6.28.13 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

Mainstreeters invites you to liven up those lazy days of summer with these cool activities. So get out of your hammock and put the dates on the calendar right now.

Musical Moments with Kim Eames: Monday, July 15, 12:30 p.m. Lunch in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Born and raised in Omaha, Kim got her first guitar at age eleven, did her first wedding at twelve, hit the road as a single act when she was eighteen, and has been singing ever since. You’ve seen Kim on the John Kraft Chevrolet TV commercials and heard her on local and national radio jingles. She’s currently a member of The Merrymakers — the very best in professional entertainment for senior audiences. Kim’s repertoire includes country, folk, easy listening and soft rock, along with great older classics, torch songs, music from the 1920s & 30s plus today’s pop tunes.

For your entree, choose either Hot dog or Hamburger, both served with coleslaw, baked beans, watermelon, cookies and choice of beverages. Cost is $11.50 per plate. Make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and send full payment to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 So. 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, July 8. For information call Linda Abrams Tederman 402.468.4939.

Join Us at the Movies: Quartet, Friday, July 19, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or for unlimited bags of warm, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend.

At Beecham House, a retirement home for gifted musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. A story of love, rivalry and the joys (and terror) of performing, Quartet shows that old age and art go together. An inspirational and touching movie everyone can relate to, the film was directed by Dustin Hoffman and features Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly. If you want to have lunch at the Star Deli before the show, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli opens for business at 11:30 a.m.

The Brownville Concert Series presents Jazz with Deborah Brown: Sunday, August 18. International Jazz vocalist Deborah Brown is one of the finest in the business, a “singer’s singer” with a magnificent voice and mind-boggling technique. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, she learned how to sing jazz and bebop with the musicians who were around when Charlie Parker played. Her CD, All Too Soon, delivers a no-nonsense, romantic sound to fans of classic, swinging jazz. At Brownville, this consummate artist will delight audiences with classics from Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and more. Concert ticket cost is $17 per person; transportation on deluxe coach is sponsored by Jewish Social Services. Bus leaves the JCC at  noon — please be at the main entrance by 11:45 a.m. — and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m. Dinner and transportation, on your own, is available after the show at Grisanti’s Italian Restaurant. Concert reservations are needed by Friday, July 19. Please make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and mail to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 South 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Questions? Call Jim Wax 402.393.4442. Note: bring your own snacks and water for the bus ride.

Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. “Tell your friends and join us for all our programs,” said Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. “Monthly luncheons, live theater, all kinds of classes, movies, and the Brownville Concert Series are just a few of our diverse activities.”