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Hi everyone, hoping the allergy season is treating you well (i.e. Bradford trees in full bloom!)

Upon the February 26, 2024 City Council meeting, the City Council decided on an abatement plan of a property located at 1300 E. Ayers that housed Vets, considering the abysmal condition of the property, evidence of drug use and more. The VFW wanted the property shut down. After the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and numerous city departments inspected the property Feb. 28, there appeared to be very minimal improvement to the property, and then March 4, 2024 a 68 year old resident of the property over dosed and passed away.

As of tonight, the City of Edmond has agreed to file a petition in Oklahoma District Court against the owner of the property in question. Here is Non Doc Media’s Joe Tomlinson’s account of tonight’s lengthy City Council meeting:

A reason to smile.

Edmond Fine Arts Institute and Edmond Vibes have been doing some really cool collaborations with different parties that events in Edmond don’t usually participate with! From the EFAI:

Over the past 3 weeks, Edmond Fine Arts has been partnered with the Oklahoma Arts Council, Edmond Visual Arts Commission, and Edmond Public Schools to lead “Mural Makers”, an art class in which students at Boulevard Academy will create two permanent murals on their campus.Oklahoma Artists Virginia Sitzes & Savannah Whitehead are leading the class alongside EPS Art Teacher Dawn Cash. Guest artists Carlos Barboza and Tiffany McKnight have shared their experiences as working artists, mural processes, and creative techniques with the students.

Save the date for the reveal of the students mural on Thursday, April 4th at @edmond_vibes!”

Seeing a reel flow through Facebook from Edmond Vibes showing collaboration with the OKC Thunder really provided a second reason to smile in one week. It is impressive the difference Savannah Whitehead is making by getting involved with Boulevard Academy and giving them an opportunity to be a part of a community event, but then collaborating with the Thunder as well!!! Check out this reel:

Heard on Hurd 2024 Season debuts Saturday March 16th!

Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd returns for the 11th season on Saturday, March 16. The street festival will be at the corner of Broadway and Hurd in downtown Edmond. Festival attendees will enjoy live, local music and a variety of food trucks and pop-up shops from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Heard on Hurd, presented by Citizens Bank of Edmond, is a celebration of community, local businesses, and vibrant culture, featuring more than 60 vendors, including food trucks and pop-up shops.

Heard on Hurd’s March musical lineup includes talented local artists: Max Sise will take the stage at 6:00 p.m., followed by YZMN at 7:20 p.m., and headlining the event the Jason Young Band at 8:40 p.m.

“Citizens Bank of Edmond is honored to bring Heard on Hurd to downtown Edmond each year,” said Jill Castilla, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond. “Heard on Hurd not only brings our community together but also provides a platform for local businesses to thrive. It’s incredible to see friends and neighbors at Heard on Hurd each month!”

The bank’s Community Lobby will feature Merida from Brave from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Additionally, Heard on Hurd is partnering with Edmond Fine Arts and the Edmond Visual Arts Commission to host a scavenger hunt of 16 pieces of public art during the event. Participants can pick up a game card in the Community Lobby or by the Citizens Bank of Edmond table near the stage. Completed game cards can be returned to the Community Lobby by 8:00 p.m. for a prize.

The featured nonprofit of Heard on Hurd this season is the Edmond Public Schools Foundation. They will be set up near the Heard on Hurd stage with information on their organization and opportunities to support and get involved.

With Spring Break upon us, if you are staying in town, be sure to sign up for Millie’s Table Spring Break Cooking camp and for Oops I Arted Spring Break Art Camp! 

Get some rest after springing forward and check in this weekend for signs of spring around the metro!

Take care,