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Free Health Care, What The World Eats And $1 Museum Entry Highlight Your Week


Hundreds of professionals with Remote Area Medical (RAM) come to Oklahoma City this weekend to provide complimentary medical care for the public. The two-day health fair takes place Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 in the Expo Hall at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Medical specialists offer dental care, eye exams with glasses made on site, women’s care, counseling sessions, tobacco cessation help and medical screenings.

This marks the third time in five years that the RAM clinic has rolled through the Sooner State. The organization estimates that more than 1,500 Oklahomans received free health services at the hands of some 500 volunteers when RAM last came in August of 2012.

RAM staff members give out numbers to patients starting at 3 a.m. With numbers in hand, guests begin entering the building to receive services at 6 a.m. before the event wraps in the late afternoon each day.

Patients at RAM’s free-care weekend are seen on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of income or immigration status and are encouraged to bring a list of any medications they take.

Two local museums offer you good opportunities to round up the family and put your thinking caps on.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History invites guests to gain a global perspective on food and the environment with its ongoing exhibition Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.

Based on the award-winning book by Faith D’Alusio and photojournalist Peter Menzel, the exhibit gives museum visitors the chance to peer into the kitchens of 10 foreign families from a diverse range of countries like Norway and Kuwait.

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An image of a family from Bhutan in South Asia featured in Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio's book "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats".

Not only do guests learn about exotic cuisines, they also gain an idea of all that an average family consumes in a given week and what their food costs.

If Hungry Planet seems vaguely familiar, you may have learned about the display in Time or on ABC while the Nobel Peace Center hosted the exhibit from September through February.

The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City invites the public to beat the heat with its Dollar Days of Summer. The museum offers $1 admission every Saturday throughout the month of August.

The museum features high-tech and interactive exhibits, earning it the title of Best New Attraction by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association in 2008. The showcases include an Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery dating back to 1928 and a touch-screen history of the Chickasaw nation.

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The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) screens the critically acclaimed movie Boyhood for adult audiences through the weekend.

The groundbreaking documentary-drama was shot intermittently over the course of 12 years, chronicling the story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason. Many notable critics praised the R-rated film for its unique cinematography, earning it stellar reviews by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

The OKCMOA premieres Boyhood Thursday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. followed by additional 7:30 p.m. showings on Friday and Saturday along with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, August 17.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's event listings page.


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