Happy May Day

Did you know that the celebration of May Day dates back millennia? Most celebrations have the express purpose of welcoming a change in season (spring in the northern hemisphere).

In the 19th century, it took on a new meaning. International Workers Day came from the labor movement for workers rights & demands for an 8 hour work day in the United States.

Here’s some more May 1st fun facts:

Making the Best of Being at Home

Steph here, I realized today how much I wanted to go somewhere. Then I thought back on the last several months & how I kept wishing life would just slow down, what I would give for just 1 weekend at home to catch up or maybe do nothing at all! And then I realized that is exactly what I’ve been given. This is definitely not how I imagined it, but figure why not make the most of it.

We’re gardening & growing things we’ve never grown before at our house. The garden is loving this weather & producing like crazy! Check out todays harvest of spinach & lettuce blend!

So good!

If you’re interested in starting your own garden, the summer planting date is coming fast! Typically you want to wait until our last frost threat is past & that tends to be April 15th. Summer crops that are fairly easy to grow are tomatoes, peppers, okra, beans, sunflowers, & corn. We’ll be growing all of these plus more this summer. Tomatoes & peppers grow really well in pots. Okra wants all the sun! A lot of bean varieties like to climb something. There’s lots of resources out there to help you get started!

Our garden mid-June 2018

We would love to know how you’re spending your time! Or any sanity saving boredom busting tips!

Don’t forget we’re holding our annual membership drive! Annual dues are $30 & we have 2 ways for you to join or renew your membership. The neighborhood mailing address for checks is P.O. Box 721804 Oklahoma City, OK 73172. If you prefer an electronic payment, please go to our blog at harvesthillssouth.org & click on the PayPal donate now button.

2020 Membership Drive

With the first quarter of our year over, it’s time for our annual membership drive!

Annual dues are only $30! And of course you always have the option to donate more. All funds go directly for the neighborhood. Your most recent newsletter had the breakdown of exactly how much is spent on what. A few things include – landscaping at our 3 entrances, Neighbors Nite Out, electric at the entrances, the Santa drive, annual garage sale, printing flyers, etc….

Your board works hard all year long, but we need your support to keep our neighborhood great! There are 2 ways to join or renew your membership. The neighborhood mailing address for checks is P.O. Box 721804 Oklahoma City, OK 73172. If you prefer an electronic payment, please go to our blog at harvesthillssouth.org & click the PayPal donate button.

We love Harvest Hills South & thank you for your support!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Have you seen the new Help Map on Nextdoor? It’s a feature that will allow you to mark yourself as available to help those around you in need! After you are marked available, neighbors know they can reach out to you!

With COVID19 rapidly spreading, now is the time to reach out to our more vulnerable neighbors to see how we can assist them. If you are available to pick up someone’s groceries or prescriptions – anything that could help someone, please sign up! Yet another opportunity to meet your neighbors & make a friend!

While you’re quarantined…

We thought we would share some neighborhood happenings.

Have you considered being a Block Captain? Our block captains are essential to getting neighborhood newsletters delivered. If your street already has a block captain, consider volunteering for another street. Several of us do just that! It gives you the opportunity to get to know your neighborhood better & get to know some different people you might otherwise not run into.

Do you have spare time during the week? We’re in need of more volunteers for our crime patrol. There is a mandatory 1 hour training class held at the police station monthly in order to sign up. This has been a huge success in reducing the crime in Harvest Hills South. We prefer that there are 2 people for each patrol so no one goes out alone. What are you waiting for! Sign up for the class, familiarize yourself with your neighborhood, & meet some new friends!

While you’re stuck at home you might be thinking this is the perfect time to do your spring cleaning. And we are thinking the same thing! Our last 2 Neighborhood Garage Sales have been a huge success & we’re gearing up for our 3rd sale this May. If you’re clearing out & have stuff you’re considering getting rid of, we would LOVE to have it for our garage sale! All proceeds go towards the lighting at our neighborhood entrances. The last 2 sales brought in enough money for the lighting to be installed at our 82nd street entrance, but we still need $5,000 to complete the other 2 entrances.
Please reach out & we will schedule a time for you to drop off or for us to pick up your donation.
The sale is May 15-16 – do you have some time either of those days to volunteer and work with us? Even an hour of your time would be appreciated.

Neighborhood Meeting – Thurs March 12th at 7pm

Our neighborhood meeting is this Thursday March 12th at 7pm at Northridge Elementary! We have neighbors Ron & Kevin with Dragonfly Plant Maintenance coming to talk about getting our yards & gardens summer ready, so bring them some good questions! They have over 50 years experience working in both flower & vegetable gardens here in Oklahoma’s hot summers!

As always when meeting at Northridge Elementary we ask for donations for the school. Think office supplies, Clorox wipes, Kleenex…. they’re thankful for anything & all of your support!

Giving Tuesday – Dream Big Fund

Help us grow the Harvest Hills South this Giving Tuesday! We’ve been hard at work these past 2 years helping better our neighborhood & make it safer. Our current goals are to have lighting installed at all 3 entrances & then move on to getting water! Every little bit helps so please consider even a small contribution towards helping improve your neighborhood!

We have several options for Giving. Checks can be mailed to our P.O. Box, a donation made through the PayPal link on our blog site, or through the Facebook match campaign that is pending on our Neighborhood page!

PO Box 721804 Oklahoma City, OK 73172

We appreciate all of your support & interest in helping improve Harvest Hills South!

Happy Birthday Oklahoma!

Here’s a few facts you might not know!

The world’s first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a “coin controlled parking meter” on May 13, 1935.

Vinita is the oldest incorporated town on Oklahoma Route 66 being established in 1871. Vinita was the first town in Oklahoma to enjoy electricity. Originally named Downingville. The towns name was later changed to Vinita, in honor of Vinnie Ream, the sculptress who created the life-size statue of Lincoln at the United States Capitol.

Turner Falls Park in Davis is the oldest park in Oklahoma. Many springs from the world famous Arbuckle Mountains form Honey Creek that cascades down a seventy-seven foot fall to a natural swimming pool making the majestic Turner Falls the largest waterfall in Oklahoma.

There is an operating oil well on state capitol grounds called Capitol Site No.

Born in 1879 on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation near what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Will Rogers was first an Indian, a cowboy then a national figure. Will Rogers was a star of Broadway and 71 movies of the 1920s and 1930s, a popular broadcaster and wrote more than 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns.

Boise City, Oklahoma was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On Monday night, July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base (50 miles to the south of Boise City) dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town.

Choctaw is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. Choctaw gained status as a town in 1893.

Originally Indian Territory, the state of Oklahoma was opened to settlers in a “Land Rush” in 1889. On a given date, prospective settlers would be allowed into the territory to claim plots of land by grabbing the stakes marking each plot. A few of these settlers entered to claim land before the official start of the land run; these cheaters were called “Sooners”

Bob Dunn a musician from Beggs invented the first electric guitar 1935.

State Motto: Labor Omnia Vincit {Labor Conquers All Things}.

Oklahoma’s four mountain ranges include the Ouachitas, Arbuckles, Wichitas and the Kiamichis.

Oklahoma’s state wildflower the Indian Blanket is red with yellow tips. It symbolizes the state’s scenic beauty as well as the its Indian heritage. The wildflower blooms in June and July.

Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.

Sequoyah’s Cabin in Akins is a frontier house of logs, occupied (1829-44) by Sequoyah (George Gist), the teacher who in 1821 invented a syllabary that made it possible to read and write the Cherokee language.