June 13, 2012
In this issue…Metro and the city launch the Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis, summer solstice lecture at Lauritzen Gardens, public hearing on the city’s transportation master plan July 17, closing in on 1,000, “The Rainbow” to open at the Bemis.
Alternatives Analysis Launched
Metro and the City of Omaha have launched the Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis. The 18-month study seeks to improve mobility between downtown, midtown, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the Crossroads and Aksarben Village areas; maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the transit investment; increase support for land use and economic development goals and enhance the use of transit-supported land use, planning and design strategies; increase sustainable transit investments that are compatible with the built environment; and provide a transit investment that can be implemented within budget constraints for capital and operating expenses. For more information, visit www.omahaalternativesanalysis.com.
Summer Solstice Lecture
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s botanical center, will host its Summer Solstice Lecture – “American Prairie Plants for American Gardens” – Thursday, June 21, at 7:00pm. The guest speaker is Neil Diboll, a pioneer in the native plant industry. His presentation will feature the showiest and best-behaved prairie wildflowers and grasses for gardens and landscapes in Nebraska and the Midwest. The fee, $10 for members and $14 for non-members, includes a light dessert reception. To register or for more information, contact Merri at 402.346.4002, ext. 201. Space is limited. Lauritzen Gardens is located at 100 Bancroft St. For more information, visit www.lauritzengardens.org.
TMP Public Hearing
A public hearing on the City of Omaha’s draft Transportation Master Plan is set for the July 17 meeting of the Omaha City Council. The meeting begins at 2:00pm in the legislative chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. For more information about the plan, visit www.movingomaha.org.
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The Rainbow Opens
Sometimes, art is magic. Michael Jones McKean’s “The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms” opens the weekend of June 21-23 at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. The project, which represents extensive cross-disciplinary collaboration, creates a simple but phenomenal visual event – a rainbow in the sky. The public artwork will produce temporary rainbows above the Bemis building using the most elemental materials: sunlight and rain water. A public tour is set for Friday, June 22, from 6:00 to 7:00pm. A panel discussion will be held Saturday, June 23, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, following by an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. All three events are free. For more information about the project, visit http://www.bemiscenter.org/art/exhibitions/rainbow-project.html.