InCommon at 1340 Park Ave is hosting My Omaha, the next installment in the We Are Omaha series. The aim of these events is to highlight, strengthen, and develop Omaha communities, while exploring them through art. Neighborhood restaurants will sample food and drinks in the Park Ave Commons, and local artists will showcase their own Omaha inspired works in all mediums. To learn more, donate, or join the cause, visit http://www.incommoncd.org/welcome/,
My Omaha at The Park Ave Commons
1340 Park Ave
Friday November 19 6pm-9pm
Look How They Shine For You
The Diamond Room is hosting the 31 annual Night of a Thousand Stars on Saturday, December 5. Cocktails, a pop-up coffee bar, interactive dessert station, and a late night pizza will deliver an unforgettable evening with proceeds benefitting The Nebraska AIDS project. Honorary Chair Andrew Rennells (HBO Girls, NBC The New Normal, Hedwig and The Angry Inch) will be on hand for the festivities, which include graffiti photo wall, silent auction, and dancing to the musical stylings of DJ Sweetlife. General Admission, VIP, and Star Cabana tickets are all available at http://www.nap.org/event/night-of-a-thousand-stars-2/, but you need to move fast! At last check, there were only a few Stars Cabana tickets remaining!
The Diamond Room Hosts Night of a Thousand Stars
605 N 13th St
December 5, 9pm-midnight
Thanks and Giving
The Open Door Mission is gearing up for a very busy time of the year. 1110 KFAB is staging the annual Hope for the Hungry Radiothon from 6am to 7pm. The event raises money to feed the Heartland’s hungriest for the week of Thanksgiving. Just $49 provides 21 meals for those who would otherwise go without. The ODM will serve an estimated 240,000 meals this holiday, and are only able to do so thanks to the donations, time, and good will of thousands of volunteers. The mission’s Turkey ‘n Fixins event last weekend assembled potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, and everything families need to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Finally, The Open Door Mission is hosting Giving Tuesday and Friends of The Mission Lunch and Learn December 1 at the Garland Thomspon Men’s Center. To learn more about these events, donate, or volunteer, head to The Open Door Mission’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/OpenDoorMission/?fref=ts, or to http://www.opendoormission.org/news-and-events/.
Do The (Food) Safety Dance
Omahans were set on high alert when word got out that The Health Department had fallen behind on thousands of inspections, with some of the tardiest reports being several years, and some more than 2 decades late. Audits of food scale accuracy, new establishment safety, and factory conditions have gone unfiled for far too long, and a shakeup within the department aims to have all backlogged inspections accomplished and filed by June of 2016. A cursory scanning of the actual audit in question, however, reveals that this is mostly a clerical error, not an actual mismanagement of food safety. The majority of the inspections have taken place, but the reports themselves have simply not been filed. On the most delinquent of accounts, the reason for lack of inspection is the fact that the establishments in question are no longer open. To read the audit yourself, go to http://www.auditors.nebraska.gov/APA_Reports/2015/SA18-08312015-January_1_2014_through_December_31_2014_Attestation_Report.pdf