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Eight major employers and landowners in Omaha’s downtown and midtown provided Verdis Group with access to their employees or tenants in order to conduct a mobility survey.  The purpose of the survey was to better understand how individuals who spend a majority of their time in downtown and midtown Omaha get to and from work.  The survey also asked them about how they want to commute, along with their perspectives on several other mobility and transportation issues.

Managing Partner at Verdis Group, Craig Moody, stops into the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the results of the survey and the implications of corporate encouragement to implement the changes.  

For more information about the Downtown & Midtown Mobility Study go to the website http://verdisgroup.com/case_studies/downtown-midtown-mobility-survey/

Sherri Obermiller is the chair of the Alzheimer's Association's The Longest Day signature event here in Nebraska.  This means that she and her committee grow the number of teams that engage in The Longest Day efforts, and she also participates in fundraising and raising awareness of Alzheimer's by having her own team. 

Sherri stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about how the program works, how folks can get involved, and how Alzheimer's has touched the lives of almost everyone...Including her.

For more information you can go to https://www.alz.org/nebraska

Film Streams is excited to announce that acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti will join Film Streams Board Member Alexander Payne as the special guest for Feature VIII, the latest fundraising gala in support of our nonprofit’s mission and programs. The celebration — Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Holland Performing Arts Center — will reunite the pair on the 15th anniversary of Sideways, their Academy Award-winning collaboration.  Tickets for Feature VIII will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 26. 

Patrick Kinney, Communications Director at Film Streams, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this celebration of film.  

More information is available at https://filmstreams.org/news/save-the-date-feature-viii

The International Business and Leadership Camp is for high school students who are interested in having FUN while learning about international business and differences across countries and cultures. Students will learn through business games, case analyses, and group discussions, and lectures.  One student will win a $250 award on the last day of the camp.

Award winning UNO Professor Dr. Tej Adidam teaches the camp and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to explain the genesis of the camp, the fun of business, and how a global economy impacts all of us.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/camps/

The second annual ON Brand conference is July 18th.  This unique career development and networking opportunity will introduce participants to influential speakers from across the nation, as well as major players in the Omaha branding community. 

Nebraska ON Brand Chair, Lauren Fischer, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about everything ON Brand has to offer and invite the public to attend the Centro Networking Reception immediately following the closing keynote presentation.  The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista.

More information can be found at https://onbrandcon.com/

Quest Forward Academy Omaha is a four-year independent high school located on the campus of Bellevue University and approved by the Nebraska Department of Education.  In small classes, with guidance from expert mentors, students actively pursue their interests through an innovative quest-based curriculum.

Mark Smith is the Director of Quest Forward Academy Omaha and he stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the academy's approach to education, the open house for perspective students and their parents on June 27th (at the Riley Science Ctr.- Bellevue University), and which students may be right for this education.

More information can be found at https://questforward.academy/omaha/

NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable.  First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.

Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans.  Deborah Goodkin is the Managing Director of Savings Plans for First National Bank of Omaha and she stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the tax advantages of these plans plus how families saving just a little at a time can really benefit.

For more information visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Midwestern Region held a one-and-a-half-day meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.  The meeting, hosted by Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, who serves as Chair of the NAAG Midwestern Region, focused on “Confronting Health Care: The State’s Role in Combating Rising Costs and Ensuring Quality Care for our Constituents.”

One of the invited speakers was Dave Chase, author of The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream and co-founder of Health Rosetta, a nonprofit that promotes reform for the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system. Dave knows healthcare stole the American Dream, but knows how we can take it back.   

Dave stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the challenges of fixing the healthcare system in this country, the rising health costs, and the lack of transparency which have caught the AG's attention.

It's THAT time of year when you can gather at the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market!  Omaha's favorite Friday night neighborhood market has returned to the lot on 33rd Street. 

All are invited to join on Friday nights through Sept 27, from 5-8pm, to stock up on locally-grown produce, herbs, plants and flowers; browse through handmade goods, skincare products, jewelry, prepared foods & more! 

There are kids' activities each week and family-friendly live music, too.  Alex O'Hanlon with the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the market and how to enjoy it  as either a vendor, buyer, or both!

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/GiffordParkNeighborhoodMarket/events/?ref=page_internal

Laughter may be the best medicine but music is not far behind! 

The Nebraska Medical Orchestra (NMO) was created in 2018 as a collaborative project between UNMC and the UNO School of Music, the Nebraska Medical Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from UNMC and Nebraska Medicine with the support of UNO School of Music faculty and students as mentors.  

Dr. Washington Garcia, professor and director of UNO's School of Music, has been working with partners at UNMC to develop this "medical orchestra" for the benefit of patients, their families, and medical staff as well.

Dr. Garcia joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the genesis of this program and the many benefits it produces.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/music/community-engagement/index.php

The Alzheimer's Association Nebraska Chapter serves statewide.  They help all those facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by providing support groups and educational resources, while advancing crucial research and public policy initiatives.

Public Policy Manager Terry Streetman chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" with an update of what was accomplished during this past unicameral session, what was left on the table, and what is on the horizon from a federal government standpoint.

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

Colon cancer is the #2 killer in this country.  Yet early detection can save your life.  The Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force wants everyone to know how to prevent this deadly disease. 

"Rollin’ to Colon" is a bicycle ride event for adults and kids alike.  Several routes have been mapped,  all starting at DC West High School in Valley, NE., including a 53 mile loop to Colon, Nebraska.  Children are also welcome and encouraged to participate in a short ride around Valley, NE which guides them to the City Park and back.

This bicycling event, on June 16th, raises awareness about colorectal cancer and helps to support the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force mission of Education - Detection - Prevention.  Their goal is to get people talking about colon cancer to increase screening rates and save lives!  

Chris Snowardt, colon cancer survivor and Co-Director of this year’s event chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about beating cancer, early detection, and the importance and fun fo this family friendly event.

More information can be found at https://www.coloncancertaskforce.org/rollin-to-colon

BELLEVUE, Nebraska – Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, recently launched a new 100% online applied Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degree program that addresses both modern organizational needs and real life challenges faced by students seeking doctoral-level education.

Dr. Julia Cronin-Gilmore, Program Director for the DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration) program and a Professor in the Bellevue University College of Business, chats with Mike Hogan about the creation of the new program and the effect it can have on a single career and for local companies.

More information can be found at https://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/doctoral/business-administration-dba/

Be among the first to see Re•Purpose and get a chance to meet contributing artists.  Re•Purpose is ultimately an examination of human ingenuity, as the means and methods of circular growth unattached inspires purposeful introspection and conscious reinvention.

The Re•Purpose season will feature works by local and internationally recognized artists who incorporate recycled or otherwise reinvented materials.  From plastic bottles to keyboards, these artists have been inspired by the idea of revitalization, industrialization, and the meaning we place on items––both in art and in our everyday lives.  Re•Purpose will explore how the lives of individuals and communities can be re•purposed by showcasing and collaborating with partners who are striving to make Omaha a more unified and sustainable city.

Executive Director of Kaneko, Stephan Grot, chats with Mike Hogan during a special early edition of "Live & Local" about this new exhibition, the mission of Kaneko, and what one can expect when enjoying an exhibition at Kaneko.  This event is free.

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/seasons/re%E2%80%A2purpose/

The Nebraska Wind Symphony, celebrating its 42nd season, performs four formal concerts and a free summer concert series each year.  Three free outdoor summer band concerts will be presented by the Nebraska Wind Symphony and its affiliated swing band, the Swingtones, on June 9, June 23 and July 4, with each performance starting at 6 p.m.

Symphony conductor Larry MacTaggart joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the concerts, the new venue for one of this summer's programs, and his future with the Nebraska Wind Symphony.

For more information on the summer concert series, call (402) 216-0122 or visit www.nebraskawindsymphony.com or the Nebraska Wind Symphony Facebook page.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Midlands is a community-based mentoring program.  They match children in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro and surrounding area of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa with caring adult mentors.  Ever wonder if you have what it takes to be a mentor - the time, the caring, and the drive?

Abiola Kosoko, Director of Marketing and Recruitment, joins Mike Hogan during a special edition of "Live & Local" to talk about a social event for adults to meet current mentors (or "Bigs" as they are called) to ask questions, enjoy a craft beer, and see if you might be able to change the life of a youngster.

The second Big Social for the year is at Kros Strain Brewing, 10411 Portal Road #102, LaVista, NE 68128 on Sunday, June 9th from 1 - 4 PM!   Get a chance to tour Kros Strain Brewery, play some games or just enjoy the sun on the patio. And of course, have some beer.  A food truck will be on site to satisfy your appetite. Your first drink is compliments of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Omaha.  

More information can be found at  https://www.bbbsomaha.org/events/big-social/

Omaha Community Playhouse presents She Rocks which celebrates women artists and songwriters of the ’60s–’80s, woven together with songs and stories.  Backed by an all-star band, Tara Vaughan performs music from artists like Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart and many more.  In this unique review, Tara Vaughan masterfully presents an evening of classic rock and roll with the focus on female artists and songwriters.

Tara stops by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the genesis of the show, the creative process, and how much fun this family friendly show is.

More information can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/taravaughan/

For the fifth consecutive year, a nationally recognized cybersecurity camp, called Midwest GenCyber (MGC), will introduce Omaha-area students to the fast-growing field.  The free, week-long camp, is currently accepting applications.  The session will run June 24-28.  Thirty camp slots are available and student applicants should be entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

Doug Rausch is an assistant professor at Bellevue University and one of the educators at the camp.  He joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the role cybersecurity plays in our daily lives.

Funded by a grant through the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, GenCyber is a national program.  In Omaha, the MGC camp will take place at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) (Camp Days 1 and 2) and at Bellevue University (Camp Days 3, 4 and 5).

The program offers students fun, hands-on activities like making and breakings apps to explore security vulnerabilities, conducting forensic investigations, and a “capture the flag” challenge to get students interested in careers in computing and cybersecurity.

More information can be found at https://cyberomaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/GenCyber-MCC-BU-vFinal.pdf

This Friday kicks off the 45th annual OSAF – Presented by First National Bank – a tradition in Omaha since 1975! 

This year, the festival will be held at a new location (due to the renovation of Gene Leahy Mall) in North Downtown on Mike Fahey Street alongside the Downtown Ballpark.  There’s day and night time activities as well as fun for the whole family.

Festival board president, Liz Kerrigan, joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to talk about the festival, including the myriad of activities, entertainment, and food available.

More information can be found at www.SummerArts.org

It is estimated that well over 300,000 Nebraskans have received brain injuries of some type.  The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska is committed to creating a better future for all Nebraskans with brain injuries.

Serving the brain injury population means working to secure and develop community-based services, providing support groups and access to pertinent information and medical resources and service referrals. It also means educating professionals who work with children and adults with brain injury.

Sharon Royers, Board Member, volunteer and brain injury survivor chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about her traumatic brain injury, her recovery, and the fundraiser on Sunday June 9, 2019 -  "Blazing Trails for Brain Injury."

This event is coordinated by TBI survivors, caregivers, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in this family friendly, inclusive event.  

Location: Zorinsky Lake Park, 3808 S 154th St, (156th & F Streets) Omaha, NE 68144

More information can be found at https://biane.org/events/blazing-trails-run.html

Everyone is invited to participate in the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Omaha  Public Library (OPL)!  With great reads and free activities for all ages, OPL can help keep the entire family engaged throughout the summer, and help to keep kids’ minds sharp while they are out of school.

Join OPL for kickoff celebrations at OPL locations on May 31 and June 1. The fun begins at W. Dale Clark Main Library (215 S. 15th St.) and Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch (2100 Reading Plz.) on Friday and continues on Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m., at all other OPL branch locations.  Enjoy activities inside and outside the library at these fabulous kick-off parties – games, crafts, food and more!

Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for Omaha Public Library, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the program, the many goods and services available at the library for FREE!

More information can be found at www.omahalibrary.org

The last of the MasterWorks series for the season happens this weekend at the Holland Performing Arts Center for the Omaha Symphony.  "Mozart & Mahler" starts at 7:30 each night. 

With stirring music both beautiful and poignant, Mahler’s The Song of the Earth depicts the cycle of life and death amidst the enduring glory of nature.  Soloist and three-time Grammy Award winner, Michelle DeYoung makes her Omaha debut. 

Michelle also chats "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the two night program (May 31st and June 1st), winning the Grammy Award (three times!), and the signature role in her career.

More information can be found at www.OmahaSymphony.org. 

The “#Fremont Strong” committee is putting on one of the largest shows Fremont has seen.  There will be music, comedy, magicians, pinups, raffles and a silent auction.  There is also wrestling!

Ken Phares and Chris Marsh chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” on 91.5 FM about this fundraiser to benefit the flood victims of March 2019 with every last cent going to the United Way of Fremont.

More information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fremont-strong-festival-tickets-59209332708

Also first responders will get in free with identification.

The Joslyn Castle is excited to welcome the community to Castlepalooza, a FREE neighborhood festival scheduled for June 1, 2019 on the grounds of the historic estate!

Castlepalooza will feature live music, activities for families, yoga on the lawn, vendors, food trucks and beverages.  Everyone is invited to the Joslyn Castle estate for a fun evening on our historic grounds!

Kelli Bello, Manager of Communications and Development, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the festival and how it kicks off a summer filled with free, family friendly activities.

Castlepalooza will be a celebration of over 115 years of the Joslyn Castle in Omaha.  Festivities will kick-off at 3pm and conclude at 9pm on Saturday, June 1st. 

More information can be found at www.JoslynCastle.com.

Inclusive Communities is proud to announce the launch of LeadDIVERSITY, an exciting new year-long leadership program centered around creating localized solutions for topics surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. Applications for the program are being accepted now through May 31st at www.inclusive-communities.org/leaddiversity.

Deputy Director Cammy Watkins joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program in which  LeadDIVERSITY participants (referred to as Advocates) will receive exceptional skills training to move Nebraska workplaces and communities forward. They will work together on a diversity, equity and inclusion focused service project highlighting the imperative nature of implementing serious social change. Sessions will include discussion of topics such as identity, privilege, institutional inequities, discrimination, ethical leadership, and creating inclusion.

Prospect Hill Historic Cemetery presents the 40th Annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27th, 2018 11:00 AM (music begins at 10:45) Admission is FREE, Donations most welcome.  Parking is available. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Co-Presidents of the Prospect Hill Historic Cemetery board, Dave Harding and Barb Naughtin, stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about this great tradition and family event that celebrates Omaha and Nebraska history.

More information can be found at http://www.prospecthill-omaha.org/memorial-day-celebration.html

Omaha Gives! is an online celebration of charitable giving in Omaha-Council Bluffs.  This year-round platform connects those who want to keep the giving going and area organizations working to create change in a big way!  It only takes a $10 donation to join the community giving.  Included with the many charities on Omaha Gives! is KIOS-FM.  You can donate now on Omaha Gives! and make KIOS eligible for prizes.

Vice President of Community Investment, Kali Baker, joins Mike Hogan in the studio to chat about the big day of giving, the opportunity to be a part of something great, and the joy that comes with helping so many others.

Get involved, the website is https://www.omahagives.org

Considered by many to be the hardest working person in show business, Omaha native Aubree Sweeney travels the country in her RV...Which is also her home base! 

This actress, comedian, podcaster, writer, and photographer stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about life on the road, her latest appearances, and how she juggles so many facets of her show business career.  

Next week she'll be part of the Omaha Improv Festival (https://www.omahaimprovfest.com/)  

More information about Aubree's schedule and podcasts can be found at https://www.luvthatdog.com

A tragic yet hopeful tale, four-time Tony Award-winning Ragtime explores the pursuit of the American dream and the meaning of family.  Set in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the century, the lives of a wealthy white couple, a determined Jewish immigrant and an African American ragtime musician intertwine, creating a rich tapestry of American life.  With soaring ballads and a stunning score, these characters are connected by their compassion, belief and resolution that they, too, will find their place in the world.

Lead actor Paul Tranisi solidifies his return to the Omaha Community Playhouse with this role and chats about the play and its meaning in today's world.  He stops by the KIOS studios to discuss this and more with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."

More informtation can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com

Omaha, NE –The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes are a group of genetic collagen disorders that affect the connective tissues throughout the body.  Many people with EDS appear to be normal and healthy, but often struggle with body-wide dysfunction as connective tissue is used to support the skin, bones, blood vessels, arteries, gastrointestinal tract, and internal organs.  Because no two people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are affected by the condition in the exact same way, it is very hard to diagnose, which leads to many people not being diagnosed for 20 or more years.  The symptoms can range from mildly loose and hypermobile joints to life-threatening complications.

Wendy Hamilton is the Co-Leader of the Omaha EDS support group and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about living with the condition, how the support group can help everyone cope, and the "hacks" that can be used. 

More information can be found at www.EDSAwareness.com or www.Ehlers-Danlos.com

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