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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Plans a $7-million Renovation Project

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Plans a $7-million Renovation Project

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial alongside the interactive museum commemorate those individuals who died during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Five years after the bombing, the memorial was dedicated to honor the victims. The interactive museum was dedicated a few months after to tell stories of each bombing victim.

To further enhance how the museum engages with the public, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will be planning an $7 million renovation project. The museum will be upgraded with expansions including more facilities and added insights.

Renovation is expected to last for 11 month. Currently, the museum is starting with the first part of the five-phase project. Expected completion month will be November 2014.

Based on the master plan, the museum will be expanding the Gallery of Honor to accommodate videos from family members of the victims. Investigation evidence will also be displayed to give insights on how the said bombing happened. Added facilities include an overlook balcony, which provides an added view of the memorial. More artifacts and stories will also be added to the museum.

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Garden Boot Camp Offered for Oklahoma Gardeners

Garden Boot Camp Offered for Oklahoma Gardeners

Growing your own garden can reap a lot of benefits. Not only does it provide lovely scenery right outside your home, but you can also save a lot of money and have more control over what you put into your body if you grow your own food.

Soon, the spring season will be here, and it will be the perfect time to begin gardening. In anticipation of that, Oklahoma County Master Gardeners is once again offering a helping hand to gardeners in the community to help prepare them before the growing season starts.

A Garden Boot Camp will be held for three consecutive Saturdays at the Oklahoma County Extension Service, 930 N Portland Ave., starting on January 25. The boot camp will provide helpful information to gardeners to assist them in having more bountiful yields this year. Topics will include soil fertility and choosing the right annuals and perennials for your garden.

The program will start from 9:30 a.m. and last until 3:15 p.m. The registration fee is $35, which includes supplies. The deadline for enrollment is January 17.

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Oklahoma State Parks Offer Free Guided Hikes on New Year’s Day

Oklahoma State Parks Offer Free Guided Hikes on New Year’s Day

It’s almost 2014! And, what better way to greet the New Year than to be close with the nature? Once again, for the third year in a row, Oklahoma State Parks will be opening their doors on New Year’s Day with free guided hikes for those who love to commune with nature.

State Parks that will be offering free hikes are Foss State Park, Keystone State Park, Lake Eufaula State Park, Lake Murray State Park, and Osage Hills State Park.

Anyone who wants to join should bring along water, snacks, binoculars, and a camera if they desire. Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Park staff and volunteers will be leading the hikes, which will range from less than a mile to more than three miles in length.

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New Oklahoma City Downtown Park Approved for MAPS 3

New Oklahoma City Downtown Park Approved for MAPS 3

MAPS 3 is an ongoing project in Oklahoma City that aims to provide improvements to the overall lifestyle of its citizens. Some of the project’s improvement plans have included sidewalk improvements, construction of new public buildings and amenities, and improvements to the streetcar route.

As part of the beautification plan for the downtown area, a new downtown park was approved this week by the MAPS 3 advisory panel. The park, which will be used to link the Oklahoma River and downtown areas will be called Core-to-Shore.

The new park will include beautiful gardens and a large grassy lawn facing a huge outdoor stage. Fountains will be added to various locations and a promenade and lake will be some of the main attractions.

Core-to-Shore Park will be connected to the SkyDance pedestrian bridge and will take up 40 acres north of Interstate-40 and 30 acres between the interstate and the river. It will be located south of the Myriad Gardens and will be between Hudson and Robinson avenues.

Construction of the project will require $80 million from the $132 million budget, and it is expected to be completed by 2021.

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Leaf Donations Accepted at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for Mulching

Leaf Donations Accepted at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for Mulching

If you have piles of dried leaves on your property and want to get rid of them, consider donating them instead of just throwing them away. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is now accepting leaf donations to be used as mulch for its gardening program called Urban Harvest.

Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program that was created to promote organic farming and more efficient gardening techniques. Through the production of organic fruits and vegetables from the program, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has been able to distributed healthier foods to their feeding programs.

Aside from organic production, Urban Harvest is also reaching out to the community through gardening trainings and education to assist gardeners and partnerships with other gardens.

Donated leaves will be converted into mulch and compost for use in the Urban Harvest gardens. Partner gardens of the organization in the city will also received some of the materials. Those who want to donate leaves can email Mason at mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org or go to their main office at 3355 S. Purdue Avenue, Oklahoma City. Donations will be accepted until December 18.

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How to Avoid Stress During Holiday Preparations

How to Avoid Stress During Holiday Preparations

With the holidays just around the corner, many people are thinking of the get-togethers they will soon have with their families and friends. The joy of gathering together in one place offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and create memories year after year.

However, with all the fun and merriment that the holiday season brings, there is also a lot of stress during preparations. Because there are many to think about, such as holiday decorations, shopping for gifts, and making holiday meals, it can be easy to become overwhelmed.

To help you avoid stress during holidays, here are a few tips:

  • Plan ahead. It is never too early to start planning your holiday feast and how you plan to entertain and welcome guests. Create a list of what you need to do and what you want to have happen when guests are in your house. This will give you an idea of the things you need to shop for and to prepare for your home ahead of time.
  • Clean and service your kitchen appliances. Your kitchen will be the busiest room in the house during the holidays, so in order to make everything run smoother and faster, make sure your kitchen appliances are functioning well.
  • Start reducing clutter at home. Even if the holidays may be a few weeks away, reducing clutter in phases can significantly reduce your cleaning workload when the holidays are a few days away. For example, on one day, you can sort your refrigerator and throw out old items, so you have enough space to store new food.  On another day, you can polish your wood furniture.
  • Prepare your guest rooms. You may have guests who will stay at your house, so be sure your guestroom is always ready for them by already adding necessities such as clean towels and bathroom essentials.
  • Delegate work. Do not take on all the responsibilities when it comes to holiday celebrations. Remember, even if you are the hosts everyone must take part for the celebration to be a success. You can organize a potluck where everyone can bring a food item to share at the meal. Also, have your spouse or children help you cooking and clean the house.
  • Decorate ahead. Hang holiday decorations as early as possible, so you don’t have to worry about them at the last minute.  Plus, it will allow you to enjoy a magical feeling in your home.

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New State Executive Order Localizes Academic Standards in Oklahoma

New State Executive Order Localizes Academic Standards in Oklahoma

A new state executive order was signed last Wednesday by Governor Mary Fallin that localizes the standards of education among public schools in the state.

Gov. Fallin said she hopes the bill will address concerns of federal intrusion into schools, as well as create more rigorous and localized academic standards. The bill prevents Washington from being involved in creating the academic standards for math and English, which are known as the Common Core.

A total of 45 states have adopted the standards of the federal government called the Common Core State Standards. With the new state executive order, Oklahoma will create and follow its own rules and standards, eliminating federal involvement. Tests, assessments, and curriculum will all be decided by the state.

Governor Fallin emphasized that the new law will be used to enhance the education of K-12 students to help them prepare themselves for college and landing better jobs. The new executive order will be applied to all public schools in the state.

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