PRE-K SCREENINGS

Kindergarten Round-Ups are to be conducted at various Osage County locations Monday through Thursday, March 20-23.

Osage County Interlocal Cooperative will offer developmental screenings for children who are preparing to enter pre-K and kindergarten in the fall 2017 semester. To be eligible, a child must have reached his or her fifth birthday by Sept. 1, 2017.

A spokeswoman for the interlocal said the “DIAL-4” screenings include concepts, communication, motor skills and hearing. Results of the screenings are to be mailed to parents within a few weeks, the official added.

Screenings are scheduled Monday at Osage Hills School. Children from the Bowring School District will be screened at the site from 9-9:45 a.m. and screenings for the Osage Hills students are set from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Osage Hills School is located on the southwest edge of Bartlesville at 225 County Road 2706.

On Tuesday, screenings are to be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Woodland School District.

The screenings will be offered March 22 at Pawhuska’s Indian Camp School, 2005 N. Boundary, from 8:15-10 a.m. and between noon and 2:15 p.m. (There will be no screenings during the lunch periods, starting at 10 a.m. and running until noon.)

Shidler kindergarten screenings are scheduled from 8:45-11 a.m. March 23.

Parents/guardians are asked to accompany their children to the screening sessions and complete a parent questionnaire. One hour should be allowed for the screenings, officials said. The parents need to bring each child’s inoculation records, birth certificate and CDIB card/tribal membership verification, and make sure copies of the documents are submitted to the school, the officials added.

Questions about the screenings should be directed to OCIC Director of Special Education Dirk Schmidt at (918) 885-2667.

DONORS NEEDED

A Red Cross blood drive is to be conducted from 1-7 p.m., Monday at the Hominy First Baptist Church, 202 South Price St.

Blood donations also will be taken from noon to 6 p.m. March 20 at Bartlesville’s American Red Cross office, 601 S. Jennings Ave. Another Red Cross drive is scheduled Thursday, March 30, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Copan High School.

AN IRISH BOSSA NOVA?

In conjuction with the St. Patrick’s Day observance, there will be a live music from 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at El Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant, 1201 John Dahl Ave. (U.S. Highway 60) in Pawhuska.

The Country Express Band is scheduled to play Friday night and Los Brujo’s, a Latin/bossa nova group, will perform Saturday.

DEMOCRATS TO CONVENE

Osage County Democrats are planning a combination precinct meeting/county convention on Saturday, March 25.

The two-tiered organizational meeting will begin at noon with the precinct meeting and continue at 2 p.m. with the county convention in the Women’s Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska.

REPUBLICANS WILL MEET

Osage County Republicans will conduct precinct meetings and hold a county convention on March 25 at the Interlocal Cooperative at 207 E. Main in Hominy.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and precinct meetings are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. A county convention meeting is to be held after the precinct meetings. Business will be conducted according to OKGOP rules.

Election of precinct chairs and vice chairs is to take place early in the meeting. The convention will include election of a county chairperson, a vice chair, two state committee members, two district committee members and delegates to the State Convention. All proposed platform planks and proposed state party rules changes need to be submitted no later than March 18 to osagecountyrepublicans@gmail.com, officials said.

The county convention will begin with credentials report so that the permanent roll of the convention can be adopted. Be sure to bring your voter registration card and photo ID. If you have any questions, please call or text Celia Lanham 918-260-5762 or email okgopdistrict3@gmail.com.

SENIOR SCREENINGS

The Shidler Senior Citizen’s Center, 125 S. Cosden Ave. (near the junction of Highways 11 and 18), will sponsor “Health Back Home Help” blood-sugar testing on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m.

A registered nurse is to be on site assisting with the procedure. A pot-luck lunch will be served at 11.30 a.m. and bingo is to begin shortly after noon. For more information, call 918-793-7731.

IRISH DINNER PLANNED

Shidler’s United Methodist Church is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Donations for the fundraising dinner will be welcomed, with all proceeds to benefit the church’s missions. Following dinner, an Area Communities’ Movie Night will show “God’s Not Dead 2.” Carry-out dinners can be ordered and taken home after the movie.

Everyone is welcome to join in the family fun and fellowship. For more information, call 918-793-2710.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED

The Wildfire Youth Group of Webb City Church will serve breakfast from 6-10 a.m. Saturday at the Shidler Senior Citizen’s Center, 125 S. Cosden. Cost is $5 per serving. Call 918-793-7731 or 918-765-2251 for additional info.

ABSENTEE DEADLINE

Voters who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for any of Osage County’s upcoming elections need to submit their applications, Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said.

April 4 elections are scheduled for District 1 Osage County Commissioner and muncipal offices in Barnsdall, Fairfax, Hominy, Skiatook and Sperry. There also will be a special city election in Sperry and a runoff elections for a seat on the Tulsa School Board.

The county Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, but Conner is urging voters who want absentee ballots to apply early. Application forms are available at the Election Board office at 630 Kihekah Ave. (Note: All ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.)

Conner said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections.

For more information, call the County Election Board at (918) 287-3036 or e-mail the office at oceb@sbcglobal.net