Tulsa, OK is looking for community volunteers to help in the Early Settlement Mediation program. They need local residents who would like to serve as a volunteer for the court system as mediators who are trained to settle lawsuits and disputes. The program will be sponsored by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the City of Tulsa Municipal Court.
The Early Settlement Mediation program will handle cases such as real estate, merchant/consumer, tenant/landlord, family, individuals with disabilities education act, divorce, adult guardianship, and child permanency.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the mediator program, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get an application. Once you have completed your application, you can submit it back by email or by postal mail to Early Settlement, 600 Civic Center, Suite 108 Police-Courts Building Tulsa, OK 74103.
You will also have to have your application in before February 12, 2013. There will be periodic trainings for Divorce and Family Mediation; however, it is required that you have this training prior to mediation. Trainings provided by the court system will be free for those who are chosen to be mediators for the program and who can make a commitment to volunteer.
Training for 2013 will be March 20, 21, and 22, 2013. And, you have to attend all three trainings and each orientation. If you need a step up on pre-training, you can visit the Mediation Institute of Tulsa. They offer an array of conflict resolution services that will qualify you for any court system in Oklahoma.
The Mediation Institute of Tulsa is the only mediation facility in Oklahoma with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Outlying counties are also included in the areas scheduling so you can use the institute whether you are local or not. The Mediation Institute of Tulsa also hosts short training classes for mediations in conflict resolution skills. You can attend the institute from either the Tulsa location or the Oklahoma City location every quarter.
The New Year has arrived and along with you will find many events in Tulsa, OK to enjoy this January. Some of the events are annual and some are new, but either way they are great for the whole family. So, grab them all and enjoy Tulsa at its best this month.
Tulsa Events January 2013:
Monster Jam Monster Trucks – This is an annual show that is family-friendly and stars the biggest and best on four wheels. The show is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat while they race and rip up the course. It’s also great on the family budget.
Date: January 5 & 6, 2014
Time: 5th at 7:30pm, 6th at 3:00pm
Location: BOK Center, Tulsa
Price: $27 to $37
Tulsa Bead Market – If you like beads, gemstones, silver, pearls and more you will enjoy the Bead Market.
Date: January 12 & 13
Time: 12th from 10am to 5pm, 13th from 10am to 4pm
Location: Tulsa OK Fairgrounds Ford Truck Arena
Jekyll & Hyde – The classic production of Jekyll & Hyde is finally here in Tulsa after four years on Broadway and many world-wide tours. It’s a theatrical phenomenon you won’t want to miss.
Date: January 22 – 27, 2013
Time: times vary – visit tulsapac.com
Location: Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Price: $20, $25, $45, $60
Justin Bieber in Concert – Bieber fever is coming to Tulsa in his “Believe” North American Tour, which will feature Carly Rae Jepson.
Date: January 9, 2013
Location: BOK Center, Tulsa
Price: $39.50, $55, $65, $79.50
Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show – Boats, trucks, watercrafts, fishing gear, ATV’s and more will all be right here in Tulsa.
Date: January 28 – February 3, 2013
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Location: QuickTrip Center
If you are looking for a New Year’s Eve party in Tulsa, OK then you will find several locations to celebrate and bring in New Year right here in Tulsa. Therefore, we have compiled a list of some of the locations and their details for bringing in the New Year.
Tulsa New Year’s Eve Parties:
* The Party – this is the fourth annual, The Party, celebration in the Blue Dome District. This is a free street party that will feature a lighted ball drop, live entertainment and fireworks.
Time: 9pm to 12:30am
Location: Blue Dome District, Downtown Tulsa
* Crystal Ball – this New Year’s Eve masquerade party will include entertainment from local DJs. There will be a photo booth, midnight toast, and a balloon drop.
Time: 9pm to 1:30am
Location: IDL Ballroom at 230 E 1st St.
Price: $35 per son or $60 per couple
* New Year’s Eve Celebration – you can enjoy a New Year’s Eve celebration with the talented duo of Cynthia Simmons and Travis Minner, plus many more great local bands.
Time: 8pm to ?
Location: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E First Street
Price: $20 in advance or $30 at the door
* The Mayo Hotel New Year’s Celebration – enjoy live music, champagne toasts, food and more at the Crystal Ballroom this New Year’s Eve.
Time: 8pm to 2am
Location: The Mayo Hotel
Price: $65 per person
* Hyatt Regency New Year’s Eve Celebration – bring in the New Year at the Hyatt Regency while you enjoy party favors, karaoke, champagne toasts, live music and more.
Time: 8pm to 1am
Location: 100 E Second Street
Price: Deluxe package is $299 per couple, includes tickets to the party, a room and breakfast buffet. $75 for entry without room.
* A $100,000 New Year’s – start your New Year’s Eve with a happy hour from 10am to midnight. Live entertainment will begin at 9pm and there will be a $100,000 in cash and prizes for all attendees.
Time: all day
Location: Osage Casino-Tulsa, 951 W 36th Street North
As we celebrate the holidays in Tulsa, OK we have some holiday highlights that residents and visitors may be interested in. There’s a lot going on in Tulsa this December so we can’t list them all, but we have compiled a list of some of the most popular Tulsa events.
Tulsa OK Holiday Events:
* Winterfest – This magical filled holiday event began in late November, but will be here until January 6, 2013 so there is still plenty of time to enjoy the fun. Winterfest will be in the streets of Downtown Tulsa at the BOK Center with an estimated 150,000 visitors. You can enjoy ice skating under the Tulsa skyline while you watch free entertainment. It’s a favorite Tulsa holiday tradition.
* Macy’s National Santa Bus Tour – Santa is coming to Tulsa in Macy’s style as he leaves is reindeer to rest before Christmas. Kids of all ages can meet Santa when his tour bus comes to the Woodland Hill’s Macy’s. There will be lots of Christmas spirit and magical moments with Santa’s jolly elves. You can see Santa each day at the Woodland Hills Mall at 1:00 pm starting December 16, 2012. Admission is FREE.
* Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – This popular event keeps the holidays around just a little longer with a special end of year concert by the group Mannheim Steamroller. The group offers an array of traditional holiday music with many of the songs being big hits on the radio. You can catch the show December 29th at 8pm and December 30th at 2pm at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
Foreclosure filings are at the lowest in 5 years. Finally, the wave of foreclosures around the nation is much less according to recent reports by RealtyTrac. Their reports show that there is a decline of 7% in September from August and far below one year ago of 16%. The recent report shows that foreclosures are the lowest since the fall out in 2007.
These days, foreclosures are not making headlines like they once were. However, some economists believe there could be another wave of foreclosures to hit the housing market. Since the mortgage settlement was reached in April, many experts believed the market would once again be flooded with repossessions. But, that is not the case now.
Foreclosures are down more steeply in some states over others. Part of the reason for the decline is overall economy improvement. The government and banks have also helped with their efforts to prevent foreclosures. The Home Affordable Modification Program was a big factor in getting millions of homeowners down to an affordable mortgage payment.
Banks are still a big part of the recovery as they continue to help homeowners look for ways to keep from foreclosure. Many banks are letting homeowners refinance at lower rates or they are agreeing to short sales, which is a more preferred method over foreclosure. And, the improving economy is helping more people get and keep jobs so they can pay their mortgages.
This November, Tulsa will have a lot going on with expos, shows and events for the whole family to enjoy. There, we have found a list of some of the most exciting to share.
Tulsa OK November Events:
√ South Tulsa Baptist Arts and Crafts Expo – This will be the 5th annual Arts & Crafts Expo for South Tulsa Baptist. The event will have a variety of local vendors selling, home décor, photography, jewelry, woodcraft items, baby items, and more. There will be a concession and bake sale also. Admission is free.
Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: South Tulsa Baptist Church – 10310 S Sheridan Rd.
√ Mistletoe Market – This craft show features Tulsa’s unique creativity and talent. There will be local businesses and party vendors there also. Admission is free.
Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: Legacy Christian Academy – 1201 N Elm Place, Broken Arrow
√ Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show – This arms show is the world’s largest gun show.
Dates & Times:
November 10, 8am to 6pm
November 11, 8am to 4pm
Location: Quick Trip Center
Price: $10 per adult, $3 for 12 and under
√ Kids World 2012 – Kids will get to discover over 30 different cultures and countries through live activities, entertainment and great food. Watch dancers from India, try on Dutch shoes, write your name in Japanese and more.
Date: November 15 – 17, 2012
Time: 9am to 6pm Thursday, 9 am to 8pm Friday & Saturday
Location: Exchange Center, Expo Square – Tulsa Fairgrounds – 4145 East 21st Street
√ Thanksgiving Outreach – This event is for the community. There will be free hot chocolate, hot dogs, haircuts, clothing, oil changes, balloon animals, face painting and Thanksgiving dinners. There will also be services provided for those who want to attend. Admission is free.
Date: November 17, 2012
Time: 11am to 2 pm
Location: World Outreach Church – 8863 E 91st St.
√ Route 66 Marathon – This event is held annually the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving. This will be the 7th anniversary for the Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend. The event includes a fitness and health expo, marathons, walks, live music and fun for the whole family to enjoy. If not running or walking, admission is free.
Dates: November 17 – 18, 2012
Location: Veterans Park – 19th and Boulder
First-time Tulsa homeowners will soon be moving to new rehabilitated homes in the Tulsa, OK area. The mayor recently announced the three lucky first-time homeowners who will get new homes through the City’s Rehabilitation Program; a program that is partnered with the Tulsa Development Authority and Wells Fargo Bank.
Wells Fargo foreclosed on a few properties in Tulsa earlier this year in hopes to help rehabilitate them and increase property values in the surrounding neighborhoods. Three of those homes were chosen by the Tulsa Development Authority and Wells Fargo to be part of the program.
Each of the three recipients of the rehabilitation program received a grant for $35,000 to rehab the homes with new siding, kitchen and bath fixtures, heating and air, and appliances. The recipients also had to attend New Homeowner Training that was giving by the Tulsa Housing Authority.
Now, three happy families will be moving into their first new home and will soon discover the pride of being a homeowner. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you can take care of your family while pursing the American dream.
The rehabilitation program was started in Tulsa to help retain safe housing for all the citizens of Tulsa, OK. And unknown to many local Tulsan’s, the program has been in effect for over 20 years. The program is there to assist individuals and families who meet certain income levels to own a rehabilitated residence.
Now that fall is here, you will begin to see some of the most beautiful colors on trees like vivid oranges, yellows and reds. It is also the perfect time of year to plant trees in Tulsa, OK. The fall weather allows trees plenty of time to get their roots deep into the ground before the summer heat can scorch them. Therefore, we have some tips for choosing the best trees for your Tulsa Oklahoma home.
Choosing the best tree for your environment is just as important as its planting time. Homeowners in Tulsa should choose trees from USDA zone 6a to 7b. Trees from this area are better suited to overcome weather stress and are more likely to survive.
Trees add quality and value to your home. Therefore, you should choose trees that are beautiful year-round. Homes with trees usually sell faster than homes with no trees. And, adding trees to your property can help with utility bills if positioned correctly around your home.
Great trees for the Tulsa area:
Shumard Oak – From the southern red oak family, the Shumard Oak is one of the biggest from its species. They produce a rounded canopy and grow 80 to 125 feet tall. This is a beautiful tree any time of year and helps shade your property well. In the fall, they produce beautiful red and orange leaves.
Chinese Pistache – This hardy tree is a close relative to the Pistachio Nut tree. It puts out a beautiful shade canopy and can reach 40 to 50 feet high. In the fall, the leaves turn red-orange and brilliant red. This tree is popular for shading one-story homes and because it is nearly disease and insect free.
Lacebark Elm – This graceful, yet durable, tree can adapt to many soil types and conditions. It produces long arching branches and a round canopy with lustrous dark green leaves that change to reddish purple and yellow in the fall. They can grow 40 to 50 feet tall.
When it comes to your home’s property, there is no price tag for the beauty that can come from trees. Trees can create a relaxing feel for any yard, especially when a gentle wind is blowing through.
Tulsa’s largest family event, the Tulsa State Fair will be here September 27 through October 7 at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. Along with cool rides and attractions, the fair will have a variety of free concerts on three stages. There will be some big names coming to the Tulsa State Fair this year.
The fair attractions will include a variety of entertainment you don’t want to miss. There will be featured attractions and daily attractions including just for kids adventures, the Muscogee Greek stage, the Bud Light tailgate tent, the international beer garden, a wine garden, a culinary stage and more. And best of all, each attraction is free with your paid general admission.
Disney on Ice will perform at various times each day and you don’t want to miss the biggest event, the PRCA Rodeo and concert series. Rodeo and concerts will be October 5 and 6 at 7pm. For an additional $30 you will get to enjoy the rodeo and live performances by Jake Owen and the Randy Rogers Band.
Don’t forget to have fun on the rides and visit the livestock shows and the competition exhibits. For more information about the fair you can visit www.tulsastatefair.com.
Tickets prices are as follows:
Friday-Sunday – $10 for adults
Monday-Thursday – $8 for adults
Military, Seniors 62+ and Youth 5-12 are $6
Children Under 5 – Free