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Whether it is your love of animals, your love of the arts or your love of supporting Omaha charities, this month we bring you all three. We are so lucky to have an organization like Opera Omaha and an artist like Jun Kaneko living in our community. Our cover story, “MAGICIAN’S” offers our admiration for the gifts and artistry that went into every aspect of Opera Omaha’s upcoming co-production of The Magic Flute. This project, and our coverage of it, not only excites, but inspires me. So much creativity and passion to do extraordinary things! Our story on Hearts United for Animals Sanctuary Sweethearts touched me deeply. Many of you know of my love for animals, and the animal companions portrayed here show us courage, strength, compassion and unconditional love. As in all of our issues readers will find event coverage from many of the wonderful organizations that make the Omaha metro area such a great place to live. These pages offer a sampling of the extended photo coverage available in our Photo Galleries, where we proudly display over 20,000 images for browsing or purchasing. Please accept my invitation to join over 10,000 of our visitors at metroscene.zenfolio.com. 7
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[this] maintains and furthers opera omaha’s reputation as a company known for quality, exciting, adventurous new work. ~ ROGER WEITZ
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in a creative collaboration that mirrors the genius of mozart, opera omaha and jun kaneko are engaged in a co-production of the magic flute that is already making waves in the opera world
a new collaboration Opera Omaha’s cO-prOductiOn Of mOzart’s masterwOrk THE MAGIC FLUTE featuring cOstumes, sets and animatiOns three years in the making by internatiOnally acclaimed Omaha artist Jun kanekO is making waves in the Opera wOrld. fOllOwing perfOrmances On bOth cOasts the Opera cOmes hOme tO the Orpheum theater february 22 and 24.
magic match Opera Omaha is among five producing partners of this adaptation of Flute, which enjoyed a world premiere last June in san francisco earning raves for kaneko’s boldly imaginative designs. the coproduction of san francisco Opera, Opera carolina, washington national Opera, Opera Omaha and lyric Opera kansas city is expected to draw national attention here.
my way of working is pretty much intuitive. i don’t have any (preconceived) ideas when I start. ~ JUN KANEKO
not since the kaneko-designed puccini classic madama butterfly in 2006 has the metro’s hometown opera company been in the spotlight like this. executive director roger weitz says sharing the production with the likes of the prestigious san francisco Opera “puts us on a similar footing as these major opera companies,” adding, “it maintains and furthers Opera Omaha’s reputation as a company known for quality, exciting, adventurous new work. companies of our size aren’t always able to be that adventurous and cutting edge and Opera Omaha has a reputation over its history of national and world premieres, commissioning artists like Jun kaneko and launching singers like rene fleming.” CONTINUED
weitz suggests Flute represents the best Omaha has to offer: “great cities have great arts and the fact that Opera Omaha can be a producer of great art is really important. we’re a cultural exporter, and that’s great for Omaha.”
“i listened to it at least twice a day for two or three months,” kaneko says. “that’s the only way i know how to start an idea for opera – in a very true, direct way. without music there’s no opera anyway. you can’t help it, that is the foundation. and, sure, theater, the visual part of it, the set and costume designs, those things are part of it but music has to be the starting point.”
collaborating with others also has “a practical” side. “when you think about these amazingly complex and expensive much of his process involves leaving operas in these big houses, we could never himself open to inspiration. afford to have the kinds of production values we have in this without combining our “my way of working is pretty much intuitive. resources together and entering into a i don’t have any (preconceived) ideas when i co-production,” he says. start. you start developing an idea and it’s just like a big river running in front of you. kaneko’s process you can’t say stop and say, ‘i’ll be back the visual palette that stands this Flute tomorrow and start again from that point.’ apart is entirely kaneko’s and only came to it doesn’t work that way in my mind. him after he repeatedly immersed himself in Once it gets going you have to go with it.” the opera’s music. the concept for the seamless projected animations that distinguish his Flute revealed itself as he searched for a way to streamline the many set changes he felt interrupted the opera’s flow.
Omaha’s clark creative group animated his abstract paintings. “i wasn’t trying to do something new or crazy,” kaneko says. “at first the producers weren’t sure. they felt this might really be too much. so we had a lot of discussions and finally they said, ‘we think we can handle it.’” the technical challenges of realizing his vision are immense. a state-of-the-art projection system must work in concert with the lighting, the music and the action on stage to create a harmonious balance with his cascade of images.
“that sort of bothered me, that it’s not graceful enough, so i started to think, can i do something to change all that? that’s how i started to think about projection. i started to play with that idea and after a couple months it just made sense for me to get that basic movement of the opera change really smooth using projection.”
we could never afford to have the kinds of production values we have in this without combining our resources together. ~ ROGER WEITZ
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you start developing an idea and it’s just like a big river running in front of you. you can’t say stop and say, ‘i’ll be back tomorrow. ~ JUN KANEKO
“to me, all of those elements have to work as one piece. i’m always thinking about the total stage,” says kaneko. he made sketches, he worked with a scale model maquette of the stage and saw digital renderings of his designs. when he finally saw them full size,, he says, “it really surprised me. it was much better than what i thought.” a mosaic completed and brought to life “i think he really has created among the most spectacular evenings in the theater i’ve been a part of,” says Flute stage director harry silverstein. “the movement of these spectacular animations he’s done have the effect of a painting unfolding. it’s a combination of stunning artistry and real technical brilliance that brought this production to the stage.” CONTINUED
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weitz says kaneko and silverstein pushed things to such a limit creatively and technically that it made him and his fellow opera company directors nervous. “because he’s such a unique artist and his Flute designs are so new we just weren’t sure. but it’s beautiful. the digital projections are on these large floor-to-ceiling screens and these images are all moving – swirling, dripping – and they’re so well done. the images and costumes are so vibrant and crisp. it’s just like a living, breathing kaneko. you got the sense you were witnessing something new. people were just enthralled.” the thunderous reception that followed, including a standing ovation for kaneko, affirmed for weitz “this is what Opera Omaha could be doing and should be doing. it was just a warm, exciting feeling. i thought, wow, wait till it comes to Omaha.” the wait is over. for tickets, visit www.operaomaha.org/operas or call 402-346-7372. m
WHY WE DON’T CHECK TECHNOLOGY AT THE DOOR
WE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO COMMUNICATE AND ACTIVELY ENGAGE TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM.
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BROWNELL-TALBOT TEACHERS EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY ACROSS GRADE LEVELS EvEry tEachEr today facEs thE quEstion of how much tEchnology to allow in thE classroom. somE tEachErs chEck smartphonEs and ipads at thE door, but thErE arE many tEachErs who wElcomE nEw tEchnology in thE classroom. a recent comptia study, IT Opportunities in the Education Market, revealed that 78 percent of k-12 teachers and administrators believe technology has positively impacted the classroom and the productivity of students. and roughly 65 percent of educators surveyed also believe that students are more productive and actively engaged today than three years ago due to the increased reliance on technology in the classroom. SPECIAL EDITION: BROWNELL-TALBOT SCHOOL
at brownell-talbot school, lesson plans are enhanced using ipads, ipods, laptops, and online tools. this technology helps students as young as preschool become actively involved in what they are learning. in the lower school, junior kindergarteners recently used an ipod to record an original song about ocean rocks, to the tune of “i love rock and roll,” which they then posted on their class web page. this was the culmination of their study of rocks. the students’ obvious enthusiasm as they worked on their “rock song” aligns with current research that suggests that because children frequently absorb information through technology in their day-to-day lives, they may become more interested in lessons that incorporate technology as a teaching tool. 9
Even math classes get an engaging twist with the use of online tools, including google maps. students in brownell-talbot’s fifth grade participated in an interdisciplinary project in math and English. they planned a trip across nebraska using math to calculate distances and determine budget. then they created travel logs that they entered into their google maps online. in an even more hands-on project, the fifth graders partnered up and walked a compass course that helped them understand the difference between true and magnetic north. students downloaded a google Earth map of the brownell-talbot campus area onto ipads. they learned how to orient the map to obtain a sense of direction, and then used a magnetic compass to navigate a path around the
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school grounds. the students also learned that electronics had an impact on the magnetic compass only after veering â€œoff course.â€?Â hands-on, project-based learning, such as the trip planning and compass projects, allows students to become self-directed learners, and helps them develop research and analytical skills theyâ€™ll use throughout college and life. older students are introduced early to professional software programs, including indesign, photoshop, and others through journalism classes. the school newspaper is online, embedded in the schoolâ€™s website. upper school and middle school students use social networking sites to communicate with each other and share ideas. inspired by the charlie chaplin films of the roaring twenties, eighth graders work in small groups to make their own silent films for history class. the students write their own scripts and produce their silent movies using ipads. in addition, junior and senior students create their own movies and websites about the civil war for u.s. history class. on a school-wide level, brownelltalbot uses technology to become a â€œgreenerâ€? institution. many departments encourage students to submit their papers online through the online tool,turnitin.com. once submitted, teachers may review student papers and give feedback to the students to improve their writing skills. â€œwe made a conscious decision to communicate and actively engage technology in the classroom,â€? said tracy platt, ph.d., director of technology services at brownell-talbot school. â€œitâ€™s fulfilling for me and our faculty to see students at all grade levels use technology as a tool to immerse and participate in the learning. itâ€™s natural for them.â€?
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DIGITAL NEUROLOGY these students were born in the technological age. current research suggests that their brains literally function differently because of their exposure to technology since birth. Joann deak, ph.d., author of “your fantastic, Elastic brain,” has been a psychologist and educator for more than 30 years and believes that “every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.” as educators we must explore and understand the particular influences in teaching and learning that impact how classroom experiences stretch and shape the myriad ways in which the brain functions and develops. sandra chapman, ph.d., founder and chief director of the center for brain health, reports that the human brain reorganizes depending on how it is used. brain expert phil parker concurs in his youtube video entitled “neuroplasticity made simple,” explaining that a signal travels along a
nerve and reaches a gap or synapse and takes a path. if that path is used a lot, the brain cells adjust to help make the journey easier and the path is strengthened. so, the question is: how do we ensure best practices in technology education to shape increasingly “elastic brains” that promote adaptive and competent learners? what kinds of experiences can be facilitated by the use and integration of technology that allow for effective problem-solving and critical thinking? we must ensure that our children are able to leverage technology as a tool in reaching objectives while, at the same time, incorporating a variety of diverse educational experiences in our instructional toolbox. understanding this as parents and educators can help determine the best approaches in teaching environments today. we need to innovate on how to make learning pleasurable and immersive so that neuropathways that promote adaptability and perseverance are established. these are just two of the ways we can prepare digital natives to go confidently into the future.
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EVERY INTERACTION A CHILD HAS… INFLUENCES THE ADULT THAT CHILD WILL BECOME.
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“FROM THE MOMENT ASHLEY WAS BORN, WE BEGAN ASKING THE QUESTION, WHY? WHY WAS OUR CHILD BORN WITH A HEART DEFECT? WHY DID WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS? WHY DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHAT WENT WRONG?” SONDRA DUBAS SAID.
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“From the moment Ashley was born, we began asking the question, Why? Why was our child born with a heart defect? Why did we have to deal with this? Why did this happen and what went wrong?” Sondra Dubas said. And then Sondra and Tim Dubas fell in love with their sweet little girl, and it didn’t matter what they had to endure or why. They knew they were chosen to be her parents for some very special reason. Ashley had her first open-heart surgery at the age of three months in September 2001. “She was a tiny little baby, and it was impossible to imagine that a little person so small could endure such a major operation. It was not easy,” Sondra remembers. But that surgery was to be followed by another in 2006. Ashley told friends and family in an online post, in her own words: “My mom and dad tell me I was born with a very special heart. … I am having surgery on my heart to give me a new valve.” “Optimistically this heart surgery would grant her another ten years of life before outgrowing the valve,” Sondra recalls yet she felt anxiety before that surgery. “Ashley was a bright, beautiful, thriving little girl, and we wanted to have complete faith and confidence that her valve replacement surgery would be a success. In reality, we were scared. “Looking back I realize that there were many signs beforehand revealing to me that somehow we knew that this event was going to forever change us,” Sondra writes in her forthcoming book that chronicles this family’s 63-day journey after Ashley’s surgery. Complications had developed as Ashley was coming off bypass. An air bubble may have escaped the filters and could affect oxygen to Ashley’s brain and might cause a stroke. Imaging didn’t show anything, but Ashley experienced seizures, so she was rushed to The Nebraska Medical Center where she was placed in their hyperbaric chamber. “The concept of the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at first seemed crazy,” Sondra said. “How could lying in a glass tube with oxygen being pumped in help my daughter’s brain? Was this some experimental, back-to-the-future gimmick or would it really work?” Sondra posted messages, often many times a day, to hundreds of friends, family, and other “heart” families about what was happening as their nightmare unfolded. Their worst fears were realized when Ashley awoke, unable to speak, walk, or even see. Yet through it all, the Dubas family, including baby sister Nicole, remained hopeful and prayerful. Sondra posted, “We remind ourselves every minute that these are only momentary setbacks and that given proper time her little brain can heal and recover.” Ashley’s family was so committed to her full recovery that her mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, and other family members had tattoos saying, “Believe,” placed on their bodies as a visual reminder. For the next 63 days, Ashley slowly regained her ability to walk and talk and see. She relearned how to sing and dance. And she recovered thanks to her parents’ unshakeable belief, prayers of hundreds of people who followed the painfully slow progress of one little 6-year-old girl whose first post-stroke word was, “Icky,” and daily rehab and therapy—at Madonna in Lincoln. Ashley has been “heart healthy” now for four years. “Our hope is that her current heart valve will last for at least ten years,” Sondra said. “By then she should be a candidate for a replacement that is done via catheterization instead of the invasive open-heart procedure.”
HEART HEROES Like Ashley, more than 40,000 babies are born each year with congenital heart defects (CHD). That’s about 1 out of every 100 babies born. CHD is the number-one birth-defectrelated cause of death. Scientists do not yet know what causes hearts to develop abnormally, but advancements in the techniques to repair little hearts occur every year. Complications like Ashley’s are rare. Sondra Dubas joined forces with another “heart mom,” Kitty Burton, and founded Heart Heroes, Inc. The nonprofit organization sends capes to kids undergoing heart procedures. They hope that these special kids will feel invincible and comforted by the super powers that a cape provides during the challenges of heart surgery. Children in 9 countries and 45 states have been touched by this organization. Readers may nominate a child with CHD to receive a cape or make a donation at HYPERLINK "http://www.heartherocapes.com" www.heartherocapes.com (on Facebook at Heart Heroes and on Twitter @HeartHeroes). “Kitty and I were two women who did not know each other previously, but shared a common bond. Our children have congenital heart defects, and our families face daily challenges in dealing with our children’s condition,” Sondra said.
Sondra is also the owner and founder of Miracle Heart Books, LLC, an independent publishing company that disseminates books that contribute to the healing of children and families that have been affected by congenital heart defects and stroke or brain trauma. Her new book, Miracle of Belief: The Story of a Six-Year-Old Heart Hero, chronicles their family’s struggles and triumphs, and the amazing story of their little girl’s unstoppable spirit. The book will be released this summer, but can be preordered through www.heartheros.com. Always one to “believe,” Sondra felt comfort with poignant quotations during Ashley’s recovery and shares one of her favorites from an anonymous source: Children hold our hands for a moment but our hearts forever.
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for one week, celebrate all the times you “knew” something without being given the knowledge by normal means. for instance, when you know that your friend tammy is calling before you look at your phone, this is your intuition. these events happen every day but we rarely pay notice to them. When we do a tiny celebration every time we “know” something intuitively our intuition grows. then, soon, we’ll have more and more evidence of our own psychic/intuitive ability and larger intuitive “wins” will happen.
Will you go on to become a famous psychic? that’s purely up to you. for most of us, we will go on with our normal lives even when we open our intuition. but when we’re aware of our intuition and how it moves in our lives, we gain a greater sense of joy, happiness and connectedness. Who doesn’t want that?
so, now that the stereotypical “madam psychic” isn’t the only way we view the intuitive world, we’re free to celebrate and grow our intuition. do a little dance when you’re “right on.” life becomes a bit sweeter when we listen to that inner voice. as you know, you are a spirit having a human experience. harnessing your intuition is your right – exercise it. Bring your happy home. The Happiness Chick Deb Brockmann - Intuitive debbrockmann.com
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by mary e. vandenack
more love in your life “ When we make the choice to fill our heart space with unconditional love, our worlds blossom into a beauty far greater than we have known.” ~ RIO GODFREY imagine What it Would feel like to be truly unconditionally loved – just as you are - Without any requirement that you do or be other than exactly that. What Would total and complete acceptance feel like?
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“ We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” ~ THICH NHAT HANH by “mulberry lane” valentine’s day Was alWays a mixed candy bag of emotions, groWing up in a family of all girls.
What would it feel like to be loved despite your occasional slip of the tongue or failure to have every hair in place? if you have ever experienced this type of love, even for a moment, you know what a special experience it is. We all crave this type of love and spend a lot of time and energy seeking it. there are a couple obstacles to finding unconditional love. often, we are looking for it outside of ourselves. if we do have the wisdom to look for it within, we may find ourselves incapable of looking in the mirror and giving ourselves unconditional love and acceptance? if we can’t love and accept ourselves, how can we expect others too? (sometimes our moms do! i know mine does!) the path to greater self acceptance, self love, and openness to receiving love includes simply creating more love in your world wherever you are. Practice kindness. Give compassion. Be authentic. Find joyfulness.
Would the boyfriend of one sister send a dozen roses and chocolates? Would the bf of the sister on the verge of a breakup send anything at all? Would the sister casually dating 3 different guys get 3 different deliveries? Would the middle school crush of one sister reciprocate the feelings? Would there be any surprises? ah, you could feel the anticipation and intrigue rising in the air in our white brick house on mulberry lane. every time the doorbell rang, sisters would fly to the door wondering who the delivery was for, who it was from, and what was it? inevitably, one sister would be left walking on rose-scented air – while another was left disappointed, but still trying to feign happiness for her elated sister. But there was one thing we sisters could always count on. Dad. he never failed to get each of us a big heart shaped box of chocolates and would send mom a dozen roses and a dozen for each daughter. so... if your bf turned out to be a no show in the romance department, or if you had just had a breakup, or no love interest at all – no one was left feeling unloved. but now we’re all grown up – some of us married romantic types and some of us came up a little short in that department. that’s okay. With life marching on... difficult pregnancies, miscarriages, roller coaster career changes, and the ups and downs of raising kids, somehow the unspoken sister competition for roses and chocolates seems like a distant (and yes, frivolous) memory. but yet we can’t help but think back fondly on those carefree flying-tothe-doorbell days at times; oh, things were so much simpler then, yet we thought they were so complicated.
start creating love by focusing on self acceptance. change your self talk. notice when you are calling yourself a loser and rephrase the comment. make peace with your gray hair, your bony elbow, your prominent mole, or whatever you tend to wish away. if you need to lose ten pounds, calling yourself a pig is unlikely to help get the weight off. instead, subtract some stress from your life. make time for whatever you need that nurtures you and moves you to the mental place that results in weight dropping readily. in personal relationships, consider giving more often without a price tag. also be very aware of making conscious choices about what you do. often, relationships work like this: “i will do x for you if you do y for me.” as long as both cooperate, each gets what he or she is seeking. if one gets tired of doing x or y, it becomes a burden, results in resentment, and can sabotage the relationship. take really good care of yourself, both in and out of relationships. if you do, you will be less needy and more likely to give, and thus receive, without conditions. spread more love and joy wherever you go. on christmas day of 2012, i heard many stories of kindnesses, both big and small. i shared those at a christmas dinner with friends. one of my friends said “What would it look like if we could really keep that spirit and energy going all day long and all year long?”
There is one thing that remains the same from that time, though. Dad. he still delivers his valentines to each of us. and that delivery, when you happen to look out your kitchen window and spot dad walking up to your front door, carrying your heartshaped box of chocolates in his steadfast hands – that is something that is more dear to each of us every year. unwavering and unconditional love. and now, he even brings a box of chocolates for each of our kids, as well. so i guess the point is, if you find yourself without that romantic attachment right now that you might be craving – valentine’s day can still be just as much about that sustaining love – whether from a dad, mom, son, daughter, friend, teacher, mentor, or sister. the kind of love we should stop, acknowledge, appreciate, and feel especially blessed by, for that kind of love can be just as important and maybe even longer lasting than the romantic kind.
carry the spirit of compassion more often and the armor of anger less often. practice compassion with strangers. practice compassion with those who care about you. and most importantly, perfect the art of compassion for yourself. in giving yourself love and compassion, you will find yourself receiving more of it elsewhere without so much effort.
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Mary Vandenack, while a lawyer by profession, has studied extensively in mind/body areas of fitness and wellness. She is Yoga Alliance RYT-200, Power Pilates certified and ACE certified. 23
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STORY BY KIM FORTSON & BART MRUZ • PHOTOS COURTESY OF HEARTS UNITED FOR ANIMALS
••• against the odds
Hearts United for animals Creates refUge for Canines
THE STORY OF PIP AND INGRID IS NOT ONE OF AN AVERAGE FRIENDSHIP. PIP WAS A CHIHUAHUA, INGRID, A DACHSHUND. THEY MET TEN YEARS AGO AT HEARTS UNITED FOR ANIMALS (HUA), A NO-KILL SHELTER AND ANIMAL SANCTUARY IN AUBURN, NE. HERE, THEY DEVELOPED A BOND INEXPLICABLE TO THEIR HUMAN CAREGIVERS. BORN IN UNTHINKABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DUO’S CONNECTION SHOWED JUST HOW BIG OF AN IMPACT LOVE CAN MAKE FOR RESCUED ANIMALS GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE. an inHUmane Upbringing Every year, more than 500,000 puppies are born in puppy mills– commercial breeding facilities that prioritize profits over animal welfare, according to HUA’s website. Notorious for inhumane conditions and the constant breeding of unhealthy, genetically defective dogs, these facilities strip animals of their basic dignities. Dogs are often kept in wire cages, offered little to no nutrition or protection from extreme weather conditions and forbidden to place their paws on the ground. Many die from this mistreatment or are abandoned or killed when they are no longer considered “profitable.”
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HUA fights to change these statistics by providing care and treatment to rescued animals. In cases like Pip and Ingrid’s, where special circumstances may make them unadoptable, dogs are given permanent shelter as “Sanctuary Sweethearts.”
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robert P. Killmer
“Any animal which does not get placed for whatever reason is welcome to stay forever (as a Sweetheart),” HUA director Lori Hook said. CONTINUED
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••• sanctuary sweethearts “it’s important to know we BEN
create as close to a home environment as possible for these animals. it’s not the traditional kennels you think of at animal control sites.” ~ LORI HOOK, HEARTS UNITED FOR ANIMALS DIRECTOR
These reasons include health, special needs, or fear of humans due to former mistreatment. Pip was saved from what Hook described as “horrendous conditions” at a Missouri puppy mill. Ingrid suffered abuse in a Kansas puppy mill and remained leery of people. The two dogs, both four years old at the time, became inseparable when introduced. “He (Pip) became her protector. When people would come, he would sit on her and bark ferociously,” Hook said. Home sweet Home HUA prides itself in fostering these kinds of connections, both between fellow canines and two-legged caregivers. “(HUA) is dedicated to the philosophy that all dogs deserve happy, healthy lives with people who love them,” the non-profit organization’s website states. “Some dogs find that home with us as Sanctuary Sweethearts.” Gabe, a handsome two-year-old Shih Tzu, is another Sanctuary Sweetheart. Born with a genetic condition and 28 | pet & ANIMAL enthusiast
missing part of his spinal chord, Gabe has no control over his bladder or bowels. He is often bathed twice daily and carefully monitored. Gabe’s special needs make him less likely to adapt to a traditional home, but the sanctuary allows him to still enjoy a high quality of life. Apart from his health issues, Gabe is a happy-go-lucky pup. “It’s important to know we create as close to a home environment as possible for these animals. They have beds and blankets. Some have couches. It’s not the traditional kennels you think of at animal control sites,” Hook said. “They also have roommates with other dogs and outdoor play areas. They’re never alone or without human contact.” The animals are housed in buildings
that most suit their current needs. There is a geriatric building reserved for older dogs and compounds fitted to canines of all shapes and sizes. “The Villa building is for big dogs,” Hook said. “Our condos are for medium sized dogs.” a permanent residenCe In some cases the Sweethearts do find permanent foster homes. Dulcea, a nine-year-old Chihuahua, arrived at HUA emaciated and starving. Five years old at the time, she had escaped from a puppy mill breeder who did not want her. For nearly two weeks, Dulcea endured zero degree temperatures before she was discovered and brought to HUA, where the shelter attendants placed her in intensive care.
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Her survival is considered somewhat of a miracle. Dulcea’s eyes and most of her teeth were removed from injuries incurred at the puppy mill. HUA volunteer Jean Bressler quickly formed a bond with the tenacious Chihuahua. “I took care of her after her (eye) surgery, and she’s been with me ever since,” Bressler said. Even without her eyesight, Dulcea has no issues with mobility. “She never runs into anything. She does stairs. She steps up and down into bed. Her senses of hearing and smell have overtaken her eyes,” Bressler said. “If I’m in a room with strangers, she will come up to me and stand on her back legs,
so I can pick her up.” togetHer ‘til tHe end Pip and Ingrid were separated in 2012 due to Pip’s faltering health. Preparing to take Pip to a veterinary visit in Omaha in December, Hook felt the urge to let the dogs see each other in case it was the final time.
Pip “perked up” when he caught sight of Ingrid. Limping, he went to greet his special friend. Once reaching her, he extended a paw and in turn, she put her paw on his. “It was almost as if she [Ingrid] told him it was O.K. to go,” Hook said.
The two dogs looked into each other’s eyes, and Pip passed away. CONTINUED
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••• against the odds
Hearts United for animals Creates refUge for Canines lending a Hand HUA offers multiple opportunities to help dogs like Pip and Ingrid. Saturdays and Sundays are allotted volunteer days, and visitors are welcome at any time. While not all animals are available for visitation due to a lingering mistrust of humans, dogs like Gabe “love visitors,” Hook said. For those looking to offer long-time service, adoption is an option. At any given time, Hook estimates around 400 dogs and 25 cats are looking for homes. In addition, HUA accepts both monetary and material donations. Supporting each Sanctuary Sweetheart typically costs around $25 a month, Hook said, and the Sanctuary is constantly in need of items such as blankets, canned chicken (for dogs with no teeth), newspapers and paper towels. “HUA is a place of happiness, joy and love,” the website states. And in that place, lifelong friendships are made.
resoUrCes in addition to its sanctuary sweethearts program, HUa offers multiple rescue services to animals, including: • Tia’s Place, a refuge for pets fleeing from domestic violence named after a German Shepherd who suffered wounds from a baseball bat by her previous owner and took shelter at HUA. Many people are afraid to leave abusive homes, HUA’s website explains, because they worry about leaving their pets behind. Tia’s Place offers a permanent and temporary haven for animals in abusive environments. • Puppy mill rescue and education. According to Hook, HUA has rescued more than 10,000 dogs from puppy mills. The shelter offers details on its website about adopting these dogs as well as curriculum for educating children about the issue. HUA also recommends the website www.prisonersofgreed.org for more information. • A low cost spay and neuter clinic serving families with limited means. Since 2003, HUA has altered over 10,500 animals through this program. Animals also receive necessary shots and heartworm testing. • HUA Jet Set Dogs Program, which allows for dogs to be adopted throughout the United States by flying them to homes across the country and high end shelters on the east coast with high adoptability chances. This program won a Smithsonian Award. For more information on adopting animals, sponsorship or volunteering, visit www.hua.org.
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••• finding homes for older dogs adopting an older dog is a selfless aCt tHat pays retUrns ten-fold.
ATTHE HEARTS UNITED FORANIMALS SHELTER, LIKEANY OTHER SHELTER INTHE U.S.,THE MAJORITY OFADOPTERSWISHTO HAVEYOUNG, HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL DOGS WHOARE HOUSETRAINED,WALK ONA LEASHAND BEHAVE PERFECTLY.
That rare dog does exist, and adopters line up in droves to adopt him. However, the reality is that many of the dogs are older and may need some guidance to become that perfect dog. Some have health issues and many at the HUA shelter were rescued from puppy mills where they lived in cages year after year with only negative human interaction. They have lost teeth due to the poor nutrition, they have had tumors removed and hernias repaired that were caused from being bred over and over, they are shy and need time to learn how wonderful it is to be loved. It may sound like a daunting task to take on, especially when one comes with the perfect dog in mind. Many adopters have just lost an older dog and say they cannot bear the pain again so soon. It is a definite shift in
thought process to decide to adopt a dog for the sake of giving a home to a dog who might not otherwise have the opportunity to have one, as opposed to adopting a dog whom everyone else would clamor for as well. One could go on about the benefits of adopting older dogs, how they housetrain more easily, fit in more immediately without as much training, are calmer and more well-behaved, but we think that one 7-year old girl who visited the shelter with her grandparents summed up the best reason quite eloquently. Her grandparents had agonized over which dog would be the most perfect one - the youngest, the healthiest, the most adorable and adoring. On that day we had that dog. It was a puppy who was all cuddles and love and kisses and playfulness abounding. They were quite pleased with their choice. What they had not noticed was that while they were picking out their new bundle of joy their granddaughter was sitting quietly in a corner holding and comforting an elderly poodle just rescued from a puppy mill. The poodle had returned from her first visit to the HUA vet having lost half of her teeth and having had several tumors caused from overbreeding removed. The little poodle was shy and
downtrodden. The little girl’s heart went out to her. She knew immediately that the dog needed comfort and care. When her grandparents told her it was time to go, that they were adopting the puppy, the girl looked at her grandparents, then looked at the little poodle huddled in her lap and said “But Grandma and Grandpa, this one needs you.”They tried to brush off her insistence and explain how lovely the puppy was. She was unwavering. She said no, this is the one who needs you the most. After careful reconsideration, the puppy stayed and was adopted by another family the next day, and the poodle went home with Grandma and Grandpa. A few weeks later we received a lovely note saying that their granddaughter was right, that this little dog who so desperately needed them was now the light of their lives, the single best act of selfless love that had brought them more satisfaction than they could imagine as they witnessed her heart, mind and body heal from the years of neglect and abuse. Knowing that they gave a dog a home who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to have one bestowed joy upon their hearts and brought them peace in ways that no puppy could.
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REPUBLISHED FROM THE THREE BOG BAKERY COOKBOOK
••• st. valentine’s day frisky feast makes 16 moonstrUCk mUffins
recipe: WHETHER IT’S A ROMANTIC ROTTWEILER RENDEZVOUS OR A LUSTY LATE-NIGHT LIAISON, THESE ARE RENDEZVOUS OR A LUSTYLABRADOR LATE-NIGHT THE IDEAL MATES FOR CANOODLING CANINES. LABRADOR LIAISON, THESE ARE THE IDEAL MATES FOR CANOODLING CANINES ingredients • 1-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour • 1 cup rolled oats • 1 cup oat bran • 2 teaspoons baking soda • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 2 apples, peeled and diced • 1 egg • 1/4 cup honey • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1/4 cup walnuts • 1 cup skim milk
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• Preheat oven to 400 degrees. • In a bowl, combine flour, oats, oat bran, baking soda and cinnamon. • Add apples, egg, honey, oil and walnuts. • Stir thoroughly. Add milk and mix thoroughly. • Spoon batter into greased muffin tin so that cups are three-quarters full and back for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool before serving and store in a sealed container.
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••• from the chef
CHEF’S COLUMN FEB/MAR
going grain free AFTER WORKING IN A SPECIALTY DOG STORE FOR OVER FIVE YEARS, I’VE SEEN SOME DOG FOOD FADS COME AND GO – EVEN IN THAT SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. ONE BIG TREND (IF NOT THE BIGGEST) AS OF LATE HAS BEEN THE SHIFT OF FOCUS TO GRAIN-FREE DOG FOODS. Retailers and certain opinion leaders in the canine community tout numerous benefits that come from feeding a grain-free diet to your dog. One of these benefits mentioned frequently is grain-free’s return to a dog’s ancestral diet – one that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates. From the return to the ancestral diet comes a higher cost per bag of grain-free dog food, however. The reason is because inexpensive fillers such as wheat, corn, soy and rice are cut from manufacturers’ recipes and more expensive ingredients such as meat, fish, and healthy vegetables and fruits are needed to compensate for the omitted grains. If the sticker shock of some of these grain-free foods (it’s not uncommon to pay $80 for a 30-pound bag) have frightened you away, consider that these foods are more pure with the nutrients dogs need. Depending on the dog and its needs, you may be able to put less scoops of kibble in the bowl than you would if you were feeding a poorer-quality food chockfull of fillers. Another benefit associated with these foods void of all grains is that it’s the end-all answer to allergy issues. Many times the term grain-free is being used synonymously with hypoallergenic. This may not always be the case, though. After adopting my Shih Tzu-Brussels Griffon mix, CeCe, in early August of last year, my fellow coworkers and I spent hours searching for a food that would work well with her tummy. (Let’s just say there were many, err, cleanups along the way!) Interestingly, this journey of finding the right food for CeCe led me to find a point of contention with the grain-free movement’s claims of hypoallergenic-ness. I’m inclined to believe that, yes, grain allergies are often a source of dietary issues for dogs. However, I don’t know if the decision to immediately switch to a grain-free food is always necessary. I do feed CeCe Fromm’s grain-free Game Bird Recipe for Dogs, but before I found this food for her, there were several bumps in the road trying different grain-free foods. I’ve narrowed her issues down to not necessarily being with grains, but with the specific source of protein. Lamb is a no-go and the same could be said about salmon.
CeCe may be a bit of an anomaly in the world of dog allergies, though. Where she does better with poultry protein, it’s typical that if a dog is having allergy issues, avoiding chicken and trying more novel meats such as lamb, duck, fish or kangaroo is recommended. Just like humans, all dogs and their food allergies and issues are incredibly varied. The best thing you can do is to consult with your veterinarian or trusted local dog store. These people are the ones who want to help you and your dogs live great, healthy lives together. I would first suggest looking for foods that are free of meat byproducts and unhealthy fillers for dogs (corn and soy) before being fixated on wheat- or grain-free.
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BY CHERIE FRY, CPLP, CPLGC, CCS • PET LOSS PROFESSIONAL
••• helping a friend with grief SUPPORTIVE ROLE: WHEN THE DEATH OF A PET AFFECTS A FAMILY OR A FRIEND, HAVING THE INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO WALK WITH THEM ON THEIR GRIEF JOURNEY IS IMPERATIVE. As you begin this journey, make sure that your own grief work has been done. As a companion – your role has nothing to do with “making the grieving person better”. Focus on the following: • Just “be” with the person who is grieving – you have been given a trusted position of unconditionally loving the mourning heart and just “being”there. It isn’t necessary to fill the silence – just“be there.”
• do not fix anything – actively listen, unconditionally love, be patient, and do not try to make anything better.
• answer sparingly –When a question is asked – it is merely to find some meaning in the event that has happened. A question does not necessarily require an answer. It’s okay to embrace the mystery.
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• soul searching allowed – Let a grieving soul search for their meaning – including the spiritual and religious aspect. Again, answers are not what the hurting heart necessarily needs.
• don’t judge or rank their grief – their grief work and journey is their own unique process.
• Lastly – (the biggest piece of advice) – Honor the story with the grieving heart and this beautiful little creature that has died and let your friend tell that story, repeatedly if needed. You serve a healing role in your willingness to listen to that story repeatedly. Unconditionally loving your friend or family member enough to hear those stories allows the deceased to live on in a natural, grief-processing way.
While 62% of our society owns a pet, this means 38% does not. Many families are devastated by responses from what they hear from others. “Your cat died, get another one.” Or “ Your crying over the death of your dog, get over it.” These types of responses don’t convey any empathy or respect for the grieving heart and don’t assist the grieving owner in showing his or
her emotions while dealing with the loss. When a pet dies, many grieving pet parents feel significant grief and internal loss, yet fail to allow themselves to mourn or physically show grief. Grieving in silence doesn’t help them mourn. Everyone needs to mourn loss as a part of their grieving journey. Remember, this is a truly dark time for many who loved their little pet with all of their heart – therefore they are experiencing legitimate, genuine, often deep heartbreak. As a companion, it is an honor to be invited to “be there” for your friend’s journey. A journey that by necessity passes through some darkness before reemerging into the light. Being invited as a companion to someone in grief is, after all, an honored role that carries with it some meaningful responsibility.
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When you meet Dara, you notice that she prances, and shows a confidence, that not all Chihuahuas possess. She was the perfect match for Scott Dugdale, the Director of Vocal Activities and Drama at Millard North High School , who recently adopted her, and cast her as Bruiser in the school’s production of Legally Blond. “At the shelter, during our first meeting, she grabbed her leash and brought it over to my feet,” explains Scott, “and I was done. That was it. She was going home with me.” Scott knows his performers. Dara made several trips to the school to become comfortable with the 7 lead actors, the stage and the lights. “We ran lines sitting on the floor and ignoring Dara, so she could investigate at her own pace.” And it worked beautifully. “The first night she was so comfortable she slipped her collar, trotted down into the audience, and forced one of our actors to follow and fetch her--she absolutely stole the show!” On hiatus at the moment, Dara spends her days relaxing when she’s not tackling Scott’s 60 pound Aussie, Kade, who is patient and a very good sport. “They are a great match. I’m so glad Dara is a part of our family now!”
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OMAHA SYMPHONY GUILD
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NOTRE DAMRE SISTERS
RED CARPET CELEBRATION
OMAHA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION 69TH ANNUAL DINNER
MIDLANDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION REFLECTION BALL
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METHODIST VIP ANNUAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON
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OMAHA SYMPHONY DEBUTANTE BALL GRADUATION
debs & stags THE 47TH ANNUAL OMAHA SYMPHONY GUILD DEBUTANTE BALL WAS HELD THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012 AT EMBASSY SUITES, LAVISTA. THE EVENING CELEBRATED THE PRESENTATION OF 51 DEBUTANTES AND 41 STAGS. Ninety-two college freshmen made their social debut to more than 780 family members, friends and supporters of the Omaha Symphony. Families of the participants were honored for their volunteerism and support of the Omaha Symphony and other civic and community organizations. The stag representation included honoring three military branches of service; KYLE BRIGGS of the US Naval Academy, CHRISTIAN MAPES of the US Military Academy, and BRETT MEYER of the US Air Force Academy.
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Aaron Carlson Design transformed the ballroom with an elegant, evening twist to the traditional colors, black and red. The ballroom was aglow with beautiful crystal candelabras and floating candles in hurricanes, adorned with fresh red roses, tulips, and boxwood wreaths. The chairs were covered in red drape and napkins tied with red ribbon, embellished with rhinestone buckles. The stage was flanked with fresh boxwood topiaries and illuminating hurricane candles as the debutantes and stags appeared on stage. The evenings’ centerpieces were donated to the upcoming 31st Annual All Academies Ball, in honor of the three stags representing their military commitments. The All Academies Ball is held in Honor of the Nebraska Cadets and Midshipman. Debutantes wore traditional white gowns and long white gloves, and held presentation nosegays of red roses and tulips embellished with elegant crystal ribbon. Suburban Bridal assisted the Debutantes with their dresses. The Stags, in white ties, tails and gloves, wore traditional red sashes and red rose boutonnieres. Mr. Tuxedo dressed the Stags and
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fathers in their event attire. The participants were photographed by the official event photographer, Dwyer Photography. KIM LUBECK, Debutante Ball Committee Chairman, presented a check for $125,000 to JAMES JOHNSON, President and CEO of the Omaha Symphony Association and BECKY WINCEK, President of the Omaha Symphony Guild. This money is used to support the Guild’s mission of promoting growth and development of the Omaha Symphony’s educational programs. Master of Ceremonies TOM KERR, was thanked for his seven years of service and retired after the evenings’ celebration. The evening was choreographed by SHEILA NELSON and assisted by JESSICA TURNER.
CHRISTIAN MAPES, ROBIN HIBBARD, KYLE BRIGGS , MARIE MCNAMARA, MADELINE VOLK AND BRETT MEYER
The Debs and Stags danced to the song Sway, performed by the Robert Glaser Trio for the presentation. The Grand March song was The Crunchy Granola Suite from the musical “Fosse”. Debutantes enjoyed the first dance with their fathers, and Stags celebrated the second song with their mothers. The meal began with a bundled beet salad, grilled asparagus and pecan encrusted goat cheese with honey thyme or balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was an Omaha Steaks filet with cabernet sauvignon reduction and gouda au gratin potatoes with broccolini and a parmesan crusted roma tomato, freshly baked roles and creamery butter. The meal was finished with a rich, chocolate crisp cake. After the presentation and dinner, guests and participants danced the evening away celebrating the occasion. conTinued
MARIE MCNAMARA, ALLIE BRAUN, CATELLN HOTZ, KAITLIN BACON AND EMMA HUERTER
OMAHA SYMPHONY DEBUTANTE BALL GRADUATION
TRACY AND ROBIN HIBBARD
HALEY MATHEWS, MOLLY BURKLEY, GRACE BARTELS AND JULIE ROSE ZUKAITIS
DAVID GOEBEL, NATE HOFMANN, JONATHAN LIAKOS, T.J. KOTOUC, REYN WATABANE AND CHRIS GIITTER
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TARA AND CORY RIFE, CONNER, RYAN, CANDY, MARA, AND TODD GOLDEN WITH PAM, DWIGHT AND BETTY GOLDEN
2012 DEBUTANTE BALL COMMITTEE: FRONT ROW: DENISE FITZGERALD, KIM LUBECK, KAREN GERMAN 2ND ROW: JOY WATANABE, SANDRA DAVIS, TRACY JERKOVICH, CATHY MCNAMARA 3RD ROW: ANNE BAXTER, SHELLEY HOMA, KIM BANAT, PATTY JANSEN BACK ROW: DONNA FOLEY, ANNE JETTER, BRIGID WILKENING, KYLE NELSON, JULIE FRITZ
JESSICA STROHMYER AND JEFF STROHMYER
DAVID, OLIVIA AND ROSLYN HERSHISER, AND MATT BOUDREAU
JIM PFLUG, JESSIE PFLUG, ASHLEY JANSEN AND JIM JANSEN conTinued
MARK, ELIZABETH, MORGAN, EMILY, ANN AND AMANDA SCHUMACHER
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ALLYSON BAFFERT, HELEN KELLEY, GAMBLE BAFFERT II AND DICK KELLEY
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MICHAEL, JOHN, JARED AND MATT PRITCHARD
MATT, HAYLEY, LAUREN AND LISA KRUMWIEDE
DAVID, LIBBY AND MARTHA SLOSBURG
LAUREN, ANNIE AND MIKE HUPP
HALEY AND KAITLIN BACON WITH EMMA AND KATIE BONEBRAKE
ELLIE, BRUCE, TALIA, AND STACY SIMON
PAUL, LAURIE, LAUREN AND JAKE MEYERS WITH BROCK NEMECEK
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SUE KORTH, JULIE FROLIO AND CATHY PASKO
JEANIE OWEN, 2013 METHODIST VIP PRESIDENT
Happy Hollow Club was the setting on January 22nd for the Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon of the Methodist Volunteers In Partnership (VIP). Organized in 1949 for the purpose of providing support to members of the health care team at Methodist Hospital, the Methodist Volunteers In Partnership today provide a wide range of meaningful service for Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, and Methodist HealthWest. At the Annual Meeting, President Terri Sortino welcomed 200 VIP members and guests in attendance and recapped the year’s accomplishments.
KATHY WILSON AND STEVE GOESER
During 2012, the VIP presented two fundraisers in support of Methodist Hospital’s renovation of its surgery suites. The first was the 5th annual Golf Classic held on August 21st. Over $76,000 was netted from this event. A second 60s-themed dinner-dance fundraiser, The Beat Goes On, was held on November 9th and netted over $79,000. Both the Methodist Hospital Gift Shop and the Women’s Hospital Gift Shop had successful years, with over $100,000 in net revenues. The Gift Shops are supported by 150 volunteers and 12 volunteer buyers.
ANN PICKEL, WANDA TEALE AND BETTY SHANNON
JUDY FLETCHER AND JACQUELINE O’CONNOR
VIP membership remained strong in 2012 with over 500 members, of which nearly 400 gave their time on-site at various locations in the areas of patient services, information/hospitality, gift shop, clerical support, and fundraising. In total, from fundraisers, gift shops, memberships, and funds accumulated, the VIP contributed $383,000 in 2012 toward Methodist Hospital’s surgery renovation.
MARIE NEWMAN AND HUSBAND ROBERT
JANET TABORSKY AND RITA DAVIES
After the 2012 recap, the 2013 VIP Board was inducted. Officers are: Jeanie Owen, President; Kirsten Hosman, President-Elect; Tamara Giitter, Secretary; Glynnis Dittrick, Treasurer; Suzanne Kotula, Education Vice President; Nancy Hultquist, Social Vice President; Terri Sortino, Advisor. Members-at-large are: Lisa Freeburg, Beth Koukol, Lida Koukol, Gretchen Mack, Maureen Mahoney, Kathy Peterson, Melodee Thompson, Kathy Wilson. Awards were then presented to members and supporters for their extraordinary service in 2012. Lunch followed the award presentation. For information on the Methodist VIP, call (402) 354-4522.
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differenceMakers methodist volunteers in partnership suBHead regular 2012 HONOREES: • 20-Year Service Recognition: Dianna Hite, Marie Newman, Wanda Teale • Special Service Award: Julie Frolio, Doug Heikel • Friend of the VIP: Pam Amato • Friend of the Board: Kirsten Hosman • Goodwill Award: Cyndy Peacock • Edith Clark Spirit of Volunteering Award: Janet Taborsky • Honorary Lifetime VIP: Sandra Passer • Mrs. Wade Martin (leadership) Award: Kathy Wilson • VolunTeen Senior Scholarship recipients: Methodist Hospital: Jeanette Fendrick, Collin Macdonald, Libby Stevenson Women’s Hospital: Catherine Boyle, Abigail Magers, Hannah Milenkovich, Kaitlyn Stava
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COLLIN MACDONALD, JEANETTE FENDRICK AND LIBBY STEVENSON
HANNAH MILENKOVICH, KAITLYN STAVA, CATHERINE BOYLE AND ABIGAIL MAGERS
JEAN SIEDSCHLAG, GWEN LAUGHLIN, TAMARA GIITTER, GRETCHEN MACK, KIRSTEN HOSMAN, KATHY WILSON AND MAUREEN MAHONEY
Thank you Methodist volunteers for donating your time and talent to be a part of the meaning of care.
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Reflections midlands community fndtn. 2013 Reflection Ball Midlands Community Foundation’s 2013Reflection Ball, held on January 5th at the Embassy Suites in LaVista, raised more than $115,000. More than 400 guests attended the gala. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Ted E. Bear Hollow, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to mend the grieving hearts of kids and their families..
TONEE GAY, JOHN AND GAIL DEBOER, NANCY HEMESATH, LORI AND DAVE PANKONIN, KYLE BLACK, AND KARLA RUPIPER
The Reflection Award was presented to Dave and Lori Pankonin for their demonstrated commitment to building a stronger community and their caring support and community service to others. Heading the event were Honorary Chairs John and Gail DeBoer; Chair Kyle Black; and CoChair Jill Govier. The mission of Midlands Community Foundation is to benefit the diverse needs of the Sarpy and Cass county communities by providing financial support, involvement and service. For more information, contact: Tonee Gay, Executive Director 402-991-8027 www.MidlandsCommunity.org
2013 REFLECTION BALL COMMITTEE: KARLA RUPIPER, DIANE KNICKY, TONEE GAY, KEN SUMMERFIELD, PATRICIA ISKE, JACKIE BORYCA, KRIS ZEY, CARRIE KRIST, KYLE BLACK, TAMI FIELD, JAN DAVIS, BINDY FREDERICK, MARY GAWECKI AND DONNA WILCOX
HARLAN AND DIANE FALK WITH SENATOR JIM SMITH
CHUCK AND AMBER WHITNEY
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EVONNE AND BILL WILLIAMS WITH CONGRESSMAN LEE TERRY AND ROBYN TERRY
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Foodies! omaha restaurant assoc. 69tH annual dinner
GWEN AND GREG LINDBERG, CHARLIE CRONKRIGHT, JAKE WISE, TERI LINDBERG, DWAINE PEETZ III, KAREN BAVERMEISTER, , JON BONGE, JIM DEBOLD AND BRYCE BENOLKEN
On Monday, January 14th, the Omaha Restaurant Association held its 69th Annual Dinner Meeting at Anthony’s Steakhouse. The 2013 Board of Directors we inducted onto the board and the following awards were given: Two Restaurateurs of the Year 2012 for the first time ever, the Purveyor of the Year 2012 and the Harold Norman Excellence Award for the Employee of the year. The entire ORA membership votes for these recipients. The ORA Officers and Board of Directors 2013 President: John Wade, Restaurants, Inc. Vice President: Danielle Emsick, La Casa Pizzaria Treasurer: Dan Preusser, Omaha Steaks Secretary: Melinda Foley, Con Agra Foods Immediate Past President: Katie O’Connor, O’Connor’s Irish Pub
RICK BARMETTLER WITH GREG LINDBERG AND JOHN WADE
RICH AND TRISH BARMETTLER WITH JOHN WADE
JEFF HARDICK, DALE BEAN, DAVE SLAGLE AND JOEL WILCHER
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Restaurant Directors: Marie Kunza, Railcar Modern American Kitchen Debbie Legenza, Anthony’s Steakhouse Dino Losole, Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano Brad Marr, Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar Jennifer Snow, Catering Creations Nick Strawhecker, Dante Ristorante Pizzeria Glenn Wheeler, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops Purveyor Directors: Michelle Evans, Loffredo Fresh Produce Erin Goldyn, Pepsico Foodservice Eric Hanke, Sysco Lincoln, Inc. Ryan O’Connor, Ameripride Linen & Apparel Katie Vap, Quality Brands of Omaha Lea Watson, Republic National Distributing Co., Falcon Division Traci Williamson, Johnson Brothers of Nebraska Anthony Zeltner, Reinhart FoodService Ex-Officio Directors: Michael McCarville, Heartland Payment Systems Joe Gaube, Douglas County Health Department Executive Director: Jennie Warren
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Restaurateurs of the Year 2012: Greg Lindberg, Bailey’s Restaurant and Shuck’s Fish House & Oyster Bar Don & Marie Losole, Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano Purveyor of the Year 2012: Rotella’s Italian Bakery Harold Norman Excellence Award: Matt Warren, Anthony’s Steakhouse
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KATIE FRANSON, ZACH JEPSON, MATL TURNER, ASHLYNN TURNER, STACIE VELEHRADSKY AND KYAN MITCHELL
FRONT ROW: OWEN TREIBER, JAMES HOFSTETTER, MITCH LINGO BACK ROW: SARAH SCHMITT, AMANDA TREIBER, IVY HOFSTTER AND MARK RATHOUZ
Over 400 young professionals danced, dined and sipped bubbly with good friends and great art at the Joslyn’s Young Art Patron’s EVE a New Year’s Gala at Joslyn Art Museum. This inaugural New Year’s Eve event was sponsored in part by HDR, Baird Holm, EG Integrated, Anchor Photo CO., CRAVE and FIAT of Omaha. EVE: a New Year’s Gala featured complimentary beer and wine from 9 to 10pm; hors d’oeuvers from CRAVE; complimentary midnight champagne toast and complimentary coat check and valet. DJ Stephen Bils kept the party going as he spun tunes all night!
ELIZABETH VANDEVEER, EMILY GORDON, RACHEL GALLAGHER AND CAROLYN FEELIC
NOEMI WELLS, JARA STURDIVANT-WILSON, KELLY WHELAN AND MOLLY MURPHY
MOLLY NEEDELMAN, SARA AND MICHAEL BREETZKE AND LAUREN TAYLOR
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Proceeds from EVE: a New Year’s Gala provided funding to help cover transportation costs for schools to visit Joslyn Art Museum due to shrinking school budgets as well as helps to provide free Museum admission for Omaha Public School groups; docent-guided tours to enrich school curriculum and art-making for school groups to enhance gallery tours. Joslyn’s Young Art Patrons (YAP) is a membership group for young professionals in Omaha and surrounding metro area in their 20s through early 40s dedicated to celebrating, supporting, and promoting Joslyn Art Museum's education department. YAP members help to preserve the limitless possibilities of the arts by building a community of young art enthusiasts whose devotion to Joslyn Art Museum is vital now and in the years to come. For more information, contact Kenley Sturdivant-Wilson, Donor Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 661-3821. Follow YAP on Facebook and Twitter | @YAPJoslyn.
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SR. PHYLLIS MARIE HEBLE, ND, REV. JAMES GILG AND OLGA BELLO
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MELANIE ENNEN AND KAY HALL
MICHAEL WALKER, THE VINTAGE VOCALIST
The Notre Dame Sisters held a red carpet celebration screening of Nuns At Work: Nebraska Stories produced by Nebraska Educational Television featuring the Notre Dame Sisters and their ministries, on November 15th at the Notre Dame Motherhouse. Tussey’s catered the event for over 130 people raising funds for the Sisters and their ministries. Guests enjoyed RatPackstyle entertainment from Michael Walker, the Vintage Vocalist, hors’ d'oeuvres, drinks and received exclusive swag bags at the end of the evening. NETV Producer, Kay Hall joined and shared her experiences with the Notre Dame Sisters during the 18-month filming of the piece. Guests then enjoyed a screening of the program. The Omaha province of Notre Dame Sisters are a group of consecrated Catholic women dedicated to serving God, each other and our world. As they respond to the call of Christ through their service and ministries they strive to meet the unmet needs of those in our community and throughout the world. For more information visit www.notredamesisters.org
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SHARON MCGILL, CONNIE HEIDEN, MARY ELLEN MULCAHY LINDA ANDERSEN, ANNE THORNE WEAVER AND SHEILA MCNEILL
MONA CHRISTENSEN AND JOANNE KOLENDA, WITH TERESA MEYER AND JIM JARZABEK
The Opera Omaha Guild celebrated the holiday season with its annual Victorian Tea on December 7th at the Millard Brandeis mansion. Mark Maser hosted the festivities in his home that was decked out in all its Christmas splendor. Mona Christensen, whose name is synonymous with tea, selected just the right tea and brewed it to perfection, as well as presiding at the tea table. Baritone Kirk Vaughn Robinson, accompanied by J. Gawf, resident music director for Opera Omaha, delighted with familiar Christmas carols. Eleven Opera Omaha Guild past-presidents were honored at the tea, which is a long-time tradition that serves as a thank you to members and the Opera Omaha staff for all the work that goes into the Guild’s fundraising efforts. Mark Maser and Sheila McNeill were the chairs of the event. Victorian Tea patrons were Vernie Jones, Mary Ellen Mulcahy, Sheila McNeill, the Maser Family and Anne Weaver. The Opera Omaha Guild President is Jillian Tuck.
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girl scout cookies: so much more than you think...
top 5 out of 10 • girl scouts occuPY 5 out oF toP 10 FaVorite cookies in usa Girl Scout Cookies Help Girls do Great Things The wait is almost over. On February 15th, Girl Scout Cookies will go on sale. Girls will have your favorite, delicious Girl Scout Cookies in hand when they come knocking on your door, and the small donation you make by saying “yes” translates into a positive, life-changing experience for girls, funding for local troops and a lasting investment in the Omaha community.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to travel to destinations near and far and to provide events for girls in their community.
Why Girl Scout Cookies? The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident, and resourceful citizens. • Girl Scouts learn life skills and are able to realize their goals—and they have fun! • Customers get a great product and support girls right here in our state. • All of the proceeds support Girl Scouting in Nebraska. Learning Life Skills Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills: • Goal setting • Decision making • Money management • People skills • Business ethics Many successful business women today say they got a head start selling Girl Scout Cookies. The 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program... • Runs February 15-March 24, with more than 19,000 Girl Scouts across the state asking for your support through the purchase of Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Cookie booths will begin on February 25. • National Girl Scout Cookie Day is February 8. • Welcomes a new cookie to the line-up: the Mango Crème. These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored crème filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries. This exciting innovation brings “better for you” benefits to Girl Scouts and is the first cookie of its kind. • Introduces new package designs for the first time since 1999. The iconic Girl Scout cookie package showcases the five lifelong financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. • Promotes the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. • Supports troop activities and provides necessary funding for Girl Scouts throughout Nebraska and enables us to reach girls who would not otherwise have the resources to participate in Girl Scouting Girl Scout Cookie Facts: Girl Scout Cookies are part of the single best-known and largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the country. • Represent five of the top fifteen varieties of cookies sold in the United States annually even though they are available only a few months each year. • Each year, U.S. Girl Scouts sell almost 200 million packages of Girl Scout Cookies! If those packages were laid end-to-end, they would nearly encircle planet Earth! • The cost is $3.50 per package. Benefits are priceless. • Buy by phone: Call 1-877-NEMINT4U or visit girlscoutsnebraska.org. Every penny generated by the Girl Scout Cookie Program in Nebraska, stays in Nebraska.To find out more, logon to girlscoutsnebraska.org or call the Girl Scouts Cookie Hotline at 877.447.5558 x321.
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New members of the Omaha Symphony Guild Debutante Ball Committee made their debut Tuesday, January 15 at the Happy Hollow Club. The 2013 Debutante Ball Chairwoman, Denise Fitzgerald, introduced her six new committee members: Laura Doll, Teresa Johns, Julie Liakos, Laura Luther, Toody Moffatt and Beth Pusic, immediate past Guild President.
2013 OMAHA SYMPHONY DEBUTANTE BALL COMMITTEE. FRONT, FROM LEFT: BRIGID WILKENING, DENISE FITZGERALD, AND KIM LUBECK SECOND ROW: PATTY JANSEN, ANNE BAXTER, SHELLEY HOMA AND KIM BANAT THIRD ROW: JULIE FRITZ, ANNE JETTER AND KYLE NELSON FOURTH ROW: LAURA LUTHER, LAURA DOLL, TOODY MOFFATT, TERESA JOHNS, JULIE LIAKOS AND BETH PUSIC.
The Kick-Off luncheon, organized by former Deb Ball Chairman and Advisor, Karen German, was attended by past and present chairwomen and committee members. Kim Lubeck, past chairwoman and new advisor, thanked the 2012 committee members for a very successful year of fundraising for the Omaha Symphony Guild. A donation of $150,000 was a result of the committees’ efforts. Proceeds from the event provide cultural exposure and educational programs in Omaha and southwest Iowa communities touching over 32,000 students. The annual ball sponsored by the Omaha Symphony Guild, is slated for December 27, 2013. Names of the 2013 debutantes and stags will be revealed at a brunch this spring. The Committee assignments for 2013 are: Denise Fitzgerald, Ball Chairman; Brigid Wilkening, Associate Chairman, Long Range Planning and Courtesy/Correspondence; Kim Lubeck, Advisor; Patty Jansen, Arrangements; Beth Pusic, Community Files & Underwriting; Kyle Nelson, Data Entry; Julie Liakos, PR, Photography, Scrapbook and Associate Data Entry; Anne Jetter, Debutantes; Laura Luther, Associate Debutantes; Laura Doll, Decorations; Anne Baxter, Invitations, Programs and Printing; Shelley Homa, Presentation, Julie Fritz, Reservations; Kim Banat, Stags; Toody Moffatt, Stag Associate; Teresa Johns, Treasurer; and Kim Banat, Brigid Wilkening and Teresa Johns, Committee Social Chairs, representing each class.
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Field Club of Omaha • 6:30 pm Be a part of our Second Annual Event. Held at Field Club of Omaha. Music, Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle to support the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish & School Endowments. For more information contact Belinda Barntsen, event chair at (402) 341–6031.
Mercy High School • 5:00 pm This annual dinner, auction, and $10,000 raffle, benefits Mercy High School’s negotiated tuition. Negotiated tuition guarantees that all girls that desire a Mercy education will receive one, regardless of her family's financial situation. Cost is $100 ($75 for alumnae). For more information visit www.mercyhigh.org.
prUdential aMbaSSadorS' danCing witH tHe oMaHa StarS Sunshine Kids CenturyLink Center • 6:00 pm The 4th annual Dancing with the Omaha Stars sponsored by Prudential Ambassador's Real Estate will be benefiting The Sunshine Kids Foundation which is a nonprofit organization that helps plan events for kids affected by cancer. Enjoy a seated dinner, silent, auction and watch local celebrities dance for the mirror ball trophy. Purchase your tickets at ticket master.com.
February 9 roCkin' roSie 2013 Hilton Downtown • 5:30 pm Rosie Rocks the Luau, your chance to escape to a tropical island paradise in the dead of winter. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and more will provide a fun and memorable evening for all.The funds raised from Rockin' Rosie will support the Rose Theater’s outreach programs for underserved children including classes, residencies, workshops and school field trips. Cost is $125 per person. For more information visit www.rosetheater.org.
Celebrate liFe on tHe boardwalk Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center Ameristar Ballroom • Council Bluffs • 6:30 pm "Celebrate Life on the Boardwalk" is a fundraiser for Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center. Hors D'oevres, Taste Featured Beverages, Wine Wall and Games of Chance. You can register and pay on our website www.wingsofhope.org. Come join us and help us raise monies to provide our services FREE of charge to cancer patients. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information visit www.wingsofhope.org.
February 15 & 16 MUrder MyStery 2013 Joslyn Castle Trust Joslyn Castle • 6:15 pm Joslyn Castle trust will host its ninth annual Murder Mysetery event to benefit the ongoing historical restoration and preservation of the Joslyn Castle and its grounds. This year’s performance is titled “The Sleazy Lies of Spies.”The Murder Mystery will entertain guests with laughs and intrigue in the mysterious setting of the 19th century Castle. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, two complimentary drinks and the show. For more information visit www.joslyncastle.com or call 402-595-2199.
February 22 Fandango: all-StarS Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha
Fandango SeekS to “reStore and Create SaFe and Happy CHildHoodS” ON ANY GIVEN DAY, YOU’LL FIND OVER 2,000 OPEN CASE FILES on children at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS). And that’s not counting the hundreds of children in the three Centers for Healthy Families! Some of these children are in LFS’s RSafe® program, undergoing therapy after being sexually abused. Others are in foster care, desperately hoping for a permanent loving home. Still others are in early intervention and child abuse prevention programs that put young families on a positive path--through parenting classes and early childhood behavioral health therapies. One mother told us, “I would have lost my children to the state [foster care] if not for this program.” The upcoming “Fandango” fundraiser will help insure that these programs continue to change and save the lives of Omaha’s most vulnerable children. Parker and Alanna Schenken are honorary chairs of the Friday, February 22, 2013 event. This year’s theme, “Fandango: All-Stars” encourages attendees to wear their favorite sports-themed or casual attire. Among this year’s live auction items: A week at a three-bedroom beach house on beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Fandango is organized by members of the Forever Families Guild. The event chairpersons this year are Terri and Alan Wasmoen. Julie Cornell of KETV NewsWatch 7 is the emcee. 58
TIME: 6:00 pm – Cocktails, Silent Auction 7:30 pm – Dinner, Program, Live Auction COST: $100 per person Honorary Chairs: Parker & Alanna Schenken Event Chairs: Terri and Alan Wasmoen Attire: Sporty casual – sports attire encouraged Tickets to Fandango are available at www.lfsneb.org or by calling Cheryl Murray at 402. 661.3138. Even if you can’t attend, you can support these programs by donating at www.lfsneb.org. metroMagazine • FeB 2013
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February 16 Carnival oF love gala Heartland Family Service Friends Guild Embassy Suites La Vista • 6:00 pm Carnival of Love Gala is an annual benefit for Heartland Family Service. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, games, silent and live auctions, dinner, raffle, valet parking and an evening of fun! Dress in casual attire–wear your jeans! Individual Ticket $125.00; Patron Ticket $150.00. For more information visit http://heartlandfamilyservice.org/.
February 16 tHe MagiC FlUte gala event Opera Omaha KANEKO • 6:00 pm Opera Omaha launches its highly anticipated new production of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, with this special Gala event filled with beautiful music, stunning art, and world-class cuisine. Guests begin the evening with cocktails and sushi prepared by Los Angeles-based chef Katsu Michite while mingling up-close with characters from the opera. Following a formal dinner, attendees will enjoy a behind-the-scenes preview of the beautiful new production designed by Jun Kaneko including a live performance. Tickets are $250 and attire is black tie. For more information contact Tom Chandler email@example.com • (402) 346.4398 x.111 or visit www.operaomaha.org.
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February 22 Fandango Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Champions Run • 6:00pm Fandango! is the annual fundraiser for the Children Services' programs of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. This year's theme is Fandango ALL STARS! Guests are encourage to dress in their favorite sports theme attire. The dinner/auction provides much needed support for early intervention and prevention programs, foster care and adoption, and programs like RSafe, which provides therapy for child sexual abuse victims and their families. For more information visit www.lfsneb.org.
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February 23 16tH annUal JdrF proMiSe gala Century Link Center • 6:00 pm Hit T1D Out of the Park, We’re Bringing Home a Cure! Join JDRF Heartland Chapter for the 16th Annual Promise Gala featuring dinner, amazing silent and live auctions, an inspiring Fund A Cure program, and post event entertainment. Reserve your space today for this elegant and fun–filled event that supports JDRF’s search for a cure for type 1 diabetes. Cost is $200. For more information visit www.jdrf.org.
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February 23 eaSter SealS nebraSka wine event Embassy Suites La Vista • 5:00 pm Meet Vintners from across the country sharing their wines and stories of their wineries, plus enjoy wonderful food, terrific auction items, entertaining emcees and special guests at this 12th annual signature fundraiser for Easter Seals Nebraska programs and services. For more information call 402-930-4107 or visit www.ne.easterseals.com.
February 24 art & SoUp Visiting Nurse Association Embassy Suites La Vista • 1:00 Taste incredible soups and desserts created for this event by over 20 Omaha/Council Bluffs' best chefs. Buy original artwork from 50 area artists who donate 50% of the sales to the VNA Shelter Nursing Program. Bid on silent auction items. Enjoy upbeat live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the VNA Shelter Nursing Program, which provides public health nursing services to children and adults living in Omaha and Council Bluffs homeless shelters. Patron Party $100, general admission $50 in advance/$55 at the door. For more information visit www.thevnacares.org. 59
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oSCar experienCe oMaHa Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter Marriott Regency • 5:00pm Oscar Experience Omaha is a celebration of the Academy Awards that provides the glamor of Hollywood and the magic that will bring us closer to a cure for Alzheimer's. Experience the drama of the Oscars, silent and live auctions, entertainment, cocktails and dinner. For more information visit http://alz.org/midlands.
February 26 – March 2 oMaHa FaSHion week MarCH 2013 KANEKO Join us for the Midwest's premier fashion event, celebrating original works from independent designers. Strut down the red carpet and sit front row as you enjoy the fall/winter 2013 collections designed by the regions top designers. Cost is $20–$65. For more information visit www.omahafashionweek.com.
March 1 reStore oMaHa opening nigHt reCeption The Scottish Rite Masonic Center • 7:00 pm Join us at The Scottish Rite Masonic Center, a 1914 Neoclassical Revival building designed by John Latenser and completely restored. Attendees will tour all four floors. The reception cost is $25 and includes food and drink along with the tour. For more information on the reception and the entire Restore Omaha Conference visit www.restoreomaha.org.
March 2 StepHen Center'S CrUiSe away to tHe Caribbean Champions Run • 6:00 pm The Stephen Center Guild will be hosting their annual fundraiser on behalf of Stephen Center, Inc. The chairs for this year’s event are Angie & Patrick Bingham, Lisa & Mark Houton and Debbie & James Vihstadt. The theme for the event is Cruise Away to the Caribbean. Cruise Away kicks off with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, an oral auction and dancing. Cost is $125.00 and cruise attire is encouraged. For more information contact Angie Bingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CatHoliC CHaritieS iriSH FeSt CenturyLink Center • 5:30 pm Every year Catholic Charities holds Irish Fest, our premier fundraiser. The evening includes silent and oral auctions, cocktails and gourmet dinner followed by a great dance band. Seeing your friends and having fun is the best part of the event! Entertainment by The Finest Hour. Event Chairmen are Carrie and John Jenkins, Amy and Bryan Neary, Trish and Ted Walz. Amy and Jeff Schmid will serve as honorary chairs. Attire is semi- formal. For more information visit: www.ccomaha.org.
March 1 – March 3 aMeriCan girl FaSHion SHow Junior League of Omaha Happy Hollow • 5:30 pm American Girl celebrates a girl's inner star … the little whisper inside that encourages her to stand tall, reach high and dream big. At the Junior League of Omaha’s American Girl Fashion show, you will watch the historical American Girls come to life right before your eyes. Each show features several exciting raffles, a silent auction and an expanded boutique. The American Girl Fashion Show fundraiser supports the Junior League of Omaha's children–minded projects: A Book of My Own and Project Hope Pack. Join us for a fabulous weekend of shopping, fashion and fun! Cost is $35–$75. For more information visit www.jlomaha.org.
March 3 deCadeS oF danCe: Celebrating 50 yearS! Omaha Academy of Ballet OPPD Atrium • 5:00 PM A gala evening celebrating 50 years of the Omaha Academy of Ballet 5 pm to 7 pm: Hors d’oeuvres & Beverages ~ Boutique OPPD Atrium, 444 S. 16th St. 7:30 pm: Joffrey Ballet Le Sacre du Printemps ~ The Rite of Spring 100th Anniversary Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. For more information visit www.oabdance.org.
March 3 walk & roll For diSabilitieS Meyer Foundation for Disabilities Westroads Mall • 10:00 AM The 9th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities is sponsored by the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities(MFD). The purpose of the Walk & Roll for Disabilities is to raise funds for recreational programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Omaha area. Cost is $25 per person. For more information visit www.omahadisabilities.org.
March 5 – 6 table art 2013 a knigHt and day oF eleganCe Omaha Symphony Guild Happy Hollow Club An Omaha Spring tradition, this year is “A Knight and Day of Elegance featuring Julia Knight. The preview party features the viewing of beautiful table art creations along with the exclusive opportunity to meet Julia Knight. The luncheon will also feature a presentation by Julia Knight. Festivities for both events include viewing artful tables designed by local designers, florists and merchants as well as displays of heirloom china from local families. Preview Party tickets are $55, luncheon tickets are $70 and Patron ticket for both events are $100. For more information visit: www.omahasymphonyguild.org.
March 6 Speaking oF CHildren Project Harmony Century Link Center One day to inspire and inform the community in the fight against child abuse. Featured Luncheon Speaker, Ashley Judd. Training presentations will be offered in morning and afternoon breakout sessions. Cost is $50.00 for Lunch and $75.00 for Lunch and Training. For more information visit www.projectharmony.com. 61
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Celebrity CHeF FeatUring art SMitH Food Bank for the Heartland Embassy Suites La Vista • 5:00 pm Art Smith is the featured chef at Food Bank for the Heartland's 12th annual Celebrity Chef presented by ConAgra Foods. Chef Smith has appeared on Top Chef Masters and served as the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. He was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for Humanitarianism in 2007. At Celebrity Chef, guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, a cooking demonstration by Chef Art Smith during dinner, a super raffle and an oral auction. The dinner menu is inspired by Chef Smith's Southern-style recipes. Tickets are $300 Patron / $150 Individual. For more information visit: www.FoodBankHeartland.org.
March 9 CatHedral CoMedy and CUiSine Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish Saint Cecilia Cathedral • 5:30 pm Enjoy an evening of fine dining at the 16th Annual Cathedral Comedy and Cuisine. This year's event welcomes all to the Home of the Champions, in the Classroom, on the Field and in the Community. This grand and glorious evening include cocktails, dinner and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit the students at Saint Cecilia Cathedral Grade School. Tickets are is $100. For more information visit www.stcecilia.omaha.org.
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Embassy Suites La Vista • 6:00 “Every Movement is a Milestone” is the theme for this year’s University Hospital Auxiliary Kaleidoscope event. Kaleidoscope is an annual, philanthropic event organized by the University Hospital Auxiliary. The evening includes a dinner and silent auction. During the program, the Honorary Kaleidoscope Award will be presented. Funds raised at the event will benefit the new Lifestyle Rehabilitation Center. The event co-chairs are Nancy Gordon, Janette Garvin and Angie Thorell. Nelson and Linda Gordman are the honorary chairs.. Tickets can be purchased by calling Volunteer Services at 402-559-4150.
March 13 HeroeS in tHe Heartland American Red Cross
Embassy Suites La Vista • 11:45 am The Heroes in the Heartland Awards Luncheon honors individuals from the Omaha metro who have saved another person’s life during the past year or who have positively impacted the quality of life in the Heartland area in other ways. This signature event, now in its 13th year, is based on the organization’s belief that qualities of bravery, commitment, dedication and selfless behavior should be recognized and honored. Event Chair is Julie Mowat. Sandy and Dave Parker are the Honorary Chairs. For more information contact Ashley Farrell at (402) 343-7760.
February should be pretty interesting, another Mercury Retrograde comes along for 3 weeks in Pisces on the 23rd, asking you to stop and think about the choices you have been making; are they creatively and spiritually transforming your world, or are you stuck? The New Moon in Aquarius on the 10th is screaming for change and getting out of ruts, being independent and moving forward! When the Full Snow Moon (or Hunger Moon) on the 25th shines down on you, the questions will be “Who are you and what are you doing?” Are your beliefs formed from wisdom or from what everybody else believes? ... READ MORE NOW ONLINE!
March 22 10tH annUal artventUre Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Mammel Hall-UNO • 7:00 pm artVenture is a silent auction fundraiser for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. The artwork are collaboration by Omaha Girl Scouts and area artists. For more information visit www.girlscountsnebraska.org.
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The main focus at this time will be on developing your talents. This can result in you getting a raise or making more money through your gifts. Mid-month could bring some disputes over your possessions. As Venus transits through your physical body house you might get a “make-over” or buy some new clothing and since the New Moon in Aquarius happens on the 10th, this is a signal to start anew. READ MORE NOW ONLINE! Read your full horoscope from Sue online NOW at SpiritofOmaha.com!
March 22 tHird annUal woMen on a MiSSion For CHange The Salvation Army Salvation Army Kroc Center • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Women on a Mission For Change is a non profit organizarion that hosts an annual conference to empower women and girls in the areas of Education, Careers, Life Skills, Wellness, Health and Spirituality through Speakers, Goal Setting and becoming Visionary. For more information visit www.womenonamissionomaha.org. 62
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