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For two decades RESPECT has helped give children, teens, college students and adults throughout Nebraska and Iowa the skills they need to prevent and stop bullying, abuse, and dating violence as well as other forms of abuse in relationships through live theatre presentations and youth participation productions.  Because of COVID, they transitioned the live theatre organization into a virtual one. 

They have a fundraiser to continue the important work they do with youth.  The “Stand Up Against Bullying” fundraiser includes virtual presentations, take home dinners, and a silent auction.  There is also a “double your donation” program.  The fundraiser is taking place now through August 5th and details can be found at www.respect2all.org.

Dr. Patricia Newman is the founder and Executive Director of RESPECT and she spent time on “Live & Local” talking about the organizations beginnings, the difference the program has made,  and the reach of the work today. 

Tri-Faith Initiative started with a simple idea: A picnic table to gather around is all people really need for interfaith relationships to flourish.  So break bread together, give thanks for each other, and celebrate!

This Sunday, August 1st from 4-8 p.m. everyone is invited to gather for the “Picnic on the Commons” at 13136 Faith Plaza in Omaha. 

Wendy Goldberg, Executive Director at Tri-Faith Initiative, spoke with Mike Hogan at KIOS-FM about the genesis of the organization, the upcoming event, and how nice it is to be gathering together again!

More information can be found at https://www.trifaith.org/events/picnic-on-the-commons-2021/

Jesse White plays Buddy Holly in the  upcoming amphitheater tour of Buddy - The Buddy Holly StoryBuddy is the second show in The Omaha Series, produced by Rave On Productions which debuted earlier this year with the production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and also starred Jesse in the title role.

Jesse joined Mike Hogan for a “Live & Local” chat about being in a show about an iconic figure, learning to play the guitar, and having the show directed by someone who spent 18 years playing the same title character.  The show opens July 30th and runs through August 1st.

More information about the show can be found at www.TheOmahaSeries.com

In May of 2022, at UNO’s Dodge Campus, the former College of Education building, Kayser Hall, will be renovated and turned into a museum that features art from Holocaust survivor, Samuel Bak.  Over his 88 years of life, Bak has created over 8,000 pieces of art and after Kayser Hall’s renovations are complete, UNO will be home to 512 of those works.

The 28th Annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference will adopt a hybrid format, with the option to attend either in person or virtually.  The conference will allow an unlimited number of virtual participants.  The August 11th conference is open to leaders of all career levels, industries, company types and geographic locations.

Allison Zach, Director of Marketing, Communications and Events at ICAN, spent time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” giving a preview of the conference and the benefits of attending.  More information can be found at ICAN 2021 Women's Leadership Conference - Home (icanconference.com)

Omaha Children's Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works, and learn through play.  The mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.  And they’ve been doing that for 45 years!

Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director Omaha Children’s Museum, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to recall the humble beginnings, the finding of a permanent home, and the full circle return to outreach caused by the pandemic.

Information about the Omaha Children’s Museum can be found at www.ocm.org.

You may know that The Pinnacle Bank Championship is happening right here in Omaha August 9th through the 15th and you may also know that it is the regular season finale of the Korn Ferry Tour.  Since all of these golfers are basically the Triple-A talent of the PGA tour, at the end of this tournament many will receive their PGA tour cards here in Omaha.

While that is very exciting, did you know that the Pinnacle Bank Championship is also a charity, raising tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes?  Or that they need volunteers?

Jessica Brabec, Tournament Director of the Pinnacle Bank Championship, joined Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to discuss the philanthropy, the competition, and the need for volunteers on both the golf side and the charitable activities side.

More information about the tournament and how you can be involved can be found at https://thepinnaclebankchampionship.com/volunteer/registration-and-overview/

John DiGirolamo has written a book called “It’s Not About the Badge” which focuses on the human side of policing.  The book gives everyday police officers a voice and features stories showing insight about how the job can impact family, mental well-being, and marriage.  It also gives insight into the lives of some of those in trouble, how they got there, and what happens when these people on two different sides of the law interact.

John joined Mike Hogan for a “Live & Local” chat to discuss the book, the pressures of police work, his family’s personal involvement in some of the stories, and the Omaha connection in the book.

More information about the book can be found at  “It’s Not About the Badge”

The severe storms on Saturday, with the power fluctuations and eventual outages, have damaged some of the KIOS equipment.  The engineering department spent the weekend working hard to bring the transmitter back to life.  While successful in that endeavor, portions of the transmitter have been damaged and replacement parts are on the way.

Due to the massive power outage in the greater Omaha metro area, the transmitter is still without power at this hour.  The streaming signal is running well and can be heard at www.KIOS.org.

We are actively working with OPPD to return power to the transmitter.  Thank you so much for your patience and support!

This week the 41st U.S. Senior Open Championship is taking place at Omaha Country Club.  “Live & Local” host Mike Hogan went to the press event there and was able to have a conversation about the importance of this event, (in quick succession with the Swim Trials and the College World Series), to the economic recovery of the greater Omaha metro area. 

Deborah Ward, Executive Director of Visit Omaha, and Mark Rath, Director of Sales for Visit Omaha, joined Mike for this chat.

More information on this week’s festivities surrounding the U.S. Senior Open Championship can be found at www.USSeniorOpen.com.

WhyArts (whyartsinc.org) and Arts in Motion (artsinmotionomaha.org) are merging on July 1, creating an arts nonprofit in Omaha that will serve thousands of Nebraskans annually, with a particular focus on serving people with disabilities.

WhyArts Executive Director, Kim Jubenville, chatted with Mike Hogan about the reasons behind the merger and the benefits of the new, combined organization.

More information can be found at whyartsinc.org or artsinmotionomaha.org.
 

Melissa Wurth, Executive Director of Omaha Girls Rock chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about all the activities the organization is now having, since the pandemic has come to an end.

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

From their website, some of the activities include:

Songwriter Series  Mon, July 12th, to  Fri, July 16th,

Youth ages 8-12 / Teens ages 13-18: Spend a couple hours with our amazing instructors in a Songwriter Track or Spoken Word Track!

Youth artists will workshop a piece with our amazing Teaching Artists to share at our Open Mic Night to end the series on July 16 (youth) and July 24 (teens). We will get our creative juices flowing and use our voices to express ourselves!

OGR JAMboree!: Youth Open Mic!  Friday, July 16, 2021  5:00 PM  8:00 PM 

Our last JAMboree will celebrate our Youth Artists and give them a chance to share what they worked on all week. DJ Crabrangucci will also be there for a Dance Party!

WHERE: The Venue at Highlander

OGR JAMboree!: Gear Swap and Teen Open Mic Night!  Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:00 PM  8:00 PM  Benson Neighborhood (map)

At our third JAMboree, in partnership with BFF, we will be selling some gear and offering a space for our community to sell their gear. Proceeds from each sale will go back to OGR in support of our programming!

  • JAMboree will also include TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT!
  • Music and dance with DJ Chevy!

UNO partners with community organizations and public schools to both provide UNO students with valuable learning experiences while also benefitting the community.  Sara Woods, Director of UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the opportunities for these students and the benefits the community experiences from this partnership.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/community-engagement-center/index.php.

KANEKO invites families to bring the kiddos to the KANEKO on Saturday mornings for exclusive family time to enjoy the exhibits and take part in some family activities.

KANEKO Education Manager, Katherine Scarpello explains on “Live & Local” how the times from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday mornings is set aside for parents and caregivers of small children (under 12) to move freely within the galleries and enjoy the current Community exhibits and the KANEKO- UNO Creative Library that has a dedicated space for kids!  KIDSpace at the K-UNO Library offers thoughtfully curated children’s books about creativity in a relaxed environment. 

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/family-admission/

A hundred years ago, two Omaha newspapermen – Leo Bozell and Morris Jacobs started the advertising firm Bozell & Jacobs.  A century later, three women own the legendary firm in an industry that at one time was male dominated.

Jackie Miller, one of Bozell's owners and the Chief Marketing Officer, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the rich history of Bozell which includes culturally iconic campaigns, (milk mustache campaign, “pork … the other white meat,” and Boys Town’s "He ain’t heavy, Father, he’s m’ brother” rebrand), decades of adapting to the changing culture of America, and an evolution to become a woman-owned business.

More information about the firm or the book “From Newsboy to Adman: The Story of Morris E. Jacobs, Co-founder of Bozell & Jacobs” can be found at https://bozell.com/.

During the pandemic, business faced closure while workers faced unemployment.  Two centers at UNO worked hard to provide the resources and data to help business owners stay afloat and provide civic leaders with the data necessary to make decisions that helped the citizens of Nebraska.

Cathy Lang, State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), and Josie Schafer, Director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), spoke with Mike Hogan during this two-part interview about how NBDC helped keep Nebraska businesses afloat in 2020 and how CPAR’s work (alongside the state of Nebraska) tracked the pandemic’s impact on Nebraska’s workforce, allowing for action to be taken to help the unemployed.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-development-center/index.php and https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/center-for-public-affairs-research/index.php

Terry Streetman,  Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Alzheimer's Association, Nebraska Chapter, chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about several topics including a recap of what the Unicameral was able to accomplish to help the fight against Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, and the importance of brain health and early detection.

More information and caregiver assistance is available at https://www.alz.org/nebraska.

The Union for Contemporary Art's current round of Populus Fund grants are open.. 

Like last year during the initial Populus Fund cycle, many artists are still in need of critical financial support due to COVID, The Union has designated the available funds as unrestricted emergency relief for local working artists.  Funds can be used to support vital needs such as medical bills, rent, debts, and food. 

Patrick Mainelli, Communications Director for The Union for Contemporary Art, explains to Mike Hogan how the Populus Fund will award seventy-five $1,000 grants using a weighted lottery system for a total of $75,000 awarded to artists by the end of the year.

Like last years' cycle they will prioritize BIPOC applicants during this round of funding.  The goal is to give at least 55% of the awards to BIPOC artists.  Artists can learn more and apply at: https://www.u-ca.org/populusfund.

Deadlines for participation are as follows:

CYCLE 2: 7/9 deadline, 11:59p deadline

CYCLE 3: 8/1 deadline, 11:59p deadline

Imagine a college scholarship program that gives so much more than just financial assistance.  It also mentors, builds a community of students who go on to become doctors, educators, engineers, artists, and elected officials and they remain a member of that community. 

The Goodrich Scholarship program at UNO is one such program.  Troy Romero, the Chair of the Goodrich Program, joined Mike Hogan to explain how the program changed his life.  Troy was a first generation college student who needed the help the Goodrich Program provides.  Once a “Goodricher”, always a “Goodricher.”

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/goodrich-scholarship-program/index.php

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/

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