Did you miss our neighborhood meeting??

The Harvest Hills South Neighborhood Association invited Chad Meisenburg of the City of Oklahoma City to be our first guest speaker of 2023. We are so thankful that Chad came to answer our questions regarding the construction happening in around our community. His insight into the timeline and planning of current OKC improvements was very helpful.

  • Construction on 82nd and Council will take roughly 3-4 months and will include a stoplight with a blinking left turn arrow to enter the neighborhood while traveling North on Council.
  • Widening of Wilshire West of the turnpike has also included a lowering of a hill for better line of sight for those turning onto Wilshire from side roads. (Turnpike bridge will continue to be narrow as it must be widened by Turnpike Authority)
  • Bridge crossing NW Expressway at Wilshire is nearly done and should be open to foot and bike traffic in roughly 3 months.
  • North bound County Line Road is getting an East bound turn lane onto NW Expressway.

Our neighborhood is located in Ward 1 and this has been one of the fastest growing areas in the OKC metro so we can expect to see these types of construction projects for the foreseeable future as new housing will bring more traffic to these intersections around the north west corner of OKC.

Martin Luther King Day

Honoring the legacy of the Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 2023. How can we celebrate and honor the strides of not just MLK but civil rights leaders both from the past and currently shaping our country?

Learn about other civil rights figures such as the investigative journalist Ida B Wells and congressman John Lewis who expanded voting rights.

Visit a museum honoring the civil rights movement such as the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee or take a virtual reality tour like this one available through Penn State’s website.

Volunteer in your community through your local American Red Cross, send cards to deployed service members through Soldier’s Angels or donate to a coat drive like the KFOR Warmth 4 winter which has a drop off at the local Rockwell Plaza YMCA.

Our first Harvest Hills South Neighborhood Meeting of 2023!

Join us this Thursday- Jan 12th 7pm in the cafeteria at Northridge Elementary

Our Guest Speaker will be Chad Meisenburg of the City of Oklahoma City. Chad is the Bond Program Manager of the Department of Public Works. He will be updating us on what will be happening to our entrance on NW82nd street @ Council Rd (schedule, closures, left turns, traffic restrictions, etc). Bring all of your questions! You don’t want to miss it.

Over the last several years we have held our meetings on Thursday nights, but would like to find out from you if a different day of the week would be more convenient for you. Can you please respond back on what day of the week you would like to come to our meeting. Based on the majority and the school availability, we might be able to move the day for our future meetings.

Together we can make a difference! As we move forward with our 2023 goals we would like to make sure the whole community is represented. Please let us know at harvesthillssouth@gmail.com if you have questions you would like answered at our meeting and cannot attend. We are also looking for ideas for the future meeting speakers if you have any topics you would like to see addressed.

It is also time for 2023 membership dues. Dues will continue at $30.00 annually. You can pay via the blog by credit card, or send a check to the PO box listed below. You may also bring your check to the meeting. All paid members will receive an extra raffle ticket for door prize.  We need your support to cover the expenses such as Lawn maintenance which is the largest expense we have, but we also have a website blog, Neighbors Night Out, Post Office Box rental, and electricity bills to name a few. We currently pay the electric bill on NW82, but will soon have Harvest Hills Rd and N McKee as soon OG&E runs the line. 

PO Box 721804Oklahoma City, OK 73172

New Year New Exciting Goals

In 2022 we achieved many great things with our neighborhood association funds through both membership dues and fundraising. Here is a list of the things these funds help us achieve.

  • Landscaping 3 Entrances
  • Mowing 3 Entrances
  • Repairing Bricks at entrances
  • Website fee
  • PO Box fee
  • Neighbors Night Out Community Event

Help us get even more done in 2023 by paying your dues early in the year.

Please note that all PayPal transactions take a 3% fee out of the money submitted, so a check would be a better way to keep as much of the funds going to improvements as possible.

Happy New Year!!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2023.

Did you make New Year Resolutions? Are you feeling pressure to keep your self accountable this year? We have compiled a few tips to keep your goals in your grasp as we start the new year.

Make a SMART goal by keeping your resolution Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely

  • Specific – Being very clear on your intentions helps guide you on your path (i.e I will save $30 a week by packing my lunch/not eating out or I will go to the gym Mon Wed Fri to achieve my fitness goal)
  • Measurable – Writing down your progress helps you measure and reflect on what is going on with your new habit. (i.e. My savings goal was short this week due to a friend’s lunch invite but I intend to make up that shortfall next week by skipping my morning coffee at the drive thru)
  • Attainable – Having grand plans seems great but setting ourselves up for failure just makes us frustrated when we don’t achieve our goal. (i.e. 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy rate to shed those extra holiday pounds, so don’t set your goal as loose 10 pounds in 2 weeks)
  • Relevant – This means your goal must be tied to your values and ambitions. (i.e. if you know you are not a morning person, setting your workout time too early can be counter productive to your lifestyle)
  • Timely – A timely goal has a target date so you have something to work towards. (i.e. when will you hit your financial goal at the rate you have set to save? “My savings account will be up to $360 in 12 weeks and that will replenish my savings from Christmas spending)

Use an app or the buddy system to help keep you accountable. There are apps such as “Couch to 5k” that help you get into a fitness routine at any level. Also goal setting apps like “Strides, or Productive” may help you keep track of your progress. When enlisting the help of a friend make sure you set up “check-in’s” because we all know life gets busy and it can be a challenge to stick with and new habit

Celebrate your small success!! Setting check in’s with yourself to see your goals become a reality. After a successful week of consistent progress treat yourself to a fancy latte or a good book. This helps keep us motivated and making small progress leads to bigger milestones

Christmas lights to kick off some holiday cheer!

Union Station Illumination

Drive down to Scissortail Park for this FREE festive display complete with music and a recording of “’twas the night before Christmas” starting every night at 6pm. Click here for more details

Lights on Broadway

Head to Automobile Alley December 3rd and December 10th from 4-7pm for this 7th annual event. The festivities feature carriage rides, face painting, pop-up shops and much more. Click here for more details

Edmond Electric’s Luminance Kickoff

Join the holiday event at Mitch Park in Edmond for a walkthrough 3-D light display and pop-up shops Now- Dec 17th. The Edmond Ice Rink is already open so don’t forget to bring your socks! Click here for more details

OSU Extension Office has several programs that you may find helpful

Soil, Water and Forage Testing

The OSU Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory works in conjunction with OSU Extension. You can drop off your soil samples at the OSU Extension Office.

2500 NE 63rd Street,. OKC 73111

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 4:15pm

Benefits of Soil Testing: The Best Management Practice

  • Increases productivity by identifying soil nutrients or soil chemical factors that are limiting plant growth
  • Increases fertilizer use efficiency by indicating appropriate rates for different soils and crops
  • Protects the environment by preventing over fertilization when recommendations are followed
  • Identifies polluted or contaminated soils.

https://extension.okstate.edu/county/oklahoma/horticulture/index.html


Co-Parenting Class

Online class $55.00 register here

In-person classes $35 call 405-713-1125 to register.

The below classes are held at the OSU/OKC, Student Center, 900 North Portland Ave. OKC, OK.  These

English Classes

Classes are held on Tuesdays.

November 29 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm

December 13 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Spanish Classes

Classes are held on Saturdays.

December 3 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm

What is this class all about?

How parents handle the divorce can make it better or worse for their children.
Many children have a very difficult time adjusting to their parents’ divorce.
This can lead to depression, anxiety, academic failure, delinquency, drug use, teen pregnancy, and other negative outcomes. Children may also fear the loss of one or both of their parents and have a hard time switching between their parents’ homes.

Co-parenting classes teach parents to handle their emotions better and to keep their children out of the middle of their divorce. They also offer many positive tips on how to talk with your child to help him or her to adjust more quickly to the divorce.
Researchers who have studied the effects of these classes have found them to be beneficial for most parents.

https://extension.okstate.edu/county/oklahoma/family-and-consumer-sciences/co-parenting-for-resilience.html


Become a Master Gardener

To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend training and to serve as a volunteer?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you. For more information, view the 2023 Master Gardener application.

Find us in your Community

  • Working with children at libraries, Science Fairs, Early Education, Elementary, and Middle Schools – teaching children of all ages during and after school time, and in the summer
  • Farmer’s Markets: OSU-OKC, Klein/Old FM, and Downtown Edmond
  • Fairs, Expos and Conferences
  • The “Wednesday @ Will Rogers Gardens” lecture series is open to the public and is presented at no charge by the Oklahoma County Extension Master Gardeners and the Oklahoma County OSU Extension. This popular series provides university research-based information on a variety of garden and horticulture topics. All presentations are by local horticulture experts and/or Certified Extension Master Gardeners. No registration is required, and all ages are welcome.

https://extension.okstate.edu/county/oklahoma/master-gardener/index.html

Tis The Season for Holiday Shopping

Holiday Pop Up Shops!

Looking for a unique gift for those family and friends that are so difficult to shop for? The choices are endless at the shop local event in downtown OKC.

399 NW 10th Street
Nov. 25 – Dec. 18
Fridays & Saturdays: 10-8 | Sundays: 10-5

Click Here to see a list of vendors and dates

Small Business Saturday: A great way to support local shops