June 2020  |  IVNA Newsletter
Hello to everyone in the neighborhood,
As we rapidly approach the mid way mark of summer for most of us, the 4th of July weekend, I am struck by how different this year is from any year past in my life. Your neighborhood association has for the past several years had some fun activities, Block Party, Garage Sale, Annual Meeting, and unfortunately, this year we are unable to do any of these activities. 

However, please know the board has been busy trying to maintain for next year, and even the remainder of this year. We cannot have a group parade, but we are having a procession and a travel path for the kids to ride their bikes. We hope to do an event later this fall, depending on the rules.  Please watch our Indian Village Neighborhood Association Facebook page for details. This newsletter is a brief recap of what has been happening and if you have any questions, please contact any Board member

We still have organizational costs to fund, so if you are able and willing, please make a donation to IVNA today!
Andy Gueck, IVNA President

Parade – July 4th, 9-11 a.m.

We are doing things a little different this year with being mindful of social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Encouraging neighbors to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers, pets or themselves in Independence Day regalia and come walk the parade route.
  • We have adjusted the event to be a 2-hour duration allowing people to spread out and participate when it is convenient for you.
  • Please take pictures and share them with us on Facebook or by email: indianvillagena@gmail.com
  • We will not be providing treats after the parade.
  • We will not have volunteers to monitor participants, so you will need to supervise your participants.

Parade route will be flagged sometime on July 3rd and has been shortened to exclude Dakota Circle this year, but there are still short and long options:
  • 2 Block Loop: From the church, start North on 16th, West on Otoe, South on 14th, East on Dakota, left on 16th and back to the church (1 loop).
  • 1 Block Loop: Turn left on Pawnee (before Dakota), left on 16th and back to the church.

Uncle Sam usually rides his bike with the kids during the 4th of July bike parade, but we had to alter our plans this year. Be sure to be outside and wave to Uncle Sam, and get a look at the awesome red vintage1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible he'll be riding in.

Stay up to date and RSVP at the Facebook event and please be safe and have a fun July 4th weekend!

Van Dorn Park Needs a Drinking Fountain

Right now, if you’re in Van Dorn Park and are thirsty, you’re out of luck unless you have your own water. For a park that has a bicycle trail and a dirt bike trail, along with park visitors and people walking their dogs, a drinking fountain is noticeably absent.

IVNA is raising money to install a multipurpose drinking fountain in conjunction with some other park equipment upgrades hopefully happening late summer. The fountain will include a water bottle fill station and a pet bowl, and will cost $7,000.

So far, IVNA has raised almost $1000, $866 of that from participating in Give To Lincoln Day. A special fund has been set up with the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Foundation, where donations can be made online.

Go to www.lincolnparks.org, and select What You Can Do/Current Project Campaigns/Van Dorn Park Drinking Fountain.  You can also mail a check, with a note that it is for the Van Dorn Park drinking fountain, to Lincoln Parks Foundation, 3131 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68510.
We appreciate you support for this useful addition to our neighborhood park, which will complement the new playground equipment that will be installed south of the rental shelter in the coming months

Arapahoe Garden Update

The plots at Arapahoe Community Garden at 14th and Arapahoe are full for the year, but even if you’re not gardening, you can stop by and enjoy the pollinator gardens, or sit on a bench and just relax.

This is a transition year for the garden, as it is the last year for garden coordinator James Woody. He and his wife Sarah have spearheaded the effort from its beginnings eight years ago. Southview Baptist Church, which owns the land and sponsors the garden in conjunction with IVNA, is creating a leadership team to assist the new garden coordinator next year. If you are interested in belonging to this team, or helping out at the garden in any way, please send an email to woody.james@gmail.com.


- July 4th Parade
- Drinking Fountain Fundraiser
- Arapahoe Garden Upate


Music on the Move
Recycling Drop-off Closures
IVNA Canceled Events

Emergency Numbers



Treasurer's Report:
Balance, June 2020
($898.10 is restricted to maintenance/landscaping funds)

Monthly Meetings
The next meeting will be July 14. The board meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at Southminster UMC (16th and Otoe). All are welcome to attend.

Membership Dues: 
Membership in the association is open to anyone wishing to see Indian Village grow and flourish. Dues help to offset increasing operational costs and are not a requirement in order to participate in most activities of the association, but your contribution helps fund our efforts to continue to make Indian Village a great place to live and work.

July 25 - Music On The Move Pedals to Indian Village

The mobile (bicycle-powered) summer concert series MUSIC ON THE MOVE series wraps up with Myles Jasnowski & Jack Rodenburg, who will be playing music through the Indian Village Neighborhood on July 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.! The concert will be starting at 18th & Van Dorn Street.

City to close more then half of its recycling drop-off locations

See the journal start article for full details, but 14 to 15 locations to be closed by December and replaced with four to five larger sites. Two current collection sites have been selected as final sites: the Seacrest Field parking lot at 70th and “A” streets and the North 48th Street Transfer Station at 5101 N. 48th St.

IVNA Canceled Events for 2020

The board has made the decision to cancel a number of events this year and hope to hold them next year:
  • Annual Meeting
  • Spring Block Party
  • Neighborhood Garage Sale
We're considering a number of options to keep neighbors engaged.
Emergency Numbers

911 Center Non-Emergency: 
Animal Control: 
Crime Stoppers: 
Downed Power Lines: 
Gas Leaks: 
Poison Control: 
Trees and Limbs: 
Litterbug Hotline: 
IVNA Board of Directors:
Andy Gueck (President)
Liz Cody (Vice President)

Steph Terry (Secretary)
Diane Walkowiak (Treasurer)
Members at Large:
Deb Lyon • Hallie Salem
David Smidt • Beth Baldwin
Jeremie Memming
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All rights reserved

Contact information:
PO Box 21871
Lincoln, NE 68542

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