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READY 2 SERVE non-profit & YP profiles



early detection saved my life

YP Q&A • YOUNG PROFESSIONALS “what business would you start in omaha?”




CHERYL WILD a woman of faith


OFW runway review



MCC/ORA hall of fame dinner




articles | columns

THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE with mary e. vandenack


KVNO KIDS honoring our local prodigies



CYNDY PEACOCK a smile: the best accessory



THE SOUL’S JOURNEY with dixie clark

DESIGNING OMAHA designer profile: buf reynolds





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HOROSCOPES with sue moon


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OPERA FOR THE CURE honoring our local prodigies

ARTFULLY SPEAKING with keith allerton

girl scouts art venture

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Wendi - Breast Cancer Survivor, 1year COVER PHOTOGRAPHY by ©Laurie and Charles HAIR & MAKEUP: by BUNGALOW/eight WARDROBE: by nouvelle eve 6

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cancer-survivor wendi says her baseline mammogram detected her breast cancer so early in its development that doctors gave her a 99 percent cure rate


“GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM.” “Don’t wait. That mammogram saved me,” asserts Wendi, a one year breast cancer survivor. “That mammogram” to which she refers was her very first, her baseline mammogram. Wendi does not fit the demographic of who the likely breast cancer victim is. Most often we think of women of more advanced years. It’s logical. First, there is the age factor; the older one is, the more time one has to contract various diseases. Then there is the hormone element of the equation. Lower levels of estrogen found in postmenopausal women increase chances of breast cancer. But Wendi had just celebrated her fortieth birthday and enjoyed good health. Menopause was years away. But cancer is an equal opportunity inflictor. Early detection was the key to Wendi’s 99 percent cure rate. The radiologist saw calcifications on her initial mammogram, called her in for a digital mammogram the next day. Two days later she had a needle biopsy that revealed the calcifications were cancerous. Wendi faced the best possible challenge a cancer patient can. Given her stage zero status, she had numerous treatment options. She elected to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction. She is happy with that choice; doctors discovered calcifications in her other breast that could have developed into cancer in the future. She might not be so fortunate to catch it at stage zero the second time around. Wendi says her good prognosis made it much easier for her and her husband to talk to their young family, ages 14, 9, and 6, about the cancer. “We chose an honest approach. We did use the ‘cancer’ word,” she reveals. “We could almost promise them that mom was going to be okay. Not all women have that.” She had a month long recovery from her surgery, and she is thankful for the support in helping with her children, tending to her needs, and keeping up her house. Her children, too, had to pitch in with the laundry, cooking, and cleaning during their summer break. Wendi chuckles at their discovery of just how much she does during the course of one day. She learned a few things herself. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” she maintains. “The little things that stress you out aren’t really all that big of a deal.” She owns that she used to be agitated by her children not picking up after themselves. But she has since gained new perspective, and she concedes that a messy house “just doesn’t matter.” m


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now,” calls Cheryl Wild. “I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” No, I am not an accomplice to a prison break. It’s just Cheryl Wild’s tongue-in-cheek way of letting me know she’ll make our interview for this story. She volunteers at the Douglas County Correctional Facility, working with women inmates through a program called “Good News Jail Ministry.” She teaches cognitive renewal once a week to help incarcerated women change their thinking from that of victim and blame to ownership. She also serves on three different boards: The Humane Society board, the Joslyn Art Museum Board and the governing board of Inclusive Community. She rescues abused dogs, (two of her three dogs are adopted) and helps Inclusive Community fight prejudice and promote understanding between all races and creeds.

This list of organizations is what remained after she “tried to cut back” when diagnosed nearly two years ago with aggressive breast cancer. “Aggressive breast cancer travels and is fast moving,” Wild says. Cancer presented itself in between Wild’s yearly mammograms, in May 2009. Almost immediately it migrated to her lymph nodes. After the biopsy, doctors performed a lumpectomy in June. Wild felt fortunate to be able

to keep her breasts, although in a smaller form. Looking on the bright side, she says, “I wanted to be downsized.” She started chemotherapy in early July and ended treatment in November. On the heels of chemotherapy came radiation treatments through January 2010.

and make up, getting dressed up, and plastering a smile on her face. The stress of enjoying a single night out, of simply being Cheryl Wild and not someone battling cancer, made her actively ill. Her husband had to pull over so she could get sick.

Regardless, Wild refused to host a pity party. “I never cried. Since then, she has been on a drug I whimpered when they had to shave treatment, a form of Tomaxifin, my head, but I didn’t cry,” she states. which strips her body of estrogen. “I saw other patients stripped of their Consequently, she has to face the joys youth,” she explains. Children of menopause for a second, more undergoing transplants and their virulent time. Her bones ache. parents maintaining brave faces Her fingers often “stick” in what she despite knowing the danger their describes as a “trigger pose” due to children faced. Teenagers spending stiff joints. She continuously more time in hospitals than in the experiences hot flashes. And she’ll be halls of their high schools. going through her second menopause Young women she met while for five years. It’s one of the facets of receiving chemo treatments but who cancer people don’t think about, says were not at the next appointment Wild. Those who have not dealt with because they didn’t make it. cancer think it is all over once Given her own long and full life, chemotherapy and radiation stop. Wild could not give in to self-pity. They forget about the drug therapy. “You realize how big the world of “When you are done, you’re not done,” suffering is,” she shares. notes Wild. Wild readily admits the cancer The most challenging aspect of her treatment has been her biggest treatment was chemotherapy. challenge physically. Yet it pales in “There were times I just couldn’t comparison to a personal tragedy that manage all the side effects,” she owns. taxed her both spiritually and The combination of fatigue, nausea psychologically. When she was 27, her and pain made her want to check into schizophrenic younger brother killed the hospital and raise the white flag their mother and took his own life in defeat. Then there was the effort of seven years later. She felt adrift. People trying to maintain some sense of know how to offer their condolences normalcy throughout the illness. when a parent or sibling dies from old age or illness. Despite their desire to She recalls a particular instance in help, friends and family did not know which she psyched herself up to what to say to her. They could not attend a party, putting on her wig

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relate to her loss. But she never felt alone after her cancer diagnosis. “There is a sisterhood of understanding because cancer touches so many lives,” Wild says. “I had worked through bitterness and anger at God before,” she continues, referring to the deaths in her family. So when her doctor told her she had cancer, her response was acceptance. “I thought, ‘Okay. I’ll work through this. I’ll be a woman of faith.’” “I had so many role models in other friends who had cancer,” Wild recalls. “I walked through it in a community.” Subsequently, she admits she was not surprised when she was diagnosed: “‘Now it’s my turn,’ I thought.” Wild’s attitude did not surprise long-time friend, Melissa Marvin, who describes Wild as tenacious, resilient, and resolved. Wild had a large network of friends to support her in the days after her diagnosis. They drove her to and from treatments, cooked, pulled weeds, sent heart-felt notes and humorous cards. Wild owns it is humbling to require help. She is more often on the giving end, not the receiving end. Says Marvin: “Cheryl is someone who gives and gives to others.” Marvin took on the task of reigning in Wild’s generous nature so she would not overextend herself. “I played the heavy,” Marvin laughs, often saying to Wild, “Please don’t make me yell at you today.” But Wild learned to be humble. She learned it was important to let her friends and family show their love and support through all the creative ways they helped. There were anti-nausea drinks and pots of soup, “I Love Lucy” marathons full of laughter, and friends scaling trees that needed trimming. “You can’t ever let someone face this [cancer] alone,” asserts Wild. She is grateful she did not have to.



“I’ve become frantic about using my time wisely,” Wild has observed since her cancer diagnosis. But her definition of this isn’t ticking off a series of adventures on a bucket list (though she does want to give skydiving a try after she turns 80). Rather, it is about servicing others. Being a good steward of her time and determining how she can best use her days is paramount to Wild. “When I lay my head down on my pillow, I ask myself, ‘What did I do to make someone else’s life better or easier?’” she says. Ralph Waldo Emerson shunned the societal definition of success as wealth and prominence and opted for a simpler - and more attainable - one. “To know even one life has breathed easier/because you have lived, This is to have succeeded.” Cheryl Wild would agree. m



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It used to be the mere mention of cancer connoted a fatal prognosis. Thanks to medical science advances, however, many forms of the disease are highly treatable and survivable today. While it’s true the “Big C” doesn’t mean a sure death sentence anymore, it’s still a scary, serious, and often lifethreatening condition. Indeed, cancer is so prevalent in America that almost everyone at some point is affected by it directly or indirectly. The diagnosis, even the word, still conjures feelings of anxiety, fear, resentment and other intense emotions. Genetic and lifestyle factors play a role, but cancer is largely indiscriminate in who it attacks. Everyone close to a cancer patient is impacted in one way or another. Behind every cancer case is a human story of life, pain, hope, and healing. Art is a powerful medium for honoring life and death experiences, which is why Opera Omaha and the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure have partnered to present Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope. Sing for the Cure concerts, like the Opera for the Cure, help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer care and research. Five dollars of each purchased ticket benefits Nebraska Komen.

The performances, which kick off Opera Omaha’s 53rd season, coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The dramatic, multimedia Opera for the Cure concerts are Omaha’s version of the Sing for the Cure programs. Sing for the Cure is a national program that has worked with the Komen foundation since 2000. 17

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“Opera for the Cure represents a great example of how two organizations, with completely different missions, can come together on a project that will have a powerful impact,” said Nebraska Komen Executive Director Lynette Farhart. “While I have seen only a few of the pieces from the production, I am positive anyone who experiences Opera for the Cure will walk away inspired. It is a unique opportunity to further educate people about breast cancer as the production takes you through one woman’s journey. The production encapsulates the emotions experienced from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, and ends with a message of hope. You will walk away wanting to make a difference.” “Throughout this emotional performance Opera Omaha will pay tribute to survivors and their families, as well as to those we have lost, through music, singing, photography and stories,” said Opera Omaha general director John Wehrle. “The performance itself is a journey, and it’s the journey of life that counts. This proclamation of hope will be uplifting and will leave the audience inspired.” “Ultimately the message is: What are we going to do about this, and who is going to do it? It’s the community that’s going to make the difference and help each person get through it,” said Farhart. This is why the public was invited to participate by submitting survivor and co-survivor stories and photos online at The special website displays these inspirational tales and images through October 17. A few of the testimonies and snapshots will be variously projected on stage, exhibited in the Orpheum


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lobby and featured in concert promotional materials. What Angels in America did for AIDS, Sing for the Cure has done for cancer. Just as Angels used dramatic musical theater to express the searing emotions and experiences of AIDS, Sing for the Cure uses music and testimony as the prism for its cathartic look at cancer. The concert program features classical and concert music by leading contemporary composers, including Joseph M. Martin and Michael Cox. The libretto speaks to the personal, family and communal impact of cancer, drawing on real-life stories in some cases. Professional and nonprofessional actors on stage will share various cancer stories. Dancers will help interpret the spoken and sung narrative. Guest conductor Richard Buckley leads the Omaha Symphony, joined by the Opera Omaha Chorus and the Opera Omaha Valmont Voices in Residence, featuring: American baritone Kyle Albertson, tenor Neil Darling, mezzo soprano Jennifer Forte and soprano Alyssa Nance. Collaborating with Buckley are visiting artists Helena Binder, who directs, and Opera Omaha Chorus Master/Resident Music Director J. Gawf. Dramatic lighting and an array of screens projecting video images will key music, words, emotions, and meanings. Musically, audiences can expect “a very accessible oratorio that speaks to the emotions of having cancer, dealing with it, how it affects all around you and the knowledge that many are there to support you in your personal journey,” said Buckley. “The style of the music is quite popular and deals with 10 different moments of a woman’s journey with breast cancer. But it is not all dark, because life isn’t. There is humor, compassion,

farewells to loved ones. The music has full chorus numbers, solos both legit and jazzy.” Stage director Helena Binder worked hard to ensure the concert has a narrative flow, complete with peaks and valleys and a mix of poignancy and humor. “I feel it’s my job to bring it to the audience in a way they can feel that range of emotions,” she said. The many expressive facets she has to play with remind her of working on operas. “It’s kind of the same thing where all these different artistic elements come together to tell a story to give an overall experience,” she said. “It’s really exciting to me because you have so many pieces and yet the idea is to weave it into a whole. It’s like a tapestry.” She said the evening will conclude in a spirited way. “It has to be something that people walk away from with a feeling of urgency, of commitment, of hope.” Performances are October 15th at 7:30 p.m. and October 17th at 2 p.m. For ticket information visit or call 345-0606.




A portion of proceeds from the party will be donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation

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KVNO’s award-winning Classical Kids program is made possible with support from the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener. Each month, KVNO honors the gift of the arts in our youth by recognizing an outstanding student musician, or “Classical Kid.” A panel of local music educators and KVNO staff members choose a youth whose musical efforts exemplify the value and richness of the arts in a young person’s life.

ABBA-solutely! The Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Safety Council’s Soiree 2010 will pulse to a disco beat this October! The Swedish pop group sensation of the 70’s, ABBA, is recreated by the tribute band, ABBA Mania, with four singers and backup band. ABBA Mania has performed locally with rave reviews at the Sumter Amphitheatre in Papillion and with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra last January. October 22nd, they will be the featured entertainment at the Safety Council’s Soiree 2010 at the Embassy Suites, La Vista Convention Center. The popularity of ABBA’s music is evidenced by the long-running Broadway musical, Mamma Mia!, and the recent hit movie based on the musical. The musical phenomenon continues its nine-year run on Broadway and multiple touring companies in the U.S. and around the world. I believe it has played here at the Orpheum at least four times and will return this coming March. A favorite of mine, the show is a truly clever interweaving of ABBA’s hits into the funny, touching story of Sophie’s upcoming wedding, her mother and her three possible fathers on a Greek island. The show invariably climaxes with the spandex-clad Dancing Queen encore and the entire audience on its feet singing and moving to the music. ABBA’s infectious music remains a staple of pop oldies radio long after the breakup of the group decades ago. I remember being on vacation in Europe in the early 70’s and ABBA had just created a sensation by winning the Eurovision competition and Waterloo was playing on radios everywhere! The group reemerged in the early 90’s when several ABBA classics were prominently featured in two Australian movies, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel’s Wedding. This enduring interest in the group and its music has spawned several tribute bands including ABBA Mania. Tribute bands, according to a recent feature on CBS Sunday Morning, are multiplying across the country by mirroring famous groups like U2, Led Zeppelin and, of course, the Beatles. In many cases, the sound is uncannily similar and recordings by these groups are more readily available on iTunes. No wonder the Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Safety Council has chosen ABBA Mania as the centerpiece of its annual event. Soiree (Safety Outreach, Investing in Resources for Essential Education) is the Safety Council’s premier fundraiser featuring cocktails, dinner, silent auction and dancing. This year Rick Russell and Bill Oakes will be inducted into the Safety Hall of Fame that evening. The Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Safety Council promotes safety and health by providing programs, resource services and education to prevent both the personal and economic loss associated with injuries, accidents and health hazards. Call (402) 896-0454 for more information about Soiree 2010 and the Safety Council.


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October’s Classical Kid is 11-year-old Leah Park, a student at Leonard Lawrence Elementary School in Bellevue. A pianist and singer, she recalls a very emotional experience when she sang with her choir at a nursing home; it reminded her of her grandmother who is very ill in a nursing home in New York. Leah also enjoys swimming because it builds strength in her body and reading because, “It feels like I travel the world with books.” She likes KVNO because of the emotion she can hear in the music. Her favorite composer is Beethoven and her inspiration for becoming a pianist came from hearing her mother play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”.


Brownell-Talbot student Sophia Pribus is the November Classical Kid. An 8-year-old who plays the piano, she remembers playing at the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics, where she won a trophy. “Being alone with the judge in the room was a little bit scary at the beginning but she appears to be very nice.” Sophia also enjoys reading so she can imagine being part of the story and dancing with the Nebraska Dance team. She loves listening to KVNO because you can feel the emotion without hearing any words.


Abigail Simmons is December’s Classical Kid. She is 12 years old, is home schooled and plays the piano and flute. Abigail received a Superior rating on her flute solo and says the best concert she has attended was KVNO and Omaha Performing Arts’ presentation of From the Top in May 2009. She loves horses and says the best part is when she gets to drive the carriage. She has won many blue ribbons. When asked why she listens to KVNO, Abigail says, “Is there any other station? I like to figure out songs and composers. KVNO plays the best music of all!”

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Brian O’Malley is a Chef Instructor at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts. Since joining MCC in 2003, O’Malley has played a key role in the development and growth of the Culinary Arts program, contributing in the areas of teaching, marketing and compliance.


Don Everett opened his first Runza Restaurant in Lincoln in 1966. With Everett’s guidance, Runza has grown to a company with 79 locations with annual sales of $60 million. Everett stays highly involved in education and civic responsibilities in Nebraska.



October, the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame honors individuals in the hospitality industry for their lifetime achievements. For the past 18 years, this event has not only recognized the contributions of local industry professionals, but also serves as a legacy for the future. The proceeds from this annual event benefit aspiring culinary students with scholarship funds which have raised $140,000 to date. This year on October 17th, six local personalities will be recognized for their dedication and success in the hospitality industry.

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Andy Hoig has been a strong supporter of the hospitality industry for over 20 years. As the owner and publisher of metroMAGAZINE, Ms. Hoig and her publications have featured and photographed local restaurants, chefs and the community’s culinary enterprises and their fundraising events since 1990.


Arty Abariotes became a part of the local hospitality industry by partnering with Rusty Harmsen and opening Mr. Toad’s in the Old Market. The duo later established Spaghetti Works Restaurant, which has expanded to Lincoln, Ralston and Des Moines, as well as Gallagher’s Restaurant. Even as a silent partner in these operations, he remains a great influence to young people involved in the industry. (FAR LEFT)


Steve Simon and his brothers were inspired to build the Omaha Steaks Company to become a worldclass processor of meat products. Simon is best known for his contribution to the food service industry by establishing customers across the United States. (IMMEDIATE LEFT)


While in Vietnam, Hall opened a restaurant that was only open two hours a day. This started a career with many moves that led him back to Omaha where he opened Fernando’s in 1993. Over the past few years, Hall has served as an officer or board member for the Omaha Restaurant Association as well as the Nebraska Restaurant Association. m

HALL OF FAME DINNER INFORMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010 5 p.m. Hors D'oeuvres Reception 6 p.m. Dinner and Program Entertainment by Chris Saub Band Food prepared by MCC’s Institute for the Culinary Arts Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus Bldg. 22 The Institute for the Culinary Arts Enter at 32nd and Sorensen Pkwy $75 per ticket A benefit for culinary scholarships For ticket information contact the Omaha Restaurant Association at or 402-493-4739

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MISSION STATEMENT: UNMC LINK represents a dynamic and energetic group of UNMC employees who are interested in linking UNMC to the community. UNMC LINK participants will have opportunities for networking, career development and involvement in engaging the greater Omaha community. THE GOALS OF UNMC LINK ARE: Establish a presence with new employees • Make sure that new employees, including interns, are given a warm welcome to the company and made aware of our group. • Establish relationships with other Career Development Groups. • Determine how to collaborate with groups and participate in similar events. • Continue to offer community philanthropy events. • Offer events, such as Habitat for Humanity or local volunteer organizations, for employees to give back to the community. • Increase UNMC attendance at 2011 YP Summit. • Promote the Summit and encourage members of Emerging Leaders to attend so UNMC can establish a more visible presence in the Young Professional Community in Omaha.

UTA HALEE GIRLS VILLAGE IS A NONPROFIT FOUNDED IN 1950, providing psychiatric residential treatment to young women ages 12-18. Since 1950, we have been providing hope and a healing environment for youth and their families. Our Mission is for those we serve to return to their home communities with the skills necessary to find meaning in their lives, form fulfilling relationships and resume a healthy journey into adulthood. The foundation of our treatment philosophy is our belief in the uniqueness and inherent goodness of every youth and in the essential role family plays in recovery. Our treatment planning is based on the specific, individual needs of each youth, and our focus is about treating the 'whole' child. We provide the clinical, academic, environmental and spiritual support struggling adolescents need to make positive and life-long change. "Friends of the Guild" is a newly formed volunteer group designed for the person that does not have a lot of extra time, but still has a heart for volunteering and making a difference. Check out our "News and Updates" tab on our website for information on upcoming meetings.

UNMC LINK encourages employees to attend monthly events, for both personal/professional growth, networking, and philanthropic opportunities. The group has also adopted a “green” mentality as all announcements, invites, updates are done via e-mail and Facebook. These employees contribute to the future and success of UNMC. They provide insight, enthusiasm and diversity from a new perspective.


katie underwood BEING A CIVIL ENGINEER IN LAND DEVELOPMENT, I have a unique opportunity to work with professionals from fields such as real estate, architecture, site planning, and various City departments on development projects. This gives me a perspective on the planning and improvement process as it occurs in the City of Omaha, which is where my volunteer interest lies as well. I chose to get involved with the Greater Omaha Young Professionals board because, similar to my arena of work, our projects and events have a very real and immediate impact on the city I live in. With the Omaha Chamber’s backing, the YP group hosts an amazing annual Summit, organizes advocacy subgroups around topics such as Public Engagement and Transportation, recognizes companies for their efforts in attracting young professionals, and the list goes on. An example of our impact is the YP Bus Challenge. The Transportation subcommittee ran this project, which was held in the spring of 2009. The project was created as a “challenge” between teams of a few


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people and was scored based on average number of bus trips per person. Although competition between the teams is fun, our focus was primarily on feedback we received from participants. We wanted to know what they liked, disliked, where they thought the system could easily (and perhaps not so easily) be improved, and so on. We used these comments to create a report that was presented to Metro Area Transit, City Council members, the Mayor, and other public officials. MAT worked with us throughout the entire process, has taken the report seriously, and has already implemented certain ideas, such as posting route maps in bus shelters. I use this example, because it is a very concrete case of taking something young professionals are interested in (public transit), looking at the existing structure in place (MAT’s bus system), bringing in many YP’s to evaluate it (via the Challenge) and giving feedback to stakeholders (the report). I also enjoy my involvement with the YP Board because of the way I’ve been able to expand my network. Although engineering is a very interesting world with very interesting people, it is also quite specialized, which sometimes makes for a small world. The Young Professionals organization has introduced me to individuals across a spectrum of careers and backgrounds that I would have otherwise never met. I love being able to examine Omaha YP issues through different points of view; perspectives I have gained through conversations and interactions with a varied group of YPs. metroMAGAZINE • OCT 2010

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whatbusiness “ YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CONNECTING wouldyoustart lizzy rasmussen

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vice president PARAMOUNT PARKING, INC.

“ FAIR TRADE IS A HOT TOPIC IN RETAIL THESE DAYS. The term refers to paying artisans a fair wage for their work, thus creating the opportunity for a better quality of life. At the moment, Omaha cannot offer consumers a place to shop for 100 percent fairly traded goods. I would like to open a retail store selling fairly traded international handicrafts. The store would sell unique gifts, home decor items, jewelry and apparel from all over the world. The common thread among all items in the store would be the people who created the goods were paid a living wage for their time and materials. This concept could come to fruition as either a for-profit business, or in a nonprofit form. Either way, the element of social awareness must be present in the store's marketing as people who are drawn to these types of stores, are concerned with the conditions under which the items they buy are produced. The store should be located in an urban part of Omaha with a great deal of foot traffic. Examples might include the Old Market, NoDo, Dundee, or Benson. To help draw in customers, it would be effective to have a full service coffee bar inside. To make this business run, I would need three to four parttime employees. The store would also present a great opportunity for college interns to learn about retail specific to fair trade and international sourcing. People would shop at this store for unique items they cannot get anywhere else, and they would also come to learn about international trade, world cultures, and what they can do to encourage responsible manufacturing. The business may attract a similar audience to that of Scout, Souq, and The Afternoon.

IF I WERE TO START A NEW BUSINESS IN OMAHA IT WOULD CENTER AROUND RENEWABLE ENERGY infrastructure that would be used by the average citizen on a daily basis. As we drive down the interstate we see wind turbines, ethanol plants and (though not yet in Nebraska) solar fields.These sustainable initiatives are great to push power into our "grid" and ease the burden of a weighted conscious but I believe there is more we can do personally, within our daily lives. Fossil fuels and coal will not last forever; the days of the electric and then hydrogen powered car in every driveway are closing in fast and there is little infrastructure to support this movement. I would (and maybe will) create a business that revitalizes an old industrial area of South Omaha and focuses on the development of a new energy infrastructure, starting with Omaha and expanding outward. There would be an opportunity to employ skilled construction workers, electricians, salespeople and management. The company would target our community as a whole in hopes of making an easier transition to what is an inevitable future. This is a tough market and even tougher to get your foot in the door, however there does not seem to be an end in sight. Anybody want to help?

anastasia treantos team lead finance BSC INVENTORY ACCOUNTING CONAGRA FOODS

“ AS A FEMALE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL IN CORPORATE AMERICA, too often the emphasis on appearance and dress in the workplace is focused on those who are either unable to afford adequate work attire or on those who are fortunate enough to enlist the services of personal shoppers. Our appearance affects not only our individual state of mind and the perception of those around us, so what happens to those of us that fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum? My Omaha start up business would provide in house consulting services to corporations such as ConAgra, Union Pacific, Kiewit and First National Bank that educate women of all ages on “appropriate” dress attire…primarily helping to define exactly what IS appropriate dress attire? I find this becomes a challenge for many women who attempt to balance the corporate suit we are all taught to wear with personality and functionality. Consulting begins by meeting with the corporation to understand their culture and expectations followed by group and individual sessions with employees to educate on appropriateness, personality incorporation, pricing and fit. Many times an entirely new wardrobe can be created from what is already in our closet…clients will find it is simple to dress for success at any price range, size, and age without spending hours thinking about it. My business would be located in a studio office in downtown Omaha with two additional employees assisting myself in research, presentation preparation, and individual consultations. The benefit is two-fold and empowering for both the business and the women. 24

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inomaha&why?” kelley mcatee owner PAWFECT PET SERVICES IF I WERE GOING TO START A BUSINESS IN OMAHA, IT WOULD BE AN INDOOR/OUTDOOR DOG PARK because with all four seasons here in the Midwest it is something we greatly need. My target market would be downtown pet owners and I would employ around 5-10 people depending on the size of the park, but would set it up in the Old Market area. There is no place right now for those dogs to play together off leash and burn off their energy. Most of them are living in apartments or condos and get walks on a leash, which is great, but they need to run off some energy and be able to indulge in their instincts to ward off unwanted and negative behaviors. And during the winter months, the owners would be so grateful to be inside out of the harsh cold or wet rainy days!

fashion PROFILE Q. How would you describe your personal sense of style? A. Classic with a modern twist. I select pieces that stand the test of time—classic silhouettes, such as a sheath dress, a fitted jacket, a pencil skirt or the staple little black dress. I mix classics with more current, eloquent, cool pieces like stylish jewelry, shoes, purses, or scarves. My petite frame warrants close attention to shape and detail to achieve a sophisticated look rather than a girlie look. It is fun to pair a ten-year-old versatile sheath with a new-cropped sweater and chunky jewelry. I also love to add a new feminine blouse, perhaps one with ruffles, to an old classic pant suit. Vivid colors and modern touches keep my mostly conservative wardrobe fun. I really like to keep the outfit mainly one color and add a couple of elements to get that modern twist. As an overachiever, I over do everything—that includes accessories. To remedy that, I add everything I want and then edit two or three elements. The trick is to pick the right pieces and to mix and match them in fresh, new ways. A stunning, showstopper of a dress is at the top of my shopping list, yet I tend to be a bit more understated so I am appropriate for any occasion. It is also important to not be too revealing as something should always be left for the imagination. There is nothing more stylish than the smart, elegance of style and manner, and a smile is always the best fashion accessory. Q. How has your role as President and CEO of the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Fdtn. shaped your wardrobe? A. A professional setting is always on the agenda, and that calls for conservative smart dressing. It includes a shot of bold color or accessories that make for a sophisticated but fun presentation. My days often include breakfast, lunch and dinner appointments. Racing home after work to change clothes is not an option for me, so it is essential to

create a style that will work for the office and transitions well to cocktail parties. I usually wear an LBD (little black dress) topped with a colorful blazer by day. And at night, the blazer is tossed aside and replaced by current accessories that add sparkle. Q. Where do you shop in Omaha? A. Von Maur is my favorite department store, but I shop everywhere along Dodge Street between Methodist Hospital at 84th Street and Methodist Women’s Hospital at 192nd Street. I must say my favorite place to shop is my own closet. I have many classic pieces in my collection, some dating back as far as high school. It is so much fun to accessorize something familiar with something new. When I walk into the office with an outfit that includes pre-loved pieces, mixed with new accessories, I feel a great sense of accomplishment, especially when I receive a compliment on my “new” dress or suit. It doesn’t cost much to keep pieces fresh with a few updated elements. Q. Who has influenced your style? A. My style has not been influenced so much by one person as it has by one culture. My Southern heritage created strong habits of a style that is lady-like, conservative, understated, feminine, and put together from head to toe. Southern ladies were taught early on it is important to dress well and be presentable at all times. We love to wear dresses, pearls and heels, and are called upon to hold our head high, sit up straight and have a well-groomed appearance. Everything is supposed to match, all the way down to the petticoat and pocketbook. I tend to be too “matchy-matchy” and even struggle to mix gold and silver jewelry. Q. What do you think is helpful to patients recovering from breast cancer to help them feel better again?

that have a lot of experience helping with this specific issue. When you have cancer, quality of life means much more than medical treatment. Josie Harper, the late wife of former ConAgra President Mike Harper, was a beloved wife and mother who lost her life to lung cancer. A special gift from The Harper Family Foundation established Harper’s Hope at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska to honor Josie and provide support services, which will make a lasting difference to cancer survivors in the Omaha community. Harper's Hope expresses the meaning of care at every turn of the cancer journey. Resources help patients and their family members live with, through and beyond the cancer diagnosis. Main program components include: nutrition services, wellness programs, risk and prevention assessments, social work, and support groups. Harper’s Hope offers assistance for all. Regardless of where you go for cancer treatment, no matter whether you are newly diagnosed or a longtime survivor, Harper’s Hope is available to everyone. Initial use of services is free of charge, and you will not be denied access to Harper’s Hope services because of inability to pay. Flamingo’s for Hope helps cancer survivors LAUGH, and again, a smile is always the best fashion accessory. Physical wellness and exercise helps survivors feel better. Cancer Prevention provides peace of mind, which helps survivors and their loved ones feel better. Good mental health also helps survivors feel even better. Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center provides a free initial visit to on site behavioral health specialists and support groups allow survivors to thrive. m

A. The loss of self esteem is very common after a diagnosis of cancer. It is important to connect to people that care—people

The Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation shares how her style has evolved, how she transforms from day to night, and offers insights regarding the road to recovery for cancer patients, including advice on how survivors can find self-esteem, hope, and feel good from the inside out again through smiles, laughter and caring connections.



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METRO style •

what we found eye-catching at omaha fashion week’s grand finale…


runway review.

the snapping of cameras and flashing lights, tweets heard (well, seen) ‘round omaha, and a cool breeze crossing the runway set the stage for the much anticipated and ever growing omaha fashion week runway finale show. thousands of strutting heels, thousands of facebook posts, and thousands of on lookers watched as models showcased our local design talent. each year is anew– better– more fashion forward. omaha fashion week is creative excellence and we’ve seen nothing yet– i’m on the edge of my seat for next year’s show.

designs of the times... from classics with sophisticated flair; long, flowing dresses; and feminine with a bit of an edge– three designers caught our attention.

runway translations and eye catching designs from omaha fashion week

*buf reynolds *eliana smith *daniel munoz eliana smith’s debut of her first full line really feminine with an edge– daniel munoz buf reynolds’ long flowing dresses turned heads. caught attention. with a tailored aesthetic, caught our attention with his stunning parisian we took her jewel toned designs in as they eliana works her magic with many different inspired line. bold black, red, and white stripes passed us by– each unique with intricate textiles. classic silhouettes, intricate details, and were met with asymmetrical lines and solid detailing, flowing floor length hems, and unique juxtaposition of colors making her fall line really unexpected contrasts. the sharp red added a silhouettes. buf’s designs are currently featured stand out. plums paired with muted lime green, certain flair to the show– a deep rich fall red, at bellwether boutique and retro in the old and brocade fabric in black, white and cream all just what we needed to end the night. market. for a unique aksarben dress, buf’s line blend with feminine details into a sophisticated daniel’s designs take a classic element--a offers a fashion-forward, floor-length option right line. i could see myself wearing nearly every silhouette, fabrication, or trend item--and add from the runway. piece as they came out– one right after the other. just enough edge to make it feminine and chic m her line transitions from a polished office look, to all at the same time. he’s got the eye for just out on the town for business, to local fundraising the right touch. i’d look to daniel’s designs for events. eliana brings sophisticated flair to classic, social events and parties– where you’d like to timeless pieces. make a trend-forward statement.


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for omaha designer buf reynolds, fashion isn’t just a job but a way of life. between designing swimwear, dresses and wedding gowns, reynolds runs a retro clothing store in the old market and donates her time and talent to area fashion events to help secure omaha’s place in the fashion world.


with the possibility of a runway streaming with water would send most designers scrambling to their design boards in their Jimmy Choos, nervously tugging at their hair. Buf Reynolds took the information in stride. The 29-year-old designer, obviously a “glass half full” kind of gal, saw a water-logged runway as the perfect opportunity to create swimwear and “gowns that would flow in the water.” She also knows runway shows are meant to be dramatic. Models sport outlandish hair and makeup. Clothing is couture. It is meant to set trends-combining masculine lines with very feminine fabrics, layering textures within a single outfit, creating curves by cinching one’s waist with a wide belt over a blazer or cardigan- that are not replicated head to toe on Main Street America. So why not water? Reynolds’ swimwear was met with rave reviews at the Omaha Fashion Week preview held in March at The Nomad, and this wasn’t because guests attending the event were tired of wool and cold weather. “I like pushing the envelope with swimwear,” the designer admits. Those in attendance liked that she does. Reynolds’ metallic fabrics mixed with architectural cuts made a splash with the audience and achieved the designer’s goal of accentuating “the amazing features on a woman’s body.”

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Her eveningwear featured fluid fabric and dramatic draping. Her dresses were elegant yet wearable, created with a rich color palette and eye-catching necklines. She gravitates toward pleating and draping her designs because she feels it helps “create a fit in a dress that will cover many sizes and look like it was intended specifically for whatever size it happens to be on.” The effect isn’t flouncy though. As Reynolds says, she “tends towards sleeker, more elegant looks.” Reynolds’ collection for September’s show will feature even more dresses than the spring preview. She is opting for brighter colors, bucking tradition which relies on earth tones and deeper jewel tones for fall and winter. She is especially excited about including wedding gowns in her new line. Reynolds is a self-professed workaholic. Along with her career in fashion design, she co-owns the Old Market store RETRO, working seven days a week and logging 60 hours a week. “It is awesome,” she enthuses, “It’s full of random clothes that are crazy.” Her clothes may not be “girly,” but her love of shopping is. “I am an avid consumer. I mostly just shop for my store, though,” she qualifies. Fashion is fun to Reynolds, and she has her finger in numerous fashion pies around town. In addition to Omaha Fashion Week and RETRO, Reynolds was instrumental in this July’s fashion event, FashionBar: London Calling. Held at Midtown Crossing’s Parliament Pub, FashionBar mixed music and clothing to celebrate all things British. Reynolds donated clothing from RETRO, her contribution to raising awareness about Omaha’s burgeoning fashion industry. She attributes her strong work ethic to her parents. She recalls how her mother would take her and her sister to discount clothing stores and challenge them to come up with outfits “on the cheap.” “We had to be creative,” she says. “My mom always had fabrics sitting around and sometimes I would play with them and wrap them around me.” These were the first inklings of what truly brings her satisfaction as a designer, when a client tries on her clothing and looks amazing. “It is the idea that I can take these flat pieces of fabric and turn them into something substantial. It is instant gratification,” she asserts, “It is the look on the client’s face when they see themselves in the mirror.” Runway shows like Omaha Fashion Week are also a perk of the trade. “It is really fun seeing something I created walking down a runway. You can go out and buy artwork, and it can hang on your wall for you and your guests to see, but with fashion you get to wear it for the world to see.” Buf Reynolds, Omaha Fashion Week, RETRO, Omaha Fashion Week Preview, metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha FashionBar: London Calling, The Nomad, Parliament Pub.


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AS I WRITE THIS, it is one of the first cool days in awhile. The temperature has been in the 90s and 100s until today. Everywhere I went today, I heard, “Doesn’t the cooler weather feel nice?” I admit to thinking, I am not ready for fall or winter. I have kept my promise of last spring - after a long, cold winter - to enjoy and appreciate every day of summer, no matter how hot it got. I’ve always found it interesting that without regard to which season it is, conversation is often about the weather. While that type of conversation is often simply about making conversation, I’ve noticed we often seem to wish the weather would be other than what it is.

promotion or public acknowledgement, or otherwise receive external rewards letting us know we are okay. I have worked hard the last several years to maintain a more positive attitude without regard to external events. Admittedly, I continue to find that a challenge. In February, I lost one of life’s most special friends when he lost his battle with a variety of issues. That was a friendship that helped me find my internal strength when I struggled to find it.

In contemplating the shift to fall weather and activities, I note the constant combination of that which is a constant in life. Many things are both temporary and eternal. In the fall, the leaves will fall from the trees, but in the spring, leaves will come again.

As part of my yoga training this past year, I have been reading a meditation book by Rolf Gates. A recent meditation started off with the quote from Lao-Tzu: “Stay in the center of things and let all things take their course.” I have put that quote on my mirror and several other places since I ran across it. As life’s events swirl around them, we can find a stable “center” where we will be okay regardless of what happens.

Shifting from season to season is easier if we are aware of the need to shift our activities and our lifestyle with the seasons. Over the past few seasons, I have made changes with each season. While I still have my favorites, I have found more satisfaction in each season by attending to the impact of the change on my body, mind and spirit.

Each of us will have our own way of finding our center. Some find it in the practice of a particular faith. Some find it on a mat in yoga class. Others might find it on a hike or on top of a mountain. What is most important is to know how you can center yourself so you are less susceptible to what is going on around you and less affected by the moods of others.



I was recently out golfing with a friend of mine who played professional golf. Given the fact that I have reconstructed my golf swing this season, the ups and downs of golfing have been significant. My friend said, “Well you know, the thing is that you are not going to be in total control of your swing every day but you can be in control of your attitude about it.”

MOVING INTO THE FALL Fall begins the season of the mad dash through the holidays and to the New Year. It is an important time to stay balanced. Consider the following strategies: •Fall is cool, light and dry. Favor warm food and drinks to stay balanced. •Eat more hearty vegetables, especially those with down growing roots (root vegetables help us stay grounded). •Continue to spend time outside. •Connect or re-connect with friends that are able to keep a positive attitude regardless of life’s twists and turns. •Carve out a part of every day to read something uplifting. •Listen to calming music. •Establish a tradition to celebrate the season that is also a celebration of you. Create a tradition that helps you feel centered.



If you were to ask your body what it needs and then really listen to its response, it is unlikely the body will say “I need a quarter pound cheeseburger and fries from McDonald’s followed by a banana split from Dairy Queen.” That’s the mind.

I posted that comment on Facebook that evening. I was deluged with emails and comments along the lines of “I often feel like I have a lot more control over my very inconsistent swing than I do over my attitude.”

The mind has a very important place in our lives but sometimes, in our society of very active minds, the mind is on overdrive when we really need to listen to the body or the soul. “There is intelligence in nature that brings balance and harmony to the mind, heart, and soul,” Rolf Gates wrote.

It is so true that many of us let our internal condition be controlled by external conditions. We are in a good mood and happy if we have a great round of golf, get a

Centering practices connect us to the wisdom of the mind, body, heart and soul. This fall, consider these practices to help you center a priority.

“Stay in the center of the circle and let all things take their course.” ~ LAO TZU 30

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the soul’s journey • with dixie clark

what’syourstory? Each of us has our own unique story with our own cast of characters. We are the heroes of our story, even though we may not always feel very heroic. This story consists of our family, where we’ve lived, what we’ve done, who we’ve loved, what we’ve accomplished, our adventures, the roles we’ve played. The stories we tell can be fascinating, hilarious, tragic, filled with love or regret. They can serve as a reference point, a way of connecting with others, and how we express ourselves in the world. Maybe the most important aspect of the story is our perception of it and ourselves in relation to what has happened. How do we interpret situations in our lives? How do we handle betrayal, disappointment, success? Sometimes we get stuck in our story, and believe it defines who we are and what we do. Sometimes we get stuck in the wounds of the past and out of those hurts is the only way we relate to ourselves and others. Sometimes we get stuck in the labels others have placed on us and live our lives based on other people’s opinions. We can even get addicted to the drama that these stories hold. When we allow situations and other people to define who we are, we get pulled away from our Soul Center and into the negativity of the world. The more energy and focus we put into our story based on what has happened, and what we perceive to be our limitations, we begin to create a morphic field around us that holds this story in place, causing us to continue to live in this limited reality. The structure goes something like, “Because this _____ (name your own situation or pattern) happened, it means that _____ (fill in whatever interpretation, judgment, or limiting belief you took on about yourself, the world or safety here.) So, therefore, this is who I am and what I do.” Labeling and diagnosing a situation can make it more of a problem. It gives it an identity and power. Often we’re not aware we’re stuck in our story. Many of us get up in the morning and start living on autopilot without awareness that the past is making decisions about this present moment. Here are some examples that may help you become aware of where you’re living from a place of your old story instead of your Soul Center. • Using phrases such as “I can’t, I must, I always, I never, that’s just who I am.” • Repeating the same patterns over and over again, attracting the same people and situations into your life. • Continuing to have the same reaction or behavior even after you’ve made a decision never to do it again.

Become aware of your perceptions in each situation. What are the rules you have set up for yourself and others in order for you to feel safe? Whatever template or perceptual field we hold about ourselves, we continue to create. The language we use can serve as a window to shift into a new reality, create a new story. Instead of saying, “I never _____ or I always _____ or I can’t _____, add the phrase “Up until now I haven’t _____. For example, “I always live from paycheck to paycheck,” changes to: “Up until now, I have lived from paycheck to paycheck.” That may sound simple, but it’s very powerful. There’s a part of us that listens to everything we say and reacts accordingly. If we continue to program living from paycheck to paycheck through our use of language, we tend to create that. Adding the “up until now” piece sends a message to your subconscious that from this moment on, things can be different. Practice it on one of your own patterns and notice the difference internally. When we start to notice our internal experience shifting, that’s often reflected in our environment. We’re starting to change the energy field that held that in place and open up to the soul matrix. Ask questions that allow your subconscious to make new choices: • What would it be like if (this pattern) were to change? • What new possibility is waiting for me today? • What would it be like if I felt free to do what I think is best for me? • What would it feel like to love myself totally today? • How would letting go of this hurt/anger/pain/resentment change my life? • How would my life be different if I trusted my intuition and acted on it? • What one new aspect of myself or life can I become aware of today and embrace? Questions to ask yourself about the story you continue to create: • Is it true for me now? • Is it useful? • Does it bring me joy? Take away the labels we’ve given ourselves or the labels that have been given us, and we simply become a “spiritual being having a human experience,” expressing ourselves in the moment the best way we know how. Each story, each journey is sacred. It is the vehicle our soul is using to gain experience and to come into wholeness. The Soul sees the gift of learning in each situation and lets go of the rest. “The Soul’s story is very simple. I am Joy. I am Love. I am Divine. I am on my way Home.”

“Stay excited. Have fun. Recreate yourself every day.” – Dr. Richard Bartlett Dixie Clark, MS, MSS, LPc is Director and co-founder of Morning Star center, a holistic wellness center. a licensed counselor and ordained minister, she holds a masters’ degree in both counseling and spiritual science and is currently obtaining her doctorate in spiritual science. With over 26 years experience in mind/body therapies, she combines psychology and spirituality to help people release emotional blocks, heal past trauma and change limiting beliefs to open to soul awareness.

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Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets!

Save the Date! Purses for Paws Oct. 25, 2010 - Marketbasket in Countryside Village 5:30 to 7:30 pm Join Friends Forever for a night of purse and accessory shopping. Your $25 registration will reserve wine and hors d‘oeuvres for you as you shop our silent auction of purses, scarves and accessories. Best of all, the money raised will go directly to help animals at NHS. What could be better than shopping and helping animals? Information

Holiday Open House Dec. 4, 2010 - NHS 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Do your holiday decorating with us and help the animals! We’ll have quality wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias from Canoyer Garden Center, specials in our retail store, natural pet treats, and more. And, as you shop for yourself every cent stays right at the shelter to benefit the animals, so you’re giving gifts that give back. That’s some doggone holiday spirit!

All proceeds stay at the shelter to benefit homeless animals so as you take care of your dog you also provide for those still waiting for loving homes. Call 571-2273 for appointments or log on to Pam and Dr. Bill Fleming with Sammi and Clyde

Pam and Dr. Bill Fleming Clyde had no idea his life was about to change when he snuggled up to Pam and Bill Fleming at the Nebraska Humane Society. “He picked us, and we couldn’t be happier,” says Pam. Clyde (named after Bill noticed he moved like a Clydesdale) has had a summer to remember. After initially needing a life vest, Clyde has learned to swim, boat, and ride a jet ski. Says Bill: “No kids would pay attention to just me, but I’m the guy with the dogs.” Every Tuesday Clyde earns his keep by helping out at Three Dog Bakery. He does such a good job treat tasting that Krystal, the proprieter (who is also his human sister) has named one just for him, Clyde’s Chunky Monkey Lickety Split. In his off time, Clyde enjoys wrestling with his canine cousin Maurice, fetching Frisbees with his lab sister Sammi, and removing all squeakers from toys in their home. “We wouldn’t know what to do without our dogs,” says Pam. “They are true members of the family.” Adds Bill, “Anyone who speaks disparagingly about a dog’s life has never seen our dogs.” gives you all the info!

For more information go to “Programs and Events” on the NHS Website at, or call 444-7800 ext 273.

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compassion-”eight” BUNGALow/eight soiree in september


September 19th, BUNGALOW/eight hosted Soiree in September. The event was held to thank clients, friends and family for a successful opening and first year in business.

Sarah Miller, Jaimie Vale, Jenna Fricke, Rachel Krug, and Samantha Webb

Over 250 guests attended the event and donated money towards CureSearch, the nation’s largest foundation for childhood cancer research.

For more information on BUNGALOW/eight, visit

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Funds raised will help oncology teams treat children in Omaha and pave the way for ground-breaking research on their quest for a cure. BUNGALOW/eight thanked their guests with complementary sets of Bb’s new promotion, “READY-to-Hair”. Guests of Soiree in September were served cocktails by The Holiday Lounge, hors d’oeuvres catered by Bob Freshman Catering, and music mixed by Lowercase Sounds.   BUNGALOW/eight is steadfast in its commitment to create a culture of creativity, growth, and respect built on the foundation of inspiration, education, and teamwork. BUNGALOW/eight believes in offering the highest level of professional services while ensuring that each client is treated with respect and dignity. Bungalow Eight perseveres to build integrity, improve our community, and protect our world.

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September 8th, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) held its annual “Faith in Action� awards dinner at Embassy Suites LaVista. The event recognizes community leaders whose actions demonstrate their commitment to faith-based values and principles.

April and Kenny Rocker, and Michelle Troxclair

Chaplain Jeff and Donna Swanson, Deanne and Ken Fortney

Jack Swanda served as emcee for the event, which included dinner and a program of award presentations, honoree videos and acceptance remarks. The evening also included a message from President and CEO Ruth Henrichs. The 2010 honorees were Howard and Rhonda Hawks, Omaha Yahoo! Employee Foundation, and Scott Anderson. Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is a faith-based, statewide human care organization which impacts over 35,000 individuals, serving from 32 offices in 18 cities in the areas of behavioral health, children services and community services.

Rose Glock, Melinda and John Keenan

Scott Anderson, Rose Glock, Amy Richardson, and Judy Miller

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Jim Rose, Carol Wang, Robert Wilson, and Mary Helen Stefaniak

Photos by Dan Flanigan


buzzybees literacy center 3rd annual spelling bee


Emma Johanningsmeier, and Executive Director Bev Todd

Ten community and corporate teams of three adults each tested their word knowledge and spelling abilities as they competed for trophies including Best of Hive (Omaha World Herald), Best Costume (Junior League/Woodmen of the World) and Best Team Spirit (Omaha Public Library).

Honorary Chairs Trish and Tom Weekly


September 9th, at the Scott Conference Center, the 3rd Annual Spelling Bee raised more than $18,000 for the Literacy Center. Chairs of the event were Kjirsten and Joe Finnegan and Leilani and Dan Harbeck. Honorary chairs were Tricia and Tom Weekly. There were 120 attendees who participated in an audience spelling quiz. The panel of judges included Action3News anchor Carol Wang, Omaha World Herald columnist Robert Nelson, and KFAB Radio sportscaster Jim Rose. They were joined by celebrity emcee Mary Maxwell.

Grace University GOLF4GRACE Russ Harper, Gary Wasdin,

Julie Humphrey, and Cindy Zimmerman

Paul Troupe and Wally Armstrong, with Tom, Rob, and Doug Troupe Don Hutchens, Kathy and Chuck Larsen

For more information about the Literacy Center, visit

Ashley Trankle, Beth Riley, and Angie Schendt

Co-Chairs Joe and Kjirsten Finnegan, Leilani , and Dan Harbeck

Rex Fisher, Jim Rose, and Deb Fisher

Paige and Scott Berryman

Marcia and Steve Pitlor

Nathan and Lora Johnson

Brian and Twyla Swearingen

Mary and John Windle

Laurie and Charles Kay, Joel and Kathy Sartore, with Dr. Lee and Marie Simmons

Nichole and Brock Beran

Harlan Falk, Larry Siegler, and David Brown Photos by Dave Stock



omaha zoo foundation earth and wine


September 2nd, The Omaha Zoo Foundation and Friends of Omaha’s Zoo held Earth and Wine, an event celebrating the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. Chairpersons of the event were Laurie and Charles Kay with honorary chairs beings Marie and Lee Simmons. A speical presentation by Joel Sartore, national geographic photographer, conservationist and author was the highlight of the evening. “We were touched to see such a wonderful group of people from the Omaha community come together for the 2010 Earth and Wine Event, our guest speaker was riveting. He emphasized the need for zoos like Omaha’s to continue their great work in conservation. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Dr. Lee Simmons, the Omaha Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country,” said Laurie and Charles. For more information about the Omaha Zoo Foundation, visit




omaha symphony music and masterpieces

Donna Foley, Beth Pusic, and Kim Banat

Owner Marian Holden, Jeanette Sodoro, and Anne Jetter


August 20th through the 22nd, the Omaha Symphony Guild held its annual event, Music and Masterpieces at Designer’s Touch on 120th and Blondo. The funds raised are used to support the symphony’s nationally recognized music education programs. Walter Edelman, a fourth generation art dealer from New York, offered over 500 oil paintings and 300 reprints with works from Chagall, Picasso, and Rembrandts for sale. Music was provided by an array of young Omaha musicians including the Bessmer family, Jennifer Ahn, and Yasmeen Bora. Janette Sodoro and Marian Holden were co-chairs for the event.

The Bessmer Family

For more information about the Omaha Symphony Guild, visit

Designer’s Touch Studio staff Peggy Kelley and Kayla Coy an Flanigan Photos by D

Mike and Kristy Pietro

Jennifer Zatechka and Bernadette Suh

Jen Karolski, Erin Chinwadzimba, Patricia Kearns, Laura Bergevin, Mashanda Graham, Robbie Strong, and Taylor Kerschke

an Flanigan Photos by D


David and Colleen Blau

Reina Walls with Ardella and Johnny Rodgers

Judie Olson, Mary Maxwell, Mary Larsen, Lynne Boyer, Gail Parsonage, Dian Moore, and Janie Kolbeck


durham museum on track guild 100 yards of glory


August 30th, more than 360 people attended “The 100 Yards of Glory” luncheon sponsored by the Durham Museum’s On Track Guild. The guest speaker was Bernadette Suh, mother of Ndamukong Suh. As a single mother and teacher, the emphasis of her message was spending time with your children and the need for them to be focused on their education. Central High School’s drum line began the luncheon with a fight song performed at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. Mike Kelly, columnist for the World Herald emceed the event, and Durham’s Executive Director Christi Janssen thanked the On Track Guild for their continuing support.

Sandra Knouse and Karen Kocourek

Norm Choat, Jim Nebel, and Lorna Rollag

For more information about the Durham Museum, visit



David Francisco, Marcelino Francisco, Marc Oswald, Kelly Smith, and Juan Feliciano

Co-chairs Jennifer Locke and Deana Walocha

opera omaha guild burgers and bordeaux

Brian Mark Conover, Jodi Vaccaro, Leanne Hill Carlson, and Todd Brooks

Bruce Rasmussen, Mike Simmonds, Tom Becka, Louis Marcuzzo, and Kevin Simmonds


August 29th the Opera Omaha Guild presented the second annual “Burgers and Bordeaux” burger competition at Happy Hollow Club. Competing chefs were Marc Oswald of Happy Hollow Club, Glenn Wheeler of Spencer’s, Carmel Wendell of the Dundee Dell, Nick Hung and Ryan Jorgensen of Rick’s Boatyard, and Aaron Smeall of Capital City Grill. KFAB radio personality, Tom Becka, emceed the event. Over 150 people attended the event and over $5,000 was raised. Jennifer Locke and Deana Walocha served as chairs for the event. For more information about Opera Omaha, visit Photos by Dave Stock




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Bo Ruud, Nick Bahe, Belinda Wright, Kim Armstrong, Chad Carr, Kirsten Case-Penrod, Anne Hindery, Mary Nelson, and Adrian Whitsett

Youth Emergency Services Dance for a Chance

Belinda Wright and Amanda Soltero


August 27th, local celebrities danced for homeless and at-risk youth in the second annual “Dance for a Chance” fundraiser held at DC Centre. This event, hosted by Youth Emergency Services (YES), raised more than $23,000 in donations. Local stars included: Kim Armstrong, Mutual of Omaha Foundation and YES Board of Directors; Nick Bahe, 1620 The Zone’s Schick & Nick Show; Tom Becka, KFAB Radio Personality; Tiffany Campbell, Husker Scarlet Dance Team 2007-2009; Chad Carr, President of Ticket Express; Kirsten Case-Penrod, Chief Services Officer for the City of Omaha; Gail DeBoer, President of SAC Federal Credit Union; Anne Hindery, CEO of Non-Profit Association of the Midlands; Mary Nelson, KMTV’s The Morning Blend; Bo Ruud, NE Cornhusker Linebacker 2004-2007; Matt Schick, 1620 The Zone’s Schick; Shari Stone, The Big 101.9; Adrian Whitsett, KETV News Anchor; Belinda Wright, Miss Nebraska USA 2010.

Adam DeMuth, Jana Loyet, and Joe Flaxbeard Brenda Karn and Stacey Childers

Kim Armstrong and Stacy DeMuth

For more information, visit

Jenna Temme, Lindsay Watson, and Adrian Whitsett

James Dill and Elizabeth Edwards

Matt Schick, Tom Becka, John Beasley, Tiffany Campbell, Gail DeBoer, and Shari Stone Photos by Dan Flaniga n

James Dill, Kirsten Case-Penrod and Andy Hoig


August 14th, the 11th annual Buckaroo Bash was held at the Omaha Mounted Patrol Barn and generated record support for the purchase of rodeo tickets for disadvantaged youths to attend the Justin Boots Championships Rodeo for free. The world’s second largest rodeo, held during Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo and Stock Show (ARCR), will welcome 560 youths.

Carly Ward, Rich Stickner, and “Gunny”

The event was co-chaired by Fred and Teresa Hunzeker and Rob and Stacie Reed and sponsored by OPPD, Paxton-Vierling Steel, Tenaska, Fred and Teresa Hunzeker, McCarthy Capital, Abe’s Trash and NMC. Highlights included the presentation of the commemorative elk buck to the 2010 Grand Marshal, Mr. Sid Dillon, and the presentation of the 2010 Heritage Award to Physicians Mutual.

David and Jane Williams, Mary and Tom Kerr and Charles and Laurie Kay

Beth Greiner with Chief Alex Hayes and his wife Rieko

The event served as the kick-off to the Omaha rodeo season as well as ARCR and drew nearly 400 attendees. The event grossed nearly $70,000. For more information about the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, visit

Photos by Dan Flanigan

Photos by Dan Flanigan



Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation Buckaroo Bash


Gary and Kathy Gates with Teresa and Kirk Kellner



Ronald McDonald House of Omaha Wings and Wheels


Ashley Homan and Gregg Young

August 28th, guests at Ronald McDonald’s House Charities’ Wings and Wheels were able to view private jets and automobiles. Jets on display at Elliott Aviation were a P51-D Mustang, a Lear 35, a Lear 60, and a Cessna Citation. Automobiles included a 2008 Dodge Viper ACR, a 1975 Lamborghini, a 2009 Corvette Zo6, a 2000 BMW Z8 Roadster, and an Aston Martin DB6. Nearly 200 guests attended the event which raised nearly $50,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. Guests sampled Lucky Bucket beer, Joss vodka, single malt scotches from Hy-Vee, wine poured by members of vinNEBRASKA, and tequila from Stokes Grill and Bar. Food stations were catered by Catering Creations.

Larry Lundquist, Brent Williams and Doug Lash

Theresa McBride, Janet Tiarks and Velma Lippoldt

Sheila and Jim Mair with Joe and Barb SantaMaria

Dave Wingert from KGOR served as the emcee, and Jacque and Tony Diez and Sammy Reagan served as honorary chairs. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, visit

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magi c al youth care and beyond, inc. salsa magic

Elizabeth Edwards, Christopher Ouren, and Carrie Landes

Tracey Pearson and Derek Moore


August 7th, Salsa Magic 2010 was held at Blue Sushi in the Old Market. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed food, catered by the host restaurant, and free dance lessons from Elizabeth Edwards of Omaha Ballroom. Camille Metoyer Moten, Dave Murphy and Mark Hinrich provided the evening’s music. The event benefits Youth Care & Beyond Inc. and proceeds help provide quality living environments for developmentally disabled youth. Board members in attendance were Rick and Maryann Gomel, Nancy Ruffcorn and Paul Ballinger, and Clarence and Laurie Nichols. For more information on Youth Care & Beyond, visit

Arianna Crum and Joshua Crum

Nancy Ruffcorn and Paul Ballinger

Scott and Audrey Gomel with Andy Gromel

Mary Ann Gomel, Sandie Hite, and Tracey Hite

Photos by Dan Flanigan

Photos by Dan Flanigan

Meagan Uffelman and Amelia Stoltman

Brian Ardinger, Joey Vanas, and Susan Stibal Jamie Walker, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, Jeff Slobotski

Amit Chaudhary and Greg Ladd


behappy delivering happiness bus tour meet and greet

Ryan Walker and Matt Helt

Angie Drees, Rosann Kevil, Amanda Rucker, and Nia Nielsen


August 31st, the Delivering Happiness bus arrived in Omaha bringing Tony Hsieh, CEO of, along with members of the Zappos and Delivering Happiness team to the city. The first stop was at the AIM Institute followed by the Joslyn Sculpture Garden. Next was the Children’s Hospital which was coordinated by hospital staff Rob Harding and Cherie Lytle. The day finished with a stop at Omaha Steaks and the Delivering Happiness Happy Hour at Loft 610 where over 75 people attended and met the Delivering Happiness team. Mayor Jim Suttle officially proclaimed August 31st as “Tony Hsieh Day” in Omaha. For more information about the Delivering Happiness Bus Tour, visit

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Nancy Gillmore and Bill Boyle

Shannon Walenta and Jim Abt

Rosie and Gerry Tomka, John Fitzgerald, with John and Brenda Orr

Gordon Cantiello and Patrick Roddy


worldofcare Mark and Carrie Palmesano

Christine and Steve Johnson, Shirley and Dan Neary, and John and Terri Fitzgerald

Sarita Hollander, Kelan Brill, Jeff Portenier, and Kate Bliefernich

Natalia Peart, Mary Kerr, Jill Bruckner, and Madeline Lynch e Stock Photos by Dav

children’s respite care center the world goes ‘round


August 19th and 20th at the Scoular Ballroom, the Children’s Respite Care Center (CRCC) presented the 3rd Annual Musical Revue, “The World Goes ‘Round”. The event raised $73,000 to help support requests from the CRCC Scholarship Program. Honorary Chairs were co-founders Terri Fitzgerald and Steve Johnson and John Fitzgerald. Thursday’s performance was open to the public and had a sell-out crowd of 220 attendees. Friday’s gala event featured cocktails, seated dinner, and the show’s performance. For more information about Children’s Respite Care Center, visit

Photos by Linda Shepard

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October 13

WINE TASTING EVENT A benefit for Boys Town National Hotline This wine tasting event hosted by the Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club hopes to bring awareness and support to Boys Town National Hotline, a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line. Del Mare – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit

October 14 BREAKING THE SILENCE A benefit for Community Alliance Join Community Alliance and former Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill as they raise awareness of mental illness and the impact it can have on families. The event is one of the region’s largest educational events focused on eliminating the fear and stigma surrounding mental illness. Joslyn Art Museum – Omaha – 5:00 P.M. Visit

October 15 ANNUAL LUNCHEON A benefit for Together, Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha This event includes an awards ceremony celebrating the hope, dignity and compassion of those that have supported us over this past year. Hilton Hotel – Omaha – 11:30 A.M. Call 345-8047 x206. DIAGNOSIS DINNER A benefit for The Pathology Center at Methodist Hospital Methodist Volunteers In Partnership will host this fundraiser featuring renowned novelist, veteran journalist, science writer and documentary filmmaker, Jon Jefferson. Scott Conference Center – Omaha – 7:00 P.M. Call 354-4522. ART IN THE BAG A benefit for Leap for a Cure and the Linda Tolton Pancreatic Research Fund Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music featuring a silent auction of handcrafted bags, purses, and totes with dazzling beaded key chains. Hot Shops Art Center – Omaha – 7:00 P.M. Visit

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October 15 ENCAP 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Benefitting Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership CNN’s Tony Harris will host this extraordinary evening marking ENCAP’s four and a half decades of serving those in need. The event features The Three Doctors, whose amazing story is preserved in three New York Times best selling books. Embassy Suites Downtown – Omaha Call 453-5656 x208 or visit

October 15 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION A benefit for the Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children Pat Hazell, humorist, writer, performer and producer will perform at the event celebrating NFVIC’s 50 years of service to Nebraska children who are blind or visually impaired. The event, titled “Celebrate the Vision” will include cocktails, Pat Hazell’s performance, and an hors d’oeuvres supper. Kutak Rock – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 218-7022.

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October 22

WINE ‘TIL NINE A benefit for the Nebraska Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation This evening consists of microbrew tasting, wine tasting, music, appetizers, silent auction and raffle. It is a great event for those interested in assisting the arthritis cause, wine enthusiasts, or young professionals looking to support the community. Omaha Marriott – Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Visit or call 330-6130.

HOMEGROWN A benefit for Nebraska Children’s Home Society This event features a beer and wine tasting from local breweries and wineries, local cuisine, and a new photography exhibit. Enjoy a fun, casual evening at one of the hippest venues in downtown Omaha. Nomad Lounge – Omaha – 5:00 P.M. Call 898-7783.

October 23 A VINTAGE AFFAIRE II A benefit for Autism Action Partnership Join us for a Wine and Glass experience as you are personally escorted by international wineglass maker Georg Joseph Riedel through an exquisite tasting of fine wines. The tasting will be followed by dinner and a live auction of rare wines and other splendid items not typically available in the Midwest. Qwest Center Junior Ballroom – Omaha Visit

October 23 A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY A benefit for The Dobleman Head and Neck Cancer Institute This event begins with a pre-concert reception catered by Guckenheimer’s, followed by Stravinsky’s magical ballet suite, The Firebird, performed by the Omaha Symphony and conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Holland Performing Arts Center – Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Call 393-7050.

October 26 AMBASSADOR OF HOPE GALA A benefit for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center Hosted by the Friends of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, this biannual gala is one of the top fundraising events in the city. It includes the Ambassador of Hope Award, given to individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. This year’s honoree is former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice. Qwest Center – Omaha Visit

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November 5

FALL LUNCHEON A benefit for the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha Mark your calendars to celebrate the Women’s Fund’s 20th anniversary at this year’s Fall Luncheon. Guest speaker is Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American National Red Cross, who will speak about her journey from corporate America to the world of non-profits, and the fulfillment it has brought to her. Holiday Inn Central – Omaha – 11:30 A.M. Visit

CREATING FUTURES! Benefitting Omaha Christian Academy Hear from the real life parents of Michael Oher featured in the movie, The Blind Side, while helping raise scholarship funds for needy students. The Community Service Award will be presented to former Omaha City Councilman, Chuck Sigerson. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:30 P.M. Visit or call 614-5716.

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November 6

SANTA’S PREVIEW Benefitting The Nebraska Medical Center and Clarkson College This two-day event is an annual holiday boutique featuring unique gift items and holiday merchandise sponsored by the Clarkson Service League. A holiday brunch and style show is held on the 3rd. The Nebraska Medical Center – Clarkson Tower Storz Pavilion – Omaha Call 559-4197.

BEMIS CENTER ART AUCTION A benefit for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts With over 300 artists from all over the world participating in this year’s event, the Bemis Center Art Auction is certainly one of the most anticipated art events of the year. Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts – Omaha Visit or call 341-7130.

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November 6

WICKER & WINE A benefit for Lutheran Family Services Join LFS for a fun evening with good friends, good food and fine wine! Outbid everyone in the exciting silent and live auctions for a fun gift for yourself or the perfect gift for someone special. The event benefits children and families served by the Council Bluffs Building Families Boutique. Mid-America Center – Council Bluffs – 5:00 P.M. Call 978-5615.

MIDLAND’S COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 2010 REFLECTION BALL Benefitting Project Harmony This annual event plays an integral part in accomplishing the Midlands Community Foundation mission of enhancing the quality of life for Sarpy and Cass county residents. This year’s Ball benefits Project Harmony, responding to the abuse of children, one child at a time. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit or call 991-8027.

November 8 November 4 GO RED FOR WOMEN EXPO Benefitting the American Heart Association In addition to raising lifesaving funds for research and education, the Expo offers breakout sessions, interactive exhibits and information booths, after which guests will enjoy a heart-healthy dinner and inspirational program. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 4:30 P.M. Visit or call 346-0771 x12.

LECTURE LUNCHEON Benefitting Joslyn Art Museum Featured speaker at this event is Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist, the true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft. Registration includes silent auction, lecture and luncheon, and patrons have the opportunity to meet the author at a special book signing. Joslyn Art Museum – Omaha – 10:00 A.M. Call 661-3821.

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vibrations • with sue moon

tread softly

October is a pivotal month of transformation as we prepare to enter the dark sleep of winter. We start with an

exact conjunction of the transiting Sun and Saturn at seven degrees of Libra. Saturn narrows the focus of the Sun and we all squirm a bit the first week. This month we can get a better grip on how we are treating our partners, either business or personal. The inner planets are all close together in the area of our relationships and major change. Venus retrogrades on the 8th, giving us cause to rethink how we treat the beauty and graceful side of our natures and our surroundings. As Libra loves balance and harmony, take advantage of this energy to create beauty in your home and surroundings… even you! The Sun moves through Venus’ sign of Libra until the last week, heralding in Scorpio and Halloween. How fitting! Mars will be with the Sun as it turns into Scorpio, creating a dynamic forceful energy that is difficult to harness. So, tread softly and think before you speak.


Mar 21 - apr 19

Some interesting dynamics are at play surrounding your committed partnerships. You may wish to be the mediator now and smooth over any rough edges. You could meet a Mata Hari at months end, a wild ride for sure but not too safe. Use caution in every part of your life this month.


apr 20 - MaY 20

Work is going well, but narrow your focus and work on one project instead of 20. Your health seems to be regenerating but requires discipline on your part! Lots of new ideas for your workplace and a new vitamin regime as well. Relationships will be intense this monthnot good or bad, just intense. Mars is helping you to be a very strong force - just don’t step on too many toes.


MaY 21 - jun 20

This would be such a lovely month to take a vacation and play! Some interesting challenges at work or perhaps with your health could be resolved easily if you walk softly and research the root of the problems so they can be healed. You may need to speak up in a relationship and state the truth as you see it.

jun 21 - jul 22


Your relationship sector is so heavy and will stay that way for years to come. This month you could lighten your load by playing a little more. Get into the festivities of Autumn see a ghoulish movie and take a hayrack ride! Home life could use some re-decorating; there is good energy for a major makeover there.

nOV 22 - dec 21


jul 23 - auG 22

Where you live deep inside of you, as well as the external, is undergoing some radical changes. Sun/Venus/Mercury/ Mars are helping you discover how your space can support your evolving self. You may feel like painting the walls black, but just wait a month and see if it still serves you.


auG 23 - sep 22

Even though Mercury is no longer retrograde you are feeling its pinch in the overall need for an overhaul of who you are and how you present yourself to others. You are changing and the way you make a living is changing also. You have a lot of help in that area this month - use it!



Towards the end of the month Mars will help your career with a shot of pure energy. Your friends are very helpful all month long. This would be a good time to see what you need in your life and ask them for a little help, just make sure you ask the true friends - they will fall all over themselves to support you. Your dreams are a little dark and epic; write them down, they’d make a good story.

capricorn dec 22 - jan 19

With so many planets in Libra in your career sector you should be receiving a great deal of acclaim. This is a good month for any additional big projects that you have been working on to succeed and receive the attention they deserve. Friends are intense now; some want to help and others may stab you in the back. Caution at Halloween.

sep 23 - OcT 22

Pretty Libra, this is your time, so shine on. You have so much to share with the world and now is the time to do it. Work continues to have some pretty brilliant and unusual prospects for you. Are you taking advantage of that? Some pretty serious changes in your subconscious remaining for a long, long time. Therapy is always good.

aquarius jan 20 - feb 18

You have such a lovely mind as Libra flows through that area of your chart. This month, whether or not you are a professional teacher, all will benefit from your higher mind. Some career change is imminent. Don’t hide your ideas or your talents now. Step up, it’s your turn.

OcT 23 - nOV 21

scorpio Are they falling at your feet yet? Have you been elevated to Rock Star status? You couldn’t be more charming or more of a svengali. Please use it wisely and don’t torment us. Your magnetism is at an all time high. What do you want to do with that? Many sorrows from your past can be healed or just let go of now.

feb 19 - Mar 20


Whether you wanted it or not some things have been removed from your life. These are the harsh realities of the times we live in. You will weather better than some and figure out a way to rise above all adversity; just be careful of your words. Career gets a boost at the end of the month.

Sue Moon has been a student of astrology since 1972 and is an experienced journeyman and practitioner in a number of life enhancement disciplines. You can find her astrology blog at and on facebook. She is locally based at Morning Star Center, 7561 Main St. Ste. 420, Ralston, ne 68127 • 402.884.0621 •


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