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First Flight Festival 2017

We saw the first 16 one acts plays and can highly recommend this event. -Keith

Angels Theatre Company provides exciting live theatrical performances that entertain and challenge audiences to think globally and for playwright to grow locally. Live theatre helps individuals understand other people’s stories.

Source: Theatre | Live | Drama | Stage | Actors | Playwrights | Lincoln NE

First Flight Festival 2017

All FFF 2017 plays are performed in UNL’s Studio Theatre located on the first floor of the Temple Building, 12th & R Streets, Lincoln.

These  short plays or monologues are under 20 minutes each and written by members of Angels Play Writing Collective.

General admission per FLIGHT is $15

FESTIVAL passes are $25 (Festival passes give you admission to all 3 Flights for one price)

OLLI and student discount prices: $10 per Flight and $19 for a FESTIVAL pass.

See performance schedule below.

You have 2 opportunities to see Flights A & B in a single day!

  • Sunday July 23 – 2 PM (Flight A) and 7:30 PM (Flight B)
  • Saturday July 29 – 4 PM (Flight B) and 8 PM (Flight A) – there’s a special dinner theatre package available with  Dish Restaurant. (details soon).

FLIGHT A 

  • July 19, 21 & 27 at 7:30 PM
  • July 23 at 2 PM
  • July 29 at 8 PM

Between the Lines by Mary Douglass directed by Cecilia Burkhart

Baseball by Steve Enersen directed by Mark Mesarch

Our Daughter Katie by Brigid Amos directed by Trey Martinez

Hero by Brian Bornstein directed by Timothy Scholl

Central Park South by Courtney Scholl directed by Judy Hart

Hero by Brian Bornstein directed by Timothy Scholl

Sneddon & Tweeps by Paul Burrow directed by Morrie Endeers

Taxi Ride by Steve Enersen directed by Paula Ray

To Bee or not To Bee by Robin Buckallew directed by Matt Heimes


FLIGHT B

  • July 20, 22, 23 & 28 at 7 :30 PM
  • July 29 at 4 PM

Ticonderoga  by Courtney Scholl directed by Timothy Scholl

In Dreams I Take Your Hand Madam by Dwight Johns directed by Scott Glen

Flight of Fantasy by Cherie Frederick directed by Timothy Scholl

Hero by Brian Bornstein directed by Timothy Scholl

8 out of 10 by Erin Glenn-Hash directed by Judy Hart

Inter by Norman Simon directed by Sarah Gibson

The Shwake by Brian Bornstein directed by Al Davis

Stray Dogs by Paula Ray directed by Mary Douglass


FLIGHT C

  • July 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM

Actors in this flight are Malcolm Nebraska Middle and High School students.

Butterfly by Steve Enersen

Winning by Steve Enersen

Another Sorry Expectation by Steve Enersen

Hi Jack by Steve & Meredeth Enersen

Waiting for Elvis by Cherie Frederick

Okay by Jillian Carter

Big Top All Stars by Courtney Scholl

The Sneaker and the Nail by Brigid Amos

 

Angels Theatre Company
 Lincoln, NE

Investment strategies David Buchanan Seminar

July 27, Thursday, 6:30 PM, or

August 1, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, or

August 3, Thursday, 6:30 PM

Venue Restaurant & Lounge
Cornhusker Room
4111 Pioneer Woods Dr. #100
Lincoln, NE 68506

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Your Host, Dave Buchanan

Dave A. Buchanan – A native of Nebraska, Dave has been assisting those in or near retirement to help achieve their financial goals since 1996. Dave has served in the armed forces for six years and after his service attended the University of Nebraska where he obtained his degree in business. Dave specializes in the unique type of financial planning required to help his clients move from their working years and into their retirement years.

Dave Buchanan is an investment advisor representative of Gradient Advisors, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. Dave Buchanan serves Lincoln, Nebraska and the surrounding communities and provides financial planning and asset management. Our mission is to help provide the families and businesses we serve with innovative financial strategies and planning, that result in financial clarity, security and overall financial health. Making strong commitments to our clients and building life-long relationships are tenets of success at Retirement & Wealth Solutions of Nebraska.

Retirement & Wealth Solutions of Nebraska provides investors custom-tailored investment strategies to meet short and long-term needs. We help provide full transparency in the form of separately managed accounts. Our goal at Retirement & Wealth Solutions of Nebraska is to help our clients realize their financial dreams by offering comprehensive solutions that apply both financial and insurance* solutions to achieve financial independence. As a fiduciary, Dave Buchanan is held to standards to put our clients’ interests first.

Source: David Buchanan Seminar

Weekly Travel Alert

Why would anyone ever purchase basic economy fares on United Airlines? –

Posted on June 27, 2017

Recently the CFO of United Airlines reported that 40% of travelers are selecting basic economy fares when buying tickets. Several months ago United Airlines started offering these lower priced tickets on a select few routes. These fares save between $30 and $40 roundtrip, however, to save that money upfront on your ticket price you almost assuredly will pay even more for all the extra fees they will charge you. Basic economy fares do not get advance seat selection or upgrades. The biggest fees you have to pay for basic economy fares is the applicable checked bag fee of $25 plus a $25 gate handling charge if you bring a full-sized carry-on on board the plane. So you do the math. You save $40 on your ticket when you buy a basic economy ticket, however, you pay $50 extra each way (total of $100) if you try to take a full-sized carry on with you on the flight. Even worse, flight changes and refunds are not allowed. Wait there is more. If you are flying with family there is no family seating. Bottom line is that this is one time that the old saying “penny wise and pound foolish” applies.

Mexico and the Caribbean offering amazing discounts for fall travel –

We are seeing some pricing as much as 60% off for travel between July and December 15, 2017 to most of Mexico and the Caribbean. Historically this is the slow season so if you are looking for some amazing prices be sure to give our friendly travel advisors a call at 402-435-8888.

Source: Weekly Travel Alert | Executive Travel

FFM – Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel

Here are my annual TOP 10 TIPS for using frequent flyer miles and credit card points –

# 1 – American and United have the best frequent flyer programs –

Of the big three domestic airlines AA and UA have web sites that are pretty easy to use to find freebie space. They appear to have a lot more “saver award” space that allows for redemption for a reasonable amount of frequent flyer (FF) miles for both domestic and international free tickets than does Delta. DL freebie space is easy to find but often requires twice as many miles as other airlines. Perhaps their planes are so full they don’t have enough empty seats to redeem for freebies.

# 2 – Book your free tickets very early or very late –

A lot of airlines open up frequent flyer seat inventory very early (11 months in advance) or very late (7 to 10 days prior to departure).

# 3 – Don’t use miles for upgrades but for free premium class tickets –

It is a much better deal to use your miles for free tickets and not for upgrades. Most airlines today charge a very high number of miles plus cash to upgrade a seat domestically and internationally. You are much better off simply using all miles for a freebie premium seat ticket than messing with buying a ticket and then using miles and cash to upgrade and in some cases not being able to confirm your upgrade until the day before travel.

# 4 – Use your miles for international business and first class –

This is how you get the biggest bang for your buck. It is pretty easy math. Saver award space (low season) takes about 25,000 miles for a domestic round trip ticket ($400 value or 1.6 cents per mile). International economy class to Europe is 60,000 miles ($1200 value or 2 cents per mile). International business class is 90,000 miles ($4500 value or 5 cents per mile) and international first class is about 140,000 miles ($9000 value or 6.4 cents per mile). You can easily see the value in your miles is using them for international business and first class seats.

# 5 – Airline partners often have easier and cheaper freebie tickets than the major U.S. Airlines –

United, American, and Delta all belong to airline alliances that allow you to redeem airline miles on multiple airlines. There are 28 airlines in the Star Alliance with United Airlines. It is often much easier and a lot cheaper to find a premium (business or first class) freebie seat on a United partner airline like Lufthansa, ANA, Korean Air, and Asiana than on United Airlines. You are still using UA miles, just flying on a partner airline.

# 6 – Beware of airline fuel surcharges on free tickets –

Three cheers for AA, DL and UA as they don’t charge fuel surcharges on freebie tickets. International airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways can charge $1000 or more in fuel surcharge fees on free tickets.

# 7 – The best credit card with the easiest to use points is the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card (SPG) –

This is my favorite as you can redeem for hotel room nights as low as 2400 points a night (5 cents a point) at Starwood hotels like Westin, Sheraton and Four Points. You can also use your SPG points and transfer them into airline miles. Here is the best part. For every 20,000 points converted to airline miles you get an extra 5000 miles. So 20,000 points = 25,000 airline miles.

# 8 – I put the majority of my credit card miles into Air Canada’s Aeroplan –

Air Canada is a member with United Airlines in the star alliance so I can use my Aeroplan miles to redeem for UA tickets. Sometimes I can find UA tickets cheaper on the Aeroplan site than on the UA web site. This makes no sense but it happens a lot. I also seem to be able to redeem miles for premium seats on foreign airlines much easier and cheaper on Aeroplan than at United.com.

# 9 – Secure your airline tickets first when planning a vacation using FF miles –

The more flexible you are the easier it becomes to find freebie seats using your FF miles. Always start your vacation planning by securing your freebie airline tickets. It is much easier building your hotel stays around your freebie tickets than the other way around.

# 10 – Complimentary upgrades are fast going the way of the dinosaur –

Airlines are dramatically lowering the price of first and business class seats in certain markets to try to get people to buy the seats rather than have all the premium seats filled with non-revenue complimentary upgrade customers. The airlines have figured out in the past that they might sell 4 out of 20 seats in first or business class and the rest were given as complimentary upgrades to their best customers. Now they are trying to lower the price of premium service so that people actually pay for the premium service.

Good news from American Airlines about their new seat pitch –

Last week I wrote about my concern that AA was narrowing the seat pitch on their airplanes from 31 to 29 inches. Obviously, when a person like me, who is 6’4″ hears there will be less legroom between seats it causes heartburn. The good news is that I heard from Becky Braswell, our AA rep that the new seat pitch only applies on the new Boeing 737 Max airplanes and will be only a small handfull of their total fleet. AA is using a new Meridian seat made by Rockwell Interior Systems. The Meridian seat is thinner and lighter but configured more comfortably than some of the bulkier seats you find on other older aircraft.

Please attend our FREE travel night on Thursday! –

Please join us for an alluring and informative evening this Thursday, featuring three of our favorite European destinations; Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Follow Rod Fowler, our Executive Tour Host, as he tour Ireland this September on the wonderful “Ireland – The Emerald Isle” itinerary or travel along with our treasured tour guide, Hildrun Mathies, while she leads you through the magic of the most sought-after Christmas markets in Germany and Austria this November and December. Our “Merry Christmas Europe” yet another of our repeated-by-demand tours, a true fairytale journey!

Our travel night takes place at 7:00pm, at the Bernina Suite #27 at The Shoppes at Piedmont, 1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510. Reserve your spot now by calling 402-458-9845 or RSVP by clicking HERE, space is limited. We are looking forward to seeing you!

 
Need information on any of the above? 
Call our friendly travel advisors…. 

Lincoln – 402-435-8888 Toll-free 800-737-0582

Source: Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel

Free Jazz – Summer Concert Series

Free Summer Concert Series
Live jazz music will be in the air throughout the summer in Lincoln, Nebraska thanks to James Terry and JazzTime Smooth Radio. He was recently encouraged when Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 2017 as Jazz Appreciation Month just as plans were finalized for two free community concert series.
For the third consecutive year, Downtown Lincoln Association will follow in the tradition of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s, Jazz in June series with Tower Jazz. Starting, July 11, at Tower Square, 13th and P Street, free jazz concerts will be played on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.
As part of the Lincoln Parks and Rec Department’s, Party in the Parks events, free concerts are also scheduled on Friday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, in July and August at Lincoln’s Union Plaza, located north of 21st and O Street. Partnering with Ryan Larsen, owner of Roots Music, the series will start on the First Friday, July 7 and run through August 25. Celebrating the diversity of the community a variety of music styles will be showcased.
ABOUT
James Terry provides the best in live jazz entertainment for local and regional events. He also owns JazzTime Smooth Radio, an internet radio station where jazz music can be enjoyed 24/7 at jazzztimessmoothradio.com. JazzTime Smooth Radio operates from the SCC Focus Suites, located at 285 South 68th Street Place in Lincoln.
For more information contact: James Terry/402-580-6983

Source: JazzTime Smooth Radio – index

One Book One Lincoln Finalist Announced

Coffee on the Dock
at The Mill – Lincoln Haymarket

Come Join the Fun this Memorial Day!
Monday, May 29
9 AM – 11:30 AM

One Book One Lincoln Finalist Announced at 10:30 AM!

All proceeds benefit Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries!

Phone: 402.441.0164
Email: foundationforlcl@gmail.com

 

Source: Events – Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries

Fun ways to get active outdoors.

Fresh air, sunny skies – great weather is naturally tempting. Why not give in, get outside and get moving? Regular activity may help you live longer and may head off a host of diseases. It can also boost your mood and help control your weight. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

• Walking. Start with a walk around the neighborhood. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a nearby nature trail.

• Biking. It’s great for the heart and easy on the knees. Don’t forget your helmet!

• Bean bag toss. Gather a few friends or relatives, pick your teams and enjoy.

• Garden. You don’t need to dig a whole plot. Try a few planters. Or join a community garden.

You don’t have to run a marathon to get fit. Even 5 to 10 minutes here and there helps. Just choose an activity you enjoy and get moving.

Turn your intentions into actions with My Health Reflection, an online tool that can help you make the most of your health information and lifestyle choices. This online tool could help you manage your health, set goals and track your progress.

Take one more step on the path to wellness. Sign in or register on your plan’s website and look for My Health Reflection

Source: AARP® Medicare Plans – Plan Member Account Login | from UnitedHealthcare®

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