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April 20, 2014

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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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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Maxwell Musick –  Riverfield Rock Band Program

04/01/14

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Maxwell Musick – Riverfield Rock Band Program

Ask anyone at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa who Maxwell Musick is and he or she will tell you, “A musician.” Max loves music. When not practicing or performing music, Maxwell seeks mindfulness on the Yoga mat, writes for the school newspaper and is on the school’s diversity committee. TK: When did you begin taking music lessons and what instrument did you start playing? Maxwell: Well, I started with guitar; however, I was singing before then. I have been taking lessons since sixth grade, although my focus has not been guitar the entire time. Sometimes we talk about song structure or chord progressions. Other times it’s how to EQ something properly or talking about harmonies. Whatever is necessary. This past summer I went to Berklee College of...

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Nicotine Poisonings of Oklahoma Children On Rise

03/31/14

Nicotine Poisonings of Oklahoma Children On Rise

With more Oklahomans buying e-cigarettes, the number of poisonings from liquid nicotine used in the device is also on the rise, especially with children. In 2013, the Oklahoma Poison Control Center received 77 calls about liquid nicotine poisoning, up more than sixfold from the 12 calls in 2012. The center received one call in 2010 and eight calls in 2011. Nationally, there were 427 e-liquid exposures in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, the National Poison Data System reports. The battery-operated cigarettes have cartridges filled with nicotine, other chemicals and flavor that, when heated, create a vapor the user inhales. The concentrated amount of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can cause seizures, arrhythmia, vomiting, diarrhea and even...

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You Stood Up for Education Today; Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow

03/31/14

You Stood Up for Education Today; Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow

When parents, teachers and administrators saw education funding being cut, resulting in growing class sizes, outdated books and fewer materials, unfunded legislative mandates, growing higher education tuition and fees, low teacher pay and a depressing dearth of resources all the way around, we stood up. At some point, enough is enough. No one wants children going to school every day without everything they need to be successful. We can do it if we put our priorities in the right place and do the right thing, rather than the political thing. In his remarks today, David Blatt, executive director of the non-partisan Oklahoma Policy Institute, pointed out that Oklahoma’s taxes are “the lowest they’ve been for decades,” yet the governor and the legislature want...

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Protecting Our Children

03/31/14

Protecting Our Children

Nancy (name has been changed to protect her privacy), a 54-year-old grandmother, wishes such agencies as The Parent Child Center, Child Abuse Network (CAN) and Family & Children’s Services were around when she was a child. “I was abused physically and sexually from the time I was three,” Nancy said. “My sisters were as well.” Nancy’s perpetrator, her own father, told her never to tell or she’d be sent to “a worse place.” Today, Nancy tells her story in support of agencies working to prevent and treat child abuse in hopes that other children will be spared the pain and trauma she suffered. According to data from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, children who suffered physical or emotional abuse in Oklahoma...

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Eat Healthy, Save Money & Shop Local

03/30/14

Eat Healthy, Save Money & Shop Local

Did you know it is actually possible to eat healthy and save money? I know, crazy, right? There’s actually something new happening around here that I have become insanely excited about, produce co-ops. These groups do require a membership fee but then, you’re able to purchase produce at great prices, much of which is local. The particular co-op I use also allows you to add different bundles like an extra case of fruit, cheese and even bread. Not only is it cost effective and healthy but it also forces you to think outside the box. The baskets include, at times, out of the ordinary produce that force you to become creative in your cooking. It also gives your children a chance to try something new and different. I have been an avid couponer for many years...

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Making Tulsa an Autism-Friendly City

03/28/14

Making Tulsa an Autism-Friendly City

Two Tulsa moms who have dedicated their lives to autism awareness and education have set their sights on a bigger goal: creating the first Autism Friendly City. Jennifer Sollars Miller and Michelle Wilkerson, co-founders of the Autism Center of Tulsa and creators of Autism Friendly Locations (AFL) program, which launched in March, would like Tulsa to be the first of many cities that are consciously considerate of individuals with autism. “Parents work tirelessly to provide appropriate education, therapies and support for their child with autism so they can become independent,” Wilkerson said. “But if we send them to practice what they have learned into a community that doesn’t understand their unique needs, then they may become defeated. One in 88 children...

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Ways Movement Benefits Autistic Children

03/28/14

Ways Movement Benefits Autistic Children

In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating. Published online in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, this study adds to the growing evidence of the important link between autism and motor skill deficits. Lead author Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. She is an expert on the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder. Researchers tested 233 children ages 14 to 49 months diagnosed with autism. “Even at this early age, we are already seeing motor skills mapping on to their social and communicative skills,” MacDonald...

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