Picking Up the Pieces. KingsPointe Village at 61st & Yale is having a "Turnpike Benefit Concert -- Tulsa to Joplin" to benefit the American Red Cross efforts in Joplin, Mo. on Friday, June 3 at 7pm.
The Mid Life Crisis Band has donated their fees and services to play. Several local business including Omni Lighting and Kat Enterprises have agreed to donate goods and services to the event. The American Red Cross will be on property to receive any donations for the Joplin tornado victims.
Those wishing to participate are encouraged to bring daily living supplies such as new clothing, shoes, cases of bottled water, work gloves, toiletries and monetary donations to the benefit. Contact Sharon King Davis at 918-496-2865 for more information.
NSU "Get Green for Blue"
Imagination Investigation. High school students have the opportunity to explore science through hands-on activities at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow this summer in "Get Green for Blue: Outdoor Investigations to Connect Water to You," one of the free Higher Education Summer Academies sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Summer Academies supplement high school curricula, give students the experience of learning on a college campus and stress the importance of math and science in potential careers.
"Get Green for Blue" provides experience-based learning with a focus on imagination, creativity and experimentation. In teams, students will learn about water quality through indoor and outdoor activities that involve collecting data, analyzing the health of water bodies and determining possible solutions to water quality problems.
The program is open to Oklahoma residents entering 8-10th grade. There are 27 spaces available. The program runs June 6-10 from 9am--4pm.
For an application or additional information call McDowell at 918-449-6502, or visit nsuok.edu/getgreencamps.aspx.
Take Cover. AAA Oklahoma offers the following tips for motorists who find themselves in a motor vehicle when a tornado warning is issued.
Leave your vehicle immediately and seek shelter.
Never try to outrun a tornado. Your vehicle will offer no protection from a twister. Plus, it is impossible to know which direction a tornado may decide to go.
Seek shelter indoors. A basement is safest. Closets or small interior rooms are best. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture and stay away from south and west walls and all windows.
If you are caught in the open, with no indoor buildings available, find a ditch, ravine or low-lying area and lie flat. Stay away from roadway overpasses.
Do not seek shelter in a mobile home. These structures, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
A "tornado warning" means a twister is developing or is actually on the ground. It is more severe than a "tornado watch," which means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may or may not spawn tornadoes.
Native Princess. St. Gregory's University student, Devon Frazier, was crowned Miss Indian Oklahoma 2011 at the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women's annual pageant in McAlester. Frazier was chosen for the honor by a panel of judges based on her performance in several areas, including: personal interview, essay, traditional dress, talent, platform and an impromptu question. The pageant was themed "Honoring our Mother's Journey by Keeping our Eyes on the Future and Hearts in the Past."
Frazier was presented with a silver crown and cedar box. Her reign will last one year. She is registered with the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and has affiliations with the Choctaw, Delaware and Caddo tribes. Frazier finished first runner-up at the Miss Indian Oklahoma City pageant earlier this year. She said her experience at that event prompted her to pursue the Miss Indian Oklahoma crown.
Frazier is majoring in history at SGU and is active in the university's Native American Study Group. She plans to help initiate a Native American Student Association on campus next year. Frazier said she is unsure of her plans after college.
Honorable Tradition. Built in 1850, the original Cherokee National Female Seminary was located in Park Hill on the current grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center before it burned to the ground in 1887. After 160 years, three original columns still remain and frame the entrance to the Cherokee Heritage Center -- a lasting testament to the Cherokee Nation's commitment to education and history.
This great Cherokee Nation tradition will be featured in The Original Cherokee National Female Seminary Exhibit, which is on display through Aug. 7 at the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S. Keeler Drive, in Park Hill.
The Cherokee National Female Seminary was the first institution of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi River. The exhibition presents an interactive visual and historical account of the Female Seminary along with the archaeological discoveries made on the grounds.
For information on the 2011 season and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at 888-999-6007 or visit cherokeeheritage.org.
Paint and Snap. An exciting opportunity for young artists at any skill level who have a desire to discover, readiness for adventure and openness to experimentation is available in ArtSoup classes.
Working with some of Tulsa's finest arts partners, including Make & Do, 3rd Street Clayworks and Tulsa Photo Group, Youth Services developed several intensive art studios at an affordable price that encourage creative self expression just for teens.
ArtSoup will begin the week of June 13 and continue through the end of August, with a gallery showing at Philbrook Museum of Art in September. Supplies are included in the tuition for each studio. For ages 12-18.
All studios will be held at Youth Services, 311 S. Madison Ave., except where indicated. For more information regarding enrollment or tuition assistance, please contact George Romero, Arts and Activities Coordinator, at 918-382-4427 or GRomero@yst.org.
Summer Days. The Tulsa County Park Day Camp program begins June 6 and includes arts, crafts, games and weekly field trips. All parks offer early drop-off and late pick-up for parents needing extended care hours. Many camps offer discounts for families with multiple campers.
Camps for children ages 6-11 will be offered at the Chandler Park Community Center, 6500 W. 21st St., 918-591-6053; Buddy LaFortune Community Center, 5202 S. Hudson Ave., 918-496-6220; and the South County Recreation Center, 13800 S. Peoria Ave., 918-746-3780.
Day Camp for children ages 6-12 will be offered at the Bixby Community Center, 211 N. Cabaniss, 918-366-4841; and children ages 8-13 will attend camp at O'Brien Park Recreation Center, 6149 N. Lewis Ave., 918-591-6008.
Visit parks.tulsacounty.org for more information. To register a child for Day Camp or for specific program information, call one of the listed park phone numbers.
Defy Gravity. The Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance (OAA) announced that international aerospace leader, Hal Chrisman, principal of AeroStrategy North America, will be the keynote speaker of the 10th Annual Oklahoma Aerospace Summit & Expo. The Summit will be held June 6-8, at the Tulsa Convention Center and is co-sponsored by the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
Oklahoma's annual Aerospace Summit will host more than 100 leading aviation and aerospace companies as exhibitors and is expected to draw as many as 1,000 attendees. Gov. Mary Fallin will address the Summit as part of her commitment to the aviation and aerospace sectors.
For more information and to register, visit okaero.com.
Welcome Back. Price Tower Arts Center is proud to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.
More than 600 museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking part in the initiative. The free admission program is available to active duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members), which includes active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard.
Families can visit pricetower.org for museum hours. The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at arts.gov.
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