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GOOD DEEDS

Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to connect@owh.com or call 402-444-1040.

Volunteers needed: Joslyn Art Museum is seeking volunteers to work in its Hitchcock Museum Shop, Scott Education Gallery and membership department. For more information or to volunteer, contact Joslyn's volunteer coordinator at 402-661-3823 or kl@joslyn.org.

Transplant fundraiser: A fundraiser for Jeffrey Spellman, who received a kidney transplant on June 2, takes place today from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Firefighters Union Hall, 60th and Graver Streets. Donations are also being accept at any Great Western Bank or online at youcaring.com/jeffspellman.

Dine Out for the Cure: Twelve Omaha-area restaurants have partnered with Susan G. Komen Nebraska to host the first-ever Dine Out for the Cure today. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the participating restaurants and a portion of proceeds from the day's sales will be donated to Komen Nebraska. Participating restaurants: Arby's, 11 Worth Cafe, Bene Pizza & Pasta, Cascio'sSteakhouse, Dundee Dell, HuHot Mongolian Grill,

Joe's Crab Shack, Louie's Wine Dive, Noodle & Company, the Old Mattress Factory, Spaghetti Works and Varsity Sports Cafe/Roman Coin Pizza. A list of all restaurant locations is at komennebraska.org.

Girl Scouts recruitment:

Volunteers are needed for Girl Scout troops forming in Omaha and surrounding communities. If you have any amount of time to give, consider becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. Contact the Omaha office at 402-558-8189 or join@girlscoutsnebraska.org.

Literacy grants: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded approximately $8,000 to local organizations to support youth literacy programs. Awards include: $2,500 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, $2,500 to Jesuit Academy and $2,761.20 to Millard's Montclair Elementary School. Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year.

Coffee for a cause: For every cup of coffee purchased at The Egg & I restaurants in Omaha, Papillion and Bellevue in Sept. 14-20,10 cents will be donated to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign. Each dollar raised can potentially provide 10 meals for kids. The Egg & I has set a goal to raise $2,000 after raising $1,200 last year.

Child memorial walk: The

Greater Omaha Chapter of Compassionate Friends will sponsor the Walk to Remember on Sept. 14 at the Boys Town Angel of Hope Children's Memorial. The walk honors the memories of children who have died. Registration begins at 2 p.m. A signed waiver is required for ever walker; the walk begins at 2:30 p.m. T-shirts are available for $15; additional donations are appreciated. A brick dedication follows at 3 p.m. and includes a brief memorial service and balloon launch; bring your own chair and a white flower for the program.

Diabetes walk: More than 3,500 people participated in the 23rd annual Omaha-Council Bluffs JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Aug. 2 at the Lewis & Clark Landing. Fundraising efforts continue through early September in hopes of raising more than $610,000 to fund Type 1 diabetes research.

Suicide prevention walk:

Omaha's 10th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to Prevent Suicide will be held on Sept. 14 at Lewis & Clark Landing. Check-in begins at noon; the walk starts at 2 p.m. Register online at outofthedarkness.org. For more information contact 402-671-6718 or sherritafoye@live.com.

Massage for a cause: Pamper yourself while giving back on Sept. 17. Massage Envy Spa locations in the Omaha area will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial that day to the Arthritis Foundation as part of a one-day national event. To make an appointment, visit massageenvy.com and click on "Healing Hands for Arthritis" or call your nearest Massage Envy location. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Benefit concert: Join 1960s pop band The Chevrons for a night of fun and dancing at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17. The event takes place at Clancy's Pub, 777 N. 114th St. Proceeds will benefit Gesu Housing, a nonprofit organization that aims to create safe environments for families. Tickets are available at the door and cost $15 for general admission and $40 for reserved seating. For more information or to buy tickets, call 402-614-4776.

Fashion show fundraiser: The University of Nebraska Medical Center's EngAge Wellness program will host an "Engage in Fashion" style show and fundraiser 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 18. The event includes a style show, live and silent auctions, appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Proceeds will support the purchase of additional fitness equipment and ongoing wellness programming. The event will be held at EngAge Wellness in the Home Instead Centerfor Successful Aging, 730 S. 38th Ave. RSVP by Sept. 15 at 402-552-7210 orsara.dietrich@unmc. edu.

Childhood apraxia walk: The second Nebraska Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech will be held on Sept. 20 at Stolley Park in Grand Island. The event is open to adults and children and hopes to heighten awareness and funding. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. To register or learn more, contact erinebeck@hotmail.com or 402-750-9254.

Mitochrondrial disease walk:

An Energy for Life Walkathon sponsored by the Omaha chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation will be held Sept. 20 at Miller's Landing, 151 Freedom Park Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. All proceeds raised will help provide support, education and research towards a cure for mitochondrial disease. Groups and individuals can register at energyforlikewalk.org/omaha or call 881-317-UMDF.

Treatment fundraiser: Dakota Johnson has been battling melanoma since she was 3 years old. Now 24, she has been diagnosed again and is enrolled in a clinical trial at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. She hopes the trial will shrink her tumors and reduce the chances of her cancer reoccurring. Dakota needs help with her travel expenses and medical bills. To donate or learn more, visit redbasket.org/188/help-dakotatravel-for-treatment#.

ALS challenge: In addition to contributing $500 to the ALS Association, principals of Omaha's RDG Planning & Design accepted AOI Corp.'s Ice Bucket Challenge in a lighthearted — and environmentally friendly — way. Local art sculpture "By the Bucket Full" dumped water on the challenge participants in the Gene Leahy Mall waterfall.

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