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What if you could find a parking space in downtown Omaha with your cell phone?  Forgot change? Touchless pay for parking meters is here!

Ken Smith, Director of Omaha's Parking & Mobility Division spends some time with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to chat about the latest developments in stowing your vehicle while downtown.  Things like Smart Zones, and a meterless way to park are just a few of the new innovations in parking.

For more information or to pay your parking ticket (all funds go to Omaha Public Schools), go to https://www.parkomaha.com/

It may not seem like it, but our community does have an air quality problem.  The good news is that we can turn our situation around.  Taking steps — even little ones — can add up to cleaner air in the metro area.

Sue Cutsforth, Information Officer at the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, explains to Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM how every single citizen of Omaha can take little steps to help us all breathe easier. 

More information and your opportunity to take the Clean Air Pledge can be found at: https://littlestepscleanerair.com/

The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning true story about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an East Berlin transgender woman who survived two of the most repressive totalitarian regimes in history—the Nazis and the Soviets—while openly flouting gender norms. Born to a brutal Nazi father, Charlotte went on to become a highly celebrated antiques collector and curator of her own museum. An incredible tale—with one actor playing 35 different roles—filled with intrigue, danger and conspiracy that examines the balance between morality and survival.

The role has almost always been played by cisgender men.  Omaha Community Playhouse felt that it was absolutely essential to cast a transgender woman in this role for the sake of trans visibility and allowing trans folks to tell their own stories.  They found Lincoln, Nebraska actress Natalie Weiss. 

Natalie took time out of her busy rehearsal schedule to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the show and the impact spending time inside the character of Charlotte has had on her.

More information about tickets and showtimes can be found at https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/wife/

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is currently holding their virtual auction.  The event ends Friday night at 10:00 p.m. with a free webcast concert starting at 8:00 p.m.

Chris Cook, Executive Director, tells Mike Hogan “Live & Local” how the center is adapting to the COVID challenges, how they continue to help and support artists across the nation, and how you can participate in this event while safely distanced.

More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/ and at https://e.givesmart.com/events/hEo/

With the ubiquitous presence of COVID-19, how important is it to get a flu shot this year?  According to Cindy Ruma, Immunization Nurse Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association, it is VERY important!

Cindy spent some time with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM's "Live & Local" to discuss staying healthy and making smart choices. 

If you would like information on flu shots or the VNA, you can go to https://www.vnatoday.org/

Joslyn Castle partnered with Metropolitan Community College and The Union of Contemporary Art in presenting the 2020 Joslyn Castle Art & Literary Festival. The Festival was titled Close to Home and featured online readings and performances by Omaha area writers and interviews and artwork by Omaha area artists.

Scott Working, Theatre Program Coordinator at Metro Community College, and Sidney Gnann, Joslyn Castle's Executive Director joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss holding the festival with the necessary pandemic protocols.  

For more information https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/artlit2020.html

The food industry has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many restaurants have been forced to close and thousands of workers have lost their jobs. Yet, through all the ups and downs of this unprecedented year, the food industry has somehow weathered the storm and heroically met the needs of our community.

Susan Whitfield, Facility Manager of No More Empty Pots, chats talks to Mike Hogan about the mission of No More Empty Pots and how the Food Day Omaha drive helped them to achieve their goals.

More information can be found at https://nmepomaha.org/

No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a grassroots non-profit organization connecting individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security, and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. NMEP strives to support communities in becoming self-sufficient and food secure through collaboration and adherence to our core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, but we are still walking — and calling on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail. On event day, we invite you to participate in small, safe teams while others in your community do the same.

Beau Rusk is the Chairman of the Nebraska Walk to End Alzheimer’s and he joined Mike Hogan on KIOS to discuss this pandemic induced method of continuing to raise money for treatment and ultimately a cure.

While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise funds that will advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association by enabling critical care and support services and advancing research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.

https://www.alz.org/nebraska

Omaha Public Schools brought students back to in-person classes with Phase 1 of a several phased approach.  Superintendent of OPS, Dr. Cheryl Logan took the time to sit down with Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to answer questions.

In this four part interview, Dr. Logan talks about how the first week has gone, what they expect for the next phase, and how OPS can help parents and how important parents are to the success of the students.

All four parts of the interview are below.  If you are looking for more information or resources please check https://district.ops.org/

  

October is Blindness Awareness Month, and the nonprofit Outlook Enrichment typically has its biggest fundraising event of the year, the Vision Beyond Sight Banquet, to raise awareness during October of the capabilities of the visually impaired, as well as the needs of people affected by vision loss in our community. Since this is far from a typical year, Outlook Enrichment decided to cancel having a large group gathering and is instead going to celebrate Blindness Awareness Month in a new way.

Kaneko’s new exhibition, Community, will progressively open throughout October with three special Openings of exhibits by Watie White, Pamela Conyers-Hinson, and Therman Statom.  On October 29th their first-floor galleries will open to the public and by the end of November, the Tessellation Project installation and Juan Sanchez’s exhibit will open in our second-floor galleries.  Welcome back to KANEKO!

  

Initially started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests from members in the North Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, the Heart Ministry Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities.

CEO Eric Crawford joined Mike Hogan “Live and Local” to discuss how the organization has grown and uses many tools to help people get their lives in order and become self-sufficient.

More information can be found at https://heartministrycenter.org/.

Family, Inc. in Council Bluffs is up for a huge grant and all you have to do is vote online.  Director of Public Health Services at Family, Inc., Jenny Sharrick, joined Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to discuss how they made it to the top 200 finalists nationwide to compete for votes online to be awarded $25,000 for their project.

Voting ends on 10/2 and the top 40 organizations all get a $25,000 grant.  If you would like to vote for Family, Inc. you can go to https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2034107

FAMILY, Inc. (www.FamilyIA.org) provides public health and family support services to women, children and families in Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. It is FAMILY’s primary goal to assist parents in becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher through education, empowerment, and wellness. With offices located in Council Bluffs and Walnut, Iowa the agency serves both urban and rural communities. These services are administered in homes, shelters, and community settings. Through its various programs, FAMILY works to ensure families have access to the services and support they need to allow their children to enter school healthy, safe and ready to learn.

The general voting website for any other Omaha/Council Bluffs organization, is www.neighborhoodassist.com.

United Way of the Midlands hosted “Unlock the Power Within You,” a free, virtual event featuring special guest Chris Gardner, on September 23rd.

Gardner, who is ranked the 5th most motivational speaker in the world, is a critically-acclaimed author, entrepreneur, single parent and philanthropist.  His autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, served as inspiration for the 2006 film starring Will Smith.

Before the virtual event, Gardner took the time to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about numerous topics.  The full, two part episode is posted below.  In this discussion, Chris discussed his experiences with poverty and homelessness and shared how his love for his son helped him overcome many of the challenges he faced.

If you missed the event, the link to it is below.  https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMidlands/videos/326339398690210/

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

Due to forecasted cold weather, the previously scheduled free outdoor Omaha Symphony performances at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct 4 will now be held indoors at the Holland Performing Arts Center Peter Kiewit Concert Hall.   

Dani Meier, Vice President of Artistic Administration and a member of the bass section, joined Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to chat about the thrill of getting together and playing live music again.

Both performances will remain free and open to the public, but the events will now require that audiences RSVP via free ticket reservation.  It is recommended that attendees reserve their ticket ahead of time. Tickets may be reserved online at ticketomaha.com, by calling Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606, or through the Ticket Omaha app.  

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