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2.26.16 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

Even if March comes in like a lion  with cold wind, ice and snow — intrepid Mainstreeters will brave the elements for these great upcoming programs. Be a lamb and come along, too.

Caroline or Change: Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. in the Howard Drew Theater at the Omaha Playhouse. Special group rate tickets are $20 each. This program is offered jointly by Jewish Social Services and The Center for Jewish Life and is sponsored in part by Marty and Iris Ricks and the Merriam and Harold Cooperman Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. For information and to reserve tickets, call Mark Kirchhoff at 402.334.6463. The deadline for reservations is Feb. 24.

Star Catering Souper Bowl: Tuesday, March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. There will be several delicious soups to choose from (vote for your favorite) plus a salad bar with grilled chicken. Cost: $11.99 per person. Open to the entire community. To RSVP, email Jennifer Addison at Or call at 402.334.6523.

Opera Omaha presents Voices in the Community with mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz accompanied by Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor J. Gawf: Wednesday, March16 at 1:45 p.m. in the RBJH Auditorium. You’ll fall in love with Voices in the Community. This engaging live performance offers popular operatic solos and insightful narration, and provides a framework for experiencing the interactions of words and music, the essence of opera. The Voices in the Community concert will be followed by a lively Q&A session and an ice cream social. Sponsored by the Ruth Riekes Richards Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

The Maloley family Pacific Strings Ensemble, entertains on Monday, March 21.

The Maloley family Pacific Strings Ensemble, entertains on Monday, March 21.

The Pacific Strings Ensemble: Monday, March 21, 12:30 p.m. luncheon in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. The Pacific Strings Ensemble is a remarkable group of string-playing siblings from the Maloley family — Meredith, 17; Sam, 14; Caroline, 12; Clara, 10; Jacob, 8; and Zachary, 6. Each  started taking music lessons at age five and now perform together at weddings, local nursing homes and at the summer Farmer’s Market. Their March Mainstreeters program features popular oldies and fiddle tunes that will have your toes tapping. Absolutely not to be missed. For your entree, choose either Corned Beef or Panko Crusted Cod. Both entrees come with hearty vegetable soup, boiled parsley potatoes, seasoned cabbage, challah rolls, cookies for dessert and beverage of your choice. Cost: $10.00 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, March 14. For transportation call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.

The Martian webJoin Us at the Movies: The Martian: Friday, March 25 at 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Free film and unlimited bags of warm, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crew mates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. If you’d like 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 starts serving at 11:30 a.m.

Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60+ to take part in these March activities and in many other enriching programs throughout the year. For more details, contact Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. Phone her at 402.334.6521 or email her at

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