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Downtown Omaha is enjoying a renaissance with the newly reopened Gene Leahy Mall. The green space is a great attraction for families and out-of-town visitors, but it’s not the only free things to do in downtown Omaha. Here are my recommendations for budget-friendly fun in this historic part of Omaha. Where is downtown Omaha? Omaha’s …

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Kids In The Hy-Vee Kitchen is a kid’s cooking class recommended for kids ages 4-8 years old (parent is required to stay during the class). Children will have the opportunity to help make the recipes at the front of the room, which will then be distributed to the entire class. Some recipes will be made individually …

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First Annual Beer Olympics is Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cunningham’s Bar & Grill. This year’s theme: “USA all the way.” Teams of four will compete in a series of mental and physical beer-themed challenges for Gold, Silver and Bronze. Themed attire/team names/alter egos are highly encouraged. Cost per team is $50. …

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Gin and Phonics, a fundraiser for Right to Read, is Aug. 1. Tickets are $50 and available at Eventbrite. Your ticket includes one drink ticket and an assortment of appetizers. Those feeling competitive can compete in the boozy adult spelling bee, where contestants will face off in a battle of wits and words.

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The Ninth Annual Bloody Mary Mix Off – Infusion is a fundraiser that includes brunch and Bloody Marys from some of Omaha’s greatest bars and restaurants. Attendees will vote for the best Bloody and the best garnish. The event supports the Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Must be 21+ to attend. Designated Driver tickets …

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It seems in the last six months or so, the demand for food flights and drink flights has grown tremendously in Omaha. It started with a coffee shop announcing its hot and ice flights of four flavors, and then suddenly, we all started craving samples of everything. Read on for what Omaha restaurants, bars and …

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