Archive | February, 2015

Civic Involvement Forum to be Held at the University of Central Oklahoma

24 Feb

Civic Involvement Forum to be Held at the University of Central Oklahoma

A forum on civic involvement will soon be held at the University of Central Oklahoma focusing on the importance of the public getting more involved, and centered on how things are run in different public organizations – including the local government.

Helping to get involved in various public organizations, including the local government, can produce a huge result on how impactful groups are in dealing with the public. When there is participation among the people on programs and activities, the goals of these organizations are more centered on making things better for everyone in the community.

The event will feature several featured guests from the local government including; Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, Edmond Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner, Oklahoma City Councilman John Pettis and Central alumna Cyndi Munson. They will be joining in on the discussions about civic involvement, as well as answering questions. They will also discuss how they have become more involved with the local government as individuals and how everyone can make an impact.

The civic involvement forum will be held for free to all on February 25, 5pm, at the Pegasus Theather, Liberal Arts Building, UCO campus. The event is organized by the University of Central Oklahoma National Organization for Women in partnership with the American Democracy Project’s Democracy Dialogues and the UCO Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

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Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener for Your House

24 Feb

Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener for Your House

Garage door openers are hugely convenient, as they allow you to enter and exit your garage without having to manually lift the doors. In fact, once you’re in your car, you don’t even have to get out because the sensors can be detected remotely. This is a huge plus during months with extreme weather.

There are several types of door openers and drive systems that are available on the market today. The most common type is the chain-drive, which is the most inexpensive type of garage door opener that uses a chain, similar to that of a bicycle chain, looped around a rail. Although it is the oldest type of opener, it is still the most popular. It is not particularly quiet, but it works well at a great value, and there are units that that hide the chain, thus making it more attractive. The most common downfall of this type of garage door opener is that the chain can grow loose over time.

The second type of garage door opener is the screw-drive. This opener is the easiest to install, and it is quieter than the first one. The screw-drive opener operates by having the garage door slide up and down a metal bar when it is being opened and closed, and it’s the best option if you’re concerned about the safety of your children. Regardless of motor failure, the bar is generally sufficient to hold the door up, so it won’t come crashing down unexpectedly.

The last type of drive is the belt-drive. This opener operates with less noise, but the disadvantage is that it is the most expensive option. It is relatively new on the market and utilizes a metal reinforced belt instead of a chain to make the drive quieter. It is also a little faster than a chain drive opener.

No matter which type you decide to buy, make sure that it has a rolling code security feature to ensure that you have added protection and security for your garage. This is important for keeping little ones in and intruders out.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Timber Flooring for Your Home

19 Feb

Timber Flooring for Your Home

Timber flooring is a beautiful and long-lasting flooring material that make a beautiful impact in any home. Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing one, timber flooring can add to your property value. It comes in many different tones to match any color scheme, and it provides a beautiful natural ambience.

Another benefit of this type of flooring is that it can be easily cleaned, unlike many other flooring materials. Regular sweeping and mopping with mild cleaning products is all you need to do. You can easily deal with spills by simply wiping liquids off the floor, which is much more hassle-free that having to deep clean carpets. Timber flooring can withstand extensive foot traffic and daily use without deteriorating, and as long as they are maintained properly and treated with care, they can last for decades.

There are several types of timber flooring materials available, each with their own visual appeal and functional benefits. The biggest source of variation in timber floors is the species of timber used. For instance, Blackbutt Timber provides a beautiful finish due to its natural color gradients. It is available in a range of colors from a light tan to pale brown and can, therefore, match any style of home decor.

You can choose between the varieties of timber flooring, but always remember to get a sample and examine it under all the possible lighting conditions in your home before making your final decision. Once you have purchased and installed your new timber flooring, your house will look and feel instantly transformed and add a beautiful finish to your home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

OKC Parks and Rec to Host Seuss-Themed Party

17 Feb

OKC Parks and Rec to Host Seuss-Themed Party

National Reading Day is at the end of the month, and there’s no better way to celebrate this momentous day than by throwing a party in honor of a world-renowned author

The National Reading Day is a commemorative time where kids are encouraged to grow in their love of reading. Starting from preschool students up to the higher level students, kids are trained to develop their literacy and reading skills in order to foster a greater passion for learning in the future.

To celebrate National Reading Day, the Oklahoma Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a special themed party for everyone. This “Seussabration” will be a birthday party thrown for one of the most popular children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. The event will be a part of the Read Across America Project by the National Education Association.

Everyone is invited to the special birthday on February 28th at the Martin Park Nature Center. Those who will be attending can enjoy fun children’s activities as well as crafts and cake as supplies lasts. There will also be a special reading of the story, The Lorax, by Vice Mayor Meg SalyerLorax hikes in the woods and a visit from the Cat in the Hat will be the highlights of the event!

Come and enjoy an awesome celebration this coming February 28th from 1-4pm at 5000 W. Memorial Road.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Window Grills

17 Feb

Window Grills

If you are concerned about the safety of your hone, but you don’t want to compromise the quality of your house’s appearance, then perhaps you should consider looking into window grill designs. Window grills provide a stylish way to improve the security of your home while adding to its overall aesthetic.

There are many window grill designs available, so they can be a good fit with any style of home. Whether your home is traditional or ultra modern, made of brick or finished in stucco, you can find a window grill to  match. There are also many different materials you can choose from, including aluminium and wrought iron.

Wrought iron is a very easily malleable metal, which can be beautifully molded into shapes and patterns. Wrought iron window grills can range from traditional and ornate to sleek and modern for that reason.  They can also be powder coated to make them rust free, painted, and given different finishes. The most popular finishes for wrought iron grills are nickel plated, patina, chestnut brown, and black.

Grills made from aluminum are also popular because aluminum is strong, but also lightweight.  Because it is lightweight, it causes less stress and strain on the concrete where it is affixed than iron grills do. This makes it easier to fix and maintain.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Why Opt for a Bed with Storage?

12 Feb

Why Opt for a Bed with Storage

Are you wanting to furnish your bedroom in a way that will maximize the space without sacrificing your sense of style? If so, you should consider a bed with built-in storage options.

Having a storage bed frame is a smart way to save space because you can have the bed size you want without worrying about it being crammed by other furniture because you can store things underneath it and eliminate the need for extra furniture. Storage bed frames are great for storing things like clothes, bedding, books, and miscellaneous personal belongings.

Another great benefit of a platform bed frame with build-in storage is the cost. Imagine how much you can save by not having to pay for additional furniture and a fancy headboard. Bed frames with storage combine style with storage, so you have everything you need in one piece of furniture. These types of beds come in a wide variety of materials like wood, plastic, metal, or mixed, so it is easy to find one that perfectly matches your interior design.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Award Granted to Edmond Public Schools for STEM Instruction

10 Feb

Award Granted to Edmond Public Schools for STEM Instruction

Installing a passion for discovering science and math in children at a young age is formative in their educational developmentTaking steps to ensure the immersion of elementary level children in the universe of the scientific arts will open them up to endless learning opportunities.

Recently, the Oklahoma State Department of Education granted Edmond Public Schools with additional fund for a new program that will aid in improving the knowledge of elementary school students in the realms of science and math. The Department of Education awarded the district $200,000 for STEM learning, or science, technology, engineering and math instructions.

The “Every Day Elementary STEM for All” program is a professional development undertaking that will enable teachers to undergo more intensive training on the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. A two-week summer institute and three follow-up sessions will be held to give instructors a wider perspective of influence in these topics. A student achievement data report will be submitted by the faculty to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the lessons taught after the two-week summit.

The STEM program aims to improve education provided at the elementary level when it comes to science and math most especially in English Language Learners (ELL) and on Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031