Visit with Santa Christmas Party – December 16, 2011 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM

Bixby Community Center
211 North Cabaniss
Bixby, OK 74008
Friday, December 16th
3:30 PM – 4: 45 PM

Children ages 12 & under are invited to join us for refreshments, games and a visit from Santa!

Sponsored by:
Bixby Community Center Council, Inc.
& Tulsa County Park Dept.

Bixby Local Selected as Finalist in Songwriting Contest

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Ten finalists, including Jacque Gates-Bowling from Bixby,  have been named in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s Songwriters Contest. They will perform the original songs at a Songwriting Showcase on October 8 at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Muskogee.

Four youths who were finalists in the youth division of the songwriters contest also will perform at the showcase. Doors open at 5  p.m. and the Showcase begins at 6 p.m. in the historic Frisco Depot, 401 S. Third St., in Muskogee. Admission is $2.00.

Adult Amateur Songwriter Finalists are  Scott Aycock, Tulsa: two songs; Jacque Gates-Bowling, Bixby; Mike Dinsmore, Tulsa; Krystal Gaulden, Wagoner; Rick Jackson, Porum; Amber Moore, Wagoner; Joe Muse, Broken Arrow; Erika Slade, Wagoner; and Kimberly Smoak, Nowata. Youth Finalists are Madalyn Cook, Ft. Gibson; Chelsea Greenfield, Wagoner; Hunter Lasater, Wagoner; and Cassidy Yandell, Gore.

Songs were accepted in all genres. The first-place winner…


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Bixby Public School Band Enrollment Increasing at High Speeds

Elementary and middle school bands in the Bixby School District are increasing at lightening speed.

There are twice as many eighth grade band students, 79, as there are band members in the freshman class just ahead of them, the Class of 2015.

Challenging but good news is an increase in school enrollment has followed with an increase in the band program.  To accommodate the size of the eighth grade band, students now meet in the high school band room.  According to band director Jennifer Self, “We are impressed with the number of very talented students in this year’s eighth grade band. We are excited to see what they are able to accomplish this year.”

Forty-five eighth grade students  play woodwind instruments; 25, brass; nine, percussion.  Coming up, there are 100 seventh grade band members; 180,the  sixth grade band. Enrollment for the Pride of Bixby High School Band is 130.

Bixby Public Schools is fortunate to…


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Bixby Band Skating Fund-raiser

Story By Ellen Bussert

The Bixby Middle School eighth grade band is planning to move to the music at their first annual Skate-a-thon and are looking for financial support.  The Skate-a-thon is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, 7- 9 p.m. at the Bixby YMCA.   This event allows the students to have fun, exercise, and raise money for the middle school band program.

According to Bixby Middle School band fund-raising coordinator, Kellie Bassett, “The original idea was for the kids to be skating laps, but since everyone may have a different skating ability, we decided to use a timed method instead. We will break the skate times into 10-minute intervals with break time set for those ready to take a moment to catch their breath. The kids can say they will skate so many minutes for their donations. This way everyone can reach their goals of donations for the band and prizes given for certain donation levels.“

There will be…
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Reasor’s Recycle Hope Program Gives to Food for Kids Backpack Program

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TAHLEQUAH, OK – [September 23, 2011] – Due to the recent announcement of Angel Food Ministries closing its doors, other local food assistance programs will see an increase in the number of individuals who rely on assistance programs to feed their families.

Recycle Hope is Reasor’s and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s new program which allows customers using reusable bags to bag their groceries the opportunity to donate their reusable bag savings to the help feed hungry children.

Currently, any customer who uses reusable bags saves 5¢ off their total purchase per reusable bag used. With Recycle Hope, the customer can now choose to donate their savings to the Food for Kids Backpack Program of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

To participate, simply use reusable bags to bag your groceries. Customers can bring their ownreusable bags, or there are reusable bags available for purchase near the registers at all locations. Customers will automatically save 5¢ off their total purchase per reusable bag used.

To donate your savings, inform the cashier that you wish to donate your savings to Recycle Hope.

“When I became a member of the board of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma our [Reasor’s] president Allen Mills challenged me to find a way to help…

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House Passes Sullivan Bill to Protect Jobs

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Washington –  Today, Congressman John Sullivan offered the following statement after House Passage of H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011. Sullivan introduced the bipartisan TRAIN Act to protect American jobs we are in danger of losing due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) costly, burdensome regulatory agenda.  H.R. 2401 passed the House with bipartisan support.

“This is a huge win for the American people and an essential step to protect American jobs – jobs that we are in danger of losing due to the Obama Administration’s environmental regulatory agenda.  The fact is EPA has no idea how these regulations are impacting  global competitiveness, energy and fuel prices, jobs or reliability of the electricity supply – eight of the EPA regulations addressed in this bill will cost a minimum of $1 billion each on the U.S. economy.  I firmly believe the American people deserve an honest accounting of how much the Obama Administration’s energy and environmental regulations are costing our economy and that is exactly what the TRAIN Act provides.

“One of the actions in my bill…”

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