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 circle these dates on the July calendar right now.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Thursday, July 10. Come see the Omaha Storm Chasers battle the Iowa Cubs at Werner Park Stadium in Papillion. Take advantage of the free transportation sponsored by Jewish Social Services. Depart from the JCC by school bus at 6 p.m. Return to the JCC by approximately 10 p.m. Cost is $8 per person for game admission. Please reserve by July 3. Make check payable to Jewish Social Services. Send Reservation with full payment to: MAINSTREETERS, c/o Maggie Conti, 323 So 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Dinner will be on your own. Choose from all the excellent food venders at the ball park including Omaha Steaks, La Mesa, Famous Dave’s and The Reuben Sandwich — an Omaha original. For more information call Harry Alloy at 402.697.8709. This will be a fun night!
Lunch with former Omaha Police Sergeant Mark Langan: Real crime, real-life cop stories, Monday, July 21, 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. You’ll be mesmerized as Langan, author of Busting Bad Guys, relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career — from youngest rookie in 1978 to narcotics sergeant — on the Omaha Police force. Before he retired in 2004, Langan caught burglars, hit bookie joints in smoke-filled bars, squeezed snitches for information, and went undercover in the 1980s when LA gang members invaded Omaha and claimed neighborhoods to sell crack. In his presentation, Langan delivers a graphic and authentic look at solid policing on the streets of America’s heartland, and takes you inside the high-adrenaline, top-secret investigations that outsmarted the criminals. Currently, Mark Langan is Vice-President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society, where he supervises animal cruelty investigations in the Omaha area. For your indoor-picnic entree, choose either a hot dog, hamburger or vegetable burger served with cole slaw, baked beans, chips, watermelon and beverage. Cost is $10 a 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. For transportation, call Maggie at 402.334.6521.
Join Us at the Movies: Frozen, Friday, July 25, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or for unlimited bags of warm, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite your grandchildren. This beautifully animated Disney film takes viewers to a kingdom trapped in eternal winter. The movie follows Anna, a fearless optimist, as she sets off on an epic quest with rugged mountain man Kristoff (and his loyal reindeer, Sven) to find the Snow Queen and put an end to the icy spell. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, Frozen won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. If you want to have lunch at the Star Deli at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home 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. For questions, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.
According to Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, “Mainstreeters main goal is to offer activities and programs that give area residents — age 60-plus — the chance to participate in new experiences, meet new people and enjoy life to the fullest. We invite you to add these July activities to your summer schedule.”
Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.