Edmond Historical Society

sponsors USO dance

Make plans to attend the Edmond Historical Society’s USO Dance from 6-10 p.m. May 20 at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum, 431 S. Boulevard.

Tickets are $25 per person, except for military personnel who have served overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom, who will be admitted at no charge. Reservations needs to be made by May 17 and calling the Edmond Historical Society at 340-0078, or order tickets online at www.edmondhistory.org.

The evening festivities will include dance lessons from 6-7 p.m., traditional USO food, drinks, dancing and big band entertainment.

Participants are encouraged to wear period costumes and door prizes will be awarded in several categories including best costume, best dancer and oldest veteran.

The Edmond Historical Society and Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, see the museum Web site at www.edmondhistory.org.

Edmond bands to play

live at the courtyard

A new series of band concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 13 when three local high school bands play Live at the Courtyard at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, 27 E. Edwards.

“We are excited to get such great bands and know that Edmond kids will enjoy the music,” said Nick Naifeh, president of the Fine Arts Institute Youth Board.

The bands playing at the first concert include The Non with Zack Zeller, Wil Norton, Mack Hawkins and Tom Bishop; Swoonworthy featuring Matt Story, Andy Gruel, Reed Roush and Ryan Linden; and Scad with members Seth Capshaw, Dan Smith, Kyle Reed, Josh Robinson and John Rubenstein.

The Non recently won the Battle of the Bands competition, which raised money for Swine Week and gave students a chance to listen to their fellow classmates’ and friends’ bands.

“The concert is the result of brainstorming with our FAI Youth Board,” said Mitzi Hancuff, FAI executive director. “We all want more teens to be aware of what we offer here and get involved.”

Admission is $3 per person. The concert will be in the outside courtyard at the Fine Arts Institute. For information, call 340-4481.

HeartLine receives grant

HeartLine Inc. recently announced it has received a $5,000 grant from The Kerr Foundation. The grant will be used to assist in developing and sustaining 2-1-1 of Central Oklahoma. This is a free, easy-to-remember telephone number to use when needing information on health and human services.

Launched in November, 2-1-1 of Central Oklahoma has received more than 12,000 calls since services began. This grant will allow HeartLine to increase its level of service to the 1.1 million people in its central Oklahoma service area. 

Since 1971, HeartLine has provided services that support its mission to listen, educate and empower the people of Oklahoma through 24-hour emotional support, promotion of mental health and access to community resources. A United Way Partner Agency, HeartLine has more than 250 volunteers who help provide a 24/7 CareLine offering compassionate listening, information about and referral to more than 1,800 community services, crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

For more information on HeartLine’s services and volunteer opportunities, visit www.heartlineoklahoma.org or call 840-9396.

Oklahoma Genealogical

Society meeting set

The topic of Monday’s Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting is “The American State Papers: Finding Early Americans and their Records.” The American State Papers include government documents for the time period 1789 to 1838 in 10 topical volumes. Jan Fendley, presenter, said the most popular are Vol. 8, Public Lands; Vol. 2, Indian Affairs; Vol. 5, Military Affairs; and Vol. 9, Claims, in which elusive family data can sometimes be found.

The Oklahoma Genealogical Society general meetings are at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Chesapeake Event Center in the new Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird, Oklahoma City, one block east of Lincoln Boulevard on 23rd Street.

Volunteer genealogists will be available at 5 p.m. to provide help with research questions. For more information, contact okgensoc@aol.com or call the society president at 286-1190. The OGS Web site is www.rootsweb.com/~okgs.

Edmond video producer wins award

A 49-minute documentary produced by an Edmond production company has won additional honors — Gold at the Aurora Awards, a yearly U.S. film/video industry competition.

The documentary, “Way Down Yonder on Halloween,” was produced by Mobile Video Productions of Edmond, owned by Mike Priest. It previously won the Telly Bronze Award and The Communicator Award of Distinction.

The documentary covers New Orleans’ last full-scale Halloween celebration before Hurricane Katrina, showing brilliant costume designs, the annual Vampire Ball, darkened cemeteries and the tumultuous delights of the event’s French Quarter street party. Recently, Halloween became New Orleans’ second great costumed event behind Mardi Gras.

Edmond participants in the production were Priest, lead cameraman and producer; Walt Cox, cameraman and editor; and Alejandra Delgadillo, production assistant.

“Way Down Yonder on Halloween” received ratings of High in all three major Aurora Awards categories — content, creativity and execution.

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