WIC cooking classes feature local produce

Local produce will be the focus of cooking demonstrations offered to WIC clients Wednesday at the Charles Drew Health Center, 2915 Grant St.

The classes, done in cooperation with the Charles Drew Farmers Market, will begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Rob Epps, an instructor of food service and hospitality at Southeast Community College, will teach.

The farmers market is open to the public from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 2.

Cass County Fair adds events

The Cass County (Neb.) Fair, which will begin Tuesday and run through Sunday, will feature new competitions. These include recycled garden art, edible bug (construct a bug from food), sidewalk chalk art and grandparent or special senior friend short essay with photo.

Activities will include 4-H and open class competitions, Wildlife Encounters, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Cass County Queen competition, carnival rides, 7:30 p.m. Thursday mutton buster show, live music, all-day Saturday barbecue competition, 6 p.m. Saturday parade and 3 p.m. Sunday 4-H livestock auction.

The Cass County Fairgrounds are along Nebraska Highway 1 between U.S. Highway 75 and Nebraska Highway 50. For more information, including a fair schedule, go to cassfair.com.

Have ideas for downtown? Share them with district

The Omaha Downtown Improvement District wants to hear from everybody with an interest in the future of downtown. The district is conducting an online survey during August and will host two public meetings Tuesday to solicit input on downtown's current operations and future needs.

The public can access the survey at omahadowntown.org.

The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. at Embassy Suites, 555 S. 10th St., and 5:30 p.m. at the Paxton, 1403 Farnam St. The district's board will use information from the survey and the meetings for budgeting and planning.

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