November 2016 Around Town

Tulsa Living Arts – Day of the Dead Arts Festival

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a celebration of Hispanic heritage honoring loved ones who have passed away.  The 23rd Living Arts Day of the Dead Arts Festival will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, from 5 to 11 p.m.  Living Arts is located at 307 E. Matthew B. Brady St. in downtown Tulsa. Admission is $5, cash only, and children 12 and under are free. There will be ATMs available.

Some festival activities include viewing of the murals (13 spaces total) and Altared Spaces Exhibit (altars built to honor lives of ones who have passed), Authentic Latino Performances, and of course the Skeleton Parade.  A variety of children’s activities such as face-painting, sugar skull decorating, sidewalk chalk altar making will be available.

Living Arts of Tulsa honors local artists who create works dealing with Day of the Dead images and ideas in the West End Exhibit.  This year’s winner of the poster competition, Price Jones, will have his winning work featured in a silent auction.  Find more information at LivingArts.org.

Tulsa Town Hall Speakers Series

Tulsa Town Hall is a nonprofit organization that provides a dynamic speaker series in order to open minds and stir curiosities.  Join them on November 4th, at the Chapman Music Hall at the Performing Arts Center from 10:30-11:30 A.M. and listen to the popular writer, Dave Berry.  For 22 years, Barry’s weekly column appeared in over 500 newspapers with “laugh-out-loud” commentaries on all aspects of life.  He is a best-selling author of over 30 works, including his collected columns, who discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.  For more information on Dave Berry, go to DaveBerry.com. You may also attend the luncheon for $25 (reservations required), which will be held at the Hyatt Regency, just across the green from the PAC. To see more about Tulsa Town Hall, please visit TulsaTownHall.com or call 918.749.5965.

DAV 5K Run

Tulsa is one of five cities hosting a DAV 5K in November – a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. The Tulsa DAV 5K will be Saturday, November 5 at Guthrie Green.  “We are excited to expand the DAV 5K to five great American cities to honor Veterans Day this November,” said DAV National Adjutant and CEO Marc Burgess.

All veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard and ROTC or service academy cadets are eligible for exclusive benefits on race day, including FREE registration. For $15, veterans will receive a custom branch-of-service race shirt (if registered by Oct. 16), veteran thank-you bag and invitation to the post-party. Veterans may also participate in the DAV 5K using a wheelchair or handcycle.  More information at Dav5K.org.

Gifts Of Hope

Youth Services of Tulsa (YST) has helped Tulsa area youth and their families since 1969.  YST constantly adapts to stay on top the ever-changing, increasingly complex needs of young people, ages 12 to 24.  YST is the only Tulsa non-profit organization focused solely on adolescents and young adults.

Starting November 23, the Youth Services of Tulsa begins its annual Gifts of Hope event for the holiday season.  Through this program, you may “adopt” one or more of Tulsa’s homeless and at-risk youth.   Anyone can sponsor a youth – individuals, families, or organizations. As the time nears, more information will be posted on YST.org.

Castle Christmas – The Castle 
of Muskogee

The Castle is open Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve from 6-10 p.m. and offers multiple activities during the holiday season. Drive through Castleton Village and enjoy over 2000 holiday displays with thousands of colorful lights, or take a hayride through the village or ride the ponies or the camel (all weather permitting). Stop in the Castle for free family movies, unique merchants and the Kris Kringle Cafe; make ornaments in Santa’s workshop, or warm up by the fireplace.

While you are there, you may want to visit Father Christmas and his elves.  For a price, you can either have your photo taken with Santa or take your own photo.  Do some shopping at the holiday merchants for yourself or your loved one(s).   For pricing and further information, visit OKCastle.com.

Silhouette Artist, 
Clay Rice

Monday, November 14, the nation’s top Silhouette Artist, Clay Rice, will be at Tulsa Toy Depot at 101st and Sheridan. Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was described by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist” and traveled worldwide, sharing his mesmerizing cutouts with delighted customers.

Each profile silhouette takes Clay about 1 minute and he estimates that in his 32 year career, he has cut over 900,000 silhouettes. Clay’s nationwide following has families flocking to have this talented artist create keepsake silhouettes and to have him sign copies of his award-winning children’s book, The Lonely Shadow. Clay’s landscape scenes and children’s illustrations are sought after by collectors worldwide and his work is on permanent display at the South Carolina State Museum. TulsaToyDepot.com  RiceGalleries.com

Ediblend 
Superfood Cafe

Ediblend superfood cafe, owned by sisters Amy Murray & Piper Kacere, opened their second location at 101st & Sheridan on Tuesday, October 4th with Mayor-Elect GT Bynum.  Ediblend is a unique concept for South Tulsa, serving as a convenient superfood and drink destination for customers looking for a plant-based healthy lunch, breakfast, dinner or snack.

The menu features all natural cleanses and blends that are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy-free and contain no added sugars, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  The cafe hours will be 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Amy and Piper were the first to bring this superfood café concept to the Tulsa market and developed their own hand-crafted blend recipes after embracing a plant-based lifestyle.  Their signature 3 Day and 1 Day Kick-start Cleanses are a nutrient-dense flood to your body designed to help eliminate cravings, rejuvenate your body and empower you to make healthier eating choices.  Due to their growth and demand for a more accessible location, their original, midtown location will be moving to Utica Square this winter.

To learn more or see a full café menu, visit Ediblend.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ediblendcafe).