excessive heat warning for Lincoln to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20. An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures (heat index of 105 degrees or above) will create life-threatening conditions. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s each day, and heat index values may reach 111 degrees.
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Warning — 7/16
    The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Lincoln effective from 1 to 7 p.m. each day from Wednesday, July 17 through Friday, July 19. This replaces the excessive heat watch. An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures (heat index of 105 degrees or above) will create life-threatening conditions. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s each day and heat index values are expected to peak from 100 to 109 degrees each afternoon.
  • Mayor Gaylor Baird Chosen for Leadership Initiative — 7/16
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird is one of 41 U.S. mayors chosen for an intensive year-long education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. As a member of the Initiative's 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Gaylor Baird is participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies' global network.
  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Watch — 7/16
    The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Lincoln effective from 1 to 7 p.m. each day on Wednesday, July 17 through Friday, July 19. An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s each day and heat index values are expected to peak from 100 to 109 degrees each afternoon.
  • Portion of North 27th Street to Close Tuesday — 7/15
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, southbound N. 27th Street between Old Dairy Road and Fairfield Street will be reduced to one lane for paving improvements. Right turns from southbound 27th Street onto Fairfield Street will not be permitted. Traffic lanes on Fairfield Street will be shifted south to allow for construction. The project is expected to be completed in August.
  • Sheridan Boulevard Closures Start Tuesday — 7/15
    Sheridan Boulevard, from South 31st to 33rd streets, will be closed Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17 during repairs to the Rock Island Trail below the Penny Bridges. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
  • Portions of Two Streets to Close Starting Monday — 7/12
    Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 15, sections of South 40th Street and South Cotner Boulevard will be temporarily closed.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 15 Through July 21 — 7/12
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 15 through July 21.
  • Volunteers Needed for Holmes Lake Park Cleanup July 20 — 7/11
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in a park and lakeshore clean up from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at Holmes Lake Park, South 70th Street and Normal Boulevard. Volunteers will meet in parking lot number three, which is located across Holmes North Shore Road from the Holmes Lake Pavilion.
  • Mayor Announces New Initiative to Develop Climate Action Plan — 7/11
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today launched a new sustainability and resiliency initiative that will lead to the development of a Climate Action Plan for Lincoln. The Mayor will appoint a Climate Resiliency Task Force to work on the year-long process, which will also include two public forums and other steps to encourage citizen input.
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners Lincoln History Lunch Series — 7/11
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to the Lincoln History Lunch Series at Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St. The presentations are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and highlight Lincoln's history and evolution. A sack lunch is available for a fee of $4 for age 60 and over, and an $8 fee for those under age 60. Meal reservations must be made on the Monday prior to the program by calling 402-441-7158.
  • Animal Control Urges Safety Around Pets — 7/11
    Following an increase in dog bite reports this year, Lincoln Animal Control reminds parents and caregivers to keep children safe around pets. The number of bites reported so far in 2019 is 233, compared to 398 bites for all of 2018, according to Steve Beal, Animal Control Manager.
  • Mayor Nominates Four to Serve on Planning Commission and LES Board — 7/10
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced her selections to fill vacancies on the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commission and the Lincoln Electric System (LES) Administrative Board. The Mayor has nominated Shams Al-Badry and Cindy Ryman Yost to serve on the Planning Commission, and Karen Griffin and David Spinar to serve on the LES Board.
  • Evening Lane Closures on South 84th Street Begin July 15 — 7/10
    Beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, July 15, portions of South 84th Street between Kathy Lane and Pioneers Boulevard will be closed for pavement repair. Alternating northbound lane closures will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through July 29. Only one lane will be closed at a time at night and all lanes will remain open during the day. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures.
  • Temporary Lane Closure on Portion of North 27th Street Begins Monday — 7/10
    Beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, July 15, the southbound lanes on North 27th Street, between Vine and "T" streets will be closed through Friday, July 19, for utility work. Black Hills Energy will be removing abandoned gas lines. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
  • Public Input Sought on West "O" Streetscape Project — 7/9
    The public is invited to a workshop for the West "O" Streetscape Project, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at the Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Circle, Suite 1. City staff and design consultants will be available to gather input and answer questions about the project. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Firearms/Safe Storage Task Force Releases Final Report — 7/9
    The Mayor's Child Access to Firearms/Safe Storage Task Force final report is now available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: safe storage). Former Mayor Chris Beutler created the task force in January to examine strategies to reduce access to firearms by children and promote safe storage of firearms in the community.
  • All Lanes of Rosa Parks Way Now Open — 7/9
    All lanes of the Rosa Parks Way bridge are now open. Portions of the bridge had been closed since April for pavement repairs at the bridge/street connections and drainage improvements. The repairs were required due to soil erosion and to create a safer, smoother and longer-lasting surface. Lincoln Transportation and Utilities appreciates the public's patience throughout the project.
  • Public Urged to Take Survey on South Haymarket Park — 7/9
    The City Parks and Recreation Department urges residents to take a survey about plans for the new downtown park in the South Haymarket at Seventh and "N" streets. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: parks survey) until September 1. Paper copies are available at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 3131 "O" Street, third floor, or at the Downtown Lincoln Association Office, 206 South 13th Street, Suite 101.
  • Aging Partners Art Show Series Begins July 17 — 7/9
    Older adults and the public are invited to attend a series of art shows at Aging Partners rural Lancaster County Senior Centers in July. The shows will feature art by local mixed media artist and former Aging Partners employee Robert Esquivel.
  • Citywide Asphalt Rejuvenation Project Begins Today — 7/9
    Lincoln Transportation and Utilities today began asphalt rejuvenation projects throughout the city. The work is scheduled to be complete Monday, July 15, depending on the weather. Digital message signs will alert drivers to upcoming work and lane closures. The project schedule is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: sealing).
  • Portion of Rock Island Trail Now Closed — 7/8
    The Rock Island Trail between Calvert and Van Dorn streets is closed through October for drainage and trail improvements. The recommended detour is to exit the trail at Van Dorn Street and follow 31st or 33rd streets to rejoin the trail at Calvert Street.
  • One Book-One Lincoln Book Discussions Begin July 10 — 7/5
    Lincoln City Libraries will host three book discussions in July focusing on the finalists for the 2019 One Book-One Lincoln Community Reading program.
  • Mayor Announces Advisory Transportation Committee Members — 7/5
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced the roster for the Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT). The 14-member group will advise the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) regarding street repairs funded by the quarter-cent sales tax approved by Lincoln voters in April. More than $70 million is expected to be generated over six years.
  • Temporary Closure on "R" Street Begins Monday — 7/5
    Beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, portions of "R" Street between 46th and 50th streets will be closed periodically through Friday, July 12, for asphalt repairs. 48th Street traffic will remain open. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Temporary Closure on Northwest 48th Street Begins Monday — 7/5
    Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 8, Northwest 48th Street between West Craw Street and West Fletcher Avenue will be closed for pavement repair through August 2. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work. Motorists will be detoured onto West Mathis Street, Northwest 38th Street and Airport Road to Highway 34. Access to local businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 8 Through July 14 — 7/5
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 8 through July 14.
  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Fireworks Smoke — 7/2
    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.
  • Public Urged to Take Survey on Cascade Fountain — 7/2
    The City Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln Parks Foundation (LPF) encourage the public to take a survey to help determine the future of the 40-year old Bicentennial Cascade Fountain on the southeast corner of 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and is available at go.unl.edu/cascade until August 1. Paper copies are available by calling LPF at 402-441-8258.
  • Public Reminded to Clean Up Fireworks Debris — 7/1
    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.
  • City Budget Receives Top National Award — 7/1
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Finance Director Brandon Kauffman said this is the first time the City has received the award, which GFOA says "reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting."
  • Aging Partners Invites Public to Donate Electric Fans — 7/1
    Aging Partners invites the public to donate electric fans to be distributed to older adults in Lincoln and the surrounding area. New fans (in the box) will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12 at the Aging Partners office, 1005 "O" St. (located in the Downtown Senior Center). Aging Partners will also accept financial contributions to purchase fans.
  • Nature Center Butterfly Count Set for July 6 — 7/1
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the 15th annual Butterfly Count at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 6, at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The program fee is $6 per person, and registration is required by calling 402-441-7895.

June

  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory — 6/28
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lincoln effective from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. 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.
  • Aging Partners Fall Prevention Classes Begin July 12 — 6/28
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to participate in workshops July 12 through August 23 designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, "Stepping On – Building Confidence and Reducing Falls," is offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3130 "O" Street, in the lower level training center.
  • Temporary Closure on West Fletcher and Highway 34 Begins Tuesday — 6/28
    West Fletcher Avenue, between Highway 34 and Northwest First Street, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 to complete pavement work. Also closed during the project are the southbound traffic lane and right-turn lane on Highway 34, and the northbound outside lane on Northwest First Street. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work, and drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events July 1 Through July 7 — 6/28
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from July 1 through July 7.
  • Temporary Lane Closures on "O" Street Downtown Begin Saturday — 6/27
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday June 29, eastbound and westbound lanes of "O" Street between 12th and 13th streets will be closed periodically for skywalk window cleaning. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during the cleaning, which is scheduled to end at about 4 p.m. On-street parking will also be restricted on Saturday. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Uncle Sam Jam Features Soul Dawg, Family Activities, Food, and Fireworks — 6/26
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day Celebration at Oak Lake Park, Wednesday, July 3. Family activities begin at 4 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Starts July With Dairy Queen Coupons — 6/26
    Those who check out books, attend a library event or participate in the Summer Reading Challenge are eligible for Dairy Queen coupons July 1 through 7. The coupons are available while supplies last and give library patrons discounted or free items at the restaurant. Patrons are limited to one coupon per visit per day, and coupon supplies may vary by location.
  • Nature Center Fundraising Event Set for Saturday — 6/25
    The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center organization invites the public to a fundraising bike ride for the Pioneers Park Nature Center, Saturday, June 29. The "Bites, Bikes, and Bison," event is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m., and the rides begin at 10 a.m. More information and registration is available at lnknaturecenter.org.
  • Parks and Recreation Adds Two New Fall Softball Leagues — 6/25
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department Athletics Office announced today the addition of two new adult slow pitch softball leagues for this fall. The "50 and Over" and "5 on 5 on 5" leagues will play games from August 9 to late October, weather permitting. Registration for the "50 and Over" league is open now, and registration for the "5 on 5 on 5" league opens July 1.
  • Three Temporary Cardboard Recycling Sites to Close Wednesday — 6/25
    Three temporary cardboard recycling sites at Lincoln City Library locations will close Wednesday, June 26.
  • Portion of "O" Street Now Closed — 6/25
    The outside eastbound lane on "O" Street, between 35th and 37th streets, is now closed through Friday, June 28, for water main repairs. Digital message signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Open House Set for Safety Project in N. 33rd and Cornhusker Area — 6/24
    The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) invites the public to an open house Thursday, June 27 on a proposed transportation safety project in the area of N. 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th Street, and parking is available on the south side of the building.
  • Make Reservations Now for "Dinner and a Show" Events — 6/21
    The public is encouraged 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.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 24 Through June 30 — 6/21
    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 June 24 through June 30.
  • Temporary Lane Closure Begins Monday on North 70th Street — 6/20
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 24, northbound North 70th Street, between Holdrege Street and Lexington Avenue will be closed through Wednesday, July 3, for water main repairs. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Temporary Lane Closure Begins Monday on Cornhusker Highway — 6/20
    Two sections of the outside eastbound lane on Cornhusker Highway will be closed for five days each for asphalt repairs.
  • Mayor Announces Plans to Add Police Officers — 6/20
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced she will use annual savings in the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) budget to hire six new officers. The savings include funds allocated for the salary of the Public Safety Director Tom Casady, who recently retired. Because the Public Safety Director position is not being filled, the LPD force will be increased by five.
  • Public Invited to Juneteenth Celebration Saturday — 6/19
    The public is invited to the Juneteenth Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the "F" Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street. Local leaders, artists, business owners and story tellers will give presentations about the history of the national holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. The event also includes a free lunch at noon and a door prize drawing at 2:30 p.m.
  • Temporary Closures on Randolph Street Start June 18 — 6/17
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, eastbound Randolph Street between 27th and 29th streets will be closed through Friday, June 21 for sewer repairs. The westbound left-turn lane will also be closed. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Waverly Senior Center Closed June 26 and July 3 — 6/17
    The Aging Partners Waverly Senior Center, located in the Waverly VFW Post 9875 facility at 13820 Guildford St., will be closed Wednesday, June 26 and Wednesday, July 3 due to previously scheduled Independence Day-related activities. The Senior Center will reopen during regular hours on Wednesday, July 10.
  • Temporary Closure on Yankee Hill Road Starts June 17 — 6/14
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 17, westbound Yankee Hill Road between Wilderness Ridge Drive and 27th Street will be closed through Wednesday, June 26 for repairs. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to businesses and residences on Yankee Hill Road will be maintained via 14th Street. Westbound traffic should use Pine Lake Road or seek an alternate route during these repairs.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 17 Through June 23 — 6/14
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from June 17 through June 23.
  • Portion of "O" Street Temporarily Closed Sunday — 6/14
    "O" Street, between 2nd and 9th streets, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 16, for utility work. Lincoln Electric System is removing overhead power lines that are no longer in service. Access to local businesses and residences from West "O" Street and Sun Valley Boulevard will be maintained. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
  • Movies in the Parks Start Friday — 6/13
    The public is invited to free movies in the parks beginning Friday, June 14. The newest addition to the Party in the Parks program will feature seven movies in Lincoln parks through August 9. All movies are rated PG and will start at 8 p.m. or once it is dark enough. In case of bad weather, the movies will be shown in adjacent recreation centers.
  • Nature Center Hosts Summer Programs — 6/12

    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., invites the public to participate in these family-friendly events this summer:

    • Outdoor Yoga, Thursdays, June 6 through Aug 1 (No class July 4), 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
    • Nature Trekkers, Fridays in June, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
    • Frogs and Floats, Sunday, June 16, 1 to 3 p.m.
    • Composting Workshop, Saturday, June 22, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Mayor Congratulates Washington on Appointment to City Council — 6/10
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today said Sändra Washington, who was serving on the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission, is a great choice to fill the vacant at-large seat on the City Council. The Council today unanimously approved her appointment to fill the Council seat vacated when former Council member Gaylor Baird was sworn in as Mayor. Washington was sworn in at the end of today's City Council meeting and will fill the remainder of Gaylor Baird's Council term through May 2021.
  • Mayor to Present May Award of Excellence — 6/10
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Sergeant Cassandra Nissen with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) Southeast Team. 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.
  • Council to Vote on Appointment of Sändra Washington to Fill Vacancy — 6/7

    The Lincoln City Council today announced that Sändra Washington has been nominated to fill the at-large City Council seat vacated when former Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird was sworn in as Mayor. The Council will vote on the appointment at its meeting Monday, June 10. Washington, a current member of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission, will fill the remainder of the term through May 2021. She was selected from 24 applicants.

  • Public Invited to Bricks of Honor Event Saturday — 6/7
    The public is invited to the Bricks of Honor dedication event at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park, 3200 Memorial Drive. The program recognizes veterans whose family and friends have purchased dedication bricks in their honor over the past year for the Garden. The event also commemorates the founding of the Veterans Memorial Garden.
  • Mayor's Statement on Death of Lausterer — 6/7

    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today issued the following statement on the death of Shavonna Lausterer, who had been Health Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department since September 2017:

    "All of us in City government who had the opportunity to serve with Shavonna are deeply saddened to learn of her passing. She was loved and respected as both a model public servant and leader. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. We will miss her dearly."

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 10 Through June 16 — 6/6
    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 June 10 through June 16.
  • Temporary Lane Closures on Randolph Street Begin June 10 — 6/6
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 10, the westbound lane and turn lane on Randolph Street between 33rd and 35th streets will be closed through June 17 for sewer repairs. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Applicants Sought for Library Board Vacancy — 6/5
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is accepting applications through Wednesday, July 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, with the seven-year term running from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2026. The current board will review the applications and forward its recommendations to the City Council.
  • Cary Will Continue to Lead Planning Department — 6/5
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that David Cary will transition from Interim Director to Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department. The appointment is pending approval by the Lincoln City Council and the Lancaster County Board.
  • Public Encouraged to Take City Golf Survey — 6/5

    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to share recent golf experiences on public courses by taking the Lincoln City Golf Customer Satisfaction Survey at lincolncitygolf.org. The survey runs through Monday, July 15.

  • Mayor to Present April Award of Excellence — 6/3
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Officer Alayna Kechely with the Lincoln Police Department's southwest team. 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.

May

  • Nebraska Task Force 1 to Participate in Mock Disaster — 5/31
    Eighty-one members of Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the urban search and rescue team based with Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), will join nearly 1,500 emergency responders June 1 to 7, in the largest civilian-based search and rescue exercise ever undertaken in the United States. The mock disaster, located at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, will simulate an earthquake in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone.
  • Lane Closure on Superior Street Starts June 3 — 5/31
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 3, the eastbound curb lane on Superior Street between 14th and 27th streets will close periodically through October for installation of new underground electric lines. The bike trail on the south side of Superior Street will also be closed and detoured to the north side of the street. Bus stops in the area will be maintained. This work will occur Monday through Friday only, and will be open on Nebraska home football game days. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Temporary Lane Closure on Randolph Street Starts June 3 — 5/31
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 3, the eastbound lane on Randolph Street between 33rd and 35th streets will be closed through June 10 for sewer repairs. Eastbound traffic will be prohibited during the project. Left turns from westbound Randolph Street onto 33rd Street will be prohibited at the intersection. Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Portion of "Q" Street to Close June 3 — 5/31
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 3, two lanes on the south side of "Q" Street, between 11th and 12th streets, will be closed for construction of the Lied Place Residences building. The sidewalk will also be closed, and this phase of construction is anticipated to continue through summer 2020.
  • Portion of 8th Street to Temporarily Close June 3 — 5/31
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 3, 8th Street, between "N" and "O" streets, will be closed until 5 p.m. Friday, June 7 for utility work. The sidewalk in this area will also be closed. Lincoln Electric System, Spectrum, and Windstream are removing poles and overhead lines and reinstalling lines underground. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events June 3 Through June 9 — 5/31
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from June 3 through June 9.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Offers Book Group for Spanish-Speaking Families — 5/31
    Lincoln City Libraries invites Spanish-speaking families with elementary-age children to a bilingual book group in June. The "Stories for Everybody" group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays June 8 through 29 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. Registration is required by calling 402-314-8249.
  • Public Encouraged to Monitor Air Quality — 5/31
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today encouraged residents to monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI). Prevailing winds have blown smoke from several large wildfires in northern Canada into Nebraska. Smoke from wildfires can cause health issues, especially for children, older adults and those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease. Those at risk are encouraged to check the AQI before doing any strenuous outdoor activity.
  • Library Offers Book Group for Autistic Young Adults — 5/30
    Lincoln City Libraries invites autistic young adults to a new book group this summer. The "Books Between Friends" club meets from 5 to 6 p.m. Fridays from June 7 through July 26 at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street. Registration is required by calling 402-202-7493.
  • Portion of Billy Wolff Trail to Close Today — 5/30
    Beginning today, Thursday, May 30, the portion of the Billy Wolff Trail from Glynoaks Drive to just south of Old Cheney Road trail will be closed through fall for Antelope Creek drainage work. Trail users are advised to use streets or sidewalks along Betty Lou Blvd., Wendell Way, 84th Street and Old Cheney to reconnect to the trail south of the Old Cheney underpass.
  • City Council Vote on At-Large Seat Delayed to June 10 — 5/29
    Lincoln City Council Chair Jane Raybould today announced that the City Council will vote on the new at-large City Council representative June 10. The vote was originally scheduled for June 3, but Raybould said Council members agreed that another week is needed to review applications because of the large number of applicants.
  • Wednesday Canoeing Event Cancelled — 5/29
    The Parks and Recreation Department canoeing event at Holmes Lake scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to high water levels.
  • City Pools to Open Today — 5/29
    All Lincoln Parks and Recreation public pools will open at 1 p.m. today except Irvingdale Pool, which is scheduled to open Thursday, May 30. If air temperatures do not reach 70 degrees by 3 p.m., pools may close early. If the Belmont or Eden pools close before 6 p.m., there will be no water fitness classes at those locations.
  • 23 Residents Apply for City Council At-Large Seat — 5/28
    Lincoln City Council Chair Jane Raybould today announced that 23 residents have applied to fill the at-large City Council seat vacated when former Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird was sworn in as Mayor.
  • Finalists Announced for One Book-One Lincoln — 5/27

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced the three finalists for the 2019 One Book-One Lincoln Community Reading Program at an event at The Mill in the Haymarket. The finalists are:

    • "The Far Away Brothers" by Lauren Markham
    • "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai
    • "There, There" by Tommy Orange
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 27 Through June 2 — 5/24
    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 May 27 through June 2.
  • City Pools Delay Opening Due to Cool Weather — 5/24
    Cool weather will delay the opening of the City's nine public outdoor pools. The water temperature in all the pools was below 61 degrees Thursday afternoon, and the Parks and Recreation Department said that is not warm enough for safe and comfortable swimming.
  • Mayor Moves Forward on Improving Lincoln Streets — 5/23
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today said she is committed to keeping the promises made to voters when they approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase to improve City streets. The tax goes into effect October 1, and Gaylor Baird said she expects to name an advisory committee and begin the public engagement process in the next two months.
  • Mayor Names Pat Lopez Interim Director at Health Department — 5/22
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced the appointment of Pat Lopez as the Interim Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) while Director Shavonna Lausterer is on medical leave. Lopez is a nurse and had a nearly 30-year career at LLCHD from 1975 to 2004. The six-month appointment takes effect immediately.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Relocating in June — 5/21

    Aging Partners Director Randall S. Jones today announced that effective June 5, two Aging Partners senior centers in Lancaster County will have new locations:

    • The JoAnn Maxey Senior Center, currently located in the Malone Center at 2032 "U" St., will be located in the Belmont Senior Center at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St. The Belmont Senior Center's new hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Transportation will continue to be provided to the Belmont Senior Center.
    • The Waverly Senior Center, currently located in the First United Methodist Church at 14410 Folkestone St. in Waverly, will be located at the Waverly VFW Post 9875, 13820 Guildford St., in Waverly. The new Waverly Center will be open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the exception of the second Wednesday of every month, when the hours will be 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Mayor Gaylor Baird Assembles Team — 5/21
    Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced the appointment of Dan Marvin as her administration's Director of Urban Development, pending approval of the Lincoln City Council.
  • City Council Seeks Applicants for At-Large Seat — 5/21
    Lincoln City Council Chair Jane Raybould today announced the process to fill the At Large City Council seat that was vacated Monday, May 20 when Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird was sworn in as Mayor.
  • Public Pools Open May 25 — 5/20

    Lincoln's nine public pools will open for the season Saturday, May 25. Residents are encouraged to buy pool passes and to register for swimming lessons and other aquatic programs at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.

  • Williams Branch Library Announces New Summer Hours — 5/20
    Lincoln City Libraries today announced new summer hours, effective Friday, May 24, for the Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl Street (north side of Arnold Elementary School). The new hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The change is being made to better accommodate family schedules when school is not in session.
  • Mayor and New City Council Members to Be Sworn in Monday — 5/17
    City Council member and Mayor-Elect Leirion Gaylor Baird will be sworn in as Lincoln's 52nd Mayor the evening of Monday, May 20 in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest Winners Announced — 5/17

    The Mayor's Water Conservation Task Force today announced the winners of the annual "Be Waterwise" 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. Lincoln City Council Chair Bennie Shobe presented the awards to the following students:

    • The first-place winner is Hope Harshman, Lincoln Christian School. Her entry will be displayed on a StarTran bus, a large poster and bookmarks.
    • The second-place winner is Masha Mironova, Pyrtle Elementary School. Her entry will be displayed on a billboard, a large poster and bookmarks.
    • The third-place winner is Abby Kruse, Pyrtle Elementary School. Her work will be displayed on a large poster and bookmarks.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 20 Through 26 — 5/17
    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 May 20 through May 26.
  • Lincoln Community Foundation Gives $200,000 for New South Haymarket Park — 5/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) for its $200,000 gift to support the new downtown neighborhood park in the South Haymarket area. The gift to the Lincoln Parks Foundation is from the LCF on behalf of the Kenneth J. Good Fund and is directed to an endowment for the care of amenities in the new park.
  • Temporary Downtown Lane Closures Begin Monday — 5/16
    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 20, two westbound (north) lanes of "L" Street at S. 10th Street will be closed through Wednesday May 22 for replacement of pavement and markings in the intersection. This closure is in addition to the existing lane closures on S. 10th Street at "L" Street. Digital message signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free "Feeling Fit" Classes — 5/16
    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 7 through September 27 at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 21st and "Q" streets.
  • StarTran Launches New BUSLNK App — 5/16

    The City has launched BUSLNK, a new smartphone app that helps StarTran riders plan trips, track buses and get information on detours and stop closures. The app is available in Android and iOS app stores and provides the following:

    • Real-time arrival information and bus tracking
    • Alerts for detours, closed stops, holidays and inclement weather
    • The location of your closest bus stop
    • Quick access to monitor favorite stops and routes
    • A trip planner to find the best route and schedule for rider destinations
    • A fare schedule
    • Instructions to download the Token Transit app to purchase passes by phone
    • The ability to provide comments or suggestions directly to StarTran
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events May 31 and June 1 — 5/16
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Norris High School (south parking lot) or Saturday, June 1 at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department 3131 O St (south parking lot).
  • Public Reminded to Avoid Storm-Damaged Parks — 5/14
    The Parks and Recreation Department reminds the public to avoid storm-damaged areas in City parks. Those areas include Cooper Park, 6th and "D" streets, Olympic Heights Park, N.W. 52nd and W. Huntington Ave. and the Bridle Path in Pioneers Park, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. Community Forestry staff are currently cleaning tree-damaged areas.
  • Party on the Plaza Set for Saturday — 5/14
    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 18 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.
  • One-Third of Fundraising Goal Reached for the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch — 5/14
    Primary partners with the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch project announced today that they have secured $7 million for the 10-mile-long tallgrass prairie passage and trail, nearly one-third of the overall goal. That total includes a recent grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) of $900,000 and nearly $1.3 million in grants, matching funds and private donations raised since August. The announcement was made just prior to a free public event celebrating the Prairie Corridor at the Pioneers Park Nature Center.
  • Parks and Recreation Seeks Two Students for Advisory Board — 5/14
    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.
  • Start Time Changed for Storytimes — 5/13
    Lincoln City Libraries has changed the start time for its storytimes for children with special needs. The free programs on the third Thursday of each month will now begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue to end at 7 p.m. The sessions at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, provide a more controlled environment, and are best suited for children 2 to 8 years of age. The next three events are May 16, June 20 and July 18. Preregistration is not required.
  • Traffic Signal Damaged at 40th and South Street Intersection — 5/12
    The traffic signal at the intersection of South 40th and South streets has been struck and damaged due to a single vehicle crash. The traffic signal control cabinet and a mast arm pole structure were destroyed, in addition to electrical wiring and communications equipment, rendering the signal non-operational. Traffic Engineering staff were on-site today and temporary, all-way stop controls including left-turn prohibitions have been implemented at the intersection while damage assessments and installation of interim signal equipment can be completed. Motorists can expect delays this week, and should consider an alternate route.
  • Parks and Recreation Releases Annual Report and Summer Program Guide — 5/11

    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released its 2017–18 annual report and 2019 summer program guide. The guide will be included in the Sunday, May 12 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star, and a downloadable version is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov. Free copies are also available at the following locations:

  • Volunteers Needed for Pollinator Planting May 18 — 5/11
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to plant pollinator-friendly plants from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18, at Taylor Park, adjacent to Eastridge Elementary School, 6245 "L" St. Volunteers are asked to meet at the intersection of Randolph Street and Sunrise Road, on the west side of the park.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 13 Through 19 — 5/10
    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 May 13 through May 19.
  • Temporary Downtown Lane Closures Begin Monday — 5/9
    Portions of 10th, 11th and "M" streets downtown will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, May 13 through June 10 for repaving and striping work. Digital message signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Temporary Lane Closures on Westbound "O" Street Begin Monday — 5/9
    Westbound "O" Street, between N. 63rd and N. 66th streets, will be reduced to one lane from 9 a.m. Monday, May 13, through May 17, for water main repairs. Digital message signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and lane closures. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
  • Portion of South 33rd Street to Temporarily Close Saturday — 5/9
    South 33rd Street, from Sheridan Boulevard to Calvert Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, for electric utility work. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained.
  • City Announces Latest Green Light Lincoln Results — 5/9

    Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Transportation and Utilities staff today said that the City's Green Light Lincoln initiative continues to save Lincoln drivers millions of dollars and thousands of hours of travel time. The multi-phase initiative improves safety and enhances traffic flow on major streets by upgrading traffic signal equipment and signal timing plans. The Phase 2 final report for Green Light Lincoln, which included 12 traffic corridors, is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: GL2).

  • Portion of N. 10th Street Downtown to Temporarily Close Tomorrow — 5/7
    The two lanes leading to the I-180 on-ramp on N. 10th Street between "O" and "Q" streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 8, for skywalk repairs. The I-180 on-ramp will not be affected.
  • Nature Center Hosts Mother's Day Event — 5/7
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to a Mother's Day bird walk and breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 12, at the Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The bird walk will be led by Dave Titterington, owner of the Wild Bird Habitat Store, and Andrea Faas, Nature Center Coordinator. Binoculars will be available. The walk will be followed by a breakfast of doughnuts, rolls, fruit and beverages.
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners Picnic May 21 — 5/7
    The public is invited to the Aging Partners All-Senior Center picnic Tuesday, May 21 at Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park. The event will feature entertainment by the musical group Nebraska Country Roads. Meal and transportation reservations are required by calling 402-441-7158 by Thursday, May 16.
  • City Advises Residents on Tree Debris — 5/6

    Following Sunday's storm, the City reminds residents how to report downed trees:

    • For trees blocking City streets or sidewalks, contact the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) non-emergency number, 402-441-6000. Do NOT call 911. LPD is compiling a list of service requests and reporting those to the Community Forestry crews.
    • For damage to other public trees between the curb and sidewalk, contact the City Community Forestry Section at 402-441-7847, ext. 0. Voice mail is available at this number, and residents are encouraged to provide their name, address, phone number and the nature of the problem. Residents can also report damage to street trees at UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Portion of Vine Street on UNL City Campus to Close Monday — 5/5
    Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, May 6, Vine Street, between N. 14th and N. 16th streets, will be closed through Wednesday, May 15, for water main and street repairs. A detour route will be posted, and drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events May 6 Through 12 — 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 6 through May 12.
  • Youth Track and Field Meet Set for May 11 — 5/2
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites children ages 8 through 13 to compete in the Lincoln area Central Nebraska Youth Track and Field Meet, Saturday, May 11. The free event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930, S. 37th Street.
  • Prairie Corridor Celebration Set for May 14 — 5/1
    The Lincoln Parks Foundation and the City of Lincoln invite the public to a free "Celebrating the Prairie Corridor" event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.
  • Residents' Use of UPLNK Ranks City Third in Nation — 5/1

    So far this year, Lincoln residents have logged 7,231 requests for non-emergency City services through the UPLNK phone app or website. That ranks Lincoln third among communities with more than 150,000 residents that use the SeeClickFix data management platform. The City partnered with SeeClick Fix to create UPLNK, an update of the City's Action Center, which has been in use since 2005. More than 300 U.S. cities now use the SeeClickFix platform.

  • Seniors Invited to Attend Aging Partners' Fishing Trips in May — 5/1
    Aging Partners invites seniors and the public to a pair of two-hour fishing trips to Lake Wanahoo near Wahoo in May. Space is limited to 10 people each trip, and reservations are required by calling 402-441-7158 by May 9. There is a $25 fee for fishing and a round-trip transportation fee of $7. Participants will be picked up and dropped off at their residences.

April

  • Voters to Decide City Charter Changes — 4/26
    Lincoln City voters will have five proposed City Charter changes to consider on the May 7 City general election ballot. City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick said the changes are proposed to eliminate outdated or unnecessary language or ideas, and none would result in significant changes to City operations.
  • Portion of Billy Wolff Trail to Temporarily Close April 30 — 4/26
    The portion of the Billy Wolff Trail that passes under Pioneers Blvd. between Stacy Lane and Lucile Drive will be closed from Monday, April 29 through Monday, May 13 for storm sewer work. Detour signs will be posted.
  • May is National Bike Month — 4/26

    To celebrate National Bike Month in May, the City invites area cyclists to start pedaling to help Lincoln continue its streak as National Bike Challenge champions. The 2019 National Bike Challenge begins May 1 and runs through September 30. To participate, sign up at lovetoride.net.

  • Detour on Rosa Parks Way Bridge Begins Monday — 4/26
    Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, April 29, eastbound traffic on the Rosa Parks Way bridge, between South 3rd and South Folsom streets, will be detoured to one lane on the westbound side of the bridge. Both eastbound lanes will be closed through June for bridge repairs. Traffic information will be posted on message boards. The speed limit will be 35 mph during the project.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 29 Through May 5 — 4/26
    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 April 29 through May 5.
  • Bethany Branch Library to Reopen Thursday — 4/24
    The Bethany Branch Library, 1810 N. Cotner Boulevard, will reopen Thursday, April 25. The branch had been closed since April 16 for roof repairs. Regular Bethany Branch hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday. Lincoln City Libraries thanks the public for its patience during the project.
  • Libraries Host Free Stop the Bleed Classes in May — 4/24
    Lincoln City Libraries will host four free Stop the Bleed training classes in May. The courses coincide with Stop the Bleed Month, a nationwide campaign to highlight emergency first aid training. Classes are limited to 20 participants each. Call 401-441-8503 to register.
  • City Confirms Emerald Ash Borer in Central Lincoln — 4/23
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture have confirmed that a tree in central Lincoln is infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). City Forestry staff made the discovery last week, but the infestation appeared to be two years old. Previously, the insect had been only located in southwest Lincoln.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Author Visit — 4/23
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation Sunday, April 28, by Jeff Korbelik, author of "Lost Restaurants of Lincoln, Nebraska." The event will be at 2 p.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. Free on-street parking is available downtown on Sundays.
  • City Arbor Day Celebration Set for April 27 — 4/23
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites the public to a free "Celebrate All Things Trees" event to celebrate Arbor Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Stranksy Park, 17th Street and Harrison Avenue. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read an Arbor Day proclamation from Mayor Chris Beutler at 2 p.m. The event is also an opportunity to meet City Forestry members — Lorri Grueber, Community Operations Forester, and Adam Klingenberg, Community Outreach Forester — and learn how they manage Lincoln's public trees.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Set for April 27 — 4/22
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to dispose of their household hazardous waste at a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct. The event is free for Lincoln and Lancaster County residents. Donations are accepted at the collection site.
  • Reservation Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 4/19

    The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 29 for reservations for the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony Thursday, May 9 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The 41st annual event, presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC), is open to the public. It begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner at 6:15 p.m., the awards presentation at 7 p.m., and the Winners' Reception at 8:30 p.m. Reservation information is available at artscene.org/reservations.

  • Golf Clubhouse to Be Named for Clancy Woolman — 4/19
    The public is invited to attend the naming ceremony for the Clancy Woolman Clubhouse from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the Highlands Golf Course, 5501 N.W. 12th Street. Mayor Chris Beutler will make remarks at 2:15 p.m. about the longtime supporter of Lincoln Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, including the City Golf program. A reception will follow the presentation.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 22-28 — 4/19
    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 April 22 through April 28.
  • Nature Center Hosts Spring Programs — 4/18

    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 Coddington Ave., is hosting the following public events this spring:

    Spring Volunteer Day, Saturday, April 20, 9 to 11 a.m.

    Saturday with our Naturalist, Saturday, April 20, 2 to 3 p.m.

    Get in the Garden Girl Scout Program, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to noon

  • Affordable Housing and New Park Part of New South Haymarket Development — 4/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler and private sector partners today announced plans for new development in the South Haymarket area. The 10-acre project area, Blocks 4 and 5, is south of "O" Street and west of Canopy Street. The Mayor said the new development will build on the economic success of the West Haymarket and extend it south.
  • Bethany Branch Library Closed Until Further Notice — 4/17
    The Bethany Branch Library, 1810 N. Cotner Boulevard, will be closed until further notice for roof repairs. Lincoln City Libraries will announce a reopening date as soon as possible.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Theatrical Performances April 19 — 4/16

    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two free theatrical performances Friday, April 19. The performances are free and no reservations are necessary:

    The Wizard of Oz - 10:30 a.m., Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
    Join Dorothy in this classic adaption of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure to find her way back home.

    Treasure Island - 2:30 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
    Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island is a fantastical tale of pirates, adventure, and buried treasure. Meet Long John Silver and his band of marauding pirates, and take an exciting journey across the seven seas.

  • Bethany Branch Library Closed Today — 4/16
    The Bethany Branch Library, 1810 N. Cotner Boulevard, is closed today, Tuesday, April 16, for roof repairs. Lincoln City Libraries expects the branch to resume normal hours on Wednesday, April 17.
  • Mayor to Present Annual Award of Excellence for 2018 — 4/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2018 to William Maul, a Journey Mechanic in the StarTran division of the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU). 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.
  • Portion of Saltillo Road to Temporarily Close April 15 — 4/12
    Saltillo Road, from South 21st to South 27th streets, will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday, April 15 through 5 p.m. Tuesday April 16. BNSF Railway is repairing tracks and pavement at the crossing. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained.
  • City Crews Stop Wastewater Sewer Line Overflow — 4/12
    The Wastewater Division of the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department removed a blockage in a wastewater sewer line this afternoon that led to an overflow and release of wastewater from a manhole near the intersection of Fulton Avenue and North 60th Street. Wastewater staff discovered a large quantity of unknown debris blocking the pipeline. The overflow traveled for about 125 feet to the nearest storm inlet.
  • Portions of North 27th Street to Periodically Close Monday — 4/12
    Beginning Monday, April 15, southbound traffic on North 27th Street, between Old Dairy Road and Cornhusker Highway, will be periodically reduced to one lane from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for electrical work. The northbound lanes of N. 27th Street will not be impacted. The bus stop at North 27th and Fairfield streets will be closed. Riders are encouraged to use the stops at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St., or at N. 27th and Knox streets. The pedestrian and cycling trail at N. 27th and Fairfield streets will remain open until further notice.
  • Portion of "P" Street Downtown to Close Monday — 4/12
    Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, April 15, the eastbound lane on the south side of "P" Street, from 10th to 11th streets, will be closed through Friday, April 26, to accommodate roof repairs on the YMCA building at 11th and "P" streets. The remaining lanes will not be affected.
  • Portion of South Street to Close Today — 4/12
    Starting at 2 p.m. today, Friday, April 12, South Street, from Park Boulevard to Folsom Street, will be closed through 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, for emergency repair on a private water service line. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes, although separate detours for eastbound and westbound traffic will be posted. Access to Sherman Field and local businesses will be maintained.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 15-21 — 4/12
    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 April 15 through April 21.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection at Star City Shores Saturday April 27th — 4/12
    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, April 27th at Lincoln Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct.
  • Volunteers Needed Saturday for Lewis Ballfields Area Cleanup — 4/11
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help with painting and debris removal at Lewis Ballfields and along the adjacent Antelope Creek from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 13. Volunteers will meet at the south end of the ballfield parking lot near Capitol Parkway and "J" Street at 9 a.m.
  • Low-Income Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Farmers Market Coupons — 4/11
    Qualifying Lancaster County residents age 60 and over 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.
  • City Urges Safe Driving in Work Zones — 4/10
    The City urges residents to focus on safe driving during National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 8 through 12. This year's theme is "Drive Like You Work Here."
  • Temporary Street Closures at Railroad Crossings in SW Lincoln Continue April 9 — 4/9
    A series of railroad crossing and related street closures will temporarily affect access into southwest Lincoln from U.S. Highway 77, April 9 through 11. BNSF Railway is repairing tracks and pavement at multiple crossings. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained.
  • Portion of "P" Street Downtown to Close Wednesday — 4/8
    Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, the eastbound lane on the south side of "P" Street, from 10th to 11th streets, will be closed through Friday, April 26, to accommodate roof repairs on the YMCA building at 11th and "P" streets. The remaining lanes will not be affected. All lanes will be open on Saturday, April 13, for the UNL Spring Game.
  • Mayor Presents March Award of Excellence — 4/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Jim Portis, District Park Supervisor with the Parks and Recreation 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.
  • Health Department Issues Air Quality Advisory — 4/5
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) this evening issued a health advisory for sensitive populations because of smoke from agricultural and prescribed burning. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for children, older adults and those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease. LLCHD advises those at risk to reduce strenuous physical activity when outdoors, take plenty of breaks and watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans, and have quick relief medicine readily available.
  • Lincoln Welcomes Spring Game Visitors — 4/5
    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 13.
  • Temporary Street Closures at Railroad Crossings in SW Lincoln to Begin April 8 — 4/5
    A series of railroad crossing and related street closures will temporarily affect access into southwest Lincoln from U.S. Highway 77, April 8 through 12. BNSF Railway is repairing tracks and pavement at multiple crossings. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained.
  • Board of Health Presents Awards — 4/5
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health presented their Board of Health Awards at the Board of Health Annual Breakfast and Awards Ceremony April 2.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 8 Through April 14 — 4/5
    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 April 8 through April 14.
  • Portion of "P" Street Downtown Closed Saturday — 4/5
    Both eastbound lanes on "P" Street, from 10th to 11th streets, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6, while a crane installs a cooling tower on the YMCA building at 11th and "P" streets. The westbound traffic lane will not be affected.
  • Volunteers Needed for Rose Garden Maintenance April 13 — 4/4
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help maintain the Hamann Rose Garden and the Strolling Garden at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13 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 on the east side of the Hamann Rose Garden and in the Sunken Gardens lot at 26th and "D" streets.
  • Civil Rights Conference Set for April 17 — 4/3
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) will host its annual Civil Rights Conference Wednesday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr. This year's keynote speaker will be Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of Define American, the nation's leading nonprofit culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate.

March

  • Meet Peg the Goose Dog at Golf Open House April 6 — 3/29
    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 6 at the Holmes Golf Course, 3701 S. 70th St. The event will introduce Peg the goose dog and include demonstrations, activities, food and representatives from local businesses and golf leagues. Lessons and golf merchandise, including a Callaway Epic Flash Driver, will be given away as door prizes.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events April 1 Through April 7 — 3/29
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from April 1 through April 7.
  • StarTran "Stuff the Bus" Event is April 6 and 7 — 3/28

    StarTran invites the public to help "Stuff the Bus" April 6 and 7 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 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at these locations:

    • Walmart and Sam's Club stores: North 27th and Superior streets, South 87th Street and Highway 2
    • Walmart stores: North 84th and Adams streets, South 27th Street and Grainger Parkway
  • Ager Golf Course Wins 2018 Facility of the Year — 3/28
    The Professional Golf Association (PGA) of Nebraska has recognized Lincoln's Ager Golf Course as the 2018 Facility of the Year. Ager is the first municipal golf course to win the award. The course at 3761 Normal Blvd. is open to all golfers with a focus on the junior and beginning golfer by offering affordable programs including PGA-instructed classes.
  • City Job Fair Set for April 4 — 3/27
    The City of Lincoln invites the public to a Seasonal Job Fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Woods Park Place, 3131 "O" Street. The event is located in the lower-level training rooms. Parking is available on the east and south sides of the building.
  • Sections of Wilderness Park Now Open — 3/27
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation has opened some parts of Wilderness Park that were closed due to flooding. Only the section from Old Cheney Road to Pioneers Boulevard remains closed for trail maintenance. It is expected for the entire park to open by April 19. The public is reminded to stay off of wet trails and refrain from traveling on the outside edges of trails to prevent widening.
  • Beutler Says Neighborhood Leader Would Co-Chair Sales Tax Committee — 3/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a neighborhood representative would be one of the two co-chairs of the citizens' oversight committee if the quarter-cent sales tax is passed by voters April 9. He also assured residents that neighborhood street repair would be the primary focus of proceeds from the quarter-cent sales tax. Beutler's statements were in response to recent news stories regarding representation on the committee.
  • Portion of Fallbrook Trail to Close Thursday — 3/27
    A portion of the Fallbrook Trail near the N. 1st and Fallbrook Boulevard intersection will close Thursday, March 28 for adjacent building construction. A completion date for the project is not known at this time and the closure is expected to extend into summer. The recommended detour is to use the limestone trail that runs parallel to Highway 34, travel east on Fallbrook Boulevard, then reconnect to the trail at Stonebrook Parkway. Schoo Middle School students may travel north on N.W. 7th Street from Fallbrook Boulevard to reach the school.
  • Separation of Yard Waste Begins April 1 — 3/27
    Beginning Monday, April 1, Lincoln garbage collectors will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires that from April 1 to December 1, grass and leaves, including crabgrass and pine needles, be separated from other waste. Grass and leaves cannot be placed in plastic bags for general garbage collection. Tree trimmings, garden waste and weeds may be included with regular household garbage.
  • Rickman's Run Parking Lot to Temporarily Close Wednesday — 3/26
    The parking lot at Rickman's Run on 70th Street in Holmes Lake Park, will close at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 for maintenance. The project is expected to be completed late Wednesday or early Thursday, March 28.
  • "K" Street Lane Closures Start Wednesday — 3/26
    "K" Street, from South 14th to 18th streets, will be reduced to two eastbound lanes from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 through Friday, May 3. On-street parking and through lanes will be restricted on the south side of "K" Street throughout the project.
  • Pine Lake Road Ballfields and Park Closed During Road Construction — 3/26
    The two ballfields and the surrounding park on Pine Lake Road between 61st and 66th streets are closed during construction on Pine Lake Road. Residents are urged to use other park facilities. Residents are not permitted to access the park area via the construction zone. The street project is expected to be completed in October.
  • Public Encouraged to Monitor Air Quality — 3/26
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today encouraged residents to monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) to determine if the levels of smoke are unhealthy. Favorable burn conditions today across the Flint Hills region of Kansas and Oklahoma, combined with south winds, may carry smoke into Lincoln and Lancaster County Tuesday night into Wednesday. At this time of the year, smoke from agricultural and prescribed burns can cause health issues, especially for children, older adults and those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease. Those at risk are encouraged to check the AQI before doing any strenuous outdoor activity.
  • Nature Center Hosts Spring Festival Saturday — 3/26
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the free "Wild Adventures" nature festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required. The event will take place rain or shine.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers to Host Magic Show — 3/26
    Aging Partners invites seniors and the public to area senior centers in April for "Colorful Magic by Bruce," featuring Lincoln magician Bruce Jacoby.
  • Mayor Thanks Community for Response During Water Supply Emergency — 3/25

    Mayor Chris Beutler today issued the following statement:

    "Lincoln recently experienced historic flooding at our City wellfields on the Platte River. With our water supply temporarily limited, we asked Lincoln residents and businesses to make sacrifices to use less water. You can take great pride in how you responded to that call. By working together as one community, we made it through the emergency. Thank you to our City employees for working around the clock to make repairs. And thank you — the residents and business of Lincoln — for demonstrating once again that this is a very special place to call home."

  • Mayor Lifts Voluntary Water Restrictions — 3/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler lifted the voluntary water use restrictions late this afternoon. Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Director Miki Esposito said one of the City's large horizontal wells is now in operation and production capacity has increased to 60 million gallons a day. Historic flood damage at the City's water production facilities along the Platte River led the City to impose mandatory water restrictions Sunday, March 17. The voluntary restrictions have been in place since Wednesday, March 20.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 25-31 — 3/22
    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 March 25 through March 31.
  • Repairs Continue on Flood Damaged City Wells — 3/21
    City of Lincoln and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) crews continued working Thursday to restore power and repair City water collection wells near the Platte River, which flooded to historic levels this weekend. Following repairs Wednesday, water production capacity rose from 32 to 40 million gallons per day, prompting Mayor Chris Beutler to lift mandatory water restrictions imposed March 17.
  • Portion of South 48th Street to Temporarily Close Friday — 3/21
    South 48th Street, from Calvert to Van Dorn streets, will close Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon for removal of a dead tree. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route during this period.
  • Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards — 3/21

    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards to be presented Thursday, May 9 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The 41st annual event, which is open to the public, begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes a dinner, awards presentation and winners' reception. Reservation information is available at artscene.org/reservations.

  • Portion of N. 66th Street Temporarily Closed — 3/20
    Portions of North 66th Street, from "Q" to Vine streets, are closed for emergency water main repair through 5 p.m. Friday, March 22. Northbound traffic is currently being merged into the center, left-turn lane. Southbound lanes are not affected by the work. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route and exercise caution around construction crews.
  • City Moves From Mandatory to Voluntary Water Restrictions — 3/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler today lifted the mandatory water restrictions imposed Sunday because of unprecedented flood damage at the City's water production facilities at the Platte River. He also urged residents and businesses to continue to voluntarily conserve water as work continues to repair the water infrastructure. All residents and businesses are asked to reduce water consumption by 25 percent. Car washes will be allowed to reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.
  • Portion of Tower Square to Close Friday — 3/20
    Beginning Friday, March 22, a portion of the Lincoln Community Foundation Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets, will close for repairs to the "Ascent" tower. Work is expected to be completed by mid-April. Only an area around the sculpture will be closed.
  • Progress Continues on Repairs to City Water Production Facilities — 3/19

    Mayor Chris Beutler on Tuesday said crews are making progress repairing the City's flood-damaged water production facilities at the Platte River. Crews from Lincoln and the Omaha Public Power District continue working as quickly as possible to restore power to City wells.

    Lincoln's supply of drinking water is safe. A Level 2 Water Use Restriction Emergency remains in effect. The Level 2 mandatory restrictions can be found at water.lincoln.ne.gov/flood.

  • Dog Run Parking Lot Maintenance Starts Wednesday — 3/19
    Maintenance work on three of Lincoln's dog run parking lots will start Wednesday, March 20. The work is expected to be completed by April 1, and is being scheduled while the runs are closed due to flooding.
  • Mandatory Water Restrictions Are Evaluated on Daily Basis — 3/19

    Lincoln Transportation and Utilities today issued the following statement how long mandatory water restrictions may be in place.

    "Mandatory water restrictions are being evaluated on a daily basis as crews work diligently to restore power and repair damage at the City of Lincoln wellfields. As soon as water production is restored to more adequate levels, the restrictions will be lifted."

  • Lincoln City Libraries Hiring Summer Interns — 3/18
    Lincoln City Libraries is accepting applications through March 22 for six summer internships. Applicants must be enrolled in high school or college, never been employed by, or served as an intern at a library, and must be at least 16 years old.
  • City Taking Action to Hasten Repairs of Water Production Facilities — 3/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler on Monday said the City is taking steps to acquire federal and state resources to more quickly repair and stabilize Lincoln's flood-damaged water production facilities at the Platte River.
  • Mayor Announces Mandatory Water Restrictions — 3/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler on Sunday evening announced mandatory water restrictions for Lincoln residents. The new Level 2 Water Use Restriction Emergency declaration is due to a temporary loss of pressure in the pipeline between the wellfields and water treatment plant near Ashland. Although the issue was isolated and water production has resumed, this occurrence, combined with some power loss due to flooding at the wellfields, has created a tenuous situation. Lincoln's supply of drinking water is safe.
  • Mayor Calls for Voluntary Water Conservation — 3/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler on Sunday encouraged Lincoln residents to voluntarily conserve water. The restrictions are a precautionary measure following levee failures near the City's wellfields at the Platte River that have led to some power outages.
  • Lincoln Water Supply Unaffected by Flooding — 3/16

    Miki Esposito, Director of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU), today reminded Lincoln residents that the City's water supply is unaffected by flooding.

    "Our drinking water is safe. Our treatment facilities are secure and operating effectively. The entire water supply system is under constant monitoring. All of Lincoln's water is sourced from groundwater in an aquifer 80 feet below the surface," Esposito said.

  • Lincoln Fire and Rescue Announces Accreditation — 3/15
    Lincoln Fire Chief Micheal Despain announced Friday that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has been re-designated as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Accredited Agency status recognizes LFR's dedication to continuous quality improvement and industry best practices related to service to the community and transparency.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 18-24 — 3/15
    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 March 18 through March 24.
  • Portion of Pine Lake Road to Close March 18 — 3/14
    Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, Pine Lake Road, from South 61st to 66th streets, will be closed for completion of a safety improvement project. Pine Lake Road, from S. 70th Street to Highway 2, will also remain closed. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 2 at 56th and 70th streets. This two-year improvement project is scheduled to be complete in October.
  • Portion of "A" Street Temporarily Closed — 3/14
    Portions of eastbound "A" Street, from Twin Ridge Road to South 70th Street, are closed for emergency water main repair through Wednesday, March 20. Eastbound traffic is currently being merged into the left-turn lane. Westbound lanes are not affected by the work. After 6 p.m. today, the inside eastbound lane will reopen. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route and exercise caution around construction crews.
  • Dementia Care Presentation Set for April 10 — 3/14
    Aging Partners invites caregiving professionals, senior citizens and the public to a presentation about supporting individuals living with dementia, Wednesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is presented by Southeast Community College at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th St. Place.
  • Portion of Huntington and Leighton Avenues to Temporarily Close Friday — 3/14
    Huntington and Leighton avenues, from 33rd to 48th streets, will be closed Friday, March 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for Lincoln Electric System (LES) work. LES will be relocating overhead power lines. Access to homes and businesses in this area will be maintained. Drivers should seek alternate routes and are reminded to exercise caution around construction crews.
  • Some City Parks and Recreation Areas Closed Due to Wet Conditions — 3/13
    Lincoln Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed some parks, trails and recreation areas due to wet conditions. Using recreation areas during wet conditions can cause serious damage to the land and trails, requiring costly maintenance and repairs. Many of the City's more than 130 park and recreations areas function as watershed management spaces that help control stormwater runoff from other public and private properties.
  • Pool Passes and Swim Lesson Registration Now Available Online — 3/12

    Season passes for the City's public swimming pools and registration for the Learn to Swim program are now available online at parks.lincoln.ne.gov. Select "Buy a Pool Pass" or the "Register Online" button at the bottom of the page. All City pools open Saturday, May 25.

  • Mayor Presents February Award of Excellence — 3/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler on Monday presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to Sandra Lutz from the Aging Partners division of the Mayor's Department. The award was presented at the beginning of the City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Saturday's Volunteer in Parks Event Cancelled — 3/11
    The Volunteer in Parks (VIP) Saturday event scheduled for March 16 has been canceled due to work spaces being too wet and snowy for work. The VIP Saturday events are a monthly event offered by Lincoln Parks and Recreation between spring and fall. Both current and new volunteers are welcome.
  • City Deploys Additional Crews for Pothole Repair Surge — 3/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler on Monday signed an emergency order enabling the Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) to escalate resources to increase pothole repairs in the City. More than 60 City employees are currently repairing potholes, over triple the number of employees normally assigned to crews. Transportation and Utilities officials say repairs will be completed around the clock, as weather permits.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 11-17 — 3/8
    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 March 11 through March 17.
  • Snowfall Exceeds Forecast — 3/7
    A winter storm that moved through Lincoln Thursday morning has dropped 4 inches of snow instead of the 1 to 2 inches originally forecasted. As a result, Mayor Chris Beutler has declared a snow emergency and parking ban which is in effect on both sides of emergency snow routes, arterial streets, bus and school routes until further notice.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Special Needs Storytimes — 3/7
    Beginning March 21, Lincoln City Libraries will offer free storytimes for children with special needs on the third Thursday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. These sessions are for children and their families who may require a more controlled environment, and are best suited for children 2 to 8 years of age. Preregistration is not required.
  • Library Discussion Series Continues in March — 3/7
    The Lincoln City Libraries "Taco 'Bout It" discussion series continues March 11 with a conversation about art at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The series occurs on the second Monday of each month and features build-your-own tacos, followed by a presentation and question and answer session about topics of interest. Reservations are not required.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 3/7
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Thursday, March 7, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • LFR Receives Innovation Award — 3/5
    Lincoln Fire Chief Micheal Despain today announced that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) is the first recipient of the Randy R. Bruegman Agency Innovation Award. The award is presented by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) to an agency that has embraced continuous improvement, is focused on outcomes and embodies progressive leadership. The award honors Chief Randy Bruegman, CFO, who had recently retired as the CPSE President, and was created to recognize his 25 years of dedicated service to CPSE from 1992 to 2017.
  • Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Earns National Accreditation — 3/4
    The American Public Works Association (APWA) today officially recognized the City of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) for achieving national accreditation. The APWA accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go above and beyond the requirements of the best management practices established nationally. LTU was recognized at the beginning of Monday's City Council meeting.
  • Mayor to Present January Award of Excellence — 3/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Christine Koll and David Thurber from the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU). 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.
  • Evaluation Process to Continue for N. 33rd and Cornhusker Area Project — 3/1

    The City and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) are planning two public meetings for spring and summer to discuss the roadway alignments for the RTSD transportation project in the North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway area. When determined, the meeting dates will be provided at 33rdcornhusker.com.

  • Public Invited to Apply for Water Quality Landscape Funding — 3/1
    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 26 or until funding runs out. The program is offered by the Watershed Management Division of the Transportation and Utilities Department.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events March 4 Through March 10 — 3/1
    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 March 4 through March 10.

February

  • Portion of "A" Street Temporarily Closed — 2/27
    "A" Street, between 48th Street and South Cotner Boulevard, is temporarily closed for emergency water main repair. Traffic will be detoured onto South Cotner Boulevard. The street is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday, February 28.
  • Summer Swim and Dive Team Registration Begins March 4 — 2/27

    Registration begins Monday, March 4 for the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department swim and dive teams. Registration is available online prior to May 25 at parks.lincoln.ne.gov or at the Aquatics Office, second floor, 1225 "F" St. Beginning May 25, registration will no longer be available online and only available at a participating pool. The deadline for registration is June 24, or when the enrollment limit is reached.

  • Lincoln City Libraries Victorious in Winter Reading Challenge — 2/27
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) announced Monday that it is one of the national winners of Beanstack's Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge. Lincoln participants read for more than 3 million minutes. The program, sponsored by billionaire investor and "Shark Tank" personality Mark Cuban, challenged 250 libraries nationally to meet a collective goal of reading at least 5 million minutes and 75,000 books in January.
  • Libraries, Nature Center and Recreation Centers Closed Saturday — 2/22
    All Lincoln City Libraries, City recreation centers and the Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed Saturday, Feb. 23 due to inclement weather.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Feb. 25 — Mar. 3 — 2/22
    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 February 25 through March 3.
  • Libraries to Host Activity Series in March — 2/21
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate Read Across America Day March 2 with a week-long series of events designed to reconnect parents and kids with fun, hands-on activities. Participants are encouraged to disconnect from their electronic devices to better focus on the event and each other.
  • ALLO Announces Completion of Major Construction — 2/21
    Allo Communications (ALLO), a Nebraska-based telecommunications company offering fiber communications and entertainment services including broadband internet, phone, and TV, today announced the completion of major construction on the Lincoln Fiber to Home Project, an agreement between ALLO and the City of Lincoln to build an all-fiber network providing broadband internet, television, and phone services to every home and business in Lincoln.
  • Open Houses Part of Plan to Educate Residents on Sales Tax Ballot Issue — 2/20
    The City invites the public to attend four public open houses in every quadrant of the City to learn more about the proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase that will be on the April 9 ballot. If approved, the six-year sales tax increase would generate about $13 million a year for City street repair and construction, including neighborhood street repair across the City.
  • Read to a Dog Spring Session Begins March 5 — 2/20
    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.
  • Most Lincoln City Libraries Open Today — 2/20
    All Lincoln City Libraries, except the Williams Branch, 5000 Mike Scholl Street (Arnold Elementary School), are open today, Wednesday, Feb. 20. All events and programs are cancelled, including Preschool Storytme, Teen Art Lab and African American Read-In.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 2/20
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Wednesday, February 20, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Mayor's Statement on Casady Retirement — 2/19

    "On behalf of the entire community, I want to thank Tom Casady for his 45-year career in public service. His leadership, hard work, integrity and comprehensive approach to public safety have helped to strengthen our community and keep our crime rate low. Tom has earned an excellent reputation among his peers across the country, and his expertise in using technology to improve public safety has made Lincoln a national leader in that area. His positive impact on our City will continue to be felt for many years."

    Casady began work as an Officer with the Lincoln Police Department in 1974. He served as Lancaster County Sheriff from 1987 to 1994 and as Lincoln Police Chief from 1994 to 2011. He has been the City's Public Safety Director since 2011.

  • Parks and Recreation Offers Lifeguarding Courses in March — 2/15
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will offer Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor Courses March 15 through 17. The 3-day classes will be held at the Lincoln High School pool, 2229 "J" Street. The schedule for both courses is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enrollment is limited, and early registration is suggested.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 18-24 — 2/15
    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 February 18 through February 24.
  • South of Downtown Annual Gathering Set for February 21 — 2/13
    The public is invited to attend the annual gathering of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization (CDO) from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 21 at Everett Elementary School, 11th and "B" streets (use the south door). The CDO is co-hosting the event with the City Urban Development Department, the South of Downtown Steering Committee and the Everett and Near South neighborhood associations.
  • Portion of Arbor Road to Close Wednesday — 2/12
    Arbor Road, from N. 40th to N. 56th streets, will be closed Wednesday, February 13 through Wednesday, February 27 for new sanitary sewer installation. Traffic will be detoured to Bluff Road via N. 40th and N. 56th streets. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained during this installation.
  • Aging Partners to Offer Roundtrip Transportation to Hickman Senior Center — 2/12
    Beginning March 6, Aging Partners will offer Hickman seniors roundtrip shuttle transportation from their residences to the Hickman Senior Center. The fee is $2 one way or $4 roundtrip. Rides must be reserved two days in advance by calling 402-441-6102. Seniors will arrive at the senior center between 9:30 and 10 a.m. and return home after 1 p.m.
  • Fletcher Avenue Bridge to Close February 11 — 2/8
    The bridge just east of North 56th Street on Fletcher Avenue will be closed February 11 through mid-July for reconstruction. Fletcher Avenue traffic between N. 56th and N. 70th streets will be detoured to Cornhusker Highway. Access to businesses along Fletcher Avenue will be maintained via N. 70th Street on the east end and N. 56th Street on the west end.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 11-17 — 2/8
    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 February 11 through February 17.
  • African-American Read-Ins Set for February 7 and 20 — 2/6
    The public is invited to attend two free read-ins this month focusing on African-American literature and history. The events are hosted by the Youth Development Team of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) as part of the local celebration of Black History Month. No reservations are required, and attendees may bring lunch.
  • Parks Seeks Vendors to Provide Inflatables for Events — 2/4

    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department seeks applications from inflatables vendors who want to provide services for event organizers and facility renters in City parks in 2019. To apply, contact Janet Ball at jball@lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-7847, extension "0". The application fee is $100.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 4 Through 10 — 2/1
    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 February 4 through February 10.
  • Nature Center Hosts February Programs — 2/1

    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., invites the public to the following events in February:

    Herbal Remedies: Hops Tincture Making Workshop, Saturday, February 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

    Great Backyard Bird Count, Saturday, February 16, 9 to 11 a.m.

January

  • All Lanes on South 10th Street Now Open — 1/31
    All lanes of South 10th Street between "K" and "O" streets are now open to through traffic following the replacement of a 133-year-old water main. Short-term lane closures may be required in the spring for pavement replacement and markings.
  • Lincoln Municipal Band to Perform at Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration — 1/31
    The public is invited to a free patriotic concert by the Lincoln Municipal Band at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10 at Lincoln Southwest High School, 7001 South 14th Street. The concert is part of the 19th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Food Vendors Needed for Uncle Sam Jam and Party in the Park Events — 1/30
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications from food vendors to participate in the City's Uncle Sam Jam celebration and various Party/Play in the Park events. Uncle Sam Jam is from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets. The rain date for the event will be Friday, July 5 at the same time and location.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Eliminates Late Fees on Youth Materials — 1/30
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) announced Wednesday that overdue fees will no longer be charged on youth materials. Materials that are three weeks overdue will be considered lost and the customer will be charged a replacement fee. The replacement fee will be removed when the items are returned.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/30
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Wednesday, January 30, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • One Book-One Lincoln Nomination Deadline is Thursday — 1/28

    Thursday, January 31 is the deadline for submitting nominations for One Book-One Lincoln community reading program. Titles may be submitted online at lincolnlibraries.org, or in person at any Lincoln City Libraries location.

  • Parks and Recreation Releases Spring Program Guide — 1/25

    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 free community events, summer camps, pools, golf courses, classes, spring adult softball, spring youth NFL flag football, volunteer opportunities and much more.

  • Task Force to Study Safe Storage of Firearms — 1/25
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today the creation of a Child Access to Firearms/Safe Storage Task Force. The Mayor has asked the task force to examine strategies to reduce access to firearms by children and to increase the safe storage of firearms in the community.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Jan 28 Through Feb 3 — 1/25
    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 January 28 through February 3.
  • Portion of "O" Street to Temporarily Close Sunday — 1/25
    "O" Street, between Ninth Street and Sun Valley Boulevard, will close from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 27 for Lincoln Electric System (LES) work. LES is removing overhead power lines and poles that have been replaced by buried lines. Access between Second Street and Sun Valley Boulevard will be maintained for local businesses. Drivers should seek alternate routes and are reminded to exercise caution around construction crews.
  • February 6 Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled — 1/24
    The February 6 Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 20. The nine-member Planning Commission is scheduled to meet every other Wednesday in the City Council Chambers, first floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center to Hold Annual Meeting Saturday — 1/24

    The Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center organization invites the public to attend its annual meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26 at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.

    The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center is a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the Nature Center. The annual meeting will include information about the group's plans for 2019, including upcoming fundraising events. The meeting will also feature a special presentation from the UNL School of Natural Resources about Lincoln's urban fox population.

  • Portion of North 48th Street Closed — 1/23
    North 48th Street, between Adams and Fremont streets, is closed to northbound traffic for emergency water main repair. After today, periodic lane changes may be necessary through Monday, January 28. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and exercise caution around crews.
  • Nature Center Preschool Meeting is Jan. 29 — 1/23
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites parents and guardians to the Preschool Parent Meeting from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 29 at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The meeting is for adults only, and staff will provide information about the nature-based preschool and prekindergarten programs offered at the Center.
  • City Recreation Centers to Close at 5 P.M. Today — 1/22
    All six City recreation center locations will close at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 22 due to inclement weather. All activities and meetings are cancelled. The snow day program at the Belmont location will continue until 6 p.m. Weather permitting, the centers will resume regular hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Close at 5 P.M. Today — 1/22
    All Lincoln City Libraries locations will close at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 22 due to inclement weather. All activities and meetings are cancelled. Weather permitting, the libraries will resume regular hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
  • Registration Now Open for Parks and Recreation Summer Camps — 1/22
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites families to register now for the FUNdamental Healthy Me Summer Day Camps that begin in May and the Pioneers Park Nature Center Camps that begin in March.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/22
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Tuesday, January 22, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Final Draft of Bike Plan Available for Review — 1/18

    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department invites the public to review the final draft of the Lincoln Bike Plan developed by the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The plan is available at lincolnbikeplan.com. The plan is primarily designed to identify an on-street bicycle network that builds on the City's extensive trail network and provides safe and low-stress bicycle commuting and recreational opportunities.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 21 Through 27 — 1/18
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 21 through January 27.
  • Diabetes Workshop Series Begins February 5 — 1/17
    Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a free Aging Partners workshop series from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from February 5 through March 12. The six-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive.
  • Melvin the Explorer to Visit Lincoln City Libraries — 1/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to free preview performances by actor Tim Marrone of "Adventures of Melvin the Explorer" in January and February. The events are presented in cooperation with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's (LSO) performance of "Adventures..." February 3 at Nebraska Wesleyan.
  • Sales Tax Increase Would Generate $78 Million for Streets — 1/16
    A coalition of community leaders today said a quarter-cent sale tax for streets is needed to keep Lincoln strong and growing. The group is asking the City Council to place on the April 9 primary ballot a measure to raise the City sales tax one-quarter cent for six years, starting October 1, 2019. The sales tax increase would generate about $13 million a year for a total $78 million for streets over six years.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Author Visit — 1/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation by Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of "Nebraska's Sod House Homemakers and Their Quilts." The event will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 20 in the fourth floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street.
  • Public Invited to Submit Nominations for One Book-One Lincoln Reading Program — 1/14

    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to submit nominations for the 18th annual One Book-One Lincoln community reading program. Titles must be submitted by January 31 online at lincolnlibraries.org or in person at any library location. Last year's selection was "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann.

  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 1/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to Arborist Adam Klingenberg of the Community Forestry Section of the Parks and Recreation 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.
  • Portion of Adams Street to Close Monday — 1/11
    The westbound lanes on Adams Street, from 48th to 56th streets, will be closed after 8 a.m., Monday, January 14 through mid-afternoon, Friday, January 18, for private sanitary sewer work. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. Drivers should seek alternate routes and are reminded to exercise caution around construction crews.
  • Public Input Sought on Plans for N. 33rd and Cornhusker Area — 1/11
    The City and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) invite the public to several events in January and February to learn about and comment on the final draft plans for the North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway area. A related amendment to the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is also part of the discussion.
  • Public Invited to View Lunar Eclipse at Hyde Memorial Observatory — 1/11
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to view the lunar eclipse Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Hyde Memorial Observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake, 3701 S. 70th Street. The observatory will be open from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, and the event is free.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 14 Through 20 — 1/11
    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 January 14 through January 20.
  • Aging Partners Health and Fitness Classes Begin Soon — 1/10
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners Health and Fitness classes beginning in late January. For those age 60 and over, a $4 contribution is suggested for most classes. For those under age 60, the fee is $5 per class. Participants can attend as many classes as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Registration is required by calling 402-441-7575.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Launches Monthly Discussion Series in January — 1/10
    Lincoln City Libraries will launch a free monthly discussion series called "Taco 'Bout It" in January at Bennet Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The public is invited to the library on the second Monday of each month for build-your-own tacos, followed by a presentation and question and answer session about topics of interest. Reservations are not required.
  • Party in the Parks Participants Sought — 1/7
    Organizations wanting to participate in the annual "Party in the Parks" community event series are invited to submit their proposals to the Parks and Recreation Department by January 14. Fees are waived for arts organizations using City parks to present musical, performing arts and visual events that are open to the public and free of charge. Proposals can be sent to Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, Party in the Parks, 3131 "O" Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68510.
  • Survey on Cable TV and Internet Service Ends Monday — 1/4

    Monday, January 7 is the last day the public can complete a survey on cable television and Internet services. The online survey is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cable), and paper copies are available at all Lincoln City Library locations (listed at lincolnlibraries.org) and at the Mayor's Office (555 S. 10th Street). 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.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 7 Through 13 — 1/4
    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 January 7 through January 13.
  • Vapor Product Sales to Minors Decrease in 2018 — 1/3
    City and County agencies today thanked retailers for helping to reduce the sale of vapor products to minors in Lancaster County from 21.2 percent in 2017 to 5.3 percent in 2018. The annual compliance checks are a cooperative of the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department (LLCHD), the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office (LSO) using youth volunteers. State law has long prohibited the sale of tobacco products to those under age 18, and a 2014 law also prohibited the sale of vapor products to minors. Local agencies added vapor compliance checks to their annual tobacco compliance checks in 2017.
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