Around The County

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Blood drive set

at Elks Lodge

Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with the Pawhuska community from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge.

Each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved, holiday-themed T-shirt. One lucky donor will win a Pioneer Woman Mercantile gift basket valued at $97. The Elks Lodge will be serving Frito chili pie and the Pawhuska Hospital Auxiliary will be serving desserts.

“Patients facing trauma, surgery, and those battling cancer or other life-threatening conditions, depend on blood so that they can spend precious time with their families,” said Jan Laub, executive director Tulsa. “We’re blessed to be surrounded by giving people who respond when there is a need. Few gifts are more impactful than the gift of hope, healing, and comfort for local patients and their loved ones.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute is in serious need of O-negative blood donors. O-negative is the universal blood type, and can be given to any patient, regardless of blood type, in an emergency.

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed. If donors opt not to take the T-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As the nation’s sixth-largest non-profit blood collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide, including Pawhuska Hospital. It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting


Registration deadline

coming Friday

The registration deadline is Friday, and the course will cost $120. To register, call Branden Handke at Osage County Extension, at 918-287-4170. The course fee is due Friday.

The master gardener course is offered by OSU Extension in order to provide garden training to the public. Topics covered through this class cover practically all sectors of gardening which include vegetable production, trees and ornamental shrubs, fruit production, turf and lawn and others.

The course will begin Jan. 8, and end Feb. 12. That is six weeks of class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8 p.m. Once the classroom work is complete, the students will be asked to put their newly learned skills to the test as they perform 40 volunteer hours and will then be given the title of master gardener.

This is a great way to learn more about gardening from Oklahoma State professors and other professionals.


Parade will be

held on Dec. 15

RALSTON — The city of Ralston has scheduled its Christmas parade for 6 p.m. Saturday.

Festivities will begin from 2-4 p.m. that day with a Christmas party at the school. Tree decorating in the town square will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The parade will be at 6 p.m. Then, there will be Christmas Caroling at the Ralston Opera House from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Santa will be there for photos. Finally, the movie “Home Alone” will be shown at the Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Each child will receive a traditional stocking with treats.


Historical Society Museum

to hold event Friday

The Osage County Historical Society Museum on Lynn Avenue in Pawhuska will hold a book signing from 4-6 p.m. Friday for the new book, “Visions of the Tallgrass,” which includes prairie photos by Harvey Payne, essays by James P. Ronda, and a foreword by Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear. The book, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in Norman, is on sale at the Historical Society Museum.


Woolaroc transforms

into winter wonderland

Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve is offering its spectacular “Wonderland of Lights” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23. The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc are covered with more than 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland. The lights were turned on Nov. 23 and will be on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through Dec. 23. Admission to “Wonderland of Lights” is $6 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under.