Biscuit Acres renamed Benjamin’s Biscuit Acres 
 to honor John Benjamin

Biscuit Acres renamed Benjamin's Biscuit Acres 
 to honor John Benjamin 5

In a surprise presentation at Saint Simeons, Fellow Southside Rotary Club members, the Biscuit Acres Volunteer Association and key members of the City of Tulsa Parks Department presented John Benjamin with a banner depicting the new sign to be placed at the entrance of the Biscuit Acres Dog Park renaming the Park in his honor.

What’s Your Style?

If You Can Read This, 
Thank a Teacher

As September comes and the change of weather approaches, so comes one of the essential issues of the season: the fashion issue.
Fashion: a—a prevailing custom, usage or style; b (1)—the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time; (2)—a garment in such a style.

Closet Therapy

Closet Therapy

I love fashion magazines. I enjoy their beautiful shiny covers, reading the Paris runway reports and learning about new makeup techniques. It’s all quite entertaining. But in the fall, Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar kick it into high gear with the latest fashion trends and must-have accessories for the season. The magazines are heavy with girlish goodies and the urge to shop is unbearable. 
Interestingly, my desire to purchase the new this-or-that diminishes

Weight Loss Secrets

Weight Loss Secrets

We’ve all tried fad diets to lose weight. Maybe it’s for a big event like a class reunion or a milestone birthday, or simply because the doctor says, “yes, it’s time.” Whether it’s Atkins or Paleo, or even the lollipop or cabbage soup diet, each one promises a way to shed some extra pounds. And guess what? It works! For a while…

A Modern Day Fountain of Youth

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When discussing facial injectables with people who come in to our office, the conversation usually starts with two questions: What exactly are injectables, and, what are their uses? The two main groups of injectables are botulinum toxins and dermal fillers. The line between botulinum toxins (the most well-known brand is Botox) and dermal fillers can sometimes seem blurred, so here is a quick primer on what they are and what they do. For clarity, from here on I’ll refer to botulinum toxins as ‘Botox’.


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“Our goal with Runway Tulsa is fairly simple,” says the show’s Executive Producer Jon Terry. “We’re bringing a fashion show to Tulsa meant to entertain, impress and inspire.” Terry is saying a lot in that short description. Runway Tulsa is the public face of Oklahoma Fashion Initiative, a nonprofit organization established to create, foster and promote Oklahoma’s fashion industry. With a focus on education and manufacturing, OFI will utilize educational programs, mentorships and a small batch manufacturing facility to create and develop a fashion district in Tulsa and cultivate fashion talent across the state of Oklahoma.

September 2017 Around Town

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Highly decorated American astronaut Captain Mark Kelly commanded the space shuttles Endeavor and Discovery and visited the International Space Station four times. He also partnered with his identical twin brother, astronaut Scott Kelly, in a historic yearlong NASA study on how space affects the human body. Mark Kelly is now a space and aviation contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. The event will be held September 15th in the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC), 3rd and Cincinnati.

Pool House Project

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The Tom’s Design team met with the Hurst family right before the Home and Garden Show this last March to discuss their need for a pool house in their back yard.
The property already had a nice outdoor kitchen area and a nice large pool. The only thing missing was a pool house where guests could come and relax and enjoy the shade after a mid-day swim.

Say It With Fashion

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How it all began…
Last year my husband, one of the founders of our company, wrote a “napkin note” in our son’s lunch box. Holden doesn’t get notes every day, because quite frankly I forget. But sometimes he gets lucky. That day his dad decided to take over, and hit it out of the park with this note. So much so that it is framed in our living room.

Making a Splash

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It wasn’t long ago that the Thornton YMCA in Tulsa, Oklahoma wasn’t much to look at. Built in 1968, adjacent to a large county park located in the heart of residential Tulsa, the Thornton YMCA was once a thriving family fitness center. However, the many years of use and the changing nature of both fitness and family recreation over the last half century left many looking for more modern options. Today, the tides have turned in every way, and the new Tandy Family YMCA feels like an experience once again.

If You Can Read This, 
Thank a Teacher

If You Can Read This, 
Thank a Teacher

With the celebration of local men in June and all of our adventures and fun in July, this summer has already been quite an eventful one. We had so much fun, it’s hard to believe it’s almost time to end.
But, as the song goes, school’s out for summer (we’ll just go ahead and skip that next line declaring school out forever). And, as summer begins to come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about getting back to those backpacks, lunches and busy days.

Prepare for a Successful School Year

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So long summertime! It’s time to get back to school. Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement. It’s fun buying new clothes, picking out school supplies, and calling friends to see if they are in the same class. But it can also be a time of great anxiety. Ramping up for the hectic and fast paced new school year can be a hard adjustment from the lazy days of summer.

Get a Head Start on College Savings

Get a Head Start on College Savings

College tuition continues to rise, with few signs of slowing down in the near future. If you plan to help your children with the cost of attending college, it’s best to start saving when they are young and time is on your side. Creating a strategy today may help you reduce the stress and financial burden as your child gets closer to his or her college years. Here are some strategies to help tackle this important financial goal.

Go Back to School

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Summer is over and it’s back to school for the kids. But what about us? Going back to school to learn a new skill could actually be fun. Luckily, continuing education and leisure classes abound in our town. Do you want to hone your cake decorating skills? Or finally learn to fly?

August 2017 Around Town

August 2017 Around Town

Tulsa Town Hall [TTH] is a nonprofit organization dedicated to opening minds and stirring curiosities. Since 1935, TTH has hosted speakers who are diverse and provocative, as well as experts in their fields. Ranging from authors to explorers to international icons, the guests bring fresh perspectives on current topics. The 2017-2018 Speaker Series include Captain Mark Kelly, Dr. Bennet Omalu, Laura Linney, Rudy Maxa, and Piper Kerman. You can also enhance your experience by attending a Luncheon with the speaker. Season Tickets sell out quickly. For more information and to order tickets visit

The White Party raises over $290,000 
for Family & Children’s Services

The White Party raises over $290,000 
for Family & Children’s Services 2

The White Party, one of Tulsa’s most unique fundraising events, celebrated its 10th year and raised $290,000 for Family & Children’s Services. This festive outdoor celebration set under the art deco skyline of Tulsa was held at The Vault and featured its popular 
white theme with craft cocktails and a Moroccan flair.

Edible Adventurers: Adult Education Made Fun!

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Desiring to learn new cooking techniques, I enrolled in Platt College’s Edible Adventures, a one-night, adult cooking class. They offer a variety of classes such as Chocolatogy, Louisiana Cuisine, and French Cooking Made Easy, along with themes such as Girls Night Out and Date Night.

Tulsa Toy Depot

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It’s back to school, but are your kids prepared to hit the books? 
Or do they still have summer fever?
The Tulsa Toy Depot bridges the gap between learning and fun. They provide educational, yet entertaining toys and games for kids of all ages which Ryan McAdams, owner of Tulsa Toy Depot, considers as supplements to their education.

Summer’s Almost Over

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New shoes, new clothes or uniforms, notebooks, pens, pencils … what about the BEST confidence builder … A BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY SMILE!
Nothing builds self-esteem like being able to smile with confidence. The wardrobe is important with the latest styles, but “the look” can be dashed with an unhealthy, unattractive smile.

Tulsa Town Hall Wraps up its 82nd Season

Tulsa Town Hall Wraps up its 82nd Season

Since 1935 Tulsa Town Hall, a nonprofit organization, has hosted speakers who are diverse and provocative, as well as experts in their fields. Speakers for the upcoming season include Cpt Mark Kelly, Dr. Bennet Omalu, Laura Linney, Rudy Maxa and Piper Kerman.

Don’t Bug Me 4-5 grade Poster Contest Winner Announced

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For 13 years the Tulsa Health Department and Hillcrest HealthCare System have joined to educate Tulsa metro students on ways to stay healthy by protecting themselves from the flu and other communicable diseases. Don’t Bug Me is a fun campaign giving students tools to keep the spread of germs at a minimum.

2017 Holland Hall Speakeasy Auction

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On April 7, Holland Hall hosted a rip-roaring 1920s sockdollager at the 2017 Speakeasy Auction. Complete with a secret Patron side entrance, the Silo Event Center provided the perfect rustic venue for this traditional biennial fundraising event.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit to a theme park populated by dinosaurs … the list goes on and on, but, unfortunately, we’re limited here.

Take a Hike!

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Caitlin Eversole is a lifelong nature lover. She loves to hike, kayak, and scuba dive. As a Naturalist, her career affords her the opportunity to travel the country advancing conservation and managing the demands on natural resources.

The Changing Landscape of College Admissions

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Something I’ve observed after two decades in education is that very little of a student’s time truly belongs to them. They are juggling assignments, extra-curricular activities, family time, community service, jobs … well you get the point. Add to that the pressure of preparing for and applying to college and you have the makings of a highly stressed household. The college application landscape is constantly evolving, so it’s worth examining its current state and considering how it might impact your college preparation.

July 2017 Around Town

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Holland Hall recent graduate Grant Gebetsberger ’17 was named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Inclusion in this program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Grant is one of 161 Scholars selected out of more than 3.5 million high school graduates and 5,100 qualified candidates. He represented Holland Hall and Oklahoma at the Presidential Scholar Medallion ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 18, 2017.

The Holland Hall Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet

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The Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes Holland Hall alumni athletes. Hall of Fame inductees and student-athletes are honored together at an annual awards banquet designed to foster pride and preserve good sportsmanship and citizenship in the greater Holland Hall community.

Perfect Smile has Successful Dentistry from the Heart Event

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April 21, Perfect Smile hosted their 4th annual Dentistry from the Heart. On this day, patients can get a free extraction, cleaning or filling. This year was a huge success and they were able to see over 100 patients, donating over 30k in free dentistry.

A Slice of Tropical Paradise

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Much more than your average casino, River Spirit is a tropical flavored destination resort that, with a little help from Jimmy Buffett’s famed Margaritaville, brings a little slice of paradise to Tulsa. The addition of this new resort means River Spirit has two casinos in one, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and décor.

Summer Games

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It’s that time of year to pack up the kids and set out on a family “Walley World” road trip like the Griswold’s. Instead of having the kids zone out on movies and battling territory lines in the back seat, consider introducing a new class of educational and fun games.



Remember when your high school science project was the construction of an erupting volcano or the mixture of random chemicals to keep your sports shoes from smelling? These days, students like Beau Bingham and Erika Ravitch of Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa are winning international competitions for work in microbiology and animal science. The two recently returned from the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles where Bingham won a second-place grand award in microbiology and Ravitch was a finalist for her animal science project.

Fiberlicious Crafting

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Ever get an itch to knit your own sweater or crochet your own blanket?
That’s the question Lori Hall, the owner of Get Stitchin’, wants to facilitate. She welcomes crafters of all levels to her store, especially for fellowship and instruction.
Hall became immersed in the crafting community after purchasing a craft store from a prior owner. She placed her own stamp on the business by renaming it Get Stitchin’ and relocating to the Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan.

Biscuit Acres

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They work hard for you, after all — guarding your house from squirrels, retrieving balls, enduring the affection of small children or just being there to cheer you up after a bad day.
For most dogs there’s no such thing as a weekend getaway to escape from it all. But Biscuit Acres in south Tulsa is the next best thing.
Located on 2.5 acres within Hunter Park near 91st Street and Sheridan Road, Biscuit Acres is the most popular place in Tulsa for dogs to shirk their responsibilities and go wild with dozens of new friends.

Metro Christian Academy Annual Dinner & Auction

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Metro Christian Academy hosted their Annual Dinner and Auction on April 6th downtown at The Mayo Hotel. The event was a great success and they are looking forward to the opportunities their students and teachers will gain from the funds raised.

Clarehouse Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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100 volunteers and guests attended a dinner in their honor at the Mike Fretz Event Center. Clarehouse is a home for the terminally ill. All services provided are completely free. Information regarding donations and volunteering is available at 
Photography Julie L. Mueller.

Fond Memories

Fond Memories

I love June. Looking back, June was the month when school ended and summer happened. I always had these grand ideas of the great adventures that would take place over the next couple of months. It was as if time stopped and life began. Summers were the longest months and by the time school started up, I was ready to go back and see my friends. The good old days when you could go on adventures and didn’t think there was a danger in the world. My first good memories were visiting my grandparents every summer. It started when I was in 4th grade. I would get on a bus in Liberty, NY, change buses at the Port Authority in NYC and take the long trip to Milford, DE. Grandpa loved to fish and crab but the motor on his boat always died when we were in a small bay by the ocean where he loved to put the anchor down. It was never ending that we would wait for the tide to go out and when the water was low enough I would pull the boat, at least a mile, back to shore. As I got older, I always had a job but found a way to go to grandma and grandpas for at least a couple of weeks.

Party with a Purpose

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My wife, from time to time, starts a sentence with “I’ve been working on something.” This is usually a good thing. In the past this has meant a trip to Maine to become a lobster fisherman for a day or driving a NASCAR at 165 miles an hour around the Texas Motor Speedway. But this time it was something totally different. Cheryl went on, “I’ve arranged to have a Brisket Boot Camp at our house.” Now I’ve been told I can do some pretty good ribs and my pork butt is a family reunion favorite but brisket has always eluded me. So this was going to be fun, educational and tasty!

The Sport of Kings

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The sport of polo has been a part of Tulsa’s history since the 1930s. When Southern Hills Country Club was built, it included a polo field for private matches. Known as the “Sport of Kings” the fast-paced game caught the attention of well-known Tulsa business man John T. Oxley. At the age of 46, Mr. Oxley took up the sport and increased its popularity in Tulsa.

50 Shades of Masculine

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Author Tania Cartwright, Owner of 12*31 Interiors, is a Lighting Specialist and residential Interior Designer. She received her design degree from Oklahoma State University and her work has been seen in the Tulsa HBA Parade of Homes and Tulsa Designer Showcase. Contact for a consultation at 918.697.5104 or visit

El Tequila Privado

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“In Mexico, tequila is our passion,” says Federico “Fede” Vaughan, co-owner of Código 1530.
Vaughan, along with co-owner Ron Snyder, investor George Strait and wife Norma, and Creative Director Betsy Heneghan, recently introduced the brand to Tulsa at a private party in the home of Greg and Brandy Laird. What started as an idea on the golf course between friends is now a luxury tequila brand igniting all over the United States.

June 2017 Around Town

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Film fans, students, architects and designers, and those who were curious about what topics possibly could be included in an architecture and design film festival, braved stormy Tulsa weather to pack the Circle Cinema, April 20-23. The Architecture & Design Film Festival:Tulsa, presented by Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, showcased a range of films devoted to the creative spark that produces awe-inspiring and enduring work and ideas.


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I spent the weekend watching the NBA playoffs and home improvement shows. I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not. It was rainy and cold, well into April. I’ve recently changed careers and haven’t had much time to myself so I was selfish. And it felt really good. I’ve also recently taken up another hobby – sunglasses. Sunglasses used to be merely functional for me. I had one pair and they stayed in my car for driving. Then I opened an optical shop and everything changed.

Renovating Tulsa’s 

Renovating Tulsa's 
Landscape 5

Tulsa has always been a haven for amazing architects, designers, and builders. You will find many famous names lining the halls of museums; the namesakes of buildings that stand as relics of their accolades. Most want their name first and their work showcased second. Alex Palmer, however, considers himself one of the silent majority; someone who wants his quality, custom work to be his homage rather than his name.

Here’s to Strong Women

Here's to Strong Women

Washington Irving, the 19th-century American author known for stories such as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow once wrote:
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

Trail Blazer

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Wendy Drummond is a woman on a mission. Her single obstacle? There are only 24 hours in a day.
Drummond has a diverse and busy professional life and wears several hats in many different businesses. As a principal owner of Blue Sky Bank, she has a heart for entrepreneurs, which led to a branch location at the Boxyard in downtown Tulsa.

In The Market

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A lot of little girls like playing princess, tea parties with stuffed animals and dressing up. Emma Sitton liked to dress rooms.
Emma, now General Manager of The Market at Walnut Creek at 81st and Harvard, has used her passion over the past year to bring designers, decorators and entrepreneurs together. The Market is home to over 100 locally-owned showrooms and boutiques that feature unique furnishings, home décor, accessories, clothing, gift items, art work and much more.

May 2017 Around Town

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Since Dr. Reis was a young child, she has wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Reis earned her DVM from Washington State University, and she loves that she continues to learn every day while at work. She has four pets: a Pomeranian mix named Penny, two cats named Oliver and Rudy, and a Holland Lop rabbit named Hermione. Dr. Reis is quite the Harry Potter fan. In her free time, Dr. Reis loves hiking, photography, reading, horseback riding, and exploring new and exciting places. In fact, if Dr. Reis had a million dollars, she would use it to pay for a backpacking trip through Europe.