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A few things to check out early this week…

THURSDAY

Join us for momaha’s Bellevue Story Time at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road. Carol Bicak, author of The World-Herald’s children’s book “The Littlest Lion”, will kick off the pajama story time with a reading of her new book. Then Kelsey Celek of The Rose Theater will tell us how to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see “Big Nate”.

The “Autumn Festival: An arts and craft affair ” is this weekend at the Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors and children 10 and older; free for children 9 and younger. Information: Click here.

Visit the “Fall Chrysanthemum Show” at Lauritzen Gardens from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission: standard garden admission rates apply.

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear is still on display at the Durham Museum.

Go down the big slides at Gene Lahey Mall, near 11th and Farnam Streets.

Methodist Hospital will host a free seminar from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday on surgical options for treating obesity. Although free, preregistration is required at 402-354-1321.

Feeling nerdy? Head to Math Alive! at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. The math exhibit features what kids love most – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more – and creates interactive experiences to excite them about the subject.

FRIDAY

Check out the opening night of “Big Nate” at the Rose Theater. The show’s theme is based on friendship, overcoming obstacles and using your wits. It’s best for ages 6 to 13 and runs about an hour.

Arts For All will hold its first play at the new South Omaha YMCA space at 3010 R St. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed and directed by volunteers, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 17. Tickets, $15, are available at the door, by phone at 402-556-7821. Information: artsforallinc.com/buy-tickets.html.

It’s Military Appreciation Week. Military families will be given free entry to the Kroc Center on Veterans Day weekend, each day from open until close. All you have to do is present official military verification.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Homecoming 2013 concert is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Stinson Park. Music from the Bryant Carter Band and headliner Aaron Watson. Free admission with a non-perishable food donation to help stuff the shuttle bus.

Teen Chat Circle, a program for teenage girls, will have a discussion that will include the prevention of dating violence and unhealthy relationships for teens at the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, 3549 Fontenelle Blvd. “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. This free event includes lunch and, if needed, transportation.

Go on a Silent Night Hike at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue.

SATURDAY

Get free admission to the Lincoln Children’s Museum on Saturday.

Register your child for “Art tweenz: A tangled holiday.” Make holiday/winter themed doodle art, also known as Zentangles, with your children ages 8 to 12. Class fee: $15 per student per week, all supplies provided.

Participate in a Saturday morning story time with Scott Kurz, co-founder of the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre in Omaha, at The Bookworm from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Information: http://www.bookwormomaha.com.

Michael’s Craft Store is hosting a kids club craft, titled “Winter Wonderland Snow” Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $2.

Check out “Saturday Surprise” at the Joslyn Art Museum. The exhibit is meant to inspire you from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission: Free.

Take a road trip. The Holiday Splendor Craft and Trade Show will be at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Neb.

The 2nd Annual St. Mark Lutheran Holiday Craft Fair will be at 1821 North 90th St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 402-391-6148.

The Green Home Tour & Smart Energy Expo will show how it’s done. The self-guided tour will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at five new-construction homes and two remodeled ones. Homes on the tour are at 905 S. 184th St., 1216 Pierce St., 6010 Charles St., 18407 Mason St., 3704 N. 17th St., 3708 N. 17th St. and 905 S. 184th St., all in Omaha, and at 906 Bellevue Blvd. North in Bellevue. Admission: $5 for adults and free for children ages 11 and younger.

Information: greenomahacoalition.org.

The free Smart Energy Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Millard Lumber, 12900 I St. The expo will feature exhibitors with new products and services, University of Nebraska at Omaha experts discussing the new Center for Urban Sustainability, and Metro Community College representatives discussing course offerings for both the homeowner and professionally accredited job training.

SUNDAY

Kids skate free on Sunday at Skatedzaze from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

MONDAY

Fontenelle Forest’s Mud Pies play group from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a family program encouraging adult/child interaction. A different natural science topic is introduced each week through interactive stations within “Habitat Hollow.” One adult is required for every two children.

View Christmas-themed stamps and covers from around the world on display at the Leon Myers Stamp Center, located in the Boys Town Visitors Center, near 137th and West Dodge Road. Admission: Free.

Buy your ticket for “A Christmas Carol”, which will be staged Nov. 22 through Dec. 23 at the Omaha Community Playhouse in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre.

New works by mixed media artist Sean Akers, painter Joan Fetter and weaver Agneta Gaines will showcase their artwork at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd. Show times: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission: Free.

TUESDAY

Many exciting events for your child at the Omaha Children’s Museum including open make, smart start, preschool pals, tinker tots, science show, maker-space demonstration, move it, and body in motion. For details on each, visit the calendar.

Starting next week, Marcus Theatres locations in Omaha and Lincoln will offer $5 ticket prices to all Tuesday showtimes. Twin Creek Cinema in Bellevue is already offering $5 Tuesday, and on Nov. 12, Majestic Cinema of Omaha, Midtown Cinema and Village Pointe Cinema will start the promotion. And in Lincoln, East Park, Edgewood, Lincoln Grand and South Pointe will participate. Additional charges will still apply for 3-D and other special events. Last week, Marcus Theatres dropped its ticket prices for all showtimes at Midtown Cinema.

Plan ahead by checkout what’s happening on our fall craft event list.

Anna Backhaus, 29, is a mother of three boys and student at University of Nebraska at Omaha, interning for momaha this fall. Read more of her blogs, by clicking here.

Did we miss your event? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

Anna Backhaus is a working mother of three boys.

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