Spring in Tulsa

August 2015 Publisher's Letter

The weather is beautiful and blooming flowers and trees abound by homes, businesses and places of interest that are fun to visit like the Tulsa Botanic Garden, Philbrook, Gilcrease, Woodward Park and many of the other picturesque places in town.

April 2017 Around Town

April 2017 Around Town

The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) honored Linda Capps, vice chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and Willa Johnson, Oklahoma County Commissioner for District One, with the 2017 Kate Barnard Awards which were established in 1998 to honor outstanding women in public service whose leadership has benefited Oklahoma women and families.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Heads to Tulsa

Architecture & Design Film Festival Heads to Tulsa

VisitTulsa, a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, shared exciting news at a recent gathering. The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture will present the New York-based Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Circle Cinema, April 20-23.

Street Party – Street School’s Annual Fundraiser

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More than 400 people attended and danced to the music of Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings. The event raised more than $318,000 which helps provide support for at-risk students to overcome the odds and become high school graduates.

Who Are You?

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When will you be hopping by Tulsa?
Early in the morning when the dew is fresh. I love to see how it makes the flowers sparkle when the sun comes up.

Easter Basket Paradise

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When you walk through the doors of Tulsa Toy Depot and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Tulsa, you are immediately transported to a world of wonder and learning. Everywhere you look there are happy children eager to open books, marvel at the collectibles and make wish lists for the toys. And, that’s just on one side of store. Follow the heavenly scent of chocolate and you’ll find yourself in front of a beautiful array of treats from locally made truffles and chocolate covered strawberries to the largest chocolate Easter Bunny in Oklahoma!

A Place of Hope

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Tulsa is a wonderful place to grow up, but one out of 15 children are faced with abuse and neglect. The good people at the Child Abuse Network (CAN), led by Interim Executive Director Rose Turner, bring hope and intervention services to those children and their families. The organization was created to centralize services including forensic interviews, medical care and psychological support in to one, friendly and low-stress environment for the child.

Architecture & Design and the Power of Film

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Tulsa is perhaps most beautiful when late afternoon sun bathes the city in honeyed light. Every line and surface is elevated to something extraordinary. Or so it seems when you love a place. Rising dramatically along the gentle curve of a river, Tulsa possesses a power to draw an emotional response. Stories of fortunes, won and lost, are told by Tulsa’s skyline. The city’s central core is an amalgam of structures made for worship, and architecture built by the gods of energy and oil.

Pet Anesthesia Safety

Pet Anesthesia Safety

Dr. McNamara graduated from Oklahoma State University Veterinary School in 1996 and began working for the Animal Emergency Center in Tulsa in the spring of 1997. He has served as the medical director since 1999. Dr. McNamara enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine, but has a special love for trauma related surgery. He is an active member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He has also served as co-chair for the OVMA Surgical Suite at the Tulsa State Fair for the last several years.

Updating Your Home Décor for Spring

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Spring is a time to refresh and rejuvenate. No better way to feel recharged than to redecorate the environment you live in, sleep in, work in, or entertain in. Just like having a new wardrobe can make you feel like a whole new person, so can your surroundings. I would like to share some of my favorite recent projects and give you some ideas of where you can start making changes and turning a new leaf in your home.

Spring Fever

August 2015 Publisher's Letter

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective
Spring Marches in on the 20th and there is something about it that does cause a fever-you know, you want to clean or something. For many families, spring is school break time and the traditional drive to the mountains to enjoy a few days of skiing and fresh mountain air, or maybe it’s an adventure in the sun or a mission trip to help others. Wherever you go or whatever you do, you begin the month of March looking forward to a vacation, the sunshine and longer days, or new growth outside in the garden, and somehow you feel rejuvenated and want to do something…..

Make a Statement

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Every January, manufacturers come together to display the newest in lighting at Dallas Market. This year’s trends blend both beauty and function with a main theme–Gone is the era of one design style! Gold tones, silver finishes, natural materials and full crystal chandeliers made an appearance for 2017’s lighting show.

March 2017 Around Town

March 2017 Around Town

The 6th Annual Music Trivia Charity Event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 6-10 p.m.
Come together to honor and memorialize those who have fought this horrible disease, and raise awareness and funds to continue the battle. With your donations, American Parkinson’s Disease Association provides resources, education, referral and support, to those who are fighting this battle every day and helps find a way to ease the burden and find the cure for Parkinson’s disease. All donations are tax deductible. OKParkinsons.com

Street School Celebrates Fundraising Success

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Street School celebrated their successful Transforming Lives Fundraising Breakfast with a reception at the Cyntergy building in January. Planning committee members and volunteer table captains were gathered and a champagne toast was made when Executive Director, Lori McGinnis-Madland, Ed.D., announced that their tireless efforts raised $102,000.

What Happens when a Guy Who Designs Eyewear Becomes a Dad?

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He creates a kids collection – that’s what. Time for kids glasses to get cool. To show off the new, exclusive line of Jackson 
Rogers eyewear, a fun photo shoot was held at Eye Candy Eyewear. Participants included Scarlett, Sam, Sully, Emerson, Sofia, and Warner. Photos by Ace Cuervo.

Roof Jewelry

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A lot of people don’t realize it but copper or galvanized metal roof accessories can really accentuate a house. When people think of roofing they primarily think of the roof itself but did you know that copper roof accents such as finials, copulas, tombstone vents and chimney caps, can actually increase the resale value of a home?

How Kia is Changing Their Brand

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When you think of innovative technology, amazing automotive development and extraordinary customer service, do you think of KIA? Most people don’t. In fact, the company nationally is trying to completely change the way the market perceives them, with investments in key designers such as Peter Schreyer.

EXPERT SAYS with real estate wiz Brian Frere

EXPERT SAYS with real estate wiz Brian Frere

LOCATION includes many factors such as school district, lot size, neighborhood and convenience to work, Church and favorite shopping and eating establishments. Location can also include where the home is located within a certain neighborhood; does the home back to commercial property or a major street and other similar factors. There are some actions that your Realtor can suggest which can be implemented to mitigate what some buyers may perceive as negative location related aspects. One thing to remember is that no two buyers are alike and each will have their own definition of a “desired location.”

Where Kitchen and Bath Designer’s Go To Get Inspired

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Many homeowners rely on HGTV for news on the latest trends and products, but have you ever wondered where the designers go?
It’s KBIS, the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show which just recently wrapped up its 36th appearance this January in Orlando.

Dentistry from the Heart

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Serving those in need is the mission of Dr. Mark Davis of Perfect Smile in Tulsa. As a member of the national non-profit organization Dentistry from the Heart, Davis sets aside a day to perform free dental work for adults 18 years of age and older. Dentistry from the Heart is comprised of thousands of member dentists across the country who give back to their communities by providing free dental care. This year’s event in Tulsa will be held April 21.

40 Years at Everyone’s Place

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This month Tulsa marks four decades since “Fanfare for the Common Man,” performed on opening night at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, heralded a new era for the arts. In the years following, the PAC became an anchor attraction for downtown when there was little else to draw people to the city center at night or on weekends. Chapman Music Hall and the PAC’s five other performance spaces have hosted what few cities are able to support simultaneously: opera, ballet and orchestral organizations, a myriad of theatre troupes, chamber music and contemporary dance companies, along with a vibrant speaker program and a Broadway series. Through these arts groups, touring shows and the PAC Trust, the Performing Arts Center has made possible scores of events. Additionally, the PAC racks up more than 500 event-days annually, contributing an economic impact to the City of Tulsa of $54 million each year.

Tips from the “Gardener Guy™”

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Paul James is the television host of “In the Garden” which airs Saturday mornings on KJRH. Many of us know this hometown boy as “The Gardener Guy®” from the HGTV show called Gardening by the Yard which aired for 19 seasons. Scenes for his show were often filmed in his own backyard as well as Southwood Landscape and Garden Center in Tulsa. Now, James is the marketing manager at Southwood, so who better to ask what’s new in home gardening?

November AWARE (Alliance of Women for Alzheimer’s Research and Education) Luncheon

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Over 300 women gathered to learn more about Alzheimer’s and services available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Dayna Steele was the guest speaker; she lost her mother to Alzheimer’s. Dayna chronicled their journey in her book, “Surviving Alzheimer’s with Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine”. For future women’s events, contact Diane Powell at 918.392.5002 or dpowell@alz.org.

The Facts of Love

The Facts of Love

Is falling in love based upon chance or is there a science to it? Research suggests that people at the same level of attractiveness are more likely to end up together. This theory, known as the Matching Hypothesis, says that people are more attracted to those that are equally socially desirable.

Celebrating Beethoven with Chamber Music Tulsa

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Tucked away in an English Tudor mansion, south of downtown on Main, is an arts group that may not be on your radar, but should be. Chamber Music Tulsa has tilted the tipping point of artistic success its way due to more than six decades of dedication and stellar programming. Chamber musicians from Tokyo to Tel Aviv know Tulsa well. Renowned chamber music groups from around the globe have performed on the CMT series and asked to come back. This month, Chamber Music Tulsa takes its programming to a new level by presenting the Beethoven Winter Festival, Feb. 17–26. A rare event and a coup for Tulsa, the complete 16 string quartets of Beethoven will be celebrated during the festival, performed by four masters of technical finesse, the superb Miró Quartet.

Honey Farming & Bee Ranching

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Five years ago, Michael Roark, Jr., was working as a project manager and bartender when he decided to make a change in his life. Ever the entrepreneur, Michael decided to become a honey farmer several years later and soon the rest of the family joined in creating Roark Acres Honey Farms.

Advancements with a Traditional Touch

Advancements with a Traditional Touch

Mark D. Tiernan, D.M.D., discovered a surprising passion for dentistry at an early age. He grew up in the small town of Noblesville, Indiana, where word of people’s achievements spread quickly through the community. AAA sponsored a contest that challenged students to create posters illustrating safety, and Tiernan won while he was in second grade. By the time he was scheduled for his next dental checkup, his dentist heard the news.

Tulsa Violin Shop

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When walking through the doors of Tulsa Violin shop you are immediately transported to another world full of warmly-hued maple and spruce stringed instruments. Basses and cellos are positioned in line like dutiful soldiers while violins and violas hang en masse from the ceiling. And, one-of-a-kind bows hang in the window just waiting for a musician to come in and make his or her selection. This is the world of owner Lou Lynch and staff who provide one-of-a-kind bows and customized instruments to their players.

6th Annual Oysters & Ale

6th Annual Oysters & Ale

Hospice of Green Country is the area’s only United Way supported, multi-cultural, multi-faith, non-profit hospice with its headquarters in Tulsa. In a 50-mile radius around Tulsa, it serves the counties of Creek, Mayes, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and southern Washington. Hospice of Green Country is the only hospice in the Tulsa area with staff committed to providing education-based expert care and nurturing guidance to patients and their loved ones who are in need of compassionate guardians of comfort and dignity when facing the end of life experience. Serving northeastern Oklahoma for 30 years, Hospice of Green Country believes all patients should die with dignity, in comfort and peace.

February 2017 Around Town

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Blue Sky Bank is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new branch, located in downtown Tulsa’s latest shopping destination, the Boxyard. The Boxyard, located at the corner of 3rd and Franklin, is constructed out of 39 repurposed shipping containers and features attractions such as restaurants, bars, clothing stores, and a coffee shop.

Sweet Obsession

Sweet Obsession

Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate. It accounts for more than $20 billion in U.S. sales each year and is the number gift given to lovers on Valentine’s Day.
It’s no coincidence that eating chocolate is completely and utterly enjoyable. The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation. The delightful “snap” of a piece breaking off in your mouth is titillating. And then there is the ultimate satisfaction as it melts flooding your mouth with happiness.

The Benefits of Honey

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin!
Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.