Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Day to help: The University of Nebraska at Omaha will host a Hike to Help Refugees event as part of a series of Global Youth Service Day projects Friday at the Turning Point youth services center, 3223 N. 45th St. The hike will begin at 10:30 a.m. Check-in for other Global Youth Service Day activities will start at 8:30 a.m. and include working with local parks and nonprofits. The hike's goal is to educate and engage youths in solving critical global problems. Omaha Central High's junior English students partnered with Hike to Help Refugees to create learning stations about the refugee experience, and will also participate in the walk. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for Recycle 4 Refugees, a program that collects small electronics for green recycling, with 100 percent of donations going to Hike to Help Refugees. Register at unomaha.edu/serve/gysd2012.php.
Howling good time: Omaha Dog Park Advocates will sponsor the eighth annual Spring Bark in the Park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hefflinger Dog Park, 111th Street and West Maple Road. Four-legged friends with their leashes are invited for fun and fundraising for the operation of both the Hefflinger and Hanscom off-leash dog parks. Expect games, rescue groups and more. Registration begins at noon. Preregister at omahadogparks.org by Friday at $8 for one dog or $15 for two. Onsite registration will be $10 per dog. There is a limit of two dogs per person.
Time to walk: Nebraska AIDS Project will sponsor the fundraising AIDS Walk on Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. Registration will begin at noon, with the walk starting at 1 p.m. The annual AIDS Walk raises awareness and funds for programs and services provided by the organization to persons living with HIV and AIDS in Nebraska, southwest Iowa and eastern Wyoming, and support for education and outreach programs. For more information or to register, call Kyle Baun at 402-552-9260.
Celebration: Omaha Together One Community will hold its third annual fundraising event, Celebrate Community, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. The event will include appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction, with music by the Prairie Gators and the Donovan Johnson Trio. Tickets are $25 in advance (at the OTOC office, 402-344-4401 or email@example.com) or $30 at the door.
Polish those heels: Register by Saturday for the Omaha Junior League's High Heel Dash and save $5. The April 29 event at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village will support the league's community projects, including A Book of My Own and Project Hope Pack. Men and women will compete in a 150-meter race, and four-person relay teams will compete in a 300-meter race, all while wearing shoes with a minimum of 2-inch heels. Participants must be 19 or older. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. The individual fee is $35 and relay team fee is $120 through Saturday. After that, including race day, registration will be $40 for individuals and $140 for a relay team. Spectators can attend the post-race brunch for $18. For more information or to register, visit juniorleagueomaha.org. On race day, the women's dash will begin at 10 a.m., the men's dash at 10:30 a.m. and the relay dash at 11 a.m. Brunch will begin at noon at Jones Bros. Cupcakes.
Collections and more: The General Crook House Guild will present Omaha Collects from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the General Crook House Museum on the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College. Area residents will display their collections and offer short presentations. More than 20 exhibitors will be featured with collections from antique sewing and needlework tools to toothpick holders to presidential commemoratives. Admission, $6.50, will benefit the General Crook House Guild. There also will be an antiques and collectibles sale on the museum's lower level.
Welcome, spring: A spring brunch and bake sale will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bellevue Masonic Dining Hall, 1910 Franklin St. in Bellevue. Admission is $8. Children younger than 3 get in free. Eastern Star Alpha Chapter No. 325 is the sponsor, and proceeds will be used for the chapter's charities.
Pass the Parmesan: A noon to 6 p.m. spaghetti feed Sunday will benefit the family of MaKenna Sue Compton with her medical expenses. The now-2-year-old weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces at birth and was hospitalized until she was 8 months old. Even now, she requires nursing care and special medical equipment. Freewill donations will be taken for the dinner at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 38, 201 S. 24th St. Jones Automotive is hosting the fundraiser.
Lots of books: Half Price Books of Omaha gave away more than 5,300 books Tuesday to local teachers and charities that distribute books to children. Community members donated books, which the company matched, during its 14th annual Half Pint Library book drive.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax