Ponca City Main Street will be sponsoring “The Downtown Chill — The Hot Street Party” on Friday. Activities for this event begin at 5 p.m. with local dance troupes performing at the corner of Third Street and Grand Avenue. Illusionist/magician Michael King will perform at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with “The Stars.” A Dog Show is also planned at 6 p.m. at Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. Food and concessions will be available.
The Blackwell Chamber of Commerce will host a meet and greet in honor of Andy Wachtel, new CEO at Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital, on Thursday, July 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Blackwell Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served.
The response to the formation of the post-traumatic stress disorder support group is very encouraging, reports Allen Teten, veteran and group organizer. All veterans are welcome to join the come-and-go PTSD support group. It meets at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Huff-Minor Post 14, 407 W. South Ave., each second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Working with veterans is licensed professional counselor and licensed alcohol and drug counselor Steve Mallory. Casual, confidential help is available for free to any veteran.
Poetry entries are being sought from poets who are 50 years or older for the seventh annual Ponca City Area Senior Poetry Contest. Poems may have been written any time during the poet’s life. Awards will be given for first, second and third place. Deadline will be Friday, Aug. 1. Please mail or deliver entries to Park and Recreation Department, 905 West Hartford, Ponca City, Okla. 74602.
Come join the fun and show your patriotic spirit on Tuesday, July 22 beginning at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, July 23 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Operation Pioneer Spirit volunteers meet each month and have sent over 11,000+ care packages to troops. Items needed are: snacks, canned food, hotel size toiletries, peanut butter/jelly, tuna fish/chicken in a pouch/can, flip-flops, sunscreen, crossword puzzles, Handi-Wipes, and greeting cards. Funds are low; please send your donations to Operation Pioneer Spirit, Box 923, Ponca City, OK, 74602. Until They All Come Home!