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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Source: Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Full story is even better. -keith —–
Top 10 skills children learn from the arts
By Valerie Strauss January 22, 2013
1. Creativity
2. Confidence
3. Problem Solving
4. Perseverance
5. Focus
6. Non-Verbal Communication
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback
8. Collaboration
9. Dedication
10. Accountability.

June 10 – Garden Club of Lincoln Tour & Breakfast

Breakfast 7:30 Jane Snyder Trail Center, 19th & N
Gardens Open 9:00 to 1:00
Open to the Public; $5 Suggested Donation
Backyard Farmer and Ruth Evasco Gardens, Rain Chain and Keim Hall Courtyard, on UNL’s East Campus
LaSalle Gardens, 4120 LaSalle Street
Garden of Karen Gilbert, 7125 Shirl Drive
Garden of Leroy and Julie Monroe, 1690 Pawnee
Garden of Matt Cohen and Nicky Gray, 4610 A Street

Garden Club of Lincoln Sets Sites for Annual Tour and Breakfast

Lincoln—The annual Garden Club of Lincoln Garden Tour features some spectacular Lincoln garden spots. The day kicks off on June 10th with a breakfast at 7:30 at the Jane Snyder Trail Center at Union Square Park, 19th & N St.
Breakfast and tour are free, donations encouraged. The gardens will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gardens include:
1. Keim Courtyard: University east campus gardens and rain chain garden.

The Keim Courtyard garden was designed in conjunction with the remodeling of the building in 2008. The enclosed space formed by Plant Science Hall and Keim Hall was transformed into a gathering place and outdoor classroom. A Rain Exchange system was installed as part of the Keim Hall Courtyard renovation, capturing water from the roof drains for use in a teaching pond and as a source of irrigation. Just to the east of Keim Hall are the Backyard Farmer and Evasco Gardens. The BYF garden is an annual display of AAS selection of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Evasco is a perennial teaching garden. A series of rain gardens were installed 3 years ago and and puts on quite a show during the summer. Located north of Maxwell Arboretum and east of Keim Hall on the UNL East Campus.

2. LaSalle Gardens: 4120 LaSalle St. Backyard refuge with many interesting features.
Coming from a nursery/landscaping business back ground and just enjoying the outdoors, came La Salle Gardens. A very private backyard and refuge…and then there’s the passion for building projects out of wood. Water features, aquatic plants, tropicals and succulents are mixed throughout the backyard. One of this years projects is to work on curb appeal.
3. Garden of Karen Gilbert: 7215 Shirl Drive. Townhome gardening in small spaces.
A garden in a smaller space at a townhouse, featuring annuals, perennials and trees. Guests may draw inspiration as to what may be done in a relatively small space. Near 70th and Pioneer, south of HyVee grocery store.
4. Garden of Leroy and Julie Monroe: 1690 Pawnee St. Tropical gardening in the city.
A tropical garden featuring a number of plants unusual for our area. The couple started gardening 5 years ago and developed a love for tropical plants. They try to incorporate as many as they can and add something new every year.
5. Garden of Matt Cohen and Nikki Gray: 4610 A. St. Large garden with eight separate areas including a “Moon Garden.”
Gray Glen was created 40 years ago by Pat Ramsay, a passionate gardener and plant collector. Two years ago Matt Cohen and Nikki Gray bought the property. This two-level garden sits on a 100 x 200 foot lot that was originally owned by William Jennings Bryan. The landscape is made up of eight smaller gardens, including a “Moon Garden” with white flowering plants. Many heirloom plants and collections fill the gardens including hosta, daylily and iris. The garden, currently maintained by the couple’s gardener Deb Hegemann, was designed to have something in bloom at all times. Basic foundation plantings include redbuds, magnolias, forsythia and a honeysuckle hedge. The back lot was planted with a viburnum hedge mixed with beauty bushes. Parking for this garden is along 46th St., just east of the home.

Saturday – June 3 – Wine & Howl

Wine & Howl
June 3rd
Deer Springs Winery, 16255 Adams St, Lincoln, NE 68527
Event Cost: suggested donation of $8
Event Description:  Enjoy the best parts of summer at a fantastic afternoon event! As in the past, you won’t want to miss the raffle prizes: gift baskets with assorted products from local businesses and individuals. Bring your dog, a blanket or lawn chair, and join animal lovers for an afternoon of food, wine, and music. If you’re looking for a new canine companion, many of the area’s rescue organizations will be bringing dogs in need of forever homes.


Lincoln Arts Council : Events : Mayor’s Arts Awards : 2017 Award Winners : Dean Settle

A proud Day coming for Dean Settle

Dean Settle

Heart of the Arts Award

Recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer dedication to the arts or for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.



About Dean

Marshalltown, Iowa native Dean Settle retired after 51 years of managing large systems of behavioral  health services. One week after retiring, he opened METRO GALLERY in downtown Lincoln, which features affordable fine art, rental art and painting repair.

Special ongoing interests include supporting outsider artists and working families to resolve art left in estates. Settle enjoys community involvement by supporting arts organizations, social clubs and church events of all kinds.

He has been recognized for his leadership in Mental Health with a number of professional awards. Says Settle, “I continue to voice concerns of the outliers in our community. I am comfortable being an advocate for citizens in need. Elected officials need information to make good decisions. Lincoln is a strong and vibrant city due to leadership, our manageable size, a strong economy, and the many excellent not-for-profit organizations making a difference every day in our collective quality of life which includes the arts.”

Source: Lincoln Arts Council : Events : Mayor’s Arts Awards : 2017 Award Winners : Dean Settle

$400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding

Source: AIM | Alzheimer’s Impact Movement

Call to Congress Answered with Funding Gains at National Institutes of Health 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2017 – The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and its nationwide network of advocates applaud Congress for hearing their call and taking action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Today, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was signed into law, increasing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1.4 billion. After years of stagnant funding, this is the second year in a row the Alzheimer’s Association request for historic funding increases has been acted on by our federal leaders.

“The Alzheimer’s Association and our sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, represent millions of families facing Alzheimer’s disease, and we know firsthand the importance of investing in research to advance faster against this deadly disease,” said Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement president and CEO. “This is the latest in a series of policy victories in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but more work remains. As the leading voice for those affected by the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, AIM, and our advocates will continue to work with Congress to ensure continued bipartisan support for urgently needed research funding increases and access to necessary care and support services.”

Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An additional 15 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals living with the disease.

Already the nation’s most expensive disease — at a cost of $259 billion in 2017 — the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Today, funding for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH is under $1.4 billion per year. Leading experts have said a greater investment is still needed if we are to stay on the path to preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Demonstrating the urgency of this crisis, the NIH Professional Judgment Budget commissioned by Congress has already recommended a $414 million increase in spending on Alzheimer’s disease research for fiscal year 2018.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing

advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement 

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working in strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. AIM advocates for policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease, including increased investment in research, improved care and support, and development of approaches to reduce the risk of developing dementia. For more information, visit


Rotary Clubs – What Is A Paul Harris Fellow you ask?

A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded to persons who, or for whom, a total of $1,000 has been donated to The Rotary (International) Foundation, whether in a lump sum or in increments over several years. This year is The Rotary Foundation’s 100th year. What began as an idea by Past RI President Arch C. Klumph to build an endowment with the purpose of “doing good in the world” in 1917 has grown to a Foundation that has $1 billion in assets and an impressive record of improving millions of lives. Today’s mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. It is one of the greatest foundations in the world. The giving expectation for every Rotarian is to give $100 per year to the foundation.  

There is no such thing as a Paul Harris Fellowship, and it is not an award; it is simply recognition.

May – Wachiska Audubon field trips announced

Wachiska Audubon will lead two field trips in May. The public is welcome. Recommended items to bring include water bottle, insect repellent, and binoculars if you have them. If you have questions call John Carlini at 402-475-7275.
Platte River State Park, Saturday, May 13, 8:00 a.m.
Despite its handy proximity to Lincoln, the hilly terrain of this unusual state park offers habitat that attracts species more typically found in eastern forests. The “Big 5” species we hope to observe at this location are Louisiana Waterthrush, Tufted Titmouse, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, and Kentucky Warbler. Turn south at exit #426 from I-80 and follow S13E past South Bend to the park entrance. We’ll meet in the parking lot next to the restaurant and observation tower. A vehicle entry permit is required and a daily pass is available for $6/vehicle.
Lincoln Saline Wetlands Nature Center, Sunday, May 14, 7:30 a.m.
The rare Saline Wetlands of Lancaster County can attract a host of interesting species ranging from migrating sparrows to breeding rails. This unit is conveniently located in the middle of Lincoln and provides habitat for both wetlands and prairie species. We’ll have our ears and eyes peeled for Marsh Wrens, Sedge Wrens, Soras, and meadowlarks. From Sun Valley Blvd. turn west onto Westgate Blvd. and follow it to its union with West Industrial Lake Drive. Turn west/left and continue a short distance to the gravel parking lot located just past the railroad tracks.

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