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

Recent Abduction post on Nextdoor

Hello Neighbors,

I am not sure if you saw the post regarding an abduction that supposedly happened at Harvest Hills Rd and Wilshire. This post was placed on Nextdoor. I was very concerned and contacted the police department to get details since it is in our neighborhood. I was told that we are safe and that the post has little merit. I do have details, but I am not in a position to release that information, but rest assured we are safe and no one is trying to abduct anyone in the neighborhood.

If you ever have any concerns about things you see posted about our neighborhood, please let me know, so I can find out the true facts. Not everything posted on the internet is true and this is not the first time someone has posted something on Nextdoor about Harvest Hills South. We need to be careful when posting and responding to these types of posts. Sometimes people post these things with good intentions, but it is hearsay and they do not know all the facts, so it causes people to react and draw conclusions when it is not warranted. The story then grows and grows. This is why you are not seeing it on the news.

Sometimes people post things just to get a reaction. They want to scare people, thinking it is fun. I will be the first to notify the neighborhood when there is something of concern regarding Harvest Hills South. If you ever witness anything you need to call 911 immediately before you post anything anywhere. 

We are also getting closer to the holidays and need to be aware that people will try to tug at heart strings to gain your trust and your money. Times are changing and not always for the better. Please just beware.

harvesthillssouth@gmail.com

Trick or Treat: Monday Oct 31st

Halloween is right around the corner. But because the holiday falls on a Monday this year, many Oklahomans are unsure when they’re supposed to take their children trick-or-treating.

Oklahoma City will be trick or treating on Monday Oct 31st


Tips for Handing Out Candy

Handing out candy to the neighborhood kids can be a great way to spend an evening.

  • Wear gloves when passing out candy or consider using a kitchen utensil to help distribute them without hand contact.
  • October is an unpredictable month when it comes to weather. No matter if it snows, freezes or if there are slippery leaves on the walkway — it’s your job to make a clear and safe path for trick-or-treaters.
  • Traditionally, turning on the front light signals that you’ve got candy — so consider adding lights all the way to the door for safer passage.
  • Also, be sure your family pets are safely tucked away for the evening — for their safety as well as that of your spooky guests.
  • Replace all flames with electric candles for a safe, yet realistic effect.
  • When it comes to treats, store bought is best.
  • A teal pumpkin at your door lets others know you are handing out allergen-free treats.
  • If you’re willing to try something new, go the healthy route and hand out little toys, trinkets, coloring books or crayons instead.

Trick-or-Treating Tips

Let’s take a look at some more helpful tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating.

  • If the group is mainly little ones, then an adult should serve as chaperone.
  • If the kids are old enough to go without an adult, make sure they follow a pre-planned route and stick to homes or neighborhoods you know.
  • Stress the importance of crossing roads safely over and over again. Once those little goblins see treats across the street, the temptation to run is going to be huge.

Halloween Costume Safety Tips

The costumes are the best part of Halloween. But a poorly planned costume can actually be a health or safety hazard. Here are some costume safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Check costumes to ensure that they’re flame retardant and that they allow for easy movement.
  • Adding reflective tape, glow sticks and flashlights to the ensemble adds multiple layers of security.
  • If your child will be wearing a costume mask, make sure it doesn’t block their breathing or vision. It may also be a good idea to check and make sure they can still wear a protective face mask comfortably underneath their costume mask.

Have you been looking for a place to donate?

There are many places to donate new and used items in the OKC metro area. Here are a few that are making a difference in of our local community. Weather you are cleaning out closets or just looking for a way to help, we think these are a great way to donate to those who need it most.

City Center

5731 NW 41ST Warr Acres, OK 73122

This locally owned multipurpose center has been helping the area since 2016, providing youth programs and special events for holiday and back to school. This facility accepts donations for both food pantry as well as a clothing closet.

Find More Information Here

Jesus House

Warehouse: 1401 W. Sheridan, Oklahoma City, OK 7310

The Jesus house in OKC opened its doors in 1973 and has been providing those in need with food, shelter and clothing ever since. This facility is acceptnig clothes, food and small household items.

Please email to schedule a drop off donations@jesushouseokc.org

Find More Information Here

City Rescue Mission

800 W. California Ave Oklahoma City

The City Rescue Mission has been in OKC since opening a mens shelter for the transient population in the metro area in 1960. Their services have grown over the years and now incorporate a wide variety of partnerships to help them better serve those in need. This facility is accepting clothing, hygiene items, and baby formula.

Find More Information Here

Fun for the Family!

Fall Festivals are coming up soon so mark your calendar for some great ways to get out with the family and enjoy the nice fall weather.


Bethany Library and Bethany YMCA: Oct 20th

A Story book themed fall festival in the lawn between Bethany Library and Bethany YMCA will be held featuring crafts, games, candy, and food trucks.

This event will be held from 5-7pm.


Haunt the OKC Zoo: Saturdays & Sundays in OCT

The Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating its 39th year of Haunt the Zoo! Candy will be distributed at 13 candy locations by Zoo volunteers. Along the trail you’ll discover 20 themed booths, perfect for a unique photo opportunity! Zoo admission and official Haunt the Zoo bags are required to participate.

Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

October 8 & 9

October 15 & 16

October 22 & 23

October 29 & 30


Orr Family Farm South OKC: Now – Nov 12

Admission includes activities such as hay rides, train rides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and animal barnyard, jumping pillows, a carousel and more. Pony rides and homemade treats sold separately. Tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price; kids 2 and younger are free.

Mon, Wed, Thurs 10am-5pm

Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm


Chester’s Pumpkin Patch in Piedmont: Now – Oct 31

Come check out this patch’s new giant slide, barnyard games, pony rides for children, tractor rides, petting zoo (zoo food sold separately), three-acre mystery maze, live music on the weekends and more. Admission is $6 for ages 11 to 64, $12 for ages 1 to 10 and free for ages 64+ and children under 1. For more info click HERE.

Tuesday- Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 1pm-6pm

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.