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.
Lemonade stand: Siblings Jack and Kristin Ralston will have their 11th and final lemonade stand this year, raising money for the Open Door Mission in Omaha. They have raised more than $3,000 in the past decade for the homeless shelter. The stand will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. at 11963 Iva St. in Gretna during the neighborhood garage sale. The siblings will sell glasses of lemonade or iced tea, large chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies, and brownies for $1 each. All proceeds from the stand will go to the Open Door Mission.
Pass the napkins: Pig Out for Parkinson’s, a fundraiser for the Nebraska Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Cox Bros. BBQ, 3515 Metro Crossing in Council Bluffs. Mention Pig Out for Parkinson’s and a percentage of your bill will be given to the Nebraska Chapter.
Free bagels with donation: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Bruegger’s Bagels will celebrate their 30th anniversaries together with free food and fundraisers nationwide. On Thursday until 2 p.m., all Bruegger’s Bagels locations will host a Three Free Bagel event. In exchange for free bagels, each bakery will encourage guests to donate spare change or more to the network hospitals, which include Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. To participate in Three Free Bagel Day, Bruegger’s patrons must visit the brand’s Facebook page and click on the “3 Free Bagel” tab to print a coupon or display it on their smartphone at the cash register of a Bruegger’s.
Fighting cancer: Lucky 13, a Relay for Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society, will host a garage sale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westfair in Council Bluffs. Admission is $2, $1 for persons 62 or older and free for age 10 and younger. All booths will be in covered buildings. Concessions will be available for purchase.
An evening for the senses: Benson Plant Rescue will host an Arbor Day Art Fest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at its new location, 7224 Maple St. The evening will be divided into three hourly shows, each featuring wine-tasting plus a music set, wine talk and art/wine auctions and sales. A large collection of artwork created by Benson’s own Bruce Jennison will be sold or auctioned as will more than 70 bottles of vintage wines from an Omaha collector. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For a schedule or to buy tickets, visit arbordayartfest.eventbrite.com.
Strike! Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, will be Friday and May 2-4 at Maplewood Lanes, 3030 N. 101st St. Participants must raise or donate a minimum of $50 to bowl. Bowling times will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. May 2, beginning at 4 p.m. May 3 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 4. To participate or for questions, contact Elizabeth Hansen at 402-905-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2B Fertile: As part of National Infertility Awareness Week April 21-27, 2B Fertile will host a 5K for Fertility to raise awareness about fertility issues, support individuals and couples coping with these challenges and celebrate the families who have survived this struggle. Walkers and runners, strollers and bikes are welcome. The event will be Saturday at Zorinsky Lake Park, Shelter 5.
Registration will start at 9 a.m. The timed run/walk will start at 9:30 a.m. Money raised from the $30 registration fee will go to grants for fertility treatments and support services for people in the metropolitan area.
On a roll: Every two years, the Transplant Games of America are played in a major city. Houston will be host in 2014 and Team Nebraska plans to compete. Team Nebraska is a small group of organ transplant recipients, donor families and living donors. The team will have its second annual fundraising bowl-a-thon at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wildcat Lanes, 1201 Royal Drive in Papillion. Cost to participate is $20 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and younger. The cost includes three games and shoes. Also expect a silent auction and raffle.
And dinner, too: The Indian Association of Nebraska will host Gatha Odissi, an Indian classical dance program, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Hindu Temple Social Hall, 13010 Arbor St. Dinner is included. Tickets cost $20; $10 for students and senior citizens. Buy tickets at indiaassociationofnebraska.org/ShowOdissi.aspx.
Going to the dogs: Nonprofit dog rescue groups and Purina Pro Plan’s Rally to Rescue will cohost the Spring Terrier Games from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Chalco Hills Group Shelter, 154th Street and Giles Road. Admission is a donation of $5 for anyone older than 11. Leashed dogs of any breed are welcome. The event will feature animals from rescues available for adoption, free samples, vendor exhibits, raffles, food, games, free pet nail trimming, free pet eye screening and more. A microchip clinic will cost $25 per pet. Bring your no longer needed but still usable pet items to assist future rescued pets. MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue and Wag N Train Terrier Rescue, the sponsoring rescue groups, will split the proceeds
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service