New support group helps families in crisis
Families Anonymous will hold its first meeting in Omaha at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cornhusker Room at Methodist Hospital, 8303 Dodge St. Thereafter, the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Cornhusker Room, located on the second floor of the south tower by the cafeteria.
Families Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship for families and friends who have felt desperate because of the destructive behavior of someone near to them, whether the behavior is caused by drugs, alcohol or related behavioral problems. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 402-968-8389. Find out more about the group at familiesanonymous.org.
Program to promote healthy families
North Omaha residents can hear a talk from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday about the role of fathers in supporting healthy pregnancy and family.
Dr. Waldo Johnson Jr. will speak at Omaha North High School. He is an associate professor at the School of Social Service Administration and the immediate past director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.
Johnson's presentation is the third of four free community-based learning forums organized to promote healthy families in north Omaha as a part of the Connections Project, a research and outreach program housed in the University of Nebraska Medical Center's School of Allied Health Professions.
1940s federal towns topic for Westerners
Dr. Heather E. Fryer, an associate professor at Creighton University, will discuss three 1940s federal settlements at the Thursday meeting of the Omaha Corral of the Westerners. Fryer will speak about Vanport City, Ore., which housed new arrivals to work in the Kaiser Shipyards; Los Alamos, N.M., the secret enclave of scientists developing the atomic bomb; and the Central Utah Relocation Center, an internment camp for Americans of Japanese ancestry.
Guests are welcome. Social time begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program following at the Venice Inn, 69th and Pacific Streets. Participants pay for their own food and beverages. RSVPs are required by calling 402-738-1725.
Class offers older drivers safety tips
AARP offers a four-hour refresher driver safety class that reviews the rules of the road and emphasizes driving strategies for ages 50 and older. Classes are open to the public.
Fees are $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Classes will be offered from noon to 4 p.m.:
» March 5 at Midlands Hospital, 11111 S. 84th St. in Papillion. To register, call 1-800-253-4368.
» March 10 at the AARP Information Center, 1941 S. 42nd St. in Omaha. To register, call 402-398-9568.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax