AROUND THE COUNTY

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

RETURN ENCAMPMENT

Woolaroc will be hosting its annual Spring Trader’s Encampment Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Man Camp at Crystal Lake.

The historically-accurate settlement shows what this type of camp would have looked like in the 1840s.

Hosted by Woolaroc Mountain Men Wes and Roger Butcher, the camp has become a favorite retreat for re-enactors from across the country. The camp will be historically accurate,

The Trader’s Encampment is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to park their vehicles and walk through the camp. Regular admission at the gate will provide access to the Spring Trader’s Camp.

“This camp is not only unique; it also serves as a wonderful educational tool for children to visit and experience the lifestyle of earlier times,” Woolaroc officials said. “They will better understand some of the hardships of life back in the days and what it took for families to survive when they truly lived off the land.”

Many of the campers will set up their tents or tipis and have period crafts for the public to view and purchase.

TEA FOR TWO ON TAP

Oklahoma Home and Community Education Groups of Osage County are holding their “Tea for Two” Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Osage County Fairgrounds Building.

The annual event celebrates 81 years of service to residents of area communities. OHCE will be seeking to expand membership in order to continue that service.

There will be a guest speaker as well as a “make and take” craft. A light lunch will be served and there is no cost. Please pre-register with Donna Robbins at Osage County’s OSU Extension Office by calling 918-287-4170.

HULAH TO HOST TOURNEY

Hulah Lake Association is sponsoring a crappie fishing tournament April 16.

Tourney entries are due by 7 p.m. April 15. Cost to enter is $25 for adults, $10 on children under 15. An extra $5 will be charged for late Friday and Saturday morning sign ups.

The biggest stringer of crappie wins, with a five-fish limit. There’s an optional $10 fee for entering the Big Fish Pot, which is a winner-take-all contest. The main contest has a 70 percent payout, organizers said.

Entry forms are available at the Hulah Lake Osage Association page on Facebook. Mail to: 330 P.R. 3567, Pawhuska, OK 74056, or drop off at Hulah’s home campsite, which is near the former Wah-Sha-She State Park office.

The tournament’s weigh-in is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hulah Shelter. Only live fish are eligible for weighing.

For more information, call Danny Blevins at 918-694-4284 or David Lockman, 918-440-1696.

QUILTS DISPLAYED

Drummond Home presents its Quilt Exhibit each April, displaying a wide array of historical quilts from the Addie Drummond collection.

Nearly each of the quilts has a story to go with it. Also on display will be a collection of crocheted items — from watch pockets and hankies to purses and corsets.

Located at 305 N. Price in Hominy, Drummond Home is open every day but Monday. Call 918-885-2374.

BEEKEEPERS CLASS SET

Osage Nation Communities of Excellence will host a Beekeeping Fundamentals Class on Saturday, April 30, at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Center, 220 W Main.

The class is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. Seats can be reserved by calling Blake Sisk at 918-287-5267.

LIBRARY HOSTING TAI CHI

Exercise classes for older adults — “Tai Chi for Better Balance” — will continue through April 27 at Pawhuska City Library, 1801 Lynn Ave.

Monday and Wednesday sessions last from 11 a.m. to noon and are provided by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative’s Northeast Center.

The course teaches relaxation techniques designed to improve the participants’ overall mind, body and spirit through a series of continuous movements.

STEALS AND DEALS COMING

“Steals and Deals,” a spring cleaning sale sponsored by The United Methodist Women, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 620 Leahey. Sale categories include bed and bath, living room, office, outdoors, tools, holidays, books, tapes and records and video games.

BRIDGE FEST PLANNED

The eighth-annual Bridge to Friendship Bridge Fest for P.E.O. sisters and friends start at 10 a.m. April 16, at the Velma B. Oakes Family Life Center, 620 Leahy Ave.

A $25 tournament fee covers snacks and drinks throughout the day, as well as lunch. The four-game contract, progressive tournament will feature two levels — one for seasoned and the other for beginners. Cash prizes are to be awarded to the first- and second-place winners at both levels.

For more information, contact Betty Russell at 918-287-1717 or email gold.dustbar@yahoo.com.

POKER RUN SLATED

The fifth-annual Pawhuska Elks Lodge Cancer Benefit Poker Run will be April 30, at the lodge, located west of the former Alco Building on the west side of town.

Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. The first motyorcycle will roll out at 10 a.m. and the last bike is due in at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per hand, with prizes for the high and low hands. The charity pot will be divided on a 50-50 basis.

Food and refreshments will be on sale at the lodge. Donations are being accepted. The event is held in conjunction with the Scott Carter Foundation of Tulsa.

For more info, call 918-287-3815 or email elks2542@sbcglobal.net

FOCUS ON IMMUNIZATIONS

During National Infant Immunization Week, April 16-23, the Osage County Health Department is reminding parents to ensure their children are fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization.

“Vaccines are available for all children through the federal Vaccines for Children program or private health insurance,” said Administrative Director Larry Bergner. “In Oklahoma, all county health departments participate in the Vaccines for Children program.”

World Immunization Week, an initiative of the World Health Organization, is April 24-30.