November 2017 Events

There will be no proctored exam in November
Saturday, November 11th, Lincoln, 7pm-12am
Poker SIG

at Frank's place, usually the second Saturday of every month, but call to make sure: 7724 Ringneck Drive, Lincoln, NE. Phone: 402-483-6965
Tuesday, November 14th, Omaha, 5pm
Trivia Night SIG

Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill, 205 No. 76th St. (between Cass & Dodge St.). We are having one fixed night per month for NTN Trivia. If you want to meet on an additional night, e-mail or call other Ms on an ad hoc basis. Come and enjoy some highs (and lows) as your particular knowledge areas are probed (or not). For more information, contact Tami Whitney (see front cover).

Saturday, November 18th, Omaha, 6:00 pm
Dine Out Sig, Mantra

6913 Maple Street, Omaha, NE

Mantra is one of my favorite places. Wide variety of menu items, reasonable prices, and its own parking lot in Benson. We have been here before but not for years.

Mantra is one of the restaurants that has "small plates" rather than "appetizers," and some of the small plates are enough for a meal. The "small plates" include Crab Cakes, Dijon Shrimp, House cut potato chips - which are wonderful - and steamed mussels in your choice of broth. Small plate prices range from $7.00 for "Mantra Lollipops," (turkey meatballs on a stick) to $14.00 for the steamed mussels.

Some of the best things on the menu are Mantra's sandwiches. In my opinion, Mantra has the best BLT in Omaha which includes arugula, thick-cut peppered bacon, feta cheese, tomatoes, and garlic aioli for $14.00. Other sandwiches include the Mantra burger, a lamb burger, cucumber sandwich, and a chicken Caesar sandwich - all priced from $11.00 to $14.00 with your choice of fries, salad or house made fries. I love French fries and I think Mantra has the best fires in Omaha. Thin, crisp, and fresh.

Entrees include a variety of dinner salads and more substantial meals including house made meatloaf (huge portion), chicken or seafood enchiladas, Ahi tuna tacos, fish and chips, mac & cheese, and steak w/frites. These entrees range from $11.00 to $18.00 and are reliably good. They also have rotating dinner specials for slightly higher prices including a rib-eye topped with fried onion strips and blue cheese, pork chops with sweet potatoes and asparagus, a light penne pasta dish and other seasonal features. They do not have their complete menu on line, but they do have vegetarian dishes. We decided to add a November dine out and I didn't have time to grab a copy of the menu.

The dine out will be on hiatus for December and January so after November, we won't be back until February. If you have a favorite restaurant, let me know I'm working on the list for next year.

Call or text Diana Vogt at 402-981-4012 or email  with the number of people you will be bringing no later than 11:00am on November 18, 2017. Please use THIS phone/email to make sure I get your reservation

Monday, November 20th, Omaha, 5pm,
NWIM Ex-Comm Meeting

260 Regency Parkway Drive. DIRECTIONS: We are in the Regency Professional Plaza, Suite 200, 2nd floor. From the north, take Regency Parkway south.  You will pass Whole Foods, the Regency Shopping Center, Fleming's Steakhouse and the Enterprise Bank building.  Just south of the Enterprise Bank building is a driveway on the right which will take you directly into the parking lot.  From the south, take Pacific to Regency Parkway, then turn right on Regency Parkway and get in the left lane.  Go past the first stoplight and there is a left turn lane at the next intersection.  US Bank will be on your left.  Turn left onto Regency Parkway Drive and then immediately right and follow Regency Parkway Drive to the building.  (Note: some GPS maps have the building on the wrong side of Regency Parkway, so use these directions.) You should enter using the outside door on the north side of the building. If you come in the south side of the building just follow the hallway through the building until you get to the elevator/north staircase.  Office suite 200 is on the second floor. If you arrive late and the office suite door is locked, phone someone in Ex-comm to be let in.  For more information, contact Kirk Johnson, 712-323-1454, cell phone 402-659-4154,

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