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Apr 29 – Explore the Personal Letters of Willa Cather

 

The electronic digitization and release of the personal letters of famous Nebraskan author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Willa Cather will be the subject of a presentation at Homestead National Monument of America by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) scholars Andrew Jewell, Emily Rau, and Melissa Homestead.  They will be presenting their exciting work with these letters at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center outside Beatrice, Nebraska.

More than 400 of Willa Cather’s personal letters were put online by UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities in January, with additional letters published to the Willa Cather Archive (https://cather.unl.edu) in the months since. The Center’s goal is to have 1,500 of the 3,074 known letters online before the end of the year.  Cather had originally instructed that her letters not be published after her death, but that ban was lifted in 2011.

“Willa Cather, who is closely linked to our Nation’s epic homestead story, is a Nebraskan name known across the world,” Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler stated.  “Many of her stories focus on the experiences of homesteaders under the Homestead Act of 1862, and frequently her writing reflects this history.  We are excited to learn more about her from these world-class Cather scholars.”

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2018. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.

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.

May 5 to Oct 13 – Lincoln’s Haymarket Farmer’s Market

The City of Lincoln’s Haymarket Farmer’s Market is open during 2018 every Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm, beginning May 5th and continuing through October 13th. The Market is a growing entity that provides Lincoln with quality, uniqueness and service.  We will be expanding the market again this year, staging vendors along Canopy Street, from P Street north to Q Street.
The Haymarket lives up to its name each Saturday morning as farm fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and handmade items from over 100 vendors are sold on the streets and sidewalks.  The Haymarket Farmers’ Market serves as one of Lincoln’s main social and culinary event.  It is a place where people gather to shop, meet with friends, and exchange ideas and recipes and to plan the perfect feast.  Farmers’ Market is ever changing in its effort to present an enormous array of fresh locally grown produce and farm produced products.  The Market displays glorious flowers, delicious bakery items and Nebraska arts and crafts.  You will find baskets and tables overflowing with wonderful products that you can only find on Saturday mornings in this historic district.
The Haymarket District awakes early on Farmers’ Market Saturdays to take part in the market day festivities.  Many of the restaurants and retail stores open early offering a unique selection of food, antiques, clothing and specialty gifts.  It is a grand display of how rural and urban business can work together to offer a rich shopping experience.
The Market boasts a “Performance Showcase” program.  Featured are both local and Nebraska talent performing folk, jazz, blues, classical and dance.  It is indeed a delight to applaud these talented artists.  Farmers’ Market also offers educational demonstrations to inform customers and vendors about various programs like nutrition and aging.  There are also many civic organizations that hand out information and give demonstrations at the Market.

Returning market managers Linda Hubka, the Market’s Vendors Relations Manager and Jeff Cunningham, the Market’s Business Manager will be happy to provide any additional information needed.  Feel free to contact Linda or Jeff at the Haymarket office, 435-7496.

Learn What Happens to You During a Stroke…

From – BabaMail

One in every six people will suffer from a stroke at some point in their lives. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to learn exactly how a stroke works, as well as what causes one to occur in the first place. The video below will supply you with loads of answers, so you really can’t afford to miss it!

http://www.ba-bamail.com/video.aspx?emailid=29227

Apr 27 – Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project

Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project
Grounded in Science —– Elevated by Art —– Igniting Response
Friday, April 27    7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church . 840 S. 17th St., Lincoln

“Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project” brings the power of performance art to bear on one of the great conversations of our time — humanity’s growing unsustainability and the possibility for a truly meaningful response.

Arts for the Soul – http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/olliatunl/7969/45480

Brain Cells Keep on Growing, Even in the Elderly…

While many people assume that brain cells are gone forever once dead, new research has now revealed that humans actually continue to produce them long throughout adulthood, and their findings may have a significant impact on the way diseases like Alzheimer’s are treated.

My Yard – April – Too early, too late?

It’s finally spring and the long wait for sunshine, warm temperatures and some faint signs of green has ended. For many of us, unfortunately, it can coincide with one of two feelings, and sometimes at the same time. Option one is to feel like we’re already behind on yardwork or, option two, the warmth can deceive us into early planting, blissfully forgetting the mid-May snows and frosts we’ve had in recent years. Here’s a few tips to get us off to an enthusiastic but realistic start:

  • Wet soil is easily compacted, so it’s best to avoid walking or working in wet soils or lawns. Delaying is also better for overwintering beneficial insects, which may stay in place until temperatures are steadily above 50°. To enjoy early bulbs and other bloomers, though, you may need to rake away wet leaves.
  • One option if you’re anxious to get plants but the weather isn’t ready for planting, is to place them in a wagon or cart and move them out in the sun when it’s warm and back inside for cold weather and winds. This will gradually “harden them off” for planting outside when the time is right.
  • Existing perennial plants that are being moved or divided (ones already in the ground and acclimated) should transplant well in April. A few that are better transplanted in later months include: day lilies in September, Oriental poppies in July and iris in late July. New nursery perennials may be vulnerable to frost so plant them later or be prepared to cover them or bring them in as needed.
  • For tender one season annual plants, keep in mind that mid-May is the average—average, not promised—frost-free time for planting. As far as buying plants, it’s tempting to buy plants in full bloom but ones without blossoms will actually bloom sooner and grow better as well.
  • It’s always a good time to improve soil by adding organic compost. It can be added little by little with new plants or a whole bed at a time.
  • Pruning is best not done during “leaf on” or “leaf off” but dead or problematic branches can be removed as needed. It’s a perfect time to cut woody ornamentals like willows and forsythia that may bloom indoors for you to enjoy. The closer to their actual bloom, the more likely they will bloom indoors.
  • Any herbs or other plants that have gotten leggy indoors can be cut back dramatically to encourage new growth before they are moved outdoors.
  • Last but certainly not least, plant a tree for Arbor Day. To quote Martin Luther, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I’d still plant my apple tree.”

“Even the most beautiful weather will not allay the gardener’s notion (well-founded, actually) that he is somehow too late, too soon, or that he has too much stuff going on or not enough.  For the garden is the stage on which the gardener exults and agonizes out every crest and chasm of the heart.” Henry Mitchell

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, www.plantnebraska.org

Karma Larsen, plantnebraska.org

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