June 24, 2008

Connect Online! What’s Happening Near You Today

By Veronica Stickney, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

Jun. 23--I update this column each weekday with what's happening in your neighborhood, school or family. So please let me know about events important to you and your family or friends, and check back often to see what's going on. Send your events and story ideas to me at [email protected] or Omaha World-Herald, 1314 Douglas St., Suite 700, Omaha, NE 68102.

Event to plant seeds of awareness in kids

Eco-minded families: A workshop Saturday, June 28, is for you.

"Growing up Green: Raising Environmentally Conscious Kids" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St. It will include hands-on, environmentally friendly activities for children and adults.

Children will learn about gardening and composting and will make eco-friendly toys and art.

The workshop, sponsored by the Green Omaha Coalition's Green Neighborhood Council, is free and open to the public. Space is limited, however.

RSVP to Julie at [email protected] tnc.org.

Workshops set on children's disorders

Families can learn about how to handle children with mental and emotional disorders at two free Children's Hospital workshops.

The first -- Thursday, June 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- will focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder in children. It will include discussion on identifying and treating the disorder in young children and adolescents.

The second -- July 31 -- will focus on helping children deal with anxiety. Behavioral health psychologists will share information about the types of anxiety disorders found in children.

Both sessions will be at Children's Behavioral Health, 90th Street and Western Avenue, suite 200, inside the Exec Centre building.

Since space is limited, parents should register by calling 955-3900.

Neighborhood group plans Sunday picnic

Aksarben/Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association members and their families are invited to a neighborhood association picnic Sunday, June 29.

The picnic will be from noon to 4 p.m. in the Elmwood Park Pavilion, across from the pool.

The association will provide a main dish, but residents should help by bringing side dishes and desserts. Families with last names beginning with A-L should bring desserts, while those with last names beginning with M-Z should bring vegetables or a salad side dish.

RSVP for the picnic by Monday, June 23, by visiting www.aksarbenelmwood.org.

Chinese culture to be celebrated

Eat, play games and more at the first ever citywide Chinese Culture Family Night Friday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Student Center of Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave.

Organizers include Omaha Chinese Students and Scholars Association chapters at Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha Chinese Culture Association.

Dinner, children's games, a silent auction and demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy and character writing will go until 7:30 p.m. Other entertainment and auction results will follow.

Proceeds will go to those affected by the Sichuan earthquake on May 12.

Cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for those ages 3 to 11. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Trails to be topic of Thursday event

Learn about Omaha's trail network at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at a Sierra Club program featuring local architect Gary Gebhard, who is also a trails activist and president of the Eastern Nebraska Trails Network.

Gebhard will speak in the picnic shelter at Kiwanis Park, Abbott Drive and Locust Street, or if it's raining at First United Methodist Church, 69th and Cass Streets. Call the Sierra Club at 551-9480 with last-minute weather concerns.

He will discuss trail development in the metro area.

Sierra Club members and their families and friends also are invited to a 6 p.m. potluck.

Show Wagon opens this week

Show Wagon performances start this week at 7 p.m. with district competition in the talent show Tuesday, June 24 at Elmwood Park, 808 S. 60th St., and Thursday, June 26 at Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive. The program continues July 1 at Benson Park, 7002 Military Ave., and July 8 at Montclair Community Center, 2304 S. 135th Ave.

Regional shows are planned for July 17 at Mockingbird Hills, July 22 at Montclair and July 24 at Benson Park.

Finals of the talent competition are scheduled for Aug. 6 at Elmwood Park.

Show Wagon is co-sponsored by the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department and The World-Herald.

For more information, or if you want to enter, call Marcia Coffeen at 444-5164.

Travel Snaps contest begins

World-Herald readers are sharing their summer travel photos, and it's time to vote on a favorite.

It's all part of our Travel Snaps contest. To be eligible, readers are sending us a photo of someone holding a copy of The World-Herald at their vacation destination. They also are sharing a highlight from their trip.

Each week's entries are eligible for a drawing for a $60 gas card. At the end of the contest, one person will win a $2,000 travel voucher, courtesy of AAA Nebraska, that can be used for hotels, airfares, car rentals, etc.

All photos appear at Omaha.com. Each week the editor's choice and readers' favorite will be published on our Sunday Travel page in E.T.A. We'll also announce the weekly gas card winner in the paper. The first results will appear July 6.

Want to enter the contest? You can submit one photo per week for each of the 12 weeks of the contest, which runs through September.

You'll find all the details on this Web site. From the homepage, click on Spotlight, on the right side of the screen.

Neighborhood fun on Fourth of July?

Where can we find the best neighborhood Fourth of July celebration?

We're not talking fireworks displays, and we're not looking for communitywide festivities.

We want to know about the small, neighborly celebrations -- where kids decorate their bikes for a one-block parade, where games are homemade and where grills are fired up and picnic blankets are spread.

Share your recommendations. We'll try to picture as many as we can on July 5.


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