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MS)--Hundreds of people attended the annual Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale over the weekend at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. The 44th annual event, featured handcrafted goods, a variety of foods and items up for auction, all to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) global relief, development and peace efforts, such as providing clean, drinking water to communities in need. Organizers said the local event raised over $150,000.


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CN)— Since Friday, 53 additional deaths and 1,795 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The health department broke down the cases from the weekend as 578 reported on Saturday, 436 reported on Sunday. 781 new cases were reported today. Currently, 5,449 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 424 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 665 cases.


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There have been 10312 positive COVID-19 cases, and 212 deaths in Garfield County. 9156 of those cases and 197 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2612 cases, Blaine County is at 1516 cases, Alfalfa 1322, Major 1293, and Grant 701.


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DK)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is inviting the community to participate in its annual Day of Kindness on Friday. The international observance of World Kindness Day, Nov. 13, was introduced in 1998 to promote kindness across the globe and is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. United Way has been observing this day to promote random acts of kindness in the area since 2015. Various groups in the Northwest Oklahoma area are planning acts of kindness throughout the day, including Foster Feet, children at Carver and Fowler Early Childhood centers, NWOSU, Northern Oklahoma College, Washington Elementary School in Alva, Kayla’s Kindness Project, RSVP of Enid, food pantries, all 26 Jiffy Trip locations in Oklahoma and more. Local United Way Executive Director Dan Schiedel said any other individuals, clubs, school classes, groups and businesses who would like to be involved in Day of Kindness may contact Schiedel by emailing dan@unitedwayenid.org or by calling (580) 237-0821.


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VD)--In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the City of Enid administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday. In addition, the Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Thursday, November 11th. Meadowlake Golf Course will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the landfill will be open with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The regular trash schedule will remain the same for this week.


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YR)--Operation Yellow Ribbon Veterans Appreciation is designed to thank veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. The yellow ribbon is meant to symbolize support of soldiers away from home, as well as for those who have served. Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, the city of Enid, My Country KOFM and Visit Enid are joining to host various events until Nov. 19.


Today, a yellow ribbon ceremony will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. on Park south of Stride Bank Center, current home of the newly installed Christ Tree. There will be a special ceremony on Tuesday, on Kincade Drive, the road leading to Vance Air Force Base. Two oak trees will be planted, one to honor current military members and the other to remember the fallen and the families of those missing in action. On Wednesday, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma will serve a free lunch for veterans who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. To sign up, call (580) 233-3051. On Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, a ceremony will be held at Stride Bank Center at 6:30 p.m. The annual Legacy Awards ceremony honors veterans for their service to their community and country. Enid’s Veterans Day Parade will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday. The parade starts at the corner of Grand and Maine. Following the parade, there will be a static aircraft display, food trucks, vendors and a car show downtown. For more information or to enter a float in the parade, contact Bill Cooley at (580) 231-7964. Two concerts will be hosted by Stride Bank Center. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Chicago will perform in the arena at 7:00 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 19, Three Dog Night will perform at 7:00 p.m. A $10 discount is being offering on levels three and four tickets for veterans, active military and first responders. IDs are required. More details and tickets to both shows are available through the Stride Bank Center website at www.stridebank center.com. For more information about Operation Yellow Ribbon, contact Visit Enid at (580) 233-ENID, www.visitenid.org or info@visitenid.org.


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CP)--Carden International Circus will perform 6:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 15 at Stride Bank Center. The three-ring circus will feature acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, animals and clowns. General admission tickets are $20, with a limited number of $26 reserved and $35 ringmaster tickets available. Tickets are available now at www.spectacularcircus.com or one hour before show time at Stride Bank Center. Doors will open one hour before show time for pre-show festivities, including meet-and-greets with performers, interactive circus skills and animal rides.




PW)--The city of Enid’s Parks and Recreation Department is beginning its annual process of winterizing park facilities and features. Each year, the facilities are winterized to prevent damage to the plumbing within the amenities such as irrigation, drinking fountains, spray parks and restrooms. Crews will close and begin winterizing the facilities Monday Nov. 15, and these amenities will remain closed until spring 2022. Because the Cleveland Trailhead restrooms are heated, they will remain open during the winter. Portable toilets will be provided at Champlin Park, Crosslin Park, Government Springs Park North and on the north and south sides of Meadowlake Park.




IR)--Downtown Enid’s ice rink is coming back for a second year this holiday season after around 10,000 skaters reportedly took to the ice last winter. Main Street Enid on Tuesday announced the return of its ice rink “Holiday On Ice”, set to open Nov. 19 and end Jan. 2, 2022, again in Stride Bank Center’s south parking lot. This year, the rink will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, but closed Christmas Day. Season tickets and group events and parties can be ordered now through Stride Bank Center by calling (580) 616-7381. With Williams Media Group as the rink’s sponsor, Main Street also is welcoming other sponsors for Holidays on Ice. Those interested in sponsoring can contact Natalie Beurlot at natalie@mainstreetenid.org or (580) 234-1052.




CC)--Three Dog Night is coming to Stride Bank Center on Nov. 19. From 1969 to 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, sold more records or concert tickets than Three Dog Night. The group’s hits include “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One.” The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to StrideBankCenter.com or come to the office located on the second floor of Stride Bank Center’s Convention Hall. Tickets range from $39 to $89. Information about Three Dog Night can be found at http://www.threedognight.com.





CB)--Grammy-winning country singer Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, will perform 8:00 p.m. Nov. 21 at Stride Bank Center. Clint Black has 22 No. 1 singles, nearly two dozen gold and platinum awards, as well as numerous CMA, ACM and American Music awards. Tickets start at $39.50 and are on sale at the Stride Bank Center office in Convention Hall and online at StrideBankCenter.com. Pre-show packages also are available online.




TO)--A 140-foot-tall Christmas tree will be featured this holiday season in downtown Enid. A 42-day holiday event, known as The One, will be hosted in downtown Enid, with the tree, harvested 2,000 miles away in the Shasta National Forest in California, as the main centerpiece. The Kyle Williams family and executive committee officials made the announcement this morning at the tree's future home, 424 S. Independence. Towering about 75% taller than the world-famous Rockefeller Center tree in New York City, the Christ Tree will be ringed by 12 smaller trees. Committee members said they want the tree to serve “as a bright beacon in honor of the true meaning of Christmas: The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The One event also will feature concerts, plays and other activities celebrating the Christmas holiday. Decorated with 25,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments, the lighting of the Christ Tree will kick off the annual Enid Lights Up the Plains on Nov. 26th which also will feature the traditional parade and fireworks show. Main Street Enid, Stride Bank and Visit Enid will again host the popular “Holidays on Ice” outdoor skating rink adjacent to the Christ Tree. The rink will be open afternoons and evenings during the week and all day on the weekends. A hospitality tent will be available for private parties and catered events. “We are excited to offer families an incredible experience, one that will create memories to last a lifetime,” said Kyle Williams, Enid entrepreneur and champion of The One event. “Our main goal is to highlight the true meaning of Christmas, celebrating Jesus’ birth. This evergreen tree represents everlasting life and the 25,000 lights point to Jesus as the Light of the World. “We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors to Enid and are confident that they will have a wonderful experience. 




CP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation will host “Christmas in the Park” at Meadowlake Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 27th, December 4th, 11th, and 18th. Christmas in the Park will be a drive-thru only event. Each vehicle will be given a bag of goodies as they enjoy the Christmas cruise. There will be lights and characters posted on both the North and South sides of the park.


The City of Enid will also be hosting a toy drive for “Toys for Tots” and will have a drop-off section for collecting new, unwrapped toys. In addition to the “Christmas in the Park” event, there will be a Santa Stroll 5K, Fun Run, and Santa Walk event at Meadowlake Park at on Saturday, December 4th. The rain date for the Santa Stroll event is Saturday, December 18th.

  • Packet Pickup: 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • 5K starts: 5:30 p.m.
  • 1 Mile Run starts: 5:40 p.m.
  • Walk with Santa begins: 5:45 p.m.

For more information and to register for the Santa Stroll, go to the following link: https://santastroll5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14845.

The parks department will have “Photos with Characters” from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17th at Meadowlake Park South Pavilion #1. Meadowlake Park is located at 1200 West Rupe Avenue, Enid, OK 73701. For more info on the events, go to: Enid.org/ChristmasInThePark.




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