“I Am…” Girls Conference, presented by The Urban League of Nebraska, is a day-long event that empowers all girls between the 7th and 12th grade to excel in their education and their individual lives. These girls will meet successful female professionals and attend motivational workshops. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. at the College of Saint Mary. For more info, phone Nicole Mitchell at 402-451-1066 ext. 137.
Brent Crampton from Hillside Solutions will give a presentation at Holy Family after 10 a.m. mass. His focus will be on sustainable ways to live; how to compost, where trash goes, and other specifics about being good to the environment. All are welcome!
Addressing Violence against Black Girls & Women, a facilitated conversation to organize and brainstorm on how to address the violence and help propel the work forward by the Black community will be held at the WCA, 3801 Harney St. from 3-5 p.m. Register at: letsorganize.eventbrite.com.
Joslyn Art Museum hosts Omaha Table Talk. Delve into the power dynamics and imbalances that lead to and perpetuate racial discrimination in America, a central theme of Joslyn’s 30 Americans exhibition. Guests may explore the exhibition (5 p.m.), then enjoy a light meal (5:45) and panel discussion (6:00). This free event is open to the public. Registration is required. For more info, visit Eventbrite.
The House Warming #4 topic for February is Black History and Black Love: Black Excellence hosted by WithLove Felicia. Musical guest is getEJIKEwithit. The event will be held at the Kaneko Library Theatre, 1111 Jones St. from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Tickets are available at rootedrhythm.ticketleap.com.
Jazzy Little Ladies (JLL) will host a grand opening, 3610 Dodge Street, Suite 202 from 6-8 p.m. JLL will offer mini salon services for girls, ages 4-14, in a kid-friendly atmosphere. Services include hair, skin and nail care in addition to birthday and party packages, accommodating up to six girls per party. The services will not be available at the opening. For more info, contact Devin Owens at 531-210-0271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clair Cares food pantry will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5544 Ames Ave. To pick up food be sure to take bags or boxes. For more info, phone 402-451-8322.
Original drama More than Neighbors, chronicling Hwy 75’s lingering impact on North Omaha, opens an 11-night run at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Written/directed by The Union’s Denise Chapman, the play draws from years of research and story gathering to tell a multi-generational tale of a community cut in two. The play runs Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays through March 3. Tickets can be reserved in advance at u-ca.org.
Metropolitan Community College will host the 25th annual Vietnamese New Year Celebration with Vietnamese music, food and cultural entertainment. The free event will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. inside room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at the South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. California-based artist Ngoc Anh will be the musical guest and Fusion Taste Restaurant will cater.
Spend the evening enjoying Cocktails and Kisses at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St. Entertainment features da Truth with special guest Sam Rivers. The ticket price includes food. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show begins at 9:00. For ticket prices or more info, phone 402-502-5291.
Brown Bag Lecture from 12-1 p.m. at the Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall, North, Lincoln, NE 68508. Spend the lunch hour with Dr. Jeannette Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at UNL. Dr. Jones will explore the history of black Americans in Nebraska and Lincoln. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunches. The lecture will also be broadcast live on government access channels and uploaded on the History Nebraska Youtube channel afterward. For more info, phone 402-471-4782.
Heartland Generations Center, 4318 Fort St., will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. The center is open weekdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A small donation is suggested for lunch which is served at noon. Reservations for lunch must be made the day before. Transportation is available for a nominal cost. For more info, phone 402-553-5300.
Nebraska high school students representing 16 Nebraska and Iowa schools will showcase their culinary expertise at the 14th annual Institute for the Culinary Arts High School Culinary Invitational, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus. Teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals and presenting them to expert judges. The event is free and open to the public.
Africa Djawa, Africa rejoicing the cultural beauty of African tradition, will be held both days at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 S. 20th St. On the 23rd, an authentic African banquet will be held at 5:00 p.m. followed by vibrant African dancing and drumming at 6:30. The next day, authentic African food will be for sale at 4:00 p.m., followed by dancing and drumming at 5:30. For more info, phone 402-556-5143.
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.