Friday, October 13, 2006

Some Fun and Philanthropic Events This Weekend

Alrighty kiddies, October is here (for about two weeks now) and all it's glory is as well. October is one of my favorite times of year for a couple of reasons. First, summer is really over and I can wear more than shorts and t-shirts, plus my apartment gets pretty hot w/out central air. Second, Halloween, enough said. Third, with school back in and people recovering from summer spending and the cooling weather, there is an abundance of entertaining things to do, such as concerts, art shows, benefit walks, and lots of parties. Those that read my blog know that the AIDS Walk has come and gone, but now it is time for the Susan G. Komen walk/run.
The Susan G. Komen 'Race for the Cure' run is held every year in October (it is national breast cancer awareness month) all over the US and even in other countries to raise money to help battle breast cancer (Dann, it is okay to wear pink everyday this month, you almost do anyway). The event is Sat. the 14th at 8 am. and participants are encouraged to show up to walk and/or run the event. Money is not required, but of course is appreciated. Here is some information from the website.
The Komen Oklahoma City Race for the Cure® will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. We expect 12,000 participants this year. Up to seventy-five percent of the net funds we raise in Central Oklahoma stay in our community and are dedicated to programs that meet the breast health needs of the medically underserved. These needs are determined by a comprehensive, independently performed needs assessment. A minimum of 25 percent of the net proceeds from the Komen Oklahoma City Race for the Cure® supports the Komen Foundation Grant Program which, for the past 20 years, has provided much-needed funding for groundbreaking breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

After you get done sweating at the run, you should head over to the Will Rogers Theater, connected to Sushi Neko (yummy!) for the World Neighbor's World Market Fest 2006. This event also gets high praise in my book. The fest provides goods to Western consumers that have been manufactured in various parts of the world. Myself, last year, purchased items from Kenya, Thailand, the Phillipines, Guatamala, and Vietnamn. The best part is that the proceeds directly affect the lives of the women who make these products. Back into their lives, communities, and families. This is a worthy program that you should check out. Here is some information from their webpage as well.

Boasting a festive international and cultural market ambience, WorldFest Market 2006 is a weekend shopping experience featuring unique, authentic items created by artisans from remote villages around the world. Thousands of fair-trade items in all price ranges will be available including African blankets, Peruvian rugs, Guatemalan textiles, Indian silver, Mexican pottery and Balinese masks.

WorldFest Market is Oklahoma’s only large fair trade market, giving Oklahomans the opportunity to shop for unusual and completely unique items. Products purchased at the market help improve the lives of people living on incomes of less than $1 a day. Exquisite craftsmanship coupled with intriguing design is sure to appeal to decorators, collectors, casual shoppers, adults and kids. No two items are alike!

Proceeds from the event will benefit World Neighbors.
Preview Party
Friday, Oct. 13, 2006

WorldFest Market
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006 Noon – 4 p.m.
wm pottery Where:
Will Rogers Theater
4322 North Western
Oklahoma City
Admission is $5
Children 12 and under are admitted free

Coming soon to this blog, more cool to do's: The Girlie Show, Ladytron in Dallas, The OFFAIDS "Valley of the Dolls" Benefit, She Wants Revenge and Pretty Girls Make Graves in Tulsa, HALLOWEEN and other shiznatch. Hope to catch you all at one of these events.

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