Situated beside Lincoln’s Wilderness Park on the 18-hole golf course at Wilderness Ridge, The Lodge serves up gourmet cuisine with extensive pairings of wine, beer, and cocktails. The Lodge cultivates a woodsy vibe with log walls, ceiling beams accented with cut stone, chandeliers made from antlers, and waiters dressed up as grizzly bears. Diners can sup on entrees of duck or salmon while sipping on wines hailing from around the globe after enjoying a round of golf on a nine-hole executive course or 18-hole championship fairway.
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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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.
In 1972, on the anniversary of the very first Arbor Day, an environmentally minded group of people created the Arbor Day Foundation to pursue the chlorophyll-laden mission of restoring habitats and natural ecosystems in the United States. The organization’s one million members help support conservation programs all over the country and spread awareness about the necessity of protecting our arboreal natural resources. The Tree City USA program replenishes urban forests in more than 3,400 towns and cities, helping produce cleaner air, lower energy costs, and storm-water control. Rain Forest Rescue preserves tropical rainforests and supports native rainforest families to maintain the habitats of more than half the planet’s plant, animal, and wandering conservationist species.