DUMP DAY PLANNED

A Free Dump Day on Saturday will have drop sites in Pawhuska and three other Osage County communities.

Osage County commissioners are sponsoring the event, which is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Locally, items can be dropped off for disposal at Eighth Street and Pecan Avenue. Another drop-off site is to be set up on State Highway 11, west of Shidler. The drop-off location in Barnsdall will be at 506 S. Fifth St. and, in Skiatook, a Free Dump Day site is to be provided at 2850 W. 133rd St. North.

Acceptable items for Saturday’s disposal locations include appliances, furniture, mattresses/box springs, wood, brush and passenger tires, without rims. (Officials said tire dealers are not permitted to use the dump day sites.)

Among the items deemed unacceptable for disposal at the sites: household trash and commercial contractors’ trash, hazardous waste materials and other chemicals (including paint).

More information about the dump sites can be obtained by calling 1-800-259-1570, officials added.

WATER DONATED

Osage County’s Office of Emergency Management received a much-needed restock of its emergency water supply recently when the Wal-Mart Distribution Center donated 17 pallets of bottled water.

Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts made a public plea for donations last week. He announced that the supply of bottled water gathered last spring had been exhausted., adding that most of it was distributed to the county’s rural fire departments.

The 17 pallets contained approximately 36,000 bottles of water, Roberts said. Additional donations of can be made by calling (918)287-2285.

NITC ENTRIES SOUGHT

The 12th-annual National Indian Taco Championship is only a week away.

Contestants and nonfood vendors are still being sought for this free-admission event in downtown Pawhuska. The culinary contest and other festival activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.

Prospective contestants and vendors should contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208. They can email the Chamber office at: Pawhuskachamber2@sbcglobal.net. Additional information can be found at nitcpawhuska) on Facebook.

Nonfood vendor booths cost $50 with electricity and $30 without. Contestants pay a $50 application fee and electricity costs an additional $15 (or, contestants may use their own generators or propane). The last day to submit applications and entries is Friday. Registration for powwow dancing competitions will be at 11:30 a.m on the day of the event.

ROCKETS TO LAUNCH

Pawhuska Municipal Airport is expected to be made the state’s biggest amateur rocket launchpad this weekend during High Frontier 13.

Co-sponsored by Tulsa Rocketry and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, the 13th-annual event will run Saturday and Sunday.

About 300 rockets are expected to fly skyward during the event. Launchings will involve rockets in a wide variety of shapes and sizes — ranging in size from a few ounces to over 20 pounds.

Tulsa Rocketry members plan for Saturday’s activities to begin around 9 a.m. Launchings will be continuing throughout the day until about 5 p.m. This year, a special “Night Launch” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. Throughout the weekend, there will be multiple drawings for Tulsa Rocketry giveaways.

Several different rocket-launching competitions are scheduled. A “Closest to the Buffalo” contest is for persons 18 years of age and under. Cash prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to first- ($25 ), second- ($15) and third-place ($10) finishers.

SOIL TOUR WILL VISIT

Prairie explorers from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Plant Identification Tour will be making a stop in Pawhuska on Oct. 19.

Facilitators will be teaching simple tricks and folk sayings that can be used to identify native plants. Participants will also be shown how to identify plants “the cowboy way.” Dynamics of prairie ecosystems will be revealed as they explain which plants are beneficial to livestock and how different plants work naturally together.

The training is offered free, but pre-registration is required. Call 918-287-3570, ext. 3, for details.

Sessions are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, local conservation districts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

BENEFIT BARRELS EVENT

The second-annual Run For Special Needs barrel race event is to be held Nov. 5 at Osage County Fairgrounds’ Brantley Indoor Arena.

Exhibitions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Only 150 tickets will be sold at $4 apiece or three for $10.

Open races start at 1 p.m. The event’s adult division will have $2,500 added with a progressive payout and buckles for first-place finishers in each division. An under-15 youth competition has $250 added, with equal payout and prizes to division winners.

For entry information, call Taylor Averill at 918-704-0927. Pre-entries can be texted. To arrange stall and RV hookups, call Steve at 918-693-9914. Vendors should contact Denise Ward at 918-246-9460.

Proceeds will benefit the American Therapeutic Riding Center.

DRAWING PLANNED

Constantine Arts Council board members are selling $10 chances in a drawing for an electric-powered Izip Low Step bike, which (together with its accessories) has a retail value of $1,600.

The bike contest is is limited to 500 entries. A winner will be selected in a Dec. 3 drawing at the theater. For more information, call 918-287-1992.

Members of the Constantine board include Garrett Hartness, Linda Hubbard, Newton Cass, Lori Loftis, Barbara Strahm, Laurie O’Driscoll, Brian Jeffers, Linda Steininger, Nicki Lorenzo, Alma Hull, Ellen Weigant, Jennifer Adair, Vanessa Rouse, Miya McKim and Josh Williams.

WOMEN’S

CELEBRATION SET

Anointed teaching from Glenda Henley and Jeana Settlemire, along with gift bags for all attendees, are part of a women’s celebration planned Oct. 7-8 at Antioch Christian Fellowship in Wynona.

All women 18 and over are welcome to attend. Please call 918-629-8240 to register. There will be door prize giveaways both days and lunch is to be provided on Saturday.

The Friday celebration is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday’s session will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pastors Wayne and Sonie Brown.