City of Sand Springs Budget Fair Set for January 28th

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs announces an opportunity for citizens to provide input into annual budget priorities for the community. This year's Budget Fair will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Sand Springs Municipal Building, 100 E. Broadway, in downtown Sand Springs. This come and go event will take place on the second floor.

Department leaders including police, fire, parks, public works and more will be on-hand to listen to citizen input and help answer questions about annual operations and explain typical annual budget priorities. The Sand Springs City Council and City staff extend this important public opportunity to residents living within the corporate limits of Sand Springs to participate in the creation of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. The City's annual budget year begins on July 1, 2019, and runs through June 30, the following year.

This Week in Sand Springs (1/20 - 1/27/19)

Monday

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday

  • 6:30 p.m. No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 19 Jenks.
    8:00 p.m. No. 7 Sandite Basketball vs. No. 6 Jenks.

    • Frank Herald Fieldhouse
      323 East B Street
      Jenks, OK 74037

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber Annual Banquet and Awards.

    • Bright Morning Farm
      5802 South 145th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Southmoore.

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. No. 7 Jenks (Homecoming).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball at John Nobles Tournament.

    • 1:00 p.m. with Thursday loss, 4:00 p.m. with Thursday win.

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball at John Nobles Tournament.

    • Time depends on Thursday/Friday results.
      10:00 a.m. Seventh Place Match
      1:00 p.m. Consolation Finals
      4:00 p.m. Third Place Match
      7:00 p.m. Championship Finals

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

  • 10:00 a.m. Walnut Ridge Homeowners Association Meeting.

    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue

Ongoing

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

On The Horizon

  • 1/28 City of Sand Springs Budget Fair.

  • 1/30 - Storm Spotter Workshop.

  • 2/9- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).

  • 2/22 - Sand Springs Rotary Chili Cook Off.

  • 2/23 - Hike With Your Dog Day - Keystone Ancient Forest

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival


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This Week in Sand Springs (1/13 - 1/20/19)

Monday

Tuesday

  • 10:30 a.m. Build a Reader: Family Storytime/Stay and Play.

    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street

  • 1:30 p.m. Sand Springs/Sapulpa Joint Board Meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 7 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 5 Union.
    7:30 p.m. No. 4 Sandite Basketball vs. No. 12 Union.

    • Union Multipurpose Activity Center
      6836 South Mingo Road
      Tulsa, OK 74133

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. No. 1 Broken Arrow.

    • Broken Arrow High Tiger Field House
      2200 North 23rd Street
      Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Wednesday

Thursday

  • 10:30 a.m. Bendable, Foldable, Movable Books.

    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue

  • 3:30 p.m. PAWS for Reading

    • Elementary-school kids are invited to read their favorite books to registered therapy dogs. Click here to register.

    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street

  • 4:00 p.m. Popcorn and a Movie: “Ms. Connie”

    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue

  • 4:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. Muskogee.
    5:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. Enid.
    6:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. No. 14 Bartlesville.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Wrestling at Owasso Ram Duals.

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 7 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Owasso.
    7:30 p.m. No. 4 Sandite Basketball vs. No. 17 Owasso.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Community Pancake Breakfast.

    • Fundraiser for Green Country Volunteer Fire Department. $6 Adults, $3 Children 5-12 y/o, $1 Children 5&U.

    • Sand Springs Elks Lodge
      546 West Imperial Boulevard

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Wrestling at Owasso Ram Duals.

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

  • 5:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball Karaoke and Chili Dinner.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Ongoing

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

On The Horizon

  • 1/24 - Sand Springs Chamber Annual Banquet and Awards.

  • 1/30 - Storm Spotter Workshop.

  • 2/9- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).

  • 2/23 - Hike With Your Dog Day - Keystone Ancient Forest

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival


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4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek to benefit Keystone Ancient Forest Visitors Center

Ancient Trail Trek Registration Open! Natural Trail Races Benefit the Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve! Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Department and TATUR (Tulsa Area Trails and Ultra Runners) invite runners of all ages to the magnificent Keystone Ancient Forest for the 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek! This year's event is Saturday, February 9, 2019 with gates opening at 7:00 a.m. and the first race at 8:00 a.m.

Event registration and information can be found at the City’s website at www.sandspringsok.org. Use the Explore/ Keystone Ancient Forest/ Ancient Trail Trek drop down menus to access the registration site. Registration is online only, and runners must register before the midnight deadline on February 7, 2019.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the beautiful 1,400-acre crosstimbers nature preserve, including the planned visitor center, which is currently in design.

This year's Ancient Fun Run offers a 5K, 10K and even an 8-mile run for both adults and children. The varied courses will meander over grassy trail portions, bare soil and rock. Routes will challenge runners with some downhill glides and moderate uphill challenges! Runners can glimpse wintertime views of Keystone Lake below, and might even spot area wildlife along the course!

"We’ve partnered with the TATUR group again and so we’ll have the standard electronic timing devices for accuracy and convenience for runners,” stated Jeff Edwards, Parks Director for the City of Sand Springs. "We’ve got several great courses this year and feel we have one of the best trail running venues in Oklahoma."

The race fee (including registration) is $28.00 per runner without an event T-shirt, or $40.50 per runner with an event T-shirt. Gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the race, with the first race beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Park staff and members of the Keystone Ancient Forest Trail Guide (volunteer) group will be on site to help with water and hospitality after the race. Parking is on gravel and grassy areas with porta potty service. No pets allowed.

With proceeds from this year’s race, again going towards the Keystone Ancient Forest- this year’s event can help with the planned visitor center also! The concept for the forest’s new state of the art facility will be unveiled just weeks before the race event!

Storm Spotter Training Class coming soon to Sand Springs

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Sand Springs, OK - Weather changes constantly in Oklahoma – and sometimes not for the better. Understanding what is going on in the skies above can be a life or death proposition.

Sand Springs’ location on the western edge of the Tulsa metropolitan area places it on the front lines for severe weather events, which can potentially impact thousands of Oklahomans. Trained citizen storm spotters play a critical role in providing life-saving information to local emergency managers and meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Tulsa.

Area residents can receive storm spotter training from NWS meteorologists on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Case Community Center, 1050 W. Wekiwa Rd. There is no charge to attend, and pre-registration is not necessary. The training lasts about two hours.

The training benefits all citizens – from those affiliated with storm spotting organizations to those just wanting a better understanding of what is happening around them when skies turn dark. It includes videos of severe storms and information on how severe storms form and what they look like. The training will include statistics on severe storms and the damages they cause each time severe weather happens.

The training will help citizens better understand the different severe weather watches and warnings issued by NWS and help storm spotters analyze the differences between storms with real severe weather potential from those that only have menacing-looking clouds.

Although recent technology has greatly enhanced meteorologists’ abilities to provide critical and accurate storm information, trained storm spotters are irreplaceable for providing on-the-ground accounts of what is actually happening at specific locations. Many citizens have taken the class over the years to enhance their own piece of mind, as well as possibly save the lives of others during a weather emergency.

This Week in Sand Springs (12/30 - 1/6/18)

Monday

  • 8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Prayer Service.

    • Osage Forest of Peace
      141 Monastery Road

  • 9:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party.

    • The Office on Main
      109 North Main Street

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 7:00 p.m. Board of Education Special Meeting.

Friday

  • 10:00 a.m. No. 5 Sandites at 18th Annual Cushing Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    • Cushing High School
      1700 East Walnut Street
      Cushing, OK 74023

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 8 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Bixby (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 7:30 p.m. No. 7 Sand Springs Basketball vs. Bixby (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chipper Days.

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 11:00 a.m. No. 5 Sandites at 18th Annual Cushing Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    • Cushing High School
      1700 East Walnut Street
      Cushing, OK 74023

  • 4:30 p.m. No. 8 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 11 Ponca City (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 5:30 p.m. No. 7 Sandite Basketball vs. Ponca City (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Ongoing

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

  • 11/20-1/6 Art of Giving Christmas Tree display.

On The Horizon

  • 2/16- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).

  • 2/23 - Hike With Your Dog Day - Keystone Ancient Forest

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival


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Sand Springs schools take steps to prevent future carbon monoxide scares

After a recent carbon monoxide scare at Clyde Boyd Middle School, Sand Springs schools are taking steps to make sure it never happens again anywhere in the district.

Superintendent Sherry Durkee gave updates on the district’s reaction to a half-week school cancellation at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. CBMS and the Sixth Grade Center were closed for several days last week after students began exhibiting signs of carbon monoxide exposure.

An investigation into the school’s HVAC system revealed 8 out of 47 units at CBMS had become compromised, all of which have now been shut down, and replacements have been ordered. Workers are checking units throughout the district now and detectors are being installed in every single classroom throughout the district.

Durkee says she’s never even heard of a problem like this, that many districts do not have detectors, and some of those districts are reaching out to learn from the experience. Sand Springs will be educating all teachers on detecting signs of carbon monoxide poisoning going forward despite it not being a state requirement.

It’s common for HVAC units to develop leaks over time, and the mass failure was due to many of the units being purchased at the same time and aging simultaneously. The district already has quarterly inspections, exceeding those required by State law.

The Board also approved a resolution allowing Durkee to spend up to $75,000 following an emergency declaration without having to seek Board approval.

The middle school already has fifteen more minutes of instruction time than mandatory each day, so the lost days will not need to be made up.

In other news:

Charles Page High School Performing Arts Instructor Andrea Campfield was awarded a Sandite Spirit Award for her work with the CPHS Drama Department. She recently wrote and directed “When Merry Comes Home For Christmas,” which the Sand Springs Community Theater performed this past weekend.

CBMS students Kaitlyn Gurley and Hunter Cathey were given Sandite Spirit Awards for large donations they made to the Shop With a Cop program that helps provide Christmas presents for underprivileged youth in the area.

CBMS Life Applications for Students (LAFS) teachers Coy Caviness and Brad Ehmke were presented with Coins of Excellence.

The Board voted to rescind ballot language passed in the previous monthly meeting in favor of more specific verbiage that includes band equipment, wrestling mats, desks, and other items that will be purchased following a March bond election. None of the bond election plans have changed, Superintendent Sherry Durkee simply wanted to offer more transparency to the public on what the money will be going to specifically.

The Board voted to enter into an agreement with KKT Architects for designs for the new Central Ninth Grade STEM Academy Project.

The Board approved out of state travel for six district employees to attend the Solution Tree Response to Intervention at Work Conference in San Diego in March.

The Board accepted the resignations of Tammy Green and Dawn Jones, paraprofessionals at the Early Childhood Education Center, and Northwoods Fine Arts Academy, respectively.

The Board approved the hiring of a U.S. History teacher for CPHS, a science teacher at CBMS, and a paraprofessional at ECEC.

The Board voted to accept the resignation of Office No. 1 Board Member Krista Polankski. Because Polanski served more than half her term, the Board is able to either appoint a new member or leave the spot vacant till the next regular election.

Hometown Holiday brings Christmas cheer to Sand Springs Triangle District

The inaugural Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration is underway in the downtown Sand Springs Triangle District. The event, hosted by the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce, will run through Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. and will resume Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The event features numerous vendors of crafts and food with nonstop entertainment on the Triangle Stage.

Elementary choirs from Garfield, Northwoods, and Limestone performed early Saturday, as did kids from Miss Tirita’s Dance Studio and the Lawnwood Freewill Baptist Church Choir. The Charles Page High School band and Sand Springs Community Band will perform from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the Triangle will be officially illuminated at 6:00 p.m.

Santa’s Cottage is open for pictures with ole St. Nick from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, with a one-hour break from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

New Life Tabernacle and Broadway Baptist Church are hosting the church tent Saturday. Carriage rides will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday the Salvation Army Band will perform from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Ms. Tirita’s kids will perform from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Kiefer Elementary kids will perform from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vendors at the event include Scentsy, the Sand Springs Women’s Chamber, Made By Rach jewelry, and OkieSpice & Trade Co.

Mr. Nice Guys’, 3 Feathers BBQ, and Mr. Whiskit’s Cheesecakes are among the dining options. Senior Celebration is selling tacos, CubScout Pack 14 has beef jerky, and dessert can be found at DJ’s Sweet Kitchen. The CPHS Dance Team has hot coco, cookies, and Sandite yard signs, while the band is selling popcorn.

Many downtown shops will have extended hours during the weekend festivities, and throughout the Holiday season. Visitors can also check out the internationally-acclaimed Shiny Happy Blue Dog art exhibit by George Rodrigue at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum.

This Week in Sand Springs (11/25 - 12/2/18)

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. PTO Meeting.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 1 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 18 Ponca City (A).

    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74601

  • 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Sandite Basketball vs. Ponca City (A).

    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74601

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 1 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Muskogee (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hometown Holiday: A Christmas Celebration

    • 6:00 p.m. Lighting of the Triangle

    • 7:00 p.m. Festival of Lights Christmas Parade

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District

  • 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Sand Springs vs. Muskogee (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chipper Days.

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Holiday Market.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. HomeTown Holiday: A Christmas Celebration.

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District

  • 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theater presents “When Merry Comes Home For Christmas”

    • Central Ninth Grade Center Auditorium
      4th and Garfield

Sunday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. HomeTown Holiday: A Christmas Celebration.

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District.

  • 2:30 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theater presents “When Merry Comes Home For Christmas”

    • Central Ninth Grade Center Auditorium
      4th and Garfield

Ongoing

  • 11/9-12/29 Snapped in Sand Springs. - Read More.

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

  • 11/20-1/6 Art of Giving Christmas Tree display.

  • 11/23-12/31 Tulsa Botanical Garden of Lights. - Read More.

On The Horizon

  • 2/16- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).


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Tulsa Botanic Garden unveils new Garden of Lights event

[Tulsa, OK] — Tulsa Botanic Garden is offering an illuminated garden escape from the holiday hustle and bustle with a new event, Garden of Lights, running from Nov. 23 to Jan. 6. Visitors will be able to stroll through whimsical displays in the Children’s Discovery Garden and enjoy elegant views and dazzling lights in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces and other areas of the Garden.

“Being in the Garden any night is wonderful, but with the light display we’ve created with our designer, it’s just magical,” says Garden CEO Todd Lasseigne. “The path through the Children’s Discovery Garden includes fun surprises along the walk and a soundscape created by a Tulsa musician especially for that area. We also have the traditional music and colors for the holidays in the Tandy Floral Terraces. With all of the activities going on, there’s really something for everyone.”

Every night of the event warm beverages and s’mores kits will be available for sale in the “Holiday Hearth” area located near the Garden’s visitor center. Fire pits will be available for roasting marshmallows. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22, a food truck and cash bar with seasonal warm drinks will also be available.

From Dec. 7 to 14, a large scale model train exhibit by the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club will be in the Garden’s Mabee Grange building. Members of the Railroad Club will be staffing the 1,200 sq. ft. display nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

The schedule of activities during Garden of Lights also includes:

Wednesdays with St. Nick: Every Wednesday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19, the Garden’s “botanical” Saint Nick will be available for informal visits and photos from 6 to 9 p.m. (bring your camera).

Musical Thursdays: Each Thursday, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20 enjoy live music from talented Tulsans including:

·         Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m.: Holiday Gypsy Jazz with David Horne and Friends

·         Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m.: Bravo School of Performing Arts; 7-9 p.m.: Cascia Hall Singers

·         Dec. 13: TBA

·         Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m.: Harpist Lorelei Barton

Holiday Express Train Rides: Every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22, you can take a train ride to see the lights from across the Garden’s Lake. Free with admission.

Tickets are $15 for ages 13+ and $5 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Members of the Botanic Garden receive discounted pricing of $10 for ages 13+.  Tickets are limited each night and pre-purchasing is highly advised.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.tulsabotanic.org/gardenoflights, in person in the Garden’s visitor center or by phone at 918-289-0330.

During the event, the Botanic Garden will alter its daytime hours closing at 3 p.m. (instead of 5 p.m.) Tuesday through Sunday. The Garden will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and only open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1.

Sponsors for 2018 Garden of Lights include Closebend, ePumps, GableGotwals, Triad Eye Institute, Osage Casino Hotel, Premier Advisors Group, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and T.D. Williamson. Drs. James & Samuel Owens Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Howell & Vancuren, Proceeds from the event help support the Garden, a non-profit organization.

For more details on Garden of Lights events, visit www.TulsaBotanic.org/GardenofLights or call 918-289-0330.

ABOUT US:

Tulsa Botanic Garden is an all-season oasis blooming in the Osage Hills northwest of Tulsa.  The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces feature over 8,000 plants with seasonal beds, beautiful art deco designs and water features, and a spectacular spring display of over 100,000 bulbs. The Children’s Discovery Garden is a wonderland of interactive fun for the whole family including the iconic Spring Giant, spitting animal fountains, carnivorous plants, Sensory Walk, whirligigs, and the Tree Fort where the canopy provides a natural backdrop for storytelling and imaginative play. The Lakeside Promenade gracefully encompasses a seven-acre lake, and the Cross Timbers Trail provides a 1.5 mile hike through the trees. Admission:  Free for members, $8 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and under.  Memberships are available beginning at $50. Tulsa Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.

Sand Springs Parks Dept. receives State honors for Riverfest celebration

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs Parks staff received two statewide honors during the Oklahoma Recreation and Parks Society (ORPS) annual conference held in Norman, OK. Sand Springs Riverfest was cited an Award of Excellence by parks professionals in the state, one of only three such awards given out annually at the parks conference. Riverfest also earned an Award of Excellence for marketing from ORPS.

“We’re honored to represent the citizens of Sand Springs, not only in our traditional park work throughout the year, but also with the special events we create,” stated Jeff Edwards, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City. “We have a great staff who reach beyond their daily tasks to offer quality parks and recreation services in Northeast Oklahoma, and we’re very pleased to receive this honor.”

Riverfest was created by parks staff to celebrate the completion and dedication of the former River City Park into the new $6.2 million project known currently as Case Community Park. The park name change recognized Mike and Pat Case for their $2 million contribution toward Sand Springs’ largest Vision 2025 park project.

Sand Springs Riverfest took nearly a year of planning thanks to a large committee that included local businesses, school and city officials, church members, and more. The event was held in September of 2017 after raising nearly $30,000 for the park celebration.

A few highlights of the day included an appearance by Sand Springs racing legend Bennie “The Wizard” Osborn, who was the NHRA top fuel dragster world champion in 1967 and 1968. The OKC Thunder’s mascot, Rumble, made an entrance, and helped kick off a Thunder Cares new basketball court dedication and basketball camp for kids. There was an artistic Chalk-A-Thon sidewalk art-chalk contest. A few former cast members from the live outdoor production of Oklahoma performed a brief segment from the musical. The Charles Page High School marching band performed on stage before the Rogues Five took over, followed by local interactive DJ Morgan Ganem’s performance, which was choreographed with the grand finale fireworks display.

Sand Springs Riverfest was awarded state ORPS honors for its excellent use of private funds to create the event for citizens; the strong use of volunteers; utilizing creative marketing methods and offering a diverse number of activities for people during the event.

“Special events can be a struggle for any community and they can consume large amounts of resources,” stated Edwards. “The resources, funding, and commitments from local civic groups, businesses, churches and more launched Riverfest into an award winning quality event.”

For more information on the Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Department visit www.sandspringsok.org and follow them on Facebook.

ORPS was founded in 1956 to advance the parks and recreation profession and industry in Oklahoma. Annual conference attendees receive professional training, continuing education credits and more. For more information about ORPS visit: http://www.orps.us/

This Week in Sand Springs (11/18 - 11/25/18)

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. Pull The Flag on Cancer

    • 8 on 8 Flag Football Tournament benefiting Dustin Kinard’s fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

    • Roger Bush Soccer Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road

    • See attached poster for more information.

Monday

Tuesday

  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Art of Giving Christmas Tree display.

    • Sand Springs Museum
      9 East Broadway

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Thanksgiving

  • 9:00 a.m. Burdge/Campbell Families and Friends Turkey Trot

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Black Friday.

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shops.

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    • Downtown Triangle District

Ongoing

  • 11/9-12/29 Snapped in Sand Springs.

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

  • 11/20-1/6 Art of Giving Christmas Tree diplay.

  • 11/23-12/31 Tulsa Botanical Garden of Lights.

On The Horizon

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.

  • 12/1-12/2 When Merry Comes Home for Christmas.


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George Rodrigue - Shiny Happy Blue Dog art exhibit makes Oklahoma debut in Sand Springs

The internationally-acclaimed Shiny Happy Blue Dog art exhibit made its Oklahoma debut Saturday evening at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum.

The paintings are the work of the late George Rodrigue, a Louisiana cajun who died in 2013. The blue dog is inspired by the loup-garou (cajun werewolf) and modeled after Rodrigue’s dog Tiffany. The series was used in ad campaigns by Absolut Vodka and Xerox Corporation in the early 1990s and can be seen in the Central Perk coffee shop on the hit television series Friends.

Rodrigue’s career began as a child after being diagnosed with polio. According to his widow, Wendy, his mother bought him a paint set to occupy his time while bedridden. His early work focused on the things he could no longer go out and see in person.

George and Wendy made a large effort to bring his art to schools and use it as an education tool, a mission continued by Wendy and her current husband Douglas Magnus, who was a lifelong friend of Rodrigue. Rodrigue also painted a series of vibrant blue dogs for children’s hospitals, giving the kids a bright distraction from their time in hospice. Those pieces are exclusive to children’s hospitals and do not make their way into museums or other showcases.

Rodrigue-Magnus tours the country with her late husband’s work, and visited several Tulsa-area elementary schools prior to the weekend opening, including Sand Springs’s Northwoods Fine Arts Academy. She also spoke at the Sand Springs Museum’s grand opening.

The exhibit will be open through February 17, 2019 and admission is free. The museum is located at 9 East Broadway in the historic downtown Triangle District. The 1929 art deco masterpiece is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still bears the “Page Memorial Library” designation on the outside.

Bringing the exhibit to Sand Springs was the idea of Northwoods Art Instructor Jennifer Fox Barretto, who spent the last year fundraising, advertising, and working behind the scenes to secure the event.

Museum Hours:
CLOSED MONDAY
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday

This Week in Sand Springs (11/11 - 11/18/18)

Sunday

  • Veterans’ Day.

Tuesday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Stop the Hate in the 918.

    • Free coverups for any hate, gang, or racial tattoos.

    • The Parlour Hair & Ink
      100 North Garfield Avenue

  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CPHS Dance Fundraiser.

    • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
      8112 South Olympia Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74132

    • Must tell cashier you are there for fundraiser.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Band Booster Meeting.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. CPHS Basketball: Meet The Sandites.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. Powder Puff Football

    • Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CPHS Basketball Fundraiser - Pancake Breakfast.

    • Masonic Lodge No. 475
      3201 South 113th West Avenue

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Christmas Open House Sip & Shop

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

  • George Rodrigue - Shiny Happy Blue Dog Art Exhibit - Grand Opening Reception.

    • Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum
      9 East Broadway Street

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. Pull The Flag on Cancer

    • 8 on 8 Flag Football Tournament benefiting Dustin Kinard’s fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

    • Roger Bush Soccer Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road

    • See attached poster for more information.

On The Horizon

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

  • 11/24 Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.


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This Week in Sand Springs (11/4 - 11/11/18)

Monday

  • 12:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce - Open Forum.

    • Tulsa Tech - Sand Springs Campus
      500 North Adams Road

  • 4:00 p.m. Planning Commission meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment meeting - CANCELED.

  • 7:00 p.m. Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Election Day.

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 12:00 p.m. Women’s Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    • Crescent Cafe
      3417 South 113th West Avenue

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tulsa Community Band Veteran’s Day Concert.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hike With Your Dog Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All Things Crafty Arts and Craft Fair.

    • Case Community Center
      1050 West Wekiwa Road

  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ninth Annual 2 Angels Toy Run.

    • Tulsa Community College - West Campus
      7505 West 41st Street

Sunday

  • Veteran’s Day.

On The Horizon

  • 11/17 Christmas Open House Sip & Shop at YellowHouse Market & Boutique.

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

  • 11/24 Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.


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This Week in Sand Springs (10/28 - 11/4/18)

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Boo on Broadway.

Tuesday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma Advanced Manufacturing Forum.

    • Tulsa Tech - Sand Springs Campus
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. Limestone PTO meeting.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

  • 6:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Monster Ball.

    • Sand Springs Softball Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 12:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Contest.

    • Tulsa Community College - West Campus Student Union
      7505 West 41st Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Angus Church Fall Carnival.

    • Angus Church
      4401 South 129th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. DreamLand | Family Fall Festival

    • CrossPoint Church
      4600 South 129th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat.

    • Sand Springs Church of Christ
      4301 South 113th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Broadway Fall Festival

    • Broadway Baptist Church
      1000 North Adams Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Harlem Wizards: Tricks, Hoops & Alley Oops!

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 7:00 p.m. Sandite Football vs. Booker T. Washington (A).

    • 1514 East Zion Street
      Tulsa, OK 74106

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chipper Days.

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 8:00 a.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fall City-Wide Cleanup Day.

    • Contact Sunnie Smith-Nowlin at 918-246-2579 to volunteer.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Time to Arise!

    • 10:00 a.m. Women’s Conference - Speaker Stephanie Schrepel, worship by Rachelle Thurber.
      2:00 p.m. Testimonies from Joanna Sanders, Angie Keith, Tamie Ortiz, Laura Weiser. Worship by Rachelle Thurber.
      6:00 p.m. Open to all - Speaker Jim Schrepel, worship with Darin Shipley.

    • The Stronghold Church
      619 East 10th Street

Sunday

  • End of Daylight Savings Time.

On The Horizon

  • 11/10 Keystone Ancient Forest Hike With Your Dog Day.

  • 11/10 All Things Crafty Arts & Craft Fair.

  • 11/10 Ninth Annual 2 Angels Toy Run.

  • 11/11 Veteran’s Day.

  • 11/17 Christmas Open House Sip & Shop at YellowHouse Market & Boutique.

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

  • 11/24 Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.


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Boo on Broadway draws thousands to Sand Springs Triangle District

The Eighth Annual Boo on Broadway festival was a raging success Sunday afternoon in the downtown Triangle District. The event drew more than 3,000 participants for games, inflatables, costume contests, trunk-or-treats and more.

The event was hosted by the Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance for the second-straight year with involvement from several other local businesses and organizations.

State Farm agent Steve Lane and Farmer’s Insurance agents Kelly Smith and Nathan Spencer all set up booths with candy, as did American Heritage Bank, RibCrib, BancFirst, Christ Centered Lawn Care, and OSU Medical Center. Downtown businesses Blush Hair Salon, Coble’s Flowers, and Joni’s on the Triangle Hair Salon also participated.

New Life Tabernacle was the star of the show, taking over the entire Kingsley Insurance parking lot with numerous inflatables, balloons, popcorn, and a dunk tank. Reach Church set up a bounce house and several game stations. First Church of the Nazarene had a GaGa Ball arena, American Legion Post 17 and Chinowth and Cohen had corn hole toss, and Nexus Youth and HillSpring Church also had setups. The Sand Springs Police and Fire Departments also participated and let the kids check out the insides of their trucks and squad cars.

A Toy Story themed car won the best Trunk-or-Treat design and a costume contest was held with several age categories.

Age 0-2: Madilyn Gardner (Cabbage Patch Kid)
Age 3-4: Rainy Wachsmuth (Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas)
Age 5-6: Abby Taber (Cotton Candy)
Age 7-8: Israel Haley and Maddy Gaddy (Lucy and Ricky Ricardo)
Age 9-12: Ophelia Miss (Chicken)
Teen/Adult: Phillip Lamb (Uncle Fester)
Pet: Jared Robinson’s pygmy goat (vampire).

3rd Annual Monster Ball softball game rescheduled due to rain

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The Third Annual Monster Ball softball game originally scheduled for Thursday, October 25th has been postponed to Tuesday, October 30th due to substantial rainfall.

The Halloween-themed slow pitch softball game will pit the Charles Page High School baseball and softball teams against each other in a costumed slow pitch fundraiser for Sandite Special Olympics.

The Lady Sandites won the inaugural event and the baseball team tied the series with an 8-7 victory last year.

The game will be played at 6:00 p.m. at the Sand Springs Softball Complex at 408 West 55th Street. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Pogue Airport hosts "Tacos, Takeoffs & Landins" fly-in event

William R. Pogue Municipal Airport hosted a large fly-in event Saturday morning in Sand Springs. More than three dozen aircraft participated in the Tacos, Takeoffs & Landings event.

Festivities included a four-way skydive spectacle displaying the American Flag and low passes from the Riverside AT-6s.

Pilots and their guests received a complimentary Mexican lunch and at-cost fuel sales as part of the City’s efforts to attract new visitors and show off the airport.

Halloween festivities for all ages coming soon in Sand Springs

It’s officially costume season in Sand Springs, beginning this Thursday. Churches, bars, and other organizations in Sand Springs will be putting on Halloween festivities for all ages.

The Sand Springs Pumpkin Patch at 17516 West 8th Street is open every day in October from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pleasant Valley Farms at 22350 West 71st Street is open every Sunday through Thursday in October from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Third Annual Monster Ball softball game will pit the Charles Page High School baseball and softball teams against each other in a costumed slow pitch fundraiser for Sandite Special Olympics. The Lady Sandites won the inaugural event and the baseball team tied the series with an 8-7 victory last year. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday October 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Sand Springs Softball Complex at 408 West 55th Street. Due to rain it has been postponed till Tuesday, October 30th. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Tulsa Community College will be hosting their annual Westfest at the 7505 West 41st Street Sand Springs campus Thursday, October 25th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admission cost is one canned food item. There will be free games and inflatables, $1.00 hot dogs, and a spook trail for $2.00. The Spastic Cow Food Truck will also be on hand.

TCC will also hold a student costume contest Wednesday, October 31st from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union with prizes for scariest, funniest, and most creative.

The Salvation Army Boys' and Girls Club will be holding a Fall Festival Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 4403 South 129th West Avenue. It will feature a costume contest, carnival games, inflatables, and a cake walk. It will be $5 per child.

Keystone Public School will be holding a Fall Festival Friday, October 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m with food, candy, and games at 23810 West Highway 51.

Chandler Park Community Center will host a Halloween Night Party Friday, October 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 6500 West 21st Street with hip hop, pop, and electronic dance music. There will be a dance challenge with a cash prize, and D.J. Luc Da Shine will be shooting a live music video.

M&M’s Ole Time Tavern is holding their Halloween Party Friday, October 26th at 9:00 p.m. with live music from Ronnie Pyle and the Drivers at 13906 West Highway 51.

Garden Heights Free Will Baptist Church will be holding a Fall Festival at 3415 Summit Boulevard, Saturday, October 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Next Door Bar & Grill at 6430 Charles Page Boulevard is holding a Halloween party on Saturday October 27th with a costume contest and karaoke.

The Office on Main’s 5th Annual Halloween Bash is Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m. at 109 North Main Street. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, karaoke, a DJ, and a costume contest with cash prizes.

The Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance will be hosting their Eighth Annual Boo on Broadway festival in the downtown Triangle District Sunday, October 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be adult, child, and pet costume contests at the beginning of the event, as well as inflatables, competitions, games, face-painting, and more.

Reach Church, HillSpring Church, Church That Matters, New Life Tabernacle, Sand Springs Church of the Nazarene, Harvest Church, Solace Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, CrossPoint Church, Olivet Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church all participate in the Ministerial Alliance.

HillSpring Associate Pastor Matt Barnett says he expects more than a hundred volunteers from those organizations, and a few dozen businesses participating as well. Anyone looking to get involved and help can email Barnett at Matt.Barnett@hillspring.tv. Last year’s festival attracted more than 3,000 visitors.

Any businesses or organizations participating in the event are also encouraged to make a donation towards Christmas bonuses for the Sand Springs Police and Fire Departments. The Ministerial Alliance donates several thousand dollars worth of gift cards to both departments every year.

Angus Church is hosting a Fall Carnival Wednesday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 4401 South 129th West Avenue. There will be free games, inflatables, trunk-or-treating, door prizes, free food, and a live classic rock show from Ronnie Pyle and the Drivers.

Broadway Baptist Church at 1000 North Adams Road will be hosting a Fall Festival October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with games, candy, food, prizes, and more.

CrossPoint Church is hosting the DreamLand Family Fall Festival October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 4600 South 129th West Avenue with games, inflatables, and a petting zoo.

Sand Springs Church of Christ will have a Trunk or Treat event October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 4301 South 113th West Avenue. Sand Springs United Methodist Church will have a Trunk or Treat from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 319 North Main Street.

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