Class on how to start a community garden

The Douglas County Health Department will host a community gardening class on Tuesday. Community Gardening 101 will focus on types of gardens and how to start one. The class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Road. Call 402-444-7146 for more information.

Open house to welcome Centro Latino director

Centro Latino of Council Bluffs will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The organization, at 604 S. Main St., will welcome its new executive director, Roger Garcia. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

‘Zero Net Energy Homes’ topic of presentation

Nebraskans For Solar will explore “Zero Net Energy Homes” at a March 1 event. Tim Hemsath, an associate professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Architecture, and Mahmoud Alahmad, an associate professor in the Durham School of Engineering and Construction at UNL, will be among the presenters who will discuss the benefits of the homes as well as how to design them.

The session will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Community Engagement Center, 6401 Dodge St., Room 201. Email with questions.

Nominations sought for conservation award

The Sand County Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen, Cargill and the Nebraska Environmental Trust are accepting applications for the Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska.

The $10,000 award honors Nebraska farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. It is given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Application materials must be postmarked by March 1 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Nebraska Cattlemen, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 101, Lincoln, NE 68505. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of landowners, and landowners may nominate themselves. For application information, visit

Diabetes symposium planned for March 12

The Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands will host the 32nd Annual Diabetes Symposium on March 12 at the Marriott Regency. It will feature education on diabetes medication, avoiding eye diseases and other topics.

Marion J. Franz, former director of the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis, will be the keynote speaker. Events will be held for those with diabetes and health care workers. Patient registration is $15. Health worker registration is $95 and includes seven continuing education credits for nurses and eight credits for dietitians.

Register at Call 402-399-0777, ext. 217, for more information.

Free HIV, AIDS testing will be offered at Butler-Gast YMCA

The Butler-Gast YMCA at 3501 Ames Ave. will host free HIV and AIDS testing Sunday. The event is being held in conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Testing will be done from 1 to 5 p.m.

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