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Visual Art 12X12, Chinese Culture, Vet Assistance And A Bike Ride For MS Entertain Your Week

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The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) hosts its annual 12x12 Art Fundraiser at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City Friday, September 19.

The event features the work of 150 local artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics.

Each artist has one cubic foot of space to let his or her imagination run wild, giving collectors the opportunity to bid for each 12x12 piece in silent and blind auctions starting at $175 per work.

Organizers also offer guests $5 prize packages.

In addition to the art, attendees can enjoy live music, dance performances by Perpetual Motion and a ‘taste of the town’ with hors d'oeuvres catered by more than 25 local wine bars, steakhouses and other restaurants.

Tickets cost $30 in advance at $35 at the door.

OVAC’s 12x12 Art Fundraiser opens to the public at 7 p.m. with bidding coming to a halt at 9:30 p.m. In case you’re interested in knowing how the funds might be used, check out last year’s 12x12 fact sheet.

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The University of Oklahoma's Confucius Institute hosts Chinese Culture Week Monday, September 22 through Thursday, September 25.

The activities kick off with a Chinese cuisine demonstration in OU’s Couch Restaurants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday marks Confucius Institute Day with a free cuisine and cultural activities on the South Oval from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., a photo exhibit with lectures in the library from 1 to 3 p.m. and a concert by students from Beijing Normal University in the Sharp Concert Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Chinese Culture Week concludes with a complimentary screening of KeKexili: Mountain Patrol in the Ethics and Excellence Auditorium of Gaylord Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25.

OU also hosts the Oklahoma City Mobile Vet Center Monday, September 22.

The organization parks a fully-equipped portable vehicle under the football stadium parking garage to personally assist former OU veterans from 9 a.m. through mid afternoon.

The mobile clinic gives veterans the opportunity to take care of personal military service benefit needs without driving to Oklahoma City.

And Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride takes place Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 in Chandler.

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The event raises funds and awareness for the National MS Society to support MS research along with programs and services that directly impact more than 11,200 Oklahomans affected by multiple sclerosis, including more than 3,700 diagnosed with the disease.

Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride 2014 offers several route options for cyclists of all skill levels.

Cyclists begin their journey from the Agri Civic Center and choose a route they’re comfortable with before returning to the starting point for a celebration when they finish.

Organizers for the 29th annual Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride 2014 currently seek participants to register to ride, form a team, volunteer or make a donation. The event is geared to riders age 12 years or older.

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

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