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Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation say they plan to use a 23-day extension of a comment period on designs for a downtown boulevard to address confusion and answer lingering questions about the project.
COMMENT HERE: http://www.okc.gov/okcblvd/
Community Garden Meeting TONIGHT
Everyone’s invited to celebrate Oklahoma City’s 125th birthday by attending an open house at City Hall on Tuesday, April 22. The event will feature free birthday cake, tours of City Hall, history lessons, a Spokies bike tour and children’s activities during the Festival of the Arts.
City Hall is located at 200 N Walker in downtown Oklahoma City.
“We invite everyone to join us in historic City Hall as we celebrate 125 years of Oklahoma City history and as we set the stage for growth and prosperity in the next 125 years,” Mayor Cornett said. “We’ve come a long way since our first provisional mayor, land run proponent William L. Couch, was elected into office in 1889.”
City Hall Open House
Free birthday cake will be served in the second floor lobby of City Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and a giant birthday card will be hung in the lobby for all to sign. The City’s first motorized fire rig, a fully restored 1910 engine, will be on display on City Hall’s east plaza. Free tours of historic City Hall will be offered every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours will begin from the building’s second floor lobby.
People of all ages can join the Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Dr. Bob Blackburn and local architect Jim Loftis at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber for a captivating historical presentation and illustration of Oklahoma City history. Blackburn will present the historical information as Loftis draws the storyline using paper and markers.
Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later….exhibit
Visitors can explore the history of City departments in the latest installment of “Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later…” Read about the first governing body elected in 1889 and see artifacts from various City departments including Airports, Public Works, Information Technology, Utilities and more. The exhibit will be on display until June 13, 2014.
Civic Center Tours
The Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker, will also offer free, behind the scene tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours will begin from the Meinders Hall of Mirrors on the second floor. Participants will see the new City Space Theatre, Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre, Joel Levine Rehearsal Hall, the historic Freede Little Theatre and Meinders Hall of Mirrors. Opened in 1937 as the Municipal Auditorium, the Civic Center Music Hall was built with funding from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Join Civic Center staff and volunteers for a tour of the building’s 75-year history filled with legends and lore.
Festival of the Arts
The annual Festival of the Arts will celebrate the City’s birthday all week with children’s art activities inspired by Oklahoma City’s history. The activities take place in the Children’s Art Field at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for just $2. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Spokies OKC History Tour
People who prefer to learn about Oklahoma City’s history from a bike can register for a free Spokies bike history tour of downtown. Stops will include City Hall, Overholser Mansion, Automobile Alley, the former Calvary Baptist Church and more. The tour is open to people age 16 and older and will leave from the Spokies stand at the downtown library at 6 p.m. on April 22. Bikes will be provided. Register here.
Free Admission to Participating Attractions
Several local tourist attractions will celebrate the City’s birthday with free admission. Participants include Science Museum Oklahoma, Henry Overholser Mansion, Red Earth Museum, The American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Gardens. The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City will offer a free coupon booklet worth more than $300 in savings, which can be picked up at the customer service desk inside the food court.
Free Bus Rides
METRO Transit is offering free bus rides on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and the City’s Birthday. To view bus schedules and routes, visit www.gometro.org or call 235-RIDE (7433) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for personal trip plans.
Free Trees for Classen-Ten-Penn
Access Midstream will beautify the Classen-Ten-Penn neighborhood with the gift of 125 free trees. Oklahoma proven species such as Shumard oak, Chinquapin oak, Kentucky coffee tree and redbud will be planted from NW 10 to NW 17 and from Western to McKinley starting on Friday, April 25. The donation commemorates Oklahoma City’s birthday and Arbor Day.
Oklahoma City is partnering with Oklahoma City Public Schools to promote two contests for the 125th birthday. Children in first through third grade will compete to design the best birthday card for the City. Fourth through sixth grade students are encouraged to write an essay about Oklahoma City’s history. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category.
For more information, call 297-2578 or log on to www.okc.gov.
Dragon Boat League
Last season UN had two teams and we are now in search of a captain or co-captains to head up our experience on the river for the upcoming season! Will you serve?
The Dragon Boat League spring season begins in April. Form a team of 11-15 people and paddle your way to the Stars & Stripes River Festival at the end of the season. You can even join by yourself and be placed on Team RIVERSPORT. No previous experience is required so get signed up and be on your way to experiencing the world’s fastest growing water sport. More info... Riversport Dragon Boat
The Downtown Library will be closed from March 31-April 27 for renovations. For more information, please visit www.metrolibrary.org or at any of their other 18 locations.
As we prepare to launch our new website, the Urban Neighbors Board has some work to do!
Here's my challenge: the first UN board member to see this post & complete the task will win a $10 gift card to Native Roots Market!
The task: update your personal profile information including adding a profile picture!
Email me when you do it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban Neighbors now has an awesome new club administration website!!! Woo HOOO!!
Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.