Adoption information meeting set
Dillon International will present a free adoption information meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 27 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25.
There will be an overview of adoption from China, Korea, Haiti, India, Hong Kong and Colombia, as well as a domestic adoption program offered in collaboration with Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services to find families for children in the foster care system. For information or a reservation to attend, call (918) 749-4600.
Weather Center Biennale honored
NORMAN — The National Weather Center Biennale was honored by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association with the RedBud Award for Outstanding Temporary Exhibit.
Twenty-eight RedBud Awards, which represent the highest honor given in the Oklahoma tourism industry, were presented in 16 categories as part of the 2014 Oklahoma Conference on Tourism. Cash prizes totaling $25,000 were offered to the top winners, and an exhibition catalog was made available for public purchase.
For more information, go to nwcbiennale.org.
Grant adds 300 trees to Moore’s Little River Park
MOORE — A $75,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping to restore trees throughout Moore’s Little River Park, which took a direct hit from the May 20, 2013, tornado. At a special event last week, the 100th tree was planted, signifying the end of the first phase of the grant. The second phase will add 200 trees this fall. The grant is through the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, a permanent endowment fund administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
For more information on the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, go to occf.org/boystrust.
Child advocates sworn in
Thirteen area residents took the oath of office as Court Appointed Special Advocates in a recent ceremony at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Center. Receiving their certificates for completing training were Benita Johnson, Heather Massie, Vicki DeFuria, Charlesane Freidenbloom, Caroline Moore, Donna Orrell, Susan Pettit, Christy Vanderbilt-Pela, Phillip Matthews Deanne Latham, Joanne Forgue, Joseph Forgue and Nancy Vasso.
For more information, go to okcountycasa.org or call 713-6607.
Songwriters celebrate anniversary
Members of SongWriters Association Norman gathered last week to celebrate five years as an organization with awards, food and live music.
Songwriters Grace Babb, Sophia Babb and Sierra Rose Hawkins were named Rising Star award winners for their individual growth and musicianship over the past year. Darden Pierce received an Above and Beyond award for his roles with multiple local songwriters.
Carri Moore, owner of 9 East Liquor, also was given an Above and Beyond award for providing local musicians with a live venue. Farrel Droke was named to the association’s Hall of Fame.
For more information, go to normansongwriters.org.
FROM STAFF REPORTS