Artful News. In an effort to increase art in public spaces and promote local artists, Urban Tulsa Weekly is launching a project to replace its existing metal paper racks with works of art.
Be on the lookout for new "Stand apPART" newsstands around T-Town. Each new creation will be themed for the location.
The first newsstand, painted by the Tulsa Girls Art School, can be found at the Blue Rose Café, 1924 Riverside Dr.
Other artists and groups interested in joining the project should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Taste the Rainbow. As part of March's National Nutrition Month, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines offer tips to help consumers live healthier in their daily lives, to choose steps that work, and to Eat Right with Color, which is this year's theme. Some of those tips include balancing calories by eating less, switch to low-fat items, eat more fruits and vegetables, choose foods with low sodium and drink water instead of sugary drinks.
For more information on healthy eating, making wise nutrition choices and improving physical activity habits, contact a registered dietitian at the local county health department.
Remember Me. The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium lifts-off Spring Break by featuring a new interactive exhibit. MEMORY includes interactive exhibits that demonstrate how and why humans remember, how memories change over time, and how and why some memories intensify while others are forgotten.
Other exciting week-long activities include; sidewalk astronomy, flight simulator lab, "test drive" a Segway, and open cockpit seating for visitors.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium offer one-day camps March 14-16. Tinkering, Exploring the Sky and Robotics are available to campers. Call 918-834-9900 or visit tulsaairandspacemuseum.org for more information.
Spring Into Action. Mayfest organizers are asking students in the Tulsa area to submit artwork for the 2011 Youth Art Gallery. Students' artwork will be on display during this year's festival, May 19-22, in the Performing Arts Center LaFortune Studio.
The Youth Art Gallery will showcase the artwork of students grades K-12. Each student may submit one entry that has been completed within the 2010-2011 school year. Work that has been produced with commercial kits, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods is not allowed. Students attending private, public or home schools in the Tulsa area are invited to submit.
This year's organizers are also seeking entries from area artists to participate in the Mayfest Green Gallery: PaperView, art from repurposed, recycled and reused paper materials. This 2011 Mayfest specialty gallery has been created to showcase artwork created in the spirit of Tulsa's sustainable future.
The visual arts exhibition will be held in the Park Centre Lobby during Mayfest. Artists are required to write a short description of the origins and uses of their materials. Submissions are due on April 29. Visit tulsamayfest.org for more information.
Top Teacher. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence announced the winners of the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence awards honoring five outstanding educators in Oklahoma's public schools.
The winner of the Medal for Excellence in Elementary/Secondary Administration is Cindi Hemm, principal of Tulsa Public's Eugene Field Elementary. The prestigious awards will be presented at the foundation's 25th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 21 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman.
Each of the five winners will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a glass "Roots and Wings" sculpture, designed by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts and produced by Jim Triffo of Oklahoma City.
Medals are awarded annually to outstanding Oklahoma teachers, one each at the elementary, secondary, community college/regional university and research university levels. In addition, the foundation presents a Medal for Excellence to an exceptional administrator from the elementary or secondary level.
Hit the Road. The 29th Annual St. Patrick's 5K Run event on Saturday, March 12, in Brookside has been selected as a qualifying run for the 2011 Tulsa Run. Runners who run a qualifying time are guaranteed a spot up front at the Tulsa Run 15K.
The St. Patrick's 5K Run begins at 8:30am at 43rd and Peoria. More than 2,000 runners are expected to compete in the 5K Run. Proceeds from the run will benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma and Tulsa Running Club.
The awards ceremony and prize giveaway will be held immediately following the 5K run. Tulsa Running Club will award a $500 bonus for a new state open 5K record. Current records are 13:51 for male and 16:06 for female.
In person registrations will be accepted at RunnersWorld, 4329 S. Peoria. Registrations will also be available on race day. Contact Derek Cain at 918-481-1234 or visit sook.org for more information.
Little Hands. March 10 will mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly meningitis outbreak in Oologah. The anniversary serves as a tragic reminder of how vulnerable children can be.
There are basic hygiene practices that help protect children from contracting this illness. The Red Cross "Scrubby Bear -- Personal Hygiene" program is a fun demonstration designed to teach children how germs are spread, how to prevent the spread of disease and to properly wash their hands.
The Tulsa Area Chapter has scheduled a special Scrubby Bear demonstration for March 10 at Moriah Christian Academy, 680 E. 41st St., in Sand Springs. Visit oklahomaredcross.org for more information.
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