Spring Time Wonders

Spring time brings out the volunteers in our community as well as the first responders. Let’s support our community and make our neighborhoods a better place to live.

Spring brings new life in so many ways. The plant life are blooming. The weather is nice enough to be outdoors more regularly. April showers bring May flowers…and fires keep fire fighters on their toes… storms keep the storm chasers busy so we stay informed.  While that sounds like positive to negative, it is just truth. Our Emergency management organizations and public servants for city and county alike are very busy this time of year also. How does this relate to photography?

I do event photography as well. I am hoping that YOU will join the Wagoner County Emergency Management team this SATURDAY–March 25th for the Expo they are hosting at Coweta Intermediate High School.

Photos of this event will be posted in a gallery (click here) so check back and see what happened at the Expo! eventphotofull_wcepse20logo20with20hat

There is a scheduled blood drive to take place at the Expo as well…so be sure to sign up for that too! Can’t wait to watch the Fire Fighter Challenge! Will Your Team win?

Who Keeps You Safe?

Have you ever seen a Fire Fighter Challenge Demo?

YOU are in Luck! The community of Wagoner County, OK is celebrating with an annual event again in 2017! Are you curious yet?

Check this out!

We attended last year’s expo and had a blast!! Do you remember these photos?EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO2-collage2016BLOGsm Last year there was A LOT going on! (click here for MORE PHOTOs of last years photos by Misha) We are going to attend THIS YEAR’s EXPO as well! Look for some exciting posts in March and April! AND Join Us at the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Expo in Coweta on March 25th, 2017.

Emergency Management related companies will be at hand for your fun and educational enjoyment. ASK them questions. GET information to share with Friends and Loved Ones. Find out MORE about YOUR Community and what it has to offer YOU! Find out MORE about being Safe and Prepared in an Emergency! Tornado season and storm season are coming up! Meet some of the Emergenc Responders and Volunteers that serve YOUR community both daily and during emergencies! Be Prepared Today!

Be sure to say “Hello” if you happen to see Misha there with her camera!

                WANT TO BE A PART OF THE EXPO? (Visit the Coweta Chamber Here!)                     Vendors AND Sponsors still NEEDED!

Here’s just a small part of what YOU will get to see and experience:

Vendors in 2017:

Watch Fire Fighters from Many Local Communities Compete!!

So come and Check it out at the Coweta Intermediate High School on March 25th, 2017!

Want to know who is sponsoring this AWESOME COMMUNITY EVENT?

Event Sponsors:

Platinum:

  1. Oneta Power
  2. Oklahoma State Fire Fighter’s Association
  3. News On 6

Gold:

  1. Arvest Bank

Silver:

  1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Combat Challenge Sponsor:

  1. Oneta Power
  2. BancFirst

Round 1: Water Combat Challenge sponsor

  1. Service Master Restore

Round 2: Hose Coupling Challenge Sponsor

  1. C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors)

Round 3: Hose Capture Challenge Sponsor

  1. Oklahoma Law Enforcement Wives Network

Round 4: Bucket Brigade Challenge Sponsor

  1. Service Master Restore

Round 5: Dead-Man Drag Challenge Sponsor

  1. District 3 CommissionerDistrict 3 Commissioner

Round 6: Truck Pull Challenge Sponsor

  1. Arkansa Valley Health Centers

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Which Princess are YOU?

It’s a wonderful world for kids as far as movies go these days. The cinematic experience is amazing compared to 10-15 years ago! March offers an AWESOME opportunity here in Broken Arrow, OK!

fantasyfunshootad2blog The Royal opportunity is open to ALL AGES…because Every Girl wants to be a princess…whether that princess is a bookworm, a mermaid, a rebel fighting evil across the universe, a Celtic warrior, an oriental girl saving her father and finding love at the same time, an Indian Princess fighting for her people and her love, an Indian Princess with a Tiger, a princess who sleeps for a century or one who climbs out of a tower when rescued…. claim it and let’s have some Royal Fun! Book Your session Now facelessdprincesses1and Be a Princess. The new Live Action Disney movie comes out this month (March) and every girl will be imagining herself as that Beauty – that Princess! Let’s Make It Happen in 2017! This Royal opportunity is available to YOU and your inner princess AND your Little Princess from March 10th thru the 17th! Opportunities are limited so Let’s Have some FUN.  Book NOW!

Presidents and Lovers 2017

February 2017 is a wonderful month.

This is the month of presidents and lovers. Now before you go looking for a political post, or a scandalous post regarding some other topic, remember this is a photography blog.images-for-valentine-day I am talking of President’s Day, Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day…. what were you thinking?

February brings these dates YOU might be interested in:

February 4th & 5th: Always Potterhead’s Festival which takes place in Oklahoma City’s Farmers’ Market. Tickets are a must! Visit from 9am to 7pm each day. Have fun! Muggles welcome! If you are a Potterhead…and would like a Wizard Worldly Portrait session-Contact US NOW! We would LOVE to do a shoot with YOU! (Hogwarts, House shoot-Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Griffindor, Slytherin, Steam Engine settings, Platform 9 3/4 ….) This session would be either on location or in studio in Broken Arrow–NOT Oklahoma City unless you choose OK City as your “on location” site.

February 10th: Batman Lego Movie opens in theaters all over town. So Who is up for a Gotham Nights Photo Session?? All through the month of February, book a session to shoot a “Gotham Nights” session. Batman has been a big craze for a while now. No matter which version of the Dark Knight you love, let’s have some photo session fun!!

February 12th: President Lincoln’s birthday.

February 14th: Valentine’s Day… the day to celebrate the ONE(s) YOU love! Now why did I say “ONE(s)”….. well, the word “love” has several levels to it. In some language the word is represented by different words depending on what kind of love you are referring to. You love your family (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, sisters, brothers, cousins). You love your Husband, Wife, Girlfriend, Boyfriend. You love your friends….but not all in the same sense. Those of us here in the U.S. or the english speaking areas usually only know ONE name for that feeling and it’s “LOVE”. So when I say “ONE(s)”, I am talking about any person that may be close to you…NOT just your significant someone. This is the perfect time to get together with that significant someone or with someone dear to your heart because of who they are as a person…and create a memory that represents a celebration of your relationship. What better way to show how special they are to YOU.

February 20th: President’s Day The day set aside to celebrate our presidents.

February 22nd: George Washington’s birthday.

Not everyone celebrates the same day in the same way. However you wish to celebrate the calendar of events this month, let us help you. Book a session NOW!

 

Where were YOU when Autumn arrived?

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The second season of colors. The world has blossomed and grown. The earth’s teen years of parties and fun have only just faded with that summer sun. And now, nature’s age of maturity….where were You when Autumn came?

The leaves turn colors, and change is in the air. Cooler mornings, fog, mist, pumpkins and day dreams of bon fires and football games!

Sports photographers can’t wait… Costume owners are in their busy season! And what about YOU? Where were YOU when Autumn arrived? What does this season have in store for you?

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Costume shopping! Cosplay! Halloween Photos! Dress your best and let’s have FUN! Don’t forget…shopping, Thanksgiving, family time! Family photos! Preparations for Christmas cards! Family photos!

Family photos can be traditional or YOU can add your own spice of life to the session. Cosplayer? Let’s get photos out there that are YOU! that you can share and have fun with! Want a unique Christmas card? One that is ALL YOU?! Let’s do a session and create your own card for your own unique look to share with YOUR family and friends this holiday season!

Autumn also brings the 13 days of Halloween! 🙂

Check back with us for those posts!
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Tea Time Traditions

Tea Time Traditions are many.

Tea has a history in America dating back to the colonies when the Boston Tea Party took place. While I would love to shoot a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, I am actually offering a different setting that has actually become a quaint childhood right of passage for many young ladies through time.

Curious yet? I am actually talking of Tea  Time picnics in the garden or the backyard…or where ever your heart takes you on an adventure. Imagination IS the limitOne special young lady and I had Tea Time with Teddy by the pond.  She became princess for the day with tarts and cake and teddy by the “lake.” 

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Tea Time with Teddy.

Picnics are special for every young girl from the age of three to at least the age of seven…some hang on to the tradition a lot longer {like the child in all of us~Adventures are grand things no matter our age or status in life}. Throughout September and October, we would love to shoot a “Tea Time Picnic” with you or your princess (or prince)–or let’s make it a Family Picnic! There are many tea time options for every imaginative person reading this. Take a look:

  • Tea Time with Teddy (1 or more–up to 6)
  • Tea with Mommy and Me
  • Tea Time Princess with (Daddy) the King
  • Mad Hatter Tea Party (group of 2 to 8) … “Who Are You?” …{Alice, the Mad Hatter, Door Mouse, March Hare, Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedle Dee/Dum, the Cheshire Cat, a Cards-men, Absolum-the caterpillar?}… 
  • Tea Time with Your Lovely Lady (couples)
  • Tea Time with Friends (group of 2 to 8) …friends can be your group of gal pals, gals & guys, a child and their doll collection (American Dolls ~for example)
**all adventures may be shot on location or in studio…
each setting and adventure is unique to you and your party.

Let’s have a Party!

Tea Parties are amazing times full of imagination. One of the many adventures that fit one individual or one amazing group of friends. What kind of Tea Party would YOU like to have? Let’s Plan an Adventure!! Follow a white rabbit to Wonderland OR find your fellow at the water’s edge at sunset… OR find your fair Lady on the lawn sipping tea and nibbling cakes… Adventure awaits YOU! What are YOU waiting for?? Contact us TODAY to set up YOUR adventure!

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Portraits and Photography

Portrait: defined by webster’s dictionary as:

  • “a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person’s head and shoulders”

  • “a detailed description of something or someone”

  • “a way of printing a page so that the shorter sides are on the top and bottom and the longer sides are on the left and right”

Portrait: as most people think of it:

  • a photo of one person taken by a professional photographer meant to be displayed either at home, at work, or on social media (or all of the above–depending on the individual).

Portrait: as I see it as a photographer:

  • a depiction of a person as they are in today’s present state or as they wish to be seen.

What do I mean by that (“as they wish to be seen”)?

  • people have many talents. Some are happy with a self portrait.
  • Others wish to be better photographed to catch a more flattering view of themselves than a selfie on a smart phone.
  • Others wish to showcase a talent or career or activity that they have a passion for…something that gives their life meaning. Some hear the word “portrait” and think of a Family Session. Others think of the old time portraits that were painted and hung on a castle wall…(such as depictions of Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Richard the Lionheart, the Tzars of Russia, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa)…

For those that wish to be showcased in the talent or career or activity that gives their life meaning (be that motherhood, fatherhood, swimming, golf, baseball, cosplay, re-enactments, hockey, ice skating, skate boarding, botany, horticulturist, executive, non-profit leader, photographer, etc) it represents a challenge to represent that person in their passion. That is the portrait I love to help create. Portraits are a team effort for without the client there to share their passion, their career, their life, I have no canvas on which to create a portrait….

Such a creation should be shared. Most of us share EVERYTHING on social media. I love social media. It is a great way to share life and passion…especially with those you don’t see every day. However, it is not the ultimate goal. The goal of a photographer when wik_elizabeth-i_rainbow-portraitcreating a portrait is to help you create something that you can personally share with all who enter your home. Not just those who are on social media. To personally share art with those that matter, Portraits are hung in your home to show your Passion, your love for life, to showcase YOU, Your FAMILY, to show what matters to YOU.

For  this reason, cd’s are given with purchases of photographs purchased. Not given as a collection of an entire session to be lost in cyberspace. Art is not digitally stored on a device to get shoved away in a drawer or a box or a closet. Art and Love are meant to be shared… to be part of your home. So please understand when a photographer says “I don’t offer cd’s”…what they are truly saying to you is I want you to have something special for your home that shows the love you have for your journey through the adventure we call LIFE. You deserve something unique and something to display. Not something to hide on a device in a drawer or closet or box in that closet….because YOU are special.

More examples of past Art/Portraits from the past…which demonstrate art, presence, passion, and define WHO they were and HOW we see them….

Eleanor of Aquitaine (left) and Nicholas II-the last Tzar of Russia (right).

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Event: King Author’s Court

April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2016 marked the 40th annual medieval fair for Norman, Oklahoma. It’s free to attend this medieval fair and a great way to kick off the fair season in the midwest. We haNormanMedievalFairA-2016.jpgd a wonderful time. We met up with Frank Kieth and his wonderful sculptures. We saw Michelle and her lovely assortment of corsetry! We saw many, many vendors and some wonderful shows as well.

This fair is great for interacting with characters, people watching and even pet watching! We saw dogs of all shapes and sizes and even some in costume! There was also a bearded dragon and some Birds of Prey!
The live action chess game was absolutely wonderful!NormanMedievalFairB-2016.jpg Have you ever seen such a thing? Fear not! if by some misbegotten chance you missed Norman’s lovely fair and shopping opportunity, you can visit the Castle of Muskogee in May. They also have a live action chess match… though you won’t see King Author or Queen Guinevere. Though you could chance to catch a live action chess match and a mermaid grotto…

King Author’s court at Norman was a lovely day and the weather was altogether grand for the celebration. The food is wonderful and of great variety…and the people are many!

To catch your eye and the scope of possibilities for next year in Norman, check out our gallery of this saturday’s meanderings. See you in Muskogee!

Events: Emergency Preparedness Expo

We visited the Emergency Preparedness Expo this past Saturday (March 26th). Have you heard of it? Tis the season–tornado season — when emergency responders in Oklahoma are kept very busy. Between tornadoes, fires, and floods, spring creates LOTS of work for these crews and the volunteers involved.

It was a beautiful day to be outside. I know a lot of the families were out doing community Easter Egg Hunts–such fun for the kids…but there was a nice turn out at the Expo too. We had many of our Fire Departments compete in a “Fire Fighter’s Challenge” event to show YOU what they are trained for in a more fun and entertaining environment. EVENTS-FireFighterChallenge-collage2016BLOG-sm(Rolling Hills, Oak Grove, Wagoner Fire Department, Flat Rock, White Horn, Coweta Fire Department). These kinds  of events are great for you to get to know those who serve your community and for them to get to know you as well. Events like the Emergency Preparedness Expo also give you valuable information should you ever find yourself in need of it.

Do you know what to do or who is involved in emergency situations? Well anyone who is, could be, might be were there at the Expo on Saturday. We enjoyed seeing the Air EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO2-collage2016BLOGsmEvac Lifeteam land their helicopter at the event. Saturday’s Air Evac team was from Muskogee. THANK YOU for being their Saturday! This is always great fun for the kids as they get to see the inside of a helicopter and even sit inside if they wish… The Air Evac Lifeteam is also on hand for questions and one on one interaction. Fun and Education all at the same time! Imagine.

On top of that we also enjoyed watching the canine rescue teams demonstrate their techniques. The rescue dogs are a joy beyond measure to watch and seemed to enjoy showing off their skills also! Emergency Management was there with literature and a trophy for the winners of the Fire Fighter Challenge. The trophy will travel to each winning station year after year! So be sure to come out next year to support your local station!

EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO-collage2016BLOG-smWe visited with the Broken Arrow Police Department and got to check out their “Share the Road” program which is about motor cycle safety awareness. Many Police departments all over Wagoner County attended the Expo. The DAV had a mobile unit set up as well as the Oklahoma Blood Institute and the American Red Cross. Water Safety was also there. Storm Shelter companies like Atlas Safe Rooms were there. If you haven’t seen them, you can find them at Woodland Hills Mall now. The County Sheriff was in attendance as was AEP. It was a great time to wander and ask questions and learn about emergencies when there isn’t one in progress. Often times we don’t bother until it is needed and then we miss a lot of necessary information. I am hoping next year is bigger and better! Check out our photo gallery of the event! Coweta American was there and also has a gallery. I am sure that we didn’t catch everything there so Check out the Chamber and the Newspaper. Visit the links and the facebook pages. This is an annual event so please, check out the companies here and bookmark their links. Visit and support them as part of your community. Keep in touch and visit the Expo in 2017!

Specials: Month of Love

February is the month we all stress about Valentine’s Day and what to get that special someone…or what to do if that special someone has not yet appeared.

Special Someone doesn’t have to be the Lover in your life. It can be your Mother, Father, Grandparent, Son, Daughter, or any Special Person that means the world to you and you just can’t imagine life without them there by your side.

Some People have the opinion that giving a photo of your self to someone is vain. That may be true….but having a photo session WITH that person makes it special and loving… instead of all about vanity. So…what are YOU waiting for?

 

Make Your appointment with that Special Person TODAY! Valentine’s Day may pass you by…but it’s never too late! That person in your life is always going to be special. Tell them. Contact us. Let’s get your session set up today! Mention this blog post when setting up your session and get a free 8×10 portrait from your session!
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Thirteen Days of Halloween: THREE

Phoenix Quest: A Harry Potter styled Event
Phoenix Quest: A Harry Potter styled Event

A Harry Potter styled event in Enid, Oklahoma…for Halloween, how can you go wrong with a castle full of witches and wizards and magical creatures great and small?

Photographer: Misha Lowther

Editing: Misha Lowther

Back To School: 2015-16

Back-To-School season is here. Everyone has passed that very busy “first day” and all the photos and shopping trips. Now you can relax and look forward to open house night and fall school photos.

Senior Portraits, Holiday Family Photos, Themed Sessions all are popular in the Fall season.
Senior Portraits, Holiday Family Photos, Themed Sessions all are popular in the Fall season.

Back to school also begins the holiday season activities for fall. The weather is cooling off and everyone is getting excited to see the heatwave that hits us during Oklahoma Summers pass by to be dreamed back up during the freezing spells that winter brings. But I am getting too far ahead.

Two things to consider right now:

  1. Fall Photos: These come in two varieties.
    1. The first is that family portrait everyone sends out with (or for) the Christmas Card season. Holiday portraits take time and energy to put together for a lot of families because this season is so busy. Back to school is over and then comes PTA; then Halloween planning; thanksgiving baking and Christmas cards (or holiday cards depending on your celebration/event); and then the yuletide shopping.
    2. The second is Senior Portraits. Senior Portraits can be done at any point in the school year but it is best to book them early. If you want Fall photos, you need to keep in mind the time change and when the daylight hours start getting shorter. morning and evening light are best if you are looking for an outdoor shoot. With the Oklahoma weather, we all know that the cold season can start anytime around mid October (or can wait until mid December)…IF you want an indoor, on-location shoot then the weather won’t really make a difference with regards to photos…however travel is still a consideration. Plan ahead and book early. Be sure to include the school activities you are involved in this year. 🙂
  2. Themed Photos: Why mention themed photos? Fall means cooler weather. Cooler weather means more outdoor, on-location comfort for those costumes that require a lot of layers and/or make-up. Oklahoma summer heatwaves can cause discomfort or at the least a bit of inconvenience when your theme requires layers of fur, armor, make-up, etc. Though you don’t want to wait for the winter months to set in either unless of course you require that white winter wonderland 🙂 though we can work on that during post process or during scene set-ups too.We would love to get together with YOU this Back to school season to have some photo-FUN. Give us a shout! You can find us on Facebook, online, or you can shoot us an email or text message. Come find us and book YOUR session TODAY!

Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day 2015:

How did YOU spend Mother’s Day? It has become almost a tradition for my Mother and my Daughter to spend the day at OKRF on Mother’s Day. Three generations together at Fair. A great time enjoyed by all.

Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day at the Castle has it’s favorites….there are always “must see” acts. While we enjoy OKRF, we do have our favorites. The Jolly Rogers, The Brothers Dimm (also known as the Mud Men), Karma Dogma Show, and usually the birds of Prey show…however we missed that one. Royal Gauntlet used to do the show and now it is Knight Wing. We visited the Italian quarter and saw Tribal Circus. We tried Wulgamut but the echo inside the cave made it too loud to enjoy so we weren’t able to stay long. This doesn’t affect everyone and they are worth the listen…if the cave gets to you then catch them at pub-sing at the crown inn towards the end of the day.

If you got the chance to spend the day with your Mom…then you had a very special day indeed. IF you did not, don’t think you missed out. Make a date and spend the day with her any day! Mother’s day can be any day regardless of your calendar. Mothers are special and any day is a great day to spend with MOM. ❤

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the Moms out there…and God Bless each and every one of YOU!

 

Castleton Realm – OKRF 2015

Welcome to a long over due post and update from your local Broken Arrow Photographer, Misha. OKRF is in full swing and I had the chance to attend on opening day.

What is OKRF? the OKlahoma Renaissance Fair….and what can you see and do there?

Dragon's Eye....visit B.A.G.S. in the Pirate Cove.
Dragon’s Eye….visit B.A.G.S. in the Pirate Cove.

Step into another realm…filled with pirates, fae, and royalty. A joust. A mermaid grotto. Wine. Wenches. Kings. and Queens. Are you curious yet?

Oh and I did mention Pirates right? well what would the other realms be without rebels and rogues to make the scenery interesting and entertaining….

 

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The Jolly Rogers

 

 

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A Tribal Circus of acrobats and whirling fire….daring feats to entertain you await you in the Italian Quarter….Will you visit the inhabitants of Castleton this day?

 

 

 

 

 

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You do remember this is the realm of Castleton, right?

Visit B.A.G.S. across from the Pirate stage.
Visit B.A.G.S. across from the Pirate stage.

Walk past the pirate stage and BAGS shop into the realm of faeires and mermaids and make believe. You may even see Peter Pan and Wendy. (think “other realm”…it does require some mischief and a little imagination but I think you can manage those)…

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Hear the Sirens’ songs …many a ship has sank due to the siren song….but I think the pirate stage will interest you once you listen…”Sirena” (pictured left) will be taking 2016 off so see them this year at OKRF while you can!

opening day, last joust.... Ye Knights of Ole.
opening day, last joust…. Ye Knights of Ole.

Oh and do NOT forget the Knights of Ole…for a joust is held at castleton and what passersby doesn’t want to see the champion of the day?

What do you think of Castelton and the 20th annual Opening Day of OKRF?

Check back for more! It is my goal to visit castleton once each weekend throughout it’s 20th run. Posted here will be the sights I see….so YOU can enjoy them too! Maybe I’ll even see YOU there. 😀

If you would like to see MORE photos of Castleton’s opening day, please visit our Gallary.

Community Volunteers

Warm weather is almost here and schedules are getting busier by the minute.

I want to take a moment and say Thank You to some really important people. We all have volunteers in our community. Most Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) are made up of volunteers. Some Fire and Rescue teams are made up of volunteers. Though our Police, Fire, and Military are not volunteers, their pay is not nearly equal to the time and efforts some give on a daily basis.

I had the privilege to give back to my community this weekend and will again next weekend. I write this not to communicate my efforts but those whom I get the opportunity to photograph in their efforts. This is my way of saying “Thank You” to those who volunteer and give more than most realize. Sometimes we all take for granted those things which are right in front of us…(myself included) and sometimes a thank you can make the hours, days, months of volunteer time worth every second. 🙂

“Thank You” to Rolling Hills Fire Department and to Air Evac Lifeteam of Claremore for all you do for our communities in and around Oklahoma and all over the nation.

For those of you reading this, if you have time, support your local volunteers and if you are around Catoosa on Saturday, April 4th, 2015–come and enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt that Rolling Hills Fire Department is hosting from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm.