Located at 7300 Q Street in Ralston, just west of 72nd & Q, is the Ralston Arena. Opened in October 2012, it is the Omaha metro’s newest and most modern such facility. The arena is home of the UNO men’s basketball team, the Omaha Lancer’s hockey team, the Omaha Beef football team, as well as the Omaha Rollergirls. On the day of my visit, a high school basketball tournament was being held. Ralston mayor Don Groesser was also present and offered to give me a quick tour. Don said that the main arena will seat 3,500 people. The facility can also support two concurrent events. Adjoining the main arena is a second venue (presently an ice arena that is available to the public for “open” ice skating). Skate rental is available, and there is additional seating for for up to 500 at the rink. A bar and lounge area provides seating for about 80 people, and can be rented for special occasions. I was very impressed by the service and hospitality at the arena. There are many concession choices, including Maria’s Mexican food, Domino’s pizza, Famous Dave’s BBQ, International fare, and Omaha Steaks… which seemed to be the fan favorite. This is an awesome entertainment facility you will enjoy visiting again and again. Happy Motoring!
Located at 3230 John Creighton Boulevard in North Omaha, is the Adams Park Community Center. My friend Chuol Tuach loves to come here to work out, and to participate in a pick-up basketball game with other neighborhood youth. The Adams Park facility has a weight room, gym and locker room/shower facilities. It also has extensive outdoor recreation space, including a football field, a soccer field, 3 softball fields and two outdoor basketball courts. The City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department maintains several excellent community and senior centers throughout the city, just like the one at Adams Park. Use of these facilities is typically free of charge. Follow the link to determine what centers are near to you. Happy Motoring!
Located at 2234 S. 13th Street, is Sokol Omaha. Founded in 1862, Sokol is an organization dedicated to the physical, mental and cultural advancement of its members, and the children who attend its gymnasiums. For over 130 years, Sokol Omaha has been a pillar of the South Omaha community, providing excellent gymnastics training and facilities, while serving as a gathering place for wedding receptions, private parties, meetings, conventions and public events. In recent years, the Sokol Underground which is downstairs at Sokol Omaha, has become well known as a safe, nonsmoking hang out for young adults to listen and dance to live music. The Sokol Underground presents a musical genre of rock, alternative, pop, punk, metal and hard rock. The grand ballroom in the Hall is spectacular and may be rented by contacting Dan Rannels or Gary Masek at 402-346-9802. Happy Motoring!
Rack’em and Crack’em at Big John’s Pool Hall! Located at 9819 M Street, just southwest of 96th & Q Street, Big John’s is the Omaha Driver’s first choice for a game of eight-ball. Big John’s has thirty 8-foot Brunswick tables that are well-maintained, and that play with consistency. Big John’s is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1:00 a.m. Happy hour is held on weekdays from 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. Big John’s prides itself on high quality food and beverages at an affordable price. Happy Motoring!
Do you love the sport of kings, horse racing? Then visit Horsemen’s Park located in South Omaha at 6303 Q Street. Horsemen’s Park broadcasts live horse race simulcasts from tracks throughout the U.S., while providing wagering for those over the age of 19. Doors open daily at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy the daily luncheon special, or the Happy Hour on Monday – Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Live racing is held at Horsemen’s Park annually; but only for 4 wild and crazy days in July. Stop in and test your handicapping skills. Happy Motoring!
It’s not too late to register for the 2009 Omaha Marathon that will be held on Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 a.m. at the Lewis & Clark Landing on the riverfront. Marathon, half marathon, and 10K races will be held, with over 3,000 runners already registered! In-person registrations will only be accepted on Saturday at the TipTop Ballroom on 15th and Cuming Street from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., not on Sunday! Happy Motoring!
Are you a runner? Or do you enjoy a good walk? Register to enter the 2009 Omaha Corporate Cup run as a team or as an individual. The race will be held this Sunday, September 20th at 8:15 a.m. The starting line is located at 19th and Chicago Streets, near the Civic Auditorium. Proceeds from your registration go to the American Lung Association for important education and research. Check your battery terminals and cables for corrosion build up. Dirty cables will stop your engine from starting. Clean them with a wire brush and light sand paper periodically to remove the corrosion. Happy motoring!