FINE FREE FEBRUARY

During February, return your overdue books, DVDs, and other library materials in good condition to be returned to the library shelves, and have outstanding fines forgiven.

The Library is featuring February as the month of love for our self and others. Book displays will include St. Valentine and Valentine’s Day, romance, good manners, and healthy heart month. Other topics highlighted during February will be women’s sports, black history, and Presidents’ Day. Come by and check out a good book.

TOURISM FORUM SET FEB. 16

The Osage County tourism forum is slated from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Osage Casino in Skiatook

Osage County Tourism is sponsoring the forumto share with visitors the many reasons residents love the Osage.

“This will be an information-packed forum for any interested party thinking about visiting Osage County as well as for stakeholders in the Osage,” said Kelly Bland, executive director of Osage County Tourism.

“We are welcoming tourism companies to the forum this year to come get a ‘sample’ of what Osage County has to offer their prospective clients.”

Osage Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear will be the keynote speaker for the “We Love the Osage” themed forum. He and other speakers will highlight the best of the Osage, Bland said.

Chief Standing Bear served as Assistant Chief of the Osage Tribe from 1990 to 1994 and was a member of the Osage Nation Congress from 2010 to 2014. While a member of the Osage Congress he served at different times as chairman of the Rules and Ethics Committee, chairman of the Cultural Committee, and as a member of the Education Committee, Health Committee, among others. He also served as chairman of the Osage Nation Water Task Force which set the course to claim the Osage Nation Water Rights.

He is married to Julie (Brave) Standing Bear, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. Both Julie and Chief Standing Bear are long-time Osage Headright Shareholders. He is serving his second term as chief of the Osage.

“I hope everyone will embrace the opportunity to hear Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear address the crowd. Where else can you find such an historic opportunity?” Bland said.

RSVP to visittheosage@gmail.com by Feb. 14. Visit the Osage County Tourism website at www.VisitTheOsage.com. Contact Bland at (918) 210-9788.

Osage County Tourism is a member of Green Country Marketing Association, one of 11 multicounty organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, and the other marketing associations to promote state tourism, an $8.9 billion industry.

MOSAIC OKLAHOMA SCREENING

The OETA Foundation has partnered with the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce for an advanced screening of the new show Mosaic Oklahoma at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 20 at The Constantine Theater.

Mosaic Oklahoma is an ongoing series produced by the OETA Foundation which delves into the communities, people and landmarks that epitomize Oklahoma culture. The pilot episode takes us to Pawhuska to explore the history and heritage of the Osage Nation, the revitalization of downtown Pawhuska and the impact of “The Pioneer Woman.”

Interviews include Osage Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, Osage elder Edward Red Eagle, the Tallgrass Prairie’s Harvey Payne and “The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond.

Tickets for the screening event are free and may be reserved through the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce by calling (918) 287-1208. The event will include a meet and greet before the screening and a Q&A with the filmmakers afterward.

Mosaic Oklahoma will premiere on OETA in March during Festival, the station’s annual pledge drive.