An $800,000 grant to the Osage Nation will be used to construct a new Wellness Center in Hominy.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funding through the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program, according to an announcement made last week. The new ON facility is to include space for weights and exercise equipment, as well as an area for fitness activities like aerobics and yoga. It also will feature restrooms, showers and space for wellness visits by the tribe’s health-related programs.

Osage Congress approved $250,000 in matching funds for the center last April, contingent on the awarding of the federal grant. Last time the local tribe received a competitive award from HUD was in 2005.

"This is more than a fitness center," Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said. "All of our health programs, including those involved in diabetes prevention, will be involved."

Standing Bear said he would like to see the tribe upgrade the Wellness Center by adding an exercise pool.


A chicken-and-noodles fundraiser is scheduled to last from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall.

There will be carryout orders only of chicken and noodles, veggies, dessert and roll. All the proceeds are going to the local Soup Kitchen.


Casting calls are going out for "Happily Never After!!!," the spring presentation of the Constantine Players.

Auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at the Pawhuska Public Library, 1800 Lynn Ave. (Persons attending the auditions are asked to please use the doors on the east side of the library.)

According to a synopsis released for the play: "The course of true love never runs smoothly. Consequently, a marriage counselor has opened an office in the kingdom to see how famous fairy tale couples are faring. Everywhere the counselor looks — disaster. Sleeping Beauty will do nothing but nap; the Frog Prince refuses to give up his amphibian ways; and nothing will pry Cinderella away from her beloved cinders." Will the counselor be able to fix all of this?

For more information about the auditions, call Serena Jeffers at 918-521-5543.


Admission will be free for two Saturday showings of "War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon" at the Constantine Theater, 110 W. Main St.

Sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church, the afternoon/evening shows are to be presented at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.


Blood Donor Challenge T-shirts are to be given out (while the supply lasts) at a Pawhuska Community Blood Drive planned for Thursday, March 17.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is sponsoring the event, which will last from 1-5:30 p.m. at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. To schedule an appointment, contact Randi Chesbro at 918-335-7197.


Pat Patton’s eighth-annual Stew/Chili Cook-Off is set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the old Shidler School gym.

The cook-off will be open to the public and no pre-entry is required. There will be a silent auction of homemade items. Adult tickets are $7 each (or 2 for $10). Children 12 and under can get in for $3 each or two for $5.

Sponsoring the event is Shidler’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of Rescue Truck Ancillary Equipment. For additional information, please call 918-793-2721.


HOMINY — The Drummond Home’s Antique Doll Exhibit has been extended through March 13.

Officials of the historic Hominy site said several tour groups had been unable to schedule visits during the show’s February-long run. The two-week extension should allow everyone an opportunity to see the popular exhibit, which features a wide array of dolls made in Germany, they said.

Located at 305 N. Price Ave., the Drummond Home is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Adult admission is $3 ($2.50 for seniors) and $1 for children 6-18. For more information, call 918-885-2374.


A half side of beef is being raffled to benefit the PHS Huskies baseball program. The drawing will be held March 11. Tickets are $10 apiece and can be purchased from Chere Hindman or any of the Huskies’ players.


A new .40-caliber Glock 22 Gen 4 handgun will be given away in a drawing to be held Tuesday, March 22.

The drawing is being sponsored by the Wah-Sha-She No. 110 Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Big County Gun & Pawn, 201 E. 6th, as well as from Randy Haddon (918-640-3635) or Daniel Moody (918-604-1504).

The winning-ticket holder will be contacted in the event he or she is not present at the March 22 drawing.