By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014
Enjoy informative demonstrations at this year’s Ladies Lifestyle Extravaganza. Stacy Gray demonstrated chalk-based paint techniques during last year’s event.
Hobbies, women’s health and wellness issues, as well as fashion and shopping adventures are on tap for the 9th annual Ladies Lifestyle Extravaganza, set for Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Claremore Northeast Technology Center located on Highway 88 north of Blue Starr Drive. It’s the ultimate ladies day out where women can explore booths and attend sessions geared toward women’s interests.
Teaming up to coordinate the day-long event, the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street have designed the extravaganza to provide products, services and information women need and want to make their lives more efficient, more productive, and happier. Regardless of their age or circumstances, women will find something valuable for their lives.
Initially the one-day event had been held in March, but it conflicted with spring break plans. “We decided to move it to November this year,” says Dell Davis, Chamber director. “It will be a good opportunity for our vendors to showcase their products and services, as well as for those who attend to start their holiday shopping.”
Shopping opportunities will include booths featuring jewelry, food products, clothing, purses and other fashion accessories, home décor, body products, health care items, cookware and business services. In addition, Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, Presenting Sponsor of the show, will be offering free seminars throughout the day addressing various issues involving women’s health. Topics will address women at different stages of their lives, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Dr. Lacy Crissup with Primary Eye Care will be on hand with a mobile unit offering basic eye screenings for attendees.
Claremore’s boutiques and clothing stores will be participating again this year in the popular fashion show – always a hit with the ladies and coordinated by Susan Todd, Cari Bohannan and Nicole Potter. “We’re even more excited this year because we have so many new boutiques in town that will be participating,” says Susan Todd. “We will have women’s fashion for all ages, including children.”
Another popular feature returning to this year’s show is the author’s booth sponsored by Boarding House Books. About 15 authors, including many locals, will be available to visit with attendees and sign books. “Every genre will be covered, including mystery, inspirational, romance, children and science fiction,” says Janice Whitaker, owner of Boarding House Books.
The DIY corner will also return with attendees getting to see hands-on demonstrations of crafts and useful products. Last year’s DIY corner featured homemade laundry soap. Cake decorating and chalk painting have also been offered at previous shows.
“This event is for all women,” says Claremore Main Street Executive Director Cindy Bissett. “College students and recent graduates, career women, single and married women, brides-to-be and newlyweds, mothers, empty-nesters and retirees will all find something at the event.”
Other event sponsors include RCB Bank, with Neely Insurance and TTCU The Credit Union providing the Ladies Loot prizes and cash for drawings held throughout the day. Last year, a drawing was held for a Coach purse. “We will have something equally valuable this year,” says Bissett.
“We’re excited to partner with NTC to bring this event to the ladies in our community,” says Davis. “Women will be able to visit the campus and see what they have to offer in the way of career choices or discover a new hobby, like the art of flower arranging. NTC isn’t just for high school students; theyhave a very strong adult education program.”
Admission is $5 with $1 of each fee going toward local food pantries. A schedule of seminars will be available on the Claremore Chamber and Claremore Main Street websites.
For more information, contact
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.