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Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning.  Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.  

Dr. Wendy Loewenstein is the Director of Omaha Virtual School.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits, the kindergarten roundup as well as the middle and high school open houses on the 30th of January.  These event kicks off the recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year.

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

With the mission to “ engage the imagination and create excitement about learning” the Omaha Children’s Museum is truly fun for the whole family!

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner stops by the KIOS studios to chat “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan about the latest addition to the fun, “AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” which runs through April 19th. 

Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel.  They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs.  The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe.  Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/america-to-zanzibar/

January is National Mentoring Month.  MENTOR Nebraska and their partner mentoring programs are joining forces for the 7th annual city-wide mentor recruitment campaign in January.  The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the various mentoring opportunities available through different organizations and address common misconceptions about time commitment and other possible deterrents to becoming a mentor. The goal for the campaign is to recruit 400 mentors in January.  Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can learn more about the different options at MentorNebraska.org.

Laura Bonnet (Mentoring Coordinator) and Roberta Wilhelm (Executive Director) with Girls Inc. Omaha join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss mentoring opportunities and the life-changing impact that mentoring has on the kids as well as the mentors.

More information is available at https://www.mentornebraska.org/

The Omaha Academy of Ballet (OAB) is proud to present the 15th annual Omaha Dance Project (ODP), which will feature an impressive line-up of local and regional dance on January 24-26, 2020.

ODP 2020 will feature: La Esmeralda, a classical ballet based on Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, re-staged by Artistic Director Juliette Henning (Omaha), Flamenco Omaha, as well as works by Ashley Durst (Lincoln) and Lauren Wichert (Omaha).

Juliette Henning stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the exciting talent involved, and how you can enjoy the show.

More information and tickets for Omaha Dance Project are available at http://oabdance.org/home.aspx or by calling 402-346-0469.  All performances will be at the Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center, 7400 Military Ave, Omaha, NE.

Max I. Walker is hosting the 13th annual "Ultra Chic Boutique" dress sale on Saturday, February 1st.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at "A View on State Street," located at 134th and State streets.  The event will include the standard dress sale (all dresses are sold for $30!) as well as a Dress Raffle Fashion Show.  This part of the event highlights some of the best and most beautiful gowns that have been donated to the sale, and raffles off the ‘first right to purchase’ these special dresses for just $30 to shoppers.  Some of these dresses originally cost hundreds, even a thousand dollars.

All proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter.  The 2018 and 2019 sales reached a combined $38,000 for the association.  Dress donations are still being accepted at all Max I. Walker locations. Employees will clean, press, and store the dresses for no charge.

Steph Dorland, (Marketing Director at Max I. Walker), and Casey Walker, (Director of Retail Operations at Max I. Walker) stop by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the event and how Alzheimer's has touched everyone, including the Walker family.

Dresses will be available in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The event is a more economical and eco-friendly way to shop.  More information can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

George Joslyn loved to entertain in what is considered the “original man cave.” He and his friends would gather for billiards, cocktails, cigars and even bowling in the Castle basement. One can imagine many a lively conversation were had amongst George and his guests.

Janice Pickering, Manager of Programs & Events at Joslyn Castle, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the third annual Speakeasy Series.  This is an opportunity to tour the “original man cave,” enjoy the spirits of the evening as well as hand picked food pairings.  A fantastic evening of sights, sounds, and tastes.

The evening begins with a drink and tour of George Joslyn's rarely-seen mancave basement.  After one explores the former epic space, you'll get settled in for an evening of sipping and noshing with some of Omaha's most respected experts in the field.

The series runs January through April on the third Thursday, and Joslyn Castle will host a tasting featuring one of the following favorites: Rum, Brandy, Scotch, and Gin!

More information can be found at https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/speakeasy-series.html

The Omaha Community Playhouse kicks off 2020 with the multi-award winning play A Raisin in the Sun.  Winner of five Tony Awards®, A Raisin in the Sun confronts life in South Side Chicago through the eyes of the Younger family. After years of battling poverty and racism, the Youngers hope an unexpected insurance check will be their ticket to a better life. With the looming fear that this may be their only chance, the family is torn apart as they struggle to agree on the most effective way to use the money.

Local actor Brandon Williams plays the role of George Murchison and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of this play as well as the current relevance in today's climate.  The show opens Friday, January 17th.

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

Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form.

Film Streams oversees two wonderful and distinct cinemas: the Ruth Sokolof Theater, the two-screen venue we opened in 2007 within the Saddle Creek Records complex in North Downtown Omaha, and the historic Dundee Theater, Omaha’s longest surviving neighborhood cinema.

Film Streams Communications Director, Patrick Kinney, stops by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about all the programs and film showings scheduled for this quarter.

More information about the education programs, workshops, and film schedules can be found at

https://filmstreams.org/

The hustle and bustle of the holidays along with bone-chilling weather can be very difficult for people with any stage of dementia.  From the confusion of surroundings changing (due to seasonal decorations) to forgetting to check the outside temperature and not properly bundling up, caregivers need to be on the lookout for opportunities to help patients navigate this time of year.  

Diane Hendricks is a social worker for the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.  She sits down with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to offer tips and hints on making sure the holidays are safe, healthy, and fun for everyone surrounding a person with any stage of dementia.  

For more information or if you need assistance of any kind, please consult the website www.alz.org/nebraska.

This is your chance to play a part in history!  Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra income, while at the same time, helping the community. 

Did you know: The results of the 2020 Census help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent locally for schools, hospitals, roads, and more.  So it's important that everyone is counted!  The Census is conducted every 10 years to ensure equal representation in elected government at the federal, state, and local levels.

The Census establishes Nebraska’s proportion of all federal funds for the next 10 years.  In fiscal year 2016, $3.995 billion in federal funds were obligated in Nebraska based upon resident counts from the 2010 Census and subsequent annual population estimates.  This equates to $2,096 in federal funds distributed annually for each Nebraska resident.  When residents are not counted the state loses federal dollars that should be sent to local areas.

Legal Research Contractor for the Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO, Micky Devitt, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of census participation and the recruitment drive to hire people to conduct the census.

If you are interested in applying for a position with the census or want more information about what they do with your information, go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

Omaha's chapter of Pencils of Promise was founded in 2018 by a group of Creighton University students.  Their goal is to build schools in Laos and continue the fight for global education equality so that all children have the chance to unlock their full potential.  They understand their privilege as students attending a top-rated university and plan to use their education to fight for a future where everyone can have a similar opportunity, regardless of where they come from. 

Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization working to increase access to quality education in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos. By donating via their web page, 100% of the funds go directly to their school build.  Any donation will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children in Laos.  It is more than a donation. It is an investment in humanity. 

President of the Omaha Pencils of Promise, Mike Galeski, returns to the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the current drive to raise funds to finish building the school in Laos and help educate the children there.

For more information or to donate, one can go to the website https://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/team/149863

"Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration" Featured Performers Siri Howard and Kevin Vortmann are two of the principal singers in the Christmas show.  And this isn't their first trip to the River City.  Siri has been to Omaha five times while Kevin has appeared with the Omaha Symphony 10 times!

Both spent time with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to talk about their fondness for the city, some of their favorite places to visit, how welcoming and friendly the Omaha community has been to them, as well as the singing and dancing extravaganza that is the annual Christmas show.

The show opens Thursday, December 19th and runs through Sunday December 22nd.  For more information or tickets one can go to https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/physicians-mutual-omaha-symphony-christmas-celebration

Stacey Abrams, author, entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader, will be the featured speaker at Girls Inc.’s 2019 Lunch for the Girls on Monday, December 16.  

Girls Inc. has been the place for girls since they opened in 1975.  They serve hundreds of girls every day and 1,000+ girls each year.  They’ve added pick up transportation, counseling services, healthy meals and snacks, and computer access to their daily services.  In fact they continue to innovate and add programs to help girls across the area.  

Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the programs and the underlying motto, "If it helps girls to believe in themselves, we’re all over it."

The Lunch for the Girls has limited seating still available.  For more information call 402-457-4676 for details or go to https://girlsincomaha.org/

Plaid Tidings: Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross is an extraordinary 2-hour energetic extravaganza featuring the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow at the top!  Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized," our boys are back to do their Christmas Special.  At first they aren't sure why they've returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.

Jon Hickerson, who plays Frankie, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this energetic, funny, music-filled sequel to the hit "Forever Plaid."

Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like the riotous three minute and eleven second version of "The Ed Sullivan Show" - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the "Day-O" in excelsis!  This is one holiday treat that is truly "heavenly-sent!"

December 12th begins the last weekend of performances.  Rob Lohman and Kristin Lyon present pre-show entertainment 45-minutes before each performance.  ​Special guest appearance by Peggy Holloway.  More information on tickets and showtimes is available at http://www.performingartistsrepertorytheatre.org/.

Is the country of Iran misunderstood?  Dr. Narges Bajoghli is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer.  Her academic research focuses on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran.  She has also written a book, "Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.”  

While in Nebraska to lecture at both UNO and UNL, Narges stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the international view of Iran, the ramifications of that view, and how she was able to work with those in power in Iran.

More information about her work is available at the websites https://sais.jhu.edu/users/nbajogh1 and http://www.nargesbajoghli.com/

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  They are currently open for second semester enrollment.

Principal Wendy Loewenstein stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to talk with Mike Hogan about the school, describe a good candidate student for the program, and how the program is a good hybrid of home schooling with the benefits of a public school education.  

OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning. Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.   

More information about who is eligible to participate, cost (it is tuition free), and scheduling can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org.

While MasterSingers Omaha Celebrates their 50th anniversary, Artistic Director/Conductor Dr. Laureen Pickle celebrates her 10th year with the organization.  Their first concert this season is "Jazz To the world 10", an a cappella, jazz- inspired take on holiday traditions on December 8th. 

All of the numbers on this concert were chosen by member singers from material they have sung over the last 10 years, with one new commissioned piece that Laureen arranged.  

The remainder of their season includes "An Evening of Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim" and "The Beatles, Volume II", chosen because those artists are the greatest musical influences of Laureen’s lifetime!   

Laureen took time out of her busy schedule to stop by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the upcoming concert, the mission of the group, and how anyone can have the chance to participate in a low-stress audition for a spot to sing!  (Auditions are Monday, January 6th, 7:00 p.m.)

For more information about upcoming concerts or to audition, go to http://www.mastersingersomaha.com/

Enjoy the sounds of the season during "Holiday Under Glass," Joslyn Art Museum’s annual holiday luncheon concert series held in the Museum’s glass atrium.  The 2019 series begins Wednesday, December 4, and continues every Wednesday and Friday through December 20, from noon to 12:45 pm. 

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Amy Rummel stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about this festive, uplifting luncheon.  She also talked about a contemporary masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship, The Saint John’s Bible, which is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century.

More information about everything in store for you at the Joslyn can be found at https://www.joslyn.org/

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus presents the 24th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  The chorus will be accompanied by the chamber orchestra of the Omaha Symphony.  Also performing in the concert will be the Lincoln Boys Choir.  Shows are on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 

The cathedral is located at 701 N. 40th St. in Omaha, NE.

Artistic Director and conductor, Greg Zielke, drove through snow and ice to sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this year's very special show.

More information is available at https://omahasymphonicchorus.org/#

The River City Mixed Chorus is Nebraska’s LGBTA chorus (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies).  Founded in 1984 by eleven talented singers, it is now one of the longest-running LGBTA choruses in the United States and currently includes more than 110 singers, ranging in age from 18 to 83.  

Artistic Director, Barron Breland joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the beauty of the genre, how it positively affects health, quality of life, happiness, and how you can join the chorus for the next show!

The chorus performs all genres of music, from classical to pop.  Concerts are ASL-interpreted and held in handicap accessible performance spaces.  The upcoming holiday concert performed December 6, 7, and 8th, Brass & Bells, at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, will feature both sacred and secular holiday tunes, the Plymouth Brass and a handbell choir.  

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

Loneliness, which affects one in three aging adults, is a serious epidemic among seniors in the U.S. According to a National Poll on Healthy Aging, chronic loneliness can impact one’s memory, physical well-being, mental health and life expectancy.

The symptoms of loneliness are complex, and according to the AARP, potential signs of loneliness can include poor eating habits, loss of interest in personal hygiene or appearance, and significant clutter in the home, as well as a general lack of interest or withdrawal.

Jennifer Knecht, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Immanuel Communities visits the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the impacts of loneliness with Mike Hogan, and to chat about some of the solutions available. 

More information and a loneliness assessment can be found at https://www.immanuel.com/lonelinessassessment

South Omaha Business Association (SOBA) is excited to announce the 2019 South Omaha Holiday Lights event in partnership with Holiday Lights Festival, MYLPA, and presenting sponsor First National Bank of Omaha.  The free event is scheduled Friday, November 29th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Special guests include Mayor Jean Stothert and the Consul of Mexico. 

SOBA President, Liz Codina joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about SOBA and the event highlights which include Tree Lighting, Mariachi Performance, Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies, Free Photos With Santa and much more.

Also on the show, the president of the Metro Young Latino Professionals Association (MYLPA), Erik Servellon, who chats with us about the mission of MYLPA and their involvement with this special festival.

More information can be found at http://southomaha.org/ and at https://mylpa.com/

Friendship Program, Inc. opened its doors in 1979 with assistance from the Sisters of Mercy to provide Adult Day Services to older adults in the North Omaha area.  The Adult Day program is designed to support adults aged 55 and older living in the community as well as individuals younger than 55 who are in need of social, recreational, and leisure opportunities.

In 1985, the agency implemented Day Rehabilitation Services to provide mental health services to adults in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties.  The program is designed for adults aged 19 and older, diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses or a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder, to provide assistance and support on their recovery journey. 

Executive Director Kate Young stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the program and the many services they provide on a daily basis.

More information can be found at https://www.friendshipprogram.com/.  7315 Maple St., Omaha, NE. 68134.  

Did you know that more than 25,000 children in Douglas County, 111,000 children in Iowa, and 82,000 children across Nebraska live with hunger every day, according to Map the Meal Gap 2019.  The Shine the Light on Hunger campaign raises awareness about the issue of hunger and encourages the community to rally together to donate food and funds to Food Bank for the Heartland.  To that end, for the 13th consecutive year, Conagra Brands and Conagra Brands Foundation invite the Omaha community to help “Shine the Light on Hunger” this holiday season now through January 3.

Scott Headley, Senior Director of Warehouse Operations of Conagra Brands, stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss all the various ways that people can help and have fun!

More information can be found at http://www.holidaylightsfestival.org/

Since 1938, Inclusive Communities has served Nebraska, Iowa, and the region by directing efforts in the areas of youth; community and workplace human relations; and leadership programming to achieve the mission of confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society.

You can end the Thanksgiving weekend with laughter and fun at "FriendsGiving," Inclusive Communities’ third annual friend-raiser.  Executive Director, Maggie Wood, and Senior Program Partner of Volunteer Initiatives, Tena Hahn, stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission of the organization, how they actually take action against bigotry, and give more details on this casual fundraiser on Sunday, December 1 from Noon-2:30pm at The Slowdown featuring Omaha native Amber Ruffin.

More information can be found at www.inclusive-communities.org.

NOTE:  The audio from this interview was initially lost.  The attached audio is the recovered version, and while audible, is not the quality of audio to which our listeners have become accustomed.

Launched in the United States in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving.  Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday and kicks off the giving season.  More information about the global campaign can be found at GivingTuesday.org.

This year, Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019.  Executive Director of Share Omaha, Marjorie Maas, stopped into the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about how those of us in the area can give to our favorite charities using the "#GivingTuesday402," "#GivingTuesday712" and "#24HoursofImpact."  One can also get more information by going to the websites https://givingtuesday402.org/ and https://givingtuesday712.org/.

This Giving Tuesday, let’s ignite local generosity.  Volunteer, donate, surprise someone with kindness – just put positivity out there.  And watch it take over.

The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous works, it transports audiences to the enchanting Land of Snow and the opulent Kingdom of Sweets, featuring a uniquely breathtaking Waltz of the Flowers scene. The Nutcracker includes a cast of 130 professional and student dancers, and features lavish sets and more than 250 beautiful costumes.

Artistic Director of American Midwest Ballet, Erika Overturff, joins Mike Hogan "live & Local" to discuss the 10th anniversary of the company, this latest production, and watching young dancers grow into mature adults.

More information can be found at https://amballet.org/performances/the-nutcracker/

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has done it again!  Two new exhibits are opening the same night.  Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs has curated Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE.  In TIMESHARE, Miami native Jillian Mayer explores how art can function and/or aid during times of disaster or when the planet becomes uninhabitable.  

And Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, has her own show, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing.  This show contains new works by the Canadian artist duo, some researched and produced in Omaha this past summer, examine hospitality and care of birds and avian communication with humans.  

Both curators stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about how they got the ideas for their respective shows, how they went about bringing these exhibitions to fruition and how art can save lives.

Both shows open on Wednesday, November 20, with an Exhibition Opening Reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (724 S. 12th Street).  The event is free and open to the public with free parking.  Both shows run through February, 2020

For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.bemiscenter.org/.

The Expanding Housing Choices forum will provide recommendations for missing "middle" housing and will focus on ever-changing housing needs due to an aging population and changes in market preferences.  Orange Splot, the featured presenter, is a housing development company that creates community-oriented, affordable and green housing.

Josie Schafer, Director of UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, and Jeff Spiehs, Community Relations Manager for MAPA, sit down with Mike Hogan to discuss the housing situation in the greater Omaha area.  While there is a looming problem with the lack of "middle" housing ($130k - $200k), they discuss the need for more multi-family housing units and communities, and how that problem can be solved.

More information can be found at http://heartland2050.org/

Vesper Concerts is bringing together percussion wizards Arx Duo with acclaimed pianists Qing Jiang and Sean Chen for a Midwest premiere of composer Nick DiBerardino’s Atlas, a work in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the landing on the moon (1969).  Atlas will celebrate the art of creation, exploring sonic spaces with a sense of wonder about the universe, the spaces we inhabit within it, and the spaces we might someday traverse.  Composer Nick DeBerardino will be a special guest. Do not pass up the chance to see this one-of-a-kind Omaha performance.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to sit down with Mike Hogan and discuss this extraordinary musical event, which is free to the public.  More information about this Monday, November 18th show is available at the website: http://vesperconcerts.org/event/arx-duo-atlas-with-qing-jiang-and-amy-yang-piano-nick-diberardino-composer/

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