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VG)--Enid Public Schools secondary teachers will continue to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) instruction thanks to a donation from Vance Air Force Base. Vance has given the district over $45,000 through the Air Force STEM grant program in the last three years. The funds have primarily been for Fab Labs, or digital fabrication laboratory, in the district, which provide access to the environment, the skills, the materials and the advanced technology to allow anyone anywhere to make (almost) anything. With 3.5 million STEM jobs needing to be filled by 2025, Vance officials say they are thrilled to provide more opportunities to EPS students to generate more interest in the field. This year, the district will use the money for the Flight and Space Module in Project Lead the Way classes at the middle schools.


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KE)--Kites Over Enid 2021 will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field behind Autry Technology Center on West Willow. April is National Kite Month, and the goal of Kites Over Enid is to introduce, or reintroduce, the joy of flying a kite to children and adults alike. Bring your own kite or purchase one on site and join the fun at this annual kite flying festival. There will be open flying times, special demonstrations, candy drops for the kids, food trucks and special activities on the ground.


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TS)--The Spring Tri-State Music Festival will be next week. The activities are set for April 28th - 30th. Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Show Choir, Chorus and Drumline will take place, but because of the Covid-19 virus, the Honor Choir and Honor Band will not take place this year. The annual parade has been moved to October 2nd, to coincide with the field marching contest.


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CN)— 45 more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 238 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are currently 191 people hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 239 cases.


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*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of 2021-04-21 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7758 positive COVID-19 cases, and 128 deaths in Garfield County. 6867 of those cases and 118 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2043 cases, Alfalfa 1156, Blaine County is at 1038 cases, Major 954, and Grant 547.        


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SM)--Local residents are invited to enjoy the Enid High School Vocal Music and Theatre Departments production of “The Sound of Music”. EHS students will take the stage to bring this classical musical to life. Featuring music known world-wide performed by the EHS Orchestra, the show demonstrates the many talents of Enid High’s students. Showtime will be 7:00 Thursday night. All shows will be held in the EHS auditorium. Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $8. Tickets will be available one hour before show time.


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RD)--The 16th annual Hanor Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ is expecting up to 50 teams from throughout the region to cook and be judged in the pursuit of cash and titles. The public is welcome to tour the cooking stations as teams prepare their entries Friday, April 23, and the morning of Saturday, April 24, in the parking lots east of Stride Bank Center. As part of the festivities on Friday the Bacon Bash will feature teams to compete for the title of champion, using pork products supplied by title sponsor Hanor Family of Companies, which is based in Enid. The bacon cook-off will benefit the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, whose annual chili cook-off fundraiser was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With one $10 ticket, a guest will be able to taste 10 bacon creations from the 15 cooks competing in the cook-off. The Bacon Bash begins at 5:30 p.m. in the mezzanine of the Stride Bank Center. In addition, with the Stride Bank Center as the event’s financial backer this year, both a bar and live music entertainment will be around for cook-off patrons to enjoy. Tickets are available by calling the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or visiting Stride Bank Center. All proceeds from the event will go to United Way. There also will be a kid’s cooking competition, a dance sponsored by 4RKids and more. On Saturday, Enid Noon AMBUCS will hold a lunch for $8 a plate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom on the first floor. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance. There will be curb-side pickup available on the east side of Stride Bank Center.




IC)--Foreigner, iconic rock band hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, is bringing “The Greatest Hits of Foreigner on Tour” to Stride Bank Center on Aug. 5. The show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 and go on sale at 10:00 a.m. April 23 through, calling (855) TIX-ENID or on the second floor of Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. A VIP package for $250 will include one premium reserved ticket, a special question-and-answer session with band members, official VIP badge, photo opportunity with the band and several other perks.  With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner has a formidable musical catalog that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Kevin Boryczki, general manager of Stride Bank Center said “This is our first major concert since COVID, and I would expect it to be a full crowd and a great turnout, based off the response we’ve had for similar shows, like Chicago, ZZ Top and REO Speedwagon.




AM)--United Way of Northwest Oklahoma will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony April 29th from 11:30 to 1pm in  the Grand Ballroom of the Stride Bank Center. There will be lunch, special presentations, the 2020-2021 campaign totals and an announcement from the 2021-2022 Campaign Chairs.




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