The Double-A affiliates of the Colorado Rockies, the Tulsa Drillers while away summers at OneOK Field in heated pursuit of the Texas League championship under the tactical leadership of skipper Duane Espy. On July 23, the Drillers welcome the Arkansas Travelers for a Saturday evening tilt, battling their division rivals in a baseball brawl to determine league standings, bragging rights, and which state gets to declare the change-up as its official pitch. From field reserved seats along the third-base line, spectators track every ball and bunt, cheering precision strikeouts from Christian Friedrich and rest of the bullpen or the slugging prowess of homerun threats Scott Beerer and Tim Wheeler. Take a break from the game for a visit with special guests from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad, who promote cross-sport goodwill with five performances, fan photo opportunities, and a pom-pom adoption center.
At Showplex Cinemas, it’s the same scene every night. The lights dim, and the crowd quickly falls silent. After some song-and-dance from the concession stand and a few thrilling trailers, main attractions from Hollywood’s biggest movie makers flicker to life on screen. Thanks to Showplex’s screening systems, moviegoers in five states share in this immersive entertainment tradition, which is as American as the hot dogs they sell in the lobby. Recently under the new management of Starplex Cinemas, Showplex has lowered ticket prices and added more items to the concessions lineup. The theaters’ Facebook page increases the community aspect, helping moviegoers stay abreast of the newest releases as well as flashback screenings of classic flicks.
U.S. Shooting Academy accommodates weaponry of all calibers and ranges with its 90-acre shooting facility. A squad of passionate instructors helms the academy's training center, which hosts a schedule of classes such as close-quarter handgun skills, advanced hostage-rescue operations, and armed response tactics for a variety of fragile environments such as aircraft or glass houses. Members of the academy's training group attend multiple small modules on tactics and technique to help them master their chosen gun. U.S. Shooting Academy's onsite gunsmiths are on hand to customize firearms to fit shooters' personalities, preferences, and Zodiac signs.With more than 30 pistol ranges, 100-meter carbine ranges, and 300-meter rifle ranges, U.S. Shooting Academy also hosts a wide variety of marksmen competitions. Club members take aim with machine guns and pistols to test their pinpoint accuracy on targets featuring generic assailants or the gun's long-time rival, a knife.
Founded by Joe Estes as a nonprofit operation, Safari Joe's Reptile World provides a 200-acre sanctuary for more than 250 exotic animals—including lions, leopards, alligators, pythons, and large tortoises—that were unwanted, abused, or neglected. Each week, five to six new animals are donated or abandoned at the facility. Though these animals cannot return to the wild, they receive nurturing care from a cadre of more than 30 volunteers.
While newly abandoned animals remain hidden from view within the sanctuary, the park also boasts exhibit such as Reptile World. This educational, hands-on environment encourages visitors to interact with a slew of exotic animals while learning about protecting each species and their natural habitats.
The staff at The Emerald Academy knows that kids change from unsteady toddlers to high-energy kids in the blink of an eye. So they offer a full range of classes to help little ones get out their energy in fun, productive ways and reach developmental milestones. Students can enroll in gymnastics, cheer, or dance classes, and preschool-aged children can join gym classes tailored to their tiny hands and feet. The clean, air-conditioned facility also features parent viewing rooms, so guardians can watch while kids somersault across the floor and cheer for their favorite solitaire player.