Full Circle to Host

Bubbles & Brews Gala

Sponsors are being sought for Full Circle Adult Day Center’s fundraising event to kick off its building campaign, the Bubbles & Brews Gala. Members of the public also are invited to attend the gala, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman.

The event will include dinner, a silent and live auction, complimentary signature drink, a champagne cocktail and beer raffle for women’s and men’s jewelry, entertainment and a photo station. Featured entertainer will be guitarist Edgar Cruz.

Full Circle is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization of caring, specially trained associates that provides a non-residential setting for aging and disabled adults to participate in life-enriching programs that focus on wellness, activity and socialization designed to improve and maintain independence of the participant while providing much-needed respite for their adult caregiver and support with other care solutions.

Your sponsorship will help support a new 6,000-square-foot building being built by Ideal Homes founder and local philanthropist Gene McKown and Landmark Realty. It will provide the space needed for the growing organization as well as funding scholarships for participants who would otherwise be unable to attend Full Circle.

For more information regarding the event, or to place reservations, please contact Melissa Rosko at b_boop55@yahoo.com or Amber Compton at amber.compton@legendseniorliving.com.

Sooner Theatre Schedules

Murder Mystery Dinner, Show

On a dark and stormy night, a group of friends, enemies, lovers and haters arrive at an isolated manor to try their hands at solving a staged mystery before returning to their normal lives the next day. But for one of them, there is no going back after they develop a very real case of being DEAD! The game they all came to play becomes a madcap murder mystery the audience has to solve! A Spirited Game of Murder is a musically spooky good time!

Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner and the show. Dinner and shows will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at the Studio of The Sooner Theatre Event Center, 111 E. Main St., in downtown Norman. To reserve seats, please call 321.9600.

Although the event is a fundraiser for all programs of The Sooner Theatre, the evening is for adults only.

Moore Public School Foundation

Schedules Annual Soiree

Tickets are now being sold for the Moore Public Schools Foundation’s third annual Soiree, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Southwind Hills, 468 SW 24th Ave., in Goldsby.

The event will feature a silent auction, casino tables, cash bar, photo booth and a DJ. Attendees must be 21 or older; cocktail attire.

For more information, to purchase tickets, and to register as a sponsor, visit mooreschools-
foundation.org/home/the-soiree/. Other questions? Email info@mooreschoolfoundation.org.

Boren, Pointer Named

to Oklahomans of the Year List

Two individuals with strong ties to Cleveland County are among five individuals selected by Oklahoma Magazine as 2017 Oklahomans of the Year for their contributions to the arts, philanthropy, business, public service and cultural preservation.

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren, the first person in state history to have served Oklahoma as governor, U.S. Senator and OU president, became the university’s 13 president in November 1994. He recently announced his retirement from the OU presidency in June 2018, although he plans to continue teaching his popular political science/government class. In the Oklahoma Magazine article, it was noted: “Boren has transformed OU into the nation’s leader in attracting National Merit Scholarship winners. The number of endowed professorships has increased from 100 to 564 since he took the helm in November 1994. 
Boren raised the university’s academic profile to equal that of its storied athletics department; 31 major programs, including Boren’s beloved College of International Studies, and $2 billion in construction projects have been added during his tenure.”

Wendy King Burton, managing editor of Oklahoma Magazine, said that Mary Blankenship Pointer, senior vice president at Republic Bank & Trust, was selected “because of her philanthropic efforts– and when we say that, it’s not a once-a-year thing that she does. She works tirelessly helping to organize events and fundraisers for a long, long list of charitable organizations. In fact, she told me during our interview that she planned to slow down some in 2018–that she only planned to chair five such events. Five. She really does give of her time selflessly, and so we chose her as one of our Oklahomans of the Year, because there is no doubt her efforts have touched many, many Oklahomans’ lives.”

To read the article on the 2017 Oklahomans of the Year winners, visit okmag.com/2017/12/26/oklahomans-of-the-year-4/.

Annual Crowns Tea Highlights

PLS’s February Events Lineup

There’s a lot going on in February at the Cleveland County library branches served by the Pioneer Library System. A highlight will be the 14th Annual Crowns Tea, to be held Feb. 25 at the Norman Central branch.

Norman Central

14th Annual Crowns Tea, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25–Based on the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham, this annual library favorite celebrates the rich traditions of literature and music in a Black History Month celebration. The event is made possible from support from the Norman Arts Council and Friends of the Norman Libraries.

Norman West

African-American Read-In, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11–This annual event is part of the library’s commemoration of Black History Month and features literature readings, music and much more. It’s also the first chance for picking up free tickets for Norman Central’s Crowns Tea event.


Teen Cocoa and Cards, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8–For students in sixth through 12th grades, make Valentine cards and hot cocoa in a gift jar to give to a loved one for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

Southwest Oklahoma City

Kids Explore, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27–For children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the series features a different educational topic each week, ranging from Oklahoma animal artifacts, gross science, fairy tale engineering and more.


Sew Yourself an Infinity Scarf, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, or Thursday, Feb. 15–Children up to age 11 can get an introduction to sewing by making their own Infinity Scarf. There are two separate sessions of the class, and advance registration is required.

2018 Puterbaugh Festival

to Feature Jenny Erpenbeck

Jenny Erpenbeck, who has been hailed as “one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation,” will be the featured guest at the 2018 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, slated March 7 through 9 on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

The Puterbaugh Festival is hosted by World Literature Today and co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Vice President for Research; the schools of Dance and Music in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts; the Department of International and Area Studies and the EU Center; the OU Humanities Forum; and the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 7

  • + Opening Night Reception, 6-8 p.m., Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

Thursday, March 8


  • Brown-bag lunch on German culture and politics panel, with OU professors Ana Bracic (Political Science), Carsten Schapkow (History), Jason Williamson (Modern Languages) and Jill Irvine (Women’s and Gender Studies), moderated by Daniel Simon, noon-1:30 p.m., Headington College, 200 W. Lindsey St.

Friday, March 9


  • A roundtable discussion of contemporary German literature with Susan Bernofsky (Columbia University), Necia Chronister (Kansas State University) and Robert Lemon (OU), and moderated by Karin Schutjer, 9-10:15 a.m., Scholars Room, 315 Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.

  • School of Dance and School of Music adaptation of Erpenbeck’s short story Sand, featuring choreography by Boyko Dossev and Jeremy Lindberg and original music by Joshua Tomlinson, 
11 a.m.-noon, Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, Rupel J. Jones Fine Arts Center, 563 Elm Ave.

  • Puterbaugh Festival Keynote Address by Jenny Erpenbeck, noon-1 p.m., Brackett Theatre.

For more information, visit puterbaughfestival.org.

Fitness Training Center

Slates Grand Opening

Was getting physically fit one of your New Year’s resolutions? Solid Rock Training, a unique fitness training gym that offers high-energy coach-led classes, is offering a complimentary first workout.

“Our group classes are 50-minute interval-driven experiences that include personalized coaching and functional training that guarantee results,” says Coach Bob. “It’s for everyone who wants to build lean muscle, lose weight or perform at a higher level in life. Our unique fitness concept is new to the Norman and Moore area, and we are excited to provide a fun, results-driven, fitness experience. We are currently building a new facility at 4310 48th Ave. NW in Norman. Come try our team today!”

“We Give Solid High Fives. We Rock Our Music. We Train for Life” are the gym’s mantra.

Your free class may be booked online or via the MINDBODY App.

For more information, visit solidrocktrainingnorman.com or call 922.8561.