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)

Bulk Trash Day is Monday Aug 1st

Bulky Waste Set-out Guidelines

  • Set out your bulky trash no later than 6 a.m. on your monthly pick-up date. Please allow up to three days for crews to pick everything up.
  • You may set out your bulky waste up to three days prior to your assigned pick-up day, but no sooner. Setting it out earlier may result in a ticket or a fine.
  • Place your bulky waste on the curb and not in the street. Leave about 5 feet of space on all sides, and do not place bulky waste near mailboxes, trees, electric boxes, gas meters, power lines or other obstacles.
  • Place items loose on the curbside in an area where they can be easily picked up.
  • Do not place items on the driveway or over storm drains.
  • Do not cover your water meter.  
  • Do not place bulky waste in an empty lot or on unoccupied property. This is considered illegal dumping and the waste will not be picked up.
  • The first four cubic yards (about the size of two refrigerators) are included in your monthly service fee. Customers who place out more than the allowed amount will be charged for additional waste on their next Utility bill.

What we pick up:

  • Large and small household appliances, including refrigerators. However, for any appliances containing Freon or other coolants, including refrigerators or air conditioners – customers need to call (405) 297-2833 to make special arrangements prior to your regular bulk pick-up day.
  • Mattresses, furniture and carpets
  • Small trees and landscape waste from DIY projects. Large tree or landscape debris produced by contracted landscapers must be hauled off by the landscaper.
  • Fencing
  • Small waste produced by DIY home repair (no contractor waste)
  • Glass and mirrors (must be wrapped in cardboard and secured)

What we do not pick up:

  • Acids and caustics*
  • Antifreeze*
  • Automotive repair waste: Includes parts and/or liquid waste from automotive, boat or motorcycle repair, tires and rimes, automobile frames, crankcase, transmissions, wheels and tires, brake fluid, degreasers and lubricants
  • Bagged landscape waste. All bagged leaves or landscape debris must go in your big blue bin. 
  • Batteries of any kind, including automotive batteries*
  • Bricks, concrete, rocks or similar materials from DIY home projects.
  • Contractor waste: Uncontained sheetrock, concrete, gypsum and roofing materials, remodeling and demolition debris, dirt, bricks, rocks or concrete. These should be carried of by your contractor.
  • Explosives
  • Diapers and pet waste
  • Excrement
  • Fertilizer*
  • Fuels of any types, including propane tanks*
  • Landscape waste: includes landscape waste and trees cut by a professional contractor. Special conditions will apply for special pick-ups as the result of severe weather.
  • Nuclear materials
  • Oils, including automotive oil, house repair lubricants and cooking oils*
  • Paints and solvents*
  • Pesticides*
  • Poisons* (Includes pest control, landscape and other poisonous materials)
  • Pool chemicals*
  • Rust remover*
  • Sewage and septic waste

Fireworks this weekend

Please be safe and remember that fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Oklahoma City. Please do not set any off within the neighborhood. I have attached a list of 22 places where you can go on multiple nights this weekend to see fireworks legally from Brandy McDonnell of the Oklahoman. Wherever you go, be safe!

22 events in 2022 where you can celebrate July 4th across Oklahoma

Brandy McDonnell

Oklahoman

The boom is back to the Fourth of July in the Sooner State. 

After two years of curtailed celebrations — from cancellations and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic to pyrotechnics-free festivities caused by last year’s fireworks shortage — July Fourth celebrations across Oklahoma are planning a big bang this year. 

From the 50th anniversary celebration for Edmond’s LibertyFest to the old-fashioned fun of Pawnee’s July 4th Games on the Square, here are 22 Oklahoma Independence Day celebrations to check out in 2022: 

1. Edmond’s LibertyFest 

When and where: Various events and venues.  

Information: https://www.libertyfest.org

Edmond’s Independence Day extravaganza is celebrating its 50th anniversary with several events. The festivities start with the long-running rodeo at 8 p.m. June 24-26 at Carl Benne Arena, followed by a car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 at Hafer Park and KiteFest from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 25 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 on the west side of Mitch Park.  

The celebration continues with the Concert in the Park at 7:30 p.m. June 30 near Mitchell Hall on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. ParkFest is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. July 2 at Mitch Park, the road rally begins at 10 a.m. July 3 at Earl’s Rib Palace, and the Liberty Sprint starts at 7:30 a.m. July 3 at at Ayers and Broadway. 

On July 4, the parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond and what’s billed as the metro area’s largest fireworks display blasts off at 9:30 p.m. at Hafer Park.  

Fireworks light up the sky during the Stars & Stripes River Festival at Riversports Adventures in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 29, 2019.

2. Stars & Stripes River Festival and Block Party 

When and where: 8 a.m. to dusk June 25 and July 2 in the Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln Blvd.  

Information: https://www.riversportokc.org

The Stars & Stripes River Festival is expanding this year to two days of events over two weekends. On June 25, the Stars & Stripes Regatta will include rowing and dragon boating racing along with Riversport Adventures, whitewater rafting, food and live music, capped off with fireworks on the Oklahoma River. 

On July 2, the Stars & Stripes Block Party will start with dog yoga and feature surfing and whitewater fun, plus special attractions like a Dog Dock Diving exhibition, live music, a watermelon eating contest, yard games, food and more fireworks at dusk.  

Alexander Mickelthwate conducts the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Red, White and Boom! concert at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. For the second year, the 2022 OKC Philharmonic's Independence Day concert will be at Scissortail Park.

3. Red, White & Boom! 

When and where: 8:30 p.m. July 3 at Scissortail Park, 300 SW Seventh.  

Information:https://www.okcphil.org.  

For the second year, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will perform its free annual Independence Day concert at Scissortail Park, and this year, the fireworks will return to the beloved event and illuminate the downtown OKC skyline.  

4. Norman’s 4th Fest 

When and where: 5 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. in Norman. 

Information:https://www.facebook.com/normanokparks

Attractions will include yard games, face painting, a cornhole tournament, food trucks, adult beverages and live music, culminating in a fireworks show at dusk.  

5. Yukon Freedom Fest 

When and where: 5 to 10 p.m. July 3 and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament, and City Park, 2200 S Holly Ave. 

Information: http://www.yukonok.gov/freedom-fest.  

The free two-day celebration includes a car show, children’s parade, sand art competition, the Cherry Bomb Youth Triathlon, hot dog eating contest, food trucks and more. The Hi-Fi Hillbillies, Irv Wagner’s Concert Band will play July 3, while Super Freak and the OKC Philharmonic will perform July 4. Plus, fireworks shows will blast off at 10 p.m. both days.  

6. Mustang Firefighter’s Freedom Celebration 

When and where: 6:30 to 10:30  p.m. June 25 in Mustang’s Wild Horse Park, 1201 N Mustang Rd. 

Informationhttps://www.facebook.com/Mustang-Fire-Department-1756013841205346

The event includes food trucks, fire trucks, a live DJ and more family fun activities. Fireworks are legal in Mustang from June 27 through July 4, so no individual fireworks are permitted within Wild Horse Park during the June 25 celebration.  

Fireworks explode in the sky at the Tribute to Liberty celebration at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City, Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

7. Midwest City’s Tribute to Liberty  

When and where: 6 p.m. July 4 at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno Ave.  

Information:www.midwestcityok.org

The event features live music, including The Andrews Sisters Tribute by Character Connection Co. and a performance by The Wise Guys, along with food trucks and a 9:45 p.m. fireworks show.  

8. Tulsa’s Folds of Honor FreedomFest  

When and where: 6 to 10 p.m. July 4 on the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa.  

Information:http://freedomfesttulsa.com

The festivities will include children’s activities, live music and a Red Bull Sky Dive Team Jump Landing. The activities will be divided between River West Festival Park, 2100 S Jackson Ave., and Dream Keepers Park (formerly Veterans Park), 1875 S Boulder Ave., and culminate at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks over the Arkansas River, staged from the 21st Street Bridge. 

Parade participants wave American flags to the spectators as they drive a vintage car during the 2019 Bethany Freedom Festival Parade in Bethany, Okla. on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

9. Bethany Freedom Fest  

When and where: 10 a.m. July 2 in downtown Bethany and at Eldon Lyon Park.  

Information: https://www.facebook.com/CityBethanyOK

This year’s event will feature a full day of activities, starting with a parade marching at 10 a.m. on historic Route 66 from Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, to Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 36.

The celebration will continue with Street Fest, including a car show, entertainment and vendors, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Bethany. At 9:55 p.m., fireworks will light up Eldon Lyon Park, which will open at 7 p.m.  

10. Moore’s Celebration in the Heartland 

When and where: 2 to 10 p.m. July 4 in Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12 in Moore.  

Informationhttps://www.cityofmoore.com.    

Inflatables, helicopter rides, children’s activities, food trucks and live music will lead up to the fireworks show set to music at about 9:45 p.m.  

Khatera Johnson shops for fireworks inside Fireworks Outlet OKC in Valley Brook, Thursday, July 1, 2021.

11. Stillwater’s Boomer Blast  

When and where: 6 p.m. July 1 at Boomer Lake Park, Washington Street and Lakeview Road in Stillwater. 

Information:http://stillwater.org.  

The celebration will include food trucks, hometown hospitality and vendors, but the main event will be the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show set to music. Car access to the park will be prohibited after 4 p.m., and Lakeview Bridge will be closed at 7 p.m. But free parking will be offered at Stillwater High School’s Pioneer Stadium and Cimarron Plaza. 

12. Choctaw Independence Day Celebration 

When and where: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Choctaw Creek Park, 2001 N Harper Rd. 

Information: https://mychoctaw.org

The celebration will feature inflatable water slides, music, food and games, with fireworks blasting off at about 9:45 p.m. 

Fireworks light up the sky during the Stars & Stripes River Festival at Riversports Adventures in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 29, 2019.

13. Lake Eufaula Fireworks Show 

When and where: 9:30 p.m. July 2 in Eufaula.  

Information:https://www.facebook.com/cityofeufaulaok.  

The fireworks will launch from the Southpoint Recreation Area across Lake Eufaula from the marina. Seating will be available at Eufaula High School’s Paul Bell Stadium, 530 Lakeland Drive.  

14. Blanchard Independence Day Celebration 

When and where: 6 to 10 p.m. July 2 at Independence Park, U.S. Highway 62 and NE 10 in Blanchard. 

Information:https://cityofblanchard.us.

The event includes helicopter rides, a kids zone, food and vendors, military honors, live music by SquadLive and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band and a fireworks display. 

Oklahoma singer-songwriter Emily Faith competed on the most recent season of "American Idol."

15. Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival  

When and where: 4 to 9:30 p.m. July 1 and 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 2 in Lawton’s Elmer Thomas Park, 501 NW Ferris Ave.  

Information: https://www.facebook.com/LawtonFreedomFestival

The attractions on July 1 will include food trucks, zip lines, bounce houses and street performers. The daylong festivities July 2 also will include the Parade in the Park, live music by Oklahoma “American Idol” contestant Emily Faith and the 77th Army Rock Band and a huge fireworks show choreographed to music at 9:30 p.m. 

16. Quapaw Nation Powwow 

When and where: July 1-4 at the Quapaw Nation tribal grounds, 5681 S 630 Rd. in Quapaw.  

Information: http://www.quapawtribe.com.  

The 150th annual powwow will celebrate Quapaw culture with dancing, contests and more at Beaver Springs Park.  

People watch the Fourth of July fireworks show at Freedom Fest at Chisholm Trail Park in Yukon, Okla., Saturday, July 3, 2021.

17. Pauls Valley 4th of July Celebration 

When and where: 4 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Wacker Park, 1003 N Willow in Pauls Valley. 

Information:https://www.facebook.com/lovepvevent.  

Food trucks, inflatables, live music, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, a mechanical bull and more will be part of the festivities, plus fireworks at dusk.  

18. McLoud Blackberry Festival 

When and where: 5 to 10 p.m. July 8 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 9 at Veterans Memorial Park, Sixth and Park in McLoud.  

Information: https://www.mcloudchamber.com

One of the oldest continual festivals in the state, this event was designed to celebrate both the blackberry harvest and July 4. Dating back to the 1940s, the fest includes a carnival, parade, live music, the Cobbler Gobbler contest and more. 

A blue catfish and other Oklahoma species  are on display at the Oklahoma Aquarium on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in Jenks, Okla..

19. Jenks Boomfest at the Oklahoma Aquarium 

When and where: 6:30 p.m. July 4 at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive. 

Informationhttps://www.okaquarium.org.  

Folks can visit the aquarium’s indoor exhibits, then head outside to watch the fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. Food trucks and beverage options will be available, and attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Last tickets are sold at 8:30 p.m., and all aquarium exhibits close at 9 p.m. Members are admitted free, non-members pay general admission rates, and parking is available for $10. 

20. Purcell Independence Day Celebration 

When and where: 5 to 10 p.m. July 1 at Purcell Lake, 1400 Chandler Rd.   

Information: https://www.cityofpurcell.com

A car show, country and western dancing, inflatables, face painting and food trucks are planned, plus a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.  

People watch the fireworks show at Chisholm Trail Park during the Yukon Freedom Fest, Saturday, July 3, 2021.

21. Grand Lake’s Duck Creek Fireworks  

When and where: 4 to 10:30 p.m. July 4 at the Arrowhead Yacht Club, 32894 S 4507 Rd., and Cherokee Yacht Club, 33152 Browning Lane, in Afton.  

Informationhttps://www.duckcreekfireworksok.com

One of Grand Lake’s longest running traditions, the annual festivities include an air show and fireworks display. 

22. Pawnee’s July 4th Games on the Square  

When and where: 8 a.m. to noon July 4 at Pawnee’s Courthouse Square, 500 Harrison St. 

Information: https://www.pawneechamberofcommerce.org/calendar. 

The old-fashioned fun ranges from the egg toss and turtle races to the boot throw and money in the straw. The community’s Independence Day festivities also include the 76th annual Pawnee Indian Veterans Homecoming June 30-July 3 at the Pawnee Football Field, the Pawnee Indian Veterans Parade at noon July 2 in downtown Pawnee, and fireworks at 10 p.m. July 4 at Pawnee Lake.  

Newsletter QR Code Correction

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Crime Patrollers Needed – Training class Saturday

Please volunteer. We can’t do it without you!

Due to the increasing crime, we need more patrollers for both days and nights. Please volunteer! We can work with anyone’s schedule. Training is being offered on Saturday by Officer Skalla. Please go to the website listed below and complete the registration. Please let me know if you will be attending and we can meet you there and let you know more about Harvest Hills South and our schedule.

Email us at harvesthillssouth@gmail.com.

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Hope to see you there!