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OKC Zoo breaks ground on Sanctuary Asia – a haven for endangered animals

The OKC Zoo recently broke ground on Sanctuary Asia, its latest expansion project.  Pictured from left are: Dave Timberlake, of Timberlake Construction; Ace Torre, Torre Design Consortium; Dwight Lawson, Zoo executive director/CEO; Mayor Mick Cornett; and Cindy Batt. Oklahoma City Zoo Trust chairperson. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma City Zoo recently broke ground on Sanctuary Asia, its latest expansion project. The $22 million endeavor is Phase II of the Zoo’s master plan from 2010. 

The new Sanctuary will create a multipurpose environment, where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive while receiving world-class zoological animal care. […]

OCC’s 2017 Day at the Legislature to focus on the poor and the environment

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches 2017 Annual Day at the Legislature will feature morning keynote speakers the Rev. Dr. Mark Davies of Oklahoma City University and Commissioner Terri White of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The public is invited to attend the 34th Annual Day at the Legislature (DAL), hosted by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, on Monday, March 6. This year’s event is themed, “Advocating Justice for the Poor and for the Environment.” Due to ongoing State Capitol renovations, this year’s event will […]

Stop the Violence holds fundraiser to support upcoming Spring Break Dance Camp

Registration is now open for the free Stop the Violence (STV) 8th annual Spring Break Leadership Singing and Dance Camp from March 13 – 18 at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Stop the Violence (STV) will host its 8th annual Spring Break Leadership Singing and Dance Camp from Monday through Saturday, March 13 – 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. The program will take place at Douglass High School, 900 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. The camp serves as a […]

John Rex Charter School’s ‘Fuel Up!’ is a cool success

John Rex Charter Elementary School’s key ‘players’ shared in the revelry at the ‘Fuel Up!’ Fundraiser held in February. Among the participants were, from left, school parents Zachary and Kelly Perkins, state Board of Education member Bob Ross, Joy Pierce and her husband, Head of School Joe Pierce. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – At least 200 people gathered in downtown Oklahoma City on a cool, pleasant February evening to raise thousands of dollars to support the John Rex Charter Elementary School. The now-annual “Fuel Up!” event provides supplemental revenues for the public charter school, which now serves some 450 students […]

Will legislative Republicans kill criminal justice reform for a second time?

Kris Steele.  File photo

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Speaker of the House Kris Steele, who now runs Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, is encouraging a freshman Republican member of the state House of Representatives “to take a deep breath, relax and stop misleading the public.” Steele issued a press release with that comment, in response […]

Analyzing Turkish troubles: Some context for journalist Mahir Zeynelov’s interview with The City Sentinel

Mahir Zeynelov, a Turkish journalist deported from his native land by strongarm President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during an interview with The City Sentinel. Photo by Pat McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Mahir Zeynelov, an independent journalist from Turkey, was arrested and then deported from his native land last year. His reporting and commentary got him cross-ways with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the strongman president of his homeland. Zeynelov’s recent visit to Oklahoma occasions this distillation – a mere sketch […]

Harding Fine Arts Academy Ignite Art Festival set for March 4

On Saturday, March 4, Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) will host the 2017 Ignite Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3333 N. Shartel Avenue in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Saturday, March 4, Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA), an Oklahoma City public charter high school, will host the 2017 Ignite Arts Festival. The event, themed ‘Igniting the Spark,’ will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at HFAA located at 3333 N. Shartel Avenue in Oklahoma City. […]

Marriage Equality plaintiffs to hold OKC “Becoming Brave” book event March 2

Sharon Bishop-Baldwin's book, “Becoming Brave: Winning Marriage Equality in Oklahoma and Finding Our Voice,” tells the story of Sharon and Mary Bishop-Baldwin's 10-year lawsuit that brought marriage equality to Oklahoma in October 2014.  Photo by Sarah Molina Mabe.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma City – A new book titled, “Becoming Brave: Winning Marriage Equality and Finding Our Voice” will make its Oklahoma City debut on Thursday, March 2. Sharon Bishop-Baldwin and her wife Mary Bishop-Baldwin, the lead plaintiffs in the 10-year old case that brought marriage equality to Oklahoma, have written […]

Allbaugh discusses death penalty with coalition opposed to executions

Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Oklahoma City – New Oklahoma protocols and procedures for capital punishment are “in the final stages to be presented to the Attorney General’s office” soon — but will then “have to go through the court system,” said Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Allbaugh’s comments came during a […]

LifeShare celebrates National Donor Day on February 14

LifeShare OK Heart logo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter National Donor Day is observed each year on February 14 to recognizes the many selfless people who have helped to save so many lives through the gift of organ donation. 

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, LifeShare wants to remind Oklahomans to “Share the Love” and register as an organ, eye […]

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