Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Exploring: An April 19 fundraiser hosted by WineStyles, 1006 S. 74th Plaza, will benefit the Exploring program. A 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. open house will include six wine tastings for $25 or premium selections for $50. Exploring is a career mentoring program for young men and women ages 14-20 under the umbrella of Boy Scouts of America. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit omahaexploring.org.
Stack 'em up: The Friends of the Library in Fremont, Neb., will have its 2012 Book Sale from Friday through April 15 at the Fremont City Auditorium, Ninth and Broad Streets. Public sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. April 15, when books will be half-price. All proceeds will benefit Keene Memorial Public Library in Fremont.
On sale: Reruns 'R' Fun, 85th Street and Brentwood Drive in La Vista, will open its consignment sale's doors Friday with more than 100,000 items of children's clothing, furniture and toys, and maternity items. Hours Friday through April 21 will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On April 20, most items will be marked 25 percent off. On April 21, most items will be marked half off. A free car seat safety check will be available from noon to 3 p.m. April 15. After expenses, proceeds are donated to charity. For more information, visit RerunsRFun.org.
CF help: A Friday spaghetti dinner fundraiser and silent auction will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Omaha Police Union Hall, 13445 Cryer Ave., to benefit Rachel's Raise of Hope and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Six-year-old Rachel Leaders, daughter of Paul and Tiffany Leaders of Omaha, has cystic fibrosis. Suggested donations for the 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. event are $7 per person or $25 per family. For more information on the event or to donate, visit rachelsraiseofhope.com.
Stuff the Bus: StarTran of Lincoln is sponsoring a Stuff the Bus promotion for Friendship Home. Lincolnites are asked to donate new items needed by the women and children at Friendship Home, a haven for battered women and their children. StarTran buses will be parked in front of the north Walmart, Sam's Club, south Walmart and east Walmart from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. April 15.
Scouting for food: Boy Scouts are ready for the 2012 ConAgra Foods' Scouting for Food Drive. The Scouts will deliver door hangers Saturday in local neighborhoods and then come back April 21 to collect the donated food. The goal is to collect more than 500,000 items of food. Residents are encouraged to place nonperishable goods in a bag at their front door by 8 a.m. April 21. Additional drop-off locations include all local Hy-Vee Supermarkets and Food Bank for the Heartland, 10525 J St. Hy-Vee will sell prepacked grocery bags of nonperishable food items for $5.
Food and music: The Nebraska Country Music Foundation will hold a spaghetti and pie membership drive and karaoke contest Saturday at the VFW in Hastings, Neb. Spaghetti and pie will be served at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for members or people who join on the spot for $25. The meal is $6 for nonmembers; the karaoke contest is $10 for nonmembers. Freewill donations also will be accepted.
Craft fair plus dogs: Raise the Woof, a craft fair and flea market benefiting Nebraska Dachshund Rescue with K-9 Lives Rescue Boutique, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15. ComeSitStay doggie day care, 7001 S. 181st St., will host the event. For more information, visit nebraskadachshundrescue.org.
Funding campaign: Rebuilding Together Omaha has started the public portion of a $1.5 million campaign to raise money to repair roofs for low-income elderly and permanently disabled homeowners who live east of 52nd Street. The Raise the Roof campaign has taken in $750,000 to date. People can contribute by contacting Rebuilding Together Omaha at rebuildingtogetheromaha.org or 402-965-9201.
Golfing against cancer: Peg's Legs will sponsor a golf outing, with the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. This year's goal is to raise $10,000. To register, send email address, name, complete mailing address, phone number and the names of the three other players on your team, along with a $240 check ($60 a player) payable to Peg's Legs, to Peg's Legs, Attn: Vickie Wade, P.O. Box 13295, Offutt Air Force Base, NE 68113. The registration deadline is April 27. The outing will begin at 10 a.m. at the Knolls Golf Course, 11630 Sahler St. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at the Knolls Clubhouse. Questions? Contact Wade at 402-651-9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Bunny arrived: Rick's Cafe Boatyard had an Easter party and brunch on Saturday for the children of Lydia House and Open Door Mission in the cafe's banquet room. Pictures were taken with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt was held. This was the third Easter that the cafe's staff provided the children a happy holiday. The producers of the Riverfront Dinner Theatre at Rick's Cafe Boatyard — Theatre-To-Go, a division of Actors Etc. Limited — donated a portion of ticket sales from the April 10 and 14 "The Titanic is Coming" to provide Easter baskets for the children.
Books and other gifts: Wells Fargo's Omaha team will donate more than 160 new and gently used books to each of two local schools and two nonprofits as part of its celebration of the company's 160th anniversary. The company is making donations and organizing volunteer activities nationwide. The Omaha donation will benefit students at Belvedere Elementary and Marrs Magnet Middle Schools, both in Omaha Public Schools, and the nonprofits Kids Can and Girls Inc. In all, the Omaha team collected more than 1,000 books. Nebraska Wells Fargo customers also voted with others from a 15-state region that the banking corporation give the American Red Cross $100,000, Habitat for Humanity International $30,000 and the American Heart Association $30,000.
Go, teams, go: More than 200 guests cheered the University of Kentucky and the University of Kansas in the Final Four at the second annual Big Basketball Bash. Not only did guests enjoy both college semifinal basketball games, but they also helped raise more than $8,000 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax