• Freedom Ministries will meet from 7-9 p.m. at Spring Creek Assembly of God, 1600 E. 15th St. The meeting is free. For more information, visit http://churchedmondok.com/connec/freedom-ministries or call 341-5200.
• The LibertyFest Parade will take place beginning at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond as part of the 2013 LibertyFest celebration. The event is free. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.
• The LibertyFest Park Fest at UCO will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive, as part of the 2013 LibertyFest celebration. The event is free. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.
• The LibertyFest Fireworks will take place beginning at 10 p.m. on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive, as part of the 2013 LibertyFest celebration. The event is free. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.
• Freedom Fest at Lake El Reno will take place beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call 262-8687.
• A Celebration in the Heartland will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at Buck Thomas Park in Moore. The event is free and will conclude with a fireworks display at dark. For more information, visit cityofmoore.com/celebration-heartland.
• The Norman Day Celebration will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Reave’s Park. The free event includes kids’ activities, as well as live music, fireworks and more.
• The Bricktown 4th Fest will begin at 4 p.m. on the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The event is free. For more information, visit bricktown4thfest.com.
• The Seminole Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Fourth of July Festival beginning at 4 p.m. at Seminole Municipal Park. The event is free and will conclude with a fireworks display. For more information, visit seminoleokchamber.org.
• Shawnee Twin Lakes will present the Independence Day Boat Parade beginningat 5 p.m. Bring chairs and refreshments and enjoy the boat parade on the Shawnee Twin Lakes from Glen Collins Memorial Park or Isaac Walton Park. For more information, visit shawneetwinlakes.net.
• The Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee will present its annual Grand Firework Display beginning at 7 p.m. with food, games and live music. For more information, call 964-7263.
• Yukon will present the Freedom Fest through July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park. The event is free. For more information, visit cityofyukonok.gov/city-departments/parks-recreation/events.
• The Edmond Historical Society will present “The Legacy of Gettysburg” through Aug. 10 at 431 S. Boulevard. The event is free. For more information, call 640-0078 or visit edmondhistory.org.
• Beyonce will perform in concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit chesapeakearena.com.
• The USTRC Oklahoma Classic Team Roping will take place through July 7 at the Lazy E Arena. For more information, call 282-RIDE or visit lazye.com.
• Shortt Dogg will perform in concert at 8 p.m. at the UCO Jazz Lab. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ucojazzlab.com.
• Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will present “Ring Around the Moon” at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through July 13 at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit oklahomashakespeare.com.
• The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present “Drop in Art” from 1-4 p.m. at 415 Couch Drive in Oklahoma City. The event is free for museum members and included with admission for nonmembers. For more information, visit okcmoa.com.
• The Oklahoma Railway Museum will offer 35- minute excursion train rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3400 N.E. Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Rides are free for children age 3 and younger, $5 for children age 3-12 years and $12 for ages 13 and older. For more information, visit oklahomarailwaymuseum.org.
• The Edmond Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Festival Market Place. The annual Edmond Farmer's Market runs every Saturday through October. The market is on First Street, one block west of Broadway in Edmond. For more information, call 359-4630 or visit edmondok.com.
• Devon Energy will present the Bread & Butter Band in concert at 7:15 p.m. at the Band Shell on the Great Lawn at the Myriad Botanical Gardens as part of the Twilight Concert series. The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics; however pets and glass containers are prohibited. There will be a hospitality tent and seating area for Allied Arts Circle Club members. For more information, visit artscouncilokc.com.
• The UCO Jazz Lab Summer Band Camp will take place through July 12 at the UCO Jazz Lab for students ages 14 and older. Cost is $300 and fee includes professional CD recording of the final concert, camp T-shirt and two meals. Campus housing is also available for $32 a night. For more information or to register, call 359-7989, ext. 278, email email@example.com or visit ucojazzlab.com.
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Educational Support group meets at 6:30-8 p.m. at the Transforming Life Counseling Center, 16301 Sonoma Park Drive. For more information, call 757-4076.
• The City of Edmond will present the “Gaming Academy Technology Camp” for ages 10-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MAC, 2733 Marilyn Williams Dr. Cost is $150. For more information or to register, visit edmondok.com/parks/rec.
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12-3 Good Reads
‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
11-27 Good Reads
‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
Historic day at Heritage Center Saturday
The desk used by a vice president of the first Oklahoma Constitutional Convention will be on display at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for the center’s monthly hands-on history Family Saturday.
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