Omaha Star Newspaper, Vol 84 No 26, Omaha, NE Friday , November 25, 2022

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Omaha Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

Seventy-five years ago on November 24, 1947, the Monday before Thanksgiving, seven sophisticated alumnae members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. desired to serve the Omaha community and took up the torch of our beloved 22 founders and chartered the then Gamma Xi Mixed Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the home of Katherine Louise Clark Fletcher at 2722 Binney Street. Our charter members were: Thelma Major Costen, Kathryn Taylor Favors, Katherine Clark Fletcher, Beatrice Robinson Mosley, Jewel Jones Robinson, Alyce McCarroll Wilson, and Ester Lester Woods, all professional women making an impact in the community through their work as educators and social workers, yet wanted their esteemed sorority in Omaha. Katherine Clark Fletcher served as the inaugural chapter president. In later years Delta changed nomenclature with alumnae chapters names reflective of their respective community yet retaining the original charter; therefore, on July 1, 1981, Omaha Alumnae came into existence. The chapter name of Gamma Xi was retained by the collegiate chapter serving Omaha area undergraduate women. The Omaha Alumnae Chapter has proudly served the Omaha community by providing service through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,

Incorporated’s five-point programmatic thrust of Physical and Mental Health, Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness, and Political Awareness and Involvement. Through the years, Deltas have provided Omaha with thousands of dollars of scholarships, mentoring of youth, stellar programming, and more. Our current chapter president is Dr. Viv Ewing. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college-educated women committed to its members’ constructive development and public service with a primary focus on the Black community. A private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. currently has approximately 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, West Africa, Southern African, United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Korea. Throughout our 75th year, we are hopeful that the Omaha community will join us in celebration.

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Fellowship Artist Showcase at the Union

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The 2022 season’s fellowship program at the Union for Contemporary Arts is coming to an end, but not before the artists get a chance to showcase their work to the public. Friends and family gathered Monday Nov. 14 to showcase their final pieces. Each fellow prepared a piece of art that is their speciality. Jus B., Carina DuMarce, MaKayla Harrie, Doriette Jordan, and Prentiss Matthews III were the fellows for the 2022 season. The Union has supported over 50 artists since its inception in 2012. This program consisted of the artists creating individual work and group pieces. The artists were supported by the Union with workshops and one-on-one assistance. The fellows were also each given an office that allowed them to expand their artistry skill. This program allowed for the artists to create connections with each other and many others in this field. The evening was filled with the reading of “The Golden Loc” by Prentiss Matthews III, a monologue from her upcoming piece “The Bergamot Headache” by Doriette Jordan, and “MaKayla” a dance performance by MaKayla Harris. Carina shared words of personal history, a reading from their writings, and a self portrait. Jus B. shared words regarding how the program has helped him and shared a new Christmas song that displays his “crooning” music style focus. Each fellow shared words of gratitude to the Union, Denise Chapman, Celeste Butler, and Kathy Lee. They also gave thanks to their family members, friends and even each other for the support that was received during the 10 months of the program. Although their time during this season’s fellowship has ended, they will continue to create. Keep an eye out for these artists. This year’s application has closed, but we all can look forward to the next set of artists that will be in the fellowship for 2023.

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Terri D. Sanders Watch out as you travel to and fro in these winter months, COVID-19 and all the other respiratory illness are waiting in the winds. Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and do not linger too close when someone is coughing. Have you had your vaccinations and boosters? Something to ponder… As the holidays come on our calendars please remember there are those in our community where we live who are homeless, mentally unstable, hungry and in general in need. Children, adults and families are not celebrating the holidays, because there is a deficiency in their lives. For many it is not because they do not want to do better but life has happened and face it they have no HOPE. I learned that “but for the grace of God, there go I” We should not be so cavalier, disregard for the rights of others, and think we are better than… What can we do to help our fellow man? Can you be a listening ear? Actually listening when people are talking to you. What is that person trying to convey to you. We are such an instant society and self-absorbed that we do not take time for others. Elders, children, neighbors and sometimes total strangers…it costs you NOTHING to be nice. In the past couple of years people have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost their self-esteem and just feel mentally lost. Is this YOU? As long as you have breath and life you have an opportunity to do more. Let us not be consumed in the negative, but look for a bit of light in every situation. You feel better when you give service. There are many agencies in our community that provide for the needs of others during this festive time of year. What if you volunteered? There is a liberation in service and serving. A love for humanity is serving…As you go through this festive season, how can you serve? Yes, service and serving costs it may cost your time, talent or treasure, in this season will you yield, will you be willing to serve. As you consider your service to mankind or humankind what is your capacity? Something to ponder…

“You’ve got to give to get. And if you do not plan on given’, then you better not plan on gettin’.” ~Joe Clark

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DEA Omaha Division Joins with Families to Increase Awareness The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division joined other DEA Divisions across the nation by hosting a regional Family Summit on November 17, for families who lost loved ones to fentanyl poisoning. This is the first undertaking of its kind for DEA field divisions and builds off the momentum of this summer’s Inaugural Family Summit hosted at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA. Families from across the five state DEA Omaha Division, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, were invited to the Summit held at the DEA building in Omaha. Throughout the day, families shared their stories of loss, provided ideas to raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl, connected with one another and listened to speakers from the DEA, state and local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska and the founder of Emily’s Hope, Angela Kennecke.

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“We’re grateful for the families within our Division who traveled into Omaha and shared their stories and their time with us,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King said. “It was a heavy day but I hope that all of us, the families who attended and members of DEA, walked away with ideas on how to move forward and prevent these tragic losses from happening to other families.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 107,622 people died by drug poisoning in the United States in 2021. A majority of drug poisoning deaths are attributed to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. The five states within the DEA Omaha Division account for 2,270 of the drug poisonings in 2021. The DEA regional family summits gather families who are passionate about saving lives through increased public awareness of fentanyl. These summits allow DEA to listen and learn from families as they share their personal stories. Additionally, the summits provide participants information on national drug threats and resources available to enhance local prevention efforts. If you are interested in information on how to get involved in future events please complete the Advocates for Change form and submit it to familyoutreach@dea. gov. DEA has resources available to help parents and care givers talk to kids about the dangers of drug use. You can also visit the Get Smart About Drugs website. If you or someone you know needs help with substance use or mental health disorders, please visit DEA’s Recovery Resources page for list of resources.

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Here are three reasons to be grateful for the equity in your home this Thanksgiving By Malinda Williams, President/CEO, Omaha 100, Inc

Whether you already own a home, or you’re thinking about buying a place of your own, it can be easy to worry about the potential hassles of maintenance and upkeep. Not to mention the surprise expenses. Homeownership is a big responsibility! WithThanksgiving approaching, it helps to remember one of the major benefits of homeownership that you can be thankful for: equity. What is equity? Homeownership is a traditional pathway for building wealth over time. This “wealth” is built, in large part, through the creation of equity. Find out how much equity is in your home by taking the market value of your home and subtracting the amount still owed on the mortgage or other loans associated with your property to understand the amount of equity inside. Calculators are available on a variety of financial websites, including https:// When you first buy a home, one way to increase

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the equity is by making a larger down payment. Over time, you can also build equity as you make mortgage payments and improvements to your home that increase or “appreciate” the market value. The equity in your home will also increase on its own as property values rise. It’s important to remember that equity has distinct benefits for homeowners when used responsibly. Three benefits to equity in homeownership 1. Experiencing financial hardships? You can borrow against it. The two main types of home equity products are home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and home equity loans. HELOCs work like a credit card with a line of credit that borrows against the equity in your home. As a homeowner, you can borrow against your home equity to assist with financial hardships. A second mortgage or home equity loan, is a loan secured by the equity on your home. If borrowed, you’ll receive a lump sum to pay back at a fixed interest rate over time. Whether you choose a HELOC or home equity loan, you can use the funds to support family obligations like paying for college tuition or making home improvements.

2. Do you have higherinterest debts? You can use it to consolidate. Mortgage interest rates tend to be much lower than the interest rates on credit cards, car loans and personal loans. If you have high-interest debt, you can use your home equity to consolidate that debt into one lump sum to pay it off at a lower rate, which ultimately saves a substantial amount of money. Working together with your financial professional to create a plan for avoiding high-interest debt going forward is important with this option. 3. Preparing for your family’s future? It can help you build generational wealth. Generational wealth is defined as the assets passed down in a family, from one generation to the next. One form of generational wealth is real estate. As your home grows in value and the equity increases, it becomes a greater financial asset to pass on to future generations. When it comes to generational wealth, the other benefits of equity can be more indirect but just as valuable – equity that’s used to finance education leads to opportunity for the next generation. When equity is used, the responsibility

of healthcare or retirement can lift the burden from adult children. All in all, building equity benefits you, your children and future generations to come. When approaching responsibility with the right support, the equity in your home can improve your life. Now that’s a lot to be grateful for! Omaha 100 is ready to assist you. Let Omaha 100 help you make your homeownership dreams a reality. As a nonprofit community development financial institution, we are 100% committed to connecting communities to capital. We make taking the next step simple with an evaluation of your unique financial situation, guidance to homebuyer education workshops, access to capital through our home loan products (with no minimum credit score required) and ongoing support even after you buy your home. We want to see you succeed, and we’ll use our knowledge, partnerships and resources to help make it happen. Visit our website to learn more: http://www. Or, better yet, just give us a call at: (402) 342-3773.


A successful community needs all the key elements to line up, in a cohesive and unified way, for it to blossom, mature and develop. North Omaha has endured over 40 years of economic devastation and neglect. With the advent of 2022, I have witnessed a new chapter economically for North Omaha, having observed, written, and spoken on, so many great, new, small, medium, and large projects that finally, after decades, promise to be the beginning of a new chapter. Plus, the potential of a dynamic and flourishing chapter, awaits the Federal ARFA funds that will impact North Omaha beginning in 2023. Finally, it appears that the economic potential of North Omaha is lining up. Unfortunately, our community is absolutely not lining up to help itself in the political arena. • Historically, North Omaha has not voted on par with the turnout of Douglas County. A graphic example is that in 2008, at North Omaha’s greatest moment of voting potential, we still were 9 to 10% under Douglas County’s response. • Historically, while not logically, it is assumed that poverty-stricken communities will, in fact, vote in smaller numbers than other communities. Let’s look at some of the 2022 numbers: 1. Douglas County turnout was approximately 54%. The North Omaha was 40% (a 15%, negative gap) 2. Some segments of North Omaha voted at the level of 40%. For example:

City Council District 1 was 49%, City Council District 2, was 29%. 3. There was an effort to focus on the OHA Towers and their voting. That effort was focused because the Towers, historically, have had their polling places in the Towers, but since COVID, the polling places have been removed. 4. The precincts that include The Towers, and their turn out percentages: Evans Tower–25%, Crown Tower–40%, Florence Tower–20% and, Benson Tower– 39%. 5. The turnout is to be expected to be even worse, had not the focus and emphasis not occurred. That special emphasis included special rides to the polling places and election day visits with food and music. 6. All of the North Omaha election numbers, from the 2022 election, were less than the numbers for the 2018 midterm election. 7. We again missed opportunities to have better representation and reject bad issues. The turnout for North Omaha, and the Towers, are symptoms of a steady decline in voter attention to what is at stake in the respective elections, knowledge and perspective on the candidates and special interests, and I add to that, that there is not much happening in the middle and high schools to teach Civics and Voter Participation

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responsibilities, and so it is getting worse, not better. There is a percentage of our community that considers voting, and all related issues, as irrelevant. This reduction of voter power, from North Omaha, is completely dissipating any leverage needed, by tour community and it’s leadership, to argue, and advocate, for North Omaha’s issues. If we don’t vote, we don’t count. I strongly recommend that our leadership, political and otherwise, recognize our dilemma and consider it our challenge. We need a long-term comprehensive strategy and plan of action, to attack our growing electoral apathy. It will take multi-years, multi-prong, not just election season focus. I submit that a comprehensive plan should be conceived, funded and executed with the goal of getting some practical results beginning with the 2024 election cycle. To that end Black Votes Matter is calling for a Black Political Summit in late January,2023, with a special invite to the Urban League Young Professional. Note: Data based on preliminary election data from the Douglas County Election Commision and rounded for the purpose of this report.

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Do You By Taking Care of Yourself First Michael Green

wellness is to get moving. By moving your body outside, you get the added benefit of some much-needed fresh air. Plus, it’s free! Do you find yourself sometimes feeling depleted, running on empty, giving to others and with almost nothing left to give to yourself? If so, you are probably trying to do too much for too many people. Here are some things to consider to boost your physical as well as your mental wellbeing. 1. Pay yourself first and then build giving to into your budget: Before you loan or give money to others, make sure you can truly afford it. Build up your emergency fund, start to invest, and get your financial priorities straight before you give your money away.

2. Set financial goals: By setting a financial goal, you’re telling yourself that you’re putting yourself and your own needs first, and there’s nothing better than that! 3. Educate yourself on personal finance: Financial wellness begins with understanding your money and what it can do for you. It can feel somewhat intimidating at first, but there are so many ways to educate yourself about your finances, starting right here! Meet with a Financial Advisor to gain a better understanding of wealth management. 4. Prioritize sleep: This isn’t the first time you’ve heard that sleep is one of the keys to your overall good health. But it’s so essential that it bears repeating. 5. Schedule (and go to!) your medical appointments: How about your annual physical? The most important factor in your wellbeing is your health. 6. Get outside and get moving: One of the simplest ways to prioritize your physical

7. Meditate (or pray): Practicing meditation is absolutely one of the best ways to improve your mental health. The best part is, that you only need a few minutes a day to reap the benefits. Not only that, but it’s totally free and can be done anywhere, anytime! 8. Block out free time in your calendar: Is your calendar filled with appointments, meetings, and never-ending to-dos? Have you forgotten what it’s like to have free time or blank space in your day? An easy way to get that back is to schedule time for yourself. Block out an hour a day (or however long you have) just to be. Spend it by yourself, doing whatever you want to do at that moment. It will give you a much-needed recharge and reboot. 9. Talk to somebody: Sometimes you’re in a mental health place where you need to talk to a professional. There is absolutely no shame in that, and a therapist or mental health professional can help you through whatever you’re feeling. There’s no better way to fill yourself back up than to seek the support you need. 10. Get others to help you: Not enough hours in the day to get it all done? That can definitely lead to stressful situations, lack of sleep, and all of the things that don’t help you fill your cup. 11. Create and stick to boundaries: Do you always volunteer to help out a colleague or cover for their vacation, even at the expense of your own free time? While it’s nice to be a team player and help out when you can, in order to preserve your own wellbeing, you have to set some boundaries. “You’ve worked hard for your money make it work for you

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The 365 Store Asia Nared

The 365 Store is located downtown Omaha at 1517 Farnam Street. Located next to Cross Cuts, it is a beautiful reminder of the simplicities we loved in the late 1990s and early 2000’s. With walls covered in shoes and black culture history, this store brings back a feeling that has been lost with the new age of minimalistic capitalism. “The 365 Store was created off of ‘Hustle 365’,” shares the founder of ‘Hustle 365’ and owner of The 365 Store, Anthony Kellogg. The motto is: “go to work everyday, go hard everyday whatever you do, 365 days a year.” Kellogg also shares his purpose and drive for the store. “The store was created to become the brick and mortar for Hustle 365. It is the physical part of it because a lot of businesses and brands don’t have brick and mortar.” Kellogg is looking to inspire a new generation of business owners. “I just have to show them that it’s an actual business,” he says. “From seeing a business [in person] to seeing things going to the internet and social media. It’s easier to get your business out there, but

brick and mortar is still very important.” “My brand, Hustle 365, is a simple brand because I want the brand to speak as a statement, as a way of life. I wanted the gear to match the person and now we are taking it to the next level of designs.” The brand started 13 years ago as a motivation for Kellogg and others. With this, Kellogg has lived by his statement. To have a physical location is a reason for opening the ‘The 365 Store’. It was also to collaborate with other local brands to speed up their process. Anthony would like to assist in the beginning steps of owning a business. “I got the building. I could’ve had just Hustle 365 in the store and be an individual but I wanted to merge with people. I like other brands in the city. I reached out to Tate, James Buckley Jr., and he came in with F.C. Clothing LLC. We had a couple more people come in to sell their brands also.” With the ability to sell items at that location, there is an insurance that the sizings and styles can match nearly everyone’s needs. To attempt to list the entire content of the store would be a mistake. This is an experience that must be had by each individual. There is truly something for everyone and it is encouraged that we take the time to support our community members. ‘The 365 Store’ is located at 1517 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68102. The store hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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A Day Trip in the Sissy Van

Dr. James L. Snyder Last week was the first anniversary of my heart attack. My celebratory plan was to go to McDonald’s for a double cheeseburger, large fries, and a chocolate milkshake. Somehow The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage discovered my celebratory plans. She stood in front of me for a moment, with both hands on her hips, and said, “If you proceed with your celebratory plans, a heart attack will be the least of your problems.” Then I realized she had plans of her own. I had an appointment with my heart doctor on Monday morning at 11 o’clock. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage offered to drive me to my appointment, and because it was at 11 o’clock, she made plans for lunch. I was completely okay with that; the only problem was we would have to go in her Sissy Van. We arrived at the doctor’s office just before 11 o’clock, I signed in and waited for the doctor. By 11:40, the nurse finally called me into his office. I spent about a half-hour with the doctor while he checked my vitals and then said, “You’re good. Everything seems excellent.” I asked him, “Could I have that in writing with your signature?” I wanted someone in our house to know I was “good.” Finally, we were on our way to lunch. She wanted to go to a diner she and her daughters discovered a little while back. I was all in for that, and we had a nice time eating lunch. Then, back in the Sissy Van, and, as I had hoped, we would be on our way home. I was getting tired of kissing my knees in traveling. “You know what,” my wife said as we drove out of the

parking lot. “I need to stop and pick up a piece of jewelry that’s ready for me at the mall.” Looking at me, she said, “You don’t mind if we stop there, do you? After all, we go right by it. It won’t take long.” She returned, and driving out of the parking lot, we passed one of her favorite stores. Something along the lines of Tuesday Morning, whatever that might be. And she said, “While we’re here, I think I should go in and pick up some things I need for my craft room.” She got back into the van, and driving down the street, we stopped at one of her favorite thrift stores. I wouldn’t say this out loud, but her favorite thrift store is the one she’s shopping at the moment. We continued visiting thrift stores for the rest of the afternoon, and I was trapped in that silly old Sissy Van. We got home, and it took me some extra time to extricate myself from that Sissy Van. As I got out and stood up, my knees were wobbling, but I did reach the front door, got inside, and headed for my easy chair. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage looked at me with a big smile and said, “That was a wonderful day. Wasn’t it?” In thinking about my adventure I was reminded of what the Apostle Paul said. Ephesians 4:2-3, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” This unity is something I work at with the help of the Holy Spirit. Dr. James L. Snyder lives in Ocala, FL with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Telephone 1-352-216-3025, e-mail, website www.


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Antioch Genesis Garden Provides Lessons on Gardening and Food Insecurity to Teens of Project Work

Sheila Fields, MBA CPLC

During the October 2022 harvest, the Antioch Genesis Community Garden provided an opportunity for partnership with the Bobby Byars Foundation; the Project WORK (Winning equals Opportunities Resources and Knowledge) Teen Challenge students learned the importance of home gardening and how to address food insecurities. Under the leadership of Reverend Dwayne Hawkins, the Antioch Baptist Church created the Genesis Community Garden to serve the nutritional needs of its congregation and the

community. The name is meant to encourage people to return to eating produce straight from the ground like the Garden of Eden. The garden has produced a total of 150 pounds of produce in its first year. Crops included kale, collard greens, okra, herbs, pollinating plants, etc. Church members were encouraged to take food as needed and share it with others throughout the community. Antioch has formed partnerships with organizations like the Black Church Food Security Network to provide essential support. Project Work teens presented reusable bags and helped to prepare the garden for winter. The Bobby Byars Foundation will continue to support through volunteer and financial support. Future garden plans include adding a watering system, landscaping, as well as outdoor furnishing to encourage community gatherings. For more information on the Antioch Genesis Garden, call 402-554-1080 or go to the website

Figure 1 Rev. Hawkins teaches teens about gardening

Figure 2 Rev Dwayne Hawkins Figure 3 McKenzie Martin helps with cleanup.

Figure 4 Teen Challenge present reusable bags for the garden. Figure 8 Mikayah helps to clean the plant bed.

Figure 6 Hannah Butler helps to prepare garden for winter.

Figure 7 Kimiyah Wardlow taste herbs from the garden.


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TURKEY TETRAZZINI INGREDIENTS • spaghetti - cooked in salted water with some olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together. • shredded cooked turkey - this is a great way to use any leftover turkey from a whole roast turkey, slow cooker turkey breast or juicy roasted turkey breast. You

You will also need a shallow saucepan (or 4 qt. Dutch oven), 9x13 casserole pan, and aluminum foil. 1. Make the spaghetti noodles. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium high heat. Add spaghetti and olive oil. Cook until al dente (fully cooked but still firm), about 10 minutes. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool down. Set aside. 2. Make the creamy sauce. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan for 2 minutes over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in onion and garlic, and sauté until fragrant, can also easily substitute the turkey with cooked chicken. about 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper and flour. Stir well to • creamy sauce - made with olive oil, white mushrooms, combine, about 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and lemon onion, garlic, salt and pepper, all-purpose flour, chicken juice and whisk until the sauce is smooth and uniform. broth, lemon juice and heavy cream. Whisk in heavy cream and bring the sauce to a simmer • fresh baby spinach over medium heat. Let it simmer and stir occasionally • mozzarella cheese - to add on top. until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. The sauce should be • fresh parsley - to garnish on top. similar to in consistency to gravy and thick enough to coat

the back of a spoon. 3. Add spinach, spaghetti and turkey. Remove from heat and stir in spinach until wilted, about 1 minute. Add in cooked spaghetti and shredded turkey. Toss well until fully combined and coated. 4. Assemble the tetrazzini. Transfer the mixture into a 9x13 casserole pan and evenly top with mozzarella cheese. Lightly grease a large piece of aluminum foil and cover the pan. Greasing the foil prevents the melted cheese from sticking to the foil while baking. 5. Bake. Bake the tetrazzini covered in a 350F preheated oven for 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes or until the melted cheese turns golden brown and bubbly. Optionally, turn on broiler on high and broil for 3-4 minutes to brown the cheesy crust and get it crispy. 6. Serve. Let the tetrazzini rest for 10 minutes before serving. This is to ensure the cream sauce sets a bit and is

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Tie each strip to the mason jar lid. It is best to double tie each one to ensure fabric strips do not loosen and fall off.

When all the strips are done being tied, cut around with scissors to shorten to the desired size. Tie with a long piece of fabric or ribbon to use to hang your wreath on the Christmas tree – or anywhere else around your home that you would like to add some Christmas cheer! I hope that you enjoyed this fun DIY Christmas ornament craft and that you have a very Merry Christmas!

Add more strips until the ring is covered. You can push the tied strips together tightly to get a more full look. You will just add more fabric strips.

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Countdown to the start of the Holiday season and see downtown dazzle! Gene Leahy Mall.

Enjoy a day of FREE festive fun at Omaha’s favorite Downtown attractions. Ollie the Trolley will be providing free rides between all the venues!

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT CONCERT Thursday, November 24th at 7pm Enjoy a FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY holiday concert with the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Holland Performing Arts Center.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Saturday, December 31, 7 pm View the spectacular fireworks show in the warmth and safety of your vehicle!

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Rev. Jacqueline Ford, Pastor 2842 Monroe Street Omaha, NE 68107 Off: (402) 734-3399 Email: Sunday School...........................9:00 a.m. Sunday Praise & Worship.....10:00 a.m. Thursday Bible Study..............8:00 p.m. via teleconference, dial-in number 563-999-2090 and access code 576989

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“Jesus is the Light of the World” Bishop Kevin Chambers, Senior Pastor 5112 Ames Avenue Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 457-4216 Church Phone (402) 453-4084 Pastor’s Office

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“Come Get Your Hilltop Experience” Rev. Portia A. Cavitt, Pastor 5544 Ames Avenue, Omaha, NE 68104 Telephone: 402-451-8322 Website: Email: Rev. Portia A. Cavitt, Pastor

Sunday School………………………8:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Experience………...10:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study….…….…….6:00 p.m.


Pastor Barbara Mitchell Rev. T. Michael Williams

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“Transformed People Everywhere” 2602 N. 24th St. - PO Box 11593 Off: (402) 451-8800 Sunday Worship ..........................................10:45 a.m. Live Stream: Please call for Prayer and Transformation Group Bible Study Schedule

Rev. Morita Truman, Lead Pastor Services on Sundays at 8:30 am & 10:50 am 7020 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132 402.556.6262 First United Methodist Church is a welcoming and inclusive community, inspired to grow with and in God.


In Person Service 11:30 am and LIVE on Facebook

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ZION BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Kenneth A. Allen, Pastor 2215 Grant Street Omaha, NE 68110 Ph: 402-346-1502 Fax: 402-344-2720

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Pastor Terry L. Arvie 5501 N. 50th Street Ph: 402-451-4245 Fx: 402-451-2130

Pastor Kenneth A. Allen

Pastor Terry L. Arvie

Sunday Morning Worship ...................................9:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting .....................7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Church School ......................7:30 p.m. Youth/Children Ministry Focus (Wed.) ............7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY Sunday Morning Worship……………10:00 A.M. Sunday School……………………….. 9:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 11:00 A.M. ~ Hour of Power Bible Study Wednesday is Family Night! 6:00 P.M. ~ Prayer & Praise Service 6:30 P.M. ~ Feast & Fellowship (Light Meal) 7:15 P.M. ~ Discipleship Academy (Classes for ages 5 & up)

Pictured: (left) President Calvin Webster and (right) Pastor Rev. John C. Deang



Missouri Synod 2721 N. 30th Street, 402-453-1583

“Where CHRIST is Preeminent and the Word Prevails!”

Sunday School................................10:00 a.m. Church Service...............................11:00 a.m. Thursday Bible Study...............................5:00 p.m.

Pastor Brian Page 5555 Larimore Avenue Church: 402-346-8427

North 24th Street Church of God “Presenting the Never-Changing GOD to an ever-changing World!” Dr. Stan Rone - Senior Pastor 2021 N. 24th Street Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 341-4297

Pastor Brian Page


Wednesday: Prayer Power Hour ......................................12:00 p.m

Pastors Eric and Cynthia Butler 6401 N. 56th Street Omaha, NE 68104 Ph: 402-399-9628 E-Mail: Sunday Morning Worship.....10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship.......5:00 p.m. Wednesday Academy .............7:00 p.m. Bible Study and Youth Ministries


Thursday: Youth For Christ ............................................6:00 p.m Prayer & Bible Study ....................................6:30 p.m Sunday: Sunday School.................................................9:00 a.m. Morning Worship..........................................10:15 a.m. Pastor Eric Butler and Co-Pastor Cynthia Butler

Televised Broadcast Sunday @ 10pm on KPAO Cox Communication channel 22 & Century Link channel 89

Dr. Stan Rone Senior Pastor

Sunday Kingdom Academy 9:00 a.m. Worship Celebration 10:15 a.m. Tuesday Prayer Hour 7:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon Wednesday Power Hour (Prayer/Bible Study) 6:30 p.m. Youth and Children 6:30 p.m.


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Omaha Fashion Week Announces Designer Lineup for February 2023 DE PONTE Season Omaha Fashion Week celebrates 15 years of runway showcases during the De Ponte Spring 2023 season. De Ponte is Latin for “from the bridge” in honor of Omaha Fashion Week’s start under the Jackson Street bridge to glamorous celebrations at the Omaha Design Center, and everything in between. The highly anticipated spring season, making its return post-COVID, will present designers of many backgrounds, experiences, and inspirations. OFW spring showcases are scheduled for February 21-25, 2023, at Omaha Design Center. Here is a breakdown of the week’s schedule: Tuesday, February 21: Methodist Survivor Showcase Celebrate the triumph over cancer as 100+ survivors take over the runway wearing looks from local boutiques! In partnership with Methodist Hospital, part of proceeds benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, which works with cancer survivors to deal with changes to their image while undergoing treatment. Wednesday, February 22: Metropolitan Community College Student Showcase Metropolitan Community College is the proud sponsor of this student night which highlights student collections from Nebraska’s most talented high schools and mentoring programs during MCC Student Night! View collections from some of the most talented young fashion designers in high schools and mentoring programs across Omaha. Students will present from the following programs: 4-H, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Fashion Program, FCCLA Nebraska, Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha South High Magnet School, Westside High School, and more TBA! Teachers can apply for complimentary tickets for their student groups by emailing info@! Thursday, February 23: University of Nebraska - Lincoln Student Showcase Produced by Omaha Fashion Week in partnership with UNL’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (TMFD), students in the TMFD program will showcase original works on the runway and will compete for four different scholarships. This is one of the most visually interesting shows of the season! Omaha Fashion Week will be announcing the designers who have been selected to show their collections during their 2023 spring season. Designers pitched their collections to a panel of industry experts who will preside over their work for the season. Designers were scored on innovation, construction, marketability, concept, and overall presentation. This is the largest group of designers who are new to the OFW runway that we’ve seen in years! Meet the Emerging + Featured designers who will present their collections on the

OFW Spring 2023: DE PONTE Runway. Friday, February 24: Emerging Designer Showcase Omaha Fashion Week is inspired by this amazing lineup of Emerging Designers who will be showcasing on the Runway! Our Emerging Designers are either brand new to the OFW runway, student designers, or veteran designers trying out a completely new method of creation. Designers in this track are working to build their portfolio, develop new concepts and hone their runway presentation. Included in the Spring Emerging Designer lineup is a highschooler, three college students, four returning designers, and seven out of state designers. The themes they’ll be exploring are sustainability through sourcing and dying, nostalgia, revival of youth, and societal topics like body image and assault. 4 Moore | Sydney Moore BS Designs | Bo Weisenberger Carl’s Bad Designs | Carlea Badolian Emma Plante Furlow Designs | Carley Furlow J.Lidan | Jayna Lidan Mayed by Rey | ReyAnna Moore Meraki | Kennedy Brown Namaste NYC | Ritu Jadwani reduce. | Katie Ciolino & Hannah Kelman S.Nicole by Shabeba | Shabeba McDonald Sommer | Le’Mario Sommerville TOS | Tara Simmons Saturday, February 25: Featured Designer Showcase We will be finishing out our spring season with an incredible lineup of inspiring collections from our Featured Designers. They are working to get their name out there and build their brand. They come with a clear design concept and incredibly high quality of work and thought in their collection. The Featured category will include 3 returning designers with 7 from out of state, and will display themes of sustainability through upcycling, luxury, and honoring cultural heritage. Bakker Brown | Tim Brown & Cecilia Bakker CASAREZ | Amanda Casarez elle glo apparel | Lauren Glowaki M.J Queen Beauty & Fashion | Mourdjana Batcha Molly McPherson Nuevintage | Terri Jen Buckner Rachel Marie Hurst LLC | Rachel Hurst Sarah Dexter Designs | Sarah Dexter Smullywear | Joseph Aggrey Cobbina Still A Lady | Yolanda Harris TRBROWN | Tiffany Brown USHISATO | Loshen Sanny Templado Tickets will go on sale on November 28, 2022. Learn more about the upcoming season of fashion at

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“Dr. Inspiration” Dr. Tommy Watson Visits Mandela Dr. Tommy Watson is a well-known leader when it comes to inspiration. His website refers to him as, “one of the world’s leading authorities on resilience, change, motivation, and leadership.” He visited Nelson Mandela this month to talk to scholars about hope – the theme for the school year. Dr. Watson encouraged scholars to discover their dreams and use those dreams to set goals and see them through, much like he did. Dr. Watson overcame a learning disability, poverty, and a tough family life to eventually become recruited as one of the top football players in the nation, while experiencing homelessness. He also excelled in education, earning four degrees, including a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Now, more than ever, we need hope. The world our scholars are growing up in is a tough one – violence in our country is higher than it has ever been, especially in schools. We are also striving to recover from a long pandemic and all its repercussions. Nelson Mandela said, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” This year at Nelson Mandela Elementary, we will shine hope for each other and live out our mission to maximize the educational success of our scholars academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.

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