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Every year, Max I. Walker customers donate dresses – prom, wedding, bridesmaid, cocktail and other formal gowns – at locations all across the Metro, and then Max I. Walker’s employees generously clean, press and store them.  Once ready, the dresses are sold for just $30 (cash only) at the Ultra Chic Boutique dress sale event in February.  From 2007 to 2017, the proceeds were donated to the Open Door Mission's Lydia House.

Starting in 2018, the Max I. Walker family began partnering with the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association for the Ultra Chic Boutique.  At the 2018 & 2019 events, they raised a total of $38,000 for this worthy cause!

Casey Walker and Steph Dorland from Max I. Walker join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program, remind everyone that dresses are accepted year round, and reflect on how Alzheimer's touches each and every one of us.

If you have an old prom dress, bridesmaid's dress or any dresses you'll never wear again, simply drop them off at your nearest Max I. Walker location. They take dress donations year round!  They'll clean, press and prepare your gowns, transforming them into the dress of someone's dreams, then store them until next year's big day.  The next Ultra Chic Boutique is Saturday, February 1, 2020.

For more information, one can navigate to the website https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Nebraska. They’re teaming up with the local public library to offer these trainings so that Nebraskans have the opportunity to learn digital skills to grow their careers or businesses.  The event will take place at the South Omaha library from 9 am - 4 pm on Wednesday, November 13th.

Dan Harbeke, Head of Public Policy and External Affairs for Google, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the event as well as the free tools online.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, all of their free tools and resources are available at google.com/grow.  If you’re a non profit organization, they also invite you to join the Grow with Google Partner Program at grow.google/partners.

Founded in 1984 as a compassionate response to the AIDS crisis, Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) leads the community in the fight to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, supportive services, and advocacy.  As one of the few statewide AIDS service organizations in the country and the only community-based AIDS service organization in Nebraska, NAP provides HIV prevention education and case management services to the entire state of Nebraska, 11 counties in Southwest Iowa, and two counties in Eastern Wyoming.

Brent Koster, Executive Director of Nebraska AIDS Project sat down with Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the mission and preview the “Night of A Thousand Stars.”   Held in the newly renovated Embassy Suites Downtown on Saturday, November 16th from 8pm to Midnight for the benefit of Nebraska AIDS Project.  This annual fundraising gala will have cocktails, hors d’overes, dancing, and a silent auction, all to raise money for Nebraska AIDS Project.

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

It just isn’t Christmas without the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol!    Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.

The clever and accomplished actor, Jerry Longe, (AKA Ebenezer himself) stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the role, the tradition (this is his 14th year!), and what makes him feel old!

The show runs from November 15th through December 23rd.  For information or tickets go to http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/acc/

Children’s Square is a private, not-for profit organization founded on December 23, 1882. Children’s Square has a rich history of caring for children from birth to 21 and their families, meeting their individualized needs, instilling hope and helping restore lives.  Their mission is: “To teach, every day, the values and life skills essential to a successful life – one full of caring, contribution and commitment - Empowering each with: The Vision to See– and the value of setting an ideal for which to reach; The Courage to Try – and the value of accepting each obstacle as a challenge to meet; and The Will to Succeed – and the value of making the commitment to persevere."

Vice President of Resource Development, Cheryl Clark, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission, and more specifically, the many channels of help they provide to families. 

She also mentioned that the 2019 Jason Awards will be held November 15th at the Mid-America Center.  A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to follow.  The Jason Awards event is held annually to recognize individuals, couples, organizations or businesses that exemplify the mission of Children’s Square U.S.A. — of teaching life skills and values necessary for a successful life. 

More information can be found at http://childrenssquare.org/

The Landscape is a community indicator project at TheLandscapeOmaha.org that examines eight areas of community life (Health, Neighborhoods, Workforce, Transportation, Safety, Education, Arts and Culture, and Civic Engagement) in Omaha-Council Bluffs using publicly available data, policy, and insight gathered from resident engagement.

Voices of The Landscape – TheLandscapeOmaha.org/YourVoice – is an opportunity for Omaha- Council Bluffs residents to be a part of The Landscape project and offers a public place for our community to share their experiences about living here.

Devin Owens, Digital Content Strategist for these projects joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the projects, how the community can be involved and make a difference in public policy, as well as what the future holds for the collected data.

The Omaha Symphony’s Choral Collaborative program brings high school vocal programs and the Omaha Symphony together in collaboration for a unique concert experience.  Choral Collaborative affords students the opportunity to perform world-class repertoire, work with professional soloists, and participate in an intense learning and rehearsal process with the artistic staff of a professional orchestra.

The performance will feature a 400-voice chorus from selected Omaha-area high schools. Schools taking part in Choral Collaborative this year include Bellevue West, Bennington, Blair, Omaha Burke, Creighton Prep, and Papillion-LaVista.  The concert is Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

World class tenor Anthony Webb is participating for the second time and he sat down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program, how rewarding the experience is, and the joy of singing.

For more information or tickets, one can navigate to the website https://omahasymphony.org/concerts/haydns-lord-nelson-mass

To address the need for quality housing in our community, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha builds and renovates homes, repairs existing houses, takes down blighted structures and advocates for better laws and systems.  They work with families to help them acquire the access, skills, and financial education necessary to become successful homeowners.  Since 1984, Habitat Omaha has partnered with more than 1,600 families in our community to provide affordable homeownership and home improvement opportunities.  Habitat Omaha has revitalized properties with very little taxable value, resulting in approximately $524,000 in property taxes paid by Habitat Omaha homeowners in 2018.

Naomi Hattaway, Program Director Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to share with Mike Hogan how the organization assists families, even ones who currently have a home but need help repairing it or ensuring the title and deed are in proper order.

More information about how to apply for assistance or contribute time, resources, items for the ReStore, or funds to help the mission can be found at https://habitatomaha.org/

iEXCEL stands for the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, and it’s a program that looks to revolutionize healthcare education through hands-on training, interprofessional teamwork, high-fidelity simulations and innovative technologies. iEXCEL utilizes things like augmented and virtual reality, as well as 3D and holographic visualization, to train healthcare professionals for improved learning and outcomes.

Michael Hollins, Director of Community & Business Engagement for iEXCEL stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Matthias Jeske "Live & Local" about the program and its impact on the future of education. 

More information can be found at https://www.unmc.edu/iexcel/visualization/eonvira/index.html

NOTE:  The audio from this interview was initially lost.  The attached audio is the recovered version, and while audible, is not the quality of audio to which our listeners have become accustomed.

MICAH House will help to end homelessness by restoring hope to families and individuals while preserving family unity; empowering all to live independently and free from the crisis of homelessness through community support and collaboration.

One of the important reasons they are able to help is because of contributions from the good citizens of the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs area.  This Friday, November 8th is a chance to make a difference in the lives of a homeless family while laughing the night away.  “Comedy for a Cause” is at the Whiskey Roadhouse inside the Horseshoe casino.  Heather Jones hosts a gaggle of very funny people to entertain you while raising money for a great mission.

Heather joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event, the mission, and how she and her family became involved with the MICAH House.

More information and tickets can be found at http://www.themicahhouse.org/comedy-for-a-cause/

Now through Thursday, November  7th, the public can donate much-needed items to fill backpacks for homeless military veterans who are staying temporarily at the Siena/Francis House.  Items can be dropped off at Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center at 2108 Harvell Drive in Bellevue or at the Siena/Francis House at 1701 Nicholas Street in Omaha.

According to Heather Carroll, Manager of the Military Veteran Services Center, the backpack drive is sponsored by Bellevue University, Guitars for Vets and the Wounded Warrior Project.  The goal is to fill 65 backpacks with essentials that will improve the day-to-day lives of the homeless veterans who are served by the Siena/Francis House. 

Heather stopped by the studios at KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program and how the general public can help out veterans.

Some of the items that many of us take for granted mean the world to these veterans.  Items needed include: shampoo, toothbrushes, warm winter gloves and hats, trail mix, water bottles and socks.

Backpacks will be presented to the Siena Francis House staff and residents on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Siena/Francis House’s annual Veterans Day celebration. 

Locally, several hundred military veterans seek shelter at the Siena/ Francis House each year; while nationally, about 20 percent of all homeless persons are veterans.

"Keep Kids Alive Drive 25" is a non-profit organization founded in the summer of 1998, KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® educates motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists to practice behaviors that keep us all safe on and along roadways.  They are based in Omaha and have worked with over 1700 communities representing 49 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and as far away as Australia. 

Tom Everson is Executive Director and Founder.  He stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the mission of the organization and a special fundraiser event on November 7th at Shadow Ridge Country Club, (1501 S. 188th Plaza Omaha, NE) from 6:00 pm to 8:30 p.m.  This dinner event will have Featured Speaker Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and give Special Recognition to Omaha Traffic Unit First Responders - Omaha Police Dept. and Skutt Catholic High School.

More information can be found at https://www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org/liveforward

Nebraska Children’s Home Society has a focus that's remained the same: putting children first.  To them, “Children First” means focusing on the child, making their needs a priority, and caring for them by supporting the people around them, from parents, grandparents and siblings to caregivers and teachers.  At every age, in growth, struggles and success, children are at the heart of all we do.

Bryan Braley is a Permanency Specialist for Nebraska Children's Home Society.  He stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission, the process, and the “I am more than…” Art Show at the 402 Arts Collective located at 6051 Maple Street.  The event is tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  At the event, you will see artwork created by children, ages 8 to 15, who have been mentored through the 402 Arts Collective by three local artists.

The art show is an opportunity for youth in foster care to share their creativity and increase awareness about the need for families to provide permanency to youth in foster care.

Artwork will be on display through the month of November for National Adoption Month.

More information can be found at https://nchs.org/events/i-am-more-than-art-show/

NOTE:  The audio from this interview was initially lost.  The attached audio is the recovered version, and while audible, is not the quality of audio to which our listeners have become accustomed.

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In the interest of bringing our listeners in the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs community more local programming and current news, KIOS-FM is happy to announce some changes that started this week.

Matthias Jeske joined KIOS-FM in June of 2018 and has proven himself a very capable, personable, and talented host.  As of Monday October 28th, he was promoted to the role of “Morning Edition” host.  And we are very excited to have him with the team full-time and to start our weekday mornings with him.

Opera Omaha is thrilled to open its 2019/2020 season with the return of Jun Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly, his premiere opera production design, which debuted at Opera Omaha in 2006.  Since it’s opening, Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly has painted the stages of San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Atlanta Opera, Opera Philadelphia and many others, garnering national acclaim and adoration.

Executive Director of Opera Omaha, Roger Weitz and KANEKO’s Executive Director, Stephan Grot join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the collaborative effort that has included activities all month long and culminates with two long awaited performances of the Puccini opera on November 1st and 3rd and the Kaneko's Great Minds Series "Madama Butterfly: The Suicide that Stays News" on November 6th.

More information can be found at https://www.operaomaha.org/season-tickets/current-season/2020/madama-butterfly and at https://thekaneko.org/programs/great-minds-lecture-series-impactful-art/

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