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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/

Terry Streetman is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association, Nebraska Chapter.  He spends a great deal of time and effort at this state's capitol showing the unicameral senators how they can help the many thousands of families in Nebraska impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease.

He took the time to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to discuss with Mike Hogan the latest bill that has been introduced, explain how he advocates for Alzheimer's related causes, and how you can get involved.

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

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios with Visual and Sound Artist, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, to announce the second installment at the new LOW END venue.  The new 25,000 square foot music venue in Bemis Center's lower level will kick off this event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 with an Artist Talk in presentation space on main floor, hosted by Rachel.  Then at 8:00 Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, a New York-based artist, composer, and performer considering notions of errant relations that thrive across subjectivities performs for the audience.

All performances at LOW END, including this one, are free thanks to a generous foundation donation.

Rachel and Jeremy sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this program and Jeremy's creative process.

More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/get_involved/low-end.html

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning.  Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.  

Dr. Wendy Loewenstein is the Director of Omaha Virtual School.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits, the kindergarten roundup as well as the middle and high school open houses on the 30th of January.  These event kicks off the recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year.

More information can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org.

With the mission to “ engage the imagination and create excitement about learning” the Omaha Children’s Museum is truly fun for the whole family!

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner stops by the KIOS studios to chat “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan about the latest addition to the fun, “AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” which runs through April 19th. 

Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel.  They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs.  The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe.  Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/america-to-zanzibar/

January is National Mentoring Month.  MENTOR Nebraska and their partner mentoring programs are joining forces for the 7th annual city-wide mentor recruitment campaign in January.  The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the various mentoring opportunities available through different organizations and address common misconceptions about time commitment and other possible deterrents to becoming a mentor. The goal for the campaign is to recruit 400 mentors in January.  Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can learn more about the different options at MentorNebraska.org.

Laura Bonnet (Mentoring Coordinator) and Roberta Wilhelm (Executive Director) with Girls Inc. Omaha join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss mentoring opportunities and the life-changing impact that mentoring has on the kids as well as the mentors.

More information is available at https://www.mentornebraska.org/

The Omaha Academy of Ballet (OAB) is proud to present the 15th annual Omaha Dance Project (ODP), which will feature an impressive line-up of local and regional dance on January 24-26, 2020.

ODP 2020 will feature: La Esmeralda, a classical ballet based on Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, re-staged by Artistic Director Juliette Henning (Omaha), Flamenco Omaha, as well as works by Ashley Durst (Lincoln) and Lauren Wichert (Omaha).

Juliette Henning stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the exciting talent involved, and how you can enjoy the show.

More information and tickets for Omaha Dance Project are available at http://oabdance.org/home.aspx or by calling 402-346-0469.  All performances will be at the Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center, 7400 Military Ave, Omaha, NE.

Max I. Walker is hosting the 13th annual "Ultra Chic Boutique" dress sale on Saturday, February 1st.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at "A View on State Street," located at 134th and State streets.  The event will include the standard dress sale (all dresses are sold for $30!) as well as a Dress Raffle Fashion Show.  This part of the event highlights some of the best and most beautiful gowns that have been donated to the sale, and raffles off the ‘first right to purchase’ these special dresses for just $30 to shoppers.  Some of these dresses originally cost hundreds, even a thousand dollars.

All proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter.  The 2018 and 2019 sales reached a combined $38,000 for the association.  Dress donations are still being accepted at all Max I. Walker locations. Employees will clean, press, and store the dresses for no charge.

Steph Dorland, (Marketing Director at Max I. Walker), and Casey Walker, (Director of Retail Operations at Max I. Walker) stop by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the event and how Alzheimer's has touched everyone, including the Walker family.

Dresses will be available in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The event is a more economical and eco-friendly way to shop.  More information can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

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