September 2015 Around Town 2



The Oklahoma City Thunder will be returning to Tulsa for an Oct. 13 preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks. This year’s game will mark the seventh time the team has visited Tulsa for an exhibition game.

“We love our fans in Tulsa and all of northeastern Oklahoma,” says Brian Byrnes, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Thunder. “They are loyal and passionate about our team, and we are pleased to be able to bring them another chance to enjoy the Thunder Basketball experience.”

The Thunder game will tip off at 7 p.m. at the BOK Center. Tickets are on sale now through, at the Arby’s Box Office or by phone at 866.7.BOK.CTR.


Jason Christie, 46, was named the Tulsa Oilers’ head coach on July 23 after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of the Ontario Reign.  In each of his four seasons behind the Reign bench, Christie recorded 43 or more wins and qualified for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs. He led Ontario to three consecutive Pacific Division titles and last season, Christie guided the Reign to a 43-19-10 regular season record and a berth in the Western Conference Finals.

A native of Gibbons, Alberta, Christie has been a head coach for 13 seasons in the ECHL and CHL. He boasts a career coaching record of 520-304-105 (.616 winning percentage) and has led his teams to a total of 11 postseason appearances.  With 483 victories in the ECHL, Christie ranks second on the league’s all-time coaching wins list.


Best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd will open the 81st season of Tulsa Town Hall on Oct. 2 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Kidd’s debut novel, “The Secret Life of Bees,” spent over two years on The New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into 23 languages and was made into an award-winning movie. Her latest work, “The Invention of Wings,” was chosen upon publication for Oprah’s Book Club, and was Amazon’s number one bestselling book in 2014. Kidd’s other New York Times bestsellers include “The Mermaid Chair” and “Traveling with Pomegranates.”

“The Secret Life of Bees” started as a short story in the University of Tulsa’s Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. Kidd has received other writing awards and honors, including the 2010 Homecoming Award from Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU Tulsa, the 2004 Book Sense Paperback Book of the Year, a nomination for the Orange Prize in England and the selection of “The Secret Life of Bees” as “Good Morning America’s” Read This! Book Club pick.

Kidd’s appearance is presented in collaboration with the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU Tulsa, where she will speak on Oct. 1. For ticket information for that event, visit Kidd is the designated Tulsa Reads Author and her entire body of work will be studied in a community-wide reading initiative sponsored by Tulsa Town Hall, the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU Tulsa, the Tulsa City County Library, and the Tulsa World. Previous Tulsa Reads authors are Anna Quindlen, Pat Conroy, Kahled Hosseini and Bill Bryson.

Tulsa Town Hall tickets are available by season subscription only at or by calling 918.749.5965. Tulsa Town Hall is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding speakers to Tulsa to open minds, stir curiosity and inspire imaginations.


Clarehouse, a non-profit dedicated to 24-hour compassionate care for dying people, celebrates life at the annual fundraiser Raisin’ Cain, A Ballroom Bash on Thursday, October 1. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a fiesta atmosphere at historic Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street in Tulsa. Mary Cogan will perform on the historic stage graced by Bob Wills during his glory years and guests will enjoy a tex-mex buffet from Los Cabos, as well as dancing, a wine and beer pull, games, and giveaways.  Sponsorships are still available and tickets are on sale at

The final days care that Clarehouse offers is free of charge, so the organization depends on the generosity of the community.  Donations built and support the cozy, 10-bedroom home, where people in need find peace, comforted by the presence of family and friends. Contact Stacy Haggard at 918.893.6150 for more information.


As a part of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Oklahoma nonprofit Supporters of Families with Sickle Cell Disease (SFSCD) will host the second annual Sickle Cell 5K for a Cure and Community Awareness Bazaar on Sept. 5 in the historic Greenwood District at Langston University. The public is invited to participate in raising funds and awareness surrounding the most common genetic blood disorder in the world; affecting an estimated 1,500 Oklahomans living with the disease, and another 40,000 who carry the gene and their families.

“The strain on individuals and families living with the disease is enormous,” shares Jeremiah Watts, SFSCD Development Director and parent of a child living with the disease. “One in 500 African-American infants are born with Sickle Cell disease, and throughout their lifetime they struggle to stay healthy. They face the reality of a lifetime of prescription medications to manage the disease, all the while facing the uncertainty of vital organ damage, failure and even fatal complications.”

Join celebrity participants Tulsa’s Sen. Kevin Matthew, Rep. Seneca Scott, Councilman Jack Henderson and author Clifton Taulbert for the 5K kickoff at 9 a.m. on Sept. 5. After, participants can enjoy the Community Awareness Bazaar featuring a family and kid’s zone with vendors to shop, inflatables, book mobile, face painting, balloon artists, therapeutic recreation, food and performances from the Edison Dance Company of Thomas A. Edison High School. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will also be on site for a blood drive for all non-5K participants.

Pre-event registration is encouraged to reserve an event t-shirt: Signup online at or call 918.408.1460.


Two Men and a Truck, the “Movers Who Care,” are proud to partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs homeless program to provide moving service free of charge for their annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event. This one-day event will be held in Tulsa for homeless veterans where they can receive food, clothing, information, and referrals on needed services to help end their homelessness.

Numerous community agencies partner with the VA homeless program to provide resources and services to homeless veterans. The 2015 event will be held Sept. 19 at the Downtown First Baptist Church 424 South Detroit Avenue in Tulsa. For more information regarding the VA homeless program’s services please visit Muskogee.Va.Gov.