The week-long Three Sisters Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur opens today and will continue through Sunday. This festival observes the changing of the seasons when essential crops like squash, corn and beans take root. In combination, these crops are known as the “Three Sisters” are an ancient method of gardening, “Three Sisters” uses an intercropping system to grow corn, beans and squash simultaneously, which provides long-term soil fertility and healthy crops of food.Activities in the Living Village include cultural demonstrations, archery, stickball, face painting, cultural crafts, storytelling, stomp dancing and more. Horticulture-related activities including preparing a garden, planting tips, cultivating crops and preparing food will be offered at the festival.
The CCC will also showcase a variety of children’s movies throughout the week in the Anoli’ Theater. the movies are open to the pubic and are free.
Escape to the Sam Noble Museum for spring break. The annual event offers families a variety of activities that range from viewing a planetarium show to kite-making and face-painting. Visitors also can participate in hands-on experiments to learn about frog skin, bird-watch in the museum’s backyard and boogie down with one of the area’s favorite musical duos, the Sugar Free Allstars.
Daily activities include:
- Monday – Get wild about water as you set out in search of aquatic creatures in the museum galleries, learn fish facts, make a piece of art with water and discover how pollution affects frogs. And make sure to lace up your dancing shoes for the 11 a.m. performance of the Sugar Free Allstars.
- Tuesday– The sky’s the limit as you watch live birds take flight overhead with the Comanche Nation’s SIA Program, become a bird-watcher and learn about birds with the Oklahoma Biological Survey, and make your own kite
-Wednesday– It’s time to get down to earth as you search for underground critters throughout the museum galleries, dig for fossils with a paleontologist and take a guided tour through the Hall of Ancient Life with a museum curator.
- Thursday –This day brings some out-of-this-world adventures, such as making your own constellations, viewing a real meteorite, exploring the solar system in the “Soonertarium” planetarium show and decorating planet-themed sun-catchers!
- Friday – Round out the week by celebrating culture. See an arrowhead-making demonstration, watch as the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers demonstrate their traditional American Indian tribal dances, take part in Kiowa and Caddo storytelling and decorate your own paper lantern.
National Learn about Butterflies Day is Tuesday and the Chickasaw Cultural Center will feature numerous activities in conjunction with the observance including games, crafts, and educational tours.
Times and events are:
- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Butterfly booth/exhibit will be set up with several giveaways and make-and-take crafts by the butterfly garden, located just outside of the Living Village.
- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Pollination Games on the Plaza” (education outreach to learn about butterflies) located in the plaza in front of the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Hall
- 2 p.m. - Anoli’ Theater – Lecture, “The Monarch Butterfly and Its Amazing Journey!” by Thalia Miller and Rhonda Sellers
- 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Anoli’ Theater – Film, “Flight of the Butterflies”
All events are open to the public at no charge.
The 101st annual Oklahoma Youth Expo, the world’s largest junior livestock show, continues this week.. With highlights starting Thursday with the Grand Drive at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Surprise Award for major benefactors at 6:15 p.m. The pinnacle of the event, the Sale of Champions starts at 4 p.m. Friday and will feature the 200 top animals shown for auction.
Participants are members of 4-H and FFA representing all 77 Oklahoma counties. Businesses and corporations from around the country support the Oklahoma Youth Expo in contributions of $1.5 million dollars annually. Scholarships make up a significant portion of those contributions and this year $263,000 in scholarship money will be handed out to further the education of these gifted young students.
The show is located at the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
5. The High School and Junior High School Rodeo Association opens Thursday at Hardy Murphy Coliseum with joint OHSRA and OKJHSRA events in the coliseum and Arena Two. More than 200 junior high and high school contestants will complete in what is called the Spring Break Bash.
Events include tiedown, poles, barrels, saddle/bronc, steer wrestling, bareback steers, chute dogging, bulls and team roping. Action continues through Sunday.
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