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New Foster Organization Brings Awareness to Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Kids Belong, a non-profit organization helping children in the foster care system, has recently launched activities in the state and appointed Scott Werner as Oklahoma president.

Foster Care Guide

See our 2016 Foster Care Guide.

Answering the Call

Churches support families in crisis through CarePortal.

Preventing Foster Care

Learn about a local organization called Safe Families that works to prevent neglect or abuse to keep children out of the foster system.

Forever Family: A Providential Journey to Adoption

Amy and Mark Pemberton have always had a heart for fostering. But for many years in their marriage and parenting journey, the timing just wasn’t right.

Strength in Community

Youth & Family Services was formed in 1974 to provide emergency shelter for children and youth. The organization now comprises more than 10 programs serving Canadian, Blaine, Kingfisher and Oklahoma counties, including counseling, independent living for young adults, drug and alcohol education and a first-time offender program.
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Life's A Beach

Little Man is not his trauma. He is not his pain and he is not his anger. Little Man is a vast, vast ocean of feeling and right now I’m the beach where he crashes.

A Professional Parent

What could be easier than using the skills and information we share with others? We would be like professional parents.

3 Things Easter Has Taught Me About Foster Care

As foster parents we need to be reminded the story isn’t over. When the past trauma and attachment issues appear to be winning – the story isn’t over. When the days are long and no one is around – the story isn’t over. When all seems destined for failure – the story isn’t over. In fact, Easter reminds us that God can write a new story, one we could have never imagined.

Foster Care Isn't Easy

Foster care isn’t easy, but like I said before, it isn’t meant to be. I accepted the challenge of opening my home and found one of the greatest rewards I never thought possible. My kids are amazing and I love them just as much as if they had come from my own body. I don’t think I saved those kids, I think they saved me.

Her Story Too

Adoption was coming soon and in the midst of all the preparations, our then soon-to-be-adopted children were asked by their case manager what they wanted on their adoption day cake. Our biological daughter, who had been on this journey the entire time, desperately wanted to be asked as well.

Are You My Mother?

When my husband and I started our foster care journey, we originally wanted older children of a similar race. We didn’t have any kids of our own and we were excited, but equally terrified of becoming parents. As the days ticked down for us to receive placement we changed our minds several times, going back and forth about what would be best for us. The day that I received the call for placement our worker seemed frazzled. She was worried about a sibling pair that was going to be taken from a home in a few hours with no place to go.

Foster Care Guide

  • P.O. Box 31746

    Edmond, OK 73003

    (405) 285-6193

    Angels Foster Family Network

    Category: Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Resources & Material Goods, Therapy & Support Groups, Training

  • 1601 Greenbriar Pl.

    Oklahoma City, OK 73159

    (405) 759-2670

    Bair Foundation

    Category: Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Therapy & Support Groups, Training

  • 1501 N.W. 24th St., Ste 214

    Oklahoma City, OK 73106

    (405) 463-6626

    Circle of Care

    Category: Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Resources & Material Goods, Therapy & Support Groups, Training

  • 300 N Meridian, Suite 280-N

    Oklahoma City, OK 73107

    405-942-5570

    SAFY of Oklahoma

    Category: Adoption, Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Therapy & Support Groups

  • 1100 N.W. 14th St.

    Oklahoma City, OK 73106

    (405) 609-8931

    Sunbeam Family Services

    Category: Activities, Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Therapy & Support Groups, Training

  • P.O. Box 488

    Luther, OK 73054

    (405) 740-2268

    Category: Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Resources & Material Goods, Therapy & Support Groups, Training

  • 5905 N. Classen Ct. Ste 302

    Oklahoma City, OK 73118

    (405) 713-6456

    Category: Advocacy

  • 730 W. Wilshire Blvd., Ste 111

    Oklahoma City, OK 73116

    (405) 753-4099

    Category: Resources & Material Goods, Therapy & Support Groups

  • 601 N.E. 63rd St.

    Oklahoma City, OK 73105

    (405) 840-1359

    Category: Activities, Counseling, Foster Care Agency, Therapy & Support Groups, Training

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FREE Events in OKC

February 2017

Learn about world dance and practice some new moves including Circus Arts Prop Dance, Romani Skirt Dance and Belly Dancing.  Wear clothes you can perform floor work in (yoga pants are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Moore Library
225 S Howard
Moore, OK
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Telephone: 793-4349
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Features the rich history and complex evolution of African-American music provided by Oklahoma City’s very own talented duo, Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter. All ages welcome. Feb. 2:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belle Isle Library
5501 N Villa Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 843-9601
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Features a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about the history of the east side of Oklahoma City. This event is held at multiple libraries. Feb. 16: Northwest Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 769-9452
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Features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Visitors will step inside...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cherokee Hills Baptist Church
5700 NW 63rd St
Oklahoma City , OK
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Telephone: 888-503-4590
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The department of Community Outreach and Education at OCCC is offering a FREE Basic Computing course. Learn how to search the internet, send and receive email, and use Microsoft Windows, Word...

Cost: FREE

Where:
OCCC Professional Development Institute
7124 S. I-35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73159
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Sponsor: OCCC Community Outreach and Education
Telephone: 682-7873
Contact Name: AJ Crowell
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Children will listen to stories, songs and rhymes, and then, afterwards, participate in a craft activity related to the story that was told for the day. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N. Mustang Rd.
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
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Enjoy FREE admission to the museum with a food donation to Stillwater Food Sacks for Kids. Requested items include: snack pack cups of applesauce/fruit, 1 oz. dry cereal boxes/cups,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma WONDERtorium
308 West Franklin Lane
Stillwater, OK
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Telephone: 533-3333
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Features a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about the history of the east side of Oklahoma City. This event is held at multiple libraries. Feb. 16: Northwest Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 769-9452
Website »

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Features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Visitors will step inside...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cherokee Hills Baptist Church
5700 NW 63rd St
Oklahoma City , OK
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Telephone: 888-503-4590
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Young artists are invited to experience art through books and related art projects. The adventures include a story and hand-on art project built around a weekly theme. For children ages 3-5 with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 325-3272
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Learn how to improvise and perform hilarious scenes based on a single suggestion. For ages 12 & up. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Choctaw Library
2525 Muzzy St
Choctaw, OK
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Telephone: 390-8418
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Features a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about the history of the east side of Oklahoma City. This event is held at multiple libraries. Feb. 16: Northwest Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 769-9452
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The department of Community Outreach and Education at OCCC is offering a FREE Basic Computing course. Learn how to search the internet, send and receive email, and use Microsoft Windows, Word...

Cost: FREE

Where:
OCCC Professional Development Institute
7124 S. I-35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73159
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Sponsor: OCCC Community Outreach and Education
Telephone: 682-7873
Contact Name: AJ Crowell
Website »

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For parents of prospective students in grades 5th - 6th to learn more about the school and its program. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE to attend.

Where:
Heritage Hall
1800 NW 122nd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 749-3002
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Bring your children for story time every Wednesday. Books are nature-themed (based on the season). After story time, children will create a small craft to take home.  March...

Cost: FREE, $2 suggested donation

Where:
lobby of the Crystal Bridge
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Visitors can get an up-close look at many of the unique features and items such as the Oklahoma-shaped pool, chairs in the formal dining room stitched by former senators’ wives and, in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma Governor's Mansion
820 NE 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
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Sponsor: Friends of the Mansion
Telephone: 528-2020
Contact Name: Liz Wood
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For parents of prospective students in grades 5th - 6th to learn more about the school and its program. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE to attend.

Where:
Heritage Hall
1800 NW 122nd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 749-3002
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A children's librarian from the Metropolitan Library System will share stories, music, rhymes, puppet plays, crafts and snacks, to create excitement about reading. Best suited for ages 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whole Foods Cafe
6001 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 879-3500
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Native Americans were considered a “vanishing race”.   Photographic images show an important and sometimes...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Osage Nation Museum
819 Grandview Ave
Pawhuska, OK  74056
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Sponsor: Osage Nation Museum
Telephone: 918-287-5441
Contact Name: Hallie Winter
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The Laureate Institute for Brain Research is hosting a series of lectures focused on brain development in adolescents. This month’s talk, "How to be an Emotional Coach for Kids and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Laureate Conference Center
6655 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Telephone: 918-502-2223
Contact Name: Collin O'Leary
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Mingle and explore the history and future of the up-and-coming Film Row district in a new series call History Off Center. Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the OHS; Fred Hall, chairman...

Cost: FREE

Where:
21c Museum Hotel
900 W Main St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 522-5202
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Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and an occasional craft with the family every Thursday evening. Space is limited. Preregister. Best...

Where:
Edmond Library
10 S Boulevard S
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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Local restaurants, art galleries and merchants are open late in the downtown area. Roam between quaint shops and stores to find unique art pieces and have some delicious food at this monthly event....

Cost: FREE to attend

Where:
Downtown Shawnee
Maint Street
Shawnee, OK
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Sponsor: SEFF Shawnee
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Features a FREE all inclusive ride to the Oklahoma River. Meet up at Schlegel’s at 8:30 a.m. or at the Chesapeake Boathouse between 8:40 - 8:50 a.m. and enjoy a ride around the Oklahoma...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Boathouse District
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 552-4040
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More than 600,000 books covering a wide variety of topics will be on sale,  fiction and non-fiction, hardbacks, paperbacks, magazines and more. Music, movies and audio books will also be for...

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
State Fair Park Oklahoma Expo Hall
3001 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Friends of the Metropolitan Library System
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The OKC Hot Wheels Association puts on a show several times each year featuring 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade. The event also includes raffles, pizza, and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cross Roads Convention Center
7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features activity stations that develop or build reading and writing skills for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade as well as children’s book authors, entertainers and a meet and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: OETA
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Features rhyming activities and gross-motor games, hourly readings of Dr. Seuss classics and bookmark crafts.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning Store
Telephone: 858-8778
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Learn how to use your power tools safely. This is a hands on event, so come prepared to get a little dusty. The class is free to the public. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
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Features a fun story time with Miss Julie every Saturday.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Books
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 842-2900
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Features a weekly story time with pastries and juice.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Commonplace Books
1325 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 551-1715
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Stroll through the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum in search of these magical sprites. Along the way, learn about trees and plants that would grow well in your own garden. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Will Roger Park
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1392
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FREE Crafts for kids ages 3+ every Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning. No reservations necessary. Not held Dec. 31. Click here for the weekly project lineup.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Telephone: 858-8778
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Extremely hyperactive and interactive, Mr. Steve has been doing story times for Barnes and Noble for over 12 years now. His unique style of storytelling is extremely silly. Everybody gets a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
540 Ed Noble Parkway
Norman, OK  73072
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Sponsor: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Telephone: 579-8800
Contact Name: Steve Galindo

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Features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. Sizes available from trainer skates for the smaller family members and large sizes for the bigger ones....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skate Galaxy OKC
5800 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73122
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Telephone: 602-2758
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On the last Saturday of the month, Joe's Makers Fair features the makers of anything safe, not obscene, legal and fun. Spectators can provide invaluable constructive criticism...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
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Features a pop-up card craft about famous African-American heroes. This program is for the whole family. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southern Oaks Library
6900 S Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 631-4468
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Features the rich history and complex evolution of African-American music provided by Oklahoma City’s very own talented duo, Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter. All ages welcome. Feb. 2:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Warr Acres Library
5901 NW 63rd St
Warr Acres, OK
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Telephone: 721-2616
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Explore the park through the eyes of Dr. Suess. Hike the Martin Park woods while staff read excerpts from "The Lorax." Will you become the Once-ler, cutting down every Truffula Tree as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Nature Park
5000 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73142
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Sponsor: Martin Nature Park
Telephone: 297-1429
Contact Name: Emily Hiatt
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Norman will host its annual Mardi Gras Parade, rain or shine, on Feb. 25 in Downtown Norman. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and starts at Jones and Main, continues east to Crawford, Comanche,then back...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Norman at Main & Peters
, OK


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