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Summertime festivals can not only be a break from monotony of summer, but they can also introduce you to local talent and entertainment. Northeastern Oklahoma has plenty of natural habitat perfect for summer fun- mountains and lakes galore! Not to mention Tulsa"s thriving community and artistic venues. However, there are also several hometown festivals going on that promise an unique and memorable time. You can find yourself eating a ten foot pecan pie, watching a national fiddling competition, or even enjoying some great-tasting Cajun music- all in one corner of Oklahoma! Below are just a few of Northeastern Oklahoma"s summer time festivals. The festival will start at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and will last for most of the day. There will be a long lineup of live bands, as well as a live radio broadcast from the top comedy talk radio shows on iTunes, Red Bar Radio and Wreckless Media Radio. Those who attend will have a chance to get on the air. If you enjoy music why not head for a bandshell or other outdoor festival wristbands. If you love to dance you could hit the local clubs, or find a band or artist around the town that you haven"t yet heard. Many restaurants also offer entertainment in their bar areas. Change the music that you listen to, get out and experience many different types of music; jazz, blues, long-hair, big band, singer-songerwriter, pop, rock....keep it interesting. Gold parties allow you spend some time with your friends, coworkers or neighbors, while a professional gold buyer evaluates your items and makes you a cash offer. Most are set up as a open house, drop by event wristbands. Folks come and go over a several hours and the host or hostess gets paid a percentage for holding the party. Talk about easy money. Kick off fall and bid farewell to summer at an outdoor festival. The Labor Day Spectacular at Wintergreen Resort includes an arts and craft show, live music and more. The Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival in Madison offers old-fashioned family fun for all ages. Some hosts like to have some type of token and cashiering system, so each contributor gets one token per item that they may then use to "buy" their selections. Displaying the items can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be. Some set up tables, ladders, and racks to set items on. Others just drape them over whatever is handy. When swapping clothes it is important to have a dressing room and mirror sport wristbands available for attendees. A Perfect Getaway: Rated R for graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use. An action-thriller pitting newlyweds Steve Zahn and Mila Jovovich against a pair of threatening hikers played by Kiele Sanchez and Timothy Olyphant. True to it"s name, the bar is a few hundred feet west of South Broadway Street. Crime can be thick in this part of St. Louis, so be observant and don"t flash wads of cash to random dudes hangin" out in alleys. My first introduction to the venue was when a friend informed me she had been robbed walking from her car into the bar. Her sob story had a positive twist though, because the bartenders at Off Broadway fed her free drinks all night!
Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, speaks during a press conference on May 25, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

Good military relations can act as stabilizing factor, senior officer says

The Chinese military is aware of the recent passage of two United States naval ships through the Taiwan Straits and will remain vigilant, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, two US Navy ships-the guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale and supply vessel USNS Pecos-sailed through the Taiwan Straits in the third such operation this year. The previous trip was on Oct 22.

"The People"s Liberation Army is aware of the passage by US naval vessels, and we know their movements," Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang said at a news briefing in Beijing. "The PLA will remain vigilant and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday that the Taiwan question is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US ties. "We hope the US side will carefully handle Taiwan-related issues, thus avoiding damage to China-US relations and to peace and security in the Taiwan Straits," he said.

Commenting on recent developments in China-US military relations, Ren said the relationship is generally sound, adding that General Wei Fenghe, State Councilor and minister of national defense, had met with his US counterpart, James Mattis, three times in the last five months.

"The frequency is testimony to the overall stability between the two militaries," Ren said.

Both sides should maintain their strategic dialogue, increase institutional exchanges and practical cooperation, enhance mutual trust and properly manage risks, he said, adding that this would allow China-US military relations to be a stabilizing factor in bilateral ties.

Li Haidong, a professor of US studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said it is typical for the US to try to drive a wedge between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan by sending warships through the Taiwan Straits and boosting its military presence in the region.

Ren said the Chinese military opposes hyping up China-US confrontations, as done in the recent report by the US National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent agency whose board is appointed by the US House and Senate Armed Services committees.

The report, published on Nov 13, claimed the US is facing a "crisis of national security" brought about by eroding military superiority, and might "struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia".

On Nov 17, military personnel from the PLA Eastern Theater Command and the US Army Pacific concluded the five-day Disaster Management Exchange 2018 in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The exchange aimed to share each side"s experience with humanitarian aid and disaster relief and to cultivate the willingness and capabilities of the two militaries in joint operations in this area.

Ren said the exercise can enhance dialogue and cooperation among military personnel, and increase mutual trust and learning, thus injecting positive energy into the China-US military relationship.


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