by Ozzie Nogg
The weather outside may be frightful, but Mainstreeters’ January programs are delightful. Put these dates on your calendar and come join in the activities.
A Free Afternoon at the Movies: Beaches with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, Friday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or the bags of warm, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a pal. Beaches follows CC (Midler) and Hillary (Hershey) who meet as children vacationing in Atlantic City, N.J., and remain friends throughout the decades. As CC, a loud New Yorker, pursues a singing career, Hillary, a staid Californian, becomes a successful lawyer. Over the years, they often quarrel or compete, but, as other relationships flourish and die, the two women are always there for each other, traveling from coast to coast through the most tumultuous times of love and tragedy. The movie’s theme song — Wind Beneath My Wings — won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the year in 1990. This moving 1988 film is worth another look. If you’d like to have lunch at the Star Deli in the Rose Blumkin Home Auditorium before the show, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli starts serving at 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon with Joe Taylor – Mr. Memories: Monday, Jan. 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. With a vocal delivery that’s been compared to Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Frank Sinatra, Joe Taylor’s show will entertain you in the style of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself. With over 4,100 shows in 19 years and seven CDs to his credit, Joe is still going strong. (Not bad for a guy in his late seventies.) Be here for this afternoon of joyous memories when Joe performs tunes from the Great American Songbook. For lunch, choose either 1/2 corned beef sandwich or 1/2
egg salad sandwich, both served with matzah ball soup, coleslaw, pickle, chips, challah roll, cookies for dessert and beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 a plate. Reservations are appreciated by Monday Jan. 11.
Make 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.
Free Community Concert with George & the Jrs: Sunday Jan. 24, 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Using piano, guitar, bass, flute and slide, George & the Jrs. play a mix of Elvis, 50s and 60s pop and rockin’ country. The concert, presented by Jewish Social Services, is open to the entire community. This is live music at its finest. Join us after the performance for ice cream sundaes.
Camille Metoyer Moten: Getting Your Sexy Back, Friday, Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium. Free and open to the community. Presented by Jewish Social Services. Camille Metoyer Moten, vocalist and actress, has been performing in Omaha for 30 years. During this presentation, Camille will speak about aging with grace and purpose while sharing her inspiring personal journey. As an added treat, Camille will also offer some delightful musical numbers. This uplifting, motivational event promises to be truly special. Ms. Metoyer Moten’s appearance is sponsored by the Ruth Riekes Richards Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.
Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60-plus. The group offers a mixed-bag of social events, speakers, musical entertainment and learning opportunities. “No dues are required to be part of Mainstreeters,” said Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, “but a communication fee of $5 per person, $10 per couple, is appreciated to cover the cost of printing and postage. To ensure your name is on the mailing list for January 2016 to December 2016, please make your check payable to Jewish Social Services and send it to Mainstreeters, c/o Dr. Jim Wax, 1103 N. 93 Street, #350, Omaha, NE 68114. And thanks very much to everyone who has already paid.”
Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.