Church plans musical
Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church will host an evening of Broadway music at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at 208 S Douglas. The event, titled “Broadway Boulevard,” will include selections from a variety of musicals including “Cats,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Oklahoma!,” “The Music Man,” “The Sound of Music” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” to name a few. There will be solos, duets and choir versions of Broadway standards. Organizers said local talent may join in the presentation by contacting the church for an audition. Audition deadline is Aug. 6. The event is a fundraiser for the church's many ministries and programs, and donations will be accepted. Light refreshments will be sold during intermission. For more information about auditioning for the presentation, call the church office at 732-3035 Monday through Thursday.
Boys Ranch receives grant
Boys Ranch Town in Edmond is a recent recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation in Oklahoma City. Brent Thackerson, the community's campus administrator, said the grant will be used for the Boys Ranch Town's animal therapeutic programs. The main goal of the animal therapeutic programs is to help boys learn responsibility through taking care of dependent animals in a ranch environment. The programs include a horse program and a small animals program for cattle, sheep, goats, llamas and pigs. In addition to the routine care and feeding chores, boys are encouraged to enter various livestock shows and participate in trail rides and the annual rodeo. The Boys Ranch Town community also provides a petting zoo at various community events and invites groups to come to the ranch for a prearranged look at animals in their home environment. Boys Ranch Town, a ministry affiliate of Baptist Homes for Children, offers home environments for boys.
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