» “Mayhem Strikes Omaha: The Kidnapping of Edward Cudahy Jr.”: 2 p.m. Sunday in Building 10, Room 110 at Historic Fort Omaha. Learn what happened when the son of wealthy Omaha meatpacker Edward Cudahy was kidnapped Dec. 18, 1900, by Pat Crowe and held for $25,000 ransom at this Douglas County Historical Society program.
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-455-9990.
» Omaha Rose Show: 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Omaha Mariott, 10220 Regency Circle. The Omaha Rose Society will host “Plains, Trains, Automobiles and Roses,” the theme for the 2013 Central District Rose Show. Free to the public.
» Playing It by Ear: 7 tonight at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave. Storyteller Rita Paskovwitz and artist Lori Elliott-Bartle present program of music and stories. Attendees urged to bring their own instruments since the Garden Party piano from the "Play Me, I’m Yours" exhibition was destroyed in last week’s rain storm. Free.
» Plattsmouth Harvest Festival: Continues today and Sunday in and around the Cass County town.
Activities will include carnival rides, bed race, two parades, slow tractor races, tractor pull, horseshoe contest, live bands, karaoke contest, corn- and pie-eating contests, marching bands, car show and shine, volleyball tournament, water fights, entertainment, talent show, pep rally and airport fly-in breakfast.
» Polka Hall of Fame: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday induction ceremony during 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. free dance at Sokol Auditorium, 13th and Martha Streets. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
» Locally Grown: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. Locally Grown highlights the efforts of local producers and nonprofits, and the talents of local artists and musicians. Area residents are invited to visit with vendors and enjoy local art, live music and free food tasting. Free to the public.
» The Grass Patch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today official grand opening outside the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The museum will provide free hot dogs and drinks while supplies last and will host a variety of outdoor games and activities throughout the day. The Grass Patch offers a playground, benches and space for picnics and a variety of museum-sponsored outdoor activities.
» World O! Water Festival: Noon to 4 p.m. today at the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District’s Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St. The event is free, open to the public and fun for families. It aims to educate the public about water conservation, quality and recreation. Some of the activities will be demonstrations, science experiments, games, canoeing and face painting.