Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you have a fabulous time with that special someone.

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A special happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Missy Clark.

Missy celebrates her birthday Saturday, February 16.

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Happy birthdays also go out to Lloyd Beaudion, Dale Bunn, Victor Lohn, Kitty Velasco, Jeff Eck, Judy Moring, Parker Page, Lavene Jones, Bailey Beller, Margaret Miller, Egan Galvin, Anna Belle Carpenter, Jade McCurdy, Daniel Calixto, Jaime D. Ibarra, Jaime Ibarra, Margaret White, Matthew Smith, Jovita Trejo, Dorothy Potter, Macy Parker, Kennedi Tompkins, Mary Millsap, Dakoda Pritchett, Dale Evans and Kelsi Jennen.

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Tuesday mornings are a great time for families with young children to visit the Purcell Public Library for activities set at 10:30 a.m. most weeks.

Come enjoy stories and rhymes for preschoolers and toddlers.

Each story time will focus on a GLAR (Growing Like a Read) skill to help encourage learning from a very young age.

Story times will be very active and include an art activity at the  end.

Older children can attend the Thursday After School STEAM series scheduled at 3:15 p.m. each Thursday of the month. Topics will range from circuitry to slime making to creating with Legos.

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Teens are invited to the Purcell Public Library for Teen Lounge on Friday, February 22, from 4-5 p.m.

Relax and hang out with friends at the library. An activity or two will be arranged and snacks prepared. No pressures. Just a fun time.

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The Purcell Public Library will offer its resources and the knowledge of an experienced genealogy researcher Wednesday, February 20, 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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The Purcell Public Library will hold its annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, February 23, from 3-5 p.m.

It’s a special night for dads and daughters to make memories and dance the day away!

Registration is required in advance and attendees will need to pick up their tickets at the library.

For more information, visit the library or call 405-527-5546.

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It’s an afternoon of creativity at the Purcell Public Library and the Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile at the program “My Creation: Leather Bracelets,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at the library, 919 N. Ninth St.

Ages 18 and up will use the Maker Mobile’s laser cutter and Inkscape software to create their own leather bracelet.

This is part of a continuing series of creative activities for adults scheduled once a month on a Saturday.

All materials for the project will be provided but are limited in amount, so registration is required in advance to participate.

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

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Here’s a quick prep time recipe that you could make in your slow cooker.

Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

1 pound lean ground beef

Salt and pepper

1 bell pepper chopped

15 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 cup jarred salsa

15 ounce can corn, drained

3 tablespoons taco seasoning

2-1/2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth

12 ounces shell pasta

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook the meat, stirring often, until browned. Transfer beef to slow cooker.

Add the bell pepper, crushed tomatoes, salsa, corn, taco seasoning, and broth or water. Stir.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

Stir in the pasta. Cook on high for 10-20 minutes. Pasta cook time will vary by slow cooker, begin checking for doneness at 10 minutes.

Stir in the cheddar cheese and serve.

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