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International Food Festival downtown this Saturday

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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No passport required ... On Saturday, Friends of Lincoln Kids International Food Festival gets underway at 10 a.m. in downtown Lincoln. All are welcome There?s no admission charge. President Jeff Greenberg has lined up a wide variety of food vendors including Nan?s Gourmet Foods, Max?s Black Bear Bar-Be-Que, Old Town Pizza, Dave?s Dawgs, Jerry?s Frostys, Brickhouse Coffee Shop, Rainbow Snow and Derrick Holland Lemonade. Also look for art and other displays. For more information call Jeff at 408-7503 or visit friendsoflincolnkids.com. Lookin? good ... Trinity Hair Design welcomes Brenda Casey (254-1719), who joins owner Karen Thomas in the yellow house at 543 F St. Brenda and Karen are also teaming up to raise money for California Relay for Life that takes place this weekend at Lincoln High School. They are offering cancer ribbon decals in various colors that represent different types of cancer for a donation of $5 per ribbon. Jason and Carol Byers of Byers Feather Fancy donated the ribbons. To show your support and get your pink (breast cancer), gold (childhood cancer) or other colored ribbon decal, stop by Trinity Hair Design in downtown Lincoln. All proceeds go to California Relay for Life. School?s in ... On Sunday, June 3, Fruitvale School Hall (3425 Fruitvale Road) holds its fundraising annual barbecue. Fruitvale School was built in 1889. Dr. Lyndell Grey reports that the fun begins at 5 p.m. with a historic play set in 1895, ?The Tardy Boy,? that features students from the school program. After, look for silent and lives auctions plus music by the Gene Thorpe Band plus a wide variety of refreshments. Barbecue tri-tip dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by homemade desserts and the Celebrity Chef Auction. Tickets are $12 per adult and $5 per child (age 14 and under) and are available at Back to Life Auto Smog Check (645-0603) 690 G St. (Highway 65), Century 21 Real Estate (543-2232) 801 Sterling Parkway, Lincoln News Messenger (645-7733) 553 F St., Wardrobe (645-0660) 517 G St. (Highway 65) and through the school by calling 645-3517. An A for Z ... On Sunday, Lincoln High School Theater at 790 J St. is the stages for a vaudeville show presented by Sun City Lincoln Hills. The show gets underway at 2 p.m. and features dancers, singers, comedians, magicians and more. Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds go toward Lincoln High School Choir?s 2013 trip to Carnegie Hall. Call 645-6360 for more information. Last Saturday, 14 performers also took to the stage for a talent showcase to help raise money for the choir?s trip to New York City. Lincoln High Alumni, including Caitlyn Anderson, Alex Becerra, Melissa Liddle (Tofft),Alicia March and Nicole Powell joined teachers, including Ed Cummins, Mark Freestone, Cindy Hagman and Tara McCroskey. Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School?s Debra Azar also treated the audience to her solo, ?You?ll Never Walk Alone.? And Elvis also was in the building through Brett Lewis with his rendition of ?I Can?t Help Falling in Love With You.? Just in from Jeeves ... As always, Jeeves enjoyed watching last week?s City Council meeting. As always, he saw residents step up to the microphone and address City Council. But last week was different. During Item 5 of the meeting called ?Presentations,? Friends of Lincoln Library President Karen Jarrell advised City Council that Friends will be reinstating a library program that was cut because of budget limitations. Friends of Lincoln Library will resume hosting Family Movie Night during May, June, July and August at Twelve Bridges Library. Movie Night is a free program that will take place the third Saturday of each month. This is good news for the library, for the city and for Lincoln residents. During Item 7 of the meeting called ?Citizens Addressing Council,? Polly Rowan addressed City Council. Rowan owns and operates PJ?s Mail and Parcel Service on 6th Street in downtown Lincoln. Her current location has been sold. As a result, PJ?s must relocate by July 1. Rowan seeks to rent city-owned and vacant space at 580 6th St. - the former home of Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation. Previously, Lincoln Arts paid the city $1 per year, as a nonprofit organization, for use of this space. In response to Rowan?s request, Mayor Spencer Short found ?one head nodding? and ?a second head nodding,? which gave him a consensus from ?at least three City Council members.? As a result, City Council directed city staff to review Rowan?s request. If an agreement can be reached, an important and popular business will remain downtown, continue to flourish, fill empty city-owned space and generate income to the city. And, if Jeeves heard Rowan correctly, she and her husband plan to complete modifications that will create two spaces out of one - the first for PJ?s and the second for another business. It?s a winning combination for the city, downtown, business, and taxpayers. Ken Marlow followed Rowan to the microphone. He expressed concerns about a different subject. Marlow?s son plays in the Lincoln High School band. The band participates in Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce parades. And the chamber charges the band $80 per parade. Marlow described this amount as ?unfair? during this difficult economic time. He asked City Council if there is any way ?to negate the cost.? Mayor Short suggested a number of funding sources that might be available to the band, including Lincoln Community Foundation and private donations. Jeeves sympathizes with Marlow?s frustration on behalf of Lincoln High School?s band. And he agrees with Mayor Short that ?a parade is not a parade without music.? But Jeeves believes that the chamber should pay Lincoln High School band to play - not the other way around. While the city provides space to Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce for $1 per year, Jeeves does not believe that the city should be involved in chamber business. So Jeeves wonders why so many seemed anxious to show financial support for the band rather than send the issue where it belongs - at the feet of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce. Jeeves will be disappointed if there?s no music in this year?s 4th of July parade. If the chamber refuses to pay Lincoln High School band for its performance, he believes that the band should march in another direction. As a minimum, Jeeves believes that Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce should waive its fee. Jeeves enjoyed watching last week?s City Council meeting. But he enjoyed watching three city residents more. They were interesting. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.