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Prophecies of Quetzelcoatl

2020.09.16 19:40 RebornInLife Prophecies of Quetzelcoatl

Prophecies of Quetzelcoatl
Hundreds of North and South American Indian and South Pacific legends tell of a white-skinned, bearded lord who traveled among the many tribes to bring peace about 2,000 years ago. This spiritual hero was best known as Quetzelcoatl.

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Some of his many other names were:
Kate-Zahl (Toltec), Kul-kul-kan (Maya), Tah-co-mah (NW America), Waicomak (Dakota), Wakea (Cheyenne, Hawaiian and Polynesian), Waikano (Orinoco), Hurakan, the Mighty Mexico, E-See-Co-Wah (Lord of Wind and Water), Chee-Zoos, the Dawn God (Puan, Mississippi), Hea-Wah-Sah (Seneca), Taiowa, Ahunt Azoma, E-See-Cotl (New Guinea), Itza-Matul (Yucatan), Zac-Mutul (Mayan), Wakon-Tah (Navajo), Wakona (Algonquin), etc..(2)
When he left the Toltecs and sailed away to the East, Kate-Zahl promised to return to them after several cycles of their calendar. He made a prophecy about the destiny of the sacred city Tula (now identified with Teotihuacan in Mexico) through two millennia.
The Toltecs would be conquered first by the Sacrificers of Men (the Aztecs), then by white-skinned, bearded men of the East carrying fatal “thunder-rods” - the Spaniards and their guns:
"Further off there is another invasion. In ships many bearded men are coming from across the Sunrise Ocean... I see these men taking the Broad Land... They do not respect our trees of cedar. They are but hungry, unenlightened children... "Would that I could speak to these bearded farmers. I have tried. They do not hear me. They go on their way like spoiled children... "Stand with me in the Year of Te-Tac-patl. Look across the Sunrise Ocean. Three ships come like great birds flying. They land. Out come men in metal garments, carrying rods which speak with thunder and kill at a distance. These men are bearded and pale of feature. "They come ashore and I see them kneeling. Above them I see a Great Cross standing. That is well. If these men are true to the symbol they carry, you need have no fear of them, for no one who is true to that symbol will ever carry it into battle. "Therefore hold aloft your Great Cross (T), and go forth to meet them. They cannot fail to know that symbol, and would not fire their rods upon it, nor upon those who stand in its shadow. Well they know that what is done to my people is done also to me. "When the years have come to their full binding, the metal-tipped boots of the strangers will be heard in all the bloody temples. Then throughout the Broad Land has begun the Third Cycle. As yet, I cannot see beyond it. "Once I had great hope for these people, for I saw them kneel and kiss the sweet earth, and I saw the shadow of the Great Cross which they carried with them. Now I must warn you against them. "Carry your great books into the jungles. Place your histories deeply in caverns where none of these men can find them. Nor do you bring them back to the sunlight until the War-Cycle is over. For these bearded strangers are the children of War. They speak my precepts, but their ears do not listen. They have but one love and that is for weapons. Ever more horrible are these weapons, until they reach for the one which is ultimate. Should they use that, there will be no forgiveness in that vale where there is no turning. Using such a weapon to make man over, is reaching into the heavens for the Godhead. These things are not for man’s decision, nor should man presume to think for all things, and thus mock the Almighty. Woe to those who do not listen! There are lamps beyond that which you are burning; roads beyond this which you are treading; worlds beyond the one you are seeing. Be humble before the might of the Great Hand which guides the stars within their places. There are many lodges within my Father’s Kingdom for it is more vast than time, and more eternal. "Keep hidden your books, my children, all during the Cycle of Warring Strangers. The day will come when they will be precious. "For five full Cycles of the Dawn Star, the rule of the Warring Strangers will go on to greater and greater destruction. Hearken well to all I have taught you. Do not return to the Sacrificers. Their path leads to the last Destruction. Know that the end will come in five full cycles, for five, the difference between the Earth’s number and that of the Gleaming Dawn Star, is the number of these children of War. As a sign to you that the end is nearing, my Father’s Temple will be uncovered. Remember this in the days which are coming."
Tula-Teotihuacan was found and excavated by archaeologists only in recent years.
In another prophecy, Kate-Zahl described the city as it will be rebuilt in the future:
"Then the heavens spoke in a crash of thunder, and the lightning flashed above the valley. The Man turned to look again on Tula, his most beloved city. Behold! It was naught but a mass of rubble. "He wept there with great sorrow. He clung to the rocks, staring back toward Tula. Then the heavens roared again and shook the mountain. A flash of light struck beside Him and cracked the darkness. Behold! The old heaven and earth were vanished, and He looked into another cycle. "The heavens parted and a rising sun shone down on another Tula. Plainly he could see the valley, but the city was one He knew not. Magnificent was this Golden Tula! "The Man was lifted beyond the earth. No longer He saw the Age of Destruction. Gone was the horrible Age of Warfare. He was looking beyond the Age of Carnage! "Walk with me through this Age of the Future. Tula shines in all its glory, but the metals are of types we know not. Loving hands have rebuilt the parkways, have paved the streets, have rebuilt the temples. There is a great building where books are kept for the scholars, and many are those who come to read them. Tula is a great Center of Culture. "Come with me to the New Colula. Shining again is My Father’s Temple! Once more the city is filled with fountains and the parkways are wire-netted for the birds of rare plumage, and those who sing to enchant the listener. Cross through the parkway to My Father’s Temple. You will see again the inscriptions which today your eyes are seeing, but now all people can read them. "Come to the city of the future. Here are the buildings unlike those we build, yet they have a breathless beauty. Here people dress in materials we know not, travel in manners beyond our knowledge, but more important than all these differences are the faces of the people. Gone is the shadow of fear and suffering, for man no longer sacrifices, and he has outgrown the wars of his childhood. Now he walks in full stature towards his destiny --- into the Golden Age of Learning. "Carry this vision on through the Ages, and remember Kate-Zahl, the Prophet."
In Book X of his History, the 16th century chronicler Fray Bernardino de Sahagun described the departure of the "wise men" who had been the attendant priests of Kate-Zahl at Teotihuacan:
"The wise men remained not long; soon they went. Once again, they embarked and carried off the writing, the books, the paintings; they carried away all the crafts, the castings of metals. And when they departed, they summoned all those they left behind. They said to them: "Our lord, the protector of all, the wind, the night, saith you shall remain. We go leaving you here.
Our lord goeth bequesting you this land; it is your merit, your lot. Our lord, the master of all, goeth still farther, and we go with him. Whither the lord, the night, the wind, our lord, the master of all, goeth, we go accompanying him. He goeth, he goeth back, but he will come, he will come to do his duty, he will come to acknowledge you.
When the world is become oppressed, when it is the end of the world, at the time of its ending, he will come to bring it to an end. But you shall dwell here; you shall stand guard here..."
A surviving Toltec legend includes this prophecy:
"Ce Acatl [Quetzelcoatl] spent a night with a Huiteca family. They fed him and played music for him. The father, a strong Indian farmer, showed Ce Acatl a stone carving he had and told him, "This carving tells of the coming of the Lord of the Dawn. it says he will come in the Year One Reed. It says he will build a city and change the world." "The farmer had no idea who he was talking to. He continued. "Now," he said, "many people say he will not come. Many people say it is a long time from now that he will come. Some people say he will come from the East and he will bring a great book of words and numbers. Other people say he will come from a tree and count the Last twenty Days of the Creation. What do you say about this?" "Ce Acatl grew gray with the depth of his answer. "If I told you of my thought, of what I know of the Spirit of the Lord of the Dawn, if I told you of what I think will happen, you would laugh and think me crazy. So I say only this: One day a race shall walk upon this earth, a race of men whose spirits are so great, whose wisdom is so complete, whose powers to commune with the Creator are so keen they will dwarf the doings of the Lord of the Dawn of our day. When that day comes the Creator will send forth a manifestation that will in turn amaze the wisest men of that unbelievable age. And even then the greatest brains on earth will wonder --- has he come? Will he come? Or has he been here?"
When he departed, Ce Acatl promised to close the Thirteenth Heaven and open the First of the Nine Hells, and he vowed to destroy the man-made gods. He set the year and date of his birth (260 years later on Day One Reed in year One Reed) and said, "I shall return. I shall come from the east like the Morning Star, and I will fulfill that part of the prophecy.” It is said that when Ce Acatl passed away at the age of 52, "A hush fell over the entire planet, and burning bright in the heavens directly above the great tree, the Tree of Life [El Tule], glowed the planet Venus, the Morning Star.”"
Quetzelcoatl also foretold the following:
"In time, white men will come out of the eastern sea in great canoes with white wings like a big bird. The white men will be like a bird with two different kinds of feet. One foot will be that of a dove [Christianity], the other of an eagle [predator]. A few hundred years after the arrival of the first white men, other white men would arrive with both feet as a dove."
Quetzelcoatl himself or his spirit would come in the form of a white dove at that time.
A Zapotec prophecy, transmitted by Joseph Jochmans, also announced the recent return of Quetzelcoatl:
"One of the incarnations of Quetzelcoatl is buried beneath the roots of the sacred El Tule Tree near Oaxaca, and as the first rays of the dawning sun of the new heaven cycle [August 17, 1987] sink into the depths of the Earth, billions of tiny spirits will burst from the heart of Quetzelcoatl.
They will slowly rise through the trunk, through the limbs and branches, appearing as sparkles of light, finally erupting from limbs and branches, to circle the globe, each spirit to implant itself within the heart of a human being, and plant a crystal of peace and love..."
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2020.08.27 21:18 throwawayaracehorse When I was 11 Years Old, I Played a Possessed Gameboy

I don’t ride in cars much if I can help it. I don’t even have a driver’s license. Everyone understands.
It’s not quite a phobia—okay, well maybe it is—amaxophobia, they call it. A fear of riding in cars. But these days most therapists don’t care to bother with terms of specific phobias and prefer to use the term post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD. They say I have it and I have to agree with them, for my issues extend past the realm of being triggered by riding in cars or seeing vehicles.
I awake with nightmares. I get flashbacks. If I see broken glass on the road or in the street, whether it be from a windshield or broken beer bottle, my heart starts racing and my palms get sweaty and I have to do my breathing exercises to avoid a full blown panic attack.
Sometimes, the breathing exercises aren’t enough.
It all started back in the 90s. My family was going on summer vacation, a trip that in my eleven-year old opinion was going to be totally lame. I mean even now it’s still kinda lame, even if you remove the fact that I was a moody and sullen kid that didn’t really like her stepdad and the trip he had planned.
His name was Tim and he had a fascination with the Southwest. His home office was decorated with Navajo rugs and pictures of desert scenery and Native American pottery. He had even started rubbing off on my mom and she began to allow his interior decorating sense to infiltrate the living room. She even began to sport turquoise jewelry from time to time. I guess it matched the turquoise bolo tie he wore on special occasions.
It bugged me more than it should have. I guess what really annoyed me about it all was how obvious it all seemed, how my mom was swaying under his influence, changing who she was right before my very eyes. Who was this guy that had come into our home and married my mom and started changing everything? Whatever. I felt how I felt and that’s the point in my life I’m telling you about. I’m not trying to say I was right in feeling how I felt and oftentimes I look back and hate and cringe at how ungrateful and difficult I was.
It’s these sort of things you figure out once you’re an adult and are looking back through a mature and experienced perspective. It’s not like Tim was this awful guy. He seemed like a good guy to my mom. He never yelled at me or really got onto me. The most he did was sigh at my little shows of rebellion and disrespect that I gave my mom, maybe tell me that she was trying her best and loved me and if I could just be a little more agreeable he would appreciate it. Tim and I had this sort of uneasy truce. I never gave him any lip or mouthed off to Tim because I would rather not interact with him, rather just ignore him completely and act like he wasn’t there. If we had some sort of confrontation, that would only make his existence in my life more present in addition to giving me a whole new headache to deal with.
If the addition of Tim had caused an inner turmoil within me that my pre-teen self couldn’t quite understand or articulate, my mother’s pregnancy really sent me into a tailspin. I sort of blocked these months out, which is strange because I wish I could block out so much more.
I know that I spent a lot of time in the principal's office for disruptions in class and some fights here and there. There were parent teacher meetings because I quit turning in my homework. I spent a lot of time holed up in my room, drawing and listening to the radio.
When Jackson arrived and I saw that sleeping, peaceful bundle, I softened up a little bit. He was half my brother after all; we shared the same mom. Still, I wouldn’t hold him. I circled him from afar like a curious dog that didn’t want to get too close.When he smiled at me for the first time, my barrier cracked even more. I was able to reinforce it, however, when he started crying through the night. He suffered from colic and was quite fussy through stretches of his infancy. His incessant crying would set me on edge, nails on a chalkboard.
I was nearing my twelfth birthday and Jackson was almost two when my mom and step-dad got the bright idea to take a prolonged family trip. Tim wanted to see the Grand Canyon and various other sites of the great Southwest. My mom and I had never been. Jackson wasn’t going to remember.
It wasn’t enough to just fly to Phoenix and drive over to see the “biggest damn hole in the world”. No, according to Tim we needed to take a lengthy road trip in order to get the full experience. He said we needed to cross through various climates and sceneries in order to appreciate the distance traveled, long drives of nothingness.
“You just won’t get a feel for the sheer amount of space out there otherwise,” he had said.
Driving all the way from New York was too long though, even for him. So he compromised and we flew to Denver where we rented a station wagon and headed south.
It was boring for an eleven year old. If you saw one giant mountain, you had seen them all, and I stared at my Gameboy Color or my sketchpad as we careened through the Rockies until car sickness forced me to lean my head against the passenger window and stare. I listened to my Discman and nodded off to pass the time. Jackson sucked on his binky and sang songs to himself and napped. I played with a little tiger puppet to entertain him. He was being a good traveler so far.
The mountains began to recede, yet still loomed largely in the background over a flattening landscape. We stopped for the night at a hotel somewhere in the lower left corner of Colorado. I was thankful to be out of the car and even more thankful that the hotel had an indoor pool.
My mom let me go down to the pool by myself while they got Jackson to bed with his complicated nighttime routine. There was nobody else at the pool, so I spent my time doing cannonballs and dashing from the hot tub and the pool to see if I could withstand the disparities in temperature. I had even snuck an orange Slice from the vending machine with some of my own money. My mom didn’t really let me have soda so this was kind of a special and forbidden treat for me.
The glass windows of the pool room were fogged up and the tile floor was damp and there were wet towels scattered about the place and the scent of chlorine was heavy in the air. I reclined on a plastic lounger and sipped the sweet and refreshing drink and pretended like I was a rich lady at a fancy summer resort. I felt calm and content, oblivious to any of my outside worries. Looking back, I can now see that this was the last time I would experience a moment so pure and peaceful.
The next morning we visited the ruins of some Indian cliff dwellings. Later, we headed west and began to descend into the desert. The land was red and there was a cartoon blue sky and lunar scenery. You looked out the window and half expected to see a coyote zoom by with a big red ACME rocket strapped to his back. Trees choked out a meager existence, never able to aspire to the great heights of their cousins from the lusher environments. It was boring after ten minutes.
Tim was ranting and raving and stopping to take pictures every five minutes.
“Isn’t this neat, guys?” he would ask.
Everytime he pulled over to take a pic, he would dart back into the car and apologize to Mom for making us stop.
“It’s fine,” she would say and smile, but after the eighth photography stop I could see her rolling her eyes in the rearview mirror whenever he would slow down to pull over.
Then, Jackson started crying.
And crying.
And crying.
He had been so good this whole trip, too.
“Can you give Jackson his pacifier?” my mom asked.
“He keeps spitting it out and throwing it though,” I responded.
“Well see what he wants. Can you smell his diaper?”
“Eew!”
“C’mon, Annie.”
“Fine,” I groaned and stuck my nose near his stomach and kicking legs. “He’s good.” Jackson’s face was scrunched up and his eyes were shut and his skin was turning red.
“Can you sing him a song? Distract him for us.”
I tried once again to put the pacifier back in Jackson’s mouth, but his gaping screaming piehole wouldn’t close around it. It was all bared teeth and curled lips. He didn’t respond to my renditions of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or “Kissed by a Rose” either.
“Mom, he won’t shut up.”
“He’s just tired. Fighting sleep.”
“Can we pull over? This is stupid and he’s so loud.”
“Just give him a little bit.”
Around us, barbed wire fence and sand and little scrubby bushes whizzed past. There were no signs of life to be seen. We passed a lumbering semi-truck.
“I don’t know why we had to drive all this way with a freaking toddler,” I said.
“Annie Elaine,” my mother said abruptly.
“What? It’s true. It’s not like you would’ve wanted to come out here. You hate outdoorsy stuff and rocks and the desert. You like beaches and cities and taking it easy, but noooo. Tim had to see the Grand Canyon, Tim had to drive. Tim had to—”
“Enough!” my mom shouted and loudly too. Normally this would’ve been enough to shatter the car into silence, but Jackson continued his wailing.
Tim gritted his teeth and gripped the steering wheel, my mom put her hand on his shoulder and whispered something in his ear, then patted him on the back.
All the while, Jackson cried.
“Next gas station or rest stop we see, we’re stopping. Ok? Is that alright with you, Annie?” He said the last part in a snide tone that I had never heard him used. I had crossed some sort of line with him and it made me uncomfortable.
“Fine,” I muttered.
I turned on my Gameboy and fished in my backpack for my headphones. Anything to drown out everything, anything to distract me. The tinny music of Super Mario Land 2 filled my ears, the sound effects of Mario jumping and collecting coins. I had already beaten the game before, but I liked it and was playing through it again to find secret levels.
I got to the end of a level I had beaten many times before and there was this pipe I had never seen before. I don’t know how familiar you are with the Mario games, but he goes down these pipes and they are basically portals that take him to different rooms and locations. Most of the time these pipes are green in color. Yet this particular pipe was a shiny black, the color of an eggplant and with purple borders like a neon light. The colors extended way past the capabilities of my Gameboy; I had never seen it pull off something like this. The color seemed to pulse out of the screen.
I made Mario descend down the pipe. That familiar sound effect chimed in my ears, but then there was a constant and throbbing hum that filled my earphones. I was completely entranced and dead to the world around me, didn’t hear Jackson crying any more, didn’t feel the car moving. The next location loaded and the pipe emerged from the top of the screen, jutting from a bizarre and alien ceiling of mucus and tentacles and thorns that dripped orange liquid. Mario slid out of the pipe and fell off screen. As he fell I could tell he looked slick and slimy, like the pipe he was just in had been full of some sort of alien goo.
Mario dropped down to an empty street and there were buildings in the background. They looked like brownstone apartment buildings in all of their glory, but rendered in an 8-bit video game style. I made Mario walk down the quiet, unassuming street. There were trees planted along the sidewalk and little animated leaves fell from their branches. I walked past cars and fire hydrants and other minutiae of an empty city street until my character could walk no longer and there was an open door at the top of the stoops of one of the brownstones.
I went inside.
There were stairs and I went up them until I reached a landing and an open doorway. It all looked familiar, somehow an 8-bit rendition of our apartment in Brooklyn, but somehow not, like the way locations are in dreams sometimes.
Inside the doorway was our living room, a couch and TV. There were two characters, a man and woman. I recognized Tim’s glasses and dark hair and my mom’s wide hips and the types of shirts she liked to wear, cute and cartoony and smiling. He had his arms around her and Mario was no longer under my control. From somewhere off screen, a little girl ran into the frame, blonde hair and pigtails, my blonde hair.
They shooed her away and she sat in a chair in the corner and a baby crawled on the floor towards them while they laughed and picked him up. Mario’s facial expression turned sad and the screen turned black and there was a tinny exploding noise.
We had entered another scene in the video game. There was no Mario present, just an empty looking parking lot with a vehicle in the middle and these red desert rock formations and cactuses off in the distance. The video game versions of my mom and Tim came out of nowhere, my mom carrying baby Jackson. They all hopped into the car and drove off in a cloud of exhaust.
The little blonde girl, the avatar that had been fashioned in my image, suddenly appeared chasing the car for a while, big cartoony tears erupting from her face as she wailed and sucked exhaust and crumpled into a crying pile. All around her everything began to fade to black until there was nothing but her at the center of the screen in front of a black background.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Jackson was asleep and my parents continued driving, oblivious that I was in the backseat playing on a supernatural Gameboy that was reading my wildest fears. I continued watching, the console slick in my hands from my sweaty palms.
The blackness slowly began to lighten and my character was brought forth into a room that resembled a motel room. There was an old-timey radio player sitting on a nightstand and it began to wiggle and shake, crackling to life. My character stood up and stared at it with her black, unblinking eyes. The noise from the radio played into my earphones and this happy sounding old guy started talking.
Howdy folks, Buck Hensley here with a friendly reminder that your conscious self and soul is all just an illusion and that the universe is just a bunch of individual parts of the same whole with everything trying to differentiate itself from the faceless, egoless black mass. Won’t you join me in turning back to the solidarity?
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You won’t? Doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? I get that. Well, at the very least can you join me in offering a salute? Us here at “The Rules of the Road” have a fondness for travelers and drifters. And who better exemplifies that spirit of the open road than the lonely truck driver, miles underneath his rubber and many more miles to burn?
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Won’t you join me in offering a salute to those long haul heroes of the highway, the hard working mother truckers who miss their wives and kids and girlfriends? Don’t you know these assassins of the asphalt have been on the road for so, so long? They’re awful tired. The least we can do is give them the proper salute. And just how might we do that, you might ask? Well I’ll tell ya…
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If at any point during your journey, you make eye contact with one of these proud denizens of the diesel, these sailors of the street, then you must hold up your arm, cock it at the elbow and pump your fist vigorously. In turn, this buccaneer of the boulevard will acknowledge you with a loud (but friendly) blast of his or her horn. Sounds fun doesn’t it? What better way to let our little trucker friends know we’re thinking of them. Think of it as a “thank you for your service” for these tramps of the turnpike (and baby these tramps were born to run.)
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Now I know what you’re gonna say. You’re gonna say, “Bucky, I don’t like to look over at the other drivers when I pass them. Every time I glance over, they look at me, and I fear they’re gonna suck my soul out through my eyes. Don’t you know the eyes are the window to the soul? So how am I gonna know to look over at a vehicle when I pass?” And to that I say, “Fair enough, but in this instance you want to make eye contact with the driver. If they don’t see you, then you’re off the hook!”
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What happens if you don’t follow this rule? Well you may find that something will rain down from the sky creating an unfortunate situation for your party. That’s all I can say on that. I don’t know what will rain down. It varies depending on just when and where you are.
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Welp. Looks like it’s getting a little late for me. Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay lively. Stay lonely. I’m Buck Hensley and these are “The Rules of the Road…..”
There was a tapping on my shoulder. I jumped. "Annie," my mom said quietly, neck craned over her headrest. "We're about to make a pit stop. Do you need to go to the bathroom?"
"Um, what?" I asked pulling the headphones out of my ears, glancing down. The Gameboy was off, a blank screen.
"Shh, Jackson's finally asleep. We're about to stop."
"Oh, ok."
At the gas station, my mom asked if I wanted anything and I told her Cheez-Its and I went in to use the restroom while Tim pumped gas. The images from the Gameboy played in my mind and I had this paranoid feeling as I made my way through the aisles of snacks, the tops of strangers passing by over the shelves. I almost wanted to ask my mom to come to the restroom with me, that’s how nervous I felt.
My mom had been right behind me while I was in the restroom, but when I got out she was nowhere to be found. I felt panic rising.
She’s just out at the car already, I thought.
The car wasn’t by the gas pump. I looked around frantically, my heart in my throat.
It’s just like the videogame. They’ve left you. They’ve forgotten you.
A little mewling sound caught in my throat and I hollered out, “Mom!” and ran to the gas pumps. Strangers gave me odd, concerned looks. “Mom!” Tears started to run down my face.
A silver horse trailer rolled past the canopied station of gas pumps and there they were, parked by the air pump machines.
I stomped over.
“Puttin’ a little air in the tires,” Tim said happily. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” I growled and made my way to the backseat where I shook and clenched my fists and took deep breaths.
Miles down the road and humming along the interstate, Jackson stirred awake and my mom asked me to get his milk. I unbuckled my seatbelt and fished his sippy cup out of the little ice chest that sat in the back of the station wagon.
I’ve always wondered how lucky I was to have done so or if the end results would’ve been the same regardless.
They say it was my lack of a seatbelt that saved my life, that had I kept it on I would have surely been dead.
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2020.07.26 04:09 denverprotestsdaily What Is Happening Sunday, July 26, 2020

What's happening on Sunday, July 26th

Current Events

Central Park and Skyview were the finalists listed "to be the new name for Denver's Stapleton neighborhood[.]” "Denver and Aurora residents who own homes or rent in Stapleton will be eligible to vote" on these names from July 27 to July 30. If you live in those areas, please check the Stapleton United Neighbors' website for updates.

Aurora

On Friday, July 24, Aurora PD posted an advisory stating that "using bullhors, noisemakers, and like devices cause actual physical pain, or bodily injury, to attendees, which is unlawful." On Saturday, July 25, PSL held a protest to demand justice for Elijah McClain and show solidarity for Portland. As the protest occupied the highway, a jeep drove high speed into the crowd. Though the Jeep has been impounded, the driver has not, as of writing, been arrested.

Denver

We recently learned that negotiations for Denver's police department started way back on June 30. Denver PD has “the power to collectively bargain for things like higher pay, better benefits and vacation.” Meetings are not open to the public, but “Denver City Council members will ultimately be tasked with approving the new contract[.]” City council appears to not have been invited to the negotiation meetings until three weeks after meetings began. Mark your calendar tentatively for some action in mid-August: negotiations last 45 days. If the terms are agreed upon, they go to city council for a vote.
What else is happening?

Planned Events

Remember that you don't need an official event to protest. There are often people at the Capitol every day, roughly starting around noon, with some occupying all day and all night. Go whenever you want and exercise your 1st amendment right to free speech!

Berthoud non-BLM

9:00 AM Fuck 12 Rally (reddit post)
Location: Meet at Turner Middle School Parking Lot
Organized by: Unknown, but this Twitter account can help answer any questions about the planned action. It is not the organizer, but it is in contact with the folks who created the flyer.
Info: This is a planned counter-protest against a pro-police rally in Berthoud. Violence is a possibility, especially after how the last pro-police rally in Denver went. Come prepared to defend yourself, but not to antagonize.

Northglenn non-BLM

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM March for Justice (Facebook event)
Location: Wyco Park (1672 Phillips Dr, Northglenn, CO)
Organized by: Gerald and Linda Montour (source 1) (source 2)
Organizer-provided info: Gather at Wyco Park March to the NorthGlenn Justice Center, help support the Montour family and the crimes of ethnic intimidation they endured on the 4th of July by the theft of their tribal flags the Diné Nation and Cheyenne River Lakota and the National flag. Hold the NorthGlenn Police Department accountable in the charges being brought on the perpetrator.
Please wear red shirts, ribbon skirts if you have one, and or regalia if you so desire.
Everyone has to wear a mask or face covering for this March.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Solidarity with Indigenous Relatives/Take It Down (reddit post)
Organized by: Pueblo's indigenous relatives, but no official organization (AIM has said they are not affiliated with these protests, and FTP Pueblo, which posted the original Facebook events, canceled its Facebook event series). There is this Facebook event for the same purpose by Mad Fresh Productions, a self-described grassroots organization in Pueblo.
Please do not take pictures or videos of the ceremonial dances, as posting those videos on social media outlets can assign them the rights to the dances.
Info: Every Sunday from 12pm-4pm our Indigenous relatives will be gathering around the statue of Columbus performing ceremonial dances, and speeches. Please come down to Pueblo, CO to support our Indigenous relatives.
Mod note: Here is an interview from 2014 (PDF) with one of the elders behind the movement. Here is coverage of the Pueblo protest on June 12th by Fox 21 News. The Fox reporter, Courtney Fromm, sometimes posts about the protests on Twitter. Expect counter-protestors, but things seemed to remain civil last week.
What can you do from home?
Email Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson (email in this tweet) and ask her why Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard have not been fired yet and why they, along with Jason Rosenblatt, have not been arrested and charged for murdering Elijah McClain.
Sign petitions and write letters to demand justice for Raverro Stinnett, a Denver artist whose career was cut short when he was beaten to the point of brain damage by four security guards in a Union Station bathroom in 2018. In the RTD board meeting on July 21, most of the comments submitted in the 90 minutes allotted were demanding that RTD compensate Stinnett and cut ties with Allied Security.
Donate to Elijah McClain's family in their effort to purchase solar lights to install between Colfax and 22nd in advance of the Elijah's Walk Home event on August 23rd. His sister will be installing them almost every day until the day of the event.

Other Things

Get Free COVID Testing
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Legal Assistance
Legal resources (compiled by u/TaroPeril)
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Groups to Follow
You've likely noticed a lot of new organizations and voices coming to the forefront of this movement, and it can be confusing to know who to trust. Please don't let that stop you from getting out and supporting the black community. We recommend you follow these groups because their messaging is most consistent with the narrative of actual reform (not pre-mature hand-holding and singing) and have a history of activism.
Denver PSL
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2020.03.30 19:32 DreamerofBigThings I am looking to get in contact with some people of Algonquin heritage (especially teens and young adults) to consult on my work and offer opinions on a young adult character I'm writing and approve anything written about him, his family and about your people as a whole.

I'm going to say first and foremost that I am not of Aboriginal heritage. I am a Caucasian twenty-four year old female from the Kingston area and I’m of German decent (going way back to the early 1700’s) but my family and I simply identify as Canadian.
I am writing a lead character for a show that is half Algonquin (his mother is Metis) as my show's concept is mostly centered around the Kingston area (centered there because its where he lives but he travels all over Canada). Note: I made the mother Metis because I would like to include some French culture to the family and have an excuse for them all to be bilingual. I like the idea of the show depicting French-Canadian and English as well as some Aboriginal languages for an international audience to see. Might be refreshing to see some proud “Ra, Ra Canada!” over the majority of television that is “Ra, Ra America!”
My intentions for writing multiple characters of indigenous heritage:
. I believe film and television should have more representation of all people.
. I want to provide the opportunity of acting roles to more indigenous actors specifically portraying modern people in a positive and empathetic light
. To bring awareness to Indigenous culture, beliefs, art, social issues, history and language
. My character and his family have are somewhat supernatural in a way that’s very connected to nature (I will explain later here)
. I’ve always been fascinated with Native culture art and history since I was a girl and I’d like to see other non-aboriginals become more educated as well I’m reaching out to Canadian First Nations, specifically Algonquins, because I want to be as accurate and respectful in my writing as I possibly can.
I have had some people of aboriginal heritage criticize me online for trying to write a native character when I myself am not. I realize that not everyone may have an issue with this but I’d like to ask regardless if its alright.
So, Algonquin people, do I have your permission to write my fictional character and his family as a member of your tribe provided that it is respectful, accurate and approved?
Now, I will give some of my previous backstory for accountability so I can be as honest and upfront as I can so no one feels like I’m trying to cover up my “mistakes”. When I first started writing my character, I unfortunately made a few crucial mistakes which I’m now trying to rectify after I was informed of my ignorance.
Originally, I was going to have him identify as ‘aboriginal’ but not of any specific tribe because I was afraid of misrepresenting a tribe’s culture and customs and I wanted him to be a character that all tribes could identify with. However, I have been informed that this original way of thinking could be interpreted as me trying to cherry pick from cultures and avoiding accountability and so after doing some research I have decided that he and his family (Father’s side) will identify as Algonquin (reasons for which I explained above).
I have chosen to have him identify as Algonquin not only because it will be easier for me to meet you in person (again, I’m from the Kingston area) but also because your long history of trade and “partnership” with Europeans. Also, I had done a few projects on your tribe as a child and high schooler for Native History and Native Arts classes.
With my second terrible mistake I unintentionally insulted/hurt some people with my ignorance by having my character and his family Identify as a skinwalkers (which comes from Navajo beliefs). In my defense I was purely basing the characteristics off of the previous “lore” of the CW Tv show called SUPERNATURAL. Here’s the fandom wiki page I based this idea around (http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/Skinwalker) however, note that I was going to change a lot about it. I wrongly assumed that if the show was allowed to "depict" skinwalkers then it must have been ok with the Navajo. I was wrong.
In the show, it’s implied in one episode that a group of characters are skinwalkers but they never actually confirmed it so I was going to say that they were actually something else because my characters are nothing like them. Why did I base my writing off of the Tv show? I’m trying to write a spinoff that’s in the same world/universe but is based in Canada verses America. Example: Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them is in the same world/universe as Harry Potter.
Now you might ask, why was I writing my characters as skinwalkers? Because in the show, the ‘skinwalkers’ transformed into dogs but looked like people. My lead character is named Everett Schurmann and he and his family have supernatural abilities to change into an Algonquin wolf-dog-like creature whenever they choose to.
I'm really hoping that someone can come up with a name for his type of people in one of the aboriginal languages (from what I understand you don’t all speak the same ones). The show has already used the names of Shapeshifters and werewolves and his family is very different from those depictions. I think it’d be really cool if Canadians and the rest of the world could learn at least one aboriginal word (other than names of places).
Now, before I go on and continue to describe my character’s family abilities I want to ask permission again as one person online was outraged that I had an aboriginal character that has the ability to change into a dog-like creature. They would not listen when I tried to explain that I was not trying to describe Indigenous people as “dogs” and it wasn’t meant to be an insult.
The way I wrote it is that centuries ago a small group of aboriginals developed the ability to transform into wolf/dog-like creatures at will and they can also willingly transform others into what they are, or, they can be born as one. Their DNA mutated to such a degree that they are technically not 100% human but they are NOT canine. The government classifies them as NHP which means non-human persons simply as a way to distinguish them as genetically different from the human population but they are not treated differently. Note: The government, the Algonquins and a few other tribes and the SPCIU are the only people aware that these groups of people exist. It’s a secret for their own protection because there are ‘hunters’ who kill NHPs simply because they are not human and they don’t trust them to not attack humans.
The Schurmann family and the others like them (whatever they’re going to be called) are very low risk of being tracked by ‘hunters’ because their natural instinct/behavior does not pose any threat to humans. The hunters mostly go after creatures like vampires who have to suppress their urges to feed on humans in order to live relatively normal lives whom they deem are less trustworthy to hold themselves back. What the Schurmanns are, they are not dangerous monsters. They simply can transform into a beast but they are not beastly. It's like a disguise or alter identity but they are still the same mentally even when in a canine-like form. They are Canadian citizens and are considered people with free will and rights. The Schurmanns are born into it but they can change a human into one of them at the human's request... For example, anyone who marries into the family (not blood related) must be changed if they intend to have children.
Now, I want to have all the cards on the table for you all so you can see the full picture.
Physical Characteristics: (Just to make them kind of cool/supernatural looking… easier to cosplay as without temptation of… darkening skin…)
. Abnormally thick longer fingernails and toenails that are light brownish grey on men and women (subtle)
. Bottoms of hands and feet and toes and fingertips are ever so slightly darker brown then the rest of their skin (Subtle)
. Slightly longer and sharper canine teeth (Subtle when in human form) . Slightly darker rims around eyes (Think smoky blurred brown or black eyeliner) with Hazel yellowy or brown irises
. Eyes reflect light (Like a canine)
. Commonly seen with collars or chains around necks (precaution for when they transform so they are not mistaken as a dangerous wolf and potentially are shot by frightened humans)
. Expressive humorous eyebrows
. Masters of the puppy eyes
. Clothing usually has fur on it Wolf Dog-Like Form
. Appears like an Algonquin Timber wolf but slightly more doggish (Easier to train dogs or wolf dogs for acting then pure breds) with black, grey, yellowish, red-ish or bown fur. Everett’s form is mostly black with some brown and grey fur mixed in around the face. All have intense amber eyes.
Behaviors: (Mostly to be comical and endearing)
. Yelps if they are startled or they stub their toes
. Unusually physically and emotionally close with their families (No personal space when sitting on a couch together) sometimes sitting or lying on top of each other
. Doing the doggish "*Sniff *sniff *sniff exhale" when smelling anything
. Smelling stuff. Their sense of smell is as strong as a wolf’s is.
. Frequently scratching when uncomfortable or bored
. Frequently caught chewing on pencils, pens and gum
. Open a food in plastic wrap and suddenly Everett will appear
. Excellent hearing, often overhearing conversations from a distance
. Weirdly comfortable in the nude (Think about it, when in dog form they are technically naked… so if they were to transform back suddenly… they’d be a naked human… the scenario happens fairly often so they’ve just stopped caring when around friends and family who are used to it but they don't prefer to be naked. It's just not as big of a deal to them if they have to transform back for a few minutes to communicate)
. Often barefoot (sometimes hating shoes) often doing little kicks or foot shaking after putting them on
. Love having their heads scratched
. Licking their teeth or lips frequently when seeing someone else with food
. Groups of them gathering at entrances when someone's at the door (very friendly)
. Children wrestling and ‘play nipping’ and laying on top of each other when napping
. Getting restless when sitting for too long. Often taking little jogging breaks or walks
. Shifting on seats and beds a lot before getting comfortable
. Unconsciously watching people intensely when they are eating
. Eat a surprising amount of meat everyday (They require more meat in their diets then humans)
. Will often be caught absent mindedly carrying stuff in their mouths.
. Very into singing along to music even if they can’t sing well . Dogs often obsess over them, insisting on smelling their butts much to their embarrassment (Because the dogs are confused by what they smell)
. Making deductions about someone by smelling something on them
. Very sensitive to others emotions very keenly aware . May comment to someone that they may want to go to the doctor after catching a whiff of them (Some can actually sense or smell illnesses)
. Really likes to play tag
. Loves running in free time
. Often live very close to other family members and live in secluded areas with lots of land and forests.
. Have "food sensitivities" to things such as chocolate, onions, grapes and other foods that dogs can't eat. . Ability to scarf down food very quickly
. Sipping directly from a bowl (Not considered improper in their households)
. Eating tough stuff like jerky
. Groaning loudly when scratching or frustrated
. Shifting back and forth on feet when revved up or excited
. When nervous, their shoulders bunch up and they cower slightly
. When wet they will always instinctively shake their entire bodies
. When out of breath after running or hot, their tongues stick out slightly
. Very fast runners, faster than most humans
. Very quick reflexes
. Usually in a bubbly mood, easily smiley
. Very protective of friends and family and very loyal
. Can be a little territorial over possessions, don't touch their stuff. They'll do a little growly-moan or exhale especially if they are watching someone touching their stuff
. When pissed or annoyed they may curl up their lips slightly and their nose gets scrunched up
. Usually is a triplet or has triplet siblings or relatives. Its more common to have multiple babies at once then single child births
. Whole family may actually lick their plates after a meal and you’re weird if you don't
. Curls up when sleeping
. Sometimes restless sleepers sometimes sleep talking. Occasionally they can unintentionally transform in their sleep and start barking or growling
. Not uncomfortable with mud or dirt or getting dirty
. Very uncomfortable with perfumes or cologne or bad B O. (They have keen sense of smell)
. Sarcastically saying "...woof." when frustrated
. Sometimes getting a little wiggly when excited
. Abnormally strong. Much stronger than the average human
. Great talent at catching food in their mouths.
. Sometimes found oddly positioned, sprawled out on a couch or weirdly comfortable laying on the floor or ground. Often comfortable sitting on the floor or ground vs just standing.
. Overly dramatic chewing and aggressive biting when they eat meat.
. Eyes follow between people talking, very alert to conversation
. Will respond well to whistles (Not because they are trained, but because they can hear well and it gets their attention)
. When listening to someone or a sound, they may begin to tilt their heads, positioning their ears better (because it’s cute) If they are being shouted at by someone in the distance they will definitely pause and tilt their heads before turning to the person.
So, they do behave like dogs sometimes and will make jokes referring to themselves as “dogs” or “doggos” but its all meant to be humorous and endearing. Truth be told, a lot of these behaviors I do in my own everyday life either because of my ADHD or because I have a dog and I find it personally funny to do. But I would like approval to write my characters in this way.
Some more about Everett: He has ADHD because he’s largely inspired by me and I have ADHD and I would like to see a character with ADHD not be portrayed as dumb like in other shows. He is the middle child of triplets but he is a little different from them because of his ADHD. He’s about 5’3” to 5’5” (depending on who plays him) and he’s got thick slightly wavy dark brown hair and hazel-brown eyes.
Now: About the show: The premise of my show is that there's a secretive branch of law enforcement that is overseen by the RCMP called THE SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION and CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION UNIT (SPCIU) that investigates the supernatural, the paranormal and threats to the human and non-human populations. For example, someone may be targeting NHPs in BC, my characters would be called in by the local police to investigate. Ghosts? My characters are on it. etc.
My character Everett and his partners (non-Aboriginal) are special detectives and they travel all over Canada to investigate Supernatural events and to investigate any criminal activity done by NHPs or any criminal activity directed towards NHPs.
So to be clear, Everett is technically an RCMP Officer. I just want to make sure this will not upset anyone as I'm aware of the many social and political issues that Indigenous people have with the RCMP. I want to be sure that this is alright.
Now, there is one more potential issue that I want to be sure is alright with you. The other lead characters (There are two others) are a white female. No, I didn't word that incorrectly. There's two characters living in the same body, one is human, one is an angel that is using the human as a vessel to walk on the Earth but they both have control. Together they are called Special Detective Officer Tirzah Woods This is not the issue i'm referring to though. The potential issue is that the human (the vessel for the angel- Ti) named Almeda is a Christian and the angle and the human together are the guardians of the Schurmann family and in large part, raised them. The backstory is that Ti (angel) befriended Everett's great grandfather during WW2 and she had promised him that she would protect his family if he died. He died, and so did Ti's previous host and Ti was so gravely injured that she needed a new host to survive. She met Almeda who was a Canadian nurse on the front lines and she offered herself to be a vessel. They came to Canada and found the Schurmann family, supported them and raised them. BUT. They never asked them to become christians or give up their beliefs and culture because Tirzah (Ti and Almeda) knew it was important to them and thought it was beautiful. Tirzah eventually became a SPCIU officer (basically founding the unit) and they inspired Everett as he grew up until he decided he wanted to become an officer himself. Because Tirzah is so highly respected by the unit, she was allowed to have Everett as her partner. That way, she can make sure he's protected, especially since it's an incredibly dangerous job.
I wanted to mention this because I acknowledge that the church has caused pain, suffering and cultural, spiritual and historical loss to the Canadian Indigenous people. But Almeda and Ti would not allow the Schurmanns to be forced into residential schools, taking it upon themselves to educate the children, alongside Everett's Great Grandmother so that they can have a full education but not lose their identities. Furthermore, most of the Schurmanns identify as Christians as Almeda did help raise them but it was never forced on them. Everett does not identify as a Christian but he respects his family and Almeda's beliefs and Almeda respects his choices. There's really no issues, especially since she's Free Methodist and can be surprisingly liberal on some issues.
I just want to be sure that it's ok that there's some Christianity in the family and there's a very christian symbolic character protecting them and is basically the matriarch/ elder.
One additional note is that all angels know every single human language, including aboriginal ones and it was Ti who taught the Schurmanns one or two of them since it was lost when the Great Grandfather died because the wife didn't know it. I hope that this is alright but I understand if it would not sit well with some if a character (living inside a Caucasian) were teaching them their own language but I just wanted to symbolize giving something back I guess.
One last note: I'm hoping that some individuals may be interested in consulting on the pilot for free or for their own entertainment and curiosity. HOWEVER: if the show were to be picked up by a TV network or if I decide to turn it into graphic novels then I would require a few of you to be a part of the writing team as consultants to approve everything first before the final drafts. I would require that the network pay you for this or I won't agree to do my show with them.
ANYWAYYYYYYY..... This got way longer then I thought It would get. Please contact me if you are interested in consulting and comment below if you approve, if not please voice your issues.
Thank you!
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2019.12.24 05:27 TylerMcflyer This Christmas I was saved by a skinwalker

I don’t know how to start this. I don’t want it to sound stereotypical but I don’t think there’s anyway. For some background on myself which you’ll need to know, my name is Tyler. Im a 15 year old high school kid. I’m in honors physics and math but I don’t look nor sound nor act like the nerdy type and I really don’t know what I am. I feel like I’m my own category. Not any category you’d see listed. I’m an Italian and afghani mix so I have some interesting facial features with me taking more from my afghani father which includes tan skin color, brown eyes, skinny body figure as in fast not like soyboy, and very dark almost black hair that I keep short.
I don’t like the new clothing styles and I prefer camouflage and tactical clothing since I wanna be a marine corps combat engineer. A job where you have to be able to keep your cool and be calm and collective while building stuff and being fired upon at the same time. I’m very patriotic but not a fan of politicians and I hate when people wanna call me and my fellow countrymen intolerant fascists and then burn our flag.
I live in new jersey so of course the 2nd amendment is nonexistent so I have my own little arsenal of paintball and airsoft guns. I also like rock music as in Black Sabbath and AC/DC, not this new weird stuff. Oh and my dad I mentioned before, I don’t live with him. I live with my mom because they divorced when I was 4 years old but we stay in contact as we both are addicted to physics and math. Anyway now that you know me I should get more onto topic.
This entire problem I went through... actually no... that I AM going through was all started over one thing. A girl. Allow me to explain. I go to school at a school that you need to be accepted to so it’s not the easiest especially when your in an advanced class. In one of my classes there was a girl I liked and no not just because she was smart, outgoing and beautiful. I liked her because she was nice but didn’t take any shit, so if you got on her or her friends bad side she was going to bring hell to you and no I don’t mean beat the crap out of you. I mean she’s gonna ruin you and your education and when it’s done you won’t know what or who hit you until it’s way too late.
Basically she knew what to do in situations like this and was good at it. That’s why I liked her, because she was good with her tactics and things not just related to education but also life situations themself. She could pretty much screw over anyone’s life and career with a few pieces of evidence.
Oh and another fact about me I’m not romantic nor do I look like a pretty boy or male model or whatever. I don’t even look like the type of person who listens to Rock music. I just look like me.
Any way as you might expect I decided one day to go down the stereotypical path and ask her out. Of course me being me, just some dumb weak loser and not some buff senior football player with blue eyes and arms that’s like one foot in diameter got rejected. No forget that. I’m your out of every class kid everyone hates, but I don’t really mind much anymore.
The friends I do have however are pretty popular but cool at the same time. Some of them are even friends with those stereotypical assholes but they don’t hate me because of who they’re friends with. And that’s why they’re true friends. Oh and not to mention the crap they’ve helped me with.
Anyway, back to topic. So I got rejected and well of course news spread. And it spread faster than fire through a stream of oil. By the next day I had people laughing and pointing at me like crazy. In the weight room I could see in my peripheral vision whenever I was lifting or jogging kids looking at me and giggling. Some of my friends stuck by my side throughout the school day as much as possible while others would act as scouts per say.
It’s kinda funny thinking about what we did when the problem first arose. This whole thing started on Tuesday December 3rd by the way, and my friends sticking with me ended on Monday the 16th. That day I told my friends to stand down as I didn’t want them getting effected by this in anyway, that it was my problem, and that the entire thing is stupid which it was. Little did I know quite a few disagreed.
So for the rest of the week every time people would pass me things were more intense than snobby little behind my back jokes. It turned into spitting on me, smacking things out of my hands, shoving, and pretty much any minor hands on bullying you could think of.
The day before Christmas break, the last day of school, I over heard some seniors and their junior flunkies talking about jumping me. I didn’t really bother to pay attention. I wish I did. Maybe if I did, what happened to them would have happened. Maybe they would still be alive. Maybe I wouldn’t be put in the situation I am now.
When I got home from school, my mom, older brother, and two younger siblings weren’t home as I had a half day and all of them had a full schedule for school and work. I walked to my middle class house, surrounded by upper middle class houses. It might not have been as big but I was thankful. It had enough space and plus we had a bigger yard with a gated in backyard and my own shed in the back as well.
Now I know hearing about me and my “precious feelings” and life problems probably wasn’t your first impressions upon reading the title but bare with me. Now for a little layout of the area I live in in my neighborhood which is one of the many things you’ll need to know in order to understand what went down and how. My house is in a rather large neighborhood which is connected to the middle of the town per say, through a road about a half a mile long maybe even less.
The neighborhood is surrounded by woods except for the openings that go to other townships, other parts of the townships, and to the center of the town. Where my house is exactly in the neighborhood is at the edge of the neighborhood and the second last house in a cul-de-sac. There are six houses, including mine, on one side and three on the other side with a large clearing where kids like to play and I like to target practice next to the houses. When the kids either have to go home due to time or weather me and my older brother head out and set up targets to practice. After the clearing ends there are all woods until it reaches the highway which is then followed by more woods, so deer and foxes aren’t uncommon during certain seasons.
The woods start right in front of my house starting with a large patch of tall grass and then go onto trees. So now that you know everything you should need to know let’s get into the part you came here for.
I walked into my house and just sat down. It was cold out but not snowing, but it was pretty cloudy and supposed to snow later. I just wanted to relax after dodging bullets left and right for weeks. After sitting and playing with my German Shepherd collie, blitz who I have seemed to not mention, I began thinking again about the seniors threats. Oh and nothing much to blitz. A German Shepherd collie, male, medium size, one year old, and playful but willing to fight. After thinking of those threats at school I decided that there was probably more to it than just a bluff to make me afraid.
With my final decision being decided, it was gear up time. I ran downstairs to the semi basement which is where my room is and armed up. Remember when I said I have an arsenal of paintball and air-soft guns and military gear. Yeah, that’s what I mean about gearing up. I put on a digital woodland camo combat outfit with a coyote brown plate carrier with Kevlar (just Incase), coyote brown neck gaiter, black under armor tactical boots, coyote brown hard knuckle gloves, and my ear protector headphones which are connected to my phone via Bluetooth and of course an olive green ballistic helmet.
After putting on gear I decided to put on my favorite song, fortunate son, to lighten my mood since, I’m my mind at the time I was about to die. As the song came on, I smacked an American flag patch onto the Velcro of my combat BDU and grabbed a couple of guns fit for the environment I would be fighting in. For long range I selected a bolt action airsoft sniper which I placed on the roof before getting the rest of my weapons, my brothers AR15 airsoft gun for medium and close range, and my tippman TPX 68 pistol paintball gun along with a few pepper spray mags for the paintball gun and a few regular paintball mags and a couple mags for my airsoft guns. I also decided to bring a less than lethal device my mom carried around with her called a bola wrap. The bola wrap is a less than lethal used by police which looks kinda like a taser however instead of needed to be in contacted with the persons skin and shocking them, it fires out a string with two small hooks at the end and wraps around the suspects legs. I brought all of those with me and in their own respective pockets. Now also keep in mind I didn’t want to severely injure or kill them. I just wanted to give them bruises and more so scare them off. What happened instead was not what I intended or hoped for, AT ALL.
I put blitz in his ballistic vest just Incase something went down and I needed backup, but I kept him in the house. As the song wrapped up I exited the house and stepped onto the small concrete platform just before the two stairs going down to grass as I heard the sound of steel being dragged on asphalt.
I looked towards the right where the exit of the cul de sac is and there they were. A medium sized gang of seniors and juniors from my high school all of which are athletic and of different backgrounds. Some African American and buff, some white and buff, some Hispanic and buff, some black and skinny, some Hispanic and skinny, some white and skinny but you get the point. These were some of the best of the best sports players in the school. Sure I do track but these are the best track players, football players, you name it.
As they walked up to my house I could see they had PVC pipe batons, knives, and rebar which they dragged on the ground or patted their hands with them in order the look intimidating. I booked it right to the back yard where a later was set up for me to get to my sniping position. As I ran off I heard one of them yell “where ya going pansy? We didn’t even get started yet!” Followed by their stupid snobby laughter that you’d expect from people like this.
I got to the sniper, chambered a round and decided to aim for the most intimidating of the group. I aimed for one of the football players who was huge standing at around 5:11 and one mean giant. I shot him in the arm right between the tricep and shoulder muscle as to me getting hit in that area tends to hurt a lot. It didn’t do anything but get their attention. One of them, upon seeing me, through a knife or some projectile at me followed by a wave of more materials projectiles that made me lose my balance and slide off the roof. When I hit the ground my vision was all blurry and my right hip bone hurt as well as my cheek bone. No blood was gushing from my mouth, just a busted lip and cut cheek, and nothing was broken by some miracle. I think it was the armor and equipment I had on. I got up as fast as my body in that condition would allow me just in time to see but not block being hit in the head with what looked like a baton made of rebar.
Luckily, the low force he used in his hit plus my head protection simply knocked me to the ground and made me dizzy rather than killing me. I got on my back, pulled out my TPX and shot him in the chest a couple of times along with a few others next to him, and as they were slowed down I jumped back up and began to use my AR15. By firing at the joints I was able to slow down the leaner kids since they were fast and didn’t have as much muscle, but when It came to the football player built guys, it did nothing so for the what felt like 1 hour of fighting, I was mainly running around and occasionally turning around to fire at my pursuers. Eventually, however, one of them was able to catch up to me and he bashed the side of my knee which made me stumble and fall to the ground, rolling a few times in the process. When I came to a stop I was back to being half blind with blurry fucked up vision but this time I was in pain and agony. As I tried to get up the gang of kids approached with their makeshift weapons either over their shoulders like a body bar, held in one hand while they patted the palm of the other hand with it, or really any other position that makes them look cool and intimidating.
Most of them were covered with paint and powered and the ones who were pepper sprayed or rather shot, had red faces and tears coming from their eyes despite their angry expressions. When I was almost up one of them charged me but before he could reach me I was able to bola wrap is legs and his face was introduced into concrete and a concussion. Another one of them charged me but I wasn’t able to reload the bola wrap in time so I went flying back.
I should probably note that there wasn’t much interaction between me and these guys other than us fighting. One of the most popular kids, a junior basketball and football player, ran up to me and tried finishing me off while I was vulnerable on the ground but little did he know you don’t need to be some tall buff football player with rich parents to be quick. Upon his weapon coming maybe two feet close to my face I took me helmet off and deflected the hit and then, while he was regaining stamina, I knocked him out with the helmet.
I managed to do this with a few others, and yes with my helmet gloves as I had lost all my weapons except for the bola wrap. After those few kids were down however, I went down again and this time I stayed down and got what I deserved, in their eyes that is. In other wards they beat the shit out of my, but some how they managed to hit me where I had armor on almost every time so it hurt a little, considering how many times I was hit and what I was hit with, but more so felt annoying.
Despite the fact that I had armor on it wasn’t fun being kicked in the stomach and hit in the side multiple times. I thought I was going to die. I was sure of it. All I could do was lay there squirming and just wait for the end to come. I could hear blitz going bonkers in the house. I could hear his faint barks and growls. He was always a noisy puppy when upset when I first got him and he still his. I liked dogs and a lot of forest animals for that matter but mainly K9 class animals. As I gazed into the forest across from my house containing all types of beautiful plants, tall and short, tree, flower and bush. And in their I saw a jackal. My favorite animal. I smiled knowing I could at least die looking at those thing. But than. At that moment. I realized something.
We don’t have jackals in America.
I continued to look at this thing with my smile faded. I didn’t need an explanation. I knew about these things. I did the research. I heard the stories. Not from my family though. I accidentally discovered them when I was 6 years old when I was looking up videos of Bigfoot.
A Native American medicine man who is corrupted by evil and murders a sibling in order to be initiated into a clan. They wear the skin of animals they want to turn into and can mimic them in order to lure in prey or get close to them. When they’re around the woods are silent and a stench that of rotting animals becomes present. When you see them at first you think nothing of it, however, after closer inspection you can see there’s something off about them. The legs usually look off as in the front legs and their shoulders and torso look human. If a deer their antlers might look to big. When they rise on their hind legs they stand straight up like a man, very very slender however they’re very strong as if they were a body builder and they stand 10 feet tall.
As I continued to look at this thing, I guess it figured out that I figured out what it was and from what I could see, it began to smile. As this happened the stench began and the gang stopped beating the life out of me and I could hear all of the seniors and juniors begin to ask amongst themselves things like “aww what the fuck is that?” Before vomiting and coughing.
I stood up, weakened and damaged by all the hits and despite being beaten I stood up tall with a positive posture and still body and just stared at it. I had my one hand clenching my stomach, not from being near dead but from the horrible smell and the other on my magazine of paintballs filled with white ash that I carried just Incase. I refreshed my mind with a few prayers in Navajo and rehearsed some lines to tell this thing off.
As I was starring I noticed they all looked at me. “What!? What are you lookin at pansy!?” One of the rather ballzy juniors asked demandingly, of course before going back to his coughing fit. They all turned and looked in the direction I was looking in. They didn’t think anything of it. One of them, the leader and most popular of them all, a senior football player, African American standing at 5 feet 11 inches with some arms and shoulder not to be reckoned with shoved one of his flunked out of the way and yelled towards the creature, which they thought was just some stupid dog, “Yo! Fuck off!” He did that followed by making some noises. And that. Is when. All hell broke loose.
An ear piercing scream erupted and it took one step forward, exposing itself, before full out running towards us. It reached right where we were in a matter of a few seconds of course and everyone began to panic. I didn’t move. I couldn’t move.
Believer or not I wasn’t that scared. Or not as much as you might think. I was more so curious and somewhat excited. I was gazing upon something that not many get to see in their life time however it was deadly so I don’t know whether I should be thankful or not.
A few of the guys ran off but then stopped as they realized not all of their friends followed. Those who didn’t follow, being the majority of the group, changed plans and gathered up in their panic and decided to try and fight the thing instead of running off. They were scared and nervous and some were even crying and others were just shaking. A few of them including their leader were clam and collective though. Or maybe just calm.
Oh and I’m not gonna sit here and call them all sissy’s by the way. They were terrified and they had a right to be. I would’ve been as terrified as them if not more if not for my curiosity in the thing that stood before us. They started their charge and started running up and just randomly swinging and hitting the thing. If you know about them then you all ready know how it went down. The hits did nothing. Whether the weapon was a baton, a knife, a homemade small lance, spear or whatever other weaponry they had, it did nothing.
The first to go down was the right hand man of the leader. He ran up and began to punch the creatures abdomen with his brass knuckles. Of course it did nothing and he or she or as you would call it, IT. Just lifted the kid up by his head with one arm and grabbed his legs with the other, raised him up and snapped his back like a branch on its knee and then dropped his lifeless corpse on the ground for everyone to gaze upon. The next victim was one of the grunt juniors per say. He began to swing and hit at the creature with his baton but the baton was swiped out of his hands and the creature used it against him, bashing his head with so much force in fact that the thin metal and kinda sharp baton was stuck inside his skull and there was little damage to his face. Other than the head of course.
All of the kids were getting slaughtered. One guy who tried lifting the creature ended up tripping over a wire that I had set up days prior for Christmas decorations and got his head crushed by the creature while it was slashing down everyone else. Another kids got picked up by the collar of his shirt and thrown to the ground right before having his legs torn off and then wing beaten to deaths with them. It was brutal. It was something no one should have to go through.
After I’d say 10 of them were killed (about half the group) the remaining realized they weren’t gonna be able to survive so they all began to flee. As this happened, one of them, a Hispanic kid stayed behind and dropped to his knees and reached into a bag he flung in front of him from behind his back. I felt it was safe to move so I quickly but stealthily retrieved my weapons and loaded up my bola wrap, paintball gun, and airsoft gun. I didn’t load the paintball gun with white ash rounds though, I kept the AR15 airsoft gun around my shoulder and the bola wrap and handgun in either of my hands and watched from behind the creature.
The kids pulled out a few bags of powder substances, a wooden tray, darts and a dart gun. The creature stared at him somewhat curiously waiting for his next move. The reminder of the gang turned back around and looked at him and pointed saying stuff to each other. The kid mixed up the substances rubbed them on the darts and said a few prayers. He then loaded the dart gun and fired at the creature. It dropped to one knee and screamed again. As they saw his success in getting the creature down, the remaining force of high schoolers began their charge back to fight it. They quickly rubbed the powder on their weapons and started hitting the creature as it flailed on the ground in agony.
I knew it was pure evil and those kids probably weren’t as evil as it but I couldn’t just let them survive to kill me. I aimed my paintball handgun at them and pulled out a paintball grenade which was actually filled with a pepper spray substance that I kept on me Incase of an emergency (kept on me as in during combat censorious like this). I exhaled, closed my eyes, reopened them and chucked the grenade which landed right in front of them and bursted getting the dust all over them. They all fell back and were coughing up a storm from the stench mixed with the pepper spray. It looked at me as I pulled out my paintball handgun and loaded less than lethal rounds. I gave it a reassuring nod meaning “yeah I’m on your side”.
It turned its attention to the gang of high schoolers who were once brave, fearless, hero’s that were now fleeing for their lives. Some were still on the ground coughing and vomiting while others were running and some were getting ready for another attack. The first to go, in a brutal way at least, this time was the kid who initially took the creature down. It ran up to him, grabbed him by the back of his shirt before he could run, turned him around and head budded him so hard his nose was flattened and forehead slightly dented in. The second to go was the first kid to hit it when it was down. The creature pulled out a small wooden pipe that appeared to have carvings and leather on it out of a small leather sack that I didn’t notice at first. It also took out a few sharp pieces of what I knew was bone fragments, loaded the pipe, and put it to its mouth and fired with a large piece of bone going in the kids upper back before he dropped to the ground.
The rest of the time was just the creature killing them in the same brutal ways. Stomping on their legs and ripping off their upper bodies, slashing off arms, etc. One unfortunate soul, another football player, got punched by the creature and then had his head crusade in the jaws of the creature with it then spitting out the remains.
I did also contribute. I ran up next to the creature while it was distracted and shot a kid who was charging over towards it with the bola wrap.
After what felt like ages of shooting and pushing and tripping and watching my classmates get massacred they were al gone. Done. Dead. Not alive. Except for the few that were passed out before the arrival of my unexpected ally.
I turned and looked at the creature. The skinwalker. I looked it right in the eye. Of course I had to take a few steps back to do so due to major height differences. “So is this the part where we try to kill each other?” I asked It responded in a pretty deep almost demonic voice that sounded like it was putting all its energy into saying the word “Yeah”.
For maybe 5 to 10 minutes we just stared at each other. I could hear blitz going bonkers in the background. The skinwalker turned around and walked towards the woods. I felt the need to look around and as I did I spotted it’s pipe and picked it up.
“Hey!” I called out. It turned around. “I think this is yours!” “Keep it. You’ll need that and this gift for when we next meet.” It responded in the same voice. “Until then, enjoy.”
My headphones began to get staticky and all of the sudden a Christmas song came on. I couldn’t make out who the singer was as when it started all I could identify was that it was a female singer singing in a soft voice. My vision and hearing began I get all fuzzy and blurry but I felt fine. I didn’t feel tired and warned out. I was able to stand up perfectly straight, breathe fine, move fine, but my vision and hearing was getting messed up.
While this was happening I heard clearly the skinwalkers voice on my coms clearly say “I have saved you this year, but the next year, you will have to fight me. You will need this to help you.”
All of the sudden my hearing and vision came back but enhanced tremendously. I could see clearly from where I was standing to the woods as if it were nothing. I looked over to where the skinwalker was. It turned around and I could see the bottom portion of its- well no... HIS face. He was Native American and young. Maybe mid or late 20s and that’s just from what little I could see which was just his chin to his nose but his eyes were covered by the jackal skin and they were still glowing that unnatural yellow.
He smiled at me and then ran off into the woods. I dropped to my knees. I didn’t know and I still don’t know what to do. It’s only been about week since the event just mentioned but everyday when I park my bike and lock up my shed and head inside I swear I can see a jackal in my peripheral vision.
I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know where to start.
This Christmas I was saved by a skinwalker.
And next Christmas I’ll have to fight it.
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2019.10.28 14:40 Boris_Ignatievich Bingo Bonanza by Boris

HI fantasy. I’ve lurked here for years, but only really started paying attention to this sub in the last few months, which led to me finally figuring out what this “bingo” thing was folks kept mentioning - and being the competitive boy that I am, I couldn’t resist!
Going through all the books I’d read since April, I found I had most of a card already complete, but filling in the gaps did a) prompt me to finally get round to stuff I had on Mt. TBR for ages and b) try a few new things out! Filling out the remaining bits of card has led to a really fun couple of months reading (thanks to the organisers lrich1024 et al) which culminated this last weekend as I got to draw an X through the last square.
I thought I should pay back that enjoyment to the sub by contributing something, so here are my brief-ish thoughts on a completed card, which will hopefully give anyone struggling for inspo some ideas, or just highlight some books people might like. The reviews/comments are based off the few lines I note down at the time, but predominantly the lingering thoughts I have had in the weeks/months since I finished a book.
Anyway, with the caveats that there may be spoilers ahead (even some of the categories books are in are potentially spoilery), and that the ratings involved have fuck all to do with the objective quality of a work and merely represent how much I liked a thing, but without further ado...

Row 1

Slice of Life/Small Scale Fantasy

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison (hard mode) I wanted to love this, and it’s been sat on my kindle unread since it came out however long ago. The setup is great, the unwanted child of a god-like emperor suddenly thrust onto the throne and trying to figure it all out on the fly is exactly my cup of tea, and I love most slice of life I have read. But this one actually fell kind of flat for me. I think that flatness was predominantly as a function of not having a clue who most of the characters were well past the point that could be compared with Maia’s confusion around the court - he got his bearings well before I did! (the naming system I found impossibly confusing for some reason. There is a guide in the front but I found that I enjoyed reading with my ignorance more than I enjoyed constantly jumping back and forth, especially on kindle where it’s a bit more time consuming than a physical book). I enjoyed it a fair amount, as a tale when kindness wins repeatedly and the main character is lovingly realised, but didn’t quite fall in love as I hoped.
Rating: 3/5

A SFF Novel Featuring a Character with a Disability

Book of M - Peng Shepard (hard mode) This whole book is about memory loss and the devastation it can cause, filtered through an apocalyptic disease where people forget after losing their shadows and change the world in their forgetting. But one of the four POV characters (within an enjoyably diverse cast) is a person with a shadow, who, when the world ends, is in an assisted living facility as they come to terms with their complete retrograde amnesia. The parts of the book that focused on The Amnesiac and the titular “M” (or Max) that explored memory were easily my favourites, and I was fully drawn in, especially as the Max sections progressed and got lonelier and lonelier. The other two POVs felt a bit too familiar - a lot of those parts were just the standard apocalypse fare which I’m a bit worn out on at this point. They weren’t bad at all, in fact they had some interesting threads in there, just not remotely what I wanted for the book at the time. If you’re less tired of the “fight to survive” stuff, add a point on to my rating! Also, the ending I know pissed a few people off, but I loved it.
Rating: 3/5

SFF Novella

Night of Cake and Puppets - Laini Taylor (hard mode) This was adorable. It’s seemingly part of Taylor’s ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ series, but I read it as a standalone and it worked perfectly well - I’m sure I missed some nods to stuff in the world, but it didn’t bother me at all, what is here felt perfectly self contained. What is here is two cute weirdos being cute and weird, and the most convoluted asking-out I’ve come across in a long time. It was great, both characters were lovely, and it included some stellar artwork by Jim Di Bartolo.
Rating: 4/5

Self Published SFF Novel

Riwenne and the Mechanical Beasts - Kristen S Walker (hard mode - probably, it’s been out 2 years and has 32 ratings as I write this) This was OK, but tbf I’m not really the target audience for it. It’s aimed pretty young, both in feel and in author note description, and it’s also pretty action driven where I tend to prefer more character focused books. I liked the idea of the giant mechanical steampunk monsters, and the execution for those scenes was generally pretty good, but I didn’t really give a crap about the characters or find them particularly engaging in between the fighty bits - it felt like the plot existed purely to get us to the next cool beast at times. It was a very easy read and enjoyable enough, but didn’t really do it for me. It is on Kindle unlimited, and does contain some #ownvoices queer content as well, if anyone is in need of a cheap, quick and easy read for this or that square.
Rating: 3/5

SFF Novel Featuring Twins

The Red Threads of Fortune - JY Yang (hard mode) I love this series (thus far, I’m only two books in. Yang’s worldbuilding is incredible, they manage to say so much with relatively little, and I really like the place they have built. In theory this book or Black Tides of Heaven can be read in either order, but I would probably recommend Black Tides first, it happens first chronologically, with a major focus of this book being on the fallout from events at the end of BT, and it also does a lot more world building so will probably ground you better. This book was way more focused, taking place over a few days as a city falls under attack, as opposed to the 35 years of BT, which I think benefited it in some ways, it was a bit more coherent, and didn’t have the slightly awkward time steps BT did, but I’m not 100% sure how it would hold up without the context and world building done in the other book. Given that the world building is my favourite part of the books, I did slightly prefer BT despite its slightly less concentrated plot. All in all, an excellent South East Asia inspired fantasy, with good characters and an exciting plot that kept convincing me “one more chapter” at least twice each night I read it! It’s also mad hard mode for #ownvoices, JY is queer, enby and Asian, as are their characters.
Rating: 4/5

Row 2

Novel Featuring Vampires

Vermilion - Molly Tanzer This is the first real spoiler I get to. So yeah, there is a vampire in this book. The setup is a Weird west look at post-civil war San Francisco, where our mixed race protagonist is a ‘psychopomp’, who makes her living banishing the spirits of the dead, until she gets roped into the hunt for some missing Chinese lads, whose fate the white authorities seem entirely indifferent to. What she finds is, well, look at this category name. I really enjoyed lots of this book. It used its diverse cast, and Lou especially, to shine a light on the prejudices of the 1890s, had a wonderfully realised friendship-of-sorts between Lou and Shy (sp? I listened to the audiobook so not sure), an action sequence involving a futurist dragon-train-in-the-sky, and talking bears (one excellent scene saw Lou meet a bear whose job it was to stay awake through winter and ensure that the rights of her brethren are respected as they hibernate - I want more of that sow/woman!) I would happily recommend this to anyone after a good pulpy romp with fun characters through a Weird reimagining of the West.
Rating: 4/5

Format: Graphic Novel OR Audiobook/Audio drama

The Girl Who married a Skull - various authors (hard mode) An anthology of African folktales, converted into graphic story format. As with any collection, it is a tad inconsistent in terms of quality, but overall it was pretty damn good. The title story is especially strong, but I enjoyed the majority of the tales (shout out to Queen Hyenas Funeral and Gratitude). My one little frustration was that not all stories mention the specific tradition they come from - some do but I don't know the cultural landscape of Africa well enough to place those that don't tell me where the original came from. It was really fun to see some folk tales I'm unfamiliar with though, if the idea of a bunch of non-euro centred tales is something that interests you, I'd recommend this.
Rating: 4/5

SFF Novel by a Local to You Author (Yorkshire)

Sealed - Naomi Booth (hard mode) The premise of this, and the pronouncement of the woman in the book shop about how terrifying it was, had me a bit nervous about this one. Set in a nearish future where pollution and climate change are well out of hand, people start developing an autoimmune type skin disease, where the skin seals up the bodies orifices to keep the pollution out, Sealed follows a heavily pregnant woman who has left the city in the hope of avoiding this new disease. The book does end with the obvious thing to happen given those circumstances, in a harrowing last 30 pages that have some (mild imo, but ymmv) body horror elements, but the bulk of the book is a slice of life look at a woman worried about the future she is bringing a child into, and the fears of pregnancy and motherhood in what feels like a doomed world. It carries a vaguely menacing atmosphere without centering the horror until the very end, instead often focusing on the fact that indigenous people are the ones who will bear the brunt of our projected future. I was nervous going in, and it's not a comfortable read at all, but it was excellent (it also has the best cover of any book I have read this year.)
Rating: 4/5

SFF Novel Featuring an Ocean Setting

The City of Woven Streets - Emmi Itaranta (hard mode - sort of) It’s a while since I read this one, but I have very fond memories of it. Set on an island city being slowly swallowed by the ocean (hence the “sort of” hard mode - there are some more standard at sea aspects for normal mode), a young weaver in The House of Webs meets a stranger, a girl with her tongue cut out and the weaver’s (vanishingly rare) name, Eliana, tattooed on her. This spirals into something bigger, and broader, but the primary concern of this book is Eliana - her secrets kept and discovered, her fears, and her burgeoning relationship with the girl who cannot speak. It’s almost a mood piece, with the use of lyrical language and the uncanny and oppressive atmosphere in the city taking a co-starring role alongside Eliana. I fell for it, but I’m loathe to give more details for fear of spoiling the fun of figuring things out for people - if a dreamlike trip through a sinking city, almost like a less opaque This Census Taker, with exquisitely carved out pieces of daily life amidst the strangeness, appeals, this might be one for you.
Rating: 4/5

Cyberpunk

Infomocracy - Malka Older (hard mode) Set in a fully globalised world, 20 years after the new Election system of global, participatory democracy, where the Information system fact checks everything in real time, providing super accurate info to anyone who wants it, as they want it. It’s a simultaneously utopian (there hasn’t been any war in 20 years) and quietly horrifying (there seems to be basically no curbs on power outside of the decadinal elections, and we see some power abuses in the book) vision of the future, which could be broadly summarised as “what if techbros invented democracy?” It’s a pretty interesting setup, and I thought its attempts to analyse the issues of this approach were broadly successful, such as its examination of how difficult it is to detect dog whistles designed to avoid censure, but I didn’t love it. I will probably check out the sequels eventually, but the audiobook narration took me a long arse time to get to grips with which detracted from the experience, and some of the more interesting threads were dangled then forgotten about - I really wanted to see more about Mashima’s ambivalence towards Information, for example. It was interesting for sure, but it was also not a book that I particularly enjoyed while listening to it.
Rating: 2/5

Row 3

Second Chance

Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin I didn't remember finishing this when I read it almost a decade ago, and remember a feeling that I didn't get it at all. But then I did remember the icy adventure that is effectively the last thing in the book being the only good bit, so I guess this is only second chance in that I didn't understand why it was so highly rated and thought I must have missed something - which I consider in the spirit of this square if not the letter. It turns out I did miss things, absolutely. This is an excellent book looking at how gender and culture interact, and I'm left wondering mostly how blind I was all those years ago. The relationship between Genly and Estraven is great, blind as Genly is at times! Oh, and the ice adventure part is still excellent, as the blind learns to see :)
Rating: 4/5

Afrofuturism

Midnight Robber - Nalo Hopkinson Told in a Carribbean patois, this tells the story of Tan-Tan, daughter of the major on a Carribbean-founded planet colony and, after her father kidnaps her away to the prison planet New Half-Way Tree, future Robber Queen. And lordy, is that story rough. Wherever she makes a life for herself, it’s torn away from her, and she is repeatedly raped by her father. It’s a rough rough read at times, but despite that, this is a book about overcoming. Interspersed with the present trails of Tan-Tan are stories from her future, told in the form of tall, semi-mythical, tales of the Robber Queen, where she has carved herself a future that we slowly see come to pass. I felt the first part of the book went a bit long tbh, there was loads of interesting stuff on Toussaint that then got ditched entirely after the move the New Half-way Tree, that either needed developed further or ditched entirely imo. It’s a really interesting world from what we see, but given its irrelevance after the jump it felt a bit… i dunno, wasted? Once on New Half-Way Tree, the book gathered momentum and I liked a lot of it, especially the repeated rhythm of found community around Tan-Tan’s tragedies, and the use of persona as protection. Did enjoy the book overall, despite the disjointedness I felt at times. Also, Fuck Antonio.
Rating: 3/5

SFF Novel Published in 2019

Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear If you have ever thought that your space opera is shy a pair of zero-G cats, then this is the book for you. Haimey Dz is an engineer on a galaxy-edge scavenger ship, who stumbles upon the haul of a lifetime, only to be caught up in some shit she wants no part of. I really enjoyed this. It switches effortlessly between galaxy spanning plots and Haimey's internal conflict, and manages to ask and examine fairly broad questions about identity and how technology can affect that while never letting go of the focus on character it has. It's, at times, a very comforting character read that I have compared to Becky Chambers in feel before, the whole part of Haimey and her sexy space pirate rival being on a massive ship together was fantastically small, as we see their relationship change over time and circumstance. And then Bear seamlessly shifts from that to a huge action set piece for the finale. The audiobook narration by Nneka Okoye was excellent too. Fully recommend this (even if the sexy space pirates and the cats didn't sell you already!)
Rating: 4/5

Middle Grade SFF Novel

The Bone Garden - Heather Kassner (hard mode) I was really worried about filling this square, only to discover I had already picked up something that I didn’t realise was “Middle Grade”. This is a quite lovely, spooky fable with the usual kids messaging about growing to love yourself and being kind to people that I would happily recommend. The writing style is simple and gorgeously effective, with the whole book having a delightfully magical atmosphere, as the bone dust girl Irréelle discovers life away from the demanding (and, if we’re being honest here, abusive as all heck) Ms. Vesper, and grows from a quiet, obedient, timid girl who diligently excavates the claustrophobic tunnels beneath the local cemetery, to a person who knows herself, her kind heart and her newfound friends propelling her through any trevails she encounters. I can see parts of this being pretty scary for kids at the younger end of MG, but for me as an adult reader the gothic horror vibes were perfectly pitched to infuse the whole piece with atmosphere.
Rating: 4/5

Personal Recommendation

Amberlough - Lara Elena Donnelly (hard mode) When I was after recommendations, I asked for working class revolution, and this isn't quite that, but it is adjacent. It's set in a city that is under threat from a rising populist right wing political movement, and follows three people, two who work as cabaret performers, and the gay lover of one of them. A lot of the story focuses on the different ways these people choose to react to the fascists gaining power in the city. As I was reading it, I wasn't sure enamoured with it tbh (possibly because I wanted it to be something that it isn't to be fair), but since it's managed to lodge itself in my head somewhat as I've thought a fair bit about the different paths the players took in opposing (or not) the people who wanted them dead - ain't no room in this fascist future for the gays or the women singing with their tits out. I also love books that make me hate characters, and oh this nailed that, I was livid at one of the three POV characters! All the main characters were pretty well realised tbf, and their interactions were generally pretty great. I think this rating might be slightly harsh tbh.
Rating: 3/5

Row 4

Any fantasy Book Club Book of the Month OR fantasy Read-along Book

Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse Set in a future where climate change appears to have destroyed much of the US, this book takes place in Dinétah (Navajo land), which was magically protected by a giant wall appearing, and where the Gods walk among the people. I really enjoyed how the elements of the culture were integrated (as someone with very limited knowledge about any Native America groups, and what I have being mostly about the Coast Salish, who are obviously a lot different!), and it was great to be given a window into that world. The book touches on some major issues among Native populations, some of which I’m sure I am missing, but for example, it begins with a young girl going missing. Although tbh, I largely read this as an exciting action romp through an underexplored setting (ime at least). The protagonist could occasionally be a bit too sharp/snarky for me, but overall the characters were well realised (I really enjoyed Coyote), and I had a great time with it. Also, another strong narration on the audiobook, this time by Tanis Parenteau.
Rating: 4/5

Media Tie-In Novel

Assassins’ Creed: Official Movie Tie-in - Christie Golden (hard mode) This book kind of suffered from the same thing a lot of Assassin's Creed stuff does ime, that the future stuff with the Animus is often the least interesting part of it. But in a movie format - and therefore this book - where you only have a couple of hours, for it to make sense you wind up having a way higher percentage of future than you do in the games. The book was fine, and competent, but didn't particularly excite me at all. It did, however, get me out of a bit of a reading slump I was in, it was a pretty easy read that I absolutely blasted through, so that was cool.
Rating: 2/5

Novel Featuring an AI Character

Alchemy of Stone - Ekaterina Sedia (hard mode) Set in a steam powered city, where the Alchemists and Machinists compete for the power of being the biggest parliamentary party, the main character here is a clockwork automaton, made by a Machinist but once given her freedom, she chooses to become an Alchemist. The living gargoyles who linger in the city come to her in desperation, they are dying and need help. I liked this one a fair bit. The conflicts between the visions of the city, as played out in political parties, are interesting, if somewhat passively from the books perspective, as Mattie isn't very involved politically, at least until the second half of the book where she becomes involved in the revolution that the Machinist parliament triggers with their policies. Which, inject this into my veins please! Mattie and all of her weirdo friends are nice to spend time with too (excluding Loharri, who is every criticism of industrialists rolled into one form), this was a lot of fun.
Rating: 4/5

SFF Novel That Has a Title of Four or More Words

The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood Where Oryx and Crake viewed the collapse of society (from a horrid capitalist dystopia) through the eyes of the privileged and culpable, this sequel takes us out into the Plebelands, to people without the power to stop a thing. This meant the characters are infinitely more sympathetic than Jimmy or Crake were in the first book (seriously, fuck those guys), and gave the whole thing a more tragic feel to it. Jimmy deserved a lot of what he got, but nobody here did, and yet the fall of society came for them anyway. The lack of agency the characters have might be an issue for some readers, but it effectively turned this book into a quasi-slice of life within later-than-us capitalism, showing the resilience and the hope that people can have, without ever shielding the reader from the horrors of Atwood’s cyberpunk future (aside: I mentally didn’t categorise this series as cyberpunk, but in hindsight all the pre-collapse stuff is very much that!). I enjoyed it a decent amount, more than the first book, but it’s nowhere near my favourite book on the card.
Rating: 3/5

Retelling!

Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik After tackling a Polish folk tale in Uprooted, Novik tackles a much more widely known story in Rumpelstiltskin. Now with less anti-Semitism! Miryem is a Jewish moneylender who makes a ill-timed boast, drawing the attention of the Staryk king of winter, which leads to Irina, a minor Noble, marrying the tsar against all odds. These twos stories mirror each other a lot as they are taken from the homes and families to marry a man they don't know or care for, before the horrors they are exposed to lead to their meeting in the land of winter, and eventually overcoming. Despite not really clicking with Uprooted, I adored this. The atmosphere Novik wrote around the winter woods was just the right amounts of beautiful and haunting, and the narrative of communities built and found coming through for the heroines was lovely. I mention anti-Semitism above, and while Miryems family do get some shit, Novik consistently centres the positivity of their family and communities, especially how they embrace the third main POV, Wanda. Two of the three women having forced marriages with (at least) strong implications of abuse isn't ideal imo, but overall the three heroines are well written, sensitive and caring people who make the world better. Strong recommend on this one.
Rating: 4/5

Row 5

SFF Novel by an Austrailian Author

The Etched City - KJ Bishop (hard mode on a technicality [1]) This was enjoyable weird. It opens in a desert (probably my favourite bit tbh), but after a couple of chapters we follow our two protagonists to a tropical city, that a mysterious artist has rendered in an etching. Raule finds work as a doctor, while Gwynn is a fantasy-mafioso heavy, who hunts for the artist. Then it gets bizarre and I'm not entirely sure what happened and what was dream (I could be convinced that everything between chapter two and the epilogue is false!), but I had a good time with it. The atmosphere of both the Copper Country and the city are gorgeous, and there is a lot of stuff in here about belief and faith, conscience and consciousness, but the plot is barely there tbh - if you need plot for a book to work this probably isn't for you. Otherwise I would say it's worth a look if you enjoy New Weird, and it is on Kindle unlimited.
Rating: 3/5

The Final Book of a Series

The Stone Sky - NK Jemesin A very satisfying end to an excellent series. This was probably my least favourite of the three, as I didn't really get super into the pre-Shattering parts with Houwha, but the payoff was absolutely there as it all came together at the end. It also felt a little slower to get going in the present than the other two books, but I still loved it. Essun and Nassun's different answers to how to fix the world both made sense given their experiences, the efforts to build a better type of comm in Castrima are still compelling, and that climax in Corepoint had my heart racing, both tragic and uplifting in a weird way. The series ended far more hopefully than you might expect given how bleak it is at times (albeit ambiguously), and it was great. Read this series everyone!
Rating: 5/5

#OwnVoices

Wild Seed - Octavia Butler Two immortals meet in 17th century Africa, one a healer, the other a killer. This book follows them through the next 150ish years. The killer, Doro, whisks Anyanwu away to the New World, where she is coerced into settling in one of “his” settlements, where he breeds people with magical powers, demanding complete fealty and killing any who disobey. The book focuses on the relationship between the two, as Anyanwu finds ways to resist his power - she is initially cast as slave, but over time finds ways to wrestle elements of control from him. This fight for control takes multiple angles and dichotomies in, black vs white (Anyanwu’s unapologetic insistence on her blackness, even when it was easy for her to choose otherwise in a world where whites were(/are) obscenely privileged, was a great touch), man vs woman, person vs beast, killing vs healing, and of course, master vs slave. It was all handled fantastically, as was the narration for the audiobook by Dion Graham. This is the first Butler I’ve read, I will definitely be checking out more.
Rating: 4/5

LitRPG: Substitution - 2018’s Novel Featuring Fae [2]

Kingdom of Exiles - SK Nova (hard mode ish) This wound up being somewhat aggressively Not My Thing. A young girl is kidnapped by fairies, and enrolled in their military school that is for slaves but also not? I'm largely coming to the conclusion that I dislike fae things, despite my love of Spinning Silver above, so this was perhaps always going to struggle to grab me. There are a few story twists (eg hard mode counting here), a love-more-than-triangle, and what I remember being decent but not spectacular writing. It might be a good book if that's your jam, I genuinely can't tell, but I didn't like it.
Rating: 2/5

Five SFF Short Stories

Distaff - various authors (hard mode) An anthology of short stories by a bunch of female authors who all happen to use the forum over at sffchronicles, I really enjoyed this. Obviously as a series of shorts, it’s a tad uneven in quality, but even the low points I felt were pretty damned good. Covered a wide range of topics, from teenage rebellion to climate change to relationships between humans and AI - my personal favourite was probably the opener, The Broken Man, but they were all pretty good.
Rating: 4/5
[1] I’m counting this as hard mode as a corollary to the rules for the self-published square. There, books that were self published but then picked up are no longer self published, and the rules for the square are based on the current state of affairs. Here, The Etched City was at one point picked up by Tor, but the newer kindle edition was self-published. As with the self-pub square, I’m using “current state of affairs” as the standard, which is self published in this case.
[2] I have Sarah Lin’s changing faces on deck, but I decided to try two cards and don’t think I want to read two litRPGs, so subbed out here (which will also allow me to sub out whatever category I don’t fill on card two! Some of these books above might get moved to different categories too, in order to wedge my reading into two sets)
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2019.04.23 09:00 GilgameshvsHumbaba An article from a few years ago about the skin walkers

SHIFTER BELIEFS OF THE NAVAJOS I live in rural New Mexico just OUTSIDE of Albuquerque. Last summer I was stringing corral fence; a Navajo friend, Tom Bill, visiting while he attended a powwow in Albuquerque, watched as I hammered away at a corner post. The horses began to spook. "What's got them stirred up?" he asked. I told him that every night coyotes ran down our road, making the dogs bark and the horses go crazy. Then Tom told me a story. "one night last April, about 2:00 A.M.," he said,'l was driving along the Crownpoint road in my truck, when I heard a noise. Seemed at first to be coming from the engine, a strange sound, like a dog panting: 'I got car trouble,' I thought. "Then I heard a footfall behind me, back over my right shoulder. I looked down at the speedometer, and I was traveling about fifty-five or sixty miles an hour. I glanced into my rearview mirror, and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. There was some guy I'd never seen, a Navajo, and he was running just in back of the tailgate. I couldn't see his face, just his torso lit by my taillights, his arms and legs flying up and down incredibly fast. "I sped up to around seventy-five and looked back. He had disappeared, but I heard a breathing sound right by my left ear. I looked out the window, and there he was, running along, keeping pace with me. As I was looking at him out the window, he veered off toward Crownpoint. I knew he was no ordinary man, because he was traveling so fast. Just before he disappeared into the brush, he had changed into a wolf. So, you better watch out. Those coyotes spooking your horses may not be coyotes." This story typifies Navajo beliefs about therioanthropy, the belief that humans can take shape as animals. The elliptical narrative implies an association between coyotes and wolves, because the shifty coyote is considered the patron of witchcraft and the wolf is the most common animal into which a witch may transform. Navajos call the coyote Little Trotter. The wolf is called Big Trotter. The great speed of both animals, their ability to cover a lot of territory without effort and then disappear, indicates their supernatural agency and power. The statement that coyotes may not be what they seem is an indirect warning to beware of witchcraft. To name the thing may evoke unwanted attention or the very powers one seeks to avoid. For Navajos, witchery and weranimals have always been part of the tribal belief system, but discussion of these matters is generally avoided. Why have these notions persisted, despite the ever-increasing influence of the mainstream white society? A fierce and proud people Navajos, or the Dineh (the People), as they prefer to call themselves, were once fierce raiders and warriors who bragged they could plunder any of the Pueblo villages along the Rio Grande with impunity--not an idle boast. one of the dominant tribes of the Southwest, the Navajos were the scourge of the more sedentary, agricultural Pueblos. Unlike western Europe, Navajo culture never passed through the ascendancy of scientific rationalism and the Age of Reason, when medieval ideas about witchcraft were relegated to the position of idle superstition and folk belief. White American settlers, with their European ideas based on Christianity and Western science, simply did not believe in witches. Such skepticism astounded the Navajos, who even today preserve their ideas about witches and therioanthropy. Some Navajos say that because white Americans do not believe in witchery, they are not susceptible to witchcraft. Today, Navajos rarely discuss such matters with white Americans because of the scorn and disbelief outsiders express when presented with evidence of witchcraft and shape-shifting Not wishing to appear the fool, the Navajo will deny that his tribe still believes in ideas that for a scientific-minded world are the stuff of Grade B horror movies. In truth these beliefs are an important part of the Navajo worldview, which has persisted, despite the erosion of other Navajo ways due to the constant incursions of American social values and ideas. For the Navajo, weranimal beliefs remain part of everyday life. This became clear to me when a Navajo friend staying in my home refused to sleep in the same room with a pet white rat for fear the rat was a witch who was spying on him or had been sent as an emissary by a witch who wished to observe him. One event stands out in Navajo memory for its contribution to these beliefs. What is referred to simply as "Fort Sumner" has left an indelible mark on the People. In 1864, the U.S. Army relocated about eight thousand Navajos from their traditional homeland of Dinetah, where the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet, to Fort Sumner in Bosque Redondo, New Mexico, three hundred miles away and in close proximity to their traditional enemies, the Apaches. This event marked a decline for the tribe, and the settlers' incursions further diminished Navajo influence. Subjugation and increasing social tension meant an increase of witchcraft incidents, suspicion of witchcraft, and, presumably, witchery practices. Although there have been many efforts to Christianize Navajos, certain Christian doctrines directly oppose Navajo ideas. The concept of Jesus the Savior, for example, who is believed by some to have risen bodily from the dead to save mankind, is grotesque to the Navajo, who shun any contact with the dead and fear ghosts. The Christian belief in the battle between the forces of good and evil is also foreign to the Navajo mind, which is accustomed to perceiving life as a harmonious balance between positive and negative elements. Witchery at the dawn of time In Navajo mythology, First Man and First Woman, the archetypal progenitors of the human race, brought witchcraft into the world when they emerged into this present existence at the dawn of time. In one version of the origin myth, First Man and First Woman, joined by Coyote--patron of trickery, disorder, and witchcraft--left the underworld, traveling through various levels of the universe until they reached earth, where they realized they had forgotten to bring witchcraft with them. They summoned Diving Heron to retrieve witchcraft, as a means of getting rich. They gave some witchcraft to Snake, but Snake could not swallow it. He had to hold the poisonous powers in his mouth, which is why the snake's bite kills. In another version, First Man and First Woman visited the Eastern Mountains with the gods. There, the mythical couple learned to pray for blessings and also learned witchcraft. In the Navajo view, there is far greater fluidity between the human and animal worlds than commonly assumed, and the experience is charged with magic. Many tribes believe in a distant mythical time before the emergence of this world--a so-called prehuman flux when humans, animals, plants, and even rocks were "people" who communicated in the same language. According to Navajo hunting traditions, during Wolf Way, hunters entered the sweat lodge before the hunt and transformed themselves into wolves so they could better capture and kill their prey. Belief that humans can transform themselves into animals thus paved the way for Yenaldlooshi, which means "he who trots along here and there on all fours with it [an animal skin]." This shifty definition captures the presumed fluidity between animal and human form, an idea that had been abandoned by Europeans by the time Linnaeus developed his system of classifying plants. For the Dineh, disease, misfortune, or other ills occur for many reasons: spirits, failure to observe important taboos or the proper ceremonies, natural phenomena such as winds or rain, or, worst of all, witchcraft. The universe is, therefore, both benevolent and treacherous. Divination through what is known as "stargazing," "hand trembling," or "listening" determines which of the fifty-seven Navajo ceremonies must be performed to restore balance to the world. In hand trembling, the diviner interprets involuntary movements of the hand to prescribe a remedy for apparent imbalance. Similarly, the stargazer interprets celestial events, and the listener interprets sounds heard during a prescribed time. Then, a singer is called upon to perform a particular ritual that must be repeated in exactly the right manner to have the appropriate effect. A Navajo friend, now in her midsixties, told me recently that some young Navajos attending ceremonies did not have the proper attitude: They talked during the sing, smoked marijuana, and drank beer. Yet despite her fear that the old ways were disappearing, the belief in witchcraft persists unabated. Shape-shifters are just one part of the complex witch beliefs prevalent among Navajos. Sorcery and frenzy witchcraft are also distinct parts of Navajo witchcraft beliefs. In sorcery, the practitioner uses spells to enchant his victim from a distance. The target's clothing, bits of hair, nail clippings, or urine may be buried, and the sorcerer seals his magic with a spell. Frenzy witchcraft is used for love magic and for success in hunting, gambling, or trading It involves administering plants such as jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) in food, by kissing, or through other contact with the victim. Jimsonweed is poisonous in large doses but is used in this form of witchcraft to induce dreams and visions. Yenaldlooshi There is an apparent similarity between Navajo witchery and European folktales about witchcraft. In European tradition, witches gather in covens late at night to cast their spells. Navajo witches gather in caves late at night to do their evil deeds, but here the similarity ends. Although European witches were almost always considered to be women, most Navajo witches are believed to be men. In medieval Europe, werewolves accompanied witches and were their familiars. In Navajo belief, transforming into an animal is but one of the powers held by the witch. Whatever is sacred, the Navajo witch turns upside down. Witches learn their craft from a parent, grandparent, or spouse. Initiation as a witch demands the killing of a relative, preferably a sister or brother. Incest, a strong taboo, is associated with witchcraft, and those suspected of incest are automatically accused of witchcraft. In the classic encounter with a skinwalker, or Navajo werewolf, the victim may unknowingly have an argument with a witch, say about the price of a horse. The unsuspecting Navajo returns home to his hogan, a round dwelling with a smoke hole in the center of the roof and a door to the east. That night his family lies down to sleep around the dying embers of the hogan fire. There are strange noises on the roof, dirt sifts down the smoke hole, and dogs bark furiously, waking the victim or witness. He looks up at the smoke hole and sees a pair of pointed ears and then a wolfish face with glowing eyes. The wolf then drops a powder ground from the skin of a dead person, known as corpse poison, into the fire, which flares briefly, as if sulfur had been dropped in the flames. The powder might also be sprinkled on the victim's nose or mouth, either while he sleeps or when he is part of a large crowd at a ceremony or sing. The witch may blow the poison at his target using a grooved stick. The victim faints, suddenly stricken with lockjaw or a swollen, blackened tongue. If no remedy is sought, the victim will die. The witch may rob the victim's grave, taking samples for corpse poison and valuables to enrich himself. Anyone who gains wealth, especially by invisible means, is suspected of being a witch. Often those who tell of these encounters awaken due to the ruckus created by the witch. They run from the hogan, only to see the wolf speed away into the night. It is said that his tail hangs straight down, but a real wolf puts his tail out behind him as he runs. This trait allows observers to distinguish a real wolf from a skinwalker. The morning after shooting a wolf, a Navajo may follow its tracks for miles, only to discover a man bleeding from a suspicious wound. If caught, the skinwalker may plead with his pursuers not to reveal his secret. or if a suspected werewolf is shot, the next morning, miles away, a Navajo may fall from his horse, wounded in exactly the spot where the werewolf had been shot. At this point a diviner may be summoned to name the witch, but usually he does not do so. Diviners are viewed with a mixture of reverence and suspicion, as witches and healers can work in collusion and are often suspected of being friends. Navajos may also seek Pueblo Indians to help cure or diagnose incidents involving witchery. (Pueblo beliefs involving witchery roughly parallel Navajo beliefs.) In her novel Ceremony, Laguna Pueblo author Leslie Marmon Silko relates how at the very beginning of time, a group of witches gathered in a cave to have a witchery contest. After all the witches showed off their charms--such as "bundles of disgusting objects, dark flints, cinders from burned hogans where the dead lay"--one witch remained, who had only a story to tell. This witch told of white people, witch people, who lived in caves across the ocean. They had "grown away" from the sun, the plants, and animals and saw no life. They feared the world and destroyed what they feared. They would come to the New World to shoot death at Native Americans. Thus Silko accounts for the whitest westward expansion through agency of witchcraft. Witches may take the shape of other animals. A Pueblo friend told me of an incident that happened to her Laguna uncle: "My uncle once told me, and this was a very chilling story, about a time when he and one of my other uncles went deer hunting in the foothills of Mount Taylor. "He saw a deer up in some rocks and shot at it. Then he heard a voice, a human voice, somebody calling out his name and crying for him to help. My uncle was seized with fear at the sound of this voice summoning him. Cautiously, he went up there to see what was going on. He saw a man lying on his side, wounded. The man was only half human, the top half, and the rest of him was some kind of animal. I don't know if it was a wolf or not; I think it was a deer, but my uncle knew this was some kind of spirit. He was afraid to come any closer. He felt that it would get him, if he approached any nearer. Then the rest of the men came, and they said, 'Let's get out of here, this is some kind of witch or spirit that wants to take human form.' My uncle told this story in great detail." Pueblos commonly think of deer, owls, crows, mice, and other animals as were creatures. From the 1500s to the 1700s, the Spanish capitalized on these beliefs through the use of witch trials, which were used to maintain political control of the Pueblos. In 1906, a woman named Tsotsi was executed in Laguna after a wolf skin with paws made into moccasins was discovered nailed to her wall. Her judges considered her reputation as a quarrelsome gossip and a braggart to be further evidence of her dark practices. She and her husband always seemed to have plenty, even though they were known to be poor. All cultures attempt to account for the dark side of experience. For the Navajos, darkness and light are bound together in a dance that makes up the totality of experience. I once asked a Navajo friend if his people really believed in witchcraft, and he said, "Sure, we believe in witchcraft. What's amazing is that your tribe [the whites] doesn't seem to believe in witches at all. Can that really be true?" He shook his head, incredulous.
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2018.11.01 16:31 AdamantAce Green Arrow #14 - Make a Score

Green Arrow #14 - Make a Score

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Author: AdamantAce
Book: Green Arrow
Arc: Extortion
Set: 30
 
 
Oliver Queen Star City
 
Months had passed since I toppled Dr Hatcher’s deal with the crime lord Thaddeus Cable. And, believe me it had been an uphill battle trying to keep Star City’s trust in Queen Industries after it came out Queen funds were fuelling the organised crime plaguing each street corner.
Star City wasn’t a nice place. It was great for industry, for billionaires like myself, both due to taxation laws and networking opportunities, but it was nigh-unlivable for the man on the street. I guess it only took me spending more time as a man on the street - or, more accurately, on rooftops - to realise that.
In the short term, Cable’s men disappeared from the streets, but it didn’t last. Just as crime continued with the likes of Dregz and many others, taking down one facet of their funding wasn’t enough to topple Cable’s empire. Still, incidence of stabbings, and drug-related hospital admissions were down, no doubt thanks to Green Arrow and Arsenal shutting down Brick’s drug ring, peddling untested pharmaceuticals - supplied by Dr Hatcher - enhanced with a mysterious narcotic agent. A dirty and dangerous business, that we destroyed. So we’d done a good job.
Now, I stood side-by-side with my protége, Roy Harper, as we shot a couple arrows together for practice. We were in civvies, in broad daylight, on a patch of rolling hills just shy of the Queen Mansion. It was our usual gig: I’d set a timer and we’d see how many times we could hit gold before it ran out. And, as always, it was getting competitive.
I’d been practicing archery for as far back as I could remember. One of those things your parents get you to do when they’re too rich and busy to give a shit about you. Roy, on the other hand, was fairly new to the sport. He first picked up a bow a few years before I recruited him, something about some Navajo chief his dad was friends with. I never realised Star City was the place for Navajo chiefs. So while my form was as orthodox as it came, tutored by Olympic archers, Roy’s was more the type you’d need to take down buffalo on the prairie. Or something.
Time up. I walked up to the targets a good stretch away and counted the arrows. I fired nineteen, seventeen of which having hit gold. Even had to split a bunch of ‘em to get them to fit, like a true Robin Hood diehard. Roy, however, had hit gold twenty-five times. This was, of course, ignoring the other twenty-five red-fletched arrows that missed the mark entirely.
“What’s the score!?” Roy yelled across the grass, a cocky tone in his voice that screamed he already knew what I was about to say.
“17 to 25,” I called back. “I’d ask for a rematch but I’m pretty sure you’re fresh out of arrows!”
That was Roy’s tactic. Brave Bow, this chief, had taught him to shoot faster than I ever thought possible. Didn’t matter if you were accurate if you were speedy enough. And Roy Harper was plenty accurate and fast.
I trudged back over to Roy, all too pleased with himself, my bow in one hand and a bundle of used arrows in the other. When I got there, I threw both down and smiled, jostling his shoulder. “Congrats, Speedy.”
“Can you believe I nearly used that as my codename?” Roy sniggered, setting aside his own bow.
I laughed. “‘Green Arrow and Speedy’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Green Arrow and Arsenal’.”
“Ever thought about abbreviating just to ‘Arrow’?” Roy asked, raising a fairly valid point. “I mean, why specify? It’s not like we’ve got ‘Blue Arrow’ and ‘White Arrow’ running around causing trouble.”
I humoured him. “Just ‘Arrow’ has a nice ring to it, but that’d mean rebranding everything. I’d have to launch a whole ad campaign just to make sure the crooks remembered it right.”
“Yeah, like money’s a problem for you!”
Money. There it was again. Roy came from a family in the Glades, Star City’s slums. His dad was a deadbeat ex-cop, and his mom died over a year ago. He didn’t tell me much about his living situation, but I knew enough to know it was rough. I knew he’d be too proud to accept handouts from his billionaire buddy any other day of the year, but, as I reached for my back pocket, I hoped he’d let me help him just this once. Afterall, it was Christmas Day.
“Roy, I--” I pulled my wallet from my jeans, but he already knew what was up.
“I don’t need your money, Oliver,” he said plainly.
“I know it’s rough in the Glades. I see what goes on there at night, out in the hood,” I replied. “At least let me help you get your dad a gift.”
“Oliver, if I’m gonna get my dad a gift, I’ll earn the money myself.”
“What? Working at that garage? I know they fired you, even if I have no idea why.”
“I’ll make it work,” Roy insisted. “You should know what it's like. I have to be a man.”
“Roy, you said it: money’s never a problem for me.”
“And I’m sure that’s nice. But I can solve my problems by myself.”
A silence.
“Fine,” I muttered, “But I’m buying you a gift for New Years.”
Roy cocked a grin. “Just make sure it's not a new hat. I already have plenty.”
Suddenly, I heard the all-too-familiar sound of whirring coming up rapidly behind us. I turned around and smiled falsely at my mother, Moira Queen, rapidly approaching on a golf cart back from the house. She hadn’t met Roy before, but was acutely aware, and incredibly disapproving, of our working relationship. Something, something child endangerment.
“I finally get to meet your mom?” Roy joked with a grin, grabbing me the shoulder, “Maybe we can finally announce our engagement?”
I glanced at Roy. “Knock it off.” I then proceeded to wait as Mom’s golf cart approached at a painful snail’s pace, before eventually whizzing to a halt. She stepped out and walked over to us, decked out in a long black dress and sunglasses to match. As if dressed for a summer funeral. In fact, I’m pretty sure she wore that exact outfit to Uncle Jonas’ funeral.
“Oliver,” she said plainly, greeting me while completely disregarding Roy. Maybe that was easier for her.
“Came to see if those archery lessons back in the day were still value-for-money?” I grinned, shielding my eyes from the sun as I turned back to face her. It was warm and bright, considering the time of day, in the depths of winter. Roy pulled his cap down and tried his best not to make eye contact with Mom, wisely knowing he’d probably turn to stone if he did. “Or are you just nervous about the conference later?”
“You have a phone call,” she replied, ignoring my joke and holding a mobile phone out to me at arm’s length. “You know there’s no phone signal out in the grounds.”
I looked at it, confused. “Surprised you didn’t send one of the help out, or your lapdog Mister Diggle.”
“John is the head of security at Queen Industries, not my personal bodyguard,” Mom snarked back, “I don’t have him at hand when we’re home, Oliver.”
“Whatever you say.”
Now I wasn’t saying that Mother wasn’t fooling around with the good sergeant behind closed doors - no, I didn’t want to picture that at all, and the age gap was disturbing - but my mother was far too close the new head of security. John Diggle seemed like a standup guy, based on my brief interaction with him, but it was just weird how quickly Mom put all her trust in him. Then again, when you’re suddenly running a multibillion dollar corporation, you have to learn to trust the right people. And I sincerely hoped John Diggle was one of them.
“Just take the phone, Oliver.”
And I did. And I was instantly glad I did when I read the name and the number on caller ID.
Thomas Merlyn. My fellow playboy, and best friend since kindergarten, all the way til I dropped out of college. He left the country five years ago to go travelling with his nutjob dad after his mother died. I was already excited to hear his voice.
I looked to Roy before pressing the phone against my ear. “Tommy?”
“Ollllllie! Merry Christmas, dude!” Tommy’s voice exploded with a cheer. “Shit, dude, here I was thinking I’d be on hold for a whole year.”
“Yeah, try five years with little-to-no contact!”
“Hey, I sent postcards… Sometimes.”
“It’s good to hear your voice, buddy,” I smiled, genuinely humbled to have this lovable asshole back in my life. “When you looping back round to Star City?”
“Plane lands in an hour. I was hoping you’d meet me at the airport.”
 
➶ ➶ ★ ➶ ➶
 
Roy Harper Star City
 
The oil in the pan sizzled on the grimy gas burner. I stirred chicken, chopped onions and peppers about with no real method, keeping them from burning. I was hardly a master chef, but it was Christmas Day, our first Christmas without her. Without Mom. We never did the whole turkey, roast potatoes deal, no, Mom always preferred to whip up a stir fry. And seeing that Dad was even more useless at cooking than I was, that meant that responsibility fell to me.
I continued for a while, folding the seasoned meat and veg back and forth. But I wasn’t really paying attention to my cooking. No, my mind was on what would happen later that night. So much that I jumped when I noticed the rice bubbling over in the saucepan on the next burner.
“Shit, shit, shit…” I mumbled as I threw my hand around the handle, lifting the heavy pan away from the flame, as piping hot, bubbly water oozed from the edges of the pan lid, catching my hand before I could set the rice down on another ring.
I did my best not to wince as my hand was singed by the water, instead rushing to turn off all the gas. The veg was probably done, and the meat looked cooked through.
I took a step back and looked around our pigsty of a kitchen. It was long and thin, an extension tacked lazily onto the back of the house. The floor was always caked in grease, and the trash cans were almost always overfilled. Mainly cos neither me or Dad ever bothered to take them out when they needed doing. On top of that, the ceiling was caked in damp, and the doorways were slanty. Dad built the kitchen extension years ago, but Mom was the mastermind behind it. She used to manage building sites for a living, and our house was definitely a fixer-upper. Mom always said that was why she picked a dilapidated hellhole in the Glades: for the challenge and satisfaction of fixing it up. But I always knew it was just cos they couldn’t afford anywhere more livable.
I drained the rice and stirred everything together, and minutes later carried two plates into the living room. Dad was there, watching some documentary and flicking through the newspaper.
I set a place on the arm of his chair, and Dad set aside his paper, giving me a warm smile before turning his eyes back to the game.
“Any hot news?” I asked, taking a seat on the couch with my own plate.
“Oh, nothing new. ‘Green Arrow’ this, ‘War on Crime’ that,” he replied, piling rice onto his fork and scarfing it down. He groaned, “This is good, kid! Just like your mom’s. You been practising?”
I had, but I didn’t tell him that. I paid more attention to the TV. It was a news story calling for people to turn their thought and prayers to everyone stuck spending Christmas trapped under the giant, magic dome over San Francisco. It’d be there for over a year now, despite everyone’s efforts.
“You’ve been reading the news a lot lately,” I replied to Dad, “What you looking for?”
“A job.”
I blinked. That was amazing.
“I figured the SCPD wouldn’t be interested in a wash-up like me, but I got skills,” Dad continued, an almost proud smile on his face. “I could do bar work, or private security. Who knows?”
“Dad, that’s…”
“Long overdue is what it is,” Dad cut me off. “Especially if we’re gonna need to keep paying Brick’s goddamn money. And the bank are hounding me about missed mortgage payments.”
“What?” I exclaimed, “I thought we were ahead on the mortgage from Mom’s life insurance.”
“We were,” Dad replied. This was ridiculous. “But mortgage isn’t priority when Brick and his boys are breathing down our necks with sawn-offs. So I need to get a job, unless you’ve got a solution.”
I thought to what had been troubling me for months. Brick’s job offer.
Well, it wasn’t an offer. We already missed paying his protection fee, after he amped it up following GA and Arsenal’s bust on his drug ring. So it was doing a job for Brick, or watching my dad get his head kicked in.
“You okay, Junior?” Dad asked, I guess realising I was kinda out of it. I hadn’t touched my food yet. “Look, you get that money’s tight and all but--”
“I know, Dad. Don’t worry,” I replied solemnly, “I’m not twelve. I don’t need a Christmas present every year…”
“No, actually…” Dad sighed deeply. “I wanna give you something I probably shoulda given you months ago.”
“Oh?” I had no idea what my dad was talking about. Cautiously, I stood up from the couch and inched closer to him.
“I never told you this - mainly cos it’s so embarrassing - but I met your mother when I was tailing some perp through the city. Crook had just held up some story with a gun, and I was sprinting after him. Huffing and puffing. But then we both run under some scaffolding on some deli. Perp gets away clean, but I get taken out by a falling brick.”
“Shit, Dad, were you alright?”
“Well I’m here today, ain’t I?” he laughed. “Nah, I woke up in some hospital with a mighty concussion, with the construction manager from the deli job standing over my bed. Says she was praying I’d wake up, and begged me not to press charges. I agreed, but only if she went on a date with me. Prettiest construction worker I ever did saw. Then, the next morning, she reaches into her bag and gives me a bright yellow hard hat. Tells me that no matter how thick my skull is, I always oughta be more careful.”
“Wow…” I replied. I always thought Mom and Dad met at some boring Union dinner.
Then, as I watched Dad reach behind his chair, I knew what was coming. He pulled out a dusty old helmet, now a faded beige, but structurally sound. He confirmed it by knocking on it three times. Dad stood, pulled me into a tight hug, and handed me the helmet.
“You keep an eye out for bricks.”
Bricks. It was like he knew.
As I held the hard hat in my hands, a symbol of my parents’ love, I somehow found myself beginning to tear up. Then my thoughts turned back to the job at night. How the hell had I gotten myself into that.
“Merry Christmas, son.”
I panicked. “Dad, if you don’t mind, I think I need a minute to myself upstairs.”
Dad nodded and sat back down.
Quietly, I squirreled away up the stairs, my thoughts preoccupied with Brick’s job.
It was a heist. There was a whole crew and everything, of rogues that all owed the big guy a favour or two. In the last few weeks, I’d gone down to some unmarked warehouse and met them all. It was there that Brick made it very clear that he knew exactly who it was running across rooftops in red and yellow, and that my specific skill set was integral to the mission.
As I reached the door to my room, I took a deep breath and forced a smile. At least there was one good thing that came out of the gig, even if I couldn’t tell my dad about it yet. Her. I opened the door and pushed into my less-than-tidy room. There, lying impatiently on my bed, was Jade Nguyen.
She was a Vietnamese girl, with looks that could kill and long, billowing, black hair. She smiled at me with a lustful simper, an expression I’d never seen on a girl before. As she did, it disturbed the long, thin scar that ran across her left cheek. She hated it, but I thought it only added to her uniqueness. She held the sheet over her loosely, low enough for me to see everything I needed to, and spoke. “I was wondering if you were ever coming back upstairs.”
I smiled shamelessly and rushed over, throwing myself on top of her. She pulled me close, far more in control than I could ever hope to be. We locked lips and kissed passionately, pressing against each other to warm up in the chill that had crept in over the Christmas morning.
Dad didn’t know she was here. But only because I could never have hoped to explain who she was. A friend from work? I didn’t have a job anymore. Not one he’d approve of at least. No, Jade was another one of Brick’s heist team. We bonded quick during orientation and training, seeing as we were about the same age. And, what can I say? She was totally into me.
“You in?” Jade gasped under hushed breath.
“Excuse me!?” I exclaimed. She hadn’t even gotten my belt off yet.
Jade laughed silently, finally pulling open my grey jeans. “I mean, are you getting second thoughts about tonight?
“As long as you’re there?” I kissed her multiple times, travelling from the nape of her neck to her left breast. “Not a chance.”
I was desperate to get out of this gig. Stealing cash from a couple of bank robbers’ bag was one thing, but orchestrating and carrying out a heist myself… just wasn’t something I was comfortable with. But then, I supposed that if I went along I could at least minimise the number of people getting hurt. At least I could make sure Jade wasn’t hurt. She said she only agreed to the job cos Brick had some dirt on her younger sister: some pics she was too young to be taking, neverminding sending.
And, regardless from the way my dad just spoke me, I quickly realised I couldn’t afford to not go along with the job.
So, I pressed on. I was in.
 
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Oliver Queen Star City
 
When he came down the escalator, I was already waiting for him with one of those paper boards with the name ‘Thomas Merlyn’ written on it, comically-sized.
Of course, surrounding me also was a squad of men in suits, bodyguards led by Sgt Diggle. Their formal wear greatly contrasted the grey tee and jeans I was wearing. This was pleasure, not business, though as the majority shareholder of Queen Industries I obviously couldn’t flounce around at airports unaccompanied. I got it, even if I didn’t like it.
Tommy burst into laughter when he saw my sign, still on the escalator. He had no such security detail with him, though I know that was cos he tried his best to keep a low profile during his travels. That explained his scruffy black beard.
“I see you’ve stolen my look!” I grinned, referring to the beard as I pulled him close. I hugged him tighter than any man would be comfortable with. He was my best friend, and he was finally home.
“Didn’t you hear? They haven’t invented shaving in Europe yet!”
Tommy was one of the few people I could confide in as a kid. After Graham and Sykes killed my dad and took over running Queen, they thankfully still let me keep seeing Tommy, trying to keep up the charade of normalcy. As I continued to grow up, Tommy would keep coming to the mansion every Thursday, but I was never to go to Merlyn Tower, not where I’d be out of Graham and Sykes’ reach. Still, I was left alone with Tommy just enough to confide in him the secrets I never even got to tell Chloe, my college girlfriend, until a couple months ago. Even still, that circle of trust - of what really happened to my father - was limited to me, Mom, Tommy, and now Chloe and Roy. To me, Tommy was invaluable.
I emerged from the hug and jokingly scratched at Tommy’s unkempt goatee. “Let me at least hook you up with a good beard stylist or two!”
“Oh please, Ollie,” Tommy slurred. Was he drunk? “As soon as I get home I’m chopping this situation all off. I’m back for good, baby!”
He was loud, unashamed and… well, Tommy. Completely unchanged.
Minutes later, and we were in the back of a car, a comfortable limousine driven by Sgt Diggle, who stayed respectfully silent for the whole drive while Tommy and I talked.
“So what brings you back to Star City?” I asked.
“A lotta things. Someone’s gotta knock some sense into the mess of a boardroom at Merlyn Global,” Tommy replied, more eloquent and cognizant than I remembered him, “Especially seeing as my dad has no plans of doing so. Plus there’s you, and this city. You know how much I love this city.”
“Where is your father?” I asked. I was aware I was walking into a whole hornet’s nest of complicated here. Tommy never had the most positive relationship with his dad Malcolm, but they set off travelling the world together, and now here was Tommy, returned five years later, alone.
Tommy sighed, and then smiled. “Knew that one was coming.”
“I’m sorry, I--”
“No, it’s…” Tommy interrupted. “We had an argument… or twelve. Over what our plans were. So I carried on travelling without him while Dad took some time in England. You know Pop. He’s enamoured with all that Arthurian shit.”
A silence rang out. I wasn’t quite sure what to say, before something unrelated sprung to mind.
“Just thought: Mom’s staging an impromptu conference later tonight. Plans on announcing the future steps of Queen Industries. I’d love it if you came along. And I’m sure the press would love to write all about the reunion of Star City’s meanest playboys.”
“Oh, I’m sorry Ollie. I’m, uh, actually seeing... someone tonight.” Tommy turned red. A girl. Right.
“But you’re sticking around?” I replied, more than happy to let Tommy chase his latest hookup, just genuinely grateful to have him back. “No more jet setting.”
“Oh yeah!” Tommy sneered, “Star City is my birthright. I’m not going anywhere.”
 
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Roy Harper Star City
 
I stood silently behind the door, taking deep gulps of air. This was it. I paused, stalling all I could before I had to go into the base and greet Brick’s team one more time. I reached for the handle, and as I did felt the warm embrace of Jade coming up behind me. She hugged me tightly, her arms wrapped around my waist, and placed herself in front of me, her hand on the door handle.
“It’ll be fine, Roy,” she smiled assuringly. “Unless Superman decides to make a surprise appearance, we’ve got nothing to worry about.”
I took another deep breath. I wasn’t scared of the plan failing. I was scared of it going well, and what I’d signed up for. I knew my job. Brick had me use my engineering skills to tech out the team and get past some of the target’s defenses. And by quietly utilising some of Green Arrow’s contacts, I had done more than a good enough job of setting everything up. Now, they just wanted me to come along and operate my tech, and maybe lay down some suppressing fire if things got nasty.
I sighed. There was no getting out of this. If I refused, me and my dad would be turned out onto the street, if Dad even survived the beating Brick promised him. Plus, I’d likely never see Jade again. She was cute and vivacious, but she was also fierce and deadly. She’d told me all about her supervillain father, and how he’d forced her into a life of crime. How he’d forced her to kill. Jade promised me she was done with that life, until Brick dragged her back in, and I believed her, but I couldn’t believe that she wouldn’t try and tear Brick to shreds if something went wrong and Brick hurt her sister.
So I had to stay.
Jade planted a soft kiss on my cheek, leaving behind a green mark from her emerald lipstick. I sure hoped I wouldn’t be seeing more of that color tonight. And with that, Jade pulled the handle down, and we entered into Brick’s warehouse.
As we walked down the steel stairs, Brick greeted us warmly. “Harper, Cheshire! Glad you decided to show!”
I tried my best to avoid eye contact with the bastard as he took a step back, slowly pulling off his boxing gloves. His sparring partner, Hannibal Bates, ground to a halt. He was tall and skinny - though nowhere near as tall as Brick - and rocked a completely hairless head. Like he had Alopecia or something. Sweat poured off of Bates. He wasn’t a fighter, but Brick was determined to teach him how to throw a punch, or take a good few. Bates looked to me and Jade and smiled softly, still trying to catch his breath. “Hey guys.”
Hannibal Bates had the incredible power to shapeshift into the form of just about anyone he had a good enough mental image of. This made the mild-mannered metahuman a perfect candidate for Brick’s heist squad, especially since Brick threatened to out him to all his friends and family.
But besides Brick and Hannibal was someone I didn’t recognise, who I’d never seen in any of the training sessions. She was pale, with dark auburn hair, a plain pink blouse and a quivering stance. She was visibly terrified. Brick introduced us to her.
“Harper, Nwe-- Nagu-- Wh-- Cheshire,” Brick never did crack the pronunciation of ‘Nguyen’, “This is Valerie Vaughn. She’s a journalist from Channel 52 News.”
I smiled, confused. “What? You making this a documentary, Brick?”
“She’ll have her uses. You’ll see, Harper.”
I looked around the warehouse, finding it mostly unchanged from the last time I was here. The place was mostly empty, save for a few punching bags, ammo crates and archery targets. I looked to the target of the far-most wall. Three arrows stuck wonkily out of the black, and two from the white. I was never that off-target, clearly someone took it upon themselves to have a try, after seeing how easy I made it look. Though there was one decent shot, a borrowed, red-fletched arrow sticking firmly out of the red, just bordering on gold. So close.
“You got your gear?” Brick asked me. I tried my best to disregard the quivering mess of Miss Vaughn beside him, while simultaneously trying not guess what kind of leverage he had on her.
“Everything I need,” I pulled at the strap of the grey backpack weighing over my left shoulder.
“Good,” Brick nodded. “Okay then folks, let’s git.”
 
 
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2018.10.22 02:35 galaxyrocker ansa - This week's language of the week: Chakali!

Chakali is a Gur language spoken by approximately 3,500 people in seven communities in the Wa East District, Upper West Region of Ghana. The term Chakali itself can be used to describe either a land, an ethnic group or a language. The language is used in just seven villages: Tiisa, Sogla, Tuosa, Motigu, Ducie, Katua and Gurumbele, who all use the collective demonym which translates to " m̀ ̩ ŋmá kàà (lit.) ‘I say that’". The land Chakali is used to refer to the previous seven villages, as well as six more: Bulenga, Chagu, Bisikan, Kandia, Dupari and Gilan. The demonym for these people is 'ŋmɪńɪŋ́ dʒɔ̀ŋ' lit. "What is it?"‘
Another popular categorization is that of 'black' and 'white' Chakali. Black Chakali is a notion which connotes with secretive individuals and possessors of powerful medicine; it is roughly equivalent to what 'm̀ ̩ ŋmá kàà' represents. 'White Chakali' refers to talkative people who cannot hold back, and, again comprises the people living in the six villages mentioned earlier of being Chakali but not speaking the language.
While all the dialectal variants of the language are mutually intelligible, a speaker can be identified based on the features that are used.
Despite having 3,500 speakers, and being spoken by all community members in Gurumbele and Ducie, as well as by the majority of the community in Motigu and Katua, the language is slowly on its way to extinction, due to the Islamization of youth and to encroachment by other languages of the area, specifically "Waali". However, while it is clear this is happening, the language is, in most places, not yet in serious risk of dying out.
The language has a system of linguistic taboos, in which certain words are avoided on certain occasions due to misfortune associated with those words. The beliefs, and thus the circumstances, can be widespread or marginal, and, in some cases, the word may only be tabooed at certain times of the day. An example of this is teh fact that no sweeping is allowed when someone eats, and uttering the word 'tʃãã', lit. "broom", is also forbidden. Certain animal names are excluded as they may either be tabooed by someone present, due to their animal totem and/or their meet is forbidden. Furthermore, they may be tabooed to avoid attracting the animal's attention, with the belief that saying its name will draw attention. Some examples of tabooed words are below:
Avoided Word Substitute Word Literal Meaning Gloss
bɔ̀là sé-zèŋ́ animal-big elephant
bɔ̀là néŋ-tɪɪ̄n̄ā arm hand-owner
dʒɛ̀tɪ̀ ɲú-zéŋ-tɪɪ̄n̄ā head-big-owner lion
bʊ́ɔ̀mánɪɪ́́ ɲú-wíé-tɪɪ̄n̄ā head-small-owner leopard
tébíŋ̀ bárà-tʃɔ́gɔ́ʊ́ place-spoil.pfv.foc night
búmmò dóŋ dirt black

Linguistics

As a Gursi language, Chakali is closely related to languages such as Deg, Vagla, Tampulma, Kyitu/Siti, Phuie, Winyé and the various varities of Sisaala, including Pasaale. All of these are minority languages spoken in northwest Ghana, southwest Burkina Faso and northeast Ivory Coast. Tampulma, Vagla, Deg and Pasaale are the closest to Chakali in terms of mutual intelligibility.
All of these languages are also part of the much bigger Niger-Congo family, which includes languages such as Yoruba, Igbo, Fula and Shona. Perhaps the most well-known Niger-Congo language is all from the Bantu subgrouping (which Shona also belongs to): Swahili, Xhosa and Zulu.
Please bear in mind that, while the languages themselves are considered related, the internal structure of the Niger-Congo languages is not well defined, and more research needs to be done.
Classification
Chakali's full classification is as follows:
Niger-Congo > Atlantic-Congo > Savannas > Gur > Southern Gur > Grũsi > Western > Chakali
Phonology and Phonotactics
Chakali has nine phonemic oral vowels, which can be realized as 11 different surface vowels. The vowel phonemes are /i u ɪ ʊ e o ɛ ɔ a/ with [ə] and [ɑ] being the surface forms that aren't phonemic. [ɑ] occurs is often found following the –ATR vowels (i.e. ɪ, ɛ, ɔ, ʊ). [ə] occurs as an epenthetic vowel or as a reduction of a full vowel.
All vowels, except for [ə], do have a nasalized counterpart. While most of these are found near nasal features, and often occur under their influence, there are attested nasal vowels where adjacent nasal features are absent, giving rise to three (near-)minimal pairs that show oral and nasal vowels do contrast. Likewise, vowel length can be contrastive, thus giving over around 27 phonemic vowel realizations in the language.
There are a total of 25 phonemic consonants in Chakali. These are spread across eight places of articulation -- bilabial, labial-dental, alveolar, postalveolar, palatal, velar, glottal and labial-velar -- and often contrast for voicing. Likewise, two further consonants can be realized on different underlying phonemes.
There are 10 attested syllable types in the language: CV, CVV, CVC, CVVC, V, N, CVVV, CCVC, CCVV, CCV; C represents a consonant, V is a vowel and N is a syllabic nasal. Of these ten attested syllable types, only four -- the first four -- appear word medially; these four are by far the most attested as well.
All velars, as well as the alveolar nasal, lateral and trill, plus rare instances of [m] are permitted in the coda of a syllable. Syllables can either be light, containing one mora; heavy, with two moras; or superheavy, with three moras. Furthermore, there is also a weak syllable, which has resulted from reduction or augmentation of a syllable through the process of (a) vowel epenthesis, (b) vowel weakening or (c) intervocalic lenition.
A sequence of consonants is not phonologically distinctive and many tokens are the results of place assimilation. It is treated as a repetition of adjacent and identical segments within a word, closing one and opening the next syllable. Only the set of consonants {n, l, m, ŋ} is attested.
There are a number of sandhi affects working on the language, both word-internally and across word boundaries. Some of the internal processes include: nasal place assimilation, nasalization of verbal suffixes, vowel epenthesis and vowel reduction. External sandhi include nasal place assimilation, focus particle's place assimilation and vowel harmony.
Chakali is also a tonal language, using both lexical and grammatical tone. This means that tone works both on the lexical level, and distinguishes words pronounced exactly the same except for the tone, as well as on the phrasal level, where tone is used to distinguish grammatical sentences, such as "I am eating" from "I ate". There are two tones, High and Low, which are assigned to the mora. This means that light syllables get one tone, while heavy syllables can either have a falling or rising tone.
Falling intonation is a phrasal property by which a sequence of tones is cu- mulatively lowered; underlyingly though, the tones are either high or low. This gradual pitch fall may result in a low tone at the beginning of a phrase being as high as a high tone at the end of the phrase.
Lastly, Chakali has a process of vowel harmony. This harmony is expressed on suffixes based on the stem root, and works based on advanced tongue root (ATR) and roundess of the vowel.
Morphology and Syntax
Definiteness is encoded on Chakali nouns via the use of articles. There are two articles in Chakali (ART1) and tɪ̀ŋ (ART2). Both of the articles are translated roughly as English 'the'. ART1 is treated as a functional word which makes the noun phrase specific, but not necessarily definite; the speaker should have a particular referent in mind whereas the addressee may or may not share this knowledge. ART2 is better phrased as 'as referred previously' or 'this (one)', and thus it appears when the speaker knows that the addressee will be able to identify the referent of the noun phrase; in essence, the referent is familiar.
Depending on how noun classes are defined, there are nine in Chakali. However, out of these nine, only five are common. The table below shows how the singular and plural of all nine noun classes are formed, as well as what percentage of nouns are in each class.
Feature Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Class 7 Class 8 Class 9
Singular -V Ø Ø V Ø Ø Ø Ø -N
Plural -sV -sV -V -V -nV Ø -tV -mV -sV
Percentage 8% 32% 23% 17% 8% 7% 1.8% 0.9% 0.8%
While the classes may have originally had semantic criteria used when assigning nouns to them, those criteria are no longer productive. Instead, it seems that new nouns are assigned to a noun class based on the phonological stem of the root.
There are several ways to derive a nominal stem. Verbal processes, which denote non-stative events, are made with either reduplication or adding a suffix -/. This is used to add either an 'agent of X' or 'action of X', so you can take gʊ̀ɔ̀, 'dance', add /- to get gʊ̀ɔ̀r, 'dancer'. Likewise, búól, 'sing' can be reduplicated to give bùòlbúóló, 'singer'.
The specification of the maturity and sex of an animate entity is accomplished in the following way: male, female, young, and adult are organized in morphemes encoding one or two distinctions. These morphemes are suffixed to the rightmost stem. To distinguish between male and female, the morphemes (sg/pl) wal/wala ‘male’ and nɪɪ/nɪɪta ‘female’. The language employs two strategies to express the distinction between the adult animal and its young, which is called here ‘maturity’. The first is to simply add the morpheme -bi ‘child’ to the head, e.g. bɔla-bie/bɔla-bise ‘young elephant(s)’. In the second strategy both the sex and maturity distinctions are con-veyed by the morpheme, seen in the table below:
Age Male Female
Young -w(a/e)lee -lor
Adult -wal -nɪɪ
Chakali has seven personal pronouns, corresponding to a singular and plural person split between three persons. In the third person plural, there is a split based on animacy between humans and non-humans. All seven of these pronouns have three forms: a weak, strong and emphatic form. Strong forms cannot occur with a focus particle, while weak forms cannot be fronted and don't appear at the beginning of a sentence. An emphatic pronoun can be correferential with a weak pronoun, but a strong and weak one cannot. The proper use of strong and weak pronouns is conditioned by the emphasis placed on the participant(s) of the event or the event itself, and by the polarity of the clause in which they appear. In this way, strong pronouns cannot co-occur in a sentence that another constituent is in focus in. All the personal pronomial forms, as well as the possessive forms, can be seen in the table below:
Person Weak Strong Emphatic Possessive
First Singular mɪ́ŋ ńwà ṇ(ː)
Second Singular ɪ hɪ́ŋ ɪ́ɪ́ẃà ɪ(ː)
Third Singular ʊ wáá ʊ́ʊ́wà ʊ(ː)
First Plural ja jáwáá jáwà ja
Second Plural ma máwáá máwà ma
Third Plural Non-human a áwáá áwà a(ː)
Third Plural Human ba báwáá báwà ba
Chakali has only a few verb forms, and is in fact limited to two inflectional suffixes and one assertive suffix: (i) signals negation int he negative imperative clause (ii) another attaches to some verb stems int he perfective intransitive only and (iii) the other signals assertion and puts the verbal constituent in focus.
As its name suggests, a perfective intransitive construction lacks a grammatical object and implies an event’s completion or its reaching point. In the case of verbal state, the perfective implies that the given state has been reached, or that the entity in subject position satsfies the property encoded in the verbal state lexeme. The imperfective conveys the unfolding of an event, and it is often used to describe an event taking place at the moment of speech. In addition, the behavior of the egressive marker ka suggest that the imperfective may be interpreted as a progressive event.
To contrast the difference between a transitive perfective and a transitive imperfective, a combination of tone and pronoun length is used. Furthermore, tone is also used to signify polar questions.
In Chakali, preverb particles encode various event-related meanings. These preverbs are used to encode tense, aspect and mood in the verb, and often have several meanings based upon tone; for instance, ka(a) can be used as a present progressive or as a future marker, depending on if it has a high or rising tone, respectfully.
Chakali encodes in preverbs a type of time categorization known as three-interval tense. It is possible to express that an event occurred specifically yesterday, as opposed to earlier today and the day before yesterday, i.e. hesternal tense, or specifically tomorrow, as opposed to later today and the day after tomorrow, i.e. crastinal tense (glossed cras). The hesternal tense particle dɪ/de (glossed hest) refers to the day preceding the speech time. Lengthening the hesternal past particle allows one to express the tense associated with the particle, in addition to indicating progressive.
Preverbs can also be used to express concepts such as 'early'/'quickly' on a verb (te), to express order of events (zɪ́), modal meanings or an abrupt/swift manner (baaŋ), interative iteration and the single repetition of an event (), change in direct (bra), habitual aspect, with a possible (im)perfective aspect distinguished by length and tone (ja(a)), used to express 'yet' or 'still' (ha/haalɪ), and to make reference to two opposite paths (tu and zɪn).
A pronomial object can be incorporated and expressed on the verb as a clitic, followed by the focus particle. Some examples of this can be seen on the table below:
tɪɛ ‘give’
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-ń̩ nā 'Wusa gave me'
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-ɪ́ rā Wusa gave you
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-ʊ́ rā Wusa gave her
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-já rā Wusa gave us
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-má rā Wusa gave you
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-á rā Wusa gave them
wʊ̀ sá tɪɛ́ ́-bá rā Wusa gave them

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Time Speaker A Followed by either Speaker A or B
Morning ánsùmōō ɪ̀ sìwȍȍ ‘You stood?’; ɪ̄ dɪ̀ tʃʊ́àwʊ̏ʊ̏ ‘And your lying?’; ɪ̀ bàtʃʊ̀ àlɪɪ́ ̀ wīrȍȍ ‘You sleeping place was good?’
Afternoon átnèrēē ɪ́ wɪśɪ́ tèlȅȅ‘ Has the sun reached you?; ɪ́ dɪá́ ‘And your house?’; ɪ̄ bìsé mūŋ ‘And all your children?’
Evening ɪ́ dʊ̀ ànāā ɪ́ dʊ̄ɔ̄n tèlȅȅ ‘Your evening has reached’; ɪ́ kúó ‘And your farm?’

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2018.10.16 21:28 Jay_Diem What I Experienced in the New Mexican Wilderness

This was ported over from an old account of mine with the mods’ permission.
Before I begin, I just want to say that it may well have just been some kind of strange rabid coyote that we encountered out in the Gila River National Forest, but maybe it was something else. I am not sure what I believe.
I discovered Nosleep a few weeks ago after browsing on a few other subreddits. I didn’t like Reddit’s layout and I used to prefer browsing on Imgur (now I understand Reddit is for text stories and Imgur is for pictures). I started reading creepypastas when one came up in Imgur’s usersub and couldn't get enough of the really good ones on creepypasta.org, creepypasta.com, and the stories here on Nosleep. Then I found one titled Skinwalker deep in my feed one day and a wave of chills rolled over me.
I put off reading it for a long time but when I finally read it I was both disappointed and relieved. It was pretty good, very good in fact but the creature described there was just the classic internet horror figure “The Rake”, and not a Skinwalker. I decided to record my own experience in as much detail as I could to make sure they are totally differentiated. The Rake, Slenderman, Fleshgaits, Candle Jack, are all one thing, Skinwalkers are totally separate. As for real? I can’t confirm because in order to do that I would either need video evidence or a dead one and I have neither. I can tell you what I saw however, what I experienced, and you can draw your own conclusions.
4 Years ago I was on a camping trip in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. I am from a small town on the Arizona-New Mexico border called Duncan (don’t worry, you’ve never heard of it) but now I live in St. Louis Missouri. When I say small, I don’t mean “doesn’t have a Walmart small” I mean “if I stood on my roof I could see where town ends” small, but it was a good upbringing, if extremely boring.
I had a week off of work and had been planning this trip for months. I was taking a few really good friends back to where I would hike in high school. My best friend Dave, his brother Daniel and his brother's girlfriend Ida who had long grown tired of the “Idaho” jokes made her whole life (partially by me and Dave) and now went by her shortened middle name Beth. Obviously I wouldn’t include that last bit if it wasn’t important so keep that in your back pocket for now.
We were all experienced campers and outdoorsmen, Daniel had actually met Beth partial hiking the Appalachian Trail, and Dave and I had spent time doing walkabouts in the Ozarks and Smokeys with one trip up to the boundary waters where lost a pack in a capsized canoe and had to survive off the land for a few days before we got to someone with a satellite phone. This is important because you need to understand that we all knew our way around the wild, we didn’t scare easily and knew that 9 times out of 10 the animals we are afraid of, are more afraid of us.
Just as an aside, typically these stories are annoyingly vague when it comes to location and details, especially the ones people say are legitimate, so I will copy and paste the plan for the trip below. Any local will tell you that these are real places that people do go while backpacking.
The plan was to start from Silver City, go 42 miles north on NM 15 and turn left toward Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Continue one mile to the West Fork trailhead. Walk a half mile back to the TJ Corral trailhead, climb Little Bear Canyon, then hike down into the Middle Fork Gila River Canyon. Follow the river upstream, and set up camp around the six mile marker. After the day hikers are gone, backtrack to the hotsprings before dinner. The next day, continue up the Middle Fork to set up camp at The Meadows (I called it Matthews Flats in high school). The next day take the Prior Creek and Lilley Park Trails, crossing plateau grasslands to the rim of Hells Hole Canyon. Take Hells Hole Trail 268 to West Fork Trail 151, following it 12 miles to the end. There’s a great camp site under a rocky alcove near the Hells Hole Trail junction if we make it there in good enough time. If this story doesn’t dissuade you, I’d recommend this backpacking trip, but I won’t be going back there.
On our first night we made camp exactly where we were supposed to around six miles from the trailhead down the middle fork of the river. We found a nice quiet spot by the river bank about 40 feet from the water. It was dark, and the fire was small but warm and the food that you make while camping always tastes better than when it is cooked at home. We were quiet, and the stars overhead seemed close enough that if you reached your hand out you could brush them away like sand from a blanket. The only light came from a half moon hung low in the sky through the scrubby trees and our fire.
The euphoric peace was crushed by the absolutely unmistakable sound of coyotes that echoed throughout the trees behind us. Those who have never heard them may think 'they're basically dogs, they'd sound like barking' but that's not the case. Coyotes cry, they shriek and yap. Some people think they sound like children crying out in pain. Beth heard them first and turned her flashlight to the north. We could tell they were a long way off but when you hear something like that you instinctively look for a source.
Daniel said we should pack up tight tonight, and that we didn't need any scavengers like that getting in to our food or trash. We agreed even though the likelihood of anything getting close to us was very slim. Bears had been sighted recently so it was better to be safe. We re-packed anything that could attract unwanted attention and in the process let the fire die down to embers all the while hearing the crying to the north. It was then we all saw it. A single coyote, sitting in the dark watching us about 30-40 yards out of our camp next to a small mesquite tree. We could see its shining, iridescent eyes in the dark thanks to the little fire and they shined bright like emerald mirrors when flashlights were shined in its direction. We heard his pack to the west again but he didn't react beyond turning an ear to that direction. Dave asked if he should shoot it since coyotes are vermin around here but we all said no, it hadn't done anything and may have just been curious. Dave had a .500 Smith & Wesson revolver as black bear deterrent that he kept in a leg drop holster on his left leg.
It was getting late and we had a big hike the next day so after everything was put away, we got in to our tents and went to bed. I didn't sleep too well that night and every time I looked through the mesh window of my tent I saw those two unflinching iridescent orbs in the darkness.
The coyote was gone when we woke up. We broke camp and buried the fire. Not disturbing the environment was important to us and we made sure to leave nothing but footprints. Beth and Daniel were the first to notice something wrong though. The mesquite tree that the coyote was close to was much bigger in the daylight. And there were absolutely no tracks to be found. Dave quickly explained that it was too dry for good prints and the coyote was just probably closer than we thought in the darkness. I wasn't convinced, we were camped on a riverbank so in theory it should have been at least a little wet but there was no need to insight a panic over nothing, plus it was gone by this point so I thought “who cares”.
We had two more days to the plateau with a night at the top and when we got about a half hour in to the hike, Daniel stopped. He was sure he had his knife the night before but it was now missing from its sheathe on his pack. He decided that we should go on ahead and he would run back down to the campsite. It should only put him about an hour behind us, less if we walked slow and he had plenty of experience on his own. Besides, we got smart and Daniel rented a satellite phone for 50 bucks for the week so if he got in trouble he could call the park rangers. He said he would be back long before dark when we had camp set up and he should have been, the trail at that point wasn’t that tough
He wasn't.
We set up the camp at The Meadows, got a fire going, the sun had set and the last light was leaving the sky. The reds and pinks of the sunset gave way to the purples and blues of night. We were discussing whether or not to send someone out to look for him when we heard fast heavy footsteps. He was running, winded and trying to say something. He didn't have his pack.
Bear! I thought, and looked at Dave who already had his gun out ready to put down whatever came up the trail after his brother. Daniel was gasping for air, he collapsed at Beth's feet holding himself up with his arms. Beth screamed asking if he was alright, what was wrong, if he was hurt. Meanwhile, I reached in my pack and retrieved my camp axe, it wasn't much but it was better than the small 3 inch knife I kept in my hip pocket.
Nothing came after Daniel. He was still panting when he turned over to sit in the ground.
“It's not a coyote” was all he could say for the next fifteen minutes between drinks of water from my Camelbak and gasps of air. He repeated it over and over. I looked at Dave who had never seen his brother like this. Daniel was an Eagle Scout and fairly large guy at about 6’2” 200lbs and wasn’t the type to get spooked by an animal, even a big one.
Beth never let go of him as we made food that night. One of the tents, some of the food, his sleeping bag and one of the two cooking pans had been in his bag. A day hiker actually found it and it was sent back to him some weeks later. It was torn a bit but nothing was missing. (Always put your info on your stuff kids, there are still good people left.)
When he got ahold of himself and was able to breathe normally, he told us what happened, punctuated by deep breaths and a vacant look as he was trying to decide if what he just experienced actually happened to him. He said that he had almost reached the river when he realized how quiet it was. He heard no birds, no bugs, no wind. He barely heard the river which at this point was little more than a trickle, when the night before it was shallow but at least 15 feet across. He looked up the trail to see the coyote from the night before, but standing on two legs like a man 40 feet from him.
He said it stood 6 feet tall and didn’t dance around at all trying to stay up like a dog does who is trained to balance on two legs. He made it a point to mention that it’s mouth was closed as it just stared at him. A deep, primal fear seized him and triggered his freeze instinct. He said he locked eyes with it for a minute that seemed like hours, when he finally had the sense to try backing away. No sooner had that thought entered his head did the coyote let out the most unnatural coyote cry he had ever heard. He said it wasn’t deafening in the sense that your ears are left ringing but it was deafening in the sense that that noise is all you can hear even after it had stopped.
Daniel wasn’t stupid enough to think that he could outrun a coyote, especially one of this size who was clearly not afraid of him, so he had to think quick. He slowly took a step back fully expecting the animal to charge but it didn’t. Too afraid to look away he crouched down and felt for a rock, a big stick, something to defend himself with but there was nothing but small pebbles. It began to move it’s mouth and Daniel stood up. The animal’s eyes rolled back in its head and it slowly opened its mouth too wide to be natural. He showed me a picture of an animal called a thylacine and told me it’s mouth looked like that when we got back after all this. It’s an extinct dog like thing from Tasmania that could open it’s mouth to something like 130º, look it up if you have the time.
This obviously put him over the edge. His flight response kicked in and he took off back towards us. An hour away. Running full tilt back down the hiking trail he heard the cry one more time a few seconds later as deafening as ever. He heard the shifting of gravel behind him and the sounds of footsteps. The coyote was running after him. Whether it was on two legs or four, Daniel didn’t know, but he didn’t risk slowing down to look back and see. He was horse-collared by his pack a few feet later. From his knees he slipped it off and ran as fast as he could. He knew the coyote should have been on him within 20 yards but there were no footsteps behind him.
He ran as long as he could before he slowed to a walk. Winded, he turned around to see nothing. He heard a snap in the forest to his right and he saw it as it reared up on two legs again. He couldn't run far but it was the only chance he had. He stopped to walk whenever he was too tired to run any more but every little twig snapping or rustling in the forest became the coyote in his mind, driving him forward. Eventually he could see our fire light through the trees and broke out in to a sprint. He said he nearly passed out more than once and that pure fear kept him running.
Obviously at this point our trip was over. We had half the food, and half the tents, not to mention whatever was following us. We didn't have much choice regarding what to do that night though. It was dark and we had to try to hike back out the next day. Daniel wouldn't sleep unless someone kept watch so we slept in shifts. The tent we had left was a three person tent so that Dave and I could keep our packs inside with us as well as other supplies while we slept, so while it wasn’t ideal, it wasn't that big of a deal to cram three of us in while the other one kept watch. We stayed up between the tent and the fire for an hour and would then sleep 3 hours while the others took their turn. Dave left us his revolver with instructions to shoot to wound, not kill, with the first shot, but not to hold back if any follow up shots were necessary, just in case we were shooting at something that wasn't our “coyote”, God forbid we should shoot a person hiking the woods at night for some reason. He took the first watch. Beth took the second and I took the third.
Beth woke me up at about 1:30 AM. She was visibly scared. Before I could say anything she put a finger to her lips and then covered her mouth with one hand. She was silently crying and looking at Daniel. I got up out of the tent and looked around. The forest was still except for the wind in the trees. The wind blew the tall grass and it bent as if an invisible hand brushed the tops of the blades. Visibility was obviously limited but we could see the tree line surrounding most of the meadow.
Beth and I silently looked at each other and the surrounding area for five minutes before speaking. I wondered why on earth she woke me up instead of Daniel when she finally spoke. In a low whisper, she told me "I heard my name" with tears still slowly rolling down her cheeks. Trying to remain rational, I told her it was ok, we were all shaken up, and that the wind bending branches could conceivably make a "beh" sound and blowing through leaves could make a "th" sound forming "Beth". She was shaking her head. "I didn't hear 'Beth'". The hairs on my neck and arms stood up. She swore she’d heard Daniel's voice coming from the trees calling her real name. She looked in the tent to see if he was still there and when he was, she was too afraid to wake him. I stayed awake with her for the remaining half her shift trying to hear what she heard but the only noise came from the occasional bug and the sound of the wind. After a long while she settled down enough to be able to at least try to go back to sleep in the tent.
We were so focused on listening that when it was my turn to take watch on my own, the fire had died down to almost nothing. This gave me something to occupy my time after Beth went back in the tent though so that was ok. Unfortunately, rebuilding the fire took less than 15 minutes and was left with nothing to do but be alone with my thoughts for the remaining 45. This was the first time I really had to think about what was happening and how ridiculous it sounded. I believed them though, Beth and Daniel. Growing up on the border of New Mexico gave me countless opportunities to talk with native Navajo people. I knew that what was out there perfectly fit the description of a Skinwalker, an evil Navajo medicine man who had inherited the ability to shapeshift in to different animals if he wore their skin. I had seen some weird stuff in the desert as a kid but nothing like what Daniel said he saw. We weren't that far from the Rez (what we called the reservation) so it made sense, but they didn’t actually exist right? Plus, I was told I didn't have to worry about them.
A native kid I went to high school with told me that as ridiculous as it sounds, they can't hurt white people. But now I obviously wasn't sure. I thought it was just superstition so I never asked how to actually fight these things. I began to fear an encounter. What if it actually was real? If so, why did it want us? What would I do if it attacked? Would bullets hurt it? If not, what then? Would I die out here in the wild, victim of some kind of ancient ritual? My fear turned to dread. How would it kill me? My death was inevitable in my mind. We could call the rangers or police or something but it would take them hours to reach us, minimum. By then it would be way too late. Looking back now, I'd think I was being irrational, but I now know that a sudden, deep rooted fear is a sign of a supposed Skinwalker nearby.
My shift was almost done. I had almost forgotten about the gun beside me on the log I was sitting on. I almost didn't hear it. A twig snapped, off in the brush. Through the waves of heat and sparks escaping the fire two iridescent orbs shone amidst the darkness of the meadow before me. My heart was in my throat. I shot up off the log and raised the gun. The eyes disappeared in to the dark.
Did I imagine it? Was I so afraid of this thing that I had envisioned its eyes locking with mine through the flames?
The cry almost 90° to my right shattered my thoughts. It couldn't have moved that far, that fast...could it? Was there more than one?
It sounded like a coyote, just one, high pitched shriek but that wasn't the only sound there... Over a year later I would be at an outdoor concert. I was one of the first people in the gates and the sound tech had not muted one of the mics on stage. When a gust of wind blew through the empty amphitheater and reached the mic, I froze. The low quiet rumble of the wind emanating from the subs that shook my core froze me in my tracks. That's as close as I can come to describing the noise beneath the singing shriek of what I heard.
I turned, there off to my right, standing upright, was the thing. It's forelegs weren't raised in a "beg" position like a dog does when they stand on their back legs. They hung awkwardly downward in front. It's mouth was closed as it stared me down from the tree line some 90 feet away. I heard Daniel gasp in the tent next to me. He knew it was back. Beth stifled a scream through her hands.
Through more sheer terror than I had ever experienced I unloaded 3 shots in its' direction, forgetting all about the aforementioned plan to "shoot to wound". The gun kicked way harder than I anticipated and at least one of my shots flew far in to the treetops above the creature. I think I hit it with one shot though because it took a step back on two legs. I saw it’s mouth open then, I saw every tooth on it’s bottom jaw and they were all pointed at me. The animal shook its head once, and then with speed unlike anything I had ever seen, it ran straight across the meadow right for me... still on two legs.
The others came pouring out of the tent now as all of this had taken place over the course of less than 20 seconds. I fired again before it took too many steps and for sure hit it this time in the chest. After this hit, it dropped down on all fours and jerked 90° and took off in that direction. It ran toward the tree line behind the tent and picked up speed as it disappeared in to the tall grass. I fired one more shot where I thought it would be before Dave yelled at me to stop. The revolver was a 5 shooter and he didn't have much ammunition. He thought he would only use the revolver against bears and figured if you can't put the bear down in 5 shots, it's over for you anyway.
We didn't sleep the rest of the night. It's image haunts me to this day. It pops up in my head from time to time and I can’t help but dwell on the living image in my head. Eyes rolled back, mouth open too wide like a thylacine as it gave a cry from another world.
I gave the revolver back to Dave and he reloaded with what little ammo he had left, just a small pocket size 20 round box with only 15 left before he reloaded. None of us slept again that night. We packed up camp and waited by the fire until first light. The plan was to begin hiking as soon as we could see and call the park rangers to get out and meet us on the trail as soon as they could. We knew it would be more than day's hike but if the rangers could meet us on quads or ideally a truck we could get to the imagined safety of the trailhead quickly.
We called and told them we had been attacked by something in the night. It turned out that the guy who answered, Roderick, was Navajo, and got real quiet as we described what we saw. In a very serious tone, he said they'd bring out two side by sides, and that they'd get out in the next few minutes. He also told us that if we saw it again, not to look it in the eyes. He said he knew what it was and that we were lucky a few bullets deterred it for now.
Hiking back down the trail we were all extremely on edge. Every movement in the corner of our eyes was the thing. All of us had weapons out, silently walking, eyes constantly scanning. Dave who was in front with the gun stopped momentarily, causing all of us to stop. Not 10 minutes from our camp was the body of an elk. It wasn't torn in half, it's entrails didn't spill out all over the trail in a bloody mess. The skin was gone, and the head, and something had eaten much of the top rear leg but it was largely untouched by the scavenger animals of the forest. We would have heard a hunter the day before, and no trophy hunter would leave the carcass in the middle of a trail. I don’t even know if it was elk season. I think that thing wanted us to find it. Wanted us to know what it was capable of, what it planned to do to us. We didn't see a single animal the rest of the hike, living or dead. When we heard the motors of the side by sides heading up the the trail we all breathed for what seemed like the first time since we broke camp.
Roderick was driving the first one. He asked if we were all okay and if we had seen it again. We said no but we told him about the elk which he completely brushed off and told us to get in the vehicles. He didn't really want to talk about what he thought it was but I knew. He had us fill out a report upon getting to the ranger station but told us to hang around there for a few minutes. He walked out of the station with us and told us that he didn't know what exactly we saw because he wasn’t there but to him it sounded like something that his people don't talk about because the get power from the verbalization of their name, that they feed on fear. He also told us that it would make him feel better if we received a blessing from a good medicine man on the Rez. Beth wanted to go but the rest of us just wanted out of New Mexico. Roderick drove us to our car and we spent the next 3 days with my family back home.
After that we drove to Phoenix and flew back to St. Louis. I still wake at night when I hear coyotes crying. They live in the woods behind my house. I always go back to sleep when I realize that they are just coyotes and nothing more, when I don’t hear the chest rumbling whisper beneath their cries.
I still hike and backpack, but it took a while to get back out. Out of the hundreds of times I have been out, this was the only time I had ever been attacked by anything. I have gotten in to Native American paranormal sightings since I left New Mexico, because if Skinwalkers are real, and I'm not necessarily saying they are, we may have simply been attacked by some kind of rabid coyote that learned to stand, and at this point I almost believe it. If they are real, why not Wendigos, why not The Whistlers, why not Sasquatch, the Big Water Snake, or the Piasa Bird.
Unfortunately there's not really a satisfactory ending to my story, because it's not a story. It is reality. There is no edgy cliffhanger or goosebumps inducing final line. That's it. That's my story, and if you have one, I'd love to hear yours.
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2017.04.22 01:16 NavajoJoe00 Don't Whistle at Night (Part 2)

Part One
It was the middle of summer and yet it was so cold. We sat in that dark house with a single candle being our only source of light. Fear had paralyzed me, taking deep gasping breathes I just stood in the middle of the room. My brother sat on the bunk bed with his head in his hands. Bouncing his leg in a nervous rhythm. My father breathed into his hands before building a fire. He made short work of it, and soon the fires dim red and yellow light danced across the ceiling. It was almost comforting, except for the insistent whistling.
At first, the stone walls of our house muffled the whistling. Allowing our ears a break from the piercing sound. My dad grabbed me gently by the shoulder and lead me to my brother. He sat me next to him before grabbing a chair for himself. The air was still cold and it would take a long while before the warmth of the fire made any difference. I was in a daze and my chest began to hurt. My dad slowly put both hands on either side of my face. Forcing me to meet his gaze. I saw his familiar scared face and furrowed brow. “Breath Joe. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Shiye’ control your breathing.” My gasping turned into methodical breathing and I was able to calm down. Snapping out of my trance like state.
My brother’s leg stopped bouncing. “It stopped” he said between his fingers. He was right, the whistling had stopped and only the wind could be heard. I exhaled sharply, seeing my breath in the dim light. “why’s it so cold dad?” I asked softly. My father didn’t answer at first, and simply gazed out the window. As if he was looking for something in the darkness. “Get your pajamas on and get to bed.” He finally replied without looking at us.
We did as we were told and were soon in bed. My brother on the bottom bunk and me on the top. My back grazing the earthen wall behind me. Although it was cold, it felt cool, not cold. Having absorbed the heat of the day. The wind blowing harder than I had ever heard in my short life. My dad grabbed a lit kerosene lantern and headed back out into the night. I shut my eyes, trying to force myself to sleep. Hoping dawn would come soon.
I was able to doze off, because I opened my eyes to a dimness. The fire had gone down to a bed of hot coals. Blearily rising from the top bunk, I looked toward my dad’s bed. I could see the rough outline on his bed, but it was hard to be sure in the dark and without my glasses. “Dad, are you in hear” I whispered. There was no response. Quietly climbing down the bunk I fumbled for my glasses. “Dad?” Still no response. Walking toward his bed, the mass I had seen remained still. Three steps away with an outstretched hand – KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK!
The air in the house became still with a sensation of heaviness. I stood frozen in place, not daring to turn around. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK! Each knock was heavy and pounded into my head. The long silence returned. “Joe, come on Joe. Open the door. Why’d you lock it?” Through teary eyes, my gaze focused on the door. “Dad?” I chocked. “Yes Joe, open the door. I got locked out. Come on, open the door.” Frozen, my nine-year-old mind racing to make sense of this situation. The handle rattled with loud forceful shacks. The hinges bulging with strain as if a heavy mass were pushing against it. “Open the fucking door your little shit stain!” my father’s voice yelled. I began to cry. The tears and snot dripping from my face. The room was still unbelievably cold, and yet I was sweating. Shivering in my ratty pajamas. “Is it really you, dad?” I asked through my sobbing. “Open the fucking door!” was my only response.
My outstretched hand fell to my side. Somehow I had already walked the twenty steps and was frozen in front of the door. Focusing intently on my hand as it reached for the handle. My vision began to tunnel and my hearing defend. I couldn’t hear the roof rattling in the wind, the crackle of the coals, or the soft breathing of my brother. All I could hear was a dull ringing in my ear. Which began to sharpen and wobble until it resembled the whistle. This realization didn’t stop my hand as it began to turn the handle. My racing mind tried to fight against this urge to open the door. A small voice saying “that’s not dad! Don’t open the door!” was being drowned out by the even louder whistle.
Before I could open the door the wind had picked up the roof panel and slammed it down. In this moment I was able to turn my gaze to the slotted window in the door. Glaring at me through the glass was a snarling disembodied face. As if a sketch artist saw my father for a fraction of a second and was told to draw him from memory. The face morphed and changed in the darkness. As if it were desperately trying to take a solid form. This thing rattled the door and kept repeating “Open the door!”
I sat hugging my knees, sobbing uncontrollably. Trying to focus on any sound other than the whistling. The wind was all I could mentally focus on. “I’m going to kill you. All of you!” it said in an impossibly angrier tone. Further I sunk into my own head trying to focus all of my attention on the sound of the wind. Slowly I began to drown out all other sounds. The feeling of tingling fear all throughout my body. Hugging my legs not moving an inch, save for the shivering.
I felt a hand grab me from behind, and I turned clawing and screaming. “No! You’re not dad, don’t hurt my family!” I screamed like a wounded animal. Kicking and scratching at everything and anything. Whatever had grabbed me and pulled me into a tight embrace. The quiet sound of humming could be heard through the wind. Then gradually I could hear a voice. It was my father’s voice singing a Navajo lullaby. My body began to twitch as I tried to see. My father’s wind scared face and furrowed brow. With closed eyes he sang as carefully as possible. “Dad? Are you my dad?” I could barely get the words out as I noticed the deep scratches I had left in his arms. His blood staining both our shirts. “It’s okay shiye’ I’ve got you. It’s morning now, we’re safe.” It was true, a deep blue light was shining through the door of the window. A sign of the approaching dawn.
I later learned that the whistling was coming from a Chindii. It is the evil side of a human spirit. As we live our lives, every action of hatred and anger feeds the evil side. When we die, the good side of the spirit is absorbed into the earth. Living on within our mother, while the evil is left to forever wonder the surface. Spreading fear and panic as it travels. Whistling at night will call these spirits, and they will whistle back.
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2017.04.14 17:43 portlane Death Notices for Friday, April 14 2017

WHO DIED TODAY?
Clark County (Columbian):
Brown, Jeannine F., 72, Ocean Park, died April 11, 2017. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948. Farr, Stephen J., 62, Vancouver, died April 11, 2017. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948. Hauzenberger, Myrna L., 87, Vancouver, died April 5, 2017. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060. Hoff, Doris D., 95, Vancouver, died April 12, 2017. All County Cremation and Burial Services, 360-718-7948 Stewart, John L., 91, Vancouver, died April 6, 2017. Neptune Society, 503-491-1214. 
Portland (Oregonian):
Timothy Scott Braly
Sept. 28, 1972 - March 23, 2017
Timothy Scott Braly passed away at the age of 44, March 23, 2017 while in San Diego on business.
Tim was born Sept. 28, 1972 in Pittsburgh to his father, Charles Hoefling and his mother, Susan Hoefling. He grew up with two siblings, his sisters, Tracy (Hoefling) Pava and Elizabeth (Hoefling) Blythe. He graduated from Baldwin Whitehall High School before joining the Army to serve his country.
Tim first became a part of the Bomb Squad in the Army before later transitioning in to Air Traffic Control where he found his love for aviation. During that time he turned his computer hobby into a full fledged career. He attended college, majoring first in Computer Science and programming. After college, Tim became a professor at Hawaii State University, teaching his students how to program. As his career continued to advance, he traveled all over the world as a highly respected Computer and Network Engineer. Tim lived and breathed his passion for network engineering. In fact, he loved it so much that if he attempted to reach you by phone and you did not answer; he would follow up with a text to you stating "Destination Host Unreachable". This was his friendly reminder to call him back. While working and living in Alaska, Tim satisfied his heart for adventure and continued his love for aviation by getting his pilots license.
Generous and caring, Tim touched many lives. In fact, many have said that they truly believe that the world and their own lives will forever be changed for the better by having him in it. When Tim recently discovered the organization, Angel Flight, it tugged at his heart. His generous spirit compelled him to jump right in to volunteering his time and resources. The compassion that he was known for took over and he quickly completed 131 life saving missions for people living in remote places without the adequate access to the medical facilities that they needed. He gave of his time and covered the costs of his aircraft and its fuel to insure that his passengers had every opportunity to get the healthcare that they deserved. This was a great example of just the kind of person he was.
Tim is survived by his mother, Susan Hoefling; sister, Elizabeth Blythe; and his two nieces that he loved so much, Imagen Blythe and Eden Blythe. He was also blessed with many friends around the world who brought him much joy and happiness, some of which he considered family.
Tim, we will always love you, and we cherish each and every moment that you allowed us to be a part of your life. You taught us to live each moment to its fullest, and to always treat one another with love and respect. We will hold you in our hearts until we have the opportunity to meet again.
A funeral is pending, but will be announced at a later date here:
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Robert H. Braun
Oct.r 25, 1924 - April 9, 2017
Robert H. Braun, age 92, of San Mateo, Calif., died April 9, 2017 in New York City surrounded by family after enjoying a day of opera at the Met, a Manhattan at his favorite mid-town spot, the Algonquin, and a lovely dinner with his family.
Bob, born Oct. 25, 1924 in San Francisco, served in World War II as an officer of the 145th SeaBee Battalion on Okinawa 1945-1946.
He was a man who loved life, and even though he said "people are no damn good' he loved being with people. He made friends wherever he went in the world from checkers at Molly Stones, colleagues, and the homeless man near his office. His laugh and smile were infectious, as he would always say, "Smile, later today you may not feel like it!"
He loved to travel (his last trip was to "the golden road to Samarkand"), he loved photography, astronomy, music, cooking, history, M&Ms and oysters. He was an avid reader and philosopher and owned and operated three drones and two telescopes.
In 1958 he was a founding partner with Richard A. Charles in Charles & Braun, consulting engineers, a life member of ASHRAE, and a founder of APEC, early adopters of computers in HVAC engineering.
Bob served his city serving two terms on the school board of the San Mateo Elementary School District.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Gene; and leaves his sister, Dorothy J. Porter and her husband, Jerome; his three children, Richard of Portland and his wife, Becky, Elaine Keller of Littleton, Mass. and her husband, Clayton, Carolyn of Portland, Me.; two grandchildren, Daniel and Rebecca Keller; and many nieces; nephews; grandnieces; and grandnephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, 499 Boothbay Avenue, Foster City, Calif., with interment following at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, Calif.
Donations in his name may be made to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and/or the ACLU, of which he was a card carrying member.
Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel, Redwood City, CA. 650-369-3636.
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David Hampton Clark
Aug. 27, 1920 - April 9, 2017
David, age 96, passed away April 9, 2017, at home surrounded by loved ones.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., April 29, 2017, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Gresham, Fr. Rick Sirianni presiding. Lunch to follow service.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. For full obituary see:
greshamfuneral.com/obituaries/
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Laurel Kay Curry
Sep. 13, 1954 - March 30, 2017
Laurel Kay (Gibson) Curry passed away peacefully the evening of March 30, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Jessica; mother, Mary; and brother, Joe (Wendy).
Please join us for Laurie's Celebration of Life, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10705 Navajo Way in Oregon City.
Potluck from 1-5 p.m., with informal Service at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit Laurie's tribute page at
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Michael Garland Elliott
July 21, 1941 - April 6, 2017
Michael Garland Elliott passed away peacefully, April 6, 2017, surrounded by people who loved him dearly and cared for him selflessly during the last months of his life. He was born in Charlottesville, Va., in either 1940 or 1941 (he honestly didn't know!), and attended Lane High School, where he shined on the basketball court. After college at University of Virginia, he moved to Long Beach, Calif., where, among other things, he joined a semi-pro basketball team that toured the country playing exhibition games, dressed as women. At such times Mike was called Skaggy Maggie and continued round-ball domination, albeit with a different uniform.
Mike was a Porsche enthusiast, owning a dozen of them over the years, but nothing touched his heart like "the ancient game," golf. He was a founding member of The Reserve and spent countless weekends doing what he loved most with like-minded friends. He was very passionate about the game. One time (that we know of) he was angered by an errant shot and threw his club into a tree. Eventually every club in his bag was in that tree. Mike's health had declined over the past decade, and when he was no longer able to golf he accepted it with grace and humor, and threw things at the TV instead. Mike was also the sharpest dresser in town, single-handedly keeping Nike's apparel wing in the black.
Though Mike had no family remaining, he stayed close to the people he'd worked with in the plastics industry, especially Danny Velansky and Sean O'Brian, who was by his side at the end. Also present were Larry Smith, Judy Wiley, lovely neighbors Russ, Sandy and Garrett, and his devoted caregivers Alisha Alex, Sara Young and Leslie Kampmann, angels in human form. No patient ever, ever had more loving care.
Mike ran out of family long ago and is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliott. Though their marriage ran aground, their friendship only grew stronger and hers was the last voice Mike heard. And the last thing she said to him was "Donald Trump has been impeached." Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded. Mike will be forever missed but never forgotten. A proper memorial is planned for August.
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Fetter, Robert S. 49 Sept. 09, 1964 May 10, 2014 Love you and you live with us everyday.
In Loving Memory
George Edwin Field
Nov. 8, 1943 - May 11, 2016
It's been a year since you passed. Cancer took away a man we held so dear to our hearts. It happened so quickly and we are still so devastated. We are grateful knowing that we are connected to you forever in spirit and will one day be reunited with you. Your daughters love you dearly. We "wouldn't have traded you for the world" either dad.
Love your girls,
Jenny and Sara
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Laurie Ann (McLeod) Friday
Oct. 26, 1952 - April 7, 2017
Laurie 64, passed away peacefully April 7, 2017, after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Born to Ron and Norma McLeod. She attended Holy Cross Grade School and MaryCrest High School. She also graduated from Northwestern College of Business.
In June 1975, she married the love of her life, Mike Friday. Together they had one daughter, Amy Leigh.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 41 years, Mike; daughter, Amy Friday Wright (Cameron) of Oregon City; grandson, Noah; mother, Norma McLeod of Milwaukie; sister, Sue Miller (Ken) of Bend; and brother, Scott McLeod of Milwaukie. She was preceded in death by her father, Ron McLeod (1984); and her brother, Mike McLeod (2005). She will be greatly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Wilhelms Portland Memorial, in Sellwood, 6705 S.E. 14th; where she was also employed for the past 12 years. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances/donations would be greatly appreciated to help with Medical and Memorial bills to any branch of: Wells Fargo Bank FBO Laurie A. Friday Benefit Memorial Fund: a/c # 5546370569
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Doris J. (Lashley) Hobbs Jourdan
Aug. 22, 1927 - March 25, 2017
Doris June (Lashley) "Liz" Jourdan died Saturday, March 25, 2017 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her close family members.
Liz was born and raised in Evansville, Ind. She moved to Oregon in 1995, where she lived until her recent death.
A small memorial service will be held this August in Evansville. For her full obituary, please see:
www.anewtradition.com
.
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Margaret Kappes-Warren
June 29, 1922 - Sept. 20, 2016
Margaret Kappes-Warren, born June 29, 1922 in Great Falls, Mont., of Frank Ignatius and Elizabeth (Vosen) Kappes.
She was reared and educated in Montana, where she taught school and also worked for the U.S. Air Force. In 1946, she moved to Portland, and was employed at Portland General Electric Co., for several years. She subsequently joined the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, was transferred to their Research Station in Utah, and retired in 1982. In 1999, she married a dear friend, Frank M. Warren, retired Chairman of PGE. He passed away in 2009.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Fitzpatrick; many special nieces and nephews; and three stepchildren, Frank M. Warren Jr., Betsy Feichtmier, and Ginger Brubaker.
A special tribute goes to Margaret's two Oregon nieces, who were always most helpful and caring, Deborah Pittman and Jennifer Delaurent, and to Frank Warren Jr. for all his help during his father's illness – the kind of son every father should have…
Burial is to be in Great Falls, Mont. at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence St. Vincent Hospital, or to St. Cyril's Parish in Wilsonville, OR.
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Ronald Kibert
Oct. 15, 1949 - Apr. 7, 2017
Beloved local chiro- practor, Ronald Kibert died Friday, April 7, 2017. For full obituary go to
AutumnCares.com
. You can sign the condolences guest book there as well.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Opal 28, 510 N.E. 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232.
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Alma Linnea Mantei
May 8, 1924 - April 10, 2017
A visitation will be held at 12 p.m., April 21, 2017 with a funeral at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 11801 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd, Portland. Please leave online condolences at:
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Vada Miller Markt
May 4, 1916 - April 8, 2017
A memorial service for Vada M. Markt will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Tanner Spring A.L.F, 23000 Horizon Dr. West Linn.. A complete obituary is available at
www.omegaservices.com
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Wallace H. Matsumura
Dec. 9, 1930 - Mar. 10, 2017
Wallace H. Matsumura, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2017, in Portland.
Wally was the youngest of three children born to Kazuma and Toyo Matsumura in Waimea, Kauai. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1952, and completed post-baccalaureate work at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. He retired as a teaching supervisor in 1986 after a 30-year career in OHSU's Immunology department, clinical pathology lab.
Wally is survived by his wife, Diana; son, Robert; daughter, Jennifer; grandson, Owen; sister, Edith; aunt, Sally; uncle, Joe; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Remembrances may be made to Waimea High School (Kauai, HI) or the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter (Hillsboro, OR). Private memorial services will be held in Portland and Hawaii. Full obituary at
www.neptunesociety.com/obituaries
.
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Barbara Lee (Park) Meyer
July 28, 1929 - March 27, 2017
Barbara Lee Park Meyer died early Monday, March 27, 2017, in Newberg, one week after suffering a stroke. Throughout the week, family members gathered around her in the hospital, sharing stories, songs, and words of love and comfort.
Barbara faced several health challenges in the final seven years of her life. Her grace and inner strength in dealing with these challenges were remarkable.
Family, community service, science, and music were themes of Barbara's life. Barbara was born and grew up in the Los Angeles area. She attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate. There she met Alan Meyer, and they married in 1950. Barbara received a research fellowship at Purdue University and completed her masters degree in chemistry there in 1954. Her academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Honor Society).
She and Alan settled in Southwest Portland and raised four children, eventually moving to Tualatin and then to Newberg. While the children were young, Barbara devoted her attention to home life and community service, including serving as a member of the YWCA Board and the YWCA Executive Committee, helping to organize the Childbirth Education Association of Portland as Shattuck District Director and to set up classes in Preparation for Childbirth for the United Good Neighbor drive in 1966. She also served on the PTA and sang in the choir of the First Unitarian Church in Portland.
She was a research assistant for Alan on sabbatical in Costa Rica and later taught chemistry and microbiology to nursing students at Portland Community College. After retiring, she worked with Alan in his microbiology lab at OHSU. Costa Rica, Romania, England, Czechoslovakia, Australia, and China were countries where Barbara and Alan did microbiological research.
Barbara's activities in retirement included studying piano, favoring works by Chopin; volunteering in drama productions with international students at George Fox University; participating in community choir performances; assisting at Cat Adoption Team; and singing in Astor House chapel meetings.
Barbara's legacy includes an Oregon Community Foundation scholarship to assist community-college students entering university.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Bessie Park; and her brother-in-law, Steve Osborn. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Alan; her four children, Martha (Trandafir), David (Jane), Paul (Kim), and Matthew (Melissa); her five grandchildren, Daniela, Brittany, Ben, Marguerite, and Madeleine; her brother, Jerry (Sharon); sister, Sylvia Osborn; sister-in-law, Margaret Morley; and six nieces and nephews.
A time of remembering and celebrating Barbara's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 S.W. Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223, followed by refreshments from Noon to 1 p.m.
People who would like to share in front of the group are invited to prepare a brief story from their time with Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Barbara's memory to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Community Transitional School, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, or another charity.
For further information, please contact
David Meyer
503 246 1239
[email protected]
Service information is at
meyercelebrationoflife.weebly.com
and
attrells.com
.
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Esther Marie Nichols
Jan. 1, 1935 - April 10, 2017
Esther Marie Nichols, beloved mother of Robert, Mary and Kathleen; grandmother of Thomas, Rachel, Michelle and Annamaria; and great-grandmother of Lily; community servant and faithful member of Beaverton First Methodist Church, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017.
Funeral will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Church.
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Jessie June O'Conner
Nov. 8, 1924 - March 13, 2017
Jessie June O'Conner was born Nov. 8, 1924 in Beatrice, Neb. to Walter W. and Sarah M. Harvey. In 1927 the family came to Oregon and settled in St. Johns. Jessie attended James John grade school and Roosevelt High, graduating in 1943. During WWII she joined the work force in the ship yards.
In 1945 she married Eugene T. O'Conner. Jessie was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and brothers, Walter A. and Robert R. Harvey. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Hollamon; her children, Colleen Hole (Jesse), Mary Ann Higgenson (Duane), Michael, John (Will), Bobby Woolington (Belinda); 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Jessie had a keen sense of humor and a great gift for fun. She was a wonderful seamstress, a whiz at fixing small appliances and her sister always said that Jessie never met a stranger.
Special thanks to granddaughter, Miki Ann for her loving care and watchfulness over her grandmother in her last days.
Jessie was loved by many people, and the beautiful, funny, clever and intelligent woman that she was will always be remembered and dearly missed.
Jessie June, you were such a character.
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Faith Claire Oakley-Hendricks
March 3,1949 - April 10, 2017
Faith Claire Oakley-Hendricks of Scappoose passed away at 5:50 am of natural causes.
Faith was a master gardener and loved the outdoors, she also enjoyed doing make up for the Portland Opera.
Faith raised four children, Curt Evey of Apollo Beach, Fla., Troy Evey of Kent, Wash., Ariell Ladbury of Scappoose, Ore., and Richard Hendricks III of Cornelius. She has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by her siblings, Annie Oakley of King City, Sarah Wright of Chugwater, Wyo., and Lee Oakley of Brigham City, Utah.
Celebration of life will be between 1-4 p.m., April 15, 2017, at The Highlands- Club house 12930 S.W. Peachvale, King City, OR. 97224.
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Colleen Kay
Collson Percich
Sept. 17, 1953 - April 5, 2017
Colleen Kay Percich passed away April 5, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Colleen was born in Newport, Ore., and spent most of her life in Beaverton.
Colleen leaves behind husband, John; son, John Q. (Carlyn); and granddaughters, Kailey and Olivia.
A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m., April 23, 2017 at Portland Brewing Company, 2730 N.W. 31 Ave. For more info go to:
http://www.anewtradition.com/obituaries/obituary/14557_Colleen_K_Percich
Donations may be made to Downtown Womens Center, 511 S.W. 10 Ave, Suite 905, Portland, OR 97205.
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James H. Ross
May 31, 1930 - April 2, 2017
James H. Ross passed away April 2, 2017 at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Portland. He was born May 31, 1930 to James and Vera Ross in Niles, Ohio and was the oldest of four children.
As a young man he played trumpet in a band, skated for the Ice Capades, and played semi pro football for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He served in the Naval Reserve for seven years and in 1948 he met the love of his life, Joyce Torkelson. They were married in 1949 in Sacramento, Calif., and together raised four children, Richard Ross, Dennis Ross, Bruce Ross and CynDee Ross-Brockett. Jim has eight grandchildren, Kirsten Ross-Craeton, Sarah Jamieson, Meghan Pattle, Danielle Ross, Ian James Ross, Stephanie Brockett, Ashley Wright and Samone Franzese; and eight great-grandchildren.
Jim was a devoted husband and father and worked hard throughout his life. As a young man he started his career in the warehouse for Sherwin Williams. Jim had a tireless work ethic and a keen sense for detail allowing him to work his way up in the industry. He retired as Vice President of sales for Fuller O'Brien in 1990.
Jim's passions were his beloved wife, Joyce and his family. As a young father he spent weekends playing sports with his children and neighborhood kids and coached his sons' football teams. He loved the game of golf and was tireless in working to perfect his swing. He shared his love of the game with his family and friends and was often organizing small tournaments and games. Jim was an avid ballroom dancer and together he and Joyce taught dancing for 35 years. He enjoyed cooking and never missed an opportunity to share a meal and a glass of wine with friends and family. Jim knew no strangers, he could walk into a room of people and charm anyone into a conversation. He loved traveling with his beautiful wife of 68 years and together they saw much of the world.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sons, Richard and Dennis Ross; his Daughter, CynDee Ross-Brockett; sisters, Violet Gaines and Francis Ross; eight grandchildren; and his eight great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1:30 p.m., April 23, 2017, at the Riverview Chapel, 0300 S.W. Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland, Oregon. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to
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Dorothy 'Dot' Scales
July 7, 1912 - April 9, 2017
Dorothy "Dot" Edlefsen Scales passed away April 9, 2017 at age 104.
She was born July 7, 1912 in Portland, the second of John and Maud Edlefsen's six children. She attended Irvington Grade School, Grant High School and the University of Oregon where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Dot was a lifelong music lover. She played the violin in the Irvington Grade School orchestra and the Portland Junior Symphony when it was founded in 1924.
Her childhood summers were spent at the family cabin near Rhododendron, and filled with horseback riding in the Mount Hood National Forest. A highlight was climbing Mount Hood with her sister Ruth. It was during these years that she met her future husband, Ken Scales, who resided in Sandy.
Dot and Ken were married Sept. 19, 1934, and in the early years of their marriage she worked as a secretary for the president of the Portland Woolen Mills and later at U.S. Customs to help put her husband through medical school. They were married for 68 years, were members of Waverley Country Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club, and enjoyed winter visits to Palm Desert, Calif. and travel abroad.
Dot's Catholic faith was very important in her life. She was a longtime door-to-door volunteer for several charities. Being an excellent cook, she enjoyed giving her granddaughters cooking lessons. Dot also loved animals and had many family pets during her lifetime.
Her kindness, warmth, delightful laugh and beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include three children, Sally Sandberg (Bob), Ken Scales Jr. (Donna), Michael Scales (Lois); four grandchildren, Kasie Pranghofer (Kelly), Scott Scales, Sally-Shannon Birkel (TJ), Jennifer Scales; four great-grandchildren, Kyla, Kayden and Keagan Pranghofer, Michael Birkel; brother, Tom Edlefsen; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ken Scales; sisters, Ruth Norwood and Eleanor Herron; and brothers, Jack Edlefsen and Bill Edlefsen.
Contributions in Dot's memory may be made to the Oregon Food Bank, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211.
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Rosemary Shelia Sullivan
Aug. 3, 1929 - April 1, 2017
Sheila passed away at Ray Hickey Hospice House at the age of 87. Born in Fresno, Calif., Sheila spent much of her childhood in Oregon and Washington. As a young adult, she traveled to Germany and Austria and fell in love with those countries. She met her former husband, Jerry Sullivan in Germany. The couple returned to the USA, raising their family in Midwest and Western states. Sheila settled in Vancouver and later traveled to Austria to study ancient textiles. She is survived by her daughters, Rosie Brinsek, Moira Sullivan and Teresa Sullivan; her son, John Heizelman; and grandsons, Davin Sullivan, Raymond Sullivan-Blum and Tim Brinsek.
A cryptside service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Riverview Abbey Mausolem, Portland.
A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Vancouver.
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Quy Van Le
Jan. 12, 1950 - April 5, 2017
Quy Van Le passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family April 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lancy Le; and his two daughters, Nancy Le and Lillian Le. Funeral viewing is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 14, 2017, at the Ross Hollywood Chapel. Funeral is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 15, 2017, followed by 3 p.m. burial at the Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Donald L. Wirfs
Feb. 11, 1947 - March 9, 2017
Donald "the duck" Wirfs, world traveler, successful businessman, humanitarian, eccentric visi- onary, father and avid Oregon Duck fan, died of natural causes March 9, 2017, in the arms of his soul mate Sharron Troutman.
Don was the son of Gene and Helen Wirfs, born, Feb. 11, 1947. He graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1965 and from the University of Oregon in 1969. He was a lifetime Oregon football fan, and many will remember Don driving his green and yellow "duckmobile" with the quacking horn to Oregon football games.
Don was creative with an active sense of humor. Following college he went to work with his father at Bemis Paper Box but soon decided to become his own boss. He began a specialty advertising business creating and selling items with company logos, frequently with a humorous message. In 1977, while still operating his business, he started an antique and flea market at the Memorial Coliseum. It started as a one day show until May 17-18, 1980, when he attempted to expand it to a two day show. Unfortunately that was the weekend Mt. St. Helens erupted which ended the show dramatically and prematurely. Undaunted, he decided to expand his shows to three days, putting them under one roof and later into the parking lot at the Portland Expo Center. To his surprise 7,000 people showed up at his first Expo show, which had a variety of exhibits including such unusual items as a truckload of tires and a fortune teller. By the time of his second Expo show he limited exhibitors to "antiques and collectibles" and was offended if his shows were called "flea markets".
Don's shows expanded to three shows a year over three day periods at the Expo Center and then shows in Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Reno and Tacoma, building the largest successful series of antique shows in the country. In 1983, with requests from non-vintage dealers, he began America's Largest Christmas Bazaar which finished its 35th annual show on Dec. 4, 2016. In 1985, in part to service his own shows, he also developed DWA Decorating, one of the largest trade show and decorating companies in the northwest operating out of an owned warehouse on Yeon Street in Portland. It still thrives today.
Always a showman, Don labeled his shows "America's Largest Antique and Collectible Shows'. Don strived to make sure his shows offered a variety of antiques and collectibles. In addition to jewelry, china, porcelain and paintings, one could find items ranging from toys, coins and books to antique tools. The shows became important in the world of antiques and collecting, attracting customers from around the world and every state.
Don himself was a "collector" of numerous items. His collections included one of the world's largest selection of "Big Little" books. Several years ago he sold part of his collection to the owner of an NBA team for a six figure sum.
In 1977, Don hired Chris Palmer, one of his show exhibitors to work in the ad specialty business and then the shows. They made a good partnership, and she was instrumental in Don's success. He sold the show businesses to Chris several years ago and they continue to operate today.
The Christmas Bazaar donated more than 370,000 pounds of food. The antique shows, through its Evaluation and Identification booths donated $120,000 in cash over the past 20 years.
Don was an active volunteer and supporter of the American Red Cross. He personally donated over 800 hours of volunteer time to the Red Cross and served on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver, Washington chapter. Don was a world traveler and visited 91 countries. He spoke passable language in most of those countries and invariably visited and contributed to their local Red Cross chapter.
Don was a proud father of his children, Taylor and Kennedy. Taylor graduated from Oregon Episcopal School and Santa Clara University, and lives in the Bay area. Kennedy is a high school student at Parkrose high school. He also leaves his sister, Lynette Anderson of Pennsylvania.
Don had an outgoing personality and will be missed by a number of close friends. A remembrance and celebration of Don's life will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 19, 2017, at Buffalo Gap, located at 6835 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219.
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2017.04.13 17:21 portlane Death Notices for Thursday, April 13 2017

WHO DIED TODAY?
Clark County (Columbian):
Bevard, Josephine M., 56, Vancouver, died April 8, 2017. Davies Cremation & Burial Services, 360-693-1036. Duley, Gerald P., 70, Camas, died April 10, 2017. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, 360-834-4563. Duncan, Jerry Lee, 75, Vancouver, died April 10, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Gabris, Peter, 71, Yacolt, died April 10, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Hanson, Kenneth W., 65, Yacolt, died April 8, 2017. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060. Herron, Phillip Alan, 70, Battle Ground, died March 5, 2017. Layne’s Funeral Home, 360-687-3143. Hiebert, Roy R., 90, Vancouver, died April 12, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Johnson, DeElda J., 78, Vancouver, died April 8, 2017. Davies Cremation & Burial Services, 360-693-1036. Miller, Helen Clare, 92, Battle Ground, died April 10, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. 
Portland (Oregonian):
David Hampton Clark
Aug. 27, 1920 - April 9, 2017
David, age 96, passed away April 9, 2017, at home surrounded by loved ones.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., April 29, 2017, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Gresham, Fr. Rick Sirianni presiding. Lunch to follow service.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. For full obituary see:
greshamfuneral.com/obituaries/
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Laurel Kay Curry
Sep. 13, 1954 - March 30, 2017
Laurel Kay (Gibson) Curry passed away peacefully the evening of March 30, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Jessica; mother, Mary; and brother, Joe (Wendy).
Please join us for Laurie's Celebration of Life, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10705 Navajo Way in Oregon City.
Potluck from 1-5 p.m., with informal Service at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit Laurie's tribute page at
www.hillsidechapelfh.com
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Michael Garland Elliott
July 21, 1941 - April 6, 2017
Michael Garland Elliott passed away peacefully, April 6, 2017, surrounded by people who loved him dearly and cared for him selflessly during the last months of his life. He was born in Charlottesville, Va., in either 1940 or 1941 (he honestly didn't know!), and attended Lane High School, where he shined on the basketball court. After college at University of Virginia, he moved to Long Beach, Calif., where, among other things, he joined a semi-pro basketball team that toured the country playing exhibition games, dressed as women. At such times Mike was called Skaggy Maggie and continued round-ball domination, albeit with a different uniform.
Mike was a Porsche enthusiast, owning a dozen of them over the years, but nothing touched his heart like "the ancient game," golf. He was a founding member of The Reserve and spent countless weekends doing what he loved most with like-minded friends. He was very passionate about the game. One time (that we know of) he was angered by an errant shot and threw his club into a tree. Eventually every club in his bag was in that tree. Mike's health had declined over the past decade, and when he was no longer able to golf he accepted it with grace and humor, and threw things at the TV instead. Mike was also the sharpest dresser in town, single-handedly keeping Nike's apparel wing in the black.
Though Mike had no family remaining, he stayed close to the people he'd worked with in the plastics industry, especially Danny Velansky and Sean O'Brian, who was by his side at the end. Also present were Larry Smith, Judy Wiley, lovely neighbors Russ, Sandy and Garrett, and his devoted caregivers Alisha Alex, Sara Young and Leslie Kampmann, angels in human form. No patient ever, ever had more loving care.
Mike ran out of family long ago and is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliott. Though their marriage ran aground, their friendship only grew stronger and hers was the last voice Mike heard. And the last thing she said to him was "Donald Trump has been impeached." Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded. Mike will be forever missed but never forgotten. A proper memorial is planned for August.
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Fetter, Robert S. 49 Sept. 09, 1964 May 10, 2014 Love you and you live with us everyday.
In Loving Memory
George Edwin Field
Nov. 8, 1943 - May 11, 2016
It's been a year since you passed. Cancer took away a man we held so dear to our hearts. It happened so quickly and we are still so devastated. We are grateful knowing that we are connected to you forever in spirit and will one day be reunited with you. Your daughters love you dearly. We "wouldn't have traded you for the world" either dad.
Love your girls,
Jenny and Sara
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Laurie Ann (McLeod) Friday
Oct. 26, 1952 - April 7, 2017
Laurie 64, passed away peacefully April 7, 2017, after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Born to Ron and Norma McLeod. She attended Holy Cross Grade School and MaryCrest High School. She also graduated from Northwestern College of Business.
In June 1975, she married the love of her life, Mike Friday. Together they had one daughter, Amy Leigh.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 41 years, Mike; daughter, Amy Friday Wright (Cameron) of Oregon City; grandson, Noah; mother, Norma McLeod of Milwaukie; sister, Sue Miller (Ken) of Bend; and brother, Scott McLeod of Milwaukie. She was preceded in death by her father, Ron McLeod (1984); and her brother, Mike McLeod (2005). She will be greatly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Wilhelms Portland Memorial, in Sellwood, 6705 S.E. 14th; where she was also employed for the past 12 years. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances/donations would be greatly appreciated to help with Medical and Memorial bills to any branch of: Wells Fargo Bank FBO Laurie A. Friday Benefit Memorial Fund: a/c # 5546370569
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Doris J. (Lashley) Hobbs Jourdan
Aug. 22, 1927 - March 25, 2017
Doris June (Lashley) "Liz" Jourdan died Saturday, March 25, 2017 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her close family members.
Liz was born and raised in Evansville, Ind. She moved to Oregon in 1995, where she lived until her recent death.
A small memorial service will be held this August in Evansville. For her full obituary, please see:
www.anewtradition.com
.
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Margaret Kappes-Warren
June 29, 1922 - Sept. 20, 2016
Margaret Kappes-Warren, born June 29, 1922 in Great Falls, Mont., of Frank Ignatius and Elizabeth (Vosen) Kappes.
She was reared and educated in Montana, where she taught school and also worked for the U.S. Air Force. In 1946, she moved to Portland, and was employed at Portland General Electric Co., for several years. She subsequently joined the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, was transferred to their Research Station in Utah, and retired in 1982. In 1999, she married a dear friend, Frank M. Warren, retired Chairman of PGE. He passed away in 2009.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Fitzpatrick; many special nieces and nephews; and three stepchildren, Frank M. Warren Jr., Betsy Feichtmier, and Ginger Brubaker.
A special tribute goes to Margaret's two Oregon nieces, who were always most helpful and caring, Deborah Pittman and Jennifer Delaurent, and to Frank Warren Jr. for all his help during his father's illness – the kind of son every father should have…
Burial is to be in Great Falls, Mont. at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence St. Vincent Hospital, or to St. Cyril's Parish in Wilsonville, OR.
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Ronald Kibert
Oct. 15, 1949 - Apr. 7, 2017
Beloved local chiro- practor, Ronald Kibert died Friday, April 7, 2017. For full obituary go to
AutumnCares.com
. You can sign the condolences guest book there as well.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Opal 28, 510 N.E. 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232.
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George E.
Mallory Jr.
July 11, 1938 - April 3, 2017
George passed away quietly and peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017, at Wilhelm's Portland Funeral Home, 6705 S.E. 14 Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Visit
wilhelmportlandmemorial.com
for more information.
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Alma Linnea Mantei
May 8, 1924 - April 10, 2017
A visitation will be held at 12 p.m., April 21, 2017 with a funeral at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 11801 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd, Portland. Please leave online condolences at:
lincolnmemorialpk.com
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Wallace H. Matsumura
Dec. 9, 1930 - Mar. 10, 2017
Wallace H. Matsumura, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2017, in Portland.
Wally was the youngest of three children born to Kazuma and Toyo Matsumura in Waimea, Kauai. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1952, and completed post-baccalaureate work at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. He retired as a teaching supervisor in 1986 after a 30-year career in OHSU's Immunology department, clinical pathology lab.
Wally is survived by his wife, Diana; son, Robert; daughter, Jennifer; grandson, Owen; sister, Edith; aunt, Sally; uncle, Joe; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Remembrances may be made to Waimea High School (Kauai, HI) or the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter (Hillsboro, OR). Private memorial services will be held in Portland and Hawaii. Full obituary at
www.neptunesociety.com/obituaries
.
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Barbara Lee (Park) Meyer
July 28, 1929 - March 27, 2017
Barbara Lee Park Meyer died early Monday, March 27, 2017, in Newberg, one week after suffering a stroke. Throughout the week, family members gathered around her in the hospital, sharing stories, songs, and words of love and comfort.
Barbara faced several health challenges in the final seven years of her life. Her grace and inner strength in dealing with these challenges were remarkable.
Family, community service, science, and music were themes of Barbara's life. Barbara was born and grew up in the Los Angeles area. She attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate. There she met Alan Meyer, and they married in 1950. Barbara received a research fellowship at Purdue University and completed her masters degree in chemistry there in 1954. Her academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Honor Society).
She and Alan settled in Southwest Portland and raised four children, eventually moving to Tualatin and then to Newberg. While the children were young, Barbara devoted her attention to home life and community service, including serving as a member of the YWCA Board and the YWCA Executive Committee, helping to organize the Childbirth Education Association of Portland as Shattuck District Director and to set up classes in Preparation for Childbirth for the United Good Neighbor drive in 1966. She also served on the PTA and sang in the choir of the First Unitarian Church in Portland.
She was a research assistant for Alan on sabbatical in Costa Rica and later taught chemistry and microbiology to nursing students at Portland Community College. After retiring, she worked with Alan in his microbiology lab at OHSU. Costa Rica, Romania, England, Czechoslovakia, Australia, and China were countries where Barbara and Alan did microbiological research.
Barbara's activities in retirement included studying piano, favoring works by Chopin; volunteering in drama productions with international students at George Fox University; participating in community choir performances; assisting at Cat Adoption Team; and singing in Astor House chapel meetings.
Barbara's legacy includes an Oregon Community Foundation scholarship to assist community-college students entering university.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Bessie Park; and her brother-in-law, Steve Osborn. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Alan; her four children, Martha (Trandafir), David (Jane), Paul (Kim), and Matthew (Melissa); her five grandchildren, Daniela, Brittany, Ben, Marguerite, and Madeleine; her brother, Jerry (Sharon); sister, Sylvia Osborn; sister-in-law, Margaret Morley; and six nieces and nephews.
A time of remembering and celebrating Barbara's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 S.W. Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223, followed by refreshments from Noon to 1 p.m.
People who would like to share in front of the group are invited to prepare a brief story from their time with Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Barbara's memory to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Community Transitional School, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, or another charity.
For further information, please contact
David Meyer
503 246 1239
[email protected]
Service information is at
meyercelebrationoflife.weebly.com
and
attrells.com
.
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James H. Ross
May 31, 1930 - April 2, 2017
James H. Ross passed away April 2, 2017 at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Portland. He was born May 31, 1930 to James and Vera Ross in Niles, Ohio and was the oldest of four children.
As a young man he played trumpet in a band, skated for the Ice Capades, and played semi pro football for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He served in the Naval Reserve for seven years and in 1948 he met the love of his life, Joyce Torkelson. They were married in 1949 in Sacramento, Calif., and together raised four children, Richard Ross, Dennis Ross, Bruce Ross and CynDee Ross-Brockett. Jim has eight grandchildren, Kirsten Ross-Craeton, Sarah Jamieson, Meghan Pattle, Danielle Ross, Ian James Ross, Stephanie Brockett, Ashley Wright and Samone Franzese; and eight great-grandchildren.
Jim was a devoted husband and father and worked hard throughout his life. As a young man he started his career in the warehouse for Sherwin Williams. Jim had a tireless work ethic and a keen sense for detail allowing him to work his way up in the industry. He retired as Vice President of sales for Fuller O'Brien in 1990.
Jim's passions were his beloved wife, Joyce and his family. As a young father he spent weekends playing sports with his children and neighborhood kids and coached his sons' football teams. He loved the game of golf and was tireless in working to perfect his swing. He shared his love of the game with his family and friends and was often organizing small tournaments and games. Jim was an avid ballroom dancer and together he and Joyce taught dancing for 35 years. He enjoyed cooking and never missed an opportunity to share a meal and a glass of wine with friends and family. Jim knew no strangers, he could walk into a room of people and charm anyone into a conversation. He loved traveling with his beautiful wife of 68 years and together they saw much of the world.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sons, Richard and Dennis Ross; his Daughter, CynDee Ross-Brockett; sisters, Violet Gaines and Francis Ross; eight grandchildren; and his eight great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1:30 p.m., April 23, 2017, at the Riverview Chapel, 0300 S.W. Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland, Oregon. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to
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Dorothy 'Dot' Scales
July 7, 1912 - April 9, 2017
Dorothy "Dot" Edlefsen Scales passed away April 9, 2017 at age 104.
She was born July 7, 1912 in Portland, the second of John and Maud Edlefsen's six children. She attended Irvington Grade School, Grant High School and the University of Oregon where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Dot was a lifelong music lover. She played the violin in the Irvington Grade School orchestra and the Portland Junior Symphony when it was founded in 1924.
Her childhood summers were spent at the family cabin near Rhododendron, and filled with horseback riding in the Mount Hood National Forest. A highlight was climbing Mount Hood with her sister Ruth. It was during these years that she met her future husband, Ken Scales, who resided in Sandy.
Dot and Ken were married Sept. 19, 1934, and in the early years of their marriage she worked as a secretary for the president of the Portland Woolen Mills and later at U.S. Customs to help put her husband through medical school. They were married for 68 years, were members of Waverley Country Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club, and enjoyed winter visits to Palm Desert, Calif. and travel abroad.
Dot's Catholic faith was very important in her life. She was a longtime door-to-door volunteer for several charities. Being an excellent cook, she enjoyed giving her granddaughters cooking lessons. Dot also loved animals and had many family pets during her lifetime.
Her kindness, warmth, delightful laugh and beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include three children, Sally Sandberg (Bob), Ken Scales Jr. (Donna), Michael Scales (Lois); four grandchildren, Kasie Pranghofer (Kelly), Scott Scales, Sally-Shannon Birkel (TJ), Jennifer Scales; four great-grandchildren, Kyla, Kayden and Keagan Pranghofer, Michael Birkel; brother, Tom Edlefsen; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ken Scales; sisters, Ruth Norwood and Eleanor Herron; and brothers, Jack Edlefsen and Bill Edlefsen.
Contributions in Dot's memory may be made to the Oregon Food Bank, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211.
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Quy Van Le
Jan. 12, 1950 - April 5, 2017
Quy Van Le passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family April 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lancy Le; and his two daughters, Nancy Le and Lillian Le. Funeral viewing is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 14, 2017, at the Ross Hollywood Chapel. Funeral is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 15, 2017, followed by 3 p.m. burial at the Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Donald L. Wirfs
Feb. 11, 1947 - March 9, 2017
Donald "the duck" Wirfs, world traveler, successful businessman, humanitarian, eccentric visi- onary, father and avid Oregon Duck fan, died of natural causes March 9, 2017, in the arms of his soul mate Sharron Troutman.
Don was the son of Gene and Helen Wirfs, born, Feb. 11, 1947. He graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1965 and from the University of Oregon in 1969. He was a lifetime Oregon football fan, and many will remember Don driving his green and yellow "duckmobile" with the quacking horn to Oregon football games.
Don was creative with an active sense of humor. Following college he went to work with his father at Bemis Paper Box but soon decided to become his own boss. He began a specialty advertising business creating and selling items with company logos, frequently with a humorous message. In 1977, while still operating his business, he started an antique and flea market at the Memorial Coliseum. It started as a one day show until May 17-18, 1980, when he attempted to expand it to a two day show. Unfortunately that was the weekend Mt. St. Helens erupted which ended the show dramatically and prematurely. Undaunted, he decided to expand his shows to three days, putting them under one roof and later into the parking lot at the Portland Expo Center. To his surprise 7,000 people showed up at his first Expo show, which had a variety of exhibits including such unusual items as a truckload of tires and a fortune teller. By the time of his second Expo show he limited exhibitors to "antiques and collectibles" and was offended if his shows were called "flea markets".
Don's shows expanded to three shows a year over three day periods at the Expo Center and then shows in Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Reno and Tacoma, building the largest successful series of antique shows in the country. In 1983, with requests from non-vintage dealers, he began America's Largest Christmas Bazaar which finished its 35th annual show on Dec. 4, 2016. In 1985, in part to service his own shows, he also developed DWA Decorating, one of the largest trade show and decorating companies in the northwest operating out of an owned warehouse on Yeon Street in Portland. It still thrives today.
Always a showman, Don labeled his shows "America's Largest Antique and Collectible Shows'. Don strived to make sure his shows offered a variety of antiques and collectibles. In addition to jewelry, china, porcelain and paintings, one could find items ranging from toys, coins and books to antique tools. The shows became important in the world of antiques and collecting, attracting customers from around the world and every state.
Don himself was a "collector" of numerous items. His collections included one of the world's largest selection of "Big Little" books. Several years ago he sold part of his collection to the owner of an NBA team for a six figure sum.
In 1977, Don hired Chris Palmer, one of his show exhibitors to work in the ad specialty business and then the shows. They made a good partnership, and she was instrumental in Don's success. He sold the show businesses to Chris several years ago and they continue to operate today.
The Christmas Bazaar donated more than 370,000 pounds of food. The antique shows, through its Evaluation and Identification booths donated $120,000 in cash over the past 20 years.
Don was an active volunteer and supporter of the American Red Cross. He personally donated over 800 hours of volunteer time to the Red Cross and served on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver, Washington chapter. Don was a world traveler and visited 91 countries. He spoke passable language in most of those countries and invariably visited and contributed to their local Red Cross chapter.
Don was a proud father of his children, Taylor and Kennedy. Taylor graduated from Oregon Episcopal School and Santa Clara University, and lives in the Bay area. Kennedy is a high school student at Parkrose high school. He also leaves his sister, Lynette Anderson of Pennsylvania.
Don had an outgoing personality and will be missed by a number of close friends. A remembrance and celebration of Don's life will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 19, 2017, at Buffalo Gap, located at 6835 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219.
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2017.04.12 14:45 portlane Death Notices for Wednesday, April 12 2017

WHO DIED TODAY?
Clark County (Columbian):
Atwell, Gisela B., 79, Brush Prairie, died April 8, 2017. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060. Byrne, Joyce L., 84, Vancouver, died April 7, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Clark, Jeff William, 70, Vancouver, died April 7, 2017. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060. Higgins, Grayce L., 88, Vancouver, died April 10, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Kamp, William R., 63, Vancouver, died April 7, 2017. Brown’s Funeral Home, 360-834-3692. Libert, Christopher M., 40, Portland, died April 1, 2017. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, 360-834-4563. Lodwig, Sarah E., 89, Vancouver, died April 8, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Renshaw, Belinda M., 43, Vancouver, died March 31, 2017. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, 360-834-4563. Roesler, Grace L., 98, Vancouver, died April 5, 2017. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060. Russell, Hollie J., 69, Vancouver, died April 7, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. Strobeck, Francis L., Camas, died March 31, 2017. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, 360-834-4563. Wilcox, Carol J., 71, Vancouver, died April 7, 2017. Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services, 360-213-2060. 
Portland (Oregonian):
Laurel Kay Curry
Sep. 13, 1954 - March 30, 2017
Laurel Kay (Gibson) Curry passed away peacefully the evening of March 30, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Jessica; mother, Mary; and brother, Joe (Wendy).
Please join us for Laurie's Celebration of Life, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10705 Navajo Way in Oregon City.
Potluck from 1-5 p.m., with informal Service at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit Laurie's tribute page at
www.hillsidechapelfh.com
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Michael Garland Elliott
July 21, 1941 - April 6, 2017
Michael Garland Elliott passed away peacefully, April 6, 2017, surrounded by people who loved him dearly and cared for him selflessly during the last months of his life. He was born in Charlottesville, Va., in either 1940 or 1941 (he honestly didn't know!), and attended Lane High School, where he shined on the basketball court. After college at University of Virginia, he moved to Long Beach, Calif., where, among other things, he joined a semi-pro basketball team that toured the country playing exhibition games, dressed as women. At such times Mike was called Skaggy Maggie and continued round-ball domination, albeit with a different uniform.
Mike was a Porsche enthusiast, owning a dozen of them over the years, but nothing touched his heart like "the ancient game," golf. He was a founding member of The Reserve and spent countless weekends doing what he loved most with like-minded friends. He was very passionate about the game. One time (that we know of) he was angered by an errant shot and threw his club into a tree. Eventually every club in his bag was in that tree. Mike's health had declined over the past decade, and when he was no longer able to golf he accepted it with grace and humor, and threw things at the TV instead. Mike was also the sharpest dresser in town, single-handedly keeping Nike's apparel wing in the black.
Though Mike had no family remaining, he stayed close to the people he'd worked with in the plastics industry, especially Danny Velansky and Sean O'Brian, who was by his side at the end. Also present were Larry Smith, Judy Wiley, lovely neighbors Russ, Sandy and Garrett, and his devoted caregivers Alisha Alex, Sara Young and Leslie Kampmann, angels in human form. No patient ever, ever had more loving care.
Mike ran out of family long ago and is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliott. Though their marriage ran aground, their friendship only grew stronger and hers was the last voice Mike heard. And the last thing she said to him was "Donald Trump has been impeached." Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded. Mike will be forever missed but never forgotten. A proper memorial is planned for August.
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Sheila D. Engle
Oct. 17, 1925 - March 29, 2017
Sheila D. Engle died March 29, 2017 at the age of 91, at the home of her son, Tom Engle. The family had a private memorial service in Eugene.
Sheila was born Oct. 17, 1925 in Brownsville and married Jimmie E. Engle in 1943 who preceded her in death, in 2006.
Sheila was a long-standing member of Beta Sigma Phi, belonging to chapters in Albany, La Grande, Eugene and Salem.
Survivors include her children, Tom, Dennis, Joanna and Barb; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was the best mother ever.
Sheila was an avid reader, memorial contributions may be made in her name to your local library.
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Fetter, Robert S. 49 Sept. 09, 1964 May 10, 2014 Love you and you live with us everyday.
In Loving Memory
George Edwin Field
Nov. 8, 1943 - May 11, 2016
It's been a year since you passed. Cancer took away a man we held so dear to our hearts. It happened so quickly and we are still so devastated. We are grateful knowing that we are connected to you forever in spirit and will one day be reunited with you. Your daughters love you dearly. We "wouldn't have traded you for the world" either dad.
Love your girls,
Jenny and Sara
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Laurie Ann (McLeod) Friday
Oct. 26, 1952 - April 7, 2017
Laurie 64, passed away peacefully April 7, 2017, after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Born to Ron and Norma McLeod. She attended Holy Cross Grade School and MaryCrest High School. She also graduated from Northwestern College of Business.
In June 1975, she married the love of her life, Mike Friday. Together they had one daughter, Amy Leigh.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 41 years, Mike; daughter, Amy Friday Wright (Cameron) of Oregon City; grandson, Noah; mother, Norma McLeod of Milwaukie; sister, Sue Miller (Ken) of Bend; and brother, Scott McLeod of Milwaukie. She was preceded in death by her father, Ron McLeod (1984); and her brother, Mike McLeod (2005). She will be greatly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Wilhelms Portland Memorial, in Sellwood, 6705 S.E. 14th; where she was also employed for the past 12 years. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances/donations would be greatly appreciated to help with Medical and Memorial bills to any branch of: Wells Fargo Bank FBO Laurie A. Friday Benefit Memorial Fund: a/c # 5546370569
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Ron Head
June 9, 1945 - April 9, 2017
Ronny G. Head was born June 9, 1945 in Klamath Falls to Verna and Glenn Head. He passed away April 9, 2017.
Ron was a loving husband, a kind father, a loyal friend and brother, and finally, an adoring grandfather "Papa". He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Judy; his two daughters, Kristen Fromm of Kansas City, Kan.; and Karen Joyce of Portland; four grandchildren, Caroline, Lucy, and Leo Fromm, Patrick Joyce; and his brother, Gary Head of Boring.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home at 5625 N.E. Fremont Street, Portland, OR.
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Robert Gordon Hoffman
May 2, 1933 - April 7, 2017
Robert Gordon Hoffman died Friday, April 7, 2017.
Robert "Bob/Bobby" Hoffman was a native Oregonian that lived most of his life in Portland, Gresham and Beaverton. He graduated from Benson High School.
His parents were George E. Hoffman and Alma K. Hagen. He was the youngest of nine children. In 1952 he married Betty Gilbertson and later in 1972 he married Lena Toda. Both preceded him in death.
Robert worked for Nabisco in his early years and then started his own successful business, Hoffman Homes. He was the owner of Hoffman Homes until his retirement in 1990. At one time or another all of his son's worked for him, usually starting at a young age. He also helped many others discover the art of craftsmanship in building. From the mid-1980's until 2004 he resided in Manzanita, where he owned the San Dune Motel.
After his retirement, he discovered the art of traveling and spent time in sun-kissed warm Mexico as well as Germany and France. His brother Roland is buried at Henri-Chapell Cemetery in Belgium which he also visited. He had the life goal of traveling around the world and would plan it while sitting in front of his kitchen window looking at his wonderful view of Mt. Hood. He loved to play poker, and while living in Manzanita owned a boat. He would frequently be found crabbing or fishing Nehalem Bay.
Bob was a determined, outgoing, energetic man that never met a stranger.
Bob will continue to live on in his children, Donna Hoffman, Linda Hilbert (Jerry), Tom (Shellaine), Roland Hoffman, Mark Akita (Alisha); stepchildren, Carol Harmon (Charlie), and Toni Busse (Barry). Bob had 14 grandchildren and five great-granddaughters.
A service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Rose City Funeral Home, 5625 N.E. Fremont Street, Portland. After the service there he will be interred at the Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 S.W. Greenburg Road in Tigard. All are invited to follow if they wish. In lieu of flowers please pay it forward to a
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in Bob's name.
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Doris J. (Lashley) Hobbs Jourdan
Aug. 22, 1927 - March 25, 2017
Doris June (Lashley) "Liz" Jourdan died Saturday, March 25, 2017 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her close family members.
Liz was born and raised in Evansville, Ind. She moved to Oregon in 1995, where she lived until her recent death.
A small memorial service will be held this August in Evansville. For her full obituary, please see:
www.anewtradition.com
.
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Margaret Kappes-Warren
June 29, 1922 - Sept. 20, 2016
Margaret Kappes-Warren, born June 29, 1922 in Great Falls, Mont., of Frank Ignatius and Elizabeth (Vosen) Kappes.
She was reared and educated in Montana, where she taught school and also worked for the U.S. Air Force. In 1946, she moved to Portland, and was employed at Portland General Electric Co., for several years. She subsequently joined the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, was transferred to their Research Station in Utah, and retired in 1982. In 1999, she married a dear friend, Frank M. Warren, retired Chairman of PGE. He passed away in 2009.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Fitzpatrick; many special nieces and nephews; and three stepchildren, Frank M. Warren Jr., Betsy Feichtmier, and Ginger Brubaker.
A special tribute goes to Margaret's two Oregon nieces, who were always most helpful and caring, Deborah Pittman and Jennifer Delaurent, and to Frank Warren Jr. for all his help during his father's illness – the kind of son every father should have…
Burial is to be in Great Falls, Mont. at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence St. Vincent Hospital, or to St. Cyril's Parish in Wilsonville, OR.
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Ronald Kibert
Oct. 15, 1949 - Apr. 7, 2017
Beloved local chiro- practor, Ronald Kibert died Friday, April 7, 2017. For full obituary go to
AutumnCares.com
. You can sign the condolences guest book there as well.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Opal 28, 510 N.E. 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232.
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George E.
Mallory Jr.
July 11, 1938 - April 3, 2017
George passed away quietly and peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017, at Wilhelm's Portland Funeral Home, 6705 S.E. 14 Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Visit
wilhelmportlandmemorial.com
for more information.
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Wallace H. Matsumura
Dec. 9, 1930 - Mar. 10, 2017
Wallace H. Matsumura, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2017, in Portland.
Wally was the youngest of three children born to Kazuma and Toyo Matsumura in Waimea, Kauai. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1952, and completed post-baccalaureate work at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. He retired as a teaching supervisor in 1986 after a 30-year career in OHSU's Immunology department, clinical pathology lab.
Wally is survived by his wife, Diana; son, Robert; daughter, Jennifer; grandson, Owen; sister, Edith; aunt, Sally; uncle, Joe; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Remembrances may be made to Waimea High School (Kauai, HI) or the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter (Hillsboro, OR). Private memorial services will be held in Portland and Hawaii. Full obituary at
www.neptunesociety.com/obituaries
.
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Linis Foye 'Lyn' McHenry
May 12, 1936 - April 6, 2017
Linis "Lyn" McHenry of Newberg, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 6, 2017 at the age of 80.
Lyn was born in Arkansas, where she spent her early childhood, and later moved to the Salinas and Monterey, Calif., area. In May of 1958 she married BK "Mac" McHenry and they remained together for 49 years until Mac passed away in July 2007.
Lyn's passions in life included gardening on her and Mac's little piece of paradise along the Willamette River in Oregon, doing arts and crafts, "easy listening" music, and taking care of her family.
She is survived by her son, Mike McHenry; daughter, Deidre "Judy" McHenry-Helmer; granddaughters, Courtney Michelle and Samantha Leigh; great-granddaughter, Ava Jean; son-in-law, Timothy Helmer; daughter-in-law, Cathleen McHenry; her sister, and brother-in-law, Damarideth and Bruce Hansen; her nieces, Kimberly, Kirstein and Autumn; and her nephew, Ki.
She will be remembered with much joy and love by those in her life.
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David McNeil
Nov. 5, 1951 - Nov. 1, 2016
A Celebration of Life for David McNeil will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at New Hope Community Church, 11731 S.E. Stevens Rd. Happy Valley, OR 97086.
Obituary to follow Sunday, April 16, 2017.
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Barbara Lee (Park) Meyer
July 28, 1929 - March 27, 2017
Barbara Lee Park Meyer died early Monday, March 27, 2017, in Newberg, one week after suffering a stroke. Throughout the week, family members gathered around her in the hospital, sharing stories, songs, and words of love and comfort.
Barbara faced several health challenges in the final seven years of her life. Her grace and inner strength in dealing with these challenges were remarkable.
Family, community service, science, and music were themes of Barbara's life. Barbara was born and grew up in the Los Angeles area. She attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate. There she met Alan Meyer, and they married in 1950. Barbara received a research fellowship at Purdue University and completed her masters degree in chemistry there in 1954. Her academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Honor Society).
She and Alan settled in Southwest Portland and raised four children, eventually moving to Tualatin and then to Newberg. While the children were young, Barbara devoted her attention to home life and community service, including serving as a member of the YWCA Board and the YWCA Executive Committee, helping to organize the Childbirth Education Association of Portland as Shattuck District Director and to set up classes in Preparation for Childbirth for the United Good Neighbor drive in 1966. She also served on the PTA and sang in the choir of the First Unitarian Church in Portland.
She was a research assistant for Alan on sabbatical in Costa Rica and later taught chemistry and microbiology to nursing students at Portland Community College. After retiring, she worked with Alan in his microbiology lab at OHSU. Costa Rica, Romania, England, Czechoslovakia, Australia, and China were countries where Barbara and Alan did microbiological research.
Barbara's activities in retirement included studying piano, favoring works by Chopin; volunteering in drama productions with international students at George Fox University; participating in community choir performances; assisting at Cat Adoption Team; and singing in Astor House chapel meetings.
Barbara's legacy includes an Oregon Community Foundation scholarship to assist community-college students entering university.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Bessie Park; and her brother-in-law, Steve Osborn. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Alan; her four children, Martha (Trandafir), David (Jane), Paul (Kim), and Matthew (Melissa); her five grandchildren, Daniela, Brittany, Ben, Marguerite, and Madeleine; her brother, Jerry (Sharon); sister, Sylvia Osborn; sister-in-law, Margaret Morley; and six nieces and nephews.
A time of remembering and celebrating Barbara's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 S.W. Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223, followed by refreshments from Noon to 1 p.m.
People who would like to share in front of the group are invited to prepare a brief story from their time with Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Barbara's memory to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Community Transitional School, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, or another charity.
For further information, please contact
David Meyer
503 246 1239
[email protected]
Facebook event link is:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1626016237413375/
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Dorothy 'Dot' Scales
July 7, 1912 - April 9, 2017
Dorothy "Dot" Edlefsen Scales passed away April 9, 2017 at age 104.
She was born July 7, 1912 in Portland, the second of John and Maud Edlefsen's six children. She attended Irvington Grade School, Grant High School and the University of Oregon where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Dot was a lifelong music lover. She played the violin in the Irvington Grade School orchestra and the Portland Junior Symphony when it was founded in 1924.
Her childhood summers were spent at the family cabin near Rhododendron, and filled with horseback riding in the Mount Hood National Forest. A highlight was climbing Mount Hood with her sister Ruth. It was during these years that she met her future husband, Ken Scales, who resided in Sandy.
Dot and Ken were married Sept. 19, 1934, and in the early years of their marriage she worked as a secretary for the president of the Portland Woolen Mills and later at U.S. Customs to help put her husband through medical school. They were married for 68 years, were members of Waverley Country Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club, and enjoyed winter visits to Palm Desert, Calif. and travel abroad.
Dot's Catholic faith was very important in her life. She was a longtime door-to-door volunteer for several charities. Being an excellent cook, she enjoyed giving her granddaughters cooking lessons. Dot also loved animals and had many family pets during her lifetime.
Her kindness, warmth, delightful laugh and beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include three children, Sally Sandberg (Bob), Ken Scales Jr. (Donna), Michael Scales (Lois); four grandchildren, Kasie Pranghofer (Kelly), Scott Scales, Sally-Shannon Birkel (TJ), Jennifer Scales; four great-grandchildren, Kyla, Kayden and Keagan Pranghofer, Michael Birkel; brother, Tom Edlefsen; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ken Scales; sisters, Ruth Norwood and Eleanor Herron; and brothers, Jack Edlefsen and Bill Edlefsen.
Contributions in Dot's memory may be made to the Oregon Food Bank, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211.
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Leonard E. Schiler
June 3, 1928 - March 28, 2017
Leonard E. "Len" Schiler passed away peacefully March 28, 2017 at the age of 88. He was born June 3, 1928 to Herman L. and Kate Schiler in Coffeyville, Kan.
His family moved to Cherryvale, Kan., when he was seven years old. He attended grade school and high school there before entering the U.S. Navy in 1945. He served until 1946 aboard the destroyer USS Southerland in the South Pacific.
He joined Freemasonry April 3, 1957 at Albert Pike Masonic Lodge #303 in Wichita, Kan. He joined the Masonic organizations of Scottish Rite and Shriners in April of 1979 in Indianapolis, Ind. He joined York Rite in October of 2002 in Portland. He held several offices and managerial positions in Masonry, including Honorary Past Master of Beaverton Masonic Lodge #100, Chairman and Personal Representative of the S.G.I.G. in Portland and Potentate of the Al Kader Shriners of Oregon in 1994. He received his 33rd Degree in Masonry Aug. 3, 2001.
His business life was in sales and marketing where he traveled the country working for several manufacturers and dealers in the educational classroom furniture business. In later years, he was a real estate broker in Portland for Hasson Realty Company.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Grace Ruth; and his daughters, Linda Bishop of Sherwood and Mary Hackley of Edmonds, Wash. He has two grandchildren, Adam Bishop and Sarah Buchanan; and five great-grandchildren, Jenna, Abigail, Lauren, Benjamin and Evelyn Grace.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary.
It was Len's wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Al Kader Shriners Hospital Transportation Fund to support transportation costs for families in need of care at the Portland
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Margaret Mary (Fetsch) Verhaeghe
May 27, 1954 - April 3, 2017
Margaret was born and raised in Lakeview Oregon. After college at OSU, she taught kindergarten and preschool in the Portland School District for over 35 years.
She stood up to cancer with a fierce fight but accepted defeat gracefully and bravely. She said her last goodbyes at home in Milwaukie.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Rick; two sons, Carter (Michelle) and Parker (Lauren); and two sisters, Carla (Tom) and Janet (Chris).
A Celebration of Life will be held at 12 p.m., Friday April 14, 2017, at the Southlake Church, 1555 S.W. Borland Rd., West Linn OR. Memorial contributions may be sent to Friends of The Children. Please view her tribute page at:
www.anewtradition.com/obituaries/obituary/14525_Margaret_Mary_Verhaeghe
.
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Reed William Warren
Nov. 29, 1935 - April 8, 2017
Reed William Warren moved on to be with the Lord, April 8, 2017. Reed was born in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 29, 1935. To continue the Celebration of Life and Remembrances please visit:
sunsethillsfuneralhome.com
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Donald L. Wirfs
Feb. 11, 1947 - March 9, 2017
Donald "the duck" Wirfs, world traveler, successful businessman, humanitarian, eccentric visi- onary, father and avid Oregon Duck fan, died of natural causes March 9, 2017, in the arms of his soul mate Sharron Troutman.
Don was the son of Gene and Helen Wirfs, born, Feb. 11, 1947. He graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1965 and from the University of Oregon in 1969. He was a lifetime Oregon football fan, and many will remember Don driving his green and yellow "duckmobile" with the quacking horn to Oregon football games.
Don was creative with an active sense of humor. Following college he went to work with his father at Bemis Paper Box but soon decided to become his own boss. He began a specialty advertising business creating and selling items with company logos, frequently with a humorous message. In 1977, while still operating his business, he started an antique and flea market at the Memorial Coliseum. It started as a one day show until May 17-18, 1980, when he attempted to expand it to a two day show. Unfortunately that was the weekend Mt. St. Helens erupted which ended the show dramatically and prematurely. Undaunted, he decided to expand his shows to three days, putting them under one roof and later into the parking lot at the Portland Expo Center. To his surprise 7,000 people showed up at his first Expo show, which had a variety of exhibits including such unusual items as a truckload of tires and a fortune teller. By the time of his second Expo show he limited exhibitors to "antiques and collectibles" and was offended if his shows were called "flea markets".
Don's shows expanded to three shows a year over three day periods at the Expo Center and then shows in Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Reno and Tacoma, building the largest successful series of antique shows in the country. In 1983, with requests from non-vintage dealers, he began America's Largest Christmas Bazaar which finished its 35th annual show on Dec. 4, 2016. In 1985, in part to service his own shows, he also developed DWA Decorating, one of the largest trade show and decorating companies in the northwest operating out of an owned warehouse on Yeon Street in Portland. It still thrives today.
Always a showman, Don labeled his shows "America's Largest Antique and Collectible Shows'. Don strived to make sure his shows offered a variety of antiques and collectibles. In addition to jewelry, china, porcelain and paintings, one could find items ranging from toys, coins and books to antique tools. The shows became important in the world of antiques and collecting, attracting customers from around the world and every state.
Don himself was a "collector" of numerous items. His collections included one of the world's largest selection of "Big Little" books. Several years ago he sold part of his collection to the owner of an NBA team for a six figure sum.
In 1977, Don hired Chris Palmer, one of his show exhibitors to work in the ad specialty business and then the shows. They made a good partnership, and she was instrumental in Don's success. He sold the show businesses to Chris several years ago and they continue to operate today.
The Christmas Bazaar donated more than 370,000 pounds of food. The antique shows, through its Evaluation and Identification booths donated $120,000 in cash over the past 20 years.
Don was an active volunteer and supporter of the American Red Cross. He personally donated over 800 hours of volunteer time to the Red Cross and served on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver, Washington chapter. Don was a world traveler and visited 91 countries. He spoke passable language in most of those countries and invariably visited and contributed to their local Red Cross chapter.
Don was a proud father of his children, Taylor and Kennedy. Taylor graduated from Oregon Episcopal School and Santa Clara University, and lives in the Bay area. Kennedy is a high school student at Parkrose high school. He also leaves his sister, Lynette Anderson of Pennsylvania.
Don had an outgoing personality and will be missed by a number of close friends. A remembrance and celebration of Don's life will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 19, 2017, at Buffalo Gap, located at 6835 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219.
Please sign the online guest book at
www.oregonlive.com/obits
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2017.03.15 14:38 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Mar 15th - Tue, Mar 21st)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

  • Edmond Historic Tours (Downtown - Edmond) Thru Sun, Dec 31st Join experts with the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust and learn something new with a walking tour of historic…
  • Edmond Historic Tours (Downtown - Edmond) Thru Sun, Dec 31st Join experts with the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust and learn something new with a walking tour of historic…
  • 🎨 Power & Prestige Children's Gallery (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 14th Held in conjunction with the Power & Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains exhibition, the Power &…

Wednesday, Mar 15th

  • 1/2 Price Game Day (Dave & Buster's of OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:00am Need a little midweek pick me up? Come to Dave and Buster's for 1/2 Price Game Day, ALL DAY LONG. Come for the games, stay for the amazing food and drinks.
  • Adventure Week at the Gardens: Workshop Wednesday (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am
  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery - Oklahoma City) Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • 🎨 The Artistry of the Western Paperback (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am During the 1940s and 1950s, book illustrators created dynamic and engaging paperback covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger. They might not have been sold in galleries or taken months to complete, but they remain testaments to talent and skill. Study the works of A. Leslie Ross, Robert Stanley, George Gross, Stanley…
  • Artwork by Poteet Victory (Howell Gallery - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Poteet Victory, one of the most collectable and in-demand Native American artists, and an Oklahoma native, will be the featured artist at The Howell Gallery March 1st – April 3rd. An artist’s reception for Victory will be on Wednesday, March 1st from 5pm to 7:30pm.
    Although Victory’s work is abstract, his Cherokee-Choctaw influence…
  • Brown Bag Lunch Series: "They Were the Kind of Clothes That Top Hands Wore" (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater
    When Teddy Blue Abbott bought his perfect outfit in 1872, the dress worn by cowboys had lost many of the characteristics of the dress worn by vaqueros of the American Southwest. Some of the changes were caused by the ethnicity of the men and boys who became cowboys. However, the main factor that changed how…
  • 🎨 Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • Del City Kiwanis Club (Rose State College - Midwest City)
  • Don Williams (Rose State College - Midwest City) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • "Essence of a Man," by Corazon Watkins (The Depot - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Corazon Watkins' “Essence of a Man” Opening at The Depot Gallery
    NORMAN… The Depot Gallery will feature “Essence of a Man”, an exhibit of paintings by Norman artist Corazon Watkins. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk on March 10 from 6 to 9 pm, with the artist discussing her concept for…
  • Expressionist paintings by Bert Seabourn 6 p.m. rec (50 Penn Art Gallery - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Expressionist paintings by Bert Seabourn, through April 29th. 50 Penn Place Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway, There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (March 10th) 848-5567
  • 🏃 Family Yoga in the Gardens (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:45am
  • Good Wine & Dirty Minds (The Pritchard - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎨 Hollywood and the American West (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Candid, intimate, and raw, these photographs showcase private access to the greatest movie stars, musicians, and directors of all time. Subjects include John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, John Ford, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Bing Crosby, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, and more.
  • Ides of March Toga Party (Saints - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Kaleidoscope of Colors Guided Tours (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am
  • Movie Day (Moana (Mustang Public Library - Mustang)
  • 🎨 Native American Photography Exhibition by Navajo artist Will Wilson (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU
    NORMAN, Okla. – Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art proves that Native American communities are not vanishing at all – they’re…
  • Reading Wednesdays (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am
  • RIVERSPORT Adventures Spring Break (Riversport Rapids - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 19th RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District will be open for spring break March 11-19! RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks offer exciting outdoor adventures for all ages. You’ll find whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing plus Adventure courses, a zip line, pump track, extreme jumping, flatwater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), youth…
  • 😂 Robert Hawkins (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Mar 18th
  • Sensory Story Time (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 4:00pm Sensory Story Time is a program ideal for children ages 2 through 6 who have trouble with big crowds, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. We will sing songs, read stories and have bubble time! The last half of sensory story time will be dedicated to sensory activities and play time for children and families to…
  • 🎨 Spring Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative homes with Oklahoma Contemporary. The spring schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. Wet felting, beginning spinning and new four-week classes have been added. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes online at http://bit.ly/OCadult.
  • Spring Break (Museum of Osteology - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00am 2 Weeks of Learning, Fun, and Great Food
    Mondays March 6th and 13th Crafts Storytime Live Skeleton Articulation
    Tuesdays March 7th and 14th Crafts Storytime Live Skeleton Articulation
    Wednesdays March 8th and 15th Crafts Storytime Live Skeleton Articulation
    Thursdays March 9th and 16th Live Exotic Animals Food Trucks (11:30 to 1:30) Crafts…
  • Spring Break at the (Kirkpatrick Family Farm - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Mar 18th Spend your spring break on the farm. Head to Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City to play on the farm's outdoor…
  • 🎡 Spring Break Blast (Andy Alligator's Fun Park & Water Park - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Join the fun during The Spring Break Blast at Andy Alligator's Fun Park! Andy Alligator’s will be opening at 10am every day March 13-17th. Monday and Tuesday there will be a Disney Cars Slide and Moon Bounce. Wednesday through Friday will feature a Sabertooth Tiger Slide and Moon Bounce. Purchase an Ultimate Fun Wristband and enjoy these added…
  • 🎭 Spring Break Camp (Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am Join Oklahoma Children's Theatre for an entire week of Spring Break fun! Young actors will brush up on their performing skills through age-appropriate, hands-on games and activities. Working alongside their dedicated teachers they’ll learn terminology, develop acting skills, and increase their self-confidence while creating characters and…
  • 🏆 Spring Break DAY SKATE (Skate Galaxy - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 1:00pm Spring Break Day Skate Sessions! 1pm-4pm Admission $6!! Group Rates are available! Call today! 405-605-2758
  • 🏆 Spring Break EVENING SKATE (Skate Galaxy - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Spring Break Evening Skate Sessions! 6pm-9pm Admission $6
  • 🎨 Spring Break Week Drop-In Activities (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am It is Spring Break week for Oklahoma City Public Schools and surrounding districts! Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities inspired by different temporary exhibitions on view in the galleries. Create make-and-take activities each day while supplies last. Perfect for homeschoolers too, these activities are free to Museum members or…
  • Spring Youth Camp Jurassic ARTventure (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am We’ll spark campers’ imaginations with a collection of contemporary stories. They will enjoy a variety of children’s books and poems, including A Gift from Greensboro, written by Oklahoma poet Quraysh Ali Lansana and illustrated by our great state’s Skip Hill. While exploring these stories, campers will create collages, paintings,…
  • Winter Wind Concert with Brothers Brothers (The Depot - Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm David is also continuing his cello career playing and composing with The Blue Hit and groups such as the Satellite Ballet, Moishe Circus, The Broken Stares, Ana Egge, Roy Williams and The Human Hands. David released his album "Songs for Willoughby" in March 2014, and his breakout hit "Jerusalem" was featured on Democracy Now! in July 2014. To…
  • 🎨 A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Many a 19th-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The bright red material derived its name from the traditional Turkish process of dying cotton fabric. A rare collection of period bandannas provides Museum visitors a glimpse of authentic neckwear once sought after by…

Thursday, Mar 16th

  • Darlington et al. (Red Brick Bar - Norman)
  • HubBub Improv (District House - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Kaleidoscope of Colors Guided Tours (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am
  • RIVERSPORT Adventures Spring Break (Riversport Rapids - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 19th RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District will be open for spring break March 11-19! RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks offer exciting outdoor adventures for all ages. You’ll find whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing plus Adventure courses, a zip line, pump track, extreme jumping, flatwater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), youth…
  • 😂 Robert Hawkins (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Mar 18th
  • RV Super Show (Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Jim Norick Arena - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 19th The annual RV Super Show, held at Oklahoma City's State Fair Park, features hundreds of RVs on display from central…
  • Spring Break (Museum of Osteology - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 8:00am 2 Weeks of Learning, Fun, and Great Food
    Mondays March 6th and 13th Crafts Storytime Live Skeleton Articulation
    Tuesdays March 7th and 14th Crafts Storytime Live Skeleton Articulation
    Wednesdays March 8th and 15th Crafts Storytime Live Skeleton Articulation
    Thursdays March 9th and 16th Live Exotic Animals Food Trucks (11:30 to 1:30) Crafts…
  • Spring Break at the (Kirkpatrick Family Farm - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Mar 18th Spend your spring break on the farm. Head to Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City to play on the farm's outdoor…
  • Norman Swap Meet (Cleveland County Fairgrounds - Norman) Thru Sat, Mar 18th Come to the Norman Swap Meet to buy and sell parts for cars, trucks, street rods and more. Auto memorabilia,…
  • Whale Bones (Your Mom's Place - Oklahoma City)

Friday, Mar 17th

  • 3rd Friday Block pARTy (Downtown - Shawnee) During the 3rd Friday Block pARTy in Shawnee, local restaurants, art galleries and merchants are open late in the…
  • Broadway's Best with Joel Levine (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classic Concert Series for a memorable performance starring Maestro Joel…
  • Charlie Wilson's In It To Win It Tour with Fantasia and Johnny Gill (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Charlie Wilson is returning to his home state for a performance you won't want to miss at the Chesapeake Energy…
  • Dalton Domino (O'Connell's Irish Pub & Grille - Norman)
  • I Fight Fail et al. (Your Mom's Place - Oklahoma City)
  • Pops 5 - Broadway's Best with Joel Levine (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Note: "Classics" and "Pops" series concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and up, with the exception of "The Christmas Show." Children under the age of 5 will be refused admission. Everyone entering the concert hall must have a ticket.
  • Power Trip et al. (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City)
  • Pre-War Auto Swap Meet (Grady County Fairgrounds - Chickasha) Day 1 of 2 One of the largest pre-war swap meets in the world, Chickasha's Pre-War Auto Swap Meet features over 1,000 vendors…
  • Rachel York et al. (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2
  • RIVERSPORT Adventures Spring Break (Riversport Rapids - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 19th RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District will be open for spring break March 11-19! RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks offer exciting outdoor adventures for all ages. You’ll find whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing plus Adventure courses, a zip line, pump track, extreme jumping, flatwater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), youth…
  • 😂 Robert Hawkins (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • RV Super Show (Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Jim Norick Arena - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 19th The annual RV Super Show, held at Oklahoma City's State Fair Park, features hundreds of RVs on display from central…
  • Spring Break at the (Kirkpatrick Family Farm - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Spend your spring break on the farm. Head to Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City to play on the farm's outdoor…
  • St. Patrick's Day Celebration (The Pritchard - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • Styx (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Legendary rock band Styx brings their classic sound and dynamic style to the Riverwind Casino in Norman for a…
  • Norman Swap Meet (Cleveland County Fairgrounds - Norman) 1 day left Come to the Norman Swap Meet to buy and sell parts for cars, trucks, street rods and more. Auto memorabilia,…

Saturday, Mar 18th

  • Aaron Lewis (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Rock out as Aaron Lewis performs at Riverwind Casino in Norman. Put your hands up and sway to the beat as…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Blue vs. Reno Bighorns (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Cheer on the OKC Blue as they take on the Reno Bighorns at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Get in…
  • Bret Michaels (Grand Casino Hotel & Resort - Shawnee) Get ready to rock out at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee when iconic rock star Bret Michaels takes the stage…
  • Broadway's Best with Joel Levine (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classic Concert Series for a memorable performance starring Maestro Joel…
  • Ghosts of Fort Reno Tour (Historic Fort Reno - El Reno) Come along on an exciting and spooky ghost tour at El Reno's historic Fort Reno. This ghost tour includes…
  • Heard on Hurd (Edmond) On the third Saturday of each month, downtown Edmond hosts a pop-up community celebration called Heard on Hurd. Walk…
  • Plaza Walls Milk Crate Jam (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Pops 5 - Broadway's Best with Joel Levine (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Note: "Classics" and "Pops" series concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and up, with the exception of "The Christmas Show." Children under the age of 5 will be refused admission. Everyone entering the concert hall must have a ticket.
  • Pre-War Auto Swap Meet (Grady County Fairgrounds - Chickasha) Day 2 of 2 One of the largest pre-war swap meets in the world, Chickasha's Pre-War Auto Swap Meet features over 1,000 vendors…
  • Rachel York et al. (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2
  • RIVERSPORT Adventures Spring Break (Riversport Rapids - Oklahoma City) 1 day left RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District will be open for spring break March 11-19! RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks offer exciting outdoor adventures for all ages. You’ll find whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing plus Adventure courses, a zip line, pump track, extreme jumping, flatwater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), youth…
  • R.K. Gun Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 For a high quality gun show with great prices and selection, visit the R.K. Gun Show in Oklahoma City. Held at Oklahoma…
  • 😂 Robert Hawkins (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • RV Super Show (Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Jim Norick Arena - Oklahoma City) 1 day left The annual RV Super Show, held at Oklahoma City's State Fair Park, features hundreds of RVs on display from central…
  • Spring Break at the (Kirkpatrick Family Farm - Oklahoma City) Last Day Spend your spring break on the farm. Head to Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City to play on the farm's outdoor…
  • Norman Swap Meet (Cleveland County Fairgrounds - Norman) Last Day Come to the Norman Swap Meet to buy and sell parts for cars, trucks, street rods and more. Auto memorabilia,…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 2:00pm Experience the thrill of fast-paced pro basketball as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Sacramento Kings. Wear your…
  • wellRED Comedy Tour - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. ([email protected] Performance Lab - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00pm w/Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck,) Drew Morgan, & Corey Ryan Forrester.
    TWO SHOWS 7PM & 10PM

Sunday, Mar 19th

  • The Claudettes (The Depot - Norman)
  • Dying Whale et al. (Your Mom's Place - Oklahoma City)
  • 🏃 Go Girl Run Half Marathon & 5K (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Go Girl Run is coming to Oklahoma, ready to make a BIG difference and improve the lives of women! With a brand new course, race site, theme, medals, colors and the addition of the first ever Go Girl Run Marathon, this is a race you will not want to miss. Get a group of your girlfriends or even co-workers together and enter the event.
  • Gypsy Glam Roadshow: Kids Fest (Farmer's Market - Oklahoma City) Bring the kids to OKC Farmers Public Market for a day of family fun at the Gypsy Glam Roadshow Kids Fest. The…
  • Living Body (Resonator - Norman)
  • RIVERSPORT Adventures Spring Break (Riversport Rapids - Oklahoma City) Last Day RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District will be open for spring break March 11-19! RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks offer exciting outdoor adventures for all ages. You’ll find whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing plus Adventure courses, a zip line, pump track, extreme jumping, flatwater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), youth…
  • R.K. Gun Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 For a high quality gun show with great prices and selection, visit the R.K. Gun Show in Oklahoma City. Held at Oklahoma…
  • RV Super Show (Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Jim Norick Arena - Oklahoma City) Last Day The annual RV Super Show, held at Oklahoma City's State Fair Park, features hundreds of RVs on display from central…
  • wellRED Comedy Tour - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. ([email protected] Performance Lab - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00pm w/Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck,) Drew Morgan, & Corey Ryan Forrester.
    TWO SHOWS 7PM & 10PM

Monday, Mar 20th

Tuesday, Mar 21st

  • Travis Linville (Downtown - Oklahoma City)
  • Wheeler Criterium (Oklahoma City) Once the weather starts warming up, gather your crew and head south of the Oklahoma River for the Wheeler Criterium each…

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2017.03.01 16:11 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Mar 1st - Tue, Mar 7th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

  • Edmond Historic Tours (Downtown - Edmond) Thru Sun, Dec 31st Join experts with the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust and learn something new with a walking tour of historic…
  • 🎨 Power & Prestige Children's Gallery (Western Heritage Museum) Thru Sun, May 14th Designed to complement the temporary exhibition Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains, the Museum offers a fun activity space to explore bravery, pageantry, artistry, community, and respect for culture and diversity. The Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery offers dramatic scenes and stories, a mapping journey, a story…

Wednesday, Mar 1st

  • Adam Torres (Opolis - Norman)
  • After School Special (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 3:30pm After School Special combines books, a film, and an awesome craft for an afternoon of fun. This weekly program is for children in Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. For more information, contact the Children's department at 405-701-2630.
  • American Grim with Heartbreak Heroes (89th Street Collective) Start Time: 7:00pm Locals TBA $10
  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • 🎨 The Artistry of the Western Paperback (Western Heritage Museum) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am During the 1940s and 1950s, book illustrators created dynamic and engaging paperback covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger. They might not have been sold in galleries or taken months to complete, but they remain testaments to talent and skill. Study the works of A. Leslie Ross, Robert Stanley, George Gross, Stanley…
  • Artwork by Poteet Victory (Howell Gallery) Poteet Victory, one of the most collectable and in-demand Native American artists, and an Oklahoma native, will be the featured artist at The Howell Gallery March 1st – April 3rd. An artist’s reception for Victory will be on Wednesday, March 1st from 5pm to 7:30pm.
    Although Victory’s work is abstract, his Cherokee-Choctaw influence…
  • Artwork by Tom Toperzer, Todd Stewart, Haley Prestifilippo and Jason Cytacki (JRB Art at the Elms) JRB Art at The Elms invites you on a springtime adventure presenting four solo exhibitions featuring four artists with strong connections to the University of Oklahoma: Tom Toperzer, Todd Stewart, Haley Prestifilippo and Jason Cytacki. The exhibitions open with an evening reception from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd, during the…
  • Baby Story Time (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Calling all babies, toddlers and the ones who love them! It's time for Baby Story Time! Each week, we'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays and rhymes designed for the smallest library fans! This story time is great for ages birth to 24 months. For more information, please call the Children's department at 405-701-2630.
  • Barren + Only OK, Deadbeat, TBA (The Paramount OKC) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Brown Bag & Blankets (Blanchard Library - Blanchard) Start Time: 11:30am Do you like to crochet, knit or work with fleece? Join us for a weekly brown bag lunch and sewing group!! These blankets will be given to the VA Hospital or a NICU unit and the comradery will be fun! Doesn't matter your level of skill, just bring a needle/hook and yarn, and we will create.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Series: How the Spanish Inquisition Brought Jewish Culture into the American West (Western Heritage Museum) Start Time: 12:00pm Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater
    The Spanish conquest of the New World in the 16th century brought not only the conquistador and the vaquero, but the remnants of a rich culture banished from Iberia – the Jews of Spain and Portugal. Join author Corinne Joy Brown as she connects the research for Hidden Star, her award-winning novel, to a…
  • Captured By Robots (Music Room)
  • Central Jazz Combos (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🍴 Certified Healthy (Embassy Suites - Norman) Start Time: 12:00pm Conference Awards & Luncheon recognizing Certified Healthy Programs
  • 🎨 Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • 🎓 Conservatives Need Not Apply: How the Lack of Intellectual Diversity on Campus Hurts Everyone (University of Oklahoma - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm David French, senior fellow at the National Review, is providing a public lecture March 1st at 6pm in the Meacham Auditorium of the Oklahoma Memorial Union building on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus. His lecture is titled, "Conservatives Need Not Apply: How the Lack of Diversity on Campus Hurts Everyone, Including Progressives."…
  • Del City Kiwanis Club (Rose State College - Midwest City)
  • Expressionist paintings by Bert Seabourn 6 p.m. rec (50 Penn Art Gallery) Expressionist paintings by Bert Seabourn, through April 29th. 50 Penn Place Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway, There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (March 10th) 848-5567
  • 🏃 Family Yoga in the Gardens (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 5:45am
  • 🏃 Family Yoga Night (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 6:30pm Cooperative event with Shannon Scott. Please join the Noble Public Library and Shannon Scott for Family Yoga Night, every Wednesday. For more information please contact Shannon Scott -- [email protected] (405) 517-9605
  • Fences (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Mar 4th Experience August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fences, at the historic Pollard Theatre in…
  • Good Wine & Dirty Minds (The Pritchard) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Grogus et al. (Your Mom's Place)
  • Happy Birthday, SOKC: Celebrating 5 Years of Innovation (Moore Public Library) Start Time: 4:30pm Celebrate 5 years of innovation with the SOKC Library! We are turning 5 years old and would like to invite the public for pizza, cupcakes, crafts, games, celebration, and more! This is a come-and-go event, but join us at 5:00 pm to sing happy birthday. Tours of the library and the PLS MakerMobile will be offered throughout the event. We have…
  • 🎨 Hollywood and the American West (Western Heritage Museum) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Candid, intimate, and raw, these photographs showcase private access to the greatest movie stars, musicians, and directors of all time. Subjects include John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, John Ford, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Bing Crosby, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, and more.
  • "I Am The Change" photography exhibition by Valerie Vaughn (1219 Creative) Day 2 of 2 “I Am The Change” photography exhibition Sparks conversation about race and diversity
    Oklahoma City, OK FEBUARY 1, 2017 — We’ve all heard the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographer and artist Valerie Vaughn hopes her photography project, “I Am The Change,” will not only speak to the hearts and minds of…
  • 🎨 Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (Oklahoma Contemporary) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions. Gibson’s art draws thoughtful attention to cultural and historical traditions while affirming their vitality and…
  • Lapsit Story Time (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 10:00am Each week, caregivers and their children sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays and bubbles. For babies 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Moore Public Library at 405-793-4347. For updates on special events and more, be sure to check the website, like us on…
  • 🎓 Microsoft Word (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Modern word processing software has come a long way since the typewriter! Microsoft Word is the most popular choice for everything from writing letters to resumes; come down to the Library and we'll show you how to get started. In the first day of this three-day series, participants will work with text (using functions such as cut-and-paste and…
  • 😂 MR. BURNS (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm CityRep, Oklahoma's award-winning professional theatre company, co-producing with Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre, presents the Oklahoma premiere of Anne Washburn’s dark comedy, Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play. What will endure when the cataclysm arrives – when the grid falls, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the…
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Civic Center Music Hall) Thru Sun, Mar 5th What will endure when the cataclysm arrives- when the grid falls, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuidling? Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy, one of the most produced new plays in American theatre, propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilizations stumbling into its future. A paean to live theatre,…
  • 🎨 Native American Photography Exhibition by Navajo artist Will Wilson (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU
    NORMAN, Okla. – Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art proves that Native American communities are not vanishing at all – they’re…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am
  • Reading Wednesdays (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🍴 Edmond Restaurant Week (Edmond Chamber of Commerce - Edmond) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00am Starting Monday, February 27, 2017, Edmond will be showing off its great eats and drinks during Edmond Restaurant Week – please mark your calendar for this awesome week! This event is proudly brought to you by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and AmeriPride Services. We are going to make it an annual tradition, so a huge thank you again to…
  • 🎨 Spring Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative homes with Oklahoma Contemporary. The spring schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. Wet felting, beginning spinning and new four-week classes have been added. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes online at http://bit.ly/OCadult.
  • 🎨 Spring Youth Camp: Face Value (Oklahoma Contemporary) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am This is not a typical portrait-painting camp! During this week, campers will use real-life, abstract and even animal faces as inspiration. Even a little distortion in facial features will be a fun approach in the re-creation process. Kids will get messy with paint, paper, glue and other supplies to create their portrait pieces. Let’s face it:…
  • Spring Youth Camp Jurassic ARTventure (Oklahoma Contemporary) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Little artists will have a roaring good time in this camp! Based on special-effects artist and puppeteer John Rosengrant, campers will explore the shapes, sizes and textures of dinosaurs. Campers will create their own dinosaur suits and then work together to make a volcano installation. Don’t miss this dino-mite camp!
  • Student Combos (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 7:00pm Student Combos TBA Mon, February 27th Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm / $10 Purchase Tickets Online or by calling (405) 974-2100 Live Stream Student Combos TBA Wed, March 1st Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm / $10 Purchase Tickets Online or by calling (405) 974-2100 Live Stream
  • Tony Tome (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Mar 4th Comic Shows are loading, please refresh page if shows do not appear. 21 & over Show Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Friday 3/3/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival…
  • VITA Tax Preparation (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm VITA volunteers help prepare basic federal and state income tax returns for taxpayers with an income of less than $54,000 . VITA volunteers are at the Moore Public Library every Wednesday night and Saturday morning throughout the tax filing season. They will help patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. The last returns will be started 30…
  • Viva GLART! Grow a Learner through Art (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 10:30am Bilingual early literacy practice through art play. For babies and children through age 5 and their caregivers.
  • 🎓 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Trained tax preparation volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law will help taxpayers prepare basic federal and state income tax returns. Tax preparation help is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is generally offered to people who make $53,000 or less per year. Sign up begins at 5:00 pm on the day that the tax…
  • 🏆 Way Back Wednesday - $1 Beer (Remington Park)
  • 🎨 Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open studio as well as four-week pet portraits and mixed media classes with Bryan Dahlvang. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes and view the…
  • 🎨 A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna (Western Heritage Museum) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Many a 19th-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The bright red material derived its name from the traditional Turkish process of dying cotton fabric. A rare collection of period bandannas provides Museum visitors a glimpse of authentic neckwear once sought after by…

Thursday, Mar 2nd

  • 🎨 The Artistry of the Western Paperback (Western Heritage Museum) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am During the 1940s and 1950s, book illustrators created dynamic and engaging paperback covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger. They might not have been sold in galleries or taken months to complete, but they remain testaments to talent and skill. Study the works of A. Leslie Ross, Robert Stanley, George Gross, Stanley…
  • 🎨 Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • Fences (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Mar 4th Experience August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fences, at the historic Pollard Theatre in…
  • HubBub Improv (District House) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • 🎨 Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (Oklahoma Contemporary) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions. Gibson’s art draws thoughtful attention to cultural and historical traditions while affirming their vitality and…
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Civic Center Music Hall) Thru Sun, Mar 5th What will endure when the cataclysm arrives- when the grid falls, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuidling? Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy, one of the most produced new plays in American theatre, propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilizations stumbling into its future. A paean to live theatre,…
  • 🍴 Edmond Restaurant Week (Edmond Chamber of Commerce - Edmond) Last Day Start Time: 8:00am Starting Monday, February 27, 2017, Edmond will be showing off its great eats and drinks during Edmond Restaurant Week – please mark your calendar for this awesome week! This event is proudly brought to you by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and AmeriPride Services. We are going to make it an annual tradition, so a huge thank you again to…
  • Shallow Side (Thunder Alley Grill & Sports Bar)
  • 🎨 Spring Youth Camp: Face Value (Oklahoma Contemporary) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am This is not a typical portrait-painting camp! During this week, campers will use real-life, abstract and even animal faces as inspiration. Even a little distortion in facial features will be a fun approach in the re-creation process. Kids will get messy with paint, paper, glue and other supplies to create their portrait pieces. Let’s face it:…
  • Spring Youth Camp Jurassic ARTventure (Oklahoma Contemporary) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Little artists will have a roaring good time in this camp! Based on special-effects artist and puppeteer John Rosengrant, campers will explore the shapes, sizes and textures of dinosaurs. Campers will create their own dinosaur suits and then work together to make a volcano installation. Don’t miss this dino-mite camp!
  • Tony Tome (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Mar 4th Comic Shows are loading, please refresh page if shows do not appear. 21 & over Show Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Friday 3/3/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival…
  • 🎨 A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna (Western Heritage Museum) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Many a 19th-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The bright red material derived its name from the traditional Turkish process of dying cotton fabric. A rare collection of period bandannas provides Museum visitors a glimpse of authentic neckwear once sought after by…

Friday, Mar 3rd

  • Almost Ready to Cruise Car Sale & Swap Meet (Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center - Shawnee) Day 1 of 2 Automobile enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Shawnee's Almost Ready to Cruise Car Sale and Swap Meet, held annually…
  • Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Thru Sun, Mar 5th Come to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City for the Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo, a trade show…
  • 🏆 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Thru Mon, Mar 6th Start Time: 6:00pm Children two years of age and older must have a ticket.
  • Mustang Chocolate Festival (Mustang Town Center - Mustang) Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Mustang Chocolate Festival where you can sample from 21 vendors offering a wide variety…
  • Exile (The State Theatre - Harrah) See The Exiles live as they make a comeback as Exile at The State Theatre in Harrah. Listen to 1970s country…
  • Fences (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) 1 day left Experience August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fences, at the historic Pollard Theatre in…
  • First Friday Gallery Walk (Paseo Arts District) The First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District occurs on the first Friday of every month. Friday night…
  • Maze & Frankie Beverly in Concert (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Head to Riverwind Casino in Norman for a night full of soul. Maze and Frankie Beverly will take the stage to deliver…
  • Morris Day & The Time in Concert (Grand Casino Hotel & Resort - Shawnee) Catch the well-known backing band of Prince, The Time, as founding member Morris Day rejoins the band for an exciting…
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Civic Center Music Hall) Thru Sun, Mar 5th What will endure when the cataclysm arrives- when the grid falls, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuidling? Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy, one of the most produced new plays in American theatre, propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilizations stumbling into its future. A paean to live theatre,…
  • 🏆 OKC Blue vs. Iowa Energy (Cox Convention Center) Start Time: 7:00pm Cheer on the OKC Blue as they take on the Texas Legends at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Get in…
  • Savoy (Farmer's Market)
  • 🏆 Timed Event Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Thru Sun, Mar 5th Start Time: 12:00pm Witness as Guthrie's Lazy E Arena plays host to the Timed Event Championship, an annual event that features the top…
  • Tony Tome (Loony Bin Comedy Club) 1 day left Comic Shows are loading, please refresh page if shows do not appear. 21 & over Show Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Friday 3/3/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival…

Saturday, Mar 4th

  • 🏃 Adrenaline Run 5K & 10K (OU College of Pharmacy) Proceeds of the Adrenaline Run will benefit The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy through expansion of contemporary education, research and service. Through these funds the OU Foundation will help the college develop unique pharmacy practices, increase innovative research and encourage student development.
  • Almost Ready to Cruise Car Sale & Swap Meet (Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center - Shawnee) Day 2 of 2 Automobile enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Shawnee's Almost Ready to Cruise Car Sale and Swap Meet, held annually…
  • Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo (Oklahoma State Fair Park) 1 day left Come to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City for the Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo, a trade show…
  • 🏆 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Thru Mon, Mar 6th Start Time: 6:00pm Children two years of age and older must have a ticket.
  • 🏆 CINCH Timed Event Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Breakfast (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Start Time: 9:00am The 4th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off BREAKFAST SAMPLER.
    Saturday Morning Breakfast Sampler served prior to the Saturday Afternoon performance of Timed Event.
  • 🏆 CINCH Timed Event Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Dinner (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Start Time: 3:00pm The 4th Annual TEC Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.
    Saturday Afternoon Chicken Fried Steak Dinner. Served prior to the Saturday Evening performance of the CINCH Timed Event Championship.
  • Classics 6 - Daniel Hege, Guest Conductor (Civic Center Music Hall) Barber - Overturn to the School for Scandal Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major Brahms - Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
    Note: "Classics" and "Pops" series concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and up, with the exception of "The Christmas Show." Children under the age of 5 will be refused admission. Everyone entering the concert hall…
  • 🏃 Creek Classic 5K & 10K (Deer Creek Intermediate High School - Edmond) Creek Classic is an annual event that is a district wide fundraiser for Deer Creek Schools. Prizes awarded to overall m/f and top m/f in each standard age division.
    http://deercreekclassic.com
  • Daniel Hege (Civic Center Music Hall) Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classic Concert Series for a memorable performance starring Maestro Joel…
  • 🏃 Duck Week 5K (Piedmont - Piedmont) 5K and 1 mile fun run to benefit Piedmont's DUCK week charity event.
  • Fences (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Last Day Experience August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fences, at the historic Pollard Theatre in…
  • Ignite Arts Festival (Harding Fine Arts Academy) The 2017 theme for the Ignite Arts Festival in Oklahoma City is "Igniting the Spark." This annual community…
  • Maze & Frankie Beverly in Concert (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Head to Riverwind Casino in Norman for a night full of soul. Maze and Frankie Beverly will take the stage to deliver…
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Civic Center Music Hall) 1 day left What will endure when the cataclysm arrives- when the grid falls, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuidling? Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy, one of the most produced new plays in American theatre, propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilizations stumbling into its future. A paean to live theatre,…
  • 🏃 Panera Beacon 25K, 15K, 5K Run (Stars & Stripes Park) This event is directed by the Oklahoma City Running Club. This is a great training opportunity for those planning to participate in the OKC Memorial Marathon or Half Marathon. Proceeds to promote healthy lifestyles through recreational walking and running. http://okcrunning.org/event-2286508
  • Shovel Tusk et al. (Your Mom's Place)
  • 🏆 Timed Event Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm Witness as Guthrie's Lazy E Arena plays host to the Timed Event Championship, an annual event that features the top…
  • Tony Tome (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Last Day Comic Shows are loading, please refresh page if shows do not appear. 21 & over Show Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Wednesday 3/1/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival Time:Thursday 3/2/2017 @ 7:30 PM Buy Ticket 21 & over Show Time:Friday 3/3/2017 @ 8:00 PM Arrival…
  • Underground Monster Carnival (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Dress up as your favorite character and head to the Underground Monster Carnival in Oklahoma City. This carnival-themed…
  • 🏃 Warrior Way 5K (Downtown Washington near the Post Office on Main Street - Washington) The Annual Warrior Way 5k and Fun Mile is a fun morning for racers, runners and walkers and everyone in between!

Sunday, Mar 5th

  • Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Last Day Come to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City for the Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo, a trade show…
  • 🏆 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship (Chesapeake Energy Arena) 1 day left Start Time: 6:00pm Children two years of age and older must have a ticket.
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Blue vs. Northern Arizona Suns (Cox Convention Center) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Gypsy Glam Roadshow: Kids Fest (Farmer's Market) Bring the kids to OKC Farmers Public Market for a day of family fun at the Gypsy Glam Roadshow Kids Fest. The…
  • Jake Armerding (The Depot - Norman)
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Civic Center Music Hall) Last Day What will endure when the cataclysm arrives- when the grid falls, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuidling? Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy, one of the most produced new plays in American theatre, propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilizations stumbling into its future. A paean to live theatre,…
  • 🏆 Timed Event Championship (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Last Day Start Time: 12:00pm Witness as Guthrie's Lazy E Arena plays host to the Timed Event Championship, an annual event that features the top…

Monday, Mar 6th

Tuesday, Mar 7th

  • Motown the Musical (Civic Center Music Hall) Thru Sun, Mar 12th Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 7:00pm

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2017.02.15 16:18 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Feb 15th - Tue, Feb 21st)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Wednesday, Feb 15th

  • 2017 OKC Comedy Season Ticket Package - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. (Ticketstorm.com) Thru Mon, Feb 20th Start Time: 10:30pm Get your Season Tickets HERE!
    Package:
    It comes with 2 tickets to every single OKC Comedy produced show in 2017.…
  • After School Special (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 3:30pm After School Special combines books, a film, and an awesome craft for an afternoon of fun. This weekly program is for children in Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. For more information, contact the…
  • Against The Grain (Blue Note) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Amarillo Junction (JJ's Alley) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • 😂 Andy Woodhull (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Feb 18th
  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Day 1 of 2 Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • Annual Member Show (Paseo) PASEO ANNUAL MEMBER SHOW IN FEBRUARY Oklahoma City, OK (Jan. 25, 2017) – The Paseo Arts Association’s Annual Member Show will take place Friday, Feb. 3, at the Paseo Art Space (3022 Paseo). The…
  • 🍴 Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Art Exhibit by Renee Lawrence (Contemporary Art Gallery) Day 1 of 2 Art Opening - February 3, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo, OKC will feature Renée Lawrence. Oklahoma culture and history are the inspirations for this Oklahoma City…
  • 🎨 The Artistry of the Western Paperback (Western Heritage Museum) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am During the 1940s and 1950s, book illustrators created dynamic and engaging paperback covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger. They might not have been sold in galleries or taken…
  • Assassins (Lyric at the Plaza) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is proud to present ASSASSINS! ASSASSINS is a groundbreaking musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This fictional portrayal of the men and women who attempted…
  • Baby Story Time (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Calling all babies, toddlers and the ones who love them! It's time for Baby Story Time! Each week, we'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays and rhymes designed for the smallest library fans!…
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although…
  • 🎨 "Contemporary Realism," artwork by David Crismon, Michelle Mikesell, Mitsuno Reedy and Bob Sober (JRB Art at the Elms) "CONTEMPORARY REALISM" Opening Reception Friday, Feb. 3 6PM - 10PM Featuring: David Crismon, Michelle Mikesell, Mitsuno Reedy and Bob Sober
  • Del City Kiwanis Club (Rose State College - Midwest City)
  • 🎨 Equine Paintings by Kim Norton rec (50 Penn Art Gallery) Day 1 of 2 Equine paintings by Kim Norton, through February 28th. 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (January 13th) 848-5567
    We are open Tuesday…
  • 🏃 Family Yoga in the Gardens (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 5:45am
  • 🏃 Family Yoga Night (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 6:30pm Cooperative event with Shannon Scott. Please join the Noble Public Library and Shannon Scott for Family Yoga Night, every Wednesday. For more information please contact Shannon Scott --…
  • Good Wine & Dirty Minds (The Pritchard) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎨 Hollywood and the American West (Western Heritage Museum) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Candid, intimate, and raw, these photographs showcase private access to the greatest movie stars, musicians, and directors of all time. Subjects include John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, John Ford,…
  • "I Am The Change" photography exhibition by Valerie Vaughn (1219 Creative) “I Am The Change” photography exhibition Sparks conversation about race and diversity
    Oklahoma City, OK FEBUARY 1, 2017 — We’ve all heard the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words.…
  • 🎨 Inherent Language of Life, art exhibit by Ginna Dowling (Mainsite - Norman) Language is whatever we make of it. Norman printmaker and visual storyteller Ginna Dowling understands and celebrates that fact with Inherent Language of Life, a solo exhibition that asked the community to…
  • 🎨 Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal…
  • Lapsit Story Time (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 10:00am Each week, caregivers and their children sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays and bubbles. For babies 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult. For more…
  • Minor Morals (89th Street Collective) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Minor Morals & Sledge (89th Street Collective) Start Time: 7:00pm with locals TBA
  • Mothership et al. (Blue Note)
  • Nathan Price "A One Man Show" rec. 1/13 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. (The Depot - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Nathan Price, “A One Man Show,” Opens January 13 in The Depot Gallery NORMAN...An opening reception will be held for "A One Man Show,” exhibiting the paintings of Nathan Price in The Depot…
  • 🎨 Native American Photography Exhibition by Navajo artist Will Wilson (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU
    NORMAN, Okla. – Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A…
  • Off-Campus Life Housing & Living Fair (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am We invite all students to attend our Off-Campus Housing and Living Fair. This is the perfect opportunity to meet apartment leasing agents from around the Edmond and Metro area. This is a great way to get a…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am
  • 🎓 Preventing Strokes and Improbing Health (Concordia Life Care Community) Start Time: 2:00pm Stroke prevention begins with knowledge. Concordia Life Care Community invites you to its Wellness through Wisdom lecture where neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Vertrees Smith will offer life-saving advice on…
  • Reading Wednesdays (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Edmond Historical Society - Edmond) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 11:00am RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Serve Moore Community Renewal Center - Moore) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Norman Arts District - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 3:30pm RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 11:30am RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • Sledge & Minor Morals (89th Street Collective) Start Time: 6:30pm SLEDGE Minor Morals The Tooth Stupid Hero Only OK $10 Doors 6:00pm Show 6:30
  • 🏆 SNU: Baseball vs Central Oklahoma Start Time: 1:00pm Baseball vs Central Oklahoma http://snuathletics.com/calendar.aspx?id=3295
  • Spring Break Drop-In: Threadwork Bracelets (Western Heritage Museum) Start Time: 10:00am Learn the art of wrapping thread as seen in the exhibit Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains.
  • TheArts Association's Annual Members' Show exhibits Woks by John Wolfe (Paseo) PAA Annual Members’ Show February 3 – 25 Opening Reception, February 3, 6-10pm Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo (in the Paseo Arts District) 405-525-2688 Tues – Sat 12-5pm
    The Paseo Arts Association's…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 8:30pm Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Experience the thrill of fast-paced pro basketball as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Denver Nuggets. Wear your…
  • VITA Tax Preparation (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm VITA volunteers help prepare basic federal and state income tax returns for taxpayers with an income of less than $54,000 . VITA volunteers are at the Moore Public Library every Wednesday night and Saturday…
  • 🎓 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Trained tax preparation volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law will help taxpayers prepare basic federal and state income tax returns. Tax preparation help is available on a first-come,…
  • What Is Native Exhibit by Joshua Garrett and Edward S. Curtis (Paseo) What Is Native W/ Joshua Garrett and Edward S. Curtis
  • 🎨 Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open…
  • 🎨 Works by Lacy Saak, artist and Sarah Lee Parrish, photographer (The Studio Gallery) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Studio Gallery, 2646 W. Britton Rd, is featuring Lacy Saak, artist and Sarah Lee Parrish, photographer as the featured artists for the month of February.
    Hours of operation:…
  • 🎨 A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna (Western Heritage Museum) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Many a 19th-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The bright red material derived its name from the traditional Turkish process…

Thursday, Feb 16th

  • 2017 OKC Comedy Season Ticket Package - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. (Ticketstorm.com) Thru Mon, Feb 20th Start Time: 10:30pm Get your Season Tickets HERE!
    Package:
    It comes with 2 tickets to every single OKC Comedy produced show in 2017.…
  • 😂 Andy Woodhull (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Feb 18th
  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • 🎨 Art After 5 (Oklahoma City Museum of Art) Start Time: 5:00pm Enjoy a late-night art gallery experience at OKCMOA every Thursday for only $5 after 5 pm! OKCMOA is open until 9 pm every Thursday evening, giving visitors an opportunity to view the galleries and the…
  • Art Awakening 2017 (NorthCare) Start Time: 4:00pm Art Awakening is an art show highlighting the talents of artists living with mental illness and addiction. This February, NorthCare, a local non-profit Community Mental Health Center, will host its 4th…
  • Art Exhibit by Renee Lawrence (Contemporary Art Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Art Opening - February 3, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo, OKC will feature Renée Lawrence. Oklahoma culture and history are the inspirations for this Oklahoma City…
  • 🎨 The Artistry of the Western Paperback (Western Heritage Museum) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am During the 1940s and 1950s, book illustrators created dynamic and engaging paperback covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger. They might not have been sold in galleries or taken…
  • Assassins (Lyric at the Plaza) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is proud to present ASSASSINS! ASSASSINS is a groundbreaking musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This fictional portrayal of the men and women who attempted…
  • Bid Opening Start Time: 10:30am Bid Opening Agency: Transportation, Oklahoma Department of - ODOT Contact Phone: Contact Email: [email protected] [email protected] Event Resources: Event Phone: Event Email: [email protected] [email protected]
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although…
  • 🎨 Drink and Draw (Tree and Leaf) Start Time: 8:00pm Drink & Draw is hosted every Thursday at either Brass Bell Studios, The Okay See, or Tree & Leaf from 8-11pm.
    Here is the weekly schedule:
    1st Thursday: The Okay See
    2nd Thursday: Brass Bell Studios

  • 🎓 English as a Second Language Class (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 11:00am English as a Second Language class. All materials are provided.
  • 🎨 Equine Paintings by Kim Norton rec (50 Penn Art Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Equine paintings by Kim Norton, through February 28th. 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (January 13th) 848-5567
    We are open Tuesday…
  • 🏆 Family Night Skate (Skate Galaxy) Start Time: 6:00pm FAMILY NIGHT SKATE Thursdays 6pm-9pm & Sundays 6pm-8pm Admission is only $6 (includes skate rental) per person! Family Night $29 Package Special! Includes: Admission, Skate Rental, Pizza &…
  • Family Story Time (Mustang Public Library - Mustang) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • 🍴 Harkins Theatres - Tuesday Night Classics (Lower Bricktown) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎨 Hollywood and the American West (Western Heritage Museum) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Candid, intimate, and raw, these photographs showcase private access to the greatest movie stars, musicians, and directors of all time. Subjects include John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, John Ford,…
  • HOME Application Input Session (Leadership Square) Start Time: 1:00pm 2017 HOME Application Input Session Agency: Housing Finance Agency, Oklahoma - OHFA Contact Phone
  • HubBub Improv (District House) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • 🎨 Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal…
  • 🎓 John Rossman (Western Heritage Museum) Start Time: 12:00pm “Leadership the Amazon Way” John Rossman is the author of The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles of the World’s Most Disruptive Company and is an expert on digital disruption and assisting his…
  • Lego Builder's Club (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 3:00pm Lego Builder's Club: it's Back! Compete in teams to complete Lego challenges. Bring some friends or come alone and find a new group of Lego enthusiasts. Each week children will have a new challenge to work…
  • 🎨 Live Model Figure Drawing Session (Kasum Contemporary Fine Art) Start Time: 7:45pm Open Figure Drawing Session (Limited Seating). Participants should not arrive any earlier than 7:00 pm and try to arrive no later than 7:40 pm the evening of the figure session. If you arrive once the doors…
  • Music Connection (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Norman Central Music Connection is a music and story program for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers. It includes singing, playing instruments, listening, moving to music and more. The connection…
  • Nathan Price "A One Man Show" rec. 1/13 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. (The Depot - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Nathan Price, “A One Man Show,” Opens January 13 in The Depot Gallery NORMAN...An opening reception will be held for "A One Man Show,” exhibiting the paintings of Nathan Price in The Depot…
  • 🎨 Native American Photography Exhibition by Navajo artist Will Wilson (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU
    NORMAN, Okla. – Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 9:00am
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Management Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office) Start Time: 6:00pm PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience of witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical…
  • Resistance Band Training (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 4:00pm Resistance Band Training is a safe, progressive way to build and maintain the strength we need to perform activities of daily living. During this six-week presentation participants will be provided with a…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Edmond Historical Society - Edmond) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 11:00am RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Serve Moore Community Renewal Center - Moore) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Norman Arts District - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 3:30pm RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • 🏃 Running 4 Love 5K & 10K (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 11:30am RUNNING 4 LOVE is our second annual virtual event for all of you lovers out there. For this event, you get a medal set, which include TWO MEDALS (when put together they spell LOVE)! Keep one half of the…
  • Shop Hop on Auto Alley (Automobile Alley) Start Time: 6:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2016
    6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Broadway Ave. between NW 4th and 10th streets
    On the Third Thursday of every month, cruise historic Automobile Alley for open house events at local…
  • 🏆 SNU: 2/16 5:30 PM Basketball (W) vs Southeastern Oklahoma State (Bethany Library - Bethany) Start Time: 5:30pm Basketball (W) vs Southeastern Oklahoma State\n http://snuathletics.com/calendar.aspx?id=2969
  • 🏆 SNU: 2/16 7:30 PM Basketball (M) vs Southeastern Oklahoma State (Bethany Library - Bethany) Start Time: 7:30pm Basketball (M) vs Southeastern Oklahoma State\n http://snuathletics.com/calendar.aspx?id=3002
  • 🎓 STEAM Tweens (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 4:00pm STEAM Tweens connects kids with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics in the library! Each week, join us as we explore and create different things of the STEAM variety! This program…
  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office) Start Time: 6:00pm Nearly 31,000 people take their own lives each year. As a survivor – a family member or friend of the victim – you may need help coming to terms with suicide. This group offers the opportunity to share,…
  • Tacocat (Opolis - Norman) check it out! http://tacocatdotcom.com https://sexsnobs.bandcamp.com snackbox doors 6pm show doors 8pm show start 10pm ALL AGES $10 over 21 $12 under 21
  • 🎓 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Trained tax preparation volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law will help taxpayers prepare basic federal and state income tax returns. Tax preparation help is available on a first-come,…
  • 🎭 William Shakespeare's As You Like It (UCO Mitchell Hall Theatre - Edmond) Start Time: 7:30pm Ce
    Tickets
    Box Office Hours Sunday Closed Monday 12pm to 6pm Tuesday 12pm to 6pm Wednesday 12pm to 6pm Thursday 12pm to 6pm Friday 12pm to 6pm Saturday Closed Open one hour prior to show times on…
  • 🎨 Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open…
  • 🎨 A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna (Western Heritage Museum) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Many a 19th-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The bright red material derived its name from the traditional Turkish process…
  • Zumba (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm Will you be my Valentine? It's a great day to wear your reds and pinks! Latin and International music creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system! Participants must sign a waiver each class,…

Friday, Feb 17th

Saturday, Feb 18th

  • 2017 OKC Comedy Season Ticket Package - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. (Ticketstorm.com) Thru Mon, Feb 20th Start Time: 10:30pm Get your Season Tickets HERE!
    Package:
    It comes with 2 tickets to every single OKC Comedy produced show in 2017.…
  • 😂 Andy Woodhull (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Last Day
  • 🏆 Frigid Five Race (Mitch Park - Edmond) Head to Mitch Park in Edmond for the Frigid Five Race to get your blood pumping. Take off across the park and…
  • Hoops (Opolis - Norman)
  • Monster Jam (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Day 1 of 2 Head to Monster Jam in Oklahoma City for two days of rip-roaring fun at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Monster Jam is an…
  • $ Oklahoma Motorcycle & Car Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Day 1 of 2 The 20th annual Oklahoma Motorcycle & Car Show held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is a great opportunity to…
  • Rick Springfield (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm Grammy Award winner Rick Springfield is the man responsible for the looming popularity of classic hit…
  • 🏃 Run for Recovery 5K/10K (Stars & Stripes Park) Reclaiming teens and reuniting families from substance abuse and addiction through a recovery high school and outpatient treatment for the whole family.
    Each participant receives a Run for Recovery beanie.
  • 🎭 The Sleeping Beauty (Civic Center Music Hall) 1 day left The Oklahoma City Ballet performs The Sleeping Beauty, one of the most beloved story ballets of all time, at the Civic…
  • Stories By The Fire w/ Madison Allen - Presented By: Black Mesa Brewing Co. (New World Comics) Start Time: 8:00pm An All New, Sexy, Monthly Storytelling show in OKC!
    This Month Starring:
    Madison Allen, Josh Lathe, Christopher Fox, Will Ogletree & Jenny Godwin!
    The gang gets to together to tell stories about thier…

Sunday, Feb 19th

  • 2017 OKC Comedy Season Ticket Package - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. (Ticketstorm.com) 1 day left Start Time: 10:30pm Get your Season Tickets HERE!
    Package:
    It comes with 2 tickets to every single OKC Comedy produced show in 2017.…
  • Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam Pit Pass Upsell (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 10:30am PIT PASS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN EVENT TICKET! The Pit Party is a pre-show event taking place from 10:30am-12:00pm. Ages 2 & up require a ticket.
    One of the most exciting ways to get close to the stars…
  • Havok et al. (Thunder Alley Grill & Sports Bar)
  • Monster Jam (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Day 2 of 2 Head to Monster Jam in Oklahoma City for two days of rip-roaring fun at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Monster Jam is an…
  • $ Oklahoma Motorcycle & Car Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Day 2 of 2 The 20th annual Oklahoma Motorcycle & Car Show held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is a great opportunity to…
  • 🎭 The Sleeping Beauty (Civic Center Music Hall) Last Day The Oklahoma City Ballet performs The Sleeping Beauty, one of the most beloved story ballets of all time, at the Civic…

Monday, Feb 20th

Tuesday, Feb 21st

  • Bon Jovi (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Make plans to visit the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City this March to see Bon Jovi live. This world-class…
  • 🎭 The Five Irish Tenors (Armstrong Auditorium - Edmond) Join the Five Irish Tenors for a journey through some of the most beautiful songs in Irish folk tradition. Emjoy the…
  • Greg Fitzsimmons - Presented by: Black Mesa Brewing Co. ([email protected] Performance Lab) Start Time: 8:00pm From Fitzdog Radio, @Midnight, The Howard Stern Show and more!
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2017.02.01 15:52 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Feb 1st - Tue, Feb 7th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

Wednesday, Feb 1st

  • After School Special (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 3:30pm After School Special combines books, a film, and an awesome craft for an afternoon of fun. This weekly program is for children in Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. For more information, contact the Children's department at 405-701-2630.
  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Day 1 of 2 Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Baby Story Time (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Calling all babies, toddlers and the ones who love them! It's time for Baby Story Time! Each week, we'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays and rhymes designed for the smallest library fans! This story time is great for ages birth to 24 months. For more information, please call the Children's department at 405-701-2630.
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • Del City Kiwanis Club (Rose State College - Midwest City)
  • 🎨 Equine Paintings by Kim Norton rec (50 Penn Art Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Equine paintings by Kim Norton, through February 28th. 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (January 13th) 848-5567
    We are open Tuesday through Friday.
  • Family Play Time/ La hora de jugar en familia (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 10:30am Join us for a bilingual family play program for babies and children under 5 years of age. ¡Aprendan y jueguen todos juntos! Para bebés y niños hasta 5 años de edad con las personas que los cuidan.
  • 🏃 Family Yoga in the Gardens (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 5:45am
  • 🏃 Family Yoga Night (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 6:30pm Cooperative event with Shannon Scott. Please join the Noble Public Library and Shannon Scott for Family Yoga Night, every Wednesday. For more information please contact Shannon Scott -- [email protected] (405) 517-9605
  • 🏆 February CASH Roses! (Remington Park) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Join us as we bring the love from 6 to 9 pmevery night of Feb 1 - Feb 14! Earn points and enter to be drawn from the Love Tumbler where winners get their choice of a Box of Chocolates with Cash or a Cash Rose, both worth between $100 and $1,000 CASH! Valet parking and admission are always FREE! http://www.remingtonpark.com/february-cash-roses/
  • Lapsit Story Time (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 10:00am Each week, caregivers and their children sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays and bubbles. For babies 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Moore Public Library at 405-793-4347. For updates on special events and more, be sure to check the website, like us on…
  • Nathan Price "A One Man Show" rec. 1/13 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. (The Depot - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Nathan Price, “A One Man Show,” Opens January 13 in The Depot Gallery NORMAN...An opening reception will be held for "A One Man Show,” exhibiting the paintings of Nathan Price in The Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, January 13. Price will present an Art Chat on Sunday, January 22 from 2 to 4 pm,…
  • 🎨 Native American Photography Exhibition by Navajo artist Will Wilson (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU
    NORMAN, Okla. – Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art proves that Native American communities are not vanishing at all – they’re…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am
  • Reading Wednesdays (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 10:00am
  • "Resonance and Relay: Community of Creative Exchange," exhibit by Daren Kendall rec (Lightwell Gallery - Norman) Day 2 of 2 “Resonance and Relay: Community of Creative Exchange,” exhibit by Daren Kendall, Jan. 17-Feb. 3, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. Jan 24, 325-2691. (Norman)
  • TheArts Association's Annual Members' Show exhibits Woks by John Wolfe (Paseo) Day 2 of 2 PAA Annual Members’ Show February 3 – 25 Opening Reception, February 3, 6-10pm Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo (in the Paseo Arts District) 405-525-2688 Tues – Sat 12-5pm
    The Paseo Arts Association's Annual Members' Show exhibits the best art works created by our supportive members. The exhibition is featured through the month of February. …
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Experience the thrill of fast-paced pro basketball as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Denver Nuggets. Wear your…
  • 😂 Valarie Storm (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Feb 4th comedy
  • VITA Tax Preparation (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm VITA volunteers help prepare basic federal and state income tax returns for taxpayers with an income of less than $54,000 . VITA volunteers are at the Moore Public Library every Wednesday night and Saturday morning throughout the tax filing season. They will help patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. The last returns will be started 30…
  • 🎨 Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open studio as well as four-week pet portraits and mixed media classes with Bryan Dahlvang. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes and view the…

Thursday, Feb 2nd

  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • Another Lost Year & Lullwater & Never Say Die (Thunder Alley Grill & Sports Bar) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Are You Smarter Than a KIPPster (Science Museum Oklahoma) Start Time: 6:30pm KIPP OKC, a free, public charter school that is part of Oklahoma City Public Schools and the national Knowledge Is Power Program, will host their inaugural fundraiser, “Are You Smarter Than a KIPPster,” Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Science Museum Oklahoma. Masters of ceremonies former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk…
  • ASK (After School Kids) cooking (Blanchard Library - Blanchard) Start Time: 3:45pm ASK (After School Kids) program for grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. February is hands-on cooking. The children will have the opportunity to participate and create something super yummy. A book on the theme will be read to the children. Registration Required. All supplies provided.
  • Bloodline Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • 🎡 Chocolate Decadence on Automobile Alley (Hudson Essex Building) Head to Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City for Chocolate Decadence, an evening full of delicious chocolate treats,…
  • 🍴 Drink and Draw (Okay See) Start Time: 8:00pm Drink & Draw is hosted every Thursday at either Brass Bell Studios, The Okay See, or Tree & Leaf from 8-11pm.
    Here is the weekly schedule:
    1st Thursday: The Okay See
    2nd Thursday: Brass Bell Studios
    3rd - 4th - 5th Thursdays: Tree & Leaf
    Drink & Draw is open to anyone that wants to attend. While consuming alcohol is welcome, it…
  • 🎓 English as a Second Language Class (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 11:00am English as a Second Language class. All materials are provided.
  • 🏆 Family Night Skate (Skate Galaxy) Start Time: 6:00pm FAMILY NIGHT SKATE Thursdays 6pm-9pm & Sundays 6pm-8pm Admission is only $6 (includes skate rental) per person! Family Night $29 Package Special! Includes: Admission, Skate Rental, Pizza & Drinks For up to 5 Family members!
  • 🏆 February CASH Roses! (Remington Park) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Join us as we bring the love from 6 to 9 pmevery night of Feb 1 - Feb 14! Earn points and enter to be drawn from the Love Tumbler where winners get their choice of a Box of Chocolates with Cash or a Cash Rose, both worth between $100 and $1,000 CASH! Valet parking and admission are always FREE! http://www.remingtonpark.com/february-cash-roses/
  • 🎭 In the Wings (Jewel Box Theatre) Start Time: 8:00pm PERFORMANCE TIMES Thursday ~ Saturday 8:00pm Sunday 2:30pm
  • Jordy Searcy (Oklahoma State Capitol) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Josh Abbott Band (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎓 Just Try to Stop Animation (RoundAbout) Start Time: 4:00pm In honor filmmaker Helen Hill and in observance of GroundHog Day
    Come to a Make & Create of Stop Animation film making with Howlpop on tour from New Orleans.
    Techniques including Film/Hand held camera/computeand cellphone animation will be facilitated.
    Materials to be provided on site by ReFuse Okc but feel free to bring any extras you…
  • Lego Builder's Club (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 3:00am Lego Builder's Club: it's Back! Compete in teams to complete Lego challenges. Bring some friends or come alone and find a new group of Lego enthusiasts. Each week children will have a new challenge to work on. Recommended for school aged children, 3rd-5th grade.
  • Luke Wade et al. (VZD's)
  • Makari & Concepts (The Paramount OKC) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🍴 Members' Preview Reception: Spring Exhibitions (Western Heritage Museum) Start Time: 5:30pm Museum members are invited to explore the Museum’s two newest exhibitions, Hollywood and the American West and A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna, during a special members-only preview. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, local craft beer, and door prizes, and receive a 20% discount off select items in The Museum Store. Members are…
  • Music Connection (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Norman Central Music Connection is a music and story program for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers. It includes singing, playing instruments, listening, moving to music and more. The connection between music and literacy is well documented, and this fun class is ideal to help kids succeed in learning and in life. Regular attendance is…
  • 🎓 Oh Whata Night (Whataburger - Edmond) Start Time: 4:00pm On Thursday, Feb. 2, Whataburger customers can show their support for Centennial Elementary School by enjoying their favorite menu items, and 20 percent of Whataburger’s sales from 4 to 7 p.m. will be donated to the school. To add to the fun, there will be a caricature artist and balloon twister at the event.
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Management Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office) Start Time: 6:00pm PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience of witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse…
  • 🍴 Power Foods Demonstration (Concordia Life Care Community) Start Time: 2:00pm Did you know chili peppers can help you burn calories, apples can help fight lung disease, and peanut butter helps combat diabetes and heart disease? These are just some of the effects of power foods on the body that will help you stay fit and healthy. Join us as we uncover healthy habits at our “Power Foods Demonstration” on Thursday,…
  • 🎓 Science Cafe (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm Science cafes are a nation-wide grassroots movement that feature a casual meeting environment where plain language and inclusive conversation create a comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background to learn about ongoing scientific research. To learn more about this growing movement click here: http://www.sciencecafes.org/ The…
  • 🎓 STEAM Tweens (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 4:00pm STEAM Tweens connects kids with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics in the library! Each week, join us as we explore and create different things of the STEAM variety! This program is for ages 8-12 or children in third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grades. For more information, please call the Children's desk at 405-701-2630.
  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office) Start Time: 6:00pm Nearly 31,000 people take their own lives each year. As a survivor – a family member or friend of the victim – you may need help coming to terms with suicide. This group offers the opportunity to share, listen, teach and learn with others also overcoming the loss of a loved one. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at…
  • Toddler Explorers (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Toddler Explorers is an hour of fun activities for toddlers and the grown-ups who love them. This is a monthly come-and-go event and will take place on the first Thursday of the month for one hour. Previously known as Baby Time and Baby Crafts, this program is best for ages 12-36 months. For more information, contact the Children's department at…
  • 😂 Valarie Storm (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Feb 4th comedy
  • 🎨 Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open studio as well as four-week pet portraits and mixed media classes with Bryan Dahlvang. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes and view the…
  • Winter Madness Tour Feat. Concepts + Makari (The Paramount OKC) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • Zumba: Valentine's Day Edition (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm Join us for Zumba, a combination of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. February 2nd will be our Valentine's Day Edition, so it will be a great day to wear your reds and pinks! Zumba meets every Thursday evening at 6 pm, so be sure to join us every week. Participants must sign a waiver at…

Friday, Feb 3rd

  • 🎨 First Friday Gallery Walk (Paseo Arts District) The First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District occurs on the first Friday of every month. Friday night…
  • Josh Abbott Band (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Texas country act the Josh Abbott Band ventures north of the Red River for a show at Riverwind Casino. Get ready to have…
  • $ Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting & Boat Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Thru Sun, Feb 5th Head to the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds to browse one of the largest outdoor shows in the state. The Oklahoma Tackle,…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Travis Linville (The Blue Door)
  • 😂 Valarie Storm (Loony Bin Comedy Club) 1 day left comedy
  • Verdi's La Traviata (Civic Center Music Hall) Thru Sun, Feb 5th The opera will be performed with orchestra in Italian with English supertitles, and features mature themes.

Saturday, Feb 4th

  • Always Potterheads Festival (Farmer's Market) Day 1 of 2 Wizards and muggles alike will gather at the OKC Farmers Public Market to celebrate the magical…
  • 🏃 Balto 5K Run (Mitch Park - Edmond) Our annual BALTO 5K Run has been an incredible tradition and is a major way to raise money for our charity!
    http://www.baltoweek.org
  • Classics 5 - Andreas Delfs, Guest Conductor (Civic Center Music Hall) Debussy - Prelude a "L'apres-midi d'un faune" (Afternoon of a Faun) Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Roccoco Theme, Op. 33 Tchaikovsky - Andate Cantabile Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
    Note: "Classics" and "Pops" series concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and up, with the exception of "The Christmas Show." Children…
  • Daniel Hege (Civic Center Music Hall) Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classic Concert Series for a memorable performance starring Maestro Joel…
  • Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (Cox Convention Center) Day 1 of 2 Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED. Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this walk-thru exhibit. Kids become junior paleontologists as they dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with…
  • Harlem Globetrotters (Chesapeake Energy Arena) The Harlem Globetrotters are headed to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for a wildly entertaining show that's all about…
  • Magic Pass: 30-minute interactive event from 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 7:00pm Magic Pass event takes place from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. Before the game, take part in once-in-a lifetime experience with your family where you have an opportunity to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters - shooting, trying out ball tricks and getting autographs and photos! the unique 30-minute pre-show, "Magic Pass," will create memories…
  • 🏆 No Limits Monster Truck Tour (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Start Time: 7:30pm Free pit party when doors open! No Limits Monster Trucks featuring Ghost Ryder, Big Chief, Girl Power, Illuminator, Twisted Addition & Mega Truck. Events include: MONSTER TRUCKS GONE WILD - Side by Side Racing, Wheelie Contest and Monster Truck Freestyle; HOT ROD TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL - Dragster Tractors & wheelie popping Hot Rod Pickups; TUFF…
  • 🏆 OKC Blue vs. Iowa Energy (Cox Convention Center) Start Time: 7:00pm Cheer on the OKC Blue as they take on the Texas Legends at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Get in…
  • $ Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting & Boat Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) 1 day left Head to the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds to browse one of the largest outdoor shows in the state. The Oklahoma Tackle,…
  • Storytime (District House) Start Time: 10:00am
  • 😂 Valarie Storm (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Last Day comedy
  • Verdi's La Traviata (Civic Center Music Hall) 1 day left The opera will be performed with orchestra in Italian with English supertitles, and features mature themes.

Sunday, Feb 5th

  • Always Potterheads Festival (Farmer's Market) Day 2 of 2 Wizards and muggles alike will gather at the OKC Farmers Public Market to celebrate the magical…
  • 🏃 Colder 5K (Stars & Stripes Park) Stars and Stripes Park is notorious for being fast and flat and a favorite among both runners and walkers.
    Part of the Frozen Nose Race Series!
  • Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (Cox Convention Center) Day 2 of 2 Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED. Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this walk-thru exhibit. Kids become junior paleontologists as they dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with…
  • Jewelry Trunk Show, Valentine's Day Showcase (DNA galleries) Start Time: 11:00am
  • $ Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting & Boat Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Last Day Head to the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds to browse one of the largest outdoor shows in the state. The Oklahoma Tackle,…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Verdi's La Traviata (Civic Center Music Hall) Last Day The opera will be performed with orchestra in Italian with English supertitles, and features mature themes.

Monday, Feb 6th

Tuesday, Feb 7th

  • Pippin (Civic Center Music Hall) Thru Sun, Feb 12th Some thirty years before writing WICKED, Steven Schwartz had an early success and now PIPPIN is back on tour for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago… the show The New York Times declared “ASTONISHING.” Winning the Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey…
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2017.01.25 16:21 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Jan 25th - Tue, Jan 31st)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

Wednesday, Jan 25th

  • After School Special (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 3:30pm After School Special combines books, a film, and an awesome craft for an afternoon of fun. This weekly program is for children in Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. For more information, contact the Children's department at 405-701-2630.
  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Day 1 of 2 Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • 🍴 Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Anxiety Management Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office) Start Time: 6:00pm Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness and affect more than 40 million Americans. Symptoms may include: overwhelming feelings of panic and fear, uncontrollable obsessive thoughts, painful intrusive memories, recurring nightmares, physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, “butterflies” in your stomach,…
  • Baby Story Time (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Calling all babies, toddlers and the ones who love them! It's time for Baby Story Time! Each week, we'll explore the world through books, songs, fingerplays and rhymes designed for the smallest library fans! This story time is great for ages birth to 24 months. For more information, please call the Children's department at 405-701-2630.
  • Bi-Weekly Meetup (51st st. Speakeasy) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Bringing Gardens to Life (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 10:30am
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) Thru Fri, Jan 27th Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • Del City Kiwanis Club (Rose State College - Midwest City)
  • Devon Ice Rink Thru Sun, Jan 29th The Devon Ice Rink returns for its seventh season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens this November through the end of…
  • 🎓 Earn your Oklahoma teacher certification! (Northwest Library) Start Time: 6:30pm Join the American Board in Oklahoma City to learn how you can change careers and become a certified teacher in Oklahoma. If you hold a Bachelor’s degree, you can have a classroom of your own within a year. Attendees will have the opportunity to: -Meet with an Oklahoma Teacher Certification Specialist -Explore exam preparation materials…
  • 🎨 Equine Paintings by Kim Norton rec (50 Penn Art Gallery) Day 1 of 2 Equine paintings by Kim Norton, through February 28th. 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (January 13th) 848-5567
    We are open Tuesday through Friday.
  • 🏃 Family Yoga in the Gardens (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 5:45am
  • 🏃 Family Yoga Night (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 6:30pm Cooperative event with Shannon Scott. Please join the Noble Public Library and Shannon Scott for Family Yoga Night, every Wednesday. For more information please contact Shannon Scott -- [email protected] (405) 517-9605
  • in December (Downtown) Thru Sun, Jan 29th Spend your holidays experiencing fun activities as downtown Oklahoma City is turned into a winter wonderland during the…
  • Lapsit Story Time (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 10:00am Each week, caregivers and their children sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays and bubbles. For babies 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Moore Public Library at 405-793-4347. For updates on special events and more, be sure to check the website, like us on…
  • 🎭 The Magic Of ROB LAKE - Benefitting Friends For Folks (Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎓 Microsoft Excel, Day 2 (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 1:00pm Microsoft Excel is the premier computer program for building data sheets and useful tables quickly and easily. Come to the Library to get this powerful tool into your personal toolbox! In the second day of this four-day series, participants will build on skills learned in their first day by learning to edit a worksheet, working with Autoformat…
  • Mother Goose Story Times (Mustang Public Library - Mustang) Start Time: 10:00am
  • Nathan Price "A One Man Show" rec. 1/13 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. (The Depot - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Nathan Price, “A One Man Show,” Opens January 13 in The Depot Gallery NORMAN...An opening reception will be held for "A One Man Show,” exhibiting the paintings of Nathan Price in The Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, January 13. Price will present an Art Chat on Sunday, January 22 from 2 to 4 pm,…
  • New Year's Cash Resolution (Remington Park) Thru Fri, Jan 27th Start Time: 4:00pm Our renovated Casino is ready for you to win even more with the New Year’s Cash Resolution every Saturday and Sunday in January 2017. Earn entries into the Cash Drawings that take place every Saturday and Sunday in January with your Club Remington Card play. Pick up your entry tickets and deposit them into the drawing tumbler then be ready win…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Thru Fri, Jan 27th Start Time: 9:00am
  • Parents Supporting Parents (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office) Start Time: 6:00pm This group is for caretakers and parents who are supporting an individual managing the complications often associated with having a pervasive development disorder such as autism or aspergers disorder. This group will also provide education and support to those parents who have loved ones with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental, emotional,…
  • Plaza Beer Walk (Plaza District) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Reading Wednesdays (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 10:00am
  • "Resonance and Relay: Community of Creative Exchange," exhibit by Daren Kendall rec (Lightwell Gallery - Norman) Day 1 of 2 “Resonance and Relay: Community of Creative Exchange,” exhibit by Daren Kendall, Jan. 17-Feb. 3, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. Jan 24, 325-2691. (Norman)
  • Strangetowne (The Blue Door) Inspiration, dedication, experience, and originality are the hallmarks of Strangetowne. In early 2013, guitarist, Ben Cargo and drummer, Jordon McClain met for the first time with singer-songwriters, Tyler Horning and Lincoln Youree, and within weeks a dozen original tunes were arranged and ready to perform. With the help of legendary venue, The…
  • Triple Feature Week (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Jan 28th comedy
  • 🎓 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Trained tax preparation volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law will help taxpayers prepare basic federal and state income tax returns. Tax preparation help is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is generally offered to people who make $53,000 or less per year. Sign up begins at 5:00 pm on the day that the tax…
  • Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open studio as well as four-week pet portraits and mixed media classes with Bryan Dahlvang. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes and view the…
  • 🏆 Women's Basketball at Oklahoma (Norman) http://www.cyclones.com/calendar.aspx?id=12377

Thursday, Jan 26th

  • Annual Fall Show (The Studio Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Annual Fall Show, Nov 17-April 30, The Studio Gallery, 2646 W Britton. There will be an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 752-2642
  • 🎨 Art After 5 (Oklahoma City Museum of Art) Start Time: 5:00pm Enjoy a late-night art gallery experience at OKCMOA every Thursday for only $5 after 5 pm! OKCMOA is open until 9 pm every Thursday evening, giving visitors an opportunity to view the galleries and the Museum Store for $5 after 5 pm. Galleries open 5-9 pm $5 admission (no other discounts apply) Films shown every Thursday night Yoga Class every…
  • 🎨 Artwork by Mary Lee Smiser and Kay Smith (The Studio Gallery) The Studio Gallery Is Pleased To Announce Mary Lee Smiser and Kay Smith As January's Featured Artists
    The Studio Gallery, located at 2646 W. Britton Rd, is pleased to announce Mary Lee Smiser and Kay Smith as the featured artists for January. The Gallery has been in business for over 25 years, is a co-op with an on-premise studio…
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Blue vs. Iowa Energy (Cox Convention Center) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎓 Certify to teach in Oklahoma! (Northwest Library) Start Time: 6:30pm Join the American Board in Oklahoma City to learn how you can change careers and become a certified teacher in Oklahoma. If you hold a Bachelor’s degree, you can have a classroom of your own within a year. Attendees will have the opportunity to: -Meet with an Oklahoma Teacher Certification Specialist -Explore exam preparation materials…
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • Devon Ice Rink Thru Sun, Jan 29th The Devon Ice Rink returns for its seventh season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens this November through the end of…
  • 🍴 Drink and Draw (Tree and Leaf) Start Time: 8:00pm Drink & Draw is hosted every Thursday at either Brass Bell Studios, The Okay See, or Tree & Leaf from 8-11pm.
    Here is the weekly schedule:
    1st Thursday: The Okay See
    2nd Thursday: Brass Bell Studios
    3rd - 4th - 5th Thursdays: Tree & Leaf
    Drink & Draw is open to anyone that wants to attend. While consuming alcohol is welcome, it…
  • 🎓 English as a Second Language Class (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 11:00am English as a Second Language class. All materials are provided.
  • 🎓 Enjoy Your New e-reader (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 1:00pm Did you receive a new device during the holidays? The library has a new mobile app to download and thousands of digital books available to read at no cost. Bring your device in and staff will help you download the mobile app and start reading e-books. Drop-in help will be available on Thursday afternoons in January from 1 pm - 3pm. Have your…
  • 🎨 Equine Paintings by Kim Norton rec (50 Penn Art Gallery) Day 2 of 2 Equine paintings by Kim Norton, through February 28th. 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, 1900 NW Expressway. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday (January 13th) 848-5567
    We are open Tuesday through Friday.
  • 🎓 Exhibition Opening (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm PHOTO/SYNTHESIS January 26-April 2, 2017 Opening Reception Thursday, Jan. 26 7 p.m.: Public Opening Lecture Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium Photographer Will Wilson will speak about his Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange project and the process of completing PHOTO/SYNTHESIS. 8 p.m.: Public Opening Reception Sandy Bell Gallery…
  • 🏆 Family Night Skate (Skate Galaxy) Start Time: 6:00pm FAMILY NIGHT SKATE Thursdays 6pm-9pm & Sundays 6pm-8pm Admission is only $6 (includes skate rental) per person! Family Night $29 Package Special! Includes: Admission, Skate Rental, Pizza & Drinks For up to 5 Family members!
  • in December (Downtown) Thru Sun, Jan 29th Spend your holidays experiencing fun activities as downtown Oklahoma City is turned into a winter wonderland during the…
  • Industrial Mixed Media Paintings by Tracy Lewis (Oklahoma City Museum of Art) Industrial Mixed Media Paintings by Tracy Lewis, through Jan. 31, the Purple Loft Art Gallery, 514 N Walker. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 412-7066.
  • 🎭 In the Wings (Jewel Box Theatre) Start Time: 8:00pm PERFORMANCE TIMES Thursday ~ Saturday 8:00pm Sunday 2:30pm
  • 🎓 Microsoft Excel, Day 3 (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 1:00pm Microsoft Excel is the premier computer program for building data sheets and useful tables quickly and easily. Come to the Library to get this powerful tool into your personal toolbox! In the third day of this four-day series, participants will learn to use formulas and charting. Good computer skills are needed for this series. Registration is…
  • Music Connection (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Norman Central Music Connection is a music and story program for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers. It includes singing, playing instruments, listening, moving to music and more. The connection between music and literacy is well documented, and this fun class is ideal to help kids succeed in learning and in life. Regular attendance is…
  • Nathan Price "A One Man Show" rec. 1/13 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. (The Depot - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Nathan Price, “A One Man Show,” Opens January 13 in The Depot Gallery NORMAN...An opening reception will be held for "A One Man Show,” exhibiting the paintings of Nathan Price in The Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, January 13. Price will present an Art Chat on Sunday, January 22 from 2 to 4 pm,…
  • 🎨 Native American Photography Exhibition by Navajo artist Will Wilson (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU
    NORMAN, Okla. – Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art proves that Native American communities are not vanishing at all – they’re…
  • New Year's Cash Resolution (Remington Park) 1 day left Start Time: 4:00pm Our renovated Casino is ready for you to win even more with the New Year’s Cash Resolution every Saturday and Sunday in January 2017. Earn entries into the Cash Drawings that take place every Saturday and Sunday in January with your Club Remington Card play. Pick up your entry tickets and deposit them into the drawing tumbler then be ready win…
  • New Year, New You Health Fair (Moore Public Library) Start Time: 4:30pm Begin 2017 with a fresh start by attending the SOKC Public Library New Year, New You Health Fair! This event will feature free haircuts for kids grades K-6, free health screenings, health and wellness information booths, and giveaways. This come-and-go event is free, open to the public, and for all ages. Registration is recommended, but not…
  • 🏆 OKC Blue vs. Iowa Energy (Cox Convention Center) Cheer on the OKC Blue as they take on the Texas Legends at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Get in…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am
  • 🍴 Power Foods Demonstration (Concordia Life Care Community) Start Time: 2:00pm Did you know chili peppers can help you burn calories, apples can help fight lung disease, and peanut butter helps combat diabetes and heart disease? These are just some of the effects of power foods on the body that will help you stay fit and healthy.
    Join us as we uncover healthy habits at our “Power Foods Demonstration” on Thursday,…
  • Pre-K Play (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 10:00am Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to create and play in this hour-long come and go event.
  • Resistance Band Training (Noble Public Library - Noble) Start Time: 4:00pm Resistance Band Training is a safe, progressive way to build and maintain the strength we need to perform activities of daily living. During this six-week presentation participants will be provided with a Resistance Band to use while learning the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to incorporate this into their individual exercise plan.
  • "Resonance and Relay: Community of Creative Exchange," exhibit by Daren Kendall rec (Lightwell Gallery - Norman) Day 2 of 2 “Resonance and Relay: Community of Creative Exchange,” exhibit by Daren Kendall, Jan. 17-Feb. 3, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. Jan 24, 325-2691. (Norman)
  • Senior Day Out at the Gardens: Vegetable Gardening without a Garden: Clever Ideas for Growing Food (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🍴 Senior Monthly Birthday Dinner (Mabel C. Fry Public Library - Yukon) Start Time: 10:00am Patrons bring in their favorite side dish or salad and our kitchen provides the main course. We try to have special entertainment or themes for these parties. churches or other entities provide the desserts. Admission cost is a $3 lunch donation or a side dish or salad. For more information, call 405-350-7680.
  • 🏆 SNU: 1/26 5:30 PM Basketball (W) vs Ouachita (Bethany Library - Bethany) Start Time: 5:30pm Basketball (W) vs Ouachita\n http://snuathletics.com/calendar.aspx?id=2962
  • 🏆 SNU: 1/26 7:30 PM Basketball (M) vs Ouachita (Bethany Library - Bethany) Start Time: 7:30pm Basketball (M) vs Ouachita\n http://snuathletics.com/calendar.aspx?id=2995
  • 🎓 STEAM Tweens (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 4:00pm STEAM Tweens connects kids with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics in the library! Each week, join us as we explore and create different things of the STEAM variety! This program is for ages 8-12 or children in third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grades. For more information, please call the Children's desk at 405-701-2630.
  • Teen DIY Touchscreen Gloves (Mustang Public Library - Mustang) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Teens! Game On (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 3:00pm Teens! Come hang out and get your game on. We'll have video games, board games, and snacks for you to chill out and unwind with. This event is for teens in grades 6th through 12th.
  • Teen Vinyl Cutting (Blanchard Library - Blanchard) Start Time: 3:30pm You can have fun making your name and other designs in sticky-backed vinyl. You are welcome to complete one of the projects that will be on hand or bring something of your own that you want to decorate with vinyl designs.
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz (Chesapeake Energy Arena) Experience the thrill of fast-paced pro basketball as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Denver Nuggets. Wear your…
  • Triple Feature Week (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Thru Sat, Jan 28th comedy
  • 🎓 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Trained tax preparation volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law will help taxpayers prepare basic federal and state income tax returns. Tax preparation help is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is generally offered to people who make $53,000 or less per year. Sign up begins at 5:00 pm on the day that the tax…
  • 🍴 Wine for the People: Terroir Selections (Vast) Start Time: 5:30pm Join Wine for the People as we chat with Betsy Bolling from Terroir Selections on Thursday January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at V2! Terroir Selections is all about people. It celebrates not only the wine but the people behind it: from those who farm it, to those who make it, to those who drink and enjoy it.
    With wines from Thirst Wine Merchants and…
  • Winter Adult Classes (Oklahoma Contemporary) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Artists of all skills levels can find their creative home with Oklahoma Contemporary. The winter schedule includes ceramics, figure drawing, 2-D arts and fiber arts. New this session is a darkroom open studio as well as four-week pet portraits and mixed media classes with Bryan Dahlvang. Enrolling now. Find a full list of classes and view the…
  • 🏆 women's basketball vs. USAO (Oklahoma City University) Start Time: 6:00pm Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students, while OCU students, faculty and staff get into Stars regular-season home games free of charge with their university identification! Should OCU score 70 points, fans get a 2-for-1 combo deal from Raising Cane's!
  • 🎭 Young Choreographers Showcase (Catlett Music Center - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm dance
  • Zumba (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 6:00pm Latin and International music creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system! Participants must sign a waiver each class, and anyone under 18 must have parent/guardian consent and signature. This program is made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office, and…

Friday, Jan 27th

  • $ Oklahoma City Boat Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Thru Sun, Jan 29th The Oklahoma City Boat Show is the longest running boat show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Featuring the…
  • Carrie Newcomer (OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center)
  • Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 (Oklahoma History Center) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917 is a snapshot of images by Lewis Hine whose photography captured the soul of the child laborer in north America in the early 1900s. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine…
  • Devon Ice Rink Thru Sun, Jan 29th The Devon Ice Rink returns for its seventh season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens this November through the end of…
  • Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time (Civic Center Music Hall) Day 1 of 2 Join us for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life through stunning vocals and animated feature film sequences, this concert explore iconic moments, plot twists and feats of daring from "Frozen," "Beauty and the Beast," "Cinderella," "Lion King," and more. This musical…
  • Free Skate Night for Myriad Gardens' Members (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Friday Playdate: Let it Snow! (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 10:30am Come join us for a fun filled morning with SNOW!! We will have crafts and activities that involve playing with snow and ice. We will have some ice painting, melted snowmen, and much more.
  • 🍴 Healthy Eating on a Budget (Moore Public Library - Moore) Start Time: 2:00pm Come learn how to stretch your dollars while shrinking your waistline. In the current economy, many of us are living on a budget and looking for ways to reduce food expenses while still enjoying tasty, healthy meals. Teresa Brown from the Norman Regional Health System will discuss tips and examples to make it possible to enjoy healthy food on…
  • in December (Downtown) Thru Sun, Jan 29th Spend your holidays experiencing fun activities as downtown Oklahoma City is turned into a winter wonderland during the…
  • 🎓 Microsoft Excel, Day 3 (Norman Public Library - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 1:00pm Microsoft Excel is the premier computer program for building data sheets and useful tables quickly and easily. Come to the Library to get this powerful tool into your personal toolbox! In the third day of this four-day series, participants will learn to use formulas and charting. Good computer skills are needed for this series. Registration is…
  • New Year's Cash Resolution (Remington Park) Last Day Start Time: 4:00pm Our renovated Casino is ready for you to win even more with the New Year’s Cash Resolution every Saturday and Sunday in January 2017. Earn entries into the Cash Drawings that take place every Saturday and Sunday in January with your Club Remington Card play. Pick up your entry tickets and deposit them into the drawing tumbler then be ready win…
  • The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert (Riverwind Casino - Norman) See country and gospel group the Oak Ridge Boys perform at Riverwind Casino in Norman. Their harmonies and vocal…
  • Oklahoma: All That Southwest Jazz Exhibit (Myriad Botanical Gardens) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am
  • Paws to Read with Meika (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 3:30pm Did you know dogs love it when you read to them? Well they do! Especially when kids read to them. Children can sign up to read to Meika for 15 minutes sessions by calling the Purcell Library at 527-5546. The sessions start at 3:30 pm and end at 4:15 pm. Meika will be so happy to listen to you read to her.
  • 🎓 Rhythm Babies (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Rhythm Babies is a music-based story time perfect for your little ones and best suited for ages 0-24 months. Come sing, play instruments, move to music and listen to stories. The connection between music and literacy is well-documented and this fun class is ideal to help kids succeed in learning and in life. Regular attendance is encouraged. For…
  • 🎓 Teen Steam (Purcell Public Library - Purcell) Start Time: 4:00pm Art and technology projects for teens 12 to 17. Robotics and Steam kits will be featured. This month we will be learning about the sewing machine and making 2 projects. Materials will be provided.
  • Tim Hawkins et al. (Crossings Community Church)
  • Triple Feature Week (Loony Bin Comedy Club) 1 day left comedy

Saturday, Jan 28th

  • $ Oklahoma City Boat Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) 1 day left The Oklahoma City Boat Show is the longest running boat show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Featuring the…
  • 🍴 Chocolate Festival (NCED Hotel & Conference Center - Norman) The Firehouse Art Center's annual Chocolate Festival, ranked third among food festivals in the United States by the…
  • Cloth Diaper 101 (The Changing Table) Start Time: 11:00am
  • Cold Weather Babywearing (The Changing Table) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Devon Ice Rink 1 day left The Devon Ice Rink returns for its seventh season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens this November through the end of…
  • Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time (Civic Center Music Hall) Day 2 of 2 Join us for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life through stunning vocals and animated feature film sequences, this concert explore iconic moments, plot twists and feats of daring from "Frozen," "Beauty and the Beast," "Cinderella," "Lion King," and more. This musical…
  • in December (Downtown) 1 day left Spend your holidays experiencing fun activities as downtown Oklahoma City is turned into a winter wonderland during the…
  • 🎭 Joel McHale (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Prepare for a night filled with laughter as Joel McHale makes an appearance at Riverwind Casino. Known best for his…
  • Oklahoma Bluegrass Club Show (Oklahoma Country-Western Museum & Hall of Fame - Del City) The Oklahoma Bluegrass Club Show features professional and non-professional musicians coming together to play their…
  • Triple Feature Week (Loony Bin Comedy Club) Last Day comedy

Sunday, Jan 29th

  • $ Oklahoma City Boat Show (Oklahoma State Fair Park) Last Day The Oklahoma City Boat Show is the longest running boat show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Featuring the…
  • Dawes (ACM @ UCO)
  • DEATH CARD (Norman) Start Time: 9:00pm
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2016.04.29 07:18 NavajoJoe00 Grandma and the Chindi (Part three)

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Note before the story: I was considering taking a break from the story today, but it just doesn't feel right to complete it in five days. Tomorrow will be the end of this series. I might take a break from telling these experiences after that. I woke up last night feeling as though something was in my room and there was a black mass in the corner of my eye. This hasn't happened in awhile and I think opening up about my Navajo teachings has also opened up the spiritual side. I don't have the proper medicines with me to defend against certain things. I will return though!
I finally saw the early dawn turning the sky into a dark blue. I had not slept the entire night for fear that the woman would come take me. My mouth was sore and still felt like it was burning. I finally decided to get up and do my run for the morning. Every morning I usually get up to run east. Grandma taught me that you do this to greet the sun as he rises. To show the gods that I am worth blessing for the day.
I put on my running clothes and shoes, trying not to wake anyone up from their sleep. Running clears my head and wakes me up for the day. I skipped yesterday because of the events with Mary. It must have been why this thing entered my dreams so easily. I learned a long time ago that there is evil in the world that will try and take you away. The adults didn’t tell me much more because I was too young. However, they gave me the tools to defend myself. Running and praying every morning was just one of the many was.
I finally beat the sun to our usual meeting place. Looking out over the land, nothing was moving. There was peace and tranquility in the hills of this place. The sage brush was giving off its earthy smell. This was the perfect place and time to pray. I was taught that you begin every prayer with your family, then your friend, then your enemies, and finally yourself. I asked them to give grandma the strength to keep fighting, and to watch over my cousins. Especially focusing on Mary. I asked that they look out for my Uncle and give him peaceful dreams. For my friends I said my usual blessing for them. For my enemies, I asked the gods to show them Hozho. To cleanse their evil and allow them to leave us unharmed. Finally I asked that I could become stronger. I wanted to protect my family, my home, and my Hozho.
There was a sense of a weight being lifted as I walked back to my house. I went about doing my chores, and even had a chance to make coffee for grandma. She was still sleeping in her rocking chair. I nudged her gently, but she would not wake up. Her breathing was labored and she was very warm. I shook her a little harder and her eyes opened weakly. “It is okay Shiyazh, I’m just a little tired. Let me rest today and I will be back up in the morning.” I was very worried about her as I walked her to her bed. This woman who has been my protector all my life. This woman who was so strong, yet so gentle. Now she looked like a frail old woman. It hurt me deep inside that I began to weep. “Go take care of the land. I will be fine for now.”
I am grateful for the work I needed to do. It kept my hands busy and my mind on auto-pilot. Nothing happened that day, all the joy I felt in the morning felt like a dream. My cousins took care of the housework and grandma. There was no time to play or mess around. As night started to come near I went inside to get everyone in bed. Grandma was sitting up as I walked in. She looked a lot better than she did in the morning. We both got the cousins to sleep and my grandma grabbed grandpa’s old cane and her medicine tools. She made a motion for me to follow her outside.
The sun was just peeking above the west mesa. I followed grandma to the cactus and she began to sing as we walked. She handed me the sage bundle and I lit it. Fanning the embers to create a large billowing of smoke. Her singing became louder and more mournful. We approached the cactus and grandma knelt beneath. She motioned for me to begin circling the cactus. As I did this she slowly began to build a kindle nest at the base. She scooped what was left of my sick from last night, and added it to the pile. She held out her hand for the sage bundle, once in her hands she blew with all her might. The bundle erupted into flames, and grandma dropped it into the kindle nest. The flames began to grow bigger at the base of the cactus. Soon it was all in flames, and grandma never stopped singing.
Next she handed me a white shell necklace, a turquoise bracelet, abalone earrings, and finally a Jet arrowhead. I placed each one in their sacred positions. With each placement the fire seemed to get hotter. I placed the Jet arrowhead in front of grandma. Her singing now sounded like a wail. We stayed by the fire well into the night, long after the last embers flickered out. I helped grandma to her feet and we walked back to the house. Grandma was crying softly all the way to the house. We got inside and went to bed. Nothing came to our house that night. There was a stillness to the air. Nothing was moving or making noise. Only the breathing of a packed Hogan full of the sleeping.
The next morning everyone seemed to be in a good mood. Grandma seemed to still be under the weather, but she no longer had a fever. Things seemed to have gone back to normal, and my youngest cousin even joined me for my morning prayer. Late in the evening we saw uncle’s truck driving up the road. When he got out he had the biggest grin on his face. He looked strong and healthy. He ran to grandma and kept thanking her for helping him. He explained that he didn’t have a nightmare that night. He began to weep tears of joy as he hugged grandma.
Grandma told uncle to go inside and wash up. That he should tell his children the good news. She explained that the cousins were making dinner and would be excited to see him. As he ran inside grandma looked out to the burned circle of the cactus. Just for a moment I saw something in her expression change. It looked like worry. Suddenly a loud animalistic scream cut through the silence. We quickly went to the Hogan to find Mary standing over her father with a knife in her hand. All the while screaming in clear Navajo, which she did not know, “YOU LEFT ME, YOU ARE MINE. YOU LEFT ME! BURN! BURN!BURN!BURN!BURN! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MINE!”
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2016.03.16 20:41 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I’m Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, physician, anthropologist, and global health advocate. AMA!

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You and I have talked a lot about what the world needs to do to prepare for the next epidemic. What’s your take on the progress so far? What’s gone well and what do we still need to do? Picking up where we left off in this conversation not too long ago, there’s room for optimism and some for a bit of honest discouragement, too. Without a strong health system, the ability to respond effectively to epidemics is sharply limited because, regardless of who signs up to help, and from where, the formal health system is ideally the largest potential source for the staff, stuff, space, and systems needed in health emergencies. If after the wars in West Africa, which ended over a dozen years ago, there had been substantial investment in health systems strengthening, then Ebola wouldn’t have been able to mow through these countries, east to west and all the way from forest to coast, and the assistance of international bodies and NGOs and specialists would've been far more effective. One thing we need to do to prepare is to learn from what went wrong, of course, but also what went right. I have no doubt that people will look back at the massive investment you’ve made in polio eradication and note that in Nigeria, and other areas where that team and it’s partners were numerous and well supplied, this capacity could be rapidly diverted to the public health and surveillance work required to diagnose and track Ebola, as well as contacts. So the first task is how to steer attention to health systems and a care network like the ones in Rwanda and Central Haiti. The second biggest challenge in this work will be to avoid separating prevention/surveillance/control from care. This has been the downfall of many disease-control efforts across that region and that continent for over a century.
Thank you for doing this, Dr. Farmer! I signed up with Reddit just for this! After reading "Mountains Beyond Mountains" I have fallen in love with your work and dedication. I was educated through Kidder's explantion of you describing the difference in "managing resources" versus having well-manage health care, and your specific example of Cuba. What can the US learn about healthcare from Cuba? What would your "fix" be for the US healthcare system? Thanks so much for your kind words. I signed up for Reddit just for this, too! Some of the things the US could learn from Cuba, and others from (say) Rwanda, are worth mentioning. Since it’s clear that we have a health care system that has turned into an illness care system, and that it has perverse incentives galore, a parlous financial structure, and although it’s definitely the place I want to receive care for serious injury or illness, it’s not, even at its best, a good system for chronic disease and worse still at integrating prevention and care. On many of these scores, Cuba has done better, and their health statistics reflect that, as do the low costs of their health system. Cuba is still very doctor-heavy, however, and on this score, Rwanda offers an important model for the United States and, indeed, for just about anywhere. Community health workers are the base of their care delivery pyramid, but they are committed to training specialists, nurses, and doctors, as well. There’s also commitment to universal coverage and health insurance schemes for all. This system, which is worth studying (and contributing to) is surely one of the main reasons that Rwanda has seen the sharpest declines in premature mortality anywhere in the world, and at any time. PIH has been really proud to be part of the Rwandan turnaround, and we wish for substantive improvements in US health care. I say this as someone who can think of no better place to practice than the Harvard teaching hospital (Brigham and Women’s), with which I’ve worked for over 25 years.
What are a few steps you'd like to see Janssen and Otsuka take to expand access to the new drug-resistant TB drugs that have recently been approved? There’s a really good article about this in Boston Magazine (since I’m gathering from these exchanges that many of you are not familiar with the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease). Let me just say this at the outset: we are so excited to have after, 40 years of drought, new medications, and these seem to be well-tolerated and easily administered. An organization like ours is concerned primarily with expanding access but that’s only part of our mission. Another is to train people to use these medications and to develop new knowledge about them. Since the primary problem in drug resistance in the past has been to add a single drug to a failing treatment regimen, and other clinician-directed errors, it’s imperative that well designed treatment programs have ready access to supplies of both drugs at all times, and also to improve laboratory capacity since only a handful of labs in the world are yet in agreement with how to use these drugs in combination with others and to test for the infecting strains susceptibility to them. To be bold, one thing companies could continue to do is to join partnerships seeking to do all three things at once (treat, train, learn). I hasten to add that PIH has been working with them and learned a lot from our dozen yearlong partnership with Lilly and our collaboration with Abbott in Haiti. They got stuff we need, we got delivery capacity they need.
Hey Dr. Farmer! I’m a student at UC Berkeley and a member of Partners In Health Engage at Berkeley and I had the amazing privilege of meeting you last semester when you came and gave a talk at UCSF during their global health bootcamp. I have a couple questions if you don’t mind! Do you think there are too many NGOs in Haiti and throughout the world, and if so, do you think oversight is necessary to prevent parallel programs? Is it necessary to get an M.D. to work in global health, or does an M.P.H. make more sense? I heard that you were coming to Berkeley for the Clinton Global Initiative University event in April! Would you have time to swing by to say hi to your PIH Engage admirers at Berkeley? Also I was told that your book on the Ebola crisis was going to come out this Spring. Do you know when that will be? No, I wouldn’t say that there are too many NGOs. I’d say there are not enough good ones working in partnership with the excluded and with those who are supposed to be including them (e.g. health authorities). I do believe, however, that oversight is a good thing. I’m surprised in many of the places we work how few NGOs target their activities to enhancing those of public health and public education, nothing of public safety, public gardens, public you name it. In that way, NGOs can become part of a neoliberal trap that we should avoid falling into. To your second part, no, it’s not necessary to get an MD or any clinical degree. In a previous post, I was singing the praises of biostaticians, and you can imagine how I feel about sympathetic managers, engineers, builders, or folks who link their business success to expanding opportunities to people living in poverty and facing sickness. So bring on the business folk, and the artists, and the bands--we need a big tent approach to global health. How about you guys swing by to see me? I’m getting old. I’m afraid that on the book front, I’m a little behind schedule. But I promise you I’m working hard on it.
In 2005 you wrote a piece with Castro about how HIV/AIDS-related stigma in Haiti will decrease if people gain access to ARVs. Since then, anthropological research has shown that accessibility to ARVs in low-income countries has not, in fact, reduced HIV/AIDS-related stigma. Can you speak to your presumptions about stigma and causes of stigma in 2005 and how and if your conceptualization of 'stigma' has changed since then? I’m not sure if you’re referring to central Haiti, but if you are, I’d beg to differ. There is ample evidence both of the conflation of “culturally reinforced stigma” and structural violence as manifests in barriers to diagnosis, treatment, and retention in therapy. This was always one of the biggest problems with the over-abundance of stigma literature. In central Haiti, where only 20 years ago many people were afraid to even utter the word AIDS, and now my PIH colleagues have done enough mobile clinics and surveys of asymptomatic people to make the claim that there are almost no more people in that part of the country who have not been diagnosed and not receiving care. There’s still plenty of stigma around any lethal illness and again this needs to be parsed from the stigma of poverty and exclusion, which is hard to do when treatment for AIDS does not include prescriptions for food, housing, education, and meaningful work.
What projects will you be working on over the next 1-5 years? My day job is as a Harvard professor, so I’ll spend plenty of time at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Other than that, I’ll go anywhere PIH asks me to go. I can say that for me personally, I’m hoping to spend a lot of time in Liberia and Sierra Leone and also at the new University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. A number of our sister organizations (ZL in Haiti, IMB in Rwanda, etc) are pushing for an agenda of formal accreditation for some of the hospitals and all of the training programs. This will take more than five years but is a labor of love for so many of our colleagues across the world. I’ve also been working hard on a book based largely on caring for and listening to Ebola survivors.
Hello Dr. Farmer! I am an undergrad studying global health. I recently read Mountains Beyond Mountains and I am so intrigued by the efforts you made in Haiti, Peru, and Cuba. I am personally deeply interested in mental health issues and I feel that they are too often ignored in issues of public health and global health. In your global travels, what role do you think mental health issues play in the general health of society, especially in the developing world? Hi Nfsaleem -- Thanks for your question. As the slogan goes “there’s no health without mental health,” and I have yet to travel anywhere in the last 35 years where mental health issues haven’t been ranking problems faced by people living in poverty. They’re often the ranking problems. So I would encourage your interest. There’s a lot of recent activity to address the appalling lack of services available in settings of poverty and also to rethink the model of physicians as primary caregivers. Psychiatrists are so scarce in most of the places we work and absent in others. Nurses and social workers are also in scarce supply so we have to redirect our collective attention to these problems, invest more heavily in providing care and rethink the way it’s provided. This is a vibrant agenda for anyone with your interests.
Super big fan of yours Dr. Farmer! How do you think the work with PIH: Navajo differs from your work in other countries? Does PIH have any interest in moving into First Nation communities in Canada? Hi PublicInternNum1 Thanks so much. The feeling’s now mutual. The work in the Navajo Nation--through our sister organization COPE--is in some ways different than in the other places we work. Some places in Navajo have first world infrastructure. The topography looks like Lesotho, but the health care problems are much more reminiscent of Russia. And, of course, the history of the place is unlike anywhere we’ve worked. I know the team there has been working with Rosebud and has met with members of the First Nation in Canada and PIH-Canada is strongly supportive of this. Where this all goes will be up to others, but we’re excited about it.
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