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Local Dental Practitioner Chosen to Help with Development of New Dental Sleep Appliance

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A unique oral appliance created by a Canadian dental practitioner to treat snoring and sleep apnea will soon be fabricated in a dental office in Oklahoma as part of a pilot project. After extensive research and careful consideration of a large pool of highly qualified American dental practices, Patrick Strong, President and CEO of Strong Dental and developer of a new dental sleep appliance has teamed with RiverWalk Dental Spa in Jenks, Oklahoma. “RiverWalk Dental Spa was the chosen dental practice because of their passion and commitment to dental sleep medicine and the treatment of sleepdisordered patients,”says Strong.“Dr. Carrie Sessom and Ms. April Fitzgerald both are very dedicated to their practice. From the way they treat their patients to their philosophies, they are in line with Strong Dental’s values.” “We equally appreciate that people who are suffering from the effects of snoring and life-threatening sleep apnea are in need of immediate treatment,”Strong says.“When a patient gets a premium, custom-fit appliance it generally takes a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks to fabricate, meaning that their life-threatening medical condition will go untreated during that time. Patients deserve a real-time treatment option and that is a main reason why the TSA (Temporary SUAD™ Appliance) was developed. One of the many benefits of the TSA is that it only takes hours to fabricate, enabling the patient to start wearing the TSA tonight or tomorrow.”However, many of America’s snorers are too far from Strong Dental’s own production lab near Detroit, Michigan, making it difficult to receive orders, manufacture custommade TSAs and deliver them to patients within a couple of days. To help more people get the treatment they need

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sooner, Strong Dental determined it needed dental offices across North America for the onsite fabrication of TSAs.“We wanted to test it out with one dental office before going through with this idea,”Strong explains. “By outsourcing production, patients can go to their local practitioner, have impressions of their teeth taken and then the dental office can fabricate the appliance onsite, generally allowing the patient to receive treatment within 24 hours.” To make that happen for Oklahoma patients, Dr. Sessom and Ms. Fitzgerald at RiverWalk Dental Spa are currently involved in an extensive training process with Strong Dental.They are learning how to fabricate the TSA, a temporary dental sleep appliance that is FDA-cleared to market for snoring and sleep apnea. When worn at bedtime, the TSA comfortably positions the patient’s lower jaw in a forward position, allowing relaxation of the tongue and tissues in the back of the throat, which stops snoring. Snoring is more than a loud annoyance. It can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a life-threatening medical disorder that causes breathing to stop briefly and frequently while sleeping. Untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and work related or motor vehicle accidents. Sleep apnea can also cause fatigue, irritability, confusion, loss of productivity and sexual dysfunction. Once Dr. Sessom and Ms. Fitzgerald have completed their training, they will be able to manufacture the appliance at RiverWalk Dental Spa. Strong says,“If this relationship indicates that outsourcing production is the best way to help our patients receive real-time treatment, then we will outsource to more dental offices across North America.”

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Chamber Chat Buckskin, Boots and BBQ

by Annette Bowles, Jenks Chamber of Commerce President

Spring has sprung and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a fun, first-time event for us – “Buckskin, Boots & BBQ,” a live auction event at the historic Perryman Ranch in Jenks on April 29, with pre-event entertainment starting at 4 p.m. and the dinner and auction kicking off at 6. While we’ve usually had the auction at the Inaugural Banquet, we decided to shake things up and make the auction a separate, casual event.  For this first-time event, we’re happy to have the sponsorships of BancFirst, Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, Princess Publications, U Dirty Dawg, Summit Apartments, Continental Wire Cloth and PSO! We’ve already lined up an impressive selection of auction items. Items include an autographed University of Oklahoma football helmet, a bronze Remington statue, a variety of gift certificates from local restaurants, premium seat tickets to events at the BOK Center, two tickets to the opening race of the Daytona 500 and more.  We’re looking to add more items as the date of the event approaches.

 The attire for this one is pretty simple: whatever you feel safe eating barbecue in. I’ll probably be in blue jeans and some cowgirl boots, but you can come in tennis shoes if you’d like. Tickets for the event are $15 each and you can make sure you’re a part of this event buy e-mailing Tracie at the office at Tracie. Obanion@jenkschamber.com or by calling (918) 299-5005. Space is limited so you’ll want to make sure we know you’re coming as soon as possible.  Cash bar available. Please RSVP no later than April 26 and we’ll look forward to seeing you there. And don’t forget to attend the annual Jenks Herb and Plant Festival on Saturday, April 24 in downtown Jenks!    There’s always plenty to do in Jenks!   For more information on becoming a member of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, please call the Chamber at 299-5005 or email Tracie O’Banion, Director of Member Services, tracie.obanion@jenkschamber.com.  She will share all of the benefits of becoming a member and how your membership benefits the community as well. Visit www..jenkschamber. com.

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Mission of Mercy Creates Smiles, Hands-On Opporunity for Students by Dr. Kara Gae Neal, Superintendent/CEO, Tulsa Technology Center

During the first week of February, a group of 41 students and two instructors from Tulsa Tech’s Dental Assistance program committed a total of 485 volunteer hours to the Mission of Mercy, a free, two-day dental clinic at the Tulsa Convention Center set up by the Oklahoma Dental Association. Patients began assembling two days before the event in anticipation of receiving free dental care. Over 1,400 dentists, hygienists and volunteers provided cleanings, fillings, restorations, extractions and root canals to more than 1,800 patients. “When we got there, I looked at the number of patients and thought, ‘There’s no way we’re going to get through all these people,’” recalls Kristin Fletcher, an adult Tech student originally from El Reno, Oklahoma. Fletcher spent more than 13 hours taking patients to anesthesia, the restoration area and surgery center. “As the day went on, the numbers dwindled. I was with one of the very last patients waiting to for x-rays,” continued Fletcher. “I was afraid they were going to tell her ‘no’ because she needed all her wisdom teeth extracted, but



they did it.” The long days and intense workload created a once-in-a-lifetime circumstance for future dental assistants like Shelby Heimbach, an adult student from Broken Arrow. “It was so rewarding being able to help people in need,” said Heimbach. The real-life, hands-on experience was invaluable for Heimbach and her classmates. “Every dentist is different,” commented Heimbach. “It was a challenging adjusting to how each goes about their care, but what a great opportunity.” One patient in particular stood out for Mary Selsor, an adult student from Broken Arrow. “This lady’s front teeth were in bad shape, and the teeth next to those were pretty decayed too,” said Selsor. “She didn’t smile and was very insecure, but the dentist I was working with rebuilt her front teeth. When I asked her if she was ready to see her new beautiful smile, she got really nervous. I handed her the mirror and she just started crying. And then I started crying! That was the most rewarding part of the entire weekend.”

Jill Holland, one of Tulsa Tech’s Dental Assistance instructors, was very impressed with the students’ performance. “Dentists and organizers told me how professional our students were,” recalled Holland. “One of our students carried himself so well that he was confused with a fourth-year dental student and was asked to administer local anesthesia.” Since the event, four Tulsa Tech students have been offered jobs in dental facilities and six students have been offered clinical internships. Four dental offices have also requested information about becoming clinical sites for students in the future. The 2011 Mission of Mercy will take place in Oklahoma City; in 2012, McAlester. “Tulsa Tech students will participate,” said Holland. “In southeast Oklahoma, the need will be huge, and we can’t wait to help.” If you’re currently looking for exciting career training for both high school and adult students, or quality business and industry training, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 828-5200 or visit us online at www.tulsatech.edu.

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Miles of Smiles

Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

by Dr. Craig Buntemeyer, DDS, PC, Tulsa Great Smiles

It is well documented that your Mental Health, your Dental Health and your Overall Physical Health are all connected and interrelated. In fact, recent studies have shown that your dental health greatly affects your overall general health. Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between gum diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, heart or cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the scientific studies of the bacteria and its affect on dental and general health problems, many people do not like the appearance of their smiles and are negatively affected by it. Many are walking around with old, worn out dentistry and unhealthy teeth and gums that can contribute to general health problems. All too often people wait too long to take care of small dental problems that are affecting their general health. The bacteria in the mouth don’t wait until it hurts, they go to work every day on breaking down other parts of your body. Today’s modern dentistry can give you healthy teeth and gums and a smile you’ll be proud of. Ask yourself these key questions: Are you embarrassed by the looks or condition of your teeth?

Is your smile aging faster than you’d like? Have you lost teeth and would like them back? Do you periodically have a bad taste in your mouth or chew mints for your breath? Do you catch food in between your teeth? Do you have difficulty chewing some foods or do you avoid some altogether? Do you ever see pink on your toothbrush or do you ever get a little bleeding when brushing your teeth? (If you gums bleed without brushing you should immediately see a dentist) If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you are a prime candidate for a “Dental Health Evaluation and Smile Analysis”! Advancements in dentistry can make dull teeth whiter, close gaps, smooth chipped teeth, and drastically improve the overall look of crooked, dull, or discolored teeth. These advances can make teeth stronger, easier to clean, more resistant to breakage, and fit together better so you can eat the foods you enjoy. The good news with today’s dentistry is that teeth can look better, be stronger, and last longer. A beautiful smile is now part of the deal. As long as you are building a smile to last, you can have it look nice too.

A beautiful smile can brighten your life every day, both professionally and socially. And unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a major operation. The results are immediate and dramatic. If you really want to look younger you should always start with your smile. The best plastic surgeon in the world won’t help if your smile still looks old and worn out. A beautiful new smile can make such a difference that plastic surgery may not be needed. Having a great smile builds confidence. Research has shown that a strong sense of self can result in a higher income, a better outlook on life, and improved interpersonal relationships. Best of all, attractive, lifechanging dentistry can be affordable with a full range of options for people who want amazing teeth and a brand new smile. If improving your appearance is tops on your list, you don’t have to go to Hollywood to get an Extreme Makeover, you only have to go as far as your comprehensive dentist’s office. A gorgeous, healthy smile with straight, sparkling white teeth can boost your confidence and drastically improve your appearance and keep you healthier. You deserve to be healthy. To see what’s possible for you, and to look and feel your best, call Dr. Buntemeyer’s office today at 918-743-9275.

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Behind the Scenes

Aquarium Run Continues to Grow

by Teri Bowers, Executive Director, Oklahoma Aquarium

How do you define a “good” problem? Maybe it’s one of those stressful, life-changing events, like a lost job leading to a new, more fulfilling career. Or maybe it’s as simple as too many desserts to choose from on the buffet! At the Aquarium Run last year, we found we had a “good” problem: so many new runners that we were running out of supplies! This year, we are prepared for even more participants, as the Aquarium Run will undoubtedly grow even larger in its sixth year. The Aquarium Run is May 15th and includes a Half-Marathon, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. All races start and finish in front of the Oklahoma Aquarium, but what makes this event so special are the activities inside the Aquarium gates. Volunteers will start preparing food early in the morning for a post-race cookout on our own McGraw Beach and we will open the Aquarium early for all registered runners and walkers to enjoy complimentary race day admission. What better way to cool off after jogging up to thirteen miles than to stroll through the exhibits? Runners and walkers who prefer

to go home and freshen up can return to the Aquarium later in the day with their run number for admission. Register online at www.okaquarium.org. By the date of the Aquarium Run, we anticipate having the stingrays moved back into the feed and touch tanks in the center of the Oceans Room. Repairs or maintenance to smaller tanks are fairly straightforward, but with larger features, renovation can be more like a work of art. That’s certainly been the case with the stingray feed tank. The decision to replace the salt-weary countertops with concrete mimicking a natural environment meant biologists and life support technicians became sculptors and painters. This technique has been used in other Aquarium galleries with great success and it’s exciting to know the work is done by our own staff. There are also continued improvements coming to the Siegfried Families Shark Adventure. With the unveiling of the first phase of updates, came the reveal of plans for the second phase of primarily computer-driven features supported by Cox Communications. Touch screen terminals are slated for the ramps leading in and out of the shark tunnel and dome so that kids and adults can learn more about sharks through interactive technology and videos. We’ll also highlight information about how we

feed and care for the twenty sharks calling Oklahoma home. With the growth of our shark tank population, it takes a little more time, effort and food to keep them healthy. But back to that “good problem” definition, we’ll take it, to continue growing the Oklahoma Aquarium. For more information on all Aquarium activities visit our website, www.okaquarium.org or call 918-528-FISH.

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Health the Natural Way Natural Treatment for Primary Headaches

by Dr. Sarah Myers, DC, Active Body Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

Have you ever suffered from a headache? If so, then you are not alone. The American Chiropractic Association reports that 9 out of 10 Americans experience headaches. Of the headaches that are diagnosed, 95% are considered primary meaning the headache is the primary concern and 5% are secondary meaning they are a warning sign of a more serious underlying illness. Some people experience headaches once in awhile and others will experience headaches more frequently, even as often as daily. Headaches can range in severity from a mild ache to a debilitating pain leading to nausea, over all illness, sensitivity to light or sound, and even loss of time at work or school. There are various forms of treatment for headaches commonly used today including dealing with it without any type of treatment, rest, and pain killers. A more natural alternative form to aid in the treatment of headaches is through chiropractic care. Studies have shown that spinal adjustments, particularly to the neck region, may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches or headaches that

originate in the neck (cervicogenic headaches). These studies have also shown that patients who receive adjustments to the neck had almost immediate improvement of symptoms for headaches that originated in the neck. The individuals also experienced fewer side effects and longer lasting relief from tension type headaches than those who utilized prescription medication to treat headache symptoms. Headaches have numerous triggers including foods, noise, light, stress, insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, dehydration, and eye strain. The largest percentage of headaches is associated with muscle tension in the neck and upper back regions. This muscle tension is commonly the result of maintaining a certain position or posture for long periods of time, as is seen with excessive time spent on a computer, and leads to an increase in irritation to the joints and muscles. Chiropractic care is an effective alternative treatment for headaches. Chiropractors are trained to completely assess the neck and upper back for misalignments and fixa-

tions that could be provoking headaches. The chiropractor will obtain a complete health history and perform an exam to determine any abnormalities that might require further testing by another specialist. After determining no need for further studies and deciding that chiropractic will be effective for your condition, an adjustment will be delivered to any areas of the neck and upper back in need of correction. Nutritional advice such as diet changes and nutritional supplementation, as well as advice on posture, work station positioning, exercises, and relaxation techniques might also be discussed to aid in the reduction of headaches. If you or someone you know suffers from headaches, call our office today for a consultation and exam to determine if a more natural form of health care would be beneficial. Should you have any questions concerning chiropractic and your health, feel free to contact our office at 918-296-0525. We will be happy to answer any questions and help you determine if chiropractic will be effective for you.

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The Novice Gardener 14th Annual Jenks Herb and Plant Festival News by Mari Migliore, Jenks Garden Club

Every year, the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival draws larger crowds due to the renewed national passion for gardening.  This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 24th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gardening is seen as a wise investment of time and resources that yields healthy benefits during these challenging financial times. “The downturn in the economy last year had little effect on slowing down the number of shoppers that come to the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival and this year should be no exception,” reports festival chairman, Jim Bailey. This year, the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival includes a performance stage for the first time thanks to the $1500 sponsorship from REASOR”S super grocery store in Jenks.  Eric Neel, general manager of Reasor’s in Jenks, was helpful in supporting the Jenks Garden Club’s request for the donation.  When the Reasor’s corporate office in Tahlequah contacted Neel and asked about the JGC request for sponsorship, he assured them it was well worth the investment. “I have attended the festival for many years and know what a good thing it is for Jenks and the surrounding community,” said Neel. This oneday event brings thousands of shoppers into the Jenks area each year.   Jenks newest bank, Citizen Security, responded to a request to underwrite expenses for the banner that will hang across Main Street starting April 1st announcing the festival April 24th.  Other community sponsors leading the way to ensure the success of this year’s event: Southwood Landscape and Nursery Public Service Company of Oklahoma Jenks Express Magazine BancFirst Wallace Properties Tulsa Teachers Credit Union Summit Apartments Peace Frogs The Sign Maker United Leasing/Integrity Printing GTR News/Jenks Gazette David P. Puckett Insurance Edward R. Jones Reverie Skin Care

Woodland West Pet Resort/Animal Hospital Jenks Veterinary Hospital Their support helps defray expenses of presenting a festival of this size.  Other sponsors are needed and welcome.  Donations of all sizes are appreciated and are deductible for this 501(c)3 organization. If interested, notify JGC president Ginny Greek, 298-1013.  The look of this year’s festival will have a more concentrated feel since “A” street will not be used due to renovations that are taking place. Vendor chairperson, Dixie Grahlman, reported that “over 100 booths will occupy more of Main Street this year, with vendors extended from 1st to 3rd streets, north on 2nd street and on to the City parking area facing “A” street.”   Reasor’s sponsored festival stage, 24 by 16 feet, will be positioned across Main Street on 3rd.  Many favorite acts from year’s past are returning to keep the street party atmosphere upbeat.  Jenks own premier fiddler, Jake Duncan and the Duncaneers, is scheduled as a part of many other musical acts that will provide a full day of lively entertainment.  The air around Second Street will be full of the aroma of the many varities of delicious foods that will be available.  Garden Railroads and Children’s area will be located in the Tedford parking area on Main.    This is the 14th year for this popular festival, which had humble beginnings with a handful of booths in the City parking lot on “A” street.  It was the vision of  Jenks Garden Club members Bill and Sandra Twilley to share the love of gardening by offering herbs and other plants in an open market atmosphere.  The club loaned the event planners $400 to get started. The early plan has stayed in place to charge a nominal fee for each booth so vendors of all sizes could participate. The parking area on “A: street is still used with shoppers returning to find their favorite vendors.  Volunteers are heavily relied upon to make the day go smoothly. The JGC members volunteer to relieve vendors for breaks throughout the day. They also serve to maintain the ever-popular Jenks Garden Club booth that is stocked with members’ pass-along plants. Jenks student organizations like the FAA, Horticulture Club, ROTC and area Boy Scouts assist with setting up and tearing down tables and chairs and stay most of the day to help. Security is provided the night before so vendors, many of whom travel great distances, can set up and rest easily knowing their wares are protected. There are other herb festivals that take

place in this area during the month of April but the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival is known as the easiest to get around in and the friendliest.  The City of Jenks has provided a warm and welcoming setting that has fostered the growth of the festival and given it a unique flavor, which keeps customers coming back each year.   The Jenks Garden Club uses funds raised at the festival for beautification projects in Jenks parks and public areas. Recent plans include rejuvenation of the pots on Main Street, as well as adding daffodil bulbs next fall in several planters on Main Street and Veterans Park. While these plans are in the early stages, it is hoped that Jenks area school children can be included in these planting projects.   A sampling of a daffodil planting of over 100 bulbs can be seen at the Jenks Library.  This was accomplished with the combined efforts of the Jenks Library staff, JGC members, pre-school children and parents. They will have been in full bloom from

mid-March.  Watch for them.   Additionally, funds from the festival go to provide a full $1,000 college scholarship for a deserving Jenks horticulture graduate. This amount doubled in recent years with the success of the festival.  The festival planners realize none of these things could be accomplished without the help of many sections of the Jenks community.  The Jenks Garden Club meets the last Monday of each month at the Jenks City Hall Meet Room. April’s meeting will welcome a noted floral expert sharing information on the newest varieties of plants that adapt easily to Oklahoma weather. New members are always welcome. For festival update check out www.jenksgardenclub. com. Jenks Express Magazine / April 2010

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Eyes on You Do You Have a Lazy Eye?

by Dr. Angela Cooper, Jenks Vision Center

”Lazy eye” is a pretty common phrase; however, amblyopia is not a common word. Amblyopia is the medical term for a lazy eye. There are a lot of people who believe they have a lazy eye, but they probably do not. Amblyopia is the term for when one eye does not develop properly, and the result is that the underdeveloped eye will never see as well as the other eye. Amblyopia is the most common visual disability in children. There are four different types of amblyopia. Probably the most common is strabismic amblyopia, or strabismus. It is the only one that someone can tell you have it just by looking at you. One eye will be pointed outward or inward while the other looks ahead normally. Strabismus is when one eye is not aligned properly with the other eye. If the affected eye is pointing inward, it is called esotropia, and if it is pointed outward, it is called exotropia. Since the affected eye is not aligned the way it should be, it does not get the visual stimulation it needs to develop properly. Usually this eye alignment issue is corrected early on in a child’s life with surgery. Now the eyes will be aligned properly, but different exercises might be needed to ensure that the affected eye still develops to its potential. Another variation of amblyopia is refractive amblyopia. This occurs when the eyes have a very different prescription

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for each eye. One eye might not need a prescription while the other needs a strong prescription to see clearly. When one eye sees perfectly and the other is blurred, because of lack of optical correction, then the blurry eye will essentially stop working. You brain sees one clear image and one blurry image so in order to make the best of it, your brain starts ignoring the blurry image. While that eye is being ignored it does not mature properly. If this is not corrected, then the blurry eye will never see as clearly as the good eye. The third kind of amblyopia is when strabismic and refractive amblyopia combine. Usually it affects the same eye. One eye will have the problems described previously. The fourth type of amblyopia is deprivation amblyopia. This occurs when something has obscured the visual ability of the eye. It could be a droopy eyelid, cataract or a corneal opacity. Any of these conditions

obscure the image from reaching the retina and so the eye does not develop as it should. With strabismic amblyopia, surgery is often used for cosmetic reasons. With deprivation amblyopia the obstruction is removed. After these individual fixes, the treatment is mostly similar. If there is a refractive error, glasses are used. The good eye is patched to force the amblyopic eye to work. Vision therapy is also useful to increase the amblyopic eye’s performance. Vision therapy will use different training exercises to get the amblyopic eye to progress properly. Amblyopia is a problem in young children. However, it is a problem that can be treated. Regular checkups with your optometrist can check for amblyopia and start treatment. For questions or an appointment call (918)299-2020 or email at acooperod@gmail. com.


A Hair Affair The Perfect Hair Consultation

by Candice Bishop, Redken Master Stylist & Make Up Artist

You are walking into a new salon because you have an appointment with a new stylist who has been highly recommended by several friends. Even so, no matter the stylist’s reputation, going to someone new can be nerve-wracking and stressful. A hair appointment is meant to be rejuvenating, relaxing, and rewarding. Therefore, to put your mind at ease and help guarantee that you are happy with the results of your appointment, a thorough consultation is a must. A consultation is the key to achieving the look you desire. This line of communication involves you telling your stylist what your needs and wants are, as far as your hair is concerned. There are many topics you and your stylist should go over when consulting about your hair. First, I recommend going over your hair’s properties. Texture- How straight, poufy, wavy, or curly your hair is. Density- The abundance of hair per square inch; the overall fullness of hair. Thickness- How coarse or fine the

individual hair strand is. Condition of hair- Healthy, damaged, frizzy, dry, oily, etc. Then, I recommend talking to your stylist about your concerns and style. Hair Concerns- This could be what you feel your hair is lacking, like shine or volume, as well as elements you would rather be rid of, like split ends or frizz. How you style your hair- Do you air dry, diffuse, blow dry, or flat iron? Also what kind of brush do you use? Time spent doing hair- How long does is it generally take, and are you willing to spend more time, if necessary? Products- What do you use on your hair when styling, and are you willing to use different products? Versatility- Do you wear your hair the same way every day? Are you open to new styles and do you want to change your style often? Your Style- This could range from classic to modern, from trendy to funky. Your Job- Is it casual, business casual, professional, or very professional?

Desired Look- How do you want your hair styled, cut, or colored? Is that achievable this is visit? Long Term Hair Goals- This could be a major change that you are trying to achieve, maybe you change your hair with the seasons, or maybe you love change and like something new every visit. Maintenance- How often do you plan on coming in to maintain your look? In essence, all these topics are important to go over before getting your hair done. Communicate with your stylist, both verbally and visually. The more you do so, the less room there is for error. Another thing to keep in mind when getting your hair done is that a lot of times you may not exactly know what you want; however, I can bet that you know what you DO NOT want. Therefore, discussing your dislikes with your stylist can be a great start to discovering you what you like and want. To schedule a customized consultation for your hair needs, call Candice at 918-3788128 or email candicebishop@hotmail.com.

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Boy Scouts, Eagle Districk Carol Bagley 918-743-6125 Provides educational programs for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness [www.scouting.org] Campfire Kitt Letcher 918-592-2267 Builds caring, confident youth & future leaders. [www.campfire.org] Community Food Bank 918-298-8861 324 W. Apache Saturdays 10 – 2pm only. Girl Scouts Naomi Valliere, Membership Executive 918-745-5236 Open to girls ages 5 – 17 allowing them to grow courageous and strong. [www.girlscouts.org]

Jenks Chamber of Commerce Annette Bowles, President 918-299-5005 Works to promote the economic development and vitality of the Jenks community. [www.jenkschamber.com] Jenks Community Education 918-298-0340 or 918-299-4415 ext. 2245 Continuing education for adults and children. [www.jenkscomunnityed.com] Jenks Garden Club Merrily Swartx, 2008 President 918-299-5996 Learn more about flowering plants and their care through special speakers and actual planting and care projects. [www.jenksgardenclub.com] Jenks IOOF Lodge Lane Ishmael 918-299-5832 Social organization that strives to improve and elevate the character of man. [www.ioof.org] Jenks America Kiwanis Club Marellie Robinson, Secretary 918-299-5425 Organization of service and community

minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. [www.kiwanis.org] Jenks Lion Club Don Diehl 918-299-6541 Dedicated to community service. Annual pancake breakfast. [www.lionsclub.org] Jenks Optimist Club Adam Sanders 918-299-6541 By Providing hope and a positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in children. [www.okoptimist.com] Jenks Toastmasters Fred Rother 918-299-4814 This education club provides an opportunity to learn and practice the elements of public speaking in a stimulating and non-threatening environment. Meals on Wheels Barbara McClure 918-492-0070 First Christian Church 918-299-4408 Provides home delivered meals and other services enabling homebound elderly and people with disabilities to live independently. [www.mowaa.org]

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Hypnotes

The Power of Positive Affirmations

by Nancy Reno, Jenks Hypnosis & Training Center

“Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” This is a great affirmation. It was back in the early 1900’s when Emile Coue first used it. But why? Why is repeating positive statements such an uplifting experience? Well, there is a lot of research out there to give you scientific answers, but most of us don’t care about the scientific answer. We just want a simple answer. Ok, let’s give this a whirl. At its simplest, most basic form, an affirmation is a strong positive statement about something you really want. Now the key words here are “really want.” Affirmations require action. They should be the catalyst to change. I give the vast majority of my clients positive affirmations to say. “I am a non smoker and will be a non smoker the rest of my life.” “I am in control of all my eating habits.” “I choose to love and accept myself. I am perfect just as I am.” Imagine a woman freshly out of an abusive situation. With her self esteem ground into the dirt, she believes she isn’t worth anything because that’s what she’s been told over and over again. Can you imagine how it would feel to affirm herself? To speak these words? To really listen to these words? To finally begin to believe these words? “I am perfect just as I am.” The transformation is astounding! If you haven’t ever seen or read “The Secret,” DO SO!!! It is wonderful and powerful in its presentation of putting out there what you want. Positive thoughts beget positive actions. Positive actions beget positive change. Positive change begets a positive life. “So if I say it, it will come true?” Ah,

did you read the bold print? Affirmations a negative filter, what she expected became require action. It isn’t enough to say you reality. want something; you have to work toward Next month, we’ll talk more about how it and believe you deserve it. A strong to make positive affirmations work for you. affirmation repeatedly spoken (preferably Send questions or suggestions to 805 N. aloud) puts two powerful mental qualities Fir St., Jenks, OK 74037. 918-298-6884 or into action: Intention and Expectation. visit www.jenkshypnosis.cam. Intention isn’t just wanting, wishing or hoping something into be being. It is the determination to act in order to create the desired outcome. Repeating the affirmations focuses the attention of the cognitive mind on the chosen outcome. It also increases the likelihood that we will take steps to insure that desired outcome happens. Expectation is our belief of what the outcome will be. Positive beliefs filter all events through a positive filter. If you expect to like a person when you meet them, you probably will. If you expect that person to be a jerk, then that is likely what you will find because that is what you are looking for. The event is filtered through your negativity. I’m reminded of the movie, Monster-In-Law. The mother of the groom expected the bride to be horrible to her, which is how her mother-in-law had treated her. She expected to be treated the same way by her daughter-in-law. Expectation does something extraordinary in our brains. We begin to create our experience of reality, at least in part, based on our expectations. 291-0004 In the movie, she 1239 W. Main St. expected something MSN, ARNP bad to happen. By Jenks, Oklahoma filtering the all of “Low-Cost Healthcare For Women And Their Families” the events through

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Focus on Fitness

How to Get a Slimmer, Sexier Body by Summer!

by Clint Howard MS, Exercise Physiologist, Howard Health & Wellness

Swimsuit season will be here before we know it. Are you ready? If you’re a procrastinator and summer is sneaking up on you, you’ll be glad to know you still have plenty of time to get swimsuit ready before summer arrives. But you do need to start now! Follow these four simple steps to guarantee your success. Step 1 – Set your goals. Decide how you want to look and feel. Imagine what it would be like to accomplish these goals and be proud to look at yourself in the mirror. Write down your goals and make the commitment that you can and will achieve them. Step 2 –Rework your schedule and start making time for mandatory exercise. The days are longer now and the weather is nicer so you have more time to get more done. Block out time to exercise at least three times per week, preferably four or five times per week. You must have accountability and consistency. Do not let other things get in the way of your

exercise plan. Making this a top priority will get you looking better much faster. Step 3 –Develop an exercise program involving progressive, high intensity resistance training along with medium to high intensity aerobic activities and a little stretching. Your workouts need to be judged based on what’s intense to you and provide different routines so you don’t hit a plateau in your results. Changing your program up will also help create muscle confusion, which will stimulate your body to keep improving. Ways to vary your program include doing a different number of sets and reps, changing the specific exercise, resistance, tempo, etc. This also helps to prevent boredom and monotony within your exercise program. If you’ve been working out doing the same exact thing then try something new and different. Step 4 –Follow a simple eating strategy. Eat small, balanced meals about every three hours while you are awake (five to six times per day). This strategy is

proven to help in fat loss as it helps keep your metabolism cranking, keeps your blood sugar stabilized, and your energy level high. Split up your total daily calories over all your meals/snacks and just make sure you include a complex carbohydrate and lean protein with each meal. Never skip breakfast, as it is your most important meal and you should also always have a post-workout recovery shake after an intense workout. If you do have an occasional cheat meal, just remember to keep the portion size small. Then work it off the next day! Follow these four steps and stay focused and committed and you can have a body you’re proud to show off this summer! Clint Howard is the founder/president of Tulsa Adventure Boot Camp For Women. Call (918) 527-9584 or email clint@TulsaBootCampForWomen.com to f ind out more. You can also visit www. TulsaBootCampForWomen.com to register for a free trial week of f itness boot camp.

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Financial Focus

Put Your Tax Refund to Work

by Karie Kluesner and J. Don Ross, Edward Jones

It’s Tax Refund Season again. This year, if you’re going to get a check from your Uncle Sam, why not put it to work to help you meet your financial goals?  Last year, the average tax refund was more than $2,700, according to the IRS. The size of your refund, or whether you will get one at all, depends on your individual circumstances. But if you are going to get a refund, plan ahead for what you’ll do with it. Here are a few possibilities: Pay down some debts.  In these difficult economic times, you may be carrying a higher debt load than usual.  If so, you may want to use some of your refund to pay down some of these debts. The lower your debt payments, the better your cash flow and the more money you’ll have to invest for the future.  Build an emergency fund. If you don’t already have an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, you could use your tax refund to start one. Without such a fund, you may find yourself constantly dipping into your long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a new furnace or an expensive car repair. Keep your emergency fund in a liquid account — one that you don’t draw on for your day-to-day expenses.  Help fund your IRA.  In 2010, you can put in up to $5,000 to your IRA. Consequently, if you received a $2,700 refund, you’d have more than half of what you need to fully fund your IRA for the year. (If you’re 50 or older, however, you can contribute up to $6,000 per year.)  You

might not think that your $2,700 would make much of a difference in the long run. But by investing your refund and giving it many years of growth potential, you could end up with a sizable amount. Consider the following: If you put $2,700 in your IRA, and you earned, on average, seven percent a year for 30 years, you’d end up with about $20,000, even if you never invested another dime. If you put $2,700 every year in that same IRA, again earning an average seven percent annual return, you’d end up with more than $270,000 after thirty years. (These examples are hypothetical illustrations and do not represent any currently available investments.)  You’d eventually have to pay taxes on your earnings, typically when you make withdrawals at retirement. And if you qualified for a Roth IRA, you’d never have to pay taxes on your earnings, as long as you had your account for at least five years and didn’t start taking withdrawals until you were at least 59-1/2.  Contribute to a Section 529 plan. If you have children or grandchildren, you may want to establish Section 529 plans to help them pay for college. You can contribute virtually any amount, and the earnings grow tax-free, provided the money is used for higher education expenses.  (Withdrawals used for expenses other than qualified education expenses may be subject to federal, state and penalty taxes. Contributions are tax-deductible in certain states for residents who participate

in their own state’s plan. Please note that a 529 college savings plan could impact a beneficiary’s ability to qualify for financial aid.) You may be tempted to spend your tax refund on things you want today — but, with a little planning, you can use it for things you need tomorrow.     Call Karie Kluesner at 918-299-1745. She is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, 611 W. Main Street, Jenks. J. Don Ross is also a Financial Advisor laocted at 9222-A S. Elwood in Jenks. Call Don at 918-2999993. Visit www.edwardjones.com.

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Tax Tips for Homeowners Preparing 2009 Returns by Tom Rogers, Broker-Owner, Tom Rogers Real Estate

You’ve heard it before: Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. It’s also probably the biggest tax writeoff you’ll ever have. Follow these tax tips for homeowners to ensure that you receive all of the tax deductions and tax credits to which you’re entitled for the 2009 tax year. Tax deductions for non-itemizing homeowners The last thing taxpayers want to hear is that the IRS has come out with yet another form. But this time the news is good, especially for homeowners. The new Schedule L allows homeowners who don’t use Schedule A to itemize returns to deduct real estate taxes and certain disaster-related losses. Only about onethird of filers itemize, according to the IRS. Non-itemizers are usually entitled to a standard deduction, which for 2009 is $11,400 for married couples filing jointly ($5,700 for singles). Schedule L allows homeowners to increase the standard deduction by as much as $1,000 ($500 for singles and married filing separately) to account for any state or local real estate taxes paid during the year. Mortgage-related deductions Generally, the interest you pay on the mortgage for your main home and a second home is tax deductible. To qualify for the mortgage interest deduction, the loan must be secured by a qualified home, and you must itemize your tax return. Even a house trailer or boat can count as a qualified home, as long as there are sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities. The interest you pay on second mortgages, home equity loans, and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) can also be deducted. Generally, you can deduct the interest on up to $1 million—$500,000 if you’re married filing separately—in home loans used to buy, build, or improve a home. If a home loan was used for other purposes, such as buying a car or paying tuition, you can only deduct interest on the first $100,000 ($50,000 for married filing

separately). Read IRS Publication 936. “Points,” certain fees paid to a lender to obtain a home loan, might be deductible too. The general rule for points that you pay on refinanced loans is that those points aren’t deductible in full immediately, but are spread across the life of the new loan. In limited circumstances, if you pay the full amount of those points at the refinancing closing, you might be able to deduct the points in full immediately. The mortgage insurance premiums you pay on loans issued or refinanced after 2006 also can be deducted, though income limits apply. Energy-efficiency tax credits Home improvements made during 2009 aimed at lowering your energy bills could lower your tax bill as well. Uncle Sam is offering energy-efficiency tax credits equal to 30% of the cost of qualifying projects. Claim your residential energy tax credits on IRS Form 5695. The tax credit for some energy-efficiency improvements, such as new windows and insulation, is capped at $1,500. More ambitious projects, such as solar panels and geothermal heat pumps, have no upper limit on the amount of the credit. Restrictions apply to both capped and uncapped credits—second homes may or may not qualify, and labor costs are excluded in some cases—so be sure to familiarize yourself with the energy tax credit rules. Homebuyer tax credits If you bought a home in 2009, you might be eligible for a homebuyer tax credit. Firsttime buyers who made a purchase between Jan. 1 and Nov. 6, 2009, can get a tax credit worth up to $8,000. Income restrictions apply. Purchases made after Nov. 6 are subject to more generous income limits as well as an $800,000 cap on home prices. A first-time buyer is defined as someone

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Bug Off

Mosquito Season

by Roger Scott, Scottt Pro Pest Control

In a short time we will start to notice mosquitoes as we venture outdoors.  Mosquitoes are well known for their pesky biting habits, but the greater concern is the numerous diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus and encephalitis, that mosquitoes can spread to humans. That is what concerns me when servicing my customers.   Records show that some marked female mosquitoes have been known to fly as many as 110 miles for a blood meal.  This record probably represents females, which most likely were caught up in wind currents. Normal flight ranges are much shorter, about 5 to 10 miles.  The females will need a blood meal before laying eggs and once again after.  The time of day in which biting occurs will vary with the species.  Medically important species bite at dusk and dawn and also during the night; however, some will bite during the day when disturbed.   Most people just want to know what to do to keep the mosquito population down around their home or campground.  Because standing water is necessary for

most eggs to hatch, we must eliminate all areas where standing water may exist and always check around air condition units.  Also, eliminate damp soil areas along the sides of your home, as some species will lay their eggs in the moist soil.   Remember, complete control or elimination of mosquitoes around any property is not possible. Mosquito reduction, however, is very possible and involves a number of simple components.  Check the following items from time to time: • Children’s swimming pools and regular swimming pools must be well maintained.  • Drill holes in the bottom of regular and tire swings, to prevent rainwater from accumulating.  • Get rid of any item that could contain water and hold it for more than seven days.  • Empty and refill birdbaths at least once per week.  • Avoid using barrels or other containers to capture rainwater, unless the container is emptied every few days.

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Seems to Me Let’s Do the Vindaloo! by Fred Rother

Vindaloo. The word sounds reminiscent of a favorite melody roaming in my mind, rolling off the tongue like an effervescent drop of cold champagne, a triad of syllables that hints at a Sinbad mystery. It’s a heavily veiled word I recently stumbled over in a cooking magazine. I asked my wife, Irene, whether she knew what it meant. “Of course,” she said, “I just ordered it.” Irene showed me a little jar of viscously potent-smelling spices. I was disappointed. It couldn’t mean just that, there had to more to it. It sounded too oriental, too exotic just to be a lousy little bucket of spices. To find out more, I jumped on my virtual horse and galloped into the vast reaches of the Internet to query the wisdom of Wikipedia, demanding a more likeable definition, yet half-expecting a message that accused me of rampant stupidity. Avast, me hardies, ol’ Wiki agreed with Irene, yet did soothe my abused feelings somewhat by explaining that it is not only a conglomerate of spices itself, but actually represents a concept of an East Indian meat dish featuring such spices. The dish

has gained popularity in Britain, the Middle East, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and even in the United States, where it is almost universally featured as Indian cuisine. Being a self-proclaimed chow-hound and foodie, I descended from my high horse and jumped onto the bandwagon, sounding my personal clarion call: “Where there is food, there is hope.” Crawling deeper in the womb of Wikipedia, I discovered that the dish can include lamb, pork, or chicken, along with garlic, red wine, chili pepper and “plentiful amounts” of spices. The dish Vindaloo is flagged as “one of the hottest dishes available on the menu where it is served.” We Okies can handle that, can’t we? Consequently, since we already owned the appropriate spice mixture, Irene bravely roamed through her cookbooks and magazines and discovered an applicable shrimp dish that deserved the label: Vindaloo. Yesss, by the time you read this article, Irene and I will have joined the ranks of Vindaloo veterans! Vindaloo was the inspiration for the

unofficial anthem of England’s soccer team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup games. It was also prominently mentioned in a 1978 punk rock song, “I Just Want to Have Something to Do” by the American punk rock group The Ramones. Now, as far as I’m concerned, punk rock does not properly represent the melody that had swirled in my head at my initial reaction to the word and sound that Vindaloo evoked in my mind. I was leaning towards Ricky Nelson’s: Hello Mary Lou, a lovely melody, bright and joyfully presented, minus that annoying, heart-pounding disco beat. I suspect, however, that Ricky would not have played well to that rowdy crowd of soccer fans. Those of you out there in hot-stuff Oklahoma who have actually dared to peek out of your culinary envelope and considered venturing into Dante’s inferno and braving the singing flames of Vindaloo deserve my admiration. Welcome to the Vindaloo team. To learn about communication and leadership skills with Jenks America Toastmasters, contact Fred Rother at 299-4814.

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Like a Good Neighbor

Potholes Can Be Costly

by Brent Hagar, State Farm Insurance

Winter brings a number of driving hazards, but one of the most hated is the pothole. An encounter with one can leave damaged tires, wheels and suspension components in its wake. Potholes can occur in any region or climate, but at this time of year, they’re especially prominent in areas known for ice, snow and below-f reezing temperatures. The f reezing and thawing cycles allow moisture to seep into the road surface which causes the road to crumble. There’s not much that can be done to prevent the deterioration of State Farm® Providing Insurance and Financial Services Home Office, Bloomington, Illinois 61710

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the driving surface, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself: Try to limit your travel to roads you know very well. That knowledge could keep you f rom hitting a pothole and seriously damaging your car. When driving at night, try to drive on well-lit roads so you can see the road surface. Slow down and give yourself a chance to see the pothole and avoid it. If you hit a pothole, carefully inspect your tires and wheels for possible damage. Note how your car handles in the aftermath. If it pulls to one side or if you feel a wobble in the steering, you may need to have your car checked by a mechanic. If you must hit a pothole, do your braking before impact. There’s less damage when a tire

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is rolling than when it is skidding over a hole during braking. While damage caused to a car by a pothole may be covered under the collision portion of your auto policy, there are some things to remember. If the damage is to the tire only, it might not be covered. Damage to the vehicle is subject to the collision deductible. For more safe driving tips, visit statefarm.com.  For more information or to review your current policy, please contact my off ice or an insurance professional.Agency at 9708 S. Riverside Pkwy., Ste. D in Tulsa. Call 918-299-8855 or www.brenthagar. com.

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Living Well Consider the Birds

by N. Dane Tyner, Home Improvement Ministry

We feed birds at our house. We have for years. Lately, I have been thinking about these birds as well as feeding and watching them. First, they are fascinating little creatures. But here’s what I have found somewhat perplexing: these birds have no awareness of the fact that I am feeding them, that I am their friend. I go to the feed store and buy the 50# bags of seed. I go to the garage and get one of the five gallon buckets I store the seed in, carry it to the feeders, and refill them when needed. Though many of them have sat in nearby trees and watched me do this, the birds appear to be clueless that they have someone looking out for them - me. I know that I can’t expect these birds to thank me. If I could make one request, however, it would be this: After you have eaten the nice food I put out for you, please don’t go sit on the tree branches that stretch over my Buick and relieve yourself. Seems like the least they could do. As long as I have been feeding the birds in our neighborhood, I do wish they would recognize me as a friend, not a threat. Every time I walk around the corner of the house

where the feeders are, they fly off. Sometimes I talk to them as they fly away. I say, “Don’t you know that I am the one who put the feeder there, the one who puts those delicious seeds in it? You don’t need to fly away!” Of course, they never get it. God has been speaking to me lately in these experiences. It goes something like this: “You don’t get it, either, son. I take care of you and the birds. Are you not as oblivious to my provision at times as they are of yours?” The Spirit of God brought to my mind these words of Jesus recently, too: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (MT 6:25-27 emphasis mine). In this day of economic uncertainty, I am choosing to “look at the birds,” remember that they are not sweating where their next meal is coming from or how they will make

it through their remaining years. They are undoubtedly unworried about whether or not I will have the discretionary funds to go to the feed store next month. I am choosing to believe that, to my Heavenly Father, I am “much more valuable” than those birds. Won’t you join me? Dane Tyner is founder and director of Home Improvement Ministry, a Christian counseling service in Tulsa. Contact the ministry at 299-4949 or visit the website at www. forHim.org.

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Pastor Expressions Where Did We Go Wrong?

by Pastor Harold Phillips, River Oaks Christian Church

Many today feel America is on a destructive path, a path that will destroy the freedoms we have enjoyed and held for so many years. Freedom is something we take for granted. A dear friend is battling cancer and the one thing he is discovering is that some of the freedoms he has enjoyed now will take on new dimensions. When you consider that our country has enjoyed freedom for over 200 years, what is it that has made America truly the land of the free? We, those of us born here, have never known anything but freedom. My senior year in high school was the first graduating class that did not have to go to war. Prior to that senior year, every male graduating had the draft ahead of them. Countless thousands paid the ultimate price so that I could enjoy the freedom of not going to war. Military service became my choice. As I get older, I am discovering that many of my free choices earlier in my life are now reaping consequences. Health,

finances, and general quality of life are difficult to maintain. Rather than heed the warnings of doctors early in my 20’s, I listened to my inner voice and didn’t make corrections in life and now have regrets. One thing I know for sure is that choices have consequences. I heard on talk radio the other day someone say, “elections have consequences.” While that is true, it is also true about every area of our lives. Consequences are the by-product of what we choose to do as we walk this awesome earth and live in the most blessed country in the world. In John 3:19-20, we are told 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. (New Living Translation) Because we are bent on pursuing darkness, is it any wonder we are in the shape

we are in? Exposure of our evil intents will keep us from drawing to the light. And as verse 20 says, we “fear sin being exposed.” I know one man who can rescue us from exposure. I know one man who can bring us back from destruction. I know one man who can restore our freedom from exposed sin. But we must always remember that freedom comes with a price. Just like thousands who died so I would not have to go to war, doctors who strive to get us to listen early in life, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Though we may be in chains, we can be truly free. What price will you pay to enjoy freedom? This man I know stands ready to help. Why don’t you give Him a call? Services at River Oaks Christian Church, 300 N. Elm St., are Sunday 10:30am and Wednesday at 7pm. Youth meet Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7pm. For more information, call 918-299-3366 or email pastor@rocchurch. org.

Jenks America Toastmasters Club Presents a Public You have been asked to prepare and give a presentation in front of a group of people, or are you apprehensive to speak up during a meeting to voice your opinion. As you are introduced or acknowledged, your hands begin to shake and your mouth is dry and you wonder if you will ever make it through your delivery. This nervousness is not unusual and it can be eliminated. The Jenks America Toastmasters club is conducting a six-session workshop called Speechcraft that will help participants overcome nervousness and learn the basics of public speaking. Open to the general public, this program starts on April 13 and each session begins promptly at 7 PM and runs till 8:30. Subsequent meetings are set for each successive Tuesday. The program will be presented at Burgundy Place, located at 8887 S. Lewis in Tulsa (just south of Oral Roberts University and across from Days Inn); a fee of $ 40 covers the cost of materials. Those participants who wish to

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Spring Time Reading

Cheryl Newman, Marcy Gettys & Regina Lowry

After a gloomy winter, it’s finally spring. Here are a few books to bring you a little romance, a little mystery and a little laughter. Scones and Sensibility Lindsay Eland Still swooning over the romantic conclusions of Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, twelve-year-old Polly decides her purpose in life: helping along lonely hearts in search of love. Polly’s only task this summer is to make deliveries for her parents’ bakery, leaving ample time for this young cupid to find hearts to mend. But maybe Polly should have turned her attention to Miss Austen’s Emma next, because she quickly learns the pitfalls of playing matchmaker. Death of a Valentine M. C. Beaton The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth is marrying at last. Everyone in the village of Locdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth’s newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all,

if it weren’t for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighboring village, there wouldn’t be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine’s Day package – delivered to the victim before her death – that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. Can love be blind, deaf and deadly? By Hook or By Crook Betty Hechtman Molly Pink’s crochet group, The Tarzana Hookers, finds a brown paper bag at the end of the table only it’s too late to find its owner. Unable to resist a good mystery, they open the bag and find a note that speaks of remorse, a diary entry of the sorrow of parting, and a complicated piece of filet crochet that offers an obscure clue in pictures. Things get even move complicated when they find that the talented crocheter has been murdered by a box of poisoned marzipan apples. Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell A gently comic picture of life in an English country town in the mid-nineteenth century, Cranford describes the small adventures

of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Recently a PBS Masterpiece Theater production. Paper, Scissors, Death Joanna Campbell Slan Known as the “Scrapbook Queen of St. Louis,” Kiki Lowenstein works part-time at a scrapbook shop and share her passion with others. But life gets sticky when her husband, George, is found naked and dead with a silk scarf stuffed in his mouth. When George’s former flame brags about their affair at a bridal shower and then is murdered, Kiki is a prime suspect. Faced with losing custody of her daughter, Anya, can Kiki track down the cunning killer, resist the distractingly dashing Detective Detweiler, and reveal the courageous woman she is at heart? Happy Reading! Cheryl Newman, Marcy Gettys and Regina Lowry are librarians at Jenks Public Library, 523 W. B St. Call 918-746-5180 or www.tulsalibrary.org.

Now is the time to search through your belongings and find those items you rarely use, or even those that have never been used. The Annual City-Wide Garage Sale is a great opportunity to turn your unwanted things into cash while also working for a cause. The benefits of joining in on this event versus holding your own garage sale are that you help your community and the environment, receive advertising and have fun out with your neighbors. The Jenks City-Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, May 1st beginning at

7am with over one hundred garage sales throughout Jenks city limits. Register early and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from Reasor’s. The registration form is on the following page and can also be downloaded from www. jenksexpress.com/citywidegaragesale.html. Please drop off the completed form and a check payable to The Lion’s Club to Liv A Little Boutique at 201 E. Main St. Store hours are Monday - Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturdays 10am - 6pm. The registration and garage sale kit, which includes signage, balloons, tips, and

inclusion on map and flyers, is only $10 for residential and $15 for commercial. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club annual Eyeglass Drive, which provides eye exams and eyeglasses for up to ten children that live within the Jenks city limits, whose families would not be able to afford this. This annual event is sponsored by BancFirst in cooperation with the Jenks Lions Club and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. For more information, please contact the Jenks Chamber of Commerce at 918-2995005.

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Tai Chi Chuan • 11 – 12pm & 7 – 8pm Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [Jim Truster 812-3033]

Last Monday

Skate Church • 6pm First Baptist Church, 205 E. A St. Open to all youth. Helmet required [299-6323]

Jenks Garden Club • 7pm Jenks City Hall, Elm & B Sts. [Ginny Greek 298-1013]

Every Tuesday

Second Monday

Bridge • 1pm Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [746-3780]

Mended Little Hearts of Tulsa 6:30 – 8pm St. Francis Hospital, Heart Center Physician’s Building, 6151 S. Yale in the basement level, classroom A [Susan Vanderpool 906-2026]

Jenks America Toastmasters 7 – 8:30pm [Fred Rother 299-4814]

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Second Tuesday

Jenks Optimist Club • Noon Calistoga Grill at Riverwalk [jenksoptimist@gmail.com]

Jazzercise • 9:45am Free Childcare Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [Brenda Savage 504-8255]

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

Kiwanis • 7 – 8am Reasor’s, 446 S. Elm St. [Marellie Robinson 299-5425]

Every Monday & Wednesday

Men’s Pick-up Basketball • 6 – 9pm Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [746-3780]

Every Tuesday & Thursday

JJazzercise • 5:45pm Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [Brenda Savage 504-8255]

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Tai Chi Chuan • 10 – 11am Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [Jim Truster 812-3033]

Two Wednesdays per Month MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) 10 – 11:30am Life Connection, 1015 W. Main Childcare provided for birth to 5 years [Becca Van Valkenburg beccavan@ hotmail.com]

1st & 3rd Wednesdays

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) 9:15am – 11:15am First Baptist Church, 205 E. A St. Childcare and breakfast provided [299-6323 jenksmops@yahoo.com]

Third Wednesday

Jenks Chamber of Commerce Luncheon • Noon Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Preregistration Required [www.jenkschamber.com 299-5005]

Fourth Wednesday

Jenks Lions Club • 5:30pm Community Center, Jenks City Hall [Don Diehl 299-6451] Women’s Pick-up Basketball • 7 – 9pm Must be 18 or older to play. Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [746-3780]

First Thursday

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Extraordinary Connections 11:30am – Noon Hardesty Library, 8316 E. 93rd St. in the Maple Room For families of children with rare genetic or metabolic disorders [Melissa melramirez22@yahoo.com]

Jazzercise • 10:15am Glenpool/Jenks Community Center 13800 S. Elm St. [Brenda Savage 504-8255]

First Saturday

Jenks Community Gospel Hour • 7pm First Christian Church of Jenks 308 East Main Street [Jordan Lindsey 645-1458]

Third Saturday

Book Signing at Book Nook Inside Live a Little Boutique & Gifts 201 East Main [DeAnna VanBecelaere 629-9495] Gospel SING • 5:30 – 7:30pm Opportunity Baptist Church 500 W. A St. [Rev. Don Smith, Jr. 284-7028]

Last Saturday

Parent’s Night Out • 5 – 9pm Ages 4 plus Reservations Required Center Stage & CheerAction 736 West Main Street [centerstage.net 296-3335]

April Tuesday, April 6th

In the Garden. • 1 – 1:30pm Almost 2 to 5 years Jenks Public Library, Elm & B Sts. [746-5180]

Tuesday, April 13th

Big Backyard • 1 – 1:30pm Almost 2 to 5 years Jenks Public Library, Elm & B Sts. [746-5180]

Tuesday, April 20th

Puddles and Ponds • 1 – 1:30pm Almost 2 to 5 years Jenks Public Library, Elm & B Sts. [746-5180]

Wednesday, April 21st

Administrative Professional Day

Thursday, April 22nd Earth Day

Saturday, April 24th

PAT Big Truck Event • 10 – 11am Jenks Public Schools Mayo Building, parking lot, 2nd & F [Doris Jonas 299-4415x2579]

Tuesday, April 27th

Construction Zone • 1 – 1:30pm Almost 2 to 5 years Jenks Public Library, Elm & B Sts. [746-5180]

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