Notebook: May 2017
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa receives a national honor, south Tulsa goes to the market, a hometown boy returns and a late legend shares his story.
PCCT board member Carole Huff Hicks, Jennifer Bartley, Julie Noble, PCCT Executive Director Kristine Bridges, Shelly Hopper, Chandra Jimenez, PCCT Board President Jamie McCoy, Courtney Cothren, Mildred Ramsey, Jennifer Hagans and PCCT board member Catha Studebaker
The color purple
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa was honored recently by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome for its role in making Oklahoma a “Dark Purple State.” PURPLE is an acronym that refers to the “period of purple crying” — the normal period of infant development in which a child can be inconsolable. “Dark Purple” is the highest recognition available for states that utilize the national Period of Purple Crying program intended to prevent shaken baby syndrome.
Through the Bright Beginnings program, a PCCT nurse educator visits the parents of each newborn born in Tulsa County hospitals to offer education on safe techniques for coping with challenging infant behaviors, such as calming a crying baby.
“One risk factor for shaken baby syndrome is not being aware of child development,” says Kristine Bridges, PCCT executive director. “Beyond that, there’s the stress you’re under as a parent. And as a first-time mother or father, you’re hesitant. You might not know that it’s OK to put the baby down and walk away when you’re frustrated.”
In the same hospital visit, PCCT nurses also provide parents information on the importance of talking, singing and reading to children.
Approximately 9,500 babies are born annually in the Tulsa area, and the PCCT visits every one. “The idea is to prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens,” Bridges says.
South Tulsa welcomes new market
PostRock Plaza, an office and retail space at 10438 S. 82nd E. Ave., is the venue for a new market, the Sunday Post. On the second Sunday of the month, April through September, the plaza hosts various booths, live music and a kids’ zone.
Vendors will sell art, gifts, crafts, food and beverages. Nonprofits and school and sport fundraisers also are welcome to exhibit. Admission and parking are free.
The next Sunday Post is 1-4 p.m., May 14. Visit postrockplaza.com.
Sanditen to perform May 22
Internationally known jazz/cabaret singer and recording artist Harold Sanditen returns to Tulsa this month for his second performance in his hometown. On May 22, the theater producer-turned-vocalist will perform as part of LIFE Senior Services’ Musical Mondays series.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Sanditen has lived in London since 1987. Since his professional singing debut in 2008, he has performed six solo shows, touring to packed houses from Los Angeles to Paris, and has released three albums. He emcees Harold Sanditen’s Open Mic Party, the longest-running show at London caberet and jazz venue the Crazy Coqs. He first performed in Tulsa at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013.
May 22 — Musical Mondays featuring Harold Sanditen
6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., concert. Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center, 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. $10. Call 918-664-9000, ext. 245; or visit lifeseniorservices.org.
Voices of Oklahoma
— Architect and historian John Brooks Walton
“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa.