Our cover features Susan McIntosh Kriz (left), Lux Center for the Arts executive director, and Lindsey Clausen, education director, in front of Lux’s new Ceramics Center, which doubles Lux’s classroom space.

Since completing phase 1 of its expansion/renovation project last summer, Lux has a ceramics center with two dedicated classrooms – one with 12 potter’s wheels for wheel-throwing ceramics, and the other classroom for hand-building. Other additions have included four kilns, a plaster room for molds, four artists-in-residence studios and a clay mixing room.

Fundraising is underway to renovate the original historic building as well. See more details in our cover story, titled "Lux Center for the Arts completes phase 1 of expansion/renovation," on this website. Lincoln Journal Star photographer Kayla Wolf shot this month’s cover photo.

Speaking of fundraising and expansion projects …

By now you’ve probably heard that Lincoln is constructing three new dog runs in northeast, northwest and southwest Lincoln. Combined with the existing Rickman’s Run in southeast Lincoln, we will have a dog run in each quadrant of the city by year’s end.

The Sept. 3 Dog Bowl was a fun new fundraiser that helped raise private funds to add enhancements to all four dog runs such as drinking fountains, rinsing stations and additional trees, benches, paths and trails. See more details in our story titled "Dog Bowl at Pinewood Bowl supports Lincoln's dog runs" on this website.

Another fundraiser, a fish fry at the home of Eric and Stephanie Dinger, raised more than $20,000 to support Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach’s efforts to defeat hunger and homelessness in Lincoln. (See story titled "$20,000 raised to help defeat hunger and homelessness in Lincoln" on this website for more details). Matt Talbot is nearing completion of a 2,500-square-foot addition to further build its capacity to save and transform lives. The nonprofit is also celebrating 25 years this fall. Watch for more details in a future L Magazine.

And speaking of anniversaries, Union Bank & Trust celebrated its 100th year with a community party Aug. 12 at Union Plaza – the sprawling, inner-city park which was created in 2012 with a lead donation from Union Bank. The centennial celebration included creative art projects and interactive games, live music, free food and a fireworks display.

As part of its centennial anniversary, Union Bank is making several signature gifts, including $150,000 to Tabitha’s Meals on Wheels, a major contribution to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo expansion and funding that planted 200 trees in eight Lincoln city parks. Announced at the centennial celebration was a $125,000 donation to the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack program. See more details and photos in the article titled "Union Bank celebrates 100th anniversary with community party and donations" on this website.

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