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2740 "A" Street, Lincoln, NE 68502, 402.441.7846, fax: 402.441.8706

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2010

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 402-441-8709

"NATURE'S MARKET" SET FOR APRIL 17 AT PIONEERS PARK NATURE CENTER

The public is invited to enjoy nature, spring and artistic rain barrels at the third annual “Nature’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at the Pioneers Park Nature Center.  The free family event will include art, music, food and fun activities.

At 9:30 a.m., Tom Bassett will auction off 25 rain barrels painted by local artists, who range in experience level from elementary students to professionals. Rain barrels are above-ground containers modified to receive, store and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses.  The rain barrel project is sponsored by the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department.  The barrels have been on display throughout the community and can be viewed at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rain barrels).

The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center are hosting the event, which will feature booths in a  farmer’s market environment.  Children’s activities include making paper pots and critter rocks and planting seed balls.  Special events include a chain saw wood carving demonstration by Rex Art at 10:30 a.m. and a performance by steel drum band PANgea at 11:30 a.m.  About 40 items are included in the silent auction at the Prairie Building.

All Nature’s Market proceeds will go to Pioneers Park Nature Center’s scholarship program for summer camp and preschool classes.  The Nature Center is located at 3201 S. Coddington Ave, at the west end of Pioneers Park.  The event will be held rain or shine.

The Friends Group also will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1 at 3400 S. 31st Street.

More information on Pioneers Park Nature Center and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.

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