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2016 CAN Superhero Challenge

When YOU support CAN, you are helping save the life of a child! The Child Abuse Network, Inc. (CAN) exists to reduce the trauma that a child abuse investigation can pose for the child.


CAN Superhero Challenge is a fun and family-friendly event that gives your inner Superhero the chance to shine! Participants can choose from two obstacle course challenges. After the Challenges, there will be fun and games available for Superheroes of all ages. There will be inflatables, bounce houses, photo opportunities, face painting, food and more! The event itself creates a hopefilled and fun atmosphere, while generating a greater awareness of CAN and the work we do in our community.  Our goal is to raise funds for the children we see every day at the Center.

Details of the CAN Superhero Challenge:

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016

Location: POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat

What: Two Obstacle Course Challenges

Registration is at 1:00 p.m. The Challenge begins: 2:00 p.m.

The Animal Emergency Center of Tulsa receives certification as Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility

Animal Emergency Center (AEC) was recently certified as a Level II veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). They are the only facility in Oklahoma with a VECCS certification and strive for excellence to offer the best patient care available. The VECCS is now offering a certification program to veterinary facilities that provide emergency and critical patient care.  The purpose of the certification is to recognize those hospitals that meet and exceed the minimum standards and guidelines published by VECCS.


Established in 1987 the Animal Emergency Center P.C. is northeast Oklahoma’s oldest and most established veterinary emergency hospital care facility. They provide pet emergency, trauma and critical care to dogs and cats in the Metropolitan Tulsa area. “When you need us, we’ll be here.” Located at 41st and 169. 
or 918-665-0508

Dancing Brush Art Classes

Presenting “Dancing Brush Art Classes” every First Friday in the Atomic Tiki Room at DECOPOLIS!

Each painting party is taught by master artist, William A. Franklin.  William is a third generation Tulsa artist who has painted Trompe’ L’oeil Murals for over 25 years.  William’s murals have graced luxury homes and businesses around the US and in Europe.

You and a group of friends will have a great time while learning secret painting tips and techniques that will allow you to create your very own work of art, for your own home or as a gift.  Feel free to bring your own drinks!

Check out and our Facebook page to purchase tickets and to keep abreast of upcoming classes.  Also, feel free to contact us to schedule a group painting party on a date and time of your own choosing! 502 S Boston Avenue, Tulsa. 918-382-7388.

Tulsa Town Hall Lecture: 
Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander will speak at Tulsa Town Hall on March 11 and conduct the Tulsa Symphony on March 12.

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London’s famed Philharmonia Orchestra he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings that have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim both for the performance and Zander’s now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. Their recordings of Mahler 9th and Bruckner’s 5th Symphony were nominated for Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance. Their latest recording, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.

Mr. Zander is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has given both the opening and the closing Keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where on another occasion he was awarded the Crystal award for “outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations”. In 2002 he was awarded the “Caring Citizen of the Humanities” Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations. In honor of his 70th birthday, and 45 years of teaching, he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the New England Conservatory.

His partner Rosamund Zander and he have collaborated on a best-selling book, “The Art of Possibility” which has been translated into fifteen languages.

In 1967, Mr. Zander joined the faculty at New England Conservatory, where he taught an interpretation class, conducted the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted the conservatory orchestras. For 30 years he was the Artistic Director of the joint program between New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts.

Tulsa Town Hall, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing speakers to Tulsa to open minds and stir curiosities, is pleased to partner with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to share this outstanding speaker with our community.

Tulsa Town Hall’s 2015-16 Speaker Series is sold out. The 2016-17 Speaker Series will be announced in April.

In the photo: Bob & Jill Thomas, David L. Boren, Bob West, Genie & Dr. Pat Shannon. The Bob West Family was the presenting sponsor for Boren’s lecture at Tulsa Town Hall. Jill Thomas and Genie Shannon are members of the Tulsa Town Hall Board. Bob Thomas and Senior Star provide refreshments for Tulsa Town Hall’s 2015-16 Speaker Series.


Ante up for Cascia’s most prized and anticipated event of the year.  Southern Hills Country Club is the venue for Celebrate Cascia 2016, “Casciablanca,” On April 16 guests will enjoy a large-action evening of casino revelry, complete with blackjack, roulette, and craps tables. While placing bets and enjoying cocktails, guests can double down on Silent Auction items via phone with a mobile bidding feature. Not only can guests load up on the Wine Pull and Raffle, they may just want to bet the house on a Live Auction item or two during a fabulous dinner.  End the evening by letting loose on the dance floor with live music. Proceeds will benefit Cascia Hall’s financial aid program. Find details and tickets at

2016  Tulsa Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon benefitting Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma will honor event chair Michelle Hardesty, whose work on sustainability and collaboration within the non-profit community has benefitted so many. She has been instrumental in her support of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. We will also be honoring 13 extraordinary Girl Scouts from across eastern Oklahoma receiving higher education scholarships.

Guests will also hear from keynote speaker Tererai Trent, an internationally renowned speaker, educator, mentor and one of Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favorite guests. She is the author of “The Girl who Buried her Dreams in a Can”, a book based on her story of perseverance. Dr. Trent is currently an adjunct professor in Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health at Drexel University, School of Public Health. She is a senior consultant with more than 18 years of international experience in program and policy evaluation and has worked on five continents for major humanitarian organizations.

JLLS Committee members include Erin Dailey, Cindy Bottomley, Donna Cropper, Ginger Homan, Jodi Jayne, Paula Barnes, Kiemonn Jones, Ruth Nelson, Julie Smith and Roberta Preston.

Our early sponsors include Bank of Oklahoma, Mike Case, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Cowan Construction, Erin Dailey, First National Bank and Trust of Okmulgee, Wendy and Gentner Drummond, GableGotwals, Hall Estill, Hardesty Family Foundation, Helmerich and Payne, Hille Foundation, Karen Keith, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Robert and Sandra Norman, Senior Star Living, Ken and Julie Smith, Susie and Don Wellendorf, Williams Companies, and WPX Energy, and  Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation.

The event will be held at Southern Hills Country Club on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information on sponsorship or to reserve a seat at the luncheon, please contact Cassie Morrill at 918.745.5201 or For more information about the girl scouts visit

The Jerusalem Quartet

Presented by Chamber Music Tulsa on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Elegance, exuberance, perfect control and seamless blend – no wonder this quartet has been on our wish list for years! The Jerusalem Quartet imbues each performance with passion, translating the composer’s vision to the audience with startling freshness and vigor. The program will consist of Beethoven: Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2 and Bartók: Quartet No. 4. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. for a pre-concert lecture. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for general admission. Student tickets are $5. Tickets: or call 918.596.7111.

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals Moves to The Farm Shopping Center

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) is a Tulsa based non-profit collaborative organization whose primary purpose is to bring together the people and resources needed to overcome pet homelessness, abuse and neglect. They are dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation, encouraging responsible pet ownership and promoting the humane treatment of animals through the community collaboration of rescue organizations, veterinarians, municipal animal shelters, law enforcement and community members. Programs under OAA include Fix OK, Fix Me Vouchers, Pawsitivly Pits and Unchain OK. They also sponsor Adopt a Little Okie at Tulsa Animal Welfare and the Broken Arrow Animal Shelter on the last Saturdays of the month. To learn more about OAA visit Their new address is 5321 S Sheridan Road, Suite 30, Tulsa in the Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan. 918.742.3700.

Alan Staab Announces for State Senate Seat District 39

After being introduced by former Memorial High School coach Robert Sprague, candidate Staab reminded the crowd that is was “Ground Hog Day”.

Alan continued,  “Remember that movie where Bill Murray’s character finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again? Don’t elections in Oklahoma remind you of that movie? Politicians keep making campaign promises and just like “Ground Hog Day” we keep voting for these politicians. Sometimes we see improvement, but most often we see the same results. Oklahoma has to stop voting for the same people and start doing things differently.”

Mr. Staab is not a politician he is a Tulsa businessman. He and his wife, Sharon Voskuhl, are actively involved with Memorial High School and Alan is on the board for San Miguel Middle School and St. Gregory’s University. He plans to make the budget, education funding and criminal justice reform key issues in his campaign.