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by Ozzie Nogg

The Intern webA Free Afternoon at the Movies: The Intern, Friday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Complimentary popcorn — warm and delicious — will be served. No reservations necessary. Bring a friend or two. This delightful comedy explores how starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion website. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules. Reviewers call The Intern ‘sane, sweet, smart and funny.’ The movie also features Renee Russo. 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.

Lee Williams as Abraham Lincoln

Lee Williams as Abraham Lincoln

Have lunch with President Abraham Lincoln: Monday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Home Auditorium. Lee Williams, a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters — an organization dedicated to bringing Abe and Mary Lincoln to life — does an extraordinary job of portraying our 16th President’s character, honesty and compassion. In this Chautauqua style lecture, Lee Williams as Abe Lincoln gives the audience a moving, insightful and patriotic glimpse of our past and hope for the future. For your entree, choose either Cheese Lasagna or Baked Salmon with Rice Pilaf and enjoy tossed salad, Italian mixed vegetable and garlic bread sticks, fresh baked cannoli for dessert and beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 a plate. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, Feb. 8. 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 by Feb. 8.

The JCC Musical Theater presents Love! At the Cafe! Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Music and lyrics by our very own Karen Sokolof Javitch. Script by James Spicer Conant. The performance is open to the entire community. Love! At the Cafe! is a romantic comedy about two love triangles and conflicts that take place in the 1950s at Bonnie’s Cafe. The main character, Love at the Cafe webJimmy, is an all-American teenage boy with a longtime crush on Sharon, the pretty waitress. Jimmy is about to disclose his love by asking Sharon to the Fourth of July party, only to be thwarted by wealthy, evil, self-centered Fred, who has already asked Sharon to the party. While this plot spools out, Melvin (the head cook) is engaged to the flamboyant actress wanna-be, Candy, who is hotly pursued by Jet, the phony Hollywood producer. In the middle of all these shenanigans is the older Bonnie, who runs the cafe. This up-beat, finger snapping musical, with big 50’s song and dance numbers, will put a smile on your face and love in your heart! Special priced tickets are $5 each, thanks to partial sponsorship by the Ruth Riekes Richards Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. Ticket requests are appreciated by Monday, Feb. 10. Make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and send full payment to: Jewish Social Services c/o Maggie Conti, 323 So. 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. For questions call Maggie at 402.334.6521.

Percussionist Michael Fitzsimmons & Drums of the World: Monday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. in the JCC Auditorium. No admission fee.Michael is an award winning composer and international touring artist who plays rare and unusual instruments from around the world. His performances are both educational and entertaining. Michael inspires and connects with Michael Fitzsimmons webaudiences of all ages. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Esther K. Newman and the J.S.O. Budget Subvention Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation and is offered to the entire community at no charge. Don’t miss it.

 Percussionist Michael Fitzsimmons & Percussion Conversations: Friday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium. No admission fee.Under Michael’s guidance, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Residents and Friedel Jewish Academy 5th and 6th grade students will perform on a variety of percussion instruments. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Esther K. Newman and the J.S.O. Budget Subvention Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation and offered to the community at no charge. You’ll want to be in the audience.

Tips on Keeping Your Mind Sharp: Monday, Feb. 29, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Boardroom. Sponsored by Jewish Social Services and The Visiting Nurses Association. Presented by Dennis Dunning, PhD, CCC-SLP. No charge. Invite a friend. Dennis worked as a speech pathologist for the Veteran’s Administrations for 25 years, and is also a consultant for the Carl T. Curtis Rehab Center for Native Americans in Macy, Nebraska. During this class, Dennis will give participants an overview of brain anatomy and physiology, offer ways to both stimulate and relax the brain, and explain how physical exercise and proper nutrition can lead to better brain function. Jewish Social Services and the Visiting Nurse Association realize the importance of being proactive about your health. This educational workshop will be a specific interest to seniors who want to learn more about taking charge of their well-being. To RSVP, please call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 or email mconti@rbjh.com by Monday, Feb. 22. Refreshments will be served.

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