If you’re in the military and you’re TDY or permanent party assigned to Altus Air Force Base, then you likely have this weekend off to spend with family and friends. We thank you for your service, and hope you can use one of these Veterans Day offers this weekend in Altus.
Veterans Day 2017
Free Meals and Veteran Discounts – Altus
Applebee’s – is offering a free meal to military veterans and active duty, from a select menu tomorrow, November 11th. See website for details. Applebee’s is located at 3501 North Main Street.
Billy Sims BBQ – has announced that they will give military veterans a free meal and a collectors cup on Saturday 11/11/17. Billy Sims can be found at 1126 North Main Street in Altus, OK.
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October 15th is recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which includes, but is not limited to: miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. Part of my goal this year is to spread awareness and participate in the Lights of Love International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles that encompasses and spans the globe at 7:00 p.m. (local time). This will be my first year participating.
Candles are lit around the world, in all time zones at 7:00 p.m. and they remain lit for exactly 1 hour. As the candles are extinguished at 8:00 p.m., the next time zone is lighting their candles. The wave of light continues as a symbol of the love of our children filling the world.
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Fall is just around the corner here in Altus.
Get your lederhosen ready for the Tulsa Oktoberfest! Pumpkin spice is en route to food items everywhere, and people are anxious for the seasons to change again! The excitement over Fall is so real that I even bought a flannel shirt! If you can’t sit still until the official start of autumn, then head over to White Buffalo Coffee Bar, where they’re already serving up Pumpkin Spiced Lattes.
Things to do during the Fall › › ›
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Last week I had the privilege of taking a Mixed Media art class through the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council in Altus.
Our instructor was Lyn Johnson and there were about twelve students in our class.
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The first time I came to Altus was in Sept. 2010. My then boyfriend Dave, who was TDY for training, flew me out from Washington State, and I stayed with him for a few weeks. That was my first ever visit to Oklahoma.
Altus Air Force Base was quite busy then, and lodging was full, so Dave got a “Non-A” and a nice room at the Holiday Inn Express on East Broadway. He would later make IHG® Rewards Club Platinum Elite status because of the length of his stay there. Sometimes these perks pay off!
While Dave trained, I puttered around the room, enjoyed the free daily airshow, and ate delicious cinnamon rolls. It was rough! Haha.
Everyone was super nice, and most of the other guests were TDY aircrew, and their spouses or significant others. I’d meet people in the hallway as we hunted down the plate of scrumptious afternoon cookies.
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Sixteen very kind hearted people donated to my fundraiser in support of the Altus Animal Welfare Association, and together we raised $770 during the month of August 2017. AAWA received $744.93 after paying the associated fundraiser fees, and used 100% of these generous donations to support animals at the Altus Shelter.
August is for the animals!
I’m happy to announce that for the whole month of August I’ll be raising money for the Altus Animal Welfare Association. My goal is $500, and as of today, I’m almost half way there! Thanks to everyone who has donated!!!
Your tax deductible donations will go towards helping animals in need in our local community, at at the Altus Animal Shelter. Every little bit helps. Most of the donation money is used vetting animals that come into the shelter sick or injured, that the shelter budget cannot cover, and there are also costs associated with vetting and transporting animals to out-of-state rescues.
Thank you to all the compassionate and dedicate local heroes who work for the Altus Animal Welfare Association.
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As it turns out Altus, is not the Maldives. Who would have thought, right? Well, it might sound funny but I came to Altus many different times before my husband actually PCSed here. I always referred to those TDYs as our “Altus Vacations.”
Truth is, it was a vacation. When he and I first met in 2009, he was rarely home. Dave was either deployed, TDY, or on crew rest. There were a few 7-10 day periods of time when, by some miracle, he was home uninterrupted, but for the most part he was flying on the other side of the world. So whenever he had to come to Altus for training, I made every effort to tag along. Not because Altus was the destination of my dreams, but because it’s where we could spend time together, without the mayhem of life at McChord and Charleston.
Off we go! › › ›
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Altus is our home. Regardless of where we came from, how we got here, and how long we plan on staying, the fact is that we all live here together. Let’s keep it real, laugh a bit, and leave it better than we found it.
Signs that you live in Altus…
1. Mass confusion at the 4-way stop on Tamarack.
Life in Altus › › ›
Is it beer o’clock already?
Looking for a good local bar to meet your friends at!? Lucky for you, you don’t always have to entertain at home. Here are a few of our preferred bars in Altus. It’s happy hour somewhere, and that somewhere is in Southwestern Oklahoma.
There’s nothing wrong with having a good time, but please don’t choose to drink and drive. Airmen Against Drunk Driving, and the Altus Express Shuttle can get you home safely. You can always pick up your car later.
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Utility Bills in Altus, OK
PCSing to Altus? Important question for you… Do you intend to live on base or off base? If you choose the latter, definitely be aware of what the average utility bill is. Those who are not affiliated with the military also benefit by seeing the real cost of electricity and water. A lot of people in Altus are not shy to admit that their monthly utility bills are often shockingly high. Whatever your situation, take our calculated average into consideration when planning your monthly budget.
We also have some info on Free Energy Audits offered to Altus Power customers, and energy saving ways you can try to lower your utility bill.
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House Hunting For A PCS?
Are you looking for a new home? There are many homes for sale through the Military By Owner website. If you have PCS orders to Altus AFB, and you want to live off base, then you should rest easy knowing that there are benefits to buying a house that is a few years old.
Pros & Cons
The advantages of buying a home in Altus that isn’t brand new are plentiful. The grass isn’t on the struggle bus, (like ours was when we first moved in), the fencing and landscaping is already done, the house will probably have blinds already installed, the owners have invested in upgrades like swimming pools, storm shelters, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems, and most importantly, the sellers are a part of the military family. They’ve been here and done that, and know what you’re looking for. They know what you need!
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I asked some friends in Altus, Oklahoma, what they would share with a PCSing Airman or military spouse if they were asked for a few quick tips on moving here. What kind of advice would you give a newcomer?
What necessities should a newcomer consider buying? Where should they live? Should they buy or rent? What schools would you recommend? Private, public, or home school?
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