As if the weather didn’t already put you in a good mood…
Get out there and enjoy it!
Here’s a sampling of events taking place this weekend in Omaha and elsewhere:
The Omaha Adventure Family Festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Village Pointe, 168th Street and West Dodge Road. The Durham Museum will offer live musical performances, a glimpse of its top attractions this summer, plus fun and games. Visitors can pick up an Omaha Adventure Savings Card during the event.
The String Beans Band will kick off this year’s “Spring Into Summer” programs sponsored by the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department. The event, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, is at Elmwood Park, 802 S. 60th St. This free community event will jump start your family summer fun by featuring face painters, free food, arts and craft projects, the climbing wall, bounce houses and exhibitors with information on summer camps and programs.
Go fishing. This Saturday is Nebraska’s annual free fishing and state park entry day. Residents and nonresidents may fish without a license and gain access to state parks without a permit.
Enjoy art workshops and demonstrations, a skateboard demonstration and lessons, break dance performances, music from the Hector Anchondo Blues Band and Midwest Dilemma, art installations and locals arts and crafts at the Vinton Street Creativity Festival on Saturday. The Deer Park Neighborhood is sponsoring the free event, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., outside at 18th and Vinton Streets.
Improve their volleyball skills A free outdoor volleyball clinic for kids in kindergarten through high school (junior boys and girls) will be held Saturday at the Base Lake in Bellevue.The clinic, conducted by USA Volleyball, will start at 8:30 a.m. Free T-shirts will be given to all participants. For more information, contact Bill Hamilton, 402-593-9670 or visit www.gpvb.org.
Check out Family Nature Day at Gifford Farm. Meet raptors, make animal tracks, get a tree seedling and flower seeds, see a butterfly and insect demonstration, learn about the nature discoveries Lewis and Clark made and more. Many local organizations – Henry Doorly Zoo, Fontenelle Forest, Raptor Recovery, Astronomical Society are just a few – will be presenting fun demonstrations and activities. Admission is $3 per person.
Learn about Buddhism at Saturday talk. Professor Halla Kim of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s department of philosophy and religion will give a presentation on at 2 p.m. Saturday. Her talk, “Understanding Buddhism as Practiced in Korea and East Asia,” at the W. Dale Clark Library will be followed by discussion. The event is free and open to the public.
Celebrate Council Bluffs. The city’s annual festival will close with it’s traditional parade and celebration in downtown Council Bluffs at Bayliss Park at 10:30 a.m.
Head to the Bellevue Medical Center’s Green Health Fair. The hospital will mix several green-themed booths and activities with traditional health fair screenings and information. The fair will be held from 8 to 11 a.m.
AARP Nebraska and Shred-It will host a free community shredding day Saturday at the Center Mall, 42nd and Center Streets. People can avoid becoming victims of identity theft if they take the time to shred sensitive documents, such as old bank records, financial statements and medical bills. The drive-through session will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the east end of the top level of the Center Mall parking ramp. People should enter the parking ramp at 41st and Center Streets. Shredding is limited to two bags or boxes of paper per person. The service is for households, not businesses.
Visit the history, culture and traditions that make up Omaha on Saturday at the Omaha Heritage Festival. This is the third year for free event, which will be held at Lewis & Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Drive. Starting off the festival will be a 10 a.m. parade from 10th and Pacific Streets to the landing. Participants will wear traditional clothing and walk beside floats that depict their cultures. Family activities will start at noon. There will be food, pony rides, music, crafts, a bazaar, and cultural exhibits and presentations. Performers include the Tiyumba African Drums, Capoeira Angola, Xiotal Mexican Folkloric dancer, the Lion Dancers of China, German American Society and the Balsa Dragon Band.
Take the kids to Zumba in the Park. A free zumba class will be taught every Sunday at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village. Organized by instructors from the YMCA, you will be energized by the music and walk away feeling happy and refreshed. While you’re there check out the Farmer’s Market.
A workshop for the family caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Home Instead Senior Care Training Center, 622 N. 108th Court. The workshop will cover how to manage behaviors and how to encourage engagement. It is free but advance registration is required by calling 402-498-3444.
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PHOTO: From left, “Xiotal” Ballet Folkorico Mexicano dancers Mario Antœnez, Luisa Trujillo, Liz Velasco and Hector Moreno, the group’s instructor, prepare to take the state during last year's Omaha Heritage Festival. The festival returns this weekend.
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