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Peace be with you



Go ahead and check my math; I’ll wait.

Once you’ve accepted the fact there are only eight weekends between you and Christmas, don’t panic.

Leave the parking-space hostility and sale-item aggression to someone else. After all, ’tis the season of peace and love!

And that’s the motto at the 27th annual Peace Festival. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the free event will be held at the Civic Center Music Hall’s Hall of Mirrors (201 N. Walker; 297- 2584). Each year, the festival celebrates those local groups that support the welfare and betterment of man- and womankind.

All goods sold are fair-trade or homemade. Shopping for that picky person in your life? You’ll find a wide variety of unique options ranging from pottery to organic foods.

Can’t find a sitter for the kiddos? A children’s activity room, complete with adult supervision, will be provided by Peace Education Institute. While you’re there, you might as well enjoy the other festivities like live music and performances from the Aalim School of Dance.

If you can’t make it Sunday, but yearn for a more meaningful shopping experience, consider the Global Market (6516 N. Olie), presented by PAMBE Ghana, which provides educational services and resources to children in northern Ghana.

The culturally inspired products were sourced by craftspeople from around the globe. A large portion of each item’s purchase price goes directly to the artisan.

The volunteer-staffed market runs from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, through Dec. 22. Get first pick this weekend during the season opening.

If you happened to miss the Oklahoma Psychic Educational Research Association Fair last weekend, but you want to scope out some of the products, hit up the brand-new Talisman (2410 N. Shartel; 650-1219).

Inside the store, you’ll find a wide assortment of jewelry. Most of the pieces are refurbished with a new stone, which the artist uses as inspiration for the design.

If you’re looking for a ring or necklace to ward off negative energy (and who isn’t?), let the staff walk you through the basics of the stones they carry, as well as their meanings.

Grab scarves, purses and incense in the same locale. Hell, you can even get a card reading or aura evaluation.

Gift cards are available, and if you buy a ring for a friend and it doesn’t fit, it can be exchanged for one in the right size.

Get your stockings ready, because this weekend provides excellent opportunities to fill them up. Remember, only eight weekends before Christmas! Let’s shop, OKC!

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