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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA!
OKLAHOMA CITY AREA FACTS:
Oklahoma City was born on the afternoon of April 22, 1889 when the central portion of what is now Oklahoma was opened to settlement by presidential proclamation. Never before or since has such a 'run" occurred anywhere on earth. By the time the dust had settled on that historic day many of these people had staked their claim at "Oklahoma Station", an area which was destined to become a leading city in 20th century America.
Population: 958,839 in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan statistical area.
Area: Oklahoma City is one of the nation's largest cities in terms of land area covering a total of 621 square miles. There are 700 square miles in Oklahoma County and 4,242 square miles in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan statistical area.
Climate: At 1,291 feet above sea level, Oklahoma City has an ideal relative humidity. The warmest month is July with an average temperature in the low 80's. The coldest is January with a temperature average m the mid 30's. The city averages 3,000 hours of sunshine a year making it one of America's sunniest cities. The average rainfall per year is 32.03 inches with an average snowfall of about nine inches.
Transportation: Oklahoma City is conveniently located near the geographic center of the Continental United States. There are 71 flights into and out of the city's Will Rogers World Airport every day via seven airlines. For those traveling by car or bus, Oklahoma City is an ideal location, accessible by scenic highways and the crossroads of our county's busiest highways, 1-35 and 1-40. 1-44 also intersects through the city. A local bus service provides transportation within the city proper and to nearby suburbs and direct or connecting bus service is available to all major cities in the nation.
Medical Facilities: Oklahoma County is the home of 20 general hospitals, four specialized hospitals, three teaching hospitals, and two federal medical installations. The combined bed capacity is nearly 6,000. The Oklahoma Health Center is one of the nation's finest with fourteen institutions and two organizations in over forty buildings on its metropolitan campus.
Churches: Nearly 700 churches representing all denominations can be found in the Oklahoma city area.
Communications: The Oklahoma City area is served by one daily newspaper, the Daily and Sunday Oklahoman. The Journal Record is a business paper which appears Tuesday through Saturday. There are seven local television stations, three of which are national commercial networks, two are independent commercial stations and two pre-public television stations. The Oklahoma City area is also served by two cable television subscription services and one remote antenna television service. There are over twenty AM and FM radio stations with a format to suit any musical taste.
Taxes: Oklahoma has one of the lowest tax rates in the nation. Oklahoma City property tax rates and assessments vary due to city limits extending into several counties and numerous school districts.
Community Information: To learn more about Oklahoma City and Edmond area up to date activities and weather, link to http://www.connectok.com
OKLAHOMA CITY EDUCATION
In Oklahoma, education is the state's top priority at every level offering a wide and varied range of educational programs. In addition to fifteen school districts in Oklahoma County, opportunity for elementary and secondary education are available at one of several parochial schools, including Bishop McGuiness High School, Casady School, Heritage Hall, Oklahoma Christian Schools or Villa Teresa Schools.
Oklahoma City is also home to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. This state-wide school for high school juniors and seniors is a "magnet" school for those students gifted in science and mathematics and is located at the Oklahoma Health Center.
Vocational technical training is an area of education where Oklahoma truly shines and is recognized by many as having the best and most extensive training in the country. Oklahoma vo-techs have a wide variety of programs and are considered to have the finest Training for Industry program in the nation. There are 48 vocational technical schools statewide and there are four schools in the Oklahoma City area. They are Metro Tech, Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech, Mid-Del and Eastern Oklahoma County.
Higher education is a major force in the metropolitan area. The state's largest university, the University of Oklahoma is in Norman, just south of Oklahoma City. Other colleges and universities in the metropolitan area include Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, and Oscar Rose Junior College.
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Citizens of Oklahoma City believe that educational opportunity is the key to future prosperity. On that basis, Oklahoma City has developed educational schools and training of every kind and size.
Total enrollment: 36,500 students
61 Elementary Schools
9 Middle Schools
7 High Schools
4 Special Centers
Midwest City - Del City Public Schools
The variety and growth of these two communities are directly related to the quality of education provided by the public schools.
Total enrollment: 15,500 students
17 Elementary Schools
5 Junior High Schools
3 High Schools
1 Special Services Center
1 Area Vo-Tech
Piedmont Public Schools
Piedmont offers a program for gifted children and special classes for the learning disabled. All programs are designed to provide an educational climate beneficial to the student.
Total enrollment: 1,060 students
1 Elementary School (kindergarten - 5th grade)
1 Middle School (6th grade - 8th grade)
1 High School (9th - 12 grade)
Putnam City Public Schools
The Putnam City Schools have always been known for their academic excellence. The system maintains a diversified program that meets the needs of all students.
Total enrollment: 18,477 students
17 Elementary Schools
1 Central Intermediate
5 Middle Schools
3 High Schools
1 Developmental Learning Center
1 Alternative Learning Center
Yukon Public Schools
Yukon offers special education programs, remedial reading, speech therapy and math programs.
Total enrollment: 5,900 students
7 Elementary Schools
1 Middle School
1 Mid High School
1 High School
Moore Public Schools
Moore conducts a SEARCH program for gifted children. It offers special education programs including a program for the visual and hearing impaired and severely physically and/or mentally handicapped children.
Total enrollment: 18,000 students
18 Elementary Schools (kindergarten - 6th grade)
4 Junior High Schools (7th grade - 9th grade)
2 High Schools (10th grade - 12th grade)
EDMOND & OKLAHOMA CITY AREA CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
professional ballet company performs in the Civic Center Music Hall. During the Christmas season eight "Nutcracker" performances are scheduled. The school offers ballet and jazz classes year round.
Shakespeare In The Park
Edmond's Professional Classic Theatre Company provides entertainment for all ages. This is a unique experience and a bonanza for all. Performances are produced in Hafer Park in an open-air setting. The company provides a variety of theatrical presentations, from "Romeo & Juliet," which is a perennial crowd pleaser, to "On to Oklahoma! The 89er Run for the Promised Land."
Carpenter Square Theatre
A variety of works from contemporary playwrights are presented year round by an outstanding theatrical cast and crew.
Jewel Box Theatre
Oklahoma City's oldest community theatre is a theatre-in-the-round providing Oklahoma with 34 years of continuing excellence.
A professional summer theater company performing musicals at the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Theatre A La Carte
Theatre A La Carte conducts performances throughout the summer. Each season includes at least four regular performances, ranging from mystery and musicals to comedies and classics. All performances are in Edmond's Liberty Park.
National Cowboy Hall Of Fame And Western Heritage Center
Established in 1965 to preserve accurately and authentically the rich heritage of the American West. The museum complex houses one of the finest collections of western art in the country. The Rodeo Hall of Fame immortalizes the most outstanding athletes of this sport in portraits and displays of their trophies, saddles and other memorabilia. The Great Western Performer's Hall of Fame honors actors who have contributed to the legacy of the West. The John Wayne exhibit includes western artifacts, movie memorabilia, and his personal art collection. The West of Yesterday is a replica of an Old West town with an authentic sod house, Silver Dollar saloon, U.S. Marshal's office and blacksmith shop. Beautiful gardens and pools enhance the 37-acre facility.
Chopin Society Of Mid-America Concerts
The Chopin Society of Mid-America presents a series of concerts throughout the year including a variety of distinguished performers from all over the world. Performances are presented at Mitchell Hall on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.
StarDanceSwan is the first dance company to originate in Edmond. The company combines many styles of dance and performs new and exciting shows throughout the year. The company's artistic style is a unique blend of dance, storytelling, enchanting melodies and visual fantasy.
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society performs in the Civic Center Music Hall. The repertoire of this renowned 140-voice chorus ranges from folk to the major choral masterworks with full orchestra accompaniment.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Orchestra The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra's season includes a full schedule of classics and pops concerts featuring world-renowned artists. All concerts are held in the Civic Center Music Hall.
The fastest growing opry in the Southwest, the Oklahoma Opry is fashioned after the Grand Ole Opry and offers country, bluegrass and gospel music every Saturday night.
EDMOND'S HISTORIC COMMUNITY CENTER AND MUSEUM
The story of Edmond's history is told through a collection of memorabilia from early town founders. From Indian territory to the Run of 1889, many artifacts illustrate the commerce, agriculture, education, publications and clothing of an earlier era.
Oklahoma City Art Museum
Located at the State Fairgrounds, the Oklahoma City Art Museum has an outstanding exhibit of works by local artists.
FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
State Fair Of Oklahoma
The fair is the third largest in the United States. It offers hundreds of exhibits, rides, and shows as well as rodeos and concerts.
Red Earth Native American Festival
The world's largest celebration of Native American culture, features arts, crafts, dance competitions, and performances of the more than 67 Indian tribes in Oklahoma.
Festival Of The Horse
Ten exciting days of racing, rodeos, concerts, polo and equine tours that honor the importance of the horse to Oklahoma.
Festival Of The Arts
Rated as one of the top ten outdoor festivals in the country according to the American Council for the Arts. It displays the finest talents in visual, culinary, and performing arts.
Frontier City Theme Park
One price enables you to enjoy all the thrilling rides and see the exciting live and animated shows at this "western-style" theme park.
White Water Bay
An exciting water-oriented attraction with body surfing in the wave pool, slippery water slides, chutes, flumes and rapids.
Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex
This complex houses seven attractions and museums. Separate admission is not required. Air Space Museum featuring the past, present and future of the aerospace industry in Oklahoma and across the nation through artifacts, photographs and exhibits. Center of the American Indian showcasing American Indian cultures. Greenhouse and Gardens including eleven garden areas, a working and tropical greenhouse and special exhibits and displays each month. International Photography Hall of Fame hosting exhibitions of some of the world's most influential artists in this field. Kirkpatrick Galleries with seventeen art, cultural and historical galleries bringing you the best in fine and contemporary art, historical collections and cultural artifacts from around the world. Kirkpatrick Planetarium where the stars shine day and night and visitors can travel to other galaxies. Omniplex Science Museum: Oklahoma's "playground of the mind" and one of America's top science museums for children of all ages.
Oklahoma City Zoo
Acknowledged as one of the ten best zoos in the United States, the Oklahoma City Zoo's collection consists of almost 2,000 animals exhibited in naturalistic habitats on 110 developed acres. Aquaticus features aquariums, a dolphin and sea lion show and marine mammals. The Great EscApe which opened in the summer of 1993 provides a naturalistic habitat for gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees. Visitors journey through a tropical forest with streams, pools, cliffs, and clearings.
Myriad Botanical Gardens/Crystal Bridge
The Myriad Gardens features the unique 224-foot Crystal Bridge, a seven-story enclosed botanical garden. Its distinctive collection of more than 1,000 tropical and subtropical plants from all over the world are presented in a setting with a 35-foot cascading waterfall.
Bricktown Historical Dining And Entertainment District
Stroll down the brick streets of the recently renovated Bricktown and enjoy its restaurants, nightlife and shopping.
Oklahoma's premier racing facility. The $97 million facility opened in 1988 and is considered one of the finest pan-mutual racetracks in the world. The 375 acre facility offers exciting thoroughbred horse racing in the spring and fall and quarter horse racing in the summer.
Enterprise Square, USA
A hands-on attraction celebrating the free enterprise system. Drill an oil well...build your dream home...demolish an old building...choose an adventure of a lifetime! It's enjoyment for the entire family.
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