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Apr 20 – LINCOLN ROTARY CLUBS DONATE 300 TREES

Earth Day event scheduled for April 22 at Pioneers Park

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate a 300-tree donation by two Lincoln Rotary Clubs with an Earth Day event at the playground in Pioneers Park, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.  The April 22 event is from 1 to 3 p.m. and will begin with brief remarks, followed by volunteers adding mulch to recently-planted trees.  The Lincoln East Rotary Club and Downtown Rotary Club #14 provided the trees.
“The Rotary Clubs’ gift helps the City maintain a healthy and diverse urban canopy and allows for replacement of trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer damage,” said Mark Canney, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Park Planner.  Trees will be planted throughout Lincoln along streets and in parks.
Jennifer Brinkman, President of Rotary #14, said that the tree donation stems from a challenge by Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley that every club make a difference in their communities by planting a tree for each of its members.  The goal is to plant 1.2 million trees throughout the world.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Lincoln to meet the challenge issued by our international president and make a significant impact in our community,” Brinkman said. “Rotarians are committed to living our organization’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’. This project will honor our current members, their service to our community and the world,” she said.
“One of the most significant benefits of this partnership is the long-term positive effects that will result from the tree plantings,” added Barry Stelk, President of Lincoln East Rotary.  “Rotary values sustainability as a core tenet of all their philanthropic work and this new focus on improving the environment continues that commitment,” Stelk said.

Additional funding is provided by the Lincoln Parks Foundation, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Two for Trees program. For more information about Lincoln parks, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.  For more information on the Lincoln Parks Foundation, visit LincolnParks.org

About Rotary: Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. For more information, visit rotary.org.

Apr 17 – Lincoln Rotary Clubs Honor Olsson Associates

 2018 Salute to Business Recipient
The combined Rotary Clubs of Lincoln are pleased to announce that their 2018 “Salute to Business”honoree is Olsson Associates for its innovation and contributions to the Lincoln community. The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, April 17.
Olsson Associates offers comprehensive design and consulting services in infrastructure, environmental, field services and facilities to clients across the United States. The firm was ranked No. 106 on Engineering News-Record’s top 500 design firms national list in 2017. Established in Lincoln in 1956, Olsson has 1,100 employees in nearly 30 offices across the Midwest and Southwest U.S.
Locally, Olsson is a part of projects that make the community “home” for more than 250 employees. From the infrastructure and transportation network of Antelope Valley and the West Haymarket to SouthPointe Pavilions to innovative technology for heating and cooling Innovation Campus and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Olsson has played a part in what makes Lincoln special.
The Rotary Salute to Business is in its 26th year. Previous Salute to Business honorees include Tabitha, LI-COR Biosciences, Speedway, Nelnet, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Crete Carrier Corporation, Assurity Life Insurance Corporation, Duncan Aviation, Valentino’s and many other well-known, highly-regarded Lincoln businesses.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill,and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. Lincoln is home to three Rotary Clubs,Downtown Club 14, East and South.
The Salute to Olsson Associates will take place at a lunch event on Tuesday, April 17, at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. Various elected officials and dignitaries are expected to attend. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon. Individual tickets are $35, and corporate tables are also available. For more information, visit www.rotary14.org .

Apr 14 & 15 – LINCOLN CITY LIBRARIES do Many Things

To Host 2 performances of “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” IN APRIL

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two free performances of “Beauty and the Beast” in April:

  • Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

No registration is required, and the 50-minute performances are suitable for ages 5 and up.

The shows are presented by the Hampstead Stage Company, which includes teams of two actors, each playing multiple roles.  The scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics.  Hampstead The company is a Barnstead, New Hampshire-based non-profit theater company for young audiences, whose focus is to promote reading and love of live theater.

For information about Lincoln City Libraries and its services, visit lincolnlibraries.org.  For more information on Hampstead Stage Company, visit hampsteadstage.org.

Jane Raybould of Nebraska will not accept NRA funding.

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Polio Eradication 2018

As of 13 February, there had been three reported WPV1 cases with an onset of paralysis in 2018, in Afghanistan.[62][119] Positive environmental-monitoring samples show the virus continues to circulate in Pakistan.[115] In Banadir province, Somalia, environmental samples positive for cVDPV2, related to those on the previous year, were again detected, confirming circulation of the virus.[115]

public health effort to eliminate all cases of poliomyelitis (polio) infection around the world, begun in 1988 and led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Rotary Foundation,[1] has reduced the number of annual diagnosed wild polio cases from the hundreds of thousands to 22 in 2017.

For a polio virus to be certified as eradicated world-wide, at least three years of good surveillance without cases needs to be achieved,[56] though this period may need to be longer for a strain like WPV3, where a lower proportion of those infected demonstrate symptoms.[57]

Oral polio vaccine is highly effective and inexpensive (about US$0.10 per dose, or US$0.30 per child[12]) and its availability has bolstered efforts to eradicate polio.

See Wikipedia for more.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliomyelitis_eradication#2018

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Reported Polio Cases in 2012[103]

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March 8 – Zentangle 201 – Black Tile class

Francie & Finch Bookshop is offering a Zentangle 201 – Black Tile class on Thursday, March 8th. The class will be held at the shop in the historic Telephone Building at 130 S. 13th Street at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The class will be led by Certified Zentangle Teacher, Carrie Smith.

Create dramatic black tiles with white ink and pencil.  These tiles really pop!  Join Carrie, Certified Zentangle Teacher, and your fellow tanglers for more fun, focus, and relaxation!

What is Zentangle?

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  We call these patterns tangles.  You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines,  curves,  and orbs. These simple shapes are the “Elemental Strokes” in all zentangle art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called “tiles.”  We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.

As you use the Zentangle Method to create beautiful images, you likely will enjoy increased focus, creativity, self-confidence, and an increased sense of well-being.

We believe that life is an art form and that each person is an artist.  The Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor and model for inspiring a deliberate artistry in life.

For those with previous Zentangle experience, the one-and-a-half hour class is $30 and includes all your Zentangle supplies.   Limited to first 10 participants.   Call 402 781 0459 to register.

 

Leslie Huerta

Francie & Finch Bookshop

402 781 0459

francieandfinch.com

The Eagle…

This is the kind of story you need when  it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird  snuggled up next to them!
Freedom and Jeff
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery,  it was broken in 4 places.  She’s my baby.
When Freedom came in, she could not stand and both wings were broken.  She was emaciated and covered in lice.. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet’s office.  From then on, I was always around her.
We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in.  I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight;  and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes.  We also had to tube feed her for weeks.
This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand.  It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week.
You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death
She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon.. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear.
I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day. We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington.
We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV.  Miracle Pets even did a show about us.
In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo.  Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work.
When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.
Fast forward to November 2000. The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant.
Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back  Monday for the results. I went in Monday,  and I was told that all the cancer was gone.
So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill.
I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew.  She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long.
That was a magic moment.. We have been soul mates ever since we came in. This is a very special bird.
On a side note:  I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them
I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that.
I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom!! Hope you enjoyed this!

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO0O0SAgPuc

A SMALL REQUEST…. A small request…..Just one line: All you are asked to do is keep this circulating..  Even if it’s only to one more person. just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY.

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