Remember when you were a youngster and you enjoyed “Field Day” at school? Kids from all over the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks area, along with their parents, were able to experience it on Saturday, May 2, at Oak Forest Park. The Oaks Business Association hosted “Community Field Day” with funtastic activities like potato sack race, three-legged race, and egg spoon race just to name a few games, all run by Jonathan Kolmetz (Leather Apron Foundation). Attractions such as three bouncy houses, face painting, a DJ and bubble machine (thank you Craig and Angela Pennington), a dunking booth, a rock wall to climb, and a mechanical bull (sponsored by Hartman & Associates and Justin Gordon Homes, LLC) were available for the kids, too, and arranged by Patricia Dornak of MANNA. Serving delectable delights were food trucks arranged by Kimberly Antley of Red Lip Designs, Papa Murphy’s with Judy and Jonathan Brown, Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt with Kelli Johnson, Arnold and Lela Cantu of Oak Catering, and Berryhill with Park and Sylvia Blair. There was a “Boo Boo and Band Aid” station hosted by Mary Gibson, Waltrip High School’s Nurse. Businesses with booths there were IndyQuest (Creston and Holly Inderrieden) who gave away balloons and bubbles, SK Designs (Susan Kostelecky) who gave away capes and had a photo booth, Sam’s Soccer Jam (Sam Zagaar and Carol Etzel) held a soccer clinic, Ginny Ledwell (Realtor with The Reyna Group) had a toddler bouncy house, and Farmers Insurance by David Lorms gave away reusable grocery bags. Other booths were Logan’s Car Detailing, Houston Dance Works (Autumn Rosemond) and GO PILATES and BARRE (Nicola Ellis). Canned goods and donations were collected to benefit MANNA. Others involved in the planning, volunteers and a few who attended the event were Lucy Fisher Cain, Leslie Novak (Stevens Elementary’s Librarian), Elyssa Horvath, Tiffany Lomax, Jason Vance, Waltrip’s Football Team and Coach Todd Wright, Mike Clark, Terry Jeanes, Chris Hartman, Elizabeth Horvath, and Jennifer Lopez. The Oaks Business Association thanks all of the sponsors, businesses and community members who made this event possible.
A special thank you to the wonderful sponsors Heights Mobil – West 18th/Ella Blvd., Hartman & Associates, Justin Gordon Homes LLC, Today’s Vision Oak Forest – Heights, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, Watches by Paulin, The Reyna Realty Group, Kroger of Oak Forest and Farmers Insurance by David Lorms.
A big shout out to Waltrip’s Ram Band members trying out for Drum Major positions this Friday evening. Break a leg!
Guess what’s happening at Frank Black Middle School? The KICKSTART KIDS Karate (KSK) team is winning and going places. The program stresses discipline, respect, determination and Coach Derrick Stinson teaches these values to his students. Stinson’s karate students have won several tournaments and most recently at the April 25 State Championship, nine students brought home twelve – 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophies in Kata, team Kata and sparring, beating schools from Austin, Dallas, and the surrounding areas. The next stop for these students is the U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando in July 2015, and they need the community’s help to get there. Sixteen students have worked tirelessly all school year to gain the skills necessary to compete in this prestigious global tournament. They’ll learn from the sport’s top instructors and get to meet and compete against students from all over the world. Unfortunately, Frank Black M.S. falls in the economically disadvantaged category and consequently needs your support to continue their winning ways. The karate parents and students have worked hard all year fundraising for this trip through multiple events and activities, but they are still $6,000 short of their goal. The team needs additional safety equipment to meet the tournament safety requirements. All 16 karate students competing in Orlando have the utmost respect for the sport and recognize the incredible opportunity being offered to them. To help out and support the students, go to the http://www.gofundme.com/fbmskarate link to learn more about Frank Black M.S., KICKSTART KIDS and to donate.