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

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    Joslyn Art Museum will conduct its annual business membership drive from August 15-September 28, 2012. Membership revenue is essential in sustaining Joslyn's quality programs, educational offerings, and exhibitions.

    A Joslyn membership includes 12 months of free admission; invitations to members-only events; a subscription to NOW, Joslyn's member magazine; discounts in the Hitchcock Museum Shop and reduced prices for art classes and lectures. There are several ways companies can participate:

    .Purchase a block of memberships to share with employees and/or clients .Offer a 50/50 match to employees
    .Subsidize a portion of the membership cost for employees
    .Make a financial contribution to Joslyn's membership drive .Promote the value and benefits of Joslyn memberships to employees

    For more information, please contact Alyssa Kohler at (402) 661-3887 or email

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    Omaha Performing Arts presents Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The four-time Grammy®-award winner, who last appeared at the Holland Center with his Large Band in July 2010, will open Omaha Performing Arts' 2012/2013 Season.

    A native Texan, Lovett is considered to be among the most distinctive singers to emerge during the 1980s with songs that are a unique blend of country, jazz, swing and pop. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lovett has evolved into one of music's most vibrant and iconic performers.

    In his performance on August 21, Lovett will perform selections from his latest album, Release Me, backed by a five-piece band. Produced by Nathaniel Kunkel and Lovett, Release Me represents the end of an era as it's his last record for Curb/Universal Music Group after being on the label for his entire career. Release Me is quintessential Lovett, mixing a smart collection of originals and covers that show not only the breadth of this Texas legend's deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences.

    Tickets for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band start at $35 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 402.345.0606, or at the Ticket Omaha office in the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas streets.

    For further information about this release please contact:
    Peggy Dineen Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Omaha Performing Arts Direct 402.661.8442 | Cell 402.312-7276

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    Description: ONI and the Nebraska Lions Foundation are excited to be co-sponsoring a Heidi Joy concert at the Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Concert Hall.

    Proceeds to support the advancement of the blind associates of ONI and to further the mission of the organization and the Nebraska Lions Foundation.

    Tickets can be purchased by going to or by calling 402-345-0606.

    Meet Heidi! Attend a 1 p.m. VIP hour with Heidi before the concert.

    For just $75, you can meet Heidi Joy and enjoy light refreshments and the best seating in the house during the show! Space is limited.

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    Village Pointe® Shopping Center will welcome the addition of four dynamic new businesses. Previously announced lululemon, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and Love Culture - all firsts to the Omaha retail market - are slated for openings this summer. Additionally, accessory jewelry specialty retailer, Charming Charlie, will open this fall with its third location in Nebraska.

    Charming Charlie is the latest to be announced among several new businesses that have opened or will be opening at Village Pointe Shopping Center in 2012, which all totaled represent nearly 30,000 square feet. The new accessory store will feature the company's upscale "lifestyle design layout", with chandelier lighting and attractive wooden merchandising display fixtures, in 6,000 square feet of selling space.

    Athletic and active wear retailer, lululemon, will open on Friday, August 3 with grand opening event "Plant Your Passions", a complimentary yoga class on Saturday, August 4 (9 a.m.) in the center court area at Village Pointe. The new store offers women's and men's technical athletic apparel designed for yoga, running, dancing, and more. In addition to their retail lines, lululemon will host a variety of in-store events including complimentary yoga classes led by in-store community ambassadors. The Village Pointe location will be the first lululemon branded store in the Omaha market and will open next to the Ann Taylor store on the center's Main Street.

    BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is an upscale affordable full-service restaurant offering classic Italian food. The subtitle "Cucina Italiana" means Italian kitchen, in which all cooking is done in full view of the guest, creating the energy of a live theater. Popular entrees include grilled steaks, chops, and made-to-order pizzas, pastas and house specialties. The restaurant's grand opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29.

    Love Culture, a specialty retailer offering fashion-forward women's clothing, accessories and shoes, will debut its brand concept in Nebraska with a new store to open in September. Lines also include outerwear, active wear and basics with a focus on current design and style trends at value price points. Founded in 2007, the company is based in Los Angeles and has stores located in 24 states with a 30 store expansion expected by the end of 2012.

    Village Pointe will be nearly 100 percent occupied with the opening of these new tenants.

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    H&R Block Tax Professional/Tax Preparer
    Seasonal/Part Time

    Learn to do taxes from the leaders in tax preparation.

    H&R Block is the world's largest tax services provider and the leader in the tax preparation industry. Each year, H&R Block employs thousands of seasonal and part-time associates as Tax Professionals in our tax offices nationwide.

    To become an H&R Block Tax Professional, you must first successfully complete the H&R Block Income Tax Course . In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to prepare basic tax returns. The course is taught by our best and most experienced Tax Professionals, with convenient locations and class times, you will learn from the best without interrupting your current employment, job search, or school schedule. Experienced tax preparers may satisfy this requirement by passing the Tax Knowledge Assessment. See details below.

    Being an H&R Block Tax Professional is interesting and challenging work that provides many advantages:

    . Earn extra income
    . Learn valuable tax preparation skills
    . Flexible hours - Seasonal/Part Time
    . Start a new career
    . Opportunities for ongoing training to increase your tax knowledge

    So don't wait! Take the next step and enroll in an H&R Block Income Tax Course in hopes of becoming an H&R Block Tax Professional today.

    Already have tax preparation skills and ready to apply today?
    It is possible to "test out" of the H&R Block Income Tax Course by passing the Tax Knowledge Assessment. . For more information, click here!

    ¹ Enrollment in, or completion of the H&R Block Income Tax Course is neither an offer nor a guarantee of employment. Enrollment restrictions apply. Book or other fees may also apply. This course is not intended for, nor open to any persons who are either currently employed by or seeking employment with any professional tax preparation company or organization other than H&R Block. During the course, should H&R Block learn of any student's employment or intended employment with a competing professional tax preparation company or service, H&R Block reserves the right to immediately cancel the student's enrollment. In the event of such cancellation, the student will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid. Valid at participating locations only. Void where prohibited. H&R Block is an equal opportunity employer.

    Chamber Members get a discount of $50. Use Code 33f524 when register online or by phone.

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  • 07/25/12--07:32: Healthcare Expo
  • Job Fair at Metro Community College-South Campus at ITC Building. There will be career exploration panels throughout the day. Come and visit with 45 healthcare companies.

    Program provided by NE Dept. of Labor in Omaha.

    Register by calling Deb Christensen at 402-595-3035.

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    Join Project Interfaith and Learning HQ for this 5-week series designed to educate children and adults about some of the basic beliefs and holidays of five world religions. Going on each Sunday from July 29 through August 26, noon to 1:00 pm.

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    The Strategic Air & Space Museum is proud to accept a 2012 NASA Summer of Innovation (SoI) Mini-Grant. The museum is one of four organizations in Nebraska to receive this national grant.

    The goal of the grant is to support student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by strengthening the capacity of organizations or schools that inspire and engage female, minority or high poverty middle school students in STEM content.

    The NASA SoI grant enables the museum to provide an array of hands on opportunities for students who participate in the museum's Super Science Summer Camps as well as its Overnight programs. Activities range from creating, building and programming robots to squishy, slimy, smelly science activities to high altitude ballooning launches that take student payloads into space.

    "We are grateful to NASA for supporting our on-going effort to provide robotics and aerospace related experiences to young people in Nebraska," said Strategic Air & Space Museum Director Dr. Scott Tarry. "Fewer and fewer young people are choosing to study science and math, which means fewer will be prepared for to study fields like engineering in college and pursue careers in technology, medicine, and energy. Our museum, through innovative programs and partnerships like the one we have with the University of Nebraska, is working hard to reverse that trend."

    For more information about the Strategic Air & Space Museum, visit or call 402-944-3100 to schedule a guided tour.

    The Strategic Air & Space Museum is located between Lincoln and Omaha off of I-80, exit 426 in Ashland, NE. Museum hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Daily and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

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    Join us for one of our free webinars and learning events. These free webinars are held several times each month and are designed to give you tips for using Microsoft tools as well as eLearning and mobile development software.

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  • 07/26/12--13:30: Family Fun Carnival
  • Visit the Museum and share ONE-DAY family fun with YOUR family!

    Join us at the Museum for special amusements and attractions, including:
    *Free Planetarium Shows for all ages.
    *Five Bounce Houses
    *Scavenger Hunts with prizes
    *Space Walk and Parachute Game
    *Ring Toss, Duck Pond and Lollipop Games
    *Juggling, face painting & so much more!

    PLUS - visit Suited for Space and learn about the ingenuity and creativity that goes into the ultimate life-support system - the space suite! - Exhibit ENDS August 5!

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    Douglas County Historical Society Presents its August Second Sunday Talk Featuring Three Local Authors and Book Signing

    Join our August Local Author Spotlight as local authors Catherine Richmond, Karen Linder and Tim Dempsey discuss their books, answer questions and sign copies of their books, which will be for sale at the event.

    All three authors used the Douglas County Historical Society's Library and Archives Center to perform research needed for their books.

    Catherine Richmond's novel Through Rushing Waters is an inspirational romance set in the year 1876 at the Ponca Indian Agency.

    Tim Dempsey, a former Douglas County Sheriff, wrote and compiled Rules are Made to be Broken: An Anecdotal History of the Douglas County Jail.

    In April, Karen Linder published The Women of Berkshire Hathaway featuring Omaha business leaders Rose Blumkin and Susan Jacques.

    The talk will be held August 12th on Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus in Building 10, Room 110 and is from 2pm to 3pm. Reservations are required, as seating is limited.

    Please call 402-455-9990, or email to reserve your spot.

    The talk is free for members; a $5 donation is requested of non-members. Second Sunday Talks are supported by the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation.

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    Please join the Douglas County Historical Society at our Annual Garage Sale featuring tables of items including books, household items, collectibles, antiques and much more.

    This year's sale takes place in Canfield's Plaza, 8447 West Center Road, from August 9 - 12.

    Open hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Thursday and Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    To donate items to be included in the sale, drop off is at Canfield's Plaza weekdays from July 30 through August 7 between 10 am and 4 pm.

    Call 402-455-9990 or email for more details.

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    Earlier this week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released an updated cost estimate of the Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare. Earlier this year, CBO anticipated the cost to be nearly twice expensive as originally anticipated. The new score tells a different story, contrasting with the previous one, and reflecting the impact of the Supreme Court ruling allowing states to opt out of the Medicaid Expansion.

    Senator John Barrasso, is also an orthopedic surgeon and comments on how the Affordable Care Act will impact patients and providers. The Republican alternative, ways to help control escalating health care costs.

    To listen to the interview and for more information on how health reform may impact you see below or contact E.D. Bellis Healthcare Consultants.

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    Husker legend Johnny Rodgers is teaming up with Lean Training and Consulting to offer Omaha area businesses an exciting 2-day workshop focused on Continuous Improvement.

    The "Fast and Lean" 2-day workshop will introduce participants to Lean Six Sigma philosophies and will help business owners and employees address issues such as:
    . Cost of Poor Quality
    . Process Management
    . Value Stream Mapping
    . Benefitting from 5S Principles
    . Overall Equipment Effectiveness
    . Mistake Proofing
    . Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control

    Johnny Rodgers will open the workshop with a motivating speech: "Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work." This presentation is certain to energize yourself and your employees!

    Omaha Chamber Members may purchase tickets for $299 per participant (a savings of $100 per person!) by entering the Coupon Code OMAHA at checkout time. Or call Tom Lawless at LTAC and mention you are an Omaha Chamber Member when placing your order by phone.

    There is also a 10% discount on purchases of 10 seats or more.

    Other benefits of the "Fast and Lean" 2-day workshop include:
    . An autographed photo of each individual participant posing with Johnny Rodgers and his Heisman Trophy, which will be taken at the end of Day Two
    . A Lean Six Sigma White Belt Workbook
    . A delicious lunch served both days of the workshop
    . A White Belt certificate upon completion of the workshop

    Purchase your tickets to "Fast and Lean" 2-day workshop to make your business faster and leaner. To purchase online, visit and click on the "Workshop" tab.

    To purchase by phone, call Tom Lawless at LTAC at 515-231-8089.

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    In the Kearney, Neb., office, SCORR hired Jake Williams, information technology/digital media manager; Amanda Schutz, account coordinator; and Braeden Tyma, graphic designer. In the Omaha office, SCORR promoted Amanda Hilliard to trade show coordinator and appointed Heather Hockenberry and Elisabeth Garvin as account coordinators.

    The company's dramatic rise in clientele led to the need for more staff.

    SCORR Marketing President Cinda Orr said that she is proud to be able to provide jobs to talented Nebraskans in the fields of marketing, advertising and public relations.

    "Our new employees have the rare skills necessary to exceed our clients' expectations," Orr said.

    Williams formerly worked as a network consultant for Network Solutions Inc. where he gained valuable experience in network upgrades and Windows servers. He will utilize his experience to lead SCORR in creating technology solutions. Williams graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) with a degree in business management.

    Schutz, a former intern for Ak-Sar-Ben and an ambassador for Brokaw Marketing, will utilize her advertising and public relations experience to successfully plan and implement client projects. She will graduate in August from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Tyma brings a wealth of knowledge in the graphic design sector as a freelance designer for several local businesses including the UNK Theatre, The Incredible Bulk and Grand Island Central Catholic High School. He graduated from UNK in May with a degree in visual communications and design.

    Hilliard is responsible for managing SCORR clients' trade shows in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

    Hockenberry, a graduate of Hastings College, will be an asset to SCORR clients. She formerly managed the advertising section of the Hastings College student newspaper, The Collegian, and supervised students to ensure projects were completed on time.

    Garvin's experience in account planning, public relations and media are highly valuable in her new position. She recently worked for the Maha Music Festival in Omaha and filled internship roles in Fort Worth and New York. Garvin is a graduate of Texas Christian University.

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    SAVE THE DATE for the 2012 SHRM Nebraska State Conference 'Connect and Recharge'

    Register today online! You don't want to miss it!

    Check out the great line-up of speakers for the conference!

    Early Bird rates before Aug 25th!
    Day 1: 6.25 General credits pending approval through HRCI
    Day 2: 4.0 General credits pending approval through HRCI

    Thursday night Social at Hot Shops on 13th and Nicholas St from 5:00-6:30 pm.

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    SAC Federal Credit Union: Groundbreaking Ceremony
    of our new Corporate Headquarters

    Southeast Corner of 72nd St. and Highway 370 Papillion, Neb.

    Aug. 7, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    RSVP by Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 to Jackie Boryca by
    calling 402-829-6276 or by sending an email to

    Please park at Shadow Lake Towne Center in the parking lot east of Dick's Sporting Goods. Transportation will be provided.

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