Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Just a quick note: The Applebee's in Altus no longer has kid-night on Tuesdays. It has been moved to Wednesdays. I'm guessing they didn't want to compete with the McD's Tuesday night kid-meal-deal... but who knows. Just wanted to pop in and let you know, so you don't accidentally get stuck at a table with 6, yes 6, kids and have to explain full price is not an option. Go forth and eat cheap! If you have any other locations/times to recommend for a good deal on a kids-meal please email me or Audrey.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tamarac to be closed on Tuesday, April 21st

I received this email from an employee of Altus Power and wanted to pass on the info as I'm sure most of us use Tamarac at least once a day. Here is the media release from Altus Power:


Daniel Scott
City of Altus Electric Superintendent
Mary Billingsley
City of Altus PIO Assistant / Electric Department Secretary


Tamarack Road Closing for Transformer Move

ALTUS, OKLAHOMA, April 16, 2009/--After years of planning and work, the new Veterans Substation, located at Veterans and Tamarack, is ready to receive the transformer that is the center of the substation operations. The transformer will be moved from its present location at the Tamarack Substation on West Tamarack on Tuesday, April 21. The move will begin at 8:00 AM on Tuesday and is expected to take approximately 10 hours. To facilitate the move, parts of West and East Tamarack will be closed in sequence as the transformer progresses to its new site. For safety reasons, the closings will include all public and private access to Tamarack, including streets, driveways, entrances, exits and alleys on Tamarack at some time during the move. Citizens are advised to allow for the closings and plan alternate routes as needed. The longest closings will be while the transformer is taken out of the Tamarack Substation and when it is being moved into the Veterans Substation; the actual transport will take less time. After the transformer has passed each section, the accesses will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible. Beginning at 8:00 AM, the sequence of the closings will be as follows:

Section 1
The intersection of Bradford St. and Market Rd. will be closed to all north bound traffic,
Tamarack and Market Road will be closed to all east bound traffic,
The west entrance to the Southwest Area Vo-Tech will be closed to all traffic, and
Flamingo Road and Tamarack will be closed to all traffic while the transformer is removed from the Tamarack Substation and begins moving eastward. This part of the move may take several hours and all intersections will remain closed until the transformer has passed Tamarack and Main.

Section 2
On Tamarack the east entrance to the Vo-Tech, the entrance to the Health Department, all the southern entrances and exits to Western Oklahoma State College and all northern entrances and exits to the Red River Federal Credit Union will be closed to all traffic, Robin and Tamarack will be closed to all traffic, Main and Tamarack will be closed to all traffic and all intersections will remain closed until the transformer has passed Tamarack and Main.

Section 3
Tamarack Road between Main Street and Park Lane will be closed to all eastbound traffic and
All public and private entrances and exits to the south side of Tamarack between Main and Park Lane will be closed until the transformer has passed Park Lane.

Section 4
Tamarack east of Park Lane and Veterans north of Falcon Road will be closed to all traffic,
All entrances
North bound traffic on Veterans will be diverted onto Falcon Road,
East bound traffic on Veterans will be diverted south on Park Lane,
All public and private entrances and exits to both sides of Tamarack east of Park Lane will be closed, and
All public and private entrances and exits to both sides of Veterans north of Falcon will be closed until the transformer has been placed in the Veterans substation, a procedure that could take several hours. Once the transformer is in place, all traffic on all streets will be returned to normal.
Altus Power would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during the move and remind anyone with questions or concerns about the move or the closings to contact us at 580-481-2240. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

May Playgroup Schedule

May Playgroup Schedule

Friday, May 1st – Bridget’s House/Yard, 10:00-12:00. Back by popular demand, Bridget has graciously offered to let us take over her cul-de-sac again. Bring a ride-on toy, bike, etc. There will also be craft supplies to make a May Day basket as well. Directions: From base front gate, take a right on Veterans to Tamarac, continue on Tamarac and take a right on Partridge (by the Shamrock bank). Take your first left onto Mallard Circle, go to the end and make another left to the cul-de-sac.

Friday, May 8th - Altus Gymnastics Academy, 9:00-10:30. AGA is located on Thomas Avenue. Leaving the base through the main gate, follow Falcon Road to Thomas Avenue. It is a left right as you reach the Firestone Building. 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, May 15th- Base Gym, 10:00-12:00.
We will meet in the front gym at the Base Fitness Center. There is lots of room for the kids to run around, throw balls, etc. Some toys are provided but you are welcome to bring a couple of your own.

Friday, May 22nd - Altus Gymnastics Academy, 9:00-10:30. See info above on May 8th.

Friday, May 29th- Excellence Park on Base, 10:00-12:00. Directions: From front gate, take first left onto Altus Rd. Take second left onto Burr/Birch St. Take left onto East River Dr. and the park will be on your right.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lawton Garage Sale

Need a road trip? Can you call it a road trip if its only 1 hour away in Lawton?

Get the spring cleaning done or simply, find treasures new-to-you.
Plan a day to head over to Lawton for a large indoor garage sale on April 18th.
See the info attached, from Lawtoninfo.com.

Great Plains Coliseum
920 SW Sheridan Rd
Lawton, OK 73505

Contact: 580-581-3600
Website: https://www.gpcoliseum.com

KLAW--Across the street from Central Fire Station
626 SW D Ave
Lawton, OK 73502
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5pm
Must Fill Out An Application

Spaces Available First Come First Served.
Set up on April 16th.
First Booth is $35.00 additional Booths are $30.00 each.

Admission is $1.00 each, 14 and under are Free.
Schedule for Saturday is 8am to 4pm.

Come and see what bargains we have! Come and join us and set up your table.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Time to Plant-

Its almost time to start planting here in Altus. If you're looking for some tomato plants or some peppers; maybe an herb garden or perhaps a flower bed- You have to stop by Southwest Garden Center. Its a little over 7 miles north of "the square" on HWY 283. (almost to Blair) As you drive north on 283, the green houses are on your left. The staff is so very friendly & knowledgable and the prices are excellent. I priced plants at... a major discount chain... only to find tomato plants were $3.50/ea. After I picked my jaw up from the floor and drove the short bit to Southwest Garden Center, I was thrilled to learn their plants start at $.39. Yes thirty-nine-cents. Support local! And enjoy the afternoon picking out plants for the kids, the garden and your home. Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Altus Speedway 2009-

Start your engines!
The Altus Speedway is gearing up for a big opening day. After you hit the Easter Egg hunts, drive on over to the most exciting evening in Southwest Oklahoma. Please check out their website to learn more about the track, cars, driving directions, schedule and rules.

Opening day is Saturday, April 11th. The speedway is a short hop, 3 miles, north of Altus, before you reach Blair, on HWY 283. Here are some of the events planned for opening day: (opening day agenda copied directly from www.altusspeedway.com) We'll see you at the track!





Car Show at MOJO HOBBY SHOP, 2200 Falcon Rd.


Pits open, owners & drivers MUST register!


open practice for all classes


driver autographs front stretch


races start, time trials, heats, features

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rattle Snake Round Up 2009!

Mark your calendars:
Its still two weeks away, but its supposed to be the big awesome event in Southwest Oklahoma!

April 24th-26th, starting at 10a. In Downtown Mangum Oklahoma, "on the square" at Main and Jefferson. {Mangum is about 25 minutes north on HWY 283 from Altus.}

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From wimgo.com:
Join us for this annual snake hunt featuring a bus safari, guided caravans, flea market, snake tent, butcher shop, souvenir booth, photo booth, fried rattlesnake meat, square dance, live band, and Derby Princess Contest. Free admission.

I've personally talked to a couple friends who work in the Quilt Shop in Mangum (on the square), and they gave me the scoop on the festival. Plan to park a couple blocks away, as the Mangum downtown is transformed into a huge flea market fair with vendors of all kinds. You can even eat rattlesnake, should you be so brave. They mentioned you can take a picture with a rattlesnake wrapped around your shoulders. Bring your money, sunblock and a stroller for the wildest event in April.

If you've been to the Rattlesnake Round Up in past years, please leave a comment and tell us what to expect, share your tips, & make your recommendations! Thanks.

Just Between Friends Children's Consignment Sale

For those who are interested, there is a "Just Between Friends" Consignment Sale in Lawton coming up soon from April 24-25. This is a great way to both buy and sell baby/kids clothes, toys, dvd's, books, blankets, baby furniture, maternity clothes, etc. If you consign items, you get to shop a day early. Anyone can consign items- you set the price and receive 65% of the sales (70% if you volunteer at least three hours.) Even if you don't consign items and just go to shop, you will still be surprised what nice, quality things you can buy at a fraction of the cost. For more info, click here.

To see the YouTube video of "Why We Love JBF", click here. (I'd recommend this video to anyone who hasn't been to a consignment fair of this type before.)

If you do decide to consign, please mention that you were referred by Audrey Tolle...thanks!!