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Amanda D. Bland

MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

Stone Creek Day Spa commercial

This was a group project for Fundamentals of Audio-Video Production. Special credit goes to my partner on this project, Andy Williams, cameraman extraordinare and Final Cut aficionado, and Stone Creek Day Spa owner Allie LaCroix.

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European Motor Extravaganza (Web-only)

From sandspringsleader.com

Euromotor Extravaganza returns

By Amanda Bland
Staff Writer
amandab@sandspringsleader.com

Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010 11:08 AM CDT

June in Sand Springs means the Jaguar Club of Tulsa’s European Motor Extravaganza is back. European and British classics made by Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Ferrari, BMW and others will be on display Saturday at the Charles Page Triangle. A tailgate party, silent auction, autocross and other activities are scheduled for the three-day event as well.

Approximately 30 automobiles have preregistered, which is the highest number they’ve seen since they began holding the car show here in 2007, said Chairman of EuMoEx Roger Hanes. Hanes said he expects to see at least 70 cars total registered for the show, but is hoping for 100.

The club continues to receive positive feedback from car show participants about holding the event in Sand Springs, he said.

“It’s a lovely experience every year. Small town charm, absolute charm. All of our out of town guests tell us it’s an absolutely charming place to have a car show. It gets people to Sand Springs from Tulsa that otherwise may never visit.”

Hanes also said he’s grateful to Manager Shelby McClure at Kmart for allowing Sunday’s autocross event to be held in the Kmart parking lot, 1200 E. Charles Page Boulevard.

The Sand Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and its members have partnered with the club to sponsor EuMoEx.

“This is (the club’s) fourth annual event in Sand Springs, and they bring close to 100 European-style cars to our community along with their drivers and fans. The event not only gives us a cultural-learning experience, it brings good economic development to our city as well,” said J.C. Kinder, chamber president.

Chamber members have also donated items to a silent auction benefitting the Akdar Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Green Country MG Register and MG will be the featured automobile marquis.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Hampton Inn, 7852 W. Parkway Boulevard, with a tailgate party and car wash following at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can also register at the triangle Saturday between 8 and 10 a.m. The registration fee is $35 for the first car entered and $20 for each additional entry.

Cars will be displayed and participants’ choice judging will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

EuMoEx will also hold drawings throughout the day for hats, T-shirts, radios and other prizes.

An awards banquet will then be held at Chastain’s Casual Cafe & Catering Co., 122 N. Main St., beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $25. The awards presentation and live auction are scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

EuMoEx will conclude with the autocross event from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The three-lap course is sanctioned by Jaguar Clubs of North America, and participants will be timed with the option of having their performance posted to YouTube.

Drivers not participating in autocross have the option of taking self-guided tours of Coyote Trail, the Keystone Dam or Osage Hills.

Sand Springs Police Department celebrates digiTICKET



U.S. Army Recruiting Station

Homeless teens in Sand Springs

I heard about homelessness here while researching Project Summer Spirit. I was shocked to hear the number of students in our district who are facing this, and so was everybody else from Sand Springs that I talked to. I’m frustrated that comments from visitor to the Leader’s website are vehemently opposed to low-income housing, yet there are these families and children without anywhere to go.


CPHS Graduation


Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Memorial

This ran front page Sunday, May 16, 2010.



Central Fine Arts Academy

I began my internship with the Sand Springs Leader this week.

My first assignment was an article about Project Summer Spirit.

Here is the article, as published:
Sand Springs Leader
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Page 7

These are pictures I shot of children in CFAA’s after-school program, which is financed by the same grant that funds Project Summer Spirit.







twitterpated

As I waited patiently to access eastbound I-44 from S. Yale Ave. earlier this week in mid-afternoon, pre-Christmas Tulsa traffic, I caught sight of the Tulsa Transit bus idling nearby. The back of the bus proudly proclaimed, “Follow us on twitter!” and I couldn’t help but drop my head. “Really?” I thought. “Who would follow Tulsa Transit on twitter?”

I suppose it could be useful given the rumors I’ve heard about less-than-reliable bus routes and the like, but, given the disdain with which many Tulsans view public transportation, I find a noteworthy following highly unlikely.

“Perhaps, it’s for advertising and promotion,” I thought. Now that seemed more likely, but still mostly pointless.

Public transportation sounds great in theory and works remarkably well in many parts of the world, but Tulsa is far from adopting it (and other carbon footprint reducing measures) as mainstream.

Unfortunately, everybody and their mother has jumped on the social media bandwagon, which is great…for socializing. Does the average consumer really need the kind of information businesses post? It’s virtual junk mail, and people are voluntarily (and enthusiastically) signing up for it! Why?