To be held: Saturday, Nov. 9th, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Civic Center Hall of Mirrors
Oklahoma City’s 28th annual Peace Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm, in the Civic Center Music Hall’s “Hall of Mirrors” in downtown in Oklahoma City, 201 N. Walker. The event is free and open to the public.
“Visitors will find tables and booths of local groups and organizations active in social justice, human service, human rights, environmental sustainability, and peace,” said Nathaniel Batchelder, director of the Peace House. “The Peace Festival showcases the good efforts of private groups working in those areas,” he said.
Holiday shopping is a big draw for visitors. Fair trade and home-made goods at the tables will include organic coffee, pottery, crafts, carving and hand-made items from Africa, Central America and other places. Local artists and craftspeople sell their work as well. Many groups offer books, calendars, t-shirts and bumper stickers furthering their mission. All groups display their brochures, newsletters, and membership opportunities in addition to sales items.
“Background music during the festival will feature local musicians Steve McLinn, Jahruba, and others,” Batchelder said. There will also be a harpist and a solo performance on the Middle Eastern stringed instrument called the oud.
A Children’s Activity Room, supervised by adults, is sponsored by the Peace Education Institute. There will be a story quilt, floor puzzles, games, poster-making and face-painting in the Children’s Room.
The table of Planned Parenthood will offer information and assistance about health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange. Several medical clinics in Oklahoma have official “navigators” serving in this way, and Planned Parenthood is one of them.
Other festival sponsors include the First Unitarian Church Social Justice Committee, Bob Lemon, Kay Adair, Summit Business Systems, Home Creations, Bright Lights of OKC, and the Oklahoma Observer.
More information is available by calling the Peace House in Oklahoma City at 405-524-5577, or by going on the website www.PeaceHouseOK.org.