Crime Patrol Training: Sept 29th

Neighborhood Watch Patrol Training
We need more volunteers!

Did you know that you can keep your neighborhood safe from the comfort of your car? Read on to learn more about  Neighborhood  Watch Patrol!
 
Neighborhood Watch Patrol is about neighbors partnering with the police to become trained observers and reporters in their neighborhoods.
 
Join OKC Police Departments’ Master Sergeant Dean Wyatt and the Neighborhood Alliance team to learn more about your neighborhood’s Neighborhood Watch and Neighborhood Watch Patrol programs. 
 
This training will be offered from
Thursday, Sept. 29th from 6:30-7:30 PM at
OCPD Southwest Division
5501 S Portland Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(A light dinner will be served)
 
 
Registration is required to attend. 
Please register now by clicking HERE.

Crime Patrol Volunteer- Harvest Hills South

Please let us know if you can spare a couple hours a week or month to help protect Harvest Hills South. We have people who can partner with you if needed. We have lost several patrollers due to illness and some have moved out of the neighborhood, so we really need your support. Let us know after you register and one of our patrollers will meet you there.

  • flexible with the scheduling- mornings, afternoon and evening shifts available.

How can we all help

  • Keep your outside lights on at night. Several streets are very dark and welcoming to crime.
  • Make sure we have your contact phone numbers, so the patrollers can call you if you have your garage door open at night.
  • Practice the 9pm rule. At 9pm, you check to make sure your garage and doors are closed and locked.
  • Look at your neighbors across from you to see if theirs is closed too. If theirs are open, call and let them know.

Let’s help protect each other.

Labor Day is coming up!

Do you have some ideas for activities to do with the family? We have compiled a few ideas for you.

The City of OKC Free Fishing Days Sept 4th

Local anglers can enjoy FREE fishing on the first Saturday of every month as part of our Free Fishing Days program. City permits are not required on the following days, but a State fishing license is still required.

Hooked on Fishing – Free Year-Round Fishing Classes

Learn fishing basics such as casting, knot tying, fish identification and angler ethics during one of the City’s “Hooked on Fishing” summer fishing classes.

Classes run in summer from 8am until 10am and in winter from 9am until 11am on select Saturdays and are for anglers ages 5 through 15. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Poles, tackle and bait are provided during the class. State Fishing License and City Permits are not required during class hours. 

Classes are “catch and release” and fish will be returned to the water. FREE to the public. Visit okc.gov/parksignup to register in advance. 

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The sesquicentennial (150 years) of Yellowstone National Park is an opportunity to exhibit more of the National Cowboy Museum’s permanent art collection that focuses on the unique landforms and spaces in Yellowstone National Park and to inculcate in the visitor the importance of preserving these lands for public appreciation and enjoyment. This exhibit will run until the 23rd of October. https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/

Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free

Kayak at our local lakes

OKC RIVERSPORT offers great kayaking experiences in Oklahoma City for both youth and adults. With RIVERSPORT you’ll have access to some of the best water in the OKC metro including downtown on the Oklahoma River, at Lake Overholser, and at Lake Hefner.

Kayaking is included in your day or season pass, or you can rent a kayak by the hour. Kayaks are available in the Boathouse District at the RIVERSPORT Adventure Park, at the Lake Overholser Boathouse, and at Hobie Point at Lake Hefner.

Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced paddler, you’ll find lessons, programs and paddle experiences at all three locations to get you involved!

Are you ready to enjoy some of the best kayaking Oklahoma has to offer? Get on the water with your Day or Season Pass, an hourly rental, or take a Discover Kayaking lesson!

Mark Your Calendars: Neighbors Night Out 9/13

Neighborhood events are an opportunity for you, your neighbors and local businesses to forge relationships and build community. We would love to see everyone out making new friends!

Join us from 6pm-8pm for Live Music by local band Shades Of Gray while we play lawn games and Bingo on NW 79th. We will have local food trucks Coits Rootbeer and Hotdogs as well as Oklahoma Kettle Corn, who also serves lemonade. This is an all ages event that will have a bounce house and door prizes.

Messages about safety from OKC PD

Secure Your Bicycle

The Oklahoma City Police Department recovers hundreds of bicycles each year.  Few are ever returned to the rightful owner.  The biggest problem is very few people write down the serial number of the bicycle.  The serial number can usually be found on the bottom bracket, where the crankset/pedals are located.  If your bicycle is stolen, give this information, along with the Make and Model, to the Police, who will enter your bike’s serial number into the stolen property database. 

Of course, the best scenario is to not have your bicycle stolen.  Bring it inside or have a good lock.  U-Locks, provide great protection.  By utilizing the “triangle” method, you secure the bike’s rear frame, rear wheel, and the bike rack/pole.  Adding a cable lock allows you to secure the front wheel and frame and connect to the U-lock.  If you have to leave it outside, secure it in a well-lit area and if possible, in view of a CCTV camera in the area. 

Having a picture of your bike is also helpful.  There are apps and websites, like bikeindex.org where you can register your bicycle’s information.  And remember, always report any property stolen to your local police department. 

__________________________________

Master Sergeant L. Dean Wyatt 

Police Community Relations Officer 

Oklahoma City Police Department, Southwest Division 

larry.wyatt@okc.gov  

Tips on Parking Lot Safety

  • Beware of your surroundings
  • Keep doors locked at all times
  • DO NOT leave valuables in Vehicle this includes change, cell phones, or even gym bags
  • Be alert and avoid distractions going and coming into store
  • When going out to vehicle pay attention and look inside and around vehicle
  • If you cannot remember where you parked go back inside and ask for clerk too help you
  • Lock doors once inside your vehicle and drive away immediately
  • If you think someone is following you call 911 Immediately DO NOT drive to your house

_____________________________________

Sheryl Presley

Triad Coordinator

Oklahoma City Police Department

Email: sheryl.presley@okc.gov

Putnam City Schools start back this week

With school’s back in session, remember to stop for yellow school buses — and look out for children walking to school and crossing the street.

Parents can teach their children to look both ways, but there are a few more tips to keep in mind, especially for when the weather gets wetter and darker this fall.

1. Look both ways and use crosswalks — but don’t assume you’re seen

Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.

If kids cross roads with more than one lane, remind them that just because one car stops doesn’t mean cars in other lanes will, too.

Always use traffic signals and crosswalks if available — but don’t treat them like force fields. Remember drivers are humans, too, which means they won’t always see crosswalks or people walking in them.

The same goes for school zones. There’s a false sense that these are safe areas, but parents and children are rushing around and not always paying close attention to the road.

2. Make eye contact with the driver

Even if the child has the right of way, teach them to make eye contact with the driver so both parties are aware of each other.

3. Eyes up, phones down

Be attentive when walking to avoid tripping, or worse, walking into traffic. Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It’s particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.

Being distracted by technology while walking is becoming one of the major causes of pedestrian accidents.

4. Walk in a group

This provides safety in two ways: a group of students may be more visible to a driver than a single student and it provides personal safety from someone who may wish to do harm to a student.

5. Walk on sidewalks or paths

It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

6. Cross with an adult

Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.

7. Be a good role model

Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars.

Encourage kids to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach them to look for turn signals or back up lights.

Teach kids it is unsafe to run out in the street between parked cars or run across the street not using the crosswalk.

8. Be visible

Students should have some form of clothing, backpack or other item that is reflective, or some form of light to shine as they walk. Dark clothing is a major factor when it comes to pedestrian versus vehicle accidents.

Source- https://www.marybridge.org/blog/tips-for-walking-to-school-safely/

The Paseo Arts District hosts a “First Friday” event this week!

The historic Paseo Arts District is Oklahoma City’s art community. Over 80 artists and more than 25 businesses and galleries participate, all within walking distance. Opening receptions showcase the new work of the gallery/studio owners or the work of guest artists. Once you visit for a First Friday Gallery Walk, you will want to linger for the Paseo’s unique atmosphere.

Join local artists between NW 30th and Dewey and N.W. 28th and Walker in Oklahoma City.

  • Free Entry
  • Aug 5th 6-9pm
  • Free Street Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Leashed Pets Welcome

Scissortail Park Events

Walking Club at Scissortail Park

Meet fellow walkers each Thursday at the Scissortail Boathouse to enjoy a scenic morning stroll through the Park. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49acaf23a5f85-scissortail

  • 8-9am
  • Free
  • Open to all, including dogs on leashes.
  • Participants walk at their own pace.

Free Zumba Class

Class every Saturday from 9-10am at the Sky Rink event pavilion 801 South Robinson Avenue

Zumba is a form of aerobic dance exercise similar to Jazzercise; its distinctive characteristic is its use of Latin American music and dance rhythms to create a party-like atmosphere in class sessions.

Farmers Market

Every Saturday | 9am – 1pm
Corner of Oklahoma City Boulevard and South Robinson Avenue

Shop all local Oklahoma farmers, producers, and artisans in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Make us part of your Saturday morning routine to pick up the freshest produce, meats, poultry, honey, coffee, spices, baked goods and more.

Free parking during market weekends is available around the perimeter of the Park and in the special event parking lot on the northwest corner of Oklahoma City Boulevard and Thunder Drive across from Paycom Center.

Fountain and Spray Ground

Summer Hours

Daily | 9am – 9pm

(weather permitting)