Judge to keynote Kwanzaa event
Urban League Board Chair and Oklahoma County District Judge Bernard Jones will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Kwanzaa Celebration. Hosted by Empower People Inc., the celebration will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23. The public is invited. For more information, call Michael Washington at 882-6478. For more about the Urban League of Oklahoma City, go to urbanleagueok.org.
Food bank plans leaf drive
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is accepting donations of leaves through Wednesday for its Urban Harvest program. Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation. To donate leaves, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to regionalfoodbank.org or call 600-3136.
MAPS ornament available
The MAPS 20th anniversary Steering Committee is offering a holiday ornament available exclusively at B.C. Clark Jewelers for $16.50. It features original artwork of all nine MAPS projects surrounded by a gold filigree frame. Bulk orders of 25 or more are available for a discounted price of $15 each and can be made at mtmrecognition.com/okcornament or by calling 630-7668. Each ornament comes in a fitted gift box that can be customized with a company logo with orders of 100 or more. All proceeds from the sale of the ornament will benefit the Oklahoma River Foundation.
Church contributes to typhoon relief
ADA — For the Independent Assemblies-U.S., the damage caused by the Nov. 11 typhoon in the Philippines is personal. The Ada-based national organization of about 140 independent, nondenominational Christian churches has now donated almost $19,000 to the Independent Assemblies-Philippines, an evangelical organization in the Philippines. These funds are for immediate use in providing food, medical supplies and other basic human services. Life Community Church in Ada, a member of Independent Assemblies, has established its own program to collect and distribute financial support for typhoon relief efforts. More than $6,000 has been donated by its congregation. For more information, go to independentassemblies.org. For more information about Life Community Church, go to www.life623.com.
Salvation Army has ongoing needs, events
The Salvation Army announced several needs and events.
Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Dec. 24 at the Angel Tree distribution center to help sort gifts for families. If interested, email email@example.com. Angel Tree families will receive their gifts and Christmas food baskets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18-20 at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, 7000 Crossroads Blvd., lower level, in the former J.C. Penney site.