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Filing income taxes can be overwhelming, and not everyone can afford to pay for expert advice to ensure they’re filing accurately and taking full advantage of available tax refunds.  To assist these individuals, the Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition – a program funded in part by United Way of the Midlands – will oversee five free tax preparation sites in the metro area.

Dr. Brad Ekwerekwu stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the type of help, the reasons folks should seek help, and the financial health assistance his organization provides.

In 2017, the EITC alone put approximately $305,000,000 back into the hands of Nebraska residents. 

More information can be found at www.omahaeitc.org or by going to the Facebook site -

https://www.facebook.com/OmahaEITC

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will open Friday, Jan. 18 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.   Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play and based on the best-selling mystery novel by Mark Haddon, the play tells the emotional story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an autism spectrum condition, who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog.

Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, the play’s visually-stunning design and innovative staging boldly conveys the point of view of the young protagonist as he embarks on an incredible adventure and finds his perceptions of trust and reality turned upside-down. 

Mike Hogan hosts Kimberly "Live & Local" where they discuss the show and what has been learned about autism.

More information can be found at OmahaPlayhouse.com.

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. 

Joslyn Castle's Janice Pickering stops by KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the second annual "Speakeasy Series." 

The Joslyn Castle Speakeasy Series is a monthly meet up that will feature tastings presented by professionals in their fields.  January through April on the third Thursday, Joslyn Castle will host a tasting featuring one of the following favorites: Classic Cocktails, Bourbon, Wine, and Scotch!  All events run 7pm-9pm, doors open at 6:45pm.

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

Omaha Dance Project is Omaha's annual citywide celebration of dance. The 2019 performance will feature the spirited 1888 Viennese classic ballet, The Fairy Doll, staged by Juliette Henning. Additional pieces by UNO's The Moving Company (Omaha), Kelly Hanneman (Omaha), Ashley Durst(Lincoln), and Trey Johnson (Kansas City) will be presented. 

Juliette Henning stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program and the first lead dancer of color cast in the project's history. 

The shows are January 18-20, 2019 at the  Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts.  More information can be found at http://oabdance.org.

The Omaha Symphony invites you to lose yourself in the mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure, in a two-night festival featuring different programs each evening. Russian, French & American Tales: A Festival, will take place Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. each night, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Concert Master, First Chair, and Soloist violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this exciting two weekend show, how she works with conductors, and the "behind the scenes" game planning that goes into presenting a symphonic concert.

More information can be found at OmahaSymphony.org

Little Women the Musical at the Chanticleer Theater in Council Bluffs is a beautiful musical with a warm family message and a fantastic cast of characters chasing their dreams.  The show opens January 18th and runs through the 27th.

Director Suzanne Withem and the actress playing Jo March (Anna Perilo) join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, the rehearsal process, and the elements that make this production great. 

More information and tickets can be found at http://www.chanticleertheater.com/

The AIM Interface Web School is a part-time, accelerated training for in-demand tech skill sets.  With an 80 percent placement rate for students, Interface is changing the game of recruitment by growing and training talent quickly who are then ready to hire for open positions in Omaha, helping to fill a growing skills gap.

Ellen Meyer is the Director of the Interface School.  She and a graduate of the program, Kenny Harris, chat with Mike Hogan at KIOS about the programs, the benefits to the community, and the opportunity for more discovery at the information session on Wednesday, January 9th. 

More information can be found at https://aiminterfaceschool.com/events/

Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st-century music.  She has worked closely with many of the most prominent composers of our time and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism to “sleek and spirited” minimalism (SF Chronicle). 

Vesper Concerts Executive Director Kristi Treu stopped by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the free concert, Kate's attachment to the community, and the joy of the concert series. 

The show is 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 South 114th Street Omaha, NE 68144.  More iformation can be found at VesperConcerts.org.

Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer a series of free workshops for new small business owners and those who dream of starting their own business.  Participants will evaluate their readiness to start a business and learn the basics of running a small business effectively, including budgeting, pricing goods and services, utilizing social media and other marketing techniques to help grow their business, and securing federal contracts.

"Live & Local" sits down with Nick Engert from the Omaha Public Library to discuss the program and the resources the library has for everyone.  For more information, visit www.omahalibrary.org.

The Holiday Lights Festival - Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign & Ice Rink are in full swing for the 12th year. 

Tracy Schaefer with ConAgra Brands chats "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the program, the funds and food raised, and how hunger must be defeated, one family at a time. 

Proceeds and collected food benefit Food Bank for the Heartland.  More information on making a contribution or for ice rink hours is available at  www.HolidayLightsFestival.ORG

Inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart and bold,” Girls Inc. Omaha serves hundreds of girls every day.
Each girl is able to create a vision for a bright, healthy future; No potential left on the table!

Roberta Wilhelm is the Executive Director and she stops in to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the organization, the mission, and the December 20th "Lunch for the Girls" event with veteran political strategist, author, syndicated columnist, and television political commentator Donna Brazile.  She is co-author of a new book: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

Sharing the stage with Brazile will be another political strategist and  CNN commentator  (and Omaha homegirl AND  Girls Inc. of Omaha alum!!!), Symone Sanders

More information can be found at https://girlsincomaha.org/events/lunch-for-the-girls/

Dr. Marvin Bittner, Creighton University School of Medicine Associate Professor and Infectious Disease Specialist, says this week, which is National Influenza Vaccination Week, everyone over the age of 6 months should get their flu shot.  

The good doctor chats with Mike Hogan about how the flu is spread (through the air we breathe and being  within three to six feet of someone who is infected) and how we can prevent become a statistic.   

More information can be found at  https://www.creighton.edu/chc/studenthealthservices/services/shoothefluatcu/

Ever After Productions, Inc. has opened its Twelfth annual season of “Nutcracker Delights!”  This year, some of the proceeds go to Disaster Relief for the California Wildfires.

Shows are at Ralston High School Dec 8th & 9th.  This enchanting and charming ballet story with original script by local artist Julian Adair is set to the traditional glorious score by Tchaikovsky and told through a wonderful cast of dancers and actors of all ages, from the Omaha Metro Area.

Julian stopped by to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan on KIOS and share her personal connection to the wildfire that has destroyed the community of Paradise, California.  

Nore information can be found at http://nutcrackerdelights.com/

Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs at Opera Omaha, stops by KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about what’s happening In the Community at Opera Omaha!

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

The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4.4 million in grant and initiative funding to 19 nonprofits and government entities that benefit eastern Nebraskans and southwest Iowans.

Iowa West Foundation President and CEO Pete Tulipana joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the Foundation's  dedication to funding programs and projects that are truly transformational for the city, county and region.

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

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