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Bellevue Little Theater is debuting a brand new play, a farce called "Temporary Insanity" by playwright Karen Schaeffer.   The show will run through June 27th.

Karen Schaeffer chatted with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" about how the play came to be, the fun in writing a farce, and the magic that occurs when the actors bring the written words to life.

More information can be found at http://bellevuelittletheatre.weebly.com/

Kate McCauley is the CEO of Wounded Warriors Family Support.  Their mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.  The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.

Kate joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about the mission and the many diverse ways that WWFS helps veterans and their families. 

If you need help or would like to “help the helpers” more information can be found at https://www.wwfs.org/.

O-pa Vice President of Human Capital and Inclusion, Gennean M Scott, chats with Mike Hogan about Music at Miller Park, a free event, kicking off this weekend with Enjoli & Timeless.

More information can be found at https://o-pa.org/on-stage/music-at-miller-park.

The Olympic Swim Trials are returning to Omaha June 4-7 and 13-20 at the CHI Health Center.  The Omaha Sports Commission (OSC) fills 6,500 volunteer shifts throughout the event, mostly with local support.  They have successfully filled this number of positions three different times (2008, 2012 and 2016) and they are once again looking for help from the local community for this year!

But as OSC's Director of Events, Lindsay Toussant explains to Mike Hogan during her "Live & Local" interview, there is so much more the OSC does for sports and the economy of the great city of Omaha!

More information is available at https://omahasports.org/get-involved#volunteer

Two installations open this Saturday, June 5, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!  You can join the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts to celebrate the opening of All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy and Charley Friedman: Soundtracks for the Present Future!

Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Rachel Adams chatted with Mike Hogan about this free event which includes live performances, libations, and a full afternoon of culture and discussion.  More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/events/summer-2021-exhibitions-opening-reception.

Performances will take place outdoors and stream live at twitch.tv/bemiscenter.

Rocker and local favorite Billy McGuigan is back at the Holland Center with his band in tow for a collaboration with the Omaha Symphony – this time at the brand new outdoor venue for a weekend of celebratory shows that are sure to bring the party and the hits! 

McGuigan talked to Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about bringing his lineup of heavy-hitting band members to perform symphonic arrangements of hits from The Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John, The Beatles, and more with original tunes in the mix.  The Omaha Symphony adds dramatic color to these crowd favorites, making for an incredible weekend of safe community gathering around the music we all love conducted by Maestro Ernest Richardson.  

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at the Holland Center Outdoors.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/billy-mcguigan-2021

The pandemic introduced students and parents alike to the brand new world of remote learning.  Turns out, the Omaha Virtual School (OVS) has been providing a hybrid remote/in-person learning model for the past several years.

OVS is accepting applications, and Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, the Director of OVS chatted with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about what it takes to succeed at OVS, how to apply, and what a family’s expectations should be when embarking on such a program.

More information can be found at https://www.omahavirtualschool.org/.

All ages are encouraged to participate in the free annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Omaha Public Library (OPL)!  This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales,” meaning there will be plenty of activities featuring fun animals and fantastic stories.

Emily Getzschman took the time to talk with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about the program and how to get involved. 

SRP takes place June 1-July 31.  To learn more about it and register at your local branch, go to omahalibrary.org, or by call 402-444-4800. 

Bellevue University is hosting a Young Nebraska Scientists Camp June 7-11 for 9th through 12th graders. The camp is focused on viruses and bacteria and features hands-on engaging activities.  

Dr. John Kyndt joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss this first of its kind camp and all the various technology the kids will get to use while attending.

Throughout the camp, participants will do things like collect soil samples for local tallgrass prairie sites; learn bioinformatics approaches to analyze microbial meta-genomics sequencing data; analyze how the immune system recognizes and responds to viruses; purify DNA from soil samples; run DNA sequencing and interpret results; set up experiments to stimulate cells with molecules that might be found in viruses; and experience field excursions involving modern laboratory techniques.

More information can be found at https://yns.nebraska.edu/camps/hs-viruses-and-bacteria.

AIM Infotec, one of the Midwest’s largest annual conferences for people working in tech careers, will be on May 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provided for free in 2021.  Mike Smith, an international-level public speaker with local ties to the nonprofit world, will be the keynote for this year’s event.

Smith is cofounder of the nonprofit, Rabble Mill, based in Lincoln and Omaha.  Rabble Mill works with Nebraska youth statewide toward their belonging , purpose and upward mobility through its subculture programming in skateboarding, music and digital art.  Both Rabble Mill and AIM work to cultivate and retain talent in parts of the region where it often goes overlooked.

Over the course of this two-part interview, Smith and Mike Hogan chat about the key to engaging and helping youth, how just a little effort by a mentor figure can reap huge rewards for the kids and society, and how the IT world is being impacted by young people today.

More information can be found at https://www.infotec.org/

You’ve seen the action, adventure, cool gadgets, and hard detective work that goes into being an FBI agent in the movies and on television.  Have you ever wondered if you have the skills necessary to be part of a team that can stop crimes, violence, and protect your friends and neighbors?  What skills does the FBI seek?

In this two-part “Live & Local” interview, Special Agent Michele Stevenson chats with Mike Hogan about the surprisingly diverse set of skills and people that are sought by the FBI.  She also discusses the many benefits of working for the FBI, why she has enjoyed a twenty-two year and counting career at the bureau, and what steps you can take to see if the FBI is the place for you to make your mark in the world.

More information can be found at https://fbijobs.gov/ .

The Omaha Community Playhouse opens their new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ Friday, May 21, 2021.  The show highlights the music of legendary jazz musician and entertainer Fats Waller in this wildly popular Tony Award-winning musical revue.

Tiffany White-Welchen chats with Mike Hogan of KIOS-FM about the show, the music, and the historical context of Fats Waller's legendary songs.

More information can be found at https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/misbehavin/

Just over one year ago, UNO was named the home of a new Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence now known as NCITE – the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center.  The National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center strives to understand, prevent, and counteract terrorist violence.  The NCITE Center will do this by heading a consortium of academics who study terrorist behavior and the best ways to stop it.  The goal is to translate research into tools for frontline Homeland Security professionals.

Dr. Gina Ligon, is the Director of the Counterterrorism Unit at UNO.  She joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” for a two-part interview about the mission of NCITE, the difference they can and have made, as well as how the Oklahoma City bombing impacted her life.

More information about this center and the work it does can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/ncite/

Since 1985, the Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF) has raised more than $10 million in private support for the Omaha Public Library programs and services.

In this two-part  interview, Wendy Townley, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library Foundation, chatted with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about how the mission of the foundation has succeeded in keeping the Omaha Public Libraries not only afloat, but growing during this pandemic and what the future holds.  She also talks about the fundraiser in which Author Yaa Gyasi headlines the evening.

For more information try the website https://www.omahalibraryfoundation.org/

Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor.  He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office.  "The Outsider" is a timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

“The Outsider” show director Marya Lucca-Thyberg joins Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss this latest comedy offering from The Bellevue Little Theater.  More information on tickets and streaming is available at http://bellevuelittletheatre.weebly.com/.

Vesper Concerts is back to welcoming audiences for live performances.  They are proud to offer the best that chamber music has to offer–exceptional talent and variety presented in an intimate setting, all free of charge as a service to the community.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director of Vesper Concerts, joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the final two shows of this season and what the future looks like for this treasured organization. 

More information on shows can be found at https://vesperconcerts.org/.

The Florentine Players have been presenting theatrical performances and melodramas for many years.  The latest offering, “Making God Laugh” by Sean Grennan., opens on Thursday, May 6th at the Florence City Hall.  The show follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. 

Director and long-time Florentine Player, Molly Anderson, joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to talk about the show, the history of the theatre company, and how great it is to be with an audience again.

For tickets or more information, one can go to https://www.facebook.com/FlorentinePlayers/ or  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-god-laugh-by-sean-grennan-tickets-152040468133

The Omaha Community Foundation announced that they have launched the Community Resilience Fund, a new community fund that will help support local nonprofits as they work to recover from COVID-19.  The Fund is designed to complement local and federal support and prioritize an equitable, long-term community recovery focused on the following five areas: Learning Recovery, Arts & Culture, Housing, Mental Health, and Workforce & Economic Opportunity.  It follows the closure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, launched one year ago to respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic.

To explain the fund and the work to be done, Anne Meysenburg, Director of Community Investment, and Ally Freeman, Director of Communications, spent a little time chatting with Mike Hogan of KIOS-FM.  More information is available on the web at https://omahafoundation.org/community/community-resilience-fund/ .

UNL COVID Vaccine Clinic Next Week

Apr 16, 2021

(Lincoln, NE)  --  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students, faculty and staff who still need the shot next Tuesday.  Appointments can be made by visiting UNL.edu, but walk-ins will also be accepted.  The clinic will be utilizing the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a second dose about three weeks after the first.

Over 30 Percent Of Douglas Co. Residents Fully Vaccinated

Apr 16, 2021

(Douglas County, NE)  --  The COVID-19 vaccine is starting to reach an increasingly large part of the Douglas County Community.  As of this morning, over 31-percent of county residents are fully vaccinated.  That's nearly ten percent more than the national average of 22-percent.  And 81-percent of residents age 65 years older have been fully vaccinated.

Marjorie Maas, Executive Director of SHARE Omaha, chats with Mike Hogan about the brand new charity event, Do Good Week.

Do Good Week will launch for the first time April 19 - April 24.  It is five themed days developed to connect the metro community to over 300 participating local nonprofits on Mission Monday, encourage donors to give to a new organization on New Donor Tuesday, fulfill Wish List Wednesday, find a volunteer need either virtually or in person on Volun-Thursday, and give financially on Fund It Friday to bolster the work of nonprofits who have supported so many this past year. 

More information and ways to participate can be found on the website https://shareomaha.org/dogoodweek

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) offers a wide range of in-home and community-based services to individuals of all ages and stages of life.  Vice President of Development and Communications, Carole Patrick, joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to talk about their major fundraising effort of the year, Art & Soup.

Your participation in Art & Soup impacts the lives of men, women and children in homeless and domestic violence shelters in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.  All proceeds ensure that VNA nurses will continue to serve individuals and families in every local shelter.

Your ticket purchase changes lives and is considered a direct donation to VNA’s shelter nursing program.  Enjoy Art & Soup’s virtual fundraising content, online art sales and silent auction, a soup sampler pack, and a Soup Passport redeemable at participating restaurants.

New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Apr 14, 2021

(Lincoln, NE)  -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is on the rise.   More than 300 new cases were reported yesterday bringing the statewide total to 214-thousand-682.  Five additional deaths were reported, and the coronavirus has claimed 22-hundred-26 lives in the state since the pandemic started last year.

billymcguiganTOGETHER is Billy McGuigan’s 16 track original album, written, recorded and played by Billy during lockdown, 2020. The live performance features Billy with a band of brothers and friends.

Billy spent some time with Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” feature to discuss how the album came to be, what he looks forward to while performing it live for the first time (April 10th), and how we all can heal after the lockdown.

More information can be found at https://www.billymcguigan.com/schedule.

Julie Kalkowski, Executive Director of Creighton’s Financial Hope Collaborative, received a phishing scam email claiming her “stimulus cancellation request was approved” and she had just hours to reverse that process. 

Julie reported the email to the Better Business Bureau and contacted Mike Hogan to chat on “Live & Local” about scams like this one, how to keep from being a victim, and “the Dos and Don’ts” one should take when confronted with this type of situation.

More information about the Financial Hope Collaborative can be found at https://business.creighton.edu/community-connection/financial-hope-collaborative

Bellevue, NE has been recently been designated as an official “Bee City USA,” which means it has a plan and is committed to creating and enhancing pollinator habitats on public and private land.  Bees are a big deal in terms of the overall ecosystem and they’ve been threatened lately.  Notably, with this designation Bellevue becomes the first city in Nebraska to achieve the Bee City USA designation for its work.  To give some context, there are about 133 Bee City USAs across the country.

Tyler Moore is a biology professor at Bellevue University and he joined Mike Hogan for a two-part “Live & Local” chat about bees, their short and long term impacts on the environment, and how small steps made by each of us can help these important pollinators thrive in our communities.

For more information, go to the website https://beecityusa.org/.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us just how fragile our local food systems are:
food supply chains were interrupted, jobs were lost, and families lined up for blocks around local pantries to receive food.  The Big Garden was able to help by growing roughly 15,000 pounds of nutrient-dense garden-fresh produce to distribute through local food pantries & food distribution programs.

This year, they are doubling the internship program so that they can grow even more food.
Donations will help them to strengthen local food systems by building more gardens,
teaching more school garden classes, planting more orchards, and growing more food for and with neighbors in need.

Cami Cavanaugh Rawlings is the Development Manager for The Big Garden.  In this two-part “Live & Local” interview with Mike Hogan, Cami details how the organization grows food and distributes this food the hungry families. 

For more information or to help them grow more food for the community, one can go to https://biggarden.org/

KANEKO is hosting the 2021 Creative Camps this summer and they have expanded the age range of welcome campers!  They have also announced that the camp has moved to a 100% donation-based model to make Creative camps available to all learners in the community regardless of their financial ability.

Katherine Scarpello, Education Manager at KANEKO, chatted with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the new financial terms, the additional grade levels that are welcome, and how one can get their children in this safe and socially distanced, creative summer camp.

Camps are held Monday - Friday 9 AM-4 PM, lunch and snacks are provided and camp t-shirts will also be provided for each camper.  More information is available at https://thekaneko.org/creative-camps/

After his 2017 performance to a sold-out Omaha audience, nationally renowned cellist Joshua Roman returns to the Holland Performing Arts Center stage – once again under the baton of Maestro Thomas Wilkins, the two join the Omaha Symphony to perform Saint-Saëns’ groundbreaking Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra.  The performances March 26 and 27 are Omaha’s chance not only to see one of the beloved Maestro’s final performances as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, but also to see one of the United States’ greatest soloists in action.

In this two-part interview, Joshua shares some insights into his approach to music, fond memories of Maestro Wilkins, and much more with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local.”

For information or tickets to this socially distanced Holland Center performance, go to https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/wilkins-roman

Urban League Nebraska is building a resilient North Omaha through strategic partnerships, generous giving, and community engagement that helps clients navigate their challenges and negotiate solutions.

Their vision is to lead Nebraska in helping people achieve social equality, economic independence and personal growth. 

President and CEO, Thomas Warren, spent some time chatting with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about the Tech Boot Camp, an accelerated program that provides AIM Code School’s accredited Foundations of Web Development curriculum paired with the Urban League’s professional bootcamp and career-readiness skills training. 

For more information, or to sign up for an opportunity to become “career ready” go to https://urbanleagueneb.org/jobs/career-boot-camps/

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