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Streets Alive, the free outdoor movement festival organized by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, is back tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Hosted again this year in the Belmont neighborhood, the outreach event spans nearly 2 miles of traffic-free streets. Family, kid, wheelchair and pet-friendly, the festival welcomes 4,000 to 6,000 visitors every year. Over 100 exhibitors offering free health and support resources line a route interspersed with join-in fitness classes and sports demonstrations, fresh produce, music, dance, art and kids' activities.

"This is the one day every year that we invite people to play in the streets," said Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler. "When the cars are gone, the space opens up for families to walk, bike, skate and enjoy the great outdoors with their neighbors."

Park project to debut at Streets Alive

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln also hopes to showcase the new Streets Alive/Belmont Community Project, an outdoor living and learning center in Belmont Park, at the festival. The project broke ground Aug. 10.

“The weather wasn’t cooperating for a while,’” said Ashley Carlson, Streets Alive event manager. “But we’re crossing our fingers that it will be finished in time for the festival start.”

The project, a multi-use covered shelter, was a joint initiative to help support outdoor activity and education, community engagement, and neighborhood safety and revitalization. Platinum and gold project sponsors were Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, the Lincoln Parks Foundation/Lincoln Parks & Recreation, the Nebraska/Iowa Kiwanis Foundation, the local Sunrise, Cornhusker, Northeast, Capital City and Lincoln Center Kiwanis clubs, and Lincoln Concrete Specialists. Silver and bronze sponsors were the Realtors Association of Lincoln, NeighborWorks and Wells Fargo.

Lincoln Calling creative arts/music festival connects with Streets Alive

This year, Lincoln Calling expanded its music festival to include arts, innovation, sustainability and panel discussions with national and local experts in the fields of creative arts entrepreneurship and wellness.

A workplace wellness discussion featured representatives from local industry, the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell, and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln President Dr. Bob Rauner.

Lincoln Calling, which ends today, will cross over to Streets Alive with musicians Adam + Kizzie, Edem Soul and the Algorythmns performing, joining other Streets Alive favorites like the String Beans, the Lincoln Ukulele Group and Less Talk More Polka. Streets Alive entertainment schedules and more information about Streets Alive can be found at healthylincoln.org/streetsalive.

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