Car seat safety checkup today

Great Plains Auto Body will host an event Saturday, Feb. 13, to ensure the safety of car seats.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect or install car seats. Guests are asks to bring two large towels per child seat, their children, the vehicle and child seat manuals. The inspection should take 30 minutes per seat.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at 14540 Grover St.

Bird event at Lincoln nature center

LINCOLN — Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln will host a birding event from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Dave Titterington from the Wild Bird Habitat Store will host the Great Backyard Bird Count. Birds will be counted and submitted to help researchers.

Admission to the event is free but donations are requested.

The nature center will also host a Moonlight Night Hike on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. Storytelling and hot chocolate will follow the event. Registration is open through Wednesday and is $8 per person.

Submissions being taken for Black History Month art contest

Nebraska students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit portraits or posters for events for Black History Month to an art contest.

Documents to enter can be downloaded online at Teachers may also have forms.

Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 29. Elementary, middle school and high school winners will be awarded gifts.

Discussion to focus on Nebraska’s Civil War history

PERU, Neb. — The Mayhew State Cabin and Peru State College will present “A Territory Between the States: Nebraska in the Civil War” on Thursday.

The 11 a.m. event will be held in the CATS Building Conference Room at Peru State College. It is free.

Call 402-873-3115 or email for more information.

Applications available for Leadership Nebraska

The State Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska is accepting applications.

The year-long program includes six sessions which cover Nebraska issues including economic development, health care, education, agriculture and state government.

The next class will begin with an orientation in June at Nebraska City’s Lied Lodge. Other sessions will be held in August, September, October, November and January. A commencement ceremony will take place in February 2017.

Applications must be received in the Nebraska Chamber office on or before April 15. They are available online at Tuition is $2,500, which includes meals and lodging. Scholarships for the program are available based on financial need.

African American History Challenge this month

The 100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc. hosts its 16th Annual African American History Challenge Feb. 27.

Student teams from middle and high school will compete for cash prizes. The winning teams from each division will also receive an all-expense paid trip to compete at the 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference, June 15 to 19 in Atlanta.

The event will be held at North Magnet High School, 4410 N. 36th St. beginning at 4 p.m.

Greek art focus of UNL lecture

LINCOLN — Greek vase expert Tyler Jo Smith will host a lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Feb. 22.

“From Hamilton to Hercules: Greek Vases in Popular Culture” will discuss modern perception of ancient Greek vases.

The free talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Bessey Hall.

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