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April 24, 2014

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Sell Your Items QUICK on Facebook

04/14/14

Sell Your Items QUICK on Facebook

Local buy/sell groups are popping up all over facebook right now and they make it easy to sell your items quick. Craigslist just might become a thing of the past! Facebook is easy to operate for just about anyone and everyone is on it so more people are likely to see your items. If you’re doing a little spring cleaning, check out one of these groups and you might find a way to turn your unwanted items into cash! In our area, groups like South Tulsa: Buy, Sell & Trade, Things for Sale in Broken Arrow, OK, Things for Sale in Coweta, OK and Midtown Tulsa Things for Sale are all the rage. There are tons of pages just like these and they’re almost everywhere. A simple facebook search will show you one in your area. Keep in mind, these pages have rules and...

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04/11/14

How to Make a Kite and Where to Fly It in Tulsa

I just got back from a trip to visit my daughter in Austin. She thoughtfully planned an itinerary of things that I might like to do. One of them was visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The bluebonnets were in bloom, and we strolled through the area, enjoying being outside away from the traffic of the city. It reminded me of my walks through the Tulsa Botanic Garden. While it doesn’t have the amenities of Lady Bird’s Center, yet, it’s still a great place to take the kids away from the noise of town and take a walk through the woods. Now is a good time to go since it’s not too hot and you’ll see lots of redbuds. Next Saturday, April 19, the Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Club will be out at the Tulsa Botanic Garden flying their kites at the...

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#CAM2014

04/10/14

#CAM2014

Here's a new hashtag for you: #CAM2014. What is it, you ask? Well, it's the hashtag for Cesarean Awareness Month, of course! Cesarean Awareness Month began in an effort to bring awareness to the 1 in 3 women who give birth in the United States by cesarean delivery. Consider the fact that the World Health Organization recommends a c-section rate of no higher than 10-15%, yet our national average is 32.8% and the Oklahoma c-section rate is 34.7%. This means that more than half of the cesareans performed in our country and state are probably preventable! Many women do not anticipate complications during their labor and probably do not prepare for a cesarean delivery. The medical community and many people portray the surgery as minor, yet women who have experienced...

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Most Challening High Schools In Oklahoma

04/09/14

Most Challening High Schools In Oklahoma

Booker T. Washington and Edison Preparatory high schools were listed among the top 5 most challenging high schools in Oklahoma by the Washington Post. Booker T. came in at No. 3 in the state and Edison at No. 5. both repeating their 2013 rankings on the list. The Post's "America's Most Challenging High Schools" list was compiled using the paper's "Challenge Index" which takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divides by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. Schools with an index above 1.000 make the listing. Booker T. scored a 3.801 (ranked No. 281 nationally) and Edison a 2.607 (ranking No. 673...

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Mmm Hops, Hanson, Beer = Mind Blown

04/07/14

Mmm Hops, Hanson, Beer = Mind Blown

OK. Let's take a glance back to the mid-90s when little Abby was deep into the tween life - rocking Doc Martens, smelled of Abercrombie perfume, had horrible hair ala an addiction to Sun In, and had a poster of Taylor Hanson in her room. Those were the days. And yet I had no idea that someday I would be living in the very same town as the three Hanson brothers, and that unlike most child-stars, they would actually become functional (atleast that I know of) and dare I say MORE attractive adults. Surely, all the 30ish women in Tulsa have their own Hanson brother sighting stories. While I've never actually seen them, atleast three of my friends have (and a few friends of a friend), and according to them, they are, in fact, just as dreamy as I have them imagined...

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Put those Expired Coupons to Good Use!

04/07/14

Put those Expired Coupons to Good Use!

The next time you have a pile of expired coupons sitting around, don’t throw them out! Did you know overseas military can use those coupons up to 6 months past the expiration date? It’s true! If you know a family stationed overseas, send the coupons their way. If you don’t, we’ve made it easy, we adopted a Navy base overseas and have been sending them coupons for 5 years. Feel free to send a few their way too: Mailing Address: (Standard U.S. postage rates apply as you are sending it to a U.S. address and not abroad. The mail will then be forwarded to Japan.) COMFLEACT DET. FSC PSC 474, Box 700 FPO AP 96351-007 Honestly, I think this is the easiest way to give back. Don’t let those coupons go to waste!

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Registration for Tulsa Parks Summer Day Camps Begins April 5

04/03/14

Registration for Tulsa Parks Summer Day Camps Begins April 5

Traditional day camps are for children ages 6 - 12. A typical day camp consists of sports, games, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. All trips are included in the camp fees. A T-shirt will also be included in the camp fee that children will be asked to wear on field trips. Traditional camps are offered in weekly sessions beginning June 2 and ending Aug. 8. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Extended hours are available at no extra cost. Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. The five traditional day camp locations with phone numbers are as follows: Chamberlain - 4940 N. Frankfort Ave., (918) 591-4155 Lacy - 2134 N. Madison Pl., (918) 596-1470 Reed - 4233 S. Yukon Ave., (918) 591-4307 (Reed offers a...

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The 2014 Harwelden Awards Application Deadlines

04/02/14

The 2014 Harwelden Awards Application Deadlines

2014 APPLICATIONS Applications are open for several award categories.  Please see application forms and associated information below. Mayfest Young Artist Awards The Mayfest Young Artist Award encourages the artistic and professional development of young people.  Five $500 awards will be granted to high school aged students who are living in Tulsa County.  A panel of independent jurors will judge award applications. Please click to view the application below for submission details. Application deadline: April 28 Mayfest Young Artist Award Application 2014 Rosalind Cook Artistic Encouragement Awards This award was established by artist and community supporter, Rosalind Cook, and provides art supplies for Tulsa area...

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Grumpy's Garden Isn't So Grumpy

04/02/14

Grumpy's Garden Isn't So Grumpy

Sometimes I get tired of going to the park. It seems like we get into a little bit of a park rut. So, I've been trying to do things that will be entertaining for the kids and me. And I really just need to get out more, in general. I go to the same places over and over, when there's so much to be seen in our area. Separately, I'm looking for a chiminea. There's nothing like throwing some pinonwood in a chiminea on a nice spring Sunday, while the kids play in the backyard and I may or may not have a nice glass of vino (or two). So, I pass by Grumpy's Garden on my way to work everyday and decided we'd finally check it out. And turns out, it's kind of magical. First of all, I'm a sucker for small, local places and this is definitely one of...

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Summer Camp Advice from Campers

04/01/14

Summer Camp Advice from Campers

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUR NEW SUMMER CAMPS & ACTVITIES GUIDE! When we were kids, summer camp meant something different to us than it does to our children. For us, camp meant camp: cabins or tents, canoeing, hiking, singing songs around a campfire, and general camaraderie. Children today are much more active, much more schedule-oriented, and generally just busier. Consequently, the very dynamics of summer camp have changed. Camps offered now are much more focused and detail oriented. There’s soccer camp, art camp, violin camp, space camp, leadership camp, paleontology camp, etc. But there are some things about camp that truly haven’t changed: the general apprehension your children might feel the first time they attend camp. Here’s what seasoned camp...

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