Monday, October 27, 2008

November Playgroup Schedule


Friday, November 7th- 10:00-12:00 Tour Of Base Fire Station and Lunch at Galaxy Grill. Meet at the Base Fire Station at 10:00. Following the tour, for those that want to, meet at Galaxy Grill (inside the bowling alley on base) for lunch. If the weather is nice, children can play on the playground right outside the cafĂ©. Directions to base fire station from the front gate: Go through the round about ¾ of the way to First Street. Turn right on “F” Street. Drive all the way to the end of the street by the flight line and the fire station is right there.

Friday, November 14th- 9:00-10:30 Altus Gymnastics Academy. AGA is located on Thomas Avenue. Leaving the base through the main gate, follow Falcon Road to Thomas Avenue. It is a left immediately before “Tiny Tots” (a small second hand children’s store). AGA is an unmarked metal building on the right about two blocks after turning on Thomas. Cost is $3/one child and $5/more than one child.

Friday, November 21st 10:00-12:00 Reservoir Park (Hoyt Shadid Park). Bring a picnic lunch and some balls, kites, bread for feeding the ducks, etc. There are three little playgrounds at this park and lots of room to run. This park is located on the side of reservoir opposite of Falcon Road (behind Hastings and Altus Christian Academy) Directions: Take Falcon Road out main gate toward town. Turn Right on N. Jackson Street and then left at the stop sign. Follow road short distance and park is on the left. If weather is too cold or wet, we will meet at the Base Gym.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sewing Classes with Jen of Reannalily Designs

Here's the info for a couple of classes being given by Jen of Reannalily Designs. I took her Tote Bag class last month and had so much fun and felt productive at the end of it. I highly encourage you to sign up for a class if you have any desire to learn to sew or build upon the sewing skills you have.

Four Dinner Napkins Class
Monday, November 3rd 10:00 a.m.- noon
Cost: $15 + supplies>

Pajama Pants Class
Saturday, November 8th 9:00 a.m. to noon
Cost: $25.00 + supplies

See Jen's Website here for more info (click the "Classes" link on the sidebar)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Family and Teen Talent Show

There will be a Family and Teen Talent Show on Thursday, November 6th, 2008 6:30 p.m. at the Freedom Community Center.

There are 15 different Categories to choose from-
Parent and Youth Team, Husband and Wife Team, Family Act. (Acts should be less than 4 minutes long)
To register or for more information, go by the FCC or call 481-6600.

Halloween and Harvest Parties

There are several Fall festivals and Halloween parties this week. Here is the info on just a few of them.

Monday, October 27th
First Baptist Church is having a Fall Festival including a hot dog supper, cake walk, Trunk N' Treats, and hayrides around the reservoir. It will take place at the Altus Community Center on Falcon. 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 30th

Plantation Village Grace community everyone to a Halloween Festival from 6:00-8:30 inside the Plantation Village facility. There will be games, treats, and haunted house entertainment provided.

Grace United Methodist Church will hold a Trunk or Treats Party at the church 620 S. Park Lane. at 5:30p.m.

Friday, October 31st-

Altus AFB Youth Center Fall Carnival- 3:30-5:30 p.m. Games, Bounce House, Candy, etc. Ages 12 and under. Only $2.00 per child. Call 481-7903 or 481-6600 for more info.

Emmanual Baptist Church- Trunk or Treat Children's Fall Fest 6:00-7:30 p.m.

First Assembly of God will have a Fall Festival with games, puppet shows, hot dogs, popcorn and candy from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Southside Baptist Church will have a Fall Fest from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with hot dogs, games, candy, popcorn, and costume contest (no scary or demonic costumes).

And don't forget about Farm City week going on this week. See here for more details.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The 411 on Farm City Week

Next week is "Farm City Week" here in Altus. As part of the festivities, there is a luncheon, two farm city tours, a banquet, and for some, a ride in the KC-135 or C-17.

On Wednesday, October 29th, there is an a.m. tour that leaves around 8:00 from the Altus Community Center and will go until about noon. The Farm City Luncheon follows at noon at the Community Center. (This is optional and tickets for the luncheon are $10.00) There will be a second tour in the afternoon leaving around 1:30 until around 5:00. Children are welcome to come on the tour as well. See below for sign up information.

The tour will highlight Jackson County's agricultural economy and crops grown in Southwest Oklahoma. The tour buses will travel to the Cotton Growers Coop Gin, Altus Peanut Warehouse and Robbie Robbins Farming operations and then there will be a chance for participants to drive a tractor at the Expo Center.

On Thursday night, October 30th, there is a Farm City Banquet that begins at 6:00 at the Altus High School Auditorium. There is a full evening of events scheduled including live entertainment from Mikayla Jo Balderas and an award ceremony. Tickets to the banquet are $20.00.

For more information, tickets, or to sign up for the tours, call Lela at the Altus Chamber of Commerce at 482-0210. For those affiliated with the AFB, call Lisa Holland at 481-7700. She is with Public Affairs on base and can provide tickets and information to military families.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Weekly Spouses Coffee Group

There is a weekly Spouses Coffee Group sponsered by the ASYMCA. For those who need something else to do that allows children, here is the info:

Who: Targets ranks E5 and below, however ALL RANKS and ALL CHILDREN are welcome to come and participate.

When: Thursday Mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Please note that this now takes place on THURSDAYS)

Where: Freedom Community Center, gather near the Starbucks counter

Donuts and coffee are supplied weekly. You may want to bring a bag of toys for your children to play with or share.

Questions, please contact Joan Wilcoxen at 580-481-6761.

Thanks, Katie, for the info!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bundles for Babies

There will be a Bundles for Babies Class Tuesday, October 21st from 9:00 am-12:00. The location is in the classroom of Building 39. Participants will recieve a "bundle" valued at over $70.00. If you are pregnant and would like to enroll in this class, please call 481-6761 to register or click here for more info.

Baby-sitting Class this Thursday

There will be a Baby-sitters course held this Thursday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. at 905 N. Willard St. If your preteen or teenager would like to attend this class during their fall break, please call 482-5303 for more information.

November Craft Fair

In case you missed a chance to see all the great booths at the OSC Baazar this past weekend, fear not, there will be another craft show in November supporting Relay For Life Cancer Research. The fair will be Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 to 2:00p.m. at the Altus Community Center.

If you are wanting to set up a booth, it is $25.00 for one table and chairs are provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Ferguson at 482-1208.

More info to come...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lots Going On This Weekend

There's a lot of events going on this weekend in Altus... here are a few of them.

1) Joel Harrison Concert. Friday, 7:30 at the Freedom Community Center. More info here.

2) OSC Fall Bazaar- Saturday, Oct. 11. 10:00-4:00. Admission free. Open to the public. More info here.

3) Playgroup Roadtrip to the Pumpkin Patch. -Saturday, October 11, Roadtrip to Clemon’s Autumn Acres Pumpkin Farm, a little pumpkin farm outside of Elgin, OK. They have pumpkins for the kiddos to pick and take home as well as a few other activities. Meet at the Commissary at 8:30 AM and carpool from there (the trip will take about 1 hour each way). Please pack a lunch/snack for your child (children) as they do not have concessions there. The cost is $5/child.

4) Dog Days of Summer at Base Pool- Bring your dog to the base pool. Click here for more info.

5) Base Theatre-Movies showing this weekend are "Bangkok Dangerous", "Disaster Movie", and "Traitor." Click here for showtimes.

6) City Movie Theatre-For shows and showtimes, click here.

7) Altus Speedway-Smash-O-Rama Monster Truck Rally. Saturday night, 8:00. More info here.

Have a safe weekend and a Happy Columbus Day!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Family Support Center on Base

For those of you not familiar with the services offered by the Family Support Center on base, there are many. Here is a description of some of the services offered.

The Loan Locker has all sorts of household goods to borrow including sleep mats, dishes, utensils, pots, pans, baking ware, small kitchen appliances (coffee makers, George Foreman Grills, blenders, etc.), fans, toys, pack n' plays, and much more. If you are here TDY or if you are PCSing in or out, you have priority to borrow household items (bring a copy of your orders). If you are here permanent party and need to borrow something (a coffee maker for company for example) you can borrow it as well if the items are available.

Used Uniforms for All Ranks- there is a large supply of free used uniforms and service dress items available to all ranks.

Airman's Attic- Ranks E5 and below are welcome to take advantage of this service. Items are supplied free of charge (bring your ID.) There are children's clothing, adult clothing, books, household items, decorating items, and much more. The Airman's Attic takes donations from anyone and appreciates anyone who would like to volunteer.

Other Information-There is also a wealth of information and brochures on community events, area attractions, relocation resources, etc.

The Family Support Center is located next to Charlie's and the Thrift Shop and is open Monday through Friday 9:30 to 2:30. The phone number is (580) 481-6761. Lisa will help you and she is very knowledgeable and dedicated to the programs offered.

Friday, October 3, 2008

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Here's a few suggestions of what you can do this weekend. Have a good one!

1) Cotton Pickin' Chili Cook Off- Downtown Altus (Broadway and Main). Free to enter your chili, $3.00 for the public to purchase a "Chili Kit" to sample the chili and BBQ. From the locals I talked to, you will want to GO EARLY (like around 9:00 a.m.) to be gauranteed some chili action. There will be live entertainment and displays. For more info, click here or here.

2) Spirit of Survival Weekend at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge. Check here for more details.

3) Rummage Sale to benefit deployed Airmen will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Altus Community Center on Falcon Road (West side) from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be hosted by the AAFB 97th Operations Group Secretaries. To buy a space call Angela at 481-7240 .

4) There are a couple of spaces left in the sewing classes offered by Jen of Reannalily Designs. Click here and here for more info.

5) Altus AFB Movie Theatre is showing "Mirrors", "The Rocker" and "The Longshots." For movie times and other info, click here.

6) For movie info at Heritage Park, click here.

7) Altus Speedway, 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. More info here.


Have a fun and safe weekend!