Scene to be seen column

Deck the hall ...
By: By Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves Special to The News Messenger
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Old Fruitvale School celebrates a Christmas pot luck at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

All are welcome to attend.

Bring a dish to share with others.

During dinner, Fruitvale students will present “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”

After dinner, “Secret Santa” will be held.

To participate, bring a wrapped gift of $10 to place under the Christmas tree.

The tree features handmade ornaments by Fruitvale students.

Old Fruitvale School is also accepting unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots.”

Old Fruitvale School is located at 3425 Fruitvale Road.

Call Dr. Lyndell Grey at 645-3517 for more information.


Claws back ...

Set aside Jan. 12 for Knights of Columbus’ eighth annual “All You Can Eat” Crab Feed.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. followed by happy hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Also look for a raffle and dancing at 9 p.m.

The crab feed will be at the McBean Park Pavilion, 65 McBean Drive.

Tickets are $40 per person but ticket discounts are available for tables of 12 ($38 per person), 24 ($36 per person), 36 ($34 per person) and 48 ($32 per person).

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Jerry Zimmerman at 408-1726.

To learn more about Knights of Columbus, visit


League of their own ...

Art League of Lincoln’s first “Phantom Galleries” is underway.

The league’s exhibit chairwoman Rhonda Campbell writes that “A Phantom Gallery is like a floating crap game, you never know when or where it will show up.”

For this event, downtown Lincoln businesses are featuring the works of local artists.

Look for works by John Campbell, Margot Comer, Judith Huth, Jim Klein, Jalna Marcovici, Diane Pargament, Norma Potts and many others at AAA Optical Outlet (421 A St., Suite 500), Alma’s Bridal and Tuxedo Boutique (547 Lincoln Blvd.), Anna’s Sweet Repeats & Boutique (424 Lincoln Blvd.), Better With Age (424 Lincoln Blvd.), Fashion Fo Paws (577 Lincoln Blvd.), Lincoln Boulevard Home Consignment (531 Lincoln Blvd.), Lincoln Florist & Gifts (509 Lincoln Blvd.), Sierra Hills Framing (531 Lincoln Blvd.) and Wardrobe (519 Lincoln Blvd.).

The “Phantom Galleries” show runs through the middle of January.

Pick up an entry form at any location for a chance to win an Art League of Lincoln Gift Pack.

From now until Dec. 31, Art League of Lincoln is selling gift packs.

Each pack includes two tickets to the April 20 opening reception of America’s ClayFest plus two tickets for Gladding, McBean tours that run April 26 through May 26.

Also included will be a discount booklet that offers savings to Lincoln businesses.

Each gift pack costs $50 and the estimated value of the entire package is at least $100.

To find out more about Art League of Lincoln’s “Phantom Galleries,” call or e-mail Campbell at 408-8087 or

To purchase gift packs, call or e-mail Cathie Szabo at 434-6667or

And for more information about Art League of Lincoln visit


Just in from Jeeves ...

Jeeves enjoys spending time with the downtown dogs.

He also enjoys spending time with downtown residents.

Last week, he saw his friend Andy McMurtrie.

Andy was volunteering her time on behalf of the new art association, Art League of Lincoln (ALL).

She was busy looking for places in which Lincoln’s actors could perform.

Jeeves enjoys watching live performances.

And he knows Lincoln has many fine actors.

He likes actors.

Jeeves is especially fond of Bette Davis.

He wishes she was still around for live performances.

On rainy days, Jeeves enjoys curling up on his afghan and watching any movie with Bette Davis.

His favorite is the 1950s “All About Eve” in which Davis plays Margot Channing.

Early in the film, she delivers the famous line “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

This line is an early warning sign of what is to come during the rest of the film.

Jeeves is happy about Art League of Lincoln and that it’s embracing all artists, including actors.

More than 250 members came together to form the art league.

Recently, Art League of Lincoln received approval from Internal Revenue Service to operate as a nonprofit organization.

Jeeves was disheartened when Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation closed its doors last February.

Although he wasn’t surprised.

Early warning signs prompted more than 200 individuals to sign a petition for an audit in 2010.

Sadly, those warning signs and the petition were ignored.

And Lincoln Arts had many bumpy nights and days until its demise earlier this year.

Jeeves was frustrated to learn that Art League of Lincoln was unable to realize any assets from Lincoln Arts, including its Feats of Clay.

But the laws for dissolution of a nonprofit organization and distribution of any assets are clear.

To be eligible for any assets, a group must be an active nonprofit organization.

Jeeves now understands why any assets, including Feats of Clay, went to Placer Arts rather than to the Art League of Lincoln.

PlacerArts was active.

Art League of Lincoln was not yet active.

Thankfully, the art league is now active.

And Jeeves likes that the Art League of Lincoln has come up with new and exciting ways to promote the arts in Lincoln.

Unlike its predecessor, the Art League of Lincoln doesn’t have a place to call home - a place where it can showcase Lincoln’s artists.

But it doesn’t matter.

Art League of Lincoln is promoting “phantom galleries.”

Lincoln Boulevard businesses serve as “phantom galleries” and now feature the works of local artists.

Jeeves also likes that the art league is bringing back Lincoln’s premier art attraction, which is also known throughout the world.

Art League of Lincoln is calling it America’s ClayFest.

America’s ClayFest will take place next April 26 through May 26.

An opening night reception is set for Saturday, April 20 at Gladding, McBean..

Based on everything that it has accomplished to date, Jeeves is confident that the Art League of Lincoln needs no seat belts, just enthusiastic support.

Unfortunately, neither the city’s nights and nor its days may run as smoothly.

Jeeves hopes that Lincoln City Manager Jim Estep will continue to keep the city steady as he has in the past.

But it may be tough for him.

Jeeves was shocked when he read the front page of last week’s Messenger regarding a violation of the Brown Act.

He knows that when there is a breach of trust by anyone - in friendships, in families, in business and in government - the breach causes all participants to suffer.

In this instance, the violation of one councilman affected all councilmen.

Jeeves hopes the culprit is identified and comes forth to apologize so that trust can be restored to City Council.

He views this breach as an early warning sign of things to come.

And last week’s Messenger front page portended more.

It revealed that “Interim Police Chief Paul Shelgren leaves February and that “Teacher’s rep scolds city.”

Both literally and metaphorically, Jeeves is closer to the ground than others.

Metaphorically, he can feel the earth shifting under his feet and can sense a change in barometric pressure.

These are warning signs that neither the U.S. Geological Survey nor National Hurricane Center can predict.

Yet these signs make Jeeves more uncomfortable than any calamity that any government agency can monitor or Mother Nature can unleash.

So he’s storing extra kibble, digging up bones and battening down his bed.

Jeeves senses that Lincoln is in for some bumpy nights and bumpy days in the weeks and months ahead.

He’s already fastened his seat belt.


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This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.