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Happy birthday to Dr. Bryan Dye, Peggy Howard, Taylor Monroe, Riley Wren, Emil Engdahl, Denise Garanzuay, Marcia Haynes, Jeremy Lizana, Humbert Aguinaga, Jesus Espinoza, Cary Glen Warren, Kevin Konrade, Miguel Legarda, John Warren, Adrian Arriage, Brandon Fisher, Debra Fisher, Erica Montelongo and Dutzie Nabonne.


The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday, September 30, at the Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course in Purcell.

The four man scramble will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start followed by lunch and an awards ceremony.

For more information or to sign up contact Elisabeth Baker at elisabeth@theheartofok.com or call 405-527-3093.


A Hocusy Pocusy Moon Party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at the Purcell Multi-Purpose Center, 1400 Chandler Road.

The event will be fun for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

Moon viewing with telescopes, popcorn, hot chocolate, library books about space to check out, science shows, and watch Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” on the front lawn will all be included in the evenings events.

The movie night will be hosted by Purcell Parks & Recreation, Ten Acre Observatory, and the Odyssey Astronomy Club.

The evening will feature Mad Science of Oklahoma, Purcell Pioneer Library, Mr. Yeti’s Snow Cones and Hot Chocolate and Pride Popcorn!

For more information email parks@purcellok.gov or call 405-527-7227.


The Purcell Public Library will host “Behind the Story: Author Talk with Hernan Diaz” from 8-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Join library staff for an evening with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance and Trust.

Diaz holds a Ph.D. from NYU and edits, the Spanish-language journal Revista Hispánica Moderna, at Columbia University.

Diaz’s new book, Trust, is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end.

But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

Hernan Diaz’s Trust elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction.

The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

This is a virtual program and registration with an email address is required by calling 405-527-5546 or online at pioneerlibrarysystem.org.


Here’s an easy casserole to make for a busy night!

Baked Mexican Goulash

1 box dried macaroni or rotini pasta

1 pound ground beef

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 pint chili beans

1/2 cup salsa

1 small can sliced black olives

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and taco sauce for topping

Cook dried pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, brown the ground beef until no longer pink; drain.

Return the browned beef to the skillet, and add the package of taco seasoning according to the package instructions. Cook for a few minutes to incorporate the seasoning into the meat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, ground beef mixture, tomatoes, chili beans and salsa. Stir to thoroughly combine.

Pour pasta mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Evenly spread the sliced olives over the top of the pasta. Top the casserole with the shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely brown on top and the casserole is bubbly. Top each serving with shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and taco sauce.


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