• 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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Official: Tax code needs update
Tax reduction proposals that will likely be signed by Gov. Mary Fallin are contingent on revenue growth, State Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday at the state Capitol.
“Our history has shown that we can manage that,” Miller said.
Is earthquake insurance for you?
Most Oklahomans have insurance covering their homes and businesses in case tornadoes roar overhead. But, fewer are protected against damage to their property when the ground rumbles underfoot.
AAA: Pump price jumps 22.5 cents
Prices for a gallon of gasoline are expected to increase 10-20 more cents this spring before falling after Memorial Day, the auto club AAA reports.
Anti-earthquake measures used in Safety Center construction
Extra concrete designed to counter the seismic waves created by earthquakes and waffle pans to help with high density record storage will be part of the new Public Safety Center.
Work is progressing in the basement and ground floor of the city’s new 70,000 square-foot, multi-story Public Safety Center at the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue in downtown Edmond. It will house the Police Department and the Public Safety Communications Department.
Explore new foods during National Nutrition Month
Research confirms taste is the No. 1 reason why one food is purchased over another. So what are consumers to do when the taste of favorite foods starts to lose its luster? As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal.
Patton moves east for new corrections gig
In Robert C. Patton, Oklahoma is getting a new corrections director from Arizona who is more than willing to use private prisons as a means to deal with inmate overcrowding.
“I’m a (prison) bed manager. I’ll tell the policy makers I need beds, and if I can convince them that I need beds, then it’s their jobs on whether it’s public or private,” said Patton, whose first day as Oklahoma Corrections Department director began Tuesday.
Patton’s position on private prisons is far different than that of Jones, the former director who resigned in October following clashes with elected officials who wanted to put more inmates in private facilities.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections last month approved a measure that allows the state to seek proposals from private prison companies to provide an additional 350 to 2,000 medium-security beds for state inmates.
OSU offers pecan management course
Whether you are a seasoned grower, new to the industry, or simply wanting information about it, the 2014 Fundamentals of Pecan Management course offered by Oklahoma State University will offer participants a wealth of research-based information.
Group asks neighborhoods to plant redbuds
Keep Edmond Beautiful is asking all neighborhood associations to rededicate themselves to purchase Oklahoma redbud trees for their neighborhood entrances.
Redbud Bloom is a program to fill traveling byways with Redbud trees to further beautify Edmond by having them bloom next year, said Saundra Naifeh, president KEB.
“Our goal was to plant 1,000 trees in five years and we are almost there,” Naifeh said.
KEB is partnering with the University of Central Oklahoma, which is planting an additional 200 Redbuds on its campus. Redbuds work well when planted nearby or under the cover of larger trees, Naifeh said at the recent Edmond Neighborhood Summit presented by the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance.
“It will be their 125th birthday and, Edmond is really going to stand out,” Naifeh said of 2015. “People will want to see how beautiful we are.”
Stalled museum project receives legislative support
The Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus expressed its unanimous support Wednesday of the state Senate measure that would help complete the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Senate Bill 1651 would appropriate $40 million from the state’s Unclaimed Property Fund, which would be matched with $40 million pledged by non-federal and non-state sources to finish the project.
Frigid U.S. weather means highest power prices since '08
Freezing temperatures gripping the eastern U.S. will result in the highest electricity prices in six years for consumers in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco.
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