Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Children's Home Society presents its seventh annual Sand in the City event this weekend.
Marketing Manager Kathleen Al-Marhoon says this year's Sand in the City will take place at 10th and Capitol Streets in downtown Omaha. New this year, families can get personalized lessons in building sand castles from professional sand sculptors. Other activities include the sand sculpting competition, an interactive Kid Zone and a petting zoo.
Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross plans to consolidate its blood donor call centers into three central locations, with one in the Omaha area.
The new call center will open in July in the Chalco Valley Tech Center. It'll mean 125 new jobs for the metro area. Red Cross spokeswoman April Oppliger says the call center consolidation will improve both customer service and efficiency.
Omaha, Nebraska – Once again this year, The United States Air Force Airmen of Note will present a three program series with special guests this summer. The programs will air on the first Thursday of the month through August. You may visit their web site for more information at www.usafband.af.mil
Omaha, NE – The Firefighter and Police Appreciation Day Foundation has donated 250 Scott Electronic Management Systems to the Fire Department.
There will be one SEM System for every air pack the fire department has in its possession. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stolinski says each air pack currently has a pass device that emits an audio signal when the pack is rendered motionless for 30 seconds. He says this is so firefighters may be located in the case of injury during a fire.
Council Bluffs, IA – Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for Iowa's Fifth Congressional District.
Western Iowa voters have Mike Denklau and Matt Campbell to choose from in the primary. Either Denklau or Campbell will face incumbent Republican Steve King in the November general election. Denklau, of Council Bluffs, is a former banker and a college instructor. He says if elected he'll be active in Congress.
Denklau says education, jobs and financial reform are key issues in his campaign.
Omaha, NE – Joslyn Art Museum's Executive Director Jack Becker says the exhibition is comprised of 38 paintings that range from the mid-19th to early 20th century. He says works by French artists Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley will hang alongside pieces from American painters John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt.
Becker says people respond to Impressionism, "because it's so immediate. There's a great sense of color and light."
Omaha, NE – Joslyn Art Museum is introducing a new summer series called Late til 8.
The Museum's Director says the series will run Thursday nights from 5:00 until 8:00 through September 2nd. Jack Becker says the program was created in response to the public's request for the Museum to be open one night a week. He expects Late til 8 will become a tradition at the Joslyn.
Omaha, NE – The Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library will speak at the next Hungry Club event on June 2nd.
Gary Wasdin will discuss both short term and long term plans for the Charles Washington Branch in North Omaha. Wasdin says his number one priority is to improve the hours the library is open, "It's currently open five days a week and is closed on Fridays and Sundays. And that's a real challenge for that community. It's so visibly critical that they have that safe space, that safe alternative of a place to go."
Omaha, NE – Tornadoes can occur any month of the year in Nebraska. That's why FEMA advocates advance planning and quick response.
Maxine Cavanaugh is a Public Information Officer for FEMA. She says if you are inside when a tornado approaches, you should seek shelter in a room on the lowest floor of the house with no windows. If you are in your car and shelter is not available, you should lie in a ditch or low-lying area.
Omaha, NE – A new public art project in downtown Omaha was dedicated Thursday.
Installation of benches at the Gene Leahy Mall began about two weeks ago. Those benches are designed not only to be functional, but also to be works of public art. Downtown Improvement District Executive Director Joe Gudenrath says 13 architects and engineers worked on the benches that are now part of Gene Leahy Mall.