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July 15-30 – Keeping Tradition Alive a Living History Series

The Pioneer Homesteader: Keeping Tradition Alive a Living History Series – Homestead National Monument of America

Visit Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn about how pioneers cooked using Dutch ovens. Also –

  • July 16th: Laundry Day – Learn how the pioneers made their own laundry soap and experience the way they washed their clothing.
  • July 22nd: Pottery on the Homestead – Discover how the homesteaders used clay to make items needed for their homes.
  • July 23rd: It’s a Homesteader Play Day – Learn how the pioneer children created their own toys and games from items they found around them.
  • July 29th: Pottery on the Homestead – Discover how the homesteaders used clay to make items needed for their homes.
  • July 30th: It’s a Homesteader Play Day – Learn how the pioneer children created their own toys and games from items they found around them.

“The Pioneer Homesteader: Keeping Tradition Alive, is a series of fun and educational programs that engage visitors to explore the many ways pioneers lived and played on the prairie ,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2017. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage

Homestead National Monument of America

Source: Homestead National Monument of America (U.S. National Park Service)

Lincoln Nebraska Solar Eclipse

Definitive 10 minutes video for safe viewing.

Total Solar Eclipse

Witness a once in a lifetime experience right here in Lincoln
on Monday, August 21, 2017.
A total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. This is a very rare event, the last time it happened in (what is now) Lincoln, Nebraska, was in the year 1442, 575 years ago. The next total eclipse of the sun (in Lincoln) will be 628 years from now, in 2645.
Starting about 11:37 am on August 21, 2017, the moon will begin to cover the sun. This is a partial eclipse. A little past 1:02 pm, the sun will totally disappear behind the moon, this is when the total eclipse occurs. During totality, it will get dark, and birds might begin to roost. In the sky, we will be able to see wispy structures around the moon, this is the solar corona, the sun’s atmosphere, and is only visible during a total solar eclipse. The total eclipse will end around 1:04 pm, and the moon will completely leave the sun (the partial eclipse ends) at 2:30 pm.
Lincoln is on the northern edge of the path of totality. The farther south and west that you are located in the city, the longer the eclipse. At home, at a park, or on break from work, find a comfortable spot and enjoy!
To safely view the eclipse you MUST use protective eye wear, regular sunglasses WILL NOT protect your eyes. NEVER look directly at the sun. Eclipse viewing glasses can be purchased from the Nature Center gift shop. Limited quantities are available.
For more information about how to protect your eyes, proper viewing, where to view, and other facts,
Other Eclipse Activities in Lincoln:
Other helpful information and events can be found through the Lincoln Convention and Visitor Bureau here:
Pioneers Park Nature Center | 402.441.7895 |
The mission of the Pioneers Park Nature Center is to interpret the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains; to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of our natural environment; to practice and foster a conservation ethic;and to provide a sanctuary for wildlife and a peaceful retreat for people.

How Prepared Are We As a Nation? | Survival Still, Emergency Drinking Water System | Survival Still

OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. We have a number of things that contribute to the preparedness of our country, from the great people, to the excellent training programs and even our wealth, but there is one thing that is more important than everything else; our interconnectedness. The overarching strength of our country’s emergency response is the fact that if one place goes down, countless others can respond to help the affected area. This interconnectedness comes down to one thing: communications.

Full article is found at the Source: How Prepared Are We As a Nation? | Survival Still, Emergency Drinking Water System | Survival Still

May-July – free workshops on staying physically active

Aging Partners and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite senior citizens and the public to a series of free workshops on staying physically active.  The Active Living Every Day (ALED) workshops are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays from May 2 through July 25 at the “F” Street Recreation Center, 1225 “F” Street.  Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575 by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the session.
“By learning the skills necessary to become and stay physically active, people are encouraged to make simple lifestyle changes that incorporate activity into everyday life,” said Peggy Apthorpe, Aging Partners Health and Fitness Director.  “Those who’ve taken part in the workshop in other parts of the country report they are exercising more, eating healthier and burning calories.  Blood pressure, blood sugar levels and sleep also improved.”
Participants will learn how to create an activity plan that fits their preferences and lifestyle, with tasks like housekeeping and shopping incorporated into the plan.  The workshops will also address the causes of inactivity and help participants overcome those challenges.  Participants can attend as many workshops as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
Aging Partners is partnering with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation to present the workshops, which are made possible by an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Parks and Recreation is one of only 46 similar agencies to receive the ALED grant.  The ALED program is based on discoveries that physical activity need not be strenuous or time consuming to benefit health, and people are more likely to become and stay physically active when taught the appropriate lifestyle skills.
More information on Aging Partners is available at  More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation can be found at  More information on the NRPA is available at

Parks and Recreation received instructor training grant for program



Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend the Lincoln History Lunch Series beginning Wednesday, March 29 at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St.  The presentations are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and highlight Lincoln’s history and evolution.   A box lunch is available for a suggested contribution of $4 for ages 60 and over, and an $8 fee for those under age 60.  Meal reservations must be made by the Monday prior to the program by calling 402-441-7158.  The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – “Finding the Stories Behind the Photos” with Ed Zimmer.  Lincoln’s historic preservation planner since 1985, Zimmer will present a selection of mostly early 20th century images, demonstrating how he “listens to the photos” and seeks their broader contexts and deeper stories.
  • Wednesday, April 12 – “The Nebraska State Capitol: The Final Phase” with Robert C. Ripley, Capitol Administrator. Ripley will present the latest details on the courtyard fountains – the final phase in the original architectural plan of this renowned structure.

  • Wednesday, April 26 – “Bethany:  Nebraska Christian University/Cotner College” with Jim McKee. McKee will discuss the history of Nebraska Wesleyan, as well as the North Cotner, Bethany Heights, College View, Union College and University Place neighborhoods.
  • Wednesday, May 10 – “Lincoln Journal Star Books – Lincoln Memories: Volumes 1 and 2” with Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett. These books, created in cooperation with the State Historical Society, cover Lincoln’s history from the late 1800s to the 1960s.  Stubenhofer-Barrett will share some of the images and highlights in compiling these books.
  • Wednesday, May 24 – “Memories of Lincoln Hotels” with Zimmer and McKee. Two of Lincoln’s favorite historians will focus on the beauty of our former landmark hotels.  

The Lincoln History Lunch Series is co-sponsored by Aging Partners and the Lincoln Community Playhouse. For more information on Aging Partners, visit  

Red Cross Disaster Volunteer

Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Training Boot Camp

We are having a 3 day training for people who want to be ready to respond to local, regional and national Disasters.  Completing this training will make you a Disaster Response Leader in our Community.

Dates:  Feb 17-19 (meals provided)

Red Cross Training Center

220 Oakcreek Drive

Lincoln, NE 68528

For more details about this training opportunity or if you are not able to participate in the training but want to be a trained Red Cross Disaster Volunteer contact

Ken Montgomery


Phone#:  402-343-7716 or 

Email: nathan.woodruff at 


Answers for Caregivers Webinar

Answers for Caregivers Webinar


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When you sign up for the FREE one-hour webinar, you’ll gain:
—Tips for avoiding stress of caring for an aging loved one
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—Your questions answered in our LIVE Q and A with Tabitha’s aging experts
Upcoming Answers for Caregivers Live Sessions: 
—Friday, January 20, noon, CST
—Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m., CST
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Source: Answers for Caregivers Webinar

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