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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.

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

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.

10 Websites for Learning Amazing New Skills

Source: 10 Websites for Learning Amazing New Skills | Computers & Internet – BabaMail

10 Websites for Learning Amazing New Skills

We have collected a list of some of the best websites that can teach you a new skill…entirely for free. Simply click on the links or pictures to be taken directly to the sites where you can find out more. Now there is really no excuse not to get your learning cap on and see if you can pick up a new hobby, no matter how old you are!

  1. Learn a New Language – Duo Lingo
  2. Learn to Type Quickly – Type Fu
  3. Become a Photographer – Udemy
  4. Take a Psychology Course – Masters In Psychology Guide
  5. Learn How To Knit – Instructables Knitting Courses
  6. Improve Your Memory – Kwik Learning
  7. Learn How to Draw – Draw Space
  8. Learn How To Meditate – Online Meditation
  9. Learn How to Invest in Stocks – Investopedia
  10. Learn…Pretty Much Anything – Academic Earth


Academic Earth was established according to the principle that ‘everyone deserves access to world class education’. The site collects together the best free online college and university courses from around the world, all available to browse via an easy three-point search mechanism. Whether you want to explore a new topic or improve your understanding of one you already know a little bit about, this fantastic resource will have something for you.

Art – History Museum Celebrates Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial

I have seen this collection and it is a Must See for anyone living in Nebraska for more than 10 years. – keith …..

In celebration of 150 years of Nebraska’s statehood, the Nebraska History Museum will display over 120 paintings in an exhibition titled “The Legacy of Nebraska.” The paintings, done by Nebraskan artist Todd Williams, will represent each of Nebraska’s counties.

The works vary in size and subject; from the state capitol building to portraits of Native American chiefs.

Williams, a native of Central City, used various methods and inspirations to complete the paintings.

“Some of them are plein air, [which means] he painted them out in the outdoors,” said Ann Billesbach, associate director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. “Some of them are painted from historic photographs. There are a few counties where he did more than one but there’s at least one from every Nebraska county.”

“The Legacy of Nebraska” is an official part of Nebraska’s 150 celebration and has been in the making for years.

Billesbach said the planning committee for the sesquicentennial also plans on making a book with all the paintings displayed in the exhibition.

The paintings will be shown at the Lincoln museum from March 1 to June 4, then the exhibit’s entirety will move to Omaha and Grand Island with smaller curated exhibits being shown in smaller Nebraskan towns.


Source: Downtown Lincoln Association : News Stories : History Museum Celebrates Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial


When:  January 27th FOURTH Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where:  Gallery is located on the walls of Out of the Box,
366 N. 48th ST. Lincoln, NE. * Lower Level Entrance.  
Please join us with some exciting new artwork. Enjoy wine, appetizers & visit with the artists.
Featured Artists will be: Jan Blank, Jane Chesnut, Janet Fraley, Rita Holland, Donna Pozehl, & Will Rennick.
Music: August Moon
Phone 402-817-6776, Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. like us on Facebook Out of the Box Out of the Box, 366 N. 48th Street Lincoln, NE.
There will be some creative gift tables filled with a variety of jewelry, coasters, paintings, and so much more, many items will be under $40.00.
OUT OF THE BOX is offering a new, alternative way to shop for high-end, high-quality building products at very affordable prices. The products are primarily recycled from custom high-end homes which have been remodeled or renovated in Vail, Aspen and Denver.

Source: Lincoln Artists’ Guild

Extraordinary full-length shot of the ‘President’: one of the largest trees on Earth | Daily Mail Online

This 3,200-year-old tree is so huge it took 126 photos to show it all. See image

  • Tree in Nevada’s Sequoia National Park is 3,200 years old and 247 feet tall
  • National Geographic captured full-length shot using innovative technique
  • Judged on mass, the ‘President’ is ‘likely the biggest’ tree on the planet

Source: Extraordinary full-length shot of the ‘President’: one of the largest trees on Earth | Daily Mail Online

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