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Hi everyone, I hope you’ve enjoyed the amazing weather this 1st half of April. The Edmond Vibes 1st Thursday Art Walk season opener happened on April 4, 2024 was a delightful way to get out and enjoy the unbelievably nice weather Edmond has been so lucky to experience this year at view products from so many talented local artists, see street performers, and be able to mill around checking out local retailers, restaurants and bars.

I am hoping the extraordinary weather this spring is an indicator as to what Mother Nature has in store for early fall.  It is rumored that Frenzy Brewing is going to go all out and celebrate Oktoberfest in September, and I, for one, am here for it! When more details become available, I’ll post throughout our social feeds.  

Speaking of our social feeds, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for following EdmondActive and EdmondActiveMag at Instagram and making EdmondActive the city’s largest independent source of information whether for local independent news, for events happening all over our city and more. If you’d like to find information in one place about all that is going on all over Edmond, be sure to give our feeds a follow and like! After 15 years, my gratitude goes out to all of you for following along each day and week.  

The weather looks terrific for this next Saturday’s Heard on Hurd event. Here is a press release on this month’s street festival powered by Citizen’s Bank of Edmond.

Citizens Bank of Edmond Continues the Heard on Hurd Festivities on April 20th  

The 11th season to feature food trucks, pop-up shopping and live music

Edmond, Okla. (Apr 10, 2024) – Citizens Bank of Edmond is excited to continue the much-anticipated Heard on Hurd festivities on April 20th with an Earth Day theme featuring butterfly stilt walkers from Inspyral Circus, beehive demo and local honey from Sweet Stingers and Apiary, butterfly and pollinator gardening showcase and fresh flowers from The Wildflower Cottage, and much more! Additionally, Citizens is celebrating its 123rd birthday and will hand out butterfly shaped wildflower seed packets to celebrate its Bir-EARTH-Day.

Heard on Hurd is the largest and most vibrant monthly food truck and music festival in the nation. This event, which has become a cornerstone of Edmond’s cultural scene, occurs every third Saturday from March through October in downtown Edmond, Oklahoma from 6-10pm.

Earning its reputation as a must-attend event, Heard on Hurd features an impressive lineup of more than 60 food trucks and pop-up vendors, and showcases the talents of local musicians. The April 20th lineup of bands includes Cherry Laurel at 6pm, Easier at 7:20pm, and Chelsea Days at 8:40pm.

Citizens Bank of Edmond, the host of Heard on Hurd, has been a steadfast supporter of local, small businesses. With a commitment to fostering economic growth within the community, the bank has played a pivotal role in the event’s success. Heard on Hurd has not only contributed to the revitalization of downtown Edmond but has also generated an astonishing $65 million in economic impact for the city.

“This family-friendly festival has become synonymous with community, great food, and live entertainment. We hope to revitalize this beloved event with monthly themes for all to enjoy, including carrying out those themes with participation from local businesses. We hope you’ll come out to celebrate local food, local musicians, and local businesses,” said Jennifer Wallis, Chief Impact Officer of Citizens Bank of Edmond. 

To find out more about the event, follow Heard on Hurd on FacebookTwitterInstagram and the website at mycitizens.bank/heard-on-hurd.

About Citizens Bank of Edmond

Founded in 1901 in the same intersection where it stands today, employee-owned Citizens Bank of Edmond is proud to be one of only 14 women-led financial institutions in the US. With 65 employees and one location, the small but mighty bank is nationally renowned. While personalized service is a trademark, Citizens Bank of Edmond is very innovative, with all the conveniences of a larger financial institution. Citizens Bank of Edmond hosts Heard on Hurd, the largest monthly food truck and music festival in the US, offers a co-working space at Vault 405, launched ROGER Bank aimed at serving the military, and owns the patent to the nation’s first unmanned banking facility at Midtown Bank. Based in Edmond, Oklahoma, Citizens Bank of Edmond is FDIC insured with total assets exceeding $380 million. For more information, visit mycitizens.bank.

Edmond Mobile Meals is proud to announce its 50th anniversary of serving the Edmond community this month.

Carolyn Vance, Founder of Edmond Mobile Meals

Established in 1974, Edmond Mobile Meals delivered its first six meals on April 22.

Seven local

churches donated $25 each and provided volunteer support to help the program get started. Since that first day, the nonprofit organization has delivered over 1.2 million meals to the homebound elderly and disabled residents in Edmond. Today, Edmond Mobile Meals delivers an average of 275 meals each weekday, 120 weekend meals, and an average of 50 meals for the Edmond Senior Center’s congregate lunch. Over 400 dedicated volunteers assist in preparing and packaging meals each weekday and delivering meals across 100 square miles of Edmond. A program record of over 73,000 meals were delivered last year.

Edmond Mobile Meals is the only organization that provides daily nourishing meals and wellness checks to the homebound residents of the community. The organization provides these services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay for the service. Clients are accepted into the program based only on need.

“Our primary mission is to make sure that no senior in Edmond ever goes hungry or feels forgotten,” said Executive Director, Cristi Twenter. To prepare for the anticipated increase in need for home-delivered meals for seniors, the organization in partnership with the City of Edmond is in the midst of an infrastructure expansion that will result in triple the capacity of meals that can be prepared each day. Twenter continues, “The aging population is surging and will double in the next decade. We are determined to make sure Edmond Mobile Meals is ready to meet the needs of Edmond’s seniors now and in the future.”

“We provide more than just a meal,” Twenter says. “The friendly volunteers who deliver our meals may be the only human contact some clients have each day. We know that social isolation and loneliness are extremely detrimental for homebound individuals. Real friendships are developed between our volunteers and clients. These relationships have a dramatically positive impact on our clients’ health and allows them to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.”

In honor of this milestone anniversary, Edmond Mobile Meals asks for support of their endowment fund held at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Any gift made to this campaign will receive permanent recognition on a Legacy Wall that will be featured in the organization’s renovated building. Twenter says, “When you donate to our endowment fund, you are giving a gift to our future. Your contribution today will give back to Edmond’s most vulnerable residents forever. It is a wonderful opportunity to honor loved ones, current or former clients, or volunteers.” To donate in celebration Edmond Mobile Meals 50th Anniversary, visit www.edmondmobilemeals.org/donate, or mail a check payable to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation with “fbo Edmond Mobile Meals” on the memo line. The address is 1000 N. Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Planned gifts can also be made to the Edmond Mobile Meals endowment fund. Commonly, these are donated through a will or trust. For more information about planned giving to Edmond Mobile Meals, please contact Cristi Twenter at cristi@edmondmobilemeals.org.

About Edmond Mobile Meals:

Edmond Mobile Meals in Edmond, Oklahoma is a non-profit charitable organization celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Each weekday they provide over 275 nourishing meals, wellness checks and social visits to Edmond’s homebound residents. Edmond Mobile Meals has delivered over 1.2 million meals since being founded in 1974. The meals and daily contact by caring volunteers allow frail, homebound people to remain independent and in their own homes. Edmond Mobile Meals is a team effort of approximately 400 volunteers of all ages, from retired people to young adults. Edmond Mobile Meals delivered over 73,000 in 2023. Please visit www.edmondmobilemeals.org for more information on volunteering or donating.

Joe Tomlinson, journalist from NonDoc Media’s Edmond beat, brings you specifics on what is happening with the development of the building just west of the Festival Marketplace here:

 That’s it for this Sunday, stop by Tuesday for more info about what’s happening around Edmond.

Have a great day,