- Separation of Grass and Leaves Ends December 1 — 11/25
Beginning Tuesday, December 1, Lincoln and Lancaster County residents will no longer be required to separate grass and leaves from their household trash.
The Nebraska Integrated Solid Waste Management Act requires that grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 through November 30 of each year. During these months, the grass and leaves are diverted to the City’s compost facility, and local waste haulers charge a separate fee for the yard waste collection.
- Nominations Now Accepted for Mayor's Arts Awards — 11/20
Nominations are now being accepted for the 38th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) in June 2016 at the Lied Center. The Mayor’s Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area. Nomination forms are available by calling the LAC at 402-434-2787 or printing a form from the LAC website, artscene.org. The nomination deadline is Jan. 14, 2016
- Nature Center Offers Holiday Greenery Workshop and Road Trip to Eagle Days — 11/20
Pioneers Park Nature Center is offering two programs Saturday, December 5 – a Holiday Greenery Workshop and an Eagle Watching Trip.
The Holiday Greenery Workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Nature Center. The cost is $25, and registration will be open through December 3 or until the workshop is full. Participants are encouraged to bring a basket, vase or mug to create a holiday centerpiece. Greenery, pine cones, ribbon and other decorations will be provided.
- Pioneers Golf Course to Close for Paving Work — 11/19
Pioneers Golf Course will be closed for at least five days, beginning Monday, November 30 for the removal and replacement of the main entrance drive. The work is expected to be completed Friday, December 4, but it may extend into the following week depending on weather conditions.
- Mayor Promotes Shopping Locally — 11/19
Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to support local independently-owned businesses by participating in two upcoming events:
- The fifth annual "Shop the Blocks" Holiday Celebration produced by the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) from 4:30 to 9 p.m. tonight includes discounts, giveaways and refreshments at downtown merchants. More information is available at shoptheblocks.com.
- The sixth annual Small Business Saturday promotion is Saturday, November 28, the day between "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday."
- Fire Chief Search Continues — 11/18
Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that he offered the position of Lincoln Fire Chief to Jerome Schirmer, the Assistant Chief - Operations/Emergency Services for the Superstition Fire and Medical District in Arizona. Citing family reasons, Schirmer said he has decided to remove his name from consideration.
- Mayor Announces Plan to Provide Gigabit Internet Service by 2019 — 11/17
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced a partnership with ALLO Communications, a Nelnet Company, to provide gigabit Internet service to every home and business in Lincoln by 2019. He said the Nebraska-based company will build an ultra-fast broadband network using the City’s existing fiber conduit network to speed up construction.
- Mayor to Present September Award of Excellence — 11/16
Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for September to Network Specialist Michael Cutshall from the Information Services Division of the Finance Department. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
- Public Invited to Public Hearing on StarTran Service — 11/13
The public is invited to the StarTran Advisory Board meeting and public hearing Thursday, November 19 on the Transit Development Plan (TDP) to improve transit services in Lincoln. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St.
- Open House Set on Phase Two of "P" Street Project — 11/12
The public is invited to a presentation and open house Tuesday, November 17 on the second phase of the "P" Street Corridor Project from Centennial Mall to Antelope Parkway. The event begins with a design presentation from The Clark Enersen Partners from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and continues with a discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. The open house will be at the University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union, 17th and "P" streets.
- Fundraiser to Benefit "F" Street Supper Program — 11/12
The public is invited to a fund-raiser Saturday, November 21 to provide groceries for the "F" Street Community Center's supper program, which serves thousands of free meals annually to children in the Everett and Near South neighborhoods. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. at O'Rourke's Tavern, 1329 "O" St. It is sponsored by Star City Scene, an organization which promotes local music in Lincoln.
- Public Invited to Annual Veterans Day Program — 11/10
The public is invited to the annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 11 at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park. The event is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council. The ceremony is preceded by a Veterans Day March which begins at 9:30 a.m. just west of Memorial Stadium and ends about 10:30 a.m. at Auld.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Friday November 13 — 11/10
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals at the last household hazardous waste collection of the year on Friday, November 13. This collection is by appointment only and residents can schedule a reservation by contacting the Health Department at 402-441-8021. Callers will be asked to identify the types and approximate quantity of waste they plan to bring, and will receive details on the time and location of the collection. Reservations are limited.
- Dog Facilities Master Plan Ready for Review Thursday — 11/10
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will present the draft of the dog facilities master plan during the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Thursday, November 12. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the department’s offices at 2740 “A” Street and is open to the public. The draft master plan calls for one dog facility in each quadrant of the community in addition to one downtown.
- Scrap Metal Drive to Benefit LPS Recycling Program — 11/10
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to recycle their scrap metal and donate all or a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) recycling program. Aluminum cans and scrap metal can be taken to Alter Metal Recycling, 6100 N. 70th St., and Sadoff Iron and Metal Recycling Company, 4400 West Webster.
- Madcap Puppets to Perform at Libraries — 11/9
Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is partnering with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) to present Madcap Puppets performer Dylan Shelton at two libraries for free 30-minute presentations next week:
• Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.
• Saturday, November 21, 10:30 a.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St.
- Gallery Alley Provides Welcoming Entryway — 11/6
Mayor Chris Beutler today said the new Gallery Alley near 7th and "P" street now provides pedestrians with a safe and welcoming entryway into the Historic Haymarket. The Mayor and others involved in the project participated in a grand opening ceremony for the alley this evening, with the first look at the new gallery art, wire and light installations. The alley south of "P Street between the Burkholder Project and the Creamery Building has served as a pedestrian connection for years.
- South Haymarket Plan Newest Phase of Downtown Development — 11/6
Mayor Chris Beutler today said the new South Haymarket Neighborhood Plan is vital to creating economic development opportunities, new jobs and new housing in downtown Lincoln. The plan includes the area bounded by 4th, 10th, “O” and “G” streets.
- Pederson to Retire as Aging Partners Director — 11/6
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that June Pederson, Director of Aging Partners, will retire, effective December 30. Pederson was hired by former Mayor Don Wesely and began her service in January 2003. An Interim Director will be named by the end of the year.
- Esposito Takes State Position, Shafer to Serve as Interim PWU Director — 11/6
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Miki Esposito, Director of the City Public Works and Utilities (PWU) Department, has accepted a position as Deputy Director of Policy and Administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Her last day with the City will be November 25. Thomas Shafer, Design and Construction Manager for the PWU Engineering Services Division, will serve as Interim Director.
- Teens Invited to Library "Write On!" Workshop — 11/5
Local teens are invited to participate in the free “Write On!” writing workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 14 at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St. All writing and art materials will be provided, and lunch also will be provided.
- Public Advised of Scam Targeting LWS Customers — 11/4
The public is advised to be aware of scam phone calls from an individual posing as a representative of Lincoln Water System (LWS). LWS received a report Wednesday of a person contacting customers and threatening to shut off services if they do not provide their credit card information.
- Gallery Alley Grand Opening Friday — 11/4
As part of the First Friday Art Walk, the public is invited to the grand opening for Gallery Alley at 5:15 p.m. Friday, November 6 at the alley's north entrance near 7th and "P" streets. The alley provides a pedestrian connection between the Historic Haymarket and developments and parking south of the Harris Overpass.
- Open House Set on 33rd and Cornhusker Study — 11/3
The public is invited to an open house Thursday, November 5 on a study of transportation in the area of 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway. The Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study is a first step toward finding ways to improve mobility and safety and reduce delays along the BNSF corridor between N. 27th and N. 48th streets.
- Public Invited to Volunteer at Mahoney Park — 11/2
The public is invited to participate in a work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 14 at Mahoney Park, 70th and Fremont streets. The group will meet at the park for training prior to beginning landscaping work.
- Mayor to Present August Award of Excellence — 11/2
Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for August to Police Officer Christopher Fields from the Central Investigations Section of the Lincoln Police Department. The award will be presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St.