OKC Zoo Welcomes Two New Rhinos to Sanctuary Asia Exhibit

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the arrival of two Indian rhinos to its Sanctuary Asia habitat. The duo, Arun and Shanti, arrived from the Fort Worth Zoo as that facility prepares for extensive renovations to its Asian species habitat.

Their relocation was also recommended by the Indian rhino species survival plan (SSP). SSP programs were developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help oversee breeding management and sustainability of select animal species within AZA-member institutions like the OKC Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo.

“We are thrilled to welcome these wonderful animals to the OKC Zoo,” said Rachel Emory, curator of pachyderms. “Not only are we glad to help our neighbors to the south as they upgrade their facilities, but we are also excited about the possible pairing of Arun and Niki, our 12-year-old female rhino.”

i2U Culinary Solutions Offers Comprehensive Wellness to Local Hospitals

2U Culinary Solutions, a dietitian-designed and chef-inspired comprehensive wellness concept, has officially launched and announced three on-contract hospital partners who will utilize I2U as the day-to-day food operator for its inpatient meal services. The concept of I2U Culinary Solutions combines the talents and expertise of Dr. Steven Sands; Brent Wilson, R.D.; and chef Jonathon Stranger. I2U is located at 7908 N. Western Ave. I2U Culinary Solutions was created to bridge the gap between food and medicine. With a mission to change the way the health care industry looks at prescriptions, nutrition and holistic outcomes, I2U Culinary Solutions combines service and passion with custom programs geared toward treating patients during a vulnerable yet transformative time in their lives. Services include inpatient meal services and direct outpatient care, diet-specific menus and meal planning, nutrition counseling and personal training and lifestyle accommodations intended to empower individuals to take charge of their health beyond the diagnosis of acute or chronic illness. 

Three local hospitals, including Lakeside Women’s Hospital, HPI Community Hospital and HPI Northwest Surgical Hospital, will now provide nutrient-dense, restriction-friendly menus to their patients.

Will Rogers Airport Begins Expansion Project

Will Rogers World Airport is currently working to expand the east concourse, add four new gates, built a glass-enclosed public observation gallery, add additional shopping and dining space and redo the security check-in process with a consolidated and streamlined checkpoint.

The expansion will include a 145,000-square-foot addition that could result in nine additional new gates that can be added in the future. The project is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2021.

Oklahoma Songwriters Festival Highlights Local Oklahoma Songwriters

The fourth annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival, co-presented by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, was held in April, including the state’s one-of-a-kind musical round table.

The Oklahoma Songwriters Festival was created in 2016 by Ada native Zac Maloy, former singer and songwriter for The Nixons—an Oklahoma-based rock band that rose to fame in the 1990s—in an effort to highlight songwriters and the art of songwriting. 

Along with Maloy, this year’s Nashville-based songwriters included Oklahoma-native Brett James, ASCAP’s 2010 Country Songwriter of the Year; Tulsa-born David Hodges, a former member of Evanescence; and Marcus Hummon, dubbed Nashville’s Renaissance Man.

Before the Saturday evening showcase, the festival hosted Songwriting Camp, presented by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, in the morning at Tower Theatre, which included an interactive panel discussion and Q&A with songwriters. The Songwriting Camp was free and open to the public.