Salute To Summer 2021 a celebration of Home Sweet Home
Celebrating La Vista from a different perspective this year

La Vista’s Salute to Summer is the official kickoff to summer — time to get outside, stretch our legs and see our neighbors. This annual event has always been a celebration of the community spirit found in La Vista.

It is a celebration of the place so many call, Home Sweet Home.

The 2021 event will look different than what other communities might do later this summer. While the pandemic has lessened and some have received their vaccine, Memorial Day weekend falls at a time when the end of the pandemic seems possible, but we aren’t quite out of it yet. By the end of May, thousands in our community will have received a vaccine, but there will be many others who will have not received it yet, and public health officials are recommending caution with regard to medium-to-large-sized public gatherings.

So, for La Vista’s 2021 annual celebration the City made the choice to take a different approach.

On Thursday, May 27, the City will host its annual Hometown Heroes event at the Blue Star Memorial on the City Hall Campus. This event will take place outdoors and seats will be placed a safe distance apart. The event will also be live broadcast on the City’s Facebook page for those who can’t attend the ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, a live indoor broadcast will take place without in-person participation.

On Friday, May 28, enjoy the traditional fireworks display over the Central Park lake (formerly Civic Center Park). We ask that you gather with your immediate family only and continue to observe COVID safety practices. Be on the lookout for City staff who will be out and about with some special giveaways.

On Saturday, May 29, instead of a central parade route, the Salute to Summer Express mini parade will visit each neighborhood. Using a route similar to what is used for Santa’s Sleigh Ride in the winter, an entourage of entertainment and other goodies will travel throughout La Vista spreading summer cheer!

Also on Saturday, May 29, while the Salute to Summer Express visits neighborhoods, La Vista families are invited to visit one of four ice cream vendors located throughout the city. Vendors will distribute a free ice cream treat to each family member. The ice cream trucks will be open 1-5 p.m. in the following locations:
  • G. Stanley Hall Elementary south parking lot
  • Central Park playground roundabout
  • La Vista Public Library west parking lot
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church south parking lot
Celebrate Spring in La Vista!
Take a shine to these spring events
Spring is finally upon us and the City of La Vista has some fun, practical and memorable opportunities for you! Check them out below and then visit our Spring 2021 page on our website for more info.

SPRING CLEANUP DAYS
April 19-25 | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 96th & Portal Rd.
Recycle or dispose of your yard waste, electronics and larger/bulky junk.

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
April 30 | 6 – 7 p.m. | Small Pond by Santa’s Workshop
Join us for an Arbor Day tree planting in honor of former Mayor Harold “Andy” Anderson, plus a storybook walk around the pond. And take home a tree sapling (while supplies last)!

COMMEMORATIVE TREE PROGRAM
Honor a loved one by purchasing a tree in their memory. Call the Public Works Department for more info. at 402.331.8927.
Spring & Summer Sports Registration Still Open
It's time to think about youth sports for this spring and summer!

Registration is still open for some of our youth sports programming:
  • Girls Youth Softball: deadline - until leagues are full
  • Mustang 9/10's
  • Junior 13-18's
  • Coed T-Ball: Final deadline - May 3

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 402.331.3455.
Teen Virtual Game Night
Teen Game Night has returned during the month of April! Mark your calendars for April 9 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. The La Vista Public Library will be hosting a Teen Virtual Game Night on Discord. You must be at least 13 to join and have a Discord account.

For more information, contact Ashley Wemhoff at AWemhoff@CityofLaVista.org.
Zoom Scavenger Hunt
Are you quick at solving scavenger hunts? The La Vista Public Library is hosting a virtual scavenger hunt on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Families with the most points on the scoreboard win a special prize. You must register for the Zoom link.

Contact Jodi Norton at JNorton@CityofLaVista.org or 402.537.3900.
Among Us Tween Night
Join the La Vista Public Library on Friday, April 23 from 6-8 p.m. for a fun night of Among Us! Go on missions with friends! Recommended ages 9-14. Contact Miss Ashley to register: 402.537.3900 or AWemhoff@CityofLaVista.org.
Pajama Storytime
The La Vista Public Library is having a pajama storytime on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Snuggle your favorite stuffy as Ms. Jodi reads some bedtime stories!

Contact Jodi Norton at JNorton@CityofLaVista.org to get an invite.
Mask Ordinance Extended
The La Vista City Council has extended the City’s emergency mask ordinance until May 25.

The ordinance was initially approved in November in response to increased community transmission and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

At this time, COVID-19 remains a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of La Vista and the Omaha metro area.

According to a letter to support from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, preventative measures implemented at the end of 2020, such as La Vista’s mask ordinance, have had a positive impact on the number of positive cases as well as hospitalizations.

Continued wearing of face coverings will also help contain the spread of COVID-19 variants found recently in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.

La Vista’s mask ordinance will remain in effect until May 25, unless otherwise cancelled or extended.

Full details about the ordinance and its enforcement can be found on our mask ordinance page.
Council Agenda
The agenda for the April 20 City Council meeting will be available for viewing after 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16.
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8116 Park View Boulevard
La Vista, NE 68128
Phone: 402-331-4343
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