Zen meditation classes

Buddha Mind Monastery offers beginning Zen meditation classes, Thursdays, 7 - 9 p.m., from May 11 to July 27.? Through the classes, participants are asked to probe deeply into their minds, release stress and inner anxiety, and enhance true wisdom and peace. Come by, call, or e-mail to register. The monastery is at 5916 S. Anderson Rd., OKC. For more information, call 869-0501 or e-mail buddhamind@sbcglobal.net.



McFarlin Memorial UMC children to present play

McFarlin Children's Music Ministry presents "The Tale of the Three Trees" by Allen Pote and Tom Long Wednesday evening, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Fenn Hall in the church at 419 S. University Blvd. in Norman. The musical play is based on the legend of three trees, who had dreams of what they would like to become.

One wanted to be made into a treasure chest, one wanted to be made into a great ship and one wanted to stay on his hill and point the way to God. God's plans were different than the trees' plans, and, although none of them became what they had planned, all of their dreams came true.

The children will present parts of the musical Sunday morning, May 7, and the 10:55 a.m. Sanctuary and LifeLine services.



Blues, Tunes and Barbecue festival Saturday

Shepherd's Place Community Church, 2040 W. Boyd St., will host a "Blues, Tunes and Barbecue" fundraiser for the Oklahoma Royal Ranger Outpost 132 from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

The Royal Rangers is a male scouting organization that integrates Assembly of God teachings, said Senior Commander Ronn Cunningham.

The fundraiser features contemporary Christian performers "A to Z," blues and gospel performers Nate and Cathy Rae Shiner, Dixieland Jazz "Boyd Street Breeze," local songwriter Loaetta Reddington and Cleveland County Sheriff DeWayne Beggs.

Food, including but not limited to barbecue brisket, hamburgers and hot dogs, will be available for purchase.

Admission is free to the event but donations will be accepted to help fund the purchase of camping equipment and associated fees of the Royal Rangers' summer activities.



Holy Family Maternity Home residents create artwork

From changing diapers to creating a work of art is all in a day for the residents at Catholic Charities Holy Family Maternity Home. For the past few months, residents have been busy creating artwork which will soon be on display at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The theme of their art display is "Seasons of Growth."

Each resident has been expressing their creative and artistic ideas on canvas, under the artistic guidance of Kristen Brandt-Ferate, counselor in training and art therapist for Catholic Charities' St. Joseph's Counseling Center.

"The young ladies of the Holy Family Home have truly invested in this project and deserve much praise for their achievements as a group and as individuals," Kristen said.

The "Seasons of Growth" Art Exhibit, which is open to the public, may be viewed at the Oklahoma State Capitol May 8. The Art Showing will begin at 11 a.m. on the Fourth Floor Rotunda and ends at 3 p.m.

The Catholic Charities' Holy Family Maternity Home is a residential facility serving pregnant teens, teen moms and their babies. The Home offers a wide variety of services to the teens and their families. Some of those services are: counseling, parenting education, access to education, transportation to appointments, adoption, art therapy and life skills. The Home originally opened in 1993 in Oklahoma City. The new Holy Family Home was built in the Midwest City area and opened in August, 1999.



Gospel music, food and comedy at First Baptist

The Keener Family and Roy Barnes will be performing at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center 6 p.m. May 5.

The cost is $5, including a meal.

The Keener family consists of Shane Keener, 18, on the upright bass; Theresa Keener, accordion, piano, vocals, mandolin and bass on occasion and Mackey Keener on guitar.

The family also is joined by Roy Barnes, on banjo. The resulting music is a blend of Bluegrass and Gospel infused with family-friendly comedy, organizers said.

Call 321-1753 for more information.



-- Transcript Staff

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