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Archive for: August, 2016

Local groups call for action on payday lending at Sept. 1 press conference


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Local leaders from civic organizations including non-profits, tribes and congregations will gather on Thursday, September 1, at 10 a.m. at the Oklahoma State Capitol press conference room, (432-B) to raise awareness of the impact payday and other loan companies are having on the state. Organizers say the event will […]

COMMENTARY: Like a balm for the soul in this troubled world comes the dawn of Painted Sky Opera

Pictured here: At a dinner in the Edmond home of philanthropist Dick Sias Nicole Van Every and Samuel Schlievert perform excerpts from Guiseppe Verdi’s masterful opera, “La Traviata.” The pair will be featured performers in the Painted Sky Opera production, set for February. Photograph by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Saturday (August 27), at the beautiful home of Dick Sias, the Sooner State’s newest professional venue for performance art (Painted Sky Opera) took another step to bring dynamic professional performances to central Oklahoma. In an era when national and international turmoil is so deep that many rational […]

International Overdose Awareness Day observed on August 31


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter International Overdose Awareness Day will be recognized on Wednesday, August 31. The worldwide event was established in 2001 as a time to raise awareness of prescription misuse and reduce the stigma of overdose death. Statistics show that Oklahomans 35 and older have some of the highest death rates from […]

Paseo First Friday on September 2, as Photofest continues

‘Red’ – a featured art work on the Paseo this month.  Photo provided.

Staff Report The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk for September will take place on Friday, Sep. 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. The Paseo Arts Association’s Annual Photofest will continue at the Paseo Art Space (3022 Paseo) through Oct 1. This juried exhibition showcases all types of photography-based artwork, including traditional and digital […]

Planned Parenthood’s CHOICES 2016 gala set to support needed health and education services

Holly Wilson’s artwork titled “Wallflower” was created for Planned Parenthood Great Plains CHOICES 2016 fundraiser and will be available for purchase at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on September 17. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter CHOICES 2016, an annual art sale, silent auction, and dinner benefiting Planned Parenthood Great Plains, will be held Saturday, September 17 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street in Oklahoma City. The Patron Champagne Art Preview Reception begins at 5 p.m. in the S.B. […]

Capitol Report for August 27: November election features several ballot measures, the late Mark Costello honored at Labor Departmen

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

The statewide general election will feature several ballot propositions, as CapitolBeatOK/The City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan explained on this week’s edition of Capitol Report. The lineup includes at least these seven measures: State Question 776 (death penalty process), S.Q. 777 (the “right to farm” referendum), S.Q. 779 (the Boren sales tax hike initiative), State Questions […]

Sally’s List to host “Move the Needle” event to promote electing Oklahoma women

Sally’s List trained candidates whose name will appear on the November 8 ballot include (from left)  Carol Bush, Elizabeth Lario, Liz George, Rhonda Cox, Macy Gleason, Meloyde Blancett and Dianna Phillips.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Thursday, September 29, Sally’s List will host Move the Needle, an event to support the organization, and honor past, present, and future women leaders. The evening will highlight the organizations efforts to help “move the needle” forward for women’s representation. The fundraiser will take place at the Hart Building, […]

Still They Rise: Students honored at Madinah’s Educational Foundation program

At this year’s Madinah Education Foundation and Scholarship awards program in the Capitol Blue room, left to right: moderator Zakiyyah A. Raheem, speaker Valeria Benabdallah, speaker Ameenah Fuller; Award recipients, back row from left: Ieashia Fox, Mekayla Holmes, Benjamen Abdul-Raheem, Gabriel Abdul-Raheem, Tobie Mitchell.  Photo by Omari Harris.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The annual scholarship and awards ceremony for Madinah’s Educational Foundation and Scholarship Program (MEd) occurred August 20 at the state Capitol Blue Room. Setting the the tone, moderator Zakiyyah Abdul-Raheem quoted educator Marva Collins: “Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the […]

$4.3 Million Renovation Plans Underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City

A $4.3 million renovation project is underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

Staff Report A $4.3 million renovation project is underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The announcement came in a press release from Marcus Hotels & Resorts of Milwaukee, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS) and Skirvin Partners in Development – owners of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. The extensive renovation project […]

County black elected officials host Third Annual College Fair at MetroTech

Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Shelton.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Almost 60 exhibitors from several states have registered to participate in the 3rd annual College Fair, which is scheduled Aug. 27 at Metro Technology Center. Exhibitors will include numerous institutions of higher education from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and New York, said state Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma […]

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