April 2018 Around Town 2

‘Circus of Dreams’ Fundraiser Set

Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity is bringing the greatest show on Earth to Norman for its Circus of Dreams gala. Members of the community are invited to attend Habitat’s 25th anniversary fundraising event, scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Mercury Event Center, 426 E. Main St., in Norman. Build up an appetite: the big show includes a taste of Norman’s finest restaurants, a silent and live auction, a Habitat signature cocktail and other handcrafted beverages, a wine pull, local musicians, and a photo station.

Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has been partnering with hardworking families in Cleveland County to build a place they can call home for 25 years.

For more information about the Circus of Dreams or to place reservations, visit CCHFH.org, call Habitat at 366.2813, or visit the Habitat ReStore at 1100 W. Main in Norman.

Lebanese Food Festival on Tap

The much-anticipated Sixth Annual Lebanese Heritage & Food Festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 500 Alameda St., in Norman.

Admission is free to the event, which features authentic Lebanese food, folk dancing, contemporary Lebanese music, a bake sale, and arts and crafts. The food selection includes falafel, kibbeh, kafta, tabouli, chicken with traditional garlic sauce, Lahem bi Ajim (Lebanese meat pizza), and Lebanese sweets including baklawa. Take-out and to-go orders will be available all day.

Libraries Plan April Fun

The Pioneer Library System branch libraries have a myriad of activities planned for people of all ages in April, including a garden party and indoor garage sale.

Norman Central—Springtime is here, and Norman Public Library Central is getting the community ready with its Garden Party, set from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Participants are invited to bring in seeds or cuttings of their plants to swap or exchange. All experience levels of gardeners are welcome to participate.

Norman West—Teens can get an introduction to a new skill in the Norman Public Library West program “Learn Quilting,” scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Representatives from the Norman Area Quilt Guild will help participants to make a quilted top iPad or tablet case using supplies provided by the library.

Noble—The Friends of the Noble Public Library will present their annual Spring Book Sale April 13-15 in the library’s Coman Culbert Community Room. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 13; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14; and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Proceeds go to help the Friends group in its support of library programs and activities.

Moore—Find health, not just physically but mentally as well, with the Moore Public Library’s four-part series “Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind.” Presented by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, the series takes place at 6 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 3.

Southwest Oklahoma City—The Friends of the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will host a Spring Indoor Garage Sale April 5-8 at the library. The event will feature gently used items ranging from children’s clothing and toys to household items to books. Proceeds will help the Friends group in its support of library programs and activities.

Melissa McLawhorn Houston Receives Kate Barnard Award

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston, a Norman resident, was honored with the 2018 Kate Barnard Award, presented by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, at a ceremony and luncheon held in February at the Oklahoma Judicial Center in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women established the Kate Barnard Award in 1998 to honor outstanding women in public service whose leadership has benefited Oklahoma women and families. Nominees are from the ranks of elected or appointed salaried public officials in Oklahoma.

Houston was appointed to the position by Gov. Mary Fallin on Nov. 10, 2015. An experienced administrator with extensive knowledge of state government, she has played a key role in criminal justice reform efforts and federal anti-terrorism legislation. As an Oklahoma City Bombing survivor, she is a frequent speaker on the impact of terrorism and the importance of anti-terrorism strategies.

Houston earned a bachelor’s degree in letters in 1991 and a juris doctor in 1994 from the University of Oklahoma. She is active in the community, serving on multiple boards including the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Cleveland County Community Sentencing Council. She has received several honors including The Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Norman.

Pointer Nominated 
for LLS Award

Mary Blankenship Pointer, senior vice president, Republic Bank & Trust, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2018 Oklahoma Man & Woman of Year campaign, the highest volunteer honor for a volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She was nominated for raising funds during the annual Man & Woman of the Year campaign to support the LLS mission to find a cure for blood cancers. A philanthropist and life-long volunteer, Pointer serves communities all over the world by devoting countless hours to nonprofits and educational travel. She earned the President’s Call to Service Award in 2007, signifying a lifetime achievement for volunteerism of more than 10,000 service hours.

Pointer is one of six business leaders currently slated to raise money during this 10-week fundraising competition. The Oklahoma Chapter’s goal is to raise more than $150,000 through the campaign. Candidates will be raising funds between the kick-off event on April 12 and the grand finale gala on June 22.