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Daily interviews with people involved in local charities, arts organizations, government, medical groups, educational institutions, and more.  Airs weekdays at 7:44 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. hosted by Mike Hogan.

The Hillcrest Foundation for Enhancing Lives is a 501c3 not-for-profit focused on improving the lives of older adults by empowering caregivers with education about the care of older adults as well as providing meaningful gifts, travel opportunities and life experiences to support older adults. 

Jim Janicki is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Hillcrest Health Services and he joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program to discuss the genesis of this charitable organization, the good work it has already done, and to talk about the upcoming fundraiser, a golf tournament, on Thursday, Aug 19. 

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

For two decades RESPECT has helped give children, teens, college students and adults throughout Nebraska and Iowa the skills they need to prevent and stop bullying, abuse, and dating violence as well as other forms of abuse in relationships through live theatre presentations and youth participation productions.  Because of COVID, they transitioned the live theatre organization into a virtual one. 

They have a fundraiser to continue the important work they do with youth.  The “Stand Up Against Bullying” fundraiser includes virtual presentations, take home dinners, and a silent auction.  There is also a “double your donation” program.  The fundraiser is taking place now through August 5th and details can be found at www.respect2all.org.

Dr. Patricia Newman is the founder and Executive Director of RESPECT and she spent time on “Live & Local” talking about the organizations beginnings, the difference the program has made,  and the reach of the work today. 

Tri-Faith Initiative started with a simple idea: A picnic table to gather around is all people really need for interfaith relationships to flourish.  So break bread together, give thanks for each other, and celebrate!

This Sunday, August 1st from 4-8 p.m. everyone is invited to gather for the “Picnic on the Commons” at 13136 Faith Plaza in Omaha. 

Wendy Goldberg, Executive Director at Tri-Faith Initiative, spoke with Mike Hogan at KIOS-FM about the genesis of the organization, the upcoming event, and how nice it is to be gathering together again!

More information can be found at https://www.trifaith.org/events/picnic-on-the-commons-2021/

Jesse White plays Buddy Holly in the  upcoming amphitheater tour of Buddy - The Buddy Holly StoryBuddy is the second show in The Omaha Series, produced by Rave On Productions which debuted earlier this year with the production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and also starred Jesse in the title role.

Jesse joined Mike Hogan for a “Live & Local” chat about being in a show about an iconic figure, learning to play the guitar, and having the show directed by someone who spent 18 years playing the same title character.  The show opens July 30th and runs through August 1st.

More information about the show can be found at www.TheOmahaSeries.com

In May of 2022, at UNO’s Dodge Campus, the former College of Education building, Kayser Hall, will be renovated and turned into a museum that features art from Holocaust survivor, Samuel Bak.  Over his 88 years of life, Bak has created over 8,000 pieces of art and after Kayser Hall’s renovations are complete, UNO will be home to 512 of those works.

The 28th Annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference will adopt a hybrid format, with the option to attend either in person or virtually.  The conference will allow an unlimited number of virtual participants.  The August 11th conference is open to leaders of all career levels, industries, company types and geographic locations.

Allison Zach, Director of Marketing, Communications and Events at ICAN, spent time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” giving a preview of the conference and the benefits of attending.  More information can be found at ICAN 2021 Women's Leadership Conference - Home (icanconference.com)

Omaha Children's Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works, and learn through play.  The mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.  And they’ve been doing that for 45 years!

Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director Omaha Children’s Museum, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to recall the humble beginnings, the finding of a permanent home, and the full circle return to outreach caused by the pandemic.

Information about the Omaha Children’s Museum can be found at www.ocm.org.

You may know that The Pinnacle Bank Championship is happening right here in Omaha August 9th through the 15th and you may also know that it is the regular season finale of the Korn Ferry Tour.  Since all of these golfers are basically the Triple-A talent of the PGA tour, at the end of this tournament many will receive their PGA tour cards here in Omaha.

While that is very exciting, did you know that the Pinnacle Bank Championship is also a charity, raising tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes?  Or that they need volunteers?

Jessica Brabec, Tournament Director of the Pinnacle Bank Championship, joined Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to discuss the philanthropy, the competition, and the need for volunteers on both the golf side and the charitable activities side.

More information about the tournament and how you can be involved can be found at https://thepinnaclebankchampionship.com/volunteer/registration-and-overview/

John DiGirolamo has written a book called “It’s Not About the Badge” which focuses on the human side of policing.  The book gives everyday police officers a voice and features stories showing insight about how the job can impact family, mental well-being, and marriage.  It also gives insight into the lives of some of those in trouble, how they got there, and what happens when these people on two different sides of the law interact.

John joined Mike Hogan for a “Live & Local” chat to discuss the book, the pressures of police work, his family’s personal involvement in some of the stories, and the Omaha connection in the book.

More information about the book can be found at  “It’s Not About the Badge”

This week the 41st U.S. Senior Open Championship is taking place at Omaha Country Club.  “Live & Local” host Mike Hogan went to the press event there and was able to have a conversation about the importance of this event, (in quick succession with the Swim Trials and the College World Series), to the economic recovery of the greater Omaha metro area. 

Deborah Ward, Executive Director of Visit Omaha, and Mark Rath, Director of Sales for Visit Omaha, joined Mike for this chat.

More information on this week’s festivities surrounding the U.S. Senior Open Championship can be found at www.USSeniorOpen.com.

Several charitable organizations have banded together for the "Saddle Up Under the Stars FREE Drive-In Movie Night."  Julie Boilsen, CEO with the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the motivation behind the event. 

The event is taking place at Falconwood Drive-In Theater in Bellevue on Wednesday, July 14.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for fun horse activities prior to the movie, including mini ponies, educational games and more for the entire family.  Following the pre-movie activities, at 9 p.m., Warner Bros. Pictures’ Black Beauty will play.

For more information or to reserve free tickets go to OmahaEquestrian.org/movie.

The event is hosted by a combination of nonprofits: HETRA, Nebraska Humane Society, North Hills Hunt, Omaha Equestrian Foundation, Omaha Rodeo and Take Flight Farms.

WhyArts (whyartsinc.org) and Arts in Motion (artsinmotionomaha.org) are merging on July 1, creating an arts nonprofit in Omaha that will serve thousands of Nebraskans annually, with a particular focus on serving people with disabilities.

WhyArts Executive Director, Kim Jubenville, chatted with Mike Hogan about the reasons behind the merger and the benefits of the new, combined organization.

More information can be found at whyartsinc.org or artsinmotionomaha.org.
 

Melissa Wurth, Executive Director of Omaha Girls Rock chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about all the activities the organization is now having, since the pandemic has come to an end.

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

From their website, some of the activities include:

Songwriter Series  Mon, July 12th, to  Fri, July 16th,

Youth ages 8-12 / Teens ages 13-18: Spend a couple hours with our amazing instructors in a Songwriter Track or Spoken Word Track!

Youth artists will workshop a piece with our amazing Teaching Artists to share at our Open Mic Night to end the series on July 16 (youth) and July 24 (teens). We will get our creative juices flowing and use our voices to express ourselves!

OGR JAMboree!: Youth Open Mic!  Friday, July 16, 2021  5:00 PM  8:00 PM 

Our last JAMboree will celebrate our Youth Artists and give them a chance to share what they worked on all week. DJ Crabrangucci will also be there for a Dance Party!

WHERE: The Venue at Highlander

OGR JAMboree!: Gear Swap and Teen Open Mic Night!  Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:00 PM  8:00 PM  Benson Neighborhood (map)

At our third JAMboree, in partnership with BFF, we will be selling some gear and offering a space for our community to sell their gear. Proceeds from each sale will go back to OGR in support of our programming!

  • JAMboree will also include TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT!
  • Music and dance with DJ Chevy!

UNO partners with community organizations and public schools to both provide UNO students with valuable learning experiences while also benefitting the community.  Sara Woods, Director of UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the opportunities for these students and the benefits the community experiences from this partnership.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/community-engagement-center/index.php.

KANEKO invites families to bring the kiddos to the KANEKO on Saturday mornings for exclusive family time to enjoy the exhibits and take part in some family activities.

KANEKO Education Manager, Katherine Scarpello explains on “Live & Local” how the times from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday mornings is set aside for parents and caregivers of small children (under 12) to move freely within the galleries and enjoy the current Community exhibits and the KANEKO- UNO Creative Library that has a dedicated space for kids!  KIDSpace at the K-UNO Library offers thoughtfully curated children’s books about creativity in a relaxed environment. 

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/family-admission/

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