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remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Buddha
Mind Monastery will host a benefit concert and dinner on Sept. 11 from 4
to 7 p.m. at the Nick Harroz Midwest City Community Center, 200 N.
Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City.

will include a brief peace ceremony, followed by a vegetarian buffet,
live concert, Zen martial arts exhibition, silent auction, raffle and
door prizes.

Free childcare will be available, with activities provided by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Hope Chest.

peace ceremony will be held in memory of terrorism victims. An
all-you-can-eat vegetarian dinner will be provided by the Grand House
China Bistro, Fung’s Kitchen, Matthew Kenney OKC and local chefs.

will include Victor Rook and the Zen Jazz Society, Shoulin Martial
Arts, Boru’s Ghost Celtic Band, soprano Ada Hunter, pianist Jan McDaniel
and pianist/ composer John Fry. Contact or 869-0501 for tickets. Suggested ticket donations are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children.

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Buddha Mind building fund.

Pho Noodle House, 1133 N.W. 25th, recently held a benefit evening for
Maj. John Waldenville, who was injured during a May robbery in
Stockyards City.

owners Phillip Truong and his wife, Sandy, welcomed guests and raised
more than $12,000. During the event, there was a silent auction and live
music from the JJ Band, consisting of John and Jimmy Nguyen.

“Everyone was enjoying (their time),” Sandy Truong said.

Retailer Magazine ranked, an Oklahoma-based company, as
one of the top 1,000 e-retailers in the U.S., based on 2010 Internet

The company came in at No. 906
and saw a growth rate in 2010 of 28 percent. was founded
in 2001 and specializes in bar accessories, gifts and home
entertainment products.

Jones is the co-owner with her partner, Kate Waring, of Pasties and
Pies (say “paahsties”). In her spare time, she sells those British
pasties and savory pies at the Edmond Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. In
her real life, she is  the director of health and wellness at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.

You’ve been told you look like:

“All of my life, people said I looked like Candice Bergen.”

would take an exchange student: “To the Arbuckle Wilderness (in) the
mountains in Oklahoma. “ A favorite thing to do that doesn’t cost money?

recent happening: “We developed a Facebook for ‘Let’s Make Ellen Our
No. 1 Thunder Girl.’ From that we got about 22,000 hits in about 10
days, and it got into the news. This happened at the time of the
Piedmont tornado and people were connected and helped each other. It was
a fluke.”

obsession? “Rolling pin.” One thing people don’t know about you? “I
played college soccer on the Olympics Development team in the ’80s.”

you were the first to: “Well, when I was in high school, we didn’t have
girl’s soccer and when we did, I scored the very first goal.”

After death, you’d come back as:


Learned to cook: “I am self-taught and can get through most any recipe.”

Where’d you meet Kate? “In Chicago.”

stay away from: “Lamb. I tried it and it was a little too pungent for
me; just the thought …” Nickname as a kid: “Penny — and I don’t know

Got out to eat for: “Sushi.” Pets: “Cats Shiloh and Nimbus, and Denver the dog.

Surprised: “By a customer at the Edmond Farmers’ Market who had a monkey that was dressed up propped up on his neck.”

—Carol Smaglinski

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