Premier Dental will offer free dental care to those in need during its annual Dentistry from the Heart event.
The event on Saturday offers patients a choice of cleanings, extractions and fillings.
Patients will be seen from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Premier Dental, 17110 Lakeside Hills Plaza. Patients must be 19 and older. The event is for adults who are uninsured, underinsured or unemployed.
Patients should bring identification, a list of current medications and health information.
The first 175 patients are guaranteed treatment, but organizers hope to treat 200.
The event, now in its sixth year, has treated more than 700 patients and donated more than $300,000 in dental care.
There will be about 11 dentists and 75 volunteers running the clinic. Registration for the first-come, first-served event opens at 7:30 a.m.
For more information, visit premiersmile.com.
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The second Midland’s Renaissance Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at Ditmar’s Orchard and Vineyard, 19475 225th St. in Council Bluffs. The event will include a jousting tournament, fire juggling, a magic show, swordplay, an artisan market, hands-on activities for kids and adults, a food court and more. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 to 15. The festival will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. More.
Millard Days is going on now through Sunday. Celebrate with parades, carnivals, food, live music, a beer garden, a poker run, special family activities and more. Millard Days will take place at Andersen Park, 13625 Cottner St. More.
The Meadows Community Center pool will host Doggie Dip on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per dog and two owners. Each additional owner will be $1. The community center is located at 13937 Meadow Ridge Road. More.
Come to the Bellevue Berry Farm on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Midwest Pirate Fest. The event will include a stranded pirate ship, a pirate’s pub tavern, an inflated pirate boat, live stage performances, hands-on games, free make-and-take activities, daily children’s treasure hunts and learning demonstrations for the whole family. There will also be artisan exhibits, a festival marketplace and carnival foods. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children. To purchase tickets, click here. The Bellevue Berry Farm is located at 11001 S. 48th St. in Papillion.
Come to Hy-Vee, 1000 S. 178th St., to celebrate National Waffle Day with princesses. The event will include a knee-high buffet from 8 a.m. to noon, which will include fresh-made waffles, eggs, bacon and more. There will also be a princess meet-and-greet from 10 a.m. to noon. More.
The third annual Dog Daze of Summer Festival will take place Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Riverwest Park, 23301 West Maple Road. The family-friendly event allows people take bring their dogs out for food, music, shopping and the beach. There will also be an adoption area between noon and 3 p.m. with adoptable pets from rescues and non-profits from all over the area. This is an all-ages and all-breed event. Tickets are $10 per dog and humans are free. More.
Come to P.E. 101 Kids Gym, 2920 N. 118th St., for Friday Fun Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per child (gym members get a $2 discount) and includes admission to P.E. 101 Kids Gym and Bounce Air’s inflatables in the parking lot. Parents are free. There will also be pizza, snacks, drinks and snow cones available for purchase. More.
The inaugural CASA Superhero festival and ninth annual 5K Superhero Run will take place Saturday at Stinson Park, 2232 S. 64th St. The run begins at 8 a.m. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will include food, live music, games and more.
Laser Fest, a series of laser light shows, will take place at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Mallory Kountze Planetarium on Thursday through Aug. 28. The high-energy laser light shows will accompany the music of Journey, AC/DC and more during evening shows. There will also be a variety of family-friendly laser shows during daytime hours. Cost is $8 per ticket. The shows are open to the public and range from 50 to 60 minutes in length. Audience members can park anywhere on UNO’s campus, 6001 Dodge St. More.
A day of community fun is Aug. 24 in Dundee at 50th Street and Underwood Avenue. The day will feature local music, food, a beer garden, a 5K race through Memorial Park, local vendors, a farmers market and the annual parade. The event is free to attend. More.
The Midwest Collectible Toy Show will take place Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Omaha Fire Fighters Union Hall, 6005 Grover St. The event will include a lineup of new and vintage pop culture collectibles, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Lego, DC and Marvel superheroes and more. 402 BBQ will be serving food from the venue kitchen. The event is free. More.
The Malcolm X Food & Musical Festival is Saturday at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans St., from 1 to 8 p.m. The fun and family-friendly event will feature artists, food, artisan vendors, children’s activities and an organic heirloom seed exchange. To see a list of events and artists performing, click here.
Need some down time this summer? Go see a movie under the stars. There are lots of places offering free movies outdoors this season. Check out our list here.
“Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family” is the newest exhibit at the Durham Museum, 801 St. 10th St. The exhibit opens Saturday and will run through Sept. 1. The exhibit will showcase the newly-revised tyrannosaur family tree and show how the group became the world’s top predators. The exhibit will feature more than 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens. More.
Grab the towels, sunscreen and inflatable toys because many pools, aquatic centers and splash pads are open for the season. Check out a list of area pools and splash pads here.
Omaha is home to more than 200 parks, and many include playgrounds, trails and other attractions. Check out the list here, and explore a new park with your kids.
The Omaha metro area has several indoor play areas for families to enjoy. They include Pump It Up, Backyard Playworld and BounceU in Omaha, and Jumpin Jax in Papillion. Oak View Mall and Westroads Mall also have fun indoor play areas. Check out Approach Climbing Gym at 4923 S. 72nd St. It offers day passes, instructional classes, youth programs and more. Several local gymnastic places also have open gym time, including Metro Stars Gymnastics, Premier Gymnastics, Airborne Academy, Go! Kids Gym and Kid's Body Shop. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Highway in Ashland, Nebraska, features an on-site indoor activity center.
Take an afternoon to go roller skating with your kids. You can laugh at each other while you fall down again and again. Check out Skate City, 1220 S. Fort Crook Road in Bellevue.
Do Space, Omaha's community tech space, is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plus it's free. Check out five things to do at Do Space here.
There are tons of organizations that host weekday and weekend storytimes.
Join the Omaha Public Library at Lauritzen Gardens on Friday for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more. Kids will also discover the joys of nature, movement, music and literature. The event is geared toward preschool-aged kids, but all ages are welcome. The program is free. Lauritzen Gardens is at 100 Bancroft St. Register here. Other storytimes include Barnes and Noble (Oak View and Crossroads), Pottery Barn Kids, Leader Reader at the Omaha Children's Museum, the Omaha Public Library branches, the Gretna Public Library, the Bellevue Public Library, the La Vista Public Library, the Sump Memorial Library in Papillion, the Baright Public Library in Ralston and the Plattsmouth Public Library.
Are your kids animal lovers? If so, there are several ways they can help the animals at the Nebraska Humane Society, including reading to them during adoption hours. Check out more fun ways here.
The Omaha, Bellevue and Council Bluffs Public Libraries are currently offering free day passes to Fontenelle Forest. Each pass admits two adults and children from their household. More information can be found at each library.
Community centers offer something for every member of your family — from infants to senior citizens. For a full list of community centers, click here.
Several area organizations host craft time for children every weekend. Kids can create a free craft Saturday at Lakeshore Learning Store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Finally, kids 3 and older can make paper flowers for mom Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon with the Michaels Kids Club. Sign up online or drop in. The cost ranges from $2 to $5 per project, supplies included.
The Ralston Arena offers public ice skating for $5, with free ice skate rental. The Motto McLean Ice Arena inside Hitchcock Park near 45th and Q Streets offers Family Skate time Sunday from 4 to 6:15 p.m.
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