Oklahoma City Christmas Lights' team of professional lighting technicians spread holiday cheer as they expertly deck homes and yards with twinkling lights. Friendly technicians consult with customers to design a holiday display before arriving at homes with professional-grade clips to keep lights firmly fixed in place. Experienced hands accessorize eaves, ornament brackets, and wind parapets and porticos with twinkling bulbs, illuminating neighborhoods for atmospheric caroling or a street-wide discotheque. Trees can also glow and gleam after technicians adorn trunks and encircle branches, and doors preen with holiday wreaths and garlands.
Certified dog trainer and owner of Dogs Making Better Choices Alise Trees believes that dogs want to serve their masters, but “the key is establishing a respectful and trusting relationship between dog owners and their pets.” As part of canine training, she offers a Basic Manners course for dogs, during which owners teach their dogs commands that range from sit, down, and stay to skills that include loose leash walking. She also conducts private lessons to address individual issues.
If you're taking dance lessons in the Oklahoma City region, chances are your instructor was taught by Louis Macias. The fleet-footed dancer has been perfecting the craft since 1954, and his journey has included stops at the Arthur Murray studios and on stage opening for the legendary Frank Sinatra. Yolanda Macias is no slouch, either, having once competed professionally for the Dance Council of America. The couple passes on their moves at Macias' Dance Center, where their team of instructors teaches classic ballroom styles alongside popular dances such as salsa, cumbia, and bachata.
The pet-loving owners of Four Paws Grooming and Boarding live onsite and welcome furry visitors of the canine and feline variety to their brown two-story business-residence. During basic pet sprucings, certified groomers wash and trim coats and ready nails for sandal season. They can also lavish sensitive skin with oatmeal baths before brushing deep into the plumage of serious shedders and polishing teeth for sparkling doggy grins. Because the owners are on the premises, boarders receive 24-hour supervision as well as individualized TLC. Clean indoor and outdoor kennels proffer comfortable places to relax, and covered outdoor runs allow for alfresco games of Red Rover even when it's raining. The caretakers feed their wards healthful food during their stays and will dispense required medications.
Starting in 1972, active firefighter Sam Oruch passionately introduced visitors to firefighter memorabilia and artifacts from Oklahoma City’s blaze-battling past. He gave his museum tour for 33 years—a tradition carried on today by the museum’s current staff. Today, guests can still admire a collection of more than 7,000 firefighter patches, explore a replica of a fire station from the early 1900s, and gaze upon the collection of fire trucks that includes one that dates back to 1910.
As guests enter, they pass the Murrah Memorial, which honors the bravery of rescue workers in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The museum also boasts a collection of firefighting uniforms and The Last Alarm, a mural painted by Lynn Campbell that with images of the vehicles and industry-grade snowballs used to fight fires throughout American history.