Libraries Planning Seasonal Activities

The calendar is filled with special activities for the holiday season around the Pioneer Library System, with events ranging from themed story times to Holiday Galas.

The Norman Central, Noble and Moore libraries each host annual Holiday Celebrations. An avid library lover and hearty holiday fan could attend all if they wanted: the Noble event is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, while Moore’s Holiday Gala takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Norman East will host an Apple Pie Make and Take at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Participants gather all the ingredients for an apple pie and take it home for baking. The library also presents the program “Cocoa, Crafts and Holiday Movies” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with a variety of holiday activities for all ages.

A favorite at the Moore Public Library is its “Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party,” set from 11 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 31. Children and families can ring in the new year a half-day early with a balloon drop at noon and dancing, crafts and entertainment beforehand.

Pawn Shop to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Dean’s Drive Thru Pawn Shop, 2617 S. Robinson Ave., in Capitol Hill, Oklahoma City, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Dean’s is the oldest pawn shop in Oklahoma City, the only drive-through in Oklahoma, and carries one of the most extensive selection of Native American goods in the state.

The open house will feature enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and more. The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce will officiate over a Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting at 5 p.m.

“Dean’s Drive Thru Pawn owner, Brett Fisher, is an involved member, loves his community, and is one of the most giving individuals I’ve ever met,” said Elaine Lyons, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce president. “Whether it’s giving of his time, knowledge or from his wallet, when Brett sees a need, he acts,” said Lyons. “Fifty years in business is an incredible achievement, and we could not be more proud to celebrate with this second generation South Oklahoma City business.”

2018 Women of Influence Honored

Cleveland County Lifestyle‘s 2018 Women of Influence recipients were honored at a dinner Oct. 16 hosted by Benvenuti’s Ristorante in Norman. Keynote speaker was Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts at OU. The award recipients were presented with silver medallions created by Lewis Jewelers.

2018 recipients are Leslie Christopher, Katie Fitzgerald, Joan Goth, Suzette Grillot, April Heiple, Lynne Miller, Bonnie L. Peruttzi, Mary Blankenship Pointer, Allison Richey, Shauna Smith, Dawn Stover and Debby Williams. (Heiple and Williams were unable to attend.)

Winter Furnace Tips Offered

It’s winter! Here’s a couple of tips from Brian Porch of Norman Heating & Air Conditioning, to help keep your furnace running and your family safe.

1.       Change your air filter. A dirty filter can cause the furnace to overheat and shut off.

2.       Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

3.       Have your furnace inspected by a licensed professional to ensure it’s safe and in working order.