Happy New Year! Omaha Chinese Celebrate This Weekend! 4 February


Sun Nin Fai Lok!
Gung Hei Fat Choi!
Happy New Year!
Happy Year of the Rooster!

All are welcome to attend and celebrate. I went last year and it was great fun and filled with beautiful dancing.

From an email I received:
Nebraska Chinese Association (NCA, formerly OCCA) invites you to john us and celebrate the Year of the Rooster on the Feb 4th., 2017 at Westside Middle School.

Ticket price: $15 for members; $20 for non-members; $10 for kids under 10; The 2017 Gala ticket sales *
*at: Asian Market at 321 N. 76th Street, Omaha or Online at http://www.omahachinese.

Event schedule:
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Kids activities; Lion Dance; sponsor exhibitions
5:00 – 6:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 pm: Cultural Performance

Westside Middle School
8601 Arbor Street
Omaha, NE 68124

Omaha Event: Piano Recital at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center, 1 February

Mexican pianist Alfredo Aguilar Solano performs a recital of classical music from 7:30 to 9 pm. Admission $5 adults, $4 for seniors, free to UNO students for this Omaha event.

University of Nebraska-Omaha
Strauss Performing Arts Center
6305 University Drive N
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-3411

Omaha Event: The Sound of Music at the Orpheum Theater, 24-29 January

See and hear the musical story of the Von Trapp Family as performed in this new production of The Sound of Music, as directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien. Shows are at 7:30 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 8 pm on Friday, 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, and 1:30 and 7:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $30 and up.

Orpheum Theater
409 S. 16th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-0606

Fire at Sons of Italy Hall! Omaha Fire

On Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:22 PM, I received the below letter with the sad news of the fire at the Sons of Italy Hall.


“Dear members and friends of Sons of Italy

On Friday afternoon, the fire at the hall caused extensive damage to the interior (bar, kitchen, and storage room, as well
as smoke and water damage of the building.

President Pruse has been notified and is in contact with the Organizations’ officers.

At this time, we do not know the cause of the fire.

Our insurance company/agent will work with the insurance adjuster to determine the plan of action.

The building was secured Friday evening, as well as being winterized to prevent further damage.

The State and Colombo Lodge will provide updates as they come available.

George V. Grillo”


The Sons of Italy Foundation was founded in 1959. The hall had three dining rooms. The main floor seated 236. The Ceschia room seated 82 and the basement seated 72.

The Thursday lunches were renown in Omaha as watering holes for politicians and the site of many a business deal, making this truly an Omaha tradition.

You can read more of this philanthropic organization with our OmahaNebraska.com interview of the Omaha chapter of Sons of Italy at:


Omaha Event: Bobcat Goldthwait at the Funny Bone, 20 January

Known for his offbeat, honest commentary that has earned him a legion of fans, Bobcat Goldthwait comes to the Funny Bone Comedy Club for a three-night show. Friday’s shows are at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm, Saturday’s shows are at 7 and 9:30, and Sunday’s show is at 7. Admission is $20.

Funny Bone Comedy Club
17305 Davenport St.
Omaha, NE 68118
(402) 493-8036