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November/December 2018 Giving Calendar

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This calendar was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Nov. 1 (starts at 8:30 a.m.)
12th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands
Benefiting: Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center

Nov. 1 (6-9 p.m.)
Toast to Dr. Stephanie and Jack Koraleski
Benefiting: Merrymakers
Location: Omaha Design Center

Nov. 2 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Nebraska Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Conference
Benefiting: Nebraska Hispanic Chamber Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista

Nov. 2 (6-9 p.m.)
Vision Beyond Sight
Benefiting: Outlook Nebraska
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista

Nov. 2 (6-8:30 p.m.)
Let’s Grow Here Gala
Benefiting: Big Muddy Urban Farm
Location: Creighton University Harper Ballroom

Nov. 2 (6-9 p.m.)
Third Annual Dinner & Auction
Benefiting: p4:13 Ministries
Location: Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha

Nov. 2 (6:30-9 p.m.)
Big Red Block Party
Benefiting: Junior League of Omaha
Location: Scott Conference Center

Nov. 3 (6-11 p.m.)
2018 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Gala
Benefiting: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha

Nov. 4 (noon-4 p.m.)
Honey Sunday
Benefiting: Ollie Webb Center, Inc.
Location: multiple locations

Nov. 7 (4-10 p.m.)
2018 Christmas Caravan Preview Gala
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Champions Run Country Club

Nov. 8 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
2018 Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Various homes in Omaha

Nov. 8 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
OneWorld 2018 Milagro Dinner
Benefiting: OneWorld Community Health Centers
Location: Hilton Omaha

Nov. 8 (5-8:30 p.m.)
Salute to Veterans Dinner
Benefiting: La Vista Community Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista

Nov. 8 (6-10 p.m.)
The Jason Awards
Benefiting: Children’s Square USA
Location: Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs

Nov. 8 (5:30-7 p.m.)
Tree of Lights Campaign Kickoff
Benefiting: Salvation Army
Location: American National Bank, 90th and Dodge streets

Nov. 9 (5-8 p.m.)
Patron Party for Historic Home Tour and Boutique
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle
Location: Joslyn Castle

Nov. 10 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Hoops 4 Life 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament
Benefiting: Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition
Location: NorthStar Foundation campus

Nov. 10-11 (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday)
Historic Home Tour and Boutique
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle
Location: Various locations

Nov. 10 (7-11:30 p.m.)
Rock to Raise
Benefiting: The John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation
Location: St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church hall

Nov. 15 (5-9 p.m.)
Nurse of the Year Awards
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Hilton Omaha

Nov. 15 (6-9 p.m.)
Salute to Families
Benefiting: Heartland Family Service
Location: Happy Hollow Club

Nov. 16 (6 p.m.)
Sentimental Journey: With Honor
Benefiting: The Durham Museum
Location: The Durham Museum

Nov. 17 (8 p.m.-midnight)
Night of a Thousand Stars
Benefiting: Nebraska AIDS Project
Location: Omaha Design Center

Nov. 17-24 (hours vary)
Feztival of Trees
Benefiting: Tangier Shrine Center
Location: Tangier Shrine Center

Nov. 22 (7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.)
2018 Turkey Trot
Benefiting: Make-a-Wish Nebraska
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

Nov. 27 (all day)
Giving Tuesday
Benefiting: Various Omaha organizations
Location: Online

Nov. 29-30 (6 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Adopt a Family Radiothon
Benefiting: Salvation Army
Location: Star 104.5 FM

Dec. 1 (2-4:30 p.m.)
Spin4 Crohn’s & Colitis Cures
Benefiting: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Location: Sweat Cycle Strength

Dec. 1 (6-8 p.m.)
Christmas Enchantment
Benefiting: Children’s Square USA
Location: Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home

Dec. 1 (time TBA)
Hoops for Hope
Benefiting: Catholic Charities
Location: Hilton Omaha

Dec. 5-7 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Substitute Santa 2018
Benefiting: Child Saving Institute
Location: Child Saving Institute building and website

Dec. 6 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Lauritzen Gardens Guild Holiday Luncheon
Benefiting: Lauritzen Gardens
Location: Lauritzen Gardens

Dec. 7 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
2018 Equal Opportunity Awards Luncheon
Benefiting: Urban League of Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha

Dec. 7 (7-10 p.m.)
Taste of Pride Wine Event
Benefiting: Roncalli Catholic
Location: Roncalli Catholic Student Center

Dec. 8 (7:30 a.m.-noon)
2018 Nebraska Jingle Bell Run
Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation Nebraska
Location: Strategic Air Command & Space Museum

Dec. 8 (5-9 p.m.)
Joslyn Castle Unlocked
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle

Dec. 9
Ruth Sokolof Christmas Party
Benefiting: Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children
Location: Westroads Mall

Dec. 24 (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.)
Castle at Christmas Tours
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle
Location: Joslyn Castle

Dec. 27 (6-11 p.m.)
Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball
Benefiting: Omaha Symphony
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center

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Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

Vaccines for Seniors

Illustration by Derek Joy

Vaccines are not only for children. That’s one of many confusions about vaccinations, says Dr. Mark Rupp, a professor and chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

“Certain vaccinations are very important for adults as they age in order to maintain their health,” he explains, “and especially important for those with chronic health conditions.”

Rupp says the most essential vaccines for seniors are for shingles, influenza, pneumococcal disease, and tetanus/Tdap.

Other common misconceptions concern the vaccines themselves. “People believe that if they get the influenza vaccine, for example, it will give them the flu,” he says. “But since it is made from a killed virus, not a live virus, there’s no way it can transfer the infection to you.” 

Meanwhile, misinformation has circulated in recent years about vaccinations causing certain illnesses or conditions, especially in children. “We may not fully understand what causes those conditions, but we do know there is absolutely no link between them and vaccines,” he says. 

A fraudulent study by British doctor Andrew Wakefield inaccurately linked the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to childhood autism in a now-retracted and discredited 1998 scientific paper. Unfortunately, the damage lingers still among conspiracy theorists. A movement of anti-science skeptics known as anti-vaxxers has led to increasing outbreaks of measles. 

“Vaccines aren’t perfect,” Rupp admits. “But they are our best weapon to protect us from horrible diseases.” As an example, he cites how vaccines for smallpox and polio have basically turned these devastating, life-threatening diseases into “medical curiosities” that are rarely seen today. “Viruses still remain in the world,” he adds, “and if we let our guard down, our children will experience these diseases just like our grandparents did.” 

Rupp believes we all need to be vaccinated because, “It’s the right thing to do…It’s called herd immunity,” he says, “where we form a protective bubble around those individuals who are immune-suppressed, for example, and cannot be given live-virus vaccines.” 

“All vaccines recommended for adults are carefully evaluated, and the benefit of getting them clearly outweighs the small risk of side effects or toxicity,” he says. The website of the Center for Disease Control also states that the current U.S. vaccine supply is the safest in history.

For those with chronic health conditions or high-risk factors, Rupp recommends talking with a doctor about additional or earlier vaccinations, and also to investigate which vaccines are covered by Medicare or other insurance providers. 

Recommended Vaccinations


  • Recommended age: 50
  • Approved last year, the new vaccine Shingrix is a two-part injection given one to six months apart. 
  • Benefits over previous shingles vaccine:
    More effective in preventing shingles and complications from shingles (90-95 percent success rate compared with 50-60 percent); longer lasting immunity (four to five years); and doesn’t contain a live virus, so can be given to immune-suppressed patients.
  • Possible side effects include pain at injection site and low-grade fever. 


  • Recommended age: 6 months through adulthood, repeated yearly to keep up with changes in virus. 
  • New feature: no longer made from hen eggs, the vaccine is safe for individuals with egg allergies. 
  • Possible side effects include soreness at injection site, aches/pains, and low-grade fever. 


  • Recommended age: 65 for healthy adults, younger for adults with diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or other chronic illness.


  • Recommended age: childhood through adulthood, with boosters every 10 years. 
  • One of those tetanus boosters should be the Tdap vaccine, which also protects against diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). 
  • The Tdap booster shot is especially important for grandparents, as whooping cough is very contagious and can be deadly for infants. 

This article was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of 60Plus in Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

November/December 2018 Explore!

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This calendar was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Hayrack Ride, Storytelling, and S’mores Through Nov. 10, Friday & Saturday evenings at Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City. Arbor Day Farm’s popular fall activities include hayrack rides, cider, s’mores, and storytelling. 402-873-8733. 

Fort Atkinson Candlelight Tour Nov. 3 at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun. Visitors to the park will experience a guided tour of the fort by candlelight that reveals a mystery. Each stop along the way will unravel another part of the evening’s plot. Reservations can be made by calling 402-320-4055.

Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland. The museum honors America’s military veterans with a special program and lunch on Veterans Day. This lunch program features posting of the colors and a keynote speaker. Veterans are encouraged to attend this event in uniform. Online RSVP required. 402-944-3100. 

Gateway Farm Expo Nov. 14 & 15 at Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney. Guests will see the latest agriculture technology and services at this 49th annual expo, which will feature market analyst Sue Martin, free barbecue, and hundreds of exhibits. 308-234-2712.

Christmas at the Mansion Nov. 17-Dec. 23 at Arbor Lodge Mansion, Nebraska City. The historic 52-room mansion features vintage-inspired decorations and holiday-themed displays. 402-873-7222.

Twenty One Pilots Nov. 20 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. This American music duo from Columbus, Ohio, brings a mix of piano, synthesizers, drums, vocals, and occasionally the ukulele and bass to the stage. 402-904-4444.

Starry Nights Christmas Tree Festival Nov. 24 & 25 at Speedway Village, Lincoln. The festival includes designer-decorated Christmas trees, pictures with Santa, a children’s workshop with crafts and activities, free holiday treats, entertainment, and raffles. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the trees and purchase wreaths. 402-475-1303.

Starry Nights Christmas Tree Festival, Nov. 24 & 25 in Lincoln

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 29 at Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City. The Arbor Day Farm trolley will take visitors on a tour of historic Nebraska City to view the best Christmas lights. A classic Christmas book is read during the ride. 402-873-8733.

Christmas on the Prairie Dec. 1 at Scotts Bluff National Monument, Scottsbluff. This annual event includes a variety of activities that evoke a time gone by. Visitors will be able to make pioneer crafts and enjoy complimentary treats. 308-436-9700.

Fort Robinson Historical Christmas Dinner “Light Up the Fort” Dec. 1 at Buffalo Soldier Barracks, Crawford. Christmas lights installed on park buildings will be lit and guests can feast on a Christmas dinner. 308-665-2919.

Santa Goes to Space Dec. 1 at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland. Santa Claus and Star Wars (with Imperial Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion) join forces for a fun-filled family day. Young guests can visit with Santa and experience space-related booths, Star Wars characters, activities, make-and-take ornaments, and holiday music. 402-944-3100.

A Very Musical “Christine” Christmas Dec. 7-9, Brownville Concert Hall, Brownville. This annual Christmas concert features Broadway star Christine Andreas, and guests Joel Higgins and Martin Silvestri. 402-825-3331.

Christmas Cabaret Dec. 7-9 at James Arthur Vineyards, Raymond. The vineyards welcome visitors for an evening of holiday-themed songs. 402-783-5255.

Christmas Past and Present Dec. 7-9 at Stuhr Museum, Grand Island. This event features a lamplit tour of Railroad Town and live music. 308-385-5316.

Christmas at the Codys’ Fridays through Sundays, Dec. 7-23, North Platte. Buffalo Bill’s magnificent Victorian mansion is decorated for the holidays and open to the public during the Christmas season each year, as is the barn. Evening events include outdoor caroling and hayrack rides. Complimentary hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts are available. 308-535-8035.

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Nov. 3 at Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City. This dance and musical performance features cutting-edge technology, including a giant flat-screen that spans the width of the stage, special effects lighting, dancing robots, and world champion acrobats. 712-244-5000.

Lighted Christmas Parade Nov. 23 in downtown Clarinda. Over 75 lighted floats decorate the Clarinda downtown square for this holiday parade. 712-542-2166.

Lighted Christmas Parade, Nov. 23 in Clarinda

Julefest Nov. 23 & 24 in Elk Horn and Kimballton. This celebration of the arrival of the Christmas season is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Events include a “Naughty or Nisse” 5K Polar Run, a pancake supper, and a concert. The Museum of Danish America and Danish Windmill will be open throughout the weekend. 712-764-7472.

Tannenbaum Forest Nov. 23-Dec. 16 at the Amana Colonies. The colonies will be decorated with more than 40 real Christmas trees. Guests can visit Santa, stop by St. Nick’s Cafe for a warm drink, and see the 17-foot, German-style Christmas pyramid. 319-622-7622.

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Nov. 27 at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger has earned 13 platinum and seven multiplatinum-certified sales awards. 515-564-8000.

Sinterklaas Day Dec. 1 in downtown Orange City. Holland’s version of Santa arrives on his white horse during a large parade. Other activities include Dutch games and a puppet show. 712-707-4510.

Norwegian Christmas Celebration Dec. 1 at The Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, Decorah. This lively day of events includes Scandinavian holiday traditions, crafts, music, a movie, and other treats. 563-382-9681.

Norwegian Christmas Celebration, Dec. 1 in Decorah

Christmas in Kalona Dec. 1 in downtown Kalona. Children can fill their “walking stockings” with gifts from local merchants, have their picture taken with Santa, decorate cookies and ornaments, take a cookie walk, tour churches, and ride in a carriage. 319-656-2660.

Old World Christmas Market Dec. 1 & 2 at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids. Specialty imports and handmade gifts will be available, along with seasonal treats, live music, and dance performances. 319-362-8500.

Old World Christmas Market, Dec. 1 & 2 in Cedar Rapids

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 3 at Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City. This performance presents world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian snow maidens, and jubilant nesting dolls. Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. 712-244-5000.

Finding Neverland Dec. 26 at Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City. Based on the film of the same name, this show teaches people that—with a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith—nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. 712-244-5000.

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Chili & Soup Festival Nov. 3 in downtown Hutchinson. This annual festival features a variety of soups and chilis, which can be voted on by attendees, along with music, entertainment, and shopping in the downtown area. 620-694-2677.

Find the Wine Nov. 3 at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch, Burns. Snacks and samples of wine will be available, but the guests must try to locate samples hidden within the corn maze. 21+ only. 316-320-4150.

German Christmas Market Dec. 1 at Riverfront Community Center, Leavenworth. This  indoor Christkindlmarkt includes a variety of handmade crafts for sale, German food and beer, and a silent auction. 913-682-0387.

Hyde Park Luminaries Dec. 22 at Hyde Park, Hutchinson. Hyde Park neighborhood celebrates its 35th annual Christmas Luminaria with visits from Santa, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, cider, and cookies. 620-694-9310.

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Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live Nov. 13 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City. Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson will perform his greatest hits, with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. 816-994-7222.

2018 NCAA Hall of Fame Weekend Nov. 18-20 in Kansas City. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Sunday at the Arvest Bank Theater. The Hall of Fame Classic Tournament will follow over subsequent days at Sprint Center. 888-929-7849.

Christmas in the Sky Nov. 21 at Longview Lake Beach, Lee’s Summit. Musicians and dancers will perform as attendees witness the arrival of Santa in a mule-drawn sleigh, the first gift of Christmas, and a holiday fireworks show. 816-503-4800.

St. Charles Christmas Traditions Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Locations vary, St. Charles. In addition to the 80-plus characters who are always “making seasons bright,” there are a host of other activities in St. Charles at Christmastime.  800-366-2427.

St. Charles Christmas Traditions, Nov. 23-Dec. 24 in St. Charles

Downtown KC Optimist Holiday Festival Dec. 1 & 2 at American Royal/Governors Building, Kansas City. This family- and pet-friendly event will feature a Christmas cookie contest, raffle, and pet costume contest. 816-221-9800.

Candlelight Homes Tour Dec. 1 & 2, throughout Weston. Historic homes in this antebellum city will be open and the streets will be decorated with luminaries. Father Christmas will be present. 816-640-2909.

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Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.


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Of all the flavors of Omaha, one of our most famous is the Reuben. First served at the Blackstone Hotel in the 1920s (and named after local grocer Reuben Kulakofsky), the sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus worldwide. Omaha’s love for the sandwich is apparent in all the ways we recreate it. For decades, Omaha chefs have been pulling apart the historical combo of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and rye bread, and reassembling the ingredients to create new ways of celebrating the dish. The result is a range of fare, from those that closely resemble their breaded ancestor, to others more deserving of the title “Reubenesque.”

Here are just a few of the places you can grab a fresh taste of an Omaha classic remixed, right in the city where it all began.

Located just across the street from the old Blackstone Hotel, Crescent Moon (3578 Farnam St.) dedicates an entire week every November to the Reuben sandwich and its many variations: Reubenfest. Last year, Reubenfest brought in an estimated 500-600 visitors per day, with more than 4,000 Reuben-themed dishes served by the end of the week. Reubenfest 2018 runs from Nov. 5-10 and will see the return of many crowd favorites, including Reuben pizzas, burritos, egg rolls, and calzones, as well as new Reubenesque offerings. If you hope to catch a bite of the action, plan your visit to avoid peak meal times when the restaurant is packed and tables are hard to come by.

Crescent Moon Reuben Sandwich

Ever in the mood for Tex-Mex and a Reuben, and you simply can’t decide? Omaha’s got your back—and your taste buds. You can head on over to Dundee’s Place (7024 Maple St.) for that Reuben flavor stuffed inside a shell with their tasty Reuben tacos. Or drop by Two Fine Irishmen (18101 R Plaza) and ask for a plate of their Reuben nachos.

Two Fine Irishmen Reuben Nachos

Is a hot dog a sandwich? What about a Reuben sandwich/hot dog mashup? Find out for yourself with this tribute to a tribute, the Kansas City Reuben at B&B Classic Dogs (1020 Lincoln Road in Bellevue). The Bellevue dog was inspired by a concessions item at Kauffman Stadium. Stoysich House of Sausage (multiple locations) offers the Round Reuben, a fully cooked sausage made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for those looking to take the Reubenesque home. Chicago Dawg House’s food truck, the Weenie Wagon, also offers the Stoysich Round Reuben on St. Patrick’s Day.

Aside from Crescent Moon’s Reubenfest, you can find Reuben egg rolls at a variety of restaurants around town, including Paddy McGown’s Pub & Grill (4503 Center St.), Dundee Dell (5007 Underwood Ave.), or further west at Clancy’s Pub (2905 S. 168th St). For those reminiscing over Localmotive Food Truck’s famous Reuben rounders, stop by Over Easy (16859 Q St.) on a weekend night, where the food truck’s menu is served seasonally.

Dundee Dell Egg Roll Reuben

You might know that March is National Reuben Month, but did you know that Omaha declared a Reuben Sandwich Day? March 14, 2013, was the inaugural Reuben Day. If you missed the holiday this year, you can always join the fun in March at Mama’s Pizza, where they serve a Reuben pizza all month long at all of their three Omaha locations.

Mama’s Reuben Pizza

Veggie lovers can celebrate Rueben pride, too. At Wilson & Washburn (1407 Harney St.), order a traditional-style Reuben sandwich with their original beet dressing added. For more animal-friendly takes on the Reuben, Modern Love (which recently moved to 3157 Farnam St.) has offered Reuben Mac & Shews (a variation of their vegan Mac & Shews) and recently added the Seitan Beet Reuben to their permanent menu.

Modern Love Veggie Reuben

Still want more Reuben? Try the gluten-free California Reuben at Big Green Q (6023 Maple St.), a sweeter take on the original recipe. If you’re looking for a slightly leaner version of the sandwich, try the Rachel, a variation made with turkey instead of corned beef. The Rachel can be found at a variety of restaurants around Omaha, including Brazen Head Irish Pub (319 N. 78th St.). Or if you’re looking for a little extra on your plate, head on over to Gorat’s Steakhouse (4917 Center St.), where you can order a triple-decker Reuben. 

This article was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Dundee’s Place Reuben Taco

November/December 2018 Stage Performances

This calendar was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Nov. 3 & 4 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The supernatural star of TLC’s Long Island Medium will deliver healing messages to audience members and tell personal stories of her job. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $44.75-$94.75. 402-345-0606.

The Secret Garden
Nov. 3, 7-10,14-18 at UNO Theatre, 6505 University Drive S. This musical tells the story of a young Mary Lennox and dives into the subjects of discovery and friendship. 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinée on Nov. 18. Tickets: $20 general admission, free for UNO students with MavCard. 402-554-7529.

Writer’s Workshop Reading Series: Joshua Ferris
Nov. 7 at Weber Fine Arts Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Bestselling author Joshua Ferris discusses his books and shares expertise on the craft of writing in this final installment of the Fall 2018 Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-554-3020.

Comedy Night
Nov. 9 & 10 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. This special event includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a comedy show in the Aquarium Conference Center. 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets: $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 402-773-8401.

The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up 2018
Nov. 9 & 10 (locations TBD). Poets from around the country will compete in this annual poetry slam hosted by the Nebraska Writers Collective. Preliminary rounds begin 7 p.m. Friday, continuing 3 p.m. Saturday, with finals at 7 p.m. Registration fee: $20 (limited to 24 participants). Admission: $10

Adam Devine: “Weird Life Tour 2018”
Nov. 10 at Orpheum Theatre 409 S. 16th St. The up-and-coming comedian/actor (famous for roles on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, ABC’s Modern Family, and the Pitch Perfect movie franchise) will return to his Omaha hometown for recording a Netflix comedy special. Adult content. Back-to-back performances: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-345-0606.

Celeste Barber
Nov. 15 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This actress, comedian, and social media star will explain the stories behind her famous #ChallengeAccepted Instagram photos, her new relationships with celebrities, and what it is like to be married to a #hothusband. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-345-7569.

A Christmas Carol
Nov. 16-Dec. 23 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Audiences will experience the well-known tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing journey, featuring local actors and crafted sets even a ghost of Christmas past would love. Showtimes vary. Ticket prices start at $40. 402-553-0800.

An Evening with Rita Moreno
Nov. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards will perform her newest all-Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, in this evening of experiences, anecdotes, and a songbook full of stories. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$55. 402-345-0606.

Wild Kratts Live 2.0!
Nov. 16 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This live version of the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts takes audiences on an animal rescue mission led by brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt. 6 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. 402-345-0606.

The Phantom of the Opera
Nov. 21-Dec. 2 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This second version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical features the same beloved story and score with different staging. Times vary. Tickets: $35-90. 402-345-0606.

The Phantom of the Opera, Nov. 21-Dec. 2

An Act of God
Nov. 23-Dec. 16 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. This godly comedy by David Javerbaum features the supreme being himself, and 10 new commandments. Times vary. Tickets: $35 adults, $28 students and seniors. 402-345-1576.

Yesterday and Today
Nov. 23-Dec. 31 at Omaha Community Playhouse Howard Drew Theatre, 6915 Cass St. Audiences become a part of the British Invasion with this all-request Beatles tribute show by sharing stories and reliving memories. Showtimes vary. Ticket prices start at $40. 402-553-0800.

Omaha Symphony: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert
Nov. 24-25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Ernest Richardson conducts a performance of the music behind the cultural phenomenon live-to-picture. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.

Elf: The Musical
Nov. 30-Dec. 23 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Based on the successful book and movie, live through the story of Buddy the Elf, er… human. Buddy travels on a quest from The North Pole to New York City in this fun Christmas tale. Times vary. Tickets: $22-$27 non-members; $15-$20 members. 402-345-4849.

Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration
Dec. 8-16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This traditional production of festive favorites and Christmas classics returns with performances from the Omaha Symphony, and Broadway singers and dancers. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec. 15 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The beloved TV special classic dashes off screen and onto the stage with favorite characters like Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, and of course, Rudolph. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$56. 402-345-0606.

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November/December 2018 Art & Museum Exhibits

This calendar was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Through Nov. 4 at Darger HQ, 1804 Vinton St. Erin Foley’s art was inspired by tennis, and Michael Willett creates collages that manipulate Artforum exhibition advertisements into abstract compositions. Admission: free. 402-209-5554.


Northwest Missouri State Faculty Invitational
Through Nov. 9 at the Weber Fine Arts Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. This exhibit will feature nine faculty members from NWMS, with painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, and installation art. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.

Omaha Bug Symposium 2018
Nov. 17 at OutrSpaces, 1258 S. 13th St. The science/art extravaganza features entomology lectures by Dave Crane and Andy Matz, insect-themed live music, insect-infused treats, art and costume contests, and insect-themed art installations. Adult-oriented content. 7p.m.-12:30a.m. Pre-sale tickets: $10. 308-224-4130.

Katie Temple and Todd McCollister
Through Nov. 23 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This collaborative exhibition examines the cozy nostalgia associated with finding the perfect home and the memories made there. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.

Katie Temple and Todd McCollister

Joe Pankowski
Through Nov. 30 at Petshop Gallery, 2725 N. 62nd St. This University of Nebraska-Omaha alum brings his sketches-turned paintings, films, gadgets, and more to the local gallery. Hours by appointment. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.

Marcela Díaz: Contemporary Textiles
Through Dec. 21 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. This exhibit represents the traditional textile fiber art of the Yucatan with works created using natural fibers of cactus and coconut. Admission: $5 adults; $4 college students; $3.50 K-12 students and seniors (ages 55+); free for active military, children under 5, and members. 402-731-1137.

Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Quilting is an art form that bridged the gap between domestic life and public display. This exhibit showcases 35 quilts that range from complex geometric designs to delicate patterns inspired by nature. Tickets: $10 general public ($5 on Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.); $5 college students; free for Joslyn members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.

Richard Mosse
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Conceptual photographer Richard Mosse studies localized conflicts that have broad social, political, and humanitarian implications. He uses surveillance imagery to map landscapes of human displacement. General admission: free. 402-342-3300.

Richard Mosse

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Organized in conjunction with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, the exhibition’s original photographs and stereographs document completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. General admission: free. 402-342-3300.

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The Durham Museum hosts the world premiere of 40 of this acclaimed nature photographer’s works. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Through April 14 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Children can test their skills by throwing footballs and baseballs, take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts, attempt a CrossFit course, practice curling, and bump, set, spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (ages 60+); free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.

Frank Daharsh, Dar Vandevoort, and Hope Dendinger
Nov. 2-Dec. 2 at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. This month-long exhibit features blown-glass works by Daharsh and paintings by Vandevoort and Dendinger. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.

Amy Haney: Ascend/Descend
Nov. 2-Dec. 2 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Haney investigates the personalities and physical attributes found in various types of bird species in her large format prints. Haney will also display her Birds of Mass Destruction series that has been in progress for several years. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.

Amy Haney: Ascend/Descend

Local African-Americans Who Served Their Country
Nov. 2-Jan. 26 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit will feature local individuals who have served in the military, including the Tuskegee airmen who called Nebraska home. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.

Kristine Allphin and Signe Stuart
Nov. 2-25 at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, 1108 Jackson St. This exhibit showcases paper pieces that are inspired by weaving and the natural order of things. Admission: free. 402-884-0911.

Rosana Ybarra
Nov. 2-Dec. 28 at Petshop Gallery, 2725 N. 62nd St. University of Nebraska-Lincoln instructor Ybarra will show her sculpture and other artworks. Hours by appointment. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.

2018 Union Fellows Exhibit
Nov. 16-Dec. 15 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Artists Chikadibia Ebirim, Dominique Morgan, Pamela Conyers-Hinson, Ashley Laverty, and Barber will showcase their works, which range from painting and sculpture to musical performance and live theater. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.

2018 Union Fellows Exhibit

Holiday Cultural Trees
Nov. 23-Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This holiday fixture showcases how cultures around the world celebrate the Christmas season. Admission: $11 adults; $8 seniors (62+); $7 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.

Santa’s Magic
Nov. 23-Dec. 23 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This OCM tradition includes an interactive show with indoor snowfall, an elf, the Snow Queen, and of course, Santa Claus. Admission: $13 children and adults; $12 seniors (60+); free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.

Nov. 30-Jan. 25 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Inspired by pop culture, Vargas’ works stand out as playful and entertaining ceramic figures. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.

Hot Shops Art Center’s 18th Annual Winter Open House
Dec. 1 & 2 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can sip refreshments, browse the galleries, and learn how artists create their work in this open house featuring over 80 artists. A non-perishable food donation is encouraged. Saturday noon-8 p.m; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.

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Francis Burt

October 28, 2018 by
Illustration by Derek Joy

There was much excitement in October 1854 as the Nebraska pioneers eagerly awaited Francis Burt, the new territory’s first governor. That hope was felt most in Bellevue. After all, according to the Nebraska Palladium newspaper, the town of Bellevue was “destined by nature to become the metropolis of learning as well as of legis- lation and commerce in Nebraska.” Surely, Governor Burt would recognize the obvious. 

He’d been appointed by President Franklin Pierce in August after General William Butler of Kentucky turned down the posi- tion. Burt was then serving as Third Auditor of the Treasury in Washington, D.C., and this seemed another political leap as Nebraska Territory (at that time) stretched from the Missouri River north to Canada and west to what became Idaho. 

Burt was a Democrat who had served as South Carolina state legislator and treasurer. He was also a member of the 1832 nullifi- cation convention, nominally a dispute over federal tariffs, but in actuality a defense of slavery and a state’s right to “nullify,” or ignore, federal law. 

In the lead-up to Burt’s appointment as ter- ritorial governor, local European-American settlers advocated for the cession of Native American land rights. In 1852, Missouri traders gathered at Uniontown in pres- ent-day Kansas to agitate for territorial government. That year, a Missouri con- gressman introduced legislation to create the Platte Territory, covering lands west of the Missouri River. Likewise, in 1853, an estimated 150 Iowans ferried across the river to Bellevue to elect Hadley Johnson as their territorial delegate from the still non-existent territory. 

Bellevue boosters then truly jumped the gun when (on Feb. 9, 1854) Peter Sarpy, Stephen Decatur, and a host of Iowa speculators organized the Bellevue Town Co. After all, where else would Nebraska’s new metropolis appear other than the main American settle- ment where fur trade posts first appeared in the 1820s? 

The Kansas-Nebraska Act that created two new American territories was signed by Pierce on May 30. The floodgates opened as the 1820 Missouri Compromise was squashed by “squatter sovereignty,” allow- ing residents of the new territories to decide on the issue of slavery. Around this same time period, the Whig Party self-destructed with mounting North-South tension, the “Know-Nothing” American Party sought to keep the country safe from Catholic hordes of German and Irish immigrants, and “Anti-Nebraskans” coalesced into the Republican Party. Meanwhile, the country marched steadily toward Civil War. It’s also worth noting that treaties ceding eastern Nebraska to the U.S. by the Omaha and Otoe-Missouria Nations were not ratified until June (after already officially establish- ing the Territory of Nebraska). 

These were heady times that greeted Burt’s arrival at Bellevue on Oct. 6, 1854. But these qualms of mortal men would soon be of little consequence to the rising politician. Burt had fallen ill during his voyage and was too sick to attend the reception held in his honor, where grandiose speeches went on without him. He sought refuge at the Presbyterian Bellevue Mission House, located on what is now the east side of Warren Street between 19th and 20th avenues. That’s where Burt took his oath of office on Oct. 16, and where he died two days later. 

Burt’s death marked the end of Bellevue’s ambitions, as Acting Governor Thomas Cuming’s interests in Omaha City soon became clear. Today, the name of Nebraska’s first territorial governor is commemorated by Omaha’s Burt Street (a sore consolation to those early Bellevue boosters) as well as the state’s Burt County. Bellevue remained part of Douglas County until 1857 when Sarpy County was created (Bellevue served as the county seat of Sarpy County until 1875 when Papillion seized the distinction through election).” 

Territorial governors were appointed. State governors are elected. Remember to vote in Nebraska’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 6. 

This article was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

South O Swagger

October 27, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

If doing-things-your-own-way could be personified it would probably look like Miguel Rocha. Commonly known as Rocha by family, friends, and coworkers, the 30-year-old musician and South Omaha native is no stranger to living life his way, on his time. This is evident the second you see his signature shaggy hairdo and carefree swagger. 

From throwing his own show in a basement at 17 to managing one of Omaha’s more recent DIY venues, Milk Run, Rocha has been a staple in the Big O’s counterculture for close to two decades.

“I really fell for the Omaha hardcore screamo scene in like ’98, ’99. That’s when I was going to shows,” he says. “I see these young kids living life and going on tour and having fun and not living the ‘normal’ life. That was honestly my biggest draw to it. It was like ‘This is living. This is what I want to be doing with my life.’”

The allure of freedom wasn’t the only thing pulling a young Rocha into the music scene, though. Rooted in an upbringing set against the backdrop of the “marginalized South Omaha projects,” he also found a passion for inclusion and community development in the arts.

“That’s [the] best thing about what Milk Run did. We were making mixed-media bills, and when you do that you show people that there is more than what they thought was out there in the world,” Rocha says. “That’s honestly my biggest goal, to make everyone come together because there’s no reason to be separate when we’re all oddities in this world.”

Milk Run, an all-ages, all-inclusive, truly ‘do-it-yourself’ effort, enjoyed a short but sweet three-year stint as a home to poets, artists, and musicians of all kinds. Although it closed its doors in 2017, Rocha believes there will always be a need for grassroots efforts to promote inclusion through the arts. 

“We need it as a community,” he says. “When you don’t have a space where everyone feels comfortable and where everyone can create, it creates little groups that don’t need to exist. They want us to be alone; they want us to be in our small little niche communities. But no, we can actually create a large community of people who are all supporting all forms of art. I think that is the most important thing.”

When he isn’t busy booking local shows or helping the voiceless find a way to be heard, Rocha’s focus is on CBN, an industrial music project that he started in 2009.

“What I’m actually talking about is where I’m actually from. This isn’t an image I want to put in front of you,” he says.”This is my release from that existence. It’s me expressing those things that burden my soul from that bringing up.” Rocha says that the goal of the project is to explore what he perceives as a class war in America, “how the disenfranchised will always stay disenfranchised because that’s the way the game is set up.”

Several years and a few tours later, CBN has transformed into a duo with Rocha and fellow producer and friend, Davy Haynes, also known as TNDR PiNK, joining forces. Fresh off a successful 10-city tour that peaked with the End Tymes Festival in New York, Rocha has his sights set on the future of the duo. 

“I’ve been doing Omaha DIY almost half my life now. I need to take a break,” he says. “I have to take a step back and focus on my career with CBN and see where I can get when I put all my dedication and focus into that.”

While he is stepping away from the Omaha DIY scene to pursue other endeavors, the spirit of doing things himself still rings true for Rocha.

“I think a lot of people don’t understand the actual sacrifice it takes to make things work,” he says. An independent artist in every sense of the word, he is willing to keep making those sacrifices to help his dreams come to fruition.

Find Neblastya by CBN on Spotify.

This article was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Encounter.

How Old is Too Old for Home-Canned Food?

October 26, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann
Illustration by Mady Besch

Preserving homegrown produce is a favorite pastime for Midwestern gardeners. 

In late summer and fall, mountains of cucumbers turn into pickles and baskets of tomatoes become salsa and spaghetti sauce with the help of canners on stovetops. 

A bountiful harvest then fills the pantry in the form of canned jars. Health-conscious consumers get to know what goes into their processed foods while enjoying the harvest throughout the calendar year.

But beware the curse of plenty, as overabundant jars can accumulate into perpetuity. The question then becomes, “At what point should homemade cans be discarded?”

Foods canned at home are safe to eat for several years—says Nancy Urbanec, a nutrition and health expert with the Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy counties—so long as the food was properly canned in the appropriate type of jars (glass mason jars and metal bands can be reused) with new lids (fresh seals), and stored in a cool, dry location.

“I’m not going to advocate for eating something five to seven years old,” she says. “Food safety-wise, it’s perfectly safe. Food quality-wise, it will change.” Peculiarities in foods stored in cans for many years may include lack of texture, cloudiness, and sometimes disintegration. 

Urbanec advises using canned foods within a year of processing, while the quality is best. She plans her garden with the intention of producing enough canned goods to last until the next year’s harvest. 

She also advises discarding canned items with rusted or bulged lids. Unsealed jars of canned food in the pantry should be discarded to avoid risk of botulism. 

Urbanec suggests removing the metal rings from the lids of cans that have been opened to make it easier to identify unsealed jars. Sticky exteriors of jars may also be a clue that they are not properly sealed. Jars containing fizz or odd bubbles may be suspect, too.

Unfortunately, botulin bacteria cannot be detected easily. But Urbanec says water-bath canning with adequate acidity or proper pressure canning will keep foods safe to eat. 

The methods of water-bath and pressure canning are slightly different in process but identical in result—they kill any possible botulin bacteria.  Both methods produce safely preserved food. 

What about when the prime year has slipped past already? Urbanec recommends not keeping canned items past one year. But when it happens—and it will happen, especially for folks new to growing and pickling cucumbers—Urbanec suggests using surplus pickles mixed with mayonnaise as a sandwich spread. Pickles can also be mixed with sour cream as a condiment for pita and lamb. Pickle brine with oil makes a delightful salad dressing, and deep-fried pickle spears will disappear off any serving tray. 

Urbanec enjoys sharing her canned produce with friends and family. Before offering them as gifts, however, she always checks to ensure that her lids are safely sealed. So if you have more cans of tomatoes and cucumbers this year than you know what to do with, tie a pretty bow around those mason jars and give them away as gifts. 

If you still have cans of pickles remaining after trying Urbanec’s suggestions—or maybe you just don’t want to share—know that it’s perfectly safe to consume them past one year.

Visit extension.unl.edu for more information about the Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy counties. 

This article was printed in the November/December 2018 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Chill, Thrills, and Fulfillment

October 25, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Friday, Oct. 26: Costumes and Karaoke? That’s what’s in store for you at HallowQUEENS Karaoke at The B. Bar. Dress as your favorite queen, diva, or (memeber of) Queen, and spend your Friday night belting out your favorite power-princess songs (or power ballad). There is a costume contest, so flaunt your best look and you might win something. Wear something you can move in, because at midnight the bar will magically turn into one big dance floor. Show up and show out. Learn more here.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Yes, it’s that time again—Time Warp time. By now you’ve probably had a taste of this ‘70s classic and it’s left you wanting more. The Max is here to fulfill that need with the 15th Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show—an Interactive Movie Experience. Are you shivering with antici…pation yet? You should be. Five dollars gets you in, plus a prop bag, and popcorn. Don’t be afraid to come on up to the “lab” in your best drag. You don’t need a satanic mechanic in order to attend, but you can be one if you dream it. As you should, since there is a costume contest after the show. Just click here dammit, Janet.

Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27: Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27: Tired of all the marching? Mix it up by adding a little writing. Attend Writing Dangerously: The Art of Activism at the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College to learn how, or to improve on what you know. This two-day event promotes original and inspired writing, as well as aspiring and professional authors. Friday night’s opening session features a poetry slam (with prizes, for registrants only). The final session on Saturday is an interview and Q&A with keynote speaker, renowned poet and editor Morgan Parker. Register here now.

Saturday, Oct 27: What’s spookier than a little goblin looking for food in the forest? The answer is…a whole pack of the little monsters! Experience the horror for yourself when you attend Trick or Treat in the Forest at Fontenelle Forest. Be sure to bring your own little goblins along to join in the fun…I mean, frightfulness! Take to the woods and find some candy, but stay away from that gingerbread-looking house. S’mores, cocoa, crafts, and more will be available to help ward off the goosebumps. Face your fears by clicking here.

Sunday, Oct. 28: This one has it all, so don’t miss the Fall Market Festival in the Old Market. This fun, free, family, fall excursion includes activity booths, free books (while they last), a pet costume contest, and some spooky science. Besides all that and the normal costumed, trick-or-treating for candy, there will be interactive displays from the Omaha Police and Fire departments. This includes a police helicopter to check out! If all the excitement is getting to you, grab a chair massage or a carriage ride. Forgot your costume? Don’t fret. Stop by Victor/Victoria to get your face painted. Get the full lowdown here.

SPECIAL EVENTThursday, Nov. 8: There are only two weeks left to get tickets to the Best of Omaha Soirée: A Night of the Best. This celebration of our Best of Omaha contest winners will be one for the books, so get it in your book now. VIP tickets are almost gone, but GA tix still get you in to see the circus-style entertainment. You’ll also get to sip on (two free!) cocktails, munch on tasty treats from some of our winners, and listen to sweet tunes spun by DJ Shor-T. Twist on over here for tickets.
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