June 2013

Found 8 blog entries for June 2013.

Friday, June 28th is the date of the 23rd annual Bank of the West Celebrates America concert at Memorial Park in Omaha. Celebrated every year around the Independence Day Holiday, this concert is one of the most well-attended events in the Omaha area. 

The event features stellar performances from nationally recognized artists, local musicians and ends with a fantastic fireworks display. This entire family-friendly evening is provided at no cost to attendees. The Bank of the West, which produces the July 4th extravaganza in cooperation with the City of Omaha, offers it annually as a gesture of appreciation to the community for their support. 

The concert has provided performances from many fine artists over the years, from the Temptations and Frankie Valli and…
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June 21 through 23 is the date for a festival of fabulous finds, fantastic food, the funky, the fun and the fabulous! Known as Junkstock, this celebration of repurposed and artisan items and more is a weekend of “Peace, Love and Junk” held at the old West Omaha Dairy farm at 315 South 192nd Street in Omaha. Like the original Woodstock, Junkstock is held on the grounds of an old dairy farm and like Woodstock, it is highly entertaining. However, along with great entertainment, Junkstock also offers treasures for your home. The former diary farm fields there will be filled with items from shabby chic to architectural treasures as well as great food vendors, live music, a kids zone and more. 

Junkstock is a juried event, which means that every vendor has to be…
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The Omaha Parks and Recreation Department ensures that summer is a time to remember for the area's kids. Two different programs offer children the opportunity to learn new skills and to make new friends.

Rec's Kids Club is a free 10-week day camp aimed at children 6 to 12 years of age. Rec's Kids Club runs from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. daily during the duration of the program. The flexibility of this program makes it great for busy families. No pre-registration is required. Kids can show up at any point during the summer to register on-site, so don't wait -- there's still time to get your child into Rec's Kids Club. Activities range from crafts and swimming to educational field trips and sports.

Hummel Day Camp is another excellent offering from Omaha's

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The Field Club of Omaha, Nebraska is the oldest country club west of the Mississippi. It was founded in 1898 as the Omaha Cricket Club. At that time, Omaha’s wealthiest residents began to build large and ornate Victorian style homes around Hanscom Park, now Omaha’s oldest public park. As the 20th Century progressed and trolley service was linked to the area, the neighborhood grew, with a number of stylish homes being built throughout the first twenty years of that century and beyond. In 2000, through the tireless efforts of a number of residents led by Edward J. Quinn, the entire Field Club Neighborhood was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. 

In 1947 a group of neighbors joined together in order to protect and…
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Omaha's pools are open for the season, offering a welcome escapse from the summer heat. According to the Omaha Parks and Recreation Department, this year a season pass for a family costs $175. Season passes for adults are $100 and kids age 3-17 (or seniors) can get a pass for $75. Visitors who don't want to commit to a season pass can still pay for each visit. Generally, the traditional pools charge $4.00 for an adult and $3.00 for a child or senior. Leisure pools charge $4.75 for an adult and $3.75 for a child or senior. 

Omaha's Parks and Recreation Department also offers reasonably-priced swimming lessons for adults and children. The cost is only $50 for an 8-week session. Very young children can get comfortable with the water by taking a class with a

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The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a iconic feature along Omaha's riverfront. Rain or shine, bicyclists, joggers, tourists and sightseers enjoy the view from the scenic vantage point above the river. Now music lovers have something that they can appreciate as well. 2013 is the inaugural year for the aptly-named Bridge Beats concert series. These family-friendly shows are free every Friday night in June. Be sure to grab your closest friends and family and add this great event to your summer itinerary. 

The organizers of this event suggest that concertgoers arrive around 5:30. The concerts are held on the Omaha side of the structure, in the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Plaza. Food will be available from an on-site vendor which will change from week to week.…
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Midtown Crossing is hosting a movie every Monday at Turner Park.

Bring a blanket and enjoy a free movie.  The free movies run from June 3rd - July 29th.

Here is the 2013 schedule.

June 3 - Despicable Me
June 10 - The Goonies
June 17 - Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl
June 24 - Back to the Future
July 1 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
July 8 - Hook
July 15 - Ghostbusters
July 22 - UP
July 29 - Wreck it Ralph


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Property taxes are a big part of any homeowner's budget. If you think that you're paying more than your fair share, now is the time to take some action. Nebraska state law allows homeowners to protest the assessor's valuation between June 1st and July 1st. If you wish to file your appeal online, the deadline is June 21st. Appeals that are mailed must be postmarked July 1st or earlier. 

Take the time to make your case before filing your appeal with the Douglas County Board of Equalization. After you've filed your appeal, you won't be able to add any new evidence. 

According to the Omaha World-Herald, about 50 percent of appeals result in lower valuations. A lower valuation can save a homeowner hundreds of dollars per year. You can file an appeal even if your…
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