In honor of the 65th anniversary of National Engineers Week, U.S. Cellular joined up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands recently to teach youths about careers in engineering and technology. U.S. Cellular engineers Jason Weakly, Kyle Wolfe and Pete Yaeger discussed careers in engineering and technology during the "Ask an Engineer" event at the organization's Westside Unit in Omaha.

Great Plains Ragtime Society to meet at Omaha church

The Great Plains Ragtime Society will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at First Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 421 S. 36th St. The meeting will be in Memorial Hall. Enter through the patio (36th Street) entrance. For more information, go to r2rfestival.

American families topic of lecture at Creighton

History and women's studies scholar Stephanie Coontz will present "The Way They Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 104 of the Skutt Student Center at Creighton University. The presentation is based on her book of the same title. A book signing will follow the free presentation.

Coontz, a professor at Evergreen State College, is interested in the trade-offs and paradoxes of historical changes in family life, gender relations and intimate partnerships. She is the author of seven books, including "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and Women at the Dawn of the 1960s" (2011) and "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage" (2005). Coontz is also the editor of "American Families: A Multicultural Reader" (2008).

For more information, contact

'Zero Net Energy Homes' topic of presentation

Nebraskans For Solar will explore "Zero Net Energy Homes" Tuesday. Presenters 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. Reserved parking will be available in the lot in front of the center near the Durham Bell Tower. Refreshments will be served. Email with questions.

Durham to host annual History Day Competition

The Durham Museum will host the 26th Annual Omaha District History Day Competition on Tuesday (junior division) and Wednesday (senior division). Students in grades six through 12 will compete from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in rooms at the museum. Categories will include exhibits, documentaries, performances, historical papers and websites. The competition is open to the public for viewing with regular admission.

The theme for the 2016 competition is "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History," and more than 300 students from Douglas and Sarpy Counties are expected to compete. Entries placing first, second, third and fourth in their categories are eligible to compete at the state contest at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln on April 16. First and second-place winners there will have the chance to compete at the Kenneth E. Berhing National Contest in College Park, Maryland, from June 12 to 16.

For more information, call 402-444-5071.

Priest, peace advocate to present Lawler Lecture

Creighton University's 2016 Lawler Lecture in Catholic Theology will feature an internationally celebrated Roman Catholic priest, theologian and professor of peace studies. The Rev. Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will present "Taking Root: On land, the church and the future of Africa" at the 18th annual Lawler Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday in Room 3023 of the Harper Center. The free lecture is open to the public.

'The Awesome 80's Prom' is Iowa Western's spring show

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Western Community College department of theater's spring production is "The Awesome 80's Prom" by Ken Davenport. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6; and 7 p.m. March 10, 11, 12. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the Arts Center box office at 712-388-7140 or go to

Museum to celebrate Women's History Month

The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, will open two new exhibitions in honor of Women's History Month. The exhibitions will include a presentation by Karen Daneu, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and co-founder of Women Military Aviators, at 10 a.m. Friday. The presentation includes a continental breakfast.

"Women in Aerospace," a new permanent exhibit, highlights significant women of flight and the events of their day. It covers more than 100 years of history honoring the accomplishments and achievements of those internationally and in Nebraska. Notable aviatrixes, such as Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Fran Bera, Sally Ride and many others, are featured.

"Women with Wings," is part of a larger collection created by Charles Hubbell from 1937 through 1972 for use in the company calendars of Thompson Products. It will be on display until April 17.

Reservations in advance are appreciated. Exhibits are included with general admission: $12 for adults; $11 for senior citizens and military; $6 for youths older than 4. For more information, go to The opening program and breakfast are free. Guests should register on the museum's website.

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