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Youth Emergency Services (YES) has the mission to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.  Basically, they help youth in crisis get back on their feet in whatever ways they can.  After meeting their immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, YES creates a support system which helps them flourish.

YES is the only charity in Omaha specifically serving homeless or near homeless youth.  Last year, 4,000 youth were served by YES.  And while that is impressive, it takes resources.  

So, YES is having a fundraising event, the 11th annual "Dance for a Chance" is on Thursday, August 1, at the Omaha Design Center.  Similar to Dancing with the Stars, "Dance for a Chance" pairs up dancers from the business community with instructors, who then work together to create a dance, pick accompanying music and practice over the summer before competing in August. 

Barb Farho, Director of Development for YES, and Emily Williams, Dancer (with the "day job" of  Continuous Improvement Director for Lindsay Corporation), join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Youth Emergency Services, the fun of the event and how every person listening can participate in selecting the winning dance couple, who go home with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!

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Providing a unique learning opportunity for parents to be more involved in their student's education.  That's the goal of an Omaha Public Schools program that uses technology to promote what the district calls blended learning.  This is the program's fourth year.  There are currently more than 200 kindergarten through 11th grade students enrolled at Omaha Virtual School.

Director of the Omaha Virtual School, Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about how this school is a combination of in-person and at-home learning.  For example, once a week, students go to a classroom setting at the TAC building. 

There is still time to register students for this free program.  The last "Info-session" before the start of the school year is Tuesday, July 23rd at 9:30am at Abrahams Library.  It is free and open to the public.

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This project, in its 6th year, is hosted by Lutheran Family Services and BFF on the first Friday in August. The New American Arts Festival is a street festival on Military Avenue in downtown Benson. 

This event seeks to highlight the performance and visual arts of Omaha's refugee and immigrant communities.  There will be workshops, live music and dance performances, visual art collaborations in local galleries, and a street artist market!

Lacey Studnicka, Senior Director-Engagement and Outreach at Lutheran Family Services stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this completely free and family friendly event.  Gallery Spaces are on Maple St. Stage and street galleries are on Military Ave. Workshops are held at the Benson Community Center.

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The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) will host the Nebraska Nonprofit Conference on Wednesday, August 7 at the Bosselman Conference Center located within the Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, NE. 

The annual conference brings together more than 200 nonprofit thought leaders, professionals, board members and volunteers to discuss trends and best practices affecting Nebraska’s nonprofit sector.  New this year is a pre-conference session on creating a fundraising culture, scheduled Tuesday, August 6.

Program Director, Rosey Higgs stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about how the Nebraska Nonprofit Conference attendees will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on a wide range of topics during interactive and inspiring sessions on building strong nonprofit boards, engaging voters to create change, making the biggest impact through fundraising and more.

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Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning author and President of PEN America, will be giving a free reading from her most recent novel "Manhattan Beach" at KANEKO on July 18 and will be presenting on the mission of PEN America on July 19th.  Both events are free to the public, however, registration is required.

Kevin Clouther, Assistant Professor, from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of having Jennifer here to Omaha and the collaboration that took place to make this visit possible.

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For nearly 100 years Alliance Française d’Omaha has been committed to supporting, educating and nourishing the Omaha community through cultural and educational programs.  They dedicate their efforts toward three essential goals:

  • Spreading awareness of French and Francophone culture
  • Offering French language classes for all
  • Promoting cultural diversity

President of  Alliance Française d’Omaha, Holly Richmond, and Communications Chairperson, Susie Collins, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the organization and the upcoming Bastille Day party on Sunday, July 14th, from 2-6 p.m. 

The party will be held at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese.  The Prairie Gators (a wonderful Cajun French Xydeco band) will be playing on the outdoor deck.  There will be wine, breads, crèpes, and chocolate as well as fun activities for all ages.  More information can be found at

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to the opening of “Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium” and celebration of the launch of its Sound Art + Experimental Music Program.  Exhibition Opening Reception + Performance are on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th Street.

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, "Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium" co-curator both join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and invite everyone to join them for this event.

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The Pinnacle Bank Championship is held at The Club at Indian Creek from Monday, July 15 - Sunday, July 21, 2019.  There are still some foursomes left for the pro-am event, guests include Larry The Cable Guy, and volunteer registration has begun! 

Tournament Director Jessica Brabec joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how everyone can get involved in the biggest golf event in Omaha.  This year promises to be bigger and better.  Whether you're a golf lover or want to give back to charity, this is a can't miss volunteer experience!

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The OPS Interview Fair is Wednesday, July 10th at Monroe Middle School (5105 Bedford Ave., South entrance)  There will be application help from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and interviews with qualified candidates will start at 1:00 p.m.

Director of OPS Transportation, Trevis Sallis stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how this district can move tens of thousands of children safely to and from school.  

Bullying, child abuse and teen dating violence are no laughing matter.  Thankfully, the talented staff and actors of RESPECT have an engaging and interactive way to help keep our youth safe and informed.  Join them for a night of comedy for a cause on July 11th and take a stand against the abusive relationship dynamics our children may face.  Monies raised directly support RESPECT programming.

The night will start with a silent auction, dinner buffet, and cash bar, then a performance from the RESPECT actor-educators, as well as a comedy show with comedian John Bush who has performed stand-up comedy on HBO, Comedy Central, as well as sketches on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in addition to his many other credits.

Dr. Patricia Newman stops by the "Live & Local" studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the program, the event, and how the kids get the chance to better their lives.

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The Joslyn Castle and Restoration Exchange Omaha present Architecture on Tap, a celebration of our  historic built environment and the pillars of architecture who left indelible marks on the fabric of Omaha.

Architecture on Tap is free to the community on Tuesday evenings in July.  Grab a beer from Infusion Brewing Company, explore an exhibit of historic and contemporary blueprints displayed throughout the first floor of the Joslyn Castle, then settle in for a lecture presented by local experts.

Kelli Bello, Manager of Communications and Development, joins Mike Hogan in the studios at KIOS-FM to discuss this four installment program and some of the surprises that come with attending.

Doors open to the public at 5:30pm, and presentations start at 6pm.

Space is limited! Registration is free and required.

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KIOS 91.5 FM in partnership with Joslyn Art Museum is pleased to present "An Evening with Susan Stamberg" on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Concert Hall.  The event starts at 7:00 p.m.

KIOS Station Manager Ken Dudzik stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to make the first official announcement of this gala event while chatting with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."  This event is the crown jewel of activities planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of KIOS, Omaha Public Radio.

Pre-sale tickets for KIOS and Joslyn members at open on July 6th.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 13th.  Tickets are $25 or $50 (includes VIP reception following event and VIP seating) and can only be purchased at 

Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is a special correspondent for NPR.  The first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, she has won every major award in broadcasting, and has been inducted into both the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame.  Stamberg has been on staff since the network began in 1971.

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

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.

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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.  

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