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February 11, 2013

2-12 Calendar

What to do, what to see

EDMOND — February 12

The Dixieland Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at the UCO Jazz Lab as part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series. Tickets are $10, and students are admitted free with student ID. For more information, visit ucojazzlab.com.

Celebrity Attractions will present “100 Years of Broadway” through Feb. 17 at the OKC Civic Center Music Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit okcciviccenter.com.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce will present a business development workshop featuring a “Quick Start to Quickbooks” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edmond Chamber, 825 E. 2nd. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to RSVP, visit edmondchamber.com.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce will present “Business After Hours” from 5:30-7 p.m. at Communication Federal Credit Union, 100 N.E. 150th St. The event is free and no RSVP is required. For more information, visit edmondchamber.com.

“In Stitches” will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Edmond Library. The special February project will be learning to make a pillowcase. Participants should bring their own scissors. For more information, call 348-4120.

An Open House will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WINGS, 13700 N. Eastern. Browse through the WINGS Gift Shop for Valentines gifts. For more information, call 242-4646 or visit wingsok.org.

The Edmond Santa Fe High School Symphony and Orchestra will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at Edmond Santa Fe High School, 1901 W. 15th St. The event is free. For more information, call 340-2230.

The University of Central Oklahoma will present “Until the Violence Stops” from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Nigh University Center on the UCO campus, as part of the V-Week to stop violence against women. For more information, call 974-3626 or email woc@uco.edu.

February 13

Paint Your Art Out will present “Cupcake” at 7 p.m. at 10 S. Broadway. For more information or to register, call 513-5333 or visit paintyourartout.net.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce will present “The Total Resource Campaign”  from 3-4 p.m. for veterans and from 4-5 p.m. for rookies at the Edmond Chamber, 825 E. 2nd. The event is free, but RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, visit edmondchamber.com.

Tax help will be available Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Feb. 27 and Thursdays noon to 8 p.m. through Feb. 28. Help is available for e-filing only. For more information call 340-9282 or visit metrolibrary.org.

Platt College will present a Merlot wine tasting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 2727 W. Memorial Road. Tickets are $35. For more information or to make a reservation, call 550-8868, email whitford@plattcollege.org or visit plattcollege.org.

The University of Central Oklahoma will present “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. at the Radke Recital Hall in the Center for Transformative Learning on the UCO campus, as part of the V-Week to stop violence against women. The event is free, and donations will be accepted for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, a local charity that hopes to strengthen the lives of women in the Edmond community. For more information, call 974-3626 or email woc@uco.edu.

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    President Barack Obama in February signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
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    No one is talking about the under-employment rate of families working minimum wage jobs, Dorman said.
    “It’s all fine and good when you have fast-food jobs that don’t cover the bills and that counts toward your unemployment rate.”
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    Fallin signed legislation this year to prohibit municipalities from raising their local minimum wage above $7.25 an hour.
    “If the minimum wage goes up to $15 in Oklahoma City, all of the sudden you would drive retail, business, service industry locations outside of the city limits and that would be detrimental to the economy, consumers and to businesses,” Weintz said.
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