In observance of Teen Read Week™, a literacy initiative to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users, the Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave, will screen the film based on the book “Ready Player One” and have a 1980s-themed activity from 3:30-6 p.m. For more info, phone 402-444-4849.
Let’s Talk about Race” at UNO Black Studies Department’s 2018 Table Talk. Enjoy dinner and conversation in the Milo Bail Student Center, from 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct. 9. Register at 402-554-2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kickback & Book Discussion at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Teens and adults are invited after-hours for dinner and a dialogue around this year’s Omaha Reads title, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Community activist Ashlei Spivey will dive into some of the book’s themes and welcome attendees to share ideas and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to read the book before the event. Registration is required. A signed parental permission form is required for minors attending without a guardian. Phone 402-444-4849 to register.
Black Votes Matter Institute of Community Engagement will host their first “Face to Face with Black History Tour” banquet at 7 p.m. at Scott Conference Center. The featured speaker will be Dr. Edmond Wheeler, President ITC, Atlanta, GA. For tickets or more info, phone 402-905-9305.
David Phelps will partner with popular musical trio, Cana’s Voice to present The Big Voice Tour at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4200 N 204th Street in Elkhorn, NE at 7 p.m. In addition, this special musical evening will feature renown, singer/songwriter Geron Davis, as well as talented female vocalist, Charlotte Ritchie. More info is available at www.imcconcerts.com or 800-965-9324. Group ticket information is available by calling 423-218-1926.
The Union for Contemporary Art’s Performing Arts Collective opens its first musical production, Kirsten Childs’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, a humorous coming-of-age story spanning the sixties through the nineties, and the confusing worlds of racism, sexism, and Broadway showbiz. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. The production runs through Oct. 28. Tickets are available at eventbrite. The Union is located at 2423 N. 24th St.
Empowerment Network’s Raise the Vote North Omaha Summit will be held from 8:45-11:30 a.m. at the North High School Viking Center, 4410 N. 36th St.
Metropolitan Community College, One World Health Centers and the Mexican Consulate will co-host the Binational Health Fair from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Mahoney Building at the College’s South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets. The event will offer free services including vision and hearing, head and neck and dental screens, health and safety information, flu shots and glucose and blood pressure screens.
Annual Restoration Exchange Omaha home tour will visit 10 homes in the historic Bemis Park neighborhood. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will begin at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Ave. Tickets for the self-directed tour can be purchased on line at www.restorationexchangeomaha.org.
Labor Max Staff Branch Manager Melissa Coleman will host a job fair at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, 5555 Larimore Ave, from 1-4 p.m. Position openings include: general labor, warehouse, construction, demolition, assembly, welders and many more.
Spooky Saturday at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., from 3-4 p.m. Gather around the campfire to listen to slightly scary stories told in the dark, followed by a glowing eye craft, creepy sensory activities and a snack. For ages 5-11. For more info, phone 402-444-4850.
Metropolitan Community College (MCC), Great Plains Theater Conference (GPTC) and Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) present a preview of 2019 GPTC PlayFest at 7:30 p.m. at the OCP Howard Drew Theatre, 6915 Cass St. The evening includes a free short reading of selected scenes from THE BLUES OF KNOWING WHY and EPIC, written by Nebraska playwrights Christopher Maly and Ellen Struve. A conversation with the artists will follow.
PRI’s Advanced Cultural Humility Workshop – Wading Into Whiteness will be held from 6-9 p.m. at MCC North Express Center, 2112 N. 30th St. This workshop will get you thinking deeply about what it means to be White in a racially diverse world. For more info, visit https://mccneb.edu.
Sacred Heart School, 2205 Binney St., will hold a school-wide student art show during parent-teacher conferences (12-7 p.m.). The themes are What Sacred Heart Means to Me, Why I Love North Omaha and I Can Be. I Will Be. Watch Me. The show is open to the public. For info, phone 402-455-5858.
The WORD is a jazz infused spoken word, poetry, open mic night at The Opollo Theater, 6052 Maple St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8:00. Poetry open mic list open until 9:30. Pay at the door or purchase tickets at eventbrite.com. This is a withlove felicia production.
UNO Dept. of Black Studies and Reconnect, Inc. hosts Delicate Imbalance Racial and Ethnic Disparity Summit at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, 6400 S. University Rd North, CEC Bldg. from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Learn what you can do to ensure all youth, regardless of their race or ethnicity, have access to a fair juvenile justice system. Discuss system and non-system factors and what communities like Omaha can do to eliminate the disproportionality and racial and ethnic disparity. Register for the free event at eventbrite.com.
The deadline for registering online, through the DMV, or other agencies to be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 general election. This is also the postmark deadline for mailed-in registrations. Citizens also have until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26 to register in person at their county election office.
Join Omaha Public Library and Beacon Story Lab for an evening inspired by Omaha Reads’ 2018 selection “The Hate U Give,” an award-winning novel by Angie Thomas. The show will open with a performance by Withlove, Felicia, followed by six community members sharing stories of identity. The free event will be held at The Union for Contemporary Arts, 2423 N. 24th St. from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Registration is required at eventbrite.com.
The deadline to register in person at your county election office to be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 general election. You have until 6:00 p.m.
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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.