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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Oklahoma City

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday of every January, and this year, that date is the 16th (Dr. King’s actual birthday is the 15th).  This national holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways.  This year, there are several events going on in Oklahoma City.

The day will start off with a prayer breakfast at 7:00 am.  It will be held at the Reed Conference Center at Rose State College in Midwest City, and there is a cost of $10 per person to cover food.  At 9:00 am, a silent march will begin at the Freedom Center in OKC.  The march, a tribute to the marches done as part of the civil rights movement, will end at the Oklahoma History Center.

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Oklahoma City is Home to the First Matthew Kenney Academy

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We’ve got a number of unique things in Oklahoma City, and we’ve recently added one more: the first licensed Raw and Living Foods educational center in the world!  The Matthew Kenney Academy, which was formerly called 105degrees, provides future chefs with the skills they need to produce amazing meals featuring only raw and living foods.  The academy is the brainchild of chef Matthew Kenney and OKC resident Dara Prentice. It’s connected to the Matthew Kenney restaurant.

The academy’s curriculum focuses on using organic, whole, and unprocessed foods to create an amazing meal that is healthy and flavorful.  The academy was previously named 105 degrees because that’s the temperature food must be keep under in order for it to keep its natural enzymes.

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The Spirit of Giving

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The holiday season is upon us, and many people are shopping, planning parties, and preparing to celebrate.  But here in Oklahoma, just like all over the world, there are those who aren’t as blessed as others.  There are a number of needy families who simply don’t have the means to provide a cheerful holiday for their children, and there are some who are completely alone during the holiday season.  Oklahomans have always shown their giving spirit all year ‘round, but we really dig into our pockets during the holidays to make everyone feel loved.  If you’re in Oklahoma City during December, here are some organizations you can give to who will pass it on to those who truly need it.

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Santa is Coming!

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Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December events have already begun, even though it’s not quite December yet.  Downtown in December, now in its ninth year, started on November 25th and will run to January 1st.  Many of the events and activities are traditional ones that we’ve seen in years past, but there are a few new things to enjoy.  Even better, since a number of Oklahoma corporations are sponsoring events, some of them are completely free!

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November, 2011, Events in Oklahoma City

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Will you be in Oklahoma City during November?  If so, you might be interested in some of these events going on during this beautiful fall month.

Nov. 1 – Edward Knight performs with the OCU Philharmonic at the OCU Petree Hall

Nov. 1-1/7/12– John Paul Philippe’s exhibit at [Artspace] at Untitled

Nov. 2 – Flaming Festival at the OKC Golf and Country Club

Nov. 3-1/30/12  – Colors of Dream at the UCO Nigh Center

Nov. 3 – Romeros Guitar Quartet plays at the Armstrong Auditorium

Nov. 3 – Ben Folds with the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center

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25th Annual Fall Peace Festival

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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  Well, time is starting to tick down!  If you’re looking for some really unique or different gifts, we’ve got just the thing for you: the 25th Annual Fall Peace Festival.  This festival features more than 50 different local craftsmen and social justice groups.  It will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Admission is completely free, too!

The festival has two main features: shopping and entertainment.  Who doesn’t love at least one of those?  The shopping feature will be handled by local groups and artists.  You’ll find jewelry, clothing, and many other decorative items just in time for the holidays.  Plus, you’re sure to find at least one great holiday gift for someone.

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Eating Organic in Oklahoma City

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Recently a number of Farmer’s Markets have begun to open in the Oklahoma City area.  There have always been the local farmer’s cooperatives and markets in the area like at OSU in OKC and the downtown area.  However, the new ones like Sunflower Market and Whole Foods are larger chains, and this was a new development into the usual meat and potatoes world of Oklahoma.

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Beans & Leaves Offers a Great Cup of Joe

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Good coffee shops are hard to come by, especially in Oklahoma City.  Sure, we have dozens of Starbucks and a few good, local coffee shops like Will’s, but sometimes, it means going out of the way.  That’s why I’m glad Beans & Leaves has opened up on Pennsylvania Ave.  It’s right after the intersection of Penn and 36th in a small shopping center, and it’s located in an area that seems to have no coffee shops at all (there’s not even a Starbucks nearby!).

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The Festival on the Green – 10/15/11

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The Myriad Botanical Gardens and its Crystal Bridge is one of Oklahoma City’s most recognized landmarks.  The gardens have, however, been closed for the better part of the year for renovations and additions.  That’s kind of been a good thing—with the construction of the new Devon Tower so close to the gardens traffic in the area has been absolutely horrible, so there’s been no better time to close.  However, the gardens will officially reopen on October 15th with a huge Festival on the Green.  The gardens did actually reopen temporarily for the Festival of the Arts in April, but this celebration marks its return to its normal schedule.

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Fine Dining in Oklahoma City at Castle Falls

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There are many times when I have felt like I am stuck in a rut when it comes to eating out.  Any time you start looking for somewhere to go for a romantic dining experience there are only so many options, but one of them that I am constantly overlooking is Castle Falls.  However, I recently decided that I needed to correct this mistake and booked a reservation for two and prepared myself for a unique dining experience.  Since I was looking for something intimate and special I decided to go with The Primrose option, this includes a five course menu.

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