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Beginning Thursday, the Ralston Arena is going to be brimming with nearly every kind of art and craft you could imagine. 

The arena will host the Huffman Productions International (HPI) Autumn Festival this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the event are $8 for anyone over 10 years old, $7 for seniors and free kids under 10 years old. 

"“The artists and crafters thrive on producing something new and different each year and love to talk to the customers about their creative inspirations, their talents and skills! Many of these exhibitors travel extensively so are only in each city when they are invited to show at our festivals,” promoter Jim Huffman said in a recent press release. “Fine art, fine crafts, and traditional,

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Mortgage points can be a confusing topic. 

Some people say you should pay for them. Some say you shouldn't.  Some people don't even really know what they are. So, to clear up the confusion, we went to an expert. Mortgage Specialist Jason Hellman from Dundee Banking spoke with us recently about the Great Points Debate. His answers are fantastic and informative. Enjoy!

When talking about mortgages, what does the word “points” mean?

“Points” is mortgage industry jargon for pre-paid interest charged as a fee at closing. Historically, “one point” was charged by lenders to close a loan.  One point is one percent of the loan amount.  This practice has changed over time.  In most markets, the norm has transitioned from one-point to no-points as a

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This week's post comes courtesy of Ashly Neneman and Annie Forsyth at Sun Valley Landscaping on Harrison St. Enjoy!

Fall  is  often  one  of  the  busiest  times  of  the  year  for  many  homeowners  and   therefore,  lawn  care  is  not  always  a  top  priority.  What  many  homeowners  aren’t   aware  of  is  how  important  this  season  is  for  the  health  of  your  lawn.  The  proactive   steps  you  take  during  the  Fall  will  help  bring  back  a  blossoming  lawn in the spring. 

Ashly Neneman, Business Development Director at Sun Valley

The team at Sun Valley Landscaping has identified the top five to-do list items for all homeowners this October and early November to prepare for the winter season: 


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This weekend TEDx is coming to Omaha this weekend. The topic? Conflict. 

If the subject matter of this one-day conference interests you, you aren't alone. The moment we saw the conference, it intrigued us. But before we get to the conference details, we're going to give you quick explanation about what TED talks are all about. 

What is TED? 

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) started in 1984 as a way to discuss the intersection of technology, entertainment and design. Over the years, the lecture series has become insanely popular and has featured some of the world's foremost thinkers, entrepreneurs, scientists and businesspeople. 

TED holds a regional conferences every year (North American included), as well as regional, independently

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You know you live in a world of technology when Google's logo is what reminds you that summer is over and fall has officially arrived. 

We woke up yesterday, cracked open a computer and saw that Google's usual letters had been replaced by six gourds of various colors. A squirrel lurked behind them, popping up ever few seconds to give us a sneaky grin and a quick wave. 

Autumn is here, and with it comes one of our favorite aspects of the golden season and its forthcoming friend, winter: gifts!

What's all this autumn/winter/gift talk about? Great question. 

Over the next few months the All Metro Real Estate blog will feature some pretty cool stories you'll want to cozy up to. Consider them our gifts to you this holiday season! We're excited

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Apples have come a long way since their dubious days as the supposed forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden. 

This weekend the crispy, crunchy fruit will be the superstar at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard's Apple Jack Celebration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday in Nebraska City. 

"It's the can't-miss festival of the year," Kimmel's website says. "We hope to see you at Kimmel Orchard for a flavorful and fun-filled weekend for the entire family!"


Lest you think apple have worn out their welcome with a world now obsessed with superfoods like acai berries and pomegranates, the festival should draw between 60,00 and 80,000 people.

The festival will be a veritable Holy Land of all-things-apple, featuring everything from the classic

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We help you find you dream home, but that doesn't mean that somewhere down the road your dreams will get bigger and you'll want to add on or renovate parts of your beautiful house. 



This weekend we did some research to find five of the best home-improvement websites on the Internet. We found some great sources of information, ideas and dream-making. If you've got some favorites of your own, let us know in the comments section!

1. Retro Renovation

Yep, you guessed it. Retro Renovation is a site dedicated to renovations of the retro kind. RR specializes in mid-century modern designs as well as the wood-heavy, olive green fads of the 60's and 70's. Granted, not everyone loves the retro look. For those who do, Retro Renovation is your

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This past week, the South High marching band made it into the Omaha World-Herald. 

The reason? They're headed to the 2015 Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. and it's going to cost them $90,000. 

Reporter Erin Duffy interviewed band members and administrators about the group's goal of heading to the nation's capital. 

"They're a determined group of kids who keep showing up for practice. Even when it's tough to catch a ride," Duffy wrote. "Even when parents complain that the three-hour practices keep them from homework or from the after-school jobs whose paychecks often help stretch tight family budgets."

Rep. Brad Ashford nominated the band to perform at the parade, which will be a 75-year commemorative event. 


The teams

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It's a movement that's happening all across America and Omaha is one of the best examples of this revolutionary trend. 

A few weeks ago we featured four restaurants that were highlighted in a Food Network article about must-eat locations for Omaha newcomers. Kitchen Table, the Farnam St. favorite, was one of the places on the Food Network list. 

So, this past week, we decided to send owners Colin and Jessica Duggan a few interview questions about the Omaha food scene and the story behind Kitchen Table. Bon apetit!

At which point did you guys decided to open Kitchen Table and what led you to make the decision?

Opening a  restaurant was always kind of in the back of our heads. Colin's job as a chef gave us an awesome

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Labor Day weekend is almost here and you know what that means....SeptemberFest! 

Tomorrow, the all-American festival at CenturyLink Center kicks off at 5 p.m. and ends at midnight. Saturday, Sunday and Monday it opens at noon and closes at midnight. Tickets for the event are $5 and children under 5 years old can get it for free. This year's schedule is packed with all sorts of great events for family and adults. Our favorite spectacle this year? It's got to be....


...the SeptemberFest BBQ and Rib-Eye Steak Cook-Off Challenge

A perennial favorite for meat lovers, barbecue lovers and pretty much anyone who loves good food, the SeptemberFest steak challenge (Omaha rib-eyes, no less) will take place over the course of two days, beginning on

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