December 2016 Around Town 2

13th Annual Don’t Bug Me Flu Prevention Campaign Kicks Off

Hillcrest HealthCare System and the Tulsa County Health Department kicked off the Don’t Bug Me program Nov. 1 at Hayward Smith Elementary in Owasso. The Don’t Bug Me program, now in its 13th year, is designed to teach healthy lifestyle habits to school age kids to help them avoid getting or spreading the flu or other illnesses.

Students loved the Don’t Bug Me-branded antennae and wore them throughout the presentation. Kevin Gross, Hillcrest HealthCare System chief executive officer, opened today’s program and introduced the Tulsa County Health Department’s “Professor Penelope IAK”. Professor Penelope provided an interactive program, engaging students through asking questions and demonstrating proper hand washing and sneeze covering techniques.

Kringles Christmas Land

Experience a Holiday event like no other around. Take a guided tour through Santa’s workshop, watch his team of elves hard at work preparing all the toys for kids all around the world. Then peek in on how forest animals celebrate Christmas in their own way. Your children will be mesmerized by Santa’s deer, as the elves get them ready for the big flight. And Santa guarantees snow, yes, but you’ll have to experience the magic for yourself. Make a NEW family tradition with Kringle’s Christmas Land!

Purchase tickets starting Nov. 25th – Dec. 31st in front of the main event door located inside Tulsa Promenade Mall. Open every day from noon-close, Nov. 25th-Dec. 31st. Closed Christmas Day.


Citizens Bank of Oklahoma is now Blue Sky Bank

Citizens Bank of Oklahoma, with more than 100 years in the banking business in Tulsa, Osage and Pawnee Counties, is pleased to announce that the name for the bank is now Blue Sky Bank.

“The new name reflects the Oklahoma values and infinite possibilities that have made the bank a recognized leader in Tulsa, Osage and Pawnee Counties,” says Gentner Drummond, principal owner.

Blue Sky Bank will open a branch in Tulsa’s East Village in The Boxyard to meet the growing needs of Tulsa’s downtown businesses, residents and young professionals.

“Our culture is reflective of our leadership. Our daily mission is to capture the loyalty and imagination of Oklahoma businesses and individuals as we create innovative and sustainable financial solutions,” says Evans Rector, chief executive officer. For more information visit BlueSky.Bank.

Tulsa Town Hall Presents Luis Alberto Urrea on January 13

Luis Alberto Urrea – From Tijuana to the World.  Award-winning Author, Poet & Essayist.

Acclaimed writer Luis Alberto Urrea uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.  Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urea’s humble beginning to Pulitzer Prize finalist and beloved storyteller is a story in itself.  Author of 14 best-selling books and publications in all major genres, he has had three of his books chosen by 30 cities and colleges for the One Book community reading programs – Into the Beautiful NorthThe Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter. For more information, visit

Metal with Heart

In a time when first responders are put in danger daily by an ever growing violent world, Matthews Ford leads the way in community involvement by continuing their seven years of partnership into 2017 with Broken Arrow’s talented Police Chief Boggs assisted by Lisa Ford.

Lisa is hard to find as she is typically out of the station, assisting Broken Arrow Seniors, Broken Arrow Neighbors, Dogs Against Drugs, BA Rotary, Leadership Broken Arrow Leadership team and participates in many other organizations.  She is a valuable asset to Matthews Ford in Broken Arrow. Matthews Ford #1 goal is safety and what a beautiful partnership has formed to promote those who protect and serve us every day.


Community Food Bank of 
Eastern Oklahoma

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma became the first food bank in the nation to begin working with Growtainers®, a high-tech, container, hydroponic garden. These engineered and insulated shipping containers maintain the perfect controlled environment for the year-round growing of produce.

The project is the result of a grant from Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation.

According to Ryan Walker, COO of the Food Bank, “The typical yield for a single Growtainer® in a full year of production is about the same crop in a normal growing season on an acre parcel. Maturity for most of our crops will typically take 30-40 days. For lettuce, it is predicted that 40,000 heads could be grown in a year.”

For more information, visit the Food Bank’s website at


Hebert’s Specialty Meats

Cajun Ed’s brings you the original Hebert’s (say “A-Bears”) Specialty Meats and other delicacies just like you’d find in New Orleans, only better. Hebert’s Specialty Meats offers Cajun food delivery plus a meal delivery service of prepared meals. Whether you’re planning a party, a holiday dinner or just want something adventurous and incredibly delicious for a family meal, try them once and you’ll be hooked. Located just west of Lewis Ave. on 71st Street in the Big Red House.

Toyland Ball

This year is the 27th year for Toyland Ball! We will take a “Journey to Oz – There’s No Place Like Home!” Toyland Ball, held every January, is The Parent Child Center’s annual signature fundraising event. This black tie gala with a whimsical theme offers an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, with a live auction.

This year Kathy and Mike Mears lend their advice and prestige as Honorary chairs. Event chairs, Drs. Sarah Fox and Jeff Broermann, are leading an enthusiastic and creative volunteer committee to plan and host the event.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Guardian Angel Award to Judge Doris Fransein.
For more information about Toyland Ball visit or call 918.699.0501.

Pictured L-R: Kathy and Mike Mears and Drs. Jeff Broerman and Sarah Fox


Holiday Ham

“A ham from The Hamlet™ is perfect for the holidays & family get-togethers.  Get a head start on your holiday preparations and reserve your honey-kissed ham or smoked turkey online today. Two convenient locations in Tulsa to pick up your selections: 91 & Sheridan and 71st & Trenton.”

Customers may purchase ham or turkey plus individual sides or purchase a Hamlet Holiday Meal. A ham from the Hamlet makes a perfect gift idea too – family get-togethers, thank-you gifts,  or company parties.  Don’t forget the boss or your best client.

For pricing and to place an order, visit