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An Oklahoma City area brief package for Jan. 28

Gala to benefit women's club

EDMOND — The Edmond Women's Club will present Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Gaillardia Country Club. Clearwater Enterprises is the presenting sponsor, and Saundra Naifeh will be emcee. The event will include dinner, dancing, casino tables, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Claire Piersol Trio. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at The gala is one of two major fundraisers conducted by the club to support scholarship and grant programs.

Decorate masks for Mardi Gras

NORMAN — Norman Public Library Central gets ready for Fat Tuesday with its Mardi Gras Mask-Making program at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 N Webster Ave. Participants will decorate their own masks. All ages are invited to participate and partake of authentic King Cake. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, per library policy. For more information, go to the library, call 701-2600 or go to and choose norman-central.

Library to hold crowns tea

GUTHRIE — To celebrate the rich tradition of church hats in the African-American community, the Guthrie Library will hold a crowns tea at 1 p.m. Feb. 4. The event honors the visual and literary contributions of Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, authors of "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats." Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Space is limited, and tickets are available at the library. All guests must wear a hat (church hat is preferred) and registration is required.

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