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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.  

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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.

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