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.
In 1972, on the 100th anniversary of the very first Arbor Day, an environmentally minded group of people created the Arbor Day Foundation. Their chlorophyll-laden mission: to restore the habitats and natural ecosystems in the United States and beyond. The organization?s 1 million members spread awareness about the necessity of protecting our natural resources and support conservation programs all over the country. For instance, the Tree City USA program replenishes urban forests in more than 3,400 towns and cities, helping produce cleaner air, lower energy costs, and storm-water control. The Rain Forest Rescue program, on the other hand, preserves tropical ecosystems near the equator to protect more than half the planet?s plant and animal species.
Since 1939, Culligan Heartland has delivered quality drinking water to homes. The crisp, refreshing water—free of impurities, such as sodium, lead, or chlorine—arrives in a signature blue water-cooler bottle, ready to sit atop rentable home systems. Alternatively, the company’s bottle-free systems filter and soften home water, ensuring that drinking, bathing, and sleeping waters all remain clean. Before installation or delivery, or even if homeowners aren’t planning to do either, Culligan’s water experts will perform a free water analysis, identifying contaminants and providing a detailed estimate for any desired services.
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.
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.
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.