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Pennies for Pearls 2016

Every year we come together to honor and memorialize those who have fought Parkinson’s Disease in a very valiant and heroic way, but also to raise awareness and funds to continue the battle.  Your donations (pennies),  provide Resources, Education, Referral and Support, (pearls) to those who are fighting this battle every day and find a way to Ease the Burden and Find the Cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  All donations are tax deductible benefiting the American Parkinson Disease Association – Oklahoma Chapter to help those with Parkinson’s Disease and their families as well as educate those care providers in the community to better equip them to serve the Parkinson’s community. This is FAR from that “boring fundraiser” we all know. Casual dress is acceptable! Come and have a night of fun and excitement and help us continue to help those dealing with Parkinson’s Disease TODAY!

Tulsa Town Hall Speaker Series:  Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Tulsa Town Hall 81st season concludes with renowned presidential historian and author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, on Friday, April 22, 2016.  Author of six critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling books, she received a Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Other bestsellers are The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and The Golden Age of Journalism; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.  Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.

Goodwin is also known for her historical insight as a news commentator on NBC, CBS, FOX, and CNN. With elections in 2016, her topic is timely with “Leadership Lessons from the White House: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents.”

Her appearance in Tulsa is made possible by a generous gift from The Helmerich Trust.

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

Bixby North Elementary to Host Second Annual Agora Craft
 Market April 2

Bixby North Elementary PTA will host its second annual Spartan Craft Market to benefit Bixby North Elementary on Saturday, April 2 from 9 am to 4 pm at Bixby North Elementary gym. The Bixby Agora craft market will host more than 50 vendors. Vendors are coming from around the Bixby and Tulsa area to set up and sell everything from jewelry and candles to spring-time home décor, woodworking and kids’ apparel and accessories.  “Our community is filled with so much talent from participating individuals and businesses showcasing their hobbies and skills,” said Sarah Morgan, president of Bixby PTA. “Our goal is to raise more than $3,000 which will go toward funding of teacher grants. Teachers are given the opportunity annually to write grant proposals to request items not covered by current public school funding that will enhance the classroom experience for their students.”

Admission is free to the public.

Pictured: Jaxon Stevens, Bixby student; Jackie Stevens, Vice President of Bixby North Elementary PTA and Agora Craftshow Chair; Diane Griffin, retired teacher and vendor with her company Share Joy; Julianne Stevens, Bixby student.

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Cystic fibrosis is a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Advances continue to be made in finding a cure, but your help is needed now, more than ever, to help keep up the momentum of this life-saving research.

Help Justin Thompson and his restaurant group fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by making a contribution.

A Thank You $20 gift card, good at all JTR Group locations, will be mailed to you per every $100 donated.  100% of all contributions are donated directly to the foundation.

On April 15, 2016, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be honoring Tulsa’s New Leaders at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tulsa. The outstanding men and women nominated have exemplified leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles, or have excelled in metro Tulsa’s business community. This exciting evening will include a seated dinner, awards, live music and bidding on exclusive live & silent auction items including dinners, get-a-ways and the opportunity to mix and mingle with our honored guests.

Bark Walk 2016

Presented by The Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma and Ferguson Subaru, Bark Walk is set for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Chisholm Trail South Park in Broken Arrow, OK.

This fun-filled family fundraiser, now in its 7th year, will feature a 1 mile walk, through beautiful Chisholm Trail South Park. Route highlights will include plenty of water, and fun for dogs of ALL BREEDS and their human companions. To register and start signing up your walk sponsors, visit or email

But you don’t have to take part in the walk – or own a dog, for that matter – to attend and enjoy this rollicking event. The Pet Fest will include music, great food trucks, Kidz Zone featuring a bounce house, pet adoptions, raffle, pet competitions, $20 microchipping, a variety of vendors and over 3,000 attendees!

Tulsa Botanic Blooms and Garden Art

Experience spring at Tulsa Botanic Garden as over 100,000 bulbs herald in the season.  Stroll through the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces, their three acre ornamental garden that opened last fall. See the progress of the Children’s Discovery Garden which will be opening in May.  On Saturday, April 2 enjoy Garden Art with Tulsa Glassblowing School and Garden Deva who will be on hand selling beautiful, hand-crafted garden art pieces in glass and metal.  There will be a scavenger hunt and crafts and activities for families all day as well.  Later in April, Tulsa Wind Riders Club will be at the Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 23 for Kite Flying Day at the Garden. Bring a kite to fly or decorate and make your own.

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