‘Get Your Rear In Gear’ Walk/Run Set
GI of Norman, in partnership with hundreds of businesses throughout the community, is hosting its annual Get Your Rear In Gear—Colon Cancer 5K Walk & Run and Kids Fun Run Saturday, April 22, at Journey Church in Norman. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and help reduce the fear of colon cancer screening, which is one of the most preventable cancers; proceeds are granted back to the community as the organization builds and funds programs aimed at increasing colon cancer screening and early detection of the disease.
The public is invited to come out for a fun-filled day of free food and drink, vendors, over 80 raffle items, colon and kid inflatables, and character meet-and-greets. After the race, survivors will share their stories. Attendees who know a colon cancer survivor or lost a loved one may place a donation in their name on the day of the race or online, and their names will be announced during the event in their honor.
Awards will also be distributed to all first-, second- and third-place winners in each age division for adults and children. Awards also will go to the largest team and the team with the highest donation amount raised the day of the race.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. It affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities. The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is about one in 20. While most people diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history of the disease, those with a family history of the disease should begin screening at an earlier age. People with a parent, sibling or offspring with colorectal cancer have two or three times the risk of developing colon cancer compared to those with no family history of the disease.
GI of Norman is now encouraging young adults to learn about and be tested for polyps because of the rise in polyps in younger generations.
Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, colon and rectal cancer can often be prevented with proper screening. Found in its earliest stages, colon cancer is survived by almost 90 percent of patients.
Vendors should email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Kirsten Mains at 364.5900 or 863.0853.
Ribbons, Rosettes and Topknot Bows, Too
Norman resident Sharon Bourbeau and her 2-year-old client Maltese dog, BIS GCH CH Valletta’s Somewhere Over The Reignbow, AKA “Reignbow,” recently returned from New York City, where they participated in what many consider to be the Super Bowl of dog shows–the Westminster Kennel Club show.
The pair returned from the New York City show with impressive honors–a Grand Champion Select award. According to AKC, “Select” is considered the “next best as far as the quality of the dogs in competition” after Best of Breed/Variety and Best of Opposite Sex and are eligible for Grand Champion points.
Reignbow, who finished 2016 ranked as the No. 8 Maltese All Breed in the United States, completed her AKC championship in Oklahoma City at 1 year of age, and her grand championship shortly after that. Bourbeau has handled, trained and conditioned Reignbow since she was 6 months old.
Clearly on a path to Westminster, Reignbow garnered her first group placement in Enid in October and two weeks later was honored with two toy group wins and a Best in Show under esteemed Canadian Judge Charles Bett.
Breed videos from Westminster are posted on the kennel club website, by breed. To see Bourbeau and Reignbow (Maltese armband No. 16) compete in breed, visit westminsterkennelclub.org/breed-results/?id=MALT.
During 2017, Bourbeau and Reignbow will continue to pursue Reignbow’s bronze-level Grand Championship.
Pioneer Library System Event Highlights
Norman Public Library Central
21st annual Poetry Celebrations (Children), 6 p.m. Monday, April 24, and (Teens and Adults) 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24–The library’s annual poetry contest wraps up with winners announced and winning efforts shared with the audience.
Norman Public Library West
Coffee With a Cop, 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 10–Representatives from the Norman Police Department will visit the library for a morning of fellowship and coffee in the Paisley Café area of the library.
Moore Public Library
Remote Control Paper Airplanes, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13–For students in sixth through 12th grades, it’s a chance to create a paper airplane that can be controlled remotely.
Noble Public Library
Cooking for Seniors, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20–Representatives from Food for Thought Learning Institute will give ideas for healthy and nutritious meals and snacks.
Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library
Indoor Garage Sale, April 7-9–The Friends of the SOKC Library will host a sale for a variety of items at reasonable prices to help benefit the Friends’ efforts in supporting the library.
Quilt Show Set for May 5-6
“100 Years of Pioneer Spirit” is the theme of the Cleveland County Oklahoma Home and Community Service’s quilt show, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E. Robinson in Norman.
Admission is $5. Attendees also may purchase tickets for a drawing to win a quilt made by an OCHE member; the tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.
OHCE members have been trained as FCS Master Volunteers, associated with the OSU Extension Center at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. OHCE/FCS is an organization that provides members and community residents with information on many subjects for free or very low cost. Most of the topics are meant to assist individuals in improving their household, whether it be with money, health or by creating items instead of buying them.
This year’s quilt show will feature over 100 quilts and quilted items, 10 vendors and door prizes. OHCE members will offer demonstrations, and an “antique bed-turning of quilts” will be performed both days.
In addition, one quilt created by an OHCE member will be raffled, with the drawing set for Saturday afternoon; a second will be sold in a silent auction.
Proceeds from the quilt show will help fund three scholarships, presented to high school seniors in Cleveland County.
For more information, contact Carol Doner at 760.8388.
Paisley Café opens at Norman Public Library West
A delicious assortment of food and drinks awaits customers of Paisley Café inside Norman Public Library West, featuring espresso drinks, frappes and teas. The café also serves breakfast and lunch items, including changing daily specials. A large number of the items are made with an eye toward wholesome, locally sourced ingredients.
“I know that there aren’t a lot of healthy options here in the area that are also affordable,” said proprietor Ranna Bigdely.
All items served at Paisley Café are prepared with local and sustainable organic ingredients, where possible. The coffee comes from Leap Coffee Roasters in Oklahoma City. Greens are supplied by Norman’s Little River Farm and used on sandwiches and in salads along with organic heirloom tomatoes. The bread for sandwiches as well as cookies and pastries come from Waving Wheat Bakery in Norman. Bigdely herself prepares the café’s popular baklava.
“I’m hoping with those higher-quality ingredients that we have a more delicious product overall, and it’ll be more affordable because we are skipping a lot of middle men by going straight to the source rather than ordering it from a distributor where–who knows where that lettuce came from,” she said.
There are also selections for the kids that include sandwiches and nutritious juice selections.
Paisley Café is inside Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court, and is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.