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Graduation season has come upon us. 

With North, Benson and South students already feeling the thrill of graduation and Central, Bryan, Northwest and Burke still to go, we thought it would be fitting to put together a couple of posts pertaining to graduates. Our first entry will focus on some of the greatest graduation speeches of all time, while the next post will give you a few ideas for graduation gifts. 

So, take a moment to cherish your child's development from that little toddler lumbering around your home to the intelligent, motivated graduate they are today. Now, let's get into the speeches!

1. Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2007

No speech list would be complete without the musings of one of America's greatest business leaders.

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Is there anything quite like the sound of a wood-fired train roaring to life, it's smoke billowing out into the open sky as it lurches down the track? 

If you happen to work at or visit the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, your answer just might be, "No." 

And this week, the museum announced it would kick off its seasonal, free family events that will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday from May through August. 

Each Friday the evening will center on a theme and include a variety of family friendly activities. 

According to the Omaha World-Herald, this Friday's event is themed, "All in a Day's Work." Those who attend can participate in a variety of events including mail sorting, cracking a "secret" code and decorating park ranger

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Feeling a little stressed? 

Then it might be time to head down to Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, where workout group Yoga Rocks the Park kicks off this Sunday for their weekly yoga sessions accompanied with live music. 

The hour-long sessions are free, last one hour and begin at 4 p.m., weather permitting. A children's yoga class begins before the adult class and costs $10. Kids between the ages of 4 and 10 can participate. Live music will take place during the adult session, as well as 30 minutes beyond the conclusion of Yoga Rocks. Beginners are welcome.

Though the class is free, Yoga Rocks is accepting donations. Money raised from the yoga series will go toward the Bike to Sight campaign, through which international doctors from the

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Spring is in full swing and it's time to make some changes around the home. 

Knowing where to start and what to do, however, can be a little tricky. While there's always the classic option of repainting a room, rooms or the outside of your home, there are plenty of interior design projects you can launch to transform the look of your favorite spaces.

Modern Farmhouse Photo by KDW Home/Kitchen Designworks - More traditional living room ideas

 

Some of these tips we've gathered are as simple as picking up a few pillows, while others take a little more time and planning. All of them, however, are guaranteed to spruce up your house. Enjoy! 

The Living Room: Less is More

Houzz contributor Judith Taylor is an award-winning designer based in Toronto. Her

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This month marks a very masked, very magnificent day in Omaha.

Cameron Mackintosh's version of Phantom of the Opera is here, and it features new special effects and lighting as well as the classic story line from Andrew Lloyd Weber. Mackintosh's interpretation is drawing rave reviews from critics. The powerful production is in full swing and runs through May 1 at Orpheum Theater. 

 

You may recognize the Phantom ... during this tour he's being played by Chris Mann, a former contestant on the hit reality show The Voice. According to Omaha.broadway.com, the production sold out during it's many shows in the United Kingdom. 

Tickets are available for shows today through closing night. Here's a list of performances still available at the time of

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March 20 marked the beginning of the spring season.

Even though Omaha is has been toiling under clouds, wind and rain this week, homeowners are eager to get outside again and get cracking on home projects. Whether you've got a few tasks leftover from before the snow came, or you're just looking forward to throwing on some shorts and trimming up some foliage, we're sure you've got a list (even if it's a short one) of projects you want to tackle. 

Just in case you missed a few things, we've done some research and gathered three essential projects for the spring season. We sourced some of these tips from HGTV's great article on spring projects. 

1. Get some compacted soil and fill those low spots around your foundation.

With spring rain

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As most of us know, Easter is a Christian holiday in which the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. 

But somewhere along the way, the religious narrative was hijacked by a fuzzy-eared fellow named the Easter bunny. That made us think, "How exactly did this happen? And how did this bunny end up toting around eggs?!" Not to mention the baskets, the pastel colors and the coloring of said eggs. 

So, we did a little digging into the history of the Easter bunny and found some pretty interesting things. 

The Easter Bunny Doesn't Come From the Bible

Even though the Bible is the source of the resurrection narrative upon which the holiday is based, it's dfeinitely not the source of the famed bunny. The bunny as an animal or a symbol isn't mentioned

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It's not every day that you run across a good meatball. 

They tend to be a thing of the past in most parts, specialty you get a few times a year when you have enough energy to mix up some ground meat, throw in spices and toss them in the oven while the noodles boil. You might splurge once in a while on a meatball sub, but it never quite tastes the same, does it? 

Well, for those of you who crave a consistent menu of meaty spheres, your manna is ready to fall from heaven. According to recent reports by the restaurants Facebook page and by the Omaha World-Herald, a restaurant by the name of The Blackstone Meatball is set to open sometime this summer.

Wait...a Restaurant Devoted to Meatballs? Umm....

Don't worry. Blackstone's concept is more than

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Easter isn't just baskets, church services and hiding egg hunts for your kids and nephews to find. 

The pastel holiday happens to offer up plenty of different activities that can add an extra dose of fun to your celebration. Some of the events that take place before, during and after the holiday are Easter focused, while others are, as you'll read, laser focused. Either way, this week and next are home to some pretty fun experiences for your and your family. 

Not to be forgotten is the Easter bunny, of course, so we'll make sure we include a traditional event as well. So, sit back, relax, dip a few eggs into some colored water and enjoy!

March 26: Hoppin' Easter Festival, Hop to the Movies and More

If your kids are the greedy type, then

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Are you ready for green beer, emerald attire and everything else that comes with the most Irish day of the year in Omaha? 

If you haven't made plans for St. Patty's Day, don't worry. We've come up with a couple of ideas to help you plan your schedule.

Our first recommendation is the beloved Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick's Day Parade; it's a can't miss event and we'll give you all the details about where it's going to take place, when it's happening and what you need to know. 

Our second recommendation is a great spot to drink a few of those green brews we mentioned. Enjoy!

The Ancient Order of Hibernian Omaha St. Patrick's Day Parade

This year's St. Patrick's Day (SPD) parade is kicking off at 10 a.m. on March 12 at the corner

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