Women have the opportunity to kick-off the spring season with a special day devoted just to them. Shopping, beauty and skin care, health and wellness, and finance and investment will all be part of the second annual Women’s Expo on Saturday, March 10 at Claremore Expo Center.

The Women’s Expo begins at 10 a.m. with an array of booths featuring products and services pertaining to women.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be a panel discussion on breast cancer with brown bag lunch.

“It’s a big topic with so many being diagnosed,” said Peggy Trease, Women’s Expo organizer and marking director with Claremore Regional Hospital. “Ladies will be able to come and hear from experts and breast cancer survivors.”

Beginning at 12:40 p.m., 20-minute seminars on topics such as laser treatment of varicose veins, treatment and surgical procedures for incontinence, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, and skin care and wrinkles will be presented by local doctors and health professionals.

“We encourage people to come to these,” Trease said. “You don’t have to make a doctor’s appointment to find the information you need and they will have a time for questions at the end.”

Trease said information received at the Women’s Expo will be invaluable as women make future decision about their health and the health of their families.

“It’s important for women to know that there is a way to prevent diseases such as hypertension and osteoporosis. Just because their mother and grandmother suffered from it, doesn’t mean they have to,” Trease said. “Education is the best defense and if we reach just one person, I think it’s a success.”

Additional seminars on money matters, hair and makeup and more are also planned.

The day will culminate with the annual Taste of Home Cooking School at 4 p.m.

Last year, the Women’s Expo was added to the Cooking School as an expansion of the popular event which brings in people from all over northeastern Oklahoma.

“Over 900 people attended last year’s Women’s Expo,” Trease said. “It really fits well to do it with Taste of Home. It’s a day for the ladies.”

Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Jamie Dunn of Owasso will demonstrate 10 recipes perfect for spring and summer.

The two-hour presentation will start with two impressive sweet treats — refreshing pineapple cheesecake squares and a towering ice cream bombe.

Brunch recipes will follow, featuring a puff pancake, coffee cake, pomegranate jam and spinach-blue cheese bake.

During intermission attendee names will be selected to receive special door prizes from local and national sponsors.

“Your name might be drawn to receive the new Taste of Home Cookbook,” Dunn said. “Our affiliation with the publishers of Taste of Home magazine provides us the opportunity to offer this ‘Cadillac’ of cookbooks to three lucky winners.”

Four main entrees with international flavors will round out the evening. Spanish paella, Greek gyro salad, along with an Italian Marsala dish and an easy penne pasta recipe with marinara sauce will provide inspiration for springtime entertaining menus.

Guests will be able to follow along in their own copy of the Taste of Home Cooking School Classic Cooking magazine as each featured recipe is prepared. The cookbook is included in the free gift bag everyone receives when entering the auditorium.

“Watching and winning are main ingredients of the cooking school experience,” Dunn said, “but I like to add a sprinkle of humor, too. I know you will come away with a batch of great recipes. There’s sure to be one that will become your signature recipe for special gatherings.”

The event is sponsored by the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Daily Progress, along with presenting sponsor, Claremore Regional Hospital.

Tickets for the Women’s Expo and Taste of Home Cooking School are $8 and may be purchased at the Chamber or Progress offices. For more information, call 341-2818 or 341-1195.