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There are 97 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Think the only thing Tulsa has to offer is lounging poolside or staying indoors to beat the heat? Think again.

We’re here to remind you that this city and region are full of fun. Whether you're new to the area or have called T-Town home all your life, there is something to keep you entertained each day. Here's your official guide to summer in Tulsa.

1 Channel the spirit of Picasso and take an art lesson at Philbrook Museum of Art. Enroll in a series of classes or sign up for a workshop. 2727 S. Rockford Road, 749-4971, www.philbrook.org

2 Think you're tough? Saddle up June 1-3 and prove it at the Tulsa Tough Ride and Race. Or ride your bike downtown and enjoy the music and vendors set up for this action-packed weekend. www.tulsatough.com

3 You're never too old for a snow cone. Take a few laps around LaFortune Park and then beat the heat with an icy reward. Cheap and big — these are the snow cones our staff considers the best in town. 5323 S. Yale Ave., www.parks.tulsacounty.org/LaFortune.aspx

4 Picnics aren't just for the countryside. Pack up your favorite sandwiches or stop by any one of Tulsa's restaurants for a to-go meal and enjoy it at a nearby park.

5 OK, so we can't stand the Tulsa heat every day. When the mercury rises into the triple digits, slip in­ side for a movie at the Circle Cinema. You're likely to catch a documentary, independent or foreign film or even a premiere of a locally produced and directed film, which you won't likely see at the major cinemas. 12 S. Lewis Ave., 592-FILM, www.circlecinema.com

6 Feeling lucky? Stop at the Fair Meadows horse races and place your bets. You don't have to blow the family fortune for a little fast-paced entertainment. The average minimum bet is $2. 4609 E. 21st St., 743-7223, www.fairmeadows.com

7 Life's a peach, especially when you're enjoying one fresh from the orchard in Porter. Pack up for a day trip to the Porter Peach Festival July 13-14. Don't forget to bring some back for friends and family. www.porterpeachfestival.info


8 Lovers of the Mother Road come from far and wide to see this spot, but you'll only have to travel 20 minutes to see the legendary blue whale in Catoosa. www.legendsofamerica.com/OK-Catoosa.html

9 Take a classic family float trip along the Illinois River. www.oklahomaroadlrips.com/paddle-oklahoma-rivers.htm

10 Book an overnight stay in the 1800s-style log cabin at Safari's Animal Sanctuary' in Broken Arrow. You'll enjoy admission to the park, guided tours, continental breakfast and a nightly serenade by the resident wolves. 26881 E. 58th S., 357-5683, www.safarissanctuary.org

11 Take a 45-minute drive to Woolaroc in Bartlesville. Offering nature trails, a petting zoo, a Native American heritage center, Oklahoma oil history and the Phillips family mausoleum, plus more, this former oil baron's ranch has something for everyone. Located 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville on State Highway 123, (918) 336-0307, ext. 10, www.woolaroc.org

12 Transport yourself to another place and time. Visit the Renaissance Fair at the Castle in Muskogee. It runs through Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Come out to see jousters, jesters, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and minstrels and even try medieval foods. 687-3625, www.okcastle.com

13 Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, the Price Tower, which the architect called the "tree that escaped the crowded forest" when he completed it for the H.C. Price International Pipeline Co. in 1956. The site includes a restaurant and an art museum. 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, (918) 336-4949, www.pricetower.org

14 See Oklahoma's newest state park, Natural Falls. Located just off Highway 412, eight miles west of Siloam Springs, Ark., it boasts a 77-foot waterfall, campsites, and fishing. www.oklahomaparks.com

15 Experience family entertainment m the great outdoors. Attend a performance of "Oklahoma!" at Discoveryland!, the official national home of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's much-celebrated musical. (918) 245-0KLA, www.discoverylanddusa.com

16 Can't afford a trip to Africa? No problem. Take the family to the Starry Safari at the Tulsa Zoo. Participate in a nighttime American bison tour, gaze at the moon and wake to the sounds of roaring lions, calling peacocks and many other wild animals. 6421 E. 36th St. N., 669-6600, www.tul­ sazoo.org

17 Take a culinary escape to Mexico. Enjoy cold beer, margaritas, fajitas and salsa with chips at your favorite local Mexican restaurant (see our Dining Guide on p. 147 for a few suggestions) and transport your taste buds to the beach. Maybe your mind will follow and all of your worries will disappear.

18 Dogs have better hearing than humans, so why not indulge them with a little music for their listening pleasure? Stroll along the Arkansas River on the scenic trails and then stop to hear one of Tulsa's many talented local artists perform at the River's Edge Bistro and Cafe. www.riverparks.org/ Everyday/everyday.htm

19 Declare hot dog day. Try one each week and take a taste-test tour of Tulsa's hot dog offerings — from the original Coney Islander downtown to Goldie's Patio Grill — and see which suits you best.

20 Tulsa has always had strong musical roots. Catch some local acts per forming weekly at a number of summer concert series. Many are at popular shopping centers. For example, we suggest booking an outside table early at one of the many restaurants in Utica Square so you can enjoy the music while you dine. The shopping center hosts the Summer's Fifth Night concert series from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday (starting May 24). 21st Street and Utica Avenue, www.uticasquare.com


21 RiverWalk Crossing concerts held at 7 p.m. from May 4-Sept. 27- 110 W. B St., Jenks, www.riverwalkcrossing.com

22 Starlight Concert Series by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra held from 8-10 p.m. in June and July at the RiverParks Amphitheatre. 2100 W. Jackson St., www.starlightbands.net

23 Shops at Seville concerts held from 7-9 p.m. in May through July. 10021 S. Yale Ave., 493-2447

24 Broken Arrow's Tuesdays in the Park concert series held at 7 p.m. in June in Central Park. 1500 S. Main St., Broken Arrow, 259-4300, ext. 258

25 LOOK and laugh. Light Opera Oklahoma presents wonderfully frothy fare each summer. This season includes "Music Man," "Naughty Marietta," "Sweeney Todd" and "Cabarets/Trial by Jury." 583-4267, www.lightoperaok.org

26 Love jazz? The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (now located in the downtown Jazz Depot) will present the Oklahoma JazzFest June 14-16. Cincinnati Avenue and First Street, 596-1001, www.okjazz.org

27 Add a piece of history to your home. Go antiquing on Cherry Street and find a hidden treasure from the past. 15th Street between Peoria and Utica avenues

28 Is golf just a good walk spoiled or is there more to it? Take a golf lesson at one of Tulsa's public courses. Learn the lingo and perfect your swing. www.tulsagolf.org/public, www.lafortunegolfclub.com

29 Tiger Woods is coming to town as Tulsa hosts its seventh PGA championship Aug. 6-12 at Southern Hills Country Club. If you're lucky enough to get tickets, this is an event you don't want to miss. www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2007

30 Be a part of history. Trek downtown June 15 for the unveiling of a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere buried 50 years ago as part of Tulsa's Golden Jubilee Week, a celebration of the state's semi-centennial. www.buriedcar.com

31 Learning is always more fun when you aren't being graded. Audit a course at OSU-Tulsa, OU­ Tulsa, TU, ORU or TCC this summer and take the courses you never had time for in college www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu, www.tulsa.ou.eduw,www.utulsa.edu, www.oru.edu, www.tulsacc.edu

32 Warning: only for the young at heart. Desperate to cool off? Take a run through the sprinklers at Florence Park. 1936 S. Gary Ave.

33 Tennis fans know the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open will be the tournaments to watch this summer. Practice your moves at one of Tulsa's public tennis courts. www.cityoftulsa.org/recreation/ parks/Parks.asp

34 Play ball! The Drillers are in the heat of the season. Cheer them on and try a hot dog (see No. 20). www.tulsadrillers.com

35 We may not have the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but we do have Tinseltown history. Rent the movie "The Outsiders" (a newly expanded version was recently released), which was penned by acclaimed Tulsa author S.E. Hinton 40 years ago. See how many of the filming locations you can identify. Then take a tour of the sites and you, too, can stand where Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon or Diane Lane once did. www.theoutsidersbookandmovie.com

36 Something about summer screams festivals. And Tulsa is full of them. Tops on our list is Diversafest, also known as D-Fest. We've watched this event grow more and more each year. This time, the festival moves to the Blue Dome District downtown and will bring Oklahoma­bred band The Flaming Lips to Tulsa for the first time in 20 years. www.dfest.com


37 Part of the weeklong Tulsa Pride & Diversity 2007 event, the Tulsa LGBT Pride Festival June 9 will include Art in the Park, Pets in the Park and a Family Fun Zone. Also check out the LGBT Pride Parade that morning. 1875 S. Boulder Ave., 743-4297, www.tohr.org

38 Oklahoma's favorite redhead, Reba McEntire, will be at the Country Fever Music Festival in Pryor June 7 — Do you need another reason to go? www.countryfeverfest.com

39 Keep your promise to live a greener life. Buy local at one of several farmers' markets, including Cherry Street, Tulsa Garden Center, Jenks and the newest one planned at Centennial Park in the Pearl District. www.cherrystreetfarmersmarket.com

40 You've followed our Oklahoma Centennial Series for six months now. Take it a step further and visit some of the historic locations that have helped shape Tulsa. Start with a visit to the Council Oak Tree, 1730 S. Cheyenne Ave., historically considered the birthplace of our city. www.discoverourtown.com/OK/ local-48462.html

41 Take time to visit other destinations, such as Tulsa's first cemetery, first post office and the Greenwood District, and see where history was made.


42 Tulsa boasts some of the most impressive art deco in the country. Take an art deco tour of Tulsa, starting with Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave. For a complete list, visit


43 Visit the ducks and swans at Swan Lake. But follow the signs and please don't feed them. Enjoy a walk around this midtown jewel, a one-time boating area and swimming hole, which now includes native plants and a spectacular sculpture surrounded by beautiful historic homes. 1573 Swan Drive, www.tulsawalk.com/parks-places/tulsaparks­ swanlake.html

44 Engines ready ... go! Drag racing season is here. If you have a need for speed, enter a race at Tulsa Raceway Park, or sit in the stands to watch the action. 3101 N. Garnett Road, 437-RACE, www.tulsaracewaypark.com

45 Move the dining room table outdoors. Set out tiki torches and citronella candles and enjoy your own back yard with the company of friends and family as you grill out under the stars.

46 Catch a flick. Pick a cooler night this summer and enjoy a movie outdoors at Tulsa's historic Admiral Twin drive-in theater. 7355 E. Eason St., www.selectcinemas.com

47 If you prefer not to sit m your car, bring some wine and elegant edibles to enjoy Philbrook Museum of Art's Movies on the Lawn during July. www.philbrook.org

48 Underwater adventures in Tulsa? You bet. All it takes is a trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium and you'll be among the sharks (the aquarium has the world's largest bull sharks) and turtles. 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks, 296-FISH, www.okaquarium.org

49 Tackle Turkey Mountain on bike at the Attack on Turkey Mountain bike race June 3.


50 Is your family tired of the same old foods for dinner? Ditch your grocery list and visit one of the many ethnic markets in Tulsa for some new meal ideas.

51 We all know ice cream will get you through the summer heat, but add root beer and you're in for a real treat. Stop by Weber's Root Beer in Brookside and enjoy the root beer floats that have been putting a smile on Tulsans' faces since 1933- 3817 S. Peoria Ave., www.webersoftulsa.com

52 Celebrate the Fourth by viewing a fireworks spectacular. Tulsa firefighters will be setting off fireworks for the Fourth of July from the 21st Street bridge. Rhema Bible Church and Drillers Stadium also will be hosting fireworks shows that evening. www.tulsasalutesfreedom.com

53 Reach for the stars. Spend a cool afternoon in outer space at the James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium, or head to the adjacent Tulsa Air and Space Museum and see how real astronauts made it into space. 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., 834- 9900, ext. 110, www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.com

54 Ever been to a Native American powwow? Check out the best of the best at the 30th annual Pow Wow of Champions at Expo Square in August, which also features Tulsa's largest Native American arts and crafts mart. www.iicot.org

55 Take the tourists' tour of Tulsa. Visit all the places you would take the relatives if they were in town and snap, pictures to send as postcards encouraging them to come visit you.

56 Don't feel as if you're at the beach unless you have the ocean's waves at your feet? We've got that covered, too. Visit the wave pool at Big Splash. 4707 E. 21st St., www.bigsplashwaterpark.com

57 Tag, you're it! Try a new version of the traditional game at Laser Quest. Great for days when it's too hot to be outside. 2909 S. Sheridan Road, 663-5551

58 Volunteer. Take a day or two and lend a hand to Habitat for Humanity. www.habitat-tulsa.org or call Volunteer Central of Tulsa, 585-5551, for other ideas.

59 Visit Bartlesville for the annual OK Mozart festival that features orchestral and chamber concerts with world-renowned guest artists. www.okmozart.com

60 Join in Tulsa City County Libraries' summer reading program or start your own book club with friends. www.tulsalibrary.org

61 Run for a good cause this summer in the Kidney Classic 5K on the evening of June 1. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Kidney Foundation. 744-0339, www.riverparks.org/Events/calendar.asp

62 Test your expertise in swimming, cycling, and running at the Tulsa Triathlon June 10 at Skiatook Lake. If you're not up for competing, come to see the action anyway. www.tatok.com/about.htm

63 Or tackle two sports, cycling and running, at the Chris Brown Tulsa Duathlon July 15 at Mohawk Park. www.tatok.com/about.htm

64 Support a good cause. Attend the Cystic Fibrosis Bon Voyage Party Aug. 24 at Christiansen Aviation, Jones Airport. 200 Lear Jet Lane, 744-6354

65 Think you're king of the grill? Find out whether you measure up at the annual Art of BBQ, July 13-14 at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue. www.ahct.org/artofbbq

66 Uncork the cure for multiple sclerosis in August at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Oklahoma Chapter's annual fundraiser, Uncorking the Cure. www.nationalmssociety.org/OKE

67 Get back to the beach at the Tulsa Area United Way Sandblazer 5K Run and Volleyball Tournament, Aug. 3-4. www.tauw.org

68 Pretend you're Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" and treat yourself to a well-deserved shopping spree around Tulsa.

69 Who needs Vegas? Give yourself a weekend of Vegas-style gambling and fun and book a stay at the Cherokee Casino. 777 W. Cherokee St., (800) 760-6700, www.cherokeecasino.com

70 Declare a "spa day." Book an afternoon or full day of pampering at your favorite salon.

71 You didn't hear it from us, but everyone should play hooky from work once in his or her life. Call in sick and trade in your desk chair for a lounge chair.

72 Horse around. Put on your boots and chaps and visit a horse ranch for the day. You can rent 'em to ride 'em. www.horserenlals.com/ oklahoma.html

73 Ride 'em cowboys! Visit the rodeo for some traditional Wild West fun. www.snowhawk.com/greenco/rodeo.html

74 Walk the trail, watch the birds, and photograph the flora and fauna at the Oxley Nature Center.

5701 E. 36th St. N., 669-6644, www.oxleynaturecenter.org

75 Are you so hot you want to sit in your freezer to cool down? Take a few laps around an ice rink instead. Visit the home of the Tulsa Oilers for some fun on the ice. 252-0011, 6413 S. Mingo Road, www.oilersicecenter.com

76 Stop and smell the roses at the Tulsa Rose Garden. Step into the beautiful glass conservatory at the Tulsa Garden Center, or visit the Linneaus Teaching Garden, which exhibits Tulsa weather-friendly plants and flowers. 2435 S. Peoria Ave., 746-5125, www.tulsagardencenter.com

77 Jump, climb, slide, or bounce your way to summer fun at Pump It Up, the new party zone full of inflatable play structures for kids of all ages. 13675 E. 61st St., 250-5553, www.pumpitup party.com

78 Reach new heights with indoor rock climbing. You'll get in shape for a real climb when the weather cools. www.indoorclimbing.com/oklahoma.html

79 Knocking your head against the wall because you're hot, tired or bored? Knock down some pins instead. Pack a pair of socks and head to the bowling alley. Consider organizing a summer league with friends.

80 Take your best swing at the batting cages at Celebration Station. 4518 E. Skelly Drive, 493-3331, www.celebrationstation.com

81 Put some spice in your nightlife. Alioli holds a free half-hour salsa dancing lesson every Friday night, then opens up an area for the dancing to continue. 3629 S. Peoria Ave., 392-9998,


82 Come away with Norah Jones June 9 when she dazzles Tulsa audiences at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.myticketoffice.com

83 Make a splash. Pick a weekend and head to Tulsa-area lakes. Add to the fun by renting a' Sea-Doo or pontoon boat. www.outdoors ok.com/0klahoma/Lakes

84 Jumpstart your next oceanic adventure. Use the summer to get certified to scuba dive. www.divesitescuba.com, www.scubatulsa.com or www.divetulsa.com

85 Pink bikes available along the RiverParks Trail — everyone's sure to see you coming.

86 Enjoy lunch or a soda at Steve's Sundry's old-fashioned soda fountain while you read your newly

purchased book or magazine. 2612 S. Harvard Ave., 743-3544, www.stevessundrybooksmags.com

87 Rock on at the first annual Rock Fever this July 13-14 in Pryor. The event, which also is an official Oklahoma Centennial event, is the first festival of its kind to feature the legendary 1980s and '90s monsters of rock. www.feverfest.com

88 Get artsy. Take an art tour of Tulsa. Gallery hop along Brookside, Cherry Street or Brady Avenue.

89 Take a road trip to wine country. Visit Tidal School Winery in Drumright for a free wine tour and tasting. 54560 W. Highway 16, (866) 258-1903, www.tidalschool.com

90 It's a girl! Meet Tulsa Zoo's newest addition, Vindi, the first baby chimp born at the zoo in 16 years. Guests can view the bundle of joy at the zoo's Chimpanzee Connection exhibit. www.tulsazoo.org

91 Go to the home where the buffalo roam. Visit the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska.

(918) 287-4803, www.travelok.com/atv/tallgrass.asp

92 If the spirit moves you, local Christian radio station KXOJ and Rhema will collaborate for the Rockets Over Rhema event, held July 1. It will feature outdoor attractions, booths, food, outdoor concerts and a fireworks display. And it's all free. www.kxoj.com/freedomlive

93 Use this Father's Day, June 17, to take a fishing trip with dear ol' dad. Visit www.outdoorsok.com for a listing of local fishing spots and what you might be able to catch there.

94 Up, up, and away! Check out the Gatesway Balloon Festival Aug. 3-5 in Claremore for three days of hot air balloons, entertainment, arts and crafts and food — all benefiting adults and children with disabilities. 258- 3900, www.gatesway.org

95 Feeling a little corny? Head out to Bixby's Optimist Green Corn Festival June 28-30 at Charley Young Park. A kick back to "good old-fashioned family­ oriented picnics," the event includes music, a carnival, arts and crafts and games and contests. Downtown Bixby, 366-9445, www.bixbyoptimist.org

96 Berry Fun! Pick your own blackberries off the vine or buy them pre-picked at the Owasso Christmas Tree Farm. Picking season starts around June 1, so be ready with your gloves (they furnish the pails). It's only a short drive away, which will be worth your time, especially considering all the delicious possibilities of what you can make with handpicked berries. www.owassochristmas treefarm.com

97 Bangles, baubles and beads. Oh, my! Have you ever been shopping for jewelry and thought, "I could make that"? Many Tulsa bead stores, such as Is­ land Dreams, offer monthly classes, or you can learn on your own time. 1345 S. Harvard Ave., www.islanddreamsbeads.com

Meet our tour guide

It all started as a way to win a few Halloween costume contests. He donned the high-water pants, suit coat, bowtie and horn ­rimmed glasses and became Myron Noodleman, the quintessential nerd. First, he won a 1981 costume contest in Chicago with the schtick, which also included a high-pitched, nasally voice; cringe-worthy dance moves; and a he-just-doesn't-know-he's-not­ cool demeanor. Ten years later, he'd won 12 costume contests.

With the wins he took home some cash prizes, but the biggest value came in creating an alter ego that now constitutes his full­ time career Noodleman, aka Rick Hader, soon realized that this character might be an entertainment possibility for sports events. The first place he went? The Tulsa Drillers. The team was sold on the concept, and he soon had gigs booked at University of Tulsa football and basketball games and later, University of Oklahoma football games.

Eventually, though, Hader realized that baseball games, preferably those in the minor leagues, were the best stages for his act. There, he could interact with players, referees and — his favorite part of his job — the crowd. Although the act began as a summertime gig when he wasn't teaching math at Union High School, Hader now spends five months of the year traveling to ballparks across the country. There, he devises his own ways to keep the crowd in stitches, throwing coaching signals in time with "Dueling Banjos" and dancing to the song "Shout," pointing at players and the audience to duplicate his moves.

And although his comedy hinges on the idea that he's a nerd, his biggest compliment came from a young boy who told him, "You're cool, man."

It has been 26 years since Hader created Myron Noodleman, but he still manages to come up with new ways to make baseball games memorable. And for him, there's no better way to spend the summer.

"I get to make a living goofing off," he says.

But acting goofy kind of runs in the family. Hader's nephew, Bill Hader, is a "Saturday Night Live" regular.

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