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Thrive Calendar: Sept 17- Dec. 31

Thrive Calendar: Sept 17- Dec. 31


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please call ahead to check on your event and class status.



Aging Partners Fitness Center — 555 S. Ninth St., 402-441-7575.

Asian Senior Center — 144 N. 44th St., 402-477-3446.

Belmont Center — 1234 Judson St., 402-441-7990.

Downtown Center — 1005 O St., 402-441-7154.

Lake Street Center — 2400 S. 11th St., 402-441-7157.

Northeast Center — 6300 Platte Ave., 402-441-7151.

Bennet Center — American Legion Hall, 970 Monroe St., 402-416-7693.

Firth Center — 311 Nemaha St., Firth, 402-416-7693.

Hickman Center — Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St., 402-416-7693.

Additional locations — Butler, Fillmore, Polk, Saline, Seward and York counties. For information call 800-247-0938.


Aging Partner's Fitness Center hours of operation — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

At this time, the fitness center will be operating by appointments only. Call to make an appointment. This will be necessary as long as health directives related to social distancing and limits on the amount of people gathering are in place.

All ages are welcome at the fitness center. Cardio equipment, strength training equipment, free weights, balance and other exercise aids are available. $10 monthly suggested contribution for age 60 and up, as well as family caregivers. $15 monthly suggested contribution for those under age 60. A certified personal trainer is available by appointment, at no additional cost.

For most Health and Fitness classes, there is a $4 per class suggested contribution for age 60 and over and a $5 per class suggested contribution for those under age 60. Punch cards available. Pre-registration is required for classes by calling 402-441-7575. Register early. Classes that do not have sufficient enrollment will be canceled.

Foot Clinics and Senior Health Promotion Services — Aging Partners Foot Clinics and UNMC Senior Health Promotion Services are being held at temporary locations due to COVID-19 and will be by appointment only during October, November and December. Call 402-441-7506 to make an appointment.

Services available to people age 60 and up include comprehensive foot care, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol screenings and health education.

Osteoporosis screenings are available on Thursdays at the Northeast Senior Center. A $15 suggested contribution will help these services continue.

* 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28; also Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive

* 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29; also Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, Northeast Senior Center, 6310 Platte Ave. 


In order to flatten the curve of COVID-19, some health and fitness classes will be going online this fall. The online experience cannot compare to in-person group classes but they actually have some great advantages. For example, you can do them from the comfort of your own home.

Zoom classes will be open 15 minutes before and after scheduled time to allow for socialization, laughter and questions from students.

Suggested contributions are $4 for age 60 and over and family caregivers of any age and $5 for those under age 60 for classes meeting one time per week; $2-$3 contributions for classes meeting two times per week are encouraged. Contributions can be mailed in, and punch cards are available. These cards allow Aging Partners to continue offering the online classes.

Aging Partners will have an abbreviated schedule this fall due to the pandemic. Classes that will be offered via Zoom are Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance, Qigong and Dance for Life.

Call 402-441-7575 to register for zoom classes during October, November and December. You will be sent information about how to access Zoom and the specific classes you are interested in. Prior to classes, you will need to download the Zoom app on your device. You must register in order to receive the access code to enter a class.

Evidence-Based Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Classes — Evidence based programs are supported by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program and the state of Nebraska Unit on Aging. Because all Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance Classes are progressive, no registrations will be accepted after the fourth class of each session.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (Level I) — 11 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 13-Dec. 22 (no class Nov. 26). This class is for people new to Tai Chi or those wanting to continue working on the basic Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance 8 Forms. It is a fall prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. Suggested contribution is $2 per class or $48 per session.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (Level II) — 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Oct. 13-Dec 22 (no class Nov. 27). This class is for people who have completed one or more sessions of Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Level I. Classes are designed for people who want to continue with the traditional 8 forms with less instruction and some variations. Suggested contribution is $2 per class or $48 per session.

The following classes are open to join at any time during the session but registration is still required.

Qigong Refresh and Recharge — 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 12-Dec. 14; also 2-3 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26). This ancient, meditative practice focuses on slow, gentle movements which help to relieve aching muscles and stiff joints, improve balance, flexibility and increase energy. Movements begin from a chair, move to standing forms, closing with seated stretches and stimulating breath exercises. This class is appropriate for individuals at all levels of ability.

Dance for Life — 2-3 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 12-Dec. 14. Each class focuses on balance, strength and cardio health through a unique combination of dance steps done to popular oldies music. Synchronized movements isolate and strengthen muscle groups, increase heart rate and improve core stability. Participants warm-up from the chair, move to standing, transition to dance then cool down with standing and seated movements.


All events are located at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th St. Place, unless otherwise specified.

To sign up for Zoom classes call 402-437-2700 or register online at

Here is a sampling of Continuing Education Classes for this fall/winter. For more classes, go to or call 402-437-2700.

Intro to Personal Computers for the Senior Citizen I — 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6-27, $159. Learn the components of the computer, as well as email, the web, and how to write letters. CEC, room 407.

Intro to Personal Computers for the Senior Citizen II — 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 3-24, $159. Expand on the first class by learning about attachments, downloading, saving information and storage devices. CEC, room 407.

Zoom: Everyone is doing it — Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m., $39. Learn why zoom is being used by millions to hold meetings. Live on Zoom

Beekeeping for Beginners: Practical hands-on — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct 7-Sept. 1, $169. Instructor Buzz Vance has 35 years of experience in beekeeping and this class will go through one production cycle. There will be extra supply costs for your hive and equipment. CEC auditorium.

Vintage Book Pumpkins — 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, $19. Make a vintage book pumpkin to spice up your fall décor. Bring a sharp knife and a supply fee of $9 to class. CEC, room 404.

Scrapfest — 9 a.m. to midnight, Sept. 26, $40. Grab your scrapbooking supplies and clear your calendar for one day of uninterrupted fun. CEC, room 302.

Palmistry — 6-8 p.m. Oct. 22, $29. Discover the elements of a basic palm read, we will discuss hand shapes, skin texture, finger prints, and more. Bring magnifying glass and a ruler. Note: this is not a fortune-telling class. CEC, room 102.

The Perfect Pie: Two crust fruit pie — 9-12:30 pm., Sept. 19, $39. Discover the basics of pie crust and pastry techniques as you create a yummy, summer favorite. CEC, room 104.

Julia’s Kitchen: Celebrating French Cooking — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 17, $39. Learn how to cook like Julia Child using her famous cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” We will make French onion soup, Coq Au Van and chocolate mousse. Bring an apron, 8800 Campus, room D-4.

Get a jump start on writing your life story — 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 21. Instructor is Lois Poppe, includes multiple handouts, CEC, room 404.

Truly Mexican: Breakfast — 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 24, $39. Cook up breakfast favorites including chilaquiles, frontier beans and avocado tomato salad, CEC, room 104.

Sushi Basics — 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 24, $39 or 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Nov. 21, $39. Learn how to make sushi at SCC’s Great Plains Culinary Institute. 8800 Campus, room D-4.

History of Lincoln, Part 1 — 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 14-28, $50. Historian Jim McKee will tell you about when Lincoln was known as Lancaster and owned by the Methodist Church, with information leading through the building of the first capitol, the University and the Depression of 1893. Lefler Middle School, 1100 S. 48th St., room 121. 

History of Lincoln, Part 2 — 7:30-9 p.m., Nov. 4-18, $50. Jim McKee continues with Lincoln’s history beginning after the Depression of 1893 through the development of downtown, Lincoln’s parks and the second and third capitol buildings, Lefler Middle School, 1100 S. 48th St.,  room 121.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (OLLI at UNL) has set their schedule with a variety of courses. OLLI is designed for adults 50 years plus.

OLLI at UNL has been working hard to ensure the health and safety of participants, while continuing to provide learning opportunities through the COVID-19 outbreak. Guidelines for physical distancing and facial coverings (primarily indoors) will be provide to those taking in-person courses.


Fall Term 1 runs through Oct. 12. In-person courses have limited enrollment. Many courses are livestreamed on Zoom and other courses are available on-demand, recorded on Canvas. Get course catalog at:

Courses on-demand — Over 70 hours of programming to view at any time, available on Canvas, at a single cost. You are able to start and stop course at your convenience.

Courses livestreamed — available via Zoom.


* Biodiversity: The Bold, the Beautiful, and the Bizarre

* Stuff Matters – Looking at Everyday Materials

* Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

* Charcoal Portrait Drawing

* Introduction to Yoga

* The Dictator’s Playbook

* Nazism & the Holocaust

* Pickleball – A Sport for ALL Ages!

* Saving a Life with CPR

* Media Literacy in the Age of Pandemic Misinformation

* Moving in the Right Direction: A Guide to Seniors Housing Related Issues

* Biblical Studies

* Dark Money: Montana to Nebraska & Beyond


* They Called Us ‘Roosians’!

* A History of Woman Suffrage in Nebraska: 65 Years ‘til Victory

* Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance and Fraud

* Health care Economics Today and Tomorrow

* Secrets and Spies of World War II

* It’s Not Pain and Torture, It’s Physical Therapy

* Introduction to Kayaking

* Qigong – Refresh and Recharge

* Caring for Your Loved Ones

* The Fake Death and Final Decades of Howard Hughes

* Racial Equity in the Movies: “I am a Negro”

* Habitat for Humanity: Bringing People Together to Build Homes

* Racial Equity in the Movies: “The Hate U Give”

* Nebraska’s Environmental Trust: Betrayed or Fulfilled?

* The Dose Makes the Poison


* Testing, Testing, Testing

* Behind the Scenes at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo Virtual Tour

* Tissue Engineering: Can we regrow human tissue?

* Six More Great Short Stories

* The Trojan War

* In Nothing We Trust? The Unraveling of the American Social Fabric Part II

* Photography Using Your Mobile Device

* Post-Processing/Editing Your Digital Pictures

* Health care Economics Today and Tomorrow

* Lifestyles of Lakota Women

* Digital Photography

* Chinese Culture in Film I


* Darwin and Beyond – Part II

* Gentle Yoga

* Pearl Buck’s “The Good Earth”

* Moving to Heal

* Wild Mushrooms, the Edible (sometimes!) Fungi

* Virtual Tours of Memory Care Facilities

* Diaries and Letters of Early Nebraska Settlers

* Sheldon Sculpture Garden Walk

* It’s More Than Yard Signs: Behind the Scenes at the Campaign

* Chinese Music I: An Overview

* How to Simplify Your Stuff and Honor Your Memories


* Turn Friday into “Fri-Yay” with Friday Fitness Club

* Three Bodies Burning: The Anatomy of an Investigation into Murder, Money, and Mexican Marijuana

* Music and the Brain

* The Electoral College and Its Impact

* Explore Pawnee Lake by Kayaking

* Introduction to Stand-up Paddle Boarding

* Election 2020

* Chinese History 1: Antiquity to Early Imperial Period (2000 BCE-220 CE)

* Raptor-ology


* Intro to River Kayaking


Fall Term 2 runs Oct. 26-Dec. 12. In-person courses have limited enrollment. Courses are streamed live on Zoom and available on-demand on Canvas.

Mondays (Starting Oct. 26)

* The USA from 1890 to WWI: Technology, World Fairs and Society (Zoom)

* Cancer: A Guided Two-Part Tour (In-person & Zoom)

* The Story Skulls Tell (Zoom)

* A Journey Through the World of Yoga (In-person)

* The First Amendment: Is It Always First? (Zoom)

* Painting Paleo Life (Zoom)

* Moving in the Right Direction: A Guide to Seniors Housing Related Issues (Zoom)

* Great American and Other Folk Music (In-person)

* Introduction to Slam Poetry with Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason (Zoom)

* Go with Your Gut: How to Promote a Healthy Microbiome (In-person & Zoom)

* Saving a Life with CPR (In-person)

* Jazz 101 (In-person & Zoom)

Tuesdays (Starting Oct. 27)

* The Art of Leadership (Zoom)

* Invitation to Innovation at Nebraska Innovation Campus (Zoom)

* Fossils on the Rotunda Floor (In-person)

* Snapshots of Central America: An Area of Beauty and Contrasts (In-person)

* A Brief History of Black America from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Present (Zoom)

* Getting to Know Beethoven Through His Music (Zoom)

* Long Term Care Planning (Zoom)

* An Introduction to Cochlear Implants (Zoom)

* Racial Equity in the Movies (Zoom)

* Fencing: The Human Chess Game (In-person)

 Wednesdays (Starting Oct. 28)

* Child Abuse and Child Advocacy (Zoom)

* Hospitals of the Future (Zoom)

* Photography Using Your Mobile Device (In-person & Zoom)

* Digitizing Memories (In-person & Zoom)

* Tai Chi for Better Balance (In-person)

* Digital Photography (In-person & Zoom)

Sleep May Be Dangerous to Your Health (Zoom)

Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism Part 2 (In-person)

Chinese Culture in Film Part 2 (Zoom)

History and Genres of Opera (In-person)

Thursdays (Starting Oct. 29)

Gentle Yoga (Zoom)

Dictators Part 2 (In-person)

Renewable Energy Virtual Tour (Zoom)

Life Happens: Rehabilitation Virtual Tours and Education (Zoom)

Writing Your Memoirs (Zoom)

The Big Bang Theory Revisited: A Universe from Nothing (Zoom)

Black Lives Matter: “Tears We Cannot Stop” (In-person)

Chinese Music Part 2 (Zoom)

Fridays (Starting Oct. 30)

Turn Friday into “Fri-Yay” with Friday Fitness Club (In-person & Zoom)

Prepare to Care: Creating a Plan (Zoom)

Access Lincoln from a New Angle: Try Star Tran (In-person)

Living Longer, Living Smarter (Zoom)

Black Lives Matter: An Update (Zoom)

Contemporary Nebraska Authors (Zoom)


Fall Symposium Global Displacement: Political Conflict and Climate Change — 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Open to the public, livestreamed on Zoom. Must register online or by mail. 



Please see for a schedule of meetings and events for the Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogical Society. 

Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogical Society feels it is in the best interest of its membership to suspend in-person meetings and education sessions for the foreseeable future. It is offering many of planned events on virtual platforms such as Zoom and

If you have never participated in an online session, sign up for an event that interests you and members will conduct at least one practice session a few days before the event to ensure you can connect properly. You can inquire about any online session via email:


The Lincoln Ostomy Association continues to look for a new way to meet and network. There are virtual and in-person meetings slated for Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Check website for updates:


The Lincoln Quilters Guild meets every second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, second floor, 4801 Prescott Ave. Meetings include national speakers and members participate in events and present Quilts of Valor. Information:


Aging Partners Nutrition Consultation — Mature adults needing assessments, intervention, planning, counseling, coordination and follow-up with service providers, call 402-441-7575.

Angels Care Home Health — Services including Alzheimer's and dementia program, Anodyne therapy for neuropathy and pain, blood draws in home for labs needed, disease management and education, fall prevention, medication management, occupational and speech therapy, skilled nursing, wound care and more, call 402-328-0048.

COVID-19 disaster relief hotline — Nebraskans who have questions or who are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency can get legal advice and help through the free hotline at 844-268-5627. Types of legal issues associated with COVID-19 and focused on by the hotline are: evictions, rent issues, debt mortgage foreclosures, unemployment insurance, employee rights, government benefits, medicaid and medical insurance claims, domestic abuse, elder abuse and exploitation, drafting wills, helping small businesses and more. Hotline hours of operation are: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday; also 1-3 p.m. Friday.

Graceful In-Home Health care — Services include bathing assistance, disability care, flight companionship, light chores, maternity care, meal preparations, transportation services. Free consultation available, call 402-387-7933.

Gentle Yoga: Lincoln Yin Yang Yoga — 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays. $12.50, yoga for mature adults, instructor Maggie Mae Squires, bring a yoga mat, a towel and water, if you want, however supplies are provided by the studio, 4640 Champlain Drive, Suite 125. or 402-560-6516.

Home Care Partners of Nebraska — After a dismissal from the hospital or when someone needs additional care with day to day needs or help in their residence, including housekeeping and transportation services. Information: or 402-780-1211 (24 hours).

Health insurance and financial counseling — What you need to know when you turn 65, working past age 65, parts A, B, D and Advantage Plans; Medicare supplements, yearly changes, updates, complaints, errors, appeals, open enrollment and low-income assistance programs, call 402-441-7070 or 800-247-0938.

Legal Aid of Nebraska — Free legal advice and assistance to Nebraska residents age 60 and up through the Elder Access Line. Call 800-527-7249, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday; also 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Nebraska Family Caregiver support: Lifespan Respite Network — Caregiving is rewarding, but is also demanding and stressful at times. To supply help for the helpers, the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network offers information, education, support and allows the family caregiver to go to the grocery store, appointments, enjoy time with friends and do anything to relieve the stress of being a caregiver. Call 866-737-7483 or 402-274-3993.

NeighborLNK (new resource) — The goal of this free program is to serve seniors 60+ or people with disabilities who are homebound as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply for services by calling 402-441-7575 to a get a neighbor application packet or by emailing

Parkinson's support group meetings — Group meets on fourth Sunday of each month, 2-4 p.m., except in July and December, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Sheridan Room, 5401 South St. Enter the main building by the east entrance. Information: 402- 489-7102 or 800-676-5448.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels — Delivery of a hot, noon meal 365 days per year, allowing seniors to stay at home longer and be independent, call 402-486-8589.


The 48th annual Holiday of Trees, sponsored by The Heritage League Woman’s Club, will be a very different event and a year to remember. Due to public health issues, no one will go out in the cold or snow for this year’s event. This year, view beautiful and uniquely decorated Christmas trees at your leisure from your own home. The trees will be displayed on a website, Facebook and possibly in a window display Dec. 9 through Dec. 30. Further information on how to access these displays will be provided at a later date.

Community Crops was selected by The Heritage League as the charitable partner for this year's event. Because there will be no ticket sales, donations of any amount may be sent to The Heritage League, 3901 S. 27th, Suite 3.

The Heritage League plans a return to its in-house Holiday of Trees event in 2021. For information, go to: or the group's Facebook page. For information on the Holiday of Trees, contact Janet Domeier at 402-429-9286 or or Joyce Genoways at 402-488-5467 or


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