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Customers line up as Cuppies and Joe becomes Luke's Diner for a day, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Customers line up as Cuppies and Joe becomes Luke's Diner for a day, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

Stars Hollow, Oklahoma

Gilmore Girls fans (and lovers of free coffee) lined up at Cuppies & Joe, 727 NW 23rd St., and The Underground, 1621 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City on Oct. 5 to drink up at formerly fictional Luke’s Diner.

The shops were two of more than 200 locations across the country that were temporarily branded Luke’s Diner for the day by Netflix, which will begin streaming a four-part revival of the cult TV show on Nov. 25.

Oct. 5 was the 16th anniversary of the first episode of Gilmore Girls.

There were also pop-ups at The Coffee House on Cherry St., 1502 E. 15th St., and 918 Coffee, 2446 W. 11th St., in Tulsa.

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Hurd-ling finish

Downtown Edmond street festival Heard on Hurd puts the cap on the season 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Broadway and Hurd Street.

“Heard on Hurd is a fun way to spend a Saturday night out with family and friends to discover a new food truck or pop-up shop,” said Citizens Bank of Edmond president and CEO Jill Castilla. “Our team works hard to put on Heard on Hurd for the community, and we can’t wait to end the season with a great event this month.”

The season's final Heard on Hurd of 2016 features a corn hole tournament and live music from Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road, Shane Henry and Matt Stansberry & The Romance.

Always a big draw, the street festival brings in lots of food trucks and street vendors. This month, diners can find newcomers Filipino Fusion, Deb’s Coffee Cart and Oklahoma Kettle Corn in addition to established favorites including Snow S’more, MOB Grill, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social and more than 25 other food trucks.

Throughout the season, 15 percent of alcohol and Heard on Hurd merchandise sales from The Patriarch Craft Beer House and Lawn, Bricktown Brewery and Tack Designs have been collected for donation to Edmond Public Schools Foundation. The total will be unveiled onstage at the event.

A kids’ area features soccer by OKC Energy FC and activities from Edmond Church of Christ, Ida Freeman Elementary School’s third-grade class and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Visit facebook.com/heardonhurd.

Well-traveled wine

Oklahoma City-based charity The Vilakazi Foundation hosts Wine for Wickets 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Dunlap Codding, 609 W. Sheridan Ave.

Named for Vilakazi Street in Soweto, South Africa, a road on which both Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu lived, the organization was founded by Leigh and Carrie Jacobs in 2009 to better the lives of South African children by improving their access to education, health and athletics.

Leigh Jacobs was born in South Africa and grew up in a segregated community during apartheid. When he visited his home with his wife Carrie, they wanted to find a way to give the children there the same opportunities their kids have here.

“Our kids have the benefit of electricity and a bathroom in the house, while so many families there don’t have that option,” said Carrie Jacobs. “Our daughters were lucky to be born where they are. We want that for all kids.”

This is the seventh year of Wine for Wickets, which is the foundation’s signature fundraising event. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include tastes of South African wines, South African food prepared by Thunder executive chef Grant Johnson, live music and a silent auction. A designated driver ticket is available for $10.

Funds raised at the event will pay for improvements to a pair of partner schools in Knysna, South Africa. If the $2,500 fundraising goal is hit, one school will receive bathrooms while the other will get to replace its ad-hoc ceiling with a new ceiling and roof.

Visit vilakazi.org/wine-for-wickets for tickets.

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