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**UPDATE:   There were several requests to post the edited version of Dr. Cheryl Logan's chat with Mike Hogan.  That interview is here: https://www.kios.org/post/dr-cheryl-logans-short-interview-ops-strategic-plan-action-aired-kios-fm

The Omaha Public Schools Strategic Plan of Action deliberately and creatively addresses the trends Omaha Public Schools faces and reimagines a 21st century education ecosystem that prepares all students for a successful life after high school.

A broad spectrum of data were used in the development of the Strategic Plan of Action that reflects consensus among stakeholders. The strategic planning process included extensive outreach with stakeholders invited to participate in both focus groups and surveys. Community member, family, staff member and student input provided the basis for the development of the plan.

The Strategic Plan of Action is the result of research and represents the shared values and priorities of the Omaha Public Schools.

Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Dr. Cheryl Logan, sat down with Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios for a “Live & Local” discussion about the Strategic Plan of Action.  While a version of that discussion (edited for time) was aired on 91.5 FM, this is the full, thirty minute question and answer chat between the two of them

More information and a copy of the Strategic Plan of Actioncan be found at stratplanofaction.ops.org

The Strategic Plan of Action can be found here: 

https://district.ops.org/Portals/0/PUBLIC_INFORMATION/DC2020/Omaha%20Public%20Schools%202020-2025%20Strategic%20Plan%20of%20Action.pdf?ver=2020-02-06-100605-113

Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz Academy fosters quality jazz education in Omaha area middle schools.  This free program connects students and teachers with a professional teaching artist to explore jazz on a deeper level.

Participating schools receive free in school clinics tailored to the needs of individual jazz bands throughout the school year, free jazz education workshops for middle and high school teachers, and performance opportunities for students.

Jazz Academy teaching artist, Shawn Bell, and Associate Director of Education for Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz Academy, Kathleen Lawler–Hustead, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the difference it makes in the lives of the students and the faculty.

More information can be found at https://o-pa.org/learn-and-engage/student-programs/jazz-academy

The Nebraska Girl Scout Cookie Program began Feb. 7th.  This is when Girl Scouts become entrepreneurs and earn money to power leadership opportunities, adventures, and community service projects. 

The cookie program also teaches girls about entrepreneurship as they learn essential skills like money management, public speaking, and decision making, which set them up for a lifetime of success.  Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills—so every cookie purchase is an investment in the world changing business leaders of tomorrow.  What’s more, 100 percent of net revenue from cookie sales stays local for girls across Nebraska.

Shannon Peterson, Communication Specialist, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the program, the new flavors, and all the good Girl Scouts do for young ladies across the state...She also brought cookie samples!!

More information on how to get cookies or join the Girl Scouts can be found on the website: https://www.girlscoutsnebraska.org/

Omaha Public Library (OPL) has prepared a list of top circulating titles from 2019.  Additionally, OPL staff have selected over 100 favorite titles from last year, the 2019 Top Shelf, and shared brief reviews at topshelf.omahalibrary.org.  You can find these selections and more at omahalibrary.org.

And there's so much more going on at your public library, including nominations being accepted for the 'Omaha Reads' program.  Marketing & Media Relations Manager, Emily Getzschman, swings by the studios at 33rd and Burt to help Mike Hogan "check out" what's new in the library and all the different activities available.

The Nebraska Wind Symphony has a new concert on Sunday, February 16, 2020 called “In Two Places.”  The show begins at 3:00 PM at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, (7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE.)

This winter concert features NWS Middle School All-Star Saxophones, Dr. Patrick Brown, saxophone soloist, and Dr. Adam Fontana, guest conductor.  This concert explores repertoire that includes many wonderful American classics as well as contemporary works for winds that challenge the listener to think differently about many aspects of our day-to-day lives.

Dr. Joshua Kearney is the new Music Director and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and the participation of the youth in such a production.  Josh is also Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

For more information, one can go to the website https://nebraskawindsymphony.com/

Every summer Kaneko provides students with the opportunity to engage with local professionals in STEAM + Creativity related fields to delve deeper into the design process and its real-world applications.  Students will engage with local professionals to learn about the principles and processes of design, creativity, and much more.  Each 5-day camp provides a group of 20 students a variety of exciting exercises and activities.

Katherine Scarpello, Education & Public Program Coordinator, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the programs, how they are funded, and one can get their children involved.

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/creative-camps/

Over the course of their 20+ year career, Grammy nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from their concerts: a sense of connection – with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry and beyond.  The concept of connectivity has led them to program not only music from the traditional chamber music canon, but also concerts that reach beyond the usual boundaries of the recital stage.

On Monday, February 10th, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, Imani Winds performs free of charge!  Executive Director of Vesper Concerts, Kristi Treu, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the concert, the change to a Monday night, and the rest of the season on tap.

More information can be found at http://vesperconcerts.org/event/imani-winds-the-beauty-of-strife/

The Census is a vital tool for fair economic and political decisions.  The data collected have a direct monetary impact on every state including Nebraska.  In the past, communities of color have been under represented for a variety of reasons.  Tragically, that under representation has the hardest economic impact on the very communities that were not accurately counted.

Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares, Assistant Professor of Sociology & OLLAS Faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" in the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the issue and what can be done to fix it.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator representing the people of the great state of Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, took some time to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about several topics.  An edited version of the interview, (cut due to time constraints), aired on 91.5 KIOS.  Below is the full interview.

The Omaha Community Playhouse has done it again!  Native Gardens is a hilarious turf war between neighbors, generations, and ethnicities.  When Pablo and Tania purchase a new home in a well-to-do white neighborhood, the couple next door initially offer a friendly welcome.  But when a laughable property line disagreement dissolves into an all-out turf war, the dirt begins to fly.  Packed with witty quips—and plenty of back-and-forth mudslinging—Native Gardens is a side-splitting reminder that, despite our differences, we all share a much larger common ground.

Director Ablan Roblin stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the show and how important it is to laugh at ourselves while we navigate through the important role of "neighbor."

The show opens on February 14th and runs through March 15th.

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

The TakeCare Campaign wants to inspire you to re-imagine your health through powerful story telling of inspiration and transformation.  TakeCare of your whole health – mind, body, spirit and community – so you can live life fully for whatever matters most to you.  

TakeCare Chair Spokesperson, Jessica Janssen Wolford, who is also the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Midland University, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the campaign (only six cities were chosen nationally for the kickoff, the greater Omaha area is one of them) and the difference TakeCare has already made in her personal life.

A free launch event will be held at Midland University 900 North Clarkson in the Campus Cafeteria on February 5 from 12-1:30PM.   More information can be found at https://takecare.org/

The roarin’ 20s are back and better than ever!  First Tuesdays at the Joslyn Castle with Omaha Conservatory of Music starts in February and brings the sights and sounds of the 1920s come roaring back to life!  Joslyn Castle has partnered with the Omaha Conservatory of Music to bring you '20s-inspired duets, string quartets, ragtime piano performances and more.

Each performance will be hosted in the gorgeous, and historically appropriate, Joslyn Castle Music Room every First Tuesday beginning in February.  This is the very room the Joslyns' hosted live music for the community in their day and we are thrilled to honor their passion for the arts once again.

Janice Pickering, Manager of programs and events at Joslyn Castle, and Candace Jorgensen, director of community engagement, join Mike Hogan live in the studios to discuss this program.

More information can be found at https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/first-tuesdays-with-omaha-conservatory-of-music.html

Performing Artists Repertory Theatre presents their next production MAMMA MIA! opening January 31 and running through February 16, 2020.  Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music ​that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Mackenzie Dehmer and Analisa Peyton stop by the KIOS-FM studios on 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the show and what makes the evening of laughs and entertainment so special.

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

The Bluebarn Theatre wants you to know you are invited to a celebration.  A celebration of time, gratitude, our childhoods, and the million miracles at work in the world in every single moment.  There will be pictures.  There will be music.  Gifts.  Wonder.  Grief.  Rebirth.  From Will Eno, author of the BLUEBARN’s productions of Thom Pain and Gnit, comes an extraordinary, strange and beautiful experience that wakes up the big questions, and awakens us to one another with sly humor, compassion, and grace. 

P.S. There will be cake.

Wakey, Wakey opens on January 30th and runs through February 23rd, 2020.  Director Barry Carmen joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the production and the importance of celebration.  And there really will be cake!

More information can be found at http://bluebarn.org/tickets/

75 North is a nonprofit that has transformed a neighborhood over the past decade to be more community-focused and raise people up out of poverty.  

Their official mission is breaking the cycle of poverty and community deterioration by partnering to create high-quality housing, thriving schools, recreational facilities and other neighborhood enrichment amenities.

Cydney Franklin is the Chief Operating Officer of 75 North and she stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission of the organization, the new "Dining Room" (a food-court style dining area with three restaurants), and the incredible rejuvenation of the Highlander neighborhood over the past decade. 

More information about how you can help or what amenities and business you can enjoy in this revitalized area can be found at http://www.seventyfivenorth.org/

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