The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. This issue has lots of pictures and lots of news, so be sure to check it all out here: NWFT July-August 2018 newsletter.
Between our club outings and Meet and Eats, we’ve got a full line-up of summertime activities and walks planned. Come join us!
June 23rd – Meet and Eat – “5k Giving Walk”: Meet at the Gallup Parking Lot at 10 a.m. for a 5k walk celebrating our club’s 39th birthday. The twist? We’re giving the presents! Extras to give will be available. Lunch afterwards TBD. Fun Walkers pay $1.50; Credit Walkers pay $3.00.
July 4th Club Outing – Nebraska’s 4th of July City – Seward, NE 5k/10k: Meet at Seward’s Civic Center, 616 Bradford St, Seward, NE 68434 at 9 a.m. to walk the 10k, 9:30 a.m. to walk the 5k. Lunch afterwards at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center. Stay for a day of parades and fireworks! Fun Walkers pay $1.50; Credit Walkers pay $3.00.
August 25th Club Outing – Ashland, NE Art Walk: Meet at Cheri O’s, 1404 Silver St, Ashland, NE 68003, at 4 p.m. for an early supper, then stroll the streets of downtown Ashland as part of their Art Walk. No fee to participate; you are responsible for your own meal and any purchases you make.
September 7 – 9 Regional Roundup – North Central Region’s 6 walks and evening socials near Minneapolis, MN: Our club’s Butch Spaulding will be speaking in his role as the AVA’s Deputy Regional Director for the states of ND, SD, MN, WI, IA and NE during the Saturday evening social. Brochure available here: NC Regional Roundup – 2018
September 10th Club Meeting – Morning Star Lutheran Church: 7 p.m. club meeting starts with a speaker, is followed by club business and concludes with treats and social time. Lower level of the church at 331 S 85th Ave, Omaha, NE 68114. No fee.
September 15th – Malvern, IA Art Walk 5k/10k: Register between 8 and 11 a.m. at Classic Café, 315 Main St, Malvern IA to do either route. Stroll through a charming small town (Malvern) and open countryside (Wabash Trace Nature Trail). Walk past artist venues participating in the Southwest Iowa Art Tour, through the restored historic downtown and see many beautiful historic homes. Trail has both paved and crushed rock sections. Fun Walkers pay $1.50; Credit Walkers pay $3.00.
VERY IMPORTANT – Earlier information about construction on Harrison Street was incorrect. Use 168th Street from north or south, or come from the WEST on Harrison, as it is closed between 144th and 156th Streets. 156th Street is closed between Harrison and Giles, too.
Another route available, other than the screenshot shown from Google Maps: Q Street is a good east-west alternative route and is about a mile north of Harrison. Drive on Q St to 168th St, then south to Audrey St. just south of Harrison St. (on right).
Welcome to Nebraska’s unofficial 5th season: Road Construction Season.
A reminder that there is road construction that may affect how you will get to Wild Bird Habitat at 16919 Audrey St #120, Omaha, NE 68136. Harrison Street is closed west of 168th Street. Come from the north or the south on 168th Street (south of Zorinsky Lake, north of Wehrspann Lake) or come east on Harrison to get there between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Walkers must be off the trail by 2 p.m., but don’t worry, the store will be open for you to browse after the walk!
Dogs, kids and strollers are welcome on the walk, although dogs are not allowed in the building. Fun Walkers pay $1.50; Credit Walkers pay $3.00.
Comments from our Workers’ Walk a couple of weeks ago were very positive and they’re sure you’ll enjoy the route as much as they did. See you Saturday!
Note for those coming to the Bird Seeds to Trails Workers’ Walk on Saturday, April 28th at 2 p.m. and for the walk itself on Saturday, May 12th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: It’s not quite so easy to get there. The best route suggested from the east is to use Q St. from 144th Street. Or use 168th Street north from Hwy 370 to the start point shopping center. Harrison west from 144th will remain closed all summer – so don’t go that way!
Our club has added a biweekly email “Nebraska Trailblazers Club News” to remind you of upcoming events. Did you get yours yesterday? You can email us at email@example.com to be added to the list. If you’re not on the list, the current email is available at our hosting service, MailChimp: https://mailchi.mp/8603d4208fac/upcoming-events?e=ea1bca85fb
We don’t want you to miss out on the upcoming great opportunities to walk – tomorrow’s Meet and Eat, Saturday, April 21st in Shelby, Iowa or the regular walk on Saturday, May 12th in far southwest Omaha. Subscribe today – and never miss a walk with the Trailblazers!
Our April club meeting featured an engaging speaker on the topic of blacksmithing, club business and tasty treats. Our next club meeting is May 7th at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church, in the preschool room at 331 S 85th Ave, Omaha, NE 68114.
The April 7th Pete Dowling Memorial “Spyngo” Walk features two 5k loops, one of which overlaps with a run that morning, so folks are being asked not to use that loop until 10 a.m. Luckily, Claudia Dowling and friends will have treats for walkers and a display showing Pete’s contributions to the club over his nearly 35 years of association.
Plans for the 4 County Walks the first weekend of October are in place. We’ve decided to call it “Discover Small Town Nebraska 2018” and you can read all about it here. Sandy Spaulding and the Coordinating Committee have put together 4 walks, 2 dinners, wine tastings and entertainment over 3 days and 2 nights.
Looking for a walking partner to do our club’s Year Round Events? Contact Sandy (or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will put you on the list of walking partners. A Year Round Event (YRE) is a self-registered walk that you can do any day of the year. It is not staffed and the trail is not marked, but good maps and directions are included in every Walk Box that contains all the info you need to walk a YRE.
Our next club event is the April 21st “Meet and Eat” in Shelby, Iowa. Meet at The Corn Crib (right off I-80, on the northwest side of the off-ramp) at 9:15 to do paperwork and use bathrooms. After the walk at 9:30, come back for lunch with the group at The Corn Crib.
Here is a list of club events coming up through May 12th. More details on walks can be found in the newsletter or email us at email@example.com.
Mar 15-22: Online – AVA Fundraiser “Big Give”. AVA is our parent organization. See: https://www.thebiggivesa.org/organizations/american-volkssport-association-inc
Apr 2: Omaha – Monthly Meeting at Morning Star Lutheran Church
Apr 7: Gretna – Pete Dowling Memorial “Spyngo” Walk
Apr 21: Shelby, IA – Meet and Eat – Stone Arch Trail (47 minute drive from Omaha)
May 7: Omaha – Monthly Meeting at Morning Star Lutheran Church
May 12: Omaha – Bird Seeds to Trails Walk
June 2: Omaha – National Trails Day Walk
Well, the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter – but we’re predicting some walking weather in February!
Our Year Round Event in Shelby, Iowa, takes place in part on the Old Stone Arch Nature Trail. Our club supports the annual “Soup Off” which raises funds to maintain and improve the trail. This year’s Soup Off is taking place on Saturday, February 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cardinal Lofts, 304 Western Avenue, Shelby, IA. Carpooling arrangements are in place – contact Butch Spaulding soon if you will drive or need a ride. $6 gets you all the soup that you want to sample. Vote for your favorite soup using pennies, take part in the raffle or the pie auction, enjoy yourself!
The following weekend, we’re off to downtown Des Moines to do the annual Skywalk. This year, the Start Point has been moved to Wellmark Downtown YMCA, 501 Grand Avenue, and begins between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, February 17th. To get there, From I-235, take Exit 8A (downtown) and go south on 5th Street to Grand. Street parking is free on weekends. Some streets may be closed due to construction.. Carpooling is again available from Council Bluffs – contact Butch Spaulding for a ride.
The Worker’s Walk for the March 3rd Soup Walk is coming up on Saturday, February 24th at 9 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Papillion, 420 N Washington St. We need lots of volunteers to make a Soup Walk a fun event for our members and guests; a worker’s walk allows volunteers to walk the trail, too! Those not volunteering are welcome to come, but be aware that we take the opportunity to test and tweak the walk that morning, so it may not be quite ready for “prime time”.
Finally, at our club meeting on Monday, February 5th, we got a group photo of those from our club who received Commendable and Meritorious Service Awards at our January dinner from the American Volkssport Association for their work on the Eclipse Events this past August. These are the people that make our events and walks great!
Pictured Left to Right, Commendable (C) and Meritorious (M).
Back Row: Jeanne Miller (M), Diane Fenlon (C), Butch Spaulding (M), Sandy Spaulding (M)
Front Row: Karen Dix-Johnson (C), Jill Champley (C), Sheila Goeltz (C), Julie Brown (M)
Not Pictured: Martha McGahan (M), Jim McGahan (M)
For a look at the McGahans, check out them out in this composite picture, saved in PDF format: Annual Dinner 2018 Awards Collage
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