A special happy birthday to Amanda Allen of Austin, Texas.

Amanda celebrates her birthday Thursday, October 17.

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A special happy birthday to Kevin Rother of Clinton.

Kevin celebrates his birthday today, Thursday, October 17.

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Halloween is right around the corner!

Downtown trick or treat in Purcell will be held Tuesday, October 29, and city-wide trick or treat will be held Thursday, October 31.

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Happy birthday to Aaron Perkins, Diana Legarda Del Toro, Tammy Burton, Thelma Arriaga, Micah Chavez, Jacob Dumas, Wyatt Mills, Darren York, Sharon Barton, Leslie Clouse, Lee Anna Forster, Sherri Sikes, Daniella Belifiore, Carol DiRienzo, Barbara Lambert, Jerrett Haynes, Candy McCurdy, Avery Wren, Clarica Wall, Carol Powell, Sally Abbott, Whitney Wollenberg, Patsy Roach, Mandy McCoy, Kelly McCoy, Leigh Anne McGregor, Sue Sparlin, Jennifer Corn, Tina Swayze, Cooper Frankenberg and Cindy Pendley.

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The Purcell Public Library invites its youngest guests to STEAM learning at the library’s weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Times.

Story Times are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. each Thursday.

Each of the story times feature stories, science, tech, engineering and math, art, crafts and hobbies to help young children in developing their pre-reading skills.

Advance registration is requested, but is not required.

For more information, visit the library, call 405-527-5546 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/purcell.

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The Purcell Public Library invites children to “Build a Bridge - Rigamajig” on Thursday, October 24, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Come join us as we use our Rigamajig construction set to build a bridge for Yeti the Snow Monster.

For more information, visit the library, call 405-527-5546 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/purcell. 

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Washington’s 37th Annual All-School Carnival will be held Thursday, October 24.

The public is invited to join in a night of fun, food and games. 

The activities will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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The Purcell Public Library will offer its resources and the knowledge of an experienced genealogy researcher Wednesday, October 23, from 2-4 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Participants can bring their specific questions or just learn more about starting their family research and about all the resources the library has to offer.

Ages 18 and up may participate, and no advance registration is required.

For more information call the library at 405-527-5546.

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Teens are invited to the Purcell Public Library for Teen Lounge on Tuesday, October 22, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

School can be exhausting. Teen lounge is a weekly program to hang out and relax and have some fun. Many of the things we will be doing will be cooking, gaming, arts and crafts, and technology.

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The Purcell Library is presenting “Dragon’s Breath Slime” Thursday, October 17, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Join other children for a STEM program that has attendees making some slime that looks like it just erupted out of the mouth of a dragon!

For more information call the library at 405-527-5546.

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With the weather threatening to start turning a little cooler, I thought this was the perfect recipe.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

4 cups broccoli florets cut into small bite sized pieces

1/2 yellow onion diced small

2 cups shredded carrots

4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp nutmeg

3 TBSP unsalted butter

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 cup half and half

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Combine the broccoli, onion, shredded carrots, chicken stock, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in the slow cooker and cook on low for four hours.

Turn the slow cooker to high.

In a small saucepan melt the butter. Slowly whisk in the flour. Get a cup of liquid from the slow cooker. Very very slowly add it to the sauce pan whisking it in as you go.  Then very slowly whisk in the half and half.

Add the flour/butter/half and half mixture to the crock pot and stir it in to combine.  Slowly add in the cheddar cheese. It works best to add about a 1/4 cup at a time, stir it in, cover the crock pot for a few minutes, and then add another 1/4 cup until you have used all the cheese.

After adding all the cheese, turn off the crock pot (no need to cook for the full half hour) and serve!

Note: Cheddar cheese shredded off the block works best in this recipe!

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