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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.


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


Source: Events – Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries


Source: | Mayor > Aging Partners


The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners’ “Feeling Fit” classes as part of the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series.  Classes are from noon to 12:45 p.m. Fridays from June 2 through September 1 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 21st and “Q” streets.  All classes are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required.  Six different types of classes are offered:

  • June 2 – Movement and Music:  Explore elements of dance in a no-pressure, social environment at a comfortable pace.
  • June 9 – Chair Tai Chi: Perform simple movements while sitting or standing near a chair.
  • June 16 – Dynamic Movement:  Stretching, breathing and a unique combination of exercises and dance steps will isolate muscle groups, enhance flexibility, increase heart rate and improve strength.
  • June 23 – Qigong:  Movements work with the body, breath, mind and subtle energies to attain health, vitality and longevity.
  • June 30 – Fit Mix:  An eclectic class that incorporates movements from dance, yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong.
  • July 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Movement and Music
  • August 4 – Fit Mix
  • August 11 – Tai Chi, Moving for Better Balance:  A fall prevention program using principles and movements of Tai Chi.
  • August 18 – Dynamic Movement
  • August 25 – Fit Mix
  • September 1 – Qigong

The Move More Lincoln Wellness Series is designed to help individuals stay active, flexible and balanced.  It is sponsored by the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

More information about Aging Partners is available at  More information about the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series can be found at (select Move More Lincoln in the “News, Events & Resources” tab). 

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




Lincoln City Libraries now offers free video phone communication equipment for use by the deaf and hard of hearing at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.  It is the first public library in the state to offer the service.  The public may use the equipment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.   Library staff will also be available to demonstrate the equipment during those hours.
“Lincoln City Libraries appreciates the support of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and hard of Hearing (NCDHH) and Sorenson Communications in making this important service available,” said Library Director Pat Leach.  “We are proud to offer this added service to the community.”

“In Nebraska, about one percent of the population is deaf, nine percent is hard of hearing and more than 20 percent have some form of hearing loss,” said John Wyvill, NCDHH Executive Director.  “This equipment allows deaf or hard of hearing individuals to communicate with hearing people in real-time through a sign language interpreter.”  He said deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also call those with video phones and communicate directly.
The video phone enables Video Relay Service (VRS), a telecommunication service funded by the federal government’s Telecommunications Relay Service.
For information on the NCDHH, visit  For information on Lincoln City Libraries, visit


Here are some reasons why Lincoln NEEDS a new Central Library. I think it is more than symbolic of the health of Lincoln NE. – Central Library Project | Lincoln City Libraries – Source: Central Library Project | Lincoln City Libraries

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