BLOOD DRIVE THURSDAY
A community blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge, 2542 Elks Lodge Drive.
The event is being coordinated by the Oklahoma Blood Institute. For additional local information, contact Randi Chesbro at 918-335-7197.
Pawhuska High School will host an Blood Drive in the lobby of Oren Terrill Field House on Wednesday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
BLACKSMITHS TO VISIT
The Saltfork Craftsmen Artists-Blacksmith Association will be holding its Northeast Regional Meeting this Saturday at the Blacksmith’s Shop beside the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, 210 W. Main.
Members of the multi-state association offer public demonstations on blacksmithing arts.
BANQUET SET MAY 11
A limited number of tickets remain for the Osage County Historical Society’s “Heroes and Legends” banquet on Thursday evening, May 11.
OCHS officials have selected five Osage County “Heroes and Legends” to be honored at the benefit fundraiser for the local historical museum. The 2017 banquet and auction will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Osage County Fairgrounds’ Agricultural Building, 320 Skyline Drive.
This year’s honorees include Pawhuska physician Dr. James R. Priest, retired area music teacher John Reber, cattlewoman/educator Barbara Strahm and Barnsdall coaching legend Joe Gilbert. Homage also will be paid to the late Robert Clark, whose name is still closely associated with the Fairfax community, where he was a banker for more than 70 years.
Tickets for the event are $25 each and can be purchased at the Osage County Historical Society Museum, 700 Lynn Ave, or from individual members of the OCHS board of directors. Reserved tables for six are available for $200. Due to the limited seating, OCHS organizers said tickets for the event will not be sold at the door.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the museum at 918-287-9119.
ART SHOW ENDING
The “Art of the Plains” Signature Show ends Saturday at downtown Pawhuska’s Ole No. 1 Firehouse Art Center, 118 1/2 W. Main St.
Sponsored by a local nonprofit organization, Preserving Arts in the Osage, the national exhibit features 54 works by members of the American Plains Artists, a national association of artists from across the U.S. The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors can vote for the show’s “people’s choice” honor until the final day. The artist who submitted the piece earning the most votes receives the Plainsman Award, as well as a cash prize.
OK Wild Bunch Rodeo is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Osage County Fairgrounds arena.
Also on Saturday, the Fairgrounds’ Flea Market and Crafts Fair opens at 8 a.m. in the Ag Building.
KITE FEST ON TAP
If you look up in the sky this week, you may see kites.
Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, the Osage Nation and Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance are sponsoring a Kite Festival for third- through fifth-graders. Flight Night with TRSA is a program funded through a grant and presented in partnership with Hideaway Pizza, Oklahoma Aerospace Consortium and Kites in the Sky.
At least 500 Oklahoma elementary school teachers were given the opportunity to receive a set of kites for their classrooms. The goal of the program is to incorporate STEM across the curriculum and introduce students to the history of kites.
Part of the introduction involves James Banning, an Oklahoman who, in 1932, was the first African American pilot to fly coast to coast.Students are to gain hands-on knowledge of the math and science behind kite design, the history of kite use, the forces that enable kites to soar and the inspiraational role kite flying played for James Banning.