Neighbors, it’s an exciting time in Downtown OKC with the streetcar construction underway. Your UN representatives attended the Downtown BID (business improvement district) Board meeting last week, and we learned that by this time next year (April 2018, construction delays notwithstanding), you’ll see streetcar vehicles making test runs on the Bricktown loop. We also learned that the city is providing an excellent way get weekly updates on construction progress. If you’d like to know exactly when roads will be closed, sign up for this mailing list to get those updates and plan your daily commute around that pesky traffic!
Urban Neighbors members have been invited to the “Back in Business at the Brick” event at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday, March 30th!
If interested, please RSVP by Monday to email@example.com .
Also, don’t miss the OKC Dodgers Fan Fest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Unfortunately, due to low interest, we’re having to cancel this event. We hope to try again in the future if there is sufficient interest. All who paid will receive refunds shortly.
This week our community garden was featured in the Oklahoma Gazette cover story Growklahoma City! Urban Farmers Cultivate Community and a Connection to the Land by Greg Elwell.
Here’s an excerpt:
Planning Midtown’s Urban Neighbors community garden is more of a group effort, said garden co-chairwoman Shelley Pruitt. When the group meets March 11, members will pick and plan what to grow in the 10 raised-bed gardens for the next year.
Every Saturday, the group meets at 417 W. Park Place to work and welcome newcomers. The garden started in 2013, a few years after Pruitt moved downtown.
Please pick up a copy of this week’s Gazette and read the full article!
Also, please join us on March 11th to work the garden. Fill out the interest form to let us know to expect you!
Join your neighbors along our western boundary in the up-and-coming SoSA neighborhood of OKC at ¡Revolución! Taqueria & Cantina — a taco and tequila focused, high-energy, late-night eats & drinks destination.
Driven by authentic Mexican ingredients and preparation methods, the concept thrives on innovative, playful cocktails around the 24-seat island bar and the perfect party-style patio to imbibe and indulge ’til your heart’s content.
Thank you so much to our annual general meeting host [ARTSPACE] at UNTITLED, our now traditional annual speaker, Steve Lackmeyer, for giving us so much of his time and attention each year, and our door prize donor, Lifesquire. If you haven’t visited UNTITLED recently, you should consider not only revisiting, but returning regularly given the number of programs they have, and this is not even to mention their new retail space, [HIVE] at UNTITLED.
So you didn’t make it to the AGM? Here are the highlights of what you missed (or view the full presentation):
- WE STILL NEED BOARD MEMBERS! If you are a UN member and have a couple spare hours a month, please consider contacting us to let us know you’d like to help.
- The Urban Garden Kick-Off is March 11th, sign-up to work it!
- Our Spring Wine Dinner is March 29th at Red PrimeSteak, buy tickets while they last!
- The GO Bond election is as important as MAPS, make sure you learn and VOTE!
|2017-18 School Enrollment Opens to Downtown OKC Families|
|OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 6, 2017) – Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open to residents living in the John W. Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES) attendance zone in downtown Oklahoma City. The school serves students in pre-K to fifth grade.
This will be the first year the school offers fifth grade.
JRCES is a tuition-free charter school that opened in August 2014. Residents in the attendance zone are guaranteed a seat at the school. Visit the school’s website at johnrexschool.org for attendance zone information, enrollment forms and checklists.
A special early-bird window is open to downtown Oklahoma City families to secure a seat from Feb. 27 to March 10.
To enroll, bring residency verification documents and enrollment paperwork to the school office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. This special window will allow JRCES to provide priority to downtown families. However, residents of the attendance zone may enroll at any time and are not subject to a lottery.
The school is located at 500 W. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.
John Rex Charter Elementary School offers a one-of-a-kind, quality education to economically and racially diverse students. The school is strategically placed in downtown Oklahoma City to provide teachers and students easy access to government, legal and cultural opportunities. The campus’ proximity to the Civic Center Music Hall, the Myriad Gardens and City Hall gives students walking access to multiple learning experiences.
Candor Public Relations
Please join your neighbors on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 for our Annual General Meeting at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd Street, in the heart of Deep Deuce. Housed in one of the neighborhood’s few remaining original buildings, the warehouse sat vacant for 30 years before being converted into the community-based contemporary arts center.
Each year at our AGM, we nominate and vote on new board members & make any needed updates to our bylaws. If you are interested in serving on the board or have suggestions on the bylaws, please email us. Members who pay their 2017 dues online by February 1st, will receive 2 free drink tickets.
After the brief business meeting, we will hear from our special guest, Steve Lackmeyer, reporter at the Oklahoman & author of several books about Downtown OKC’s renaissance.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided by our host, and a CASH bar will be available.
Please join your neighbors on Thursday, January 12, 2017, as we visit one of downtown’s most unique gems, the Ambassador Hotel at 1200 North Walker. Situated within the beautifully renovated Osler Building. Midtown’s only hotel caters to guests seeking the very best in luxury and sophistication. Consistent with the Ambassador Collection’s dedication to preserving and celebratting its properties’ historic legacies, the hotel has retained its 1920’s era Art Deco architecture and charm.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided & a CASH bar will be available (note that the bar will not be accepting non-cash payment).