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EASTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD Newsletter Celebrating the Unique Character of Eastridge

Holiday Edition 2019

Support Your Neighborhood If you’ve enjoyed any of this year’s events, such as the neighborhood cleanup, the plant exchange, free swim, or the Annual meeting, please support your neighborhood through your membership in the Eastridge Neighborhood Association. Your membership also supports the neighborhood newsletter, another way for us all to stay connected. Membership forms will be enclosed in the next edition in March. A small investment for a great neighborhood!

Eastridge Holiday Lights Drive The seventh annual Eastridge PTO Recycle Holiday Lights Drive began Friday, Nov. 15, on National Recycling Day. The drive runs through Jan. 5, 2020 at drop-off collection sites and through Jan. 15 at Eastridge Elementary School. Proceeds benefit the Eastridge Elementary School PTO and our environment. Lights will be collected and transported to Scrap Central Inc. in Omaha. Lights can be in working or non-working condition. Over the past six years, Eastridge Elementary PTO has diverted over 49,000 pounds of holiday lights from local landfills and raised over $18,000 due to these efforts. Ten percent of funds raised from recycled holiday lights will be donated to Lincoln Fire Fighters Operation Warm. Scrap Central Inc. will match the PTO donation to Operation Warm. For a list of collection sites please visit the Eastridge Facebook page for a link to a full list.

Save the date Saturday, April 4, 2020 is the UNL Big Event ( and the neighborhood cleanup will happen that day as well. Keep in mind the next newsletter can face delays when Winter ice prevents volunteers from being able to deliver to doorsteps. For information on Spring events or updates during the Winter please check online at our Facebook page:

Giving Thanks Thanksgiving in Eastridge was damp and cold but thankfully we are seeing some good weather before we head into Winter. And while we’re giving thanks, the Eastridge Neighborhood Association is very grateful to Eastmont, our business member, for generously printing our neighborhood newsletter. Thanks again, Eastmont! 1

Snow Removal Assistance There are two programs in Lincoln that may be able to help with snow removal and also opportunities for those willing to help out neighbors: Home Handyman The City of Lincoln’s Aging Partners organization offers handyman services to seniors who need help with maintenance work to keep their home safe and energy efficient. Costs are low and income based. Handyman Services provides simple home repairs and can also perform seasonal yard work, such as cleaning gutters, mowing, raking, and snow removal. If you need help, call 402-441-7070 and press 4 to request Handyman services. OR if you are an experienced handyman/woman who’d like to earn extra income by helping out other seniors, call Aging Partners at 402-441-7030 to sign up. Snow Angels is a volunteer network to help those physically unable to remove themselves and do not have friends or family to assist them. For a list of volunteers visit: or call the the Traffic Management Center 402-441-7644 during regular business hours. Anyone interested in volunteering can register at the website above.


Contact Melinda Stone to find out how Eastmont Towers can be the answer to all your senior living needs. 2

Sing • Dance • Act •  Performance training for all ages FREE Musical Theatre Troupe for ages 7–15 Questions? C h u r c h o f t h e H o l y Tr i n i t y 6001 A Street (402) 488-7139 Welcome to all worshippers! Sunday services: 8:00 am (spoken) 10:30 am (with music) 1:30 pm (in Dinka) Thursday service: 8:00 am (south door)

Everyone is Welcome!

2020 Winter Lecture Series The US and Latin America: Problems and Prospects The 2020 Winter Lecture Series will consist of six lectures presented on six successive Sundays from February 9 to March 15. All activities will be at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street. Each Sunday session will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM, with the one-hour lecture followed by a brief refreshment period and then an audiencedriven Q&A. The lectures are free and open to the public and parking is available. Note: In case of inclement weather a cancellation will be posted on the front page of the Unitarian Church website and announced on KOLN-TV (channel 10/11) and KFOR radio (1240 AM).

Schedule February 9  Professor Tim Borstelmann, History, UNL US Diplomatic History in the Western Hemisphere: From the Monroe Doctrine to our time February 16  Prof. Jonathan Hiskey, Political Science, Vanderbilt University: Central America and the Decision to Emigrate: Root Causes and Elusive Solutions February 23  Prof. Sergio Wals, Political Science, UNL: Mexico Yesterday and Today: Democratic Change and Transnational Challenges March 1  Prof. Kelly Bauer, Political Science, Nebraska Wesleyan: South American Indigenous Peoples: Challenges and Opportunities March 8  Prof. Courtney Hillebrecht, Political Science, UNL: Why States turn Right: The Case of Brazil March 15  Prof. William Aviles, Chair, Political Science, UNK: Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and the Persistence of Authoritarianism


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Eastridge Presbyterian Peace Light There is a Grotto under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where oil lamps have been continuously lit for over 1,000 years. Since 1986, a child from Austria has been chosen to fetch the Peace Light from one of these lamps. The flame is used to light two blast proof miners lamps, originally designed to be used in coal mines.

Spreading the Light of Peace Across the World The lit lamps are carried aboard an Austrian Airlines jet to Vienna. Scouts and other interested people gather in Vienna to light their lamps from the Peace Light flame carried from Bethlehem. They in turn pass the Peace Light flame from lamp to lamp, spreading it across Europe as far north as the northern edge of Norway, and as far east as Moscow. Austrian Airlines the brings Peace Light flame to JFK airport in New York City where scouts meet the plane and light their lamps spreading the Peace Light across the continent. The Peace Light will be coming to Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited to a short Advent service where they can receive the Peace Light. Please bring a lantern if you would like to take the Peace Light home. The best way to carry the Peace Light flame is with a lantern fueled with smokeless paraffin oil. A design for a lantern carrier can be found at

Piedmont’s Winter Wonderland


Upcoming Holiday Events Eastridge Presbyterian | 1135 Eastridge Dr. Dec. 12, 6:30 PM  Arrival of Bethlehem Peace Light during Advent Worship Dec. 13, 7:00 PM  Trailblazers Caroling & White Elephant Gift Exchange Dec. 15 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM  Worship, Bethlehem Peace Light available (and on request) Eastridge Presbyterian Women Cookie Sale Dec. 18 6:00 PM  Advent Worship (pizza supper at 6:00 pm, worship following) Dec. 24 5:00 PM  Candlelight Worship (Children’s Christmas program) 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM  Candlelight Worship First Covenant | 6024 L St. Dec. 15, 10:30 AM  Advent Celebration 6:00 PM  Cookies and Carols Dec. 22, 10:30 AM  Spontaneous Nativity for all ages Dec. 24, 6:00 PM  Family candlelight worship There will be no Sunday School on Dec. 1st, 22nd, or 29th We will have Children’s Worship on Dec. 8th

Unitarian Church of Lincoln | 6300 A St. Dec. 19, 7:00 PM  Winter Solstice service Dec. 22, 10:00 AM  Hanukkah “Miracles of Oil” Dec. 24, 5:00 PM  Christmas Eve family service Church of the Holy Trinity | 6001 A St. Dec. 24, 5:30 PM  Special Family Holy Eucharist 10:00 PM  Festive Holy Eucharist with choir and bells Dec. 25, 9:30 AM  Spoken Holy Eucharist Eastridge Elementary/PTO Dec. 10, 6:30 PM  Winter Music Concert

when Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM where Shoppes at Piedmont | 1265 S. Cotner Blvd.

The Shoppes at Piedmont Dec. 21, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM  Winter Wonderland with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus are only $8 each and there will be free cookies, cider, and hot chocolate available. After your photo, wander the shops and get little gifts and surprises inside participating retailers.

Gateway Mall Dec. 13, 6:00 PM  Photo opp: Grinch takeover Visit for many other holiday December events, including dance, concerts, and opportunities for giving

We’re Your Neighborhood Brewery! Located in the old Laser Quest at

6800 P Street, #300

Bring in this newsletter for anytime happy hour pricing! *Limit one per guest *This offer does not expire

Bring in this newsletter for anytime Happy Hour pricing!

For residential and commercial construction—new, remodel, and repair, call Brett Jones at 402-310-2469.

B & B HOMES TH E EAST RI D GE NE W SL E T T E R If you have articles of interest for the newsletter, or wish to put an event on the neighborhood calendar, please email your

8330 S 57th St Lincoln, NE 68516



articles and requests to Articles are published at the discretion of the Eastridge Neighborhood Association Board. Articles may be edited for content and length. 2020 Newsletter deadlines, upcoming issues:

February 21 (March edition)

To advertise in the newsletter, contact: Bob Mitchell: • BLOWER DOOR TESTING • THERMAL IMAGING • INSULATION • AIR SEALING • DUCT SEALING

Contact Michael J. Ballard, owner, certified LES Sustainable Energy Program participating contractor for many of your home repair needs.

Eastridge Neighborhood Association

P.O. Box 5652 Lincoln NE 68505-5652 president: Jenni Watson, 785-341-6125,

vice president: Ann Powers, secretary: Jessica Seberger, treasurer: Bob Mitchell, board, mayor ’ s roundtable rep: Karen Dienstbier, board, newsletter editor: Nathan Putens,

Contact Kris Mortensen for full service lawn care, doggone it! 5

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Holiday Edition 2019 | Eastridge Neighborhood Newsletter  

Celebrating the Unique Character of Eastridge

Holiday Edition 2019 | Eastridge Neighborhood Newsletter  

Celebrating the Unique Character of Eastridge

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