Science lessons: Two spring graduates from College of St. Mary, Kathryn Dearing and Kelly Lane, both of Bellevue, created the CSM Elementary Science Outreach Program. This program, funded by NASA, brings free, hands-on experiments to elementary science classrooms in the Omaha area.
Activities include using microscopes to explore the invisible world, exploring the waves that make up light and sound, simulating weather and triggering changes in states of matter. New activities are added frequently and have been designed to fit into the Nebraska state elementary science curriculum. CSM students provide setup to cleanup and manage every aspect of each activity.
For more information, visit csmscienceoutreach.org.
Art contest: The Nebraska Aeronautics Department annual Aviation Art Contest has three age categories of contestants: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-17 for boys and girls. The 2014 theme is “Flying Saves Lives.” An awards ceremony will be held in Lincoln. For more information and an entry brochure, contact David Morris at 402-471-2371 or email David.Morris@nebraska.gov. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 17, 2014.
The written word and more: The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for public, private and home-schooled students in grades seven through 12. The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers annually bestows 15 high school seniors with the Portfolio Gold Medal, which is accompanied by a $10,000 scholarship. In 2014, a 16th Portfolio Gold will be awarded. The alliance partners with more than 60 colleges and universities to make more than $8 million in scholarships available to winning high school seniors, with additional cash awards offered to students of all grades, as well as teachers. All works are evaluated based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Deadlines for art and writing submissions vary by region. For more information and to submit works, visit artandwriting.org.
Now showing: Council Bluffs Community School District's Student Art Showcase will be displayed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Educational Service Center, 12 Scott St. in the Bluffs.
Earlier than usual: The annual Omaha Brownell-Talbot National Honor Society-sponsored Middle and Upper School Food and Mitten Drive just finished. It was held about a month early so it wouldn't conflict with the schoolwide Operation Christmas Child drive in November. All students in preschool through grade 12 participated by donating nonperishable food items, mittens or both. The food collected went to Food Bank for the Heartland. The mittens went to Completely Kids.
Craft show: Howells (Neb.) Community Catholic Schools will host a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Howells Ballroom. Admission: $1. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Plenty to check out: The University of Nebraska at Omaha will host Sunday's 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Omaha Area College Fair. More than 150 Midwest colleges will have representatives there. Register for the fair ahead of time and receive a bar code for colleges to scan. Visit educationquest.org for more information and a list of participating colleges.
Keep in step: Here are the marching band competitions taking place this weekend:
» Ashland-Greenwood will host a marching band competition today.
» Iowa High School Music Association Southwest Iowa State Competition, 9:15 a.m. at Ram Memorial Field in Glenwood. Southwest Iowa marching bands that compete in Iowa classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A will participate. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students.
» Omaha Marching Invitational, 12:30 p.m. at Omaha Burke with awards at 6:45 p.m. Bands — 22 in all — will come from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for children.
» Waukee (Iowa) Marching Invitational. Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for students.
What's the answer? Lincoln Northeast will host a 9 a.m. Quiz Bowl today.
Time to gather: Students from western Iowa high schools will participate Wednesday in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America district meeting at Logan-Magnolia.
Brunch, too: Omaha Mercy MOM'S Mass and brunch will be Sunday.
Data analysis: Students in the integrated math class at Papillion-La Vista and Papillion-La Vista South learned about math through business examples. The students were placed into small groups and partnered with a local business. Together, they created a survey and distributed it to fellow students. The small groups then analyzed the results. They presented their “data analysis” to their businesses and classmates. Papillion-La Vista South students did their presentations to Bounce U, PizzaWest and Michael Dijak of Farm Bureau Financial Services. Papillion-La Vista students presented to the Omaha Storm Chasers, Pinnacle Bank and Defy Gravity.
Carnival time: Bellevue West's German Club will have a carnival Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the north gym.
Evening gala: Omaha Concordia will have its eighth annual gala Friday evening.
Now showing: It's fall play season. Here's a rundown of what's showing:
» Millard North, “Shrek the Musical,” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children and students; available at the door.
» Omaha Central, “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7 p.m. Thursday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for students; available at the door and by calling 402-557-3332.
» Omaha Skutt, “Les Misérables,” 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 26, 2 p.m. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets: prices vary; available at skuttcatholic.com.
» Omaha South, “Bye, Bye Birdie,” 7 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 26. Tickets: $5; available by calling the school at 402-557-3600 and at the door.
» Papillion-La Vista, “The Crucible,” 7 p.m. Friday and Oct. 26. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and $4 for children; available by calling 402-898-0488. The students also are collecting canned food donations at the play for a local food bank.
Screening: Are you part of the Husker faithful? Don't miss Monday's screening of the documentary “Through These Gates” about the ways Husker fans celebrate the athletic program. The screening will take place in the Papillion-La Vista South Titan Theatre. The school's Skills USA program is sponsor. There will be a prescreening banquet and auction at 6 p.m. with the film at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10, can be purchased the night of the event. Proceeds will support Skills USA programs.
Wear pink: Watch Papillion-La Vista South take on Omaha Westside in volleyball at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Papillion-La Vista South's annual “Dig Pink” volleyball match. “Dig Pink” is a national promotion by the Side-Out Foundation to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
Arlington will host a Pink Out Volleyball game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Craft fair: Papillion-La Vista will host a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Admission: $1. More than 100 crafters will offer hand-carved rocking chairs, homemade bread, jams and hand-beaded jewelry. All proceeds will go to support the school's drama and band departments.
Essay contest: The National Society of the Colonial Dames' essay topic for 2014 is “To What Degree Can It Be Said That the Decisions of John Marshall's Supreme Court Laid the Essential Groundwork for Establishing a Strong Federal Government?” The essay contest is open to students in 10th through 12th grades. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Contest rules and more information are available at NSCDA.org; click on Essay Contest and follow the links. Online submission information is available at workshops.org; scroll down to High School Seminars and click on “Scholarship Opportunities, National Society of Colonial Dames of America.” Submission deadline is Dec. 1 by mail and Nov. 28 for online.
Something fresh: OPS Lewis and Clark Middle School students are enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables during HomeBase Wellness Wednesdays and Team Building Fridays through a program started this year. So far, students have tasted fresh berries, celery, jicama, apples and zucchini.
Book fair: Morton Middle School in OPS will have a book fair today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Crossroads Mall.
Time to learn: Omaha Mercy will host today's Middle School Show Choir Camp.
Big sale: St. John School in Plattsmouth will have a fundraising rummage sale next week. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Special guests: Friday will be Grandparents and Special Friends Day at Eagle Elementary. The special time will include lunch.
BLAIR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
And they're off: The annual Turkey Trot run will be Tuesday. Parents are invited to watch. The fourth-grade girls and then the boys will run at 1 p.m. and the fifth-grade girls and then the boys will run at 2 p.m.
MILLARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Festival: The PTA at Holling Heights will sponsor a fall festival Friday.
More fun: Upchurch will have Festi-Fall on Thursday evening.
Numbers: Kindergarten Math Night will be Thursday at Willa Cather.
On the bus: Fourth-graders at Wheeler will visit Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City on Friday, which is the same day as the school's Boo Bash.
Performance: The Black Elk Bravo group will sing Friday at CenturyLink Center.
Library night: Ackerman's Library Night on Thursday will include presentations from Gifford Farm's Animals on the Go. Gifford Farm will bringing five to six of the smaller animals to teach about them, their care and their possibilities as pets.
Chillin' Chili: Abbott will have a chili cookoff Tuesday evening. There also will be cinnamon rolls. Chillin' Chili is tied to the school's winter coat drive to provide coats to residents of Lydia House and the Open Door Mission.
OMAHA ARCHDIOCESE SCHOOLS
Canapalooza: Students at Our Lady of Lourdes School wanted the church's fall festival to have a successful grocery booth. A challenge was issued: The class that brought in the most canned goods would compete against the teachers in a game of kickball. More than 2,500 cans — three times the normal amount — came in for “canapalooza.” The sixth-graders were victorious when they played the teachers at kickball.
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
No. 18: On Monday, Columbian will become OPS's 18th school to begin the Grab and Go Breakfast. OPS and HungerFree Heartland implemented the Grab and Go Breakfast program in 2010. It allows students the chance to eat in their classroom with their peers and teachers and to immediately start on work. In addition to the importance of social interaction, reports indicate there are reduced visits to the nurse's office for stomach pain and fewer office referrals due to behavior issues.
RALSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
I'll take a treat, please: Seymour PTO will host trick or trunk Friday evening.
Going car to car: Mockingbird will have trunk or treat Friday evening.
The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.