Fort Atkinson State Historical Park will offer a living history weekend Saturday and Sunday at the fort, 201 S. Seventh St. in Fort Calhoun, Neb.
Volunteers will re-create the lives of those who lived around the fort with blacksmithing, cooking, crafts, spinning, weaving, butter making, baking, carpentry and more. Artillery will be fired at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. both days.
The fort's grounds are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A valid Nebraska state park entry permit is required and can be purchased on-site at $5 for a day pass. The visitor center, which is not part of the living history weekend, has an admission fee of $2 per adult, $1 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for those younger than 3.
Pizza, pasta and more at Italian festival
La Festa Italiana, a celebration of all things Italian, will run today through Sunday at the National Guard Readiness Center, 116th Street and Rainwood Road.
Expect live entertainment, food, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, dancing and more from 6 p.m. to midnight today, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday. The Husker game will be broadcast on a big screen at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $6.50 at the door. Children younger than 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets are available at Kohll's Pharmacies & Homecare and at Rockbrook Camera. A full schedule and menu are available at omahaitaly.com; choose Events at the top of the page.
Play the old-fashioned way
Add Homestead National Monument of America to your Labor Day weekend plans. From Saturday through Monday, the monument near Beatrice, Neb., will offer a variety of living history activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Learn about life as a pioneer by making butter, a pioneer toy, a cornhusk doll and a candle. Play pioneer games. Wash clothes the old-fashioned way. Watch as a loom creates works of art. See a printmaker in action.
Learn about Nebraska's grape and wine industry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Paul Read from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, see basket weaver Patty Minge demonstrate her craft. Charuth Van Beuzekom will turn milk into ricotta cheese from 10 a.m. to noon Monday.
Also Monday, test your spelling prowess at the 2 p.m. Old-Fashioned Spelling Bee at the Freeman School.
Irish singers to perform free in Bluffs
Three native Ireland musicians — Cliff McKenna, Paddy Finney and Liam McKervey, collectively known as Northern Man — will be in Council Bluffs' Bayliss Park for an afternoon of songs and revelry. They will give a free performance from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the park, Pearl Street and Willow Avenue in the Bluffs.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic to the park. Rain location will be the Center at 740 S. Main St.
Hickman to host circus on Labor Day
A circus will perform Monday in Hickman, Neb. The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will perform at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1003 Park Drive.
The Hickman Area Community Foundation is sponsoring the event. Proceeds from it will go toward the town's betterment project.
Advance tickets are available at voicenewsnebraska.com, at the Voice office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and by calling 402-792-2255. Advance tickets — $10 for adults, $6 for ages 2-12 and free for younger children — can be picked up in front of the circus before each show.
Tickets at the door will cost $13 for adults and $7 for children.
Artists at Kaneko to offer music, workshop
Kaneko is bringing artist and musician Terry Allen and writer and actress Jo Harvey Allen to Omaha for special events Sept. 6-7.
The Allens team up to present “Covenant” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. This theatrical music performance will journey through the Allens' songs and stories, including excerpts from new and past works. Tickets, available at thekaneko.org, are $25 for general admission and $10 for Kaneko members and students.
Jo Harvey Allen will give an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 playwriting workshop at Kaneko. This will be a casual and informative conversation. Preregistration — $10, which includes lunch — is required at thekaneko.org.
Terry Allen and his band will take the stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., for a show filled with wry Americana. Tickets, $10 general admission, may be purchased at the Slowdown box office.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax