It’s Memorial Day weekend. So you know what that means, right?
There’s activities galore to do with the kids from swimming to attending services and checking out new exhibits.
Here are a few suggestions to kick-off your three-day weekend:
Go swimming. Several area pools will be open. For more on metro area pools, check out World-Herald staff writer Kirby Kaufman’s story in Saturday’s newspaper.
A new exhibit opens at the Omaha Children’s Museum. It’s the Wizard of Oz.
A few blocks away, the Durham Museum will open Mindbender Mansion. It’s new exhibit.
La Vista Daze features a parade, carnival and more.
Yoga Rocks the Park begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing. The free sessions will run through July 22.
The second annual Bellevue Community Celebration will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Washington Park, East 19th Avenue and South Franklin Street. Expect hands-on activities, live entertainment, a community cookout, bounce house, scavenger hunt, demonstrations, educational opportunities and more.
Women, Wine and Fashion show at Soaring Wings Vineyard in Springfield, Neb.
Lewis and Clark Country Family Days will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs. There will be a short movie about Lewis and Clark, a guest speaker, crafts for kids and demonstrations at the free event.
A free event urging people to take 25 minutes to talk with kids about safety will be Friday at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 3601 N. 156th St. It will target kindergartners through sixth-graders with activities scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free ID kits also will be completed and sent with parents.
The nonprofit Benson Plant Rescue will give away plants Friday and Saturday at 3103 N. 50th St. Hours will be 5 p.m. until dark Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The group expects to have a wide assortment of free vegetable and annual flowering plants. Perennials, grasses, roses, trees and shrubs will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to the Omaha Public Library.
Families are invited to a free gardening event from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at City Sprouts House, 4002 Seward St.
The day is aimed at children ages 3 to 12, who can expect to tend the garden, harvest vegetables, taste-test produce and learn how vegetables get to the store.
The German American Society will sponsor a Military Appreciation Day from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 3717 S. 120th St. The Duffy Belorad Orchestra will play from noon to 3 p.m. The Omaha Big Band will play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also expect cultural and patriotic entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Active and retired military personnel from all branches will be admitted free, as will children. Admission for all others is $5. Proceeds will go to the Disabled American Veterans.
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will offer special activities Saturday through Monday. Expect face painting, a bounce house, wild musical entertainment and special animal presentations for all ages from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities and presentations are free for members or with regular paid admission. Also look for the interactive Prehistoric Play Park and Fossil Dig Site in the Children’s Area. The park and dig site will open at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The new exhibit, done in cooperation with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a replica of Nebraska 12 million years ago, when it was a savannah, similar to present day Africa. Kids are able to dig and uncover fossils from Nebraska using paleontologist tools just like a real fossil dig site.
All 10 locations of the YMCA of Greater Omaha will host a free community day Monday in celebration of Memorial Day. Everyone is welcome. All locations will have a variety of activities, including fitness classes, family swims, gym time and more. Each location sets its own hours and activities.
Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft Streets, will offer a weekend of music from the Mobile Millennium Carillon, which brings the carillon down to ground level. The carilloneur will play at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Performances are free with membership or regular paid admission.
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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES, EVENTS
Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered that U.S. and Nebraska flags be flown at half-staff until noon Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Observances are planned throughout the area to mark the holiday and honor the nation’s war dead. Note that not all activities are on Monday, which is the official federal holiday. The public is welcome at these events unless otherwise noted. Here is a sampling:
Heartland Airborne Memorial at Heartland of America Park, 800 Douglas St.; 11 a.m. Adrian Whitsett of KETV will speak. Joe Fuchs will provide bugle and bagpipe music.
Prospect Hill Cemetery, near 220th Street and West Maple Road in the Elkhorn area; 1:30 p.m. dedication of Douglas County Korean War Memorial. Eagle Scout-candidate Ethan Copple, 14, of Boy Scout Troop 357 will be master of ceremonies. Numerous veterans groups will participate. Raising the money for the monument, getting it built and dedicating it comprise Ethan’s Eagle Scout project.
Bellevue Cemetery, on Franklin Street about one mile north of Mission Avenue in Olde Towne; 11 a.m. The City of Bellevue’s official Memorial Day ceremony led by Bellevue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10785. Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, the senior enlisted leader at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, will speak.
Calvary Cemetery, 7710 West Center Road; 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas and co-celebrated by the Rev. Michael Grewe.
Cass County Courthouse, 346 Main St. in Plattsmouth; 9 a.m. Presentation at the Memorial Wall by Plattsmouth American Legion 56.
Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, 12505 S. 40th St. in Bellevue; 2 p.m. service.
Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 2300 S. 78th St.; 9:30 a.m. in Section D. A few folding chairs will be provided, but you may want to bring a lawn chair.
Fairview Cemetery, near 87th Street and Fairview Road in Papillion; 10 a.m. Memorial Day service by American Legion Post 32. Coffee and cookies will be provided by Post 32 Auxiliary at the Legion hall, 230 W. Lincoln St. in Papillion, after the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at the Legion Hall.
Forest Lawn Cemetery, 56th Street north of Sorensen Parkway; 10 a.m. Annual Memorial Day ceremony put on by American Legion Post 1.
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 4912 Leavenworth St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. John Pietramale.
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, on Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston, Iowa; 5 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Memorial Day observance and open house. A complimentary breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or until supplies run out. Admission is free.
Lewis & Clark Landing along the river in downtown Omaha; 10:30 a.m. Ceremony presented by the Omaha Council Branch of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Memorial Park, 56th Street and Underwood Avenue; 11 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony presented by Heroes of the Heartland.
Mount Hope Cemetery, 78th Street and Military Avenue; 11 a.m. veterans ceremony. VFW 2503 and Benson American Legion Post 112 will hold the service.
Offutt Air Force Base cemetery; 9 a.m. Annual Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Don Bacon, 55th Wing commander. Guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler, deputy director of Nuclear Operations for U.S. Strategic Command. The event is open to persons with base access.
Petersen Park, West Angus Road and Pontiac Drive in Gretna; 10 a.m. annual Memorial Day event. A free lunch at the Gretna American Legion Hall will be served to veterans and their immediate families after the ceremony.
Prospect Hill Cemetery, 32nd and Parker Streets; 11 a.m. “Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Observance.” Program on 150th anniversary of War of 1812 by Harl Dalstrom, professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Music by Prospect Hill Preservation Brass Band. Flyover by P-51 Mustang. Annual tribute to Anna Wilson, Omaha businesswoman and cemetery benefactor. Brownies and lemonade will be available for purchase.
Resurrection Cemetery, 7800 West Center Road; 10 a.m. Mass with Archbishop Emeritus Elden F. Curtiss.
St. John Cemetery, 7506 S. 36th St.; 10 a.m. Mass. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5912 S. 36th St.
St. Mary Cemetery, 3553 Q St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. Dennis Stolinski.
St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery, 5226 S. 46th St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. Joseph Taphorn.
Springfield Cemetery; 10:30 a.m. service hosted by Springfield American Legion Post 143 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9558. In case of inclement weather, the service will be in the Springfield Legion Hall.
Springwell Danish Cemetery, 6326 Hartman Ave.; noon service. The Rev. Mark Seam of the Pella Lutheran Church will speak. Military honors conducted by Benson VFW Post 2503.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2543 and American Legion Post 56, both of Plattsmouth, will co-host a number of events. Activities at Oak Hill Cemetery in Plattsmouth are a 9:30 a.m. flag raising at the GAR section, 9:45 a.m. presentation at the VFW section, 10 a.m. presentation at American Legion section with music by the Cass County Community Band. The VFW and Legion will make presentations at 10:45 a.m. at the Plattsmouth Toll Bridge, 11 a.m. at the Legion post, noon at Horning Cemetery in Plattsmouth and noon at La Platte Cemetery in La Platte. Also planned are a 1 p.m. flag raising at the end of Main Street in Plattsmouth and a 1:15 p.m. flag raising at the VFW.
(Event listings compiled by Sue Story Truax, Kevin Brabec and Josefina Loza)
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