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Labor Day Weekend Festivities Around Omaha!

by Nancy Heim-berg

Believe it or not, Labor Day is right around the corner and with it marks the last weekend for many people to enjoy the final days of summer. It also means family BBQ’s, fireworks and a much anticipated three-day weekend. But not to worry, the Omaha area will not let summer go without one final hurrah -  And let’s face it, they sure know how to through a good party! Below is a round up of a few family-fun Labor Day weekend festivities happening in the area. So grab your friends and family (and white pants) and get ready to hit the town to celebrate!




First Friday at the Old Market

When: September 1st

This free event is held on the first Friday of each month from 6-9pm, and features Omaha’s art galleries and local artists. Celebrating local creativity in an historic neighborhood, locals and visitors alike can wander through the Old Market on foot or catch a free ride on Ollie the Trolley.


La Festa Italiana

When: September 1-3rd

Celebrate one of the Omaha area’s most beloved festivals where guests can enjoy authentic Italian food, beer, wine fireworks and dancing under the stars. La Festa Italiana has graced residents of Omaha for 33 years, and its no wonder why the event has grown so popular over the years.


The Nebraska State Fair

When: August 25th-September 4th

The Nebraska State Fair is always an event to remember with live music, booths, delicious food and incredible events for the whole family to enjoy. Take in the Nebraska culture over Labor Day weekend with performances by Joan Jett & the Heartbreakers, Lynard Skynrd and Cole Swindell.


September Fest

When: September 1st-4th

September Fest returns for its 40th year and is four days of nonstop entertainment! Enjoy live music, a carnival, beer garden, local food vendors, arts and craft stations and a Kiddie Kingdom for the little ones. The event draws in people from all over the five-state area and wraps up with a Labor Day parade at 10am on Monday.


Husker Football Season Kickoff

When: September 2nd at 7pm

Kick off Husker Football Season on Saturday with a game against Arkansas State at Memorial Stadium! Enjoy tailgating before the game and be sure to wear your red and white to support your home team.


Labor Day Weekend at the Zoo

When: September 2nd-4th

Say goodbye to summer alongside flamingos, zebras and giraffes, and enjoy wildlife entertainment that is perfect for the whole family. There will be bounce houses, presentations with the animals and airbrush tattoos!

Are You the Next American Idol?

by Nancy Heim-berg

Do you love to sing? Have you ever watched American Idol on television and thought “That should be me!” Well take your talents out of the shower and car and bring them to the American Idol auditions in Omaha next week! After running for 15 years on Fox, the adored televised singing competition will return to air on ABC in 2018, and the show is searching the country to find its next singing star.

This is the third time Omaha has hosted auditions, and the winner of season seven, David Cook, auditioned here in 2007. Audition videos can also be submitted online at or through social media accounts including Instagram, Twitter and with the tag #TheNextIdol. This new season is sure to be one of the best yet and will also feature pop star Katy Perry as a judge.

American Idol launched the careers of some of the biggest musical stars such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson – will you be next?!


Audition Information:

August 29: Omaha, NE
Lewis and Clark Landing
345 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102

*You must be 15 or older to audition

Marathon Adventures Around Omaha!

by Nancy Heim-berg

Calling all runners! With summer quickly coming to an end you may think so does the opportunity to participate in many of the marathons and charity runs around the metro area. But fear not, if you missed the chance to participate in the runs so far this year there are still many opportunities to grab your friends and running shoes and cross that finish line!  Listed below are a few of the many runs that are being put on in Omaha through the remainder of the year. Don’t miss your chance to join the fun and break a little sweat in 2017!


Hershey Fall Festival Adventure 5K

Length: 5K

Date: August 26, 2017

Location: 510 East 3rd Street Hershey, NE

Zoo Run

Length: 2 Mile / 5 Mile

Date: September 3, 2017

Location: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo


Omaha Marathon

Length: 1 Mile / 5K / 10K / Half Marathon / Marathon

Date: September 17, 2017

Location: TD Ameritrade Park


Hot Cider Hustle

Length: Half Marathon / 5K

Date: October 28, 2017

Location: Skutt Catholic High School


Omaha Turkey Trot

Length: Half Marathon / 5K

Date: November 23, 2017

Location: Lewis & Clark Landing


Joslyn Castle Turkey Trot

Length: 5K

Date: November 23, 2017

Location: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing


Holiday Hustle

Length: 5K

Date: December 17, 2017

Location: Prairie Queen Lake 

Tips for Moving with your Furry Family Members!

by Nancy Heim-berg

Moving day is an exciting time for the entire family....but it is also stressful.  The same stress felt by the 'humans' in the house, are also felt by your pets.  In fact, pets can sense that something big is up, weeks prior to your move!  They pick up on your anxiety and the chaos of their living space.  

In order to make your move a smooth one for your furry friends, follow these terrific tips:

Before Moving Day

1. Visit your Vet for one last checkup, any vaccinations due and to gather all your pets health records.

2. If possible, visit your new home so your pets can get acclimated to their new environment.

3. Create new Name Tags that show your brand new address.

Moving Day

1. Pack an overnight bag specifically for your pet.  Include food, water, favorite toy, and medications, treats, doggie bags for clean-up and sleeping bed.

2. Pack a current photo of your pet in the bag in case they were to get loose of you during the move.

3. Pack your vet records in the bag as well.

4. Keep your pet in your vehicle when making the move.  This helps ease their already high anxiety.

5. Once you arrive at your new home, allow your pet some time to 'sniff' around before bringing in furniture and belongings.

For more Home Selling and Buying Tips, visit our website.  Need recommendations on Pet Services in your new area?  Give the Heim-Berg Team a call!

August means back to school!

by Nancy Heim-berg

With the carefree days of summer quickly coming to an end and the start of school right around the corner, it can be difficult for kids and adults alike to get back into a regular schedule. The mornings of sleeping in, playful activities and leisurely eating lunches are replaced with 6AM wake up times, lots of homework assignments and prepacking lunches. But going back to school doesn’t have to be a daunting or exhausting time for you or your kids if you plan ahead and identify some strategies to help keep your family organized during this time. Listed below are some tips and tricks on how parents can get a jump start on the school year and help with the transition in hopes to make it a good experience for everyone.


1.)  Start a “School Time” bedtime and wake-up sleep schedule for your kids a week or two before their first day back.

2.)  Create a family calendar to track commitments and activities, and set up weekly meetings to review the kids’ schedules.

3.)  Sit down with your kids and have them set goals for the new year.

4.)  Reestablish the rules for the school year with what’s allowed and when, i.e. screen time, chores, etc.

5.)  Plan out healthy, protein-rich snacks and lunches that are balanced with vegetables, fruits and other wholesome items.  

6.)  Organize clothing for the year to see what you may need to shop for before school begins.

7.)  Visit the school with your kids to get acclimated with their new setting and meet the teachers.

8.)  Review the list of books, school supplies and technology that your kids will need. Go through last years’ school supplies and buy all items that you don’t have as early as possible.

9.)  Lastly, discuss with your kids what they can expect on their first day in hopes to alleviate any anxiety about the new year. Ask them questions about what may be worrying them and talk through these issues to ensure a smooth start to the school year. 

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