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There is no denying the endless entertainment, activities and adventures that our beautiful city of Omaha, NE offers its residents and guests of the area. But when looking to buy a house, there are a few neighborhood amenities and other items you will want to look into to ensure that specific area is right for you and your family. We have listed below a few of these below in hopes that you will feel better prepared and that fewer surprises will pop up when going to buy a home!

-The first thing we are going to be discussing today are schools. If you have children, this item should be in the top few things to look into to ensure that the schools in your area where you want to send your kids. And even if you don’t have kids at the moment, but are planning to grow your family in the future, this is also crucial for you to research. This factor could end up being a make or break item for some families, so doing your research off the bat is always a good idea. 

-Next are things such as banks, grocery stores, shopping plazas, etc. To some people, having these conveniences located within a five-mile radius is a huge deal, so making sure to see what stores and amenities you have directly around you is a must.

-Public Parks and playground are another item that some people may want to look into. If you love exercising, or just simply being outdoors, you may want to research parks and outdoor spaces that are in close proximity to your potential neighborhood. 

-Lastly, local entertainment options such as movie theatres, bowling alleys and restaurants are another item to keep in mind when looking for your ideal neighborhood to settle into. Getting the lowdown on these places and how far they would be located from you can help to gauge your interest in a specific area. 

Fun Events And Adventures Around Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

As we approach the last weekend in April, now is the perfect time to explore all the fun and exciting things that are happening in and around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE. We have  listed a few can’t-miss events below that are great for every age and interest. You will be delighted to find everything from Earth Day events and circus shows, to baseball games, comedy skits, yoga in the forest, backstage aquarium events and much more!

What: Earth Day Program
When: April 26th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE 

What: Cirque de Soleil CRYSTAL
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Strengthening the Circle: Revitalizing Ancestral Teachings 
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: Creighton vs. Xavier NCAA Men’s Baseball Game
When: April 26th
Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha | 1200 Mike Fahey Street Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air and Lui Shtini: Tempos
When: April 26th – 28th 
When: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 S 12th Street Omaha, NE

What: Attic Adventures
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: April 26th & 27th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Junkstock: Spring Edition
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: 100 Main Street Springfield, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: April 26th & 27th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: School of Rock
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Beef vs. Texas Revolution Football Game
When: April 27th
Where: Omaha Beef Professional Indoor Football | 7300 Q Street Omaha, NE

What: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass 
When: April 27th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Hot Shops Art Center Spring Open House & Open Studios
When: April 27th & 28th
Where: Hot Shops Art Center | 1301 Nicholas Street Omaha, NE

What: Maifest German Celebration
When: April 27th
Where: German Folk Dancers and/or Singers | 3717 S 120th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Earth Day Expo
When: April 28th
Where: 2700 Arboretum Drive Bellevue, NE

What: Tea Time & Make ‘n Take
When: April 28th
Where: Apollon | 1801 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: Sunday Yoga in the Forest
When: April 28th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd.

What: The Robot Zoo
When: April 26th – 28th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum | 28210 West Park Hwy 

Looking to sell your home in Omaha, NE? Are you asking yourself what the benefits are to using a real estate agent for the home selling process? If you found yourself nodding in agreement to the previous questions, than today’s blog post is for you! Below we have listed a few of the benefits to working with a real estate agent when you are looking to sell your home.
 
1. The first benefit to using a real estate agent to sell your home is ensuring that you are listing your house at the right price from the start. A knowledgeable real estate agent will know and fully understand how your home compares to other comps in the area, and will be able to guide you on how to price your home to sell and appeal to buyers. 
 
2. The second benefit is that an agent will be able to guide you on the best ways to present your home to potential buyers. Do you need to declutter your master closet or rearrange the furniture in your living area? An experienced real estate agent will be able to point out things you can do to better stage your home.
 
3. Getting more buyer exposure is another great benefit to using a real estate agent. A good agent has a wide network and will be able to present your home listing to more potential buyers.  
 
4. Looking to receive multiple high offers on your home? As we all know, that is the ideal situation when looking to sell your house, and that is what you are likely to get when working with an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent. 
 
5. The fifth benefit we have for you when working with a real estate agent is that they typically negotiate inspection results on your behalf, which enables you to sketch one more thing off your to-do-list!
 
6. Next, the right real estate agent with help to speed up the time it takes to close the deal. And let’s be honest, the process to sell your home can be stressful at times, so the quicker things close, the better for everyone.
 
7. Lastly, utilizing a real estate agent to sell your home makes it more likely that your home will sell at top dollar. 

Weekend Fun For The Whole Family In Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg

Do you have a calendar filled with plans this weekend, or are you looking for fun events and adventures to dive into? If you resonate with the latter, you are in the right spot! Below we have listed a few exciting happenings that are taking place in and around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE this weekend, and we encourage you to take a look. You will find everything from family Easter fun, comedy shows, dinosaur events, yoga in the park, art exhibits and much more! Enjoy!  

What: Easter Bunny Storytime & Photos
When: April 19th
Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center | 17110 Davenport St. Suite 105

What: Inspiring: Spring Luncheon featuring Sybil Sylvester
When: April 19th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: April 19th & 20th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Strengthening the Circle: Revitalizing Ancestral Teachings
When: April 19th – 21st
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd.

What: Attic Adventures
When: April 19th – 21st
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: April 19th – 21st
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: April 19th & 20th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: April 19th
Where: 510 N. 33rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Jeanette Pasin Sloan: Reflections Exhibit
When: April 19th & 20th
Where: Gallery 72 | 1806 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: April 19th & 20th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Midwest Paranormal History/Ghost Tour
When: April 19th & 20th
Where: Midwest Paranormal History Tours | Various Locations

What: Rumors in the Kitchen Dinner Performance
When: April 19th & 20th
Where: Apollon | 1801 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: “OPL: A Year in Photographs” Art Exhibit
When: April 19th – 21st
Where: Omaha Public Library | 215 S 15th Street Omaha, NE

What: Handel’s Messiah – An Easter Performance
When: April 20th
Where: 12009 S 84th Street Papillion, NE

What: Party for the Planet
When: April 20th
Where: 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
When: April 19th – 21st
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Spring Fling & Egg Hunt
When: April 20th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum | 28210 West Park Highway 

What: Omaha Zoo Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: April 20th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Easter Brunch at Lauritzen Gardens
When: April 21st
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Sunday Yoga in the Forest
When: April 21st
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd.

On A Budget? Use These Tips To Help Get Your Home Ready To Sell

by Nancy Heim-berg

If you are in the market to sell your home, chances are you did a once-over to see what rooms need revamping, which walls need a refresh and how you are going to stage your home to appeal to potential buyers. And after all that, we bet your blood pressure may have spiked after seeing just how much it can cost to get your home in tip top shape and ready to sell. But fear not as we have listed a few tips and tricks below to help you make your home look expensive, without breaking the bank! 

-The first trick we have for you is paint. Incorporating sophisticated paint colors is a great and inexpensive way to transform any room and give it the high-end look and feel you are going for. You can also use paint to renovate old furniture pieces, as well as use chalk and metallic paint to add a little fun and creativity to old spaces. 

-Staying on the topic of paint, another trick is to use color on your front door! By painting the front door of your home a hue that compliments the homes interior, the door acts as an anchor to the color scheme while also adding style to the entry of your house. A win-win in our book!

-The next thing we are going to talk about are rugs, as they are a cost-effective item that adds style and warmth to any room in your home. If you want to go for a more custom feel, try layering different color and patterned rugs underneath furniture.

-Another great way to make your home look more elegant is by incorporating crown moldings, wainscoting and other types of custom trim work throughout certain rooms in your home.  These additions are typically not terribly expensive and won’t break your renovation budget. 

-While your television may be a focal point of your everyday life, it can tend to take away from the interior design of your home. You may want to consider camouflaging the television by hiding it inside a piece of furniture or cabinet while you have visitors looking at your home. 

-There is such a thing as ‘too much’ when it comes to interior design. Rooms that appear cluttered are usually a turn off to potential buyers and can cheapen the look of the home. Be sure to remove knick-knacks, books and pillows that you feel take away from the space. 

-Now you may be asking yourself if there are certain items that are worth splurging a little on, and our answer is yes! Items such as high-end wallpaper for prominent walls or a luxurious leather chair are great focal pieces that can be worth the investment.

Weekend Events And Adventures Around Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg

With temperatures starting to warm up this weekend, it is the perfect time to get out of the house to check out all the fun events and adventures that are taking place in our beautiful city. You will find everything from art exhibits, sports games, comedy shows, yoga events in the forest, music concerts, Game of Thrones trivia and much more! So grab your family and friends to enjoy all that Omaha, NE has to offer this weekend! 


What: Woody and Buzz’s Big Night – Friday Family Date Night
When: April 12th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: “OPL: A Year in Photographs” Art Exhibit
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Omaha Public Library 

What: Omaha Lancers vs. Lincoln Stars Hockey Game
When: April 12th
Where: Ralston Arena | 7300 Q Street Ralston, NE

What: Strengthening the Circle: Revitalizing Ancestral Teachings
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith 
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Attic Adventures
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: April 12th & 13th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Faust
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: Human Condition
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: 1111 Jones Street Omaha, NE

What: Jeanette Pasin Sloan: Reflections Exhibit
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Gallery 72 | 1806 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: April 12th – 14th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Alan Jackson: Honky Tonk Highway Tour
When: April 13th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Easter Extravaganza at Lauritzen Gardens
When: April 13th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Game of Thrones Trivia Night and Wine Tasting
When: April 13th
Where: Vino Mas | 14450 Eagle Run Dr. #220 Omaha, NE

What: Out There: Performance by Princess
When: April 13th
Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 South 12th Street Omaha, NE

What: The ‘70s Legends Tribute Show
When: April 13th
Where: Ramanda Plaza by Wyndham | 1841 N 78th Street Omaha, NE 

What: Blackstone District Walking Food Tour
When: April 13th & 14th
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations

What: Omaha Zoo Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass 
When: April 13th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Nebraska Wind Symphony: Ladies Day Concert
When: April 14th
Where: 20303 Blue Sage Parkway Omaha, NE

What: Sunday Yoga in the Forest
When: April 14th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

With Spring in full swing in Omaha, NE, now is the perfect time to get out of the house to enjoy beautiful weather, fun atmospheres and delicious food and drink. Luckily for us, Omaha, NE is filled with amazing restaurants and fun destinations for you and family/friends to take advantage of, and we have listed a few of them below. Trust us, you will want to run, not walk, to check these places out! Enjoy! 

Looking to grab drinks after a long day to take the edge off the work week? We have you covered with a few of the best happy hour spots in Omaha, NE listed below! 

The Stokin’ Goat
15805 W Maple Road, West Omaha
(402) 916-9011

Mode de Vie
120 Regency Pkwy, Regency
(402) 509-7650

Westend Lounge 
1529 S 203rd Street, West Omaha
(402) 502-1884

Twisted Cork Bistro
10730 Pacific Street, Regency
(402) 932-1300

Butterfish
3901 Farnam Street, Blackstone
(402) 934-8979

Looking to soak up the sun and fresh air, while enjoying cold drinks and delicious food? Keep reading below for a few of the best rooftop bars/restaurants in Omaha, NE! 

1912
6201 Maple Street, Benson
(402) 964-2900

Pitch
17808 Burke Street, West Omaha
(402) 289-4096

Upstream Brewing Company
514 S 11th Street, Old Market
(402) 344-0200

Barry’s Bar & Grill
9th & Q
(402) 476-6511

Are you in the mood to sip on a coffee/tea and enjoy the calming ambiance around you? Below we listed a few crowd favorite coffee houses in Omaha, NE! 
 
Howlin’ Hounds Coffee 
712 S 16th Street, Downtown
(402) 590-7680

Archetype Coffee – Little Bohemia
1419 S 13th Street, Little Bohemia 

Myrtle & Cypress Coffeehouse
517 N 33rd Street, Gifford Park
(402) 819-8780

Amateur Coffee
3913 Cuming Street, Midtown 
(402) 812 – 9625

Roast Coffehouse
1904 S 67th Street, Aksarben Village
(402) 991-2326

Events And Adventures Around Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

Hello, April! What better way to welcome a new month than a weekend filled with fun events, adventures and activities in our beautiful city of Omaha, NE? No matter your interests, we are sure there is something for you to dive into this weekend! You will find sports games, events at the museum, a horse compeition, First Friday celebrations, a taco trot, comedy shows, plays and much more! So grab your family and friends for a weekend filled with fun, laughter and creating beautiful memories. Enjoy! 

What: Creighton vs. Kansas State NCA Men’s Baseball Game & Fish Fry
When: April 5th
Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha | 1200 Mike Fahey St. Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: March 5th & 6th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Under the Big Top Family Night at the Museum 
When: April 5th
Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum | 200 Pearl Street Council Bluffs, IA

What: Terrace Martin & Friends Live in the 1200 Club
When: April 5th
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Attic Adventures 
When: April 5th – 7th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
When: April 5th
Where: 2700 College Road Council Bluffs, IA

What: Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air and Lui Shtini: Tempos
When: April 5th – 7th
Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 S 12th Street Omaha, NE

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
When: April 5th – 7th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Art Exhibit: ‘Flora & Feathers’ by Pam Harp and Judy Thompson
When: April 5th – 7th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: April 5th & 6th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: April 5th – 7th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: First Friday Old Market
When: April 5th
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Streets & 10th to 13th Streets Omaha, NE

What: Midday Music: Faust and Les Enfants Terribles
When: April 5th
Where: Opera Omaha | 1850 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: April 5th & 6th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Rumors in the Kitchen Dinner Performance
When: April 5th & 6th 
Where: Apollon | 1801 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: The International Omaha Horse Competition
When: April 5th – 7th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Winnie the Pooh at The Rose
When: April 5th & 6th
Where: The Rose Theater | 2001 Farnam Street Theater Omaha, NE

What: Taco Trot
When: April 6th
Where: Midtown Crossing 

What: Omaha Health Wellness & Fitness Expo: The Mind-Body-Spirit Fair
When: April 6th & 7th
Where: Baxter Arena | 7015 Spring Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Zoo Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: April 6th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

How To Jazz Up Your Front Porch For Spring In Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg

With Spring in full swing, there is no better time to start sprucing up your front porch to create a warm and welcoming entrance for family, friends and guests. And while some people may push this to the bottom of their to-do list as it may seem like a daunting task, we have simplified the process and broken it down to a few simple steps. You will be pleased to find how big of a difference these steps can make in the overall appearance of the exterior of your home. Keep reading below if you want to give your front porch a little Spring makeover! 

-The first step is to ensure you are starting with a clean slate. When the weather permits, take an afternoon to do a deep clean of your front porch. Sweep the floor, dust off those pesky cobwebs and give your furniture and accessories a once over to make sure they are still in good condition after a harsh winter. 

-Consider adding some greenery to your front porch. Flower boxes, plant beds and container gardens are all items that will not only boost your curb appeal, but also make the entrance of your home feel warm and inviting. 

-Don’t be afraid of color! A fresh coat of paint on shutters, trim, doors and railings is a great (and inexpensive) way to update your front porch area. Also, a bold front door is a great statement, and a wonderful way to incorporate a splash of color to the front of your home. 

-It’s all in the details. A great trick to adding a modernized feel to your front porch is to incorporate matching fixtures and details such as porch lighting and house numbers. You will be shocked how big of a difference this can make!

-It never hurts to add some new touches to your front porch such as porch railing, walkways and gutters. 

-Last but not least, furniture! One way to make your porch feel homey and inviting is to update your outdoor furniture and accessories such as couches, chairs, end tables, rugs and pillows.

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