Fall Festival is back and better than ever! We’ll have a delicious meal in Westervelt Hall of BBQ baby back ribs and BBQ brisket, with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and apple pie for dessert. Then we’ll move outside (weather permitting) to the Community Life Center parking lot for a foot-stomping, relaxed outdoor concert of classic country music from Gypsy Twang. Gypsy Twang is Sarah Barker Huhn on lead vocals and guitar, Steve Huhn on upright bass, John Williams on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and Kurt Nielsen on mandolin.
For our party, they’ll be joined by Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest inductee Lee Roy Whisenhunt on steel guitar for a classic country sound. It will be a great evening to celebrate fall!
Special Guests Senator Dave Rader and Representative Carol Bush
Thursday, October 14 at 2 p.m. in the Fleming Center
Our two legislators for our District will be here to bring an update on what’s going on in the state legislature and talk about issues that affect you. They will also answer your questions. Dave Rader has been our Senator since 2016. He has lived 47 of his 63 years within the boundaries of our District and attended the University of Tulsa, majoring in Mechanical Engineering while playing football as a quarterback. He presently serves as Chair to the Senate Republican Caucus, as well as Vice Chair to the Appropriations Committee and Select Committee on Redistricting. He sits on the Finance Committee, Public Safety Committee, Energy Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
A native Tulsan, Carol graduated from Oral Roberts University and, prior to running for office, served a decade as executive director of the Tulsa Crime Prevention Network, the non-profit that put police and neighbors together to make us safe. Elected to the House in 2016, she serves on the following committees: Chair of Children, Youth and Family Services, A&B Health, Judiciary – Criminal, State and Federal Redistricting Tulsa County Subcommittee, Transportation.
Life has recently brought us a lot of change, from isolation, to wearing face coverings, loss of being able to connect face to face with loved ones and just figuring out the “new normal.” We have all had to find that silver lining in some aspect of our life over the last couple of months. More than likely we have all experienced some sort
of loss or change and with that usually comes grief. Grief is triggered when we
lose something that is important to us. Perhaps the most traumatic is when
someone we love dies. However, grief can also occur when dealing with a
pandemic or the loss of an in-person relationship, financial stability,
disappointments, your home, a pet, or a personal belonging. Grief has the
capacity to make us bitter or better. It all depends on the choices we make on
Unfortunately, few of
us have been taught how to practice good grief. Grief is normal and, in fact,
necessary to healing the deep, painful wounds caused by loss. Change in your
life delivers several different physical and emotional symptoms. The way you
feel and the actions you take during this journey are unique to everyone. With
that in mind, we have engaged Dr. David Willets, a former pastor and certified
grief counselor, to speak about the practical application of healing grief and finding
your silver lining.
Dr. Willets has real-time experience on the topic of grief. He has served in local church ministry for more than 45 years. He has educational training in pastoral care and counseling. In 2004, David’s wife of 27 years and 18-year-old daughter were killed in an automobile wreck. Through this painful experience, along with his training, Dr. Willets brings sound psychological, spiritual, and applicable expertise to those on the journey of grief.
Have you experienced
loss from the pandemic? Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Have you
had changes in your life that have been painful? Have you recently downsized or
moved? Then this session is for YOU!
Friday, September 18 at
1 p.m. Fleming Center
For more information about Dr. Willets you can visit his website at https://www.silverlining.ws/
Celebrating aging and the benefi ts of active living at any age, Active Aging Week showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society. Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging®, the weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.
Active Aging Week challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live as fully as possible in all areas of life—physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental. The objective of the annual healthpromotion event is to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment. It also promotes the benefi ts of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span.
The OMM Wellness Team invites you to take part in this year’s Active Aging Week focusing on “Redefi ning Aging” the week of September 30-October 4. Each day there will be several different events planned around campus.
“Learn Something New” Participate in the word games, campus wide crosswords and a presentation by Dr. John Ervin.
“Always Remind People You Care” Join us for Prayer Power Hour and Give a Hug, Get a Hug!
“Get Out and About and Drive Safely” Take a trip to the Tallgrass Prairie or learn about Driver Safety and participate in CarFit.
“Pay It Forward” Give advice to the next generation or participate in the OMM Spelling Bee.
“Be the Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” Take the opportunity to share thoughtful phrases with your friends. You will also be able to get outside and have some fun in the Annual Shuffl eboard Tournament and outdoor games!
Thursday, October 25
5:45 p.m. in Fleming Center
RSVP on the Wellness Reservation Form by October 15.
First, a homecooked barbecue supper of BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Sliced BBQ Brisket, Molasses Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Roasted Corn on the Cob, topped off with Carrot Cake. Then we’ll settle in for a world class performance by Jana Jae and Jim Paul Blair. Seating is limited. Cost
of this event including dinner is $11 charged to your OMM account.
Two Juilliard students for parents; a fiddle picker for a granddaddy–you can quickly see that Jana Jae inherited great musical genes. She made her television debut at age 5 performing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, a Gypsy tune that she still plays. By age 7, young Jana was on the way to becoming Queen of the Country Fiddle. You’ll remember her as a star, along with Buck Owens and Roy Clark, on the long running HeeHaw television show that made her a household name. A member of the National Fiddler Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Jana brings the celebrity touch to everything she does, whether classical or country.
Born in Odessa, Texas, Jim Paul Blair spent most of his years growing up in Clayton, Oklahoma. As the son of former Texas Playboys member Ramona Reed, he was exposed to the music of Bob Wills at an early age. After playing in Oklahoma bands, Jim moved to Nashville where he became an original member of The Neverly Brothers. Since moving back to Oklahoma in 1998, Jim has been performing in various rock, country, and bluegrass bands. He has toured Europe with country band City Moon, which is now focusing on their Hank Williams tribute, “Hankerin’ 4 Hank”.
Friday, October 12 6:30 p.m. in Fleming Center
RSVP on the Wellness Reservation Form by October 8.
We’ll start with a costume contest so get ready to show off your favorite ghoulish, giddy, or gorgeous costume. Categories will be Most Thought-Provoking, Best Couple (any two people), Most Creative, and Best Over All and there will be prizes. We’ll have tricks and treats, along with popcorn and pop, and then we’ll all have some scares and mostly some laughs as we enjoy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948 NR 1hr 23m) This Abbott and Costello horror-comedy movie features the bumbling buddies as railroad baggage clerks who receive a strange shipment — the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. Trouble is they’re still alive! When the deadly duo escape to a remote island, Abbott and Costello follow their trail and find not only the two ghouls, but also a mad scientist who wants to switch Costello’s brain with that of Frankenstein’s monster. Also stars Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi. (The movie does not have subtitles but we have assistive listening devices for your convenience.) Come for a fun night of chills and thrills!