The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Month of Caring: Mutual of Omaha employees kicked off the company's National Month of Caring last week with volunteer activities. More than 700 employees have already committed to helping 37 nonprofits in the Omaha area. Mutual volunteers will spend Thursday afternoon at Lauritzen Gardens, preparing planting beds for autumn. Some volunteers will spend the afternoons of Sept. 26 and 27 at the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. They will help prepare team reports and labels for the Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure. Last week, volunteers spent Wednesday afternoon at Food Bank for the Heartland sorting and packing food for distribution.
Pass the Parmesan: Ridgewood Active Retirement Community, 12301 N. 149th Circle in Bennington, will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the clubhouse. The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara sauce, breadsticks and salad. Water, ice and hot tea, coffee and lemonade are included. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. RSVP to Krista or Hannah at 402-884-7644. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter.
Free Ride Rodeo: Reservations are due by Friday for the first Operation Free Ride Rodeo, sponsored by Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Victory Riding Academy. Active and retired military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees and all their families are invited to attend the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Base Lake at Offutt Air Force Base. The day will include Omaha Mounted Patrol demonstrations, food, games and other family activities. Register by emailing Tony Barnes, Victory Ride Academy owner, at email@example.com by Friday. All attendees wanting a horseback ride will need to sign a waiver of liability on site. Minors must have consent from parents or guardians.
Feeding soul, people: See the stage production “Stomp” at the Orpheum Theater and join Whole Foods Market in Omaha and the Food Bank for the Heartland in the fight to Stomp Out Hunger. The show, which will be staged Friday and Saturday, offers a $5 discount on tickets to persons who use the promotion code “HUNGER.” For each ticket bought with the promotion code, “Stomp” will donate $5 to the food bank.
Two benefits in one: Musicians Billy McGuigan and Jimmy Weber will bring their all-request show to Lauritzen Gardens on Friday to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Omaha. The outdoor performance — bring lawn chairs and blankets — is open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7:30 p.m. McGuigan, who lost his father to leukemia, is the creator of three nationally touring shows: “Rave On!,” an homage to Buddy Holly; “Yesterday and Today,” an interactive Beatles tribute; and “Rock Legends,” an audience customized rock experience. Country musician Weber, also from Omaha, has opened for top entertainers including Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Clint Black and the Beach Boys. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students. Children younger than 5 are free. A meet-and-greet ticket package that includes the show and a preconcert reception is $75. Buy tickets weekdays at the church office, 925 S. 84th St., and after Sunday services at the church.
Oktoberfest: The Benson Community Garden will host Benson Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. Saturday in the garden, 1302 N. 60th St. Admission is $10, which includes live music, bratwurst, side dishes, German beer, a silent auction and more. All ages are welcome, but those younger than 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Funds raised will support the garden's outreach and programming.
For the warriors: A Night for Our Heroes, a Saturday event, will benefit Wounded Warriors Family Support. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m., all at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 S. 20th St. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and a cash bar will be available. Tickets, $50 a couple, can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 402-689-3344. All proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors Family Support, an Omaha-based nonprofit that supports families of U.S. military personnel wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.
Antique Attic: The General Crook House Museum will sponsor its annual Antique Attic benefit sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Omaha Firefighters Union Hall, 60th and Grover Streets. Expect antiques, vintage items, used books, cinnamon rolls and lunch fare. Admission is $2, which will benefit the museum.
Car show with a cause: The third annual Centris Cruisin' for a Cure Car Show will run from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Methodist Health System parking lot at 8601 West Dodge Road. The event offers free PSA testing on-site for men 40 and older while raising money for prostate cancer research at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Car show gates will open at 8 a.m. This family-friendly event is free, and will offer food and entertainment for adults and children alike. Donations will be accepted.
Free haircut: The American Red Cross and Sports Clips offer a free haircut in exchange for a blood donation throughout September. Seven Sports Clips shops in the Omaha area and two in Lincoln are participating. To find a blood donation place and make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org/make-donation. Once you have donated, you will get a coupon for a free haircut.
Healing Hands: The Massage Envy Spa at Rockbrook Village will sponsor a Healing Hands for Arthritis event Sept. 18 to support the Arthritis Foundation. On that day, $10 of every one-hour massage and facial session will be donated to the foundation. Call 402-933-3689 to make an appointment for the spa at 11020 Prairie Brook Road.
Dash for them: Omaha Oral Cancer “Dash for Donuts” will be Sept. 28. The run/walk is organized by oral cancer survivor Dalyn Rhoades of Omaha and the Oral Cancer Foundation. This family-friendly event will feature free head and neck screenings, silent auction, raffle and refreshments. Rhoades was a healthy 28-year-old when she was diagnosed with intermediate grade cancer of the hard pallet. The cancer was caught in its early stages, potentially saving her life. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Zorinsky Lake Shelter 5 (boat docks). Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration, $25, is available in advance and on dash day. Oral cancer survivors can register free. To register, visit the “Events” page of oralcancer.org and choose “Awareness Walks.”
At the zoo: The 33rd annual Zoo Run will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Choose between a five-mile run and a one-mile run/walk. Participants will get snacks and free zoo admission that day. Cost is $20 for zoo members, $25 for nonmembers and free for children 2 and younger. Reservations are required, but day-of-event registration will be allowed. Register at omahazoo.com.
Be part of the pack: Walk for the Animals on Sept. 29 to benefit the Nebraska Humane Society. Walk events will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the society campus, 8929 Fort St. The walk itself will begin at 10 a.m. To register, visit nehumanesociety.org/walk. Expect the Pancake Man serving breakfast, a vendor village, silent auction, rescue groups, adoption dog parade, pigeon release and more.
Ending the disease: The Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter will host its annual fundraiser, the Walk to End Alzheimer's, on Sept. 29 at Turner Park, 30th and Douglas Streets. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. In addition to the two-mile walk, participants will have live entertainment, family activities, food and exercise programs. Start or join a team at alz.org/walk.
Boo! You have a date with destiny — the Douglas County Historical Society's Tombstone Tours. They will be given Sept. 29 in South Omaha and Oct. 6 in north Omaha. The guided bus tours will include refreshments at each cemetery stop, commentary from the guide and a booklet on cemetery history. Boarding will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the General Crook House Museum in historic Fort Omaha. Preboarding refreshments and snacks will be provided. The bus will depart at 2 p.m. and return by 5:30 p.m. Heavy appetizers, wine, ghost stories and a Victorian séance will follow the tour. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Prepaid reservations are due by Sept. 23 for the first tour and by Sept. 30 for the second tour. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 402-455-9990.
Gala event: Legal Aid of Nebraska, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will sponsor an Oct. 4 gala with Dianne and Allan Lozier as hosts. All proceeds will go directly toward supporting domestic violence cases for low-income Nebraskans. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway in La Vista. The cocktail hour will precede dinner and presentations. Morris Dees, civil rights activist and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $100 each. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Samantha Miller at 402-348-1069, ext. 268, or email@example.com.
Feeding the hungry: Farm Credit Services of America recently announced a $100,000 commitment to match a portion of the donations from Invest an Acre Nebraska, an anti-hunger program started by Howard G. Buffett. Invest an Acre Nebraska asks farmers to donate a portion of their harvest to help feed the hungry.