AARP is offering free document shredding from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Center Mall top level parking lot. Enter at 40th & Center Sts.
The annual Omaha Marathon will be conducted at TD Ameritrade Park between 7:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Residents should expect the longest delays when attempting to cross or access the following streets: 19th St, Florence Blvd, Miller Park Dr, Redick Ave, and Minnie Lusa Blvd. For more info, go online http://omahamarathon.com/course-maps or contact Omaha Marathon at 845-246-8833 or email@example.com
Mt. Nebo will host their annual Laymen’s Conference at the church, 5501 N. 50th St, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration begin at 7:20 a.m. Lunch will also be served.
In celebration of National Recovery Month, Prevention Means Progress (PMP) sponsors the annual “Hands Across the Bridge for Recovery” from 9-10 a.m., at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (Council Bluffs side). PMP is asking the public to join 1,000 hands across the bridge in an effort to unite Omaha and Council Bluffs in a demonstration of support for recovery from substance use and addiction.
Join Bemis exhibiting artists Sheila Pepe and Peggy Jones for a lively conversation covering feminism and gender identity in contemporary culture. A Contemporary Feminism exhibition closing reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. The conversation with Pepe and Jones will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.eventbrite/o/bemis.
Enjoy a free concert and the largest fireworks display ever staged in Turner Park – celebrating the Navy’s newest combat ship, the USS Omaha beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the music of UNO’s Maverick Marching Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Billy McGuigan will join the UNO musicians to add his own style to the evening’s patriotic music. Park opens at 5 p.m.
Worship in the Park with New Rising Star & Church On Purpose Omaha at Benson Park pavilion from 12-3 p.m. Free food, animal balloons, carnival games, dunk tank and raffle prizes. There will be a DJ and more.
Book Discussion at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., from 6-7:30 p.m. Adults and teens are invited to read “The Hate U Give” and join the intergenerational, multicultural discussion. Jade Rogers, youth engagement manager for The Union for Contemporary Art and black studies historian, will facilitate this discussion. Learn more about author Angie Thomas at angiethomas.com. Reserve your copy of “The Hate U Give” today at any Omaha Public Library location. For more info, visit omahalibrary.org/omaha-reads or phone 402-444-4850.
Lauritzen Gardens 15th Annual Antiques Show runs at Omaha’s Botanical Center. The weekend kicks off Thursday with a special, reservations-only Collector’s Circle Champagne Reception and Preview Party. Daily show hours Friday through Sunday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show admission includes access to the garden and the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. All Antiques & Design Academies sessions are complimentary to those with paid admission. For more info, visit www.lauritzengardens.org.
Embracing Our Season 7th annual African American Leadership Conference 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. Register at www.events.r20.constantcontact.com/register.
Free Coffee Friday with AARP at Scooter’s, 2928 Ames Ave, from 8-10 a.m. Get to know AARP and connect with AARP members and volunteers. Your first cup of coffee or tea to stay or go is free. Registration is not required.
Pastor Leroy E. Adams Jr. will be signing his new book, The Black Church, from 1-3 p.m. at Divine Nspirations, 2118 N. 24th St.
Young professionals are encouraged to attend the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Young Professionals Exchange featuring 2017 Young Black and Influential Award Recipient, Dominique Morgan, National Director of Black and Pink, Inc. Join the conversation at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium at 5:00 p.m. Get updates on Omaha’s recent developments and initiatives and facilitated workshops geared to help you develop action steps to engage our community and discussions about GOCYP’s target values. An early bird registration discount will be offered to the first 100 registrants. Ticket includes snacks all evening plus a drink at the after-party. Register at www.omahachamber.org. Registration deadline is Sept. 20.
Where Leaders Are Made 2401 Lake St.
The Omaha Star, in existence for more than 70 years, has been Nebraska’s largest African American newspaper and the city’s most effective device to improve the lives of African Americans. Since 1938, the policy of the Omaha Star has been to print only positive news and to be a vigilant champion for African-American progress. Located in the heart of Omaha’s African American community, two blocks south of 24th & Lake Street, the Omaha Star building is a surviving symbol of culture, strength, positive journalism, information and education to individuals in Omaha and the surrounding areas.
The Omaha Star, with its circulation of approximately 30,000, was found in a survey conducted in 2001 to be read six times before being discarded. In its history, The Omaha Star has never missed an edition. Its archives are a miniature history of Omaha’s black community, a population of well over 60,000 people.