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2014 Earth Day Activities & Specials

Wednesday April 16, 2014

It is the day for us to evaluate what we're doing, or not doing, to protect our planet and its resources. And even though Earth Day isn't until April 22nd, there are a number of activities and events planned for the occasion. So even if it's only for a day, take the opportunity to participate and do something positive. From recycling and picking up litter in the community to riding a bike to work or making changes in your home, there are so many simple things we can do.

Here are some upcoming events and specials in honor of Earth Day:

  • April 18: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., take a tour of the city's H.B. Parsons Municipal Fish Hatchery at 10940 N Meridian. It will cover how the biologists study the waters and monitor fish population in our city lakes and parks.
  • April 21-25: Go to Pottery Barn Kids for a free packet of seeds.
  • April 22: Metro Transit is offering free bus rides throughout the day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • April 22: The Disney Store will give out a free reusable Disneynature Bears tote when you bring in five plastic bags to recycle.
  • April 25: Anthropologie at Classen Curve has free butterfly crafts for kids 5-8. RSVP by calling (405) 842-8673.
  • April 27: The OKC Zoo hosts a Party for the Planet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, giveaways, family activities and more, all included with zoo admission.
  • All Month: Consider volunteering for the Great American Cleanup efforts going on throughout the state or with OKC Beautiful's 14th Annual LitterBlitz.

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2014 Oklahoma Book Awards

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Representing a diverse range of subjects from the Civil War in Indian Territory to the stunning photography of the Devon Energy Center in downtown Oklahoma City, the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award winners were announced Saturday at the Jim Thorpe Museum. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the Book, part of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the awards were established in 1990 to honor Oklahoma authors and the literary heritage of the state.

Named the top fiction book was "Che Guevara's Marijuana and Baseball Savings and Loan," a novel by Oklahoma native Jack Shakely. The prize for non-fiction went to "When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory" by Mary Jane Ward. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find standout young adult book "MOJO" from Rose State College Professor Tim Tharp and "Red Dirt Roads," a collection of poetry from five Oklahoma voices.

See a full list of the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award Winners.

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Tax Day Specials

Sunday April 13, 2014

Along with about a quarter of taxpayers, I once again waited until the last minute to do my income taxes. If you're in this group as well, know that time has officially run out. The deadline is Tuesday, April 15th, and officials warn that last minute filers are more likely to make simple mistakes such as checking the incorrect filing status box, forgetting social security numbers or, even with tax software, overlooking deductions and tax credits for which they are eligible.

To help with the frustration of tax day, or to celebrate the end of the affair, several chains are offering discounts and giveaways on Tuesday:

  • Get a cup of frozen yogurt and toppings at Orange Leaf for only $4.15 on tax day.
  • Arby's has a coupon for free snack-size curly fries.
  • Sonic extends "happy hour" on Tuesday, offering half-price drinks and slushes all day.
  • Get a free appetizer or dessert with entree purchase this week at Chili's by using this coupon.
  • Schlotzsky's is offering a free original small sandwich with a purchase of a 32-ounce drink and a bag of chips on Tuesday. No coupon is necessary.
  • Finally, relax at the close of tax day with a free HydroMassage at Oklahoma City Planet Fitness locations. Here's the coupon.

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Weekend Highlights: 4/11-4/13

Friday April 11, 2014

Sunday brings a free Family Day festival at the OKC Museum of Art, an opportunity for adults and kids alike to enjoy live music, art activities, photography exhibitions, story time, face painting and more. Museum admission is absolutely free from noon to 5 p.m. Open to the public and sponsored by Sonic, the event is appropriate for all ages, and there is no need to register in advance. Performances include Magician Michael King (12:30 p.m.), Silent Comedy Films (1:30 p.m.), Spaghetti Eddie! (2:30 p.m.) and Sugar Free Allstars (3:30 p.m.).

Elsewhere this weekend...

  • For more of that festival atmosphere, take part in Friday's LIVE on the Plaza from 7-11 p.m. There will be live music, store specials, food trucks and a giant projector showing cartoons.
  • Drive down to Norman for the Land Run celebration 89ers Day Parade on Saturday. See the official site for more information.
  • Do you want to get a look at more than a thousand vehicles, everything from muscle cars to antiques and restorations, together worth millions and millions of dollars...? Read More...

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