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Saturday, February 15 was the closing of the "BIRDS OF A FEATHER" exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, and Sophia Potter, Omaha-based professional cellist, both stopped into the studios at KIOS-FM to share their thoughts on the closing event and the impact this and other Bemis Center events have on them and the community as a whole.

More information about the Bemis Center and the activities can be found https://www.bemiscenter.org/

Dr. David Warren is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Warren has been at UNMC for four years, and his lab has funding from the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC studies the brain systems supporting cognition, especially memory, and how those brain systems are affected by aging and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  The lab’s research uses a variety of cognitive neuroscience methods including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurostimulation.   

The good doctor stopped by for a chat with Mike Hogan about the work his lab does and how one can get involved in the research.  The war against diseases like Alzheimer's starts right here on the front lines!

For information about research opportunities with Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC, please email wnl@unmc.edu or call 402-559-3158.

Omaha Symphony presents another installment of their Masterworks series, Brahm's Symphony No. 1.

You’ll feel like you’ve gone to New York City with the strutting strings, powerful brass, and wicked rhythms in Bernstein’s opening Three Dance Episodes from On the Town!  Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore (“Luminous and hypnotic.” – The Omaha World-Herald) will then whisk you off to Scotland with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, with romantic and popular tunes that spin out beautiful songs and virtuosic showcases.  Brahms makes his symphonic debut with the thunderous, resounding Symphony No. 1, a stormy work that gives way to a radiant, triumphant finale.

Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore checks into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program and how she has approached the music, both fifteen years ago when she first played it and today when she has tackled it again.

The performances are at the Holland Center both February 21st and 22nd.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/brahms-symphony-no-1

Last March, Eastern Nebraska and surrounding areas experienced record-breaking floods especially along the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers.  This spring, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting an “above-normal” flood risk in the same areas.

Butch Kinerney is Chief of Marketing and Outreach for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Butch stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about  flood risk in the Eastern NE region, tips to help residents prepare for floods, and resources to find more information.

More information and resources from FEMA can be found at:

  • FloodSmart.gov website
  • Info about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
  • brochure that answers the question “Why do I need flood insurance?”

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Omaha was created in 1896.  Hospitals, caring citizens, and special organizations soon after began to mobilize, realizing the community’s health needs and concerns and the opportunity and difference VNA could make.

Today, VNA of Omaha and Council Bluffs continues to be recognized for being the trusted in-home care provider at the forefront of innovative skilled health services and compassionate caregiving.  120 years ago, VNA was a voice for community health.  Today, they are advancing tomorrow’s healthcare.

Carole Patrick, Vice President of Communications and Development at the VNA, stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to let Mike Hogan know about the program and the upcoming fundraiser on February 23rd Art & Soup!  The event will be at the Embassy Suites La Vista at 12520 Westport Pkwy.   

Art & Soup features delicious soups, breads and desserts, created exclusively for this event and served by the best area chefs and restaurants.  Attendees can also view and purchase items from local artists, who donate at least half of their sales back to VNA.  Many restaurants and artists will participate this year, raising funds to provide a VNA nurse in every local homeless shelter.

More information can be found at https://www.vnatoday.org/event/art-soup-3/

Since 2005, the Restore Nebraska conference has been training and motivating people to save older properties.  Now in their 15th year they are inviting back some of the favorite craftsmen and speakers.  People like plasterer Dick Grace, tile maker Josh Blanc and preservation advocate Bob Yapp who runs Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation.  Plus Barbara Sommer who has spent the past year interviewing past and current Omaha leaders about 1970s and 1980s development in downtown Omaha (yes, Jobber’s Canyon was discussed).

Nicole Malone, Event Director, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to speak with Mike Hogan about this great program and the impact it has had on revitalizing neighborhoods.  And to give a "shout out" to History Nebraska for their contribution allowing them to bring in some of the country’s best craftsman and historic preservation leaders to this event.

More information can be found at https://www.restorationexchange.org/events/restore-nebraska-conference2020/

Winner of eight Tony Awards® and based on the Oscar®-winning film, Once is the achingly beautiful tale of unexpected love between Guy, an Irish musician, and Girl, a Czech immigrant.  The uplifting score—featuring the Academy Award®-winning single, “Falling Slowly,”—is performed entirely on stage, with the actors doubling as orchestra musicians.  Equal parts touching and inspiring, Once reminds us of music’s unique ability to forge deep, unspoken connections in our lives.

Two of the leads, Jay Hanson and Melissa King, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, how music influences people, and their favorite parts of this award winning show.

The show opens February 28th.  More information is available at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/once/

There were several requests to post online the edited version of Dr. Cheryl Logan's chat with Mike Hogan about the Strategic Plan of Action.  That interview, which aired on "Live & Local" on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, is below.

If you would like to hear the full half hour interview, that can be found here:

https://www.kios.org/post/ops-releases-strategic-plan-action-dr-cheryl-logans-full-interview-live-local

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

And the website dedicated to the Strategic Plan of Action can be found here:

https://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/OPSStrategicPlanofAction.aspx

**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/

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