Myriad of Events Bring in the `Nutcracker' Season

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"Jingle some bells!" is the wording on the invitation to the Circle Club's Christmas celebration. The cocktail buffet will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Hall of Mirrors at Civic Center Music Hall. The Circle Club is made up of people who have made major personal contributions to the Allied Arts Foundation.

Party goers will be able to watch the dress rehearsal performance of the annual Christmas show staged by two of the Allied Arts Foundation's seven agencies, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canterbury Choral Society. Joining those two musical groups on stage will be Oklahoma City University's American Spirit Dance Co.

Public performances of "A Yuletide Festival" are planned Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3 in the Music Hall.

Incidentally, Canterbury's very own traditional Christmas program will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Music Hall. Joining the Canterbury singers will be the combined Children's Choruses of Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City. . . If you want to decorate your space for the holidays, you may want to visit the annual Christmas open house at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, 400 N. Portland Ave.

Everything from poinsettias to Santa Claus will be featured from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the public to enjoy with family and friends. Admission is free.

The center will be decked out in Christmas finery so families may want to bring cameras to photograph youngsters with the flowers or with Santa and his Old English Sheepdog. Holiday craft demonstrations and musical entertainment are planned. . . Dr. G. Rainey Williams and his associates at the University of Oklahoma Institute for Breast Health have received two early Christmas gifts _ and another is yet to come.

At a meeting this week, the institute was presented with $40,507.39, proceeds from a showing of Sylvano Ferragamo fashions by Balliet's earlier this year. The money will go into the research fund. Co-chairing the benefit were Laurie Givens and Cindy Heatly.

Then Dr. Alan Hollingsworth, medical director of the institute, introduced its other "Christmas present," Dr. Debra S. Mitchell. She will become the new director of imaging at the Breast Institute in January. Currently at Mercy Hospital, Mitchell has been in private radiology practice and was considered an outstanding student and radiology resident when she attended the OU College of Medicine.

The third holiday gift for the Breast Health Institute will be the gift of proceeds from the recent Flaming Festival, an annual fund-raiser sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Association. …