Job fair

Nancy Webster, director of community relations for Goodwill Industries, reports that Goodwill is planning to hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at 2800 Southwest Blvd. Many companies will have booths, and some will conduct interviews on the spot.

For more information about Goodwill Industries, visit www.goodwilltulsa.org or call 584-7291.

Help!

Here at RedFork Main Street, we want to spread the word about events and activities taking place in Southwest Tulsa — but we can’t do that without your help. If you know of an organization or business that is holding a special event, project or activity in or near the RedFork Main Street project area (one block on either side of Southwest Boulevard between the river and 33rd West Avenue), please let us know. We would love to receive press releases, newsletters, fliers and other materials from Main Street supporters, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, and other entities that are working to make Southwest Tulsa a better place to live and work.

Feel free to add us to your mailing list. Our address is:

RedFork Main Street News
c/o RedFork Main Street
3708 Southwest Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74107

Materials also can be e-mailed to epriddy@redforkmainstreet.org.

Drop us a line and let us know what’s going on!

Children’s events at Zarrow

Tomorrow morning is preschool storytime at Zarrow Regional Library. Children ages 4 and younger can come to the library, 2224 W. 51st St., at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) to hear a story.

On Saturday, the library will host PAWS for Reading from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. First- through fourth-graders can come to the library to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a service dog. Participants will receive a free book provided by a family literacy grant from Target Corporation. Preregistration is required. Call 591-4366 to register or to learn more.

To learn about other upcoming events at Zarrow, click here.

Where am I?

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So … you think you know Southwest Tulsa? Here’s your chance to prove it. From now through April 30, RedFork Main Street will hold a contest to test your knowledge of Southwest Tulsa. Here are the rules:

1. Every few days, we will post a photograph shot somewhere in the RedFork Main Street project area. (There is no set schedule for posting photographs, so you’ll need to check in every day to see whether we’ve posted a new picture.)
2. You will have 24 hours from the time the image is posted to submit a comment telling us where you think the picture was taken.
3. To give everybody a chance to participate, we will hold comments in moderation until the 24-hour cutoff is reached.
4. For each image you correctly identify, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a softcover copy of Michael Wallis’ Route 66: The Mother Road. The more correct answers you have, the more chances you have to win the prize.
5. Please do not submit more than one guess for each picture.
6. The drawing will be held May 1, and the winner will be notified via e-mail.
7. The winner will have until May 9 to make arrangements to pick up the book at our office.

The more familiar you are with the RedFork Main Street project area, the better your chances of identifying the photos — so get out there and start exploring the neighborhood!

Grant could put visitors’ center in Red Fork

A federal grant could put a visitors’ center next door to the Route 66 transportation theme park being built in the 3900 block of Southwest Boulevard.
“It just makes a lot of sense for people to come in, pull in, take a rest stop, (and) walk over” to the park, Randy Dittman told the Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce during a regular meeting Thursday morning. “It’s going to be a wonderful jewel for us over here.”
Dittman said he and other Chamber members are working on an application for a federal Scenic Byways grant that would fund 80 percent of the estimated $330,000 cost of converting the bottom floor of the two-story “Chamber house” on Southwest Boulevard to a visitors’ center complete with rest rooms, interpretive materials, and information about local businesses and attractions.
The deadline for submitting the grant application is Monday. The grant is expected to be awarded by December, Dittman said.
If the Chamber receives the grant, it will be responsible for raising $66,000, or 20 percent of the total project cost, he said.
“We’ve kind of taken this house to the next level. We hadn’t anticipated this,” Dittman said. “We’d be remiss not to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Also during the meeting:

  • Tulsa City Councilor Rick Wescott reported that the city has approved the release of funds for work on the transportation theme park.
  • County Commissioner Randi Miller reported that engineering and design work is being done on the proposed low-water dams in the Arkansas River. Although voters rejected a proposal last fall to fund the construction of dams, $5.7 million in engineering and design work was already approved through Vision 2025, Miller said.
  • Kirby Crowe, program director for Vision 2025, said the Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for a water system at Chandler Park, and advertisements will go out April 7 for construction bids on a planned 16,000-square-foot community center at the park.
  • Springtime in Red Fork

    Although December’s ice storm took its toll on Tulsa’s arboreal assets, survivors were blooming all over Red Fork on Thursday afternoon as temperatures reached the 80s for the first time this spring:

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    A little sapling was blooming just off historic Route 66 in downtown Red Fork.

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    This lovely redbud was blooming in front of O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at the corner of 33rd West Avenue and Southwest Boulevard.

    The warm weather and gorgeous flowers make spring a perfect time to slow down, take a walk, and enjoy the friendly smiles, pretty colors, and bursts of unexpected beauty that make Southwest Tulsa such a wonderful place to be.

    Let’s go fly a kite

    Just a couple of blocks from the RedFork Main Street corridor, Reed Park Community Center is offering children ages 5 to 12 a chance to go fly a kite. Children will decorate their own kites and fly them during the class, which will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 7. Cost is $5. Participants must preregister by Tuesday, April 1.

    Also, this Thursday, March 27, is the deadline to preregister for Reed Park’s “Get Out! Outdoor Skills for Kids!” The class, which meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from April 3 to April 24, will teach outdoor skills to kids ages 8 to 15. Kids will learn about camping, hiking, fishing and archery. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Cost for the class is $20 and must be paid at the time of registration.

    For a complete listing of Reed Park’s other programs and activities, click here. (You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the page, which is a PDF document. If you do not have the reader on your computer, you can download it for free at Adobe.com.)