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  • Public Invited to Learn About Re-Use of Landfill Property — 1/28
    The public is invited to a community meeting Tuesday, February 3 to learn about the City's proposed plan to re-use portions of the North 48th St. Landfill facility property. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center, 3140 Sumner St. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mom's Night Out at the Library to Feature Zumba — 1/26
    Lincoln City Libraries' next "Mom's Night Out" event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 30 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. The event will feature an hour-long Zumba class lead by Jessica Dinger, beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Library's Storytime to Highlight Dental Health — 1/26
    Lincoln City Libraries is partnering with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and Ameritas to focus on dental health for February's preschool storytime program. Staff from LLCHD Dental Health and Nutrition Services and Ameritas will attend storytime to provide information about dental care.
  • Nominations Sought for 2015 One Book - One Lincoln — 1/26
    The public is invited to help kick off the 14th year of Lincoln City Libraries' One Book - One Lincoln program by nominating a great book. The selection committee will look for books that are of general interest to adults and young adults, address universal themes of life and spark thoughtful discussion.
  • City Independence Day Celebration Set for July 3 — 1/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Friday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, July 4.
  • Old Cheney Open to Traffic Today — 1/23
    Old Cheney Road from 70th to 82nd streets will reopen about 1 p.m. today. The major improvement project upgraded the two-lane rural street to a four-lane urban street with turn lanes, curbs and gutters.
  • Nominations Sought for 2015 Gerald Henderson Award — 1/23
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the annual Civil Rights Conference Wednesday, April 29 at the Holiday Inn Downtown.
  • Measles Case Identified in Lancaster County — 1/22
    Officials with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today said one case of measles (Rubeola) has been identified in Lancaster County. Officials say the local case is a pre-school aged child who had received an initial measles immunization several years earlier. While the child is no longer contagious, the source of the exposure is still being investigated. No schools or child cares are connected to this case, and it does not appear to be connected to the recent case in the Omaha-Blair area.
  • Public Asked to Help Find Stolen Truck — 1/22

    A large City utility truck was stolen about noon today from Lincoln Water System (LWS), 2021 N. 27th St. (27th and Fair streets). The vehicle is a white Ford F550 with LWS markings. A crane and other equipment are mounted on the front bumper. The license plate number is 30282, and the truck is marked on the hood as vehicle #122031.

    Anyone who sees the vehicle or who has information on its location is asked to contact the Lincoln Police Department's non-emergency number at 402-441-6000.

  • Public Invited to Nature Center's Sandhill Crane Viewing Tour — 1/14
    Registration is now open for the Pioneers Park Nature Center's trip to central Nebraska for a guided viewing tour of the Sandhill crane migration. The tour begins at noon, Thursday, March 19 at the Wild Bird Habitat Store, 56th and Highway 2, and returns at 11 p.m. to the same location.
  • NWU Sports Network to Televise Basketball Doubleheaders — 1/13
    The NWU Sports Network (formerly 21 SPORTS) will televise three Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Prairie Wolves basketball doubleheaders in January and February on a tape-delayed basis.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.. The fun and educational family event is sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, the Wild Bird Habitat Stores, Wachiska Audubon and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
  • Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Decrease in 2014 — 1/13
    The percentage of businesses that sold tobacco to minors during compliance checks decreased from 12.6 percent in 2013 to 7.9 percent in 2014. The compliance checks are conducted by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) using youth volunteers. Of the 302 attempts by minors to purchase tobacco products, 24 resulted in a sale.
  • Mayor to Present November Award of Excellence — 1/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Carrie Kimbrough, a Library Service Associate at Lincoln City Libraries. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Portion of "N" Street to Close for Joint City-LES Project — 1/9
    "N" Street from 20th to 21st streets will close Monday, January 12 for work on a joint City of Lincoln - Lincoln Electric System (LES) project. The LES portion of the project is the construction of a duct bank for electrical service lines from the new LES substation at 21st and "N" streets.
  • Musician Andy Strain to Perform at Libraries — 1/9
    California musician Andy Strain, a former member of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO), will give two free performances of "The Bremen Town Musicians" at Lincoln City Libraries next week.
  • Tree Recycling Collection Ends Sunday — 1/9
    The City of Lincoln's annual tree recycling program will end Sunday, January 11. The trees will then be ground into wood chips, and the wood chip mulch will be available at no charge to Lincoln residents beginning Monday, January 19 at Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 South Folsom Court, during normal business hours. The mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • VITA Program Offers Free Tax Assistance — 1/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that community funders have contributed more than $37,000 so far to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in the Lincoln area. The program provides free tax preparation services to qualified low- to moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Damaged Water Line Results in Brief Localized Pressure Loss — 1/8
    p>Lincoln Water System (LWS) officials report that a contractor hit a private water service line today on S.W. 40th south of "O" Street, causing the City's water system to briefly lose pressure in two areas south of West "A" Street:

    • The area bounded by Coddington, S.W. 36th Street, West "A" Street and West Van Dorn
    • An area on South Folsom between West Calvert and West Pioneers
  • City Seeks Input on Proposed Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — 1/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is seeking public input on how a permanent hazardous waste collection and disposal facility would be used by households and small businesses.
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena is First Arena in Nation to Offer Mamava Lactation Suite — 1/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler today helped cut the ribbon on the Bryan Health Nursing Nook for breastfeeding mothers and their babies at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The free-standing kiosk produced by Mamava of Vermont is the first in the nation to be placed in a public arena. It is sponsored by Bryan Health and the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA).
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations — 1/2
    The deadline for nominations for the 37th annual Mayor's Arts Awards has been extended to Monday, January 12. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Lied Center. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
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