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A list of news and events submitted by members of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

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    Enjoy a weekend road trip of football. We'll stay in the heart of downtown Chicago, just a few blocks from Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue and Millenium Park.

    Trip Includes:
    . Three night's run of house accommodations at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois
    . All hotel taxes and bellman gratuities
    . Round-trip motorcoach and gratuity from Lincoln, and Omaha, Nebraska, to Chicago, Illinois
    . Round-trip transfers and gratuity between hotel and game
    . NE vs NW game ticket
    . Snacks onboard motorcoach
    . NE Alumni Staff
    . Experienced AAA escorts

    Cost per person:
    Double Occupancy $ 838.00
    Triple Occupancy $ 732.00
    Quad Occupancy $ 684.00
    Single Occupancy $1,264.00

    Put Your Group Benefits to Work for You. For details or reservations, contact your nearest AAA Travel Agency Location.

    AAA TRAVEL AGENCY Clocktower: 402-390-1000 West Center: 402-333-8200 West Maple: 402-493-2700 Bellevue: 402-938-0080

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    Bank of the West Celebrates America - Omaha's favorite free summer concert and fireworks show on Friday, June 29 in Memorial Park - will feature:
    . The legendary and two-time Grammy award winner, Huey Lewis and The News. Opening for Huey Lewis will be Mockingbird Sun, a hot country-rock band who has shared the stage with Toby Keith and other great artists;
    . The Bank of the West Celebrates America Band Contest - on Facebook, the public will once again vote for an up-and-coming band to open the concert;
    . Bank of the West's six-year partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland; and
    . Dodge Street Stage location-the stage will again be on the Dodge Street side of Memorial Park.

    "This is the 22nd year for Bank of the West Celebrates America, one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the U.S. We are delighted to bring Huey Lewis and The News and Mockingbird Sun to Omaha for a free concert that kicks off the area's Fourth of July festivities," said Robert Dalrymple, Executive Vice President, Bank of the West's Great Plains Division.

    "The Bank of the West Celebrates America event is not only our thank you to our valued customers and the community, it has become an annual reunion of family and friends who come together to enjoy a memorable evening of great music and fireworks."

    "Back by popular demand, we are again hosting a Bank of the West Celebrates America Band Contest on Facebook to discover the next up-and-coming band to open the show," said Dalrymple.

    "The online nationwide contest invites people to recommend their favorite bands and then vote for a band that will win a chance of a lifetime to open the concert."

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    Rave Now Has... $5 Tuesdays* (All Movies, All Day)

    $5 Matinees
    * (Mon-Thu All movies before 6 p.m. and Fri-Sun
    All movies before 2 p.m.)

    *premium upcharges apply 10000 California Street at Westroads Mall

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    Rave Westroads 14 + D-Box is the place!

    Rave auditoriums or common areas can be rented as facility space, even without a special movie screening.

    We also have an active Church rentals program on Sunday mornings.

    For more information on use of our fun venues, contact or call 1-866-878-7068 ext. 3

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    Private screenings are available at Rave Westroads 14 + D-Box 24 hours a day for any movie in current release.

    Opening night reservations for the newest blockbuster ensure guaranteed seating, no waiting in lines, your personal Rave staff attendee and an enjoyable time for all your guests.

    Private events can be morale boosters for your employees, a new take on the "same old" holiday party, outreach efforts for new clients and customers, "Thank You" events.

    For more information on use of our fun venues, contact or call 1-866-878-7068 ext. 3

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    The Women's Center for Advancement's signature event, Tribute to Women, is now in its 25th year of celebrating the achievements of distinguished Omaha women!

    The contributions of our honorees make our community extraordinary. In honor of Tribute to Women's 25th anniversary, WCA will pay a retrospective tribute to past women leaders in Omaha in addition to the six honorees of today.

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  • 05/04/12--07:39: 1,412 Thank You Notes!
  • 1,412! That's the number of supporters we need to donate $10.00 or more each in support of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25's commitment to families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to a traffic incident.

    The goal? $14,115 - $1 for every foot of elevation above sea level to the summit of Pikes Peak for members of our "Run to Remember Team" participating in our 6th Pikes Peak Ascent Trail Race August 18th.

    Learn more and make your donation today at

    Please pass on this invitation to family, friends, colleagues. It's About Kids! It's About Safety! It's About Caring! It's About Time! Your generous giving keeps kids living. CORPORATE SPONSORS WELCOME - Call 402-334-1391

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    Monday, June 4, 2012 marks the date of the 19th Annual Heartland Family Service Safe Haven Golf Event. This event, held at Tiburon Golf Club, 10302 S. 168 Street, will be a four-person scramble.

    Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start. A boxed lunch will be available for pick-up at registration. We will wrap up with dinner and awards at 4:00 p.m.

    Participants need not be skilled golfers - just willing to have a great time.

    Try your luck for a hole-in-one and win a brand new car! Plan to join us for a fun-filled day.

    For more information, go to; contact Caryn Ficco, Development Specialist, at (402) 552-7424; or email: with questions.

    Event chairpersons are Brian and Cristina Drelicharz.

    This event is an annual benefit to support the programs of Heartland Family Service, including the Domestic Violence Program and Safe Haven, a concealed shelter to protect women and children.

    The event is hosted by the Heartland Family Service Friends Guild and sponsored by Arby's Panda, Inc.; Kiewit Building Group, Inc.; Superior Honda and Acura of Omaha. The public is invited to sponsor/play golf at one of the various levels:

    Sponsorships/Play Golf . Premier: $2,500 (includes foursome)
    . Platinum: $1,000 (includes foursome)

    . Team Entry: $750 (includes foursome)

    . Gold: $500

    . Silver: $250

    . Individual Entry: $200

    In addition to the Safe Haven concealed shelter, HFS Domestic Violence Program services include a 24-hour crisis line (800-523-3666), emergency intervention, assistance with medical attention and protection orders, support after a domestic abuse police call, counseling and support groups for women and children. For more information on domestic violence:
    . Go to
    . Contact Dawn Conley, Domestic Violence Program Director, (402) 552-7066; or . Email:

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    Please Join Us at Indian Creek Golf Course for a Fun Filled Day of Golf!!! Proceeds to be directed to the ONI Employment Growth and Retention Fund, which supports the advancement of blind and visually impaired associates.

    Cost is $100 per person and $400 per team. Cash & Pin Prizes, Raffles, Food and Fun! For questions contact Shilo at 402-504-2609 or

    To download a registration form, go to

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  • 05/07/12--11:53: Omaha Farmers Market
  • The Omaha Farmers Market will begin its 19th season on Saturday, May 5th, in the historic Old Market (11th & Jackson Streets) and Sunday, May 6th, at Aksarben Village (67th and Center Streets).

    Open from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Old Market on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aksarben Village on Sundays, the Omaha Farmers Market will bring excitement to your kitchen through October 14th and 15th.

    The popular downtown Market will offer the city's best selection of local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, plantings, unique decorative items, condiments, prepared foods and more.

    Each Saturday for 18 seasons, more than 10,000 shoppers have flocked to the site of Omaha's original City Market in the Old Market to buy from 100-plus vendors.

    Going into its third season, the Aksarben Village has become a popular location for shoppers that can't make it downtown on Saturdays as well as those that realize they ate their entire week supply of veggies all in one day.

    This year, the Sunday Market will expand to 76 vendors and, yes, the parking is still free.

    In addition, starting Wednesday, June 6th from 3 to 5:30 p.m., market-goers will have a third weekly shopping opportunity at the Charles Drew Health Center Market, 30th & Grant Streets. Running through September 5th, the Market features six produce vendors.

    Market supporters are encouraged to visit and follow "Omaha Farmers Market" on Facebook to stay in the loop about special events, market promotions and what's in season throughout the summer.

    The Omaha Farmers Market is presented by Creighton University Medical Center and Creighton Medical Associates, and is sponsored by WOWT Channel 6, Aksarben Village, Whole Foods Market, Old Omaha Association, Security National Bank Physicians Mutual and The Reader.

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  • 05/08/12--10:54: Pay Less Move More
  • Need something to do over the summer? Why not change your life for the better?

    Sign up now and save $20.00 instantly and $84 over the year of membership. Call or email with any questions or to set up a time to come in.

    -Anytime Fitness Downtown

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    Bored? We've got a gym for that! Instead of sitting around campus all summer come work out with us, $99.99 gets you a 3 month membership at Omaha's downtown gym.

    We are right next to Aromas and Urban Wine. Must show student ID at sign up.

    -Anytime Fitness Downtown

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    World Champion Body Builder Laura Binetti is now offering one free consultation.

    Laura has over 20 years of experience, 3 national and international championships, and is a keynote speaker at the Omaha Health Expo.

    Call or email today to set your time to meet Laura.

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    The Greater Omaha Chapter of Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), located at Offutt AFB Nebraska invites you to participate as an exhibitor at their annual event called TECH DAY where "The Sky is the Limit".

    You will have the opportunity to market your products and services to attendees located on Offutt Air Force Base. Your participation in TECH Day is an exceptional approach for you to lead and partner impacting defense contacts.

    AFCEA is a non-profit group concerned with providing a common forum for government, military, industry, and academia to exchange information, explore technical advancements, and expand their IT perspectives. A limited amount of vendors will be accepted, therefore, you won't want to wait.

    Register your trade show booth TODAY to showcase your technology and communication products and services. The opportunity is waiting for you to connect with the decision makers. Take advantage of a new opportunity.

    Register to have your camera-ready advertisement printed and distributed to attendees. They will be able to review your advertisement during their attendance at the Tech Day and take it back to the office to remind them of your presence to call you after the event.

    Don't wait! The time is right now with the limited space available.

    Call Joy with any questions you may have at 402-614-5558 or click the button to register TODAY.

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    Tribute to Steve Jobs
    To Raise Funds for Pancreatic Cancer
    Featured at
    Nebraska Furniture Mart

    (Omaha, NE,) Karen Sokolof Javitch, international award-winning songwriter and playwright, who is based in Omaha NE, has released her musical tribute to Steve Jobs. "The Tribute Album" is featured exclusively at Nebraska Furniture Mart. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research by Ms. Javitch.

    "Steve Jobs has done such an amazing job in touching the lives of nearly every human being on this planet, that I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a song to his memory," explained Javitch. "I am so grateful that nationally known musician Chuck Penington (Mannheim Steamroller Grammy Award-Winner) was able to work with me on this project. All too often we forget to immortalize those who have contributed to the advancement of our world and there is no better way to remember people that through a musical tribute. The song titled "It's a Steve Jobs' World" is the main song on my tribute album.

    The CD also contains original tributes to Patrick Swayze, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Princess Diana, President Clinton, Warren Buffet and many others. All the vocalists are based in Omaha.

    Christina Black, Nebraska Furniture Mart's entertainment buyer commented, "We are thrilled to support this charitable venture by featuring "The Tribute CD" that contains some of Omaha's premier talents."

    On the 12 CD's Karen has written and produced, singers include actor John Beasley, U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, Broadway singer Joanna Young, Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, and the American Idol Maynard triplets. Her CD's are recorded at Ware House Productions, Omaha's Grammy nominated studio.
    Karen Sokolof Javitch has raised over $280,000 for national and local charities though her original music and musicals. Her shows, including a musical about Princess Diana, have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, New York as well as Omaha. Two of her songs have been in movies and she has won 2 Omaha Tag Awards for her musicals.

    For more information please contact Andy Greenberg at, 402-250-3895 and visit

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    "LB959 Update" Speaker: Kelli Lieurance Baird Holm Topic: In April 2012, LB 959, reference checking legislation was passed by the Nebraska Legislature.  

    The legislation provides immunity from liability to an employer that provides reference information to a prospective employer about a current or former employee, so long as the employer providing the information has received a consent signed by the employee which meets the requirements of LB 959. 

    If a proper consent has been received, certain information about the current or former employee's pay, job duties, performance, attendance, drug/alcohol test results, workplace behavior (including acts of violence or harassment), reasons for separation, and eligibility for rehire may be disclosed without liability, unless the current or former employee can prove that the information was false and the employer providing the information had knowledge of its falsity or acted with malice or reckless disregard for the truth.  

    As with all new legislation, it is important to understand LB959 in its entirety prior to its effective date in July. 

    On June 5, we will walk you through LB959, and discuss best practices for providing and seeking references.  The discussion will address such issues as whether you should seek consents from applicants, how you should respond to a prospective employer when you have received a consent, how to tell whether a consent you have received is valid, and how you should respond to prospective employers when you have not received a consent.  

    Kelli P. Lieurance is a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Group. Ms. Lieurance advises clients on general day-to-day employment issues, including those related to the FLSA, FMLA, and other federal and state regulations.  She also advises and defends employers on EEO matters, and prior to joining the firm, served as a legal intern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations, in Washington D.C. 

    This Session has been submitted for 1 hour of GENERAL CREDIT from the HR Certification Institute Credits.

    Please go online to register at under Events.


    Cancellations must be received by June 1st. Substitutions may be made. Reservations can also be made online at

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  • 05/10/12--11:58: Color Me Rad - 5k Fun Run
  • When Zoloft and balloon animals can't seem to raise your spirits, the best way to brighten your life is to run Color Me Rad 5K.

    Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, personal responsibility, the truth, and grizzly bears. Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year's Color Me Rad. Run for the Hell of it.

    Color Me Rad is coming with a tsunami of color that will make colored tears of joy run down your cheeks and will renew your will to live.

    After 5K of color bombardment, we guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your girlfriend will be less needy, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, your black and white TV will turn into 720p HD (I know you were hoping for 1080, but we organize races, we're not miracle workers), and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.

    You'll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your grandpa's dentures and you'll soak up enough color while running to change your skin tone forever. You'll wind up looking like a pack of skittles - just make sure not to "taste the rainbow."

    So cast your DYE and get red in the face from Color Me Rad, and not from the embarrassment of passing up on the run of a lifetime.

    Enter Promocode: MACsentme at checkout for a free extra bag of color at the finale party. Promocode expires on 6/1.

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    Shari Harley CANDID CULTURE Keynote: "What Your Employees Aren't Telling You:  Creating Candid Culture"

    The most senior leaders in organizations get the least information. It doesn't matter how open, approachable, visible or friendly a leader is. A senior level title results in fear. No one wants to disappoint the CEO, COO, CFO, or CIO.

    And this lack of information gives leaders no power to act on issues that lead to lost customers, employees or bad press.

    Information is power, but only if it's shared. What companies don't know hurts them the most. Customers leave and no one truly knows why. Employees don't collaborate or buy-in to new initiatives, or even quit, and management is left guessing. A critical challenge for nearly all senior executives is that their people don't tell them what they need to know.until it's too late.

    Technical Session: "Just Say It:  Making Difficult Conversations Easy" Giving feedback is challenging for everyone. No one wants to hear that he or she isn't doing a good job. And thus no one wants to tell them. Telling your boss you're frustrated or aren't hitting your targets can be even more difficult, and thus many of us don't.

    Worse, is that most feedback, positive or negative, is useless because it's vague. Get a simple formula to make even the most difficult conversation easier.

    Shari Harley is the founder and President of an international business management training firm helping organizations get and keep the right customers and employees by creating better business relationships.

    Shari started her management training business after a 15-year, corporate career leading leadership development, training and business operations. She left her National Director role with no plan and no prospects. Her family and friends thought she was crazy. But even in one of the worst economic climates of all time, Shari's business leadership development services have been in high demand.  

    This program has been submitted for a total of 4 hours of General credit to the HR Certification Institute for review.


    Late Registration will incur a $10.00 fee. Cancellations must be received by Fri, June 8, 2012. Substitutions may be made.

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    We are now online! visit

    This is an offer for 25% off of our screen printing & Embroidery services to our fellow Omaha chamber of Commerce Members!

    (Offer expires 6/10)

    About our Company:

    YMBK has been serving the Omaha metropolitan area since 2009. As a locally owned custom clothing outfitter, we take pride in providing our community with quality products. Our use of the latest software and technology, ensures that designs are made with cutting edge clarity.

    Here at YMBK, we believe no project is too small and our automatic in-house press has the ability to produce over 500 T-shirts per day. This ensures our clientele that we can manage even the largest orders in a timely fashion.

    The energy that makes our company unique is our ability to emphasize creativity and incorporate innovative design into each product.

    Visit for more information!

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  • 05/11/12--08:39: Team Trivia at FOX & HOUND!
  • Team Trivia is starting at Fox and Hound on Dodge!! Every Monday Night starting in June.

    Grab your co-workers, best buddies, or family members and test your knowledge against others!

    Team of 10 or more? Call Angie, the Event Coordinator, to Reserve you team's table! 402-964-9074

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