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Oklahoman Published: September 21, 2006
The program has been in place since 1956 and has trained more than 400 students.

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Aug. 13, 2006 Alumni Association
Harding High School Alumni Association members met recently in the School Library for the first meeting and to elect officers. The new President Mary Susan Sisk-Bond presented a plaque to Johnny McCharen, first alumni president of the group. The podium was flanked by two cardboard Harding Eagle mascots and life-size cardboard figures of the group's former teachers. Other officers are Marty Sanger-McCharen, assistant secretary; Larry Lago, vice-president; Becky Blackstock, newsletter chairman; Johnny McCharen, president emeritus; Roger Edwards, treasurer; Kathryn Bowman-Barryman, special projects chairman; and Robin Johnson, board member.

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Aug. 8, 2006 New to town
Jack Zedlitz and daughter, Isabel Zedlitz, 13 months, moved here from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jack , a fomer Oklahoma City resident, and his wife Sara have been teaching history at Charlotte Latin School.

He is now a financial consultant with Capital West Securities in Leadership Square.

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Aug. 6, 2006 Friends gather to celebrate pair of birthdays
Mutual friends of Kay Oliver and Nancy Ellis met in the Ellis home to celebrate their 65th birthdays. Nancy's birthday is in August, and Kay's is in July, so they entertained together.

The party invitation featured a picture of a toy blowout pipe resembling a New Year's Day noisemaker, and party favors were replicas of that noisemaker and bottles of bubbles. A festive bubble machine at the front door threw out huge bubbles as guests arrived.

Lime green pots held colorful zinnias, roses, hydrangeas and berries for the buffet table, filled with flower-shaped cookies, a red ribbon cake filled with lemon and strawberry filling and a chocolate cake.

The high-energy crowd included Candy Dulaney, Carol Beard, Linda Reece, Barbara Kerrick, Jessie Ann Arnold, Lori Payne, Patsy Hunzicker, Betty Crow, DeDe Benham, Janie Deupree, Barbara Beeler, Janie Comstock, Martha Bradshaw, Rita Moore, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Carol Gann, Kathy Brown, Ruth Meyers Bode, Mary England, Mary Ann Haskins, Rhonda Hefton, Ann Hoover, Ann Alspaugh, Sharon Bozalis, Dorothy Ellis, Marilyn Balyeat, Ann Trost, Carla Ellis, Sarah Brown, Molly Brown, Ellen Payne, Anna Payne, Jane Harlow, Malinda Fisher, Charlotte Richels, Martha Lyon, Bob Ellis, Emily Ellis, Kate Ellis, and Gates, Karen, David and Blake Oliver.

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July 28, 2006 Special events are celebrated
When family members and longtime friends gathered to celebrate Martha Bradshaw's 60th birthday, it was a special evening. The well-wishers filled the Bradshaw home with flowers and gifts, even though the family indicated "no gifts, please" on invitations.

Party hosts were husband Ron Bradshaw and children, Maura and Jason Bradshaw and Libby and Bobby Nelson.

The newly remodeled home was already filled with flowers, calla lilies and roses and green berries and orchids. Votive candles were on the buffet table and lined the outdoor walls.

Summer vegetables filled the table. The dinner menu was beef tenderloin and coconut cupcakes for the birthday dessert.

Among the partygoers were Peter Fryer, Margaret and Fred Ringwald, Burch Fryer, Fanny and Don Bolen, Susan and Dr. Pat Sigmon, Betty Lou and Mike Stewart, Shari Buxton, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Sue and Don Timberlake, Sally and Steve Bentley, Marilyn and Gene Torbett, Patty and Dr. Kent Cohenour, Bebe and Bruce MacKellar, Kathy and Bob Rodgers.

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July 28, 2006 Family celebrates
A notable man turned 80 last week. David Brown celebrated at a dinner party given by his children, Susan Ross and Randy Brown, Susan Brown and Bill McCoy and Marianne and Pat Rooney in the Rooney home.

Beef tenderloin and smoked salmon were served indoors. The tiered cake had lemon filling surrounded by chocolate truffles and fresh fruit.

Guests included Ann Brown, Mary Lou Avery, Nancy and Claude Arnold, Libby and G.T. Blankenship, Mary and Dick Clements, Dolly and David Flesher, Julie Ross and Mel Martin, Ann and Tom Flesher, Carol and Steve Solomon, Joanne and Bill Yinger, Ann Trost, Bill Rutledge, T.D. Lester, Deanna and Nate Bradley, Lois and Bill Goetzinger, Lynn and Ron White and Marsha and John Waldo.

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July 28, 2006 Summer Social
Provisional Admissions and Training Committee members of the Junior League were hosts at Bellini's Patio for a summer social. Active and sustaining members were invited to meet this year's Provisional class of 88 women.

Among those at the event were Betsy Mantor, Mary Delafield, Jenifer Stehr, Elyse Hull, Karla Wallace, Ashlee Neimann, Christi Coyle, Kristen Brown, Marian Clopton and Whitney Hooten.

The group began community training June 1 and also had a session with former Junior League President Beth Shortt.

Staci Aduddell is the Provisional Admissions and Training chairman, and Ashley Duncan is vice-chairman.

July 28, 2006 Gallery opening
Sylvia and Bob Slater met with former Oklahoma Cityan Lizanne Garrett in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery gala. Garrett is the Rights and Reproduction officer for the National Portrait Gallery, and Bob Slater is on the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation board, which funded the gallery.

The Slaters attended the grand opening and other parties surrounding the event. One of the paintings in the gallery is the portrait of George Washington, which was at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as part of a nationwide tour.

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July 23, 2006 Firefighters tote cake with 50 candles
“Hats Off to Bob” was the theme for an event at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club marking Bob Ellis’ 80th birthday. Hosts were his children: Liza Meadors, Piedmont; Kathy Funston, San Francisco; Gretchen and Bobby Ellis, Austin, Texas; and Michelle and Mike Ellis, Oklahoma City. The country club was decorated with balloons, and an “80” ice sculpture rotated on the buffet table. Other spotlighted tables included one with a physician’s bag; one with golf balls, tees and scorecards from Ellis’ golf group; one with hunting items; and one with University of Oklahoma football tickets, coach bobble head dolls and other OU-related items. Nichols Hills firefighters brought out an OU football helmet birthday cake with 80 lighted candles. Guests included family members Nancy Ellis, Eunice and Joe Ellis, Dorothy and Charles Ellis, Carla and Dick Ellis, Marilyn Balyeat, Megan Brigham, Mindy and Stan Cunningham, Sam Price, Nan Payne, and Kathy and Hal Brown.

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July 23, 2006 French Picnic
Hadley Hammons and Travis Galt have been honored at several pre-wedding parties in Ardmore. One was a French picnic at the Ardmore train depot. Hosts were Mary Liz and David Reavis, Judy Kenaga, Kay and Wayne Laske, Frankie Carroll, Judy Johnston, JoAnn and Bill Meacham, Luann Snodgrass and Marge Dolman. Wine bottles were filled with colorful zinnias for the tables, and foods were served in baskets and included miniature French eclairs. Guests danced to popular music provided by a pianist. Among Oklahoma City people at the party were Kirk and Royce Hammons, Kay and Gates Oliver, Janie and Bill Comstock, Judy and Tom Love, Ruth and Dick Lampton, Gennie and Bob Johnson, and Ellen and Don Lisle. The engaged couple plan to marry Aug. 13 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

July 23, 2006 Planning for 50
The U.S. Grant High School class of 1958 met for a quarterly breakfast at Pioneer Pies recently to begin planning the 50th reunion. The group also planned an October picnic. Larry Warner is committee chairman. Members of the committee are Judy Warner, Carole and Jerry Walser, Patty and Richard Thompson, Richard Parker, Johnny Jackson, Robert Estes, Joyce and Jerry Crews, Barbara Trumbley, Pat Patton, and Carol and Wayne McDonald.

July 23, 2006 Premiere
In Nashville, Tenn., for a movie premiere and party afterward were Karen and Carroll Mayfield and children Jeremiah and Monty Mayfield. Karen is a first cousin to former Vice President Al Gore, and she and her family were invited to see Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The movie is about climate change and was shown in the Regal Green Hills Theater. Tipper and Al Gore and their guests attended a party at The Green House after the movie.

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July 16, 2006 Cheers!
Molly Ross Fritch and Paula Love are among the 100-plus Bishop McGuinness High School alumni attending Happy Hour at the Varsity Sports Grill. Alumni association members from the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s including Lil Ross, Jim Burton, Michael Kierl, Jim Connelly, Tom Ward, Ginny Starr, Frank Ille, Roy Fletcher, John Paul Merritt and Becky Ross Roten attended the party. PHOTO PROVIDED

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July 16, 2006 Lovely evening
Coler and Joan Yoakam, Erin Linhart and Coler Yoakam III attend the cocktail buffet in Carleen and Jerry Burger's home. Linhart and Coler Yoakam III, who have set an Aug. 5 wedding date, were honorees. Hosts were Lucy Rooney, Marianne and Pat Rooney, Lil and Bill Ross, and Carol and Steve Solomon. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

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July 16, 2006 Flag Flying
Clay and Jamie Farha, and Jane Harlow are welcomed by Stewart Meyers to his front yard, where a July Fourth picnic was in progress. Sandy and Stewart Meyers were hosts for the party after the Nichols Hills parade. Flag and star cookies were among the red, white and blue party fare. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

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July 9, 2006 Guests double fun for twins
A brunch was given for Catherine and Stephen Snyder who live in Los Angeles. They are expecting twin girls in September, but the doctor ordered bed rest, so they couldn’t come to Oklahoma City for the party. Hostesses were Sally Royse, Fanny Bolen, Lynda Nelson, Shari Buxton, Dahl Luttrell, Anita Patterson and Lorinda Crouch in the Royse home. They are all members of grandmother-to-be Kathy Rodgers’ book club. They sent the honorees a gift certificate for a double baby stroller. Grandmother’s gift was a twin bassinet lined in green toile and two pink fur jackets. Most of the attendees gave gift certificates, and some gifts were wrapped in pink gift wrap. All are mailed and on their way to California.

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July 9, 2006 Bank Reunion
Employees of the former Fidelity Bank met for a reunion on Bellini’s patio. Eighty people attended, including self-appointed party planners Jana Timberlake, Nelson Pickrell, Hilarie Blaney and Joanne Rogers. They hung an “SS Fidelity Bank” banner on the patio. It had been used on one of the American Bankers Association trips and hung on a cruise ship. Old photographs and bank annual reports decorated the tables. Most of the people at the party are retired from or still in the banking business. Frances Gardner, 90, one of the oldest former employees, requested that they plan another reunion in two years. Party planner Joanne Rogers said it was more fun than most high school and college reunions. Fidelity Bank was purchased by Bank of Oklahoma in the 1980s.

One hundred and fifty former classmates from Central High School met for the 50th reunion at the Sportsman’s Country Club. Shirley and Tony Murphy were co chairmen. Central High School was Oklahoma’s first high school, built in 1908 and initially named Oklahoma High School. This was the last reunion for the full class of 1956, but smaller group meetings will be held.

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July 9, 2006 TEEING IT UP
The seventh annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament sponsored by Oklahoma City Beautiful featured a luncheon and awards reception in the Grand Hall of the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. The tournament followed a scramble format. Oklahoma City mayors were special guests, and each mayor hit a tee shot with each team on the 15th hole. Winners were Rick Padgett, Steve Eckroat, David Finch and Wes Moore.

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July 5, 2006 A Great Fourth of July
Oklahomans celebrated Independence Day Tuesday with parties and parades. They decked out in red, white and blue attire...hats, jewelry, campaign buttons and flip flops and tennis shoes. It was a great day!

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July 2, 2006 Friends surprise anniversary couple
Sandy and Stewart Meyers were surprised when they got home from Dallas, and their Nichols Hills home was overflowing with people waiting to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with them.

Daughters and their husbands, Sharon and John Williams and Susan and Mark Thompson, were the party planners. Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin read a proclamation about their day.

Among the guests were Millie and Johnson Hightower, Dorthlynn and Gil Gaddis, Jose Freede, Linda Lambert, Kirk and Royce Hammons, Martha Williams, Candy and Tom Dulaney, Ann Flesher, Judy Jordan, Dana and Don Childress, Bette and Jim MacKellar, Shirley Blaik, Kaye and Ed Cook, Marilyn and Bud Meade, Jim Vallion, Barbara and Jackie Cooper, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Ann Felton, Barbara and Jay Quillian, Lil and Bill Ross, Nancy and Ed deCordova, Mary Ann and Don Haskins, Kay and Gates Oliver, Alison and Zack Taylor and Tyler, Jennifer and Jack Williams.

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July 2, 2006 Celebrations
Six couples were hosts for a Mexican dinner to honor Melissa and Mike Coats, who were married in May. It also celebrated the recent marriage of Olga and Dr. Michael Last. Hosts were Anne and Ed Dalton, Mary Ann and Don Haskins, Dorothy and Jim Hazelwood, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Marilyn and Gene Torbett and Joy Reed Belt and John Belt at the JRB Art at the Elms Gallery. Among the guests were Linda and Andy Coats, Dr. Fred Last, Millie Woodruff, Dr. Jan Henry, Lida and Ron Elkins, Beth and Jim Tolbert and Bettye and Bill Bell.

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July 2, 2006 Reunion
There were 400 people at Northwest Classen High School’s 50th reunion. The Saturday night party was in the Chase Tower lobby. Linda Rosser and Harrison Levy were co chairmen for the weekend. This was the first class at Northwest Classen in its present location. They chose class colors, named the pep club, yearbook and newspaper. Singer and guitarist Mason Williams gave each class member one of his compact discs. Another class member, artist Ed Ruscha, attended the event. During the weekend, there was a golf tournament, a reception at 50 Penn Place and brunch in the home of Ginger and Mike Penn.

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July 2, 2006 Reunion II
A dinner and dance at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club was held to celebrate the 55th Classen High School Reunion. The weekend events drew 160 people and included a golf tournament. Norma Harris was chairman. Arnold Fagin read memorials before dinner. Don Bobzien was the master of ceremonies. The evening closed with the school song “Dear Classen High School.”

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July 2, 2006 Reunion III
Former classmates from nine states were in town for the Central High School 50th reunion. There were 150 of them at the dinner at the Sportsman’s Country Club. Shirley and Tony Murphy were co chairmen. Tony Murphy was master of ceremonies. Class members printed a memory book and gathered at Bricktown Brewery for breakfast and Sportsman’s Club for Sunday brunch. The group will have an all-school reunion during Oklahoma’s centennial year.

Judy Hatfield, Joe Castiglione, Stephanie Rempe, Marty Kavanaugh, Sherri Coale, Molly Shi Boren and University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren were at Boyd House where Molly Shi Boren was hostess for the Sooner Stilettos and the OU women's basketball team. PHOTO PROVIDED Gallery of photos from the week

July 2, 2006 Sooner Stilettos
Molly Shi Boren hosted a reception at the University of Oklahoma President’s Boyd House for the Sooner Stilettos, Sherri Coale and the OU women’s basketball team. The players brought a gift and cake for Boren because the previous day had been her birthday. The Sooner Stilettos were organized in November 2003 to involve female business and community leaders with women’s basketball.

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July 2, 2006 Garden Party
Guests from throughout the state attended the Oklahoma Heritage Association’s spring garden party at the Hefner Mansion. Music was by the Cleve Warren Band, and the buffet was prepared by staff members of Cheever’s Cafe. Oklahoma Hall of Fame members at the event were Mex Frates, Jane Harlow, Jose Freede, Ralph Thompson, Gilbert C. Gibson and C.D. Northcutt. Also attending were Tom McDaniel and Glen D. Johnson Jr., both scheduled for induction in November. The 2007 party will be in the gardens of the association’s new Edward L. Gaylord-Boone Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Center, 1400 Classen Drive. It is to open in spring 2007.

July 2, 2006 Golf Party
Rick Padgett, Steve Eckroat, David Finch and Wes Moore were first place winners at the 7th annual Mayors' Invitation Golf Tournament. (Photo provided).
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Marilyn Law, Lela Sullivan, Pam Smith and Linda James in New Mexico. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace) Gallery of photos from the week

June 19, 2006 Cooler Temperatures
There were several people in Red River, New Mexico, last week. They escaped the heat and enjoyed daytime temperatures in the 60's and nighttime temperatures in the 40's. The women shopped, played cards and went to a Michael Martin Murphy concert. Another group of women took jeep trips up to Greenie Peak and visited the Philmont Museum and art galleries.

Joe Dodson was at his desk as guests arrived for the gallery show and artist's reception. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace) Gallery of photos from the week

June 12, 2006 Great Artist
J. Chris Morel from Taos, New Mexico was in town for Dodson Galleries 23rd Anniversary show and sale. The artist's plein air and studio oil paintings were shown along with 30 other artists' paintings who were exhibiting at the 2006 Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center.

Participating artist artist Curt Walters poses by his beautiful painting of the Rocky Mountains.(Photo by Helen Ford Wallace) Gallery of photos from the week

Guests got a chance to meet their favorite artists and view the artwork early at the Friday, June 9, preview and reception in the Prix de West Galleries at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The sale was the next evening along with the awards banquet.

David Dear and Lynn and Dee Jerome gather for dinner, which was served outside. Phyllis Stough and Lela Sullivan presented the judges with gifts. Red Earth Executive Director Connie Yellowman welcomed the group to Oklahoma City. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Gallery of photos from the week

June 9, 2006 Arty crowd
A buffet dinner was held honoring 2006 Red Earth Festival art competition judges David Dear, San Juan Pueblo, N.M.; Steve L. Grafe, Oklahoma City; Oreland C. Joe, Kirtland, N.M.; and Merlin Little Thunder, Tulsa.

Master of Ceremonies Robert Henry surprises University of Oklahoma President David Boren with an original oil painting, "Golden Memories" by Bert Seabourn. PHOTO PROVIDED Gallery of photos from the week

June 9, 2006 Hot ticket
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Award banquet was in Tulsa, where 800 people attended. Boren founded the foundation 20 years ago and serves as chairman.

Vaughnedean Fuller, Ruth Meyers Bode, Carl Bode and Lucy Rooney attend a coffee hosted by the Bodes at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN PHOTO PROVIDED Gallery of photos from the week

June 9, 2006 Bigger and better
A coffee house was hosted by the Bodes. It was for Central Oklahoma Opera League members. Carol Crawford announced that Tulsa Opera's "Little Prince" will be performed Sept. 9 in Norman.

Phyllis Evans Corbyn and Becky Ricks Fike were honorees at a birthday party in the home of Rhonda Hefton. Gallery of photos from the week

June 9, 2006 Birthday Girls
The honorees belong to a group of women who meet regularly for birthdays, and all of them had children in the Casady School class of 2000. Corbyn, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., was in town to the attend Harding High School's 40th reunion.

Brad Johnson, Katrina Drain, Brian Diggs and Zac Johnson attend the party honoring Drain and Diggs. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Gallery of photos from the week

June 9, 2006 Pool Party
A pool party was held to celebrate the marriage of Katrina Drain and Brian Diggs. They will be married in September in Guthrie. Texas and Florida residents were among the 75 people attending.

Paxton, Talbott and Paul Head along with Jean Whiteneck and Eleanor Isaacs celebrate Paul and Jean's wedding. The couple invited friends for cocktails and surprised them with news of their wedding. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Gallery of photos from the week

June 2, 2006 Pleasure of your company

Jean Whiteneck and Paul Head invited friends for a cocktail buffet in Head's home May 27.

An easel at the front door held a blueprint of the home's planned renovation and a velum overlay that said, "Mr. and Mrs. Paul Head Welcome You to Their Home." They were married at All Soul's Episcopal Church before the party. They kept the wedding a secret from party guests until they arrived.

The bride wore a pink, ivory and silver evening suit and carried a nosegay of ivory roses with pink edges. The party fare included chocolate mousse served in glasses with lighted stems.

Among the guests were Georgie and Porter Berry, Mary and Steve Sims, Liz and Kent Hoffman, Shelley Magness, Lisa and Mark Pierce, Shirley and Pete Everest, Eric Head, Wendy and Danny Foltz, Anita and Pope Van Cleef, Jeanette Caston, Patty Johnston, Sally and Paul Ross Johnston, Jennifer and Mike Leipart, Marcy Benson, Jerry and Mark Gautreaux, Mary and Jim Evans, Sarah and Paul Malloy, Lucinda and David Huffman, Kelli Cupp, G. Jeffrey Records, Claudia and James P. Robertson, Burch Fryer, and Mary Lynn, Janell and Peter Fryer.

Mary Jenkins, Julie Knutson, Lou Kohlman and host Clay Pope at the reception. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Gallery of photos from the week

June 2, 2006 Outreach Reception

Samonia and Clay Pope were hosts May 25 for a wine-and-cheese reception for the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals. Among those attending were Jamie Wade, Greg Main, Mary Ellen Meredith, Ann Ackerman, Carleen and Jerry Burger, Carol Troy, Ken King, Larry and Gay Hellman, and Barbara Bowersox.

The group's Town Hall topic is 'Oklahoma's Strategies for the Next 100 Years.'

Dudley Hyde and Betty and Norris Price arrived at the Cox Convention Center for the the Red Earth reception and benefit. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace) Gallery of photos from the week

June 2, 2006 Red Earth Festival
The 20th Anniversary Red Earth Festival began with a festival and benefit at the Cox Convention Center. A silent auction of donated artwork was held and fine art award winning entries were displayed. Local restaurants served food to the guests. They included Belle Isle Brewery and Pub, Boulevard Steakhouse, Caffe Pranzo, Cheever's Cafe, Deep Fork Grill, Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, Nonna's , Primo's and Sushi Neko.

Jim Vallion and Phyllis and Dan Stough arrive at the dinner in the home of Lela and Mark Sullivan. Photo by Helen Ford Wallace Gallery of photos from the week

June 1, 2006 Honoring the Judges
David Dear, Steven Grafe, Oreland C. Joe and Merlin Little Thunder were special guests at the dinner that Lela and Dr. Mark Sullivan, and Ann and Bill Johnstone and Phyllis and Dr. Dan Stough hosted in the Sulllivan home. They were in town for the Red Earth Festival which begins with a parade at 10:30 a.m on June 2.

Art markets and Indian dance competitions begin at 11 a.m. in the Cox Convention Center.

Big gardenias in Helen's garden. By Helen Ford Wallace Gallery of photos from the week

May 30, 2006 BLOOMING AWAY
June's flowers include gardenias and the ones in our backyard are really in full bloom. For bragging purposes, here are several photos. Thanks for enjoying them with me.

Howard Vincent, Ginger Parker, Jim Bryan, Charles Whipple and Bob Peters attend the 25th anniversary dinner-dance of the Registry Club. By David Faytinger Gallery of photos from the week

May 26, 2006 Registry Club celebration marks 25th anniversary
The music of Hart and Soul was heard throughout Quail Creek Golf and Country Club on May 20 during the Registry Club�s 25th anniversary dinner-dance.

Diane Booze was decorations chairman, and centerpieces were lilies and sterling silver roses in a crystal vase. Etched wine glasses were party favors.

About 160 people � all single professional and older than 40 � attended the formal event. Club members have monthly dances and attend art events together. The club also contributes money raised throughout the year to the community.

Howard Vincent is president. Ruth Ann Pierson is executive secretary.

Meredith Miers, Tony Boghetich and Shelly Blair attend the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation dinner at the Governor's Mansion. BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Gallery of photos from the week

May 26, 2006 All the Presidents

Former Junior League presidents met for their annual luncheon May 17 in the large conference room of Junior League headquarters. Ann-Clore Duncan was in charge of arrangements.

Videos from previous years were shown, and scrapbooks were displayed. President Katie James told past presidents about current projects. Incoming President Betsy Mantor talked about future activities.

Kris Frankfurt gave a detailed financial report about the sale of Blinn House and the new headquarters. Melba Frazier discussed the book drive. Dannie Bea Hightower read the minutes from one of the first Junior League meetings in 1927.

Among attendees were Karen Luke, Lee Ann Nordin, Kelly Krahl, Polly Nichols, Carolyn Mee, Jane Crain, Marion DeVore, Patty Anthony and Adelaide Liedtke.

May 26, 2006 Saturday night

Engaged couple Katie Eidson and Jay Griffin were honorees at a barbecue dinner and dance in Lela and Mark Sullivan�s back yard May 20.

Red geraniums decorated the tables. Guests wore red bandanas. The hosts had created wreaths sporting the �J&K� brand.

Guests were introduced to the bride-to-be�s parents, Joy and Wayne Eidson from Sulphur.

Buck Goucher played country music as guests danced the two-step.

In the crowd were Kathy and John Griffin, Katie Griffin, Karen and Rob Luke, Connell and Cliff Branan, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Bev and Paul Kanaly, Bette and Jim MacKellar, Barbara and Jay Quillian, Terry and Hank Bradley, Betsy Hyde, and Carol and Steve Solomon.

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May 26, 2006 Welcome Prescotts

New Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Dr. Stephen Prescott and his wife, Susan, were introduced at the annual banquet and awards dinner at the Governor�s Mansion on May 16. They arrived May 1 from Utah.

The dinner in the pavilion was served on official state china. Joel Forlenza played the piano. First lady Kim Henry was hostess.

Winners and their awards are Gary Gorbsky, Ph.D., the Edward L. and Thelma Gaylord Prize for Scientific Achievement; Robert J. Barstead, Ph.D., the G.T. Blankenship Chair in Alzheimer�s and Aging Research; Kenneth Hensley, Ph.D., the foundation�s Institutional Advancement Award; and Dr. Galen Robbins, Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award.

Among the guests were Phyllis and Dr. Dan Stough, Libby and G.T. Blankenship, Donna and Len Cason, Malinda Berry Fischer and Richard Fischer, Ann and Burns Hargis, Holly and Clay Healey, Lana and Dave Lopez, Gary Pierson, Ann and Harold Powell, and Wanda and Bill Swisher.

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Michael and Regan Raff, Matt and Drue Diesselhorst, Harper Ward and Margo Reneau, David and Rachel Hort, and Jared and Sarah Pawelka attend the shower for Ward and Renaau. Gallery of photos from the week

May 26, 2006 "Honey-Do Shower"

Margo Reneau and Harper Ward were honored at a �Honey-Do� and Garden Shower on May 20. Hosts were Rachel and David Holt, Michael and Regan Raff, Matt and Drue Diesselhorst, and Sara and Jared Pawelka in the Holt home. The 50 guests brought garden and home-improvement tools as gifts. The hosts gave the engaged couple an antique outdoor bench. Reneau and Ward plan to marry in October.

John and Seyan Hefner, and Anita and Carl Milam attend the Lotus Club Dance at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. (Photo by David Faytinger) Gallery of photos from the week

May 19, 2006 Lotus Club dines, dances the night away

The Lotus Club spring dance was upstairs at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club on May 12. Club members and their guests danced and enjoyed a gourmet dinner.

All sizes of blue-and-white vases held a variety of roses, calla lilies and tulips for table centerpieces. President Johnson Hightower welcomed everyone.

Arrangements Committee members were Susan Hoffman, Lisa Pierce and Lela Sullivan.

Among the partygoers were Dolly and David Flesher, Lynn and Mike Kelly, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Linda and Ron James, Candy and Chuck Ainsworth, Sharon and John Bozalis, Susan and Peter Hoffman, Lucinda and David Huffman, Jill and Tom King, Linda and Bill Rodgers, Libby and Steve Steakley, Millie and Johnson Hightower, and Barbara and Ralph Thompson.

First President Saundra Naifeh was the guest speaker at the Edmond Women's Club luncheon. (Photo provided) Gallery of photos from the week

May 19, 2006 Big Results

Edmond Women's Club's first President Saundra Naifeh was guest speaker at a luncheon at Oak Tree Country Club on May 10. Officers were installed, and the current President Cathy Haggard gave the gavel to incoming President Carie Lackey.

Representatives from 31 nonprofit community organizations received $77,000 in financial support. Among them were Mercy Hospice, Boys Ranch Town, Citizens Caring for Children, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond and Edmond Mobile Meals.

May 19, 2006 Private Showing

Jose Freede, hostess for the Symphony Designers Show House Evening on May 12, greeted guests as they arrived for a private showing of the 2006 show house.

Among the 100 guests were Karen and Rob Luke, Kelsey and Roland Walters, Cathy Freede, Kaye and Ed Cook, Phyllis Buttram, Jane Harlow, Berta Faye Rex, Cathy Leichter, Debbie McKinney, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, and Barbara and Ralph Thompson.

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May 19, 2006 Baby's Brunch

Mother-to-be Melissa Lawton Wayne was honored at a baby shower and brunch May 13 in the home of Joy Richardson. Party co-hostesses were Gale Bollinger, Bev Carter, Judy Garrett, Karen Ingram, Penny Replogle and Mary Jo Weaver.

Melissa and Michael Wayne's baby boy is due in August. Hostesses served mimosas and quiche, and gave the honoree an infant car seat. Guests included Ellen Williams, Patti Marshall, Holly Lawton, Jayne Henline, Marilyn Torbett, Mary Truss, Bette MacKellar, Shari Buxton, Ann and Christina Felton, Betsy White, Cathy Lawton and Julie Lawton.

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May 19, 2006 Child's Play

A sports theme was evident at the baby shower for Natalie Browne, whose baby boy is expected in July. Dad is Stephen Browne. Karen Hanstein was hostess, and assisting her were Gene Barth, Candy Ainsworth, Libby Steakley, Ann Hoover, Ann Felton, Winnie Porterfield, Jill King and Annie Bohanon.

Guests included Ann Alspaugh, Gale Bollinger, Karen Browne, Whitney Hooten, Candy Dulaney, Connie Givens, Dannie Bea Hightower, Elaine Honnold, Laurie Hyde, Coe London, Barbara Quillian, Geraldine Raupe, Nancy Records, Pam Shdeed, DeDe Benham, Pam Smith, Sue Homsey, Carol Troy, Pat Edwards, Janice Trigg, Chris Houk, Sara Northwood, Marilyn Torbett and Carolyn Wright.

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May 19, 2006 Western birthday

Gary McNeill was the honoree at a 60th birthday party given by Barbara McNeill at Sportsman's Country Club. The invitation was an original drawing by Benjamin Harjo Jr. The theme was Western, and the club was transformed into "Doc's Dirty Dog Saloon." There was a floor show and a slide show presentation about the honoree. The "Saloon Dancers" danced the cancan, and costumed cowgirl Barbara McNeill sang to Gary McNeill. There were 200 guests.

Toni Calvert, Katie Couric,Chris Calvert Lee and Penny Replogle talk at the luncheon honoring the 2006 honorary degree recipients. (Photo provided) Gallery of photos from the week


When Katie Couric was keynote speaker at the University of Oklahoma Commencement ceremonies, she was given an honorary degree along with Horace K. Calvert, Admr. Bill Crowe, Marilyn Horn and Cy Wagner. The recipients were introduced at a luncheon in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. President David L. Boren and his wife Molly Shi Boren were hosts.
May 12, 2006 Sip and See

"Sip and See" party hostesses Jenny Kallenberger, Debbie Maddox, Pepper Scheitzach and Rachel Thetford gather around mother Holly Autry and her baby, Kallen Delilah Autry, 3 months. The celebration honored Holly and David Autry and Kallen. In lieu of gifts, guests were asked to donate to Special Care or The Parent Child Exchange Center. The party was in the home of Jenny and David Kallenberger.

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May 12, 2006 State doctors

Oklahoma State Medical Association President Dr. David Russell, Dr. Sherri Baker and Executive Director Brian Foy attend the association's Centennial Gala. The black-tie party was at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. American Medical Association President Dr. J. Edward Hill was among the guests. Russell and OSMA Alliance President Ruth Beller were introduced. Guests danced to the music of Prime Time Band. Other entertainers were members of the Oklahoma Strings, Troy Scott, Gene McFall, Robin Brooks-Sullivan and Jody Miller.

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