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    Aug. 10 North Omaha Summer Arts »

    North Omaha Summer Arts – Arts Crawl 7 from 6-9 p.m. Attend the opening reception at Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. then visit various venues along the North 30th Street corridor. Begin at Metro Community College, bldg. 21 and travel north, with stops along the way to Trinity Lutheran church.

    Aug. 10 FREE Family Movie »

    Hurry to Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs at dusk (around 9PM) for a FREE family movie. The feature movie is The Sandlot (1993 PG). This is the final movie of the summer.

    Aug. 10 - Aug. 12 Ribfest »

    BBQ, music, games and rides are the ingredients for a fun event for the whole family at Riverfront Ribfest at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs. The rib teams include: Aussom Aussie BBQ, Blazin’ Bronco, Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co., Cowboys BBQ, Johnson’s BBQ, and Just North of Memphis. Come early as the music begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Riverfront Ribfest hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. Tickets are on sale at

    Aug. 11 21st Community Block Party »

    Afresh Anointing Church hosts the 21st Community Block Party at 10 a.m. at Fontenelle Park. This party is free and the community is invited.

    Aug. 11 Freshen Up for School - Back-to-School »

    The Prevention Services Freshen Up for School Back-to-School event, hosted by PromiseShip, is free for all Prevention Services families to help get ready for the new school year. The event includes free skating, a meal and haircuts on site to families participating in Prevention Services. The children who attend will receive personal hygiene products, new socks, underwear, and new books (both English and Spanish will be available). The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Hope Skate, 2200 N. 20th St.

    Aug. 12 Back to School Bash »

    Omaha United for Youth hosts Back to School Bash from 12-5 p.m. at Benson Park Pavilion. Free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, braiding, food, games and more.

    Aug. 13 Final Family-Friendly Movie Night in Turner Park »

    Final family-friendly movie night in Turner Park! Grab your blanket, enjoy some popcorn, sit back and relax. The final feature is the movie blockbuster of the year – Black Panther. Come early to get your space. Movie starts at dusk.

    Aug. 14 Lozier Omaha Table Talk »

    Inclusive Communities presents Lozier Omaha Table Talk – Sick Care: Health Care. The presentation will be held at UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 201, from 6-7:30 p.m. Register at For more info, phone 402-391-4460.

    Aug. 14 The Eyes Have It - How the Eyes Keep People with ALS Connected to the World »

    Amy Nordness, Ph.D., director of speech-language pathology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, and Shannon Todd, M.S.W., a care services specialist with The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter, will discuss “The Eyes Have It – How the Eyes Keep People with ALS Connected to the World” at the next Omaha Science Café at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people. For more info, go to

    Aug. 15 Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Workshop »

    Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) hosts an overview workshop to answer common questions and get individual help on the Guidelines & Principles Program for Nonprofit Excellence in Nebraska and Iowa. Bring your questions and your laptop if you wish to work on your assessments with NAM staff on hand to provide assistance. The workshop will be held at the NAM conference room, 11205 Wright Circle, #210. To register, contact Rosey Higgs at 402-557-5800 x4 or

    Aug. 18 Summer Artists Share Workshop »

    Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., & Kathy Tyree Productions present a Summer Artists Share Workshop from 9 a.m. – 4 pm. Youth 13-18 will have an opportunity to work with dedicated facilitators and experienced area arts programs. To register, contact 402.575-1971, or

    Aug. 18 Musicfest Omaha »

    Musicfest Omaha presents Jazz and R&B Festival live at Levi Carter park. Gates open at 11a.m. Music begins at 12:30 p.m. Help welcome former Omahan Laurnea Wilkerson to the stage at 4 p.m. For a full lineup, see the ad in this issue.

    Aug. 18 Community Outreach Celebration »

    There will be games, food, fellowship and fun at Pleasant Green’s annual community outreach celebration on the church grounds, 5555 Larimore Ave, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The celebration is open to the community.

    Aug. 18 Ice Cream Social »

    AARP Nebraska and the Omaha Mid-City and Florence AARP Chapters will hold an ice cream social along with a conversation about the importance of age 50-plus voters in the mid-term elections this November, from 2-4 p.m. at the Venue at Highlander Accelerator, 2112 North 30th St. To register, phone 402-398-9568.

    Aug. 23 United Way of the Midlands’ Campaign Kickoff »

    United Way of the Midlands’ Campaign Kickoff, 4-7 p.m., in The Capitol District, 1022 Capitol Ave, features a community concert with Tim Burke, President of OPPD, and The Shenanigans.

    Aug. 24 Historic Tribute to the North Omaha Tuskegee Airmen »

    Join the Staff of OEDC, the Step-Up Students (artist crew), and FLYIE Arts as the Historic Tribute to the North Omaha Tuskegee Airmen: “Black Skies” Mural is unveiled in the OEDC parking lot, 2221 N. 24th St., from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The evening includes a brief program, the unveiling, and light refreshments. For more info, contact Terri Sanders at: or 402-216-3852.

    Aug. 25 Mural Design Meeting »

    The Union and Omaha Small Business Network are seeking community input for the design of a new mural to be created on N. 24th and Ohio Street. This is the second of three community meetings to be held at The Union, 2423 North 24th St., to share your ideas! Lead Artist Reggie LeFlore will present his ideas for the direction of the mural content and present drafted design ideas based on the first community meeting’s input. Give the artist feedback on the direction of his design. The meeting begins at 2 p.m.

    Aug. 25 Fire Free Blues Concert »

    Playing with Fire free Blues Concert featuring Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Matt Cox, Blues Ed/Us & Them at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing. Gate opens at 3:30 and music begins at 4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 25 Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer »

    The Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc. (MAYF) hosts their annual “Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer” at Embassy Suites La Vista. The theme is “Evening in Paris” and the event will feature a program, dinner, live, silent and dessert auctions. For info, visit, or contact 402-734-0270 /

    Aug. 28 The Union for Contemporary Arts’ Plays Out Loud Summer Reading Series »

    The Union for Contemporary Arts’ Plays Out Loud summer reading series concludes with A Man A Fish. A Man A Fish was inspired by real-life events in Burundi and is a part of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s 54ology project, which seeks to provide artistic responses to contemporary and historical events in Africa. The Union is located at 2423 N. 24th St. The play begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. Register at

    Aug. 31 Black City Hall Live Forum Event »

    The Forum is back! Black City Hall Live Forum will feature speaker Spencer Danner, candidate for Nebraska Secretary of State, and other black candidates including sheriff candidate Michael Hughes. The location is Emery’s Café, 2218 N. 24th St. The Forum begins at 11:30 a.m.

    Aug. 31 Turner Park Night Market »

    It’s an eclectic mash-up of trendy vendors, food and entertainment at Turner Park Night Market from 6-10 p.m.

    Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday Free Toastmasters Club Lunch and Learn at Noon »

    Where Leaders Are Made 2401 Lake St.

    Pray for Safety in Our Schools


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