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State briefs for May 21


Stillwater, Woodard join Main Street program

Stillwater and Woodward are the newest additions to the Oklahoma Main Street Program for 2019. The Main Street Program is a comprehensive revitalization effort that provides communities with tools to improve their historic central and neighborhood business district areas.

Downtown Stillwater Association and Woodward Main Street have rejoined the program at the associate level, a two-year endeavor to build capacity toward operation of the fully designated Main Street program. Stillwater and Woodward will receive leadership training for their program directors and boards of directors, as well as training in the nationally recognized Four-Point Main Street approach of organization, promotion, design and economic vitality.

According to latest figures, Oklahoma Main Street communities have generated more than $1.73 billion in public and private reinvestment, created more than 19,100 new jobs and helped in the development of more than 5,500 new or expanded small businesses. For more information about the program, call 405-815-6552 or go to


Calm Waters to host benefit breakfast

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families will host its inaugural benefit breakfast, Ripples of Hope, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 6 at the Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N Western Ave. The featured speaker will be Elizabeth Clinton, whose father was one of four men wrongly convicted of a murder in Ada, leaving her without a father for the 12 years he was in prison. Her family’s story was featured in the Netflix and John Grisham documentary and book "The Innocent Man."

Premiere sponsors for Ripples of Hope are Sonic, Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Thunder, Inasmuch Foundation and OG&E.

Proceeds will benefit Calm Waters, which provides free grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Tickets are available for $50, and sponsorship levels range from $500 to $5,000. To purchase tickets, go to or call 405-841-4800.


Mabee-Gerrer Museum accepting summer camp enrollment

Summer art camp enrollment is underway at Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, 1900 W MacArthur. Children ages 3-6 can visit the museum with an adult partner for an age-appropriate tour, art activity and a story from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 14, July 2 or July 30.

Susan Beth Wilhelm will lead a watercolor clinic for teens and tweens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8-12. Students can learn how to paint with watercolors, including a variety of techniques to give paintings depth and interest, including layering, masking, resist and blooms.

Four weeklong arts camps are available in morning sessions for ages 5-8 and afternoon sessions for ages 9-13. Camps begin June 17 and 24 and July 15 and 22.

For more information or to register, go to or call 405-878-5300.

Staff reports