September 2017 Around Town

‘Dancing With the Strays’ 
Party Planned

Annie’s Rescue Foundation and STASH will present “Dancing With the Strays!” a party to benefit the shelter pets of Norman Animal Welfare, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at STASH, 412 E. Main St.

The event, which is being held in conjunction with the Norman Art Walk, will feature salsa-dancing lessons, Latin dance performers, music, “pie-a-cop/animal rescuer,” a raffle and silent auction, food trucks—and of course, adoptable dogs from Norman Animal Welfare and Annie’s Rescue Foundation.

All ages (dogs, too) are invited to attend the event. There is no cost to attend, but people are asked to bring shelter donations such as treats, toys and blankets. Donations also are always welcome online by visiting Annie’s Rescue Foundation Facebook page or the Norman Animal Shelter’s Amazon wishlist,

For more information on Annie’s Rescue Foundation, visit For more information on STASH, visit

Global Citizen Awards Gala 
Set for Sept. 9

World Experiences Foundation’s Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City.

Ramu Damodaran, chief, United Nations Academic Impact Initiative, and deputy director for partnerships and public engagement, UN Outreach, will be the featured keynote speaker.

The evening’s entertainment will showcase a variety of special cultural performances from around the world. The foundation will honor Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Citizenship; the Whitten-Newman Family Foundation with its Global Vision Award; and Mary Blankenship Pointer, senior vice president, Republic Bank & Trust, and volunteer CFO, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, with its Global Humanitarian Award.

Eleven outstanding global leaders/organizations will be inducted in the foundation’s 2017 Class of Global Citizens for their extraordinary contributions to global citizenship in the United States and abroad. The honorees include the Multicultural Education Institute in Education, the Syrian Toy Project in Nonprofits, Brenda Jones Barwick in Business, Professor Evelyn Aswad in Law and Politics, Joslyn Mery-Massad in Media, Lester Claravall in Public Service, Sunita MacLennan-Sharma in Community Service, Casey Camp-Horinek in Environment, Dr. Bradley Farriss in Healthcare, Dr. Eduard Ricaurte in STEM and Mariana Llanos in Arts.

World Experiences Foundation’s global education programs offer unique opportunities for children in Oklahoma and abroad to connect with people from different cultures and countries, a powerful way of promoting global citizenship, building love and tolerance in the hearts and minds of children to foster world peace and collaboration.

Tickets to the Global Citizen Awards Gala are $85. For more information about the event or sponsorships, contact Akash Patel at 474.3310 or

Ready, Set, Go: Norman Film Festival

A variety of local and international films in every genre will be shown during the inaugural Norman Film Festival, scheduled from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at five venues in historic downtown Norman, including the Sooner Theatre.

The event, which is being sponsored by the Norman Arts Council, Opolis Productions, Guyutes, and Main Street Photo and Video, also will feature workshops as well as a free educational program in the early afternoon with hands-on filmmaking exhibits to create an immersive experience for festival-goers of any age.

Highlighted feature films will include Lucky, Goldstone, Kedi and the ‘80s children’s sci-fi short Rainbow War. Trailers for all of these films and tickets can be found at the festival’s website,

Food trucks and beverage vendors by the Sunset Market will be parked during the festival on the 400 east block of Main Street.

To purchase your $25 all-day screening pass, visit Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Video Resource Center of Norman Public Schools to empower the next generation of local filmmakers.
Interested in serving as a festival volunteer? Please contact volunteer coordinator Emily Spivey at normanfilmfestival@gmailcom.

PLS Offering Varied Lineup

A workshop on small-business tax basics, a book sale and a “Dads and Donuts Story Time” are among a plethora of events scheduled throughout September by the Pioneer Library System. Check out the Events Calendar at for complete listings.

Norman Central

Small-business Tax Basics, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19–Representatives of the Oklahoma Tax Commission will present a workshop for small-business owners.

Norman West

First Thursday Science Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7–Build a new bed for Goldilocks after reliving the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”


Friends of the Moore Library Book Sale, Thursday, Sept. 28, through Monday, Oct. 1–The Friends group’s annual sale goes to benefit library programs throughout the year.

Southwest Oklahoma City

Dads and Donuts Story Time, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9–Visit the library for stories, craft projects and donuts, geared to ages 3 to 6 and their dads, although all ages are invited.


Rad Readers Kids Book Group, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12–This new book group for fourth- and fifth-grade students will meet once a month after school.

Save the Date for Vocal Competition

Promising young vocalists are being sought to take part in a vocal competition, which doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the educational Programs of the Sooner Theatre and The Studio of The Sooner Theatre of Norman.

The Voice of The Heartland vocal competition, created in 2015, is open to three age groups: ages 7 to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 and up. The first round of the competition will be conducted through video submission, followed by a semi-final event to be held at The Sooner Theatre on Sept. 25.

Selected finalists will compete in a final round, to be held at Southwind Hills Event Barn, 468 SW 24th Ave., in Goldsby, on Sept. 28. JAKE-FM’s Owen Pickard will emcee both the semi-finals and finals events.

Registration for The Voice of the Heartland vocal competition is available online at There is a $35 non-
refundable entry fee for all applicants. Deadline to enter is Sept. 15.

Student Veterans 
Association Plans Tailgates

Throughout the football season, members of the University of Oklahoma Student Veterans Association will hold a tailgate at every home game for student veterans and veteran alumni, as well as watch parties for most away games.

Austin Neely, secretary with the association, added that they also are currently looking for other opportunities to get involved and are planning to host a variety of other events for OU’s student veterans, veteran alumni and their families.

“As a relatively new student organization, we are constantly looking for donations, sponsors and military friendly companies to connect with and make a difference,” added Neely, a junior majoring in linguistics.

The OU Student Veterans Association is a chapter of the national Student Veterans of America, a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. The OU chapter was activated on the Norman campus after the draw down of Iraq in 2011, when many veterans were in search of a higher education.

“Our goal is to build and maintain a community of students, staff, faculty and alumni, who have served in the U.S. military or support the members and veterans, as well as to support the mission of the U.S. Armed Forces. Our mission is to help facilitate a seamless transition from military to college life and provide support for continued growth in mind, body and spirit,” Neely said, adding, “ We hope to do this by carrying the pride and confidence established in the military with us in the college experience as well as our future careers.”

For more information on the organization, including how to provide support, and for details on upcoming activities (including tailgates and watch parties), please contact any of the association’s officers in the OU office at 325.5793 and/or visit

Catalyst Racket Club 
Serves Up Activities

Several activities are planned for September by the Catalyst Racket Club, a private tennis club based at Hidden Trails Golf Club, which is dedicated to providing its members and guests with top-notch athletics and social experiences.

Activities include a new session of the Catalyst Jr. Tennis Academy, for youth from pre-k through their teens at all levels of play, Aug. 28-Sept. 22; Adult Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Club Leagues, beginning Sept. 18; and Doubles Seminars (titled “Dominant Doubles”), on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1.

Beginning in September, the Catalyst Racket Club is offering a “Parents Night Out” service from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Children can enjoy a range of activities, including movies, video games, virtual reality games, basketball, during their stay at the Catalyst Racket Club indoor facility at Hidden Trails Country Club, located off I-240 between Penn and May avenues. Security is provided by members of the OKC Police Department, and food and drink is provided.

For detailed information on all club events and programs, contact Tony Daniels, Catalyst Racket Club CEO, at 429.0325.