October 2016 Around Town 2

Effort to Benefit Cancer Patients

Maid OK, a family-owned business that has operated in Oklahoma for 19 years, has partnered with Ford Warriors in Pink and Cleaning For A Reason, working together to make a difference in the lives of women battling breast cancer. The three organizations will be providing complimentary house cleanings to 500 women undergoing treatment.

The goal of Cleaning For A Reason is to reduce the stress and ease the burden a women faces once a cancer diagnosis is received so that she may focus on her health and family and not on her home. With a network of over 1,200 partnering cleaning companies in the United States and Canada, 21,000 women have received donated cleanings valued over $5.9 million through this network.

“We’re ecstatic to be partnered with Ford Warriors in Pink and Cleaning For A Reason,” said owner Lisa D’Amico. “We’re truly honored to be serving our community’s women who are battling cancer. This partnership gives us the opportunity to help out by doing what we do best.”

D’Amico is looking forward to Maid OK’s participation with Ford Warriors in Pink and Cleaning for a Reason in hopes of making a difference in the lives of these patients while raising support in the fight against cancer. To participate or to apply for a free house cleaning, please visit ford.to/29SMoQS.

Maid OK serves the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, specializing in home, carpet cleaning and window cleaning services. For more information about Maid OK, call (405) 447-4964 or visit Maidok.com

Spooks and Scares and More Planned

Norman Public Library Central

October brings spooks and scares, tricks and treats, and the library is bringing some trivia in its event “It’s Alive! Horror Movie Trivia Night” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Teens or adults will have their knowledge of horror movies from all eras tested. Registration is required in advance.

And a popular fall event at the library is the Friends of the Norman Library’s October Book Sale, running Oct. 21-24, starting with its Members Only Night at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The sale includes thousands of gently used items for sale at bargain prices, with proceeds benefiting the Friends in their support of library events throughout the year.

Norman Public Library West

Pianists Tim Neumark, Doug Hammer and Philip Wesley will perform a concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Among their honors, Neumark’s album “Storm” was the Best Solo Piano Album of 2014 from One World Music. Hammer has released nine albums and recently performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Wesley has performed numerous songs reaching the “New Age” charts, and his album “Dark Night of the Soul” was named by Reviews New Age as one of the Top 50 New Age Albums of All Time.

The library also starts a six-week class series titled Arthritis Exercises, running at 2 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 17 through Nov. 21. Brenda Hill of the Cleveland County OSU Extension Service will lead the class, showing simple exercises to help those coping with arthritis.

Moore Public Library

Haunt The Library from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with such features as an insect-petting zoo presented by Insect Adventure, crafts, a photo booth, game, $1 snow cones from Kona Ice and more, with activities for all ages.

Southwest OKC Public Library

It’s an old favorite board game gone super-size, as the library presents a Life-Sized Candy Land game from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. All ages are invited to travel through the Gumdrop Mountains all the way to the Peppermint Forest.

Noble Public Library

Tadpole Tuesdays, at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday morning in October, provides a look at the library for ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Activities include Preschool Story Time Oct. 4, Make and Take craft time Oct. 11, Learning by Leaps Oct. 18 and Magic of Music on Oct. 25.

Picturing Indian Territory
Exhibit Opens

A new, major exhibition, Picturing Indian Territory, 1819-1907, opening this month at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma offers a refreshing, scholarly examination of the visual history of Oklahoma and its previous incarnations as Indian and Oklahoma Territories.

The exhibition opens with a complimentary public reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the museum’s Nancy Johnston Records Gallery. The display will remain on view through Dec. 30.

The relocation of Native American tribes to the territories created a unique socio-political climate that prevented American artists from seeking residence or even an extended sojourn. Yet, the 19th-century fascination with Native cultures and the “undiscovered” frontiers of North America did encourage numerous artists to depict the cultures and spaces of the territories.

Picturing Indian Territory surveys how the people, land and history of Oklahoma were constructed visually by artists, illustrators and journalists from the early decades of the 19th century before and after the creation of Indian Territory in 1834; to the inception of Oklahoma Territory in 1890; and finally to the unification of Indian and Oklahoma Territories to create the state of Oklahoma in 1907.

Picturing Indian Territory will be accompanied by a book authored by the exhibition’s curators and published by the OU Press in conjunction with the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West.

Allied Arts Gala Coming to The Criterion

Want to get your “party on”–and support the arts–at the same time? Then mark your calendar on Friday, Oct. 21, for Allied Arts’ eagerly anticipated, biennial “OPUS” event.

“OPUS IX: Club Cabaret” is the theme of this year’s gala, which is being chaired by Robin and Brad Krieger and Valerie and Brad Naifeh. The gala is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan Ave., in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

Attendees will enjoy a variety show featuring local talent, exquisite fare and libations, live and silent auctions, and a raffle and paddle call. All proceeds from the event go to support arts education and world-class cultural programming at more than 40 local arts nonprofits. Funded organizations in Cleveland County are Cimarron Opera, the Firehouse Art Center and Sooner Theatre.

Tickets are $250 per person for admittance to the entire party; a late-night ticket is available for $100 to attend the party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets can be purchased at opusokc.com or by calling the Allied Arts office at (405) 278-8944.