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This is our back-to-school and Halloween issue so be sure to check out all the great articles sent in to us by our wonderful local “submitters of articles”. A quick congratulations goes to our front cover artist Andy Kwarcinski of AshlandFinishing the Berry Greenwood Sanctuary in April Middle School. elcome to Also many the fall Enjoying the thanks to 2012 edifruits of my labor in July Carlos and tion of Lincoln Kids! Regina at the Lux center for newspaper. Apparently the publisher, me, does not know how sharing Andy’s Summer Art to count. In the Masthead (front Camp clay piece with us. Also, page title of the paper) for the congratulations to Mary Jo at spring and summer editions we Lincoln’s own LearningRX for stated that this was our 18th being voted four years in a row year. Actually it is our 19th. Best of Lincoln in Education This means that next year we Services by the US Commerce will have been publishing our Dept. This puts them in the top family newspaper for 20 years. 1% in the country! Apparently It also means that after next the Lincoln Children’s Zoo is year I will have run out of fin- setting all kinds of attendance gers and toes to count so I will records and the Lincoln be forced to resort to some other Children’s Museum is packing means of doing mathematical them in with their new exhibits. Thank you also to Beth who equations.

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slugs through our Calendar of Events section issue after issue searching out all those nifty family related goings-on for all you fine folks. Be sure to check out the Halloween section with the many of the wonderful pumpkin patches and kid-safe Halloween activities to choose from. If you kids like to color have fun on page 26, which is the Goodwill Industries coloring page. If you get a chance to join the ARTS ARE BASIC people in the tour of the Duncan art collection I highly recommend doing so. See their article on page 38. There is so much good stuff in this issue it boggles the mind! Next issue is our winter issue which comes out November 1st

My name is Andy Kwarcinski. I am 10 years old, but will be turning 11 soon. I have a brother named Kyle and a sister named Emily. My parents names are Lisa and Mike. We have 2 birds named Harry and Luke, 2 dogs named Gretzky and Lemieux, 1 cat named Zoey and a beta fish named Pascal. We live in the country and I am going into 6th grade at the Ashland-Greenwood Middle School. My favorite sport is soccer. I usually play goalie and defense, but sometimes I play offense because I like to score Andy Kwarcinski goals too. I made the clay mask at Art Camp at the Lux Center this summer. This was my first year at art camp. It was a lot of fun. I love to do art projects and also scrapbook with my Mom, Aunt, and Grandma.

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and runs through January, so if you are thinking about submitting any poems or artwork think about Thanksgiving, Nebraska Football, Christmas and New Years. Right now, while I am putting the final touches on the fall issue, it is hovering around 104 degrees outside. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for jacket weather! So from the gianormous staff at Lincoln Kids! (2) we hope you find value as well as enjoyment from our paper. Thank you.

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Nurturing the Power of Play By Miss Emily, Education Department Manager at Lincoln Children’s Museum t 5:30 p.m. on a Monday, I was stopped at a light waiting for it to turn green. As I watched the other drivers, I spotted a mother and her teenage son in a nearby car. I only saw them for a split second, but it was long enough to see a pretty great sight. As they turned the corner to continue on to where they were going, they were laughing. His head was tilted back and his mouth wide open. His mother drove with her hands clenched tight around the steering wheel, her face curved in amusement. Her eyes were bent in such a way that it was obvious they had just shared something that struck them as uncontrollably humorous. It was a pretty great moment. It made me mentally pause for a second during the most tired part of my day and smile.

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Oftentimes I walk throughout the Museum to hear that it too is filled with laughter—an outpouring medley of play. The power of that sound—and the power of the play it represents—is not lost on anyone. Grown-ups and “still growingups” alike need to play. It is necessary. As adults we play to relax or regroup. As children we play to grow and learn. It serves an invaluable purpose for all who delight in it. As parents, we have the power to take everyday moments and allow for the learning behind play to become a time to grow: taking a walk can become a chance to point out colors; having a snack can give us the opportunity to learn numbers as we count out raisins; feeding the family pet can be the inspiration for a homemade song. Each day gives us a multitude of moments to play and enjoy the time with our children. It’s not only important, but rewarding to

make the most of these magical moments with our little ones. I recently had a mother of two tell me she had one of her most memorable experiences during a visit to the museum. Her daughter, age 3, and son, age 5, were busily collecting apples in the orchard of the Farm Exhibit. As children often do, the little boy was having fun tossing the apples into the air. On one toss, an apple got stuck beyond either child’s reach. Mom could have simply grabbed the apple, but instead, she watched as her children contemplated how to retrieve it. They discussed how, if they were birds like the ones they saw in another exhibit, they would just get the apple that way. And just like that, the mother flipped on her “power of play switch.” She swooped high above the trees and plucked the apple from its resting place. She dropped it back to the youngsters below and her children errupted with joy.

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They thought it was hysterical. It was fun for them to see their mom enjoy that moment of whimsical silliness and transform herself into another creature. Together, the three of them solved the problem and “rescued” the apple. There’s great power in this important act. Later in life, those playful behaviors prove invaluable. They often translate into creative solutions and ingenuity, so smile. Enjoy one another. Be silly. Grow. Change. Reorganize your priorities. Practice becoming the parent you dreamed you’d be or improve the one you already are. Slow down and play. Nurture that place in all of us that finds its way to the surface, whether it’s through make-believe characters on the floor of the museum or in a shared joke on the ride home at 5:30 on a Monday evening.

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Pet Tips For A Safe Howl-O-Ween By Pat Williams, Director of Volunteers & Community Partners

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f you get the willies when ghosts and goblins come knocking at your door on Halloween, imagine how frightened your unsuspecting pet could be. Constant knocks and doorbells can be very stressful on pets, sometimes leading to panic. The best place for pets on this holiday is a safe, quiet spot out of the way of the activities and the front door that is opening and closing frequently. As creatures of habit, pets depend on daily routines and some can become very agitated when those routines are changed. For their comfort and safety, the best thing you can do is keep them away from the evening’s activities. Here are some easy ways to ensure a safe and happy Halloween: Be sure all pets (including

indoor only cats) are wearing collars with ID tags if they are indoors. Keep pets indoors away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. Hide the candy; it can be harmful to pets. Chocolate can be very toxic. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement

or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury. Lighted candles can be very dangerous, but other Halloween decorations are no treats for your pet or neighborhood wildlife: Hang dangling decorations up high to keep your pets safe from

getting entangled. Keep floors clear of items that may end up as your pet’s new chew toy and a choking hazard. Avoid using fake cob webs. Indoors they can be a threat to pets, cats especially, who may swallow them. Outdoors they may affect wildlife, especially small birds becoming entangled in the webbing. Immediately remove any decorations an animal could get their head into such as plastic pumpkins or skulls. They are attractive to wildlife such as deer or raccoon who may think there is food inside and end up stuck on their heads endangering their lives. Nocturnal critters such as raccoons, opossums, and foxes wake up and venture out for food, and Halloween night is no exception. Wild animals are just that – wild – so never approach one. Capital Humane Society 2320 Park Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68502

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Nebraska Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has new income guidelines. A Nebraska family of four with a gross annual income at or below $42,643 per year can now qualify for WIC services. Individuals receiving assistance Kids Connection, Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) or Aid for Dependent Children are automatically eligible for the WIC program. The WIC program provides healthy food at no cost to help keep pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five healthy and strong.Mothers, fathers, guardians or foster parents may apply for WIC benefits for their children.If you are eligible, you will receive checks to buy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice, tortillas, milk and soy milk, dried or canned beans, whole grain cereals, peanut butter, juice, and baby foods.In addition, WIC provides breastfeeding support and nutrition information on issues such as helping children and families make healthy food choices and preparing healthy family meals.The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department WIC program can be reached at (402) 441-6200 or on the web at http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/dental/clincwic.htm.

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Recipes for Creativity: Art Activities for Home and at the LUX By Regina Flowers, Education Director, LUX Center for the Arts

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ummer may be winding down, but there is still time to get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts. Take your creativity outside with these fun recipes for sidewalk paint and bubble prints that you can do at home and with your family.

Sidewalk Paint Materials Needed: ¼ c. cornstarch ¼ c. water Food coloring Paintbrushes Instructions: In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and cold water. Stir in as many drops of food coloring as you need to achieve your desired color. Repeat this process for each paint color. Use a paint-

brush to make fun designs on the sidewalk or driveway. To wash the paint off, simply spray the area with water.

Bubble Prints Materials Needed: Tempera paint Liquid dish soap Paper Drinking straws Instructions: Stir together ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons paint, and 1 tablespoon dish soap; pour into a shallow dish, such as a pie pan. Place one end of a straw in the paint/ soap mixture and gently blow to make bubbles. Make sure to only blow air out of the straw! Blow until the bubbles are almost over the edge of the pan. Place a piece of paper on top of the bubbles and hold it in place until several bubbles have popped and transferred

their shape onto the paper. When dry, feel free to add drawings on top of your bubble prints. Once you have tried these activities, join us at the LUX—we can show you and your children other ways to get creative. Our fall classes start August 25 and contain new offerings for both youth and adults. Elementary students can try Clay-ology, a new clay class centered on the elements and principles of art, and middle school students can experience the relationship between drawing and printmaking in our new Draw+Print class. For students

who have mastered our Drawing 101 and Tweens on Wheels, we now offer classes that expand on their skills in our new Drawing 102 and Tweens on Wheels 2. The fall season also marks the return of our popular Carved JackO-Lantern family workshops offered every Saturday afternoon between September 29 and October 20. Feel free to bring the whole family. Each person can carve their own ceramic pumpkin and decorate it with our vibrant glazes—the scare factor is up to you! Register for classes online at luxcenter.org or call us at (402) 466-8692. LUX Center for the Arts is located in historic University Place at 2601 N. 48th at the corner of 48th and Baldwin in north Lincoln. Free parking available. For information contact Regina Flowers, Education Director at regina@luxcenter.org.

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Fall Classes Clay-ology for Ages 5-9 NEW CLASS Learn a new way to create with clay! Using pinching, coil building, and slab rolling techniques, we will make pots your child can use and sculptures you can display, while learning about the principles and elements of art. Sat., Aug. 25-Sept. 22, 3-4:30pm (no class Sept. 1) Sat., Nov. 10-Dec. 8, 1-2:30pm (no class Nov. 24) Tuition: $52 LUX members (non-members $65)

Carved Ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns Carve and sculpt your own clay jack-o-lantern. Make scary, funny, or quirky faces, then finish the pieces with colorful glazes. Pumpkins will be fired and ready for pick XSWKH:HGQHVGD\IROORZLQJHDFKFODVV¬ Appropriate for all ages.

Making Art with the Masters for Ages 5-9 Study the artworks of master artists such as Picasso, Seurat, Van Gogh, and O’Keeffe, and create pieces inspired by their techniques. Acrylic paint, tempera, and watercolors are explored. Works are done on wood panel, canvas, or paper. A new artist is discussed each week. Sat., Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 3-4:30pm Tuition: $52 LUX members (non-members $65)

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, and 20 from 3-4:30pm Tuition: $16 for 1 adult and 1 child, $8 each additional person

Draw + Print for Ages 10-13 NEW CLASS Students will tackle basic drawing skills and use them in combination with relief and screenprinting processes to make reproducible prints and one-of-aNLQGGUDZLQJV¬ Sat., Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 10-11:30am $52 LUX members (non-members $65) Teaching

art to the community for 25 years! Go to www.luxcenter.org to see a list of classes and register online.


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Biggest Celebration Ever at the Zoo by Ryan Gross, Director of Strategic Communications Lincoln Children's Zoo

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he Lincoln Children’s Zoo is on pace for a record attendance year in 2012. The zoo, which is in its 47th year of operation, has had over 90,000 visitors since opening for the 2012 season on April 14. Currently the zoo has had 21% higher attendance in 2012 then 2011 and is expected to surpass 190,000 visitors for the year. The zoo’s attendance success is attributed to many factors, President and CEO, John Chapo said. “Everything from the addition of new animals, baby animals, and themed areas to our guests telling their friends and family has made this year so special so we want to zoolabrate,” Chapo said. To celebrate the attendance suc-

cess, the zoo will be thanking its members and guests through a promotion called the “Biggest Celebration Ever.” During this promotion the zoo will give out 1,000 free gifts from July 18 through September 30 of this year. Each day a select number of guests will be chosen at random and receive an envelope which contains a variety of gifts from the zoo. The gifts will include everything from ice cream cone certificates to the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour. “We are excited to have the opportunity to thank all of the people who have made this year so amazing,” Chapo said. Gifts include: ice cream cones, sodas, Safari Cafe meals, train and horse ride tickets, memberships, and more.

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he Nebraska Humanities Council is funding this year’s “America of the Homestead Act” Campfire Program. It is part of the Homestead National Monument’s ongoing commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act of 1862. The remaining campfire programs will be presented on the following three Saturdays, August 4 to August 18, starting at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and insect repellant for comfort. All Campfire Programs

are hosted at the monument’s Education Center. In case of inclement weather the programs will be held inside. (The asterisked program will be indoors due to the nature of the presenter’s visual aids.) Campfire Program Series Dates and Programs are: August 4: “Photographing the American Dream” John E. Carter, Humanities Scholar; Music Program to be announced August 11:“African-American Homesteaders and Cowboys of Nebraska”* Vicki Troxel Harris, Humanities Scholar; Music Program by John Bstandig August 18: “Lifestyles of Lakota Women” Phyllis R. Stone, Humanities Scholar, Music program by Jeremy Hutson For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit nps.gov/home/index.htm.

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Kids in the Kitchen with Grandma (Lois)Noble Sharing Recipes With Friends & Family Fall is... Colorful leaves drifting slowly to the ground as trees sway in the autumn winds.

Trudi’s Gingerbread Cream Cheese Dip from Trudi Thompson, New Hampshire 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 c. powdered sugar 3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed gingerbread cookies Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add spice. Stir in Cool Whip. Dip cookies and enjoy! Trudi also likes to make this recipe to use as a frosting on fresh gingerbread.

Melissa’s Apple Tarts from Melissa Baker, Lincoln Frozen puff pastry Applesauce (to taste) Apples Cinnamon (to taste) Unroll frozen puff pastry onto a baking sheet. Spread layer of applesauce on puff pastry. Slice an apple and place apple slices side by side on top of applesauce. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Bake at 350˚ for approximately 10 minutes, or to desired brownness.

Grandpa’s Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 box of your favorite cake mix 1/2 c. water 2 eggs 1/3 c. vegetable oil 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips Combine ingredients until they are well mixed. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Page 8 • lincolnkidsinc.com

Space cookies 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet to bake. Bake in 350˚ oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool. Kitchen Secret: Don’t look at a recipe and decide it is too much work. Look at it and think about ways you can use a prepared food. or mix to replace part of the recipe ingredients.

Grandma’s Breakfast Treats 1-6 oz. container Yoplait Greek 2 X protein Lime Yogurt, or your favorite yogurt 1 T. Malt O Meal Oat Blenders with Honey and Almonds, or your favorite crunchy dry cereal 1 T. of dried cranberries, or your favorite dried fruit Combine all ingredients in cereal dish and enjoy. It is also a good idea for a light lunch. Makes one serving.

Chocolate Haystacks A Western Nebraska favorite. 1-16 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate morsels 1 can Chow Mien noodles 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts Use microwave safe dish to melt chocolate in microwave. When melted, add Chow Mien noodles and nuts to melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets to cool. Thought from the National Acts of Kindness Foundation ... “When we express kindness wherever we go, we find that our lives are happier.”

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten‌ by Gwelda Carlson, NDA Board Member, past president, Nebraska Dyslexia Association

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indergarten IS a big deal and expectations for today’s kindergarten children are high. Four areas of development are essential for kindergarten success: 1) Social/Emotional Development Does the child have a sense of self? Can he recognize his own feelings and manage them appropriately? Is he responsible for his own well being? Can he follow routines and rules? Does he play well with other children and recognize and respond appropriately to the feelings of others? 2) Physical Development Does the child demonstrate basic gross motor skills (running, jumping, hopping, throwing, and catching)? Does she coordinate eye-hand movement and control

the small muscles in hands when writing, drawing and cutting? 3) Cognitive Development Does the child problem solve, approach problems with curiosity and explore cause and effect? Can she classify objects, show awareness of time and concepts, use numbers and counting, and recognize basic colors and shapes? Can she take on pretend roles and make believe with objects? 4) Language Development Does the child hear and discriminate the sounds of language? Can she understand and follow oral directions, ask and answer questions, and actively participate in conversation? Does he demonstrate an understanding of print concepts and have knowledge of the alphabet? Does he comprehend and interpret meaning from books and texts read to him? Does he understand the purpose of writing? Can he recognize his own name?

Can he write letters or words? The Nebraska D y s l e x i a Association and Dimensions Early Education Programs @ First-Plymouth will host “Getting Ready for Kindergarten—Tools for Early Childhood Success� for parents/grandparents of preschool/kindergarten children, daycare providers and educators on August 27th, 7-9 p.m. at FirstPlymouth Congregational Church, 20th & D. Plan to attend. The workshop is FREE. For details, call 402-423-4490. Childcare will be provided. Are you concerned about your preschool or school-age child’s success in school? The Nebraska Dyslexia Association will provide FREE age-appropriate screening in conjunction with the Clinic with a

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“Getting Ready for Kindergarten—Tools for Early Childhood Success August 27 • 7-9pm First-Plymouth Congregational Church at 20th & D Sts. Heart physicals on Saturday, August 18th and 25th sponsored by Southwood Lutheran Church. The Nebraska Dyslexia Association is a non-profit organization, providing information and support to parents and the public on reading problems as well as striving to improve educational opportunities for students with reading, writing and spelling deficits. For more information, contact the NDA: www.ne.da.org or 402-434-6434.

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Learn How to Join 4-H at Oct. 4 Kick Off by Vicki Jedlicka, Publication and Media Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County

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ancaster County youth and their families are invited to discover 4-H at the 4-H Kick Off Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. at the Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road in Lincoln. 4-H staff will present an overview of 4-H and current 4-H members will showcase their projects. There also be prizes and fun! The University of NebraskaLincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is open to all youth ages 5-18. Through learn-

ing-by-doing, youth gain practical skills and develop life skills. In Lancaster County, there are four ways to get involved: • Help form a new 4-H club • Be an independent member • Join an existing 4-H club (limited availability) • Participate in 4-H activities such as camps

Currently, there are more youth wanting to be in 4-H clubs than there are clubs. Families are encouraged to help organize a new club – which is a lot easier than you may think! Clubs range from 5 to 50 members and are led (or co-led) by club leaders – often club members’ parents. Parents are encouraged to attend meetings. Age-appropriate project manuals are written by experts. Most project manuals have accompanying leader guides. In most clubs, members complete several projects a year. Some 4-H clubs focus on one particular project area, such as rabbits. Many youth choose to showcase their projects at county

and state fairs. Nebraska 4-H offers many exciting projects in eight areas: • Animal Science • Communication & Expressive Arts • Family & Consumer Science • Environmental Education & Earth Sciences • Healthy Lifestyles Education • Leadership & Citizenship • Plant Science • Science & Technology For information, call 402-4417180 or go to lancaster.unl.edu/4h

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elf-expression doesn’t always come easy for children with special needs, but one form of communication can help transcend all barriers – art. After a year of nurturing the creative spirits of special-needs children, Lincoln’s Art Planet is moving into a customized location, ideal for serving the specific needs of individual students. Art Planet is the creation of artist and educator, Tamara Weber, who holds a Master of Education in Special Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The new home studio is

designed to help students gain social skills, develop independence, and, of course, create their very own works of art. “Our new location provides a very warm, welcoming atmosphere for students to learn and create,” says Weber. “They can take some ownership, and feel comfortable knowing they belong.” According to Weber, because creativity is essential in life, the goal of Art Planet is to make art accessible to everyone. In addition to serving those with special needs, Weber offers classes for preschoolers, home schoolers, elementary-aged students, teens,

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adults, families, and organizations that want to find a creative outlet for group activities. “It’s freeing to develop new methods of teaching traditional concepts,” Weber says of leading a pottery class for the visually impaired. “There are truly no limitations when it comes to participating in the artistic process, and enjoying it.” To foster the artistic experience, Art Planet students can participate in making art for others, community service projects, and weekend

family art classes. Weber draws from a diverse range of other disciplines, including science, cooking, and literature. She also utilizes a variety of media, from paint, to clay, to recycled junk. More class information, including Art Planet’s fall schedule, can be found at ArtPlanetLincoln.com. Weber has 14 years of experience in education and a lifetime of experience making art. She has three children, ages 4, 7, and 12, and is constantly looking for new ways to create art using fresh and innovative ideas. For more information contact Tamara Weber at 402-610-2295.


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Snakes are Slimy, Vultures are Dirty, and Owls are Spooky by Becky Seth, former Naturalist, Pioneers Park, from fall 2005

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re snakes slimy and vultures dirty? What do you think? It seems as though a lot of people think of some animals as bad or scary without really knowing the facts about them. Although some animals can be harmful to humans it’s good to find out about their lives and judge for yourself. Snakes are covered with scales made of keratin, the same material that makes up our fingernails and hair, or a bird’s feathers. They are not slimy, but many are smooth, and if they are in a cold place, feel cool to the touch. Like all animals except birds and mammals, snakes cannot control their body temperature internally and are as cold or hot as the air around them. Although they can startle us when we are outside, they really can’t move very fast, most can’t travel faster than 6 mph. But because of the wavy way they move and because their narrow body shape can get through dense growth, they appear to move quickly. Many people are afraid of getting bitten by a snake. Most snakes are not aggressive and try to get away from people if they can. After all, we are much too large for them to eat and big enough to do them harm. They WILL defend themselves if they feel threatened, but few snakes are poisonous even if they do bite. In

Nebraska, we have about 30 different kinds of snakes and of those only 4 are poisonous. We have quite a few prairie rattlesnakes in the western part of the state, but the copperhead, timber rattlesnake, and massasauga have a small range and are quite rare. In fact, snakes do humans a favor by keeping small rodent populations under control. If you would like to see some of Nebraska’s snakes, and even touch one, come to the Nature Center. We have 3 Great Plains rat snakes, a black rat snake, a fox snake, and two bullsnakes on exhibit. Many people consider vultures dirty because they eat dead things. If you think about it, that capability is pretty amazing. Because they have powerful digestive acids that destroy most bacteria and viruses, they can eat food that would kill most other creatures and clean up material that could spread disease. A vulture’s bare red head is not particularly beautiful to our eyes, but it avoids the potential health problems caused by blood and guts getting trapped in feathers. Like most birds, vultures spend a lot of time preening – cleaning and repairing their feathers with their bill. Because they are very social birds they even have other birds around to help them preen hard-to-reach feathers! And they enjoy taking

baths and then spread their wings to dry off in the sun. It IS true that when upset, vultures may vomit – and it smells terrible! During the summer you can see groups of vultures soaring in the sky, their wings held in a V. We have several vultures on exhibit. If you are lucky they may spread their wings when you visit them and you can check out their 72 inch wingspan. Are owls spooky? Well, most of them hunt at night, and their calls can sound a bit creepy, but they are amazing birds. They have fringed feathers so they can fly quietly. That’s important because the mice and other mammals they eat might run away if they heard them swooping down. We often hear that an owl can turn its head all the way around. That is not true, but it CAN turn its head further than most creatures because it has extra neck bones. An owl has 14 vertebrae while a human has only 7. These extra bones make it possible for an owl to turn its head about 270 degrees (a full circle would be 360). That’s a good thing because its eyes are fixed in their sockets and cannot move from side to side as ours can, so the owl must turn its whole head to look around. Several kinds of owls have tufts of feathers on the

top of their head. One kind is called great horned, and another long-eared, but the tufts aren’t horns or ears. They probably help their camouflage as they roost in trees during the daytime. An owl’s ears are on the side of their heads hidden among their feather, but are not straight across from each other. This helps them pinpoint sounds exactly. Even though an owl can see much better in the dark than we can, their good sense of hearing helps them find their prey. The Nature Center has two barred owls, two great horned owls, two screech owls and a barn owl on exhibit. They are all injured in some way and so cannot be released. The Nature Center has several other kinds of animals on exhibit so you can see them up close and learn about them. This year on October 5th is the Zombie Hayrack ride and on October 18, 19 and 20, skits along our Spooktacular trail will feature costumed critters exploring some of things that make our exhibit animals special and helping you separate fact from fiction. You’ll get a chance to meet some live animals and have popcorn and cider in front of a campfire. During the fall we offer hayrack rides too, and many other programs. Call 402-441-7895 to find out more.

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Back to School and Making New Friends by Robyn H. Friend, Ed.S, LMHP, Child & Family Therapist, Playing through Therapy

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s a new school year begins, many children anticipate all of the exciting experiences the first day brings. One of the biggest exhilarations is a classroom full of potential friends. However, for many children, making new friends can be a daunting task. There are typically three main reasons children struggle to make new friends: (1) not knowing how to start conversations or join groups, (2) difficulty relating to others, and/or (3) a fear of rejection. Luckily, making friends is a skill that children can develop, and parents can help them through this process. One of the best ways to develop friendship skills is through roleplay. In the comfort of your own home, practice different scenarios

that will prepare your child for when they happen in the real world. Begin with you playing the role of your child, and your child acting as the potential new friend. This allows you to show your son or daughter appropriate ways to approach and talk to others. Next, reverse the roles and give your child a chance to show you what s/he has learned. Practice different scenarios so your child builds confidence to talk to others in many circumstances. As with anything, repetition is the key. Take time to role-play often, so when your child faces these scenarios with his/ her peers, good responses and friendship building behaviors will come naturally. Knowing the three main reasons children struggle to make friends will help guide your role-plays. First, not knowing how to start conversations or join groups is the absolute biggest reason children

struggle to make new friends. This skill transcends childhood and is one of the most important skills you can help your child acquire. Teach proper introductions and how to start conversations. Practice utilizing these skills whenever possible. For example, if you run into a friend at the grocery store, try not to let your child hide behind you. Encourage him/her to introduce him or herself to your friend. Use every chance you have to help practice the skills s/he is developing. Second, if your child finds it difficult to relate to others, brainstorm together some likes and dislikes. Once you have a nice list, role-play conversations which help identify common interests between your child and a potential new friend. If your child has a difficult time thinking of interests, help him/her explore new and exciting hobbies. Start him/her in a new sport or club at school. These

are wonderful outlets for meeting new people, will help your child discover what excites him/her, and provide topics to talk about with new friends. Third and finally, if a fear of rejection is what hinders your child from making new friends, roleplay scenarios where s/he is rejected and provide helpful ways to respond. Unfortunately, you can’t shield your child from rejection, but you can help deal with it. Help your child to understand that not everyone will be a friend, and that is okay. By preparing your child for rejection, when it happens it won’t be as scary, and s/he will be confident and have the skills necessary to move on to find a different friend. Helping your children handle rejection is another great skill that goes beyond childhood and will be helpful to learn. (continued on next page)

Pioneers Park Nature Center

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Hayrack Rides

Animal Antics: Creepy Crawlies

Load up and head out on a wagon ride followed by a campfire with a live animal, stories and songs. Family, group & special event hayrack rides; Sept 14-Nov 10

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Tuesday, Oct 16, 10-11 a.m.

Owl Prowl: A Full Moon Hike

Spooktacular: The Fantastic Forest

Friday, Nov 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

The forest will come alive with animals, skits, songs, stories, snacks and a campfire. This kid-friendly event is the perfectly natural way to celebrate Halloween. Come in costume and join us for a fantastic evening in the woods.

Holiday Greenery Workshop

October 18, 19, 20; Every 15 minutes between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Register early for your choice of time.

Grandparent’s Nature Fun Day

Saturday, Nov 24, 10 a.m.-noon

Eagle Watching Trip Saturday, Dec 1, 7:30 a.m. -3 p.m.

Scout Programming Birthday Parties

Sunday, Sept 9, 2-4 p.m.

Hand in Hand begins Monday, Sept 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Beer, Brats and Birds Friday, Sept 28, 6-9 p.m. Join the Friends of PPNC for a fall fundraiser.

Behind the Scenes with Animals Monday, Oct 15, 3-4:30 p.m.

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Making Breastfeeding Affordable by Ann Seacrest, RN, IBCLC, Executive Director, MilkWorks, Lincoln’s Community Breastfeeding Center

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majority of mothers decide to breastfeed their new baby. Swayed by research and a desire for a healthy baby, over 75% of Nebraska mothers start breastfeeding in the hospital. However, by six months, less than 15% of Nebraska babies are exclusively breastfed, despite loud and vocal recommendations by medical and public health experts. What happens in between? A lot. Inconsistent information, lack of support, a return to the work force and concerns about privacy – to name just a few. In the very early days, many mothers stop because they don’t know where to get help – or how to pay for it.

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Overwhelmed by the cost of having a baby, mothers may be reluctant to pay for help, especially if they are not sure that breastfeeding will work for them. After all, “it didn’t work for my sister, or my best friend.� As of August 1, 2012, health care insurance plans will be required to phase in breastfeeding support and

Back to School continued Role-playing builds confidence and is a technique that is helpful for many life lessons, not just making friends. For example, it can prepare your child to stand up to a bully, escape a potentially dangerous stranger, get along with

a difficult sibling, and much more. By taking time to role-play with your child, you are teaching valuable skills that will help throughout life. Before long, you will have a confident child who finds making new friends as exhilarating as the first day of school.

breastfeeding pumps as part of the Affordable Health Care Act. Breastfeeding has been deemed an effective method of reducing health care costs and preventing illness. Insurance plans must now provide coverage to new mothers. Mothers have already been experiencing another impact of the Affordable Health Care Act in their work sites. In 2010, the Act required that employers provide private space and reasonable breaks for breastfeeding mothers. This provision has made it much easier for mothers to return to work and continue to breastfeed their babies.

Making breastfeeding help part of the services available to mothers will benefit all of us. Infant nutrition has been identified as a major factor in the health of our country. When breastfeeding help is affordable and we provide a supportive environment for mothers and babies, we take a step in the right direction to make health care more affordable for all of us. MilkWorks is a non-profit community breastfeeding center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Visit www.milkworks.org for more information on the services and programs at MilkWorks.

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Food Allergies Problems Getting Attention by Denise Mitchell, Nebraska Walk Chair/Coordinator, FAAN Walk for Food Allergy

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ith the number of food allergies growing, so is the amount of support from the community! In May 2012, Governor Dave Heineman signed the proclamation declaring Food Allergy Awareness Week in Nebraska beginning May 13th-19th. The signing of this allowed more education and awareness to be brought into the school systems for students and staff, as well as education for local businesses regarding the prevention of cross contamination. Education remains the single most important component of staying safe while living with food allergies. Attack on Asthma Nebraska and the Lincoln Salt Dogs hosted a game July 29th at Haymarket Park where no peanuts or items containing peanuts were sold. And August 1st, the Omaha Storm Chasers honored the Nebraska FAAN Walk for Food Allergy as the Community Organization of the Night, another game where no peanuts and/or peanut products were sold! Typically families avoid places like baseball stadiums because of the peanuts in the park. These games could have been their first ever games! October 14th marks the 4th annual Nebraska FAAN Walk for

Alexander the Elephant. The allergic mascot! Food Allergies. The walk will be held at Holmes Lake Park, checkin begins at 1:00 p.m. The walk begins at 2:00 p.m. You do not have to have food allergies to attend! It is a FREE family event for everyone. There will plenty of entertainment, such as a magician, face painting, local band, games & prizes, product samples from sponsors, as well as Alexander the Elephant-our allergic mascot! All pre-registered children will receive a free t-shirt. To register please visit foodallergywalk.org . Nellie Shreves, a freshman from Iowa, with no known food allergies, travels over 100 miles one way with her parents to attend the walk. When asked why she travels so far and why it means so much, she simply smiled and without

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hesitation responded, “Because my cousins have allergies. Just because you don’t have allergies doesn’t mean you can’t come. I want to show support and help raise awareness and money for those that do. I want to find a cure!” Like so many others, Nellie represents the reasons behind why we walk: We walk to fund food allergy awareness, advocacy, education and research programs. We walk to provide understanding, hope, and an opportunity for those affected by food allergies to network. We walk to save a life! Food allergy is a growing public health concern. As many as 15 million people have food allergies. Nearly 6 million of those affected are children. There are 8 common foods that account for 90% of all food allergic reactions: milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. There is no cure for food aller-

gies. Strict avoidance of food allergies, early recognition and management are important measures when preventing a reaction. To register for the Nebraska FAAN Walk for Food Allergies visit www.foodallergywalk.org Check us out on Facebook at Food Allergy Walk, Nebraska. And for any other questions regarding the walk, please contact Denise Mitchell at lincolnchair@foodallergy.org FAAN is a 501(3) non-profit organization. It is the most trusted source of information, programs and resources related to food allergies and anaphylaxis. Their mission is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. To get information regarding food allergies and new diagnosis, please contact 1-800-9294040. foodallergy.org Omaha Food Allergy Support Group (OFASG) A support group for parents of children with severe food allergy. For more information on the support group visit http://sites.google.com/site/ofasgne/ Attack On Asthma Nebraska: www.attackonasthma.org


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Have You Heard That... by Ben Sparks, Public Information Officer, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing www.ncdhh.ne.gov

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ne out of four young adults graduating high school will have measureable hearing loss? The United States Department of Health estimates that 8.6% of all Americans have a hearing loss. That would translate into 158,000 Nebraskans with a measureable hearing loss, almost enough to fill the Husker stadium twice. The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, NCDHH, is your state agency tasked to provide advocacy, communication access and information to enhance awareness and services for improving the quality of life for all who experience hearing loss. NCDHH has helped to improve

the lives of many Nebraskans through various programs and services. Some of the most popular are: our presentations on hearing loss and deafness; the Nebraska Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Program, NSTEP, which distributes free specialized telephones to Nebraskans with hearing losses; and our cooperative effort with the Lions and Sertoma clubs of Nebraska to refurbish and distribute hearing aids. NCDHH Field Representatives are trained and knowledgeable of the various facets of hearing loss and how it can impact the lives of Nebraskans of any age. As advocates, NCDHH can help foster an understanding between employer and employee, healthcare facility and patient, schools and parents and students, and family members. NCDHH is also home to Nebraska’s largest resource library

on the topic of deafness, hearing loss and sign language. We have a wide variety of DVDs and books covering subjects like sign language, ASL poetry, hearing aids and Deaf history. The current Executive Director, Dr. Peter Seiler, a retired educator and school administrator of 40 years, brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to help break

down communication barriers and enhance awareness of the needs and rights of those who have hearing losses. If you, a family member or friend have questions about hearing loss or deafness, we encourage you to check out our website at ncdhh.ne.gov or contact NCDHH at (800) 545-6244 or by email at ncdhh@nebraska.gov.

The Foster Care Closet serving kids birth through 18 yrs. of age, who are in the foster care system

When foster parents welcome children into their care they often come with only the clothes on their backs. The Foster Care Closet can be a great help to these families, especially if they have to purchase car seats, bed, diapers formula, etc. We have new and gently used clothes available for these situations. Foster care parents can receive up to five outfits, seven pairs of socks, seven pieces of underwear, three bras, and one pair of shoes. We also accept donations of either new or gently used clothing. Call 402-617-0667 to make an appointment to drop off donations (ask for Leigh).

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Why Children Should Learn a Second Language By Sarah Greenwood, Founder of the Language Project KIDSLincoln, NE

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peaking two languages has obvious benefits in today’s working world, but in recent years, research has begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are far more than simply being able to converse in another language. Being bilingual is good for the brain. It is proven to improve cognitive skills not related to language and can even enhance memory, shielding against dementia in old age. Where is this research coming from? It’s coming from abroad. In my personal experience, while living and working abroad, I was able to see the commonplace of bilingual education in other countries. There were varying methodologies, some better than others, but the one factor that stood true to all, was that these

countries start children learning a foreign language from a young age and in many cases, not just one language but two. For European parents learning a second language is a priority and language schools are available to help meet those goals of becoming bilingual in order to travel or do business. Coming from the U.S., where we wait until high school to introduce our children to a foreign language. I was interested in learning more about the research behind these “new” methods and found studies that show the best time to learn a foreign language is between birth and age 7, in what’s referred to as “the window of opportunity.” While we can all learn a foreign language, research shows it is easier for young children to learn a second language and, to add the cherry on top, boasts multiple cognitive benefits for the child.

Taking advantage of this window of opportunity by exposing your child to a second language when young allows a child to optimize his or her learning potential, helping to shape the brain at its most flexible stage. While new language learning is easiest by age 7, the ability markedly declines after puberty. “We’re seeing the brain as more plastic and ready to create new circuits before than after puberty,” according to Dr. Patricia Kuhl (Unraveling How Kids Become Bilingual So Easily, Associated Press). As an adult, “It’s a totally different process. You won’t learn it in the same way. You won’t become (as good as) a native speaker.” Young learners benefit from flexible ear and speech muscles that can still hear the differences between the sounds of a second language as well as reproduce them with native like quality. They learn naturally, building a second language system alongside, not through the first, whereas an adult learning a second language has to work through the established first language, studying numerous grammar rules and repeating pronunciation drills over and over. Research by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) shows that multi-linguals have enhanced memory, planning, and multi-tasking skills. When learning multiple languages young, the brain is

trained to attend to salient information and to disregard non-pertinent information, a skill that later supports better focus, memory, planning and multitasking abilities. Additionally, studies show that children who study a foreign language: • Show higher cognitive performance in overall basic skills in elementary school. • Exhibit better problem solving skills, enhanced spatial relations and heightened creativity. • Develop native like pronunciation • Perform strongly in school & on standardized tests Yet, some of the most valuable mental perks of bilingualism cannot be measured at all. To speak more than one language is to inherit a global consciousness that opens the mind to more than one culture or way of life. So if you can, get your kids in second language classes as early as possible. Every little bit you expose them to at the beginning will help them down the road. Give the gift of language, a gift that will last a life time. References: Unraveling How Kids Become Bilingual So Easily, The Associated Press Learning a second language is a good childhood mind medicine, Chronicle On-line

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What You Should Know About School Backpacks submitted by WellnessOne Chiropractic, 72nd & Pioneers Dr.

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t’s everyone’s responsibility. Simply follow these five rules to ensure that a backpack is not harming your child’s overall spinal development and posture. 1. Choose The Right Backpack Put as much thought into buying your child’s backpack as you do their shoes. Assure a good fit. Look for heavily padded shoulder straps (which should fit snug but not too tight), bags that don’t hang too low down the back and, ideally, a waist strap. Avoid packs or bags with a single strap. 2. Don’t Overload If the loaded backpack causes the child to lean forward to carry it, it’s too heavy. This stresses the spine, which can lead to a lifetime of health problems. • For elementary school ages, maximum weight

is 10% of total body weight. That means that a 50 lb. child should not carry more than 5 pounds. • For pre-teens and teens, maximum should be 15% to 20% of total body weight. Put heavier items at the top of the pack closest to the body (to allow the legs to help support the weight). 3. Lift it Properly Face the backpack. Bend at the knees. Use both hands and check the weight of the pack. Lift with the legs. Apply one shoulder strap and then the other. 4. Carry it the Right Way Use both shoulder straps. (Make sure kids understand that this means one strap over each shoulder.) This keeps the pack close to the body and distributes its weight evenly across the back and shoulders. Use the waist strap, too, to distribute some of the weight to the pelvis and hips.

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• The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 3,300 children aged 5 to 14 were treated in emergency rooms last year for injuries related to book bags. • An Auburn University study shows heavy backpacks may be a serious threat to spinal development. In their survey sample, the average pack was 17% of the child’s body weight. This is the equivalent of a 150 lb. adult carrying a 26 lb. pack. 67.2% of the children studied suffered muscle soreness, 50.8% back pain, 24.5% numbness and 14.7% shoulder pain. Studies at Johns Hopkins Children Center also show overloaded backpacks as the cause of shoulder or lower-back pain and poor posture in kids. • Back pain in kids is on the rise. A study published in the journal Spine found 6% of 10 year olds complain of back pain, increasing to 10-15% for 12 year oIds. • University of Michigan researchers estimate that up to 60% of children will experience back pain by the time they reach 18. • The risk of spinal damage is such a concern to the Education Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, that in 1996 they imposed weight limits on book bags after finding that almost half of primary school pupils were carrying bags weighing more than 6 pounds. • More than 5 million adult Americans are sidelined from work each year due to chronic back pain. How many of these problems started in youth?

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Are your kids not listening? Complaining? Arguing? Anita K. Lovell, MA, LMHP, Adultspan Counseling

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dentifying positive behavior vs. negative behavior is a way to begin solving the problem of children not listening, complaining or arguing. Everything we do is a behavior (blinking, itching your arm, stomping your feet on the floor, slapping someone) so it is important to look at these behaviors from a different perspective. Young children’s behavior can be effectively shaped through a method called “Strategic Attention”. 1. Identify behaviors or qualities you want to see. 2. Watch for the desirable behavior. These may be rare at first, but you will find them if you watch closely. 3. Describe what your child is doing that you like; tell them their

good choices. For example, “you walked nicely to the door.” 4. Praise/reinforce these behaviors when they occur (even if it is only a few seconds at a time). Mix up the praise and positive attention. Don’t always say “good job”. Your child will become desensitized to this phrase if it is the only phrase you are using; it will lose meaning, value, and sincerity. Keep it genuine and exaggerate your reaction! You want your children to continue engaging in positive behaviors. 5. Finally, it is helpful to imitate your child’s behavior. “I think I’ll walk nicely to the door too” is an example of imitation. It can be difficult to modify your child’s behavior through verbal interactions alone, though. Believe it or not, yelling does not solve problems, it makes them worse. Many behaviors can be shaped by withdrawing attention.

Using “Selective Ignoring” is a critical parenting skill. We can teach our kids how to behave through our own actions/behavior. This is very challenging to accomplish on your own, but can be done if performed properly. 1. Identify behaviors or qualities you would like to diminish. 2. Be sure the function of your child’s behavior is attention seeking. In other words, the child must be yelling, whining, etc,. to get a reaction from you, the parents. A mental health assessment by a qualified counselor can help with this step. 3. It is encouraged that you move away from your child, play with a different toy, engage in your own household projects/tasks (cooking, dishes, laundry, etc). Be sure not to look at your child or talk to your child as both of these behaviors are attention seeking.

4. Follow through to the end of your child’s problematic behavior. When ignoring these behaviors, they will get worse before they get better. If you give in to the problem behavior, your child will learn to escalate to a higher level of disruptiveness the next time around. 5. Once you see good behavior (you’re still watching for that, right?) utilize the Strategic Attention mentioned earlier. If your child’s problem behavior does not decrease with these recommendations, it is time for a consultation with a qualified Mental Health professional and more parenting tips tailored just for your family. Anita Lovell, LMHP, is a pediatric behavioral counselor with Adultspan Counseling in Lincoln who promotes positive mental and behavioral health to children and their families.

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Halloween Design on a Budget by Amanda Herndon, Communications Specialist, Goodwill

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ver since I was a child, Halloween has been one of my favorite times of the year. It always seemed to make the fact that summer was over and that school had started a little easier to bear due to its promise of parties, costumes, and candy. It was an exciting day in my house when we got to pull down the box of Halloween decorations and sort through the items inside: a black witch’s hat, paper skeleton for the door, light strand of creepy eyes, caldron, face paint, cape, miniature automated skeleton that sang “Super Freak” when you walked by.... Even now as an adult I will make a trip to a nearby store to check out the latest in Halloween décor and costumes (I like to save my purchasing of goods until after Halloween for

that extra savings). I am always on the lookout for new ideas and ways to celebrate the Halloween festivities. Many of my decorations are handmade including a coffin constructed from a large cardboard box lined with red fabric and 3 tomb stones that get stacked in the yard which are made from Styrofoam boards. Spray paint and glue can go a long way and a great place to find items that can be transformed into Halloween décor is Goodwill. Secondhand candle holders and taper candles (you want the halfused, melted effect) make a great mantel piece. Spray the candle holders black, add a few cob webs, and voila! Several other items that

come to mind and have great Halloween potential are secondhand p i c t u r e frames, large and small, framed mirrors, glass jars of all sizes, bed sheets, and silk flowers. “Specimen” jars would be a great creepy addition to a mantel with the black candle holders. Varying glass jars can be found in all shapes and sizes at Goodwill at bargain prices. You can find your “specimens” at Goodwill as well or at your local grocer. Rubber toy insects, a small plastic doll, artichokes, grapes, celery

root; all have great potential to look very strange once they are put on display in a glass jar. Some of the items may need to be glued to the bottom of the jar to keep from floating to the top and the goal is to get the majority of the object to be suspended in the middle of the jar. Once you feel this has been accomplished, fill each jar with water and add a couple of drops of food coloring for that extra creepy effect. Screw the lids on and arrange them how you would like. Every year I like to add something to my Halloween décor. I adore being creative and challenge myself by sticking to a budget. As fall approaches and school starts up again I am saddened that summer has to end. The thought however, that Halloween is soon approaching makes up for those feelings and I find myself anxious to bust out my decorations and get to work on my new ideas.

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Of the Creepy and the Cozy by Vicki Wood, Youth Services Supervisor/ Lincoln City Libraries Bennett Martin Public Library

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all has blown in to Nebraska. Some love the return to brisker weather and the gorgeous colors of the season. Others love the approaching holidays. Whatever your perspective, the library is there with everything you need to make the most of the season. Halloween lovers will find much to share from the gently scary to the downright macabre. Beginning readers will be eager to solve The Pumpkin Mystery by Carol Wallace. The amateur sleuths on this case are a farm dog and cat that team up when the pumpkins disappear from their patch. Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth provides an out of the ordinary take on the holiday. Stillwater, the panda tells a spooky story based on a Zen koan…really! Night of the Living Dust Bunnies by Erik Craddock employs a graphic novel format and plenty of zany humor when zombie dust bunnies try

to take over the town of Happy Glades. Fans of the Captain Underwear series will be eager to read all of the books in this Stone Rabbit series. The Bunnicula series by James Howe is worth checking out. Though it was written in the 1970s, it has enduring humor and just a little bit of the creepy that kids this age love so much. Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller who likes to walk a bit on the dark side. The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Award in 2009. Nobody Owens has grown up among the otherworldly occupants of the graveyard who have seen to his education and protect him. The real danger comes when he starts to move into the “real world” and encounters a man who may be responsible for making the young boy an orphan. This book is appropriate for ages 10 and up and we have it in a convenient Playaway for-

mat. His short novel Coraline provides the same sort of creepy goodness. Coraline discovers that she can enter a parallel world through a door in the rambling old house her parents recently moved into but there is something dark and terrifying about the seemingly benign characters she meets on the other side. Although the original story contains spooky line drawings, the book has been adapted into a graphic novel and a movie, both of which are available at Lincoln City Libraries. When colder weather takes hold, we all tend to hibernate a bit. Reading aloud to your children, no matter their age, will add needed warmth to those chilly winter nights. Winter is a great time to take on that classic novel you’ve been meaning to read…Great Expectations anyone? Or to start a lengthy series you might be reluctant to commit to in warmer weather. Turn these reading goals into family adventures, working your way through a chapter a night, taking turns reading, discussing and sharing the joy of a well-written tale. Read on for new offerings available at the Libraries.

Newly-illustrated versions of wellloved fairy tales are plentiful but one recent standout is Sebastien Braun’s adaptation of The Ugly Duckling. The text has been streamlined and the format is large with expressive, warm illustrations. The Night Fairy by Amy Schlitz features a fearless fairy, Flory, who has lost her wings and must learn to negotiate her world without flight. Like the tiny fairy herself, the book is small, with scattered, watercolor illustrations that add perspective. The diminutive fairy is pictured next to a squirrel, no tiny creature in Flory’s world. This book is also available in compact disc format. Poetry begs to be read aloud and children seem to have a special kinship with verse. Simple, yet observant poetry is scattered throughout Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill. This is the inspiring story of a 19th century slave known only by his first name, who lived an extraordinarily, prolific, creative life. Bryan Collier’s luminous paintings capture the intensity and

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September 15–October 28 Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm Pumpkin Festival. Hay rides to the U-pick patch, a corn box, hay climb, farm-themed play areas, pumpkin painting, farm animals, nature trails, ag exhibits, gift shop, food served in our Schoolhouse Café, and more! Sept. 22: Military Family Day (Free admission to service members & immediate family). Oct. 6: Doggy Day to benefit Happy Paws Animal Advocacy & Plattsmouth Animal Shelter. Oct. 13: Ag Day. Oct. 27: Goblin’s Egg Hunt, 10:30AM. Oct. 28: Last regular day of the season, sales & prizes for kids in costume. Fri. 1-6PM, Sats & Sundays 10AM-PM. Parties & field trips by appointment. 911 108th St., rural Avoca. Take Hwy. 34 (O St.) east 27 mile to 108th St., then 1/2 mile north. 402-267-4104. bloompumpkinpatch.com. (see ad pg. 25)

September 21–October 31 Vala’s Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival. Pig Races, Pumpkin Mine, Spook hed and Haunted Farmhouse, Stalk Cars, Pony Rides, Barnyard Adventure Ride, Animal Band, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Cannon Show, 3-acre Corn Maze, and too much more to list! 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, 402-332-4200; valaspumpkinpatch.com (see ad pg. 25)

October 1-31 Sunwest Farms. 4851 N 84th St. Group packages & Pumpkin painting classes. Hayrack rides. Bouncy House. Huge selection of Fall decorations come out 3rd week of September. Includes: Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, straw bales, etc. Free admission. Call 402-464-4633 for info. and for new activities. (see ad pg. 25)

October 8 & 15 LUX Center for the Arts Halloween Crafts for the Family. Carved Ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns, September 29, October 6, 13 & 20, 3-4:30PM, $16 for one adult and one child; $8/each additional person. Carve and sculpt your own clay jack-o-lantern; for all ages. 2601 N 48th St., luxcenter.org; 402-466-8692 (see ad page 6)

October 13-14, 19-20, 20-21, 26-27, 27-28 Camp Kitaki Halloween Camp, ages 7–14. Venture into the haunted barn, explore the woods on a spooky trail hike and get dressed up for a costume dance! We have plenty of fun daytime activities in a safe and supervised environment. $50. Space limited. 402- 434-9222; ymcalincoln.org/kitaki; facebook.com/campkitaki. (see ad pg. 40)

October 23, 24 & 25 Morrill Hall: Fright at the Museum, 5-9PM. Children and families in costumes are invited to visit the museum after-hours to explore Morrill Hall's spook-tacular exhibits and hands-on activities. There will be games, music, haunted hallways, candy give-aways, and more! Regular museum admission charged.

October 26-30 Boo at the Zoo. Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Children of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating in a safe environment surrounded by the animals at the Zoo. Visit over 30 Boo Stations sponsored and decorated by local organizations. Be greeted by ‘merry not scary’ costumed characters as they fill your bag full of treats (official Zoo treat bag must be purchased). Enter our Costume Contest! A “merry, not scarey” event! Be sure to visit “Lost in Fun” at Boo at the Zoo. Visit lincolnzoo.org for ticket information or call (402) 475-6741. 1222 S 27th St. (see ad pg. 24)

October 29 & 30 Lincoln Children’s Museum Halloween Hurrah. Children and parents are invited to dress up for this not-so-spooky. $3/trick-or-treating plus, regular admission or membership applies. Visit LincolnChildrensMuseum.org or call 402-477-4000 to register. (see ad pg. 4)

Other Halloween Events September 22–October 31 Roca Berry Farm. Pick your own pumpkins, hayrack rides, haunted houses and more. 9AM-7PM, S. 38th Street & Roca Road, Roca; rocaberryfarm.com

September 21–October 28 JK’s Pumpkin Patch. Required purchase of a $6 pumpkin at entry. 2 & under free, unless they want a pumpkin (activities are free!). 10AM-7PM. Friday-Sunday. Fall festival,activities. Eight acres near 14th St. and Bluff Road. From corner of Walgreens on 14th and Superior Sts., head north on N. 14th St. to Bluff Road, turn west. Located aprox. 1/4 mile off N. 14th and Bluff Road. joshkadavy@hotmail.com; 402-430-9135.

October 2-31 Cobweb Castle, Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The Halloween tradition continues with Cobweb Castle: The Not-So-Scary Haunted House. Free with regular museum admission. (402) 342-6164, ocm.org; info@ocm.org

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Come where learning blossoms and friendships grow. Pre-school Program, Curriculum for All Ages, Accepting Title XX, Low Child to Teacher Ratio, New Outdoor Playground.

1111 Old Cheney (West Entrance of Christ’s Place) 402.420.0460

Focusing on school readiness, we offer secure, nurturing environments to children ages 6wks–12yrs. Includes before & after school programs at Clinton School. Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) &/or the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Title XX accepted. Call now to enroll your child today!

Christ Kids provides quality programming by an experienced and trained staff, taught with a Christian perspective. Infants – 5th grade. Children grow academically, physically, socially and spiritually. Our safe, nurturing environment with small class sizes makes this a great place for kids.

402-434-KIDS (5437) cedarskids.org Centrally located at 43rd and Sumner St 402-483-7774 ext. 110 www.christschools.org

Quality early education program using Dimensions Educational Foundation Research program for children 6 weeks–preschool. Summer programs for K–5th grade. Visit dimensionsfoundation.org for information or online forms. Openings available!

located in First-Plymouth Church, 20th & D Sts.

Our thematic content supports language development in both English & Spanish and allows preschoolers of all language backgrounds to have fun while playing & learning kindergarten readiness skills. Openings currently available! M/W/F, 9–11:30 a.m.

Irving Rec Center, 2010 Van Dorn, 402-441-7954, or parks.lincoln.ne.gov

South

Northwest

Immanuel Lutheran

Central

Kids Imagination Station

Educational childcare facility offering care for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Benefits include: classroom style facilities, year round preschool programs, summer camps, transportation to schools, educated teachers, video security, on-site owners. Hours: 6:30AM – 6PM, Monday–Friday (all three facilities). e-mail: info@aacdc.com

Central

Highlands Academy

Learning and Development Center

402-570-5308 • 9300 Heritage Lakes Dr. aspenmontessori.com

CVA is a Christ centered Preschool. We provide 3 program options including all day. Teachers encourage learning through socializing as well as a variety of hands-on experiences and learning centers.

Northeast

Kellyʼs Kids

We provide a quality Montessori educational background that influences and supports life long learning for children. Brand new, spacious classroom. NOW ENROLLING. Part time and full time hours. Call for details.

Location(s) & phone

South

4Views Academy

Preschool

Program

Northwest Near South

Open 6am-6pm. Ages 6wks to 12 yrs. Accepting Title XX. Age appropriate curriculums. Parent Involvement. Director: Gina Tanner. Email: craneviewkids@hotmail.com Web: www.craneviewkids.com

Child Development & Family Resource Center. Ages 6 wks–12 years. Full time Care. Preschool Curriculum.

Where Children Grow Academically & Spiritually. CALL NOW FOR A TOUR! Newer child care center featuring developmentally appropriate curriculum, healthy homemade meals, caring teachers, & a larger outdoor play area. Ages 6wks-5 years accepted, open 7am-6pm M-F. Title XX assistance accepted. Ages 6 weeks – 11. Licensed childcare, pre-school program, school-age Homework help. Theme based curriculum. Open 6:30AM–6:00PM.

5240 Calvert

402-483-1181 402-476-8304

4330 Cornhusker Hwy

(402) 464-0174 5901 NW 1st Street 402-476-2223 2001 South 11th Street 402-474-6275 4901 NW 1st Street 402-477-4901 www.kellyskidsldc.com

1320 &1338 South Street 402-475-0300

Central

Child development centers that care for your child’s Individual needs. Ages 6 Weeks–12 Years. Curriculum Based. Nutritious Hot Meals. Title XX accepted. Transportation to LPS area schools. Open Monday–Friday 6am-6pm.

La Petite Academy

South/Central

La Petite Academy has been inspiring children for over 40 years. Our high quality early education programs are individually designed for children 6 weeks–age 12. Open 6-6, M-F. Title XX. AM & PM transportation to area schools. Ask about our Summer, Moms Day Out, and other Extra Enrichment programs. www.lapetite.com

Lincoln Christian Preschool

South

Academic Christian Preschool 2 or 3 days per week. AM and PM sessions.

5801 S. 84th St. 488-8888 x 252 www.lincolnchristianpreschool.com

Little Learners Preschool and Academy

Southeast

Academic-based, Christian preschool with Extended Care hours 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sanine Beck, Director

(70th & Hwy 2) • MyLittleLearners.com

Living Faith Daycare

Northeast

Nurturing Christian Environment. We accept children 6 wks to 12 years. Follow USDA Food Program requirements. Before/after school care and summer program for school-aged children. Open 6:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri.

Central

Montessori prepared classrooms. Morning Toddler program for 18 mos–3 years. Morning, afternoon or all day Preschool programs for ages 3–6. Spanish classes included in Preschool program. Music Therapy classes included for 18 mos–3 years.

Krayon Campus

Montessori School For Young Children Page 28 • www.lincolnkidsinc.com

6001 Normal Blvd. • 1700 West O

402-486-4847

(opening this fall)

6632 Taylor Park Drive • 402-488-3125 Vicky Jones–Director 2700 Jameson North • 402-421-3125 Nicole Lippold–Director

6400 S 70th St

• 402-840-1196

5910 Holdrege St. 464-5410 4727 A Street • 402-489-4366 www.msyc.net


Lincoln Kids! ...and this page has even more great places to know about.

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Name

Area of Town

Pioneers Park Nature Center Preschool

Far South

Montessori

parks.lincoln.ne.gov/naturecenter/preschool

7 miles South of Lincoln on Hwy 77

Ages 18 mo. thru 8th grade. Open 7am-6pm. Care of farm animals, close to nature, family atmosphere. Elementary Program.

402-438-6668 www.prairiehill.com

143rd “O” St. • 402-488-0012

Nestled on 80 gorgeous acres east of Lincoln, we offer your child a special and unique experience. New facility. Spacious accommodations, developmental learning centers, and the natural setting of a country school all provide for a wholesome atmosphere.

Central

Christian based preschool for 3-5 year olds, three class options including 5 days a week. AM preschool from 8-11:30am. Children will enjoy art, songs/music, stories, learning centers & more. Across from Woods Pool. Email: rlpreschool@yahoo.com

510 S. 33rd • 402-477-1710

Infants-5th grade. Family friendly, faith-based early care & education program providing language/literacy and social/emotional development, creative arts, math, science & dance. All in a safe, nurturing environment. Title XX accepted. Transportation provided to area schools. Call for a tour or more information.

8550 Pioneers Blvd. • 402-489-6051 www.stmarks.org

St. Mark’s Preschool/KIDZONE inc.

Southeast

Sandeeʼs Place Childcare

Central

A clear case of quality childcare for children 6 wks–13 years old. Great program for the whole child. Caring staff that helps support the working parent! Open 6am–5:30pm, Mon-Fri. Preschool & School age program.

The Childʼs View

South

Open 7:15 to 5:45 pm. Ages 18 months to 6 years. Part time or full time. Professionally Certified/Degreed staff.

Montessori

Tot Spot Home Daycare & Preschool

North

Trinity Infant & Child Care Centers

West end of Pioneers Park 402-441.7895

East

Prairieview Preschool Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

Location(s) & phone

Animals + Plants + Hikes = learning through discovery + creating a lifelong connection to nature. Preschool and PreK classes.

West

Prairie Hill Learning Center

Program

Near Downtown & Far South (new!)

Take a tour! And learn about the benefits of a home daycare with a full preschool program & trips to the zoo, lost in fun, the ager playcenter, the library, & more! Trinity provides a developmentally appropriate child care program for children ages 6wks-12yrs. Family friendly center offers daily music, art, literacy, outdoor play, field trips, dance, & home cooked meals. 2nd location! Trinity Child Care at Village Gardens at 56th & Pine Lake Rd. Call today!

www.redeemerlincoln.org

3101 “C” St. 402-476-KIDS (5437) Web: Sandeesplacechildcare.com

3341 Pioneers Blvd. 402-484-8277 1815 Hartley St. • 308-289-0463 www.totspothomedaycare.com 1345 S. 16th • 402-475-9731 7130 Kentwell Lane • 402-421-0184 Westminster Presbyterian Church 2110 Sheridan Blvd. www.wpslincoln.org 402-475-6702 ext 103

Westminster Preschool

South

Quality, licensed Christian preschool educational program for children 3–5 years. Five different AM & PM classes & all day classes 9am-3pm. Extended care 7:309am & 3-5:30pm. School year and summer classes available. NAEYC accredited.

Williamsburg Village

South

Literacy focused, family friendly program for children 6wks-12yrs. Theme based curriculum offering many special family events, dance, & nutritious meals prepared on-site. M-F 6:30am – 6pm. Director/owner is a nurse practitioner.

Child Development Center

Kitra Deger-Director

3301 Orwell St.

402-423-KIDS (5437)

Prices & Specials subject to change without notice.

Family Friendly Restaurants Name Amigos/

Kings Classic

Type of Food Mexican & American

Applebeeʼs Dickeyʼs

Barbecue Pit

Greenfieldʼs

Pancake House & Restaurant

Grisantiʼs

Kid Specials Fast & Friendly place for the family. 6 Kids’ Meals to choose from – Cheesy Burritos to Cheeseburgers to Chicken Bites. Meals include drink, fries, and an ice cream treat! Half price Kid’s Meal EVERY DAY from 5–7pm with $4 adult purchase.

American Grill

Kids’ meals are only 99¢ on Wednesdays! Available for dine in only at participating Applebee’s locations. Good toward kids’ meal items for children 12 and under.

Barbecue

Kids eat free on Sundays. Kids ages 12 & under eat free from the kid’s Lil’ Wranglers menu! One child per regular adult entree purchased. Dine in only.

Family

Italian

Kids Meals are only $1 on WEDNESDAYS per an adult entree purchase. Choose from a Smiley Face Pancake, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Chicken Fingers, Grilled Cheese, Burgers & More. Great Things are Happening at Greenfield’s!

Bambino Day: All day Monday Kids ages 10 & under eat free from kid’s menu! One child per adult entree purchased.

Kid Meal Deals & Where Kid s Can Eat for Free

Location(s) 5701 NW 1st, 29th & Cornhusker, 48th & Leighton, 4700 W. Huntington, 63rd & Havelock, Coddington & West A, 14th & Q, 27th & Capitol, 55th & O, Westfield Mall, 70th & A, 14th & Hwy 2, 14th & Pine Lake Rd., 56th & Old Cheney

40th & Old Cheney • Westfield Gateway Mall 3951 N. 27th Street • 11th & ‘O’ Downtown 27th & Cornhusker Hwy @ 402-423-0056

Open

11am–9pm

7900 South 84th (87th & Hwy 2 across from Walmart)

402-420-3232 • www.greenfieldsToGo.com

6820 “O” Street

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Lincoln Kids!

Capital Birthday Ideas Party Directory Place

Prices & Specials subject to change without notice.

Fun Features

Location(s) & phone

Ager Indoor Play Center

The Active Party Place! Open hours and after hours rentals available. Special play areas for those 2 and under and 3 and over.

The Bead People

Add fun & creativity to your boy’s or girl’s birthday party by making The Bead People! We provide the beads, materials, and guidance for your party goers to make their very own 2 inch person. Each child takes home a unique “bead person” that they made themselves! No two are ever the same!

421-6949 Nicci Walla “We come to your location!”

A Birthday Party with 3 Party Package Options – Featuring a zip line, 18' inflatable slide, and 15'x15' bouncer. Plus, foam pit, trampoline and spring floor. Inflatables also available for outside rental.

5030 N. 57th • 402-464-9692

Capital City Gymnastics Champions Fun Center

Lincoln Childrenʼs Museum Lost In Fun!

52nd & Stockwell • 402-486-2525 www.larsonlifestylecenter.com 1420 P Street, Lincoln, NE LincolnChildrensMuseum.org

(Pirates, Princess, Cowboy, Cowgirl, & Safari). Includes balloons, party favors, drinks, & paper ware. Museum Members receive a 10% discount. Parties can be booked online at LincolnChildrensMuseum.org, in person, or by phone.

Your Outdoor Playland... Indoors! Voted Lincoln’s Choice, “Best Place to Have a Kid's Birthday Party” in 2012. Indoor fun for all ages! Playsets, foam pit, inflatable jumpers, fun maze, laser maze, video games, birthday party rooms and a snack area.

Have a Bowling Party. Kids love our bumper bowling. Includes cake, pop, balloons and a “personalized” bowling pin gift for the birthday child! Ask about Jr. Pool Leagues!

Indoor Playground & Rock Climbing Simulator, $60 for package of ten. 90 minute sessions, $3 each additional person, 30 people max. Seasonal park activities! Call for details. Your Child is the Star... Supervised age appropriate games, fun activities, rides, songs, puppets and more. Your birthday party can enjoy exclusive use of our facility! PartyArty at Paint Yourself Silly! Come unleash your inner artist. 100’s of pieces to choose from. Pottery painting fun for all ages. Owls, snakes, bugs and the great outdoors are eager to make your child's birthday a special one.

Science Reconnect

Hands on science that is fun and inspiring for all ages. Packages begin at $150+mileage. Our mobile lab brings the science fun to you.

Swimtastic Swim School

Jump in and Party with us in 90° Water! One hour pool time/one hour party room time. Free invitations, free gift for BD child. Professional staff. 3 packages avail. Pizza option. Call us!

Tiger Rock Academy

Unforgettable party with martial arts, food, games, cut the cake with a sword, break boards and more! $199-$249 for up to 40 friends!

University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall

One-of-a-Kind Party Room! Every child deserves a birthday that will go down in History...Natural History! A new and one-of a kind way to celebrate your child’s birthday! Parties for up to (10) with a professional photographer. Fun props, creative poses, & artsy pictures of each child. Perfect for all ages– teens, too! Have your next pool party at the Y! The YMCA offers a variety of birthday party options to fit any child. Join us to swim, climb the climbing wall or have one of our themed birthday parties. Parties start at $65. Call for more information. Or visit: www.ymcalincoln.org

402-477-4000

8431 Cody Drive (15th & Yankee Hill) (402) 261-0440 • www.lostinfun.com

Celebrate at the LUX Center! Embrace your inner artist and choose from a variety of projects including: clay mugs or bowls, screen printed t-shirts and tote bags, group painting and printmaking. Each guest makes their own piece of art!

Pioneers Park Nature Center

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402-465-5522

Celebrate at the Museum! Birthday packages start at $70. Choose from a one-hour themed party room

Paint Yourself Silly

YMCA-Cooper, Fallbrook & Northeast Branch

68th & “P” Street (East Park Plaza)

Have your next pool party at Larson Lifestyleʼs Warm Water pool! Variety of birthday party options to fit any budget. Join us for swimming and bring your gifts and cake for our party room. Call us today for more information.

Mahoney State Park

Photography by Amanda

402-434-7066 www.championsfuncenter.com

Make Laser Quest Your Party Headquarters! Laser Quest, an interactive adventure game of laser tag and hide & seek, provides intense fun for birthday parties, team celebrations, family reunions and group events. Check us out www.laserquest.com

Madsenʼs Bowling

Urban Photo,

www.capitalcitygymnastics.net

mystery gift, two activities; choose from bowling, adventure maze, go-karts, mini golf, free fall or water wars, tokens, face painting or balloon animals, pizza & pop, dippin dots & cupcakes.

LUX Center for the Arts

My Gym

or Visit www.thebeadpeople.org for more information.

Best Birthday Parties Ever! Gold package includes a Party Hero, free t-shirt to decorate,

Laser Quest Larson Lifestye Center

1300 S. 27th St 441-6788 (recorded info); 402-441-6792; web: parks.lincoln.ne.gov

2601 N. 48th Street • 402-466-8692 www.luxcenter.org

47th & Dudley • 402-467-3249 2 blks south of 48th& Holdrege

402-944-2523, Ext. 7122 daily park entry permit or annual state park sticker required for entrance to the park.

2755 Jamie Lane, Suite 4 (near S 27th & Yankee Hill Road)

402-802-9982 2 Great Locations • www.paintyourselfsilly.net Downtown in the Haymarket: 701 P Street • 402-474-1010 Near 70th & Pioneers: 4107 Pioneer Woods • 402-486-1010 West end of Pioneers Park 402.441.7895 parks.lincoln.ne.gov/naturecenter/birthdays.htm

www.sciencereconnect.com

402-890-0964 7911 Pioneers Blvd.

402-489-7946

Lincoln@swimtastic.com

402-483-1011 3 locations available

Morrill Hall on the UNL Campus 402-472-2637

• www.museum.unl.edu/birthdays

3223 Cornhusker Hwy, 402-890-6985 urbanphotophotography.com Cooper - 6767 S. 14th St. Northeast - 2601 N. 70th Fallbrook - 700 Penrose Dr.

402-323-6400 402-434-9262 402-323-6444


Lincoln Kids!

Children’s Lessons Directory Prices & Specials subject to change without notice.

Name

Instruction

Alice Bowen

Swimming

Capital City Gymnastics

Gymnastics

2501 South 20th St. • 402-435-0386

South Central Lincoln

Private Suzuki and modified violin and viola lessons. All levels. Over 25 years experience. Laura Atkinson. Member of Lincoln Suzuki Talent Education, Inc.

Violin & Viola

Campus Recreation

Location(s) & phone

Private lessons include theory classes with ensembles and performance opportunities. Group lessons available for beginners. Ages 4–Adult. Member LMTA. Call for info. or an interview.

Piano

Atkinson Music Studio

Program

402-474-0302 UNL Campus 402-472-3467

Individual, group, and parent/child swim lessons. Red Cross levels I-V. Ongoing sessions.

Mabel Lee Hall Pool, University of Nebr

Gymnastics classes for boys & girls ages 2 through 18. We promote an “I can do” attitude, building not only overall physical skills, but also “life skills”.

Childrenʼs Music Early Childhood Academy Harris Academy of the Arts Piano

5030 N. 57th • 402-464-9692 www.capitalcitygymnastics.net 2935 Pine Lake Rd

FREE Preview Class! Benefitting thousands nationwide, Children’s Music Academy students partner with parents in a unique, action-packed classroom setting. Experienced, university-trained music educators provide reputable, quality instruction.

www.harrisacademyofthearts.com

PAINLESS PIANO lessons for beginners. All ages welcome. Try our short starter course during school vacations! Beginning group and private lessons available from a Master Piano Teacher.

Emra Piano Studio

Piano

Fiddlestick Music

Suzuki Violin, & Piano

Certified Suzuki violin instruction by professional violinist, Summer Brackhan, member of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. Piano lessons are both traditional and Suzuki.

Harris Academy of the Arts

Music Lessons

PRIVATE and GROUP music instruction: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Percussion,Theatre, Kindermusik, Children’s Music Academy, Multiple, university-trained educators provide reputable, convenient scheduling for the entire family!

Jennifer Bailey

Flute, Piano, Beginning Band

Drum & Percussion

Study with professional Chicago trained drummer Jeff Brackhan. Watch free video at www.LincolnDrumLessons.com

Lincoln Music Teachers Assn.

Music Lessons

Find a Teacher: LMTA includes teachers in all music disciplines. Access www.LMTA.info for a Teacher Directory. Financial assistance is available through our Music Outreach Program for those who qualify.

LUX Center for the Arts

Art Classes

Motions Dance Academy, LLC

Dance

Plate & Table

Cooking Lessons

Reading Partners

Reading Tutoring

Still Waters Ranch The Language Project Tiger Rock Academy Universal Dance Academy Youth Actorsʼ Academy of Lincoln

Horse Riding Spanish

Language Classes

Martial Arts Dance/

Cheer & Theater

Performing Arts

27th & South Street Area

402-484-6809 5555 South 48th • 402-477-5111 (6 training locations)

www.luxcenter.org 8200 Cody Dr., Suite L (one block north of 14th & (402) 420-0579 www.motionsdance.net

Yankee Hill Rd.)

Cooking classes in a small group setting. Ages pre-school thru high school. A schedule of classes is found on our website. Also, you can create your own class or have a cooking party. Daycares, clubs & homeschoolers welcome! Individual lessons for K–4th grade students using proven Orton-Gillingham, multisensory instructional techniques with experienced reading tutor. Fall and winter sessions available. Reasonable rates.

TaekwonDo lessons, life skills and personal development taught by Internationally Certified Instructors. For ages 4 plus. New Early Tiger Cubs for kids ages 3-4. Call for for all our Starter Course specials! Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Repertory, Cheerleading, Hip-Hop, Creative Movement for 3-4 year olds, Wee Go Together for 2-3 year olds & their mom/dad/or special friend, plus Musical Theater!

Youth Actors’ Academy of Lincoln (YAAL), is a non-profit organization which provides beginning to advanced performing arts classes and performances.

www.LMTA.info

2601 N. 48th Street • 402-466-8692

Your child will have fun while building confidence and self esteem in our beginning gymnastics and sports skills classes. Games, relays, dances & rides. Age appropriate classes.

tlp-KIDS innovative curriculum promotes the learning of a foreign language naturally through highly engaging stories, games, music and movement. Classes for children 18 months to 11 years of age.

www.learningrx.com

2130 Winthrop Road 402-261-3599, LincolnDrumLessons.com website:

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. Studio directed by Melissa Prettyman Meranda, B.A. in dance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Come and experience your child's passion for dance!

Riding lessons focusing on safe horsemanship skills. No previous experience required. Minutes from Lincoln. We also offer boarding and day camps.

(across from So. Pointe Mall)

www.harrisacademyofthearts.com

Lincoln Drum Lessons

Gymnastics & Sports Skills

2130 Winthrop Road 402-261-3599, FiddlestickMusic.com

Private Lessons for all ages. Master of Music with 16 years of experience. First lesson is FREE! Summer Chamber Music Program. Member LMTA.

High quality art classes and lessons for youth and adults in a variety of art media and techniques all year long. Small class sizes for one-on-one learning.

402-405-5656

emrapiano.com

402-423-7121

Cognitive skills, math & reading programs for students struggling in school with attention, comprehension, memory or reading. Personal 1-on-1 training. 3-6 month programs. At least a 2-year improvement guaranteed!

My Gym

Call Christina at the Piano Studio

2935 Pine Lake Rd

Learning & Reading

LearningRx

(across from So. Pointe Mall)

402-423-7121

2755 Jamie Lane, Suite 4 (near S 27th & Yankee Hill Road)

402-802-9982 7411 Karl Drive

402-540-2738 website: www.plateandtable.com

Lincoln

402-488-6080

sharono.lincoln@gmail.com

18221 S. 68th Street, Hickman, NE 402-432-0543 • stillwatersranchcole.com Convenient locations throughout Lincoln 402-419-8983 www.tlplanguageadventures.com 8222 Holdrege Street 8444 Executive Woods Drive 402-483-1011 5900 S 85th St, Suite 100 and in Firth, NE

400 N. 48th Street • Suite C01 402-477-5900 (402) 450-9823 web: youthactorsacademy.org Fall 2012 Page 31


Lincoln Kids!

Fall 2012 Calendar of Events: free

If your organization would like a Calendar listing in our next issue go to:

August – October 31

spaces. Divisions for families as well as the ultra-competitive. Biking, running/jogging/ hiking, and multiple fun challenges. $25/team of 2 plus $5 each additional member up to 4. lincolnparks.org/news/Family_Challenge.htm

lincolnkidsinc.com click on CALENDAR

September 26-27 Scholastic Book & Discovery Toy Fair. Quality literature and toys for children. Dimensions Early Education Programs @ First-Plymouth, 20th & D Sts., 402-476-8304.

Winter 2012 Issue Deadline: October 10th

October 18 Disney’s Phineas & Ferb The Best Live Tour Ever, 6:30PM, Pershing; disneylive.com

Months covered: November, December, January

Lincoln Kids! Newspaper Phone: 402-798-0224 Halloween Happenings (see pg. 27 for additional information) September 14-November 10 Pioneers Park Hayrack Rides and more. Call 402-441-7895 for fees, available dates, and registration. September 21–October 28 JK’s Pumpkin Patch. Located aprox. 1/4 mile off N. 14th and Bluff Road. joshkadavy@hotmail.com; 402-430-9135. September 22–October 31 Roca Berry Farm. S. 38th Street & Roca Road, Roca; rocaberryfarm.com October 1-31 Sunwest Farms. 4851 N 84th St. Free admission. Call 402-464-4633 for info. and for new activities. (see ad pg. 25) October 8 & 15 LUX Center for the Arts Halloween Crafts for the Family. 2601 N 48th St., luxcenter.org; 402-466-8692 (see ad pg. 6) October 13 Great Pumpkin Run, Pioneers Park, 3201 S Coddington. Parents register your kids through their P.E. teachers at LPS or at nscevents.com/pumpkinrun/individual. 402471-2544. October 13-14, 19-20, 20-21, 26-27, 27-28 Camp Kitaki Halloween Camp. 402- 4349222; ymcalincoln.org/kitaki. (see ad pg. 40) October 23, 24 & 25 Morrill Hall: Fright at the Museum, regular museum admission charged. October 26-30 Boo at the Zoo. Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Visit lincolnzoo.org for ticket information or call (402) 475-6741. 1222 S 27th St. (see ad pg. 24)

August 9-12 Capital City Ribfest, outside Pershing Center, N Street and Centennial Mall. Barbecue from award-winning national vendors and live music. pershingcenter.com/ribfest. August 12 (FREE) Back to School Jam, 3-5PM, Malone Community Center. School supplies and haircuts for the school kids ages 5-13, adult health screenings and various resource tables on health/wellness/fitness. healthylincoln.org August 14 Star City Shore Dog Splash, 6:30-8:30PM. Tickets may be pre-purchased through Greater Lincoln Obedience Club. Limited number of dogs will be allowed. 402-464-6529 or Janet Ball at 402-416-5540 for information. Star City Shores Aquatic Center, 4375 S. 33rd St. August 16 (FREE) Look for the Family Fishing Trailer at Holmes Lake, 6-8PM, where loaner rods and reels, bait and fishing instruction are available free to participants. August 27 (FREE) “Getting Ready for Kindergarten—Tools for Early Childhood Success” 7-9PM. FirstPlymouth, 20th & D Sts., 402-423-4490. (see story pg 9)

September 2 A Walking Tour (fundraiser) of Karen and Robert Duncan’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden, 1-4PM. Superior & Ogden St. (West of Goodrich Middle School). 402-430-5923; (see article pg. 38) September 8 The Waffleman™ and The Wonderful Outdoors. Waffles by Doug the Waffleman. Bring the whole family; play in the Nature Explore Classrooms after breakfast. Dimensions Early Education Programs @ First-Plymouth, 402-476-8304.

October 29 & 30 Lincoln Children’s Museum Halloween Hurrah. Visit LincolnChildrensMuseum.org or call 402-477-4000 to register. (see ad pg. 4)

Setember 8 “Fuel Up with Color” 5K race and 1 mile kids’ fun run & fitness challenge, Holmes Lake, South 70th St. 8:30AM-NOON. Visit healthylincoln.org for details.

Benefits, Families & Fundraisers August 2-11 Lancaster County Super Fair, Lancaster Event Center, 84th Street and Havelock Avenue. Entertainment, livestock, strolling acts, carnival and more. 402-441-6545 or superfair.org.

September 9 (FREE) Streets Alive! Citywide. Miles of Lincoln’s streets, trails, and parks will be opened to bikers, walkers, skaters, and strollers. Activities for all ages and abilities, health information, and healthy food samples. 12:30-5PM; 402483-4800; lkern@healthylincoln.org

August 9 Night Splash for Middle Schoolers, 8:3010:30PM, University Place, Irvingdale, Highlands. 402-441-7847.

September 23 Lincoln Parks Family Challenge: The Year Of The Colossus, 1:30-5PM. Urban adventure race to celebrate Lincoln’s parks, trails, and public

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October 28 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, 1PM, Holmes Lake Park, 3701 S 70th St. randall.jantzen@cancer.org; 402-423-4893. November 9 Make Every Child a Champion Fundraiser adults-only evening includes cocktails, appetizers, speaker, and silent auction to support Dimensions Early Education Programs @ First-Plymouth, 402-476-8304.

Dance Open Houses/Auditions August 4, 11 True Dance & Co. Open House, 9AM-Noon. 5445 Red Rock Lane; truedancelincoln.com (see ad pg. 15)

August 4, 20 Universal Dance Academy Open House, Aug. 4 1-4PM; Aug. 20 5-7PM, 400 N 48th St. #C1, 402-477-5900, dance4uda.com. (see ad pg. 36) August 5 Hilary Johnson Studio Fall Open House 14PM, 6031 S. 58th, Suite D; 402-423-8818; hjdance.com; (see ad pg. 22) August 11 Studio 2 Open House, 1-4PM, 3601 Calvert St., #19 Studio2dance.com 402-489-6622; (see ad pg. 20)

August 26 Motions Dance Academy Open House, 24PM, 8200 Cody Dr., Suite L, 402-420-0579; motionsdance.net (see ad pg. 9) September 8 Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company auditions for Nutcracker Ballet, UNL Temple Bldg., 12th & R Sts., register at lincolnmidwestballet.org; (see ad pg. 36)

Preschool Open Houses August 7 Krayon Campus Inc, 6001 Normal Blvd. 402486-4847. Proven curriculum based program. 6-8PM. Jump House, hot dogs, chips and drinks, DJ and much more! (see ad pg. 3) August 11 Little Tikes University, 11500 Middle Fork Rd, 402-483-1198. littletikesuniversity.com. A learning centre for children ages 3-5 years old. Country setting. Noon-2PM. (see ad pg 38)

Tuesdays Paint Yourself Silly Preschool Story & Paint Time. 10:30AM. Read a story and then paint a piece of pottery relating to story. 4107 Pioneer Woods, Suite 103, 402-486-1010.

Barnes & Noble barnesandnoble.com

Storytimes Monday & Friday 10:30AM, free story time for age three and under, 2910 Pine Lake Road, 402-421-7979. Storytimes Saturdays 10:30AM, free story time for age three and under, 5150 O St., 402-466-7122.

CommunityCROPS communitycrops.or; 402-474-9802

6-8PM, Antelope Church of the Bretheren, 3645 Sumner. lacey@communitycrops.org. August 14 Curry Class. Hot, sweet, creamy, spicy, mild, green, red, yellow...we’ll cover easy recipes. August 28 DIY Canning. Canning experts show you the basics of canning. September 11 Pizza. Learn how to make the perfect dough, saucy sauces, and use radical toppings. September 25 DIY Kimchi. This Korean fermented staple is easy and delicious to make. October 2 Soup Time! Make two delicious soups from autumn vegetables. 6-7:30PM. October 6 Veg Fest VII - Celebrating Farmers and Communities, 2-5:30PM, Holmes Lake Park. Farmers’ market, information booths, cooking and gardening demonstrations, music, tons of kids activities. Free fun for the whole family!

Haymarket Theatre 803 Q St., 402-477-2600; haymarkettheatre.org

August 2-4 “The Hobbit (or There and Back Again)” Shows 7PM; 2PM matinees on 3rd and 4th. Beginning August 25 “The Island of Dr. Moreau” $275. Every Saturday 10AM-4PM. Four performances October 27th, 28th, and 29th at 7PM; 2PM on 29th. Sign up online or call. Beginning August 28 “Night of the Living Dead!” This is a very physically demanding script. Material may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. $275. 4:30-7:30PM every Tuesday/Thursday. Four performances November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7PM, matinee 2PM on 3rd. Sign up online or call. Beginning November 3 “It’s A Wonderful Life” $225. Every Saturday 10AM-4PM. Four performances December 13th, 14th, and 15th at 7PM with matinee on 15th at 2PM. Sign up online or call.

Books, Classes & Lectures

Indigo Bridge Books

October 4 4-H Kick Off, 6PM, find out how to join 4-H, for youth ages 5-18. Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Rd., 402441-7180; lancaster.unl.edu/4h (see ad pg. 10)

701 P St., Ste. 102; 477-7770, Creamery Bldg. in Haymarket; indigobridgebooks.com

Saturdays Spanish/English Bilingual Story and Craft Hour. 10-11AM. For ages 4-8 but open to all.


Lincoln Kids! August 10, September 4, October 12 IndiZOO: animal-related stories, crafts and live animals! In a safe, hands-on environment with a trained expert to teach kids about eating, sleeping and social habits. 10-11AM. Open Mic Night on Tuesdays Bring songs, poetry or anything else you’d like to perform and get in with this growing community of talented individuals, 7-9PM.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association www.LMTA.info

August 25, September 8 Visual tour at the Sheldon Art Gallery for students of LMTA members, Aug. 25 10AM Sept. 8, 1PM. September 8 LMTA Kick-off Meeting. Workshop featuring Dr. Linda Christensen. Teaching on the High Seas: Group piano lesson in a cacation setting, Calvary Lutheran Church, 2788 Franklin Dr., 11:30AM-1PM. October 20 LMTA Fall Recital, Calvary Lutheran Church, 2788 Franklin Dr., 2PM. October 21 Barnes and Noble Fundraiser for LMTA Music Outreach. Presenting students of LMTA Members, Barnes and Noble Southpointe.

LUX Center for the Arts 2601 N. 48th St.; 402-466-8692; luxcenter.org (see ad pg. 6)

September 29, October 6, 13, and 20 Carved Ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns. Carve and sculpt a clay jack-o-lantern. Make scary, funny, or quirky faces. All ages. 3-4:30PM. $16/1 adult & 1 child, $8/additional person. Clay-ology Make pots you can use and sculptures you can display. Ages 5-9; pre-registration required. Aug. 25-Sept. 22, 3-4:30PM. Making Art with the Masters Study the artworks of master artists and create pieces inspired by their techniques. Acrylic paint, tempera, and watercolors are explored. Works are done on wood panel, canvas, or paper. Ages 5-9; pre-registration required. Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 3-4:30PM. Draw + Print Tackle basic drawing skills and use them in combination with relief and screenprinting processes. Ages 10-13; pre-registration required. Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 10-11:30M

Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln 5930 S. 57th St., Suite C www.yaal.org; 402-4450-9823

Petite Players Classess Intro to musical theatre for ages 4-6. The last 15 minutes of each class will be invited parent participation. $195 Musical Theatre Techniques Students ages 7-17 will work on songs, scenes, and dances from modern and classic musical theatre. The final class will be a performance open to family and friends showcasing the performer’s talent and training. $195 Total Theatre Experience Students ages 7-15. The class will be tailored to its participants and may include work on monologues, singing, stage presence, auditioning, scene work, theatrical terminology & history. $175 See website for more classes and information.

Dance, Film, Music & Theatre

September 7-8: “Hypnotist Doug MacCraw”

August 10 (FREE) Abendmusik Summer Sing! Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, 7:30-9:30PM. No auditions; an ‘instant performance.’ Music provided. Refreshments, air-conditioning, and fun! First-Plymouth, 2000 D Sts., 402-476-9933.

October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21: “Pump Boys and Dinettes”

September 23 Abendmusik 40th Anniversary Concert with Jack Levick, 4PM. First-Plymouth, 2000 D Sts., 402-476-9933. Reel Movies for Real Needs Specially designed to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges; lower sound, lights up. Aug. 4: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days; Aug. 25: Paranorman 2D, 10:30AM. The Grand, 402-441-0222, marcustheatres.com Kids Dream Summer Film Series 10AM, family friendly films for $2! July 312: Dr. Suess The Lorax; Aug. 7-9: Mirror Mirror; Aug. 14-16: Pirates! Band Of Misfits 2D. The Grand and Southpointe, 402-4410222, marcustheatres.com First Saturdays Contra Dances, Auld Pavilion, Antelope Park (1650 Memorial Drive). Short lesson 7:157:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM. Live music; callers direct you through simple and easy to learn steps. Suggested donation $8/adults, $5/students, children/FREE. First Fridays Ten Thousand Villages Drum Circle, 7-9PM. Improvisational drum circle; join in or just enjoy! 140 N. 8th St. Foundation Garden Performance Series Wednesdays, NOON-1PM at the Foundation Garden, 1415 N St. Free to the general public. August 1: Oasis Bluegrass Band August 8: Group Sax August 15: The Melody Wranglers August 22: Nelson Jester Trio August 29: Man Down! Friday Nights Live Concert Series SouthPointe Pavillions Shopping Center, Through August 24, 27th & Pine Lake Rd. 402-421-2114; southpointeshopping.com Aug. 3: Sheltered Reality Aug. 10: The Fab-Tones Aug. 17: The Resonators Aug. 24: Toasted Ponies Aug. 31: No Better Cause

Farmer & Art Markets Tuesdays St. Paul United Church of Christ Farmers’ Market, through October 9, 4:30-7:30PM, 13th & F Sts., 402-617-0320.

September 29-30 Jeff Smith/Rope the Rockies

Wednesdays University Place Community Market, through September 19, 3-7PM, 48th & Madison, 712369-5019. upcolincoln.wordpress.com

October 4-7 Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries

Wednesdays and Saturdays ShadowBrook Country Market, 2201 West Denton Road. Through Labor Day, Wednesdays 4-7PM; Saturdays 11AM-4PM Thursdays Fallbrook Farmers’ Market, through September 20, 3-7PM, Fallbrook Town Square Park, 570 Fallbrook Blvd., fallbrookfarmersmarket.com; 402-473-4300 Fridays Westfield Gateway Garden Market, through October 26, south side of shopping center. 402464-3196; dsparks@us.westfield.com Third Thursdays Live music, Art in the Gallery, foods, drink specials. The Marketplace at Village Gardens (56th & Pine Lake Road), 5740 Hidcote Drive, 402-483-1744. First Fridays (FREE) Support local artists and businesses while enjoying appetizers in downtown Lincoln. Paintings, photography, clothing, sculpture, music and more. Saturdays Haymarket Farmers’ Market, Through October 13, 8AM-NOON, 7th & P St., lincolnhaymarket.org Sundays Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market, through October 28, 55th & Old Cheney Road. oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

Lied Center for Performing Arts

Festivals, Sales & Shows (All events at Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N 84th St., unless noted.)

Lincoln Community Playhouse 2500 S 56th St., 402-489-7529 lincolnplayhouse.com

July 27-29, Aug. 2-5: “9 to 5: The Musical” Sept. 21-23, 27-30: “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

TADA Theatre The Creamery Building, 701 P St., 438-8232; tadaproductions.info

August 24-26: “Liza And All That Jazz”

September 27-30 Take 2 Childrens’ Consignment. Free admission. Take2.com (see ad pg 36)

Wednesdays Downtown Garden Market, through August 29, 12-4PM. Pershing Center’s South Lawn, M St. between 16th & Centennial Mall. agr.ne.gov or ourbesttoyou.nebraska.gov

301 N. 12th St.; liedcenter.org; 402-472-4747

Sept. 21: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Sept. 23: Emanuel Ax, Piano Oct. 3: Gaelic Storm Oct. 12: The Capitol Steps Oct. 13: Ballet Folklórico de México Oct. 19–21: CHICAGO Oct. 23: Repertory Dance Theatre Oct. 25: Philippe Quint, Violin

September 22-23 Lincoln Arts Festival. Over 100 artists from across the country. Also featured at the festival are live music acts and a family friendly atmosphere with children’s activities, food, and raffle prizes. SouthPointe Pavilions, 2910 Pine Lake Rd., 402-421-7979.

First Wednesdays European Motorcycle Night, through October; 5:30-8:30PM. 8th St. from ‘P’ to ‘Q’. Bring your ride. Euro Cycles, Scooters and Dual Sport Adventurers welcome!

October 4-7 CKC Cornhusker Kennel Club and Greater Lincoln Obedience and Agility

October 18-21 Women’s Professional Rodeo

Food & Health Tuesdays & Thursdays Clinic with a Heart, 1701 S. 17th St. 5:307:30PM; clinicwithaheart.org, FREE

BryanLGH Register online bryanlgh.com or 402-481-5846.

August 2 FREE Car Seat Checkup, Approximately 90% of car seats checked in Lancaster County are installed or used incorrectly. By appointment only. Call 402-441-8045 to register. 5:308:30PM, Zone B Parking Garage. September 30 Run to Overcome; 1 mile kid’s run at 12:30, 5K and 10K at 1PM. Southwest High School Track, 7001 S. 14th St. Register online. CPR for Family and Friends Aug. 19: 1-4PM; Sept. 20: 6-9PM; Oct. 8-11AM. To register call 402-481-5638. $20/person. Essentials of Childbirth Labor process, pain management, c-sections, basic breathing and relaxation, role of birth coach, mother post-partum care, initial baby care and tour. $65/couple; 3-week session. Call for dates. Adv. Breathing & Relaxation for Childbirth For expectant parents going through childbirth without epidural or other pain medication. One-night class. $20/couple. Thursdays, 79:30PM. Sept. 27; Oct. 25. Breastfeeding Basics Single-session class emphasizes basic breastfeeding techniques. $20/couple. Thursdays, 79:15PM. Aug. 2 or 16; Sept. 6; Oct. 4 or 18. Essentials of Childbirth REFRESHER For those who have previously taken a childbirth education course. $20/couple. One-night class. Tuesdays, 7-9:30PM, Sept. 25.

August 9-11 Annual August Consignment Sale, Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 M St.,402477-6951; saintpaulumc.org (see ad pg 36)

Essentials of Multiples Childbirth class for parents expecting twins, triplets or more. $20/couple. Tuesdays, 79:30PM. One-night class; Aug. 28; Oct. 23.

September 7-9 Home Show Specialists, Fall Homeshow, Pershing Center

Infant Massage Learn more about proper techniques and benefits of infant massage. $20/couple. Mondays, 6:30-9PM. One-night class, Aug. 27.

September 13-16 Neat Repeatz Fall/Winter Children’s Sale, 2201 Winthrop. facebook.com/neatrepeatz; 402-499-5884. (see ad pg 8) September 8 Outlaw Hot Rod Pullers Association, Tough Enough Truck & Tractor Pull

Super Siblings Help siblings, 3-10 yrs. old, prepare for new baby in family. Parents must attend with children. $10/family with one child, $20/family with 2 or more. Sundays, 1-2PM and 3-4PM. Single-session class. Aug. 5; Sept. 9; Oct. 7. Fall 2012 Page 33


Lincoln Kids! MilkWorks

Lincoln Children’s Museum

5930 S. 58th, Suite W; 402-423-6402; milkworks.org

1420 P St., Wheelchair accessible, 402-477-4000, lincolnchildrensmuseum.org

Breastfeeding 101 For expectant moms and dads. Learn breastfeeding basics, as well as common challenges mothers face when breastfeeding and where to get support. Breastfeeding book included. $20.

Beginning August 20 Closed on Mondays (LPS back in school) EXCEPT on Sept. 3, Oct. 1, 15 (LPS out of school).

Kindersigns Signing is a perfect way to communicate with your 6-18 month old. It helps pre-verbal children express themselves and reduces frustration for kids and parents. Grandparents welcome. Class meets once a week for 4 weeks. $20. You Can Do It! (FREE) Return to Work or School and Breastfeed Your Baby, presentation designed for moms planning to return to work outside the home while breastfeeding. Features panel of moms who will share practical advice, guidance from a lactation consultant and door prizes, including a Pump In Style. Registration limited. Milk Memos Small group setting for new mothers returning to work or school while breastfeeding. Join us during your maternity leave; learn the “ins and outs” of pumping, storing milk and returning to work. Attend anytime. One-time fee of $10. Introducing Solids & Making Your Own Baby Food For parents of babies 3-9 months old. Covers tips on readiness signs, safety awareness, introducing new foods and making your own baby food (go organic if you want to!). $10 Weigh & Stay at LMEP Drop in to weigh your baby, visit with a Lactation Consultant and ask questions about your baby’s latch or weigh gain. All moms are welcome. Free. Baby Weigh Station (FREE) Weigh your baby during open hours 7 days a week. We’ll answer questions about weight gain. Well-child facility; don’t worry about sick children in the waiting room! Mom Talk (FREE) Bring your baby. Join other breastfeeding mothers for companionship. Share breastfeeding information. Drop in! All moms welcome. Twin Talk (FREE) If you are expecting twins, or breastfeeding multiples, join other moms for learning and support. No registration. Older siblings welcome.

Museums, Parks, Zoos Saturday Nights Hyde Memorial Observatory, Holmes Lake, 811PM, three telescopes, video programs, knowledgeable volunteers. spacelaser.com

Ager Play Center 1300 S. 27th St.; $2.75/person 12 months & older, 441-6788. M-F 9AM-5PM; (next door to zoo)

October 29 & 30 Halloween Hurrah, 6-8 p.m. $3 Trick-orTreating, plus admission or membership applies

Lincoln Children’s Zoo 1222 S. 27th St., 402-475-6741; lincolnzoo.org

August 1 Clown Day with clowns from Calliope Clown Alley, 5-8PM. Activities and great prizes. August 8 Hy-Vee Beast Feast, 5-8PM. Visit five stations around the Zoo and taste foods similar to what our animals eat and see their actual meals. August 15 The Bird is the Word, 5-8PM. Interactive activities all about the Zoo’s feathered friends. August 18 State Fair Day, 10AM-3PM. Visit a mini version of the Nebraska State Fair right here. Games, activities, and good old fair food! August 22 Go Green Day, 5-8PM. Learn how you can recycle, plus what the Zoo does to conserve. August 29 Butterfly Bonanza, 5-8PM. Last chance to visit Laura’s Butterfly Pavilion.

Museum of Nebraska History 15th & P Streets. No admission charge. 402-471-4754; nebraskahistory.org

Through October Pioneering Aviators from Flyover Country, From farm boys testing homemade biplanes in hay meadows near Ewing to World War I aces, barnstormers and lady airmail pilots. Through October Quilting for a Cause: Nebraska’s Fundraising Quilts, features 15 quilts used in fundraising efforts from the Civil War to present day. Hour at the Museum July 31: Reading The Pony Express, 1011AM. Aug. 7: Reading The Boy Who Loved Bears: A Pawnee Tale, 10-11AM. August 31-February 13 Hard Time: Historic Nebraska Mug Shots Exhibit September 2 Abraham Lincoln Statue Rededication, Nebraska State Capitol, 2PM. Brown Bag Forums Third Thursdays, noon. Aug. 16: “Tourist Traps and Attractions along Nebraska Highways”. Sept. 20: “Historic Impact of the Spanish World on Nebraska”. Oct. 18: Tractor test & Power Museum.

Play space for small children, toddlers and all ages. Reading area, 2-level play structure, 3 ball pits, slides and a maze of tunnels, riding toys and wagons. Children must be 3 yrs or older and under 48" tall to play in structure.

Investigation Station Connecting children and adults to evidence they use to make their own discoveries: four permanent stations: the Native American Tipi; Pack Your Wagon; Build a Town; and, Auto Touring Camp. 1-4PM.

International Quilt Museum

Pioneers Park Nature Center

1523 N. 33rd; 472-6549; quiltstudy.org; mose2@unl.edu

August 3, September 7, October 5 First Friday, 4:30-7PM. FREE. August 5 Quilt Identification Day Page 34 • lincolnkidsinc.com

West end Pioneers Park; pre-register/pre-pay for classes unless noted. 402-441-7895 lincoln.ne.govcity/parks/naturecenter/

September 9 Grandparent’s Nature Fun Day, 2-4PM; Prairie Bldg, $5/person; register by Sept. 6.

September 10-November 12 Mondays (no class Oct. 1 & Oct. 15) Hand in Hand: Fall Fun, 10-11:30AM, 2½-3½ yr olds with adult; Prairie Bldg; $65/8 week session; register by Sept. 3. September 14-November 10 Hayrack Rides. Family, group and special event rides available. 30 people/$180, 60 people/$300, 90 people/$400. Call to register. September 21 Hayrack ride, 7-8:30PM, $7/person; register by Sept. 18. September 22, October 13 Backyard Composting, 10AM, Composting demonstration area; Free. September 23 Poetry on the Prairie, 2-3:30PM, Prairie Bldg; donation. September 28 Hayrack ride, 7-8:30PM, $7/person; register by Sept. 26. October 5 Zombie Hayrack ride, 8-9:30PM, $7/person; register by Oct. 1. October 6 Forestry badge for Webelos, 9:30AM-Noon, Prairie Bldg; $10/scout; register by Sept. 28. October 15 Behind the Scenes with Nature Center Animals, 3-4:30PM, Prairie Bldg; $5/school aged child. October 16 Animal Antics: Creepy Crawlies, 10-11AM, Prairie Bldg; $3/person. October 18, 19, 20 Spooktackular! Skits, live animals & a campfire. 6-9PM; 1 hour tours every 15 min.; $6/person; register by Oct. 15.

UNL-Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall 14th & U St., Lincoln; 472-2642; museum.unl.edu

A natural history museum featuring fossil elephants, wildlife dioramas, rocks and minerals, and a hands-on discovery center. October 23, 24 & 25 Fright at the Museum, 5-9PM. Children and families in costumes are invited to visit afterhours to explore spook-tacular exhibits and hands-on activities. There will be games, music, haunted hallways, candy give-aways, and more! Regular museum admission charged. Through November 30 “Minerals & Meteorites,” a display of rare minerals and meteorites in Cooper Gallery. Ongoing Bizarre Beasts: Past & Present. Go back in time to explore the forces that caused some of planet Earth’s most strange creatures to adapt to different environments–and eventually become extinct. Beasts include dinosaurs, armored fish, a giant flying reptile, and more. Sunday with a Scientist 1:30-4:30PM, third Sunday of each month. Educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to natural history through talks, demonstrations, activities or by conducting their science on site. Sept. 16: Biofuel; Oct. 21: Ogallala Aquifer; Free Thursdays Through Aug. 30, the public may visit the museum free of charge from 4:30-8PM. Thursdays only. Regular admission to Mueller Planetarium fulldome shows will apply. After

Aug. 30, Morrill Hall will continue to be open until 8PM Thursdays, but beginning Sept. 6, regular admission will be charged. Planetarium Shows “Forces of Nature” Tuesdays through Sundays 3PM and Thursdays 7PM. “A Starry Tale” Tuesdays through Sundays 2PM. spacelaser.com

Strategic Air & Space Museum 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland; 402-9443100; strategicairandspace.com

August 4: Musuem Family Fun Carnival September 29 through January 2013 Robots. From Movies to manufacturing, interactive exhibits allow visitors to see robots in action and build their own robotic creations. October 27: Trick or Treat & Airplane Peek and Costume Contest, 9AM-Noon.

YMCA Camp Kitaki 402-434-9222; ymcalincoln.org/kitaki (see ad pg. 40)

September 1-3 Labor Day Family Camp. Spend the weekend with your family in one of our cabins! All meals and activities included. September 14-16 Fall Round-Up. Ages 10 to 14. $110. Come out for a weekend of horseback riding, archery, crafts and more! October 13-14, 19-20, 20-21, 26-27, 27-28 Halloween Camp Overnights for ages 7-14. $50. Venture into the haunted barn, explore the woods on a spooky trail hike and get dressed up for a costume dance! We also have plenty of fun daytime activities, all in a safe and supervised environment.

Churches July 30-August 3 CP Kids MegaCamp, Christ’s Place Church August 25 The Lesters Concert, Piedmont Park Seventhday Advenist Church, 4801 A St., 402-4891344. October 28 The Allen Family Concert, Piedmont Park Seventh-day Advenist Church, 4801 A St., 402-489-1344.

Lincoln Berean Church 6400 S. 70th St.; 430-4834; lincolnberean.org

Fridays Celebrate Recovery, biblically based 12 step recovery program for overcoming addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. Free childcare/kid activities: infants-8th grade. Dinner in Coffeehouse, 6PM (adults/$3, kids/$2, under 5/free, max $10/family). 6:50PM, Praise & Worship. 8PM, Open Share small groups. 9PM, “Crosstalk” Fellowship and snacks in CoffeeHouse. Call the church office at 402.483.6512

First-Plymouth, UCC 2000 D Street; 402-476-7550; firstplymouth.org

Pet Grief Group 2nd Thursday of month in Resource Room. A support group for anyone mourning a recent passing of an animal companion. The group is interfaith and is focused on coping strategies. September 9 National Pet Remembrance Service, Courtyard, 3PM Service. Bring photo of your


Lincoln Kids! pet, if you wish. The ministry will provide cutout ornaments for the remembrance trees. September 15 Animal Blessing 2012, Courtyard. 1PM: Rescue and Shelter Booths and Registration; 2PM: Service followed by individual blessings. Bring a photo of your pet if they aren’t able to attend. One of our Pastors will provide a blessing.

Sports Through August 5 USA Roller Sports Artistic Figure Skating Championships, Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S., 402-483-7551, usarollersports.org August 10-12 Zone 5 Regional Skeet Shooting Tournament, Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club August 10-12 Nebraska Special Olympics Sports Classic, Abbott Sports Complex...Over 1,000 athletes will compete in this annual sports classic. Events are at different venues throughout the city. sone.org August 12 USA Triathlon, Women’s TryATHLON, Holmes Lake, 402-488-8280; usatriathlon.org/; S. 70th St. & Holmes North Shore Rd. August 12 Star City Splash & Dash, Holmes Park, 3701 S. 70th; 402-488-8280. August 17-19 American Bicycle Association, Cornhusker Nationals, Star City BMX August 17-19 USA/ABA BMX Cornhusker Nationals August 30-8 Sports Car Club of America National Championship, Lincoln Airpark

Lincoln Saltdogs Haymarket Park, 402-474-BALL; saltdogs.com

July 31-August 2: Laredo Lemurs August 6-8: Wichita Wingnuts August 10-12: Gary South Shore Railcats August 17-19: Amarillo Sox August 20-23: Sioux Falls Pheasants

Lincoln Stars The Ice Box, 402-474-7827; lincolnstars.com

September 28: Sioux Falls Stampede October 5: Des Moines Buccaneers October 12: Tri-City Storm October 19-20: Fargo Force

Out-of-Town Events Through September 2 Mindbender Mansion. An immersive exhibition full of brainteasers and interactive challenges. The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., 402-444-5071; durhammuseum.org Through September 9 Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Travel to the Land of Oz in this delightful exhibit based on the book. Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St., 402-342-6164. ocm.org; info@ocm.org October 14 Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee. Family friendly fiddle contest for all ages. 2:30PM, downstairs in Old Avoca Schoolhouse, on 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34, Avoca. 402-2753221, greenblattandseay.com.

Homestead National Monument 8523 W. State Hwy. 4, Beatrice, 223-3524; nps.gov/home

Through August Daily Living History Demonstrations Through September From Longships to Spaceships: A Thousand Years of Exploration

September 8 NAND “Fuel Up With Color” 5K And 1 Mile Fun Run, Holmes Lake

August 4 Kids in Parks Programs: Nature Detective Series, 10AM.

September 16 Abbott Endurance League Round 5, Abbott Sports Complex

August 4, 11, & 18 August Campfire Programs: America of the Homestead Act, 7PM.

October 26-28 Alpaca & Llama Show Grand Nationals, Lancaster Event Center

September Celebrate National Homesteading Education Month

UNL Campus Rec Youth Programs

September 1-3 Special Historical Demonstrations and Crafts

crec.unl.edu/youth; 402-472-3467

Sept. 1, 15, 22, 29; OCt. 27; Nov. 10, 17 Jr. Blackshirts day camp for kids 2-12 years of age during select home football games. $25/child. (See ad pg. 11.)

UNL Athletics 472-1132 or (800) 8-BIGRED

August 18: VB Scrimmage, August 24: VB vs. St. Louis August 25: VB vs. UCLA September 1: FB vs. Southern Miss September 6: VB vs. Oklahoma September 7: VB vs. Dequesne September 8: VB vs. Kentucky September 15: FB vs. Arkansas State September 22: FB vs. Idaho State September 26: VB vs. Michigan State September 29: FB vs. Wisconsin September 30: VB vs. Michigan October 12: VB vs. Wisconsin October 13: VB vs. Minnesota October 26: VB vs. Ohio State October 27: FB vs. Michigan October 28: VB vs. Penn State

September 1-2 Living Homesteader Reunion Weekend September 3 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Spelling Bee at the Freeman School, 2PM. September 17 U.S. Immigration Naturalization Ceremony – Constitution Day, 2PM. September 22 Public Lands Day Volunteer Project – Deer Survey, 9:30AM. September 26 Prairie Visions Writing Festival September 23 Prairie Appreciation Week Program, 2PM. September 29 Prairie Work Day: A Prairie Appreciation Week Event, 9:30AM October 3, 4 & 5 Pioneer Days October 7 NEW in 2012: The Homestead Hedge Apple

Festival October 13 & 14 Family History Weekend - Finding Your Homesteading Ancestors

Out-of-Town Halloween Happenings (see pg. 27 for additional information) September 21–October 31 Vala’s Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival. 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, 402-332-4200; valaspumpkinpatch.com (see ad pg. 25) September 15–October 28 Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm Pumpkin Festival. 911 108th St., rural Avoca. Take Hwy. 34 (O St.) east 27 mile to 108th St., then 1/2 mile north. 402-267-4104. bloompumpkinpatch.com. (see ad pg. 25) October 2-31 Cobweb Castle, Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. 402-342-6164, info@ocm.org

“Untitled” by Hannah, Roeloffs, age 13

October 20 (FREE) Howling Homestead at Homestead National Monument of America, 6PM. 8523 W. NE Hwy 4, Beatrice; 402-223-3514, nps.gov/home

Support Groups

Lincoln Area Families with Multiples

Answers4Families Information, opportunities for dialogue, education, and support for families, children and adults with disabilities, individuals over 60, and providers, including state and national resources, support group schedules, organizations, and tips for coping with a variety of issues. Free database (nrrs.ne.gov) of Nebraska service providers. Helpline, 800-746-8420; Answers4Families.org

Attachment Parenting International, (API) of Lincoln Providing emotional, educational, and practical support to parents practicing attachment style parenting or who wish to learn more. Meets at 1st United Methodist Church, 2723 North 50th St., on 1st Saturday of month at 10:30AM. If you believe in responding sensitively to baby’s cues and practicing parenting methods that create healthy emotional bonds (also known as secure attachment) between parent and child, http://www.orgsites.com/ne/api/ for more information.

Autism Family Network A support organization alternating between fun and informative events. Cathy Martinez, Board President @ afnlincoln@aol.com.

Cancer Support Groups Various cancer support groups and services for patients, family members, friends. to find out more, contact the American Cancer Society, 5733 S 34th Street, Ste 500, 402-423-4888.

Charlie Brown’s Kids Grief Support Group 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6-8PM, Grief support group for children ages 3-18 who have experienced the death of a parent. Parents meet at same time. Youth share their feelings through books, discussions, art, writing and remembrance projects. Sheridan Lutheran, 6955 Old Cheney, 483-1845, Bev Prucha, B3549@aol.com

Fibromyalgia Group Group not currently tjkeller.net/lincolnsupport/

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Good Neighbor Mothers Offering Moms Support Mom’s support group through 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Good Neighbor Community Center, 2617 Y Street, 402477-4173. Angel, 423-6117.

Heartland Home Schoolers For home schooling families in the Lincoln area, regardless of religious beliefs. Providing encouragement for moms; activities for home schooled students, including skating parties, spelling bee, science fair and more. homeschool-life.com/ne/heartland/.

Help for Attention Deficit Disorders First Tuesday, 6-7:30PM. Parenting network. Creative/challenging activities for children, support/education for parents. Family meal provided. 5903 Walker Ave., 471-3700.

La Leche League of Lincoln La Leche League (lllusa.org/web/LincolnNE.html) offers a monthly Series Meeting, a weekly Breastfeeding Café, and a monthly meeting for mothers of toddlers. Free of charge. Thursdays South Group meets 3rd Thursdays 6:30PM, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 8320 S. St.; 4503240; roberts1715@gmail.com; Friday Breastfeeing Cafe, 10:30AM at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St., 402-540-8568, brooke@thousandhills.org; Toddler Group, 10AM, Warrent United Methodist Church, 1205 N. 45th St., Abi, 402-465-8065, webhenke@windstream.net

For families welcoming multiples into their lives, and the joys and challenges that come with them. Find support at 434-6533; coordinator.lafm@gmail.com; lincolnmultiples.org; LAFM, P.O. Box 5911, Lincoln, 68505-5911.

Montessori After Six For parents of children 5-9 years, Lincoln Montessori School, 489-8110.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) 1st, 3rd Wednesdays, Southwood Lutheran Church, 9300 S. 40th St. (south of 40th & Yankee Hill Rd.) 9-11:15AM. Speakers, crafts, book club, playgroups, babysitting co-op, and activities for children. Daycare available. southwoodlutheran.org/get-connected/children-and-families/mopsmothers-of-pre-schoolers or Jennifer: 402-328-9247; jennifermchargue@hotmail.com

M.O.M.S. (Meeting Other Mothers) Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington, Tuesdays, 9:30-11AM, conversation, speakers, crafts snacks, service projects & various topics; also holiday parties & field trips. Daycare available: $3/1 child and $1 each additional. Melissa Nickolaus, 464-6921.

MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 9-11 AM, New Covenant Church, 6000 S 84th St. Non-denominational program to encourage, equip, and help women become the best moms they can be. Build friendships; have fun with other moms. Women with children birth through kindergarten are invited to join. Childcare provided. All children are cared for in a nurturing and fun atmosphere. They will experience love in a preschool like setting. $6/meeting. Ann Waite, 309706-9319; ann.waite@gmail.com; newcovchurch.org

Mourning Hope Grief Support 402-488-8989, email hope@mourninghope.org or visit mourninghope.org

Mother’s Support Group Wednesdays at Bryan Health Family Birthplace at the Institute for Women’s & Children’s Health. Facilitated by lactation consultants. Call 402-481-7103 for information.

Open Hearts Adoption Support Group Fellowship for families who have adopted children; family centered events (such as Christmas Party, Ethnic Party, Picnic, Mother’s Tea, Harvest Party). Supported through dues and gifts. All families welcome, especially if you want to find out more about adoption! Dates and locations vary, contact Sherie Quirie, 465-5841 or at lincoln_openheartsadoption.blogspot.com

Parents of Children with Feeding Difficulties Monthly, lower level Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, 575 S. 70th St. Bringing parents of children with feeding difficulties together to share experiences, helpful hints, recipes, and information on feeding programs/clinics in the surrounding area. Visit bigtent.com/groups/feedingsouls; or Facebook at Feeding Souls of the Midwest or or JenniferMcHargue@ hotmail.com; or Jennifer 328-9247.

Clubs & Organizations The Prairie Astronomy Club Last Tuesday of each month, open to general public, 7:30PM. Hyde Memorial Observatory, south side of Holmes Lake in southeast Lincoln. prairieastronomyclub.org

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“Untitled” by Samantha Alvaredz, age 11, Art Planet

“Untitled” by Ava Morten, age 6, Art Planet

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Lincoln Kids!

Mud Day Memories… explored and created in the mud through various experiences. Parents from our proor the second year in gram joined in as well, a row, children from encouraging their Dimensions Early young ones to try out Education Programs @ First-Plymouth spent a day play- mud sliding, mud angels, mud ing in a messy, slippery, cool and sculptures and creations of all luxurious celebration of mud. sorts of handmade mud “goodies.” Mud Day began in Nepal to Infant, toddler, preschool and school age children played, connect the children in one local orphanage more closely with nature. It has grown into an international celebration that now connects children throughout the world through joyous mud play. Somehow the concept of children choosing to play in mud on the same day emphasizes that we are all connected to the Earth and thereChildren participate in Mud Day at Dimensions. Photo by Dana L. Miller, Director of Research at Dimensions. fore to each other.

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Lincoln Kids!

ARTS ARE BASIC to Host Walking Tour of Duncan’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden Sept. 2nd by Liz Ahea-McCoy, President Friends of Arts Are Basic

the creative process through an herbs and vegetables ARTS exploration of elements that are in an enclosed garARE integral to a work (or works) of art den, grasses, trees, he Friends of ARTS ARE (which serves as the text). flowers and a vineBASIC invites the commuBASIC Fundamental to the AAB proyard. In addition, nity to attend a walking Formed in gram, interdisciplinary (social you will enjoy tour of Karen and Robert 1989, ARTS studies, language arts, science, dancers and instruDuncan’s Sculpture Garden from ARE BASIC math, etc.) curricular needs are mental and vocal 1–4 p.m., Sunday, September 2. has been helpalso addressed by these activities. performing artists as The Duncans’ art collection ing teachers Visit doane.edu/artsarebasic to you stroll through springs from an interest that began keep their learn more. the property. in the 1970s and has evolved into classrooms The Butterfield Sculpture For Walking Tour questions: Artworks adorn an informed, focused pursuit. The alive with the grazes near the front entrance contact: Liz Shea-McCoy every area of the 35couple enjoys traveling to galArts and proPresident, Friends of AAB, at acre sculpture garden – a tranquil leries, museums, international vide a different way to engage 402430-5923 or setting to relax, enjoy nature and fairs and studios across the globe, other forms of intelligence, such liz_shea@windstream.net savor art by notable American and searching for art that captures as kinesthetic, visual-spatial and international artists. More than 60 their enthusiasm. Generosity is a creative thinking. works are located throughout the big part of who they are, evident ARTS ARE BASIC gardens. Several, such as David by Karen and Robert’s agreeing to (AAB) is an aesthetic eduIreland’s “The Big Chair,” this event to benefit ARTS ARE cation program, unique to “Garden of Memory BASIC, as well as lending their Lincoln and rural (Amphitheatre)” artwork to Nebraska, in which particiby Anne and museums pating teachers, working Patrick Poirier for exhibiwith visual or performing and Richard tion. For artists, develop classroom Long’s “Rain example, curricula for their own stuLine” were comthe gigantic dents, offering teachers a pleted on site. S o p h i e way to deepen learning Tickets are Ryder rabacross many disciplines. It limited to 800 bit, “Upside is the only program in Ever Seen a Kusama Pumpkin? guests and will D o w n Nebraska that connects Sursis Flower Sculpture be available to Kneeling,” teaching artists, K-12 For ARTS ARE BASIC quespurchase for is currently classroom teachers and aftertions please contact: Rhea Gill, $20 beginning August 1 at Stem at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture school staff and students, thereby AAB Executive Director, Gallery, 5630 P Street, and at varGarden south of Chicago. enhancing ways of learning about rhea.gill@doane.edu or 402-466ious locations during First Friday, Master Gardeners will be availone’s self and one’s environment, 4774 August 3. Any remaining tickets able to answer questions and share together building a connection to will be available the day of the their knowledge of the landscape’s a work of art. These activities Photographs by Ricardo Barros event for $25. unique offerings, including fresh allow their students to experience

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Now Enrolling • Christ-centered 2, 3 & 5 day sessions • Tradional Preschool 8:30-11:30 • NEW afternoon “More to Explore” Art and Math Pre-K class 12:30-3:30 • Limited Space Available

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Reaching Children through the Power of God’s Love.


Lincoln Kids!

“Untitled” by Lanie Brott, Age 7, 2nd grade, St. Peter’s School

“Tractor at Work”, by Jayden Harper, kindergarten, created in the After School Enrichment Program at Eagle Elementary “Untitled” by Jacob Depenbusch, age 13, Art Planet

“Untitled” by Hannah, Roeloffs, age 13

“Sweeping Leaves” by Hannah Tang, Age 6, Grade K, Maxey Elementary School

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“Happy Halloween” by Cecilia Howell, age 7, St. John’s Catholic School

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FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT速 FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

PLAY HERE SHAPE THEIR FUTURE

Come join in the fall fun at Camp Kitaki! Family Camp Labor Day Family Camp Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3 Spend the weekend with your family in one of our cabins! All meals and activities are included.

Campouts Fall Round-Up Friday evening, September 14 to Sunday, September 16 Ages 10 to 14. Price $110. Come out for a weekend of horseback riding, archery, crafts and more!

Halloween Camp October 13-14, 19-20, 20-21, 26-27, 27-28 Ages 7 to 14. Price $50. Venture into the haunted barn, explore the woods on a spooky trail hike and get dressed up for a costume dance! We also have plenty of fun daytime activities, all in a safe and supervised environment.

Space is limited, call to reserve your spot today!

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