The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email information about your good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Restaurant month: Several Midtown Crossing dining establishments are donating a portion of sales all month to the Heartland Walk for Warmth and Run for Fun to benefit those struggling to heat their homes this winter. Participating businesses are Black Oak Grill, Brix, Cantina Laredo, Cold Stone Creamery, Crave, The Grey Plume, Lenny's Sub Shop, Pana 88 and Saint's Pub + Patio.
Salute to vets: Valentine's Day is a great time to say thanks to America's veterans. The Veterans Affairs Department invites the community to say thank you during the National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which will run Monday through Saturday. VA health care staff, volunteers and community organizations will honor vets for their service. Everyone can make a positive difference in the lives of veterans at VA health care facilities through the Valentines for Veterans program. Individuals, veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools or anyone who wishes is encouraged to deliver valentines or mail to veterans at one of the Nebraska or western Iowa VA health care facilities. VA staff will give these Valentines to patients throughout the week. Addresses for the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System locations are available at nebraska.va.gov. To send valentines, mail to your local VA health care facility and mark in care of “Valentines for Veterans.” Community groups are encouraged to take the extra step to visit America's heroes at facilities in Omaha, Lincoln or Grand Island, Neb., during National Salute week. To schedule a visit during the week, call 402-995-3283 or 402-995-3284 for Omaha, 402-486-7879 for Lincoln, or 308-382-3660 ext. 92146 for Grand Island. An additional way to show veterans that you care every day is to volunteer at a VA health care facility. Information is available at nebraska.va.gov/giving/index.asp.
Mission trip: The College of St. Mary will host Share the Love! Service Learning Fundraising Event on Tuesday. This event will help finance the El Paso Service Learning Trip that students participate in during the spring. There will be a silent auction and bake sale in the Mercy Meeting Room, 7000 Mercy Road, at 6 p.m. Dinner will be $5.
For the arts: David Maron will be the featured musician Tuesday at the Bluffs Arts Council's February Dine Out for the Arts. He will play the mountain dulcimer, starting at 5 p.m. at Christy Creme, 2853 N. Broadway in Council Bluffs. Christy Creme will donate to the arts council a percentage of its proceeds for the day. To participate, simply dine at Christy Creme any time Tuesday. The donations will specifically benefit arts education programming in Council Bluffs.
From the Heart: Dr. James F. McCaslin and the team at Evergreen Dental Group will host a Dentistry From the Heart event Saturday to offer Omaha area residents free dental care services. Event registration will open at 7 a.m. at Evergreen Dental, 1815 N. 145th St. Patients are encouraged to come early. They will be seen first come, first served until 5 p.m. Free dental services will be offered to patients 18 and older and include the choice of one filling, cleaning or one extraction per patient. For more information, visit dentistryfromtheheart.org or call 402-493-4040.
Pass the Parmesan: Five months after Sara Correa was married in 2010, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. After two surgeries that removed almost three-fourths of her colon and two rounds of chemotherapy, the 28-year-old's cancer has spread to her liver and she's back on chemo. Her friends have organized a spaghetti dinner benefit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to help raise funds for her medical expenses and living expenses for her and her family. The event, at Barley's, 114 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs, will include a silent auction, raffles and more. Donations of $10 minimum are requested at the door. For questions, to make a monetary donation or to offer items for the silent auction, call Brandie at 402-706-6235 or Stephanie at 402-689-3869.
Brain cancer: A Feb. 17 fundraiser is planned for Sarpy County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Staack, who was diagnosed last year with anaplastic astrocytoma, a brain cancer. An 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. spaghetti dinner will raise money to help with his medical bills. The event also will feature homemade desserts, a silent auction and other ways to take part. The fundraiser will be at The Belvedere, 201 E. First St. in Papillion. Staack has been a SWAT team member since its founding in 1995 and is involved with the community. As a seventh-degree black belt, he has been owner and master trainer at Gretna Tae Kwon Do for 17 years. Cost for the spaghetti dinner is $10 per adult, $5 per child, with a maximum of $25 per family. All proceeds will go towards Staack's medical expenses. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office, is sponsor. To make a donation, call the Police Federal Credit Union at 402-391-4040; send check or money order to the OPFCU, 10791 S. 72nd St., Papillion, NE 68046 in care of Rick Staack; or stop by in person.
Painting party: Canvas and Cabernet in Aksarben Village will host a Feb. 21 painting party to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Participants will be raising funds for 6-year-old Lily. Expect an evening of painting, appetizers, silent auction, fellowship and fundraising. Participants' $45 cost includes a $15 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 16-by-20-inch stretched canvas, easel, paints, paintbrush, apron, guiding artist and light appetizers. Also expect a cash bar and silent auction. Lily was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 15, 2011, and started blood transfusions and chemotherapy within 24 hours. She had more than a dozen blood and platelet transfusions, almost 100 leg shots, port surgery and more than a dozen spinal taps in the first year. Lily will have chemo treatment daily until 2014. She is the honored hero for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training marathon team for spring. This year, more 40 participants will train for a half-marathon or marathon while raising money to find cures and better treatments for blood cancers. Register for the painting party at canvasandcab.com/fundraiser-leukemia-and-lymphoma-society or by calling Kathy at 402-991-4278. To donate, visit teamintraining.org/ne/donate and search for Shannon Snow or Stephanie Hansen, hosts of the painting event.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax