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Things to do in Lincoln: April 2017

Things to Do: April 2017Check our our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales
4/1 Home Depot Kids Workshop – Build a Bunny Basket (FREE)
4/1 19th Annual JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Dream Gala
4/1  Capital City Blue Run
4/1  Dynasty Combat Sports: Annual Spring Brawl
4/1  Family Skate Night hosted by Realtors ® Assoc. of Lincoln YPN
4/1  Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest (FREE Event and Parking)
4/1  Golf Open House (FREE)
4/1-4/2 Lincoln Gem & Mineral Show
4/1-4/3 March Madness (FREE)
4/1-4/2 & 4/7-4/9 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse
4/2 Richard Goode, Piano Lied Center
4/4 & 4/11 Bring Birds to Your Backyard!
4/4 Momix: Opus Cactus Lied Center
4/6 & 4/9 The Masters Watch Party (FREE)
4/7 First Friday Gallery Walk (FREE)
4/7 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night
4/7 The Midtown Men Lied Center
4/8-4/9  Stuff The Bus  Walmart & Sam’s Club for Friendship Home
4/8 & 4/15  Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Lincoln Children’s Zoo
4/8 Harlem Globetrotters Pinnacle Bank Arena
4/9  Lincoln Music Teachers Association Student Spring Recital (FREE)
4/10 Chris Brown with Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, Kap G Pinnacle Bank Arena
4/12 Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth Lied Center
4/14-4/15 UNL Rodeo Lancaster Event Center
4/14 Daniel Tosh – Comedy Central Tosh Show  Pinnacle Bank Arena
4/15 Nebraska Red-White Spring Game
4/15 James Valentine, Guitar with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Lied Center
4/20 Science Café: Eat. Drink. Talk Science  Mueller Planetarium at Morrill Hall
4/21 Sunset Guided Hike Pioneers Park Nature Center
4/21-4/22 Monster Jam Pinnacle Bank Arena
4/21-4/23 Nebraska Spring Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center
4/22 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Spring Affair Plant Sale 2017
4/22 4th Annual Kitten Shower Pieloch Pet Adoption Center
4/22 Taste of Spring 2017 Dinner & Auction to benefit Lincoln Children’s Museum
4/22 Itzhak Perlman, Violin Lied Center
4/27 Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music Carson Theater
4/28 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Lied Center
4/28-4/29 PRCA Championship Rodeo Pinnacle Bank Arena
4/28-4/30 ConStellation 2017 Convention Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
4/29 30th Annual Early Childhood Celebration (FREE)
4/29 Russian National Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty Lied Center
4/30 Right Brained Artisan Fair: Spring Edition

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing APRIL sporting events: Check websites

Community Information Company Information

HOME Real Estate agents put the heat on cancer

chili cookoffHOME Real Estate agents helped raise nearly $3,000 during the eighth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.
The event featured seven different soup and chili entries, plus a cinnamon roll contest. Agents and staff vote for their favorite soup or chili with $1 voting beans, and the winner gets the People’s Choice Award. All proceeds go to the local American Cancer Society; the group has raised more than $18,500 in $1 voting “beans” to date.
Chris Arnold, HomeServices of Nebraska IT Network Administrator, won the People’s Choice Award this year for his chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. HOME Real Estate agent Katy Manning finished in second place with her Clue-themed mystery ingredient chili.

There was also a Judges’ Choice Award given by guest judges. Celebrity judges this year were: KFRX Program Director and Morning Show Host Matt McKay, Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Lazlo’s and Fireworks Owner Jay Jarvis, and Miss Teen Nebraska USA Samantha Washington.
Celebrity Judges Matt McKay, Rod Fowler, Samantha Washington, and Jay Jarvis
Celebrity Judges Matt McKay, Rod Fowler, Samantha Washington, and Jay Jarvis

This year two HOME agents tied for second in the Judge’s Choice Awards: Dayton Spomer with a goose chili, and Ian Gilgallon for his “Tailgate” chili.

“All of our agents and staff are affected by cancer either through family or friends,” said Director of Training & Recruitment Connie Hain, who coordinates the event. “This is one way we are able to help them support their loved ones.”
The 2017 soup and chili participants from HOME Real Estate were: Katy Manning, Ian Gilgallon and Dayton Spomer, plus Cinnamon Roll Contest entries by Stacy Hartgerink and Karen Roeber.
View more photos from the event here.

General Real Estate

Preparing your home for professional photos

listing-photographyIt’s time to put your house on the market, you met with a HOME Real Estate agent, and one of the items on the checklist is having photos taken of your property. Now the question comes up, what can you as the seller do to prepare for professional marketing photos?

Outside the property

  • Mow and trim lawn
  • Clean driveway and walks
  • Rake leaves
  • Put away hoses
  • Clean patio furniture
  • Put away toys
  • Hide trash cans
  • Remove vehicles
  • Remove grills from smaller decks

Inside the property

  • Put away trash cans
  • Remove clutter from the outside of the refrigerator
  • Have all lights and lamps on
  • Make sure ceiling fans and bath fixtures have matching (non compact fluorescent light) bulbs
  • Remove clutter from all rooms
  • Clean and vacuum floors
  • Put away toys (except for toy room)
  • Make sure blinds and shades are operational
  • Minimize items on kitchen counter tops
  • Put away tissue boxes
  • Put away tooth brushes and personal items in bathrooms
  • Walk in showers should be clean and free of soap/shampoo bottle

Photos are one of the most valuable aspects of marketing for your property, so make sure your home is in its best light when the photographer comes.