Pet-Proofing Your Home

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Our houses aren’t just a home for the people in our family, they’re just as much a homebase for our beloved animals. Accommodating for and streamlining those pet related messes is essential; and actually not that challenging! No matter what kind of pet you adore, we have some tips to keep them, and you, happy in your home.

The coveted mudroom is a great place to start. An entry way mudroom keeps pet messes out of sight and easy to clean; and if you have a utility sink, all the better. Old towels don’t need to be discarded, instead stash them for muddy paws and wet pets coming in from the rain. If you don’t have a mudroom, don’t worry. Create a space in your garage that accommodates messy needs. Furthermore, the back door and deck are a common entry point for pets, and that’s great! Consider a doggy door that lets pets come and go as they please while you’re away. A hydrating swimming pool is also helpful during the hot season. Also, if you really want to control the mess of food and water bowls, train the dogs to eat on the deck or patio and leave their mess outside. Add an old comfy pillow or dog bed in the shade, and your furry friend has a great outdoors refugee.

Inside the home, shedding and dandruff can just about drive you crazy. But it’s really nothing a nice lint roller or robot vacuum can’t resolve with little effort. Create a weekly pet hair pick-up schedule before things get out of hand, and this hairy task seems much less daunting.

If you are currently on the prowl for a new home, think of your pet and its needs. Lots of stairs might not be suitable for an older pet. And for any pet, a nice fenced in backyard is a must. Shade, along with a premade or DYI dog house is an excellent haven. Periodically inspect your fences for those escape artist pets, and let them claim this outdoor space as their own playground.

Perhaps your pet of choice has no hair at all. Birds, reptiles, and the like, are perfectly happy in a sunroom. Plenty of natural light comes through, plus this room is often one of the most used in a home. Your pet will welcome the added company. Have a reptile on your hands? Many species of turtles love an outdoor stay-cation during the summer months.  Check with your reptile expert and put your handiwork to good use building a solid and predator free outdoor home for the turtle members of your family.

Last Minute Summer Fun

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So we’ve all survived the majority of summer, and if you’re like us, you may be running just a little low on fun activities to do before school starts again. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to fake a really great vacation nearby, or turn your own home into a fascinating world of super simple projects.

Start with a stay-cation: Staycations have all of the joy of a real vacation, but without the stress of long drives, bathroom breaks, and the constant “are we there yet?” questions. Use your yard as your very own oasis. Water balloons, squirt guns, sprinklers, bubbles, a giant bucket of chalk (don’t forget the sunscreen) are just as thrilling for kids as a beach trip – without the crowds and endless driving.

Playing at home during the summer doesn’t mean life lessons are lost on you. Set up a simple lemonade stand to teach your kids about marketing and money management – bonus if your neighborhood is filled with thirsty construction workers repairing recent storm damage. Help the kids allocate money; some to save, some to spend, and some to donate or invest in affordable stock.

Omaha is a simple location that anyone can get to without any major meltdowns from the back seat. Local restaurants and chain food establishments seem like a vacation, and anything you can’t normally eat at home counts! Slap on a plastic bib from Joe’s Crab Shack and hit up the Cheesecake factory when you’re done for a delectable dessert. If time allows, don’t forget the award winning Henry Doorly zoo. With or without kids, this is an inspiring place to spend a day.

Maybe even the drive to Omaha seems a little too daunting. Make a pit stop in Gretna for some epic shopping in the newly renovated outlet mall. Shopping is fantastic, but shopping at outlet prices is the absolute best.

Love the outdoors? You’re in luck. Mahoney state parks offers every imaginable activity, plus a fantastic restaurant to recharge your energy. Climb the viewing tower, go one a hike, swim; you simply can’t get bored. Also, consider the Izaak Walton League of America. Archery, gun range, and catch and release fishing specifically for the kids will make you feel like you’ve nailed summer fun. http://lincolnikes.com/

Indoor Fun: When the heat gets too unbearable, and being at home just sounds so refreshing, consider making your own homemade ice cream http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Easy-Homemade-Ice-Cream-Bag-23928188

Another idea is to participate in the age-old experiment of baking soda volcanoes. Furthermore, if you don’t mind the mess and cleanup, this magical potato mud is mind-blowing for kids and grownups a like. Follow the directions closely and you’ll end up with a cornstarch like bit of magic that is incredibly satisfying to play with. Kids, good luck saying “I’m bored” after you’re playing with this goop between your fingers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0J4dRqg7CE

Everything to do in Lincoln this August

Things to do in Lincoln: August 2016

Check out our list of August events in the area:

8/1-8/6 Various Times USA Roller Sports 2016 National Championship Speedway Village http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Roller-Sports/Calendar/2016-National-Championships

8/3 6 p.m. Nebraska Fan Day– Memorial Stadium www.huskers.com

8/3 starting at 7 p.m. Railyard Summer Classic Movie Series   http://www.canopyst.com/railyard

8/4 6-8 p.m. Family Fishing Event at Holmes Lake http://lincoln.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/family-fishing-event-at-holmes-lake/2016-08-04/c5164660/

8/4-8/13 (see website for times). Lancaster County Super Fair www.superfair.org

8/4 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show Alabama www.pinewoodbowltheater.com

8/5 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. First Friday Art Walks http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

8/5 6 p.m. doors open Haymarket in White Dinner and Dance https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/haymarket-in-white

8/9 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show An Evening with Chicago www.pinewoodbowltheater.com

8/10 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show “Weird Al” Yankovic www.pinewoodbowltheater.com

8/11 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show The Beach Boys and The Temptations www.pinewoodbowltheater.com

8/11-8/28 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat, 2 p.m. Sun Beehive The 60s Musical www.tadaproductions.info

8/13 4-7 p.m. Party in the Parks Union Plaza http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/party/index.htm

8/13 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. LES Sustainable Living Festival Railyard, West Haymarket http://www.les.com/about-les/sustainable-living-festival

8/13 4-7 p.m. Party in the Parks Union Plaza 21st & O St http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/party/index.htm

8/18- 8/20 (see website for times) 20th Annual Capital City Ribfest https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/capital-city-ribfest-2

8/18 7:30 p.m. Ignite Lincoln 8 Rococo Theatre http://rococotheatre.com/event/ignite-lincoln-8/

8/19 7 p.m. FREE Cornhusker Marching Band Exhibition Show Memorial Stadium

8/19-8/20 Railyard Rims 3 on 3 Streetball (see website for details) http://www.railyardrims.com/

8/20 2016 Mud Run Lancaster Event Center (see website for details) http://www.nebraskasportscouncil.com/mudrun

8/20 7 p.m. Bob Devaney Sports Center Nebraska Volleyball Red/White Scrimmage www.huskers.com

8/20 8 a.m. 1 MILE RED PANDA RUN Lincoln Children’s Zoo http://www.lincolnzoo.org/events/red-panda-run.html

8/25 5:30 p.m. Chez Hay, 210 N 14th St. 3rd Annual Colors of Hope https://necancerresearch-org.presencehost.net/events/colorsofhope.html

8/25-/27 gates open at 5 p.m. show begins at 7:00 p.m. 9th & D, The Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company presents Wanted: Robyn Hood (And Her Merry Men & Women) https://www.facebook.com/events/1557919641180923/

8/26-27 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 950 N 63rd St, My Big Fat Greek Festival http://annunciation.ne.goarch.org/festival

8/26-27 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. Belong Tour https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/belong

8/27 Railyard Haymarket Lincoln Zombie Fest http://www.lincolnzombiewalk.com/

8/27 5-8:30 p.m. Community Crops Feast on the Farm Prairie Pines, 112th & Adams http://communitycrops.org/events/feast-on-the-farm/

8/27 3:30-7:30 p.m. Prairie Jazz Festival Pioneers Park Nature Center https://lnknaturecenterorg.presencehost.net/prairiejazzfestival/

8/27 5:15 a.m. Check in, Holmes Lake, Major League Triathlon http://www.majorleaguetriathlon.com/

 

Ongoing All-Summer events

8/1-8/26 Be a Tourist in your own Hometown http://www.lincoln.org/play/be-a-tourist

8/3-8/31 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wild Wednesdays Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

8/6 – 8/27 (Saturdays) 8-11 p.m. Hyde Memorial Observatory Free Programs Holmes Lake http://www.hydeobservatory.info/

8/1-8/17 Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kids Dream Summer at Marcus Theatres participating Marcus Theatre location-check the website for updates. http://marcustheatres.com/

 

Ongoing FREE Summer Concerts

8/ 5 -8/19 (Fridays) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday Nights Live at Southpointe Pavilions donations requested http://southpointeshopping.com/events/friday-nights-live-summer-concerts/

8/7 & 14 7 p.m. (Sundays) Lincoln Municipal Band presents 2016 Summer Concert Series FREE at Antelope Park- See website for schedule; http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87311-lincoln-municipal-band-presents-2016-summer-concert-series

8/ 2 & 9 7-9 p.m. (Tuesdays) Free Tower Jazz, 13th & P, see website for schedule http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/tower-jazz.html

8/ 3- 31 (Wednesdays) 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series 1415 N St http://www.artsincorporated.org/default.asp

8/ 4- 18 (Thursdays) 7 p.m. Stransky outdoor summer Concert Series 17th & Harrison Ave http://kzum.org/

 

Ongoing Farmers’ Markets

Aug. 2 -Oct. Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. F Street Neighborhood Farmers’ Market 1302 F St. (church parking lot) https://www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

Aug. 3-Oct 8 Wednesdays 3.-6:30 p.m. Havelock Farmers’ Market 6220 Havelock Ave http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87341-havelock-farmers-market

Aug. 4-Sept. Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fallbrook Farmers’ Market http://www.fallbrookfarmersmarket.com/

Aug. 6-Oct. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

Aug. 7 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

 

Ongoing August sporting events: Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com/

Lincoln Saltdogs Schedule: http://www.saltdogs.com/schedules/games/

No Coast Derby Girls https://www.facebook.com/NOCOASTDERBYGIRLS/events

July 2016 Events in and Around Lincoln

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Things to do in the Lincoln area:

7/1 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. First Friday ArtWalks http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

7/1-7/3 7 p.m. The Flatwater Shakespeare Summer Show: Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew See website for tour schedule http://www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org/

7/2-4 Seward Fourth of July Events http://www.julyfourthseward.com/

7/3 1-10:30 p.m. Uncle Sam Jam (Free) – Oak Lake Park 1st & Charleston St see website for times and events http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/cic/july4/#s

7/3 7 p.m. WunderRosa Winery  presents Windsong & Watch Fireworks http://wunderrosawinery.com/

7/4 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Red, White and Zoo! Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

7/4 8:15-10:30 a.m. YMCA Youth Sports Adventure Run YMCA Spirit Park 84th & O http://www.ymcalincoln.org/adventurerun

7/8-9 Star City Pride Standproud Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/star-city-pride-festival

7/8-9  Zoofest 2016 www.zoobar.com  (see website for times & schedule)

7/9 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 14th Annual Midwest MCA Mustang & All Ford Show http://www.hoofbeatoflincoln.com/

7/9 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fit Fair Free classes in the Railyard see website for schedule http://www.canopyst.com/railyard/events#evt87232

7/9 9 a.m.-Noon Butterfly Count Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/info/links/LPR_Program_Guide.pdf#page=12

7/9 Cristo Rey Festival Lancaster Event Center  www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/9-10 Beat the Heat Flea Market Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/9-7/10 Mounted Shooting State Championship (see website for times) www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/10 1-4 p.m. Rock and Mineral Grinding Party Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/info/links/LPR_Program_Guide.pdf#page=12

7/14- 17 and 7/21-24 8 p.m. show, 5:30 gates open, Seussical the Musical Pinewood Bowl http://www.pinewoodbowl.org/

7/15-24 32nd Annual Cornhusker State Games http://www.cornhuskerstategames.com/

7/15-16 6-8:45 p.m. July Laser Shows http://www.spacelaser.com/info.html

7/16 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Herb Festival Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/info/links/LPR_Program_Guide.pdf#page=12

7/16 8 p.m. An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band  Rococo Theatre http://rococotheatre.com/event/lyle-lovett-with-his-large-band/

7/16 6-11 p.m. Brews at the Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

7/16-17 Nebraska Paint Horse Club Hot Colors Show www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/17 1-4 p.m. Family Day at Sheldon Museum of Art (Free) www.sheldonartmuseum.org

7/18-22 National Zookeeper Week www.lincolnzoo.org

7/23 Taekwondo Tournament www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/23 Nebraska Pinto July Horse Show www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/23 6 p.m. Nitro Circus Live, Seacrest Field http://www.ticketrocket.co/Event/Details

7/22 8 p.m. KISS  Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/kiss

7/24 – 8/3 TBA World Tenpin Bowling Youth Championships Sun Valley Lanes http://www.worldbowling.org/

7/26 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Lincoln CBMC’s 16th Annual Golf Classic Wilderness Ridge Golf Club http://lincoln.cbmc.com/golf-classic

7/27-31 7:30 p.m. Toruk – The First Flight Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/toruk-the-first-flight-by-cirque-du-soleil

7/28 6 p.m. Twenty One Pilots Emotional Roadshow Pinewood Bowl Theater http://pinewoodbowltheater.com/events/single/twenty-ne-pilts

7/30 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Right Brained Artisan Fair at The Space at 5900 S 58th St, Ste H https://www.facebook.com/events/1573090769657010/

Ongoing all-Summer events:

5/27-8/26 Be a Tourist in your own Hometown http://www.lincoln.org/play/be-a-tourist

6/29-8/3 starting at 7 p.m. Railyard Summer Classic Movie Series   http://www.canopyst.com/railyard

7/1-8/31 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wild Wednesdays Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

7/2 – 7/30 (Saturdays) 8-11 p.m. Hyde Memorial Observatory Free Programs Holmes Lake http://www.hydeobservatory.info/

7/3-8/17 Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kids Dream Summer at Marcus Theatres participating Marcus Theatre location-check the website for updates. http://marcustheatres.com/

7/7-7/28 4:30-8 p.m. Free Thursday Night in July Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/events/index.html

Ongoing FREE Summer Concerts:

July 1 -August 19 (Fridays) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday Nights Live at Southpointe Pavilions donations requested http://southpointeshopping.com/events/friday-nights-live-summer-concerts/

July 3- August 14 7 p.m. (Sundays) Lincoln Municipal Band presents 2016 Summer Concert Series FREE at Antelope Park- See website for schedule; http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87311-lincoln-municipal-band-presents-2016-summer-concert-series

July 5-August 9 7-9 p.m. (Tuesdays) Free Tower Jazz, 13th & P, see website for schedule http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/tower-jazz.html

July 6-August 31 (Wednesdays) 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series 1415 N St http://www.artsincorporated.org/default.asp

July 7-August 18 (Thursdays) 7 p.m. Stransky outdoor summer Concert Series 17th & Harrison Ave http://kzum.org/

July 7-July 28 (Thursdays) 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Summer Blend Concert Series The Railyard Canopy Street https://www.facebook.com/events/519330338274391/

Ongoing Farmers’ Markets

July 7-Sept. Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fallbrook Farmers’ Market http://www.fallbrookfarmersmarket.com/

July 2-Oct. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

July 3 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

July 5-Oct. Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. F Street Neighborhood Farmers’ Market 1302 F St. (church parking lot) https://www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

July 6-Oct 8 Wednesdays 3.-6:30 p.m. Havelock Farmers’ Market 6220 Havelock Ave http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87341-havelock-farmers-market

Ongoing JULY sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com/

Lincoln Saltdogs Schedule: http://www.saltdogs.com/schedules/games/

No Coast Derby Girls https://www.facebook.com/NOCOASTDERBYGIRLS/events

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Local events around Lincoln: June 2016

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Local happenings in June:

6/1-8/31 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wild Wednesdays Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

6/2-6/4 Nebraska Charity Horse Show TBA Lancaster Event Center http://www.nebraskacharityhorseshow.com/

6/3 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste Collection – Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department 14th and Pine Lake (Southwest High school) http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/environ/Waste/HHazWaste.htm

6/3 10:30-4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive Gateway Mall http://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/american-red-cross-blood-drive-0

6/3 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Scheels Paddle & Pedal Demo Day FREE @ Holmes Lake http://experience.scheels.com/event/paddle-pedal-demo-day/

6/3 5:00 p.m. First Friday ArtWalks http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

6/3-6/5 2016 PGF Champions Challenge Elite National Invite & College Exposure Doris Bair Softball Complex http://nesoftball.org/sites/lysa/home

6/3-6/5 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/circus-xtreme

6/4 5-11 p.m. Piedmont Uncorked Food & Wine Festival The Shoppes at Piedmont https://www.facebook.com/events/1669387983317315/

6/4-6/5 King of Lincoln: Local Youth Baseball Skills Challenge 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Optimist Youth Sports Complex http://www.abasportsacademy.com/baseball

6/4 7:30 a.m. LiveWell Challenge 37th Annual Havelock Charity Run http://www.lincolnrun.org/

6/4 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. REALTORS® Care Community Fair FREE Union Plaza 21st & P www.LincolnRealtors.com

6/4 5-8 p.m. Waterfest 2016 Holmes Lake FREE http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/pworks/watershed/events/waterfest-2016.htm#s

6/4 7 p.m. Nate Staniforth’s Real Magic Tour Sheldon Art Gallery http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2542788

6/4 6-9 p.m. The Dinner Detective https://www.thedinnerdetective.com/lincoln/

6/4 2-3:30 p.m. Native Prairie Wildflower Walk Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/native-prairie-wildflower-walk

6/6-8/5 Pioneers Park Nature Center Camps http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/camps.htm

6/9-6/12 A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline  The Tada Theatre www.tadproductions.info

6/10-6/11 2016 Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival Branched Oak Farm http://www.nebraskafolkandroots.com/

6/10-6/11 Celebrate Lincoln Music Festival outside Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/celebrate-lincoln-

6/11 8-10 a.m. 2nd Saturday Bird Walk Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/2nd-saturday-bird-walk-0

6/11-6/12 Hart Dance “Straight from the Hart” Recital http://www.liedcenter.org/

6/11 10:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Investigate Second Saturday: Ladybugs Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/investigate/index.html

6/12 9 a.m. 2016 Women’s Only TryATHLON Holmes Lake Park http://womensonlytry.com/

6/15 6-8 p.m. Family Fishing Event at Bowling Lake http://lincoln.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/family-fishing-event-at-bowling-lake/2016-06-15/c5164652/

6/16-6/18 Three Musketeers Haymarket Theatre http://haymarkettheatre.org/

6/18 8-10 a.m. Birding by Ear Workshop Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/birding-ear-workshop

6/18 7:30-9:30 p.m. Firefly Family Picnic Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/firefly-family-picnic

6/18 4-10:30 p.m. Relay For Life of Lancaster County The Railyard http://relay.acsevents.org/site/PageServer?pagename=relay

6/19 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Father’s Day Celebration Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

6/20 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wildcrafting: Edible Plants of the Prairie Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/wildcrafting-edible-plants-prairie

6/21 8-10 a.m. 3rd Tuesday Bird Walk Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/3rd-tuesday-bird-walk

6/21 6-8 p.m. Family Fishing Event at Holmes Lake http://lincoln.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/family-fishing-event-at-holmes-lake/2016-06-21/c5164654/

6/21 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/justin-bieber

6/22 7:30 p.m. show Bob Dylan and His Band Pinewood Bowl  http://pinewoodbowltheater.com/events/single/bob-dylan

6/24 6 p.m. -10 p.m.  Archie’s Late Night Party Morrill Hall  http://museum.unl.edu/latenightparty/index.html

6/25/ 8 p.m. show Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Pinewood Bowl http://pinewoodbowltheater.com/events/single/ringo-starr-and-his-all-starr-band

6/21 6-8 p.m. Family Fishing Event at Branched Oak Lake http://lincoln.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/family-fishing-event-at-branched-oak-lake/2016-06-25/c5164655/

6/25 4 – 10 p.m. Goodguys 2nd Speedway Motors Day At The Hay North Haymarket https://www.good-guys.com/day-2016

6/25 3-11 p.m. Schillingbridge Rhythm & Brews Festival  SchillingBridge Cork and Tap Room https://www.facebook.com/events/1555774998050200/

6/26  7 a.m. Trail Trek 2016 Haymarket Park http://journalstar.com/trail-trek/?redirect

6/28 7:30 p.m. Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend Lives On http://www.liedcenter.org/event/gordon-lightfoot-legend-lives

 

Ongoing FREE Summer Concerts:

June 1-August 31 (Wednesdays) 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series 1415 N St http://www.artsincorporated.org/default.asp

June 2, 9, 16, 23 (Thursdays)  5 p.m. Music Mozzarella outdoor Concert Series @ Lincoln Children’s Museum  www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org

June 2-August 18 (Thursdays) 7 p.m. Stransky outdoor summer Concert Series 17th & Harrison Ave http://kzum.org/

June 2-July 28 (Thursdays) 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Summer Blend Concert Series The Railyard Canopy Street https://www.facebook.com/events/519330338274391/

June 3-August 19 (Fridays) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday Nights Live at Southpointe Pavilions donations requested http://southpointeshopping.com/events/friday-nights-live-summer-concerts/

 

Farmers Markets’

June 2-Sept. Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fallbrook Farmers’ Market http://www.fallbrookfarmersmarket.com/

June 4-Oct. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

June 5 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

June 7-Oct. Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. F Street Neighborhood Farmers’ Market 1302 F St. (church parking lot) https://www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

 

Ongoing JUNE sporting events: Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com/

Lincoln Saltdogs Schedule: http://www.saltdogs.com/schedules/games/

No Coast Derby Girls https://www.facebook.com/NOCOASTDERBYGIRLS/events

Steps to Survive Summer

kids in summerBrace yourself: summer is coming. No doubt you’ve been counting down to this day just as passionately as the kids have. But in your haste to rejoice you’ve forgotten one small detail. You now have to entertain them for three. Straight. Months. First, drink a cup—or a pot—of coffee and find your Zen. Because we have the easiest ways to keep those kids from uttering the most dreaded phrase, “We’re bored!” Keep sipping that macchiato; we’ve got you covered.

Step 1: Supplies

For starters, you know the Dollar Store. That beacon of saving grace with cheap plastic toys sturdy enough to last just one summer. That’s all you need, just one summer. This summer. So go there. Grab those plastic shovels, buckets, water balloons, squirt guns, and the fruit drinks and popsicles for every “I need a snack!” moment. Step one: check!

Step 2: Schedule

Then, consider a simple schedule to start your day before all of the fun and messy festivities begin. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about elaborate parent-of-the-year Pinterest projects. Just a few things to save you on your own chore time. But first, keep drinking that coffee, then feast your eyes on easy household tasks the kids will seriously love to participate in.

  • The toys. Oh, the mountains of toys. Throw those toys into empty laundry baskets, call it a contest, a competition, a free for all basketball game; whatever gets them motivated. Once the toys are stacked in their baskets, they can carry them to their respective rooms to be put away, but you may need to join in for this part.
  • It’s never too early to find your passion, even for the kids. No one is going to volunteer to clean the toilets, but someone might truly enjoy running a vacuum, or heaving a hefty bagful of trash into the trash bin. Whatever it is that your kid can do without complaining, encourage it. They’ll love the praise and recognition, and well, you’ll love not having to take out the trash.
  • The marble jar. The perfect, solution to tracking good deeds without breaking the bank or hiding your wallet from stealthy kids. Good deeds, kind words, acts of kindness, chores that are completed unasked, anything you decide can earn a marble into each child’s jar. And then you, trade master, get to decide what the currency exchange is. A marble can equal a quarter, five marbles a night out for ice cream, 10 marbles inviting a friend over to play. The power is in your hands!
  • And never forget strength in numbers. Collaborate with your neighborhood parents about sharing playdates. Have each parent pick a day they wouldn’t mind entertaining a few kids for a couple hours. The rest of the parents can sip coffee and peacefully get some work done, and you’ll enjoy it so much you won’t even mind when it’s your turn to host.

Step 3: Savor

Of course, there’s a lot of mud, water, sweat, and late nights that go into summer fun. Don’t forget to throw all the scheduling out the window every now and then. Give the kids a little freedom to roll in the muck, catch lightning bugs, and lay on a blanket under the stars. And let nostalgia take over; you’ll no doubt enjoy it too.

Things to do in and around Lincoln: May 2016

May Day Basket

May 2016 events in and around Lincoln:

5/1 Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon 7 a.m. www.lincolnmarathon.org

5/1 All Day 1,000 Mile Challenge (Virtual Challenge) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1000-mile-challenge-registration-21063420257

5/1 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 47th “Annual Czech Festival 6600 West O St   www.lincolnczechs.org

5/3 7 p.m. Red Green’s “I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe” Tour www.liedcenter.org

5/4-8/31 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series 1415 N St http://www.artsincorporated.org/default.asp

5/4 5:30 p.m. Turn N Burn Barrel Race  Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

5/5 6:30-7:00 p.m. Pop in Storytime Day Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/storytime/index.htm

5/6 5-10 p.m. First Friday Art Walk downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

5/6-5/8 Jurassic Quest Lancaster Event Center see website for times and prices www.JurassicQuest.com

5/6 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Prescott Elementary School Walkathon 1930 S 20th St  http://wp.lps.org/prescott/

5/6 3 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) UNL Graduate Commencement Pinnacle Bank Arena http://commencement.unl.edu/

5/7 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.) UNL Undergraduate Commencement Pinnacle Bank Arena http://commencement.unl.edu/

5/7-Oct. 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market

5/7-Sept. 8 a.m. -12noon Piedmont Farmers’ Market 1265 S Cotner Blvd

5/8 – 10/30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

5/7-5/8 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Guardians of Freedom Airshow Lincoln Airpark NW 31st & W Mathis www.lincolnairshow.com

5/7 2-4 p.m. Wildflower Talk and Walk Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org

5/8 8-10 a.m. Mother’s Day Bird Walk Pioneers Park Nature Center Prairie Building https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/ppncspringnews2011.pdf

5/8 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mother’s Day Celebration Lincoln’s Childrens Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

5/8-5/15 1-6 p.m. weekends, 6-9 p.m. weekdays Free Spring Parade of Homes www.hbal.org

5/13-5/20 NSAA 2016 State Baseball Tournament http://nsaahome.org/baseball/ Haymarket Park

5/13-5/13, 5/19-5/22 Catch Me If You Can Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

5/14 7:30 check in, LiveWell Challenge Star City Urban – Adventure Race Oak Lake, 1st & Charleston www.angrycowraces.com

5/14 Stromsberg Swedish Steel 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nebraska’s largest metal art event. Located 19 miles north of York on Hwy 81 at Stromsberg City Square Park  www.facebook.com/events/1010159192340610

5/14 Nebraska Wesleyan University 2016 Commencement www.nebrwesleyan.edu

5/14 9 a.m. – 12 noon Community Crops 2016 Plant Sales Wyuka Stables, 3600 O St. http://communitycrops.org/events/annual-plant-sale/

5/14 10 a.m.- 12 noon Investigate Second Saturday: Migratory Bird Month Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/investigate/index.html

5/14 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Runza’s Jammin at the Zoo  Lincoln’s Childrens Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

5/14 8-10 a.m. 2nd Saturday Birdwalk Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org

5/14 1:30 p.m. Free Lincoln Iris Society Spring Show Meadowlane Elementary School 7200 Vine St

5/17 8-10 a.m. 3rd Tuesday Birdwalk Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org

5/19 7 p.m. Paul Simon Live in Concert Pinewood Bowl Theater http://pinewoodbowltheater.com/events/single/paul-simon

5/20 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Endangered Species Day Lincoln’s Childrens Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

5/20  7 p.m. Kathy Griffin Rococo Theatre http://rococotheatre.com/event/kathy-griffin

5/21 11 a.m. 2016 Tails ‘n Trails Pet Walk & Festival Fallbrook Town Center www.capitalhumanesociety.org

5/21 5 a.m. Big Red Challenge Railyard/Haymarket http://bigredchallenge.com/

5/21-22 Bird Bonanza Weekend Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center see website for times and cost http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org

5/21 10 a.m. Zoo Fun Run Lincoln’s Childrens Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

5/21 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Animals got Talent!  Lincoln’s Childrens Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

5/22 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Public Schools Graduation Pinnacle Bank Arena/Bob Devaney Sports Center http://www.lps.org/about/calendar/

5/26 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series-Special performance for Give to Lincoln Day. 1415 N St http://www.artsincorporated.org/default.asp

5/27-5/29 Bison/Runza Basketball 9th Grade Jr. Tournament Lincoln Northeast High School http://www.nbda.net/

5/29/ 8 a.m. Memorial Lincoln Duathlon http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=36292

Ongoing May sporting events: Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Lincoln Saltdogs Schedule: http://www.saltdogs.com/schedules/games/

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com

Things to do in Lincoln – April 2016

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Check out these Lincoln events:

4/1 4:30 -7:00 p.m.  Nebraska History Museum Grand Reopening 131 Centennial Mall North www.nebraskahistory.org

4/1 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening Day at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

4/1 5–10 p.m. First Friday Artwalks  downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

4/1, 4/22, 4/29 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30) Friday Live at Five Jazz Series vegalincoln.com

4/1-4/3 Nebraska Quarter Horse Kick-Off Show  Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

4/1-4/3 & 4/7-4/10 To Kill A Mockingbird Lincoln Community Playhouse  www.lincolnplayhouse.com

4/1 7-10 p.m. Dish it Up Holiday Inn Lincoln-Downtown  www.jll.org

4/2 Mother of All Garage Sales Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

4/2 – 4/3 58th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Lancaster Event Center 4100 N 84th    www.lincolngemmineralclub.org

4/2-4/3 Shaggy Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

4/2 1– 4 p.m. NanoDays Gateway Mall 6100 O St  ncmn.unl.edu/nanodays

4/2 7:30 p.m Parsons Dance Lied Center for Performing Arts www.liedcenter.org

4/2 9 a.m. Run For Hope Pioneers Park www.thehopeventure.org/run

4/7-4/10 Take 2 Children’s Consignment Sale  Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org/

4/8 7:30 p.m. FELA! The Broadway Musical in Concert www.liedcenter.org

4/9 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. FREE Early Childhood Celebration Southeast Community College Gymnasium 8800 O St  www.facebook.com/Lincoln-Association-for-the-Education-of-Young-Children-LAEYC-114170908755894/timeline

4/9 7 a.m.- 11 a.m Chilly Chicken/Chicken Chili Day springcreekprairie.audubon.org

4/9 6 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters 2016 World Tour Pinnacle Bank Arena www.pinnaclebankarena.com

4/9 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Investigate Second Saturday Science Lab Morrill Hall museum.unl.edu/investigate/index.html

4/9 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Music at the Museum  www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org

4/9 2-6 p.m. Basket Making Workshops: Coiled Baskets-Bangladesh & Beyond 151 N 8th St (The Barnyard Room at Nebraska Global) https://ticketriver.com/event/19233

4/13-4/14 Fiddler on the Roof  Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

4/14  8 p.m. Brothers Osbourne Single Barrel   www.thesinglebarrel.com

4/14 7 p.m. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE www.liedcenter.org

4/14 8 p.m. Dwight Yoakam Rococo Theatre  rococotheatre.com/event/dwight-yoakam/

4/15 Monster Jam Pinnacle Bank Arena (see website for more info) www.pinnaclebankarena.com

4/15-4/16 UNL Rodeo Lancaster Event Center

4/16 TBA Annual Red and White Spring Game Memorial Stadium

4/16 7:30 p.m. Doc Serverinsen with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra www.liedcenter.org

4/16 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fish Fest at SCHEELS SouthPointe Pavilions Shopping Center www.southpointeshopping.com

4/16-4/17 1-4 p.m. National Association of Wheat Weavers Tradeshow Holiday Inn Downtown nawwstraw.org/

4/16 & 4/30 4-10 p.m. Bowl for Kid’s Sake Sun Valley Lanes www.hbbbs.org/bfks

4/17 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday with a Scientist: Astronomy Day Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/sundaywithascientist/

4/17 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m Words 4 Birds! Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center  http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org

4/19 7:30 p.m. Moscow Festival Ballet: Romeo and Juliet Lied Center for Performing Arts www.liedcenter.org

4/21-4/22 7 p.m. Annie Lied Center for Performing Arts www.liedcenter.org

4/21 7 p.m. David Jeremiah Stand Up Tour Pinnacle Bank Arena http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/events/standup/home.aspx?tid=email_2015dec07_EVT-SUT-ANCMT

4/22 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m. Earth Day & Party for the Planet Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

4/22-4/23 Spring Affair Plant Sale Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org/

4/22/2016 7-9 p.m. MOM PROM Talon Room 230 N 12th http://momprom.ticketleap.com/mom-prom-lincoln/

4/23 6-9 p.m. Taste of Spring Lincoln Children’s Museum www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org

4/24 4:30-7 p.m. 2nd Annual Star City BaconFest The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel www.starcitybaconfest.com

4/26 – 4/27 Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend! Pinnacle Bank Arena (see website for more info) www.pinnaclebankarena.com

4/26 7:30 p.m. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Lied Center for Performing Arts www.liedcenter.org

4/29 7:30 p.m. Whose Live Anyway? Lied Center for Performing Arts www.liedcenter.org

4/30 TBA Brantley Gilbert Pinnacle Bank Arena (see website for more info) www.pinnaclebankarena.com

4/30 7:30 p.m. Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: Avi Avital 7 Beethoven’s Eroica Lied Center for Performing Arts www.liedcenter.org

4/30 10 a.m. –1 p.m. FREE Wild Adventure Day Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/City/parks/naturecenter/index.htm

 

Ongoing April sporting events: Check websites

St. Patrick’s Day Fun with Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. The kiddos are anxiously awaiting to trap some leprechauns, find some gold, and perhaps, hand out a finger full of pinches. If you haven’t started planning for this amazingly green holiday, we have some great ideas for you to pull off a hit that the whole family will love.

Food:

The best part of any holiday, and arguably any day, is food. You can rest easy with this delightful snack that starts with an incredibly nutritious base: apples! Green Granny Smith apples are the beginning of this deliciousness, plus they’re bit-sized for little mouths (which is code for: you can eat a ton of them without feeling guilty.)

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DivasCanCook.com

You and the fam are bound to be thirsty after that sticky treat, and this effortless drink is equal parts adorable, festive, and effortless:

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MarthaStewart.com

Keep that healthy vibe going with this food trick. It works as a great “I’m hungry!” solution, or as a simple side dish for lunch or dinner. Fresh veggies in fantastic shapes:

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MarthaStewart.com

Crafts:

Ok, crafts. Some of us want to pinch ourselves out of a nightmare at the very thought of this word. But fear not! This idea is so simple, as is the cleanup. And there’s basically no St. Patrick’s Day without shamrocks.

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ActivityVillage.co

Once you conquer that first craft, try something just a smidge gutsier. Kids adore saving coins, and St. Patrick’s day is all about the gold. So turn an old coffee can into a bank for all of those coined treasures. Of course, you’ll have to actually drink all of the coffee to make this craft work, but that wasn’t a problem for us, and we believe in you too.

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dltk-holidays.com

To really get in on all of the seasonal fun, you have to look the part. Little girls in the house? Even better. Check out some DIY hair accessories to match the holiday. Even if you don’t DIY, benefit for those who do on Etsy.

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BabesInHairland

Entertainment:

After food and crafts, we all want to snuggle in with a good movie. Here’s a list of St. Patrick’s Day movies that are family friendly

And lastly, for those littles in the house who may not sit through an entire movie, help them set up friendly traps for leprechauns. You can totally have fun with the treats and surprises they get as a reward, and the kids’ grins and giggles will be more than a reward for you.

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happyhomefairy.com

How to have a special Valentine’s Day with your kids

The only thing better than having a date for Valentine’s Day is having a great evening with the kids. Let’s face it, a night in with the little ones beats making reservations and fighting the crowds any day. If you’re planning on a Valentine’s Day full of squishy cuddles and cartoons, here are a few ideas to make your day extra memorable.

The Food

A box of chocolates is awesome every day of the week, but for treats that get little hands involved, the Mommyhood Made Simple blog is a must-read for Valentine’s Day. It features “14 Days of Valentine Fun” full of craft ideas, and yes, food that will make everyone’s tummy feel full of love. We think this Candied Jello Popcorn recipe sounds like the sticky fingers will be totally worth it:

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But we especially love these themed “Dinner and a Movie” ideas, like this perfectly planned “Little Mermaid” meal. Scroll through the themes and pick the one that will make your family’s Valentine’s Day a hit:

 

Set the Mood

Before you get your evening started, dress the part by having everyone pick their favorite red outfit. Or have a “fancy” night with the whole family dressed their best. Bust out some Valentine’s Day temporary tattoos to really spice things up. If cooking isn’t really your thing, you can easily keep the red theme going by adding some food coloring to pancake batter. Breakfast for dinner is special any day of the week, but red pancakes on Valentine’s Day is even better, and let’s not forget that from start to cleanup, it’s super easy.

Gifts

Give the kids a few days to prepare and let them create their own masterpieces to exchange as gifts. Meanwhile, you can plan a few inexpensive and adorable gifts to share the love with them. Real Simple has some great gift ideas for all ages, including these Valentine’s Day Emoji stickers, one of the few (magical) gifts that can make toddlers and tweens smile:

Emoji stickersIf you have the time before settling in for those cuddles and movie, a family game night is always a win for everyone (and, bonus, it requires no prep or planning.) But if prep and planning are near to your heart, Parenting.com has you covered with these love-themed crafts. Some celery stalks and a bit of paint are all that are required for this work of art:

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And finally, while you’re snuggled close to those chubby cheeks and tiny toes, don’t forget to high five yourself on a successful Valentine’s Day, and try not to think about all of the hungry couples still waiting for a table to open up.

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