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The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.

5404 S 168th St
Omaha,
NE
US

At Signatures, a casual yet elegant dining room atmosphere and a friendly staff greet visitors, as culinary composers whip up a tasty symphony of steaks and grub from the grill. Succulent proteins top the menu; carve up a juicy 12 oz. New York strip steak ($27) or a decadent bacon-wrapped filet mignon ($28) flanking fresh veggies and your choice of side (red-skin mashed potatoes, baked potato, jasmine rice, steak fries or sweet potato fries). Lidded chatterboxes seeking a conversation piece can take their time getting to know starters such as the buttermilk-soaked calamari ($10) before grilling the grilled chicken cobb salad ($11) on its upcoming memoir about life as a roadie for the fettuccine alfredo ($14). Wednesday evening guests will have no trouble furnishing empty stomachs with the all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet ($18.95, 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.), which includes baked potatoes, salads, and an array of sundry entrees and dessert selections prepared by the executive chef and his team of sentient, googly-eye-adorned cutlery.

1616 Cass St
Omaha,
NE
US

With a 12-year basketball career spent in the NBA minor league and FIBA Europe, BeReady director Ben Ebong believes the academy's vision is bigger than basketball alone. The game has had a profound influence on his life. It’s taught him to be a leader, face challenges, deal with disappointment, and become a valuable member of a team. These are the same principles he instills in the players at each youth basketball camp. With the help of experienced coaches and professional speakers, the academy's program aims to build character in addition to athletic training. While learning fundamental basketball skills, students will begin to understand the discipline needed to compete at a high level and appreciate the importance of an active lifestyle. Much like team mascots who preemptively glue their heads on before doing backflips, they’ll learn to set goals and draw up plans of action for achieving them.

12200 Burke Blvd
Omaha,
NE
US

The exterminators of Blue Jay Termite and Pest Control hold an intimate knowledge of the pests that haunt residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in Omaha and Sarpy County. Interior and exterior treatments ward off household nuisances such as roaches, spiders, and silverfish, as well as flying pests such as ants in tiny helicopters. Technicians also perform termite and animal control services and back termite-damage repair services with a warranty. Each of Blue Jay Termite and Pest Control's technicians is trained in the latest pest-control techniques and can perform environmentally friendly services.

13606 A St
Omaha,
NE
US

The Nebraska chapter of the Arthritis Foundation fights for people like Lola, the honoree of the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Lola stopped walking a few weeks after she turned two, and soon a doctor found the cause: juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Her family cares for her, just as the foundation goes to battle on behalf of all those who suffer from this disease. And there's an easy way for supporters to pitch in: with their feet. An annual 5K raises money to support the organization's efforts, upping the holiday spirit and the resources available to help fight arthritis, while adding names to Santa's "nice" list.

600 North 93rd Street
Omaha,
NE
US

Abendmusik brings carefully curated musical programs to the elegant confines of the First-Plymouth Church, constructed to echo the styles of early basilica churches and the architectural traditions of Nebraska. A 16-sided carillon tower rises 171 feet above the prairie, welcoming visitors with the chiming of its 48 bells and the soft glow of its custom brick face. Installed in 1998, the monumental Lied Chancel organ's 6,000 pipes can resound with contrapuntal opulence or delicately accompany quiet choral pieces, muffling sounds with finely calibrated expression boxes and the shushing of specially appointed librarians.

2000 D St
Lincoln,
NE
US