• 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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SLIDESHOW: Freezing temps keep many at home Friday
Edmond residents awoke to a winter wonderland and the realities of getting to their vehicles and driving on snow-packed streets. Even though the storm system began moving out of Oklahoma Friday, a state official cautioned residents to not disregard safety measures too soon.
During the coming days, the Edmond area will experience sub-freezing daytime temperatures and nighttime lows in the teens and single digits.
Logan Co. investigation nets 7 arrests
Logan County officers made seven arrests in an investigation stemming from the reported theft of a $45,000 John Deere Skid Steer, police said.
Friday morning, after a week-long investigation, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said earlier in the week the agency responded to a complaint from a victim of a larceny who had his John Deere Skid Steer stolen from Oklahoma City.
VIDEO: World reacts to death of Mandela
Nelson Mandela spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid before leading South Africa in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. The iconic figure died Thursday at the age of 95.
Slick, hazardous streets cause more cancellations
Thursday's snow and sleet fall in Edmond and across the metro continues to impact schedules and events planned for this weekend.
South Africans mourn Nelson Mandela's death
South Africans flocked to the Johannesburg home of Nelson Mandela to mourn his death and pay tribute to a leader who led the nation out of racial discord by encouraging reconciliation.
Snow chances, bitter cold continue for Edmond
Snow chances and bitter cold temperatures continue for Edmond on the heels of the storm that created slick and hazardous streets.
The National Weather Service forecast called for a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and a 20 percent chance Sunday.
In addition to the slick and hazardous streets and highways, residents dealt with bitter cold temperatures. Highs were expected near 22 degrees on Friday, 20 on Saturday, 26 on Sunday and 22 on Monday. Lows were expected near 5 degrees Friday, 17 Saturday, 15 Sunday and 8 Monday.
Thursday evening, slick, snow-covered streets created havoc in Edmond as commuters and other motorists traveled to their destinations. Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said police officers were responding only to injury crashes.
Planners look at retail/urban housing mixes in downtown
A presentation by Freese Nichols consultants of Fort Worth was made Wednesday to city staff and leaders regarding the Downtown Master Plan.
The Central Edmond Urban Development Board has revisited plans made in a 1998 Downtown Master Plan through public meetings and presentations to protect the future development of Broadway.
“Right now we are at the point of providing an assessment of not only the physical environment, but also the market conditions,” said Wendy Shabay, an associate urban planner with Freese Nichols. The next meeting in January will focus on recommendations.
Volunteers keep HOPE Center afloat
HOPE Center of Edmond is the community’s compassionate response to families needing a helping hand. Giving of one’s time is valuable when it comes to helping the HOPE Center of Edmond fulfill its charitable mission.
The food and clothing closet for Edmond area residents offers a health clinic and limited emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, said Chris Sperry, executive director. The HOPE Health Clinic focuses on pre-natal and obstetrics care for women.
The annual Edmond Sun Samaritan Fund Drive has set a goal of raising $165,000 for HOPE.
Nearly 14,000 hours were donated by HOPE volunteers in 2012, Sperry said. Their hard work has a lasting impact on the community, she said. Many HOPE volunteers were themselves clients at one time needing temporary assistance.
St. Anthony announces new outpatient behavioral health facility in Edmond
St. Anthony is pleased to announce the opening of the new Outpatient Behavioral Health Edmond facility which will offer partial hospitalization programs as well as Intensive outpatient programs for both adult and senior patients.
These programs are designed to help those dealing with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger control problems, panic attacks, poor overall functioning and other mental health issues.
Thunder plans Holiday Assist toy drive
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a Toy Drive before Sunday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, collecting toys outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena starting at 4 p.m. The Toy Drive is part of the sixth annual Thunder Holiday Assist initiative, presented by Cox Communications.
Fans attending the game and those headed downtown Sunday evening are encouraged to stop by the tents outside the northeast and northwest arena entrances and donate new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
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