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July 2011

Special Needs Family Issue

healing powers of creativity:

The Meet “Real Mom� and special needs advocate, Dolores Collins

PLUS: Over 150 ideas for summer fun!

how art & music therapies help those with special needs

Celebrat ing a New Arrival

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Kids bored yet? Check out our handy Summer Survival Guide that provides you with free, low-cost, or inexpensive events and activities to enjoy in the metro, as well as ideas for places to visit, art projects, crafts and more. There’s a new idea featured every day through Labor Day so visit every day (and check the archives) to have even more summer fun with your family!

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Special Needs Issue


July 2011 35 Calendar

Dozens of events and activities for family fun and enrichment

Creative Solutions


Dear MetroFamily Editor’s Note

32 Exploring Oklahoma

Kids with special needs experience success with art & music therapy.

Bartlesville offers something for all ages

26 Family Finances

Your credit score and what it means for your future


Family Shorts

Community news and parenting resources

22 Focus on Education


Sensory Processing Disorder: What it means and how to find help.

The impact of “Great Expectations” in the classroom

24 Oklahoma Reads

Book reviews for all ages and interests

46 Photo Gallery

Our readers share photos of their favorite birthday party memories


Start your summer adventure here with our funpacked calendar!

On the cover: Dolores Collins of Moore shown with daughters LaKaya (age 16) and Jasmine (age 12). Read about Dolores and her roles as mom and special needs advocate on page 20. PHOTO BY Randy Coleman Photography, OKC •

20 Real Moms of the Metro

Dolores Collins, mom of two and special needs advocate

30 Your Healthy Family

Helping your baby avoid diaper rash (and how to deal with it if it does occur)

July 2011 |


Dear MetroFamily readers, The last month has had its share of ups and downs. We took a family trip to Wisconsin for my dad’s memorial, and what an amazing time that was. Our family and a few special faces from my dad’s past gathered to celebrate the best parts of him. I am so blessed to have been a part of it. I wore black cowboy boots with my dress in honor of my dad. My mom is burying a box of mementos in his honor, including a four leaf clover (shown at left) that I've carried since I found it. I found two at the time, just after his cancer diagnosis; one I kept and one he kept. I now carry his clover with me in my wallet. This crazy hot pre-summer time has kept this cold-weather loving mama in the house! When we do venture out, it’s been in search of a refreshing treat such as ice cream or cold water—as you can cleary see in the photos on the bottom left!

Info And Questions: 405-601-2081 To submit events to our calendar Publisher Sarah L. Taylor Editor Mari M. Farthing Art Director Mitzi Massie Advertising Sales Athena Delce Dana Price Amy Lou Tuzicka Office and Distribution Manager Kathy Alberty Assistant Editor Brooke Barnett

This issue features an inspiring profile of our cover model, Dolores Collins, who I know you will all enjoy meeting through these pages. We also are including resources on thriving with special needs children through art and music therapy.

Business Development Kathryne Taylor

And of course, our calendar is full of fun, family (and often free!) activities to check out.

Special Projects Assistant Terri Fields

So embrace the heat and enjoy your summer! Until next month! Cheers!

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

Calendar Editor Sara Riester

Contributing Writers Brooke Barnett, Janine Boldrin, Julie Dill, Shannon Fields, Karen Mitchell, Sue Lynn Sasser Circulation 35,000 – OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, Yukon Also available as a digital edition at

Articles and advertisements in MetroFamily do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine or Inprint Publishing, Inc. We do not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. The acceptance of advertising by MetroFamily does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature.

MetroFamily Magazine is published monthly by Inprint Publishing, Inc. 725 NW 11th, Suite 204 • Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Fax: (405) 445-7509 E-mail: ©Inprint Publishing, Inc. 2011, All Rights Reserved. Volume 14, Number 7

Photos, from top: My family enjoying a chilly afternoon on Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee skyline behind us; the fourleaf clover in honor of my dad; Lauren beats the heat with ice cream; Spencer beats the heat under the sprinkler.

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Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Julie Dill, Mari Farthing

Season of Service: Oklahoma Children and Hunger

This is a story of two Oklahoma children.

Jerry is seven years old and recently finished second grade. His favorite subject is spelling, and he’s pretty good at it. But when Jerry doesn’t get enough to eat, it’s hard for him to concentrate on spelling—or any subject, for that matter. His parents work hourly jobs and their incomes just aren’t enough to provide for him and his three siblings all the time. Often, there isn’t enough food for all six of them. Fortunately, one of the Season of Service partners—the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma—makes it possible for Jerry to participate in Food for Kids. This program provides chronically-hungry children with backpacks full of nutritious food to last through the weekend. “I just eat a little bit every day,” says Jerry. He quickly adds that he shares some of the backpack’s contents with his whole family so that everyone gets enough to eat. Kyle is a nine-year-old boy who participates in the Boys & Girls Club’s Summer Feeding Program. The director noticed that not only was Kyle excited to participate, but that he quickly gobbled down his food. One day the director saw the boy sneak a few pieces of bread into his backpack. When asked why he took the bread, Kyle explained that he had a four year old brother at home who was also hungry, but too young for the Boys & Girls Club. The director was delighted to send home an extra meal for the younger brother. Children like Jerry and Kyle are your neighbors, living in all ares of the metro. In fact, one in five children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger. How can you help? Visit the Season of Service Campaign website ( for a list of ideas about how your family can help. This month’s action items include: • Volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. • Organize a food drive or a baby formula drive.

Question of the Month The Oklahoma City Public School system has adopted a year-round school calendar, a change that could possibly come to all Oklahoma school districts. Are you for or against year-round school for your child? Visit to answer this question and enter your name in our monthly prize package drawing, valued at over $500. Deadline to enter is Thursday, July 21. 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.

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What Won’t Your Kids Eat? It seems like every kid has one—an unusual food aversion, a distaste for a widely-loved dish or a gagreflex reaction to otherwise innocuous entrée. In our office, we discovered some uncommon and downright amusing food dislikes in our own children (or in ourselves when we were young!) and we became curious about what food items your kids just flat-out refuse to eat.

Total responses: 122 ■ 10.8% Hamburgers / Red Meat ■ 9.7% French Fries / Potatoes ■ 9% Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches ■ 68.1% Other Foods: answers included corn, cookies, cotton candy, ketchup/ mustard, pasta, green beans, ice cream, onions, eggs, chicken, hot dogs / corndogs, seafood, bananas, beans, carrots, watermelon, pizza, spaghetti, peaches, and more. % ■ 2.4 My Kids Will Eat Anything

Our June Question of the Month asked you to share the foods that your kids don’t like and we found that no food group is immune. The top two most common answers would make fastfood restaurants sad with hamburgers coming out as the most disliked food (nearly 11%), and french fries or potatoes coming in a close second (nearly 10%). The peanut butter & jelly sandwich was a surprise as the third most common response, with 9% of your kids not enjoying this traditionally kid-friendly choice. The other 68% of responses truly ran the gamut of foods, with everything from corn dogs, eggs, pizza, ice cream, cheese pasta, bananas, seafood and spaghetti making an appearance. On the other hand, just over 2% of readers report that your children will eat practically anything. Here are some of the stories that our readers shared about their children’s dislikes: Traci S. of Edmond thinks her sons aversion to cheese slices might make him a little square: “My ‘mature’ sixteen year old son will not eat square cheese! What is the deal with that?!?” Seafood is a touchy subject for Sheila P. of Del City’s family. “My boys won’t eat shrimp unless it is fried! They have tried it other ways and both about gagged when they did, so now we only eat fried.” Corn is a no-go for Staci F. of Oklahoma City. “My daughter refuses to eat corn. She says they're pirate teeth!” Kyra H. of Yukon doesn’t have to worry about her child sneaking cookies when she isn’t looking. “My daughter doesn't like cookies of any kind. She doesn't even like KitKat candy bars because she thinks they have cookies in them. She is the only kid I know that doesn't like cookies.” Potatoes are not popular with Katie S. of Yukon’s kids. “My girls are not too fond of French fries, will pass on the mashed potatoes, and refuse to touch potatoes baked or cut up. The only ones they’ll eat are the frozen smiley faces!” Visit to see more about the foods that your kids just don’t care for. Happy eating!

Having sensitivity means that you are perceptive to the needs of others, which leads to greater understanding in all aspects of life. Being sensitive also means you’re aware that the irritating behavior of others may be a sign of an unmet need.

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To promote sensitivity in your home: • Be alert to expressions of hurt, guilt and ~ Anonymous disloyalty in your children. • Understand when a family member needs a word of encouragement and praise. • Be aware that harsh words may deeply hurt others. Encourage sensitivity in your home by committing to the following statements. Say these “I will” statements aloud with your children, and encourage them to apply them to situations in their everyday life.

Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Sigh. I’m bored.


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For your toddler or young preschooler, fun art activities can help increase fine motor skills and teach dexterity that will later help her learn to hold a pencil, tie her shoe and write letters. In addition to nurturing creativity, these activities will allow her to experience the fun of painting (without the mess!) and help increase her confidence in manipulating objects.

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Everyday Play: Marble Painting and No-Mess Finger Painting


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Marble Painting develops your child’s bilateral hand skills by encouraging her to use two hands together. You’ll need: •

a small box without a lid or a round 9" pan, • marbles of various sizes Five year old Murphy Barnett with her Marble • paper Painting creation. • paint • spoon After lining the bottom of the pan with paper, show your child how to dip a marble in paint using the spoon and then place it inside the box or pan. Using two hands, have your child manipulate the pan to paint an interesting pattern with the marble. Experiment with different-sized marbles and encourage her to maneuver the pan to make circles on the paper. No-Mess Finger Painting develops your child’s finger isolation and helps her to learn to make lines and simple shapes. You’ll need: • resealable plastic freezer bags • finger paints of various colors Help you child choose a color and pour it into a plastic freezer bag. Remove any excess air and seal the bag securely. Place the bag flat on the floor and have your child use her index finger to make lines and draw shapes in the paint. For more fun, squirt two different colors of paint into the bag and encourage your child to mix the paint together to discover new colors. And most importantly, have fun painting together! 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.

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Taming Tantrums at the Checkout Line

Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Janine Boldrin

According to Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorders affects one in every 110 children. There is no known cause for autism, and symptoms, which range from mild to severe, may include: • Difficulty engaging socially with others and a lessened ability to read social cues (such as facial expressions). • Delays in language or academic development. • Fixated or repetitive movements or actions. Some with autism may also exhibit medical issues such as seizure disorders, gastrointestinal problems and sleep issues. There is no “standard” that defines autism, and autism advocates will remind you that “if you’ve seen one person with autism then you’ve seen one person with autism.” An autism diagnosis can be scary, but plentiful resources exist that can help to arm you with information. The Autism Speaks website (www. is a great place to begin your search for information. Books are another great resource and the following titles may help make the disorder more manageable: •

Freedom From Meltdowns provides advice for parents on getting through what can be the biggest challenge of having an autistic child—the meltdowns and tantrums. Includes ideas for trigger avoidance and health issues that could trigger behavior problems. (For parents; Brookes Publishing, soft cover, $25). Point to Happy: A Book for Children on the Autism Spectrum comes with a pointer that can be used as a tool to help autistic children to understand facial expressions. (For ages 4-8; Workman Publishing, hardcover, $20). Sometimes, having a child with autism can be overwhelming. It may feel like you can’t enjoy the regular things that others take for granted. Coloring Outside Autism’s Lines is a book the whole family can enjoy, with activities to engage everyone in the family. (Source Books, softcover, $15)

Even the shortest line can seem never ending when you have a cranky kid. Especially if they are too big to sit in the cart! Here are some tricks to keep tantrums and candy grabbing at a minimum: •

• • •

Play “puppets” with an item from your cart. Make up a funny conversation with your child about what their new friend can do when they come to your house. Spot things around you that are a certain color or shape. Or let your child pick things for you to spot. Have them keep one hand on the cart while they play so they don’t run toward the object. Sing a familiar song but have your child fill in the blanks instead of singing the whole song. It will keep them listening. Think: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little _____. How I wonder _____. Pretend to be a chef by asking them what they would make with the things in the cart. Or ask them to tell you how they would make their favorite meal. Do a little “Simon Says.” Point to your ear! Stand on one leg! Wiggle your nose! Keep the game limited to things they can do while holding your hand or the cart. Count the items as you unload them onto the conveyor. If they can only count up to a certain number, start over again when you reach their limit.

Summer Travel Safety Tips from AAA

According to studies by San Francisco State University, the inside temperature of a car can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Injury or death can occur if children and pets are left in a hot car. Parents should remember that a car can be an inviting place for a child to play, making it imperative to ensure your car is locked when not in use. Pet owners should also realize the danger of leaving their pet in a hot car. Cracking a window or parking your car in the shade is not enough. Before traveling with your pet, think about where you are going and if you will be making any stops or consider leaving your pet at home. Here are some safety tips from The American Automobile Association (AAA) to keep in mind as you travel this summer: • • • • •

Never leave a child unattended in a car, even for a minute, and even if the windows are tinted or down. The same recommendations apply to pets and the elderly. Never leave car keys where children have access to them. Keep doors locked and windows closed at all times, even when the vehicle is in the garage or on a driveway. Make sure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination. Be certain no one is inadvertently left behind. When you first place a child in a car seat in the back seat of the car, also open the glove compartment door, flip down the passenger side visor or put a purse in the back seat. These actions can serve as visual reminders that a child is in the back seat. If you see a child alone in a locked, parked car, immediately call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

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Deer Creek School District to Help with Independent Living

The Harvey family – Will, Diane, Lauren, Mark and Zach.

Deer Creek has announced a plan to help train special needs students in making the important transition into adult, independent living. The “Transition House” will serve students with various needs and will allow them to engage in multiple simulated everyday experiences, such as meal preparation, laundry, good hygiene and money management. The simulated training will help students become active and vital members of the Deer Creek community. The district has partnered with Renaissance Architects and Engineers and Flintco for the proposed design and construction of the project. Deer Creek continues to look for other community leaders, groups or organizations willing to support the project. Ways the community can help: • Opening student employment opportunities. • Training and skill development through experienced learning. • Donating time, energy or financial resources. • Sharing this information with others. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Dr. James L. Rose, Special Services Director at 405-348-6100, extension 1159.

Stuttering Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

“Stuttering is a very individualized problem,” says Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “Some children may actually stutter more during the summer because their structure and routine have been taken away.” Lisa Scott, Ph.D., of Florida State University cautions that a break from speech therapy during the summer months may hamper a child’s progress toward more fluent speech. And for the child not yet in therapy, summer may be a perfect time to begin. In either case, families with children who stutter must learn how to best modify their summer plans to promote more fluent speech. Scott reminds parents that summer vacation is not necessarily stressfree. “Parents can work on making a child’s activities as stress-free as possible,” Scott said. “Be in tune to what conditions stress your child and change those which could result in more stuttering.” The Stuttering Foundation offers these tips for parents to help a child who stutters: 1.



Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any criticism or advice.

Reduce the number of questions you ask your child. Children speak more freely if they are expressing their own ideas rather than answering an adult's questions. Simply comment on what your child has said, thereby letting him know you heard him. Use your facial expressions and other body language to convey to your child that you are listening to the content of her message and not to how she’s talking.

The Foundation offers free streaming videos, books, downloadable brochures and a worldwide referral list at Help for parents is also available by calling 800-992-9392.

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Tennis Eases Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis for Local Children

Siblings Lauren and Will Harvey are just like any other kids—they attend school, have a group of friends and enjoy hobbies. But when it comes to many common things, such as eating three meals a day and even breathing, the Harveys are quite different.

Lauren and Will were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) as infants. CF is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Approximately 30,000 people in the United States are impacted by CF. A defective gene and its protein cause the body to create unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. Mucus-producing cells also line the stomach and pancreas, clogging passageways and making food digestion difficult. In the past, physical activity was considered dangerous for people with CF. Current research, however, has found that cardiovascular activities are beneficial to the overall health of CF patients. The movements involved in tennis, for example, act as a natural chest physiotherapy and help break up mucus in the lungs to allow easier breathing. It also stimulates coughing to clear airways and improves health by lowering blood pressure and strengthening the heart. In addition to daily medications and breathing treatments, the Harvey children find relief from their symptoms by playing tennis several times each week at The Greens Country Club. The Harveys say the sport provides physical benefits for 11-year-old Lauren and 15-year-old Will, as well as the emotional and mental well-being that comes from feeling like normal children. Dr. Mark Harvey said it feels great to be able to see his children participate in activities like tennis when, historically, kids with CF didn’t live long enough to even attend school. Another promising development is that Lauren and Will currently both have normal lung function, which Dr. Harvey credits to the breathing treatments and medications that allow the children to stay physically active. In conjunction with the Harvey family, The Greens hosts an annual tennis tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation each April. The Greens’ CF tournaments have raised more than $35,000 over the past four years, and participation has more than doubled since the first event. While no cure has been found yet for CF, medical advances have extended and enhanced the lives of CF patients. “For us, the great part is that we can do something to try to prevent the progression of cystic fibrosis,” Dr. Harvey said. “Every day we delay it, it gets us one day closer to the hope on an effective treatment or cure.” For more information about CF, visit To learn more about annual tennis tournament, call 405-751-6266 or visit www.





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Firehouse Favorites: 100 Recipes to Heat Up Your Kitchen and Warm Your Heart Fox 25, The Children’s Center and Impressions Printing have teamed together to produce Firehouse Favorites: 100 Recipes to Heat Up Your Kitchen and Warm Your Heart, a special cookbook in support of The Children’s Center in Bethany. The Children’s Center is a private, non-profit hospital serving children with complex medical and physical disabilities. Each year, the Center assists more than 1,000 children in need of long-term, rehabilitative care with a wide range of medical care and therapies. The Center also provides families with counseling, training and assistance with planning for their special needs or injured child. Jeff George with one of the children he volunteers with at the Children’s Center.

Fox 25 Chief Meteorologist Jeff George is a volunteer at the Children’s Center and regularly features the recipes of Oklahoma firefighters in a weekly cooking segment called “Firehouse Favorites” on the morning news. “After working closely with

firefighters on a weekly basis, it was easy to realize the common principle they [share with the Children’s Center]—helping people when they need help the most,” George explains. The cookbook features original recipes submitted by firefighters from across the state, artwork from children at The Children’s Center and recipes from the Center’s staff. The cookbook is available to purchase for $20 and features 100 recipes including breakfast favorites, appetizers and desserts. Books are available at three participating Buy 4 Less stores in the Oklahoma City metro area (Portland & NW Expressway, NW 25th and Penn, and 15th and Post Road in Midwest City), or by sending check or money order (payable to The Children’s Center, please add $5 for shipping) to 6800 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008 or in person at The Children’s Center or FOX 25. For more information about Firehouse Favorites, please visit

Homeschooling Mom Finds Help Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center For Dyslexia From Software Therapeutic riding can be both physically and psychologically beneficial for children faced

A mother of three, Carol Burdock was desperate to find educational success for her children. Her son, John, was diagnosed with dyslexia and was having learning difficulties in a regular public school setting. “It breaks your heart as a parent to see your child struggle,” Burdock said. After her decision to begin homeschooling, she knew she needed the right instructional tools. In her quest to find a reading program suited for children with reading/writing disabilities, Carol Burdock found a computer program designed specifically for children with developmental reading and writing disorders. WordQ+SpeakQ software is designed for students second grade through college and is the only integrated word prediction and speech recognition tool available. Particularly helpful for those who struggle with writing, the software allows for students to “hear” what they have written and enables them to recognize their own mistakes. WordQ+SpeakQ allows users to work at their own pace making it ideal for homeschooled students or any group at different instructional levels. Pleased to share her success, Burdock said, “We just needed the right tools, and for us, this was the answer.” For demonstration of WordQ+SpeakQ and additional information, visit www.


with the challenges of learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and other special needs. The Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center offers equine-assisted and therapeutic exercises, serving children with special needs and allowing teens to serve as volunteers. Mother Traci Brownlow said, “My daughter Hannah has gained strength, balance and a confidence beyond anything I ever imagined she could have. Ciara, my 17 year old, is a volunteer. She loves it. Sunset is a part of our family that has changed all of us for the better.” With indoor and outdoor riding arenas, Sunset offers 30 minute weekly sessions that teach both life skills and horsemanship. Teens interested in working with the children and horses must be 16 or older to volunteer at the ranch. They must complete a one day training session and volunteer a minimum of one hour per week. To learn more, email Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center at

Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home

Safe Kids USA and the MetLife Foundation have partnered to offer a series of safety videos highlighting precautions that parents can take in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. The videos are available as part of the Safe Kids USA website and can be found at The videos focus on fire and burn prevention, drowning, choking and falls prevention. They help parents learn safety guidelines and step-by-step instructions geared towards making safety improvements in the home. Additional instructional videos also include information about water safety and poison prevention, and the series will be available in Spanish in the near future. Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children 14 and under. The organization educates families, provides safety devices to families in need and advocates for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room. Parents can visit to learn safety basics and how to become involved. | July 2011

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Dana Helms, the Upside Down Artist, at the Arts Festival in Oklahoma City.

A group music therapy session with Jennifer Schafer, MT-BC, at The Children’s Center in Bethany.

Opening Doors to New Experiences: Art & Music Therapy “When I was in middle school, I can quite literally say that art therapy saved my life.” Kendall Brown of Norman will assure you that these words are no exaggeration. For Kendall, life is now full with a budding career, service projects and seemingly limitless possibilities. But that wasn’t necessarily the case ten years ago, when art therapy helped her survive one of the most difficult times of her young life.

An Emotional Outlet

“At the end of my eighth grade year, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that affected my digestive tract,” Brown explains. “Before the Crohn’s Disease, I was a heavier girl, weighing about 160 pounds. Because of my illness, I [got] down to 92 pounds. Combine that with teenage angst and I was a pretty bitter eighth grader.” To make matters worse, a rumor began circulating around Brown’s school that her weight loss was because she was suffering from AIDS. “It was a lot to deal with,” Brown recalls. “I was a pretty depressed and suicidal teenager.” For Brown, help came in the form of an art teacher who recognized her situation and saw an opportunity for art therapy to serve as an emotional outlet for the struggling middle school student. “She gave me a journal and some art supplies and explained the concept of visual journaling and art therapy.” Defined as a way to both visually and verbally express and record experiences, feelings and emotional reactions, visual journaling is a form of art therapy that uses images (ranging from simple sketches or doodles to complex drawings and mixed media creations) to gain access and insight into deeper feelings and intuitive knowledge. The transition for Brown was not immediate. “At first, I thought it was stupid,” Brown recalls. “But eventually, having that journal helped me to become less angry and that was a big help as I worked to get my disease under control.”

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The Benefits of Art Therapy

According to local artist Dana Helms, the type of outcome that Brown experienced is not unusual.

“I stumbled into art therapy finishing a commercial arts degree,” Helms explains. “A young cousin of mine suffered a brain injury from a bicycle accident and used art therapy for about a year.” According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living or by those who seek personal insight and emotional development. The process of creating art can increase awareness of self, provide a coping mechanism for the symptoms of illness or trauma, enhance cognitive abilities and nurture an appreciation for the life-affirming value of art. Art therapy emerged as a profession in the 1940s, underscoring a growing recognition that creativity aids in recovery and overall wellness. As a mental health profession, art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process can help individuals manage a wide range of interpersonal problems while also building self-esteem and self-awareness. Art therapy works with traditional therapy options to treat issues including anxiety, depression, physical and mental disabilities and trauma and loss. “My son was an ADHD (Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder) child, and I have ADD (Attention Defecit Disorder),” Helms said. “Art

Board Certified Music Therapist Jennifer Voss, MT-BC.

was the one thing we could both focus on. He loved anything anime or manga, so it was easy for me to use art to keep him focused.” In 2010, Helms began her professional career as “The Upside Down Artist,” where she has children recreate an inverted picture of a cartoon character. “I can look at the child’s drawing and see what is going on in their mind and what type of thinker they are. My husband calls me the ‘art whisperer’” Helms jokes. About a quarter of her students have special needs such as visual impairment, ADD, ADHD or autism. For Helms, the act of having the child draw upside down is crucial to the process. “It removes their recognition factor,” she explains. “For children with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, they do not have any hesitations of ‘I can’t’ or ‘that’s too hard.” Then, she meets with clients weekly to work on a specific set of exercises and activities designed to strengthen concentration, lower stress levels, increase selfesteem, improve communication and help with school success. “What it does for them is unbelievable,” Helms says. “I have one client who could barely speak when he first came to see me who now tells me all about his day in school and is working on his own full-scale book.” Kendall Brown of Norman shows an example of her visual journaling.

An individual music therapy session with Rachel Nowles, MT-BC, at The Children’s Center in Bethany.

The Benefits of Music Therapy

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy can be used to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation for all ages, and it is also helpful with individuals with special needs, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, and physical disabilities. Music therapy can also benefit nonmusical areas of life, including communication skills and physical coordination.

“Music therapy is not just teaching kids to enjoy music, but to use music as a tool to addresses non-musical goals” Jennifer Voss, MT-BC, a Board Certified Music Therapist in Norman, clarifies. When working with a client, music therapists use improvisation, receptive listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, performance, and music learning to advance the client’s individual goals. Despite common misperceptions, clients do not need to have any musical ability to benefit from the therapy. There is not one particular style of music that is more effective in a therapeutic environment, and the therapist will often use different types of music depending on the client’s goals. Watching Voss in action, it’s apparent that her classes can be as fun as non-therapeutic classes, but there is more going on than just play. “It is all very purpose-driven and there is a therapeutic rationale for everything we do,” Voss said. “For example, we are not really just drumming, we are working on range of motion and reinforcing motor skills.” “Music therapy is a very engaging experience for the child,” Voss continues. “The question for parents, especially those with special needs children, is if your child responds differently when music is involved. Music can sometimes open the door to so many new experiences for the child. It is often that we see a child respond successfully to music therapy interventions when all other options have been exhausted.”

SWOSU’s Music Therapy Clinic

“As a clinician, the first time I saw a child with Downs Syndrome go from being completely non-verbal to saying ‘mama’ and witnessing the mother’s tears of joy, it made a huge difference to me,” said Dr Sophia Lee, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy and Associate Professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford. “Successes with music therapy make everything worth it. It’s amazing how sensitive kids are to music.” Lee’s program is the only music therapy degree program in the state of Oklahoma. “The program gives college students the tools

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The Children’s Center in Bethany

and practical experience to know how to use music as an effective tool,” Lee explains. “Students leave the program knowing how to use music therapy in special education, mental health careers and more.” In addition to providing a strong theoretical background, the program provides hands-on, clinical experience for approximately 25 undergraduate majors through a Music Therapy Clinic. For parents who feel that their child might benefit from music therapy, the SWOSU Music Therapy Clinic offers comprehensive assessments of a child’s communication, motor, emotional and social skills and can suggest a plan for treatment based on parental concerns and the child’s individual skill levels. “The earlier a child receives music therapy, the higher chance that the child will develop to the best of his ability,” Lee explains. “I have seen the miraculous effects of music therapy in kids as young as two or three years old.”

Music Therapy at The Children’s Center

The Children’s Center in Bethany is a pediatric medical rehabilitation facility for children with complex medical needs and physical disabilities. The Center provides physical, occupational, music, speech, respiratory, and pet therapies to children from birth to age 17. The Children’s Center employs two board-certified music therapists that work with children born with disabilities as well as those with accident-induced injuries, on both a short-term and long-term basis. “We often work in conjunction with physical therapists and occupational therapists and do a lot of co-treatment,” said therapist Jennifer Schafer, MT-BC. “We work with premature newborn babies in the NICU to help soothe them as they adjust to the normal environment and during feeding times. We also work with long-term patients, many of [whom] are nonverbal, to learn to make sounds purposefully and to improve their gross motor skills.” The therapy provided by Schafer and her colleague Rachel Nowles seeks to improve their patient’s range of motion, fine motor skills, attention to detail and overall coordination. “Sometimes, they kind of forget that they are in therapy and they end up just having fun, and ultimately working harder.” said Nowles. For Shafer, it is the small steps forward that make music therapy worthwhile. “For me, the most rewarding thing is seeing them maximize their potential. They make progress very slowly, so we always take the time to celebrate,” Schafer adds.

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Dr. Sophia Lee, Director of Music Therapy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, works with John Thiessan, a music therapy client with autism. Photo by Cody Roper, SWOSU.

Valuable Benefits

Both art and music therapy provide many long-term benefits for clients, but they often come at a cost. “While therapy can be challenging financially, there are ways to help make it more affordable,” Voss suggests. “Some school districts can add music therapy to a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the child can receive music therapy as part of the school day. Or, you can check with your private insurance to see what they might cover or reimburse.”

Regardless of costs, those affected by art and music therapy find lifelong benefits from the treatment. “Traditional journaling just never clicked for me,” Brown recollects. “After my art teacher intervened, it taught me that there was more than one form of communication and ways to express your emotions. I wish every child could be introduced to the concept of visual journaling so that they could benefit from art therapy as I have.” For Lee, music therapy also provides valuable, life-affirming benefits for both the client and the therapist. “I’ve seen a child born without hands learn to tie a shoe with a prosthesis thanks to music therapy,” Lee recollects. “I’ve seen a child go from learning to pick up an instrument to learning to pick up a spoon and feed themselves. That’s my Kodak moment.” Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine.

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What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I am perceived as very emotionally strong, but I am actually a very sensitive person.

What are you passionate about? My God, my two daughters, my academic accomplishments, my job, and the DandyWalker Alliance, which brings awareness to my oldest daughter’s disorder, which is a Dandy-Walker variant. How has motherhood changed you? I’ve matured quickly because I was blessed with a daughter who was born with a brain malformation and another daughter with a severe anxiety disorder. I’m more responsible than I’ve ever been in my life and can’t see myself anywhere but where I am today.

How do you banish stress? I get silly with my kids and we just start cracking up! If I am not in their presence, I pray. Prayer helps me change my self-talk and that helps me view stressful times from a more positive perspective.

What inspires you? My two beautiful daughters inspire me. My oldest, LaKaya, has disabilities but she shines everyday with not a worry in the world. My youngest, Jasmine, has Selective Mutism but her faith and support from her family and teachers keep her in positive spirits. They are both honor students in school and keep very positive attitudes.

Along with your job as a mom, do you have other employment, either in or outside of the home? If so, what do you do? I have a wonderful job as a Highly Qualified Paraprofessional for Moore Public Schools. I assist students with assignments, supervise students in instructional settings, off-campus activities and during noninstructional activities, and attend in-service training in Special Education to keep up with new policies and procedures. What do you like most about your job? I love being the person who is making a difference in a child’s academic career. I’ve always had respect for the Paraprofessionals who have worked with my daughter in the school settings over the years, but now I have a new respect for them. What’s on your wish list? I would like to have the money to take my girls on an amazing vacation. They deserve it and so do I. They never complain and


they help me out so much.

What are you most proud of? I am most proud that I have raised two of the most selfless, caring, beautiful (both inside and out) girls in the world. I am proud of myself because I’m the first one in my family to graduate from college—and I was at the top of my class.

What motivates you? My motivations are my girls and my determination. I want to be an amazing example to them of how your circumstances do not have to define you. How do you find balance in your life? I find balance through prayer and spending quality time with my girls. I love to see them happy and content; it makes me feel like I am truly doing right by them.

Advice for other moms? Always ask yourself, “Is this going to benefit my children?” If your answer is yes, and it is not benefiting for selfish reasons, then you are doing the best you can do as a mom. Where are you from originally? I am originally from California but moved here with my now ex-husband about four years ago.

What’s the biggest challenge in your life? My biggest challenge is knowing that my mistakes can have a major impact on my children’s lives if I am not careful with how I deal with my circumstances. I am separated and going through a divorce with their father. I am careful to think before I say or do anything that may hurt them. Because he lives far away, they seldom see him, so I am careful when anything comes up that has to do with him. How do you help others? I help others by giving my time and providing my knowledge of how to help children who may have special needs and need certain services. I am an advocate for my children in the school system as well as other areas of their lives.

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eet Dolores Collins, a single mom of two daughters (both with intellectual disabilities), Dolores is passionate, outspoken and resilient.

anything else, homework comes first. We always pray and eat dinner together and ask one another about our day. My girls are sheltered, but not suffocated.

Favorite advice about motherhood? Being a mother is the greatest gift God can give you. Embrace and nurture your gifts from God and don’t take them for granted. They are not your possessions; they are your children. Our children are precious and should be shown this on a daily basis.

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What 5 words describe you? Dependable, persevering, resilient, knowledgeable and advocate

2. What is your favorite indulgence? I enjoy movies; I am a big movie fan and have a collection of over 2600 movies.

3. What can’t you live without? My girls, I love them so much and love being around them.

4. What’s always in your handbag? I don’t carry a handbag, but I can’t live without my phone. It has my calendar and the alarms are always going off for what I need to be doing and when. 5. What’s your favorite family outing? Feeding the ducks in Bricktown.

Mari Farthing is the editor of MetroFamily Magazine.

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Focus on Education “Great Expectations” in the Classroom


lassroom atmosphere is crucial… and it’s not just about pretty curtains and a matching lamp. The atmosphere that a teacher creates within her four walls can make a successful, productive learning year possible. The Oklahoma City School District recently approved the Great Expectations (GE) method with unanimous school board support. GE is based on harmony, respect, positive attitudes and the pursuit of academic excellence. According to the GE website, it’s a method that focuses “on the learning climate and the HOW of teaching.”

Background of GE

“Great Expectations is the story of one man’s determination,” said Linda Dzialo, Executive Director of GE. Charlie Hollar of Ponca City founded the Great Expectations Foundation in 1991 with a mission to “transform lives through education.” With 71 model schools (where 90 percent of the teachers participate), the GE methodology continues to spread in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and beyond. Dzialo believes, “in the next three to five years we will have a major presence in United States education.”

The GE Classroom

“GE has two important components which are the foundation of how to be a great classroom or an exemplary school,” said Dzialo. “When a teacher goes through GE training the teacher receives tools for developing a climate of mutual respect. In addition, we [GE] give teachers strategies so their students can achieve academic success and reach their full potential,” said Dzialo. In a GE classroom, you will not find rules posted with the negative “Don’ts” of what not to do—rather, you will find positive “Do’s” of

what is expected. GE demonstrates positive reminders of what all teachers want their classroom to be: a productive, successful place for learning. Things you will see in a GE classroom include: • Students on task and working cooperatively. • A climate of mutual respect among students and teacher. • A word, quote and life principle posted each week. • Teachers modeling expected behavior. • Students willing to take risks in a nonthreatening environment. Things you will hear in a GE classroom include: • Creeds recited by both students and teacher. • Students and teacher speaking in complete sentences. • Celebrations of successful moments. • Integrated lessons relative to real-life experiences.

What Teachers Think

Tami King, GE instructor and fifth grade teacher, supports a Great Expectations approach. “There are so many benefits to implementing the classroom practices of Great Expectations! Students are actively engaged, and they become critical thinkers. They learn how to communicate effectively, to work cooperatively and to be self-directed in their learning. Students are empowered, and it is truly a joy to watch them blossom and become more self-confident.” To instill a platform of mutual respect among classmates and teachers, students engage in team-building activities that foster a positive, productive, non-threatening classroom

The Basic Tenets of Great Expectations: The beliefs of Great Expectations, as based on research by multiple educational experts, theorists and researchers. • High expectations. Students respond to high expectations by reaching up to achieve them. • Teacher attitude and responsibility. Positive attitudes shape students. • All children can learn. No matter their circumstances or labels placed upon them, all children can learn. • Self-esteem. Help students realize they are capable. • Mutual respect. Mistakes are used as growth opportunities. • Teacher knowledge and skill. A skilled teacher helps children to achieve academic success.

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Expectations for Living In a GE classroom, these expectations are posted, recited and practiced daily. 1. We will value one another as unique and special individuals. 2. We will not laugh at or make fun of a person's mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns. 3. We will use good manners and allow others to go first. 4. We will cheer each other to success. 5. We will help one another whenever possible. 6. We will recognize every effort and applaud it. 7. We will encourage each other to do our best. 8. We will practice virtuous living, using the 36 Life Principles (found at the Great Expectations website).

climate. King explains, “Team-building isn’t just beneficial to a class—it’s a necessity in creating a climate of mutual respect. That climate doesn’t just exist between the teacher and the students; it exists between the individual students as well. The kids have to feel as though they are in a safe environment in order to be willing to take risks necessary for growth. Providing team-building opportunities in the classroom allows for the students to bond together... they embrace the eight Expectations for Living [see sidebar]. The entire atmosphere of the classroom changes—the children work together to succeed, and they build each other up.” Visit for more information about the Great Expectations Foundation.

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

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The Sword of Darrow By Hal & Alex Malchow (BenBella Books, softcover, $13) An adventure tale written by a father and son team. Son Alex has dyslexia and did not read until he was nine, but the pair worked together to create a layered tale of good versus evil with heroes that fight hard to win despite their own disabilities.

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The Ultimate Top-Secret Guide to Taking Over the World By Kenn Nestbitt, illustrated by Ethan Long (Source Books, softcover, $8) Don’t worry parents—this one is fiction. But it’s still full of fun ideas for kids to adopt in their quest for world domination, including important skills such as perfecting their diabolical laugh and deciding on a mad scientist name. Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long (Chicago Review Press, softcover, $13) You never know when kids will need to know how to build a fire, construct a shelter or identify venomous snakes. All that (and more!) are found here.

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Family Finances Your Credit Score: What Do the Numbers Mean?


our credit score is a tool that lenders, future employers, leasing agents and insurance companies use to predict an individual’s capacity to manage risk. That risk includes making payments and exhibiting responsible behavior.

Credit scores (sometimes called FICO scores) are based on a formula developed by the Fair Isaac Corporation. Scores range from 300 to 850, with the vast majority of individuals having scores in the 600s and 700s. A score above 650 is generally considered a good score, while anything below 620 tends to indicate credit problems. Individuals with higher scores frequently receive lower interest rates, more favorable employment opportunities and lower insurance premiums. Lower scores may have the opposite result, leading to higher monthly payments. Oftentimes, people with low credit scores will need a co-signer to make a transaction or even be prevented from getting credit, jobs, insurance and housing. You should keep track of your credit score even if you aren’t looking for a loan or a job; your credit score is not static and it always matters. Many lenders and employers to

check credit scores on a regular basis to determine potential increases in rates, reductions in credit limits or changes in employment status. Dropping credit scores indicate a potential problem making future payments and may raise suspicions about workrelated issues such as distractions, loss of productivity or even embezzlement. Credit scores are based on five primary factors: payment history, total debt, length of credit history, new credit and types of credit. Each factor is weighted, as shown in the chart. Following is a brief description of each:

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• Payment history: Delinquent or missed payments in the past indicate a problem with money management and personal responsibility. Credit bureaus consider the number of late payments, the frequency of missed payments and the number of days late when calculating credit scores. One missed or skipped payment can drop your score as much as 100 points! The best way to improve a credit score is to make payments on time. Persons who have problems tracking monthly payments should consider setting up an automatic bill pay plan or setting up a calendar noting due dates to help reduce the late fees as well as the negative impact on their credit scores. • Total debt: Lenders are particularly concerned about your debt load, which is based on an estimate of the ratio of monthly payments to monthly income. Higher debt levels reduce credit scores, and a debt ratio greater than or equal to 40 percent raises concerns about a person’s credit risk. A debt ratio over 50 percent significantly reduces a person’s credit score. Total debt accounts for 30 percent of the credit score; therefore, reducing personal debt is an important step in raising that score. • Length of credit history: The FICO formula assumes that people with a longer credit history have a lower credit risk. The longer the credit history, the more accurate

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predictor it is for future behavior because it shows a longer pattern of payment history. The length of credit history is 15 percent of the credit score. • New credit: Multiple credit applications are an indication of an increase in potential debt. Fortunately, FICO distinguishes between applying for a single loan and attempting to open several new accounts. When seeking a mortgage or car loan, it is best to shop around in a short period of time—about 30 to 45 days—to reduce the impact of applying for new credit. Even though new credit only represents 10 percent of a credit score, it is enough to put a dent in anyone’s credit rating. • Types of credit: Not all credit is the same. For example, secured credit cards indicate a higher level of risk than unsecured cards or home mortgages. Most people have a mix of installment and revolving credit accounts. (With installment loans, a person borrows money once and makes fixed payments until it is repaid; revolving credit does not have fixed payments or fixed amounts of debt.) The credit mix accounts for the remaining 10 percent of the credit score.

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Sensory Processing Disorder

It cannot be escaped; every day, every hour and every minute we are responding to stimulus. Our surroundings give us no choice. We respond to the smell of frying bacon, the sound of dogs barking, the bright ray of light shining through a window. We are constantly responding to our environment. But for those with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), this constant state of response can be overwhelming. Terri’s Story

When her son Isaac was about 2½ years old, local mom Terri began to notice a change in his behavior. While Isaac was a smart, sweet, loving and fun child, repeated behaviors such as putting things in his mouth, teeth grinding and repeated meltdowns made Terri uneasy. Terri was also concerned about his lack of fine and gross motor skills, his inability to color in the lines and his specific daily demands regarding his clothing (he has to wear a specific pair of boxer shorts, pants and socks), meals (he will eat only a limited variety of foods) and expectations (his sippy cup must start out completely full). Any of these situations could easily provoke a meltdown. Some thought it was the result of poor parenting, lack of discipline or too much coddling, but Terri knew it was something more. And that’s when she learned about Sensory Processing Disorder.

Ten Fundamental Facts About SPD

What is SPD?

As defined by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, SPD is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. According to the foundation’s website, “A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks.” Because of this difficulty processing information through their senses, those with SPD may seem to react inappropriately (either too much reaction or too little) when faced with stimulating sights, sounds or touches. SPD may also affect motor skill development. According to the SPD Foundation, an SPD diagnosis begins with a screening process that may lead to further testing. There can be reluctance on the part of physicians to offer a diagnosis of SPD because the disorder is still considered to be controversial.

Treatment for SPD: What Works

Simply put, most children diagnosed with SPD are just as intelligent as their peers, their brain is just wired differently. According to the SPD Foundation, once a child has been diagnosed, “they benefit from a treatment program of occupational therapy (OT), with a sensory integration approach. This approach typically takes place in a sensoryrich environment sometimes called the OT Gym. During the sessions, the therapist guides the child through fun activities that are subtly structured so the child is constantly challenged but always successful.”

To address the problems that Isaac faces, Terri has worked with an occupational therapist and also works closely with Isaac’s teachers. “Without the teachers’ help, it would be very difficult,” said Terri. They


Parent surveys, clinical assessments, and laboratory protocols exist to identify children with SPD.

Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children with ADHD.



At least one in twenty people may be affected by SPD.

SPD has unique sensory symptoms that are not explained by other known disorders.


Heredity may be one cause of the disorder.


In children who are gifted and those with ADHD, Autism, and fragile X syndrome, the prevalence of SPD is higher.


Laboratory studies suggest that the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are not functioning typically in children with SPD.


Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children who are typically developing.

10. Preliminary research data support decades of anecdotal evidence that occupational therapy is an effective intervention for treating the symptoms of SPD.


Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder of the brain that affects children and adults.


Excerpted from Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR. Used with permission.

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all work to keep communication open so successful strategies may be shared by all. She emphasized, “One on one communication with the teacher is vital.” Terri also found success in routine. She used a chart with picture icons to help Isaac gain an understanding of daily tasks that needed to be accomplished, such as brushing teeth. “[The chart] was a lifesaver,” said Terri. Disabilities and Mental Health Administrator for Head Start (Denver), Christopher R. Auer, MA, has recently co-authored a workbook for children with SPD with his wife, Michelle M. Auer, MS, OTR, an occupational therapist. The workbook, Making Sense of Your Senses, is written from their unique perspectives, as parents of a child with SPD and child development experts. When asked for the number one suggestion for parents of SPD children, Christopher recommended, “Take a step back and look at the situation as a whole. It’s important for parents to focus on their child’s strengths. Then, build from those strengths.” Christopher further suggests that parents take a team approach when facing SPD by involving the child’s primary physician, family, teachers and other school officials such as an occupational therapist. “There is not a quick fix; it is ongoing work, and it is an ongoing process.” The Auers provide forty activities to help develop coping skills, awareness and understanding that apply to both home and school. The book is inclusive; each activity is prefaced with a realistic scenario describing characters experiencing sensory-related situations. The book also includes help for staying safe from bullies, how to find help and how to stay organized.

Occupational Therapy

Lorraine Auchter, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, a therapeutic organization that assists children with SPD. Auchter says that if you are unsure if your child has SPD, “observable behaviors are key,” as there are typical behaviors that children with SPD may display. Behaviors to watch for include: • During infancy, babies with SPD may be fussy or hard to calm. She may not like to be rocked or be bothered by sounds such as an airplane or vacuum cleaner. • A toddler with SPD sometimes can’t stand messiness or could be overwhelmed with noise such as people singing “Happy Birthday.” • Toddlers may prefer one particular item of clothing over all others, because it feels good on their skin. “Skin is the largest sensory organ we have,” said Auchter. Auchter suggests trying different techniques to help your children broaden their comfort zone. “Find their favorite activity then gradually work on desensitizing.” For example, if a child enjoys being outdoors but is intimidated by the monkey bars, you may try to simplify the overwhelming task of crossing over to the other side by encouraging them to hang on just one bar in the beginning, then gradually build from there. “It can make a difference on their functional skills,” said Auchter. Local child psychologist, Dr. Lisa L. Marotta, Ph.D., P.L.L.C., explains SPD as “extreme responsiveness to sensation.” She said that in some cases SPD may look like ADD because these children are disturbed by sensation. Dr. Marotta recommends making adjustments to the child’s daily routine to help them neurologically settle themselves.

Everyday objects can be triggers for children with SPD, but simple modifications—like removing labels from clothing—can help bring comfort. In the classroom, Dr. Marotta has found “fidgets” to be helpful. “Things they are in control of—like squeezy balls, erasers, worry stones, Playdoh and chewing gum—can help.” Like Dr. Marotta, Auchter agrees that physically active movement helps children to “reset,” so when faced with more tedious tasks, such as classroom assignments, they are better able to focus. Once a child has been referred to Sensational Kids for therapeutic treatment, parents are asked to comple a standardized questionnaire. The child then takes a standardized test that assesses fine motor skills, balance and gross motor skills. In addition, the therapists observe the child’s attention span and their willingness to try new things. The occupational therapist works with parents and teachers to identify the specific needs. As a team, they try to get the child regulated to make those difficult encounters easier. For example, the occupational therapist may work to help the child be successful at a task such as tying a shoe, which may be overwhelming to a child with SPD. They take it one knot at a time, literally, so the task is doable. In school, that may translate to taking a large assignment with multiple questions and cutting it into two smaller sheets. It’s still the same number of questions, but the assignment doesn’t appear to be so overwhelming all at once. Auchter stresses the importance of “working together as a team to find those strategies that work towards desensitizing.” There’s no question the daily demands are great while raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. Like all parenting challenges, it is important to find support, information and success. Although Terri has just begun to unlock the world of Sensory Processing Disorder, she suggests to other parents who may be having similar experiences to “guard yourself with lots of information and resources and pray, pray, pray.” She encourages others that “There’s a lot of trial and error, and you will make mistakes; however, it does get easier as you learn more.”

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

Resources The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation provides research, advocacy, treatment directories and news for families managing SPD. (303-794-1182 or Learn more about Making Sense of Your Senses, A Workbook for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder by Christopher R. Auer, MA & MIchelle M. Auer, MS, OTR at (Instant Help Books, $18)

“These children benefit greatly from recess activity, which gives them the opportunity to use gross motor skills,” according to Dr. Marotta. “A bike ride before school can also be beneficial, engaging in body movement. The key is to help them regulate.”

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Your Healthy Family Wiping Out Diaper Rash


o you ever feel like you’re surrounded by new babies? Such has been the case for me lately, as two of my closest friends have given birth in recent weeks. I’ve been having a wonderful time getting to know Audrey Elise and Emme Elizabeth, and being one of the veteran moms in this group, I’ve also received a few phone calls with questions about various baby care topics. How to properly treat diaper rash is a question that virtually all parents will encounter at some point during their child’s infant and toddler years, and some babies are more prone to it than others. It’s important to be able to spot the different types of diaper rash and know when to call the doctor.

Causes of Diaper Rash

There are several possible causes of diaper rash, and identifying those causes may help prevent or minimize its occurrence. • Irritation from stool or urine. Prolonged exposure can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. Frequent diaper changes (particularly in the case of dirty diapers) will help limit outbreaks of diaper rash. • Introduction of new foods. When solid foods are introduced, the content of the stool changes, which may increase the likelihood of developing diaper rash. Some breastfed babies may react similarly to something highly acidic eaten by the mother. • Reaction to products. New diapers, wipes, powders, or lotions may cause a rash. Selecting dye- and fragrance-free products may help reduce the likelihood of developing diaper rash. • Bacterial or yeast infection. The warm, moist nature of the diaper area can create a breeding ground for bacteria. These rashes often start within the creases of the skin and move outward. Frequent changing is a primary means of prevention, and using a

barrier cream regularly can be helpful. • Chafing or rubbing. Tight-fitting diapers or clothing that rubs against the skin may cause a rash, and can exacerbate an existing one. • Antibiotic use. Antibiotics kill both bad and good bacteria, and without the proper balance of good bacteria, yeast infections can easily develop. Use of a probiotic during treatment and for several days after can maintain that balance and reduce the risk of yeast infection.

Types of Diaper Rash

The term “diaper rash” can actually describe a number of specific diaper area rashes, and treatment may differ slightly from one type to the next.

• Contact diaper rash is a simple diaper rash, and is unlikely to require prescription treatment in mild to moderate cases. This common type of rash typically clears up quickly, and may be prevented with the regular application of barrier creams or ointments. • Intertrigo is a rash occurring within the skin folds and creases where the skin rubs together in the presence of heat and moisture. It may appear bumpy and red. In most cases, it can be treated and prevented in the same way as contact diaper rash. • Yeast rash occurs when bacteria from the intestines begin to invade skin areas, and is common with antibiotic use or in cases where diaper rash has been prolonged. It is a red, raised rash with defined borders, and may have satellite spots outside the main border. A prolonged yeast rash may require a prescription to clear it up effectively, and the use of a probiotic can be beneficial. • Impetigo occurs when bacteria begin to grow in areas of damaged skin. Coin-sized blisters may appear, and this type of rash

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Treatment of Diaper Rash

Moore resident Lisa Huggins is a mom of two young kids—both in diapers—and a pharmacist. “Knowing which type of rash you’re dealing with is step one. For prevention, probiotics can be used in all babies, particularly those prone to skin rashes. Barrier creams or ointments, such as lanolin or petrolatum can work as a preventative and may help treat mild cases of contact diaper rash or intertrigo,” she says. “Many parents love Butt Paste products, which are a combination of boric acid, Peruvian balsam, and zinc oxide in a petrolatum base.” For stubborn cases of contact diaper rash, a prescription cholestyramine ointment works by binding up the bile acids and pulling them away from the skin. “This is usually compounded in a petrolatum or lanolin base and is great for moderate to severe stool rashes. I’ve seen it clear up a bad rash within a day or two in many cases.” For seborrhea, steroid creams are typically recommended. “These are available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms, but make sure you have properly identified the rash before trying this treatment,” says Huggins. “For impetigo, antibiotic creams are usually prescribed.” If the rash turns into a yeast infection, an anti-fungal cream will be necessary, in most cases, to treat it. “Over-the-counter probiotics can really help prevent and treat yeast rash, but in some cases, it may take a prescription anti-fungal like nystatin or clotrimazole. You can start with an over-the-counter product such as miconazole, but if it doesn’t clear up, a visit to the pediatrician is going to be necessary.” Most new parents and caregivers will encounter diaper rash at some point during the first few years of a child’s life. When diaper rash strikes, being able to properly identify and treat the condition is key to keeping baby comfortable and happy!

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

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Exploring Oklahoma A Trip to Bartlesville Promises Fun for All!


hanks to the adventurous spirit of an Iowa barber, we have a jewel in northeastern Oklahoma that makes the perfect short-distance family fun trip, girls’ getaway or romantic rendezvous: Bartlesville! I made my first trip to Bartlesville as part of a two-day girls’ getaway with long-time friend, Mickey Haddican. “I’m impressed with Bartlesville,” she said as we started home. I agree, and here’s why:

History The discovery of oil in Indian Territory gave ambitious men reason to venture into the Wild West. Frank Phillips was one of those men. Arriving from Iowa in hopes of striking the newly-discovered black gold, the barber found luck on what would have been his fourth and final attempt. Founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, Phillips became one of the richest and most successful oilmen in the country. “Uncle Frank” as he became known in the community, and his wife, Jane, were philanthropists who generously used their

fortune to enhance the lives of others. Their legacy continues to be enjoyed by residents and visitors today.

Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve Frank and Jane Phillips’ country ranch, located 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville, was built in 1925 with the purpose “to preserve the history of the West, educate, and entertain.” Employees and staff maintain that mission. “As long as we stick to these three things as our measuring stick, we are doing what we are supposed to,” said Bob Fraser, CEO of the Frank Phillips Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Phillips in 1937. In 1944, Frank and Jane donated all of their personal interests including the land, buildings, art and animals to the foundation. “You enter the museum as soon as you enter Woolaroc’s gates” explained Fraser, as the entire ranch is designated as a National Historic Preservation site. “Everything from the museum to the buffalo herds” is part of the museum according to Fraser. Highlights include: • The Wildlife Preserve. The 3,700 acres of pristine woods, lakes and rocks are home to over 30 varieties of native and exotic wildlife that Phillips brought in to enhance his ranch. Those that remain are descendents of the original animals. The two-mile drive through the preserve is an inviting gateway to the other attractions. Have your camera ready as you will see many unique animals. • The Museum. The 50,000-square-foot museum features some of the most treasured western art, sculptures and artifacts in the country (most are a part of the Phillips’ personal collection). In addition, children will enjoy the exhibit

A view of the Price Tower

with shrunken heads, the chuck wagon and the airplane named "WOOLAROC" that made won a flight race between California and Hawaii in 1927. Families should also not miss a look inside The Lodge, a log cabin built in 1927 and used by the Phillips family to entertain famous guests. • Mountain Man Camp. This 1840’s-era camp (open April through Labor Day) provides a glimpse into the transient life of men who hunted and traded on the plains. Men in period dress will show you their camp, give you a chance to shoot their period gun-powder rifles and teach you how to throw a tomahawk.

The Price Tower Arts Center and Inn at Price Tower Local businessman H.C. Price commissioned famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to construct an office building for his growing oil pipe company. Wright’s only skyscraper was completed in 1956. Saved from demolition, the unusual structure has been restored to its original state and is now an arts center and hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building and Wright-designed furniture are part of the art itself. A stay at the Inn at Price Tower is highly recommended for adult getaways. The uniquely-designed rooms provide skyline views of Bartlesville and the outlying landscape. The Copper Bar and Grill on the 16th floor is the perfect setting for adult

Discover Bartlesville • Woolaroc offers a number of annual events including kids’ day camps in July. For more information, call 888-966-5276 or visit • To learn more about the Price Tower, call 918-336-4949 or visit Gallery/Tower tours are $12 adults, $10 seniors & children ages 5 and up (complimentary to Tower hotel guests). • For details about the Frank Phillips Home, call 918-336-2491 or visit • The Kiddie Park has regularly scheduled open hours through the summer: Tuesdays-Thursdays 7:00-9:30pm through August 4; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00-10:00pm through August 27. For more information, contact Ron Adams at 918-337-3311 or visit

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Kiddie Park

A room at Price Tower Inn

beverages, appetizers and live jazz music most nights.

Frank Phillips Home A stunning early 20th century Oklahoma mansion, the Phillips’ 10,000-square-foot home is another Bartlesville property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is complete with 90 percent of its original 1909 furnishings. No detail was ignored when designing this custom home for Bartlesville’s wealthiest couple.

of the 16 rides are original to the park. Ron Adams, president of the Bartlesville Amusement Park Association, says he has fond memories of the park from his childhood and the park is still popular with kids today. Other features at Kiddie Park include a magician on Wednesday evenings and clowns on Fridays. Characters such as Sponge Bob or Minnie Mouse are also known to make appearances. A snack bar is available with affordable treats.

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Kiddie Park A visit to Kiddie Park, a local landmark since 1947, is a must if you’re visiting with youngsters 12 years old and under. Several

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keeps on giving. My friend, Mickey, is already considering a return trip with her petroleum engineer husband who will appreciate the oil history. Maybe we can make that a double date! Contact the Bartlesville Convention and Visitor’s bureau at 918-336-8708 or visit their website at for more information on activities, dining options and overnight accommodations.

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.

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Friday & Saturday, July 15-16 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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The SoonerStock Summer Theatre Company presents The Secret Garden, an imaginative adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel. Performances are held held at the Beatrice Carr Wallace Old Science Hall on the OU campus, July 1 (10:00am, 2:00pm & 6:00pm); July 2 (10:00am & 2:00pm); and July 5-8 (10:00am). Purchase one ticket for $5 and receive another ticket free! For additional information, call 405-325-4101 or visit finearts.

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The American Idols LIVE! 2011 Tour is coming to Oklahoma City and you can see Season 10’s Top 11 perform live! This all-ages show will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00pm at the Cox Convention Center. Tickets begin at $45; visit www.coxconventioncenter. com for more information.

Playhouse Parade Benefits CASA of Oklahoma County

The annual Playhouse Parade is an awareness and fundraising event featuring five playhouses designed and built by local architects, on display at Penn Square Mall from July 22-August 7.

Pictured: A 2010 playhouses designed and built by the Jonathan Littleton team of Capstone Homes

Each playhouse will be raffled off, with tickets available at the mall ($5 each or 5 for $20). All proceeds will benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Oklahoma County. CASA provides trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children in the court system. To learn more about volunteering or contributing, visit

METRO Transit Free Ride Day

Take your family for an adventure this summer on the METRO Transit bus! To help keep our air clean and reduce the air pollution caused by motor vehicles, METRO Transit is launching a free ride day program on the third Friday of every month through September. You and your family can give the bus a try. Ride free July 15, August 19 and September 16, and visit metro area attractions such as the Downtown Library, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, the National Cowboy & Western History Museum & more. While touring the city, your children can learn about public transportation, how it helps the community, the environment and your wallet. Plan your family adventure route at or call 405-235-RIDE for personal assistance.

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Quick Reference 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 (call for opening updates) 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, Do you have an event for our calendar? Send an email to


Weekly Events 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). Wild Tuesday Story Time Safari at the OKC Zoo invites children 11 & under to enjoy stories, a meetand-greet with a Zoo keeper or naturalist & a craft activity. Tuesdays, 9:30 am & 10:30am, through July. Summer Movie Fun at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16 (150 E Reno) features 10 family friendly movies for kids throughout the summer. $5 provides admission to one movie per week for 10 weeks. Monday-Friday, 9:45am through 8/5. 231-4747, Warren Theatre’s Summer Kids Movie Series offers kid-friendly movies every week for $2 per ticket or $15 for season pass. See website for movie titles. Tuesdays & Thursdays through 8/4 ,10am. 735-9676, 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, 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. 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, 10:3010:55am. 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 Family Workshops at Bass Pro Shops offer weekly workshops and a FREE pin for every workshop completed. See website for schedule, through 7/10. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-6pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4pm. FREE Crafts at Bass Pro Shops offers a different craft activity (while supplies last) each week through 7/10. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-6pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2-5 pm. FREE Tuesdays at Town Center (1201 N Mustang, Mustang) feature live music, entertainment & more throughout the summer Tuesdays, 7pm, through 8/9. 376-3411, | July 2011

Way Back Wednesdays at the OKC Zoo offers way back admission prices & concession specials every Wednesday in July & August. $1 admission for all ages. 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 includes interactive, hands-on activities with stories, crafts & touchable specimens. FREE with paid museum admission. Wednesdays & Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. FREE Wednesday Night at the Movies at the Downtown Library. For all ages. 6-8pm. 231-8650. Water Polo at Pelican Bay (1034 S Bryant, Edmond) features inner tube water polo &competitive style games for families, kids & teens. Preregister. $15 per player. Wednesdays, 8-10pm, though 8/10. 216-7647, FREE Thursday Noon Tunes at the Downtown Library, 11:30-1pm. FREE Concerts in the Park at Hafer Park in Edmond feature live music weekly from June-August. Thursdays, 7:15pm. 359-4630, parks/rec. FREE Lower Bricktown Live! Concert Series on the plaza in Lower Bricktown (Reno & Mickey Mantle). features concerts every Thursday night through the summer. 7:30-9:30pm. FREE Green Earth Gang for ages 9-13 works on conservation projects in Martin Park during the summer months. Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm. 755-0676, First Person Summer Series at the OKC National Memorial & Museum shares the stories of people who lived through big events in history. FREE with museum admission. Fridays through August, 1:30pm. Dive-In Movies at White Water Bay begin at dusk. FREE with paid admission. Fridays through 7/29. 943-9687, The UCO Jazz Lab features performances each Friday & Saturday at 8pm. $7 adults, $5 age 12 & under. 359-7989, Oklahoma River Cruises Classic Cartoon Cruises & History Comes Alive 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 6 FREE. 702-7755, KidToons at the B & B Windsor 10 Theatre (4623 NW 23) offers kids’ movies in a family-friendly environment. $3 per person, FREE children 3 & under. First 2 Saturdays of each month, 10am. 917-7469. Train Rides at the Oklahoma Railway Museum leave the Oakwood Depot at 10am, 11am, noon, 1:30pm &

JUly 2:30pm on the first & third Saturday of the month. $10 age 15 & up, $5 ages 3-14, FREE under 3. 424-8222, FREE Build & Grow Kid’s Clinics at Lowe's stores offers kids an opportunity to complete a wooden project. Each participant receives an apron, goggles, a project-themed patch & a certificate of merit. Every other Saturday, 10am. FREE Children’s Storytime at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway) each Saturday, 10:15am. 8422900, 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 Make & Take Crafts at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May, OKC), Ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11am3pm. 858-8778, It’s Feeding Time! at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Discovery Room allows children to observe some local reptiles, amphibians & fish during their feeding time & learn more about these Oklahoma animals. FREE with paid museum admission. Tuesdays, 1:30pm; Saturdays, 11:30am.

Theatre (640 Parrington Oval, Norman) depicts newfound friendships & the healing power of nature in this delightful children’s play. For children 7 & up. Rated G. See website for performance times. $5. 325-4101,

July 8-August 21 FREE Wherever You Go: Maps from the Permanent Collection at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) highlights the Museum’s collection of 16th & 17th century maps. 878-5300,

The Merry Wives of Windsor presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. $15. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700,

Through July 10 Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988-2008 at the OKC Museum of Art includes photographs by Houstonbased artist Amy Blakemore.

Through July 17 FREE Cityscapes at the State Capitol features Tulsa artist Roger Disney's work inspired by the skylines of cities visited during his extensive travels. Weekdays, 8am-6pm; Weekends, 9am-4pm. 521-2020, arts.

Late Summer Saturdays at the OKC Zoo has the Zoo open until 8pm on Saturdays only through August.

Through July 24

FREE Devon Energy Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens showcases Oklahoma bands performing a variety of musical styles. Sundays, 7-8:30pm through August. 270-4848,

FREE Elia Woods Changed in the Governor’s Gallery at the State Capitol features works that explore the connections between food, community, consumerism & spiritual sustenance through fiber art & photography. Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. 405-521-2931, www.

Ongoing Events Through July 3 OKC Summer Classic Dog Show at the Cox Convention Center.

Through July 4 Liberty Fest in Edmond is a week-long celebration featuring 11 family-oriented events, including a concert, road rally, kite fest, rodeo, car show, food fest, pageant, parade & fireworks. 340-2527,

Through July 8 The Secret Garden, The Play presented by Soonerstock Summer Theatre Program at OU Lab

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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.

Gospel Concert at Inspiration Hill (880669 S 3330, Wellston) are held May-October on the first Sunday of the month. 356-4051.


Through August 21 1934: A New Deal for Artists at the OKC Museum of Art celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project by drawing on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of vibrant paintings created for the program.

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FREE Tessa Traeger: Voices of the Vivarais at City Arts Center features large scale photographic prints celebrating life of the people & the food of the Ardeche region of Southern France.

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.

FREE Jen Stark: Tunnel Vision at the City Arts Center features hand-cut paper sculpture and video animations.

FREE Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later on the second floor of City Hall (200 N Walker) presents the history of city government from 1889 to the present. MondayFriday 8am-5pm. 297-2391.

American String Celebration outdoors on the Grand Mall at the Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant, Edmond) features Grammy winner Mark O’Connor in a concert including classical, jazz, mountain, Celtic, old-time & Texas-style fiddling. Fireworks follow. 8pm. 285-1010,

Oklahoma Driven: Cars Collectors & the Birth of the Oklahoma Highway Commission at the Oklahoma History Center spotlights the exciting cars & new roads that accelerated the shaping of the state.

Firefly Fun at Martin Nature Park (5000 W Memorial) has visitors exploring in search of Mother’s Nature’s own “fireworks.” Shoes & mosquito repellant recommended. $2 per person. 8pm. 755-0676

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Through August FREE Admission at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) through August. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm. 8785300, FREE Firehouse Art Center Faculty Show 2011 at the Firehouse Art Center (444 S Flood, Norman) features artists' work in painting, fiber, stone carving, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, drawing & more. MondayFriday, 9:30am-5:30pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. 3294523,

Through September 5 Art and the Animal at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features more than 100 works of 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 across OKC and the nation.

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

Through October 16 Passages at the OKC Museum of Art presents the world-premier of an interactive, non-sectarian traveling exhibition that tells the dramatic story of the capturing, preservation, translation & new discoveries of the Bible.

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.

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.

JULY Daily Events Independence Day Events abound across the state! Visit our Guide to Independence Day Fun for a comprehensive list of events and activities for your family to enjoy. / independence-day-fun.

2 • Saturday Children’s Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Charles Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features special activities & events in the Chickasaw Traditional Village. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www. Live Banjo Performance at the American Banjo Museum invites guests to enjoy a live banjo performance FREE with paid museum admission. Also 7/23 & 30.

2-3 FREE Museums on Us: Bank of America Free Weekend at the OKC Museum of Art & the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum provides FREE admission for Bank of America credit/debit card holders.

3 • Sunday FREE Red, White & Boom! Concert & Fireworks Spectacular east of the Bricktown Ballpark celebrates

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Independence Day with food, fireworks & music by the OKC Philharmonic under the stars. Grounds open at 6:30 pm with available concessions. 8:30pm concert, firework, 10pm. 842-5387,

Art in the Park: A Celebration of the Heartland 2011 at Buck Thomas Park in Moore features craft vendors, musical entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides, children’s tent, car, truck, motorcycle show & fireworks. No dogs allowed. Noon-10pm. 793-4332, www.

4 • Monday FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm. FREE 4th of July Parade at the Greens Country Club (13100 Green Valley) includes prizes for parade participants in various categories. 10am. 775-2113, OKC Redhawks vs. Iowa Cubs baseball at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Fireworks to follow game. 7:05pm. $5 & up. 218-1000, Other home games this month: 7/5-10, 22-31. FREE admission to the Myriad Gardens’ Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory allows the public to view the new gardens. FREE street parking along Hudson & Reno. 9am-6pm. 297-3995,

5 • Tuesday FREE Quail Springs Mall Family Night includes free entertainment, prizes, crafts and more. 5:30-7:30pm. 755-6530, FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at Penn Square Mall’s Lego Store. Build a new model every month. Held the first Tuesday of the month. Quantities are limited. For ages 6-14. 5pm. 840-9993, www.stores.

5-9 Hairspray presented by the Lyric Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall follows the 1950’s story of Baltimore’s new teen celebrity, Tracy Turnblad, as she dances her way into everyone’s hearts. $23 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm. 524-9312,

5-26 Plains Style Beadwork Classes at Jacobson Native Art Center (609 Chautauqua, Norman). Class size limited. Preregister. Every Tuesday in July, 6:308:30pm. $60-$80; limited scholarships available. 3661667,

6 • Wednesday FREE Play in the Park at Ted Anderson Park (2405 S Rankin, Edmond) invites children ages 6-12 to play organized games such as tag, dodge ball, relay races, kickball & more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9:30-10:30am. 359-4630, parks. Also held 7/13 at Stephenson Park. HUGE Rockets at the Science Museum Oklahoma. Piedmont Rocketry Club will be demonstrating large rockets in the West End of the SMO parking lot. 11am12pm.

7 • Thursday Concerts on the Curve on the Classen Curve (Classen & Grand) offers live music, local artists, kids activities, shopping, food, drink & more. 6-9pm.

8 • Friday FREE Art a la Carte at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features live music, short films & an 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 available at minimal cost. 6-10pm. 360-1162, FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (NW 16th between Classen & Penn) includes art walk, local artists, live music & shopping. 7-11pm. www. FREE Heitz Movie Nitez at Marc Heitz Chevrolet in Norman screens “The Wizard of Oz” outdoors at dusk, complete with FREE popcorn. Bring blankets, chairs & snacks. 488-7971 or marcheitzchevrolet for details. Also held 7/22, showing “E.T.”

8-9 Midsummer Nights Fair at Lions Park in Norman is a celebration of the visual arts with over 45 art booths, kids art wall, live music, demonstrations, & food. 6-11pm. 329-4253,

8-31 Selman Bat Watch at Alabaster Caverns State Park in Freedom allows 75 visitors per night to watch over 1

million bats fly into the nighttime sky at the only public viewing of Mexican free-tailed bats in Oklahoma. Thursday viewings accommodate children ages 3-7; Friday & Saturday, ages 8 & up. Registration required. 424-0099,

9 • Saturday Run for Freedom in Stars & Stripes Park at Lake Hefner benefits The Hugs Project’s mission to send care packages to troops in the Middle East. Includes a 5K, 10K & kids’ 1K “Run with a Hero”. $30 preregistration, $35 race day, $10 kids’ 1K. 7:30am. www. FREE Hooked on Fishing kids fishing program for anglers ages 5-15 includes classes on casting, knottying, angler etiquette and more. No permit required, equipment provided. Preregister. 7:45am 316-FISH. Also held 7/16 at MetroTech Spring Lake (NE 36th & Springlake Dr) and 7/23 at Crystal Lake (6625 SW 15th St) FREE Coupon Class held at the Edmond Wal-Mart (Santa Fe & Danforth) teaches how to save money through the wise & honest use of coupons. Includes written materials & goodies. No young children. Preregister., www.


FREE Battle in the Saddle Family Fun Day at State Fair Park includes activities, games, arts & crafts & a mop pony parade. 4-7pm. 948-6729, www. battleinthesaddle.

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FREE Wand Making at Hogwarts at the Ralph Ellison Library celebrates the last Harry Potter movie with your own one-of-a-kind wand. Preregister. 424-1437. Ages 10-16. 2-4pm.


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FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series produced by the Performing Arts Studio in Norman features the music of Susan Cowsill at Lions Park. 7:30-9:30pm. 307-9320, 200-1691

10-15 International Finals Youth Rodeo at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee features events, performances & contestants from across the US competing in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping & bareback riding. 275-7020,

11 • Monday Musikgarten for Mommie & Me at the Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) invites children 15 months-3 years old & their caregivers to enjoy singing, dancing & playing instruments. Preregister. $13 per class. 9:30-10:15am. 340-4481, www.edmondfinearts. com. Also held: 7/18, 25 & 8/1.

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Musikgarten at the Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) invites children 3-5 years old to enjoy singing, dancing, playing instruments & musical games. Preregister. $13 per class. 10:30-11:15am. 340-4481, Also held: 7/18, 25 & 8/1.

12 • Tuesday FREE Amazing Africa at the Edmond Library invites children on a hands-on safari through the African savanna to explore the amazing wildlife & exciting culture & to meet an African animal. Limited to the first 50 in attendance. 10:30-11:15am. 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 Tuesday Night at Town Center “Woofstock” at Mustang Town Center Gazebo (1201 N Mustang) celebrates the world of dogs with a parade, contests & demonstrations. Live entertainment & concessions available. 6pm. 376-3411. FREE Reading & Vision Connection Workshop at Brain & Eye Connection Vision Clinic (1530 SW 89) focuses on vision training & rehabilitation. Preregister. 6pm. 703-3163,

13 • Tuesday FREE Cloth Diaper Basics Class at Green Bambino (5513 N Shartel) teaches about the “new” cloth diapers. No purchase necessary. Preregister. 6pm. 848-2330, Also held 7/16 & 30. Kids Session at Paint Your Art Out in Edmond allows kids to paint their name on a 10X20 presketched canvas. Preregister. $25. 513-5333, Other kids sessions held throughout month, consult website for details.

14 • Thursday FREE Four Star Debate-Final Debate at OCU's Hardeman Auditorium features 48 of the finest high school students from across the nation debating whether the 50 states in America should adopt a system of school choice for private & public primary & secondary schools. Hosted by Gen. Tommy Franks. 6:30-8:30pm. 425-1069. Dive-in Movie Night at Pelican Bay (1034 S Bryant, Edmond) features watermelon, swimming & a screening of The Sandlot. Wear a baseball jersey & get in FREE. Concessions available. $5. 8pm. 216-7647, www.

14-16 Fretted Instrument Guild of America Evening Concerts in conjunction with the American Banjo Museum at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown OKC features some of the world-renowned banjo, ukulele, mandolin & guitar players. Single day tickets $10 adults, $5 children


under 12; discounted 3-day tickets also available, through the American Banjo Museum. 7-9pm. FREE Admission to the American Banjo Museum during the Chevy Bricktown Banjo Bash.

14-23 The Wizard of Oz presented by Upstage Theatre at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre in Edmond. $12 adults, $6 students, FREE ages 4 & under. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 285-5803,

14-30 The Seagull presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. $15 adults, $10 seniors/students/military. ThursdaySaturday, 8pm. 235-3700, www.oklahomashakespeare. com.

15 • Friday Story Time at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) includes bouncing & a story time. $7.50. 11am. 607-2020, FREE Ride Day with Metro Transit offers FREE rides to OKC Metro area destinations on the third Friday of each month through September.

15-16 Girl Scout Sleepover at the Oklahoma Aquarium invites Girl Scouts of all ages to enjoy educational activities such as a flashlight tour of the Aquarium, a scavenger hunt & other fun. Preregister, 918-745-5220. 6pm-8am. Bright Night of Harry Potter at Science Museum Oklahoma includes an overnight stay in the museum, hands-on activities, admission to exhibits, tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 at a local theater, concessions open for late-night snacking & breakfast. $45 per child/adult participant, $20 adult non-participant (excludes hands-on activities). 6pm8:30am. Edmond Junior Rodeo at the Edmond Round Up Club (300 N Kelly) features contestants ages 4-14. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 6pm. 264-3685, www.

15-24 Annie Get Your Gun presented by Summerstock Productions at Mitch Park in Edmond. $15 adults, $10 children, $10/$8 matinee. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 249-7477, www.summerstockok. com.

15-31 Carousel presented by the Poteet Theatre (222 NW 15) features classic music by Rogers & Hammerstein as it follows the story of Billy Bigelow, Julie Jordan & | July 2011

the rest of the gang in their small town in Maine. $20. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. 609-1023,

16 • Saturday Colonial Days at the Oklahoma History Center presents a patriotic salute to our Colonial past with games and fun activities. Children are encouraged to dress in period costumes & compete in a costume contest to win a family membership. 10am-2pm. FREE Chevy Bricktown Banjo Bash at the corner of Sheridan & Oklahoma in conjunction with the American Banjo Museum features performances by worldrenowned banjo players including the All Stars Youth Banjo Band, Ken Aoki, Cynthia Sayer & more. 1-4pm. Chesapeake FREE Day at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History offers FREE museum admission courtesy of Chesapeake Energy.

17 • Sunday FREE Sales Tax Appreciation Day at the OKC Zoo offers FREE admission all day for all ages in appreciation of OKC voters passing a bill allowing 1/8 of every cent of sales tax in OKC to go to the Zoo. FREE Family Day at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art allows families to explore art in the museum’s permanent collection & temporary exhibits & enjoy hands-on art activities. 1-4pm.

18-22 Anniversary Celebration at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) is a week-long celebration of Bouncin Craze’s 3 year anniversary. $7.50 indoors, $3.50 outdoors. 10am. 607-2020,

18-24 Eskimo Joe's' 36th Anniversary Bash celebrates Stillwater's “Jumpin' Little Juke Joint's” anniversary with food, music, prizes and more. 405-377-0799,

19 • Tuesday American Idol Live! at the Cox Convention Center features the Top 11 finalists from American Idol Season 10. 7pm, Tickets, $45 & $65. Tuesday Night at Town Center “Flick & Float” at Mustang Town Center & Aquatic Center (1201 N Mustang, Mustang) includes activities outside of the pool & a movie in the pool at dusk. Purchase tickets by 7/14, available at the Aquatic or Town Centers. $5 per person. 6:30pm. 376-3411.


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Ragtime presented by Lyric Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall is a Tony Award-winning musical portraying life in turn-of-the century America through the stories of three families as they confront history’s timeless contractions & what it means to live in America. $31 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 524-9312,

Celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum includes the introduction of the 2011 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma contestants & announcements of the queen & court. 10am-5pm.

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Bricktown Art Festival is an art, crafts & gift festival located between the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark & the Bricktown Canal. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am5pm. 596-1687,

FREE LEGO Club @ Your Library at the Warr Acres Library invites young LEGO builders ages 6-11 to bring their team spirit & build. LEGO bricks provided. Preregister. 10:30-11:30am.

21-24 All Shook Up at the Sooner Theatre (101 E Main, Norman) pays homage to the music of Elvis Presley. 321-9600,

21-25 World Cup of Softball at ASA Hall of Fame Complex in OKC features the 2011 USA Softball Women's and Men's National Teams competing with teams from around the world. 425-3422,

21-31 A Streetcar Named Desire presented by the OKC Theatre Company at the Civic Center Music Hall is a well-known American classic. $10 preview show on 7/21. $19 adults, $16 students & seniors. ThursdaySaturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 297-2264, www.

22 • Friday Music Time at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) includes bouncing & music. $7.50 per child. 11am. 607-2020,


1st Anniversary Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur offers $1 admission to the Exhibit Center, $1 movies & $1 menu items. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. 580-622-7130,

24 • Sunday FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series produced by the Performing Arts Studio in Norman features the music of Terry “Buffalo” Ware & the Shambles at Lions Park. 7:30-9:30pm. 307-9320,

FREE Tuesday Night at Town Center "Rock N the Park" at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang) includes a scavenger hunt, instrument playground, inflatables & Mustang trivia. 6pm. 376-3411.

27 • Wednesday FREE Children's Metro Music Fest at the Warr Acres Library includes special guests Gustafer Yellowgold & The Okee Dokee Brothers. Space limited. 2-3pm. See website for other library performances. Also held: 7/28 & 29.

27-31 Dr. Doolittle presented by the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) follows the story of a strange doctor that can talk to animals. $10 adults, $6 students & children ages 2-12. Wednesday-Friday, 10am & noon; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm.

FREE Art After Hours at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features a 45-minute talk. Light refreshments. 6-7pm.

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22-23 Camp Out at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) invites guests for a camp out including bouncing, games & an outdoor movie. Preregister. $7.50 per child. 8pm-7am. 607-2020,

Customized nanny services and one-on-one tutoring and college test prep It’s your family. You know what you need. Tell us. We’ll help you find the right fit. Edmond Learning & Placement Center 405-513-6060 •

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FREE Big Wheel Nationals at the Moore Community Center (301 S Howard, Moore) includes “Kids Trike” race for ages 4-8, inflatables, food vendors & giveaways. Preregister. 5pm. 793-4332, www.

Orr Family Farm Teacher Appreciation Day (14400 S Western) offers FREE admission to teachers (with teaching ID) & prizes. Details, 799-FARM, www.

Happy children. Successful students. Stronger families.

FREE Gear Up For School Workshop at Brain & Eye Connection Clinic (1530 SW 89) focuses on vision training & rehabilitation. Preregister. 6pm. 703-3163, Dive-in Movie Night at Pelican Bay (1034 S Bryant, Edmond) features swimming & a screening of Madagascar. Concessions available. $5. 8pm. 2167647,

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Ad space deadline for our popular back-to-school August issue is July 18. * 1/4 page ads are only available for new advertisers who work with us to create a direct response ad. Must respond by July 31st to be eligible. Other restrictions may apply. 405-601-2081, ext 3 42 | July 2011

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August 2-6

Krazy Daze Sales Event in Downtown Edmond features bargains, sales & food. 10am-5pm. 330-2327,

A Chorus Line presented by Lyric Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall follows 25 dancers as they pursue their dreams to dance on stage in a re-telling of a classic. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; FridaySaturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 524-9312, www.

30 • Saturday OKC RIVERSPORT Challenge Multi-Sport Race at the Devon Boathouse (616 SE 6) features racing for youth ages 8-12 & adult brackets. Kayak & life jacket provided. $30 adults, $10 youth. Adult race 7am, youth race 9am. 314-6113, CQ Relief Shower for Oklahoma Tornado Victims sponsored by CQ Relief at Northside YMCA invites donations of new household items, clothing, food and health and beauty items for 4 families that suffered loss from the recent tornados. 3-6pm. melissa@, Bowling for Rhinos hosted by the OKC Zoo at the AMF Boulevard Lanes benefits organizations ensuring the survival of endangered rhino species by means of promoting conservation, education & research. $25 includes 3 hours of bowling, food & refreshments, an event day t-shirt & door prizes. Preregister. 7pm. 4243344,

30-31 FREE Thriving Marriages Retreat for Adoptive Couples at the Post Oak Lodge (5323 W 31, Tulsa) offers married couples who have adopted children from the Oklahoma DHS time away together, valuable relationship skills & the opportunity to meet couples with similar experiences. All expenses paid, money available for childcare. Preregister. 877-435-8033,

August 2 FREE Quail Springs Mall Family Night includes free entertainment, prizes, crafts and more. 5:30-7:30pm. 755-6530, FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at Penn Square Mall’s Lego Store. Build a new model every month. Held the first Tuesday of the month. Quantities are limited. For ages 6-14. 5pm. 840-9993, www.stores. FREE Tuesday Night at Town Center “Night Out” at Mustang Town Center Gazebo (1201 N Mustang, Mustang) features family-friendly activities. 6pm. 376-3411. National Night Out in Moore is designed to heighten crime & drug prevention awareness & generate support for local anti-crime programs. Activities include block parties, cookouts, parade and more. 793-5224,

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August 4-7 Willy Wonka Junior presented by the Poteet Theatre (222 NW 15th) features a classic show performed by the students of Poteet Theatre’s Summer Program. $10. Thursday-Saturday, 6pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm & 4pm. 609-1022,

Aug 4-Sept 3 A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. $15 adults, $10 seniors/students/ military. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700, Alicia Champion, Local Owner

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August 5 Story Time at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) includes bouncing & a story time. $7.50. 11am. 607-2020,

August 6 FREE 14th Annual Arcadia Lake Sweep at Spring Creek Park in Edmond offers the public an opportunity to volunteer & help clean up Arcadia Lake. Bring gloves & sunscreen. FREE hot dogs & t-shirts while supplies last. Rainout date is 8/13. 9am-noon. 216-7470,

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Back to School Bash at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) is an all day bash with indoor & outdoor inflatables. $7.50 indoors, $3.50 outdoors. 10am-8pm. 607-2020, FREE Tuesday Night at Town Center at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang) features a variety of activities. 6pm. 376-3411. Editor's Note: To keep up with the latest events, be sure to check and sign up for our Weekend Picks e-newsletter at

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Celebrating Birthdays! ning 5 en M., celebrates tur Birthday Girl Carm r. ate e 6 of Stillw with Camille B., ag

Matthew E., age 7, and Colby E., age 9 of Edmond at Bouncin' Craze.

We love to see how our readers celebrate their children's birthdays! In June, we asked our readers to submit their favorite birthday party photos—and we loved seeing how local families party down! Find all the submitted images at www. july-2011-photos. For our August issue, we want to see the fun you have in and around water—at the swimming pool, splash pad, lake, beach—or even just playing in the sprinkler in the back yard! Deadline for photo submission is Wednesday, July 20. Photo submission guidelines and a form to submit your photos can be found at www. mfm-photo-galleries.

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Alliz N. of Edmond celeb rating bir thday with a Mad Ha her 16th tter cake.

Cheikh N. of Edmond celebrates his 4th bir thday with a dinosau r party.

Tayven A. of Edmond celebrates his 6th Birthday at Roll-A-Way Skating Rink.

Catherine C. of Warr Acres celebrating her 8th Birthday.

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MetroFamily Magazine July 2011  

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

MetroFamily Magazine July 2011  

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