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05/30/12

Tennis Sign-Ups, the Circus and More Family-Friendly Activities this Weekend

The kids have already been out of school for a couple of weeks and it's not even June yet. Well, if you've got the time, I've got the ideas for the weekend. I just found out about a couple of these things yesterday, so they're not yet in our online calendar. Speaking of which, be sure to check the online calendar because we add new events and activities as we get them throughout the month. Also, watch me on GOOD DAY TULSA on KTUL Channel 8 every Thursday morning where I give you a run-down of things to do for the weekend. So, here we go... First, I want to let you know that the Tulsa Parks Youth Tennis League is signing up kids right now! My kids participated in this and loved it. It's for kids ages 6 through 18 who want to learn to play tennis, or who already...

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05/25/12

Three Day Weekend Alert!

It's a three-day weekend, so what can you do with the family? Don't forget that it's Memorial Day, so honor those loved ones who have gone before, and also those individuals who have served in the U.S. Military. Teaching your kids about our national holidays and why we have these three-day weekends is important. If you want to get out and about, the hot weather might send you to the Tulsa Parks water playgrounds and splash pads. Word has it that they are open this week or will be open by Memorial Day, if they're not open before. Here is the link to find out where they are: http://www.cityoftulsa.org/culture--recreation/tulsa-parks/sports---youth,-adult,-and-aquatics-/aquatics.aspx  At this link, you can also find out which pools will be open and how to sign...

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Your Child Doesn't Have an AP Class? Thank a Legislator

05/22/12

Your Child Doesn't Have an AP Class? Thank a Legislator

This is a difficult blog to write. Like many other parents, I feel that I've been kicked in the stomach by the Oklahoma Legislature and Governor Fallin. By not providing funds for public schools and voting an income tax cut on top of that, I fear that the children in this state may never crawl out of the hole they just dug for public education. What is most frightening is that many Oklahoma Legislators feel that it is not the job of the "government" to fund public education, so they really don't care if public schools fail. I believe this is un-American. Education in the United States is the great equalizer. Education is the way that people climb out of poverty and get ahead in this nation. Education is the key that unlocks the door to the American Dream. Our...

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05/09/12

Weekend Fun in Tulsa & a Mother's Day Brunch Recipe

The weekend is fast approaching. Happy Mothers Day in advance to all you moms reading this blog. As you plan the rest of your week and the weekend, I have some fun ideas for you. It's National Public Gardens Day, and Tulsa is beautiful this time of year. If you want a fun way to get outside to enjoy one of the most gorgeous areas (in my humble opinion) in Tulsa, you can go on a Garden Scavenger Hunt at Woodward Park on either Friday or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just go to the Tulsa Garden Center or to the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens on the South side of Woodward Park and get your scavenger hunt cards. It's free and fun. Woodward Park is such a great place to roam with your kids. It's a little different from the "playground equipment" type park but the...

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05/07/12

Mad Mom March: Rally for Education Funding at the Capitol on May 9

Fortunately, the Oklahoma Legislature seems to have backed off ever so slightly on eliminating income taxes completely. Do we really want to be dead bottom out of 50 states in everything -- schools, mental health, help for abused and neglected children, fire and police, bridges, roads --- seriously EVERYTHING that our collective taxes pay for? Do our Legislators not understand the function of government? Let's just talk about our schools. What I love is that parents are finally seeing that school funding is important. A few blocks from my office, over at Eugene Fields Elementary School, budget cuts in education mean that they'll have a 5th grade class over there with 58 kids. Maybe one of our Legislators would like to go teach that class for a few weeks. I was having...

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Cinco de Mayo Family Fun in Tulsa

05/02/12

Cinco de Mayo Family Fun in Tulsa

Our May issue is out, but before I move on to June, I want to let you know about some cool stuff to do in Tulsa this weekend. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, and there are some special events that you can enjoy with the family. I used to love these opportunities to take my kids to enjoy the sounds, sights and especially the FOOD of other cultures. All I had to do was show up with the kids and soak up the ambiance. So, let's go out there and celebrate our Mexican heritage this weekend. If you want a brief definition of Cinco de Mayo, here's one that I took off of Wikipedia: Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[1][2][3][4]...

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04/23/12

Parents Grow Grassroots Group to Save Schools

Once Carnegie Elementary School mom Emily Dunaway realized that her kindergartener would have almost 40 classmates, Emily got busy. She knew that a large class size would have a negative impact on her daughter's education, not just from the perspective of a parent, but also as a professional with knowledge of the needs of young children. Emily holds graduate degrees in Human Development and Family Science; she has experience as a preschool and a special needs teacher; she serves as adjunct faculty at Oklahoma State University in the College of Human Sciences, and as a Certified Child and Parenting Specialist for Sooner Start. While the Carnegie PTA parents banded together to pay the salary of one teacher, this was just one crisis, temporarily averted at one elementary school...

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04/20/12

Family Fun in Tulsa This Weekend

I'm a little late in posting this week -- deadlines. Our May issue goes to the printer today, so look for it next week. We have some great articles and information for you. You can find out about all the cool family and kid stuff going on at Mayfest this year. And the Zarrow Center for Art and Education is opening next month. If you have an artistic teenager, you'll definitely want to find out about their summer programs. Also, TulsaKids and Book Smart Tulsa are teaming up to bring you an entertaining event at Blue Moon Bakery Cafe on Mon., May 14 from 7-9 p.m. We're hosting Katie Workman, author of "The Mom 100 Cookbook." Read our interview with her and get all the info. on her visit to Tulsa. AND, the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in Tulsa...

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04/16/12

Your Child's School is Dying -- Help Save It!

I received a letter from a 20-year veteran Tulsa Public Schools teacher and a mom. I wanted to write a blog about the dire straits that our public schools are in, but this letter says it all. Fortunately for my family, my children are now out of public schools and out of Oklahoma. Sadly, I wouldn't encourage them to come back here to live because they would be returning to a state where the legislature and state policy makers are at odds with educators, parents and school administrators. While State Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi says that she wants our students to be college and career ready, all I've seen from our state lawmakers are cuts, more cuts and more unfunded mandates -- all with her joyful support. I'm glad that my children had the opportunity to take...

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04/10/12

Activities for Families in Tulsa: Events, Baseball, Museums, Markets and More!

I know. It's only Tuesday, but there's so much going on that I'm starting the weekend early. You might want to take a look at everything you can do, so you can at least hit the high points. First, I want to start with a little reminder about an event at the end of the month. Sign up for the YWCA's RACE AGAINST RACISM at www.ywcatulsa.org/pages/race_against_racism/ or go to TulsaKids home page and link through. The race starts in the Blue Dome District by John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and ONEOK Stadium on April 28. Last year's race was really fun, so I hope everyone will come out and support it. There's a 1-mile fun run and a 5K. OK, now on to this week. If you have a high school student, you might want to visit the Great Plains Assoication College...

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About This Blog

Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

She enjoys getting reader feedback on articles, blogs or with suggestions for the magazine. Email her at editor@tulsakids.com

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