located between Omaha and Lincoln off I-80 exit 432-south on Hwy 31 (1.3 miles) and west on Pflug Road (1 mile) is Holy Family Shrine. This lovely chapel has a fascinating architectural design and a scenic view of the Platte River Valley that beckons travelers to take the short jaunt required for a free tour. Maintained by the Catholic church, the chapel is open to the public and to persons of all faiths. Inspired by a dream, the fascinating story of the chapel’s construction is told in plaques and displays located inside the underground bunker that houses the chapel’s visitors center. A stream flows through the center of the structure adding to its peaceful, powerful, mystery. If you have the time, it is worth a detour at the Gretna exit. Happy Motoring!
Located at 401 S. 39th Street, Renaissance Mansion, is a multi-use rental facility that can accomodate private parties with seating for up to 150 guests inside. The mansion is an excellent location for weddings and wedding receptions. It is also an excellent location for corporate luncheons, and Christmas or other holiday gatherings. The mansion can serve up to 40 guests comfortably, with a full catering menu. The buffet is excellent. Happy Motoring!
Located at 3902 Davenport Street, Joslyn Castle is an Omaha architectural icon. As a part of the Omaha Designers Showhouse, it may be toured, in combination with the Brandeis Mansion which is also being showcased on selected dates through October 4th. Tickets are $15 per person or $10 for groups consisting of 15 or more people. Replacing a car battery with a bad cell? Return your old battery core to the auto parts store for proper recycling and destruction. Often, batteries have a 60 month warranty, and you will receive credit for the months remaining under warranty, but not used. Happy Motoring!
On October 1st, enjoy an evening at the historic Rinehold Busch residence, a Gold Coast home designed by architect John Latenser. The Douglas County Historical Society is promoting a tour of the home, which is located at 604 North 38th Street. The event is hosted by Anne and Mike McGuire, with historic commentary by Joni Fogarty, and will occur 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wine and appetizers will be served. Admission is $45 per person. Make your reservation by calling 455-9990 by September 28. Happy Motoring!
A tour of energy efficient homes will be held 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19th, with tour departures from Village Pointe shopping center, which is located at 168th and West Center Road. The tour will showcase four west Omaha homes, three of which have undergone “green” home improvement projects. Free shuttle service to the homes will be available at Village Pointe. The homes will feature tips, tricks, and products that you can easily incorporate to improve your own home’s efficiency. Happy Motoring!
Interested in learning about Omaha history? Visit the the Crook House museum and the Library/Archives Center to learn about historic Fort Omaha. The Crook House is located at 30th and Fort Street, just north of 30th and Sorensen Parkway on the Metro Community College campus. The Museum is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Here is a map with directions. Inspect your car’s belts for cracks. If you hear a screeching noise coming from your engine, you may have a loose belt. Don’t ignore these warning signs or you may end up stranded on the side of the road. Happy motoring!
Wow… have you driven past Mutual of Omaha at 33rd & Dodge St. recently? The Midtown Crossing at Turner Park is an amazing addition to our city! Beautiful condos, apartments and retail facilities are available for viewing. Check out this midtown website to see what I mean. Watch your speed and be safe. It’s a jungle out there!