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Destination: Village Pointe

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The Village Pointe Farmers Market
begins the last Saturday in April. Located on the corner of 170th and Burke Street, just south of the Old Navy store, it is the area’s single farmers-only farmers market. Between 40 and 50 vendors sell their produce, eggs, cheese, and meat to people who want to know the origins of their food. The market runs every Saturday from 8 am until 1pm through the first Saturday in October.
 

Other community events include Vino at the Village on May 26 from 5-9. “It’s becoming one of our signature events,” says Jones. This is the fourth year Village Pointe has hosted the evening of fine wine and food sampling. ollie the Trolley will be available to shuttle guests between participating Kona Grill, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Firebirds Wood FireD Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Brix, and Funny Bone Comedy Club. Red and white wines as well as appetizers for $3.00 are available at each location. Says Jones: “Vino at the Village reminds people of the great dining experiences at Village Pointe.”
 

On May 21, Village Pointe kicks off the summer season with the second annual Omaha Adventure. Working in conjunction with the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau, it showcases all the great attractions the city has to offer visitors and citizens. All of the major tourist spots are represented. Visitors can pick up coupon packets with discounts from Omaha Adventure participants and Village Pointe merchants to get an economical jumpstart on summer activities.
 

Memorial Weekend is the official start of summer, and what better way to welcome the sun and relaxation synonymous with summer than an outdoor concert. Village Pointe summer concert series, The Vibes at Village Pointe, launches with The Innocents from 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturday, May 28. It’s a family-friendly evening of live music, face painting, balloons, and refreshments. Held in the Alegent Health Amphitheatre, the Vibes is “our invitation to the community to come enjoy Village Pointe even if you’re not shopping,” says Jones.
 

On the surface, commerce and entertainment may seem to be the driving force of lifestyle centers like Village Pointe. But the center’s mission is more inclusive. It also seeks to play a role in promoting the health and welfare of the community that patrons its stores and businesses. Increasingly, Village Pointe is offering to serve as a venue for and sponsor of local charitable events and organizations. Alegent Health’s “Breast Health Day,” highlighting breast cancer awareness and women’s health issues, will take place in October.
 

Teens and shopping go hand in hand. But young people do more than just troll the malls in their free time. Village Pointe and the Omaha Jaycee’s acknowledge this fact with the TOYO Teens Award, which recognizes ten outstanding young Omaha teens (TOYO Teens) for their exceptional volunteerism efforts. The ceremony takes place on the first Sunday in May at the Alegent Health Amphitheatre.
 

A community event new to Village Pointe this year is the Omaha Junior League’s High Heel Dash, slotted for Sunday morning, May 22, before the center’s stores are open for retail business. It’s a fun run down Village Pointe’s Main Street (Davenport Street) designed to raise money for various Junior League causes. “We are excited to be the venue for the High Heel Dash,” Jones states, who says Nebraska’s own Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, will make a personal appearance. Shortly thereafter, on the first Sunday in June, Village Pointe will host Cure Search, a walk for children’s cancer research. In the past, the center has helped the organization surpass its fundraising goals. Hopes are that this year’s event will continue that trend. Jones says that if Village Pointe’s space can be utilized by various groups to raise awareness for their respective causes, then the center is fulfilling its mission to be a valued member of the greater Omaha community.

 

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