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. TulsaTownHall.com

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 Clarehouse.org. 
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 

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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.

Blue What?

Blue What?

I celebrated my birthday and it’s great having adult kids. You receive the best presents. First I received a pretty envelope and in the birthday card, wrapped up in tissue paper was a beautiful bracelet. On the card it says “Oscar made this in Mexico. It reminded me of you.” I loved the bracelet and yes, it was me. I texted a thank you, asked who Oscar is and when was she in Mexico?

Strong Women

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“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” This statement by philanthropist Melinda Gates aptly describes the following six individuals who are making a difference in the fabric of Tulsa. These strong women hold positions ranging from business owner to educator, community organizer to book author – and the impact of their work is staggering.

Urban Couture

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Urban Couture is the kind of clothing store that you’ll want to visit again and again. It has a cool vibe that showcases the latest fun and casual clothing trends for women. The shop is managed by Abby Emmert and located in The Vineyard at 106th and Memorial.

Nichtech Roofing

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Every so often, Oklahomans go through the same ritual — weather a strong storm, inspect the roof of their house for damage and get on a waiting list for roof repair. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about Oklahoma’s sometimes-nasty weather. But Charles Nichols, owner of Nichtech Roofing & General Contracting, says there’s a way to keep your roof standing against just about anything Mother Nature will throw at it.

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.