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Miss Nebraska 2015 Alyssa Howell performs a short piano piece for Papillion Manor residents Jan. 5. Howell spoke about her time as Miss Nebraska before visiting with residents.

Library to celebrate Chinese New Year

Omaha Public Library celebrates the Chinese New Year beginning next weekend. The Chinese New Year’s Day is Feb. 8.

Events include: Family story time with songs and stories about the Chinese New Year, Friday and Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road; Family craft, Feb, 6, 11 a.m., Swanson Library; Toddler storytime with stories about Chinese New Year and songs, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m., Sorensen Library, 4808 Cass St.; Chinese New Year Celebration with showcase of Chinese traditions, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.

Racial tension and rebuilding after Katrina focus of lecture

Metropolitan Community College will host “Three Shades of Black History” on Monday.

The free 6:30 p.m. talk will be held at Swanson Conference Center, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.

The lecture will be given by M. Darryl Woods, a north Omaha native and diversity leader. Woods will discuss how racial tension affected the rebuilding effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Native Americans, horses topic of lecture at Joslyn

Joslyn Art Museum hosts a free lecture with Emil Her Many Horses.

“The Horse Nation Lives On” will discuss the relationship between Native Americans and horses.

Emil Her Many Horses is a member of the Oglala Lakota nation of South Dakota and curator in the office of Museum Scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, specializing in the central Plains cultures.

The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Domestic Violence Council seeking nominees for awards

The Domestic Violence Council is accepting nominations for the Purple Ribbon Awards that are given at the Annual Luncheon, which is May 3. The annual awards recognize up to three recipients: an individual, business, corporation or nonprofit entity from the community.

For more information about requirements, go to dvcomaha.org. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 29. Nomination forms should be emailed to jean@dvcomaha.org.

Exhibit offers look at global weather, migration patterns

An exhibit by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now open at Do Space, 72nd and Dodge Streets.

“Science on a Sphere” shows weather and migration patterns across the globe. It will be open through Feb. 11. Exhibit hours are 3 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends.

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