It should be sunny with a light breeze and a high near 77 degrees Saturday in Omaha, according to the National Weather Service.
Beautiful weather to explore some weekend events from Omaha.com's Your Weekend Planner:
LAURITZEN GARDENS: The annual Orchid Show featuring orchid displays from local and national vendors and growers takes place this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday see these exotic plants and get all your orchid questions answered by experts. Standard garden admission rates - $6 for adults and $3 for children older than 6 - apply. Members are admitted free at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.
CITY SPROUTS GARDEN: If you would like to grow with City Sprouts, come to the garden from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday to sign up for a garden bed. The cost is $20 for Orchard Hill neighborhood residents and $30 for others. Price includes garden bed, water, use of City Sprouts tools and contact with the rest of the City Sprouts community. Sign-up will be at the Sprouts house, 40th and Seward Streets. Applications and payment must be received by March 30 or your bed will go to someone on the waiting list.
SUPER HERO DAY: Join the Lincoln Children's Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for galaxies of fun at its annual Super Hero Day. Spend the day meeting super heroes. The museum will host members of 501st Legion, the entire “Incredibles” family, Batman and more. Families can dress as their favorite heroes.
SPAGHETTI DINNER: The Omaha South High School Alumni Association will have its 17th annual spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the school from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sokol South Omaha. Tickets, $8 per person, include spaghetti, Sons of Italy sauce, meatballs or sausage, bread, salad, coffee or tea, and dessert. Entertainment will be provided. Also expect a silent auction, kids' activities and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 402-738-9493.
CRANE FESTIVAL: The annual migration of 650,000 sandhill cranes through the Kearney area will be the backdrop for 10 days of educational and entertaining family activities. The Crane Watch Festival will be Friday through April 1, with events in Kearney, Minden and Gibbon. Wildlife photographer Michael Forsberg of Lincoln will speak at the Crane Watch Festival's Friday liftoff luncheon. That event will be followed by a week of family events:
March 23: Liftoff luncheon with photographer Michael Forsberg
March 24: Gibbon Crane Breakfast and Rowe Sanctuary Crane Carnival
March 25: Kearney Park and Recreation Crane Cache Dash and downtown Kearney parade
March 26: Coloring contest displays at Great Platte River Road Archway
March 27: Crane story and crafts at Kearney Public Library
March 28: MONA Collection Connection and “Crane Song” with ornithologist Paul Johnsgard
March 29: Downtown Kearney Crane Shopping Extravaganza
March 30: Wings and Wine at Classic Car Collection
March 31: Barbershoppers concert at Merryman Performing Arts Center
April 1: Native American bird lore presentation at archway
Daily: Crane blind tours, sunset crane viewing and educational sessions
Minden Opera House: Performances of “Spitfire Grill,” March 23 to 25 and 30 and 31.
PREHISTORIC ARTIFACTS: An exhibition of prehistoric artifacts in Nebraska City will include a presentation about the animals and people that roamed the Midlands thousands of years ago. Rob Bozell, an archeologist with the Nebraska State Historical Society, and Shane Tucker, a paleontologist with the University of Nebraska Natural History Museum, will discuss the area's ancient inhabitants. Their talks will be part of the Saturday event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
The day also will include demonstrations of the atlatl, a tool used by prehistoric humans to launch spears. Admission is $5 for adults, with children under 16 admitted free of charge. Admission also includes a pass to the River Country Nature Center for the opening of the new exhibit “Ancient Southeast Nebraska.”
NOW SHOWING: A number of area high schools are staging shows next week. Among them are:
» Omaha Gross: “Footloose” at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children younger than 12.
» Omaha Roncalli: “Cursing Mummies” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults, $5 for students.
MAKING A PLAY: The third annual Playmakers Legends dinner auction to benefit Omaha's at-risk children will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Drive. Ticket are $50 a person. For tickets or more information, visit playmakers.org, contact Donna Miesbach at 402-330-2474 or email@example.com, contact John Manna at 402-689-4914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CERAMIC ARTIST FEATURED: Ceramicist Jim Leedy is opening a show at the Old Market Anderson O'Brien Gallery and teaching a clay workshop at Omaha Clayworks. Leedy's nontraditional use of clay in the 1950s and '60s established him as a leader in the ceramic world. His work has been in more than 100 exhibitions internationally. He taught at the Kansas City Arts Institute for 30 years, and is widely considered the “father of the Crossroads Arts District” in downtown Kansas City, where he is still an active participant in the vibrant art scene. He also founded the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. His show opens with a reception on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 1108 Jackson St. His workshop takes place the next day, Saturday, at noon at the Clayworks, 1114 Jones St. A gallery talk is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. For more information on the exhibition, call 402-884-0911. For more information on the workshop, contact Tom Harnick at 402-346-0560.
FORTE: The Papillion-La Vista South Titan Band will present “Forte” at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Titan Theater. “Forte” brings the marching band experience indoors, using small combinations of marching winds, percussion and flags to create routines. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 students and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
EXPLORATION MURAL: Homestead National Monument of America will display the full color mural “From Longships to Spaceships: A Thousand Years of Exploration” at the Education Center. The display is part of the Homestead Act 150th anniversary commemoration. The 16-panel mural describes a portion of the quest in the past 1,000 years to know the planet we stand on and the universe that surrounds it. Artist Michael Carroll painted the mural, which celebrates humanity's pioneering spirit from a thousand years ago into the future in the cosmos. The mural panels will be on exhibit daily through Sept. 23. Carroll will speak at 2 p.m. May 6 in the Education Center and will conduct educational programs May 7-11. There is no admission fee to the monument, which is near Beatrice, Neb.
SHOPPERS PARADISE: “A Shopper's Paradise: The Brandeis Department Store,” an exhibit at the Durham Museum, showcases what shopping in downtown Omaha was like in the early and mid-1900s. The ten-story Brandeis store at 16th and Douglas Streets was where you could buy everything from household linens and aprons to shoes, suits, ball gowns and toys for about 73 years. As suburban shopping malls drew business away from downtown shops, the department store closed in 1980. Curators at the Durham Museum developed the exhibit with 26 photographs of the Brandeis family and the store, plus objects from the museum's collection. Among the museum artifacts on display is Emil Brandeis' pocket watch. The watch was with Brandeis when he died on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912. “A Shopper's Paradise” will be on display at the museum through Oct. 14, and is included with regular museum admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $5 for children age 3 to 12. The museum, 801 S. 10th St., is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: www.durhammuseum.org and 402-444-5071.
ALTAR BOYZ: “Altar Boyz” is onstage at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., Hawks Mainstage. A fictitious five-member Christian boy band (one member is Jewish) performs its final concert in its “Raise the Praise” national tour. Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker wrote the music and lyrics, Kevin Del Aguila the book for this 2005 off-Broadway hit, which ran for nearly five years. The show satirizes the phenomena of boy bands and Christian-themed pop music. Susan Baer Collins directs, Jim Boggess music-directs and Melanie Walters choreographs. The cast: Paul Hanson, Joseph T. O'Connor II, Quinton Stewart, Roderick Cotton and David Zenchuk. The show runs through March 25. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $40 adults, $24 students. Information: 402-553-0800
CONSTRUCTION ZONE: Children rushing to explore the new “Construction Zone: Return of the Bulldozer” exhibit at the Omaha Children's Museum are thrilled to be there. They are sounding the horn on the tractor-trailer, checking out the metal detailing on the rig and exploring the cargo area of the trailer. They're moving the levers on the bulldozer and learning how to use hammers, needle-nose pliers and paint rollers. The exhibit is on display through April 22. A dress-up box near the exhibit entrance has lots of tool belts, safety glasses, reflective safety vests and real hard hats. From there, kids can go off in many directions to dig, design, build and learn about safety. The Children's Museum hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Open late, until 8 p.m., on the first Friday of the month. Cost for the Construction Zone exhibit: $2 in addition to regular museum admission, which is $8 for ages 2 to 59, $7 for age 60-plus and free for children under 24 months. Information: www.ocm.org and 402-342-6164
CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS ON DISPLAY: “Bravo!” featuring works by Chris Raschka is now on display in the Mind's Eye gallery at the Joslyn Art Museum. Raschka has illustrated more than 50 children's books, including “The Hello, Goodbye Window,” which won a Caldecott Medal.
ZOO'S IMAX THEATER: Take in a movie at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo's Lozier Imax Theater. Showing now are “Sharks 3D,” “Journey Into Amazing Caves,” and “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, “Sharks 3D” is a breathtaking 3D film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the lions and tigers of the ocean. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the great white, hammerhead, and whale shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence since a million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth. “Journey Into Amazing Caves” takes a look at one of Earth's last unexplored frontiers. For those compelled to push their limits in the world's most hostile environments, the risk of fatal danger and the thrill of new discovery are the everyday factors that make cave exploration such an awe-inspiring experience. “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets”opens with the beginning of man's fragile kinship with the twisting 277 mile Grand Canyon in Arizona, then moves the audience through time with brief glimpses at the stone pages of human history. Movie admission is $5 per person. You need not pay zoo admission fees if you only want to attend a movie. Go directly to the theater or to the guest services office at 3701 S. 10th St. to gain admission. Information and show times: www.omahazoo.com and 733-8400.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME: “Travel Back in Time,” a new exhibit at Homestead National Monument, gets you close to the buggies, carts and wagons that moved generations of homesteaders across the prairie. Horse-drawn vehicles were a common means of transportation in cities and rural areas until early in the 20th century. The vehicles will be in the monument's education center through March, 2012. Homestead National Monument, 8523 W. State Highway 4 in Beatrice, is a unit of the National Park Service. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and the buggy exhibit is also free. Information: 402-223-3514 or www.nps.gov/home.