Norman Chocolate Festival Set for Jan. 26

The Norman Chocolate Festival, an annual fundraising event with a rich history of bringing the community together to support education, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave.

Partnering restaurants and businesses will offer samples of delectable treats. Proceeds will support education in Norman Public Schools through grants for school PTA projects. Plus, votes during the event will identify Norman’s favorite chocolate from the dozens of participating restaurants and businesses who support this event.

Tickets are available in four, one-hour-long sessions. Premiere ticket holders at the 10 a.m. session will receive 15 tastes. The 11 a.m. and noon sessions will allow ticket holders to receive 10 tastes.

New this year will be a Happy Hour during the 1 p.m. session. This ticket comes with a sweet price for 10 tastes, plus a free “mini-ticket” for kids 12 and under per each regular ticket holder. Mini-tickets are good for three tastes. 

The festival also will feature free projects, games and entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Libraries Plan Activities for All Ages

Start the New Year with a visit to one of the 12 branches of the Pioneer Library System, six of which are located right here in Cleveland County.

January brings a variety of activities for all ages, including:

The Norman West branch, 300 Norman Center Court, is helping those with goals for 2019 with its series “New Year, New You!” At 6 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 7, 14 and 28, participants can explore topics like healthy snacks, financial literacy and Tai Chi.

The Norman Central library, 225 N. Webster Ave., hosts “A Good Cup of Tea” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Learn how to make the perfect cup of tea from several flavors and styles ranging from British tea to Green Tea to Chai and more.

And knitting fans are invited to a new group “Knit Pickers Stitch-In,” meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings beginning in January. It’s an hour each week of working on crochet or knitting projects and learning from others with the same passion.

The full schedule is available online at


Over $8,000 Raised at WRC Gala

Over 100 attendees helped raise over $8,000 at the WRC Gala, held Nov. 9 at the Hall at the Railhouse. The annual event raises money for the Women’s Resource Center, the only certified agency in Cleveland County to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking.

Three awards were presented. The Visionary Voice award honored JoAnn Smith,former executive director of the WRC; Smith has spent more than 30 years of her career working to empower victims. The Passion award honored Sherry Hassell, who has worked at the WRC Emergency Shelter as a support staff member for 10 years. The Partnership award honored Dawn Stover, executive director of the Native Alliance Against Violence. Stover has worked passionately to ignite positive changes in the lives of American Indian women and promoted partnerships with non-tribal agencies, including the WRC.

For more information on the WRC, visit