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International Festival - The dates for the 2008 International Festival in Lawton, OK are September 26, 27, & 28 (Friday from 5-10 pm, Saturday from 11 am-10 pm, & Sunday from 12-5 pm). This will be the festival's 29th year and it continues to celebrate and highlight our area's diversity and many cultures. The festival is a project of the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council's International Festival Committee and the City of Lawton. What's new this year? The festival will be held for the first time in Elmer Thomas Park located at 3rd and Ferris Avenue. We are so excited to launch the festival in this new location. Here are some of the added amenities for the festival in its new location, room for more attractions, parking adjacent to festival grounds, vendor parking on site, additional electrical and water sources, tour bus parking, shuttle bus transportation, completely handicap accessible, restroom facilities, and more!

Sports Festival Day - The 2008 International Festival in Lawton, OK will be held September 26, 27, and 28 (Friday, 5-10 pm, Saturday, 11 am-10 pm, and Sunday, 12-5 pm). It continues to celebrate and highlight our area's diverse cultures. The festival is a project of the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council's International Festival Committee and the City of Lawton. The festival opens 5 pm, Friday and the Opening Ceremony follows at 6 pm on the 2nd Street South Stage. The highlight of this event is the Naturalization Ceremony where local residents will take the Oath of Allegiance to become US citizens receiving their Certificates of Naturalization. Throughout the three-day event, festivalgoers will have an opportunity to see free live multi-national entertainment, purchase tasty cuisine from more than 25 vendors, and browse the markets of the international vendors.

Open Enrollment Children's Art Studio Fall 2008 Enrollment: August 27 â€" October 11 Classes: October 11 - November 15 (Lawton, OK) Open enrollment for Children's Art Studio will begin August 27 and run through October 11. This program previously known as the School of the Arts is in its sixth year. Only the name has changed, it is still the same great program! Classes begin October 11 at the Town Hall/Carnegie Library, 5th & B Avenue located in downtown Lawton and run through November 15. The program is designed for students in grades three through six. Six classes (sessions) meet each Saturday, 9:00 am to noon (light snack provided). Three sessions focus on pottery and three sessions focus on sketching and painting. In addition, students are taught art vocabulary, color theory, and to how to care and clean art supplies. Students are also taught art exhibit etiquette for their own show to be held Tuesday, November 18 from 5-6:30 pm in the McMahon Memorial Auditorium Lobby. Tuition is $30/semester and scholarships are available (limited first come first serve basis). Registration forms will be available online at or at the Arts & Humanities Division office, 801 NW Ferris, located at the west entrance of McMahon Memorial Auditorium. Office hours are 8am-12 noon and 1-5 pm, Monday â€" Friday. The program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, City of Lawton, Lawton Arts and Humanities Council, and the Lawton Public School System. For more information, call 580-581-3470 or 581-3471. Or email us at

The Lawton Public School Foundation will sponsor its annual fundraising breakfast on Friday, Sept. 26, at Golden Corral Restaurant, 2632 Cache Road. The all-you-can-eat buffet meal will be served from 6:30-9 a.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from any LPS Foundation board member, and from each of the district's elementary and secondary schools. Tickets will also be available at the door on the morning of the event. All proceeds from the breakfast will be applied to the foundation's permanent endowment fund. Money generated from the endowment is used each year for grants to LPS teachers for educational projects that the Lawton school system would otherwise not be able to provide. During the 2007-2008 school year the foundation provided more than $17,000 for 35 worthwhile and innovative educational projects at all grade levels throughout local school system, said Barry Ezerski, president of the LPS Foundation. It is the foundations goal to be able to fund many more grant projects. There are so many innovative teachers in our school district who work daily to make a difference in the lives of students, Ezerski said. They need our support. That is what the Lawton Public School Foundation is all about. We help them provide creative projects that broaden the minds of our children. Grant requests for the 2008-2009 school year will be accepted from LPS teachers in coming weeks. LPS Foundation board members are Jo Jo Aubrey, Sharon Brady, Vicki Campbell, Deano Cox, Justin Dipprey, Isabell Gardner, Jacque Gillespie, Mark Glenn, Brian Henry, Joan Jester, Beth Johnson, Marlene Jones, Bill King, Larry Neal, Jon O'Shaughnessy, Betsy Parks, Craig Riha and Simone Schutz. Tickets may also be purchased from the LPS communications office in the John Shoemaker Education Center, 753 Fort Sill Blvd., weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Teens Make a Difference Day will be Saturday, October 25th. This is the day over 2,500 volunteers will go to nonprofit agencies and complete needed projects. Not only will they be helping the nonprofits, but they will be learning what nonprofits do and improving their community. Last year over 2,200 Teens completed 77 projects at nonprofit agencies in Burkburnett, Iowa Park and Wichita Falls on the annual Teens Make a Difference Day. Every Teen in the area is being recruited to make the 2008 Teens Make a Difference Day Better than ever. Whether with a school, youth group, neighborhood friends or from a church Teens are asked to sign-up and volunteer. Forms are available on the website or by calling 322-4961. Projects are also needed and you can call the Center or go to the website to register. Adults are also needed to work alone side the Teens. Volunteers will complete the project they are assigned from 9:00 am to 12:00 and then go to Straight Street for a pizza lunch and a chance to win door prizes. Teens Make a Difference is a program of the Nonprofit Center started to create a new generation of volunteers and it's working many graduates at Hirschi High School are coming back to serve as adult volunteers with the Teens. On Saturday, October 25th look out for the bright gold t- shirts! In fact you might want to shake their hand or give them a pat on the back. Teens will be involved in projects including trash pick-up, planting, clearing trails, collecting can goods, painting, downtown clean-up, and sanitizing of Meals on Wheels containers. A special committee carries out this project and is chaired by Jessica Langdon this year. The Nonprofit Management Center was established in 1991 to create strong nonprofits and help them run more efficiently and effectively. For additional information call (940) 322-4961.

Lakeview Church of God Ole Olds Car & Truck Show. Pre Reg - $15, Day of Show $20 - Registration 9am-12.30pm - judging begins at 12.30pm For more information contact Ryan Rose at 940-613-5566

Miracle League golf tourney - October 20, Miracle League of Lawton-Fort Sill is raising funds to build a synthetic turf baseball field for the mentally and physically challenged. Meet up at the Lawton Country Club for an 18 hole scramble. $75 per person, $300 per four person team. 1st place - $400/team, 2nd place - $300/team, 3rd place - $200/team, prizes for longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin on two holes. Hole in one contest - $10,000 cash prize, choose between Callaway BB460 OR X-20 Irons Premium Electronic Package, and choice of airline or cruise tickets for two. Sponsor giveaways and more. If you would like to be a sponsor, contact Kelley Bass at 580-248-0337. Morning scramble - 8am Afternoon scrambe - 1pm. Lunch served by Pat Hunt. RSVP at 580-248-0337

Cameron University's theatre season, "A Celebration of the Cameron University Centennial, gets underway with "The Shape of Things," a contemporary black comedy about the nature of art and human manipulation. This thought-provoking work from playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute, runs from September 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and on September 28 at 2 p.m. at University Theatre. "The Shape of Things, which served as the basis for LaBute's highly acclaimed film of the same name, explores the cruel games a more powerful partner can play with a smitten weaker one. Adam, a nerdy college student who makes money part time as a security guard, runs into Evelyn as she is about to deface a censored work of art. As a reward for letting her off the hook, she gives him her phone number. Adam becomes Evelyn's project as she reshapes him into the sort of boyfriend she'd prefer. The question at stake here appears to be... how much are you willing to change for a woman you love? (Note: This production contains material that certain people may find objectionable.) Tickets for the play are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, military and non-Cameron students. Cameron students with ID receive free admission. For more information, call the University Theatre box office at 580.581.2478. Cameron University is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association and the Southwest Theatre and Film Association. "The Shape of Things" will serve as CU's entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Free Boating Safety Courses - The OHP, Boating Safety Education Division, is offering FREE safety programs to any group, business, or organization. Classes cover topics including: boating safety, water safety, and boating laws. For more information, or to schedule a program, please contact the OHP at 877-253-2820

The Buffalo Soldiers and CME Church reunited - Lawton, OK, September 28, 2008:  When the CME, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church first came to Lawton it was with the Buffalo Soldiers.  Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 3pm it will be the Buffalo Soldiers who will kick off the dedication service welcoming the CME Church back to the area.  Originally known as the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, or the CME Church as it is commonly called, came into existence as a result of the movement from slavery to freedom.  During the years following the birth of Methodism, the denomination grew rapidly. The Methodist Episcopal Church South was an outgrowth of Wesley's Methodism.  Some Blacks, converted to Christianity by slave masters, accepted the Methodist doctrine as it was.  However, with the passage of time, the emancipation of Blacks from slavery created the desire by Blacks to have and control their own church.  This desire led formerly enslaved persons who had been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, to start their own independent religious organization.  In 1954 the now 138 year old denomination changed its name to Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, retaining the CME logo tradition.  The change reflected the desire to include people of all nationalities, races and cultures.Shiloh Tabernacle CME Church Located .at 1415 SW D Avenue opened its doors August 10th.  Pastor Tarra Gilbert and the Shiloh family will hold its dedication service with a presentation of colors by the Buffalo Soldiers, State Representative Ann Coody will sing during.  The celebration.  Pastor Lacy Monroe from the Stone Chapel CME Church, Duncan will bring the message of the day with CME Churches from across the state as well as local churches coming to help make this day memorable as the CME Church returns to the area.  The public is invited to come celebrate!

Healthy Lifestyles for Teenagers - As part of an effort to promote healthy habits for young people, First Lady Kim Henry today announced the launch of an innovative contest that encourages Oklahoma teenagers to tap their creativity. The MyTakeOnHealth Oklahoma Video Challenge awards middle school- and high school-students who produce informative and entertaining videos about healthy lifestyle choices.
"Young people nationwide face a host of obstacles to good health," Mrs. Henry said. "It's vital that young people get the message, and promote the message, that a healthy life means a happy and productive life."
Her sentiments were echoed by state Superintendent Sandy Garrett. "We are very pleased to be working with the First Lady and lending assistance on this exciting project. Rare is the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful service learning and get the chance at earning thousands of dollars by doing so," she said.  "For us to be a stronger Oklahoma, we simply have got to be a healthier Oklahoma. There is no better voice to carry this message for us than our future, the youth of this state."
The video challenge begins Oct. 1 and runs through December, with first- and second-place winners voted on each month. First prize is $3,500 and second prize is $1,500. The school of each month's winning entry receives $1,000. Winners are determined through online voting.
In addition, there will be weekly drawing for such items as Wiis, laptops, televisions and iPods. Best Buy is providing the prizes.
A video must be between 30-60 seconds and demonstrate the importance of a healthy lifestyle or prevention of chronic disease/drug prevention. Topics might include but are not limited to:
the importance of good nutrition (eating fruits and vegetables instead of fried foods and sugary snacks)
why maintaining a healthy body weight is good why being overweight/obese poses health dangers the importance of getting regular physical exercise the perils of smoking how poor health habits can lead to specific chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke
the importance of chronic disease prevention what chronic diseases cost us and why we want to avoid them drug/alcohol prevention.   A student or group of students can submit up to two videos per month.
Students who take up the video challenge are encouraged to be creative, informative and interesting. A video can take the form of up a commercial, public-service announcement, short play, news broadcast, talk show, music video, animation, documentary or other format. Copyrighted material is not allowed unless the videomakers have written permission. Oklahoma faces no shortage of health-related challenges. Among the more troubling facts:
Oklahoma ranks 6th highest among U.S. states for teen obesity
Obesity costs Oklahoma an estimated $1.3 billion annually, according to the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals The state ranks last in the nation for the percent of persons who consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables
There are positive signs that Oklahoma is turning the corner in terms of health. For instance, the percentage of students who participate in physical activity has shot up to nearly 50 percent, compared to 38 percent in 2005. Teen smoking has also declined steadily in recent years.
Mrs. Henry said she thinks the MyTakeOnHealth video challenge can add to the momentum of improved health among Oklahomans.
"It is important to spread the word that healthy habits matter, and that the failure to make healthy choices can have dire, long-term consequences," said the First Lady.
"That's why I think it is so important for students in our middle schools and high schools to take part in this fun and exciting challenge. This is a terrific opportunity for young people to test their imagination and artistic sensibilities while competing for money and prizes.
"Most of all, this is a chance to educate all of us, child and adult alike, on the value of good health." MyTakeOnHealth is sponsored by the Office of the First Lady, the state Department of Education, INTEGRIS Health, the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition, and Best Buy.
For more information about how to enroll in the MyTakeOnHealth video challenge, go online to

Come out and let the MSU Cheerleading Squad teach you to do pyramids, stunts, tumbling, cheers, chants, etc.  Teams can use what they havelearned to compete for trophies.  Teams should use
at least one of their own routines and may use one learned routine.  Limited to two routines ONLY: cheers, chants or brief dance.  Teams should bring their own tape or CD and player.  Competition for teams only, 1st and 2nd place team trophy in each age group. 
PLEASE NOTE:  changes in age division and team trophies.

Age Groups: Tiny Tots - 5 & 6
Pee Wees - 7 - 9
Midgets - 8 - 12
Juniors - Junior High
Fee: FREE!!
When: Sunday, October 5
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Registration: 1:15 - 1:55 p.m. on site.
Where: Memorial Stadium
Conducted by: MSU Cheerleading Squad

Shred Day-Free for All, Sat., Sept. 27, Cameron University Stadium Parking Lot, 38th St. 9 am-1 pm. Sponsored by Crimestoppers and File Thirteen  Free hotdogs, t-shirts and kids ID by CrimestoppersHumane Society of Lawton-Comanche County will be at Sheridan Road Walmart in Lawton Sat., Sept. 27, 10 am-6 pm with a fundraiser  each year about 4200 animals are put to sleep at the city shelter.   Proceeds will help sterilize cats and dogs for those on limited incomes.

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