Rock the Route, real estate duo, kitchen

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Your Yukon Progress staff will be working late Thursday trying to cover multiple community events.

Our A-list news team will converge between 6-11 p.m. on downtown Yukon for the annual “Rock the Route” music festival featuring three-time Grammy nominee Pat Green with special guest Read Southall Band.

Thanks to YNB, the City of Yukon and OG&E for presenting and sponsoring this popular free “Red Dirt” country musical festival. You can celebrate the “Mother Road” (Route 66) with quality music, food trucks and family fun activities.

As a bonus, one lucky concert guest will leave with a special guitar signed by the Rock the Route artists. Raffle tickets are $5 each (five for $20) and may be purchased at the intersection of 5th and Main. Perhaps most importantly, proceeds benefit the Canadian County United Way which serves more than 70,000 county residents annually.

I head the Yukon Progress B-team that will embark Thursday night to cover the HGTV “House Hunters” watch party featuring Yukon realtors Troy and Denise Schroder. And this won’t be your typical “House Hunters” show that airs Thursday. Not by a longshot.

For the third time since 2014, the Schroder real estate team has filmed a House Hunters’ episode bringing great exposure to the Yukon-area and our booming real estate market.

HGTV’s House Hunters takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide if a home is meant for them. Some 96 million households view this addictive show.

Thursday’s episode airs at 9 p.m. CDT.

“There is romance, grit, stress, some comedic relief, and a twist to our episode,” says Denise, who worked at Yukon High School before launching a real estate career with husband Troy six years ago.

If you are at “Rock the Route” Thursday, remember to set your DVRs to HGTV to record this special House Hunters’ episode starring Yukon’s dazzling real estate couple.

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This past spring, the 46-year-old Yukon Community Center completed a kitchen remodeling project. The center, 2200 S Holly, will soon get a chance to show off the kitchen overhaul with the return of its cooking class for children. “Mini Chef Masters” will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-30.

Children age 8-12 years will be taught easy, healthy snack recipes to make after school. No oven or stove is needed.

This is a great opportunity for working parents who want their children to acquire skills and knowledge to make good snacks all by themselves! It’s also a chance to check out the updated YCC kitchen.

The new-and-improved kitchen is double the size of the previous one and the upgrade was a “long time coming,” Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott says.

The kitchen features a convection oven, commercial-grade stove, large island, ice making-machine, and new counter space.

The YCC is Yukon Parks & Recreation’s oldest facility, and it’s critical that well-used public buildings like this are continually upgraded.

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I knew Yukon had a mob mentality, but this is ridiculous! To be serious now, a “shopping mob” will return to Yukon this week.

Several years ago, the Yukon Main Street program had shopping mobs at several downtown retailers. Well, the Yukon Chamber of Commerce is picking up the torch and will begin sending out a mob of shoppers to support small businesses.

The first is 4 p.m. this Wednesday at Animezing, 901 S Cornwell. Mob members are asked to spend $20 at each store they visit.

With so many restaurants in Yukon, the chamber also will have some lunch mobs. What a great networking opportunity while supporting fellow chamber members! Learn more at 354-3567.

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I don’t know about you, but I was overwhelmed by the airing of Monday night’s 2019 MTV Video Music Awards from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

No, I was not taken aback by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s steamy performance of their romantic hit “Senorita,” but by how many channels were airing the VMAs simultaneously. I counted eight different cable networks, including five consecutively, between channels 745 and 784.

It seemed somewhat redundant, but I’m sure each network that aired the awards show enjoyed copious commercial ad revenue.

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Carol Knuppel of the Yukon Historical Society wrote me a letter (yes, that’s still done) to inform me that El Reno Monument had set new stones for the Yukon Veterans Memorial in the Yukon Cemetery.

Recall that the Yukon Historical Society received several large donations (one of $2,269) to purchase two stones after space ran out to add more names of deceased U.S. military veterans.

The Yukon Veterans Memorial, dedicated in 1995, now has the names of 1,344 veterans buried in the Yukon Cemetery. The newly acquired stones has provided space for 400 names.