Simmons Safari Park opens Saturday
Simmons Safari Park, operated by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, will open for the season Saturday.
The drive-through park includes bison, bears, cranes, wolves, pelicans, elk and other animals and birds found in North America. A new hands-on exhibit for kids is the Corral with farm animals.
The park, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at Exit 426 off Interstate 80 at Ashland, Neb. Admission is $6.50 for age 12 and older, $4.50 for ages 3 to 11 and $5.50 for persons 65 and older. Price discounted for zoo members.
Health fair open to refugee community
The Refugee Health Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Yates Community Center, 3260 Davenport St. The event is open to refugees living in the Omaha area.
Bridge to Care Refugee Program, a student-run group coordinated by the Service Learning Academy in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, sponsors the event.
Free health screenings will include blood glucose, blood pressure, vision, dental, growth and development. Information also will be available on HIV/AIDS, vaccinations and immunizations, prescription medication counseling, physician-patient communication and Medicaid services.
U.S. Military Day aimed at students
Sen. Mike Johanns and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will host a U.S. Military Day Saturday for high school and college students.
This is a chance for students and their parents to learn more about military opportunities, particularly the nomination process for U.S. service academies. Information about the National Guard, Reserve, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and other military enlistment options also will be presented.
Representatives from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard will be at Lincoln Southwest High School from 9 a.m. to noon. A presentation featuring service academy and military representatives will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Gardening workshop free, open to the public
Dundee Community Garden will host a free gardening workshop, "How to Grow Your Soil, and What to Plant and When," from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the A.V. Sorensen Community Center, 4808 Cass St.
Garden members Tancy Ellis and Lori Huebert will lead the workshop, which is open to the public. Free coffee and refreshments will be provided. Bring your own mug.
Begging is allowed at this Easter hunt
Three Dog Bakery will host an Easter Begg Hunt for dogs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing.
The $5 participation fee benefits the Nebraska Humane Society.
Hospital campus name to honor Brookhouser
Boys Town will name the campus area on which the West Campus of Boys Town National Research Hospital and Clinics is located to honor Dr. Patrick E. Brookhouser.
The 2 p.m. Monday ceremony will be at 14000 Boys Town Hospital Road at Boys Town. Colleagues and employees will honor his memory and legacy at this event.
Brookhouser was executive vice president of health care and director at Boys Town for almost 40 years. He died unexpectedly in September.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax