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State briefs for March 16



Free and half-price pet adoptions Sunday at OKC Animal Welfare

Wear green to OKC Animal Welfare on Sunday for a free or half-price dog or cat adoption in celebration of St. Pet-rick’s Day.

Anyone wearing green at the shelter Sunday can participate in the special. Some adoptable dogs and cats with a green shamrock on their kennel can be adopted for free, and every other adoptable dog and cat can be adopted for $30.

The event will include free popcorn and snow cones, a photo area, and free ID tags.

All adoptable animals at OKC Animal Welfare are up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, treated for worms, and spayed or neutered.

OKC Animal Welfare is open for adoptions from noon to 5:30 p.m. every day except holidays at 2811 SE 29 St. For more information, go to or call 297-3100.

OKC seeks student creativity for 'Fix a Leak' week

Kindergarten through sixth-grade students are encouraged to draw or paint a poster for the inaugural water conservation poster contest celebrating “Fix a Leak” week, March 18-24.

Posters should stress the importance of using water wisely and the impact of water waste from leaks.The contest is open to students who attend school in the Oklahoma City water service area. The deadline for submissions is March 29.“Water is our most valuable resource, and we want to celebrate it by encouraging students to creatively express how water efficiency is important to them,” said Malarie Gotcher, Utilities Department water conservation specialist.First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected from each grade, with all places receiving a certificate of merit. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt will present the first-place winners with their certificates during a special meeting at City Hall in April.To enter, students must submit their artwork along with accompanying entry form to: Oklahoma City Utilities, Water Conservation — Poster Contest, 420 W Main St., Suite 500, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Contest guidelines and entry forms may be found at

OSU Extension offers 'Be Oklahoma Weather Aware' seminar

The Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) group will sponsor a free “Be Oklahoma Weather Aware” workshop at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at the OSU Extension Conference Center, 2500 NE 63 St.

Wes Lee, state extension specialist and agriculture coordinator for Oklahoma Mesonet and National Weather Service, will speak on how to stay weather aware by using tools available from the Oklahoma Mesonet and National Weather Service.

He will also demonstrate online web pages and phone apps and discuss basic weather terms that could help families stay safe in the upcoming storm season.

“This will be a very educational workshop that might save your life,” said Lisa Hamblin, family and consumer sciences educator and OHCE adviser.

For more information, contact Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 713-1125 or go to

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