October 2017 Around Town 2

WRC to Generate Awareness on Perils of Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and throughout the month, the Women’s Resource Center will be engaging the community at local events, raising awareness about the perils of domestic violence on individuals, families and the community. The Women’s Resource Center in Norman provides emergency shelter, advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning, forensic exams, Domestic Violence Education Group, counseling, prevention education and community education.

Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime–more than the number of women that contract breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, yet financial abuse happens in 99 percent of all domestic violence cases.

To combat financial abuse, the WRC will be participating in the AllState Purple Purse Challenge. Allstate helps provide financial empowerment for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Every year, Allstate helps raise awareness through weekly fundraising challenges. Local shelters compete for unrestricted grant money awarded at the end of the month.

The 2017 Purple Purse was designed by Serena Williams. Each of the chosen shelters are given one purse to auction off as part of their fundraising efforts. The WRC’s purple purse will be auctioned off during “Art for the Senses,” a come-and-go public event designed to raise awareness and funds benefiting the WRC, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at a south Norman residence. Although no admission will be charged, those planning to attend are asked to respond to kyla@wrcweb.net for planning purposes. The event will feature live music, art, floral arrangement displays and hors d’oeuvres.

WRC also will participate in several events during October, including:

  • Sunday, Oct. 1—Groovefest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws, Norman
  • Thursday, Oct. 5—A Walk in Her Shoes: Domestic Violence Education Role Play, 9 a.m.-noon, Norman Chamber of Commerce, 115 E. Gray St., Norman
  • Friday, Oct. 13—Hair of the Dog Oktoberfest, 6-9 p.m., STASH, 412 E. Main St. Purchase tickets at stashok.com
  • Saturday, Oct. 21—Noble Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 114 N. Main St., Noble
  • Monday, Oct. 23—Domestic Violence Awareness Bubble Release, 11 a.m., 617 W. Rock Creek Road, Norman

City of Moore Announces Halloween-themed Events

Looking for some fun this Halloween season? Check out these three scheduled by the City of Moore.

Trail of Fears: Voodoo in The Bayou, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, Little River Park, 700 SW 4th St. According to legend, in the early 19th century Voodoo Queen Bianca Lavreau would practice her underground religion in the wooded area known today as Little River Park. As word got out about her practices, a mob formed to force her out of the area, and she mysteriously disappeared! Today, people still say they see her roam Little River Park on a full moon. Attendees must be at least 12 (younger if accompanied by an adult). Tickets are $7.50 per person.

Mummy-and-Son Dance, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, The Station at Central Park. Featuring dancing, snacks, a haunted house and door prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Tickets to both the Trail of Tears and the Mummy-and-Son Dance may be purchased online at cityofmoore.com/fun.

“Haunt Old Town,” 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Old Town Moore Downtown. In addition to safe trick-or-treating, this free, family-friendly event will feature inflatables, games, music, food trucks, and arts and crafts.

Third Annual Mix on Main Scheduled for Oct. 20

The third annual Mix On Main, hosted by The Main District, is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, on Main Street between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes Avenue in Norman.

Mix On Main features live music, food trucks, beer/wine gardens and outdoor family fun. Other attractions will include the Selfie Stars photo booth, interactive glow golf, henna tattoos, Inspyral Entertainment and the Pioneer Library Mobile Maker. Of course, guests once again are invited inside a variety of boutiques and businesses for shopping.

Cleveland County Lifestyle is proud to be a gold sponsor for the event.

For more information, visit Mix On Main on Facebook: The Main District, Twitter: @themaindistrict and Instagram: @maindistrictnorman.

Wine Walk and Brew Fest Scheduled for Oct. 21

Oklahoma wineries, craft breweries and merchants will be showcased at the fifth annual Oklahoma Wine Walk and Brew Fest, set from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, under tents situated throughout the Brookhaven Village shopping district, 36th Avenue NW and Robinson Street in Norman.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to taste selections from Oklahoma wineries and breweries; toast the live, local entertainers; and partake in the merchant booths filled with made-in-Oklahoma products.

The event is hosted by the Frontier Country Marketing Association. While admission is free, those wishing to sample wines and beer must purchase a tasting package (available for pre-purchase for $25). The package provides the visitor with a wristband, commemorative wine glass and 15 tastings samples.

For more information, visit oktourism.com/winewalk/.

Sponsorships, Tickets Available for Fall Arts Luncheon

The Norman Chamber’s Business & the Arts Committee will host its annual Fall Arts Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at The Hall at The Railhouse, 102 W Eufaula St., in Norman. This event highlights the important relationship between the arts and business communities through awards given by the Business & the Arts Committee and the Norman Arts Council.

The luncheon was created to honor talented Norman residents who have succeeded in various areas of the arts and deserve more recognition for their achievements. Presentations from the Norman Arts Council also will be made to recognize a Person of the Year in the Arts and a Business of the Year in the Arts.

Rembrandt sponsorships are available for $200, Monet sponsorships for $100; individual tickets are $15. Reservations are required. Please contact Erica Millar at 321.7260 or erica@normanchamber.com to make your reservation.

Haunt the Library, Book Sale Highlight Library Events

Storytelling by legendary horror TV host Count Gregore, a “Haunt the Library” event and a book sale are among events scheduled in October at branches of the Pioneer Library System in Norman, Moore, Noble and southwest Oklahoma City. A full listing of events can be found at pioneerlibrarysystem.org and clicking on the Events Calendar button at the top of the page.

Southwest Oklahoma City

3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14–The Pokemon Club, a new group for teens, features Pokemon card or video games, or devices to play Pokemon Go.

Norman Central

Thursday, Oct. 20, through Monday, Oct. 23–Thousands of titles across all genres will be available for purchase during the Friends of the Norman Public Library’s annual fall book sale fundraiser.

Norman West

2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22–Count Gregore, legendary horror TV host from WKY in Oklahoma City for some 50 years, visits to tell stories and look back on his career.


3 p.m. each Wednesday–The American Girl Book Club, for children up to age 11, features books from the classic American Girl series.


4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28–Haunt the Library, the annual Halloween-themed event, features crafts, games and an exhibit from the Museum of Osteology.

Marilyn Nelson 
Honored With NSK Prize

Marilyn Nelson has been named as the 2017 NSK Prize for Children’s Literature laureate. One of America’s foremost poets and essayists and a powerful voice for social justice and civil rights, she has received the Robert Frost Medal given by the Poetry Society of America in 2012 and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in 2006 for A Wreath for Emmitt Till.

Hosted by World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma, the NSK Prize recognizes significant contributions to children’s literature.

Nelson will be honored during the 2017 Neustadt Festival, scheduled Nov. 8 through 10 on the OU Norman campus. Events are open to the public, including her keynote address, scheduled for noon Friday, Nov. 10, at the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre (formerly Rupel J. Jones Fine Arts Center), 563 Elm Ave. More information on this event, the NSK Prize and the 2017 Neustadt Festival may be found at neustadtprize.org.

CSS Receives Facelift to Football Facilities

Just in time for the upcoming season, Community Christian School in Norman received a much-needed facelift to its football facilities. The excavation of the old grass field in favor of a modern artificial surface and new lighting has provided much-needed motivation and excitement in the football program.

Final construction plans include a three-room, 19-person-capacity press box that provides areas for both teams’ coaches. This is described by school officials as a huge upgrade over the previous press box, which had one room and, if someone sat on either end, part of the field was not visible. Future plans call for new concessions, restrooms and locker rooms on the south end of the field.