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Vol. 15, Issue 6

SERVING THE RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY OF WEST OMAHA

June 2014

The West “O” Omaha Children's Museum Presents Dinos: The Big Dig Werner Park Naming Rights Partnership Extended Total Dental Health - A Health Centered Approach Nebraska Humane Society's - Fore the Animals

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Scottish Rite Masonic Center: What's Happenin' at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo? Building Character and Community ZOOm - June 14-15, 2014 How fast can a cheetah run? Put the pedal to the metal and ZOOm on over to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Father’s Day weekend Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to find out. See new, classic, antique and environmentally friendly cars while exploring your favorite animal exhibits and learning about animal speeds.  In addition to the car displays, ZOOm will feature Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment (F.A.M.E). There will be R/C Racing Tournaments with a first place trophy for the fastest driver, a Tire Change Challenge tournament complete with trophies and a Race Car Simulator. The addition of F.A.M.E will not only be popular with children but also with the “Big Boys”. The games are interactive, competitive and family friendly. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. 

Moo at the Zoo - June 28 - 29, 2014 Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a fun-filled country and agriculture themed event Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Moo at the Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get up close to multiple breeds of dairy cow, savor some country cooking and join in the watermelon and pie eating contests. Get your Moo on by playing carnival games and life-size checkers, as well as face painting, music and much more Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. So bring your appetite and get ‘moo’ving to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. [W]

By Kaity Jankovich The West "O" Staffwriter

Upon entering the Scottish Rite Mason Center building, you can immediately feel a sense of history of the Masons by just glancing around in the main lobby. There is a bold saying written on the wall: “To do that which is right to do.”Albert Pike. Also written under are the words Morality, Education, and Charity. These three words best describe what the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and its members value. The land was bought in 1906. They began building the Masonic Center in 1912, and finished in 1914. In the mid 60’s and 70’s the membership grew to 4500 in the Omaha Scottish Rite Masonic Center. The Masons are a fraternal organization whose roots go back

to at least the 1700s. It goes back to the medieval stonemasons who built churches in Europe. They banned together because they were well paid and they weren’t tied down due to traveling so much. They guarded their secrets to success and kept it amongst members of the fraternal society. They would meet together and teach their secrets of building the cathedrals and morals and leadership. The same practices apply today at all Masonic Lodges. At any Masonic center there will always be a holy book or some type of scripture, whether it’s the Bible, Tora, or the Hindu holy scripts. Every member is asked to believe in God, and the fact you believe in God is all that matters. “Men of all different faiths can See Scottish Rite on Page 3

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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A new experience is available to guests at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, camel rides! Camel rides are located near Red Barn Park between Durham’s Bear Canyon and Sue’s Carousel and will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $5 per person for each camel ride. The new camels at the Zoo are dromedary camels. They have one hump, can weigh between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds and can measure up to 10 feet tall. (They are much smaller in size compared to the twohumped Bactrain camels.) They have calloused pads on their knees and chest to help support their weight on the ground. They are adapted for

a hot, sandy environment, they have broad, flat feet for traveling in sand, double eyelashes for protecting their eyes and their ears are haired and nostrils are slit-like. It is estimated that dromedary camels were first domesticated between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. Omaha’s H e n r y D o o r l y Zoo and Aquarium, located at N e b r a s k a ’s I-80, Exit 454, is ranked the No. 1 Zoo in the United States by TripAdvisor and Top Zoo by FamilyFun Magazine. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 1, 2014. Admission prices are $15 for adults (ages 12 to 64), $14 for seniors (65 and over) and $10 for children (3-11) through November 1. [W]

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Omaha Children’s Museum Presents Dinos: The Big Dig

Grab a shovel and dig in to Omaha Children’s Museum’s summer blockbuster, Dinos: The Big Dig! Uncover secrets of the past in this 10,000 square foot exhibit featuring life-size robotic dinosaurs. Get eye-to-eye with a roaring T-Rex, meet an Apatosaurus family, crawl up and get face-to-face with a stegosaurus, go beneath the earth for an up-close view of a mom and baby Triceratops and much more! Dig, explore and unearth fossils in the two story dig pit, make your way through the 40 foot fossil climber, take your photo with a T-Rex, create your own carnivore and herbivore dishes inside the Dino-Diner and climb aboard the Dino-Train* for a ride among these prehistoric

creatures. Museum Paleo-guides will lead daily programming including how to pan for real gemstones, unearth fossils, or piece together dinosaur skeletons. These hands-on activities combined with imaginative play as paleontologists will allow children to investigate dinosaurs in a whole new way! Want to take your findings home with you? Additional gemstone and fossil bags are available for purchase within the exhibit. Join us this summer as we uncover secrets of the past during Dinos: The Big Dig at Omaha Children’s Museum! Exhibit opens Saturday, May 24th! Presenting Sponsors: Cox Communications and Mutual of Omaha. [W]

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Scottish Rite Masonic Center: Building Character and Community

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come together,” said Micah Evans, historian and Development Director for Scottish Rite Foundation for Rite Care of Nebraska. There are many symbols or tools once used by operative Masons that are used today as allegories of life in the Masonic teachings and in the lodge meeting room. There is a roughing stone and a smooth stone. One represents a person in his unchiseled state full of prejudice and superstition, and symbolically you want to try to be that perfect stone, or essentially to be a better person. “You’re left to be a better father, husband, and employee in your own way, and we always like to say ‘you do that because you’re in the company of other men trying to be good in their own ways,’” said Evans. The center also holds a beautifully restored theater. There is new sound equipment, new lighting, and a new sound booth. There are new chairs on the bottom of the theater that were constructed by the same company that installed the upstairs chairs back in 1915. Evans said that are constantly upgrading the theater. The theater has had all sorts of guests including

Dr. San Guinary and his show “Creature Feature”. They have had Jill Anderson concerts. American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery, performed a show about a year ago. Opera Omaha has done concerts as well. This theater is available for rent to the public. According to Evans the center has been seeing a resurgence of younger men joining the Mason fraternity and an increase in men wanting to get involved in the community. They’re putting together events and gaining leadership skills. “Getting more events in here helps spread the word that we want to share the building. We’re very proud of it,” said Evans. This May they’re having another Reunion for those who want to increase their knowledge in Masonry, for prospective candidates to consider joining the Scottish Rite, and for current members. Not only is the center welcoming to the public for events and new members interested in joining, but also philanthropist actions are always ongoing. Through the Scottish Rite Foundation and RiteCare Fund, members give back to the community’s youth who have difficulties in speaking, writing, and communicating. This includes those with

speech problems or who are not literate. This nonprofit foundation was founded in 1972 and has speech and language clinics throughout Nebraska. To learn more about the history of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, monthly events, community involvement, membership information, or rental services visit www.ScottishRiteOmaha.org, call (402) 342-1300, or visit at 202 South 20th Street. [W]


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Werner Park

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Nebraska High School Naming Rights Theatre Awards Showcase Partnership Extended

Omaha Performing Arts will present the first annual Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase on Thursday, June 12, at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Modeled after the Tony Awards®, this red carpet event will feature performances by more than 300 students from 22 local high schools, with awards for outstanding productions. Local celebrities, community leaders and performing arts professionals will present awards in several categories. High schools receiving outstanding production awards will perform selections from their award-winning musicals as a part of the Awards Showcase. Top actors and actresses

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Werner Enterprises and Omaha Storm Chasers agree to extension through 2020 season. The Omaha Storm Chasers and Werner Enterprises are proud to announce a new Ballpark Naming Rights Contract Extension has been agreed upon, keeping the home of the Storm Chasers “Werner Park” through the 2020 season. The early extension comes in year four of the original five-year agreement in 2010. “As naming rights sponsor of Werner Park, we have enjoyed collaborating with the Omaha Storm Chasers to have a positive

impact on our associates and the overall community by providing a family friendly atmosphere,” said Werner’s Chairman Gary Werner. “Due to the success of this long-standing partnership, we look forward to extending our commitment as naming rights sponsor well into the future.” The partnership between Werner Enterprises and the Omaha Royals/ Storm Chasers began during the 2006 season, when the first Werner Enterprises Concert took place at Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21, 2006 (in the 50th anniversary year of the See Werner Park Naming on Page 8

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If you are a person who likes to be healthy, are you? Do you believe that health is a function of participation? Does health happen by accident or intention? If you are someone that wants to be healthy you can have something to do with it. In fact it is a must. Did you know that 87% of all chronic diseases are from lifestyle? That’s right, self inflicted. I can tell you that every single person that I have ever posed the question, “If I gave you a choice of which you would like to be: diseased or healthy, what would you choose?” They choose health ever time, and yet they have no strategy or idea of how to get there. Most leave it to fate or luck. If you wanted to be healthy would you want to work with a doctor who was a disease manager, or a doctor who was a health coach? Would it be one who focuses on disease or one who

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New this year, Midtown Crossing is opening the season with its Summer Kickoff Concert Series. The event may be novel, but the talent is veteran. T w o h o m e g r o w n favorites w e r e tapped to take the Pavilion stage: June 12 is Lemon Fresh Day and June 19 is The Confidentials. The Summer Kickoff shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Turner Park venue opening at 5:00 p.m. After the main stage performances, both bands will be treating fans to an encore set at Midtown Crossing’s

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opening act is Hector Anchondo along with The 9s. Jonas & the Massive Attraction is the headline for this event. On July 3 the opening act is Mojo Bag along with Randy Oxford Band headlining for The Madame Louise Project, featuring Lulu Hughes (with fireworks to follow). 2014 is a banner year for Jazz on the Green presented by Omaha Performing Arts – 30 years in Omaha, five years at Midtown Crossing. A treasured Omaha tradition, Jazz on the Green will run six consecutive Thursdays, from July 10 to August 14. The free concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The venue, Turner Park, opens at 5 p.m. for all shows except the July 17 concert, which features a lawn opening after 5:45 p.m. For more information or a concert schedule, please visit www. MidtownCrossing.com. [W]

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company). During the 2007-2010 seasons, Werner Enterprises was the “Season Presenting Sponsor,” and was announced as naming rights partner for the Sarpy County Baseball Park on November 11, 2010. “ W e r n e r Enterprises has been a cornerstone of Triple-A Baseball in Omaha for nearly a decade, and we are proud to continue the Naming Rights Partnership for our ballpark with a company that is synonymous with success in the Metro,” said Martie Cordaro, President and General Manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers.  “The first three seasons at Werner Park have been filled with so many extraordinary memories for our fans and our staff, far beyond expectations.  It would not be possible without having partners like Werner Enterprises, and we look

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55,000 Square Foot Facility Expansion Partnership with UNMC Will Bring New Health Clinic to North Omaha Girls Incorporated of Omaha (Girls Inc.) unveiled plans today that it will be partnering with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to offer health care services at its new $15 million health and wellness center at 2811 North 45th Street. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the 55,000 square foot addition, which will include a gymnasium and locker rooms, as well as teen, media and fitness centers and a partial renovation of the existing Girls Inc. facility, including installation of an instructional kitchen. The newly expanded Girls Inc. center will be named in memory of Katherine Fletcher, a respected leader in the Omaha community and an exemplary educator with the Omaha Public Schools. The partnership with UNMC and Girls Inc. will provide a new health clinic for the North Omaha community. It will feature a variety of services for current Girls Inc.

members as well as local teens and young women and their families. The services include health screenings and testing, preventive care such as school and sports physicals, as

“As the clinic comes together over the next couple years, we believe it will become a key resource for the entire North Omaha community. It also will expose Girls Inc. members

enterprise plans to staff the clinic during the week with full-time health professionals, including physician assistants and/or nurse practitioners. At least one night per week, he said the clinic would be staffed by the UNMC SHARING Clinics, an award-winning, student-run, faculty-supervised clinic that has been providing high-quality, lowcost health care to underserved populations since 1997. “This is really a great opportunity to let UNMC students work more with pediatric patients – something we historically haven’t been able to do much with the SHARING Clinics,” said Drew Dickson, a second-year medical student who is co-president of the SHARING Clinics. “We’re excited about this well as outpatient services for sick to health care careers and should partnership and think it will give children and adolescents. become an excellent recruiting tool our students tremendous mentoring “Our top priority in our mission for our educational programs. I have opportunities with the young people statement is to improve the health no doubt that it’s a win-win situation they see at the clinic.” of Nebraskans,” said UNMC on both sides.” The SHARING Clinics are Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. Bradley Britigan, M.D., dean “We see this partnership with Girls of the UNMC College of Medicine Inc. as being a perfect fit to help us and president of The Nebraska See Girls Inc. Breaks Ground on Page 2 achieve this goal. Medical Center, said that our clinical

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to cool shade and fresh cool water in the summer heat! Follow the Rules of the Road Never leave a dog untethered in the back of a pickup truck. Each year hundreds of dogs are thrown from the back of pickup trucks—many are seriously hurt or killed. If it is not possible to leave the dog at home, the safest way for it to travel is to bring your dog inside the car with you. If this option is not feasible, then secure your dog in a kennel fastened to the center of the back of the pickup truck. It is illegal to drive with a dog in the bed of a pickup in some cities, counties, and states. Be sure you check with your local animal control to find out what the ordinance is in your area. See SUMMERTIME Care & Safety on Page 4


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GIRLS INC. Breaks Ground On

55,000 Square Foot Facility Expansion Continued from Page 1

staffed by an interdisciplinary cohort of students representing all the graduate school disciplines at UNMC. Dickson said the new clinic at Girls Inc. will include 6-8 exam rooms and will have plenty of space to allow the multidisciplinary student team to function. The center’s new namesake Mrs. Fletcher first joined OPS in 1948 as an elementary teacher, later serving as the director of the OPS Child and Youth Study Program, and as principal of both Kellom School and Laura Dodge School. She was deeply committed to bridging the distance between racial groups and her years of dedicated service to local community organizations helped to strengthen the position of minority women and children in the

Omaha community for many years. “Mrs. Fletcher was a role model to so many young people in the community. She valued education, first overcoming tremendous barriers to receive her own education and then spending a lifetime educating others,” said Girls Inc. Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm. “Mrs. Fletcher was the epitome of ‘strong, smart, and bold’ and her legacy is wonderful inspiration to the girls we serve.” Mrs. Fletcher was visited by community leaders just before her death last month, requesting her permission to rename the North Center in her honor. She was touched to accept such an honor, and moving forward, the North Omaha facility will be known as the Katherine Fletcher Center. “I feel my sister Katherine Clark Fletcher would be

appreciative of her life’s work being honored in such a tangible way with the naming of the Girls Inc. North Center for her,” Korea Clark Strowder said. “My family and I are truly humbled and grateful for this tribute.” Mrs. Strowder spoke at the 10:00am groundbreaking event, in addition to Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Dr. Britigan and Drew Dickson of UNMC, Girls Inc. Board Chair Jennifer Tricker, and Roberta Wilhelm. Several Girls Inc. members were also on hand to help speakers and dignitaries in attendance scoop the first shovels of dirt to officially begin the project, which is slated to be finished in early 2016. This morning, Girls Inc. alumna Symone Sanders also officially launched its Community Campaign to help raise the remainder of the

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necessary funds. “We are so close to our goal and are now reaching out to the community for support to help us reach the finish line. We invite local individuals, groups and organizations to take ownership of this project with us,” Wilhelm said. “Our goal is 1,000 donors, and we welcome gifts of any amount – even a dollar will help!” The first 1,000 Community Campaign donor families will be recognized on the donor walls lining the main staircase, located off the main lobby by the public entrance to the building. For more information on Girls Inc., the expansion project, or to make a donation, go to www. girlsincomaha.org/donate/give or call 402-457-4676. [W]

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SUMMERTIME Care and Safety Tips For Your Dog Continued from Page 2

Waterproof Your Dog Many dogs love to swim and, as you know, any body of water will do—clean or dirty. In an effort to avoid ear mites, along with eye infections and having pesky clingy insects imbed themselves into your dog’s fur, they should be rinsed off immediately following a dip in the lake, pond, or river. If your dog loves to jump into the pool, make sure he knows how to get out safely. If a dog falls into a river or lake, its instinct will tell it to turn around and try to get out from the point at which it fell in. This may work well in a lake or a river, but in a suburban swimming pool, the dog may drown if it adopts this instinctive action. Therefore, it is important to teach your dog where and how to get out of the pool regardless of where he went in.

Swimming is very tiring and fun for dogs. Frequently dogs will continue to swim even when they are extremely tired. Be watchful of when your dog is tiring and call him out of the water for rest. Speaking of water fun, believe it or not, not all dogs like or know how to swim. If a dog does not know how to swim, but appears eager to give it a try, let him/or her get used to it gradually. Never throw a nervous, inexperienced swimmer in the water. Beware of Dirt Diggers and Garden Munchers As you work outside in your glorious garden or lawn, be sure to take an extra moment or two to protect your dog. The most commonly used lawn care products are fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Harmful exposure may occur due to inappropriate storage or failure to read package instructions

when using these products. Dogs are especially good at finding poorly stored containers, chewing them up, and drinking or eating the contents. Be sure you are especially vigilant when using insecticides, as these tend to have a higher degree of toxicity. Fortunately for dogs—who often seem to enjoy eating grass and then vomiting—most grasses are nontoxic—even to dogs that vomit. Plus, most lawn seed and mulch products are not associated with toxic problems in pets. Cacao bean mulch is perhaps the only product known to cause poisoning in dogs. This mulch is made from the hulls of cacao beans and when fresh has a rich chocolate aroma associated with it. Anytime you add new landscaping it is best to keep a close eye on your dog for any unusual reactions. Summer should be a fun time

for everyone. By taking these precautions, you can keep your furry friends safe this summer! This information is brought to you as a public service by Bark Busters Home Dog Training—the world’s largest most trusted dog training company. More information about summer care and safety tips can be obtained by contacting your local behavioral therapist at 877500-BARK or by visiting www. BarkBusters.com. [W]

The Omaha Storm Chasers have been selected to host the 28th annual Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be held during the week of July 12-15, 2015. There is only one way to guarantee you a seat to the All-Star Week festivities – by purchasing a current Storm Chasers season ticket package. All ticket package holders will have priority in All-Star Week ticket bundles (which includes the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game), and with limited availability this may be your best bet to make sure you are a part of Omaha baseball history! After ticket package holders have the opportunity to purchase Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby tickets, any remaining tickets (based upon availability) will be opened up for sale to individuals who are on the All-Star Game Waiting List.


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2014 College World Series Vibes at Village Pointe:

Opening Day Events: Johnny Reef & The th Shipwrecks June 13 ! Experience a full day of free events, entertainment and celebrations for the whole family on June 13. ADMISSION IS FREE so don’t miss the team practices, autograph sessions, music and fireworks. The CWS is a definite bucket-list event – 8 million fans and counting have experienced it, and for many it’s a life-time tradition. Enjoy tailgating with fans from across the country, watching the best in college baseball and creating lasting memories with your friends and family. The boys of summer always come back and the fun surrounding the “Greatest Show on Dirt” just keeps getting better.

It has been Omaha’s pleasure to host the CWS for more than 50 years. The Series is an event in which we take pride. A lot of hard work, dedication and commitment of many volunteers, local business contributors and the city, has built the College World Series from its humble beginnings to the enjoyable event it is today. Continued fan support of the College World Series has made the event a very special place for teams that have had the opportunity to compete for the National Championship For more information, please call 402-554-4404 or visit www. CWSOmaha.com. [W]

Join us for warm summer evenings and hot live music at a place where friends can join you for a glass of wine or a cold beer and where the kids can have their face painted and dance down by the stage. Bring your chairs or spread a blanket each week and be entertained by an exceptional lineup of local and regional bands all summer long. We expect everyone will be up dancing before the night is over! Enjoy free concerts every Saturday night in the Alegent Creighton Health Amphitheatre

from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Natural seating areas available but chairs and blankets encouraged. Leashed pets are welcome. Join Omaha on June 21 for Johnny Reef & The Shipwrecks , then after the concert... shop your favorite Village Pointe stores, open extended shopping hours (Fri. and Sat. nights throughout the summer) until 9:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 402-505-9773 or visit www. VillagePointeShopping.com. [W]

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Project Interfaith to Host Coffee House Quiz Local non-profit organization Project Interfaith, will be conducting their own version of the widelypopular “pub quiz” night. On Thursday, June 12th, 2014 Project Interfaith will host their very first “Coffee House Quiz” from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson Street, Omaha, NE). A c c o r d i n g to Pew Research Center’s “U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey”, Americans scored very low on their knowledge of major world cultures and religions, with an average score of only 50%. Project Interfaith will present an evening of caffeine and questions for the Omaha community to test Omaha’s

religious knowledge and compare it to the national average. The quiz will feature a range of questions regarding a variety of religions, spiritual identities, and belief systems. There will be a grand prize for the ultimate quiz winner. “Having a basic knowledge about the beliefs and practices of other religions and belief systems is fundamental to creating a diverse society in which we are all able to live and work together,” says Project Interfaith’s Program Coordinator, Sierra Pirigyi. “ ‘Coffee House Quiz’ is a fun and easy way for community members to test their knowledge about the See Project Interfaith on Page 8

Q:

A:

What causes my eye to twitch? How can I make it stop?

Muscles control our eyes and eyelids, and different individual muscle groups are responsible for moving our eyes, blinking our lids, and facial expressions. The muscles around the eyes can get tired throughout the day just like other muscles in the body. Occasionally that stress or fatigue can result in an eyelid twitch. Although quite annoying, eyelid twitches generally stop on their own without any treatment.

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Dr. Maynard What determines if I am a good candidate for contact lenses?

A:

Many factors are considered to determine someone’s suitability for contact lens wear. A few of these factors are; the health of the eye, the quality of the tears, the shape of the eye, the required prescription, as well as your ability to handle and take care of the lenses. Your eye care provider can evaluate your individual situation and provide specific contact recommendations to maximize your comfort and vision. [W]

Q& A “What types of plants produce the most allergy causing pollen?” There are two different type pollination, insect and airborne pollination. For most of us it is airborne pollination that causes most nasal, eye, sinus and lung allergy symptoms.  Plants that cause most symptoms does vary based on season.  In general in the midwest, trees, pollinate in the spring, grasses, and weeds pollinate in the late summer and fall.  There are some differences such as cedar which may pollinate in the winter.  Most of the flowering plants that we find in our gardens, or flower shops, as well as fruit trees are insect pollinated.  They cause minimal symptoms.

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This is a complicated question as even an individual with allergies can get a cold and often the symptoms are very similar. A cold or upper respiratory infection is usually less that 10-14 days and should respond to simple treatments and time. An allergy, though the symptoms may be similar they often last much longer, depending on the allergic trigger. Itchy eyes, a history of a seasonal pattern or a family history may provide clues. It is not uncommon for an individual to confuse the issue.

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beliefs and practices of others.” Project Interfaith’s venue partner, Urban Abbey, will be conducting a special coffee tasting as well as selling their delicious drinks, sandwiches and pastries throughout the evening. Ten percent of all coffee bar sales and 100% of “Project Interfaith Blend” coffee throughout the month of June will be donated directly to Project Interfaith. Rather than paying an admission fee, Coffee House Quiz participants are asked to bring either one jar of peanut butter, one jar of jelly, or a $3.00 donation for the Pearl Food Pantry. As space is limited, participants are highly encouraged to reserve a seat at coffeehousequiz.

eventbrite.com. Coffee House Quiz is one of many programs provided by Project Interfaith. Founded in 2005, Project Interfaith is a non-profit organization that grows understanding, respect and relationships among people of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures. We offer a wide array of face-toface and online programs that bring community members together to share, learn, and connect. For more information, visit www. ProjectInterfaith.org, email info@ ProjectInterfaith.org or call the Project Interfaith office at (402) 9334647. Visit www.ProjectInterfaith.org for further details on this event and to keep up with future programs. [W]

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