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1.30.15 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

Feeding both our minds and bodies is important for optimal mental and physical health. So take part in one or all of these February Mainstreeters offerings. They’re like booster shots for the entire you!

Over the Counter Pain Relievers & What You Should Know About Them: Monday, Feb. 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Board Room. No admission charge. Jewish Social Services and the Visiting Nurse Association realize the importance of being proactive about your health. Our guest speaker, Kelly Patton, is a graduate of Creighton University School of Pharmacy. She started her career working in a retail pharmacy and later worked in the hospital setting. Kelly has been associated with the Visiting Nurse Association for the past year. This important educational workshop is designed specifically for seniors’ well-being by JSS and the VNA. Call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 or email to RSVP. Invite a friend.

The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha: Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium. Free Admission. The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha performs a lively repertoire of well-known movie and television themes, along with popular hits that span the generations. In addition, the group performs original compositions written for the orchestra by its conductor Chuck Penington who creates music to complement the unique blend of musicians who comprise the ensemble. The orchestra was featured on a segment of Good Morning America in 1990, in which Mr. Penington discussed the challenges that come with an orchestra of musicians with such a large age span. This “challenge” is overcome by the arranging talents of Maestro Penington, who combines the talents of diverse generations of musicians for the purpose of creating beautiful music and then sharing that music. The concert is generously sponsored by the Ruth Riekes Richards Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

Jersey Boys back webMainstreeters Luncheon: A Year of Movie Reviews plus 2015 Oscar Predictions with Bob Fischbach, Omaha World-Herald Movie/Theater Critic: Monday, Feb. 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Ever since the Oscar nominations were announced, handicappers have been placing odds on the races. Will the coveted statue go to American Sniper, Boyhood, Birdman or the Grand Budapest Hotel? To Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julianne Moore or Reese Witherspoon? Come hear OWH film reviewer Bob Fischbach offer his take on who will win, who could win, who should win and who “shoulda” been nominated but wasn’t. For your luncheon entree select Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwich or Tuna Salad Sandwich, both served with cole slaw, chips and challah roll with a brownie for dessert, plus beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 a plate. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, Feb. 9. Make your check payable to Jewish Social Services, and send reservation with full payment to: Mainstreeters, c/o Maggie Conti, 323 South 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. For transportation call Maggie at 402.334.6521.

Join us at the Movies: Jersey Boys: Friday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge, No reservations needed and (as always) free popcorn, warm and delicious, is available. Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group, The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans. Rated R for language throughout. If you’d like to enjoy a Star Deli lunch at the Blumkin 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.

Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. “The group continues to offer a mixed-bag of social events, learning opportunities and health seminars that give participants the chance to meet new people, exercise their brains, stay well and enjoy life to the fullest,” said Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. “No dues are required to be part of Mainstreeters, but a $5 per person communication fee is needed to keep your name on the mailing list. Jim Wax, 402.393.4442, is the guy to call.”

Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.