UNO’s Department of Black Studies is hosting its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th.
Peggy Jones, Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Department, says this year’s theme is “Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex.” She says the two-day event will feature a mix of presenters and topics, including poverty, youth and the law.
Jones says Ameena Fort-Matthews is the guest speaker. Fort-Matthews was featured in the documentary film, “The Interrupters.”
An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.
The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.
City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.
The 5th annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique takes place Saturday, February 25th.
Lisa Sekundiak, Vice President and Owner of Max I. Walker, says she was inspired to start the event after looking through her own closet of gently used formal wear. She says the company asks people to look through their own closets, and consider donating any unwanted bridesmaids gowns or prom dresses.
Sekundiak says Max I. Walker cleans all the dresses and then displays them all at the boutique. Each dress is sold for $25. Sekundiak says the prom boutique features more than dresses.
PRIDE-Omaha, Inc. is dissolving its non-profit corporation on March 31, 2012.
The organization was formed in 1978 with the purpose of working to keep children safe and drug-free. Executive Director Susie Dugan says even though the need for drug prevention is as great as ever when it comes to kids and drugs, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain funding for their resource center.
She says PRIDE-Omaha is grateful to the community and state supporters who made it possible for them to do their work for so long.
Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.
A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.
278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.
The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.