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Local teens give the “411“ on what they really think—and their answers may surprise you!

Local experts tell how to prepare your child for college


family events

plus exploring the National Weather Center in Norman

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Sign up to be eligible for these great prizes at • A weekend trip for four to Enid, OK valued at over $500. Deadline for entry is September 6. • Win one of four four-packs to Disney on Ice and two four-packs to Xtreme Bulls Tour at the State Fair. Deadline is September 6. • Win one of two four-packs of tickets to opening night of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, brought to the Civic Center from September 13-18 by Celebrity Attractions. Deadline is September 8. • Win one of four family four-packs to "A Day Out with Thomas" (Thomas the Tank Engine) at Oklahoma Railway Museum. Event runs September 23-25 and September 30-October 2. Deadline is September 19. • Our September Giveaway features many great family products valued at over $500. Deadline is September 22. • Win a family four-pack of tickets to one of the pumpkin patches in the metro area! This popular contest ends September 30.

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Teen & Tween Issue September 2011 35 Calendar

The fun doesn’t stop when summer ends! Find the lowdown on 150+ local events



Dear MetroFamily Editor’s Note

32 Exploring Oklahoma Exploring the National Weather Center in Norman

24 Family Finances

Smart money management tips for your teen

Local teens speak up about communication & more



Six local experts on college admissions weigh in about preparing your child for college


Teens and money: how to encourage responsible spending

Family Shorts

Community news & information

28 Focus on Education

Why parent involvement is imperative to the ParentTeacher Association

22 Oklahoma Reads

Books for tweens & teens (and for parents who are trying to figure them out!)

46 Photo Gallery

Our readers show off their favorite photos of their kids and pets

30 Real Moms of the Metro

Meet Ida Fryhover, working mom and PTA volunteer

16 Your Healthy Family Information on back-toschool vaccines

On the cover: Audrey, 6th grader at Cimarron Middle School in Edmond, is the daughter of Rod and Malena Lott. PHOTO BY Randy Coleman Photography, OKC •

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Dear MetroFamily readers, Wow. Where did the summer go? This year was a blur of heat, heat and more heat, trying to avoid sunburn and stay cool while making the most of our time. As I write this, it’s the first day of scool for my kids, entering fourth and second grades. It was tough to drop them off, no matter how much we were all looking forward to our return to the routine after a long, hot break. And before I know it, they’ll be leaving elementary school and all of it’s trappings behind as they enter the world of tweens and teens. We attempt to demsytify this stage of childhood with an in-depth look into what kids this age are really trying to tell their parents—some of which you might expect but some might just surprise you. And if you have a teen (or tween), college is not far off! We consulted with local experts for their best advice to prepare kids for this next major milestone in their lives. For now, I’m going to try to enjoy this last bit of childhood with my kids, because I know this time is fleeting. Cheers!

Info And Questions: 405-601-2081 To submit events to our calendar Publisher Sarah L. Taylor Editor Mari M. Farthing Art Director Kathryne Taylor Advertising Sales Athena Delce Dana Price Amy Lou Tuzicka Office and Distribution Manager Kathy Alberty Assistant Editor Brooke Barnett Calendar Editor Sara Riester Special Projects Assistant Terri Fields Contributing Writers Brooke Barnett, Julie Dill, Shannon Fields, Malena Lott, Karen Mitchell, Sue Lynn Sasser Circulation 35,000 – OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, Yukon Also available as a digital edition at

A warm congratulations from all of the MetroFamily staff to our Special Projects Assistant Terri Fields and her family, who added son Eli to their family in August. Congratulations, Terri and Stacey!

Photos: A few shots from a day at the OKC Zoo, enjoying the creek in the Children’s Zoo area. Bottom photo: first day of school! Ready to take on the world.


P.S. Visit to read my blog, “Keeping it Real,” about my personal adventures in the ups and downs of parenting. | September 2011

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Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Julie Dill, Mari Farthing

National Movement for America’s Children

According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, 97,942 Oklahoma children were the alleged victims of child abuse or neglect this past year. From those reports, 7,248 were confirmed. Parent Promise, the Oklahoma Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America, is partnering with more than a dozen agencies to become part of a national movement to keep all children safe and healthy. The Parent Promise mission is based on the basic principle that every child deserves a nurturing environment that supports healthy brain development so he is prepared to learn in school, grow into a productive adult and prosper in his community. According to Parent Promise, research shows that when this development does not occur, there is a greater potential for children to experience lifelong consequences such as health and mental health issues, substance abuse, poor academic performance and criminal behavior. Billie Brown, Executive Director of Parent Promise, believes, “Children should be able to grow, play and learn in a safe and secure environment. Children are our most valuable natural resource. We must protect that resource; for our future is in their hands. The only real solution to the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in our country is prevention. Oklahoma must be a leader in protecting our children.” The core of the movement’s activities is a grass-roots effort that offers every citizen an opportunity to participate in the development process. Through November 6, supporters are hosting town hall events and listening sessions along with an ongoing virtual debate and discussion at You may also visit the site to sign a pledge of support and contribute. Brown states, “Reaching out to parents to provide education and support means that our future can be brighter. Parent Promise is trying to help.” Prevention strategies include home visitations that offer a trained family support worker that teaches parents effective parenting skills. Parent Promise is accredited by the National Exchange Club for the Prevention of Child Abuse. To learn more, call 405-232-2500 or visit

Question of the Month Do you assign chores to your child? What do you consider age-appropriate jobs for your children—or do you assign them chores at all? Visit to answer this question and enter your name in our monthly prize package drawing, valued at over $500. Deadline to enter is Thursday, September 22. Your comments may also be used in a future issue of MetroFamily Magazine or on our website. The full contents of the prize package are listed with the entry form. A winner will be drawn at random and notified by phone or email. The winner agrees to pick up items from the MetroFamily office, 725 NW 11th, Suite 204, Oklahoma City.

Question of the Month: After School Activities

Many parents and educators agree that quality after-school activities can provide important benefits for students. Because they offer options that are not always available as part of the traditional school experience, extracurricular activities have been found to increase academic performance, decrease risky behaviors, support social development and increase skills, growth and learning. Our August Question of the Month asked you to share what types of after-school activities your children participate in during the school year. Sports were the most highly indicated category, with over 35 percent of respondents indicating that their children participate in an individual or group sport. Nearly ¼ of readers indicated that they don’t limit their kids to just one type of afterschool activity, while slightly less than that said their children do not participate in extracurricular activities. Here are some of the reasons that our readers shared for their opinions: Tiffanie C. of Mustang says she does not limit her son to just one type of activity. “I try to involve my child in as many activities as possible so he can figure out what he truly enjoys.” Heather L. of Moore reports that her kids are sports fanatics. “My boys have played soccer since they were six. They play for their high school and recreational teams! Plus, they took a course for refereeing soccer and they ref games in between playing. Keeps them very busy—and me since I have to drive them!” Dance has been a positive influence for Christi M. of Oklahoma City. “My daughter is obsessed with ballet, so I enrolled her in dance classes last year. It’s amazing how she went from shy and cautious to outgoing and confident with just one after-school activity.” Dian W. of Oklahoma City thinks exploring your options is important. “Experiential activities are helpful in learning, coping, relaxation and developing thinking. And they are fun!” Extracurricular activities are still on the horizon for Katie S. of Yukon. “No after school activities yet...we’re just getting started! My girls are only four and two!” For Natalie A. of Edmond, variety is key. “My daughter loves ballet, my oldest loves academic activities and the middle son loves the theater, dance and art.” Visit to read more about the activities that our readers’ children enjoy. Your Children's After-School Activities 117 total responses

Academics, 2.6% Art, 2.6% Dance, 7.7% Music, .8% Sports, 35% Other, 4.3% None, 22.2% Why choose just one? 24.8%

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Character Corner: Enthusiasm

Being enthusiastic means that you express joy in each task you are given, putting forth your best effort to complete it.

To promote enthusiasm in your home: show excitement about lessons learned through life’s struggles. Complete chores in good time with a positive attitude, and approach work tasks with a vision of how others will benefit from your work. Show genuine interest in the activities that other members of your family enjoy.

I will: ... be an energy-giver. ... smile. ... treat every job as important. ... put my whole heart into my tasks. ... not let failure discourge me. Contact Character First! for more character-building resources. To learn more, call 405-815-0001 or visit

Everyday Play: Furry Letters

Your preschooler or kindergartener is becoming more confident in her ability to use tools and materials, and fun craft activities are a way to expand fine motor skills. Fuzzy Letters will help strengthen her hand-manipulation skills, while she learns to recognize and form the letters of the alphabet. You’ll need: • Chennile sticks (pipe cleaners) • 3"x5" or 5"x7" index cards • Marker • Glue • Scissors In preparation of the activity, write different letters on index cards, making them large enough to use as a pattern for the chenille sticks. Then, cut several chenille sticks in half and in fourths, so that you end up with three sizes for your child to work with (whole, ½ and ¼ ). Show your child how to create a letter by bending the chenille stick to follow the pattern. Use glue to allow her to attach the chenille stick directly to the pattern. Encourage her to make “furry letters” that spell her name or other fun words.



Excerpted and used with permission from the Gryphon House book, Everyday Play: Fun Games to Develop the Fine Motor Skills Your Child Needs for School by Christy Isbell.

Give your kids games with a message you can get behind. Left Behind Games’ Keys of the Kingdom PC game sends players on a puzzle-solving journey with uplifting Bible verses. ($20, Your lunch bag has seen better days.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commit to the following “I will” statements, stating them aloud with your children and encouraging them to apply them to situations in their everday life:

Once the cards have dried, have your child close her eyes and choose a card from the stack. See if she can identify the letter just by touch.

You want a video game with a good moral message.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Enjoy the hands-on fun!


Step up your lunch with Sachi insulated lunch bags. Keeps you looking cool while keeping your lunch fresh. ($15/up,

Shown at right, Murphy Barnett, age 5, of Norman displays her fuzzy letter card.

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OKC Storytelling Festival

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City has long produced WinterTales, featuring nationally-acclaimed storytellers, workshops and performances. Named one of the best places to hear or tell a tale, the festival has offered performances by some of the nation’s best tellers.

In September, Baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken, Jr., will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to remind both parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply.

This month, the tradition continues with the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, taking place September 9-10 at the Arts Council of Oklahoma City campus (400 W California). The festival offers performances and workshops, plus a family matinee and the Community Outreach Program, which provides free performances to at-risk youth.

As Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Ripken invites everyone to sign up for the smartest card—a library card. Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the ALA and libraries across the country join together to remind parents and caregivers that signing up for a library card is the first step in starting the school year off right. In fact, studies showing that students who use the library perform better in school.

Renowned tellers Donald Davis, Beth Horner, Bil Lepp and Onawumi Jean Moss will be traveling to Oklahoma City to entertain and share their art during the festival. “We are so excited to bring these incredible storytellers to Oklahoma. They are as hilarious as they are inspirational and I know they will make this a very special year,” said Rachel Findley, Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival director. In addition, the storytellers share their art with elementary students, children with disabilities, seniors in long-term care facilities and at-risk students in the week-long Community Outreach program. At each location, the storyteller leads an educational program that empowers people to use story as means of communication and selfexpression to promote conflict resolution, self-esteem, creativity and literacy. Call 405-270-4848 or visit for details.

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Owning a library card provides students the resources they need to compete academically. Eighty-nine percent of Americans agree that public libraries enhance the educational experience, providing students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources. Libraries are the community hub of activity. In tough economic times, your library card gives you free access to books and computers, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, accurate financial information, adult education courses, CDs, DVDs and much more. For more information about Library Card Sign Up Month, visit To sign up for a library card, visit your local library. Find information about the Metropolitan Library System at and the Pioneer Library System at

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Teen Night at the OKC Museum of Art

The Youth Arts Advocates, a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors, will be hosting their first ever “Teen Night” on Saturday, September 10th from 7:00-10:00 pm. Art, live music, food and much more can be enjoyed for a cover price of $5. Who are the Youth Arts Advocates (YAA)? Introduced by the Oklahoma Museum of Art through the leadership of Sheila Hallett (the Museum’s AmeriCorps Member in community outreach), the group of teens was selected through an application/interview process this past spring. Participants attend monthly meetings and participate in unique learning opportunities that provide them with insight on careers in art and the impact art has on the community. The group planned and promoted a film event this past spring, and worked with a professional artist to create art panels for the West Town Campus (a resource center for the homeless). “The program has been very successful for the museum,” said Hallett. “I am very proud of our group. They are insightful, motivated, and their passion for art is obvious.” For additional information about the teen council, visit www. or www.

Target School Library Makeover

Since 2007, Target has transformed 76 libraries in schools with the greatest needs through their Target School Library Makeover program. The program provides students with larger spaces, new carpet, furniture, colors, computers and books. The Target School Library Makeover program is part of Target’s commitment to helping children read proficiently by the end of third grade.

In 2011, Target will transform 42 more libraries in 30 states with the support of The Heart of America Foundation. Locally, Greystone Lower Elementary School (formerly known as Stonegate Elementary) in Oklahoma City was selected to receive a library makeover as part of this program. The makeover will feature a complete renovation, including light construction, eco-friendly design elements and technology upgrades. New furniture, carpet, shelves and 2,000 books will also be included in the updated space, and every student and his or her siblings will receive seven new hardcover books to add to their own at-home collections. The completed library makeover at Greystone will be revealed to students and teachers this month. “We are so excited about this grant,” explains Dr. Rochelle Converse, principal. “The heart of our school is truly the library. The makeover really emphasizes literacy and will bring so many new books to our students. It’s like Christmas! Definitely the biggest thing that has ever happened to our school.”

Teens work on panels for th West Town Campus project.

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More information about the School Library Makeover program, including a time-lapse video of a library makeover, is available at com/libraries.

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“Queen for a Day”

Last year, over 300 single mothers were made to feel like “queens for a day,” thanks to the Single Parent Support Network (SPSN). The SPSN’s annual signature event, Queen For a Day, provides a day of pampering, education, and encouragement to honor single mothers, grandmothers, adoptive or foster moms who are raising children on their own. The event is designed to honor these moms and educate them on how to achieve balance in their lives, so they neither neglect themselves nor the children they are raising.

The 2011 Queen For A Day event will be held on Saturday, October 1, 9:00am–5:00pm at the Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City). This year’s featured speakers will be Keynote Speaker Wanda Pratt (mom of OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant) and Christy Johnson, speaker and author of The Seven Habits of SoulHealthy Women. This is the sixth year that the SPSN has honored single mothers and over 400 attendees are anticipated at this year’s event.

9 Studying Tips for Your Teen

Studying should not be passive—it should be a full-contact sport. In order to really study, students need to get engaged in the material. The following tips will help your child properly prepare for upcoming tests:

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Set the groundwork. When you know a big test is coming up, ask “Can you show me how you’re going to study?” Remember, the end grade isn’t as important as the process. Knowing your child is putting forth effort is key.

Use the study guide as an aide only. Don’t ask questions from the study guide verbatim. Memorizing only what is on the study guide does not develop connections to the material.

3. Try using 3x5 cards. Using index cards to read, review, and recite. Get kids to quiz themselves and study independently.


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Utilize mnemonic devices. Use mnemonic devices (acronyms) to connect to-belearned information to what the learner already knows.

Let your teen hold the cards. If your teen has flashcards that he needs to study, let him hold the cards and quiz you. Allowing the student to take on the role of the teacher increases information retention.

Draw a picture. This helps to create a mental image, which triggers the definition.

Single mothers must be nominated and sponsored in order to attend, and business, schools or religious organizations are encouraged to nominate women who meet “Queen for a Day” criteria. The SPSN seeks nominations of single moms who promote good family values, are committed to helping others, who motivate and encourage children to succeed and more.


Make a practice test. Have the student generate a sample test of questions he thinks might be on the exam.

The cost to sponsor one “queen” is $125. For more information on the event or to nominate a single mother, call 405-917-1817 or visit www.

Encourage your teen to try out a few of these strategies to create solid studying habits that will help throughout high school and college.

8. Invite a friend over. Small group learning can be far more appealing and productive and, positive peer influence and group discussions can improve academic success.


Plan ahead. Record test dates in your student’s planner, along with the smaller study tasks. Breaking down a large task increases memory retention and decreases stress.

Information provided by Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed., founder and president of Educational Connections, Inc., a comprehensive provider of educational services in Fairfax, VA and Bethesda, MD.

Unplug Your Kids for National Screen-Free Week

According to research from the Nielson Company, kids from ages two through eleven spend a total of two months every year watching TV, videos, and video games…not even counting the time they spend on computers, cell phones and other electronic devices. National Screen-Free Week, formerly known as TV Turnoff Week, will be held September 18-24 and encourages parents to reflect on the types of electronics their children are using and how they benefit or take away from the quality of family life. Five things you can do to decrease your family’s screen time: 1.

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Reprioritize. Recognizing that not all screen time is negative, work as a family to set limitations and focus on quality programming.

Relocate: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not having TVs, Internet connections or video games in kids’ bedrooms. Moving these activities to more central locations will also help you to monitor what your child is exposed to on a regular basis.

Refocus. Use the time saved to do something fun as a family or take on a new project. Some fun alternatives to electronics can include working a puzzle, playing a board game or holding a fun “poker” night with pennies or candy as the “stakes.” Or, go for a walk in your neighborhood, stargaze or have a picnic. You can also teach your kids new skills such as how to ride a bike, skate, paint or sew. Reconnect. Rather than turning to Facebook or Twitter for your socializing, get together with friends and family in person. Open your home for a potluck dinner, pizza night or just a fun time to chat and reconnect with those in your life.

Recharge. Use your screen-free time to just enjoy the quiet. Take a break from the constant stimulation, clear your mind, be creative and enjoy your time together.

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Your Healthy Family What You Need to Know About Fall 2011 Vaccines


any Oklahoma parents were surprised this year when they went to register their children for school to discover that some changes had been made to the state’s immunization requirements. Other parents may still be wondering exactly what their child received in what our pediatrician affectionately refers to as the “kindergarten special.” Immunization requirements can be confusing, and at times, controversial. An understanding of the requirements and the diseases they prevent is key in helping parents make informed choices about vaccination.

An Immunization Primer

When it comes to vaccinations, everyone has an opinion. According to the recommended schedule, immunizations begin at birth, and continue at various intervals through adolescence. In addition, there are some vaccines that are recommended, but not required. The following immunizations are on the recommended schedule:

• Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a viral inflammatory infection of the liver, which is spread by the exposure to bodily fluids. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 25 percent of the world’s population has been infected with Hep B. The synthetic form of the vaccine was introduced on the market in 1986, and is now routinely administered during the first 12 months of life, though the series can be given at any age. Schedule: three doses, with the first injection usually administered to newborns prior to leaving the hospital. Dose two follows a month later, and the third six months after the first. • DTaP. DTaP is the acronym used for the collective immunizations preventing diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). This vaccine is indicated for children ages two months to six years and is often confused with Tdap. Schedule: five doses, typically given at two, four, six, and 15-18 months of age, with a booster between four and six years old. • Tdap. Similar to DTaP, Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, and is given to adolescents or adults as a booster. Schedule: single dose given around 11-12 years old. • Hib. Hib refers to the Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination. This bacterium is the primary cause of childhood meningitis, and the vaccine has been used routinely in the United States since the early 1980s. Schedule: three or four doses; CDC recommends four doses,


given at two, four, six, and 15-18 months of age. • Polio. Polio is an acute viral infectious disease. If the virus enters the central nervous system, it can lead to muscle weakness and various types of paralysis, depending on the nerves involved. The injectable vaccine was perfected and introduced in 1955, at the height of the polio epidemic, and while the disease has not been fully eradicated, cases are rare and are generally limited to less industrialized nations. Schedule: four doses, given at two, four, and six-18 months, with a booster given at about four to six years of age. • Pneumococcal Conjugate. Children under two are routinely administered PCV13, which covers 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, including pneumonia and meningitis. Schedule for children under two: Four doses, given at two, four, six and 12-15 months. The pneumonia vaccine can be given at any age, but those over the age of two receive the PPSV injection, which covers 23 strains of the bacteria. Schedule for those over age two: single dose. • Rotavirus. Protects against rotaviruses, which are the leading cause of diarrhea and vomiting among infants and young children. The vaccine is a fairly new addition to the list of recommended

immunizations, and has been routinely used since 2009. The good news is that this product is generally administrated orally. Schedule: three doses, given at two, four, and six months of age. MMR. MMR refers to the vaccine which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). MMR has been the source of speculation and controversy, as it is believed by many to correlate closely with the onset of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. The MMR vaccine tends to have a higher rate of adverse reactions, with approximately 10 percent of children developing fever, malaise, and/or a rash up to three weeks after the first dose. Approximately five percent will develop temporary joint pain. Schedule: two doses, given at 12-15 months and four-six years of age. Hepatitis A. Protects against Hep A, an acute infectious disease of the liver, usually transmitted through contaminated food or beverages. Schedule: two doses, given six months apart. Typically started at 12-23 months of age. Varicella. Protects against the virus commonly known as chicken pox. Schedule: two doses, typically given at 12-15 months and four-six years of age. MCV4. Protects against meningococcus, which causes meningitis and septicemia.

Other Back-to-School Health Concerns

Some illnesses just seem inevitable when kids go back to school. What infections should parents be concerned about? says these are the top five illnesses parents should look out for:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Pinkeye. Also known as conjunctivitis, pinkeye is very contagious. Prevent spreading by washing hands often with warm water and soap, not touching eyes and sharing eye drops, makeup, pillowcases, washcloths and towels.

Strep throat. Spreads through close contact, unwashed hands and sneezing or coughing. Prevent spreading by not sharing food, drinks, napkins or towels and teaching kids to sneeze or cough into a shirtsleeve, not their hands.

Head lice. Anyone can get this infection; it’s not a sign of poor hygiene and lice do not spread disease. Parents should discourage sharing combs, brushes, hats and helmets with others to help prevent the spread of lice.

Molluscum Contagiosum. This skin rash is common among kids up to age 12, yet many parents are not familiar with it. It spreads easily, most commonly through direct skin-to-skin contact, but kids can get it by touching objects with the virus on them such as toys, clothing, towels and bedding. Wash hands with soap and warm water and avoid sharing towels or other personal items to prevent spreading.

5. Walking pneumonia: The leading pneumonia in school-age kids and young adults, spread through person-to-person contact or sneezing and coughing. It usually develops gradually and can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Encourage kids to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently to prevent spreading. Editor’s note: Visit for the latest information on required vaccinations. | September 2011

(Currently optional) Schedule: single dose, usually given at 11-12 years of age. • HPV. This optional vaccine is used to protect against Human Pappilomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that causes approximately 70 percent of cases of cervical cancer in women and 90 percent of cases of genital warts in both genders. Schedule: three doses, with the second dose given two months after the first, and the final dose six months after the initial. The vaccine can be administered anytime prior to the onset of sexual activity to individuals nine years and older. • Influenza. This optional seasonal vaccine is highly variable, and is offered either as an inactivated injectable form or a live vaccine nasal spray. The vaccine protects against Flu types A and B, as well as H1N1. While mild side effects may occur with the injectable flu vaccine, it is not possible to develop the flu from the inactivated vaccine. Side effects from the injection are usually limited to soreness at the injection site, and in some cases, mild fever or body aches. Users of the nasal spray, a live vaccine, may experience fever, sore throat, body aches, headache, and nasal congestion. Flu vaccines reduce the number of hospitalizations due to complications of influenza by 70 percent. If those who have been vaccinated happen to contract the flu, they usually experience a milder case, with a shorter duration. Schedule: annually, ideally given in the fall. The vaccine takes about two weeks after administration to reach its full effectiveness.

Practical Advice

Edmond pharmacist Lee Lavender is co-owner of Hospital Discount Pharmacy, a provider for the state’s Vaccines for Children program. “The pharmacists here are certified through a program at Texas Tech University, and we hold immunization permits from the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.” During the summer, they vaccinate around 200 children each month. “The rest of the year, we do anywhere from 20-50 immunizations a month.” They pharmacy also offers flu vaccines in the fall. Many parents were surprised to discover that incoming seventh-graders were required to have the Tdap vaccine for enrollment. “The incidence of whooping cough has been increasing in the United States, especially for teens and babies younger than six months, so that requirement is new for this year.” In addition, Lavender and her staff encourage flu vaccines for adults and children who are over six months of age. The best advice when making decisions about vaccinating your child is simply to get good information. Talk to your pediatrician, do your research, and remember—many people have very passionate opinions about immunizations, whether they’re for or against. Ultimately, parents have to decide what’s best for their child and their family after weighing the risks and benefits. For more information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, visit their website at

Shannon Fields is a freelance writer from Edmond and a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Innovative Pharmacy Solutions.

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Photos by: Reed Taylor

What Your Tweens & Teens REALLY Want You to Know Parenting is tough. Parenting tweens and teens can be hiking-the-Himalayas tough. Throw in raging hormones, harder classes, a busy schedule and our modern culture into the mix and keeping in contact with your child can feel as impersonal as a text message. More IDK and less LOL. (That is, “I don’t know” and “laugh out loud,” respectively.)

And, what’s with that teen standard “I don’t know” response we get from our kids, anyhow? Report cards may show you’ve spawned a certified smarty pants, so why on earth do we get that answer to 99 percent of the questions we ask, when we are certain they, in fact, do know what they did in class that day? Since mind-reading is not a skill most of us parents possess (shh; don’t tell!), I, the mother of a tween and teen, decided to go straight to the source for answers to these and other burning questions, just in time for back-to-school hysteria. I enlisted four tweens and teens unrelated to me to provide the details (or, as your kids might say, the “4-1-1”).

1. Don’t yell at us.

“Parents should not get furious when their kids do something bad,” said Mick. “It doesn’t help the situation and just makes it worse.” Clayton agrees. “If you yell at us, we’re going to yell back. Speak with a calmer voice.” Sara adds, “The best thing to do is say, ‘don’t do that again or you’re going to be grounded.’ Just say it calmly. Don’t yell it.”

2. Monitoring technology is good, to a point.

Our panel says that they expect their technology to be monitored. What’s okay: occasionally checking text messages, reading e-mail, trolling Facebook messages. They even accept the conditions to become “friends” with their parents on Facebook. What’s not okay? “Don’t comment on something that’s an inside joke,” said Mick. “If you want to ask about it, don’t do it on Facebook. If the post relates to the family, it’s okay to comment on it, but if it’s about friends, don’t.”

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Embarrassing our kids on Facebook in a no-no. Ask permission before tagging them in photos, just as you might do with your own friends. Discuss what you each feel comfortable with in terms of how you communicate on the platform.

Regarding privacy, Sara said parents shouldn’t read their children’s diaries or ask to know who they have a crush on. “That may be something we want to tell our best friends, [but] it’s none of their business.” There are things that, as parents, we don’t (and shouldn’t) share with our kids and, in turn, we should understand our kids’ need for appropriate privacy. Regarding screen time, our panel also understands the need to monitor TV or computer usage, and admit they could be on it all day long if allowed. And what’s the right age to let your kid get a cell phone? Our panel suggests basing it on when she becomes more independent, such as going to more activities and friends’ houses, when she would need to reach the parent, not just to talk to friends. Answers ranged from fourth to seventh grade.

3. Don’t expect the worst.

Asked what they believe is the biggest misperception adults have about kids, Sydney said that at least for girls, it’s how far they’ll go with boys (which, she says, is not as far as parents are worried they will). Instead of being scared about it, Sydney suggest that the parents get to know their kid’s boyfriend or girlfriend, by inviting them over and letting the young couple hang out.

The guys on our panel believed calling it “dating” is silly until they have a car and can go places on their own, but kids still use the label “boyfriend/girlfriend” to show mutual interest and that they like to spend time together. Sara adds that parents should let kids date whom they choose (within reason). “Don’t judge them ahead of time,” she said. “And don’t say things like, ‘all boys are trouble.’” In general, Mick thinks the biggest misperception parents have is that they seem to always think kids are “always up to no good. That they always need to be watched. It’s kind of crazy to call every five minutes to make sure you are doing the right thing.” While our panel shared that occasionally they have known kids to be deceptive to their parents about their actual location or activities, it’s the exception to the rule.

4. Be reasonable on grounding.

Clayton believes grounding doesn’t work to change behavior except for the time period that one is grounded. “What would work better is to not let the kids know when they’ll be ungrounded,” he said.

What Does it All Mean?

Mick says it’s obvious that the way a parent disciplines is based on how their parents were raised. “My dad’s a Navy guy, so he’s more strict, but my mom is more laid back.”

There are three needs that these young people are addressing:

Sydney sees a lot of parents who rush to ground their children after misbehavior, but then don’t stick to it. “They are supposed to be grounded, but the kid asks to go do something and they let them,” said Sydney. “So the kids know the grounding isn’t a big deal.” Bottom line? Following through is imperative to make grounding an effective punishment.

5. Compensate on chores.

Sure, they believe they should pitch in on household duties, including help with cooking meals, but if you want the job done well, our teens and tweens say it’s best to tie it to their allowance. The amount given on our panel was everything from $15-$50 a week, with the expectation that this money will be used to pay for things like makeup, movies and other items. Clayton believes kids shouldn’t get an allowance without working for it. “That doesn’t teach them anything,” he said.

6. Eat together as a family.

While schedules don’t always allow the family to sit down and eat dinner together, our panel said it’s the best time to find out what your kids are up to, so think twice about taking that bag of fast food into the living room with you when you get home from work. Our group said families who eat together are friendlier toward each other and seem more bonded.

We asked Dr. Lisa L. Marotta, a clinical psychologist, to chime in on our panel’s top 10 list. Here is what she had to say:


quality connection with their parents;


recognition of each teen’s individuality (their strengths, weaknesses and interests).


respectful communication and listening in the family; and

Overall, they are articulating their boundaries. The panel is requesting clear expectations and follow through in their families. That being said, parents struggle with setting and enforcing boundaries because they get caught up in their teen’s reaction. Most teens will gripe at least a little when they are given a rule or an expectation. Once the rule is set and respectfully encouraged, it becomes a given over time. Take technology as an example. A limit of “no cell phones at the dinner table” is clear and easy to monitor. The rule should be held for the whole family (including parents). Most of the technology boundaries can be broken down into simpler steps so a teen can earn trust and learn responsibility. Docking the phone at a certain time each night, limiting texting, and periodic review of content are clear boundaries that can be addressed rather than a blanket “no cell phone until you are 16” rule. I hope that parents will pay attention to this list and discuss each item with their own tween or teen. Open dialogue goes a long way towards bridging the generation gap to decrease conflict and increase understanding in families. Dr. Marotta is with the Counseling and Consulting Offices of Tobin, Benjamin and Marotta in Edmond. She may be reached at 405-340-4321 or

7. Let them express themselves.

Kids want to select their own clothes and not be told what to wear, though they understand that their choices need to be age-appropriate and not overly revealing.

10. What “I don’t know,” really means.

Sydney said most girls seem to start wearing some makeup in the sixth grade, both to express themselves (since that’s the start of middle school) and also because that’s when they start getting pimples and they feel the need to conceal them.

They just don’t want to talk to you right now. Either they are doing another activity and don’t want to be interrupted or they just aren’t in the mood to talk. Sure, it’s a brush-off, but try saving those questions you really want answered for times they are engaged in conversation, such as at the family dinner table.

Sara adds that you want your children to feel confident and appearance is often tied to confidence in tweens and teens. While you should encourage them to find confidence within, understand that fitting in outwardly might help them to better tap into that inner confidence.

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8. Don’t force them to join sports.

All four of our panelists said encouraging your children to participate in activities is a good thing, but don’t force them to do an activity just because you may have enjoyed that when you were growing up. “Let them pursue their dreams,” advised Sara. Encourage your kids to learn what matters to them and what makes them happy, which will serve them throughout their lives.

9. Only step in on bullying if it gets bad.

Our panel hasn’t seen much bullying, mostly because the schools put the breaks on it early (if it’s discovered), but mean girls, gossip and bullying does exist and our tween and teens recommend that parents stay out of it unless it progresses. They advise having the parent talk to the principal only after the child has tried to deal with it.

Meet Our Experts

• Mick Mayerske 15 years old, Edmond. • Sydney Allsbury 12 years old, Edmond. • Sara Taylor 11 years old, Edmond. • Clayton Wingfield 14 years old, Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Reads Tween & Teen Edition Grades 3+

StoryWorld Create-a-Story Kit: Legends of the Sea By John and Caitlin Matthews (Templar Books, softcover book with cards, $10) This kit will inspire the ancient art of storytelling in high-tech kids. Includes book, cards and prompts for creating stories and games of their own creation with high-seas characters. Understanding Myself: A Kid’s Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings By Mary C. Lamia, PhD (Magination Press, softcover, $15) Help your budding tween navigate the emotional rollercoaster that is life with this book, which very frankly deals with the wide range of emotions. The Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Everest By Bill Doyle and David Borgenicht with climbing consultant David Morton, illustrated by Yancey Labat (Chronicle, hardcover, $13) For adventurous types who wonder what it would be like to climb Mount Everest, this title offers a choose-your-adventure journey, created by someone who has been there, done that.


Americapedia: Taking the Dumb out of Freedom By Jodi Lynn Anderson, Daniel Ehrenhaft and Andisheh Nouraee (Walker & Company, softcover, $17) The authors take an unconventional peek into American government and history, helping to make it more accessible to teens. Covers topics from the Declaration of Independence to current hot-button political issues. Archibald Zwick and the Eight Towers By Robert Leslie Palmer (Crossbooks Publishing, softcover, $20) A truly modern hero, Archibald is a real kid who is introduced to a mysterious world when he becomes lost in a remote part of the ocean. In Archie, teens may find advice for navigating their own stormy waters.


Teenage as a Second Language By Barbara R. Greenberg, PhD and Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, PsyD (Adams Media, softcover, $15) You wouldn’t go bird-watching without a field guide, so why try to live with a teen without one? Consider this book your field guide to your teenager. Decode the complicated, sometimes conflicting, messages your teen sends with the tools contained here.

Ductigami: The Art of the Tape By Joe Wilson (The Boston Mills Press, softcover, $14.95) Duct tape is part of a useful toolbox and, let’s face it, a lot of fun, too. This book features 18 projects to make using this versatile product, from handbags and watchbands to shower curtains. Fueling the Teen Machine By Ellen Shanley and Colleen Thompson (Bull Publishing, softcover, $17) Getting your teen connected to good nutrition is as easy as engaging them with the right information. This book provides nutrition background, recipes and a breakdown of what the experts recommend for a healthy diet. Life Is Not a Candy Store: It’s the Way to the Candy Store By Tal Yanai (Bat-El Publishing, hardcover, $11) A spiritual guide for teens, this book provides practical lessons to help young adults remain aware of how their actions impact others and how to best handle difficult situations. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life By James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park (Little, Brown and Co, hardcover, $16) Addressing the very real concerns of many tweens entering middle school, the authors take readers on a ride through challenges like tough teachers, popularity and middle school politics through their self-proclaimed “tragic hero,” Rafe Khatchadorian. The accessible, casual writing style and doodle illustrations make this a very engaging read. | September 2011

Study Smart, Study Less By Anne Crossman, illustrated by Chris Kalb (Ten Speed Press, softcover, $11) Is your teen an unperfected perfectionist, deadline daredevil, mack slacker or brain trainer? This book will help to identify his individual studying style with tips to make the most of his strengths.


Drugs and Your Teen By Gianni DeVincenti Hayes, PhD and Michael J. Talley Jr. (Authorhouse, softcover, $30) Illegal substances are an unfortunate fact of life, and parents need to remain prepared and vigilant to protect their families against drugs. This book offers a frank and sometimes disturbing primer for parents with information from drug availability to a behavior decoder and beyond. If I Have to Tell You One More Time By Amy McCready (Penguin, hardcover, $25) If you’ve argued with your child for the last time, refer to this title for helpful and useful suggestions for disciplining your child without yelling or nagging using a dynamic approach that empowers young children. My Visit to the Land of Childhood By Debbie Berger (Authorhouse, softcover, $12) A book for parents to share with their soon-tobe-tween kids. Serves as a reminder to parents of what puberty brings and offers encouragement to kids as they embark on a new part of life. Reviews by MetroFamily Magazine editor Mari Farthing.

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Family Finances Teens & Money


It’s vital to teach your

recent survey by Packaged Facts While Oklahoma public schools now children that financial indicated that teen income in the have a mandate to teach personal success is dependent on how United States will increase about 14 financial literacy as a graduation percent in 2011, surpassing the $91 billion requirement, research shows that we use our money—not how mark. Sources of teen income include jobs, children tend to model their parents much we earn. allowances, “as needed” money from parents, when managing money. So, how can and gifts. The same survey estimates that you ensure that your children are 12-14 year olds currently have an average following the best example that you income of almost $2,200 while those 15-17 can set? Here are few tips to get you years of age have about double that amount. started: On the average, that’s more than $40 a week • Introduce the idea of “savings.” • Talk with them about their goals. for the younger teens and $80 a week for Requiring children to set aside a small Encourage them to be open and honest older teens. percentage of their allowance, baby-sitting about their hopes and dreams. While However, the secret to a successful financial or lawn-mowing income, or gifts from you may feel the need to guide their future is not based on earnings. Financial Aunt Sue will help establish a savings choices or decisions, sometimes it is more success is dependent on how we use our pattern. You may choose to have them important to just listen and allow them money—not how much we earn. While put the money in a piggy bank or open to formulate their own ideas. Once they income is important, developing a pattern of a savings account at your local financial start writing down their goals and setting responsible spending is even more critical to institution. Saving early and often is the timelines, you can help them make realistic building long-term financial wealth. foundation for developing good money benchmarks for accomplishing them. It is management skills. A savings account has important to identify the potential financial Teaching tweens and teens about money is an the added bonus of earning interest, which commitment to meet those targets. ongoing lesson, and there is no rush to teach can be incentive to establish a positive • Start simple. Even for small items that everything in one day. The key is to start. behavior. You may even want to consider your children wish to buy, involve them in Providing multiple learning opportunities helping them to purchase stocks or bonds the thought behind making the purchase. will help ensure kids develop savvy financial for long-term savings options. You may help them comparison shop behaviors that will last a lifetime. • Encourage earning opportunities. While online and with local merchants, then use some parents are uncomfortable with their savings—or with a match from you— paying their children for household chores, to make the purchase. You may eventually it may be possible to establish a list of want to talk with them about saving for “required” household tasks and “bonus” college, a car, or other more significant tasks. In doing so, young people learn that expenses. money is earned by completing some type • Teach them to give to others. Whether it’s of work, and it helps them better appreciate tithing money at church or donating time at what you spend as a family on their wants the local food bank, getting into the giving and needs. Earned income may also come habit is a sound financial management from another source, such as helping a principle for your child. It prepares them neighbor rake leaves or securing a job to be good citizens and to think of others from a local employer. instead of just themselves. • Establish a spending plan. The key factor to each of these money tips is helping them build the skills to manage their resources. With a spending plan, they are able to see where their money is going. It also provides a framework for transferring some of the responsibility for buying clothing and other necessities to them, helping young consumers realize how much they cost and the income required to make those purchases. Helping tweens and teens develop good money management skills is part of learning personal responsibility. It allows young people to become more independent and better decision-makers about the choices in their lives. And it’s never too early—or too late—to start!

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Sue Lynn Sasser, PhD, is a professor of economics at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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What College Admissions Officers

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WISH Your Teen Knew About College.

Advice and Information from the People on the Other Side of the Desk. Humorist Dave Barry once said that he believes parents must encourage children to become educated, so they can ultimately get into a good college that the parents cannot afford. All joking aside, getting into college is a serious business—and the decisions that your teen makes now can have an impact on his or her future. For the advisors and admissions officers who work with prospective students on a daily basis, there are steps that parents and high school students can take now to help prepare a student academically and financially for college. Admissions professionals from six colleges and Universities in the metro area share their insight about what they would tell your teen now to help their college dream and future aspirations come true.

Preparing Academically

When it comes to preparing for college academically, it all comes down to three sets of letters: GPA, AP, and ACT/SAT. When applying for college, a strong GPA in senior year alone might not be enough. “Colleges look at cumulative GPA, so keep it up for all 4 years,” says Ali Sexton, Coordinator of High School Relations for Rose State College. Macey Panach, admissions counselor for Oklahoma State University (OSU) concurs. “Students should take their classes seriously and really work to maintain or improve their GPAs,” Panach explains. “Many times, students do well enough on the ACT to be admitted, but a low GPA can decrease scholarship opportunities.” A head start can also make a huge difference in overall academic progress. “AP courses and concurrent college enrollment are both excellent ways to prepare for the next step in their education,” recommends Amy Rogalsky, special assistant to the vice president of enrollment management at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). In addition, AP courses can give your teen a glimpse at what college will be like. “Take AP or concurrent courses to get a better idea of the time and effort required in a college-level course,” Panach explains. Lastly, scores on the ACT and SAT play a large role in gaining admission to the college of your choice. “Take ACT/SAT prep courses early during your high school years,” advises Andy Roop, director of prospective student services at the University of Oklahoma. “Don’t wait until the middle of your senior year to try and upgrade testing skills.”

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Preparing Emotionally & Psychologically

In addition to the academic demands of college, students go through a mental adjustment as well. “No matter how prepared a student might think they are or how much they are ready to get out on their own and be independent, every student will go through a transitional shock period of adjusting to college life,” Rogalsky cautions. “Students may feel they’ve made the wrong school choice or that they aren’t yet ready for college, when in reality it is an adjustment phase and will pass.”

Meet the Experts University of Central Oklahoma Amy Rogalsky, Special Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Stephanie Driver, Assistant Director of Academic Retention and Outreach Oklahoma State University Macey Panach, Admissions Counselor and Christine Crenshaw, Director of Undergraduate Admissions Oklahoma City University Michelle Lockhart, Senior Director of Admissions Rose State College Ali Sexton, Coordinator, High School Relations University of Oklahoma Andy Roper, Director of Prospective Student Services Oklahoma City Community College Amy Reynolds, First Year Experience and Student Life Programs Coordinator

Oklahoma’s Promise Families earning $50,000 per year or less can enroll their children (in 8th-10th grade) in Oklahoma’s Promise for help paying for a college education. For more information,

“Visit your college choice often so that you know your way around and make contacts early,” advises Michelle Lockhart, senior director of admissions at Oklahoma City University (OCU). “Start using a planner, learn how to cook a few items, how to do laundry and set up your own doctor’s appointment so that you know how to do these things when you get to college.” “College is filled with various academic and personal commitments, and students should be able to strike a balance among all ongoing activities. The earlier students get into a habit of scheduling and prioritizing, the better,” reminds Amy Reynolds, first year experience and student life programs coordinator at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC). “Students should also prepare to step outside their comfort zones by [meeting] new people, speaking with professors, and learning to navigate a new environment.” “The best remedy [for culture shock] is getting involved in campus activities, organizations, and study groups and just being patient,” Rogalsky says. “Adapting to change takes time.”

Preparing Financially

Earning a college degree can be a significant expense for families from all income brackets, but it is important to remind your teen that it is an investment that will pay off with higher income and greater career opportunities in the future.

“The reality is that saving early, even if it is a small amount, can make an unbelievable difference,” Roop explains. “Once a student reaches the spring semester of their junior year, parents and students should diligently begin the scholarship search.” “Financial Aid like grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loans may cover much of the expense, but, in some cases, it just won’t be enough,” Rogalsky explains. “High school students should intentionally build an impressive resume of high school activities that shows them to be well-rounded, interesting citizens.” Sexton also recommends looking into scholarships both within the college and from community organizations. “Find out requirements early and use the time in high school to meet them,” she says. “Then, complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) for grants, loans and work study. Call the Financial Aid office of the school and ask for specific tips.”

How to Stand Out

Whether your student is applying for admission or a scholarship, there are certain traits that our experts say will help them be competitive and stand out in a crowd. For Rogalsky, admission to UCO is helped by a successful student resume. “A student that has an ACT score of 25 and above, has a 3.5 GPA and higher, and has taken on leadership roles will stand out,” she says. “A minimum of two years of foreign language, as well as a diversified amount of electives, are also important.” Not all college admissions criteria are based solely on classroom performance. Crenshaw describes the ideal student applicant to OSU as “a student who expresses a genuine interest in learning and developing as a critical thinker, has a sense of service to the greater community and is open-minded about change and exploring the larger world.” Reynolds says OCCC is also looking for a well-rounded student. “[We’re] looking for students who understand that pursuing higher education is a commitment and are willing to dedicate the time necessary to attain their educational goals.” There are also a few practical steps that students can take to shine in front of the Powers-That-Be. “Doing the work themselves instead of having a parent do it [is important],” says Lockhart. “Parents should be part of the process but should let the student do the work and make the calls.”

Not sure where to start? Attend the FREE College Preparation Series: Getting Financially Set for College workshop at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa, OKC; 405-843-9601), Saturday, September 10 from 2:00-4:00pm. Teens and adults are welcome to join a discussion with the professionals about how to pay for college.

Sexton adds another important tip: “Be sure to proofread—don’t give reviewers any reason to throw your application out.”

College Success

Once your student has been admitted, what can your freshman do to increase her chances of college success?

“Go to class,” Roop says. “Hands down, there is not one single thing more important to success than attending class.” “Get into the habit of asking questions,” explains Stephanie Driver, Assistant Director of Academic Retention and Outreach at UCO. Many freshmen get into trouble they could have avoided if they had only asked for what they needed.” Crenshaw cautions that freshmen need to understand that college work is going to be more demanding than high school assignments. “Assume three hours of study or preparation for each hour in class to achieve the desired final grade,” she advises. Sexton encourages students to connect and get involved to increase their chances of college success. “Find a faculty or staff member that you click with, as well as clubs and organizations that you like and jump in,” she recommends. “On-campus involvement directly relates to success—both in higher grades and a higher graduation rate.” Reynolds adds that incoming freshmen should understand that they must take responsibility for their learning. “You no longer are doing an assignment just for the sake of doing it, but the assignment is in place to prepare you for your future career,” she says. “You must take the initiative in your studies.”

Final Advice

As families look towards preparing their student for college, Panach recommends starting early and staying organized. “Many institutions send out separate correspondence for housing, financial aid, orientation dates, etc., so it is important to keep them in a file for easy reference.” Rogalsky says that many college-bound teens believe they can get their college degrees by pursuing it just like they did their high school diplomas. “Finishing a college degree is a battle. It takes commitment and determination,” she explains. “Parents and students must know that there will be bumps in the road, but they cannot allow these to influence their drive to obtain a degree.” Lockhart’s offers a final piece of advice for college-bound families. “Find the school that is the best fit for you and do what you can to make it work even if it’s at a higher cost,” she says. “The education you receive, the experiences you receive and the contacts you make can never be taken away from you.” Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine.

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Focus on Education Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association


ounded in 1922, Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has served an important role in Oklahoma education, a role that continues today. With 67,446 members last year, there’s no denying that the PTA has the potential to make a huge impact in our schools.

New to office, Oklahoma PTA President volunteer Anna King has high hopes and new projects that will directly benefit students across the state. King emphasizes that PTA is an advocacy association, not solely a fundraising organization. “Fundraising helps our mission to advocate for our kids, but it is part of a bigger picture.” King explains. Plans include the installment of project chair members to lead and direct new initiatives that are pertinent to the needs of our children today.

New Projects

• A Health and Wellness Chair will lead concerned parents and take a stand for improving the overall health of our students, including nutrition and exercise. King has interest in the “farming school” model, which teaches students to grow their own vegetables at the school site. “We have so many schools that have land where they can plant their own gardens and teach students how to raise their own vegetables,” she said. • A Male Involvement Chair will direct others in promoting ways that males can have a presence and make a difference in Oklahoma schools. (PTA isn’t just for moms!) • A Youth Committee Chair will generate interest in youth involvement and the

Get Involved!

PTA fundraising projects are definitely important, especially in the middle of a budget crisis. However, there are other PTA advocacy roles that can be extremely beneficial to the students.

Ideas to advocate for children/teens in our community:

• Book buddy. Volunteer to read regularly with a struggling reader. • Mentor. Be a role model to an at-risk teen. • Groundskeeper. Help organize beautification projects around your school and encourage student involvement. • Library assistant. Help with shelving, organize author visits, read with students. • Health advocate. Work with school administrators to promote healthy lifestyles. • Hall monitor. Students in all grade levels benefit from the presence of adult supervision in the hallways. • Classroom helper. Work with individual teachers to help with tedious tasks such as cutting, copying and laminating, allowing time for more instruction. • Greeter. Welcome new students and help them adjust to the change of a new school. It’s important to recognize that the needs of every school are unique. Work with school officials to determine the greatest area of need before deriving a plan of action.

Parent Teacher Association Mission Statement

The mission of the PTA is three-fold: 1.

To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before government agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;

2. To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children;


To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

overall well-being of school climate. King suggests that when teens become involved early on, they have a better chance of becoming leaders. • A Safety and Prevention Chair will address issues such as teenage drinking, drugs, bullying and other harmful activities.

Continuing Projects

Always a successful project, the PTA’s Reflections Program provides an opportunity for students to express themselves artistically through dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts (drawing, painting, print making and collage). Students in all grades are encouraged to submit works in multiple categories. The 2011-2012 Reflections Program theme will be “Diversity Means…” Rules and deadlines vary from school to school, and typically there are specific guidelines for each category. Entrants compete at the local level, and selected winning entries move on to the state competition. State winners can enter the national competition at

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the annual convention, held next year in San Jose. The Reflections Program is an excellent avenue for students to grow socially, culturally and intellectually. A Diversity Chair will continue to promote acceptance among our differences—including race, religion and types of homes that students come from (single parents, grandparents as caregivers, etc.). Ready to take a stand? When the kiddos head back to school and that big stack of papers comes home the first week, don’t forget to complete your membership form and join your local PTA! Learn more about the Oklahoma PTA by calling 405-681-0750 or visiting www.okpta. org. Find more information about the National PTA by calling 703-518-1200 or visiting www.

Julie Dill is a National Board Certified Teacher from Oklahoma City and mother of two.

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Real Moms of the Metro Meet Ida Fryhover: CareerTech Educator & PTA Volunteer

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

When I was in college I was a dancer with a flamenco and folklorico group based out of Norman, Los Ninos de Espana y Mexico.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about using creativity with things I do at work and home. I really try to approach teaching in a creative manner in hopes of inspiring my students to look at things differently. At home, I encourage my kids to explore their imagination through reading, writing, drawing, or anything else we can get our hands on.

How has motherhood changed you?

Motherhood has brought a sensitivity to me that I never thought I would have. I feel that I am more in tune with the needs of students because I see how different my two children behave and learn. The same approach doesn't work all the time, and it is the same way in the classroom.

How do you banish stress?

I focus on feeding my mind, body, and soul. I focus on eating healthier, practice yoga and sometimes other forms of

Quick Facts about Ida:

1. What are 5 words that describe you?
 Creative, determined, passionate, volunteer, organized. 2. What’s your favorite date night venue?
 Sooner football games. 3. What’s on your reading list?
 The Girl Who Played with Fire.

4. What’s always in your handbag?
 My Nook, phone and lipgloss. 5. What’s your guilty pleasure?
 I love chocolate desserts.


exercise such as Zumba, piyo or whatever I can squeeze into my week. I also try to read inspirational and motivational books to lift my spirits every now and then. Once a month I get to scrapbook, which feeds my creative side and gives me time with some of my most creative friends.

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or more than 13 years, Ida Fryhover of Norman has been a CareerTech educator, serving as a career counselor at several Technology Centers, working at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and teaching marketing, management and entrepreneurship to high school students. In addition to teaching today’s youth, Ida is passionate about her local PTA and currently serves on the Norman PTA Council. Here’s more about Ida, a 38-year-old mom of son Lorenzo, age eight and daughter Rio, age two.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration everywhere, especially when people overcome challenges to make their life better or the life of someone else.

Along with your job as a mom, what do you do?

I am now back in the classroom as a teacher at Metro Career Academy in Oklahoma City. All of my professional positions have been working with students to help prepare them to be college and career ready.

What do you like most about your job?

My job allows me the opportunity to guide students to see the best in themselves. Teaching is a great responsibility. I appreciate the challenges every day brings and hope that I leave each day knowing that I have done something to encourage my students to believe in their dreams.

What is on your wish list?

Number one on my wish list is that our legislators place education as a priority! It is frustrating to know that decisions are made that negatively impact students in Oklahoma.

What are you most proud of?

Other than my family, I am proud to have been able to be a positive influence in the lives of my students, my workplace and my community. I value the idea of “giving back” and feel that I act on any opportunity, big or small. | September 2011

What motivates you?

Challenges motivate me. I know there is always a way to make things happen.

How do you find balance in your life?

This is really my husband’s job. He keeps me in check. If it were left to me, I would be working on some project all the time. He helps me to remember that family, friends and fun are required.

Advice for other moms?

It is hard to take care of others if you don't take care of yourself. Mothers tend to give, give, give. You have to do something for yourself and not feel guilty about it.

Where are you from originally? What brought you to Oklahoma?

I was born in El Paso, Texas. We moved around a lot because my dad was in the military. He ended up retiring at Tinker while I was in college at UCO. During my college career, I met the most amazing guy, married him, and haven't left since. I never thought I would have ever called Oklahoma my home!

What’s the biggest challenge in your life?

My biggest challenge in my life is helping my son maintain good self-esteem. He was

born with a hand deformity and kids ask him about it all the time. There are times where I wish I could make his pain go away. I know it will become more difficult to deal with as he grows up and I don't ever want him to feel bad about himself because he is an amazing kid, with or without a hand.

How do you help others?

I like to volunteer a lot, sometimes my husband says too much. Right now I am spending most on my efforts as a board member for the Norman Youth Soccer Association and PTA. I want to be involved in organizations that help kids in my community. Getting involved with PTA has been one of the best experiences because I have met so many wonderful parents seeking the same things for their kids as I am with mine. Last year I served as PTA president at my son's school and look forward to serving on the Norman PTA council. I believe we need strong communities working together with our schools. I work as much as I can to bring resources and people together to make

positive things happen. It is amazing the difference it makes for kids.

What is your parenting style?

My husband and I don't always agree on parenting issues. He is the fun one and I tend to be the one who says no all the time, but we do agree on explaining our expectations to the kids. We offer choices and include the kids on many decisions we make. We both value teaching our kids to respect everyone in the family and outside the family.

Favorite quote or advice about motherhood?

My advice is to quit comparing yourself or your family to others. You lose sight of the all the things that make your family great. Do what is right for you.

Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine.

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Exploring Oklahoma Weather, Science and More on the OU Campus


esonet, Doppler, and mesocyclone are just a few of the terms Oklahomans have become very familiar with during busy storm seasons, courtesy of our local meteorologists. If you have a teen or tween who exhibits a proficiency in math, an interest in science or just a curiosity about weather, a tour of the National Weather Center (NWC) on the OU campus may spark an interest in meteorology. Raised in Oklahoma, I’ve always been fascinated with the weather. My father used to take my siblings and me out to watch the billowing thunderstorms that usually form in the west. I once entertained the idea of becoming a meteorologist until I found out how much math was involved; alas, I went into journalism. Nevertheless, weather still interests me. I recently took my visiting family on a free tour of the National Weather Center. The short 90-minute tour is informative for any teen or tween considering a career in atmospheric science (or for parents who just want to see where the storm predictions originate).

“Meterology is literally nothing more than physics applied to the atmosphere,” explained our student tour guide, Chris Squitieri. The OU School of Meteorology is one of the most popular in the country with enrollment exploding after the popular 1996 movie, Twister, Squitieri explained. But the program is not for the faint-hearted. Out of an average of 110 freshmen who enter the program each year, only 20-30 will graduate. But, he explains, the foundation is a good start for many other science degree programs, should a student decide to change direction. After a short introduction and roll call (advanced reservations are required), the tour begins at the National Severe Storms Laboratory vehicle area for a viewing of some of the severe weather vehicles and instruments used for storm research. As Squitieri explained, the NWC does not “storm chase” as we often see on television. Rather, the NWC is responsible for research to learn what causes severe storms. “All instrumentation has to be constructed in our lab, it’s not store bought,” he said. After viewing actual Twister movie props on loan from Warner Brothers Studios including “Dorothy” and “D.O.T.3” (you’ll have to watch the movie or visit the museum if you don’t know what those are), we made our way to the fifth floor glass-enclosed observation deck. “After you warn us to stay away from windows, you guys sit up here and watch the storms?” one visitor mused. While a great place to view developing storms, students and staff do heed their own warnings to take cover when necessary, Squitieri acknowledged, though stormwatching can be hypnotizing.

The tour ends at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and National Weather Service (NWS). This is the area you see on television where meteorologists are on 24-hour watch viewing multiple computer monitors with colorful displays. Their job is looking for the ingredients of severe weather in a 56-county region. The SPC sends out those all-familiar weather watches indicating that conditions are favorable for a storm. The NWS sends out the warnings that indicate a storm is in progress or imminent. Once the tour is complete, visitors are welcome to talk to staff for more information on the School of Meteorology program. As for me, I’ll stick to writing and allow the math-savvy folks to keep me informed about impending severe weather. Tours are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00pm. The Flying Cow Café located in the building is a great place to eat lunch, but go before your tour as it will be closed when you are finished. To make advanced tour reservations, call 405-3256892 or visit the website at

Karen Mitchell, a lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, lives in Edmond with her husband, Mark, teenage son, Ryan, and one spoiled Welsh Corgi. Daughter, Megan, attends OSU in Stillwater. Written in honor of my father, Conrad Ricker, 8/29/23–7/27/11 with grateful appreciation to all he’s shared with me.

More Fun in Norman

Spend a day on the OU campus. Combine your NWC tour with either of these venues: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave 405-325-4712, Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, age five and younger are free, use your Kids Pass for a free child’s admission with a paid adult admission. Upcoming Exhibit Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs digs into the nature and history of dogs and will be open October 1-January 8, 2012. Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave 405-325-3272, Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm (Friday until 9:00pm); Sunday 1:00-5:00pm Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, $2 for OU staff/faculty, age five and under are free, free admission to all visitors each Tuesday. Upcoming Exhibit: Robert Rauschenberg: Prints from Universal Limited Art Editions, 1962-2008 will be open September 24-December 30.

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Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan! Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all-new production of PETER PAN! at the Civic Center Music Hall, September 13-18. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. Tickets, $26 and up, are on sale now. Visit for more information.


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Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Celebrity Attractions.

Oct 1st


15 20th 24th-25th Disney on Ice

Oklahoma Wildlife Expo

Plaza District Festival

The toys are back in town as Disney On Ice Oklahoma City's Plaza District celebrates local The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife presents Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3! This live, fast- Conservation’s seventh annual Oklahoma Wildlife creativity with live music, artist booths, kids' paced adventure includes Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Expo will be held September 24-25 at the Lazy E activities and a variety of local concessions at the Jessie, Rex and the cast of Sunnyside Day Care annual Plaza District Festival. Arena, north of Oklahoma City. This FREE event toys. promotes an appreciation for Oklahoma’s wildlife The Festival will be held Saturday, October 1, and natural resources by providing hands-on As part of the 2011 State Fair of Oklahoma, noon-10pm in the 1700 block of NW 16th Street learning opportunities for all types of outdoor Disney on Ice performs September 15-20 at and admission is FREE. enthusiasts. State Fair Arena. The State Fair runs September Daytime performances include Irish stepdancers, 15-25 showcasing our state's agriculture, Expo visitors will be able to try activities such as Flamenco dancers, Chinese Dragon dancers and manufacturing and commerce with family fishing, shooting sports, kayaking and mountain more. entertainment, educational exhibits and exciting biking. Seminars will be offered on hunting dog Children may create four art projects alongside competitions. training, outdoor cooking, camping, hunting, art instructors from Firehouse Art Center, as well fishing, bird watching and more. Guests can Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's shop at the Outdoor Marketplace for the latest in as paint on an interactive art mural, create their Toy Story 3! are available at all own puppets and go on an artistic scavenger outlets, including the State Fair Arena Box Office, outdoor gear and merchandise. hunt throughout the Plaza District. participating Buy For Less Grocery Stores in Expo hours are from 8am-6pm both days. Visit Visit for more. Oklahoma City, or 800-511-1552. for more. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Photo courtesy of the Plaza District Association

Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Oklahoma

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Quick Reference Weekly Events American Banjo Museum 9 E Sheridan Ave, OKC 604-2793, City Arts Center Fair Park, 3000 Pershing Blvd, OKC 951-0000, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E Edwards, Edmond 340-4481, Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave, Norman 325-3272, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum 13th & Shartel, OKC 235-4458, Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno, OKC 297-3995, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC 478-2250, Oklahoma Aquarium 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks 918-296-FISH, OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr, OKC 236-3100, OKC National Memorial 620 N Harvey, OKC 235-3313, OKC Zoo 2101 NE 50th St, OKC 424-3344, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC 606-7003, Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., OKC 522-5248, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman 325-4712, Science Museum Oklahoma 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC 602-6664,

FREE Norman Sooner Mall Outreach Story Time is an interactive story time held outside Sears at Sooner Mall for ages 9 & under. Tuesdays, 10am.

FREE Admission at Norman’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on Tuesdays. 10am-5pm. Activities include Art Adventures for children ages 3-5 with adult (10:30am).

The UCO Jazz Lab features performances each Friday & Saturday at 8pm. $7 adults, $5 age 12 & under. 3597989,

Family Fun Night at JumpZone (SW 104th & Western) includes 2 adults, 2 children, 1 large pizza, 2 liter pop for $25. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-8pm. 200-1691,

Oklahoma River Cruises Classic Cartoon Cruises held each Saturday, departing from Regatta Park or the Exchange Landing on the Oklahoma River. Departure times vary. $6 adults, $3 seniors & ages 6-12, under age 6 FREE. 702-7755,

Toddler Time at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Discovery Room includes fun & educational activities for ages 18 months-3 years. FREE with paid museum admission. Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30-2pm.

FREE Build & Grow Kid’s Clinics at Lowe’s stores. Participants receive an apron, goggles, project-themed patch, & certificate of merit. Every other Saturday, 10am. See website for schedule and registration,

Toddling Through Nature at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a nature walk on museum grounds with activities specially designed ages 18 months-3 years. One caregiver for every two children is requested. Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:30-10:55am.

FREE Children’s Storytime at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway) each Saturday, 10:15am. 842-2900,

Trotting Though Nature at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a nature walk for ages 4-9 with caregiver to discover plants & animals on the museum grounds (some areas do not have sidewalks). Tuesdays & Fridays, 11-11:25am. FREE Tuesday Noon Concert Series at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art are 30-minute concerts performed by OU music students & faculty. Admission to the museum is FREE on Tuesdays. Begins 9/13. It’s Feeding Time! at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Discovery Room allows children to learn about local reptiles, amphibians & fish. FREE with paid admission. Tuesdays, 1:30pm; Saturdays, 11:30am. FREE Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offer FREE admission to the public through 11/16. FREE Children’s Storytime at Quail Springs Barnes & Noble (13800 N May) every Wednesday & Saturday, 11am. 755-1155, Discovery Time at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History’s Discovery Room features hands-on activities with stories, crafts & touchable specimens. FREE with paid admission. Wednesdays & Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. FREE Wednesday Night at the Movies at the Downtown Library. Held every Wednesday, 6-8pm. 231-8650.

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FREE Thursday Noon Tunes at the Downtown Library, 11:30-1pm.

All phone numbers are area code 405 unless otherwise noted. Information should be verified before attending events as details can change after press date.

Cocktails on the Skyline at the OKC Museum of Art features a full bar, complementary chips & salsa & live music. Thursdays through October, 5-10pm.


FREE Films, Family & Fun at the Southern Oaks Library features free popcorn & candy for every 5 items checked out of the library’s film collection. One gift per family. Every Friday, 9am-6pm. | September 2011

FREE 1-2-3 Play With Me at the Warr Acres Library for children ages 4 & younger with caregivers. Saturdays, 10:30am. FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books, Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202, FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May), Ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. 858-8778, All-Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at AMF Yukon Lanes (500 E Main, Yukon) invites differently-abled individuals, their families & friends to participate in an afternoon of bowling. $8 per week for 3 games & shoes. Saturdays, 1pm. 354-2516. Drop in Art at the OKC Museum of Art. Create art inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, & special occasions. FREE with paid admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. FREE Green Earth Gang for ages 9-13 works on conservation projects in Martin Park. Saturdays 2-5pm. 755-0676, Dome Sundays at Science Museum Oklahoma offer $5 Dome Theatre Tickets on Sundays in September.

Ongoing Events Sep 2-Oct 5 The HeART of the Eye at Visions in the Paseo (2924 Paseo) features the works of photographer, Greg Davis. FREE Admission. Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 557-1229,

Through Sep 3 A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by OK Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Gardens

SEPTEMBER S M T W T F S Water Stage. $15 adults, $10 seniors, students & military. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700, www. Stay Late & Play at the OKC Zoo features extended zoo hours open until 8pm on Saturdays.

Through Sep 5

Art and the Animal at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features art from the annual Art and the Animal international juried show organized by the Society of Animal Artists. FREE Blue Star Museums provides complimentary admission for active military members & 5 immediate family members to participating museums. Visit www. for participating venues.

Sep 8-Dec 31 Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman at the OKC Museum of Art features 29 largescale photographs that evoke the nostalgia & wealth of a bygone era. Poodles & Pastries & Other Important Matters: New Paintings by Franco Mondini-Ruiz at the OKC Museum of Art features works by the San Antonio & New Yorkbased artist.

Sep 9-Oct 23 Magical Mystery Masks: The Art of G. Patrick Riley at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) features the work of Oklahoma artist Patrick Riley. 878-5300,

Sep 12-Nov 28 FREE National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-toFamily Class at Temple B’nai Israel (4901 N Penn) for caregivers of persons with severe & persistent mental illness. Topics include coping skills, communication techniques, self-care & more. Preregister. Mondays, 10:30am-1pm. 230-1900,

Sep 15-Oct 2 Quilters presented by the OKC Theatre Company at the Civic Center Music Hall Freede Little Theatre is a moving musical tribute to our nation’s pioneer women. $19. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 297-2264,

Through Sep 18 FREE Nativescapes: A View from the Interior at the State Capitol in the North Gallery features work by OK photographer Tom Fields. Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm. 521-2020, www.arts.

Sep 23-Jan 8 Ghost Ranch & The Faraway Nearby at the National

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Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features the work of fine-art photographer Craig Varjabedian as he portrays the longtime home of Georgia O’Keeffe in this traveling exhibition.

Sep 24-Dec 30 Robert Rauschenberg: Prints from Universal Limited Art Editions, 1962-2008 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art examines the extensive collaboration between Robert Rauschenberg & the fine art print publisher, Universal Limited Art Editions.

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Through Sep 25 FREE Roots & Connections at the State Capitol in the East Gallery features fiber art by Jean Ann Fausser. Weekdays, 8am-6pm; Weekends, 9am-4pm. 521-2020,

Sep 23-Oct 2 Dracula at OU Rupel J. Jones Theatre (563 Elm, Norman) is a play written by William McNulty. Rated PG-13. $22 adults, $14 students. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. 325-4101, productions/11-12.htm.

Sep 28-Oct 1 Klassy Kidz Consignment Event at New City Center (NW 5 & I-35, Moore). Wednesday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm. 413-1141,

Belle Isle.................5501 N Villa...........843-9601 Bethany................3510 N Mueller.........789-8363 Capitol Hill............ 334 SW 26th...........634-6308 Choctaw.................2525 Muzzy...........390-8418 Del City..................4509 SE 15th...........672-1377 Downtown.............300 Park Ave.......... 231-8650 Edmond............... 10 S Boulevard......... 341-9282 Midwest City......... 8143 E Reno........... 732-4828 Ralph Ellison....... 2000 NE 23rd...........424-1437 Southern Oaks....6900 S Walker.........631-4468 The Village........... 10307 N Penn.......... 755-0710 Warr Acres...........5901 NW 63rd...........721-2616 Harrah...............1930 N Church Ave.....454-2001 Jones.......................111 E Main............399-5471 Luther......................310 NE 3rd............ 277-9967 Nicoma Park...... 2240 Overholser........769-9452 Wright Library.... 2101 Exchange.........235-5035

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Sep 29-Oct 1 Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival at Cottonwood Flats in Guthrie features international & national bluegrass bands, children’s activities & workshops. 10am-10pm daily. 282-4446,

Sep 28-Oct 2 National Cavalry Competition at El Reno’s Fort Reno features a competition of cavalry units from all over the nation, riding competitions, saber accuracy & speed events. $8 per day. 262-3987,

Blanchard............... 300 N Main............ 485-2275 McLoud....................133 N Main............964-2960 Moore.................... 225 S Howard.......... 793-5100 Newcastle............. 705 NW Tenth.......... 387-5076 Noble........................204 N 5th..............872-5713 Norman.................225 N Webster......... 701-2600 Purcell.................... 919 N Ninth............ 527-5546 Shawnee............101 N Philadelphia......275-6353 Tecumseh............114 N Broadway........598-5955

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FREE Oklahoma Regatta Festival & Head of the Oklahoma Regatta on the Oklahoma River is a celebration of rowing, kayaking & dragon boating. Includes the USA Rowing World Challenge, OCU Head of the Oklahoma racing, OGE NightSprints & family festival with live music, art, children’s area & food. 552-4040,

Through September FREE Santa Clara Portraits: A Proud Tradition at the Red Earth Museum (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features pottery from the Santa Clara Pueblo & the photography of Neil Chapman. Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays by appointment only. 427-5228, www.

Sep 30-Oct 1 FREE Rock Island Arts Festival at the Rock Island Depot in Chickasha features fine art displays, live music & entertainment & various art activities. Kids activities include face painting, storytelling, crafts & inflatables. 320-3164, The Territorial Quilt Show at Logan County Fairgrounds in Guthrie features display of 150+ quilts, quilting demonstrations, concessions, door prizes, quilt raffle & vendors. 10am-5pm. For details, 396-8604,

Sep 30-Oct 2 Carson & Barnes Circus at Guthrie’s Lazy E Arena features performers from around the world plus elephants, camels, dogs & horses. $10 and up. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. 282-RIDE,

Sep 30-Oct 14 The Ugly Duckling presented by the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) is adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson story about a little duck who just doesn’t fit in. $9 adults, $6 children 2-12. Wednesdays & Fridays, 10-11am; Saturdays & Sundays, 2-3pm. 951-0011,

Through October 1 Pure Color at the Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum features an exhibit by the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists.

Through October 2 The Spectacular Colored Pencil at Science Museum Oklahoma features unique pieces of art by regional & local artists with a wide variety of styles & pieces.


Through October 16 Passages at the OKC Museum of Art presents an interactive, non-sectarian traveling exhibition that tells the dramatic story of the capturing, preservation, translation & new discoveries of the Bible. Tickets, $10 & up. For more information,

Through November 13 The Art of the Tool Exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma combines form with function by examining the tools that creative professionals use. FREE with paid museum admission.

Through November 20 The Bowie Knife: Icon of American Character at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum looks at the history, art & legacy of the Bowie Knife.

Through 2011 The Uncanny Adventures of Okie Cartoonists at the Oklahoma History Center explores how Oklahomans have played a major role in the evolution of comic books, comic strips & editorial cartoons. Oklahoma Driven: Cars Collectors & the Birth of the Oklahoma Highway Commission at the Oklahoma History Center spotlights the cars & roads that accelerated the shaping of the state.

Through January 8 Cowboys & Indians Revisited at Science Museum Oklahoma features artwork that focuses on the rich heritage of Oklahoma’s frontier & how the dynamic between cowboys & Indians forever changed the landscape of the state.

Through May 2012 Pickin’ & Grinnin’: Roy Clark, Hee Haw & Country Humor at the Oklahoma History Center celebrates Oklahoma’s ties to the beloved television show.

Through Sept 2012 The Return of Elegance at the Oklahoma History Center features 29 evening gowns worn by Oklahoma women at inaugural balls & other special occasions as well as footwear & handbags covering the period of 1912-1985.

FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District features over 60 artists in 17 galleries plus performers and vendors. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. 525-2688,

2-4 Oktoberfest at Choctaw’s Creek Park features homemade German food, genuine German beer & wine & continuous live entertainment for all ages, plus dance groups, crafts, & activities for children. 390-8647, Also held 9/7-10

3 • Saturday OU Football vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Time TBA. Other home games this month: 9/24. OSU Football vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Time TBA. www.okstate. com. Other home games this month: 9/8. FREE Loose Caboose Festival on Main St in Purcell features antiques, collectibles, crafts, art, live entertainment, children’s activities & food centering around an actual Santa Fe Railroad caboose. 9am4pm. 527-5214, FREE Gospel Concert at Inspiration Hill (880669 S 3330, Wellston) features The Pembertons, Jesse Turner & Nannette Vaughan. Love offering will be taken. 7pm. 356-4051.

3-5 FREE Arts Festival Oklahoma at Oklahoma City Community College features a wide variety of fine art, crafts, children’s activities, food & entertainment. Saturday-Sunday, 10am-9pm; Monday, 10am-5pm. 682-7576,

4 • Sunday FREE Fall Concert at Edmond’s Mitch Park, 6:30pm. 359-4630, Also held 9/11, 18 & 25.

5 • Monday FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm.

September Daily Events 6 • Tuesday FREE Quail Springs Mall Family Night includes entertainment, prizes & crafts. 5:30-7:30pm. 755-6530, 2 • Friday OKC Redhawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs baseball at the Bricktown Ballpark. $5 & up. 7:05pm. 218-1000, Other home games this month: 9/3-5. | September 2011

FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at Penn Square Mall’s Lego Store features a new model every month. Held the first Tuesday of the month, quantities limited. For ages 6-14. 5pm. 840-9993,

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (NW 16th between Classen & Penn) on the second Friday of each month includes art walk, local artists, live music & shopping. 7-11pm.

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FREE An Evening with Rob Lowe at the Civic Center Music Hall is part of Women’s Health Forum 2011 presented by INTEGRIS. Preregister. 7pm. 951-2277,

Esther Women Luncheon features speaker Kim Henry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (222 NW 15) creates meaningful dialogue & strengthens fellowship for Christian women as they navigate family, work & spiritual fulfillment. Held the first Wednesday of each month. Preregister. $150 for the year, $20 per individual program. 11:30am-1pm. 232-1371, www.

8 • Thursday FREE VSIFT (Village Something Interesting for Teens): Birdhouses at the Village Library invites teens to make birdhouses. Held the second Thursday of each month. Materials & snacks provided. Preregister. Marvin Hamlisch with the OKC Philharmonic at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond) features an evening of Gershwin songs. 7:30pm. 285-1010,

8-10 FREE 104th Annual Cleveland County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Norman includes animals, carnival rides, entertainment, petting zoo, tractor pulls, livestock shows & more.

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9-10 FREE OKC Storytelling Festival on the Arts Council Campus (400 W California Ave) features evening performances, a late-night session of ghost stories, professional workshops and family matinee. 270-4848. For more information, see page 10. FREE 35th Annual Western Days in downtown Mustang includes chili cook-off, carnival, open rodeo, parade, car show & pancake breakfast. 376-2758,

9-24 Women’s Health Forum 2011 at INTEGRIS features variety of health sessions & programs for all ages on health, exercise, nutrition & the medical breakthroughs. Preregister. 951-2277,

10 • Saturday Boy Scout Day at Frontier City invites Scouts, family & friends to purchase discount tickets to the park. Tickets are available online with promo code “SCOUTING.” 478-2140,

FREE Lecture: A Friday Evening with George at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art explores the significance of Georges Seurat. Offered in celebration of OU Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre’s production of Sunday in the Park with George. 6pm.

BIG (Believe In Girls) Weekend at the National Weather Center (120 David L Boren, Norman) workshops for girls in grades 6-12 and moms/guardian features keynote speaker, author Liz Funk & other sessions. Preregister. $25 per person. 528-GIRL,

Marc Heitz Movie Nitz at Marc Heitz Chevrolet (I-35 & Lindsey, Norman) screens Aliens in the Attic. Includes FREE popcorn. Bring blankets, lawn chairs or sit in the bleachers. Movies begin at dusk. 488-7971, kmcody@ Also held: 9/23, (Toy Story 3).

Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Tournament at Carl Albert High School (2009 S Post, Midwest City) is open to all students K-12 of all ability levels. $15 entry fee. 8am. 388-8416,

FREE UCO Asian Moon Festival at Plunkett Park in Edmond features food, a lantern contest & prizes. 6pm. 874-3588. FREE Art a la Carte at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art provides live music, short films & art activity in connection with Norman’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. 6-9pm. FREE Norman’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art is a monthly celebration of the arts connecting the downtown arts district with galleries, performance halls & Campus Corner. Trolley service between venues for minimal cost. 6-10pm. 360-1162,

FREE Septemberfest hosted by Governor Mary Fallin at the Governor’s Mansion (820 NE 23). explores Oklahoma's rich heritage & diversity, featuring crafts, music, storytelling, live entertainment & FREE Oklahoma History Center admission. 10am-4pm. 522-5248, FREE Packing Healthy, Waste-free Lunches workshop at Green Bambino (5113 N Shartel). 2pm. 848-2330, Rollin’ on the River Fundraiser hosted by the OKC Orchestra League benefits the OKC Philharmonic and includes a river cruise with light hors d’oeuvres, dinner & musical entertainment. $250 per ticket. 5:30pm. 8486787,

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FREE Cloth Diaper Basics Class at Green Bambino (5113 N Shartel). 9am. 848-2330, com. Also held 9/24. FREE Smart Start Central Oklahoma Early Bird Classes at Ceasar Chavez Elementary School focus on the development of early reading, math & social skills of children up to age 5 in order to prepare children for school. 10:30am & 1:30pm. 587-0422, www. Also held: Ridgeview Elementary 9/13, Linwood Elementary 9/17, Martin Luther King Elementary 9/20. FREE StoryTime with Grandma Susan at Uptown Kids (5840 N Classen) 10:30am. 418-8881, www. FREE College Preparation Series: Getting Financially Set for College at the Belle Isle Library invites teens & adults to join a discussion with the professionals about how to pay for college. 2-4pm. Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society Concert/Jam at the Oklahoma Country-Western Museum & Hall of Fame (3925 SE 29) features three professional bluegrass bands. $6, FREE ages 12 & under. 6:30pm. 677-7515, The OKC Musuem of Art hosts the Youth Arts Advocates Teen Night event, featuring art, food and music for $5 cover charge. 7-10pm. www.facebook. com/youthartsadvocates. See page 12 for more information. Sutton Concert Series: Oklahoma Chamber Players at OU Catlett Music Center (500 W Boyd, Norman) features School of Music faculty artists performing chamber music. $9 adults, $5 students/OU faculty & staff/seniors. 8-10pm. 325-4101,

10-11 Second Saturday & Sunday Too in Guthrie features retailers, artists, musicians & other special promotions held the 2nd Saturday & Sunday of the month. Tea Dance featuring the Al Good Orchestra at the R&R Event Center at the old Santa Fe Depot on Sunday.

11 • Sunday OK Bicycle Society Streak at Edmond’s Mitch Park benefits Helmet$ for Kids. 25 miles, 40 miles or 100 kilometers. $30 individual/first tandem rider, $10 children 12-18/second tandem rider. 7:30am. www. FREE Second Sunday Concert at the Downtown Library features pianist Jeongwon Ham. 2-3pm, doors open at 1:30pm. FREE Take a Labyrinth Walk at the Belle Isle Library invites patrons to experience a walk through a butterfly shaped labyrinth, as a pathway to peace, tolerance, understanding, healing & wellness. 2-4pm. The music ministry of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma


City presents the musical “Shelter,” FREE, 10:30am. 1201 N Robinson, 405-232-4255, FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series features the music of Mike Hosty Duo at Norman’s Lions Park. 7:309:30pm. 307-9320,

12 • Monday Sutton Artist Series at OU Catlett Music Center (500 W Boyd, Norman) features OKC Philharmonic bassoonist Carl Rath, in recital. $9 adults, $5 students/ OU faculty & staff/seniors. 8-10pm. 325-4101, www.

13 • Tuesday Storytime Science at the Science Museum Oklahoma invites guests to join the museum’s performerpuppeteer extraordinaire for storytelling at its finest. FREE with paid admission. 10:30am & 2:30pm. FREE Gallery Talk: Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art leads visitors on a tour of the museum’s permanent collection, reinstalled in June. 2-3pm.


Burst of Bubbles at the Mustang Town Center Gazebo (1201 N Mustang) invites children 6 & under to create as many bubbles as possible using wands & bubble toys. $3 per child, includes snack. 10:3011:30am. 376-3411. FREE Third Friday Celtic Night at Sonder Music (225 E Gray, Norman) invites the public to join in the jam of traditional Celtic tunes. Held every third Friday of the month. 8-10pm. 474-9734, Pride and Passion: An Operatic Evening at Rose State Performing Arts Center features opera arias & duets with piano accompaniment & commentary. 8pm. 297-2264,

16-17 Invertebrate Fossil Dig at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History invites adults to an informative talk on Friday & a fossil dig field trip on Saturday. Preregister. $55 members, $65 nonmembers. Friday, 7-8:30pm; Saturday, 10am-3pm.

16-18 Western Fall Fest in Duncan is a tribute to the Chisholm Trail & the cowboy way of life. 580-252-6692,

Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan at the Civic Center Music Hall. 800-869-1451, www. See page 35 to learn more.

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15 • Thursday

Girl Scout Fun Day & Recruitment at Frontier City invites Scouts to enjoy a fun filled day in the park & earn a patch. 528-4475,

Visit www. fall-fun today for our big listing of fall fun events, pumpkin patches & more!

15-20 Disney on Ice presents Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 at the 2011 Oklahoma State Fair features memorable moments from the Toy Story franchise. $14 & up. Showtimes vary. 800-511-1552, See page 35 for more information.

15-25 Oklahoma State Fair at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds features a carnival, midway rides & games, 5 exhibit buildings, PRCA Rodeo, concerts, arts & livestock competitions. 948-6700,

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FREE Louisa May Alcott Festival at the Noble Public Library celebrates the life & times of Louisa May Alcott. 9am-5pm. 8th Annual Amanda Westermier Memorial Youth & Family Rodeo at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. 10am. 282-RIDE, FREE All In Order at the Norman Public Library, 10am-noon, features a workshop on the 7 steps to successful organization with author, teacher and retired professional organizer Charlotte Hayes. American Diabetes Walk at the Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) benefits the American Diabetes Association. Preregister. 8-10am. 888-DIABETES, Shamrockin' 5K & One-Mile Fun Run/Walk sponsored at Villa Teresa School (1216 Classen) benefits Villa Teresa School. $10 Fun Run/Walk registration, $25 advance $35 race day. 8am. 232-4286, All About Baby Class at INTEGRIS Children’s Place (5600 Independence) focuses on developmental milestones, sleep patterns & problems & ask a doc. Childcare available by registration only. 951-2277,

FREE INTEGRIS Men’s Health University at INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma offers FREE health and wellness checkups, cancer screenings, tailgate party lunch, door prizes & giveaways. Appointments required for cancer screenings. 9am12pm. 951-2277, Scout Workshop: Geography at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History includes general admission for scout & 1 adult per 5 scouts. Preregister. $10 per scout. 10am (Cub Scouts) & 11:30am (Webelos). FREE Spaghetti Eddie at Uptown Kids (5840 N Classen) features musician kid-friendly musician Brendan Parker. 10:30am. 418-8881, www. Tombstone Tales at El Reno’s Fort Reno is a walk-thru tour of the cemetery in groups to hear re-enactors telling 5 minute stories of varied "residents" and history camps. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children. 11am & 2pm. 262-3987, FREE Cat in the Hat Storytime at Barnes & Noble (540 Ed Noble, Norman) is a special Dr. Seuss story time with an appearance by the Cat in the Hat. 2pm. 579-8800, Olympia Dukakis in “Rose” at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre (100 N University, Edmond) is a portrait of an 80-year-old Jewish woman who survives everything from Warsaw to today’s Miami Beach. 7:30pm. 974-3375,

17-18 26th Annual Bike MS Oklahoma runs along Route 66 from Tulsa to OKC over two days to benefit the National MS Society, Oklahoma. Volunteers needed. $50. 918488-0882, www.bikemsokorg.

18 • Sunday FREE Block Party at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise, Edmond) features complimentary playground & face-painting. Jewelry workshops available for small fee. 1-5pm. 340-7584, www.

20 • Tuesday FREE Spaghetti Eddie-Tell Me A Story at the Capitol Hill Library features musician Brendan Parker entertaining toddlers & parents. 9:30-10:15am. Tiny Tuesdays at the OKC Museum of Art invites families for a come & go, open-ended art making activity geared towards children ages 2-5 with a parent or caregiver. FREE with paid admission. 10am-noon. Tuesdays at Sundown: Native American Religion in Oklahoma at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Members FREE, non-members $5. 6:30-8pm.

21 • Wednesday The Health Benefits of Chocolate: High Tea at the OKC Museum of Art Museum Café features speaker Dr. Caroline Merrit, & includes choice of tea, assorted tea sandwiches, bittersweet chocolate truffles & other tasty treats. $20. 2pm. 951-2277, A Taste of Art at [Artspace] at Untitled features a hands-on cooking lesson with Iguana Mexican Grill chef Ryan Parrott followed by dinner. 6pm, $75, space is limited. 591-9995,

22 • Thursday Uptown Kids & Prevent Blindness OK Blank Canvas Art Auction at Uptown Kids (5840 N Classen) is a fundraising event to raise awareness. 6:30-9pm. 418-8881,

22-24 Twice As Nice Consignment Sale at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman includes new & gently used women’s, men’s & junior’s clothing as well as shoes & accessories. Thursday-Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-5pm. 651-0282, www.

23 • Friday Living the Good Life presented by INTEGRIS at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club (7000 NW Grand, Nichols Hills) includes continental breakfast, programs, lunch, fashion show & live music. Preregister. $40. 9am-2pm. 951-2277, ZooFriends Family Fun Night at the OKC Zoo invites members to enjoy a late night at the zoo. $5 off of new memberships & membership renewals available during the event. FREE for members, guests of members pay general admission. 5-8pm. Aim for Charity Clay Shoot at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports benefitting Edmond Family Counseling. $125 individual, special pricing for teams of 2, 4 & 5. 3413554,

23-24 Rodeo Historical Society Weekend at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum pays tribute to rodeo’s greatest legends with a benefit auction & gala. Advance reservations required. 2011 Xtreme Bulls Tour at Oklahoma State Fair Arena followed by a performance by country music stars Easton Corbin Friday & The Oak Ridge Boys on Saturday. 7:30pm.

23-25 Day Out with Thomas at the OK Railway Museum invites all Thomas the Tank Engine fans to spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine. Includes music, art, activities & train rides. 424-8222, www. Also held 9/30-10/2. September 2011 |


24 • Saturday Fall Cheer Fest at Frontier City invites participants to show off their cheerleading skills. 618-530-7948. Visit for registration and more details. OK Heritage Quilts & Arts Festival in Paul’s Valley showcases the talents of local artists, crafters & performers. 238-2555, Fall Season Begins at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) offers special fall activities including a hayride, pumpkin patch & giant corn maze. FREE pumpkin with admission. 799-FARM, FREE Smithsonian Magazine’s 7th Annual Museum Day offers FREE admission to various museums with a downloadable ticket available online. www.smithsonian. com/museumday. Airport Community Day at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport features Young Eagles flights for children ages 8+ with signed release. 8am-3pm. FREE City Arts Center Presents: Your Life in History workshop for adults at the Belle Isle Library, 9:30am-12:30pm. Learn how to take your life stories and craft a compelling memoir. (limited class size) Junk in the Trunk at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang) invites the public to bring treasures to a giant yard sale. All items must be in a trunk or vehicle or neatly in the parking spot. $10 per booth/parking space. 8am-1pm. 376-3411. 4th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk & Silent Auction at All Saints Catholic School (4001 36 NW, Norman) directly benefits community programs such as food pantries, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training, clothing, care for the elderly & youth outreach. 9am. 706-7069. 4th Annual Hogs 4 Hounds Motorcycle Run at Ray

Trent Park in Del City includes vendors, poker run, music, & games & benefits Red Dirt Boxer Rescue. $15 single rider, $25 two riders (tandem). 9am-3pm. 4454029, Volunteer Orientation at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History provides information and training for those wishing to become museum docents. 10am-noon. FREE Krazy Kids Dog Show at Shannon Miller Park in Edmond invites kids ages 4-12 to bring the family dog to a community dog show. 11:30am-2pm. 3594630, Fight Back-Women’s Self Defense at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center (5520 N Independence) teaches basic self-defense skills. $25 members, $35 nonmembers. 3pm. 949-3891, pacer.

27 • Tuesday FREE Gallery Talk: Robert Rauschenberg: Prints from Universal Limited Art Editions 1962-2008 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art offers a walking tour of the new exhibition of Rauschenberg works. 2pm. Sutton Concert Series: OU Symphony Orchestra at OU Catlett Music Center (500 W Boyd, Norman) presents the first Symphony Orchestra concert of the season. $9 adults, $5 students/OU faculty & staff/ seniors. 8pm. 325-4101,

28 • Wednesday FREE Lullaby & Goodnight at the Ralph Ellison Library discusses sleep challenges, why children sometimes fight bedtime, weaning from a bedtime bottle & the advantages of reading to your child at bedtime. Preregister. 3:30-5pm.

Family Fun Night at KickingBird Golf Club (1600 E Danforth, Edmond) invites families to play 9-holes including special junior tees, FREE putting course, $2 range tokens, food & beverage discounts. $6 green fees, $6 cart. 5pm. 341-5350,

Award-Winning Jazz Musician Pat Metheny at the UCO Jazz Lab (100 E 5, Edmond). $65. 7pm & 10pm. 340-8552,

FREE Movie in the Park at Wild Horse Park in Mustang. 7pm. 376-3411.

29 • Thursday

FREE MidSummer Fairy Ball in the Paseo Arts District (Dewey & 28th) features a creative evening of make believe, music & dance. Children are encouraged to dress as a character from an enchanted garden. 7:30-9:30. Grand Opening Night presented by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall features violinist James Ehnes. 8pm. 232-7575, www.

24-25 FREE Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Expo at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie features hands-on, interactive exhibits, seminars, clinics, workshops & demonstrations centering on wildlife & other outdoor life activities. 522-6279, See page 35 for more information.

25 • Sunday FREE Family Day at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art invites guests to explore the museum’s permanent collection & temporary exhibitions & enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities for the entire family. FREE admission. 1-4pm. 325-3272, Oklahoma Tennis Classic at the Cox Convention Center benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters features tennis stars Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, John Roddick & David Martin. Tickets $39 & up. 6pm.

Sharon Isbin’s Journey to the Amazon with Paul Winter & Thiago de Mello at Rose State Performing Arts Center features Grammy Award-winning guitarist. 8pm. 297-2264,

30 • Friday FREE Art After Hours at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features a 45-minute talk, Absurdity, Humor & the Attack on Tradition: Arman & Yasumasa Morimura. 6-7pm. ZooBrew at the OKC Zoo benefits the Patricia & Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum & features beer-tasting of over 30 beers provided by local breweries & distributors. Includes beer, live music & $3 meal deals. $30 ZooFriends members, $35 non-members, $10 designated drivers. Pre-Brew, 5:30-6:30pm; ZooBrew, 6:30-9pm. 425-0612, FREE Film: Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg (2007) at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features an assembly of 10 films reconstructing the artist’s original work. 7pm. Broadway Ball at the Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) benefitting Lyric Theatre includes dinner, live & silent auctions, raffle & entertainment. $200. 7pm. 524-9310, Sunset Stampede at Express Event Center (8512 NW Expressway) benefitting Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center includes dinner catered by Earl’s Rib Palace, silent auction, live auction & entertainment. Preregister. 7-11pm. 651-2324,

For all of the events during the month and beyond, visit www. New events are added daily!

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OCTOBER Events Oct 1-Jan 8, 2012 Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs exhibit at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History digs into the nature & history of dogs.

October 1 Queen for a Day at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City celebrates single mothers. $125 sponsorship per attendee. 917-1817, www. See page 14 for more information. Baby Bazaar at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang, Mustang) invites the public to buy & sell new & gently used items for babies or children. FREE to attend, $10 per 10'x10' booth. 9am-noon. 376-3411. FREE Saturdays for Kids: Button Indian Corn at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum invites children to create a colorful Indian corn craft using multi-colored buttons. FREE admission for child & 1 adult. 10am-noon. FREE Global Oklahoma—A Festival of Cultures at Rose State College promotes the appreciation of the peoples of the world through exhibits, entertainment, food, school displays, arts & children's activities. This year’s festival focuses on Brazil. 10am-5pm 736-0313, Military Appreciation Day at Orr Family farm offers a 20% discount on admission for military personnel & their families with a valid military ID. 10am-9pm. 799FARM, Fiestas de las Americas 2011 in OKC (SW 25th & Robinson) is a multicultural celebration that includes a parade, entertainment, music, shopping, children's activities & food vendors. 10am-9pm. 606-8792. FREE 2011 Plaza District Festival in OKC’s Plaza District (1700 Block NW 16) features live music, artist booths, kids’ art activities & a variety of local concessions. 12-10pm. See page 35 for more information.. FREE Gospel Concert at Inspiration Hill (880669 S 3330, Wellston) features The Downing Family, Jenny Engel & David Real. Love offering will be taken. 7pm. 356-4051.

October 1-2 FREE Annual Guthrie Art & Wine Festival features live music, art, local wines, fine arts, visual arts, drama, music & interactive exhibits for children. 260-2345,

October 2

children’s activities, face painting and bicycle-related activities, FREE. Noon-5pm, 900 N Broadway, OKC. 232-4040, FREE Woofstock at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History includes outdoor demonstrations for visitors & their dogs, Puppy Play Area, dog-themed crafts, story times, auditorium shows & on-site adoption center with dogs for interested visitors run by Second Chance Animal Sanctuary Inc. FREE museum admission. 1-5pm. Bonham Review Bluegass Band at the Downtown Library, 2-3pm, features a mix of traditional bluegrass, country and original with a touch of humor in this all ages performance. OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series: Pirates on the High Seas presented by the OKC Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall features pirate-themed music for ages 4-13. Pre-concert activities begin at 1pm including an Instrument Playground & Conductor’s Corner. 2pm. 297-2264,

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Taste of Bricktown at the Bricktown Ballpark includes food, drinks, live music, and family entertainment including Rumble and the Thunder Girls, Cooper & Ruby from the RedHawks, Derek & the Ice Girls from the OKC Barons & more. $20 in advance, $30 at the door, children 12 & under FREE. 3-6pm. www. FREE Fall Concert at Mitch Park in Edmond, 6:30pm. 359-4630, Also held 10/9, 16, 23 & 30.

October 3 FREE Admission to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm 13th Annual YMCA Golf Classic at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club (3501 Quail Creek) benefits the YMCA. Shotgun Start, Net, Best-Ball format. 1pm. 297-7771,

October 8 FREE Comedic Combat at the Downtown Library features staged combat scenes from Shakespeare performed by the Reduxion Theatre, to describe and discover the secret of ”safe violence” on stage, focusing on the silly and slap-stick appropriate for younger audiences. 11am-noon.

October 15 The 2011 Walk for Life held at Edmond’s Mitch Park includes 2-mile walk and 5K fun run benefitting Crossroads Clinic crisis pregnancy center. 8:30am12:30pm, to register or learn more.

FREE Schlegel Bicycles’ 4th Annual SchlegelFest features food from local restaurants for purchase,

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Reagan M., age 6, of Edmond with feathered friends at the OKC Zoo.

Joshua D., age 6 and Maysa D., age 2, of Tuttle on their pony Susie.

We love our pets! In August, our readers submitted photos of their kids having fun with their favorite furry or feathered pet. View all submissions at september-2011-photos.

Jessica C., age 14, of Norman with her pet Bantam rooster, Houdini.

Aubree S., age 2, of Purcell with her dog McGruff.

Conner C., age 11, of Edmond with his dog Payton.

Ava F., age 6, of Edmond takes a dip with her dog Tia.

We’d love to see your kids in their scary or not-so-scary costumes for possible inclusion in our October issue. Send us your best Halloween photos from years past by Tuesday, September 20. Guidelines and a form to submit your photos can be found at

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Science Museum Oklahoma

2100 NE 52nd St, OKC rg 405-602-6664 – sciencemuseumok.o ticket. Good for up to 4 people. $2 off any general admission Code: 700-038 Does not include dome theater. MFMKidsPass2011 Expires 4/30/12 offers. Not to be combined with other

thru 04/12 or the end entity’s


Good thru 04/12*


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MetroFamily Magazine September 2011  

MetroFamily's September 2011 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.