Notice of Mesta Park Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the members of Mesta Park Neighborhood Association will be held at Perle Mesta Park on June 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the picnic. Only those residents and property owners who are current on their Mesta Park Neighborhood Association dues are eligible to vote on the slate of officers and directors proposed by the Board of Directors or any other matter requiring a vote of the membership.

Election of officers and directors of MPNA for the 2019-2020 term will be conducted during the MPNA Annual Meeting.  The proposed slate is as follows: 

Directors:
Term ending 2022
Erin Lawrence
Scott Kirby
Matt Hix
Matt Wilson
Adam Mitchell
Term ending 2021
Hank Latimer (to serve remainder of term held by a director who is moving out of Mesta Park) 
Term ending 2020
Hank Latimer (to serve remainder of term held a director who is moving out of Mesta Park)
OPEN 

Officers:
Anne Zachritz, President
Steve Mathis, Vice President
OPEN, Secretary
David Carlson, Treasurer

Nominations are open to fill both the open positions but anyone eligible may to run for any position. Eligibility requirements for nomination:  Anyone who lives in or owns real property in Mesta Park and is a current member of Mesta Park Neighborhood Association is eligible for election to any position.  Interested persons should note, however, that there are other requirements of MPNA officers and directors beyond payment of MPNA dues.  Nominations of eligible individuals will be open at the annual meeting. 

MESTA PARK NEIGHBORHOOD NOTICE: ACTION NEEDED [Notice Dated May 29, 2019]

OKC Dept of Parks & Recreation has been notified by the OKC Fire Department that they cannot get their ladder trucks through some of Mesta Park’s streets due to low hanging limbs from our neighborhood trees.  With the excessive rainfall we’ve received since late last Summer, it is not surprising that our neighborhood trees are fuller and greener than ever.

According to the City municipal code, street trees are the responsibility of the property owner and must maintain clearance of a minimum of 15’.  The City takes concerns expressed by the OCFD very seriously - and will give our neighborhoods (Mesta Park and Heritage Hills) ONE WEEK to trim the offending tree limbs.

If they are not trimmed by the property owner, the OKC Parks & Recreation Dept will begin trimming the trees AND BACK BILL THE PROPERTY OWNERS.  The Parks Dept advises that this may not be our cheapest alternative so it would be wise to do some research to find less expensive tree trimmers if you are concerned about your trees. Thank you!

Dates to Remember: Summer 2019

June 8 – 16: The 2019 OKC Orchestra League Symphony Show House will be at the former Sunbeam Home at 620 N.W. 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. More information can be found on the OKC Orchestra League’s website. The MPNA Board of Directors has asked the Show House Committee to consider providing remote parking and shuttles in an effort to alleviate additional street parking. Residents should be aware, however, that there will be more traffic and street parking in the area, with or without remote parking and a shuttle. 

June 18: Annual Meeting and Picnic at 5:00 p.m.

August TBD: The Mesta Park Annual Ice Cream Social will be this August. Watch for dates and details to come!

OU Big Event Set for Saturday, April 14

Each Spring for more than a decade, OU students and staff participating in the university’s Big Event have converged on Perle Mesta Park to give it a thorough Spring cleaning. The Big Event is a day of community service when OU students volunteer at local non-profit organizations across the entire Oklahoma City metro area. Nearly 6,000 students representing more than 100 campus organizations participated last year, and we look forward to their help again on Saturday morning, April 14th.

Our projects are similar to those required on our own yards at the beginning of the growing season: raking leaves (and thousands of sweet gum balls) and pulling weeds from all the flower beds, curbs and storm drains. We also try to mulch all the trees and give the gazebo a fresh coat of paint. These tasks would take our neighborhood Parks Committee weeks to accomplish but, it will happen in a few hours with the assistance of nearly 60 students from OU.

Please consider joining us for a few hours Saturday morning, April 14. We need volunteers to coordinate and supervise the students with each of our projects. We also need wheelbarrows, shovels and other gardening tools.

If you are unable to help, please consider donating snacks, bottled water or other supplies. There’s nothing that says ‘thanks’ better than a plate of homemade cookies or brownies to share with these students who will give up their Saturday morning to make our neighborhood a better place!

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact JB Schuelein at 525-2059!

-- JB Schuelein

A Taste of Wilson

Wilson Arts Inc. is excited to announce the date of our annual fundraiser, A Taste of Wilson. On Friday, April 20th, 6:30- 8:30pm at the Sieber Hotel, we will host guests for great food, cocktails, and a silent auction. If you are interested in being a community sponsor of this event, or attending it as a guest, visit www.WilsonArtsInc.org for more info. Make plans to attend!

Wilson Arts Inc. strives to support arts integration learning and to keep specialist classes as part of the daily curriculum at Wilson Elementary.

-- Sarah Jordan

Easter Bunny to Visit Mesta Park for Egg Hunt

The Social Committee has received confirmation from the Easter Bunny’s Personal Assistant that the Easter Bunny will make a return appearance at this year’s Mesta Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 10:00am, Saturday, March 31st, at Perle Mesta Park. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 9:30am for pictures before the Easter Egg Hunt and will be available for a short time after all the eggs have been discovered by the children. Don’t forget your camera! At the egg hunt, drinks and snacks will be provided.

Anyone wanting to help with getting the eggs out for the children, please arrive at the park at 9:00am or shortly thereafter on Saturday, March 31st. Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to stuff the plastic eggs with wrapped candy and to provide the snacks the day of the hunt.

If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Reagan Bradford at 820-4401.

-- Reagan Bradford

March 2018

Get Involved!

OU BIG EVENT SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 14

by JB Schuelein

Each Spring for more than a decade, OU students and staff participating in the university’s Big Event have converged on Perle Mesta Park to give it a thorough Spring cleaning. The Big Event is a day of community service when OU students volunteer at local non-profit organizations across the entire Oklahoma City metro area. Nearly 6,000 students representing more than 100 campus organizations participated last year, and we look forward to their help again on Saturday morning, April 14th.

Our projects are similar to those required on our own yards at the beginning of the growing season: raking leaves (and thousands of sweet gum balls) and pulling weeds from all the flower beds, curbs and storm drains. We also try to mulch all the trees and give the gazebo a fresh coat of paint. These tasks would take our neighborhood Parks Committee weeks to accomplish but, it will happen in a few hours with the assistance of nearly 60 students from OU.

Please consider joining us for a few hours Saturday morning, April 14. We need volunteers to coordinate and supervise the students with each of our projects. We also need wheelbarrows, shovels and other gardening tools.

If you are unable to help, please consider donating snacks, bottled water or other supplies. There’s nothing that says ‘thanks’ better than a plate of homemade cookies or brownies to share with these students who will give up their Saturday morning to make our neighborhood a better place!

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact JB Schuelein at 525-2059!

NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR HP REVIEW COMMITTEE

by Sam Stalcup

The Mesta Park Historic Preservation Review Committee is seeking new members. If you are interested in historic preservation in Oklahoma City, this a great opportunity to get involved with the neighborhood. For more information please contact Sam Stalcup at s.r.stalcup@gmail.com.

OVERHOLSER MANSION TO REVEAL MYSTERIES

by Cayla Lewis

Join Preservation Oklahoma (POK) for a meet-and-greet happy hour at the Overholser Mansion Carriage House on March 15th at 5:30pm. POK's new Executive Director, Cayla Lewis, will host a "Meet the ED" event and will also share news of upcoming events and membership benefits. This event is open to all Mesta Park and Heritage Hills neighbors as well as POK members. "Meet the ED" will be free to attend; light bites and libations will be served. Please RSVP to Cayla, director@preservationok.org.

Immediately following "Meet the ED" will be the "Mysteries of the Mansion" tour of the Overholser Mansion beginning at 7pm. This is a unique and special tour that explores some of the behind-the-scenes and spaces not typically on a regular tour. Museum Coordinator Lisa Escalon will be leading this tour and will share interesting stories of the mansion and the Overholser family history. RSVP to Lisa, overholsermansion@preservationok.org. The cost is $20 per person.

Please call 405-525-5325 with questions.

A TASTE OF WILSON

by Sarah Jordan

Wilson Arts Inc. is excited to announce the date of our annual fundraiser, A Taste of Wilson. On Friday, April 20th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Sieber Hotel, we will host guests for great food, cocktails, and a silent auction. If you are interested in being a community sponsor of this event, or attending it as a guest, visit www.WilsonArtsInc.org for more info. Make plans to attend!

Wilson Arts Inc. strives to support arts integration learning and to keep specialist classes as part of the daily curriculum at Wilson Elementary.

JOIN US AT UPTOWN UNCORKED!

It’s time again for one of Uptown’s favorite parties, Uptown Uncorked. Uptown Uncorked is Uptown’s annual fundraiser. The 2018 event will be held at Tower Theatre on Thursday, March 29th. Hundreds of Uptown friends attend each year to enjoy this all-you-can-eat food and drink event, designated as a top OK food festival by USA Today in 2017.

For our fifth anniversary year, the award-winning Tower Theatre will supply the party vibe. Food is provided by our signature Uptown restaurants. Byron’s Liquor Warehouse returns to provide an extensive selection of beer and wine tastes. Guests will enjoy excellent local craft breweries plus national brands. Every ticketholder has unlimited access to food and drink choices, and COOP Ale Works will supply everyone with a special tasting glass. VIP ticket holders get in one hour early. During the VIP hour, guests receive exclusive beverage pours, access to the VIP balcony, and a swag bag. The event raffle, curated all year by Byron’s, always has fun, quirky options not seen at the typical fundraiser.

The 2018 presenting sponsor is Oklahoma’s Credit Union. Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Lown explains, “Oklahoma’s Credit Union is happy to support Uptown 23rd’s revitalization efforts. Uptown Uncorked is a marriage of all the things we love about our state: the people, food, and drinks. Spending the evening at Tower Theater is icing on the cake.” Uptown couldn’t agree more, and the association is delighted to partner with a local financial organization that makes community service a top priority.

We invite all our neighbors to attend. Tickets may be purchased through our website, www.uptown23rd.com. VIP tickets are $75, and General Admission is $50. A limited number of VIP tickets is available. Don’t miss the early bird discount on General Admission tickets; the 23% discount gets a $50 ticket for only $38.50. Purchase your tickets soon!

Uptown wants to engage local businesses and organizations to provide a platform to promote themselves at this community event. There are sponsorships and promotional opportunities available. For more information, please contact Amanda de la Torre, director@uptown23rd.com.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 15: Overholser Mansion &

Carriage House, 5:30pm

March 29: Uptown Uncorked, Tower Theatre

April 14: OU Big Event, Perle Mesta Park

April 20: A Taste of Wilson, Sieber Hotel, 6:30-8:30pm

February 2018

Get Involved!

Know Your Neighborhood: Mesta Park Preservation Review Committee

by Sam Stalcup

Mesta Park is zoned as an Historic Preservation District. This designation means that significant changes to the exterior of our homes, as well as demolitions and new construction in the neighborhood require a Certificate of Appropriateness issued by the City of Oklahoma City’s Historic Preservation Commission.

Regular maintenance and simple repairs do not require approval from the city, but a Certificate of Appropriateness is required if proposed work will result in changes to more than 50% of any architectural feature on any one side of the structure. All work done must conform to the standards set forth in Oklahoma City’s Historic Preservation Design & Sustainability Standards and Guidelines, copies of which are available online or from the City of Oklahoma City.

As part of this process, the Historic Preservation Commission empowers each neighborhood to appoint a Preservation Review Committee.

In Mesta Park, our Preservation Review Committee has two key roles. The first is to provide assistance to property owners as they navigate the historic preservation process. The second is to represent the views of the neighborhood on business being considered by the Historic Preservation Commission.

Membership on the Preservation Review Committee is open to any resident of Mesta Park. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email s.r.stalcup@gmail.com.

December 2017

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Homes Announced for the 40th Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour

by Sarah Jordan and Katie Huskerson

Hello friends and neighbors! The weather is cooling off, Mesta Festa has come and gone, and it is time to start looking forward to the home tour. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 2nd, 4 - 8pm and Sunday, December 3rd, 1- 5pm! Wow! How things have changed in our neighborhood over the past four decades! Although the tour has grown and changed with the neighborhood, we are anxious to show you the same things that we always hope to show you on the first weekend in December: commitment to our community, honor of historic preservation, love of urban living, and a festive kick-off to your holiday season. Without further ado, here is the list of participating homes on the 40th Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour!

  • 805 NW 19th Street
    The Home of Keri and Reagan
  • 812 NW 19th Street
    The Home of Dr. Elizabeth Hooper
  • 931 NW 18th Street
    The Home of Matt Warren and Randy Smith
  • 714 NW 18th Street
    The Home of Christine and Garrett Colton
  • 610 NW 17th Street
    The Home of Brittney and Marshall Matlock
  • 801 NW 17th Street (Refreshments)
    The Home of LaWanda and Dr. Jim Pickens
  • Wilson Arts Integrated School (Open for tours and festivities)

Thank You Mesta Park Neighborhood Association

Wilson Elementary teachers, staff, students, & parents are so grateful for the generous gift of five new outdoor picnic tables and a teachers' bench. We are also thankful for the group of volunteers who came out to assemble the tables and clean up the playground and garden areas. As a neighborhood school, we value the support of Mesta Park Neighborhood Association immensely, and we look forward to many more years of partnership. Thank you, neighbors!

Classen SAS Showcase

Classen School of Advanced Studies is showcasing their fine arts talents on December 9, 2017 at Tower Theater, 421 NW 23rd St, with a pre-show at OKC Community Church, who is hosting the event. This is a fundraiser in response to the funding crisis that OKC Public Schools are facing, to keep these programs going. 100% of ticket sales will go to Classen SAS Fine Arts programs.

Show Details:
Ticket Price: $25 each with 100% of ticket sales going to Classen SAS Fine Arts program

  • SHOW #1, MATINEE
    Pre-show begins at 12:30pm at OKC Community
    Showcase starts at 2pm at Tower Theater
  • SHOW #2, EVENING
    Pre-show begins at 5:30pm at OKC Community
    Showcase starts at 7pm at Tower Theater

Visit www.loveyourschools.com and click on the Classen SAS Showcase link to learn more about what a Pre-Show is, who will be performing, and for more information.

Dates to Remember

Dec 2-3: Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour
Dec 9: Classen SAS Showcase, Tower Theater and OKC Community Church