February 2017 Around Town 1

13th-Issue Celebration Set for Feb. 21

Cleveland County Lifestyle will hold its 13th-issue celebration Feb. 21 at Royal Bavaria Restaurant and Brewery, 3401 S. Sooner Road in Moore, and all our readers and advertisers are invited! This festive event will double as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Admission is a $20 contribution per person to the American Cancer Society.

The event, set from 5:30-8:30 p.m., will feature live music, German food, beer and wine; a silent auction; and several fabulous giveaways. Look for more details soon on our Facebook page: facebook.com/ClevelandCountyLifestyle/.

“Murderously Funny” 
Dinner/Show Slated

Looking for something a little different to do this Valentine’s? The Sooner Theatre has planned a “musical, murderously funny fundraising dinner and show” that promises to have attendees on the edge of their seats–and laughing!

Sooner Theatre’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre production, “RIP’s Diner,” will be staged Feb. 9-11 at The Studio of the Sooner Theatre, 110 E. Main St., in downtown Norman

In this murder mystery, written by James Briggs of the Norman Parks and Recreation Department, murder is an off-menu special that’s served in a quaint little road-side joint when a group of townies, travelers, strangers and the diner staff have to figure out which one of them turned the local jerk’s usual order into his last meal. If that’s not enough, the whole place has a tendency to break into song when you least expect it—dishing up some of Broadway’s funniest show tunes.

Audience members are invited to try their hands in guessing whodunit, and may purchase tips from the cast during breaks in the show. At the end of the evening, those audience members who have correctly guessed the killer’s identity are entered into a drawing to win a pair of season tickets to the Sooner’s theatrical season, Sooner Stage Presents.

“It’s a Valentine’s weekend tradition! Murder Mystery audiences always have a great evening of laughter and intrigue–even if it isn’t always politically correct,” said Jennifer Baker, Sooner Theatre executive director. “This is our biggest single fundraising event of the year, so attendees are helping us continue to bring quality live theater, educational programs and concert events to Norman each year.” All proceeds from the dinner and musical theater extravaganza benefit the programs and operations of the historic Sooner Theatre.

Doors open at 6:30 each night. Although the event is a fundraiser for all programs of the Sooner Theatre, the evening is for adults only. Tickets to the event are $75 each or $750 for a table of 10. The fundraising event includes dinner and dessert. Tickets may be purchased through the Sooner Theatre by calling 321.9600 or in person at the theater box office.

Media support for this year’s Murder Mystery provided by Cleveland County Lifestyle magazine.

Mary Pointer to Be Honored

Mary Blankenship Pointer, senior vice president and corporate relationship manager at Republic Bank and Trust, will be among community leaders honored during Oklahoma City Beautiful’s 34th Annual Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon March 23 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

The 2017 Distinguished Service Awards, Keeping it Green in 2017, will be presented to local individuals, businesses and civic organizations for their outstanding community efforts, including beautification, volunteer work and other service-related projects that improve Oklahoma City.

Pointer, who served on the Board of Directors for Oklahoma City Beautiful because of her passion for its mission and the community, will be presented the President’s Award for her efforts to enhance Merrel Medley Park.

Her nomination letter reads: [Mary Blankenship Pointer] saw Merrel Medley park as a blank slate. It was a beautiful spot not being used by the community on the south side of our city. She put together a partnership with the Parks Department and its director, Doug Kupper; Robbie Kienzel, Arts and Cultural Affairs liaison for the Oklahoma City Planning department; and Oklahoma City Arts Commissioner Stephen Kovash. They worked together to add sidewalks, benches, playground equipment and amazing works of art. The park is now a wonderful place for our citizens to enjoy.  The enhancements to Merrel Medley is a perfect example of what a private and public partnership can do for our great community.”

Also being honored are the Oklahoma City Junior League, Community Spirit Award; Maureen Heffernan, Visionary Education Award; Sharon Reeves, Volunteer Spirit Award; Boeing/Oklahoma City Airport Trust, Aubrey McClendon Corporate Award; Dunlap Codding, Mayor’s Award; Mike Knopp, Visionary Award; and Mark Bays, Pendleton Woods Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information, contact Lisa B. Synar, executive director, at 525.8822 or lisabsynar@okcbeautiful.com.

Norman Mardi Gras Parade 
Set for Feb. 25

Let the good times roll during Norman’s annual wild and wacky Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Norman. “Light It Up” is the theme of the 23rd annual family-friendly parade, which will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

This free, public celebration of local arts and community, launched in 1994, has the distinction of being the first Mardi Gras parade to be held in Oklahoma. One of the largest and most colorful parades in the metro area, this year’s parade will travel east along Main Street to Crawford Avenue, where it will head south to Comanche Street and west back to Jones Avenue. The parade will complete the route twice.

This year’s Norman Mardi Gras Parade Royalty are Rebecca Bean and Matthew Clinton.

For more information, including where to park and online registration for those wishing to participate in the parade, visit normanmardigrasparade.com.

Book Sale, Bad Art Night 
and More on Tap

A book sale, a “Bad Art Night” for youth and teens, and a series that will introduce participants to dances from around the world are just a few of the activities planned in February by the Pioneer Library System.

Norman Public Library Central

“For the Love of Books” book sale, presented by the Friends of the Norman Library, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11–It’s a chance to find a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift from a large selection of gently used books donated to the Norman Friends.

Norman Public Library West

Sunday Serenades, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5–Students from the University of Oklahoma School of Music will perform classical, jazz and popular selections on the library’s baby grand piano.

Moore Public Library

Introduction to World Dances, 2 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26–This series takes a look at various dances from around the world, including the Greek Syrtaki, Circus Arts Prop Dance, Romani Skirt Dance and belly dancing.

Noble Public Library

Lego Builder’s Club, 3 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23–Recommended for children in third, fourth or fifth grades, it’s a weekly session of Lego Challenges.

Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

Bad Art Night, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20–Teens will show off their lack of artistic talent in a contest like no other. It’s for students in sixth through 12th grades.

Check out the complete schedule of what’s coming up at the library by going online to pioneerlibrarysystem.org.