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Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women Honors Seven Women with Pinnacle Awards

05/21/15

Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women Honors Seven Women with Pinnacle Awards

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women has chosen seven women for Pinnacle Awards in 2015. Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. presented the awards at a reception on May 20.  “It’s important that we honor our community leaders who have distinguished themselves through achievement in their areas of expertise,” Mayor Bartlett said. “Through the Pinnacle Awards, we can show our young women in Tulsa some excellent examples of what they can aspire to in the future.” Carmela Hill, co-chairman of the Pinnacle Awards and a previous Pinnacle winner, said, “I consider it a very high honor to help bestow this award on other deserving women in our community.” The Pinnacle Awards recognize outstanding Tulsa-area women who are role models...

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Oklahoma WONDERtorium Children's Museum Offering Free Admission on Memorial Day

05/19/15

Oklahoma WONDERtorium Children's Museum Offering Free Admission on Memorial Day

Stillwater’s award-winning children’s museum, Oklahoma WONDERtorium, will be open on May 25th, 2015 for Memorial Day and admission will be free of charge to all visitors. In addition to free admission, Oklahoma WONDERtorium is partnering with Cowboys with Compassion, a non-profit organization that serves the Stillwater community with local food distribution, back-to-school clothing distribution and a mobile food truck ministry. Cowboys with Compassion is also part of the Stillwater Cares network, a community benefit organization that coordinates with agencies providing services to those in need. Oklahoma WONDERtorium will be collecting canned or dried food items on behalf of Cowboys with Compassion. Recommended items for the food drive...

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The Vintage Pearl Teams Up with Folds of Honor

05/19/15

The Vintage Pearl Teams Up with Folds of Honor

Hand stamped jewelry company, The Vintage Pearl, is teaming up with non-profit, Folds of Honor, to raise money for the Patriot Golf Championship this Memorial Day, to benefit families of fallen or disabled military members by providing educational scholarships. The Patriot Golf Championship is an exclusive, invitation-only golf tournament and gala celebrating U.S. military heroes. Folds of Honor and The Patriot Golf Club co-host the event that is attended by Champions Tour, PGA and LPGA professionals, top military golfers from across the country, and a host of celebrities. The Vintage Pearl has created two jewelry items that will debut at the Patriot Golf Championship on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015 to help raise money. The first is a premium leather cuff with...

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Selman Bat Watch Registration Opens May 26

05/19/15

Selman Bat Watch Registration Opens May 26

Would you like to watch hundreds of thousands of bats as they emerge for their nightly feeding session? The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers this chance each summer at the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area near Freedom, in northwestern Oklahoma. "We're excited to offer eight viewing opportunities this summer. Our bat watches will be held on the four consecutive weekends beginning July 10," said Melynda Hickman, bat watch coordinator and wildlife diversity biologist with the Wildlife Department. Each night's viewing activities are limited to 75 visitors to be randomly drawn from a pool of mailed-in registration forms. Forms will be available online at wildlifedepartment.com beginning May 26. Hopeful viewers must print,...

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I’m a Tulsa Kid: Madison Hudgins

05/14/15

I’m a Tulsa Kid: Madison Hudgins

Mannford High School Senior Madison Hudgins enjoys living 30 miles outside of Tulsa, away from city life. Living on a farm, taking care of livestock and participating in daily chores has taught Madison a work ethic that has carried over into her schoolwork.  Madison is president of her high school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) club, treasurer of her senior class and the National Honor Society and a four-year starter for the Mannford Lady Pirates varsity basketball team. TK: You live in Mannford. What has it been like growing up in a small town, living on a farm and raising cattle? Madison: It is the best! I live on 27 acres of land. Living on land has taught me at an early age a work ethic. In raising boar goats, I have learned to care for the bottle babies whose...

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What You Need to Know About Foster Care in Oklahoma

05/14/15

What You Need to Know About Foster Care in Oklahoma

While many Oklahomans in their 50s are preparing for retirement and enjoying grandchildren, Shelley and Edward Keefner spend their days changing diapers, swinging at the park and helping with homework. The Tulsa couple serves as foster parents to five young girls—ages 2, 2 ½, 4, 6 and 9. “Foster care had never crossed my mind,” Shelley Keefner said. “I’m 55 years old, so I never would have dreamed that I’d be doing this at my age.” But, in 2013 when the Keefners learned that Edward’s 2 ½ year-old granddaughter was removed from her home, becoming a kinship foster family was an easy decision. It wasn’t long before the Department of Human Services (DHS) asked if they would be willing to become traditional foster...

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Camping and Hiking Snacks for Your Family

05/14/15

Camping and Hiking Snacks for Your Family

Confession: I like s’mores more than I like camping. My kids have been talking about taking a summer camping trip since the gloomy days of January, so that means I’m not getting out of camping. The s’mores will make it tolerable – and palatable. It’s not unusual that I would make food the silver lining. I begin daydreaming about the food of each coming season long before I turn the page on the calendar. To get through the doldrums of this last winter, my husband, kids and I pretended it was summer. At dinner, we each had to say what we would do if it were a sunny July day instead of a dark January day. The kids mentioned swimming, camping, and going to the beach. I talked about eating watermelon, roasted corn on the cob and salsa made from...

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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Cole Tomlinson

05/14/15

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Cole Tomlinson

Cole Tomlinson became intrigued with the sport of fencing while watching the Olympics on television. The fourth grader convinced his dad to let him join the Tulsa Fencing Club and now, two years into the sport, Cole has become quite skillful with the foil. Cole has had success competing in local fencing tournaments and his long-term goal is to one day compete in the Olympics. Touché! TK: How did you learn about the sport of fencing? Cole: I learned about the sport of fencing by watching it on the Olympics and my dad getting me involved in the Tulsa Fencing Club.  TK: How long have you been fencing and how many days a week do you take lessons or practice? Cole: I have been fencing for a little over two years now, and I have class twice a week, Tuesdays and...

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Hip Advice for Facebook Faux-Pas

05/14/15

Hip Advice for Facebook Faux-Pas

We all know the perils of parenting a child in the Brave New Online World, don’t we? We know to monitor our children’s online whereabouts, know their passwords, study their Instagram friends, assiduously review their browser history, and read their texts to be aware of any horrifying “sexting.” Well of course!  What good mama doesn’t spy relentlessly on her children? Any claims to privacy can be revisited when you are not scrubbing the skidmarks out of your offspring’s underwear. But! But! Has anyone considered the perilous existence for moms online? Mamas, it’s a jungle out there! Specifically, if you are feeling at all fragile, your Facebook feed might send you scrounging for some vodka to pour into your 10 a.m. coffee mug. Now, of...

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8 Tips for Choosing a Family Pet

05/14/15

8 Tips for Choosing a Family Pet

Pet ownership can foster compassion, care, and commitment in children. Before bringing a pet into your home, consider these tips. 1. Investigate options. Research the type of pet you are considering and speak with experts who are familiar with that type of animal. Obtain information about temperaments, personalities, breed needs, medical issues and life expectancy. Online resources include www.dogbreedinfo.com, www.dogluvers.com, www.akc.org, www.aspca.org, www.cats-central.com and www.animal.discovery.com. 2. Rely on referrals. Whether you work with a breeder or a shelter, ask for referrals. If you work with a shelter, find one that knows its pets and works with families to ensure there is a suitable match. 3. Take on temperament. Consider if you want an active or subdued pet;...

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