Women’s Resource Center Gala Scheduled for Dec. 9

The Women’s Resource Center Gala, the Norman-based organization’s annual event to raise awareness about the effects of domestic and sexual violence on individuals, families and the community, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at the Hall at the Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St.

This year’s gala will be a celebration of the people who have dedicated their lives to the field of social justice. Four individuals who have served in the field of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking will be honored.

A silent auction, wine pull, beer pull, and other fun activities are planned during the reception hour.

Gala tickets are $100, individual, or $1,000 for sponsored tables, and may be purchased online at wrcnormanok.org/wrc-gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Kyla McMoran at 364.9424.

Save the Date for Annual Winter Gala

Make sure to save the date for the seventh annual Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc.’s Winter Gala, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, in Norman.

More than 600 guests attended the 2017 event, at which over $320,000 was raised; it was the fifth-most successful fundraiser nationwide, out of more than Team Fox members, for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and Dr. Jarvis, a Norman ob/gyn, was honored to attend an awards dinner hosted by the actor in April in New York City to celebrate the success of the gala.

The Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation works to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease in the state, helps fund services offered throughout Oklahoma for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and donates funds to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

To purchase tickets to the 2018 Winter Gala, contact Nicole Jarvis or Emily Holland at 701.2424 or 255-2106 or visit JarvisMDParkinsonsFoundation.org.

International Pantry Sets Observational Cooking Classes

Jocelyn Wall, owner of the International Pantry, recently released the shop’s November lineup of observational cooking classes. “The chefs prepare each course as you enjoy their creations and. by the end of the night, you will have eaten a full meal!” Wall notes.

Each class is $45 per person. Call 360.0765 or visit the international pantry at 1618 West Lindsey St. in Norman to make reservations.

Thursday, Nov. 1—Elboni Boyd, dessert chef from the OKC Museum of Art Café, “Sweet Treats”                                  

Monday, Nov. 5—Ahmad Farnia, OKC Museum of Art Café, “My Voyage Through Russia Part 3”

Wednesday, Nov. 7— Ahmad Farnia, “My Voyage Through Russia Part 3” (a repeat of Ahmad’s Monday night class)

Monday, Nov. 12, Celebrity “Top Chef” Josh Valentine, “Fall Comfort Food”

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Jacque Methvin, Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails, “Fall Dinner Party”

Thursday, Nov. 15, Sandy Brickman, The International Pantry, “Traditional Italian”

For details, visit IntlPantry.com/cooking_classes.


Shop Sets Holiday Open House, Nonprofit Fundraiser

The International Pantry will host its annual Holiday Open House and Free Knife Sharpening from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. International Pantry is located at 1618 West Lindsey St.

The knife-sharpening benefits Food and Shelter Inc., which assists those in need in our community. People may bring in up to three straight-edged (no serrated) kitchen knives for sharpening for either a $1 donation per knife or a canned good per knife to benefit the nonprofit. For more information regarding restrictions, call 360.0765.

Representatives from Zwilling, J.A. Henckels, Le Creuset, Breville and several others will be present to answer questions. The event also features demonstrations.

Legend Assisted Living at Rivendell Receives Honor

Legend Assisted Living at Rivendell, a Legend Senior Living™ residence in Oklahoma City, was designated by NRC Health as a 2018 Excellence in Action Award-winner, earning a Workforce Award in the Assisted Living category.

Every year, NRC Health recognizes long-term care and senior living organizations for outstanding resident and employee satisfaction. The Excellence in Action Awards recognize long-term care and senior living organizations that achieve the highest level of excellence as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that rank within the top 10 percent of the NRC Health product database.

“It is a true honor to have Legend at Rivendell recognized as the best of the best in senior living,” said Chris Mahen, CEO of Legend Senior Living. “More than 780 communities participated in the same survey.  In all of our communities, the survey produced results that represented higher than our peer companies. We couldn’t be more satisfied with the team at Legend at Rivendell that has proven its dedication to residents and their families through this outstanding achievement.”

Pioneer Library System Highlights for November

Some of the events planned for November by the libraries in our readership area are highlighted below.

Food for Fines, a way to give back to the local community while lessening one’s library fines, takes place Nov. 4-11 in the library system’s 12 branches. Customers may bring one can, box or bag of non-expired, non-perishable, unopened and undamaged food in exchange for $1 credit each on fines, up to a maximum waiver of $20 off an account.

Several area libraries will take part in apple pie-making events leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Participants have a chance to put together all the ingredients for the pie, then take it home for baking in advance of the holiday meal. Norman Central Public Library will host its annual event at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, for teens ages 12 to 17.

The Southwest Oklahoma City library presents a Kids Explore project at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, involving a Thanksgiving theme. The group looks at a different project each Tuesday afternoon related to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts or music).


‘Ticket to Ride’ Exhibit Continues at OU

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the OU Norman campus continues its 2018 fall exhibition Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, and Western Railways through Dec. 30. The exhibition features more than five dozen works by artists and commercial designers created between 1880 and the 1930s, the height of western railway travel.

The exhibition serves as a jumping-off point for its new holiday train event, All Aboard, set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Model trains resembling Route 66 will take over the museum’s Sandy Bell Gallery. Included in this new family holiday event will be Santa Claus pictures, banjo lessons, a cookie and hot cocoa bar and much more.

The exhibition highlights how artists and railway companies together influenced lasting perceptions of the American West, particularly the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Coast and the Northwest.

More information about this exhibition and related programs is available at ou.edu/fjjma.

Solid Rock Training Offering InBody Testing

Solid Rock Training is now offering InBody testing to the public and to its existing fitness community.

InBody has been changing the health/wellness industry for over 20 years. Its medically validated devices are used by professionals and consumers in the medical, fitness, research and corporate wellness verticals.

In less than a minute, it tests all segments of the body separately. No pre-loaded data or algorithms are used—just direct impedance measurements for personalized results.

The test includes a full-page report that includes:

  • Segmental Lean Body Mass
  • Total Pounds Fat
  • Visceral Fat and Body Fat Percentages
  • Water and ECW/TBW Ratio
  • BMR

For details, call 922.8561 or visit SolidRockTrainingNorman.com.