January 2017 Around Town

Chocolate Festival Set for Jan. 28

The Firehouse Art Center’s Chocolate Festival, the center’s biggest community event and the premiere food festival in the region for chocolate-inspired goods, will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Marriott Conference Center and Hotel, 2801 State Highway 9 East, in Norman. Tickets may be purchased online at normanfirehouse.com.

Tickets for the one-hour premiere tasting session, which kicks off the festival at 10:30 a.m. and allows chocolate lovers 15 samples, are $50. Regular session tickets, which give fair-goers 10 samples, are $30.

During the festival, partnering restaurants and businesses will offer thousands of samples of delectable treats. Proceeds support the Firehouse Art Center’s art education programs.

With over 4,000 attendees each year, this successful event was voted the 2011 “Best Charity Event” by Oklahoma Magazine, has been third on the Food Network’s Top 10 National Food Festival list, and has been featured in Bon Appétit and Southern Living magazines.

Health Fair, Genealogy Research

Among Programs Set by Libraries

The Pioneer Library System’s January line-up of programming offers something for every age, with topics ranging from health care to genealogy. A few of those offerings are listed below.

Norman Public Library Central

Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m.–Eat Better, Move More! an eight-week series for adults focusing on self-care behaviors, nutrition goals and more.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.–Literacy Tutor Training, for adults ages 18 and up. Volunteer tutors help their library’s Adult Literacy Services department. This training is a place to learn about tutoring either English as a Second Language students or native speakers wanting to improve their literacy.

Norman Public Library West

Wednesday, Jan. 25, Noon–Lunch and Listen, the library’s free monthly lunchtime concert series, this month features composer and pianist Steve Sewell.

Noble Public Library

Thursday, Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.–Genealogy for Beginners, featuring resources for researching family history, from the Federal Census and cemetery records to online sites like Ancestry.com.

Moore Public Library

Friday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.–Healthy Eating on a Budget, led by Teresa Brown of Norman Regional Health System, looking at tips and examples for enjoying healthy food but not paying a fortune to do so.

Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

Thursday, Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m.–New Year, New You Health Fair, featuring a variety of community partners providing information, giveaways, free health screenings, and health and wellness information booths and even free haircuts for children. Funded by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from Library Services and Technology, a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Campaign Nets 4 Tons of Food

More than 4 tons of food was delivered to families in need over the holiday season, thanks to the Pioneer Library System’s “Food for Fines” campaign.

The program gives readers, who may have had a little trouble getting their library materials checked in on-time, the chance to make at least some of their fines go away with the donation of a non-perishable canned or boxed food items.

The 11 PLS libraries collected a total of approximately 8,200 pounds of food, which comes to more than 4 tons, to food pantries around Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties during the holiday season. The total marks a large increase over last year, when donations topped the three-ton mark. So far around 33 tons of food have been donated since the “Food for Fines” campaign began in 2005.