Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged Lincoln residents to participate in a variety of spring activities that promote a healthier, cleaner and greener Lincoln. They include the annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 18 in Union Plaza as well as shoe drives, a gardening initiative, neighborhood clean-ups and zero-waste efforts.
"Every year, we see new ideas and energy sprouting up all over the community as spring arrives," Mayor Beutler said. "City government is an important partner, but it's the leadership of people and organizations all across our community that makes it happen and contributes so much to making Lincoln such a wonderful place to live."
Due to the possibility of rain, this Saturday's event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will take place in the Assurity parking garage at 20th and "Q" streets, adjacent to Union Plaza. Activities include the first Farmers Market of the year, entertainment, kids activities, food trucks, a green transportation expo, a fashion show and about 60 exhibitors. Union Plaza is a hub for Lincoln's trails system, so biking is encouraged, and bike valet service will be available. Assurity is also providing free parking. More information is available at LincolnEarthDay.org.
For the fifth year, Cornhusker Bank is working with the People's City Mission on this shoe collection effort. New or used shoes can be dropped off at dozens of businesses and other locations throughout Lincoln until April 20. This partnership has raised awareness locally on how the life of a low-income person is impacted by a need for shoes. The shoe donations directly help poor families in Lincoln while diverting thousands of tons of waste from the City's landfill. More information and a list of drop-off sites in Lincoln are available at CornhuskerBank.com.
This is the first year for this event, which includes a 5K fun run/walk and a new and used shoe collection drive starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 17. The run/walk starts and ends at the Flatwater Grill and Bistro, 801 "R" Street in the Haymarket. This event is sponsored by Soles4Souls, a global organization represented locally by Mrs. International Maggi Thorne. A portion of the funds raised will also benefit the TeamMates Mentoring Program. More information is available on Facebook.
This community-wide campaign encourages Lincoln residents to pledge to grow some of their own vegetables in home or community gardens. It is sponsored by the Local Foodshed Working Group, a diverse group of farmers, gardeners, organizations and individuals. Their goal is to promote healthier, more active living and raise awareness about local food. More information, including the pledge form, can be found at communitycrops.org/letsgrowlincoln or on Facebook.
Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful offers grants for community groups, neighborhood associations and individuals to support projects that reduce litter and promote the proper dispose of waste. Both neighborhood grants and community improvement grants are available. For more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: kllcb).
WasteCap Nebraska is launching its new "GoZero" event planning service to help community groups, businesses, churches and entertainment venues plan and organize "zero waste" events. The goal is to send little to no waste to the landfill through reducing, recycling and composting. More information is available at wastecapne.org.