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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/ .

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.

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/

Arbor Day Farm is 260 acres of natural beauty and outdoor exploration in Nebraska City, Nebraska. This National Historic Landmark—and the birthplace of Arbor Day, the tree planter’s holiday—is packed with fun and adventure for the whole family.  Krystl Knabe is the Event Marketing Manager and she spent a little time with Mike Hogan talking about all the activities at the farm as well as the Radler Bike Festival.

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

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/

The Omaha Community Playhouse has opened a new production called Fully Committed. The show, held in the Howard Drew Theatre at OCP, stars Josh Peyton.  This comedic tour de force has Josh portraying 40 larger-than-life characters!

Josh took a little time out of “talking to himself” to chat with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss how he keeps all the voices in his head straight, how to approach the mechanics of the show and how excited he is to be in front of a live, socially distanced audience!

More information can be found at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that has touched the lives of all of us.  There are several fronts to battle this insidious illness: the search for a cure, improving treatments, caring for those afflicted, and caring for the caretakers.

Terry Streetman is the director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association-Nebraska Chapter.  On a daily basis, Terry is working hard to make sure Alzheimer’s issues are front and center in the minds of our government leaders.  In this two-part interview with Mike Hogan, Terry discusses how he leads the charge, tells us about progress, and what needs to happen next.

For more information on Alzheimer’s resources, one can go to the website https://www.alz.org/nebraska/about_us/staff

The Omaha STEM Ecosystem, a not-for-profit, is offering free resources online.  The Omaha STEM Ecosystem and AIM Institute announced the launch of the online STEM Community Platform. The mission of the STEM Community Platform, stemplatform.org, connects youth, parents, educators and professionals to an online hub of high-quality STEM programs, resources and events in the Greater Omaha area.   

Julie Sigmon, the director of The Omaha STEM Ecosystem, joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program to discuss these free resources, the importance of STEM education, and the partnership with AIM.

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