The following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events or opportunities happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Boutique time: The Douglas County Health Center will have a Bargain Boutique from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Oct. 4 at the Douglas County Health Center, 4102 Woolworth Ave., in Town Hall on the first floor. All proceeds will go to the Resident Special Purpose Fund.
Blanketeers: Project Linus Omaha will celebrate its eighth birthday Saturday with a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. work party at Bryan High School, 4700 Giles Road. Through the years, the chapter has donated more than 35,300 homemade blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Bring new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, knitting or crocheting, your sewing machine or just yourself. Project Linus will have a limited number of fleece pieces to make no-sew blankets. Bring a snack to share. Students needing service hours are welcome.
Oktoberfest: BVFD Inc., the association of the members of the former Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department and now a philanthropic supporter of the Bellevue Fire Department, will host an Oktoberfest from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Volunteer Firefighters Hall, 2108 Franklin St. in Bellevue. The event will have German cuisine, music and fun events. Proceeds will support the department's annual Kids' Camp and fire prevention programs.
Dream and wish: At this year's Street of Dreams at Tuscan Ridge near 199th and Pacific Streets, the Home Building Professionals of Greater Omaha organization has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska to feature children's rooms inspired by the wishes of local Nebraska Make-A-Wish recipients or future recipients. Although the "wish" rooms will be featured throughout the event, a special Make-A-Wish Saturday event will feature donations and special events benefiting the cause. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. General admission is $10 at the door or $9 in advance at any No Frills Supermarket or at www.streetofdreams.org.
Library books: The Bennington Public Library will host a book fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Bennington Community Room, attached to the library and Fire Department at 15505 Warehouse St. in Bennington. Proceeds will be used to buy books for the library. An online book fair will be available through Oct. 8 at www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs/2994977.
Food drive: Creighton University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will go door to door and be stationed Saturday at Omaha and Council Bluffs Hy-Vee supermarkets asking for food donations as part of a weeklong Feed the Spirit food collection drive. It marks the inauguration of CU's 24th president, the Rev. Timothy R. Lannon. The Salvation Army, the Heart Ministry Center and Micah House will benefit from Creighton's efforts. Monetary donations also will be collected at all Creighton Federal Credit Union locations.
Help for a boy: Eleven-year-old Cayden McConnell, son of Heather Keating of Lincoln and Ryan McConnell of Beatrice, Neb., has an inoperable brain cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma. Cayden's treatment includes six weeks of radiation mixed with an experimental drug — all in Denver. After the treatments, Cayden will return to Nebraska but need weekly trips to Denver for 33 weeks. A Cure for Cayden Benefit will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Communications Workers of America Local 7470 Hall, 2448 N St. in Lincoln. The benefit will include a lunch, silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will go to Cayden's medical and travel expenses. Persons unable to attend can make a donation at any Wells Fargo Bank to the Cure for Cayden Benefit Donation Fund.
Indian festival: The University of Nebraska Medical Center will host a 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday family event to celebrate the diverse culture of India. The event will be held in the Truhlsen Campus Events Center in the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, 42nd and Emile Streets. "Rhythms of India/Bharat Mela" is co-sponsored by the Indian Association of Nebraska. The event will feature a quiz, history competition, food vendors with Indian food, displays from various states of India, traditional Indian dance and Bollywood. The cost to attend is $10 for adults; $25 for a family of four; or $5 for people younger than 18. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.bharatmelaomaha.blogspot.com. Proceeds from the event will fund multiple charitable events supported by the India Association of Nebraska including scholarships to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University, donations to the Blind Foundation, emergency food shelters and to organizations that promote education of girls in India. In addition, funds will be allotted to a new scholarship at UNMC.
Golden memories: Join Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of Gold Rush Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. in Papillion. The event is open to the public and well-behaved, leashed dogs. Activities for families and their dogs will include contests of talents, tricks and costumes. You also can meet golden retrievers that are available for adoption. The highlight of the day will be a parade of golden retrievers who have found new homes and their stories of rescue.
It's hooley time: The annual Hooley, sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Omaha Firefighters Union Hall, 60th and Grover Streets. This family-friendly party to celebrate everything Irish is a fundraiser for the charities the Lady Hibernians support. The Hooley will feature Irish stew, Irish dancing by the Craio' na Tire Dancers, bagpipe music and Irish songs by the band Donnybrook. There also will be a raffle and silent auction. The cost, which includes food, is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with a maximum of $30 per family.
For the kids: ABATE of Nebraska District 6, a motorcycle safety and rights organization, will have its annual Toy Run on Sunday. Meet at noon at the Physicians Clinic parking lot, 89th Street and West Dodge Road. Bring unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army to give to families that need help providing gifts for Christmas. At 1 p.m., police will escort the vehicles to Rick's Cafe Boatyard.
More napkins, please: The Omaha Cornhusker Cosmopolitan Club will sponsor a rib feed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the German American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Tickets are available by calling Dick Gorton at 402-398-9301. Take-out dinners will be available. The proceeds will go for diabetes prevention, research and treatment programs.
Food drive: The City of Omaha is partnering with the Salvation Army on Tuna Tuesdays. It's a food drive for city employees to help fill designated food bins in the community. The drive started Tuesday and will take place on consecutive Tuesdays through Oct. 4. The drive's purpose is to boost the Salvation Army's supply of food to area pantries.
Fruit trees: Representatives from the Neighborhood Center, Mutual of Omaha and the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance planted 25 fruit-bearing trees last week at the Dorothy Patach Natural Environmental Area. She has worked as a neighborhood volunteer in South Omaha for more than six decades. The trees were made possible by a grant from Mutual of Omaha. The fruit will be available for neighborhood and community consumption.
What a sale: More than $70,000 — that's how much the 54th annual rummage sale made for Blair (Neb.) Memorial Community Hospital. The four-day sale was at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington, Neb. Ardis Grace of Blair, who has been on the sale's planning committee since the fundraiser's inception, said this year's proceeds will go to the hospital's physical therapy department.
All about town: Mutual of Omaha encouraged all employees to spend time helping a nonprofit group in September. In the Omaha area, employees volunteered at more than 40 places in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Volunteer activities included work at the American Lung Association of Nebraska, Lauritzen Gardens and the Carter Lake Boys and Girls Club.
Gifts of flags: Woodmen of the World this month presented Cub Scout Packs 244 and 363, both in Gretna, with American flag sets, including flag toppers, poles and stands. Woodmen also presented flags to Gretna Cadette Girl Scout Troop 42603.
Jabberwocky? OneWorld Community Health Center's recent Sawbones vs. Jawbones softball game raised $16,000 for OneWorld's Every Baby Matters Program. The Jawbones, area lawyers and legal professionals, were victorious 8-5 over the Sawbones, area medical professionals.
Cleaning up: The Ralston Chamber of Commerce recently donated $350 to the Salvation Army for the purchase of flood relief supplies for victims of flooding.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax