1. Adults and children alike will enjoy discovering the cool ways animals overcome the cold weather with stylish winter coats, built-in blubber and even antifreeze when the Oklahoma City Zoo brings the special program to the Southern Oklahoma Library System branch libraries. Take a journey into Jan Brett’s “The Mitten,” a humorous tale of several animals squeezing into a mitten to stay warm. Stay and visit with Santa following the program. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
Presentations are:Today at 1 p.m. in the Parker Memorial Library in Sulphur, 3 p.m. in the Davis Public Library and 5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Public Library Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Love County Library in Marietta and 5:30 p.m. in Champion Public Library-Ardmore Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Johnston County Library in Tishomingo and 3 p.m. in the Atoka County Library
2. The Jingle Mingle is 5 to 8 p.m. today in Davis. What is it? Last minute shopping at select stores with carolers all along Main Street, food trucks, and additional vendor booths.
Organizers also say there will be a scavenger hunt. The Turner Falls tram will transport the festive crowd to each location on the Random Acts of Christmas Cheer scavenger hunt card. Completed cards can be turned in for a drawing for a free carriage ride that evening with 4D Carriage Services, LLC.
3. Holiday Bedtime Stories will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Travertine Nature Center at the Chickasaw National Recreation Center. This event will feature area storytellers presenting winter season holiday “bedtime stories.”
While the event is directed toward children, organizers say the youngster in everyone will enjoy bedtime stories. Youngsters are encouraged to dress in pajamas and bring a favorite blanket. Hot cocoa, milk and cookies will be served. As a special treat a surprise “guest” with a sack full of gifts is expected to make an appearance.
The event is a partnership between Sulphur Chamber of Commerce and the CNRA.
4. “Theatrical magic” comes to East Central University Wednesday with the Royal National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of “War Horse.” The recorded-live event is described as the “theatre event of the decade.”
ECU SCREENS is collaborating with Sigma Tau Delta and The Honors Student Association to show what has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of millions of people around the world since the first performance in 2007.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, “War Horse” takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
The screening will be at 2 p.m. in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. The screening is free for ECU students, $5 for other students and $10 for general admission. Free ice-cream will be served during the interval.
5. Inspired by the spirit of an ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. With an elite company of dancers, singers and musicians, the New York-based Shen Yun will be 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday in the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre in the Civic Center.
The New York Times describes the performance as “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance, in one night.”
The company’s masterful choreography and graceful routines range from grand classical processions to ethnic and folk dances with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Its themes are drawn from the pages of history, as well as our world today.
State-of-the-art backdrops conjure celestial palaces and pastoral vistas while groundbreaking music combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. Tickets are $82 to $167 and can be purchased by calling the box office (405) 297-2264.
Civic Center is located at 201 N. Walker Ave. In Oklahoma City.