Nearly 50 years old and recognized as one of the Best Zoos for Kids by Parents magazine, the Lincoln Children's Zoo continues to foster an exciting educational atmosphere that encourages kids to interact firsthand with their furry, scaly, and leafy neighbors. There's already an ample, varied herd of animals that will be joined by the rare Humboldt penguins—the zoo is one of only 16 zoos nationwide to feature the warm-climate tuxedoed birds—and the mischievous squirrel monkeys. Curious kids and professional petters will want to flock to the hands-on exhibits. Feed a llama from your hand and listen closely for his penny-stock tips at the Firsthand Farm, or watch a friendly ZooCrew handler parade small creatures before youngsters at Critter Encounter. Because plants and animals are still reconciling creative differences, you can visit bodacious buds separately at the nearby botanical gardens, where a wide variety of plant species bedeck their expansive green areas.
The Community CROPS (Combining Resources, Opportunities, and People for Sustainability) gardens program strives to strengthen Lincoln communities by providing spaces for residents to grow nutritious, fresh produce, as well as beautify the city with community gardens. In 2012, the gardening program produced more than 25,000 pounds of food, with 648 plots and more than 800 gardeners. As a community-building effort, Community CROPS never turns away interested gardeners, and it will provide 300 of last year's gardeners with financial assistance for their plots.
CROPS volunteers and AmeriCorps members prep the gardens for the season, mulching garden 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.
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Since 1972, Abendmusik: Lincoln has paired world-class music and performing arts in a series of live events. Inside the picturesque First-Plymouth Congregational Church sanctuary, the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckling classic The Mark of Zorro will unspool as organist Tom Trenney improvises a melodic accompaniment on the lied organ, a massive, 6,000-pipe instrument sometimes used to summon children in neighboring states for dinner. Eyes feast on the unraveling drama as the effete Don Diego transforms into the dashing hero Zorro to champion laborers mistreated by wealthy landowners, all the while courting the enchanting Lolita Pulido using only a series of romantically written title cards. As the film builds to a climax, Trenney will unleash plot-enhancing chords to express characters’ emotions, emphasize tension, and distract from incongruous sci-fi battles.
The owners of Brewsky’s Food & Spirits know that the best way to get friends and family together is to create a vibrant space filled with live music, all the best sporting events on TV, frosty brews, and a menu of comfort foods. While taking pride in being the spot to gather for Huskers games, as well as all other major sporting events, the owners also take immense satisfaction in serving a selection of juicy steaks, flame-broiled burgers, and wings that their chef concocted exclusively for the restaurant. The team also entertains patrons with trivia nights and shows such as dueling pianos or quarreling xylophones at the Haymarket location.
Lincoln Yoga Center is devoted to offering yoga classes for people of all fitness and skill levels in a calm, encouraging environment. Stroll into the sleek confines and give your body the Laffy Taffy treatment with a convenient schedule of classes that includes yoga, dance-fueled Zumba, and the potent core-strengthening combo of yoga and Pilates. With the aid of a skilled staff of limb benders, visitors of Lincoln Yoga Center work towards improving flexibility and shedding pounds while uniting the body and mind into a veritable Frankenstein of fitness. Open six days a week, the studio offers a myriad of opportunities to savor a sweaty session of tendon-stretching and body toning.
Blue Raven Music Studio's colorful, brightly painted studio houses experienced instructors who teach prospective maestros of all skill levels how to play a wide variety of instruments. Tickle the ivories during piano instruction, ruffle a moustache with harmonica lessons, or ripple passersby with good guitar vibrations. Conducted in an intimate, one-on-one setting, the 30-minute lessons start with the basics of music making, including note reading, technique, and music theory. As students evolve into well-oiled melody-manufacturing machines, lessons can become more personalized, allowing students to select particular songs or genres they want to master.