Sunday December 8, 2013
Giving a pet as a gift at the holidays is not uncommon, and as long as the receiver is thoroughly prepared to take on the long-term responsibility, it is one of the best gift ideas. Not only does pet adoption save the animal's life, but studies show owning a pet reduces stress and improves a person's health.
If you are considering a pet as a gift, some area animal shelters feature holiday specials in which adoption fees, not typically large anyway, are trimmed. For example, the OKC Animal Shelter (SE 29 & Bryant) has "Hounds for the Holidays" and "Feline Navidad" from December 14-23. The former offers $30 adoptions on all dogs while the latter makes adoption free on any cat 6 months and older.
Do you know of another nearby shelter offering adoption specials for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.
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Friday December 6, 2013
Though the holiday season can be frantic and stressful, it's also pretty tough to beat the exciting events this time of year. For example, you knew it as "A Very Merry Pops" for many years, and now it's called "The Christmas Show," the annual holiday favorite from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. They plan to go on with the show, despite the weather.
With an 8 p.m. Friday night performance and two shows Saturday (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) at the Civic Center Music Hall downtown, the concert sponsored by Chesapeake Energy is the Philharmonic's high-energy holiday offering with dance, song, comedy and more. This year's show features George Dvorsky and Gwendolyn Jones. It's definitely not to be missed. For ticket information, see the Philharmonic's website or call (405) 842-5387.
Elsewhere around OKC...
- Speaking of wonderful holiday events here in the metro, the Downtown in December festivities continue this weekend, from outdoor ice skating and snow tubing to canal rides and Saturdays with Santa. As part of the celebration, get free admission this Sunday to the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.
- Stockyards City hosts Cowboy Christmas this weekend. The tree-lighting ceremony is Friday, and Saturday brings a 10 a.m. parade with 100 Longhorn steer, rodeo cowboys, antique cars, native dancers and more.
- That's not even all of the holiday-related fun this weekend... Read More...
Thursday December 5, 2013
On the continuous learning calendar, winter break runs over two weeks for Oklahoma City Public Schools, only a bit shorter for other area districts. And it's coming soon. For many families, the time off of school necessitates finding activities for the kids. If you're in that group, consider winter break camps offered by area attractions.
- Contact the Oklahoma Children's Theatre to register for a one week performance camp that runs December 16-20 and is for kids ages 5 to 12. Cost is $150 for the week.
- Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center has all-day youth camps December 18-20 at a cost of $150. Before and after care is available at an extra cost.
- Kids can take classes at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, as some of the sessions take place during the break. Purchase tickets online.
- Youth basketball camp for kids 5-16 is hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 27th. Registration is $50, and sign-up is available online.
- The Oklahoma City Zoo has a camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 3rd. It's available to kids 4-12, at a cost of $30 per child, and snacks are provided. To register, go to okczooed.com or call (405) 425-0218.
- Last but certainly not least, contact the OKC Park and Recreation Department to inquire about special winter break hours and events at area community centers.
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Wednesday December 4, 2013
I still love the sight of it at night, the unique shape and beautiful colors atop I-40. The SkyDance Bridge certainly draws the eyes, even from those driving under for the hundredth time. But did you know you can make a special lighting request? Perhaps to celebrate an event or recognize a cause, the city accepts applications from individuals and groups looking to create a unique color display.
Understand first that special SkyDance lighting is not for commercial purposes or individual recognition such as a birthday or a marriage. Instead, it should "promote the corporate interests and welfare of the City of Oklahoma City." A bridge lighting application is available online, and the form must be received by the Public Works Department at least 30 days before the requested date.
Photo © Adam Knapp
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