Category: Out & About

April 30, 2018

A Day at the Myriad Gardens

Town Center residents spent the day downtown doing a combination of things for senior day. First we went to the Park House event center and did exercises with a trainer who concentrates on balance and strengthening with seniors. Several of the residents came back and said they were going to go to our fitness center […]

April 24, 2018

Philbrook Museum Outing

What a beautiful day it was for an outing to Tulsa with The Springs residents. Most of the residents had never been to the well-known museum which is in the historic home of Waite and Genevieve Phillips with expansive gardens surrounding the property. The museum which is a replica of a 1920's Villa opened in 1939 […]

February 12, 2018

Eischen’s for Chicken!

We had a beautiful day for our outing to Okarche, Oklahoma last week, headed for Eischen's for some of their delicious fried chicken and okra.  Eischen's was built in the late 1800's and is still one of the most famous landmarks in the state. People come from all over for the fried chicken which has […]

November 21, 2017

A Visit with the Clydesdales

Town Center residents made a trip to Yukon this last week to tour the grounds and stables of the Clydesdale horses. Our tour guide, Jaime, gathered the residents in the stable where twelve of the horses reside and she shared many interesting facts about the history and daily routines of these magnificent horses. "King" was […]

October 31, 2017

National Pigeon Museum Outing

Town Center residents recently visited the National Pigeon Museum in eastern Oklahoma City. The museum was established in 1920. It promotes and educates the public in the breeding, nurturing, and improvement of all recognized varieties of the domestic rock dove. Along with all the breed specific specialty clubs, the NPA approves, maintains, and publishes the "National […]

October 30, 2017


Springs residents made a trip downtown to the Myriad Gardens to see the elegant display of pumpkins and fall decorations at "Pumpkinville". This is one of the most treasured fall traditions in Oklahoma City. The Children's garden was transformed into "Prairie Pumpkin Town," featuring hundreds of pumpkins and gourds and a variety of fall foliage and lots […]

October 30, 2017

UP, UP and AWAY!

Four residents in Independent Living agreed to go up in a hot air balloon...fulfilling one of the wishes on their bucket list. Becky, Community Life Director, made all the arrangements and there was no going back! The hot air balloon company gives you a 24-72 hour window of time, based on the weather and the wind, which is a […]

October 10, 2017

Food Bank Outing

Residents from The Springs and The Inn made a visit to the Food Bank of Oklahoma to help package products for those in need. During this visit, they separated packages of saltine crackers and placed them into boxes that will go on the many shelves at the Food Bank. Residents worked for about two hours and […]

September 28, 2017

Amish Outing

Inn and Gardens residents spent the day in Chouteau, OK recently in the Amish country visiting several of the sites there. They had lunch at Fanny's Country Cookin' restaurant. All of the dishes are prepared with natural ingredients they raise themselves and then it is served family style. Residents had choices of several meats...ham, oven-fried […]

August 28, 2017

Dragon Boat Rowing

We picked the day of the Solar Eclipse to go out on the Oklahoma River for our Dragon Boat Ride...quite by accident. But our excursion out for the day ended just in time for the eclipse. The day was perfect, not too hot to be out on the river but a little windy making it harder […]

August 21, 2017

Springs Takes an Extraordinary Outing to Tulsa

Springs residents headed to Tulsa on the bus to visit the Gilcrease Museum, as planned by Kaitlan, Community Life Assistant. The docent was waiting to tour the residents through the museum, touching on the highlights of each piece, the background of the artist and their technique. There were many rooms that were full of endless treasures, including some of the […]

June 28, 2017

Springs Outing to Nic’s Grill

Springs residents are experiencing a new restaurant each month on their "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" outings, planned by Kaitlan Kenworth, Community Life Assistant. Nic's Grill was the 8th diner to visit on the list of places Guy Fieri has featured on his show. Known for it's down-home cooking, including chicken fried steaks, burgers, fries, steak sandwiches, […]

June 26, 2017

Wine & Cheese Pairing Outing

Town Center residents ventured out to a new restaurant in Nichols Hills called "En Croute," known for its wines and cheese boards. They also serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even brunch on Sundays. One of their Sommeliers and a cheese connoisseur did the presentation for us, serving us three different wines, paired with the perfect […]

June 16, 2017

Lunch on the Lake

It was a fun day on Lake Hefner having a delicious lunch, watching the waves and enjoying the sunshine. After lunch we gathered outside to watch all the sailboats out on the water and large flying kites. We all had a variety of choices for tacos, pecan crusted trout, reuben sandwiches, and lots of […]

June 8, 2017

National Weather Center Outing

Town Center residents recently toured the National Weather Center located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. This is the only National Weather Center in our country and it comprises many different facets of weather going on locally, nationally, and around the world at all times. Residents thought this was the most […]

April 27, 2017

A Trip to the Moon!

Residents at The Inn and Gardens headed west for Weatherford, OK to the Stafford Air and Space Museum. The museum was named after Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford, born in Weatherford, one of our astronauts who flew to the moon. Stafford graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a recipient of the congressional Space […]

April 3, 2017

Outing to Sam Noble Museum

Town Center residents spent several hours walking through the Sam Noble Museum in Norman this week. There was so much to see and we took our time going through every exhibit. There were docents in each area who gave us a world of information! Becky asked one of the docents to come out to The Fountains at […]

March 24, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Outing

The Inn and Gardens residents enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Myriad Gardens downtown, celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The morning began with the Scottish Pipe and Drum performing at the Great Lawn Band shell. The Hill Irish Dance School performed several Irish dances in beautiful green Irish costumes. It was a beautiful day and many […]

February 27, 2017

Clauren Ridge Winery

Town Center residents took an outing to far north Edmond to the Clauren Ridge Vineyards and Winery. The owners and staff couldn't have been nicer, serving us and telling us about their winery and many events they offer. Residents tasted eight different wines...whites, reds, and a chocolate wine. Several residents purchased the chocolate wine, while others preferred […]

February 7, 2017

Barrio’s for Lunch!

The Mystery Lunch at the Town Center took us to Barrio's, a new restaurant in Mid-Town, famous for its unusual and unique versions of Mexican cuisine. The restaurant has been popular and always full since it opened in December. They don't take reservations and people have been waiting up to two hours for a table, however […]

November 14, 2016

North Pole City

Inn and Gardens residents had a fun day touring North Pole City...a big store full of all kinds of Christmas decorations. It is always fun to see what new things they are going to have each year when the store receives all of its brand new decorations. Residents posed in front of one of their favorite […]

November 14, 2016

Trip to the Casino

Inn residents have been busy on many trips lately...they traveled to Newcastle, Oklahoma to the casino, hoping to win some big bucks! They spent the morning trying some different slot machines, saying these are much more difficult to figure out than when you just put in a coin and pulled a handle! A few were lucky, winning […]

October 10, 2016

Mystery Dinner at Iron Starr

Town Center residents enjoyed a night out for dinner at Iron Starr, known for its BBQ, famous sides including Okra, Mac & Cheese, Corn Pudding and other down-home favorites. Portions are so big, one hardly has room for dessert, but the Jones' were able to share a fresh Peach Crisp with Oklahoma Peaches and homemade […]

September 14, 2016

21C Hotel and Museum Outing

Town Center residents were intrigued by the transformation of the Fred Jones Ford Building, which has been empty for many years in Oklahoma City. Now housing the 21C Hotel Chain, new to the United States and in a few cities around the country, getting its start in Louisville, Kentucky. Each Hotel has its own permanent museum, […]

September 6, 2016

Men’s Group Breakfast

The  Town Center Men's Group boarded the bus for an early-morning trip to the Stockyards to have breakfast at the famous Cattlemen's Restaurant. Cattlemen's is known for its unique history and terrific food, mainly for the steaks, legendary breakfasts and the best cup of coffee in the Midwest. Cattlemen's opened it's doors in 1910 when the […]

June 27, 2016

Play Ball!

The Town Center and Springs residents braved the heat at the Dodgers baseball games this month. The Springs residents went to a noon game playing the Omaha Storm Chasers and Town Center residents watched the Round Rock Express ease ahead of the Dodgers by the fifth inning in a 7:00pm evening game. Town Center residents opted […]

June 13, 2016

Bricktown Canal Outing

The Inn and Gardens residents had a fun Saturday touring Bricktown and riding on the canal boats to see all the new sights downtown.  The tour guide talked about the newest additions to the river and to Bricktown and what was ahead for this ever-expanding section of Oklahoma City. The residents loved the murals painted […]

June 6, 2016

It Feels Good to Win!

Town Center residents made a trip to Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK to try their hand at the slots. Most residents were already familiar with the machines, but some were surprised at all the differences they have made in today's slot machines. It helps to have someone with you who knows what they are doing […]

May 31, 2016

Dragon Boat Rowing

It was a clear but windy day, as we headed for the Oklahoma River to board the Dragon Boat for a morning of rowing. 21 Town Center residents, club members, and associates entered the boat in pairs, matched up with someone close to their height and weight. Two club members offered to take the lead seats, […]

May 16, 2016

Lunch at Das Boot

Springs residents stopped in Norman after visiting the GW Interactive Zoological Park to have lunch at Das Boot. Their request was a German restaurant and this one is famous for it's Bavarian Brews and German Pub Food. Wiener Schnitzel seemed to be the popular meal of the day, a hand-breaded Pork Loin fried and served with […]

May 16, 2016

Springs Outing to Garold Wayne Zoological Park

Springs residents headed for Wynnewood, OK to the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park this week. The park is filled with exotic animals residents could pet and hold, including a baby tiger, snake, brown skunks, camels and wolves. Others including a jaguar, lions, tigers, hyenas, and monkeys were behind fences, but you could still get close to. Tour […]

April 25, 2016

Tiger Safari Outing

The Inn and Gardens residents traveled to the Tiger Safari Zoo last weekend to see some unusual and exotic animals. The private zoo is outside of Tuttle, OK on flat land with plenty of space for the animals to roam. One of the special animals they were able to view was a beautiful white tiger. […]

March 30, 2016

Top Golf A Big Hit!

The Town Center Men's Group planned an outing this week to Top Golf, which is just minutes away from our community. This new complex is drawing lots of golfers every day for a fun experience all around. There are three levels with bays going across each level, which can accommodate six in each bay. They also […]

March 8, 2016

Burrito Eating Contest!

Springs residents ventured out for the afternoon to Habanero's Mexican Restaurant for lunch and margaritas...but the main attraction was the Burrito-Eating Contest. Jess Franks loves burritos and Habanero's will comp your meal if you can finish the whole thing! Now this wasn't your regular-sized burrito...this was a burrito muy grande!! It was also served with rice and […]

February 15, 2016

Celebrating Mardi Gras

Inn residents were in for a treat during Mardi Gras week. They enjoyed dinner out at The Bayou Grill, a New Orleans themed restaurant, famous for their Crawfish Etouffee! Their specialties during Mardi Gras week were Crawfish Boil, Catfish Bourbon Street, Crawfish Fettuccini, Crawfish Po-Boy, and Bananas Foster for dessert! Some of the residents tasted […]

January 21, 2016

Lunch at Hidalgo’s

Town Center residents signed up for the mystery lunch this month...meaning they don't know where they are going until we get there! It was a cold 34 degrees outside so many braved the cold to board the bus and take a chance on a fun outing. We headed for Hidalgo's, which is a five-star Mexican restaurant in […]

January 4, 2016

Springs Night Out

Springs residents decided they wanted to go out to eat before going on their Christmas light tour this year. They all picked Olive Garden, as many were craving spaghetti or lasagna! It was an early dinner with a nice private room. Everyone filled up on salad and bread sticks, then ordered all kinds of pastas to […]

December 8, 2015

A Wish Come True

Leroy Burdine had a wish on his bucket list to eat the best ribs ever! So...we were able to make his wish come true. Brent Swadley of Swadley's BBQ graciously offered to treat not only Leroy, but some of his friends at The Springs to rib dinners at the restaurant. Brent and his generous staff assisted all […]

October 29, 2015

Lunch at The Drake

Town Center residents were pleasantly surprised when we pulled up beside the new Drake Restaurant for our Mystery Lunch. The Drake is a restaurant specializing in fresh fish, known for their large variety of oyster dishes and unusual entrees on the menu. Residents all tried something different... fried catfish, hush puppies (one of our men […]

October 26, 2015

Thunder Strikes Again!

A fun outing to a Thunder Basketball game this month, playing the Denver Nuggets and winning in the end! The game was attended by residents, family members, prospects, club members, and associates. We were in the Summit II Suite, which provided us with hot dogs and popcorn all evening, in addition to soft drinks, water […]

October 1, 2015

Whiskey Cake!

The mystery dinner for September lead us to The Whiskey Cake Restaurant! All of the ingredients come from local Oklahoma markets and each day there are new choices on the menu, incorporating vegetables, fruits, and herbs of the season. Residents began with cocktails, then followed with entrees of salmon, steak, salads, and the biggest hamburgers […]

October 1, 2015

Clauren Ridge Winery Tour

Town Center residents spent a lovely afternoon touring the Clauren Ridge Winery, north of Edmond, Oklahoma. The winery officially opened in 2012 but just recently started doing weddings, tours, and large themed dinner parties. They are now doing 3 to 5 weddings per week!  We learned about how the wine was made and toured the various rooms where […]

August 31, 2015

Faberge Egg Exhibit

Town Center residents recently took an outing to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to tour the Faberge Egg Exhibit from Russia. Our tour guide was Docent Ann Francis who did a wonderful job filling us in on all the extra details you would never know about just going through the exhibit without a guide. Two of […]

August 26, 2015

Mystery Dinner

Town Center residents enjoyed a night out for dinner at Twelve Oaks Restaurant last week. When they sign up for the mystery dinner, no one knows where we are going except Becky, Community Life Director...not even the bus driver. Twelve Oaks is out in the country on the way to Guthrie, Oklahoma so it is […]

August 4, 2015

Oklahoma Railway Museum

Inn and Gardens residents visited the Oklahoma Railway Museum this last weekend. They have a collection of different freight and passenger cars, plus a steam engine. Residents toured the outdoor museum which includes a display car with exhibits of railroad memorabilia. There was a short scenic train ride which brought back memories of the days […]

August 4, 2015

Mystery Lunch Outing

Town Center residents decided that this may have been their favorite mystery lunch in a while. No one knows where we are going until we arrive, so it is a big surprise to all, including the bus driver. Iron Star is a five star restaurant here in the metro and is known for it's BBQ […]

July 21, 2015

A Night at the Ballgame!

Having a new baseball team in town, especially The Dodgers, has brought more fans out to the ballpark this summer! Town Center residents were excited to go see their first game with the new team. This generation grew up with baseball as the main sport, all little boys played it and everyone supported all the teams […]

July 14, 2015

Peach Pickin’

The Inn and Gardens residents set out this morning to spend the day picking peaches and plums at The Wind Drift Orchard. What a fun day to stroll through the orchard and see the beautiful trees full of fruit, ripe and ready to pick, and what could be more delicious than fruit right off the tree! […]

June 23, 2015

Casino Trip for The Springs

Springs residents were excited to make a trip to Riverwind Casino this week... some going for the first time! Staff assisted residents at the slot machines, especially since there have been so many changes over the years in casinos. This was a new and fun experience for all. Everyone gathered for lunch and then back […]

April 10, 2015

A Night Out at Joe’s!

The mystery dinner this week was really a mystery, as the bus headed through a few neighborhoods along the way, residents were having a hard time guessing where we were going this time!  We headed to Joe's Crab Shack for some great seafood. April is crab month and everyone had fun trying the crab dips […]

March 16, 2015

Golden Corral Outing

Top of the Bucket List! In December, Community Life Assistant, Kaitlan Kenworthy, asked each resident to make out a bucket list for the year with plans to make as many happen as possible each month. On almost everyone's list was to go out to eat at Golden Corral so off we went on this beautiful March day last week to […]

February 25, 2015

Chinese New Year Outings

This was a month of fun outings to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Gardens Residents took a tour of the Chinese Market and then had lunch at The China House, trying all kinds of fun Chinese food. Inn and Town Center residents went out the following day to The China King Buffet...everything you could possibly […]

January 23, 2015

Mystery Dinner at Chophouse 10

Town Center residents ventured out again to our mystery dinner with Becky, Community Life Director, not knowing where they were going...even the bus driver doesn't know until we get there! Last night we dined at the new Chophouse10 on Broadway and 10th Street. The restaurant is located on Automobile Alley in the old Buick Building, which has been vacant for a quarter […]

December 9, 2014

Cracker Barrel

Town Center residents enjoyed an afternoon out at the Cracker Barrel for lunch and shopping. This was a mystery lunch so no one knew where they were headed until we arrived...even the bus driver! It was a pleasant surprise as everything was so decorative with lots of fun Christmas gifts all throughout their little store. […]