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Editor’s letter

Rule No. 1: Do What You Love

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f living teaches you anything, it’s that life is short. In a flash,

five years flew right by me. I had just started here at Omaha Magazine in April 2008 when we celebrated our 25th anniversary. In fact, one of my first assignments was to help prepare the article honoring this milestone. Now, I am doing the same for our 30th anniversary. It doesn’t seem possible. One big reason it’s flown by is because, like many working moms of the “sandwich generation,” I have a very busy home life—raising and shuttling around two active kids, checking in on aging parents close-by, and keeping our somewhat chaotic household afloat. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband who chips in—a lot! Another reason: I work in the fast-paced, creative, and often stressful world of magazine production. It’s a job that means some days, work hours go well into the evening to meet deadlines. Sure, at times, I’d rather chuck it all and go sit on a beach with a cocktail (but who wouldn’t?). But the fact is, looking back at the last five years, I feel very fortunate to have had an interesting job I still get excited about, and I love what I do. Todd Lemke certainly found his calling in the publishing world. He may have started out on the road to a highly profitable real estate career, but he veered off course to pursue the magazine business. He’s had success as a

Linda Persigehl

publisher for 30 years because it’s what he loves to do. He was inspired in part by his dad, Ray Lemke, who passed away Feb. 1 at age 83, and who we memorialize on pg. 54. Ray was well-known for his energetic spirit and willingness to go into uncharted waters and try just about anything. A list of his various careers, world travel, and hobbies can attest to this adventurous nature. He not only taught all four Lemke boys how to work hard and take a few risks. He taught them, by example, Rule No. 1: Do What You Love. Life is too short to waste it doing anything else. To all the Omaha Magazine employees, both past and present, I say thank you for your contributions to this endeavor and for helping it grow and flourish as it has for three decades. And to our readers and advertisers, thank you, too, for inviting Omaha Magazine into your homes and lives for the past 30 years. We wouldn’t still be here without your support.

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Contents march/april 2013 features

departments

cover

6 10 12 21

Editor’s Letter

23 144

Omaha A rt: Gallery 72

123

Omaha’s Best Lawyers® In America

Between the Lines For Starters/Calendar of Events Greater Nebraska Happenings

Style Shot: Diane Stormberg

Omaha Faces:

43 137 1 39

Tom Becka

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Omaha Home

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47

Creighton Bluejays Photo Feature

From Lightbulb Sales to Magazine Tales

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Booming Blair, Nebraska

Karen Sokolof Javitch Dan Urban

dining out 144

Beer & Food:

Craft Beer & Charcuterie

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R estaurant R eview:

Mantra Bar & Grille

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Chef Profile:

Brian Langbehn

801 Chophouse at the Paxton

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Dining Guide

special sections 60PLUS In Omaha

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Raymond Lemke Memorial

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60 PLUS In Omaha Active Living, Pam Stanek Alzheimer’s Terrible Toll Comprehensive Assessment Reinvention of Retirement Style, No Fashion Rules

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Gala Cover Story: Opera Omaha Guild Inside Scoop Gala Calendar Gala Events

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A look at three Omaha Magazine contributors

Greg Bruns was an entrepreneur with a bottle recycling business before

joining Omaha Magazine back in 1988 (read more about Bruns and Omaha Magazine’s early years in our cover story on pg. 47). He and wife Terese went on to invest in the magazine, becoming partners with publisher Todd Lemke in 1990. Today, Bruns is Vice President of Omaha Publications and works in advertising sales. An avid music lover, Bruns has played the role of drummer and/or lead singer in numerous Omaha bands over the past 35 years. He enjoys golfing, hiking, traveling, spending time with

Greg Bruns Vice President

family and friends, and hanging out “in our little house on the prairie” cabin in Estes Park, Colo., with “my awesome wife of 30 years.” With any luck, Bruns hopes to spend A LOT more time in Estes Park someday, he said.

Tyler Lemke’s career in publishing stretches back to 1989, when he began working at Our City magazine with brother/publisher Todd Lemke while still in college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Papillion High grad (Class of ’85) also worked for a time at Vitality Magazine. Tyler has worn the most hats of anyone employed at Omaha Magazine. “I’ve worked as an ad salesperson, deliveryman, accountant, graphic designer, art director…even as janitor. I’d

Tyler Lemke

Vice President of Operations

come in weekends and clean all the offices.” Today, as Vice President of Operations, his duties include: advertiser billing/accounting; overseeing the Best of Omaha® contest; and managing all company information technology needs. A single father of “two wonderful teenage girls,” who live with him full-time, Lemke enjoys taking his motorcycle out on road trips and recently has taken up Tae Kwon Do.

SJ Muñoz graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. The North Platte native has produced work for outlets such as the York News-Times, North Platte Telegraph, News Link, Victory Sports Network, and lopers.com. Muñoz has worked as a freelance writer since relocating to Omaha in June 2012. In his downtime,

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Disney’s® The Lion King Orpheum Theater March 12 – April 7

Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s® The Lion King! This award-winning show will captivate audiences with its breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor and an original score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning songs “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” In what the London Daily Telegraph calls “a deeply felt celebration of life,” this landmark musical event is soon to be the sixth-longest running show in Broadway history. With a cast that hails from all over the world, the sights, sounds, and array of rich colors tell the story of young lion Simba as he prepares to become the next king of Pride Rock. On stage, director Julie Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for The Lion King. The show itself has earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year, and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. Recurring daily. Tickets from $27.50-140. 409 S. 16th St. F/8pm; Tu-Th/7:30pm; Sat/2&8pm; Sun/1:30&6:30pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606. 12 

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An Evening with Joan Rivers Holland Performing Arts Center March 13

With her thick, raspy New York accent, Joan Rivers has paved the way for many comediennes throughout the years by creating her own brand of irreverent, unconventional, and sometimes biting comedy, focusing her laser-sharp wit on countless celebrities and even herself. From The Joan Rivers Show, which ran for five years and won her an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Talk Show Host, to co-hosting the E! show Fashion Police, commenting on the dos and don’ts of celebrity fashion, Rivers’ impeccable comedic timing is one that cannot be matched. Enjoy an evening with Rivers at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center as she pokes fun at herself and many Hollywood celebrities with hilarity and wit. From her trademark question, “Can we talk?” to her red carpet critiques, Joan Rivers has made an indelible mark on American pop culture. Tickets from $30-75. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0202.

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As the largest health fair in the Midwest, the Omaha Health Expo invites spectators of all ages to view various exhibits and displays aimed at educating the public pertaining to wellness, fitness, the mind, body, and spirit. See what’s new in nutrition and organic foods and the benefits of being altogether more healthy and pain-free in the new year. The highlights of the Expo will be the Walk with proceeds going towards the Alzheimer’s Association and the Omaha Health Expo Bike Ride events, where the Gran Fondo Timed Race and New Biathlon will kick off events for the springtime running, walking, and biking season. The Omaha Health & Wellness Expo will also feature an increase in clinics offered, including sports, cooking demonstrations, and beauty demos, as well as a new Senior Living Expo aimed at educating viewers on all aspects of senior living, assisted living, and retirement planning. Kick off 2013 with a new view on health and well-being through this much-anticipated expo! Recurring daily. 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit www. showofficeonline.com or call 402-346-8003. The International CenturyLink Center Omaha April 12-13

Equine enthusiasts and family members of all ages are invited to attend The International 2013 horse jumping competition. Hosted by the nonprofit Omaha Equestrian Foundation, this exciting and action-packed competition will highlight two main jumping events, The Speed Derby and The Grand Prix, as well as a variety of educational and interactive activities at the Equine Expo. Riders of all ages will compete, from children to the most experienced adult riders. The first and most fast-paced event, The Speed Derby, will excite crowds as the fastest horses compete for the best time while refraining from knocking down any obstacles. The Grand Prix is a competition open to any rider and will test the skill of the horses and riders alike. The Equine Expo will also host a series of interactive exhibits for athletes as well as the general public. Here, spectators will be educated on all aspects of the horse, interact with several breeds of horses, and view a historical timeline of the sport beginning with its days as the military tradition of cavalry training. These exhibits are designed to inform those who are not so familiar with show jumping and are sure to bring fun and excitement to the whole family. Recurring daily. 455 N. 10th St. F-Sat/9am-9pm. For more information, visit www.worldhorseshows.com or call 402-341-1500. www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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Nature Connects’ Lego sculptures will be at Lauritzen Gardens through May 19.

information, visit www.sasmuseum. com or call 402-944-3100. Through 4/13: The Tide Effect Exhibit. El Museo Latino. Photography exhibition by Plinio Avila. $5 general admission, $3.50 K-12 & seniors, $4 students w/ID, free for members. 4701 S. 25th St. M, W & F/10am-5pm; Tu & Th/15pm; Sat/10am-2pm. For more information, visit www.elmuseolatino.org or call 402-731-1137.

ONGOING EVENTS Through 3/16: A Behanding in Spokane. Blue Barn Theatre. In this darkly comical new work from the acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh, the mysterious gun-toting Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for decades. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire, and soon life and death are up for grabs. A Behanding in Spokane turns over American daily existence, exposing the obsessions, prejudices, madness, horrors, and above all, the absurdities that crawl beneath it. 614 S. 11th St. For more information, visit www.bluebarn. org or call 402-345-1576. Through 3/17: Evil Dead: The Musical. Omaha Community Playhouse. Five college students venture to a most popular spring Break destination...an abandoned cabin in the woods. While there, they

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unleash an evil force that turns all but one of them into demons. Flying body parts, buckets of blood, and singing and dancing zombies make this low-budget horror film satire the perfect show for people who love to have fun. Just beware the splatter zone. Intended for mature audiences. Recurring Thursdays through Sundays. 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit www.omahaplayhouse.com or call 402-553-0800. Through 3/29: Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow. Strategic Air & Space Museum. The new national traveling exhibition, Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb 1945-1965, explores the many ways Americans experienced the atomic threat as part of their daily lives. The exhibit features more than 75 original artifacts from the era. Recurring daily. $12 adults, $11 seniors 65+ and active-retired military, $6 children ages 4-12, free for children 3 & under. 28210 W. Park Hwy. 10am-5pm. For more

Through 4/13: Itty Bitty City. Omaha Children’s Museum. Kids can “Be Big” in this city created just for them, complete with all things that make a city run...and a city fun. From an airport and ambulance to the bank, restaurant, construction site, expressway, and TV studio, kids will get to work and play this 10,000 sq. ft. metropolis. They’ll have help from everyday heroes and a special alliance of superheroes, too. Fun and educational daily programs will help kids save the day! $2 (in addition to regular museum admission, $9). 500 S. 20th St. Tues-Fri/10am-4pm; Sat/9am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www.ocm.org or call 402-342-6164. Through 5/1: The Met: Live in HD. Film Streams. Opera Omaha and Film Streams have collaborated to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series to Ruth Sokolof Theater with showings live on Saturday afternoon and encores on Wednesday night. Wagner’s Parisfal (Mar. 2 & 6), Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (Mar. 16 & 20), and Handel’s Giulio Cesare (April 27 & May 1). $24 general admission, $20 Film Streams members and Opera Omaha subscribers, $10 full-time students with ID. 1340 Mike Fahey St. W/6pm; Sat/12pm. For more information, visit www. filmstreams.org.

Through 5/12: Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie. Joslyn Art Museum. Jennifer Steinkamp’s multi-channel, synchronized video work, Madame Curie, 2011, presents a sixty-foot wide projection of swirling, intertwined flowers that glide across the gallery wall in a seemingly endless process. This work takes its name from the scientist Marie Curie (1867–1934), who is best known for receiving two Nobel Prizes and was an avid gardener. $8 adults, $6 seniors & students, $5 ages 5-17. 2200 Dodge St. Tu-W, F-Sat/10am4pm; Th/10am-8pm; Sun/12-4pm. For more information, visit www. joslyn.org, or call 402-342-3300. Through 5/19: Nature Connects. Lauritzen Gardens. See 27 sculptures made from LEGO® bricks in fourteen individual displays as you tour the garden. Learn how nature is interconnected just like the 500,000 LEGO® bricks that were used to build these amazing larger than life sculptures. Recurring daily. 100 Bancroft St. 9am5pm. For more information, visit www.lauritzengardens.org or call 402-346-4002. Through 5/26: We Want the Vote: Women’s Suffrage on the Great Plains. Durham Museum. Learn how the region contributed to the suffrage movement. Though it was a fairly radical concept in 1848, as the decades passed women from all backgrounds began to understand they needed the vote. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/15pm. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org or call 402-444-5071. Through 7/27: Brewery Tour. Lucky Bucket Brewery. Tour the Lucky Bucket brewery and try www.OmahaPublications.com


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3/1-17: George and Martha: Tons of Fun. The Rose Theater. In this hilarious musical, hippos George and Martha may seem like opposites, but they can’t help but have tons of fun together. But when Martha ruins George’s painting and George refuses to let Martha in his secret club, they stop having tons of fun and start having tons of fights. $18 general admission, free for members. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2&7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.rosetheater.org or call 402-345-4849. 3/1-30: All Night Strut! A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam. Omaha Community Playhouse. A musical and dance spectacle featuring music of the Great Depression, World War II and the post-war boom. Enjoy the music of legends Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Frank Loesser, Jerome Kern and more. Thursdays through Sundays. 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit www. omahayplayhouse.com or call 402-553-0800. 3/1-4/30: 60 Days of Science. Strategic Air & Space Museum. Welcome to the Fun Lab for the next 60 days! Science will come alive with the fun experiments and activities we have in store for guests. Recurring daily. $12 adults, $11 seniors & active military, $6 children ages 4-12. 28210 W. Park Hwy. 10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.sasmuseum.com or call 402-944-3100.

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Calendar of events 2013 march & april 3/2: Greg Proops—1200 CLUB Live at the Holland. Holland Performing Arts Center. Greg Proops, improvisational comedian and Whose Line Is It Anyway? alumnus, is known for his encyclopedic material, which is why his hit podcast is called “The Smartest Man in the World.” Each podcast contains a tidal wave of Proops’ thoughts—often eloquent, sometimes profane, and always funny. As part of The Rite of Spring celebration, Proops will delve into the controversies surrounding this great work. Tickets from $35. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606. 3/2-3: 26th Annual Omaha Orchid Show and Sale. Lauritzen Gardens. Experience the beauty and prestige of orchids! Growers from the Midwest will show their blooming plants in various displays and have them judged for awards. Recurring daily. $6 general admission. 100 Bancroft St. Sat-Sun/10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.lauritzengardens.org or call 402-734-4112. 3/3: The Joffrey Ballet—Le Sacred du Printemps—The Rite of Spring. Orpheum Theater. The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and repertoire. The company will perform The Rite of Spring, Age of Innocence, and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated during their Omaha performance. Tickets from $35-69. 409 S. 16th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www. omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606. 3/6-7: Annual Triumph of Agriculture Expo. CenturyLink Center. One of the largest farm shows in the Midwest. Come see

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www.VisitOmaha.com everything for the farm and ranch. More than 900 exhibits and over 600 companies. Antique tractors and equipment on display. Recurring daily. Free admission. 455 N. 10th St. W/9am-4pm; Th/9am3pm. For more information, visit www.showofficeonline.com or call 402-346-8003. 3/9-10: Omaha Symphony: Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes. Holland Performing Arts Center. An all-star cast joins the orchestra for a lavish tribute to America’s most beloved songwriter. Hear Berlin’s timeless genius in songs including “Cheek to Cheek,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Blue Skies,” and “God Bless America.” Recurring daily. Tickets from $15-78. 1200 Douglas St. Sat/8pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony.org or call 402-342-3560. 3/10: Omaha Lancers vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 5:05pm. For more information, visit www.lancers.com or call 402-344-7825. 3/13: Omaha Lancers vs. Tri-City Storm. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit www.lancers.com or call 402-344-7825. 3/15: Pajanimals Live: Pajama Playdate. Holland Performing Arts Center. Pajanimals Live is filled with lively music, interactive dance fun, and silly adventures all set in the cozy, comfy environment of the Pajanimals world. This fun and nurturing show is designed to introduce kids and families to their first theatre experience. Tickets start at $34. 1200 Dodge St. 6pm. For more information, visit

www.omahaperformingarts.org, or call 402-345-0202. 3/15: Omaha Lancers vs. Green Bay Gamblers. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit www.lancers.com or call 402-344-7825. 3/15-17: 58th Annual O’Reilly World of Wheels. CenturyLink Center. Check out America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks, and motorcycles. Special appearances include Wrestling Superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland, co-star of FOX’s Sons of Anarchy Christopher Douglas Reed (“Filthy Phil”), and Spongebob Squarepants. Recurring daily. $15 adults. $5 ages 6-12, free for children 5 & under. Discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. 455 N. 10th St. F/3pm-10pm; Sat/11am10pm; Sun/11am-7pm. For more information, visit www.autorama. com or call 402-341-1500. 3/17: Omaha Symphony: Back in Style: What’s Old is New. Joslyn Art Museum. Pre-concert talks with Joslyn curators begin at 1pm and 1:25pm. Concert: Debussy-Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Bach-Ricercare from Musical Offering; Ravel-Le Tombeau de Couperin; Scheonberg-Brettl Lieder for Soprano and Orchestra; Stravinsky-Pulcinella: Suite. Jennifer Zetlan, vocalist. $30 general admission. 2200 Dodge St. 1pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony.org or call 402-345-0606. 3/12: Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY. Holland Performing Arts Center. Distant Worlds features musical selections from throughout the entire 25 year catalogue of great FINAL FANTASY music. To create this unique multimedia experience, the

concert incorporates a symphony orchestra, choir, and renowned vocal and instrumental soloists, along with projected HD video direct from the FINAL FANTASY game developers, Square Enix. Tickets start at $30. 1200 Dodge St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts. org, or call 402-345-0202. 3/22-23: Omaha Symphony: Sam Harris’s Don’t Stop Believing: Music of the ‘80s Featuring Debbie Gibson. Holland Performing Arts Center. Revisit power ballads, synth pop, and big hair with Star Search champion Sam Harris and teen icon Debbie Gibson. With the Omaha Symphony, they will take you on a trip down memory lane. Recurring daily. Tickets from $25-70. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony. org or call 402-345-0606. 3/24: Omaha Lancers vs. Des Moines Buccaneers. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 5:05pm. For more information, visit www.lancers.com or call 402-344-7825. 3/29- 4/14: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. The Rose Theater. When Lily has to share the spotlight with her new brother and no one pays attention to her purse, she has to learn how to share her frustrations in a healthy way! Ages 4 & older. $18 general admission, free for members. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2&7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.rosetheater. org or call 402-345-4849. APRIL EVENTS 4/1-6/30: Boys Town Student Art Show. Boys Town. Boys Town high school and grade school art students put their best artistic efforts

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4/11: Omaha Creative Institute Spring Fling. Omaha Creative Institute. OCI’s space in Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture will be transformed into a series of miniature creative workshops, with stations such as ukulele, watercolor, and caricature drawing. Guests will enjoy this foray into multiple mediums and dine on light refreshments. $50 general admission. 1516 Cuming St. 6pm. For more information, visit www.omahacreativeinstitute.org or call 785-218-3061.

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Photo by Jim Williams 4/11: Lewis Black: The Rant is Due. Holland Performing Arts Center. Grammy Award®-winning stand-up comedian Lewis Black brings his stand-up show The Rant is Due to Omaha. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. Tickets start at $49. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www. omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606. 4/12: Omaha Lancers vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit www.lancers.com or call 402-344-7825.

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4/12: Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Holland Performing Arts Center. Experience this jazz band whose name is derived from Preservation Hall, the music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The sound always draws from the rich heritage of both traditional New Orleans and Dixieland jazz music. Tickets from $19-49. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www. omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606. 4/14: Wayne Brady. Holland Performing Arts Center. Emmy®-winning Wayne Brady is one of the most versatile performers in show business today, entertaining audiences with his acting, improvisation, singing and dancing. Tickets from $25-60. 1200 Douglas St. 7pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606.

4/14: Omaha Symphony: In the Master’s Shadow. Joslyn Art Museum. Gallery Talk: Gallery 10 pre-concert talks with Joslyn curators begin at 1 pm and 1:25 pm (participants select one). Concert: Kraus- Symphony in C Minor; Haydn- Harpsichord Concerto in D Major; Beethoven-Music for a Ballet of Knights; SchubertSymphony No. 3 in D Major. $30 general admission. 2200 Dodge St. 2pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony.org or call 402-345-0606. 4 /19 - 4 / 21: Bluebeard ’s Castle. Orpheum Theater. The captivating story of Duke Bluebeard, his new wife, Judith, and a castle containing seven mysterious doors. The secrets that lie behind them are revealed one by one through rich, haunting music. Recurring daily. Tickets from $19-79. 409 S 16th St. F/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.operaomaha.org or call 402-34-0606.

4/19-5/12: A Night with the Family. Omaha Community Playhouse. Everyone’s family is a little dysfunctional, especially around the holidays, but this one tops them all. A family of quirky characters will have you rolling with laughter. Hilarious one-liners, comedic and loveable characters, and uproariously funny situations make this one exhilarating night with the family! 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit www.omahaplayhouse.com or call 402-553-0800. 4/20: Party for the Planet. Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as we celebrate Earth Day and discover ways you can help save our planet at Party for the Planet. There will be family fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Free for zoo members or with regular paid zoo admission. 3701 S. 10th St. 9am-3pm. For more information, visit www.omahazoo. com or call 402-733-8401. www.OmahaPublications.com


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4/26-27: Ballet Nebraska’s Alice in Wonderland. Iowa Western Community College. Put on your white gloves, wind your pocket watch, and get ready to pop down the rabbit hole with Victorian literature’s most adventurous seven-and-a-half-year-old heroine! Alice is a ballet heroine like no other: unfailingly polite, irresistibly inquisitive, and utterly unflappable in the face of all her experiences! Recurring daily. Tickets from $19. 2700 College Rd. F/7:30pm; Sat/2pm. For more information, visit www.balletnebraska.org or call 800-432-5852. 4/26-5/12: A Year with Frog and Toad. The Rose Theater. Frog and Toad are best friends. Together, they have picnics, bake cookies, rake leaves, tell scary stories, and race down snowy hills in a sled. Come join Frog, Toad, Turtle, Mouse, Lizard, Snail, and the birds as they sing about the best way to spend your year: with a friend. $18 general admission, free for members. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2&7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.rosetheater.org or call 402-345-4849. 4/27: Omaha Symphony: Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean. Holland Performing Arts Center. You’ve never seen or heard Pirates of the Caribbean like this before! The film will be screened in its entirety while the Omaha Symphony provides live orchestral accompaniment. You’ll find the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow even more thrilling as the orchestra brings the film’s soaring and dramatic score to life! Tickets from $20-65. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony.org or call 402-345-0606. 4/27-7/28: Raul Colon: Tall Tales and Huge Hearts. Joslyn Art Museum. Explore the watercolor illustrations displayed by Raul Colon, who was chosen to illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s recently published Dont Forget, God Bless Our Troops, as well as Frank McCourt’s bestselling Angela and the Baby Jesus. $8 adults, $6 seniors & college students, $5 ages 5-17,. 2200 Dodge St. Tu-W, F-Sat/10am-4pm; Th/10am-8pm; Sun/noon-4pm. For more information, visit www.joslyn.org, or call 402-342-3300.

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4/28: Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo. Orpheum Theater. Enjoy the all-male company of dancers who present a playful view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti (a theatrical form where men portray female characters). They deliver a unique brand of ballet to audiences and dancers alike. Tickets from $1955. 409 S. 16th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts.org or call 402-345-0606.

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Bellevue 1 Fontenelle Forest Nature Center 1111 N Bellevue Blvd Seventeen miles of trails, including the new one-mile barrier free boardwalk, on over 1,300 acres. 2 Offutt Air Force Base Capehart Road & Fort Crook Road Offutt is one of the most critical military installations in the United States. 3 Sarpy County Historical Museum 2402 Clay St Native American artifacts, legal records and newspapers are on display here. 4 Hall of Fame Fields 14602 Harlan Lewis Rd Fast-pitch experience complete with a Pro-Shop, arcade and general store.

Papillion 5 Shadow Lake Towne Center 72nd St & Hwy 370 The place for great shopping, dining, and entertainment. 6 Sumtur Amphitheatre 11691 S 108th Street Outdoor amphitheater with productions throughout spring, summer and fall. 7 Walnut Creek Recreation Area 9902 Schramm Rd The area features 3 miles of hiking and biking trails, boat ramp and fishing pier. 8 Werner Park 12356 Ballpark Way Home of the AAA Baseball’s Omaha Storm Chasers.

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Springfield 14 Soaring Wings Vineyard & Brewing 17111 S 138th St Award-winning wine and great views. 15 Springfield Old Fashioned Soda Fountain 205 Main St Sarpy County’s only old fashioned soda fountain. 16 Sarpy County Fairgrounds 100 Main St Home to the annual Sarpy County Fair, Rodeo and much more!

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March/April mArcH EvEnts 3/1-31: spirit of the cranes – grand island, neb. Prairie Winds Art Center. Nature and wildlife photographer Rick Rasmussen and the artists of Prairie Winds celebrate the return of spring and the cranes to the Platte River Valley. Free admission. 112 W. 3rd St. For more information, visit www.prairiewindsart.com or call 308-381-4001. 3/1-4/15: Harlan county reservoir white pelican watch – republican city, neb. Harlan County Reservoir. The American White Pelicans stop to feed around the lake during March and early April and can be observed from the shoreline. For more information, visit www.harlantourism.org or call 800-762-5498. 3/5: cat in the Hat, a Dr. seuss reading Event – madison, neb. Madison County Museum. Experience the fun and antics of characters of the Dr. Seuss books. Free admission. 9am-2pm. For more information, visit www. madisoncountyhistory.org or call 402-992-1221. 3/5-6/2: Bridges of cass county – plattsmouth, neb. Cass County Historical Museum. An exhibit of photographs of bridges in the area. 646 Main St. Tu-Sat/124pm; open Sun in the summer/124pm. For more information, visit www.nebraskamuseums.org or call 402-296-4770. 3/7-8: Elvis lives – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. A pulse-racing multimedia musical journey across Elvis’ life. $19-48. 301 N. 12th St. 7:30pm.

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For more information, visit www. liedcenter.org or call 402-472-4747. 3/9: leprechaun chase (10K) – Ashland, neb. Strategic Air & Space Museum. 1-80 Exit 426. For more information, visit www.sasmuseum.com or call 402-944-3100. 3/9: Danu – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. One of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. $11-36. 301 N. 12th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.liedcenter.org or call 402-472-4747. 3/10: irish Dancers 14th Annual spring ceili – lincoln, neb. Auld Rec Center in Antelope Park. A public dance where everyone can learn to Irish folk dance with a live band, refreshments, and demonstrations. 30th St & Normal Blvd. 6-9pm. For more information, visit www.lincolnirishdancers.org or call 402-421-7142. 3/23: Beers of nebraska – milligan, neb. Milligan Auditorium. Sample Nebraska microbrews, sit back, and enjoy live music and food. 6th & Main sts. For more information, visit www.visitfillmorecounty.org or call 402-629-4446. 3/24: Easter cantata – wood river, neb. Wood River High School Theater. Celebrate the joy of Easter with the Wood River Community Choir. Free admission. 13800 W. Wood River Rd. 2:30pm. For more information, visit www.woodriver.k12.ne.us or call 308-583-2606.

soaring wings vineyard & Brewing is the place to be for great wine, beer tasting, and wonderful music performed by local and regional artists beginning in march! Acoustic Music Sundays play in the vineyard’s charming gazebo (during inclement weather, the music moves to the indoor party room.) Friday nights, the music plays rain or shine. Bring a blanket or a chair and sit out for a great time. Tastings can be purchased at the gate and other snacks are available in the Tasting Room. 17111 South 138th St., Springfield. Recurring weekly through October. Sun/2-5pm, free admission; F/7-9:30pm, $5 ages 12 & up. For more information, please visit www.soaringwingswine. com or call 402-253-2479

An estimated half-million sandhill cranes pass through the nebraska platte river valley heading northward every year during the annual spring and fall sandhill crane migrations. They migrate through an 80-milewide “flyway” stretch along the Platte River from near Grand Island to west of Kearney, Neb. It’s estimated that about 80 percent of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes do an annual migration layover in this area. The Plate River Valley area has great habitat for many types of birds—even bald eagles!

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3/28: springfest – Humboldt, neb. City-wide. Visit the merchants around the town square, stroll through various vendors, hop on the bunny train, or meet a furry friend at the petting zoo. For more information, visit www.ci.humboldt.ne.us or call 402-862-2601. April EvEnts 4/6-7: platte river Art show – Ashland, neb. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. A fine arts celebration featuring wildlife, landscape, still life, and more. The most prestigious art show on the river! Park entry permit required. 1-80 Exit 426. Sat/9am-8pm; Sun/9am-4pm. For more information, visit www.outdoornebraska.org or call 402-944-2523. 4/12-13: 19th Annual Fremont Bull riding classic – Fremont, neb. Mutton busting for the kids, funny man acts, bull fighting, and more. $1-20. 7pm. For more information, visit www.bullridingclassic. com or call 402-721-2641. 4/19: nebraska cork and Ale Festival – lincoln, neb. Holiday Day Downtown. A sampling of Nebraska wine and brews from around the state. $25. 141 N. 9th St. 7-10pm. For more information, visit www. lincolnhaymarket.org or call 402-435-7496. 4/20-21: American Kennel club Dog show – grand island, neb. Fonner Park and Heartland Event Center. 700 E. Stolley Park Rd. For more information, visit www.gikennelclub.com or call 308-385-4949.

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4/21: prairie loft springFest – Hastings, neb. Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor & Ag Learning. Celebrate the planting season with activities for all ages including art, music, food, and fun. Free admission. 4704 DLD Rd. 1-6pm. For more information, visit www.prairieloft.org or call 402-463-0565. 4/26-28: Arbor Day celebration – nebraska city, neb. City-wide. Children’s activities and live entertainment. Parade and 5K trail run/walk, commemorative tree plantings, and more. For more information, visit www.nebraskacity.com or call 402-873-6654. 4/27: 6th Annual smokn Buddies Egg Fest – norfolk, neb. The eggheads get together to cook all day! Cooking competition for most unusual and iron chef designations. Live music and taste testing all day. Free admission. 430 W. Norfolk Ave. 9am-5pm. For more information, visit www.smoknbuddies.com or call 402-379-1015. 4/27: the great nebraska mushroom Hunt – peru, neb. Steamboat Trace Trailhead. A celebration for outdoor enthusiasts, mushroom lovers, and sportsmen. Earn the coveted title of “sporesmanship.” $20. 300 5th St. 8am-4pm. For more information, visit www.nebraskathegoodlife.com or call 850-916-1616.

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Gallery 72…Anew! John Rogers carries on the family arts gallery in a ‘new’ space. Rogers with reknowned artist Mary Zicafoose.

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s a new year emerges from the old, so do a renowned art gallery and a historic South Omaha building. Artists and afficianados, community activists and preservationists, business owners and curious neighbors are all watching the goings-on at Gallery 72’s new location, 1806 Vinton Street. Perhaps even Janus (the ancient Roman gatekeeper who is remembered by the word “January,”), the god of beginnings and transitions, is curious. It’s an exciting moment, a time to look, as Janus does, both back and forward. And it’s a time to celebrate. Mary Zicafoose: Tapestries, Prints, and Carpets is the exhibition marking the Grand Opening of this new space. “The launch of the new Gallery 72 is a bold and exciting ‘YES’ for the arts in Omaha,” says Zicafoose, an internationally known artist. “I am very, very pleased to have my work selected for the inaugural show.” For Gallery 72, a longtime art landmark in Midtown Omaha, the move underscores its transition from fabled owners, the late Bob and Roberta Rogers, to their son, John. The gallery first opened in 1972 at an address on 72nd Street. When it moved to 27th and Leavenworth, the gallery retained its name and became a hub for contemporary art. Everyone was welcome. “Bob and Roberta” became a watchword for a warm welcome, and newbies could count on a userfriendly introduction to art. In fact, Bob and Roberta have been credited with >>

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<< educating Omaha about contemporary art, and in 1990, were honored with the Partner in the Arts, Governor’s Arts Award. Bob’s passion continued after Roberta’s death in 1999, and in 2007, Bob was honored with the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Board’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His response to the audience’s cheers and standing ovation was, “Keep it going. Keep this high energy moving forward.” Bob died this past December at age 94. Now it’s John who intends to keep the energy going. Since retiring from teaching physics, he has taken on full-time management of the gallery. If physics is the study of movement, energy, space, and time, then his background is a perfect fit. “I’ve always been interested in the commonality between the sciences and culture,” he says. In his classroom, he hung John Himmelfarb prints, Barbara Morgan photographs, and fine quality posters of Calder and Miro. Gallery 72 moves to a neighborhood that is seeing fresh interest and investment. The single-story building, which dates to 1922, is an integral component of the Vinton Street Commercial Historic District. Photographer Larry Ferguson, who has a history of service on Omaha art boards, bids a warm welcome from his studio in the next block, saying, “Gallery 72 is an amazing addition to the district.” Visitors will notice the red brick building, with its twin at 1808, framed by taller buildings on either side. This draws attention to the crenellated parapet roof and the facade’s decorative brickwork with stone accents. Wide southeast-facing windows entice us inside. The L-shaped gallery is open and inviting. With more than >>

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not even a test to definitively diagnose it. Effective treatments have proven as elusive as the disease, itself. “We do have medications that may help with symptoms in some patients, especially in the early stages of Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. Daniel Murman, a specialist in geriatric neurology at the Nebraska Medical Center. “But they don’t truly slow down the disease process.” According to researchers, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will triple in the next 40 years, which means 13.8 million will have the disease by 2050 (Chicago Health and Aging Project research as reported

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A specific diagnosis may rule out Alzheimer’s. “Depression can mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer’s...symptoms like mistrust, hallucinations, apathy, social isolation,” explained Dr. Arun Sharma, a geriatric psychiatrist with Alegent Creighton Health. “But we can treat that. We can treat depression.” Dr. Sharma helped establish a 22-bed, short-term residential facility called Heritage Center at Immanuel Hospital to better diagnose the reasons for a person’s memory loss. Once a patient is stabilized and receives a proper care plan, they can return home. The more doctors learn, the faster a cure will come. “I see something exciting in the next five to 10 years,” said Dr. Sharma. “If we identify and isolate the protein believed responsible for Alzheimer’s, perhaps we can do a blood test to catch the disease early.” But what about a cure? With 78 million baby boomers coming down the pike— 10,000 of them turning 65 each day—this country faces an epidemic. And what about the psychological, financial, and emotional toll on the caregivers, who are very often family members? They, too, feel isolated. “It was an impossible situation for me. I couldn’t get her the help she needed,” said Jean Jetter, who bore the brunt of the family crisis since her married sister lives in Dallas. “Now that Mom is at [the nursing home], I can take a breather and concentrate on Dad, who also has mental issues.” In recent weeks, her father, Thomas, has been admitted as a permanent resident of Life Care Center of Elkhorn as well. What about her own family? “I have no one. No husband, no boyfriend. I mean, what boyfriend would put up with all this?” asked Jean, who’s been shuttling between one parent and the other for years, all the while trying to run her own business. The situation has obviously taken a huge personal toll. Deborah Conley has two words for anyone facing similar circumstances: Alzheimer’s Association. The Midlands chapter has support groups, tons of information, and can gently guide the adult child or spouse. They even have a 24/7 hotline: 800-272-3900. For anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s, that number could become a lifeline.

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weekly basis. Everyone in his life thought everything was fine. It wasn’t until Miller was in town visiting her father that she realized that things just weren’t right. From bills going unpaid to the house being in disarray, Miller says, she and her brothers knew they needed to find some assistance for their “fiercely independent” father. “I called Encompass ,and Suzanne returned my call that night.” With a background in social work and experience working with seniors in hospital settings, Myers says that she has witnessed her fair share of seniors being “railroaded” into a bad situation. “I just saw a lot of people giving the wrong information, and I broke out of that.” Three years ago, she opened Encompass Senior Solutions with the focus of giving her clients the whole picture of options available to them, rather than a limited view that may be benefitting someone else’s agenda.

“[I wanted to] make things right for seniors, give them a choice, because some people don’t give them the whole truth,” says Myers. “And, lo and behold, if you give people all the information, they make really good decisions.” Myers explains that at Encompass, she gives her clients comprehensive assessment, helping them to evaluate the situation that they are currently in and what options will best serve their needs in the future. Along with an RN, Myers meets with everyone involved in the senior’s care, as well as the senior if they are able. “My preference is for everyone that loves and cares for the person to be available.” Of course, this is not always possible, and Myers understands that. She is very adept at working with out-of-town relatives and considering the feedback and concerns of all those involved. The Encompass team looks at the medical and psychological history of the senior, their finances, their power of attorney, and living wills. They consider the environment they are currently living in and if the senior can continue living on their own. “Ultimately, what people want to know is if they can remain in their home and how they can make staying at home a safe option for them.” Things as simple as rugs, stairs, and placement of furniture are assessed, as well as more involved concerns, such as medications, hoarding, substance abuse, and dementia. “No question is too small or too big,” says Myers. As to what triggers to look for or when is the right time to consider seeking assistance, Myers says the right time is anytime there is a concern. “There’s not necessarily a crisis, but you feel that something’s not right.” It could be weight loss, poor hygiene, lapses in memory, or any number of issues. Encompass offers full assessments and targeted assessments. “In a targeted assessment, a decision has been made to move somewhere ,and we can be brought in to make the best decision regarding that move,” she says. Changes, no matter how big or how small, can be difficult for seniors and their families to accept. But Myers says that it’s often the family members that are the most apprehensive to address the issues. She says that most seniors being assessed, when confronted with the concerns, realize that there is a problem. “Fifteen to 20 minutes into the assessment, they figure out, ‘Wait a minute…she’s on my www.OmahaPublications.com


side. She’s not trying to pack me up and send me somewhere.’” She says that often, the senior is able to stay in their own home, even those with memory issues. Myers and her staff make recommendations on what will be best for the senior, both in near and distant future. Rehab may be a necessary as a short-term solution, but they may be able to return to their home at a later time. Myers says she works with all scenarios and with all timeframes. After years in the field, she has a wide network of resources allowing her to cover all the bases for her clients. From personal drivers, cooks, and housekeepers, to physicians and living communities, she will contact the right people for the specific situation. “We’ve done a lot of creative things for people to allow them to stay in their home.” Such was the case with Miller’s father, who was able to stay in his own home but had to relinquish his car keys when Myers presented the situation to him. “Dad was able to accept from her what might have been very difficult to accept from his kids,” says Miller. Miller appreciated the fact that Myers saw her father as a whole person, not simply as someone with dementia that could be difficult at times. “She understood both sides of him… that he had dementia and was still a person. She made it the best it could possibly be.” Darold Jordan is another client of Myers’ who has been working with her for several years. Referred to Myers by a friend, Jordan hired Encompass to assist him and his wife when they needed some extra help around the house. “They’re flexible…they’ll do as much or as little as needed.” Jordan explains that Myers would spend four hours a day with his wife, helping her with her needs and tidying up around the house. “[Encompass has] been very satisfactory and they have fulfilled our needs for a couple of years now,” he says. “They have several phases of assistance, which makes it adequate for most people’s needs.” When Jordan’s wife died in June, Myers continued to help him with sorting through his home. He is currently in the process of downsizing and moving into an independent living community in the near future. The assistance that Encompass and Myers brought to Jordan and his late wife made a world of difference for which he is extremely grateful. “We actually got to stay in our own home,” he adds, obviously pleased. www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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60PLUS cover feature Story by Nadine Vodicka • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Mark Leichtle

The Reinvention of Retirement

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Kathy DeFord, DDS

60ish Boomers seaking second (even third!) careers later in life.

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Larry Peterson

“Despite my life experiences, I felt that there was a void that I just couldn’t explain nor fulfill.” -Peterson

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n the past, many people began to contemplate retirement as

they approached age 60. However, today’s boomer generation is taking much the same approach to retirement as they did toward life and career choices in their 20s: They sought out jobs that would make them happy, fruitful, and independent. And since today’s baby boomers are now in their 60s, as well as being 78 million strong, they have over a quarter of their lives yet to live.They are living life with the very same passion that they had in their 20s. Carbon copies of former retiring generations they are not. Instead, they are reinventing their lives and changing what we used to call retirement. Many are branching out into second careers with zest and highly anticipated enthusiasm. Personal choice, freedom, and individuality mark the boomer generation in 2013. One such person is Pastor Larry Peterson, 65, who was the executive pastor at Bellevue Christian Center from 2004 to 2011. He then stepped down to pastor the 250-300 seniors in his church community. He also presides over the faculty and business aspects of the church and center. Formerly, he had successful military and business careers that allowed him to travel to many places. “Despite my life experiences, I felt that there was a void that I just couldn’t explain nor fulfill,” says Peterson. After settling in Bellevue, his soul and faith in humankind deepened as a result of everything that he had previously learned in his earlier careers. It was that enlightenment that became the vessel that would lead him onto his next journey. Now in his third career path, he has truly found his calling in life. Photography is also a passion of Peterson’s. That’s just one more path that he travels. Peterson keeps active by playing softball on a team for seniors called “Midwest Express.” His team recently placed fifth in the nation. Another boomer who decided to follow her dreams and to transform her life is Dr. Kathy DeFord, 60, who now has her own dental practice in Papillion, DeFord Family Dental. Her first career started out as a stay-at-home mom to four children. “When our children were all in school, I got a part-time job working in a dental office doing light office work. Occasionally, the dentist would have me help him with a patient when his dental assistant was busy. I loved those times. I asked him if he would train me in dental assisting and he agreed. “One evening when my husband, David, and I were sitting at the dinner table chatting about the days’ events, I mentioned casually that if I could have any job, I would work as a dentist. “At that moment, I had a silent but strong impression that this was something that I should pursue. I had not been in school for over 20 years. I enrolled in Houston Community College to brush up and eventually was accepted into the Honors’ College at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. I graduated from Creighton School of Dentistry in 2001; the same year two of our sons graduated from >> << college and our youngest son graduated from high school. I spent several years with a group dental practice, Dundee Family Dental, before opening DeFord Family Dental in Papillion. I really enjoy my march/april  •  2013 

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work,” DeFord says with a smile. “This is my heartfelt destiny.” Having her own dental practice has been extremely rewarding, DeFord shares, “I have always loved working with my hands and helping people.” DeFord spends her spare time keeping active visiting her four children that are spread out all over the country. Every three years she plans a family reunion at a different destination. A quiet retirement at home for her…no way! Many potential retirees are pursuing new businesses ventures late in life as well. Mark Leichtle, 61, has gone from firm administrator in a large Omaha law firm to becoming the proprietor of the Old World Oil and Vinegar store in Rockbrock Village shopping center. Leichtle has dozens upon dozens of mouth-watering flavored vinegars and oils to delight your palette and expand your cooking and eating pleasure. He also has many varieties of dried exotic mushrooms and special sea salts from all over the world. When asked how he decided to go into this type of business after a long and fruitful career, Leichtle says that several things in his life had led him to what he’s now doing (and loving it!). “In my younger years, I was a maitre d’ and chef at a restaurant that did much of its cooking tableside. It was there that I learned about various cooking oils and special vinegars that would enhance S12  60PLUS 

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and enliven foods to the delight of the customers,” says Leichtle. “I enjoyed it so much and never forgot the wonderful experience of making food so delicious.” Leichtle and his wife have a daughter in Minneapolis who showed them many stores that carried fine olive oils and aromatic vinegars. This awakened his love for cooking and using those special vinegars and fine oils that he once used in his earlier years. It was then that he began a quest for finding more specialty food stores all over the country and learning more about the newest and most delectable oils, vinegars, mushrooms, and sea salts available. Thus, came the inspiration for his store. As you have read above, Omaha’s boomers are truly forever young and fervent about recreating and reinventing their retirement years. They have new career paths, vitality, enjoyment, and most of all, time to seek out passions and fall in love again with life.

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There are NO fashion rules! can’t tell you how many times people come to me with a question regarding whether

or not they can wear a certain, usually trendy style of a jacket, pant, skirt, top excetera. My reply is always, “It depends on what you wear it with.” Too many people follow the trends too closely, thinking that in order to be fashionable, they have to wear what they see, as they see it. Fashion is a lot more forgiving than most people think. It’s more general than specific, more enabling than disabling. It’s “Change” that you are in “Charge” of! There are no fashion rules, just styling relationships to pay attention to. When it comes to color, some people still believe there are only certain colors they can wear. The only colors that matter are the ones next to your face. I happen to look horrible in almost every shade of pink, but if I wear a shirt or a scarf in a flattering color under a pink sweater, pink works for me! I don’t look good in beiges either, but if I stack silver necklaces and wear silver earrings with beige, it goes from terrible to terrific on me. So if you’re worried that you won’t look good in emerald, the color of 2013, play with what you pair it with or limit emerald to your skirts and pants. If you care about looking your best, your shape and the shapes of clothes you wear need to be compatible. Short women often tell me that they cannot wear long jackets. They usually www.ReadOnlineNow.com

determine that when trying them on over pants and skirts of a different color, which usually does make a short person look topheavy and shorter. However, if you are short, the right long jackets can and will work over matching bottoms. When it comes to skirts, the length makes a big difference. Length is always individual, and it varies according to what it’s worn with. Women with heavy lower legs usually look better in pants, but in fall and winter, they can wear dark tights and boots, and be confident about looking great in almost any skirt! In summer, ankle-length skirts with flat sandals are best. The cut of your pants and jeans is very important. Never buy a pair of pants without examining how they look in back from a three-way mirror! Whether you can wear a wide leg, a tight leg, or a flared one depends more on what you wear it with than on the shape of you. The shapes of what we wear shape us! I have proof of that. In 1991, when I was the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation designer for the first time, the fashion look focused on waistlines. Pants, skirts and dresses were wide-banded and belted at the waist. Almost all of the princesses and countesses had small waistlines. In 1997 when I did the ball again, fashion hadn’t changed enough to make much of a difference in body shapes. By 2002, when jeans were worn at the hip and below, girls had lost the definition of a waistline. Even thin and tiny girls had waist measurements considerably larger than those of girls their size in 1991. My relationship advice based on that is “Beware of the Comfort Zone.” Clothes that are too comfortable are dangerous not only after a person is 60, but always! I welcome your feedback and invite you to send questions to sixtyplus@ omahapublications.com. Mary Anne Vaccaro is a Designer and Image Consultant to Businesses and Individuals. She designed clothing and products in Omaha and New York and ran a Fashion Advertising business in five states. She also writes and speaks about Image, Fashion, Art, and Style. www.maryannevaccaro.com www.invisibleapron.com 402-398-1234 march/april  •  2013 

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60PLUS feature Story by Danielle Knudson, Safe Communities Director, National Safety Council, Nebraska. Tips for a Fall-Free year:

Avoiding Falls

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id you know Falls are by far the leading unintentional injury, accounting for

more than 8.7 million emergency room visits each year in the United States. One in every three adults age 65 and older falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most falls are preventable. Many people attribute falls to being clumsy or not paying attention, but many risk factors exist. Physical hazards in the environment, vision, health conditions, and lack of exercise all increase the risk of a fall. Winter weather introduces an additional risk when ice and snow are on the ground. Reduce your risk and find fall hazards in your workplace and home to prevent injuries to yourself and others. S14  60PLUS 

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Maintain good lighting on outdoor walkways. • Wear sensible footwear. Consider changing from dress shoes to boots when walking outside. • Check the condition of outdoor handrails, walkways, and steps and repair as necessary. • Remove fallen leaves or snow from outdoor walkways as soon as possible to keep ice from forming. • Keep your shovel and de-icing products in the garage or inside the house so you won’t have to walk on a slippery surface to get your supplies. • Be aware that alcohol or other drugs, including prescription and over-thecounter medicine, can affect your balance and increase risk of falling. Older Adult Falls. Older adults are more prone to become the victim of falls and the resulting injuries can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following tips can greatly help older adults prevent falls, but are beneficial to those of all ages. • Stay active. Chances of falling can be reduced by improving strength and balance. Examples of activities include brisk walking, tai chi and yoga. • Fall-proof your home–inside and out. This includes taking advantage of the tips above and removing indoor tripping hazards like rugs and clutter. • Review your medications. Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medications you take, both prescription and over-the-counter. Some medications or combination of medicines can make you drowsy or light-headed, which can potentially lead to a fall. • Check your vision. It’s best to have your vision checked at least once a year to make sure you have the best prescription for your glasses. Poor vision greatly increases your risk of falling. Adapted from the National Safety Council website: www.nsc.org. Local fall prevention resources, tips, and Tai Chi class information at www.F1RST.org or www.safenebraska.org www.OmahaPublications.com


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Becka’s Back

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The radio personality returns to Omaha airwaves.

he unmistakable voice that many in Omaha have come to love (or, if we’re honest, love to hate) has returned to the airwaves. In January, radio talk show host and Benson High School grad Tom Becka found himself in a familiar seat back in Dundee. (Not a Dundee Dell barstool; although, Becka is known to wax poetic on the air about his love for the Dell’s single malt scotch selection.) Many recently remember Becka from his weekday afternoon show on KFAB (1110 AM), located in the heart of Dundee. But in October 2011, the decision was made to end Becka’s tenure with KFAB and its parent company, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Becka insists the decision was issued not locally, but at the corporate level: “I didn’t fit their lineitem formula.” Becka then headed north for about a year, landing a job as program director for an FM talk station in Fargo, N.D. But not long after Becka set up shop, he was lured back to Omaha, sort of, hosting an afternoon talk show on KKAR (1290 AM). KKAR is owned by NRG Media and located in Becka’s old stomping grounds near 50th and Dodge streets.He pulled double-duty for several months: waking pre-dawn to host a morning talk show, managing the radio station and all its moving parts, and then prepping for his two-hour afternoon show in Omaha (broadcasting from a makeshift studio fashioned in his West Fargo apartment). But the sale of the Fargo radio station gave Becka an opportunity to return to Omaha and pursue radio full-time…once again, in his beloved Dundee. “The Tom Becka Show” airs from 2 to 6 p.m. on 1290 AM, now dubbed the Mighty 1290 KOIL. “I am genuinely excited about helping rebuild this legendary radio station,” Becka says. “By working at 1290 KOIL …I can focus on what is happening here in Omaha, and not have to worry about what they say at the home office in Texas.” KFAB was Becka’s home not once, but twice. He launched his talk radio career at “the 50,000-watt blowtorch” in 1994, but left five years later for an on-air job in Kansas City. He www.ReadOnlineNow.com

returned to Omaha (and KFAB) in 2004, where he remained until his termination in 2011. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Becka moved to Omaha his junior year of high school. (“When you move outside of Omaha and tell people your high school mascot was a bunny, the think you’re making it up.”) He studied at UNO and was active with the university’s radio station, KVNO (90.7 FM). Although talk radio would become his wheelhouse, Becka fell hard when he discovered rock and roll. An AM Cleveland DJ by the name of Jerry G played popular tracks overnight. “He was the king of Cleveland Top 40 radio. Even though I was supposed to be asleep, I would hide a radio under the blankets and listen until late at night,” he recalls. “I always wanted to be in radio, but didn’t think I could do it with my voice.” Becka’s voice has become his signature statement: fast, high-pitched, loud, and always laced with his own opinion – whether listeners like it or not. His career has been spent in an industry rife with obstacle, ratings, and setbacks. Becka says he has learned perseverance, adapting to change, and how to maintain friendships when lines are drawn in the sand. “I have fond memories of my time at KFAB and a lot of respect for my friends who are still working there,” Becka says. “But I am really excited about competing against them. I like to think of it as a football player who has been traded to another team. My job is to beat them, but we can remain friends off the field.” 2013  •  march/april 

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Style shot Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

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iane Stormberg grew up in Omaha and remembers,

not fondly, the monotony of wearing a school uniform every day. “Then I chose a profession with a uniform [she worked as an RN and pediatric nurse instructor for years]. So every day now is fun to put an outfit together.” Since 2007, Stormberg has worked as the administrator of the Institutional Review Board at Creighton University, which oversees human research at the school. She’s been at CU a total of 25 years. “I love fabrics and color,” says Stormberg, married for 28 years to Scott, a dentist, and mom to two grown kids, Sarah (26) and Kevin (24). “Sometimes I have to ask my most-trusted consultant, my daughter, if the outfit is ‘over the top.’ If she says I can pull it off, I go for it. “I feel if [an outfit] fits well, it’s good fabric, and I’m comfortable, then it will work. My most important style rule is that I dress age-appropriate. I love many styles but realize some are not for me.” Her shopping stomping grounds locally are J Crew, Anthropology, and Esoteric Velvet (her daughter’s business). Stormberg and her husband moved downtown after two decades out west. She says she gets a good deal of her daily exercise walking to shops and events downtown, bicycling to work when weather permits, and swimming regularly. She also enjoys tennis and waterskiing come summer.

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For 30 years, publisher Todd Lemke has focused on the people and the positives that make Omaha a great place to live.

From Lightbulb Sales to Magazine Tales Todd Lemke, Publisher March 1983

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odd Le mke discove red the art of the

deal as an eight-year-old growing up in Papillion. One day, his father, Raymond—who believed that allowances should be earned, not given—drove the family station wagon to the old Skaggs store and loaded up on dozens of discounted lightbulbs. When he got home, he got out a >>

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Omaha cover feature << map of Papillion, divided it into three sectors (one for each of his children), and told his boys to fan out and sell the lightbulbs. Young Todd dutifully knocked on doors. The exchange with the homeowner would go something like this: “Are you with the Boy Scouts?” “No.” “Are you with a church group?” “No.” “Well, who are you with?” “Just myself.” (Pause) “Okay, show me what you have.” More times than not, he sold a lightbulb. In many ways, the bulbs shined a light on the path Lemke would take in the future. The youngster with a natural gift for sales became an adult with a knack for creative promotion. Just two years out of college, Lemke combined his skills and launched what would become Omaha Magazine. Now celebrating its 30th year, Omaha Magazine remains at the top of its game, boasting 36,000 subscriptions—remarkable for a city this size. It’s sold at Barnes and Noble and other bookstores. Additionally, a copy of the publication can be found in every hotel room in the metropolitan area, reaching a half-million visitors to the Midlands per month. >> 48 

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Left: A random selection of magazines pulled from the Omaha Magazine archives. From Our City, to Omaha Today, all the way to Omaha Magazine, it’s great to look back at our past, see how far we’ve come, and look to the next 30 years of Omaha Magazine!

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Omaha cover feature Omaha Publications’ Staff Greg Bruns, Vice President

Vicki Voet, Executive Sales Associate

June 1988

Linda Persigehl, Managing Editor

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Gil Cohen, Vice President, Sales & Marketing March 2007

Alicia Smith Hollins, Gil Cohen’s Assistant August 2007 John Gawley, Art Director October 2009 Tyler Lemke, Vice President of Operations July 1991 Gwen Lemke, Senior Sales Executive March 1996

Bill Sitzmann, Director of Photography November 2002

<< Like many success stories, Omaha Magazine started humbly and underwent several transformations. Lemke, the owner and publisher, guided every stage. “I graduated from UNL in 1981 with a degree in journalism. I weighed my >> << options and decided to sell homes,” Lemke deadpans, knowing his career choice came out of left field. He explains, “My mother and father sold real estate when I was growing up, and I got my real estate license in 1977 when I was still in high school.” 50 

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Lemke may have opted for sales, but he believed in the power of promotion. He advertised the custom-built homes in a weekly alternative newspaper called City Slicker and lured first-time homebuyers to view the models using a P.T. Barnum approach. Newlyweds Greg and Terese Bruns checked out Lemke’s block party one weekend. “We went out there, and here is Todd dressed up in a clown suit,” says Bruns. “He had bands playing. He was handing out candy and balloons and pop. It was a carnival. And

the next thing you know, we’re signing papers for a new house. That’s how we met.” One day, the owners of City Slicker offered to sell the paper to Lemke. Flush with cash from his real estate deals, Lemke took them up on their offer. It was 1983. “The first thing I did was turn City Slicker into a glossy, four-color magazine. I did that for three years,” says Lemke. But he discovered that the ad-buying community wanted a readership that was “past the party age.” So he literally dumped City Slicker one day and www.OmahaPublications.com


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Jessica Linhart, Sales Associate August 2007 Katie Anderson, Senior Graphic Designer May 2010

Catharine Kruse, Sales Associate October 2012

Bailey Hemphill, Assistant Editor May 2011

Sandy Besch, Publisher’s Assistant November 2011

started another magazine the next day called Omaha Today, distributed free around town. Seeking to stabilize his investment, Lemke went to a competitor who owned a monthly publication, Our City. It listed all the local shopping, eating, and entertainment hot spots. Lemke thought it would be a good merger “because he had a magazine that was in all the hotels.” The marriage went through in 1987. But there was still a missing piece to the puzzle. “The name [Our City] didn’t do much for www.ReadOnlineNow.com

me,” says Bruns, who by this time was working with Lemke selling ads. “I mean, I’d call a business and say, ‘Hi, this is Greg Bruns from Our City,’ and they’d go, ‘Huh? Never heard of it.’ I said to Todd, ‘Why can’t we change this?’” In 1989, Our City and Omaha Today became Omaha Magazine. “The name carried so much more meaning with people,” says Bruns, who soon became the vice president and Lemke’s business partner. “People became more willing

to talk with me.” As the ads increased, so did the content of the magazine. In addition to a thorough restaurant and entertainment guide, Omaha Magazine upped its profiles of people who make this community work. “Over the course of 30 years , we have done thousands and thousands of great, positive people stories,” Lemke points out with pride. “If you want to know what makes Omaha tick, then you have to know its people. And we do a better job talking about people than >> 2013  •  march/april 

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<< any other medium in town. It’s people, people, people, and then food. This town loves food.” The look of the magazine also sets it apart: thick, glossy, and beautifully photographed. An innovation that really put Omaha Magazine on the map is its annual “Best of Omaha®” edition. “We started that in 1992,” says Bruns. “It’s absolutely huge and gets bigger every year.” Lemke, an optimist by nature, says he wakes up every morning with ideas that he can’t wait to bounce off his editors, photographer, graphic designers, and sales staff. His business sense, however, has kept the ship afloat. He expanded his publishing business to include B2B Omaha, a business quarterly; The Encounter, a magazine focusesd on downtown; HerLiving, with articles devoted to women; Family Spectrum, featuring helpful stories on kids, education, and family; and the Old Market Directory, a guide to business and events in the historic district. Equally important, Lemke doesn’t shy away from innovation. “Print publications have to embrace social media and the internet,” he says. “You can read all our magazines online, and we link everything.” Lemke never forgets the lessons from long ago, when he sold lightbulbs door-to-door. He learned to look a customer in the eye. He learned to listen to what they had to say. For 30 years now, he’s been listening to what Omaha wants and needs—and chronicling it. “I’m fortunate. I picked an occupation that I can do for a long time.” Happy anniversary. www.OmahaPublications.com


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Plattsmouth, father of Omaha Magazine’s Todd and Tyler Lemke, and husband of Gwen Lemke, passed away at age 83 after developing complications from openheart surgery. Raymond lived an extraordinary life by anyone’s standards. Todd Lemke, publisher, credits his father for much of his success. “My dad is the one who gave me the confidence to go into business for myself. I’d like to dedicated this 30th anniversary issue to him.” We pay tribute to Raymond Lemke here and share a few photos and passages from him memoir, Ray’s Life. Ray was born in Cozad, Neb., and served in the Army  in the First Calvary Division in the Korean War. He married his wife, Gwenivere Case, on August 6, 1955, at St. Columbkille Church in Papillion. Raymond owned a barbershop in Papillion, and is also known for giving dance lessons and hosting a television show, Let’s Dance. Later, he and Gwen founded an insurance agency, Shelter Insurance, and a real estate company, Action Real Estate, in Sarpy County. Ray followed that success with a psychotherapy practice >>

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Left to right, top to bottom: Ray’s high school graduation photo.“I remember…learning to walk without a limp (from polio). It is etched in my brain. Toe-ball-heel, toe-ball-heel. To get away from the limp, instead of coming down on your heel first, which would be heel-ball-toe, just reverse it and come down toe-ball-heel. Which is actually the way you dance, and I’m sure that’s why I was always a little smoother on the dance floor.” Family portrait, left to right, Ray, Tyler, Brad, Todd, Gwen, RL. “One successful endeavor that I had my children do was sell lightbulbs. They were light, and it was easy to carry all of the different wattage. It seemed like that just about everybody needed another lightbulb. And it was very important to me that they got in the habit of making their own money. And learn how money was made by providing a service.” Ray overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.“…we most generally receive what we expect. We find what are looking for, whether good or bad.” Ray stands next to his favorite airplane, which he built himself. “Working on the farm teaches you to become very mechanically inclined, because on the farm there’s always something that needs to be fixed. Flying is an expensive hobby, but one that is always challenging you and has the ability to capture one hundred percent of your attention…I have always enjoyed taking risks and feeling that adrenaline flow.” Ray pictured during the Korean War. “I’m sure that learning to deal with the basics was great training for me, so I could handle Korea that much better. The winter weather there in North Korea was almost identical to the winter weather in Nebraska. After only eleven months in the service, I became a staff sergeant. I believe mainly because I was still there.” www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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A: My husband will tell you that I like shiny things, so being surrounded by beautiful things was definitely a draw! This business allows me to marry my creative side with my background in client relationships and business management. It also allows me schedule flexibility so I can spend time with and enjoy family, church, friends, and community service organizations. Q: What education, training, and talents do you offer as a designer?

A: Aside from my bachelor’s degree in Textiles, Clothing and Design, I am a Certified Interior Decorator, a Green Accredited Professional, a Certified Color Expert, and a Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Specialist. My talent lies in seeing the potential in every space and each object in that space and using them to their best purpose. I truly believe in designing with the quote from Louis Sullivan in mind, “Form follows function.” Q: What is the biggest problem homeowners come to you with?

A: If I had to choose one, I would say that it’s the lack of a master plan. I also think that’s the biggest decorating mistake most people make. When they take a myopic view of their room—say, purchasing a single item like a sofa hoping it will make a dramatic change in their room—they often find themselves dissatisfied, but they can’t put their finger on the reason why. A master plan helps them see the possibilities for their completed room and gives them a roadmap for how to tackle the project in stages. Q: Share a special design challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it.

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the way to the two-story ceiling. But this solution conflicted with the other request of the couple, which was that I make the space feel formal, yet inviting. After asking them to cull through the photos, they presented me with an envelope with the 200 or so photos most important to them. Through the use of frames on the wall and on floating shelves and the creative use of tabletop photo frames and albums (including a digital frame), I was able to incorporate all of the photos in a tasteful way, but it was a challenge. Whew! www.ReadOnlineNow.com

Q: Tell us a bit about you personally.

Q: How would you describe your own home design style?

A: My family moved to Omaha from Salt Lake City, Utah, when I was a sophomore in high school. With the exception of a one-year stint in Boston the following year, I have been in Omaha ever since. My husband, Dennis, is a banker and we have two adult sons, James and Derek. We have two Scottish Terriers named Dexter and Stewart and a “mystery” breed of dog whose markings resemble a black and white cow, hence his name “Moo.”

A: My own design style tends toward the contemporary side of transitional. I enjoy finding the balance between classic and contemporary furnishings, typically unifying disparate elements through the use of color. I enjoy whimsical touches, especially in accessories. Oh, and I’m a fabric junkie, so I enjoy mixing textiles to achieve a blend of color, texture, and pattern.

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Omaha Home: builder q&a Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by Bill Sitzmann and provided by Ramm Construction, Inc.

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tion. Several generations of Ramms have built homes in the Omaha metro, dating back over a century. Today, the brothers head up Ramm Construction, Inc. We asked Ted Ramm to share with us a bit about their business, their family history in the trade, and just what’s in store for home construction in the months to come. Q: When did you and Jerry start Ramm Construction, Inc.? What kinds of homes do you build?

A: We established Ramm Construction in 1999. Both Jerry and I are owners. We build 20 or so homes per year in the Omaha area, specializing in ranch and two-story homes in the $250,000-$600,000 range. Our “Normandy” model home is at 3116 N. 192nd Ave. in the Elkhorn View Estates subdivision in Elkhorn. H14 

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Q: Tell us a bit about your family history in the trade. How did you get your start?

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Planning Your Yard’s Next Season

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n the spring, a homeowner’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of the perfect backyard retreat. With apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson, we provide a few first steps toward realizing those outdoor dreams, thanks to two local gardening experts. Have a plan. Robert Kozol, of Robert’s Nursery, Lawn, and Landscaping in Omaha, suggests getting out the camera from the very beginning. “Don’t just get the pictures that you like,” he says, “Get the ones you definitely do not want to see in your own yard.” If you’re planning a large-scale update, both Mercer Gunnels of Canopy Gardens and Kozol advocate hiring a professional. You just can’t beat the experience of a pro or the depth to which they’ll go to hammer out the finished feel, the timeline, and the budget. Whether or not you go with a professional landscaper, you’ll need to consider the following elements as part of your plan: • Color • Fragrance • Maintenance • Entertaining demands • Privacy To efficiently address all facets, Gunnels recommends designing your landscape digitally first. “Computer-aided design is very >> march/april  •  2013   H17


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<< efficient and easy to make changes on the fly,” he says. “This makes it easy to have several ideas designed on one property.” Having the ability to adapt ideas easily also offers more creative wiggle room for the designer. Be thrifty. If you’re the type to get your hands dirty with a little DIY, consider handling the “destruction” phase yourself. Tearing out old walls, uprooting plants, and breaking up concrete usually require more strength than training, so Kozol suggests that those who are game could save a little money taking on those tasks themselves. Another dollar-saving tip comes from Gunnels, who strongly advocates choosing as many native plants as possible for your landscaping. That means sticking to stock that’s not only grown in Nebraska but comes from seed that hails from the state as well. “This ensures the likelihood >> H18 

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Omaha Home: feature Top: A finished landscape design by Robert's Nursery, Lawn & Landscaping. Below: Landscape design by Canopy Gardens.

<< that the plant will have a full and successful life with fewer tendencies for disease and pest damage,” Gunnels says. “These native plants also take a lot less input and care as they live here naturally.” But feel free to choose specimens at your leisure. For those on a tight budget, Kozol recommends installing new landscaping in phases. “We might not install some plant materials until two or three years after the first beds and hardscapes,” he says. Build a backbone. Both Kozol and Gunnels emphasize that putting in new landscape is a process requiring patience. So take your time with possibly the most important step: Installing the hardscapes. These can include: • Sidewalks • Retaining walls • Patios • Waterscapes • Permanent planters or raised beds “The hardscapes need to have both form and function,” Gunnels says, “just as anything does in the installation of your space.” If you have the time, observe your yard over the course of a full year before putting in anything permanent. Know where the light and shade will be particularly in summer and fall to avoid, for example, placing a sidewalk in your best sun or putting a raised bed in partial shade. Be flexible. “We have been in business for seven years, and I cannot remember one installation that went in perfectly with no changes,” Gunnels says. “It’s just part of the process.” He recommends viewing these surprises as opportunities instead of setbacks. Kozol agrees that no matter how thorough the plan, all the prior experience in the world won’t guarantee a flawless process. Keep in mind also that your property will be an ugly duckling before it turns into a swan. For large-scale projects, you might feel your space is all but invaded by landscaping and construction crews. Face it with deep breaths and visions of the beauty of a fully grown landscape. “Your home doesn’t begin at the front door and end at the back door,” Gunnels says. “Your style, beliefs, and lifestyle should shine through in your outdoor space.” www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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Omaha Home: new on the block Story by Linda Persigehl and Mary Quinn • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

3 National Retailers Expand in Omaha.

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retailer Kirkland Home is back with a larger, more convenient store in the L Street Marketplace shopping center at 120th & L streets, Omaha. “The new location is really centrally located in an area with lots of shopping, and provides a much larger footprint than the store [formerly] at Village Pointe,” said store manager Kristine Kleindienst. “Our showroom is at least double the size of the old location (about 9,300 sq.ft.), which means much more merchandise.” Framed art, mirrors, accent rugs, , and artificial floral arrangements are just a few of the home décor items Kirkland's carries, all at very affordable price points. The store also offers many gift items and holiday and seasonal items, such as garden accessories. Company sales are very promotion-driven, Kleindienst said, “which prompts many of our customers to come in often and find a good variety of things on sale.” Kirkland's closed its Village Pointe store a couple years ago when the national chain underwent a restructuring. “For us, I think the recipe for success was finding the right location, which is what we have now. Customers are coming in and saying they love the bigger store, and that the parking is so much better,” Kleindienst said. The Tennessee-based specialty store chain has more than 320 stores in 35 U.S. states, primarily in the southeast and east. “But Kirkland's is growing more in the Midwest,” said Kleindienst, a 16-year veteran retailer. “The company sees a lot of potential for more stores in markets like Sioux Falls and especially Denver.” For more, visit www.kirklands.com. H22 

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ture, and housewares, prides itself on selling affordable home accessories and having a frequently changing inventory. HomeGoods operates the home furnishing sections of TJ Maxx n' More and Marshalls Mega Stores, with 400 stores across the U.S. as of September 2012. With its headquarters in Framingham, Mass., items as well as the store itself have been featured on HGTV shows and decorating blogs. Founded in 1992 and now operated by TJX Companies, HomeGoods has been leased in the former Sports Authority space in the Montclair on Center shopping center near 132nd and West Center Road. This makes it the first store in Nebraska, and only the second location in the Midwest (Kansas City). HomeGoods promotes themselves as having "Unique Home Decor and Affordable Home Furnishings," according to their website, and they offer decorating tips for every space from the bedroom to the backyard. Interior designers and lovers of décor alike can use a series of items from the store to express their design style and keep up with the latest trends in housewares without breaking the bank or traveling several hours. For more information, visit www. homegoods.com www.OmahaPublications.com


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Omaha Home: at home

Story by Molly Garriot • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

British Regency, French Chic At home with Julie Kenney in Dundee

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is to read a book and be cozy,” confesses Julie Kenney. So when she is designing a space in her Dundee home, she thinks, “Would I want to sit here and read a book?” Thus, it is no surprise that one of her mostloved spots in the house is a small chair and robin’s egg “poof,” as she dubs the felted, flower ottoman, tucked by the fireplace in her living room. On cold, rainy days, a crackling fire with cup of tea and engrossing book are the tickets to contentment. Kenney and her husband bought the Georgian brick 13 years ago. Though the architecture is purely British Regency, her interior decorating is unabashedly French chic. She mixes wood, iron, and upholstered furnishings and is drawn to crystal chandeliers and light fixtures. Silver-framed >>

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Omaha Home: at home << snapshots capturing family and friends are clustered on a French country side table, and works by local artists Paula Wallace and Dan Boylan hang conventionally on walls and unconventionally from molding and overlapping windows. Kenney would call it “shabby chic,” though even a cursory peek into her foyer would indicate it is more “chic” than “shabby.” Kenney only fills her home with items she loves, though the space for which they are intended is rarely where they end up. “I buy things because I like them. Then, I find a place for them,” she reveals. The sideboard in the entry called three other spots home before landing in its present location. But it shouldn’t get too comfortable there; Kenney has a propensity to move smaller pieces of furniture and decorative accents around. It keeps things feeling fresh in her home, she says. She also likes to pair investment pieces with inexpensive finds. To wit: the high-back upholstered couch facing the fireplace and the chair kitty-corner to it in the entryway. The couch was a substantial purchase. Its Old World character and metal stud trim caught her eye. But then while perusing the nooks and crannies of McMillan’s Antiques on 50th and Leavenworth (the day the Kenney family moved into the house, no less), she spied her sofa’s black sheep of a step-brother—a slightly banged-up wingback chair very nearly the same color with almost identical bronze-stud trim—and >> H26 

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Omaha Home: at home << promptly purchased it for a song. But that is Kenney’s way. Be open to possibility. Look for fun additions in the most unlikely spots. The crystal chandelier in the dining room is a modern (albeit a good one) replica of a French antique. She made the chairs at the ends of the table her own by reupholstering handme-downs from a friend. The hanging light fixtures on either side of the bed in the master bedroom were castoffs from another friend who thought them “God-awful.” Kenney didn’t. She snatched them up off her friend’s front stoop (literally) like a wideeyed kid given free rein in a candy shop. Whimsy is important to Kenney. Function does not preclude fancy; utilitarian does not mean ugly. After searching for a canister set in vein, Kenney decided to store her dried goods in glass containers. Cluster them on an antique silver tray and you’ve added another layer of interest. The greenery adorning her kitchen light is last Christmas’ mantel >>

At right: A bay leaf mantelpiece from last Christmas serves as decoration on a kitchen light fixture. Kenney also uses dried leaves from the arrangement in her cooking. Far right: White cabinetry abounds in the home’s kitchen and butler’s pantry, making storage of serving ware and food prep for entertaining a breeze. H28 

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At left: Kenney has fun elegantly decorating small spaces, such as the nook off her home’s entryway and the powder rooms. Above: A beautiful chandelier and curving stairway greet guests in the home’s foyer.

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reading spot or her children’s computer space, tucked into the corner of her living room and delineated with a book shelf “wall.” Sometimes it's an actual room. Guests, she says, gravitate to the butler’s pantry during gatherings, with its Toile paper and dimpled and dented concrete countertops. She is particular to her office space off the master bedroom. The walls are painted black and

white stripes—“because I’ve always wanted a black-and-white-striped room”­— and the ceiling is papered. An oversized red, lacquered mirror which was intended for her foyer adds a dramatic pop of color to the room. Large or small, home for Kenney is where her family gathers. “I would rather be home than anywhere else,” she contently confides. march/april  •  2013   H31


Omaha Home: neighborhood profile Story by Molly Garriott • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

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centers cropping up in onetime croplands west of the city, it is difficult to remember that the Crossroads and Westroads Malls were once shopping meccas located on the edge of town. But as the city developed west in the 1950s, families sought the quiet living of suburbia. Only suburbia wasn’t 204th Street; it was 90th. Neighborhoods like Indian Hills Village, tucked between Harney and Dodge and 84th and 90th Streets, were born. Forged over 50 years ago, Indian Hills Village was advertised as an “ultra-modern community,” a forerunner of the avant-garde concept that is mixed-use development, says Darcy Beck, Realtor with DEEB Realty and resident of the Indian Hills neighborhood. >> march/april  •  2013   H33


Omaha Home: neighborhood profile << So what is considered hip and 'au courant' now—mixed-use developments like Midtown Crossing, for example—actually has its roots in the past. Mixed-use development refers to the combination of complimentary commercial, residential, and rental properties in one neighborhood, Beck explains. Barbara Naughtin has a long-time connection with Indian Hills Village. Her mother and step-father bought a low-rise condo in the neighborhood 30 years ago. Now she and her husband, a Westside graduate who hails from the area, have lived in Indian Hills for the last seven years. As a member of Restore Omaha, she played an integral role in the October 2012 Mid-Century Modern tour of homes. Naughtin is a history buff who attributes her affinity to Omaha’s colorful past to her own family’s connection with it: “My great-great-grandfather was the first Omaha blacksmith in the 1850s.” Not that long ago, Regency was in “West Omaha” and land beyond 132nd was still farmed. Boys Town was “out in the country” and driving to Elkhorn was considered a “trek.” Such was the case for Indian Hills in the '40s and '50s. During World War II, Harold W. Glissman carved an 18-hole public golf course out of farmland between Dodge and Harney streets and 84th and 90th streets. If you were not a member of one of the country clubs, golf in Omaha was limited. But Indian Hills Golf Course offered players the chance to take in panoramic views of the growing city while satisfying their need to hit a little white ball around an undulating course adorned with over 500 evergreens. The course was situated on the city’s highest point, 88th and Indian Hills Drive (now the location of the Lincoln Financial Group business complex). Thus, players claimed they were “golfing the hill” as they set out for a day on the links. Green fees were only 50 cents for Saturday mornings and weekdays, and $1 for Sundays, giving credence to the course’s “Poor Man’s Country Club” nickname. The clubhouse sat where Swanson Towers, a neighborhood anchor, currently resides. In the early 1950s, the golf course was sold to Gilbert and W. Clarke Swanson who recognized that the city was expanding westward. The brothers envisioned a business and residential development and secured the services of Leo A. Daly architectural firm to help them realize their dream. Leo Daly, whose company has been >> H34 

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some soothing jazz with a glass of wine on your patio after a long day at work? Then investing in a quality outdoor sound system should be on your to-do list. There are a number of factors to consider before selecting an outdoor speaker package. First, the level of performance or sound quality that you are looking for. Let’s assume that only one pair of outdoor speakers is needed for adequate coverage of your deck or patio area. You can probably find models from $119 for a pair, but if your want good quality sound and years of enjoyment, don’t cut corners here. Plan on spending between $400-600 for a pair and you’ll be a lot happier with your purchase. If your outdoor space is larger, you might want to invest in additional speakers strategically placed throughout.  Outdoor speakers are usually offered in either a black or white finish, with the white finish being paintable to match exterior colors. They typically offer the ability to tilt or slant the speaker to aim the sound closer to or further away from your home. This is handy when neighbor’s homes are nearby and you want to avoid blasting sound into their backyard.  If you’re mounting the speakers under an eave or on an exterior wall, rely on a good quality 14-gauge wire. Make sure it’s CL3 rated to meet fire code, since you’ll most likely be running the wire through the walls of your home. Most CL3 wires are paintable to match your home color. In new home construction, the wires can be run ahead of time, allowing them to be hidden and eliminating the need to paint them later. Something else to consider is controlling the volume. You could just run the wires directly to the speakers from the stereo receiver, but then you’d have to run back inside to where the equipment is located every time you wish to adjust the volume. Using a local volume control is preferable. While weatherproof outdoor volume controls are available, we generally prefer to locate the volume control just inside the deck/patio door to avoid another opportunity for cold air and moisture to enter the home through the exterior wall’s vapor barrier.  When choosing a stereo receiver, be aware that most outdoor speakers are efficient enough that 40 to 100 watts is more than enough to drive a pair. So wattage is not usually an issue, unless you’re running more than one pair of speakers at a time. Odds are that you will never be driving the speakers at the higher wattage range, unless you’re prepared to invite the entire neighborhood over for beer and iced tea. On the subject of the so-called wireless speakers...There is a bit of a misnomer here. They will require a transmitter, usually located near your equipment rack, that sends the signal to the wireless speakers. All speakers require power to drive them. Regular outdoor speakers get their power from the wires connected to the receiver's speaker terminals. Even wireless speakers will require power of some sort, probably a 12-volt adapter that will need to be plugged into an outlet nearby. This approach is not very conducive to Nebraska and Iowa’s inclement weather and is therefore not recommended. The only wireless speakers that we do recommend are ones that work with Apple's Airplay™. The technolgoy allows you to send music from a Mac or PC running iTunes, or an iOS device, directly to the speakers and control it from those devices. There are also third-party applications that can add AirPlay functionality to Android devices for a price. Some of these types of speakers will work standalone, but many require them to be connected to a Wi-Fi network in the home. Some may also have rechargeable batteries in them, so they can be more portable for use at parties and such, or to bring sound to other parts of the home. The best performance usually comes from the speakers that require a connection to AC power. They will always have power and you don't have to worry about the battery running down at an inopportune moment. For more information on outdoor sound systems for your patio/outdoor space, contact Custom Electronics, Inc. at 402-397-4434 or online at www.customelectronics.tv march/april  •  2013   H35


Omaha Home: neighborhood profile

<< located on Indian Hills Drive since 1959, developed Indian Hills to accommodate all income levels. Swanson Tower was created as the area’s high-end, high-rise living option. Condos appealed to middle-income residents. Apartments filled the housing gap as the most economical option. Single-family homes were also constructed with over 80 percent of the homes boasting two-car garages. A church (First Covenant), school (Swanson Elementary), shopping center, hotel (the now defunct Indian Hills Inn), and park rounded out the development. “If you are not looking for cookie cutter, you might be looking for Indian Hills,” says Beck. Two-story, multi-level, and ranch all coexist peacefully, a melting pot of H36 

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architectural styles. She and her architect husband were drawn to the collection of flatroof homes in Indian Hills. “Move over, Brady Bunch,” she laughs. These homes featured heavily in the Restore Omaha Mid-Century Modern Tour. The “ring leader” of these homes was Mike Ford, who built his home on 89th and Harney in the Mid-Century Modern style in the early '60s. Not wanting his house to be the sole example of modern architecture on his block, Ford bought four additional lots and enlisted Stanley J. How, Jr. as architect of each. Sam Mangiamele designed their interiors. Sadly, not all architectural and historic gems of the area have survived. The Indian Hills Theater was built in 1962 for $1 million.

It boasted the largest Cinerama, floor-to-ceiling movie screen in the country. Sitting in the theater was the visual equivalent to surround sound. In its heyday, ushers wearing tuxedos would escort movie goers to their reserved seats. The theater closed in 2000 and was demolished the following year despite protests from its Omaha fans and Hollywood’s elite. Timeless. That is still how Beck describes Indian Hills though: “It’s a remarkable chameleon, able to change and grow and reinvent itself for 21st century living while retaining its original appeal and historic relevance. I guess they knew what they were talking about when they dubbed it the ‘ultra-modern community’ back in 1953.” www.OmahaPublications.com


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Omaha Home: home happenings Story by Mary Quinn

Events In Your Neck-of-the-Woods

Omaha Home Show March 21-24

H Restore Omaha Conference and Exhibition March 1-2

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he care and restoration of Omaha's beautiful, turn-of-the-Century homes are key to preserving the history of our city. A variety of workshops and exhibits will be available to old-home owners and enthusiasts at the Restore Omaha Conference and Exhibition March 1-2. This Expo will host national and local speakers on preservation, provide ongoing workshops, and feature exhibits for companies and organizations specializing in the needs of old-home owners. The Friday Night Reception and Tour will be held at Omaha's historic Scottish Rite Masonic Center, a 1914 Neoclassical Revival building designed by John Latenser that has been completely restored. From 7 to 10pm, attendees will be able to visit on all four floors and enjoy food and drinks. The main event, the Saturday Conference, will take place at Metropolitan Community College's South Campus on Saturday, March 2 from 8am to 4:30 pm. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to network and mingle with other owners and enthusiasts of historic Omaha homes. Conference Keynote Speaker and nationally recognized urban planner Nore' Winter will also be presenting. He will discuss his work as an authority on preservation, developing master plans, redevelopment projects, and urban planning guides, with over 25 years’ experience. Winter is the president of Winter & Company, Urban Design & Historic Preservation, where he provides services to communities with distinctive natural settings and traditional neighborhoods which seek to protect their heritage. Following the conference, all attendees are invited to share their current restoration projects in five minutes or less at the Restoration Jam. Recurring F-Sat. $25-60. 202 So. 20th St. 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. Open F/7-10pm; Sat/8am-4:30pm. For more information, visit www.restoreomaha.org

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ome design, like fashion,

is constantly evolving. From building to landscaping to remodeling, new ideas are circulating every year, and what better way to view these ideas than at the Omaha Home Show! This year, Omaha's biggest show for anything landscaping, gardening, building, design, and decorating will be held at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Exhibitors from the Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs areas will be featured, including home builders, remodeling contractors, developers, and architects. A Landscaping Competition will also take place, where 10 area professionals will build complete on-site landscaping concepts such as outdoor gardens, patios, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor living spaces. Judges will decide on a winner and prize money will be awarded. The Pet Zone will be featured, where adults and children alike will have the opportunity to see live pets, learn about local rescue pets, and learn how to adopt a new pet. And various companies will be exhibiting pet-related products and services for those who may already have pets of their own. Enjoy the latest trends in home design with the entire family at the Omaha Home Show. Featured professionals will include Advantage Home Improvement, Champion Window, Deancraft Decks, Landscape Illuminations, Malibu Sunrooms, and Valley Boys Roofing. Whether you're planning to build, need ideas for remodeling, or just want to talk design, a slew of exhibitors will be available to you! Recurring Th-Sun. $9 adults, $5 children. 455 N. 10th St. Open Th/5-9pm, F/noon-9pm; Sat/10am-9pm; Sun/10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.omahahomeshow.com www.OmahaPublications.com


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known for its remarkable, NeoClassical revival-style homes that continue to stand the test of time (with a little help of course). This year's Designer Showhouse, hosted by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and Joslyn Castle Trust, will take place at the Smyth House May 2-19. Guests are invited to attend various events and tour the historic home, originally purchased by successful Irish immigrant Constantine J. Smyth and his wife, Kate, in 1906. After at least two rumored visits by President Woodrow Wilson and barely surviving the Easter Sunday tornado of 1913, the Smyth House still abounds in character today. Originally the site of the 1980 Designer Showhouse, the current owners of the Smyth House, Robyn Tait and John Campbell, will be opening their infamous home to the public for the 2013 Designer Showhouse. Twenty local interior designers will be given a room where they will design their own ideas for restoration. Designers will display a theme, a color scheme, and keep to the time period of the house while also including modern amenities. Other events/features will include tours of the house, a cafe/boutique, wine tastings, and jazz brunches. All proceeds will help preserve another architectural gem, Omaha's Joslyn Castle. Recurring daily. 710 N. 38th St. For more information, visit www.joslyncastle.com www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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Home: d•i•y project Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Pam Mertz’s

d•i•y Copperpenny Ceiling

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am Mertz expresses her cre-

ative side through home decorating. She enjoys watching DIY Network and HGTV, perusing home interiors magazines looking for projects, and decorating her Papillion home of 10 years. And she’s also not afraid of a design challenge. “I definitely like tackling a project,” she said. “I’m not intimidated by them. I think I have a gift for decorating…I can walk into a room and picture how a space will look if I do this or that with some end tables or paint on the walls. But I admit I’m more of a big-picture person…not as good with the accesssories.” When a tour through some Street of Dreams homes led Mertz to a fascination with faux finishes on the walls, she put her mind to learning how to do several painting techniques. “A girlfriend taught me some skills…rag rolling, feathering…and I had a knack for making it look professional. I did it in my home, then I started doing it for friends.” During some time off work (she works fulltime as a UPS driver), she took a week-long class learning about plasters, glazes, and other materials and techniques for wall and ceiling treatments from local decorator Kelly King. The class was not cheap. “It was $1,500, but I figured if I could learn to do it myself, it would save money in hiring a professional,” Mertz said.

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The first project she tackled was her dining room ceiling. It was not an easy undertaking. The process took nearly 30 hours over two weekends and involved plastering cheesecloth to the ceiling in various shapes, then pulling it off, sanding it until smooth, adding a glaze, painting it a copper-penny color, then trolling on a topcoat to fill in the cracks. “I learned the plaster technique on a paint sample board standing up on-end,” she said, “so doing this on the ceiling, over my head, was much harder. When I was done I looked like I had cake batter all over me, and I thought I’d have permanent neck damage.” Still, Mertz said the ordeal was well worth the effort. “It turned out beautiful. A lot of that has to do with the products I used (which she special-ordered online), but [they] make a huge difference.” She recommends the Blue Pearl metallic and pearlescent paint line. Since then, Mertz has gone on to apply textured finishes and faux paint to walls and ceilings in many other rooms—“I used a metallic copper in my kitchen, a paint technique in the master bedroom, a suede finish in another…[The finishes] give the rooms a depth and warmth I love.” While Mertz gets a lot of requests from friends to do their homes, she admits she doesn’t have much time. “I may take up more projects when I retire, which I hope to do in less than three years.” She admits faux finishing is not a home project for just any do-it-yourselfer. “If you are not a patient person or detailed person, it’s not for you,” she warns. “You have to be willing to do it just so or it won’t turn out the proper way. “And you can do too much. There are ways to do techniques more subtly.” www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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D

o you know the feeling when

you build up the courage to get a new hair style and then suddenly it seems your existing wardrobe now looks tired in comparison? This, in the same sense, can happen when updating the finishes and décor in your home as well. You decide to update one element and then you begin to notice that there are other areas which also deserve a fresh look. The aforesaid scenario is exactly what happened after my clients had new porcelain tile installed in their kitchen, dinette, and foyer areas in their home. The couple agreed it was time to continue updating their home (which they had built in Elkhorn, approximately six years prior). Finding the right direction >>

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Omaha Home: transformations

<< and time to devote to such an undertaking seemed overwhelming for them as they both work outside the hom and are extremely devoted parents to their two young sons. They didn’t know how or where to begin. They decided it was best to seek the assistance of a professional interior designer whom they felt could help them realize the potential they both knew their home had. They invited Michele Hybner, Allied Member ASID, Interior Designer with D3 Interiors, over to visit about the scope of their project and requested her professional guidance with remodeling and redesigning the main floor of their home. Topping these homeowners’ wish list was adding a fireplace to their great room. I, therefore, designed a feature wall which became the focal point in this space. The once barren wall is now complete with a linear gas firebox, ledge stone from floor to ceiling, and a recessed niche for their 55” flat screen television. I flanked the fireplace with new custom built-in cabinetry which offers much needed storage and display space. We pulled up all of the wall to wall carpeting on their main level; in its place went a dark (pre-finished) 6” wide plank, hand-scraped, bamboo wood floor. We removed the light fixtures in the study, kitchen, and dinette areas and updated them with burlap covered drum shade pendants in the study and kitchen and added a two-tone chandelier >> H44 

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BEFORE: Red is an active color said to stimulate your appetite, so it is not a bad choice for a kitchen or a dining room. However, because our goal was to tone down the existing golden maple cabinetry and millwork in this home, I selected a new neutral paint color for these spaces.

4.

AFTER: Guests will linger longer when your dining spaces offer comfortable seating. Maintenance of upholstered seating is made easier with a coat of fabric protection. Utilizing a patterned fabric (especially for the seat cushions) will also help disguise stubborn spots and spills.

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homeowners fall into the trap of positioning their furniture up against the walls in their rooms. This put the existing furniture in their Great Room too far apart—the result is an open and uninviting space.

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AFTER: This room went through the biggest transformation of all of their spaces on the main level – now the homeowners have an intimate and cozy setting - perfect for conversation, relaxing, and watching television.

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BEFORE: I suggested removing the dated glass block that was featured in the wing walls and dividing wall between their kitchen/ dinette and great room. We shortened the dividing wall and I had the arch removed between the kitchen and foyer/ hall.

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AFTER: The foyer now has the “wow factor” the couple wanted with a fresh coat of paint, new artwork, and a bubbling fountain - which sets a relaxing mood when you enter their home. This space was not functioning well for these homeowners nor did it give the first impression they were going for as guests entered their home – they asked me to give it polish and purpose.

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Omaha Home: transformations 7.

BEFORE: This space was not functioning

<< from Currey and Co. in their dinette. I suggested removing the dated glass block which was featured in the wing walls and dividing wall between their kitchen/dinette and great room. We also shortened the dividing wall to garner more room for their counter stools to push back and we had the arch removed between the kitchen and foyer/hall. I specified the same neutral ledge stone (from their fireplace) to wrap the two wing walls and the dividing wall between the adjacent spaces visible from the foyer. The inspiration for my design work comes from many sources; I have been inspired by a client’s favorite travel photos, a treasured heirloom rug, a collection of pottery and dishware from Mexico, a homeowner’s heritage, etc. The color palette for this particular project was inspired by the subject matter found in a piece of art work from the homeowners’ existing art collection. I specified a subtle variation of earth tones for the walls for each of the spaces on their main floor. The warm walls offer a quiet and sophisticated backdrop for the punctuations of saturated color (reds, peacock blues, and greens) brought into the design with new case goods, artwork, and accessories. This ASID award winning remodel/redesign included creating spaces in my clients’ home which now function much better for their family plus they actually look like an extension and reflection of this stylish couples’ unique personal taste and flair. H46 

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well for these homeowners, nor did it give the first impression they were going for as guests entered their home. They asked me to give it polish and purpose.

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AFTER: The study now has ample storage and display space and it makes a great first impression.

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Omaha Home: maintenance Story by Paul Taylor, Pyramid Roofing Inc.

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Vinyl Siding 101

ome improvement season is fast approaching! The warm weather pushes us to get outside and take care of those much-needed home improvement projects. If your list of projects includes painting your house or updating the exterior of your home, vinyl siding could be your solution! There are many benefits to installing vinyl siding on your home: • Maintenance - Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance-free. It eliminates the task of painting your house year after year. It's easy to maintain and easy to clean, often with just soap and water. • Durability - Vinyl siding is durable and is built to withstand the change in temperatures that Omaha experiences from season to season. It is manufactured to expand and contract with the changing weather conditions. • Appearance - Vinyl siding panels come in longer lengths to help give a more “seamless” look to your home. Vinyl siding comes in many different style and color options. Many manufacturers now have software that enables you to upload a photo of your home and allows you to change the style and color to envision what your home could look like. • Cost - Vinyl siding is a cost-effective way to improve the look of your home. It is also a means of reducing your energy costs. Many vinyl siding brands are pre-insulated to help with energy efficiency. To learn more about the advantages of vinyl siding or for answers to other home improvement questions, call 402-502-9300 to request a FREE, no obligation appointment with a Pyramid exteriors estimator. www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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Spring Forward Preparing for Life Outdoors

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Small Bee Burlap Pillow, $19.99. Woven Pillow with Dragonfly / Greenery Print, 17”x15”, $42. Woven Pillow with Red Lady Bug Print, 17”x15”, $42. Available at NJ & Co. 17650 Wright St. #4, Legacy West. 402-502-1962. www. njandcompany.com

V i n tag e Green Glass Bo t t le / Vase , 2 2 ” T a ll , $49.50.

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Double Dragonfly Accent Sticks, Made of Silverware, $49.99 each.

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Ceramic Garden Seat / End Table in Teal, 20” tall, $265. Ceramic Sculped-Leaves Vase in Teal Small 12”, $89.95 and Large 16”, $97.50. Available at Beyond

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Opera Omaha Guild Singing the Praises of Classical Music Theatre for More Than 40 Years

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<< called Omaha Angels when it began in 1967. The Guild stands behind Opera Omaha each year, raising funds to support its productions, creating outreach opportunities, and educating the community about opera through memberships and events. “Omaha has a strong fine arts community, and it is so very important that opera continues to play a prominent role,” says Jillian Tuck, current president of the Opera Omaha Guild. Tuck moved back to Omaha from Fort Worth, Texas, a few years ago and found that she wanted to support the arts in her former community. “I had been involved with a Fort Worth Opera volunteer group, so I decided to seek a similar opportunity here in Omaha.” Luckily for Tuck, the Opera Omaha Guild had just what she was looking for—a passion for opera and activities and social events that were accessible. As president of the Guild, Tuck presides over the Guild meetings, appoints committee chairpersons, and serves as an ex-officio member of all Guild committees. “The Opera Omaha Guild is a working board with committee chairs and volunteers bringing the effort, organization, and energy behind all of the events. They are the reason for our success.” Tuck loves opera and says that being in the Guild has allowed her to share that love with other people every day. Recently, she had the opportunity to talk about her passion at the Guild’s Cotillion graduation dinner. The Cotillion—French for “formal ball”—is one of the Guild’s fundraisers and provides the opportunity for Omaha sixthgraders to learn the art of formal dining, mature communication, and ballroom dancing through several classes and a final graduation dance. Because the Cotillion supports Opera Omaha, Tuck knew she could reach out to a younger generation about opera. “Speaking to adults about opera can be challenging because they often have preconceived notions, [but] speaking to 300+ sixth-graders and their parents was something I found inspirational.” In her five-minute speech, Tuck felt she was able to open the door to an art that most of the children had never experienced. “I believe that opera truly is for everyone to enjoy throughout a lifetime, and creating young opera fans through the sharing of my own love for opera is something I will always cherish.”

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Funnily enough, the partnership of it was the Cotillion Opera Omaha and that got Presidentartist Jun Kaneko elect Lisa Hagstrom for the production involved with the The Magic Flute, one Guild. “I was in the of Mozart’s most famous operas; first Cotillion class and the currently that Opera Omaha on-hiatus Burgers conducted in 1985,” & Bordeaux chef she explains. “I had been looking for competition event. volunteer opporThe Guild ’s most not able tunities within the event, however, arts community is the award-winand had attended a couple fundraising ning Spirits of the events for Opera Opera fundraiser, Omaha. [Since which replaced an then], I have been event called Wine involved with the Seller. “Wine tastGuild as a board ings became a very member for 10 or popular fundrais-Jillian Tuck 11 years.” ing idea for many groups, so we Hagstrom helps with several of the Guild’s events, including thought a cocktail tasting would be something the Cotillion; the annual Opera Omaha Gala, different,” explains Hagstrom. “The first year of which was held in February this year to celebrate [Spirits of the Opera], we matched cocktails with >>

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<< operas, and attendees tasted eight different cocktails. It was a fun event, but it was lacking ‘something,’ and we just didn’t know what that was.” Fortunately, the president of the executive board for Opera Omaha at that time, Jim Winner, found exactly what that “something” was while he was eating at Dixie Quicks, a Southern comfort food restaurant in Council Bluffs. One of the well-known Dixie Quicks servers, Bruce “Buffy” Bufkin, suggested to Winner that the Guild include a drag show as entertainment at the event. Today, Spirits of the Opera is a drag show set to opera with the performers singing popular arias and other opera selections of their choice. The event is held at local hot-spot The Max, which is known as the best gay dance club in Omaha. The Max donates its space for the event, and all of the performers donate their time and talents. “It is an amazing experience,” says Tuck. “It blends the classical arias of well-known operas with some of the region’s most talented female impersonators.” In addition to the drag show, the event has the themed cocktails, silent and live auction opportunities, a raffle, and food from local restaurants, including Dixie Quicks. “The great thing is that nearly 100 percent of all money raised goes back to Opera Omaha,” adds Hagstrom, who went out to Philadelphia last June to receive the Most Unique Fundraising Event award for Spirits of the Opera, presented by Opera Volunteers International. As the Guild looks forward to this year’s Spirits of the Opera in May and further into 2013, Tuck says their goals remain the same. “[We just want] to support Opera Omaha and provide opportunities to educate the community about the importance and joy of opera.” This year’s Spirits of the Opera will be held May 4 at The Max (1417 Jackson St.). For more information about the event or about the Opera Omaha Guild, visit www.operaomaha.org or call 402-346-7372. www.OmahaPublications.com


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Omaha Academy of Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala OPPD Energy Plaza Atrium March 3 A 50th anniversary calls for more than an ordinary party, so the Omaha Academy of Ballet is throwing a gala celebration themed “Decades of Dance” in March to commemorate their 50 years. The event will align with Omaha Performing Arts’ presentation of the Joffrey Ballet’s Le Sacre du Printemps – The Rite of Spring. Academy faculty, alumni, board members, and well-wishers will mingle at the gala event at OPPD’s Energy Plaza Atrium before moving across the street to the Orpheum Theater to watch the ballet. The gala caps a series of less-formal observances that began last June and continued with February’s Omaha Dance Project, an annual performance of community dancers and choreographers. The extended celebration is appropriate for an arts organization of the Academy’s significance, explained Catherine Demes Maydew, president of board of directors of the nonprofit school. “So much of Omaha’s dance history begins with the Academy,” she says. “The city’s first professional ballet company, Creighton University’s dance program, and hundreds of professional dance performers and teachers all got their start from this single institution.” Working and honorary chairs for the 50th anniversary events are Catherine Demes Maydew, Chief Financial Officer of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation; Mary Quinn Weber, an Omaha attorney; Wendy Larson Cooper, president of Larson Cement Stone Company; and longtime Omaha philanthropist Sharon McGill. All had trained, performed, or taught at the Academy during their prior dance careers. 444 S. 16th St. For more information, visit www.oabdance.org or call 402-346-0469.

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Top: Sugar Ray Leonard and Gene Klein, Executive Director of Project Harmony, onstage at the 2012 event. Bottom: Dawn Busenbark, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Henry A. Davis at the 2012 event’s Patron Party. Photos by Andrew Baran.

6th Annual Speaking of Children CenturyLink Center Omaha March 6 Project Harmony presents its Speaking of Children event annually to inform the community about the fight against child abuse. This year, the special guest and keynote speaker is actress Ashley Judd, who is an advocate in the fight against child abuse as she, herself, is a child-abuse survivor. Judd will speak about her experience with abuse and her focus on humanitarian work, including serving as a board member, advocate, and activist for poverty alleviation, public health, human rights, social justice, and human trafficking. This year’s event will honor the following individuals with Project Harmony’s Kids First awards: Stephanie Clark, Adoption and Permanency Consultant with Nebraska Families Collaborative; Jeremy Kinsey, Detective Sergeant with the La Vista Police Department; and Amanda Nawrocki, an administrator with Nebraska Health and Human Services. Guests at the event will also have the opportunity to participate in morning and afternoon training sessions conducted by local and national experts Christiana Bratiatis, Ph.D., LICSW; David Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP; John Lyons, Ph.D.; Laura van Dernoot Lipsky; and Victor Vieth, J.D. Honorary Chairmen Todd and Betiana Simon will host the event’s Patron Party at their Regency home on Tuesday, March 5th from 6-8pm. Proceeds from the event will support services provided by Project Harmony to children throughout eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. 455 N. 10th St. 11:30am. For more information, visit www.projectharmony.com.

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15th Annual Blue Jean Ball Mutual of Omaha Dome April 6 Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Nebraska’s 15th Annual Blue Jean Ball will be a casual, fundraising evening with a silent and live auction, entertainment by Wish kid “pop star” Cayden, and an unforgettable wish experience. Jennifer Griswold of KMTV Action 3 News will host the “30 Years of Wishes” evening filled with Wish stories, great food, and blue jeans! “We are so excited for this year’s Blue Jean Ball theme: 30 Years of Wishes. Since 1983, we have granted over 2,000 wishes to Nebraska children, and the Blue Jean Ball will have some surprises showing the impact to these families,” says Kiley Thiele, VP of Development and Marketing. Last year’s event drew more than 350 people and raised over $200,000. Brigette Young, President of Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Nebraska, says, “This year’s event will help celebrate the birthday of the Nebraska Chapter.” Honorary Chairs of the evening are John and Susie Nelson, and sponsors of the event include Silverstone Group, Mutual of Omaha, ConAgra Foods, Valmont, HDR, Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and Great Western Bank. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Nebraska and will help grant wishes for children living with a life-threatening medical condition in Nebraska. 3301 Dodge St. 6pm. For more information, visit www.nebraska.wish.org or call 402-333-8999.

Top: Walkers from the 2012 Puzzle Walk. Bottom: A major highlight of the event was the Family Fun Zone at the 2012 Puzzle Walk.

6th Annual Puzzle Walk and 5K Run Elmwood Park April 27

Top: 2012 Blue Jean Ball’s Wish kid Kylee Heinrich and her mom, Julie. Bottom: Event co-chairs Michele Martin and Joan Getscher, Friends Council President Pam Weekly, and Make-A-Wish President Brigette Young at the 2012 Blue Jean Ball. Photos by Sara Rogers Photography.

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The Autism Society of Nebraska invites Omaha area community members to sign up for the Autism Puzzle Walk and 5K Run, an annual fundraiser that supports those affected by autism. “This will be the Autism Society of Nebraska’s sixth year hosting the Autism Puzzle Walk, and after a phenomenal turnout last year, we are relocating to Elmwood Park, so we have room to make it even better,” says Shawn Neff, Autism Puzzle Walk Co-Chair. “This Autism Puzzle Walk and 5K Run is an amazing source of support for the Nebraska autism community…We are hopeful that teachers, therapists, church congregations, corporations—everyone will consider joining us to rally behind these amazing families.” The 5K will kick off the event at 8:30am and will be followed by events for the whole family from 9am to noon. Various activities, bounce houses, and face painting will be featured along with a continental breakfast. All participants in the fun walk will receive an event t-shirt, and runners will receive a technical t-shirt. A resource bag with information, resources, and goodies from event sponsors will be given to each household attending. Medals will be given to top runners in each age bracket, and prizes will be awarded for the most funds raised. Proceeds from the event go to the Autism Society of Nebraska, and all of the funds stay in the state of Nebraska to help Nebraskans affected by autism. Registration required. 60th & Dodge sts. 8:30am. For more information, visit www.give.autismnebraska.org.

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April 13

American Girl Fashion Show Who: Supports Junior League of Omaha What: Fashion show with raffle, auctions, and boutiques Where: Happy Hollow Country Club, 1701 S. 105th St. When: F/7pm; Sat/10am, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm; Sun/10am, 1pm, & 4pm For more information, visit www.jlomaha.org or call 402-493-8818.

Irish Fest Who: Supports Catholic Charities of Omaha What: Cocktails, silent auction, and dinner Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit www.ccomaha.org or call 402-554-0520. Cruise Away Who: Supports Stephen Center What: Cocktails, auctions, and dinner Where: Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Dr. When: 6pm For more information, visit www.stephencenter.org or call 402-731-0238.

March 9

University Hospital Auxiliary Kaleidoscope Who: Supports The Nebraska Medical Center What: Recognition of UNMC’s James Armitage, M.D. Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 6pm For more information, call 402-559-4150.

March 13

Heroes in the Heartland Who: Supports American Red Cross What: Luncheon honoring individuals from Omaha and Southwest Iowa Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 11:45am For more information, visit www.redcrossomaha.org or call 402-343-7769.

March 27

Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series Who: Supports Omaha Town Hall What: Lecture featuring photojournalist Joel Sartore Where: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 15050 W. Maple Rd. When: 10:30am For more information, visit www.omahatownhall.com.

April 3

2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Who: Supports Institute for Career Advancement Needs What: Presentations, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit www.icanglobal.net.

April 6

Barristers’ Ball – “New York, New York” Who: Supports NSBA Volunteer Lawyers Project What: Dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 6pm For more information, visit www.m360.nebar.com.

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Completely KIDS Author Luncheon Who: Supports Completely KIDS What: Luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Osit Where: Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. When: 12pm For more information, visit www.completelykids.org or call 402-397-5809.

Grand Tasting and Auction Who: Supports vinNEBRASKA What: Wine tasting and auction Where: Mutual of Omaha Dome, 3301 Dodge St. When: 5pm For more information, visit www.vinnebraska.com or call 402-391-3535.

April 12-14

Big Dreams Weekend Who: Supports D.R.E.A.M Omaha What: Meet & greet, celebrity bowling, and tailgate party Where: Multiple locations When: F/6-9pm; Sat/6-8pm For more information, visit www.bigdreamsweekend.org/omaha.

April 19-20

8th Annual Kicks for a Cure Who: Supports Creighton University and UNMC Eppley Cancer Center What: Dinner and men’s and women’s soccer matches Where: DoubleTree Hotel & Morrison Stadium at Creighton University When: F/6pm; Sat/11am-7pm For more information, visit www.kicksforacure.org.

April 20

Omaha Holt Gala Dinner & Auction Who: Supports Holt International Children’s Services What: Dinner and auction Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit www.holtinternational.org. Blue Jeans & Dreams Who: Supports HETRA What: Annual fundraiser with auctions and riding demonstrations Where: Five Star Stables, 23203 Dutch Hall Rd. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit www.hetra.org or call 402-359-8830. Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk Who: Supports UNO Athletics What: 5K and 2K runs and campus walk Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th & Center sts. When: 8:30am For more information, visit www.omavs.com.

April 23

Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala Who: Supports Greater Omaha Chamber Foundation What: Induction of Omaha business leaders into Hall of Fame Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. When: 6pm For more information, visit www.omahachamber.org.

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April 24

Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series Who: Supports Omaha Town Hall What: Lecture featuring money-management expert Jean Chatzky

Where: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 15050 W. Maple Rd.

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April 26

Beer Extravaganza Who: Supports Cystic Fibrosis Foundation–Nebraska Chapter

What: Dinner and beer event Where: The Mastercraft, 1111 N. 13th St. When: 6pm For more information, visit www.beerextravaganza. com or call 402-330-6164. Feather Our Nest Who: Supports Fontenelle Nature Association What: Annual fundraiser Where: Mutual of Omaha Dome, 3301 Dodge St. When: 6pm For more information, visit www.fontenelleforest.org or call 402-731-3140.

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Banquet April 10 Embassy Suites, LaVista

Unveiling April 11 Werner Park

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March for Babies Who: Supports March of Dimes What: Fundraising walk for babies Where: Lewis & Clark Landing, 515 Riverfront Dr. When: 8am For more information, visit www.marchofdimes. com/nebraska or call 402-496-7111.

April 28

Black Tie & Tails Who: Supports Nebraska Humane Society What: Cocktails and silent auction Where: Ramada Omaha, 3321 S. 72nd St. When: 6pm For more information, visit www.nehumanesociety. org or call 402-444-7800.

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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 - Photo by Tony Micelli.

Flower Festival. Photo by Mark Kresl.

28th Annual Cathedral Flower Festival

2013 Reflection Ball

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housands attended the 28th Annual Cathedral Flower Festival at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in January. A patron party was held opening night with over 150 guests gathering in the Cultural Center’s art gallery for cocktails following a private preview of the show. Entertainment was provided by Opera Omaha, and Honorary Chairs for the festival were Mel and Joey Schwanke. The festival, itself, was underwritten by donations, which finance the floral displays and keep the festival open free of charge. Donations received during the event went to the Cathedral Arts Project’s operating funds in order to ensure that all other art events remain free and open to the public.

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idlands Community Foundation’s 2013 Reflection Ball was held at the Embassy Suites La Vista in January with more than 400 guests in attendance. This year, the Reflection Award was presented to Dave and Lori Pankonin for their commitment to building a stronger community through their community service. More than $115,000 was raised at the event for Ted E. Bear Hollow, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to mend the grieving hearts of kids and their families. Heading the event were Honorary Chairs John and Gail DeBoer, Chair Kyle Black, and Co-Chair Jill Govier.

Front - Dan Gilbert, Angie Schendt, Adrienne Fay, Erin Swanson, Meagan Schnoor, Back - Oscar Duran, David Patterson, Christian Gray, Sarah Helvey, Angel Starks. Photo by Lisa Tonjes Moritz.

Steve Jensen, Dominic Vaccaro, Royce Maynard, and Todd Moeller. Photo by Roger Humphries.

80th Annual TOYO Awards

2013 DOI Gala

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2013 Antitrust Law McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David H. Roe First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Appellate Practice Husch Blackwell Steven Grasz 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Arbitration Baird Holm D. Nick Caporale Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather James M. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700 Erickson│Sederstrom John C. Brownrigg Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200 Matthew G. Miller Matthew G. Miller 6910 Pacific St., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68106 402-415-0713 Woodke & Gibbons David M. Woodke 619 North 90th St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-6000

Aviation Law McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Terrence D. O’Hare First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Banking and Finance Law Baird Holm John S. Zeilinger Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

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Baird Holm Lawrence E. Kritenbrink Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Steven C. Turner Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Croker, Huck, Kasher, DeWitt, Anderson & Gonderinger Richard L. Anderson 2120 South 72nd St., Ste. 1200 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-6777 Fraser Stryker Thomas Flaherty Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Baird Holm Steven C. Turner Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm T. Randall Wright Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Gross & Welch Michael Whaley 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

Husch Blackwell H. Dale Dixon 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Hannan & Dreismeier Charles R. Hannan 227 South Main St. P.O. Box 1016 Council Bluffs, IA 51502-1016 712-328-1575

Husch Blackwell Joyce A. Dixon 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Husch Blackwell Robert V. Ginn 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Koley Jessen Marlon M. Lofgren One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Jerrold L. Strasheim Jerrold L. Strasheim 3610 Dodge St., Ste. 212 Omaha, NE 68131-3218 402-346-9330

Koley Jessen Max J. Burbach One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Koley Jessen Donald L. Swanson One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Koley Jessen Thomas F. Ackley One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp Richard D. Myers First National Plaza, Ste. 500 11404 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68154-2584 402-492-9200

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David H. Roe First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Doug E. Quinn First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Stratton, DeLay & Doele Thomas H. DeLay 200 West Benjamin Avenue P.O. Box 888 Norfolk, NE 68701 68702-0888 402-371-3100

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Robert J. Bothe First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 Telpner, Peterson, Smith, Ruesch, Thomas & Simpson Charles L. Smith 25 Main Place, Ste. 200 P.O. Box 248 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-325-9000

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Baird Holm Thomas E. Johnson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Baird Holm Gerald P. Laughlin Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Charles F. Gotch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Baird Holm Jill Robb Ackerman Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas John R. Douglas 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Baird Holm Kelly R. Dahl Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Baird Holm Kirk S. Blecha Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Erickson│Sederstrom Thomas J. Culhane Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200

Baird Holm Steven D. Davidson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Fraser Stryker Joseph K. Meusey Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Baird Holm Thomas E. Johnson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Fraser Stryker Wayne J. Mark Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Baird Holm William G. Dittrick Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Kutak Rock John P. Passarelli The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Charles F. Gotch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Lamson, Dugan and Murray William M. Lamson, Jr. 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas John R. Douglas 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz James P. Fitzgerald First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Nicholas K. Niemann First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather James M. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700

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Vacanti Shattuck, Attorneys congratulates Christopher A. Vacanti for being included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of Family Law. The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.

The lawyers at Vacanti Shattuck have significant experience guiding their clients through difficult transitions in their divorce, child custody, and other family law matters. Vacanti Shattuck prides itself on providing steady counsel, responsive service, and powerful advocacy.

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Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Families in Transition.

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2013 Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Trenten P. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700

Kutak Rock Edward G. Warin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Domina Law Group David A. Domina 2425 South 144th St. Omaha, NE 68144-3267 402-493-4100

Kutak Rock Patrick B. Griffin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Erickson│Sederstrom Thomas J. Culhane Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200

Kutak Rock Robert M. Slovek The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Gerald L. Friedrichsen Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

Lamson, Dugan and Murray Patrick G. Vipond 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Fraser Stryker Joseph E. Jones Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Joseph K. Meusey Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Wayne J. Mark Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Gross & Welch Steven E. Achelpohl 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 Hotz, Weaver, Flood, Breitkreutz & Grant Edward D. Hotz 444 Regency Parkway Dr., Ste. 310 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-1140 Husch Blackwell Michael S. Degan 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Husch Blackwell Thomas H. Dahlk 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Kutak Rock Bartholomew L. McLeay The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

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Lamson, Dugan and Murray William M. Lamson, Jr. 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300 Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh David S. Houghton Scoular Building, Ste. 100 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-4000 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz James G. Powers First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz James J. Frost First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz James P. Fitzgerald First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Mark F. Enenbach First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Patrick E. Brookhouser, Jr. First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Robert D. Mullin, Jr. First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz William F. Hargens First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Gross & Welch Ronald L. Eggers 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

Construction Law Baird Holm Lawrence E. Kritenbrink Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm P. Scott Dye Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fraser Stryker Wayne J. Mark Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Woods & Aitken Todd W. Weidemann 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 525 Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7400

Copyright Law Baird Holm James E. O’Connor Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Jill Robb Ackerman Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Bruce D. Vosburg Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Denise C. Mazour First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Corporate Governance Law Baird Holm Dennis J. Fogland Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Corporate Law Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman Howard J. Kaslow 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250 Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman John W. Herdzina 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250 Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman R. Craig Fry 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250 Baird Holm Dennis J. Fogland Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Deryl F. Hamann Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Douglas D. Murray Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm John S. Zeilinger Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Michael C. Schilken Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Richard E. Putnam Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm T. Parker Schenken Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Stephen E. Gehring One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700 Erftmier Law Donald L. Erftmier, Jr. 11808 West Center Road, Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68144-4434 402-504-1600 Erickson│Sederstrom Virgil K. Johnson Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Bruce D. Vosburg Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Fraser Stryker Robert L. Freeman Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Thomas Flaherty Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Travis S. Tyler Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Gross & Welch James P. Waldron 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 Husch Blackwell David E. Gardels 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Husch Blackwell John S. Katelman 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Husch Blackwell Joyce A. Dixon 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Husch Blackwell Todd A. Richardson 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

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Koley Jessen M. Shaun McGaughey One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Koley Jessen Michael M. Hupp One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Kutak Rock Joe E. Armstrong The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Koley Jessen Marlon M. Lofgren One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Koley Jessen Teresa Beaufait One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Lamson, Dugan and Murray Robert J. Murray 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp Gary M. Gotsdiner First National Plaza, Ste. 500 11404 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68154-2584 402-492-9200 McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp R. Thomas Workman First National Plaza, Ste. 500 11404 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68154-2584 402-492-9200

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Daniel C. Pape First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David L. Hefflinger First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

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We congratulate our lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers in America, 2013 edition: Patrick J. Barrett (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment); Stephen M. Bruckner (Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental); Michael F. Coyle (Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs); Thomas F. Flaherty (Banking and Finance Law and Corporate Law); Robert L. Freeman (Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law); Joseph E. Jones (Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Construction); Wayne J. Mark (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Litigation - Construction); Joseph K. Meusey (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants); James L. Quinlan (Health Care Law); Rex A. Rezac (Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants); Robert W. Rieke (Real Estate Law); Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment); Travis S. Tyler (Corporate Law); and Daniel J. Wintz (Elder Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation - ERISA, and Trusts and Estates). Additionally, we congratulate Mr. Rossiter, named Best Lawyers® 2013 Omaha Lawyer of the Year in the area of Litigation - Labor & Employment and Mr. Rezac, named Best Lawyers® 2013 Omaha Lawyer of the Year in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants. www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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2013 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Roger W. Wells First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Thomas C. McGowan First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Alan G. Stoler Alan G. Stoler 1823 Harney St., Ste. 1004 Omaha, NE 68102 402-346-1733 Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia Stuart J. Dornan 1403 Farnam St., Ste. 232 Omaha, NE 68102 800-511-7957 Gross & Welch Steven E. Achelpohl 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

Education Law Baird Holm Elizabeth Eynon-Kokrda Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Robert T. Cannella Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

Elder Law Fraser Stryker Daniel J. Wintz Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Margaret A. Badura Margaret Badura The Wear Building, Ste. 300-A 7602 Pacific Steet Omaha, NE 68114 402-398-3040

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

J. William Gallup J. William Gallup The Douglas Building, Ste. 400 209 South 19th St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3400

Baird Holm Gary N. Clatterbuck Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Baird Holm Gary W. Radil Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Alan G. Stoler Alan G. Stoler 1823 Harney St., Ste. 1004 Omaha, NE 68102 402-346-1733 Gross & Welch Steven E. Achelpohl 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 J. William Gallup J. William Gallup The Douglas Building, Ste. 400 209 South 19th St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3400 Kutak Rock Edward G. Warin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

DUI/DWI Defense Schaefer Shapiro James E. Schaefer 1001 Farnam St., Third Floor Omaha, NE 68102-1827 402-341-0700

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Fraser Stryker Daniel J. Wintz Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Employment Law - Individuals Byam & Hoarty Thomas F. Hoarty, Jr. 317 American National Building 8990 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68114-3383 402-397-0303

Employment Law - Management Baird Holm Christopher R. Hedican Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Mark McQueen Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm R. J. Stevenson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Scott P. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Scott S. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Robert T. Cannella Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

Jackson Lewis Randal M. Limbeck 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991

Fraser Stryker Patrick J. Barrett Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Koley Jessen Joan M. Cannon One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Fraser Stryker Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Kutak Rock John E. Schembari The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Jackson Lewis Joseph S. Dreesen 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991

Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh T. Geoffrey Lieben Scoular Building, Ste. 100 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-4000

Jackson Lewis Timothy D. Loudon 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz A. Stevenson Bogue First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Dean G. Kratz First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Roger J. Miller First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Energy Law Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman Randall C. Hanson 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250

Environmental Law Fraser Stryker Stephen M. Bruckner Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Koley Jessen Michael S. Mostek One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500 McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp Nancy A. Roberts First National Plaza, Ste. 500 11404 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68154-2584 402-492-9200 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz John A. Andreasen First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Steven P. Case First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Thomas C. McGowan First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law McGrath North Mullin & Kratz J. Scott Paul First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Family Law Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh John S. Slowiaczek Scoular Building, Ste. 100 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-4000 Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh Virginia Albers Scoular Building, Ste. 100 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-4000 Lustgarten and Roberts Donald A. Roberts 1625 Farnam St., Ste. 900 Omaha, NE 68102-2110 402-346-1920 Lustgarten and Roberts Michael B. Lustgarten 1625 Farnam St., Ste. 900 Omaha, NE 68102-2110 402-346-1920 Lustgarten and Roberts Patrick A. Campagna 1625 Farnam St., Ste. 900 Omaha, NE 68102-2110 402-346-1920 Salvo, Deren, Schenck & Lauterbach J. C. Salvo 711 Court St. P.O. Box 509 Harlan, IA 51537-0509 712-755-3141 Vacanti Shattuck Christopher A. Vacanti 2051 Harney St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-345-7600

Financial Services Regulation Law Baird Holm John S. Zeilinger Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Steven C. Turner Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

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McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David H. Roe First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Franchise Law Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman John W. Herdzina 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250 Baird Holm Michael L. Sullivan Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Gary R. Batenhorst One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700 Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Trenten P. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700 Kutak Rock John P. Passarelli The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Government Relations Practice Baird Holm David J. Kramer Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Health Care Law Baird Holm Alex M. Clarke Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Ellick, Jones, Buelt, Blazek & Longo Amy L. Longo 9290 West Dodge Road, Ste. 303 Omaha, NE 68114 402-390-0390 Erickson│Sederstrom Charles V. Sederstrom Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200 Fraser Stryker James L. Quinlan Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Baird Holm Barbara E. Person Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Koley Jessen Karen M. Shuler One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Baird Holm John R. Holdenried Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Kutak Rock Robert L. Cohen The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Baird Holm Julie A. Knutson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman Thomas R. Pansing, Jr. 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-5500

Baird Holm Vickie Brady Ahlers Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Stinson Morrison Hecker Patricia A. Zieg 1299 Farnam St., Ste. 1500 Omaha, NE 68102 402-342-1700

Stinson Morrison Hecker Wayne B. Henry 1299 Farnam St., Ste. 1500 Omaha, NE 68102 402-342-1700

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz A. Stevenson Bogue First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Baird Holm Amy L. Erlbacher-Anderson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Information Technology Law Baird Holm James E. O’Connor Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Baird Holm Scott S. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Gregory B. Minter Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Jackson Lewis Amy L. Peck 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991 Jackson Lewis M. Angela Krieger 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991 Jackson Lewis Stanley A. Krieger 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991

Baird Holm Terrence P. Maher Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Insurance Law Baird Holm Steven D. Davidson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fraser Stryker Rex Rezac Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Gross & Welch Thomas A. Grennan 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

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2013 Hotz, Weaver, Flood, Breitkreutz & Grant Edward D. Hotz 444 Regency Parkway Dr., Ste. 310 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-1140 Kutak Rock Michael G. Mullin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Robert D. Mullin, Jr. First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Terrence D. O’Hare First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

International Trade and Finance Law Husch Blackwell David E. Gardels 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Labor Law - Management Baird Holm Christopher R. Hedican Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm R. J. Stevenson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Scott P. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Scott S. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Berkshire & Burmeister Soren S. Jensen 1301 South 75th St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68124 402-827-7000 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Robert T. Cannella Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

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Fraser Stryker Patrick J. Barrett Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Jackson Lewis Timothy D. Loudon 10050 Regency Circle, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-1991 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz A. Stevenson Bogue First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas John R. Douglas 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Fraser Stryker Joseph K. Meusey Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas John R. Douglas 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Litigation - Antitrust

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Dean G. Kratz First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Kutak Rock John P. Passarelli The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Roger J. Miller First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Mark F. Enenbach First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Labor Law - Union O’Connor Law Firm Robert E. O’Connor, Jr. 2433 South 130th Circle Omaha, NE 68144-2528 402-330-5906

Land Use & Zoning Law Baird Holm David C. Levy Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Croker, Huck, Kasher, DeWitt, Anderson & Gonderinger Robert J. Huck 2120 South 72nd St., Ste. 1200 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-6777 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Robert G. Dailey First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 Steven D. Johnson Steven D. Johnson 1864 South 155th Circle Omaha, NE 68144 402-315-1880

Litigation - Banking & Finance McGrath North Mullin & Kratz William F. Hargens First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 Stratton, DeLay & Doele Thomas H. DeLay 200 West Benjamin Avenue P.O. Box 888 Norfolk, NE 68701 68702-0888 402-371-3100

Litigation - Bankruptcy

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Doug E. Quinn First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Mark F. Enenbach First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Telpner, Peterson, Smith, Ruesch, Thomas & Simpson Charles L. Smith 25 Main Place, Ste. 200 P.O. Box 248 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-325-9000

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Steven P. Case First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Litigation - Construction Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Charles F. Gotch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Erickson│Sederstrom Thomas J. Culhane Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200 Fraser Stryker Joseph E. Jones Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Wayne J. Mark Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Litigation - Environmental Baird Holm John P. Heil Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Kelly R. Dahl Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Baird Holm T. Randall Wright Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Fraser Stryker Stephen M. Bruckner Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Jerrold L. Strasheim Jerrold L. Strasheim 3610 Dodge St., Ste. 212 Omaha, NE 68131-3218 402-346-9330

Koley Jessen Michael S. Mostek One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Koley Jessen Donald L. Swanson One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz John A. Andreasen First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Thomas C. McGowan First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz William F. Hargens First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Litigation - ERISA Baird Holm Steven D. Davidson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fraser Stryker Daniel J. Wintz Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Kutak Rock John E. Schembari The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Litigation - First Amendment Koley Jessen Michael C. Cox One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Litigation Intellectual Property Baird Holm Jill Robb Ackerman Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather James M. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700

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Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Bruce D. Vosburg Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Kutak Rock John P. Passarelli The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Litigation - Labor & Employment Baird Holm Kirk S. Blecha Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Scott P. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Robert T. Cannella Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Fraser Stryker Patrick J. Barrett Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz A. Stevenson Bogue First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Aaron A. Clark First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Dean G. Kratz First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Roger J. Miller First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Litigation - Land Use & Zoning Baird Holm Scott P. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz James G. Powers First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions Husch Blackwell Thomas H. Dahlk 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz William F. Hargens First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Litigation - Municipal

Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather James M. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700 Croker, Huck, Kasher, DeWitt, Anderson & Gonderinger Richard L. Anderson 2120 South 72nd St., Ste. 1200 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-6777 Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman Dennis P. Hogan III 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-5500 Smith, Gardner, Slusky, Lazer, Pohren & Rogers Jerry M. Slusky 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-392-0101 Woods & Aitken Frank J. Mihulka 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 525 Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7400

Woods & Aitken Michael D. Matejka 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 525 Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7400

Litigation Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Litigation - Securities Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather James M. Bausch One Pacific Place 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-1700

Husch Blackwell Thomas H. Dahlk 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Husch Blackwell Thomas H. Dahlk 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000

Lamson, Dugan and Murray William M. Lamson, Jr. 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Kutak Rock Patrick B. Griffin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Mark F. Enenbach First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Patrick E. Brookhouser, Jr. First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman Timothy M. Kenny 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114402-392-1250

Litigation - Patent Kutak Rock John P. Passarelli The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 681022186 402-346-6000 Thomte Patent Law Office Dennis L. Thomte 2120 South 72nd St., Ste. 1111 Omaha, NE 68124 402-392-2280

Litigation Real Estate Baird Holm Scott P. Moore Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Steven D. Davidson Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-0500

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2013 Litigation - Trusts & Estates Baird Holm Sharon R. Kresha Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Nick R. Taylor Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Susan J. Spahn Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Jewell & Collins Dennis W. Collins 105 South Second St. P.O. Box 1367 Norfolk, NE 68701 68702-1367 402-371-4844

Litigation & Controversy - Tax Law Offices of Howard N. Kaplan Howard N. Kaplan 9290 West Dodge Road, Ste. 205 P.O. Box 241712 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-8988 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Jeffrey J. Pirruccello First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Nicholas K. Niemann First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Vicki L. Meadors First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Mediation

Erickson│Sederstrom John C. Brownrigg Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200 Kutak Rock Michael G. Mullin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000 Matthew G. Miller Matthew G. Miller 6910 Pacific St., Ste. 200 Omaha, NE 68106 402-415-0713 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz J. Terry Macnamara First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 Woodke & Gibbons David M. Woodke 619 North 90th St. Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-6000

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Charles F. Gotch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas John R. Douglas 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Lamson, Dugan and Murray William M. Lamson, Jr. 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Baird Holm D. Nick Caporale Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas John R. Douglas 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

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John M. French John M. French 222 South Sixth St. Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712-322-2002

Mergers & Acquisitions Law Baird Holm Dennis J. Fogland Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm John S. Zeilinger Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fraser Stryker Robert L. Freeman Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Husch Blackwell Todd A. Richardson 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Koley Jessen M. Shaun McGaughey One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500 Koley Jessen Michael M. Hupp One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500 Koley Jessen Teresa Beaufait One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500 McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp Gary M. Gotsdiner First National Plaza, Ste. 500 11404 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68154-2584 402-492-9200 McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp Keith A. Green First National Plaza, Ste. 500 11404 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68154-2584 402-492-9200 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David L. Hefflinger First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Roger W. Wells First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 Woods & Aitken Wm. Lee Merritt 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 525 Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7400

Municipal Law Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman Timothy M. Kenny 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Thomas G. McKeon Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

Native American Law Stinson Morrison Hecker Patricia A. Zieg 1299 Farnam St., Ste. 1500 Omaha, NE 68102 402-342-1700

Non-Profit / Charities Law Baird Holm Gary W. Radil Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Nick R. Taylor Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Kutak Rock Howard Fredrick Hahn The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000 Stinson Morrison Hecker Wayne B. Henry 1299 Farnam St., Ste. 1500 Omaha, NE 68102 402-342-1700

Patent Law Thomte Patent Law Office Dennis L. Thomte 2120 South 72nd St., Ste. 1111 Omaha, NE 68124 402-392-2280

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Brien M. Welch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Charles F. Gotch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Ronald F. Krause 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Erickson│Sederstrom Jerald L. Rauterkaus Regency Westpointe, Ste. 100 10330 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3761 402-397-2200 Fraser Stryker Joseph K. Meusey Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Fraser Stryker Michael F. Coyle Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Gross & Welch Michael J. Mooney 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 Gross & Welch Thomas A. Grennan 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 Kutak Rock Michael G. Mullin The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000 Lamson, Dugan and Murray William M. Lamson, Jr. 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300 O’Connor Law Firm Robert E. O’Connor, Jr. 2433 South 130th Circle Omaha, NE 68144-2528 402-330-5906 www.OmahaPublications.com


Peters Law Firm Dennis M. Gray 233 Pearl St. P.O. Box 1078 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-328-3157 Stuart Tinley Law Firm Kristopher K. Madsen Northwestern Bell Building, Second Floor 310 West Kanesville Boulevard Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712-322-4033 Willson & Pechacek Philip J. Willson 421 West Broadway, Ste. 200 P.O. Box 2029 Council Bluffs, IA 51503 712-322-6000

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

John M. French John M. French 222 South Sixth St. Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712-322-2002 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz John F. Thomas First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Robert D. Mullin, Jr. First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 O’Connor Law Firm Robert E. O’Connor, Jr. 2433 South 130th Circle Omaha, NE 68144-2528 402-330-5906

Sibbernsen & Strigenz E. Terry Sibbernsen Westroads Office Park, Ste. 330 1111 North 102nd Court Omaha, NE 68114 402-415-0704

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Charles F. Gotch 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300 Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Peters Law Firm Dennis M. Gray 233 Pearl St. P.O. Box 1078 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-328-3157

Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Gerald L. Friedrichsen Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

Fraser Stryker Michael F. Coyle Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Peters Law Firm Scott H. Peters 233 Pearl St. P.O. Box 1078 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-328-3157

Fraser Stryker Rex Rezac Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Gross & Welch Michael J. Mooney 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

Salvo, Deren, Schenck & Lauterbach J. C. Salvo 711 Court St. P.O. Box 509 Harlan, IA 51537-0509 712-755-3141

Gross & Welch Thomas A. Grennan 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas Michael F. Kinney 8805 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-4070 402-390-0300

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lamson, Dugan and Murray Patrick G. Vipond 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Lamson, Dugan and Murray Patrick G. Vipond 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Project Finance Law Baird Holm T. Parker Schenken Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Public Finance Law Baird Holm Charles J. Addy Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Richard J. Pedersen Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Kutak Rock Patricia S. Peterson The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Real Estate Law Baird Holm Jon E. Blumenthal Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Jude J. Beller Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Lawrence E. Kritenbrink Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm P. Scott Dye Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm T. Parker Schenken Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Croker, Huck, Kasher, DeWitt, Anderson & Gonderinger Robert J. Huck 2120 South 72nd St., Ste. 1200 Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-6777 Fraser Stryker Robert W. Rieke Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000

Omaha native Robert E. O’Connor, Jr. has been a trial lawyer since his graduation from the Creighton University School of Law in 1974. A second generation trial lawyer, he has tried cases at every level in the State and Federal Court systems. He is active in the American Association for Justice, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. His experience as a pilot has lead to a specialty representing pilots, mechanics, Fixed Base Operators, Repair Stations and Specialized Freight Carriers with extensive experience in enforcement actions before the FAA and TSA. He is a Past President of the Nebraska Bar Association and has taught, as an adjunct professor, employment law courses at Creighton University School of Law for over 20 years.

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2013 Fullenkamp, Doyle & Jobeun John H. Fullenkamp 11440 West Center Road, Ste. C Omaha, NE 68144-4482 402-334-0700 Fullenkamp, Doyle & Jobeun Larry A. Jobeun 11440 West Center Road, Ste. C Omaha, NE 68144-4482 402-334-0700 Gross & Welch James P. Waldron 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 Husch Blackwell John S. Katelman 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Husch Blackwell Joyce A. Dixon 1620 Dodge St., Ste. 2100 Omaha, NE 68102 402-964-5000 Koley Jessen Max J. Burbach One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Lee H. Hamann First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Robert G. Dailey First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman Dennis P. Hogan III 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-5500 Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman James D. Buser 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-5500 Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman John Q. Bachman 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-5500 Smith Peterson Law Firm Steven H. Krohn 35 Main Place, Ste. 300 P.O. Box 249 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-328-1833

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Smith, Gardner, Slusky, Lazer, Pohren & Rogers H. Daniel Smith 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-392-0101 Smith, Gardner, Slusky, Lazer, Pohren & Rogers Jerry M. Slusky 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 400 Omaha, NE 68114 402-392-0101 Steven D. Johnson Steven D. Johnson 1864 South 155th Circle Omaha, NE 68144 402-315-1880 Walentine O’Toole McQuillan & Gordon Michael F. Kivett 11240 Davenport St. P.O. Box 540125 Omaha, NE 68154 402-330-6300 Woods & Aitken Frank J. Mihulka 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 525 Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7400 Woods & Aitken Michael D. Matejka 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 525 Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7400

Securities / Capital Markets Law McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David L. Hefflinger First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Guy Lawson First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Securities Regulation Baird Holm Dennis J. Fogland Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Guy Lawson First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Tax Law Baird Holm Deryl F. Hamann Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Gary W. Radil Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz James D. Wegner First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Jeffrey J. Pirruccello First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Transportation Law O’Connor Law Firm Robert E. O’Connor, Jr. 2433 South 130th Circle Omaha, NE 68144-2528 402-330-5906

Trusts and Estates Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman Thomas J. Malicki 8712 West Dodge Road, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114-3419 402-392-1250

Cambridge Law Firm David W. Chase 707 Poplar St. Atlantic, IA 50022 712-243-1663

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Nicholas K. Niemann First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Gross & Welch William J. Lindsay, Jr. 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Thomas J. Kelley First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Koley Jessen Kurt F. Tjaden One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Vicki L. Meadors First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Kutak Rock Howard Fredrick Hahn The Omaha Building 1650 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2186 402-346-6000

Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman Thomas R. Pansing, Jr. 10250 Regency Circle, Ste. 300 Omaha, NE 68114 402-397-5500

Lamson, Dugan and Murray Robert J. Murray 10306 Regency Parkway Dr. Omaha, NE 68114-3743 402-397-7300

Koley Jessen Roberta L. Christensen One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500

Baird Holm Ronald C. Jensen Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Baird Holm James E. O’Connor Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh T. Geoffrey Lieben Scoular Building, Ste. 100 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-4000

Baird Holm Sharon R. Kresha Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Baird Holm Jill Robb Ackerman Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Cambridge Law Firm David W. Chase 707 Poplar St. Atlantic, IA 50022 712-243-1663

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Daniel C. Pape First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Bruce D. Vosburg Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000

Law Offices of Howard N. Kaplan Howard N. Kaplan 9290 West Dodge Road, Ste. 205 P.O. Box 241712 Omaha, NE 68124 402-397-8988

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David L. Hefflinger First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

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Baird Holm Deryl F. Hamann Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Gary W. Radil Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Michael C. Schilken Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500 Baird Holm Michael L. Sullivan Woodmen Tower, Ste. 1500 1700 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102-2068 402-344-0500

Ellick, Jones, Buelt, Blazek & Longo Michael D. Jones 9290 West Dodge Road, Ste. 303 Omaha, NE 68114 402-390-0390 Erftmier Law Donald L. Erftmier, Jr. 11808 West Center Road, Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68144-4434 402-504-1600

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Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Nick R. Taylor Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Susan J. Spahn Regency One, Ste. 200 10050 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114-3794 402-342-1000 Fraser Stryker Daniel J. Wintz Energy Plaza, Ste. 500 409 South 17th St. Omaha, NE 68102-2663 402-341-6000 Gross & Welch William J. Lindsay, Jr. 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124-2342 402-392-1500 Jewell & Collins Dennis W. Collins 105 South Second St. P.O. Box 1367 Norfolk, NE 68701 68702-1367 402-371-4844 Koley Jessen Kurt F. Tjaden One Pacific Place, Ste. 800 1125 South 103rd St. Omaha, NE 68124 402-390-9500 Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh T. Geoffrey Lieben Scoular Building, Ste. 100 2027 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-344-4000 McGrath North Mullin & Kratz David L. Hefflinger First National Tower, Ste. 3700 1601 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-3070

Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimants Peters Law Firm Jacob J. Peters 233 Pearl Street P.O. Box 1078 Council Bluffs, IA 51502 712-328-3157

Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers Gross & Welch John Iliff 1500 Omaha Tower 2120 South 72nd Street Omaha, NE 68124 68124-2342 402-392-1500

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A True Renaissance Woman he image of Karen Sokolof Javitch singing and camping it up on YouTube

in the music video of her song, “I’m Not Obama’s Babe” doesn’t square with the unassuming, quietly engaging, makeup-less woman who buys flavored water at her favorite coffee shop. Not surprising, since there are many facets to the Omaha native: singer, songwriter, author, playwright, radio host, advocate, teacher, wife, mother, daughter, philanthropist. Music is actually Karen’s second act. After earning a degree at the University of Texas, she began as a teacher of visually impaired children, a career inspired by her late mother, Ruth Sokolof. “My mother taught blind children for years. Everyone loved her. Film Streams Theater is named after her.” It wasn’t until Karen’s own three children were in school that her life headed in a different direction. “It was around 1993. I was talking to a friend of mine, Jim Conant, and he said he had just written the book for a musical, but he hadn’t written any of the songs. And I said to him, ‘Um, can I try this?’” Karen proved to be a natural at writing both the words and the lyrics to 13 songs for the production entitled Love! At The Café! The show ran for about seven weeks at a small venue in Benson. “It was like a faucet turned on in my brain. The lyrics came first, and then I could hear the music in my head to go with them.” Karen next collaborated with her good friend, local actress and author Elaine Jabenis, to write more shows, including the tribute Princess Diana, The Musical. Another key player in Karen’s success, Chuck Penington of Manheim Steamroller, orchestrates her music. Whether a song is catchy, rhythmic, and Broadway-like, or a touching ballad, Karen’s melodies stay with the listener. Where did her talent come from? “My father, Phil, was a song-and-dance man before he became a successful businessman. He tried his luck in Chicago when he was 17. He finally realized he couldn’t be the next Frank Sinatra.” Phil Sokolof would later use some of his fortune from his drywall company to wage a oneman crusade against cholesterol—a decades-long fight that resulted in nutrition information on food packaging. www.ReadOnlineNow.com

Karen has written hundreds of songs, penned four musicals, and released 13 CDs, singing on many of them. While she should be swimming in royalties, the Westside High graduate has instead followed her parents’ legacy of giving back to their community. “All proceeds from my music go to charities, mostly in Nebraska,” says Karen. Does she make any money at all? “Well, let’s just say my goal is to break even,” she says with a smile. Over the past 20 years, Karen has raised over $300,000 in service to others. One project in particular remains dear to her heart. The “Nebraska Celebrities Sing for Sight” CD, for which she wrote most of the music and lyrics and featuring 20 celebrities from the area (including a terrific country vocal from former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson), raised money for visually impaired children. The man who couldn’t compete with Frank Sinatra also sings a track. “Dad was alive when I started to do my music. He was very proud.” Karen’s CDs can be found at the Nebraska Furniture Mart or online at CD Baby. Her radio show, “It’s the Beat!” with Jody Vinci, airs Saturdays at noon on KOIL 1290. 2013  •  march/april 137


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Dan Urban A Horseman, Through and Through

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native Dan Urban always knew he would build a career around his love of horses. So after graduating college in 2006, he moved back to Nebraska to do just that. Urban serves as a trainer, instructor, and co-owner at Quail Run Horse Centre. His parents, Jim and Patrice, opened the facility near 220th and West Maple Road more than 25 years ago, and it’s where Urban nurtured his passion for equestrian sports, including show jumping. The sport will be in the spotlight this spring when Omaha hosts The International, an equestrian jumping competition. Now in its second year, the event takes place April 12-13 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha downtown. Organizers are expecting about 200 horses, 135 to 150 professional and amateur riders, and thousands of spectators. Urban, 29, will be among the local riders. He’s excited about getting the chance to compete at home instead of having to travel to Kansas City, Des Moines, and other cities. A graduate of Skutt Catholic High School, Urban has been riding horses since he was 4. He loves equestrian sports because of the thrill of competition and the unique partnership between horse and rider. “Once you get horses in your blood,” he says, “it’s hard to get it out.” Urban travels all over the country to compete in show jumping, sometimes as much as two weeks out of the month. In May 2012, he and his horse, Astro Boy, won the Grand Prix title at the Midstates Horse Show in Mason City, Iowa. There’s a great deal of work involved before hitting the competition ring. To build stamina and strength and bring horses to peak fitness and readiness, they undergo various technical exercises, jumps, and other techniques. “Just like any athlete, you want to make sure they’re in top fitness,” he says. www.ReadOnlineNow.com

At Quail Run, Urban spends a good chunk of his day riding and keeping horses in shape. The farm offers acres of trails as well as indoor and outdoor riding arenas. He also gives lessons to riders of all ages and skill levels. Teaching is one of his favorite parts of his work. In addition to competing at The International, Urban, along with many of his family members, will help with event setup, promotional activities, and other aspects. Bringing high-level equestrian events like the International to Omaha, he says, helps increase awareness and generates interest in horse sports to a wider audience. Omahan Lisa Roskens, The International’s chairman of the board, says Urban’s horsemanship and character make him a wonderful representative of the sport. “For a professional in a sport that takes so much guts, he is very quiet and thoughtful, not brash or full of bravado,” Roskens says. “His down-to-earth approach, combined with a good sense of humor and good horsemanship, make him very effective. He works hard, he’s kind and compassionate to his clients and horses, and really deserves a shot at the spotlight.” 2013  •  march/april 139


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Booming Blair

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A pro-business atmosphere and great amenities lead to economic rise of Omaha's scenic neighbor to the north. n tough economic times,

growth typically becomes stagnant if not nonexistent for many communities regardless of population or location. However, the city of Blair has not suffered from such an effect. In fact, the business community in the city of just over 8,000 has seen significant growth in recent times. The community is home to numerous national chains and caters to a wide range of niche markets, such as shopping at Country Gardens and Bra-Ta Boutique, in addition 142 

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to numerous thrift stores and dining at Our Specialtea (which also holds high tea), The Driftwood Inn, and Blair Marina. Another unique area is the Healing Garden Railroad at Memorial Community Hospital, were visitors can sit outside and dine between May and November. Blair is also home to the 18-hole River Wilds Golf Course. Recent additions to the area, which have aided in the growth within the business community, include Skywerx Aviation, a fixed-base operation at

the Blair Municipal Airport focusing on serving airplanes, charter flights, and airplane hangar space. Blair is also now home to a premier conference and reception space, the South Creek Conference Center. A first-class reception hall, South Creek can host up to 600 guests for a sit-down event (including tables) and up to 1,000 if seated theater-style. The facility will help to serve the Greater Omaha area as an option for large private or corporate events. "Blair is really growing and has become a www.OmahaPublications.com


Left to right, top to bottom. 1. Harriet Waite, executive director of Blair Area Chamber. 2. Rod Storm, Blair city administrator, at right, with Mike Lewis, VP of corn milling with Cargill. 3. Sandy Carmichael, owner of Country Gardens / Blair Florist, and staff. 4. Marilyn Neff, manager at the South Creek Conference Center & Catering. 5. Tristan Gustafson, at left, with Sam Kremke of Skywerx Aviation. 6. Amy Hanson, owner of Bra-Ta Boutique

such a wonderful community," says Harriett Waite, Executive Director of the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce. "We have longestablished businesses that people want to go to and have been able to integrate new and different companies." And while small communities often shy away from welcoming large corporations to the area, Blair has been able to use the addition of national names to their benefit. "The larger retailers who have come into town have helped the local business grow their specialty brands," Waite says.  "The continued support of local businesses www.ReadOnlineNow.com

has really helped to keep our local economy strong." The ability to attract national corporations, including Wal-Mart, Cargill, and Evonik at the Blair BioCampus, is a credit to the city administration and their vision for economic development, says Waite. "The larger businesses have helped us to attract people from a larger market as people have seen what else we have to offer, which has helped us promote the great local businesses we have. We meet lots of niches." Not hitching their wagon to one business has also allowed for economic success,

according to Executive Director of Gateway Economic Development, Paula Hazelwood. "Since Blair hasn't relied heavily on one business the community has been able to grow," Hazelwood says. "The mixture of new and existing businesses, have also meshed well, and businesses have done a nice job of preparing and updating their marketing. We've had a diverse business base for some time now, but have recently experienced a higher influx of retail service. Customer service has been and continues to be a key for local businesses. Blair is really a hot community right now." Hazelwood adds that government has also been integral. "Our local government is extremely pro-business and does a great job in helping to recruit and expand business in the area," she says. "Dealings with government can often help or hinder progress, and we are so thankful our government is there to help and wants businesses that are successful." Blair City Administrator Rod Storm cites similar factors, while also indicating the benefit of the city's proximity to the Omaha Metro. "Blair has benefited from a vast amount of industrial growth, while retail has continued to expand," Storm explains. "A lot has to do with the location. Being as close to Omaha as we are, you can kind of get the best of both worlds. There's a good, solid economy in the area, and the growth has provided jobs in and around the area." Blair remains active in economic development, which has "created a good public-private partnership and made it successful for our community," explains Storm. Forward thinking has also benefited Blair, comments local resident Mike Mackin, who has lived in the area since 1975 and was the co-owner/manager at SE Smith and Sons Hardware in Blair for 18 years. "When I moved here it was an old river town," Mackin says. "It's become a very progressive community, and the Gateway Development has done a great job in helping the area grow." Any number of individuals, organizations, and factors are to credit for the current state of the business community in Blair. And each one is quick to offer praise to the next, which shows yet again why the area has achieved such success and prosperity. With that blueprint, Blair should only continue to flourish 2013  •  march/april 143


Omaha beer & food Story by Paul Kavulak • Photo by Bill Sitzmann • Beer provided by Lucky Bucket Brewing Company

Craft Beer & Charcuterie Would you like some prosciutto with that?

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ometimes, a Craft Beer is best when enjoyed all by itself. A singular item

to cut away the day's stress or a social lubricant to foster communication and social interaction. The reality is that Craft Beer is best when paired with other fine things in life. Sure, events loom large when one considers a beer's largest stage, but if you think about it for a moment, beer—and specifically Craft Beer—finds its shining light in moments shared with food. Beer & Food pairings have become the norm. Detailed and very deliberate styles and brands of Craft Beers married up with very specific and extraordinary foods. The results are oftentimes completely beyond the expected. I mean, who would think that a very bitter India Pale Ale when paired up with a pungent Blue Cheese would find taste descriptors that tend toward sweet, candy, or even dessert-like? Malty Craft Beers with Smoked Gouda Cheese resulting in an entirely new taste experience—a perfect creaminess on the palate, where the carbonation from the beer cleanses and washes, preparing the taste buds for the next encounter. Some of the extremes in this Beer & Food pairing phenomena find sanctuary in Charcuterie and Craft Beer. Craft Beer, we understand at this point, is defined as small-batch, extremely flavorful, and painstakingly created beer. Charcuterie may be more foreign to some of you. Simplified, Charcuterie is a French word for Cold Cuts—but not your fridge variety. Charcuterie is the equivalent of Craft Beer within the custom realm of sausages, salamis, artisanal meats, cheeses, accompaniments, and sheer culinary excitement. Paired with their counterpart in Craft Beer, we find a confluence of substance and liquid not found independently. You owe it to yourself to find some of the local venues who specialize in either and sometimes both. Great Craft Beer can now come from almost anywhere—a grocery store, tap house, brewery, or bottle shop. And if I can provide some guidance, The French Bulldog in the Omaha area has some fantastic Charcuteries to begin your path toward experimentation. They know the craft and understand how to convey to the first-time patron of a C&CB encounter a common language to impart understanding, remove doubt and fear, and open a world of flavor, taste, and sometimes extremism that is not elitist. It's a realm of discovery, Beer & Food pairing. You truly owe it to yourself and friends to seek out the corners of existence. Once you do, you'll be forever changed.

The buttery and tender flavor of Prosciutto complements Lucky Bucket's soft-bodied Wheat and tangy Sharp Cheddar.

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Capocolla's flavors of white pepper, cinnamon, and cloves taste great with Lucky Bucket's Lager and smoked Gouda.

Lucky Bucket's IPA gave Blue Cheese a creamy flavor, balanced by Pancetta, an Italian, Croatian, and Slovenian Bacon.

Certified Evil by Lucky Bucket pairs well with the spices of Genoa Salami and a smooth fresh Mozzarella Cheese.

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Mantra Bar & Grille The Benson newcomer makes an impression.

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here Maple Street passes through the Benson neighborhood is

arguably one of the most exciting urban revitalizations currently happening in Omaha. It seems like every month there's a new retail store, restaurant, or bar opening up. In spring of 2012, Mantra Bar & Grille became the latest restaurant to part of this thriving Benson area. Mantra owner Mac Thompson, no stranger to the Omaha restaurant scene, is well-known for his other, highly regarded restaurant, Taxi’s Grille & Bar. Located at 6913 Maple, Mantra is toward the west end of the budding Benson scene, affording patrons plenty of parking—something which is very scarce five blocks further east. From the outside, Mantra has a very smart look to it with an inviting patio and artsy facade. Inside, the restaurant is drop-dead gorgeous with a modern, industrial look to it that's well-designed and really catchy. There's a bar that runs the entire length of the restaurant, as well as several flat screens for watching sports. The sound on the TVs is pretty much off, so you can hear the well-curated playlist of classic rock (which I just happen to love) played at a comfortable volume. The restaurant has booths along one wall; in the center, brushed-aluminum tables add to the restaurant's striking appearance. The menu at Mantra has a nicely balanced variety of selections. There's an assortment of small plates, salads, sandwich, light entrees, and some very enticing specials. Many of these www.OmahaPublications.com


menu items look very familiar to past meals I've had at Taxi’s, which by all means is a good thing. On a recent visit, my dining partner and I started with the Dijon Shrimp Appetizer ($9.50). These were served in an escargot-style dish and were drenched in garlic butter and topped with bubbling havarti cheese. It was served with some of their fresh-baked sourdough baguette. The combination was incredible! We also tried the Bacon and Tomato Flatbread ($8.95). This concoction featured a perfect thin crust, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, pepper bacon, and some kind of a maple, balsamic drizzle. This is one stellar dish and now, one of my personal favorites. For dinner, I ordered the Blackened Tuna Tacos ($14.95) off the specials list. This dish is comprised of three tacos made with small corn tortillas, cole slaw, green salsa, avocado, grated jack cheese, and a generous portion of flash-seared tuna. It also comes with some Mexican-style rice and beans. These were some of the best fish tacos I have had in some time. My dining partner tried the Chicken Piccata ($17.95). The tender chicken breasts were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The piccata sauce was well-executed, making this a memorable dish as well. For dessert, we tried the Pistachio Cake French Toast ($6.50). It's served with ice cream and maple syrup. After a couple of bites, it was obvious why this is their signature dessert. All I can say is, be sure to save some room. The service at Mantra was spot-on. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made some excellent recommendations. We were never left waiting for anything, nor did we feel rushed. The beer and wine list features some great selections, and there's also a full bar with some interestingsounding signature cocktails. All of these things combined to make for an excellent dining experience, and one that I'm ready to repeat. Cheers!

Mantra Bar and Grille 6913 Maple Street 402-933-1666 Food & Beverage **** Service ***1/2 Ambiance **** Price Moderate Overall **** 5 Stars Possible

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more about food was an internship with a bed and breakfast in Italy. Upon moving back to Omaha, Langbehn continued to hone both his cooking and baking skills first as lead baker with Paradise Bakery & Café, followed by work as a caterer with Attitude on Food, and then as a chef in a small café owned by his aunt. He was brought on as the pastry chef for 801 Chophouse in 2007 and has continued to grow there, moving up to sous chef, and eventually executive chef in Spring 2010. (The sous chef role at 801 Chophouse is now covered by Ivan Dondiego, who Langbehn says is doing some great things. When Langbehn isn’t working as executive chef at 801 Chophouse or cooking any number of his favorite foods, including risotto, which “is like a blank canvas,” he says, he and his wife enjoy competing in and teaching swing dance. In fact, they met when he began to take dance lessons where she was an instructor. “Time isn’t something I have a lot of,” he notes, adding that being with his wife, brother, sister, and parents is always appreciated. And while his grandmother, who he was also close to, has passed away, Langbehn fondly recalls the small tart cherry pies she used to make for his family using fresh cherries from her backyard. Recently, he has worked to recreate them and feels that every batch gets him a little closer to his grandmother’s original recipe.

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12310 K Plaza, Ste. 108 Locally Owned Since 1950

“Taylor Made” for ALL

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Thanks for voting for Blue Moon Fitness! Blue Moon Fitness is comfortable enough and cheap enough that even people who exercise “once in a blue moon” can fit in! Blue Moon Fitness offers an atmosphere where even first time exercisers feel comfortable, private exercise areas for women, TVs on every piece of cardio equipment, the lowest rates in town and now Blue Moon Fitness has 3 Omaha locations to serve you. • Omaha South — 108 & Q St. • Omaha North — 108 & Maple St. • Omaha Central — 84 & West Center Rd. www.Blue Moon Fitness.com

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AMERICAN

Bailey’s breakfast and lunch

402-932-5577 1259 S. 120TH St. Comfort food done with flair. For breakfast; all your favorites, featuring Omaha’s finest Eggs Benedict – 6 varieties, (and Crepes, too) topped with Hollandaise made fresh every day. Come try the best bacon you will ever eat! Breakfast served all day. And treat yourself to some of Omaha’s finest Salads, Soups, and Sandwiches, plus Chicken Fried Steak, fresh Angus burgers, and Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. When is the last time you had really good Egg Salad or Chicken Salad??? Open 7 days a week 7:00 – 2:00.

Get a Little Saucy.

brewsky’s food & spirits, two omaha locations

SPEZIA SPECIALTIES FRESH SEAFOOD • ANGUS BEEF INNOVATIVE PASTA • RISOTTO GNOCCHI • FRESH SALMON DAILY

SATURDAY LUNCH [11am–4 pm]

$10

OFF ANY TICKET OVER $25 NO CASH EXPIRES 12/31/2011 06/30/13 NO CASH VALUE. VALUE. EXPIRES

COCKTAIL HOUR MONDAY – SATURDAY 4 – 6 PM ALL COCK TAILS, GL ASS WINE AND BEERS ARE HALF PRICE

402-614-2739 153rd & Q Sts.; 201-2739, 84th & Park Drive; Brewsky’s Food & Spirits opened its first restaurant/bar in Lincoln, NE in 1990. Brewsky’s now boasts six restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha. Our menu (created by Certified Executive Chef Ed Janousek) surprises people that are expecting the normal “bar food” found at most sports bars. The menu consists of steaks, burgers, chicken, wraps and about everything in between. We offer all the sports packages on our banks of TVs as well. The atmosphere created, the quality of the food served and the modest prices charged define Brewsky’s. We’ve been voted Best Sports Bar in Omaha for five consecutive years (Omaha Magazine). Come let us WOW you!

DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar 402-763-9974

1003 Capitol Avenue. Catch all of the action at 3 Omaha locations. Featuring burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers and an impressive drink menu along with HD TV’s and projectors and home to Blazin’ Piano’s, Omaha’s only dueling piano concept . 114th & Dodge, 10th & Capitol and 23th & Cornhusker in Bellevue. djsdugout.com

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS • 402-391-2950 CENTRAL LOCATION • 3125 SOUTH 72ND STREET • EASY ACCESS OFF I-80 • 72ND STREET EXIT

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Black Oak Grill (402) 341-0622 (Omaha)

Happier

HOURS.

220 South 31st Ave. Black Oak Grill is rooted in urban grills, neighborhood cafes and corner taverns. Savor the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mom’s Meatloaf or the Grilled Flat Iron Steak. Black Oak Grill is in Midtown Crossing. www.blackoakgrill.com

With the most delectable contemporary american cuisine in the Old Market, V.Mertz has something for everyone.

TAPAS SERVED WEEKENDS UNTIL 12AM

Dundee Dell 402-553-4010 (Omaha)

5007 Underwood. 11 AM until 1 AM every day, MondaySunday. Famous for Fish n’ Chips since 1934. Single malt & scotch tastings open to the public four times a month. Private tastings also available. We serve food from 11 AM to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11AM to 12:45 AM Friday and Saturday. We also serve a fantastic Sunday brunch from 11AM–2 PM on Sundays. $

Jams 7814 Dodge St.402-399-8300 (Omaha)

Welcome to the home of Independent food. Jams is a popular locally owned restaurant for a wonderful dinner or a glass of wine and appetizers. An American Grill, Jams menu takes on refined twists on old classics. From the Jumbo Crab Cake Burger to Midtown Meatloaf, Jams can please any palate. www.jamseats.com

$35, Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, Tues. - Fri. Artisan Cheese • Award Winning Wine List Old Market Passageway • 1022 Howard St. Reservations Recommended Call 402.345.8980 Reservations Online www.vmertz.com executive chef Jon Seymour sous chef Jacob Newton sommeliers David Eckler, Chris Walter proprietor David Hayes general manager/wine director Matthew Brown

Sophisticated American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Classy, but unpretentious. Creative, but approachable. Lunch, dinner, fresh daily specials, Sunday brunch and late night tapas. Open 11AM Tuesday-Saturday [Closed Monday] Brunch 10AM-2PM Sunday Sunday full menu after 2PM Happy Hour 4PM-6PM Tuesday-Friday & 10PM-12AM Friday-Saturday 1125 Jackson St. | Old Market, Omaha, NE | 402.991.5637 JacksonStreetTavern.com

PepperJax Grill Multiple Locations

PepperJax Grill is known for its famous award winning Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches packed full of seasoned sirloin steak on an authentic Philadelphia hearth-baked roll. Grilled Steak, Chicken and Shrimp Gourmet Rice Bowls, Giant Wraps, and Fresh Salads are also very popular. PepperJax Grill has 7 Omaha locations, www. pepperjaxgrill.com.

Quaker Steak and Lube 712-322-0101 (Council Bluffs, IA)

3320 Mid America Dr. Council Bluffs, IA.”The Lube” serves over 70 million wings annually, has bottled sauces for retail sale and has won the title of “Best Wings USA” Mondays are kids eat free from 5 to 9pm and Tuesdays are all you can eat wings for $12.99 all day. The Metro’s only, Quaker Steak and Lube also offers great steaks, ribs and burgers. Live Music again this fall on Friday nights.www.quakersteakandlube.com.

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From your LEGENDARY PIZZA & PASTA

morning pick-me-up

to your favorite

nightcap… Rock Bottom Brewery 1101 Harney St (402) 614-9333

45th & Leavenworth Closed Monday

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VOTED BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR BREAKFAST & LUNCH

Rockbottom Restaurant & Brewery, Old Market ( 11th & Harney) - “We’re Serious about our Food, Crazy about our Beer”. rockbottom.com

120th & Pacific • 402-932-5577 Baileys is open Saturdays and Sundays inside Shucks Downtown at 1911 Leavenworth St

THANKS FOR VOTING US BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH! Come in for $2 OFF Sunday Brunch

402.393.5000

1001 N 102nd Street Omaha, NE 68114

Family Owned & Operated Authentic Italian Cuisine Party Rooms Available Carry Out Available

Serving Lunch & Dinner

SERVIN’ OMAHA’S FRESHEST SEAFOOD! 1218 South 119th Street • 402-827-4376 168th & Center • 402-763-1860 1911 Leavenworth St • 402-614-5544 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR LUNCH & DINNER HAPPY HOUR 7 DAYS A WEEK 2-6pm

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Upstream Brewing Company two omaha locations

514 S 11th St. (402) 344-0200, 17070 Wright Plz. (402) 778-0100. Upstream features an extensive menu of new American pub fare including: appetizers and thin-crust pizzas, superb steaks featuring “Omaha Steaks”, fresh fish, pasta, salads, sandwiches and a great children’s menu. Fresh, handcrafted beer and root beer on tap. Extensive wine list. Call ahead for group reservations or to be placed on our waiting list. Visit our classic, upscale poolroom located on the second level.

BBQ

Famous Dave’s Barbeque 402-829-1616 (Omaha)

3001 S. 32nd Ave • Omaha, NE 402-345-5656

From our Fish House... to your House!

Full service catering available! Call us for details at 402-827-4376

2202 South 20th Street – Omaha

Family Restaurant • Fine Steaks Chicken • Seafood Party Rooms Available

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We’re creating something fresh!

Famous Dave’s has been voted Omaha’s favorite barbeque by Omaha Magazine’s readers and the Reader’s Choice. Real hickory smoked ribs, brisket, pork and a great selection made-from-scratch recipes. Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Six Omaha-Metro area locations: Bellevue–21st & Cornhusker, Benson–71st & Ames, Eagle Run–130th & Maple, Lakeside–173rd &Center, Millard–120th & L, and Council Bluffs by the MAC. Take out and catering available.

RED ZONE BBQ 402.431.ZONE (OMAHA)

2056 N. 117th Ave. We are open Sun-Thurs: 11-9 and Fri & Sat's 11-10pm. We are offer 6 smoked meats as well as "HUGE" Turkey Legs and Big Ribs. We also offer 14 different homemade sides- everything from cheesy potatoes to apple cobbler to roasted red potatoes to mac&cheese We have catered for up to 750 people. Let us help you with your catering needs for the office and holiday parties as well. Check out our website at www.eatredzonebbq. com or find us Facebook as well.

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ITALIAN

Prime Steak Fine Wine Premium Service

don carmelo’s 2 locations (Omaha)

Tradition–Excellence–Value! Two locations: Rockbrook Village (402-933-3190) and 204th & Dodge (402-2899800) Omaha’s First and Finest NY Style Pizza, Stromboli, Calzone, Oven-Toasted Hoagies, Philly Cheese Steaks, Pasta, Salads, Beer & Wine. We also feature take-out and delivery and can cater your special event large or small. Stop in for daily lunch specials 11am -2 pm!

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 402-345-5656 (Omaha)

3001 So. 32nd, Ave. Located in the middle of a neighborhood surrounded by charming homes. At the table everyone is greeted with homemade bread, a bowl of fresh tomatoes & basil, a bowl of oven roasted garlic cloves, special seasoned olive oil, & at night, a jug of Chianti! Large variety of pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, & even a delicious New York steak. Traditional dishes such as lasagna, tortellini, & eggplant parmigiana are also available. Lunch also offers panini, salads & one of the best pizza in town. Patio seating, full bar, & a great wine list complete this. No reservations, except for private rooms.

Nicola’s 402-345-8466 (Omaha)

13th & Jackson. Nicola’s offers a distinctive, tempting menu of upscale Italian dishes, including Lobster Ravioli, Classic Carbonara & Mediterranean Lasagna in an alluring environment. Also enjoy an Extensive Wine List & Full Bar on our Outdoor Garden Patio while you dine. Nicola’s also offers Catering & Desserts To Go for your private party or business gathering.

Pasta Amore 402-391-2585 (Omaha)

108th & West Center road (Rockbrook Village). Pastas are made fresh daily, including tortellini, fettuccine and capellini. Daily specials and menu items include a variety of fresh seafood and regional Italian dishes, such as Linguini Amore and Calamari Steak, Penne Florentine, Gnocchi, Spaghetti Puttanesca and Osso Bucco. Filet mignon also offered for those who appreciate nationally renowned Nebraska beef. To complement your dining experience, the restaurant offers a full bar and extensive wine list. Be sure to leave room for homemade desserts, like the tiramisu and cannolis. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. AE-MC-V. $$

Spezia 402-391-2950 (Omaha)

tripadvisor.com reviews

“Love the beer bread and microbrews!” “The brunch on Sunday is the best.”

“I had the ribeye and it was cooked to perfection.” “Don’t miss the calamari!”

“This is by far the best restaurant in Omaha.”

13665 California Street Omaha, Nebraska 402.445.4380 www.mahoganyprime.com

3125 South 72nd Street (3 blocks north of the I-80 interchange). Choose Spezia for lunch or dinner, where you’ll find a casual elegance that’s perfect for business, guests, get-togethers, or any special occasion. Exceptional food, wine and service, with a delectable menu: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, innovative pasta, risotto, gnocchi, cioppino, lamb, entrée salads. Mediterranean chicken, flatbreads, fresh salmon daily. Enjoy a full bar, Italian & California wines, Anniversary Lovers Booth (call to reserve), private dining rooms, and wood-fired grill. Open Mon-Sat. Cocktail hour: 4-6 pm-all cocktails, glass wine and beers half price. Evening reservations recommended. Call (402)391-2950.

See our full menu, happy hours and more at

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Zio’s Pizzeria Several Omaha Locations

Three locations: 7834 Dodge St. (402-391-1881), 12997 W. Center Rd. (402-330-1444), and 1109 Howard St. in the Old Market (402-344-2222). DELIVERY, DINE-IN, and CARRY-OUT. Serving New York style pizza by slice or whole pies, calzones, hoagies, pastas, salads and garlic breads. Zio’s pies are hand-stretched and baked in oldworld ovens. Zio’s offers 35 of the freshest toppings. Taste the freshest pizza at Zio’s. Family dining – open seven days a week. Lunch special and beer and wine available. $

Sonoran Style Cooking Made Fresh Daily. Catering and Party Rooms Also Available. 7555 Pacific St. 399–8006 380 N.114 St. 330–5707

Greek and American Cuisine Homemade Greek Pastries Takeout & Catering Beer-Wine-Cocktails

119 S 40th St • Omaha, NE (40th & Dodge) 402-558-5623 • KatiesGreek.com

Omaha, Nebraska

402.345.8466 13th & Jackson St

Omaha’s Only Authentic

German Restaurant Locally Owned Since 1976

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Pan Fried Chicken Wednesdays All Occasions Cakes, Pies, Strudel 5180 Leavenworth 402-553-6774 www.gerdasgermanrestaurant.com

omaha’s original steakhouse

• Proudly serving visitor & locals for 90 years. • Less than 10 minutes from Downtown. • Featured in Midwest Living Best of the Midwest 2011. • Serving hand cut steaks, aged on premise and slow roasted prime rib with pride. 402-731-4774 27th & ‘L’ St., Kennedy Frwy, ‘L’ St. Exit 8 Minutes from Downtown Omaha.

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ZURLO'S BISTRO ITALIANO 402-884-9500

13110 Birch Dr, Ste 100 (132nd & Maple) Innovative Italian cuisine courtesy of Chef Enzo Zurlo is an Omaha treasure not to be missed. Friendly staff serves everything from hot brick oven pizzas to sumptuous pasta dishes to homemade desserts. Live music, outdoor patio and a price point for every budget make the modern bistro a perfect place to relax with friends. www.zurlos.com

LIGHT & EASY

O’Connor’s Irish Pub & Grille 402-934-9790 (Omaha)

1217 Howard St. Comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Great before and after games. O’Connor’s offers pub style food: burgers, reubens, daily specials and homemade soups. The pub offers all the traditional Irish favorite libations: Guinness, Harp and Irish whiskey. Grill hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $

Best Of Omaha 7Years Running

Where good food and good service never go out of style.

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Cantina Laredo 402-345-6000

MEXICAN

Speciality Cakes & Cupcakes Fruit-Filled • Vegan • Sugar-Free • Gluten-Free

120 S. 31st Ave. Cantina Laredo serves modern Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy the signature margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime juice and the finest tequila, while savoring guacamole made fresh at your table. Visit Cantina Laredo at Omaha’s Midtown Crossing for lunch, dinner, drinks, and Sunday brunch.

Fernando’s Two Omaha Locations

Two locations: 7555 Pacific St. (402-339-8006), 380 N. 114th St. (402-330-5707). Featuring Sonoran-style cooking made fresh daily. Catering and party rooms also available. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. AE-MC-V. $

Best Greek

Family Owned Since 1983

CUPCAKE ISLAND 1314 S. 119th St • 402-334-6800 www.CupcakeIsland.com

Catering ~ Party Room Available Homemade, Fresh Food ~ Always 3821 Center St. 402/346-1528

GreekIslandsOmaha.com

La Mesa Multiple Locations 110th & Maple; 156th & Q; Ft. Crook RD & 370; 84th & Tara Plaza; Lake Manawa Exit (Council Bluffs). Come enjoy an authentic Mexican taste expirence at La Mesa! From mouthwatering enchilada's to fabulous fajitas, La Mesa has something for every connisseur of Mexican far to savor. Top it off with one of La Mesa's famous margaritas. So, kick back in the fun-friendly atmosphere and you'll see why La Mesa has been voted Omaha's #1 Mexican Restaurant Ten Years in a Row.

Asian

The black oak tree took root in America, creating a common & distinctive backdrop to our country. Black Oak Grill finds its roots in America’s neighborhood cafes & corner taverns. Take root with us tonight...

Wave Bistro asian fusion cuisine 402-496-8812 (Omaha)

4002 N 144th St (One Blk N. of Maple St&West Side of 144th St) Step into a world where green waves suspend in the air, an intimate interior as mouth watering aromas waft thru the air. Wave Bistro presents the best Asian Cuisine in Omaha with a European twist. One of a kind dishes from scratch such as Cashew Crusted Salmon to Tea Smoked Duck-a balance between contemporary & traditional food. Full service bar. Mon-Thurs 11:00AM-9:00PM,Fri-Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM. All Credit Cards Accepted.

Now Open Midtown Crossing 220 S. 31st Ave. 402.341.0622 blackoakgrill.com www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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SEAFOOD

Thanks for Voting Us #1 Breakfast 5 Years in a Row!

O’Connor’s Irish Pub 1217 Howard St. • Omaha, NE 68102 402-934-9790

177th & Center • 934-9914 156th & Dodge • 408-1728 120th & Blondo • 991-8222

Drive-Thru Open (Center St. Only) • Open Daily 6:30am-2:00pm

Serving Breakfast & Lunch All Day!

Charlie’s on the Lake (Omaha)

144th and F streets (402-894-9411). Charlie’s is the only fresh-fish daily seafood restaurant in Omaha. Featuring a relaxed, yet contemporary atmosphere that is fun for all ages. Besides fresh seafood, Charlie’s is the home of the James Bond style martini, shaken not stirred, in over 20 varieties, in addition to over 60 wines. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $

shucks fish house & oyster bar 402-827-4376 (S. 119 St.) 402-763-1860 (168th & Center)

RED MANGO name, design and related marks are trade of Red Mango, Inc. © 2011 Red Mango, Inc. All rights reserved.

1218 S. 119th St, and also in the Shops of Legacy, SW corner of 168th & Center (just north of Lifetime Fitness). Open 7 days a week. Have you ever been to a fish shack on the coast? You’ll like this! Open 7 days a week. Shrimp or Oyster Po’ Boys, Fried Clam Strips, Shrimp, Walleye, Calamari and Oysters (all VERY lightly breaded). Plus Crab Cakes, Clam Chowder, Gumbo, Salads and Daily Fresh Fish Specials. Featuring a large variety of Oysters on the Half Shell, shucked right in front of you. Killer Happy Hour 2-6, every day.

SPECIAL DINING

Best pub in Omaha!

Casablanca Moroccan Cafe 402.884.3382

3025 Farnam St./Midtown Crossing. The Chef Hamid has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. He enjoys making delicious dishes for every occasion. Great Hummus! Open M-Th 11a.m.-11p.m., Fri-Sat 11a.m.-12a.m., Sun 11a.m.-12a.m.

CRESCENT MOON 402.345.1708

Over 750 Single Malts, 230 Beers, & Awesome Food! 50 0 7 U nde r woo d • 4 0 2 - 5 5 3 - 9 5 0 1 • dU n d e e de l l @ dUnde e de l l .c om

Thanks to our customers for voting us the “Best Burger in Omaha”

3578 Farnam St. Founded in 1996, the Crescent Moon has grown into Beer Corner USA with the additions of The Huber Haus German Beer Hall, Max and Joe's Belgian Beer Tavern and Beertopia, Omaha's Ultimate Beer Store. With more than 60 beers on draft and Omaha's best Reuben Sandwich the Crescent Moon is a midtown beer lover's destination. Hrs: M-Sat 11a.m.2a.m.,Closed Sun. Kitchen Hours: M-W 11a.m.-11p.m., Th-Sat 11a.m.-midnight www.beercornerusa.com.

Stella’s Bar and Grill “Serving World Famous Hamburgers since 1936” 106 Galvin Rd • Bellevue, NE • 402-291-6088 • Open Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm 156 

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GOLDEN PALACE Cupcake Island 402.334.6800

1314 S. 119th St. For six years, Cupcake Island has been delightfully serving Omaha brides with their wedding cakes and cupcakes. They offer a variety of cake choices, including but not limited to:  vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, in additional to traditional wedding cake flavors. Monday-Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-4.

“World’s Greatest Hamburger” Come see why 72nd & Dodge St. 402-556-0504

Thank You for Voting Us Best Of Omaha®! 402.493.277 4040 N 132nd St | Omaha NE | 68164

3636 North 156th St 402-934-4578

SUN-THURS:11AM TO 9PM FRI-SAT: 11AM TO 9:30PM

Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery 402-553-6774 (Omaha)

5188 Leavenworth St. Omaha’s only Authentic German Restaurant. A little piece of Germany in Omaha. Gerda herself makes homemade spaetzle, schnitzels and rouladen. Fresh made soups, red cabbage, sauerkraut and dumplings are a few other treats. Stay for dessert of black forest cake or grab fresh bakery for breakfast on your way out. Open Monday-Tuesday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Greek Islands 402-346-1528 (Omaha)

3821 Center St. Greek cuisine with specials every day at reasonable prices. Well known for our Gyro sandwiches and salads. We do catering and can accommodate a party for 65 guests. Carryout and delivery available. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. AE-DC-MC-V. $

Horsemen’s Park 402-731-2900 (Omaha)

Race cars and Motorcycles hanging from the ceiling! Corvettes in the dining room! Over 30 T.V.s to watch your favorite games. We have a full menu with Ribs, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches and of course Steak! We feature Jumbo size Chicken Wings with 18 different types of Award-Winning sauces. Our Atomic hot sauce is so hot that you have to sign a waiver to eat them!

3320 Mid America Drive • Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712.322.0101 • www.quakersteakandlube.com

Horsemen’s Park located at 6303 Q Street. Happy Hour Mon-Wed from 5-9 p.m.–$1 pints, $1.75 domestic bottles and $2 well drinks. Tuesday–25¢ wings from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday–$5.95 Steak Night after 5:00 p.m. Thursday–75¢ tacos and $1.75 margaritas after 5:00 p.m. Friday – $7.95 Prime Rib Dinner after 5:00 p.m. Daily specials 7 days a week. Open daily at 10:00 a.m. Check out our website at www.horsemenspark.com.

Jaipur Brewing Company 402-392-7331 (OMAHA)

10922 Elm St. Rockbrook Village. A casual restaurant in a ralaxed atmosphere. Lunch; Chicken Tikki Naan with Chutney; Tandoori Chicken & Muligatanny soup. Dinner entrees include fresh vegetables dishes, grilled colorado lamb sirloin, Sushi grade Ahi, Tandoori marinated grilled salmon, Tandoor grilled beef tenderloin, to name a few. Wide selection of wines & liquor, on site brewed beer. Lunch: Thurs. & Fr. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat. 5p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Katie's Greek Restaurant 402.558.5623

119 S 40th St. Katies Greek Restaurant & Taverna is a family run establishment and we value giving great food at a great price. Omaha agrees! Want to eat light? Try our fine vegetarian cuisine! Have a heartier appetite? How about a nice, juicy souvlakia and gyros! If you have a diner who might not feel adventurous enough for Greek food, we also have a nice selection of American items as well. We also have a full bar. We can cater private parties hold it at your location or at ours! Give us a call or find us on facebook for special offers.

The Original Whiskey Steak 2121 S. 73 St. (402) 391-7440

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Lalebela - Ethiopian Restaurant 4422 Cass St.,

Conveniently located at Midtown, this spot boasts authentic Ethiopian food. If you've never tried this ethnic gem, sampler platters offer a bit of every taste. Enjoy authentic dishes or try an old favorite with an Ethiopian twist. Customer reviews rave about he great services. Gluten free options. Hours are 10:00 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Accepts all credit cards.

Nosh Wine Lounge 402-614-2121

A Tradition of High Qualit

1006 Dodge Street. A diverse boutique wine list from around the world, culinary delights using locally grown organic produce and impressive drink menu. Nosh is the place for friends to gather, relax and celebrate good times. Located in The Capitol District in Downtown Omaha. noshwine.com

Red Mango (402) 933-8815 (13th & Cuming) (402) 884-3795 (103rd & Pacific) (402) 334-4774 (168th & Center)

Red Mango combines its refreshingly tangy frozen yogurt with fresh and exciting toppings to create a nutritious dessert that can be enjoyed guilt free all day. Red Mango Frozen yogurt is all-natural, nonfat, gluten-free, and kosher most importantly it taste great! Locations at 13th & Cuming, 103rd & Pacific and 168th & W. Center.

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Come experience the true taste of homemade ice cream at 12th & Jackson in the Old Market. Since 1986, we’ve created gourmet ice cream flavors in small batches using rock salt & ice. We offer your favorites plus unique flavors like Margarita, Green Tea, Guinness, and French Toast. Special orders available.

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STEAKHOUSES

Pasta amore A C L A S S I C S P OT Thank you Omaha for voting us Best Family Restaurant!

801 Chopouse at the Paxton 402-341-1222

1403 Farnam St. Designed with a 1920’s era New York Chophouse in mind, 801 is the epitome of elegance. You will not forget the crisp white tablecloth fine dining experience. From their USDA prime grade beef and jetfresh seafood from all over the world, 801 Chophouse is truly the best Omaha has to offer. Open 7 nights a week.

lunch Mon-Fri: 11AM-2PM Dinner Mon-Sat:4:30PM-Close

“Serving The Best Chicken in Town Since 1997”

Private Party Rooms Business Luncheons Catering Rockbrook Village • (108th & Center) (402) 391-2585 • Fax: 391-0910

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13325 Millard Ave. • 402-891-9292 www.millardroadhouse.com

Cascio’s Steak House 402-345-8313

Since 1946, Cascio’s Steak House has been Omaha’s #1 steakhouse. The Cascio family established high standards of top quality food which is carefully prepared and promptly served by the friendly staff. Minutes south of the old market. The perfect place to hold your entire banquet and party needs Cascio’s has 7 party rooms handling groups of 10-400 people. www.casciossteakhouse.com

The Drover 402-391-7440

2121 S. 73rd Street (just 1/2 block of Doubletree) Famous for the original Whiskey Steak. Truly a one of a kind Midwestern experience. Excellent food, wine, service and value. Rare……..and very well done. Reservations accepted. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11am – 2pm. Cocktail Hour 3-6pm Dinner nightly at 5pm. Reservations accepted. AE,Dc-MC-V $$$

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We’ve Refreshed!

Fresh Look • Fresh Menu Same Fresh Brewed Beer!

11th & HARNEY OLD MARKET

Wave Bistro Asian Asian Fusion Fusion Cuisine Cuisine

402-496-8812 4002 N. 144th St.

One Block N of Maple & W side of 144th

Try Omaha’s Favorite Reuben! Des Moines | oMaha | Kansas City | LeawooD

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Omaha’s largest selection of crafts beers. 3578 Farnam St • 402-345-1708 www.beercornerusa.com www.OmahaPublications.com


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Always a Large Selection of Fresh Fish

Johnny’s Café – Since 1922 402-731-4774 (Omaha)

27th and L streets. Years of quality dining and hospitality make Johnny’s Café a restaurant to remember. Serving only the finest corn-fed beef the Midwest has to offer. Aged steaks and prime rib are the specialties, with homemade bread and pies to complete one’s meal. An excellent wine list adds to the enjoyment at one of Omaha’s original restaurants. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. AE-MC-V. $$

4150 south 144th street • omaha • 894-9411

PREMIUM HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Celebrating 25 Years!

Come in for a taste of one of our amazing specials!

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Mahogany Prime Steakhouse 402.445.4380

13665 California St. This is a restaurant where steak is the star, using custom aged U.S. Prime Midwestern Beef known for its excellence in marbling, texture, and flavor. We serve it sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. With amazing service in a less intimidating fine dining atmosphere.

1120 Jackson Street (402) 341-5827 tedandwallys.com

402.391.5047

6 Years In A Row

7425 Dodge St. | Omaha | www.sushiomaha.com

Omaha Prime 402-341-7040 (Omaha)

415 S. 11th St. (Old Market). Only restaurant featuring complete Prime beef. Open six days a week, Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-close. $$-$$$

@lamesaomaha /LaMesaMexicanRestaurant

la-mesa.com Legend (average price per entrée) $1 to 10 - $, $10 to 20 - $$, $20 to 30 - $$$, $30 and over - $$$$

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BELLEVUE FT. CROOK RD & 370 733-8754

OMAHA 110TH & MAPLE 496-1101

OMAHA 156TH & Q 763-2555

PAPILLION 84TH & TARA PLZ 593-0983

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Thanks for voting us “Best of Omaha ” Organic Dining! ®

12317 West Maple Road Omaha, NE www.dolceomaha.com 402.964.2212

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TasTe The modern side of mexican cuisine

Piccolo’s Restaurant 402-342-9038 (Omaha)

2202 S. 20th St. One of Omaha’s finest traditions, where quality steaks are served at low prices. Especially designed for a family outing or a business social. The specialty is tasty prime rib, served for the last 60 years under the crystal ball. Daily lunches: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.110:30 p.m. Daily and night specials.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 342-0077 (Omaha)

2222 S. 15th St. Sullivan’s is a vibrant neighborhood steakhouse featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list – all served up with unparalleled hospitality. Sullivan’s is located just blocks away from Omaha’s Old Market District. The restaurant features a lively bar, intimate dining room and open patio where guests can enjoy live jazz nightly. The beautiful wine cellar is the perfect setting for private dinners and business presentations.

Sip the finest margarita Taste guacamole made fresh at your table Savor fresh seafood and steaks with authentic sauces

Midtown Crossing

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Legend (average price per entrée) $1 to 10 - $, $10 to 20 - $$, $20 to 30 - $$$, $30 and over - $$$$

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