As I write this, we’re still in the middle of a very wet and volatile spring. I’ll be glad to get past prime tornado season, but I’m not really a hot-weather aficionado, either. Still, there’s lots to do in our readership area during the summer. We’ve included some information on several Independence Day celebrations and, for the music lovers out there, a short list of summer concert series in the area.

Other “gems” you’ll find inside include a recipe for a delicious home-made cocktail that’ll help cool you off, a story written by a local writer about her family’s dog-friendly, retro road trip to Tulsa, and a sophisticated “before” and “after” bathroom remodel. You’ll also read about Life.Church and their local mission work, which is focused on partnering with local organizations to help build and support relationships that inspire change.

Is a vacay in your summer plans? An area travel agent exec suggests one that combines fun with learning about history; look for her story on traveling America’s historic east coast. For those looking for an edgier trip this summer, peruse our Driver’s Notebook, which looks at Indian’s new FTR 1200 S motorcycle, which features a race-inspired design and iconic style.

Hope your summer’s going well! Have a fun (and safe) Fourth of July!