June 2015 Around Town

Check Out One of Tulsa’s First Little Free Libraries

Congratulations to St. John’s Episcopal Church for creating the book exchange for their community. The church designed their library to look like a little church. The idea originated with a group of women who come together to do needlework and end up talking about books. Dorian Kurin, an architect in the parish, volunteered to design and build the little library, with the traditional red doors you see on all Episcopal churches. The Little Free Library is on the east side of St. John’s House at the corner of 41st Street and Atlanta Place. You can see it, and drop off or pick up free books, at their address at 4200 S. Atlanta. They are registered with Little Free Libraries, number 23,115. LittleFreeLibrary.org

Alex’s Lemonade Days Returns

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, invites volunteers across the country to take a stand against childhood cancer when Alex’s Lemonade Days returns, June 12-14.

ALSF’s National Lemonade Days began in 2004 when Alex Scott set her sights on raising $1 million to fight childhood cancer, including hers.  Alex invited volunteers to join her in hosting lemonade stands to help achieve her goal one dollar and one lemonade stand at a time. Through the help of these volunteers, Alex would reach her goal before losing her life to cancer in August of that year. Each June, the weekend before Father’s Day, supporters everywhere contribute to a cure.

The Foundation was built upon the principle that you are never too young to make a difference in the lives of others. For more information and to sign up to host a lemonade stand, visit: AlexsLemonade.org/LemonadeDays.

Two Tulsa Assisted Living Homes Named Best in Nation

SeniorAdvisor.com recently announced their Best of Senior Living 2015 awards. They looked at all the senior living homes throughout the United States to identify which ones provide the best experience to residents. According to them, none of the award winners were chosen based on arbitrary metrics of quality. If they received an award, it’s because actual residents and their loved ones were happy enough with their experiences to say so.

The website has more than 74,000 reviews and ratings from users, adding up to a lot of valuable data that paints a picture of the varying quality of the country’s different senior living options. To qualify, each of the winners earned a rating of 4.5 stars or higher – a difficult enough standard that only the top 1 percent of the facilities nationwide managed it.

The Tulsa area’s two winners are Sunrise River Road and Sterling House of Broken Arrow.

The SeniorAdvisor.com website collects the details of the award winners and all the other senior living homes in the Tulsa area in one easy-to-browse place. You can see the reviews behind the ratings that helped determine who got an award, and narrow your search based on the features that matter most to you. Learn more about the award-winning senior care in Tulsa at SeniorAdvisor.com/tulsa-ok/assisted-living.