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POTENTIAL NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY in Lincoln

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two Town Hall meetings next week about a potential new central library in downtown Lincoln.   Library Director Pat Leach said the meetings are an opportunity for residents to share their suggestions for services and resources a new library might offer.   The meeting schedule is as follows:
·      Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 p.m., Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center (NET), 1800 North 33rd Street
·      Friday, February 24th, 12:10 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 4th floor auditorium, 136 S. 14th Street

Godfrey’s Associates Inc. of Dallas, Texas in conjunction with HDR Inc. of Lincoln will show images of libraries from around the world and take questions and comments about current and future best practices in public libraries.  

In addition to the Town Halls, Leach will also host several community meetings the following week to seek further input.  The meeting schedule is as follows:
·      Monday, February 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
·      Tuesday, February 28, 5 to 6 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library
·      Wednesday, March 1, 1 to 2 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
·      Thursday, March 2, 6 to 7 p.m., Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
·      Friday, March 3, 10 to 11 a.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street

For information about the central library project, visit lincolnlibraries.org.

Lincoln Fencing Club – Lincoln, Ne – 402.420.7688

SEEKING ADULTS AGES 50-90 WHO ARE YOUNG AT HEART AND HAVE SAID MANY TIMES:
“I have always wanted to try that……”

Lincoln Fencing Club teaches a fun, exercise filled, class
on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:00-12:30am.  All
equipment is provided.
 This is a sport for both men and women.
Dress casually and come to laugh and have fun while learning a new
sport.  Location – corner of 27th & 0 street/entrance in the rear of the
building.  For questions call 402- 430-3017.  Start the New Year out
right. Take the challenge!!! KEEP MOVING!

Source: Lincoln Fencing Club – Lincoln, Ne – 402.420.7688

JazzTime Smooth Radio – online

 

Jazztime Smooth Radio is a smooth jazz internet radio station streaming from Lincoln, Nebraska. Listen to non-stop streaming smooth jazz music from our live internet radio player.

Source: JazzTime Smooth Radio – index

Event Planning for Smooth Jazz
We network with artists, musicians and vocalists around the world to promote America’s great Smooth Jazz heritage and preserve the legacy for Smooth Jazz.
We promote local musical events in and around Lincoln, and have a variety of music groups available for your events. Contact us <http://www.jazztimesmoothradio.com/contact.php>

Jazztime Smooth Radio supports

  • Lovers of Jazz music who support the people who play Jazz music
  • the people who promote Jazz music
  • the venues that host Jazz music
  • the people that write Jazz music
  • the people who document Jazz music
  • the stations that play Jazz music
  • the youth that are learning Jazz music

James Terry
Operating Manager
JazzTimeSmoothRadio

Artist Linda Stephens – Origami


Lincoln 55+ book columnist Linda Stephen is the featured artist this summer at The ESO Gallery <https://www.facebook.com/ESOGallery/home>  at 7810 Davenport St. in Omaha with her solo exhibit “Origami Landscapes.”
“Origami Landscapes” features 20 works of intricate paper art inspired by places of daily joy in Nebraska – prairies, parks, historic sites and gardens.
Linda Stephen’s origami collages are part of private and public collections around the world, from the Mayor’s Office in Omihachiman, Japan to the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fluent in Japanese, Linda lived and worked in Japan for seven years. Her art has been featured in more than 100 juried solo or group exhibits across the country including the Nebraska Arts Council’s Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha. http://www.LindaStephen.com <http://www.LindaStephen.com>  or http://www.facebook.com/LindaStephenOrigamiArt <http://www.facebook.com/LindaStephenOrigamiArt> .
The ESO Gallery is a non-profit gallery dedicated to promoting regional artists and photographers. The curator is Rachel Mindrup. Hours 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. http://www.ESO-omaha.com <http://www.ESO-omaha.com>

 

Healthy Mind Healthy Body®: Too busy for a hobby? 5 tips to find the time

Source at UHC: Healthy Mind Healthy Body®: Too busy for a hobby? 5 tips to find the time

 

Too busy for a hobby? 5 tips to find the time

Don’t let your to-do list keep you from doing things you love
Work, eat, sleep, repeat. Does that sound a little too familiar?

For many of us, overly busy schedules are a reality. But mental health experts agree: One way to greater well-being means making room for another to-do — time for a hobby you truly enjoy.

Let’s make this happen!
Pleasurable pastimes offer breathers amid the busyness. They may even make us more productive by protecting us from burnout. But of course, finding free moments isn’t always easy. Here are five tips that can help:

1. Don’t wait to find time — make time
Build me-time into your day. Can you wake up 20 minutes earlier to write in your journal? Snap photos in the park during your lunch break?

Here’s another idea: Keep track of how you spend your time for a week — and find hidden openings. Maybe you could trade that hour of TV time after dinner for working on your craft project.

2. Pencil Pen yourself in
Treat your hobby time like you would a work meeting or a doctor visit. Want to try that weekend yoga class? The neighborhood book club on Tuesday evening? Put it on your calendar — and you’ll be more likely to commit.

3. Ditch your device for a while
Constant texts, calls and emails can cut into what downtime you do have. You might be surprised at what you’re able to accomplish — and enjoy — by going screen-free when possible for just an hour or two.

4. Practice a polite “Thanks, but I need to pass”
Doing for others can certainly boost our well-being. But if you tend to give away much of your free time, consider taking back some for yourself.

Maybe you could skip making cookies for this month’s bake sale. Or send regrets for an invite where your attendance isn’t crucial.

Don’t think of me-time as selfish — it’s part of having a full life. That said, many people find hobbies they love that also help others, such as working in a community garden or knitting caps for newborn babies. For more ideas, see “Find your bliss.”

5. Lighten your household load
Everyday chores can be a big time drain. So look for ways to trim your task list. Maybe you can pay a neighborhood teen to tackle that weekend yard work — or ask a family member to help out.

Or perhaps you can save something nonessential for later. Washing the windows or cleaning out the garage can wait!

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Join us for an online seminar. You can learn more about “Life changes worth making” on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT.Register here.

 

Walk with Ease for anti-aging and Arthritis – Lincoln Parks and Recreation

What’s Happening at
Lincoln Parks and Recreation

Seniors can get active with “Old School P.E. for Adults” at the Air Park Rec Center and for those with arthritis, Walk with Ease classes begin April 18th at the Antelope Park Indoor Shelter. The Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk with Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.

People of all ages enjoy Lincoln Parks and Recreation’s 125 parks, 133 miles of trails, 7 recreation centers, 9 public pools, 5 city golf courses, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Woods Tennis Center and in our Team Sports Programs. As the weather warms up there are great opportunities to continue or to renew your commitment to an active lifestyle.

Try something new such as Old School P.E. for Adults. Remember how P.E. and exercise used to be fun as a kid? Well, come join us for adult P.E. at Air Park Rec. Center and play some Old School games! Challenge your co-workers, spouse, and friends to a night out. It’s a fun way to meet new people and get moving without feeling like you’re exercising. There is no pressure or scorekeeping – just FUN! Classes start the first Friday of each month.

No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk with Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. Lincoln Parks and Recreation is Partnering with the National Arthritis Foundation to offer classes that will begin meeting at the Antelope Park Indoor Shelter on April 18th.

 

Source: Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln March 2016 Partner Highlight, Lincoln Parks and Recreation

Explaining the Science Behind Your Happiness | Health – BabaMail

-keith – This is one of the best bits of information that I can share with my blog readers. Take a look and you will know me just a bit better as well. -keith ————————–

Did you know that if you complain about things frequently, you could actually be digging yourself an early grave? There is actual science to back this up, and what’s even more astounding is the fact that you can actually shape your own reality with your thoughts. Read on to find out about the science of happiness:

1.  “Synapses that fire together wire together.”

Synapses are structures that are present throughout the brain. They act as message relays for thoughts, speech and movement. When a thought pops into your head, a synapse fires a chemical across a tiny gap to another synapse. In other words, an electrical signal is built across a bridge in your brain.

Every time the above occurs, your synapses grow closer together, meaning that the distance between them is reduced, allowing them to pass on the electrical signal quicker. The brain basically rewires its own circuitry, which means that your thoughts reshape your brain – literally.

 

2.  Shortest Path Wins the Race.

The synapses that bond most strongly together in your brain actually form your default personality – from your intelligence, to your skills and aptitude at different tasks in different situations. Furthermore, they determine what your most easily-accessible thoughts are, which has a great bearing on your conversational skills.

The more a thought is repeated in your head, the closer together you bring the synapses that pass it on. The thought that wins the race inside your brain is the one that has the least distance to travel between synapses.

 

3.  Acceptance vs. Regret, Drift vs. Desire, Love vs. Fear.

Whenever the opportunity arises for us to think a reactive thought, you’re generally faced with the following choices: Love versus Fear; Acceptance versus Regret; Drift versus Desire, or Optimism versus Pessimism.

Taking the first example, you can choose to love everything in life while relinquishing your need for control. If you approach everything in your life from a perspective of love and do not try to control what you cannot, then you have nothing to fear.

According to Buddhist philosophy, the universe itself is a place of suffering and chaos, thus our attempts to exert control over what goes on within it are nothing but futile.

Practicing acceptance of the natural flow of life, giving thanks for each experience you have and every lesson you learn, will result in the synapses in your brain that represent love having a much higher chance of being triggered before those associated with sadness, regret, pessimism, fear, depression and so on. Repeatedly approaching situations from an optimistic and loving perspective will turn your default mental state into one of optimism and appreciation.

With the above being said, you must note that this isn’t a fool-proof practice. Sometimes the burden of emotion weighs too heavily on us, and being in a negative state of mind from time to time is just a part of life. However, just like any muscle in your body, you will see the results you want through regular, repeated exercise – you’ll garner a new, innate strength, which will permeate your world with beauty.

4. Mirror-Neurons

While it may be a revelation to you that you can actually shape your own reality with your thoughts, the thoughts of those around you can contribute greatly to it as well.

When we observe someone experiencing a specific emotion, our brain tests out the emotion we perceive in order for us to try and understand what that person is going through. This is the basis of empathy, which although contains a whole world of good in itself, is also something that can have negative effects.

Think of a mob mentality – when collective anger influences others to pick up their pitchforks against the common enemy, or listening to that annoying friend of yours who berates everyone and everything to gain some self-validation. In the latter instance, you find yourself reluctantly agreeing with them that yes, what they’re complaining about really is unfair or just a load of baloney.

The fact of the matter is that life is chaotic. If you continue to let the chaos that surrounds you influence you, then you’re shaping your brain in such a way that your default, short-path personality will become bitter and jaded, rather than loving and optimistic.

Spend time with people that elevate you – that are happy and full of love, rather than people that make you live in fear of being invalidated. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t help out friends who are going through a hard time, nor does it mean that you cannot critique the world’s failings and injustices. After all, positive change usually requires critical thought.

 

5. Stress is a killer. 

Negativity, regret, attachment to desire and pointless complaining about things that don’t really matter will ultimately kill you. Although this point might seem drastic, all of these things ultimately lead to stress. When your brain is working away, firing angry synapses, your immune system gets weakened as a result and you’d be putting yourself at risk of a whole range of health problems.

The human stress hormone is called cortisol, and it’s somewhat of a public enemy in the medical profession. Elevated cortisol levels cause a decline in learning and memory, a decrease in immune function and bone density, an increase in weight gain, a rise in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a higher susceptibility to heart disease. These are just a few of the ailments that can be brought on by cortisol.

Source: Explaining the Science Behind Your Happiness | Health – BabaMail

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