Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Restoration Exchange Omaha comes to Deer Park on Sunday!


This year’s tour features early 20th century homes and buildings in Omaha’s Deer Park neighborhood bounded by Interstate 480, the Missouri River, Martha Street and Spring Lake Park. The tour will include the Vinton Street Commercial District.
Sites include:
1. Chops Bowling Alley, 2518 S. 13th St.
2. St. Patrick’s Church, 1404 Castelar St.
3. Meyer Residence, 1405 Vinton St.
4. Palleton, Inc, 1502-1504 Vinton St.
5. Ferguson Studio and Residence, 1701 Vinton St.
6. Emerging Terrain, 1717 Vinton St.
7. Hardware Building, Apartments and The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St.
8. Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton St.
9. Spring Lake Park Golf Clubhouse - 4020 Hoctor Blvd This stop will include a presentation by the Omaha Parks and Recreation department on the planned improvements for the park plus the only chance to sign up for great raffle prizes.
Attendees can view inside each of the buildings and talk with the owners of the properties and the people involved in the project restoration.
Attendees also are encouraged to walk or drive by other significant buildings in the area including:
 Duran Residence, 2402 S. 13th St.
 Louie M’s Burger Lust, 1718 Vinton St.
 Wiig Building, Capitol Bindery, 1810-1812 Vinton St.
 OFD #3 Fire Station and now residence, 3111 S. 20th St.
 Deer Hollow Park, 1801 Deer Park Road
Tickets are $10 each or two for $15. Purchase tickets for the self-guided tour in advance at or the day of the tour at Chops Bowling Alley. You are welcome to come anytime between noon and 5 p.m. to take the tour. Parking is available at Chops Bowling Alley, St. Patrick’s Church or on the south side of Bag N Save. You also can purchase a Restoration Exchange membership the day of the tour starting at $15 for students and $35 for individuals. Those purchasing a membership will get their tour ticket for free.

All proceeds support restoration and preservation educational efforts in the area. Thanks to AIA Omaha and Eyman Plumbing for helping to make the tour possible by underwriting part of the costs.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rybin Plumbing and Heating Corporate Citizen of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to Jay Rybin on being one of the finalists for the Big O Corporate Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Rybin Plumbing and Heating was a finalist along with ConAgra and Paypal. Way to go, Jay and crew!  Thank you to the Omaha Chamber for putting the video together.

We're up and ready to go!

It's been a while since we have posted but Oscar and I have been busy tending to the newest member of Deer Park: our baby boy!  I will do a little back tracking so everyone knows the amazing things that have happened in the neighborhood in the last few weeks.  Enjoy!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vinton Street Creativity Festival

For the second year in a row, the Vinton Street Creativity Festival re-energized the historical Vinton Street Community.  There was never a dull moment in the day with all the bustling activity. Thank you Habitat for Humanity for all your contributions to the event.  Thank you Vinton Street merchants for sponsoring the amazing bands and performers on the stage.

We also got to welcome Vinton's newest resident, the Apollon, that weekend.  We are excited to have you in the neighborhood!

Victory Boxing giving kids skills and confidence.

The chalkboard conversation pieces let everyone express what they love about the neighborhood and life in general.

KETV Channel 7 getting some awesome coverage of Mike from Deaf Audio.

Midwest Dilemma took the stage and rocked it!
More urban art going down.

Break dancing during one of the band performances; so much was going on! 

Thank you, Omaha Police Department, for patrolling the event.

Omaha Storm taught kids how to properly throw footballs.

Grace University taking a break from the busy day!

Representatives for Congressman Lee Terry kept cool in the shade.

How cool did this piece turn out?

Oscar started setting up at 6:00 a.m.  Thank you, Bag 'N Save, for letting us use your parking lot.  We couldn't have done it without you!

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.  Like us!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 Vinton Street Creativity Festival

Save the date everyone!!! Deer Park's Vinton Street Creativity festival is just around the corner, on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

A day full of fun and creativity. Free Art Workshops, Urban Art demonstration, Pro Skateboard demonstration and lessons, skateboard street course,  Breakdance Performances, Live Music, Local Artists & Craft Merchants, non profit exhibitors, and  much more.

Spread the word that Saturday May, 18, you need to be in Deer Park!!!

Organizations and Vendors interested in attending can download the app here.

Thank you to the our sponsors, The Deer Park Neighborhood Association, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, and The City of Omaha. We are so grateful for this event.

See you there!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Craft Bazaar at Bancroft Street Market This Weekend

Don't miss Handmade Omaha's second appearance this year at the Bancroft Street Market.  Peruse the items that will be suitable for everyone!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Successful Spring Clean Up

A big thank you goes out to all involved in the Spring Clean Up on Saturday.  We couldn't have done it without the many volunteers that made the day a success.  Thanks again!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Deer Park Gathering Tonight!

Join the Deer Park Neighborhood Association tonight whileJim Anderson, Community Planning Manager Housing and Community Development Division of the Omaha Planning Department, shares some exciting news about the neighborhood.

Bring your questions and prepare to learn more about your neighborhood’s future!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Omaha Police Explorers Chili Cook Off

The Deer Park Neighborhood Association appreciates everything the Omaha Police Department does and supports the Police Explorer program.  Please consider joining them for their annual cook off.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gallery 72 opening Friday

Don't miss the opening of our newest neighbor on Vinton, Gallery 72. We are so excited for their show featuring the collection of Mary Zicafoose at on Friday, February 1 from 5-9 p.m.  Gallery 72 is located at 1806 Vinton Street.  See you there!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Meeting tonight!

Don't miss our monthly meeting tonight at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall (24th and Deer Park Blvd) at 7 p.m. tonight.  See you there!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hey Neighbors,

If have not noticed yet, the Deer Park newsletter has not reached your house yet. We are so sorry for any inconvenience but the printer has been down at our good friend's The Neighborhood Center. They greatly apologize and hope to have our newsletters printed some time next week. We understand  these things happen but no fret, the good news is that you can click here to read, download, and or print it now. 

You could also come and get a color copy at next week's neighborhood gathering ...

Wednesday, January 9, 2012
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Sheet Metal Worker's Union Hall Local # 3
3333 South 24th Street Omaha, NE 68105

See you there!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Duran Honored as Young Adult by Omaha Jaycees

Since 1933, the Omaha Jaycees has annually honored 10 people between the ages of 21 and 40 who demonstrate a commitment to community service and to personal and professional development. 
Oscar Duran
As a neighborhood revitalization specialist for Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, Duran is responsible for building relationships with community partners, establishing programming to maximize local neighborhood assets and cultivating new community leaders. A graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is pursuing his master's from UNO.
He has been a member of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association since 2007 and has served as the organization's president for two years. He is a board member of the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, has served as the vice president since 2011 and was recognized as the alliance's South Omaha Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He is active in the South Omaha Violence and Prevention Partnership, serving as both the vice chairman and chairman since 2011, and in the Greater Omaha Neighborhood Center.

The 2012 TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) Award recipients are: 
» Oscar Duran, neighborhood revitalization specialist, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
» Adrienne Fay, director of marketing, Borsheims Fine Jewelry.
» Dan Gilbert, special assistant to the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
» Christian D. Gray, executive director, inCOMMON Community Development.
» Sarah Helvey, attorney, Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest.
» David Patterson, employee of Merck & Co. and adjunct professor, Midland University.
» Angie Schendt, editor, Woodmen of the World.
» Meagan Schnoor, environmental scientist, HDR Inc. \
» Angel Starks, educational director, Growing Hearts Collaborative.
» Erin E. Swanson, director of planned giving, Goodwill Industries Inc. 
The 80th annual presentation of the TOYO Awards will be Jan. 30 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. A cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m.