Lincoln’s Antelope Park

Antelope Park ShelterLifelong Lincoln-ites already know the beauty of Antelope Park, but Trip Advisor and its reviewers confirm what we already knew:

“Wonderful walking path. Many relaxing stops along the way. Easy access points. Snow cleared. Beautiful landscaping.”

“Antelope Park has a lot to offer. There are monuments, a band shell, enclosed and unenclosed picnic areas, walking trails, a Veteran’s Memorial Garden, and a wonderful playground suitable for all ages. Auld Pavilion, within the park, holds local events including contra dancing on Saturday evenings. I like to go here to read, and my whole family likes to hunt Pokémon here. The playground at Antelope Park is my kids’ favorite in the city […]”

Even better, Trip Advisor gives Antelope Park a review of 4.5, meaning you can’t really go wrong.

lincoln-antelope-parkLocated at 23rd & N to 33rd & Sheridan Blvd on a 92.93 acres, there is more than enough room for kids to explore, burn off energy on the ample play equipment, dig in the sand, or take a break for a picnic snack. Antelope Park is even within walking distance of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, making a day at the park more like an effortless staycation that will please the whole family.

The park offers shelters for renting. (Hey there, epic birthday parties and reunions!) Other features offered are a golf course (remember to reserve a tee time,) basketball and baseball areas, and a tennis court. It’s not too late to soak up some fall weather, so fill that picnic basket and head on out.

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Lincoln area events: November 2016

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Things to do in and around Lincoln this month:

11/1 7:30 p.m.  John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

11/3 6-9 p.m. Fashion’s Night Out Gateway Mall https://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/fashions-night-out

11/4 7:30 p.m. Alan Jackson Keepin’ It Country Tour Pinnacle Bank Arena www.pinnaclebankarena.com

11/4 6-9 p.m. Beer and Wine Tasting Event Sesostris Shrine Center 1050 Saltillo Rd

11/4 6:30-8:30 p.m. Raise a Glass to the Holidays! www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

11/4 5:00-8:00 p.m. FREE First Friday Art Walk downtown, Lincoln http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

11/4 -11/6 7:30 p.m. Fri, 2 p.m. Sat & Sun, The Boxcar Children, Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

11/5 9 a.m. start Prairie Run Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/2016fallwinter.pdf

11/5 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE Fall Blessings Arts & Crafts Show, Lancaster Event Center http://www.seasonsofcrafts.com/nov-5-2016

11/5 9 a.m.  FREE Huskers vs. Ohio State Watch Party, The Railyard Lincoln, www.railyardlnk.com

11/5, 11/12, 11/19 & 11/26 7-10 p.m. FREE Hyde Observatory 3701 S 70th (Holmes Lake south side) http://www.hydeobservatory.info/

11/5-11/6 Nebraska State Poultry Show Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

Good Life Halfsy11/6 8:30 a.m. The Good Life Halfsy Seacrest Field-Start Line http://goodlifehalfsy.com/

11/7 -11/8 Mon 8-5, Tues 8-noon Opportunity that Scales: Women Advancing the Future of Information Technology in Higher Education Nebraska Innovation Campus http://its.unl.edu/conference

11/9 5:30 p.m. FREE Turn N Burn Barrel Race Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/10-11/12 NSAA 2016 State Volleyball http://nsaahome.org/volleyball/

11/11 7:30 p.m. Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Lied Center http://lincolnsymphony.org/

11/11 7-8:30 p.m. Night Hike Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/2016fallwinter.pdf

11/12 1:30-6:30 FREE Cornhusker Tailgate Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel https://www.evensi.us/cornhusker-tailgate-the-lincoln-marriott-cornhusker-hotel/182877115

11/12 6:30 p.m. UNL Football vs Minnesota Memorial Stadium

11/13 2 p.m. Ingrid Fliter, Piano Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

11/17 6:30-8 p.m. Science Café Fall Series: Farm to Table Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/sciencecafe/index.html

11/17 4:30-8 p.m. Shop the Blocks Downtown Lincoln www.shoptheblocks.com

11/17 5-8 p.m. FREE Nebraska Artists – Carry the Future 3200 S 24th St (Lincoln Country Club) https://www.facebook.com/events/822009844567113/

11/18 6-8 p.m. Pajama Jam Santa Arrival Gateway Mall https://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/pajama-jam-santa-arrival

11/19 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hawkwatch Trip Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/links/2016fallwinter.pdf

11/19 Time TBD FREE Cornhusker Tailgate Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel https://www.evensi.us/cornhusker-tailgate-the-lincoln-marriott-cornhusker-hotel/182877115

11/19 TBA UNL Football vs Maryland Memorial Stadium

11/19 Time 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Fall Treasures Vendor Fair Lancaster Event Center http://www.seasonsofcrafts.com/nov-19-2016

11/19-12/24 (see website for times) Santa. Is. Here. Gateway Mall https://www.shoppinggatewaymall.com/events/santa-here

11/20 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday with a Scientist: Ceramics: Evolution of Modern Ceramics from Ancient Potteries http://museum.unl.edu/sundaywithascientist/

11/21-22 NSAA State Football Championships Memorial Stadium www.nsaahome.org

11/25-26 4-8 p.m. Fri & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. A Very Vintage Christmas Market Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/25 -27 Noon – 8 p.m. Fri & Sat, Noon-5 p.m. Sun, The Santa Station SouthPointe Pavillions Shopping Center www.southpointeshopping.com

11/25-27 TBA Turkey Chase Indoor Go Carts Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/26 noon-6 p.m. James Arthur Vineyards Holiday Open House www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

11/26-28 TBA FREE Thanksgiving Turn N Burn Maverick Rodeo Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

11/30 7:30 p.m. Sara Watkins Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

Ongoing November sporting events: Check websites

Museums in Lincoln with ongoing exhibits:

It’s pumpkin season—fun, food, frills

pumpkin patchIt’s officially fall, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy all that pumpkins have to offer. From visiting a pumpkin patch, to delicious treats, and even some decorating—there’s really no limit to what you can with a great pumpkin. We have a few ideas to get you started ringing in autumn.

Pumpkin Patches

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Even if you don’t have small children, a pumpkin patch visit is practically a fall necessity. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from around Nebraska, and for every budget.  Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is large and filled with live shows, a corn maze, shopping, and of course, plenty of pumpkins. Visit on a Monday thru Thursday for discounted ticket prices, otherwise pricing ranges from $13.99 to $17.99.

Roca Berry Farm

Roca Berry farm is a short and beautiful drive only 15 minutes from Lincoln. They even offer season passes for $23.99. If you love Halloween, you might want to splurge for the Sinister Circus Psychopath Haunted Manor tickets. They run $19.99, and it is sure to be memorable experience.

Nielsen Kids U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

If you love pumpkins and you also love the honor system, then Nielsen Kids U-Pick Pumpkin Patch is definitely for you. You’ll enjoy the complete lack of sticker shock, and the acres of pumpkins and gourds in every variety and color. You’ll have to drive to Minden to get there, but a short road trip through Nebraska in the fall? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Food

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So you’ve stocked up on pumpkins, now what? If you’re the ambitious type, use a pie pumpkin for your recipes. But we love the ease of opening up a can of pumpkin, too. Whichever way you choose to enjoy the savory flavor, this Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisu is probably a must!

Decorate

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Lining your front porch with jack-o-lanterns is a time-honored tradition. But don’t just stop there. There are plenty of creative—and simple—ways to decorate with pumpkins this season. Try starting out with this elegant and festive flower arrangement. You can browse Reader’s Digest for the rest of their crafty ideas.

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October 2016 Events: Lincoln

gourds-webCheck out this month’s local events:

10/1 8–10 a.m. Breakfast with the Penguins!  Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

10/1 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

10/1 2:30 p.m. UNL Football vs. Illinois Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

10/1-10/2 7:30 p.m. My Fair Lady Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

10/1-10/22 (Sat’s) 3:30 p.m. String Beans at Roca Berry Farm http://www.thestringbeans.com/

10/2 12 p.m. EYE RUN Holmes Lake Park www.EYERUN.info

10/2-10/9  See website for times Fall Parade of HOMES www.hbal.org/events/parade-of-homes/

10/4 7:30 p.m. Chamber Singers Kimball Recital Hall http://events.unl.edu/music/2016/10/04/112026/

10/04 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Make Lincoln 2016 Trago Park 20th & U St www.makelincoln.com

10/04 7:30 p.m. MAROON 5 Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/06  7:30 p.m. Chiara String Quartet Kimball Recital Hall http://events.unl.edu/music/2016/10/06/112028/

10/6-10/9 8:30-4:00 p.m. Husker Valley Cluster Dog Show Lancaster Event Center http://www.cornhuskerkennelclub.com/All-Breed-Dog-Show.html

10/06 5:30 p.m. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk Haymarket Park http://pages.lightthenight.org/ne/Lincne16

10/06 5-8 p.m. National Fossil Day Morrill Hall http://www.museum.unl.edu/

10/07 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cork N’ Stogie James Arthur Vineyards http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/08 7:30 p.m. KEITH URBAN Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/07 5-8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk http://www.exploredowntown.org/first-friday-artwalk

10/08 gates open 4 p.m. event starts 6 p.m. Dirt Diva Pulling Team Muhlback Motor Sports Complex http://www.lancastereventcenter.org/all-events/event-details?EventID=7573&CalDate=1475946000000

10/11 doors open 4 p.m. show starts 7 p.m. Taste of Home Cooking School Embassy Suites 1040 P St https://www.facebook.com/events/102693153521417/

10/12 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves VS Denver Nuggets Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/12 7:30 p.m. Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound www.liedcenter.org

10/13-16 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat & 2:00 p.m. Sun Young Frankenstein TADA Theatre 701 P St www.tadaproductions.info

10/14 5-9:30 p.m. Okto Beerfest Lancaster Event Center  http://www.oktobeerfestnebraska.com/

10/15 5-9 p.m. Twilight On The Tallgrass: Nature@Night Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/twilight-tallgrass

10/16 1-4:30 p.m. Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash 5K  Holmes Lake www.walklikemadd.org

10/18 6 p.m. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/21-23 see website for times 2016 Little Boo Bash @ Bair Tournament Doris Bair Softball Complex www.nesoftball.org

10/21 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/22 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Woods Park http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/environ/Waste/HHazWaste.htm

10/22 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

10/22 Time TBD UNL Football Vs Purdue Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

10/23 7 p.m. Clint Black Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/23 5:30-8:30 p.m. Haunted Hike Through the Vineyard James Arthur Vineyards, Raymond www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/25 7:30 p.m. Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Tour Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/26-30  5:30-8 p.m. Boo at the Zoo Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

10/27 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m Nebraska Product Show for Business and Industry Lancaster Event Center http://www.showofficeonline.com/products.htm

10/28-30 7:30p.m. Fri, 2p.m Sat & Sun The Boxcar Children Lincoln Community Playhouse  www.lincolnplayhouse.com

10/29 2:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration of Nebraska Books Museum of Nebraska History http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/celebration.html

10/29 7:30-9 a.m. Monster Dash Roca Berry Farm, 16531 S 38th St, Roca https://smallvoicesorg.presencehost.net/monsterdash/registration.html

10/29 6:30-8:30 p.m. World Famous Murder Mystery James Arthur Vineyards www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/30 1-4 p.m. 15th Annual Suite Memories, A Bridal Affair Embassy Suites https://www.facebook.com/events/158063147932722/

10/31 6:30-8:30 p.m. World Famous Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Billy’s 1301 H St, http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com/events/world-famous-murder-mystery-dinner-2/#11/40.9389/-96.7473

 

Ongoing October sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

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

 

Ongoing Farmers Markets:

Oct 1 & 8 Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

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

Oct 4 Tuesday 4-7p.m. F St Neighborhood Farmers Market 1302 F St www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

 

Area Pumpkin Patches:

JK’s Pumpkin Patch 757 Bluff Rd, Lincoln http://www.jkspumpkinpatch.com/#!

Roca Berry Farm, 16531 S 38th St, Roca https://rocaberryfarm.com/

Martin’s Hillside Orchard 2024 Ashland Rd, Ceresco http://hillside-orchard.com/index.htm

Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm 911 108th St, Avoca http://www.bloompumpkinpatch.com/

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Tips to tailgate like a pro

cornhole toss gameThe countdown is on, and September 3rd is fast approaching. It’s the date Husker fans have been counting down to since the end of last season: the first Husker football game of 2016. If you haven’t scored season tickets, you can relax and instead enjoy a season of football tradition. A tailgate is the next best thing to sitting in the stands, and we’ll tell you how to tailgate like the diehard fan that you are.

Head to the Action

Obviously, downtown is the place to be on Husker game days. Fans head to Haymarket park as early as 8 a.m. on game days to kick off their Husker rally. $25 dollars per car is all it takes to partake in the celebrations, and with food vendors surrounded in a sea of red you really can’t go wrong. For a more family and wallet-friendly option, the Husker Nation Pavilion is free to enter and has enough music and food to keep you going throughout the entire game. You can even arrive early for autograph sessions; just plan to be there three hours before game time. Take a peek at this handy downtown parking map beforehand to avoid traffic headaches.

Throw Your Own Tailgate

Downtown crowds aren’t for everyone. If you’re a comfort-seeking fan use your own driveway for a tailgate. Keep an eye out for a great deal on a sturdy, portable firepit, and use it to heat up comfort food snacks, like s’mores, or to keep friends and family warm during colder games. A big screen television is essential, and red decorations will bring Memorial Stadium to you. Tie a few red balloons within arms’ reach to cheer on that first touchdown, and some dollar store red silly string will make cheering even more exciting. And Husker temporary tattoos are a delight for adults and kids alike.

Cheer with a Full Belly

Eat like a champ and clean up like a pro by utilizing the magic of your slow cooker. Chili and cinnamon rolls are a Nebraska tradition, but don’t forget about the other football food staples like hot wings and chips and dip. Even your dessert can find a warm home in your slow cooker. This apple treat is absolutely perfect for autumn.

Games

Don’t let the party die down during half time. Every Nebraskan should be a cornhole master, and you can learn how to build your own regulation cornhole set here.

Toss around your own football to keep the game and energy going, but also try Frisbee golf, darts, and card games.

Most of all, get your most enthusiastic Husker friends at the party. Whether you choose to head downtown or keep the party in your own driveway, tailgating is a tradition that will get even those non-sports fans bleeding Husker red every game day.

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Lincoln Area Events: September 2016

tailgateThings to do around Lincoln this month:

9/1 5 p.m. Red Iron Revival  The Railyard 350 Canopy St www.etix.com

9/2-9/5, 9/8-9/11 and 9/14-9/16/6 7:00 p.m. Flatwater Shakespeare Presents The Merchant of Venice 3600 O St, The Swan Theatre at Wyuka www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org

9/2 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. First Friday Art Walks http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

9/3 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Autumn Splendor Arts & Crafts Fair Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org  

9/3 2-7 p.m. Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

9/3-9/5 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Labor Day Weekend at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo 1222 S 27th St  www.lincolnzoo.org

9/3 7 p.m. UNL Football vs. Fresno State Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

9/5-9/9 Sports Car Club of America Sols National Championship Lincoln Airpark FREE www.scca.com

9/6 doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. Bonnie Raitt Pinewood Bowl Theater www.pinewoodbowltheater.com

9/6 doors open 4:15 p.m., event starts 5:45 p.m. WWE Smack Down Pinnacle Bank Arena www.pinnaclebankarena.com

9/8 3:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public Glenn Korff Day Kimball Recital Hall www.music.unl.edu

9/8 7:30 p.m. NE Jazz Orchestra presents Live from New York featuring Rich Perry Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel http://www.artsincorporated.org/njo/

9/8-9/9 Take What You Want and Pay What You Can Sale Bridges to Hope 3107 S 6th St, #107 http://bridgestohopene.org/

9/10 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Art in the Garden Sunken Gardens 27th & D St

9/10 8-11 a.m. Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

9/10-9/11 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Festival of the Arts FREE, 3500 Sheridan Blvd https://cathedraloftherisenchristpccw.org/

9/10 11 a.m. UNL Football vs. Wyoming Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

9/11 11 a.m. – 5p.m.  FREE 35th Annual Havelock All Makes Car & Truck Show Historic Havelock – 62nd & Havelock http://www.hoofbeatoflincoln.com/#!havelock-show/cmwv

9/17 9:30-2:30 p.m. Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

9/17 2:30 p.m. UNL Football vs. Oregon Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

9/16 7:30 p.m. New World Symphony, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Lied Center http://lincolnsymphony.org/

9/18 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Welcome Home Hannah Huston with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Lied Center for Performing Arts http://lincolnsymphony.org/

9/18 1-4:30 p.m. 2016 Architect’s Home Tour http://architecturalfoundation.org/projects/2012-afn-and-aia-lincoln-architects-home-tour/

9/18 8:45 a.m. 2016 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Pioneers Park http://support.zerocancer.org/site/TR?fr_id=1087&pg=entry

9/18 8 a.m. Last Blast Lincoln Triathlon Branched Oak Lake http://www.ymcalincoln.org/LincolnTri

9/18 4-7 p.m. Tastes in the Tallgrass Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/tastes-tallgrass-0

9/22 5:30-8:30 p.m. Discovering the Future Gala Cornhusker Marriott Cornhusker Hotel https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/CenterPointe/gala.html

9/22 4-7 p.m. FREE String Beans Bedtime CD Release Pajama Party! International Quilt Study Center & Museum https://www.facebook.com/events/1649852691999488/

9/23-9/25 see website for times DK Gold Cup Championship Final – NC(North Central) Star City BMX 101 Charleston St

http://usabmx.com/site/bmx_races?filter_state=0&past_only=0&goldcup=1&section_id=24&category=&series=&series_race_type=&year=0&state=NE

9/23-9/25, 9/29-9/30, and 10/1-10/2  7:30 p.m. fri & sat, 2 p.m. sun  My Fair Lady Lincoln community Playhouse http://www.lincolnplayhouse.com/

9/23 6-8:30 p.m. Mystery on the Prairie Pioneer Park Nature Center https://lnknaturecenterorg.presencehost.net/what-we-do/events.html/event/2016/09/23/mystery-on-the-prairie/117073

9/23 6:30-8:30 p.m. Princess Power Lincoln Children’s Museum http://www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org/

9/24 -9/25 10a.m.-6p.m. Sat, 10a.m.-5p.m. Sun, 16th Annual Lincoln Arts Festival SouthPointe Pavillions Shopping Center http://artscene.org/

9/24 9a.m.-1p.m. 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection 4021 N 56th St http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/environ/Waste/HHazWaste.htm

9/24 Bike MS: Nebraska Ride 2016 see web site for details http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=27079&pg=informational&sid=13240

9/24 8-10 a.m. Breakfast with the Penguins Lincoln Children’s Zoo http://www.lincolnzoo.org/

9/24 9a.m.-12p.m. Kids’s Catch-A-Cop Fun Run and 5k Foot Pursuit Mahoney Park 3600 N 70th St http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/events.htm

9/25 7p.m. doors open, 8p.m. show, Steve Martin & Martin Short   Pinewood Bowl Theater http://www.pinewoodbowltheater.com/

9/27 7:30p.m. E.N. Thompson Forum: Sonia Nazario – Immigrants & Refugees Lied Center http://www.liedcenter.org/event/en-thompson-forum-sonia-nazario-immigrants-refugees

9/28 7:30p.m. Sounds of China Lied Center http://www.liedcenter.org/event/sounds-china

9/30 7:30p.m. Idina Menzel Lied Center http://www.liedcenter.org/event/idina-menzel

Ongoing September sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

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

Ongoing Farmers’ Markets

Sept 6 -Oct. Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. F Street Neighborhood Farmers’ Market 1302 F St. (church parking lot) https://www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

Sept 7-Oct 8 Wednesdays 3.-6:30 p.m. Havelock Farmers’ Market 6220 Havelock Ave http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87341-havelock-farmers-market

Sept 1-Sept 29. Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fallbrook Farmers’ Market http://www.fallbrookfarmersmarket.com/

Sept 3-Oct. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

Sept 4 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

Family fun at Pioneers Park Nature Center

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Lincoln is full of fun and festive parks to spend an afternoon, but none are quite as diverse as the Pioneers Park Nature Center. In their own words, Pioneers Park has “668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream.” Protected grasslands, Nebraska native wildlife, and natural beauty expand as far as the eye can see. Consider just a few of the wonderful perks this fascinating park has to offer.

The Nature Center Trails: The Pioneers Park Nature Center has been adding acres upon acres of grassland and trails to its park since 1963. Tour guides are happy to take you through the various trails and point out the wildlife along the way. An adventurous bridge offers a lovely view of the Pioneer’s Park stream, and beyond that there are seemingly endless trails that could easily fill an entire afternoon, either alone or with friends and family. You can also admire the rehabilitated animals, like owls, hawks, and various birds, all safely housed in cages.

Buffalo Wildlife: Who isn’t completely enamored with the gentle beast that is the Nebraska buffalo? Not gentle enough to feed or pet, but you can spend quite a bit of time just enjoying their majestic presence. Elk are housed nearby, and even if you aren’t a self-proclaimed animal lover, it’s hard not to be fascinated with these creatures. If you’d like to get a little more up close and personal, head on over to the water fowl feeding area. Geese are anxious for a good meal provided by you, and if you’re lucky a painted turtle or snapping turtle might enjoy your snack as well.

Pinewood Bowl: Whichever sort of arts you enjoy, the Pinewood Bowl has you covered. Comedians, artists, shows, and musicians frequent this outdoor amphitheater during the summer for a relaxing atmosphere and great entertainment. All you need is a comfy blanket and some great company to enjoy the evening, entertaining, and the beauty of a Nebraska evening.

Play Equipment: Of course, every park needs a slide. Pioneers Park offers a large play area with slides, swings, and various play equipment for all ages. Best of all? You can wrap up the playground fun with a quick hike over to the iconic Native American Statue. It’s a small hill to climb, but totally worth the historical art at the top.

Rental Areas for Parties: Rent a picnic area for your next birthday party or family reunion and enjoy everything Pioneers Park has to offer. Grills, covered picnic tables, and every perk of this 668 park makes for an epic get-together. Just make sure to call ahead for a reservation.

Day Camps: Pioneers Park preschools and day camps are “a place where it’s ok to get a little dirty.” And there’s no harm in a little dirt. Little ones love to be immersed in nature, but with the Pioneers Park children’s program, they’re also immersed in knowledge. Take a look at the different programs offered, and find the right one for your child to follow their passion.

http://lincoln.ne.gov/City/parks/naturecenter/index.htm

http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/camps.htm

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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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