CF)--Plan on joining us Thursday morning at Wee Too for the Talk 100.9 KGWA Leadership and City Candidate Forum, sponsored by Culligan of Enid. The event, from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., will feature candidates running for Mayor and two city commission seats on February 14. All of the candidates have been invited to participate and this will be a chance to hear from them ahead of the election. You can join us in person at Wee Too at 4th and Purdue, listen on KGWA or streamed live on Facebook. Hear from the candidates coming up Thursday morning.
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NU)--The Night to Unite (formerly Night to Shine) prom for people with special needs is scheduled for Feb. 10 at Oakwood Christian Church, but could use more volunteers. Currently, there are 150 kings and queens, as participants are called, registered to take part in the festivities. “We currently have enough buddies, but we can always use help with decorations and cleanup,” said Dalen McVay, Night to Unite board member. Each king or queen has a buddy to escort and accompany them on their special night. The buddy helps them on all phases of the prom experience, including going with them into hair and makeup and to get their corsage or boutonniere. Each king and queen walks down the red carpet. They choose to dance or do karaoke, then take pictures with various superhero characters, and even go on a limo ride. For more information, go to www.nightuniteenid.com or call Oakwood Christian Church at (580) 233-1225.
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VE)--Visit Enid, the official Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Enid, has launched a revamped website at VisitEnid.org, offering new capabilities and a more visually appealing layout. The new website serves as a resource for visitors and residents alike looking to explore Enid. Visitors to the site can find listings for upcoming events, local restaurants and breweries, attractions, lodging, history and culture, and outdoor recreation. It was created with the user experience in mind while incorporating current travel and tourism trends. Visit Enid Director Rob Houston said, “Our old website was dated and difficult to navigate, so our goals in creating this site were to attract new visitors by showcasing Enid’s many great events, its vibrant public and performing arts scene, and a unique and proud heritage unlike any other. The site also creates a place where locals can find helpful resources to take advantage of the many great offerings in their own backyards.
Highlights of the new website include an easier-to-navigate events calendar and a Google map on each page, showing the location of that particular attraction, event or restaurant. It also includes a dedicated section for meeting planners and group tour operators as well as an event venue directory. VisitEnid.org allows users to explore Enid’s free 48-page travel guide online or to order a guide via the United States Postal Service. You can also sign up to receive Visit Enid’s weekly newsletter via email, with links to that week’s event calendar and the latest quarterly event calendar. The new site serves as the home for the Enid Film Office, as the city is now recognized as a Film Friendly Community by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.
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ME)--Enid voters will have to make decisions on mayor and two city commission ward seats in February. David Mason and Jayme Wright Latta filed to run for mayor to replace George Pankonin, who decided not to run for another term. In Ward 1, incumbent commissioner Jerry Allen filed for another term, along with challenger Judd Blevins. In Ward 2, incumbent Derwin Norwood filed, as did challengers Doug Boyle and Kyle Hockmeyer. In Ward 5, incumbent Rob Stallings filed but did not draw an opponent, so he will serve another four-year term. The election will be February 14.
CD)--The 2023 Champagne and Diamonds Gala in support of 4RKids will take place inside the ballroom at the Stride Bank Center in Enid on February 24. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The gala starts at 7:00 pm. Cocktail Attire Executive Director Rachel McVay said, “4RKids is honored to work with KOFM, Mead Jewelers, and Great Plains Bank for the 2nd annual Champagne and Diamonds Gala. Our partnership with KOFM allows us to showcase the opportunities at 4RKids, and raise important funding. The Champagne and Diamonds Gala is an inspiring and fun-filled evening of dining, dancing, and live music featuring “The Drive” from OKC. Tickets are $75 each. Each ticket includes dinner and one champagne flute. Inside each flute, there will be a gemstone. One of the flutes contains a genuine “One Carat Round Brilliant Cut” Diamond worth $7500. Mead Jewelers will examine each gemstone and the winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Additional flutes can be purchased for $60 each or receive a discount of $50 each for two flutes or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stridebankcenter.com, www.4rkids.com or, in person at the Stride Center Box Office, and Mead Jewelers. Go to kofm.com or kgwanews.com for more information.