Get CSI experience through Exploring

Young people age 14 through 20 can get real CSI experience with the crime scene investigators from Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 15345 West Maple Road.

Participants in the 9:30 a.m. Saturday Boy Scout Exploring program will use hands-on activities to learn about evidence collection, shoe impressions, evidence packaging, tire impressions, tool marks, mock crime scenes, fingerprints and bloodstain analysis.

For more information and to register for the event, follow the link at

Community Garden 101 is how-to workshop

The number of community gardens in Omaha has nearly tripled in the past five years.

People come together to grow their own fruits and vegetables. A byproduct is a dynamic resurgence of community. Neighbors are getting to know each other while becoming more physically active.

If you are interested in starting a community garden or want to brush up on how to make yours run better, come to Community Garden 101.

The free workshop will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Road. RSVP to Patty Falcone at 402-444-7146.

Grant applications due by Feb. 1 for nonprofits

The Midlands Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit groups in the foundation's geographic area of Sarpy and Cass Counties.

The foundation emphasizes prevention and education, and has a strong commitment to programs benefiting health, art, culture, community, economic development, education and human services.

Applications are due by Feb. 1. For more information or a grant application, call 402-991-8027 or follow the link at

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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