The last Turbine Flats Social was really something. It was more than just a great time, the social was a chance to get to know some really cool people who are doing inspiring things in Lincoln while eating great local food made by Marcus Rekart from Duggan’s pub and drinking great local beer from Empyrean Brewing Co.
The speakers consisted of Mike Smith from Skate for Change and the University of Nebraska’s two Husker Motorsports racing teams, Baja, and Formula. Smith, gave a talk about Skate for Change and the good it does for the city of Lincoln and its youth. He gave a similar talk at TEDx Omaha, Sept. 17, watch for the video to be posted on TEDxOmaha.com later this week.
Smith also let us know that he will be moving into the neighborhood! Smith’s new 25,000 square foot skate park facility, The Bay, will be opening its doors to the world at 2005 Y Street Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 am.
The state-of-the-art skate park will offer a positive environment for Lincoln’s young skaters to enjoy great skating without fear of police harassment or the need to destroy property to find a decent place to skate. The grand opening will also feature professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler’s presentation of a $10,000 check to Smith for sinking a 65-foot putt in Ryan Sheckler’s 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament that took place earlier this summer. Fellow professional skater Felipe Gustavo will also be in attendance and there will be a twitter contest at #RedBullSFC. The person with the best picture of their making a difference in the community will receive a free Skate for Change skateboard signed by Sheckler and Gustavo. Sheckler and Gustavo will also skate with locals before judging a 12:30 pm trick contest. The trick contest will be followed by a red-bull sponsored tailgate party during the Nebraska football game.
The host speakers for the event were the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s engineering and racing teams. They showed off the built-from-scratch baja and formula race cars that they are working on in Turbine Flats and talked about everything that goes into building them. They also showed the audience of 50+ people videos of their SAE racing competitions and some of the grueling events that make them up. The events, they explained, are much more than just races. They are designed as engineering builds to be pitched to car companies, and the experience these young engineers gain in the process is priceless to them as they go out into the workplace to find jobs and make an impact on the automotive industry.
PLAY Creative’s Design‘s First Friday art show followed the two speakers. The exhibition featured the prints of Aaron Petersen and gave viewers the chance to get to know and appreciate the depth of the PLAY Creative co-owner’s artistic talent. From intricate patterns, to a heavily armed Little Red Riding Hood, to exploring Krampus, the forgotten negative side of the Christmas tradition, Petersen’s arts show was both thought provoking and fun. It was a fitting end to another evening of culture and community engagement at Turbine Flats.