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Dive-In Movies at White Water Bay

Sunday June 1, 2014

With "Dive-In Movies" at White Water Bay, a different film is shown on a big screen at the wave pool each Friday evening from June 13th through July 25th. It's free with park admission, and here is the 2014 schedule. If you have little ones, keep in mind that at least a couple of the movies are rated PG-13.

  • 6/13 - Despicable Me 2
  • 6/20 - The Avengers
  • 6/27 - Ghostbusters
  • 7/11 - Frozen
  • 7/18 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • 7/25 - Iron Man 3

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Weekend Highlights: 5/30-6/1

Friday May 30, 2014

It's the festival time of year in the metro, and here's the 3rd edition of one that has proven to be quite popular. The Made in Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival takes place Saturday at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel & Reed Conference Center and features "Oklahoma's finest foods, heartiest hops and award winning wines." Enjoy a car, truck and motorcycle show, several culinary presentations, the great grilled cheese challenge, live entertainment and more. Admission is free, but if you want to enjoy the tastings, you can purchase 10 wine and beer tasting tokens and a commemorative festival wine or beer glass for $18. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Get all the event details.

Elsewhere this weekend...

  • Don't miss this month's H&8th Night Market on Friday. With food trucks and live music, it's a great street festival event.
  • The FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series starts Friday in the Boathouse District. Beginning at 8:30 on select Fridays this summer, family-friendly movies will be projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower and Devon Boathouse. This week's film is "Despicable Me 2."
  • Oklahoma looks to defend its crown at the NCAA Women's College World Series, as tournament action continues at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium... Read More...

Free Fishing in Oklahoma

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Every little bit helps. And soon, you can save some money while enjoying a fun day outside with family and friends. The state of Oklahoma waives its fishing license fees, currently at least $15 for a 2-day permit, during the annual "Free Fishing Days" June 7th and 8th.

Oklahoma City also is waiving fishing fees at area lakes such as Hefner, Overholser, Draper and the smaller, urban waters designated as "Close to Home" fishing areas. Be aware that fees may apply at other lakes, though. For example, daily vehicle entry for fishing at Arcadia Lake near Edmond costs $7 on weekends.

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Noon Tunes at Downtown Library

Monday May 26, 2014

One thing I love about the summer is the opportunity to enjoy so many concert series events. Most of them take place outdoors and in the evenings. But if you want to escape work for some free live music during the day, take note of Noon Tunes from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Downtown Library. Just bring a sack lunch and enjoy the work of local musicians. Here's the upcoming slate:

  • 5/29 - Callen Clarke, oud and percussion
  • 6/5 - Oklahoma Conservatory of Music students
  • 6/12 - Evangeline Vournazos, vocal, ukelele, guitar
  • 6/19 - Wendi and Lisa, Rockabilly Blues
  • 6/26 - Mark Galloway and Steve Crossley, Acoustic duo

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Memorial Day Weekend Highlights

Friday May 23, 2014

As always, there's a lot going on this Memorial Day weekend in the metro, with several top annual events. One is the always-enjoyable Paseo Arts Festival. The 38th version of this annual favorite runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, the music perhaps lasting even later than that. There are over 80 artists featured, with work in every artistic medium, and you'll find live entertainment from dozens of musicians, plenty of great festival food and much more.

Another favorite is up in Edmond, the Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Find a comfortable spot to spread out and enjoy the music at Stephenson Park. In addition, sample a variety of food and beverage items. Here's a full music lineup.

Elsewhere this weekend...

  • The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum presents its annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival Saturday and Sunday, with cowboy-favorite foods, live entertainment and western activities such as wagon rides and rope-making.
  • But in light of all this festival fun and other events below, don't forget what Memorial Day is all about. There will be a tribute to our brave veterans this Monday... Read More...

Spraygrounds & Aquatic Centers to Open

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Soon, kids will be out of school for the break, and the weather will heat up. There are plenty of popular annual events around the metro, but remember Memorial Day weekend also brings fun at the city-operated aquatics facilities.

Opening for the season on Saturday, May 24th are all 17 Oklahoma City-area spraygrounds, as well as family aquatic centers at Earlywine and Will Rogers. Spraygrounds operate daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the aquatic centers are now selling passes and scheduling swimming lesson sessions.

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Oklahoma Baby Names

Sunday May 18, 2014

Every year for more than 90 years, the Social Security Administration tracks the top given names for male and female births. The 2013 state by state data was released last week, and in Oklahoma, there are some changes from the previous year. For example, Elijah ranked #1 for boys in 2012 but drops all the way to 6th while Mason rises from 3rd to take the top spot this time. For girls, Emma comes in #1 for the 3rd straight year, and names such as Avery, Addison and Harper find favor with Oklahoma parents. See how the list of Oklahoma baby names compare to national trends and get information on how to search names by year and/or state.

Here are the top boys names in Oklahoma:

  1. Mason
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. William
  5. Jaxon
  6. Elijah
  7. Hunter
  8. Jacob
  9. Ethan
  10. James

And for the Oklahoma girls:

  1. Emma
  2. Sophia
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Avery
  7. Harper
  8. Abigail
  9. Emily
  10. Addison

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Weekend Highlights: 5/16-5/18

Friday May 16, 2014

Organizers use four words to describe a Saturday event at State Fair Park: handmade, local, vintage and repurposed. Find 85 booths with unique wares from local crafters, artists and boutiques at the Indie Trunk Show, a shopping extravaganza that runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building. Admission is free. Get more information and see a list of participating vendors on indietrunkshowokc.com.

Elsewhere, this weekend...

  • Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and there are community efforts in Oklahoma City, Yukon, Edmond and Norman. See www.bikedayok.com for details.
  • Local craft beer is the feature, along with music, food and more downtown... Read More...

Vote OKC Zoo as Best

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Readers of travel site 10Best.com, a division of USA Today, last year named the Oklahoma City Zoo 3rd best in the country as part of the guide's annual Readers' Choice Awards. Considering all of the zoo's recent improvements, from the $13 million elephant habitat to The Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, it was a well-deserved honor. But can it make the list again in 2014? Well, that might be up to you.

Voting is now underway, and the Oklahoma City Zoo is among the 20 nominees for Best U.S. Zoo. Editors cite affordable ticket prices, the many endangered or threatened animal species and the "naturalistic environment" of the Great EscApe exhibit. The submission deadline for the category is noon on May 19th, so get out the vote.

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Summer Camp Registration

Sunday May 11, 2014

The month of May has begun, and most area students have only a couple of weeks of classes remaining. That means the time is now to finalize the kids' summer activity plans. Many OKC-area attractions and groups, from the zoo to the Thunder organization, have opened registration for their summer camps, and sessions are filling up quickly.

For example, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has sold out most of its 21 summer camp sessions in art, photography and video production, and several are already full at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. So don't wait. Get registration information and details on several top OKC summer camps.

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