February 2017 Around Town 3

Blue Sky Bank Opens New Branch in Trendy Downtown Tulsa Boxyard Development

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.

“Without a doubt, the Boxyard is going to be a major draw for downtown Tulsa,” says Gentner Drummond, principal owner of Blue Sky Bank. “We are so excited to be a part of the launch of such a unique, eclectic center for shopping, dining, and entertainment.”

The Boxyard branch marks the fourth location for Blue Sky and follows the bank’s recent name change and rebranding mission. Drummond feels this unique location will attract a new generation of entrepreneurs to Blue Sky Bank’s growing commercial segment while maintaining a strong focus on personal banking services. “The progressive personality of the Boxyard is such a good fit for the continuing evolution of Blue Sky Bank as we look toward new possibilities and help our clients turn their visions into a working reality,” notes Drummond. BlueSky.bank


The American Heart Association is hosting The Tulsa Heart Ball, a celebration of creating and sharing on Saturday, February 11th at 6 p.m. The evening celebrates the work and mission, the donors and volunteers, and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, the Heart Ball campaign raised just over $51 million nation-wide allowing them to fund over $123 million of research and programs across the country and in the community. AHATulsa.ejoinme.org


Mark your calendars for Street Party 2017 – to be held Friday, February 24. This event will be held in the Assembly Hall of the Cox Business Center. Join The Tulsa Street School in Wonderland for an Evening of Whimsy & Adventure! Don your Mad Hatter-est of hats and Cheshire grins, for that is simply the best way to dress for a party! Merriment will abound with delectable morsels and melodious tunes for twirling and what-have-you. Particularly wonderful items will be auctioned off, all in an effort to support an exceptional, educational organization: Street School. Don’t be late for this very important date!


The 57th Annual Book Fair will be held Saturday, February 25th from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at Holland Hall Middle School.  Over the past year, thousands of books have been donated by the Holland Hall community as well as by others throughout the Tulsa community. These donations have been carefully sorted into a variety of categories to make finding the right book for you an easy task. You’ll find new, used, big, small, hard and paperback, and even rare books along with children’s books, games, toys, music and movies.  There will also be some great resources for teachers.  Most items are priced between $0.50-$3.00.  Admission is $1 per person and tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Christy Zahn at czahn@hollandhall.org or Jan Pearson at janpearson1@gmail.com.


Cooking Up Compassion is an annual event to increase funding for Catholic Charities. The Mardi Gras themed party features appetizers from the area’s most prominent chefs, dinner by Chef Devin Levine, dancing to the sounds of Zodiac band, a live auction and raffles.

Joe and Darcey Moran, with Kathy Craft, return as Honorary Chairs this year. Event co-Chairs for 2017 are John and Lucia O’Connor, and John and Rochelle Dowdell.  Patron Chairs are Jim and Mary Bush. For more information contact Jennifer Allen at 918.508.7115.

The event is February 25th at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Cox Business Center. Individual tickets are $150 with Next Gen tickets (ages 21-39) for $100. CCTulsa.org

Pictured: John and Rochelle Dowdell, Mary and Jim Bush, Lucia and John O’Connor.


The Stitch in Time Club was inspired by the new knitters who visit Get Stitchin’ that would like to learn more about knitting.

For 2017, the club will work on blanket squares using different knit-stitches, then have a sew party to seam the blanket together. The yarn for this project will be discounted. The goal is to teach each member a new stitch each month, and to read and understand patterns. Get Stitchin’ will be offering classes on the first Saturday at 1 p.m. and the second Thursday at 6 p.m. each month. The cost is $10.00 monthly, which includes the pattern and personal instruction.

If you would like to join the club but don’t know how to knit, the staff at Get Stitchin’ offers beginning knitting classes for $15.00 per hour. To sign up for the club or to schedule your personalized class, call 918.481.1055. You can also schedule classes for Cross Stitch, Charted Needlepoint, Hardanger, Bead Work, Punch Needle, Knitting, Crochet, Tunisian Crochet, and Drop Spindle Classes. Get Stichin’ is located in The Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan. GetStitchin.com


Thunder Youth Basketball three-day camps, presented by Cox Communications, are designed for players 6-14 years old.  Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. This camp will be hosted at Tandy Family YMCA Healthy Living Center in Tulsa. Campers will be instructed on technical fundamentals, taking part in developmental drills to improve skill sets within defense, ball-handling, shooting, layups, and more!  Campers will receive a Thunder Youth Basketball reversible camp jersey, camp basketball, and water bottle.

The goal is to provide every Thunder Youth Basketball participant with quality instruction from Thunder-certified youth basketball coaches, who will create developmentally appropriate drills and customized instruction for each camp. The camps will be held March 14th to March 16th and registration is $185 per camper. nba.com/thunder/

Cascia Hall Senior, Beau Bingham, named Science Talent Search Scholar.

Cascia Hall Senior, Beau Bingham, has been named a Regeneron STS (Science Talent Search) Scholar.  The STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school science research students.  In fact, President George H.W. Bush described it as the “Super Bowl of science.”  During its 75-year history, the STS program has included 12 students who subsequently achieved the Nobel Prize and many other prestigious science awards.

This year, over 1700 seniors submitted their original science research projects to be evaluated by the STS team of top research scientists and judged for creativity, novel approaches, and scientific contributions to solving many of the world’s biggest problems.  The 2017 STS scholars represent the top 300 science students nationally.

As one of the top 300 and the only one from Oklahoma, Beau is in the running as a semifinalist to be named among the top 40 finalists who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. in March.  There, the finalists will present their research and compete for additional recognition and more than $1.8 million in cash awards, with the top award being $250,000. Traditionally the STS finalists are presented to the Congress and have the opportunity to meet with the President.

Congratulations to Beau and his teacher and mentor, Mrs. Sally Fenska, for this tremendous accomplishment.  This is the first time a student from Cascia Hall has been recognized by Regeneron STS.


Combines Fitness, Technology and Science to Create “ReVVolutionary” Workouts

REVVED Fitness revolutionizes Tulsa’s fitness landscape with the opening of its new gym at 3409 S Peoria in the Brookside Business District (in the former Arvest Bank building).

REVVED Fitness owners Kevin and Emily Wilson bring a combined 35 years of experience training clients in a fitness movement that incorporates low impact exercises with intervals of strength and cardio over 60-minutes.  Clients burn 500-plus calories each workout and continue to burn calories up to 36 hours later.

Members of all skill levels train on cutting-edge fitness equipment, along with DNA Analysis, Personal Heart Rate Training, and 3D Body Imaging Scans for results you can see, feel, and measure.

For more information and to view a full class schedule, visit REVVEDFitness.com.