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FEB MAR APR “Springtime Bird”

by Brielle Christine Braunsroth, age 9, Homeschooled

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COVER ARTIST SPRING 2017 Brielle Christine Braunsroth Age: 9 Grade: 3rd Any siblings? Yes,

Caileigh is 10 years old & Joshua is 5 years old

Favorite Subject: Art! Brielle’s Self Portrait, Favorite Color: Blue a face study Favorite Animal: Elephant Any pets? Yes, Charlie, a 3 year old Vizsla. What is your dream job? Future President of the United States! It seems interesting...

What are your hobbies? Art, riding my scooter,

jumping on the trampoline, and reading.

Fun Fact! In person, “Springtime Bird” has glow-inthe-dark paint in the background!

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Drawings • Paintings • Sketches •

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Look for your artwork throughout the paper & in the gallery on pages 42-43!

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ello and happy Spring! I just love this time of year, the warmth of the season breathes new life into the air. I get a touch cabin-feverish during the dead of winter. To keep my mind off the cold, I decided to make some changes to the paper - I hope you enjoy the new look! We’ve made a lot of new memories the past few months. Our own Lincoln Kid, Kenny, celebrated his half-birthday in January. He started crawling one week later and hasn’t stop moving since! We’ve had some fun introducing solid foods into his diet. I attended the Introduction to Solids class at MilkWorks (more about MilkWorks can be found on page 36). Then, on New Year’s Eve, Kenny enjoyed his first official solid food: mashed potatoes & gravy (homemade turkey stock). I’m not going to lie, I had a little anxiety about this stage, but it has actually turned out to be quite

fun! We’ve since then explored a variety of foods, his favorite being peas! Yay for veggies! I know many of you have children who are past this stage and enjoy cooking and creating their own meals. Foodie Kids, a new place in town where kids cook, play, learn, and compete, may be just the place for them! You can find out more about them from their ad on page 20, next to Pediatric Dentistry. Speaking of dentistry, did you know February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Fitting, since it’s also the month of Valentine’s Day, when chocolates and candy are abundant. The Spring months have so much to offer–like enjoying food that’s toogreen-to-be-true on St. Patty’s day, good-natured pranks and jokes on April Fool’s, and of course the joy of decorating Easter eggs (don’t forget about those healthy dental habits for all that Easter candy, too)! Plus, it’s time to gear up for a fun summer! Throughout this issue you will find oodles of information about the beloved camps and programs offered throughout our community. There’s even more to come in the Summer issue. So here’s to you and the soon-tobe warm weather. I hope you and your family have a lovely Spring!

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Contents Articles & Columns

About the LK! Cover Artist............................................3 Bright Lights......................................................................5 Lincoln Children's Museum..........................................6 Nebraska Game & Parks...............................................8 Pioneer's Park Nature Center......................................9 Lincoln Parks & Recreation.........................................10 Morrill Hall Activity...........................................................11 Lincoln Children's Zoo...................................................12 Capital Humane Society...............................................15 Pet Training Series.........................................................16 Spring Creek Prairie “Birdnerd Blurb”....................16 Severe Weather Preparedness...........................17 LUX Center for the Arts.................................................18 Lollipop's Children's Hair Salon..................................19 Pediatric Dentistry..........................................................20 Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln...............................21 Lincoln Irish Dancers....................................................22 Lincoln Southwest High School.................................23 Dimensions Education...................................................24 Happy Birthday Nebraska...........................................31 Camp Kitaki......................................................................33 Nebraska Dyslexic Association.................................34 Lincoln City Libraries....................................................35 MilkWorks.......................................................................36 Rejoicing in Life with Down Syndrome......................37 ArtReach Update.............................................................42

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Child Care & Education Centers.........................26-27 Little One’s Activities....................................................27 Lessons & Activities......................................................28 Capital Birthday Parties...............................................29 2017 Camp Directory....................................................30

Support Groups.............................................................38 Calendar of Events...............................................39-41 Children's Art Gallery..........................................42-43  ublisher, Editor in Chief, & Sales – Karla Goerl P Publishing Consultant – Mark Martin Distribution - Bennett Martin Printer – Page 1 Printers Graphics, & Photos – Local Youth, Ron Wheeler’s Fat Free Clip Art, Pixabay, GraphicStock, & Dreamstime Lincoln Kids! Newspaper is operated by Bennett & Karla, Inc. We are a quarterly family newspaper published in February, May, August & November. Copyright ©2017 by Bennett & Karla, Inc. All rights reserved. We are not responsible for errors and omissions. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission prohibited. Lincoln Kids! encourages your submission of feature articles, p h o to graphs and ideas. We reserve the right to edit submitted material. All submissions will be considered for publication. Materials will not be returned unless prior arrangements are made. Advertising and information is accepted at the discretion of the publisher. Current and past issues may be viewed online at www.LincolnKidsInc.com.

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Bright Lights Summer Learning Adventures By Lindsey Walsh, Program and Marketing Specialist, Bright Lights: Summer Learning Adventures

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chool personnel do an amazing job of teaching, guiding and interacting with students during the school year. They pour hundreds of hours of time into their students to give the best academic edge possible. But what happens during the summer? According to a report from the National Summer Learning Association by Duke University Professor Harris Cooper, “We found that kids do forget over the summer. Across the board, all kids lose some…skills.” His suggested solution? “Summer affords more freedom to digress from a prescribed curriculum, so you can study at a more leisurely, individualized pace.” Bright Lights, a local summer learning program 30 years strong, is an ideal way for elementary and middle school students to maximize the fun of summer vacation while avoiding learning loss. Students pick a subject that appeals to them and spend a week delving into the subject through a variety of teacher-led activities. As one parent said, “My six-year-old thought she was spending a week enjoying Dr. Seuss, but it was so much more than that! She learned about science, math and other subjects in a fun environment. I don’t think she even realized she was learning.”

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2017 Full-Day Camp Offerings Include: Our always popular Lego EV3 Robotics Camp will return June 12-16. Experienced robotics teachers will engage the students in real-life problem solving as they learn to build and program their robots. The only challenge you’ll have is getting your student to leave the classroom each day! Hogwarts Camp will return June 26-30 filled with magical creatures, advanced potions, wand and quill skills, a trip to Diagon Alley and so much more. It’s an extraordinary experience that no one will want to miss! Could Superman really fly? How does Wonder Woman’s invisible jet work? Could Captain America really survive being frozen? Gather evidence to answer these questions and more in our Science of Superheroes Camp, July 10-14. Plus explore science careers that are leading the way from turning fiction into fact. In the new Five Days…Five Challenges Camp from June 5-9, students will learn a new skill from a professional (think chef, TV producer, construction engineer, etc.) and embark on an assignment to test their problem solving, determination, daring intellect and creativity both individually and as a team. Be prepared for unexpected twists and quests that will lead to daily prizes! Bright Lights is once again collaborating with the UNL Department of Engineering to offer Engineering Camp, July 10-14, on the UNL campus. During this amazing camp, students who have completed grades 6th-8th will build robots made from discarded computer parts and explore civil, electrical, mechanical, computer and biological engineering under the guidance of the Engineering College faculty. It’s an amazing learning experience! A detailed schedule of all of Bright Lights full-day camps and half-day classes will be available at BrightLights.org beginning in early March, with registration starting April 1. Spring 2017 • Page 5


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Create, Discover, and Learn Something New Every Day

By Tara Knuth Executive Director Lincoln Children’s Museum

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Auditions for -

2017-18 Choirs Friday, March 31 Saturday, April 1 Appointment required Register for a time at:

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t the heart of Lincoln Children’s Museum is a desire to involve children in their own growth and development. We provide hands-on interactive exhibits and activities that engage kids in the world around them and make learning fun. Our 23,000 square feet of exhibit & activity space is focused primarily on imaginative fun, fueling creativity and independence. We’ve seen the positive impact our camps and educational activities have had on children of all ages, and we want to continue expanding and cultivating the experiences, memories, and fun learning that our programs inspire. To achieve this, we have infused the magic of play into our everyday activities at the Museum in order to round out your experience. Starting in January, we have multiple programs offered throughout each day that encourage organic learning from science to music, cooking and beyond. Each day is filled with different subjects and an opportunity to learn something new–no two days are the same. The more you return to the Museum, the more you will learn. To accommodate this new format, we are building an entirely

new exhibit thanks to funding from the Rogers Foundation. This exhibit, called Tinker Theater, will be a dedicated instructional space that will allow you and your children room to settle in as you watch and listen. Your children will actively learn about a number of topics through exciting and innovative methods. There will be Music and Movement, Kindergarten Prep, Oh Snap! Science and even Baby Sign Language. These activities will give children a more structured atmosphere without the confines of a classroom setting, and will allow them to feel more involved in their learning as they play. Lincoln Children’s Museum’s mission is to invite children to create, discover and learn through the power of play. We recognize the importance of providing multiple types of play within our building to accommodate various learning styles. This addition of free structured programming and dedicated demonstration space will increase the impact the Museum can make on children every day and we are so excited to share it with all of Lincoln’s families. We look forward to seeing you again at Lincoln’s Children’s Museum!


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Giving Children a Sense of Place By Lindsay Rogers, Wildlife Education Specialist

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ebraska does not have the climate of Hawaii. We do not have mountains like Colorado. And it is no surprise that we do not have oceans like California. But we do have many other things worth noting (and noticing). We have the Sandhills–the largest sand dune ecosystem in the western hemisphere covering more than 20,000 acres. We have saline wetlands–saltwater filled wetlands formed from the rise of groundwater through salt deposits. We have stonerollers–tiny cool-water stream fish that actually roll small pebbles to create a nest. We have one of the last strongholds for the Endangered American Burying Beetle – tiny red and black beetles that bury small mammals to feed their young. And

we have children–eager students ready to learn about intriguing and impressive things. Yet, when I ask a room full of enthusiastic students to name one Nebraska mammal, I get responses such as “tiger,” “lion,” or “bear.” I should note we don’t have any of these. We do have tiger salamanders, mountain lions and woolly bear caterpillars, along with six species of shrews, 13 species of bats and 12 species of owls. Place-based education is the practice of teaching about local cultures, economies and natural history. When we focus learning on a student’s local community or region, we give them a sense of place and a sense of belonging. Children who are taught using place-based principles attain better academic achievement, gain greater self-confidence and become more involved in their communities. The practice of place-based education is critical for both Nebraska’s wildlife and economy.

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We need today’s smart, innovative children to learn about Nebraska so tomorrow they can lead our state, conserve our landscape and start new businesses. We must teach them about their place – Nebraska. So, as winter’s blustery winds and barren trees turn to spring’s warm breezes and green leaves, I encourage you to head outside to explore all that Nebraska has to offer. Head over to Whitehead Saline Wetland to see thousands of seagulls migrate through. Venture to Schramm State Recreation Area to see Kentucky warblers. Step into your own backyard or local

park on a warm spring night to see bats flying above eating thousands of pesky mosquitoes. When your child wants a new book, check out one focused on Nebraska’s natural history. Consider Out on the Prairie by Donna Bateman, A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet Book by Claudia McGehee, and Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. There are hundreds of books about Nebraska’s natural history. When you need a great at-home activity, work with your child to plant a garden. Fill it with native cone flowers, black-eyed Susans or spiderwort. Start with seeds in small cups, then move outside to expand. Not only will your child learn about life cycles, plant habitats and native Nebraska plants, but they will also make great memories. Exploring Nebraska’s natural history as a family is a great way to develop a child’s sense of place. Together you will learn. Together you will make memories.

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A Glimpse Into the Past By Jamie Kelly, Naturalist, Pioneers Park Nature Center

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017 marks 150 years of Nebraska’s statehood. (Statehood Day is March 1, 1867.) During the year you may see many events and programs going on throughout our state in celebration of Nebraska’s birthday. I’ll leave the history lesson to the history buffs, but a lot has changed in 150 years. Before roads and cars, cellphones and computers, and almost two million people, the land that we call Nebraska looked much different. To get a glimpse of what the landscaped looked like over 150 years ago come for visit to Pioneers Park Nature Center and… Experience the Tallgrass Prairie Prairie once spread over the vast landscape of Nebraska and the central Great Plains. However, today, in Nebraska, only pockets

of prairie remain. At Pioneers Park Nature Center we have about 500 acres of prairie. The prairie is open for you to come hike and explore. In the springtime visitors have the joy of observing signs of new life popping up across the landscape. As the days get longer and the temperatures warm, wildflowers such as ground plums and pasque flowers will pop up among the green sprouts of grass, turning the winter prairie from light brown to green. The prairie is ever changing, so visit it frequently to discover its beauty all year long. Visit the Hudson Cabin While out on the prairie, stop by the Hudson Cabin, a log home built in 1863. This cabin was home to the Hudson family from 1863 to the mid 1880’s. Thomas Jefferson Hudson, his wife, Lucinda Dailey (Bright), and their three children, Nannie, John, and Samuel, lived in the home made of logs, milled flooring, and wood shingles. Originally, the home was built south of the village of

Lancaster, along Salt Creek. At that time, their neighbors lived in dugouts, a shelter built into the ground or hillside. The cabin was quite the structure, being noted as “the largest and grandest house” on Salt Creek.

Observe the Bison, Elk, & Whitetail Deer The Nature Center has live animals on exhibit that you can see as you meander through the trails. Our small heard of bison allows visitors to see bison grazing as they would have when they roamed the plains. There are also deer and elk that can be seen from our trails as well as non-releasable raptors including red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, a barred owl, and turkey vultures in outdoor enclosures. Of course, there are also plenty of wild animals that find their home at the Nature Center. From badgers to coyotes, great blue heron, and western meadowlarks, these animals thrive in the natural setting at the Nature Center today just as they may have 150 years ago. These are just a few pieces of the Nature Center that remind us what makes our state special. To learn more about our state’s rich

history you might think about visiting some of our local museums such as the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall, or the Nebraska History Museum. Another wonderful place to explore the tallgrass prairie and Nebraska’s history is Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, located just a few miles southwest of Lincoln. I hope you take time this year to experience some of the resources we have in our community that teach us about the history of our state, about the native plants and animals in Nebraska, and to learn about the people that have lived here for thousands of years. The Nature Center is open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am–5 pm, and on Sunday from noon-5 pm. If you’d like to visit the Hudson Cabin or one room school house come visit us during our annual spring festival, Wild Adventures, on April 29th from 10 am – 1pm. Both the cabin and school house will be open during this free event. We’ll also have games, crafts, special presentation, educational booths, food vendors, and more for a fun filled day of history and nature-themed activities for the whole family. Stay connected with the Nature Center. Look for the Pioneers Park Nature Center official pages, @ LNKnaturecenter, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When you visit the Nature Center we’d love to see your photos. Use #LNKnaturecenter so we can see what adventures you’ve been on at the Nature Center.

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Parks & Recreation Offices Planting New Roots at 32nd & O Submitted by Lincoln Parks & Recreation

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arks and Recreation offices are moving to the office building next to Woods Park in late March 2017. The Parks and Recreation Administration, Athletics, and Planning & Construction sections will then be located on the 3rd floor of the building shared with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. The Lincoln Parks Foundation office will also be moving to the office building at 32nd and O Streets. The Ager building which houses our Ager Indoor Play Center will continue to be open until March 31, 2017. The Historic Preservation Commission approved designating the Ager building as a local landmark. The building was originally designed in 1936 to be an aviary and was constructed through the Federal Works Progress

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Administration (WPA) program, which employed millions of people across America to build parks, bridges and schools between 1935 and 1943. Lincoln Children’s Zoo plans to renovate the interior of the building to provide year-round indoor interactive animal exhibits and children’s play opportunities.

Please come to the new office at 32 & O Streets to: •• Reserve a park shelter or picnic area •• Reserve a park for a wedding •• Apply for an arborist license •• Get a no-cost permit to plant a street tree •• Register for a team sport

•• Have a softball bat checked and certified for City recreational league play •• Purchase swimming pool passes, golf gift cards, and golf memberships All other Parks & Recreation offices and centers will remain the same. If you are looking to register for the immersive nature programs at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, call 402-441-7895. If you want information about the youth, adult and family programming at our various recreation centers, including the very popular Summer Day Camps, contact 402-441-7952. For information about Lincoln City Golf, including youth golf lessons and footgolf, visit lincolncitygolf.org or call the Ager Golf Course at 402441-8963. Though our pools will not open until May 27th, please call 402-441-7960 if you have questions before the season starts. Registration for many of our programs is available online at parks. lincoln.ne.gov, and as always, you

can call our main office at 402441-7847 for any additional assistance you may need. Don’t forget to like and follow our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too! We look forward to continuing to serve Lincoln residents from our new location so stop by and see us! GET OUT. BE ACTIVE. HAVE FUN THIS SPRING!

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Archie’s Spring Science Activity: Frogs

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Submitted By Mandy Haase, Public Relations Coordinator Morrill Hall Experiment adapted from the University of Nebraska State Museum’s “Wonderwise: Women in Science” Kits.

“Archie” the Mammoth, mascot of the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall

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s mascot of Morrill Hall, Archie loves science and natural history! We often find him acting as a scientist setting up experiments to help answer questions about the natural world. This spring, Archie is taking a closer look at frogs. Frogs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. In fact, there are more than 2,500 different kinds of frogs in the world. While some physical features are standard frog equipment, others are designed to fit a frog’s special neighborhood. Bright, crazy colors are probably the first thing you will notice about poison frogs. Some frogs use color as camouflage to disappear in their environment for protection. Others use color to advertise their presence to their enemies. Their bright colors warn enemies that they are armed and dangerous.

Experiment: Frogs Up Close & Personal Supplies: •• With an adult, go online to find & print a picture of a frog •• Paper •• Pencil •• Colorful magazines •• Scissors •• Glue stick or tape Step 1: Take a good look at your frog. Write down everything you observe about the shape, size, color(s) and texture of your frog. Step 2: Some frogs have colors that can either help them camouflage or advertise themselves. Create a colored habitat that will camouflage your frog. Flip through the magazines and tear out colors you think will make your frog disappear. Glue or tape the pieces from the magazine to a piece of paper. Step 3: Tape or glue the image of the frog to your habitat. Step 4: Test your habitat card. Use a magnet to hang your habitat to the refrigerator. Look at your card up close, then step back and check it from afar. Does the habitat camouflage your frog?

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10 Things You Can Do at Zoo Camp By Ryan Gross Director of Creative Strategy Lincoln Children’s Zoo

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he 2017 Summer Camps at Lincoln Children’s Zoo are going to be bigger and better than ever! This year campers will be able to choose from over 115 different camps where they can experience the Zoo in no other way possible. To share some of the great things happening at Zoo Camp this summer, the Zoo’s education team has compiled their top ten favorite things about camp this year.

1. Work with and train animals just like a real zookeeper. 2. Visit secret places in the Zoo that only campers get to see. 3. Choo-Choo! Some campers will help wake up the train in the morning. 4. Sing songs about prancing penguins, waddling ducks and silly sloths. 5. Experience new camps like Storybook Safari, Animal Architects, and Magical & Mythical Creatures. 6. Get creative with crafts! Make a magnificent monkey mask or a hilarious horse hat.

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7. Make new friends–over 1,500 kids take part in Zoo camp each year. 8. Explore the Zoo before it opens and find out what zookeepers do to get ready for the day. 9. It’s weird science! Create science experiments only a zoo could do. 10. Learn what it takes to be a zoo vet, zookeeper and biologist! To find out more about Zoo Camp visit LincolnZoo.org. See our camp line-up on the next page!


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What’s Up at the Humane Society?

Did you know? Capital Humane Society has a Facebook page! We post fun information about what’s happening. Like us and share the information we post to help the animals in need.

Did you know? You can make enrichment items for the pets at Capital Humane Society. Make toys, blankets and beds for the pets in the shelter. The items can be dropped off at either of our locations to help the animals in our care. Find the instructions on the volunteer page of our website.

We are planning our annual Pet Walk and Festival which will take place in May! An awesome way to show your support is to attend the event. Details and registration information will be posted to our website.

Did you know? In 2016, Capital Humane Society received 2,088 lost cats. Felines are the most common type of pet we receive at the humane society and the most common reason is that they were lost. Cat owners can help by keeping their furry felines as indoor only companions. We know it can be very tempting to think letting your cat outside is the right thing to do. However, so many end up hurt or homeless. You can find great information on our website about how to keep your cat happy and safe inside.

Did you know? Rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and other smaller pets are often available for adoption. Many are surrendered to the humane society by their former families. These pets

need loving, lifelong homes. So when you are considering a small furry companion, please check out the ones for adoption.

Did you know? Foster families are needed to care for animals that need time to grow or heal before they can be placed in adoption. You can find more details about the foster care program and an online application on our website.

Did you know? We have great handouts to help you train and understand your pets better. If you need tips about teaching your pet polite manners and how to manage certain behaviors, these useful handouts can be found on the pet’s page of our website.

to everyone who chooses to donate, volunteer, and adopt. Every pet that arrives at Capital Humane Society has a story that matters. With your help, the humane society can continue to assist thousands of animals that arrive at our doors in need each year. Please visit www. CapitalHumaneSociety.org to learn more about the beautiful pets for adoption and the important work being done at Capital Humane Society. Capital Humane Society 402-441-4488 www.CapitalHumaneSociety.org Like us on Facebook!

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The “Come” Command May Save Your Pet’s Life By Allison Hunter-Frederick, Reader, Writer, Animal Lover, Blogger

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ur cat slipped out the door as my husband brought in our groceries. I raced after Lucy. She darted down the porch steps, but stopped at the bottom to sniff the grass. I forced myself to tiptoe until I reached her. Before she could spring back into action, I pounced and thankfully caught her. The scenario could have just as easily ended differently. I could have spent my day searching for Lucy. Worse, she could’ve encountered a dog or sprinted into the path of a car. Because of situations like these, I started to teach her to come on command.

If your cat or dog has ever escaped from you, “come” is the one command that could save their life. Here’s how to teach it. •• Sit near your pet. •• Show him a treat. •• When he focuses on the treat, praise him. •• Wait for him to touch the treat. As soon as this happens, reward him with the treat. •• Step back a foot and present another treat. Put the target under your pet’s nose. While saying his name and issuing the command “come,” draw him closer by drawing the treat closer. •• When your pet comes to you, reward him. •• Each time you repeat this exercise, increase the distance by a foot. If at any point your pet stops coming to you, close the gap until he comes successfully before you widen the gap again. Just like people, every animal is different. Here are some tips to

account for those differences. Location: Start inside. This will reduce distractions. Duration: Keep training sessions short. Cats especially can get bored or overwhelmed. Always end on a positive note. If your dog appears frustrated, relax with play time and review the lesson another time. Method: If you train with a target, you need the right motivator. For some pets reinforcing their behavior with food might work, while for others toys or praise are better. Keep in mind, too, that cats don’t always see things well that are close-up and still. If your cat isn’t finding the treat, point to the treat or toss it on the floor. Your cat will see the movement and know where the treat is. Command: The “come” command should always be followed by a reward, not immediate negative consequences. Your dog may become reluctant to “come” if you scold him for stealing food. A better time for recall would be when you need to locate your cat who

has disappeared within the abyss of your house. Diversity: Mix it up! After your cat learns to come to you from across the living room, switch to a different room or teach her to come when you’re out of sight. As for your dog, why not head outside? Start by attaching a lead to your dog. Let her get interested in something, then call her name and the “come” command while running away from her. As you’re running, lure her by holding a treat at her nose level. Being able to recall your pet on command will make him more responsive and give you immediate control over his behavior. The “come” command is also foundational for other useful commands such as “sit” and “stay”, and for teaching fun stuff like “twirl” and “fetch”. Allison Hunter-Frederick is an administrative assistant who hosts a book review blog, https://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/. She is also a contributing writer for the blog “Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Pet Talk” and for the publications Neighborhood Watch and Lincoln Kids! Newspaper.

Birdnerd Blurb Jason st. Sauver Winter weather is starting to leave and with that brings the thoughts & hopes of spring! Snow melting, grass growing, and soon after...birds returning! There are lots of fun family projects that help birds in the winter & early spring. Have you tried one before? Help scientists all across the country count our birds during the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 17-20. For more info: http://gbbc. birdcount.org/. You can count in your own backyard or park. Also, if you have furry pets…March and April are a great time to brush them

and put their hair in the yard or in a suet feeder – it gives returning & local birds some great nesting materials! And don’t forget your bird houses! Our local birds, like doves, cardinals, and wrens, begin nesting early...so make sure to get some bird houses up before April. If you already have houses up…tidy them up for Spring Cleaning!

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• Great Backyard Bird Count Friday & Saturday, February. 17 & 18, 10-11:30am. Free family bird walks & education - help us count our birds! • Words4Birds! Sunday, Apr. 23, 11am. Poetry workshops, readings, & a Prairie Picnic. Free at Spring Creek Prairie!


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Severe Weather Preparedness By Karla Goerl, Publisher Lincoln Kids! Newspaper

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n the Midwest we can get hit with blizzards, thunderstorms, ice storms, and tornadoes–all in the same year. This type of weather can easily cause shut-ins and power outages. Something that gives me piece of mind is being prepared with an emergency kit. If you don’t already have an emergency kit put together, involving your child while you gather supplies is a great way to practice a variety of skills. Ask him or her to make a list of all the people and pets in your home and what each person would need if you were to lose power. Have them help categorize and organize your supplies. Ask them to help you count items to make sure everyone in your household will have what they need, such as calculating water supply or pet food portions. Then, if severe weather does strike and your kit is needed, it may help calm your child to reassure them that you

have what you need–and that they helped make that possible.

Severe Weather Emergency Kit It’s suggested to prepare your kit for a minimum of three days use. Store in large plastic totes, suitcases, and/or boxes. Some families also have individual kits for each member to include 1 or 2 spare articles of clothing and other personal items. •• Water, 1+ gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation •• Food, non-perishable (nuts, jerky, meal bars, canned food, etc.) •• Manual can opener, if needed •• Battery or hand-crank radio, extra batteries •• Flashlights - one per person, extra batteries •• Battery-powered camp lantern, extra batteries •• Fully charged back-up power bank for cell phone, one per phone, appropriate cords •• First Aid Kit

•• Medications and/or glasses •• Moist Towelettes •• Seal-able containers/bags for refuse and sanitation •• Pet food and water for pets •• Infant food, if needed - formula, bottles, shelf-stable foods •• Diapers & wipes, if needed •• Whistle •• Multipurpose tool •• Tools needed to turn off utilities •• Canned Heat (sternos) •• Matches in a waterproof container •• One or more warm blankets per person •• Plastic Tarp to shelter-in-place •• Duct Tape Please note that this list is not definitive. These items are based off of personal recommendations and the “Basic Disaster Supplies Kit” list on Ready.gov. Only you will know what your family’s individual needs are.

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child can assist with this as well. Have them read off the contents list while you check to make sure everything is included. Ask them to find expiration dates on food items. Have them check to make sure back-up battery packs have appropriate cords for your current phone. If you find you need to include something new, give them hints about what it is to see if they can figure it out, too. This is also a good opportunity to learn about weather. Together you and your child can research how ice accumulates, rain can cause flooding, lightening can impact your electricity, or how tornadoes form. Climate and weather are such interesting subjects, and having a basic understanding of terms and different situations can help anyone feel more calm when watches and warnings are issued. Who knows, perhaps you are raising a future meteorologist!

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Art Outside the Gallery ing impermanent works of art by arranging leaves, sticks, stones, flowers, and more into brilliant patterns and shapes. ost people look forward These installations can last only to spring. By the time the so long. They can get swept away trees start turning green by a gust of wind, jostled by a again we are anxious to stretch passing animal, or wither up entireour legs, ly. But that shake off is part of the cold, and the art! spend time in One of the the sun. For most beausome artists, tiful things the changing a b o u t of seasons nature is brings inspithe conration that s t a n t they turn into c ha nging paintings, of it all. drawings, Think of and photothat agegraphs. old adage Rowan Leaves and Hole created by A n d y a b o u t Andy Goldworthy, made with found leaves Goldsworthy n e v e r is an artbeing able ist of a different sort. He uses to step into the same river twice... nature itself as his medium, mak- it is always moving, always changBy Lindsey Clausen Director of Education, LUX Center for the Arts

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the creativity happen naturally with what you have around. LUX Center for the Arts provides real art classes taught by real artists for kids and adults. You can always find our current list of classes, as well as spring break and summer camps & workshops Spiral Land Sculpture on Sand created by at www.LUXcenter. Andy Goldworthy, made with found rocks org or visit us in historic University ing, and each moment is unique. Place at 2601 N. 28th Street near So what does this mean for Wesleyan University. For more you and me? Goldsworthy’s art information contact Lindsey is a fine example of ways to get Clausen the Director of Education creative outside. Try collaboratat 402.466.8692. ing with your child by working together to collect all the pebbles you can find and arranging them in a spiral, largest to smallest. Take leaves and place them into a spectrum of color. The trick is to look around you, play, explore, and let


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Thinking About That First Haircut? Submitted By the Kid-Friendly Stylists at Lollipop’s Salon

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s parents we usually start planning our child’s first haircut as their first birthday approaches, but as stylists we have come to know that every person’s hair growth is different, including babies. Some cultures carry traditions around haircuts, regarding them as milestones or rights of passage. And just as it’s perfectly normal for one baby to crawl at 6 months, and another at 14 months, it’s safe to say not all haircuts start with that first birthday. So when should you schedule your child’s first haircut? The best answer is when you are ready or the signs are there. Maybe they need just a clean up or a little trim. Perhaps you’re ready for a new look for the little one, or maybe they asked for one themselves. Either way there is no set timeline for when that day has come. Maybe the child’s hair is getting in their eyes, it tangles easily, is hard

to comb through, or has generally become unmanageable. Maybe your family has it’s own tradition, such as the end of the first year at day care, or in preparation for preschool. Or maybe you found your sweet little one donning a new masterpiece atop their head after finding a rogue pair of scissors. Whatever the reason is, there are stylists and salons who specialize in providing a child’s first ’do. So where should you go for the first haircut? Whether you are partaking in a tradition, following your culture, or just winging it, we encourage you to keep your child’s perspective in mind. Find a salon where the stylists have experience not only working with children, but providing a childfriendly environment as well. Here at Lollipop’s, all of our stylists are passionate about children and understand how that baby-soft hair is going to fall with a snip here, or lay with a cut there. We are friendly and gentle, and trained to help even the scaredest of first-timers.

After working with children for so many years we have seen every possible reaction to that first cut, from excitement & amusement, to feeling nervous & unsure, to crying & complete meltdowns. As stylists we go above and beyond to make this the best experience possible by providing a positive environment and making not only the child feel at ease but parents as well. For each new child we see, we try to find what works best to suit their individual needs. Whether they are snacking on animal crackers, playing with toys, or even talking through the haircut, we approach each child uniquely so that we can provide a personalized and comfortable experience. In addition to specializing in children’s cuts, all of us at Lollipop’s are trained to provide services for the whole family, including facial waxing. You can load up all the little ones and come to our salon knowing that you will be taken care of as well. Mom and Dad can get their hair cut while

the kids have fun in the play area. Or maybe your child is more on the frightened side, and witnessing your hair being trimmed first will help ease their mind for when it’s their turn. At Lollipop’s we have been providing quality whole-family services since 1995. Not only do we take pride in our haircuts and treatments, but the overall experience your family will have when you enter our kid-friendly salon. Call Lollipop’s at (402) 484-7866 to schedule your family’s haircuts. We would love to create that first haircut memory for you.

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Eating For a Healthy Smile and Healthy Body In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February), this article was authored by the American Dental Association, with minor content modification by Dr. Brent Johnson, Pediatric Dentistry, P.C.

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any parents issue common refrains at mealtime: “You’d better eat that–it’s good for you” or “Don’t eat that—it’ll rot your teeth!” Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices–from fresh produce to processed convenience meals and snack foods. What children eat, and especially when and how they eat it, affects not only their general health but also their oral health. Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. It’s clear that “junk” foods and drinks gradually have replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many people. For example, the average teenage boy in the U.S. consumes 81 gallons of soft drinks each year!

Alarmingly, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack frequently throughout the day. Common activities may contribute to the tendency toward tooth decay. These activities include “grazing” habitually on foods with minimal nutritional value, and frequently sipping on sugary drinks. When sugar is consumed frequently, often in small amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. Sugar on teeth provides a food source for oral bacteria, which then themselves produce an acid. This acid in turn dissolves the enamel on teeth. Almost all foods have some type of natural sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from

our diets. Many of these foods contain important nutrients and add enjoyment to eating. But there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugars, especially a diet with added sugars. Added sugars can be found in everything from the obvious: candies, sodas, and simple juices; but also, in less obvious sources: fruit snacks, granola bars, and breakfast supplements. Read food labels to identify added sugars and plan carefully for a balanced, nutritious diet for you and your kids. To reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay: •• Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals only, and in moderation. Saliva production increases

during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth. •• Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, and plain milk. •• If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid. •• Monitor beverage consumption. Instead of soft drinks, children should almost exclusively choose water and plain milk. •• Assist your children with good brushing and flossing habits until almost age 10. •• Schedule regular dental visits.

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What Health Information Can You Trust For Your Family? Bob Rauner, MD, MPH, President, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln

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t seems everywhere we go we are bombarded by health information – sensational headlines in the newspaper, miracle diets on magazines in the grocery checkout line, or commercials promoting the latest amazing supplement. Where can parents go for accurate and reliable health information? A few rules of thumb can help.

Search for a Source First, there are plenty of sources on the internet for free, but stick to educational, governmental or non-profit sites. These sites don’t end in “.com”, but rather “.edu”, “.gov” or “.org”. Examples include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc. gov) or nonprofit medical sourc-

es like the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (www.FamilyDoctor.org) or the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic. org, click on the Patient Care tab).

Beware the “Quick Fix” Second, be skeptical of the quick fixes or sensational headlines. Quick fix remedies are usually tricks to get you to buy the latest questionable dietary supplements. Sensational headlines are usually tricks to get you to buy a magazine or “click bait” to get you to click on a website or Facebook link. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Frankly, the things that are best for your family’s health are rarely advertised because they are mostly low cost or free. Things like eating

fruits and vegetables, going for a walk, getting enough sleep, buckling up in the car and avoiding cigarette smoke don’t cost much. Because of this, they aren’t advertised because no one is making money off of these health habits.

Look for “Nature’s Packaging” Third, take a closer look at what you’re buying. Food marketing is especially a problem. Often times, foods advertised with words like “diet”, “low fat” or “low carb” are not really that healthy. The healthiest foods usually have no advertising or buzz words on them because they don’t come in packages, so there is no place for advertisements. Many healthy foods like apples, oranges and carrots come in “nature’s packaging”, and have little room for advertising. Another helpful suggestion for healthy food is to look for single or few ingredient foods. If the box or can has a long list of ingredients or includes the names of things

you don’t recognize, it’s probably not that good for you. Some single-ingredient healthy foods are available prepackaged, for example nuts, milk, and frozen peas. Other low-ingredient foods are, too, like whole wheat pasta–just look for those with simple lists of ingredients like “whole wheat, eggs, olive oil”. Follow these tips and you’ll find it easier to get real health information in the “disinformation” age. Par tnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness, and fitness of our community. We collaborate with other organizations on joint projects to improve health by increasing physical fitness, promoting good nutrition, supporting breastfeeding, and improving cancer screening rates. Our work includes improving health and wellness policies, conducting community level research, and evaluation of the success of local health initiatives.

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Irish Ceili Dance Class For Kids Submitted by the Lincoln Irish Dancers

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oes your family enjoy Irish music? Do you have a youngster that loves to move to those rhythms? Sign them up for Irish ceili dance class offered by The Lincoln Irish Dancers. Ceili dance is the traditional social dancing of Irish culture. It can be enjoyed recreationally by young and old alike. Now in its twentieth year, the Lincoln Irish Dancers is dedicated to bringing the authentic experience of Irish social dance to all generations. The new classes are for children ages 8 to 11 years. They are held Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:00 pm beginning on April

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3rd for five weeks. The location is First Presbyterian Church at 17th and F Streets in the Great Hall. The cost is $15 per 5-week session. A minimum number of students is necessary to hold the class, so register today through Eventbrite. Students will learn beginning Irish dance basics (stance, posture, hand holds, leg and foot position), rhythms, movement to music, basic Irish dance steps and figures. Simple Irish dances will be taught. The rest of the family can also get in on the fun! Beginner and Advanced Irish Ceili Dance classes are available for ages 12 and up on Monday evenings between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. For more information about The Lincoln Irish Dancers and a schedule of classes, visit www.lincolnirishdancers.org. Contact dance instructor, Laura Nettland at lnettland@twc.com or 402-742-9525 for more information. A great way to get a taste of

ceili is by attending the Annual Community Ceili event at the Auld on Sunday March 5th from 6:30 – 9 p.m. There will be live music and a nationally recognized caller to walk you through the dances. This is a paid event. “Try It FREE” to see what ceili is all about on Monday, March 27th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Ceili dance is fun for kids of all ages!


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“Perfectly Poppies” by Bella Le, 9, Student at Art Academy-Lincoln

“Step In Time”

to our Spring Musical, Disney’s Mary Poppins

by Lincoln Southwest High School The jack-of-all trades Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that

“Anything can happen if you let it.” Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft. Mary Poppins has astonished over 8 million people with its own brand of pure Broadway magic. Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful Of Sugar, Chim Chim Chre-ee, & Step In Time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers. Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show!

March 30, 31 & April 1, 6, 7, 8, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. April 2 & 9 , 2017 • 2:00 p.m. Reserved Tickets go on sale February 28 $10 for ADULTS and $8 for STUDENTS/CHILDREN Call the Box Office for reservations and information: 402-436-1335 Lincoln Southwest High School - 7001 St. 14th Street - Lincoln, NE 68512

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Learning Naturally at Dimensions Education Programs By Chris Kiewra, Research Director, Nature Explore/ Dimensions Educational Research Foundation

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atural outdoor classrooms certified by Nature Explore are providing opportunities for children to connect to nature all around the country including right here in our own community. It all began right here in Lincoln at Dimensions Education Programs where there is a Nature Explore Classroom both for infants and toddlers and another for older preschool and elementary-age children. These naturefilled spaces are the special places where children spend their days at Dimensions during the school year and Summer Discovery Days. Experiences in the outdoors are powerful influences, so we get our children outdoors regularly. The benefits to children include the development of a sense of place and improved health by increasing physical fitness and strength, lower

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blood pressure, and increased body control. Another benefit of naturebased experiences is that they can serve as a basis for learning in many areas simultaneously, thus supporting holistic and meaningful learning. When children have opportunities to fully interact in

sensory ways with nature, with time to be intentional and focus, they develop keen observation skills. As Albert Einstein said, “Look deep, deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” At Dimensions children are learning to “look closer and see better.” Their knowledge of the natural world becomes real, relevant, and intuitive. It is rich because the information they have received has come through seeing, listening, smelling, touching and moving. Children have fun and feel empowered as they work on self-selected projects. Nature Explore is a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation that incorporates nature as an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning. The program is headquartered here in Lincoln and works across the country providing outdoor classroom designs, educational workshops, family

and community support materials, and conducts research. Learn more about year-round and summer offerings at Dimensions Education Programs by calling 402-476-8304 or visiting www. dimensionsed.org. To learn more about Nature Explore visit www. natureexplore.org.

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KRAYON CAMPUS A curriculum-based program that promotes healthy development and social emotional learning. Call today to schedule your tour & meet our friendly caregivers!

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It’s a weekly “musical date” with your child that provides a unique bonding experience. Children develop a lifelong skill and love of music.

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Educational childcare facility offering care for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Also accepting students for summer programs, as well as Fall school transportation to these schools: Kahoa, Pyrtle, Meadowlane, Calvert, Humann, Zeman, Maxey, Hill, Cavett, Wysong, and Adams. Visit our website for more info: AACDC.com

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Our preschool program is focused on music, art, and other fun early childhood activities to help support the learning and development of children ages 3-5.

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Focusing on school readiness, we offer secure, nurturing environments to children ages 6wks–12yrs. Includes before & after school programs at Clinton and Hartley Schools. 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!

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Excellent, Christian Based Early Childhood Care & Education Full-Day Care 6:30am-6pm M-F: Infants-Age 5 Half Day Morning Preschool 8:30-11:30am: Ages 3 (2 days W/F) & 4 (3 days M/T/TH) Title XX accepted. Contact us to tour & enroll!

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Quality early education program for children 6 weeks–preschool. Summer programs for children ages 6 weeks–1st grade. Visit DimensionsEd.org for information & online forms. Call for availability.

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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, 9-11:30am.

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

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Featuring developmentally appropriate curriculum, healthy homemade meals, caring teachers, & two large outdoor play areas. Ages 6wks-5 years accepted. Open 7am-6pm, M-F. Title XX assistance accepted. Full or part-time care available.

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Hourly childcare. Fully licensed, no reservations required! Ages 1.5-12 years. Hours: Mon-Thu: 7:30am-10pm. Fri: 7:30am-Midnight. Sat: 10am-Midnight. Sun: 1pm-6pm. Pick your days for our flexible preschool program & summer camps!

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Child development center that cares for your child’s Individual needs. Ages 6 Weeks–12 Years. Curriculum Based. Nutritious Hot Meals. Transportation to LPS area schools. Open Mon–Fri, 6am-6pm.

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5901 NW 1st Street 402-476-2223 highlandsacademy.com

For a Refreshing Alternative to Daycare:

Thea Child’s View Montessori School 3341 Pioneers Blvd. Lincoln 402-484-8277 For Ages 18 months to 6 years Suzuki violin lessons

Certified Professional Montessori Teachers

Kindergarten Program Certified through Nebraska Department of Education

Honoring Dr. Montessori’s Vision of the Child’s Potential

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“It's a Jungle Out There” by Antonia Baylor, Grade 7, Student at Art Around the Corner

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PROGRAM

Lincoln Christian Preschool

South

Academic Christian preschool providing excellent early childhood education grounded in Biblical truth. Attend 2, 3, or 5 half-day sessions per week. Both AM and PM available. Check out our website!

Pioneers Park Nature Center

West

Animals + Plants + Hikes = Learning through discovery & creating a lifelong connection to nature! Preschool and Pre-K classes. lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/preschool.htm

Far South

Ages 18 mo-8th grade. Open 7am-6pm. Care of farm animals, close to nature, family atmosphere. Certified Montessori Teachers.

The Child’s View Montessori

South

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

Westminster

South

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

Southeast

Ages 6 weeks–12 years. Preschool curriculum beginning at age one. Before and after school care. A Step up to Quality Program. Open 6:30am–6:00pm. Sign language, swimming, soccer, dance, taekwondo & music lessons available.

NAME

Preschool

Prairie Hill

Learning Center A Montessori School

Preschool

World of Knowledge

Child development Center

CONTACT • LOCATION 5801 S. 84th St. 402-488-8888 x 252 LincolnChristian.org/Preschool West end of Pioneers Park 402.441.7895 7 miles South of Lincoln on Hwy 77 402-438-6668 PrairieHill.com 3341 Pioneers Blvd. 402-484-8277 Westminster Presbyterian Church 2110 Sheridan Blvd. • WPSLincoln.org 402-475-6702 ext 103 8310 Wendell Way 402-483-4769 WorldOfKnowledgeNE.com

Want your Center or Program listed here? Email karla@lincolnkidsinc.com

Little OneS Activities for infants & toddlers NAME AquaBabies at

Larson Lifestyle Center

Kindermusik

Harris Academy of the Arts

LUX Center for the Arts My Gym

PROGRAM An early introduction to swimming & water safety. A fun group lesson for infants and toddlers under 3 years of age and their parent or guardian. With your assistance, your child can learn to be comfortable in water at an early age. Class minimum of 8 children. Call to inquire for schedule & more information. FREE Preview Classes! Listen, Move, Play & Grow! Kindermusik–the most trusted music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, & young children. Experienced university-trained music educators provide reputable, quality instruction.

Mud Club meets monthly at the LUX. Toddlers and children ages 2+ will work with clay to learn, explore, and get messy. In this 45-minute club, students can quickly immerse themselves in hands-on art-making without committing to a full class. Baby exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides, unique swings and many other parent and me adventures in age appropriate classes starting at 6 weeks up to 13 years. MyGym.com/Lincoln

CONTACT • LOCATION 402-486-2525 52nd & Stockwell www.ucollege.edu/larson-lifestyle-center 2935 Pine Lake Rd (across from So. Pointe Mall) 402-423-7121 HarrisAcademyOfTheArts.com

2601 N. 48th St. 402-466-8692 www.LUXcenter.org 2755 Jamie Lane, Suite 4 (near S 27th & Yankee Hill Road) 402-802-9982

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Children’s Lessons & Activities NAME

CONTACT • LOCATION

INSTRUCTION

PROGRAM

Piano

Private lessons include theory classes with ensembles and performance opportunities. Group lessons available for beginners. Ages 4–adult. References Available. Call for info or to interview.

Art Academy Lincoln

Art Lessons

Come create with us! We offer private and semi-private hourly art lessons for students aged X - XX. Classes are structured around students’ interests. We teach a variety of mediums, from pencil & paint to clay & recycled items!

Art Around the Corner

Art Lessons

Art classes, private lessons, & birthday parties! Join an after school club–new sessions every four weeks.

Blue Raven Music Studios

Guitar, Piano and more!

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Dobro, Lap Steel, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and Voice instruction for all ages. Fun, positive learning environment. Reduced rate guitar classes for kids ages 5–9. BlueRavenMusic.com

Capital City Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Gymnastics classes for boys & girls ages 2 through 16. We promote an “I can do” attitude, building not only overall physical skills, but also “life skills”.

Encore Studio

Piano/Keyboard

Piano lessons and piano/keyboard classes for all levels. Teaching beginners of all ages.

Harris Academy of the Arts

Music Lessons

Individualized for YOUR Goals | Convenient Scheduling for Entire Family University Trained | Reputable | Experienced | Friendly | Passionate Piano | Voice | Guitar | Strings | Woodwinds | Brass | Theatre Kindermusik | Children’s Music Academy | Rock Bands | Show Choirs | String Ensembles

Vocal Ensemble

Auditions now open for ages 8-18 years! Schedule an audition time to try out for one of our three boys-only choir ensembles: Cantare, Chorale, & Concert Choir. Our programs teach more than vocal education. We foster life skills, encourage fellowship, and enrich the lives of our singers and their audiences. Each group provides rehearsal, performance, and travel experiences.

Lincoln Irish Dancers

Dance Classes

Kids Classes ages 8-11: Apr 3-May 1, 5:30-6pm (Mondays). $15/ 5-wk session. Pre-registration required. http://www.eventbrite.com/questions?eid=28668715901. Class size limited. Visit the LID website for additional classes ages 12 & up.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association

Music Lessons

Find a Music Teacher! Access www.LMTA.info for a Teacher Directory. Scholarships available for those who qualify!

Lincoln Racquet Club

Sports & Activities

Indoor tennis: ages 4 & up. UPTSA Certified Instructors. Private/semi-private/group classes available. Swimming: private/semi-private/group lessons & conditioning. Elite Baseball & Basketball: lessons with professional coaches. Special activities/clinics: volleyball, basketball, racquetball, yoga, kickboxing, seasonal camps & more. Experienced teachers, competitive rates. Non-members welcome!

Art Classes

Real art taught by real artists! High quality art classes, camps, and private lessons for youth and adults. Popular topics include clay, painting, drawing, metals, and more! Small class sizes for personalized learning.

Dance

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and 2-Gether. Studio directed by Melissa Prettyman Meranda, B.A. in Dance. Come and experience your child’s passion for dance!

My Gym

Gymnastics & Sports Skills

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. MyGym.com/Lincoln

2755 Jamie Lane, Suite 4 (near S 27th & Yankee Hill Road) 402-802-9982

Nissa’s String Studio

Violin, Viola, Guitar, Piano, Cello, & more!

Bring your kids to a place where music is learned, not taught. All-inclusive membership, with no contracts or surprise fees. Three yearly recitals. New location with modern waiting area and amenities. Home of community-based Spitfire Fiddle Band. Call today to get enrolled.

8535 Executive Woods Dr, Ste 100 (near S.14th & Yankee Hill Rd) 402-440-1473 StringStudio.com

Dance

Core curriculum for technique-based excellence in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip hop, Musical Theater, Acting for Dancers, Tumbling, & more! Large class selection ages 2-adult. Studio features both a competitive company and pre-professional program.

Dance & Tumbling

Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Repertory, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and All Boys Hip Hop! Ages 2 years-adult. Award Winning Competitive Company! Creative Movement for 3-4 year olds, and Wee Go Together for 2-3 year olds & their mom/dad/special friend.

Alice Bowen

Lincoln Boys Choir

LUX Center for the Arts Motions Dance Academy

Piccoli Dance Theatre Universal Dance Academy

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2501 S. 20th St. 402-435-0386 Street Address or email? not required. phone number XXX-XXX-XXXX ArtAcademyLincoln.com 2129 Winthrop Road (Across from Henry’s) 402-560-3326 ArtAroundTheCorner.net 3835 S. 48th St. (across from Union College) 402-486-0599 5030 N. 57th 402-464-9692 CapitalCityGymnastics.net Located near 70th & O Street www.encore-studio.com 402-499-0400 2935 Pine Lake Rd (across from South Pointe Mall) 402-423-7121 HarrisAcademyOfTheArts.com LincolnBoysChoir.org 402-499-4446 First Presbyterian, 840 S.17th St LincolnIrishDancers.org lincolnirishdancers@gmail.com www.LMTA.info LincolnRacquetClub.com 5300 Old Cheney Road Register online or call 402-423-2511 2601 N. 48th St. 402-466-8692 www.LUXcenter.org 8200 Cody Dr., Suite L (1 block N of 14th & Yankee Hill) 402-420-0579 www.motionsdance.net

1233 Arapahoe St Suite 100 402-937-0678 www.dancepdt.com 400 N. 48th Street • Suite C-01 402-477-5900 • Dance4UDA.com


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Capital Birthday Ideas Prices & Specials subject to change without notice.

CONTACT • LOCATION

FUN FEATURES!

NAME

ArtAroundTheCorner.net Susan • 402-560-3326 info@artaroundthecorner.net

Choose your art project and we’ll do all the work – set-up to clean-up! Bring up to ten of your friends and paint, print, or paste your masterpiece. Contact us at artaroundthecorner.net for details. 2129 Winthrop Road, Lincoln, NE 402-560-3326

Art Around the Corner Cheer Xpress

Have your next Birthday Party at Cheer Xpress. Open Gym parties including trampoline, tumble track, spring floors and lots of fun equipment. Come to play, jump and tumble. Cheer theme parties available too! Let us do the entertaining, set up, and clean up, so you can enjoy the party!!

CheerXpress.com 402-489-5111 1130 Aries Drive (SW side of 14th & Pine Lake)

Defy Gravity

Jump to new heights with a Defy Gravity Birthday! Your party host will take care of the details while you sit back and enjoy your child’s celebration! Experience Open Jump, Free Fall, Dunk City, pizza, drinks and more! Three party packages to choose from. Great for all ages! Contact us today!

345 Sporting Village Drive, Ste 1 402-817-6900 DefyGravityLincoln.com 402-413-8849 5633 S. 16th St. KidsPark.com/lincoln

Private birthday parties available! Invitations, balloon favors, a gift for the birthday child, face painting, art, and games are all included. We do the clean up when the party is over! Sundays 10:30am-12:30pm or 6:30pm-8:30pm. Book your date online at kidspark.com/lincoln today!

KidsPark Larson

402-486-2525 52nd & Stockwell Ucollege.edu/larson-lifestyle-center

Have your next pool party at Larson Lifestyle’s 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.

Lifestyle Center

Lincoln Children’s Museum

Lincoln Children’s Museum sets the perfect stage for a fun and memorable birthday party for your child. The Museum offers a party room for birthday festivities, hours of play in its interactive exhibits and your choice of eight fun themes. Parties start at $40. Visit LincolnChildrensMuseum.org to pick the perfect party for you.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Critter visits, unlimited train rides and all day fun are all included in the Ultimate Birthday Party Package at Lincoln Children’s Zoo! Packages start at only $125. Choose from the jungle themed Safari Room or the iconic Crooked House. Visit LincolnZoo.org to pick your party, select your date and reserve your room and time.

Lincoln Racquet Club

Two hour gym & swim party. Includes room, cake, punch, indoor/outdoor pool, playsmart climbing area, and youth b-ball gym. Add-ons available: Bounce house or your choice of tennis, kickboxing, zumba or dance instruction. Non-members welcome!

Lost In Fun!

Your outdoor playland...indoors! Voted Lincoln’s Choice, “Best Place to Have a Kid’s Birthday Party” in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015! Indoor fun for all ages! Playsets, foam pit, inflatable jumpers, fun maze, laser maze, video games, jumping pillow, birthday party rooms & snack area. We do company parties, too!

402-477-4000 1420 P Street, Lincoln, NE LincolnChildrensMuseum.org 1222 S 27th Street 402-475-6741 LincolnRacquetClub.com 5300 Old Cheney Road Register online or call 402-423-2511

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

LUX Center for the Arts

Real art taught by real artists! Guests can each build and paint their own clay mugs, bowls, or plates. Other popular projects include canvas painting, fused glass sun catchers, pop-up books, and custom projects. Pottery wheel parties are available for kids ages 10+.

2601 N. 48th St. 402-466-8692 www.LUXcenter.org

Madsen’s Bowling

Host a Bowling Party! Kids love our bumper bowling. Includes a “personalized” bowling pin gift for the birthday child! Special ramps for the young bowlers. Ask about Jr. Pool Leagues!

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

Be a paleontologist, discover some of the most bizarre creatures to inhabit Earth, or go on a treasure hunt exploring the museum’s rocks & minerals! Guided museum activities including a hands-on fossil dig in the Marx Discovery Center & gifts for every child! Six party themes to choose from. Private party room!

Morrill Hall on the UNL Campus 402-472-2637 museum.unl.edu/birthdays

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! MyGym.com/Lincoln

2755 Jamie Lane, Suite 4 (near S 27th & Yankee Hill Road) 402-802-9982

Morrill Hall My Gym Paint Yourself Silly! Pioneers Park Nature Center

Party-Arty 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! lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/birthdays.htm

Salon Deja Vu on A

Diva Birthday Party: A party for you and 7 of your luckiest friends will be treated with a party hair do and mini manicure...and lets not forget the fun tattooey and glittery things in between! Sale priced for just $150.00.

Urban Legends Art

Bring out your child’s inner artist with a creative birthday party! 2 hours of painting, dancing, and use of 3 tier punch fountain. $15 per child. Leave with masterpiece! Questions? Email us: UrbanLegendsArtClasses@gmail.com. Ask about our Summer Art Camps!

YMCA: Cooper, Fallbrook & Northeast Branch

Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln

Have your next birthday party at the Y! The YMCA offers a variety of birthday party options to fit any child. Join us to swim or have one of our themed birthday parties. Parties start at $65. Call for more information. Or visit YMCALincoln.org Be a Broadway Star! YAAL provides an instructor and our theatre for the birthday child and up to 15 friends. Choreograph and costume a special performance!

PaintYourselfSilly.net Haymarket: 701 P Street • 402-474-1010 4101 Pioneer Woods Dr. #104 • 402-486-1010 West end of Pioneers Park 402.441.7895 Call for more information 402-261-9447 2632 N 48th St. 402-470-0331 UrbanLegendsArt.com Cooper - 6767 S. 14th St. 402-323-6400 Fallbrook - 700 Penrose Dr. 402-323-6444 Northeast - 2601 N. 70th 402-434-9262 Book at: www.yaal.org

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2017 SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

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Workshops: Session I: June 5-9, “Drawing & Painting” (all new projects!) & Session II: June 12-16, “ Mask Making from Many Cultures”.

Art Around the Corner

Art Camps are back! Four weeks, eight different camps beginning Monday, May 29th. Grades 1-6. Classes held at Art Around the Corner, 2129 Winthrop Road. All new art projects including Fabric Batik and Solar Printing. Find out more at ArtAroundTheCorner.net or call Susan at (402) 560-3326.

Summer Workshops Workshops from 9am-12pm, Mon-Fri. Ages- K-5. To register: call 402-499-7754, leave a message or text, and visit artacademylincoln.com for more details!

Asian Community Camp Culture

May 29 - June 2, 8:00am - 12:00pm. 2nd-8th grade students welcome! Come join the Asian Community & Cultural Center in learning about cultures from Asia & Africa through games, stories, music, and food! For more information & to register contact 402-477-3446 or visit lincolnasiancenter.org. $50 registration, scholarships available.

Bright Lights

Bright Lights offers five weeks of half-day classes & full-day camps for students in K-8th grade. Hands-on classes cover a variety of fun, unique & engaging topics. Summer 2017 classes run June 5-9; June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26-30; and July 10-14. Class schedule is available in early March at BrightLights.org. Registration begins April 1. See our ad on page 5.

Camp Kitaki

Fantastic Summer Camps: 3, 7 and 14-day experiences for ages 7–17. Spring Camps too! One week sessions begin in June through mid-August. Ranch camp for horse lovers, 1/2 week adventure mini camps for age 7-9, and leadership camps for ages 14-17. Call 402-434-9222 or visit YMCACampKitaki.org. See ad on page 32.

Camp Sonshine

Day camps for K-6 grade. Leadership training for 7-9th grade. Go-karts, archery, nature, crafts, outdoor cooking, swimming, inflatables and more! Conveniently located just minutes south of Lincoln at 13440 S. 25th St. in Roca! For info call (402) 423-8746. CampSonshineMemories.org. See add on page 31.

Camp Solaris

Overnight camps for 3-9th grade. Located at 2349 St HWY 34B, south of Firth B/W Lincoln and Beatrice. Traditional camps and Baseball Camps – activities include: Archery tag, airsoft, go-karts, kayaks, water activities, swimming, nature, challenge course and more! For info call (402) 423-8746. CampSolaris.org See add on page 31.

Christ Schools Summer Program

Build, Create, Imagine! Ages 6-12. Sign up for weekly sessions filled with fun activities, learning & excursions all summer long. Centrally located at 43rd & Sumner. Call 402-483-7774 ext. 110 or visit christschools.org for info and registration. Early registration occurring now! See our ads on pages 9 & 33!

Defy Gravity

Camps are from 8am-Noon M-F for kids 6-12 years of age. $100/week for the first child, $75/sibling. Camps run July 10-14, 17-21, and 24-28. Includes: camp host supervision, Open Jump, Dodgeball, Free Fall, Dunk City, Laser Maze, Trampoline Ninja, Climbing wall, interactive activities & competitions, snacks, drinks and more! Limited spots available. Register through the website or call today! Call 402.817.6900 or email LincolnEvents@DefyGravityUSA.com. See ad on back page!

Dimensions

Summer Discovery Days 2017! Exciting weekly preschool & elementary experiences May, June, & July, 9:15am-12:15pm or 9:15am-3:15pm. Extended hours before

Foodie Kids

Join us for a fun and educational hands on cooking camp at Foodie Kids!! We offer both morning and afternoon sessions for children ages 4.5-teen. Please register online today at www.foodiekidslincoln.com. We are located at 6800 S. 32nd Street (just north of 32nd and Pine Lake Road). See our ad on page 20!

Haymarket Theatre

Youth Theatre Camps! ALL SHOOK UP, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and LUCKY DUCK. Camps run three weeks with four public performances at the end. M-F, 10am-4pm. Before and aftercare available. Also offering 1-week workshops in acting and auditioning. Learn more at haymarkettheatre.org. See ad on page 6.

Education Programs & aftercare available, limited, please call to arrange. Register starting March 8: DimensionsEd.org or 402-476-8304. Certified Nature Explore Program. See ad page 24.

Intermix Dance Company

A fun summer begins here with our Dance Camps & Classes! Cutie Camps for ages 3-5 • Shimmies & Sugar for ages 3 & 4 • Movin’ & Groovin’ for ages 5 & 6 • Level 1 for ages 7-9 • Level 2 for ages 10-12. See our ad on page 2 for camp themes and dates! Email info@intermixdance.com or visit intermixdance.com for more info!

KidsPark

Flexible summer camp program that works with your schedule! Fun weekly themes. Pick your days and pay as you go. Never pay for days when you are gone and all activities included in our hourly rates. Come as little or as much as you’d like. As always, no reservation required! Kidspark.com/lincoln/events for more info. See ad p. 23!

Lincoln Children’s Museum Camps

Week long summer camps for grades Pre-K, K-1st, 2nd-4th. Our unique camps are STEAM-based: kids explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math through the power of play. While all camps include exclusive playtime before the Museum is open to the public, the majority of camp time is spent on the Museum’s exclusive third floor designed for making messes, friends and memories. Limited space available. LincolnChildrensMuseum.org. See our ad on page 7!

Lincoln Children’s Zoo Camps Lincoln Midwest Ballet

Summer camps for all ages! • 3-4 yrs +parents: 9:30-11:30am • 4-5 yrs & 6-7 yrs: 8:30-Noon or 1:00-4:30pm, full days available • 8-10 yrs & 10-12 yrs: 8:30am-4:30pm. Various dates and camp themes offered. Jr. Zoo Crew for ages 10-12, weekly from May 30-Aug 4. Space is limited! Register at LincolnZoo.org. See our ad on page 13. Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company announces the first educational program in their new Get On Pointe! Master Series: Pre-Season Ballet & Pointe Training, held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Open to ages 9 and up with no audition! M-F afternoon/evenings plus Saturday morning audition workshop, July 31 through August 5. Info at LincolnMidwestBallet.org. See ad page 6.

Lincoln Racquet Club

Kids of Summer Kamps: Week-long day camps to keep your child learning & active all summer! Eleven weekly themed camps to choose from spanning May 30th – Aug 10th. Pick one or attend them all, from Around the World to Culinary Arts to Mad Science & of course Ultimate Summer! Call 402-423-2511 for more info. LincolnRacquetClub.com.

LUX Center for the Arts

Spring Break Art Camps, March 13-17: Ages 5-9: Clay Creations, 9am-Noon, or Mini-Masters, 2-5pm • Ages 10-13: Tween Art Sampler, 9am-Noon, or Tween Pottery Wheel Camp 2-8pm • Summer Camps: ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13+ • Various dates/times. See ad on page 18 or www.LUXcenter.org for more info!

My Gym

Summer Camp Program includes nonstop fun where children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and more. Ages 2.5-10. Visit our website for more information. MyGym.com/Lincoln. Call 402-802-9982. See our ad on page 21.

Oxbow Jr. Vet Camps

Explore a day in the life of a veterinarian! Camps available for 2-5th grade and 6-8th grade, M-Th 8am-4pm, June & July. Learn about animal behaviors & nutrition. You keep your scrubs & stethoscope! Camp dates and registration: OxbowVetCamp.com. More info: 800-249-0366, VetCamp@OxbowAnimalHealth.com. See ad p.16.

Paint Yourself Silly Art Camps Parks & Rec. Spring Programs Parks & Rec. Summer Camps

Pottery painting, glass fusing, and clay projects galore! Join us for camps this summer at either store! Give us a call for more information and a brochure: (402)486-1010. Two delightful locations! Paint Yourself Silly at 7th & P and 70th & Pioneers. NFL Flag Football • Mar 27-Apr 27. Division K-1, 2-3, 4-5, & 6-8. $70/child, $65/add’l child. Register by Feb 27 @ teamsideline.com/lincolnne. Dance: Ballet & Jazz • Saturdays, Feb 25-Apr 1. Learn steps, balance & coordination. Ages 3-6 years. Call Calvert Rec for more Dance info (402) 441-8480. See ad p.10! Summer day camps focus on group games, skill building & individual exploration through a wide range of activities; site-based activities and city-wide field trips. Register for just a week or the whole summer! Need-based scholarships are available. Title XX eligible. Locations include: Air Park, Belmont, Bethany Park, Calvert, ‘F’ Street, Goodrich, Irving and McPhee. Pioneers Park offers Nature Day Camps for ages 3-17 years. Registration forms available at: parks.lincoln.ne.gov • See our ad on page 10.

Prairie Hill

Country day camps at Nebraska’s first wind powered school! NatureWorks Camps: 1 & 2-week sessions, Jun 5-30 & Jul 10-Aug 4. Ages 6-13 daily, 3-6 T/W/Th.

St. Paul’s Summer Daze

Week-long classes with weekly themes for children 4 years through 5th grade. 9am-Noon. Cost: $55 per week. “Fun All Summer!” at Saint Paul United Methodist Church! 1144 M Street. For more info email CLink@SaintPaulUMC.org or visit SaintPaulUMC.org.

Country Day Camps 9am-12:30pm. www.prairiehill.com • 7 miles south of Lincoln on Hwy. 77 • 402-438-6668. See our ads on pages 12 and 34.

Theatre Arts For Kids

Summer Theatre Fun! Workshops for ages 3-8, 6-10, 8-15, and even a show for KIDS AND ADULTS! Check out our full summer season at TAFK.org. Call 402-202-1087 or email info@tafk.org for more info. See our ad on page 14!

True Dance & Co. Princess Camp

PRINCESS CAMP • Session I: Jul 10-14; Session II: July 17-21. Mon-Fri: Ages 5 & 6 from 9:00-10:30am; Ages 3 & 4 from 11:00am-12:30pm. Become a princess for a week! Singing, dancing, crafts, & pixie dust! Space limited - register today! Call 402-423-8838 or visit www.TrueDanceLincoln.com for more info. See ads pages 15 & 18.

True Dance & Co.

Boot Camp • Intensive

BABY DIVA BOOT CAMP by True Baby Co.: Jun 5-23, Tue/Thu, ages 4-7 • TRUE DIVA BOOT CAMP Intermediate Evening Camp: Jun 12-23m Mon-Fri TRUE SUMMER INTENSIVE Advanced Day Camp: Jun 12-23, Mon-Fri. Call 402-423-8838 or visit www.TrueDanceLincoln.com for more info. See ads pages 15 & 18.

UNL Band Camps

University of Nebraska-Lincoln sponsored Cornhusker Marching Band Camp, July 9-13 for kids entering 9th grade through end of 12th grade. Middle School Band Camp, July 5-9 for students entering 6th grade through the end of 8th grade. Visit: unl.edu/band to register. Check out our ad on page 22.

Westminster Summer Camps

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Hero Central - Discover your strength in God! Jun 19-23, 9am to noon, 3 years to 5th grade. $32 • CREATIVE ARTS CAMP: Arts & Crafts, Music & Movement! Jul 17-21, 9am to noon, K-5th grade, $40 • Call 402-475-6702 ext. 103 • www.westminsterlincoln.org • See our display ads on pages 3,15, & 19!

Westminster

Drama Camp Returns this Spring with Missoula Children’s Theatre at Westminster! This year’s feature: Gulliver’s Travels! Grades K-6th, M-F March 13-17, 9am-3pm.

Spring Drama Camp Performance March 18 @ 3pm. $155 & up. Register now! Call 402-475-6702 ext. 103 or go to www.westminsterlincoln.org. See our display ads on pages 3, 15, & 19!

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Happy Birthday Nebraska! By Gretchen Garrison, Local Mom & Blogger www.odysseythroughnebraska.com

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n March 1st, 2017, Nebraska turns 150! To celebrate, all sorts of events are planned. Here are the events that will appeal particularly to families. The Mobile Children’s Museum will be traveling across the state all year. Exhibits will talk about the state’s past, present and future. “Now You Know Nebraska” is an engaging video series that can be found on YouTube that features our great state. New short segments will be released each week. See what facts you can learn, then try to stump your friends. “One State, One Book” is featuring the title, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. All fifth graders across the state will receive their own copy. Anyone can participate in this challenge. With only for-

painting across the state. In fact, he made a stop in every single county. The result is 123 completed Nebraska works of art. His “Legacy of Nebraska” series will be on display at different locations throughout the state. At certain sites, the artist will also be presenting art workshops. The NE150Challenge encourages Nebraskans to be more physically fit. Over the course of the year, complete 150 miles worth of exercise. Sign up as a family and be Photo Credit Gretchen Garrison active together! Possibly the best campaign will ty-eight pages, this could be a great all fourth graders are encouraged to bring out the best in all of us. read-aloud. Copies are available at visit the state capitol or another All Nebraskans are encouraged to the Lincoln City Libraries. site that has impacted our state’s spend part of this next year serving The Nebraska Atlas Project will history or culture. What places in others. At Nebraskaimpact.com, be presenting a Nebraska geogra- Nebraska has your family visited? see suggestions on ways that you phy book to all 4th graders. Join in Make a list of the places across and your family can make a differthe fun by studying a Nebraska map. the state that you would enjoy ence in your community. Can you name some of the coun- seeing. If you need some suggesNo matter how you choose to ties? Can you find the Sandhills? tions, please check out my blog, celebrate, this is a great year to be Can you name the river that travels OdysseyThroughNebraska.com a Husker! across the state? For the past five years, Nebraska Happy birthday, Nebraska! To have a “Nebraska Experience,” native Todd Williams has been

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YMCA Camp Kitaki has summer camp programs for kids ages 7-17. One week sessions all summer long! • Summer Camp programs • Ranch Camp programs for kids who love horses! • 1/2 week Adventure Mini Camps for young campers age 7-9 • Two week Leadership Camp programs for teens age 14-17

YMCA Camp Kitaki strives to provide a safe environment where participants can grow in their: • Relationship • Positive Identity • Values • Skills We do this in a unique natural setting

YMCA Camp Kitaki has activities for all interests. Here is a partial list! • Archery • Crafts • Swimming Pool (with Slides!) • Nature • Horseback Riding • Natural Playground • Lake (Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddle Boats) • High Challenge Course • Ziplines

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The Impact of Chores on Community By Jason Smith, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Kitaki

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s the director of a YMCA Camp Kitaki, I frequently attend trainings about youth development. Recently, I attended a talk given by family physician and youth expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, “Dr. G”, about the importance of chores in youth development. In her research and practice she has seen a marked decline in the number of kids who share household responsibilities through chores. I believe that at Kitaki, we do chores well. Or at least kids tell us that at camp they do things like sweeping and setting the table that they don’t have to do at home. The reasons for this decline in chores are many: busier lives, changes in technology, and, crucially, it can be easier as an adult to just do something yourself rather than fight with a kid to get it done. Part of the camp experience for a camper is being pulled from

you think about it, that all really makes sense. If we are really honest, because a parent’s primary duty is to prepare his or her kid for the time when the child becomes an independent adult, a parent’s job is to work themselves out of a job. We need kids who are ready to cook their own meals, do their own laundry, and clean their own bathrooms. A Camper shows off the sticks the collected If they aren’t ready for for her cabin’s cook out night those things how can they his or her every day and plopped be ready to succeed in college, or into a brand new and supportive as a member of our workforce? environment. In our community If we want to create a better we have found that when kids are world, chores just might be one asked to contribute to a communi- big step in the right direction. ty that they value, they are able to What if our kids had more skills? rise to meet that expectation. Dr. G What if they each felt more selfsays that chores are important for worth because of those skills and three main reasons. Chores build the knowledge that they can affect skills, allow more time for every- positive change in their environone to engage in other meaningful ment? What if every young person activities, build self-worth, and felt value in hard work and proconnect kids to a community. If viding service, and recognized that those efforts made their family, their school, and their community function better? In our everyday lives we can do that just by asking our kids to vacuum, or set the table, or by having them do their own laundry. Sure, there might be an argument or tears, and sometimes it might be hard. Making a better world isn’t easy, but the stuff that is worth it rarely is. As a camp, we hope

to be partners in helping to raise well rounded adults. At Kitaki we offer a week of horseback riding, swimming, archery, and carefree summer fun. But underscoring that fun are opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the camp through chores, supervised by supportive and caring non-parent role models, independent from parents, in an environment where their efforts have a direct and visible impact on the community. Is there a better way to practice becoming an adult?

Members of Camp Kitaki’s job training program have fun while tidying the Makerspace

Jason Smith is the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Kitaki. He believes that the camp experience can help make the world a better place by teaching children independent responsibility and self-worth. More from Dr. Deborah Gilboa can be found by searching “Ask Doctor G” on YouTube.

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A World of Books for Students with Dyslexia By Scott Scholz for the Nebraska Dyslexia Association

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or young people with dyslexia, reading can be more frustrating than enjoyable. Fortunately, we live in a period where audio alternatives to print continue to grow. The Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is a free library program that provides reading materials in alternative formats for any Nebraskans who struggle to use regular print. This is an especially exciting time for Talking Books, because there are many ways to access our collection. The clunky cassette players of years past are gone, and they have been replaced with Digital Talking Book cartridges and players, which are portable and sound fantastic. Books and machines are sent back and forth between borrowers and the library for free in the mail. For students

Language and Literacy Talk and share as a family Make conversation Play with words Model communication skills Sing in proper vocal range

who may be using mobile devices like iPads or phones, we also offer an app that will allow users to download books and play them directly on their devices. Your teachers can help you to put this app on devices you use at school, too. You can also download books from our website and save them on your own flash drives. We have lots of great books for reading in class and for fun, and we’d love to serve you! You can get an application for using Talking Books by calling us at 402-471-4038, or you can go to our website at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/tbbs/. Scott Scholz is the Acting Director of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service. If your child is struggling with reading, please visit with his or her teacher about using Talking Books. This service is an accommodation for your child in an Individual Education Program

Physical Move together Bounce, rock and dance Skip and hop Sense of balance Develop motor skills

Cognitive Develop memory and recall Multi-layered learning Learn from peers and families

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(IEP) or 504 Plan. Learn more about dyslexia. The Nebraska Dyslexia Association provides information for families, advocacy services and support groups for both students and adults with dyslexia. Contact the Nebraska Dyslexia Association: www.ne-da.org or 402.434.6434.

Music Make music as a family Sing and dance as a group Listen to music together Develop a sense of rhythm Age-appropriate instruments

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Read Aloud: What to Read to Your Little One By Vicki Wood, Youth Services Supervisor, Lincoln City Libraries

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incoln City Libraries encourages parents to read aloud 15 minutes a day. The “50 Beloved Books Challenge” is our way of making it fun! The books on the list are beloved for a reason; they have delighted generations of parents and children with their clever wordplay, dazzling artwork, or imaginative stories. Some have won awards, many have been translated into multiple languages, all of them have found a place in the hearts of families everywhere. Here are 10 tips that will add value to this already priceless practice. 1. Read with expression and show enthusiasm. Your child will notice that you look forward to booksharing time and will “catch the reading bug”. 2. Ask a few questions about the pictures. Have your child predict what might happen, talk about a character’s facial

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expression or other action going on in the illustrations. If your child is wiggly or impatient, put the book away until later. And remember, reading, like exercise, can be done in a few, five minute periods throughout the day. Involve your child in reading the books by letting her hold the book, turn the pages, or repeat key phrases. Rhymes, word play, and songs are important in language development. Make sure to select books with these features. Too tired to read? Our book/ compact disc combinations are ideal for the drowsy dad or maxed-out mom. Put the disc in, and a talented reader will read for you. This is a great option for tiny travelers too. Bring home lots of new books, but prepare for repetition. Some children can’t get enough of their favorite book.

8. Savor the art. There is usually a note at the end of the book about how the illustrations were created. Discuss the techniques and tools artists use in their illustrations. 9. Keep books everywhere so they are always handy: in the diaper bag, by the car seat, on the nightstand. Babies should have board books among their playthings. 10. When your child is in the bathtub, the highchair, or the car seat, seize the opportunity to get some reading in. Each family can create reading rituals that work for them. Maybe dad is the primary reader, or you start the day with a story instead of the conventional bedtime practice. An older child can polish their reading skills by sharing a book with the baby in the family. I know grandparents that record themselves reading aloud for later sharing with faraway grandchildren. Video chat reading can start

a conversation when the parent is traveling. Nap time, snack time, and no screens time are all great opportunities for reading aloud. Ten, twenty, or thirty years from now, your children will remember that you made time to read, and gave them a world of experiences, through the pages of a book. Our next reading challenge kicks off February 4, which is Take Your Child to the Library Day, but you can sign up any time. The challenge runs through April 30, so there is plenty of time to read the 50 Beloved Books. The booklist can be found at http://lincolnlibraries. org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ GetStartedBookList-10-2016.pdf. Ask your librarian for a booklet and you are ready to go! You can find the books on the regular picture book shelves or in our Get Started! shelving units at each library location.

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All of Our Villages By Ann Seacreast, RN, IBCLC, Executive Director at Milkworks, a Community Breastfeeding Center

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y mother-in-law used to tell me about her village of support when her five children were young. In the 1950’s, it was very common for most women to be home with their children. According to my mother-inlaw, each morning all the mothers on Georgian Court would gather at one house with their preschool age kids. The moms would drink coffee and the kids would play. At the end of the morning, they would all head home for lunch and naps. As women entered the work force in increasing numbers in the 1970’s, mothers became more isolated. Short maternity breaks in our country mean that many new mothers are only home for weeks or a few months. The village of support that my mother in law found on her street disappeared for new mothers.

When my through many children were villages, as born in the our children 1990’s, my viltry out differlage became a ent activities, group of four or each child mothers who develops their gathered every own unique We d n e s d a y interests. We morning with learn flexibilour kids. We ity and social A mom baby-wearing her twins as she arranged to skills along checks in at MilkWorks’ free infant be off work with our chilweigh station with their big sister. We d n e s d a y dren. morning because it was our time MilkWorks set out to be a to be mothers. Just like my moth- breastfeeding village 16 years ago. er-in-law, we drank coffee and the In 2001, mothers were secretly kids fought over toys and made pumping in bathroom stalls when friends. We shared parenting sto- they returned to work. If a mother ries, and politics, and supported was brave enough to dare to breasteach other through the challenges feed in a restaurant, there was a of our lives. good chance she would be asked As our children grow up, we to leave. I remember a mother learn to create other villages: the telling me she was uncomfortable soccer team, the dance team, the breastfeeding in the waiting room debate team. We find our village of her pediatrician’s office! There with other parents engaged in sim- was no village out there for breastilar interests. Most of us move feeding mothers.

What do mothers & fathers tell us a village feels like? “When I came to MilkWorks, I had run out of hope. Your patience and persistence is worth more than I can possibly express in words.” “I came to MilkWorks frustrated and full of sadness. You gave me great advice, but mostly, you gave me confidence.” “Your kindness and patience allowed us to relax and enjoy the chaos.” “MilkWorks helped me learn that my breastfeeding challenges were preparation for the many challenges I would face being a parent. Thank you for sharing such great wisdom.” “The women at MilkWorks helped me feel like a hero.” “I made mother friends at MilkWorks who will be in my heart forever.”

Thank you, Lincoln, for letting us be part of the village for new parents. We truly treasure being here!

“Flowers” by Jerrica Zhang, 9, Student at LUX Center for the Arts

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Rejoicing in Life with Down Syndrome By Tiffany Norton, Mother of a Child with Down Syndrome

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une 24, five weeks before our due date, our first baby was born. “It’s a boy!” Complete elation! But moments later he was rushed to the NICU with my husband by his side. On the way the doctor asked, “Did anything show up abnormal during his 20 week ultrasound?” “No,” my husband said. He dove into a frenzy reading between the lines, knowing something wasn’t right. The next 24 hours we sat in wait & worry, and found out our beautiful baby boy, Gavin, has Down Syndrome. Seven months later, we rushed Gavin to the ER with extreme weakness and a horrible cold that wouldn’t go away. He was so pale–the palest baby I have ever seen. After his blood work was processed, Gavin was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer. As stated on childrenscancer.org, children with Down

like any other two Syndrome are up year old–his favorto 20 times more ite words are “No!” likely to develand “Mine!” and op leukemia than he throws his fair the general popshare of tantrums, ulation (Dr. Julie but his love for othRoss). Gavin went ers is greater than through six rounds anyone I know. of chemotherapy. Having a Each round lastbaby with Down ing about a month. Syndrome is not Our boy is a fightwhat we expected, er and has earned but we wouldn’t the superhero change him for nickname, “The the world. He was Gavinator!” After made just how he an extremely long The Gavinator is supposed to be– year and nearly perfect–and we have learned so 200 nights in the hospital, Gavin much because of him. has been in remission for one year One of the biggest lessons and counting. Seeing him now you we’ve learned is ‘person first’ lanwould never guess what he has guage. This means talking about been through. the person first before their conDown Syndrome occurs 1 in 800 dition. It’s improper to say “a births and our family was one of the Down Syndrome child,” because lucky ones. Our son is a true gift that would be putting the condifor our family. He has so much joy tion first. Instead one should say and happiness and he loves every“a child with Down Syndrome,” one without judgment! He is just

because he is a person first who happens to have Down Syndrome. Another important subject is the “R” word. It is not an appropriate word or description for anyone. It’s derogatory and hurtful. We hope all people follow the Golden Rule and treat those with Down Syndrome how they themselves would want to be treated. Be kind and embrace their differences. The Down Syndrome community is bigger than you think and full of support. There is a group in Lincoln and Omaha that provide lots of support, information, and activities throughout the year (see Support Groups on the next page). One of the largest events we attend is the Buddy Walk, which is held every year in October, Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Our hope for Gavin and all other children with Down Syndrome is that he will be treated just like any other kid. We hold him to high expectations and we don’t want the fact that he has Down Syndrome to be an excuse.

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Support Groups Answers4Families Information, dialogue opportunities, education, & support for families, children and adults with disabilities, individuals over 60, & providers. State & national resources, support group schedules, organizations, & coping tips. Free database (nrrs.ne.gov) of Nebraska service providers. Helpline, 800-746-8420; Answers4Families.org. Autism Family Network A support organization alternating between fun and informative events. Contact Cathy Martinez, Board President, at afnlincoln@aol.com. Cancer Support Groups Various cancer support groups and services for patients, family members, & friends. Contact the American Cancer Society, 402-423-4888, 5733 S. 34th Street, Ste. 500. 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. Caregivers meet at the same time. Youth share feelings through books, discussions, art, writing & remembrance projects. Sheridan Lutheran, 6955 Old Cheney, 483-1845. Bev Prucha, B3549@aol.com. Down Syndrome Advocates in Action NE DSAA NE promotes inclusion and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome. We can provide IEP Support, a mentoring program and events to help families socialize and learn from each other. Connect with us on our website www.dsaane.org , by email at dsaaofne@

gmail.com or call 402-413-0199. Fibromyalgia Group No meetings. See info at tjkeller.net/lincolnsupport/. Good Neighbor Mothers Offering Moms Support Mom’s support group, 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Good Neighbor Community Center, 2617 Y Street, 402-477-4173. Angel, 423-6117. Heartland Home Schoolers Providing encouragement for home school parents. Offering 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 Tuesdays, 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’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. We have multiple meetings for encouragement and leaders to answer questions throughout Lincoln. For more information call Brooke at 402-5408568 or visit www.lllofne.org.

Lincoln Area Families with Multiples For families welcoming multiples into their lives, & the joys and challenges that come with them. 434-6533, coordinator.lafm@gmail.com, lincolnmultiples.org, LAFM, P.O. Box 5911, Lincoln, 68505-5911. M.O.M.S. (Meeting Other Mothers) Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington. Conversation, speakers, crafts, snacks, service projects, & various topics; also holiday parties & field trips. Daycare available: $3/child +$1 each additional. Melissa Nickolaus, 464-6921. Mom Support Group Wednesdays, Bryan Health Family Birthplace at Institute for Women’s & Children’s Health. Facilitated by lactation consultants. 1:30-2:30PM. 402-481-7103. MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Lincoln Lincoln chapter of the International MOMS Club®, a non-profit organization specifically for at-home moms. Several events each month for our members: breakfasts, book clubs, play groups, mom’s night out, etc! Our goal is to support each other through friendship, activities, and service projects in the Lincoln area. http://momsclublincoln.weebly.com. Montessori After Six For parents of children 5-9 years, Lincoln Montessori School, 489-8110. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Are you a mom of a child aged birth to kin-

dergarten? There’s a place for you in a MOPS Group! MOPS provides a welcome break for moms; a chance for moms to make new friends, & an opportunity for moms to know they are not alone in the struggles & joys of raising young children. Ten groups in Lincoln and the surrounding area meeting on various Mon/Tue/ Wed/Thu mornings and evenings. Child care provided in a nurturing environment. For more information or to find a group that works with your schedule, visit www.MOPS.org. You can also contact Denise Savage at NebraskaMOPS@gmail.com. Mother Me Weekly meeting group to support mothers of infants through pre-schoolers. A place for moms to talk & be heard, laugh and/or cry. We meet in the evening for moms who are unable to attend daytime meetings. We have a love of fun & love for new moms to join us! Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Trinity Chiropractic, Inspire ME meeting space, 3120 O Street. Contact julia@circleme.me for more info. Mourning Hope Grief Support 402-488-8989, email hope@mourninghope. org or visit mourninghope.org. Open Hearts Adoption Support Group Fellowship for families with adopted children. Family-centered events (Christmas Party, Ethnic Party, Picnics, Mother’s Tea, Harvest Party). Supported through dues and gifts. All families welcome, especially if you want to find out more about adoption! Dates & locations vary, contact Sherie Quirie, 465-5841 or lincoln_openheartsadoption.blogspot.com.

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FEBRUARY 2017 ZODIAC: Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 18 • Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES • Feb 2: Groundhog Day • Feb 3: Nat’l Wear Red Day • Feb 4: Take Your Child to the Library Day • Feb 4: Rosa Parks Day • Feb 11: Tu Bishvat • Feb 14: St. Valentine’s Day • Feb 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day • Feb 20: President’s Day • Feb 24: Maha Shivaratri • Feb 28: Mardi Gras

FEBRUARY 2 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. • FREE Thursday Night Admission at Morrill Hall in February, 4:30-8pm. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 • Pop In Storytime at Morrill Hall with Lincoln City Libraries, 6:30-7pm. Geared towards ages 3-5, but all are welcome!

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19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Lied Center, 7:30pm. Piano. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. FEBRUARY 9 •P  reschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. •F  REE Thursday Night Admission at Morrill Hall in February, 4:30-8pm. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 FEBRUARY 10 •F  REE Dinner & Movie Night! “Finding Dory” at Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 1200 N. 56th. FREE meal at 6pm (hotdogs, chips, carrots, ice cream), Movie at 7pm. Popcorn available! Free to the public! (402) 466-1800, TrinityLCMSLincoln.com.

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• “50 Beloved Books” Challenge by Lincoln City Libraries begins! Now through April 30th, visit your local library and sign up with a Reading Challenge Star. Read 10 books and get a scratch-nsniff bookmark, collect all 5! Read all 50 books and get a free Runza kid’s meal! LincolnLibraries.org.

•M  ember’s 2nd Saturday at SAC Museum, 9-10am. Learn about our Aircraft of the Month, w/ complimentary breakfast. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100.

• Dinosaurs & Disasters! at Morrill Hall, 9:30am-4:30pm. Fun family day! Regular museum admission. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642

•G  et Smart Saturdays at SAC Museum, 10-11am. “Animation” - 2nd Saturday of every month, hands-on activities, fun STEAM topics. Advanced registration req. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100.

• Investigate: 2nd Saturday Science Lab at Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine, 10am12pm. Hands-on activities & exploration! Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642.

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Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. FEBRUARY 16 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. • FREE Thursday Night Admission at Morrill Hall in February, 4:30-8pm. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 FEBRUARY 17 • FREE Great Backyard Bird Count at Spring Creek Prairie, 11700 SW 100th St (Denton). Fri & Sat, Feb 17 & 18, 1011:30am. Free bird walks, info, and fun! SpringCreekPrairie.audubon.org, (402) 797-2301.

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•L  MTA Workshop at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege St., 10-11:30am. Dr. Marina Fabrikant. Lincoln

FEBRUARY IS... FEBRERO • Spanish FÉVRIER • French FEBRUAR • German FEBBRAIO • Italian • American Heart Month • Black History Month • National Cherry Month • National Children’s Dental Health Month • National Grapefruit Month

Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. • FREE Thursday Night Admission at Morrill Hall in February, 4:30-8pm. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 FEBRUARY 24 • HomeGrown by Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Venue Restaurant & Lounge, 5-8pm. Photography exhibit and refreshments. Tickets available online, $30. NCHS.org, (402) 898-7785.

• Kindergarten Round-Up at Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 1200 N. 56th. RSVP to Kara by Wed, Feb 15. kdanforth@trinitylcms-lincoln.com, (402) 466-1800. TrinityLCMS-Lincoln.com. FEBRUARY 18 • Nebraska Robotics Expo at SAC Museum, 8am-3:30pm. Robotics competition, Creative Visual Arts Expo, and more. Visit usfirst.org to start your own team. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. • Great Backyard Bird Count at Spring Creek Prairie, 11700 SW 100th St (Denton). Fri & Sat, Feb 17 & 18, 1011:30am. Free bird walks, info, and fun! SpringCreekPrairie.audubon.org, (402) 797-2301.

FEBRUARY 25 • Dance: Ballet & Jazz Spring Break Program by Lincoln Parks & Recreation begins, Saturdays through April 1. Call Calvert Rec Center, (402) 441-8480. • Winterfest Flea Market & Antique Show at Lancaster Event Center, Feb 25, 8a-5pm, & Feb 26, 10am-4pm. Admission for 2-day event: $5/adult, 12 & under free. Call to inquire for a booth. (402) 525-6234. FEBRUARY 27

•S  tudent Recital & LMTA Music Outreach Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble south, 1-5pm. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. •D  arwin Day Film Festival at Morrill Hall, 2-3:30pm. Short films and more! Museum. unl.edu, (402) 472-2642

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FEBRUARY 19 • Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall, 1:30-4:30pm. Demonstrations, activities, & science. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 FEBRUARY 23 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint

• NFL Flag Football Spring Break Program by Lincoln Parks & Recreation REGISTRATION ENDS. Season Mar 27Apr 27. TeamSideline.com/LincolnNE. FEBRUARY 28 • Take a Peak Tuesdays at Trinity Lutheran School, 1200 N. 56th. Open House tours of the School on the last Tuesday of every month through May, 8:30am-4pm. (402) 466-1800, TrinityLCMS-Lincoln.com. Spring 2017 • Page 39


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MARCH 2017 ZODIAC: Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 • Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES • Mar 1: Nebraska Statehood Day • Mar 1: Ash Wednesday • Mar 2: Read Across America Day • Mar 12: Holi • Mar 12: Purim • Mar 12: Daylight Savings Time • Mar 14: Nat’l Pi Day • Mar 16: Incredible Kid Day • Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day • Mar 20: March Equinox • Mar 21: Nat’l Agriculture Day • Mar 23: Nat’l Puppy Day

MARCH 1 • Happy Birthday Nebraska! 150 years has never looked so good! MARCH 2 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. • Pop In Storytime at Morrill Hall with Lincoln City Libraries, 6:30-7pm. Geared towards ages 3-5, but all are welcome! MARCH 5 • Community Ceili Event at Auld by Lincoln Irish Dancers, 6:30-9pm. Live music & dancing. (402) 742-9525. MARCH 9 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. MARCH 11 • Member’s 2nd Saturday at SAC Museum, 9-10am. Learn about our Aircraft of the Month, w/ complimentary breakfast. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. • Accelerated Birth Class by Birth Beyond Bias at Southeast Community College, 9am-4:30pm. BirthBeyondBias.com, (402) 617-3978. • Investigate: 2nd Saturday Science Lab at Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine, 10am-12pm. Handson activities & exploration! Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642. • Get Smart Saturdays at SAC Museum, 10-11am. “Nebraska Kool-Aid Science” - 2nd Saturday of every month, hands-on activities, fun STEAM topics. Advanced registration req. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. • Nebraska: 150 Years Celebration at SAC Museum,10am-11pm. New exhibit, guest speaker, & high school band performances. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. • LMTA Workshop at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege St., 11:30-1pm. Dr. Paul Barnes. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 MARCH 12 • Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall, 1:30-4:30pm. Demonstrations, activities, & science. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 MARCH 13 • Spring Break Camp: Clay Creations, March 13-17 at LUX Center for the Arts, 9am-12pm. Ages 5-8, $150/$120 members. LUXcenter. org, (402) 466-8692. • Spring Break Camp: Tween Art Sampler, March 13-17 at LUX Center for the Arts, 9am-12pm. Ages 9-12, $125/$100 members. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Spring Break Camp: Mini-Masters, March 13-17 at LUX Center for the Arts, 2-5pm. Ages 5-8, $125/$100 members. LUXcenter. org, (402) 466-8692. • Spring Break Camp: Tween Pottery Wheel, March 13-17 at LUX Center for the Arts, 2-5pm. Ages 9-12, $150/$120 members. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. MARCH 16 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. MARCH 18 • Accelerated Birth Class by Birth Beyond Bias at Southeast Community College, 9am-4:30pm. BirthBeyondBias.com, (402) 617-3978. • Get Up & Paint at LUX Center for the Arts, 10-11:30am. Ages 5-8, $75/$60 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter. org, (402) 466-8692. • Full STEAM Ahead at LUX Center for the Arts, 10-11:30am. Ages 9-12, $75/$60 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Culture & Sculpture at LUX Center for the Arts, 12:30-2pm. Ages 5-8, $85/$68 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Draw+Paint at LUX Center for the Arts, 12:30-2pm. Ages 9-12, $75/$60 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter.

org, (402) 466-8692. • Teen Drawing & Painting From Observation at LUX Center for the Arts, 12:30-2pm. Ages 13+, $85/$68 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter. org, (402) 466-8692. • STEAM Powered Minds at LUX Center for the Arts, 3-4:30pm. Ages 5-8, $75/$60 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Tweens on Wheels at LUX Center for the Arts, 3-4:30pm. Ages 10-13, $85/$68 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Teen Art Sampler at LUX Center for the Arts, 3-4:30pm. Ages 13+, $85/$68 members. Classes Mar 18 & 25, Apr 1 & 8. LUXcenter. org, (402) 466-8692. • “Gulliver’s Travels” Performance by Westminster’s Spring Drama Camp. WestminsterLincoln.org. MARCH 23 • Kidz Closet Spring Consignment Sale by St. Paul UMC, 12 & M Streets. Mar 23: 10am-7pm. Consign and shop! Baby & Kids clothes, gear, toys, and more! kidzcloset.org for more info. • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. MARCH 24 • LMBC Spring Ballet, “Snow White” at North Star High School. Times TBA. LincolnMidwestBallet.org. • Kidz Closet Spring Consignment Sale by St. Paul UMC, 12 & M Streets. Mar 24: 10am-6pm. Consign and shop! Baby & Kids clothes, gear, toys, and more! kidzcloset.org for more info. MARCH 25 • LMBC Spring Ballet, “Snow White” at North Star High School. Times TBA. LincolnMidwestBallet.org. • Kidz Closet Spring Consignment Sale by St. Paul UMC, 12 & M Streets. Mar 25:

MARCH IS... MARZO • Spanish MARS • French MÄRZ • German MARZO • Italian • Music in Our Schools Month • National Craft Month • National Frozen Food Month • National Irish-American Heritage Month • National Nutrition Month • National Women’s History Month • Red Cross Month

10am-7pm. Consign and shop! Baby & Kids clothes, gear, toys, and more! kidzcloset.org for more info. •P  iano Master Class at Wesleyan University, 1-3pm. Dr. Karen Kushner. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. MARCH 26 •K  idz Closet Spring Consignment Sale by St. Paul UMC, 12 & M Streets. Mar 26: 10am-2pm. Consign and shop! Baby & Kids clothes, gear, toys, and more! kidzcloset.org for more info. •C  omposition Contest: Winners Recital at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington St., 4:30pm. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. MARCH 27 •F  REE Ceili Irish Dance “Try-It” Event at First Presbyterian Church by Lincoln Irish Dancers, 6:30-pm. (402) 742-9525. MARCH 28 •T  ake a Peak Tuesdays at Trinity Lutheran School, 1200 N. 56th. Open House tours of the School on the last Tuesday of every month through May, 8:30am-4pm. (402) 4661800, TrinityLCMS-Lincoln.com. MARCH 30 •C  hildren’s Consignment Sale by Neat Repeatz, through April 2nd. Location TBA. Shop & consign! Follow Neat Repeatz on Facebook for more info! • Annual Science Fair at SAC Museum, 8am-5pm. Science enthusiasts grades 3-8, teacher-sponsored teams must register in advance, parents invited. $12/student, $7/ parent. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. •P  reschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. MARCH 31 • Auditions for Lincoln Boys Choir, by appt. only. Register for an audition time at LincolnBoysChoir.org or (402) 499-4446.


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APRIL 2017 ZODIAC: Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20 • Taurus Apr 21 - May 20

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES • Apr 1: April Fool’s Day • Apr 2: Children’s Book Day • Apr 9: Palm Sunday • Apr 10: Nat’l Siblings Day • Apr 10: Passover (through Apr 18) • Apr 11: Nat’l Library Workers Day • Apr 14: Good Friday • Apr 16: Easter Sunday • Apr 22: Earth Day • Apr 24: Yom HaShoah • Apr 24: Isra and Mi’raj • Apr 27: Take your child to work day • Apr 28: Arbor Day APRIL 1 • Children’s Consignment Sale by Neat Repeatz, through April 2nd. Location TBA. Shop & consign! Follow Neat Repeatz on Facebook for more info! • Auditions for Lincoln Boys Choir, by appt. only. Register for an audition time at LincolnBoysChoir.org or (402) 499-4446. • Annual Resource Family Conference for Foster Parents by KVC Nebraska at Cornhusker-Marriott, 8:30am. One-of-akind training for foster & adoptive families from all agencies. KVCnebraska.org, (402) 498-4723. APRIL 2 • Sunday with a Scientist at Morrill Hall, 1:30-4:30pm. Demonstrations, activities, & science. Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642 • Richard Goode at The Lied Center, 3pm. Piano. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. APRIL 6 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th &

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• Bump2: A Birth Refresher Class by Birth Beyond Bias, 8am. BirthBeyondBias.com, (402) 617-3978.

•M  ember’s 2nd Saturday at SAC Museum, 9-10am. Learn about our Aircraft of the Month, w/ complimentary breakfast. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. • Investigate: 2nd Saturday Science Lab at Morrill Hall, 14th & Vine, 10am-12pm. Hands-on activities & exploration! Museum.unl.edu, (402) 472-2642. •G  et Smart Saturdays at SAC Museum, 10-11am. “Candy Science” - 2nd Saturday of every month, hands-on activities, fun STEAM topics. Advanced registration req. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100. •S  pring Fling & Egg Hunt at SAC Museum, 10am-2pm. Egg hunt at 11am, activities, face painting, and the Easter Bunny! SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100.

adults. SACmuseum.org, (402) 944-3100.

APRIL 10 Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. • Pop In Storytime at Morrill Hall with Lincoln City Libraries, 6:30-7pm. Geared towards ages 3-5, but all are welcome! APRIL 7 • Family Fun Night at Wee Wisdom Preschool, 5201 Old Cheney Rd, 5-8pm. Fundraiser to help build a new outdoor play area at Wee Wisdom. Carnival games, food, bounce house, & more fun! Ages 3-10. (402) 420-7111, WeeWisdomPreschool.org.

•S  o You’re Having a Baby: A Complete Birth Class by Birth Beyond Bias, 6:30pm. BirthBeyondBias.com, (402) 617-3978. APRIL 13 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. APRIL 20 •N  ebraska SciFest at SAC Museum, 8am-5pm. Multi-day event with hands-on activties, talks, tours, nature, exhibits, performances, and more for kids and

ABRIL • Spanish AVRIL • French APRIL • German APRILE • Italian • National Humor Month • International Guitar Month • Keep America Beautiful Month • National Poetry Month • Stress Awareness Month

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• Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010.

• Mud Pies & More at LUX Center for the Arts, 10-11:30am. Ages 5-8, $85/$68 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692.

• Special Delivery: Birth Essentials by Birth Beyond Bias, 6pm. BirthBeyondBias. com, (402) 617-3978.

• Tween Art Immersion at LUX Center for the Arts, 10-11:30am. Ages 9-12, $75/$60 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692.

APRIL 23 • FREE Words4Birds! at Spring Creek Prairie, 11700 SW 100th St (Denton). Poetry, workshops, nature, and a picnic! SpringCreekPrairie.audubon.org, (402) 797-2301. APRIL 25 • Take a Peak Tuesdays at Trinity Lutheran School, 1200 N. 56th. Open House tours of the School on the last Tuesday of every month through May, 8:30am-4pm. (402) 466-1800, TrinityLCMS-Lincoln.com. APRIL 27 • Preschool Paint & Story Time at Paint

APRIL 9 •L  MTA Spring Recital at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2788 Franklin St., 3pm. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info.

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Yourself Silly, Pioneer Woods (70th & Pioneers blvd.), Thursdays at 10:30am. PaintYourselfSilly.net, (402) 486-1010. APRIL 29 • FREE 30th Annual Early Childhood Celebration sponsored in part by the Lincoln Association for the Education of Young Children, 9am-noon, SCC Gymnasium, 8800 O Street. The String Beans, Lion Dance Team, activities, display and more! For families with children ages birth to eight. • FREE Wild Adventure Day at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 10am-1pm. Games, crafts, presentations, booths, vendors, and more! Hudson Cabin & One-room

• Nebraska Renaissance Faire & Midlands Pirate Fest, April 29 & 30, 11am-6pm, Riverwest Park (Omaha, 233rd & Maple). 16th Century European Culture & 18th Century Caribbean Pirate lore. Jousting, edutainment, costumes, & more! $12/adults, $5/kids, 7 & under Free. Free Parking. NebFaire.com. • Create with Paint at LUX Center for the Arts, 12:30-2pm. Ages 5-8, $75/$60 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Tween Clay Lab at LUX Center for the Arts, 12:30-2pm. Ages 10-13, $85/$68 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Screen Printing & Duplicated Drawing at LUX Center for the Arts, 12:30-2pm. Ages 13+, $85/$68 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Mixed Media Art & Jewelry at LUX Center for the Arts, 3-4:30pm. Ages 5-8, $75/$60 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. • Teens on Wheels at LUX Center for the Arts, 3-4:30pm. Ages 13+, $105/$84 members. Classes Apr 29, May 6, 13, & 20. LUXcenter.org, (402) 466-8692. APRIL 30 • LMTA Honors Recital at First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th St., 2pm. Lincoln Music Teacher’s Association, LMTA.info. Spring 2017 • Page 41


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ARTREACH Update By Tamara Kaye

Founder and Creative Director of The ArtReach Project

Art Planet Becomes The ArtReach Project

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ould one paper feather make a difference? How about one little landscape painting? Could one sculpey heart with a tag attached to it saying “You’ve been reached” mean something to somebody? Let’s try it this way. Could one youth artist make a difference in this world by simply making art…to give away? Tamara Kaye, former director of Art Planet, founded The ArtReach Project based upon that very belief. Yes. Art makes a difference. And so does the artist. The mission of the non-profit is to invite people like you to imagine a more creative culture by making art in, with, and for the community and our world. The coolest thing about this is that while learning, growing, and having fun, artists who are young and young-at-heart are always making stuff just to give away with the intention of having a positive impact. “The shift here,” says Kaye, “is from lesson based and age specific classes to open creative times that offer project based learning opportunities in The Creative Space, formerly known as Art Planet. It is my observation and belief that the best kind of learning takes place when the learner’s imagination is encouraged to interact with the materials and ideas and allowed to make his or her own discoveries.” This kind of creating is known as innovation and inspires the most meaningful connections between the artist and their art. It’s something Kaye has seen over and over during her time teaching classes at Art Planet. This is the kind of art that goes out into the world and makes it brighter. The hope is that it then goes on to make connections between people that ignite more creativity. This is kids and art making a difference, one project at a time. Art Planet’s history in the community ends here with a bittersweet farewell, but The ArtReach Project lives on for this very purpose. Things will look a little different now in The Creative Space, but not that the kids will notice much. All they need is a place to grow, and Tamara Kaye still intends to provide that. The ArtReach Project aims to connect people of all ages with creativity in the community through its GIVE, GROW, and GATHER outreach components. You are invited to take a look at The ArtReach Project’s new youth programs on the website, simply click on the word GROW!

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“Shasta” by Bree Bunsman, 12, Student at Art AcademyLincoln

“Cypress Grove” by Bennett Sailor, Kindergarten, Student at Art Around the Corner

“Flowers” by Alison Lundstedt, 10, Student at LUX Center for the Arts


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“Guitar” Maizie Stricker, Grade 4, Student at Art Around the Corner

Acrylic Painting by Jude Lethcoe, 2, Made at home

“Midnight Meow” by Miley Rivera, 9, Student at Art Academy-Lincoln

Untitled by Nithin Mehta, 5, Made in The Creative Space at The ArtReach Project “Look into the Distance” by Will Weber, 8, Made in The Creative Space at The ArtReach Project

“May the Force Be With You Finn” by Finn Killeen, 9, Student at Art Academy-Lincoln

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Paintings • Drawings • Poetry Short Stories • Photography karla@lincolnkidsinc.com PO Box 67203 • Lincoln, NE 68506 Spring 2017 • Page 43


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