Flash into Action. The Blue Dome Merchants' Association has opened the Second Annual Mardi Gras Parade call for floats. The parade is slated for March 8, and steps off at 7pm at 1st and Elgin and ends at the corner of 2nd and Greenwood.
"We encourage everyone to participate in the parade in what is now a new tradition in Downtown Tulsa," said organizer Muriel Hakim.
To submit an application, contact Muriel Hakim at email@example.com or by phone at 918-582-2035.
A Runner's Heart. Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa is proud to bring the 6th running of the Sweetheart Run benefitting CHAMP Camp to Tulsa. The race begins Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8:15am and features a new 20k event.
"This race has a long history and we are excited to bring a new distance to this event," said Tim Dreiling, Fleet Feet Sports owner.
The week of Feb. 7 thru Feb. 14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, an international effort to support, educate and help increase public awareness of this disease.
"Our race is a matter of the heart and for the heart," Dreiling said.
Fleet Feet Sports will donate the proceeds from its Sweetheart Run to CHAMP Camp. Runners and walkers are encouraged to register for the 5k, 10k or the all-new 20k at fleetfeettulsa.com or in person at either Fleet Feet Sports Store.
For more details about this event please visit fleetfeettulsa.com or call 918-492-3338.
Mommy Beware. Women of childbearing age should talk with a doctor about which medications are safe to take while pregnant, according to public health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is joining over 350 members of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to share this message of caution with women of childbearing age. Medication use during pregnancy is common with two out of every three women taking prescription medications during pregnancy.
Not all medications should be discontinued during pregnancy; some may need to be changed or adjusted. Medical conditions such as diabetes, influenza and asthma need to be managed during pregnancy and may harm both mother and baby if left untreated. In some cases, doctors may need to weigh the benefits of a medication against the potentially harmful effects.
A baby's organs -- such as the heart, brain and spine -- begin developing in the first few weeks, before a woman may realize she is pregnant. For that reason, it is important for women to have conversations with their health care providers about medications before pregnancy.
Proper Precaution. Tulsa Public Schools conducted a full-scale safety event in cooperation with local emergency response agencies and organizations.
The exercise took place Tuesday, Jan. 25.
The exercise was staged without the participants knowing which schools were affected or what the disaster was until the drill began.
TPS emergency management coordinator Bob Roberts said the district has been working with members from multiple schools and response agencies to develop the exercise for months.
"During this period, TPS has engaged in training for its leadership staff, where procedures and responsibilities were reviewed and numerous smaller drills took place," he said. "But while all of these are necessary components of an effective disaster plan, until we actually run a full-scale exercise, we won't know for sure whether our plans will work exactly as they should."
The exercise involved hundreds of students, staff and community volunteers. Emergency responders reacted as if it were an actual emergency. The primary goal of the exercise was to evaluate the TPS emergency management systems to keep children safe in the case of a real emergency. If TPS parents have any questions they can call 918-746-6800.
Road Trip. Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) is taking the college experience on the road with the 2011 "Power Up Road Show" beginning in February.
The road show consists of open houses that allow students to meet with representatives from various industries to gain an understanding of the potential internship opportunities and careers that are available to students earning a degree from OSUIT. This can be very beneficial for anyone who is looking for a stable, high-paying career in a short amount of time. With OSUIT's unique trimester format most associate in applied science degrees can be earned in just two years and bachelor of technology degrees can be earned in as little as three years.
Another benefit to the road show is that the events are held at the actual businesses, giving those who attend the opportunity to visit with employees and see the actual work environments to gain a better understanding of what these jobs are actually like.
Steven Rubert, OSUIT's director of special events and services said, "These road show events are a lot like test driving a car, those who attend get to check out what these industries are really like as they speak with employees and see the actual facilities in action. The best part is that these career fields are wide open for new employees and there are plenty of advancement opportunities and great benefits for graduates in related fields!"
For more information on the events or to register please go to osuit.edu and click on the Power Up Open House banner in the special events link. You can also contact Steven Rubert at 918-293-5220 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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