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Justice In Action Every Day: News and Reports and Events from the Far North Side

Hi all. Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 19 at 10 am we will have a tour again of the Cherokee School building and property, ahead of a meeting with school officials on Thursday, Sept. 20. We are looking for potential nonprofit and profit groups that might like to join a consortium of services for the 74126 and northside area as a possible re-purposing use of the building. We have had a few interested folks, particularly related to working on a joint mission of food justice, community meals, food pantry, healthy foods, but are open to all kinds of partners. If you would like to come let me know or just show up at the school for the tour, 6001 N. Peoria Ave. If you are interested but can't make the tour, let me know too; we can arrange an alternative time for you.

Don't Forget We need your daily vote now and until Oct. 9 and sharing of our entry in the 50 States For Good competition. We are the nonprofit selected for Oklahoma in the contest. Help us win $50,000 for our CommunityKitchenGreenhouseShelterPavillionRainwaterCollection Area at the GardenPark and Orchard here in the 74126. To vote go to and click the cast your vote link. For more on why to vote for us go to

Our Auction this past Saturday was a good community event with music and helping us organize our new Community Room space with items for sale and the auction, but it was a bust as a fundraiser as very few showed up for the auction of so many of our great office and home furnishings and more; so we will be having all the items still for sale anytime someone wants to make arrangements to come view them; and we will be taking the best items we hope to a consignment store; and holding more garage sale for the rest of the donated pieces in the next few weeks as we work to clear the space for its new use. You can help by "buying a virtual auction item" by donating to us at $20 per "item" at So think of the wonderful items we will be helping someone else get for almost next to nothing and "sponsor" that item with your donation: $100 sponsors 5 items for people, etc. This is vital at this time of the year as We were counting on the auction to help us not only pay for auction expenses but for our increased programming and projects and meet our monthly budget (remember that we are basically an entire volunteer and all into mission organization; the only person paid is a very few hours staff person at the food pantry; all else we do by volunteer and contracted). Thank you in advance. Checks are always welcome too made out to A Third Place Foundation, sent to us at 5920 N. Owasso Ave. Turley, OK 74126. See below for what the funds go toward....

 Upcoming Events Not To Miss and To Partner With Us, beyond our weekly gatherings and food pantry and legal clinic and recovery groups and community center and community gardening park and orchard events (we have the new greenhouse shed underway at the park too; and are there on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 8 am working, volunteering, and harvesting for the food pantry and with neighbors)

Tonight, Turley Area Disaster Response Network meeting number two, 6 pm Fire Dept building, 6408 N. Peoria Ave., following an early meeting today with a new partner, Heather Morgan who is a doctoral student and who is working with Tulsa Partners on emergency management and will be assisting us. Free meal included.

McLain High School Homecoming Friday, Sept. 21, game at 7 pm, we will be there most of the afternoon with the McLain Foundation table and meeting other alumni and spreading the news about how we support the students and teachers.

Cherokee School Reunion, Saturday Sept. 22 from 9 am to 4 pm. I will be giving the invocation and benediction and have a booth set up about our community work and ideas for the school.

Sunday, Sept. 23, Worship Service at Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave., as I will be guest preaching on "The Servant Church" and Mark 9:30-37. This will be our regular worship gathering on Sunday. Then going to the Northsiders Reunion Picnic at Mohawk Park from 1 to 4 pm, and I will be attending the ordination service at 4 pm Sunday for the soon to be Rev. Elizabeth Cartmell Ladd at Hope Unitarian Church.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, the last orientation session for the disaster response network, 6 pm at O'Brien Park followed by the Turley Town Hall at 7 pm.

Saturday, Sept. 29, we will have a Community Art Day at the Community Center, the beginning of a crafts coop and sewing circle, and from 11 am to 4 pm we will partner with the Tulsa Health Dept. in its Grand Opening Fair at the new neighborhood North Regional Wellness Center near us at 56th and N. Cincinnati. I will be bringing the blessings on the new facility. Tours and health screenings and great music by Soul Revolution, Zumba demonstrations and free food at the event.

Sunday, Sept. 30 I will be guest preaching at the UU Church of Stillwater, OK.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 pm free dinner at our Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave., followed by a 7 pm showing of the new anti-poverty movie "The Line" followed by livestreaming of discussion by Sojourners Magazine from Washington, D.C.; Come learn and share latest insights on fighting poverty.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 pm the OU Tulsa Graduate Social Work Class will meet at our Community Center to discuss community issues and connect with community resources on a variety of issues facing our 74126 and far North Tulsa area; come connect your group, agency, or special issue with students who will be helping us address these struggles and celebrate our strengths. Free meal included. I recently taught two class sessions at OU Tulsa about our area and am glad to see the continuation of the service learning on the ground in our neighborhoods here; come support and meet this new generation of community change agents.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:30 to 8 pm Taste of North Tulsa, community health event at McLain; we are a sponsor again this year and will have a booth.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 am to 4 pm with free lunch included, Far North Community Renewal Conference, featuring a tour of the area, presentations by Ann Patton and Terry McGee, and small action groups.

Thanks, blessings, and see you soon, Ron Robinson Growing healthy lives and neighborhoods on the far northside

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