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State briefs for March 20



Musician to perform Sunday at Round Barn

Singer-songwriter T. Z. Wright, a longtime member of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival House Band, will present Morning Music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Arcadia Round Barn.

Wright divides his time between Norman and Mooreland and describes his music as “country-influenced Americana.” He has performed at the Norman Music Festival, GFest in Muskogee and the Blue Door in Oklahoma City.

His performance will wrap up spring break programming at the Round Barn, which includes Morning Music by the Round Barn Ramblers from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and a 4 p.m. Saturday presentation about territorial lawman Bass Reeves by Muskogee filmmaker Oscar Dean Ray.

Admission is free to all events but donations are accepted. The Arcadia Round Barn is six miles east of Interstate 35 on historic Route 66 and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Salvation Army volunteer training course set for next week

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need. The Salvation Army serving Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties will offer a training course to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 29. The address will be provided at registration.

The course is designed to train disaster workers and social service personnel to serve as casework specialists during a disaster operation. The prerequisite for this course is The Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, which can be completed online. Interested individuals can take the online course and register for the training at

For more information, contact Liz Banks at 405-246-1107 or


Chalk art festival seeks participants

Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate April 4 in the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s 2019 Montmartre Chalk Art Festival.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. east side of Davis Hall. The cost is $10 per 6-by-6-foot square, cash-only. Up to four artists can work on each square. They must use water-based temporary chalk only, and work must be suitable for all ages.

Judging by USAO art alumni will begin at noon. Awards will be presented in four age categories about 1:30 p.m.

For complete rules and entry forms, go to For more information, contact Jacquelyn Knapp at 405-574-1302 or

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