Big Cedar Lodge Opens Luxury Campsite on Table Rock Lake

Big Cedar Lodge is now taking reservations for cottages, shepherd’s huts and luxury glamping tents opening in May 2019. 

Located adjacent to the Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina on the shores of sparkling Table Rock Lake in Missouri’s Ozark mountains, Camp Long Creek, the all-new 64-unit campground will feature one-of-a-kind lodging options ranging from shepherd’s huts, luxury glamping tents, couples and family cottages.

Outfitted with contemporary rustic decor, the luxury camping accommodations will offer simple, relaxing and inviting spaces that allow friends and families of all ages to unwind while enjoying all the modern comforts of home.

Camp Long Creek accommodations are set to open in May 2019. Guests can book reservations now by calling 1.800.225.6343.

Oklahoma City Zoo Welcomes New Baby Elephant

After an almost two-year pregnancy, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden announced the addition of a female calf to its Asian elephant herd.

Kairavi, Sanskrit for moonlight, was born Oct. 9 inside the OKC Zoo’s elephant habitat at Sanctuary Asia. Both mother Asha and newborn Kairavi (Kai) were in good health and are viewable to guests. Kai’s arrival brings the total number of Asian elephants at the zoo to 7.

The entire elephant herd was in the inside habitat with Asha during the birth and got to see and hear the delivery, an important component to the herd bonding with the newborn calf. 

Celebrate the joyous arrival of the zoo’s newest elephant! Located at the crossroads of Interstates 44 and 35, the zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Midtown to Gain New Condos

The Midtown district of Oklahoma City will gain a new eight-story condominium tower across from the former Villa Theresa school, which is currently under conversion as housing and a hotel. The condo tower, called The Elliott, is a development of Willoughby Ridley Development. The building is designed by architect Rand Elliott.

The condo tower is designed to not block the view of Villa Theresa, being developed by Marva Ellard, or conflict with Midtown or nearby Heritage Hills.

Salvation Army OKC Promotes Buck$ 4 Bikes

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Women’s Auxiliary kicked off the annual Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser in July for Cleveland and Oklahoma counties in anticipation of Christmas.

More than 100 countertop red kettles were distributed to area businesses to collect donations. The Buck$ 4 Bikes program was founded in 2006 to help families in need at Christmas.

In 2017, 1,350 children wished for a bike, and 1,350 received one thanks to the generosity of Central Oklahomans. The 2018 Buck$ 4 Bikes program goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase bikes this holiday season for needy boys and girls. This year should mark the 10,000th bike to be handed out.

Local Visionaries Honored for Service to Charities

Six men and women received Visions awards on Nov. 27 in Oklahoma City for their service to the nonprofit sector. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits listed the honorees for the annual event that recognizes tenacious and visionary leadership in nonprofit service, volunteerism and philanthropy.

This year, Kevin Evans of Woodward, James R. Tolbert III, Dr. Kay Goebel, Anne Roberts, Beth Shortt and Stacy McDaniel (all from Oklahoma City) were honored with awards at Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership.

Marnie Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Nonprofits, called the men and women “Oklahoma’s finest,” and lauded their work in advocacy, service and leadership.

Red Earth Art Center Displays Native Christmas Trees

The Red Earth Art Center celebrates the season featuring Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to showcase the diverse native cultures that make Oklahoma unique.

Participating Oklahoma tribal groups including the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations.

The Red Earth Art Center is located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza in Oklahoma City, and the display is free to the public.

OKC Invites Ideas 4 MAPS from Public

Oklahoma City is asking for the public’s ideas to help write the next chapter of the MAPS story – Oklahoma City’s story. The city wants to know: what is important to you and how it can continue the city’s renaissance and ensure it is felt by all residents? 

Submit your ideas in one of three ways:

  • On Ideas4MAPS.com.
  • On social media using the hashtag #ideas4maps.
  • Mail a letter to Mayor David Holt, Attn: MAPS 4, 200 N. Walker Ave. 3rd floor, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

As you develop your thoughts, think about transformational ideas that will propel our city forward. Be as specific as possible.

Naysayers MC Toy Parade Set for Dec. 2

The Naysayers Motorcycle Club Toy Parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Regional Park in Midwest City, 8700 E. Reno Ave.

Santa Claus will lead the parade, and bikers wanting to participate must bring a new, unwrapped toy of $10 or more. This is the 39th year for the Naysayers MC Toy Parade, and 1,200 to 2,000 bikes are expected, depending on the weather.

For more information, contact Slim at 405.202.8384 or Burn at 405.227.5949.