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Free Food and Coop Information

At the A Third Place Community Center, 6514 N. Peoria, we often offer various opportunities to help feed one another in our area of Turley, North Tulsa and Sperry.

1. We have food to give away that comes from within our community and from without. Right now we have lots of cucumbers, bags of lettuce, and buns. We also have fruit as well as our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that we keep available to all at any time. We often have excellent leftovers from the meals prepared or served as part of our many programs, and our programs themselves almost always come with free meal as part of the event. We are working with some churches, beyond The LivingRoom Church at A ThirdPlace, to keep this going and growing.

2. We are members of the Oklahoma Food Coop so people can order through us without having to have their own membership (we encourage those who can afford to do it to do so to support the worthwhile group, but if you can't you can order through us). Go to It is easy. Each month between the first day of the month and the second Thursday you can see the thousands of items available and their prices and you can choose and give us your order. Then when the deadline comes on the second Thursday we will put in the order. We like to get paid when we submit the order but you can also do so when you pick up your order. The orders come in on the third Thursday of each month. We pick them up and bring them to A Third Place in the evening where you can get them then or the next day and pay if you haven't. Please pick them up as soon as possible. We also encourage people to go in together to get the best deals especially helpful when ordering meat, as you can get whole sides and half sides of beef cut up to specifications. See more at the website below and come ask us about it at the Center.

3. We offer a free nutrition class each Tuesday at noon offered by the OSU Extension Service. It is always open and offers a variety of topics related to eating healthy and inexpensive.

4. We are putting a big focus this coming year on transforming our area with community gardens to grow the cheapest healthiest food within our own "foodshed". If you are interested in being a part of a community garden let us know. You will hear more about this soon. We also encourage people to go in together to share livestock and can help you with that.

5. We also now have our new cookstove at the Center and can do more of our own food meals. You will be hearing more about that soon too and let us know if you are interested in helping.

Transforming communities one meal at a time.


Benefit Pancake Breakfast Saturday Dec. 13 and Christmas Caroling Friday Dec. 19

All are invited and needed this Saturday Dec. 13 for the pancake breakfast in support of A Third Place Center. Come to the Odd Fellows Lodge building at 6227 N. Quincy between 8 and 11 am. All you can eat pancakes sausage eggs biscuits and gravy juice and coffee. Freewill donation. This is a great way to give back to our community center, 6514 N. Peoria, where we giveback to the community with our free library, internet center, clinic, donation room, programs, meeting space, food programs, and more.

Then join with us as we work on a beautification project at 66th and N. Lewis intersection.

Then on Friday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 pm come to A Third Place for the annual Christmas caroling party. Refreshments provided.


Coming Events in Turley: Dec. & Beyond

Come Check out all the goings-on and community spirit at A Third Place, 6514 N. Peoria Ave.

We are now members of the Oklahoma Food Coop. You too can therefore order food and crafts and all kinds of things through us between the first day of the month and the second Thursday. This month between Dec. 1 and 11th. Go to and see what all can be ordered then email your order to and arrange payment. Orders are delivered on the Third Thursday and can be picked up at A Third Place that evening or the next day. For more info see the posters at A Third Place or call Ron at 430-1150.

Health Clinic meets 9 am to 4 pm on Mondays, Tuesday, Fridays. Call 660-3614

Also, each Thursday at 7 pm the Turley Fire Department at 64th and N. Peoria is open to tour, meet the members, and learn more on how you can help. If you are a property owner in Turley also sign the Fire Department petition to create a Fire District which will help support the Fire Department by spreading the dues to property owners who currently don't pay anything, and perhaps lowering the fire dues of those who are paying now. The Fire Dept is also looking for new volunteer firefighters, as well as volunteers in all capacities.

Monday, Dec. 1 to Dec. 11 Food Coop

Wednesdays in December, beginning Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Intro to Basic Spanish, taught by Chris Newsome, at O'Brien Park Recreation Center.

Wednesdays beginning Dec. 3: Morning Prayer for the Community and breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.; 11 a.m. bible chat with Ron; noonprayer and meal; Vespers 6 pm meal, conversation and study, and communion worship by TheLivingRoom Church.

Friday, Dec. 5 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. OU Clinic Flu Day

Friday, Dec. 5, 5:30 pm TCC NE campus back by fitness center southeast section of campus, meeting with other leaders in House District 72 and with State Rep. Seneca Scott on coalition building. Monthly meeting. Food provided by Newsome Farms.

Tuesday Dec. 9 Noon Sherry Clark of and Oklahoma Crime Commission on "Building A Safer Turley." Come learn personal and neighborhood safety tips.

Tuesday Dec. 9 7 p.m. Community Gardening, Karen Gray, OU Social Work, others

Thursday, Dec. 11 Final Day to order monthly Food Coop order

Saturday Dec. 13 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy, proceeds to A Third Place. Freewill donation for pancake, eggs, biscuit and gravy, juice, coffee breakfast. Invite friends, family, others, help us raise funds and create relationships at same time.

Saturday Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to ? Let Turley Bloom Day work at 66th and N. Lewis; reclaiming and recreating the visible intersection to beautify an entry point in our community. For more call Bonnie Ashing 430-1150.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting with Neighbors Along the Line community leaders

Friday, Dec. 19, 6 to 8 pm Annual Community Caroling Party. All welcome.

Ongoing: 12 Step Saturday evenings 7:30 pm.
Christmas Eve 11 pm service.

Thursday, Jan. 8 7 pm Turley Fall Parade Planning. Help us bring back and create a new sense of community pride and spirit.

Upcoming. Check back for more info. January Thursdays computer classes to help parents and students with schoolwork, Rosemary Powell of Tulsa Library System will be teacher. Info to be announced

Check back on the blog for the latest news and updates and more events that will be posted.

Free Nutrition classes set in Turley

With the help of the OU Health Clinic, the OSU Extension Center is offering free nutrition classes here at A Third Place community center, now every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. You can come to all or any one of the classes. The next one will be Thursday, Sept. 18 and the topic will be on Food Safety. It is a timely and needed topic, especially for families, day cares, and more. Help us spread the word.


Vote Tuesday August 26, and Community Meeting

The run-off election for House District 72 which covers most of the Turley area will be held Tuesday, August 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at O'Brien Park Recreation Center, 61st and North Lewis Ave., is the monthly meeting of the Turley Community Association. Go meet officials, hear reports from county officials, share concerns, and hear updates of community projects.

(Also, Tuesday August 26th is the National Women's Rights Day honoring the amendment to the U.S. constitution affording women the right to vote; the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, Tennessee, certified its vote supporting that amendment on this day back in 1920. Special thank you to all the women of Turley, past, present, future).

Election sites are the Turley Assembly of God at 63rd and Peoria, First Baptist Church of Turley on 71st St. east of Peoria, Gethsamene Baptist on 56th St. west of Peoria, and perhaps at Greeley Elementary near 61st and Cincinnati (I say perhaps because much of the area in that part of Turley falls in another House District where there is no run-off election on Tuesday; that is my area for example; we are just across the street from where House District 72 is; I guess someone has to be a "fringe edge of a district" somewhere, though a little redistricting might be in order).

At A Third Place Center we are non-partisan but are partisan about voting and celebrating democracy itself and have voter registration forms. We also try to get out the accurate information about who is elgible to vote. Many in our area assume that if they, or someone they know or are in their family, has had a felony conviction that it means they can't vote ever again. The law is different. Felons can vote depending on how long their sentence was, and how long it has been since their release. The information is on the voter registration forms which we have at the Center.

As we head into a presidential election year, too, we seek to encourage civil discussion, lively interest in all candidates, and above all else increased voter registration and turnout. Recent statistics about voting in Tulsa County that have documented turnout in areas of North and East and South and West Tulsa show that voting in North Tulsa including Turley area has the lowest percentage of any area. This means for one thing that elected officials and government officials who are not elected but answer to those who are will not have the same incentive to pay attention to residents who do not pay attention to their own area through the basic duty of voting.

As we seek to build community spirit and hope and partnerships, let it begin with citizenship, information, sharing, and participation.


/BIG EVENT: OU & Turley Sat. Aug. 23 6 p.m. - ?

Come to A Third Place Community Center in Turley on Saturday, Aug. 23rd beginning at 6 p.m. for a celebration of the partnership with the OU Social Work Department; see what the graduate students have been doing with their Turley project helping our community; enjoy a Jupiter Jump for kids; enjoy free bluegrass music and a rock-n-blues concert; enjoy a free hot dog grilling dinner; get information on the many opportunities to help make Turley and the surrounding area of North Tulsa and Sperry a better place to live; find out more about the Center and the plans for the coming year. And stay tuned for more info but start spreading the word today...To help call 794-4637 and ask for Ron or Donna.


Summer Happenings in Turley

Animal Benefit Garage Sale. This Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Turley Community Center, A Third Place, 6514 N. Peoria Ave., supporting the spay and neuter blitz program of Save Our Strays.

Health Clinic For All, insured or uninsured, by Univ. of Okla. Each Tuesday 1-4 p.m. and each Friday 9 a.m. to Noon. A Third Place Center. Call 660-3614 for your appointment. Come by and support the clinic presence in Turley.

Turley Resource Center Begins. Tuesdays 12-5 and Fridays 8 to noon. A Third Place Center. Need Help? Looking for somewhere to turn? Trying to figure out which agency can help which problem or issue? Come see us. Thanks to Graduate Assistant Program of Univ. of Okla. Social Work Department.

OU Turley Project Continues in Summer. Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. OU graduate students will be meeting and working in Turley at A Third Place, and then the Big Weekend. Friday June 20 from 1-5:30 p.m. and Sat. June 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free meals to local residents who participate. Help Improve the Community, work on various volunteer projects, continuing meeting with Turley residents and organizational leaders to hear what people love about Turley and what they would love to see Turley become. Meets at A Third Place Center.

Turley Rodeo at the Round-Up Club on 69th and N. Victor, Friday June 7 and Sat. June 8.

Food Bank and Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Lunches for Turley and area kids. Our area has almost 100 percent of the children receiving subsidized lunches during the school year, but what about when the school year is over? We don't want any families to go hungry. We are setting up a program to offer peanut butter sandwiches for lunch for free, plus we have our mini food bank. Donations of volunteer time to help with the lunch is needed, as well as food for the food bank. Call Ron at 794-4637 and help us spread the word. We would love to have lunch available at noon each day; just need volunteers to help take an hour one day to help facilitate it.

Transforming Turley Tuesday. June 10 7 p.m. A Third Place Center. Plan community gardens, work on beautifying public spaces in Turley, planning music and speaker series, and more.

Community Benefit Pancake Breakfast, Sat. June 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. Turley Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. Freewill donations.

Turley Community Association Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, June 24, 7 p.m. O'Brien Park Center, 61st and N. Lewis.


Turley Rising!! May Events

Sunday, May 4---Coffee & More Sundays at the community center, A Third Place, 6514 N. Peoria Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(come worship with Living Room Church at Church of the Restoration, Pine and Greenwood, each Sunday in May. Meet at A Third Place at 10:30 a.m. See Rev. Ron Robinson.)
Each Tuesday, May 6--OU Turley Medical Clinic, 1 to 4 p.m., A Third Place
Wednesday, May 7--Living Room Church, A Third Place, 6 p.m. potluck meal, 6:30 p.m. four part discussion of the new book, "Jesus For President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals" followed at 7:30 p.m. with prayers, communion service.
Each Friday, May 9--OU Turley Medical Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, A Third Place
Friday, May 9--Turley Clean-Up Day, Free Meal for Helpers, 5 to 8 p.m., A Third Place
Saturday, May 10--Turley Clean Up Day, Free Meal for Helpers, 8 a.m. to Noon, A Third Place
Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Community Breakfast, Odd Fellow Lodge, free will donation, 6227 N. Quincy
Saturday, May 10--Turley Garden Fair, 1 to 4 p.m., A Third Place. Seed-Sharing, Flower and Plant Swapping, Spare Tools, Community Gardening Talk
Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m., A Third Place, Turley Animal Shelter Planning, Save Our Strays, Saving Pets of Turley
Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m. Turley Community Association, O'Brien Park
Saturday, May 31, Turley/Cherokee School Reunion, Cherokee School, 6001 N. Peoria Ave.


The Living Room Church events in A Third Place in Turley

We have lots of volunteers from different churches in the Turley area and from those with no church affiliation. We hope to grow with even more and help all the churches in our area grow in service and spirit. We also have The Living Room church meeting on Wednesday evenings in A Third Place, open to all. In May on Wednesdays there will be a special read and discuss of the latest book by Shane Claiborne called "Jesus for President: politics for ordinary radicals". Common meal at 6 p.m. open to all, followed by the conversation, and all are invited to stay for the 7:30 p.m. short service of prayers, candle-lighting, communion. Come by to get a copy of the book or send email to Also for a preview go to and for more on The Living Room church mission go to the blog, Planting God Communities at

Turley Talks Sat. April 19 10-5 Stop By Free Pizza

Come Saturday to A Third Place Center, 6514 N. Peoria Ave., and experience another round of Turley Talks with OU graduate students helping us build on the strengths and assets of our area for future projects. Come and say thanks to them. Come at 10 a.m. for welcome and forum on positive potential for Turley's future. Come at noon for free pizza and say thanks to OU. Come at 1:30 p.m. for more interviews with Turley area residents. Stay for community forums on the future of Turley and an evaluation of Turley Talks and how to keep it going and growing.

Thanks to all who have helped get this started: The OU graduate social work department in Tulsa and Norman; the members of the Turley Community Association, the Living Room Church, the volunteers at A Third Place, and all who are participating. Spread the news.

What do you love about our area? What would you love to see in our area? Growing ways "WE" can help one another and make a difference.


ReTree Turley: 600 Trees to GiveAway April 5

A Third Place Center has received a donation of 600 trees of all varieties, redbuds, birches, ash, and more, which will be given away on Saturday, April 5, here at the Center, as part of our partneership with OU and Turley Talks. Spread the word. Help us beautify our area and make a living statement to the world. We also received a printer/copier for use in the free internet and library area of A Third Place Center. Call 794-4637 for more on the Center.

Turley on Channel 2 News

Our "A Third Place" Center received more television coverage this weekend, on Tulsa Channel 2 news, as we did our Turley Talks kick-off event partnering with OU. I haven't been able to find any of the television coverage posted on the web at the news station in order for you to link to, but you can read the web story at

The video included shots outside and some inside our space as the community forum were being held, and they also did some shots of places around the community. They were here early in the day and their coverage focused more on the needs of the area, while the program itself is focusing on the assets we have, uncovering and unleashing them, and building community from the inside out and the bottom up rather than waiting for "fixes" to come from anywhere or anyone else.

Free meal for those who participate. Next gatherings will be Friday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sat. April 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyone had a fantastic time. Come and participate and talk about what you like about living in Turley, what our strengths and assets are, breaking stereotypes and going beyond statistics. OU is helping us to identify our strengths, connect them, and unleash them to address our challenges.


Turley Talks & More Coming Events

You are invited to all these coming events in "Greater Turley" including north Tulsa, Sperry, Turley, and surrounding area. Spread the word.

Updated News: O'Brien Park Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m. Sat. Mar. 22 and Doggie Biscuit Hunt 12:30 p.m. Go there and then come for Turley Talks.

1. OU Turley Talks. Please Help Improve The Quality of Life in Our Turley Area.
Come to “Turley Talks” with the University of Oklahoma and The Turley Community Center “A Third Place” 6514 N. Peoria Ave. 794-4637. Spread the Word To All You Know who live in, work in, shop in, have ties to our area.

A Chance to Take A Survey To Say What You Would Like to See in Our Area, to help OU identify future plans and projects for renewing our area.
Come to one or all of these events, bring family, friends, coworkers, church members

Sat. Mar. 22 be a part of the survey interviews at 2 p.m., the community Forum 3:30 p.m., and full events will take place from 10-5 (see posts below).

Friday, April 4, 7 p.m. survey interviews, 8 p.m. Forum, full events 6-9
***Also on this weekend, the Free Trees Giveaway April 4-5, part of “ReTree Turley” in connection with the OU Turley Project

Sat. April 5, 1:30 p.m. survey interviews, 11 a.m. Forum, 3 p.m. Forum, full events 10-5
**We will also be scheduling this day an introduction to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mentoring Children of Prisoners program as we try to get it started in our area.

Sat. April 19, 1:30 p.m. interviews, 3 p.m. Forum, full events 10-5

Sign Up Now For Your Survey Interview Date If You Can Or if you can’t just come by. Call the center to reserve your time or email

2. "ReTree Turley". After the continuing devastation of our area, OU students are helping us get planted again with donations of redbuds and other trees. These will be given out as part of Turley Talks on the weekend of April 4&5. Stay tuned for more details on this "ground-breaking" event just in time for Spring as our area "springs forward" in its renewal.

3. Coffee and More Mondays at the community center, "a third place," from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A great way to Start Your Week--with coffee, company, cable TV, the Tulsa World, the New York Times, USA Today, other current magazines, free internet, WIFI, free library, bargain donation room browsing & more. We are making Mondays a little bit easier. Freewill Donations Accepted.

4. OU Turley Bedlam Medical Clinic Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to Noon, A Third Place, 6514 N. Peoria Ave. Appointments call 660-3614 to get more information and to make your appointments for Tuesdays and Fridays. This is for Insured or uninsured both welcome. Full spectrum primary care. Spread the word to all who need this service in our community. Come say hello and support the presence of the clinic.

5. Turley Community Association public meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 25, 7 p.m. O'Brien Park, 61st and N. Lewis. Last tuesday of each month. Hear reports from officials, share problems and solutions.

6. Saturday April 12, 8 a.m. community breakfast at IOOF lodge, 6227 N. Quincy, freewill donations accepted.

7. Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. community benefit hotdog grill lunch, community center, "a third place" 6514 N. Peoria. Help us raise funds to keep the center going and growing.
8. The Turley/Cherokee School reunion is coming up May 31, but you need to RSVP for it as soon as possible. Go to for all details. We will post more here soon too. To get updates contact Planning meetings are held at A Third Place.

9. The community center A Third Place needs volunteers. You can get oriented as a volunteer, age 18 and up though we have some volunteering for those under 18 too, at our monthly volunteer sessions. Each First Friday and each Second Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Call 794-4637 or email for more.

10. Turley Networking Tuesdays, Every Second Tues., nex time April 8, 7 p.m. at A Third Place. All ideas Welcome. Come connect with other community supporters and activists. Plan Events Together.
11. Turley Trash-Off Community Litter Pick Up Day, Friday, May 9, 6-8 p.m. and Sat., May 10, 8 a.m. to Noon. Meet at A Third Place Community Center. Free Lunch on Saturday for volunteers.

12. Garden Fair, Sat. May 10, 1-4 p.m. A Third Place Center. Seed-Sharing, Plant-Swapping, Pot and Tool Exchange, Organic Gardening Info, Community Gardening Info.

13. Twelve-Step Alcoholics Anonymous and Other Recovery from Addictions Program Each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at A Third Place Center.
14. The Living Room Church meets at A third place center during the week. email to href="">RevRonRobinson@aol.comfor more updates or information.

15. Your Group Event. Email to add events to this calendar; all are welcome, from churches, families, other groups, parks, etc.


Turley on Channel 6 site

You can see TV news about the Turley Community Center and the new health clinic, see below, at the site, checking out the web exclusive stories site. Or go directly to You can leave comments on the site too. Tell them thanks for doing the story, and more. See below too how you can be a part of A Third Place, no matter where you live. Contributions can be made now to The Living Room Church, which has begun the Center for the community, and we are in the process of starting a wider not-for-profit community foundation to keep it growing. Stay tuned for work days for all at the Center, for chances to be a part of events here, and more.

Turley Talks: Put it on your Calendar Now for Mar. 22, April 4, April 5, April 19

More Great News about the new and emerging partnership between the University of Oklahoma Graduate Social Work Department and the Turley area. It began last Spring with class assignments and now is growing as Turley has been chosen as a field experiment site for graduate students.

TURLEY TALKS---A Community Project By The University of Oklahoma, A Third Place Community Center, & You

What: A Time To Talk About Our Area’s Strengths and Needs, Sharing Resources and Ideas and Connections

Why: Renewing Community Spirit and Involvement To Improve Quality of Life

Who: OU Social Work Graduate Students and Faculty will talk with those who live in, work in, shop in, have ties to “Greater Turley” area. This means you.

When: Saturdays, Mar. 22, April 5, April 19 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Also Friday evening, April 4, 6 to 9 p.m. Come for one hour on one day or for as much as you can, come and go, during all the days. Full Schedules below.

How: Spend an estimated one hour talking about Turley life with an OU representative, and you are invited to also participate in community forums led by OU at the end of each day’s session. These interviews will help the community connect with one another, discover partnerships on projects of interest to people in our area, learn about resources and strengths we have to offer to make our community a better place.

Where: A Third Place Community Center/Library, 6514 N. Peoria Ave., Turley, OK 74126

What Happens Next: OU will report back its findings and identify possible future projects to work on with Turley leaders and groups to keep the relationship between OU and Turley alive and growing, and Turley residents can use the forums to connect people with current community projects and prepare for future projects on our own.

For More Info email or call Ron Robinson
794-4637, 430-1150, 691-3223.

Planned Schedules of “Turley Talks”
See the times underlined below for the Key Individual Interviews. If you can only come for one part of the Turley Talks, this is the most important. Pick one day and one hour to talk about Turley life. RSVP if possible. We also encourage you to stay for the Community Forums immediately following the individual talks. You are invited to participate in all of the events or as much as you can; come and go.

First Saturday, Mar. 22
10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to Turley Talks Project
11 a.m. Orientation to Turley, Overview, Tours
12:30 p.m. Lunch and informal discussions
2 to 3:30 p.m.: Individual Interviews
3:30 p.m. Community Forum Focus Group Talk
4:30 p.m. Summing Up—Taking It Home

Friday, April 4
6 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
7 p.m. Individual Interviews
8 p.m. Community Forum Focus Group Talk

Second Saturday, April 5
10 a.m. Welcome
11 a.m. Forum on Turley strengths and assets
Noon: Lunch and informal discussions
1:30 p.m. Individual Interviews
3 p.m. Community Forum Focus Group Talk
4:30 p.m. Summing Up—Next Steps

Third Saturday, April 19
10 a.m. Welcome
10:30 a.m. Community Forum on Turley Potential Positive Future
Noon: Lunch and Informal Discussions
1:30 p.m. Individual Interviews
3 p.m. Community Forum Focus Group Talk:
How To Take The Next Steps
4:30 p.m. Evaluation of Turley Talks to date

OU-Turley Bedlam Medical Clinic Begins Tue. Feb. 5

Great News. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Bedlam Medical Clinic will begin in Turley at the community center A Third Place, 6514 N. Peoria Ave. This "full doctor's office on wheels" will be here on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning Feb. 5. Walk-ins are welcome. It is for insured and uninsured. It is full primary care with ability to refer to all specialties and all hospitals in the area. To reserve an appointment and to find out more information, call 660-3614. We also have patient registration information and brochures about the clinic at A Third Place. To pick them up call us at 794-4637 or 691-3223 and come by the Center. Spread the word about this important new service in the Greater Turley area of north Tulsa, Turley, Sperry, and surroundings.

See the posts below on this page for more information on the web about the OU Bedlam Clinic.