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State briefs for May 8



Northeast OKC block party planned

Northeast OKC Renaissance Inc. will host the annual oNE OKC street festival from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at the intersection of NE 23 and Rhode Island. This year’s event will be headlined by music duo Adam and Kizzie and will feature yard games, bounce houses, food trucks, wellness booths, a community mural and more. Councilwoman Nikki Nice and DayQuann Ervin will serve as emcees.

The annual community block party highlights major revitalization projects in Northeast Oklahoma City and aims to strengthen the economic growth of the area with the goal of connecting the eastside with the rest of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The free event promotes inclusion and diversity.


Exhibit focuses on impact of Cherokee women

“Earth Shakers: The Influence of Cherokee Women” opens Saturday at the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S Keeler Drive. The exhibit showcases the impact of Cherokee women throughout time in education, history, language, arts and politics. It runs through Aug. 30.

An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The public is welcome.

Visitors will learn about the successes of Cherokee women — including Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Joyce Dugan, the first female principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians — in politics, photography, aerospace engineering, art and more. The exhibit is funded in part by Cherokee Nation Businesses and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.


Spring Fling offers chances for shopping, dining, etc.

The third annual Spring Fling — featuring shopping, food trucks, games, prizes and more — will be Saturday at the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa. The free community event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Muskogee Street outside The Artesian. It coincides with the annual Sulphur Days celebration throughout the downtown area.

Visitors will find a variety of retailers, inflatables, face painting, basketball hoops and laser tag. Justin Williams, Artesian area general manager, said the event is an opportunity for families and friends to spend time together and enjoy fun and games, as well as shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and weddings gifts. For more information about The Artesian go to or call 855-455-5255.

Staff reports