68th Annual All-City Music Festival: Omaha Public Schools will present "Music Inspires," its 68th Annual All-City Music Festival, today and Sunday at the Teacher Administrative Center. More than 1,200 student-musicians will perform during the two-day event. The schedule of performances: all instrumental ensembles, 7:30 p.m. today ; north elementary and middle school choirs, 2 p.m. Sunday; south elementary and high school choirs, 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door on a first come, first-served basis one hour before each performance.
Catholic School Consortium open house: The five schools of the Omaha Catholic School Consortium (Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Bernadette, St. Thomas More and Sts. Peter and Paul) will hold open houses the week of Feb. 22. The schedule includes: Holy Cross School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22; Sts. Peter and Paul School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25; St. Bernadette School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23; St. Thomas More School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26; Our Lady of Lourdes School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 24. Visit an open house event or call one of the schools to enroll a student. The Omaha Catholic School Consortium is a collaboration of parishes, schools, parents and community partners working to support Catholic education in southeast Omaha.
Shakespeare's "As You Like It": The Papillion-La Vista South High School Theater will present William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and $4 for children. Tickets are available from showtix4u.com or Titan Town by calling 402-829-4605.
Pancake Man at Pawnee: Pawnee Elementary School hosted the Pancake Man in the gym Thursday. The event gave families an opportunity to gather and socialize. Scraps of material for creating a square for Pawnee's 50th anniversary quilt were sold.
Virtual classroom training: Google's new Expeditions Pioneer Program, which allows students across the globe to take virtual classroom field trips using a tablet, cardboard viewers and phones, will visit Fontenelle Elementary School on Friday. Expeditions leaders will train teachers on the use of the equipment.
What's that drumming sound?: Omaha Street Percussion performed for Adams Elementary School students during an assembly Friday in the school's gym. The drummers put on a visually appealing, highly energetic show using only unorthodox forms of percussion, including wooden stools, trash cans, aluminum cans, empty buckets, barrels and cast-iron skillets.
Author visits elementary school: Children's author Brian Lies visited Kennedy Elementary School on Monday. Lies shared his experiences as a writer and illustrator, and offered students tips to help improve their reading and writing skills.
Homeless students honored: Homeless students living at Open Door Mission were honored for their academic and character achievements during a special program at the Garland Thompson Men's Center on Jan. 26. The evening began with a performance by the Monroe Middle School Show Choir. Sixty-one students received a special academic award. The program gave special recognition to 14 homeless students who have achieved Honor Roll status at their schools. The evening concluded with a dessert social provided by the Southwest Kiwanis Club.
Marian wins grant for books: The Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Nebraska and funded largely by AAA and its members, selected Omaha Marian High School as a winner in its 2015-16 Education Grant program. Marian social studies teacher David Anderson submitted the grant application. Marian was awarded $500 to buy a set of "The American Spirit," an Advanced Placement primary source book, for Anderson's honors American History class. The book closely relates to the textbook the class uses. For more details or to view the list of this year's award recipients, go to CornhuskerFoundation.org.
— Compiled by Joe Janowski