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Welcome back to Revive Omaha!  Thank you for joining us in the relaunch of our printed editions. While we have held a presence in the online world for the past several years through ReviveOmaha.com, we are excited to be back in print.

For our relaunch issue, we have focused on the one topic that has changed all of our lives this past year, COVID-19. The team at Revive Omaha would like to offer our condolences to those who have lost loved ones to the virus. Our prayers also go out to those who have suffered and those who are still battling side effects of COVID-19.

We want to thank the community for doing your part to keep the village safe. Thank you for the sacrifices that you have made and for following the health guidelines and directives.  We ask that you continue to wear your mask, keep your distance, help your neighbors and other residents, and support Black owned businesses.

The team at Revive Omaha lost one of our members last year. Rev. Bruce Norris was a contributing writer, prominently featured in the Spirit column. His words graced our pages since the inception of the magazine. While COVID-19 was not the cause of his passing, we wanted to honor him in this edition.  Our brother will be greatly missed, but we know that his words and his legacy will continue to bless others through the pages and website of Revive.

In this issue, we take a look at community collaboration; mental health care during a pandemic; community based medical, mental and behavioral health facilities; making sure our finances are in check, and more.

While we all continue to tackle the issues of this virus, we also want to share some of the positive things that have come out in the midst of the pandemic and showcase individuals and organizations that have, and still contribute to keeping the village safe. While we are unable to highlight every individual in this issue, we would like to continue to recognize others in our online COVID edition.

If you know someone who should be recognized, send us their name, photo and why they should be highlighted to: info@reviveomaha.com

Let’s all continue to wear a mask, keep our distance and do our part to keep the village safe!

Yolanda Barney
Co-Publisher

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Community Features

Great opportunity to support Black Businesses at Christmas in the Village

Get Ready to Shop, Play, Eat, Sing and Enjoy!  

70+ small businesses, organizations, ministries and artists have teamed to make this the largest and best ever!  

Black-owned businesses located in the Historic 24th and Lake District are ready to serve you during the 12th Annual Christmas in the Village!

  • Styles of Evolution
  • Revive Center Omaha
  • Revive Store
  • Ital Vital Living
  • Fair Deal Marketplace
  • Divine Nspirations
  • Still Poppin Gourmet Popcorn
  • D-Marie’s North 24th Street Beauty Supply
  • Haberdash ONE
  • This and That Boutique
  • Rooted Synergy
  • Juanita’s Creations
  • Snkrr Haven
  • Carver Legacy Center
  • Omaha Star

Plus, The Holiday Boutique returns in a new location under the BIG TENT at 24th and Lake.  The Boutique will feature over 20 vendors with beautiful and unique products.

Vendors under the heated tent include:

  • Black Bottom Biscotti
  • She So Hollywood
  • The Love Movement
  • YanantaKe’s Apotheracy
  • Kreative Ways
  • Zuri and Me
  • Still Poppin’ Gourme
  • Queen Sparkle Diva
  • Brilliant and Resilient
  • Fashionably Late
  • Sonya’s Diva Boutique
  • It’s Not a Game Apparel
  • Moss Lady
  • Simply Fab Luxury
  • Mommy and Me Scents
  • Tory’s Signature Teas
  • On the Go
  • Islasimone Candles
  • Water Rocks Publishing
  • Super Bros
  • Yass Beautiful

Mobile Food Trucks with TASTY menus will also be available!

  • Smokin Guns
  • Haven Express Omaha
  • Soco Cafe
  • Boiling Claws 

Major sponsors for Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake include:  American National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, Douglas County Visitors Improvement Fund, Nebraska Arts Council, North Omaha Turnback Tax and Veridian Credit Union.  Media sponsors include KETV and Revive! Omaha Magazine.

The Christmas in the Village partners want to remind the community that street closures will take place at the following major intersections beginning at 10 am: 

  • 25th to 22nd and Lake Street
  • 24th & Maple to 24th & Burdette Street

Streets will reopen @ 5:30 pm.

Christmas in the Village is part of the on-going re-establishment of an arts, culture, business and entertainment district at 24th and Lake envisioned in the North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan facilitated by the Empowerment Network, OEDC and community partners over 11 years ago.  It has served as one of the major catalysts for the development occurring in the historic 24th and Lake district.

 

 

 

 

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Community Features

Empowerment Network & partners present 12th Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th & Lake

Tis the season to join in the holiday spirit at the 12th Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake on Saturday, December 3rd from Noon to 5 pm.  

The Empowerment Network and Omaha Economic Development Corporation in partnership with dozens of community partners are inviting residents to attend this one-of-a-kind cultural community celebration and holiday tradition.

Christmas in the Village is the largest holiday event in North Omaha and draws thousands of visitors from the region to the historic 24th and Lake district each year.  Attendees have come from as far away as Lincoln, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis and other cities.

The event will kick-off at noon with the Burke High “Marching Bulldogs” Drill Team followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus on a horse-drawn carriage.  “We encourage the community to come out early and line 24th Street for a special kick-off with the drill team, Santa and Mrs. Claus and all of our cartoon characters,” said Vicki Quaites-Ferris, Director of Operations for the Empowerment Network and Event Manager for Christmas in the Village.

Get ready to Play, Sing and Enjoy!  There will be plenty outdoor activities for children and adults, including:  holiday music featuring local recording artists, choirs and dance groups; live nativity scene including a camel; free carriage rides; free toys, gifts and candy while supplies last; face painting; balloon artist; cartoon characters; interactive games and activities, handmade pottery; and, much more.

Some of the Omaha’s top artists will perform again this year:  Millicent Crawford, Gus McNair, Chad Stoner, Eric and Doriette Jordan, Jarron Taylor, Big Wade and Ed Archibald, The Arvies and Kathy Tyree.  Hope Community Choir and Pear Tree Performing Arts will also sing and dance.

Come ready to Shop and Eat!  Businesses located in the district will offer special discounts and holiday items for sale.  Styles of Evolution, Ital Vital Living, Fair Deal Village Marketplace, Divine Nspiration and others.

Plus, The Holiday Boutique will return this year with over 30 different vendors showcasing unique merchandise.  Vendors will serve the community under a heated BIG TENT on the corner of 24th and Lake.  Food trucks and local restaurants will have food for purchase.

“We’re excited to bring back the Holiday Boutique, which has always been one of the most popular attractions,” said Aisha Conner, manager of the Village Empowerment Center and coordinator of the Christmas in the Village Holiday Boutique.  “We have some amazing vendors that you will want to check out and support.”

Get Ready to Shop, Play, Eat, Sing, See and Enjoy!  70+ small businesses, organizations, ministries and artists have teamed to make this the largest and best ever!  

Major sponsors for Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake include:  American National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, Douglas County Visitors Improvement Fund, Nebraska Arts Council, North Omaha Turnback Tax and Veridian Credit Union.  Media sponsors include KETV and Revive! Omaha Magazine.

The Christmas in the Village partners want to remind the community that street closures will take place at the following major intersections beginning at 10 am: 

  • 25th to 22nd and Lake Street
  • 24th & Maple to 24th & Burdette Street

Streets will reopen @ 5:30 pm.

Christmas in the Village is part of the on-going re-establishment of an arts, culture, business and entertainment district at 24th and Lake envisioned in the North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan facilitated by the Empowerment Network, OEDC and community partners over 11 years ago.  It has served as one of the major catalysts for the development occurring in the historic 24th and Lake district.

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Community Features

Atlanta Congresswoman Nikema Williams visits North Omaha

Williams was elected to serve in the district formerly held by the late legendary Congressman, John Lewis

While in Omaha, Williams stopped by Pleasant Green Baptist Church led by Pastor Brian Page for morning services, attended a rally to support congressional candidate Tony Vargas and was the keynote speaker for a luncheon sponsored by the Nebraska Democratic Party and Team Vargas on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Williams emphasized the importance of voting and mobilizing others to vote.

“Tell your family, friends and everyone you know to get out and vote.”

Specific to Nebraska, Williams encouraged voters to support the $15 minimum wage, reject voter ID and vote for candidates that support health care, voting rights and economic advancement for all.

Her primary message was democracy is not a spectator sport. Everyone must use their voice.

“Your vote is your voice,” said Williams. “This is a vitally important time in our country. Nebraska is a crucial state. That is why I am here. You cannot sit this one out.”

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