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Score a tailgating touchdown with these tips

tailgateFootball fan or not, the season is fast approaching. Even if you aren’t a diehard sports fan, tailgating can still be the highlight of your weekend. With food, games and great company, learn how to tailgate like a winner—regardless of the outcome of the actual game. Brush up on these tips before the first Husker game on September 3rd to score a tailgating touchdown.

Location, Location, Location

You don’t have to be downtown to have a ball, but it’s certainly an option! Downtown Lincoln is home to endless tailgating options before the big game. For just $25 you can enjoy all the festivities that Haymarket Park has to offer. Or for a budget-friendly option, stop by the Husker Nation Pavilion for no entry fee. It opens up three hours before kickoff, and with music, food, games and even autograph sessions, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to plan ahead for parking with this helpful map:

DIY Tailgating

If fighting the crowds isn’t your thing, open up your garage door, set out some food, and turn on the big screen for your own epic tailgating party. Snacks and refreshments are a must, but you can spice things up with some simple decorations. Grab some red helium filled balloons to release after the first touchdown to bring a little bit of Memorial Stadium to your own driveway. When the weather turns chilly, combat rose red cheeks with a bright Husker “N” temporary tattoo to get everyone in a festive mood. And you can prepare for those winter games by snagging an end-of-summer-sale on a portable fire pit—perfect for s’mores and warming chilly hands.

Festive Food

Slow cookers are essential for easy prep and even easier cleanup. Chili, wings, dips and even dessert can be prepared and served right in your slow cooker. Check out this delicious treat—slow cooker apple cinnamon cobbler—perfect for fall and sure to please every hungry guest.


For halftime and downtime, games will keep your tailgate rolling with laughter. Brush up on your Nebraska terminology and learn how to build and play the Midwest tradition known as cornhole.
But of course any lawn game will do. Try yard darts, Frisbee, or your own football scrimmage right on the front lawn.
But the most important thing for any successful tailgate is making sure to invite the most diehard Husker fans. Cheering, yelling, clapping, and hopefully minimal nail biting, will get even the most fair-weather fan ready for a season of epic tailgating and Husker football.

Community Information

Things to do in Lincoln: September 2016

fall mumsLincoln area events this month:

9/1 5 p.m. Red Iron Revival  The Railyard 350 Canopy St
9/2-9/5, 9/8-9/11 and 9/14-9/16/6 7:00 p.m. Flatwater Shakespeare Presents The Merchant of Venice 3600 O St, The Swan Theatre at Wyuka
9/2 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. First Friday Art Walks
9/3 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Autumn Splendor Arts & Crafts Fair Lancaster Event Center  
9/3 2-7 p.m. Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St
9/3-9/5 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Labor Day Weekend at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo 1222 S 27th St
9/3 7 p.m. UNL Football vs. Fresno State Memorial Stadium
9/5-9/9 Sports Car Club of America Sols National Championship Lincoln Airpark FREE
9/6 doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. Bonnie Raitt Pinewood Bowl Theater
9/6 doors open 4:15 p.m., event starts 5:45 p.m. WWE Smack Down Pinnacle Bank Arena
9/8 3:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public Glenn Korff Day Kimball Recital Hall
9/8 7:30 p.m. NE Jazz Orchestra presents Live from New York featuring Rich Perry Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
9/8-9/9 Take What You Want and Pay What You Can Sale Bridges to Hope 3107 S 6th St, #107
9/10 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Art in the Garden Sunken Gardens 27th & D St
9/10 8-11 a.m. Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St
9/10-9/11 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Festival of the Arts FREE, 3500 Sheridan Blvd
9/10 11 a.m. UNL Football vs. Wyoming Memorial Stadium
9/11 11 a.m. – 5p.m.  FREE 35th Annual Havelock All Makes Car & Truck Show Historic Havelock – 62nd & Havelock!havelock-show/cmwv
9/17 9:30-2:30 p.m. Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St
9/17 2:30 p.m. UNL Football vs. Oregon Memorial Stadium
9/16 7:30 p.m. New World Symphony, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Lied Center
9/18 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Welcome Home Hannah Huston with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Lied Center for Performing Arts
9/18 1-4:30 p.m. 2016 Architect’s Home Tour
9/18 8:45 a.m. 2016 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Pioneers Park
9/18 8 a.m. Last Blast Lincoln Triathlon Branched Oak Lake
9/18 4-7 p.m. Tastes in the Tallgrass Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
9/22 5:30-8:30 p.m. Discovering the Future Gala Cornhusker Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
9/22 4-7 p.m. FREE String Beans Bedtime CD Release Pajama Party! International Quilt Study Center & Museum
9/23-9/25 see website for times DK Gold Cup Championship Final – NC(North Central) Star City BMX 101 Charleston St
9/23-9/25, 9/29-9/30, and 10/1-10/2  7:30 p.m. fri & sat, 2 p.m. sun  My Fair Lady Lincoln community Playhouse
9/23 6-8:30 p.m. Mystery on the Prairie Pioneer Park Nature Center
9/23 6:30-8:30 p.m. Princess Power Lincoln Children’s Museum
9/24 -9/25 10a.m.-6p.m. Sat, 10a.m.-5p.m. Sun, 16th Annual Lincoln Arts Festival SouthPointe Pavillions Shopping Center
9/24 9a.m.-1p.m. 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection 4021 N 56th St
9/24 Bike MS: Nebraska Ride 2016 see web site for details
9/24 8-10 a.m. Breakfast with the Penguins Lincoln Children’s Zoo
9/24 9a.m.-12p.m. Kids’s Catch-A-Cop Fun Run and 5k Foot Pursuit Mahoney Park 3600 N 70th St
9/25 7p.m. doors open, 8p.m. show, Steve Martin & Martin Short   Pinewood Bowl Theater
9/27 7:30p.m. E.N. Thompson Forum: Sonia Nazario – Immigrants & Refugees Lied Center
9/28 7:30p.m. Sounds of China Lied Center
9/30 7:30p.m. Idina Menzel Lied Center

Ongoing September sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule:
Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule:

Ongoing Farmers’ Markets

Sept 6 -Oct. Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. F Street Neighborhood Farmers’ Market 1302 F St. (church parking lot)
Sept 7-Oct 8 Wednesdays 3.-6:30 p.m. Havelock Farmers’ Market 6220 Havelock Ave
Sept 1-Sept 29. Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fallbrook Farmers’ Market
Sept 3-Oct. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market
Sept 4 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market

Sales Associates

Welcome HOME to Amanda Fischer

Amanda Fischer
Amanda Fischer

Amanda Fischer joins our Midtown HOME office. She grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota and moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She loved Lincoln so much she couldn’t leave. She is the assistant general manager at Big Red Keno Restaurant. She is a huge hockey fan and she enjoys watching football. Amanda can be reached at 402-570-6483 or

Sales Associates

Welcome HOME to Brandy Trook

Brandy Trook joins our Lincoln Midtown office. She grew up  in Lincoln and later joined the Army as a communications specialist.  While in the army she lived in South Carolina and Georgia. After the army, she came back to Lincoln and attended Southeast Community College where she became a medication aid and worked with people with disabilities. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their energetic two year old son. They recently added a beautiful husky mix from a rescue organization to their family. Brandy can be reached at 402-613-9365 or

Brandy Trook
Brandy Trook


New Trends on Kitchen Styles

kitchen1 Food is the window into a healthy, satisfied soul, and if your kitchen is a work of art, you’ll want to spend even more time there creating delicious meals and yummy baked goods. 2016 is the year of change for kitchen décor, so if you’re wondering what is on trend for this much used room in your home, take a peek at these ideas.
If you’re updating your own kitchen or searching for a new home, look for muted colors. They are spot on in trending color schemes. They’re soothing, not too bright, and a stark contrast from the dark wood we’ve all been seeing. gives this beautiful (and definitely DYI doable example.) You can also consider having fun with the knobs and handle, go funky, subtle, colorful; anything that reflects your style and compliments your color scheme.
Houzz also knows the power of a well-organized command center right there in your kitchen. It doesn’t take much to turn a few drawers and a bulletin board into sacred space of streamlined administrative success. They advise “Look for areas with hidden charging stations to store devices like phones and tablets so that they are always operable, at hand and charged,”
But the unseen parts of your kitchen are often the most loved. Drawers and cupboards that pull out with organizational magic are a must have. And if you ever decide to sell, these enchanted drawers will be a great selling point to buyers. You can install the yourself, or get the handiwork of a professional to get the job done for you.
Commercial grade kitchens are also part of the trends this season. But you can spice up this look with a few colorful hanging lights. Plus, you can easily change them any time you need a new look or color.
Speaking of that commercial grade look, range hoods of all shades and styles of metal add an instant hint of professionalism in your kitchen. They’re eye appealing, a conversation piece, and even if your cooking skills are a little subpar, these range hoods say anything but that.
Lastly, don’t forget to trust your own gut and design style. Trends come and go, but your personal touch will always be your personal touch. You can always update the style in your kitchen as trends change, and as your personal taste evolves. For a clean look, keep knickknacks to a minimum, but do display unique pieces that represent your family. You want to feel at home in your kitchen, and while not scientifically proven, food tends to taste better when it’s served in the kitchen of your dreams.

Community Information

Things To Do at Pioneers Park

FB_IMG_1470415090797Not Lincoln’s most little known park, but definitely it’s most versatile. Boasting “668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream.” With these acres of protected grassland, there is no shortage of adventures, play areas, hiking trails, and beautiful animals to take in. One could easily spend an entire day (or weekend) and this historical Lincoln landmark, but let’s break down some of its most fascinating features.

The Nature Center Trails:

Since 1963 the Pioneers Park Nature center has been acquiring more acres to add to its luscious landscapes and diverse walking trails. Educational buildings and tour guides along the way make sure your hike is not only enjoyable, but relaxing. Take a walk over the stream on the nature trail’s bridge while you observe native birds, frogs, and grasses representative of our very own Nebraska prairies. Caged and a rehabilitated turkeys, owls, and hawks also are a fascinating site for kids and adults alike.

Buffalo Wildlife:

You can’t feed or pet these native beasts, but observing them in their natural habitat is a beautiful blast into Nebraska’s natural past. As they roam in cages with elk on either side, taking in these giant creatures could easily fill up an entire afternoon. However, if animal feeding is your passion, take a gander over to the waterfowl feeding area. Geese and the occasional snapping turtle are happy to take some old bread off your hands.

Pinewood Bowl:

Are you a fan of the arts? Music? Comedy? Pinewood Bowl located in the heart of Pioneers Park offers an eclectic array of outdoor shows throughout the summer in their amphitheater. Bring a blanket, snack, and plenty of friends, and get ready for an unforgettable time.

Play Equipment:

No park is complete without a play area, and this one does not disappoint. Plus, it’s within walking distance of the iconic Native American Statue. Stretch your legs for a quick jaunt up the hill to see this beautiful statue up close.

Rental Areas for Parties:

With all of these features to offer, Pioneers Park is a great place to host a birthday party or family reunion. Call ahead to reserve a picnic area and enjoy all the amenities that the park has to offer. You can also plan a party at the Nature Center, complete with a guided tour.

Day Camps:

Pioneers Park also offers preschool and summer day camps, the perfect opportunity for little ones to immerse themselves in nature with a hands on experience. The preschool program describes its curriculum as “a place where it’s ok to get a little dirty.” And why not? Nature camps began in March and continue with a variety of classes through summer.

HOME Hacks

Childproofing Your Home

baby-84552_1920Even when there’s just the tiniest bundle of baby in your home, you start thinking towards the future. It only takes a few weeks to begin rolling, then that little bundle masters crawling, and then look out! Because that bouncing ball of energy is going to be walking, no, galloping, all over your home. The CDC reports that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of childhood death each year. It sounds like a sobering statistic, but don’t let it alarm you. Most of us are most concerned about a bump on the head or fall. Naturally, you want to protect your baby (and your house) from the tumbles and accidents that happen from these rambunctious babes learning the laws of gravity, and there are some easy steps you can take in your home to ease your worry. (
The first thing to consider is minimalism. Sure, you could hire some fancy baby proofing expert to scour your home for hazards, and there’s no harm in that, but if you’re looking for the fixes you can do yourself, we’ve got your back (and your budget).
Moving objects costs no money at all. You may have an elaborate collection of sentimental trinkets that just make your home, home. But unless you really want to practice picking that battle all day long, it’s best for them to go. You certainly don’t have to get rid of them forever, you don’t even need to put them out of sight. Instead, just place these fragile valuables up high on a decorative shelf. Someday, you’ll bring them back down again, but for now everyone can safely view them from afar. And those beautiful glass coffee tables can also be stored away for a few years to prevent injuries and, of course, the endless round of tiny finger print smudges. Wooden furniture, and fireplaces edges, can simply be covered with an adhesive cushy edging, eliminating sharp edges.
Most of the critical essentials you’ll need can also be remarkably frugal. Baby gates can be found at garage sales (just check them over well). Furthermore, they can be used for more than just staircases. Keep a roaming toddler safe in their room at night, or use a few of them (the attachable kind) to create a barrier around fireplaces – or even the stove when you’re cooking. Drawers and door locks, temperature guards for the tub, and toilet seat locks are fairly inexpensive. They are also simple to install and then remove when you no longer need them.
If you’re a buyer shopping for your next home, most newer homes come equipped with one of the most important safety features: built it outlet covers. Though you can’t actually see the covers, the design of the outlets only unlocks when both prongs enter at once—no more worries about a curious toddler with a butter knife. You can also upgrade your existing outlets with a little help and skill from an electrician.
Safety is the number one priority in babyproofing your home. But, you also want to have a home that’s intact and still beautiful once you’ve graduated from the “little ones” stage. So cover sharp corners on furniture to prevent injuries and scratches, and choose furniture with a beautiful design that can also withstand the curiosity of a toddler in a heated Hot Wheels race. An adorable cloth or placement to protect the wood doesn’t hurt either.

Sales Associates

Welcome HOME to Erika Bartels

Erika Bartels
Erika Bartels

Erika Bartels joins our Lincoln Midtown office. She recently moved to Nebraska from California with her husband and little dog Roscoe. She is looking forward to using her background in customer service and sales to meet the real estate needs of the people in her community. She enjoys Zumba, volunteering, reading and trying out new recipes. Erika can be reached at 402-853-0113 or

HOME Hacks

Creating Pet Friendly Homes

Our pets, fluffy and furry or full of scales, are just as much a part of our family as everyone else. So of course you want to make sure your home accommodates them. You also want to make sure you organize your house in a way that the constant pet cleanup isn’t quite so daunting. Here are some ways to make your home your pets home; cohabiting at its finest.
Mudrooms are a great starting point to keeping filthy paws off your favorite floors. If you can add a utility sink in yours, even better. But not all of us have this coveted room. Instead, consider a pet designated space in the garage where cleanup can occur (and stash some old towels nearby). If your furry loved ones commonly enter through the deck or back door, the same principle applies. Always have rags for wiping paws handy, and you can eliminate the pet food crumbs by keeping food and water bowls out on the deck or patio (an easily installed pet door can aid in this.) A cozy dog bed or old pillow makes it extra homey for your pet, and in the summer months consider adding a kiddy pool for cooling off, particularly if you’ll be gone for quite a bit during the day, and the pet door lets them enjoy the outdoors and the indoor air conditioning as they please.
As much as we love our pets, the dandruff and frequent shedding aren’t as desirable. For furniture, utilize those magical lent rollers. And if your budget can hack it, a robotic vacuum that cycles through your rooms periodically can save you plenty of headaches.
If you’re currently house hunting, keep your pet in mind. An older animal might not appreciate climbing stairs all day long, and a fenced backyard with plenty of shade is the perfect refuge on a hot day. Check fences for possible escape routes, and a DIY dog house will give your pet a loving space of its own.
Lastly, maybe your pets aren’t the furry type. A sunroom makes the perfect habitat for reptiles or even birds. They offer plenty of sunshine, and are often one of the most used rooms in a home—giving those pets plenty of company. Some reptiles, like turtles, can enjoy a summer stay-cation outdoors, so do some research on your particular species and build a sturdy (and predator resistant) home for a nice outdoor summer stay.

General Real Estate

Don’t Bite When it Comes to Phishing Scams

We all like to think of ourselves as internet savvy, immune to the phishing and scams that may come our way. But the truth is, we’re all susceptible to being caught off guard by a scam that appears to be legit—and email phishing scams can be particularly effective at luring us in.
According to a recent Google study, those emails that slink their way into our inbox asking for personal information are effective almost 45 percent of the time. With those odds, if both you and your spouse receive a phishing email, it’s likely that one of you could buy into the scam. Here’s what you should know to keep you and your personal information safe.
While you’re probably relying on the convenience of email to communicate with your Realtor and other real estate industry professionals, don’t let its convenience cloud your judgement. In the heat of a transaction, an email appearing to come from an agent or title company could be very convincing. One tactic hackers can use is sending you an email from your real estate agent’s address. But before you act, carefully consider the content of the email.

  • Is the email asking you to fork over sensitive information?
  • Are you being asked to wire funds?
  • Is the sender suddenly incredibly interested in your mother’s maiden name?

The safest response to these types of emails is nothing.
Don’t respond
Don’t click on links
And certainly never send money.
Instead, pick up the phone and call your agent. A Realtor or title company will never use email to request secure information or a wire transfer. HOME Real Estate and its professional partners, like Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending and HomeServices Insurance of Nebraska continue to be dedicated to your safety and security. Trust your gut, use email with care, and rely on your Realtor’s commitment to keeping your personal information safe.