March 2017 Around Town 2

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Symphony Show House Set for May 6-21

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!  Dinosaurs, firefighters and military artifacts, too! The Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s 2017 Symphony Show House, at 4808 Rose Rock Drive, will open its doors May 6 and remain open for tours through May 21.

Located in the heart of the OKC Adventure District on more than two wooded acres adjacent to the beautiful Lightning Creek, the house is a short walk from the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park Racing and Casino, Lincoln Park golf and five nearby museums. Originally built in 2007, the nearly 10,000-square-foot home has been remodeled and expanded to include seven bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms and two kitchens. With a generous media room, two fire pits and a stunning indoor pool and cabana, one need not leave the property to experience their own adventures!

Opening the doors to architectural gems and prestigious addresses for 43 years, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s Symphony Show House is widely considered Oklahoma’s premier annual show house event. Whether starting with the blank canvas of a new home or the character of a historic manor, the region’s top designers transform homes into the unexpected.

But, more than just a home tour, Symphony Show House is a vital source of charitable fundraising. Since its founding in 1949, the Orchestra League has contributed almost $5 million to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, helping to bring the joy of music to approximately 2 million children and adults through its education programs.

Mary Blankenship Pointer serves as show house chair, Julia Hunt as OKC Orchestra League president.

Businesses, organizations and individuals can reach both marketing and philanthropic goals through a variety of Symphony Show House support opportunities. To advertise, sponsor, design or for more information, contact the Oklahoma City Orchestra League at 601.4245 or

South OKC Chamber Installs Officers,

Presents Awards

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Board of Directors were installed at the chamber’s 2017 Annual Banquet, presented by AT&T, Jan. 12 at the Cox Convention Center.

Also during the event, outstanding individuals in the community were honored for their work in 2016.

Award winners were:

  • Ambassador of the Year Award, presented by Resthaven Funeral Home & Memory Gardens: Ronnie Freeman, Partners Human Resources
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by P.B. Odom III Construction: Mike Voorhees, Voorhees Voorhees and Byers
  • Citizens of the Year Award, presented by Cox Communications: J.W. and Connie Mashburn
  • Native Son Award, presented by Women of the South: American country music artist and Grammy award-winner Bryan White
  • Native Daughter Award, presented by Women of the South: American country music singer and Grammy Award-winner Jody Miller

“I am continually impressed with the vitality of our city and the giving people in it. It was a wonderful night to honor those who are striving to improve our community and recognize the leaders among us who will certainly make 2016 a banner year,” said Elaine Lyons, South Oklahoma City Chamber president.

Birthday Party Among

Activities Planned by PLS

The Pioneer Library System’s south Oklahoma City branch will celebrate its fifth birthday party March 1, while computer classes, art and knitting fun, a zoo presentation, and St. Pat’s Day crafts are planned at other branches during the month.

Norman Central

Spring Break computer classes, March 13-17–The week includes classes on programming with Python and Scratch, stop-motion movie making and Lego robotics.

Norman West

St. Patrick’s Day will be featured in programs the week of March 13-17, with 2 p.m. events each day to make crafts, build a “leprechaun trap” and play “Minute to Win It.”


Studio 204: Create and Make, 4 p.m. Monday, March 13 and 27–Show some creativity with an art project on the 13th and a “Maker Meet Up” for a project, or to learn the basics of knitting on the 27th.


“The Tortoise and the Hare,” presented by the Oklahoma City Zoo, 2 p.m. Friday, March 17–the zoo re-enacts the race from the age-old story, along with facts about what makes a tortoise slow and a rabbit fast.

Southwest Oklahoma City

Happy Birthday, SOKC: Celebrating 5 Years of Innovation, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1–The library celebrates its fifth birthday with cupcakes, pizza, crafts, tours of the library and the Pioneer Library System Maker Mobile, and more.

Friendship Dinner, Awards Ceremony

Set for March 30

Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry will serve as event chair of the Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma City’s 13th Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony, scheduled for March 30 at the Embassy Suites, 741 North Phillips in Oklahoma City.

During the event, Oklahoma City Thunder star Enes Kanter and the Light Foundation will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award, Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Republic Bank and Trust Senior Vice President Mary Blankenship Pointer will receive the Global Vision Award.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The Rev. Dirk Ficca will serve as keynote speaker.

“The dinner is among our signature events where we recognize outstanding achievements of those who dedicated themselves in their profession and service to society by generously contributing their time, energy, expertise and financial resources,” said Kadir Akkus, outreach director of the Dialogue Institute Oklahoma City. “Each year, the Dialogue Institute raises money to a local nonprofit to show our commitment for Oklahoma and its people. This year’s dinner will benefit Positive Tomorrows.” Positive Tomorrows ( is Oklahoma City’s only school specifically serving homeless children.

“The Dialogue Institute is a great asset to our community. People from different cultures get together to look for solutions to problems affecting the world,” said Mary Blankenship Pointer.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Akkus at 638.6109.