Abendmusik brings carefully curated musical programs to the elegant confines of the First-Plymouth Church, constructed to echo the styles of early basilica churches and the architectural traditions of Nebraska. A 16-sided carillon tower rises 171 feet above the prairie, welcoming visitors with the chiming of its 48 bells and the soft glow of its custom brick face. Installed in 1998, the monumental Lied Chancel organ's 6,000 pipes can resound with contrapuntal opulence or delicately accompany quiet choral pieces, muffling sounds with finely calibrated expression boxes and the shushing of specially appointed librarians.
The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra treats guests to world-class symphonic music that delights the heart, soothes the soul, and opens a new musical passageway for human minds trapped in a single genre. The opening concert on September 17 is a boon to clarinet enthusiasts; it features principal piper Diane Barger offering her rendition of Scott McAllister’s X—Concerto for Clarinet —which is a tribute to the music of Generation X—as well as other pieces that include Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 3, whose sonorous energy honors Scottish folk music and scotch. Prepare for another jolly season of jingling chestnuts and toasting bells by attending Deck the Halls, or welcome next year’s April rains with a trip to "Triumph and Romance," which features the violin sounds of Anton Miller as he plucks his chin guitar to the tune of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor.
The HUB’s name isn’t an acronym. A former director of the organization told the Lincoln Journal Star that “Here U Belong” and “Help Underachievers Believe” were batted around as possibilities but ultimately rejected as inadequate reflections of what the organization does. Instead, the group’s functions are closer to the dictionary definition of “hub”—as the news article puts it, The HUB is a “focal point of interest, a center of activity” where “young people can get respect and help.”
The organization caters to low-income youth who have dropped out of school, are unemployed or homeless, are aging out of foster care, and are coming from detention facilities. Its programs help these young people gain a better foothold in the world by working with them to find careers or gain their GEDs. Community outreach services meet immediate housing, employment, and transportation needs for youth in crisis. Other programs provide tutoring services for students transitioning from detention centers to schools and offer training and enrichment projects to help male juvenile offenders strengthen bonds with their communities. Most important, The HUB provides a welcoming space where all young people, regardless of background, are welcome.
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Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
The Community Crops garden program strives to strengthen Lincoln communities. To do this, it supports community gardens in which residents grow nutritious, fresh produce and beautify their city, providing the land, water, seeds, and tools for 250 plots at 11 sites. In 2014, the gardening program produced more than 27,915 pounds of food, with the participation of more than 900 gardeners. As a community-building effort, Community Crops never turns away interested gardeners, and it provides 70% of participants with financial assistance for their plots.
Crops volunteers and AmeriCorps members prep the gardens for the season, mulching paths with wood chips, adding composted manure to the plots, and taking inventory of tools and hoses at each garden. The staff also organizes organic growing and gardening classes for the community.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.