Kites to dance Sunday at La Vista festival
The skies over the La Vista Sports Complex will be full of color Sunday as the La Vista Kite Festival takes flight from noon to 5 p.m.
Professional kite fliers will be on the north side of the soccer complex. The public can fly kites on the south side. Some seating is available in bleachers, but lawn chairs are encouraged.
There will be an area of ground kites for children to play in. Candy drops from kites also will take place.
The sports complex is on 66th Street south of Harrison Street.
Gilmore Avenue area can learn about sewers
Clean Solutions for Omaha will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday about the initial design phase of the Gilmore Avenue sewer project. Residents and business owners can ask questions and learn more about the combined sewer overflow project.
During heavy rainstorms, raw sewage combines with stormwater and sometimes backs up into homes and businesses. Even a minor rainfall can cause overflows of unhealthy bacteria into waterways.
The meeting will be at the South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.
Plant sale to benefit Humane Society
Plants for Pooches, a benefit for the Nebraska Humane Society, will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The parking lot at 90th and Fort Streets will be turned into a garden party.
Sarpy County Habitat taking applications
Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County is taking applications for families in need of housing.
Applicants must meet the Habitat guidelines and are required to fill out the pre-screening questionnaire form at hfhsarpy.org.
Free bike helmets, fittings make kids safer
AAA will have free bicycle helmet-fitting events at each branch location in the Omaha metro area, starting Saturday. The event will feature free bike helmets for children ages 5-12.
Children must be present with their parent or guardian to be properly fitted. Helmets will be available while supplies last.
Dates of the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. helmet fittings at AAA offices:
» Saturday, 132nd Street and West Center Road (northwest corner).
» May 12, 160th and Evans Streets.
» June 2, Twin Creek Plaza near 38th Street and Nebraska Highway 370 in Bellevue.
» June 9, Clocktower Plaza, 98th and Burt Streets near Westroads Mall.
Mummies are topic of Joslyn talk
Dr. Bob “Mr. Mummy” Brier, one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies, will speak at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall. He will discuss “Mummification: Resurrection of an Ancient Art.”
Using ancient tools and materials, Brier and Ronald Wade in 1994 became the first people in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style.
Admission is $10 for Joslyn members and $15 for the public. The price includes museum admission.
Advance reservations are recommended by calling 402-661-3862 or at joslyn.org. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door.
Free activities to start Monday at Leahy Mall
The Omaha Downtown Improvement District Association will kick off a season of free activities and mini events Monday at the Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam Streets.
The free activities are planned from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in May, June, August and September.
Mondays will focus on Family Fun, including short plays by the Rose Theater, storytelling, balloon animal instruction and live music. Certified YMCA instructors will lead participants through boot camp exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Wednesdays will offer Arts & Culture with musical concerts, walking tours of downtown’s public art collection, and improv comedy by the Traveling Knights of the Evengard.
Soccer club complex going smoke-free
Bellevue Soccer Club, on 42nd Street north of Nebraska Highway 370 in Bellevue, will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce its Tobacco Free Kick-off and open house. Events will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Sen. Scott Price, the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments and the Bellevue Soccer Club board will cut the ribbon at 1:30 p.m.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax