Halloween Events in the OKC Metro Area!

Are you looking for ways to entertain your kiddoes the next few days or enjoy the Halloween holiday a little more? Here are few exciting, family friendly and some FREE events happening in the Oklahoma City and Edmond metro area this week leading up to Halloween! 

Oct. 23 – 30

Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake (7200 # 15th St, Edmond) features a fun, not-scary trail filled with roaming characters. Additional activities include hayrides, games and a campfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. Weekdays, $8; weekends, $10. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

FREE Fall Bash at SpringHIll Suites OKC Quail Springs (3201 W Memorial Rd) features trunk-or-treating and activities for kids as well as an art show. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Mall-O-Ween at Penn Square Mall (1900 NW Expressway) features indoor trick-or-treating at participating retailers and a costume contest. Costumes are welcome but only during event hours. 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 25

FREE Escape Transylvania at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City). Discover clues, solve puzzles, and open the lock to escape Dracula’s castle. For ages 12 – 18. 4 – 5 p.m.

FREE Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Explore the galleries while hunting for prizes, snap a photo with props at the photo booth, get your face painted or create the perfect fall craft. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. 4 – 7 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at Crow’s Corral at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features face painting, games with prizes, popcorn, cotton candy and other treats. 5:30 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trick or Treat at Oklahoma City University’s Walker Hall (1829 Noble Dr) features a free indoor trick-or-treat alternative. 6 – 8 p.m.

Haunt the Harn at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features trick or treating, face painting, pumpkin bowling, a cupcake walk, hay ride and more. $5 in advance or $7 at the gate. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

OSU Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Pops Concert at The Seretean Center for the Performing Arts (132 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater) features music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Wicked. Attendees can also enjoy an instrument petting zoo and a costume contest. $10; students & seniors: $7. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 & 26

Scary Tales at the Henry Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features spooky stories about Oklahoma history. This tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. This event is family-friendly, but ghost stories will be told. $25. 7 – 9 p.m.

Oct. 26

FREE Autumn Jamboree at Infant Crisis Services (4224 N Lincoln Blvd) features free food, games, raffle prizes, and a petting zoo as well as a performance by Spaghetti Eddie. Costumes encouraged. 1 – 3 p.m.

FREE Fall Fest at Westminster Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel Ave) features Features trunk-or-treat, games, half-mile costume walk and food. In the event of rain, activities will be held in the basement of the church. Costume walk, $5. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur) featuresa trunk-or-treat, carnival games, a costume contest, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, a cake walk and more. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. A hot dog dinner, cotton candy and popcorn will be available for minimal cost. Children should bring their treat bags to collect candy and prizes. Dress up encouraged, but no scary costumes please. Families are encouraged to bring donations of diapers or wipes for Infant Crisis Services. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Halloween Movie at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a screening of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist, written by Steven Spielberg. Movie is rated PG. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Fall Fest in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features trick-or-treating, costume contests for adults, kids and pets, moon bounces, activities and more. 6 – 9 p.m.

Halloween Carnival at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School (5000 N Grove St, Warr Acres) features carnival games, haunted house and food. All activities take place indoors. Free to attend. 6 – 9 p.m.

Halloween Forensic Night at Skeletons: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features hands-on activities to learn to “read” the features of a human skull to determine: age, sex, physical trauma and/or illness. Detective costumes encouraged. All Forensic activities involve replica human skulls cast from real trauma cases. Personal discretion is advised. $35. 6 – 9 p.m.

FREE Fall Carnival at Crossings Community Church (14600 N Portland Ave) features inflatables, a trackless train, food trucks, a jitterbug swing, a mega cakewalk, face painting, tattoos, games, candy and more. Family friendly costumes are encouraged. 6 – 9 p.m.

Family Fun Night at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St) features pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, a monster dance party followed by a family friendly movie. Pizza dinner options available. Preregister. $10 per child; pumpkins, $2; pizza, $1 per slice. 6 – 9 p.m.

Moonlight Masquerade Family Dance at the 12th Avenue Recreation Center (1701 12th NE, Norman) features a special night for families to celebrate Halloween together. Costumes encouraged and refreshments are included. Preregister. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $10. Two dances: 6 – 7:30 p.m. and 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Late Night Labs: Haunted Whodunnit at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). There’s a mystery in the museum that needs to be solved! The group will solve the crime using fingerprints, blood types and other clues. Attendees can also explore Science Live and Kirkpatrick Planetarium shows and all of the museum’s permanent exhibits. Family-friendly costumes are welcome. Members, $18; nonmembers, $20. 6 – 10 p.m.

Trail of Fears at Little River Park (700 SW 4th St, Moore) features a haunted trail through the woods of Little River Park with terror lurking around each corner. Best suited for kids 12 and up. Children 11 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $7.50. 8 – 11 p.m.

Oct. 27

FREE Spooktacular in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features a costume contest, trick or treating, prizes and more. 9 – 11 a.m.

Turn the Town Upside Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features fantasy and imaginative, kid-friendly activities including sampling sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, visit the Fleming Mercantile for peppermint sticks and salt water taffy and more. Costumes encouraged. $5. Museum or Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s members, free. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Halloween on the Green at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Take a walk down a faerie tale trail with fun characters handing out candy. After the trail, attendees can decorate sugar skulls, get their face painted and pot a plant. No registration required. All ages welcome. $5. 10 a.m  – 2 p.m.

FREE Bethany Boo Bash at the Bethany City Hall (6700 NW 36th St) features live music, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, trick or treating, and more. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Trick ORR Treat at the Farm at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features trick or treating, a screening of The Great Pumpkin movie and bonfires in addition to the farm’s attractions. Costumes encouraged. FREE with admission.10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Gypsy Glam Roadshow Fall Festival at Tony’s Tree Plantation (3801 S Post Rd) features  trick-or-treating for children and dogs, a pooch parade with prizes, make and take art, cake walk, clowns, balloons, face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes, animal rescues, food trucks and shopping with local Oklahoma businesses. Admission and parking is free. Costumes encouraged for children and pets. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE Treats at the Square at the Châtenay Square (10600 S Penn Ave) features trick-or-treating, bounce houses and face painting. Costumes welcome. 2 – 4 p.m.

FREE Trick or Treat City at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (Reno Ave & Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) has a Candy Village and a carnival featuring crafts, games and inflatables. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Candy Village, FREE; carnival tickets available for purchase. 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Spooksville at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features a dog costume contest, kids costume contest, carnival area with games, clowns, magicians and lots of treats. Costumes encourages. Kids, $3; adults, free. 2 – 6 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Variety Care’s Britton Health Center (721 W Britton Rd) features decorated trunks along with games and refreshments. Family-friendly costumes are welcomed, and treat bags will be provided. 3 – 5 p.m.

FREE Kings & Queens Special Needs Fall Festival at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 NW 36th St, Bethany) features a sensory-friendly Bible walk, a sensory room, a glow in the dark room and other games.  Costumes are welcome.  Preregister. 3 – 5 p.m.

FREE Haunt the Library at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) feature an exhibit from the Museum of Osteology, crafts, snow cones, photo booth, games and more. All ages welcome, costumes encouraged. 4 – 7 p.m.

FREE Haunt Old Town in Moore (Broadway Ave, Moore) features family fun activities including trick-or-treating, inflatables, games, music & candy. 4 – 7 p.m.

Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Party at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond) features egular Unpluggits activities plus face painting, Halloween games, prizes and crafts.. Costumes encouraged. $5. 4 – 7 p.m.

Northwest Optimist Fall Festival at Dolese Youth Park (5105 NW 50th St) features free trunk-or-treating as well as a costume contest, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and free popcorn and cotton candy, while supplies last. All activities included in the wristband can be purchased individually. Trunk or Treat, free; activity wristband, $5. 4 – 8 p.m.

FREE Festifall at Southmoore Baptist Church (3801 S Broadway St, Moore) features inflatables, carnival games, prizes and hot dogs for the first 200 guests. Costumes welcome. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat in the Park at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features decorated vehicles and candy for kids in a safe & fun environment. Costumes encouraged. 5 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Fall Fun Night at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 NW 36th St) features a Bible Walk, trunk-or-treating, games and pumpkin chunkin. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Tractors & Treats at First Southern Baptist Church (6400 S Sooner Rd) features a treat trail for the whole family with candy, prizes and costumes. Costumes encouraged. Activities with take place indoors. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Hall-o-ween Extravagnza at Central Presbyterian Church (5101 N May Ave) features a night of indoor trick-or-treating, Halloween games, and a FREE chili dinner, while supplies last. Please, no scary costumes. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Outdoor Movie at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a screening of Hocus Pocus. Kids can enjoy free s’mores and Halloween candy. 7 p.m.

Spook N’ Roll Halloween Party at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a costume contest with prizes, festive decorations, music and more. Costumes encouraged. $12. 7 p.m. – midnight.

Red Dirt Halloween Drive-in Extravaganza at the Beacon Drive-In (2404 S Division St, Guthrie) features the showing of Halloween movies on a huge 40’ movie screen, drive-in style. Attendees can also enjoy raffles, music, concessions, pre-movie activities, vendors, costumed actors and prizes. Benefits the 6th Annual Red Dirt Film Festival. $5-$65. 7 – 10 p.m.

Oct. 27 – 28

Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features photo opportunities, fantasy-themed booths & trick-or-treating. Costumes encouraged. Adults can dress up too but nothing too scary, please. Trick-or-treat bags, $7; members, $6. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Halloween Train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a Halloween train ride, moon bounce and miniature golf. Smiley O’Riley from Dental Depot will be handing out goodie bags to all of the children. Costumes encouraged. Train rides: 13 & up, $12, kids (3-12), $5; kids (under 3), FREE. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 27 – 31

HallowMarine at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks) features an indoor trick-or-treat trail, games, inflatables, PeeWee Pirate Zone, treasure hunt and mermaid and pirate dive shows plus, all the exhibits are open. Children (3-12), $7; adults, $10; kids (2 & under), FREE. 6:30 – 9 p.m. nightly.

Oct. 28

FREE Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District (1745 NW 16th St) features a festive tribute to the Latino holiday. Activities include a parade, art, dancing, music, vendors, food, group art show, annual La Catrina Procession and more. 1 – 7 p.m.

FREE Magic Lantern Celebration in the Paseo Arts Distrtict (Paseo Ave). Children of all ages are invited to “come as they are” and transform themselves with the help of local artists and join in on a costume parade on the labyrinth painted on the street. 3 – 6:15 p.m.

Fall Festival at Winners Church (16000 N Western Ave, Edmond) features games for all ages, decorated trunks full of candy, costume contest, classic car show, music and giveaways. 4 – 6 p.m.

Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Party at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond). Enjoy regular Unpluggits activities plus games, crafts, slime and color lab, face painting and prizes. Costumes encouraged. $5 at the door; current passholder, free. 6 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Crown Heights Christian Church (4020 N Western Ave) features trunk or treating, candy, cake walk, bounce house and more. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features a Chili Cook-off, hayrides, games, s’mores and more. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (10600 N Council Rd) features moon bounces, cupcake walk, police cars and fire trucks as well as trunks filled with treats. 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE Tractors & Treats at First Southern Baptist Church (6400 S Sooner Rd) features a treat trail for the whole family with candy, games, prizes and more. Costumes encouraged. Activities will take place indoors. 5 – 7 p.m.

Yukon’s Mummy & Son Masquerade at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main, Yukon) features carnival games, costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4-12 & their “mummies.” $4 in advance; $5 the day of the event. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a family friendly evening with plenty of candy, decorated trunks, games, inflatables, music and free food. Costumes encouraged. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Lake Overholser Church of the Nazarene (3900 E Overholser Dr, Bethany) features decorated cars, games, inflatables, popcorn, candy and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Matthew United Methodist Church (300 N Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City) features trick or treating, story time in the pumpkin patch and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 29

FREE Brick or Treat in Bricktown (Reno & Mickey Mantle) features trick or treating at more than 40 Bricktown businesses, a pumpkin-painting station and SNL photo booth. 4 – 7 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Quail Springs United Methodist Church (14617 N Penn Ave) features trunk-or-treating, pumpkin decorating and costume contests, candy, games and a chili cook-off. Costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. 6 – 8 p.m.

Mummy & Son Masquerade at Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon) features a fun evening of carnival games, costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4 – 12 & their mummy. $4 in advance, $5 day of. 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 30

FREE Halloween Story Time at the Moore Library (225 N Howard Ave) features themed songs, stories, crafts, music and more. Costume welcome. 10 – 11 a.m.

FREE Dress Up Party and Parade at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122 St). Kids can play dress up and join in on a parade. Attendees can also enjoy a story and fall crafts. Wear your own costume or try on one of the library’s. Best suited for ages 5 & under. 10 – 11 a.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at J.D. McCarty Center (2002 E Robinson St, Norman) features a free trunk-or-treat event with cool cars. Costumes are encouraged. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Norman Parks & Recreation (201 W Gray St, Bldg C, Norman) features a family fun night of trunk or treating, food trucks and more. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

FREE Halloween Craft at Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features crafts and family-friendly activities for all ages. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

FREE Norman North Spooktacular at Norman North High School (1809 Stubbeman, Norman) features 50 plus decorated rooms and free candy for kids up to 10 years old. Costumes welcome. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 31

FREE Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Memorial Road Church of Christ(2221 E Memorial Rd Edmond, OK 73013) features decorated car trunks and treating. 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Join us for the annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat in the Summit Gym and the north parking lot of the Summit! Children 3 years through 6th grade can dress up and participate in carnival-like booths and a moon bounce. Trunk-or-Treat is in the parking lot directly outside.

FREE Spooktacular Storytime and Parade at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features story time and a costume parade. Preregister. Best suited for age 5 & under. 10 – 11 a.m.

FREE Trick-or-Treat at Northpark Mall (122nd & N May). Select stores will be handing out candy. Costumes welcome. 3 – 5 p.m.

FREE Haunt the Hill On Calle Dos Cinco in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St between Hudson & Robinson) features safe trick-or treating including business booths offering free games and goodies. 5 – 8 p.m.

FREE Halloween Arts Spectacular at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a Halloween-themed art making time including drawing, painting, candy and treats. Costumes encouraged. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center (12716 NE 36th St) features a trunk-or-treat outside and haunted house inside. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at Wickline Church (417 Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features decorated trunks and treats. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

FREE Trunk-or-Treat at Western Hills Fellowship Church of God, Int’l (11501 N Western Ave) features games, a cupcake walk, candy and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at McLoud Connect Church (1129 W. Broadway Ave, McLoud) features decorated vehicles and lots of candy. Costumes welcome. 6 – 8 p.m.

Fall Festival Hallelujah Party at Lincoln Park Senior Center (4712 Martin Luther King Ave) features an indoor event with games, prizes, giveaways, food, cakes, a moon bounce, face painting, music and candy. All ages welcome. 6 – 8 p.m.

FREE Trunk or Treat at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church (14700 N May Ave) features an evening of trunk-or-treating. Attendees can also enjoy hotdogs, chips, & drinks. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Halloween Shindig at Skeletons Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunny lane Rd) features a spooky, but not too spooky party with scavenger hunts, owl pellet dissection station, Halloween-themed crafts, live animals and trick-or-treating stations. The Oklahoma City Zoo will be at the museum from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged. $6; dissection kits, $5. 6 – 9 p.m.

 

New to Town?

Unpacking the Boxes is a 10-week class for women in the Edmond and Oklahoma City area. The class is inspired by Susan Miller’s book After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In. Women from the Memorial Road Church of Christ run the weekly meetings. The class is designed to help women connect with other women who are new to area.  Bible-based lessons will help you learn to move past the pain and loss of what you’ve left behind and toward an appreciation of your new community.  You will have an opportunity to meet other newcomers in the Edmond area and build friendships by sharing relocation challenges, memories of “home,” and common interests.  The optional book may be purchased on the first day of class. 

Class meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30, at Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Road, from September 5 to November 14.  Child care is provided. 

For more information about the class, visit  www.unpackingtheboxes.com or e-mail unpackingtheboxes@gmail.com or phone 405-478-0166.

Keys to Scoring a Mortgage

Getting a pre-approval letter will get you ahead of the game, and keeping your credit quiet will help you to the finish line! Here are some other pointers in the “winning the game” of closing on a home with a mortgage!

 

We know that buying a home can be intimidating with so many steps. With a solid team consisting of a real estate professional and a mortgage professional, WE will get you to the finish line. If you have any questions about the process, or if you’re ready to begin the pre-approval process, give US a call!

Rachel Slovacek

NMLS #140681

A/C Tips and Tricks!

The weather is warming up (finally!) and it’s time to start thinking about sunshine, outdoor activities and… cooling. You don’t want to be caught with a broken down air conditioner when the asphalt starts melting.
Tuning up your equipment is the best way to ensure that you get the most out of your air conditioner while lowering your utility bill.
                                                                                              
Here are the critical components you need on your tune-up list.
 
Your condenser coils need cleaning to keep the heat transfer up and maximize efficiency.
 
Your blower fan must be cleaned and oiled to reduce friction, lower energy consumption and keep it in working order.
 
The evaporator coil needs to be inspected for leaks and damage to coil fins which can cause problems with refrigerant and heat transfer.
 
Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced four times per year on average. If you haven’t done it recently, your filter should be cleaned or replaced.
 
Your drain pan collects the condensate from your evaporator coil. Your drain pan needs inspection for damage, which can cause leaks. The drain line should be inspected for blockages as this can cause your drain pan to overflow, especially as the humidity rises.
 
If your control system isn’t working properly, you run the risk of using more energy or having your system fail completely. Your thermostat should be calibrated and all control wiring inspected.
 
Don’t let summer sneak up on you. Give us a call and we can make sure you’re well prepared for the heat. 
 

 
 
HUNTER SUPER TECHS
580-798-4606

Weekly Mortgage Update

Has the housing market finally run out of steam?

 Buyers found the lack of available homes too much in April with all major regions failing to show any activity gains.

 The Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors was down 1.3% to a reading of 106.4, following two monthly increases including an upwardly revised 107.8 reading in March.

The index has fallen year-over-year for four straight months and was down 2.1% in April compared to a year earlier.

The dip in pending home sales meant the third-lowest level in the past year.

 “Pending sales slipped in April and continued to stay within the same narrow range with little signs of breaking out,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun

The PHSI in the Northeast remained at 90.6, 2.1% below a year ago. In the Midwest it was down 3.2% to 98.5, 5.1% lower than April 2017. In the South it declined 1.05 to 127.3, 2.7% higher than last April. In the West it slipped 0.4% to 94.4, 4.6% below a year ago.

 Mortgage rates, gas prices may dampen demand.

Yun added that the underlying sales data and feedback from Realtors show that buyers demand remains strong and the competitive market means listings are typically going under contract in under a month with increasing incidences of multiple offers.

However, rising mortgage rates and higher gas prices could dampen that demand if the trend continues while supply remains desperately restrained.

 “The combination of paying extra at the pump, while also needing to save more for a down payment because of higher rates and home prices, may weigh on the psyche of those looking to buy,” he said.

 Yun’s forecast for existing home sales for the whole of 2018 is 5.54 million, up 0.5% from last year. Median prices are expected to rise 5.1%.

Ted Clay,
Sr. Loan Officer/Sr. Loan Consultant 

Office: 405.341.8644 ext.102
e-Fax: 866.208.5309

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FREE Easter Services & Activities around the OKC Metro!

Friday, March 30
 
Easter EGG-stravaganza at K9 University (9217 NW Expressway, Yukon) features multiple treat-hunts for you and your pup, food trucks and a selfie photo area set up to take festive Easter pics with the Easter Bunny. Donations required. Admission to participate is one unopened bag of pet food, a pet related item or a $5 monetary donation to Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City. Preregistration advised to make sure your dog has a spot in the hunts. 5 – 8 p.m.
 

March 31 & April 1
 
FREE Easter Land at People’s Church (various locations) features a FREE one weekend theme park at all three People’s Church locations. Festivities include over 60,000 pieces of candy, over 30,000 Easter eggs, carnival rides, petting zoo and more. See website for locations and service times.
Saturday, March 31
 
FREE Easter Egg Hunt at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (900 N Sooner Rd, Edmond) Oklahoma City University Quad (2501 N Blackwelder) features an Easter egg hunt, inflatables and treats. 10 a.m.

FREE Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Edmond’s First Baptist Church at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features Easter egg hunts with over 35,000 eggs, bubbles, face painting, food trucks, crafts and more. There will be egg hunts for all age groups from toddlers to 5th grade. 4 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 1
 
FREE Easter Service at Memorial Road Church of Christ(2221 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013). Two worship service times at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. All ages welcome. 
 
FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Edmond Church of Christ(801 S Bryant Ave, Edmond, OK 73034) features an Easter egg hunt for ages 10 and under from 2-3:30 p.m. 
FREE Easter Celebration at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features a family breakfast, Easter egg hunt and two worship services, complete with music and a message that relates the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All ages welcome. 8:30 & 10:15 a.m.

FREE Easter Sunday Worship Services at First United Methodist Church of Edmond (305 E Hurd St, Edmond) features a selection of services with music provided by the church’s adult and children’s choirs and The Hurd Street Band. 7 a.m.8:30 a.m.9:45 a.m.10:50 a.m. & 11 a.m. 

 
FREE Easter in Edmond Services at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features an Easter worship experience that captures the hope and excitement of Easter through live music and an inspiring Easter message. 8:45 a.m.11 a.m. & 11:03 a.m.
 

Rising Rates!

Who doesn’t want to save a little anywhere they can? I know I do. I want to share a few ways that you can save on your mortgage. With rates expected to climb a little this year, it’s becoming top of mind with many clients. 

Here’s the bottom line: just because you have a loan structured when you first purchase doesn’t mean that it’s set in stone for the life of the loan. There are ways to restructure your loan to pay it off earlier than initially planned, save money on your monthly payment, or to free up funds. Here’s a snapshot of a few options for each scenario. 

Pay Extra to Pay Off Early

There are several ways to pay off your mortgage ahead of schedule. 

 • Pay extra each month

 • Set up bi-weekly payments

 • Make an additional mortgage payment once throughout the year

 • Divide the monthly payment by 12, then add the extra to each month

Recast Your Mortgage

If you want to lower your monthly payment and have the cash to do it, you can recast your mortgage. This means you lower your principal – not the term or your interest rate.

Refinance Your Loan

This is probably the most popular way to restructure a loan. Refinancing is when you’ll replace your current mortgage with a new one at a lower interest rate. The lower interest rate will help lower your monthly payment.

That’s just an overview of these strategies. Remember: every loan and situation is unique, and I’d be happy to take a look at your situation and help you save on your mortgage payment. Give me a call to set up an appointment. 

Have a great day, 
Rachel Slovacek NMLS #1406817

Historic School in Edmond

Did you know the original school built in Edmond is still up and standing up? In 1889 a lady named Jennie Foster had the great idea to build a school. She gathered her friends to raise money and they ordered the wood to start building the new school house. In September of 1889, the first school day transpired with 19 students and by the end of the term there was 37 students. Edmond’s first school house has now been restored by the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust and it has been moved to the corner beside Jiffy Lube at 2nd St and Boulevard. You can visit it by private, scheduled tours if your heart desires. It really is a neat blast from the past about our own town – Edmond! Go to the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust website for more information and details about the school house. Years ago, we decided for our back to school post card that we wanted to take some pictures in front of the school and around it! Such a neat experience!  Go check it out for yourself!