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Team Clark's Colin Hufman of St. Paul, Minn., reacts after watching his team's stone go off route during the first session of the curling U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Baxter Arena.

Looking for something to do this week? Watch the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials, meet the authors of “The Better Half” or support the Nebraska Humane Society.

Olympic Curling Trials

The nation’s best curlers are competing this week for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea during the curling trials at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Sessions are: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $9.50 and can be purchased at the arena box office or at ticketmaster.com.

Science Cafe

Alëna A. Balasanova, director of addictions education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will discuss opioids and addiction during Omaha Science Cafe at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Balasanova is a psychiatrist with an emphasis on integrated treatment for substance use disorders. She will give a presentation at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. A question-and-answer session will follow. Admission is free. For more information, go to unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

“Better Half” book party

Hear from Omaha World-Herald food critic Sarah Baker Hansen and columnist Matthew Hansen during a book release party at Mercury, 329 S. 16th St., on Tuesday. The couple will speak about the “Better Half” project and share their Nebraska travel experiences at 6:45 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow. Tickets, $30, are available at bit.ly/2AyCFgx and at the door. They include an autographed copy of “The Better Half” and light hors d’oeuvres.

Pizza-making class

Learn how to make homemade pizza during this cooking class on Wednesday hosted by City Sprouts at 4002 Seward St. The class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Humane Society benefit

Thunderhead Brewing Taproom, 13304 West Center Road, will host a Nebraska Humane Society fundraiser on Thursday. Eat pizza from Spin Neapolitan Pizza and drink beer from Thunderhead at the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Bring a product donation, such as blankets, dog and cat toys or food, and get two raffle tickets. Admission, $10, includes food and one drink.


See the holiday lights come on at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs on Thursday. Drink hot chocolate, eat cookies and take pictures with Santa at this annual event, starting at 6 p.m.

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