August 2017 Around Town 2

Sightseeing Sooners in 2018 
to Offer Tours to Seven Continents

Sightseeing Sooners–a program of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association–in 2018 will for the first time ever visit all seven continents on a record-setting 38 tours. Offerings include ocean and river cruises, land tours, and nature and wildlife experiences, along with other types of programming.

The tours are open to everyone, not just OU alumni, notes Lea Ann Quirk, director of Alumni Programs. “Our tours are designed to promote educational and cultural experiences for our alumni and friends, and when you travel with Sightseeing Sooners,” she says, “a portion of your tour cost will help support the OU Alumni Association.”

Among the tours scheduled for 2018:

Expedition to Antarctica, Jan. 4-17–Participants will enjoy a chartered cruise aboard the intimate M.S. Le Boréal to Earth’s last frontier. Accompanied by the ship’s expert team of naturalists, participants will take excursions ashore to observe the continent’s abundant wildlife. The tour includes a two-day stay in Buenos Aires. Ingo Schlupp, OU Presidential Professor of Biology, will host the tour.

Moroccan Discovery, March 2-15–On this small-group journey starting with the Moroccan capital of Rabat, participants will visit Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites on the tour. Other highlights will include a camel excursion and a trip up the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs.” Final destination is the storied Casablanca. Suzette Grillot, dean of the OU College of International Studies, will serve as host.

Vistas & Glaciers, Seattle to Seattle, July 12-23–On this voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, which includes alumni and friends from Big 12 schools, along with dignitaries and special celebrity guest/American sportscaster Verne Lundquist, participants will explore glaciers, native traditions and awe-inspiring scenery up and down the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Tour highlights include Alaska’s sheltered Inside Passage, Juneau, and the Outside Passage to Victoria, western Canada’s oldest city and a bastion of British heritage. Toby Rowland, the “Voice of the Sooners,” will serve as host.

To request a 2018 Sightseeing Sooners brochure and/or for more information, visit or contact Quirk at or 325.1224.

Brochures for the various travel destinations also may be found and downloaded on the webpage listed above.

Libraries Schedule ‘Train Days,’ 
Book Sale and Much More

Kids bored? Too hot for the park or other outdoors outing? The Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County branch libraries have something to offer people of all ages. A sampling follow; 

Norman Central
Train Days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20–An annual favorite at the library, the South Canadian Model Railroad Club, Oklahoma N-Rail, the Arbuckle Model Railroaders and For the Love of Trains will set up their model trains in the library’s Lowry Room.

Norman West

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21–Go over safe viewing practices, pick up some free viewing glasses and then celebrate the solar eclipse, which takes place early in the afternoon.

Friends of the Noble Library Book Sale, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6–The Noble Friends group will have gently used materials for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Friends in their support of library programs and events.

Mo Willems Story Time, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8–Celebrate author Mo Willems’ favorite characters, from Knuffle Bunny to Elephant and Piggie.
Southwest Oklahoma City
Sensory Family Time, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16–The event features activities for caregivers and children who have trouble with big crowds, are on the autism spectrum or prone to sensory overload.

Mary Blankenship Pointer Named 
Sister Cities OKC President

Mary Blankenship Pointer, senior vice president, Republic Bank & Trust Co., was named president of Sister Cities Oklahoma City Inc. during the organization’s annual meeting.

In addition to Pointer, officers elected for the 2017 -2018 year are Catherine Armitage, vice president; Vicki Gourley, secretary; and Nancy Hyde, treasurer. New board members are Jonna Kirschner, Rabbi Vered Harris, Akash Patel, Lisa Lawson, City Councilman Mark Stoncipher, Kadir Akkus, Young Chappell, Paul Dudman and Zander P’ng.

Sister Cities Oklahoma City Inc. was formed for the purpose of establishing, maintaining and coordinating international relationships in economic trade, cultural and educational areas, between the city of Oklahoma City, selected cities in other countries, and the citizens and civic organizations of each of those cities.

Full Circle Adult 
Day Care Center 
Sets ‘Purse-onality’ Fundraiser Aug. 26

The staff of Full Circle Adult Day Care Center is busy gearing up for the center’s largest annual fundraiser, Purse-onality, scheduled Aug. 26 at Sooner Legends, 1200 24th Ave. SW, in Norman. The event, featuring a luncheon, signature cocktail and a silent auction, will begin at 11 a.m.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships and a new facility for the nonprofit. Tickets, at $65 apiece, may be purchased online at For more information or to reserve seats by phone, call 447.2955.

Look for more information on this organization in the September issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle.