The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Free concert: Rolling Hills Ranch Independent Retirement Community will host a March of Dimes fundraiser at 3 p.m. today. A free concert will feature local entertainers. Freewill donations will be accepted. The event will be at Rolling Hills Ranch, 4324 N. 132nd St. To reserve a seat, call 402-391-1055.
Awareness, fundraising: Since 2010, Chris Vanacore of Omaha has raised more than $6,500 towards breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, walking to honor her grandmother and mother-in-law, both survivors of breast cancer. This year she has committed to crew the Susan G. Komen San Francisco 3-Day. Vanacore will host a Tuesday through Thursday lunch-time breast cancer awareness events at Union Pacific, 14th and Douglas Streets. She also will be fundraising at the events. As a crew member, Vanacore committed to arriving a day early and working for the duration of the event.
Bloody good deed: The Omaha Community Playhouse's production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” features flying body parts, zombies and a lot of fake blood. The Playhouse is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive during the show's run. The drive will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. To make an appointment, call Lora Kaup at 402-553-5257 or visit redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code 0092840.
Game day: Reservations are required by Friday for the Metro Women's Club's Spring Game Day on March 20. The event will start at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4200 N. 204th St. Lunch is $10, as are raffle tickets. All of the raffle proceeds will go to Youth Emergency Services. Spring Game Day includes lunch and playing a variety of games. Register by calling Peggy Christ at 402-345-4912.
Plenty for sale: Reruns R Fun, the original nonprofit children's consignment sale in the metro area, will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through March 23 at 85th Street and Brentwood Drive in La Vista. First-time parents and grandparents can shop March 13 if their oldest child or grandchild is younger than 3. Sign up for your first-time pass at RerunsRfun.org. Hope Day will be Thursday when admission is a $10 donation to the Hope Center. Visit rerunsrfun.org to donate and get your early admission pass.
No admission fee is charged the other days. On March 22, most items will be marked 25 percent off. On March 23, most items will be marked half off. There will be more than 100,000 items with more arriving daily. Expect spring and summer clothing from infants to juniors, first communion and Easter outfits, shoes and sandals, cribs, bikes, strollers, car seats, baby equipment, furniture, electronics, books, DVDs, Little Tykes, maternity and toys. Reruns R Fun has donated more than $2 million to local charities since the sales began 18 years ago.
Pub crawl: The Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is sponsoring Olde Towne Pub Crawl, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bellevue Firefighter Hall, 2108 Franklin St. in Bellevue. For $20, participants will make their way from the hall to the Century Bar, Cubby's Bear Trap, Doug's and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The fee entitles each participant to food and drink specials at each location. Participants are encouraged to walk from location to location. Live music will start at 8 p.m. at the Firefighter Hall, where Irish food, drink specials and commemorative T-shirts will be sold.
Corned beef and cabbage: The Bellevue Lions Club will have a St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner and raffle from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 at That's Amore restaurant, 101 W. Mission Ave. in Bellevue. Proceeds will pay for eye exams and eyeglasses for children and special needs individuals in Bellevue, training of sight and hearing dogs, and many other projects. Dinner tickets cost $8. A hot dog, chips and drink for kids is $3. Raffle tickets will be sold with the drawing at 4 p.m. Meal and raffle tickets are available from any Bellevue Lions Club member, at the restaurant and at the door.
Evening wear: Make your reservation by Friday, for the Douglas County Historical Society's third annual Costume Collection Runway Show, Luncheon and Exhibition, “Glamour and Glitz.” The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 event will feature evening wear from the 1920s-1960s. The show and exhibition will be at the Institute for the Culinary Arts Swanson Conference Center on Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha campus.
This will be the third year the historical society will present its “Women Defining History Award,” honoring a woman who inspires, challenges and serves as a model for others to strengthen the community through philanthropic outreach, tenacity, courage and creativity. Tickets for the show are $50 for historical society members and $55 for nonmembers. Proceeds will support Douglas County artifact preservation. To reserve a spot, visit DouglasCoHistory.org or call 402-455-9990.
Elvis tribute: Joseph Hall, an Elvis tribute artist from Lincoln, will give a fundraising concert March 23 at the Starlite Ballroom in Wahoo, Neb., with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Saunders County. The doors and kitchen will open at 5 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Tickets starts at $20. For tickets or more information, call Deb at 402-707-1352. Cancer Crushers, Kickin It for a Cure, Team Sassy and Kendra's Krusaders are sponsors. The relay will be May 31 at the Wahoo track.
Community salute: The Veterans in Business Forum is raising money for the annual Families of the Fallen Dinner, which will be May 17. Speaker and author Jim Meier will give two presentations with all of proceeds going for the dinner. The first will be the 11 a.m. to noon March 27 Let Great Voices Speak! at the Creighton University Harper Center auditorium, 2500 California Plaza. The second is the 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 23 talk at Champions Run Golf Club's Board Room, 13800 Eagle Run Drive. Each presentation is $25 a person.
For reservations, contact Lindsey Jeratowski at Ljeratow@aerotek.com or 402-997-7605. Make checks payable to Salute Our Military Community and mail them to: Aerotek, c/o Lindsey, 310 Regency Parkway Suite 110, Omaha, NE 68114-3791. To contribute to the Families of the Fallen Dinner without attending a talk, make a check payable to Salute Our Military Community and mail it to: The Midlands Community Foundation, 945 N. Adams St. Suite 7, Papillion, NE 68046-3111.
Be foolish, have fun: Run Like a Fool to Cure Cancer, 5K fun run/walk, will raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Costumes are encouraged with a prize for the most outrageous outfit. The event will begin at 9 a.m. March 30 at Walnut Creek Recreation Area, 96th Street and Nebraska Highway 370 in Papillion. The entry fee is $30. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. March 29. To register or for more information, visit active.com/running/papillion-ne/run-like-a-fool-to-cure-cancer-2013-bt086.
Artists, musicians: The Bluffs Arts Council seek artists and musicians to participate in a coming fundraising event. Savor the Flavor in the Spring, an event that highlights local artists, musicians, fine wines and ales with food pairings, will take place May 18 in the historic 100 Block of West Broadway. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., patrons can stroll the block, stopping at any of the featured locations to enjoy art, music, food and drink. For more information, or, if you would like to be featured as an artist or musician, call the arts council office at 712-328-4992 or email email@example.com. There is no cost to participate.
Scholarships: The Mid-Plains Education Association (MPEA) at North Platte (Neb.) Community College is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Mid-Plains Community College students, thanks in part to recent fundraisers. Scholarship applications are due April 3.
A record: Kidnet Preschool at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in La Vista set a school record with its just-completed Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Nebraska Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Kidnet raised $1,202.19, which is $440 more than it raised last year.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with the World-Herald News Service
In the garden: Lauritzen Gardens will offer Volunteer 101 training from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13 at the garden, First and Bancroft Streets. Interested participants can learn about volunteer projects in all departments at the garden and sign up to contribute to the garden’s growth. For more information, call 402-346-4002, ext. 263.
Trainers: Familia — family — is at the center of the intersection of faith, sexuality and culture. So says Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, national coordinator for the A La Familia Program. She has worked with others to create a training guide and curriculum for holding facilitated small group discussions within the Latino community about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Melendez Rivera will direct a facilitator’s training retreat March 15 to 17.
Those interested in becoming a facilitator will be asked to “pay it forward” by committing to facilitate at least two discussions. The training will be bilingual and open to all. Facilitator training will address LGBT inclusion in Catholic and Protestant congregations and in Latino families. Persons interested in attending the training should email ALFomaha@gmail.com or call Ariss at 402-559-9662. A La Familia Omaha Project seeks to build an inclusive Latino community that can lead efforts for LGBT equality.